first_imgEstablished in 1854, the College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) is one of the oldest in Asia and one of the hallowed leaders in technical education, harnessing some of India’s best and the brightest.While the CoEP has many firsts to its credit, its inclusion under the Technical Engineering Education Quality Improvement Project (TEQUIP) — supported by the World Bank and implemented by the Ministry of Human Resource Development — has triggered a transformation in the institute’s philosophy, making it sharper enabler of innovation.The TEQIP — the World Bank’s longest-running project in the field of higher education — has proved to be the kiss of life for 163-year-old CoEP, rejuvenating the institute and its education standards.From 2003 onwards, when the college was chosen – through a nationally competitive process – to be one of the 127 engineering and technical institutes supported by the Government of India and World Bank’s Technical/Engineering Education Quality Improvement Project (TEQIP), the institute has undergone a major overhaul in its quality of education besides offering a diverse range of programs.“The Government of Maharashtra had granted us complete autonomy in 2003 as a precondition for participating in TEQIP. We then revamped our curriculum using IIT Bombay as the role model,” said Dr. Bharatkumar Ahuja, Director, CoEP, adding that the CoEP’s curriculum today changes by around 25 per cent each year.The practices under TEQIP- Phase II, like introducing a choice-based credit system, making Mathematics courses in all eight semesters in undergraduate and post-graduate programs mandatory and introducing mandatory courses on ‘Innovation’ and ‘Entrepreneurship’ in the second and third years has immensely bolstered the students’ ability to cope with industry demands.“For instance, given the growing importance of bio-medical engineering, the institute introduced a new course in biology way back in 2007. Now, IIT Bombay has emulated us by introducing a similar course,” he said.Prof. Ahuja commented that while CoEP has always blazed many a trail in technical innovation, it was the TEQIP (Phase II) that resulted in shoring up the college’s Post Graduation education standards. The institute received a massive fund influx of Rs. 25 crore 17.20 crore under TEQIP-II for bolstering their higher education programme.“We ended up introducing five new programs that eventually resulted in increased student intake,” said Dr. Ahuja, remarking that the TEQIP program has led to the empowerment of students and faculty.Its shibboleth of ‘faculty first and students’ always’ chimes in with TEQIP’s aim of producing more employable and higher quality engineers throughout the country.Before TEQIP, the CoEP had 99 regular faculty members of whom only 11 were Ph.D.’s. Now, the institute boasts 217 member-strong faculty — 118 of whom are Ph.D.’s.“There are programs at World Bank which endure for barely four years. But TEQIP has transcended time constraints,” said Prof. Franciso Marmolejo, Lead, Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education, World Bank.Prof. Marmolejo, who is also the World Bank’s Lead Education Specialist in India, observed of CoEP that its core virtues of transparency, a participatory approach, a willingness to learn and willingness to share has led to the institute not only bolstering its own standards, but actively taking the lead in mentoring ‘weaker institutes’ in economically challenged states.Since its inclusion under TEQIP in 2003, the CoEP’s TEQIP audit score has shot up from 5 grade points in 2005 to 9.5 in 2009.“TEQIP Phase- III, begun recently, will carry forward the quality-oriented reforms initiated under TEQIP-II. Its focus will be on shoring up the quality of engineering education system in India’s low-income states. Around 100 government engineering colleges from these states will be paired with well-performing colleges from previous phases of TEQIP, like CoEP,” he said, noting that an important feature of TEQIP has been to build bridges between institutes.“The project has leveraged the expertise of the best in the country — the IITs and IIMs — to improve the academic rigor in TEQIP colleges while also strengthening leadership practices,” said Tara Béteille, TEQIP’s project leader, adding that this kind of resource-sharing and leveraging was especially vital, given that India has more than 30,000 higher education institutes spread across the country.last_img read more

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first_imgBJP MLA Vikram Saini, who waded into controversy with the claim that India is a country for Hindus as it is known as ‘Hindustan’, on Wednesday clarified that his outburst was against Pakistan and not Muslims.The Khatauli MLA publicly said on Monday that .“irresponsible leaders” had allowed some Muslims to live in India.“During Partition, due to them [Muslims], the Hindus are facing problem in the country. If they [Muslims] had not stopped in India, property of crores would be of the Hindus,” Mr. Saini had said.However, Mr. Saini on Wednesday sought to wriggle out of the controversy by saying he did not intend to hurt any religious sentiments.His remarks, he said, were directed against Pakistan in the backdrop of the discourteous treatment meted out to imprisoned Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother in Islamabad.“I did not intend to hurt religious sentiments. I was enraged over Pakistan’s behaviour with Jadhav’s family members. My remarks were not against Muslims,” he said.Meanwhile, on Mr. Saini’s remarks, Uttar Pradesh Minister Dharam Singh Saini said they were his personal views.Last year, Mr. Saini sparked controversy when he threatened to break the limbs of those who kill and disrespect cows. Mr. Saini is an accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case and was detained under the National Security Act.last_img read more

