Kim to Helm Dartmouth

first_imgDartmouth has tapped Jim Yong Kim, a leader in global health, to become its next president. Kim, 49, currently heads the department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he earlier received an MD and a PhD in medical anthropology. He co-founded Partners in Health with Harvard classmate Paul Farmer, and then went on to head the HIV/AIDS program at the World Health Organization in 2004-2005. Kim “has shown how what you learn in the classroom can serve society and benefit mankind to the fullest,” says Michael Merson, Global Health Institute at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and a former head of WHO’s Global Programme on AIDS. Until recently, many expected the Obama administration to offer Kim a top slot, such as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, which has yet to be filled. Kim, who was born in Seoul, Korea, will be the first Asian-American president of an Ivy League school. He also will be the first the member of that rarified club to have played a prominent, hands-on role in global health efforts, which ultimately may have the most impact on his stewardship. He takes over on 1 July. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

All you need to know about Aniruddha Rajput, India’s newest member at UN’s International Law Commission

first_imgAniruddha Rajput is arguably the youngest nominee to be elected into UN’s International Law Commission (ILC), the top legal body that codifies public international law at a global scale.Rajput, who got the highest number of votes in the Asia-Pacific group, is among the 34 individuals elected by the UN General Assembly as members of the ILC.Read more: Indian lawyer Aniruddha Rajput elected to top United Nations body of legal expertsWHO IS ANIRUDDHA RAJPUT?Aniruddha Rajput is a 33-year-old private law practitioner from India who was nominated for the International Law Commission election by the Ministry of External Affairs, in May.Rajput is possibly the youngest ever candidate to be a member of the ILC. In 2011, France’s Mathias Forteau got nominated for the ILC at the age of 37.He got his LLB degree from Pune’s ILS Law College, and went on it complete his LLM from the London School of Economics. He also holds a merit rank at University of Pune.FROM SUPREME COURT TO ILC    Rajput practiced in the Supreme Court of India for six years, focusing on arbitration, public law and commercial litigation.He helped draft the Arbitration and Conciliation Rules of London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA-India) and Delhi High Court Arbitration Centre. He was involved in the consultations for proposals of amendments to Indian Arbitration Act, and contributed to drafting the National Sports Development Bill, 2011.He has been a visiting professor of International Commercial Arbitration and International Trade Law at the Indian Law Institute from 2010 to 2012.advertisementThe webpage for Jammu and Kashmir Study Centre, which is said to be “an RSS-related think-tank”, names Rajput as its director.Rajput recently completed his PhD from the National University of Singapore.While still a PhD student, the Ministry of External Affairs nominated Rajput for the ILC election in May.CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING HIS NOMINATION FOR ILCWhen the Ministry of External Affairs nominated Rajput, a private lawyer, for election to the United Nation’s International Law Commission in May, questions were raised.Reports had it that it was because of his “links to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh” that led him to be chosen as India’s candidate to the International Law Commission by the Permanent Mission of India to the UN.A report on The Wire says: “The Geneva-based commission usually has senior academicians and legal officers from foreign ministries around the world as its members. As per the ILC’s statute adopted by the UN General Assembly, the commission comprises 34 members ‘who shall be persons of recognised competence in international law’.”As for why or what led to MEA’s choice of Rajput, who was a PhD student when nominated, the report says it remains “a closely held secret with the Ministry of External Affairs unwilling to answer questions on the record about why it made its choice.”last_img read more

Watch what Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni did to Yuzvendra Chahal after his 6 for 25

