As a step toward boosting rice production to meet a projected 25% increase in demand by 2030, researchers from three Asian institutions today announced the release of the genetic sequences of 3000 rice lines.”The 3000 genomes will help us explore new genes needed to create new adaptive varieties; this is becoming increasingly important to sustain rice productivity and to ensure food security under the impact of climate change,” says Hei Leung, a plant geneticist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, the Philippines, and one of the scientists involved in the project.The backers hope that this genetic information will lead to identifying genes for draught, disease, and pest resistance as well as tolerance for poor soils. 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More importantly, the effort identified approximately 18.9 million single nucleotide polymorphisms, or minor genetic differences, that might represent important traits. Leung says the next step is to connect the genetic sequence information to specific phenotypical traits. The sequencing effort was a collaboration among IRRI; BGI in Shenzhen, China; and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology funded the project.The report on the sequences and a commentary by officials from the three institutions appear online today in GigaScience. The entire data set is available at the journal’s affiliated database, GigaDB. Seeds of all of the rice lines are held by the International Rice Genebank Collection housed at IRRI.
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games But across the nine teams he played for in that stretch, there’s only one guy who stood out for the now-37-year-old.“I think the guy that jumps out of the screen is Kobe Bryant,” he said on Thursday during the media availability at NBA Store at Trinoma.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He’s the second-best player to play the game of basketball, next to Michael Jordan. He’s one of the guys that taught me a lot about he game of basketball, enhanced my skillset, and I learned a lot from him about consistency and work ethic. I tip my hat to him.”Butler may have only spent a season with Bryant in Los Angeles, but he had a fruitful run with theLakers, averaging 15.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.4 steals in the 2004-2005 season. Though he was traded after the season to Washington, that was enough for the 6-foot-7 forward to sign a 5-year, $46-million deal with the Wizards as he, Gilbert Arenas, and Antawn Jamison formed the team’s “Big Three,” with Butler providing the toughness that earned him the nickname, “Tough Juice.”Looking at today’s NBA, Butler is glad to see that most of the superstars exemplify the same grit he had back in his heyday.“Russell Westbrook is relentless, aggressive, and he plays at an unbelievable pace. Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and Kevin Durant are also some who have that ‘tough juice.’ Lebron James shows no signs of slowing down. There’s a lot of amazing talent in the league right now and I could go on forever,” he said.It shouldn’t come as a surprise, too, that these are the guys who Butler believes are capable of winning the Most Valuable Player award this year.“Lebron, KD, and Harden are my safe bets. If we’re gonna go out of the box, it’s Kyrie Irving and John Wall. But my wild card off the left field, it’s Blake Griffin,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PBA: Alaska staves off elimination, shackles Globalport NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Caron Butler could only smile as he looked back on his 14-year NBA career.ADVERTISEMENT Though much of Butler’s prediction coincides with the mainstream opinion, the Racine, Wisconsin native, though, offered one wild guess.“Houston’s gonna win the Western Conference,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo
The match between India and the Netherlands was a game of two halves. After giving the Dutch a lot of space to move around in the first period, the Indians got their act together and with a bit of luck, could have earned a share of the spoils.In the first half, India put pressure on themselves by wrong passing and lack of co-ordination. The Netherlands got hold of the game and scored twice, though both goals could have been prevented.Robert van der Horst was given acres of space in the danger area and even when he entered the striking circle, Sardar Singh was too slow to close him down.Even the second goal, which came off a penalty corner, could have been avoided. Manpreet Singh was on the line and got his stick to Roderick Weusthof’s shot, but could not keep it down.Sardar seemed off colour in the first half, but was his usual self in the second. The other player to have a great game was captain and goalkeeper Bharat Chetri, who made three or four great saves. SV Sunil was also good with the ball and went past defenders regularly.Chief coach Michael Nobbs would have changed tactics at half-time as the Indians came out recharged in the second half. Their physical fitness came to the fore and Indians outclassed the Dutch in the second half.I am disappointed that after Dharamvir Singh and Shivendra Singh scored, India allowed the Netherlands to score a third goal.advertisementNobody charged out Mink van der Weerden as he came inside to shoot home. India earned two penalty corners but failed to convert either. Indians have started their campaign with a respectable performance, though I would have been much happier if the match had ended in a draw.They face New Zealand next. The Kiwis lost to Korea in their opener, but they have always given India a tough game. They are fighters and have a very good penalty corner battery. We are slow starters at the Olympics, so all is not lost yet.(The writer is a 1980 Moscow Olympics gold medallist)
