Hours after Pakistan radical cleric passes away wife dies of shock

first_imgPeshawar: The wife of radical Pakistani cleric Maulana Sufi Muhammad has died of shock, a few hours after the 92-year-old chief of a banned extremist outfit passed away here due to protracted illness, police said. Muhammad, who fought against international forces in Afghanistan after the 2001 US-led invasion, died on Thursday. His wife Barkhanay Bibi, aged between 60-65 years, could not bear the shock of his death and passed away late Thursday night, police said. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingShe was the third wife of Muhammad. He married for the the third time few years ago after the death of his two wives. Muhammad was the father-in-law of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief, Maulana Fazlullah, who led the rebellion against Pakistan Army from 2007 to 2009. The cleric founded the extremist group, Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM), with an aim to enforce Sharia law in Pakistan in 1992. The militant group took over much of Swat in 2007, despite being banned by then Pakistan president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf in January 2002. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangMuhammad had termed Pakistan’s Constitution “un-Islamic” and demanded enforcement of the Sharia law. He had been imprisoned since his arrest when the final phase of a military operation against militants was launched in the Malakand region. He was released from jail in January 2018 on health grounds. A number of cases were registered against him. However, in each case, witnesses against him had either died or could not be traced.last_img read more

The dancing driver of Dushanbe

first_imgMany in India may not have heard of Tajikistan and yet fewer know that its Capital is a place called Dushanbe. This, even though Dushanbe is much closer to Delhi than say Cochin where I live. The distance from Cochin to Delhi for a crow would be about 2,700 Kilometers, whereas the distance from Delhi to Dushanbe is half that, about 1330 Kilometres. But I am not a crow and if I have to fly from Delhi to Dushanbe I have to first get a visa – which is the easy part I got in 48 hours online – and then fly from Delhi to Almaty, which is another 300 Kilometres north of Dushanbe, and double back that 300 Kilometres south to Dushanbe. Or travel to Tashkent, the Capital of Uzbekistan which is 250 Kilometres north-west of Dushanbe and then fly that extra distance back to Dushanbe. Also Read – A special kind of bondI had chosen the Tashkent route. Tashkent has a special fascination for me. It was in Tashkent that our PM Lal Bahadur Shastri – who had decisively won the 1965 war with Pakistan for us – had died. The 1965 war was, like others of its genre, a Pakistani misadventure that its then Prime Minister General Ayub Khan had started through invading our Rann of Kutch. After winning the war, Lal Bahadur Shastri had, at the invitation of the then USSR, gone to Tashkent to secure the peace. A day after signing a peace deal with Pakistan in Tashkent, an agreement that came to be known as the Tashkent Peace Accord, Lal Bahadur Shastri died of a heart attack. I do not generally believe in conspiracy theories but it always seemed such a strange coincidence that our Prime Minister should have died just like that, so suddenly after having signed the peace deal. Leaves me wondering if there was more to his death. Also Read – Insider threat managementWith that fascination for Tashkent, I had chosen the Tashkent route to reach Dushanbe. The flight, a sparse Uzbekistan Airlines Jet, landed in Dushanbe past midnight. The airport was small but well kept. Even at that midnight hour, it was crowded many times beyond capacity, not with passengers but with their relatives and friends and well-wishers and a whole lot of others who had come to receive or see them off. As in India, there were warm home-coming hugs and kisses and tearful goodbyes. Equally familiarly, taxi drivers accosted me for my custom. I could have been in any of the airports in the smaller towns of India. Or in Delhi, before Terminal 3 was built. The first surprise had come at the emigration. The officer looked at my passport and looked up at me and asked ‘Name, es te?’. I thought he was asking me my name, no doubt to make sure that I was not a smuggler impersonating me. I said as politely as I could that my name was Joseph. He shook his head and repeated, ‘Name es te’. Having slept through the flight, groggy and tired, it took me more than a few seconds to realise what he was saying. He was wishing me ‘Namaste’. They love India, Indians even more. But most of all, they love Indian movies. If there was another superlative I could come up with, I would say they love old Bollywood songs the most. And they sing it so well too, certainly much better than I can. Dushanbe sits on the river Varzob, and there is a town by the same name some 40 Kilometres upriver from Dushanbe, that has developed into a tourist spot. The river which is quite small by Indian standards, is however very full and quick flowing, with very strong currents. It cuts through rocks, hills and mountains on its way down from the upper heights. There is a quickly developing picnic spot beyond Varzob town where the 15-room hotel I stayed in Dushanbe arranged a day trip for me. The manager of the hotel arranged the car with a driver and a hamper with lunch. And he insisted on coming along with me as my guide. The driver turned out to be a young woman in her early 30s! When she realised that I was from India, she took out a cache of old Bollywood songs and blared them out one after the other like a Disc Jockey, from one of the most powerful car stereos that I have ever listened to. Then, with the glass window on the driver’s side pulled down – they drive on the wrong side of the road there, the right side – she stretched her left hand out of the window and let the onrushing wind caress her arm and palms, which was okay, but when those hit numbers from DDLJ came up, she turned 180 degrees around to face me – I was sitting right behind – and began to act and dance out the song sequence, taking off even that one right hand on the steering. She had a very expressive face and could have easily found a role in a Bollywood movie. And I would have loved to watch her. But the car was moving at a good 110 Kilometres/hour along a winding uphill road. My heart sank, and my eyes were fixed on the road ahead watching the oncoming traffic. I could not show her my anxiety, for here she was, showing off her love for India and its songs, putting on her best dancing driver’s moves for me. Torn between not wanting to dampen her enthusiasm for Bollywood, and my fear of oncoming death, I tightened my seat belt and squirmed in my seat. That was a wrong move, for she thought I was dancing in my seat too, and redoubled her dance moves with her face turned towards me, with dangerous enthusiasm. How could I tell her that driving and dancing don’t mix? Thankfully, I remembered the ruse that I had often used as a kid on our annual summer drive from Madras to Kerala. My mother who had just got her license would insist on driving part of the way. My father would have to give up his driver’s seat for her (pun intended) and sit on the pillion seat beside her. But he would be incessantly jittery about her driving and incessantly keep telling her what to do and what not. Side-seat driving, if ever there was one! A holy row would soon ensue between the two of them. Peace would prevail when over their duel I would shout that I was hungry. My mother would then soon stop the car under the nearest tree and open the lunch hamper she had brought along. After the feed, my father would be back in the driver’s seat and peace would prevail. The ruse worked with my dancing driver too. I said I was hungry and could we stop and have our lunch? The manager who was sitting in the front seat and was more scared than I was, immediately asked her to stop at the next rest area on the road. Like my mother, after lunch, she did not insist on dancing while driving. Tajikis love India. And every Tajiki knows Amitabh Bachhan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. Their love for Bollywood is gender-neutral. They love Sridevi, Karishma, Madhuri, and Deepika just as much as they love Amitabh Bachhan. I had landed in Dushanbe on a Saturday morning. The following day I decided to attend a Sunday Mass. I searched for a church on google and realised that in a population of about 800,000, Dushanbe has less than 3,000 Christians, of which Catholics like me would be about a hundred. And that there was only one Catholic Church in the city, the St. Joseph’s church. The Sunday morning mass in that Church was in Russian, as most of the Christians in Dushanbe, as well as in Tajikistan, are descendants of Russians whom the former Communist USSR – of which Tajikistan was a ‘Soviet Socialist Republic’ – deported to this place, far off from Moscow, for being religiously inclined. With that previous Communist background and being an overwhelmingly Muslim country, it is no surprise that the Christian population here is tiny. I counted. There were just 43 persons for the Mass that Sunday morning. And yet the Mass was celebrated by the Russian speaking Argentinian Priest with great solemnity and majesty as if he had a congregation of thousands in front of him. What was most amazing to me was to see in the Church that Sunday morning, the Indian Sari, white and blue in colour, worn the traditional Bengali way, by two nuns of the Missionaries of Charity. Neither of them were Indians, one was a Rwandan and the other was from Madagascar. It was heart-warming that Mother Teresa had brought the Indian sari and her Indian sense of service to the poor, to a landlocked, far away land like Tajikistan, and that too, through distant Rwanda and Madagascar. India in Tajikistan did not end there. Visiting the Hisor Fort, 30 Kms west of Dushanbe, which my manager-cum-guide explained was 3,000 years old, was another experience altogether. What absorbed me was not the Fort itself – majestic though it was – but what seemed like a wedding baaraat with girls, boys and uncles and aunts, all-dancing on the road to Bollywood music and leading the bride and groom up to the ramparts of the Fort. Though the groom was not on a horse and the bride also joined in the procession, otherwise, it could have been straight out of a Delhi baaraat. Seeing an Indian face taking photos, they insisted I join in the dance. I did. I felt I was in Delhi. What is most ubiquitously Indian in Tajikistan is the way the Tajiki women dress. They wear what seems like salwar kameez, except that the salwar does not come down to the ankles, but comes only up to 6 to 12 Centimetres above the ankle. Dushanbe could be mistaken for Delhi. Even the temperature there was a hot Delhi-like 40 degrees Celsius. India also has a very strong diplomatic, cultural and political presence in Tajikistan. We even have an Air Base at Farkhor, some 130 Kilometres south-east of Dushanbe, India’s first airbase outside the country. There is much more India in Tajikistan than perhaps in India itself. (The author is a former Indian and UN Civil Servant. He belongs to the 1978 batch of the IAS and worked with the ILO in India and abroad for 20 years. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Ontario considering disposal ban on organic waste