first_imgYoung leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took 6/25 as India bowled England out for just 127 to win their third T20I by 75 runs on Wednesday, securing a 2-1 victory in the three-match series. (Yuvraj Singh to Yuzvendra Chahal: Who’s heavier? The ball or you?)It brought the curtains down on a long, unsuccessful tour for England. Along with the T20Is, the hosts also won the Test series by a comfortable 4-0 margin, and clinched the ODI contest 2-1.Chasing 203 for victory, a spectacular batting collapse by England saw them being bowled out in 16.3 overs – with the last eight wickets falling for just eight runs and six players failing to score. (Kohli’s witty response to journalist: Sri, if I do everything, what will the others do?)The 26-year-old Chahal became the first Indian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is, and he also took the third-best figures in the shortest format.England’s chase seemed to be on, with 89 needed off the last eight overs. But India put on their two leg-spinners in tandem and Chahal struck twice in the 14th over. Morgan holed out at deep-midwicket, while Root was trapped lbw off the very next ball.England’s innings promptly collapsed in stunning manner as the tourists went from 119/2 to 127 all out in the space of 18 balls.Chahal took three more wickets with both Stokes and Moeen Ali caught in the deep, while Jordan was stumped later on. Jasprit Bumrah (3/14) chipped in with three quick wickets and completed the rout. (Never dreamt of taking six-wicket haul, says Yuzvendra Chahal)advertisement”Having two leg-spinners gave us an advantage,” India captain Virat Kohli said. “Amit Mishra started it and then Chahal took five quick wickets. He knows this ground from the IPL.”Summing up, Kohli added: “It’s a memorable series win for us, the whole tour actually. It has been a brilliant couple of months for the Indian team, and going forward we know exactly what to do in each format.”The match also witnessed some special performances from veterans Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh.Dhoni struck his first T20I half-century on his way to a 36-ball 56 and star all-rounder Yuvraj, who hit England fast bowler Stuart Broad for six consecutive sixes in the World T20 in 2007, smashed three sixes and a four in four balls off paceman Chris Jordan in his knock of 27 from 10 balls. (Yuzvendra Chahal a product of IPL: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)Praising the senior pros, Kohli said: “It is not a bad thing when you have MS Dhoni behind the stumps and experienced guys like Ashu bhai (Ashish Nehra) and Yuvi pa (Yuvraj Singh).”The celebrations, which kicked-off at the M Chinnaswamy, continued at the team hotel. In a video posted by all-rounder Hardik Pandya on Instagram, Chahal was greeted with a cake when the team returned to the hotel.However, all did not go as planned for Chahal.As soon as Chahal went near the cake, Dhoni held the pocked-sized bowler from behind and batsman Mandeep Singh and Kohli then pushed Chahal’s face straight into it, making the other team members, including Yuvraj, and the hotel staff, who were present there, burst into laughter.last_img read more

3 freelance resolutions you SHOULD make

first_imgAlmost everyone makes some kind of resolution in the New Year – and freelancers are no exception. These pledges range from the mundane (“I will figure out a way to make the cat leave me alone in the morning”) to the complex (“I will dominate my LARP group and all shall worship me as Emperor”).But here are three resolutions I think every freelancer really should make – for 2016 and beyond.1. Value yourselfYou are the core of your freelance business. If you’re a freelancer, you’ve already demonstrated tremendous faith in yourself, by being brave enough to strike out on your own.Now double down on that faith. Make this the year that you really invest in your product, your chief-of-staff, your best asset: YOU.By virtue of your life experience, your talents, your sense of humor, your intelligence, your very intrinsic YOU-ness, you bring something to the table that nobody else can. Don’t underprice yourself – in rates or in respect.‘Fire’ clients who abuse you, underpay you, continually overstep your boundaries, or make you feel worthless. Perceived value is a powerful phenomenon; if you respect yourself, others are more likely to follow suit.**Resolve to grow your network in 2016 **Become a Freelancers Union member (it’s free!)2. Gain perspectiveWhen you’re your own business, it’s easy to get caught up in the rat race. Sure, you had an OKAY year – but it’s nothing compared to your high-achieving buddies/colleagues/siblings/social media connections!Somebody is always going to (seemingly) be doing better than you. Somebody is always going to be doing worse.A lot of the time, our perceptions of peers’ accomplishments are warped by our own insecurities and obsessions. Try to keep some perspective!Are you learning and growing? Are you finding work that fulfills you – or are you making progress towards that goal?If scoping out the competition fires you up (or gives you ideas about how to get ahead), keep your eyes and ears open, by all means! A little healthy comparison is good for you. But this year, resolve to balance that out with pride in your own progress.While you’re at it, DON’T MAKE FREELANCING YOUR WHOLE LIFE. Many freelancers (myself included) dabble with becoming high-functioning workaholics. Don’t do it.Make time for friends, for family, for social events, for staring aimlessly at walls. All freelancing and no play will make you a dull, dull human… and relentless fixation won’t make you a better worker. Work suffers when it’s the only thing in your life; too much pressure can make you rigid and resistant to creativity. Keep freelancing in perspective.3. Take little steps to take big leapsDostoyevsky didn’t write War and Peace in a day – he had to write it out page by page like the rest of us mortals.If you’ve got big dreams, go for them! Don’t get intimidated by scale. You can do things that others find unimaginable or unlikely – but you may have to do them one small step at a time.If you have a huge, overarching goal, start building in little habits to support that goal. Create deadlines and benchmarks for yourself. Find collaborators or friends who will hold you accountable. Focus on the process, with an end objective in mind; you may be surprised how quickly it comes together.You may feel yourself incapable of achieving your biggest dreams, but you may find yourself infinitely MORE confident about taking little steps – and those add up quickly.Kate Shea lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

