Nashik, Sep 15 (PTI) Former Maharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal today warned that NCP will further intensify its jail bharo agitation, if the BJP-led state government does not take any steps to tackle the scarcity situation. He also demanded that the government should start a fodder camp for cattle, increase water tankers, waive total loan advances and electricity bills of the farmers. Bhujbal himself led the jail bharo agitation at Nashiks Dwarka circle locality on Nashik-Pune highway, where he and thousands of NCP activists courted arrest. Addressing a gathering at Dwarka circle, Bhujbal said,”the scarcity situation is also being felt in north Maharashtra, including Nashik district. NCP will further intensify its jail bharo agitation, if the BJP-led state government does not take any steps to tackle it.” The government should take steps in these districts as it is doing in Marathwada region, instead of misleading people by asking what Congress-NCP government had done in past 15 years, he said. Pointing out that the prices of essential commodities have increased, he demanded that the government should waive educational fees of the students and start employment guarantee scheme works. The NCP leader said that yesterday party workers staged the jail bharo agitation in eight districts of Marathwada region. Considering the ongoing Kumbh mela here, the NCP has planned the agitation in Nashik revenue division, comprising five districts of Nashik, Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar and Ahmednagar. Bhujbal, several other NCP activists and agitating farmers came on bullock carts to protest against the state government and courted arrest. They were taken to Bhadrakali and Gangapur police stations to clear the highway, police said. Similar jail bharo agitation was held at 23 places in the district where local leaders were rounded up by police. PTI HVJ GK PVI RDSadvertisement
Swansea City 2 Huddersfield Town 0: Abraham at the double as Swans glide to first home win Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 23:58 10/14/17 Getty Images Swansea City moved out of the bottom three after cashing in on two lucky breaks against Huddersfield Town at the Liberty Stadium. Tammy Abraham scored both goals as Swansea City recorded their first home win in the Premier League this season, defeating Huddersfield Town 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.The Welsh club had lost three from three in front of their own fans but benefited from two fortunate breaks to pick up a much-needed victory that lifts them out of the relegation zone.A shocking pass from goalkeeper Jonas Lossl allowed Tom Carroll to set up Abraham – who also scored twice against Huddersfield in the Championship last season when on loan at Bristol City – to grab the game’s crucial opening goal in the 42nd minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Aaron Mooy’s sliding tackle inadvertently teed up the striker’s second early in the second half, Abraham tapping home from virtually on the line to take his tally for the campaign to five in all competitions.While the hosts welcomed the help, Huddersfield will hope their luck changes in the near future. They have now gone six games without a victory, while a miserable trip to south Wales was compounded by the loss of Philip Billing through injury.44: Huge mistake by Lossl gives the #Swans a gift. @tom_carroll92 slides the ball across goal and @tammyabraham does the rest! #SWAHUD pic.twitter.com/PNuUyDmB01 — Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 14, 2017 In the first meeting of the teams since they were League One rivals nine years ago, Swansea started brightly.Leroy Fer made an immediate impact on proceedings, picking up a booking – his fifth of the season – inside two minutes for a shoulder charge that knocked over Lossl, who was grounded again soon after to turn away a stinging drive from Abraham.Yet for all their early exertions, Swansea were fortunate not to fall behind when Tom Ince met Rajiv van La Parra’s teasing cross with a half-volley that carried plenty of power but severely lacked any sort of placement.Ince was involved again when a shoulder-to-shoulder clash with Martin Olsson prevented the winger reaching Lossl’s pinged clearance down the middle. Huddersfield’s appeals fell on deaf ears, however, as referee Paul Tierney dismissed calls for a foul that surely would have resulted in a red card, too.Still, Lossl’s right boot was involved in the opening goal, as his misplaced pass gave the ball to the alert Carroll, who accepted the surprise gift to tee up the advancing Abraham.Having scored three minutes before the break, the on-loan Chelsea frontman added another three minutes into the second half to give Swansea some breathing space.Once again they required some help from their opponents; Mooy – on as a half-time substitute – perfectly timed a tackle on Luciano Narsingh just outside the penalty area, only for his challenge to put the grateful Jordan Ayew in the clear.A delicate chip over the advancing Lossl was heading for the net but Abraham made absolutely sure.Huddersfield – who saw Billing depart on the hour with a non-contact injury to his lower right leg – failed to even manage a first away league goal since the opening day of the campaign, Van La Parra coming the closest when his deflected shot from the left clipped the crossbar and flew over.This, though, was Swansea’s day. After a tough start on their own patch, Paul Clement’s squad can bask in the comfort of a home win at last.Key Opta stats:- Swansea have enjoyed consecutive league wins over Huddersfield for the first time since August 1993, and after drawing one and losing five of the previous six.- Huddersfield have failed to score in four consecutive games in all competitions for the first time since August 2004.- Tammy Abraham scored as many goals against Huddersfield (2) as he had in his previous nine league games.- Tom Carroll registered his first Premier League assist in 19 games, since March (v Burnley).- Since his debut for Swansea in February, Jordan Ayew has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other current Swans player (2 goals, 4 assists). read more
