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Many shipping recruiting agencies based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that abandoned Indian seafarers, who have been stranded in Dubai for last 22 months, have been blacklisted by India.A circular issued by the Directorate General of Shipping on March 26 listed the names of the vessels and the name of the recruiting owner or agency. Some of the vessels named in the list are Enjaz 1 and 2 owned by the Shah Al Arab Marine Agency, MT Dharma, M.V. Azab, Sharjah Moon, M.T. Ocean Prestige, Ocean Grace and AJWA.“It has been reported to this Directorate that Indian seafarers are stranded at Dubai for last 22 months due to abandonment by the owners or recruiting agencies,” the circular stated, adding that the crew members are distressed, have not been paid wages for months, and have not been repatriated after completion of the contract. The Indian mission has also conveyed that despite all efforts, these companies continue to recruit Indian seafarers.The circular stated that it has also been brought to the notice of Indian officials that some registered recruitment and placement services licenses (RPSL) have also sent seafarers to these vessels like Enjaz 1, Enjaz 2, M T Dharma, MV Azab, Sharjah Moon, including others.It requested immigration authorities to not give clearance to seafarers for boarding these vessels. Since these companies and recruiting agents have been found to be habitual defaulters in terms of payment of wages and basic provisions to the employees, it has been decided to blacklist them.“The registered RPSL who have recruited and placed Indian seafarers on the above said vessels or shipowners are directed to immediately withdraw Indian seafarers and repatriate them. RPSLs are also cautioned not to recruit and place seafarers on the above said vessels or agencies,” the DG Shipping said.Indian National Shipowners Association’s (INSA) CEO Anil Devli welcomed the move, PTI reported. He said that it has been seen many times that some agencies employ Indian seafarers and then abandon them. These employees are in distress and are left without sufficient means. “The action by the government will go a long way in identifying such recruiting agencies,” he added. According to Devli, around 50,000 Indian sailors are at sea across the world.The action taken by the government will make Indian seafarers more alert and check whether the shipping companies are dependable before joining them.Complete list of vessels and recruiting companies blacklisted:Name of the VesselRecruiting Owner/AgencyENJAZ 1Shah Al Arab Marine AgencyENJAZ 2Shah Al Arab Marine AgencyM T DharmaM/s. Alco Shipping Services LLC, Ajamn, DubaiM.V. AzabM/s. Alco Shipping Services LLCSharhah MoonM/s. Alco Shipping Services LLCM.T. Ocean PrestigeM/s. Alco Shipping Services LLCM.T. Ocean PrestigeM/s. Alco Shipping Services LLCOcean GraceM/s. Alco Shipping Services LLCAJWAM/s. Alco Shipping Services LLC Related ItemsEmploymentshippingUAE
“It’s an adjustment for us. We know that our chemistry will be a bit affected with Jio and Ping’s entry, but I need to do that for our future games,” he said. “The only way we’ll get their timing and chemistry back is for me to play them. It’s a small sacrifice we’re willing to take.”Star seeks to bounce back against fierce rival Ginebra on Sunday. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ‘Dehydrated’ Almazan taken to hospital after helping ROS win MOST READ View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Star stared at a 20-point deficit, 32-52, midway in the third quarter but pulled to within three, 72-75, before Jericho Cruz restored order for Rain or Shine.Though the Elasto Painters, once again, brought the lead back up by 11, 88-77, with 1:29 remaining, the Hotshots refused to quit as Malcolm Hill, Paul Lee, and Allein Maliksi kept the team fighting up to the final buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You can’t say anything else on how the players fought. It’s just that we’re not making our shots,” Victolero said, putting the spotlight on Star’s 38 percent shooting from the clip. “I also give credit to Rain or Shine’s defense because they were prepared for us.”Victolero also sees the game as a good building block for the Hotshots as they try to bring in Marc Pingris, who is recovering from a hip injury, and Jio Jalalon, who is fresh from Gilas Pilipinas duty in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, back in the lineup. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Marc Pingris. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDespite losing for the first time this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, Star coach Chito Victolero remains upbeat seeing how his team fought back from a large deficit.“We’re okay. You can see that the players gave their best effort. Even if Rain or Shine led by 20, we still came back. It just so happened that we fell short in the end,” he said in Filipino after the Hotshots’ 88-92 defeat to the Elasto Painters on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES
AdvertisementIndian boxing star Vijender Singh’s clash against Briton Lee Markham for the Commonwealth Super middleweight title was on Friday postponed after the latter pulled out due to injury. The fight was scheduled for July 13 and would have given Vijender a shot at his third title after having claimed the WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental Super Middleweight titles. Vijender is currently in Manchester.“Lee has pulled out citing injury. Vijender’s UK promoters — Queensberry Promotions — tried to find an opponent for him to fill in the July 13 slot but that did not work out,” an official from Vijender’s India promoters, IOS Boxing, told PTI.“A new opponent is being looked for and the revised dates for the fight will be announced soon. Markham’s pullout was communicated to us by his promoters but the exact nature of his injury is not known to us,” he added.“A new opponent is being looked for and the revised dates for the fight will be announced soon. Markham’s pullout was communicated to us by his promoters but the exact nature of his injury is not known to us,” he added.Markham had the experience of 22 fights, 17 of them wins, under his belt compared to the 10 victorious outings by the former Olympic bronze-medallist Indian.The fight would have been Vijender’s first in six months since he successfully defended his twin titles in the clash against Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu in Jaipur.Advertisement
