Where are the haters now? Henderson on brink of glory

first_imgReal Madrid v Liverpool Jordan Henderson – the much-maligned Liverpool skipper who can write his name into Anfield history Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jordan Henderson Liverpool Getty Images Real Madrid v Liverpool UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Liverpool Opinion The Reds’ captain has been criticised throughout his career but can lead Jurgen Klopp’s men to immortality in Kiev this weekend It promises to be a career-defining moment.When Jordan Henderson leads Liverpool out at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on Saturday evening, he will be looking to join an elite club.Only four men have captained the Reds to European Cup glory. Emlyn Hughes did it twice, Phil Thompson, Graeme Souness and Steven Gerrard once each. Legends, one and all. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Were Henderson to add his name to that list, it would confirm his place in Anfield history. And as supporters prepare for long, tiring, expensive trips this week, it is worth reflecting on their captain’s own journey to Kiev.Surprising? Oh, aye. Thrilling? You bet. Arduous? Just a bit.In many ways, Henderson’s story mirrors Liverpool’s. It is one of courage and determination, belief and redemption. There has been the doubt, the despair and the disappointment; now there is the hope, the dream.It is approaching six years since he was called into a city-centre hotel room to be told by Brendan Rodgers that he could leave the club. Liverpool were keen to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham, who in turn had made an offer for Henderson. It was one the Reds were happy to accept.Henderson cried that afternoon, played 90 minutes against Hearts in the Europa League that evening and, after speaking with his agent and his father, made a decision the next morning. He would stay and fight, prove Rodgers wrong, prove everyone wrong.That’s been his life at Liverpool, proving people wrong. He’s had seven years of it. Few players give more to the cause than he does, but few take more flak while doing so.But the best way to end an argument in football is with a trophy, and they don’t come bigger than the Champions League. Glory in Kiev would not just be the realisation of a lifelong dream for Henderson but the perfect response to his critics, too.Who could begrudge him it? Henderson has worked tirelessly to make himself a success at Anfield, his dedication, resilience and selflessness a lesson to any aspiring footballer. In an era of egos, he is the antidote; the humble leader of whom Liverpool can and should be proud.Jordan Henderson Liverpool PS“A team always needs someone like Jordan,” says Dejan Lovren. “He’s a workaholic on the pitch, and you need that. And off the pitch, he’s the same. He plays a really important role.”Speak to any Liverpool player and they’ll tell you the same. Henderson is not one for big, rousing speeches – though he will often say a few words before a match or at half-time – instead leading through example.His professionalism never wavers, whether on the training pitch, in the gym, in front of the media or in conversation with team-mates, management or supporters. He’s tee-total, controversy-free, utterly dedicated to his career.His colleagues appreciate it, even if some supporters don’t. When Mohamed Salah was awarded the PFA Player of the Year last month, he asked Henderson to accompany him to the ceremony. It was a show of respect to his captain; Salah, like many others, appreciates the role Henderson has played in helping him settle at the club.The man himself would blush at that suggestion. “I’m not particularly into people giving me credit,” he says. “I prefer talking about how well others are doing because that’s what I want. That’s what I try to do as a captain: give them a platform where they can go and perform as best they can.”On the pitch, Henderson is demanding, aggressive – “an angry man” according to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and one continually in the ear of referees and team-mates. He points and he screams and he talks and he encourages. And if you let your standards drop, he’s on you.An image from the Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma sticks in the mind; Liverpool were lost amid the celebrations at the final whistle, yet Henderson sought out Loris Karius, asking the goalkeeper why, a few minutes previously, he had chosen to head a ball clear from his penalty area instead of catching it.Standards, you see?Another, different kind of gesture stood out that night, Henderson ensuring that a flag bearing the name of Sean Cox, the Liverpool supporter left fighting for his life after being attacked by Roma fans outside Anfield, made its way onto the pitch. A touch of class, like the letter and the signed jersey sent by Henderson to Cox’s local GAA club in the Irish town of Dunboyne the previous week.Liverpool players hold a banner in tribute to injured fan Sean CoxThese things matter when you’re the captain of Liverpool. You’re representing a city, a community, a football institution. There’s a need to do things right, with decency and dignity. You must be grounded, humble, strong-minded, socially aware.Performances matter too, of course, and Henderson’s have, by and large, been good this season – better than his critics would suggest. Against Roma, he won more tackles over the two legs than any player, while against Manchester City in the quarter-final first leg, he was immense.  “He’s a better player than people think,” says Gary Lineker, who will host BT Sport’s coverage of the final this weekend. “I think he’s perhaps capable of hitting more forward passes than he does, but at the same time, he doesn’t give it away, he’s got great energy and he’s a natural leader.”He has had to modify his game at Liverpool; he joined as a free-running midfield player, tasked with breaking the lines and creating chances, but has been moved into a more fixed position as a No.6 under Klopp.Injuries may have played a part in that – in particular, a lengthy, painful battle against plantar fasciitis, a debilitating condition which affects the heel and foot – but Henderson’s passing range, ability to win the ball and communication skills are valued by the manager in a deeper, more tactically demanding role. There is, unquestionably, trust between the two, even if some supporters continue to question the 27-year-old.“If somebody doesn’t see his value, then what I can I do?” Klopp said back in January. “Please, write it: Jordan Henderson is a brilliant football player.”In March, he spoke of the “incredible job” his skipper has been doing. “You don’t get extra money for doing it,” he added. “There are a lot more duties and not a lot more rights, to be honest.”Jordan Henderson Klopp Liverpool PSMore scrutiny, too. More criticism and more unflattering comparisons with the greats that have gone before him. If you want to start an argument between Liverpool fans, Henderson is usually a good place to start.Thankfully, he has a thicker skin than most.From a personal perspective, I can recall a conversation with him about a year into his Liverpool career. I asked if it hurt when fans questioned him, when they said he wasn’t good enough or that he should have been sold. “Not at all,” he replied. “They are the ones who pay their money. It’s up to me to change their opinion, isn’t it?”It’s an admirable mindset, one which has not changed since. “I can accept criticism,” he said earlier this week. “Criticism is healthy. It gives you that extra little bit inside you to prove people wrong, to use it as energy, to use it as fuel.”That’s Henderson, built to last, selfless to the core and powered by doubters. For seven years, he’s given his all for the cause.Now, on Saturday, he gets the chance to complete his journey, to sit on top of the world.History beckons for Liverpool’s captain. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Atlantic Ministers Object to Proposed Transportation Act Changes