zoom Fincantieri has debuted on Mercato Telematico Azionario (MTA), the main market of Borsa Italiana. The company operates in the design and construction of complex ships with high technological capabilities, such as merchant and naval vessels, offshore and mega yachts.Fincantieri raised $479m at IPO, valuing the business at $1.80bn. Unicredit was the sponsor, and Banca IMI was responsible for the placement.Raffaele Jerusalmi, CEO of Borsa Italiana, said: “We are delighted to welcome Fincantieri, a company defining Italian excellence in shipbuilding, on Borsa Italiana’s main market. Fincantieri is the 14th company to list since the beginning of 2014. In the first six months of 2014, $14.3bn has been raised on Borsa Italiana markets, including both listings and further capital raises. This confirms Borsa Italiana’s central role in supporting Italian companies in their growth and development projects.”Press Release; July 3, 2014
Wan Hai K Line Work Together on SouthEast Asia ServiceWan Hai K Line Work Together on SouthEast Asia Service
zoom Taiwanese container carrier Wan Hai Lines and Japan-based Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) are planning to add coverage in the south-east Asia network with Thailand-Belawan Service (TBS), starting from January 7, 2017.The service, which will be jointly operated by the two companies, will offer a direct link between Thailand and Belawan.A total of two containerships with effective capacity of 1,400 TEU will be deployed on the route. Wan Hai and K Line will provide one vessel each.The Thailand-Belawan Service will be a 14-day fixed round trip schedule, according to Wan Hai.The service will have the following port rotation: Bangkok – Laem Chabang – Singapore – Port Klang North Port – Belawan – Singapore – Laem Chabang – Bangkok.
Le Conseil investit dans un plus grand nombre denseignantsLe Conseil investit dans un plus grand nombre denseignants
Le Conseil pour l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe financera 57 nouveaux postes d’enseignants au secondaire pendant l’année scolaire 2018-2019, et il continuera ses investissements. Le Conseil continuera également de financer les 153 postes d’enseignants créés l’année dernière à l’appui de classes plus petites, des classes complexes et de l’assiduité. Ces 57 nouveaux enseignants seront embauchés dans des écoles à l’extérieur du Centre régional pour l’éducation Halifax. Le coût prévu dans la présente année financière jusqu’au 31 mars est de 3,4 millions de dollars, et le coût pour l’année scolaire complète sera de 5,2 millions de dollars. L’objectif est d’améliorer l’équité à l’échelle de la province, étant donné que plus des deux tiers du financement du Conseil pour réduire la taille des classes en 2017-2018 ont été versés à des écoles au sein du Centre régional pour l’éducation Halifax. Cette année, le Conseil continuera également à : Le Conseil poursuivra également son projet pilote « Des écoles inspirantes » pour une année supplémentaire. Le projet vise à répondre aux besoins des élèves dans des classes complexes. Le projet offre des subventions aux écoles nommées par les centres régionaux pour l’éducation et par le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. Le Conseil a reçu un rapport des écoles participantes, confirmant que l’embauche de personnel supplémentaire apporte des avantages pour les élèves et pour les conditions en salle de classe. Les subventions du projet « Des écoles inspirantes », d’une valeur de deux millions de dollars, sont offertes conjointement par le Conseil et le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Le gouvernement a augmenté le budget du Conseil à 20 millions de dollars pour l’exercice 2018-2019 afin de lui permettre de miser sur le travail effectué l’année dernière. Il reste maintenant 1,78 million de dollars dans le budget du Conseil pour l’exercice 2018-2019. Pour le reste de cette année, le Conseil offrira des recommandations sur la mise en œuvre du rapport sur l’intégration dans l’éducation ainsi que sur les questions d’évaluation des élèves, y compris une nouvelle politique et des changements aux bulletins. Le Conseil continuera également d’offrir des recommandations sur la simplification du système TIENET, conformément aux changements recommandés au processus de planification des programmes dans le rapport sur l’intégration dans l’éducation. maintenir le plafonnement de la taille des classes aux premier et deuxième cycles du secondaire par un investissement de 8,9 millions de dollars permettant de financer 99 enseignants à l’échelle de la province, selon une recommandation du rapport sur l’intégration dans l’éducation intitulé « Les élèves en premier »; financer 40 postes d’enseignants qui travailleront avec les enseignants en mathématiques et en littératie au premier cycle du secondaire, à l’appui des élèves dans des classes complexes; il s’agit de la deuxième année de ce projet pilote, à un coût de 3,6 millions de dollars; investir 1,3 million de dollars pour financer 14 postes de spécialistes du soutien pour l’assiduité, qui sont également des enseignants, pour la deuxième année de ce projet pilote.
