UN food aid reaches Nairobi slums hit hardest by postelection violence

10 January 2008Tens of thousands of people in the Nairobi slums – some of the largest in Africa – most affected by last week’s post-election violence in Kenya began receiving assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today. Tens of thousands of people in the Nairobi slums – some of the largest in Africa – most affected by last week’s post-election violence in Kenya began receiving assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today. Today’s distribution, starting in the vast Kibera shantytown and continuing in the three other slums of Mathare, Dandora and Korogocho marks the first time WFP food is being handed out in the slums in a general food distribution. Distributed by the Kenya Red Cross, the assistance includes cereals provided by the Government of Kenya, and pulses, high energy biscuits, vegetable oil and corn-soya blend given by WFP. While some 500 families were supposed to receive a one-week ration of food at 12 sites, WFP said thousands had queued up at the sites, which means that a larger number of people would receive smaller amounts of food than the planned ration. Nairobi’s slum dwellers, most of whom depend on casual labour to survive, were not able to work during the unrest that began after President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner in the recent election. Up to 255,000 people have been displaced – and 350 reportedly killed – during the ensuing violence, which took a particularly heavy toll on people in the slums who struggle to survive on less than $1 a day. Almost 60 per cent of Nairobi’s population of 2.75 million live in the city’s slums. Also today, a WFP-chartered helicopter flew from Nairobi to the northern Rift Valley town of Eldoret, helping the agency’s assessment teams to locate scattered pockets of displaced people in need of humanitarian aid. The helicopter, which flew into Kenya from Sudan, will also fly UN aid in the coming days to people cut off by violence.In a related development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his strong support for former UN chief Kofi Annan’s role in mediating between President Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, as announced by President John Kufuor of Ghana. Mr. Ban “sees this as a positive development,” his spokesperson, Michele Montas, said today. Clarifying the UN’s role in the disputed parliamentary and presidential elections, Ms. Montas noted that the Organization “did not observe the recent Kenyan elections or the tallying of the votes. Thus, the UN could not have pronounced itself on a matter of which it was not involved and has no facts.” The world body provided technical assistance to the electoral process through the UN Development Programme (UNDP), including helping with voter registration and education, supporting the Kenya Human Rights Commission to ensure that no violations occurred during the campaign, and supporting local media to promote balanced reporting.“The UN did not participate in election monitoring, and no UN staff observed the elections,” Ms. Montas added. read more

Members of UN human rights probe head to Gaza

The fact-finding mission, headed by Richard Goldstone, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, will enter Gaza from Egypt through the Rafah crossing point on 1 June in the first of its planned field visits.“The mission plans to meet with all concerned parties, including non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations and groups, UN agencies, victims and witnesses of alleged violations and other persons who may provide information with regard to the facts under investigation,” the group said in a statement issued in Geneva.The other members of the mission include Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science at the University of London; Hina Jilani, Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and former Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights Defenders; and Colonel (retired from the Irish Armed Forces) Desmond Travers, member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI).This fact-finding mission is separate from the four-member UN Board of Inquiry, led by Ian Martin of the United Kingdom, which examined incidents involving death and damage at the world body’s premises in Gaza during Israel’s military operation. A summary of that report was sent by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Security Council earlier this month. 29 May 2009The independent team of investigators tasked by the United Nations Human Rights Council with examining alleged rights abuses and violations of international law during the recent conflict in Gaza will begin a week-long trip to the area this weekend. read more