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first_imgBengaluru, July 15 (PTI) Telugu Titans produced an impressive performance to beat high-flying Puneri Paltan 32-29 in a closely-fought match of Pro Kabaddi Season 4 here today. Skipper Rahul Chaudhari had a terrific game and scored 10 points while Sandeep Narwal scored six points to set up the victory for Telugu Titans. It was a momentous day for Rahul Chaudhari as he became the first man to score 400 raid points in Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League. Chaudhari has been one of the standout players in Pro Kabaddi League as half of his overall points in the league are in super 10s. Both teams have 29 points from nine games but Puneri Paltan are third in the table, one ahead of Telugu Titans on score difference. Puneri Paltan began with a bang as Ajay Thakur scored with a super raid in the first minute. Rahul Chaudhari got two points from his first two raids as Telugu Titans trailed 2-3 after four minutes. Deepak Hooda got two points with a raid in the fifth minute as Puneri Paltan led 5-2 and reduced Telugu Titans to just two men. Rahul Chaudhari scored two points in the sixth minute as they trailed 5-6. Puneri Paltan inflicted an all out in the 7th minute to lead 10-6. Puneri Paltans raiders Deepak Hooda scored his fifth raid point of the match as Puneri Paltan led 13-8 after 10 minutes. Titans defence scored just two tackle points as they trailed 9-15 after 13 minutes. Telugu Titans made a comeback as they cut the lead to two points (17-15) at the end of first half. Puneri Paltan forced a super tackle in the 22nd minute to lead 19-16 with RavinderPahal attaining a “high five”. Rahul Chaudhari was in fine form and scored a raid point in 25th minute as Telugu Titans trailed 19-20 and Pune reduced to just one man. Telugu Titans forced an all out in 26th minute to take lead for the first time in match at 22-20. Sandeep Narwal was shown a yellow card in 29th minute and was forced off the court for two minutes. A few raids were exchanged between both the teams as Telugu Titans led 24-22 in the 32nd minute. Rahul Chaudhari scored two points in 35th minute as attained a super 10 which gave Telugu Titans 28-24 lead. Puneri Paltan scored two quick points as the game reached an exciting climax at score 28-26 in favour of Telugu Titans. Deepak Hooda scored his eighth point as Puneri Paltan trailed 27-28 with just three minutes left on the clock. It was Rahul Chaudharis night as he created history with his 20th super 10 of Pro Kabaddi League to lead his team to a 32-29 victory. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgSUNRISE, FL — The New York Rangers finished a strong December in strong fashion.Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider and Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist each, and the Rangers got back to their winning ways with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night.Derick Brassard, Martin St. Louis and Dominic Moore also scored for New York, and Derek Stepan had three assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves.The Rangers won their first game after having an eight-game winning streak snapped at Dallas on Monday. It was the longest run in 40 years for New York (20-11-4), which went 9-3 in December.“We knew they played (Montreal) last night, and we just wanted to play fast and push the pace. I think that’s what we did,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.Tomas Fleischmann and Jimmy Hayes scored for Florida.New York dominated play from the outset. The Panthers were outshot 24-12 through the first two periods and 34-21 overall.“It took us maybe six or seven minutes to get going in the first period, but I thought once we got going our north-south game was quick and our passing was good and we did what we had to do to win the game,” Vigneault said.The Rangers are 16-0-1 when they allow two goals or fewer.“We didn’t spend a lot of time in our end and, without a doubt, it was a good team effort,” Vigneault said.Florida (16-10-9) tied its franchise record with 17 points in December. The Panthers, who lost to Montreal 2-1 in a shootout on Tuesday, went 2-1-1 on their traditional holiday homestand.Panthers coach Gerard Gallant was impressed by the Rangers in his team’s first game against New York.“They dominated most of the night,” Gallant said. “I thought we had seven or eight good minutes in the third, but most of the night the Rangers were all over us. We were totally dominated.“That’s the best team I’ve seen so far this year. They really took control of the game.”Al Montoya made big stops in the first period on Kreider on a breakaway, J.T. Miller on a rebound and Mats Zuccarello on a slap shot with traffic in front before Kreider scored his sixth goal at 16:42.The Rangers struck quickly in the second when Brassard put in a rebound off a shot by McDonagh from the left circle at 1:29. It was Brassard’s ninth goal and first since he netted a pair against Philadelphia on Nov. 29.“(The Panthers) keep games tight,” Brassard said. “They get those extra points and they stay in a lot of games. We knew going in that it was going to be a game from start to finish.“We were lucky there to get a couple more (goals) and keep the lead.”McDonagh made it 3-0 by keeping in a clearing attempt with his foot. He then zipped a slap shot past Montoya at 14:48 for a power-play tally — his third goal this season.“He was awesome,” defenseman Marc Staal said of McDonagh. “He made some great plays during the rush. He was using his legs. He had a great game.”Fleischmann took a long stretch pass from Jonathan Huberdeau and beat Lundqvist on the stick side with 3:22 left in the second for his fourth goal to make it 3-1.Hayes brought the Panthers within a goal at 7:39, scoring his 11th.“It was a good momentum swing for us to get right back in it,” Hayes said. “You score one, then you’ve got to go right back in and put the press on,“We need to play more of a north-south game and be on top of their defense.”St. Louis’ 12th goal came at 9:51 and increased New York’s lead to 4-2.Moore scored after St. Louis was stopped by Montoya on a breakaway. Moore put back the shot at 15:35 for his second goal.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgSeriousSport and SeriousFun…The 10th Australian Masters Games. You see, while I’m living in Canberra now, I’m a South Australian at heart, having lived there for most of my life. So when told the Games were heading `home’ to Adelaide, I jumped at the change to chat with Games General Manager Lachlan Clark about the event and how it’s coming together. The Games are being held from October 7-16 this year, with preparations well underway for an expected participant base of well over 10,000 people. The last Australian Masters Games were held in Canberra and the Nations Capital certainly put on a show, I was involved in helping out with the running of the Touch competition and enjoyed the event and the atmosphere of the competition. Already though, Lachlan can see the 10th Games being even bigger and better. “Participant numbers are very good at this early stage. We are ahead of the 9th Australian Masters Games at the same stage and they ended up with 10,300 participants. We would really like to see the 10th Australian Masters Games the biggest Australian Masters Games ever. “Preparations are going extremely well. The Ceremonies program is complete, the planning for the Games centre is well underway and we have had some great assistance from the South Australian Government.” With over 10,000 participants logistics is always complicated and one great initiative that this year’s Games will see is that all accredited participants, accompanying people and volunteers will be able to travel free of charge on the existing Adelaide Metro public transportation network for the ten days of the Games. Competitors for the Australian Masters Games are largely from Australia itself, with about two thirds of the participants expected to travel from interstate for the event. However, Clark and his team have already had many international entrants from Guam, Hong Kong, New Zealand, India, and the USA In Canberra in 2003, the Games had 52 sports with this number jumping to a record 64 sports for the Adelaide event. “The increase in the number of sports means that there is indeed something for everyone. It is also an opportunity to have a go at multiple sports. If you have registered a team to play touch but you also want to bring your bike and have a bash at Mountain Biking, you can simply pay the sport fee associated with Mountain Biking and have a go,” said Lachlan. “The leading sport at the moment is Golf, which is expected as there is a maximum of 300 participants, so if you are interested in playing Golf at the Masters Games, get in early. The other big sports at the moment are Athletics, Basketball and Softball.” But what about Touch? Yes, I hear you asking! Well, according to Lachlan the competition is hot. “The Touch competition is looking great and the Touch venue is fantastic for the Games,” he said. “I play in a mixed comp on Thursday nights and Touch SA really has a great set up and they are very well organised. So far we have teams entered from South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand so I think it is going to be a great competition.” It’s not just the sport that makes the Australian Masters Games an event not to be missed, but it is also the opportunity to enjoy the Games’ nightly entertainment and a chance to catch up with friends from around the country or meet new people. It’s not just about winning medals, but also about getting out and giving it a go. Lachlan also believes that for those from interstate and overseas, you can’t go past the sights of South Australia. And for a true-blue South Aussie like me, I agree with him. The 10th Australian Masters Games in Adelaide offer a fantastic opportunity to come and explore South Australia. One of the best things about visiting Adelaide is that most of the other 11 tourist regions of South Australia are no more than three hours drive away. Catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island and wander among the sea lions. Cycle through stunning valleys of vineyards on the 27km Riesling Trail in the Clare Valley. Cruise down the river on a paddle steamer in the Murraylands. Chug along on the infamous 115- year-old steam engine, the Pichi Richi, through some of Australia’s most breathtaking scenery in the Flinders. Hire a limousine and experience the best wines in the world in style as you tour the Barossa Valley. Come out for the Games and at the same time discover the secrets of South Australia. If you would like any more info on the 10th Australian Masters Games check out www.AustralianMastersGames.com If you would like any more details on the Touch competition, contact Marianne Maguire from Touch SA on mmaguire@internode.on.net or phone 08 8373 3222. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img

