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UN officials urge countries to act on counterterrorism strategy

17 May 2007The main responsibility for carrying out the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy “falls squarely on Member States,” a senior UN official today told a symposium in Vienna convened to translate the landmark plan from words into action. Assistant Secretary-General Bob Orr, Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, told the opening of the two-day symposium that a majority of the more than 50 practical recommendations and provisions in the Strategy are direct calls for Member States to take specific action.“If we are to have concrete results to show to the world at the Two-Year Review of the Strategy, all actors must be actively engaged, both individually and collectively,” Mr. Orr said, pledging that the UN and its various departments and agencies would also introduce practical measures when required.Adopted by the General Assembly last September after a year of often fractious negotiations, the Strategy includes practical steps at the local, national and international level – ranging from strengthening the capacity of individual States to prevent and combat terrorism to ensuring that human rights and the rule of law are always respected in the fight against terrorism. It also calls for measures to enhance the role of the UN system to deal with terrorism, and to make sure that the world body’s efforts are better coordinated.Speaking during a debate following the opening speeches, Mr. Orr said the Strategy had been adopted as a holistic, comprehensive document and its implementation should therefore be done in an integrated manner and not as a pick-and-choose exercise by Member States.The Vienna symposium – convened jointly by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Austria – is the first major forum for Member States and the UN system to gather to chart a path for implementing the Strategy since its adoption.UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa told the meeting that his agency has the history of technical assistance, the network of field offices and the knowledge of the links between drugs, crime and terrorism to help UN Member States on the ground as they devise the practical measures to counter terrorism.Mr. Costa also called on States to set clear benchmarks against which performance can be measured, adding that “we will be judged by our actions, by results.” read more

Joint UNAfrican Union mission pays tribute to peacekeeper killed in Darfur

The death of Major Shehu Abdullahi Gada, who was shot by unknown gunmen on 16 July in Forobaranga, West Darfur, brought to nine the number of UNAMID peacekeepers killed in Darfur this year.Speaking at a farewell ceremony in El Fasher, where UNAMID is headquartered, Force Commander Martin Luther Agwai paid tribute to his fellow officer and countryman.“We are saddened that the young life and promising career of Major Gada was so suddenly cut short,” he said. “We are consoled by the fact that he dedicated his life to humanity and died in that cause. He carried out his duties with dignity, honour and total dedication. He comported himself at all times in a manner worthy of an officer and a gentleman.” Mohammed Yonis, UNAMID’s Director of Administration, expressed the mission’s heartfelt condolences to the murdered peacekeeper’s family and to the Government and people of Nigeria.“Such attacks on our peacekeepers will not impede our determination to continue working to help the people of Darfur which is why we are here,” he said.Just a week before Major Gada’s death, seven UNAMID peacekeepers were killed – and 19 wounded – when they came under attack for three hours in North Darfur. 18 July 2008The joint United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today paid tribute to a Nigerian peacekeeper killed two days ago while on patrol in the war-wracked Sudanese region. read more

DR Congo and UN launch stabilization and recovery fund

9 November 2009The United Nations and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have launched a fund to help the vast country recover from years of devastating civil war that ended earlier this decade, and continuing strife in its eastern provinces that has displaced more than a million people. “The start of [the Government’s] STAREC [stabilization and recovery programme] and today’s launch of the stabilization and recovery fund are perfect examples of the way in which the United Nations and its international partners work in the DRC in supporting sovereign national authorities for the populations benefit,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Alan Doss told the launching ceremony in Kinshasa, the capital, on Friday.“With the support of donors, like the Netherlands and Belgium today, our efforts on the ground will be able to be more effective.”The Netherlands has donated $2.7 million, while Belgium has pledged at least €6 million for programmes aimed at eliminating sexual violence, in addition to $20 million already allotted from the UN Peacebuilding Fund.The stabilization and recovery fund’s council announced several projects, including the rehabilitation of former combatants, training for the national army and housing for the families of soldiers, the deployment of national police in strategic zones, support for war wounded and the establishment of business centres in mining zones. read more

