Ready to talk on govt. formation if Sena sends proposal, says BJP

first_imgAfter days of suspense over reaching out to the Shiv Sena for formation of the next government in Maharashtra, the BJP on Tuesday said it was ready to negotiate as soon as its pre-poll ally sent its proposal. The Opposition has made similar overtures to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) assured the Shiv Sena that it could provide an alternative for government formation if its support was sought. Mr. Pawar  met Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday.On Tuesday, leaders of the NCP and the Congress met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. The Opposition leaders sought a hike in the relief announced for the rain-affected farmers.Core panel meeting Thirteen days after the results of the Maharashtra Assembly election left the BJP short of a majority, the party’s core committee met to discuss the stalemate. The Shiv Sena has been demanding the implementation of a 50:50 power-sharing formula, which it claims includes sharing of Cabinet portfolios and the post of Chief Minister. “The committee reviewed the current political situation. The people of Maharashtra have voted for a BJP-Sena  coalition, and we will give due respect to this mandate,” State party president Chandrakant Patil said after the meeting at the residence of caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.The committee, which includes Girish Mahajan and Sudhir Mungantiwar, is on standby to negotiate with the Sena, but if no proposal comes within two days, the BJP is gearing up for imposition of President’s rule. Senior BJP leader Vinod Tawde met Governor Koshyari after the meeting and apprised him of the party’s position. “We are willing to play a wait and watch game with the Sena,” a senior minister of the BJP said. Mr. Mungantiwar said the party is open to begin talks even in the next 24 hours, and the core committee will meet again on Wednesday to discuss future parleys. “You will soon get the good news on government formation,” he said. The BJP has already forwarded its proposal to the Sena to begin talks on all fronts, except the “non-negotiable” post of the Chief Minister, a source told The Hindu. Late on Tuesday, Mr. Fadnavis flew to Nagpur and met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. RSS functionaries in Nagpur were tight-lipped about what transpired at the meeting, though it is being speculated that the meeting was about the political deadlock in the State.The Sena, whose might in the 288-seat Assembly went up to 64 on Tuesday, after an independent MLA Rajendra Patil Yedavkar declared his support for the party, remained hard to please. “This statement (from the BJP) is a sign of maturity. Had they done this earlier, we would have formed government by now,” said Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut.. “All the Sena is saying is do as was decided, nothing more,” Mr. Raut said.last_img read more

I-League: Juan Quero Barraso helps Minerva Punjab FC beat Neroca FC

first_imgSpaniard Juan Quero Barraso’s stellar strike helped defending campions Minerva Punjab FC register a 1-0 victory over Neroca FC in an I-League encounter at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula on Saturday.With the win, Minerva Punjab FC jumps to the seventh spot in the points table leapfrogging Aizawl FC, Gokulam Kerala FC and Indian Arrows.This result ends Minerva’s frustrating winless run after 80 days. The Punjab-based team’s last win came against Quess East Bengal in Kolkata on December 4 last year.Minerva coach Sachin Badadhe opted for a strong attacking line-up with under-18 Elite Youth League star Makan Chothe, Prabhjot Singh, Mahmoud Al Amna and Quero starting in advanced positions.The defending Champions @minervapunjabfc steal all the 3 points at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula today. #MPFCNFC #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/wsJ6rpGobXHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) February 23, 2019Debutant Kalif Al Hassan anchored the midfield along with Amandeep Singh as Minerva dominated proceedings from the kick-off.Akash Sangwan had an early chance in the seventh minute of the match when he found space in the left-flank but his cross was gathered with ease by Neroca goalkeeper Lalit Thapa.Amandeep had a great chance to open the account for Minerva in the 21st minute after being played in by Amna but his shot narrowly missed the post. Minerva came close once again in the 41st minute when Amna’s 30-yard shot missed the crossbar by a few inches.Neroca’s closest chance came in the 43rd minute when Subash Singh found his way through an array of Minerva defenders. Unfortunately, for the visiting side he could not find the back of the net.advertisementJuan, the Spanish magician! #MPFCNFC #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/Mf99YuhBMMHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) February 23, 2019The visitors notched up the intensity in the second half as Chencho Gyeltshen, Katsumi Yusa and Aryn Williams all missed chances to take the lead. However, Minerva dominated the proceedings after 15 minutes.The home side almost took the lead when Chothe’s dangerous cross was converted by second-half substitute Moinuddin Khan. But the midfielder was adjudged offside by the linesman.The Warriors did not have to wait long for the all-important goal though. Moinuddin’s great ball control in the left wing allowed him to create space and send in a low cross to Quero, who showed remarkable control to find the back of the net in the 68th minute.Both sides continued to play free-flowing football for the rest of the half but Minerva held on to their lead to secure all three points.Minerva will now face Quess East Bengal in their last home fixture on March 3 while Neroca will travel to Kozhikode to face Gokulam Kerala FC on the same day.Also Read | ISL: Moudou Sougou hat-trick sends Mumbai City FC into playoffslast_img read more

