India spinner Harbhajan Singh feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to keep scoring runs if he has to make it to the playing XI in the World Cup in 2019.Harbhajan, speaking at Agenda Aajtak in New Delhi, said that 2019 is far away and the world cup winning captain has to keep performing to be a part of the squad.”World Cup is far off. One year is a lot and in Indian cricket, there are a lot of changes every day. Who will be in form that time. Experience is there but form and everything matters. Dhoni is a big player but World Cup is far off and Dhoni has to keep performing to be a part of the 11,” said Harbhajan.”Dhoni has to keep getting runs and if he does that then there is nobody bigger than him, Kohli has handled him well,” he added.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly also backed Harbhajan and said that the World Cup is far away and he needs to perform.”2019 is far off, so like Bhajji said, Dhoni has to keep scoring runs,” Ganguly added.However, VVS Laxman backed MSD and said that he will play a huge role in the Indian squad for the World Cup in England Virat Kohli needs to handle him the way he has been till now.”I don’t think Kohli is protecting Dhoni. He’s above all that and he has a very important role to play in the 2019 World Cup. Kohli is handling Dhoni very well…much like Sourav handled Sachin when he resigned from captaincy,” Laxman said.advertisement”Kohli is giving the right opportunities to MS Dhoni and he takes help from him. He has no ego and I feel Dhoni will have to play a huge hand,” he added.Dhoni, 36, has been in great form this year after handing over the captaincy to Kohli. He has 716 runs from 26 ODIs at an average of 65.09.Dhoni, who is on a break now, will return to play under Rohit Sharma against Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series, starting December 10 in Dharamsala.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of Famer nicknamed “Stretch” for his 6-foot-4 height and those long arms, died Wednesday. He was 80.The San Francisco Giants announced McCovey’s death, saying the fearsome hitter passed “peacefully” on Wednesday afternoon “after losing his battle with ongoing health issues.”A first baseman and left fielder, McCovey was a .270 career hitter with 521 home runs and 1,555 RBIs in 22 major league seasons, 19 of them with the Giants. He also played for the Athletics and Padres.McCovey made his major league debut at 21 on July 30, 1959, and played alongside the other Willie — Hall of Famer Willie Mays — into the 1972 season before Mays was traded to the New York Mets.McCovey batted .354 with 13 homers and 38 RBIs on the way to winning the 1959 NL Rookie of the Year award. The six-time All-Star also won the 1969 NL MVP and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986 after his first time on the ballot.“You knew right away he wasn’t an ordinary ballplayer,” Hall of Famer Hank Aaron said, courtesy of the Hall of Fame. “He was so strong, and he had the gift of knowing the strike zone. There’s no telling how many home runs he would have hit if those knees weren’t bothering him all the time and if he played in a park other than Candlestick.”McCovey had been getting around in a wheelchair in recent years because he could no longer rely on his once-dependable legs, yet was still regularly seen at the ballpark in his private suite. McCovey had attended games at AT&T Park as recently as the season finale.“I love him so much. It’s a very sad day for me. We were very close,” Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda said in a telephone interview. “Willie McCovey was not only a great ballplayer but a great teammate. He didn’t have any fear. He never complained.“I remember one time in 1960 they sent him down to the minor leagues after being Rookie of the Year the year before. He didn’t complain. He was very polite, he was very quiet. He was a great man, a great friend. I’m going to miss him so much. He didn’t say a bad word about anybody.”While the Giants captured their third World Series title of the decade in 2014, McCovey returned to watch them play while still recovering from an infection that hospitalized him that September for about a month.He attended one game at AT&T Park during both the NL Championship Series and World Series. He even waited for the team at the end of the parade route inside San Francisco’s Civic Center.“It was touch and go for a while,” McCovey said at the time. “They pulled me through, and I’ve come a long way.”McCovey had been thrilled the Giants accomplished something he didn’t during a decorated career in the major leagues.Even four-plus decades later, it still stung for the left-handed slugging “Big Mac” that he never won a World Series after coming so close. The Giants lost the 1962 World Series to the New York Yankees.He often thought about that World Series, and it remained difficult to accept. The Giants lost 1-0 in Game 7 when McCovey lined out to second baseman Bobby Richardson with runners on second and third for the final out.“I still think about it all the time. I still think, ‘If I could have hit it a little more,’” he said on Oct. 31, 2014.In 2012, he said: “I think about the line drive, yes. Can’t get away from it.”McCovey narrowly beat out Mets pitcher Tom Seaver for the 1969 MVP award. McCovey led the NL in home runs (45) and RBIs (126) for the second straight year, batting .320 while also posting NL bests with a .453 on-base percentage and .656 slugging percentage. He was walked 121 times, then drew a career-high 137 free passes the next season.He had been third in the ’68 voting for NL MVP, but after 1969 would never again finish higher than ninth.McCovey and Ted Williams before him were among the first players to really face infield shifts as opponents tried to affect his rhythm at the plate.On Wednesday night, former teammate Felipe Alou recalled inviting McCovey to play winter ball with him in 1958 for Escogido in Alou’s native Dominican Republic.McCovey got homesick, so a still-single Alou moved out of his parents’ home and into an apartment with his dear friend and teammate. They were roommates in the minors and majors, too. McCovey called Alou “Rojas,” his father’s last name. Alou called him “Willie Lee,” McCovey’s middle name.“We had a great relationship. Incredible friend and player and individual,” Alou said. “I have so many good memories.”McCovey was born on Jan. 10, 1938, in Mobile, Alabama. He had spent the last 18 years in a senior advisory role for the Giants.