first_imgTORONTO – From coffee grounds, to leftover fettuccine alfredo, to the slimy, brown head of lettuce forgotten at the back of your fridge, the Ontario government is aiming to keep all organic waste away from landfills.It’s an ambitious target for a province that generates nearly 12 million tonnes of waste a year — more than 850 kilograms per person — and only recycles about a quarter of that amount.If improvements aren’t made, the province’s landfills could run out of capacity within the next 20 years, the government warns.In 2004, the Liberal government promised to boost the rate of waste diversion — through recycling and composting programs for example — to 60 per cent in four years. But 13 years later, the rate hasn’t changed. Now, the government has set its sights on an even more distant target of 100 per cent.Hence the Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario, which aims to create a “circular economy,” where waste is considered a resource that can be recovered, reused and reintegrated.One area of focus is organic waste, which decomposes in landfills producing gases, such as methane, that contribute to global warming. Ontarians generate 3.7 million tonnes of organic waste per year, and greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector — mostly organics in landfill — account for six per cent of the province’s total emissions.The government’s organics action plan, to be implemented next year, includes the possibility of a ban on sending organics to landfills.More than half the food waste in the province is generated at home, but the residential sector has steadily improved how much of that is diverted from landfills, with a rate now just over 50 per cent. In contrast, only a quarter of the food waste produced by the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors is diverted.Fundamental changes are required in how people think of and treat organic waste, said Environment Minister Chris Ballard.“Tinkering isn’t working,” he said. “This is as revolutionary, I believe, a plan as the original (recycling) blue box when we rolled it out and got everybody excited.”Organics should be the next target on the waste frontier, experts say.“We’re at a bit of a plateau in terms of diverting that waste,” said food and organic waste consultant Paul van der Werf. “We’ve probably tapped out just about everything that people will do on a voluntary basis.”Zero waste sounds like an “aspirational goal,” but Ontarians have to decide if that’s something worth aspiring to, van der Werf said.“If we (do), then we need to put some pretty strong measures in place to change what we’re presently doing and change our behaviours,” he said. “If we kept the status quo in our system and just tinkered a little bit, would we get to zero waste? No, not in a million years.”At homeWhile nearly all households in the province have access to recycling programs, not all municipalities have organic waste programs. Most of the larger ones — covering around two-thirds of the population — have green bin programs, but not everyone is using them properly.“In Toronto, audits consistently show that even though people use their green bins, 40 per cent of what they’re putting in the garbage actually should have gone in the green bin,” said Emily Alfred of the Toronto Environmental Alliance.The City of Kingston consistently has one of the best organic diversion rates, but still battles resistance, said its manager of solid waste.“Most of the reasons why people don’t want to use it is this perception that it smells and that it’s gross or it attracts rodents,” said Heather Roberts. “(But) consider that all of the things that would go into your green bin would still go into your garbage bag.”Kingston is also one of just nine municipalities that has extended green bin programs to condos and apartment buildings, but it’s not mandated, so there isn’t a lot of uptake, Roberts said.The City of Toronto offers organic collection at about 65 per cent of its multi-residential buildings, and a few receive private pick-up, officials said. But most Ontario municipalities still send their food waste from multi-residential buildings to landfill.Municipalities with more than 50,000 people are required to have a leaf and yard waste program, but there is no such requirement yet for green bins.Mandating collection of food and organic waste is another tool Ontario is considering, but smaller municipalities say that’s not feasible.Dan Finnigan, environmental services manager for the town of Mattawa, said his community would need provincial support for a composting program.“For the Town of Mattawa itself it would be a great program, but to be quite honest I think I would need some assistance from the government to maybe get it going and get it started up,” he said.As Ontario considers a disposal ban on organics, it is looking to the examples of Nova Scotia and Metro Vancouver, which already have them in place.Nova Scotia banned organics from landfills two decades ago. Even with a disposal rate much lower than the Canadian average, about half of what’s in the waste stream is still banned material, said Robert Kenney, the province’s recycling development officer.“A disposal ban is…an incentive for municipalities and the private sector to act,” he said. “You don’t get everything. You can’t get everything.”Metro Vancouver’s recent ban was eased in, with inspectors targeting only loads with more than 25 per cent visible food waste and issuing surcharges, said Andrew Marr, the director of solid waste planning.“What we were trying to target was, if you will, the worst offenders right off the bat,” he said. “We weren’t so concerned with getting every single apple core that somebody might be throwing out.”It has been successful so far, Marr said. In the first year, 60,000 more tonnes of organics were diverted away from landfills and the garbage stream dropped from 36 per cent organics to 28 per cent.On the commercial side, just a quarter of restaurants diverted organics before the ban, and now that figure is about three quarters, Marr said. But that represents an added cost, which isn’t easy for all to absorb.At restaurants, grocery stores, food producers and institutions“The line you have to cross is: is it more cost effective to compost this material or to throw it in the trash?” said James Rilett, the Ontario vice-president of Restaurants Canada.The cost for the industrial, commercial and institutional sector to dispose of waste is $118 per tonne to the U.S. and $134 per tonne in Ontario, but $205 per tonne to divert.The Provision Coalition works with food and beverage manufacturers to integrate sustainability into their business model, aiming to save businesses money by preventing food waste in the first place.It’s common for food producers to turn waste into animal feed, but Cher Mereweather of the Provision Coalition said her organization will point out the energy, labour, water and raw ingredient costs that went into making that product.“We really need to move away from this concept of, ‘Well, it’s OK, it gets composted,’ because there’s a significant cost and environmental impact of that wasted food in the first place,” she said.Some manufacturers send product that won’t sell or is mislabelled to food banks, which is where organizations such as Second Harvest come in.The food rescue charity picks up the food and delivers it to social service agencies, to the tune of about 4.7 million kilograms this year. But they won’t pick up anything less than 45 kilograms worth of food, said executive director Debra Lawson.To ensure smaller food donors can participate in similar programs, Second Harvest is developing a web-based platform that would connect them to the closest agencies in need. Lawson said it’s hoped a pilot can be running next spring.The Retail Council of Canada said grocery stores have a number of initiatives for trying to prevent food waste, including partnering with food banks, selling blemished fruit at a discount, and educating customers.The restaurant industry points to customer behaviour as a major challenge as well.Luc Erjavec, the Atlantic vice-president of Restaurants Canada, said Ontario should focus its attention on restaurants’ kitchens. In Nova Scotia, owners found it easier to control the back-of-house waste stream.“When you get on the customer side it gets very different,” he said. “We can’t start tipping over garbage cans and trying to sort through the waste to make sure it’s not contaminated.”Universities face the same dilemma too, said Dave Cano, the sustainability manager at Western University.“If there’s no proper signage or proper education around how to use a composting program, then you most likely will find people putting things in the wrong stream,” Cano said.Ballard said he sees a large role in the waste-free plan for the private sector, which can come up with innovative solutions and create jobs.“We need to turn it into an industry,” he said. “Let’s not look at it like waste. Let’s look at it like a resource and treat it like a resource like anything else we pull out of the ground or from the air.”last_img read more