Indian batsman and Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has thrown his weight behind Sourav Ganguly and said Ravi Shastri’s recent scathing comments against the former India skipper about the Indian coach selection process showed his desperation.However, the former team director has found support in Bishan Singh Bedi, who said the process wasn’t above board and added that at least one selector “played truant.”Not getting coach’s job apart RJSHASTRI has every reason 2b peeved with selection process whence 1 selector played truant..not above board!! Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) June 29, 2016And now gloves R off fr 2 frmr Ind Captns-2 much likely delight non Crkt BCCI officials-& of course the media-how sad on eve o SC verdict!!! Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) June 29, 2016After he was overlooked for the coach’s job, Shastri slammed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) Ganguly for not being present in the meeting when he was interviewed through skype.Gambhir spoke to ABP News and was also critical of Shastri’s comments. Gambhir’s comments were in sync with Manjrekar’s view.”Ravi Shastri’s comments only shows his desperation. Kumble is the best choice, he is hard working person,” Gambhir told ABP News.Ganguly today hit back at Shastri saying that the former India all-rounder was living in “fool’s world” if he held him responsible for the rejection.Another former captain Anil Kumble was chosen ahead of Shastri as the head coach for a period of one year(With PTI inputs)
Burnley 2 Everton 1: Wood returns to win it for Clarets Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 22:22 3/3/18 Getty Images Cenk Tosun’s first Premier League goal was in vain as Burnley came from behind to win 2-1 at Turf Moor, substitute Chris Wood heading home. Chris Wood returned from injury with a winning goal, the striker heading in to secure a 2-1 comeback victory for Burnley at home to 10-man Everton on Saturday.Cenk Tosun’s first Premier League goal had put Everton ahead, but the Toffees collapsed to a fifth successive away defeat in the league.Ashley Barnes scored for the second Premier League game in a row to level after the interval, beating the otherwise impressive Jordan Pickford at his near post. 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 And half-time substitute Wood came up with the winner, ensuring Sean Dyche’s men marked his 250th game in charge with a victory, their first in any competition since December.Wood was featuring for the first time in 2018 and he headed in a Johann Gudmundsson corner to complete the comeback.A disappointing afternoon for Everton worsened late on when centre-back Ashley Williams was sent off for elbowing Barnes, the Wales international now facing a suspension with Sam Allardyce’s men still having work to do to make absolutely sure of safety.1 – This is the first time that Burnley have won a Premier League game after going behind under Sean Dyche (61 games – W1 D12 L48). Character. pic.twitter.com/h8WyIR8YAQ — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018 Gudmundsson’s deflected strike was saved by Pickford as the Clarets made a bright start.Everton should have taken the lead after 14 minutes, Theo Walcott blazing over the crossbar after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s sharp cutback found him eight yards out.The deadlock was broken five minutes later though, Tosun opening his Everton account.Walcott’s cross from the right was flicked on by Seamus Coleman – making his 250th Toffees appearance – with Tosun left unmarked eight yards out to beat Nick Pope with a simple header.Pope denied Tosun and then saved from Walcott as Everton cut Burnley open with a rapid break.Chances continued to come with Barnes forcing a fine fingertip save from Pickford, the striker prematurely celebrating after thinking his header from a Matt Lowton cross was in.Dyche sent on Wood at the break, and Burnley then forced two great saves from Pickford.The goalkeeper dived low to his left to turn Aaron Lennon’s drive around the post, before tipping over Ben Mee’s header from the resulting Gudmundsson corner.And Burnley’s pressure eventually told, Barnes equalising after 55 minutes.2 – Ashley Barnes has scored in successive appearances for Burnley in all competitions for the first time since December 2014. Relief. #BUREVE pic.twitter.com/IaUb1dUD4Y — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018 Lowton’s superb throughball sent Barnes racing away from former Burnley defender Michael Keane and he confidently beat Pickford at his near post from close range.Pickford denied Barnes a carbon-copy of his goal, Lowton having sent the striker clear again, before Everton substitute Oumar Niasse hit a volley well over the crossbar.Sigurdsson could have snatched all three points for Everton after brilliantly turning James Tarkowski, but the Iceland international lacked composure with his finish and fired wide.And that miss proved pivotal as Wood held off his marker to nod home Gudmundsson’s corner to end a long wait for a Burnley win, with Williams’ late red compounding the misery for Allardyce’s side. Key Opta stats:- Burnley have equalled their best-ever Premier League points tally in a single season (40 – level with 2016-17), with nine games remaining in 2017-18.- Everton have now lost 19 competitive games in 2017-18; their most in a single season since 2005-06 (21).- This is the first time that Burnley have won a Premier League game after going behind under Sean Dyche (61 games – W1 D12 L48).- Ashley Barnes scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2014.- Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been directly involved in eight Premier League goals this season (2 goals, 6 assists), three more than any other Burnley player. read more
