PSL: Petron stays unscathed, turns back F2 in Finals rematch Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico “After our game against Adamson, I couldn’t sleep, I didn’t feel right, so I texted coach and told him ‘I am sorry, you had expectations put on me, so I will get back in the next game.’”Dy added that De Jesus’ comment not only struck a chord with her, but with the whole Lady Spikers team who had to be reminded that they were the defending champions for two years running.“Coach would always say to us ‘who are you? You’re the defending champions right?’ so we realized that ‘yeah, we are the defending champions,’” said Dy. “So coming into this game, we just remembered who we are.” “We really played badly in that loss, so whatever he says to us we’ll just accept it.”And Dy personall wanted to make up for her lackluster performance against Adamson where she scored just eight points.Dy responded with a season-high 21 points, the first time she breached the 20-point mark this season, and that included 11 spikes, seven blocks, and three service aces.READ: UAAP volleyball: La Salle outplays Ateneo for share of 2nd seed“I played really bad against Adamson, it was a really bad game for me,” said Dy, whose team improved to 5-2 to get a share of the second seed with Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH That ripple turned into an uproar that would only be quelled when the Lady Spikers got back on the winning track, which became reality when La Salle trumped Ateneo, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, in its first round capper in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.Kianna Dy said De Jesus’ comments riled them up even further and motivated them to avenge their shock loss to the Lady Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: De Jesus blasts Lady Spikers after 2nd loss: ‘You don’t belong in UAAP’“Coach never gives us any praise for whatever we do, he will always look at our mistakes,” said Dy in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I think it was an eye-opener for us but we know that we deserved that comment.” Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving When De La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus lashed out at his players with the “barangay” label after their loss to Adamson University, the comment caused a ripple in the Lady Spikers’ locker room.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
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Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bajrang PuniaDeepak PuniaRavi Dahiyavinesh phogat First Published: September 21, 2019, 5:12 PM IST Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): Deepak Punia became the first Indian wrestler to advance to the final at this year’s World Wrestling Championships and will now compete for gold in the 86kg category on Sunday.The reigning junior world champion Deepak had already qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics after reaching the semi-final in his weight category. In the semi-final, Deepak beat Switzerland’s Stefan Reichmuth 8-2 and will next face the legendary Hassan Yazdani of Iran in the gold medal match.Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya and Vinesh Phogat won bronze medals at the Championships and Deepak has already guaranteed himself one better than the three.On the other hand, Rahul Aware lost 6-10 to Georgia’s Lomtadze in the 61kg non-Olympic category semi-finals and will compete in the bronze medal bout on Sunday.Bajrang Punia took to Twitter to congratulate Deepak on reaching the final and asked him to win the gold medal for the country.Congratulations to #DeepakPunia phalwan for securing a berth in the Olympics and for reaching the finals of the world championship 2019, best wishes, bring home the gold medal pic.twitter.com/1lXfVEp3jR— Bajrang Punia (@BajrangPunia) September 21, 2019It has been a steady progress for Deepak, who won the World Cadet title in 2016 and became junior world champion only last month in Estonia.The 20-year old has ensured that India will return from the World Championship with its best ever performance as the country is now assured of four medals.Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia and Ravi Dahiya have already won a bronze medal each. All of them qualified for the Tokyo Olympics as well. Rahul Aware can make it even better if he wins Sunday’s bronze medal bout in the 61kg non-Olympic category.India had returned with three medals in 2013.Deepak’s all-round ability — defence, attack, stamina and awareness on the mat — played a key role in his memorable performance.There was no action in the first period of the semifinal with Deepak gaining a 1-0 lead on activity clock.In the second period, Deepak pushed out Reichmuth and took the Swiss down for a 4-0 lead. He lost two points but another takedown and expose move clinched it for Deepak.(With PTI inputs)