Muzaffarpur horror victim gangraped in moving vehicle in BiharMuzaffarpur horror victim gangraped in moving vehicle in Bihar
Patna: A girl, who alleged mental abuse at the infamous Muzaffarpur shelter home in Bihar, was gangraped by four people in West Champaran district, police said on Monday. Town police station in-charge Sashibhusan Thakur said a case was registered based on the rape survivor’s statement against four the accused. The victim informed police that last Friday evening four men abducted her from near her residence, gangraped her in the moving vehicle and then escaped leaving her outside home. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “She has been admitted to a government hospital, where her medical examination was conducted. The report is awaited,” Thakur said. He added that women police station in-charge Punam Kumari had met the survivor at the hospital and had started investigating the case. Last week, the Supreme Court ordered eight survivors of sexual abuse in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, to be sent back to their families. The apex court order came on the report of the Tata Institute for Social Sciences’ (TISS) field action project ‘Koshish’, which suggested sending the girls back to their families. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K A total of 44 girls were victims in the shelter home abuse case, which is currently being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The trial of the 21 accused, chargesheeted by the CBI for sexual abuse of the inmates, is currently on in a Delhi court. The Muzaffarpur horror came to light in May 2018 when the Bihar Social Welfare Department filed an FIR based on a TISS social audit. Brajesh Thakur, a journalist-turned-social activist heading the NGO which ran the shelter home, and other accused were arrested. The matter was handed over to the CBI in July last year. Thakur has since been shifted to the high-security Patiala jail following a Supreme Court order, while the other accused, including his close aides and some government officials, are lodged in jails in Patna and Muzaffarpur. The trial of the case was later shifted to Delhi.
Online Poker site, 888poker.com and brand ambassador Shane Warne have teamed up for the first ever Shane Warne Golf and Poker Classic.Cricket Legends Michael Vaughan, Ian Ward, Shane Warne and Darren Gough get ready to take on the course at the Shane Warne Golf ClassicHeld on Saturday March 8th, 100 keen golfers and more than 60 poker fans headed to the Grove Luxury Resort for a fantastic day of sport.Kicking off the Verve Clicquot fuelled golf event was Shane Warne and his team of Warney’s Warriors (Cricket icons Ian Ward, Michael Vaughan, and Darren Gough). That group was up against golfers from all over the UK, as well as being head to head against the other celebrity team of Kevin Pietersen, Shaun Udal, Ian Harvey and Jeremy Snape.The day was gorgeous and all the players enjoyed the 18 holes! After a quick break, it was on to dinner and a charity auction for the Shane Warne Foundation, which raised over £25,000! Awards for the day’s play were also given out, and it was a well-deserved victory for the host and his Warriors!As the golf was finishing, it was time for the Poker! Shane Warne joined the 888poker Dinner to welcome everyone and make sure he got to meet each person and sign their 888 goodies and mini cricket bats! Then the group moved to the Grosvenor G Casino in Luton to sit down at the tables! All the celebrities joined in, with Shane tipping off the 888 players that while they might be Cricket legends, they were poker beginners! And with $100 bounties on their heads, they were in for some trouble. 888player Chuck Khuu took out two, while eventual runner-up Stephen Turk knocked out three! A shout out to Kevin Pietersen as well, for knocking out one of his fellow sportsmen!As the drinks flowed and the night moved on, they made their way to the final table. Poker finalists were Dragos Laslo, Kevin Lanceley, Ritchie Gray, Robert Leng, Steve Dent, Mark Gray, Chris Lamb, James Grogan, and Stephen Turk. And the winner of the 888poker Shane Warne Poker Classic was Thomas Gill who took home a nice prize of £2780 ($4,625).Then it was back to the hotel for a sleep in the hotel’s stunning rooms before being stuffed silly at the Grove Resort’s sumptuous breakfast buffet.Source:PR Newswire
New Delhi: Over 100 officials and 200 young boys and girls of Women and Child Care Institutions of the Dept of Women and Child Development, Delhi government and other dignitaries came together to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 by making HeForShe pledges and attending an event aimed at raising awareness of inclusion and need of engaging young boys on issues related to women empowerment, safety, rights and respect of women and girls.This year, Department of Women and Child Development, Govt of NCT of Delhi had week long celebrations commemorating International Women’s Day 2019. Department organised thematic Gender Awareness Training Programmes in partnership with the UN Women focusing on Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace legislation and also on Gender Responsive Budgeting for the key stakeholder departments of Delhi Government, Municipal Corporations and Delhi Police. Week long celebrations comprising of debate, painting competitions and sports events around the theme this year “Engaging Boys for achieving Gender Equality and making public and other spaces safe for women and girls” were held in the Government run Institutions for Boys and Girls. Manish Sisodia, Delhi’s Dy Chief Minister sent his message, his good wishes on International Women’s Day. His message also appreciated the involvement of boys of the Observation Home for celebration of the International Women’s Day.
