‘Nothing has improved’: Hidilyn frustrated with the state of PH weightlifting

first_imgThe Philippines’ sports facilities pale in contrast and that has been the biggest source of frustration for Diaz.“Those are just some of the things I want to change, I think these problems will be addressed slowly but surely.”Diaz catapulted weightlifting into the public consciousness when she ended the Philippines’ 20-year medal drought in the Summer Games when she won the silver in the women’s -53 kilogram category.The Zamboanga City native also competed in the 2008 and 2012 Games.“Right now us weightlifters are still doing our best and I hope the sports officials heed our call.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss MOST READ Diaz is set to compete in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this September in Turkmenistan, her first major competition since the Rio Olympics.Though Diaz didn’t participate in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games last month, she flew to Kuala Lumpur to support fellow weightlifter Nestor Colonia and other Filipino athletes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhile there, she able to train in Malaysia’s national weightlifting gym and she marveled at the modernity of the country’s facilities.“Good to see how beautiful the sports training center of Malaysia Team is,” Diaz posted on her Instagram on August 29. “How I wish we have the same sports center, support, care, and attention Malaysian athletes receive from their country.” Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaHidilyn Diaz couldn’t hide her frustration over the sorry state of weightlifting in the Philippines, especially when it comes to the facilities.“One of my frustrations is nothing’s improved,” said Diaz in Filipino during a small media luncheon at College of St. Benilde Thursday. “These are the same barbells from before, the training venue hasn’t changed.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Perpetual snaps skid with gutsy OT win over Letran RELATED VIDEO’Nothing has improved’: Hidilyn frustrated with the state of PH weightlifting508 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View commentslast_img read more

Doesn’t matter where I play, just want to play cricket: Sachin

first_imgHe has been playing cricket for over 20 years now, but Sachin Tendulkar says he remains as passionate about the game as he was in his initial days in the sport.”The passion doesn’t disappear. You know it is as strong and above all I respect cricket. It doesn’t matter where I play. I will always play to the best of my ability, because I care about playing cricket …good, quality cricket. I always wanted to go out and compete hard,” the Mumbai Indians skipper told ESPN-Star ahead of the Champions League Twenty20 match against Highveld Lions here.”Playing for Mumbai has always meant special for me and playing for India also has been extremely special. It was a dream and I am living that dream…and when Mumbai and India are combined together it becomes Mumbai Indians,” he added.Talking about the disappointment of losing the IPL final to Chennai Super Kings after being almost unbeatable in the league stages, Tendulkar said, “You know I was determined like every other time I was determined. My preparations were exactly the same.”Sometimes you score runs sometimes you don’t but I can assure you the efforts put in was always the same,” he added.last_img read more

Pakistan star Shoaib Malik gunning for revenge against India

first_imgPakistan’s experienced all-rounder Shoaib Malik has said that he and his teammates are keen to set up a rematch with India in the final of the Asia Cup tournament in Bangladesh.Malik said that they had lost to India in the group match on Saturday since the team had failed to adapt to the conditions at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. (Asia Cup: Shoaib Malik smashes 63 as Paksitan overcome spirited UAE) “I think we failed to read the pitch and conditions properly against India and instead of adapting ourselves we committed hari kari by trying to play overly attacking shots,” he said.The former Pakistan captain said everyone in the team was disappointed by the defeat but were now also more intent on winning matches to qualify for the final.”We want to play India in the final again and we know we can do well against them. It is all a matter of just adapting to the different conditions here,” Malik added. (India will be tough to beat in World T20: Misbah-ul-Haq) He said that all the seniors in the side realised how important it was for them to fire on all cylinders now in the Asia Cup.”We all know just how disappointing the defeat to India must have been to our supporters back home. We know how much emotions are involved in a match with India and we would like to make amends.”Malik said Pakistan’s biggest strength was it had good pace and spin bowlers and the batsmen just needed to put their heads down and manage a fighting total.advertisement”I thought we also fought hard against India and Aamir’s spell was magnificent. The rest of the pace bowlers are also in good form so we are looking at a comeback in this tournament.”Malik refused to criticise the pitches insisting that as professional cricketers teams had to learn to adapt to different conditions.last_img read more

NPPA, NADA app to help athletes identify prohibited medicines

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) Drug pricing regulator NPPA today joined hands with National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) to help athletes understand medicines that could contain prohibited substances in sports through its app Pharma Jan Samadhan.The two regulators signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purpose today.Speaking on the occasion, Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas said: “This MoU is of huge importance as our athletes, like general public do not really understand which medicines they can take or cannot take and which medicines contain prohibited substances”.Through NPPAs app every consumer can know ingredients in a medicine. This will now have an additional feature, which will make it easy for athletes to keep away from medicines that have prohibited substances, he added.This app will bridge the information asymmetry for athletes and help them to keep away from the prohibited substances, Srinivas said.Acknowledging the role of NPPA, he said that drug price regulator has played an immense role in making essential medicines available to common man at affordable rates.NPPA has also taken extraordinary steps in protecting public interest and ensuring that price control is not limited only to medicines but also extends to medical devices, he added.Today is the foundation day of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority. PTI AKT RKL BALlast_img read more