Pictou Landing researches health effects of polluted harbor

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Mi’kmaq of Pictou Landing call Boat Harbour an example of environmental racism.The harbor sits just behind the community and in the last 1960s, the Nova Scotia government let a paper mill dump its toxic waste water in it.The First Nation has been living with it ever since.A research group is using a unique approach to study the impacts.APTN’s Trina Roache brings us this story.last_img

UK Brexit chief says May not offering a blank check in talks

LONDON — Britain’s Brexit secretary says the government is not offering a “blank check” to the opposition after Prime Minister Theresa May offered to meet with the Labour Party leader in hopes of ending the impasse over the U.K.’s departure from the European Union.Steve Barclay told the BBC on Wednesday that some Labour proposals, such as a customs union with the EU, would be “very difficult” for the government to accept but both sides need to sit down and work out an agreement to avoid a damaging no-deal Brexit.Barclay said: “We’re not setting pre-conditions, but nor is it a blank check.”But he added that the “remorseless logic” of Parliament’s failure to back the prime minister’s withdrawal agreement with the EU is that Britain must move toward a softer form of Brexit.The Associated Press read more

UK climate panel sets big goals: less meat, drive electric

LONDON — The U.K. should effectively eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by rapidly adopting policies that will change everything from the way people heat their homes to what they eat, an independent committee that advises the British government on climate change recommended Thursday.A report from the Committee on Climate Change said the government must adopt ambitious goals if it wants to be a leader in the fight against global warming and limit the impact of climate change.While Britain has laid the groundwork to achieve net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, existing plans “must be urgently strengthened” because “current policy is not enough even for existing targets,” the committee said.The panel says the government should reduce the demand for energy overall, increase the electrification of the British economy, develop hydrogen fuel technology and set ambitious targets for carbon capture and storage.It also calls for reduced consumption of meat and dairy products, changes in how farmers operate and a requirement for electric vehicles to be the only option by 2035.“We can all see that the climate is changing and it needs a serious response,” committee chairman John Gummer said. “The government should accept the recommendations and set about making the changes needed to deliver them without delay.”Environmental groups welcomed the findings, but the proposals could be seen as daunting to some businesses and the government.British Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure to act more boldly on climate change after a visit by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and 10 days of protests that shut down traffic in central London and put the issue squarely on Britain’s political agenda.The main opposition Labour Party said it is introducing a motion this week asking Parliament to declare an “environmental emergency.” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon went a step further, declaring a “climate emergency” Sunday during a speech to the Scottish National Party’s annual conference in Edinburgh.While some activists have called for Britain to set a 2025 target for net-zero emissions, May’s Conservative-led government has said it was waiting to see the committee’s report.The committee said it considered earlier net-zero target dates, but 2050 was the most credible goal.“An earlier date has been proposed by some groups and might send a stronger signal internationally to those considering increasing their own ambition, but only if it’s viewed as credible,” the panel said.Environmentalists at the National Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the WWF and the Women’s Institute and Woodland Trust said the panel’s work shows that reaching net-zero emissions is both necessary and feasible.While the alliance of environmental groups applauded the committee’s decision to target all greenhouse gases — not just carbon — and to include shipping and aviation emissions in its calculations, it said it believes Britain should move faster and strive to achieve the goal by 2045.“The problem is, we’ve been acting as if we have time,” said Gareth Redmond-King, head of climate change at WWF, formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund. “But if we want a world with coral reefs, safe coastal cities and enough food for everyone, we must act now.”Danica Kirka, The Associated Press read more