“For more than six decades, he gave his heart and soul to the Giants,” team president and CEO Larry Baer said. “As one of the greatest players of all time, as a quiet leader in the clubhouse, as a mentor to the Giants who followed in his footsteps, as an inspiration to our Junior Giants, and as a fan cheering on the team from his booth.”Said McCovey’s wife, Estela, whom he married this summer: “Every moment he will be terribly missed. He was my best friend and husband. Living life without him will never be the same.”McCovey had a daughter, Allison, and three grandchildren, Raven, Philip, and Marissa. McCovey also is survived by sister Frances and brothers Clauzell and Cleon.McCovey said that 2010 victory, when the Giants won the franchise’s first World Series championship since moving from New York in 1958, helped eased the pain for players like him, Juan Marichal, Mays and Alou. Seeing San Francisco in the Fall Classic again brought those smiles back to McCovey’s face.“We’re kind of getting spoiled,” he said in 2012. “This is two in three years. People don’t realize how hard it is to get here. We’ve been pretty lucky.”McCovey presented the “Willie Mac Award” each season — except in 2014 while dealing with complications from the infection — an honor voted on by the players, coaches and training staff to recognize the team’s player most exhibiting McCovey’s inspirational example both on the field and in the clubhouse. He was there this year as reliever Will Smith was honored.“Something I will cherish forever,” Smith wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “May he Rest In Peace.”When San Francisco opened its new waterfront ballpark in 2000, the cove beyond the right-field fence was named “McCovey Cove” in appreciation of all he did for the organization. There’s a statue of McCovey’s likeness on the other side of the water from where those splash hits land.“Willie McCovey was one of our game’s greatest power hitters. He won the National League MVP in 1969 and, alongside fellow Hall of Famer and Alabama native Willie Mays, was a key part of many memorable Giants’ teams,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “For 22 years on the field and many more after retiring, Willie was a superb ambassador for the Giants and our game.”The Giants said a public celebration of McCovey’s life would be held at a later date.By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Realme announced its next budget smartphone for the Indian market following the Realme 1. The Realme 2 was launched at an event in New Delhi on Tuesday as an entry-level device that slots just below the Realme 1. The latest smartphone is touted with features that are popular with consumers in 2018. This includes a notched display, dual cameras and all-day battery life, among other things. Notably, the Realme 2 is now the cheapest phone with a notch in India.The Realme 2 has been priced starting at Rs 8,990 for the 3GB + 32GB base variant and Rs 10,990 for the 4GB + 64GB version. Unlike the Realme 1 which was an Amazon-exclusive product, the Realme 2 will be found exclusively on Flipkart. The first sale for the Realme 2 will take place on September 4 at 12PM on the e-commerce platform. The device will be available in Diamond Black and Diamond Red. A blue variant will be available in October. Launch offers include a flat Rs 750 off on purchase via HDFC Bank debit or credit card, Rs 4,200 worth of benefits for Jio users including an additional 120GB of data and No Cost EMI among other things.Realme 2 specificationsThe Realme 2 keeps with the current industry trend and brings a display notch. This means the phone comes with even smaller bezels than the Realme 1 for a larger screen-to-body ratio of around 88.8 per cent. The Realme 2 sports a 6.2-inch display, but the resolution has been downgraded to HD+ instead of FHD+ on the Realme 1. On the back, you have a glossy plastic panel similar to the Realme 1 along with diamond-like patterns that will be available in red, blue and black.advertisementThe other big visual change comes on the back with the addition of a fingerprint sensor and dual camera setup. The Realme 1 saw some criticism for not including the biometric feature. On the hardware front, the new device ditches MediaTek and goes for an entry-level Snapdragon 450 chipset instead with Adreno 506 GPU. This will be coupled with 3GB and 4GB of RAM options along with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, respectively. Both the options will support expandability up to 256GB via a microSD card.Cameras on the Realme 2 are largely the same as the Realme 1, except for the fact that the rear camera setup now has two sensor. The primary camera is a 12-megapixel sensor while the secondary camera has a 2-megapixel sensor which will now allow you to take portrait shots. Up front, the Realme 2 retains the 8-megapixel sensor from the Realme 1.The next big upgrade comes to the battery, which is now a large 4,230mAh capacity compared to the Realme 1’s 3,410mAh battery. The Realme 1 offers a pretty good battery life and the new phone should take you through a day and a half on average usage. The Realme 2 will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1. It offers a dual 4G SIM support and a dedicated slot for microSD card.
ATHENS, GA – OCTOBER 03: Jake Coker #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide lines up against the Georgia Bulldogs defense at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The rematch of the 2018 National Championship will take place later this afternoon, when No. 1 Alabama faces No. 4 Georgia for the SEC crown.It’s been an unbelievable season for the Crimson Tide, as they’ve dominated every opponent on both sides of the ball. With Tua Tagovailoa putting up numbers worthy of winning the Heisman Trophy, it’s hard to stop Alabama.On the flip side, the Bulldogs have rallied strong from a disappointing loss to LSU back in Oct. The resurgence of Jake Fromm has truly elevated this offense to the next level.Although Georgia certainly has the talent to hang tough with Alabama, ESPN’s FPI is giving the Crimson Tide a 64.1 percent chance of winning the game. If the Bulldogs don’t win this matchup, then their chances of making the College Football Playoff could be gone.Alabama and Georgia will kick off at 4:00 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.The game will be broadcast on CBS.Who do you think will win the SEC Championship?