Ancelotti the man Italy want to replace Ventura

first_imgWC Qualification Europe Ancelotti is the coach Italy want to replace Ventura after qualifying fiasco Romeo Agresti Last updated 1 year ago 15:19 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlo Ancelotti Getty Images WC Qualification Europe Italy v Sweden Sweden Italy The former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid boss heads the list of candidates to rebuild the Azzurri, who missed out on the World Cup Carlo Ancelotti’s wealth of coaching experience puts him in pole position to replace Gian Piero Ventura at the head of the Italy national team. Ventura was dismissed on Wednesday by FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio after failing to take Italy to the World Cup for the first time in over 60 years. Juve 21/20 favs for Serie A title Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The coach had declined to offer his resignation in the wake of play-off defeat at the hands of Sweden, but his position was always going to be under threat following this week’s historic failure. Now Goal understands that Ancelotti, sacked himself by Bayern Munich after an underwhelming start to the 2017-18 season, is the man Tavecchio wants to put the Azzurri back on track. Rediscovery is now the keyword around the Italian federation. The national team needs to rebuild after the qualifying debacle, and they will do so in a red-hot atmosphere. For the time being, the team will have to move forward without a captain at the helm. Tavecchio, however, knows exactly who he wants. Ancelotti is his prime objective, and may have been for the World Cup even if Ventura had managed to secure passage to Russia. The FIGC chief is in no doubt that the former Bayern, Real Madrid and Milan coach can take Italy to the next level after years of relative mediocrity. Gianluigi Buffon Italy SwedenAlessandro Florenzi ItalyThe Azzurri’s plea is likely to be heard sympathetically. Ancelotti has never hidden his desire to one day take on his nation’s top football job, but he will not do so without certain guarantees. Money is not expected to be an issue, nor will covering the remainder of his contract costs at Bayern, but those in charge will have to convince the veteran they have a serious project in place to move Italy forward. As well as landing the coach, who is currently in Vancouver, Tavecchio wants to put a distinguished former player alongside him. Paolo Maldini has emerged as the most likely candidate for that role, even if planning remains in its earliest stages. The FIGC chief confirmed in the same meeting in which Ventura was relieved of his duties that a Federal Council will be called for next Monday, a summit with the aim of curing the ills of Italian football. There, Tavecchio will also present his plans for the next coach, assuring on Wednesday that he is “thinking in broad, complete terms”. From Canada, Ancelotti is being kept abreast of the situation as he mulls over the chance to take over the bruised Azzurri. The desire is there, no doubt about it, but he will not jump until he is certain he is making the right move.last_img read more

Messi: Barca don’t throw anything

first_imgLionel Messi has insisted Barcelona never contemplated throwing away the Copa del Rey after a comeback win over Sevilla on Wednesday .The La Liga leaders crushed Sevilla 6-1 at Camp Nou to claim a 6-3 aggregate victory in the quarter-finals, with Philippe Coutinho scoring a brace to go with goals from Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Messi.Messi, who recently revealed criticism he receives from son Thiago , played down any suggestions Barca were ever going to simply give up the competition to focus on La Liga and the Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “It was said that we threw the cup or that we didn’t want it, or maybe my message was misinterpreted at the beginning of the season,” he told Barca TV .”The team want to fight for the three competitions, as it is always Barcelona’s obligation every year.”We do not throw anything.”Leo #Messi : “We are Barça and we would never throw away the chance to win any of the big three competitions”#CopaBarça #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/hHJeRCAMXh — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019 Coutinho started Barca’s comeback with a 13th-minute penalty, which Messi let the Brazilian – whose form has been questioned – take.Messi explained his decision to allow the 26 year old, who completed his brace in the second half, to take the spot-kick.”I wanted him to kick it and we fixed it, because the important thing was to win,” he said.”He scored and I’m happy because that’s where everything started.”Coutinho thanked Messi after the game for letting him take the penalty as the Catalans sealed their place in the Copa del Rey semi-finals.While Barcelona won on the pitch on Wednesday, they took a tumble off it as they accidentally confirmed Denis Suarez’s move to Arsenal  prematurely.last_img read more

Art Briles Has Landed A New Head Coaching Job

first_imgHead coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on during their game against the UCF Knights in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on during their game against the UCF Knights in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Former Baylor head coach Art Briles has landed a new job.Briles, who was fired from Baylor as a result of a major sexual assault scandal within the program, will be coaching overseas.The former Bears’ coach will be coaching a team in Italy.The Star-Telegram first reported the news:Art Briles has agreed to become the coach of an American football team in Italy and says he still has not been given a definitive reason why he was fired by Baylor University.Guelfi Firenze American Football team, located in Florence, Italy, has hired Briles to coach its adult league team beginning in the fall. The move will be announced later today.The move is expected to be officially announced later today.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Selfdriving sailbot returns home to Vancouver after being lost at sea

