Time Remapping In Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgFreeze motion and vary speed overtime by using the handy time remapping feature in Adobe Premiere.Use time mapping in Adobe Premiere Pro to create cool speed changes in footage. From slo-mo to super speed, time shifts will add visual interest to your edits!In this Adobe Premiere Pro tutorial you will learn:Creating time remap keyframesChanging speeds and smoothing the speed transitionCreating a freeze frame and time reverseCreating Time Remapping Keyframes in the TimelineTo start time remapping your footage, in the timeline click on the word opacity for the clip you want to speed change.  Then, select Time Remapping > Speed from the pulldown menu.Add keyframes where you want a speed change by holding Command (Mac) or Control (Win) and clicking on the yellow line. This creates speed segments.Changing Speeds and smoothing the speed transition in Premiere ProHold Shift and drag down the yellow line (rubber band)to change in increments of 5%. (I changed mine to 50%). 2 “gotchas” to be aware of:Time remapping doesn’t effect the audio (it stays normal speed)If an another clip immediately follows this one it will trim the time remapped clip.Adobe recommends time remapping a clip without another clip immediately following it for this reason.Once you’ve added your time remapping keyframes, click and drag on a speed keyframe to smooth the speed transition.Creating a Freeze Frame and Time Reverse in Premiere ProTo create a freeze frame segment, hold Command (Mac) or Control (Win)  and  Option/Alt while dragging a keyframe.To create a time reversed segment, hold Command (Mac) or Control (PC) and drag a keyframe.Use Adobe Premiere Pro’s time remapping tools to give your footage an edgy stylized look!Was this tutorial helpful for you?  Do you have other tricks for applying slo-mo in your video edits?We want to hear from you in the comments!last_img read more

Assam NRC final list: Students’ body AASU to challenge NRC findings in SC

first_imgWatch | Assam’s NRC Final List is out 19 lakh people left out of Assam’s NRC Final List. What next?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:5001:50  Unhappy with the number of people excluded, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has decided to challenge the findings of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the Supreme Court, which had monitored the exercise.The AASU, which spearheaded the anti-foreigners Assam Agitation four decades ago, first demanded an updated NRC in 1980. It was a signatory to the agitation-ending Assam Accord of August 1985 that sought “detection, deletion (from voters’ list) and deportation” of illegal migrants from the State.“The figure of 19 lakh NRC-rejects is not what we expected, given the history of large-scale influx into Assam. This NRC has turned out to be incomplete and error-prone. We will appeal to the Supreme Court to remove the faults and discrepancies,” AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said.NGO Assam Public Works, whose petition in the Supreme Court in July 2009 led to the start of the NRC exercise four years later, also criticised the findings. It said it would move the apex court again besides writing to the President of India, the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister for rechecking the final NRC figures.“We had fought for removing foreigners from Assam, not for their ‘Indianisation’ which is what the NRC has done. For more than a year, we have been telling the Supreme Court for 100% reverification of documents but the NRC State Coordinator’s claim of 27% sample reverification was accepted,” the NGO chief, Aabhijeet Sarma, said. center_img “The NRC authority found 5,464 ‘Bangladeshis’ after 29% reverification in Cachar district, 4,096 in Dhubri district after 38% reverification, and 3,980 in Karimganj district after 25% reverification. If these many were detected, imagine how many would have been identified after 100% reverification,” he said.“We will leave no stone unturned for a quality check and a total reverification of the NRC documents. We will also demand an audit of the Rs. 1,600 crore spent on the update exercise,” he added.last_img read more

Consistent Ravena a steady force for Ateneo so far in Season 80

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I need to stay more consistent because everyone’s been doing a really good job,” said Ravena after leading the Blue Eagles over Far Eastern University, 94-82, Sunday. Ravena finished with 18 points, on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds, and five assists to steer Ateneo to a 3-0 record. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe graduating guard is averaging 18 points, nine boards, and 2.3 assists per game.Ravena had just one occasion where he managed to score in double figures in back-to-back games, against La Salle and University of the Philippines when he had 22 and 11 points, respectively.  Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Blackwater secures last playoff spot, beats GlobalPort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But Ravena’s production took a dip from there.“Last season, I’ll have a good game and the polar opposite will happen next,” said Ravena. “I’m just mentally focused coming into the season and that I need to be more consistent.” Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena has been Ateneo’s most consistent player in its first three games in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.And he plans to stay that way after having an up-and-down year in Season 79.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

SPORT-MCA-THOMSON 2 LAST

first_imgHowever, Thomson said he realised the difficulties in However, Thomson said he realised the difficulties in fast bowlers bowling a lot of overs in Indian track and weather conditions. “These flat wickets could be a bit of a problem. You have to look after the bowlers, monitor their work load,” said the former fast bowler who picked up 200 wickets in 51 Tests. “The biggest things are skill and control, apart from the desire to be the best, better than the one next to you. Otherwise you will be an also ran,” he added. Thomson said he has coached a football team in Australia, apart from guiding the Queensland state team to the Sheffield Shield in cricket and coaching Zimbabwe in England in 1999. He felt that one month gave him enough time to work on the Mumbai bowlers skill set when he compared it to his 10 days work with his former fast bowling partner, Lillee, in the MRF pace foundation in Chennai once in the past. “I am annoyed at (the state of) cricket coaching these days. A lot of funny coaching is going around. My job here is to share the tricks of the trade. I love imparting knowledge and attitude. Fast bowlers have a lot of attitude. They need to be aggressive. “Its a challenge. Hopefully kids will learn and go on to play for India. Its all about making kids think for themselves. Its not hard work, just repetition, what is required of the situation. “Any fast bowler can do it on a green top. Its when things dont help you. You got to work it out yourself as you cant run to the coaches during the two-hour session,” he added. Former India captain and MCA Vice-President Dilip Vengsarkar said Thomson was among the fastest bowlers he had faced in his career. “I faced him on my first tour to Australia in 1977-78, for the first time in the tour game against Queensland. I couldnt see the fourth or fifth ball he bowled to me at Brisbane and in the Test match that followed I was on 48 (out of teams first innings total of 153 all out) when one of his bouncers hit my cap and fell on the stumps and I got out hit-wicket,” he recalled. PTI SSR NRB PDS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