(Miami, FL – December 11, 2018) Silversea Cruises demonstrates its commitment to taking guests closer to the authentic beauty of the world with the introduction of accessibility-enhanced shore excursions. Through its partnership with Accessible Travel Solutions, a company devoted to expanding opportunities for disabled and senior travelers, the cruise line is offering new accessible excursions in nine destinations in the Caribbean and Central America, and additional shore excursions will be developed for the Mediterranean in 2019. The new partnership enables Silversea’s disabled and senior guests to travel deeper in each destination, offering immersive shore excursions that showcase a destination’s history, culture and natural beauty. The collection of shore excursions incorporates such enhancements as vehicles with wheelchair lifts or ramps; trips to sites and attractions that have step-free access, accessible restrooms, and routes that avoid steps; and guides who are experienced with accessibility issues. Following is a sample of some of the tours currently available in the Caribbean and Central America as part of the partnership with Accessible Travel Solutions: Accessible Pitons & Waterfalls — Castries, St. LuciaSt. Lucia’s natural wonders and cultural riches are unlocked during this fun, full-day exploration of the island. Highlights include a visit to the charming fishing village of Anse La Raye, a special stop to witness and photograph the majestic Pitons, and access to a step-free garden path in Soufrière’s Diamond Botanical Gardens – from which guests can admire its signature attraction, the Diamond Waterfall. Monkey Sanctuary & Iguana Hideout for Limited Mobility — Roatan Island, HondurasThis adventure is a fun way to experience fascinating Roatan wildlife and nature first-hand. Participants interact with playful primates at a local monkey sanctuary, browse crafts at a local flea market, pet-friendly iguanas at an iguana and marine wildlife park, and enjoy an inspiring scenic island drive. Accessible St. Kitts — Basseterre, St. KittsThe colorful, colonial charm and untouched natural beauty of St. Kitts can be easily appreciated during this accessibility-enhanced experience. Highlights include the chance to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Brimstone Hill Fortress, a visit to the historic Romney Manor, and a special stop to marvel at spectacular ocean and island vistas from the Timothy Hill Scenic Outlook. Accessible Mayan Experience & Scenic Drive — Cozumel, MexicoTraveling deeper to discover authentic Mayan culture is the focus of this tour. A comfortable, guided drive around Cozumel stops at a cultural center for a taste of ancient Mayan life, ceremonies and foods, including tortillas and chocolate. Then, a visit to the ruins of El Cedral offers a fascinating insight into the island’s oldest community. A tequila tasting and free time to relax on an accessible beach provide further immersion into the charm of this tropical isle. Accessible Grenada — St. George’s, GrenadaGrenada’s cultural and natural treasures are easily discovered on this enriching exploration of the Caribbean’s quintessential spice island. Participants savor the aromas of fresh nutmeg, cocoa and vanilla at a local spice market; visit a local nutmeg factory; learn about the origins of the spice trade at the historic Dougaldston Spice Estate; and complete their adventure with a panoramic drive through a tropical rainforest to experience the Grand Etang National Park. “We never stop searching for ways to unlock amazing deep travel experiences for our guests, while also delivering exceptional comfort and luxury,” said Adria Bono, Director of Shore Excursions for Silversea Cruises. “From up-close encounters with sea turtles in Grand Cayman to exploring UNESCO World Heritage-listed landmarks in San Juan, these new accessible experiences are sure to bring the world closer to our disabled and senior guests.” “Accessible Travel Solutions is excited to collaborate with Silversea Cruises to make cruise vacations more accessible and more enjoyable for all. We appreciate Silversea’s dedication to serving all guests regardless of their accessibility needs,” said John Sage, owner and founder of Accessible Travel Solutions. “With our first-hand accessibility knowledge and years of experience, we look forward to enabling Silversea’s guests to travel deeper to enjoy amazing onshore experiences.” About SilverseaSilversea Cruises, in which Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio serves as Executive Chairman, is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and with Silver Cloud recently joining the Expedition fleet, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of five new ultra-luxury ships. Browse Silversea’s new blog Discover and subscribe to receive the latest content directly into your inbox.
Nova Scotians are invited to attend the annual lieutenant-governor’s New Year’s Day Levee on Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Government House, Halifax. “Patsy and I look forward to welcoming in the New Year with our fellow Nova Scotians for the annual levee at Government House,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “It is a great pleasure to meet everyone and wish them the very best as we begin 2019.” During the levee people can exchange New Year’s greetings with the lieutenant-governor and Mrs. LeBlanc and visit the oldest vice-regal residence in North America. The levee will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Government House is at 1451 Barrington St.
17 October 2007Joining the tens of millions of people around the world who made their voices heard today in a collective action to ‘Stand Up and Speak Out Against Poverty,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for greater efforts to deliver on the pledge to slash destitution, hunger, disease and illiteracy by 2015. Mr. Ban led more that 900 diplomats and UN staff members gathered at an event in the garden of the UN Headquarters complex in New York. “Today, tens of millions of people are making their voices heard,” Mr. Ban said. “They are sending messages or signing petitions that call on their leaders to keep their promises. They are calling for the actions of citizens to be matched by the actions of governments, in developing as well as developed countries, in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)” – the internationally agreed targets to halve extreme poverty and address other social ills by 2015.Noting that the “global scorecard is mixed” at the midpoint in the race to reach the MDGs by 2015 with some regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, not on track to attaining the Goals, he called for a redoubling of efforts and the formation of a “true partnership for development” between rich and poor countries. “Let us all stand up. Let us demonstrate the political will required to end the scourge of poverty once and for all,” Mr. Ban declared, as he led those gathered in reciting an anti-poverty pledge.Also participating in the event, which coincided with the observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, was General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim, who commended the commitment of men, women and children around the world who have taken up the initiative to draw greater international attention to extreme poverty. In a statement issued to mark the International Day, Mr. Kerim urged countries to use the current General Assembly session to build consensus for urgent action to achieve the Millennium Goals.The Headquarters even also featured testimonies from people facing extreme poverty, a musical piece, and the presentation of awards to five children who won the UN’s international children’s art competition on ending poverty. Over 12,000 children took part in the competition, and the six winning designs will be issued as UN stamps in 2008.Today’s programme was part of the global “Stand Up and Speak Out Against Poverty” campaign, with people across the world physically and symbolically standing up against poverty during a 24-hour period. The drive is organized by the Millennium Campaign, a UN inter-agency initiative, in collaboration with a range of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based groups and social movements.Last year’s events drew over 23 million people worldwide, setting a Guinness World Record. This year’s events are expected to draw even greater numbers, breaking last year’s record.