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri writes to CAC, asks for declaration on conflict of interest

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri has written to the newly formed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) to give a declaration regarding conflict of interest so that the hiring process for the coach of Indian team can get started, a BCCI source confirmed.”Mail has been sent to all three of them to submit their declaration as soon as possible because the last date of applying for the post of the head coach is now over and we have to appoint someone as the coach, that’s why the mail has been sent. We expect that they will submit it soon,” a BCCI source told ANI.On Wednesday, ANI learnt that the hiring procedure for the new coach of Indian cricket team may get delayed as the newly formed CAC has not yet given the undertaking of conflict of interest, a top source within the Committee of Administrators had said”As of now, newly formed CAC has not given any undertaking of conflict of interest. So the hiring process of the coach may get delayed. But we are expecting the undertaking soon. All are former cricketers and they are doing something or the other. Some are commentators, coach or running an academy. As of now, there is no alternative. We are expecting the undertaking soon from them,” the source had told ANI.The last date for filing an application for the position of head coach was July 30.Earlier, ANI had learnt through top sources of the board that Saba Karim, the General Manager of Cricket Operations, was asked by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) to give new names for the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).advertisementThe new CAC was to be monitored by the COA and then the appointment of the new head coach of the Indian team would have been done.”This CAC will have three members and they will also see that there is no conflict of interest. Whether this CAC team can be appointed or not is also a major concern as the CAC can only be formed in Annual General Meeting (AGM), but we will see what will happen,” a senior BCCI official had told ANI.The earlier CAC comprised of former Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman.Tendulkar and Laxman had resigned from the CAC while there was no information from Sourav Ganguly. So a new committee was to be formed for the appointment of head coach.On being asked whether there will be any suggestions from the captain on the appointment of head coach, the source had said it’s up to the committee if they want to take suggestions or not.Also Read | Angelo Mathews leads Sri Lanka to 3-0 series sweep against BangladeshAlso See:last_img read more

Panama Gives 2 North Koreans 12 Years for Arms Smuggling

first_imgzoom The North Korean captain and the first officer of the freighter which was caught trying to smuggle weapons to Cuba via the Panama Canal in 2013 were sentenced to twelve years in prison by Panama’s Second Circuit Court, Panamanian daily The Tico Times reports.The Second Circuit Court overturned the previous ruling by a lower court that acquitted the two men and another crew member of the North Korea-flagged freighter Chong Chon Gang.That ruling was appealed by the prosecution and now the Second Court sentenced the captain of the freighter, Ri Yong Il, and the first officer, Hong Yong Hyon, for international arms trafficking, and affirmed the acquittal of North Korea’s political commissar Kim Yong Gol.“This decision does not withstand legal analysis and violates not only domestic law but international law,” said Julio Berrios, the lawyer representing the defendants.The seized ship, Chong Chon Gang, was caught carrying arms, missiles, as well as two MiG-21 jet fighters, hidden under thousands of tonnes of sugar. The ship was stopped under suspicion that it was smuggling drugs, however, the subsequent search revealed the hidden weaponry.Once discovered, Cuba said it was sending “obsolete” Soviet-era weapons to be repaired in North Korea.The incident led to the UN Security Council committee imposing sanctions on Ocean Maritime Management, the operator of the vessel.Ocean Maritime Management tried to dodge the sanctions by renaming its vessels. According to the UN report OMM renamed 13 of its 14 ships and transferred their ownership and management to other single ship owner companies.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Burnaby actors lead role in Kims Convenience a rarity in mainstream TV