In final meeting with Israeli President Peres Ban decries global terrorism

Speaking at the beginning of a meeting in New York with President Shimon Peres of Israel, Mr. Ban said that the Organization takes the kidnapping very seriously and will do whatever it can to help, in close coordination with international partners. “Under any circumstances or any reasons this cannot be justified; it’s totally unacceptable and I’ve condemned it in the strongest possible terms,” he said. “I’m sending again my strong solidarity, first of all, with those young people who were kidnapped and must be enduring terrible days, and their families and friends, and the people of Israel,” Mr. Ban noted, adding that he had spoken with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the situation.Mr. Ban had also stressed the need to avoid an escalation of tensions in the wake of the abductions. The three teenagers were kidnapped in the West Bank near the city of Hebron on 12 June. There are reports that since then, more than 200 Palestinians have been detained in the West Bank in the context of security operations by Israel.Mr. Ban noted that the UN is “very much troubled” by continuing terrorist attacks, which are also taking place in Iraq, Syria and many parts of Africa. He highlighted the work of the UN global counter-terrorism strategy, which the General Assembly adopted in 2006. The strategy consists of four pillars to combat terrorism, universally condemn terrorist violence and provide guidance to Member States.“We need the whole world’s unity and solidarity to address this terrorism,” Mr. Ban said. “You can count on the United Nations.”In the Middle East, Mr. Peres has been a “dedicated and committed leader” in the peace efforts, Mr. Ban said, and lauded him as a “constant optimist and visionary”. “When many people in this world have been showing themselves just to fan the flames of conflict, widening the divisions instead of bridging the gap,” Mr. Ban said, “you have always remained the constant voice of calm and reason.”“For me as a Secretary-General, you have been a strong partner of the United Nations, and you really wanted to see Israel contribute more to the work of the international community,” he noted. “That I really appreciate very much.”While their shared vision of peace between Israelis and Palestinians is yet to materialize, Mr. Ban said he hoped that he could count on Mr. Peres’s continuing leadership.“I know that you may be retiring soon from the Presidency, but I hope you are not retiring from the world stage,” Mr. Ban said. The 90-year old Mr. Peres is stepping down as president next month, as his seven-year term ends. read more

South Sudan shaken by sustained fighting as political crisis continues – UN

In a briefing to journalists in New York, UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, cited reports received yesterday from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), documenting clashes between the two sides in Fangak County, Jonglei State, in the country’s north. The fighting reportedly resulted in the displacement of approximately 4,000 civilians, the spokesperson added. “UNMISS [the UN Mission in South Sudan] continues to provide protection and logistical support to the monitoring and verification teams that are deployed in South Sudan as part of the UN Mission’s mandate,” said Mr. Dujarric.In addition, he noted, UNMISS had also received reports of an attack last Friday in Western Equatorial State by suspected members of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), in which a 13-year-old girl is reportedly missing. The UN Mission is looking into the incident, he said. Political in-fighting between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, started in mid-December 2013 and subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country. IGAD has been mediating peace talks between the rival sides. read more

The Savita report leak is disturbing and unacceptable Brendan Howlin

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, has said the leaked report into the death of Savita Halappanavar at Galway University Hospital was “disturbing” and “unacceptable”.He said that the Minister for Health, James Reilly, has expressed his concern to Savita’s husband Praveen about the leak.Howlin told the Dáil during Leaders’ Questions that although Reilly still has not seen the leaked draft report, although numerous people in the HSE and media have, Praveen would be the first person to get the report as soon as it is finalised.Howlin was responding to questions from Sinn Féin’s Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald, who demanded to know how the government would “give assurances to pregnant women who are now looking at our health system and ‘wondering what’s going on?’”Howlin responded that as soon as the final report has been published and when it’s in the public domain, they will discuss it in the Dáil. He asked that space be now given to the expert panel who conducting the final report.McDonald also pressed the Minister on how the report could have been leaked before the Minster for Health or Praveen got a chance to see it. Howlin said that a report like the one into the death of Savita is usually given in draft format to those who have been cited in it to correct any errors before it is published. Howlin said it then somehow made its way into the media.McDonald also questioned the Minister about the legislation on the X Case because she said that “pregnant women should feel safe” in Ireland. Howlin responded that it was a longstanding issue that had been already through many other governments and that it needed more time.Read: Savita’s husband and family ‘very upset’ after leaked report >last_img read more