Police Uber driver tried to burglarize passengers homePolice Uber driver tried to burglarize passengers home
SAN MATEO, Calif. — Police in Northern California say an Uber driver has been arrested for trying to break into the home of a passenger he had dropped off at the San Francisco airport and then burglarizing a nearby home.The San Mateo Police Department said Monday officers arrested 38-year-old Jackie Wilson Friday at his home in Rancho Cordova.Officials say surveillance video shows Gordon trying to break into his passenger’s San Mateo home but giving up after an alarm sounds.Police say Gordon then went to another home a few blocks away and was caught on video burglarizing it.The department says Wilson was arrested at his home, where detectives found some of the stuff stolen from the San Mateo home.Gordon faces burglary and attempted burglary charges.The Associated Press
Lanka recalls its defence attache in UK over antiTamil gestureLanka recalls its defence attache in UK over antiTamil gesture
Sri Lanka has recalled its defence attache in the UK for an inquiry following his offensive act of gesticulating to slit throats of Tamil demonstrators in London, the military spokesman said.Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Military Attache in Sri Lankan High Commission, was seen gesticulating to slit throats of a group of pro-LTTE demonstrators opposite the High Commission office in London on February 4 when the embassy was celebrating the 70th independence day. The slit throat incident occurred during a protest held by a group of LTTE supporters outside the High Commission in London on the Sri Lanka’s Independence Day.The protesters demanded information on the missing persons, to release all political prisoners and to close down torture camps. (Colombo Gazette) He was immediately suspended from work following a video, which showed him behaving in an offensive manner. President Maithripala Sirisena directed the authorities to allow him to resume duties but a formal inquiry needs to be done on the incident, military spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said, according to the Press Trust of India.British politicians who are pro-Tamil urged the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to expel Fernando.Fernando was hailed a hero by the pro-Sinhala majority nationalist groups for taking on the LTTE rump in the UK and the decision to suspend him was cited as a reason for the government’s poor showing in the February 10 local election. However, he was later allowed to resume duties on a presidential directive.
World population likely to be about nine billion by 2300 UN projectionsWorld population likely to be about nine billion by 2300 UN projections
World Population in 2300, issued in New York by the Population Division of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), is the first formal UN population report to forecast population until 2300, rather than 2150, the previous horizon. It is also the first to have long-range projections for each country, and not just each continent.In its report, DESA states that the forecast of nine billion people in 2300 – up from the current level of 6.3 billion people – is based on world fertility levels stabilizing at about two children per woman.DESA stresses this is a medium scenario, adding that a small variation in fertility levels could lead to the population in 2300 being as low as 2.3 billion or as high as 36.4 billion.Previous projections over the last 30 years had the world’s population reaching 10 or 12 billion people by 2075 or 2200, but the new forecast takes account of fertility declines occurring in the developing world and assumes that future trends in those countries will follow those of developed countries, where fertility rates are low.According to the medium scenario, Africa’s share of the world’s population will rise from 13 per cent this year to 24 per cent in 2300, while Europe’s share over the same period will fall from 12 per cent to 7 per cent.The report also states that the median age of the world will rise from 26 years today to almost 50 years by 2300, with the proportion of people aged 60 or more rising from 10 per cent to 38 per cent. DESA says this is due to continuously improving longevity. Eventually the life expectancy for many countries will be more than 100 years at birth. Listen to UN Radio report
Annan agrees to extend OilforFood committee to assist countrylevel followupAnnan agrees to extend OilforFood committee to assist countrylevel followup
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to extend the mandate of the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) into the scandal-ridden Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme until the end of this year to assist national authorities who wish to follow up on the findings included in the Committee’s reports.The 27 October final report of the Committee, under its former head Paul Volcker, revealed a network of kickbacks and surcharges involving companies registered in a wide range of countries and Mr. Annan called on Member States to take action against illegal practises by companies under their jurisdiction.In that same report, Mr. Annan reiterated his commitment to “vital” reform of the UN management structure in response to criticism in earlier IIC reports that found failures in actions by the UN Secretariat in regard to the now defunct $64-billion Programme which allowed Saddam Hussein’s sanctions-bound regime to sell oil to buy essential supplies.The related administrative and financial arrangements for the mandate extension – the second since the IIC’s original mandate expired at the end of 2006 – will be finalized shortly.