first_img Atlantic ministers of transportation are objecting to some of thechanges the federal government is proposing to the CanadaTransportation Act. The issue was discussed today, Sept. 18, during the annualmeeting of the Atlantic Ministers Responsible for Transportationand Highway Safety. In attendance at the meeting were Nova ScotiaTransportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell, NewBrunswick Transportation Minister Paul Robichaud, and NewBrunswick Public Safety Minister Wayne Steeves. MaineTransportation Commissioner David Cole also attended as well asofficials from all four Atlantic provinces and the State ofMaine. The proposed changes would remove a key-principle from the act –that transportation is key to regional economic development. TheAtlantic ministers say the change would significantly alter theentire context of the act and the manner in which futuredecisions are made. The federal government uses the policysection of the act to develop and implement transportationpolicy. “Transportation is a primary force for economic development inall regions of Canada,” Mr. Russell said. “Investments intransportation make the economy more competitive and productivein the long run, and constitute one of the best ways thatgovernment can invest money in support of Canada’s economic wellbeing.” “Resource industries often form the cornerstone of smallercommunities, with tourism and manufacturing also being majorgenerators of income and employment for rural residents,” saidMr. Robichaud. “Transportation infrastructure and servicesprovide the essential lifeline ensuring access to the marketsupon which all of these activities so strongly rely.” The ministers recently wrote to the federal government expressingtheir concerns about this issue. “For less populated regions of the nation, transportationinfrastructure and services take on an additional strategicdimension,” wrote James Walsh, Newfoundland and Labrador Ministerof Works, Services and Transportation. “Realization of neweconomic activity in rural areas is highly dependent onreasonable transportation access.” “Existing employment in rural areas can be jeopardized byweakened transportation infrastructure and restrict furthergrowth by limiting the movement of people, goods and services tomarket which results in a higher cost to doing business,” PrinceEdward Island Transportation and Public Works Minister Gail Sheasaid in the letter. Trade corridors and border crossings are fundamental to AtlanticCanada’s export-oriented economy. For example, New Brunswick ismore export dependent than any other province in Canada. About 75per cent of the province’s gross domestic product is exported tothe rest of Canada and the United States. The ministers believe this obvious link between transportationand economic development must be recognized in the nationaltransportation policy. In their letter, the ministers ask federalTransport Minister David Collenette to keep or strengthen thereferences in the act to the important contributions thattransportation makes to regional and national economicdevelopment. The ministers also point out that the proposed changes do notreflect the federal government’s own vision of the future oftransportation in Canada. Straight Ahead – A Vision forTransportation in Canada, was released by Mr. Collenette inFebruary and makes many references to the importance oftransportation to economic growth and development. The changesare also contrary to Partnering for the Future – A TransportationVision for Canada, a document released by the provincial andterritorial ministers of transportation in August 2002. Economic development was first included in the nationaltransportation policy with the support of provinces and industryin 1987 as part of the National Transportation Act. The federalgovernment proposed removing economic development from the policyon Feb. 25, 2003, as part of Bill C-26, an Act to amend theCanada Transportation Act and the Railway Safety Act, to enactthe VIA Rail Canada Act and to make consequential amendments toother Acts. The bill has received second reading and has beenreferred to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee onTransport. Ministers also want Ottawa to take steps to address majorchallenges facing the air industry. They said air service isfundamentally important to business and economic development inAtlantic Canada. Ministers called on the federal government totake immediate steps, including: improve air service to theUnited States and other countries; provide support to airports inthe region; and reduce government-imposed costs in the form oftaxes, fees and rents. The ministers and the commissioner also discussed the importanceof security and efficiencies at Maine-New Brunswick bordercrossings. The group agreed to continue to work together and withindustry to promote and advocate for the necessary federalfunding to enhance border crossings at both St. Stephen-Calaisand Woodstock-Houlton. Other topics of discussion during the meeting were Atlanticparticipation in the new federal Road Weather Information Systemfunding program, trucking harmonization, regional co-operation,and various highway safety issues. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Atlantic Ministers Object toProposed Transportation Act Changeslast_img read more

