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Shareholder motions demand Imperial Oil transparency on water risk lobbying

first_imgCALGARY – Imperial Oil Ltd. shareholders are seeking to force the company to be more transparent about its water-related risks from pollution and climate change, as well as its lobbying activities and expenditures.A motion sponsored by Fonds de Solidarite des Travailleurs du Quebec, a $13.7-billion socially responsible investment firm, regarding water-related risks will be voted on at Imperial’s annual meeting on April 27.OceanRock Investments Inc., a $1.5-billion fund associated with Desjardins Group, has sponsored the lobbying motion.Imperial is recommending shareholders vote against both because it says it already provides enough transparency.Laura Gosset, engagement analyst for the Shareholder Association for Research and Education or SHARE, says her organization was turned down when it asked Imperial to voluntarily adopt more transparent policies on water risk.“As one of the largest oil producing and refining companies in Canada, Imperial’s heavy reliance on water for its production processes means the company and its investors are exposed to potential physical, regulatory and reputational water-related risks, both in terms of water consumption and wastewater disposal,” she said.Gosset is hoping strong shareholder support for the motion will encourage the company to reconsider and accept reporting practices that are being followed by many of its peers, including Cenovus Energy Inc. and Husky Energy Inc.In a regulatory filing, Imperial said its disclosures about water risk provide the “necessary transparency,” and its compliance with lobbying laws means its activities are already reported in associated lobbying registries.Meanwhile, pipeline company TransCanada Corp. is recommending investors vote in favour of a shareholder motion being considered at its annual meeting also on April 27 in Calgary.The motion calls for TransCanada to report on how it is assessing long-term risks in relation to climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy.In a filing, it said it welcomes the opportunity to improve its disclosure.Oilsands giant Suncor Energy brought forward shareholder motions at its annual meeting in 2016 calling for it to provide more detail on its plans to thrive under tougher climate policy and on its political lobbying.Shareholders followed management’s recommendations in the votes, approving the former motion and defeating the latter.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:IMO, TSX:HSE, TSX:CVE, TSX:TRP, TSX:SU)last_img read more

Kashmir integral part of India, can’t be separated: Shah

first_imgRaigarh: BJP president Amit Shah Thursday said Kashmir is an integral part of India and cannot be separated from the country till a single BJP worker is alive, irrespective of whether the party is in power or not. Addressing an election rally in Raigarh district headquarters in Chhattisgarh, he said when the Modi government is re-elected at the Centre, infiltrators will be identified across the country and deported. “Election is underway in Jammu and Kashmir and an ally of Congress, leader of National Conference Omar Abdullah had advocated for a prime minister in Kashmir. Do you think it’s possible that a country can have two PMs? I have been asking Rahul baba to clarify his stand on the (Abdullah’s) statement, but he is silent,” Shah said slamming Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. “Rahul baba listen carefully…Presently there is a government headed by Modi ji and it will be re-elected. But even if we are not in power, nobody can separate Kashmir from India till a single BJP worker is alive. Kashmir is an integral part of India and if anyone says that it will be isolated from the country, then people of the country will not tolerate it,” he added. Shah also accused the Congress and the National Conference of not being in favour of scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “Congress and National Conference don’t want to remove Article 370. But the BJP has promised in its poll manifesto that Article 370 will be scrapped,” he said. “Another issue is that of NRC (National Register for Citizen). Congress is saying do not bring NRC, but I want to urge you to again elect the Narendra Modi government at the Centre…infiltrators will be identified right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to Assam, and deported,” he said. Describing infiltrators as “termites”, he said they are a threat to the nation’s security. “Our commitment is to throw them out of the country,” the BJP chief added. Shah also alleged that the Congress and other opposition parties are unhappy with the success of the Indian Air Force’s strike on terrorist camps at Balakot in Pakistan in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack. “The Modi government has done the biggest work to safeguard the borders of the country. When terrorists attacked in Pulwama and killed our 40 jawans, there was anger and disappointment in the country. But the Modi government is not like the ‘mauni baba’ (silent) Manmohan Singh government. Barely 13 days after the attack, air strikes were carried out targeting terror camps in Pakistan,” he said. “At a time when the whole nation rejoiced, there was grief in Pakistan. But there was also sadness in the office Rahul baba and company,” Shah claimed. “The guru of Rahul Gandhi, Sam Pitroda, says some kids have committed mistakes and dialogue should be held with them. Do you think talks should be held with those who killed our 40 jawans? Our policy is clear that reply of the bullets will be given with shells. We will not hold talks with terrorists. BJP has a zero tolerance policy against terrorists.” The Congress ruled the country for 55 years, but it did nothing for development of poor, Dalits, tribals, villages and cities of the country, he alleged. In the five years of the Modi government, work has been done for the development of 50 crore poor. Shah also slammed the Congress government in Chhattisgarh and said Ayushman Bharat scheme has been stopped in the state which was meant for welfare of poor people. He also targeted Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel for banning the CBI from investigating any fresh cases in the state without seeking the state’s consent. “Why was Bhupesh Baghel so afraid of the CBI that he banned it in the state immediatelyafter coming to power. What he has done?” he asked. The Congress had promised to provide unemployment allowance in the state, Shah said, adding, “Are you (people) getting it? No development work is taking place in the state. The law and order situation has collapsed.” Shah was campaigning for BJP candidate Gomtee Sai from Raigarh Lok Sabha constituency which will go to polls in the third phase on April 23.last_img read more