Elma Electronic has expanded its line of E-Frame test and development platforms to include a 3U CompactPCI Serial-based system designed for high-speed data processing. The platform features a 9-slot backplane comprised of one system slot and eight peripheral slots, with Ethernet routed as full mesh. It is ideal for developing cPCI Serial-based applications for use in railway, defense and other mobile and rugged applications.The open, intuitive design of the Type 39 E-Frame chassis enables easy access to boards and components. This facilitates probing and debugging of a system and its components during integrated testing and application development. With verified testing methods completed, system designers can implement final applications more quickly.The front panel features two voltage test points as well as an on/off and reset switch and a 12V LED indicator. An ample, low-cost 300W ATX power supply delivers power to the nine-slot backplane. With a compact structure and convenient carrying handle, the 9-slot 3U cPCI Serial E-Frame system can be used in lab or desktop environments.Optimal cooling is also inherent in the design. The platform comes with a removable front fan tray that features dual 140 cfm fans as well as three 55 cfm fans in the rear to cool the rear transition modules (RTMs). A 75W power supply is dedicated to powering the fans, and perforated rear panels ensure proper air intake and exhaust.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Solid Sands @ Renault Co-Innovation DaysNext Microchip: 24-bit and 16-bit ADCs with data rates up to 153.6 kSPS
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Sep 28 (PTI) Gaurav Gill missed out on the Arjuna award for the third time but he came very close to becoming India’s first motorsport personality to receive the honour, revealed a selection committee member. Being a non-Olympic sport like cricket, motorsport also doesn’t have any specific points criteria and any decision made is solely down to selection committee’s discretion. An example of that was Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, who was the deserving winner of Khel Ratna, the country’s highest civilian honour. “If 2018 was not a year of Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, Gill would have got the award. The committee unanimously felt he deserved the honour but missed only because the number of Arjuna could not exceed 20, which was already over the usual limit,” a committee member told PTI on Friday. “The committee acknowledged that motorsport is popular with the younger generation and a government recognition would go a long way in motivating the aspiring youth. I see no reason why Gill will be denied his due next year,” the member added. Indian motorsport has been going through a quiet period and an Arjuna at this stage would have provided the ideal fillip. Gill, who made his WRC debut this year after dominating the Asia scene for the previous two seasons, is expectedly disappointed at being ignored for Arjuna again. However, he has not given up yet. “It is really disheartening when you see polo being recognised but motorsport, which is such a dangerous sport, being ignored time and again. I love the sport and I will keep striving for more success but an Arjuna at this stage would have been great for me as well as the upcoming racing talent. They need something to aim at,” said Gill, who decided against moving court on well-wishers’ advice.advertisement Unlike this year, Gill will be doing a full WRC 2 season with MRF in 2019 and is also closing in on a historic deal to compete at the Dakar Rally in January. PTI BS KHSKHS
Noida (UP): As many as 474 people were arrested in Noida and Greater Noida Saturday night for allegedly consuming alcohol at public places and drunk driving during a three-hour anti-liquor drive, police said.Of the total arrests, 241 were made in city areas, while 233 in rural areas, they said.”The arrests were made under a three-hour anti-liquor campaign across the district that began at 7.30 pm,” Gautam Buddh Nagar Senior Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Krishna said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe ‘Operation Clean-6’ drive was carried out against people consuming liquor at public spaces, those drinking outside liquor shops in violation of rules, he said. “Breath analyser test was carried out at various places and 15 people were booked for drunk driving also,” Krishna said.As many as 52 check points were created across the district, including Noida and Greater Noida city areas, where the arrests were made, the SSP said. He said those arrested have been booked under the Indian Penal Code section 290 (public nuisance in cases not otherwise provided for) and section 34 of the Police Act (punishment for certain offences on roads).
Darjeeling: Tremors rocked parts of North East India, North Bengal and the neighboring Bhutan. The epicenter of the earthquake was detected in the Kurung Kumey district of Arunachal Pradesh. Two more aftershocks were witnessed in the region.According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the first tremor was felt at 2:52 pm on Friday in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, the tremors of which were felt in Itanagar, Guwahati, other parts of Assam and Dimapur in Nagaland. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe quake measured 5.6 on the Richter scale with a depth of 10 km. The epicenter was located at 27.7 degree North 92.8 degree East. The next aftershock occurred at 3:04 pm, with a magnitude of 3.8 having a depth of 10 km. There was another aftershock recorded at 3:21 pm, measuring 4.9 with a depth of 95 km. Tremors were also felt in Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland, along with parts of North Bengal including Siliguri, which triggered panic among local residents. There was, however, no report of any casualty or damages resulting from the tremors, each of which lasted for a few seconds. According to seismologists, the northeastern region comes under Zone 5 on the seismic map, making the states susceptible to earthquakes.
