In a novel initiative, the women inmates of the Sabarmati Central Prison have taken up the task of making sanitary napkins.The enterprise will serve not only as a source of income for them but also promote better menstrual hygiene among women inmates in jails across Gujarat, an official said.The sanitary pads, made at the manufacturing unit installed last week by a city-based NGO in the women’s barrack of the Sabarmati jail, will be given free of cost to all women inmates lodged in various prisons of the state, the official said.The Navjivan Trust, an organisation founded by Mahatma Gandhi, acted as a bridge between the NGO, Karma Foundation, and the jail authorities in shaping up this innovative project of providing some meaningful work to the womeninmates.The work to manufacture sanitary pads at the unit in the Sabarmati jail premises was formally launched on May 11. | Photo Credit: Gujarat Information Department In this Gujarat State Information Department handout photograph released and taken on July 6, 2010, female inmates make aggarbattis, incense sticks, at the Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad. The introduction of the various trades, to keep inmates occupied, was speerheaded by a local NGO. File photo: In this handout photograph released and taken on July 6, 2010, female inmates work on new sewing machines at the Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad. The Karma Foundation’s managing trustee, Priyanshi Patel, said the idea of starting the project struck her when she visited the jail six months back and saw women inmates spending their time without doing any work.“The Navjivan Trust then suggested me to install a sanitary napkins manufacturing unit. This will provide income to these inmates,” Patel said.The sanitary pads made in the Sabarmati jail will be given free of cost to all women prisoners across Gujarat, she said.In future, the NGO would also take up the task of selling these napkins at subsidised rates through government agencies, Patel said.“The women inmates can also start a small business of making sanitary pads after they come out of the jail,” she suggested. At present, one manufacturing unit has been installed where about 12 women prisoners can work at a time.“We will gradually increase the number of manufacturing units,” Patel said.The in-charge superintendent of Sabarmati jail, V.H. Dindor, expressed happiness that the women prisoners have now got some work to do.The Navjivan Trust’s managing trustee, Vivek Desai, said they would encourage more NGOs to come forward and bring up such projects for the benefit of the Sabarmati jail inmates. | Photo Credit: Gujarat Information Department
The U.S. government is considering changing how biomedical researchers inform patients about the risks of some clinical experiments in the wake of an acrimonious debate over a study involving premature infants. The rules and the controversy—which put some neonatal research on hold for several months this year—were the subject of a daylong public hearing held earlier this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C.The dispute has divided the bioethics community and pitted the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funded the infant study, against the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), the federal watchdog for research ethics. And it has focused attention on how best to ethically conduct research that compares the effectiveness of existing medical treatments, an endeavor that has grown since Congress approved $1.1 billion for such studies under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.The controversy began in March, when the OHRP issued a letter criticizing the directors of a $20 million, 23-hospital study known as SUPPORT (the Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial). 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OHRP charged researchers with failing to provide sufficient warning to parents of the 1300 babies in the study. It said researchers should have told parents about concerns that the high-oxygen saturation group had a potentially greater risk of eye disease, while babies in the lower group might be more likely to die or suffer developmental delays. Both concerns proved true at statistically significant levels.Many researchers and NIH officials, however, challenged OHRP’s stance. In an editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine in June, NIH Director Francis Collins called OHRP’s letter “inappropriate” given SUPPORT’s excellent design and importance. Collins’s surprisingly sharp editorial suggested that the 13-year-old OHRP be reined in by having experts consider its opinions before they are issued. Other researchers noted that because the trial involved treatments that were all considered “standard of care,” it wasn’t clear whether researchers needed to inform parents about risks related to care that might have been provided even without the study.OHRP ultimately backed away from plans to sanction the researchers. Instead, it announced that it would help organize the 28 August hearing and issued a letter emphasizing that it “does not and has never questioned whether the design of the SUPPORT study was ethical.”Those at the hearing offered an array of views on both the SUPPORT study and how future studies should be conducted. Kathy Hudson, an NIH deputy director, told ScienceInsider that there was no reason for SUPPORT researchers to have mentioned