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first_imgKelly Bryant of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Kelly Bryant has decided to transfer out of Clemson’s football program following Dabo Swinney’s decision to name true freshman Trevor Lawrence the starter for this afternoon’s game against Syracuse.It was a somewhat surprising decision, though there had been calls for Lawrence, a former five-star recruit, to take over during the first couple of weeks of the season.Swinney was emotional while speaking to reporters about the decision, as it led to a transfer from Bryant, the veteran starter.ESPN college football analyst Tim Tebow was “proud” of Bryant for making the tough decision. He can take a redshirt this season and then play elsewhere in 2019..@TimTebow backs Kelly Bryant and his decision to leave Clemson.— First Take (@FirstTake) September 28, 2018Bryant said the decision to name Lawrence the starter kind of felt like a “slap in the face” while speaking to the Greenville News:“They asked me how I felt about it,” Bryant said, recalling his meeting with Swinney. “I was like, ‘I’m not discrediting Trevor. He’s doing everything asked of him, but on my side of it, I feel like I haven’t done anything to not be the starter. I’ve been here. I’ve waited my turn. I’ve done everything y’all have asked me to do, plus more.’“I’ve never been a distraction. I’ve never been in trouble with anything. To me, it was kind of a slap in the face.”Bryant said he had to do what he felt was best for him.“I feel like it’s what’s best for me and my future,” Bryant said. “I was just going to control what I could control and try to make the most of my opportunity, but at the end of the day, I just don’t feel like I’ve gotten a fair shot.”So, where will Bryant be transferring in 2019? Several major programs have been mentioned.Tebow mentioned a surprising one on SportsCenter this morning.The ESPN college football analyst has named Auburn a good option for Bryant. He thinks Bryant would be a great fit in the other Tigers’ addressed that idea in a recent story:Would it make sense?“It depends on what Kelly Bryant’s goals are,” said Phil Savage, the Arizona GM of the Alliance League and former executive director of the Senior Bowl. “If he wants to expand his resume, he needs to go to a place where he is running more of a traditional pro-style offense.“If he went to Auburn, he could absolutely be a dangerous weapon because we know the Gus Malzahn offense is at its best when the quarterback can be a ball carrier like we saw with Nick Marshall and Cam Newton.”Bryant’s dual-threat abilities could play very well in Auburn’s offensive system. However, as notes, Auburn might not be the best place for Bryant if he’s hoping to become an NFL quarterback.This likely isn’t a decision that’s going to be made quickly. Bryant has plenty of time to take a look at all of his options. It’s possible he won’t decide on a transfer destination until after the 2018 season, so he gets a clearer picture of what teams’ quarterback situations are like heading into the 2019 year.Clemson, meanwhile, is set to take on Syracuse at Memorial Stadium this afternoon. Kickoff is set for noon on ABC.last_img read more

first_imgRohan Bopanna and Marius Copil knock out 6th seeds from French OpenIndia’s Rohan Bopanna and his partner Marius Copil knocked out Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in the first round, making a remarkable start to the French Openadvertisement Press Trust of India ParisMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 08:47 IST Bopanna and Copil knock out sixth seeds from French Open. (REUTERS)HIGHLIGHTSRohan Bopanna and Marius Copil saved all 3 breakpoints they faced in the matchBopanna had reached the quarterfinal last year and is thus saving 360 pointsDivij Sharan and Leander Paes are the other Indians featuring in the men’s doublesMaking a stupendous start to the French Open, India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Marius Copil knocked out sixth-seeded Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus with a straight-set win in the first round, here Tuesday.The unseeded Bopanna and Copil sent the South African-Kiwi pair packing with a 6-3, 7-6(1) win in the first round, which lasted one hour and 18 minutes.Bopanna, who recently became a father to a baby girl, and his partner saved all three break points they faced in the match and converted one of the three chances they earned.Bopanna had reached the quarterfinal here last year and is thus saving 360 points.Divij Sharan and Leander Paes are other Indians featuring in the men’s doubles with their respective partners.Also Read | French Open 2019: Naomi Osaka, Alexander Zverev survive 1st-round scaresAlso Read | French Open 2019: Serena Williams survives scare to reach 2nd roundAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow French OpenFollow Rohan BopannaFollow Marius CopilFollow Raven KlaasenFollow Michael VenusFollow Divij SharanFollow Leander Paes Nextlast_img read more

first_img Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the booming tourism sector is expected to soar even higher with the renewed focus on gastronomy. “Attractions like the Appleton Estate Rum Experience contribute significantly to our efforts to develop Jamaica into a gastronomy centre of excellence, as visitors are taken on a journey through the history of rum and view first-hand the development of the spirits from cane to cup,” he added. Story Highlights The Minister said that as competition between destinations increases, it will be cultural heritage, entertainment offerings and the unique local and regional intangibles like food and cuisine that will make the difference, and Jamaica is second to none in this regard. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the booming tourism sector is expected to soar even higher with the renewed focus on gastronomy.Addressing the opening of the US$7.2-million “renovated and rebranded” Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience in Siloah, St. Elizabeth, on January 18, Mr. Bartlett said globally, gastronomy has grown into a US$150-billion industry, “which is now ripe for our taking”.“If we can get even two per cent of that market, that would be tremendous value added to what we are doing,” the Minister argued.“Attractions like the Appleton Estate Rum Experience contribute significantly to our efforts to develop Jamaica into a gastronomy centre of excellence, as visitors are taken on a journey through the history of rum and view first-hand the development of the spirits from cane to cup,” he added.Mr. Bartlett said more people are travelling to experience the food culture of other destinations, “whether it is local restaurants” or “bars, farms and markets or vineyards and distilleries”.“The fact is that gastronomy tourism has grown considerably and has become one of the most dynamic and creative segments of tourism globally,” he explained.The Minister said that as competition between destinations increases, it will be cultural heritage, entertainment offerings and the unique local and regional intangibles like food and cuisine that will make the difference, and Jamaica is second to none in this regard.Mr. Bartlett added that the fusion of cultures has created a delicious melting pot of wonderfully diverse foods that “make us ideally positioned to take advantage of the growing phenomenon of culinary travel”.“Gastronomy tourism provides us with an opportunity to add value to Jamaica’s tourism sector by diversifying the product while promoting local economic development,” the Minister argued.“This is why the Ministry has put in place the framework to develop our culinary offerings. Our Gastronomy Network, which falls under the aegis of our Tourism Linkages Network, has been rolling out a number of innovative initiatives to strengthen Jamaica’s competitiveness in this subsector, including establishing the island’s first Gastronomy Centre at Devon House and the Blue Mountain Culinary Tour,” he added.The Minister lauded J. Wray and Nephew parent company, Gruppo Campari, “for your vision and belief in Jamaica”, noting that the US$7.2-million investment was a testament “for love of country and the people of the south coast”.“As the island’s oldest distillery, Appleton Estate is already the biggest tourist attraction on the south coast, bringing in tens of thousands of visitors a year. With the new upgrade, more than 200,000 visitors are expected to visit the home of Appleton over time to experience how the world-leading premium rums are produced,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Although the Trudeau government launched its long term plan for modernizing the military last week, more immediate realities are tugging for attention on the Liberals’ list of defence priorities.In particular, two critical, short-term questions have emerged: what to do about the government’s plan to buy “interim” fighter jets, and whether to take on a new role in Afghanistan?The Canadian Press has learned that Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan met with the head of Lockheed Martin, the U.S. defence giant behind the F-35 stealth fighter, in Singapore earlier this month.Word of Sajjan’s meeting with Lockheed president Marillyn Hewson came as the minister told CTV’s Question Period that the government is looking at “different options” for addressing a critical shortage of fighter jets.The Liberals announced last November that they would address the jet shortage by purchasing 18 “interim” Super Hornets from Boeing, before holding a competition to replace all of Canada’s CF-18s.But that was before Boeing complained to the U.S. Commerce Department that Canadian aerospace firm Bombardier had sold its CSeries jet liners at an unfair discount with help from the federal government.The Liberals have since threatened to scrap the Super Hornet plan because of the dispute, which took another turn Friday when the U.S. International Trade Commission said it would continue investigating.Sajjan’s spokeswoman Jordan Owens confirmed the minister met with Hewson at a defence summit in Singapore at the beginning of June, but could not immediately comment on the discussion.However, a Lockheed official speaking on background said Hewson told Sajjan that her company was ready and eager to deliver F-35s on an urgent basis if required.That would represent a marked turn in the ongoing saga to buy new fighter jets for Canada, after initially promising during the last election to not buy the stealth fighters.The Liberals recently spent another $30 million to stay at the table as a partner in the F-35 project, while Boeing for its part has emphasized its long-standing economic and commercial ties to Canada.Fighter jets aren’t the only issue requiring an immeidate decision as Sajjan’s office said Sunday that NATO has asked Canada to send police officers to Afghanistan to help train the war-torn country’s beleaguered security forces.