+123 456 7890 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043

Unesco partners with PSC to improve Children’s Games

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “We’re really excited to work with the PSI and the PSC on this project. We’ll be leading grassroots initiatives, particularly for out-of-school children in Metro Manila and other areas,” said Tresise, consultant specializing in Unesco’s Youth and Sport Social and Human Sciences Unit.The Paris-based peace and security organization took cognizance of the Children’s Games held in Davao City last May ironically on the same day that the Marawi conflict erupted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“This is an excellent opportunity for the Philippines to take the lead because this is the first time we’re doing it in the Southeast Asian region,’’ said Tresise, who met with PSC chair Butch Ramirez, PSI national training director Marc Edward Velasco and deputy training director Henry Daut.“We will use the Philippines as an example on how it should be done,’’ she added. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena PSC chair Butch Ramirez and Hidilyn Diaz with participants of the Mindanao Children’s Games. PHOTO by JUNE NAVARROThe United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has formed a partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Sports Institute in making the Children’s Games a more powerful tool for character-building and values formation.Unesco consultant Caroline Baxter Tresise sat down with PSC officials on Thursday and offered to align the Unesco methodology with the national sports policies of the PSC.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Ramirez has been invited to discuss the Children’s Games in the 6th International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport in Kazan, Russia next week.The Kazan Action Plan of the Unesco, an international sports policy and framework for long-term cooperation among countries worldwide, is expected to be passed by sports ministers around the world.“We won the overall title in the Southeast Asian Games (in 2005) and had our share of successes in sports, but we were never invited by Unesco,’’ said Ramirez. “Our project is very peripheral and yet they have noticed it.”“It means that molding the character of children through sports is important in nation-building and this is where the PSC is focused on,’’ added Ramirez.Despite the strife in Marawi, the Games designed for kids 12 years old and below gathered more than 1,000 children from Davao’s diverse communities of Christians, Lumads and Muslims.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Boxing will fade away when Pacquiao retires’last_img read more

Read More »

Bucks hold on late for 107-104 win over Pistons

first_img“No matter how many fouls I have, I’ve got to be aggressive. If I get the third one, I get the third one,” Antetokounmpo said. “Whenever I stop being aggressive, I don’t make plays.”Antetokounmpo made plenty of plays down the stretch, finishing with 32 points and 12 rebounds, and the Bucks held on for a 107-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night when Blake Griffin missed a last-second 3-pointer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefGriffin actually missed two 3s in the final 14 seconds. The Detroit star already had a triple-double after three quarters, but it was a difficult fourth for him. Griffin finished with 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, but he also had 10 turnovers.“We’re not going to win games by 10 turnovers and by making the poor decisions like I did down the stretch,” Griffin said. “I feel bad for these guys because they played so hard and got us back in this game. I wasn’t there for them tonight.” Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The Pistons rallied from a 15-point, third-quarter deficit and took an 89-86 lead in the fourth when Stanley Johnson connected from 3-point range. Milwaukee was up 100-99 when Eric Bledsoe of the Bucks missed three straight free throws — but Antetokounmpo briefly took over after that.Antetokounmpo put Milwaukee up by three with a dunk, then added a three-point play and another dunk to make it 107-100.The Pistons rallied and had the ball with a chance to tie. Griffin missed from beyond the arc, and after Jose Calderon came up with an offensive rebound, Griffin missed again.“I was unbelievably awful tonight,” Griffin said. “I thought we had a chance to tie it tonight despite everything I did.”TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT View comments Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates a basket with Sterling Brown (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Detroit, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT — Giannis Antetokounmpo was called for two quick fouls, and with 9:02 remaining in the first quarter, he went to the bench.When he returned, there was still plenty of time for the Milwaukee star to make an impact.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Suns use big 3rd quarter to beat Knicks for 3rd in a row Johnson finished with 20 points for the Pistons and made four 3-pointers, all in the fourth period.“I thought the second unit came in and played with energy and played hard,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “They got us back into the game.”UP NEXTBucks: Host New Orleans on Wednesday night.Pistons: Visit Minnesota on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Bucks: Khris Middleton scored 22 points and Bledsoe added 17. … Antetokounmpo actually played 6:03 in the first quarter despite the early fouls. He played 31:11 for the game.Pistons: Andre Drummond had only 10 points to go along with his 14 rebounds and had a dunk attempt blocked by Antetokounmpo late in the first. … Reggie Bullock scored 10 points in the first quarter and finished with a team-high 24.INJURIESMilwaukee was without guard Malcolm Brogdon for a second straight game because of left hamstring soreness.Ersan Ilyasova also missed the game for the Bucks with a nose contusion. The Pistons were without guard Ish Smith (right adductor tear), forward Glenn Robinson III (left ankle sprain) and forward Henry Ellenson (left ankle sprain).IN RESERVED.J. Wilson, a second-year player for Milwaukee who played college basketball at nearby Michigan, came back from a G League assignment and scored a career-high nine points.Sterling Brown also scored nine points off the bench.“They were huge,” Bucks center Brook Lopez said. “Having that kind of energy from the young fellows and having them come out with that kind of confidence, especially defensively, it’s so big time. It was great that they were ready for that opportunity.”BIG QUARTER Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Read More »

