“The leaders reiterated their commitment to negotiate on the basis of the Secretary-General’s revised proposal of 10 December 2002, with a view to completing an agreement by the end of February so that informed decisions can be taken by the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots in separate referenda on 30 March 2003,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.The leaders have agreed to meet again, together with their advisers, on Friday, according to Mr. Eckhard. A programme for intensive negotiations in the coming weeks would be agreed at that time.The work of the so-called technical committees will continue in parallel, he added.
Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly.“Everyone in the Netherlands knew someone in that plane, directly or indirectly, and we will feel the pain for years to come,” he said, stressing that the events of the past few months reminded all of how closely interwoven events at home and abroad can be. “And how important a stable world order is to our national interests. We saw again that when it comes to addressing the major problems facing the global community, there is simply no alternative to working together and taking a multilateral approach.”Continuing, Mr. Rutte said the events of this summer have made the Netherlands even more resolute about promoting the international legal order and about working to this end with everyone in the General Assembly, in the knowledge that peace, justice and development are closely interconnected.He said that 2015 is an important year for the global development agenda. The international community will be reviewing the Millennium Development Goals and raising the bar once again. In July the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals laid a solid foundation for the future that reflects the Netherlands’ priorities. The most important goal is to eradicate extreme poverty within a generation in a way that doesn’t harm economic growth, social equality or the environment. We must link short-term goals with long-term goals.Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg condemned Russia’s “violations of international law and its continuing destabilization” of eastern Ukraine. Andris Berzinš, President of the Republic of Latvia, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak“We call upon Russia to return to respect its international commitments and uphold international law,” he added. “It has grabbed a part of a sovereign European country using previously unseen tactics of warfare and immense propaganda against its neighbor. It enabled the tragic shooting down of a civilian airplane. “It has shown that agreements and commitments do not matter, and it wantonly ignores and manipulates international opinion. These actions can only be qualified as a threat to global peace and security.” The limited ability of the UN Security Council to address the urgent situations in Ukraine and Syria in a timely manner underlines the need to move forward with reform of the 15-member body, he added, calling for its enlargement and voicing support for France’s bid to limit the use of veto by the five permanent members, seen as preventing UN action in both cases.Also taking the floor, Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, said that on 17 July, in a summer already marked by alarming reports from Syria, Iraq and Gaza, his country was confronted with stark international reality: “The 298 passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 would be alive today if not for the Crimea conflict and the destabilization of eastern Ukraine. 196 of the victims were Dutch nationals. This tragedy has had an enormous impact on our country.” “We are gathered here not to deplore the unpardonable, but to nurture hope, to realize the indispensable – to act together,” European Council President Herman Van Rompuy told the UN General Assembly on the second day of its 69th annual General Debate. “We must overcome fear by fighting danger, by restoring justice, by striving for peace, so that next year, when our society of nations meets again in New York, we can say: ‘The spell of that dreadful summer of 2014 has been broken; step by step we are making progress, patiently but relentlessly we reconquer a place for hope’,” he said. Turning to the issue that is geographically of closest concern to Europe – Ukraine – Mr. Rompuy said the “abrupt and illegal annexation of Crimea” triggered the gravest threat to the European security order in decades, undermining Europe’s trust in Russia. . “It matters beyond the European continent,” he declared. “It is about rejecting the use of force, about defending the rule of law that upholds our society of nations,” he declared. “When you tamper with borders, you tamper with peace. The European Union stands firm in its solidarity with Ukraine; it is the Ukrainian people’s right to decide their own political destiny.” He stressed the need for all parties to respect the current ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists and for Ukraine to move ahead with economic, political and constitutional reforms. “With Russia, our biggest neighbour, we are ready to engage and re-establish a basis of trust, of promises kept,” he added. On the Middle East, Mr. Rompuy called for “urgent collective action” to stop foreign fighters from joining ISIL, as stipulated in a UN Security Council resolution adopted yesterday. “What we have seen this summer has nothing to do with Islam: it is the return of barbaric ghosts from a long forgotten past,” he declared. “Horrendous deeds rejecting that we are one humankind, denying the very basic values of civilization,” he declared.Also speaking today, Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy, said the situation in Libya is now a matter of concern, and the risk of it spiralling into violence should not be underestimated, as that could threaten the entire North African region. Italy was committed to working with the UN Secretary-General to address the situation. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia PakIn the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the international community could not remain idle. The fanatics had killed many, with children shot against the wall and young women raped in warehouses. “Genocide is under way,” he warned, and only a united international effort could defeat it. That was why Italy supported the call by United States President Barack Obama for a broader coalition.Mr. Renzi said Italy contributed troops to UN activities in Lebanon and Afghanistan and supported a two-State solution in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and added the rights of Palestinians must be respected and Israel’s right to exist must not be questioned. The situation in Ukraine jeopardized the process of European integration, and Italy supported the rights of people there and the nation’s territorial integrity, which had been violated. He urged the parties to seize the opportunity provided by the Minsk ceasefire.On the Ebola outbreak, which has humanitarian and social impacts, he said his country is doing its part to support the response. On other maters, he said the Security Council should become more effective, but creation of more Council seats could compromise its effectiveness. Finally, he warned, there would be no peace, no freedom and no respect without a huge investment in education.Latvian President Andris Bÿrzinÿ said Russia’s aggression in Ukraine “has defied the basic principles of the United Nations, uprooting the very foundation of the international system,” and he called on Moscow to immediately withdraw its armed forces from Ukrainian territory and stop sending weapons and mercenaries to the terrorist groups. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly.“Any settlement of the conflict must uphold international law and respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine,” she said, deploring the failure of the Security Council, which is mandated to maintain peace, to effectively address the situation in both Ukraine and Syria. “We all know why. Some of the big powers still believe in outdated ideas of zero-sum games and spheres of influence.”
