Motorola may launch the second generation Droid Turbo – a Verizon exclusive – as early as October in the US, a new report suggests. Serial tipster @upleaks who earlier leaked the first purported Droid Turbo 2 render has now tipped that the phone could be launched next month. This also makes sense because the original Droid Turbo was also launched at around the same time last year.Also Read: Motorola’s shatterproof Droid Turbo 2 is codenamed Bounce, specifications leaked In addition, the alleged Droid Turbo 2 reported to be called the Moto X Force outside the US may launch elsewhere, sometime in December. @upleaks confirms that at least Europe and China will get it in the said period.The Droid Turbo 2 is expected to sport a one-of-its-kind shatterproof screen with a back that looks a lot like the Moto X Play and rubberised finish on the sides.Rumoured specifications of the alleged Droid Turbo 2 include: a 5.43-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB RAM, a 21-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3,760mAh battery. It will reportedly come in 32GB and 64GB internal memory options.In another news, Motorola is all set to launch the Moto X Play in India on September 14. The Motorola Moto X Play’s USP is its all-day battery and water-repellent coating, the company has claimed. It has a 5.5-inch FullHD screen and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory which is expandable.The Moto X Play has a 21-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. It runs stock Android Lollipop and uses a 3,630mAh battery.advertisementAlso Read: Motorola Moto Turbo review
of NDA govtNew Delhi, Sep 13 (PTI) Aiming to change perception about NDA government among minorities, the Centre has decided to hold Progress Panchayat, an information campaign, in minority-dominated areas about Centres welfare initiatives meant for them.Union Minorities Affair Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will launch the programme on September 29, holding first Panchayat in Haryanas Mewat, which is witnessing tense situation after double murder and gang-rape of members of a Muslim family, allegedly over beef consumption recently.Naqvi will also take part in similar programme in Tijara in Rajasthans Alwar district on October 3 and is expected to attend a total of 100 Panchayats in the minority-concentrated areas across the country in time to come.”It is going to be an information campaign. It is to inform people about various welfare schemes and initiatives of the government. We will launch the programme in Mewat,” he said.Besides holding Panchayat, the Minister will inaugurate 100-bed hostel building for girls in Hathni in Palwal and staff quarters at schools in Nuh and Nagina. He will also lay founding stone of model school in Chilwali.The Ministry plans to construct 1,000 multi-purpose community centres, to be called as Sadbhav Mandap, in the minority-concentrated areas of the country within a year in association with state governments.Such centres can be used for marriages, during festivals, for organising craft mela and sports activity by locals.It also plans to construct schools and other facilities on vacant lands of Railways, the Minister said.According to Ministry officials, the government has released Rs 6,500 crore to states under 12th Finance Commission for implementing Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP), which the government plans to rename as Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Yojana incorporating new works under it.advertisementIn 2015-16, it has released Rs 132 crore until now and has a target of releasing Rs 1,125 crore this year.The Ministry has also set a target of training and placing 50,000 youths from Jammu and Kashmir within a year under its Seekho Aur Kamao (Learn and Earn) scheme within a year.The work, however, has slowed down in the wake of on-going unrest in Kashmir, a Ministry official said.A 20-year-old woman and her 14-year-old cousin were sexually assaulted by several men, while their uncle and aunt were beaten to death in their home in Mewat on August 24.One of the gangrape survivors has alleged that the attackers asked “if she eat beef” before targeting her. PTI ENM RG
Aleksander Ceferin, the president of Slovenia’s football federation, was overwhelmingly elected as the new head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA at an extraordinary Congress on Wednesday.Ceferin, 48, beat Dutchman Michael van Praag, the only other candidate, by 42 votes to 13 and will succeed Frenchman Michel Platini, who announced his resignation in May after being banned from football for four years for ethics violations.Ceferin, who is not a member of UEFA’s executive committee, was little known outside his own country until he announced his intention to run in June.”I am not a showman, I have no ego issues and I am not a man of unrealistic promises,” he told delegates before the vote. Each of UEFA’s 55 member associations had one vote in the election. He added that the “wind of change” was blowing through European football. (Also read: European football split as UEFA set to elect new president)Both candidates had promised to help the smaller countries and leagues in the face of a growing divide between a handful of rich clubs and everyone elseBoth agreed that the process which led to last month’s reformulation of the Champions League in favour of clubs from big countries was flawed and said they would fight any attempt to set up a breakaway Super League.Ceferin did not say, however, whether he would review the decision.The Slovenian did say though that he would look again at the new structure of the European Championship, with matches spread across several countries leading to semi-finals and final in one place, which comes into place in 2020 and was the brainchild of Platini. (Also read: UEFA announce changes to Champions League from 2018/19)advertisement”It’s a great honour but at the same time a great responsibility,” said Ceferin after the decision was announced by acting president Angel Maria Villar.”My small and beautiful Slovenia is very proud about it and I hope that one day you will also be very proud about it.”Van Praag said: “Alex and myself have the same goal, look at our programmes. He wanted to do it his way and I wanted to do it my way and today democracy has spoken.”