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook And, she gets to “pretty much” play herself on TV, a Korean immigrant’s daughter — a cherished role Bang says she never saw on mainstream television growing up.“The excitement is too overwhelming,” she said with a laugh. “If I actually let it affect me, I would just be like, oh my goodness, I’m just going to stay in my room forever.”The show follows a Korean-Canadian family who run a convenience store in Toronto. Bang plays Janet, the defiant, Canadian-born daughter in a largely traditional family.When she first read the part, she says she couldn’t believe how much art imitated life.“I was like … this is me. It’s perfect.”The sitcom Kim’s Convenience stars (L-R) Simu Liu as Jung, Jean Yoon as Umma, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Appa and Andrea Bang as Janet. (CBC)Like her on-screen appa and umma, Bang’s parents were also small business owners. They ran a laundromat in Burnaby after immigrating from Seoul. Burnaby’s Andrea Bang has been feeling so lucky lately, she says she can’t even bring herself to think about it.She’s one of the lead characters in the new sitcom Kim’s Convenience, premiering tonight on CBC Television.She was an actor only for a couple of years before landing the plum gig. Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

CANUCK AUTHOR TIMOTHY CAULFIELD ON CELEBS HEALTH AND DEFYING DEATH

first_imgCanadian professor, researcher and author Timothy Caulfield took on pop culture health gurus in his award-winning 2015 tome Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash. Two years on, the 54-year-old is back to tackle the truth behind fad diets, detoxes, genetic tests and other medical methods humans turn to in an attempt to stay forever young in A User’s Guide to Cheating Death – a six-part documentary series that launches on VisionTV (a ZoomerMedia property) on Sept. 18. Caulfield recently spoke with Zoomer about longevity myths and methods and whether cheating death is actually a good idea.MIKE CRISOLAGO: Why are we so willing to accept a celebrity’s opinion on health and science but so quick to question actual scientists?TIMOTHY CAULFIELD: I do think there is a little bit of erosion of trust in the traditional sources of scientific information. And whether that has to do with the involvement of industry or the involvement of particular political agendas, it’s causing people to look to other sources of information. And I think that celebrities are filling that void to some degree. People don’t necessarily turn to celebrities for advice but the mere fact that they’re talking about this stuff, whether it’s Gwyneth Paltrow or Tom Brady, they hear this stuff and it helps to validate crazy ideas about how we’re supposed to be healthy. Login/Register With: Advertisement MC: When it comes to cheating death, though, haven’t humans always tried to fake out the Grim Reaper? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Photo courtesy of Peacock Alley Entertainment Inc. & VisionTV. Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ban welcomes rock band Linkin Parks support for sustainable energy initiative

“I don’t know much about rock music. I stopped listening after Elvis!” Mr. Ban quipped during a press briefing. “But this much I do know: bands such as Linkin Park reach tens of millions of people.”The Secretary-General spoke about the band’s continuous support in the past for humanitarian causes, including other UN initiatives such as their contribution to the “Not Alone” video, which sought to raise awareness and funds for Haiti after it was hit by a devastating earthquake last year.“More than nine million people have seen the ‘Not Alone’ video, which helped our work in Haiti after the earthquake. So it was natural that I should ask them to support my Sustainable Energy for All initiative – another UN effort to build the future we want.”The initiative was launched in September, and at its core is the vision of achieving universal access to modern energy services, doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030.Currently, some 1.4 billion people worldwide are estimated to lack access to electricity, with another billion having to deal with unreliable electricity networks. In total, nearly three billion people rely on solid fuels such as coal or traditional biomass for their basic cooking and heating.“Sustainable Energy for All will help us to reduce poverty, drive economic dynamism, reduce the risks of climate change and protect the planet – all at the same time,” Mr. Ban said.“We can turn on the lights in every household and turn down the global thermostat,” he added. “Linkin Park can help us spread this message.”“We want to raise visibility of the issue and we want to help spread the word,” said Michael Shinoda, the band’s vocalist. “We also want to make a difference on the ground. We are enlisting the help of our fans to achieve both.” 8 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed members of the award-winning alternative rock band Linkin Park to United Nations Headquarters in New York, where they announced their commitment to support his initiative aimed at ensuring universal energy access by 2030. read more