Condoleezza Rice backs out of delivering Rutgers commencement address after student protestsCondoleezza Rice backs out of delivering Rutgers commencement address after student protests
FILE – In this March 15, 2014 file photo, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice peaks at the California Republican Party 2014 Spring Convention in Burlingame, Calif. Rice has decided against delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University following protests by some faculty and students over her role in the Iraq War. Rice said in a statement Saturday, May 3, 2014 that she informed Rutgers President Robert Barchi that she was declining the invitation. She said her involvement had “become a distraction for the university community” at a “time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families.”(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 3, 2014 7:14 am MDT NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has backed out of delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University following protests by some faculty and students over her role in the Iraq War.Rice said in a statement Saturday that she informed Rutgers President Robert Barchi that she was declining the invitation to speak at the graduation.“Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families,” Rice said. “Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.”The school’s board of governors had voted to pay $35,000 to the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush and national security adviser for her appearance at the May 18 ceremony. Rutgers was also planning to bestow Rice with an honorary doctorate.But some students and faculty at New Jersey’s flagship university had protested, staging sit-ins and saying Rice bore some responsibility for the Iraq War as a member of the Bush administration. Barchi and other school leaders had resisted the calls to disinvite Rice, saying the university welcomes open discourse on controversial topics.The news of Rice’s decision came a day after Barchi spoke with students protesting Rice’s planned speech and told them the board of governors would not rescind its invitation.In her statement, Rice defended her record, saying that she was honoured to serve her country and that she had “defended America’s belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas.” But she said she didn’t want to detract from the spirit of the commencement ceremony.Barchi said Saturday in a statement that Rutgers stands “fully behind the invitation” it issued to Rice. But he said school officials respect her decision.“Now is the time to focus on our commencement, a day to celebrate the accomplishments and promising futures of our graduates,” Barchi said.The university said it would provide details in the coming days on who would replace Rice as commencement speaker. She is now a professor of political science at Stanford University. Condoleezza Rice backs out of delivering Rutgers commencement address after student protests AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
UN Free Equal campaign launches video spotlighting LGBT diversity fight against homophobiaUN Free Equal campaign launches video spotlighting LGBT diversity fight against homophobia
Launch of new video by UN Free & Equal campaign in Times Square, New York City. Photo: Malia Hurwitz ‹ ›“We cannot tolerate picking and choosing rights in a modern society – a society where diversity is celebrated; a society where everyone, no matter where they live or whom they love, is able to live in peace and security; a society where everyone can contribute to the health and well-being of their community,” he added, calling on everyone to join the movement for social justice, equality and equity, so that all people can live with respect and dignity. Adding her voice to this call for justice and equality, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), pointed to evidence that shows that LGBTI young people are overwhelmingly exposed to stigma, discrimination and violence, with tragic consequences, including lifelong trauma and self-harm. “For instance, a 2014 study, conducted in Thailand with support from UNESCO, revealed that 56 per cent of LGBT students had reported bullying in the last month. A significant proportion of [them] reported missing classes, feeling depressed, having unprotected sex, or had attempted suicide,” Ms. Bokova said. She highlighted the 2016 meeting of Ministers of Education at UNESCO in Paris, set to be held on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia next year, to launch the first global report on the status of education sector responses to homophobic and transphobic violence, including bullying. She said this will provide a review of the scope and consequences of the phenomenon across regions, with examples from across the world that illustrate a holistic education sector responses, and recommendations for improvements in existing policies.Also ahead of the International Day, which this year falls on Sunday, a group of UN and international human rights experts also called on States to act to overcome prejudice and stereotypes through anti-discrimination initiatives in schools and public education campaigns. States must address intersectional discrimination and violence against LGBT and intersex youth on the basis of race and ethnicity.“LGBT young people too often face rejection by their families and communities who disapprove of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This can result in high rates of homelessness, social exclusion, and poverty,” the experts said. What’s more, LGBT children are often bullied by classmates and teachers, resulting in some students dropping out. They may even be refused school admission or expelled on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.“The stigma and discrimination LGBT children and young adults face have a detrimental impact on their self-esteem, and are associated with higher rates of depression and suicide than their peers,” the experts emphasized. In some countries, young LGBT persons are subjected to harmful so-called ‘therapies’ intended to ‘modify’ their orientation or identity. Such therapies are unethical, unscientific and ineffective and may be tantamount to torture, the experts explained. Intersex children and young people may be subjected to medically unnecessary, irreversible surgery and treatment without their free and informed consent. These interventions can result in severe, long-term physical and psychological suffering, affecting children’s rights to health and privacy and may constitute torture or ill-treatment. States should prohibit such interventions.“Societal attitudes against LGBT and intersex persons should not be used as justification to promote discriminatory laws and policies, to perpetuate discriminatory treatment, or to fail to investigate and prosecute those responsible for violence against LGBT and intersex children and young people,” they added.The health and well-being of all children and young adults must be protected, including through ensuring access to non-discriminatory health services and comprehensive sexuality education, and by protecting the rights of all children and young adults to their identity, autonomy, and physical and psychological integrity.They called on States to comply with their obligation to protect and fulfil the rights of all children and young adults without discrimination, to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and young people are consulted and participate in discussions on policies and laws that impact on their rights. The Day, marked Sunday, 17 May in countries around the world, this year focuses on the plight faced by young people in the LGBTI community. The two-and-a-half-minute video played on the giant Reuters and NASDAQ screens in Times Square focuses on the contributions this community makes to families and local communities around the world. The cast features real people filmed in their workplaces and homes – among them, a firefighter, a police officer, a teacher, an electrician, a doctor, a volunteer and two same sex parents. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also makes an appearance in the video’s final scene, helping to underscore the UN’s appeal for allies to join the push for greater acceptance and equality for LGBT people everywhere. The singer Sara Bareilles lent her support to the project by granting permission for her iconic song Brave to be used for the video’s soundtrack. “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are now reaching new frontiers and celebrating remarkable achievements. Despite this transformation, acts of discrimination and violence continue against the LGBTI community,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in a video message to mark the International Day.