India captain Virat Kohli exults on completing his double ton on the second day of the one-off Test match against Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Friday. — K.R. Deepak Bangladesh Test: Record for Pujara, bad luck for Karun cricket India captain Virat Kohli exults on completing his double ton on the second day of the one-off Test match against Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Friday. — K.R. Deepak February 10, 2017 Skipper Virat Kohli scored a record-breaking fourth double hundred as Indian batsmen devoured on a meek Bangladesh bowling line-up to pile up a massive 687 for 6 declared on the second day of the one-off Test here.At stumps, Bangladesh were 41/1 after losing opener Soumya Sarkar’s wicket to Umesh Yadav.En route his 204, Kohli became the first batsman in the history of Test cricket to claim four hundreds in as many series.In the process, he surpassed the legendary Sir Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid, both of whom had three double hundreds in successive series.Kohli’s four double hundreds have now come against West Indies (200), New Zealand (211), England (235) and now Bangladesh.The team total of 687/6 was also a world record as no team had ever scored 600 plus runs in three consecutive Test matches before today. The earlier two came against England at Mumbai and Chennai respectively.The good news for India was comeback-man Wriddhiman Saha’s unbeaten 106 off 155 balls — his second Test hundred that justified team management’s immense faith in his abilities.It was Wriddhiman and Ravindra Jadeja’s (60 not out) long handle that saw India score at an average of more than four runs per over.Ajinkya Rahane, with his 82 off 133 balls, also looked like getting his mojo back after poor form and injury plagued him during the England series.With the pitch offering some turn, Bangladesh batsmen will have an arduous task of saving the game, which looks highly unlikely against the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.Among the flurry of other records that Kohli broke, the significant one was scoring the maximum number of Test runs in a home season surpassing Virender Sehwag’s record.The first session belonged to Kohli, who scored a double hundred in less than five hours laced with 24 boundaries and in 239 balls. Ajinkya Rahane looks skywards to celebrate scoring a 50 as captain Virat Kohli looks on during the second day of the Test match between India and Bangladesh being played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday. — K.R. Deepak Ajinkya Rahane looks skywards to celebrate scoring a 50 as captain Virat Kohli looks on during the second day of the Test match between India and Bangladesh being played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday. — K.R. Deepak Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE RELATED 2/2 India captain Virat Kohli exults on completing his double ton on the second day of the one-off Test match against Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Friday. — K.R. Deepak 0 1/2 COMMENT × Ajinkya Rahane looks skywards to celebrate scoring a 50 as captain Virat Kohli looks on during the second day of the Test match between India and Bangladesh being played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday. — K.R. Deepak India in command at 356/3 after tons from Kohli, Vijay COMMENTS
Romelu Lukaku has arrived in Milan to undergo a medical with Inter as he prepares to finally complete his move away from Manchester United.Goal reported earlier on Wednesday that talks between the two sides were ongoing as they sought to reach a deal that would see Lukaku finally link up with Nerazzurri head coach Antonio ConteThe latest comes amid suggestions that the Belgian’s relationship with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has broken down, with the Norwegian having apparently informed the forward that he would be expected to train with the Under-23s until there was some resolution regarding his future. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Conte has tried to sign Lukaku on more than one occasion in the past, having failed to land the ex-Everton man while in charge of Juventus and Chelsea, but it seems he will now finally get his man.Federico Pastorello, the Belgian’s agent, initially posted an image on Instagram of he and the striker on a plane heading for Italy to complete the transfer to Inter.The caption of the post reads: “Ready to take off …. direction Milan 🇮🇹 !!! Inter … we are coming.” And the pair have now arrived in Milan, with Lukaku being greeted by hundreds of Inter fans chanting as name as the Nerazzurri appear all set to beat rivals Juventus to his signature.Inter will pay a fee that will total €80 million (£74m/$90m) for Lukaku, with United also receiving a set percentage of the striker’s next transfer fee as part of the deal.Reports suggest that his former club Everton could receive as much as £5m due to a sell-on clause of their own in the deal which saw Lukaku arrive at United in 2017 for a £75m ($91m) transfer fee.The Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday, but Solskjaer is in no rush to sign a replacement for the 26-year-old and, as such, the club are under no pressure to rush a deal through. After a summer of speculation, that saw Juve enter the race and seek a swap deal involving Paulo Dybala, Inter finally appear to be putting the finishing touches on the deal for Lukaku.That would leave the Italian club with over a fortnight to integrate their new front man into their squad ahead of their opening Serie A fixture against Lecce on August 26.