Politicians pay rich tributes to Jayalalithaa

first_imgPresident Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, several Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, MPs and leaders of several political parties, including DMK paid rich tributes to J Jayalalithaa who breathed her last late on Monday night.PRESIDENT PRANAB MUKHERJEEI am deeply sad on the demise of Jayalalithaa ji. She first entered into Rajya Sabha in early 80s. She had wonderful mastery over facts and theories. I had interacted with her on many occasions. She was a fighter and till the last moment, she fought against the cruelty of disease and suffering. However, she lost the last battle. I pay my respectful homage to her.VICE PRESIDENT HAMID ANSARIJayalalithaa’s demise is an irreparable loss to the people of India.PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODIDeeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics. Jayalalithaa ji’s connect with citizens, concern for welfare of the poor, the women and the marginalised will always be a source of inspiration.BJP PRESIDENT AMIT SHAHSaddened by the demise of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa ji. I extend my deepest condolences to her party and followers in this hour of grief.LOK SABHA SPEAKER SUMITRA MAHAJANJ Jayalalithaa ji was not only strong but also a good administrator. It is a big setback for politics. Not just Tamil Nadu but entire nation mourns the demise of Jayalalithaa ji. She was a very good administrator.EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER SUSHMA SWARAJadvertisementIt is tragic. It is painful. She was a woman of dignity and self-respect. We shared a warm personal relationship.HOME MINISTER RAJNATH SINGHShe was an icon in Indian politics. I condole the bereaved. This is a huge loss, especially to Tamil Nadu politics.FINANCE MINISTER ARUN JAITLEYSaddened by the untimely passing away of J Jayalalithaa ji, an exceptional leader and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu, may God bless the noble soul and give strength to bear the irreparable loss.ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS MINISTER NITIN GADKARILoss for country and Tamil Nadu politics. I believe Jayalalithaa’s party will definitely follow the path that she has shown.INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING MINISTER VENKAIAH NAIDUFelt very sad about the demise of Madam Selvi Jayalalitha. I had hopes (of her recovery) till the last movement. The doctors made every possible attempt. Her demise is a big loss to country. She was an able administrator who had conviction and courage. I appeal to Tamil Nadu people to maintain calm and peace. See, tributes are paid in a dignified manner. That is a fitting tribute we can pay to departing leader.MINORITIES AFFAIRS MINISTER MA NAQVIShe was a very dynamic and committed leader. Her life was committed to the poor and downtrodden of Tamil Nadu and her loss cannot be compensated.HRD MINISTER PRAKASH JAVADEKARPeople are saddened due to Jayalalithaa’s demise. She created brand ‘Amma politics’. She connected with the poor. She was connected directly to the people. She was a fighter. Her death is a loss for all.COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY MINISTER NIRMALA SITHARAMANSad to hear that CM of Tamil Nadu Selvi Jayalalitha is no more. Her life’s journey is a story of grit and perseverance.CIVIL AVIATION MINISTER ASHOK GAJAPATHI RAJUJayalalithaa will be fondly remembered for the way she encouraged and empowered women. She was a multi-lingual person. She was a charming person. Her death is a huge loss for the nation. We should take her work forward.STATISTICS AND PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION MINISTER SADANANDA GOWDAShe was one of the tallest leaders of our country. She was elected five times as Tamil Nadu CM. During her tenure, law and order was well maintained. She was a tough woman. All followed her orders without delay. She fought for the people of Tamil Nadu and stood by them always. She met the people’s expectation. This is a great loss. It is not possible to find someone who can match her level. She was in hospital for more than 70 days. The people prayed for her recovery. The people of Tamil Nadu think that they have lost their God. I think there will not be any law and order problem. Of course, there were some small incidents.MOS SS AHLUWALIA I had heard and read a lot about her during our university days and also seen her movies. When I came to Rajya Sabha in 1986, she was there and sitting in the front row. As far as I remember she sat in the same seat where I sat as deputy leader of opposition. She was very articulate and a dynamic person. Then I remember when AIADMK lost badly, I believe she was the lone member and she was humiliated. Later on she was put behind bars. After hearing that, I was in tears. She was the darling of the oppressed and the depressed people. The poor people have lost their messiah. It is a big void which is difficult to fill.advertisementMOS HANSRAJ AHIRShe was very popular. She rose to popularity after hard work and struggle.LEADER OF OPPOSITION IN RAJYA SABHA GHULAM NABI AZADIndia has lost one of its shining stars. Jayalalithaa ji made her mark both as an artist and a politician. I’m feeling deeply sad at her demise.CONGRESS MP P CHIDAMBARAMJayalalithaa was the most dominant political personality of Tamil Nadu in last 25 years. I share the grief of millions. She acquired a large loyal following that equaled that of her mentor MGR. She brought a hard uncompromising style to politics and governance that won praise and criticism.CONGRESS MP SHASHI THAROORShe was an iconic figure. There is no question about it. She combined the charisma of hugely popular movies