Unai Emery does not expect Laurent Koscielny’s latest fitness setback to be a major issue but knows Arsenal must use their captain wisely.Koscielny pulled up during the warm-up before the Gunners’ 3-0 win at Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup, suffering from an apparent back complaint.The former France centre-back missed his country’s World Cup triumph due to a ruptured Achilles tendon sustained during Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final loss to Atletico Madrid in May and only returned to action this month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A patched-up backline kept Blackpool out at Bloomfield Road – not always in convincing fashion – and, with Shkodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal also joining Rob Holding among the walking wounded, Emery believes it would be easy to push Koscielny too hard, too soon.”With Laurent we need to be calm with some moments in the training sessions because we are pushing him to play a lot of matches after his big injury,” the Gunners boss told BBC Match of the Day.”So maybe he needs some time not playing, but we had another player with big commitment to play in a different position today, Stephan Lichtsteiner.”Laurent said he could not play the match but now we have one week to rest before the next game [away to West Ham in the Premier League] and hopefully he will be okay.”Teenage midfielder Joe Willock took his chance to shine, netting a first-half brace before Alex Iwobi completed the scoring eight minutes from time.Willock’s fellow 19-year-old Eddie Nketiah passed up three first-half opportunities in front of goal but Emery was satisfied with the striker’s overall contribution.”I am very proud of Willock and Eddie because Eddie had three good chances to score and Willock scored two,” he added.”They train very well in the second team and with us in training as well.””Well done guys! Well done! Good job!” #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/3JT7sbtfQw — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 5, 2019 Replays showed Iwobi to be fractionally offside when he scored Arsenal’s third and the winger was not penalised for possible handball in the build up to Willock’s second.Nevertheless, Blackpool manager Terry McPhillips did not want to dwell upon those incidents after his players acquitted themselves impressively.”I think they know they’ve been in a game,” he told BT Sport, having also overseen a 2-1 EFL Cup loss at Emirates Stadium this season.”The last goal was offside but, in two games home and away against Arsenal, we’ve given it a real good go.”I’m really proud of the lads. I’ve not seen the second goal – our footage isn’t good enough. I’ll see when I get home but my mate has text me about it.”
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: A UCF Knights helmet sits on the field after the UCF Knights defeated the Baylor Bears 52-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)A major college football player has trashed UCF and its national title “claim” ahead of his team’s bowl game matchup.LSU star linebacker Devin White isn’t a fan of the Knights claiming a national championship following their undefeated season in 2017.White says it’s “embarrassing.”From The Advocate:Asked Saturday if he had seen quotes from his teammates Friday that UCF was coming into Tuesday’s Fiesta Bowl against LSU to try to win another national championship, the Tigers’ All-American linebacker said, “Man, I hope not. That’s one of the most embarrassing things I’ve ever seen.“It’s great media coverage for them. That’s all I know they’re looking at it is, as a media stunt.”Oh boy.LSU and UCF are set to meet in the Fiesta Bowl on Tuesday.Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.
OTTAWA – Canada will take in 40,000 more immigrants in 2021 than it plans to accept this year, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Wednesday.The target for new arrivals in Canada will rise to 350,000, which is nearly one per cent of the country’s population.The figures were announced Wednesday as part of government’s updated multi-year immigration levels plan, which covers the next three years. The target rises annually from 310,000 this year, counting all classes of new arrivals.The vast majority of these newcomers are coming under economic programs designed to address skills shortages and gaps in the labour market.Hussen says economic immigration is badly needed in areas across the country that are short on workers and long on older residents.“In certain regions the hunger for workers is huge,” he said. “This plan is making us very competitive in the global market. It enables us to continue to be competitive, it enables us to continue to present Canada as a welcoming country and to position us to continue to be (a leader) in skills attraction.”Many immigration advocates and economic groups had called for bigger increases to Canada’s immigration numbers. The government’s own economic advisory council suggested admitting 450,000 people in a report in 2016.Hussen says the Liberal government is taking a measured approach, keeping in mind the need to ensure newcomers have access to suitable settlement services.“You need to be able to house them, you need to be able to settle them, you need to be able to provide integration services,” he said.The Trudeau government did increase funding for settlement services by 30 per cent since taking office, but if the immigration levels plan were increased dramatically, this would require even further funding increases, Hussen added.“It’s also a question of gradual increase so our immigration system can be able to process these things, communities can be able to absorb them and local immigration partnerships can do their work,” he said. “We can’t just go to 450,000 at once. You need to build up to that.”Meanwhile, as the global number of displaced persons reached a record high 68.5 million last year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has called on countries around the world to do more to help those being pushed out of their homes by wars, violence and persecution.Canada does plan to gradually increase the number of refugees it will accept under its humanitarian, family reunification and sponsorship programs from 43,000 to reach 51,700 by 2021.Nevertheless, the lion’s share of the new admissions under Canada’s immigration levels plan — 72 per cent — will be allocated to economic programs in 2021.Hussen says he acknowledges that more must be done to help refugees around the world, and says he fights every single day to increase the number of refugees Canada admits.He also noted that Canada has “exported” its program allowing private citizens to sponsor refugees to several other countries that previously did not offer a program like that. The United Kingdom has implemented its own version of Canada’s program, with Ireland and Germany set to soon do the same.Additional funding has also been earmarked to bring 1,000 vulnerable women and girl refugees to Canada over the next two years, Hussen said.