Cooling operations on at firehit MTNL building in Mumbai

first_imgMumbai: Cooling operations are still underway at the MTNL building in suburban Bandra where a massive fire broke out on Monday, an official said. The third, fourth and fifth floors of the nine-storey building were the worst affected due to the blaze, Mumbai fire brigade chief P S Rahangdale told PTI on Tuesday. “Though the fire was brought under control on Monday evening, the cooling operations are still underway to ward off the smoke and eliminate any chances of a blaze,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The fire broke out at the building, which houses state-run telecom company MTNL, on Monday afternoon and up to 100 people, 84 of them stranded on its terrace, were rescued in one of the biggest operations in recent times, he said. Over two dozen machines and equipment, including fire engines, special hydraulic ladders, jumbo water tankers, robofire (a robot), rescue van and breathing set vans, were used for the rescue operation that lasted for several hours, Rahangdale said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “It was quite satisfying to see our personnel working so hard, beyond the call of duty, to save lives. Our men showed immense bravery and presence of mind while marching into the fire-hit building where the temperature was over 800 degree Celsius coupled with poisonous gases,” he said. “I am happy to see that everything went well during the rescue operation,” the official said. Asked why the robot deployed at the site did not perform as expected, he said it did a “satisfactory” job. “The robot’s job was quite satisfactory. Its handler did not get enough space to manoeuvre it,” he added. Monday’s blaze was the latest in a series of fire incidents in the metropolis in the last few years. There have been more than 49,000 fire incidents in Mumbai in the last one decade, killing over 600 people, the Maharashtra government said in the Assembly in November 2018. A massive fire in two pubs located in the Kamala Mills Compound here claimed 14 lives on December 29, 2017. Besides, 12 people were killed in a blaze at a snack shop in Saki Naka-Kurla area on December 18, 2017.last_img read more

Delhi to soon have very progressive evehicle policy Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said his government will soon come out with a “very progressive” e-vehicle policy. A draft of the policy recommending to enhance registration of e-vehicles up to 25 per cent of the total volume of registered vehicles by 2023, was released by the government in November last year. “The e-vehicle policy will soon come out. We have prepared the best policy. It is going to be a very progressive policy,” Kejriwal told reporters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder He said the government will also notify the parking policy. “All things have been done. We will notify the parking policy,” he said. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court directed the government to notify the parking policy by September 30. The draft parking policy was placed in public domain for suggestions in June this year. The Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking Places Rules, 2019, envisages area parking plans and gives priority to pedestrians or cyclists followed by mass public transport, emergency vehicles and others. The civic bodies will come up with area-specific plans after the draft policy is notified by the government. The policy envisages constitution of an apex monitoring committee, headed by the transport minister, to review the proper implementation and compliance of these rules.last_img read more

Michael Moore Petitions For Michigans Governor To Be Arrested

first_imgWhen Rick Snyder became Governor of Michigan, he signed into law that he can overturn local election results and substitute elected mayors, city councilors and elected school boards with whomever he wants, and those appointees would answer only to the Governor (i.e. Snyder).During his second term, in April 2014, in order to save millions of dollars for buying water from Detroit, he switched the water source for Flint, Michigan from the fresh glacial water of Lake Huron to the Flint River where, says Michael Moore, “toxins from a dozen General Motors and DuPont factories have been dumped for over a hundred years.”Knowing that, Moore says Snyder’s fix was to add a chemical to the water that should clean it, but would cause the lead from the old, decaying pipes to leach into the water. Informed that a corrosive protector was required to prevent that from happening, at a cost of $100/day for three months, Snyder rejected the expense.When brown water began coming out of people’s faucets, Snyder denied that there were any problems, denied the accuracy of the findings of elevated levels of lead in the water and elevated levels of lead in children’s blood, and told the people of Flint to relax. A full 17 months went by before the Snyder administration admitted that there might be a problem with Flint’s water.Lead is toxic to humans and cannot be fully eliminated. It causes brain damage, especially to children.“I am calling upon my fellow Michiganders and seekers of justice everywhere,” Moore said in an open letter to Governor Snyder, ” to petition U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asking her to arrest you for corruption and assault (i.e., the physical assault you committed against the children of Flint when you knowingly poisoned them).“And who will be cheering on that day when you are fitted with a bright orange jumpsuit? The poor and minority communities of Michigan who’ve endured your dictatorial firing of their mayors and school boards so you could place your business friends in charge of their mostly-black cities. They know you never would have done this to a wealthy white suburb.“You have destroyed a generation of children — and for that, you must pay.”Still outraged by what has happened in Flint, Moore wrote another open letter, this time to President Obama, asking him to come to Flint to acknowledge the tragedy.“Please consider this personal appeal,” said Moore, “from me and the 102,000 citizens of the city of Flint who have been poisoned — not by a mistake, not by a natural disaster, but by a governor and his administration who, to ‘cut costs,’ took over the city of Flint from its duly elected leaders, unhooked the city from its fresh water supply of Lake Huron, and then made the people drink the toxic water from the Flint River.”You can sign Michael Moore’s petition calling for the immediate resignation of Governor Snyder and for the FBI to arrest him here.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