Microlenders Encouraged to Lower Interest Rates on Loans

first_imgMinister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is appealing for microfinance institutions to lower interest rates on loans for small business owners. “I encourage microlenders to ensure that your (loan) products are not exploitative with high interest rates that, instead of lifting our entrepreneurs, push them into a situation of unproductivity and perpetual borrowing,” he said.The Minister, who was addressing the Caribbean MicroFinance Alliance Forum at the Hyatt Ziva in Montego Bay on Thursday (October 11), outlined that the end goal of microfinance should be to have its users outgrow small loans “graduate and become ready for better and cheaper avenues of financing”. He noted that the Government is working on the Microcredit Bill, which will, among other things, regulate micro financiers and protect their customers. “The Microcredit Bill is being promulgated and is undergoing the final stages of preparation by the Chief Parliamentary Counsel prior to submission to Parliament,” he informed.He said that the new legislation is intended to make registration of businesses mandatory, establish qualifying criteria for registration; create a regulatory authority to govern business standards and practices; as well create new provisions to promote full disclosure of all rates, fees and charges on principal debt “recognising that transparency is the hallmark of all financial business activities”. The Caribbean MicroFinance Alliance Forum, under the theme ‘Taking microfinance to the next level,’ provides opportunity for participants from across the region to explore compliance issues and the influence of technology within the sector, engage in interactive panel discussions and attend insightful sessions on key topics.The forum, which opened on Wednesday (October 10) concludes on Saturday (October 13).last_img read more

Read More »

Microbrew beer flap settled Quebec to sell 150thanniversary suds

first_imgMONTREAL – After seemingly being frosty to the idea, Quebec liquor stores will carry a special cross-country craft beer pack that celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday.A dozen breweries from Canada’s 10 provinces, Yukon and the Northwest Territories announced earlier this year they were banding together to create the unique 12-pack.Owners of the Trou du diable brewery, the microbrewery behind Quebec’s contribution, said on social media last week the province was balking at selling the collection of brews because the presence of the Quebec beer was not guaranteed in all the packs.That caused an uproar among beer connoisseurs, although it appears miscommunication was at the root of the decision to not sell it in Quebec.The beers are being sold in three different ways: the Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration 12-pack including beers from every jurisdiction, and two different six-packs specifically for Ontario, where craft beers can’t be sold by the dozen.A spokesman for Quebec’s liquor corporation said discussions took place over several days with the distributor and he confirmed an order was placed Tuesday for the 12-pack, which includes the Quebec beer.“For us initially, we wanted to make sure the cases we were selling in Quebec contained the Quebec beer,” said Renaud Dugas.“There were some logistical issues with the distributor at that level, but we’ve managed to overcome those and the good news for Quebec clients is the beer will be available.”Dugas conceded that perhaps there was some misunderstanding in discussions around the smaller packs, a view that was shared by Daryn Medwin, vice-president of sales at Central City Brewers and Distillers, the British Columbia-based brewery behind the initiative.“Basically, the intent on this package was to be a 12-pack, so every province and territory was represented,” said Medwin.“The fact that we still had the 12-pack available to them was lost in translation. Every once in a while, you get a broken telephone.”As part of a cross-country tasting tour, an event at Le Trou du diable is scheduled for June 29 in Shawinigan, Que.last_img read more

Read More »

Bosnia opens library housing ancient Islamic manuscripts

first_imgBosnia opened Wednesday a new library to house its ancient Islamic manuscripts, which were saved from destruction during the 1992-1995 war by residents who hid them in eight different locations.The Gazi Husrev-beg library houses more than 100,000 items, the oldest being an Arabic-language handwritten manuscript dating to 1106.During the 1990s inter-ethnic war in Bosnia and siege of Sarajevo, the collection had been hidden, with 500 of the most valuable manuscripts and books locked up in a bank vault. To eliminate the threat that the items could one day be lost, “all manuscripts are digitised and copies are saved at three different places around the world,” said Ahmed Alibasic, who chairs the library’s management board.About 60 percent of the collection are in Arabic while 30 percent are in Turkish.“The knowledge is a gift from God and our task is to transfer it,” Bosnia’s grand mufti Husein Kavazovic said at an official opening ceremony, attended also by Qatar’s Minister for Religion and Islamic affairs Ghaith Bin Mubarak Al-Kuwari.Qatar donated some $8.8 million (6.5 million euros) towards the construction of the library, which is named after one of Sarajevo’s founders who had constructed the first library in the Bosnian capital in 1537.Bosnia was part of the Ottoman Empire from 1463 to 1878 and more than 40 percent of its 3.8 million inhabitants are Muslims.last_img read more