ESPN’s Final Prediction For Notre Dame-Virginia Game

first_img ESPN gives Notre Dame a 89.6% chance to win, as opposed to just a 10.3% chance for Virginia. Will Saturday’s contest be lopsided?It’s the best day of the week! No. 10 Notre Dame 🆚 No. 18 Virginia🕗 3:30pm EST 📍 Notre Dame Stadium📺 NBC📱📻 ☘️ #BeatCavaliers— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) September 28, 2019The Fighting Irish are 10.5-point favorites according to the spread, and many are expecting they’ll not only win, but cover as well. It all depends on how the team responds to last week’s adversity.College football is unforgiving. How quickly a team can bounce back dictates the season’s outcome. There’s still plenty left to play for and a playoff selection isn’t out of the picture for ND. But the Cavaliers want to play spoiler on Saturday.Notre Dame and Virginia kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Notre Dame players celebrate with Braden Lenzy after a touchdown.SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 14: Braden Lenzy #25 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is congratulated after his touchdown against the New Mexico Lobos at Notre Dame Stadium on September 14, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)Notre Dame will face its second-straight ranked opponent on Saturday. The Fighting Irish almost escaped Athens with a win over Georgia last Saturday. But a few late stops from the Dawgs’ defense ended the upset bid. Now, ND looks to bounce back on Saturday against No. 18 Virginia.The Cavaliers don’t play a pretty brand of football. But head coach Bronco Mendenhall knows how to win games. Virginia is 4-0 heading into Saturday’s contest with notable wins over Pitt and Florida State.Can Virginia pull off the upset of Notre Dame on Saturday?Heading into the matchup, ESPN has released its final prediction for Notre Dame-Virginia. The computer model is loving the Fighting Irish in this one.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Sheldon Cottrell’s salute is annoying, says Trevor Bayliss

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service SouthamptonJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 11:36 IST Cottrell celebrates with a military salute every time he gets a wicket (AP)HIGHLIGHTSTrevor Bayliss is not amused by the ‘Sheldon Salute’Sheldon Cottrell is a soldier in the Jamaican Defence ForceWest Indies will face England on June 14 in SouthamptonWest Indies bowler Sheldon Cottrell has been creating a buzz in the ongoing World Cup, not just because of his brilliant bowling but for his flamboyant celebrations, known as the ‘Sheldon Salute’ which he does after taking a wicket.However, England coach Trevor Bayliss is not amused by the ‘Sheldon Salute’.According to ESPNcricinfo, Bayliss said on Wednesday that the signature celebratory salute of Cottrell annoys him more than anything else.”If you’re older than about 40-years-old it p***** you off,” Bayliss said on Wednesday ahead of England’s encounter with West Indies to be played on Friday.”But every team has their way of celebrating and I’m sure other teams might not like the way we celebrate. In the end, it’s a young man’s game. It’s all entertainment. If it gets a bit of a laugh or a smile on people’s faces so be it,” he added.Cottrell celebrates every dismissal of his with a short march and a salute to the pavilion as a tribute to the Jamaican Armed Forces. He is a soldier in the Jamaican Defence Force.”It’s a military-style salute. I’m a soldier by profession. Me saluting is just to show my respect to the Jamaica Defence Force,” he was quoted as saying to the BBC earlier this year.”I do it every time I get a wicket. I practised it for six months when I was training in the army,” he added.England, with two wins in three matches, are sitting at the third spot in the points table whereas West Indies are at the sixth position with three points. Both sides will face each other in Southampton on Friday.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch relieved after Australia scrape past PakistanAlso Read | On 14th July, I want the World Cup in my hand: Hardik Pandya issues warning ahead of New Zealand clashAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Sheldon CottrellFollow England vs West IndiesFollow ICC World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019: Sheldon Cottrell’s salute is annoying, says Trevor BaylissSheldon Cottrell celebrates every wicket by doing his signature celebratory salute in this World Cup. However, this step has been disapproved by England coach who feels that other teams might not like how they celebrate and it’s very annoying.advertisementlast_img read more

Jaishankar holds talks with Russian counterpart

first_imgMoscow: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov here on Wednesday and the two leaders discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest. Jaishankar arrived in Moscow on Tuesday on a two-day visit to Russia to finalise the preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s forthcoming visit to the country. This is his first visit to Moscow since assuming office in May. His visit comes days ahead of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok from September 4 to 6 where Prime Minister Modi will be the chief guest. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “40 years to the day I first came to Moscow. The world has changed but India-Russia relations remain steady,” Jaishankar tweeted on Tuesday. Jaishankar and Lavrov took stock of preparations for the prime minister’s visit and the 20th Annual Bilateral Summit between the two countries. He will also meet Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov. Days ahead of Jaishankar’s visit, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval travelled to Moscow and held talks with his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev during which both sides underlined support for principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-interference of third parties. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Delivering a speech at the discussion platform of the Valdai Discussion Club on the issue ‘The prospects of India’s policy in the Indo-Pacific region’ on Tuesday, Jaishankar said that the changing world had thrown up new concepts and approaches and the Indo-Pacific was one of them. India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s rising military maneuvering in the region. China has been trying to expand its military presence in the Indo-Pacific, which is a biogeographic region, comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea. China claims almost all of the South China Sea. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the sea.last_img read more