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first_imgViacom Velocity Creative has partnered with Mariska Hargitay, founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, to create a star-studded NO MORE PSA Campaign.NO MORE is a public awareness movement aimed to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. The PSAs will feature a unique collaboration of celebrities including: Courteney Cox, Dave Navarro, Sophia Bush, Sway Calloway, Nick Lachey, Bow Wow, Danny Pino, Debra Messing, Samantha Ronson and Ice-T.The new Viacom Velocity-produced PSAs will air throughout the summer across Viacom’s networks – MTV, Spike, Comedy Central, TV Land, BET and more.“For the first time in history, the domestic violence and sexual assault movements are coming together under one symbol and one unifying message: “NO MORE. Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.” You can’t overstate the significance of that unity,” said Mariska. “Because these issues have been so underfunded, organizations have had to stand out — and, by definition, stand alone — to receive support: “We’re not like that organization over there, so please honor our grant request, and not theirs.” It’s not that explicitly stated, but that’s the spirit in which they’ve had no choice but to work.“But that is changing. It’s not a coincidence that the first word in the NO MORE declaration is “Together.” That’s very good news for those working to end this violence. At the same time, that unity is bad news for perpetrators. They benefit from silence, from a spirit of scarcity in the movement, from fractured efforts against them. To all of that, we say: NO MORE. Over the next three years, the PSA campaign will roll out across the country in local and national markets via print, broadcast, online and outdoor advertising, in movie theaters across the country, and in major airports and medical facilities.“In other words, it will be impossible to ignore. It will also allow us to develop new and meaningful partnerships with visionary organizations like Viacom to spread this message. And most importantly, it will give the field of hardworking organizations that have done so much with so little over the past 40 years a tool to highlight and validate their own work, their own local media relationships, and their own fight to be heard.”Additional celebrities in the PSAs include: Blythe Danner, Anthony Edwards, Tim Gunn, Jemima Kirke, Natasha Lyonne, Christopher Meloni and Blair Underwood.Find out more here.last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s lured artists, and chefs, and scores of Torontonians. Now Hamilton has drawn famed Hollywood director Guillermo Del Toro, and he’s going public with his love.The director is live tweeting his experiences in the city — mostly around food and books — as he films The Shape of Water here. And he’s delighted residents by being effusive about it.“I know there’s a Seedy side of Hamilton- but you can feel a transformation from the last 5-6 years,” he tweeted, calling the city “full of promise and surprises.” Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Facebook It’s not his first time here. Del Toro, known for films such as Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, scouted locations for Pacific Rim. Two years ago, he filmed part of Crimson Peak at the Scottish Rite of Hamilton.Del Toro’s pro-Hamilton tweets drew excitement from residents, who crowded his mentions with gratitude and restaurant tips.“If you’re looking for a dinner guest, I’m available!” one person said. Guillermo Del Toro poses in Beverly Hills, California, in this December 18, 2006 file photo. The filmmaker who was directing two movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” has stepped down after two years on the project amid studio delays and schedule conflicts. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello/Files (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE) Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – Cancelling an eastern Ontario green energy project that has been under development for nearly a decade could cost more than $100 million, the president of the company said Wednesday, warning that the dispute could be headed to the courts.Ontario’s governing Progressive Conservatives said this week that one of their first priorities during the legislature’s summer sitting would be to cancel the contract for the White Pines project in Prince Edward County.Ian MacRae, president of wpd Canada, the company behind the project, said he was stunned by the news given that the project is weeks away from completion.“What our lawyers are telling us is we have a completely valid contract that we’ve had since 2009…. There’s no good reason for the government to breach that contract,” he said.The government has also not reached out to discuss the cancellation, MacRae said, and in the meantime, construction on the site is in full swing.“Over the last couple weeks we’ve had an average of 100 people on site every day,” he said.“The footprint of the project is 100 per cent in — so all the access roads, the concrete for the base foundations, much of the electrical infrastructure. The sub-station is nearing completion.”The project includes nine wind turbines meant to produce enough electricity to power just over 3,000 homes annually. All of the turbines are expected to be installed over the next three weeks, with testing scheduled for the following month.MacRae couldn’t say for certain who would have to pay for the cancellation: electricity ratepayers or taxpayers.“It would be my assumption that would end up somehow on the ratepayers,” he said. “We just need to see what the government has in mind and who will foot the bill.”In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the company’s European ownership said the decision will call into question the “rule of law and investment security” in Ontario.“A halt to construction without warning from the ministry would have significant economic consequences for all involved parties,” wpd board member Hartmut Brösamle said in a statement.“Like all other investors in Canada, wpd assumes that legally granted and valid approvals will be honored at any time and also in the event of a change of government. Anything else would send out a fatal signal to the entire economy. The protection of confidence is a great asset and will certainly not be called into question by the new government either.”Progressive Conservative house leader Todd Smith, who represents the riding where the project is being built, said the legislation to cancel the project will also insulate taxpayers from domestic litigation over the dismantling of green energy projects.“This is something that the people of Prince Edward County have been fighting … for seven years,” he said. “This shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anybody that this was at the top of the agenda for the incoming government,” he said.Smith questioned why Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator gave the final approval for the project during the spring election campaign.“There’s a lot of questions about how this ever got greenlighted in the first place,” he said. “This project was granted its notice to proceed two days into the election campaign … when (the IESO) should have been in caretaker mode.”Terry Young, the IESO’s vice president of policy, engagement and innovation, said the agency could not comment because of the pending introduction of legislation to cancel the deal.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the new Tory government is behaving like the previous Liberal government by cancelling energy projects and tearing up contracts. She likened the Tory plan to the Liberal gas plant scandal that saw the government relocate two plants at a substantial cost to taxpayers.last_img read more