Womens empowerment key to achieving UNs goals says Ban Kimoon

Stressing that the empowerment of women is vital to achieving peace and security, improved living standards and respect for human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underscored the need to support the work of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). “Today, we understand, even better than our founders did, that the empowerment of women is a fundamental condition if we are to make progress towards the goals for which the United Nations was created,” Mr. Ban said at last night’s Americans for UNFPA Gala for the Health and Dignity of Women. He noted that too many women die during pregnancy and childbirth because their right to sexual and reproductive health is denied; too many women become infected with HIV because they do not have the power to protect their own health; and too many women are subjected to violence – “one of the most systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world.” All of this underscored the importance of UNFPA’s efforts, he said. “This work needs to be understood. And it needs to be supported.” He encouraged Americans for UNFPA to continue their support for this vital UN agency, adding that by doing so they are “contributing directly to the health and dignity of women in nations all over the world.” Last night’s event honoured four Americans from the media, financial and political fields along with women from Niger, Mongolia and Cambodia for combining passion and entrepreneurship with social responsibility to advance the health and dignity of women. The group honoured Ted Turner, who Mr. Ban called “one of the staunchest allies of the United Nations and of women around the world,” with its Lifetime Achievement Award. 3 October 2007Stressing that the empowerment of women is vital to achieving peace and security, improved living standards and respect for human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underscored the need to support the work of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). read more

Sudan UN promotes peace and disarmament in Darfur through the arts

The event, held yesterday in El Srief locality, 45 kilometres north of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, was aimed at raising community awareness on the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) process, and to enhance people understanding of threats to their security.Sensitization was carried out through songs, dance and puppet shows by local performing artists, according to UNAMID, which organized the function in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Sudan DDR Commission (SDDRC) and other relevant UN agencies.The outreach event began with distribution of 40,000 litres of water to the local residents by UNAMID. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is also installing water pumps and repairing others in El Srief, where residents are forced to walk long distances to fetch water.“These performers have messages for each and every one of us – messages of unity, peace, messages about the dangers of arms,” UNAMID DDR officer, Joan Bao-in, told the gathering.Hussein Elsherif, a child protection officer for the non-governmental organization (NGO) Friends of Peace and Development, said: “Here we send the arms control message on a daily basis. For example, people used to use guns to celebrate, shooting in the air, but we discussed it and the community agreed not to do that any more. We want to send a message of peace and coexistence among communities.” 26 July 2011In a bid to promote peace, security and reconciliation in Darfur, the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission to the Sudanese region (UNAMID) and other UN entities have used the performing arts to raise awareness of a disarmament and demobilization process. read more