The “deliberate targeting of educational facilities” during armed conflict is “a war crime”, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Friday after a bomb detonated near the entrance to Kabul University, in the country’s capital.The University “was [the] intentional focus of attack”, UNAMA tweeted, saying that blast killed at least “eight civilians” and wounded 33 others.For our full coverage, click here. Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 19 July on SoundCloud: UN chief António Guterres said on Friday he was “deeply saddened” at the death of at least 33 people inside a popular Japanese animation studio, in the city of Kyoto, following an arson attack that constitutes one of the worst mass-killings in the nation’s history. Japanese police have now identified the man suspected of carrying out the attack on Thursday morning, who reportedly entered the Kyoto Animation (KyoAni) building, carrying cans of flammable liquid, which he poured across different areas of the film and graphic novel media business, before setting it alight. Our full report here. Don’t panic, support DRC in fight against deadly Ebola virus, UN health agency urges UN stands in solidarity with Japan following deadly arson attack at leading animation studio in Kyoto And finally, more than half of Venezuelan families who have left their country amid economic and political turmoil face what the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, calls “specific risks” while they are on the move.After speaking to nearly 8,000 people this year in Latin American countries and the Caribbean, the agency says that more than six in 10 were unemployed or working informally, while four in 10 faced problems finding accommodation.More than three in 10 also said they had no permit to stay in the country where they are sheltering, while UNCHR spokesperson Liz Throssell noted that the region’s asylum application system remains “overwhelmed”.According to UNHCR, well over 3.3 million Venezuelans now live outside the country.‘Indiscriminate blasts’ in civilian areas ‘must stop’, UN mission in Afghanistan stresses Ebola virus is just one challenge among many facing communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, reiterating an appeal for the international community to show support and solidarity for its people.Speaking in Geneva, spokesperson Dr. Margaret Harris noted that measles has already killed more people this year than the Ebola outbreak, which began last AugustAccording to WHO, more than 2,000 people have died from measles in 2019, while the Ebola outbreak in Ituri and Nord Kivu provinces in the country’s north-east has claimed 1,705 lives.Read our full coverage here. Listen to or download the full interview with WHO’s Dr. Margaret Harris, on SoundCloud According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), both land and sea surface temperatures were the highest yet recorded last month – 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit or 0.95 degrees Celsius above the global average, making last June the hottest on record. These unprecedented temperatures – which surpassed previous highs in June 2016 – happened across central and eastern Europe, northern Russia, Asia, Africa, South America, the north Indian Ocean and parts of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Using global data, WMO also says that nine of the 10 warmest Junes have occurred since 2010. The impacts of these high temperatures include wildfires in the Arctic Circle and unprecedented shrinking sea ice, the UN agency says, while also pointing out that the northern-most permanent settlement on Earth – which is called Alert, in Canada—reached 70 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s 21 degrees Celsius) for the first time in recorded history this week.One in two Venezuelan families on the move face ‘drastic’ choices to survive Because the “earliest years” of life are the most crucial, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) published a list of new family-friendly policy recommendations on Friday that will likely reap “huge” benefits.“There is no other time more critical to children’s lives than their earliest years”, said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, “which is why we need a transformative shift in how businesses and governments invest in policies and practices that not only support healthy brain development, but also strengthen the bond between parents and their children – and reap huge economic and social benefits in return.”Read the full story here. Hottest June on record – it’s official UNICEF urges ‘transformative shift’ in family-friendly work policies to reap ‘huge’ benefits
After 77 years, Jesse Owens, the former Ohio State track star and the man who thumbed his nose at Adolf Hitler and the idea of “Aryan Dominance” at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning four gold medals, has been supplanted in OSU outdoor long jumping lore. Redshirt senior Michael Hartfield set the new OSU record on March 29 at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, with a personal-best jump of 8.15 meters (26-9.00), edging Owens’ mark of 8.13 meters (26-8.25) set in 1936. “That accomplishment was the biggest one I’ve done,” Hartfield said. “To break a legend’s record, he’s one of the greatest athletes of all time … and it’s been really awesome to put it all together my senior year and break that record which has been my goal since I got here.” Hartfield has been one of the most decorated athletes in OSU track history, garnering three second team All-American honors in the long jump, five All-Big Ten selections for the long and triple jumps and earning the titles of 2011 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and the 2011 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. On Wednesday, Hartfield was also named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week, his second time earning the honor this season and the fourth time in his career. His performance at the Jim Click Shootout Saturday, where he earned first-place with a mark of 8.10 meters (26-7.00) in the long jump and first-place in the triple jump with a 15.84 meters (51-11.75) mark, garnered him the honor. But even with all of the accolades and breaking Owens’ record, Hartfield said he isn’t done just yet. “I’m going to keep pushing for another record, try and push a world record,” Hartfield said. “You never know, I just gotta keep working hard and keep pushing the limits and see where it takes you.” The current long jump world record is 8.95 meters, set by Mike Powell from the U.S. in 1991. His jumps coach, Brian Brillon, said when he first met Hartfield, he saw potential for him to break Owens’ record. “When I first met him and we first did some drills, Mike just had that ‘it’ factor,” Brillon said. “And you know when you see ‘it.’ Each year he’s been progressing, and he’s one of those guys determined to get better. He’s a blessing to coach.” Hartfield is already looking ahead to the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track Championships, which are set to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on May 10. He said he has a goal to win a conference title as a senior on the Buckeyes’ home track. “I want to help the team toward a Big Ten Championship, that’s still the goal,” Hartfield said. “Let’s try and get a championship … let’s just keep pushing to get better, that’s basically the team goal always.” Brillon said Hartfield’s work ethic doesn’t just inspire the team, but also his coaches. Brillon said Hartfield’s leadership might be his biggest asset. “I think (Mike’s) helped all of us get better,” Brillon said. “He’s helped me be a better coach, he’s helped the other athletes be better just having him on the team, and he brings an atmosphere of competitiveness and excellence.” Hartfield’s jumping career won’t end once he removes the Scarlet and Gray track suit. Hartfield said his personal goals stretch far beyond the confines of the aptly named Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “I plan to go on the pro circuit and to try and make the world team,” Hartfield said. “Everyone wants to be an Olympian, that’s the peak. I want to make the Olympic team and say I’m an Olympian.” Hartfield and OSU’s next home meet is the Jesse Owens Track Classic, which is scheduled to begin April 19 at 4 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
NORTHERN IRELAND FIRST Minister Peter Robinson said it would have been “unimaginable” a few years ago that he would have given a speech celebrating the role of the GAA in peace-building, but that’s what happened last night.Speaking at a Co-operation Ireland dinner in Queen’s University Belfast, Robinson said that “the GAA has taken significant decisions that have not only reflected the changing times we live in but more importantly have helped shape them.”He referenced the 2001 decision from the GAA to drop a ban on members of the security forces playing Gaelic games. This, he said, took place at a time when “such initiatives from any quarter were rare” .He said that it is a testament to the progress that has been made that a First Minister from the unionist tradition would be paying tribute to the GAA. “Not so many years’ ago it would have been unimaginable that I would have been invited to speak at an event of this kind – or that I would have accepted,” he said.Robinson was joined in recognising the positive impact of the GAA by deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness as well a host of GAA figures.(First Minister Peter Robinson (left) is welcomed by Tyrone manager Micky Harte. Pic: Paul Faith/PA Wire)“I am entirely convinced that a shared and united society in Northern Ireland is the only way forward for all of us. Our challenge must be to make what is often merely a sound-bite into a meaningful reality,” he said.A number of recent shootings in the north have highlighted lingering tensions among some sections of society and Robinson said as part of his speech that there must be no distinction in condemning such murders:An a la carte approach to the rule of law is not a basis for building the kind of peaceful democratic society that we all want to have. I make no distinction whatsoever between shootings by the UVF and shootings by dissident republicans and I have no reservation, mental or otherwise, in condemning all such activity.“Anyone who believes that there is a better alternative to the political process we are engaged in simply doesn’t understand reality, ” he said.Read: DUP MP says republican “fixed committee” existed to deal with sex abuse claims >Read: McLaughlin arrested on suspicion of murder of Barry McCrory >Read: Police return to Kevin Kearney crime scene with actor resembling the victim >
SINN FÉIN PRESIDENT Gerry Adams has claimed he knows of at least two TDs who were intoxicated on the night the Dáil debated the liquidation of the former Anglo Irish Bank as part of the promissory note deal.Adams told TheJournal.ie this week that there were members of other parties in the Dáil chamber who were drunk and said that he wasn’t being flippant when he raised the issue on the night and asked that the Leinster House members’ bar be closed.“There were, in the chamber on the night, members of other parties who were intoxicated and other people know that as well,” he said while stressing that “the vast majority of TDs probably don’t take a sup at all”.“I imagine they are here to do their work. But I do think it’s an anomaly that you have a bar, you actually have two bars, in a work place,” he said.The late-night sitting of the Dáil last month to pass legislation that would liquidate Irish Bank Resolution Corporation went on into the early hours of the morning as the government sought a deal to abolish the promissory note repayments.Gerry Adams on alcohol and the IBRC liquidation debate:On the night – dubbed #promnight on Twitter – TDs argued over when to start debate on the bill, which led to Adams asking the Ceann Comhairle: “Could I honourably suggest that if you want some order from the government TDs then perhaps you should close the Dáil bar.