the risk of death at lower oxygen levels, because there was no recent data indicating that risk. OHRP Director Jerry Menikoff, however, said the agency’s examination had found that, during preliminary discussions of SUPPORT’s design, some neonatologists had raised concerns about risks at the lower oxygen levels. OHRP concluded that these concerns met a legal standard of “reasonably foreseeable risks” that researchers are supposed to warn subjects about.The parents of one infant enrolled in SUPPORT said they should have been told. “We would never have entered our child in this study if we’d know about the risks,” Shawn Pratt, whose daughter Dagen entered the SUPPORT trial at Duke University in 2007, told the hearing panel. The child, who was born 14 weeks prematurely and weighed less than 2 pounds, now suffers from cerebral palsy, a common result of extreme premature birth. The Pratts and four other families have sued the directors of the SUPPORT trial. None know which treatment their children received during the trial.Researchers say that the controversy prompted some trials involving infants to halt work while organizers reviewed and revised materials used to acquire informed consent. Several sites in the Neonatal Research Network, based at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), stopped recruiting new patients to six other ongoing trials while they reviewed documents. Most sites have since resumed recruitment, said NICHD Director Alan Guttmacher, often with revised consent forms.The neonatology study centers, for example, hewed to OHRP suggestions regarding the SUPPORT trial in adding warnings to documents for the network’s Transfusion of Prematurity study, which compares two types of blood transfusion strategies in extreme preemies. The study’s design is similar to that of the SUPPORT trial.“The OHRP letter created a lot of scrutiny and soul searching,” said Edward F. Bell, a neonatologist at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. His group added a paragraph to its protocol explaining the study’s goals to participants, and another stating, “Because your baby was born extremely premature, he/she is at extreme risk for a number of problems including death. Any of those risks could be favorably or unfavorably affected by their placement in the trial.”At the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, neonatologists are developing two informed consent documents—one that meets the legal requirements, the other a much shorter booklet that explains the goals and potential risks of the study in plainer language, with a multiple choice test at the end to make sure trial parents have understood it.But several bioethicists and doctors are pushing HHS to undertake a more sweeping overhaul of the informed consent system. They criticize what they say is an imbalance between the relatively strict consent requirements for research studies and the weaker requirements for everyday medical activities, which may be riskier and more experimental than the procedures studied in clinical trials. It is misleading to tell patients that experiments expose them to greater risks, while allowing doctors to choose treatments without discussing the relative risks of alternatives, bioethicist Nancy Kass of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, told the panel. David Magnus, a bioethicist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, said he believed informed consent requirements could be waived when the risks of an experiment did not differ from those of standard of care treatments.But others in the bioethics community hotly attacked such proposals. SUPPORT’s system for randomly assigning infants to different treatments meant that they were not getting the “standard of care” in the institutions that treated them. While it is true that the SUPPORT infants got treatments within the range of normal care, they were put into high- or low-oxygenation groups, while doctors in neonatal care units often change oxygenation levels in response to a variety of signs and symptoms, said Michael Carome, Public Citizen’s director of health research and a former OHRP official.Others worried that the controversy will cause HHS to hesitate to protect patients. “The pressure on OHRP to pull back on enforcement sets a frightening, dangerous precedent,” said Alice Dreger, a bioethicist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. “That is what is new here, not the essential nature of the research.”Whether the debate will ultimately lead to new rules is now up to HHS officials, who have said that they are weighing the issues.
‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The other four women’s pairs are DJ Rodriguez-Bea Tan, Genesa Eslapor-Blove Barbon, DM Demontano-Jackie Estiquia and Fiola Ceballos-Patty Orendain.The three Team PH men’s teams are Jade Becaldo-Mike Abria, Ranran Abdilla-Jesse Lopez and James Buytrago-Anthony Arbasto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRondina and Borbon teamed up in UST’s third straight UAAP beach volleyball title while Arbasto and Jaron Requinton led UST to the men’s crown.Rondina was also beach volleyball MVP while Borbon and Requinton took top rookie honors. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES A total of 28 teams in the men’s side and 20 women’s pairs from 48 countries will vie for points that can qualify them to the World Tour Finals.