Oilsands work camps fill with evacuees as wildfire threatens Fort McMurray

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. —  Oilsands work camps were being pressed into service Tuesday to house evacuees as a raging wildfire emptied the city of Fort McMurray.“We’ve made our work camp available to staff and their families who have been evacuated and need a place to stay,” said Cameron Yost of Shell Canada.“We are looking at getting non-essential people out by aircraft,” said Yost, who added Shell’s camp could accommodate hundreds of evacuees.Bloomberg Most oilsands projects are well north of the community, while the worst of the flames were on the city’s south side.Shell’s camp is about 95 kilometres away and remained operating late Tuesday. Still, precautions were being taken.Officials were also evacuating non-essential staff at Suncor’s base plant, at 30 kilometres away one of the closest facilities to the city, said spokesman Paul Newmarch. Evacuees were moving in to the plant’s work camps. @Camshaft1389 it is for people who have not safely evacuated to a camp or out of the area. If you are in a camp, stay put and stay safe. — Suncor Energy Inc. (@suncorenergy) May 4, 2016//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“We’re providing transportation and accommodation to the region to support the evacuation,” he said. “We’re making whatever we have available to support the evacuation.”Newmarch said essential workers remained at the plant and production, as of late Tuesday afternoon, was continuing.I left my neighbourhood and there was houses on fire. I don’t know if and when I’ll be going backWill Gibson, a spokesman for Syncrude, which has a plant about 35 kilometres north of town, was himself one of the evacuees heading north away from the flames.“People are actually being evacuated toward the plants,” he said. “We’re being instructed to go to work camps in the region and report in there. We’re assuming it will be more than a night.”Oilsands cuts production, shelters refugees as wildfire forces tens of thousands to fleeGibson said he had to flee his neighbourhood via a grass embankment because the fire had already cut off the road at both ends.“I left my neighbourhood and there was houses on fire,” he said. “I don’t know if and when I’ll be going back.”Large work camps associated with oilsands projects can accommodate thousands to house workers who come from as far away as Newfoundland and Labrador.A 2015 municipal census counted 43,000 people in its “shadow” population, a term used for temporary residents who often live in such camps. read more

OPP beef up resources for Pride event

Haldimand OPP will be better prepared this weekend for the third annual Pride Haldimand-Norfolk event in Dunnville.Earlier this month, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) issued a finding of “neglect of duty” against Insp. Phil Carter, commander of the Haldimand detachment, in connection with a protest at last year’s Pride event.The third annual event is Saturday. Const. Rodney Leclair, spokesperson for the Haldimand OPP, says the force will be ready if similar troubles arise this weekend.“We are aware of this upcoming event,” Leclair said in an email.“The primary role of the OPP would be to keep the peace and ensure public safety. In fulfilling this role, the OPP take a measured, professional approach that balances individual rights with the need to maintain public peace and order.”The OIPRD took Insp. Carter to task for not having resources in place to keep the peace and protect public safety at last year’s event.Organizers of the Pride event asked the Haldimand OPP, in advance, to stay away from Central Park in Dunnville.However, OIPRD director Sylvana Capogreco said in her report it was negligent for Insp. Carter to honour this request given that confrontations at Pride events are not uncommon.Anti-gay protesters attended the first Pride event in Dunnville in 2017. Last year, a dozen protesters turned up. They cited Bible verses opposing homosexuality and delivered graphic commentary about homosexual acts over military-grade bullhorns.“It was mostly individuals from out of town with a few locals,” Louise Jones, spokesperson for Pride Haldimand-Norfolk, said in an email.“I believe the leader was from Texas and they were claiming to be protesting on ‘religious beliefs.’ I believe they were all-purpose haters because – as you will read in the (OIPRD) report – it was a mixture of homophobia as well as racism expressed in their protest.”In her report, Capogreco says the intensity of last year’s protest and its potential for violence caught the Haldimand OPP flat-footed.Haldimand OPP – some of them off-duty – were scrambled to the park to deal with the confrontation, which occurred May 26. Officers were also called in from Norfolk, Brant and Niagara.“Objectively assessed, the reasonable action expected of an officer with the commensurate experience of Insp. Carter would be to appropriately notify and brief his officers about the event through a meeting or at least a detailed written correspondence,” Capogreco says in her report.“Insp. Carter’s failure to put proper measures in place was a clear breach of his duty to protect the safety of the public and other police officers under the Police Services Act and common law.“While there is no evidence indicating he intentionally failed to act in this case, (Carter) demonstrated a degree of neglect which would make the matter cross the line from a mere performance consideration to a matter of misconduct.”The complaint to the OIPRD was lodged by Joe DaRocha. In her report, Capogreco dismissed allegations that the attending officers were negligent in their handling of the event. Also dismissed was an allegation of “unnecessary exercise of authority” by an individual officer.Questions about next steps were shared with OPP West Region in London Thursday afternoon. Responses to questions about a possible follow-up investigation and whether Insp. Carter has an avenue of appeal were not received by press time.Pride Haldimand-Norfolk organizers will hold Saturday’s event at Lions Park in Dunnville. The event has been moved to this venue, in part, because the location allows for better crowd control and less likelihood that celebrants will clash with protesters.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Legal advice sought on Booths Harbour water issues