All eyes on JT Barrett for Ohio State season opener against NavyAll eyes on JT Barrett for Ohio State season opener against Navy
Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett waits for the snap during OSU’s Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Gray beat Scarlet, 17-7.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen No. 5 Ohio State takes the field to kickoff the 2014 season, all eyes will be on No. 16.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday at noon with redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett under center for the first time in his OSU career. Barring any unexpected changes, he will be the first freshman to start a season opener for the Buckeyes since Art Schlichter did so in 1978.Even senior quarterback Braxton Miller, whose season-ending shoulder injury paved the way for Barrett to begin his OSU legacy, didn’t start until the fourth game of his freshman season against Colorado.OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said he feels great about the team’s quarterback situation going into week one.“I’m very confident,” Herman said Wednesday. “J.T. has had an excellent camp. Cardale actually has had probably his best week as a Buckeye this week.”But regardless of Jones’ success in practice, OSU coach Urban Meyer said there is no set plan to bring the backup quarterback into the game against Navy.Herman added that he doesn’t expect either Barrett or Jones to be a Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year quite yet.While Saturday’s game will mark the start of Barrett’s career at OSU, seniors on the team will be heading into their last season to cement their places in school history.One senior, defensive lineman Michael Bennett, said he wants to go out having achieved everything he planned to do as a Buckeye.“We really want to do this the right way this year and get everything that we came for,” he said. “The younger guys really want to do that for the seniors and the seniors want to do that for each other.”Without Miller, OSU players and coaches have often talked about the plethora of playmakers surrounding Barrett on offense. While having depth on the team can be a good thing, it has left Meyer with a few big decisions to make when it comes to his Week 1 lineup.On Aug. 25, Meyer said continuing to have position battles with the season opener just days away can be a bad thing, but only if the players aren’t good.“If they’re bad players, you got a problem,” Meyer said. “If they’re really good players and they’re just battling and battling and battling, it means they’re both going to play.”The team released its official depth chart Wednesday afternoon, but it brought little clarity to who exactly will be on the field for the first play against Navy. Many positions listed one player “or” another as the starter, but Barrett was officially named the starting quarterback.While he is expected to be the first freshman quarterback to start an opening game for OSU since the 1970s, he’ll be the first signal-caller of any age to take the team’s first snap of the season outside of Ohio Stadium since 1999. That season opener 15 years ago took place at the old New York Giants’ stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and saw the Buckeyes lose to Miami, 23-12. It also marked the last time OSU lost a season opener, regardless of venue.Just like in 1999, the 2014 season opener is scheduled to take place at an NFL stadium, meaning it won’t quite be a home game for the Midshipmen or the Buckeyes. The game is set to take place at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, home of the Baltimore Ravens.Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said Monday it’s always an adjustment to play away from home, but the team has a simple plan in mind going in.“It’ll be a little bit different in terms of the facilities and the locker rooms, et cetera,” he said. “But at the end of the day, we’ve still got to go out there and play a game.“There’s four quarters to be played and no matter what stadium we’re in, we’ve got to go in and dominate.”Bennett said the team won’t prepare much differently for the neutral-site game in Baltimore, but he had a good idea of what color he expects to see dominate the stands.“I remember what the crowd was like in (California) last year, so I would assume it’s going to be a lot of scarlet and gray,” he said.When OSU played the University of California in Berkeley last season, about half the stadium appeared to be wearing Buckeye colors.Spencer also addressed the Midshipmen as a team, and noted their discipline on the field. Navy finished best in the NCAA last season with just 34 penalties committed. The team has been in the top three in the nation for least penalties every year since 2007.Offensively, Navy runs an uncommon triple-option offense, which Spencer said his high school team ran as well.“It’s kind of a pain in the butt because they’ve got 300 fakes before they give the ball to somebody,” he said. “But defensively, I mean, we’ve been watching a lot of film, we’ve got a really good game plan going into the game and I really believe that we’ll shine that game and get out there and have some fun again.”Senior linebacker Curtis Grant said playing a team like Navy will be different than any other game this season, and might require a little extra effort.“I’m just going to say it’s a lot of running involved,” Grant said. “It’s not like the normal pro (style) team where you just go fill all the gaps. Everybody has a different responsibility.”Grant said instead of ball-watching, each defensive player is assigned to a particular player on offense when taking on a triple-option attack.In order to slow down the Navy offense, the key for OSU might be finding a way to stop junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who rushed for 1,346 yards and tied for best in the nation with 31 rushing touchdowns. Those touchdowns helped him to finish the year fourth in the NCAA with 15.7 points scored per game.“The Navy coaches and some people I’ve talked to think that (Reynolds) is the best that they’ve ever had, which, that tells you, takes your breath away a little bit,” Meyer said Monday.The last time the Buckeyes took on Navy — to open the 2009 season — the two teams played to a 31-27 OSU victory that involved a key interception return on a two-point attempt by Navy late in the game.OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said the coaching staff showed a clip of the interception return by Brian Rolle to the team on Wednesday. He told them the 2009 Buckeyes ended up winning the Rose Bowl against Oregon after that scare against Navy.“I also reminded them how we ended up finishing that year,” Fickell said. “We were a pretty good team, both offensively, defensively and as a whole.”After the matchup with Navy, OSU is scheduled to head back to Columbus for a three-game homestand. The Buckeyes are set to play their first game at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 6 against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m.