first_imgVANCOUVER – She lost her sail and has a few scratches, but a robotic sailboat has returned home in relatively good condition after being lost at sea.The self-navigating “sailbot” — a 5.5-metre solar-powered vessel — was rescued off the coast of Florida in December and has now returned to Vancouver.Team captain Serena Ramley said the University of British Columbia students, who spent years designing the vessel, never gave up hope for its return.“We know it’s a very big ocean, but the currents would have to lead her to land somewhere, whether it’s North America, South America, Europe or Africa,” she said.The group is just glad the boat landed on the right continent, she said.The team spent years designing and building the sailbot, named Ada, for mathematician Ada Lovelace. As a multi-year project, it involved several different groups of students and hundreds have had their hand in engineering the vessel.The sailboat departed for Ireland from St. John’s, Nfld. on what should have been a three-week journey in August 2016. It fared well in the coastal region, but fell into trouble just days after leaving port, about 700 kilometres offshore, Ramley said.It went “offline” about 1,200 kilometres out, when the team believes heavy wind and waves knocked the boat’s rig down, taking most of the sensors with it.A research vessel came across the boat in December 2017 and it arrived back in Vancouver about two weeks ago.“It’s pretty amazing to see her back. The moment she arrived, it was very early in the morning and we all had classes, so I was the only one there. But everyone trickled in when they could,” Ramley said.“It was really amazing to see the state she’s in — she travelled right through some hurricanes.”The boat’s hull remained fully intact, despite some large scrapes down to the carbon fibre. Despite not reaching its destination, Ada set a record for the farthest distance sailed by an autonomous boat across the Atlantic, according to UBC.The team now plans to study the boat to pick up lessons for the next project.They’re aiming to enter a sailbot in the 3,714-kilometre Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race in 2019 or 2020.“It’s a race normally done by human sailors, we’ve been in contact with some people who have done it before. Once we finish making Ada 2.0, we’ll test her in some high winds off the coast of Vancouver Island,” Ramley said.“Because it’s an extra-curricular project, we aren’t sticking rigidly to an exact date, but we’re aiming for 2019 or 2020.”last_img read more

Montreal sets up hotline for citizens to report coyote sightings

first_imgMONTREAL – After almost 400 reported sightings of coyotes on the island of Montreal over the past nine months, authorities announced on Tuesday a new hotline citizens can use if they spot the wild animals, who continue to pose risks to public safety.Montreal joins several other Canadian cities, such as Toronto, Vancouver and Niagara Falls, that have set up hotlines and put in place other measures to deal with coyotes who inhabit urban environments.Emilie Thuillier, a Montreal borough mayor and the city’s spokesperson on the coyote issue, said the presence of the animals in residential areas needs to be taken seriously.Aside from the new hotline that goes into service on Wednesday, the city formed a committee that is organizing information sessions about coyotes, patrols in various urban parks and door-to-door visits.There have been 379 sightings on the island of Montreal since last June, Thuillier said, but added there is no indication how many different coyotes might be involved.If there are 10 reported sightings in one day, it is usually the same coyote that’s been seen, Thuillier explained.“We know that there have been coyotes in Montreal for the past 40 years and particularly in the city’s large parks,” she said. “They usually wander along railway tracks that pass through residential areas.”She said coyotes are generally afraid of humans and are aggressive in only a few cases, but it’s unclear what triggers the wild animals to attack.“We don’t know why and that’s why we tell people not to feed them,” Thuillier said.Since last June, she said there have been five reported incidents on the island of Montreal involving aggressive coyotes that have snapped at people and nipped at their pants, but no one was hurt.There have also been 10 cases of dogs being bitten, with one dying, she said. Some of the attacks were in her northeastern borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville.Lesley Sampson, who co-founded Coyote Watch Canada in 2008, said in an interview there’s been a noticeable increase in the number of communities that have consulted her non-profit advisory council.“For me, the increase in the consultations since 2010 has just blossomed,” said Sampson.Sampson said her nation-wide organization, which is based in southern Ontario, has helped communities implement a “humane wildlife strategy framework.”Trapping and killing the animals doesn’t solve anything because more will move in, she said.Sampson noted that Vancouver, for example, has had a co-existence program in place since the 1990s.Carey Campbell, Niagara Falls city manager, says 127 coyote sightings were reported in her region since January 2017, but none were threatening.She said residents began reporting the sightings in 2009.“If there are concerns about the animals going into residential areas, feeding off people’s compost or garbage, we’ll do an education blitz in the neighbourhood,” Campbell said.last_img read more

