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first_imgThe Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) have joined hands to set up the country’s first e-waste clinic here, that would enable segregation, processing and disposal of waste from both household and commercial units.Also Read Nearly 50,000 people make a living out of Seelampur’s e-waste  After inspecting the garbage and plastic recovery centres in Bhanpur here, CPCB officials discussed the clinic with BMC officials. A three-month pilot project, the clinic, if successful, would be replicated elsewhere in the country.“Electronic waste will be collected door-to-door or could be deposited directly at the clinic in exchange for a fee. The CPCB will provide technical support at the unit,” BMC Additional Commissioner Rajesh Rathore told The Hindu.At present, there was no estimate of the quantity of electronic waste generated in the city, he added. “Hazardous waste will be sent to Bengaluru for recycling,” he said.Door-to-door collection will happen in two ways. Either separate carts for the collection of e-waste will be designed, or separate bins will be attached to existing ones meant for solid and wet waste. The clinic is being conceived in compliance with the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.In the absence of a safe disposal mechanism, electronic waste at present is being disposed of along with other waste, said Mr. Rathore. “A suitable site for the unit is yet to be identified,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgIt was something that was at the back of their minds since that fateful day in Santiago in 2008 when they failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics. In front of a packed stadium here on Sunday, the Indian team made amends for the debacle as they beat France 8-1 to make it to the London Olympics.Most of the players, who were part of the squad four years ago, said they were just happy to complete an “unfinished job”.”We are happy to leave the past behind,” an elated Sardar Singh, player of the tournament told Mail Today. “We never mentioned about that day, but the effect of that loss stayed with the team. Every member of that team, who played here, wanted to leave it behind and tonight we achieved it,” he said.The brilliant midfielder said that he was just happy to play his role. “I am in good form in the last three-four tournaments, but it is not only about me. It is about the team and I could not have done anything without the support of the entire team.” he said.Drag flicker Sandeep Singh, who slammed 16 goals in the tournament, said that his next task was to see the team do well in the Olympics. “The first target was to qualify for the Olympics. Now that we are through to London, we have to do well there.”I used to dream of scoring hundred goals for India and now I have more than 130. I even surpassed the target that was set for me in this tournament. I could not have hoped for a better tournament.”advertisementSandeep, however, said that his job does not end here. “We want to see India at the top and the first step is to be among the top four nations in hockey. My aim will be to play better and achieve the goals.”India coach Michael Nobbs, who was the guiding force behind the team’s victory, said it is just the start for India. “I am very satisfied with the result. As a team we have achiever whatever we set for this tournament, but this is just the beginning. The whole week was very stressful for everyone. We prepared the best we could, but there is always a possibility for going something wrong. Players are a happy and content lot. After some days off we will continue with the same high intensity practice.”Nobbs said that London will be a big test. “We will play against quality sides and that will be a real test for the players.” The Australian was all praise for Sandeep. “Sandeep is brilliant and he was terrific today he has improved a lot and he does what he knows best, score goals.”last_img read more

first_imgRuchir Modi, son of former IPL Commissioner, Lalit Modi, will be in a direct contest with senior Congress leader, CP Joshi, for the post of President of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) to be held on Monday, May 29.The last date to file nominations was May 26 and the last date of withdrawal of nominations was fixed as May 28. Mehmood Abdi and Rajya Sabha MP Harshvardhan Singh withdrew their names from the fray thus making it a direct fight between Ruchir Modi and CP Joshi. Elections at the RCA will be held for five posts, including that of President, Vice President, Secretary, Joint Secretary and Executive Member. Rajasthan High Court had, earlier this month, intervened on a petition of Bhilwara District Association’s Ramlal Sharma and directed the RCA to hold elections for the cricket body this month itself.The Court set aside the Observer’s order which had called off the elections last month. It was believed the elections were earlier called off on the insistence of the Modi camp.However, after the Court directed the RCA to hold the elections, Mehmood Abdi, considered to be from the Modi camp, claimed elections (after the Court’s direction) will be held as per Lodha Committee recommendations.last_img read more