Police want to speak to 19yearold after teenage girl sexually assaulted in

first_img Image: Gloucester Street via Google Maps No Comments By Cliodhna Russell Image: Gloucester Street via Google Maps Apr 18th 2017, 3:12 PM Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 3:12 PM We are keen to identify and speak to a male we believe may be able to assist us with our enquires. He is described as around 19 years old, 5′ 7″ tall, thin, clean shaven with short dark hair.“We are also appealing for witnesses and would like to hear from anyone who was in the area during the early hours of Saturday 8 April and who may have witnessed a distressed female or anything else unusual. RCU detectives can be contacted at Ladas Drive by calling 101, quoting reference 191 08/04/17.”If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their name they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: Mummies and 1,000 statues found in search of 3,500-year-old tomb> center_img Police want to speak to 19-year-old after teenage girl sexually assaulted in Belfast city centre The PSNI Rape Crime Unit are investigating the reported assault. 8,831 Views THE PSNI RAPE Crime Unit are investigating a report of an 18-year-old woman being sexually assaulted in Belfast city centre.It’s understood the assault took place in the Gloucester Street area on Saturday 8 April at around 2am.Detectives want to speak to a 19-year-old man who they believe can assist them with the investigation. Detective Inspector Zoe McKee said: Short URL Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Le zoo de San Diego accueille un nouveau bébé guépard

first_imgLe zoo de San Diego accueille un nouveau bébé guépardUn bébé guépard fait le bonheur des soigneurs du zoo de San Diego, aux Etats-Unis, qui espèrent que l’arrivée du petit animal permettra de diversifier le patrimoine génétique de l’espèce. Kiburi, un jeune guépard âgé d’une dizaine de jours a ouvert ses yeux et découvert le monde pour la première fois le 24 novembre 2010. Ce jeune animal est le nouveau pensionnaire du zoo de San Diego et est actuellement hébergée au centre de soin du parc animalier. Le public a pu ainsi découvrir à travers les vitres de la nurserie le jeune guépard jouer, finir son biberon et s’endormir rapidement. Kiburi, qui pèse environ 640 grammes s’avère être en bonne santé et dort environ entre 20 et 22 heures par jour et se fait nourrir toutes les deux heures et demie. Il fait la fierté des soigneurs du zoo car chez les guépards le taux de mortalité infantile est très élevé en milieu naturel à cause de la prédation mais surtout à cause de l’appauvrissement du patrimoine génétique. Il a été suggéré que cet appauvrissement génétique est à l’origine de nombreuses mutations et problèmes tels que des anomalies congénitales, des queues déformées, des membres recourbés, des déformations de la mâchoire. Des biologistes ont aussi déclaré que l’espèce aurait du mal à être sauvée en raison de trop nombreux croisements entre membres de même “famille”. Le nombre de guépards a commencé à décliner depuis le début du XXe siècle, suggérant que d’autres facteurs sont aussi à l’origine du déclin de l’espèce. Le 29 novembre 2010 à 13:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Clifford Gibson has been slapped with a guilty verdict for the second

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLightening has struck in the same place twice; Clifford Gibson has been slapped with a guilty verdict for the second time and will restart a life sentence. The now 24 year old was found guilty in 2010 of the 2008 murder of Leslie Aurelus. After a successful appeal to the courts, the case was reopened and the retrial was started last week… Commenting on the case to local media, Gibson’s attorney Courtney Barnett says though he had his doubts he was expecting either an acquittal or a conviction of manslaughter. Barnett however, still wears his optimism high as he told media that he will be more than prepared to move forward with an appeal if the family decides to make one. Related Items:last_img read more

Oscars 2019 show nets Brie Larson Daniel Craig as presenters

first_imgBrie Larson is among the presenters for the 2019 Oscars. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner The 2019 Academy Awards may still lack a host, but the show just announced plenty of presenters.Marvel heroes Brie Larson, Chris Evans and Tessa Thompson, 007 Daniel Craig, Charlize Theron and Whoopi Goldberg are among those who will hand out awards.Also presenting will be Awkwafina, Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg and Constance Wu.Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the LA Philharmonic for the In Memoriam segment. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 77 Photos Chris Monroe/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview Stream these 2019 Oscar nominees now $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Amazon Post a comment Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See at Amazon Read the AirPods review Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review 7 $6 at Tidal DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy $999 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) TV and Movies Culture $60 at Best Buy Turo $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice $999 2:33 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Rylo The Cheapskate Angela Lang/CNET See It Boost Mobile Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $520 at HP Apple iPhone XS What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See Itcenter_img Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sprint Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See it 2019 movies to geek out over Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read DJI Osmo Action preview Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 0 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $59 at eBay Tags Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Now playing: Watch this: $299 at Amazon Captain Marvel Marvel Captain America The Avengers,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET $155 at Google Express $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Turo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will have a big presence at this year’s Oscars, with Black Panther among the nominees for Best Picture and six other awards (here’s our guide to watching all the contenders).Be sure to check out our sister site TV Guide for more on the 2019 Oscars, which will air live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 24 starting at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET (or Monday Feb. 25 from 1 a.m. GMT/12 p.m. AEDT) from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.last_img read more