Read More »

Turki Al Sheikh’s Egyptian Club Divides Moroccan Map, Angers Moroccans

Rabat – A map of Morocco without Western Sahara may come as no surprise to Moroccans because the football club that posted it is owned by Turki Al Sheikh, the former chairman of the General Sports Authority in Saudi Arabia, who has seemingly held an anti-Moroccan sentiment for a quite some time.The Egyptian football club, the Pyramids FC, disrespected Morocco’s sovereignty over its southern provinces. The club posted a map yesterday to announce the time of a game between two Egyptian football teams, Zamalek and Pyramids FC.The map shows the time of the football game in each time zone. The map shows Western Sahara divided from Morocco. Up to publishing time, the football club has not deleted the provocative map from Facebook and Twitter. Several Moroccans commented on the post, condemning the division of the Moroccan map into two parts.Read Also: Arab Football Union Divides Moroccan Map, Excludes Western Sahara“Why are you dividing the Moroccan map while it is historically complete from Tangier to El Guira,” one wrote.Another commenter said that the relationship with “our Egyptian brothers is a relation of brotherhood and love since thousands of years. This [penguin] will not be able to sow enmity and hatred between us,” referring to Al Sheikh.It is not the first time that Al Sheikh, known for his unfriendly comments towards Morocco, has received backlash for dividing the Moroccan map.Read Also: Western Sahara: Everything You Should Know About Morocco’s Autonomy PlanIn December 2018, the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA), chaired by Al Sheikh, divided the Moroccan map into three parts, excluding Western Sahara from Morocco.Al Sheikh’s unfriendly position toward Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup made the move appear intentional.The official launched a campaign against Morocco during the 2026 World Cup bid last summer.He also politicized the bid by commenting on the Moroccan neutrality in the Gulf crisis between the Saudi coalition and Qatar.Read Also: Facts about Western Sahara Conflict that You Should KnowThe Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) informed Morocco World News in December that it had contacted the Secretariat General of the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) about the mistake of the map.The UAFA then deleted the map immediately. FRMF is expected to report on the Pyramids’ map again. read more

Read More »

Security Council deplores deadly bomb attacks in Algeria

12 April 2007Condemning “in the strongest terms” yesterday’s deadly bombings in the Algerian capital, the Security Council today stressed the need to bring the perpetrators and sponsors to account and reiterated that acts of terrorism can never be justified. National authorities said 33 people were killed and hundreds of others injured in the two suicide attacks, which took place at separate sites in Algiers. In a statement read out by Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom, which holds this month’s rotating presidency, Council members deplored “these heinous acts of terrorism” and offered condolences to the victims and their families. “The Security Council underlines the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice,” the statement said, adding that all countries should cooperate with Algerian authorities as they investigate the bombings. The 15-member body reaffirmed that terrorism of any kind “constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.” Reminding all States of their obligation under previous Council resolutions to combat terrorism, Mr. Jones Parry said that any measures taken must also comply with the UN Charter and all commitments under international law, especially those concerning human rights, humanitarian issues and refugees. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke out yesterday against the Algiers blasts, saying in a statement issued by his spokesperson that they were further evidence of the need for concerted global action to defeat terrorism. read more

Read More »

Armed men carjack peacekeepers vehicle in North Darfur UN reports

Two unidentified gunmen carjacked a vehicle last night from United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping operation in Darfur (UNAMID), the mission in the violence-torn region of Sudan reported today.The driver of the vehicle, an international UN staff member, was unhurt by the two armed men who stole the car in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur. Over the past month, UNAMID has reported a rise in attacks on peacekeeping staff, carjacking, other banditry, and harassment of civilians in Darfur. There has also been concern over the safety of humanitarian workers, many of whom have been ordered to leave the region following the indictment on 4 March of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the region.Speaking to reporters in New York today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated that the situation in Sudan has been one of his top priorities, particularly humanitarian issues in the wake of the ouster of the aid groups. “I have made a sincere appeal and also urged many African and Arab leaders to influence President Bashir to reverse the decision to expel humanitarian workers,” he said, following a briefing to the General Assembly on his recent travels, which included a stop in Doha for the Arab League Summit. Meanwhile, in the past day UNAMID conducted 22 confidence-building patrols, 19 escort patrols and five night patrols covering 35 villages and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). The mission’s police also conducted close to 100 patrols in and around villages and IDP camps. As part of its capacity building efforts, UNAMID police began a five-day training programme in criminal investigation for Sudanese police in Nyala, South Darfur.UNAMID was set up by the Security Council to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million have been forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. More than one year on from transferring the task of suppressing the violence to UNAMID from the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS), over 12,000 of the 19,555 military personnel authorized by the Security Council are in place across Darfur. 7 April 2009Two unidentified gunmen carjacked a vehicle last night from United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping operation in Darfur (UNAMID), the mission in the violence-torn region of Sudan reported today. read more