Sweden highlights benefits of gender equality to General Assembly

“It would boost American GDP [gross domestic product] by as much as 9 per cent, [the] Euro-zone by 13 per cent and Japanese GDP by 16 per cent,” said Mr. Reinfeldt in his address to the third day of the General Assembly’s annual general debate.An estimated 3.5 billion women and girls are denied their socio-economic rights across the world yet they perform 66 per cent of the work and produce 50 per cent of the food, according to Mr. Reinfeldt.Increased gender equality is an investment for the future, he noted. Evidence from a range of countries showed that when women take greater control of household income, more money was spent on children’s needs including food, health and education.When women played a role in society by shaping institutions and being active in politics and business, there were improvements in the public good and less corruption.“In short, I see gender equality not as a crucial human rights issue, but also a question of smart economics.“I would urge all representatives sitting in this room: Imagine what it would mean in terms of economic growth for your countries if women were allowed to fully participate in society.”The Swedish leader also stressed that the UN must play a leading role in embracing and maintaining the emerging progress towards democracy and freedom of expression in parts of the world where civil liberties have been suppressed. 23 September 2011Gender equality is not just a basic human right but smart economics, Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said at the United Nations today, stressing that closing the gap between men and women in employment will have huge beneficial implications for the global economy. read more

Gunathilake suspended for six games over alleged rape incident

Gunathilaka will also not be paid the match fee for the concluded 2nd test match which Sri Lanka played against South Africa during the ongoing tour, along with any bonus and or other payments in connection thereto.The sanctions will come into force with immediate effect. Out of the total six matches, three matches have been handed over for the latest violation of the ‘Player Code of Conduct and Contractual Obligation’ he has entered into with Sri Lanka Cricket. The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board has decided to suspend Danushka Gunathilake from six international cricket matches for breaching the ‘Player Code of Conduct and Contractual Obligation’ following an alleged rape incident.The incident involving a friend and a Norwegian woman had taken place in Gunathilake’s room at the hotel where he was staying during an ongoing cricket series against South Africa in Colombo. Whilst another 3 matches are given from a suspended sentence of one year, which Gunathilaka was already serving since 18th October, 2017, for breaching the ‘Player Contract,’ in an earlier occasion. read more

WatchCanada is being bullied Scheer calls for Trudeau to step up inspections

Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool/Getty Images OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step up inspections on all products from China and to consider slapping tariffs on imports from the Asian country.In a letter Friday, Scheer pressed Trudeau to take a harder line with Canada’s second-biggest trading partner at a time when the countries are locked in a diplomatic dispute that has dragged on for more than seven months.Since the start of the conflict, China has detained two Canadians on espionage charges and has taken trade-related actions against goods from Canada that carry economic consequences.“There is no other way to put this: Canada is being bullied by the Chinese government and you have done nothing to stand up for Canada in response,” Scheer wrote to Trudeau in the letter, which his office released publicly. Bank of England’s Mark Carney warns international trade tensions could ‘shipwreck’ global economy There’s now another way a Trump threat could deal a major blow to Canadian businesses Canada’s minister of small business to attend event in China as trade tensions cloud relationship The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, however, has no intention of increasing inspections on Chinese imports, a spokeswoman for Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said later Friday.China detained two Canadians in December just days after Canada arrested Chinese high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition warrant.Angered by Meng’s arrest, China has increased inspections that have led to the suspension or obstruction of key Canadian agricultural imports, including pork and canola.Last week, China announced an additional suspension of all imports of Canadian meat products because of claimed concerns over fraudulent inspection reports.Canada is collaborating with China in an ongoing investigation, said Katie Hawkins, Bibeau’s spokeswoman.Scheer wants Trudeau to respond by intensifying Canadian inspections on all imports from China and to start exploring possible retaliatory levies on Chinese products that will have the greatest possible impact while “minimizing harm” to consumers in Canada.He added that Canada imported more than $75 billion worth of goods from China last year.China’s President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend a session on women’s workforce participation, future of work, and aging societies at the G20 Summit on June 29, 2019 in Osaka, Japan. “In short, we have leverage in this dispute, but only if we choose to wield it,” Scheer wrote.Trudeau, who has called the detention of the Canadians arbitrary, has tried to secure their release by encouraging Canada’s allies to tell Beijing it needs to follow the rule of law and other international standards.The prime minister and Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, have said President Donald Trump raised the plight of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor with President Xi Jinping during the recent G20 summit.Kovrig, a Canadian diplomat on leave, and Spavor, an entrepreneur, were both arrested on allegations of undermining China’s national security.Scheer also reiterated his calls for Trudeau to launch a complaint against China with the World Trade Organization and to cut Canadian funding to Beijing’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, to which the Liberal government has committed $256 million over five years. read more