Prince Harry Duchess Meghan to Visit Atlas Mountains on Morocco Tour

Rabat – As part of their royal visit to Morocco, the duke and duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan Markle, will visit the Atlas Mountains on Sunday.In an article shared by UK Ambassador to Morocco Thomas Reilly, the British outlet Royal Central has revealed details about their visit this weekend.The duke and duchess will arrive at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport on Saturday evening, where they will be welcomed by Reilly and his wife. The royal couple will also observe a Guard of Honor at the airport.The prince and Markle will then head to the Atlas Mountains on Sunday to visit Asni, a small town in the High Atlas mountains 50 kilometers south of Marrakech.Yesterday, Reilly posted an Instagram post from the region with a caption to express his excitement for the visit of the royal family.Read Also: Prince Harry and Pregnant Meghan Markle to Visit Morocco in February“The sun rises on the #Atlas mountains and is the last day before the arrival of the #RoyalVisitMorocco,” he said.Mountains look absolutely amazing today. Wish I was up there amongst them. Still, preparing for the #RoyalVisitMorocco is a pretty good alternative— Thomas Reilly (@TSAReilly) February 22, 2019He added that “the weather is nice and the mountains are beautiful with their snow caps.”The embassy of the UK in Morocco shared some tweets about the visit and its itinerary, emphasizing that the royal family will discuss several issues and cultural aspects during their visit.The spokesperson of UK in Middle East and North Africa, Alyson King, said that  “Caftan, Couscous and Fez ancient souks” are among the assets that “the beautiful Morocco with rich culture”  is famous for.#القفطان والكسكس وأسواق #فاس العتيقة..من بين ما يشتهر به #المغرب الجميل ذو الثقافة الغنية..ثقافة سيطلّع عليها عن قرب #الأمير_هاري وعقيلته #ميغان في زيارة لهما تبدأ يوم السبت المقبل.ترقبونا هنا وعلى #إنستغرام @natiq_britanee لمعرفة المزيد عن هذه الزيارة #زيارة_ملكية_المغرب— AlysonKingUK (@AlysonKingUK) February 21, 2019King continued, saying it was “a culture that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will explore  closely in a visit that will start on Saturday.”The spokesperson added that “education and women and youth empowerment” are also among the topics which will be discussed during the royal visit.التعليم وتمكين المرأة والشباب في بناء #المغرب الحديث، والتركيز على كيفية استخدام التقاليد للمساعدة في الإنتقال إلى الحداثة, مواضيع تتضمنها زيارة #الأمير_هاري وعقيلته #ميغان إلى المغرب يوم السبت المقبل. المزيد #بالفيديو على حساب #إنستغرام @natiq_britanee #زيارة_ملكية_المغرب— AlysonKingUK (@AlysonKingUK) February 21, 2019During their visit to Asni, Harry and Meghan will visit Education for All boarding houses, a Moroccan NGO, according to Royal Central.“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will meet some of those staying at the boarding houses as well as those teaching them while Meghan will also take part in a henna ceremony.”Prince Harry and Meghan will then head on Sunday evening to Rabat for an official reception at the residence of the British ambassador.On their third day, Monday, the royal couple will also visit the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat, the Villa des Ambassadors restaurant for a cooking class on traditional Moroccan cuisine, and the Andalusian Gardens in Rabat. read more