Disclosure of Lavasas dissent note may endanger life or

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Election Commission has refused to disclose under the RTI Act the dissent notes of its Commissioner Ashok Lavasa on decisions pertaining to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches which were alleged to have violated the model code, saying it was exempted information which may “endanger the life or physical safety” of an individual. Also Read – Stop sale of ‘deadly’ stuff on Amazon, US lawmakers to Bezos Advertise With Us The poll body was responding to Pune-based RTI activist Vihar Durve who had demanded Lavasa’s dissent notes, pertaining to speeches given by Modi in rallies at Wardha on April 1, Latur on April 9, Patan and Barmer on April 21 and Varanasi on April 25. The Election Commission (EC) cited Section 8(1)(g) of the RTI Act exempting the disclosure of information which would endanger the life or physical safety of any person or identify the source of information or assistance given in confidence for law enforcement or security purposes. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us Durve had also sought information about the procedure followed and the decision given by the commission with regards to these speeches. This information was also denied citing the Section 8(1)(g) of the act. Lavasa had reportedly dissented on a series of clean chits given by the commission to the prime minister and BJP president Amit Shah on their speeches. Advertise With Us As his demand to record his dissent notes in the EC’s orders was not met, Lavasa had recused himself from cases relating to relating to violation of the Model Code of Conduct.The ‘full commission’ of the panel, comprising Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and members –Lavasa and Sushil Chandra — had deliberated on the contentious issue, after which the EC said dissent notes and minority views would remain part of records but would not be part of its order. “In the meeting of the Election Commission held today regarding the issue of MCC (Model Code of Conduct), it was, inter alia, decided that proceedings of the commission’s meetings would be drawn, including the views of all the commission members,” the poll body had said in a statement after the meeting on May 21. In the meeting, Lavasa is learnt to have stuck to his ground, pressing for his demand to include dissenting views in the orders. Since copies of the orders are sent to the complainant and respondents, they become public even if the commission does not share it with media. The EC had maintained that the dissent notes cannot be made part of the order as the poll code violation cases are not quasi judicial in nature and that they are not signed by the chief election commissioner (CEC) and fellow commissioners. “They are like executive orders. They are summary decisions where decision is taken by the EC without hearing out counsels of the two parties. The orders are brief which are not signed by the three commissioners,” explained an official after meeting. Such orders are usually signed by the principal secretary or secretary of the EC concerned, the official said. Lavasa had reportedly dissented in as many as 11 EC decisions involving complaints against Modi and Shah for alleged MCC violation and where they were given a clean chit.last_img read more

BNP welcomes Olis Jatiya Mukti Mancha

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP on Friday welcomed new political platform, Jatiya Mukti Mancha, floated by Oli Ahmed, president of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), reports UNB.”We welcome any initiative for the restoration of democracy and ensuring the release of our chairperson Khaleda Zia,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He came up with the remark after placing a wreath at party founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave. He was accompanied by recently-elected Bogura-6 parliamentarian GM Siraj.Fakhrul voiced deep concern over the deteriorating law and order situation.”Incidents like the recent killing in Barguna are taking place regularly in the country as the law and order situation continue to deteriorate,” he said.”The incident has exposed the government’s utter failure to maintain law and order,” the BNP leader said, claiming that crimes are on the rise as the government politicised all institutions, including the law enforcement agencies.When he was asked about Awami League leader Mohammed Nasim’s remark that Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain worked for the ruling party in the last general election, Fakhrul declined to comment.”It’s a political rhetoric,” he said. “I don’t want to make any comment.”last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more April 6, 2009 – TeraRecon Inc. recently announced the election of a new board of directors at its annual meeting of the shareholders held last week. The elected directors are TeraRecon founder Motoaki Saito, M.D., Ph.D., Robert James Taylor, Ph.D., Fumio Urano, Shigeyuki Watanabe and Matthew James Ostrander. Biographies for each director can be found on the company’s website.On April 1, 2009, the newly elected board of directors met and appointed company founder and serving CEO Dr. Saito, as Chairman and chief technology officer. Taylor, the serving president and COO, was appointed president and CEO. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | April 06, 2009 TeraRecon Appoints New CEO Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more center_img Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read morelast_img read more