New Delhi: Following the visit of Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan to India, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is likely to visit Dhaka on 20-21 August.This will be Jaishankar’s maiden visit to Dhaka after taking over as External Affairs Ministry. Though the visit of EAM is taken to be a ‘courtesy’ visit, a new paradigm of relationship might be worked out. It’s also expected that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina might visit New Delhi in October for attending a meeting of a multilateral economic forum. After this, both PM Modi and Hasina might find an opportunity to meet at the sidelines of the UNGA meeting. It’s customary that newly appointed EAM pays a courtesy visit to neighbouring countries first. Jaishankar has already visited Nepal and Bhutan after becoming EAM. Now, he will pay a courtesy visit to Dhaka to meet the leadership of Bangladesh. Apart from meeting with Foreign Minister Abdul Momen, EAM might meet the PM during his stay. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’It will be the first meeting between two leaders of two closely related neighbour after the general election of India and Bangladesh. Both the countries are keenly watching the first meeting between two Home minister where some contentious issues might come up for discussion for the first time. Despite being described as ‘courtesy meeting’, diplomats of both sided are working hard to finalise the agenda of the meeting. Bangladesh High commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali has recently met EAM and handed over an official invitation to him for visiting Dhaka in suitable time. The EAM has already accepted the invitation, sources confirmed. Recently, the EAM had a meeting with High Commissioners and Ambassadors of the neighbouring countries to discuss an ambitious plan of implementing Act East Policy jointly with Japan.
New Delhi: Greetings from well-wishers make him feel “74 years young”, Congress leader P Chidambaram, in jail on charges of corruption, said through his family on his birthday on Monday, and added that his thoughts on the day are on the economy. Birthday wishes for Chidambaram, who is in judicial custody in Tihar jail in connection with alleged corruption in clearances given to INX Media when he was finance minister, came from his party colleagues as well as his son Karti Chidambaram. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The veteran Congress leader thanked everybody and said his spirits had lifted higher. “I have asked my family to tweet on my behalf the following: “My family have brought me greetings from friends, party colleagues and well-wishers. I am reminded that I am 74 years old. Indeed I am, but at heart I feel 74 years young. Thank you all, my spirits have been lifted higher,” he said on Twitter. In another tweet, he said his thoughts today are about the country’s economy. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “… Just one statistic tells the story. Export growth in August was -6.05%. No country has achieved GDP growth of 8% without exports growing at 20% a year,” he said. “May God bless this country,” he added. His party colleague Jairam Ramesh said Chidambaram is going through an “agnipariksha” and will come out of it vindicated. “Today PC turns 74. It is an agnipariksha he is going through but he will come out of it vindicated. I have worked very closely with him since 1986 and it has been a great privilege and education doing so. My thoughts are with him,” he tweeted. Party leader K C Venugopal also sent his greetings on Twitter. “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. I am sure that the vendetta politics can’t defeat you. Happy Birthday to P Chidambaram.” The Mahila Congress referenced tennis ace Rafael Nadal. “Following his US Open victory, Rafael Nadal said, ‘The emotions sometimes are impossible to control and I tried to resist but it was difficult,’… Happy Birthday to @PChidambaram_IN ji”. In a letter to his father on his 74th birthday, Karti informed his father about events since he was was put in jail and used the opportunity to take swipes at the BJP government. “You are 74 years old and no 56!!! can stop you,” Karti wrote to his father as he wished him on his birthday. Chidambaram has been lodged in Tihar jail since September 5 by a Delhi court in connection with the INX Media corruption case. “…your birthday is not the same without you with us. We miss you, and your absence tugs at our hearts, and we wish you were back home to cut the cake with us. But of course, in today’s day and age, turning 74 is nothing compared to turning 100 days old,” Karti said in the letter. The BJP government, he added, celebrates its “unpropitious second innings” and couldn’t have possibly found a better time to silence his father. Chidambaram has been lodged in Tihar Jail since September 5 by a Delhi court in connection with the INX Media corruption case.