“The event is also a fitting tuneup for the coming Southeast Asian Games,” said Beach Volleyball Republic co-founder and former Ateneo standout Charo Soriano during Sunday’s event launch at the Alphaland Makati City Club.Last year, BVR staged nine tournaments nationwide that culminated in its first hosting of a World Tour qualifier.“We’re looking at this as a long-term project,” said Tan, also a BVR cofounder and an Atenean like Soriano. “It’s an opportunity for the international community to notice the Philippines’ potential.” —ROMINA S. AUSTRIAADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Sisi Rondina will put her UAAP Finals loss behind when she plays for one of the Philippine teams competing in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open 2019 on May 23 to 26.Rondina, who was Season 81’s Most Valuable Player but failed to steer University of Santo Tomas past Ateneo in the indoor volleyball best-of-three finals, will team up with Bernadeth Pons.ADVERTISEMENT Ace import back for SMB Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
The selection of the Indian team for the tour of South Africa will be the top agenda when the selectors meet in Nagpur on Monday. According to reports, skipper Virat Kohli might be given a break from the limited-overs phase of India’s ongoing series against Sri Lanka.Kohli, when asked if he needed rest before the first Test against Sri Lanka in Kolkata, said he was only human and needed a break like everyone else.But the focus would be on a solid pace-bowling line-up for the South Africa tour and word is Jasprit Bumrah might even get a look in after his impressive performances in ODIs and T20 Internationals over the last two years.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav are India’s frontline pacers with Hardik Pandya also to be made available to Kohli. A lot of experts have called for a Test cap for Bumrah, who was named man-of-the series in the ODIs against Sri Lanka and gave India the edge against Australia and New Zealand.Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma, who made a comeback in the Test XI against Sri Lanka in Nagpur is also certain to make it to the squad.Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja made comebacks of sorts to the Indian team, but the three-man selection committee in M.S.K.Prasad, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh might even be tempted to keep Kuldeep Yadav in the mix. The left-arm chinaman bowler has impressed in the shorter formats but also showed his potential in the two Tests he has played so far in a short career.advertisementBhuvneshwar Kumar, who took a leave to get married and Shikhar Dhawan, who made himself unavailable for the second Test due to personal reasons, will be other obvious additions.India will play three Test matches against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town (January 5 to 9), Centurion (January 13-17) and The Wanderers, Johannesburg (January 24-28). The last time an Indian team ventured to South Africa in 2013/14, they were beaten 1-0 in the two-match Test series.The Indian team play their third and final Test against Sri Lanka in New Delhi, December 2 to 6. Three ODIs (Dharamsala, December 10, Mohali, December 13 and Visakhapatnam, December 17) and three Twenty20s (Cuttack, December 20, Indore, December 22 and Mumbai, December 24) have also been lined up.
Tottenham 3 Real Madrid 1: Alli double seals sensational Spurs’ last-16 spot Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 05:41 11/2/17 Getty Images Tottenham booked their place in the Champions League last 16 with a memorable win over holders Real Madrid at Wembley. Tottenham qualified for the Champions League knockout phase with a stunning 3-1 victory over Real Madrid on Wednesday.Two goals from Dele Alli and one from Christian Eriksen gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a fully deserved triumph at Wembley over the holders, who were well short of their best and looked vulnerable to every Spurs counter-attack.These two teams played out a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu two weeks ago and there was little to separate them in a lively first half, until Alli steered in a Kieran Trippier cross. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player England international Alli, who made his MK Dons debut in the FA Cup first round almost five years ago to the day, doubled his side’s lead just after the break with a deflected strike to leave the visitors stunned.It got worse for Madrid less than 10 minutes later when Eriksen finished after a pass from the returning Harry Kane, and although Cristiano Ronaldo struck a consolation goal, there was little else to smile about for the Spanish and European champions.The win guarantees a last-16 spot for Spurs and leaves Zinedine Zidane facing a mini-crisis at Madrid, who have now lost two games in a row and are eight points adrift of Barcelona in LaLiga.2 – Dele Alli is the third English player to score a brace against Real Madrid in #UCL, after David Beckham and Steven Gerrard. Heroic. pic.twitter.com/GohxEwTxhX— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 1, 2017There was a clear respect between the teams as neither seemed prepared to commit men to the attack early on, with Spurs coming closest through two ambitious chipped efforts from Kane and Harry Winks that Kiko Casilla caught easily.The home side’s high pressing looked to have unsettled Madrid, although Pochettino was dealt a blow in the 24th minute when