Ahmedabad, Oct 6 (PTI) The Kabaddi World Cup is all set to begin here tomorrow, with organisers and players of competing countries today expressing confidence of taking the game to new heights of popularity across the globe. Addressing the media at a pre-event press conference, International Kabaddi Federation chief Deoraj Chaturvedi said that 12 out of 32 Kabaddi playing countries will participate in the fortnight-long tournament, which will be concluding on October 22. The game, which begins tomorrow at a new multi-purpose stadium, TransStadia, built here under a public private partnership. “Twelve wonderful teams from five Olympic geographies will clash with each other. Another big milestone is that it will be played at a World Cup facilitated stadium TransStadia here, which has come up here in such a short time,” he said. “Kabaddi is our (Indias) own game and I take that today it is played in 32 countries, out of which 12 countries are participating,” he said. The 12 participating teams are India, UAE, England, Australia, Iran, Poland, Thailand, Bangladesh, South Korea, Japan, Argentina, and Kenya. The tournament, being organised by the International Kabaddi Federation, will be broadcast live in 120-odd countries by Star Sports, which will be a first for a kabaddi tournament, Chaturvedi said. “It is for the first time that kabaddi will be showcased and exposed to the world, and I am sure this World Cup will create a history and will help us promoting the game throughout the world,” he said. Twelve teams have been divided into two pools of six teams each with inaugural matches being played tomorrow between India and South Korea, and United States and Iran. Speaking about the tournament, India team captain Anup Kumar accepted that there is pressure due to the presence of worlds best teams. “It is a big tournament and all teams are very good, some teams are new and playing with them will be a new experience, and I believe there is pressure. Our only target is to keep the trophy in the country,” he said. Speaking at the press conference, Anupam Goswami, head of kabaddi at Star Sports, said that the World Cup will further popularise the game across the world, after a successful show of Pro-Kabaddi League. “We strongly believe that in one of these days we will see India as a powerhouse of sports beyond cricket. Pro Kabaddi League is the second most viewed league after IPL, and we will expand it further in the coming years,” he said. “We hope to make as much an impact for Kabaddi across the world by this tournament as we did for the country with with pro Kabaddi,” he added. PTI KA PD DK CM BASadvertisement
The Reload is PFB’s new recruiting nightcap, which will catch you up to speed on the day’s events surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting with an ear to the ground on what to expect in the near future.Impact of Lucas N’Guessan CommitmentAs you may have heard by now, Brad Underwood has landed a commitment from seven-foot center Lucas N’Guessan from the Netherlands. With a prospect coming in like N’Guessan for 2016, there’s two major takeaways.Jordy Tshimanga, a 6-11 center from Granby, MA, who was expected to take an official visit to Stillwater this weekend, has cancelled his trip and will now visit UNLV this weekend instead.This essentially rules OSU out of the Omer Yurtseven sweepstakes.The important thing to keep in mind here is that more than likely, Oklahoma State didn’t like their chances with the five-star Yurtseven. And Tshimanga, although he was planning to visit, may have been lower on the Cowboys recruiting board than N’Guessan. Just speculating, but Tshimanga was (and still is) considering Nebraska as his favorite. So perhaps the Tshimanga and Yurtseven dominoes were bound to fall over, and N’Guessan just helped with the process.More on 2018 DB LaDarrius BishopAs I noted in yesterday’s edition of The Reload, Oklahoma State extended an offer to Ashdown, Arkansas prospect LaDarrius Bishop on Wednesday. I talked with Bishop briefly after the offer who said he was “very excited and very happy” about the Cowboys offer. He mentioned that, being just a sophomore, he doesn’t have an ideal fit or program yet in mind, but he’s planning to feel out the best school throughout his recruiting process. Specifically, he said he wants to consider how the schools academics are ran, so he clearly has a good head on his shoulders.The 6-foot cornerback has offers from Baylor and OSU.New Hoops OfferBrad Underwood continued his planning for the future on Wednesday night with an offer to 2018 power forward prospect Kamaka Hepa of Barrow, Alaska. ESPN ranks him a five-star prospect, while Scout and Rivals rank him as a four-star prospect.The Alaskan high-flyer has offers from Nebraska, Miami, Utah, Wichita State, Tulane, and several other small schools. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Cowboys pursuing four-star Washington commitJason McEndoo, like much of the coaching staff, has been everywhere on the recruiting trail leaving no stone unturned. And on Wednesday, McEndoo tweeted out the tweet below about a FaceTime call with a recruit:That look when u get off the ☎️ w/ an absolute beast from the ?425?that can #DominateTheEdge & Score in the ?zone‼️ pic.twitter.com/AJUW0nnZBs— Jason McEndoo (@JasonMcEndoo) May 12, 2016The 425 area code belongs to Bellevue, Wa. prospect Hunter Bryant. Bryant is a four-star tight end committed to Washington. He’s an absolute monster on the outside and as McEndoo mentioned, he can score in the red zone with ease given his massive 6-foot-3, 240-pound frame.Here’s a look at just how easy he makes it look:??TE Hunter Bryant (Eastside Catholic) @blackbeast88 – #Beast pic.twitter.com/Co9gFFbzqr— UnderTheRadar (@_UnderTheRadar_) May 9, 2016
Liverpool v Manchester United Martin Atkinson to referee Liverpool vs Man Utd clash Goal Last updated 2 years ago 19:05 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool v Manchester United Premier League Manchester United Liverpool The official last took charge of a game between the two sides back in 2015, when he sent off Steven Gerrard for stamping on Ander Herrera Martin Atkinson has been confirmed as the referee in charge of Liverpool’s meeting with Manchester United on Saturday.The fixture takes place at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s side look to inflict a first defeat of the league season on Jose Mourinho’s men, who are joint top of the Premier League table.Liverpool 6/4 to beat Man United Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Atkinson last took charge of a match between the two sides back in March 2015, when he sent off Steven Gerrard inside a minute of him coming on as a half-time substitute in a 2-1 defeat for the Reds.The referee has, in total, officiated three matches between Liverpool and United, with the Red Devils having come out on top in all of them.He was the man in the middle for United’s Premier League opener against West Ham, although he hasn’t refereed a Liverpool game so far this season.The Reds are on a run of two games without a win after drawing 1-1 with both Spartak Moscow in the Champions League and Newcastle United in the Premier League, while United will be aiming to make it seven wins from eight in the league.Atkinson will be assisted by Lee Betts and Stephen Child, while the fourth official is Jonathan Moss. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Arturo Vidal holds no concerns about Barcelona pursuing Neymar as the Brazilian’s return to Camp Nou reportedly edges closer.Reports in Spain indicate the two parties are growing increasingly optimistic of pushing through an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain.The 27-year-old enjoyed four successful seasons in his first stint at Camp Nou but questions have been raised about the wisdom of a reunion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Ex-Barca boss Pep Guardiola pondered whether Neymar would return as the “same person” but midfielder Vidal, who is away on Copa America duty with Chile, is not about to question his club’s decisions.”I am already playing with the best in Barcelona, and if Barcelona want Neymar that is none of my business,” Vidal said.”I am focused on the national team, on trying to win this tournament, then to get some rest.”There are people in Barcelona in charge of those matters.”Vidal and Chile, winners of the past two Copa America tournaments, are preparing for a crunch semi-final date with Peru in Porto Alegre.The dynamic former Bayern Munich man and team-mate Charles Aranguiz will have to be on their best behaviour after each picked up a yellow card in the quarter-final victory Colombia.Another on Wednesday would mean a suspension for the final, should favourites Chile overcome their less experienced opponents.Vidal said: “Neither me nor Charles are worried about our bookings.”If we have to give our lives out there, if we have to risk another yellow card we will do it.”Our most important goal is to produce the best game in this tournament for the team so we can reach the final.”