Annan launches appeal to help 33 million vulnerable people worldwide

“The 2.5 billion dollars that we are seeking today is a large amount – but it is far less than what the world spends on military purposes in a single day,” the Secretary-General told donors gathered at UN Headquarters in New York for the launch of the Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeals. The meeting was also addressed by the President of the Security Council, who offered that body’s support for the UN’s quest to fund its relief efforts.Mr. Annan noted that the world was currently focused on the plight of Afghans who, along with more than 30 million war- and drought affected people around the world, would have suffered through yet another winter “largely off camera” had it not been for recent events. “Is it not ironic that it took a terrorist attack and military reaction to raise awareness of the vast humanitarian needs in Afghanistan?” he asked. While welcoming donor efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Afghan people, the Secretary-General urged those present not to forget the 17 other complex humanitarian crises identified in the UN appeals. “In Angola, Somalia and Sudan, long-running civil wars continue to threaten already fragile livelihoods,” he noted. “In Indonesia, 1.3 million people have become internally displaced in less than three years because of new internal conflicts.” And while the past year had brought new hope for the future in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone, “massive humanitarian assistance remains urgently needed.”With the number of deliberate attacks on UN staff again growing dramatically, the Secretary-General stressed that “the primary responsibility for the protection of civilians, and for safe and unhindered access to them, lies with host governments and the parties to a conflict.”Mr. Annan noted that the Consolidated Appeals Process served to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian programmes to reach people in the greatest need. By coordinating their efforts through the Appeals, UN agencies ensured that food was not provided without safe water to prepare it, and that other necessities for survival, including vaccinations against killer diseases, were not forgotten. The process also worked to make sure that “meeting urgent needs today does not compromise the capacity of a community to help itself when the immediate crisis has passed.””No matter how good our strategy, or how well we prioritize, the United Nations and its partners cannot fulfil their commitments to millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance without the financial and political support of the Member States,” the Secretary-General told donors, noting that the 2001 appeal was met with only 50 per cent of the required amount. “We must do better next year, and I repeat my appeal that we should forget no one who depends on us for help and for hope.” Echoing these sentiments, the President of the Security Council, Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, told donors that their contributions would restore hope and erase despair. “The investment you make today will not only help save lives, it will set the basis for self-sufficiency for people and their communities,” she told the meeting, which also heard from individuals who had personally witnessed humanitarian crises in Kosovo and Ethiopia. In a separate press statement on behalf of members of the Council, Ambassador Durrant urged all States to give generously to the appeals. “Members of the Council recognize that gaining access to vulnerable populations and the increasing need to engage with armed groups is one of the key challenges facing humanitarian agencies,” she said, noting that such access was “sporadically granted or even bluntly denied.” Council members called on all States to respect the recognized rules of international humanitarian law, and to facilitate the work of aid agencies carrying out their work, Ambassador Durrant said. read more

UN launches 50 million appeal for final push to eliminate polio from

With countries in the Horn of Africa “one step away” from being certified as polio-free, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) have launched a $50 million appeal for 2003-05 to immunize 22 million children in the region. “Despite the enormous challenge of delivering polio vaccine to children in Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia, the people of these countries have almost wiped polio out of the Horn,” Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO coordinator of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, said at a meeting in Nairobi of the key partners in the anti-polio effort. “By reducing polio cases to near zero, the partnership has demonstrated that polio’s days are numbered – even in countries where conflict has otherwise ravaged health systems.” The Initiative has succeeded in reducing the number of polio endemic countries to just 10 at the outset of the year, down from 125 in 1988. In addition, the number of worldwide cases has dropped dramatically, from 350,000 to 483 last year. So far this year, only two cases have been reported in Somalia and no cases in the other two countries. To achieve this progress, the agency and its partners, including thousands of volunteers, have worked under some of the harshest conditions possible, particularly in Sudan and Somalia where conflict has made the work especially challenging. “To bring us this far, local vaccinators have often taken huge risks – literally dodging bullets – to get vaccine into the mouths of children,” said Urban Johnson, UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa. “Now the key is to make sure there are no new cases. This costs money.” read more