Read More »

Deep fryer fire causes 700K in damages to Caledonia homes

The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating after a house fire in Caledonia spread to neighbouring homes, causing roughly $700,000 in damages. Haldimand fire crews were called to Claymore Cres. shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters arrived to find one home fully engulfed in flames with the fire spreading to both homes on either side of it.“With this being a close residential subdivision, the houses are really close. I think the crews did an excellent job with trying to contain the fire to the three houses so there was not any further damage,” said Roger Hill, Assistant Fire Chief. Hill says a resident had left a deep fryer unattended on the back porch and when they returned, the entire back of the home was on fire. All residents managed to get out safely.The total damages to all three homes is estimated at $700,000. read more

Read More »

Yemen as cholera surges again UN and partners double down on vaccination

About 540,000 women, children and men who received a first dose of the vaccine in August, in Hudaydah and Ibb governorates, are targeted in this new four-day campaign. More than 3,000 health workers have been trained and mobilized for this effort.During the latest campaign, close to 387,400 people were vaccinated, covering 72 per cent of those in need of inoculation.Yemen, considered today by the UN to be facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, has already suffered from the largest cholera outbreaks in recent history, against the backdrop of heavy civil conflict.According to WHO, since April 2017, there have been more than 1.2 million cases of suspected or confirmed cholera in Yemen, including over 154,500 cases in 2018 alone. More than 2,500 people are reported to have died from the preventable disease. Around 30 per cent of cases involve children under the age of five and all but one of the country’s 23 governorates have been affected.Conflict in Yemen – already one of the poorest countries in the world before the crisis – escalated in March 2015, when an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened militarily at the request of the Yemeni presidency, against a widespread Houthi rebel insurgency. Airstrikes and ground-fighting have become a daily occurrence for millions of civilians. More than 16 million people lack access to basic healthcare and only half of the country’s health facilities are operational. read more

Read More »

