Over 8,000 shifted as rains continue to lash Gujarat

first_imgTorrential rains continue to batter parts of Gujarat, leading to floods in North Gujarat region. The state authorities have shifted more than 8,000 people from Banaskantha and Patan districts due to flooding in low lying areas while over 250 people stranded in floods were rescued by various agencies like NDRF, BSF and Air Force. According to Principal Secretary (Revenue) Pankaj Kumar, NDRF, Air Force, Army and other agencies are involved in rescue operations in affects parts. “Four choppers for rescue works in Banaskantha have been mobilised,” he said. Meanwhile, the government has issued high alert in North and Central Gujarat districts where the heavy to extremely heavy rains likely. So far, 7 persons have died in rain related incidents since July 20 while death toll since June 1, stands at 73. More than 900 animals have also died either being washed away in floods or in other related incidents.last_img read more

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Suresh Raina shares photo of his visit to Haridwar

first_imgSuresh Raina posted a photo on Instagramfrom his to Haridwar. Raina had last represented India in an one day international in July earlier this year against England.Suresh Raina is a key member of IPL champions Chennai Super Kings and scored 445 runs in the 2018 season. He had also played a key role in the 2011 World Cup which India won at home.Raina has played 18 Tests, scoring 768 runs at an average of 26.48. He has scored one hundred (his highest of 120) along with 7 fifties in his 31 innings. He has played 226 ODIs and has scored 5615 runs an average of 35.31. He also has scored 5 hundreds and 36 fifties from his 194 innings.His most prolific format though was the T20Is, in which he played 78 matches, scoring 1605 runs at an average of 29.18. He has scored one hundred and five fifties.Rains also the first Indian to score a hundred in all three formats of the game. He is also the first batsman to score 300-plus runs in all 11 editions of IPL.Raina, who clears the field with a swashbuckling flourish when at the top of his game, scored a 33-run over to pacer Parvinder Awana of Kings XI Punjab in 2014, which is the second most expensive over in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) after Chris Gayle’s 37 runs to Prasanth Parameswaran in 2011.Raina has been in good form recently in the Ranji Trophy playing for Uttar Pradesh. He scored 75 against a decent bowling side from Jharkhand.advertisementlast_img read more

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a month agoDONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield manager

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDan Cowley has made Danny Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield Town manager.The Sun says the former Leicester City fullback has agreed a deal with Huddersfield until the end of the season.Cowley wanted experience in his squad to get the Terriers out of trouble and turned to 32-year-old to provide competition at right-back.Huddersfield currently sit bottom of the Championship with just one point from eight games and are six points adrift of safety already.Jan Siewert was axed in August after a run of one win in 19 matches – which included relegation from the Premier League – before Cowley and brother Nicky joined from Lincoln earlier this month. last_img read more

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‘Pogba needs to work harder for Man Utd’

first_imgPaul Pogba is “not working hard enough getting back”, says Clayton Blackmore, with there more an in-form Manchester United midfielder could be offering to the collective cause.Having endured a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign which ultimately led to him being benched by Jose Mourinho, a World Cup winner is currently enjoying a welcome upturn in form.He has delivered five goals and four assists across his last six Premier League outings, with his efforts helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to open his reign as interim United boss with eight successive victories. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Plaudits are raining down on the 25-year-old once more, with another all-action performance put in during the Red Devils’ recent 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Arsenal.Pogba has, however, been told that he could do even more, with former United defender Blackmore telling Love Sport Radio: “It’s a team game.”You can have fantastic individuals who can win you the game over and over again but if the team aren’t playing well… I was a little bit disappointed with Paul [against Arsenal].”He was really good going forward but he’s not working hard enough getting back.”I know he’s got [Ander] Herrera and [Nemanja] Matic there but I like to see the whole team working as hard as each other.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 2018-19While suggesting that Pogba could do more for United, Blackmore admits the same accusation could not be levelled at Solskjaer.The Norwegian has made a remarkable impact since being appointed as interim successor to Mourinho, with calls for him to be handed the reins on a permanent basis now growing in intensity.”Whoever is going to come in won’t do as well as he’s doing now so why would you bring someone else in?” said Blackmore, who spent 10 years as part of United’s senior squad after emerging out of their youth system.”It’s not just him either. He’s got Mick Phelan in there. There was a lot said about when [David] Moyes came in and he got rid of Mick Phelan.”You lose, on the coaching side of it, pretty much everything we had before.”They’ve got great experience now there in terms of the coaching side and obviously playing at the club.”For me, it’s a no-brainer. It was a no-brainer a few weeks ago.”Solskjaer, Phelan and Pogba will be looking to make it nine wins in a row on Tuesday when United play host to Burnley in Premier League competition. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Mane would swap CL win for AFCON crown