“We just received this and are looking into it,” Sajjan’s spokeswoman, Jordan Owens, told The Canadian Press. “The door hasn’t been closed yet.”The request comes as the U.S. and NATO seek to bolster the alliance’s footprint in Afghanistan, where local police and military forces have struggled against a resurgent Taliban.The situation has been complicated by the arrival of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has launched several deadly attacks across the country over the past year.One NATO official, who was not authorized to comment publicly, said alliance members will gather in Brussels later this month to announce what they can provide.That puts Canada, which ended its military mission in Afghanistan in 2014, on the clock to decide sooner rather than later whether to dive back into the conflict.Any decision to send Canadians, even police officers, back into Afghanistan is sure to stoke strong reactions given the heavy cost of Canada’s military involvement in the country between 2001 and 2014.Thousands of Canadians who served in Afghanistan during that period continue to suffer from physical or mental injuries, while 158 soldiers, one diplomat and one journalist were killed.Canada also contributed billions of dollars in development assistance to the country – money that continues to flow in the form of about $150 million per year for aid and to pay the Afghan security forces.Yet despite those investments of blood and treasure, peace and stability remain not only elusive, but increasingly scarce as Afghan security forces have lost ground to the Taliban, in particular.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) is pleased to announce it will honor actor-director Ewan McGregor, OBE, with the Britannia Humanitarian Award at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards.The annual gala celebration will take place on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. As previously announced, the evening will be hosted for a second time by British actor and comedian Jack Whitehall. Ang Lee will be honored with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, Samuel L. Jackson will be honored with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, and Ricky Gervais will be honored with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy. World-renowned television and event production company Done + Dusted will produce the ceremony.The Britannia Humanitarian Award is presented to a colleague who has used the art form of the moving image or their position in the entertainment industry to create positive social change, and actively shine a light on important humanitarian issues. The award has previously recognized Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle, Colin Firth, Mark Ruffalo, and Orlando Bloom. McGregor receives this honor in light of his work with UNICEF, having recently travelled to northern Iraq to see how the conflicts sweeping across Iraq and Syria are devastating children’s lives. McGregor, who makes his directorial debut this year with “American Pastoral,” is using his platform to bring awareness to the unimaginable horrors facing these children, and worked with UNICEF to help provide lifesaving food and water, child protection services, and healthcare to those families in need.“Ewan McGregor is not only a multi-talented individual, but has led by example in showing that even one person can make a huge difference in the life of a child,” said Kieran Breen, Chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles. “Given his most recent work in Iraq, and ongoing commitment to the fight against the horrific conditions in which children there are living, he is most deserving of this honor. We are thrilled to be able to recognize his work and shed light on the initiatives about which he is most passionate.”The British Academy Britannia Awards evening is BAFTA’s big night out in Hollywood, where Brits and anglophiles alike come together in celebration of exceptional individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the US, UK and beyond. Known to be an enjoyable evening that captures a unique blend of sincerity and British irreverence, the evening also serves to celebrate the long-standing collaboration between the British and American industries. The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolades, recognizing both outstanding British talent, and exceptional international talent by virtue of their strong connection to the British industry through their body of work. Proceeds from the event support BAFTA Los Angeles’ on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.Often hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation, Ewan McGregor consistently captivates audiences with a diverse line-up of roles across a multitude of genres, styles and scope.Up next, McGregor will star in his directorial debut American Pastoral, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. McGregor will star in the film opposite Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning. Lionsgate will release the film October 21, 2016 and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on September 9, 2016.McGregor recently wrapped production on Trainspotting 2, where he will reprise his role as “Renton,” opposite Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle. The highly anticipated sequel, based on characters created by Irvine Welsh, will reunite Danny Boyle as director with screenwriter John Hodge and all of the principal cast of the 1996 film. The story, set in the late ’80s, follows a group of heroin addicts in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh. Sony will release the film February 3, 2017.On March 17, 2017 McGregor will star in Disney’s remake of the classic film Beauty and the Beast in which he plays “Lumiere.” McGregor will soon begin production on FX’s Emmy-winning drama, Fargo. He will play brothers, Emmit and Ray Stussy, in the season-three anthology which is set to air in 2017.McGregor can recently be seen in the political thriller Our Kind of Traitor opposite Stellan Skarsgard, released July 1, 2016. Additionally, he can recently be seen in Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days in the Desert, where he plays both a demon and a holy man on a journey through the desert. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was released on May 13, 2016 by Broad Green Pictures. McGregor can also be seen in Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead opposite Cheadle and Zoe Saldana. The film premiered at the New York Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics on April 1, 2016.The 2015 ceremony took place in October at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Harrison Ford received the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, Orlando Bloom received the Britannia Humanitarian Award presented by the Beazley Group, Meryl Streep received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, Sam Mendes received the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by the GREAT Britain campaign, James Corden received the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry and Amy Schumer received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy presented by Kodak.The British Academy Britannia Awards is produced through a partnership between BAFTA Los Angeles and Done & Dusted. Event Production and Management is by MTA Eventslast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Conservative MP Rob Clarke is the biggest spender of all the Aboriginal MPs on Parliament Hill according to the annual fiscal report released by the federal government this week.Clarke, Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River, who is pushing a private member’s bill to make changes to the Indian Act, had expenditures of $490,478.61 from April 1, 2011 to Mar. 31, 2012, that included travel expenses of about $155,000.In comparison, Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou MP Romeo Saganash was the lowest of seven Aboriginal MPs with $342,412.97 in expenses but his expense audit began a month later on May 2, 2011. His travel bills tallied up to about $75,000.The report looks at everything from employees’ salaries, advertising, printing, office leases and telecommunication. Salaries, travel, advertising and office space is where most of the money went for the MPs.The next most expensive politician was Winnipeg South MP Rod Bruinooge who spent more than $440,000. He paid out more than $140,000 in travel expenses.Next was Labrador MP Peter Penashuewho tallied about $430,000. Travel costs were roughly $157,000, the most expensive among Aboriginal MPs. His expenses also began May 2.The next three came in pretty much nose-to-nose.Saint Boniface MP Shelly Glover had the cheapest travel budget of the lot with about $68,000 and a total budget of nearly $370,000.Manicouagan MP Jonathan Genest-Jourdain was just over $368,000 also beginning May 2. He spent about $80,000 on travel.Nunavut MP Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq was the second cheapest MP of the group with just over $361,000. Of that, nearly $80,000 was for travel.But everyone in this group were outdone by Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan (Vancouver Island North) who went through $512,389.10.