TSX adds to losses over central bank concerns

The Toronto stock market was lower late Wednesday morning, adding to a sharp loss in the previous session amid worries that central banks may withdraw efforts to help the global economic recovery.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 58.43 points to 12,165.14 on top of a 159-point slide on Tuesday.The Canadian dollar lost early momentum to move down 0.01 of a cent to 98.14 cents US.U.S. indexes erased early gains. The Dow shed an early triple-digit advance to move down 15.25 points to 15,106.77, the Nasdaq dropped 9.07 points to 3,427.88 and the S&P 500 index declined 2.36 points to 1,623.77.The TSX tumbled Tuesday after Japan’s central bank failed to deliver expected measures to ease bond market volatility. Instead, the bank only upgraded its economic outlook.There has also been concern about whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will ease its monetary stimulus. The Fed has been buying bonds to push down market interest rates, which has helped fuel a strong rally on U.S. markets since late last year.Speculation that the Fed will begin to wind down its quantitative easing program has also had the effect of pushing U.S. Treasury yields sharply higher, which in turn has had a negative effect on TSX defensive sectors as well such as real estate, utilities, telecom and pipeline stocks.The telecom sector led TSX decliners on Wednesday, down 1.45 per cent and BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) fell $1.06 to $44.04.Utilities also pressured the Toronto market as Algonquin Power & Utilities (TSX:AQN) shed 15 cents to $7.34.Commodity prices were higher but the energy sector lost 0.71 per cent as the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 52 cents to US$95.90 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back 52 cents to C$29.01.July copper was up two cents to US$3.21 per pound after worries about Chinese growth helped send the metal down 17 cents over the past four sessions. Uncertainty about China’s recovery has weighed on markets following weekend data showing exports, retail sales and other indicators weaker than expected.“They’re trying to move more to sustainable development, not at all costs,” observed Wes Mills, chief investment officer at Scotia Asset Management PM Advisor Services.The TSX base metals sector slipped 0.26 per cent and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) shed 45 cents to C$24.31.Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:CLF) says it is calling a temporary halt to its environmental assessment activities for a major chromite mine in the Ring of Fire region in remote northern Ontario. The company says the suspension is due to delays related to the environmental process, land surface rights and negotiations with the Ontario government about building infrastructure in the fly-in-only region. Its shares were up 22 cents to US$17.72.The gold sector was the leading advancer, up almost two per cent as August bullion on the Nymex gained $13.70 to US$1,390.70 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) improved by 51 cents to C$20.50.The rally on U.S. markets has bypassed the TSX, which has been depressed by a mining sector weighed down by falling commodity prices amid a weak global economic recovery. Gold miners have also been a major weight as lower inflation concerns have depressed gold stocks and bullion prices.Energy stocks have suffered because of demand concerns and worries about the future of major pipeline projects such as Keystone XL which would move greater amounts of oilsands crude to American markets.“Until we get word on Keystone and some of these bottlenecks, Canada will suffer on that side.” added Mills. “Really, if you look at the earnings growth by sector, energy and materials earnings growth is negative and that’s the whole story.”The TSX is down around 200 points year to date and finished lower in seven of the past eight sessions.In corporate news, Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) lost $80.7 million in the latest quarter including discontinued operations, down from $129.7 million in the first quarter of 2012. Revenue rose by 4.2 per cent to $884 million. Hudson’s Bay stores in Canada had a 7.6 per cent same-store sales growth, offset by a 1.4 per cent decline at Lord & Taylor stores in the United States and its shares gained nine cents to $16.25.Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL) says the addition of 85 stores over the past year and strong growth at established locations helped push up revenue by 12 per cent to $448 million. The Montreal-based discount chain also reported profit of $45.6 million or 62 cents per share, which missed estimates of 67 cents and its shares fell $2.92 to $69.66.European bourses turned lower as London’s FTSE 100 index moved down 0.63 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX dipped 1.09 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 was down 0.38 per cent. read more

With Arafats passing Israelis and Palestinians must advance peace UN envoy

Video of Council meeting [53mins] “Now that he has gone, Israelis and Palestinians, and friends of both peoples throughout the world, must make even greater efforts to bring about the peaceful realization of the Palestinian right to self-determination,” Terje Roed-Larsen told the Council in his final briefing as Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, a position he assumed in 1999.The envoy hailed the Palestinian leadership for taking “the first firm steps toward instituting a smooth transition of power” and for preventing internal unrest. He also praised Israel for allowing Palestinian security forces to bear arms. “The extent and success of coordination in recent days is reminiscent of earlier, happier days, and might herald a new beginning – a new beginning that would come not because of President Arafat’s passing, but in spite of the very difficult situation,” he said.Mr. Roed-Larsen called for the Palestinians to organize and conduct free and fair elections for the presidency within 60 days and to undertake “visible, sustained, targeted and effective action on the ground to halt violence and terrorist activity.”Israel, he said, must “refrain from all actions undermining trust, including settlement activity, facilitate the preparations and conduct of elections, and take steps to significantly improve the humanitarian situation by lifting curfews and easing restrictions on the movement of persons and goods.”Mr. Roed-Larsen emphasized that “all these steps have to be taken in parallel.”Striking a personal note as he delivered his final briefing as the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative, Mr. Roed-Larsen paid tribute to his staff and all others working for peace and reconciliation in the Middle East, especially Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, as well as the representatives of the Palestinian people.The 56-year old Norwegian diplomat was named as UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process on 21 September 1999.In 1992, Mr. Roed-Larsen, then the Director of the Oslo-based Fafo Institute for Applied Social Science, was asked to help establish a secret channel for talks between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Government of Israel. Those negotiations concluded with the historic signing of the Declaration of Principles at the White House on 13 September 1993. read more

