Mahendra Singh Dhoni today became the first Indian batsman to hit 200 sixes in one-day internationals.Dhoni, who relinquished the limited-overs captaincy earlier this month, also slammed his 10th ODI century in the second match of the ongoing series against England in Cuttack. (Dhoni joins Sachin Tendulkar in elite list)Dhoni was on 93 when he pulled Chris Woakes towards deep square leg on the second ball of the 43rd over. But the umpire signaled a dead ball as the ball dropped down after hitting the spider cam. (Dhoni may no longer be India captain but he’s still a leader)However, the 35-year-old wicketkeeper batsman was unfazed as he launched the next ball miles over long on to move to 99 and complete the milestone. Dhoni finally perished on 134, blasting 6 sixes and 10 fours.Dhoni is now the -fourth leading batsman in the world with most sixes in ODI cricket after Shahid Afridi (351), Sanath Jayasuriya (270), Chris Gayle (238). (Virat Kohli lauds MS Dhoni’s smart decision-making)The other Indians on the list are Sachin Tendulkar (195) and former captain Sourav Ganguly (190).
Transfers Tielemans reveals why he chose Monaco over Arsenal Goal Last updated 2 years ago 23:48 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Monaco v Porto Monaco UEFA Champions League The 20-year-old had his pick of clubs after shining with Anderlecht, but chose Ligue 1 in a bid to continue developing as a first-teamer Young Monaco star Youri Tielemans has revealed that the promise of regular first-team football was crucial in him plumping for a move to the principality despite interest from Arsenal. The wonderkid debuted at Anderlecht at just 16, and is widely considered one of the brightest prospects in the game. Monaco 11/10 to beat Porto Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 Both Monaco and Arsenal showed interest in him this summer, but he decided on last season’s Champions League semi-finalists as they rebuild following some key departures. According to Tielemans, the chance to shine in Ligue 1 was too good to turn down, regardless of overtures from Arsene Wenger’s side. “Monaco was just the best step for me. I knew that I could secure a place in the midfield because the vice-president had entrusted me with what he was planning,” the 20-year-old told Het Laatste Nieuws.”Some outgoing moves were certain, but I couldn’t say that at the time. “I also wanted to start my preparation with my new team, so that I had time to adjust and prove myself to the coach. At the end of the Belgian league play-offs I was doing something about it – thanks to our big lead, it was almost certain that we would be champions. And by making a quick choice, before travelling with the national team, I could go without worrying about my future.”Tielemans acknowledged talks were held with Arsenal, but maintained he was not prepared to sit on the bench at a critical time in his development.“Could I have gone to the Premier League? Yes, but Monaco was the first and most concrete team. “I knew there was not much going on with Arsenal’s interest. The board wanted to keep the players they had together to finish higher in the Premier League. You must also be honest. When you see the midfielders that are playing at Arsenal… those are top footballers. I knew I would not get a lot of playing opportunities there. That’s why I didn’t think about it anymore.“I’ve never said no to a club. What I did do was immediately make clear where I wanted to go.”
Lazio 0 Juventus 1: Dybala strikes late to keep pressure on Napoli Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 03:05 3/4/18 Getty Images Juventus left it late to extend their winning streak in Serie A as Paulo Dybala downed Lazio with a stoppage time winner. Paulo Dybala scored in injury time as Juventus extended their winning run in Serie A to 10 matches with a dramatic 1-0 triumph over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.On his return from a hamstring problem, Dybala shrugged off the attentions of Marco Parolo to tuck home in stoppage time and make sure the Bianconeri remain right on the coattails of Napoli in a two-horse race for the title.The much-anticipated battle between third and second in the table seemed set to end in stalemate, with both teams cancelling each other out in a disappointing game devoid of clear-cut opportunities. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Juve had a first-half goal correctly ruled out for a foul – sparing Jordan Lukaku the embarrassment of scoring in his own net – as they seemed set to draw a blank ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Tottenham.Both sides faded in the second half, hardly a surprise after playing in the Coppa Italia in midweek, before Dybala struck right at the death.The forward converted Daniele Rugani’s pass as he fell to the ground to secure three valuable points and make sure Juventus will head to Wembley on a winning note.90+3′ GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! PAULOOOOOO!!!!!!!#LAZIOJUVE 0-1!!!!! #FORZAJUVE!!!! pic.twitter.com/6PJN7XHDag— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) March 3, 2018The last-gasp strike settled a heavyweight clash that had seen the competitors struggle to land a meaningful blow between them.The two teams went toe-to-toe after contrasting results in the cup in midweek. While Juventus reached a fourth successive final thanks to a 1-0 victory over Atalanta in the second leg of their semi-final, Lazio lost out to AC Milan in a penalty shoot-out.Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – one of those who missed from the spot in midweek – had a firm header saved by Gianluigi Buffon in the first half, with the veteran goalkeeper also required to tip a low drive from Ciro Immobile around his right post before the break.Juventus thought they’d gone ahead when Lukaku nodded Dybala’s corner into his own goal just before the half-hour mark, only for referee Luca Banti to correctly spot a push by Mario Mandzukic on the defender.The official had decided against whistling for a foul in the opening minutes of the second half in the same penalty area, rejecting appeals for a penalty when Dybala theatrically fell under pressure from Lucas Leiva.The pace dropped significantly after the interval, and Allegri’s decision to send on the attack-minded Douglas Costa – resulting in a switch to a flat-back four – still failed to inspire Juventus.Take a bow, @PauDybala_JR #FinoAllaFine #LazioJuve pic.twitter.com/V5Ib9yi1QS— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) March 3, 2018Yet the champions still found a way to triumph before the final bell, Argentine Dybala demonstrating both skill and strength to land the knockout blow in the closing seconds of an otherwise forgettable contest. read more
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)We’re a week into October, six weeks into the 2018 college football season, and College Football Playoff debates are heating up.Could the SEC get two teams into the playoff again? Could a 12-0 Notre Dame team get left out? Are the Big 12 and Pac-12 already eliminated from contention?ESPN took a look at some of the College Football Playoff hopefuls today.The Worldwide Leader named two undefeated teams “dark horse” contenders:West VirginiaWest Virginia still has to prove it has staying power, but if it can make a run at the Big 12 title and finish as a one-loss champ, it would certainly be considered. The problem for West Virginia (and the entire Big 12) is Notre Dame. The Irish are in a much better position to run the table, and an undefeated record would almost guarantee a top-four finish over a one-loss Big 12 champ. It also would depend on how the other Power 5 champs fare, as well as how Alabama and Georgia finish.NC StateEven if NC State shocks Clemson and wins the ACC, it wouldn’t be a lock.What’s your College Football Playoff prediction look like right now?You can view ESPN’s full rundown here.
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has decided that Brian Connell-Tombs can be asked, and is required to answer, a question about his knowledge of why the commission did not start a proceeding against National Bank Financial Limited. Mr. Connell-Tombs was asked the question at discovery in commission proceeding for Knowledge House Inc. The commission panel decided the question calls for relevant information in the proceeding. The commission panel made its decision April 17. It included an order that it be held in confidence until a settlement agreement with National Bank has been made public through the normal settlement approval process. On Sept. 27, the commission issued a Notice of Hearing to National Bank to consider the settlement agreement. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the decision visit www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/compliancenforce/enforproceedings.asp .
NEW DELHI: A Nigerian who has been illegally staying in India has duped several men on the pretext of buying folonic B12 oil for a company in Ghana. Accused, Gilbert Okoye Pedro, a Nigerian national, pretended to be a mediator in the fictional sale and purchase of the product between the Indian victim and the Ghanian company. Interestingly, the accused approached the victim on Linked he wins the trust of the victim. He proposed a lucrative business to the complainant, of exporting herbal vaccination products (Folinic B12 Oil) from India to Ghana. He told the complainant that Folinic B12 Oil is required for producing vaccination for race horses for their clients and the same oil is produced in India by a company Mahavir Herbal Pvt. Ltd.Guwahati, Assam. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkHe further told the complainant that this oil was available in India at a very low price and that he would buy the same oil from the complainant at a high price, thus leading to a lot of profit. The complainant was lured into purchasing 5 ml oil from Mahavir Herbals, which again was operated by the accused. It later turned out to be nothing but honey. The same was given to the accused at a coffee shop in Connaught Place in person. The accused pretended to be convinced of the authenticity of the said product and paid Rs 86,000 to the complainant for the sample oil. He then asked the complainant to buy one-litre oil, which the victim did and paid upto 25 lakhs to the accused. “The accused used to make fake companies and lure victims to buy oil at cheaper rates and earn big profits by selling it. People never realised that they are dealing with the same cheat in emails,” said Anyesh Roy, DCP Cyber Crime Unit.