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Jaguar Land Rover’s job cuts (all times local):1:20 p.m.Jaguar Land Rover says it will cut 4,500 jobs as the carmaker addresses slowing demand in China and growing uncertainty about the U.K.’s departure from the European Union.The luxury carmaker says the cuts will be in addition to 1,500 people who left the business in 2018. The company employs about 44,000 people in the U.K.The firm, owned by India’s Tata, last year outlined a 2.5 billion-pound ($3.2 billion) turnaround plan to deal with Brexit, trade tensions between China and the U.S. and new European emissions standards that combined pushed Jaguar into the red in the three months to Sept. 30, which compared with the same period the year before.CEO Ralf Speth says Jaguar is “taking decisive action to help deliver long-term growth.”___9:35 a.m.Britain’s media is reporting that Jaguar Land Rover will announce up to 5,000 job cuts as the carmaker addresses slowing demand in China and growing uncertainty about the U.K.’s departure from the European Union.The BBC says the luxury carmaker will cut around 5,000 jobs in marketing, management and administrative roles. The company employs about 44,000 people in the U.K.The firm, owned by India’s Tata, last year outlined a 2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) turnaround plan after Brexit, Chinese trade tensions with the U.S. and new European emissions standards left Jaguar with a pre-tax loss of 90 million pounds in the three months to Sept. 30, which compared with a 385 million pound profit in the same period in 2017.Thursday’s announcement is set to include 2018 sales.The Associated Presslast_img read more

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Self-driving vehicles will be able to operate in Florida without a human on board under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.DeSantis signed the measure Thursday at a test track for autonomous vehicles. The governor says he wants companies testing the vehicles to move to Florida.The new law takes effect July 1. It will allow self-driving cars without humans on all roads as long as the vehicles meet new insurance and safety requirements. It also exempts operators inside self-driving cars from laws that ban texting while driving and other potentially distracting activities. Current law allows self-driving vehicles if a person is in the car.As of March, 29 states had passed laws that range from permitting testing of such vehicles to allowing them without humans.The Associated Press read more

27 November 2008The opium industry is largely funding the Taliban”s war budget and is a major source of revenue for criminal groups and terrorists in Afghanistan despite becoming less important to the country”s overall economy, according to a United Nations report released in London today. This year has witnessed a decrease in the amount of land cultivated for growing poppies, a cut in opium production and a slashing of prices, yet the Taliban are able to raise hundreds of millions of dollars from the drugs trade.The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report showed a 19 per cent decrease in opium cultivation to 157,000 hectares, down from a record harvest of 193,000 in 2007, and said that production also dropped by six per cent to 7,700 tons. At the same time prices have fallen by some 20 per cent, resulting in an overall drop in value of opium to farmers by more than a quarter in the last year, from $1 billion to $730 million. The export value of opium, morphine and heroin for Afghan traffickers is also down from $4 billion in 2007 to $3.4 billion in 2008.The size of the country”s opium problem is shrinking as one million fewer people were involved in cultivation this year and the area of arable land used to grow poppies has dropped from 2.5 per cent to 2.1 per cent, according to the UNODC Afghanistan Opium Survey 2008.Despite reduced cultivation, production and prices, the Taliban and other anti-government forces are able to make huge profits from the drugs business by imposing a 10 per cent charge on economic activity.Opium farming may have generated $50 to $70 million of such income this year, in addition to a further $200 to $400 million of income in forced levies on drug processing and trafficking.“With so much drug-related revenue, it is not surprising that the insurgent”s war machine has proven so resilient, despite the heavy pounding by Afghan and allied forces,” said UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa.Mr. Costa suggested that ongoing efforts by the Taliban to manipulate the opium market may result in less opium in 2009.“Since they are hoarding opium, they have the most to gain from lower cultivation. This would drive up prices, and result in a re-evaluation of their stocks,” he said.It is important to keep downward pressure on both opium production and prices, said Mr. Costa while calling for “greater and faster international development assistance, including food aid to urban areas, to prevent a humanitarian disaster and to consolidate gains that have resulted in 18 out of Afghanistan”s 34 provinces becoming opium free.” “If the Taliban can disrupt the market so can NATO. Drug production and trafficking would be slowed by destroying high value targets like drug markets, labs and convoys, which the Afghan army, backed by NATO, are starting to do.”Mr. Costa also noted that international efforts have been stepped up to stem the flow into Afghanistan of precursor chemicals, which are needed to produce heroin. “These measures are meant to hit organized crime and insurgency in order to cut the Afghan drug economy”s umbilical cord to the world, breaking the link between opium farmers in Afghanistan and heroin addicts in Europe,” said Mr. Costa.“The downward trend in Afghanistan”s opium economy would gain speed with more honest government, more security and more development assistance.” read more

Navi Pillay arrives in Nepal tomorrow for a five-day visit during which she will survey one of the largest country operations of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).She will also assess the human rights situation in the country, which endured a decade-long civil war that claimed an estimated 13,000 lives until the Government and the Maoists signed a peace accord in 2006. Last May, following the holding of Constituent Assembly elections, the South Asian nation abolished its 240-year-old monarchy and declared itself a republic.While in Nepal, Ms. Pillay is set to meet with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, President Ram Baran Yadav, and representatives of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and human rights defenders, as well as other UN organizations working in the country.The High Commissioner will then begin a two-day visit to India on 22 March, during which she will meet with the Foreign Secretary and the Minister of Home Affairs, as well as with other senior Government officials and members of the judiciary. She will also give a keynote lecture, hosted by India’s National Human Rights Commission. 17 March 2009The top United Nations human rights official will be visiting Nepal and India this week as she sets out on her first official visit to Asia since taking up her post last September. read more

