Israeli scientists will be able to take part in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 funding program, which will launch in January, according to an agreement reached late last night. Israel’s government had threatened not to participate in the 7-year, €70 billion program because of a diplomatic flap with the European Union that flared up this summer. The conflict centers on E.U. guidelines, slated to take effect in January, that prohibit any E.U. funds from going to Israeli organizations or activities in the territories occupied after June 1967, including the West Bank, the Golan Heights, Gaza, and East Jerusalem.Israel has participated in E.U. science funding programs since 1996 as an associated country. Being an associated country allows non-E.U. members to take part in funding programs; such countries contribute to the program’s budget based on their gross domestic product. Israeli scientists have been very successful at winning E.U. grants. The country paid €534 million into the Seventh Framework Programme, which spanned 2007 to 2013; in return, almost 1600 Israeli scientists will have received a total of €634 million in funding. (Horizon 2020 is the successor program to Framework 7.) Israeli scientists, as well as technology minister Jacob Perry, had argued that not participating in the program would be a significant blow to Israeli research. 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The agreement reached yesterday leaves the European Union’s guidelines in place, but allows Israel to append a statement to the agreement saying that it does not accept the guidelines. “Israel recorded its position of principle against the guidelines while accepting to participate in the E.U. program run by E.U. rules,” says Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for Catherine Ashton, the E.U. foreign commissioner. “The negotiations were never about getting either side to subscribe to the other side’s principled positions, but about defining practical ways to allow Israel’s participation in an E.U. program governed by E.U. rules. This is what we succeeded to do,” she writes in an e-mail to ScienceInsider.Some Israeli scientists had objected to the idea of signing a statement saying the funds would not be used in the occupied territories. But Kocijancic says that all Horizon 2020 participants—no matter what country they are from—have to sign a standard agreement that they will use the funds according to relevant E.U. rules. “There are no political connotations” to signing such an agreement, she says.In practical terms, the guidelines will have little impact on most funding decisions. The only known Framework 7 projects that would not be eligible under the new guidelines were three that involved AHAVA Dead Sea Laboratories, which has labs and a factory in Mitzpe Shalem, an Israeli settlement on the banks of the Dead Sea, about 10 kilometers inside the West Bank.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, looks to pass during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Giannis Antetokounmpo was so eager to make a rim-rocking Christmas debut that he overshot the basket on his first attempt, a dunk from one side that ended with the ball all the way in the opposite corner.“I was so excited that I went a little bit too high and I thought the rim was a foot taller,” Antetokounmpo said.ADVERTISEMENT James Harden’s 41 helps Rockets beat Thunder Antetokounmpo was angry that night with Knicks forward Mario Hezonja, who had dunked over him in the first quarter, then stared and stepped over him. Antetokounmpo felt it was disrespectful, vowing to punch Hezonja in the groin next time.The Greek Freak was perhaps a little too pumped for the rematch — Brogdon grabbed the rebound of his errant dunk in the corner and fired in a 3-pointer — but he quickly got untracked.It was only a seven-point game midway through the third quarter when Antetokounmpo began to seize control. His jumper followed by layup pushed the lead into double digits, and he scored 11 points in the Bucks’ 36-point period that ended with them leading 84-68 cushion.“We played them really (well) in the first half — down two — in the locker room felt pretty good,” Knox said. “But that third quarter, defensively, offensively, just something slips with us.”Noah Vonleh had 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14 points and 10 boards but shot just 4 for 18 for New York.TIP-INSBucks: Antetokounmpo was chosen Eastern Conference player of the week on Monday, the third time this season he’s won the award. He was also voted the player of the month in the conference for October-November. … The Bucks are 3-2 on Christmas.Knicks: Rookie G Allonzo Trier had eight points in 18 minutes after missing seven games with a strained left hamstring. … Hezonja didn’t play. … The Knicks haven’t won on Christmas since beating Boston in 2011 in what was the NBA season opener following the lockout.ADVANTAGE, BUCKS?Both coaches were asked about the idea that a Christmas Day game favored the visiting team, which could treat it as a regular road game while the hosts were at home, perhaps surrounded by family celebrating the holiday. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 17 points for the Bucks, the NBA scoring leaders who bounced back from a season-low 87 points in a loss to Miami on Saturday to win for the fifth time in six games.“People come to see Giannis play but they’ve got to watch all of us, so it’s definitely a great opportunity for the rest of us to showcase as a team what we can do,” Brogdon said.Rookie Kevin Knox scored 21 points for the Knicks, who have lost six straight Christmas Day games and fell to 22-31 in their NBA-record 53 appearances on the holiday.“It’s on me to stay even in this whole thing, not be up and down emotionally because I (have) to keep their spirits up,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “They feel it. They’re human.”New York has lost five in a row and 10 of 11 since rallying to stun the Bucks 136-134 in overtime on Dec. 1 at Madison Square Garden.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 View comments Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer dismissed the notion, saying the Bucks brought plenty of family members and had a big team dinner on Christmas Eve so they could mix basketball and the holiday.Fizdale’s thoughts?“Well, I look at this team, Milwaukee’s coming in with an advantage anyway,” he said with a laugh. “They’re a better team than us right now.”KNICKS’ KNOXKnox had his third straight 20-point outing. He came in averaging 20.3 points in his previous seven games.UP NEXTThe teams complete their season series Thursday night at Milwaukee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening He and the Milwaukee Bucks eventually settled down and showed they belonged on the holiday stage.Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 14 rebounds, and Milwaukee celebrated its return to the Christmas schedule by beating the New York Knicks 109-95 on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“This is one of the highest stages,” Antetokounmpo said. “Special teams play Christmas Day, and just it’s an opportunity for us and we’re really happy.”Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Bucks, who played on Christmas for the first time since 1977. 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Seeing the enormous support from the Indian fans, Star India took the opportunity and finalized broadcasting terms with the AFC and are set to telecast the Quarter Finals on Star Sports 2/2 HD on October 1st from 6 PM.Star Sports to telecast the historic U-16 AFC Quarter Finals against KoreaAs the top 4 teams from the championship directly qualify for the U-17 FIFA World Cup to be held in Peru next year, the Indian U-16 National Team is just one step away to play the World Cup for the very first time on merit basis and create history! Advertisement Also Read:India is one victory away from qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup but they need your support! AdvertisementThe young Colts have repeatedly defined that Indian Football is evolving. For the first time in sixteen years, the Indian U-16 squad has qualified for the quarterfinals of the AFC U-16 championship. In their final group match, India held Indonesia for a 0-0 draw.As Bibiano Fernandes, the U16 national team coach stated, this Indian team has the potential to make us dream and they are a hungry bunch of young footballers ready to give their best every time they are on the field.The young guns qualified ahead of Iran and Vietnam as they progressed from Group C to the quarterfinals of the championship. They kept clean sheets in all the three clashes and are now up to face the Asian giants Korea Republic in the Quarters.
India striker Robin Singh on Thursday said merging the Indian Super League (ISL) with the I-League would be great for Indian football.”According to FIFA, there is only one national tournament in each country. So whether I-League and ISL should merge, it is for the concerned parties to decide. I, as a sportsperson, want to play and my job is to play to my potential and higher, whichever team and tournament I am playing for,” Robin said at a promotional event in Mumbai. (Also read: ISL, I-League merger by 2018, says AIFF) All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das had on Wednesday said that the country’s football governing body is looking to bring its two flagship football tournaments — ISL and I-League — together by 2018 but is averse to the idea of calling it a merger.Das said it is an approach to unite all top clubs of the country under a common umbrella.Other top footballers in the country have also given the thumbs up to the merging of ISL and I-League and Robin is the new addition to the growing list of players.”I hope the league will merge, it will be for the betterment of the country. But the merge is not in my hand, my job is to play the game for country and club and I will do that to my full potential,” the 25-year-old said.