Scott Eastwood Features In DAVIDOFF Love The Ocean Campaign

first_imgThe first fragrance to be inspired by the ocean, DAVIDOFF Cool Water is now leading the way to help protect the ocean.Scott Eastwood and volunteer kidsThis summer, the brand is releasing a new film featuring its ambassador Scott Eastwood. The message of the film is a call to action to safeguard one of the world’s most precious natural resources — but also one of its most endangered. The film is an extension of DAVIDOFF Cool Water’s long-standing Love the Ocean campaign in support of the National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seas project, which aims to protect 10% of the world’s ocean by 2020.THE POWER TO CHANGEThe new film, which will be released on July 1, 2016, and screened across a wide range of digital platforms, steps up the Love the Ocean initiative with an individual call to action. The film’s aim is to convince each and every one of us that we can make a difference. “As individuals, we have more power to change the world than we think,” says Scott Eastwood, who — having been born in California and raised in Hawaii — feels a special connection to the ocean.Video: DAVIDOFF Cool Water Love the Ocean, Take action to protect the Ocean – The Sneak PeeksShot near the actor’s home in San Diego, the DAVIDOFF Cool Water film highlights Scott Eastwood’s concern for ocean conservation and his commitment to fighting water pollution issues. It also features a beach clean-up organized in partnership with the National Geographic Society and the Surfrider Foundation. Given that 80 percent of pollution in the marine environment comes from land and that by 2050 current estimates indicate that the ocean will contain more plastic than fish when measured by weight, beach clean-ups are one way — along with simple lifestyle changes — that individuals can take action. According to Shah Selbe, National Geographic Explorer: “Even a single person can make a massive amount of difference when it comes to ocean conservation.”FROM THE INDIVIDUAL TO THE GLOBALBy extending its Love the Ocean initiative with an individual call to action, DAVIDOFF Cool Water aims to complement the impressive progress being achieved on a global scale by the National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seas project. Since 2012, DAVIDOFF Cool Water has supported 14 Pristine Seas expeditions, which informed the establishment of five marine protected areas, totalling 1,713,518 square kilometres or 2.18% of the world’s ocean.Scott Eastwood with volunterring children at Surfrider beach cleanupThe inspiring message of the film is that we all have a part to play — which is why, throughout summer 2016, DAVIDOFF Cool Water will be promoting beach clean-ups in key countries, encouraging individuals, wherever they may be, to demonstrate their love for the ocean and to contribute to change. As Scott Eastwood says at the end of the film: “It starts with one — one hour of your time, one day, one piece of trash.”ABOUT THE LOVE THE OCEAN INITIATIVEDAVIDOFF Cool Water has a long-standing partnership with the National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seas project — which involves scientific expeditions to explore and document fragile marine environments across the globe. Every year, DAVIDOFF Cool Water mobilizes its millions of loyal users worldwide around the Love the Ocean initiative, with the commitment that each bottle of DAVIDOFF Cool Water sold will help protect 10,000 square metres (more than 100,000 square feet) of ocean.Visit love-the-ocean.com to learn more.last_img read more

Parliamentary committee wraps up work on Yukon environment bill

first_imgAPTN National NewsCanada’s Aboriginal affairs and northern development committee has just wrapped up hearings in Whitehorse.MP’s on the committee are hearing from the public on Bill S-6, proposed legislation that would loosen environment restrictions in the territory.As Shirley McLean reports, the hearings could be the last chance for Yukon First Nations to stop mining in the territory.last_img

Tunisians Under 35 Banned from Traveling to Morocco

Rabat – Following the terrorist attacks that hit Tunisia last Friday, the Tunisian government announced it will ban its citizens under the age of 35 to travel to Morocco, Turkey, Serbia, and Libya.According to Moroccan French-language website Yabildai, the measure, which was adopted few hours after the terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 38 people, is provisional and was supposed to last a few hours or few days.However, the measure is still in force, and the ban has not been lifted yet. “We want to prevent our youth from leaving the territory not only to protect them, but also to protect our borders. With what happened in Sousse, all possible measures have to be taken,” said Hamdi Ben Othmane, Tunisia’s General Consul in Morocco, quoted by Yabiladi.To justify his government’s decision to ban young Tunisians from traveling to Morocco, the Tunisian diplomat said that the absence of visa requirement for Tunisians to travel to Morocco or Turkey makes these countries potential transit territories for young Tunisians attempting to join terrorist organizations in the Middle East, such as the Islamic State.“Morocco is a country we respect, but the reality of the terrorist threat obligates us to take measures, which I repeat, are provisional,” he added.Edited by Timothy Filla read more

Prince Harry, Oprah work on mental health program for Apple

LONDON — Kensington Palace says Britain’s Prince Harry will be partnering with Oprah Winfrey to create a documentary series on mental health for Apple’s new streaming service.The documentary builds on Harry’s work on mental health issues, which included work with brother Prince William and his wife Kate in their Heads Together campaign.Harry says the series will share “global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places” and the “opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better.”Earlier this year, Apple enlisted Winfrey, together with Jennifer Aniston and Steven Spielberg, to try to overcome the TV and movie streaming service business dominated by Netflix and Amazon.The service, dubbed Apple TV Plus, will feature Apple’s original shows and movies.The Associated Press read more

Sudan UN to contribute additional support to AU troops in Darfur

4 April 2007The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today told officials from the country’s Government and the African Union (AU) that the world body will be sending additional support for African troops in the war-torn Darfur region. The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today told officials from the country’s Government and the African Union (AU) that the world body will be sending additional support for African troops in the war-torn Darfur region. UNMIS made its announcement in Khartoum at the sixth meeting of the Tripartite Mechanism, which brings together the AU, UN and Sudanese Government, saying that 21 military staff officers and 10 civilian staff members have been recruited to be included in the Light Support Package staff to be deployed to assist peacekeepers who are part of the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS). The Light Support Package is the first phase of a three-stage approach aimed at ultimately deploying an almost 20,000-strong UN-AU hybrid peacekeeping force. The Mechanism was created last year to oversee the provision of UN support to AMIS in Darfur, where at least 200,000 have been killed and 2 million others forced to flee their homes since rebel groups took up arms against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militias in 2003. Last November, representatives from the three sides came to the agreement that the UN would offer AMIS extra support as part of a three-phase process which will ultimately lead to the creation of a hybrid UN-AU mission. The next Tripartite Mechanism meeting is scheduled to be held at AMIS headquarters on 18 April.Meanwhile in Darfur, UNMIS reported that over 1,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), mostly women and children, arrived at Hamediya camp in West Darfur last week. These IDPs claimed to have fled violence at the hands of the Abala tribe, and said that many of their men were killed. UNMIS also said that it had been informed by a village chief in Southern Sudan, close to the country’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda, that his village had been attacked by armed men last week who looted food stocks and kidnapped six girls between the ages of 12 and 17. read more