Some of the participants at the International Day of Persons with Disabilities special event. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Participants Tiffany Geigel (centre) and Carmen Schoenster (right), dancer, share a laugh during the special event. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Luis Gallegos Chiriboga, Chairperson of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ICT) and Special Advisor to the Nippon Foundation, addresses the special event. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard A participant listens on at the special event in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Mosharraf Hossain (in wheelchair), Director of Policy and Influencing of the Action on Disability and Development (ADD) International, addresses the special event. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard “Building a sustainable, inclusive world for all requires the full engagement of people of all abilities,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message on the Day, which has been celebrated on 3 December since 1992. Mr. Ban noted that earlier this year, the UN Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction recognized the key role people with disabilities can play in promoting a more universally accessible approach in disaster preparedness and response. And next year, he said, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) will discuss a new urban development agenda to make cities inclusive, accessible and sustainable. “As we look ahead, we need to strengthen development policies and practices to ensure that accessibility is part of inclusive and sustainable development,” the UN chief said. “This requires improving our knowledge of the challenges facing all persons with disabilities.” Maleni Chaitoo, representative of the International Disability Alliance – International Disability and Development Consortium (IDA/IDDC), addresses the special event using sign language. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) applauds in sign language. He is flanked by Miki Matheson (left), Programme Officer at the Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI), and Catherine Pollard, USG for General Assembly and Conference Management. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard ‹ ›Among the commemorative events around the world, at UN headquarters, the Day will be celebrated with an event featuring panel discussions on such themes as ‘Accessible New Urban Agenda and inclusion of persons with disabilities’ and ‘Invisible disabilities.’ In Paris, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is hosting a conference at its Paris headquarters entitled ‘Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.’ UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in her message for the Day: “An inclusive society is one that defends the rights and dignity of every citizen, that empowers every woman and man to participate fully in every aspect of social, political, economic and cultural life.” “We have seen progress across the world, but persons with disabilities remain one of the most marginalized groups today,” Ms. Bokova said. Participating in the conference is Lenin Moreno, UN Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, and the event is expected to include panel discussions, a screening of short films showcasing the courage and determination of people with disabilities in overcoming the obstacles they face, and a jazz concert. UNESCO said the estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in key aspects of society. Eighty per cent of them live in developing countries. One in three out-of-school children has a disability and fewer than two per cent of children with disabilities in developing countries are in school. read more

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) breaks up a pass intended for Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) in the first quarter at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday, September 8, 2013.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Bengals held on for a 20-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night in Cincinnati in a game that felt like it should not have been that close.The Steelers were still in the game late in the fourth quarter until Bengals safety Reggie Nelson intercepted a tipped pass thrown by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger deep in Cincinnati territory.Early on, it seemed as if the Bengals (1-1) were sleepwalking through the game with quarterback Andy Dalton looking nervous and inaccurate. His passes were high and uncatchable, including two in which 6’6” tight end Tyler Eifert was the target. The Bengals defense though was able to hold the Steelers (0-2) in check.A change occurred late in the first quarter when Giovani Bernard was inserted into the offense, his first carry resulting in eight yards. The run got the crowd back in the game and seemed to help Dalton relax.Following a 61-yard completion from Dalton to Eifert, Bernard scampered seven yards for a Bengals touchdown.In the third quarter, Bernard continued to make the inconsistent Dalton look good by taking a screen pass 27 yards for Cincinnati’s only other touchdown of the game. Bernard’s quickness allowed him to jog into the endzone untouched.The defense played reasonably well, creating two turnovers, holding Pittsburgh to 44 yards rushing and sacking the Steelers’ quarterback twice.But it was somewhat of a disappointment for Cincinnati fans who had expected to handle their AFC North rivals. While on paper the Bengals formidable front four should have been able to rattle Roethlisberger, he held his own and turned in a valiant effort.Pittsburgh was without Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey, lost for the year with a major knee injury. They were forced to start Fernando Velasco against one of the league’s best defensive tackles, Geno Atkins, and former Steeler and Defensive Player of the Year, James Harrison. However, Roethlisberger made a number of spectacular plays, including one in which he decided not to hand off to his running back as he saw two Bengals defenders closing in for the tackle. Instead, he kept the ball and picked up six yards.Roethlisberger escaped Cincinnati pressure on a numerous occasions during the game, looking particularly impressive on a drive near the end of the first half where he completed all four of his passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.It was a reversal of fortune for a Pittsburgh team that had won 10 of its previous 11 games in Cincinnati.The Steelers have much to figure out if they want to make the playoffs this year. At the same time, the Bengals should not be overly optimistic after the win.Dalton’s early mistakes could have cost Cincinnati the game had they been facing a team more complete than Pittsburgh. But there were a lot of promising signs that could indicate improvement is on the horizon. Much depends on offensive coordinator Jay Gruden figuring out how to get the most out of his players. If he is successful in that regard, the Bengals will be able to score more consistently. read more

first_imgHow to add subtitles to your own videos on YouTube in 2 different ways BEHIND EVERY GREAT man is a great woman.But who stands behind the world’s dictators?In good times and in bad, the ladies of the Dictators’ Wives Club sure put up with a lot: corruption, political uprisings, and often other wives.Some, including Rwandan First Lady Jeannette Kagame, use their position to advocate for important charitable causes in their nations. Others, such as the president of Syria’s wife, Asma al-Assad, are pros at ‘looking the other way’ and smiling for official photos.For this list, Business Insider defined a dictator as a near-absolute ruler known for human rights abuses, restrictions on freedom of the press, and oppression of opposition.Let’s Meet the Wives: Ana Paula dos Santos, wife of Angolan President José Eduardo dos SantosFirst Ladies of countries throughout Africa pose for a photo in 2009. Ana Paula Dos Santos of Angola is seated in the front row, third from left, in the pink coat. (Nick Ut/AP/Press Association Images)A former fashion model, Ana Paula dos Santos knew her husband from her time as a flight attendant on the Angolan version of Air Force One. She now has a degree in teaching and law, and is a member of the International Steering Committee.A diplomat once described the president and first lady as “a handsome couple, elegantly and expensively dressed, looking for all the world as though they’re living in southern California.” The first lady received a lot of flack from the public when she announced that her son would be attending the Portuguese school in Luanda because of the “bad quality” of state education — something for which many people hold her husband responsible.The husband: During President dos Santos’ 34 years in office, he has consolidated all political power under his control. Countless atrocities, including torture and mass murders, occurred under his watch during a 27-year-long civil war. There are still reports of torture and repression of ethnic minorities going on in Angola today.Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al KhalifaCamilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrives for a ladies-only dinner with Sheikha Sabika, wife of the King of Bahrain, at her Palace in Manama, Bahrain on February 25, 2007. (Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment)Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa is the first wife of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Aside from being a devoted mother to their four children — one of whom is the crown prince — Ibrahim Al Khalifa is an outspoken activist for women’s and children’s rights, both in Bahrain and around the world, having addressed the UN General Assembly about these issues.She serves as the head of the Supreme Council for Women in Bahrain, encouraging women to vote in the country, and is also the chief patron of the Society for Women and Children in Bahrain.Her husband: The country has been run by the Al Khalifa dynasty since 1783. Hamad declared himself king in 2002, previously holding the title of Emir, meaning “commander.” After an uprising against him in 2011, Amnesty International condemned the failure of the Bahraini government amidst “spiraling repression”, including banning all public gatherings and rallies, revoking citizenship of those who speak out, and torturing both adults and children.Chantal Biya, wife of Cameroonian President Paul Biya Pope Francis talks with Cameroon President Paul Biya’s wife Chantal during a private audience at the Vatican, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)Known as a trendsetter (there’s a Tumblr devoted to her famously tall hair-do), the first lady of Cameroon is very social and has met Michelle Obama, Paris Hilton, and, just this past September, the Pope. Biya has been quoted as saying that her favorite European designers are Dior and Chanel, and many