Mumbai: The Sensex gained over 200 points during the early trade on Monday following global markets over signs of easing US-China trade tension. On June 29, the US and China agreed to resume trade negotiations in an effort to end the impasse between the world’s two largest economies, with Beijing saying that Washington would not impose any new tariffs on its goods. This was decided on the sidelines of the recently concluded G20 summit. The trade tension was one of the single biggest reason of a showdown in global growth, the IMF had said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Fitch rating earlier last month said that even economies not involved in the trade war could be impacted if the tension between the two countries escalated. At 10 a.m., the Sensex was up 202.04 points or 0.51 per cent at 39,596.68. It opened higher at 39,543.73 from its previous close of 39,394.64. Nifty was 51.80 points up or 0.44 per cent at 11,840.65. Investors would now focus on the next big trigger, the Union Budget where the government is expected to announce measure to kick-start a slowing economy. The Budget will be tabled on Friday.
VANCOUVER — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau headed Wednesday to what he calls his “second home” in British Columbia for his first event of the 2019 election campaign — a province full of both opportunity and peril for the governing party.He headlined a boisterous evening rally in the riding of Vancouver Kingsway — right next door to the constituency held by his former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould. She precipitated a crisis for Trudeau’s government last winter with allegations she had been inappropriately pressured by the prime minister, his office, other ministers and bureaucrats to end the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.Wilson-Raybould quit Trudeau’s cabinet over the affair, followed by cabinet ally Jane Philpott. Trudeau eventually kicked both women out of the Liberal caucus and they are now seeking re-election as Independent candidates.Shortly before Trudeau took to the stage, Wilson-Raybould was rocking the Liberals once again, telling the Globe and Mail that she was interviewed by the RCMP on Tuesday about the SNC affair. She called on Trudeau to waive cabinet confidentiality to allow the Mounties to thoroughly question witnesses and determine whether to launch a formal investigation.Trudeau didn’t mention Wilson-Raybould, but told hundreds of party faithful it “just felt right” to start the 2019 campaign in B.C., the same place he launched the 2015 campaign.“My friends, it is so good to be home. You all know how proud I am to be a son and a grandson of British Columbia,” he told the cheering throng, playing up his family connections to the province.He recounted time spent with his maternal grandparents and working as a teacher in the province, saying: “Some of my best memories in the world are right here in B.C.”Liberal strategists say Trudeau intends to spend much of the first week of the campaign on the offence, hitting ridings currently held by other parties but that Liberals believe they have a chance of picking up. That includes a number of ridings in B.C., where a four-way fight among the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Greens makes the outcome particularly unpredictable.On that score, Vancouver Kingsway fits the bill. It has been held by New Democrat Don Davies since 2008. He captured 45.7 per cent of the vote in 2015, almost 20 points ahead of the second-place Liberal contender. Prior to that, the riding was held by David Emerson, who won originally as a Liberal in 2004 only to cross over to the Conservatives immediately after the 2006 election to serve in Stephen Harper’s first cabinet.This time, the Liberals are running a high-profile candidate, former CTV-B.C. evening news anchor Tamara Taggart.In 2015, the Liberals won 17 of B.C.’s 42 seats. While they believe there are seats to be gained in the province, they will also have to fight to retain what they already have in a province where concern about climate change is paramount.B.C. is home to the strongest opposition — including environmentalists, Indigenous communities, Vancouver’s mayor and the province’s NDP government — to the Trans Mountain pipeline, which Trudeau’s government purchased to ensure a way to get Alberta oilsands crude to the B.C. coast.A small group of young anti-pipeline protesters interrupted Trudeau’s speech several times Wednesday, but were quickly drowned out by cheering partisans. Trudeau ignored them.While NDP fortunes have been on the skids elsewhere, the party is still in contention in B.C. The Green party, meanwhile, is hoping for big breakthrough in the province, which is currently home to Green Leader Elizabeth May and the only other elected Green MP, Paul Manly.Intent on turning the election into a polarized choice between the Liberals and Conservatives, Trudeau went on the attack against the Tories but made no mention of any other rival party.He accused Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives of having no new ideas, of regurgitating the same “failed” policies of Stephen Harper’s previous government, which he described as tax breaks for the wealthy and cuts in services for everyone else, leading to a stalled economy.Trudeau extolled his government’s record of investing in people and communities, boasting that his policies have helped spur economic growth, create jobs and lift 900,000 Canadians out of poverty.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press
New Delhi: The fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections witnessed a 62.56 per cent turnout as 51 constituencies in seven states votes Monday, the Election Commission said. Over 8.75 crore electors were to decide the fate of 674 candidates, including top leaders like Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in this phase. The Election Commission set up over 96,000 polling booths, which included a maximum of 28,072 in Uttar Pradesh, for smooth conduct of polls.