Delhi Daredevils opener Sanju Samson on Friday lamented the dropped catch of Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) Robin Uthappa, saying the miss cost them the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match.Uthappa smashed a 33-ball 59 as KKR won easily by seven wickets to stay at the top of the points table and inch closer to the playoffs. Delhi were condemned to their fourth defeat in as many games and are now staring down the barrel.Uthappa made the most of some comical fielding in the sixth over, when a leading edge off the in-form batsman’s willow saw Samson and Amit Mishra converge in the region between short fine leg and square leg with none of them getting under the ball eventually. The Karnataka batsman was on nine at that time.”Catches do count. Catches win matches and there was a dropped chance and he (Uthappa) made use of it. I think that cost us the match,” said Samson, whose 60 off 38 balls went in vain as Delhi posted 160 after being asked to bat first.”It’s a busy crowd here lot of noise, so it’s not easy to communicate when the ball goes up. It happens in a match but I think we need to move on. we have a match day after. We have to forget it and move on,” the 22-year-old added.Asked about him failing to build on starts, Samson said: “I think I am still learning. I am a 22-year-old and have a long career ahead. I need to finish games and need to play the whole 20 overs. Whenever you play 20 overs, the team has the best chances to win. I am trying for that.”advertisementAsked how does Delhi come back from here, the Kerala rookie said: “When you play a sport like cricket failure is more than success. We all as sportsmen know how to come back from failures.””So I think we need to keep going as life. In life also we have failures. We all have doubts but we need a positive mindset. We need to challenge ourselves and move on positively.”Delhi are languishing at the bottom of the table after playing seven games with just four points in their kitty.
Liverpool F.C. manager Juergen Klopp is hoping to make new signings ahead of pre-season training as his team prepare for Champions League football next season.Liverpool F.C. on Sunday secured a spot in the qualifying round for Europe’s most prestigious club competition which they have only played in once in the last seven seasons.”I wish we can bring in the players tomorrow but of course that isn’t really likely. The best scenario is always to have them in before pre-season,” Klopp told reporters after his team’s 3-0 friendly victory over Sydney F.C. on Wednesday.Klopp did rule out signing another holding midfielder despite his team’s vulnerability to opposition counter-attacks.”Second balls after set-pieces, another defensive midfielder would not really be around this situation so it does not help a lot,” the German said.”Half-spaces when counter-pressing does not work, it’s all about organisation. We did already much better in the last few games and we improved around set-pieces a lot.”First-half goals by Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno and Roberto Firmino secured victory over Sydney FC just three days after Liverpool’s last Premier League game of the season.”I had no idea how we would come into this game because I never did (this) – flying 24 hours, going to the hotel, then we had nothing really to do,” Klopp said.”Some of us got tired, some of us tried to sleep then you come here another one hour 45 minutes from the hotel. I didn’t say a lot before the game to be honest.”advertisement
ARIESYou are patient while completing projects and contracts. Mastery of your craft brings appreciation and new work opportunities today. You play the role of consultant and advisor and share your knowledge and expertise. Travel and change are on the cards! Lucky number 18. Colour gray.TAURUSPersonal relationships bring joy into your life today. Luxury shopping and social activities keep you happy. Projects move ahead with a momentum of their own. You are blessed with physical well being. Friends and family can be wonderful and supportive. Lucky number 9. Colour pink.GEMINIAn ordinary approach to situations you encounter brings far better results than a clever and extra-ordinary one today! Health problems can be resolved with the help of a good physician don’t postpone seeing him. Family disputes are settled peacefully. Lucky number 8. Colour red.CANCERBeing receptive, you attract some prestigious opportunities and people around you. You start a new business project while rejuvenating an old one. Creative interests bring pleasure and gain. There is balance and harmony at home and synergy at work. Lucky number 2. Colour yellow.LEOYou indulge in sport and multifarious activity today. You are noble towards a cause and generous with loved ones. Your sense of humour takes you smoothly through complicated situations. You achieve professional goals with a single-pointed approach. Lucky number 13. Colour yellow.VIRGOThe Queen of Swords brings sharpness of mind to deal with complicated professional situations today. You take away masks and defenses and point to the truth. You tend to be secretive and emotionally sensitive. Keep an eye on health, finances and priorities. Lucky number 7. Colour blue.advertisementLIBRAYou are able to keep things in perspective and handle personal and professional matters with clarity and speed. You make notable contributions in professional meetings. Media exposure is on the cards! You are accommodating and compassionate in relationships. Lucky number 6. Colour blue.SCORPIOBusiness is productive and gainful at present, and partnerships are supportive. You reach out for your goals, and it is possible to embrace them now. Children and family gather around you for a happy occasion. Creative pastimes could be relaxing. Lucky number 1. Colour lotus pink.SAGITTARIUSView life with your heart, as well as, with your head before taking a stand or a decision today. People, atmosphere and forces around you can influence you, as you are receptive. Avoid being dependent on family but work in harmony to achieve success. Lucky number 6. Colour blue.CAPRICORNThe Hierophant, representing the Taurus Sun sign is a Greek word for learner, teacher, Guru or master and it brings a host of new experiences to learn from. You bring resolution in conflicts at work as people respect you and your sense of fairplay. Lucky number 5. Colour brown.AQUARIUSBeing diligent and pedantic you specialize further in your field of activity. You are on the threshold of a creative opportunity that brings exposure. Good energy enables you to participate in sport. Don’t give in to dark moods or negative thinking. Lucky number 13. Colour green.PISCESPartnerships are lucrative today. You tend to ignore emotional aspects, as you are busy and involved with work. Family needs appreciation and love from you. There is a balance of Yin and Yang energies. Earthy and material issues need your time. Lucky number 14. Colour sea green.