COP24 UN climate change conference whats at stake and what you need

This year’s COP in Katowice, Poland, is particularly crucial because 2018 is the deadline that the signatories of the Paris Agreement agreed upon in order to adopt a work programme for the implementation of the Paris commitments. This requires the singular most important ingredient: trust between all countries.Among the many elements that need to be ironed out is the financing of climate action worldwide. Because the clock is ticking on climate change, the world cannot afford to waste more time: we must collectively agree on a bold, decisive, ambitious and accountable way forward.,6. What evidence will be used for the negotiations at COP 24? The Paris document – which provides the world with the only viable option for addressing climate change – has been ratified by 184 parties, and entered into force in November 2016.The commitments contained in it are significant:- Limit global average temperature rise to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.- Ramp up financing for climate action, including the annual $100 billion goal from donor nations for lower-income countries.- Develop national climate plans by 2020, including their self-determined goals and targets.- Protect beneficial ecosystems that absorb greenhouse gases, including forests.- Strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change.- Finalize a work programme to implement the agreement in 2018.The United States, which joined the Agreement in 2016, announced its intention in July 2017, to withdraw from it. However, the nation remains a party to the Agreement at least until November 2020, which is the earliest that it can legally request to withdraw from it.,4. Why is +1.5°C a critical line? Thousands of world leaders, experts, activists, creative thinkers, and private sector and local community representatives will gather to work on a collective action plan to realize critical commitments made by all the countries of the world in Paris, three years ago.UN News put together this guide to COP 24 to answer some of the biggest questions you may have and make sure you’re all caught up, with a ringside seat on the action.   1. The basics: UNFCCC, UNEP, WMO, IPCC, COP 24, Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement… can someone please make sense of all this?  As the UN is mainstreaming environmental sustainability across is work, UN News has been highlighting some examples of projects, supported by UNEP or the UN Development Programme (UNDP), that show the pathway to climate action: in rural eastern Europe, farmers and entrepreneurs can cut emissions, one bog at a time; in the Lake Chad region, tens of thousands of drought-resistant trees are being planted; in Guatemala, the reintroduction of smallholder cocoa production in Guatemala is helping address both economic and environmental problems; in Bhutan, the power of traditional knowledge is being harnessed to support livelihoods and nature preservation; in Timor-Leste, a new generation of green infrastructure is being built; in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, small behavioural change is leading to great impact.,10. Why is the UN also planning a Climate Change Summit in 2019? According to scientific research assessed by the IPCC, keeping global warming to no more than 1.5°C global average over pre-industrial levels, will help stave off devastating permanent damage to the planet and its people, including: the irreversible loss of habitat for animals in the Arctic and Antarctic; much more frequent instances of deadly  extreme heat; water scarcity that could affect over 300 million people; the disappearance of coral reefs which are essential for entire communities and marine life; sea level rise which is threatening the future and economy of entire small island nations, etc.All in all, the UN estimates that 420 million fewer people could be affected by climate change if we manage to stick to a 1.5°C increase, instead of 2°C.We are still far from turning the corner toward a carbon-neutral future, and the need to move forward is greater than ever. The data tells us it is still possible to limit climate change to 1.5°C, but the window of opportunity is closing and it will require unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.,5. So why is COP 24 important? These acronyms and place names all represent international tools and terms that, under the leadership of the UN, were created to help advance climate action globally. They all play a specific and different role in focussing us all on achieving environmental sustainability. Here’s how it fits together:In 1992, the UN organised a major event in Rio de Janeiro called the Earth Summit, in which the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted.In this treaty, nations agreed to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere” to prevent dangerous interference from human activity on the climate system. Today, the treaty has 197 signatories. Every year since the treaty entered into force in 1994, a “conference of the parties” – a COP – is held to discuss how to move forward and, since there have been 23 COPs so far, this year’s will be the 24th, or “COP 24”.Because the UNFCCC had non-binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions for individual countries and no enforcement mechanism, various “extensions” to this treaty were negotiated during these COPs, including: the famous Kyoto Protocol in 1997, which defined emission limits for developed nations to be achieved by 2012; and the Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, in which all countries of the world agreed to step up efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures and boost climate action financing.Two agencies support the scientific work of the UN on climate change: the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Together, they set up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988, which is made of hundreds of experts, dedicated to assessing data and providing reliable scientific evidence for the climate action negotiations, including the upcoming ones in Katowice.,2. The UN seems to be having a lot of conferences and summits on this subject… Is any of it, well… fruitful? The discussions will be based on scientific evidence gathered over the years and assessed by experts. Namely and primarily the following reports:- October’s “wake up call” Report on Global Warming of 1.5˚C, by the IPCC.- 2018 Emissions Gap Report, by UNEP.- 2018 Bulletin on greenhouse gas concentrations, by the WMO.- 2018 Ozone Depletion Assessment, by the WMO and UNEP.,7. How can you follow the discussions at COP24? These meetings have been vital to find a global consensus on an issue that requires a global solution.  Although progress has been much slower than needed, the process — which has been as challenging as it is ambitious – has worked to bring all countries with very different circumstances, together. Progress has been made every step of the way. Some of the concrete actions taken so far prove one thing: climate action has a real positive impact and can truly help us prevent the worst.Here are some notable achievements so far:- At least 57 countries have managed to bring their greenhouse gas emissions down to the levels required to curb global warming.- There are at least 51 “carbon pricing” initiatives in the works; charging those who emit carbon dioxide per tonne emitted.- In 2015, 18 high-income countries committed to donating US$100 billion a year for climate action in developing countries. So far, over $70 billion have been mobilised.,3. Why is everyone talking about the Paris Agreement? You can join the Climate Action ActNow.bot which will recommend everyday actions to save the planet and tally up the number of actions taken to measure the impact that collective action can have.By sharing your climate action efforts on social media, you can help encourage more people to act as well.In addition, the People’s Seat initiative, launched by the UNFCCC Secretariat, ensures you can contribute directly to the conversation at COP 24. So make sure to #TakeYourSeat and speak up!,9. What are some examples of initiatives that the UN is supporting to tackle climate change? There are many ways you can keep up to speed on the action:- Subscribe to our “Climate Change” newsletter topic here so you can receive daily UN News highlights from Poland;- Check this page regularly, as it will collect all the top stories filed from Katowice.- Follow the hashtag #ClimateAction on Twitter;,8. How can you participate in the discussion and do your part for climate action? To build on the outcomes of COP 24, and to strengthen climate action and ambition at the highest possible levels, UN Secretary-General António Guterres is convening a Climate Change Summit next September. In advance of the 2020 deadline for countries to finalize their national climate plans, the Summit is designed to focus on practical initiatives to limit emissions and build resilience. The Summit will focus on driving action in six areas: transition to renewable energy; funding of climate action and carbon pricing; reducing emissions from industry; using nature as a solution; sustainable cities and local action; and climate change resilience. read more

Read More »