of the pieces in her wardrobe are custom made.Thirty-eight years her husband’s junior, Biya is also a member of African Synergy, a club that comprises the wives of 22 of the continent’s heads of state.Her husband: President Biya has been in office for more than 30 years, and in 2008 removed restrictions on term limits so that he could run for office indefinitely. His state security forces have been accused of executing protesters and using other means of violence and oppression to prevent political opposition.Hinda Déby, wife of Chadian President Idriss Déby ItnoChad’s President Idriss Deby and his wife Hinda Deby in 2006. (Image: KAREL PRINSLOO/AP/Press Association Images) Hinda Déby is considered the “new first lady,” or “fourth lady” of Chad (or thirteenth, depending on whom you ask), as her husband has been married many times. She is, however, well-loved, renowned for her beauty, and perhaps the best-known of the president’s wives.The fashionable and highly-educated Déby serves as her husband’s stenographer and “helps advise me with every single decision I make,” President Déby Itno is quoted as saying.Her husband: President Déby Itno, whose government is US-backed, came into power when he led a military coup that overthrew his predecessor in 1990 and has largely run unchallenged in subsequent elections since he took office. He played a key role in escalating a bloody proxy war between Chad and Sudan throughout the 2000s and is known for using child soldiers in his army.Constancia Mangue, wife of the President of Equatorial Guinean, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo(Embassy of Equatorial Guinea/Flickr)Constancia Mangue, the first lady of Equatorial Guinea, has been awarded for her advocacy of women’s and children’s rights through the NGO she founded, the Equatorial Guinean Child Aid Committee.Mangue is the mother of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the president’s oldest son, who has been named successor.Her husband: President Mbasogo took power in a coup,  after he served as head of the National Guard under the previous dictator’s bloody reign. He has been accused of cannibalism – eating parts of his opponents – to gain “power”. Serving almost 35 years in office, he is Africa’s longest-serving leader, though rumours have been circulating that he has terminal prostate cancer.The official website disputes the claims, stating, “Despite rumours that emerge once in a while from outside Guinea … he has enviable health and practices sports daily.”Zineb Yahya Jammeh, wife of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh(AP Photo/Francois Mori)Most reports about Zeinab Suma, the “official” first lady of Gambia, are shockingly negative. Many call her a “gold digger” and a “hustler” and, in one report, a “devil” who “enjoys seeing Gambians suffer”.Her husband took a younger, second wife in 2010, which led Suma to protest by moving to the US and threatening divorce until he divorced the new wife. Suma is the mother of the president’s two children.Her husband: President Jammeh managed to bring stability to Gambia but only at the cost of human rights and freedom of the press. According to Reuters, his rule has been characterised by paranoia and superstition, and he has reportedly jailed a number of people in his inner circle for allegedly plotting to overthrow him.President Jammeh earned negative attention when he claimed he could cure HIV/AIDS with herbs. Some sources report he is being treated for bipolar disorder.Rania Al Abdullah, wife of Jordanian King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein(Image: Chris Jackson/PA Archive/Press Association Images)Queen Rania was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents. She is highly educated and worked briefly in marketing for Citibank, followed by a job with Apple in Amman.Since her marriage, Queen Rania has used her position to advocate for various sectors of society in Jordan and beyond. She was ranked the most beautiful queen, consort or first lady by Harper and Queen magazine in 2011.Her husband: King Abdullah II assumed control from his father. Though he’s been hailed as a progressive Middle Eastern leader, he controls nearly all of his country’s political power. Many cases of arbitrary arrests, torture, and government interference in the media have been reported in Jordan.Sara Nazarbayeva, wife of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev(AP Photo/Nikita Bassov) A trained economics engineer, Sara Nazarbayeva is the founder and chair of Bobek, an international children’s charity fund, which won her the Ihsan Doğramacı Family Health Foundation Prize from the World Health Organisation in 1997.Despite her work in children’s welfare, Nazarbayeva recently revealed that she is not in favour of people from other countries adopting Kazakh children.“We must take care of our own children and not give them away abroad,” she said.Her husband: The president of 21 years has been accused of widespread human rights abuses, including limits on political and speech freedoms, pervasive corruption and violence against women.Through all this, a New York Times article reported in 2011 that President Nazarbayev’s regime had paid DC think tanks to issue glowing reports on the country and ignore the negative.Ri Sol-ju, wife of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un(North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency/AP)Called “the Kate Middleton of North Korea” by the Global Post, Ri Sol-ju was only last year “outed” as the supreme leader’s wife, having previously stood, unidentified, in photos with him.Little is known about her other than she’s about 30 years old and comes from a well-to-do North Korean family.However, the rumour mill has been churning out stories that she may have shot a homemade porn film, and that she once led a promiscuous lifestyle; unproven reports claim that her husband ordered nine musicians who were supposedly perpetuating these rumours executed, says NBC World News.There were also rumours that Kim Jong-un had his wife killed following accusations of his uncle’s treason, until photos of her were published at later dates, quashing these speculations.Her husband: Kim Jong-un took over the role of Supreme Leader when the country was already in trouble, with skyrocketing poverty and starvation rates. Still, the supreme leader himself lives a “seven-star party lifestyle”.Since taking power, he has replaced more than 40 per cent of the nation’s military leaders and other officials who served under his father in order to, according to analysts, show that he is a secure enough leader that he can shed his closest support, the Wall Street Journal reports.Jeannette Kagame, wife of Rwandan President Paul KagameBritain’s Queen Elizabeth II receives the President of Rwanda, Mr. Paul Kagame and his wife Jeannette at Buckingham Palace, London in 2006. (Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images)Jeannette Kagame returned to her native Rwanda after the genocide of 1994 and has since championed issues related to women’s rights and children.Her work as first lady has focused on ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic and improving the lives of its victims. Thanks to the collective efforts of Kagame and global leaders, new HIV infections have been cut in half and testing among young women has increased sixfold in the last decade.Her husband: President Kagame is credited with leading Rwanda’s remarkable recovery from war and genocide, reducing corruption, expanding women’s rights, and jump-starting the economy. But his government has made these gains through tight restrictions on freedom of expression and association. In the most recent general election, authorities barred most opposing political parties from registering to vote, closed many independent newspapers, and were accused of killing journalists and exiled officials — efforts that helped Kagame garner a suspicious 93 per cent of the vote.The 30+ wives of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)King Abdullah has had more than 30 wives during his lifetime, though very little is known about any of them individually.Marriage, and more importantly its resulting offspring, is used to cement alliances. His father, King Abd al-Aziz, wed a daughter of every tribal chief in his realm. King Abdullah has fathered at least 35 children and, according to a 2008 WikiLeaks cable, he “regularly receives hormone injections and ‘uses Viagra excessively,’” procreating into his 70s.Historically, the women of the House of Saud play a major role in politics. Behind palace walls, they hold regular meetings with the king so he can explain his views and listen to their thoughts.Their husband: The House of Saud has ruled the nascent kingdom since its inception in 1932, with King Abdullah inheriting the throne from his brother in 2005. Citizens lack the legal means to change their government, transparency in the judiciary is almost nonexistent and there are severe punishment like chopping off hands for minor offences.Inkhosikati LaMbikiza, wife of Swazi King Mswati IIIKing Mswati lll of Swaziland and Inkhosikati Lambikiza attend a dinner for foreign Sovereigns hosted by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to commemorate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Buckingham Palace on May 18, 2012. (Image: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment) Queen Inkhosikati LaMbikiza stands out as the “senior wife” among King Mswati III’s 15 brides. She dropped out of school at age 16 to marry him, becoming the first wife he chose for himself (the first two were ceremonial brides picked by