first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City “It’s not about scoring this playoffs because the defense will tighten up here,” said Paul Lee. “You really have to work hard and be willing to do the little things to get the win.”The star guard has been living up to that, crashing the boards and proving to be as lethal on the defensive end as he is on offense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLee grabbed 13 rebounds to pair up with his 14 points as he emerged as one of the key cogs in Magnolia’s fightback from 20 points down and score the 86-79 quarterfinal victory over GlobalPort on Tuesday.As expected, no playoff game will be a walk in the park and the Batang Pier gave the Hotshots all they could handle, jumping on the listless two-seed to grab the early 6-26 deficit. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus UAAP Volleyball: Ateneo recovers, stops FEU’s winning run Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH However, Lee lauded his side’s resolve in the comeback as it gave Magnolia a big test it passed with flying colors ahead of the bigger wars.“We showed character and that’s big for us here in the playoffs because we showed no panic,” he said. “We held on to each other until we’re able to get back in the game.”The win gave the Hotshots all the momentum they need as they turn their attention to the semifinals, where they await the winner of the NLEX-Alaska series.Make no mistake, though. May it be the Road Warriors or the Aces, Lee said that the Hotshots are willing to take on all comers in their quest to return to the championship dance.“We already have the experience as a group. We’ve been here before, we’re happy to get back in the semis, but this is not our end goal,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith stakes higher than ever, Magnolia knows that making a deep run in to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup means doing thing that are not usually part of the roles of the players. For those tasked to deliver in offense, that means working just as hard, or even harder, on the other end.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s about time we move past the semis.” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

first_imgTehran, Sep 10 (PTI) The Indian basketball team lost to Chinese Taipei 66-90 in their second preliminary round match of the FIBA Asia Challenge at the Twelve Thousand People Sport Hall here today. India, who had beaten the Philippines yesterday, will now play the second round starting from Monday. All 12 preliminary rounds advanced to the second round, where they will be divided into two groups of 6 each. Results: Chinese Taipei (Yi-Hsiang Chou 23, Quincy Davis 18 pts & 14 reb, Cheng Liu 13 pts & 10 reb) bt India (Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 34 pts & 3 stl, Amritpal Singh 14 pts & 10 reb) 90-66 (26-20, 15-15, 26-15, 23-16). PTI AH AHlast_img read more

first_imgThe weather deceived England skipper Joe Root again after his move to bat first in the fourth Test backfired. England were bowled out for 246 on Day 1 as the Indian bowlers wrecked havoc. India in response scored 273 and thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten 126 the visistors took a crucial 27-run lead on Day 2.England reached 6/0 at the close of play on Day 2.The weather is expected to stay the same at least early in the day on third day (Saturday) with some cloud cover providing the Indian bowlers the perfect chance to return the favour to their England counterparts.At the start of play on Day 3, the temperatures will be around 17 degree centigrade and the sunny intervals will have the batsmen needing to just ride out the first session. As the day progresses, batting will become easier as the temperature will rise but never over 21.There is little to no chance of rain on Day 3, with the conditions being similar the following day as well. It is expected to be cloudy on the third day of the 4th Test (UK Metoffice Photo)Moeen Ali spun England right back into contention on a fluctuating second day of the fourth Test with five wickets as India slumped to 273 all out in their first innings on Friday.Live Streaming India vs England 4th Test Day 3: When and where to watch IND v ENG Test match?At 142-2 India were well-placed to build a healthy first innings lead having bowled England out for 246 but Sam Curran took the vital wicket of Virat Kohli before off spinner Ali ripped through the middle order with a stunning spell.advertisementIndia still eeked out a precious 27-run lead though thanks to number three Cheteshwar Pujara who scored his first Test century in England, ending on a magnificent 132 not out.The hosts, looking to wrap up a series win, survived a tricky three-over spell before stumps to reach 6-0 with Alastair Cook on two and Keaton Jennings on four.A composed Pujara came to the crease in the eighth over of India’s innings and batted superbly, sharing a 92-run partnership with Kohli before putting on 78 for the last two wickets with tailenders Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.India trail the five-Test series 2-1 and need to win to keep alive their hopes of a series victory.