first_imgJonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid guided a depleted England side to a four-wicket victory over the West Indies on Tuesday in the first Twenty20.England excused four of their first-choice side after the drawn ODI series – Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali – but Bairstow plugged a big gap in the batting lineup with a career-best 68 from 40 balls.Opening for the first time in 28 matches he broke the back of a 161-run target, which owed much to Rashid’s miserly return of 1-15. Tom Curran walked away with four wickets as the West Indies posted 160-8 but it was Rashid’s precise stint which did most to stall the home side.Joe Denly and Sam Billings both fell with the end line in sight but Curran reappeared to hit the winning boundary with seven balls remaining.Chris Gayle, the man-of-the-series in the ODIs, fell to Chris Jordan’s wide yorker which he could only squeeze to short third man. Shimron Hetmyer also failed to leave his mark on proceedings, chipping in with 14 before pumping a Curran full toss straight to mid-on.Darren Bravo and Nicholas Pooran helped claw back some of the lost ground, as the fourth-wicket pair added 64 in 51 balls but were parted in style by the returning Jordan.#WIvENG “Whatever I can do to achieve for the team is priority” – Nicholas Pooran on his mindset for the T20 Series #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGameListen to the interview!pic.twitter.com/edjhllmfbuWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) March 6, 2019The reply began in a flurry of activity as Sheldon Cottrell’s opening over contained 17 runs, a dropped catch and finally the wicket of Alex Hales.advertisementJoe Root’s hopes of sharpening his T20 skills lasted exactly two balls, lbw to Cottrell attempting to open up the leg-side, but Bairstow was unaffected.He launched himself into a 13-ball sequence containing five boundaries and one six, driving England to 62 for two in the powerplay, well ahead of the West Indies benchmark.Bairstow nicked Carlos Brathwaite on 34 but a fingertip catch skimmed off Hope’s gloves and brought him four more. Brathwaite did manage to see off skipper Eoin Morgan but Bairstow was dropped again by Cottrell shortly after reaching a 27-ball 50 with his second six.We take a 1-0 lead in the series!!Scorecard: https://t.co/FmcHZ8Jd1A#WIvENG pic.twitter.com/9u1ROvPmuVEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) March 5, 2019By the time he was held at wide long-on, he had left a target of 58 in 50 balls.Billings and Denly, both of whom are still seeking to find their place in the England set-up, chalked off all but eight of the required runs in calm fashion before nerves struck.Holder persuaded Denly to hole out with 14 balls remaining then Billings had a let-off next ball, Oshane Thomas just failing to hang to a mis-cued pull at fine leg.Reprieved, Billings then swiped at a Cottrell cutter that knocked back his stumps. Four byes over Hope’s head eased the growing tension allowing Curran to slog the winning runs.last_img read more