the royal family).Queen LaMbikiza defied Swazi tradition by earning a law degree after her marriage, though she’s not allowed to practice as it could create pressure on judges to rule in her favour. She influences culture in other ways — becoming the first Swazi queen to record a gospel album, and earning American press for her bold fashion choices.Per Swazi law, King Mswati III is permitted to take a new bride each year. During this year’s annual Reed Dance festival, he added an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant to his ‘collection’.Her husband: The 45-year-old king is said to use as much as £31.7 million of Swaziland’s annual budget to sustain his family. As many as four wives have abandoned the king’s harem, citing physical and emotional abuse, according to The Daily Mail.He enjoys total power over his one million subjects in one of the world’s last absolute monarchies. The system of government bans political parties from involvement in elections.Asma al-Assad, wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad(AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)British beauty Asma al-Assad has stood by President Assad as his fortune rocketed past $1 billion and a civil war rages on in Syria.The Assads met in London, where she worked as an investment banker at JPMorgan and Assad was studying to be an eye surgeon. They married shortly after he assumed the presidency from his dictator-father in 2000, and have since gained recognition for projecting a secular, modern image.The mother of three has become controversial, however, for extravagant shopping sprees, disingenuous photos of her charitable work on the president’s official Instagram account, and an overly-praiseworthy profile in Vogue.Her husband: Western governments have accused Assad’s administration of imprisoning dissidents, censoring the media and Internet, and using chemical weapons against its people — which prompted President Obama to seek congressional approval for military action earlier this year. No proof that Assad was behind the chemical attacks has been produced. More than 126,000 civilians have died since the civil war began in 2011.Tatyana Karimova, wife of Uzbek President Islam KarimovUzbekistan President Islam Karimov, his wife Tatyana, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, right. (MANISH SWARUP/AP/Press Association Images)There’s trouble in paradise for Tatyana Karimova and President Karimov. The pair has reportedly separated, according to Uzbek dissident websites, and caught in a feud with their fiery heiress.In November, the eldest first daughter picked fights with Karimova on Twitter, claiming that her mother practices witchcraft and has threatened to “destroy” her for interfering in the first lady’s allegedly shady business affairs.Karimova is an economist by trade and keeps busy by engaging in charity work and accompanying the president on trips.Her husband: Referendums stacked on referendums have kept Karimov in power since 1989, when he rose to be Communist Party leader in then-Soviet Uzbekistan. The resistance claims the authoritarian leader uses the threat of Islamic militancy to justify ruthless repression that reinforces poor living standards.Cilia Flores, wife of Venezuelan President Nicolás MaduroVenezuela’s First Lady Cilia Flores, right, walks with Haiti’s First Lady Sophia Martelly through the international airport Toussaint Louverture in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)Flores and Maduro met 19 years ago through a mutual friend: Hugo Chavez. Maduro was his bodyguard and Flores, a feisty lawyer who rose up from poverty, was a member of Chavez’s defence team that won his freedom after a failed coup attempt.Flores, nicknamed the “First Fighter” by her husband, succeeded him as the first female president of the National Assembly, and last year was appointed attorney general of the Republic. She has denied accusations of nepotism, despite putting roughly 40 family members in positions of public administration.Her husband: President Maduro, who came into power in April, has fanned the flames of Venezuela’s economic crisis through price-gouging, hoarding consumer goods, ordering mass arrests of “bourgeois” businessmen, and perpetuating conspiracy theories that seek to bring down opponents of his socialist regime. In February, the country’s legislator approved a bill giving him the ability to rule by decree without the need for legislative approval, a power once held by Chavez.Grace Mugabe, wife of Zimbabwean President Robert MugabeZimbabwean President Robert Mugabe kisses his wife Grace during the countrys 33rd Independence celebrations in Harare last April. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)Grace Mugabe, 41 years his junior, was President Mugabe’s secretary when they began having an affair in the ’80s. Two of their three children were born while the president was still married to his late wife, and the lovers tied the knot in an extravagant Catholic mass a few years after she died.Reports of the first lady’s lavish lifestyle and international shopping sprees have prompted the president’s opponents to call her “Disgrace.” She prefers the moniker “mother of the nation.”In a 2008 WikiLeaks cable, a former U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe accused Mugabe of reaping tremendous benefits from corruption and violence-plagued diamond fields in the eastern part of the country. She filed a $15 million suit against an independent newspaper that cited the cable.Her husband: President Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since the end of white domination in 1980 and retains an iron grip on the country’s feared security apparatus. He has been accused of vote rigging and setting up “torture camps” where opposition activists are beaten and intimidated into silence.Cornflakes and Ribena among foods banned during Mugabe’s 1983 visit to IrelandIt would be deemed an “unfortunate event” if Mugabe was harmed on state visit to IrelandSix detained air force officers caused significant tension for Mugabe’s visit to Ireland The creator of HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ says it’s not a superhero series because the characters are ‘just humans who play dress up’ Google’s broken smartwatch dreams The Saudis say Iran was behind the strikes on its major oil sites, but the last thing they want is war last_img read more

first_imgA MAN WHO stabbed a father-of-one to death after finding him asleep in his bed has had his manslaughter charge changed to murder.A man in his 30s, who allegedly told gardaí that he had been “on a bender” in the week prior to the stabbing in September, consuming drugs including cocaine, speed and diazepam.A court had heard how he had told gardaí where the knife used in the killing was and was in and out of conciousness when he was found at the scene.In that sitting, he had been charged with the manslaughter of James Humphries, described as a man who ‘wouldn’t hurt a fly’.That charge has now been withdrawn, with a more serious charge of murder levelled against him.He was remanded in custody today at Tallaght District Court and will appear before Cloverhill District Court next week.Read: Man due in court over James Humphries stabbing in Tallaghtlast_img read more

first_imgPanti praiseNorthern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said that while his party compromised during the recent Haass talks on the contentious issues of flags, parades and the past, that process had been undermined by “the rejectionists”.He had harsh words for sectarianism, telling delegates: “We compromised because we need to challenge intolerance, inequality and exclusion. Sectarianism is no different to races, sexism or homophobia. They’re all wrong.”McGuinness introduced Catherine Seeley, a teacher who was forced from her job at a north Belfast school because of sectarian abuse she received as a result of being a Sinn Féin councillor.Seeley, who received a standing ovation from delegates, told the Ard Fheis how she was subjected to “sectarian intimidation” but praised the support she received from the pupils at Belfast Boys’ Model School.Donegal North East TD Padraig MacLochlainn told delegates Leinster House “is a shrine to violent conflict” and insisted there was no difference between those who fought in the War of Independence and hunger strikers such as Bobby Sands.“We didn’t let Margaret Thatcher criminalise Bobby Sands, and we’re damn sure we’re not going to let Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael criminalise them,” he said.The party’s candidate for the European elections in Dublin, Lynn Boylan, contrasted the sick children who need help from the Central Remedial Clinic with the pension payouts to senior executives at the clinic.She appealed for undecided voters to vote for her party which, she claimed, is “challenging the cronyism that is endemic” in Irish political institutions.Chris Curran, the party’s LGBT rights officer, said Russia “should be ashamed of yourself” for its anti-gay propaganda laws and hit at RTÉ following recent payouts over the Panti homophobia controversy.“Panti, Sinn Féin LGBT commends you, for you represent the Ireland of tomorrow, he said.Follow @oconnellhugh for updates from the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis.First published 11.58amRead: ‘A fundamentally dishonest motion’: Sinn Féin rejects move to give TDs free vote on abortionRead all of’s coverage of the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis Updated 1.05pm THE SINN FÉIN Ard Fheis has heard speeches on the peace process, LGBT issues, the economy and sectarianism on day two of its annual gathering in Wexford.Delegates at the Wexford Opera House are hearing from dozens of ordinary and senior members during a morning and early afternoon session televised live on RTÉ.Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty claimed that 10 people emigrate every hour and slammed the government’s economic policies, saying Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil “are the failed parties of yesterday”.“They are the unquestioning administrators of a join the dots economic policy that puts banks and bondholders before families and the futures of Irish children,” he claimed. “They are functionaries, not visionaries. We told them at the start of the crisis they needed to focus on jobs. Six years later, and it’s like economics for slow learners.A speech by the party’s MEP hopeful in Midlands North West, Matt Carthy, drew huge applause from delegates as he urged voters to send a message to the coalition parties on 23 MayClick here to listen to the speechThe party’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has called for the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin to re-engage in the peace process.McDonald said: “Instead of resorting to the cheap soundbites in the Dáil it would match Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin better to do what they have been elected to do and stand up for the interests of the people of this country.“That’s means re-engaging with the peace process –not just by making speeches on the media –  but by being involved in real discussions and planning on the outstanding from agreements which they signed up to and promised to deliver.”last_img read more

first_img 17,721 Views May 5th 2019, 12:06 AM Sunday 5 May 2019, 12:05 AM By Cónal Thomas Short URL Travel Lodge, Swords, one of a number of emergency accommodation centres Source: GoogleMapsMIGRANT RIGHTS GROUPS have raised concerns about a lack of educational access for children of asylum seekers currently living in hotels and B&Bs around Ireland. Nick Henderson of the Irish Refugee Council has said his organisation is “deeply concerned” at the increase of people living in these emergency accommodation set-ups. “Around 8% of all people living in direct provision are now in such accommodation,” Henderson has said. “In our experience of helping people in this situation, they are encountering difficulties in accessing basic services that they need access to and are entitled to by law.” Issues identified by the Council through outreach and people attending its drop-in centres – which it has written to the Department of Justice & Equality about – include children having no access to education. As of 15 April, there were 86 children of asylum seekers living in hotels and B&Bs around Ireland. A spokesperson for the Justice department told that while “every effort” is made to accommodate children in school “a pragmatic approach is taken where it is considered likely that the family may be moved to the longer term accommodation centre at short notice”. According to Reuben Hambakachere of Cultúr Migrants Centre in Meath, “Most of the temporary accommodation units for asylum seekers are in very remote areas where the children cannot access schools.”Issues encountered by those living in emergency accommodation include the remote location of hotels and B&Bs, transport links to access weekly payment of €38.80 at a post office, as well as readily available service information. “I met a family in Carrickmacross who had lived in the country for more than four months and their child was stuck in a hotel room, while other kids their age were in school,” Hambakachere told“A lot of the people I met require urgent medical attention and they do not know where to go. I believe the situation can be managed better and people are treated with the dignity they deserve.”Children living in more permanent Direct Provision centres generally have access to local schools. However, since September, pressure has grown on the department’s Reception & Integration Agency (RIA) meaning families have been placed in hotels and B&Bs. Lovely, who lives with her 17-year-old son Best in a B&B in Co Cavan, arrived in Ireland in early February following political unrest and violence in Zimbabwe. She first stayed at Treacy’s Hotel in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan but was moved to a  Co Monaghan B&B in March when the contract for this accommodation ended. Her son, she says, has yet to attend a local school, due in part to the remoteness of her accommodation, located in a rural area roughly 20 kilometres from Carrickmacross and one hour from Dundalk. Lovely is hoping to enrol Best in a school in the coming weeks, however, she says.  “Each and every day he’s looking for a place to go out and play football,” says Lovely, whose son Best has not attended school since January due to upheaval in Zimbabwe.  Share63 Tweet Email Last week, residents at Mosney Direct Provision centre protested at the treatment by staff and management of a fellow-resident who attempted to take her own life after being transferred to a B&B in Co Cavan. ‘Some progress’ In February, the Ombudsman for Children expressed concern about the quality of educational provision for children living in Emergency Reception and Orientation Centres (EROCs) established under the Refugee Protection Programme.These centres are separate to the 517 people currently living in hotels and B&Bs and to Direct Provision centres. At EROCs there are educational facilities attached. A report from the Department of Education, however, found that because these EROC schools are not recognised by the Department of Education, children cannot access special needs assistance and other supports. It also found that no centre had been able “to systematically integrate its pupils into the nearest mainstream primary schools” meaning children were left in these EROC schools for months at a time. Department inspectors – who visited EROCs in Waterford, Roscommon and Kildare – recommended that attendance for children, especially post-primary children, at the EROC schools should be limited to three months before being placed in local mainstream schools.“Children should not be adversely affected due to the lack of recognition of these education centres as schools and a commitment was made that children will have equal access to all necessary supports, including access to National Council for Special Education Supports and NEPS,” the Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon, told“It is important that these commitments are followed through on,” he said. “In particular the Department of Education and Skills should build on their plan to enable and encourage local schools to enrol these children and ensure additional resources are provided so that school communities and leaders can meet their needs.”“Some progress has been made in addressing the issue but I will continue to seek updates from the relevant agencies to ensure equity in educational outcomes for the children affected.”Dr Muldoon confirmed that his office has not visited children and families living in hotels and B&Bs, however.  Hatch Hall Direct Provision Centre, Dublin Source: GoogleMaps‘Pragmatic approach’A spokesperson for the Department of Education told that its Inspectorate “inspects recognised schools and centres for education, not accommodation facilities”. In the case of international protection applicants outside the Irish Refugee Protection Programme, it is the remit of the justice department and RIA to arrange for enrollment in local schools. “The Department of Justice and Equality has indicated that emergency beds have been used in recent months due to factors outside its control, and the Operations Unit in RIA is transferring families to accommodation centres within the portfolio of RIA accommodation when suitable vacancies arise.”Hambakachere has called on RIA to “quickly address” issues for asylum seekers currently being accommodated in hotels and B&Bs around Ireland and that “information about where to access services should be made available before [people] are placed in emergency accommodation rather than leaving new arrivals depending on other residents”.  Our situation is going from bad to worse. He’s not talking to other people, he’s only talking to his Mum. “He’s always indoors, he has no one to talk to. He’s always indoors and doesn’t have anything to do.” Treacy’s Hotel, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan Source: GoogleMaps‘He’s never tired’Under the EU Directive Ireland signed up to last year, “access to the education system shall not be postponed for more than three months from the date on which the application for international protection is lodged”. Under the government’s Statutory Instrument, “A recipient [applicant for international protection] who is a minor shall have access to primary and post-primary education in the like manner, and to the like extent, in all respects of a minor who is an Irish citizen.” A spokesperson for the Department of Justice & Equality told recently that the Reception & Integration makes “every effort” to accommodate children in school as soon as possible.  “Where it is considered likely that the family may be in short-term accommodation for a brief period before being relocated to longer-term accommodation centre, children may not always enrol in the local school but support is provided to parents who wish to enrol their children in school for the duration of their stay in emergency accommodation.”Lovely, who says she hopes to be moved to a more permanent Direct Provision centre in the coming weeks, hopes to enrol her son, Best, in a local school as soon as possible. “It’s the most important [thing] for us.”She says that a lack of socialisation and routine for Best had resulted in erratic sleeping patterns. He can’t sleep at night. He sleeps at day not night because he has nothing to do. He says he’s never tired.Hambakachere of Cultúr has said that his organisation is “really concerned” about the continued use of emergency set-ups which, he says, is leaving families “for three months or more with little or no access to mainstream services such as proper health care, social welfare services and education for their children”. Setbacks Pressure has grown on RIA since September. As a result, the department started contracting hotels and B&Bs to accommodate asylum seekers entering Ireland.RIA planned to accommodate people in more permanent Direct Provision centres but it has not been possible following recent fires at hotels in Moville, Co Donegal and Rooskey on the Roscommon-Leitrim border.It was announced last month that the department had cancelled plans to open the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey as a direct provision centre. At the time, the Department of Justice said the decision was due to a leasing issue and not related to suspected arson attacks at the former hotel.According to the justice department, there is “significant turnover within the population using emergency accommodation centres as new applicants are entering the system and others are exiting the system”.“Some of those who use the emergency accommodation service do so for less than 24 hours while others are transferred to RIA accommodation centres as soon as suitable accommodation becomes available.”There were 517 people living in emergency set-ups as of 15 April.Last month, it was reported that Hatch Hall direct provision centre in Dublin -which currently accommodates over 200 people – is set to be redeveloped into a five-star hotel. Related Read ‘He has no one to talk to’: Concerns raised around potential lack of schooling for 86 children of asylum seekers There are currently over 500 people asylum seekers living in emergency accommodation. 14 Comments 31.03.19 Emergency accommodation: Over 500 asylum seekers now living in hotels and B and Bs across Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgJeux vidéo : le système Kinect utilisable sur Mac ?Un développeur a réussi à trouver un code qui permet aux utilisateurs de Mac de se servir sous OS X du nouveau système Microsoft Kinect, compatible uniquement avec la console Xbox 360 à ce jour.Le développeur Theo Watson a adapté un système open-source déjà existant pour l’environnement Mac qui permet d’utiliser le système Kinect de Microsoft, son détecteur de mouvement infra-rouge et son accessoire webcam avec Mac OS X. Il a posté sur son compte Vimeo, une vidéo qui montre le projet et ses progrès dans cette entreprise toujours “work in progress” mais qui débouche sur des perspectives intéressantes pour des programmes et des jeux sur Mac où la connectivité avec Kinect serait exploitée.À lire aussiApple Watch : jour de sortie, ce qu’il faut savoir de la montre connectéeLe système Kinect combine une webcam et un spot infra-rouge qui permet d’affiner la reconnaissance des objets animés et des humains, faisant ainsi la distinction avec les objets inanimés. Dans le programme développé par Theo Watson, ce sont les deux visions – infra-rouge et vue de la webcam – qui sont affichées côte à côte. Sur la page de son compte Vimeo, le développeur a ajouté le code-source de ce système pour les utilisateurs de Mac. Découvrez la vidéo en cliquant ici : Le 12 novembre 2010 à 13:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgErreur médicale : une femme de 71 ans meurt d’une surdose de morphineNouvelle erreur médicale dans un hôpital français. Une femme suivie à La Rochelle est décédée après s’être vue administrer une surdose de morphine. La dose injectée était dix fois supérieure à celle prescrite à l’origine.A La Rochelle, en Charente-Maritime, une erreur médicale a eu lieu, provoquant la mort d’une femme âgée de 71 ans. Cette dernière était hospitalisée dans le service de diabétologie alors qu’elle souffrait d’un cancer en phase terminale, explique Le Parisien. Le 20 février dernier, la patiente s’est vue administrer une dose de morphine importante qui a provoqué son décès. Dès le lendemain de sa mort, une alerte est lancée et une infirmière travaillant au service de nuit est soupçonnée d’avoir fait une erreur de dosage en confondant deux ampoules de morphine. L’antenne de police judiciaire de Poitiers a alors été chargée de l’enquête.À lire aussiLe cannabis contre la dépendance à la morphine et à l’héroïneL’infirmière soupçonnée a très rapidement reconnu son erreur et devrait être mise en examen pour “homicide involontaire” alors qu’elle a d’ores et déjà été suspendue de ses fonctions. Une source proche de l’affaire précise au Parisien : “L’autopsie pratiquée sur le corps de la retraitée a permis de déterminer qu’elle était morte après l’administration d’une dose d’un dérivé morphinique, dix fois supérieure à celle qu’elle aurait dû recevoir. L’infirmière en charge de ses soins a admis, devant les policiers, avoir commis une erreur. Elle est très affectée par toute cette affaire”. De son côté, le président de la Commission médicale d’établissement Thierry Godeau, explique à Sud-Ouest : “Ce dimanche 20 février, il y avait dans ce service deux infirmières pour 21 patients. Il n’y avait pas de manque de personnel.” A noter que cette semaine, un chirurgien du centre hospitalier régional de La Réunion a été suspendu de ses fonctions après avoir procédé à l’ablation d’un rein sain sur un de ses patients (voir notre article).Le 11 mars 2011 à 16:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Wednesday is New Comic Book Day, which means that it is also the best day of the week. A lot of great comics came out today, but this column is meant to focus on the best of the best, the must have books that should be in everyone’s stack for the week.With all of the hype surrounding the Spider-Man:  Homecoming movie trailer, this week, that book is The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #2 by writer Gerry Conway, with art by Ryan Stegman, and published by Marvel Comics.THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #2(W) Gerry Conway (A) Ryan StegmanThe Mole Man attacks NYC, and only the Spider-Family can stop him! Mary Jane Watson-Parker gets her first real test as a full-fledged superhero!via Marvel ComicsWriter Gerry Conway is no stranger to the Spider-mythos, having written The Amazing Spider-Man from 1972-1973, famously penning “The Death of Gwen Stacy” story. Having recently returned to the character with his work on “The Circle” storyline. His newest entry is the Renew Your Vows series, which features a version of Peter Parker and Mary-Jane where their marriage was never absolved, and they end up having a daughter together.A problematic trend in superhero comics has been that a character becomes less interesting if they are married or have a child. Marriages and relationships are constantly being undone or rebooted out, in an effort to breathe new life into the character by making them single, fresh, and appealing. Recent years have given a lot of great examples that this is not always the case, between DC Comics Animal Man run by Jeff Lemire, and the newest Superman series which features a married Superman raising a young son.Renew Your Vows is probably the best actualization of this concept, as Mary-Jane does not get delegated to the sideline, instead of putting her at the forefront of the action. Really fleshing out MJ, not only as a parent and a wife but as a character in her own right with her work in fashion, also giving her a role as Peter’s partner as they try to raise a super-powered daughter together.via Marvel ComicsArtist Ryan Stegman brings so much to this series, with some of his best work since his last Spider-Man series, The Superior Spider-Man. Kinetic, solid, and so much fun, Stegman’s art is pitch perfect for a Spider-family book. His designs for Mary-Jane and Anna-May are recognizably Spider-Man characters, while still being new and exciting. The energy Stegman conveys is perfect for the web-slinging action scenes, but he is also able to tone it down for the more sincere, Parker family moments.A work of pure love and such a joy to read, Conway and Stegman are putting out the best Spider-Man series on the shelf, perfect to quench your Spider-Man cravings until Spider-Man: Homecoming comes out on July 7th, 2017.The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #2 is available now in print or digitally. Other great new releases from 12/14/16: Hawkeye #1 writer Kelly Thompson and artist Leonardo Romero. Black #3 by Kwanza Osajyefo and Jamal Igle and published by Black Mask Studios. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Pink #5 by writers Brenden Fletcher, Kelly Thompson, Tini Howard and artist Daniele Di Nicuolo, from BOOM! Studios.last_img read more

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBAHAMAS DELEGATION TO OAS – Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield (centre) is shown with The Bahamas delegation to the 47th OAS General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico.From left are Second Secretary Mikhail Bullard, Foreign Affairs Director General Sharon Brennen-Haylock, Minister Henfield, Deputy Chief of Mission to The Bahamas Embassy in Washington Chet Neymour and Foreign Service Officer Shagerra Edgecombe.  The General Assembly is the supreme organ of the Organization of American States. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more