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgMercedes’ Lewis Hamilton manged to see off changing conditions to grab a record-extending 80th pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel qualified only ninth.Hamilton put in a one minute 27.760 second lap on the super-soft tyres in rain to turn the tide in his favour.Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas, who beat to Hamilton to pole in the last race in Russia, grabbed second spot to guarantee a second successive front row lock out with a lap 0.299 seconds off the 33-year-old Briton’s pace.Ferrari meanwhile made the wrong tyre choice and were then caught out when the rain then came down more heavily, preventing anyone from improving on their times.”It’s so difficult when the pressure is on to make the right call but that’s the big difference between us this year and that’s why we’re the best and the team deserve it,” said Hamilton.JUMP ONBOARD: @LewisHamilton’s pole lap is hereWatch as man and machine turn 18 corners into mechanical poetry, following the timeless curves of this mythic racing circuit #JapaneseGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/2VNgdkHKdHFormula 1 (@F1) October 6, 2018Vettel and Ferrari had failed to match Hamilton’s pace all weekend, with the championship leader completing a clean sweep of practice.The German, who trails fellow four times champion Hamilton by 50 points with five races remaining, needs a miracle to reignite his Formula One title hopes after his worst qualifying of the season.Second and third in the first two parts of the session, Vettel was caught out by Ferrari’s decision to fit their cars with intermediate tyres during the final phase instead of slicks.advertisementBut with the track still bone dry, the German and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had to come straight back in to fit the super-soft tyres.Vettel ran wide on his first attempt on dry tyres, leaving him only one shot at a flying lap. The rain then came before he could set a competitive time.”It’s not the position we deserve to be in, we have better speed than ninth, but tomorrow is a new day. It’s not easy when you start further back but it’s not impossible,” said the unhappy German.Max Verstappen qualified third for Red Bull, with Raikkonen fourth after managing to get a lap in on his first attempt. Romain Grosjean was fifth for Haas.New Zealander Brendon Hartley and French team mate Pierre Gasly were sixth and seventh in a dream result for Honda-powered Toro Rosso at the Japanese engine manufacturer’s home race.Esteban Ocon was eighth for Force India with team-mate Sergio Perez rounding out the top 10.Q3 CLASSIFICATION: @ScuderiaFerrari fans, look away now #JapaneseGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/xgtOFiJIqEFormula 1 (@F1) October 6, 2018Hamilton has won five of the last six races and is already in a position where he does not need to win again this year to clinch the title.The Briton also won from pole in Japan last year.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgHardik Pandya saw his life change since his appearance on Koffee with Karan. The Indian cricketer drew ire from the entire nation for his misogynistic comments.Since the episode aired on TV, Pandya has appolased twice and seen his image take a nosedive with him losing out on a brand endorsement deal with personal care giants Gillette.Within a week of airing the episode, Pandya fell out with Gillette, who are also one of the sponsers of the India-Australia one-day international series.Gillette on Tuesday came out with “#TheBestMenCanBe” campaign on soocial media as the company will help “inspire, educate and help men of all ages achieve their personal ‘best’ and become role models for the next generation.”Boys will be boys? Isn’t it time we stopped excusing bad behavior? Re-think and take action by joining us at https://t.co/giHuGDEvlT. #TheBestMenCanBe pic.twitter.com/hhBL1XjFVoGillette (@Gillette) January 14, 2019Many have already started to wonder whether the parting with Pandya and the start of their new campaign, is not mere co-incidence.Not jumping to conclusions, as to which inspired the other (the move to cancel deal or idea of the campaign), the whole incident has become somewhat of a PR nightmare for all.On Tuesdayy itself, Khar Gymkhana revoked the honorary three year membership offered to Pandya. “Our 4000 member strong social media handle has received a lot of outcry against Hardik Pandya and his comments. They, particularly the women members wanted the club to take some action and be pro active. So in our managing committee meeting, we decided to revoke the three year membership we had given him last October,” Gaurav Kapadia, Khar Gymkhana Gen Secretary told India Today.advertisementPandya had appeared on the celebrity chat show (Koffee with Karan) along with KL Rahul.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya boasted on the show.The 25-year-old also said things like, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move,” when Karan Johar asked him why he doesn’t ask women for their names in nightclubs.Rahul then went on to reveal how they both decide on who gets to date a girl when Karan Johar asked them what happens when both of them like a particular person? “Upto the woman,” Rahul replied.But Pandya interrupted and said, “Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao. It is on talent.