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first_imgGurugram: Commuters beware if the lack of effective public transportation has caused to you take the cab when you are at risk. The official data by Gurugram police reveals that in the last two months only there have been 27 robberies that have taken place. In the latest case, a man from Delhi who had taken a lift was threatened by the drivers that his kidney will be taken out if he does not take out money from the ATM. Eventually, the robbers were able to steal Rs 50,000 from the debit cards of the ATM. Worryingly, not even women travellers are spared. A woman traveller on the pretext of being physically harmed was a robber of her earrings and other valuables in one of the crimes. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsEven as there is a strict law against the movement of the illegal vehicle in the city lack of effective public transportation system has resulted in most of the commuters being dependent on these modes of transportation. Further many of these modes of public transportation provide a much reasonable rate to commute as compared to other means of transportation. A large number of these vehicles can be seen moving in areas along National Highway-8, Manesar, Gurugram- Faridabad road, Golf course road and MG road and Sohna road. While the autos are still the most popular form of public transport for movement of commuters within the city, the cabs are preferred for commuting to Faridabad, Noida and Delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderLast year more than twenty thousand autos went- off the city roads after a massive crackdown on the Gurugram Police on the autos operating without legal permits. Later after negotiations, the services resumed. The Gurugram Police also claims that strict action is also being taken on the illegal cabs. If caught these vehicles need to pay a fine Rs 2,000 as per law, however, there are reports of most of the drivers also getting away by paying a bribe of Rs 100-300 to the Police official. Most of the cabs provide transportation services in city MNC’s, BPO’s and even individual owners. The need to earn a quick buck from the commuters has resulted in most of the drivers allowing the vehicles to also provide cab services to commuters. On their part, most of the drivers claim that they are being harassed by the Police and public officials. Lack of providing correct information, usage of black tinted glasses and usage of wrong number plates are some of the major complaints that mainly registered against these vehicles.last_img read more