Slow response Residential school students say theyve been hurt by law firm

first_imgAPTN National NewsConsidering all the people who were responsible for overseeing the IAP system, the response to the concerns raised by Kelly Busch and others has been very slow.The Assembly of First Nations pointed out in the summer of 2010 that there were concerns.AFN Resolution 6/2010 was passed by consensus by the chiefs-in-assembly on July 21, 2010 at the annual general assembly in Winnipeg.Moved by Chief Ralph Paul, English River First Nation, SK and seconded by Chief Mike Starr, Star Blanket Cree Nation, SK, it directs AFN staff to do several things with respect to the Indian residential schools settlement agreement:* to seek a five-year extension to the settlement agreement,* to have the federal government audit existing Common Experience Payments and Independent Assessment Process (IAP) files,* to inquire into delays in recognizing schools whose former students are not yet eligible for compensation*  to look into delays in appeals to the National Administration Committee (NAC),* to advocate for an Ombudsman to protect the rights of former students,* to advocate for form fillers and health supports and the eventual transfer to First Nations control,* to meet with the IAP Oversight Committee and NAC to address issues, and pursue an accountability mechanism regarding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and national events.On March 31, Blood Tribe Chief Charles Weasel Head wrote a letter to IAP Chief Adjudicator Daniel Ish. He copied National Chief Shawn Atleo.“I write to express deep concern over reports we have been receiving that appear to raise questions about the credibility of the Independent Assessment Process,” Weasel Head wrote. “We have received reports from claimants and others who are assisting claimants that IAP files are not being handled appropriately in southern Alberta and other areas. The effect of the possible mishandling of these applications is two-fold. First individual claimants may not be receiving the financial compensation to which they are entitled. Second, claimants, many of whom already suffer from disadvantages, are not being heard in the assessment process and there is thus no real healing for them through the IAP.”He laid out the details of the allegations he was hearing from survivors and support workers.“The reports that have come to my attention are in part to the effect that there is at times little preparation work with claimants prior to IAP hearing, that information presented at hearing can be inaccurate or inconsistent with information contained in the written applications, and thus the credibility of claimants is sometimes questioned by adjudicators and claimants’ compensation is not always reflective of their actual experiences,” the chief wrote.He acknowledged that the “AFN is calling for an audit of IAP files” and called it a “laudable goal.”But then Chief Weasel Head went on to say that he was concerned about the slow pace of the reaction by the Oversight Committee to his concerns.“While that committee’s work in ongoing, it is unclear whether the committee has directly addressed the question of whether IAP claimants are receiving fair hearings and proper compensation through those hearings,” he wrote. “However, our concerns are such that that committee is unlikely to be in a position to act with any speed. Our view is that immediate steps need to be taken to protect the interests of claimants before harm is done to them.”APTN Investigates obtained the national chief’s response to Chief Weasel Head. Dated May 12, Atleo wrote that he “appreciated the concerns regarding the lack of preparation provided to claimants prior to IAP hearings that may impact a fair hearing and settlement.”“We have been successful in receiving approval for Aboriginal Support Workers whose responsibility it would be to assist IAP claimants and ensure that the IAP fairly and effectively meets the needs of claimants,” he wrote. “We are in the process of developing a work plan to implement this initiative as soon as possible.”An AFN source told APTN Investigates on June 21 that the AFN was thinking of going public with its concerns about what was happening in Alberta.“Our Regional Chief for Alberta, George Stanley, may be willing to speak to you. Yesterday, he called our office about issuing a release regarding ‘victimization of survivors by lawyers.’ I’m expecting a draft for review any time,” the source said on condition of anonymity.But that press release was never sent out.Charlene Belleau, the head of the AFN’s residential schools unit, was aware of the concerns and was busy trying to get government action, the source added.“In terms of our person who works on this file, she basically confirms a lot of the concerns you’re raising. The info on AFN advocacy for an Ombudsperson comes from a resolution [passed] last year. She states that ‘INAC believes everything is fine,’ that they considered the idea earlier but feel that the uptake indicates that everything is good. She says that the former students wouldn’t agree.”Chief Weasel Head was also pushing hard for action. His aunt, who raised him, was Annie Plume. Annie passed away on Nov. 17 after her IAP application was dismissed. Her son Tyrone Weasel Head says the dismissal happened because she was denied a translator during the adjudication hearing. Her first language was Blackfoot.Before her passing, the chief wanted to have the file reviewed and re-adjudicated. But even a man of his influence was finding it slow going.Many of the people on the Blood reserve have already passed on their complaints to the Law Society of Alberta. They are hoping that either a Law Society investigation or the investigation ordered by Justice Brown will result in cases that being reviewed and corrected if required.last_img read more

Three teenagers charged after multiple break and enters in Grande Prairie

first_imgThe suspects fled from the scene on foot but were located with the assistance of Police Dog Services and arrested without incident.Police say that their investigation revealed that all three were involved in the earlier crimes.Three 14-year-old boys from Grande Prairie are facing various charges including multiple counts of break and enter, possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000, along with charges of theft of a motor vehicle, mischief, and failing to comply with conditions.The trio cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Mounties say that the incidents remain under investigation, and further charges may be laid.It’s not known when the three are due to appear in court. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Three teens are facing charges in Grande Prairie after police received a number of reports of break and enters in recent weeks.On July 19th and July 20th, the Grande Prairie RCMP received numerous calls from residents in the area of Crystal Lake Estates reporting that their homes had been broken into or vandalized.While investigating the break and enters, police encountered a stolen vehicle with three occupants.last_img read more

Deputy UN chief urges increased global support for small island developing States