first_imgLiverpool forward Sadio Mane claims he would happily trade his Champions League winners’ medal for Africa Cup of Nations glory with Senegal.The 27-year-old enjoyed a standout 2018-19 campaign at Anfield.A 22-goal return in the Premier League saw him land a share of the Golden Boot, while four efforts in continental competition helped Liverpool to a sixth European Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Mane would, though, give all of that up for international success this summer.He is currently in Egypt chasing down another major prize and is aware of what the AFCON crown would mean for his homeland.“It is up to us to achieve something great,” Mane told France Football.“Of course we are one of the favourites, we cannot hide from that. But this standing is not enough to go all the way.“Winning with my country, which has never won the Africa Cup of Nations, that would be magnificent.“I am even ready to swap a Champions League to win an Africa Cup of Nations.“The return to Dakar would be extraordinary. This is my biggest and most crazy dream.”Moussa Konate and Sadio Mane - SenegalMane has been chasing that dream since childhood, with the stage he currently graces having been reached from humble beginnings.Reflecting on his career path, which started with a trial back in Dakar when he was a young hopeful, Mane said: “There were 200 or 300 youngsters who were waiting in line for their chance.“It started badly for me because when I presented myself, I was laughed at.“I did not look like a footballer. I was wearing pants that looked nothing like football shorts. And my football boots were completely shredded on the sides and had been repaired by me with wire the best I could.“Those who oversaw the trials would look at me with a bizarre facial expression: ‘You really want to become a footballer?’“I understood them but I did not have a choice. As I was not that bad, they took me. That was the beginning of my adventure.”Mane sat out Senegal’s opening fixture at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations through suspension, as they saw off Tanzania 2-0.Aliou Cisse’s side will be back in action on Thursday against Algeria, before wrapping up their Group C campaign in a meeting with Kenya.last_img read more

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Big Ten Starting QB Injured On Huge Blindside Sack

first_imgNick Bosa sacks Rutgers' Arthur Sitkowski.Rutgers went with true freshman quarterback Artur Sitkowski as its starter to begin the year. He can’t be a big fan of drawing Nick Bosa and the Ohio State defense in his second start.Bosa has been a monster for his entire career as a Buckeye, as was his older brother Joey before him. He’s been incredibly impressive against the Scarlet Knights today.Moments ago, he blew by a Rutgers offensive tackle, and took Sitkowski down hard on a blind-side sack.The first half ends with a @nbsmallerbear sack. pic.twitter.com/utVRxKUiBN— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) September 8, 2018Artur Sitkowski was reportedly shaken up after the Nick Bosa sack.That play ended the half for the Buckeyes.Artur Sitkowski wincing and holding his shoulder as he walks to the locker room at halftime. The first half could not have gone worse for Rutgers. pic.twitter.com/OeekFDgI89— Brian Fonseca (@briannnnf) September 8, 2018Hindsight is 20/20 but calling a pass play with 5 seconds before the half was ridiculous and Rutgers may have paid the ultimate price with Sitkowski getting clocked by Bosa and appearing to hurt his shoulder. Half couldn’t have gone any worse.— Aaron Breitman (@aaron_breitman) September 8, 2018Rutgers should probably just take Sitkowski out of the game. That poor QB is getting annihilated, the game is over, and he is a true freshman with a future.— Mike Dury (@MikeDury) September 8, 2018Sitkowski was 6-for-18 for 38 yards and an interception in the first half for Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights trail the Buckeyes 35-0.Last week, in a 35-7 win over Texas State, he showed the ups and downs of playing a freshman quarterback.He completed 20-of-30 throws for 205 yards and a score, but also had three interceptions.Still, he should have a bright future for Chris Ash’s squad. Hopefully any injuries he suffered are minor.last_img read more