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16 July 2008The United Nations, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and 239 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) need an extra $3.4 billion to respond to the world’s most severe crises for the rest of the year, they announced today. “Rapid action by donors is more essential this year than ever,” John Holmes, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said. “Higher food and fuel costs, an increasing number of food-insecure people, and the impact of climate change have already forced the upwards revision of several appeals or the issuance of new flash appeals,” he added. Overall humanitarian funding requirements for 2008 for the 34 countries covered by this year’s appeals have risen from $5.4 billion at the start of the year to $6.5 billion now. The biggest increases are for Somalia (up $235 million to $641 million), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (up $161 million to $736 million), West Africa (up $104 million to $416 million), Sudan (up $81 million to $1.95 billion), the Myanmar flash appeal, (recently revised up by $294 million, to $481 million), and Zimbabwe (up $78 million to $394 million). Funding for the world’s food needs was re-budgeted to $2.6 billion from $1.9 billion after the UN World Food Programme (WFP) increased its appeal for this year’s operations. So far donors have given $2.6 billion towards humanitarian appeals, or equal to 46 per cent of funding requirements, which represents an improvement over mid-year levels in the past two years. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says this is down to a better response by donors and also to support from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). So far this year CERF has allocated some $285 million to a series of flash appeals and chronically under-funded crises, with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Myanmar, West Africa, Sudan and Afghanistan receiving the largest amounts. “What we are actually talking about is people in real life who are suffering in extreme circumstances – starvation, the effects of conflict – these are people who are in desperate need of help. That’s what we’re talking about – not just billions of dollars for the sake of it, but the most needy, the most vulnerable people in the world who these funds are designed to help,” Mr. Holmes, who is also the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, told reporters in New York after launching the mid-year appeal. OCHA says that several major humanitarian crises have deteriorated significantly in the first half of 2008 and will require renewed efforts and resources. Instability has worsened in Chad, while in the occupied Palestinian territories Gaza has suffered a virtual quarantine that has cut off much commerce and vital services. Somalis have also suffered fresh displacement as fighting continues, while drought has put swathes of the Horn of Africa at risk of famine. In Zimbabwe the harvest forecast is 51 per cent lower than last season’s because of adverse rains and lack of farming inputs. Also speaking to reporters after the official launch of the appeal, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said that she welcome the fact that an increasing number of the projects funded take gender issues into consideration, especially in the case of crises caused by conflict. “Women are really the saviours in any conflict – they often have to be able to take care of their families while men are either killed or fighting and so women are in the forefront, not only as victims but as the stabilizing factor that can keep the family together and therefore save the life of the community,” she said. read more

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7 May 2010Hundreds of thousands of women, nearly all of them in developing countries, die in childbirth every year, but this does not have to be the case, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, calling for global support for United Nations efforts to make motherhood safe for all. “No woman should have to pay with her life for giving life,” he writes in an opinion piece published in the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman and several other media outlets, ahead of Mother’s Day, which will be celebrated in many countries this weekend.Mr. Ban notes that saving mothers’ lives involves simple blood tests, a doctor’s consultation and someone qualified to help with the birth. The risk of death can almost be eliminated with the addition of some basic antibiotics, blood transfusions and a safe operating room.While recent figures show that progress is being made in helping women around the world, there is still much more work to be done, he says. Of particular note is the fact that of the hundreds of thousands of women that die in childbirth every year, 99 per cent of them are in developing countries.“On my travels around the world, particularly to its poorest and most troubled places, I have learned that it is mothers who keep families together – indeed, who keep entire societies intact. Mothers are society’s weavers. They make the world go round,” states Mr. Ban. “Yet too often, the world is letting mothers down.” He points out that in the rich world, when a mother dies giving birth it is assumed that something went wrong, while in the developing world, dying in childbirth is simply a fact of life. In some countries, one woman in eight will die giving birth, he states. Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide.The Secretary-General notes that in poor countries, pregnant women often must fend for themselves, with no healthcare and nowhere to turn. They give birth at home, perhaps with the help of a midwife who most likely has no medical training.Last month, the UN launched a joint action plan with governments, businesses, foundations and civil society organizations to advance safe motherhood worldwide. Reducing maternal mortality by three quarters is among the ambitious targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Mr. Ban, who himself was born not in a hospital but at home in a small village in his native Republic of Korea, urges that everything be done to make motherhood safer for all and to end this “silent scandal.” read more