CORAL GABLES, FL – JANUARY 02: Head coach Manny Diaz of the Miami Hurricanes (left) poses for a photo with athletic director Blake James after the introductory press conference in the Mann Auditorium at the Schwartz Center on January 2, 2019 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)New Miami football coach Manny Diaz didn’t waste much time in delivering a scalding hot take on the state of recruiting.Weirdly, it resulted in a shot at Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant.Diaz rejoins the staff a few weeks after taking the head coaching job at Temple.With Mark Richt’s sudden retirement, the Hurricanes reached back out to Diaz, and got him to take the job in his hometown.He had served as The U’s defensive coordinator since 2016.Manny Diaz was asked about recruiting, and said that Kevin Durant and the NBA are to blame for players flocking to “winning” programs.I’m not sure where Diaz thinks players were heading before the summer of 2016, but sure.From the Miami Herald:“Sometimes it just takes one,” coach Manny Diaz said of snagging top recruits. “Sometimes it just takes that one guy that’s like, ‘I’m staying’ and then it goes. There’s going to be more skill guys [in South Florida] than what we can take, but there’s no doubt [UM needs more of the elite recruits.]“Look, the world has changed, and I’m going to blame the NBA. Once Kevin Durant went to the Warriors after they were 3-1 up when he was at Oklahoma City — kids want to go where the winning is. So, that’s hard because you have to create the winning to get them to come to where the winning is. So, there’s a natural tendency to be drawn to the places that are currently on top, which, that’s fair.The funniest part here is that with this line of thinking, you could more accurately trace the blame back to LeBron James forming a superteam in…Miami.Of course, that wouldn’t fly.Either way, complaining about kids wanting to play for championship caliber teams seems like a strange strategy for a coach who should ostensibly have championship aspirations.[Miami Herald]
The Government is to develop national guidelines on coastal management and beach restoration, along with a coastal risk atlas this year, to support and inform decisions with respect to developments within coastal areas.A coastal risk atlas provides data about hazards and communities’ vulnerability to coastal storms.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the announcement during his address at the launch of National Environment Awareness Week 2017 and Green Business Jamaica on May 25, at the Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa, in Kingston.Mr. Vaz said the guideline document, being prepared with support from the World Bank, is part of a broader strategy by the Government to implement activities geared towards environmental protection.“Today, we are experiencing more erratic weather patterns. A prime example is the recent rains that we had across the island. As a Government, we realise we have to be proactive in our efforts to ensure climate-change mitigation and the protection of our resources,” he said.The Minister further noted that a Coastal Response Strategy will also be developed to guide activities for the improvement of coastal ecosystems, such as coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass.Additionally, he informed that the Government has received funding from the World Bank Programme on Forests (PROFOR) to implement a project to “assess the economic valuation of coastal protection services provided by mangroves in Jamaica”.Mangroves protect coastlines against natural hazards, such as storms, tsunamis and coastal erosion.The grant is linked to the ongoing Jamaica Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), which focuses on enhancing climate and disaster resilience of key infrastructure as well as the country’s disaster-response capacity.“The overall objective of this initiative is to support the Government’s thrust to promote cost-effective coastal-protection measures through mangrove ecosystems enhancement,” Mr. Vaz said.He pointed out that these initiatives are in line with the National Environment Awareness Week 2017, being observed from June 4-9 under the theme ‘Protecting Paradise’.The week’s activities are being spearheaded by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and will commence with a church service, followed by World Environment Day Expo and a networking session for ecotourism stakeholders.It will also feature an environmental awareness session led by NEPA officials with students of Swallowfield Primary School, and a Policy dialogue and presentation on coastal management and beach-restoration guidelines.The week will culminate with a student field trip to the Blue and John Crow Mountains. This is being organised in collaboration with the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust.
Nova Scotians have additional time to submit their comments on how to update standards for sand and gravel pit operations. Kerry Morash, Minister of Environment and Labour, released a discussion paper on Oct. 7 to help gather input on the appropriate standards for pit operations. The new deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Feb. 15. “Stakeholders indicated they needed more time to consider the discussion paper and submit their responses,” said Mr. Morash. “In this instance we have the discretion and we’re happy to extend the deadline so we can gain valuable information from the public.” To obtain a copy of the discussion paper on pit operations contact 1-800-567-7544 or visit www.gov.ns.ca/enla/ . If you have any questions about the discussion paper, contact Julie Towers at 902-424-4155 or Darlene Fenton at 902-424-2382.