Next Samantha Akkineni nails fierce workout in sports bra and tights. Gym goals, anyone?Taking to Instagram, Samantha Akkineni posted a picture of her working out at the gym and doing shoulder and back presses. She wore a racer-back sports bra over pink gym tights. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 6, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 14:49 IST Samantha Akkineni slays workout routine at the gymSamantha Akkineni is taking the internet by storm with her new gym routine. Her pictures at the gym are giving us major motivation to hit the gym.Taking to Instagram, Samantha posted a picture of her working out, doing shoulder and back presses.The actor, who is married to Naga Chaitanya, posted the picture with the caption, “They don’t understand us. We do this because it makes us feel good. I don’t cardio #weighttrainingwomen #squatheavy #womenwithpower.’Serving us some badass vibes and women power, Samantha’s gym picture was everything fierce and we love it.Which makes us think, whether there is anything that the 32-year-old star cannot do? From slaying the fashion game to now nailing the gym game, Samantha Akkineni is goals.For her gym look, the Majili actor wore a racer-back sports bra over pink gym tights, which she paired with a messy ponytail.On the work front, Samantha was seen together with hubby Naga Chaitanya in the Telugu movie Majili co-starring Divyansha Kaushik in the lead role.Samantha Akkineni and Naga Chaitanya got married back in the year 2017 and ever since the two have been giving us major couple goals with their adorable PDA.The movie Majili got released on April 5, 2019 and had received positive reviews from the audiences.advertisementALSO SEE | Samantha Akkineni is all about glamour in latest photos from personal albumALSO SEE | Samantha Akkineni playing with pup Hash is too cute for words. See photos and videosALSO WATCH | I-T raids conducted at residences of Tamil actors Vijaya, Samantha, NayantaraGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Samantha Akkineni
Kabul: An Afghan official says at least nine people have been killed when the truck they were riding in hit a roadside bomb in southern Kandahar province. Yousof Younosi, a provincial council member, says 18 civilians were wounded in the explosion on Monday afternoon in the district of Khakrez. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing but Younosi blamed the Taliban who often use roadside bombs to target Afghan security forces in the province. He says women and children were among those killed but he couldn’t provide an exact breakdown. All the victims were members of the same family and their close relatives who were on their way to a shrine. Younosi added that some of the wounded are in critical condition.
New Delhi: Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra died on Monday following a prolonged illness, family sources said here. The 82-year-old leader had been suffering from cancer and was undergoing treatment at the national capital, where he breathed his last in the morning, they said. Condoling his demise, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced a three-day state mourning. He was an acclaimed political leader and educationist. His death has caused an irreparable loss not just to Bihar but the entire country, Kumar said in a message. Governor Phagu Chauhan also condoled the death of Mishra and recalled his contributions as a three-time chief Minister and, later, as a Union minister.
TORONTO – A no-harassment policy at a Winnipeg bar featuring amateur and emerging comics likely stirred more Twitter attacks than quelled off-colour show remarks, admits Winnipeg talent booker Tim Gray.But he says it’s also found lots of support from like-minded comedy fans tired of cracks that are more abusive than funny.Gray says his unusual move to post a list of banned behaviours at Wee Johnny’s was meant to address the divisive times we live in, not to limit free speech.“With the current climate in our society I feel like it’s important to make it clear where you stand on anything that comes down to abusive behaviour,” says Gray, whose bar hosts regular open-mic nights as well as emerging comics.