The new countries that found their place on the list are China, Eritrea, Russia, Sri Lanka, Oman, Kyrgyzstan and Kenya. A Sri Lankan has been detained in Saudi Arabia over terrorism links, the Saudi Gazette reported.There are 999 terror suspects from 40 nationalities detained in Saudi Arabia’s intelligence prisons, according to Nafidha, the Interior Ministry’s window for communications between the suspects and their relatives. According to the window, there are eight suspects from Afghanistan, four from Ethiopia, one each from Eritrea, Oman, Kyrgyzstan, Djibouti, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Libya and Mauritania, 22 from Jordan, two each from the United Arab Emirates, Mali, Myanmar and Algeria, 10 from Bahrain, 33 from Sudan, four from Somalia, two from China, four from Iraq, 16 from the Philippines, two each from Kuwait, Bangladesh and Morocco, 19 from India and five from the United States.The window said there are 365 Yemenis, the largest community on the list of suspects, 10 from Iran, 70 from Pakistan, 19 from Turkey, 17 from Chad, four from Russia, 221 from Syria, 20 from Palestine, three each from Qatar and Canada, four from Lebanon, 87 from Egypt and five from Nigeria. The new list of suspects, who for arrested for their involvement in terrorist activities and national security issues, included three Canadians as well as a number of nationals from countries that had not on the list previously. A number of suspects were already tried and are serving their prison terms while others are under investigation. (Colombo Gazette)
Jean Arnault, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), met in Kabul today with the Governor of Herat, Ismail Khan, Gen. Ustad Atta Mohammad, Commander of the 7th Corps, and Gen. Daoud, Commander of the 6th Corps.”They discussed key aspects of the national agenda, including disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, security, the fight against drugs and the restoration of law and order,” UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said in a statement released following the talks in the Afghan capital.According to the statement, Mr. Arnault “welcomes the commitments made by all three interlocutors”…particularly in the area of disarmament. “[He] is encouraged by these commitments and trusts that the DDR process will gain momentum and will result in tangible benefits for demobilized soldiers as well as for the stability and security of the country.”
Ambassador Néstor Osorio of Colombia was elected today to serve as President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), marking the annual handover of leadership for one of the six principal organs of the United Nations and the main body tasked with confronting the world’s economic, social and environmental challenges. Upon his election, Mr. Osorio acknowledged the range of issues facing the Council in the coming year while presenting several reforms that he argued would do ECOSOC “particular good.” These include improving ECOSOC’s working methods, harmonizing the work of the functional commissions with that of the Council, and rendering the Council more nimble and effective.“If we want to strengthen the work of ECOSOC, particularly with respect to the successful implementation of sustainable development policies and the UN Development Agenda, we must strengthen our institutions,” he told the gathering at UN Headquarters in New York. “We must use this opportunity to strengthen ECOSOC and its impact, joining with our partners to make extreme poverty a relic of the past and sustainable development a reality of our future.” Mr. Osorio celebrated ECOSOC’s “crucial” role within the world body, adding that another prominent task for the Council in 2013 would involve following up on last June’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil. “The key role of the Council in achieving a balanced integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development will be critical in integrating the poverty eradication agenda with sustainable development,” he concluded. For his part, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo thanked the outgoing President, Miloš Koterec of Slovakia, and congratulated Mr. Osorio on his new role at the helm of the Council, stating that the Colombian’s leadership came during a period of transition crucial for the future of the planet. “As we chart a course towards sustainable development, the transition that lies ahead of us is not optional, but is inevitable,” Mr. Wu declared. “Our planet simply cannot sustain nine billion inhabitants aspiring for higher standards of living, if we remain entrenched in our unsustainable consumption.” Citing a Chinese proverb capturing the importance of establishing a framework of sustainability for the benefit of future generations, Mr. Wu added that 2013 would be “a very important year” for the Council with regards to development issues. “The Sustainable Development Goals will begin to take shape,” he continued. “We are also launching the process on strategies for financing sustainable development. Discussions on the high-level political forum are going to start soon,” he added, referring to one of the outcomes of Rio+20. Mr. Wu pointed to the work done in Brazil where “new vistas” had been opened for ECOSOC, providing “new momentum” for the strengthening of the UN body. “We are now moving from the collection of proposals and ideas, towards important negotiations,” he concluded. “I am confident that His Excellency Mr. Osorio will use his leadership so that ECOSOC takes full advantage of these opportunities.”In his address to the Council, Mr. Koterec highlighted the work done during his tenure, which, he said, had been a challenging one with difficulties spurred by the continuing global financial crisis and its rippling after-effects. “In the face of continued food price volatility, we have had to ask ourselves if high food prices are becoming the ‘new normal,’ jeopardizing the survival of many and turning back the development of recent years,” Mr. Koterec stated. He also spotlighted the rapid growth in youth unemployment across the globe as a cause for increasing concern and warned that the world’s young people were among the most affected by the economic downturn. “Youth unemployment has skyrocketed in recent years, causing unprecedented youth unemployment rates across the globe,” Mr. Koterec noted. He pointed out that around the world there were 74 million unemployed young people, many of them in the global South, but also underscored ECOSOC’s efforts to mitigate the widespread problem through the UN-backed Youth Forum, which he said had been “highly successful” in addressing the challenges faced by young people in the global job market.Expressing hope that the initiative would mark the beginning of “an ever deeper involvement of young people” in ECOSOC’s activities, the outgoing President added that the numerous problems facing the world in 2013 “illustrated once again the need for a strong and effective UN.”“We in ECOSOC have to continue to work hard to deliver on our mandate and bring about a better world,” he urged.