CAT LAKE, Ont. — The chief and council of Cat Lake First Nation in northern Ontario have declared a state of public health emergency, citing “profoundly poor conditions of housing.”The declaration lists excessive mould, structural issues and a lack of funds for routine maintenance as causing health issues.Chief Matthew Keewaykapow and Cat Lake’s council says the poor conditions have led to illnesses that include invasive bacterial diseases and lung infections.The community leaders have ordered that the provincial and federal governments step in with an investment plan, as well as an intervention or evacuation plan.The council has also asked Health Canada to provide detailed plans and a timeline for how the issue will be addressed.The remote community of Cat Lake, home to 565 people at the time of the 2016 census, is located several hundred kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont.The Canadian Press
The Canadian PressSHOAL LAKE, Man. – A reserve under one of Canada’s longest boil-water advisories is promising to stop the planned expansion of the Trans-Canada Highway after Ottawa refused to commit to help build a road connecting it with the outside world. A Manitoba cabinet minister and the deputy mayor of Winnipeg both announced a commitment Thursday to fund part of the cost of a permanent, all-weather road for Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. But Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford refused to say whether the federal government would put up its share of the cost and left community members openly sobbing with disappointment. Stewart Redsky says the First Nation has waited 100 years for justice as he wept in frustration. Chief Erwin Redsky says his people will not support the twinning of the Trans-Canada over the Ontario-Manitoba boundary as long as his community remains without hope. Shoal Lake 40 was cut off from the mainland a century ago to build an aqueduct to supply Winnipeg with fresh water. It has been under a boil-water advisory for 17 years and has no all-weather road connecting it to the mainland. All three levels of government have put up $1 million each for a design study of the road, called Freedom Road by residents, but Ottawa won’t promise to help fund construction.
“Words cannot express my sense of shock, outrage and anger at the terrorist attack on the United Nations mission in Algiers today,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued in Bali, Indonesia, where he is currently travelling. According to the UN, at approximately 10:30 in the morning in Algiers, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) office collapsed following an explosion, which local authorities have indicated was caused by a car bomb. Another car bomb exploded near the country’s Constitutional Court. No one has so far claimed responsibility.“This was an abjectly cowardly strike against civilian officials serving humanity’s highest ideals under the UN banner – base, indecent and unjustifiable by even the most barbarous political standard,” Mr. Ban stated. The Secretary-General’s comments were echoed in condemnations issued by the 15-member Security Council and the President of the General Assembly following today’s tragic events.Mr. Ban has instructed senior advisers from his Executive Office, UNDP and the UN Department of Safety and Security to proceed to Algiers immediately. “We will take every measure to ensure the safety of our staff, in Algeria and elsewhere, beginning with an immediate review of our security precautions and policies,” he pledged in a letter to UN staff in the wake of the attacks.A spokesperson for the UN said that while the Organization could not provide any figures of fatalities until it had confirmed proof of deaths and the families had been informed, preliminary information indicates there may be 11 deaths.The UN is checking with hospitals, examining the site of the blast and trying to obtain any proof of deaths, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York, noting that rescue efforts are also continuing as several UN staff members remain unaccounted for.The world body has a total of 40 international staff presently in Algeria, including 19 international staff based there and an additional 21 that are there temporarily, as well as about 115 local UN staff in the capital.The UNDP office also housed staff from the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Department of Safety and Security. The offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), located across the street, also sustained damage.UNHCR chief António Guterres expressed his shock and outrage, calling the bombings “totally abhorrent.”The agency said a survey of its staff in Algiers showed that one of its drivers was killed, one was missing and all others were accounted for – although several suffered injuries from the blast that occurred in a street separating the main UN office from UNHCR’s compound.“The UN is an entity that works for world peace, an entity that tries to be an honest broker, especially when dealing with the humanitarian needs of refugees and other victims of violence and persecution,” Mr. Guterres said. “This makes this type of attack even more absurd.”UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis said in a statement that “it is an outrage that extremists do not hold human life to be sacred, and that humanitarian and aid workers are apparently amongst the casualties.” Condemnations of the attacks have also come from the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.The flags at UN Headquarters in New York and at duty stations around the world will be flown at half mast through Wednesday. 11 December 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has led a chorus of United Nations condemnation of today’s terrorist attacks in Algiers that have reportedly killed dozens of people, including at least 11 UN staff members, and he has dispatched several top aides to the Algerian capital to investigate the bombings.