star with authority in politics. She dominated the man’s world. We saw cabinet ministers prostrating in front of her. She was quite imperious as a leader with an unquestionable authority. We saw a cult in her. Amma canteen and Amma laptops gave her an amazing hold over people. I would say she was altogether a colossus on the Tamil Nadu stage. The party is completely identified with the leader here in Parliament. The members carry her photo in their pocket. They don’t ask a question without reference to Amma. She filled shoes of a charismatic leader of MGR. But not only did she fill them she appears to have exceeded them. Both nature and politics, it has led to a vacuum which people will be looking to fill, not only in AIADMK but also other parties.This is complicated and interesting times for those who follow Tamil Nadu politics. Holding the party together is the first challenge. O Panneerselvam will continue as chief minister, Thambidurai will be general secretary. So we have to see whether they work together. Tamil Nadu is a progressive state now. The question is how to guide the state forward.JDU MP SHARAD YADAVIn her passing away, the nation, especially the people of Tamil Nadu have lost a great leader and a human being. I convey my deep condolences.BJP MP SHATRUGHAN SINHAI am deeply saddened by Amma’s demise. She had a knack for always making state-centre relationship work in favour of Tamil Nadu. My heartfelt condolences.CPM MP MOHD SALEEMThis is a very sad news. I am expressing my and my party’s condolence on her demise. Hope the situation remains in control in Tamil Nadu.advertisementKARNATAKA CM SIDDARAMAIAHJ Jayalalithaa’s demise is a huge loss. I am going to Chennai to attend her last rites ceremony.BIHAR CM NITISH KUMARIt is unfortunate. It is a loss not only for Tamil Nadu politics but also for rest of the country. All of Bihar is in mourning today.UTTAR PRADESH CM AKHILESH YADAVThe country as a whole will miss the charismatic leadership of J Jayalalithaa. Her schemes for the poor will continue to inspire governance.DELHI CM ARVIND KEJRIWALVery sad to hear the demise of Amma. A very very popular leader. May her soul rest in peace.RAJASTHAN CM VASUNDHARA RAJEMy heartfelt condolences and thoughts are with the bereaved family and followers. She shall be eternally cherished for her service to the people.GUJARAT CM VIJAY RUPANIDeeply saddened by the demise of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa ji. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of grief.ANDHRA PRADESH CM N CHANDRABABU NAIDUIn deep anguish over the demise of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. She was a long-time friend and a leader with indomitable spirit who was loved by all.MADHYA PRADESH CM SHIVRAJ SINGH CHOUHANJayalalithaa was a great leader. She changed the lives of people in Tamil Nadu with welfare schemes which is why she was called ‘Amma’.WEST BENGAL CM MAMATA BANERJEEJust got details about funeral timings of dear Amma Jayalalitha. Was very eager to be present but flight availability/timings from Kolkata not making it possible. Sending our two MPs Derek O Brien and Kalyan from Delhi on my behalf.ODISHA CM NAVEEN PATNAIKI am deeply shocked at the passing away of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Selvi J Jayalalithaa. She was a leader of the masses and had made immense contribution to the development and welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu. She enjoyed a huge mandate and was known for her administrative caliber and political sagacity. She was the iron lady of Tamil Nadu who successfully steered the state on the path of progress and prosperity. Her benevolent measures endeared her to one and all. The people of Tamil Nadu affectionately referred her as Amma. Her death is a great national loss. The people of Odisha stand in solidarity with the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of grief and bereavement. I pray that her soul may rest in peace.ASSAM CM SARBANANDA SONOWALDeeply saddened by the demise of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa ji. India has lost one of its tallest leaders. May her soul rest in eternal peace.HIMACHAL PRADESH CM VIRBHADRA SINGHDeeply saddened by the untimely demise of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. She has left a huge void in Dravidian politics. May her soul rest in peace.TELANGANA CM K CHANDRASHEKAR RAOI offer my deep condolences on the demise of “Tamil Nadu CM ‘Puratchi Thalaivi’ Kum Jayalalithaa”. Her political journey was a courageous one. Her demise is a deep loss to the Tamil society.DMK PRESIDENT M KARUNANIDHII offer my deep condolences on the passing away of Jayalalithaa. Wishes of lakhs of her followers will make her immortal.LEADER OF OPPOSITION IN TAMIL NADU ASSEMBLY MK STALINDeeply saddened by the demise of our CM Selvi Jayalalithaa. My deepest condolences to the party cadres and well wishers in this hour of grief. She was an iconic and courageous leader. This is an irreparable loss to the people of Tamil Nadu. She was an iron lady.US AMBASSADOR TO INDIA RICHARD R VERMAOn behalf of the United States, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and the people of Tamil Nadu following her passing yesterday. Jayalalithaa will be remembered for her years of public service to Tamil Nadu and as a supporter of closer ties between the United States and India. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu during this time of sorrow.TAMIL NADU GOVERNOR C VIDYASAGAR RAOI am deeply shocked and grieved to hear about the sad demise of Selvi J Jayalalithaa, the charismatic leader and the people’s Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She stood as a symbol of dynamism, bravery and was known for her sagacity and sharp intellect. Affectionately called as ‘Amma’, she was an embodiment of women’s empowerment and filled with indefatigable spirit. She was known for her noble qualities and sacrificed her life for the cause of the poor and downtrodden. Jayalalithaa struggled for more than two months in the hospital and fought the death valiantly with her indomitable will power. It is sad that the clutches of death have snatched away the life of the leader of masses. I fondly remember the day she received me at the Chennai Airport when I came to assume office as the Governor of Tamil Nadu. Her affectionate gesture and kind words are still afresh in my memory. Her passing away has caused an irreparable loss to the nation in general and to Tamil Nadu in particular. I express my sincere condolences from the bottom of my heart to the people of Tamil Nadu and pray to God to rest her soul in peace.DELHI L-G NAJEEB JUNGShe was one of the greatest political leaders of contemporary India and was a source of inspiration to many. In her sad demise, India has lost a unique leader, who touched the lives of millions of people. She was an extraordinary politician with exceptional administrative skills and immense following, which made her a distinct leader in Indian politics. I pray for her departed soul. May she rest in peace. May God give strength to all her well-wishers to bear this loss with forbearance and fortitude. I join the people of India and Tamil Nadu in mourning her passing away.RJD CHIEF LALU YADAVJayalalithaa’s death is a person loss. She battled for life. She was a courageous woman. I shared a good relation with her. This is a loss for the nation. She was a pro-poor, popular, bold, strong and result oriented leader of country. She will be missed. May her soul rest in peace.LAW MINISTER RAVI SHANKAR PRASADIt is a great loss to the country. She was an iconic figure and a great human being. I had the privilege to know her rather well. The relationship started when I was the Information and Broadcasting Minister. First of all, she was a profound human being and she cared for the state.To give you two instances – we had a Chetna Yatra in 2010 with LK Advani ji through Tamil Nadu. I was there with Ananth Kumar through the entire yatra. A report came that there was a suspicious object under culvert. We had to wait and she was gracious enough to ring and say that if anything would have happened to Advani ji I would have been very embarrassed.I was also her lawyer in a couple of cases in Madras High Court and Supreme Court. Once I asked her did you think of becoming a lawyer? She said I would have loved to but family persuasion led me to be an actor.FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES MINISTER HARSIMRAT KAUR BADALIt is a sad moment. The nation has lost a great leader. The schemes she launched in Tamil Nadu are great and successful.SAMAJWADI PARTY MP AMAR SIGNHJayalalithaa and I had decided to fight against BJP and Congress. She believed in numerology also. She never believed on anyone easily. She had requested Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav to become the PM.CONGRESS LEADER MANI SHANKAR AIYARJayalalithaa was always ‘number one’. She did not know the second place whether it was studies, sports or other activities. She was put into films by her mother at an early age, but since she did not know second place, she excelled there also. She became the leading cine actress of the Tamil silver screen. Once she decided to leave the film world, she never turned back. She was a dedicated and able leader, even though she was discouraged. She wanted to become PM.She was determined to fill MGR shoes even though MGR’s wife was appointed to be his successor and she managed to be the leader of AIADMK within a year or so. She was their unchallenged leader. Defeat made her strive harder. When you hit the bottom is when your trek to the top begins. Her followers will always keep her in their memory and hearts. She had earlier also kept Panneerselvam as interim CM. He is well trained for it. However, the question mark is Sasikala. She can become powerful if she wants to. She might jump into the fray now or step aside for a while. However, she will inherit the powerful political legacy.BJP MP PARESH RAWALShe was among the very rare leaders. It’s a very sad news.BJD MP AND ACTOR ANUBHAV MOHANTYI salute her. It’s an irreparable national loss. She was the iron lady of Tamil Nadu. She worked a lot for the welfare of the people. May her soul rest in peace.MAHARASHTRA CM DEVENDRA FADNAVISShe was one of the most respected leaders in the Tamil Nadu politics who earned the affectionate title of ‘Amma’ on account of her deep concern for the people. She had maintained cordial relations with all political parties.JAMMU AND KASHMIR CM MEHBOOBA MUFTIJayalalithaa was a people’s CM. She was learned and compassionate, godmother for her people. I offer my condolences.DMK MP TKS ELANGOVANEnmity with her was political but her demise is a huge loss to the people of Tamil Nadu. She was bold. She respected the people from other parties who had capacity or intellectual. She was a great fighter. After Indira Gandhi, she was a lady who could capture the mind of entire country. Can’t compare Jayalalithaa with Panneerselvam. As party they have selected him and they have numbers to run the government for the next five years. A vacuum has been created in AIADMK. I don’t know how far it is going to be filled up.DMK MP BHARATHIParneerselvam is one among the leaders of the party and there are leaders senior to him in AIADMK and the government. That may pose a problem before him. Jayalalithaa had full control over the party. Whether Panneerselvam will have same footing, will have to be seen.last_img read more