San Francisco: Facebook has decided to raise minimum wages to its outside vendors in the US to $20 per hour, and would implement the same for contractors in other countries including in India. Content moderators and other contract workers will make at least $18 an hour, up $3 from before. The contract workers at Facebook, employed by outside vendor partners, work either part-time or full-time and provide important services across content review, security, culinary, transportation and other teams. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Facebook is currently paying a minimum of $15 per hour, a minimum 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation and for new parents who don’t receive paid leave, a $4,000 new child benefit that gives them the flexibility to take paid parental leave. “It’s become clear that $15 per hour doesn’t meet the cost of living in some of the places where we operate. This means a raise to a minimum of $20 per hour in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Washington D.C. and $18 per hour in Seattle. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The move comes after several media outlets reported on the long-term impact of working as a contract moderator for Facebook, leaving some workers with symptoms of post-traumatic stress. “We’ll be implementing these changes by mid-next year and we’re working to develop similar standards for other countries,” said Janelle Gale, Vice President of HR, and Arun Chandra, Vice President of Scaled Operations in a blog post on Monday. For workers in the US that review content on Facebook, the company said it is raising wages even more. “We’ll pay at least $22 per hour to all employees of our vendor partners based in the Bay Area, New York City and Washington, D.C.; $20 per hour to those living in Seattle; and $18 per hour in all other metro areas in the US. Facebook said it was working to make contracts across its global operations vendor partners consistent. “This includes requirements like quality-focused incentives, no sub-contracting, overtime and premiums for night shifts and weekends, and healthcare,a said Facebook.
Mathura: Seven-year-old Devki wanted to be an either doctor or engineer. She was eagerly waiting for her school to open after the summer vacations.But her life was cut short in an attack by a pack of dogs, who mauled her to death at Pisawa village in Mathura on Monday. The incident has frightened other villagers. Devki was on her way to deliver food to her father Bhoop Singh at their farm when she was mauled to death. Her inconsolable father told PTI, “I was not ready to send her to school. But she used to insist on going to school like her elder sisters. She always longed for the school dress and schoolbag. She was fond of studying. She was a sharp child.” Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”Now, she won’t be able to go to school. She hadn’t received the books and the dress from her school. All her dreams have gone with her,” said her father. A pal of gloom has descended on her village after the tragedy. Experts say such incidents take place when dogs feed on dead animals and start behaving like wolves or jackals. Animal Husbandary Department official H K Malik, said, “Earlier, forest areas had a great number of vultures, who used to feed on carcasses. Now, they are on the brink of extinction due to which stray dogs have started feeding on carcasses, behaving like wild animals. Veterinary officer of Chhata tehsil Dr Manoj Agarwal, who inspected the area on the complaint of village headman Kali Charan, said,”Our team searched for the dogs in the village but they could not be found. Possibly, they have gone deep in the forest area.” ” Till now, stray dogs used to attack blue bulls (nilgai), rabbits or peacocks. It is first such instance when they attacked a human being,” he added.
BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota judge has upheld a state permit allowing construction to begin on an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, upsetting environmental groups hoping to stop the project.Judge Dann Greenwood ruled that the state Health Department has effectively supported its position that the $800 million Davis Refinery will not be a major source of pollution that will negatively impact the park just 3 miles (5 kilometres) away.The agency’s “expertise is entitled to deference when, as here, the subject matter is complex,” Greenwood wrote in a ruling dated Wednesday.The department last June issued an air quality permit that paved the way for Meridian Energy Group to begin site work last summer for the plant, which the company maintains will be “the cleanest refinery on the planet” thanks to modern technology and a model for future refineries. The decision came after a two-year review that it said involved more than 1,000 hours of department staff time and more than 10,000 public comments.The National Parks Conservation Association, the Environmental Law and Policy Center and the Dakota Resource Council sued over fears that pollution from the refinery will mar the park’s scenery and erode air quality for wildlife and visitors. The park is the state’s top tourist attraction, drawing more than 700,000 people annually.Environmental groups argued that the Health Department underestimated potential air pollution from the refinery, asking Greenwood to declare the permit invalid and send the case back to the agency for further review.They argued in part that the department initially had concerns about the amount of harmful pollutants the refinery might generate and asserted that the agency didn’t adequately explain its eventual conclusion that the refinery wouldn’t be a major pollution source. Attorneys for the state countered that Meridian provided information that eased initial concerns. Once built, the plant also will need to prove it can meet state and federal air quality standards, and compliance will be continually monitored.Greenwood said the state’s decision shouldn’t be overruled “simply because there has been an evolution of its conclusion from one of concern and/or doubt to one of satisfaction that the permit application complies with controlling regulations.”The environmental groups issued a statement Thursday saying Greenwood’s decision “effectively gives a green light for the Davis Refinery to pollute the air at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and surrounding communities.” They said they will consider all options, which could mean an appeal.Two of the groups also are challenging a separate decision by other North Dakota regulators not to review whether the refinery site is appropriate. Landowners also are challenging a proposed state permit to allow the refinery to draw water from an underwater aquifer. An administrative law judge earlier this month recommended state officials issue the permit. If they do, it also could be challenged in state court.___Follow Blake Nicholson on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/NicholsonBlakeBlake Nicholson, The Associated Press
7 March 2007Emphasizing the importance of reaching global anti-poverty goals, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said this will require international support coupled with national efforts, citing the example of his native Republic of Korea. In a video message for today’s ODA International Conference hosted by the Korea International Cooperation Agency in Seoul, Mr. Ban said this year is crucial for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to slash a host of worldwide ills by the year 2015, since 2007 marks the mid-point. “I take special pride in Korea’s efforts to mobilize support for the MDGs, through this conference and other initiatives,” he said. “I am all the more moved because in my lifetime, I have seen Korea transform itself from a war-ravaged and impoverished country, into a thriving society and globally competitive economy,” he added.“The Korean people achieved this through their own determination, village by village, community by community. But they were also backed by remarkable support from the international community.”Mr. Ban said this approach to assistance “remains highly relevant in our time” and called for joint efforts to promote anti-poverty initiatives across the globe. “Together,” he said, “we must implement such programmes on a large scale.”
Minister of Science, Technology and Research Susil Premajayantha met with Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Irina Bokova at the sidelines of the 39 session of the General Conference of UNESCO in Paris, the Foreign Ministry said today.During the meeting, Minister Premajayantha informed the Director General about the significant steps that have been taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to improve and strengthen the science and technology sector of the country, including the decision to construct a state of the art Centre dedicated for science and innovation and reforming STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) education. In response, Director General Bokova reaffirmed UNESCO’s continued support to Sri Lanka in future. Further, she thanked Sri Lanka for the fruitful contributions that it has made to the role played by UNESCO for the common good of humanity. In conclusion, Minister Premajayantha conveyed the appreciation of the Government of Sri Lanka for the excellent leadership given by Director General Bokova in spearheading the organization during the last eight years and wished her well in her future endeavours upon the completion of her term in the coming days. Ambassador of Sri Lanka to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, B. K. Athauda, Director of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research, Himali Athaudage and the Second Secretary of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris, Ruvini Munidasa were associated with the meeting.The 39 session of the General Conference of UNESCO is taking place from 30 October to 14 November 2017 at its headquarters in Paris. (Colombo Gazette)
“As a tourist or as a traveller, we can be faced by natural disasters that do not exist in our country. Therefore we have to be constantly prepared for all types of natural disasters,” Sálvano Briceño, Director of the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), told a press briefing in Geneva. Stressing that even the richest countries have not been spared by such catastrophes, he added that recent weather-rated catastrophes provide an opportune moment for the media to pass the message that it is important for all to be prepared in the future. Such natural disasters will have ever more impact because of increased vulnerability due to urban growth and population growth, he said. People need to be better prepared, and there should be more education and awareness-raising on this subject, he said, adding: “People need to be aware of the importance of early warning systems, and how they can participate, and that there are programmes for preparing for natural catastrophes in which they can participate, as well as simulation exercises.”
The aid workers, who were providing assistance to survivors from the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, were killed in the town of Mattur, according to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Country Team for Sri Lanka, which is chaired by the UN’s humanitarian coordinator but also brings together non-governmental aid agencies.“The country team said the killings were ‘a totally reprehensible act’ and called for an independent investigation. It added that many civilians have been killed since fighting started in the area and called for a cessation of hostilities,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in New York.UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery and former United States President Bill Clinton expressed his shock at the killings, extending condolences to the affected families and urging the authorities to do “everything possible to apprehend the perpetrators of this crime and to bring them to justice.”“I hope that this wanton act will not deter the critical efforts of aid workers in Sri Lanka, who have operated with courage and determination under difficult circumstances,” he said in a statement.Last Friday, the UN refugee agency expressed deep concern about the plight of civilians caught up in the violence between the Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who have been fighting for more than 20 years in a conflict that has already claimed some 60,000 lives.
