UN experts offer help in investigating killings of rights defenders

21 July 2009United Nations independent human rights experts today said that they stand ready to assist Russian authorities in carrying out an independent investigation into the recent string of murders of human rights lawyers, journalists and defenders, including the killing last week of Natalia Estemirova, a prominent activist looking into alleged rights abuses in Chechnya. The seven experts acknowledged that Russia’s leaders have expressed outrage and have pledged that all necessary steps will be taken to apprehend and punish those behind the killing of Ms. Estemirova.“However, these assurances will be worth little unless the authorities take steps that go beyond what has been done in the past, which has all too often led to a cycle of impunity,” they said in a press release issued in Geneva.Ms. Estemirova, who worked for the non-governmental organization (NGO) Memorial, was kidnapped on 15 July near her home in the Chechen capital, Grozny, and her body was found in neighbouring Ingushetia later in the day with two bullet wounds to the head and chest.The slain activist had worked for many years to promote human rights in the North Caucasus, having received numerous awards. Those included the Anna Politkovskaya Prize from the Nobel Women’s Initiative, which was named for the Russian journalist and outspoken human rights campaigner who was killed in 2006, with whom Ms. Estemirova had worked.She had also worked alongside Stanislav Markelov, a human rights lawyer who was killed after having given a press conference in Moscow on 19 January.“We offer our assistance to the Russian authorities in light of the failure to effectively and impartially investigate the killings and attacks on a number of human rights defenders in recent years and to prosecute and bring the perpetrators to justice,” the experts, who serve in an unpaid capacity, said.Bringing an end to impunity would deter further violence and harassment against rights defenders, they added.Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called for a thorough and independent investigation into Ms. Estemirova’s killing.Ms. Pillay welcomed the announcement that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a high-level investigation, urging authorities “to do all they can to ensure that the perpetrators are prosecuted and brought to justice.”Ms. Estemirova’s death – the latest in a series of killings or attacks against rights activists, journalists and lawyers in the country – “sadly underlines once again the need for governments to do much more to protect human rights defenders,” Ms. Pillay said.For his part, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is appalled and saddened by Ms. Estemirova’s “heinous” killing, calling on authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice “to send a strong and unambiguous message that the targeting of human rights will not be tolerated,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.“The Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with human rights defenders around the world who work courageously and selflessly each and every day, in defense of basic rights and freedoms,” it added.The Russian Government, the seven rights experts stressed today, is responsible under international human rights law to ensure the protection of human rights defenders “against any violence, threats, retaliation, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a result of their human rights work.”The seven experts behind today’s press release are: Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; Leandro Despouy, Special Rappporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers; Yakin Ertürk, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences; and Santiago Corcuera Cabezut, Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. read more

Restaurant Brands International gets 83 per cent of Popeyes stock by deadline

Restaurant Brands International gets 83 per cent of Popeyes stock by deadline OAKVILLE, Ont. – Restaurant Brands International Inc. of Oakville, Ont., (TSX:QSR) has received enough shares of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. to complete its US$1.8-billion friendly takeover of the fast food chain.The parent of Tim Hortons and Burger King says that about 83 per cent of Popeyes common stock was tendered to the offer by the deadline, which expired at 11:59 p.m. on Friday.Popeyes currently has more than 2,600 restaurants, with 621 international locations. RBI has said it plans to accelerate Popeyes’ growth in the U.S. and beyond, using an approach used by Burger King.RBI announced Feb. 21 that it would pay US$79 per Popeyes share (NASDAQ:PLKI), sending up the chicken chain’s stock about 19 per cent that day. Popeyes stock closed Friday at $78.98.RBI’s stock closed Friday at C$73.06 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, up from $70.67 prior to the takeover announcement. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 27, 2017 5:06 am MDT Last Updated Mar 27, 2017 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In Mexico Ban urges renewed global partnership for development in address to