Annan challenges countries to improve performance in global antipoverty campaign

In presenting the first of his annual reports on the implementation of the UN Millennium Declaration, the Secretary-General said the international community’s record in the first two years has been mixed, at best. While some goals have benefited from the hard decisions and courageous reforms that are needed, other had not. “We cannot afford to treat the Millennium Declaration as something to think about tomorrow, or whenever the pressure of business permits,” he said. “Let us not forget that our Heads of State and Government adopted it as an urgent agenda – a list of things we cannot neglect and a list of things we most urgently need to change if this new century is to be any better than the last.” In 2000, world leaders meeting at the UN Millennium Summit agreed to a series of targets to be met over the next 15 years, including halving the number of poor and hungry people, achieving educational parity for boys and girls and fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Secretary-General warned the Assembly today to resist the temptation to put the broader and long-term agenda of the Declaration on the “back burner” in favour of dealing with current grave threats to international peace and security. “Nothing, indeed, could be more contrary to the spirit of the United Nations and its Charter, in which the goal of saving future generations from the scourge of war is so closely linked to that of promoting social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,” he said. While the Millennium Development Goals were global in nature, the Secretary-General stressed that what will determine whether they are met is what happens in each country, as governments find the right mix of policies that suit local conditions and the people insist that those policies be applied. “In other words, its is not here at the United Nations, or by the work of the United Nations officials, that these goals can be achieved,” he told those present. “They have to be achieved in each of the countries that you represent, by the efforts of its Government and its people.” For his part, the President of the Assembly, Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic, said the Millennium Development Goals form the basis of the UN’s economic and social policy and their implementation must remain a top priority.”We have to keep in mind that credibility of the United Nations is based not only on its ability to articulate political goals but also, and primarily, on its ability to mobilize political will for their implementation,” he stressed. read more

34B allocated to Region 10 approved

In 2018, the Government says it will expend $3.4B towards the infrastructure ($322M), education ($2.1B), health ($663M) and regional administration($301M) of Region 10.Today, the Committee of Supply approved the allocation during the consideration of the Current and Capital expenditure of the 2018 national budget.Some of the capital projects that will be undertaken in 2018 include:Construction of new building to house the Regional Democratic Council officesUpgrading of Stanley Road, Wismar Hill Primary Road and othersUpgrading of draining systems and structures at Stanley Road, Dakama Circle and Determa StreetProcurement of a 32-seater school bus to transport pupils of the (now closed) Christenburg Primary School to St Haven’s PrimaryProcurement of two river ambulances to service areas, in and around, Malali, Demerara River and Puruni, Berbice RiverRehabilitation of Upper Demerara Regional HospitalConstruction of health centres at Mabura and Amelia’s Ward Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNational Assembly approves $3.4B for Region TwoFebruary 17, 2016In “latest news”Contractor for airstrip junction road project a no show – Region 1 ChairmanMarch 17, 2019In “latest news”$7.2B budgetary allocation approved for Region 4; improved disaster risk management planned for 2019December 14, 2018In “latest news” read more

13 reasons why Kildares Dermot Earley was a Gaelic football great

first_img3. He continued a great family Gaelic football tradition as his father Dermot Snr was a star for Roscommon2. And he made the brave decision to represent Kildare against Antrim on the day of his father’s funeral in 20101. At the end he had this to say of his time as a Lilywhite 12. He hit the net on the biggest football day of the year in Croke ParkGo to 8.12YouTube: fearailer11. He won championship silverware with his countyPic: INPHO/Patrick Bolger10. To get an idea of his longevity, consider that when he started his career he was in opposition to Kieran McGeeney… 13. His senior career saw him involved with Kildare in 16 seasons, 3 decades and 2 millennia19982013 All Pics by INPHOMurph’s Sideline Cut: ‘All of Galway is going to have to wear this one for a long time’Your GAA championship weekend reviewcenter_img 6. He was a high flier in the middle of the park1998200220125. He suffered injuries but battled on4. He was well regarded by teammates and opponents alike 9. But when he ended it, Geezer was his gaffer8. He won two Allstar awards7. He represented his country against Australialast_img read more