Casablanca- According to news outlet Medias 24, the current economic crisis is forcing more and more European countries to ease the conditions for granting residence permits, and even citizenship, in exchange for imported investments or high sums of money.This is reportedly the case in European countries such as Malta, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland and Cyprus. The list of European countries which have decided to monetize their nationality or residence permits is gradually expanding.For instance, the republic of Malta has set the price of its citizenship for non-European citizens at 650,000 Euros. Spain, Morocco’s closest European neighbor, decided to offer its citizenship to any foreigner who buys property costing at least 500,000 Euros or who acquires treasury bills valued at 2 million Euros. By doing so, Spain aims to pull the Spanish real estate market out of its current decline.Portugal for its part offers legal residence to foreigners in exchange for buying property for 500,000 Euros or for creating 30 jobs with a capital of 1 million Euros in a Portuguese bank. Surprisingly, the European Union did not disapprove of the practice, stating that all countries constituting the EU are free to determine conditions for granting their nationalities to foreigners.While some of the European countries undergoing acute economic crises have opened doors to all foreigners interested in acquiring their nationalities in exchange of financial input, Western countries, such the U.S. and Canada, intend to grant their nationalities only to potential key investors from the Middle East, Russia, and China.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
8 February 2007Although the floodwaters have begun to recede in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, where 25 people are confirmed dead and nearly 300,000 others were driven from their homes, according to latest Government figures, clean water remains cut off in many areas and the fear of water-borne diseases persists, the United Nations reported today. Although the floodwaters have begun to recede in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, where 25 people are confirmed dead and nearly 300,000 others were driven from their homes, according to latest Government figures, clean water remains cut off in many areas and the fear of water-borne diseases persists, the United Nations reported today. “Hopefully the crisis has peaked, but we remain vigilant for potential floods as heavy rains continue to be predicted by the national weather services,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator Bo Asplund said. “A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team can be quickly deployed if called upon to provide international assistance.” Several UN agencies are providing assistance as requested by the Government, with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) delivering 3.42 metric tons of noodles and biscuits to the Tangerang area, one of the hardest hit locations. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in coordination with the Public Works department, is preparing water bladders and purification tablets and will provide zinc supplements to children to treat diarrhoea. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) will distribute hygiene kits and reproductive health packages through Ministry of Health counterparts. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has helped to establish 15 mobile health units across Jakarta and is carefully monitoring cases of acute respiratory tract infection, diarrhoea, leptospirosis, a bacterial illness causing fever, severe headache and vomiting, as well as gastro-intestinal diseases. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator continues to support the Indonesian disaster management operations in disseminating public information and conducting assessments. The Government has identified food, including rice, baby food, ready-to-eat food and drinking water, clothes, blankets, medicines, sanitation facilities, tools, rubber boats, trucks, inner tubes, flashlights, lanterns, and water tanks as ongoing needs. The Government is now actively providing emergency relief supplies and services to those who need it most, including food, drinking water, tents, sanitation facilities, and public kitchens, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.
The government has decided that news websites to be registered with the Media Ministry must pay a registration fee and an annual fee.Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told the weekly cabinet press briefing today that accordingly news websites must pay Rs. 100,000 (US$ 1000) to register and also Rs. 50,000 (US$ 500) annually. The move is likely to see several non-profit news websites operated by individuals being forced to shut down. The move follows the controversy over the Sri Lanka Mirror and Sri Lanka X News websites which were raided by the CID recently over allegations of publishing false news. He said that the payments will be made mandatory under the amended Press Council Act which will regulate websites apart from newspapers.
Men and women from various nationalities, including Sri Lanka, converted to Islam in Oman last month. The Department of Islamisation has a continuous role in spreading Islamic culture and educating the non-Muslim communities to enter Islam through the establishment of awareness programs and guidance.The Department has a significant contribution with other institutions in order to deliver the message of Islam to non-Muslims in a clear and simple way. (Colombo Gazette) A total of 34 people converted, according to the Department of Islamic Identity and Cultural Exchange at the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs in Oman. Two men and 14 women of Philippine nationality, six women from Uganda and four women from Sri Lanka all converted, according to the ministry, in addition to two women from China and a man and a woman from India, two men and two women from other nationalities.