Economic, environmental and social vulnerabilities in small island developing States (SIDS) have deteriorated during the past 10 years, undermining their capacity to achieve the globally agreed development targets, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has said, urging the international community to provide more support to those countries.External shocks, including the impacts of the global financial crisis, the food and fuel crises and climate change have exacerbated SIDS’ vulnerabilities, leaving the viability and very physical existence of some of them at stake, Ms. Migiro said yesterday, giving an overview of issues addressed at a two-day meeting on SIDS held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly’s high-level debate in New York.The meeting was convened to review the Mauritius Strategy adopted in 2005 to advance sustainable development among the vulnerable group of countries. Small island developing States face unique vulnerabilities as a result of their small size, isolation, narrow resource base, limitations on economies of scale, and high exposure to global environmental threats.The review meeting reaffirmed the need for the international community to continue to address and support the unique and particular vulnerabilities of SIDS, which were recognized at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and underscored in Barbados in 1994 and again in Mauritius five years ago.“Substantial progress has been made in implementing the Mauritius Strategy, which is directly linked to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” Ms. Migiro said. “However, renewed efforts are needed to live up to promises and commitments made in the recent past,” she added.At the meeting, it was acknowledged that SIDS had demonstrated strong political commitment to continue to do their part in building resilience to their special vulnerabilities. However, there is a clear need to bridge the gaps in implementation with coordinated and sustainable support from the international community.Discussions highlighted a number of priorities, including: Defining measurable goals and indicators for monitoring and evaluation, and strengthening capacities for data collection and analysis; scaling up resources made available to SIDS including for meeting new challenges; enhancing strategic partnerships, and monitoring and coordination mechanisms, especially at the regional level and within the UN system, for example through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD).Other recommendation include strengthening South-South cooperation, including among SIDS; placing a special focus on a number of sub-areas, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity, natural disasters, sustainable energy, transport and trade, marine and coastal resources, fisheries, tourism, finance and debt sustainability.Highly vulnerable SIDS face a number of practical challenges and yet are often not eligible for special financing or other resources. In this respect, the discussions highlighted the need to develop a SIDS vulnerability index.Middle-income SIDS face special challenges in the absence of international support measures, commensurate with their high vulnerability. In this context, it was felt by many participants that consideration should be given to exploring formal UN recognition of SIDS as a special category, to be tied to preferential treatment and access to concessionary financing, debt relief, trade, special programmes, and to development assistance, without prejudice to the needs of other vulnerable economies. The review also highlighted shortcomings in institutional support for SIDS and constraints to the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy and Barbados Programme of Action. A comprehensive review of such Strategy and concrete recommendations for action are needed.Ms. Migiro said the UN, in partnership with the members of the Inter-agency Consultative Group, which includes all key UN agencies as well as inter-governmental and regional organizations, is committed to providing strong, coherent and coordinated support to those efforts. “The issues facing SIDS are truly global issues that affect us all. Let us work together to achieve in small island developing States a model of sustainable development with lessons and benefits for all,” Ms. Migiro said. 26 September 2010Economic, environmental and social vulnerabilities in small island developing States (SIDS) have deteriorated during the past 10 years, undermining their capacity to achieve the globally agreed development targets, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has said, urging the international community to provide more support to those countries. read more

Security Council deplores failure by Sudan and South Sudan to withdraw forces

4 November 2011The Security Council today deplored the failure by the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to redeploy their troops from the disputed Abyei area and urged the two countries to do so immediately and without preconditions. “The Members of the Security Council underscore that there were no preconditions for the implementations of the agreements signed by the parties including the withdrawal of forces,” the Council said in a press statement read out by Ambassador José Filipe Moraes Cabral of Portugal, which holds the presidency of the Security Council this month.The Council urged both Sudan and South Sudan to implement agreements on Abyei “in spirit and letter.”It welcomed the rapid deployment of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the assistance provided by Government of Ethiopia, which has enabled regular patrols to be carried out since 23 August. The 15-member UN body encouraged UNISFA to increase its patrols and enhance its air mobility.The press statement followed the briefing to the Council on the situation in Abyei on 6 and 11 October by Hervé Ladsous, the Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, including on recommendations for the expansion of UNISFA’s mandate.Both the Government of Sudan and the Government of South Sudan must extend their full cooperation to UNISFA, the Council stressed, and urged Khartoum to facilitate the mission’s deployment and to expedite the issuance of visas to personnel and grant flight permission in a timely manner.The Council stressed the need for both countries to facilitate the safe return of internally displaced persons to their villages in Abyei and to provide unfettered humanitarian access to the area.It expressed it readiness to consider additional mandated tasks for UNISFA in support of the 30 July Agreement on the Border Monitoring Support Mission between the Government of Sudan and the Government of South Sudan, and in that regard reiterated the importance of all parties fulfilling the commitments already undertaken in agreements.The members of the Council also called upon both parties to finalize the establishment of the Abyei Area Administration and the Abyei Police Service, and to continue regular meetings of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee. read more

To fill 30000 jobs Amazon plans hiring events in 6 cities

NEW YORK — Amazon is going on a hiring spree.The online shopping giant is looking to fill more than 30,000 vacant jobs by early next year, and is holding job fairs in across the country next week to find candidates.The jobs range from software engineers, who can earn more than $100,000 a year, to warehouse workers who are paid at least $15 an hour to pack and ship online orders.Amazon said all of the openings are for full time positions and come with benefits. And the company said the openings are not related to the usual increase in hiring it does to prepare for the busy holiday shopping season.The job fairs will take place Sept. 17 in six U.S. cities where it thinks it can find the strongest talent: Arlington, Virginia; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Nashville, Tennessee; and its hometown of Seattle. The company is calling it “Amazon Career Day,” and set up a website with more details: www.amazon.jobs/careerday .“I encourage anyone willing to think big and move fast to apply for a job with us,” said Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, in a statement to The Associated Press. “You’ll get to invent and see Amazon making even bolder bets on behalf of our customers.”The job fairs are a sign of the tight job market. With unemployment near a 50-year low, employers have to work harder to fill empty positions. Recently, Amazon said it would turn to its own employees to find more tech-savvy workers, offering to retrain 100,000 employees, or a third of its U.S. workforce, and help them switch to more technical jobs, like software engineering.The high number of job openings, which Amazon said is the most it’s had at one time, shows how fast the company is growing. Started as an online bookstore more than two decades ago, Amazon now produces movies, makes voice-activated gadgets and has plans to send satellites into space to provide internet service.It’s also building a second headquarters in Arlington, which it expects to employ 40,000 people in the next several years. Amazon already has more than 650,000 employees worldwide, making it the second-biggest private employer in the U.S., after Walmart Inc.The company hopes the hiring events will create some buzz and bring in candidates with the skills it needs. Thousands of people showed up for nationwide job fairs it held two years ago for warehouse workers.At the hiring events next week, Amazon said about 1,000 recruiters will help candidates apply for the jobs, prepare them for job interviews and give them more information on the roles._____Follow Joseph Pisani on Twitter at http://twitter.com/josephpisaniJoseph Pisani, The Associated Press read more