World Humanitarian Day UN honours sacrifices celebrates spirit of aid workers

Attacks against aid workers Aid worker victims “On World Humanitarian Day, we honour the heroic aid workers who rush bravely to help people in need. We remember their sacrifices, and we recognize the millions of people who count on humanitarian workers for their very survival,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day.The Day is observed annually on 19 August, the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad that killed 22 people, including UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. Among today’s events is a wreath-laying ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York to honour aid workers killed in the line of duty.This year’s observance comes at a time when the number of aid workers killed, kidnapped and seriously wounded has reached the highest number ever recorded, according to new figures published today by the United Kingdom-based organization known as Humanitarian Outcomes.The research shows that in 2013, 155 aid workers were killed, 171 were seriously wounded and 134 were kidnapped. Overall this represents a 66 per cent increase in the number of victims from the previous year. With 81 aid workers killed in 2013, Afghanistan is still the country with the highest number of attacks.Preliminary figures show that as of 15 August 2014, 79 aid workers have been killed this year alone. The months of July and August saw a rise in the level of attacks and incidents involving aid workers including in Gaza and South Sudan. “One aid worker killed in the line of duty is one too many. Nurses, engineers, logisticians and drivers for example all take great risk doing their work in sometimes extremely dangerous and difficult circumstances,” said Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.“World Humanitarian Day is the day we remember the sacrifices that humanitarian workers make. We also pay tribute to all humanitarians who work to help and support the most vulnerable,” added Ms. Amos, who is attending a memorial service in London for aid workers.Under the theme, “The world needs more Humanitarian Heroes”, events took place around the world and first-hand accounts were heard from humanitarians working on the front line of the world’s most dangerous conflicts. Among those in the audience at UN Headquarters was the UN Secretary-General, who denounced attacks on humanitarian workers as attacks on humanitarian aid itself, leaving “children unvaccinated, the sick and wounded untreated, and people forced from their homes without shelter, food or water.” The Secretary-General listened to accounts by humanitarian workers like Pernille Ironside, who has worked to aid and protect children of Gaza and Ken Payumo, a former New York Police Department (NYPD) officer who spent 10 years in the field in Bor, Sudan, and drew attention to the Humanitarian Heroes website, where hundreds of aid workers tell their stories. Mr. Ban, as did a representative of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) at a similar event at the UN Office in Geneva, saluted the drivers who risk their lives working taking humanitarian workers to those in need. “Let me share with you the words of Gervais Beninga, a driver for the World Food Programme in the Central African Republic, where communal violence has left 2.5 million in need of urgent help,” the Secretary-General said. “Gervais faces serious risks every day. Armed groups could loot his precious cargo. He himself could be targetted for violence and intimidation. Yet is not deterred. As he drives toward people in need, he is driven by the humanitarian imperative.” The panellists at the New York event included Pernille Ironside, currently working in Gaza with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to provide support of the local population. She stressed that stressed that United Nations should provide security for all the displaced people in the region. “It is the population of the region that inspires humanitarian workers,” she said, adding: “A humanitarian is someone who tries to give voice to the voiceless, [so] everyone can take important steps in their lives to help and be a hero for someone.” Ken Payumo, a former officer with the New York Police Department who has worked in several missions, most recently in South Sudan, where at a UN compound he helped save the lives of over 12,000 civilians. “I had to make the decision and respond to the threat” said Mr. Payumo. He told the audience that after being threatened, he had to make the decision to close the gates to protect the lives of his colleagues, before his own. He stressed that people who would like to help and to make a difference in the world do not need to go far; they could start where they live, right in their local communities. “It doesn’t matter where you are, there is always someone that needs your help” he concluded. Anthony Lake, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), noted in a statement that aid workers endure harsh conditions and risk harm to save lives, rebuild communities, and bear witness in conflicts, catastrophes, and crises. “These emergencies have increased in both frequency and complexity. So, too, has the risk to humanitarian workers – and the death toll among them has risen accordingly,” he said. Only last month, he pointed out, humanitarian workers were killed in South Sudan by armed fighters while supporting the mission to reach malnourished children before it is too late. In Gaza, aid workers have lost their lives in shelling attacks while providing critical care to the sick, the wounded, and the dying, and comforting families of the dead.And in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, health workers trying desperately to save lives in the Ebola epidemic have succumbed to the deadly virus themselves. Others have been threatened with bodily harm for trying to stop the spread of the disease.“The loss of these heroes is a loss to the entire humanitarian community – and the world,” said Mr. Lake. “On World Humanitarian Day, we mourn their deaths and mark their sacrifice. We also honour the dedication of all the brave women and men who continue to do their jobs every day despite the risks – in the service of our common cause: A more safe, just, and peaceful world.”UN General Assembly President John Ashe said the Day is not only an opportunity for the international community to celebrate the spirit of humanitarian work, but also to underscore the need to do more, as growing humanitarian crises continue to threaten millions of the most vulnerable communities where lives have been torn apart by war and other natural disasters.“As we look to implement a new sustainable development agenda, eradicating poverty while maintaining peaceful societies based on an inclusive, people-centred approach will be essential components if we are to achieve success and build a just and prosperous future for all the world’s citizens,” he said in a statement.As part of this year’s celebration of humanitarian action, the UN is shining the spotlight on ‘humanitarian heroes’ – the aid workers themselves – and their stories of life on the frontline of some of the world’s worst and often forgotten humanitarian crises. read more