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Matthew McConaugheys Charity Event Gets Even Bigger

first_imgSome of the best charities will reap the benefits from one major event in Austin, Texas on April 11 and 12 thanks to Texas Head Football Coach Mack Brown, recording artist Jack Ingram and actor Matthew McConaughey. The trio is hosting a fundraising event called Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) with the commitment of Austin businessman and philanthropist Milton Verret.By joining together, MJ&M and Mr. Verret will maximize their impact on programs for underserved youth nationwide. The proceeds from this unprecedented two-day event will benefit several charities: the Rise School of Austin, the JK Livin Foundation, Heart Gift, Cure Duchenne and Grounded in Music.MJ&M is destined to become well-known thanks to the far-reaching efforts of Sally and Mack Brown, Amy and Jack Ingram, as well as Camila and Matthew McConaughey. MJ&M is generating a lot of excitement with two days of celebrity golf, a Neiman Marcus fashion show and two nights of live music. To purchase concert tickets, please visit www.ACL-Live.com.Through the involvement of well-known celebrities and electrifying events, MJ&M is able to give back to the children who need it the most in a really big way with a focus on education, health & fitness, and arts & culture.The association of MJ&M with Mr. Verret only makes sense since they each share the mission of making a major impact on children’s lives.“It’s an honor for me to join such a great trio of fellow Texans as they join forces to improve the lives of underserved children,” Verret stated shortly after joining the MJ&M Founding Steering Committee. As a member of the Founding Steering Committee, Mr. Verret joins an elite group of MJ&M donors making a major financial commitment to what will become an annual event.Mr. Verret’s past philanthropic efforts have already left their mark on the city of Austin. His purchase of giant guitar sculptures during a Gibson Foundation auction helped raise half a million dollars for Austin charities. Mr. Verret then donated the guitars to the city, and they are now on public display at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Anyone arriving in Austin can now see it is truly the Live Music Capital of the World!Mr. Verret’s underwriting, organizing and producing of Cow Parade Austin in 2011 helped raise $1.5 million through its auction to benefit the SuperHero Kids Fund of the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center of Dell Children’s Medical Center. Additionally, Mr. Verret’s involvement as Production Sponsor for the Dell Children’s Hospital Gala this year doubled its fundraising from last year to nearly $1.3 million.Other efforts by Mr. Verret include donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Austin Children’s Shelter, the Boy Scouts of America, the Central Texas Girl Scouts, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Austin Film Society.Together, the Browns, Ingrams, McConaugheys and Milton Verret are a great group of humanitarians who will make sure the children of this community receive well-deserved attention.To learn more about Mack, Jack & McConaughey, go to www.mackjackmcconaughey.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Ellen DeGeneres Speaks Out To Protect Dogs In Taiwan

first_imgEllen DeGeneres is taking a stand against the Taiwanese government’s plan to infect unvaccinated beagle puppies with rabies.Despite the solid consensus among rabies experts, veterinarians, and scientists around the world that all strains of rabies can infect warm-blooded animals, the Taiwanese Council of Agriculture plans to test the infectivity of a recently discovered strain of the virus by injecting it into 210 mice, 36 ferret-badgers and 14 beagle puppies. These tests are completely unnecessary and will produce no benefit for human health. Ellen DeGeneres is leading a global push to cancel the cruel experiments.“As a long-time advocate for the welfare of animals, I would like to join the many physicians, scientists, and veterinarians who have encouraged the Taiwanese government to avoid experimenting on live animals in its efforts to combat the rabies virus in Taiwan,” Ellen writes in her letter.The Physicians Committee — a nonprofit of concerned physicians, scientists, and citizens — has also denounced the experiments as regressive and unscientific.last_img read more