“That may be a useful way to get some order here.”The issue of TDs being in the members’ bar during the course of Dáil business was raised again by Adams during the debate on the Finance Bill last week when he asked that “the bar be closed or that breathalyser tests be introduced for Teachtaí entering the chamber.” “I’m not against having a drink, don’t get me wrong. I am not a killjoy in terms of having a jar, I enjoy a jar,” Adams told TheJournal.ie adding that there was a “culture in here” referring to the Dáil.“This is a big bubble that we have in here,” he said.“The vast majority of people in here are good people who took up public office and who joined political parties to bring about change. But it’s quite an archaic system and quite dysfunctional system.”Adams added that he had been in the Leinster House members’ bar “maybe once or twice” but said he didn’t think he had a drink on those occasions.TheJournal.ie will have more from a wide-ranging interview with Gerry Adams over the course of the weekendVideo: TDs argue over when to start debating the IBRC liquidation billLeader Interviews: Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin
John and Paula Ormsby also sold a Daily Million winner. Share306 Tweet Email2 Short URL Feb 22nd 2018, 10:48 PM 53,374 Views Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 10:48 PM http://jrnl.ie/3867233 16 Comments €7.1 million Lotto jackpot winner makes contact with National Lottery It’s the biggest Lotto prize ever won online. Image: Mac Innes photography By Rónán Duffy John and Paula Ormsby also sold a Daily Million winner. Image: Mac Innes photography THE WINNER OF last night’s bumper €7.1 million jackpot has contacted the National Lottery.The winner bought their ticket online and it’s been confirmed as the biggest ever win by an online player. The precise winnings were €7,179,959.The National Lottery says that an online player has only ever won the jackpot on five occasions, the previous record was €5.5 million back in 2010Given that the winning ticket was bought online there is no location for where the winner hails from.Separately, another millionaire was made last night when someone won the Lotto’s Daily Million draw.That winner came from Dublin with the winning ticket purchased in Ormsby’s newsagents on the North Circular Road.Shop owners, John and Paula Ormsby said there’s been excitement among customers after news of the win came out.“Our shop opened 30 years ago and we have been selling Lotto tickets from the start,” they said.“Our customers are very much locals. There is lots of speculation as to who the winner might be but we hope it is one of our regulars.”Read: Someone has won tonight’s €7.1 million Lotto jackpot >Read: Winner of €4.4 million Lotto jackpot finally collects cheque from National Lottery > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
From making bread to feeding birds – these are your comments on the weather “I have bread to make breadballs for the kids to throw in the morning.” By Cliodhna Russell Share22 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Cliodhna Russell 24,745 Views Others were critical about how the situation was being handled. Honeybee said:Frustrating that information is not flowing from a live desk set up by the emergency weather group who have been meeting all week, the luas website is still saying services operating normally yet there is no service on parts of the green and red lines, buses are infrequent and only on national routes,we should not be trying to seek out information, it should be readily available,thought that was the whole idea of preplanning, seemingly not. Short URL Source: Rolling NewsThere were A LOT of comments about bread – like this one from WJH.I have bread to make breadballs for the kids to throw in the morning. I will be using bread as shaving foam. Bread to light the fire. Bread to use as fabric conditioner. Bread to use as shower gel. Bread to wash my hair. Bread to connect to my WiFi. And I may eat some bread too. Bloody bread…Meanwhile, PearsantachtMór decided to get very practical with this informative comment:@Conor O’Neill: 250g whole meal flour, 200g plain flour, 1tsp salt, 1tsp baking soda, 1 egg and 350ml buttermilk. Honey/sugar optional.Chuck it in a bowl and mix and lob it on a tray, cut a cross on the top. About 45 mins and knock on the base when for a hollow sound when you think it’s done.We’ll end with this comment from Chris Kirk, who reminded us to take care of the birds.“It might seem trivial but don’t forget to feed the birds and keep their feeders full during this cold snap.” THE VOICES SECTION of TheJournal.ie usually gives a platform for personal stories to be told and expert opinions to be heard.Today we’ve decided to hand it over to our commenters who are sharing their experiences of Storm Emma.From treacherous driving conditions to a near national bread shortage – you have a lot to say about the Beast from the East and all the disruptions that came with it.Brian O’Loughlin saw the funny side to the coverage, coming in with this comment in yesterday’s liveblog:They could have at least warned us about this. Not a peep about this all week in the media.Others discussed their experiences of trying to get to work. Daniel O’Connell said: Source: cliodhnaGot up at 5am here in Navan, place covered and tried to drive to work, turned back, car sliding all over the place, I work in Wexford and ye can forget about driving over 2 hours in that. Called in. I done it before when Storm Ophelia hit as I work at the coastline and was sent back home. I ain’t chancing it again.Sarah Casey also described turning around when she realised she might not get home:Tried to make it to work this morning but ended up having to turn around as I might not get home again later. City centre roads in Dublin terrible and if the sludge freezes they will be treacherous. Worst thing though is that pedestrians continue just to cross in traffic. Cars just can’t stop like they normally can in these conditions. Saw some very near misses. EVERYONE needs to take it slow.There