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya loses Khar Gymkhana honorary membershipAlso Read | Hardik Pandya loses Gillette endorsement deal after Koffee with KaranAlso Read | Hardik, Rahul suspended for Koffee with Karan controversy: What lies ahead for the two?last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to nominate individuals or groups for the 2015 Human Rights Awards. The awards are presented annually by the Human Rights Commission in collaboration with Partners for Human Rights, a coalition of organizations dedicated to creating a more respectful and inclusive community through human rights promotion. “These awards are a wonderful opportunity for us to recognize people who are advancing human rights in our communities,” said Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission. “This important work carried out by people of all ages across the province is making Nova Scotia a better place to live for all of us.” Recipients are chosen in three categories: youth, individual and organization. The individual award was renamed the Dr. Burnley Allan “Rocky” Jones Award in honour of the late community leader.Nominations should include people or groups that support projects which advance human rights. With a low number of nominees in the youth category last year, those working with young people who demonstrate a commitment to human rights are asked to consider submitting a nomination. Young people are involved in a number of ways to protect human rights, including school programs and peer support networks. Past winners include students from Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, Scott Jones of New Glasgow, Sgt. Craig Smith of Halifax, and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 2. Winners will be announced at a ceremony Dec. 10 in Halifax. For more information and to download the nomination form, visit http://humanrights.gov.ns.ca/ .last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Suave, articulate and a super strategist, Arun Jaitley was the BJP’s and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chief trouble-shooter whose superb four-decade-long political career was cut short by poor health.As the world mourned Jaitley’s death, leaders across party lines remembered how he was a mentor and guide to many. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his condolence message, described Jaitley as a “valued friend” whose insights and nuanced understanding of matters had “very few parallels.” Official sources said the Prime Minister spoke to his wife and son who insisted that he does not cancel his foreign tour. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn his tweets, Modi said: “With the demise of Arun Jaitley Ji, I have lost a valued friend, whom I have had the honour of knowing for decades. His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels. He lived well, leaving us all with innumerable happy memories. We will miss him!” In a statement, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi said: “Jaitley had a long innings as a public figure, Parliamentarian and Minister and his contributions to public life will forever be remembered.” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Untimely demise of former FM and senior leader Sh Arun Jaitley ji is a huge loss to the nation…” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed sadness over Jaitley’s demise and said he was a politician who was “appreciated across parties”.last_img read more

first_imgFor a democracy, if it has to be vibrant and relevant to contemporary times, introspection is a must. In the ever-changing scenario of needs, desires, values, demands of society, the Constitution of any democratic country cannot be static. It should be alive, dynamic and continually changing itself to suit present-day conditions. Perhaps this is the reason why more than 100 amendments were brought to the Constitution of India since it was first enacted in 1950. This principle holds good even for the Institution of Governor in Indian polity, especially in the context of the appointment of governors to five states recently. Some constitutional experts are of the opinion that the spirit of cooperative federalism is missing in these appointments and there is a need to appoint apolitical governors. Also Read – A special kind of bondSince its inception as the pivot of Indian federal system, the office of the governor has remained a controversy. Governors today are being disparagingly termed as the agents of the Centre. The issue becomes more relevant with the appointment of nine new governors since July. When the controversy over the institution of governor became a nation-wide debate in the early ’80s, the Union Government of the day appointed Justice Sarkaria Commission to prepare a report. Also Read – Insider threat managementSarkaria Commission, in its report in October 1987, suggested that the governor should be a person of some eminence in some field and should be a detached figure with little record of participation in the local politics of the state. He or she