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DELUXE ADDS DIGITAL CINEMA SERVICES TO DELUXE ONE PLATFORM

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Deluxe’s robust Digital Cinema capability and global distribution network are trusted by leading content owners and filmmakers worldwide to ensure theatrical content is available where and when it is needed, while providing industry-leading service and security capabilities. The integration of the Content & Key Manager into Deluxe One is the first step in building out the full suite of Deluxe’s Digital Cinema products within the platform.The Content & Key Manager centralizes vital information in one convenient location, providing better visibility across individual screens and overall operations. The self-servicing, intuitive platform provides on-demand access to track DTDC content shipments, download active keys, highlight essential feature and projectionist data, and get help – fast. The addition of a new mobile-first experience further extends access to this information in realtime, eliminating the need for calls and emails to address the most common issues and questions. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: “Managing a multitude of file specifications, keys and delivery windows takes more time and resources and can hinder visibility across delivery operations,” said Debbie Mann, SVP, North America Operations, DTDC.  “The online Content & Key Manager, accessible via the Deluxe One platform, categorizes and organizes all of the Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema data into a single repository, so exhibitors and content owners have visibility and real-time access to the information they need to ensure correct playback each and every time.”The Content & Key Manager is one of Deluxe’s globally scaled, end-to-end solutions designed to simplify content delivery – in any format – to any window, screen or destination. With more experience and expertise delivering premium digital content than any other company, digital cinema services are just one of the technology solutions Deluxe is developing to meet the needs of the ever-evolving digital supply chain.To learn more, visit www.bydeluxe.com.About Deluxe OneDesigned to address the needs of a new entertainment era marked by more content going more places, Deluxe One is a cloud platform for modern content that unifies our Hollywood-tested, end-to-end products and services and integrates them with all your workflows through a single, intuitive interface. With Deluxe One, your assets, vendors and workflows are now all connected in the cloud, unifying what was once a fragmented media supply chain. A window into your content, Deluxe One’s gives you total visibility into your workflow, tracking content from lens to living room. What this means for you, and the industry as a whole, is that content can now reach global audiences faster, simpler and more reliably, than ever before.About Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.Deluxe Entertainment Services Group (Deluxe) is the world’s leading video creation to distribution company offering global, end-to-end services and technology. Through unmatched scale, technology and capabilities, Deluxe enables the worldwide market for premium content. The world’s leading content creators, broadcasters, OTTs and distributors rely on Deluxe’s experience and expertise. With headquarters in Los Angeles and New York and operations in 38 key media markets worldwide, the company relies on the talents of more than 7,500 of the industry’s premier artists, experts, engineers and innovators. LOS ANGELES — Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. (Deluxe) today announced the launch of the Content & Key Manager, to replace their existing Cinema Portal platform. The Content & Key Manager has been integrated as a service within Deluxe One – the company’s flagship cloud-based platform that unifies each stage of the content supply chain, creating an end-to-end ability to manage assets and requirements from creation to delivery. Designed to provide major circuits, independent exhibitors, and studios with greater visibility across the Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema (DTDC) theatrical supply chain, the Content & Key Manager simplifies day-to-day management of operations at a time when the release cycle is becoming increasingly complex.last_img read more

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The Latest Germany waits for details on Brexit deal

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local):12:20 p.m.The German government is holding back on its assessment of the draft deal on Britain’s exit from the European Union, saying it has yet to be briefed on the details.A spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that “the government naturally welcomes any progress that leads to Britain’s departure taking place in an orderly manner.”Martina Fietz, said the EU’s executive, which is negotiating with Britain, will brief the other 27 members of the bloc Wednesday at 3 p.m. (1400 GMT).She added that Brexit isn’t on the agenda for Merkel’s weekly Cabinet meeting Thursday.Maria Adebahr, a spokeswoman for Germany’s Foreign Ministry, said that “should there be an agreement, or significant progress be announced, we would very much welcome that.”___12:15 p.m.U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May says a draft divorce agreement with the European Union “takes us significantly closer to delivering what the British people voted for” when they decided to leave the bloc.May told lawmakers that the deal means Britain will “take back control” of its laws and borders “while protecting jobs, security and the integrity of our United Kingdom.”May’s Cabinet is due to meet later Wednesday to consider whether to back the deal. Pro-Brexit politicians are already attacking it, saying it will bind Britain to EU rules and regulations long after it leaves the bloc in March.May said the Cabinet would decide what to do “in the national interest.”___8:30 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face her divided Cabinet in a bid to win support for a draft Brexit deal with the European Union.Negotiators from the two sides have reached agreement on divorce terms, including a plan to resolve the key issue of the Irish border.But pro-Brexit lawmakers in May’s divided Conservative Party are angry, saying the agreement will leave Britain tethered to the EU after it departs in March.Failure to secure Cabinet backing will leave May’s leadership in doubt and the Brexit process in chaos.If Cabinet supports the deal Wednesday, it needs approval from the EU at a summit in the next few weeks. Then May will need to win backing from Parliament, where pro-Brexit and pro-EU legislators alike are threatening to oppose it.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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TMC registers complaint against Arjun