Croatia beats Tunisia – Experts VS Cowboys for the FINAL

Croatia handballlondonOlympic handballTunisia handball Fantastic day in London is finished with Croatian win over Tunisia 25:23 (11:12) in the last match of Men’s Olympic quarterfinal match. Team of Slavko Goluza had problems with strong and sometimes rough defence in the first half, but after Megannem’s red card, Croatia took control over the match and in second half secured advantage and win. ← Previous Story Sweden wins “Scandi derby” – Denmark goes home! Next Story → France hero Accambray: “Now we want the gold medal”

Google creates Minecraft mod that lets you play with quantum physics

first_imgQuantum physics is a field that is seeing growing interest from technology companies mainly because of the potential quantum computing holds for the future. But quantum physics isn’t exactly intuitive, and conveying how the principles work to an audience not already schooled in the field can prove difficult.With that in mind, a team at Google’s Quantum AI Lab has collaborated with MinecraftEdu and Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter to create a new mod for Minecraft called qCraft. It’s not a full quantum physics simulation (yet), but it does show how quantum behaviors work and how they differ to what we all expect and experience on a daily basis.You can see a few examples of this in the qCraft introductory video below:The mod was created at Google in part to help answer the question of where future quantum computer scientists will come from. It is hoped both adults and children will start experimenting with the free mod and that some of them will become those computer scientists.For now, qCraft lets you use new blocks that exhibit quantum entanglement, superposition, and observer dependency. That’s version 1.0, but who knows how much the functionality will expand with future updates, and Google is sure to be surprised with what Minecraft players produce using qCraft.qCraft is free to use with a licensed copy of Minecraft or by a MinecraftEdu user. You can download it from qCraft.org or as part of the Hexxit, Tekkit, and Feed the Beast Unleashed mod packs.last_img read more

Daddy bit Mummys face I was scared Report gives voice to kids

first_img‘Daddy bit Mummy’s face – I was scared’: Report gives voice to kids in abusive homes A report today highlighted the devastating impact living in an abusive environment can have on every part of a child’s life. 30 Comments Daddy bit Mummy’s face. I was scared. I told him to stop – child, four years old.LIVING IN A household where domestic abuse occurs can cause lifelong damage to a child.Children who witness abuse suffer from anxiety, they act out, they blame themselves and they can become violent.“It is, simply, a form of child abuse”, Barnardos CEO Fergus Finlay said today, as his charity launched a new report focusing on the impact domestic abuse has on children.Many children are referred to the charity’s services because of their behaviour. It is only after a few sessions that support workers realise that domestic abuse is the root cause.One boy began mirroring his father’s treatment of his mother and was shouting at her.“They’re getting mixed messages about the situation they’re living in,” project worker Karen Hughes explained. “They get the message that you need to use violence or aggression to get your own way, or that’s how you communicate.”Children growing up witnessing violence are more likely to become violent or victims of violence themselves.Cormac’s storyA 10-year-old boy, named in the report as ‘Cormac’, told support workers: “I don’t want to be like Dad”.The boy’s parents are recently separated but his father still has access to the family home and visitation access with him and his older brother.He told the charity about his last birthday when his father still lived at home. Cormac had a party in a local restaurant with his mother, brother and cousins. His father didn’t come and later when he came home, he said his mother had not told him the right time.The boy’s mother said she must have made a mistake and his father pulled her to the ground and kicked her.Cormac said he wished his mother had got the time right, but he also felt guilty because it was his party that had caused her to get hurt. He was very anxious about his birthday.‘It’s Mammy’s fault’Children like Cormac, who live in abusive homes often blame themselves or the parent who is the victim, whether that is their mother or father.I know it’s my fault when Mammy and Daddy fight. I can be naughty sometimes – child, four years old.One child said the violence was “Mammy’s fault”.“She makes him angry. She says so herself,” the girl told workers.Living in a household where domestic abuse occurs impacts on every part of the child’s life. Some miss school or have trouble concentrating, others exhibit bad behaviour or find it difficult to make friends with other children.The teacher keeps giving out to me because I’m late. They don’t know it’s because Mam is too embarrassed to drive me to school with her bruises, so I have to walk – child, aged 10. By Michelle Hennessy Share1108 Tweet Email5 Daddy says he wants to kill himself – is that a feeling? – child, six years old. Short URL If I had one wish it would be that he didn’t have a key – child, nine years old. ‘Shameful in their cowardice’“We have a problem and we have a problem dealing with it and facing up to it,” Fergus Finlay said today.He said the issue is “enabled by secrecy” and as a country, we need to “get it out from behind the locked front door of homes.”Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald had a strong message for abusers, describing them as “weak” and “shameful in their cowardice”.“They seek to derive false strength by preying on vulnerable people in their own homes.”There are no innocent bystanders here, she told the crowd gathered at today’s launch. “When we turn away, we are complicit”.If you think you may have witnessed or experienced domestic violence or abusive behaviour, you can access advice and support services for both women and men at whatwouldyoudo.ie. The Women’s Aid 24-hour National Freephone Helpline is 1800 341 900. Amen provides a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse. It is open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm and can be reached on 046 9023718.Read: ‘Being a domestic violence victim is nothing to be ashamed of’>Read: ‘Her strength will live on’: Mother and sister of Clodagh Hawe start Women’s Aid fundraising page>center_img I’m scared Dad will come back to the house and break the glass – child, five years old. Source: BarnardosIreland/YouTubeA girl who suffered from terrible anxiety was wetting the bed at 13. She spoke of being afraid of going to friends’ houses for sleepovers in case it happened there. Now they have stopped inviting her.“They’re trying to make sense of the world they’re living in but it’s very hard for them to put understand it or make sense of it,”Hughes said. Children love both their parents. This means they are often caught up in the abuse. They try to intervene to protect the parent who is the victim, they are forced to pick sides, they are used by the abusive parent to pass on nasty messages or spy.My mum loves him, but he doesn’t love her because he makes her cry. He loves me and I love him. – child, eight years old. http://jrnl.ie/3120381 Dec 5th 2016, 1:10 PM Monday 5 Dec 2016, 1:10 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 22,398 Views last_img read more