Norfolk County will seek legal advice before it takes further steps on the water situation in Booth’s Harbour.Norfolk council heard allegations this week about the provision of water in Booth’s Harbour over the past 15 years and the possibility of oversight deficiencies on the part of public agencies responsible for the delivery of safe tap water.Council also wants to clarify whether Norfolk might have to pay to take over the private water system from its current operator.“There are many more questions than answers,” Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele said at the end of Tuesday’s discussion. “I would recommend we defer this until we get answers. We need to look more deeply into this problem.”Nearly 100 households in the hamlet section of Booth’s Harbour have been clamouring for Norfolk to take over their private water system since the county assumed responsibility for the system in St. Williams nearby about 15 years ago.In that instance, Norfolk took over and repaired the deteriorated distribution system and charged the expense to property owners. Both St. Williams and Booth’s Harbour are served by a water main running north-east out of Port Rowan.Low water pressure is a chronic problem in some parts of Booth’s Harbour. Brenda Himburg, who spoke to council Tuesday on behalf of her neighbours, said some households have complained of discoloured water.Himburg added she has been unable to piece together complete records on whether the private system in Booth’s Harbour has complied over the years with Ministry of the Environment regulations or whether the MOE has held the private system accountable for regulatory compliance.“When is the county going to make the correct moral, legal and financial decision to do this right after 14 years of doing nothing?” Hamburg asked council. “I don’t see any way around it other than to take the system over.”Himburg suggested residents of Booth’s Harbour have been over-charged for water for many years. As such, she said Norfolk County should consider absorbing a portion of the expense required to provide herself and her neighbours with safe, reliable water.That’s not what happened in St. Williams around the corner on Townline Road.St. Williams residents were given the choice of paying for the improvement to their property in a lump sum or amortize the expense to a maximum of 15 years with interest. Property owners opting for the latter were given the option of paying the balance at any time.At this point, the county estimates it could cost as much as $1.34 million to provide a solution in Booth’s Harbour. The cost to individual property owners is estimated at $9,200 to $13,400.“We are amenable to doing something,” Jason Godby, director of public works administration, told council. “We recognize the needs of this community.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