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress leaders from North 24-Parganas have registered a complaint with the District Election Officer (DEO) against Arjun Singh, who is contesting the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Barrackpore constituency on BJP’s ticket.A separate complaint was also lodged at the Titagarh police station in this regard. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that Singh had called up a Trinamool Congress leader in Barrackpore and threatened him with dire consequences. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThey also termed the incident as a desperation move after Singh was removed from the post of chairman of Bhatpara Municipality through secret ballot on Monday. The district TMC leaders are also of the view that Singh is making threat calls after apprehending defeat in the upcoming elections. It may be mentioned here that Singh has recently joined BJP from Trinamool Congress. After he joined BJP, the Trinamool Congress leaders decided to issue a no-confidence motion in the 34-member Bhatpara Municipality in North 24-Parganas. The no-confidence motion was passed against Singh through a secret ballot, where he lost 21-11. The DEO of North 24-Parganas, who also happens to be the District Magistrate, will carry out a probe into the alleged threat call and may submit a report to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state. The CEO’s office had also sought a report from the DEO on Monday, after a BJP party office was allegedly ransacked in Bhatpara.last_img read more

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Haiti UN health official cautions cholera outbreak not yet contained

“I do not think that we have reached the peak of this epidemic,” Claire-Lise Chaignat, the coordinator of the global task force on cholera control at the UN World Health Organization (WHO), told a news conference in Geneva.She said the provision of clean drinking water to populations in affected areas was a key control measure, as was the improvement of sanitation facilities, availability of oral rehydration salts for those already infected and ensuring that people ate food prepared with clean water and in good hygiene conditions.She added that 40 per cent of people living along the Artibonite River, which is believed to be the sources of the cholera bacteria, have been reached with water chlorination tablets.As of today the death toll has been put at 284 of the 3,769 cases confirmed, with 96 per cent of cases having been reported in the Artibonite department, and the rest in the Centre department, Ms. Chaignat said. The case fatality rate of the outbreak is 7.7 per cent, which is considered high, but is expected to decline as treatment and prevention measures stabilize.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Haiti’s health ministry and WHO have developed a strategy to ensure the availability of all basic medical supplies required to respond to the disease and strengthen the capacity of treatment centres and hospitals.Eighty primary health care centres and 10 special cholera treatment units are being equipped to better handle cases, while eight hospitals now have the capacity to treat the most severe cases.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), for its part, said it is adapting 22,000 standard hygiene kits to meet specific needs to reduce the spread of the disease. The kits contain chlorine water purification pills, rehydration salts and soap to maintain higher levels of hygiene.The kits will be distributed mainly to pregnant women, the agency said, warning that cholera may increase the risk of miscarriage and premature births.“We are expecting a significant increase in deliveries between next month and April 2011,” said Igor Bosc, the UNFPA Representative in Haiti. “It is important that we act now by strengthening maternity wards in hospitals and clinics to enable them to respond to obstetric emergencies as they arise,” he said.Pregnant women living with HIV have a double risk of a weakened immune system and are more likely to have a miscarriage or give birth prematurely, according to UNFPA.“Programmes designed to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV must take the epidemic and the increased vulnerabilities into consideration,” Mr. Bosc said. 27 October 2010A United Nations health official cautioned today that the cholera outbreak in Haiti is not yet contained and stressed the need to continue enhancing treatment, prevention and response preparedness measures even in areas that have not been affected by the epidemic. read more

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Greater cooperation among developing nations vital to fighting poverty – Ban