Toby Alderweireld had to go off with what looked to be a thigh muscle problem.However, just three minutes later, they had Wembley on its feet. Tripper sent in a first-time cross from the right and Alli stole in front of Nacho to prod the ball into the net from six yards.Trippier looked to be fractionally offside when found smartly by Winks and any Madrid frustrations grew when Hugo Lloris made three good saves to deny Casemiro and Ronaldo twice.The half finished in end-to-end fashion, Sergio Ramos blocking a Kane effort, Lloris stopping a Karim Benzema half-volley and Alli seeing penalty appeals waved away after a tussle with Casemiro.But Alli had better luck 11 minutes into the second half. Having skipped past the challenge of Casemiro, his shot from 18 yards took a big deflection off Ramos and nestled into the net past the wrong-footed Casilla.Nine minutes later, Spurs had their third. A blistering counter-attack started by Alli saw Kane send Eriksen clean through on goal and he made no mistake with a low left-foot finish past Casilla.Madrid had not failed to score in a group game since October 2015 and they did find a consolation, with Ronaldo firing home from close range after a scramble in the Spurs box, but it did little to take the gloss off one of the London club’s most famous wins in their modern history.1 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored at Wembley for the first time ever (four competitive games – excluding penalty shootouts). Solace. pic.twitter.com/pRPV0w3GnX— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 1, 2017KEY OPTA STATS- Tottenham have inflicted Real Madrid’s first loss in the Champions League group stage since October 2012, ending a 30 game unbeaten run.- In fact, this is Real Madrid’s biggest margin of defeat in a Champions League group game since November 2008, losing 2-0 against Juventus.- Tottenham have finally defeated Real Madrid at their sixth attempt after losing three and drawing two of the previous five.- Spurs are still yet to keep a clean sheet in European competition at Wembley, conceding eight goals in six games.- Dele Alli has scored four goals in his last four games for Spurs; one more than he managed in his first nine this season.- Kieran Trippier has recorded 13 assists in all competitions in 2017; six more than any other Premier Leaguer defender.- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 10 goals v Tottenham in all comps, more than against any other English side. read more
The Penrith Panthers shot to the top of the table at their home ground in the Men’s Premier League. Penrith performed solidly to dispose of the highly fancied Hornsby Lions outfit. The Sharkies were too strong for the Manly Sea Eagles and now find themselves in the top four. Wests finally got into the winners circle with a win over Easts and Canterbury defeated Parramatta. In the Women’s Premier League, Wests remain top of the table with a low-scoring win over the Easts Roosters. Wollongong secured their second win of the tournament while Canterbury won 4 – 2 over Manly.Penrith was a happy hunting ground for Wests, who won in all three divisions over Easts. Penrith defeated the Menai Bulls and Central Coast won against Parramatta in a very tight Mixed round. Men’s Premier League ResultsPenrith Panthers – 6 defeated Hornsby Lions – 3Cronulla Sharks – 6 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 1Canterbury Bulldogs – 5 defeated Parramatta Eels – 2Wests Magpies – 6 defeated Easts Roosters – 4Women’s Premier League ResultsWests Magpies – 2 defeated Easts Roosters – 1Wollongong Devils – 3 defeated Cronulla Sharks – 1Canterbury Bulldogs – 4 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 2Mixed Premier League ResultsWests Magpies – 5 defeated Easts Roosters – 4Penrith Panthers – 6 defeated Menai Bulls – 5Central Coast Dolphins – 5 defeated Parramatta Eels – 4 For more details, visit the NSWTA Vawdon Cup website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-714-0-45019-0
Bhubaneswar: Mexico eked out a hard-fought 4-3 win over Uzbekistan to finish seventh in the FIH Series Finals hockey tournament here Wednesday. In the match between THE two lowest-ranked sides of the tournament, Mexico (world no. 39) scored through Maximiliano Mendez (29th minute), Alexander Palma (30th), Yamil Mendez (54th) and Roberto Garcia (59th). Gaybullo Khaytboev (41st), Okhunjon Mirzakarimov (42nd) and Ruslan Satlikov were the goal-scorers for world no. 43 Uzbekistan. The Uzbeks finished eighth and last, failing to log a single point in the tournament.
Wickremesinghe says if he is asked to appear before the Commission to make a statement he is ready to do so.He also said that he has called for a report on the ‘Greek Bond’ scam and will submit a report to Parliament on the findings of the report. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the report is now before the Attorney General and the next course of action will be based on the recommendations of the Attorney General. The joint opposition has filed a complaint with the Bribery Commission accusing the Prime Minister of being involved in the bond scam. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he is ready to appear before the Bribery Commission to respond to allegations over the Central Bank bond scam.Wickremesinghe told reporters today that the report by the Parliament Committee on Public Enterprise (COPE) on the Central Bank bond controversy is a victory for the Government.