World Food Day heres what the UN is doing to fix intolerable

You can listen to the entire speech  of José Graziano da Silva, FAO’s Director-General, at the global World Food Day ceremony in Rome on Tuesday here: Following natural disasters, or in humanitarian crises created by conflict or health emergencies, the World Food Programme (WFP) delivers relief food items, often overcoming tremendous logistical challenges. In 2017, 91 million people received food assistance across 83 countries, and 18 million children received school meals across 60 countries.One way people can support directly this effort is through the Share The Meal smartphone application, which has already enabled over 27.3 million meals to be “shared” with just one click in the Middle East, Bangladesh, Haiti, South Sudan and the Lake Chad region. As smartphone users outnumber hungry children by 20 to 1, the UN believes this has the potential to make a real difference.,3. End malnutrition In parallel, to tackle nutrition deficiencies worldwide, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) work hand-in-hand by: providing emergency care and therapeutic food to children and pregnant or lactating women in need; opening community-based treatment centres (CMAM); carrying out capacity building efforts in medical centres worldwide; and training mothers on best feeding practices.,4. Focus on local economic systems Currently, more than 815 million people do not have enough to eat. Some 155 million children under the age of five – 23 per cent – are chronically malnourished and stunted and may endure the effects of it for the rest of their lives. One in two infant deaths worldwide are caused by hunger.”This is intolerable,” said the Secretary-General. “Zero hunger is about joining forces,” he stated, as he called for “stronger political will and more financial support… until everyone has enough and quality food”.Speakers at the global World Food Day ceremony in Rome echoed the UN chief’s call to action to governments, companies, institutions and individuals.“People frequently ask me if I really believe that it is possible to eradicate hunger by 2030. My answer is yes, I do,” said José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), noting that his own country, Brazil, had been able to almost eliminate hunger in less than 10 years, from 11 per cent of the population in 2001, to about 2 per cent in 2010.”The struggle against hunger urgently demands generous financing, the abolition of trade barriers and, above all, greater resilience in the face of climate change, economic crises and warfare,” said Pope Francis in a message read on his behalf.Since its very early years of existence, the UN has made tackling hunger and malnutrition one of its key priorities. Here are some of the ways the organization is contributing today to achieving zero hunger tomorrow:1. Help small farmers produce more with less Eighty per cent of the farmland in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia is managed by smallholders (up to 10 hectares). For years, FAO has been providing them with training, improved seed supplies, agricultural tools and fertilizer to ensure higher yields.One key project has been the roll-out of the farm business school (FBS), formerly called farm field school – a hands-on learning programme on the basics of farm business management, product commercialization, market awareness, and adaptation to climate change to increase resilience.,2. Provide emergency food rations in humanitarian crises In delivering assistance, the UN is careful to ensure that local economies are supported and fueled whenever possible. WFP has pledged to source 10 per cent of its food purchases from small farms. In humanitarian crises, assistance in the form of electronic cash transfers and food vouchers is essential to kickstart local economies. In addition, by easily recording and tracking transactions, this improves transparency and eliminates food distribution and storage costs.In addition,  WFP’s Purchase For Progress (P4P) initiative encourages national governments and the private sector to buy food in ways that benefit smallholders. Covering 35 countries, P4P has changed how more than 1 million small farmers interact with markets.,5. Develop vulnerability projections and analysis Women comprise an average of 43 per cent of the agricultural labour force of developing countries, and nearly 50 per cent in Eastern and Southeastern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.If women farmers had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20-30 percent, lifting 100-150 million people out of hunger. That is why the UN, across its various initiatives, places a particular emphasis on empowering rural women and girls, and providing skills training.,7. Raise awareness and galvanize change WFP’s Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) enables the UN to monitor food security situations and market fluctuations in countries across the world. This supports decision-making for programmes world-wide.In addition, launched at the climate change conference in Paris in 2015, the UN’s food insecurity and climate change vulnerability map examines how climate change could increase hunger across the globe.,6. Empower rural women and girls Achieving Zero Hunger is the second of the ambitious 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by 193 Member States in 2015. To meet the various targets by 2030, the UN is raising awareness with governments, the private sector, individuals and farmers.“We know what needs to be done,” said FAO’s Graziano da Silva. “And we have to act now.” read more