was a lengthy discussion about Red weather warning and when they should be used.Niall Ó Cofaigh made the point that the Red warning is important to inform vulnerable people:@Padraig: are you a farmer, or a long distance lorry driver, have you breathing issues or some other disability that could affect your mobility, are you trying to operate an airline, or get to school before 9am to open up. Are you waiting for a home carer to call to help you out of bed or are you young, healthy and well able to take care of yourself?A Red warning may not affect you but can affect others – the Red is a warning level that says take action now if you are affected. For some I know directly, their home care help may be unable to make it and family or neighbours may need to step in. For some I know directly they do not have to worry about missing that hospital appointment and being bumped back 6 months on a waiting list.We need to think of others and not just how this snow will affect us before assessing the necessity to have a Red warning level. 27 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3877288 Mar 1st 2018, 7:01 AM Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 7:00 AM
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling are just one of many couples in love, troubled with searching out the perfect place to get married. But the British couple took it to the extreme – by having a wedding ceremony in each country they visit. After three years of driving around the globe, exchanging vows in the most unusual and unique wedding locations they could find, they married in Corfu, for the 62nd time. Looking to embrace the culture and local traditions of each place they visit (and get married in), for their big fat Greek wedding Alex and Lisa chose 28 October – OXI Day. In order to make their dream come true, the couple sold their business and put their house up for sale. Three years down the line, they have exchanged their wedding vows 62 times, and with each of their weddings attracting media attention, they are fundraising for UNICEF through their UNICEF-Zankyou Wedding Registry. Just a few of their wedding destinations include Brazil, Bosnia, Hawaii, Tahiti, Portugal and … 57 other countries. Lisa and Alex, better known through their blog 2people1life.com, say they want to experience the difference in each ceremony and find out what makes the bringing of two people together such a worldwide tradition.
Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has questioned his successor Mauricio Pochettino’s decisions in light of their 4-2 derby defeat to ArsenalThe Argentine made the shock decision to start Juan Foyth instead of Toby Alderweireld on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.The 20-year-old Foyth notably lost possession of the ball within his own half in the build-up to Alexandre Lacazette’s goal – which handed Arsenal a 3-2 lead.Pochettino later defended Foyth and insisted that his fellow Argentine was one of the best players out there.But, for Sherwood, Alderweireld’s absence from the derby was a mistake and he also expects the Belgian to leave by next year.“Hindsight makes it easy to be a football manager when you look at decisions made,” Sherwood told Sky Sports’ The Debate.“I was surprised when I saw Alderweireld wasn’t in the starting line-up with Vertonghen.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I know that they’re looking to the future because Alderweireld almost certainly will not be at the football club next year.“The young Argentinian boy Foyth has come into the side, struggled a bit and made a few mistakes at Wolves.“He made a mistake in the derby at the beginning of last week against Chelsea when he should have given a penalty but he got away with that. Then he made a mistake at the weekend.“Now I understand Mauricio wants to see if he can play in the big games, give him the confidence and try to stick with him and there comes a time when you’re playing in that position, which is a very responsible position on the field, when you make a mistake you invariably get punished at the top level. He’s made too many and maybe the boy needs to come out.“It was a massive game, it’s a north London derby and arguably the best centre-half partnership in the country is Alderweireld and (Jan) Vertonghen.“But it’s easy sitting here after the event. Mauricio makes a lot of decisions for that football club and you have to say 99 per cent of them have been correct up to now.”
Aproperty north of Orchards was once a family’s happy home. But the garbage that now blankets and infests it — inside and out, piled 5 feet high in places — is jaw-dropping.Fifty or more plastic garbage bags filled with old clothes and other refuse are strewn around. Old tires, chunks of concrete, a shopping cart, pieces of wood, appliances, pop cans, rags, bottles, batteries, old toys, a broken glass door, shoes, a quilt and a sofa also are on display, leaving the place with the inventory — and appearance — of a typical garbage dump.A visit to the foreclosed property at 7600 N.E. 128th Ave. in the Sifton area adds another layer of disgust. Visible mold and a smell of damp decay would likely make any visitor hope that the air doesn’t carry a pathogen that would cause one to become sick.A walk up the driveway reveals a decrepit travel-trailer, complete with some boarded windows, parked in the front yard.“Stay out,” someone sprayed in blue paint on the trailer. “Watched by VPD (Vancouver Police Department).”After crossing the field of whatnot, a sagging, rotting, wooden front porch greets the rare visitor as an American flag flies over the trash-littered front lawn. A glance through a window reveals more garbage, a automotive transmission, boxes, a plastic gas can and a funeral program on the floor.There’s damage where firefighters tore through walls and the ceiling to expose electrical fixtures and wiring. In November, an accidental fireplace blaze spread to the roof and caused the roof around the stovepipe to sag. Someone later covered it with a green, plastic tarp to keep out the rain.