11 July 2008The United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) today announced that it is examining how to slash greenhouse gas emissions from information and communication technologies (ICT). Since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in late 1997, the number of ICT users has tripled globally, and the sector releases some 2 to 3 per cent of all emissions.But ITU stressed that these technologies are also part of the solution to climate change, and could help curb emissions by anywhere between 15 and 40 per cent, depending on the methodologies used to come up with the estimates.The agency’s newly-created Focus Group, which seeks to wrap up its work plan by next April, will create internally agreed standards to assess the effect of the technologies on the environment.“ICTs are a contributor to global warming, but more importantly they are the key to monitoring and mitigating its effects,” said the agency’s Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré.
TORONTO — It appears some BlackBerry fans absolutely can’t wait for the new Z10 and are willing to pay big to get their hands on one early.Although it’s difficult to know whether the transactions successfully closed, a number of the new touchscreen BlackBerrys appear to have sold on eBay for over $1,000, and in at least one case, nearly $2,000.Screengrab As of Friday morning, a number of phones were set to sell for about $1,500 or more and many bidders involved in auctions had very good feedback — a measure of their reliability in online transactions.Attendees at the unveilings of the new Z10 and Q10 devices and the new BlackBerry 10 operating system in New York and Toronto went home with a free phone, and it seems some of them are now selling those devices online.The BlackBerry Z10 was released in the U.K. on Thursday and is set to hit Canadian stores Tuesday. The phone isn’t expected to be released in the U.S. until March, which might explain some of the online demand.In Canada it’s expected to typically sell for $150 on a three-year contract. Koodo is selling it without a contract for $550.The Canadian Press
Namal Rajapaksa, son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says India’s role in Sri Lankan elections cannot be ignored.“India’s influence in Sri Lankan elections cannot be ignored. India is important in regional politics and several sectors see mutual involvement of both India and Sri Lanka. We cannot ignore India’s influence. We cannot ignore India,” says Namal in an exclusive interview to The News Minute (TNM). Months after his defeat to former aide Maithripala Sirisena, the senior Rajapaksa reportedly told the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, “It was very open, Americans, the Norwegians, Europeans were openly working against me. And RAW (India’s Research Analysis Wing). Both the US and India openly used their embassies to bring me down.” Reuters, however, reported that the former President had claimed he was not aware of all the facts. India has involved itself in the internal politics of the island nation before. The Congress Government had sent its troops to Sri Lanka in 1987 to broker peace between the Government and the LTTE. This time around, however, it is reported that the ‘influence’ asserted was to counter another regional rival that has increasingly threatened the country’s stronghold in South Asia – China.Multiple factors are said to have been responsible for India’s growing discontent with the Rajapaksa government. The first was when India was stunned in 2014 when Chinese submarines docked in Sri Lanka on two separate occasions. India saw it as part of Beijing’s ‘string of pearls’ strategy to secure a foothold in South Asia and fulfil its desire to gain increasing maritime access through the Indian Ocean.Namal, however, refutes that the Rajapaksa Government was compromising on India’s security interests. But it was not just this blatant aggression that China was displaying, investments became another route for them to gain more control over Sri Lankan assets.During his rule, Rajapaksa got $8 billion in loans from China to build a road network and infrastructure in Hambantota district and the Colombo Port City which is an offshore city built on a manmade island. (Colombo Gazette) “During our Government’s tenure, my father was very clear that Sri Lankan soil will not be used against India or any other neighbour,” he claims. It was widely reported after the fall of the Rajapaksa Government that a RAW official was instrumental in uniting rival political parties — the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) — against him during the polls. The official allegedly helped gather support for Sirisena. He was reportedly transferred but the Indian Government had called it ‘routine’.When pressed further for names, the 31-year-old Parliamentarian says “We saw through the media that the Indian High Commissioner and ambassador were with Sirisena and certain media said they favour them. I am not saying they are responsible. But certain behaviours and statements might have affected (the elections), is what people believe.” Namal denies that his father made this statement but paints the same allegation with a broader brush, “It is the popular belief in Sri Lanka that India and US worked against President Rajapaksa in the last elections. Majority still believe that. He (Mahinda) never mentioned that India is partly responsible. People know that India had a major role. It was the situation between the two countries at that time. I am talking about the statements and behaviour of certain diplomats in Sri Lanka.”
