Indian badminton team launched its CWG campaign with a dominating 5-0 win over Ghana in a Group B matchThe Indian badminton team launched its Commonwealth Games campaign with a dominating 5-0 win over minnows Ghana in a Group B match of the mixed team event at the 20th edition of the multi-sport event on Thursday.India hardly broke any sweat as Parupalli Kashyap started the proceeding, spanking Daniel Sam 21-6 21-16 in a 27-minute men’s singles match to put his team in the driver’s seat right from the start.World Championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu then taught Stella Amasah a lesson or two in badminton with a 21-7 21-5 victory in the women’s singles competition to give India a 2-0 lead.Men’s doubles pair of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Chopra thrashed Emmanuel Donkor and Abraham Ayittey 21-7 21-11 in just 22 minutes to make it 3-0 in India’s favour.Commonwealth Games gold medallist pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa then another 17 minutes to brush aside Evelyn Botwe and Diana Archer as India continued their rampaging run.Finally, PC Thulasi and Kidambi Srikanth – both singles players – paired up and trounced another makeshift combination of Sam and Amasah 21-5 21-9 in a mixed doubles match to put an end to Ghana’s misery at the Emirates Arena.India will next take on Uganda.
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Paul Lee confident shoulder won’t sideline him in Game 6 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia’s biggest weapon against San Miguel’s imposing cornerstone couldn’t help but admit that Friday night’s fracas got into the Hotshots’ heads.“The game stopped. We were knocked out of focus,” Ian Sangalang said of the incident in Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals that added to what was an already whirlwind contest featuring the Hotshots and the Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We don’t have that much of players left. I had five fouls along with Rodney,” he explained. “We just remained positive.”Sangalang finished with another double-double (18 points and 14 rebounds) in Game 5.The Hotshots big man, who was then going home with a 3-2 lead, a psychological edge under his belt, and the idea of a sound sleep awaiting him, poked fun at the incident.“I just hope the Avengers won’t be storming the court on Sunday,” he said.“Maybe Thanos is already there.”ADVERTISEMENT A man donning a “Spider-Man” costume holding a sign that read “Vote! Love!” stormed onto center court, hitting San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo and stopping the game which Magnolia was in control of, 84-76.The incident, which lasted for a few minutes, seemed to have afforded the Beermen a boost. The four-time champions rallied back and managed to knot the game at 86 on Terrence Romeo’s triple.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Good thing we won,” said Sangalang, who had been a steady hand for Magnolia all through out the series.“Maybe you could say we’re a bit lucky that (Mark Barroca) made the last shot, that we’re able to figure out what to do. If we went to over time, the odds for us would be slim,” he shared. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid
Alongside the Xiaomi Mi 6, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is rumoured to unveil its flagship phablet – Xiaomi Mi Max 2. However, like the mobile maker confirmed the coming of the flagship smartphone – Mi 6, it didn’t do the same for Mi Max 2. Hence, whether Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 will be launched on not, remains a mystery as still. However, with speculations making rounds all across the web, we are left with no other option but say that Mi Max 2 will be announced alongside Mi 6 on April 19.Ever since the launch date has been tipped for Xiaomi Mi Max 2, speculations and rumours about the device have been making rounds on the internet. Previously leaked speculations revealed several specifications, features, and price that the phablet might boast. However, now the something new happens, as press renders of the Mi Max 2 leaks. And trust us, the device looks absolutely stunning, wrapped with golden colour coating. This means Xiaomi Mi Max will be coming in gold colour, however, may include few more colour variants as well.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 tipped to launch alongside Mi 6 on April 19 The images show the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 with a metal unibody design. Further, the device, what so ever leaked images show will come with dual LED flashlight paired with the rear camera. Right below the primary camera, Mi Max 2 is expected to place a fingerprint scanner on the back panel. On the other hand, the phablet is also expected to sport USB Type-C port on the bottom with speaker holes, while includes a headphone jack at the top-edge.advertisementSadly the leaked image doesn’t reveal any further details about the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Max 2. Other previously leaked speculations reveals that the device will run on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat on top of MIUI layer and will sport a 6.4-inch full HD display along with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The smartphone is further expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 