Constantine leads Weber St past SE Missouri 4823 in FCS

OGDEN, Utah — Jake Constantine threw for four touchdowns and ran for another and the Weber State defence picked off four passes to lead the second-seeded Wildcats to a 48-23 win over Southeast Missouri on Saturday in the second-round of the FCS playoffs.The Wildcats (10-2) are home against seventh-seeded Maine next weekend.After the Redhawks (9-4) took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter, Constantine threw four touchdown passes in the second quarter. Two of the scores were set up by interceptions, one in the final minute of the half. Isiah Jackson scored on a 16-yard pass with 58 seconds to go and again on a 4-yarder after Jordan Praetor returned the first of his two picks 17 yards.Constantine’s 10-yard TD run capped the opening drive of the second half before the Redhawks scored 16 straight points to close within 34-23.Southeast Missouri’s last score was a 33-yard fumble return but the Wildcats responded with a quick drive for Doug Lloyd’s 4-yard run and Praetor sealed it with a 52-yard pick-6.The Associated Press read more

Read More »

Pensioners playing video games more than ever thanks to smartphones

Pensioners are playing video games more than ever thanks to smartphones, a new report has revealed, as one in four over 65’s are now accessing them through their mobiles.More than four in ten Britons aged 55 to 64 have played video games in the past five years as a way to keep their minds stimulated and bond with younger family members.Among those aged 65 and over, 40 per cent say the pastime is a good way of exercising their brain, particularly strategy-based titles that studies have shown can help delay the effects of ageing.Others admitted that the pastime has become a crucial way to interact with their grandchildren in place of board games which have traditionally united families.The survey of 2000 adults, commissioned by UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) as part of the Must Play Campaign highlighting the most popular gaming trends, shows the activity spreads far beyond the younger generation. Joan Low, 97, from Renfrewshire in Scotland, says that she plays games on her iPad “every day” and that it keeps her mind sharp. Playing virtual games like Scrabble on a touchscreen is easier for players like Joan as it means she doesn’t have to handle small pieces. “I have arthritis in my hands, so I’m not handling things that I invariably drop,” she said. Parents are more likely to use games as a way of socialising with both friends and their childrenCredit:Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg For many of the older players, gaming offers a chance to go back to their youth, playing the kind of games they used to in arcades as teenagers. Criticshave associated video games with violent titles, but games such as Super Mario Bros, racing games and football themed titles are among the most popular across all age groups. Video games can also give the older generation an outlet when they are on their own. “I used to play with my family and enjoyed the company and playing with them,” explains Joan. “So now when you’re on your own, I found it very interesting to do and I can play against the computer. It gives me a challenge, in fact I think I’m addicted! But I don’t think it’s a bad thing.” “I don’t think older people would be interested in the violent games. I don’t really think of myself as a gamer. But maybe I am! It’s the first time I’ve been called a gamer.”Dr Jo Twist OBE, UKIE CEO said:  “The Must Play May campaign wants to show how games now offer consumers of all ages a huge range of genres across many platforms, from physical disks to mobile. This includes more and more pensioners playing games as way to relax, engage with other people, keep their brains active and have fun with their grandchildren.”While the biggest players are still predominately under 35, most are not growing out of the habit as they get older, with 75% of 35-44 year olds still participating in the activity.Parents are more likely to use games as a way of socialising with both friends and their children, with 31 per cent playing simply to escape the stresses of everyday life. Parents are more likely to use games as a way of socialising with both friends and their children 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. read more

Read More »

Dublin councils are owed €32 million in water charges

first_imgA SOUTH DUBLIN county councillor has warned that businesses may be affected if Irish Water doesn’t show leniency in collecting water charges.Figures released to Fianna Fáil councillor for Clondalkin Trevor Gilligan show that the four local authorities in Dublin are owed a combined €32 million in commercial water rates.Gilligan said that the figures show a lack of clarity over the changeover from local authorities to Irish Water.“Many people working on the ground and businesses who pay water rates at the moment don’t know where they stand now when it comes to arrears. There are outstanding rates owed by some businesses that have fallen on hard times in recent years due to the difficult trading environment.I know many people who are now worried that if local authorities are no longer able to apply discretion and show leniency there could be huge pressure put on businesses and some could go to the wall. “We need to know what happens in the case where businesses cannot afford charges, will households have to pay?”The table shows that Dublin City Council has the most money owed to it, with nearly €16 million owed in total. South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown county councils both have over €6 million outstanding, while Fingal sits at an even €3.5 million.Gilligan said that there needed to be clarity about the handover.“[Irish Water] already control city’s water assets and businesses are right to wonder how much attention will be paid to maintain the local authority-local business relationship that exists at the moment.”Read: Water Meter Installation Goes Wrong Pic of the DayRead: Spoof Irish Water ad sums up the harsh reality of water chargeslast_img read more