“The more developing countries can share lessons about what works, from micro-finance to cash transfer programmes, the more we can advance,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the Global South-South Development Expo in Geneva, delivered on his behalf by Juan Somavia, the Director-General of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).“Countries across the global south have created jobs and freed millions of people from poverty through home-grown solutions or by drawing on the innovations of others. The South is a font of ideas and actions that are helping to tackle the major challenges of our day,” the Secretary-General told participants of the Expo.An estimated 1.75 billion people in more than 100 countries still live in extreme poverty, Mr. Ban said, citing the Multidimensional Poverty Index, a new poverty indicator launched earlier this year by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative of Oxford University and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).He said the Global South-South Development Expo is a valuable opportunity to share information, generate new initiatives, showcase technologies and explore what can be done to achieve a greener and more prosperous future.“The United Nations stands with you in this effort, including through the presence of many of our agencies at this Expo,” he added.Organized by the UN every year since 2008, the Expo provides a forum to enable developing countries and their development partners, including donor agencies, organizations of the UN system, and private sector and civil society organizations, to showcase their evidence-based South-South development solutions.Solution forums include social protection and decent work, food security, climate change and environment, HIV/AIDS, global health, and education. This year’s Expo will focus on enhancing the strategic capacity of developing countries in research and technology development, and will develop inter-regional partnerships in each of its core topic areas. 22 November 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged greater economic cooperation and exchange of ideas among developing countries to boost efforts to alleviate poverty, saying that millions of people are still unable to meet their basic needs despite the rapid economic growth in some emerging economies. read more

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UN distributes Ramadan meals to 55000 Libyan refugees in Tunisia

3 August 2011The United Nations refugee agency and its partners in Tunisia are distributing food for more than 55,000 Libyans who have fled the fighting in their homeland to help them prepare their evening meals during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. The United Nations refugee agency and its partners in Tunisia are distributing food for more than 55,000 Libyans who have fled the fighting in their homeland to help them prepare their evening meals during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. The logistics of the operation have gone very smoothly thanks to cooperation between all those involved, including the Government, Nasir Abel Fernandes, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) senior emergency coordinator in southern Tunisia, said today. Some 400 staff from UNHCR and other local and international organizations, including the World Food Programme (WFP), have helped pack, transport and distribute the food at more than 34 distribution points across southern Tunisia. Well over half a million people, including migrant workers, refugees and asylum-seekers, have fled to Tunisia since fighting erupted in February between a pro-democracy movement and the four-decades-old regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi. Most of the Libyans have few resources and are happy to receive the food. “This donation will be a great help in cutting down family expenses during Ramadan,” said 72-year-old Ali as he queued for his food package in UNHCR’s Al Khayr distribution centre in the town of Tataouine. Ali, who fled to Tunisia in April with a large group of relatives, said Ramadan was very important to him and his family. “Ramadan is an occasion for family reunions,” he said, adding sadly: “Although the Tunisians are being very generous, we are finding it difficult to feel at home because our community network has been disrupted.” Fifteen items, including rice, pasta, couscous, oil, tomato paste, tuna, sugar and dates, are being handed out in five southern Tunisian provinces, where tens of thousands of Libyans are staying in camps or living with host families. The food will be eaten during iftar, the evening meal. During Ramadan, which started on Monday, Muslims are forbidden to eat or drink during daylight hours. Other organizations taking part in the operation are the Tunisian Red Crescent, the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent, Islamic Relief, Al Tawoon, Secours Islamique France, Secours Populaire Français, Wafa Relief and the Libyan Relief Committee. read more

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UN food agency releases innovative video game for children in Italian language