Supercar thief facing jail over stealing Saudi Princes £97000 car by hoodwinking

first_imgMohammed Humza is facing jail for stealing a Rolls Royce from a Saudi prince A supercar thiefwho stole a £97,000 Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe from a Saudi prince is facing jail on Friday.Mohammed Humza, 26, conned the DVLA by falsely claiming he owned Sheikh Mohammed Alibrahim’s luxury motor parked in London’s exclusive Mayfair district.He then ordered new keys for the Rolls Royce and sold it to Shaks Specialist Cars in Huddersfield for £27,500 along with a Blue BMW 5 Series and a White Mercedes-Benz A Class. Humza also used the same scam to claim he was the lawful owner of a Porsche 911 belonging to Nicholas Cattelian, a Ferrari California belonging to Sara Duncan, and an Aston Martin DB9 belonging to Jake Urich.On Friday at Southwark Crown Court he admitted one count of theft and five counts of fraud by false representation.Humza, wearing a grey Hugo Boss sweater and smart blue trousers, spoke only to enter his guilty pleas and remained stony-faced during the brief hearing.  Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe Judge Martin Griffith said: ‘You have pleaded guilty to what are clearly serious matters, I’m sure you have been told that the chances are you won’t be leaving this court in liberty the next time you come.’As an act of mercy I’m prepared to allow you time to sort out your family arrangements.’The court heard Humza fooled the DVLA by filing a bogus V62 form claiming he was the new owner of the Rolls Royce.Sheikh Alibrahim says he was unable to reply to the DVLA on whether the ownership had changed because he was abroad.The prince said only he and his chauffeur were allowed to get behind the wheel and claimed the car was inspected every week.  Rolls Royce Phantom CoupeCredit:Central News Mohammed Humza is facing jail for stealing a Rolls Royce from a Saudi princeCredit:Central News Humza, of Fuller Road, Watford, was released on conditional bail until his sentencing at Southwark Crown Court on 13 March.He has been ordered to observe an electronically monitored curfew between 8pm-7am while he is on bail. 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.last_img read more

Brewery swaps woman in suspenders for fighter pilot to make beer more

first_imgInspired by the historical images of American war plane nose art, the original pump clip featured a blonde pin-up in a scanty pink top. She was given a “boob job” in 2007, fulfilling the beer’s motto: “Full bodied and totally irresistible.”Castle Rock managing director Colin Wilde said: “It is time to acknowledge that the sexualised presentation of Elsie Mo is not accepted by a culture that strives for, and celebrates, equality.”It has always been our intention to make all of our customers feel comfortable, and we recognise that we may have let some people down. A brewery has swapped its logo of a woman in suspenders for a fighter pilot to make the beer more female friendly.Nottingham-based Castle Rock has brewed a beer in honour of World War Two pin-up Elsie Mo since 1998 and it is one of the company’s top selling ales.But now its has been ditched in favour of a more politically-correct design, which pays homage to the Second World War’s female pilots.With no hint of cleavage or legs, the change marks an industry-wide move to get rid of sexist beer marketing. It’s the third re-brand for the award-winning Elsie Mo. Elsie’s now in the pilot’s seat, where perhaps she should have been all alongColin Wilde, Castle Rock managing director The stockings and suspenders are out as Nottingham brewery Castle Rock re-brands one of its best-selling beers The stockings and suspenders are out as Nottingham brewery Castle Rock re-brands one of its best-selling beersCredit:Angela Ward/BPM Mediacenter_img 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. Mr Wilde added: “Elsie’s now in the pilot’s seat, where perhaps she should have been all along.”The re-brand was overseen by the marketing department at Castle Rock, with marketing executive Liv Auckland being instrumental in the conceptual designs.Ms Auckland said: “We worked closely with our designer to ensure the new pump clip is spot on. While it pays homage to the war effort and the unsung bravery of these pilots, my aim was for it to be an empowering image – to be a pump clip that proudly celebrates women in all industries, including our own.”The new pump clip will be rolled out to pubs over the next few weeks but some of the old labels will remain until stocks run out. “Over the last few years, we’ve questioned the Elsie Mo branding ourselves, as well as customers. In 2014, we re-branded Elsie, wanting to better integrate the image within the historical context intended. The consensus from our customer base that the pump clip was improved, but the depiction of Elsie Mo remained a contentious issue.”While we never set out to offend, we acknowledge that the pump clip – in all versions it has appeared over the years – may have been regarded as offensive and we now think the time is right to move forward.”The re-brand has been designed to celebrate the “will and bravery of women both in times gone by and today”, without losing its original heritage.Inspiration has been taken from the Second World War’s women pilots, who took to the skies in Spitfires, Lancasters and Hurricanes to deliver battle-ready planes to RAF fighter pilots.last_img read more