95 WWE Live Results Santiago Chile Kingston vs Orton Bayley vs Charlotte

first_img Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Credit: @wweespanol 9/5 WWE Live Results: Santiago, Chile— Andrade def. Apollo Crews.— Aleister Black def. Sami Zayn.— Ember Moon def. Zelina Vega.— Roman Reigns def. Samoa Joe.— Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville def. The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane).— Bayley def. Charlotte Flair to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship.— Kofi Kingston def. Randy Orton to retain the WWE Championship.Source: FightfulIMPERIAL #WWESantiago @WWERomanReigns #WWEChile pic.twitter.com/mtn3ecZpUn— WWE Español (@wweespanol) September 6, 2019 Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Videos Articles WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Asuka, Becky Lynch, And Charlotte In Triple Threat Title Match Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Facebook WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Charlotte Flair Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Becky Lynch Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

Im committed to this club Tierney

first_imgCeltic’s Kieran Tierney insists he is in no hurry to leave the club and reaffirmed his commitment to the club after missing out on a move to the Premier League this summer.The defender was a subject of interest from Everton and a host of other clubs but none of the clubs were willing to accept Celtic’s £25million valuation of the player.He admitted he has no regrets over missing out on a life-changing £70,000 a week salary at Goodison and said: “I know, and my family know, that since day one we have been committed to Celtic.” According to Daily Mail.“That’s 100 per cent. In football, you never what might happen next but I have never been anything else than focused at Celtic. It’s always been Celtic for me.”“I’ll never be in a hurry to leave this club. No matter what the situation is. But I can’t predict what will happen in the future.”“There was obviously a lot of talk at the start of the transfer window during pre-season, more than before, but for me it’s just about switching off and focusing on Celtic.”Alexandre Lacazette, ArsenalArsenal suffer huge blow as Lacazette is ruled out until October Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Arsenal announced that striker Alexandre Lacazette has suffered an ankle injury and will be sidelined until October.“When I got away from training, I would focus on day-to-day life and try not to think about anything else and get distracted.”Admitting he came under pressure from Celtic fans who were worried he would leave for huge money, Tierney said: “I wasn’t on Twitter for a couple of days. I was getting a bit of abuse but that happens.”“I’m still here, playing for this great club, giving everything every day at training.”“At the start of pre-season, people were coming up and asking me what was going to happen. It has died down.”‘I’ll tell them the truth. I’m 100-per-cent committed to Celtic. That’s how it stands.’ Tierney earned a hefty pay rise when he put pen to paper on a new six-year Celtic contract last season.”last_img read more