With the deadline for the globally agreed development targets fast approaching, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a renewed global partnership to advance sustainable development and a life of dignity for all.“As the 2015 deadline draws near, all of us must do more to deliver on our commitments,” Mr. Ban said in remarks to the opening of the first High-level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, which is taking place in Mexico City.“And as we shape an inspiring post-2015 development agenda, the international community must be committed to supporting the future goals and targets through a renewed global partnership,” he told the gathering. “Critically, we must ensure the financing to match our ambitions.”The two-day meeting brings together over 1,500 participants – including heads of State and Government, ministers, parliamentarians and leaders from international organisations, business, civil society and foundations – and builds on commitments made at the Fourth High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, held in 2011 in Busan, Republic of Korea. It was in Busan that the international community expressed a strong collective commitment to work better together to reduce poverty and meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world’s blueprint for tackling poverty, hunger and disease and expanding education, opportunity and cleaner, greener future.“Since then, we have made important progress. But we have not done enough,” the Secretary-General said, adding that much greater progress is needed to increase country ownership, accountability, predictability and flexibility in how aid is provided. ‹ › “I am encouraged by the steps that recipient developing countries are taking to set clearer development strategies and ensure national ownership through effective coordination systems and greater parliamentary oversight. This contributes to greater transparency and accountability for all development partners. But more needs to be done to tackle corruption, improve regulation and engage with civil society,” he stated.Mr. Ban cited the need to mobilize domestic resources by broadening tax bases; strengthening tax administration; improving governance of extractive industries; and cracking down on illicit financial flows at both the point of origin and the point of destination. At the same time, he noted that the world has moved on from the traditional donor-recipient relations. Cooperation among countries of the global South has registered impressive growth that is bringing new knowledge and new perspectives, he added, highlighting successful examples of truly global partnerships such the Every Woman Every Child initiative in the health sector to the Sustainable Energy for All alliance. The private sector, he continued, has become eager to increase its engagement, not just because there are business opportunities but because they see the value in ethical business and in helping to improve people’s lives. Civil society is also an increasingly essential partner in delivering services, monitoring progress and strengthening accountability.“The stage is set for wider, deeper progress,” the Secretary-General stated, voicing his hope that concrete initiatives will come out of the meeting that will strengthen country-level ownership and uphold development cooperation commitments. Since his arrival yesterday, Mr. Ban held several bilateral meetings, including with Mexico’s Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, with whom he discussed the post-2015 development agenda, as well as other important issues such as nuclear disarmament, the Arms Trade Treaty and Mexico’s efforts in the area of human rights. The Secretary-General will also meet for the first time with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto later today, before heading back to New York. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the first High-level Meeting of Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras< Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre left) with Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribreña (centre right) of Mexico. Executive Secretary of ECLAC Alicia Bárcena Ibarra is sitting to the right of Mr. Ban. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras read more

Caterpillar welcomes next generation of engineers

This week, Caterpillar welcomed more than 50 Year nine and 10 students from local schools to its assembly plant at Desford, Leicestershire, as part of government’s See Inside Manufacturing initiative. A day of activities was held on 13 June aimed at dispelling some commonly held misconceptions about careers in manufacturing by allowing students to see how Caterpillar’s iconic yellow diggers are produced.“Our aim is to allow students to gain first-hand experience of the wide range of careers that our industry has to offer,” commented Simon Collins, Caterpillar’s HR Manager. “We frequently encounter a lack of appreciation of just how exciting an environment a modern manufacturing facility like ours can be. The ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative allows us to build on our existing school visit programme and join other UK manufacturers in showcasing the very best of British industry.”The students took part in a range of activities during their visit to Caterpillar including a simple assembly test and an understanding of the design process used by the company. Students also met graduate trainees and apprentices, who provided insights into their careers with Caterpillar.For more information on UK automotive See Inside Manufacturing events, click here. To find out more about the wider government initiative, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

NCAA Tournament expansion Why mess with a good thing

Official reports are out that the NCAA has convened with head men from conferences and university athletic departments to determine whether the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, otherwise known as the best event in sports, should be expanded.Again.Shame on them.If someone could convince me that expanding the tournament to 68 or even 96 teams wouldn’t dilute the playing field, I’d gladly go along with the concept. But the notion of increasing the field to 96 is pure poppycock.I’d argue the field may already be too large, but the present size of the tournament is perfect for the right amount of upsets. Sure, George Mason’s run to the Final Four in 2006 was mesmerizing, but did the Patriots honestly deserve to win the National Championship?I think not.Furthermore, despite the successes of teams such as George Mason and Gonzaga in years past, statistics show there are a low number of upsets.Since the tournament swelled to 64 teams in 1985, a No. 1 has never lost to a No. 16. A No. 4 beats a No. 13 seed 79 percent of the time. Despite the belief that a No. 12 beats a No. 5 each year, it has only happened in 34 percent of the games.Judging at how big the tournament has become in terms of size of the field and the arenas that host the Final Four, it’s amazing to think about how far the tournament has come.In the tournament’s first year in 1939, the field had eight teams. Forty years later, when Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were dazzling fans, March Madness had grown to 40. By 1985, the tournament had ballooned to 64 teams.Currently, team No. 65 is determined by the “play-in” game or what I like to call the “lose-lose” game, since the winner gets to face the No. 1 overall seed and the loser essentially got invited to the Big Dance only to get turned away at the door.Even adding a few more play-in games is an insult to the teams that win their conference tournament only to find out they’re stuck on the outside looking in on the tournament.The funny thing about tournament expansion is it’s not really about the money. Sure, the NCAA has an 11-year, $6 billion contract with CBS, but the men’s tournament is the only NCAA championship tournament that doesn’t get to keep the profits. Instead, the revenue is divvied up between the participating schools and conferences.Adding more schools means spreading the wealth. Proponents of tournament expansion want the majority of the added slots to go to teams that won their conference’s regular season championship in order to put increased value on the regular season. Thus, the “little guys” would not be seeing much of the revenue and in effect the rich get richer, as the major conferences would swoop in for more bids.Any way you look at it, expanding the tournament causes problems for everyone. Expansion would render the NIT irrelevant and cause students to miss more class time. Schools would have to dish out more money to cover team expenses.And most of all, the quality of the basketball would suffer. read more