UN rights report finds Taliban and other groups still intimidating Afghan voters

The third report of the Joint Verification of Political Rights by the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), released in that capital Kabul today, calls for re-doubled efforts to make sure that when voters go to the polls on Saturday they will not face threats or violent attacks.But the report’s authors say they are encouraged by “the absence so far of violence against candidates and the fact that the feared scenario of ethnic polarization has not materialized.”More than 10 million Afghans, including at least four million women, are registered to vote in the first open presidential election in their country’s history.The report hails the wide coverage of the candidates and the campaign issues by radio, television and the print media, and by the opening of campaign offices in so many of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.But it notes the “ongoing violence and threat of violence” by the Taliban and other groups, especially in the southern provinces, where voter registration numbers are comparatively lower.”There is a possibility that intimidation and further violence by extremists could make the establishment of polling sites difficult or cause registered voters to stay away from the polling stations,” the report concludes.It also raises the problem of “the continued electoral activism” of local officials, whether civilian, police or military. This activism has included acts of intimidation and coercion.The Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Filippo Grandi, told reporters in Kabul that “these less positive elements, perhaps inevitable after 25 years of war and which we are trying to address,” are balanced by the fact that Afghan voters now have a genuine choice and by the overwhelming desire of Afghans to create their own democratically elected government.Mr. Grandi also urged the Afghan-based media to make clear to the public that the vote is secret as “this is not something yet completely understood by the majority of Afghans.” read more

US consumer credit his new record of 347 trillion in August led

WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer borrowing advanced at a solid pace in August, as Americans took out more auto and student loans.The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that consumer borrowing rose by $16 billion in August, pushing the total to a fresh record of $3.47 trillion.The August advance was slightly below the July gain of $18.9 billion. In June, credit had soared by $27.2 billion, the largest increase since November 2001.Borrowing for car and student loans expanded by $12 billion in August. Borrowing in the category that covers credit cards rose by $4 billion.Economists are forecasting that consumer spending, which accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity, will remain strong in the coming months as households remain willing to take on more debt.A strong consumer sector will help to offset weakness in other parts of the economy. Manufacturing and export sales have been hurt by increased weakness overseas and a higher dollar, which makes U.S. products less competitive on foreign markets.The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, expanded at a robust rate of 3.9 per cent in the April-June quarter. But many economists believe growth slowed sharply in the July-September quarter to perhaps as low as 1.5 per cent, reflecting the impact of a lacklustre global economy. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2015 1:11 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US consumer credit his new record of $3.47 trillion in August, led by auto and student debt read more