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Although the headlines from last weekend highlighted Purdue’s dominant victory over Ohio State, the real story revolved around Tyler Trent.Trent is battling cancer, but his attitude and demeanor inspires everyone around him. While the Buckeyes saw their perfect season come to an end on Saturday, the fan base made one of the classiest gestures you’ll hear about all year.Following Purdue’s monumental victory, Trent received an abundance of cards that gave him support for his battle against cancer.It turns out that the majority of the cards came from Ohio State fans.As we were leaving, @theTylerTrent’s Mom @Kat9798 pulled out a stack of cards and said, “We got a huge stack of cards yesterday, and 90% of them are from Ohio State fans.” Way to go @OhioStAthletics @OhioStateFB @BarstoolOSU @Landgrant33 pic.twitter.com/Kb1Zv0DpQZ— Trevor Peters (@TrevorPetersTV) October 26, 2018Despite all the rivalries that take place in sports, moments like this truly unite fans everywhere.Watching his Boilermakers defeat the Buckeyes may have been a great moment for Trent, but this recent act is simply priceless.Regardless of the team you support on the weekend, it’s clear that we are all pulling for Trent to win his battle against cancer.
No Chris Gayle for West Indies in Test series vs IndiaWest Indies star batsman Chris Gayle had mentioned that he might possibly want to play one more Test match before retiring from international cricket. India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 10, 2019UPDATED: August 10, 2019 11:37 IST Chris Gayle has not been named in the West Indies Test squad for India series. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle has not been named in the West Indies squad for the two-match Test seriesGayle has said he would call it quits after the home Test seriesGayle was seen in a poor form in the World Cup 2019Chris Gayle, who had said he would retire from international cricket after the home Test series against India, has not been selected in the West Indies squad for the two match Test series that starts from August 22 in Antigua.West Indies star batsman Gayle had earlier stated that he would retire from international cricket after the World Cup 2019 but later backtracked his plans and said he would want to turn up for the Windies one last time in the home series against India.”It’s still not the end. I still have a few games to go. May be another series to go, as well. Who knows, we will see what happens. My plans after World Cup? I may play a Test match against India and then I will definitely play the ODIs against India. I won’t play the T20s. That’s my plan after the World Cup,” Gayle said.Gayle had an underwhelming World Cup 2019 where he could amass just 242 runs in 8 innings, averaging at a rate of 30. He continued his poor form in the first ODI match of the 3-match series against India as he could manage just 4 runs from the bat.West Indies on Saturday named a 13-men squad for the two-match Test series against India. Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall earned his maiden call up to the West Indies side.Cornwall made his first-class debut in 2014 and has 260 wickets from 55 first-class matches.The rest of the West Indies Test squad, barring Alzarri Joseph and slow left-armer Jomel Warrican, is similar to the one that registered a 2-1 series win over England earlier this year. Joseph was excluded from the squad as he is still recovering from a injury.advertisementThe right-arm pacer was in action in the IPL 2019 where he picked up a record-breaking 6 for 12 on debut for Mumbai Indians before being ruled out of the tournament due to an injury to his right arm.Squad: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rakheem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar RoachFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow West Indies vs IndiaFollow India tour of West Indies 2019Follow Chris Gayle
Note: A list of NSLC stores that will be opening on Sundays follows this release. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) will be opening selected stores within its network on Sundays beginning July 8. This follows a policy decision by government to allow liquor to be sold by NSLC stores and agents on Sundays. The incremental profit generated by this initiative will be transferred to the government for expenditures in areas such as health care, education and roads. The NSLC is opening stores based on a business analysis that has looked at each store’s ability to add incremental sales while balancing regional needs. The list may be adjusted seasonally as necessary. Store hours on Sundays will be from noon until 5 p.m. Staff will be scheduled according to terms of the collective agreement, and no staff will be required to work Sundays if they do not wish to do so. NSLC agency stores, retailers in rural Nova Scotia that offer a selection of NSLC products, will be permitted to sell beverage alcohol products on Sundays effective immediately. Sunday sales of beverage alcohol by agency stores will be limited to the hours of noon to 5 p.m. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, the fourth-largest retailer of beverage alcohol in Canada and the largest single-banner retail business in Nova Scotia, generates more than a half a billion dollars of revenue a year returning almost $200 million profit annually to the province. It employs more than 1,400 Nova Scotians, offering 3,000 products from around the globe through 107 retail stores, 2,100 licensees and 54 agency stores.