Fernando Alonso hints at leaving McLaren in 2018

first_imgMcLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso has hinted that he could leave the team at the end of the current Formula One season.During the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, Alonso had his car ground to a halt even before the race started in Sochi.It was but obvious for the Spaniard to be angry, but he tried to be philosophical as he said that such things happen in sport.”As for me, I tried this weekend to drive as fast as I can, helped the team in the way I could and now I’m going home. Next is Barcelona, but if I get there and I cannot run, what am I going to do?” Sport24 quoted him as saying.”I do my job, but there is some who doesn’t do theirs.”Last month, McLaren had announced that they would return to the Indianapolis 500, using Honda engines after an absence of nearly 38 years.McLaren had further said that Alonso, who has won 32 of the 275 Grand Prix he started, would run in the 101st Indianapolis 500, featuring a joint entry with Honda and Andretti Autosport.The 35-year-old also insisted that he will not quit Formula 1 in frustration of his situation.”F1 is my life, I hope we can improve the situation soon,” he said.But with his contract expiring in 2017, it could mean that he could at least quit McLaren-Honda.”I think in 2018 we will see what will happen with each of us,” he told the reporters in Spain.last_img read more

Greek World Cup Wound-Mending

first_imgATHENS – Two of the senior players for Greece’s World Cup soccer team heading to the games in Brazil next month said they have gotten past a confrontation they had while playing in a tense Greek league game.Vice-captain Kostas Katsouranis stressed there were no rifts in the squad  after publicly apologizing to team mate Giannis Maniatis, the news agency Reuters said.The pair, two of coach Fernando Santos’ most senior players among his 23-man squad, almost came to blows in controversial circumstances in a tense Greek Cup semi-final last month.PAOK midfielder Katsouranis, 34, was sent-off in the April 16 match against Maniatis’ Olympiakos, and both players had to be separated after the final whistle as scuffles broke out.“We have talked about it a lot and I think it was a mistake from all aspects,” Katsouranis told reporters.“As Vice Captain of the team and one of the most senior players who has been in the squad since Euro 2004, I think I have a large responsibility, I was in the wrong and I have explained this to Giannis many times.”It is the first time Katsouranis, who has made 109 appearances for his country, has spoken publicly about the incident and he said there were no hard feelings.“We need to stick together. Sometimes you lose control and I think that since making my national team debut in 2003 I’ve never had such an issue. In football these things can happen but we will continue as we were before,” he said.Enmity between players is an age-old problem in Greece where grudges run deep and bitterness often remains. But striker Fanis Gekas denied there was remaining tension as the team got ready to depart for Brazil, where it is a long-shot.“There are no worries. The climate is and will be good. We are like a family and everything depends on our attitude,” he said. “If we play as we can and are well organized, we have all the quality, experience and character to at least qualify from the group stage.”Greece faces Colombia, Ivory Coast and Japan in Group C in Brazil, their first match against the South Americans is on June 14 in Belo Horizonte. Before that the team will play friendly matches against Portugal (May 31), Nigeria (June 3) and Bolivia (June 6) in warm-ups.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan revels in massive Indian turnout at SCG: Guess they love me a lot

first_imgThe Sydney Cricket Ground stands were filled with thousands of blue shirts, which outnumbered the yellow on Sunday. With a Wankhede-like atmosphere, it was seemingly a home away from home for the Men in Blue, who were fighting to save the three-match T20I series against hosts Australia.Virat Kohli’s men put smiles on the faces of their fans by romping to a six-wicket win and thereby leveling the tightly-fought series.Not many had left the stands as most blue shirts from the strong crowd stayed back for the presentation ceremony and cheered on for their superstar cricketers.Things become pretty easy when Rohit, Dhawan do the job for us: Virat KohliAs pointed out by the presenter, opener Shikhar Dhawan received one of the loudest cheers as made his way to collect the Man of the Series Award. The Delhi batsman, as usual, played to the gallery as he brought out his trademark “thigh-slap” celebration and made sure the decibel levels hit the roof.Acknowledging the support he was receiving, Dhawan said: “I guess, they love me a lot. Now I will make them cheer more [thigh slaps].”India extend unbeaten streak in T20 Internationals to 10 series after SCG win”I enjoy entertaining people and I enjoy playing entertaining cricket. People enjoyed watching good cricket out there,” he added.”Yeah, absolutely [feels like being in India]. It’s tremendous to see this kind of support. It’s good that stadium was full. It’s lovely. I am sure that all the Indian supporters out there are going to support us during the Test series. We’re going to do well there as well.”advertisementIndia vs Australia, 3rd T20I: Report | Highlights | As it happenedShikhar Dhawan lit up the early stages of the run chase with some awesome strokeplay!#AUSvIND @toyota_aus pic.twitter.com/COK9uOLP33cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 25, 2018Dhawan’s love for Australia was visible with the way he went about his business in the two innings he played during the three-match series.The left-handed opener hit a 42-ball 76, which included 10 boundaries and two sixes, in the rain-marred first T20I, which went in Australia’s favour.Also read – Aaron Finch says Australia are feeling good for Tests after drawn T20I seriesHe helped India get off to a flyer on Sunday in Sydney with a 22-ball 41 that had six fours and two huge ones.Dhawan is not going to be part of the Test squad that will face Australia in the upcoming four-match series, starting December 6 in Adelaide.READ – Krunal Pandya records best T20I bowling figures by a spinner in AustraliaMeanwhile, captain Kohli pointed out that the crowd support in Sydney gave the team the extra motivation during the tricky chase of 165.Kohli led from the front once again as the right-hander slammed an unbeaten 61 and stiched a crucial 60-run stand with Dinesh Karthik as India gunned down the total of 165 with two balls to spare.”It’s always been like this. I mean, MCG and SCG are two stadiums where our fans come out in huge numbers. They’re really loud and they motivated the guys to get this victory for us,” Kohli said.last_img read more

Sampaoli not bothered by Maradona criticism

first_imgArgentina ‘Argentina will be very strong’ – Sampaoli dismisses Maradona criticism Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 11:44 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JorgeSampaoli - Cropped Getty Images Argentina World Cup The Argentina legend has been critical of the current team, but the manager remains unperturbed looking ahead to Russia 2018 Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli is optimistic the 2014 runners-up can make an impact at next year’s World Cup in Russia as he dismissed criticism from Diego Maradona.Maradona played down Argentina’s prospects after Sampaoli’s men were drawn in Group D with Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria in Moscow on Friday, insisting the two-time world champions must improve having scraped through CONMEBOL qualifying.Argentine great Maradona has been critical of Sampaoli since his appointment in June but the former Sevilla boss remains unperturbed. 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 “It does not bother me. We also feel this way,” Sampaoli told Omnisport.”I hope that as the time passes we will be able to have the chance to improve.”Sampaoli, with five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi at his disposal, added: “I think we will grow, that we will have the chance to get rid of the load that we had in the qualifiers. Argentina will be very strong in the World Cup. I hope we can pass in our group, and show what sets us apart.”Argentina will open their World Cup campaign against tournament debutants Iceland in Moscow on June 16, before facing Croatia five days later and Nigeria on June 26.”I already know where we will play, the days, the places, the trips, the rivals and their characteristics,” Sampaoli continued.”But that is what we are facing, and we have to know that Argentina has the best player in the world and has a chance to move to the second phase.”last_img read more