US declares Thai aviation unsafe dealing new blow to Thailands battered image

by Jocelyn Gecker, The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2015 2:22 am MDT Last Updated Dec 4, 2015 at 3:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BANGKOK – Thailand, once a poster child for democracy and freedom in turbulent Southeast Asia, has careened over the past two years from one image disaster to the next.First a military coup. Then revelations of slaves in the seafood industry and other human trafficking horrors. In August, a deadly bomb struck central Bangkok. And now, the United States has declared Thailand’s aviation industry unsafe, striking at the heart of one of its biggest success stories, tourism. The cascade of bad news is striking even against the backdrop of a decade of political upheaval in Thailand.Like the repeated scandals over Thailand’s role in human trafficking, the safety downgrade revealed years of official neglect and complicity. The stiff generals who seized power last year vowed to clean up a misruled Thailand. But as problems mount on the junta’s watch, their ability to rule effectively is increasingly in doubt.“Thailand is used to having a great image in the world. Thai food, fun people, smiles and a fairytale monarchy,” said Michael Montesano, a Thailand expert at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. “That image is fading and it’s not clear what the image will be in the future.”After mass protests toppled a military government in 1992, Thailand for years after was touted as a beacon of progress in a region where authoritarian governments held sway. Its democratic credentials were shaken by a 2006 coup and the threat of military intervention that hung over subsequent elected governments.During the 18 months the generals have been in charge since the 2014 coup, Thailand has changed in ways that might not be apparent at tourist sites or Bangkok’s trendy restaurants. A promise of quick elections has been put on hold. There is less freedom and more fear.According to Human Rights Watch, the junta’s rule has sent “Thailand’s human rights situation into free fall.”It has limited freedom of expression and assembly and curbed dissent by detaining hundreds of academics, politicians and journalists for what it calls “attitude adjustment,” which involves being held, sometimes for days, at a military base, interrogated and made to sign a contract not to criticize the junta.Also troubling the country’s psyche is the poor health of its monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who celebrates his 88th birthday on Saturday. The world’s longest ruling monarch, often characterized as a key stabilizing figure in Thai politics, hasn’t been seen in public for weeks. His son and heir apparent, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, does not possess his stature or popularity.Heavy criticism was directed at the junta and police for their handling of the deadly Aug. 17 blast in downtown Bangkok, which killed 20 and injured scores. Authorities insisted the blast was not an act of terrorism, a word it feared would scare off tourists. Their calculations might have paid off. Thailand says this year’s tourist arrivals will top 30 million and set a record as the numbers of visitors from newly prosperous China swells.Yet this week, government, tourism and airline officials rushed into damage control after the Federal Aviation Administration said Thailand’s aviation industry does not meet international safety standards. The demotion to “Category 2” means Thai airlines cannot increase flights to the U.S. That ruling has no immediate practical effect because no Thai airlines currently fly to North America. Europe’s aviation regulator is expected to make a similar decision this month. Thai Airways, the financially ailing flag carrier, flies to 11 European cities.“The economy is in bad shape, political divisions have not healed since the 2014 coup, morale nationally is very low and then we get this,” Montesano said about the aviation concerns. “Tourists who are headed to the beach might not care about Thailand’s chaotic politics or corruption, but something like aviation safety is another matter.”Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the former army chief who engineered the coup, usually bristles at criticism but this time acknowledged action was needed.“We have to admit that Thailand’s aviation industry does not meet international standards,” Prayuth said. “We have to focus on fixing this.”While the junta can’t be blamed for all of Thailand’s problems, it does seem at a loss to fix them.“Problems pile up all the time for any government, but the nature of a military government to handle complex issues and challenges is limited,” said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University.High on the list of Thailand’s problems is human trafficking, long fueled by rampant corruption and complicity among police and other authorities, including the military.In July, the U.S. State Department identified Thailand as one of the world’s worst hubs of human trafficking. It said it was keeping Thailand on its human trafficking blacklist for a second year due to persistent abuses that were largely ignored by the government and its predecessors.The European Union is expected to decide this month whether Thailand’s human trafficking abuses are severe enough to trigger EU sanctions, which could mean significant financial losses for Thailand at a time when its economy is flagging.Some of the abuses were documented by The Associated Press during an in-depth investigation that found slavery in the Thai fishing industry which supplies seafood to the U.S., Europe and Asia. The reports have resulted in the rescue of more than 2,000 trapped fishermen.Intent on cleaning up Thailand’s image, the military government launched a crackdown this year on human trafficking. But critics say the changes, including dozens of arrests, are mostly for show.Meanwhile, the junta is trying to protect its own image amid a growing scandal over the military’s alleged corruption in the financing of a public park on army property that cost 1 billion baht ($28 million). The case has been a public relations disaster for the junta, which said cleaning up corruption was one of its major reasons for seizing power.“Thailand has always been behind international standards but the gap has widened with this government,” said Thitinan. “And solutions are in short supply.”___Associated Press Writer Nattasuda Anusonadisai contributed. US declares Thai aviation unsafe, dealing new blow to Thailand’s battered image read more

Efforts by Libya international partners vital to close impunity gap says ICC

Fatou Bensouda told the Security Council that the “new Libya” desires to become a stable, democratic society that fully observes the rule of law and punishes perpetrators of crimes that shock the conscience of humanity.“These aspirations, while genuine and praiseworthy, are yet to be fully realized,” she said in her briefing on the situation in Libya, which the 15-member Council referred to the ICC in 2011 – the year that the country embarked on a democratic transition following the ouster of Muammar al-Qadhafi.Ms. Bensouda welcomed gains such as the draft law that would make rape during armed conflict a war crime in Libya, while voicing great concern that thousands of detainees remain in uncertain conditions in the country, with multiple and apparently well-founded allegations of torture and even killings in detention having been reported.“It is incumbent upon the Ministers of Justice, Interior and Defence of the State of Libya to speedily ensure that detainees are transferred to proper government-controlled detention facilities where they can be either charged with their due process rights fully respected, or released where appropriate,” she stated. “Torture and inhuman treatment of prisoners should have no place in the new Libya.”The Prosecutor also strongly urged the Government to surrender Saif Al-Islam Qadhafi – the former leader’s son, who has been indicted by the ICC in relation to attacks against protesters and rebels during the 2011 uprising – to the Court without further delay. “I stress the critical importance for all States to respect and implement the decisions of the Court’s judges. The obligation to surrender to the Court persons against whom arrest warrants have been issued must be respected,” she stated.In the case of former senior intelligence official Abdullah Al-Senussi, who is was also indicted for alleged crimes against humanity, the ICC had decided last month that he could be tried in Libya by the national authorities. “The challenge is now for Libya to demonstrate to the world that Al-Senussi will receive a genuinely fair, impartial and speedy trial that respects all his rights and fundamental guarantees, including the right to counsel of his choice,” said Ms. Bensouda.“It also falls upon this Council and the international community to assist Libya in this process and to ensure that justice is not only done, but is seen to be effectively done.”She pointed out that here are many others who are alleged to have committed crimes and/or who continue to commit crimes in Libya since February 2011. “Some are still inside in the country while others are abroad where they continue to use their influence to destabilise the country and pose a security threat to civilians,” she said.“It is impossible for the ICC alone to investigate and prosecute all perpetrators. Neither can Libya undertake this demanding task alone. Investigation and prosecution of the few by both ICC and the Government of Libya respectively should not result in impunity for the many.”She stressed that joint complementary efforts of both the Government and the ICC, strongly and actively supported by the international community, are therefore crucial for ending impunity in the country.“We call upon all States to assist Libya in its efforts to become a fully-fledged, secure, democratic society that adheres to the highest standards of justice,” said Ms. Bensouda. “The Libyan people deserve no less.” read more