626 processor along with Adreno 506 taking care of graphics department.Xiaomi Mi Max 2 will come packed with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of an internal storage unit. The storage space can also be expanded further via a microSD card. While on the camera front, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is expected to come with a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with auto focus feature and LED flash. The rear camera may also come with the ability to capture 4K videos with a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels. On the other hand, the device comes with a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.The device was earlier spotted in both Geekbench and GFXbench as well. The listing reveals that the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 will be called Xiaomi Oxygen. Furthermore, if the rumours are to be believed, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is going to be a mid-ranged smartphone and is expected to be priced between 1499 and 1699 Yuan, which is approx comes around Rs 14,003 and Rs 15,872.Also Read: What to expect from Xiaomi Mi 6 ahead of April 19 launch
Face unlock is the next big wave in the smartphone world and Nokia does not want to remain out of this. The company is rolling out an OTA update for Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 8 which will bring face unlock feature to these phones.Yes, the company from its official twitter handle has confirmed this to a Twitter user who asked if face unlock feature was available for Nokia 8. The company replied, “Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 plus and the new Nokia 6, as well as the Nokia 8 will get face unlock as an OTA update in the coming months.”It is worth mentioning here that Nokia always had plans to bring the face unlock feature to its Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 Plus as the phones had this feature when launched. Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 Plus were launched with Android 8.0 but the face unlock feature was retrieved with Android 8.1 update. The feature was available for Nokia 8 Sirocco in April when we at India Today Tech reviewed the device.Nokia phones comes with fingerprint sensor which is a safer option than the face unlock which will hit Nokia phones via an update. Note that unlike Apple or Xiaomi, Nokia won’t have a bunch of sensors for the face unlocking. The feature will depend solely on the front camera of the phone.HMD’s new announcement comes a month after Nokia announced that its phones will receive Android P update soon. However, the update hasn’t come yet.Nokia 8 Sirocco specsLaunched in April 2018, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is priced at Rs 49,499. The device is powered by 1.9GHz octa-core processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage that is non-expandable. It is powered by a 3260mAh non removable battery. Camera-wise, the phone comes with 12MP primary camera on the rear and a 5MP front camera.advertisementNokia 7 Plus specsThe Nokia 7 Plus was launched in February 2018. The price of the phone starts at Rs 22,952 in India. The device sports a 6-inch display and is powered by octa-core processor with 4GB RAM. There’s 64GB internal storage that’s expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The phone packs in a 13MP rear camera and 16MP front camera. The Nokia 7 Plus runs Android 8.0 and is backed by a 3800mAh non removable battery.Nokia 8 and Nokia 6 (2018) specsNokia 8 was launched last year in India. The price starts at Rs 28,027. The phone comes with a 5.30-inch display, is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage that’s expandable. There is a 13MP rear camera and a 13MP front camera. It is backed by a 3090mAh non removable battery.Nokia 6(2018) was announced in January this year. It features a 5.5-inch display and runs on Android Oreo 8.1 OS. The phone is powered by octa-core processor paired with 3 GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage which is expandable. Further, there is 3000mAh battery and 13MP camera.
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Brighton & Hove Albion Bournemouth survived but swiftly came unstuck after the interval and this time it was of their own doing. Simon Francis, their captain, ran the ball out of defence but straight into Izquierdo who prompted a ruthless Brighton attack, bearing down on Begovic before unselfishly squaring for Murray, who had time to steady himself before slamming the ball home. The Colombian should also have scored himself after galloping 40 yards upfield but shot straight at Begovic.In an end-to-end affair, Wilson and Jordon Ibe combined before the latter tested Ryan, and then struck a post after jinking away from Gross. But Bournemouth eventually prospered in unconventional fashion. Wilson juggled the ball in the box – with Dunk appearing to handle – before Brighton tried and failed to clear Ibe’s in-swinging corner on five occasions. It cost them dearly, as Wilson’s scruffy miskick trickled into the net. Share on Twitter Topics Twitter Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Facebook Read more Share on Facebook Premier League match reports Pinterest Share on Pinterest “I am hugely disappointed,” Chris Hughton said after his 150th game in charge of the team. “I am more disappointed with the first goal because set pieces are an area that we have tried to work on. The second one can happen. Players have attempted to clear the ball. It is one of those that every now and then happens.”Brighton had begun the year in style with Anthony Knockaert rounding off a slick team move inside five minutes. Shane Duffy’s cross-field ball found José Izquierdo, who played a neat give-and-go with the again impressive Pascal Gross before sliding the ball across goal for Knockaert to rattle home with his right foot for only his second goal of the season. After another one-two, this time between Murray and the – on this form – irresistible Izquierdo, the former forced a strong right-hand save from Asmir Begovic in the Bournemouth goal.