US services firms grew at slowest pace since February 2014 In this Wednesday, March 23, 2016, photo, dog groomer Angela Kizirian works on Zack at Bark of the Town, in North Andover, Mass. On Friday, June 3, 2016, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for May. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) WASHINGTON – U.S. services firms grew at the slowest pace in more than two years last month.The Institute for Supply Management said Friday that its services index fell to 52.9 last month from April’s 55.7. It was the lowest reading since February 2014. Anything above 50 signals growth.A measure of employment in services fell last month for the first time since February. Services firms reported slower growth in production and new orders.The ISM report followed a disappointing report on job creation last month. The Labor Department reported that employers overall added just 38,000 jobs in May, the fewest in five years. Services, which account for more than 70 per cent of U.S. jobs, have been a source of U.S. economic strength. The ISM services index has signalled growth for 76 straight months.The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers. Its services survey covers businesses that employ the vast majority of workers, including retail, construction, health care and financial services companies.“This report backs up the weakness story told by the small rise in payroll employment in May,” Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank, wrote in a research note. The drop in the services index “hints that the economy’s troubles could just be starting.”The ISM reported Wednesday that its manufacturing index rose for the third straight month. But the details of the report were gloomier: Factories’ new orders and productions grew more slowly in May, and export orders and a measure of employment were unchanged. by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2016 8:37 am MDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Sophomore Alabama running back Kenyan Drake (17) avoids defenders during a game against Kentucky Oct. 12 at Commonwealth Stadium. Alabama won, 48-7.Courtesy of MCTThere are few things that bring us together as a country like football.Small towns everywhere gather together under Friday night lights to bask in the glory of high school games. College towns huddle together through scorching heat and blistering cold for the love of the game. Even big cities jump on board to cheer on their own professional teams.Quite simply, football is inescapable. Hell, other countries call it American football. It’s ours. We made it and we love it. We have parties based around it, and companies across the nation bid for their advertisements to be featured alongside the game.So to imply that half of the population can’t follow football is insulting and downright sexist.Yet, here we are. Bring in University of Alabama running back Kenyan Drake, who tweeted Jan. 20 from his personal account, @KDx17, “Most girls like basketball more than football (because) they can follow it alot (sic) easier.”Sure, we can blow it off as another stupid thing an athlete sent out to the cyber world and another thing for which an athlete received a major repercussion (re: backup OSU quarterback Cardale Jones’ infamous tweet about how he didn’t come here to “play school” but rather to play football). But to me, it’s more than that.The idea that women can’t “follow” football easily is a blatant exclusion of women from part of the American identity and it’s downright insulting. Football has always been a boy’s club, sure, but there would be a great deal fewer fans without women filling the stands.But let’s play along with his stereotypes.All those women who cook your meals before games and after practices (because that’s where women belong, right? In the kitchen?) don’t know what’s going on in the game. They’re just there to serve you.Same with that woman who knows how to get grass, blood, mud and the smell of sweat out of your uniform. Football is too complicated for her to realize how all those stains got there, but thank God she can wash it for you.And don’t forget the cheerleaders who follow you to every game, throwing themselves in the air to celebrate your achievements? Surely they have a man nearby telling them when to cheer because they’re too stupid to know what’s happening by themselves.Most importantly, what about all the mothers out there? All the mothers who drive their sons to practices, adorn themselves with buttons with their son looking dashing in his uniform so they can properly cheer him on, pray for his safety in every single play and never miss a game — all those mothers are so blissfully ignorant of what their son is doing.Of course, football has always been a male-dominated sport. It takes almost no common sense to figure that out. But to say girls can’t follow it is sexist, insulting and dated.Sexism starts in the most basic jokes. Saying someone can’t follow something or that they follow a certain stereotype, even in a joking matter, makes sexist comments down the line seem less insulting and detracts from the reality of exclusion.The worst part to me is that Drake later retweeted Iowa State redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Duaron Williams (@UntamedBigDawg), who replied back “Or cuz they basic lol,” as a response to his first tweet. He isn’t sorry for what he did and he doesn’t realize his actions are insulting.But football has and always will be a part of my life that I definitely can follow and no, I’m not “basic.”