68 cats found in van in Oregon hoarding case

first_imgONTARIO, Ore. — Workers at an animal rescue operation in Oregon were caring Thursday for 68 cats found crammed into a van, many in wretched shape.One of the rescue workers said there were only three litter boxes, and the stench was horrifying when the animals were found on Sunday.“It was just a swirling mass of cats around your feet,” Elizabeth Lyon of the Ontario Feral Cats Project said about the discovery on Sunday. “Every step I took down that center aisle, I had to wiggle my foot in so I didn’t step on somebody.”The vehicle also held the bodies of five cats that died, the Ontario Argus Observer reported.Many of the living cats were emaciated, Some had lost an eye to infection, a few were missing both eyes.Officers made the discovery after getting a cat-hoarding complaint and have questioned 55-year-old Cynthia Allen, who has relinquished the van and cooperated with deputies, Malheur County Undersheriff Travis Johnson said.Johnson said deputies haven’t learned much about her background or how she came to have so many cats. He said it appeared she had the cats before she left Eastern Oregon for Texas about three months ago. She had recently returned to the area, he said.last_img read more

BSO investigating possible Valentines Day threats at Pioneer Middle in Cooper City

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. COOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are investigating potential Valentine’s Day threats at a middle school in Cooper City.Officials at Pioneer Middle School told Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives that students were hearing about a threat planned for the same day as the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Monday morning, there was an increased presence of law enforcement at the school, as students began the school week.“There are more police cars. There’s usually like one or two police officers around, but there’s a police officer with like a full bullet-proof vest on,” said Daryel Rodriguez, an 8th grader at the school. “That’s not normal. We don’t usually see that.”When asked what it felt like to have the extra police presence at the school, Rodriguez responded, “I kind of feel a little bit safer because we have the police officer there, but I also feel kind of scared because that means that something might actually happen that we might need that police officer.”Pioneer officials said a teacher advised the school principal on Friday of some phone calls students received about potential threats this coming Thursday. The principal and the teacher then contacted authorities.BSO continues to investigate. last_img read more

Chrome change could hobble ad blockers

first_img Comments 5 Share your voice Google Chrome dominates the browser market. Stephen Shankland/CNET A Google plan to improve the Chrome web browser has triggered an explosion of concern that it’ll also cripple extensions designed to block ads, improve privacy and protect against security problems.Google’s proposed approach would torpedo ad blocker uBlock Origin, tracker blocker Ghostery, privacy and password manager Privowny, JavaScript software blocker NoScript and a malware blocker from F-Secure, according to their developers.In a statement Wednesday, though, Google said it’s trying to improve Chrome while keeping all those extensions working.”We want to make sure all fundamental use cases are still possible with these changes and are working with extension developers to make sure their extensions continue to work while optimizing the extensions platform and better protecting our users,” the company said in a statement.The controversy shows the difficulties that arise from Chrome’s dominance 10 years after its debut. Google’s browser accounts for 62 percent of website usage today, according to analytics firm StatCounter. But if a Google change causes problems, then extension authors and website developers can be stuck with it unless they can get millions of people to change to a different browser like Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari.Chrome’s power also is amplified by the fact that other browsers, including Vivaldi, Opera, Brave and soon Microsoft Edge, use Chrome’s open-source foundation, called Chromium.Extensions let you customize web browser behavior to do things like take screenshots, manage tabs, disable websites’ potentially risky JavaScript software and even replace photos of President Donald Trump with images of kittens. But ad blockers are a top extension use. Indeed, it was one of the uses Google specifically called for when it first revealed its Chrome extensions plan in 2008. uBlock Origin has been installed more than 10 million times, for example, according to Chrome Web Store statistics.Ghostery developer Cliqz said Google’s proposed change is radical, and threatened legal action if it goes forward.”This would basically mean that Google is destroying ad blocking and privacy protection as we know it,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “Whether Google does this to protect their advertising business or simply to force its own rules on everyone else, it would be nothing less than another case of misuse of its market-dominating position. If this comes true, we will consider filing an antitrust complaint.”Chrome’s Manifest v3 destinyGoogle revealed the change way back in October as part of a broader plan to improve Chrome extensions. Some developers are only now noticing the part that could hurt ad blockers, called Manifest v3. Manifest v3 is designed to improve Chrome extensions’ performance, privacy and security. One part of that change, though, limits how extensions will be able to examine aspects of websites. The thorny limit affects how an extension can check if website elements originate from a list of hundreds of thousands of advertising sources. Google has proposed a limit of 30,000.One extension designed to protect people who click on malicious links, Blockade.io, “will cease to function” under Google’s Manifest v3 plan, said Brandon Dixon, who maintains the extension. “There is a 30K rule limit imposed, which is not enough to handle our ruleset (~250K),” Dixon said in a Wednesday mailing list post.Safari and Firefox have embraced variations of Chrome’s extensions technology, an approach that in principle makes life easier for extension authors trying to support multiple browsers. But Privowny’s Daniel Glazman lamented the fizzling of an effort to turn Google’s extensions technology into a web standard all browsers collectively develop and support.The browser extension technology is “fully in the hands of Google, [which] can and will change it anytime based on its own interests only,” Glazman said in a blog post Wednesday.Google probably will amend its extensions plan, though not its aspiration to improve performance and security, Chrome team member Devlin Cronin said in a mailing list response Wednesday.”This design is still in a draft state, and will likely change,” Cronin said. “Our goal is not to break extensions.”First published Jan. 23, 10:49 a.m. PT.Updates, 10:58 a.m.: Adds more Google comment; 11:29 a.m.: Includes further background; 4:11 p.m: Adds comment from Ghostery.’Hello, humans’: Google’s Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition. Tags Software Internet Security Microsoft Edge Advertising Brave browser Chrome Chrome OS Firefox Privacy Googlelast_img read more