Guardiola hits Premier League half-century

first_imgGuardiola Guardiola hits Premier League half-century as Man City boss Chris Burton 02:24 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Manchester City 29112017 Getty Guardiola Manchester City Everton v Manchester City Everton Premier League Victory over Everton on Saturday was the Catalan coach’s 50th in the English top-flight, with only Jose Mourinho having hit that landmark quicker Pep Guardiola has reached 50 Premier League wins as Manchester City boss, with only Jose Mourinho having hit that landmark in fewer games.The Catalan coach recorded a half-century against Everton on Saturday, in what was his 69th fixture at the helm.Mourinho achieved the feat in 63 matches while in charge of Chelsea, so can claim to still have one over on an old adversary. 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 The 2017-18 campaign has, however, been all about the men from the blue half of Manchester.A comfortable 3-1 victory over Everton has carried them ever close to title glory, with it possible that the crown could be wrapped up in their next league fixture – a derby date with Manchester United and Mourinho.Guardiola will head into that game having lifted City to new heights, with every domestic rival having now been beaten across the course of a single season.Only two sides – Chelsea in 2005-06 and United in 2010-11 – have done that before, with Everton the final piece of the jigsaw for City.Guardiola can also claim to have seen off every Premier League rival he has faced since arriving in English football, with the Toffees picked off at the fourth time of asking.Pep Guardiola Jose Mourinho 50 Premier League winsGuardiola’s first Premier League game as City boss came against Sunderland on August 13, 2016.He recorded a 2-1 victory that day and has savoured many more successes since.City have won 27 of their 31 top-flight fixtures this season, with Liverpool the only side to have beaten them.Having ended his debut campaign without a trophy for the first time in his distinguished coaching career, Guardiola is now on course for a treble.The Carabao Cup has already been wrapped up and the Premier League title will follow shortly.City are also through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where they will face Liverpool, and could see 2018 become an historic year as they taste European Cup glory for the first time.last_img read more

Rent Outdoor Gear Before You Buy It with Gearo

first_img This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors The outdoor industry is defined by the gear needed to take you on your adventures, whether your passion is mountain biking, rock climbing, or kayaking. Outdoor gear is expensive — and buying something that doesn’t fit, meet your needs, or requires exchanging can cost loads of time and money that could otherwise be spent playing in the outdoors. Renting gear before you buy is a better option, but there is a vast amount of local rental shops to browse, and trying to find the best price on products can be exhausting and time-consuming. Gearo functions as the perfect solution to these issues by serving as a virtual outdoor gear rental shop that connects outdoor enthusiasts to local retailers on one easy-to-use platform.Gearo allows you to browse products based on your location and activity. While the platform is still in its early stages and there isn’t a huge inventory of products to browse yet, the marketplace just needs time to grow. Even the soft launch provides access to a plethora of gear in a wide range of activities including yoga, climbing, mountain biking, paddling, hiking, camping, and more. Last-minute rental deals are displayed on the bottom of the site’s homepage, serving as an extra incentive to customers.What does the process look like? Outdoor enthusiasts can visit the homepage and input their location in order to automatically locate the closest local rental shops. Then you can select the outdoor activity of your choice and browse gear available for rental. You can further filter options by price, size, and type of gear — with more options to become available as the marketplace expands.Gearo’s mission is to consolidate outdoor gear rentals onto one site for easy price and availability comparisons. This helps consumers save time and money and also helps outdoor gear shops run and grow their businesses. It’s easy to become a vendor on the Gearo marketplace — all you have to do is make an account, register your shop, and add your rentals and sales items. It’s important to note that Gearo screens its companies before accepting them onto the site to make sure they are reputable and have a good track record, which further eases the process from a consumer standpoint.Check out Gearo’s website for yourself and stay tuned as it expands its inventory.A version of this article originally ran on our brother site, Digital Trends. 3 of the Best Teeth Whitening Products For Pearly Whites Editors’ Recommendations Get Naked with Independent Winemakers with NakedWines Delivery Kit Introducing a New Look for The Manuallast_img read more