Retired Chief Justice of Nova Scotia Constance Glube has been named chair of a steering panel to lead the development of a new strategy governing the province’s natural resources. Natural Resources Minister David Morse made the announcement today, Dec. 23. “Nova Scotians will be extremely well served by such a highly respected chair,” said Mr. Morse. “I want to thank Ms. Glube for accepting the position. She will guide the process as we drill down into the issues and tap into the technical expertise required to develop the new natural resources strategy.” The steering panel is charged with overseeing the balance of the strategy process, starting with phase two, which will incorporate information collected through public consultations held earlier this year. More panel members will be named soon. In the third and final stage, the steering panel will review the strategy and ensure it accurately reflects what was heard in the first two phases. The strategy is expected to be completed by March 2010. “I am delighted to be taking on the role of chair of the steering panel and look forward to building on the work co-ordinated by Voluntary Planning during the past year,” said Ms. Glube. “I am confident that the panel will remain faithful to the values of Nova Scotians as we move to the next phase of the process.” Voluntary Planning, which organized public consultations during phase one of the strategy process, will submit its final report to the minister early in the new year. “More than 2,000 Nova Scotians from all walks of life participated in 27 sessions across the province, and submitted more than 600 written submissions,” said Mr. Morse. “This was a very successful exercise in public engagement. I want to thank Voluntary Planning for capturing what Nova Scotians value about their natural resources, and identifying the important themes that will guide the work in phase two.” The department is also seeking applicants for four, three-member panels of expertise to focus on the key components of the strategy: forests, minerals, parks and biodiversity. A call for applications will be advertised in early January. Under the guidance of the steering panel, the four panels of expertise will define the process for further researching the issues and themes that emerged during the consultation process. “It is important, especially given the current economic climate, that we have a strategy that builds a better future for Nova Scotians through responsible, well-planned management of our natural resources,” said Mr. Morse. More information on the natural resources strategy process is available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/ .
SALMON ARM, B.C. – A elderly man is missing following an overnight mudslide in the southern Interior of British Columbia.RCMP say local fire officials responded to the slide in the community of Tappen north of Salmon Arm on Saturday.One home was completely enveloped by the slide with others possibly being partially damaged.In a news release, Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says family members confirmed the 76-year-old man was last known to be inside the home that was buried in the slide and he has yet to be located.Shuswap Search and Rescue crews have been activated and are working to enter the home to search for the man.Police say tactical evacuations of several residences are complete and road access to approximately 100 homes has been blocked as a result of the slide.
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Peter Fricker is Communications Director for the Vancouver Humane Society.He says the film gives a frank portrayal of the treatment of dogs in the commercial sled dog industry aimed at tourists for entertainment.“It’s been very effective. Basically, they’re saying these dogs are different, they can take it. But as people will see in the film, a lot of them can’t take it and they don’t finish the race and they have numerous problems and face exhaustion and injury and sickness as a result of the race.”Fricker says the film depicts the dogs expiring during races, and tethered to posts in freezing temperatures for the remainder of their days when they’re not working.Festival organizers say they’re confident that many of the concerns expressed by those in the commercial dog sled industry may be relieved somewhat after the film’s screening.COURTESY OF NEWS1130 Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment WHISTLER (NEWS 1130) – The Whistler Film Festival has resisted calls by the sled dog industry to withdraw a screening of a documentary which purports to depict mistreatment of the animals involved.The Vancouver Humane Society is lauding the film as well-researched and revealing.The organization had urged that the documentary ‘Sled Dogs’ be given its world-premiere Saturday at the Festival, despite a backlash on social media from those within the industry. Login/Register With:
CAIRO – A regional cold snap spread to Egypt on Friday, with some Cairo suburbs seeing snowfall for the first time in years, a weather official said. The Middle East has been hit by a fierce winter storm, with temperatures in Egypt plummeting over the past two days as torrential rain also lashed parts of the country.“It is the first time in very many years” that it has snowed in the suburbs of Cairo, said Ali Abdelazim, an official at the meteorological centre. “The whole garden was white,” Karim Kheirat told AFP by telephone from the new town of Medinati northeast of the capital.“It’s the first time in my life that I have seen it like this.”Other suburbs of the capital also saw light snow showers, residents said.In the Sinai Peninsula, the storm deposited a blanket of snow several centimetres (inches) thick in the mountainous area around Saint Catherine’s monastery for the first time in decades.Mokhtar Hussein, who lives in the area, said he had not left his house since Thursday because of the weather.“We aren’t leaving the house at all because the whole town is covered in snow,” he said.On the Mediterranean coast, gardens, streets and houses in the town of Ras al-Bar were covered by a layer of white after heavy snow, resident Rania al-Mubashir said.The northern coastal city of Alexandria only received light snowfall, but authorities shut the port for the third consecutive day because of the bad weather and strong winds.
UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner Wendy Chamberlin will travel on a five-day mission visiting refugee camps and UNHCR projects in Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi, accompanied by senior officials from Manpower, Nike, Merck, Microsoft and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.“The aim of next week’s mission is to give business leaders an opportunity to learn more about UNHCR’s work in East Africa and the Great Lakes, as well as to see for themselves the impact of their involvement on the daily life of refugees,” UNHCR Spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told reporters in Geneva.“The five corporations are part of UNHCR’s Council of Business Leaders, set up last year in Davos to build additional bridges between the corporate and the humanitarian communities.” The Swiss city of Davos is home to the annual World Economic Forum.The role of the Council is to advise UNHCR on the best strategies to capitalize on existing joint projects and to develop new and innovative public-private partnerships. The Council also aims to raise awareness of refugee issues in the business world.“As well as visiting refugee camps in Kenya and Tanzania, the delegation will follow a convoy bringing refugees from Tanzania back home to Burundi,” Ms. Pagonis said.There are more than 240,000 refugees in Kenya, the majority from Somalia and Sudan. Tanzania is home to more than 400,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi. In Burundi itself, UNHCR is running reintegration projects for some 300,000 people who have returned from exile – most of them from Tanzania – since 2002.UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres returned from a one-week mission to the Great Lakes region on Monday, calling on the international community for “a bigger engagement in the years and months to come” in the impoverished region.
“It is of the interest of both parties in the conflict and of all Syrian people to preserve the neutrality and the functionality of health infrastructure,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan, and Executive Director of the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF) Anthony Lake said late last night.In the joint statement, the officials “strongly condemn” attacks on health and any other civilian facilities in Syria and added that they are “deeply concerned by the serious implications for patients, health personnel and provision of critical medical supplies”.Over 60 per cent of public hospitals are not functioning in Syria and a similar percentage of ambulances stolen or damaged, according to UN figures.“At a time when hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, it is vital that these facilities be protected and medical staff be allowed to provide urgent medical, surgical and obstetric care to patients without any risk,” the officials said.They noted that attacks against health facilities can be considered a war crime under international law. “All parties must respect their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians, health facilities and health professionals,” they urged. Despite the insecurity and serious access challenges the UN and partners have helped vaccinate more than 3.3 million children against measles and polio in recent weeks, according to figures provided by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Meanwhile, over 8,000 women have received reproductive and maternal health services, the UN agency said, and hundreds of thousands of people with chronic health problems are being treated with medical supplies and training provided by the UN and partners.The statement also deplored the escalating violence in a conflict that has killed more than 100, 000 people and driven some 6.5 million others from their homes since opposition protesters first sought to oust the Government of President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011.On Tuesday, Ms. Amos briefed the UN Security Council behind closed doors on challenges to humanitarian access in the war-torn country. She said that despite “modest progress” with the Government on speeding up visa issuance and increasing the number of relief distribution hubs, perhaps 250,000 Syrians remain cut off from aid.