New FAO book looks at response to ‘triple food waste’ in the MediterraneanNoting the challenges from changing climate and socio-economic conditions to the future of the food systems in the Mediterranean, the UN agriculture agency, in a new publication, has called for both saving agricultural traditions and to revitalize them to make them engines of sustainable development and improved nutrition.Read more Belarus in ‘flagrant disregard’ of human rights law – UN expertsExpressing outrage at the reported execution of two men in Belarus despite a specific request from the UN Human Rights Committee not to do so while it considered their cases, a UN independent rights body said today that the killings were a “flagrant disregard” for international human rights law.Read more
“At the Altonorte copper smelter, near the Antofagasta port in northern Chile, we have been aiming to improve environmental performance since 2011. Initiatives include a continuous emission monitoring system, including self-assessment and external audits; and an integrated stack emissions management system, with a centralised control room to improve efficiency.” Air quality is vital for the health of environment and ecosystems. As a responsible producer, Glencore says it wants “to minimise impacts we have on the quality of air. This means working not only to minimise ‘stack emissions’ from chimneys – such as sulphur dioxide (SO₂) and nitrogen oxide – but also ‘fugitive emissions’ such as dust from coal and roads. At assets around the world, we have used technology to monitor emissions in real time; invested in multi-million-dollar projects to update our smelters; and worked to control emissions on road, by rail and at ports.”“We always seek to engage with communities on important issues, such as air quality. And at Mount Isa Mines in Queensland, Australia, we are sharing air quality information with the community in near real-time. Our smartphone app gives access to an air quality portal, so community members can see can access information on SO2 emissions wherever they happen to be. We monitor air quality at the operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using one of the most intensive monitoring networks of any Australian city – and we upload data to the portal on an hourly basis.”“When we acquired the Mopani copper asset in Zambia in 2000, its smelter had been freely emitting SO2 for decades. So we addressed the problem – completing a $500 million upgrade project in 2014, in one of the largest environmental projects ever undertaken in Zambia. Notably, we completed this three-stage project over several years, in order to keep the plant open while the upgrade happened – protecting the livelihood of its 9,000 employees. As a result of the work, we now capture more than 95% of Mopani’s SO2 emissions.” “One of our largest emission reduction projects is at our Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations’ smelter, where we are using a bespoke solution to reduce SO2. Our solution involves two processes: a “high roast”, which captures more sulphur by turning into sulphuric acid; and a “controlled furnace atmosphere”, which reduces emissions by introducing oxygen-deficient gas to the furnace. The first phase of the project is complete. Notably, we recorded a Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) of zero, during the 465,796 hours worked on the project.”“As part of our monitoring at assets around the world, we monitor air quality for particulate matter small than 10 microns – known as PM10 – which are linked to health problems because they can become lodged in the lungs. For example, at Alumbrera in Argentina, we have 10 monitoring stations at the mine site and neighbouring towns, which show that PM10 levels are lower than legal limits. We monitor PM10 monthly alongside other measures. Meanwhile at our open-pit mine at Cesar in Colombia, we have put in place a real-time PM10 warning system. This tool has helped us find new ways to reduce dust emissions, including when, where and how frequently to water roads; when to add chemical dust suppressants; when blasting can take place; and maximum speed limits in mines.” “It’s not just at mining assets where we work to reduce air emissions. We also aim to improve air quality at port terminals. For example, in Antwerp, Belgium, we contributed to a joint investment of €250 million to construct a state-of-the art petroleum products terminal, which includes measures to minimise emissions of volatile organic carbons (VOCs). When we transfer or store petrol or ethanol at the terminal, we redirect VOC emissions, via vapour lines, to a unit which absorbs them – enabling almost complete recovery of the product and significantly reducing emissions. Meanwhile, as part of our partnership with the Port of Quebec in Canada, we monitor air quality and use dust suppression systems to minimise emissions – for example, enclosing the conveyor that loads ships, and using moisture to control dust.”“We also seek to control dust emissions when we use road and rail transport. For example, at our Calenturitas and La Jagua mines in Colombia, we use water to control dust from roads. In all we have 14 water tankers devoted to the job – and four water filling stations at key points on the route between the two sites. We also control dust by adapting road surface materials (using particles that are less fine-grained) and by managing the movement of vehicles and machinery. On the railways, we dampen and compact coal as it is loaded, to reduce emissions when it is transferred from Calenturitas to the port at Puerto Nuevo; and we never load carriages to full capacity, to avoid coal dust blowing away. Between La Jagua and Calenturitas, meanwhile, we transport coal in semi-trailers with automatic tarp covering systems.”
5. Orlen Wisla Plock8314227:236(-9)7 6. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …8305202:212(-10)6 4. THW Kiel8404236:224(12)8 7. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu8107212:268(-56)2 When PSG Handball play on their maximum, Noka Serdarusic boys look almost unbeatable to anyone! The French champions smashed THW Kiel 37:30 (18:12) in front of 4.400 fans in Paris. Nikola Karabatic (8) and Mikkel Hansen (7) together with fantastic Thierry Omeyer made +11 during the second half which put “Zebras” in the most difficult situation this season. Dissinger and Vujin netted six goals for poor Germans…Other results…STANDINGS: 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt8602241:212(29)12 2. MVM Veszprém8611229:207(22)13 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko8107212:234(-22)2 PSG Handball 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…8701263:229(34)14 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Strong Flensburg and Wisla – Routine win for Veszprem Next Story → SPARTA: FC Barcelona survive Skopje’s hell!
Whether you’ve been putting off an upgrade or waiting patiently for Microsoft to fix the things about Windows 8 that have been annoying you, there’s good news today. Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8.1 will be available on October 17.Remember: this is a free update. All you have to do to get it installed on your Windows 8 system is to make sure Windows Update is working properly and then wait patiently for the bits to rain down from the cloud. Direct download links will no doubt surface, too, and we’ll be sure to share them with you once they appear.Windows 8.1 isn’t just a service pack. There are plenty of bug fixes, security patches, and stability tweaks, sure, but it’s also loaded with new features. Many of those features are aimed at throwing water on the fires of Start Screen hatred.You’ll be able to tell Windows 8.1 that you want to boot directly to the Desktop by clicking through to your taskbar properties and selecting the navigation tab. The Start Button has also made a comeback, but it’s not wired in to a tiny Start Menu like it was in previous Windows versions.No, it’ll bring up the full Start Screen when you click it. You can, however, at least tell Windows 8.1 to list desktop apps first and to always display the All Apps view when you click it. It’s not an identical experience, but it might be more comfortable for some Windows users.Microsoft has also made several improvements to how Windows 8.1 handles multiple monitors, and it’s also equipped to handle 3D printers. It’s definitely one of the most ambitious updates in Microsoft history.Check out Microsoft’s teaser video to see Windows 8.1 in action, and mark your calendar for October 17… the update kicks off at 4 am PST!