89 dualcore Android stick PC leaves MK802 in the dust

first_imgAndroid-based HDMI stick PCs are exploding in popularity right now with the geek crowd, and a new model promises a substantial upgrade in processing power while still selling for less than $100. This new stick made its debut on YouTube yesterday, and it’s packing a Rockchip RK3066 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.6GHz and 1GB of DDR3 RAM. That’s a big improvement over the MK802, which offers a single-core 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A-8 processor. It’s also significantly better than the Z902, which just appeared last week.In addition to a dual-core chip that’s based on a newer, more efficient architecture, the new stick PC also offers 4GB of internal storage and microSD expansion, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and two USB ports (one full-size and one micro). On the software side, you’ll get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed, and you’ll also have access to Google Play. Adobe Flash Player has also been preloaded, so you’ll be able to take full advantage of the web on your chosen high-def display.So how well does this device perform, you ask? Though the 5500 this device scores in Antutu benchmark doesn’t put it in the same league as today’s top-performing devices, it’s still up there with the Kindle Fire and LG Optimus 2X. For $89 — just a few dollars more than the MK802 — it delivers more than double the average MK802 score.The stick PC is selling for just $89 (basic postage included), and expedited shipping will cost you another $25. Wholesale pricing is available, too, in case you want to unleash and army of ARM Cortex-A9 mini PCs upon the world.More at Liliputing and AliExpresslast_img read more

Katharios retires from SBS

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram SBS stalwart Alexandros Katharios has announced his retirement from the media organisation. Katharios leaves SBS after 36 years in the role of executive producer of the Greek language program. “Reaching the age of 70, I think it’s time to retire and live a peaceful life. Join my family, my grandchildren and have a good time,” Katharios told Neos Kosmos. In his time at SBS, Katharios saw many changes, interviewed prime ministers of both Greece and Australia and a plethora of distinguished guests and Greek artists. He directed and managed the information and entertainment content and programs of the Greek community. In his time Katharios established and maintained successful relations between SBS and the Greek community.last_img read more

Helen Kapalos opens multicultural debate

first_imgTelevision presenter and journalist Helen Kapalos​, chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), appealed for a deeper understanding of what has driven Australia’s multicultural success this week and called on Australians to challenge an “us and them” mentality stoked by the media.Ms Kapalos, delivering an impassioned keynote speech at the VMC’s headquarters in Melbourne, used the event to lay out her vision for revamping not only the state’s multicultural agenda, but our use of the ‘m’-word.Drawing on her own experience and relating a brief history of ‘multiculturalism’ as an expression across the globe, the VMC chair argued that it was time to place the word, used traditionally to describe minorities and minority issues, in the mainstream of contemporary Australia.“I saw the term as belonging largely to minority groups … a reductionist term, reserved for more vulnerable members of the community, or the newly arrived, or for festivals,” said Ms Kapalos, before adding that as a Greek Australian such a label was difficult to identify with.“I wondered whether it was that the term had not evolved … or maybe our multicultural policy should be a policy for all, not just for ethnic minorities, because the value which underpins it is a value we can all relate to: the right to belong.”Relating her own experiences as a journalist with SBS and commercial broadcasters, Ms Kapalos said understanding the difference between cultural diversity as a lived experience, and multiculturalism as a political process was useful to move the debate forward.“My constant frustration is one which still remains… how we index or rate the value of a human life, which appears to rely on how close to our culture and identity they are.”Alluding to the Paris terrorist attacks of November 13, the VMC commissioner said media coverage of the attacks, compared to coverage of similar atrocities in recent weeks, raised questions that go to the heart of multicultural concepts.“Did we get the same coverage about a similar strike in Beirut and why not? Why do some lives matter more than others? There’s one argument that equates it to the ‘relate-ability’ factor. ‘They are more like us’, so we’ll feel more empathy as news viewers, but why do we constantly focus on our differences and not our similarities?“Why are some cultures and traditions ranked as more acceptable than others? The short answer is fear, fear of what we do not know.” Ms Kapalos said the path to challenge fear and change the media’s discourse on diversity was about “reviewing our attitudes, our unconscious bias, and increasing intercultural understanding by empowering ourselves about other cultures”“That way we can form our own perception, not one which has been filtered through the lens of the media. It means we might be less reactive and less likely to feed the media narrative.”The VMC Chair concluded her speech by quoting Martin Luther King “who dreamt that one day his children would not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character. They are often repeated words but it’s still as prescient a vision as ever for the world”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Fort séisme enregistré en NouvelleZélande