National Bank wont face headwinds in Canada by looking abroad for growth

MONTREAL – Expected economic headwinds will not move regionally focused National Bank of Canada to seek acquisition opportunities outside of the country, the bank’s chief executive said Friday.“We still feel that there’s plenty of places for us to grow both in Quebec and the rest of Canada and if we stick to what we know… I think shareholders will be well rewarded for that,” Louis Vachon said during a conference call to discuss the bank’s first-quarter results.Quebec’s largest bank, which has a super-regional banking strategy, reported after markets closed on Thursday that its profits rose four per cent to $364 million, or $2.03 per share. Adjusting for one-time items, net income was $361 million or $2.02 per diluted share, beating analyst estimates by a penny.Total revenue for the quarter, however, was $1.24 billion, mostly flat compared to the year earlier period and below analyst expectations of $1.29 billion.“We continued to deliver excellent financial results in a competitive and slower growth environment thanks to our numerous initiatives to expand our position in the personal and commercial, and wealth management business units,” he told analysts.Wealth management earnings increased 22 per cent to $56 million due to the contribution of acquisitions and more favourable market conditions.Personal and commercial banking profits increased five per cent to $178 million while financial markets decreased five per cent to $115 million.Vachon said the bank will maintain a tight control over expenses in face of expected moderate GDP growth in 2013 and will return excess capital to shareholders if it can’t find acquisitions.But he said National (TSX:NA) has room to grow in Central Canada where the economy is expected to expand by 1.5 to two per cent annually over the next two to five years.“I think we are growing below the long-term trend right now in Central Canada, so if we go back to trend that’s going to help us a little bit and we still feel that there’s plenty of places for us to grow both in Quebec and the rest of Canada.”National could be especially vulnerable to the economic slowdown because it is among the banks that rely most on their domestic banking operations.Barclays analyst John Aiken said the results were strong in isolation but were weaker relative to its peers.“While National did come in ahead of consensus estimates, we believe that its earnings will not be viewed as strong as its peers, given the bar had likely be raised for expectations,” he wrote in a report.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, the bank’s shares lost 21 cents at $78.35 in midday trading. National Bank won’t face headwinds in Canada by looking abroad for growth: CEO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 1, 2013 12:29 pm MDT read more