iPhone : un nouvel appareil pour Verizon aux Etats-Unis ?États-Unis – Apple a changé le modèle de distribution de ses terminaux dans plusieurs pays. L’iPhone pourrait bientôt suivre le mouvement aux États-Unis, où AT&T n’aura peut-être bientôt plus l’exclusivité de la vente du smartphone.2011 pourrait marquer la sortie d’un nouvel iPhone compatible avec le réseau 3G américain (CDMA) et distribué par un deuxième opérateur, Verizon. Le contrat d’exclusivité passé entre Apple et AT&T se terminera bientôt et la firme à la pomme compte sur plusieurs opérateurs pour commercialiser un possible nouvel iPhone, compatible avec le réseau CDMA ou LTE. “Je m’attends à ce que nos intérêts économiques se rejoignent à un certain moment et je pense que les technologies comme la LTE sont une autre bonne raison pour Apple de vouloir un appareil ou une tablette compatible”, explique-t-on du coté de l’opérateur. Des tablettes et smartphones compatibles avec CDMA seront présentés en janvier.Le 7 octobre 2010 à 12:18 • Emmanuel Perrin
Ever since I really start reporting on video games back in Chicago, I’ve been familiar with the International Game Developers Association or the IGDA. While it is very much not a union, the group does seek to help the people who make video games and not just the corporations unlike the Entertainment Software Association or the ESA.While the quality of games themselves is arguably improving, the industry is facing all sorts of new and old issues. So at this year’s Game Developers Conference I got the chance to ask new IGDA Executive Director Jen MacLean about what a healthier video game industry looks like in the future, and her answer was a passionate but less radical future than I would’ve hoped.Geek.com: So say I’m someone who has loved games their whole life, wants to get started making them, but I don’t know what the IGDA is. What is it and why should I be interested?Jen MacLean: The IGDA is the largest professional association for game developers in the world. We support game development communities on a local level with over 150 chapters and special interest groups around the world. The IGDA’s mission is really to help game developers create sustainable and fulfilling careers. We want you to be a game developer at 22 and then retire 30, 40, 50 years later feeling like you have done something meaningful and valuable with your life and happy with the choices you’ve made in your career.Geek.com: What’s your background?JM: I have been a gamer my entire life since I had my Atari 2600 when I was seven. I started as a playtester in college and then a got a chance to work on the original Civilization. I went to AOL back when we were still playing online games on 14.4 modems.But I’ve always been passionate about the IGDA. I started getting involved with the IGDA back when I was a playtester. I believed in the idea of creating this community where game developers help each other out. I was on the IGDA board from 2008 to 2011. I was the chair of the board. I’m also the executive director of the IGDA Foundation which focuses on creating more diverse and inclusive game development community. So when the IGDA board approached me about becoming the executive director for me it was a natural next step in both my career and all the roles I’ve had in game development but also in my really passionate belief that we are stronger as a community when we give back.Geek.com: What are your responsibilities?JM: It’s a little bit of everything, it changes every day. The IGDA board and I together set up the strategy of the IGDA, what we want to focus on and how we can create the biggest impact on the lives of game developers around the world. Then with our staff, I really run the day to day operations of the IGDA. That includes things like negotiating members benefits, supporting our chapters around the world, advocating on behalf of game developers on issues that matter to them, thinking strategically about the problems game developers not only face today but tomorrow and years from now. Figuring out how to help game developers fundamentally be successful in their professional and personal lives. It changes every day but it is also incredibly rewarding.Geek.com: Sounds like a lot of small individual things. But what about more big picture visions you want to execute on?JM: Absolutely. At the end of the day we can’t help game developers have sustainable and fulfilling careers if the games industry is not healthy. Game developers don’t exist in a vacuum so the IGDA looks not only at what we do to help individuals but also help game development companies. We’ve seen that middle-tier of companies, that 50-200 person tier, has really shrunk.Geek.com: There’s no more middle class. Even on the press side we’ve seen how things have stratified to either just these tiny cool indie games and these huge AAA blockbusters that will bankrupt the studio if it sells less than eight million copies. Nothing’s in-between.JM: That makes me worried for who is going to be the Valve or Bethesda or Blizzards or Kings of Rovios of the future. If we don’t build our 5-15 person indie studios into the 50-person to 200-person to 1000-person studio that’s going to have big implications for the games industry in five to ten years.Part of the IGDA’s thinking is not only how we help individuals but how we help the companies that employ them succeed. That could be everything from “Hey this how you start your own indie studio. These are the things you need to think about when negotiating a publishing deal. This is why you may want to consider this platform. These are challenges to developing on that other platform. Here’s how you choose engine technology.”All of these issues that are not not necessarily game development but that are absolutely critical to helping game developers succeed. For me one of the most interesting and fun parts of my job is thinking about what the challenges game developers are facing and how can we be smart and impactful about helping them.Geek.com: Could say more about your diversity initiatives?JM: So in addition to my role with the IGDA I’m also the Executive Director of the IGDA Foundation which focuses specifically on fostering and supporting a more inclusive and diverse game development community. At the end of the day we believe that every person on the planet should love playing games. I don’t think there is any other art form that is comparable to games and the power and the enjoyment and the emotion games can spark. The best way to create experiences that every person can enjoy is to have a game development community that is representative and welcoming of everyone on the planet.So the IGDA foundation runs a number of programs to help really make a difference and support companies in building that diverse and inclusive environment. We do an allies workshops and hiring workshops. We have a number of special interest groups that help push for more inclusive teams. Women in games, Latinx game developers Blacks in games, LBGTQA+ game developers, Jewish game developers, Muslim game developers, game accessibility. All of these special interest groups that are bringing awareness as to why an inclusive community is so important and how to take action to make our community more inclusive.Geek.com: You’re not the ESA so you weren’t invited to the White House, but is there anything you want to say about the issue of violence and games and this newfound political scapegoating?JM: It is scapegoating, I’ll say it. There is no absolutely no scientific evidence that links video games to gun violence. So any attempt