Americans chant Build That Wall while on spring break…in Mexico

first_img CANCUN — Spring Breakers are not typically known for making the brightest decisions. But one group of American revellers has taken the stereotype of ‘dumb tourist’ to a whole new level while on a recent getaway to Cancun.According to the Yucatan Times, a group of uber-patriotic students boarded the Captain Hook pirate ship in Cancun, a popular cruise excursion and pirate show. Towards the end of the show, the students drowned out the cast with chants of “Build That Wall”, a direct reference to President Donald Trump’s controversial plan to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.Locals onboard pleaded with the group to stop their taunts, however “the Americans did not stop at all and continued singing the racist hymn,” reports the Yucatan Times.The outburst was recounted on Facebook by Peruvian Anaximandro Amable Bruga, who was on the ship. The post reads: “I went with Suly, my wife, to a show aboard a galley in Cancun. At the end of it, a flock of Americans (it’s not clear whether they were drunk or in ‘full’ use of their faculties) started to sing ‘Build the wall.’”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamGiven that the price of the cruise runs upwards to US$102 per person, one can only assume that these brazen party-goers spent a lot of money to offend and anger the very hosts who were employed to keep them happy.The Yucatan Times also notes that this may not be an isolated incident. Several workers in the tourism sector have reported a “growing number of complaints” against Spring Breakers who’ve been “offensive, rude and haughty towards Mexican people.” Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group Americans chant ‘Build That Wall’ while on spring break…in Mexicocenter_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: LOL, Mexicolast_img read more

Old Republic Insurance appoints Allen Chopra to liase with trade

first_img HAMILTON, ON — Old Republic Insurance Co. has appointed Laurence Allen as TIPS Travel Insurance Regional Sales Manager, South West and Northern Ontario.Allen began his career in the insurance business over 20 years ago in B.C. and Alberta.In his new role Allen will be responsible for overseeing sales as well as nurturing existing relationships and growing new relationships.“I’m excited to get out and meet our travel agent partners, share my knowledge and help them grow their existing travel insurance book of business,” he said.Laurence’s extensive background and knowledge of travel insurance “will be a tremendous asset, and he is a perfect fit within our ever growing sales team,” said Sharon Taube Fox, Director Travel Insurance Sales. “We are extremely excited and lucky to have him on board.”Allen can be reached at 1-866-875-2303 or company has also appointed Vena Chopra as TIPS Travel Insurance Regional Sales Manager, Western Canada.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckChopra joins the company with over 20 years of industry experience. After owning her own agency in Vancouver she worked with both Sears Travel and Sell Off Vacations in management roles.In her role Chopra will be responsible for overseeing sales as well as strengthening existing relationships and developing new relationships.“I am excited about this new chapter,” says Chopra. “Insurance is such an integral part of the travel sale and something I have always been very passionate about. At Old Republic we are all about customer service, visiting our agents frequently and being sure they understand the product they are selling.”“With Chopra’s extensive background in the travel industry and first hand knowledge of the business we know she will be a tremendous asset to our loyal agent partners in both BC and Alberta,” says Taube Fox.Chopra can be reached at 1-888-304-6368 or Old Republic Insurance appoints Allen, Chopra to liase with trade Posted by Tags: New Hires, Old Republic Insurance Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Wednesday, March 20, 2019 last_img read more