Ban Kimoon presents 42 billion budget for next two years to UN

25 October 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today proposed a $4.2 billion budget for the United Nations for the next two years, telling a General Assembly committee that the half percentage point growth in some areas is balanced by reallocations in others and urging Member States to support a stronger world body. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today proposed a $4.2 billion budget for the United Nations for the next two years, telling a General Assembly committee that the half percentage point growth in some areas is balanced by reallocations in others and urging Member States to support a stronger world body. “Never has the world so needed a strong United Nations,” Mr. Ban told delegates in the Assembly’s Fifth Committee, which tackles administrative and budgetary matters. “Yet never have our resources been stretched so thin.”The Committee is currently examining the proposed programme budget of $4.2 billion for 2008-2009, which represents a real growth of $23 million over the previous biennium, or half a percentage point. Mr. Ban said the proposals reflect strict budgetary discipline, balancing growth in some areas with reallocations in others.Noting that the year ahead will be “among the most challenging in our history” – with, among initiatives, the deployment of a major peacekeeping operation in the Darfur region of Sudan and diplomatic challenges in a number of countries – the Secretary-General pledged to strengthen the Organization so it can do the job that is expected of it.This will require careful fiscal management, balancing varied and sometimes conflicting priorities, and, above all, making the UN “faster, more flexible and more efficient in delivering better results with the limited assets at our disposal,” he stated. “This is a year of immense opportunity – to build a stronger UN for a better world,” Mr. Ban said. “You on this Committee are the key to our transformation.”He noted that, last year, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations was reorganized in order to better execute the UN’s many peacekeeping mandates. Now, the focus is on the Department of Political Affairs, with a new emphasis on anticipating crises and proactive preventive diplomacy. To that end, he asked the Committee to authorize $18 million to support the strengthening of DPA, arguing that boosting the UN’s capacity to prevent and resolve conflicts is “among the smartest investments we can make.” The proposed funds also include stable financing for the newly created Peacebuilding Support Office, which is separate from the political affairs department.Mr. Ban cited the need for fresh thinking and for bolstering research and monitoring capacities to address the needs of the poorest of the world’s poor, the “bottom billion” left behind by global economic growth – working with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN’s regional commissions.In addition, he proposed re-organizing the Secretariat to better serve the interests and needs of the least developed, landlocked and small island nations. Mr. Ban noted that the proposed budget also reflects the decision by Member States to double the resources earmarked for human rights, a key component of the UN’s work. As part of the UN’s ongoing reform efforts, he emphasized that the Secretariat should continue to improve its working methods to avoid duplication and save costs, so that it can be faster, more flexible and modern. “This requires us to streamline rules and work patterns, in line with the best public and private practices.”In that connection, Mr. Ban has set up a new change-management task force, which will focus on human resources, budget and finance, and procurement. He noted that the proposed budget also provides for “stiffer” internal oversight, and the Committee is examining proposals for a comprehensive revision of the UN system of administrative justice.He called for extending the work of the Procurement Task Force – the body which was set up following revelations about widespread corruption in the UN procurement system and is credited with promoting accountability – for another year, as the Organization works toward more permanent independent auditing and investigative capabilities. Mr. Ban added that the budget is not only a financial document, but a “compact of understanding” between the Secretary-General and the UN’s Member States. “It details in concrete terms how we intend to realize the goals of the United Nations, and how I intend to exercise the authority you have entrusted to me,” he said.Clarifying aspects of the proposed budget, the Under-Secretary-General for Management told reporters that after taking account of inflation and exchange rates (re-costing) and possible budgetary “add-ons” resulting from legislative mandates or resolutions of the General Assembly, the budget will increase. “We are presenting the Member States the proposed budget for 2008-2009 which is almost $4.4 billion, and then we are presenting to them a set of revised estimates that belong to legislative mandates and another set of add-ons that we are presenting, to bring the budget up to $4.6 billion,” Alicia Bárcena said at a press briefing this afternoon.Elaborating on the $18 million requested to strengthen the political affairs department, Ms. Bárcena said it would go towards building more regional capacities, including in Central Asia and in Africa, and to better equipping the Department to work on mediation, conflict prevention and conflict resolution.The funds would also contribute to enhancing support to the UN’s special political missions, creating a number of new posts within the Department, and strengthening and restructuring the six existing regional divisions. read more

Sustainable development facing strong headwinds Chinese Premier warns UN Assembly