UN honours memory of former SecretaryGeneral Boutros BoutrosGhali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pays his respects to former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali visits Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in December 1992, accompanied by peacekeepers from the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR). The war in the Balkans, accentuated by widespread “ethnic cleansing,” lasted 42 months, ending in 1995. UN Photo/A. Morvan A view of the General Assembly Hall as the Assembly observes a moment of silence. Pictured at the podium (from left): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Marlene Moses, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Nauru to the UN and Acting President of the General Assembly; Catherine Pollard, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe At the start of the landmark International Conference on Population and Development, which took place in Cairo, Egypt, in September 1994, Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali awaits the arrival of delegates to the conference centre, along with his wife, Leia Maria Boutros-Ghali. UN Photo Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the General Assembly which held a plenary meeting to pay tribute to the memory of former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Boutros-Ghali stands with the country’s President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (centre) and US President Bill Clinton (left) at a ceremony in March 1995 marking the transfer of command from the Multinational Force to the UN Mission in Haiti (UNMIH). The Mission was charged with assisting the Government in establishing an environment conducive to free and fair elections. UN Photo/Evan Schneider In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Boutros-Ghali — shown conferring with senior aides — opened the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), known as the Earth Summit, on 3 June 1992. The Summit adopted the watershed agreement, Agenda 21, then considered to be a blueprint for sustainable development in the 21st century. UN Photo/Michos Tzovaras On his first working day in office, 2 January 1992, Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is photographed seated at his desk at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/John Isaac In June 1993, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discusses a report authored by Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali the previous year, entitled “An Agenda for Peace,” which defined peacebuilding as action to solidify peace and avoid relapse into conflict. UN Photo Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signs a book of condolences at UN headquarters in memory of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe UN Security Officers stand at attention at the site for the signing of the book of condolences in memory of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe In November 1995, Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali held an interactive video-conference with the combined crew of the second Shuttle-Mir Docking mission, STS-74/Atlantis, whose crew was comprised of representatives from Canada, the Russian Federation, the United States and the European Space Agency (Germany). As a symbol of this international cooperation, UN emblems, including the UN flag, as well as a commemorative parchment scroll of the Outer Space Treaty and the Rescue Agreement, were flown aboard for the first time. UN Photo/Milton Grant ‹ › The sixth United Nations Secretary-General, his term was marked by brutal conflicts in Haiti, Somalia, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, among others. Soon after his inauguration, the Security Council met in its first-ever summit of Heads of State. At their request, Boutros-Ghali authored the report called ‘An Agenda for Peace,’ an analysis on ways to strengthen UN capacity for preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacekeeping.“These global gatherings captured the imagination and gave the world exciting new policies, directions and purpose,” Mr. Ban said. “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that is our inspiring new template today owes much to the pioneering intellectual work of the 1990s,” he added. Mr. Ban emphasized that the former Secretary-General also oversaw remarkable growth in peacekeeping. Mr. Boutros-Ghali’s Agenda for Peace report made far-reaching proposals for fortifying this flagship UN activity, many of which have since become standard practice – but many of which also remain unfulfilled. During Mr. Boutros-Ghali’s time in office, peacekeeping helped Cambodia, El Salvador, Mozambique and other countries emerge from conflict. At the same time, engagements in the Balkans, Somalia and Rwanda highlighted the gap between the needs of a given situation and the material support and political unity required from the Member States, in particular the Security Council, Mr. Ban said. In March 1995, Boutros-Ghali addresses the World Summit for Social Development, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. where Governments reached a consensus on the need to put people at the centre of development. UN Photo/J Schytte On a visit to Somalia in October 1993, Boutros-Ghali visits with young residents of a UN-supported orphanage in Baidoa, accompanied by Brigadier General Maurice Quadri, Commander of the French contingent of the Second UN Mission in Somalia. UN Photo/Fabrice Ribère Addressing the Assembly’s special tribute at UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Mr. Boutros-Ghali had both the fortune and the misfortune to serve as the first post-Cold-War UN chief.“While the United Nations was never as paralyzed during the Cold War as many have portrayed, the new dynamic gave the Organization new leeway to act. This brought promise and peril – and Mr. Boutros-Ghali experienced both,” Mr. Ban said.Earlier today, the Secretary-General presided over an opening ceremony in front of the Meditation Room at UN Headquarters, where he wrote a tribute to Mr. Boutros-Ghali in the Book of Condolences and then invited other dignitaries and guests to sign as well.UN flags in all duty stations will be flown at half-mast today in the late Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali’s honour.At the General Assembly tribute, Mr. Ban recalled that in his very first month in office as the sixth Secretary-General of the world body, Mr. Boutros-Ghali presided over the first-ever Summit of the Security Council – a powerful symbol of the will of world leaders to make greater use of the UN. Mr. Ban said that at the time, Mr. Boutros-Ghali told the assembled leaders: “As the new era begins, it calls for both ideas and action to place international life on stronger foundations.”Noting that Mr. Boutros-Ghali, building on his long career as a professor of international law, broke barriers as the first African and Arab Secretary-General of the UN, Mr. Ban stressed that he consistently gave voice to the poorest and least powerful members of the human family. He also steered the Organization through a series of world conferences on the environment, population, human rights, women’s rights, social development and the unique challenges faced by the world’s small island developing states, the UN chief said. In May 1996, Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali accompanies Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), to his office during the Chairman’s visit to UN Headquarters. UN Photo/Evan Schneider In September 1993, Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali greets Nelson Mandela, then President of the African National Congress of South Africa (ANC), at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/John Isaac In Rwanda, in 1995, Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali places a wreath near the remains of those killed during a massacre the previous year. In April 1994, systematic waves of political and ethnic killings of Tutsi and moderate Hutus by Hutu-dominated militias erupted after the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, both Hutus, were killed in a plane crash caused by rocket fire. More than 800,000 were slaughtered. UN Photo/C Dufka Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali (second from left) addresses the press on his return to Headquarters following an official trip to Europe and Africa. UN Photo/Milton Grant At his first UN press conference, in March 1992, Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali, shown flanked by his Spokesman, François Giuliani (right), and then communications chief Eugeniusz Wyzner, emphasised the relationship between peace and development and the need for cooperation between the UN and regional organizations. He also announced the creation of a task force on peacekeeping, peacemaking and preventive diplomacy. UN Photo/M The United Nations flag flies at half-mast at UN headquarters in memory of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. UN Photo/Mark Garten At a meeting of the UN Security Council in May 1994, UN chief Boutros-Ghali looks on as the Council President for that month, Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari of Nigeria (right), issues a statement concerning the inspection of nuclear reactors in the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea. UN Photo In October 1995, Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali greets Pope John Paul II to UN Headquarters in New York where the Pontiff addressed the General Assembly and UN staff, and spoke to the press and representatives from non-governmental organizations. UN Photo/James Bu Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pays tribute in memory of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Credit: United Nations“Here, too, the echoes resound and, indeed, haunt us to this very today,” Mr. Ban said.Mr. Ban said the former Secretary-General pursued major restructuring efforts, managerial reforms and other steps that strengthened the UN. Mr. Ban highlighted in particular the former Secretary-General’s report, ‘An Agenda for Democratization,’ for breaking new ground in emphasizing the links between peace, development and democracy at the national level – as well as his calls for the democratization of the international system.Noting that while the former Secretary-General won respect near and far, including as a leading Egyptian diplomat before joining the UN and, afterwards, as Secretary-General of La Francophonie, Mr. Ban emphasized that Mr. Boutros-Ghali never attempted to endear himself to everybody. “Perhaps he was too direct for some; he might have been too professorial for others; some definitely found him too independent – a goal that he considered among the highest virtues for any Secretary-General of the United Nations,” Mr. Ban said. “No one could deny his commitment to our Organization. Throughout his service, he never relented in defending the United Nations and our Charter. As he said at the outset of his term, ‘With all the convulsions in global society, only one power is left that can impose order on incipient chaos: it is the power of principles transcending changing perceptions of expediency,’” Mr. Ban added. Speaking on behalf of the President of the General Assembly, Marlene Moses, the Permanent Representative of Nauru to the United Nations, said Mr. Boutros-Ghali had held office during a period of great change and great challenges. Taking over after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the former Secretary-General had worked relentlessly to reform the Organization and manage its response to appalling crises in Europe, Africa and beyond.“Outcomes from major conferences during his tenure in Rio, Vienna, Beijing, and Cairo, together with his Agenda for Peace and Agenda for Development, can now be seen very clearly the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” she noted.Also speaking at today’s event were representatives from Swaziland, on behalf of the African States; India, on behalf of the Asia-Pacific States; Armenia, on behalf of the Eastern European States; Uruguay, on behalf of Latin American and Caribbean States; Liechtenstein, on behalf of the Western European and Other States; United States, on behalf of the host country; Lebanon, on behalf of the Arab States; and Egypt; as well as an observer from La Francophonie.@media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 770px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -390px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 4.2em; line-height: 1.2em; color:#999; position: relative; top: 200px; xtext-align:center; text-shadow: 6px 6px 6px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); width:45%;}}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.8em;}strong { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;}li { font-size: 15px; xline-height: 1.7em;}blockquote { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.5em; font-style:italic;}.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 25px; height: 0;}.videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;} read more