Reacting to an announcement by the German carrier Lufthansa that it will no longer transport animals captured in the wild for commercial purposes, Willem Wijnestekers, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), noted that the economies and rural communities of many developing countries were highly dependent on natural resources, including wildlife, UNEP said in a statement issued today. Mr. Wijnestekers said the signatories of CITES had agreed to a strict set of rules to ensure that the trade was conducted in a way that did not endanger the species involved and gave poor communities an economic stake in protecting the wildlife that they “live with on a daily basis.” He added that a trend towards bans would undermine both animal welfare and conservation efforts by pushing shipments onto second-tier airlines and charters, where conditions for animals might be worse and flight times longer. CITES was adopted in 1973 in response to concerns about the overexploitation of many vulnerable species as a result of unregulated international trade. The Convention, administered by UNEP, attributes producer and consumer countries joint responsibility for managing wildlife sustainably and preventing illegal trade.
“The Angola peace process has reached a very critical stage,” Ibrahim Gambari told reporters in New York. While noting that the Government and the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) were cooperating in implementing their peace accord, he stressed that “there are many issues and challenges ahead.” Calling the humanitarian situation “very critical,” Mr. Gambari noted that more than a third of the internally displaced persons – estimated at about 30 per cent of the population – required emergency humanitarian assistance. UN agencies were seeking an additional $171 million to provide relief aid to Angola through the end of this year.Mr. Gambari said the Angolan Government realized that even with the best of efforts on its part, the country would need substantial assistance from the international community not only for immediate humanitarian needs, but for long-term economic reconstruction and recovery. The Secretary-General, at the request of President Eduardo dos Santos, had agreed to help convene an international donors conference. “It is important to organize it properly because there is no point in having an international donors conference for the sake of it,” said the envoy. “You want substantial resources to do what is needed to transform Angola from a war economy to a peacetime economy and to facilitate economic and reconstruction recovery.”
More than 90 per cent of Syria’s chemical weapons material has been removed and destroyed in country, the head of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations today confirmed.The Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission, Sigrid Kaag, welcomed in a statement “significant progress” over the last three weeks and thanked States for their “steadfast support” in pushing operations to 92.5 per cent.“I strongly encourage the Syrian authorities to conclude the removal operations as part of their efforts to achieve the 30 June 2014 deadline,” she said.The removal of the most critical material for destruction began in early January, in line with an agreement brokered by Russia and the United States under which Syria renounced its chemical weapons material and joined 1992 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons.In addition to the removal operations, the Syrian authorities have destroyed buildings, equipment and empty mustard gas containers, and decontaminated other containers in a number of chemical weapons storage and production sites. “A majority of these sites are now closed,” Ms. Kaag confirmed.
The reviewers accepted the logistical difficulty in identifying and tracing adults who might have been abused in childhood in locations where there are rudimentary communications technologies and where there may not be cultural acceptance and support for coming forward as a victim of clerical sexual abuse.In another case, a priest was accused in 2006 of abuse of a young person when on the missions in Africa 26 years previously. He admitted to the offence but said he had not abused any other young person. After an assessment, he was reported to have a low risk of reoffending.However in 2012, a second allegation emerged which led to him being sent for another assessment. Through this process, several previous incidents of offences against young people by this priest when he was on mission in Africa were identified.“Because of the passage of time, it is extremely difficult to identify child victims abroad who are now adult and who have not come forward themselves to make a complaint,” the review commented.The review said that the society is likely to move its headquarters from Wicklow to Africa in the coming years.FailuresThe review said it appears that there were failures on the part of authority within the society to always ensure that the adopted policies and disciplinary code of the organisation and the church as a whole was adhered to.Accused priests were afforded too much tolerance and so found it too easy to avoid being held accountable for their actions.The report also said it appeared that the identification of abuse on the missions “did not always evoke the actions that evidence an empathic response to the experiences of victims”.