Squash champ killed by stepson with single blow after telling him You cannot

first_imgHerridge, now 18 and living with his father in West Malling, denies murder and the alternative offence of manslaughter.The trial continues. A British squash champion was killed with one punch after telling his teenage stepson: ‘You can’t talk to your mum like that,’ a court heard.Douglas Herridge, then 17, struck Colin Payne with what was described as a catastrophic blow as the pair grappled in the family study at their home in Dartford, Kent.The 54-year-old collapsed and died rapidly, despite desperate attempts to save his life. Douglas Herridge outside Maidstone Crown CourtCredit:Steve Finn Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mrs Herridge, who had been studying at home for a masters degree in executive business administration, briefly left the room to call for the decorator Ziad Natour to help.She returned within seconds to hear Douglas calling Mr Payne “a p—y” and him replying “Come on then”.She told the court: “Then I saw one punch. Douglas punched Colin. It landed on his face on the side of his head. Douglas left the room and Colin had his hands at the side of his head.”He started going down slowly and I called Zi that I needed his help, to call an ambulance. Colin was slowly going down and I thought he still had a level of consciousness.”But then he sat down and at that point I could hear him start snoring. He was sitting upright but slumped forward. Zi came down and at that point I was checking Colin’s breathing and pulse.”Being a nurse from my background I knew what to do.”Herridge sat sobbing in the dock as his mum first gave evidence, telling the court how her marriage break-up had affected him.The break-up of the marriage between his parents five years earlier had caused traumatic emotional turmoil, said prosecutor Richard Hearnden, with Herridge becoming “upset, angry and agitated”.There were incidents when he put his hand on his mother’s throat, punched and kicked her. On another occasion the youngster was said to have tried to push her down the stairs and police were called.He also took his frustration out on furniture, walls, computers and kitchen appliances. His behaviour deteriorated to such an extent that in 2014 it was decided he would live with his natural father, David. Mrs Herridge told the jury: “He was saying in a fairly firm voice ‘You cannot talk to your mum like that. You cannot behave like that. You cannot behave like that in this house'”They were 20, 30cm apart. Both had raised voices. I stood up off the chair. It just all happened so quickly. I just went between them and said ‘Can you stop.'”They were holding on to each other. Both had their arms on each other but I don’t know where. It was like they were in this different world. They didn’t hear me.”center_img Herridge had been arguing with his mother, Ina, after asking her to lend him some money on November 19 last year.She refused due to his behaviour, described to a jury at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday as violently aggressive.But he became increasingly agitated and emotional, swearing and calling her names, the court heard.Hearing the commotion, Mr Payne pushed his way into the study and asked what was going on, telling his stepson to calm down before trouble flared.Giving evidence for the prosecution, Mrs Herridge, who is originally from Finland, told the court it as if they were “in a different world” when she tried to intervene. The court heard that he returned to the family home in the summer of 2015 but his attitude and behaviour deteriorated again when he gave up a business course at college after three months and then quit his job with an air-conditioning firm.Three days before Mr Payne’s death, the 6ft 4in, fit and healthy divorcee, himself a father of two, told Mrs Herridge he had been frightened of her son when his violent behaviour escalated and he ripped Mr Payne’s T-shirt.He told Mrs Herridge “that child can’t live in this house any longer behaving like that”.”Mrs Herridge said Colin, by comparison, wouldn’t even harm a fly,” said prosecutor Richard Hearnden.David Herridge also said his son was “not the boy he used to be”.Mrs Herridge, a risk manager for the NHS, and Mr Payne had also contacted social services for help.The jury was told Herridge claims he was acting in self-defence after Mr Payne “barged” into the room, grabbed him around the neck and tried to throttle him. Herridge claims his stepfather was choking him when he punched him.The blow had no effect so he punched him again. The court heard he accepts this punch killed Mr Payne but denies using excessive force.Mr Payne was British Open Over-50s champion and a former professional player on the PSA World Tour.He had won the Kent championship five times and had represented the county on more than 100 occasions.He managed three bathroom stores in Tunbridge Wells, Reigate and Brighton. Douglas Herridge outside Maidstone Crown Court I saw one punch. Douglas punched Colin. It landed on his face on the side of his headMrs Herridgelast_img read more