Prominent cases of asylumseeking at embassies

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements MANUEL NORIEGA: 1989Manuel Noriega, military governor of Panama, sought refuge at the Apostolic Nunciature _ the Vatican’s embassy _ after being overthrown by a U.S. invasion. Noriega surrendered 10 days later after being assured he would not face the death penalty in the United States.FANG LIZHI: 1989Fang Lizhi, a Chinese astrophysicist and pro-democracy activist, and his wife Li Shuxian entered the U.S. Embassy in Beijing after Chinese authorities cracked down on pro-democracy protests. They lived in the embassy for 13 months before being allowed to go to the United States.EDWARD LEE HOWARD: 1986Edward Lee Howard, a former CIA agent, fled to Helsinki where he went to the Soviet Embassy and was granted asylum. Howard had been identified as a KGB agent by Soviet defector Vitaly Yurchenko, who later defected back to the Soviet Union as was awarded a medal.CUBANS IN HAVANA: 1980Six Cubans crashed a bus through the Peruvian Embassy gates in Havana on April 1, 1980. After Peru refused to turn the asylum-seekers over to the Cuban government, Fidel Castro ordered all security guards removed from the embassy. More than 10,000 Cubans then jammed the Peruvian embassy grounds demanding asylum. Castro then opened the port of Mariel and 125,000 Cubans left the country in a chaotic exodus by boats. Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 LONDON (AP) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has entered the Ecuador Embassy in London seeking asylum. Some prominent cases of other asylum seekers taking shelter in embassies over the years:CHEN GUANGCHENG: 2012Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng escaped house arrest in his Shandong village and sought refuge at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. He left after six days, and subsequently was allowed to go to New York with his wife and two children. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths SVETLANA STALIN: 1966Svetlana Stalin, daughter of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, went to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi while she was in India returning the ashes of her husband. She returned to the Soviet Union in 1984, saying she wanted to reunite with her family. Her Soviet citizenship was restored but she left a year later to go back to the U.S. following a family feud.CARDINAL JOZSEF MINDSZENTY: 1956During Hungary’s Communist regime, Roman Catholic Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty lived in the U.S. Embassy in Budapest from 1956 until 1971, when he was allowed to leave for Vienna.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