Originally released in English in April of last year, “Food Force” uses a non-violent scenario in which children race against time alongside a team of aid workers to feed thousands of people on the fictitious island of Sheylan.While the game focuses on peace, observers have noted that the reality faced by aid workers is fraught with genuine danger. Evidence of this can be found in the fact that it is dedicated to the memory of Paola Biocca, an Italian aid worker who died in a helicopter accident on her way to a mission in Kosovo in 1999, and who helped initiate the project at WFP.“Food Force continues to be a great success all over the world, from the USA to China, kids and teachers love this game. They can learn about world hunger while having fun,” said John Powell, Deputy Executive Director of WFP. “It is an opportunity for Italian students and teachers to use this education tool without any language obstacles.”The game, designed for children of 8 to 13 years of age, is available as a free Internet download in Italian from www.food-force.rai.it and www.foodforce.rai.it. WFP developed the Italian version in cooperation with Rai Net, a division of RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana, Italy’s public broadcasting system.Food Force has been downloaded for free more than 3 million times since its launch on the web. It was translated into Japanese last fall and WFP has plans to produce versions in Chinese and French as well. Educators throughout the world have praised the game because it is not only entertaining and challenging, but offers a strong ethical message.Rai Net built the Italian game and promoted it with the backing of Pubblicita Progresso, a non-profit advertising agency that helps educate people about social issues, and Cooperazione Italiana allo Sviluppo, a programme for long-term development projects within the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Players have to complete six action-packed missions, including piloting a helicopter to locate the hungry, delivering food aid in the face of tricky obstacles and helping people rebuild their lives after a disaster. read more

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Allow people to be dignified agents of their own destiny Holy See

The Archbishop underscored the importance of protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms as the foundation of peace, security and integral human development. The Holy See sees reforming the UN development system as an additional opportunity to place people at the centre of its actions, recounting the Pope’s message to ‘allow them to be dignified agents of their own destiny.’ Turning to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, he said that while Pope Francis defined the Agenda as an “important sign of hope,” he warned against “assuaged consciences,” saying: “We must not rest until the legal commitments have been truly accomplished and the political promises have been fulfilled in the lives of people.” The duty to prevent wars and violent conflicts is an essential component of the ‘responsibility to protect,’ he continued. Against that backdrop, the Archbishop stressed the need for an environment of trust saying that “prevention requires, first of all, restoring faith in the capacity of humankind for dialogue.” He encouraged all countries to take urgent steps back from military preparations, exhorting that “all the diplomatic and political means of mediation should be engaged to avoid the unspeakable.” Another great challenge facing the international community is trafficking in persons. The Archbishop pointed to conflicts, extreme poverty, underdevelopment and exclusion along with the lack of education and employment as being at the root of this and other contemporary forms of slavery. “Pope Francis calls on all, in particular the competent authorities, to address such a heinous crime through effective juridical instruments, to punish those who profit from it, to assist the healing and the reintegration of its victims, and to eradicate its root causes,” he stated, adding “our response must be commensurate to this great evil of our time.” Full statement available here read more

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Urban Meyer Braxton Miller will play against Florida AM if healthy

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) lays on the field after injuring his knee during a game against San Diego State Sept. 7, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-7.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State coach Urban Meyer said that if junior quarterback Braxton Miller is healthy enough to play Saturday against Florida A&M, he will.“Braxton – we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Meyer said.Miller is “probable” to play against FAMU, Meyer said, who also said that backup Kenny Guiton could see the field.“Kenny Guiton’s earned some time,” Meyer said. “He’s done a nice job. If he’s one of the best 11 (players), then the obligation is to get him on the field.”Guiton’s success early in the season during the time that Miller has been a big confidence boost for Meyer in his backup quarterback.“If you’re going to buy stock in anybody, buy stock in Kenny Guiton,” Meyer said.Meyer also addressed the return of senior Carlos Hyde, who is finally eligible after being suspended for his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar this summer.“As of right now, he’s back. He’s done a really good job, running the scout team,” Meyer said. “We’re anxious to get him back.”Meyer said that he was not sure how Hyde would fit into the offensive game plan.“I don’t know. I’ve been thinking about that,” Meyer said. “It’s a good issue to have. Jordan Hall has certainly earned the right to touch the ball. In a big way.”Meyer cited how it was “every coach’s dream” to have depth at every position and that competition helps develop players. read more