should be a person who has not taken a keen part in politics generally and particularly in the recent past of his or her appointment. It is desirable that a politician from the ruling party at the Centre should not be made the governor of a state headed by another party. It should be ensured that there is effective consultation with the chief minister of a state while appointing a governor in that state. None of these are apparently followed. Against this backdrop, it may be appropriate to compare the institutions of CM and Governor. The chief minister in our country is a democratically elected head of state government and is vested with all executive powers. He or she is elected by legislators of the party or coalition commanding majority in the state Assembly. According to the Constitution, the governor is only a namesake head of the state and his or her role is just ceremonial, whereas the real power lies with the chief minister. Governors of the states have more or less similar powers and functions at the state level similar to the President at the Union level. The sole exception is that there cannot be a President’s Rule at the Centre whereas President’s Rule or Governor’s Rule may be imposed in a state when it is felt that the state cannot be run in accordance with provisions of the Constitution! This provision was frequently abused. Though the Constitution says that the Governor, who is appointed by the President for a term of 5 years, enjoys many different types of powers – the Executive, Legislative and Discretionary – the spirit of the Constitution envisages that these are titular in nature. Governor appoints the chief minister, but only a person who enjoys the support of the majority in the Assembly. Like the British Monarch, the governor can do no wrong in this. The governor also appoints the other members of the Council of Ministers and distributes portfolios to them only on the advice of the chief minister. The Council of Ministers remain in power during the pleasure of the governor but in the real sense, it means the pleasure of the Assembly. He makes many more constitutional appointments but these powers are formal and the governor, while using these powers, must act according to the advice of the Council of Ministers headed by the chief minister. When the state legislature is not in session, the governor can promulgate ordinances but only on the advice of CM. As long as these systems continue without hindrance, the spirit of the Constitution is upheld but if it is otherwise, it becomes a mockery as happened in a number of instances in several states by political governors. From time to time, the role of the governor has made people feel that they are living in a very fragile democratic realm, which can be shaken effortlessly by the governor. It is a well-known fact that the governors played a dictatorial role many a time and transcended all the democratic limits. Different political parties have misused the role of the governor at different times for their partisan interests, thus proving that Indian society has yet to achieve the state of political modernisation and political culture. The institution of the governor was misused to a great extent several times in the past and there is no guarantee that the same is not repeated in future. Many political debates took place to restructure the constitutional framework concerning the office and role of the governor in a federal structure. When chief ministers belonged to the opposition, the governor was considered as the Centre’s agent. As a result, the governor started playing a stubborn role, which gave birth to debatable issues concerning the constitutional powers of the governor. There were many constitutional debates about the institution of the governor. Some people wanted popularly-elected governors. The drafting committee of the Constitution, however, decided that the governor would be appointed by the President. As a result, different parties manipulated the appointment of the governor on one hand, and on the other, governors started following the command from the central government in order to make the Centre happy in anticipation of gaining higher political positions. Since independence, no party in power at the Center was an exception to this. Thus, we see that the framers of the Constitution endowed Governor with certain powers with the hope that the governor would use these powers to keep India united with the spirit of cooperative federalism but the governors and central government misused the institution to fulfil their political interests. While the President of India is elected by the representatives of the people, namely the MPs, MLAs, the governor is merely appointed by President on the advice of Prime Minister. Like that of President, the governor should also be elected by members of both Houses. If it has to be an appointment, then, on the lines of appointment of a Judge to the supreme court by the President on the recommendation of the collegium, apolitical governors should also be appointed with a similar process. The collegium may include the Prime Minister, chief minister of the concerned state, Chief Justice of India and at least two constitutional experts of impeccable