House with 25ft great white shark on its roof could be given

first_imgMike Ratcliffe, the Chairman of Headington Neighbourhood Forum, said it was an “entirely appropriate” candidate for listed status.He added: “The shark, embedded in its rooftop, continues to intrude, to surprise and to fascinate.”People stop to look, it has a presence on Trip Advisor and has an international reputation.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Shark in the roof of a terraced house in HeadingtonCredit:Eye Ubiquitous/REX/Shutterstock  If approved, a bid would then be made to have it nationally listed with English Heritage.Mr Heine, 72, who now lives in Waterstock and is having treatment for terminal leukaemia, has welcomed the campaign to get the shark house listed.It was originally created by sculptor John Buckley as a protest against the American bombing of Libya, and still draws tourists.Local councillor Ruth Wilkinson said: “I was shocked to find out that the shark had not been listed to protect it.”center_img Shark in the roof of a terraced house in Headington A house with a 25ft great white shark sticking out of its roof is set to be given listed status by a council who originally wanted it demolished.City councillors hated the monster ‘jaws’ built into the roof by owner Bill Heine back in August 1986 and refused it retrospective planning permission.However, Michael Heseltine, then secretary of state for the environment, came out in favour of the shark and the monument was saved.Now over 30 years later Oxford City Council are deciding whether to give the building, with its fibre glass shark ‘diving’ into the rooftop, listed status.An application for it to be listed on the Oxford Heritage Asset Register will now go to the city council, with a decision expected by the council next year.last_img read more

SPOILERS WWE Smackdown taping results to air 91715

first_img Pinterest WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Google+ WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte center_img Twitter The following was taped on Tuesday night in Little Rock, Arkansas.WWE Smackdown taping results for September 17, 2015:* WWE World Heavyweight and United States Champion Seth Rollins opened the show and how he plans to beat two first ballot Hall of Famers at Night of Champions this Sunday. He talked about teaming with Sheamus tonight. Sheamus interrupts and tells Rollins to watch his back or he just might cash in his briefcase tonight.* Sasha Banks & Naomi def. Paige & Becky Lynch.* Backstage segment with Team Bella.* Kofi Kingston def. D-Von Dudley.* Big Show def. Cesaro.* Kevin Owens def. Dolph Ziggler via DQ. Ryback caused the DQ finish attacking Owens.* Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose def. WWE World Heavyweight & United States Champion Seth Rollins & Sheamus in a tag team main event. Ambrose pinned Sheamus.* Post-taping Bonus Match: Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper. Braun Strowman got involved. Reigns and Ambrose cleaned house on The Wyatt’s.Source: Prowrestling.net Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Klopp claims Reds must improve to secure title

first_imgJurgen Klopp says Liverpool needs to step up their game in the bid to claim their first Premier League crown.Klopp went ahead to predict a multi-club race for the 2019 title with Spurs increasingly becoming a threat after closing up the gap to two points on Man City.The German boss rejected the notion that the North Londoners were never in the running for the title.“You make these stories about who is in and who is out,” Klopp told the Telegraph media ahead of Liverpool’s Boxing Day meeting with Newcastle.“I saw the game yesterday against Everton, with the goal that didn’t count and then the first goal of Tottenham was a situation that they needed. Everton played more than OK in the first few minutes, then they hit pretty much everything and it was impressive what Tottenham did.📈 – Érik Lamela has been directly involved in 10 goals in his past 9 games for Spurs (7 goals, 3 assists). #SpursStats pic.twitter.com/tXqXQtE8GZ— #SpursStats (@_SpursStats) October 21, 2018“That can happen. To Chelsea, to Arsenal, all of them. No decision is made. Why should it be that somebody feels safe or somebody feels out of the race or whatever?“For me they (Spurs) were never out, so why should I be surprised that they are in again?Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“It’s just a fantastic football team. I said a few times that for me Tottenham had the most difficult pre-season, and not due to not signing players because if you have the right team then why should you sign players? But they had eight or nine players who played the full World Cup, and so far their season is more than impressive.“A lot of teams are in the title race and that’s how it should be. It’s different to last year when pretty much nobody was in it anymore at this time. It’s good for all supporters.”Liverpool have enjoyed their best start to a Premier League season. They could amass an extraordinary 51 points at the halfway stage with a Boxing Day win.RT @AnfieldHQ: 🇳🇱 Virgil van Dijk for Liverpool in the Premier League since his debut.U N B E L I E V A B L E STATS! 💪👏#LFC 🔴 pic.twitter.com/OPQpaFo3Lw— OLSC Madison (@LFCMadison) December 21, 2018But Klopp says the level must rise to fend off rivals.“We did really well so far and we have to do even better from now on, because you can see all the other teams are doing really well,” he said.“That’s the challenge for us, to be focused and as successful as possible. In this moment it looks quite positive, but only in this moment, we have to make sure it stays like this.”last_img read more