Opening the ministerial-level debate, Foreign Minister Farouk Al-Shara of Syria said that in their briefing today, the inspectors had noted the progress achieved since their last briefing. That meant that in just two weeks significant progress had been achieved. It was also significant that today Iraq had issued a decree prohibiting weapons of mass destruction in the country. That testified to the fact that inspections were accomplishing their goals, and the Council must continue to support the inspectors, allowing them sufficient time to carry out their task as prescribed in resolution 1441.Continuing the discussion, Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said France was convinced that the option of inspections had not been taken to the end and that it could provide an effective response to the imperative of disarming Iraq. The use of force would be so fraught with risks for people, for the region and for international stability that it should only be envisioned as a last resort. “War is always the sanction of failure,” he said, calling for another meeting on 14 March at the Ministerial level to judge progress made.Foreign Minister Soledad Alvear Valenzuela of Chile said that although the report from the chief inspectors pointed to some progress, it has also shown that the regime that governs Iraq has an ambivalent attitude to the inspections process. While there was hope that attitude might change, the failure to cooperate in some cases was evident. Maintaining pressure on Saddam Hussein’s regime has proven to be the only mechanism capable of bringing about a certain openness and respect for the decisions of the Council.As for Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan, he said China believed that the inspection process was working and that the inspectors should continue to be given the time they needed to carry out resolution 1441. The Council should also step up its support for the inspections. The Iraqi issue bore on the peace and stability in the Gulf region and bore also on the Council’s credibility and authority. The first priority now was to strengthen its guidance and support for the inspection work and to facilitate a productive political settlement.Spain’s Foreign Minister, Ana Palacio, said that as much as she had been eager to hear “just one word” that the Iraqi regime was complying without reservation or delay to the Council’s demands, she had been unable to find it in the inspector’s reports. Spain was resolutely in favour of the view that a solution to the crisis could be found within and through the Council. Still, if a change of attitude on the part of Iraq did not come, the Council should be able to live up to its responsibility and ensure the peace and security of the world.For his part, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw of the United Kingdom said that the issue was about the authority of the Council and the responsibility of the United Nations for the maintenance of international peace and security. He hoped and believed that a peaceful solution was still possible but would require Iraq to meet the obligations imposed on it. A peaceful solution could only be achieved if the Council held its nerve, gave meaning to its word and ensured that Iraq would face the consequences of its actions.United States Secretary of State Colin Powell said the pressure must continue on Iraq and the threat of force should not be removed. Resolution 1441 was all about compliance and not about inspections, which were to assist Iraq in coming forward. He had not seen responsible actions on the part of Iraq, but rather “continued efforts to deceive, deny, divert, and throw us off the path.” The Security Council was now in a situation where Iraq’s continued non-compliance and failure to cooperate required it to begin to think through the consequences of walking away from that problem or from the reality that it had to be faced.Igor S. Ivanov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, told the Council the inspectors must be provided with all possible assistance, as it was on the basis of their work that the 15-national body could make an enlightened conclusion. There is movement in the right direction, he said, urging Baghdad to continue its cooperation with international inspections. The Council had a unique opportunity to solve the problems by peaceful means. Force could be resorted to only when all other means had been exhausted.Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez of Mexico said hearing today’s reports reconfirmed his confidence in the inspections. If the inspections had not yielded the expected results thus far, it was the obligation of the Council to ensure that the inspections fulfilled their intended mission. Iraq must make full use of the final opportunity presented to it. The damage the conflict was having could be seen in increased political polarization, and a global economy that was suffering from uncertainty. Iraq’s disarmament and an end to its non-compliance would help bring about an end to that situation. Ambassador Mamady Traoré of Guinea said he advocated continued inspections, although not indefinitely. A reasonable additional time period would help yield consensus and bring together the different views around the Council table. He was concerned about the tension in the international community around the crisis and urged a direct and constructive dialogue among those with differing views in order to move beyond that tension, which could deal a harsh blow to the United Nations system. The Council must continue working together as one to attain its goal.Pakistan’s Ambassador, Munir Akram, said it was understandable that the patience of some important members of the Council was running out. The intention of resolution 1441 was that the process of discovery and destruction of weapons of mass destruction would be accelerated. At the same time, he noted the call for caution by several Member States. The Council could still unite around the need to secure the elimination of weapons of mass destruction through peaceful means. All people of good will desired that all peaceful means be exhausted before the Council decided to bring force into play.For his part, Ambassador Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon emphasized the need for the Council to continue to safeguard its unity and cohesion. The progress made by the UN inspectors’ recent mission to Baghdad reflected a noticeable change in Iraqi attitude. Further non-compliance with the demands of the Council would be one violation too many, and Iraqi authorities would leave the Council no other choice but to adopt, in unity, appropriate measures to have its decisions respected.Angola’s Ambassador, Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins, said today’s report provided a beacon of hope that it might be possible to save the world from an imminent conflict. The collective efforts of the Council, combined with military pressure, increased Iraq’s level of cooperation with the inspectors. Simultaneously, that had advanced the cause of multilateralism by translating the consensual will of the international community to disarm Iraq, peacefully and with determination.Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria said unfortunately, the Iraqi authorities were still in material breach of resolution 1441. All should realize that it is up to Iraq, not the inspectors, to prove unambiguously the absence of weapons of mass destruction. Bulgaria remained in favour of a peaceful settlement, but active cooperation by Iraq was indispensable. All types of pressure, political and military, should be exerted on Iraq, in order to achieve the goals set by the international community. A peaceful solution was still possible, if Iraq wilfully disarmed, as required by resolution 1441.Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer of Germany said inspectors must be given time to complete their mission. All possible options for resolving the Iraqi crisis by peaceful means must be explored. He strongly supported the proposals of France to increase the number of inspection teams and improve the technical resources at their disposal, for they helped ensure a response more appropriate to the size of the task. Military action against Iraq would endanger the stability of a tense, troubled region. The consequences to the near and Middle East would be catastrophic.In concluding the debate, the Permanent Representative of Iraq, Mohammed A. Aldouri, said the inspectors had found no evidence contradicting Iraq’s declaration, or bolstering the assertion of the United States on the presence of proscribed weapons programmes or of proscribed weapons themselves. He said that the Council should follow the vast majority of United Nations members by giving the inspectors all that they needed.In another development, the Iraqi Mission to the United Nations informed the Secretary-General today that Baghdad had sent a letter to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva saying that Iraq would not be assuming the rotating presidency of the Conference, which they were scheduled to hold starting on 17 March.