“The threat that he gave us, I thought he was very good,” Hughton said of Izquierdo, a £13m club-record signing from Club Brugge last summer. “He is a worker also, if you look at the way that he plays it is not just about making forward runs. He defends well for the team and he wants to do well.”Murray had toyed with Steve Cook, dummying for Knockaert, who was dashing down the right until being tugged back by Lewis Cook. Bournemouth then woke with Markus Suttner having to hack clear Steve Cook’s goal-bound header. From the resulting corner Cook again rose above Duffy to head home the equaliser off the underside of the bar.That goal developed some belief within the visiting side and Lewis Cook’s nimble footwork freed an onrushing Marc Pugh but Mathew Ryan comfortably saved the winger’s effort. Three minutes before half-time Izquierdo started and very nearly finished another fine Brighton move but was superbly denied by Begovic. Share on Messenger Bournemouth This was the harshest of lessons for Brighton & Hove Albion, who twice surrendered the lead as Bournemouth garnered a point from what proved thoroughly entertaining fare on a dank Sussex afternoon. Eddie Howe’s side have taken flak for playing themselves into trouble – and they did so again here – but it was Brighton who imploded late on, making a mess of a late corner to allow Callum Wilson to swipe home an ugly equaliser.“It was not one for the purists but we will take that,” Howe said with a wry smile. “I’m happy with how we came back and fought back. But I’m disappointed with the goals we have conceded.”Glenn Murray, deemed an unwanted commodity at Bournemouth last summer, had put Brighton back in front against his former club before Wilson took advantage of some slapstick defending 11 minutes from time. For the Brighton manager this was a case of two priceless points dropped. Anthony Knockaert celebrates scoring the opening goal. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Brighton 2-2 Bournemouth: Premier League – as it happened Share via Email Share on LinkedIn
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is here and you know what that means.ESPN’s College GameDay is back as well. On Saturday morning, the crew broke down the weekend’s slate of games and took a look at potential upsets.During the course of the show, the GameDay crew brought up the transfer portal that ruled the summer. Star quarterbacks left their respective programs for what they thought would be greener pastures.After talking about the portal for a few minutes, cameras panned to a fan in the stands with the sign of the day.His sign read: “My girlfriend entered the transfer portal.”Winner. pic.twitter.com/wR9ilfHvmU— Matt Barrie (@MattBarrie) August 31, 2019Poor guy.He’s felling a lot like the college football programs that lost depth at the quarterback spot when their players left for a new team.Ohio State, Washington and UCF are just a few programs starting former transfer quarterbacks. Oh, and there’s Oklahoma, which will have former Alabama star Jalen Hurts under center for the 2019 season.
VANCOUVER – Some First Nations and Metis communities are determined to purchase an equity stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion despite a court ruling that halted construction and potentially set the project back for years.The Federal Court of Appeal ruling quashed the government’s approval of the project, requiring it to examine the impacts of increased tanker traffic and consult more deeply with Aboriginal groups along the pipeline route.Indigenous groups in Fort McMurray, Alta., say they still want to invest in the project and believe the ruling creates an opportunity for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to get consultation right.“There are no shortcuts when it comes to consultation,” said Brad Callihoo, chief executive officer of the Fort McMurray #468 First Nation. “(The ruling) identifies an issue that needs to be addressed. The system is broken when it comes to consultation and we need to fix it.”Canada has purchased the existing Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion and pledged to complete the expansion project, which would triple the line’s capacity to 890,000 barrels of oil a day and increase the number of tankers in Metro Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet seven-fold.Several First Nations in coastal and central B.C. filed lawsuits against the project, citing inadequate consultation. As they celebrated their win on the banks of Burrard Inlet on Aug. 30, dozens of construction workers from Callihoo’s First Nation were sent home from their jobs.Indigenous communities on either side of the pipeline fight say they respect each other’s stance and feel no sense of division between them. First Nations aren’t always going to agree, but all deserve meaningful consultation, said Callihoo.