“When you have a president in the United States as they do saying what he’s saying on Twitter all the time, the whole alt-right movement, all that stuff, I just want to make sure it’s completely clear where we stand at Wee Johnny’s when it comes to discrimination or hateful speech or abusive behaviour.”Gray crafted a sign last week to warn audiences and comics alike that they could be asked to leave if they engage in “sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, physical intimidation or any other form of abusive behaviour.”While most professional clubs are “self-policing,” an attempt to ban certain language or subject matter in comedy is nothing new, says Andrew Clark, director of the Humber College comedy writing and performance program in Toronto.He points to strict codes of conduct during the days of American vaudeville that banned swearing, drinking and sexual material.Still, comics coming of age today do appear to be more mindful of a myriad of socially sensitive issues dominating headlines.“Comedy is falling more under the rubric of how theatre and other things have been run, certain kinds of comedy, in that there has to be some kind of social good to it,” notes Clark.“There are so many different factors now going in comedy and I think there’s a real belief that comedy has some kind of social engineering function.”There are also a lot more opportunities for diverse voices to speak their truth, thanks to a proliferation of open mic nights and amateur comedy rooms where alternative voices can work out their material.“Whereas 20 years ago you would have gone to (top-lining Winnipeg comedy club) Rumor’s and the lineup would have been fantastic because there really wasn’t anywhere for people to go. In Toronto it was the Laugh Resort and Yuk Yuk’s…. It was like the Top 40 of Canada,” says Clark.“Now, I’ve got students who are doing this month (a show called) the ‘Ebony Tide,’ so it’s people of colour every week and then at the end of the month they’re doing the ‘Ethnic Rainbow’ which is all gay people of colour. First time ever. I just think comedy has mirrored everything else in our society.”And that’s important, says comedy writer and producer Emer O’Toole, who says material that might seem innocuous to one person might actually register as aggressive to another.Meanwhile, material that touches on difficult topics like rape can be funny and still fall well within the boundaries suggested by Wee Johnny’s.“Sometimes I go to gigs with cisgender heterosexual male friends and we have very different experiences,” says O’Toole, part of a feminist humour group at Concordia University that helped produce a comedy show about rape called “Rape is Real and Everywhere.”“I come out saying, ‘Wow that was super sexist.’ And they’re like, ‘What sexism?’ And it’s not that they don’t care. It’s that we are differently attuned to these things.”That’s not to say the mainstream clubs don’t make room for different points of view.Yuk Yuk’s founder Mark Breslin notes his national chain has had a monthly all-black comedy show for 20 years, as well as all-female bills. But he created his club to be an “absolute free speech zone.”“There is literally nothing that could be said on stage that I would not allow. Nothing. No matter how vicious, no matter how racist, no matter how sexist, I would still allow it because it is not up to me to censor the act, it’s up to the audience to censor the act by not laughing,” says Breslin, whose clubs are nevertheless a heckler-free zone.He can’t help but see a ban as something that undermines the very thing that makes comedy such a powerful tool to shift hearts and minds.“Free speech allows people to talk against the government, to make fun of the way that we act towards minorities and all kinds of things. But it also cuts the other way, where we just make fun of those minorities because they’re funny. Because people’s behaviour is funny.”For O’Toole, the battle is against “a kind of lazy comedy that reinforces oppressive structures.” Offensive material is often simply not funny, she says.“The things that get the biggest laugh are things that are punching up at sexism and racism and able-ism and homophobia and not the stuff that’s punching down at queer people and women and people with disabilities,” she says.“Those spaces exist. Are they the mainstream? No, of course they’re not the mainstream. I mean turn on any mainstream comedy channel … and what you’re getting is often tired jokes that take their humour from punching down.”Being aware of these things can actually foster more creativity, she says.“You’re not saying, ‘Don’t joke about these things.’ You’re saying, ‘Put a bit of thought in. Where is the humour coming from?’ It’s my sincere belief that asking comedians to do that makes better comedy.”
Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In the film, guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson of The Band shares childhood memories of time he spent on the Brantford, Ont.-area Six Nations of the Grand River reserve with his mother’s family. He was advised: “Be proud you are Indian; but be careful who you tell.”Whether the musicians in Rumble talked about their backgrounds or not, their heritage influenced the work, including 1920s Delta bluesman Charley Patton, “Queen of Swing” Mildred Bailey, rock legend Jimi Hendrix and guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, who worked with blues musician Taj Mahal, John Lennon and the Rolling Stones.Many of them agreed to appear in Rumble because of their friendship with the film’s executive producer, guitarist Stevie Salas.Salas said he had no idea there were so many indigenous musicians until he was interviewed by Canadian writer Brian Wright-McLeod for his 2004 book The Encyclopedia of Native Music.Through archival footage and powerful performances, indigenous artists are acknowledged as influences by more than three dozen marquee performers, including crooner Tony Bennett, funk father George Clinton, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and protopunk legend Iggy Pop. Montreal-based filmmakers Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana have won an award at the Sundance Film Festival for their documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World.The film — which explores the often-unheralded contributions of Native Americans in shaping popular song — won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling on Saturday.The Star’s movie critic Peter Howell listed Rumble as one of the top 10 films that dazzled at the festival. Rumble had its world premiere a week ago in competition at Sundance and will air on The Movie Network later this year.In accepting the award, Bainbridge gave a shout out to “all the indigenous experts and historians and musicians involved in making this film.”“It was not just us,” Bainbridge said. The power chords from Link Wray’s 1958 banned-by-radio instrumental “Rumble,” which was an inspiration for rock guitarists who followed, kick off the documentary. Wray was a Shawnee native American but few people were aware of his background.Like him, many of the musicians profiled in Rumble either kept their heritage secret or downplayed it, fearing racist backlash. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement
Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsIndigenous Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett has told APTN National News she is reviewing allegations of corruption on Peters First Nation that elders say is extinguishing their family lines.Elders wrote Bennett last month pleading with her to step in to help solve their membership issues.“Our family lines are being extinguished,” wrote Ed Peters, 74, the oldest surviving member of Peters reserve about two hours east of Vancouver.The “vehicle” for that extinguishment is Section 10 of the Indian Act, Ed Peters wrote, along with fellow elders Robert and Dorothy Peters.Ed Peters with a picture of his late mother Minnie Peters in the background.Section 10 came into effect in 1987 under Bill C-31 allowing bands to control their membership as long as the minister signed off on a membership code. After doing so the government would still grant status but not membership.Just over 230 bands were given the special status 30 years ago and it was developed to deal with the influx of applicants resulting from Bill C-31 that gave women their status back after losing it for marrying a non-status person. It also gave status to their children.“There is going to be a lot of complexity but I’d love to know more about Peters First Nation,” said Bennett “I know (Section 10) is problematic and I want to know more.”Bennett received two letters last month from members of Peters band – one from the elders and another from Samantha Peters, 41. They have not received a response.APTN provided paper copies of the letters during an interview with Bennett who said she will be reviewing them.“I’ll read them and then we’ll find out,” said Bennett referring to what steps she may be able to take.An APTN investigation has uncovered that once Peters got control of its own membership, it limited the number of people allowed to be members – despite people appearing to qualify under the membership code, which has kept the number of eligible voters low, as well.There are 165 status Indians registered to the band but only 42 can cast a ballot in elections. As Peters is basically one big family, some members there say one side has had control ever since 1987.“The Voters Lists used by this Band are corrupt,” wrote Robert Peters, whose son, Guy Peters, 51, has been denied membership several times despite the membership code stating the ‘natural child’ of a member can be a member as well. Guy Peters is currently in Federal Court hoping a judicial review of his latest denied application will be overturned.But all agree it’s creating a costly and lengthy legal battle few there can afford.“This must end now,” wrote Samantha Peters to Bennett on Feb. 17. “We refuse to bear the brunt of costs, via litigation, of subject matter that is not any fault of our own.”Samantha has been fighting the issue for several years now. It was a promise she made to her dying mother, Roberta Peters, in 2010. Before Roberta died she made Samantha promise to the fix the membership.Samantha Peters, left, with her late mother Roberta Peters in this undated photo supplied by the family.It was a fight Roberta has passed on from her mother, Minnie Peters.Minnie wrote Brian Mulroney’s former Progressive Conservative government in 1990 pleading with the Indian Affairs minister at the time to step in. Her letter was also shared with Bennett.“I am writing to you as my last resort,” she wrote the former Indian Affairs minister Pierre Cadieux on Jan. 4, 1990, less than three years after Peters became a Section 10 band. “Bill C-31 has unfortunately provided the opportunity through Section 10 for what is a virtual dictatorship to become a legal and permanent entity.”She went on to say, “the chief is accountable to no one and can maintain his power through intimidation, the control of information and the manipulation of resources.”In her letter, Minnie Peters outlined how the chief was then able to quickly put a stranglehold on the reserve, alleging he didn’t hold council meetings, gave his daughter membership even though she had married a “non-Indian” years before C-31, while refusing to accept other C-31 applicants, including elders who wanted to return home, and his son had a new home while other members lived in derelict housing.Samantha kept her promise to her mom by submitting more than 66 applications for people who have status through Peters but are not members, including Ed Peters’ two children – he’s the elder but his children were not members.None were approved, including an elder who wanted to return home before she died.There are nine people with applications currently open, but only a handful have received a response from the band council after filing them in October. Their applications were put off until the latest election on Jan. 19, which the members have appealed to Indigenous Affairs asking the government to overturn it over alleged manipulation of the membership list.As that is being reviewed by INAC, they are asking Bennett to launch her own investigation into Peters.