Togiak herring season starts out rough

first_imgThe Togiak herring fishery is having a tough season. First the herringshowed up and started spawning earlier than ever before, then the winds andweather proved uncooperative. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more on the ongoingeffort to harvest roughly 29,000 tons in the state’s largest herringfishery:Download AudioPacific Herring. (Alaska Department of Fish & Game photo)last_img

Cops special drive to save youth from drug menace

first_imgHyderabad: Youngsters in schools and colleges are ruining their lives after becoming addicted to drugs like ganja, cocaine. Even employees of corporate institutions and celebrities are succumbing to the temptation of tasting the banned intoxicants in colleges and pubs.Police inquiries show that drugs are being supplied from foreign countries. Nigerians who come to the country as visitors and on study visa are resorting to supply of drugs for earning easy money. They are mainly targeting youth and converting them into addicts/salves of the intake. Although many Nigerians have been arrested and jailed, there seems to be no change in their behaviour and they continue to be dealers of intoxicating drugs. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us On their part, the police claim that they are taking steps to check the supply of drugs. Jogayya, CCS Additional DCP, told The Hans India that a special focus is being maintained on the drug supply, by mostly Nigerians, to the city and that they are also keeping tabs on pubs and colleges and taking steps to check the menace. As a result, he said the number of cases has come down. He observed that the number of users is increasing because of youth becoming drug addicts. For bringing about a change in youngsters, various awareness programmes are being held in colleges. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Jogayya lays emphasis on parents and teachers devoting special attention on youth to bring about a change in their habits. He advises youngsters not to ruin their precious lives by becoming addicts to drugs and others vices. According to the police, 40 cases have been registered so far this year. During the last three years 79,108,55 cases respectively have been registered. Although there is a fall in the number of cases, consumption of drugs is found to be increasing on a regular basis, according to voluntary organisations.last_img read more

Who is Lt Gen Faiz Hameed Pakistan appoints hardline general as new

first_imgLt Gen Faiz AhmedtwitterPakistan on Sunday appointed a hardliner general as new chief of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency, replacing the agency’s current head, Lieutenant General Asim Munir, after only eight months on the job.Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, a former senior ISI figure, was appointed director general of the agency, according to a statement by the military’s press wing, which did not explain the re-shuffle.The army is arguably the most influential institution in Pakistan, with the military having ruled the country for nearly half of its 71-year history since independence from Britain and enjoying extensive powers even under civilian administrations.By turn, the head of the ISI occupies one of the most important posts in Pakistan. The agency has long been accused of supporting Islamist militants targeting neighbour and arch-foe India as well as sheltering the Afghan Taliban and other militants.More recently, the ISI has been accused of muzzling the press, trying to skew last year’s elections, and intensifying a crackdown against human rights groups, including the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), an ethnic rights movement that the military accuses of being funded by neighbouring countries.Activists allege a pattern of growing authoritarianism by the military, which they say has become even more influential since Prime Minister Imran Khan swept to power last year.The military denies harbouring militants, intervening in politics or stifling dissent.The military’s backers also say Pakistan faces external threats from most of its neighbours, especially India, and is working within the law to defend the country.Hameed was seen to be hugely influential within ISI during his previous stint at the agency, according to analysts.He was one of the figures who brokered the Faizabad agreement in late 2017, when protesters blocked off roads into capital Islamabad, in an incident that further stoked civilian-military tensions.”He is very hardline,” said Ayesha Siddiqa, an analyst who has also written a book about the military’s business empire, and has been a longstanding critic.”It’s a very hawkish decision. It means the military is not backing down, and it’s going to use more force.”The military did not explain why Munir, who was posted out to lead the Gujranwala Corps, was removed as ISI chief so soon into an expected three-year term.last_img read more