Farewell dearest Roger. All our love, Andrew and Madeleine— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) May 23, 2017 A message shared on the actor’s official Twitter account read: “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.” James Bond actor dies in Switzerland aged 89Family say he had short battle with cancerStatement says: ‘We are all devastated’Moore portrayed 007 in seven Bond filmsHe is also remembered for role in The SaintFans and friends pay tribute to Roger MooreSir Roger: ‘I was never very confident with girls’Why Roger Moore was the greatest James BondSir Roger Moore – The Telegraph obituaryRoger Moore: his life and career in picturesFormer James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has died in Switzerland at the age of 89 after a short battle with cancer, his family has announced. “Today, I think we’re very lucky to have Daniel Craig because he is quite extraordinary. I always say that Sean looked like a killer – but Daniel Craig would finish it off. Despite having been criticised somewhat throughout his decades-long career for having a lack of depth, Sir Roger remained self-deprecating.He once said he could not act “in the Olivier sense”, although he described himself as a good technician. ‘Thank you Pops for being you’The statement continued: “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer.”The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone.” “The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year, through to his last appearance in November 2016 on stage at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Starring in 1978 film The Wild GeeseCredit: Allstar/Cinetext/RANK “In that Roger taught me what a movie star really was and should be,” she added. “Through his lifelong work with Unicef he showed me the true meaning of being a humanitarian and giving back. He was my Bond.” Sir Roger on 007Sir Roger was the longest-serving actor to play the womanising MI6 agent, having portrayed 007 in seven films.He held the title for a total of 14 years, from 1972 – when he was officially confirmed as 007 – to 1986, when his successor Timothy Dalton was formally announced. With Christopher Lee in The Man With The Golden GunCredit: Everett Collection / Rex Feature Roger Moore in his role as James BondCredit: My dearest uncle Roger has passed on. What a sad, sad day this is. Loved the bones of him. Generous, funny, beautiful and kind. #ROGERMOORE— Michael Ball OBE (@mrmichaelball) May 23, 2017 “Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people.”Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina at this difficult time, and in accordance with our father’s wishes there will be a private funeral in Monaco.”The statement was signed by Sir Roger’s children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian. Sir Roger in Moonraker, 1979Credit: “From his announcement as Sean Connery’s replacement in August 1972 to his retirement in December 1985, he thrilled and charmed a whole new generation of Bond fans and redefined the series.”They said that in his seven films, “he made James Bond his own”. “Arguably the greatest purveyor of Cool Britannia before the term had been invented, he kept the British end up as his reign as 007 saw Bond through the 1977 Silver Jubilee and national resurgence in the 1980s.”He was the Bond not only of his generation but the Daniel Craig generation by keeping Ian Fleming’s gentleman spy alive when people thought his best days were over. “I think that I’ve got an even-money chance to make it,” he told reporters. “After all, I’ve been around a long time in this business. I did The Saint on television for seven years.”He would end up playing 007 for twice that long. “You were a big part of my life, from The Saint to James Bond… you were a magnificent James Bond and one that lead the way for me, the world will miss you and your unique sense of humour for years to come. My sincerest condolences to your family and children. RIP.”The British Film Institute wrote on Twitter: “We’re sad to hear of the loss of one of the giants of British film and TV, Sir Roger Moore.”The official Bafta Twitter account wrote that it was “saddened to learn” of Moore’s death.Pinewood Studios described Moore as a “force of nature”, adding that “his humour and spirit will be missed by all of us”. At the time, he said the citation “meant far more to me than if I had got it for acting … I was proud because I received it on behalf of Unicef as a whole and for all it has achieved over the years”. Seymour starred with Sir Roger in 1973’s Live and Let Die, his first as the M16 agent. Along with a picture of the two of them together, the actress wrote on Instagram: “I am devastated to learn of Roger Moore’s passing.”The first leading role I ever had as a Bond girl was such a new and frightening world and Roger held my hand and guided me through every process.”She said he taught her “about work ethic and humility”, adding that he was “funny, kind and thoughtful to everyone around him”. Sir Roger MooreCredit: Last year during a question-and-answer session at London’s Southbank Centre, he admitted that, despite winning the coveted role of the martini-swirling spy, one part he wished he had landed was Lawrence of Arabia.He said: “I remember Bob Baker and I going to see Lawrence of Arabia and coming out both being very depressed and saying ‘We might as well give up the business’, because they had made the best movie that had ever been made.” “We are all sad at the passing of a great British icon. Nobody did Bond better.” “When I saw Casino Royale, I thought that Daniel Craig did more action in the first seven minutes than I did in seven movies.” Sir Roger on actingWhile arguably best known for his role as 007, Sir Roger will also be remembered for his work in TV’s The Saint in the 1960s.He once joked of his role as Simon Templar in the spy thriller series, which he also produced: “When I was doing The Saint on television I had two expressions; as Bond I’ve managed to work up to four.” “The capacity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shaking the very foundations of the building just a short distance from where he was born. With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017 The debonair star, who added a distinct light-hearted touch to the 007 role, also admitted that, while he thought Sir Sean Connery had been the greatest Bond, fans were “lucky” to have the current star of the franchise, Daniel Craig.He said: “I think that Sean was obviously the great Bond.”He was obviously the right person, he brought the right personality to the performance, otherwise Bond would not have gone on past the first six that he did. He