The Indian and Pakistani cricket teams wore red ribbons and an HIV-positive person tossed the coin for today’s start of the third and final Test match in the current series between the two nations, part of an initiative by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to elevate awareness about the epidemic.Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent a message to Rawalpindi, Pakistan, where the Test match is being played, welcoming the two gestures in a region hit hard by AIDS.According to UNAIDS, more than 12 million people in cricket-playing countries live with HIV – out of an estimated worldwide total of 40 million people. Mr. Annan noted that current rates mean that almost 4,000 people within South Asia will become infected with HIV during the five days in which the Test match is played.”As cricketers, you can win the hearts of your people. As role models, you can encourage young people to protect themselves from HIV and urge your leaders to pay more attention to the epidemic,” the Secretary-General said. “AIDS is a common enemy that both India and Pakistan have to fight together.”The activities were introduced under the “Run Out AIDS” campaign, set up in September last year by UNAIDS and the International Cricket Council. It is the first such initiative between UNAIDS and an international sports organization.Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said the action of the cricketers – the red ribbon is a worldwide symbol for the fight against AIDS – helps “to break down the walls of stigma and discrimination.”
“Those are just the headlines,” Mr. Annan said in his introductory remarks, referring to the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the attacks by militia on civilians in Darfur. “Every day, around the world, millions of people see their human rights denied or violated without even making the news.”He noted that more than 50 years after the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “it is easy to feel disillusioned, and for millions around the world to wonder if the Declaration’s words will ever be more than just that: words on a page.”Speakers at today’s lecture, on the theme “Who is afraid of human rights?,” were Ambassador Najat Al-Hajjaji of Libya, Chair of the 2003 session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, Prof. Ali Mazrui of the State University of New York at Binghamton and William Schulz, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA.The Secretary-General inaugurated the lecture series on topics at the forefront of the humanities and natural sciences in 2002 as part of a continuing effort to create a strengthened framework for dialogue and mutual understanding with the United Nations community.
During his five-day mission, Diego Cordovez is expected to meet with representatives from the Government, opposition, media, civil society and international players such as the Organization of American States (OAS), the Carter Center and the Group of Friends.”The Secretary-General has been closely monitoring developments in Venezuela, and met with Mr. Cordovez yesterday to discuss the details of the mission,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said at the daily briefing in New York.The UN will not be sending observers for the balloting scheduled for 15 August, he said. Mr. Cordovez was a UN staff member for 25 years. From 1981 to 1988 he served as the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, and from 1988 to 1992 he was the Foreign Minister of Ecuador.
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2013 3:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US: Honda issues recall for 748,000 Pilot and Odyssey vehicles for potential airbag problem TORRANCE, Calif. – Honda is recalling 748,000 Pilot and Odyssey vehicles in the United States and Canada because of a possible problem with their driver’s side airbags.The Japanese car maker says the airbags may have been assembled without some of the rivets needed to secure their cover. That could keep them from deploying properly in the event of a crash and increase the possibility of injury.No crashes or injuries have been reported related to the issue.The affected Pilot SUVs were made for the 2009 through 2013 model years, while the Odyssey minivans in question were made for the 2011 through 2013 model years.Spokeswoman Maki Inoue says the vehicles were assembled at the company’s manufacturing plant in Lincoln, Ala.The recall applies to 29,000 cars in Canada.