first_imgFort séisme enregistré en Nouvelle-ZélandeLa côte nord-est de la Nouvelle-Zélande a été frappée hier par un séisme de magnitude 6,6 selon l’Institut de géophysique américain (USGS).A 13h02 GMT lundi, un séisme de magnitude 6,6 a secoué la Nouvelle-Zélande. Son épicentre était situé à environ 550 kilomètres à l’est d’Auckland, au sud-ouest des îles Kermadec et à une profondeur de 90 kilomètres, rapporte Le Figaro. Bien qu’il n’y avait pas de risque d’un important tsunami, le Centre d’alerte au tsunami du Pacifique a émis une alerte.La Nouvelle-Zélande se trouve sur une zone de forte activité tectonique. Par conséquent elle est fréquemment touchée par des séismes. Christchurch, la deuxième ville néo-zélandaise avait été dévastée en février dernier par un tremblement de terre de magnitude 6,3. Ce dernier a fait 181 morts.Le 19 avril 2011 à 09:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Machin Victory is a must for Sevilla

first_imgSevilla boss Pablo Machin refuses to discount an Athletic Bilbao comeback tonight, despite their big advantage in their last-16 Copa del Rey tieIn last week’s first leg at the San Mames, Sevilla emerged with a 3-1 win in the first leg to put themselves in a commanding position for tonight’s return leg.In light of last Sunday’s 2-0 La Liga defeat to Athletic, however, Machin is remaining cautious as the two teams face off against each other for the third time in six days.“You always have to try and be a competitive team and go for the win in every match, even in cases like this one where the score is already in our favour,” said Machin on the club website.“The only way to compete well is to think we have to win the game. We lost in the league, we weren’t as good as we were in the cup, but we also have to give the opponent credit.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Athletic improved and in the league they were as clinical as we were on Thursday. I’m not unhappy with the performance, but I accept we were far from winning it.“We’ll look at and change some things so other players get into a good rhythm and show they’re ready to play.”Munir El Haddadi could make his first start for Sevilla after debuting last weekend in an 11-minute cameo.The second leg between Sevilla and Athletic will begin at 20:30 (CET) tonight.last_img read more

Players who make VAR gestures will be yellow carded UEFA

first_imgAccording to the European confederation referees chief Roberto Rosetti, any player who asks for the VAR with his hands will be penalized.The introduction of the Video Assitant Referee (VAR) technology in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was a success.But some players and coaches have abused the technology by asking for the VAR to be checked even in small plays or inexistent fouls.The footballers or managers would then mimic the television-screen gesture with their hands to try to pressure the officials to check the VAR.But now, according to UEFA referees chief Roberto Rosetti any player caught during those gestures will be immediately sanctioned with a yellow card.UEFA wanted to wait until the next season to start using the VAR, but after pressure from the teams, it has chosen to use it starting this month.The VAR will be used in the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League, the Europa League Final, the Nations League finals and the 2020 Euro competition.“Any player who shows the shape of the TV screen needs to be cautioned,” said Rosetti according to Sky Sports.“And if they surround the referee, there must be disciplinary intervention.”“We want action in these situations,” he commented.gareth southgate, englandEngland and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“We don’t want to re-referee the match and destroy the spirit of football with three or four interruptions every match.”“There must be clear images for clear interventions,” he added.“VAR has to be insurance, a parachute for the referee.”Many experts believe the Video Assistant Referee technology was a success during last year’s FIFA World Cup, and many other leagues in the world are now using the technology to have a fairer competition.2⃣7⃣th Advanced course for Elite Referees in Lisbon 🇵🇹Learning 📝Sharing 🗣️Developing 🌱Preparing for 📺 😉It’s a privilege to work with so many top professionals from across the continent 👏— #UEFACongress (@UEFA) January 30, 2019last_img read more

Bear — or bears — still on loose in Camas

first_imgA bear seen roaming near Round Lake at Lacamas Park since September may be smarter than your average one, and it could have company.In the last week, several people at the Camas park have reported bear sightings at two separate locations at the same time, leading the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife to suspect there could be more than one bear in the city.“There’s the possibility that there are two bears,” said Craig Bartlett, a spokesman for the department.There have been no reports of two bears being at the same place at the same time, he added.The last reported bear sighting was on Tuesday, when three people saw a bear heading east toward the skate park. The same day, the Camas Police Department received reports of a bear near the Washougal River Greenway.Capture attempts failThose sightings come on top of the ones reported within the heavily wooded, 311-acre park, where the bears are suspected to be on the hunt for extra food to prepare for winter hibernation.Attempts to capture the bear or bears have been unsuccessful, despite Fish & Wildlife placing donut-baited traps in the park for the past six days. It’s uncommon for bears to go so long without being captured after they come into city limits, Bartlett said, so Fish & Wildlife will continue to step up trapping efforts.last_img read more