character – all with veto power. The key issue concerning the office of the governor today is one of rehabilitation. The problem of role-differentiation is taking place largely on account of one-party dominance which assumed such serious dimensions today as to become a case of a crisis of confidence in the political system itself. Though the Supreme Court has expressly laid down that the governorship is an independent constitutional office which is not subject to the control of the Government of India, it is seldom observed in practice. Let the appointment of governors not be a process of political rehabilitation for the party in power at the Centre, as reflected in the recent appointments under the present dispensation. It is high time we make necessary changes in the Constitution and do away with the old practices? The sooner, the better! (The author is Chief PRO to Telangana CM. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img A record 14 scientific or technologically themed feature-length films will play at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). From a deep-sea researcher, to a lie-detector inventor, to Jane Goodall, to Thomas Edison, the films portray a range of characters. TIFF will run from September 7th to 17th in Toronto. The science lineup is as follows. Some descriptions are quoted from TIFF programmers.THE CURRENT WAR. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, and Nicholas Hoult. The story of a ten-year face-off–between Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla–about the implementation of electricity via direct or alternating current. Science & Film interviewed writer Michael Mitnick.KODACHROME. Directed by Mark Raso. Starring Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ed Harris. Inspired by the true story of a road trip to the last film processor to develop Kodachrome film, invented by George Eastman’s company in 1935. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Rabat – Kaymu.ma published its first report based on Moroccans’ e-commerce tendencies.The online store analyzed the shopping behavior of 500,000 visitors to their website within the last two years.The study revealed the age group that buys the most online is that of people 25-34 years old, followed by those 18-24, and in third place, people aged 55-64, accounting to 3 percent of the users studied. Kaymu.ma revealed that 58 percent of transactions made online were done by men and not women.Casablanca came first in online shopping, followed by Rabat with 39 percent and Marrakech with 10 percent.E-commerce in smaller cities is less common but still accounted to 13 percent of the total, according to the same study.As far as how these purchases are made, 55 percent of Moroccans use their personal computers, followed by the use of smartphones, mostly iPhones and Samsung mobiles, via 4G signal.The most commonly bought category of items, among the 500,000 shoppers studied, were those classified as high-tech articles, Kaymu.ma said.Clothing items and shoes ranked second favorite, and in last place were kitchen items. read more

As soon as the Indian patrol saw the army troops under attack in North Kivu, scene of years of fighting between the Government and an array of rebel groups, it went to their aid, according to a press release issued by the peacekeeping force, known as MONUC.The soldier was wounded in the exchange of fire and taken to hospital in Goma, the provincial capital, where he later died, the 31st blue helmet in the 11-year history of MONUC to die under enemy fire.A Congolese soldier and a civilian were also killed and three soldiers and one civilian wounded.MONUC has helped restore a measure of stability and democratic process to a country torn apart by years of civil war and revolts that led to the greatest death toll since World War II – 4 million people killed by fighting and the attendant starvation and disease. But fighting has continued in the east. 24 May 2010An Indian soldier from the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was killed today when his patrol went to the aid of national army forces caught in an ambush by unidentified gunmen in the east of the country. read more

Earlier, Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M Hizbullah and Western Province Governor Azath Salley had also resigned from their posts. He said that the decision was taken after discussions held between the Muslim Parliamentarians in the Government. Hakeem said that the Muslim Ministers will however continue to support the Government in Parliament and ensure it has the majority. Deputy Minister for Ports and Shipping Abdullah Mahroof had also tendered his resignation.Hashim said the Muslim Ministers who resigned will give the Government one month to ensure the authorities investigate the allegations made against some Muslims Ministers over the Easter Sunday attacks.He said that while the former Ministers will continue to support the Government they would expect the Government to protect the Muslim community. The Muslim Ministers who resigned are Rauf Hakeem, Kabir Hashim, MHA Haleem and Rishad Bathiudeen.State Ministers Ali Zahir Maulana, Faizal Cassim, H.M.M. Haris and Ameer Ali also resigned. The President’s office said that they handed over their resignation letters to President Maithripala Sirisena.President Sirisena, who had appointed the two Governors, accepted the resignation letters.  (Colombo Gazette) All Muslim Ministers, including Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, resigned from their portfolios in the Government today.Addressing the media today, Minister Rauf Hakeem said that all Muslim State and Deputy Ministers had also tendered their resignations. read more