Recent incidents include the murder of cleric Maulawi Abdullah Fayaz, a massacre at the Abdul Rab Akhundzada Mosque, the murder of 11 employees of Chemonics and their relatives, the murder of five deminers, the beheading of Mullah Ida Khan in his madrassa and last week’s cold-blooded execution of at least four Afghan police in Kandahar province. In addition, there have been several fatal attacks against people involved in the upcoming elections. While the country’s south has been most affected, other parts of the Afghanistan are far from immune. In Paktika, members of local shuras, a teacher and a religious figure have been killed by extremist elements. Insecurity has also worsened in Nangarhar. Jean Arnault, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), on Saturday issued a statement in Kabul condemning the violence and those behind it. “The authors of such violence and their supporters inflict unacceptable suffering on a country that struggles to rebuild security, stability and confidence among its citizens; they deprive the population of affected provinces of their right to reconstruction; they create a climate of fear at a time when the population prepares for the upcoming parliamentary and provincial elections,” he said.The envoy noted that not all violence is caused by extremist attacks; drugs, local rivalries, corruption and common crime are also involved. At the same time, he pointed out that the current offensive by extremist groups, including the Taliban, is playing a primary role in the escalation, “with what appears to be more funding, more deadly weaponry, more powerful media for propaganda and more aggressive, cruel and indiscriminate tactics.”Citing the example of how the Governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan worked together with international forces to create a safe environment for Afghan elections, Mr. Arnault declared that security is possible, but cooperation must be enhanced. “We welcome the recent high-level contacts between the Afghan and Pakistani Governments in this respect,” he said.“Only they, working closely together with support of the international forces and the assistance of the international community at large, can stem the ongoing wave of extremist violence and allow Afghans finally to enjoy the right to a peaceful life that they have been so unjustly denied, for so long.”
Major New Brunswick tungsten mine gets federal environmental approval FREDERICTON – A major New Brunswick mining project — tapping into one of North America’s largest deposits of tungsten — has received federal environmental assessment approval.The Sisson Mine project would see the development of an open pit tungsten and molybdenum mine near Stanley, about 60 kilometres northwest of Fredericton.It would be the only mine in North America for tungsten, which is used in X-ray tubes and smartphone screens.Right now, China dominates the global tungsten market.“I think that North America and Canada benefit strategically from having a safe, long-term, viable and reliable access to this mineral,” said federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc — New Brunswick’s federal regional minister.The Sisson Mine, proposed by Northcliff Resources, would also include an ore processing facility. The company still needs to secure financing.The $579 million project is expected to create 500 jobs during construction and 300 jobs over the 27-year life of the mine.The provincial government estimates the project will result in $280 million in mineral royalties and $245 million in tax revenue over the life of the mine.“Today’s announcement is the result of a rigorous, scientific environmental assessment at both the federal and provincial levels,” LeBlanc told a news conference in Fredericton.In February, the provincial government signed an accommodation agreement with six Maliseet First Nations.“The agreement shares with Maliseet First Nations during this project are projected at 9.8 per cent of provincial revenue that will be generated by the Sisson Mine Project under the metallic mineral tax,” said Rick Doucet, New Brunswick’s minister for Energy and Resource Development.Chief Tim Paul said his Woodstock First Nation would be working closely with the company and the provincial government to ensure environmental concerns are addressed.“It is a historic event to see this kind of partnership. It is one that all New Brunswickers can benefit from as it will hopefully lead to a more environmentally sustainable project,” Chief Paul said.But Lois Corbett, executive director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, still has concerns. She noted there were 40 conditions placed on the provincial environmental review.“A lot had to do with the tailing pond design and risks to water such as the Nashwaak River. They would also have to set aside enough money that if an accident or disaster happened, the company would have enough reserve to cover it,” Corbett said Friday.No company officials attended Friday’s news conference, but Chris Zahovskis, president and CEO of Northcliff Resources, issued a statement from Vancouver saying the decision reflects “our commitment to create a project that will bring economic benefits to New Brunswick while protecting the environment.”He said the company’s focus now will be on securing financing to advance the project.LeBlanc said construction of the mine is expected to start next spring, and take two years to complete. by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 23, 2017 7:13 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The Global Foreign Medical Teams Registry – which goes live today – sets minimum standards for international health workers and allows teams to clearly outline their services and skills. This facilitates a more effective and predicable response, and better coordination between aid providers and recipients. If preregistered with the WHO global registry, medical teams will be expedited and allowed in to the country to help those in need. “Thanks to the system we have developed, the international response to the cyclone in Vanuatu has been very fast and efficient,” said Dr. Ian Norton, who leads the work on foreign medical teams at WHO. The standards developed by WHO build on lessons learned during previous emergency responses including the West African Ebola outbreak, for which WHO coordinated the deployment of nearly 60 foreign medical teams provided by 40 organizations. It was the first time that foreign medical teams were deployed during an outbreak. Most recently, the WHO assisted in the vetting of medical teams responding to Cyclone Pam in the remote Pacific Island of Vanuatu. “We supported the Ministry of Health to ensure that every foreign medical team that arrived in Vanuatu was registered in the system and had the right training and equipment. This meant that teams have been able to provide care quickly and effectively to the people most in need,” Dr. Norton added. The first medical team arrived from Australia to support the local health workers just 2 days after the cyclone hit. Since then, 20 teams – more than 50 doctors, 40 nurses, 24 paramedics and 12 midwives – have provided assistance. New teams continue to arrive to fill positions as other teams return to their home countries. Under the new registry, medical teams are required to self-sufficient for the first two weeks – including food, shelter, water and medication for their team and for themselves. Last year’s Ebola outbreak in West Africa also called for unique medical knowledge and equipment, and has carried risks for health workers. Progress that has been made against Ebola is in part due to the response by the national and international teams working together in 72 Ebola treatment centres across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. In previous responses including the Haiti earthquake and the South Asia tsunami, some foreign teams arrived without informing the national health authorities or coordinating with other international responders. Although well-intentioned, sometimes these people lacked appropriate skills and local knowledge, were unfamiliar with the international response systems and standards, or brought inappropriate equipment that did not match the health needs of the people. “The issue really came to a head in Haiti in 2010 with the response to the Haitian earthquake and the arrival of multiple medical teams, estimated up to 300, without self-sufficiency, without a coordination mechanism and the chaos that ensued,” Dr. Norton said at a press conference in Geneva this morning.“If we take the approach from the Haitian side, if you’re a Haitian family, you’re not really sure whether the team coming in is a qualified surgeon or doctor whether they have the right equipment, whether they actually clean their instruments between the surgical cases they are about to perform which was the case in Haiti.”For this reason, the WHO set up the blue book of classifications and minimum standards that seeks to identify foreign medical teams – more than one or two medical workers, be doctors, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapist, that go from their country into another in an emergency. This includes charities, non-governmental organizations and government teams as well. “Classifications allow the team to declare and the country to realize what they are offering,” he said, adding that the standards were published in May 2013 and within two months were used in the Philippines response to Typhoon Haiyan. “What we saw even in the Philippines is teams arriving without the right equipment, without the right medications, without the right skills so this is really the purpose of the registry. It allows governments to know what’s coming in and whether somebody has gone and prequalified and pre-accredited the team.” “It has been proven in the field with 151 teams responded to the Haiyan Typhoon and within about three days the Ministry was informed about the classification system. They then issued a declaration to all arriving teams that they must register with the department of health,” he added. Improving the global response to emergencies has benefits for all countries, Dr. Norton said, emphasizing that it will help build skills and capacities of national teams to respond to their own emergencies and eventually be better able to help other countries. WHO is also developing best practice guidelines and standards for teams to respond to specific needs including care of children, pregnant women, patients with disabilities and older people. In related news, the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and AudioNow Digital, a leading provider of in-language mobile apps for radio broadcasters, today announced that audio content featuring United Nations coverage on the Ebola epidemic will now be accessible through UN Radio’s Global Ebola Response mobile application.The latest news bulletins and updates on Ebola’s impact and the efforts to address it, as well as archived audio stories, from the UN’s multimedia teams are available in the six official languages inside the app: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. Additional coverage is available in Kiswahili and Portuguese.“We are excited to expand further our partnership with AudioNow through the launch of this very timely mobile app. Despite the progress made, the Ebola crisis is far from over, and this app will inform stakeholders and the general public about ongoing international efforts on the ground to contain and eliminate this epidemic,” said Hua Jiang, Acting Director, UN News and Media Division.
The United Nations deputy chief today said that the Organization is failing to deliver sufficiently in cities, and its work in and on urban areas must be reinvigorated, as the General Assembly kicked off a high-level meeting on a new UN approach to the rapidly urbanizing world.“Today, we acknowledge that the UN is not delivering sufficiently in cities. And, through our common effort, we will rectify this,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed in her opening remarks to the two-day event. “The proud history of urban work at the UN must be harnessed at this vital time, and the UN must be seen again as the lead convener and catalyser for partners, funders, private sector and civil society organisations to scale up their work in urban areas,” she added, stressing the need for reform of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).The meeting will discuss how the New Urban Agenda” has been implemented since its adoption in October 2016 at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, known as Habitat III, while examining the recommendations put forth by an independent panel reviewing the effectiveness of UN-Habitat. It will also address the measures contained in the Report of the Secretary General’s Independent Panel to Assess, Enhance Effectiveness of UN-Habitat after Adoption of New Urban Agenda, which was published at the beginning of August 2017. It is clear that it is in cities where the battle for sustainability will be won or lostDeputy Secretary-General Amina MohammedThe outcome will serve as an input to the General Assembly’s main body dealing with economic and financial issues the (Second Committee), which will consider action to be taken in the light of these recommendations during its forthcoming substantive session this fall. Ms. Mohammed noted that by 2050, 70 per cent of the world’s population could be living in urban areas.While cities are hubs of promise, jobs, technology and economic development, they are also the epicentre of greenhouse gas emissions and many of the challenges of sustainability. “It is clear that it is in cities where the battle for sustainability will be won or lost,” she said. In his remarks, General Assembly President Peter Thomson stressed the importance of capitalizing on the enormous social and economic opportunities provided by mass urbanisation to lift people out of poverty, drive inclusive economic growth, promote equality, strengthen community resilience, and of course, effectively combat climate change. “To do so we have to increase global awareness of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda, particularly among policy makers and the global public,” he said.Secondly, strategic partnerships have to be strengthened between governments at all levels, community leaders, civil society, and the business community, to foster coherent approaches to urban development. Then there is the task of harnessing the exponential potential of science, technology and innovation to drive smart new approaches towards sustainable urbanisation and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mr. Thomson said.And finally, the UN system must be able to effectively serve Member States in achieving these universal agendas, with UN-Habitat strongly positioned to support implementation of the New Urban Agenda, he said.Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, also addressed the meeting.In the Panel’s assessment, the first priority is to save, stabilize and then rapidly strengthen UN-Habitat to equip it for a renewed role based on the 2030 Agenda, adopted in 2015, as well as the New Urban Agenda. The panel recommends, among others, that ‘UN Urban’ be established as a coordinating mechanism similar to UN-Water or UN-Energy, as part of system-wide UN reform, with a small secretariat based in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in New York.
Penn State football fans had more to be happy about than the Nittany Lions’ 20-14 win Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Less than two weeks ago, the PSU community was rocked by the revelation that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing children by Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly. A sizeable contingent of Nittany Lions fans attended a game away from Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Saturday and said their trip to the ‘Shoe was made more pleasant by the respect and good behavior that was shown to them by Buckeye Nation. In connection with the charges levied against Sandusky, PSU’s president for finance and business Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley were also charged with perjury and failure to report child abuse. Former university President Graham Spanier resigned in the wake of the charges being made public and former Nittany Lions’ coach Joe Paterno, NCAA Division I’s all-time wins leader and the head coach of PSU football for 46 years, was fired. It has been a tumultuous time for PSU students and fans, including Cristen Mohn, 20, of Steelton, Pa., a third-year PSU student in nursing. Mohn said the last two weeks have been hard for Nittany Lions fans, describing the experience as “unreal.” “It was just kind of like shock a little bit,” said Mohn, who is currently dating fellow Steelton native and PSU junior defensive lineman Jordan Hill. “It’s just depressing. It’s gloomy. It’s just not the same knowing that all this is going on.” Mohn also said that Buckeyes fans she encountered around Columbus were welcoming and supportive of the PSU community. “We haven’t had any bad experiences,” Mohn said. “Everyone is saying ‘Thank you for coming.’ Some people were saying to us, ‘Penn State is still great school.’ Everybody that we’ve run into has been awesome.” NCAA president Mark Emmert announced Friday that the NCAA would investigate “Penn State’s exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs,” according to multiple reports. Nittany Lions fan Matt Curtis, 22, of Philipsburg, Pa., said that he expects harsh penalties to be administered to PSU football. “As a university, you hope (PSU) can put everything together. It’s an institutional problem and there’s no reason to punish the players on the field,” Curtis said. “And they probably had to be done with Paterno. He deserved to be fired if he did turn the other cheek, if that’s the case.” Like Mohn, Curtis said that he too was welcomed to campus on Saturday, and that some OSU fans even engaged him with popular PSU football chants. “Everyone’s been unbelievable,” Curtis said. “Every time we walk by, somebody’s yelling, ‘We are,’ or ‘Welcome.’ I’m not going to lie, I’ve heard some horror stories from Ohio Stadium, but, so far, the fans have been awesome.” Dave Stock, 25, of Pittsburgh, Pa., graduated from PSU with a telecommunications degree in 2008. Stock said that it has been painful for him to watch the situation in State College unfold. “As a fan, it’s frustrating. We had an aura of ‘success with honor’ — that was (Paterno’s) mantra,” Stock said. “On the road, (PSU fans) would be looked at a little differently.” Stock couldn’t deny that he received a surprisingly warm welcome upon arriving in Columbus. “It’s been absolutely great, so far,” he said. “It’s been very classy. I have nothing but good things to say, and I never thought I would say that about Ohio State fans.”