UNICEF receives 48 million from retail chain IKEA to help Indias poor

The donation, the latest from the IKEA Social Initiative, will go towards projects aimed at improving the health and survival of tens of millions of women and children in some of India’s most deprived areas.In India, one woman dies every seven minutes from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth and nearly one million newborn babies die every year, UNICEF said in a news release announcing the donation. The agency noted that India is home to almost 40 per cent of all malnourished children worldwide, with a record 25 million children under five years old suffering from wasting and 61 million children stunted due to malnutrition.The donation from the IKEA Social Initiative will allow UNICEF to support local and national government-led health, nutrition, clean water and sanitation projects, including those providing infants with immunizations and vitamin A supplements, as well as programmes advocating breastfeeding and the importance of nutritious food for children under the age of 24 months.“The resources being provided will allow us to implement critical long-term programmes that seek to improve child survival, development and protection,” said Karin Hulshof, UNICEF India Country Representative in New Delhi. “IKEA Social Initiative has chosen to concentrate its long-term commitments on South Asia, where the needs of children and women are great, and where IKEA has long business experience,” added Ms. Hulshof.UNICEF, IKEA and the Government of India created a partnership in 2000 to tackle the root causes of child labour in the carpet belt of India, including debt, poverty, the lack of access to education, disability and ill health.As a result, some 80,000 children in the state of Utter Pradesh who were unable to attend school have been able to get an education, and around 140,000 children and 150,000 women have been immunized against infectious diseases. Roughly 22,000 women have created their own employment opportunities through self-help groups supported by the partnership’s programmes.The IKEA Social Initiative has become UNICEF’s biggest corporate partner, with total commitments of more than $180 million from 2000 to 2015.“The IKEA Social Initiative makes a serious corporate commitment toward improving the living conditions in countries where it is working,” said Saad Houry, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. “IKEA’s investment in children’s wellbeing, despite the downturn in the global economy, sets a high standard for corporate partnership,” added Mr. Houry. 23 February 2009United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) initiatives supporting some of the poorest people in India are set to receive a $48 million boost from Swedish retail giant IKEA, the agency announced today, coinciding with the day of International Corporate Philanthropy. read more

Air Canada to unveil details about new lowcost airline at Tuesday launch

TORONTO — Air Canada plans to launch its new low-cost airline Tuesday in Toronto.The company gave few details but promised more information would be released at the event.[np_storybar title=”WestJet looking to cut costs as ‘cushion’ over Air Canada shrinks” link=””%5DWestJet Airlines Ltd. estimates that up to two-thirds of the historic cost advantage it had enjoyed over Air Canada has been wiped out by the newfound flexibility its larger rival has been granted in an arbitrated labour agreement with pilots and a gradual increase in the Calgary carrier’s own costs.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Air Canada executives will be on hand and the company will also host a vacation giveaway in Toronto’s downtown Yonge-Dundas Square.The unnamed discount carrier will focus on leisure destinations in the United States and Caribbean and some routes in Europe.It will begin operations with two Boeing 767-300ER and two Airbus A319 aircraft that will be released from Air Canada’s mainline fleet.Additional planes will be added as Air Canada starts to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in 2014, ramping up to 50 planes.Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline and the 15th largest airline in the world, serving more than 33 million passengers last year. read more

Trudeau says no security risks in Chinese takeover of Canadian satellite firm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making his strongest defence yet of his government’s decision to allow a Chinese telecom giant to take over a Canadian satellite technology company.Trudeau says an initial government review of the takeover, required under federal law, unearthed no significant national security risk and didn’t require any further reviews, allowing the deal to be allowed to proceed.He insists his government would never approve any foreign takeover if there is even a hint of concern that it would harm national security.Norsat International shareholders vote to approve Hytera Communications dealWhy Ottawa should have red-flagged — not approved — Chinese takeover bid for satcom firm NorsatHytera Communications Co. Ltd. is set to take over Vancouver-based Norsat International Inc., which supplies materials to the American military and Canada’s NATO partners.The deal has been the focus of a debate over national security risks and the federal government’s willingness to approve a Chinese takeover of a Canadian technology company.Opposition MPs have repeatedly raised concerns about the takeover and there is unease among congressional representatives in the United States about allowing the Chinese firm to have access to sensitive defence technology. read more