“Now, it has gone too far, for too long, and we beg your intervention to remedy the alleged transgressions,” wrote Samantha Peters.firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 5,000 people have now been killed since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine in mid-April last year, the United Nations human rights office said today as it expressed fear that the real figure may be ‘considerably higher.’ Escalation of hostilities since 13 January has raised the total death toll in the country to at least 5,086 and some 10,948 people have been wounded between mid-April last year and 21 January 2015, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “In just nine days, between 13 and 21 January, at least 262 people were killed due to the hostilities. That is an average of at least 29 people killed per day. This has been the most deadly period since the declaration of a ceasefire on 5 September,” OHCHR spokesman Rupert Colville said at a press conference in Geneva. In addition to the intense fighting and shelling in the embattled Donetsk region, shelling has also been reported in several towns of Luhansk region. The killing of civilians when an artillery shell hit a bus stopping for passengers in the Leninskyi district of Donetsk yesterday was the second bus attack, with significant casualties, in the last 10 days. This has brought into ‘stark focus’ the impact of the ongoing hostilities on civilians. “We are concerned about the lack of implementation of the 12 provisions of the Minsk Protocol and the continuing presence of foreign fighters in the east, allegedly including servicemen from the Russian Federation, as well as the presence of heavy and sophisticated weaponry in populated areas under the control of armed groups,” Mr. Colville said. “Civilians held or trapped in these areas are subject to a total lack of respect for human rights and the rule of law,” he added, reminding all parties to the conflict that international humanitarian law prohibits the targeting of civilians and that the principles of military necessity, distinction, proportionality and precaution must be strictly respected. Mr. Colville also expressed concern over the impact on civilians of the recent decision by the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine to restrict movement in and out of the areas controlled by armed groups. As of 21 January, people travelling to and from these areas need to obtain special passes and provide documents to justify the need to travel. “These limitations are worrying, especially in light of the escalating hostilities. It adds to concerns created by the Government decision in November 2014 to discontinue providing State services in the territories controlled by armed groups,” he said. The restrictions are likely have a ‘severe effect’ on the most vulnerable groups, such as older people, mothers with children and people with disabilities who depend heavily on social benefits. “We urge Ukrainian authorities to take immediate steps to redress this situation,” Mr. Colville said. In late February 2014, the situation in Ukraine transcended what was initially seen as an internal Ukrainian political crisis into violent clashes in parts of the country, later reaching full- scale conflict in the east. A cease-fire and peace plan for eastern Ukraine was signed in the Belarussian capital of Minsk on 5 September, but remains fragile. The situation has since continuously deteriorated, with serious consequences for the country’s unity, territorial integrity and stability.
“[But] this tragedy is man-made. It is hideous but it is avoidable. And we – you – must come together to stop it,” emphasized Mr. O’Brien, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Indeed, he continued, “every time we think we have reached the nadir of human suffering in this crisis, it continues to sink deeper and deeper before our eyes.” The recent pictures of emaciated, starving children in the besieged town of Madaya seemingly shocked the collective conscience of the world. Humanitarian missions to Madaya and similarly besieged Zabadani, Foah and Kefraya, undertaken by the UN, the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), have delivered desperately needed food, medical and other aid sufficient for one month for over 60,000 people. Negotiations continue to allow the free safe passage in both locations whose lives are at serious risk. These negotiations – with all parties – must conclude urgently to avoid more senseless death and suffering. In the meantime, health supplies in Madaya are dwindling fast, and recent UN and SARC requests to Syrian authorities for medical teams to enter Madaya must be approved without delay or hindrance. “And why do we negotiate? Why do we request safe access from all parties, but principally the Syrian Government? Because although this Council has agreed a resolution to allow for safe, unimpeded access, it does not always exist for the brave men and women on the ground trying to deliver assistance into these areas,” Mr. O’Brien stressed, adding: “Some simply say to me: ‘the UN should break the sieges’ – but that would be reckless. It would entail sending convoy drivers and humanitarian workers into the line of fire.” “This political process offers a genuine window of opportunity for the international community to come together and find solutions. I cannot stress enough that we must not let this opportunity pass,” Mr. O’Brien told the Security Council in a briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria, which comes just two days before UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura is to facilitate intra-Syrian talks in Geneva. Mr. O’Brien, who briefed the Council alongside World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, said that after five long years of conflict, the facts speak for themselves: over 250,000 people killed, well over a million injured, 6.5 million displaced within Syria, almost 4.6 million refugees, and much of the remaining population – some 