The Walking Dead movie with Rick Grimes will be shown in actual

first_img “I can confirm this will be my final season as Michonne on the show.” – @DanaiGurira #TWD #SDCC pic.twitter.com/gTm6qhojEg— The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) July 19, 2019 This season will also be the last for the beloved character of Michonne (played by Danai Gurira). The actor confirmed it on the SDCC panel on Friday.Season 10 of The Walking Dead airs on AMC on Oct. 6. Now playing: Watch this: 0 Untitled #TheWalkingDead Movie. Only in theaters… @Skybound @UniversalPics pic.twitter.com/dAqlZYpw80— The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) July 19, 2019 Our favorite zombie movies and TV shows 3:55 Rick Grimes will return to The Walking Dead, but in a spinoff movie headed to theaters. AMC Zombie slayer Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) will return to The Walking Dead, but in a movie that will debut in theaters instead of AMC’s TV network.Fans were shown a new teaser trailer for The Walking Dead movie at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday during The Walking Dead panel. TV and Movies Comic-Con Walking Dead season 10 trailer premieres at Comic-Con The trailer shows fans a glimpse of what’s to come — a Whisperer War. The Whisperers, antagonists from The Walking Dead comics, were first introduced on the TV series in season 9. New characters joining The Walking Dead cast of next season were also revealed during the SDCC panel on Friday. Actor Thora Birch will play the character Gamma and Kevin Carol will play a character named Virgil. 8 Photos Share your voice Tags AMC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.News of The Walking Dead movie starring Lincoln as Grimes was first mentioned at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, which also revealed more TV shows and movies were to come in the franchise’s 10-year plan.The Walking Dead season 10 trailer was also revealed during the SDCC panel on Friday. Post a comment The short teaser trailer shows the helicopter that carried an almost-dead Grimes flying off to an unknown destination where there are very tall buildings. The teaser simply states, “Rick Grimes Returns: Only in theaters.”The official AMC Twitter account confirmed that the untitled Walking Dead movie will be distributed by Universal Pictures. Additional cast information and a release date has yet to be revealed. Targetlast_img read more

Trump wins presidency most Alaska incumbents hold on

first_imgPresident-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown(Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. The Republican candidate defeated his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in both Alaska and in the overall election.With three-fourths of precincts reporting, incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski and Representative Don Young have a large lead over their closest competitors. If the numbers hold, Murkowski will start her 3rd term as Senator, Young his 23rd as the state’s lone Congressman.In the statewide races, most of the Republican incumbent members of the House and Senate were able to hold on to their seat. The only exceptions were Liz Vazquez falling behind Independent Jason Grenn and Cathy Munoz trailing Justin Parrish with all precincts reporting in those districts.Two ballot measures were up for vote. Ballot Measure One, would automatically register Alaskans to vote when they apply for their Permanent Fund Dividends. That measure is passing easily. Ballot Measure Two, which would have allowed the state to issue bonds to support student loans, is being soundly rejected by Alaska voters.last_img read more