SAGKEENG FIRST NATION, Man. – Thelma Favel woke up every morning before going to the Winnipeg courthouse, looked around her room and wondered what her grand-niece might have thought when she stayed in the same hotel in her final weeks alive.During the second-degree murder trial for Raymond Cormier — the man acquitted last month of killing Tina Fontaine — Favel wanted to put herself in the teenage girl’s shoes.Favel stayed in the same downtown hotel where the young girl was placed by Child and Family Services and walked the same streets where Tina was last seen alive.“I just found strength every day to get up and go. I walked the hallways, wondering which room she was in,” Favel told The Canadian Press. “I just felt so close to her there.”Security camera footage was shown in court of Tina falling asleep between two cars behind a building named after Helen Betty Osborne — a Cree woman kidnapped and killed in Manitoba in 1971. Favel went there, too.“I just don’t know what happened to her that month-and-a-half (in Winnipeg). I just don’t know what happened at all.”Tina spent much of her young life living with Favel on the Sagkeeng First Nation, north of Winnipeg. She was a kind girl who liked to study math and science, Favel said. She had a lot of friends and never got into trouble.But after her father was murdered in 2011, Tina had difficulty coping. She left the First Nation in June 2014 to reconnect with her mother in Winnipeg. When Favel didn’t hear from the girl, she called Child and Family Services for help.In the following weeks, 15-year-old Tina disappeared multiple times, returned to government care and was placed in a hotel.Her 72-pound body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from the Red River that August.Her death renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and inspired volunteer groups such as the Bear Clan Patrol to protect the vulnerable on the streets.Favel said she had faith in the justice system as she sat in court nearly every day throughout the more than three-week trial. She listened to testimony from experts and from people who knew Tina in Winnipeg. She heard audio of Cormier himself, recorded by police during a six-month undercover operation.When Tina’s voice from a 911 call was played in court, Favel said she “just wanted to hear her over and over and over again.”“Tina was with me. She was there with me every single day and I had my rosaries around my hand every day. That’s where I got my strength. I had to do it for Tina,” said Favel, breaking into tears.“Her voice was stolen. She was silenced forever so I had to be there to be her pillar of hope, to get justice for her. Even that I failed at.”After a jury acquitted Cormier, rallies were held across the country for Tina. But Favel and her family are left wondering how Tina died and whether she will ever get justice.Favel is exhausted and her husband has suffered two strokes — one right after Tina’s body was found and another when the trial started.“I thought he was the strong one, but big men do crumble because she captured his heart,” Favel said. “Tina was his heart.”Tina was tiny but powerful, Favel said. The teen’s family has found strength in the way her life and death have become a rallying cry for change.Favel is not optimistic the acquittal will be appealed and said she would like to see other charges laid against Cormier. If there is an inquest or inquiry into Tina’s death, Favel said she will still be there every step of the way.Talking about Tina still hurts — it’s a reminder of a young, promising life taken too soon. But Favel said she knows it’s important because “God had other plans for Tina.”“She was silenced but still her cries are being heard everywhere. This is not over yet. She is going to do something about all of this wrong that is going on.”— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in Winnipeg
Rabat – The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) announced on Sunday, August 18? that the CAF has proclaimed the Moroccan U20 team winners against South Africa. The game was due to be held on Friday, August 16th, at 5 pm, however, the South African team did not arrive on time.This forfeited game was part of the first round of Group A of the men’s football competition at the African Games 2019. The second game in the same group ended in a draw 1-1 between Nigeria and Burkina Faso, putting the Moroccan squad on top of the group with three points, two more than its next opponents.Read Also: African Games 2019 Begin in Rabat, Morocco Scores 11 Judo MedalsMorocco will face Burkina Faso on Tuesday, August 20th, and Nigeria on Friday, August 23rd, for the second and third rounds of Group A. In Group B of the competition, Ghana defeated Burundi 2-1. Ghana ended the round leading group, above Senegal and Mali who finished their game with an even score 0-0.The 12th African Games 2019 will take place from August 19 to 31, in Casablanca, Rabat, Sale, Temara, Benslimane, and El Jadida. More than 6,000 athletes from 54 African nations will be competing for the gold in 29 sports, including 17 competitions serving as qualifiers for the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo.