Read More »

Landlords of 5bedroom house which housed 70 tenants ordered to pay €60k

first_imgLandlords of 5-bedroom house which housed 70 tenants ordered to pay €60k The pair will have to pay the local authority’s legal costs following the court’s decision. Short URL Share15 Tweet Email4 Image: Shutterstock/Photographee.eu Feb 6th 2017, 2:44 PM Monday 6 Feb 2017, 2:44 PM No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ray Managh http://jrnl.ie/3225473 CHRISTIAN CARTER AND 85-year-old Richard Stanley, the joint landlords of a Co Dublin house which at one point had been used to house up to 70 South American and east European tenants, were told by a judge today to pay a local authority’s legal costs that could run close to €60,000.Judge Jacqueline Linnane directed the costs order be made jointly and severally against both Carter and Stanley which means either of them could be sued for the full amount following taxation or they could agree to equally share the load.The Circuit Civil Court heard that Carter, of Dunedin Drive, Monkstown, Co Dublin, had been paying Richard Stanley’s son, Dermot, €2,000 a month by bankers order and €2,000 in cash for the five-bedroom house, The Pines, Lehaunstown, Cabinteely, Co Dublin.Judge Linnane heard that, in turn Dermot Stanley, who lives in London, was paying his father Richard, who owns the house, €2,000 a month.In an email to Carter in August 2015, Dermot Stanley stated his father had noticed some mattresses “out the back of the house last time he collected rent.”Dermot Stanley added in the email: “If you can make sure your guy keeps it looking ok for rent day then at least you’ll save me the grief. Thanks.”Sub-lettingBarrister Fran Rooney, counsel for Carter, told the court his client had sublet the property with the consent and knowledge of the Stanleys after the son, Dermot, had agreed to the deletion of a clause in the Lease prohibiting sub-letting.In another Dermot Stanley email to Christian Carter, opened by Mr Rooney to the court, Stanley the younger had given his consent to the sub-division of the house into 15 bedrooms.In the second email of October 2015, he told Carter he was “set for another year…..providing you keep my father happy every time he comes over to collect the rent”.Barrister Liam O’Connell, counsel for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, which had sought injunctions restraining the continued use of the house as a multi-occupancy dormitory property, told Judge Linnane today that her order to clear the house of tenants by Saturday last had been fully complied with.“Its now just a matter of legal and administrative costs that has to be decided by the court,” he said.Michael Binchy, who appeared with solicitor Kevin O’Higgins for Richard Stanley, asked the court to award costs against Mr Carter as Mr Stanley senior had moved at all times to bring an end to the unauthorised development at the property.He said Mr Stanley had not known what Mr Carter had been doing at the property and, if the court held against him on awarding full costs against Mr Carter, he said a 25-75% costs order in favour of Mr Stanley would reflect blame worthiness of the parties.Judge Linnane said that if 50 people had been paying €50 a week each to Mr Carter he would have been receiving €10,000 a month.Sixty tenants would have been paying him more than €12,000 a month. At an earlier hearing it was estimated Carter had been collecting up to €16,000 a month in rent.Mr Rooney, who appeared with O’Brien Redmond Solicitors for Carter, said the sewage problems at the house had been fully cleared up by an environmental company employed by his client.Judge Linnane struck out the local authority’s application and awarded legal costs jointly and severally against Carter and Stanley senior, to be taxed in default of agreement. She directed that the local authority be paid €2,810 for administrative expenses.Comments have been closed as this case is before the courts.Read: Man found with explosives on bus in Dublin is jailed for 7 yearsRead: ‘Until you’ve stood in those shoes, you can’t understand’ – how free legal aid works in Ireland Image: Shutterstock/Photographee.eu 22,644 Views last_img read more

Read More »

Babbel Klopp must now deliver trophies at Liverpool

first_imgFormer Liverpool defender Markus Babbel reckons that the pressure is now on Jurgen Klopp to deliver silverware at AnfieldThe Reds are chasing their first trophy since the EFL Cup in the 2011/12 season and are amongst the favourites for the Premier League and Champions League this term.Following some significant investment in the summer transfer window and Liverpool’s Champions League final appearance last season, expectations haven’t been so high at Merseyside for quite some time.And Babbel, who played at Liverpool between 2000 to 2004, insists that the time has come for Klopp to deliver his first piece of silverware for the club.The German has lost three finals at Liverpool through the EFL Cup, Europa League and the Champions League.“The club decided they have to do something. I was listening to [Manchester United manager Jose] Mourinho, he wanted to have Van Dijk. He cost this money. This is the price and market,” Babbel told SportsMax.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“For me, [Van Dijk and Alisson are] top signings. Now we can say he’s not too expensive.“The business is crazy. If you have the feeling there’s a problem in a position, you have to get the best player in that position and Klopp found it in Van Dijk and Alisson.“They are doing well, especially Van Dijk. The defence is different now – much better with quality there. Now they have a big chance to win trophies.“Klopp knows he doesn’t have 10 years to win a trophy. He has to win now. At the beginning, believe in him. The performances have been getting better. Now it’s time to win something.“It’s nice to finish second, third or fourth but Liverpool needs trophies. This is what you’re looking for as a club like Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Manchester United … not to finish second or third, this isn’t good enough anymore.”last_img read more