First global pact backing indigenous land rights launched

first_imgNative peoples struggling to retain or regain stewardship of forests that sustained them for countless generations may finally have backing from an organisation with both swag and sway.The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility-the first and only global institution dedicated to securing the land rights of indigenous communities worldwide-was formally launched in Stockholm on Tuesday.Funded by Sweden, Norway and the Ford Foundation, a major US philanthropy, the Tenure Facility has already provided grants and guidance for pilot projects in Peru, Mali, and Indonesia, helping local communities leverage rarely enforced laws to protect their land and resources.Disputes over land rights in tropical forests teeming with exploitable resources-from hard woods to precious stones to oil-can quickly escalate into deadly conflict, and local peoples more often than not wind up on the losing end.More than 200 environmental campaigners, nearly half from indigenous tribes, were murdered around the world in 2016 alone, according to watchdog NGO Global Witness.Restoring some measure of control to the original inhabitants of forests appropriated by corrupt governments or extraction industries has also proven an effective bulkhead against global warming, according to a 2014 global survey by the US-based World Resources Institute, a think tank.In Brazil, for example, deforestation in indigenous community forests from 2000 to 2012 was less than 1 percent, compared with 7 percent outside those areas.‘Unrelenting conflicts’Tropical vegetation soaks up planet-warming CO2 emitted by the burning of fossil fuels.Destroying these forests outright not only reduces the area available to absorb carbon dioxide, it also releases CO2 into the atmosphere, accounting in recent decades-along with agriculture and livestock-for more than a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions.“We see climate change and inequality as two of the greatest existential threats facing the planet,” said Ford Foundation president Darren Walker.“Creating mechanisms that allow indigenous peoples and local communities to gain tenure over their land or forests is a way to tackle both these problems,” he told AFP ahead of a conference keyed to the launch.Walker has pledged five million dollars, and expects-based on other grants in the pipeline-the facility to have 100 million within a year.The project aims over the span of a decade to boost forestland properly titled to indigenous peoples by 40 million hectares, an area twice the size of Spain.Such efforts, they calculate, would prevent deforestation of one million hectares and the release of 500 million tonnes of CO2, more than the annual emissions of Britain or Brazil.“The Tenure Facility provides a powerful solution to save the world’s forests from the ground up,” said Carin Jamtin, director general of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, a key funder.Corruption and abusesMore than two billion people live on and manage half the world’s land area in customary or traditional systems, yet indigenous communities have formal legal ownership of only 10 percent.And even where they do have title, corruption and abuses have led to protracted conflicts with local and national governments, companies and migrant workers.Native populations can even run afoul of major green initiatives to fight climate change or stem biodiversity loss.A controversial UN-backed programme, for example, known as REDD+ — Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation-creates incentives to keep forests intact, paid for by rich nations or companies seeking to offset pollution under carbon trading schemes.But the projects that REDD+ finances can push aside the needs and rights of indigenous peoples who are often most directly affected by the changes set in motion, critics say.A peer-reviewed 2013 study-one of the few to examine the impacts on local communities-concluded that less than half of 50-odd projects in Africa, Latin America and Asia did anything to alleviate the poverty of forest-dependent peoples.But many did enhance their land tenure rights, they concluded.last_img read more

Lenovo FCC Filing Suggests MarvelThemed Disney AR Headset Coming

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Following its 2017 release of the “Star Wars: Jedi Challenges” augmented reality (AR) headset, Lenovo and Disney seem to be preparing the release of hardware related to yet another blockbuster franchise: A new FCC filing suggests that the companies are getting close to unveil a Marvel-themed AR headset.The heavily-redacted filing describes controllers for a “Mirage 1.5” device, suggesting that it is part of Lenovo’s immersive media hardware (the company’s Daydream VR headset, 180-degree camera and “Star Wars” AR headset were all marketed under the Mirage branding).A document included in the filing further mentions a “standalone Marvel controller” as well as a “Marvel package.” What’s more, the controller for the “Star Wars” headset used the model number AAC151B. The controller in the new filing is numbered AAC161B.center_img Spokespeople for Lenovo and Marvel didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Lenovo’s “Star Wars: Jedi Challenges” combined a head-mounted display (pictured above) with a user’s cell phone to super-impose images of “Star Wars” characters over the physical world. The device shipped with two light saber controllers, giving consumers a chance to battle Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and others. Originally priced $200, the headset now retails for $79.At launch in late 2017, Disney advanced development VP Mike Goslin already suggested that the two companies may eventually bring other Disney franchises to the headset as well. In fact, the original headset already included buttons not necessary to play the “Star Wars” AR games.The new FCC filings suggest that Lenovo may simply be selling Marvel-themed controllers to anyone who already owns “Star Wars: Jedi Challenges,” allowing them to play games for both franchises with the same headset. In addition, Lenovo is likely going to sell a bundle with the headset and 2 controllers.last_img read more