“Do I think there could be common ground for all the First Nations? Absolutely. But we have to be able to come to the table and meet the demands of the B.C. First Nations, just as (was done with) the Alberta First Nations.”Not all Aboriginal groups in B.C. oppose the project. Thirty-three First Nations signed mutual-benefits agreements with Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. before the expansion was taken over by the federal government, and Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey has expressed interest in buying a stake.The goal for Callihoo’s First Nation is to become a self-sufficient community that does not rely on government subsidies for the next seven generations, he said, and a stake in the pipeline project would go a long way to achieving that objective.The McMurray Metis are flourishing thanks to the economic opportunities provided by the oilsands, said chief executive officer Bill Loutitt, pointing to higher-than-average numbers of Aboriginal graduates in the region. The group will continue to push for a stake in Trans Mountain, he said.Loutitt said Trudeau’s government should pass legislation to urgently resume construction on the project in Alberta, while also fulfilling their obligations to consult and review tanker traffic impacts. It should consider including Alberta Indigenous groups in talks with B.C. First Nations, he added.“The one common thing that we’re concerned about is the environment,” he said. “But the way to take care of the environment is to be involved on the inside. That’s where you’re able to make the changes.”The McMurray Metis have opposed projects in the past and learned development usually happens regardless, he said, so the only difference is whether the community benefits from the project and has control over it.“I really see an opportunity for the coastal First Nations to be a big part in piloting these tankers and actually taking control of what’s going on in their backyard,” he said.But Rueben George, a representative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, said he couldn’t imagine his community ever supporting the project or purchasing a stake.The Tsleil-Waututh commissioned its own 1,200-page environmental assessment and concluded the project was a threat not only to its traditional territories but to the global fight against climate change, he said.“This isn’t good for Canada. This isn’t good for the world,” he said.The community could have negotiated a mutual-benefits agreement worth millions but it chose to protect the land and water instead, he added.But George said he understands why dozens of First Nations signed agreements and why some want to go further and invest in the project. Indigenous Peoples are statistically not doing well in Canada and communities have to make hard choices to keep members fed and housed, he said.“In some communities in our country, we have 90 per cent, 95 per cent unemployment. I understand they have to make moves forward,” George said. “They have to look out for their people.”Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.
APTN National NewsThis summer, with less than 24 hours notice, two out of four lanes on the Mercier Bridge connecting Montreal to the Mohawk community of Kahnawake were closed over structural problems.Now people in Kahnawake say they had seen the warning signs for quite some time.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.
Legendary couturier Kirthi Sri Karunaratne passed away today aged 84, reports said.He was one of Sri Lanka’s first fashion designers and was later best known for reporting of fashion shows and events.
A week later, IRB member Stéphane Morin deemed he was a danger to the public and a flight risk and could not be released to the care of his brother and sister-in-law. They had both testified that, as far as they were concerned, Thanabalasingham had done nothing wrong, and were willing to put a $50,000 lien on their house as a guarantee. (Colombo Gazette) But it is not clear whether he could be deported even before a judge hears the Quebec government’s appeal of the decision to stay the murder charges against him. He became the first person accused of murder in Quebec to be freed following the Supreme Court Jordan decision, which requires that people accused of crimes be tried within 30 months of their arrest.He had waited 57 months for his trial to begin. Thanabalasingham was released on April 7 after almost five years in jail, but was immediately picked up by the Canada Border Services Agency. Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham, accused of murdering his wife, has decided he would rather be deported to Sri Lanka than remain behind bars in Canada, the Montreal Gazette reported.At his third detention review before the Immigration and Refugee Board on Thursday, he announced his intention to withdraw the appeal of his removal order, paving the way for a much faster repatriation. Thanabalasingham, 31, was set to stand trial in April for the 2012 death of his wife, Anuja Baskaran, when the charges against him were stayed because it had taken too long to bring him before a jury.