“I will discuss developments in the region and particularly Afghanistan and the work the UN is doing there,” Mr. Annan told reporters upon his arrival. “Over and above that, the UN has had a broad agenda with Iran,” he added. The Secretary-General lauded Tehran for its pledge – made at a donors meeting in Tokyo earlier this week – of $560 million for Afghanistan’s reconstruction. “The Iranian government has been very generous to Afghan refugees over the years,” he added. “We have had great cooperation on the fight against drugs, and so we have a lot to talk about, and I’m here also to exchange ideas with the Iranian leadership on developments in the region.” Asked about Tehran’s role in the future of Afghanistan, the Secretary-General emphasized that all of the country’s neighbours as well as the international community must support the interim Afghan authorities, and the Afghan government once it is fully established. “We share a common objective and that objective is to see a stable, peaceful Afghanistan – [an] Afghanistan that has normal and good relations with its neighbours, [an] Afghanistan that is determined to protect its people and ensure that they can live their lives in peace.” Pointing out that this goal was in everyone’s interest, he said “in that spirit, Iran has a role to play.” Mr. Annan is scheduled to meet on Saturday with Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, President Seyed Mohammad Khatami, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khameini and other senior officials. read more

United States President Barack Obama, speaks at the UN Climate Summit 2014. UN Photo/Cia Pak The Head of State of Turkey during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard “Today was a great day – a historic day. Never before have so many leaders gathered to commit to action on climate change,” Mr. Ban said, summing up the day-long event,which drew a unique mix of international players who announced their vision and commitment for reaching a universal and meaningful climate agreement in 2015, as well made announcements on actions that will reduce emissions, enhance resistance to climate change and mobilize financing for climate action.“The Summit delivered,” declared the UN chief, noting that leaders had reaffirmed determination to limit global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius by cutting emissions. And many, from all regions and all levels of economic development, advocated for a peak in greenhouse gas emissions before 2020, decisively reduced emissions thereafter, and climate neutrality in the second half of this century.On finance, the Secretary-General said public and private sources showed the way forward for mobilizing the needed resources. Leaders expressed strong support for the Green Climate Fund. And a total of $2.3 billion was pledged towards the Fund’s initial capitalization today, and others committed contributions by November 2014.“A new coalition of Governments, business, finance, multilateral development banks and civil society leaders announced their commitment to mobilize upwards of $200 billion for financing low-carbon and climate-resilient development,” he said, adding that private banks announced they would issue $20 billion in “Green Bonds” and that they would double the market to $50 billion by 2015, next year.As for carbon pricing, “one of the most powerful tools available for reducing emissions and generating sustainable development and growth”, Mr. Ban said that many Government and business leaders supported putting a price on carbon through various instruments and called for intensified efforts to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies. Some 30 companies had announced their alignment with the Caring for Climate Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing.Among the day’s other highlights, he said the Summit had heard how strengthening resilience – both climate and financial – is a smart and essential investment. Adaptation needs are growing, particularly for the least developed countries and small island developing States, which are most at risk and need most international support.Finally, he spotlighted that “new coalitions are forming to meet the full scope of the climate challenge,” and citied the first Global Agricultural Alliance which was launched today to enable 500 million farmers worldwide to practice climate-smart agriculture by 2030. Leaders of the oil and gas industry, along with national Governments and civil society organisations, made an historic commitment to identify and reduce methane emissions by 2020.