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“The need to give young people a sexual education is evident and urgent,” said Xavier Hospital of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) regional team on HIV/AIDS based in Dakar, Senegal.Only 13 per cent of youngsters in Guinea-Bissau could correctly identify how HIV was transmitted, according to a 2010 survey, although 21 per cent have already engaged in sexual relations by the age of 15. The workshop – organized by UNESCO Dakar and UNESCO Brasilia in Bissau, the capital – brought together technicians and trainers who design curricula or train teachers and was based largely on Brazil’s successful Health and Prevention in School programme. Brazilian specialists facilitated the sessions, which began on 8 September and concluded today.“The project is an excellent example of South-South cooperation,” said Maria Rebeca Otero Gomes of UNESCO Brazil, which has been working together with UNESCO Dakar since 2006 to provide technical support to the Portuguese-speaking African countries to develop a strong education sector response to HIV/AIDS. “The partnership has allowed for the development of valuable exchanges between these countries and their respective ministries,” she added.A similar workshop will take place in Cape Verde later this year. The project, which includes analyses of curricula, support for curriculum development, and institutional needs assessment, is financed by the Japanese Government and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). 16 September 2011Youngsters in Guinea-Bissau will receive comprehensive sexual education in primary and secondary schools thanks to a United Nations workshop to support efforts by the small West African country’s education ministry. read more

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No one is asking the Buckeyes to replicate last season’s bowl game use of quarterback Terrelle Pryor.In Ohio State’s 24-21 Fiesta Bowl loss to Texas, Pryor threw for 66 yards, rushed for 78 and even caught a touchdown.But as Pryor has battled through injuries to his ankle and knee, the well of offensive diversity has dried up. As coach Jim Tressel called for more runs and asked less of his sophomore quarterback, the team rolled off five straight wins, with Pryor’s arm playing far less of a role.Now, will the untested quarterback finally be let loose in the team’s most critical game of the year?“I hope so,” Pryor said. “I hope for that every game, but I just want to get a ‘W’. Whatever the team needs me to do, I want to do it.”OSU sprinted past its last five opponents, posting at least 225 rushing yards in each victory. But after nearly six weeks off, will the team revert to its steady ground game, or open things up through the air?Pryor believes a balanced scheme would fare best.“It’s whatever they can’t stop,” he said. “If they can’t stop our passing game, then we’re going to keep doing that. We’ve gotten a lot better passing, we can throw the ball, it just depends on if we’re going to do it. If we keep everything balanced, then we’re going to be good.”Receiver DeVier Posey predicted that Pryor is primed for a break-out performance.“I definitely believe he can have a great game,” Posey said. “He’s poised for a great game, he’s been practicing well.” NFL bound?Ten Ohio State juniors filed paperwork to the NFL to learn about their potential status in the league’s April draft.Many players go through the process simply to gauge their draft stock heading into their final collegiate year.Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward suggested that he wouldn’t mind sticking around for his senior season.“Right now, I’m leaning towards staying,” Heyward said. “I’m just enjoying time with my guys. These guys are my brothers.”Defensive end Thaddeus Gibson refused to cave in to constant questions from reporters, saying that the decision only serves as a disruption.“I don’t want any distractions,” he said. “I’m just locked in on [the game], I’ll worry about that later.”Linebacker Brian Rolle, however, fully expects to return to Columbus for a final hurrah.“It’s not something I weighed about, whether I was going to stay or leave,” he said. “I just did it just to know where I’d be if I did think about leaving. I’ll be back next year most definitely.”Rose Bowl adds trio to HallFormer Buckeye offensive lineman John Hicks was one of three inductees Wednesday to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.Hicks paved the way for running back Archie Griffin to collect a pair of Heisman trophies. During Hicks’ time at OSU, the Bucks played in three Rose Bowls, winning one.Hicks spoke to a crowd of family, friends, Rose Bowl bigwigs and media about how the Rose Bowl meant so much to him and his family growing up.Along with Hicks, Barry Alvarez, the current athletic director and former coach of Wisconsin, and Tom Hansen, the former Pac-10 Commissioner, were also elected to the Hall of Fame.Rain, rain go awayInclement weather led to the cancelation of Ohio State’s outdoor practice Wednesday afternoon.A steady rain kept the Buckeyes indoors, where they instead held offensive, defensive and position meetings. read more