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. A Tory councillor who was summoned to court over failure to pay his own council tax bill has claimed he deliberately did it to “test” the system. Alan Preest, who represents Lydney, Gloucestershire, on three different local authorities, alleged his failure to pay his tax bill last August was due to a “glitch” in his bank account automatic payment system while he was on holiday. He claimed that he then decided to “test out” the system to see what happens to people who miss an instalment.Mr Preest, who is entitled to a £10,000 a year allowance as a Gloucestershire county councillor and another £4,500 for representing Lydney North on the Forest of Dean district council, said he settled his bill after receiving a court summons, but it cost him an extra £55 because he had defaulted.”I tested it out. Did it to see how they treat people who miss an instalment,” he said.Mr Preest lives in Bream and has an annual council tax bill of £1,208.95 for 2016/2017. I tested it out. Did it to see how they treat people who miss an instalmentCllr Preest Cllr. Preest failed to pay his council tax because he wanted to “test the system”Credit:SWNS He questioned the system and suggested there should be a little more leniency when it comes to those who have only missed one payment. “I can understand it if you miss payments three, four or five times but to miss just one and get a summons?” he said.”I’ve got nothing to hide, but I think a little leniency should be given to more vulnerable people and those who have a change in circumstances.”Mr Preest was a Tory councillor until 2008, when he was cautioned for stealing from a local shop. He served as an independent before joining UKIP, becoming the first candidate from the party to be elected in Gloucestershire.He rejoined the Conservatives after the EU referendum last June.
There was some concern initially after the Galaxy S4 reveal that the enduring Android modder community would have difficulty developing for the Galaxy S4 as a single device. Those concerns have now been realized as only one variant of the phone receives root access ahead of the official launch.Like the previous version of Samsung’s flagship phone, in order to reach as many carriers on such a wide variety of networks, Samsung compromised a bit on the hardware inside the Galaxy S4. Depending on what network you are on, and in what part of the world you are in, your version of this phone will have one of two very different processors onboard. The first is Samsung’s own Exynos Octa processor, which is made to choose between a pair of quad core architectures depending on what the task at hand is.The other is the much more common Snapdragon 600 processor, which is the next generation quad core processor build that has all but dominated the mobile landscape in the last year. These chipsets include very different code to drive them, and so there will essentially be two different versions of the Galaxy S4 software to go with these hardware variants. As of right now, only one of them has been modified to allow instructions sent from the SuperUser.If your carrier is going to be packing the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S4, root access has been achieved for your phone. The leaked build from last week gave some of the clever people over at XDA all they needed to start putting together flashable builds that no one can really test yet because the phone isn’t out. As long as everyone is “pretty sure” this will work, someone will test it once the phone is available. Since the Snapdragon build of the phone wasn’t leaked, it will just take a little while longer for the same result.That, essentially, is the only difference between the two phones when it comes to modding. Whichever variant the button pushers have access to is the one that will see the most support. Given the popularity of the phone already, it seems likely that both models will get a significant amount of support from the Android community. The Snapdragon processors have seen quite a bit of development in the last year, and there’s no reason to assume it will stop anytime soon.