In Bogotá UN deputy rights chief says peace is the only option

“I am aware that not everyone is convinced that peace is the best option for Colombia. But it is clear that peace is the best – the only – option,” said Flavia Pansieri, who travelled to Bogotá, Putumayo and Cauca where she met with authorities, ministers, representatives of civil society, as well as women, indigenous, afro-descendants and peasant organizations. These groups have suffered disproportionately from Colombia’s protracted conflict, Ms. Pansieri said at a press conference. “They tell us stories of suffering and abuses they have suffered, not just because of the conflict, but because of a system that has historically discriminated and dispossessed them.” During the armed conflict, over seven million victims suffered large-scale violations of human rights and humanitarian law, the Deputy rights chief stated, stressing the importance of special mechanisms of transitional justice. Now the State must increase attention to the rights of these groups – including basic rights, which are enjoyed in the richer parts of this country.“In a modern Colombia there cannot be indigenous or Afro-descendant children who die of easily preventable illnesses, or because the water they drink is polluted with toxic waste produced by uncontrolled mining,” Ms. Pansieri said. She also praised the dialogue initiatives which are taking place throughout the country, 46 of which the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is participating in. She emphasized the importance of the “unique consultation mechanism,” which allows all parties to understand each other’s needs and perspectives. “People have the right to defend human rights and I want to stress the direct responsibility of the State in creating a climate of protection, in which these terrible acts become unacceptable. The best way to ensure this is through the investigation, prosecution and punishment of those who threaten and attack human rights defenders,” she said. In discussions with different authorities on the progress made in prosecutions for extrajudicial executions carried out to inflate statistics on combat killings –what became known as ‘false positives’ – she urged the Ministry of Defence to support the investigation, prosecution and sanction of these crimes.“Ending impunity for ‘false positives’ will ensure that victims’ rights are recognized and that these crimes will not be repeated anywhere in Colombia,” Ms. Pansieri said. “I would like to insist on the need for Colombia to act in line with human rights standards, which ensure respect for human rights and legitimacy in the use of force.” These mechanisms can help ensure, in a comprehensive manner, not only justice but also truth, reparation and guarantees of non-repetition. There is an imperative need for Colombia to develop judicial and non-judicial measures to help society deal with the human rights and international humanitarian law violations of the past. While commending the current Government’s commitment to truth, justice and reparation for victims, she also insisted on the need for more coordination and cooperation mechanisms between State institutions. “I also call on the Government to pay special attention to the demobilization and reintegration of girls and boys, preferably through a plan of action that will address the grave violations committed against them,” Ms. Pansieri said. The international community has a major responsibility to accompany this process, she said, welcoming the international community to continue assisting the country in the promotion and protection of human rights, with the aim of achieving sustainable and lasting peace. “I am conscious of the enormous challenges that exist. But I am convinced that with the participation of all sectors of society, a better future is guaranteed for Colombia for this generation and the next,” she said. read more

Linden teen writing CXC taxi driver remanded over trafficking charges

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKuru Kururu man remanded for possession of cannabisApril 18, 2016In “Court”Man accused of trafficking 17 grams of cannabis remandedNovember 14, 2018In “Court”Linden passengers charged with possession of marijuanaMay 26, 2015In “Crime” A Linden teenager, who is expected to sit examinations, along with a taxi driver on Thursday appeared before Magistrate Ann McLennan after they were charged with the possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Michael Bascom, 41, of Phase One, Linden Housing Scheme and 18-year-old Reva Bovell, of Obama Drive, pleaded not guilty to the charge after it was read to them.The court heard that the duo on May 9, at Linden/Soesdyke Highway trafficked 11.832 kilograms of cannabis which they had in their possession.In an application for bail, Attorney-at-law, Clyde Forde, explained to the Court that his teenage client is expected to write the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) exams in June.Forde added that on the day in question, Bovell entered Bascom’s taxi at Obama Drive in Linden with nothing but her purse, however, the vehicle was intercepted at the Soesdyke junction by CANU officers and the drugs were found in the car but not in his client’s possession.Bascom was not represented.CANU prosecutor, Kunyo Sandiford informed the court that there are oral and written caution statements by the defendants, linking them to the drugs.Sandiford objected to bail being granted citing the seriousness of the matter.They were both remanded and the matter was adjourned until May 24. read more

LNH Round 8 Montpellier and Karabatic held to 3030 in Selestat

Selestat pulled a surprise in the 8th round of the LNH, in which Montpellier was expected to finally win comfortably as they had Gajic, Tej and Karabatic back in the team. With a 30:30 at home, Selestat continued the agony of Montpellier that started with the betting scandal that kept some of the players away from the playing field and which reflected itself with the teams results. Dragan Gajic had 11 goals, Issam Tej 10, and Nikola Karabatic 6 goals – but all this was not enough for the victory. Petrenko and Pesic had 5 goals each for Selestat.This puts not Montpellier on the 5th place with 10 points, 6 less than Paris HC (8 games, 8 wins). gajickarabaticMontpellierpesicpetrenkoselestattej ← Previous Story Champions League (W): Oltchim, Gyori and FTC keep 100% record Next Story → Markus Richwien (Fuchse Berlin) out until at least end of year read more

BALKAN CLASSICO FOR LAST 16 RK PPD Zagreb or RK Celje Pivovarna

← Previous Story Isabelle Gullden to stay in Bucharest until 2019! Next Story → RECORD: 56 teams at Beach Handball EURO 2017 in Croatia One of the most interesting matches in European handball, clash of two EX-EHF CL winners – RK PPD Zagreb and RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko called “Balkan Classico” will be decisive in the race for the last place at VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16. Two teams will meet at Arena Zagreb on Thursday (19.00) with clear aim to catch the last train for knock-out stage.Currently, Slovenian champions from Celje are two points ahead, but win of home team with three goals and more (even with two but with less goals than 28:30) will promote PPD Zagreb in the rival of the third team from Group A in Last 16. However, the partybreakers could come from Kristianstad, as Swedish champions need a point or two in Skopje against Zagreb to qulify ahead of Balkan teams.Of course, I would like to repeat performance from our last win over Rhein Neckar Lowen, but it will be extremely tough to do it in Zagreb. That match will bring enormous pressure as it is the most important point of the season. However, we have to do 100% of our strentgh to prepare ourselves to win. We raised level of form which is now much closer to the one which demands our coach Branko Tamse. With a victory in Zagreb all our efforts would be paid – said RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko left back Borut Mackovsek.PHOTO: Slavko Kolar read more