Column Are you in or out Welcome to the great digital divide

first_imgDRONES DROPPING AID parcels. Universal internet access via balloons. Disaster responders volunteering at the touch of a button. Tweets and apps that save lives.Technology is transforming the face of humanitarian action; connecting people and fostering the exchange of information in ways that would have seemed impossible just five years ago.Simply put, connectivity is aid. But today, this technology is only helping a fraction of those most in need. There is a chasm between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. Take internet access as an example: a mere 31 per cent in low-income countries have internet access, compared to a massive 77 per cent in high-income countries.Welcome to the digital divide.First responders need life-saving technologiesWho were those most vulnerable to disasters in 2012? Those living in the least developed countries. Although the overall number of people affected by disasters last year decreased, in the poorest countries it actually increased. Then add this fact into the mix: over 90 per cent of lives saved after disasters are saved by local people. Unfortunately, in such vulnerable contexts, these ‘first responders’ are the least likely to have access to life-saving technologies, such as early warning systems and life-saving text messages, despite being those who would benefit most both to better prepare for disasters and to recover faster.Here in Ireland, the Irish Red Cross recognised the need of bridging information gaps for those first on the scene. This year, we launched a smartphone app putting first aid knowledge in to everyone’s hand; quick and easy tips for everyday first aid, along with step by step guides for how to prepare for emergencies. With this app the Irish Red Cross can send emergency push notifications to warn the public of imminent dangers, such as flooding and severe weather, in real-time fashion.As the 2013 issue of Red Cross’ World Disasters Report argues, the best way to ensure that communities are resilient is by investing in developing the capacity of community members to be the responders and organisers of their own relief. In achieving this, technology has a critical role to play.Digital inclusion is saving livesAlthough digital exclusion is increasing vulnerability, digital inclusion is saving lives. How? The digital age offers the potential to turn the traditionally top-down model of humanitarian response on its head. The people on the receiving end of emergency aid, who until recently were far from where decisions are made, can now identify and voice their own needs directly. They can also design their own solutions through technology by mobilising local, national and sometimes global support.Take the beneficiary communications and outreach programme in the Indonesian Province of Aceh, a community devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The Irish Red Cross piloted this scheme with the aim of using technology to help the population develop skills they needed to find solutions to the problems they faced .The communities we worked with could send information about their challenges and unmet needs via SMS, and in return, the Red Cross held two-way discussions with community members through radio, print media and local TV; open dialogue between affected populations and service providers.Large-scale emergencies often provide opportunities for innovation, and preparedness using technology has been proven to work. Take Bangladesh, where there has been a 200-fold reduction in fatalities between cyclones in 1970 and 2007. Much of this huge success has been down to early warning systems using a range of technologies, from weather prediction technology to mobile phones and megaphones. This example also supports our experience – many of the best solutions come from the disaster-prone communities themselves.Bridging the divideHow can we bridge this digital divide? Through collaboration amongst the humanitarian sector, corporations, governments and communities we serve. The humanitarian sector cannot do this alone. As technology continues to play an ever more important role in society, evolving to keep up with progress is only going to get more difficult and more expensive.Partnerships between humanitarian organisations, governments and private sector companies are critical to harnessing the full potential of technology to improve the resilience of affected communities. Our solutions are only going to be as good as the partnerships we forge. And they need to happen now.For example a partnership between the Red Cross and the telecommunications company Trilogy has led to the Trilogy Emergency Relief Application (TERA), which has enabled 3 million people in Haiti to receive hurricane warnings and disease prevention advice. At an estimated cost of 3 million US dollars, this was only achievable through partnership.The next steps are clear – if we want to continue to help the most vulnerable people in this digital age, we must provide the nuts and bolts for the bridge to cross the digital divide. If we do not, we are in danger of recreating or exacerbating existing inequalities by only listening to those who are connected. Access to information and communication technologies for at-risk communities must be recognised as a basic need and priority alongside health, food, water and shelter.The future of humanitarian action depends on it. For all of us, individuals, technology providers, governments and private corporations, and indeed humanitarian organisations – this is a responsibility, not a choice.On 23 October, the Irish Red Cross will launch the 2013 World Disaster Report in Ireland – the focus of this year is ‘Technology and the future of humanitarian aid’.John Roch is the Head of International at the Irish Red Cross. He has over 20 years’ professional experience in humanitarian response and development across Africa, Eastern Europe Central Asia and South Asia. As an ICRC delegate, John was involved in many of the major complex emergencies and conflicts during the 1990s , managing some of the ICRCs largest humanitarian operations in Somalia, Sudan and the Balkans .last_img read more