SAN FRANCISCO — Google is restarting a practice in which human contractors listen to and transcribe some voice commands people give to the company’s artificial intelligence system, Assistant. But this time Google is taking steps to make sure people know what they are agreeing to.The company suspended its transcription practices after more than 1,000 recordings were leaked to the media in Belgium this summer. Critics have said users didn’t fully understand what they were agreeing to because Google’s language was unclear.Amazon, Apple and Facebook have used similar practices. The companies say it helps make their AI systems more accurate.Now Google will require users to agree again to voice transcription and make it clear human transcribers might listen to recordings. The company will also delete most recordings after a few months.The Associated Press
“We are working very well together,” Mr. Annan said after meeting with Paul Bremer, the US Administrator in Iraq, as well as the UN envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello. Confirming this view, Mr. Bremer said their “good discussion” touched on “the many ways in which the United Nations and its specialized agencies can help us with the urgent task of reconstruction in Iraq and the efforts to create a political council which will be representative of the Iraqi people and in the efforts to move forward towards an elected democratic government in Iraq on the basis of a new constitution.””I’m delighted with the meeting we’ve had here today and with the outlook for further cooperation,” the US envoy added.The three officials discussed the formation of the interim Iraqi authority, the Secretary-General said, stressing that the UN’s experience would be important with respect to the tasks of elaborating a constitution and holding elections. “Mr. de Mello, who has done similar work in other parts of the world, is working very closely with the Iraqis and Mr. Bremer to ensure that we do have this smooth transition from the Coalition to the establishment and creation of an Iraqi government down the line.”
by News Staff Posted May 8, 2012 1:54 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A showdown between Telus Corp. and a U.S. hedge fund over the telecom company’s plan to create a single class of common shares will come to a head Wednesday when the issue is put to shareholders.Mason Capital Management has armed itself with some 20 per cent of Telus voting shares and observers say the New York-based fund could gather enough shareholder support to derail the plan.Telus says a single class will provide better liquidity while Mason argues that â€” as a voting shareholder â€” it would get shortchanged because voting shares have historically been worth more than non-voting shares.Whether shareholders have aligned themselves with Telus or Mason will only be known after votes are cast Wednesday at the company’s annual general meeting in Edmonton.“I think there are other hedge funds that have also taken a position, but they just haven’t said a peep,” said telecom analyst Troy Crandall of MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier.The plan would allow shareholders to exchange Telus’ non-voting shares with voting shares on a one-to-one basis.Telus accuses Mason of trying to defeat the proposal for its own short-term profit.Non-voting shares tend to trade at a discount to common shares, but after Telus disclosed its plan, both classes of stock started to align with each other in anticipation of the arrangement being a success.Mason owns 33 million voting shares, or 19 per cent, and shorted almost the same amount in non-voting shares, essentially betting the price of those shares will fall if the share consolidation plan is defeated. Short sellers make a profit when the stock price falls.Crandall says it’s not surprising that a hedge fund would take a short position.“They’ve put a tasty piece of steak in front of a bunch of lions and then asked them not to go after the steak,” Crandall said of Telus’ one-to-one conversion plan.If shareholders don’t pass the proposal, Telus (TSX:T) may have to consider a premium for its voting shareholders rather than a one-to-one conversion rate, he added.“It’s clear there is a value to having a vote.”Telus chief financial officer Robert McFarlane pointed to the alignment of the share prices as evidence of the “market’s view of the positive effect benefiting both classes of shares.”Telus said non-voting shares holders get the same dividend as voting shareholders and also notes non-voting shareholders have coattail rights, which means in the event of a change in ownership they would get the same premium as voting shareholders.Michael Martino, a principal and co-founder at Mason, argues the “transaction doesn’t create any value.”“It doesn’t sell one more cellphone contract. It doesn’t get one more business customer signed up. It doesn’t save one dollar of expense,” he said.“It’s just about how the pie is going to be divided up.”Martino said his firm will get shortchanged if there is just one class of common shares because the voting shares have had a four to five per cent premium over the non-voting shares.“The transaction attempts to take that value without compensating us, all the voting shareholders,” Martino said.Mason Capital is open to negotiation with Telus for some kind of compensation, Martino added, but he didn’t elaborate. He wouldn’t say if his firm will attend the shareholders meeting or what their strategy will be.Beutel Goodman & Co. Ltd. holds eight million voting shares and about one million non-voting shares and indicated it will vote in favour of the one-to-one conversion plan.“It’s going to increase the liquidity of the company, it’s going to simplify the capital structure,” said James Black, vice-president of Canadian equities.“It’s a shareholder friendly move so we’re definitely voting in favour of it.”Telus’ non-voting shares are listed only on the New York Stock Exchange and the telecom company said a single class of common shares would be listed on the NYSE and on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Shares in Telus were down 22 cents to $58.20 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, while non-voting shares in Telus were down 55 cents to $57.14 on the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. hedge fund will vote against Telus efforts for one class of common shares