47 of Irish people are willing to pay more for groceries from

first_imgMORE THAN 47 per cent of Irish respondents to a new Eurobarometer survey said they were prepared to spend more on groceries or other products from developing countries.While 52 per cent said that tackling global poverty should be one of the Government’s main priorities.InterviewsFrom over 1000 interviews in Ireland, 85 per cent of people said that it was important to help people from developing countries.Ireland saw the highest increase in people who think that we should increase aid to developing countries beyond what is already promised at 13 per cent – up 6 percentage points since the 2012 survey. This is slightly above the EU average of 11 per cent.A further 43 per cent of Irish respondents think that we should keep our promise to increase aid to developing countries, while 22 per cent – up 4 points from last year’s survey, think we should reduce aid to developing countries as we can no longer afford it.The results show that people believe that every individual can play their part in tacking poverty and that it can have a positive influence on people:Only 7 per cent of those surveyed said they were aware of the Millennium Development Goals:If you can’t see these images please click here.Read: Ireland has reduced the number of early school leavers, Eurostat finds>Read: Ireland has the highest fertility rate in the European Union>last_img read more

Nearly 11 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian aid

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF Syrians in urgent need of humanitarian aid has jumped to 10.8 million — nearly half of Syria’s population of 22 million — United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said.In his monthly report to the UN Security Council, Ban said that a total of 4.7 million Syrians are now in areas that are “difficult or impossible” for humanitarian workers to reach, including 241,000 in besieged areas.That’s an increase from the previous estimate of 3.5 million people. The report warned that advances made by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Iraq would only further worsen the situation in Syria.“Efforts to expand humanitarian assistance to those most in need have been met with continued delays and obstruction,” the report said.“Far from improving access, new procedures rolled out two months ago have resulted in more delays and reduced the reach of humanitarian partners further.”Of the 10.8 million total people in need of aid — a 17 percent, or 1.5 million increase from previous estimates — about 6.4 million are internally displaced.An estimated 160,000 people have been killed in the conflict.The report comes as Western powers work toward a new Security Council resolution that would guarantee the delivery of aid.But in a letter to the UN Security Council, dated Wednesday, the Syrian mission warned it would consider any enforced cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid without prior agreement from Damascus as an “attack” on the state.The letter, signed by Syrian and Arab lawyers, warned that the state must give consent for imports of any humanitarian aid.“Importing aid in coordination with terrorist organizations and without consultation with the Syrian state would amount to an attack on the Syrian state,” said the letter.It claimed it could be used as a “pretext for aggression.”Syria opposes the delivery of cross-border aid that would send supplies directly to areas held by the armed opposition in its more than three-year brutal civil war.© – AFP 2014Read: ‘I will be home soon, son’: Irish soldiers stationed abroad mark Father’s Daylast_img read more