If the coroner’s officer knows that the family has a genuine religious need to hold the funeral of their loved one either later that day or the next day, this religious need cannot lawfully be excluded from the defendant’s consideration Lawyers told the court on Tuesday that Ms Hassell’s jurisdiction covers the boroughs of Camden, Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets, which between them have “sizeable” Jewish and Muslim minority populations.Sam Grodzinski QC told the court there was evidence from Jewish and Muslim leaders that the policy has caused “widespread distress” among faith communities.The barrister, representing the Adath Yisroel Burial Society, told the court his case was not that religious groups must come first, but that religious belief must be “conscientiously taken into account” by a coroner. A coroner who refuses to allow Jews or Muslims to skip the burial queue has been accused of breaching human rights laws at the High Court.Mary Hassell, the senior coroner for inner north London, established a policy so that deaths in her jurisdiction are dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis.It says no death will be prioritised based on the religion of the deceased or their family by either the coroner or her officers.The policy is being challenged at the court in London by religious groups who say it ignores “deeply held beliefs” which require their dead to be buried as soon as possible.They argue Ms Hassell’s stance is unlawful and breaches the Human Rights Act and the Equality Act. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He added: “If the coroner’s officer knows that the family has a genuine religious need to hold the funeral of their loved one either later that day or the next day, this religious need cannot lawfully be excluded from the defendant’s consideration.”And yet, the effect of the policy is that the Jewish or Muslim family must simply take their place in the cab rank queue – regardless of whether others require any urgent decision from the coroner.”The court heard that, since first outlining the policy, Ms Hassell has said it is “flexible” and does take into account the wishes of families.In a written statement ahead of the hearing, she said: “My team and I do, in every case, try to help and we tailor that help.”We respond to particular circumstances and wishes and we accommodate every family when we are able – provided that doesn’t materially disadvantage other families, we assist where we can.”The hearing continues before Lord Justice Singh and Mrs Justice Whipple.
The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) celebrated this week the formation of a promising five-member body, tasked with the mission of championing multiculturalism and its benefits, while countering negative stereotypes.With support from the Victorian Government, the inaugural Multicultural Ambassadors Program brings to life one of the commitments outlined in its Multicultural Policy Statement for 2017, in a bid to improve social cohesion and support our diverse communities in celebrating and sharing their culture with pride and respect.Our newly-appointed Ambassadors for Multiculturalism made their first joint appearance at a special event hosted at Melbourne Museum last Tuesday, where attendees had the opportunity to hear their personal stories of how diversity shaped their lives, learn about the drivers behind their decision to join the program and what they hope to achieve.One of them was actress Olympia Valance, best know today for her role as Paige Smith in the soap opera Neighbours. Within the Greek Australian community however, Olympia’s past also bears a special significance as she happens to be the granddaughter of Neos Kosmos founder, Dimitri Gogos.“I’m very proud of my Greek and Serbian heritage, while I’ve always felt safe to be able to celebrate where I come from, which I think is something everyone deserves to feel. So, it’s nice to be able to use my voice and platform to share my story and get people to talk about their stories, just starting the conversation again,” Ms Valance said during the event.Olympia Valance. Photo: AAP Image/Julian SmithThe proposal to become a Multicultural Ambassador was also met with enthusiasm by AFLW star and league-leading goalkeeper Darcy Vescio, successful corporate personality and NBL chairperson Larry Kestelman, Victorian chef, restaurateur and media personality Karen Martini, and AFL premiership star, Jack Riewoldt, who was unable to attend the event.The VMC Chairperson Helen Kapalos introduced the ambassadors to the audience and coordinated the panel discussion, while Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott was also a key speaker.In her introductory remarks, Ms Kapalos stressed how Multicultural Ambassadors can act as change agents, shining a light on the positive contribution diversity has made in Australian society, “because they all bring with them a personal story of how multiculturalism has played out in their lives and impacted their lives”.Thanking the delegation members for standing up to share these stories, Mr Scott spoke about how their lived experience encapsulates the trajectory of diversity and multiculturalism in the country and how promoting these stories helps strengthen bonds in our community and fight prejudice against people with different religion, language and culture.Celebrating this spirit of diversity and inclusion is a foremost consideration for Ms Valance in her new role.