Telling the delegations at the Assembly’s annual general debate that China has been among the first countries to submit to the UN its national plan for implementation of the 2030 Agenda, he said that sustainable development should underpin progress at all levels by addressing many of the world’s pressing challenges ¬– from poverty to conflict and the current refugee crisis, “all of which, could be attributed to insufficient development.”“Only development can guarantee fundamental rights and interests; only development can advance human civilization and progress,” he continued, buts stressed that such development must be broadly sustainable. Development would not be sustainable he said, if it was imbalanced; if it widened the gap between the global North and South; if driven by high consumption and pollution; or if economic and social progress were not well coordinated. “Currently sustainable development is faced with great challenges,” he noted, pointing to “incessant” conflicts, traditional and non-traditional security threats, the lukewarm world economic recovery and the recurrence of major diseases and natural disasters. “Difficult moments call for stronger confidence,” he said, urging the international community to see itself in a shared future of interconnected interests and to make concerted efforts to tackle global challenges.Continuing, he said that advancing sustainable development and “achieving our new vision” requires keeping both long- and short-term goals in mind and making concrete efforts to address real problems.Urging that the United Nations Charter be upheld, he called for States to support the Organization’s lead role in international affairs, support reformed global governance mechanisms that reflect the changed international landscape, and take part in a global partnership that featured dialogue over confrontation. Turning to other issues, Mr. Li also said the international community should urge parties in Syria to end the fighting. In addition, he advocated denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and seeking solutions to maintain the non-proliferation regime. While economic globalization, including trade and investment, has been a driving force for growth, it has also taken a toll on certain industries and requires measures to address such problems while “keeping the bigger picture in mind.” Globalization is in line with interests of all countries. He cautioned against protectionism and voiced support for the open trade regime of the World Trade Organization (WTO), among other things. Redoubled efforts to support Africa and the least developed countries are needed, he said, stressing that developed countries should make good on their official development assistance (ODA) pledges, while developing countries must pursue self-development and find paths suited to their national conditions.On his country’s economic growth, he said it registered 6.7 per cent in the first half of the year, with 9.5 million jobs created in the first eight months. A developing country, with a long way to go before achieving modernization, China would promote development through deepening reforms and opening its doors to the outside world, as closed door policies had only led to stagnation. China would also pursue cooperation with all countries on the basis of the principles of peaceful co-existence.His Government, as well, would provide $300 million in humanitarian assistance to relevant countries and international organizations. With 1.3 billion people, “we need to run our own affairs well”, he said “and take our international responsibilities.” China would boost cooperation with other developing countries, and increase its assistance as its economy grew. read more

Hamilton Garcia Schoop cut loose Cubs keep Russell

NEW YORK — Speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton and 2017 All-Stars Avisail Garcia and Jonathan Schoop became free agents Friday when they were among 43 players cut loose by teams that failed to offer 2019 contracts, but the Chicago Cubs hung onto shortstop Addison Russell despite his 40-game domestic violence suspension that extends until May.Cubs president of president of baseball operations Theo Epstein called the decision a procedural step and said it “does not represent the finish line nor rubber-stamp his future” with them.“It does however reflect our support for him as long as he continues to make progress and demonstrates his commitment to these important issues,” Epstein added.Teams had a deadline Friday to offer contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters.The 28-year-old Hamilton hit .236 with four homers and 29 RBIs this year for last-place Cincinnati as his stolen bases dropped to 34, and the Reds did not want to pay the raise he would get in arbitration from his $4.6 million salary. He swiped 56 bases and in 2014 and increased his total by one annually in each of the next three seasons.Garcia was limited to 93 games last season for the White Sox because of discomfort in his right knee that led to surgery in October, and his batting average dropped from .330 to .236, too much of a decline for Chicago given the $6.7 million he won at a salary arbitration hearing last February.Schoop spent his entire career with Baltimore before Milwaukee acquired the second baseman at the July 31 trade deadline for second baseman Jonathan Villar and a pair of prospects. Schoop hit .202 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 46 games for the Brewers, then was 0 for 8 in the post-season. He made $8.5 million.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRonald Blum, The Associated Press read more

Antiques dealers accused of flouting ivory laws despite Duke of Cambridges campaign

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge with an elephant in China The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Three-quarters of antiques dealers admit being aware of illegal trading of ivoryCredit:Raimund Franken/ullstein bild via Getty Images Show more Antiques dealers have been accused of flouting laws to sell banned ivory, fibbing about its age to bypass sanctions despite a high profile campaign led by the Duke of Cambridge to secure an outright ban. A study has shown that three-quarters of antiques dealers admit being aware of illegal trading, knowing colleagues or auctioneers happy to sell modern ivory passing it off as a still-legal pre-1947 artefact.The evidence, reported by Portsmouth University’s School of Law, has been described as “disturbing”, with such traders condemned as perpetuating the slaughter of elephants for “purely mercenary motives”. Three-quarters of antiques dealers admit being aware of illegal trading of ivory It comes after months of campaigning by the likes of the Duke of Cambridge, patron of the charity Tusk, and a Conservative manifesto committing to a total ban on ivory sales. Currently, the law states that only ivory products made after 1947 are banned, with historic artefacts still able to be sold.Antique owners and institutions including the British Museum have previously argued there is “no public benefit” to restricting antique ivory works of art, pointing out many national collections contain important items from before 1947. There is no cost-effective scientific method for buyers, sellers or dealers to verify the age of ivoryCredit:De Agostini Editorial/Getty  The Duke and Duchess of CambridgeCredit:Daniel Leal-Olivas/ AFP  Dr Cox wrote: “This report concludes that, given the intricacies and certainties relating to the current ivory trade in the U.K., there is a need for a significant structural change to the law governing the sale of ivory.“This is required both to protect sellers of genuine antique ivory and to effectively police and enforce the regulations against sellers of post-1947 ivory items.”Among those previously urging change have been Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, William Hague, and former secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson, who each support a total ban.The Duke of Cambridge has previously said: “We need governments to send a clear signal that trading in ivory is abhorrent.”Following the report, campaigners have called for the government to take urgent action,highlighting the 2018 International Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade as an ideal deadline. But a report by Dr Caroline Cox, from Portsmouth University school of law’s Ivory Project, found: “Whilst none of the interviewees admitted to selling post 1947 ivory many of them stated that they either know of dealers or auctioneers who would sell post-1947 ivory, or that they had witnessed illegal ivory being sold in the UK.“The ivory trade in the U.K. therefore depends on goodwill rather than the proper enforcement of the law.”The report found there is no cost-effective scientific method for buyers, sellers or dealers to verify the age of ivory, with 95 per cent relying only on the “knowledge and experience” to judge.None of those surveyed or interviewed for the study said they had used scientific testing to check whether an ivory item was from pre or post the 1947 cut-off. There is no cost-effective scientific method for buyers, sellers or dealers to verify the age of ivory Charlie Mayhew, chief executive of Tusk, said: “This report provides real evidence that many dealers know that their industry is complicit in the sale of illegal ivory and consumers are being misled.“As long as the government allows the British ivory market to flourish in its current form – with modern ivory passed off as old -there will be a direct link from sale rooms and stall-holders to African savanna, with the market encouraged by traders  leading to the killing of even more elephants.“Britain’s intransigence on tightening up the law on trade is undermining its claim that it is still at the forefront of international efforts to end the illegal wildlife trade.”Maria Mossman, founder of Action for Elephants, said: “This report presents disturbing evidence that some parts of the antiques trade are concealing a covert trade in illegal ivory.“As long as a legal trade exists there will also be an illegal trade – this is simply the law of market dynamics and applies to any regulated commodity.  “Traders know this, yet, for purely mercenary motives, refuse to acknowledge their part in perpetuating the poaching.“Other countries are taking the lead. Against the odds, we have seen China bring in a ban on its domestic trade and the US bring in a near-total ban.“Until the UK follows suit with a full ban, and fulfils the pledge it made in the last two election manifestos, it will remain a pariah, not a leader, in the global fight against the illegal wildlife trade.”A spokesman for Defra said: “We are committed to bringing an end to elephant poaching and we will shortly be consulting on our plans for an ivory ban. “We are doing more than ever to tackle the illegal wildlife trade, including investing £26m to combat poaching on the frontline and bring an end to this cruel trade.” 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. The Duke of Cambridge with an elephant in ChinaCredit: Chris Jackson/Getty last_img read more