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Although you may not be impressed by the early performances, this Oklahoma State football is 2-0 heading into its non-conference game against the UTSA Roadrunners (0-2) this Saturday.UTSA so farUnlike the No. 25 Cowboys, UTSA has challenged itself in the non-conference season with matchups against nationally-ranked Arizona and the Kansas State Wildcats. However, both games ended in losses for Larry Coker’s team.In the 42-32 loss to Arizona, the Roadrunners compiled an astounding 525 total offensive yards, 332 of which came from the arm of quarterback Blake Bogenschutz. The redshirt freshman added two touchdowns against the Wildcats in a game that was competitive throughout.Kansas State’s defense was much stouter against the pass, holding Bogenschutz to 156 yards and zero touchdowns. The Roadrunners ground attack only mustered 37 yards in a game played at home. A 51-yard field goal made in the first quarter was the only scoring play UTSA had all night.OSU-UTSA historyThis will be third consecutive year that the Cowboys and the Roadrunners have met.In 2013, OSU traveled to San Antonio for a 56-35 victory. The Cowboys passing attack proved too much for UTSA with J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf combining for 518 yards and six touchdowns. Brandon Sheperd and Jhajuan Seales each had a touchdown catch in this contest as well. UTSA was able to manage 35 points against the strongest defense the Cowboys have had in the last three years.Last year these teams met in Stillwater with the Cowboys dominating 31-13. Bogenschutz saw some time in last year’s contest, completing 8-14 passes for 82 yards, including an interception made by Ashton Lampkin in the final seconds of the game.Daxx Garman made his first home start and went 16-30 with 315 yards and two touchdown passes. Seales was able to stretch out the UTSA defense with two long catches for 32 and 43 yards. Shepherd also added a touchdown for the second straight year against the Roadrunners.On offense, OSU must …UTSA remains vulnerable against the deep pass this year, something Mason Rudolph and company hope to expose. Mike Yurcich’s conservative offense opened up a bit against Central Arkansas with Rudolph hitting David Glidden on a couple of deep balls over the middle, and a beautiful ball to Jalen McClesky for 56 yards.Here’s Glidden’s first of two touchdowns last Saturday:Throw it to Glidden and watch him go! @CowboysFB up 17-0 early in the third quarter. http://t.co/G4J5c6DScu— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) September 13, 2015I don’t expect to see Rudolph having any issue moving the ball down the field this week. Walsh, Chelf and Garman have all had success against this defense in recent years so I don’t see any reason why Rudolph would do anything different.The Roadrunners defense has been far from shutdown (36 ppg.), but the unit has only averaged 236 passing yards allowed in the season’s first two games. However, Rudolph is arguably the best pure passer UTSA has faced to this point. Nothing against Anu Solomon or Joe Hubener, I just think Rudolph is a more advanced passer.It’s been easy to see that OSU has struggled to get its running game going. These troubles could stop this weekend as UTSA has allowed 169 rushing yards per game so far this season. I think a lot of people would be happy if OSU reached that mark this Saturday.What UTSA looks like on offenseLike the Cowboys, UTSA has a ground game that has not shown anything special early on. Jarveon Williams is the lead running back for the team, but he has only compiled 110 yards on 31 carries.The biggest playmaker on UTSA’s offense is 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior tight end David Morgan II. “They’ve got an NFL tight end and that guy lines up everywhere,” OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer told The Oklahoman’s Kyle Fredrickson. “I don’t know if anybody we face this year has got that guy.”Morgan II has 13 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown in a strong start to the 2015 campaign. Check out Morgan II giving some extra effort last weekend against K-State: Beast Mode! UTSA TE David Morgan II literally carries defender for 1st down vs. Kansas State. #KSTATEvsUTSA https://t.co/TqfvEbjTvO— FS1 (@FS1) September 12, 2015 Protecting the ball will be keySloppiness could be the biggest downfall for this UTSA team. Bogenschutz threw two careless interceptions that led to a loss in Arizona. The team also has totaled 206 yards in penalties in the first two games of the season.UTSA is going to make its mistakes. The important thing for OSU is to make sure it is not matching those mistakes with turnovers or dumb penalties. Another key will be getting the offense going early. 10 points in the first half is not going to cut it this week. I expect Rudolph to be looking for Glidden early and often in order to get the ball moving down the field.If all goes as expected, the Cowboys should be 3-0 heading into the Big 12 season with a two or three touchdown victory over UTSA on Saturday.NOTE: UTSA had 36 seniors on its roster in 2014. This year the team has only six, which is the fewest number of any FBS team, per Tulsa World.last_img read more

first_imgBrazil Coutinho fit and ready for tough England test Rupert Fryer Last updated 2 years ago 09:04 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Philippe Coutinho Brasil 12112017 Pedro Martins/MoWa Press Brazil Philippe Coutinho England v Brazil England Friendlies The Liverpool midfielder has declared himself 100% fit for the Brasil Global Tour showdown at Wembley on Tuesday Philippe Coutinho has confirmed he is 100% fit to face England when the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour rolls into London this week.The Liverpool midfielder was forced to sit out of Brazil’s 3-1 victory over Japan in Lille on Friday with a muscle injury.READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE: People thought Brazil wouldn’t even qualify for the World Cup – Renato AugustoLast week Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar confirmed Coutinho would miss the Japan game but hoped the player would return for Tuesday’s clash at Wembley. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Unfortunately, I couldn’t play for Liverpool in the last few games because of injury,” Coutinho said at a press conference on Sunday.”Now I feel 100%. I have fully recovered and I am in a good shape to be available for the match with England.”Just when you thought you couldn’t love Tite any more… pic.twitter.com/nAxhIqN7xc— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) November 13, 2017At Sunday’s training session it was unclear whether Coutinho could come back into the side in his usual role on the right or deeper in central midfield, where coach Tite had planned to use him against Japan.But either way, he is expected to return to what should be a full-strength side for the second and final leg of this month’s Brasil Global Tour.And Coutinho believes England, buoyed by an exciting though goalless draw with Germany on Friday, will provide a stiff test despite a number of injury problems of their own.”England will be our first European opponent under Tite. We are looking forward to competing against them,” he said.”They have a lot of quality players who play in the Premier League, an important competition. It will certainly be a difficult match.”The are not weakened by having young players in the side. Those who come in and get chance to play will be desperate to do their best to take the opportunity.”He continued: “It’s a very important game for all of us. To play in England, near my family, in a big stadium, we certainly expect a good game and a great spectacle.”last_img read more

first_imgTottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp delighted with full Premier League debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp was delighted with his full Premier League debut for victory over Burnley.Christian Eriksen fired Spurs’ injury-time winner on Saturday.With Jan Vertonghen missing with a thigh injury and Eric Dier suffering from a virus, left-back Ben Davies stepped in at centre-back while 18-year-old Academy product Oliver Skipp was handed his full Premier League debut. Fellow Academy starlet TJ Eyoma was on the bench as defensive cover.Skipp beamed, “It’s a great result to get the last-minute winner and it’s topped off a great day for me! “I was happy to have gained the manager’s trust.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Florida’s projected win-loss is now 8.2-3.9Miami’s is now 8.2-4.2The win-loss projections are for the entire regular season and include a potential conference title game.Coming off their win over the ‘Canes, Florida will have a bye this upcoming weekend. They will resume play on Sept. 7 when they take on Tennessee-Martin at home.Miami won’t play next weekend either, and will be back in action again on Sept. 7 when they open up ACC play on the road against UNC in Chapel Hill. Florida beats Miami in Week 0 of the college football season.ORLANDO, FL – AUGUST 24: Feleipe Franks #13 of the Florida Gators scores the go ahead touchdown in the second half against the Miami Hurricanes in the Camping World Kickoff at Camping World Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)Miami and Florida kicked off the college football season last night in Orlando. The game between the two rivals was sloppily played, but came down to the wire.Florida, ranked eighth in the AP Poll, escaped with a 24-20 win. The victory assured the Gators of avoiding a Week 0 slip-up, but they will have to play much better if they want to live up to their lofty preseason ranking.As for Miami, there were positive signs from redshirt freshman quarterback Jarren Williams and the Hurricanes’ highly-regarded defense. Finding offensive consistency will be key for Manny Diaz’s bunch moving forward.After the game, ESPN updated its FPI win-loss projection for both teams. Perhaps surprisingly, the computer is projecting similar finishes for both teams.last_img read more

first_img Jamaica’s signing of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, represents a culmination of the Government’s effort in ensuring migration’s indispensable role in the country’s social and economic development. Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. (right), converses with Head of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Jamaica Office, Keisha Livermore, during Tuesday’s (December 18) local launch of the IOM’s publication, ‘Migration and the 2030 Agenda’, at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. The event, jointly staged with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), formed part of activities marking International Migrants Day on December 18, under the theme: ‘Migration with Dignity’. The other activities were the screening of a documentary, titled ‘Bushfallers – A Journey of Chasing Dreams’, and a panel discussion. This was noted by Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade State Minister, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., at the local launch of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) publication, ‘Migration and the 2030 Agenda’, and film festival, at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, Tuesday (December 18). The launch of the IOM publication; the film festival, which featured the screening of a documentary, titled ‘Bushfallers: A Journey of Chasing Dreams’, that chronicles African nationals’ pursuit of a better life in Europe; and a panel discussion formed activities for Jamaica’s commemoration of International Migrants Day on December 18, under the theme ‘Migration with Dignity’.The event was hosted by the local Chapter of the IOM, in collaboration with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). The Compact, which was signed by just over 160 UN member countries in Marrakesh, Morocco, on December 10, is a voluntary framework reinforcing nation state sovereignty on migration matters, while underscoring the human rights of migrants as well as the importance of stakeholder cooperation. Story Highlights Jamaica’s signing of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, represents a culmination of the Government’s effort in ensuring migration’s indispensable role in the country’s social and economic development.This was noted by Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade State Minister, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., at the local launch of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) publication, ‘Migration and the 2030 Agenda’, and film festival, at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, Tuesday (December 18).The Compact, which was signed by just over 160 UN member countries in Marrakesh, Morocco, on December 10, is a voluntary framework reinforcing nation state sovereignty on migration matters, while underscoring the human rights of migrants as well as the importance of stakeholder cooperation.The signing was symbolic, as it coincided with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.Senator Charles Jr. said Jamaica’s signing of the Compact, coupled with the Government’s development of a Migration Profile, National Policy on International Migration, and complementary five-year implementation plan, indicates that the Government is collectively “trying to have a strategic approach to utilizing aspects of our Diaspora and Migration Profile”.“Also, in recognition of the role played by migrants, there has been a sustained effort to ensure that human mobility is reflected in our National Development Strategy, as we approach what we have defined as Vision 2030 [Jamaica – National Development Plan],” the State Minister added.Senator Charles noted that several of Vision 2030 Jamaica’s core goals are aligned with the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s draft Diaspora Policy, which forms the framework for the partnership between Jamaica and the diaspora.Additionally, he said the expertise, knowledge and impact of Jamaica’s diaspora, which has a membership that doubles the approximately 2.7 million persons residing locally, “is one that is felt and well-known across the world”.“It is within the context of being a country of origin, transit and destination that Jamaica treats the phenomenon of migration as indispensable to our economic growth trajectory and a dynamic tool for the development of our own human capital,” the State Minister said.He emphasized that the partnerships forged by persons from various geographical and social backgrounds have provided “fertile soil for the germination of ideas and iconic concepts that continue to enrich our senses”.Meanwhile, Senator Charles Jr. said the partnership forged between Jamaica and the IOM will form the foundation for “robust initiatives” aimed at increasing the engagement and participation of Jamaicans overseas in the country’s international development planning process.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN NewsIt’s the first day of a hearing to settle the Indian day school class-action lawsuit.The matter will be heard in federal court in Winnipeg.A judge will listen to three days of arguments, a schedule shows.Here is the schedule:May 139:30 am  – Opening Remarks by the Court9:45 am – Overview of Settlement Agreement by Class Counsel10:15 am – Submissions from Canada in support of the Settlement Agreement10:30 am – Submissions by Supporters of the Settlement Agreement12:00 pm – BREAK1 pm – 4pm – Submissions by Objectors (by Counsel)May 149:30 am – Submissions by Objectors (Individuals)1:00 pm – Break2:00 pm – Continued Submissions by Objectors (Individuals)May 159:30am – Response to Objectors by Class Counsel11:30am – Response to Objectors by Canada1:00 pm – BREAK2:00 pm – Fee Approval MotionThe civil suit was filed against the federal government by two First Nations men from Manitoba, seeking compensation for emotional pain, physical suffering and loss of culture and language.They say they experienced the same abuse and deprivation as Indian residential school students, who were taken from their homes and forced to live at the government-funded schools run by religious organizations.The only difference being day school students were allowed to return home after school and weekends.There are an estimated 120,000 to 150,000 living day school survivors in Canada.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett wants to settle the case out of court.She is offering former students compensation of between $10,000 and $200,000.And money to establish a healing program.news@aptn.calast_img read more

BRISTOL, Conn. — The ESPN+ streaming service has obtained U.S. English-language television rights for the Copa America, South America’s soccer championship.ESPN, part of The Walt Disney Co., said Tuesday all 26 matches will be streamed. None will be televised by ESPN’s linear broadcast networks.The tournament, to be played in Brazil from June 14 to July 7, agreed last July to a U.S. Spanish-language rights agreement with Telemundo, a division of Comcast Corp.’s NBC Universal.“We’ve built a home for soccer fans and this will fit right in,” said Russell Wolff, ESPN+’s executive vice-president and general manager.ESPN+, launched in April 2018, has televised more than 1,000 matches from Italy’s Serie A, England’s FA Cup and second-tier League Championship as well as European Nations League matches and games from MLS, the lower-level United Soccer League and the U.S. Open Cup. ESPN has not released ESPN+ viewership figures.“We think we have the ability to push the right message to the right fan at the right time for those who are already subscribers to let them know it’s there, and we’ve got a whole host of marketing plans in place to push the availability of Copa America on ESPN+ to fans both on our platforms and on third-party platforms,” Wolff said.ESPN plans to employ the world feed production that includes a one-man broadcast by Jon Cotterill, and for some matches ESPN will use its own soccer talent. ESPN FC’s studio show will feature coverage, and ESPN is launching a series “The Equalizer” on American women’s team star Alex Morgan, which coincides with the Women’s World Cup in France.The Copa final in Rio de Janeiro on July 7 at 4 p.m. EDT will be part of a tripleheader of championship matches, flanked by coverage of the Women’s World Cup in Lyon at 11 a.m. on Fox and the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in Chicago at 9 p.m. on Fox’s FS1. American players have criticized FIFA for making the women’s finale share the spotlight.Fox had English-language rights to the 2016 Copa America in the United States and BeIN Sports had them for the 2015 tournament in Chile.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

The petroleum unions are against moves to reach a deal with India on the Trincomalee oil storage facility.A strike was launched recently by the petroleum unions but it was called off after the Government assured the unions their concerns will be addressed. Petroleum unions have threatened to launch a strike over several of their demands.The unions warned that they will launch an island-wide strike if their demands are not met by May 22.

The head of the United Nations educational and cultural agency, in an official visit to Republic of Congo, has praised the power of music to cut across cultural and regional differences, and to develop societies.At the opening ceremony of the 9th Pan African Music Festival (FEESPAM) in Republic of Congo’s historical Félix Éboué stadium in the capital Brazzaville, Irina Bokova, the Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said that “we must help those who give life to music to live from their music.” Addressing the audience at the music festival, which this year showcases more than 30 musicians from a dozen countries, Ms. Bokova added that music has the dual potential for dialogue among cultures and regional integration, and for economic and social development.Earlier during her visit, Ms. Bokova met with President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who had stressed his determination to implement the African Union’s decision to make promotion of music “a vector of African identity and a factor in the continent’s economic growth.”Ms. Bokova and Mr. Nguesso also discussed the need for the UN agency to help “prepare minds to be open to the right ideas” concerned respect for the environment and protection of biodiversity. While in Republic of Congo, Ms. Bokova also launched a project to support training for 3,000 primary and secondary school teachers. “One does not become a teacher overnight … it is a profession, and I would go further to say that it is a profession requiring the utmost precision, as it affects the most subtle material that exists: the human mind,” Ms. Bokova said in an address to the ministers responsible for education. The UNESCO Director General also urged the strengthening of the UNESCO Slave Route Project, which aims to improve access to and safeguard original documents related to slavery and the slave trade, as well as the pedagogical use of the ‘General History of Africa’. Earlier this month, Ms. Bokova nominated jazz musician, composer, producer and radio host, Marcus Miller, as a UNESCO Artist for Peace. In his new role, Mr. Miller will support and promote the Slave Route Project, raising awareness about a phenomenon that has had a profound impact on the modern world, from religion and culture to the human rights movement, according to the UN agency’s website. read more

Speaking in Geneva ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, recognized on 10 September, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “every death is a tragedy for family friends and colleagues,” yet many more suicides can be prevented. All countries should “incorporate proven suicide prevention strategies into national health and education programmes in a sustainable way”, he added.Since WHO’s first report on the issue was filed in 2014, the number of countries with national suicide prevention strategies has increased, and now stands at 38. However, this participation “is still far too few and governments need to commit to establishing them”, WHO said.Second leading cause of death among youthWHOFacts and figures on suicide.Close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year, and for each death, there are more than 20 suicide attempts. Every year, suicide accounts for more deaths than war and homicide combined, and is the second leading cause of death among those aged 15-29, behind road injury, the health agency reports.Globally, 79 per cent of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries, however high-income countries have the highest rates of suicide. Incidents are three times higher among men than women in wealthier countries, while these rates are more equal in poorer nations.Addressing causes, the link between suicide and mental health in well-established in high-income countries, however “many suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis”, according to WHO.“Experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse or loss and a sense of isolation are strongly associated with suicidal behavior” WHO outlines in its list of key facts. Vulnerable groups who experience discrimination show higher rates of suicide and “by far, the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.”The complex issue demands coordination across multiple sectors to boost prevention. Stigma surrounding mental disorders, lack of awareness of suicide as a major health problem, and a taboo in many societies to openly discussing it, means many people contemplating suicide are not getting adequate help.WHO recommends better training of health workers and non-specialists alike in assessing and managing suicidal behavior in its guidelines for prevention, along with early treatment of mental health disorders, effective monitoring of alcohol and substance use, responsible reporting by the media, and reducing access to means of suicide.20 per cent of global suicides down to pesticide poisoningPesticide poisoning, which the agency identifies as a less-commonly used but tragically “highly effective strategy”, accounts for 20 per cent of global suicides. Due to the high toxicity of many chemicals used in suicide attempts, this method often results in death.Regulations of highly hazardous pesticides in Sri Lanka have cut suicides by 70 percent, saving an estimated 93,000 lives in a ten-year span, and halved suicide deaths from poisoning in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea between 2011 and 2013, WHO’s report shows.WHO recognizes suicide as a “public health priority.” In 2008, the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) launched as an evidence-based guide to scale up service for mental, neurological and substance use disorders.WHO’s action plan for 2013-2020 sets a global target of reducing suicide rates by 10 per cent by 2020; in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which sets a target of cutting suicide rates by one third up to 2030.On World Suicide Prevention Day this Tuesday, WHO in collaboration with global partners, will launch the 40 seconds of action campaign  to raise awareness of suicide around the world and methods of prevention. Campaign efforts will continue throughout 10 October on World Mental health Day, with suicide prevention as this year’s theme.Check out our Lid is On podcast episode, on suicide prevention, from last year. read more

first_imgPrime Minister Alexis Tsipras has visited Malta to attend the Valletta Summit, which will focus on EU action for migration. The Greek government reiterated that refugee and migrant flows are caused by poverty in the countries of origin and regional crises, and any effort to deal with the problem must focus on these causes. “The issue is primarily humanitarian and as such must be dealt with at an international level,” highlighted Mr Tsipras. “Refugee and migrant flows concern the EU as a whole and not just first reception countries, such as Greece. A comprehensive policy must be found to tackle trafficking rings.” The Greek PM will visit Ankara next week, with the intention of playing a central role in the EU’s negotiations with Turkey on managing the flow of refugees. He will present the European Union’s agenda to Turkey and note the country’s arguments and requests prior to the imminent EU-Turkey meeting. “Greece wants to transfer the process of refugee identification and resettlement in Turkey to stop the daily risk and drama of lives lost in the Aegean,” the prime minister said. “It will also propose providing help to Turkey to guard its borders.” Turkey, on the other end, demands a relaxation of visa requirements for its citizens, an acceleration of EU accession talks, funding for the handling of refugee flows and the start of a series of EU-Turkey meetings. Ankara is requesting financial assistance totalling €3 billion, but the fund, which will be announced during the Valletta Summit, will initially total just €1.81 billion. Meanwhile, the summit decided on an action plan to tackle exploitation and migrant smuggling, recognising that “immigration constitutes a shared responsibility of the countries of origin, transit and destination”.Source: AMNA Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgLa Russie perd son nouveau satelliteSelon l’agence de presse Interfax, la Russie aurait perdu le contact avec le satellite GEO-IK-2, qu’elle venait tout juste de lancer.”Le contact avec le satellite n’a toujours pas été établi”, c’est ce qu’a confié une source gardée secrète à l’agence de presse Interfax. En effet, il semblerait que mardi quelques heures à peine après son lancement, les scientifiques russes aient perdu toutes traces du satellite GEO-IK-2. Selon cette source, il serait même peu probable que ceux-ci parviennent à retrouver l’engin. Ainsi, ce dernier pourrait être considéré comme définitivement perdu.Ce n’est pas la première fois que l’Agence spatiale russe rencontre des difficultés avec ses engins. En décembre dernier déjà, trois satellites de navigation du système GLONASS, concurrent du système GPS américain, étaient tombés en plein Pacifique à la suite d’une mise en orbite échouée.Le 2 février 2011 à 12:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Investors in Macau gaming stocks can benefit from adopting a “12-month buy-and hold strategy” despite recent stock declines, according to analysts from investment bank JP Morgan.In a research note obtained by Inside Asian Gaming, analysts DS Kim and Sean Zhuang state that the negativity surrounding Macau stocks have been somewhat overblown and that the risk-reward case for investors is compelling. Load More RelatedPosts All six of Macau’s concessionaires have experiences major declines over the past six months, with Wynn Macau falling from HK$30.95 to HK$16.78, Sands China from HK$44.30 to HK$33.30, Galaxy from HK$70.00 to HK$44.90, Melco International from HK$27.00 to HK$14.78, MGM China from HK$22.05 to HK$12.36 and SJM Holdings from HK$7.37 to HK$6.68, having reached a high of HK$11.26 in May.“We are under no illusion that these stocks will rally sharply in the near term given the uncertain macro and market backdrop, especially amid well-anticipated earnings downgrade by the Street,” Kim and Zhuang state.“However, it would be extremely challenging to pinpoint the absolute bottom for these cyclical stocks anyway, and we see potential returns (~60% returns over two years, including dividends) as markedly bigger than the risks (primarily macro-related) at current levels.“We thus believe that medium-term investors who can do a 12-month buy-and-hold strategy here will enjoy asymmetrically strong returns, and we recommend accumulating. At the end of the day, the potential (or perceived) downturn that the industry is facing today should be a cyclical one, hence does not warrant a structural de-rating in valuations. Fear not, not even your bear-case scenarios, we say.”The JP Morgan analysts estimate that in absolute worst-case scenario, industry demand will decline just 1% in 2019, assuming a 7% decline in VIP GGR  and a deceleration in mass growth to +4% – both around 10% lower than recent trends. However, they add that these estimates are likely “too bearish” and unlikely to materialize. They also note that, even taking into account such a bearish outlook, industry EBITDA can still print small positive growth next year, thanks to resilient non-gaming/mass demand (85%+ of EBITDA), ongoing margin ramp-up of new casinos and broadly benign cost environments.”Kim and Zhuang rate Wynn Macau as their top pick, citing a rare opportunity to purchase the “best quality asset at a bargain price”, followed by Sands China and Galaxy.“Time is on our side,” they state. “Granted, a lack of positive catalysts makes it difficult to establish a bottom for these stocks, while sentiment could stay negative in the near term amid well-anticipated estimate cuts by the Street. Our instinct is that most revisions should be done into upcoming 3Q results, after which we expect the stocks to grind higher and climb the ‘wall of worry’ with normalizing multiple – after all, the potential (or perceived) downturn that the industry faces today should be a cyclical one, so does not warrant a structural de-rating. Hang in there, as the rewards for those who wait could be handsome.”last_img read more