For world limited options if Iran talks fall apart

first_imgFILE – In this Saturday, June 13, 2015 file photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference on the second anniversary of his election in Tehran, Iran. A picture of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hangs on the wall. Should the talks over Iran’s nuclear program collapse, the alternatives are not appealing: the war option that the United States has kept on the table has few fans, and the world does not seem willing to truly bring Iran to its knees by shutting off the flow of capital and goods. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona COULD TALKS BE REPLACED BY A DIFFERENT PROCESS?After the initial recriminations, both sides are likely to look for ways to salvage the progress made over the past two years in reducing tensions and lowering the chance of a new Mideast war over Iran’s nuclear program.Iran says it will continue to honor the Non-Proliferation Treaty and its obligations with the UN’s nuclear agency — meaning limited monitoring of its declared nuclear activities. But there will be great suspicion and Israel and others may ratchet up the covert war on the Iranian program; mysterious explosions, deaths and cyber-sabotage can be expected.Iran may be ready to resume talks if alternatives arise to physical inspection of the non-nuclear sites. One possibility is advanced measuring instruments based on samples from surrounding areas, or samples taken by a mutually trusted Iranian expert while IAEA inspectors await just outside the sites. They may propose interviewing nuclear scientists only through an intermediary or written questions and answers. But the U.S. administration may find it politically difficult to agree to a new set of negotiations — with terms on nuclear transparency dictated by the Iranians — that are much weaker than it had sought. Iran has a substantial air defense system — and Russia earlier this year lifted its self-imposed ban on sales to Iran of the advanced S-300 air defense missile. But even after Iranian deployment of such missiles, Obama says U.S. warplanes could penetrate Iranian airspace.Still, senior Pentagon leaders have publicly stressed the limitations of bombing, saying it likely would delay Iran’s development of a bomb by no more than three years while strengthening its inclination to covertly go nuclear — like other countries like North Korea and Israel have done. Leon Panetta said while heading the Pentagon in 2011 that U.S. bombing would have “unintended consequences.” A retaliatory Iranian attack on Israel could lead to rapid escalation.Israel itself has also made threatening noises, but the odds of unilateral military action seem slim: The Jewish state lacks the Americans’ ability to destroy facilities deep underground, is vulnerable due to its small territory, and would risk undercutting the international pressure on Iran for a relatively small return.COULD THE WORLD RATCHET UP THE SANCTIONS?It seems the world is not prepared to truly bring Iran to its knees by shutting off the flow of capital and goods. That would involve a tremendously expensive and politically explosive land and sea blockade as well as a militarily enforced no-fly zone across a country 2-1/2 times the size of Texas. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona CAIRO (AP) — The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions and facing internal pressure from opponents ready to pounce on any compromise.Should the talks actually collapse, the alternatives are not appealing. The war option that the United States has kept on the table has few fans, and the world community does not seem willing to impose truly crippling sanctions. A dangerous period of uncertainty looms. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WHAT WOULD HAPPEN THEN?The development would come when tensions between the rival Sunni and Shiite sects of Islam are at a historic high, with the sectarian divide fomenting wars in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere while threatening the stability of Lebanon and Bahrain and other countries in the region. Iran is Persian, not Arab — but it is emerging as the top Shiite power in the Middle East. Its hand is in many of the conflicts — whether overtly as in its support for the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon and the Bashar Assad government in Syria, or more opaquely as in Yemen.Thus, if Iran does become a threshold nuclear weapons state, a domino effect seems likely. Sunni Saudi Arabia — with the oil wealth to buy much of the nuclear prowess that Iran has labored to produce — has hinted it would feel compelled to acquire the same status. Egypt, could also follow suit. Israeli officials have said they believe Iran is aware that reaching the breakout point could have “serious consequences.”___Jahn reported from Vienna. AP correspondents Robert Burns in Washington, Adam Schreck and Aya Batrawy in Dubai, Josef Federman in Jerusalem, and Nasser Karimi in Tehran contributed to this report. Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home That leaves stiffer sanctions as the only realistic way to pressure Tehran economically. But even that could be a tough sell outside the U.S. The Iranian people who would suffer are largely captive, and some countries, like China, India and Japan, still depend on diminished but still significant exports of Iranian oil.Iran is also a vast market that companies big and small are eager to tap. The longer sanctions stay in place, the greater the incentive for firms to find ways around them — potentially lessening the impact of any ratcheting up.The U.S. has had sanctions against Iran in place ever since the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and has tightened them several times in the years to include Tehran’s crucial oil and banking sectors. There would be little to stop politicians in Washington from imposing even tougher measures on Tehran should talks break down and hopes for a deal fall through.But there may be much less appetite for ramping up the sanctions imposed by the United Nations and the European Union in recent years. As it is, sanctions discipline is already loosening as companies world-wide anticipate returning to the lucrative and underdeveloped Iranian market. Britain’s ambassador to Washington, Peter Westmacott, said last month that “we are probably not far away from the high-water mark” of sanctions against Iran and said “sanctions erosion” would likely follow any collapse of talks. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Which way it goes may depend on which side needs a deal the most. Iran might seem the weaker party, with sanctions harming its economy. But its authoritarian regime puts up a convincingly brave front, and the Obama Administration, with its legacy on the line, seems at least as determined to conclude a deal.Israel and Sunni Arab countries like Saudi Arabia fear any scenario where Iran — a Shiite power with a theocratic government involved in conflicts all around the region — is even close to a bomb. Deeply skeptical of Iran’s promises or of the West’s ability to not be hoodwinked, they have no desire to see the deal that appears to be coming.Here are some disquieting scenarios and questions to consider:IS THERE TRULY A WAR OPTION?The Obama administration continues to say it has the option of using military force to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, should diplomacy fail. It does not provide details publicly, but military officials acknowledge that the most likely form of U.S. attack would be aerial bombing of Iranian nuclear facilities, some of which are deep underground. There likely are numerous variations on the drawing table.Depending on the option picked by Obama, the U.S. military could call on a wide range of forces in such an attack, including one or more aircraft carriers, a full array of fighters, bombers and other combat aircraft stationed in or near the Middle East, and special operations forces that might be used to rescue downed pilots or enter Iran on sabotage or other secret missions. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall MIGHT THE IRANIANS MOVE QUICKLY TO DEVELOP A BOMB?They’re unlikely to go all the way, but could push to reach “threshold” status. Iranian officials insist they do not intend to build a nuclear weapon, and there is a “fatwa,” an Islamic ruling, against the very idea by the country’s top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Yet Tehran’s bomb-making ability has grown, and with it the global agitation.With no talks constraining Iran, it is likely to resume enriching uranium, which Tehran froze early last year under the preliminary deal that led to the present negotiation. Iran says that program is only for peaceful purposes, but enriched uranium can also form the fissile core of a nuclear warhead. If Iran opts to return to enriching at levels just a technical step away from weapons-grade, it could have enough fissile material for one bomb within months. This is the “breakout point” the deal is trying to extend to at least a year.Iran is years away from the technical expertise needed not only to develop a working warhead but to be able to mount it on a powerful enough missile. But that — and the notion that Iran will stop at “threshold” level — is cold comfort to those who fear Iran. Top Stories Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Hilton debuts in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