Outcry as school lollipop lady banned from highfiving childrenOutcry as school lollipop lady banned from highfiving children
An award-winning lollipop lady has been banned from giving “high fives” to children crossing the road after her bosses ruled it broke health and safety rules.Pupils’ favourite Sheila Allen, 58, was told to keep her eyes on the road – and not to be distracted by the raised hand-slap with children as they cross.Instead Mrs Allen is only allowed to give the youngsters a smile – and a thumbs up – as she chaperones them away from traffic. Father-of-one Henry Dawson, 26, said: “My son’s seven and twice a day he expects to high five Sheila and I have to tell him no.”Plenty of kids are still putting their hand out for her and she’s leaving them hanging.”It just seems so unfair. There’s a special needs unit in St Illtyd’s primary school and a lot of the children are very shy.”They get a high-five from Sheila and it sets their day off. I think somebody has complained that it’s taking too much time.”A Facebook campaign has been launched to back grandmother Mrs Allen who has been gagged about speaking about it.One mother shouted, “We love you Sheila”, as she watched her help her children across the road.Mrs Allen was won a council award in 2006 for her service in helping children cross the road – named Vale of Glamorgan council’s lollipop lady of the year.Deputy Council leader at the time, Tony Williams, praised Mrs Allen in a speech for her “enviable safety record, devotion to duty and caring attitude”.But Emma Reed, the council’s head of visible services and transport, backed the “high-five” ban.She said: “Like most councils our school crossing patrol teams operate in line with the Road Safety GB National Guidelines.”These guidelines make clear that patrol officers should ‘avoid any distractions or activities that could divert your attention from your important task of seeing pedestrians safely across the road’ and should not remain in the road longer than is necessary as this causes undue delays to traffic.”This is why after receiving complaints from members of the public we had to remind this member of our team of the importance of putting safety first at all times.” Plenty of kids are still putting their hand out for her and she’s leaving them hanging. It just seems so unfairHenry Dawson, 26 She was ordered her to keep her eyes on the road as she escorts the pupils across the road.Children crossing the road on Thursday were offering their hand to Mrs Allen but she avoided breaking the rules by keeping one hand on her stick and the other behind her back.Amy Milne, 22, who has a four-year-old daughter at the school, said: “My little one loves the high fives. It’s so silly having to explain to her she can’t do it anymore.”Sheila’s making crossing the road safely fun and I can’t see anything wrong with it.”All this fuss from the council is more of a distraction that the high fives ever were.” Outraged parents are campaigning for Sheila to carry on “high-fiving” despite the crackdown by education bosses.Mother-of-two Lucy Heffernan, 34, said: “It is completely ridiculous.”Some mornings my son cries when I bring him to school because he doesn’t like coming – but Sheila can turn his whole morning around with a high five.”She’s a lovely lady – friendly and kind. She knows all the kids and takes her job very seriously.”Mrs Allen has been at the 326-pupil St Illtyd Primary School in Llantwit Major, South Wales, for more than ten years – and is known for her fun-loving nature.However, bosses at Vale of Glamorgan Council said they have received complaints from drivers that Mrs Allen’s high-fiving was causing traffic jams and hold-up. 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.
Parks service appeals €40000 payout for woman who fell while hillwalkingParks service appeals €40000 payout for woman who fell while hillwalking
Image: Jimmy Harris Share178 Tweet Email2 Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 5:53 PM Nov 23rd 2016, 5:53 PM No Comments 26,559 Views Parks service appeals €40,000 payout for woman who fell while hillwalking Teresa Wall said her foot had snagged in a hole in one of the old railway sleepers that made up the boardwalk. Short URL A WOMAN WITH 40 years experience of hill walking has told the High Court she was “black and blue on her right side” and in significant pain when she gashed her knee on a nail after falling on a rotting boardwalk.Teresa Wall said she suffered the injuries on the Wicklow Way and that, due to the severity of the pain, her husband had to “piggyback” her down the mountain because he was unable to get a mobile phone signal so he could call for assistance.She said her foot had snagged in a hole in one of the old railway sleepers that made up a boardwalk just below the JB Malone memorial on the Sally Gap to Djouce trail near Roundwood.Wall was giving evidence on the first day of an appeal against a Circuit Court finding that the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) was negligent and must pay her €40,000 in damages.In her evidence she told her counsel Louis McEntagart SC that the accident occurred around 4pm on 6 August 2013. Wall said she and her husband had been coming down the mountain after a long walk on a boardwalk, which had been placed on the lands by the NPWS.‘Unable to run anymore’Wall from Rathingle Cottages, Swords, Dublin said she suffered a gash to her right knee which required seven stitches. She and her husband Damien had been active hillwalkers in Ireland and abroad, but because of the injuries to her knee was only able to walk on flat terrain.She said she had also had enjoyed running, and had trained to do the Dublin City Marathon in October 2013 but was unable to run anymore.Under cross examination by Brian Murray SC for the NWPS, Wall said she had 40 years hill walking experience and been looking where she was going when she fell.Following the incident she brought a claim before the Circuit Court seeking damages against the NPWS alleging it had been negligent and in breach of its duty of care towards her.She also claims the defendant permitted a defect to be present in in the boardwalk where the timber had rotted away, created a tripping hazard, left the boardwalk in a unsafe condition and created a public nuisance at the site.