FF calls on Coveney to put his money where his mouth is

first_imgI have also been informed that a farmer had to sell a dairy cow for the price of a dry cow because he needed to buy groceries for his family. This is how desperate some farmers have become.The chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD, yesterday called for “solidarity within the farming community”, and for “farmers to resist the temptation to profiteer from the unfortunate situation”.“Something must be done now and the procrastinating by the Minister must stop,” Ó Cuív said, adding that farmers had been “dramatically let down.”Read: ABP sells Silvercrest plant mired in horsemeat controversy > The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney should “put his money where his mouth is” and make €10 million available to help combat the worsening fodder crisis, according to Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív.His call comes a day after Coveney announced that his department would attempt to fast-track payment to farmers to help them deal with a shortage of grass following the recent bad weather.Responding to the move, Ó Cuív said that these steps would “not help the most urgent cases.”“What is now needed is straight cash to assist farmers who cannot get credit and do not have enough money to feed their cattle,” the Fianna Fail spokesperson for agriculture said.Examples of how extreme this emergency has become are farmers paying up to €80 for a bale of silage, almost four times what you would normally pay.last_img read more

12 indulgences you could only get away with on International Chocolate Day

first_img Source: ImgurOr fast food it. Source: Imgur6. Gratuitously pour melty chocolate on thingsEvery, thing. IT’S INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE day. Time to get chocolate wasted.You can’t do these on an average day without drowing in guilt (and chocolate), but today, throw all caution to the wind.1. Go on, eat Nutella from the jarIt’s only about 4,000 calories, so finish off the whole thing.Take this guy’s lead. Source: Furious Pete/YouTube2. Add a little chocolate to your coffee‘A little’. Source: PinterestOr find ways to work it into your tea consumption. Source: Imgur Source: Imgur3. Just have some chocolate for breakfastMMMM, BACON. Source: ImgurIf you’re watching your cholesterol, pour it over your cereal instead of milk.4. Drench healthy snacks in chocolateThere’s no time for fruit today. Source: Imgur5. Hell, just have a chocolate dinner tooBake it. 7. Use maths to magically make more chocolateAny other day it would just seem an excessive waste of time and borderline desperate.8. Make your furniture chocolateOK you’re pushing it now, but we’re still on board. Source: Imgur9. Paint with chocolateParing a pencil has never been so delicious. Source: Imgur10. Eat it in whatever way you wantToday, silly rules and ‘conventions’ don’t apply. Source: Imgur11. Supersize itRegular Kinder Eggs are for regular days. Source: PimpthatsnackLast Rolo? Make it last. Source: Pimpthatsnack12. Drink a chocolate beer to unwindJust plain notiony any other time. But today, anything goes.What a time to be alive. Source: Imgur17 signs you could be addicted to chocolate>8 symptoms you’re suffering from a chocolate hangover>last_img read more

Abuse claim against McCabe was not copypaste error report

first_img Friday 17 Feb 2017, 11:58 AM Abuse claim against McCabe was not ‘copy/paste’ error – report The issue arose because a caseworker didn’t delete from a template. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A FALSE ALLEGATION that Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe had sexually assaulted a child was included in a Tusla file because a caseworker failed to delete information from an old case.That is according to RTÉ’s Prime Time, which cites a source close to the organisation.The programme’s reporter Katie Hannon said that she has spoken to someone who has seen the document, which has yet to be released to the McCabe family.She says the source claims the counsellor who included the allegation in their report claims that the issue was not a “copy and paste error” as had been believed. The source says the counsellor was working from a template of a previous referral.In the process of typing up the document, the counsellor failed to delete the allegation of sexual assault.Hannon says her source said the error would “jump off the page at you”, but was still used as a building block for subsequent complaints and files about McCabe.Hannon also says that Health Minister Simon Harris’ account of the events does not tally with that of the girl whose allegation forms the basis of the file.The creation and use of the file by Tusla and gardaí will be investigated by the Charleton Tribunal, whose terms of reference were released yesterday.The tribunal is due to issue an interim report to the Justice Minister three months after it is established. Twenty days into witness testimony, Charleton will also inform the minister on its progress, its likely duration, the number of parties represented so far and any other matters that the Houses of the Oireachtas should be aware.Read: Charleton Tribunal will examine allegations of ‘inappropriate contacts’ between gardaí and TuslaRead: Maurice McCabe says he ‘probably wouldn’t do it again’ 27,855 Views 100 Comments Feb 17th 2017, 11:58 AM Share Tweet Email2 Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3244971 Short URL By Paul Hosford Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Paul Scholes throws another jibe at Mourinho

first_imgFormer Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has thrown another jibe at the current manager, Jose Mourinho for his recent actions.The United legend has criticized Jose Mourinho after his reaction to the club’s 2-1 victory against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.A well taken free kick by Juan Mata and an own goal from Juventus defender, Alex Sandro gave United a dramatic comeback win in Turin, and Mourinho cupped his ears to Juventus supporters at the full-time whistle after alleging that he had received abuse from the stands.However, Scholes, who has been vocal about the former Chelsea manager’s football style in the past, has claimed that the United boss showed ‘a lack of class’ after the win.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Scholes told BT Sport, as quoted by Sports Mole:“This is everywhere he goes. You need to win with a bit of class.”“Shake the manager’s hand, go over and clap your fans. I don’t think there’s any need for it but that’s the way he is.”United remain in second place in Group H with two matches to spare, despite Valencia recording a comfortable victory against Young Boys.last_img read more

300 Eagle Scouts commemorated for reaching highest rank

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 1, 2018 300 Eagle Scouts commemorated for reaching highest rank May 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThey earned the highest rank they can in their program and Tuesday night, these young men received their recognition.300 Eagle Scouts were showcased to commemorate their achievement.KUSI’s very own Carlos Amezcua served as the emcee of the event. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