Hyderabad: The Congress party has decided to strengthen the organisation at all levels across the Telangana State to win forthcoming municipal elections. The decision was taken in the meeting of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Office Bearers, DCC Presidents and heads of Frontal Organisations held at Nagarjuna Sagar on Saturday. AICC Telangana Incharge R.C. Khuntia, TPCC President and Nalgonda MP Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, MPs Komatireddy Venkatreddy and A. Revanth Reddy, AICC Secretaries Bose Raju, Saleem Ahmed and Srinivasan Krisnana, ex-LoPs K. Jana Reddy and Mohammed Ali Shabbir, Working Presidents Ponnam Prabhakar and Kusum Kumar, MLAs Jagga Reddy, Sridhar Babu and Seethakka, MLC Jeevan Reddy and other senior leaders participated in the meeting. Also Read – Farmers stage rasta roko against urea shortage in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Addressing the meeting, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the preparations for municipal polls should be taken up on war footing basis. He said formation of committees for newly created districts and Nagar Panchayats should be completed immediately. Committees should be formed for all municipalities. He said meetings would be held at at all DCCs on 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th of July to discuss and finalise the agenda for municipal polls. Further, the DCCs would organise meetings in every municipality every day from 5th to 10th July. He directed the DCC Presidents to conduct workers’ convention at various levels and focus on organisational building. Also Read – Ramagundam: Focus on company’s growth, community development Advertise With Us Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the Congress party would follow ‘Select and Elect’ policy to pick candidates for the municipal elections with local MPs and MLAs or contested candidates and DCC Presidents playing a crucial role. The TPCC chief also asked the DCC Presidents to apply with District Collectors for land for DCC offices. Commenting on the State Government’s decision to construct new Secretariat and Assembly buildings, Uttam Kumar Reddy described the move as waste of public money. He said that the Congress party would soon finalise the mode of agitation against it. He also condemned the harassment of Congress workers by police and warned of agitation if it continues. Advertise With Us The Congress party has also decided to come up with a status paper on Kaleshwaram project. He said that the Kaleshwaram project was not yet completed, but inaugurated only to mislead the people. Khuntia, in his speech, said that the Congress party would soon launch membership drive before the municipal polls. He said although the Congress membership drive was not being taken up in other States, it would be done in Telangana as TRS and BJP are doing it. Stating that the Congress party has emerged strong in the Lok Sabha elections, he expressed confidence that it would perform well in the forthcoming municipal elections. He said a State-level meeting of Congress leaders would be held at least once in a month from now on. The Congress leaders also passed a unanimous resolution requesting Rahul Gandhi to withdraw his resignation from the post of Congress president.
Lucknow: Three prisoners in the Lucknow district jail were bitten by snakes that had entered the premises following water-logging in the area after the city was lashed by rain for two days. The snakes bit three inmates on Monday, one of whom, Babbu, later died. He was serving a life sentence. The other two, Dilip and Raj Kumar, were admitted to the hospital and are now better. Jailor Satish Chandra said that more than 12 snake charmers were called in on Tuesday who caught four snakes from the jail premises. The new district jail in Lucknow is located on the outskirts of the city and is surrounded by fields where a large number of snakes can be seen.
Domestic e-commerce majors Flipkart and Snapdeal are looking to partner with India Post to offer its customers same-day delivery in Bengaluru city.India Post is already delivering products ordered on the Amazon site in the city.”The national postal service is in informal talks with Flipkart and Snapdeal who have responded positively to the metro delivery service,” BS Chandrashekhara, assistant director for business development at the Department of Posts, Karnataka Circle, told The Economic Times.After Amazon launched its services in the country in April, the postal department began witnessesing an average of 2,000 orders to be delivered in Bengaluru daily, a postal official said.The post department is undertaking the deliveries in Bengaluru on a pilot basis to test the feasibility before expanding the services to other places in the country.”We are testing our own capabilities,” said MS Ramanujan, chief post master general of Karnataka.Ramanujan said the performance of India Post in Bengaluru will enable the department to formulate plans to run the services in other cities.Currently, Snapdeal has no tie-up with the postal department to deliver its orders in Bengaluru, but covers many other places using India Post as its logistics partner, according to its spokeswoman.”It’s too early to speak about plans for metro delivery service,” said the spokeswoman.India Post will vie with other logistics firms such as Ecom Express, Delhivery and Go Javas in the fast growing e-commerce market in the country, but experts believe that the postal department can emerge as a big player, considering its vast network in the country.”The e-commerce companies which are struggling to reach out to all pincodes will also find India Post the most credible option for last mile deliveries,” said Arvind Singhal, chairman and managing director of Technopak.
A fire broke out at several jhut (Garment rags) warehouses in Konabari area in Gazipur on Sunday morning, reports UNB.Akhtaruzzaman, Assistant Director of Gazipur Fire Station, said the fire erupted at a warehouse around 8:00am and spread to the others in no time.On information, five units of fire fighters rushed to the spot and trying to douse the flame till filing this report, Akhtaruzzaman said, adding it is still not clear what actually caused the fire.
Members of law enforcing agencies deployed in Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday. File photoAll necessary preparations have almost been completed for holding one of the country’s largest Eid congregations at Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj.A four-tier security measure will be in place in and around the Eidgah to ensure foolproof security, said deputy commissioner of Kishoreganj Sarwar Murshed Chowdhury.Alongside regular law enforcers, members of Border Guard Bangladesh, Rapid Action Battalion, plainclothes police and intelligence agencies will remain deployed, he said at a press briefing at Sholakia Eidgah on Sunday.Besides, there will be watchtowers and close-circuit cameras to monitor the ground.Two units of firefighters and ambulances will remain standby to respond to any emergency need.Meanwhile, devotees will not be allowed to enter the Eidgah carrying anything other than prayer mats.Two special trains will run on the Bhairab-Kishoreganj-Bhairab and Mymensingh-Kishoreganj-Mymensingh routes on the Eid day to facilitate the travel of devotees.