first_imgStocks shave Tuesday’s gains after Fed minutes1.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Stocks shave Tuesday’s gains after Fed minutes1.2K viewsBusinessThe Dow and S&P 500 ticked slightly lower Wednesday – investors trying to sort out the minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting which highlighted policymakers’ desire to keep interest rates lowerVentuno Web Player 4.50The Dow and S&P 500 ticked slightly lower Wednesday – investors trying to sort out the minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting which highlighted policymakers’ desire to keep interest rates lowerlast_img read more

first_imgA schoolboy was hacked to death by two youths in Joar  Sahara area of Bhatara in the capital on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Jihad, 17, son of a certain Alamgir Hossain from Kotalipara upazila of Gopalganj district. He appeared at this year’s SSC examination from Kalachadpur High School.Jihad went to locals Hridoy and Biplab for money they borrowed from him.Instead of returning the money, the two youths locked into an altercation with Jihad. At one stage, they stabbed Jihad in the abdomen, leaving him critically injured.Locals took him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where the physician declared him dead around 9:50pm, said sub-inspector Bachchu Mia of the DMCH police camp.last_img read more

AL MPs botherinlaw found dead

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationThe brother-in-law of ruling Bangladesh Awami League MP MA Latif was found dead at his residence in Bark Mia School intersection area of Fakirhat area of Chattogram on Friday.The deceased is Tofael Ahmed Rafiq, 57, reports news agency UNB.Additional deputy commissioner (port) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Arefin Jewel said Rafiq’s sons spotted his blood stained body in his room in the evening and rushed him to nearby Mother and Child Care Hospital where physicians declared him dead.Rafiq’s body bore some injury marks on his head, Arefin added.last_img read more