“A new Compact of Mayors, representing 200 cities with a combined population of 400 million people, pledged new commitments to reduce annual emissions by between 12.4 and 16.4 per cent,” added the Secretary-General, telling delegations that those highlights would serve as his Chairman’s Summary, which would be distributed soon to Member States.Looking ahead, Mr. Ban urged the participants to maintain the spirit of compromise and commitment that characterized the discourse at the Summit. “We must fulfil and expand on all the pledges and initiatives brought forward today.”As the international community walked together on the road to Lima and Paris (milestone meetings of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) in December 2014 and 2015, he said “let us look back on today as the day we decided – as a human family – to put our house in order to make it liveable for future generations. Today’s Summit has shown that we can rise to the climate challenge.”Earlier in the day, Mr. Ban already welcomed specific commitments made by specific countries, including “generous pledges’ of $1 billion each by President François Hollande of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.He noted that The European Union pledged to adopt the 40 per cent emissions reductions target this October, Grenada called for all island states to go 100 per cent renewable, and China announced that it will peak its emissions as soon as possible and double its support for the South-South Cooperation.“We have heard significant pledges of finance and resources,” he said. “Finance is the enabler of what we want to achieve. This morning, you have acknowledged its crucial importance. Private finance is out there, and public finance can be the lever to access it.” Addressing the special mid-day wrap up session, United States President Barrack Obama said that of all the immediate challenges world leaders were set to address this week during the General Assembly’s high-level segment – terrorism, inequality disease – there is one issue that would define the contours of the current century more than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate. The Head of State of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard The Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Head of Iraq during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon adressing the Climate Change Summit 2014, 23 September 2014. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas The Head of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard François Hollande, President of France, speaks at the UN Climate Summit 2014. UN Photo/Cia Pak The Head of Government of the United Kingdom during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard The Head of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard The Head of State of Croatia during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard The Head of State of Uganda during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard The Head of State of Chile during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard ‹ › “Indeed … deepening scientific evidence says this once distant threat has moved firmly into the present; no nation is immune,” he said, underscoring that “the climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. The alarm bells keep ringing. Our citizens keep marching. We cannot keep pretending we do not hear them. We have to answer the call.”The mid-day segment was also addressed by Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania and Coordinator of the Committee of the African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change; Baron Waqa, President of Nauru and Chair of Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS); and Zhang Gaoli, Vice-Premier of China. read more

Brock will be hosting a stop on the upcoming Pan Am /Parapan Am Games Community Tour this Tuesday, Jan. 27. The purpose of the event is to share information about the games.While this event is open to the public, it’s essentially for the “Brock Community” (students, staff, faculty who are volunteering/interested in volunteering) to get the information needed to get invovled with this event. Also, important information will be discussed about venues, events and tickets for attending the games as spectators.Event details:Location: Pond InletDate:  Tuesday Jan. 27                                                                                                                                                                                                           Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pmCurrently the team from the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games have three departments that will attend and speak about their specialized volunteer opportunities and chat with people one-on-one. These departments are: Press Operation, Transportation and Catering, Cleaning and Waste.More information about the Community Tour can be found online, and additional details will be forthcoming. read more