13.5 million people – are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. “We must never forget that behind each of these figures are the individual and personal stories of girls, boys, women and men whose lives have been uprooted; whose dreams for the future have been shattered; and who have witnessed and been subjected to unspeakable fear and suffering,” he said, and the vicious cycle of death and destruction carries the grave risk that it is seen as the “new normal” in Syria as the search for a political solution continues. “We have asked this Council repeatedly to demand that the parties to the conflict facilitate unhindered, unconditional, and sustained access across Syria, but this is simply not happening,” he said, noting that active conflict and insecurity are limiting factors, but all parties to the conflict continue to deliberately delay or obstruct the delivery of aid. Yet: We are in a race against time. More and more people are slipping out of our reach every day as the conflict intensifies and battle lines tighten.” Urging an end to the targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure and calling for more action to facilitate unhindered, unconditional and sustained access to all people in need, including in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, for all types of assistance, Mr. O’Brien underscored that the continued suffering of the Syrian people cannot be blamed on relief organizations and staff; “rather, it is the failure of both the parties and the international community that have allowed this conflict to continue for far too long.” “And try as we may, humanitarian action cannot be a substitute for political action. The only solution is through political dialogue that reduces and ultimately ends the violence. The key stakeholders in the Syria crisis must do what has never been done up to this point and put people before politics,” he said, underscoring that on the eve of further political talks, “it is my hope, and the hope of all humanitarians, that the key stakeholders finally take the bold, unselfish and courageous decisions necessary to bring an end to this ruinous war and the unimaginable suffering of the Syrian people.” In her remarks, WFP chief Ms. Cousin toldthe UN Security Council on Wednesday (27 Jan) the agency’s work in Syria was being disrupted because UN resolutions were not being met. “To prevent people from imminent starvation, we need the support and action of every Council Member and every Member State,” she said. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) briefs Security Council on humanitarian situation in Syria. Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator briefs Security Council on humanitarian situation in Syria. Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator speak to journalists following closed-door Security Council consultations on the humanitarian situation in Syria. Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe “Preventing mass starvation requires more than a four-town agreement. “Preventing a humanitarian crisis requires unimpeded and sustained access for humanitarian organizations to bring immediate relief – including food – to all those in need inside Syria,” she said, also calling for humanitarian pauses and unconditional, monitored ceasefires to allow food and other urgent assistance to be delivered to civilians, to support the necessary vaccinations and other health campaigns. Ms. Cousin said the time for fully and collectively realizing the resolutions is long overdue. “Access must not be arbitrary. Access must not be ad hoc. Access must not be one-time. Effective access must not require unreasonable approvals. Access must be reasonably safe, regular, transparent and accountable,” she emphasized. Spotlighting the difficulties facing humanitarian agencies and workers due to sporadic and ad hoc access, she said that as the Council was meeting, people in as many as 18 besieged areas could be completely out of water and food, but “we simply do not know. It is just a matter of time before the brutal images we have witnessed these past few weeks hit our screens again.”
“We are facing a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented magnitude in the history of the planet,” the Academy Award-winning actor said in an interview with the UN News Centre on one of the terraces of the venue in Turkish city, which hosts the Summit through tomorrow evening. “One of the Summit slogans is: ‘A common humanity shared responsibilities,’ and I think that’s what we need to achieve today,” said Mr. Whitaker, who is also the founder of Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, as well as one of the eminent personalities chosen by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to advocate on behalf of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Special Envoy urged the international community to build on the work of the Summit, convened by the Secretary-General to ensure that humanity – people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive – are placed at the heart of global decision-making, to transform humanitarian aid to development assistance.Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy. Credit: UN News Centre “I talked to many people [during the first day], and we hope that a number of proposals concerning education, conflict and poverty will tackle these problems,” said Mr. Whitaker. “I hope that this Summit will help raise awareness that we need to solve these problems together, both at the level of NGOs [non-governmental organizations], government agencies and individuals. Together, we can find solutions to some of the problems we face on the planet,” he stressed. Earlier in the day, Mr. Whitaker took part in the Summit’s opening ceremony, where he addressed delegations just after a former child soldier from Uganda, Victor Ochen. “I talked with Victor Ochen. He spoke of our humanity, of being human […] and we are concerned about the fate of other human beings. I always try to remain aware that what affects others affects me too,” explained Mr. Whitaker. “This is what people are trying to achieve all over the world. They thought [the problems] were [far away] from them, but those problems arrived at their doors.” For example, he noted the situation of refugees, emphasizing that some 60 million people are currently displaced worldwide. Experts believe they could be displaced and/or on the move for some 17 years. “These people must have a place to go. This affects us all,” he said. Mr. Whitaker said he hopes this first-ever UN World Humanitarian Summit will help individuals to realize that they are not disconnected from the dramas faced by the world’s most vulnerable people. “These problems and sufferings also affect our lives,” he said.