25 June 2010The United Nations refugee agency has been allowed to resume operations in Libya, nearly three weeks after authorities in the North African country ordered the agency to stop work and close its offices. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that while it is able to re-start work, its operations will be restricted to only its current caseload in a country that is a key transit point for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.The Libyan Government gave no reasons for the decision earlier this month, but in recent days authorities have accused UNHCR staff of serious misconduct, including the taking of bribes and sexual favours in exchange for the granting of refugee status to immigrants.UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards stressed that the Libyan allegations remain unsubstantiated. He told journalists in Geneva that talks on the agency’s future in the country will resume shortly and that the expulsion order has not yet been formally lifted.“UNHCR does take very seriously any accusation against any UNHCR staff member from whatever source,” he said. “We have a zero tolerance policy for misconduct. We have asked the Libyan Government to substantiate these particular claims. If and when we receive these indications, we will be in a position to investigate through our normal procedures.”An estimated 9,000 refugees and 3,700 asylum-seekers are registered with UNHCR in Libya, and the majority of them are either Palestinians, Iraqis, Sudanese, Somalis, Eritreans, Liberians or Ethiopians. The agency provides health care, shelter, education and vocational training.UNHCR has operated in Libya since 1991 and runs the only asylum-seeker assistance programme in the country.
TORONTO — North American stock markets finished the day barely changed, as investors seemed to take a breather amid a positive news week.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index eased back 9.62 points to 13,494.36, weighed down by pressure from the materials and mining sectors.On U.S. markets, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 31.57 points to 17,685.09, while the broader S&P 500 composite index faded 4.21 points to 2,059.74. The Nasdaq composite was flat, up 0.56 of a point at 4,869.85.The Canadian dollar dipped a day after hitting its highest level of the year. The loonie closed 0.13 of a U.S. cent lower at 77 cents US despite a report by Statistics Canada that the Canadian economy grew more than expected in January.In commodities, the May crude oil contract rose two cents to US$38.34 a barrel and May natural gas slipped four cents to US$1.96 per mmBTU.The June gold contract gained $7 to US$1,235.60 an ounce, while May copper was down a penny at US$2.18 a pound.
The United Nations Security Council today demanded the immediate, unconditional release of four personnel from the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) taken hostage earlier in the day by unknown armed elements. The incident occurred when a joint UN Mission and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) peacekeeping force were patrolling in the upper Kodori valley, scene of previous clashes in the Georgia-Abkhazia conflict. The CIS soldiers were released shortly thereafter but the UN personnel – two military observers, a paramedic and a local interpreter – are still in the hands of the hostage-takers. They managed to report by radio that they were unharmed, a UN spokesman said in New York. “We are very concerned at this incident,” the Council President for June, Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation, told reporters after a briefing by Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi. “The members of the Council support what the [UN] Secretariat is doing and we join in the demand to release hostages immediately without any conditions.” The UN Mission is in contact with the Georgian authorities, who have the prime responsibility for the security of UN staff, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said. The representative of the Georgian President for the Kodori valley had flown into the valley to establish contact with the hostage-takers, he added. The UN is also in contact with the Abkhaz authorities and the leadership of the CIS peacekeeping force.
“We are delighted by this enlightened decision, which will make a real and substantial difference to tens of thousands of refugees who are desperate to broaden their educational opportunities,” Hasim Utkan, the regional representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. Under the new initiative, which followed discussions with UNHCR over the past few months, the Thai office of the Non-formal Education Commission will not only provide teachers of Thai, English and occupational skills, but will also supply educational materials such as computers, textbooks, and televisions. The programme is expected to start in 2006. Since June 2005, the Thai Education Ministry allocated a budget of $225,000 for the development of educational programmes. Additional funds of some $500,000 will be needed for the programme implementation, UNHCR said.Until now, some 45,000 refugee children have been taught a limited curriculum by volunteer refugee teachers and non-governmental organizations working with very few resources in schools built out of bamboo thatch. Schooling ended after Grade 10. Refugee opportunities for further education without Thai language skills were extremely limited, UNHCR explained, leaving many refugee children without higher educational prospects and little to do in the camps. Vocational training was also restricted to activities such as candle- and soap-making, weaving, sewing and agricultural projects.Currently, refugees are not allowed to work in Thailand but the Government is now reconsidering this policy, the agency said.
The Brock community is invited to share its thoughts on the University’s future facility needs and priorities.A public open house will be held Thursday, Oct. 5 to solicit feedback on the Brock Facility Needs and Priorities Study (FNPS). Held on the south end of Market Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the event will allow people to learn more about and share their thoughts on the University’s emerging plan.Members of the consultant team responsible for the study will be on hand to answer questions and receive feedback.The study is intended to provide Brock with direction for space planning and facility investment for the next 10 years. Together with the Campus Plan, the FNPS establishes a framework to review and confirm current and future facility needs and priorities, and provides a guide on how to assign, develop and redevelop Brock’s buildings.It does this by evaluating space use and considering long-range development strategies, opportunities and emerging challenges on the campus.The document provides recommendations on which space types are most in demand and should be expanded, where new investment can achieve multiple objectives, and where new construction or retrofits are warranted. It also highlights the right places to build community to enhance the university experience for which Brock is well known.The latest study will update the 2006 document the University was previously guided by.
HSV’s match hero against Fuchse Berlin, Adrian Pfahl will miss next five weeks of TOP handball due elbow injury. He will be out for the start of DKB Bundesliga, but also IHF Super Globe in Doha. Experienced right back who came from VfL Gummersbach will be out in the next five weeks. HSV Handball has Zarko Markovic as an alternative… ← Previous Story Fivers wins Austrian Super Cup 2013! Next Story → IHF Super Globe 2013: HSV survive clash with El Jaish – Barca easy win adrian pfahlHSV HamburgHSV HandballIHF Super Globe
The International Maritime Organization’s Marine Safety Committee is in the middle of its 95th session in London this week. Included on the committee’s agenda is the adoption of five recommended “areas to be avoided” in the Aleutian Chain. The shipping buffer zones come in anticipation of increased mariner shipping traffic in the region.Download Audio:The new zones apply to ships 400 gross tons and heavier – the kind of ships that make trans-oceanic voyages through the Bering Sea and the North Pacific.Leslie Pearson is a project manager for the Aleutian Islands risk Assessment and a management consultant. She said the zones are meant to dampen environmental damage in the event of an accident or spill.“Well certainly the projection of future development in Alaska and long the west coast helped as far as being a driver for these, but also past accidents,” said Pearson. “I mean we learn from history perhaps it’s better to be offshore than close into shore.”The zones come from recommendations made by the US Coast Guard. They are based on similar “Areas To Be Avoided” established around the Northern Hawaiian Islands.Those in the Aleutians extend 50 nautical miles from shore on islands at the tip of the Alaska Peninsula as well as Unalaska, Unimak, Adak, Atka, Kiska and Attu islands. But there are also passages outlined in-between each zone.“One of the things that probably wasn’t taken into affect in Hawaii was when you get the winter storms, many mariners need to seek refuge in Bering straits where you have calmer weather than what you would see in the Pacific ocean and that was the reason for keeping the passage ways open so that way mariners can use them for storm avoidance,” explained PEarson.In March, the International Maritime Organization approved the designations, but final approval falls to the IMO’s Marine Safety Committee.“One of the things about going through the IMO process is it will actually put these ar eas to be avoided on charts – both international and domestic charts,” said Pearson.Even though the areas will show up on maps and charts, they are only voluntary.“Whether its voluntary or mandatory, people tend to adhere to them and insurance companies recognize these as well,” said PEarson. “So, if an operator is deviating from something that’s on the books, whether it’s recommended or mandatory, they do take notice.”Under the IMO, the Coast Guard can still make the buffer zones mandatory. Once the IMO’s Marine Safety Committee gives their final approval, NOAA has six months to add the areas to charts.