Indigenous woman gangraped in Sherpur

first_imgA woman of the Garo community was reportedly gang-raped by two young men at Kharamora village in Sribardi upazila of Sherpur, reports UNB.Police arrested one of the accused Arfan Ali, 35, son of Mafizul Haque of Balijuri village in the same upazila.Victim’s family member claimed Arfan Ali and his accomplice entered the woman’s house introducing themselves as law enforcers and soon tied up the woman with a piece of cloth and violated her there by turn.Hearing the screams of the victim, next-door neighbours rushed in and managed to nab Arfan and later handed him over to police while the other accused fled the scene.Sribardi police station officer-in-charge Mohammad Ruhul Amin Talukdar said police produced Arfan before the court seeking three-day remand after the victim filed a case accusing two including Arfan.The victim was sent to the hospital for medical check-ups, the OC added.last_img read more

New Zealand enduring one of its darkest days PM

first_imgVideo grab of New Zealand`s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking on live television following fatal shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch. Photo: ReutersA solemn New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday the deadly mosque shootings in Christchurch had plunged the country into one of its “darkest days”.”Clearly, what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” Ardern said in an address to a shocked nation.A gunman opened fire inside the Masjid al Noor mosque during afternoon prayers, causing multiple fatalities.”Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here,” Ardern said.”They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home. They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not.””They should have been in a safe environment,” she said.One person is in custody, but police said it was not yet clear if there were other people involved.”There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence,” Ardern added.”For now, my thoughts, and I’m sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders, are with those who have been affected, and also with their families.”Her comments were echoed by the leader of the opposition Simon Bridges.”We stand with and support the New Zealand Islamic community,” he said.”No one in this country should live in fear, no matter their race or religion, their politics or their beliefs.”Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was among the foreign leaders who expressed their concern.”I’m horrified by the reports I’m following of the serious shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand,” he said.”The situation is still unfolding but our thoughts and prayers are with our Kiwi cousins.”last_img

TexasMexico Trade Relationship Vulnerable Amidst Trump Tariff Threats

first_img 00:00 /00:54 X U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionSome $204 billion in Texas-Mexico trade passes through the Laredo port of entry.Texas is one of the states that would be hurt hardest by proposed tariffs on goods coming from Mexico.To prevent the flow of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Trump has proposed 5% tariffs on Mexican goods, which has caused a flurry of criticism, including strong remarks from Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied,..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019Texas imports more from Mexico than any other country, some $107 billion in goods, according to statistics from 2018.That’s more than a third of imports statewide, making Mexico the state’s most important trading partner.  Listencenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Major imports from Mexico include tech equipment, car parts and crude oil, which are all products that would be taxed 5% or more under the tariffs.According to experts, that would cause the cost of business to increase in industries across the state and the country.“The Texas economy would take a big hit, especially if the López Obrador administration in Mexico decides to mirror the tariffs,” said Director of Rice University’s Mexico Center Tony Payán. “Texas is the origin, the destination, or the transit point for two-thirds of all binational trade in what is the most important trading relationship for the United States today,” Payán said.He said prices would likely go up for consumers and economic growth would slow, making the region less competitive in the global economy.Texas lawmakers reactTexas lawmakers are still reacting to Trump’s threat to levy tariffs.In a written statement, Governor Greg Abbott said, “I’ve previously stated my opposition to tariffs due to the harm it would inflict on the Texas economy, and I remain opposed today. Nevertheless, the President is trying to address this emergency. Now, Congress must do its job and start passing laws to fix our broken immigration system.”Texas Senator John Cornyn retweeted reports that he opposes the tariff.Add @JohnCornyn to your thumbs-down list. Per spox: “Senator Cornyn supports the President’s commitment to securing our border, but he opposes this across-the-board tariff which will disproportionately hurt Texas.” https://t.co/JoZcmxa8j7— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) May 31, 2019Payán said he thinks state lawmakers should be more vocal about their opposition to tariffs and represent Texas economic interests.“It’s time that they say this uncertainty and these kinds of threats are not good for Texas and you have to know it and you do not have our backing,” he said.  Senator Ted Cruz has yet to make a public statement about the tariffs. Payán also said while many industry leaders remain outwardly quiet, he suspects many of them are in the process of getting their message to the president through trade associations and other back-channels. Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday August 24

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uNational politics with political commentators Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze, including a not so secret meeting between VP Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren as Biden continues to contemplate a 2016 run for the Democratic nomination. Additionally, we’ll discuss the ACLU protests petty crime arrests in Baltimore and the law enforcement reform work group in Annapolis.  It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img