“The Society must ensure into the future that there is no lower standard of safeguarding afforded to children abroad than that which is available to Irish children,” it said.RegretA letter in which a society leader expressed regret to a member that he has decided to leave was criticised by reviewer.Though the priest suffered with serious mental illness, he was also a “self-confessed abuser of young boys” while serving on missions.Men, occupying leadership roles in a missionary Society or religious order, have to take great care in how they write to members who are known to have abused children, as the tone of such letters has to clearly indicate an abhorrence of the abusive behaviour and the primacy of the need to protect children.Reviewers were not satisfied that canonical sanctions against priests known to have abuse children were being sought as many of them requested to leave themselves.Read the full review of St Patrick’s Missionary Society here>RecommendationsIn total, the society has already implemented nine of the report 14 recommendations and the implementation of the remaining five is “well advanced”.These included outlining clear policy on managing those who pose a risk to children, having a robust process for recording allegations and a process for dealing with them, and implementing guidelines and training on appropriate behaviour towards children.Commenting on the review, Kiltegan Society Leader Fr Seamus O’Neill, apologised “unreservedly” to all of those who have been abused by members and renewed its commitment to reach out to survivors.While the report did note progress in the society’s efforts to establish good practice, Fr O’Neill accepted that it also pointed out some failures in approach.“Again, we apologise for the unspeakable abuse of innocent children and pledge to do our best to ensure that it never happens again,” he said.In its statement, the national board said the audit of the society did demonstrate an “anomaly” regarding the safeguarding standards for organisations whose headquarters may be in one jurisdiction but whose activity is carried out in another.“We have no remit beyond these shores,” commented Teresa Devlin, acting CEO of NBSCCCI. “At the same time, the standards for a missionary society’s operations in other countries may well be set here. This is an issue we will be discussing with our Sponsoring Bodies”.Read the full report here>For more from the fourth tranche of reports:Diocese of Down and Connor met 46 of 48 child safety objectivesAccused ‘Kiltegan Fathers’ on African missions “afforded too much tolerance”Diocese of Kerry dealt with 67 allegations of abuse about 21 priestsArchbishop of Cashel and Emly praised for speedy reaction to abuse claimsDiocese of Down and Connor met 46 of 48 child safety objectivesTwo allegations in last six years at the Diocese of Ossory A REVIEW ON the safeguarding of children in the Catholic Church has found a “historical failure” to react appropriately to abuse at St Patrick’s Missionary Society, also know as the Kiltegan Fathers, in Wicklow.In one of eight reports published by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCCI), particular failures were identified in the society’s handling of abuse allegations outside of the State.There were 50 allegations made about 14 members of the society since 1975 with 47 of these were reported to gardaí and the HSE. Three allegations were not reported in Ireland as the offences occurred in other jurisdictions and so were reported there and none of these priests reside in Ireland.Just one priest has been convicted of having committed an offence against a child or young person.On assessing case files, reviewers expressed concern that abuse identified outside Ireland “has not in every case given rise to an appropriate and robust response”.Missions in AfricaIn one case, there were several reports in the mid to late 60s of “homosexual activity between Fr X and young Goan boys” in Kenya. This local information was never communicated to the central leadership until specific questions were posed in 1997 and though the priest stepped aside in 1986, he remained a member of the society until 2002.He was dismissed from the clerical state at his own request, which was the only way in which this could happen while the Society was under the jurisdiction of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.It is believed he may have abused at least 50 victims since 1966 and to date the society has made contact with 34 of them.
Stargazers, astronomy buffs, and others who just like seeing cool stuff will want to look to the heavens tonight. The annual Geminid meteor shower will be at its peak this evening, and we have tips for you to make the most of it.The Geminids is a meteor shower which originated from the 3200 Phaeton asteroid. Its known for its relatively slow-moving meteors, and for being one of the only showers that didn’t come from a comet. The Geminids have been observed for the last 150 years, making it a much more recent occurrence than the Perseids or Leonids showers.Tonight’s edition of the Geminid shower has to compete with an 89% full moon, so this year won’t give us perfect viewing conditions. But your timing can give you the best possible odds.Both this evening (December 13) and tomorrow will be the best nights to see Gemenid, with tonight being the better of the two. You can catch the show anytime between 10pm local time and sunrise, but for most of us (in the US and the Americas), the best time to break out the binoculars will be at around 4am local time. You can confirm the peak times for your specific area by using NASA’s Fluxtimator tool; just be sure to adjust the dropdown menus accordingly.The meteors will be originating near the Gemini constellation. Android users can use Google Sky Map to easily find Gemini, but it isn’t necessary; seeking out the origin point is no more necessary with a meteor shower than it is with sunlight. For the best view, the smartest place to look will be wherever the moon isn’t.More at io9