first_imgThe team are now planning to look at whether a female’s hormonal status affects how she dances. Previous studies have found that women’s faces become more symmetrical around the time of ovulation, and therefore more attractive.A study in 2007 even found that female lap dancers earn more tips around ovulation.The team also wants to see if sexuality makes a difference to dance moves, for example whether moves alter if a dancer is trying to attract a partner of the same sex or opposite sex.The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports. Dr Nick Neave, associate professor at the Department of Psychology said dancing offered important hints about reproductive potential.“When you are dancing you are painting a complex biological picture which shows your age, health, motor skills, hormonal status, personality and intelligence to others,” said Dr Neave.“Dance is not just a bit of fun, it is a serious way of expressing yourself to other people. The authors found that in women the degree of hip swing and uneven movements of the thighs and arms contribute independently to a perceived higher quality of dance.The researchers suggest that a strong hip swing might be an emphatically linked to femininity and child-bearing abilities while the ability to move limbs independently of each other, may attest to well-developed motor control.“Males focussed more on the asymmetric movements of the arms, while females focussed more on the movements of the legs,” added Dr Neave.“We suspect that when females dance they are showing off not only to males as potential partners but also to females as potential rivals – it looks as if the sexes are then using slightly different cues to judge a female when she is dancing“We think that these movements form honest signals as to the reproductive qualities of the dancer in question.” Examples of good dancing  Good dancing: wave your hands in the air like you just don’t careCredit:Northumbria University  An example of bad dancing center_img Bad dancing: feet ain’t got no rhythm Credit:Northumbria University  “Both men and women were in strong agreement that the movements of the hips signalled a more attractive dancer.”Using 3D motion-caption, Dr Neave and his team recorded 39 women whilst they danced to a basic rhythm provided by a drum beat.The authors then rendered their movement patterns onto computer avatars, thereby retaining their distinguishing movements, but removing all information about their individual appearance.200 people were then asked to rate the dancing ability of each of the 39 avatars based on a 15 second section of video footage. Awkward shuffling on the dance floor – often known as ‘dad dancing’ – really does make people less attractive to the opposite sex, a new study suggests. While some might think a restrained two-step is the safest option to avoid the embarrassment of over-exuberance, in fact letting yourself go is the best way to catch the attention of a potential suitor. Northumbria University invited dozens of women to dance then asked 200 people to judge who they deemed the most attractive.They found that vigorous hip swinging, and hands flung left and right with abandon were the signs of a good dancer, and the best way to entice a prospective partner. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgTWO MEN IN their 20s have been arrested after an armed robbery at a convenience store in Co Offaly – and members of the public helped gardaí capture one of them.The arrests occurred overnight following the armed robbery in Geashill, Co Offaly, at approximately 7.45 pm last night. Gardaí said that one of the men involved had been apprehended by members of the public after the incident.During the robbery, two males wearing balaclavas and armed with a knife entered a convenience store in Geashill. They threatened and held up staff before leaving the store with an amount of money.One of the men was apprehended by two members of the public as he left the store and was arrested by gardaí minutes later. The second male fled the scene in a car and during a follow-up operation a car was intercepted by gardaí near Portarlington and the man was arrested.Both males are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Tullamore garda station.A knife and all of the money taken has been recovered and the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

first_imgiAd : la publicité, nouveau terrain de jeu de Steve JobsWashington, États-Unis – Apple est bel et bien décidé à concurrencer Google sur tous les terrains. La publicité ne fait pas exception, aussi la pomme vient-elle d’acquérir iAd, une nouvelle plate-forme publicitaire mobile.La firme Google a réussi à rentabiliser son moteur de recherche et à se développer grâce à la publicité. Via AdMob, sa plate-forme publicitaire, Google met ainsi en relation des annonces publicitaires avec ses résultats de recherche.Le marché de la publicité mobile est en pleine expansion. Et la firme à la pomme, ne pouvant en avoir le monopole, compte bien en détenir au moins la plupart des parts de marché. Steve Jobs a ainsi fait l’acquisition du concurrent direct d’AdMob : Quattro Wireless. Il estime que l’avenir de la publicité mobile réside plus dans les applications et logiciels que dans la recherche d’informations.  iAd devrait être intégré dans les nouvelles versions des systèmes d’exploitation de l’iPhone, de l’iPad et de l’iPod. Il permettra par exemple d’intégrer directement des publicités dans les applications téléchargées sur l’iPhone.Le 12 avril 2010 à 10:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more