Photo via Twitter @AU_SISThe effects of Hurricane Maria included the widespread loss of power, which is still not restored in some places.After they lost their home in Puerto Rico to flooding during Hurricane Maria, Enghie Melendez fled with her family to the U.S. mainland with three suitcases and the hope it wouldn’t take long to rebuild their lives. It hasn’t worked out that way.The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College estimated in an October study that between 114,000 and 213,000 Puerto Ricans would move to the U.S. mainland over the next 12 months. Most were expected to settle in Florida, followed by Pennsylvania, Texas and New York.More than four months later, the family of five is squeezed into two rooms in a hotel in Brooklyn. While her husband looks for work, they are stuck in limbo, eating off paper plates and stepping over clothes in cramped quarters as they try to get settled in an unfamiliar city.“After the hurricane hit we told the kids that every day was going to be an adventure, but not like this,” said the 43-year-old Melendez. “This is turning out to be really hard.”Photo via Twitter @AU_SISThe effects of Hurricane Maria included the widespread loss of power, which is still not restored in some places.Around the U.S., many Puerto Ricans are similarly adrift in hotels because of the Sept. 20 hurricane. The move north spared them from the misery of the storm’s aftermath on the island. But the transition has often proved to be difficult, disruptive and expensive as people try to find housing, jobs, schools and even furniture and clothes to start fresh on the mainland.Melendez and her family shuffled between staying with relatives to a homeless shelter to a small hotel in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, forcing her to change schools for her three daughters in the middle of the semester.“The instability is terrible,” she said as her husband, who worked as a cook at an Army base near San Juan, used a glass bottle to mash plantains to make a traditional Puerto Rican dish.Adding to the worries for large numbers of Puerto Ricans is that hotel reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have started to run out and many say they can’t afford temporary housing without assistance.“It’s stressful,” said Yalitza Rodriguez, a 35-year-old from the southern Puerto Rico town of Yauco who has been staying at a hotel in Queens with her elderly mother and husband while he looks for work. “If we don’t get an extension we will have nowhere to live.”Maria destroyed between 70,000 and 75,000 homes and damaged an additional 300,000, said Leticia Jover, a spokeswoman for Puerto Rico’s Housing Department. The effects of the storm included the widespread loss of power, which is still not restored in some places. Many businesses closed. The result has been an exodus to the mainland.FEMA says there are nearly 4,000 families, more than 10,000 people, receiving hotel assistance from the agency in 42 states because their homes in Puerto Rico are too damaged to occupy. The agency has set March 20 as a deadline for the program to end overall but all cases are reviewed for eligibility every 30 days. It’s impossible to know how many are in temporary housing without any aid or staying with families.Leslie Rivera, from the central town of Caguas, has been shuffling among hotels in Tampa, Florida, since December with her three kids, ages 13, 10 and 2. She was approved for subsidized housing and expects to be settled soon but it has been difficult.“I feel like I am on the streets because I have no clothes. I have nothing for my kids,” the 35-year-old said with tears in her eyes.Marytza Sanz, president of Latino Leadership Orlando, which has been helping displaced families, said many don’t know where they will go after FEMA stops paying for their rooms.“There are people with five dollars in their pockets,” she said. “They can’t buy detergent, deodorant, medicine.”In Kissimmee, in central Florida, Desiree Torres feels nervous. She has spent more than two months in a hotel with her three children. She says she can’t find a job and several local shelters have told her there is no space for her and her children.“I can’t sleep at night,” said the 30-year-old Torres, who lost her home in Las Piedras, a southeastern town near where the eye of the storm first crossed the island. “I’m worried about my kids.”After the hurricane, Melendez and her family were forced to sleep for more than three weeks in their garage because of flooding and sewage that entered the home. They left their four dogs with a friend and managed to get on a humanitarian flight. They spent 10 days at Melendez’s father-in-law’s Manhattan apartment and a month and a half in a Brooklyn shelter. A Puerto Rican activist helped them enter the hotel.“My kids were in a Manhattan school. We would wake up before 5 a.m. at the shelter to take them there. Now they are in a Brooklyn school,” she said. “Where will they be tomorrow?”For now, they survive on a $1,700 monthly disability payment that Melendez receives along with about $300 a month in food stamps.Her 16-year-old daughter, Enghiemar, does her homework on the floor of the hotel room and tries to keep in touch with friends back home by text.“I always wanted to come and live here,” she said. “But not like this.” Share
The release of a proposed METRO Accountability and Reform Act on Dec. 4 has been touted as a wellspring of revisions, repairs and modernization to help the crippled transit system restructure. However, with a growing number of Metro staff positions co-opted to private contractors and hundreds of workers slated for dismissal in 2018, Metro’s largely Black workforce fear they may serve as the reform’s collateral damage. Introduced by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R–Va.) the METRO Accountability and Reform Act reportedly aligns the transportation system with the Trump administration’s goals of increased privatization. METRO announced in November a call for proposals from outside contractors to manage bus operations of 17 bus routes, as well as maintenance at its newly established Newington, Va., garage. Additionally, contractors have already been secured for SafeTrack maintenance, in temporary restructuring positions as required by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations, and for shuttle services in cases of METRO Rail service interruptions. Metro staff and members of Amalgamated Transit Union 689 believe the impact of Comstock’s proposed realignment alongside General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld’s proposed elimination of 500 staff positions in 2018 could cripple a Black middle class that is barely still afloat. According to a July 2017 Washington Post report, operations funding on private contractors almost doubled between 2015 and the first part of 2017, from $24.8 million to $47.4 million. Under the 2018 fiscal operating budget, that amount would rise to roughly $65 million.