HTML5 OS is set to disrupt platform lockin

first_img Explore further Jaafer Haidar and Jason Miller of Carbyn, whose mantra is “Go ahead. Just operate,” showed their creation, featuring a cross-platform experience, using both the Apple iPad and Blackberry Playbook in the Disrupt show demo. Smartphone functionalty is planned some time in the future.Carbyn enables consumers to get all the apps they enjoy in one destination, on any device, whether iPad, Blackberry Playbook, Android or others. For companies developing HTML5 applications, Carbyn is aiming to provide a wide-reaching distribution platform, according to Haidar, CEO and co-founder.你需要安装能够查看此内容的 Adobe Flash Player。Please click here to continue.As for apps, once you have Carbyn, you are able to pin any app to the main screen. You get a familiar-looking panel of available applications. Existing HTML5 apps are easily portable to the Carbyn system, in less than half an hour, according to Carbyn, and specialist apps can be created from scratch from a custom SDK.Features of Carbyn also include multitasking capabilities and app-to-app communications. In other words, applications can talk to one another.”We’re exposing an underlying file system messaging layer so that we have app to app communication. One app can tell, if it’s a phone app, let’s say, Skype can tell the music app, ‘hey, stop playing I’m getting a call,'” said Haidar.Also noted was how developers can port their HTML5 applications to Carbyn with litte effort. In fact, attracting developers was one of three goals that Haidar and Miller had in appearing at the show. Partnering with developers to tailor apps for Carbyn will be important to Carbyn’s growth. The second goal was getting the word out. “You don’t have to download anything, just go to the web site…we want to go nuts with this,” Haidar said in an interview at the show. The third was attracting money. Haidar said the team had been bootstrapping the startup since its founding and was now seeking funding. Citation: HTML5 OS is set to disrupt platform lock-in (2011, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-html5-os-disrupt-platform-lock-in.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com www.carbyn.comtechcrunch.com/2011/09/15/carbyn/www.mobilemag.com/2011/09/13/c … rst-html-5-cloud-os/ More information: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — A Canada-based startup founded in November 2010 arrived at TechCrunch Disrupt last week to debut its “HTML5 operating system” called Carbyn. To get this system, there is nothing to install; you use your browser and you log in to Carbyn and you’re on your way. Beyond being an app, beyond being a web store, it is described by its founders as an operating system that happens to be app-focused. “It means you can get it on any device, they add, and “it means buying the cheapest tablet that gets you online so that you can get everything you want through your browser.” Apple’s App Store Downloads Top 1.5 Billion in First Yearlast_img read more

Colins NFL Week 16 Blazin 5 Podcast

first_imgOff back-to-back winning weeks, Colin sits at 42-31-2 and plans on finishing strong in his final Blazin’ 5 of the year. Today, he’s joined by RJ Bell from Pregame.com for his weekly sit down to see where there’s agreement and disagreement from the Vegas wiseguys on his Week 16 Blazin’ 5 picks.This week, Colin likes the Niners and Seahawks as home underdogs, the Packers as road favorites, the Giants getting 9.5 against Indy, and the Chargers laying 4.5 at home.Here are Colin’s Week 16 Blazin’ 5 plays. So, what do the wiseguys say?Ravens at Chargers (-4.5)Packers (-3) at JetsBears at Niners (+4)Giants (+9.5) at Colts Chiefs at Seahawks (+2.5) SNF*Bonus Pick: Vikings at Lions (+6), Texans at Eagles (-1.5)The Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast is available every Saturday through the end of the football season. Download and subscribe to it exclusively at TheHerdNow.com, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t be a mark!last_img read more