first_imgHilton debuts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Hilton Worldwide today announced the opening of the new 298-room Hilton Barra hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – the company’s first hotel in this booming metropolis. With a privileged location on Avenida Abelardo Bueno in the heart of the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, this newest hotel in Rio de Janeiro is set to be the first choice of fans visiting the city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.“This project, fueled by innovation and leading technology, is the result of the hard work and dedication of many team members and partners, all driven by the desire to deliver exceptional guest experiences in one of the world’s happiest cities.”“Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro is a one-of-a-kind property featuring a sleek, sustainable design that nods to the rich culture of this historic, cosmopolitan city and elevates our overall presence in this pivotal Latin America destination,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. “This project marks an exciting milestone for Hilton as we continue to break into new Latin American markets to deliver the unmatched hospitality experience Hilton is known for.”Developed by Carvalho Hosken S/A, the nine-story Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro displays a unique visual identity that blends a contemporary architecture and design, with the style and feel of the local Brazilian culture, all while contributing to the reduction of energy and water consumption. Top architects, interior designers and landscape artists played a pivotal role in creating a space where guests are embraced by their surroundings, including their entrance to a lobby of monumental scale with 37 meter height that when illuminated in the evening, acts as a gigantic glass box shining light throughout the property. Local artists contributed with exquisite works, and a key design element present throughout the property – a hollow form – creates a balance between light and the separation of space that allows a consistent flow through all ambiances. An outdoor garden rich in colors and textures completes the exclusive design.Just 30 minutes from Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport and five minutes from Jacarepaguá Airport in Barra da Tijuca, Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro boasts a strategic location with easy access to a number of corporate offices, convention and shopping centers and entertainment areas including HSBC Arena, Rock City and Citibank Hall. The hotel is also close to the Olympic Park just five minutes away and 15 minutes to the best beaches in Barra.“The opening of Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro is a momentous occasion for Hilton Worldwide, as it marks our entry into this important Latin America destination,” said Tom Potter, senior vice president, Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America, Hilton Worldwide. “This project, fueled by innovation and leading technology, is the result of the hard work and dedication of many team members and partners, all driven by the desire to deliver exceptional guest experiences in one of the world’s happiest cities.”Source = Hilton Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

South Pacific Tourism Organization partners with UNDP to implement SGD 14

first_imgThe UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO), in partnership with Beqa Adventure Divers (BAD), launched an initiative to mobilise tourism resources to implement SDG 14 (3). The ‘My Fiji Shark Initiative aims to promote the use of traditional knowledge, science and technology to advance sustainable management and marine conservation in the Pacific. The initiative aims to change public perception of sharks, which Natasha Marosi, BAD, described as “beautiful, intelligent and dynamic creatures” with individual personalities. Marosi explained that sharks are globally threatened by habitat loss and overfishing, and “deserve all the help they can get.”it is collaborating with the Shark Reef Marine Reserve, which is managed by BAD, to increase the profile of marine conservation in the Pacific through a shark adoption programme. The initiative enables sponsors to “adopt” individual sharks in their natural habitat. There are seven different tiers of public adoption levels, ranging from USD 50 to USD 10,000. Revenues generated from the initiative will support shark conservation measures, create new shark conservation and inshore fisheries management programmes, and build an independent shark lab to conduct shark conservation research in Fiji, among other activities.UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Country Director, Bakhodir Burkhanov, emphasised that the initiative “is all the more important as it targets SDG financing from – and with – the private sector.” He underscored the importance of private sector engagement and financial support in achieving the SDGs.The Government of Australia provided financial support for the initiative. The initiative is expected to contribute to the Government of Fiji’s fisheries management and marine conservation goals.last_img read more

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