‘Not responsible’The claims are denied. In its defence the NPWS claims Wall contributed to her injuries by not looking where she was going and was the author of her own misfortune.She had participated in a activity known to have risks and the NWPS added it was not responsible for anything that may have happened to her.In a judgment given last April Judge Jacqueline Linnane at Dublin Circuit Court said Wall (60) was entitled to €40,000 damages plus her legal costs.The hearing, which is expected to last three days, continues.Comments have been closed for legal reasons Read: Travellers protest in Mayo after Syrian refugee family accommodated in local authority house >Read: Jurors at Sean FitzPatrick trial told they’ll be needed until well into next year > http://jrnl.ie/3098342 By Aodhan O Faolain Image: Jimmy Harris Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the FranchiseYes, Your Xbox Was Spying on You Stay on target Last fall, after over a year of teasing, Microsoft finally released the Xbox One X, its “Most Powerful Console Ever.” As to be expected, the upgraded console also launched alongside a revamped version of the Xbox Live software and interface. But one part of the Xbox experience got left behind in this great leap forward… until now. Microsoft is preparing to overhaul its Avatars, and a leaked video provided more details.ResetEra forum users first found the YouTube video, uploaded by a former Microsoft designer, showing the new Xbox Avatar Editor in action. The original video has been removed but there’s still a lot we can glean off of screengrabs and snippets uploaded to Twitter.A look at the #NewAvatars@JamieMoranUK @Rand_al_Thor_19 @BeastFireTimdog @Mooch1978 @JezCorden @The_CrapGamer pic.twitter.com/htVGQ1xg29— IdleSloth (@IdleSloth1984) April 17, 2018The video shows off the expanded range of body customization options as well as new clothes and objects you can equip on your Avatar. The original Avatars, created in response to the more abstract Mii characters of Nintendo Wii, have always looked like slightly more realistic cartoons. But these new editing tools for coloring your fingernails or getting just the perfect 1950s greaser hair are practically The Sims. They’re so different that objects purchased for old Avatars actually aren’t compatible with these new ones, powered by the Unity Engine.We’ve known new Xbox Avatars have been coming for a while. As far back as 2016 Microsoft was showcasing new diverse Avatar options like wheelchairs and artificial limbs. We got a new trailer for them during this past E3, and apparently they were originally slated to launch alongside the Xbox One X last fall. But we shouldn’t be waiting too much longer now since testers should be getting these tools sometime this month. And like so many of Microsoft’s modern gaming initiatives now, the new Avatars works across Xbox One and Windows 10.People are diverse, that’s great, and our virtual avatars should reflect and express that. So the more Xbox Live Avatar options the better. Gotta use that 4K power for something.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Local shelters to house extra homeless during rainLocal shelters to house extra homeless during rain
Local shelters to house extra homeless during rain SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Father Joe’s Villages and Connections Housing Downtown will accommodate nearly 300 additional homeless residents on Christmas Eve due to forecasted overnight rain, the San Diego Housing Commission announced Monday.The commission activates the Inclement Weather Shelter Program when temperatures drop below 50 degrees, the chance of rain is higher than 40 percent or in the case of sustained high winds. The program is a partnership between the commission, the city of San Diego, Father Joe’s and Connections Housing. The commission also funds the program.Father Joe’s can shelter an additional 250 residents throughout the night while Connections Housing can add up to 30 residents. Check-in at Father Joe’s begins at 4 p.m. and residents are expected to check out by 5 a.m. the next morning. Check-in at Connections Housing runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and residents are expected to check out by 7 a.m. the next morning.Those at both shelters will have meals provided to them.Residents can dial 2-1-1 or visit 211sandiego.org to find out more about the county’s Inclement Weather Shelter Program. Posted: December 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 12:12 PM KUSI Newsroom December 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom,
Vancouver man accused of shooting roommate with BB gun appears in courtVancouver man accused of shooting roommate with BB gun appears in court
A Vancouver man appeared in Clark County Superior Court today on an accusation he shot his girlfriend’s father five times Tuesday with a BB gun following an altercation.Neal Panther Stillwell, 25, entered the courtroom in shackles and had black-and-blue bruises all over his face.The victim, James Riddell, was treated at a local hospital for injuries to his stomach, arms and neck. None of the injuries were life-threatening.Stillwell faces a charge of third-degree assault domestic violence at his Aug. 7 arraignment. Vancouver police arrested him Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree assault, but Judge Robert Lewis didn’t find probable cause for that more serious crime. Lewis held him on $15,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Ed Dunkerly to defend him.Vancouver police responded to the Harney Heights neighborhood around 4 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a weapons disturbance possibly involving a black handgun. One neighborhood resident who called 911 reported seeing a man with long black hair throwing a gun into the bushes outside 3816 E. 14th St. The weapon turned out to be a BB gun.According to a probable cause affidavit, Stillwell and Riddell engaged in an altercation Tuesday over an issue related to the victim’s daughter, Shannon Riddell. Stillwell, who has been unemployed for about six years, had been living with Shannon and James Riddell for about two weeks, according to court documents.