Automation is Voldemort tech experts polled on the future impact of robots

first_imgROBOTS AND ARTIFICIALLY intelligent devices will take over many jobs now done by people, and experts are divided as to whether their spread will do human society more good than harm.The Pew Research Center said experts see a growing role for self-driving cars, delivery drones, robotic workers, smartphone-based assistants and even algorithmic journalism by 2025.But they are divided on whether these technological advances will be helpful, with 48% of respondents to Pew’s survey saying they will destroy jobs and increase income inequality.Nevertheless, a slim majority said the technology will take over undesirable tasks and generate new kinds of human employment.The report is not based on a randomised poll sample, but instead on an opt-in survey of people deemed experts or affiliated with certain organisations, taken between November 2013 and January 2014.Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Internet Project, said experts see “the accelerating displacement of work that can be done more efficiently and cost-effectively” by robots.This means “a transformation of labour, especially in the fields of transportation, fast food and medicine; freedom from day-to-day drudgery that allows people to define work in a more positive and socially beneficial way.”But Rainie said many see this as leading to “a shrinking of the middle class and expansion of the ranks of the unemployed.” “Worry less about losing your current job & more about the job you will never be offered in the future” – Paul Saffo— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) August 6, 2014 Stowe Boyd, lead researcher at GigaOM Research, said the growing use of autonomous vehicles will take away important jobs for men such as truck and taxi drivers.“An increasing proportion of the world’s population will be outside of the world of work – either living on the dole, or benefiting from the dramatically decreased costs of goods to eke out a subsistence lifestyle,” he said.“The central question of 2025 will be: What are people for in a world that does not need their labour, and where only a minority are needed to guide the ‘bot-based economy?’” In this photo taken Thursday, June 27, 2013 robots in the standard platform division compete at the RoboCup championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesJustin Reich at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, said, robots and artificial intelligence “will increasingly replace routine kinds of work – even the complex routines performed by artisans, factory workers, lawyers, and accountants.”Others were optimistic such as JP Rangaswami, chief scientist for“The very nature of work will have changed radically by 2025, but only in economies that have chosen to invest in education, technology and related infrastructure,” he said.Some classes of jobs will be handed over to the ‘immigrants’ of AI and robotics, but more will have been generated in creative and curating activities as demand for their services grows exponentially.Vint Cerf, chief Internet evangelist for Google, said: “Historically, technology has created more jobs than it destroys and there is no reason to think otherwise in this case. Someone has to make and service all these advanced devices.”The report is based on views from nearly 1,900 respondents selected by Pew because of their background.They were affiliated to think tanks; companies including Cisco Systems, British Telecom and Microsoft; universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; news organisations and activist groups such as the Electronic Privacy Information Center.- © AFP, 2014Read: Is a Terminator-style robot apocalypse a possibility? > Source: Pew Research Center/Twittercenter_img The race between automation and human work is won by automation, and as long as we need fiat currency to pay the rent/mortgage humans will fall out of the system in droves as this shift takes place. ‘Automation is Voldemort’“Automation is (the ‘Harry Potter’ villain) Voldemort: the terrifying force nobody is willing to name,” said Jerry Michalski, founder of Relationship Economy eXpedition, a think tank of corporate executives.last_img read more

Tara PalmerTomkinson did not have a brain tumour and died from a

first_imgIn November of last year, Palmer-Tomkinson said that she had been diagnosed with the brain tumour in the pituitary gland the previous January, and that it had cleared following treatment.During the 1990s and 2000s, Palmer-Tomkinson regularly made headlines for her hard partying, exhibitionist streak, and high-profile cocaine addiction.She was also a newspaper columnist and television personality, speaking candidly about her battle with drugs and her health problems — including in recent months, her tumour.Her funeral will be held on Monday 27 February.With reporting from AFPRead: British socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has died aged 45 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died on 8 February Tara Palmer-Tomkinson ‘did not have a brain tumour’ and died from a perforated ulcer Palmer-Tomkinson had been diagnosed with a brain tumour last year. 48 Comments 2/5 Today the Coroner’s report states that Tara died of naturalcauses – a perforated ulcer. She did not have a brain tumour.— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 15, 2017 61,405 Views Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died on 8 February Image: John Walton EMPICS Sport Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 5:19 PM Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Santa Montefiore/Twitter Image: John Walton EMPICS Sport THE FAMILY OF the late British socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson have issued a statement to say that the 45-year-old died due to a perforated ulcer.It had originally been believed that she had died from a brain tumour, which she had been diagnosed with last year.Her sister Santa Montefiore tweeted earlier today that a coroner had found it wasn’t a brain tumour but a perforated ulcer which had caused Palmer-Tomkinson to die “peacefully in her sleep”. Short URL Feb 15th 2017, 5:19 PM In a separate statement, the socialite’s family rejected claims that Palmer-Tomkinson was in a “dark place” in the weeks and months before her death.They said: “Those that knew and were close to Tara knew that there was no retreat to a “dark place” as some have disappointingly suggested. In the last few weeks Tara was happy, positive and making plans for when she recovered her health.It has been a great source of comfort to know how loved she was by so many people. Share34 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murraylast_img read more

BBC report links Golden Dawn to attack on SYRIZA MP

first_imgA reporter working for the BBC World Service who attended a meeting of Golden Dawn members has aired a recording that puts in doubt the far-right party’s claims that it was not involved in an attack on SYRIZA MP Dimitris Stratoulis.The lawmaker said he was beaten outside the Olympic Stadium on the night of December 16 by three men claiming to be Golden Dawn members.The party denied it was involved and said it would sue Stratoulis for defamation after he labeled the neofascists “a gang of criminals.”However, a recording made by BBC reporter Tim Franks at a meeting of about 80 party members a few days after the incident suggests Golden Dawn was involved in the attack.“First of all, I want to express my displeasure about some of the newer members of Golden Dawn, who are all about shouting and being provocative,” the opening speaker is heard saying, according to translated speech that was aired by BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday.“Three of them were beating up that poor fellow for half an hour and didn’t even succeed in leaving a lump on his head. That’s shameful,” the unidentified Golden Dawn member said to laughter and applause from the audience. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more