Dr. Tufton Hails National Baking Company’s Balance Your Life Campaign

first_img Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has commended National Baking Company for responding to the need to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among Jamaicans through its ‘Balance Your Life’ campaign. Story Highlights National Baking Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Butch Hendrickson, said, in addition to providing clear labelling on its products, the company has reduced the sugar content in some of its breads by 33 per cent. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has commended National Baking Company for responding to the need to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among Jamaicans through its ‘Balance Your Life’ campaign.The initiative, which was launched on Tuesday (November 14) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, will provide consumers with information on how to make healthy consumption choices to suit their lifestyle.This is based on the understanding that some products can contribute to health issues such as NCDs.“I thank National and wish you all the best with this campaign,” Minister Tufton said in an interview with JIS News at the launch.“Let us start with our own health and make better lifestyle choices that will give us more moments and more memories with our families and friends,” he added.Balance Your Life is the National Baking Company’s response to changing consumer preferences and the Government’s focus on promoting healthier lifestyle.It is being positioned as a choice campaign, with the focus placed on educating consumers on how they can make wise decisions regarding their diets and how to incorporate wellness in their everyday life. The campaign rests on four pillars – eat, move, play and rest.Dr. Tufton said the campaign complements the series of programmes and initiatives that the Ministry has employed to encourage healthy living.“It is imperative that we get Jamaicans to choose healthier lifestyle practices. The establishment of the National Food Industry Task Force (NFITF) in March is a singularly critical development aimed at garnering the support of the food sector in helping to combat nutrition-related diseases,” he said.He noted that the taskforce is specifically focused on activities related to product reformulation, food labelling, marketing, advocacy and communication, adding that a national stakeholder consultation has already begun.The Minister urged all Jamaicans to join the move towards NCD prevention as the Government seeks to lower the incidence of untimely deaths due to chronic conditions by 25 per cent, by 2025.National Baking Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Butch Hendrickson, said, in addition to providing clear labelling on its products, the company has reduced the sugar content in some of its breads by 33 per cent.He pledged that the team will continue to look at healthier options and provide consumers with information so that they can make wise choices. He noted that the taskforce is specifically focused on activities related to product reformulation, food labelling, marketing, advocacy and communication, adding that a national stakeholder consultation has already begun. last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the old DAR Railway crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Beginning Tuesday, April 26, traffic on sections of the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from north of Stewiacke for four kilometres to Exit 11. Work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is scheduled for completion Sunday, July 31. Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times for the construction of a new overpass. Work will take place until Saturday, April 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Tuesday, May 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 kilometres per hour and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until late May or early June, for replacement. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 – Exit 5 Highway 101, eastbound lanes from Exit 5 to Ellershouse, will be reduced to one lane for twinning until Monday, July 31. Signs are in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957center_img VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Bridge The northbound lane of MacLeod Bridge, on the Cabot Trail in Cape North, will be closed for repairs until further notice. A traffic control person will be on site until traffic signals are installed. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30- NEW WORK KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 at the Lovett Road overpass, west of Exit 14, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and resurfacing until Tuesday, May 31. Traffic signals in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Station Road Station Road will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving from Tuesday, April 26, until Tuesday, May 31. Traffic control personnel on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232last_img read more

PEI police arrest nine men tied to Torontoarea Hells Angels chapter

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – Nine men affiliated with a Toronto-area Hells Angels chapter have been arrested by a new police task force targeting P.E.I.’s growing outlaw motorcycle gang presence.Police say the nine — reportedly aged 19 to 63 — are “hangarounds” with the Hells Angels in Woodbridge, Ont.They face charges relating to involvement in a criminal organization as well as lottery and gaming counts.They were arrested early Thursday by the P.E.I. Organized Crime Task Force — a joint group including municipal forces and the RCMP.Members affiliated with the Hells Angels chapter set up shop on Prince Edward Island last December.The Angels were without a beachhead in the Maritimes since police disbanded the former Halifax chapter in 2001.But the gang has begun to reassert itself, strengthening its presence mainly through affiliate or so called “puppet clubs” in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I.last_img read more

Elton John Condemns Georgia Rep Betty Price For Suggesting People Living With

first_imgLast week, Georgia State Representative Betty Price, who is married to the former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, asked the head of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s HIV epidemiology section what officials are “legally able to do” to limit the spread of HIV throughout the state. She went on to suggest that people living with HIV should be quarantined as a solution for stopping the spread of the virus which causes AIDS.In response to her comments, Elton John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, issued the following statement:“Rep. Betty Price’s comments about people living with HIV are horrific, discriminatory, and astonishingly ill-informed. As a doctor and elected official from a state where people are still contracting HIV at an alarming rate, Mrs. Price should know better than to demonize people and perpetuate myths that stigmatize people living with HIV.“Her words smack of a dark time when there was little or no information about HIV and people were afraid of each other. Today, thanks to scientific advancements, growing acceptance and love, people living with HIV are living longer, healthier lives. We also know people living with HIV pose no public threat.“We at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, along with several of our partners, are aggressively working in Georgia and across the South to expand access to universal testing and treatment, particularly in rural areas. We also are working to dismantle the structural barriers including poverty, inadequate education, persistent HIV stigma, racism, homophobia and transphobia that impede progress. Instead of perpetuating fear and bias, Mrs. Price should educate herself about HIV and use her position of power to provide support, resources and compassion to her constituents. Love is the cure. Not quarantines.”last_img read more

UN footing the bill for AFN to attend climate gathering in Paris

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsThe United Nations is paying for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) to attend one of the most anticipated environmental conferences in history.Through the UN Development Programme, National Chief Perry Bellegarde and AFN NWT Regional Chief Bill Erasmus are confirmed to attend the COP 21 gathering in Paris.For months the AFN has been preparing to contribute to international talks on climate change.According to a statement from the AFN, the organization has been involved in a number of activities leading up to COP21,“And we will be there (in Paris) to raise our voices to ensure there is a real commitment to action and an approach that protects our lands and respects our rights.”There are just 34 days left until the start of the gathering in Paris where world leaders will come together to develop a strategy to combat the threat of climate change.According to COP21 officials, “for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate.”Last July the AFN adopted a resolution specifically referencing COP21 that called on Canada and Member States along with UN agencies, funds and programmes to support Indigenous representation in Paris.According to the Liberal party, Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau plans to invite Indigenous leaders to join the Canadian delegation to Paris, however it’s not clear when the invitation will be sent out or who will be invited.Canada is scrambling to develop a strategy of its own to participate in the event.Green Party Leader Elizabeth May told APTN National News that Canada is not ready.She said the former Harper Conservative government allowed the issue to fall on the back burner.May said the last draft she saw of Canada’s negotiations for Paris were “awful, weak and not nearly enough of anything to deliver what the world needs.”May flew to Ottawa last week for a meeting with Trudeau.He has since invited Canada’s premiers and environmental leaders to join the Canadian delegation going to Paris as well as committing to a meeting with provincial leaders within 90 days of the UN event to follow up.The new Liberal government has said it plans to begin working on building a nation to nation relationship with Canada’s First Nations as well as adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).According to UNDRIP, industrial development activities that threaten the livelihood of Indigenous Peoples is a violation of Aboriginal and Treaty rights.Bellegarde said First Nations must be taken seriously on the issue of climate change.“First Nations must be part of dialogue and decision-making on climate change at all levels. Indigenous peoples are often the first to feel the effects of climate change and we have traditional knowledge that should inform the discussions and Indigenous rights must be respected in any plans and agreements.”bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