by the government or a lobbying organization to make that connection first of all doesn’t pass the science test and second doesn’t pass the common sense test. If you look at all the countries around the world that play video games they don’t have the gun violence the United States does. Any attempt to use video games as a scapegoat is fundamentally a disservice not only to game developers but also the majority of Americans who support sensible gun control laws.Geek.com: So it sounds like your response to critics would be to reiterate these facts. But is there any concern about the fact these talks even starting up again?JM: Absolutely, I think it is really incumbent on the IGDA and the ESA and individual game developers to take this opportunity to educate people. Fundamentally, we have a ratings system and it works. So any kind of suggestion that we need video game ratings shows obvious ignorance of what is actually in place and what helps parents make choices about the content their children consume.We need to point out that there are many countries around the world that spend more per capita on games than the United States, like Japan, but don’t worry about their children getting shot when they go to school. Other countries around the world have mental issues but they don’t have the mass shooting the US has. When you look at the demographics what sets the US apart it’s not video games or movies or mental health it’s access to firearms, period.Geek.com: The last topic I want to touch on is maybe the spiciest. You talk about wanting to help game development communities, wanting to give back, but what would you specifically about the issue of labor and unionization in games?Editor’s Note: MacLean looks off into the middle distanceJM: I think unions are really interesting as an issue… It’s important to have a conversation about what we want unions to address. For example, I’ve heard some people say they want unions to make sure there is more stability. But I don’t think that’s something unions will be able to help with. When I look at the lay-offs that happen in the games industry it’s often because of access to capital. Having a unionized workforce doesn’t solve that.If you look at working conditions there are studios that are very public about their commitment to crunch because they believe it’s the best way to make a game. I vehemently disagree with that. I think crunch is an inexcusable policy that has significant and very clearly documented consequences for physical, emotional, and mental health. But there are developers who happily go and work for those studios knowing that they will crunch because they also know they will work on titles that make millions of dollars and they will get large bonuses. Assuming that the workforce will unionize is a bad assumption.Geek.com: Isn’t that an issue in games though that the passion some people have just for even having this “dream job” can make them less likely to notice how they’re being exploited? And that publishers take advantage of that?JM: That fundamentally to me is a supply and demand issue. We are in a situation right now where we have more people who want to work in games than we have game development jobs. That’s not going to change because we have these amazing degree programs that are giving us a constant stream of new game developers. We can’t change the supply. We don’t want to change the supply. We want a lot of people to make great games. How do we change demand? How do we build more successful game companies? How do we give more people the opportunity to work in game development jobs? And to do so in a way that is humane and fairly compensates them and makes sure they aren’t exploited. That protects IP ownership and gives fair credits. All of these are big issues.Another important consideration is that we are a global workforce. There is a games industry union in france. That doesn’t mean it is easily portable to the US or Canada or even another EU country. When we talk about unions I think we also have to remain aware that we are global and that there are a lot of legal considerations and practical considerations to unionization that we need to be aware of and be talking about.There’s also the challenge that disciplines are not paid the same. Programmers have higher average salaries than artists. In part that’s because of supply and demand. There is more demand for a programmer’s skills at companies outside the games industry that pay very well. If we don’t have conversations about that and what that potentially means for unionization we’re doing game developers a disservice.Geek.com: And then you see how it intersects with other adjacent industries like with the voice actors strike. My developer friends would be like how can voice actors ask for that when we are only getting this. My answer would be that game developers need to re-examine their own situation and how it could be more equitable.JM: But the other challenges are that the laws in the US are not set up to encourage that. In the US management doesn’t have to negotiate with their workforce unless 51 percent vote for unionization. If you just have artists voting but not programmers you won’t reach that threshold because of this specific US legal issue. We have game developers in every single country in the world. Imagine that complexity by 200. It’s a really challenging issue.Geek.com: Do you think there are things specifically about the games industry that make it especially challenging to unionize?JM: Yes, I do. A lot of it is first of all access to capital which creates that supply and demand issue. It is the fact that we are global and that game development can easily be transferred to another country. We see this in a lot of the art outsourcing that happens with companies like Virtuos you may have a core game dev team that is in Canada working with another studio in France and another in the UK and using art outsourcing in Vietnam and Singapore and the Philippines. If you put in a higher cost of labor in one of these countries what are the consequences of that?There are always going to be jobs tied to a specific location. Usually they are the smaller studios that grow up because someone says “I live in Boston and I want to start a company in Boston not in Singapore or Vietnam or Australia” But if we make it prohibitively expensive for larger studios to grow their workforce in a specific region or country does that then have unforeseen consequences.You’ve even see that happen with some of the tax programs. When Montreal introduced a number of their tax programs to incentivize game development we saw a lot of game dev jobs leave Vancouver and go to Montreal. And now Vancouver has announced their own tax benefit programs.Geek.com: Or like in Rhode Island with 38 StudiosJM: You’re even seeing that a little in San Francisco. That cost of living has grown so high and the competition for skilled labor has grown so high. I’ve been talking to studio heads who aren’t growing their SF operations, they are growing their Austin operations because of the more sustainable cost of living. It’s easier to find and maintain talent there. What happens if you unionize in one area but not the other? Does that area with unionization end up stagnant? I don’t know.Geek.com: So we should unionize everywhere.JM: But then how do you unionize in 200 countries around the world? There isn’t any kind of comparable we can look at. Even if you look at Hollywood with things like Directors Guild and Screen Actors Guild, they are there because Hollywood projects aren’t done with full time employees they are done like “You work really hard on a movie and then don’t work for four months.” But that’s the exact issue people want unions to address, they want more stable careers where you don’t have to worry about being laid off when your project is over.So to me this has to be an ongoing conversation that’s honest and open because we have to figure out how to address the issues that stop game developers from having more fulfilling careers.Thanks again to Jen MacLean and the IGDA for this opportunity.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form
Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWhat to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend The Umbrella Academy, a new series about a dysfunctional superhero family, is coming to Netflix next year.On Saturday, Netflix unveiled The Umbrella Academy trailer on its YouTube channel. The series, which follows six quirky siblings who attempt to solve their father’s death, will debut on Netflix on February 15, 2019. It’s based on The Umbrella Academy comic book series by Gerard Way, the lead singer of the band My Chemical Romance.The trailer, which features upbeat ’80s music, opens with a narrator who tells a story about a group of extraordinary children. In October 1989, 43 women around the world mysteriously gave birth to offspring without prior notice. The narrator says he’s adopted six of these kids and formed The Umbrella Academy to help them embrace their gifted abilities.It doesn’t end there. Viewers then see the six kids in their adult lives, and they’re all struggling with personal issues. On top of all this conflict, one sibling announces that the world is ending in eight days and that they don’t know how to stop it. Another sibling then swiftly responds, “I’ll put on a cup of coffee.”It’s uncertain what will happen to The Umbrella Academy squad, however, fans are in for a treat with the show’s cast: Ellen Page (The White Violin), Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Rumor), Robert Sheehan (The Seance), Aidan Gallagher (Number Five), David Castaneda (The Kraken), and Tom Hopper (Spaceboy) make a great team as they work to ward off an upcoming apocalypse.For more updates on The Umbrella Academy, you can check out the series’ Netflix page here.More on Geek.com:Here’s Everything Coming to Netflix in December 2018Your Favorite Roald Dahl Stories Are Coming to Netflix‘Daredevil Cancelled’ Marvel Netflix Turns to Ash Stay on target
Joy Britt wants Unalaskans to envision contaminated sites transformed. (Photo by Greta Mart/KUCB)Out of over 7,400 contaminated sites around Alaska, a hundred are in Unalaska and Dutch Harbor. That’s among the highest concentration of contaminated sites in the state, besides Adak.The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) runs the state’s contaminated sites program. The program is aimed at managing the cleanup of places where the soil and groundwater are polluted, and the DEC maintains a database of all these sites. A particular site is on list if it is a location “where hazardous substances, including petroleum products, have been improperly disposed, spilled or leaked form their containers,” according to the DEC. Many of the sites were contaminated during World War II and the 1950s and ’60s.Among the Unalaska sites are places like the Strawberry Hill Landfill, the Ugadaga Bay World War II Fire Control Station, and an underground storage tank at the old Fort Mears Hospital site on Eastpoint Loop Road.Of those 100 contaminated sites in Unalaska and Dutch Harbor, over 80 are on land belonging to the native corporations like the Ounalashka Corporation, or OC.Based in Anchorage, Joy Britt and her colleagues are in Unalaska this week to start sowing the seeds for a community meeting planned for January.“I work for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Tribal Response Program, it’s also called the Brownfields Program and I’m the program manager,” Britt said.Britt says she is working with the OC and the Qawalangin Tribe to organize a community meeting called a visioning session.“What a vision to action process looks like is that we have community participants come in and let us know what they would like a contaminated site to be turned into,” Britt said. “It could be a water park. It could be a community garden. It could be a new school. Just to make sure we have participation from the community.”Britt was touring Unalaska yesterday with Chris Price of the Qawalangin Tribe to raise awareness of their program.“There’s not a whole lot of cleanup being done in our state due a lot of land use laws, with ANCSA, and trying to find a responsible party. A lot of the times, regional or village corporations are implicated and so there’s a stigma. So there’s kind of a halt there with what’s being done with brownfields remediation,” Britt said. “There is no direct funds from the Army Corps of Engineers or the EPA to do clean ups. But there are funds for assessments. And that’s what the tribal response program does. ”Britt and Price say they hope Unalaskans will envision how the local contaminated sites could be transformed at the planned January community meeting.Britt says when she and other organizers can nail down a date; they will widely publicize the place and time of the meeting, particularly on the Qawalangin Tribe’s Facebook page.
A man found bleeding with multiple wounds on Wednesday night on the outskirts of Anchorage was initially thought to have been the victim of a bear attack. However, wildlife biologists are now reporting the attack was more likely from a moose. Anchorage police received a call stating the man was barely responsive and may have been stabbed. Police and medics responded, and took the man to a hospital, where he was pronounced in critical condition.APD police cruiser (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)After further investigating and working with medical staff at the hospital, it was initially determined that the male was likely attacked by a bear. Police had notified Fish and Game about the incident. Fish and Game biologists conducted a further investigation and determined that there was no evidence to suggest a bear attack at the crime scene. Police have not been able to interview the male yet .When examining the victim, biologists “found nothing to suggest any of the injuries were caused by a bear,” according to a press release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Police confirmed an agitated moose was near the scene the night the man was found.
-The district administration on Sunday slapped section 144 in Khagrachhari municipality area from morning to evening to ward off any untoward incident centring a protest programme seeking cancellation of the primary school teachers’ recruitment process.Sushama Unnyan O Durniti Protirodh Committee of the district arranged a rally at Khagrachhari Sadar upazila headquarter in the morning brining allegations of massive corruption in teachers’ recruitment process of primary schools by the district administration.During the rally, the speakers demanded the cancellation of the recruitment process. Otherwise, the district administration office will be besieged, they threatened.Following this, the district administration imposed section 144 starting from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm to maintain law and order situation.However, the committee decided to enforce a hartal on Monday.Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of 1973 empowers an executive magistrate to prohibit an assembly of more than four people in an area.