“We’re trying to find out exactly when did this hiring start, and what are their roles, and what are the jobs that they’re doing,” union President Jackie Jeter told The Post. “There are a lot of contractors on the property, and we need to find out exactly where they are and what they’re supposed to be doing.”Under Comstock’s plan, new Metro employees would lose traditional defined-benefit pension plans in lieu of defined contribution 401(k) plans. It would also reduce overtime for union employees and outsource additional services to private companies. All of the changes would come with a $75 million appropriation from the federal government.Residents had mixed feelings about the loss of jobs when weighed against improved services.“Metro Access is a travesty and there have been constant concerns about drivers physically and sexually assaulting passengers, so it would be a blessing for an outside contractor to manage it,” Alisha Bolton, a Ward 7 resident whose paraplegic son utilized Metro Access services, told the AFRO. “It would make more sense with the train and bus services to train the current staff than to bring in outsiders who will economically displace these Black workers.”Comstock’s proposal also seeks to install a five-member Metro Reform Board to replace the current 16-member board of directors, who would have authority to void all current and pending union and supplier contracts.“Privatization has led to relaxed safety standards around the country and the union firmly believes that the expansion of privatization at Metro is the wrong direction for the system and the tax-paying public.” Jeter and members of Local 689 said in a released statement. “WMATA was founded, in large part, because of the lax standards of private contractors in the 1950s, much like the ones who operate D.C. Circulator and D.C. Streetcar, two systems that have had numerous safety, pay, benefits, and work environment problems in the last two years.”
Image courtesy of Imago Systems Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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News | July 10, 2012 Latest Version of ACR Appropriateness Criteria Now Available News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more July 10, 2012 — New and updated evidence-based guidelines to help healthcare providers choose the most appropriate medical imaging exam or radiation therapy for a patient’s clinical condition are now available via the latest version of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria. 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in Daily Dose, Headlines, News American Mortgage Diversity Council The Five Star Institute 2016-09-30 Seth Welborn Diversity Council Names New Senior Policy Advisor By Kendall BaerAccording to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2014, African-Americans represent 11.4 percent of the workforce. Asians compose 5.7 percent and Hispanics or Latinos make up 16.1 percent.When you look at the numbers specific to the financial services sector, African-Americans account for 9.1 percent of the workforce, Asians 6.3 percent, and Hispanics 11.3 percent. Data found that in the real estate workforce, African-Americans make up 7.8 percent of this group, and Hispanics 14.9 percent.In 2015, in an effort to expand diversity and inclusion across the mortgage industry, the American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) was formed by and for the mortgage industry. The mission of AMDC is to create and sustain a dialogue that addresses key issues affecting diversity and inclusion in the mortgage industry that leads to action with measurable and enduring practices that in turn create benefits for all industry stakeholders.To further this mission, the AMDC announced this month that it has appointed Erik Richard, CEO of Landmark Network, as the organization’s Senior Policy and Program Advisor.One of Richard’s first initiatives is to advance AMDC’s newly created Diversity & Inclusion Directory, which features minority, women, LGBT, veteran, and disabled owned or operated businesses. This directory is to be a resource for mortgage servicers, government agencies, investors, asset management groups and supply chain managers—all looking to engage in services provided from diverse companies.Erik Richard“I am honored to accept this position and work closely with AMDC. My organization is a staunch advocate of diversity and inclusion company-wide from entry-level to c-level positions. As a certified LGBT Business Enterprise, our commitment to diversity shows in our workforce. Along with AMDC, I will continue to embark on diversity initiatives that help the industry as a whole,” said Richard.Richard will work with AMDC co-chairs, Jay Inouye, Director of Vendor & Diversity Management, Freddie Mac, and Michael Ruiz, Director of Corporate Procurement, Fannie Mae, and AMDC members which includes representation from BankUnited, Ocwen, U.S. Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, PennyMac, Bank of America, and other leading mortgage industry companies and government agencies.“We welcome Erik to AMDC as an advisor to the council and the membership at large. He brings expertise in the diversity and inclusion space and we look forward to the thought leadership he will bring to the organization,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute and Ex-Officio of the AMDC.To learn more about AMDC, visit MortgageDiversityCouncil.com.Editor’s Note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of MReport and theMReport.com. September 30, 2016 579 Views Share