SDMC hosts Asia Pacific forum on sustainable urbanisation

first_imgNew Delhi: South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Monday kicked off the fourth Asia Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation-Resilient Cities 2019 in New Delhi hosted in association with the United Nations. The three-day event is being hosted in India for the first time with 31 participating countries.While inaugurating the forum, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said that with climate change reaching new heights by the day, green solutions are not just welcome but necessary to combat the adverse impact brought on by this, specifically in Asia. “Our cities are battling the consequences of climate change on a daily basis,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe added that with the massive number of migrants moving to cities and the rapid surge of urbanisation, problems caused by climate change need to be addressed. “More than 60% of the world’s population resides in Asia and nearly half of this resides in cities and towns. It is extremely crucial to link every aspect of urbanization with sustainability. Cities account for 2/3rd of global energy demand and 70% of carbon emissions. The new urban infrastructure should be low carbon, green and climate resilient,” Vice-President Naidu said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn his inaugural address, SDMC Commissioner, Puneet Kumar Goel said that climate change is a “global challenge and its impacts are serious, urgent and growing”. Saying that the mantle for tackling these issues must not be passed on to future generations, he said that if sustainable approaches to climate change are not adopted soon, the coming generations will be “consigned to irreversible catastrophes”. Citing SDMC projects that have taken proactive steps to adopt green solutions to problems related to rapid urbanisation, Commissioner Goel said the municipality has shaved of millions of dollars just by using energy-efficient LED lights in streets. He also mentioned that electric cars and solar power used in MCD buildings are valuable steps in proceeding towards sustainable urbanisation. “The SDMC is also taking result-oriented steps for management of solid waste. Our waste to energy plant has been one of the steps to convert waste to electricity,” Commissioner Goel said. SDMC Mayor Narendra Chawla was also at the event, where he said that Delhi is facing the brunt of problems that come as a result of converging urbanisation and climate change, adding that a “dialogue such as this one is the need of the hour”.last_img read more

UNbacked alliance tackles helping millions of children orphaned by AIDS

A two-day workshop last week in Johannesburg, South Africa, hosted by the United Nations and Partners’ Alliance – comprising UN agencies, Governments and non-governmental organization (NGOs) – brought together delegates from Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe to confer on policies for orphaned and vulnerable children.“There is a critical need for scaling up the response. In South Africa alone, there are more than 2 million children from the country’s 18.5 million that have lost one or both parents to AIDS,” said Josee Koch, emergency food security and HIV and AIDS officer for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“Immediate and appropriate mechanisms are needed urgently to stop the spread of HIV and ensure that children are supported on their way to realize their full potential for a better future,” she added.Without the confidence and skills necessary to build their futures, young people become more vulnerable to contracting HIV, according to a press release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Without options, children could potentially be pushed into activities that put them and others at high risk of becoming infected with the disease.Participants recognized the crucial assistance to support these children furnished by the Australian Government. Funding comes from the AUSAID, the Government’s aid agency, and is being used for programmes run by the FAO and other organizations that have adopted a livelihoods based approach, including teaching pivotal life skills which will enable children to grow into economically active and productive young adults. 24 April 2007With more than 18 million children expected to have lost one or both parents to AIDS by 2010, a United Nations-backed alliance has met to discuss the looming crisis of how millions of children orphaned or made vulnerable by the epidemic can build their futures and remain free from infection. read more

UN chief calls on all nations to join International Criminal Court

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on every nation to become a party to the Rome Statute that set up the International Criminal Court (ICC), stressing the vital role played by the institution in ending impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.“Only once every State has ratified the Rome Statute, and taken the necessary steps to make it enforceable at the national level, will there truly be no safe haven for those responsible for the most egregious crimes that can be committed against the core values of humankind,” Mr. Ban said in remarks at a panel discussion held at UN Headquarters.“The ICC is the centrepiece of our system of international criminal justice,” he added. “To be successful, this system requires full support from the international community.”Mr. Ban noted that universal ratification of the Rome Statute is one of the main challenges faced by the ICC, an independent, permanent court based in The Hague.In this connection, he commended Slovakia on the role it is playing as facilitator for the plan of action for achieving universality and full implementation of the Rome Statute, as well as ICC President Judge Song Sang-Hyun for his outreach campaign. With last month’s ratification of the Rome Statute by Bangladesh, this effort is now bearing fruit, the Secretary-General noted.Mr. Ban said he will echo his call for universal ratification of the Rome Statute next month in Kampala, Uganda, when States parties meet to take stock of the Court’s achievements and to reflect on its future.He pledged to do everything in his power to help the Review Conference produce a meaningful outcome, noting that the UN’s efforts to promote peace, development and human rights are closely linked to the work of the ICC.“We need and want the Court to succeed,” he stated. “Our partnership is expanding, for example in the pursuit of justice in post-conflict societies. I am determined to push forward further still in our common fight to end impunity and strengthen accountability.” 30 April 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on every nation to become a party to the Rome Statute that set up the International Criminal Court (ICC), stressing the vital role played by the institution in ending impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. read more