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first_img 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. Passengers with any queries were told to contact their airline directly.  A police bomb squad has carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious package that led to the evacuation of passengers and staff from Leeds Bradford Airport. West Yorkshire Police’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was sent to the airport following the discovery on Saturday night.Arriving and departing flights were delayed and there were reports of passengers spending an hour stuck on grounded planes while the item was dealt with.The force said enquiries were continuing into the circumstances of the alert, although the incident is not believed to have been “malicious or terror-related”.”At 8.09pm today (Saturday May 13) police were called to a report of a suspicious package at Leeds Bradford Airport,” a spokesman said.”Following established procedures to protect passenger and public safety a cordon was put in place as a precaution.”The airport was closed for a short time whilst the matter was being investigated.”Officers from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team attended and the item was subject to a controlled explosion.”Passengers reported being kept on planes as the terminal was cleared, while at least one inbound flight was reportedly delayed from taking off at its departure airport.Sean Hornby‏ tweeted: “Sat for an hour now on the plane due to security issues at Leeds Bradford Airport. Tea and coffee now being offered. Hurray!” Vicky Myers‏ asked: “Does anyone know why Leeds Bradford airport has been closed? Sat on Dublin runway being told we can’t fly.”Shortly after 12.30am on Sunday airport officials said they had re-opened the terminal and operations had re-started.last_img read more

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first_imgAusdrill and Brandrill have announced a proposed merger of the two companies. The combined mining services group will have a strong and complementary range of Australian and international business operations. It is intended that Brandrill’s drilling businesses will use drilling consumables manufactured by Ausdrill’s Drilling Tools Australia business and benefit from the increased buying power of the combined group. It is also expected that the emerging DT Hi-Load truck body business has the potential to supply truck bodies to Ausdrill’s growing mining clients.According to Brandrill, this larger, more diverse company will have a better ability to serve existing clients and a greater financial capacity to fund future growth. The merger will allow both Ausdrill and Brandrill shareholders to benefit from the expected growth in a stronger combined core business in Australia and from expansion of Ausdrill’s African operations.Ausdrill’s Chairman, Terry O’Connor: “This is a logical and compelling merger resulting in a stronger combined entity, benefiting both Ausdrill and Brandrill shareholders. The combined group brings together two established and experienced mining services operators, and provides benefits of increased scope and scale. We have a positive outlook for the industry, and look forward to continuing to grow our business for the benefits of our shareholders, our enlarged staff and our customers.”Brandrill’s Chairman, Vince Pendal: “We believe that the combination of Brandrill with Ausdrill’s businesses will create considerable additional value and this is expected to provide accelerated upside for our shareholders. This merger is the right agreement with the right company.”Upon implementation of the merger, the combined group will provide Brandrill shareholders with a number of important benefits including:Diversified exposure – Brandrill’s drill and blast and exploration drilling business and its DT Hi-Load truck body business will fit well in the wider Ausdrill group which includes:o Ausdrill drill and blast and exploration drilling businesses in Australiao Ausdrill’s growing Australian contract mining and plant hire businesso African Mining Services – the full range of contract mining services in Africao Diamond Communications – telecommunications and utility construction and maintenanceo Drilling Tools Australia – manufacturing drill consumableso Supply Direct -Procurement and logisticsOperational Synergies – the combination of Ausdrill’s and Brandrill’s complementary drilling businesses will create significant opportunities for operational synergies. It is intended that Brandrill’s drilling businesses will use drilling consumables manufactured by Ausdrill’s Drilling Tools Australia business and benefit from the increased buying power of the combined group. It is also expected that the emerging DT Hi-Load truck body business has the potential to supply truck bodies to Ausdrill’s growing mining services businessFinancial strength – the combined balance sheets of both companies will result in a stronger merged entity with greater capacity to pursue further growth opportunities.The directors of both companies believe that the merger will enable it to offer an even better range of services to existing and new clients. It is intended that Brandrill management and workforce will be integrated into the existing Ausdrill structure with the objective being to maximise the benefits that will flow from combining the skills, expertise, experience and relationships of the two companies’ employees. Current Brandrill Director, Mason Hills, is expected to join the Board of Ausdrill.Ausdrill and Brandrill have signed a Merger Implementation Agreement under which each party has agreed to take the steps necessary to implement the merger. If the merger is approved, final implementation is likely to occur in December 2009.last_img read more

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first_imgLes champs électromagnétiques font varier la vitesse de la lumière Sous l’effet d’un champ électromagnétique, la vitesse de la lumière varie en fonction de sa direction : cette théorie vient d’être vérifiée pour la première fois par des chercheurs du CNRS.Dans le vide, la lumière se propage quelque soit sa direction à la vitesse constante de 299.792.458 mètre par seconde. Mais sous l’effet d’un champ électromagnétique, cette vitesse varie selon la direction de la lumière. Cet effet contre intuitif est vérifié par expérimentation pour la toute première fois.À lire aussiPourquoi l’hélium change-t-il la voix ?Dans un communiqué, le CNRS explique que son équipe de chercheurs a observé cette très faible variation dans un gaz, l’azote. Ils ont réalisé “une cavité optique dans laquelle les faisceaux lumineux traversent un dispositif comportant des aimants et des électrodes, qui permettent de générer des champs électrique et magnétique intenses”. Les chercheurs ont alors mesuré une différence de vitesse d’environ un milliardième de mètre par seconde, prouvant que dans un gaz où règne un champ électromagnétique, la lumière ne se propage pas à la même vitesse selon qu’elle aille dans une direction ou dans un sens inverse.Cette première expérimentation ouvre la voie à de nouvelles recherches, sur les mesures de l’anisotropie (la propriété d’être dépendant de la direction) de la propagation lumineuse notamment, mais aussi sur des applications en optique, “comme des composants dont le comportement diffèrerait selon la direction, le tout étant contrôlé par le champ magnétique”, souligne le CNRS.Le 12 mai 2011 à 14:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Sarri optimistic of Hazards contract extension