Salad Cream will not be renamed Sandwich Cream as Heinz bows to

Food giant Heinz has bowed to the “will of the people” and decided against changing the name of its Salad Cream to Sandwich Cream.Fans of the condiment made their outrage known in June when parent company Kraft Heinz announced that it was considering a name change for the first time in 104 years.Heinz said research had found that just 14 per cent of consumers actually used the cream on salads.It said that most considered it to be an alternative to mayonnaise and pairing it with tuna, ham or cheese in sandwiches.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––However, a survey carried out by the company found that 87 per cent of consumers wanted the product to remain as Salad Cream – rejecting other potential names such as Fish Finger Sauce, Chip Sauce and Roast Potato Sauce.Joel Hughes, senior brand manager at Heinz, said: “From TV debates to conversations around the dinner table, it seems everyone has a real fondness for not only the iconic, zingy flavour of Heinz Salad Cream, but the name too.”Thousands of you shared your thoughts and suggested new ideas, all of which were considered, but it became clear that the British public wanted to keep Heinz Salad Cream, and any other name just wouldn’t do. “We can’t ignore the will of the people, so Heinz Salad Cream is here to stay.” Launched in 1914, Salad Cream was the UK’s fifth biggest-selling table sauce last year, with value sales of £28.8 million, although that was a 5.4 per cent decline on 2016, according to Nielsen. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Rolling Stone magazine defamed dean over bogus frat house gang rape story

first_imgRolling Stone magazine defamed dean over bogus frat house gang rape story The article entitled “A Rape on Campus” has since been retracted. By Associated Press Nov 4th 2016, 6:32 PM Image: AP/Press Association Images The fraternity is also engaged in legal action. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share29 Tweet Email 12 Comments center_img The fraternity is also engaged in legal action. Image: AP/Press Association Images Short URL A US FEDERAL jury has found Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher and a reporter defamed a University of Virginia administrator in a discredited story about gang rape at a fraternity house.The 10-member jury found journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely was responsible for libel, with actual malice. Jurors also said Rolling Stone and its publisher were responsible for defaming University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo.Word of the jury decision came Friday afternoon in multiple news outlets.Eramo claimed the 2014 article portrayed her as a villain who discouraged the woman identified only as “Jackie” from reporting the incident to police. A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie’s claims. Erano is seeking damages of $7.5 million.Rolling Stone’s lawyers said there was no evidence that the reporter knew what she was writing about Eramo was false or had serious doubts about whether it was true.Jurors heard closing arguments on Tuesday after listening to more than two weeks’ worth of evidence.The story about Jackie’s rape set off a firestorm at the university and in schools nationwide. Eramo received hundreds of angry letters and emails calling her the “dean of rape,” among other things, and faced protesters outside her office.The story crumbled after other news outlets began asking questions and police found no evidence to back it up. The article was officially retracted in April 2015. Rolling Stone contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Source: Steve HelberOver the course of the more than two-week trial, the jury of eight women and two men watched 11 hours of video testimony, heard from a dozen live witnesses and examined nearly 300 exhibits.At issue were three statements made about Eramo in the article and several comments Erdely made about the “university” and “administration” in media interviews before the article was retracted.Among the statements in the article that Eramo claimed were defamatory was one in which she is quoted — through Jackie — as saying that the university doesn’t publish all of its statistics about sexual assault because “nobody wants to send their daughter to the rape school.” Eramo says that was fabricated by Jackie. The Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe judge earlier this week dismissed Eramo’s claim that the story, when taken as a whole, implied that Eramo was a “false friend” to Jackie. Rolling Stone had called that a “critical element” of her case.Because the judge determined that Eramo was a public figure, she had to prove that Rolling Stone made statements with “actual malice,” meaning it knew that what it was writing about her was false or entertained serious doubts as to whether it might be true.Eramo’s attorneys argued that Erdely came into the story with a preconceived storyline about institutional indifference to sexual assault and intentionally disregarded statements and facts about Eramo that didn’t fit that narrative. University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo. Source: Steve HelberThey claimed Erdely also ignored red flags about Jackie’s credibility, including the changing account of Jackie’s rape and her refusal to let Erdely talk to people who could corroborate her story.Lawyers for Rolling Stone acknowledged that Erdely and her editors made serious reporting mistakes, but argued that there was no evidence they acted with actual malice.The magazine’s attorneys said that Erdely and her editors had full faith in Jackie until they realised she was no longer credible in early December after the story was published.Rolling Stone has agreed to pay all of Erdely’s legal costs and any penalties that may be levied against her.Read: Rolling Stone heading to trial over debunked story of college rape >Read: Fraternity wrongly accused of gang rape files $25 million lawsuit against Rolling Stone > 11,572 Views http://jrnl.ie/3064124 Friday 4 Nov 2016, 6:32 PMlast_img read more