South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is trying to improve safety in the country’s underground mining sector through the launch of a number of new technologies.At an event held at the Mandela Mining Precinct, Johannesburg, earlier this week, CSIR showcased a robot able to assess and identify risks in underground mines, a ground penetration radar (GPR) solution, a personnel detection system and an early-warning and monitoring system called RockPulse.Various stakeholders, including the Minerals Council South Africa, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Mineral Resources and representatives from industry attended the event.CSIR is a primary research provider to South Africa’s Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) Centre of Excellence and has been looking into cutting-edge technologies to improve the wellbeing of miners underground.The robot “platform” CSIR showed off is equipped with safety inspection sensors to enter mines during particularly dangerous periods. “Known as ‘Monster’ (pictured), the robot aims to assess and identify risks for underground mines,” CSIR said.GPR, being researched as one of the South African Mining Extraction, Research, Development and Innovation (SAMERDI) Advanced Orebody Knowledge technologies, was also displayed. This technology contributes to the industry’s ‘zero harm’ objective by enabling miners to visualise potentially hazardous geological structures in the hanging wall that could lead to fall-of-ground incidents, CSIR said.The personnel detection system uses a range sensors to determine the distance between each identified person, while tracking individuals to determine if and when a collision might occur.RockPulse, meanwhile, will assist mines with measuring raw micro-seismicity, “extracting micro-fracture features and analysing the resulting series of features to detect large instabilities taking place in the rock mass in time”, CSIR said. This effectively provides an early warning system that mines can use to assess risks.CSIR principal engineer Dr Shaniel Davrajh said: “The CSIR has core skills and competence in all of the strategic research areas of the MHSC from a safety perspective. The organisation has invested significantly in laboratories and continues to provide human resources for the provision of services to the sector.”He said the body has offerings in support of occupational health and safety (OHS) in mining with infrastructure, such as mechanical testing, steel wire rope testing facilities, water laboratories and a self-contained self-rescuer testing facility.Singh added that robotic technologies, such as Monster, were gaining traction in the underground mining industry by carrying out tasks and accessing areas deemed unsafe for mine personnel.Principal geophysicist Dr Michael van Schoor said there was a similar need for the use of GPR technology in rock mass stability investigations.“Managing health and safety risk in a mine requires real-time monitoring and quantification of the underground hazards and the exposure of personnel and equipment to such hazards,” he said.
According to DigiTimes, Amazon has started placing orders for components to build its own tablet computer.So far two orders are thought to have been placed. The first is with Quanta Computer which produces components and finished products in the categories of laptops, smartphones, servers, digital TVs, and the OLPC. The second order is with E Ink for a touchscreen display.AdChoices广告Amazon already has a well-established relationship with E Ink as the company provides the displays for the Kindle. Turning to them again for an LCD touch panel is the obvious choice as that relationship has clearly been going well.We won’t have to wait long to get our hands on an Amazon tablet either. Quanta is expecting to ship in the second half of this year, with a projected 800,000 units being made available. As for where this leaves Kindle, it is expected that Amazon will continue to drop the price of the device so as to clearly differentiate the two products.via DigiTimesMatthew’s OpinionOf all the non-hardware focused companies out there, Amazon is in the best position to ship its own tablet. The company already has the experience of selling millions of Kindles under its belt, so moving up to a 7 or 10-inch tablet shouldn’t be hard, and Jeff Bezos has clearly been pushing ahead with services to support such a device.Amazon now has an Android app store all of its own, telling us what this tablet will be running as an OS. It has its own established digital music, streaming video, and e-book stores. And most importantly, millions of existing customers around the world it can sell this device to with incentives through the Amazon sites worldwide.Dropping the price of the Kindle will make it a clearly different product category to the Amazon tablet. If you want to read books there’s a very cheap, long-life Kindle available, most likely for well below $100 soon. Then, if you want a feature-packed tablet experience you buy the more expensive Amazon tablet safe in the knowledge Amazon will support it with lots of content.While we don’t know any specifics about this tablet yet, we’d bet serious money Amazon will be matching, if not undercutting the price of the iPad 2 from launch.
SALEM, Ore. — A confederation of tribes in Oregon announced plans Tuesday to build a casino in the state capital, and draw in crowds of gamblers from Portland.The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon said they hope to open the 140,000 square foot entertainment, gaming and hotel facility in 2021 on reservation property on the northern end of Salem, and that they want to partner with other tribes. The Siletz would need approval from the governor for a casino. The initial reaction from Gov. Kate Brown’s office indicated the Siletz will have to hedge its bet by getting the other eight federally recognized tribes in Oregon on board — and some already have casinos or have their own plans. “To date, Gov. Brown has not received any proposal that enjoys comprehensive tribal support,” Bryan Hockaday, Brown’s press secretary, said in an email. “Should Gov. Brown receive such a proposal, the discussion would focus on whether the proposed casino would be in the best interest of the tribes, and of the people of Oregon.”The Siletz said they expect to create 1,500 full-time jobs the first year of operation of the casino, which the tribe wants to build near Interstate 5 on the north side of Salem. They project $185.4 million in gross revenue in the first year of operation.