first_imgMaurizio Sarri has revealed that a new club deal has been offered to Chelsea star man Eden Hazard with the decision left for him to sign a deal.Hazard has been a subject of transfer to Real Madrid in recent windows with the player admitting he was pursuing a “dream” move to Los Blancos.However, the 27-year-old insists he will not leave in January, and when asked if he could extend his Chelsea deal, Sarri told Sky: “The club is available to sign a new contract immediately, but it’s up to him if he wants to renew or not.“I want Eden here, of course, but I want him here if he wants to stay here.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…Sarri equally confirmed the club are in talks with the player’s agent to wrap up a deal, raising the expectations of an extended stay for the Belgian skipper.“I know very well that there are discussions between the club and the manager of Eden every week, I think,” said Sarri.“So if there is something new, the club will call me immediately.”last_img read more

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first_imgWith the holidays over, don’t let leftover block foam stack up in the garage along with used electronic items.Both items can be recycled for free from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Fisher’s Landing Transit Center, 3510 S.E. 164th Ave.Empower Up, a local nonprofit group, will accept computers and other electronic equipment. Refurbished computers are given to students and families in need.Working electronic equipment no more than five years old is preferred, but nonfunctioning and obsolete equipment will be accepted.Recyclers are advised not to bring televisions, computer monitors or microwave ovens.For a list of free electronic waste drop-off sites that accept televisions, visit http://recyclingA-Z.com.Block foam can be any color, but it must be clean and bagged or boxed. No plastic-wrapped yellow urethane foam, spongy polypropylene foam, hot-tub covers, packing peanuts or foam with cardboard, tape or metal attached will be accepted.Only Clark County residents may participate, and people need to remain on site until staff has examined and accepted the material.Businesses may bring in loads of foam no larger than what will fit in a passenger van.last_img read more

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Karnataka Speaker to meet 3 rebel Congress MLAs today at 4 pm

first_imgBengaluru: In a fresh turn of events in Karnataka, Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has agreed to meet on Friday three of the five rebel Congress MLAs, who have tendered their resignations in the “prescribed” format. The meeting is scheduled to be held at 4 pm. Ten dissident MLAs had met Kumar on Thursday evening after they were directed by the Supreme Court to meet the Speaker and resubmit their resignations in person. Also Read – Polls may come anytime: Siddaramaiah says Yediyurappa government won’t last long Advertise With Us Following the meeting with the MLAs, the Speaker had said that he will consider “to his satisfaction” whether the resignations were genuine and voluntary before taking a decision. Read | Can’t work at lightning speed, need to examine resignations: K’taka Speaker Talking to the media Kumar dismissed the charge that he was delaying a decision on these resignations to help the government which has allegedly lost its majority. Also Read – Kumaraswamy never treated me as friend but like enemy: Siddaramaiah Advertise With Us “I need to examine these resignations (of rebel MLAs) all night and ascertain if they are genuine. The Supreme Court has asked me to take a decision. I have video-graphed everything and I will send it to the Supreme Court,” said Kumar. The 13-month-old Congress-JD(S) government had earlier this month slumped into crisis following the resignation of 10 MLAs.last_img read more

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first_imgIt has been a nightmarish start to the season for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Four losses in as many matches including an innings where they were shot out for 70 and another where they conceded over 200 runs. Nothing has gone right for Virat Kohli, who has tried to look for explanations and struggled to contain his frustration.Too many changes to the team are also not helping his cause, but what can a captain do when his players are not performing to their potential, but then he has to find a balance and then stick with it. There is a sense of restlessness in the camp and there is also a theory doing the rounds that captain Kohli should step down as his ideas are just not working for the franchise.However, he has found support from former Indian skipper and now the mentor of Delhi Capitals – Sourav Ganguly. Also, Ganguly said that he still thinks RCB has a chance this season and advised Kohli to sit down and calm himself down so that he thinks clearly during matches. Kohli, the batsman needs to step up Virat Kohli.IANS”He played well last season, I think it’s a passing phase for him this season. The amount of runs he’s (Virat) scored for India, I guess no player is close to that. He needs to take the backseat and think with a calm and composed mind with the team. There are still matches ahead. I won’t rule out RCB as there is still time and I hope to see him take the team forward,” Ganguly told IndiaTV.Not only captaincy, Kohli the batsman has not been at his best this season. In the four matches this season, he has only managed to score 78 runs and now he really needs to step up and lead by example with the bat too.  Virat KohliIANSAfter the previous match against Rajasthan, Kohli said that his side needs to identify moments in the game and then take up more responsibility.”Today, we were more competitive. but we were 15-20 short with the bat. I thought 160 was competitive, but with the dew factor, 15 runs more would’ve been more challenging,” said Kohli.”The team hasn’t gone off to a good start, and these things look really bad. But we have to keep believing that we can turn things around. We played well in Mumbai and tonight, but we need to improve. We need to take some confidence from tonight’s game though,” he added.last_img read more

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