“Without the myriad of backgrounds and cultures and ethnicities, we wouldn’t have all this beautiful food and music and festivals that multiculturalism opens us up to.“After all, that’s what makes Victoria what it is and it wouldn’t be one of the most liveable places in the world if it wasn’t for its beautiful mix of people,” Ms Valance said during the panel discussion.Helen Kapalos addressing the panel.In the same vein, 25-year-old Darcy Vescio explained how sports can be a great driver for young people to focus on things they share and stated she is determined to help promote a sense of pride in multiculturalism, wanting people to see each other for who they are, instead of where they come from.Karen Martini brought to the fore the irrational face of racism, describing incidents where people who had experienced discrimination in the past often become the perpetrators years later, while Larry Kestelman focused on the positive impact of immigration on business and economic development.“If you don’t have diversity in your workplace, then you’re probably missing out on a great opportunity,” he said.Born in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union, he migrated to Australia at the age of 12, before moving initially to Italy with his parents.In sharing a glimpse of his story during the event, Mr. Kestelman made a funny yet emotional comment about the stigma of being called a ‘wog’ back then.“I’m a proud wog,” he then exclaimed and the same statement was echoed by his fellow ambassadors.The event was the first time the members of the delegation met each other, but it seems they are more than ready to work together for their special mission: promoting Australian multiculturalism, the element that makes this country so unique. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Warangal: Rich tributes were paid to PV Narasimha Rao, the first Prime Minister of India from the non-Hindi-speaking and southern part of the country, on the occasion of his 98th birth anniversary on Friday. Leaders cutting across party affiliations remembered the architect of India’s reforms. Speaking at the DCC Bhavan here, Greater Warangal Congress Committee president Katla Srinivas Rao described PV as a great economic reformer. Despite the controversies surrounding his government, PV came out with flying colours. Also Read – TRS is institutionally strong: MLA Govardhan Advertise With Us “PV’s reforms rekindled the waning economic position of the country. PV, who made Manmohan Singh the Finance Minister, gave him a free hand to bring in reforms that led to a spurt in country’s economy,” he said. Senior Congress leaders EV Srinivasa Rao, Boddireddy Prabhakar Reddy, Modem Sridhar Goud, Dr Puli Anil Kumar, K Ganesh and B Sampath were among others who paid floral tribute to PV.Elsewhere at the Bus Station junction, legislators D Vinay Bhaskar, K Srihari, KUDA chairman Marri Yadava Reddy garlanded the statue of PV. They remembered the services of PV to the nation, on the occasion.
Linards ZarinsPR HandoutSinger Linards Zarins’ latest single titled I Miss You has struck a chord with the music lovers and received positive review and response from them. The track has gone viral on the social media.Linards Zarins premiered the lyrical video of his new single I Miss You on his YouTube channel and other music platforms on July 5. The song was instant hit with many music lovers and started creating buzz on the social media within no time. The audience not only expressed positive reviews in their replies, but also shared its link on micro-blogging networks. Here are some of their replies.Lessie Weimann: I am feeling this song and I really like it. keep expressing your heart through your music. Every word could be what some people need to hear. It most helped me get over a lot.James Harris: I don’t know but i feel his pain though I’m in a very happy and peaceful place in life but i know how it feels. I had my share too.Chris Nilles: Masterpiece. This is what made me fall love with Linards Zarins music. Beautiful song and beautiful video.Cleveland Raney: So beautiful song.I love Linards Zarins voice it’s so perfect and powerful.Leif Boyle: This song gives me a really good vibes and make me feel so good.Linards Zarins is a Latvian-born, Spanish-based singer and songwriter whose mix of pop and R&B vocals has led him to grow a sizable and engaged following. On April 12th, 2019, he released his debut single “Good Thing”, a sultry pop-summer track produced by platinum-selling producer Daniel Calvin. The song became a viral hit overnight amassing over 300k streams in less than a week on Spotify.Good Thing was featured on the Pop Trending Playlist alongside the likes of Billie Eilish, Khalid and Diplo. It stands as a testament to the growth and maturation that Linards has gone through over recent years. Musically, his distinct sound samples elements from urban, pop, Latin, electric, and dance genres that carve a chill yet upbeat atmosphere for listeners.Originally gaining exposure on a nationwide talent show in his home country, Linards would build on the momentum from it through a slew of widely acclaimed covers of artists such as Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and more. In one video covering The Chainsmokers and Kelsea Ballerini’s song, This Feeling, Linards amassed over 6 million views.Linards Zarins has a rapidly growing presence on Instagram with 576k followers as of April 2019. On Instagram, Linards consistently uploads content, interacts with fans, and uses it as a tool to contact and collaborate with artists from around the world.