Expressing strong commitment to regional cooperation, Milo Djukanovic, Prime Minister of Montenegro told the United Nations General Assembly today that his country is successfully implementing internal reforms necessary for the achievement of its main foreign policy priorities – membership in the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Montenegro is working diligently to achieve MDGs and is now close to their achievement. Looking ahead to the post-2015 development agenda, the Prime Minister told the Assembly’s 68th session that sustainable development goals must be clear, universal, flexible and coherent.In this connection, Mr. Djukanovic told delegations that his country is setting up a Centre for Sustainable Development, and expects it to become operational in early 2014, and expressed hope that it would take on a regional roleReforms in the field of the rule of law, protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as steps under way to improve the situation of the Roma people, are some of the priority areas for Montenegro, said Mr. Djukanovic.In the area of disarmament, the Prime Minister told delegations that his country has from the outset firmly supported a comprehensive and strong wording of the Arms Trade Treaty and was among the first 65 countries to sign it.Turning to the crisis in Syria, the Prime Minister welcomed the agreement reached between the United States and Russia on ensuring international control and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles, and said it “gives us hope of a diplomatic solution” through resolute action of the Security Council.Stating that the Syrian case, among others, highlights the importance of preventive measures, the Prime Minister went on to say that Montenegro supports promoting the “responsibility to protect” concept and its operationalization.Overall UN reform, especially the reform and reorganization of the Security Council, “will strongly contribute to strengthening the position, relevance and authority of the Organization itself and will bring it into harmony with modern geo-political processes and challenges,” he said.
“These diseases, to a great extent, result from four risk factors directly related to supposedly typical behaviours of modern lifestyle: smoking, alcoholism, unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle,” said President Tabaré Vázquez, who came into the political circle from the medical profession.According to available data, he said, 104,109 individuals will die today as a consequence of non-communicable diseases highly related to the risk factors.“This is not a medical panel or a scientific symposium” but he must tell that it is not only possible to design and implement tobacco control and other effective strategies, but also achieve positive results.“Vicious circles are easily formed in these populations: poverty exposes people to behavioural risk factors of non-communicable diseases and in turn, these diseases tend to make poverty even worse,” he said.He warned that unless the epidemics of non-communicable diseases are strongly fought against, the global goal of poverty reduction – an indispensable condition for sustainable development – will move farther away every day, he said, citing the direct cost of smoking on Latin-American health systems at $33 billion, and the economic cost of cancer in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South Americas at $286 billion.Uruguay is a world leader in the implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, he said.However, he added, there have been immense challenges, such as a claim brought by Phillip Morris against his country’s regulations to control smoking. In a final settlement decision, the policies adopted by Uruguay were recognized as sovereign, legitimate and respectful of the international commitments undertaken by the country and of international law, he said.That company’s “main reason was to punish a small country which has decided to control tobacco consumption” as a warning to all. The best way to move forward is to invite all countries to implement Framework Convention with “no fear of threats or retaliations from powerful tobacco companies.”Turning to other issues, he commended Colombia for having reached a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP), and urged the lifting of the embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba.Underlining the essential need for everyone to adhere to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he said the Paris Agreement on climate change had been the first step taken by States to demonstrate their commitment to reducing emissions and diminishing global temperatures. He welcomed the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants adopted yesterday by UN Member States, and said that Uruguay would remain committed to UN peacekeeping, adding that it would continue to contribute thousands of personnel to operations.Mr. Vázquez is among the many leaders who will address the general debate of 71st General Assembly. The Assembly’s high-level segment opened this year with the adoption of the New York Declaration as the outcome of yesterday’s first-ever UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. Made up of all the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter.