State government funding for Sts Anargyri

first_imgLocal State Member of Parliament for Oakleigh, Ann Barker, presented the President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh, Angelos Sardellis, and Principal of Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College, Steve Charisis, with a cheque for $4400 from the State Government two Thursdays ago at the college.The Brumby Government funding, provided through the Victorian Multicultural Commission, will help fund the community’s Sts Anargyri Feast Day celebration that will be held at the Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College grounds later this year on November 1.“The Sts Anargyri Feast Day celebrations held by the community each November and July are important local celebrations and I am very pleased to be able to support this year’s event by providing extra funding to boost the celebrations,” Member for Oakleigh Ann Barker said.In the latest round of the Brumby Government’s Community Grants Program, 62 multicultural community groups from across Oakleigh, Clayton, Caulfield, Mt Waverley and Malvern will share in almost $200,000 in grants to promote and support multicultural diversity and harmony.“This funding is being used by community groups for educational activities, social events and to encourage interaction across cultures and generations that bring together different faith and community groups to promote harmony, celebrate shared values and increase understanding of, and respect for, our differences,” Ann Barker said.“The celebrations organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh and District are always fantastic and already there is great anticipation in the community about this year’s celebrations which I believe will be in keeping with, and possibly exceeding, the great success of previous celebrations,” she added. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Number of Greeks moving to Germany up 80 per cent

first_imgThe number of Greeks relocating to Germany has increased by almost 80 per cent during the first half of the year, data by the German statistics office showed on Thursday. Some 501,000 foreigners had moved to Germany, the European Union’s dominant economy, between January and June 2012 – a rise of 15 per cent compared with the same period last year, the data showed. The number of Greeks moving to the country rose by 78 per cent. The figure for Portugal and Spain went up by 53 per cent over the same period. Germany grew modestly by 0.2 per cent in the third quarter but with the eurozone’s debt-laden members suffering deeply, the currency bloc as a whole was likely to have slid into recession, figures showed Thursday. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les adolescents manquent de sommeil en semaine

first_imgLes adolescents manquent de sommeil en semaineSelon une enquête publiée mardi, les adolescents, lorsqu’ils vont en cours le lendemain, dorment une heure et demie de moins à 15 ans qu’à 11.L’Institut national de prévention et d’éducation pour la santé (Inpes) a publié mardi une enquête qui révèle que les adolescents dorment une heure et demie de moins à 15 ans qu’à 11 lorsqu’ils ont cours le lendemain. D’après l’étude, réalisée auprès de 9.251 collégiens, cette baisse de temps de sommeil est compensée par des nuits plus longues lorsqu’il n’y a pas classe le lendemain.À lire aussiTroubles du sommeil : comment bien dormir et éviter l’insomnie ?Ce phénomène de compensation concernerait ainsi 16% des jeunes de 11 ans et plus de 40% de ceux de 15 ans. Alors qu’en 3ème, le temps moyen de sommeil la veille d’un jour de classe est évalué à 8h08, il est en revanche de 9h49 s’il n’y a pas cours le lendemain. D’après l’étude, un quart des adolescents de 15 ans seraient ainsi en manque chronique de sommeil. Or, un manque chronique est susceptible de favoriser, entre autres, des troubles de l’humeur et du comportement, l’hypertension artérielle, ainsi que l’obésité, souligne l’Inpes.”Chez les adolescents, le seuil de privation chronique de sommeil est considéré comme sévère à partir de 7 heures. Si une telle privation est très rare avant 13 ans, elle concerne un quart des jeunes de 15 ans, qui peuvent dès lors être considérés comme à risque supérieur de morbidité”, souligne le rapport.Le 9 septembre 2011 à 13:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Police seize 27 marijuana plants from suspected SW MiamiDade grow house

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after they seized 27 marijuana plants from a suspected grow house in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police were serving a search warrant at the home at 14357 SW 158th Path, at around 9:30 p.m., Monday.Cameras captured detectives carrying several large trash bags out of the home near the Miami Executive Airport.Neighbors said the smell of marijuana coming from the house was strong.Once inside the home, investigators said they found a fully functional marijuana hydroponics laboratory.Police then seized and impounded the marijuana plants, which weighed around 445 pounds.No subjects were home at the time, and no arrests were made, police said. last_img read more