AROUND ONE PER cent of the population of Tallaght will have sought counselling by the end of this year. The area’s Village Counselling Service believes the rise in demand is due to the financial crisis, which is putting stress on already hard-pressed families.The VCS will see around 1,000 new clients coming through their doors this year in an area that is rife with suicide and social difficulties. With a population of over 100,000 people in Tallaght, counsellors care for people ranging in all ages, from children to the elderly.The VCS started up around eight years ago to help care for the mental health of the community because there was a lack of affordable, accessible mental health services at the time.The low-cost service, which is part-funded by the HSE and Family Support Agency, relies on more than 140 trained voluntary counsellors. It means that clients only have to pay an average of €7 per session and this makes it more accessible to those who require help.Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality and Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch will visit the VCS in Tallaght today. Just last month, the Minister dispelled any notion of further cuts to the mental health budget and she clarified that in Budget 2012 there was special provision for an additional €35 million for mental health. The money is to be used mostly to strengthen community mental health teams, to provide psychological and counselling services in the primary care setting for people with mental health problems and to fund additional activities on suicide prevention.Read: Suicide charity chief calls for new independent national authority >
Updated: 06/06/13 12:05Missing Terry Crehan has been located.=================GARDAÍ IN ARKLOW, Co Wicklow are appealing to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Terry Crehan.The 51-year-old is described as 6ft tall with slightly balding grey hair, has a beard and wears reading glasses sometimes.When last seen he was wearing a blue and white stripe shirt, denim trousers and brown leather shoes.He is from Calderwood, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 and was last seen at Woodenbridge Hotel, Avoca, Co Wicklow at around 6pm on the 1 June 2013.He was driving a gold/yellow car, which was later found in Blarney, Co Cork.
Potentially encouraging news on trade and interest rates put Wall Street in a buying mood Tuesday, driving the market to solid gains and sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average 350 points higher.Technology stocks powered much of the rally as investors welcomed news that the leaders of the U.S. and China will meet face-to-face next week to discuss their long-running trade dispute. Traders have been hoping for any positive sign in the trade war between the world’s largest economies.It’s not the first time the market has rallied on seemingly encouraging developments on trade. Previous positive signs did not pan out, triggering market turbulence.“You sort of have to ignore it a little bit,” said Tobias Carlisle, founder and portfolio manager at Acquirers Funds. “It’s probably going to drag out to the end of the year, so what we’re trying to do is buy something undervalued, and it’s great when there’s a day like today and it works.”Markets also got a boost after the head of the European Central Bank said it was ready to cut interest rates and provide additional economic stimulus if necessary. The remarks put the spotlight on the Federal Reserve, which is set to announce its own decision on interest rates Wednesday.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 28, 2017 – Exuma – Millions of dollars in #marijuana were seized on Saturday in Williams Town, #Exuma and two Bahamian men are arrested but police say their arrests are just the beginning in this major investigation. It was obviously a huge haul, as the go fast boat seized in the bust was brought into Nassau and the 30 bales of marijuana were off loaded by the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.There were lots of hands on deck and Head of DEU, Samuel Butler explained that indeed it was, that the marijuana had a street value of $3.2m.#MagneticMediaNews Fyre Festival, a huge disaster Related Items:#magneticmedianews, exuma, marijuana Bahamas Police arrest two for armed robbery, 40lbs of ‘ganga’ Grand Bahama man pleads guilty in Exuma marijuana bust; four others charged in court Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance footage caught two thieves stealing a personal watercraft from a Miami Gardens home, early Tuesday morning.The video shows the subjects hauling the watercraft out to the street, near Northwest 193rd Street and 47th Avenue. The footage then shows the duo attaching the watercraft to their car and driving off with it.“Hopefully, they’re going to get caught, because what goes around comes around,” said Davian Burgos, the watercraft’s owner.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.