If you feel like you’ve missed out on a lot of this week’s news. That’s what Twitter’s for! You’ve been checking Twitter, right? You haven’t? Well then you have no idea what’s going on in the world. Don’t worry, we’ve been keeping up with the top trends on Twitter this week, so we’ll fill you in, and your friends will be none the wiser.Here are the top trending Twitter topics for the week ending on January 21:1. Golden GlobesThe 68th annual Golden Globe Awards were held on Sunday and were hosted by Ricky Gervais. Many viewers were upset by Gervais’ crude humor, and therefore, Twitter heard their complaints. #GoldenGlobesAdChoices广告2. Catwoman/ Anne HathawayThe news hit that Anne Hathaway had been cast as Selina Kyle, AKA Catwoman, in the next Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Many people were shocked by the choice to pick Hathaway, who has never played a role like this. Here’s hoping she proves all the naysayers wrong. #Catwoman3. RIP Justin BieberEveryone calm down. Justin Bieber is not dead. People on Twitter are just, as the English put it “taking the piss” out of the ol’ Biebs, or more, his cult fan following known as Beliebers. Other trending topics are #JBisJonasBrothers, #JustinaBieber, and #DamnBeliebers. #RIPJustinBieberCheck out the rest of the Top 10 list after the jump!4. I Have a Dream/ MLK DayMonday was the federal holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. People were using the famous “I have a dream” lines to tweet what they dream. #IHaveADream5. Google/ Eric Schmidt/ Larry PageEric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, stepped down. Larry Page will become the new CEO as of April 4. #GoogleCEO.6. American IdolThe show kicked off a new season on Fox this week. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are the new judges. OMG. #AmericanIdol.7. Paul CezanneGoogle commemorated artist Paul Cezanne’s (yeah, the still-life fruit guy) 172nd birthday with a special “Google Doodle.” #PaulCezanne. 8. I Love You BecauseC’mon people. It’s a little early for this. Valentine’s Day is still a few weeks away. That doesn’t matter to the Twitter population who are sharing reasons why they love someone. #Iloveyoubecause9. Rules for Girls / Rules for MenFor some reason, Twitter is prentending that the word “girl” and the word “men” are equal. Not quite. But anyway, people are tweeting rules they think girls and men should follow. #RulesforGirls #Rulesformen10. Regis PhilbinRegis Philbin, 79, announced that he is retiring from daytime TV. The hunt is on for Kelly’s new co-host. #RegisPhilbin[Photo via TheAtlantic.com]
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is to open a workplace nursery at its Cheltenham-based headquarters.The on-site nursery, which will be run by Bright Horizons Family Solutions, will provide day care and pre-school education for children between the ages of three months and five years.In addition to providing childcare support to UCAS employees, the nursery’s 50 places will also be open to members of the local community.The day nursery and pre-school will open in September 2016.Mary Curnock Cook, chief executive at UCAS, said: “Providing a workplace nursery for our staff is a signal that we recognise the particular challenges for colleagues wanting to combine a fulfilling career with bringing up a family.“Early indications are that both male and female staff are excited about the opportunity to have their children looked after on site in a high-quality nursery with access to a wonderful expanse of outdoor space.”
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has approved a regulated apportionment arrangement (RAA) for appliance retail organisation Hoover’s pension scheme.The proposal will see Hoover pay £60 million into the Hoover (1987) Pension Scheme (HPS). The scheme will also gain ordinary shares in Hoover, representing a 33% stake.The pension scheme, which has 5,319 pensioners and 2,184 deferred members, is expected to transfer into the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).The proposal aims to help safeguard pension outcomes for the 7,503 scheme members, as well as protect jobs across the organisation’s UK sites.TPR formally approved the RAA on 30 May 2017, after both Hoover and the pension scheme trustees agreed on the new arrangement.Hoover had to meet particular criteria to gain formal approval. This criteria included that Hoover would have become insolvent within the next 12 months if the RAA had not taken place. Other considerations include whether the scheme might have received more from an insolvency, whether a better outcome might have been achieved using other means, such as by using TPR anti-avoidance powers, the position of the remainder of the employer group, and whether the scheme was being treated equitably compared to other creditors.The lump sum that is to be paid into the pension scheme is higher than it would likely be if Hoover were to become insolvent.This RAA is the first such proposal to be approved by TPR in 2017, and the second RAA to gain approval in the last two years.Nicola Parish, executive director of frontline regulation at TPR, said: “We do not agree to these types of arrangements lightly but in this case we believe it is the right outcome for scheme members and the PPF. RAAs can also be a useful means to keep [organisations] afloat and preserve jobs.“This type of pension restructuring is rare, and will only be agreed in accordance with our published guidance, so that RAAs are not abused by [organisations] seeking to offload their pension liabilities. We insisted on clear and extensive evidence to show that Hoover would inevitably fall into insolvency without a restructuring of its pension arrangements.”