The Webs Biggest Sinkholes—And Why They Matter Beyond Online

first_imgInternet Evolution has posted a recent feature that identified Web 2.0’s “biggest sinkholes”-areas in which startups are “gorging on investors” with little to show for it in return. The biggest sinkholes included: Targeted Advertising Social Networking Video SearchSocial PublishingWhile each of those areas represent a terrific opportunity for an original, committed business plan, they are also rife with “me too” imposters that are trying to piggyback off the success of others without understanding the elements of what made those companies successful in the first place. The Internet Evolution story is a much more macro take on Web 2.0 than just the publishing industry but it offers some lessons for publishers on the dangers of the “me-too” approach beyond online. Within the last two months, the industry has seen Source Business Media, Nielsen Business Media, F+W and now Time reorganize edit and other departments around market, rather than media. It’s a smart approach and one that works well provided the core edit talent is still the best it can be-new titles and new flow charts won’t make up for a lack of talent. But how many of those companies have undergone real change and how many are just reshuffling the deck? For years magazine publishers have been accused of turning to online only to try and recreate the same thing they’ve always done in print. As the entire industry attempts to navigate not only a shift in media but one of the most severe economic downturns it’s ever seen, it’s clear that “me-too”-whether online or in corporate strategy-won’t be the way out for any of us.last_img read more

Toy Story 4 trailer The toys are back in town

first_img An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Now playing: Watch this: Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Toy Story 4 trailer shows Woody and Bo Peep’s long-awaited… CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags 2019 movies to geek out over TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 7 $59 at eBay Disney Pixar,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Chris Monroe/CNET See at Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. In this trailer, Bonnie and her family go on an RV trip, and somewhere out on the road, Forky decides to bail out. Woody goes after him (because that’s who Woody is) and ends up finding a new-look Bo Peep (Annie Potts) in an antiques store, along with an unnerving talking doll and a small army of terrifying ventriloquist dummies. So anyone who was worried this franchise had run out of ideas… not even close.In a previous trailer, released after the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, Buzz Lightyear found himself on display with the carnival prizes.Toy Story 4 opens in Australia on June 20 and in the US and UK on June 21. $155 at Google Express Boost Mobile $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $520 at HP See it Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Post a comment JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The Cheapskate Angela Lang/CNET Comments Read Google Home Hub review Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $210 at Best Buy Rylocenter_img Read the Rylo camera preview $60 at Best Buy Toy Story 4’s latest trailer reveals how Woody and Bo Peep find each other. Disney/Pixar The toys are back in town — again. On Good Morning America on Tuesday, an all-new, full-length trailer for Toy Story 4 came out to play.The upcoming film is the fourth movie in the iconic toys-come-to-life movie series. Tom Hanks returns as Woody the cowboy, with Tim Allen as his spaceman friend, Buzz Lightyear. New toys include Forky the spork (Tony Hale) and carnival prizes Ducky (Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele). Share your voice Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review $999 $999 Apple iPhone XS 2:28 Sprint 0 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Turo See It Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $6 at Tidal TV and Movies See at Turo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 77 Photos DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Amazonlast_img read more

As State Advances Unprecedented Mining Road to Ambler Local Support in Question

first_imgTwo potential routes for the the prosed Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road, (Photo by AIDEA)The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, AIDEA, meets in Kotzebue today with a game management group to discuss a proposed 220-mile road to a copper deposit in the Northwest Arctic Borough that’s potentially valuable.If built, the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road (AMDIAR) would head west off the Dalton Highway near Evansville, pass through Gates of the Arctic National Preserve, and end in a remote area near three Upper Kobuk Valley communities.“We’re already approaching 10 billion pounds of copper. That’s a major mine. So we don’t have a mine yet–but we certainly are getting something that has the size and potential to be a major mine,” said Ric van Nieuwenhuyse, head of the privately owned NovaCopper company.“But, you won’t have a mining district without out road to it. So, that’s where AIDEA steps in,” Nieuwenhuyse told the Resource Development Council. He addressed them last April in Anchorage on the mining district, as well as the economic viability of a large-scale open-pit copper mine in the area.AIDEA is spearheading the state’s push for the project. The road would be unprecedented in many ways, requiring construction of 15 long bridges over waterways in some of the state’s most remote wilderness. Though the project could take years, AIDEA is moving swiftly—a timetable one official called “daunting.”In April, the agency began the long process of determining what the environmental impact of the road would be. $8.5 million for that study was set aside by lawmakers last month in the capital budget that passed in the Legislature, and will be part of what AIDEA sends to the feds if they apply for permits to begin work.Karsten Rodvik is AIDEA’s director of external affairs. He says construction is still years away, and the process relies on input from those living where the road would pass by.“We continue to work on the permit application process and are continually focused on a very active community involvement program,” Rodvik said. “We’re getting dates set in June for the Upper Kobuk communities and then throughout the summer we’re looking at establishing meeting dates for communities on the Koyukuk River.”Feedback is important for AIDEA because under state law they’re required to have community support before developing projects.But what exactly constitutes community support is not fully clear.“The state does not have a good way to receive public comment,” said John Gaedeke, owner of a wilderness lodge close to the proposed road. Gaedeke started a petition opposing the road that’s gathered over 1,600 signatures online. He’s also the head of the Brooks Range Council, a group of business owners who charge that AIDEA and the state haven’t been open with the people who stand to be most affected by the project.“The agencies have not connected [with] me at all, even though the road would pass within about eight miles of my family’s business,” Gaedeke said. “So, huge impact to the area the lodge is in–and the state has made no attempt to contact businesses affected in the area. That I’ve seen.”But both AIDEA and NovaCopper tout local support for the road. They cite backing from NANA, the borough’s Regional Corporation, for the  forthcoming AIDEA EIS process. NANA owns part of the Red Dog zinc mine 90 miles north of Kotzebue that’s often mentioned as a template for profitable mining projects in the state.But Gaedeke and others opposed to the road say NANA doesn’t speak for them, and that their voices aren’t being heard. It’s a sentiment echoed by John Horner and the others on the Kobuk Traditional Council.“We felt that they weren’t giving us much information to begin with,” Horner said in March after Kobuk passed a resolution against the AMDIAR.  “As far as I am concerned, the Native Village of Kobuk is opposing the road.”In Kobuk, opposition is tied to subsistence, with concerns the road will disrupt the Western Arctic Caribou Herd’s migration. After years of decline, the worry is more activity in the area will further diminish the herd, and upend its migratory patterns in the region.Representing 42 Interior communities, the Tanana Chiefs Conference in March also formally opposed the project after all six communities along the proposed route drafted their own statements against it. But coming from a regional non-profit in an unorganized borough (as opposed to the Northwest Arctic Borough, which is organized–a distinction with legal bearing under state mandates) it’s unclear how AIDEA will weigh that opposition.Today’s Unit 23 Working Group meeting will have state and federal, regional, and local representatives to hear AIDEA’s plan for the road ahead.last_img read more