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Shell opens largest industrial greases facility in China

first_imgShell’s newest grease plant, located in Zhuhai, China and opened on 18 January, will make a range of lithium, lithium calcium and lithium complex greases, which have numerous uses in industrial bearing lubrication on minesites, from dump truck wheel bearings to conveyor drive and crusher bearing applications. The plant, Shell’s largest, has a production capacity of 30,000 t/y of greases, with the potential to be expanded to 40,000 t/y. It is primarily designed to meet China’s growing demand for greases. Mark Gainsborough, Shell Executive Vice President for Shell Global Commercial, said: “I am pleased that we are starting off 2013 with this opening which builds on Shell’s strong heritage in the greases business. We have a track record as a pioneer in grease technology innovation, especially for extremely durable greases.”Shell sells these greases under the Gadus brand. The function of greases, like all lubricants, is to protect equipment. What differentiates greases from lubricant oils is that greases stay in place – particularly important in bearings in joints. Grease can stay in place because it contains a thickener. Some 70 years ago, Shell pioneered and patented the lithium-thickener technology. It is now the world’s most popular grease thickener. Huibert Vigeveno, Executive Chairman of Shell Companies in China, said: “Shell is the number one international supplier of lubricants in terms of market share in China. By building Shell’s largest grease plant in China, we are able to be closer to our customers. China’s lubricants demand, including that for grease, is growing fast and we are committed to meeting our customers’ needs and serving them well.”This Zhuhai grease plant’s opening follows on the heels of a series of Shell lubricants supply chain investments. In the same complex in November 2009, Shell opened its largest operating lubricants blending plant in Asia (by volume) to supply southern China with mainstream lubricant products and in August 2011, Shell opened a state-of-the-art Lubricants Technical Service Centre. This provides technical, marketing and training support to lubricants customers and OEMs. Elsewhere in China, Shell announced in August 2012 that its plans to build one of Shell’s largest lubricants blending plant worldwide in Tianjin, near Beijing. Shell was the first international oil company to open a lubricants blending plant in Russia in October 2012. In November 2012, Shell announced plans to build its first lubricants oil blending plant in Indonesia.The plant will consist of a workshop – with four production lines – grease processing equipments, plant control system, pack filling lines and laboratory equipment and other associated facilities. It will also have a warehouse for storage of packed raw materials, packaging and finished products, bulk additive and base oil tanks, bulk finished products tanks and truck unloading facilities.last_img read more

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Ticketmaster replaces Captcha for online sales

first_imgTicketmaster Ireland has announced it will stop the using ‘squiggly lines’ as part of its security procedure for selling tickets online.The Captcha system – meaning, Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart – involves identifying a sequence of letters to prove the users are humans, not bots, before they can complete an order.Mark Yovich, President of Ticketmaster International, said: ”While an important step in blocking bots, we know the current Captcha solution can be a frustrating part of buying tickets for fans.”Ticketmaster’s new system will be replace the hard-to-read characters with phrases, questions or ads instead.The new system has been devised by Solve Media and used by Ticketmaster in the US since last year. It is similar to Captcha in that users have to decipher characters on-screen, but the new system uses contrasting colours to make the characters easier to distinguish.Ticketmaster Ireland’s Head of eCommerce Brian Mannion said: “We are constantly working hard to improve the customer’s sales process and delighted to put this new technology in place which will make buying tickets easier.”last_img read more

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Un vrai webmail sur Facebook à partir de lundi

first_imgUn vrai webmail sur Facebook à partir de lundi ?Le réseau social transformerait son système de messagerie en un véritable webmail dès lundi prochain, selon TechCrunch. Une nouvelle qui devrait raviver les tensions entre Facebook et Gmail, la messagerie en ligne de Google.Le nouveau service porterait le nom de code “Titan” et serait dévoilé lundi lors d’une conférence de presse à San Francisco. Facebook n’a pas donné de détails mais l’invitation, mise en ligne par TechCrunch, rappelle beaucoup une carte postale.Ce nouveau webmail n’aurait rien à voir avec un simple “lifting” du service de messagerie actuel. Ce serait bel et bien une boîte mail avec un serveur POP, bien plus ergonomique que le système d’ “Inbox” que Facebook utilise depuis sa création. Les adeptes du réseau social se verraient alors attribuer une adresse e-mail personnelle en @facebook.com.De quoi dérouter ses concurrents directs comme Hotmail ou Gmail, qui a récemment fermé sa base de données à Facebook (voir notre article).Le 12 novembre 2010 à 16:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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