Egypt close to recovery Tourism Authority

first_imgIn a bid to restore tourism into Egypt, the Egyptian Tourist Authority (ETA) has assured Australian agents that the political turmoil has subsided. Speaking at AIME 2011 ETA tourism counsellor Ibrahim Khalil said the majority of the country was unaffected by the events of the past few weeks and those that were are quickly returning to normal. “Many tourists have continued and are continuing to holiday in the Red Sea areas and other parts of Egypt which is great and very much indicative of their confidence in the security and safety in Egypt,” Mr Khalil said. Aiming to match last year’s 14.7 million visitors, Mr Khalil said the country is looking at various ways to restore tourism traffic. “The country has gone through many tough times, and we have always pulled through and proved our capabilities to recover as a top tourist destination for travellers,” he said.Last year up to 72,000 Australians travelled to Egypt last year, a 14 percent increase from 2009. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The Cardinals are not having a memorable season on eitherside of the ball, but the defense would be even moreforgettable without Calais Campbell going after theopposing quarterback.The defensive end leads the team with five sacks; and eventhough 4.5 of those came against the Seahawks and Rams,Campbell’s effort to pressure the quarterback can’t bedenied.According to Word From the Birds Blog,Campbell and the coaching staff both want to see more. “Alot of times I didn’t play as well as I could have. I feellike I could play so much better,” Campbell said. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Still, with his contract running out at the end of theyear, an extension is something that the Cardinals need toget done.The Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett agrees. “We need to (resign him), and I trust Rod Graves and theorganization, they’ll do right by Calais,” he said. “He’sonly got upside.”There doesn’t seem to be anything in works yet, but asfans’ attention shifts from the disappointment of thisseason to the possibilities for next year, expect that tochange.Teams aren’t afraid when they come into Glendale, and theyshouldn’t be. The Cardinals need to get better next season. The defenseneeds to get better, and they can’t do that by letting thepieces that are working get away.“When you are trying to develop a championship team, youcan’t just let guys leak out of here,” Dockett said. “Weare trying to get back to the Super Bowl and be apowerhouse team, we can’t just work together, we also haveto have the guys here, the weapons to get that done.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img 2 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) runs against San Francisco 49ers defensive end Leger Douzable during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) The Arizona Cardinals have placed running back Adrian Peterson on injured reserve and claimed cornerback C.J. Goodwin off waivers, the team announced Friday.The anticipated move by the Cardinals comes after Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson the status of his injury early Friday morning. Peterson has missed the last two games due to the neck injury he suffered against the Jaguars on Nov. 26. He has not practiced since the injury.Since being acquired from the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 10, the 32-year-old has 129 carries for 448 yards and two touchdowns in six games for Arizona.Peterson came out of the gates strong for Arizona, rushing for 134 yards and two touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his Cardinals debut and then carrying the ball a career-high 37 times for 159 yards against the San Francisco 49ers two weeks later.With Peterson’s roster spot vacant, the Cardinals added depth to the secondary, claiming Goodwin from the Atlanta Falcons.A wide receiver at California University of Pennsylvania, Goodwin signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014. He remained on the Steelers practice squad his rookie season before joining the Atlanta Falcons practice squad in 2015.Goodwin played in 14 games for the Falcons in 2016, mostly on special teams where he recorded 10 tackles. This season, Goodwin played 12 games for the Falcons, recording five tackles on defense and three on the special teams unit. Here is #Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson’s statement to me on the end of his season & his future. pic.twitter.com/Pd8f63dNuQ— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) December 15, 2017Peterson is the 13th Cardinals’ player on IR heading into the final three weeks of the season. Friday morning, long snapper Aaron Brewer was activated after spending the last eight weeks nursing a wrist injury he suffered against Philadelphia in October. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Geneva Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgGeneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineLouis Vuitton has announced its acquisition of La Fabrique du Temps, a Geneva-based haute horology workshop that specializes in crafting such high standard movements as tourbillons and minute repeaters.Since its founding in 2007, La Fabrique du Temps has been a partner of the French house. This new acquisition will serve to reinforce Louis Vuitton’s expanding watchmaking venture. In 2002, the company unveiled a workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds to turn out exceptional movements, including the now-signature Tambour watch. By integrating La Fabrique du Temps, the company will further develop its standards of quality and technical know-how in high end watchmaking. La Fabrique du Temps will continue to fulfill orders for external clients.Visit www.louisvuitton.com.last_img read more

Union calls on employers to respect workers

first_imgSek trade union called on employers to respect workers in the public sector and be thankful because it was the unions that saved Cyprus from bankruptcy in 2013.In a written response to criticism after they called a three-hour stoppage next Thursday over the government’s refusal to satisfy their demands for a 2.2 per cent pay rise, the union said their claims never put public finances in danger and their stance, especially Sek’s, had prevented bankruptcy in the recent past.“Political parties and employers, which recently criticised unions, ought to know this reality well,” Sek said, adding that they were demanding implementation of an agreement they struck with the finance ministry on the administration of pay issues in the wider public sector.The union said the government itself had brought semi-government organisations to their knees by syphoning cash to cover fiscal deficits.“Between 2002 and 2006, a total of CYP 237.7m (€401m) were drawn from Cyta and the Eac,” the union said.Sek had disagreed with the practice but its protests fell on deaf ears, it said.“With time, mostly neoliberal forces and employment groups blamed problems in semi-government organisations on the wage earners’ demands.”The union said wage earners had agreed to whatever was asked of them to tackle the crisis, in contrast with employers who refused to pay the annual company levy, they tax evaded and employed undeclared workers depriving state coffers of millions.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more