Police 2 Charged with Stealing Baltimore Basilica Signs

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Police say two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of brass signs from the Baltimore Basilica.Baltimore Police said in a statement they were called downtown early Tuesday morning on a report of a suspicious person.Photos provided by Baltimore Police Department Media Relations shows Anthony Pope (l) and Sean Smith (r). Police say the two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of brass signs from a Baltimore Basilica. Baltimore Police said in a statement they were called downtown early Tuesday, July 25, 2017, on a report of a suspicious person. Pope and Sean Smith were arrested and charged with felony theft and destruction of property. Police say they were expected to appear before a court commissioner Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (Baltimore Police Department Media Relations via AP)A citywide camera operator directed them to a man who appeared to be loading paintings into his car and a second man who had been walking back and forth to that car.After detaining the men, police say the officers found four large signs inside the vehicle that said, “The Baltimore Basilica – America’s First Cathedral.” The officers also recovered a crowbar.Fifty-three-year-old Anthony Pope and 41-year-old Sean Smith, both of Baltimore, were arrested and charged with felony theft and destruction of property.It wasn’t immediately clear if they had attorneys who could comment. Police say they were expected to appear before a court commissioner Tuesday.last_img read more

New juicy details revealed about Fallout 4s new Survival Mode

first_imgFallout fans who feel that New Vegas was the apex of the series noticed a few glaring problems with Fallout 4’s Survival Mode. Notably was the lack of a tangible features that required players to eat and drink in order to survive (like in New Vegas‘ hardcore mode). Even after all of the official DLC and updates had released for New Vegas, Lead Designer JE Sawyer released an unofficial mod that further refined the game’s mechanics, putting an even greater emphasis on survival skills. Today, Bethesda announced a beta test for a revamped Fallout 4 survival mode, and it is far more brutal than even hardcore fans had hoped.The team says that the new survival mode is intended to “force you to make interesting choices.” Some of the basic features from New Vegas‘ hardcore mode return. The Sole Survivor has to eat, drink, and sleep or they’ll suffer from fatigue. This will lower the character’s SPECIAL stats and drain action points. Ammunition has weight, as in New Vegas, as do stimpaks. The larger the ammo, the heavier each round is. The character’s overall carrying capacity has been reduced, and hauling around too much stuff will increase the new fatigue meter as well.Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls games have lots of diseases that characters can catch, but Fallout hasn’t had many. The new Survival Mode introduces more diseases to Fallout 4 through a wellness level that is affected by what the Sole Survivor eats, as well as what chems they use. RadAway can give players an immunodeficiency condition that lowers wellness too. The beta test currently has craftable antibiotics that cure these diseases.One feature not seen in the New Vegas Hardcore Mode is that players will have to sleep in a bed in order to save the game. This replaces the autosaves and manual saves that can be exploited by saving before a tough fight. This is already drawing fire from beta players who don’t have the real-world time and freedom to hunt down an in-game bed every time they need to save.Fast travel has also been removed, but this is likewise getting complaints from players who point out that they already have trouble managing their settlements, and think it would be a nuisance to run across the entire Commonwealth each time a settlement comes under attack.Companions will be slightly different; they won’t automatically recover after being disabled in a fight. They’ll need to be revived with a stimpak or they’ll return home. Even damaged robots from the recent Automatron DLC will need to be repaired with robot repair kits, or they’ll head back to a settlement.Something that players are going to like is an adrenaline perk that increases damage as players make kills. In the current beta version, it can increase damage by up to 50%, although this bonus decreases when the Sole Survivor sleeps.All of these features and more are part of the beta, but won’t necessarily appear in the final release. PC players can have a look at the beta test on Steam right now. Geek.com will have more coverage when the final update is released on all platforms.last_img read more

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Haiti opposition cautiously welcomes PMs resignation

first_imgRelated posts:Former Haiti dictator Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier dies of heart attack Anti-government protest turns violent in Haiti US urges Haiti leaders to hold elections soon Haiti postpones presidential runoff vote Facebook Comments PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti’s emboldened opposition welcomed the resignation Sunday of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, who faced repeated calls to go over the failure to hold legislative elections in the past three years.The increasingly unpopular Lamothe’s resignation had been widely expected after President Michel Martelly said Friday that his Cabinet chief was ready to leave “to help find a solution” to the Caribbean country’s dragging political impasse.But it remains to be seen whether Lamothe’s decision to quit will have that effect, in the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and one with a checkered history of dictatorship and violent protests.Related: Anti-government protest turns violent in HaitiIf elections are not held before Jan. 12, the legislature will be automatically dissolved and Martelly can rule by decree. His critics have warned he could send back Haiti to dictatorial rule and also are demanding that he resign.A commission set up by the president has recommended forming a consensus government including opposition members, disbanding Haiti’s electoral council and freeing political prisoners.Martelly is scheduled to meet Monday with the presidents of the two legislative chambers to choose a replacement for Lamothe.“I am leaving the post of prime minister this evening with a feeling of accomplishment,” Lamothe, 42, said during a televised speech, touting his government’s “remarkable” record, which he said included reduced poverty and a 50 percent drop in crime.Andre Michel, a young opposition protester and lawyer, branded Lamothe’s departure “too little, too late,” and called for more demonstrations against the ruling elite.Francisco Delacruz, an opposition senator, was more optimistic, saying, “The departure … is a positive signal.”“The crisis can be resolved in a week, but it will take good will and determination from political actors,” he said.He suggested a consensus government be put in place as quickly as possible to organize the stalled elections.Opposition parties boycotted recent talks initiated by the government aimed at resolving the crisis before the end of the year.On Saturday, prior to Lamothe’s announcement, one man was shot dead during anti-government demonstrations in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince calling for the president and Lamothe to resign.Clashes broke out when hundreds of youths tried to break through police barricades to enter the presidential palace. It was not clear who had fired the fatal shot.Haiti, which is still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake, has struggled mightily with a difficult post-colonial legacy, corrupt rule, civil unrest, environmental degradation and natural disaster.The country’s former strongman Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier died in October.The January 2010 earthquake devastated vast tracts of the capital killing more than 100,000, and a cholera epidemic affected some 700,000 people, killing more than 8,500.See also: Haiti’s Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier: An overweight, overwhelmed dauphinlast_img read more