Peter Kenyon is set to resume talks with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley about the possibility of buying the club later this month.The former Manchester United Chief Executive, who is leading a consortium hoping to buy Newcastle, has written to the Magpies owner saying he is committed to completing a deal at the earliest possible time.Kenyon, who also worked as a Chief Executive for Chelsea writes in the letter, as quoted by Sky Sports:“I would like to personally assure you that I am committed to concluding our deal as soon as possible.”Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…Mike Ashley is coming under immense pressure to sell Newcastle by the club’s supporters, with some fans imploring him to conclude any deal swiftly or invest in the squad during the January transfer window.The Magpies’ supporters are concerned about the team’s chances of staying up in the Premier League, having seen their team slip to 15th on the standings, just two points clear of the relegation zone.Ashley spoke to reporters late last year reiterating his desire to sell the club before the end of the January transfer window.Having won three consecutive games in November, Newcastle have only won one of their last eight matches and face a tough trip to Chelsea when the Premier League resumes next weekend.
Alaska Congressman Don Young was sworn in today for his 22nd term. He’s starting the term a week later than his peers, having missed the main swearing-in last week due to the death of his brother. But he’s ready to drop a passel of billsDownload Audio“We will be introducing a whole bunch ’em …. ANWR of course,” He said today, looking over his list. “Niblack and Bokan mountain area, Kiln drying bill, Alexander Creek recognition bill — we’re going to move that finally — Alaska Native migratory bill, (and the) Alaska national archives bill, Alaska Native Corporations conservation easement bill.”If the past is any guide, he stands a better than average change of getting his bills to move through Congress. In a new book by two political science professors, the Alaska Congressman is held up as one of the most able Republicans in House of Representatives.“The reason we wrote him up in the book and list him among our top 20 representatives over the last 40 years, is that he keeps coming up in the top 10 in his party,” says Craig Volden, of the University of Virginia. He and co-Author Alan Wiseman wrote “Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress.” They analyzed all of the House bills introduced from 1973 through 2012 to gauge the legislative effectiveness of each member.“So we traced what did they sponsor, how far did it move through the process, how was it reported on, what did they say about why they were pursuing the legislative strategies that they were, and so on,” Volden said.He says Young scored highly year after year. He was 11th in his freshman term, out of nearly 200 Republicans. Eight times, according to their formula, Young was the No. 1 most effective Republican. When he chaired the House Natural Resources Committee Young was really at the top of his game, Prof. Volden says, even when compared to other chairmen.“We traced all of the chairs of that committee and he was right on there with Mo Udall who famously ran that committee for more than a decade,” he said. “Committee chairs, we find, are effective for a variety of reasons. Some are effective because they draw attention to new issues or they reach across party lines and it seemed that in that position Rep. Young used both of those sets of skills.”And yet, these aren’t the qualities that typically earn Young national headlines. He’s better known for his feistiness and for making brash remarks he sometimes has to apologize for. Even the animal heads in his office have drawn more attention than his legislative effectiveness. Professor Volden says these qualities weren’t part of the research. He credits Young’s specialization. In the book, Volden describes Young’s legislative strategy as “All Alaska, all the time.”Zack Fields, spokesman for the Alaska Democratic Party, says it’s not so impressive that Young specializes in Alaska.“You’d certainly hope that he would since he’s the only Alaska member” Fields said.Fields knocks the study’s methodology because it only looks at bills a member sponsors, so it doesn’t take into account other ways members exhibit their effectiveness, such as by convincing their colleagues to tuck a bill into must-pass legislation. Very few stand-alone bills pass these days, so Fields says it’s not a good measure of effectiveness.Young says he’s not surprised by his high rankings, because he’s been keeping track, too. And he says if that’s not what he’s known for — well, that’s all part of his M.O.“It is something I’ve used all my life, that I try not to appear — and it’s not hard to do — very bright. It throws people a little bit off,” he said.Young says to achieve what he’s elected to do, he uses every wily tactic he can. View ratings data here.
LKV Ranga Rao on Wednesday assumed office as Deputy Inspector General of Police, Visakhapatnam Range here at DIG office. Later addressing media, the new DIG said that the focus will be on prevention of crime and get reachable to the people in the range. Earlier, G Pala Raju had served as DIG, Visakhapatnam range. The Andhra Pradesh government had transferred 22 IPS officers including N Balasubrahmanyam, Mahesh Chandra Laddha, Vineet Brijlal, B Srinivasulu, G Srinivas, Ch Srikanth, G Pala Raju, LKV Ranga Rao, S Harikrishna, KV Mohan Rao, GVK Ashok Kumar, Sarvashresta Tripathi, Dr Koya Praveen, Vikrant Patil, S Ranga Reddy, K Narayan Naik and M Deepika.