Read More »

Whats next for Vancouver city council

first_imgHalfway through Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt’s first term as mayor and on the eve of a potential announcement on whether or not he’ll run for Congress, at least a few city councilors are also weighing their political futures.For Councilors Larry Smith and Jeanne Stewart, 2013 may mean a mayoral bid, wether Leavitt decides to try and keep his seat or not. Another councilor who may have higher aspirations, Jack Burkman, said that door may open only if Leavitt does not run for re-election as mayor.It’s not clear if Leavitt, should he decide to run against first-term Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in 2012, would or could keep his title as mayor, his full-time job as an engineer and make a full press to win.Smith and Stewart, both longtime council members, have indicated they have their eyes on the center seat at the dais.Smith, who was elected to his seat in 2003 and won re-election this year, serves as mayor pro tem and makes no secret of the fact he’s interested in the job.“If (Royce Pollard) hadn’t run, I would have run” in 2009, Smith said. “It’s something I’ve considered — it’s on my mind.”last_img read more

Read More »

RBI Begins Magazine Closures

first_imgThe closures come less than six months after parent Reed Elsevier said it was putting the majority of the U.S.-based RBI titles back on the block after a failed auction of the entire group ended in late 2008 after bids were said to have fallen from approximately $2 billion to $1 billion. So far, the only divestiture to materialize was the sale last month of Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and This Week in Consumer Electronics (TWICE) to Wicks Group-owned NewBay Media. Reed Business Information Wednesday said it has ceased publication of three trade titles: Video Business, Manufacturing Business Technology and Industrial Distribution. The Web sites associated with these magazines also will be shut down.According to a post on the Video Business Web site, the shutterings are part of a “larger, ongoing strategy to divest itself of most of its business-to-business publications in the U.S.” On New Years Eve, RBI CEO John Poulin sent a memo to staffers saying the company will need to close certain titles and lay off a number of employees during the first half of 2010.When contacted by FOLIO:, an RBI spokesperson declined to say how many employees were laid off as a result of the closures. She did, however, indicate that RBI’s DM2, effective April 8, will no longer manage or rent third party lists but will “continue to support internal list management through the resolution of the divestiture process.”last_img read more

Read More »

Woods Away Creating awareness on threats to ecosystem

first_imgThe third edition of Woods Away – a four day wildlife photography exhibition, supported by ITC Sonar Kolkata and showcasing distinctive photographs taken in India and Africa, was inaugurated recently. Craig L Hall, Consul General, United States of America in Kolkata, inaugurated it in the presence of actor, Gargi Roy Chowdhury, participating photographers, Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, Shiladitya Chaudhury, Dhiman Ghosh along with the host of city glitterati. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe exhibition is aimed to create awareness on the threats to the ecosystem and maintain the rationale behind this initiative to support conservation at large. Proceeds from the sales of this exhibition will go to NEWS (Nature Environment and Wildlife Society) towards restoration of mangrove at Sundarbans. The exhibition is a collection of some visual elegance of the lustrous ecosystem captured at various wildernesses of India and Africa that has been ingeniously photographed. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”I have had the privilege of roaming vast stretches of Wild India, often aimlessly and sometimes for sake of my profession, where I witnessed many rare and exciting sights into the ways of nature and its wild denizens. Through ‘Woods Away’, I wanted to portray the wilderness that I had been able to capture through my lenses,” said Biswajit Roy Chowdhury.”‘Woods Away season III’ is a humble tribute to eminent journalist Late Sumit Sen, who was a dedicated wildlife enthusiast. He was the energy force behind this noble initiative. Overwhelmed by the splendid response that we have received in the past years, this year we are adding an extra day to the exhibition”, said ShiladityaChaudhury. “‘Woods Away’ is a heart touching exhibition combining the art of photography with the reality of wildlife conservation. It is part of our initiative to contribute towards building a greener tomorrow,” said Atul Bhalla, General Manager, ITC Sonar.A coffee table book, ‘Wilderness’ as an extension of the bouquet of wildlife photographs, showcased by these three ace photographers, was also released at the exhibition.According to the photographers, it is through their photographs that they attempt to provide a platform to document threatened landscapes and species that cannot be overlooked.last_img read more

Read More »