UN expert calls on Member States to accelerate fight against racism in

“Sports have demystified racial superiority discourses, making them an important and practical instrument for combating racism,” the UN Special Rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere, told the UN General Assembly body dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues (Third Committee) yesterday during the presentation of his latest report .“Throughout history, team and individual sporting competitions have been based on the principle of a level playing field, with achievement not based on one’s skin colour, ethnicity or religion,” he continued, adding that sport remained “a positive symbol for social acceptance by conveying the image of multi-ethnic teams representing one nation and competing for a common goal.”Mr. Ruteere noted that although awareness campaigns launched by major world bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Federation for International Football Associations (FIFA) and aimed at preventing and tackling racism had made some impact, the scourge of racism continued to afflict the sporting world. “Regrettably, modern sports continue to be afflicted by incidents and patterns of racial violence, racial insults and racial intolerance on the field, as well as inside and outside arenas,” the Special Rapporteur observed. “In recent times, both team events, such as football, rugby, basketball, and individual professional sports, such as tennis and golf have been marred by racist acts.”In particular, the report cites numerous examples of European football-related incidents in which players were racially targeted with monkey calls and had bananas thrown at them, as well as the rising presence of far-right and nationalist groups in stadia across the continent. Elsewhere, in the tennis world, Serena and Venus Williams, both top-ranked tennis players, also reported being subjected to racially-motivated boos and cat-calls from spectators during tournaments, the report adds.In addition to the burden of ingrained prejudice, Mr. Ruteere explained that wealth inequality also contributed to the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in a range of sports and athletic activities that have been historically known as being “white” or “elite,” such as cycling, tennis, golf, equestrian events and swimming.As a result, he continued, Member States around the world should “strengthen capacity to prevent and combat racism and discrimination in sports and take appropriate measures to harness the unique potential of sports to debunk racial superiority discourses, mobilize people and convey messages about equality and non-discrimination.” read more

At UN Namibian President vows to spare no effort to lift nations

Speaking from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, Hage Geingob, the President of Namibia, recalled last year’s commitment by UN Member States to a new agenda for Sustainable Development to “join the global drive towards ensuring a life of dignity for all.”“We are all in agreement that effective implementation of this agenda will require coherence and complementarity between global, continental, regional, national and local efforts,” he said, citing his confidence that “we will spare no effort in working to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty.” Namibia agreed with the notion that the 2030 Agenda, the successor of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), would need, among other things, to integrate economic growth, he said. “We need to talk about inclusive growth that will translate into creation of decent job opportunities for our citizens,” Mr. Geingob continued. “In other words, we must do more to move away from the current jobless growth model that prevails in many of our member countries [and] aim to grow our economy in a sustainable and inclusive manner in order to ensure that we effectively tackle the scourge of poverty.” As a consequence of the slowdown in the global economic cycle, and a fall in commodity prices, the Namibian economy is experiencing a downturn in 2016, following robust growth averaging more than five per cent during the preceding five years. “We are mindful that in order to make a meaningful dent in poverty, we need to grow at a higher level,” underscored the President, who expressed optimism about the country’s long-term outlook as the key economic fundamentals.President Geingob said his Government remains committed to managing the economy in a prudent and responsible manner, and has already instituted expenditure, revenue and structural reform measures to address concerns raised by rating agencies about the long-term outlook of Namibia. “We would like to assure all our partners, that there is no risk that Namibia will not honour debt obligation in the near and medium term. In fact, we remain bullish about the country’s economic outlook,” said Mr. Geingob. “Moreover, we remain committed to creating conditions in Namibia that will enable full participation of the private sector in the economy.” He went on to say that Government alone could not shoulder the burden of extending development to all, underscoring the private sector’s crucial role in stimulating economic growth and job creation in the country. Mr. Geingob ended his address saying that despite the fact that humanity is facing some of the most unprecedented challenges in its history, he is confident that under the United Nations, Namibia would live up to the promise of ensuring a life of dignity for all. “Let us celebrate unity in diversity. Together as people, who realize that we belong to each other, we can bring about change in this world, through this indispensable institution the United Nations and usher in a new era of humanity, characterized by peace, unity and dignity for all the world’s citizens,” he concluded. President Geingob is among the many leaders who will address the general debate of 71st General Assembly. The Assembly’s high-level segment opened this year with the adoption Monday of the New York Declaration as the outcome of the first-ever UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. Made up of all the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter. read more