was a tremendous Bond. Along with Bond films including Moonraker, A View To A Kill and The Man With The Golden Gun, Sir Roger appeared in movies such as The Cannonball Run, Spice World, The Boat That Rocked and The Man Who Wouldn’t Die.Off screen, he was respected for his charity work, and in 1999 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), and a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 2003. Roger Moore and Barbara Bach in 1976Credit: CHRIS CAPSTICK / Rex Features Moore was officially unveiled as James Bond at a press conference at the Dorchester Hotel in London on August 1 1972. Maud Adams, Roger Moore, Britt EklandCredit: Moviestore Collection/REX Sir Roger in the Ivanhoe TV series in 1958Credit: Everett/REX/Shutterstock So sad to her Sir Roger Moore has died,he was a lovely man. R.I.P— Tony Blackburn (@tonyblackburn) May 23, 2017 They continued: “We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for Unicef, which he considered to be his greatest achievement. Sir Roger Moore with Prince Philip at the Duke of Edinburgh Award 60th Anniversary Diamonds are Forever Gala in Buckinghamshire last yearCredit:REX/Shutterstock ‘Nobody did it better’Tributes to Sir Roger have been led by The James Bond International Fan Club, which has said “nobody did Bond better”.A statement from the club read: “Sir Roger will always be remembered as the most enduring actor to play 007 and as a great ambassador for the franchise. Pierce Brosnan, who also portrayed Bond in four films, described Sir Roger as “magnificent” as he shared a photograph online of the pair together.In a post on Instagram, he wrote: “Dear Sir Roger Moore, It is indeed with a heavy heart that I hear the news of your passing this morning. Sir Roger has written two other autobiographies and a history of his years playing 007. O’Mara told The Bookseller he had “never worked with a more professional author or one with a more positive attitude to life”. We’re saddened to learn that Sir Roger Moore has passed awayhttps://t.co/laW0ZbRig1 pic.twitter.com/UI6eDmcanQ— BAFTA (@BAFTA) May 23, 2017 His knighthood was given for his humanitarian work, his main focus for many of his final years. Australian actor Russell Crowe tweeted: “Roger Moore, loved him.” British star Joan Collins shared two nostalgic photos of herself with Sir Roger, whose early 70s series The Persuaders! she guest-starred in.She tweeted: “Devastated to hear about my good friend Sir Roger Moore. He was the kindest, warmest, wittiest gentle man. Love to Kristina and his children.”Former Bond girl Jane Seymour paid tribute as she fondly described the actor as “my Bond”. Sir Roger’s new book Sir Roger submitted a final volume of memoirs just two weeks ago, his publisher revealed following the announcement of his death.Michael O’Mara said the book would be a “typically amusing and self-deprecating” look at growing old, and “a suitable subject for a man in his 90th year”. It includes sketches by Sir Roger, who was also an artist. In total he spent 5,118 days as James Bond and starred in seven films, beginning with Live And Let Die in 1973 and ending with A View To A Kill in 1985.Current 007 actor Daniel Craig is the second longest-serving Bond, having so far spent 4,239 days playing the secret agent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Lunch for an hour at 1:30pmJoan Burton taking Questions to the Minister for Social Protection at 2:30pmDiscussion on four Topical Issues at 3:45pm, until just after 4:30pm90 minutes of debate on Fianna Fáil’s motion of no confidence in Alan Shatter, upon which a vote will be taken at 9pmThe day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADOrder of Business – the daily 75-minute discussion on everything – begins the day at 10:30am, before a visit from Margareta Wahlstrom – the UN’s special representative for disaster risk reduction – who will give an address on the challenges in building ‘risk resilience’ in nations at 11:45am.After lunch members will discuss amendments to new legislation on tobacco marketing at 3pm, while at 4:30pm two hours will be devoted to a motion from Rónán Mullen and Feargal Quinn discussing how Ireland can better support children with special educational needs.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESAfter yesterday’s quiet day on the committee front, there are no fewer than six public meetings today: (Watch here.)The Transport and Communcations committee is first up, to discuss no fewer than 14 new plans for EU-wide legislation, on matters including trans-European energy distribution, ‘occurrence reporting’ in civil aviation, marine equipment and more. (Watch here.)The Education committee gathers at 1pm to hear from Departmental officials and Eagraíocht na Scoileanna Gaeltachta on the impact that changes to the pupil-teacher ratio will have on small schools.The Foreign Affairs and Trade committee meets the ‘Value Added in Africa’ and ‘Traidlinks’ groups at 2:30pm to mark Africa Day and discuss how trade and investment can help the continent to flourish.At 3:30pm the chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, Josephine Feehily, will be in at the Finance committee to discuss how the property tax collection is going so far. This may offer one of the first indications of how many people signed up before last night’s deadline.At 4pm the secretary-general at the Department of Health, Ambrose McLoughlin, will attend the Public Service Oversight and Petitions committee to discuss some outstanding legacy issues from the 2010 report about the right to nursing home care.Finally, Leo Varadkar makes it into the Transport committee at 6pm to discuss Ireland’s proposed approval of an EU-Israel aviation agreement to integrate the air markets of the two jurisdictions.Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? WHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILThe day kicks off with Leaders’ Questions at 10:30am, while that is followed by a quick discussion on the rest of the day’s agenda in Order of Business just before 11am.At 11:30am there’ll be 85 minutes of discussion on last week’s European Council summit, which discussed tax evasion and avoidance across the EU and which urged for a new clampdown on “aggressive tax planning” from multinationals.The rest of the day, minus a few interruptions, will be spent putting the finishing touches to legislation enforcing pay cuts for public workers earning over €65,000. The cuts are part of the ‘Haddington Road’ structures, and will be reversed for workers on between €65k and €100k between 2017 and 2018.A final vote on that legislation will be held at 10pm – with interruptions in the meantime for the following: