The fourth global Disaster Management Congress, on the theme “Future we want — bridging the gap between the promises and action,” will be organized at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here from January 29 to February 1, next year. It will aim to give impetus to research and discussion on the topic globally.The organisersThe State government is the principal organiser of the meet, where over 1,500 delegates from more than 100 countries are expected to be present. Twelve committees have been constituted for its organisation and the main steering committee is headed by Rehabilitation Minister Chandrakant Patil. The first meeting of the steering committee was held at Mantralaya on Thursday. Mr. Patil said that the State government has done excellent work in disaster management in the last few years. “This conference will be the medium to present our work at a global level. The attending experts and delegates of other countries will exchange details of disaster management work as well.”Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Disaster Management Initiatives and Convergence Society (DMICS) Hyderabad, IIT (Mumbai) are the co-organisers. Representatives of various State governments and local bodies in the country, and delegates from the United Nations International Children’s Fund, World Health Organization, United Nations, various voluntary organisations associated with disaster management, universities, educational institutions, researchers, and experts from all over the world are expected to be there. A disaster recovery related exhibition will also be on display. The conference will be inaugurated on January 29, 2019. Global level experts will address eight symposiums on topics such as risk management in disaster, agriculture, health, education and sustainable development in disaster management. One will discuss the challenges in the implementation of a global structure for disaster recovery.Prizes for researchSimilarly, Researchers will present papers on severity of disasters, reducing its incidence, emergency assistance and so on. Prizes will also be distributed for the top research papers, research and innovative start ups. Short essays on this issue can be submitted from September 10 to October 31, 2018. The first Disaster Management Conference was held in Hyderabad on behalf of DMICS in 2008. The second was held in 2015 and the third in 2017 at Vishakhapatanam, in which delegates from 56 countries were present.
The Meghalaya High Court on Friday imposed a fine of ₹2 lakh each on The Shillong Times Editor Patricia Mukhim and publisher Shobha Chaudhuri and ordered them to sit in the corner of the courtroom till the rising of the court in a contempt case.The case relates to an order by Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen on the perks and facilities for retired judges and their families.The report on December 10, 2018, headlined “When judges judge for themselves” likened the order to that of Meghalaya High Court’s former Chief Justice Uma Nath Singh and former Justice T.K.N. Singh on January 7, 2016 for providing them Z-category and Y-category security respectively.The Supreme Court later quashed the order seeking special category security.‘Sit in the corner’Issuing the order, a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir said that Ms. Mukhim and Ms. Chaudhuri would have to undergo six months of simple imprisonment and the newspaper would be banned if they fail to deposit the amount within a week.“In exercise of the power vested on us by Article 215 of the Constitution of India, we sentence both the contemnors to sit in the corner of the courtroom till the rising of the court and impose a fine of ₹2 lakh each which is to be deposited with the Registry within a week and then to be deposited in the welfare fund of this high court,” the Bench said.“We also further direct that in default of payment, both the contemnors will have to undergo six months simple imprisonment and the paper so-called Shillong Times will automatically come to an end,” the Bench said while disposing of the contempt case.‘Right journalism’Ms. Mukhim reacted by posting on Facebook: “We are told that the press is the fourth estate to keep the legislature, executive and judiciary in check. We are also exhorted by the most enlightened souls that the purpose of journalism is to afflict those in comfort zones and to comfort the afflicted and the voiceless. If the mighty are offended with us we must be doing something right in our journalism and not propaganda.”The day The Shillong Times carried the report the High Court found contemptuous, Justice Sen had appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Centre to grant instantaneous citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. This was while admitting a petition of an Army recruit who was denied domicile certificate by the Meghalaya government.
India ranks third among countries that show the most promise for disruptive technology breakthroughs that will impact the world, according to KPMG’s 2018 Global Technology Innovation Report that was released on March 28. The United States is the tech leader while China holds the second place on the list.More than one-third (34 percent) of those surveyed named the United States as the most promising market for tech breakthroughs compared to 26 percent in last year’s report. China remained second at 26 percent, and India ranked third at 13 percent, with the United Kingdom and Japan coming fourth. The report highlights key findings from a survey of nearly 800 technology industry leaders globally about technology innovation, leadership and market trends.India has prioritized government support for entrepreneurship and a burgeoning culture of innovation. Many start-up business models are leveraging emerging technologies to cater to India’s mobile-first generation, the report said.Bengaluru was the only Indian city that industry leaders said would be leading technology innovation in the next four years. They were asked about which cities in addition to Silicon Valley, San Francisco, would be technology hubs.Top 10 cities: 1. Shanghai 2. Tokyo 3. London and New York 5. Beijing and Singapore 7. Seoul 8. Tel Aviv and Bengaluru 10. BerlinAmong those surveyed, 16 per cent people thought that the tech innovation center of the world will shift from Silicon Valley to India. The responses were affected by nationalism as well. For example, in a global survey, 58 per cent Indians voted to say that Bengaluru will become a global technology hub in the next four years while only 10 per cent of voters from across the world voted for the Indian city. Mumbai received 2 per cent votes while New Delhi and Hyderabad received 1 per cent each.“Innovation has become decentralized globally with some cities making great progress while others still face macroeconomic and infrastructure challenges,” said Tim Zanni, global and US technology sector leader for KPMG. “Many factors affect a city’s perception as an innovation hub, including favorable government policies and incentives, accelerators, tech parks, corporate investment, state-of-the-art infrastructure and, in all cases, at least a few highly successful and wildly popular success stories.”Among the innovation visionaries, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, was ranked first, followed by the Indian American Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg came in third, and Alibaba chairman Jack Ma was ranked fourth. Indian American Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Bill Gates tied for the fifth place while Alphabet CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook took the seventh spot.Google was again cited as the leading visionary company in driving tech innovation. Apple, Microsoft, and Tesla came in second, third and fourth, respectively. Amazon and Alibaba tied for the fifth spot.Bengaluru, the most preferred tech hub in India, is home to Flipkart, Ola, Big Basket, Swiggy, Jabong, Quikr, among other startups. Related ItemsBengaluruStartupsundar pichai
Tripura Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman has been removed from BJP-led coalition government in Tripura. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who was unhappy with Mr. Barman for his alleged anti-party activities, effected the change late Friday night.An official notification signed by in-charge Chief Secretary Kumar Alok said Chief Minister will oversee three of four departments held by Mr. Barman while Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarman will hold one department.The notification said Sudip Roy Barman ‘ceased to be a member of the council of ministers.’Mr. Barman was not seen anywhere during the BJP’s campaigns before the Lok Sabha elections. He even appealed people to vote for ‘eligible candidates’ which did not go down well with BJP top brass.Mr. Barman, along with several Congress MLAs, joined the saffron party ahead of assembly elections held in February 2018. He was a strong contender for post of Chief Minister.
India’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, who was on Friday named the country’s flag bearer for the upcoming Rio Olympics, announced that he will retire post the quadrennial event.Bindra, who clinched the gold in the men’s 10 metre air rifle event in Beijing, was chosen as the flag bearer of the Indian contingent at the Rio Games’ opening ceremony on August 5.The 33-year-old, who is all set to make his fifth Olympic appearance this year, took to Twitter to thank the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for choosing him, adding that the curtains will come down on his two-decade-old career after the men’s 10 metre air rifle event ends in Rio on August 8.”To be the flag bearer at the Olympic Games is an athletes ultimate honour. I am humbled & grateful to be considered worthy of this great honour,” Bindra wrote.In subsequent tweets, the ace shooter wrote, “I am sure the Indian Olympic Team would have the support of over a billion people as we march into the Rio Olympic Stadium.””As my sporting career which lasted 20 years draws to a close on the 8th of August , this is indeed special,” he added.The former World Champion is also one of the goodwill ambassadors of the Indian contingent for the Rio Games and is working towards inspiring the athletes to give their best in the Brazilian city this summer.As my sporting career which lasted 20 years draws to a close on the 8 th of August , this is indeed special.advertisement Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) June 10, 2016I am sure the Indian Olympic Team would have the support of over a billion people as we march into the Rio Olympic Stadium. Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) June 10, 2016To be the flag bearer at the Olympic Games is an athletes ultimate honor.I am humbled & grateful to be considered worthy of this great honor Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) June 10, 2016
Panaji, Oct 4 (PTI) After requesting to defer the dates of the National Games, the Goa government today expressed willingness to host the Games in September 2017 as the required infrastructure is getting ready. “Initially we had requested (to Indian Olympics Association) that Goa should not be asked to host the National Games scheduled in November 2016 as we were expecting early elections (for the Goa Legislative Assembly),” State Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar told reporters in Vasco.”But now the state government is ready and formal proposal has been submitted to IOA stating that the National Games can be hosted in Goa in September 2017,” he added.The elections for the State Legislative Assembly are due before March 2017.Tawadkar said various places have been identified in the state where infrastructure will be created to host National Games.He said the archery field would be in Poinguinim village.Earlier in March this year, Tawadkar had told the State Legislative assembly that the National Games were tentatively finalised from November 5-19, 2016.He had told the Assembly that Goa has already received an amount of Rs 97.80 crore from the Centre to host the Games. PTI RPS NRB PDS BS
In Group D, Southamptons Dusan Tadic scored the winner In Group D, Southamptons Dusan Tadic scored the winner as Serbia beat Austria 3-2 in Belgrade. Newcastles Alexsandar Mitrovic had scored Serbias first two goals in the opening half as his side went top on seven points. They lead the way on goal difference from the Republic of Ireland who beat Moldova 3-1 in Chisinau. Wes Hoolahan fed Shane Long to score after just two minutes for Ireland but Moldova, beaten 3-0 by Serbia at home on Thursday, levelled in injury-time when Igor Bugaiov scored his first goal in five years. West Broms James McClean was on target twice after the break to give Ireland the three points. Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Georgia in Cardiff as their push to reach a first World Cup since 1958 hit a roadblock. The draw followed a 2-2 stalemate against Austria four days ago as Chris Colemans side were left to regret not making the most of a host of chances in the first half. Real Madrid star Gareth Bale headed Wales into a 10th-minute lead but Georgia hit back after the break, equalising through Tornike Okriashvilis 57th-minute header. Georgia nearly won the game late on when Valeri Kazaishvili struck the crossbar. “People will look at it as two points dropped but it might be a point gained at the end of the day, in the second half,” said Coleman whose team went from top of the group to third place. In Group I, Croatia won 1-0 in Finland at Tampere with Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scoring the only goal after 18 minutes when Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky allowed a cross from Andrej Kramaric to slip from his grasp. Croatia have seven points and lead on goal difference from Iceland who followed up their come-from-behind 3-2 win over Finland with an impressive a 2-0 victory over Turkey in Reykjavik. Turkey defender Omer Toprak put through his own goal in the 42nd minute before Alfred Finnbogason added a second just before the break. Ukraine are third, two points back, after a 3-0 win over Kosovo in a game played at Krakow in Poland. AFP KHS KHSadvertisement
This will be the 24th Test match at this ground and This will be the 24th Test match at this ground and the win-loss record in favour of the hosts is 10-7.Incidentally, England had won the last two matches they had played here — in 2006 and 2012 — after having lost three Tests on the trot.Their only victory prior to those three defeats was in the BCCIs Golden Jubilee Test in 1980.The first-ever game between the two teams at this venue, in 1976, was drawn so that the win-loss record stands 3-3 between the two teams out of seven encounters. The stadium is hosting a Test match after three years and the last match which it hosted was the 200th farewell Test of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar against West Indies in November 2013. Meanwhile, England will practise tomorrow morning while India will practise in the afternoon. The two teams have had an extended break after the conclusion of the third Test at Mohali. Most of the visiting team members had travelled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates during the break and are scheduled to reach here tonight. PTI NRB SSR RMT KHS KHS
Photo Attribution: USATSIUSA Today came out with its annual college football coaches salary database on Wednesday and Mike Gundy was near the top of the list. His $3.45 million salary sparked some pretty intense feelings on Twitter.He’s overpaid!Pay him more so he won’t leave!I can’t believe he can’t afford a jacket he’s not ashamed to leave untucked!OK, so not the last one but it does raise the question of whether or not Mike Gundy is paid properly. As Deadspin pointed out, you’re worth whatever somebody will give you but that’s not a very fun answer so let’s look deeper.I want to show you why why Mike Gundy is underpaid at $3.45 million.To do so let’s take another school in the Big 12 that has traditionally been pretty good at basketball and not that great at football.Hmmm…let’s look at Iowa State.In 2012 Iowa State’s athletic department generated $55 million in revenue, $12 million of it in ticket sales.That’s a lot, but nowhere near what OSU generated. That same year OSU generated $87 million in revenue, $23 million of it in ticket sales.[1. We’re presuming that the majority of collegiate revenue is basketball/football related and really, if we’re honest, football related. I don’t feel like this is a stretch, especially with tickets.]The catch is that Iowa State has a bigger basketball arena and a football stadium that is more or less the same size. I wasn’t great at statistics in college but the difference in what the two schools generated ($32 million) seems to be greater than Mike Gundy’s salary $3.45 million.Now I know what you’re saying.Boone did that!Holder did that!Heck, Weeden did that!And those things are true, to disparage what hundreds of other folks have done to make OSU successful is trite, but remember most of those people are under the guidance of Gundy.Let’s look at OSU’s football record compared to ISU’s record over the last few years.Last three yearsOSU: 31-8ISU: 17-21And football attendance records over that same timespan…OSU2012 — 56,0002011 — 57,0002010 — 51,000ISU2012 — 55,0002011 — 54,0002010 — 45,000OSU with a slight lead, but here’s the thing. OSU is charging way more for its season ticket packages than Iowa State is. The simple reason: It can, because of that “Big 12 Champions” banner hanging in the east end zone.Really, take a look:Here’s Iowa State…Here’s Oklahoma State…OSU charges as much for recent graduates as Iowa State does for donors!Winning matters when it comes to the elasticity of ticket sales (let’s look back at this if Iowa State wins 30 games over the next three years) and Gundy is at the head of all that.But look at how many more donations OSU has gotten than Iowa State, you say. That’s true, but if you don’t think that’s Big 12 title-related, you’re kidding yourself.Football is the axis upon which this business model swings and Gundy is killing it right now. In 2005, the year Gundy took over, OSU’s revenue was $51 million with total ticket sales at $13 million. The increase of that alone to $87 million in 2013 means that Gundy is wildly underpaid at $3.45 million.But inflation, you say. What about it?$87 million in 2013 dollars is still $73 million in 2005 dollars so even if you think Gundy is responsible for, say, 25% of athletic department revenue AND take inflation into account, he’s still worth more than $3.45 million ($73 million – $51 million * 25% = $5.5 million).I’m totally ignoring the fact that Gundy could be replaced with somebody just as competent who could have done the exact same thing — this is the great equalizer for athletic directors and why they’re all praying Texas doesn’t do something stupid like blow the market on Saban at $10 million a year.And before we start thinking any fool could coach Weeden and Blackmon to a Big 12 title, remember that Mack Brown only has two conference titles at Texas in his time there (I believe the nerds call this “value above replacement”).Gundy is one of only seven coaches of the 11 highest paid to have a conference title. Going to the BCS is no joke and Gundy turned the trick in just six years as the head coach at Oklahoma freaking State.And he might do it in two of his first eight.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Al Senaani was on hand to block a Benzema strike as Madrid chased the lead, before the striker’s next two efforts bounced off the left-hand upright.While Madrid controlled possession and continued to turn the screw, they repeatedly looked vulnerable at the back whenever Al Jazira ventured forwards.However, Bale’s introduction took less than a minute to have a decisive impact on the match, as the international converted from a Lucas Vazquez cutback to find the net with the slightest hint of a deflection from Ronaldo. Al Jazira 1 Real Madrid 2: Bale spares Spanish blushes at Club World Cup Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 02:54 12/14/17 Getty Images Real Madrid defeated Al Jazira 2-1 in the Club World Cup semi-finals, but it was far from plain sailing for the European champions. Gareth Bale came off the bench to score a late winner as Real Madrid avoided embarrassment in a 2-1 victory over Al Jazira in the Club World Cup semi-finals.Bale, making just his second appearance since September, found the net with his first touch on a frustrating outing for Madrid, who dominated possession but struggled to find a way through.An inspired display by Al Jazira goalkeeper Ali Khaseifa thwarted the European champions early on before Romarinho fired the Emirati outfit into an unlikely lead. 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 Real Madrid had seen two goals disallowed in the first half and Al Jazira were themselves denied by VAR early in the second, with Mbark Boussoufa having an effort chalked off for offside.Khaseif’s withdrawal through injury after 51 minutes sparked the beginning of the Madrid revival, with Ronaldo becoming the competition’s all-time top scorer with his sixth Club World Cup goal before Bale completed the turnaround in the 81st minute.Madrid will now face Gremio in the final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.1 – Gareth Bale has scored with his first shot and his first touch of the game against Al Jazira. Impact. pic.twitter.com/8LvLjLBVZ9 — OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 13, 2017 Al Jazira goalkeeper Khaseif was predictably kept busy in the early stages and was equal to everything Madrid threw at him.Two dangerous Ronaldo headers – the deflected second requiring a miraculous reaction save – were kept out by the 30-year-old, while a fierce Luka Modric drive that looked destined for the bottom-left corner was touched onto the post.Khaseif’s all-action opening looked to have taken its toll when he went down injured after 14 minutes, but he was soon back on his feet and springing left to deny Karim Benzema.Benzema should have done better when he sent another header flying over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy moments later, and Khaseif continued to frustrate Madrid, getting down brilliantly to keep out Modric before Ronaldo sent yet another header straight at him.Al Jazira attacks were rare, however, and Ali Mabkhout squandered the side’s first clear-cut chance by firing wide of the left-hand post.Benzema finally had the ball in the net after 24 minutes but had his effort ruled out for a Ronaldo shove on Mohamed Ayed, before the France international was himself guilty of costing his side a goal.Casemiro’s header deflected in off a defender to spark Madrid celebrations – but a video review swiftly dampened spirits by judging Benzema to be offside.And Al Jazira took a shock lead four minutes from half-time, when some lax defending from an underemployed Madrid back line allowed Romarinho to turn inside Raphael Varane and coolly curl around Keylor Navas. The match looked to have taken another remarkable turn early in the second half but Al Jazira’s hopes soon began to unravel.Boussoufa appeared to have doubled Al Jazira’s lead only to be deemed marginally offside after he and Mabkhout had raced clear of an absent Madrid defence.And an even bigger blow arrived three minutes later when Khaseif’s earlier injury forced him off.Having toiled for an hour trying to get the better of game’s star performer, it took just three minutes to beat replacement Khaled Al Senaani – Ronaldo turning in the box and rifling home the leveller.RECORD-BREAKER!With @Cristiano levelling the scores in Abu Dhabi, the @RealMadrid man becomes the # ClubWC ‘s all-time top scorer, registering his sixth goal in the competition! pic.twitter.com/0hzU5QijsZ — #ClubWC (@FIFAcom) December 13, 2017 Wales read more
Les Néo-Écossais qui désirent aider à changer les choses dans leurs collectivités peuvent présenter leur candidature à l’un des nombreux postes vacants au sein des 165 agences, conseils et commissions de la Province. Le gouvernement provincial a lancé sa campagne de recrutement du printemps, aujourd’hui, le 11 avril, pour inciter plus de gens à se porter candidats et à jouer un rôle actif. « Je félicite les nombreux Néo-Écossais qui mettent bénévolement leur temps et leur expertise au service du bien public, a déclaré la ministre du Secteur bénévole, Kelly Regan. J’invite toute personne intéressée à voir quels sont les postes vacants et à présenter sa candidature. Les agences, les conseils et les commissions offrent un rôle important aux gens qui veulent participer à changer les choses dans la province. » Les agences, les commissions et les conseils juridictionnels ont des rôles et des intérêts différents et leurs fonctions sont quasi-judiciaires. Les membres de ces conseils examinent la preuve, formulent des constatations en fait et en droit, et prennent des décisions qui ont une incidence sur la liberté, la sécurité ou les garanties juridiques d’une personne. Pour prendre leurs décisions, ils doivent appliquer des principes juridiques, professionnels et techniques solides. Parmi les agences, conseils et commissions juridictionnels, il y a le Conseil sur les pratiques agricoles, le Comité d’examen en vertu du Code criminel et le Comité d’appel sur les frais de scolarité. Les agences, les commissions et les conseils non juridictionnels prennent des décisions ou formulent des recommandations pour le gouvernement sur des questions de finances, de réglementation, d’affaires ou de politiques. Leur travail a des répercussions profondes dans de nombreux domaines qui touchent les Néo-Écossais, y compris les services aux jeunes, les régies régionales de la santé et les conseils d’octroi de licences. « J’aime travailler avec les personnes dévouées qui forment le Conseil. Nous traitons de nombreux produits agricoles et nous apprenons continuellement, a déclaré Carol Versteeg, qui est membre du Natural Products Marketing Council. Ensemble, nous visons à ce que l’agriculture soit un facteur de croissance économique fort pour notre province. » Les demandes sont évaluées en fonction des compétences et des qualités des postulants ainsi que des besoins de chaque commission, agence ou conseil. Les demandes pour faire partie des commissions, des agences et des conseils non juridictionnels sont acceptées en tout temps. Elles seront évaluées à compter du 12 mai. La date limite pour présenter une demande pour faire partie des commissions, des agences et des conseils juridictionnels est le 19 mai. « C’est avec plaisir que j’ai accepté l’invitation de servir la population. Les membres de la Commission ont différents domaines d’expertise et traitent de questions complexes en génie et de questions financières stratégiques, de dire William Mills,Commissaire à la Commission des ponts Halifax-Dartmouth. J’aime être actif dans le milieu des affaires et faire ma part pour la collectivité. C’est une expérience stimulante et gratifiante. » Les candidatures reçues seront examinées pour les postes à combler dans l’immédiat et au cours de la prochaine année. L’étude des candidatures peut prendre du temps compte tenu de la grande diversité des postes à combler au sein des conseils, des agences et des commissions et du choix du moment des nominations. Les personnes qui désirent présenter leur candidature peuvent s’adresser au Bureau du Conseil exécutif au 902-424-4877 ou au numéro sans frais 1-866-206-6844 si elles ont des questions au sujet du processus. Le gouvernement provincial a une politique d’équité en matière d’emploi. Il encourage les personnes autochtones, les Afro-Néo-Écossais, les membres d’autres groupes raciaux visibles, les personnes handicapées et les femmes à présenter leur candidature. Il les invitent aussi à signaler leur appartenance à ces groupes dans leur demande, leur lettre de présentation ou leur curriculum vitæ. Pour plus d’informations sur le profil des postes à pourvoir au sein des conseils, des agences et des commissions, sur les postes vacants et sur la façon de présenter une demande, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/exec_council/abc/current-opportunities.asp (en anglais seulement).
MONTREAL – The Quebec Court of Appeal has authorized a new class action lawsuit against a major Roman Catholic organization for alleged sexual abuse committed by some of its members.The decision overturns a 2015 Superior Court of Quebec ruling rejecting the class action request.The Congregation of Holy Cross apologized and paid up to $18 million in 2013 to compensate victims for abuse that occurred at three Quebec institutions over a five-decade span.That agreement stemmed from an out-of-court mediated settlement, spurred by the threat of a class-action lawsuit.A spokesman for a victims’ rights group says the landmark settlement prompted about 40 new alleged victims to come forward.Sebastien Richard says the current class-action names more institutions, including Montreal’s iconic Saint Joseph’s Oratory.In a phone interview, Richard pointed out that the oratory is Canada’s largest church and reports directly to the Vatican, which could lead to embarrassment on the church’s part if the class-action is successful.He also accused the religious order of doing what it could to “drag out” the process, noting that time is running out for many of the alleged victims, many of whom are elderly.“They’re also people who have kept silent for a long time — too long,” he said Wednesday.The Congregation of Holy Cross did not respond to a request for comment.
“We have been feeding more or less everybody who is in need,” said Jan Egeland. “We provided medical assistance, we provided water, and we provided sanitation in very difficult circumstances.”But reconstruction has gone slower than expected, and with the rainy season beginning, many people in Aceh will urgently need shelter, he said.Mr. Egeland stressed the need to coordinate shelter-building activities among agencies more closely. Eric Morris, who had been in charge of developing a six-month transitional and permanent shelter plan, has been designated to head that effort.The plan for the next six months is to move all people out of tents and more than 100,000 into new transitional shelter while building tens of thousands of new permanent houses, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The overall goal is to get all inhabitants into permanent housing before next year’s rainy season.
“Security spending alone, without good governance and the rule of law, does not necessarily result in higher levels of safety and stability for citizens, countries or regions. Nor does it necessarily enhance development,” Mr. Eliasson said addressing the high-level meeting of the Group of Friends of Security Sector Reform earlier today at UN Headquarters in New York.He added that from Liberia and the Central African Republic to Somalia, security sector reform efforts had to be deeply embedded within the country itself, rather than imposed from the outside, and he observed that commitment from host governments remained “absolutely critical.”According to the UN, security sector reform is a process which aims to “enhance effective and accountable security for the State and its peoples” by transforming the security sectors – defence, law enforcement, corrections, intelligence services and institutions responsible for border management, customs and civil emergencies – into more accountable and professional institutions which fully respect human rights and the rule of law.Providing an example, Mr. Eliasson pointed to Guinea where, under the leadership of the President, a $12 million UN Peacebuilding Fund allocation had successfully supported “a difficult political transition.” Yet in South Sudan, a lack of broad-based political agreement on security sector reform or on how to resolve the country’s ongoing political crisis had left the young African nation teetering on the brink of a massive security and humanitarian crisis.To secure the full implementation of security sector reform, the Deputy Secretary-General suggested what he described as four “cross-cutting priorities”: securing political commitments and leadership by incorporating security sector reform into the mandates of senior leaders; integrating such reform with critical peacekeeping and peacebuilding tasks; deepening and broadening partnerships; and strengthening the evaluation capacity of the UN and Member States. Also addressing the High-Level debate, Assistant Secretary-General for the Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Dmitry Titov, similarly warned that poorly trained and inadequately equipped security forces are “a threat not only to safety and stability, but also basic rights, such as the freedom of expression” – a problem which has become “all too common” in peacekeeping settings. To that point, he proposed three priorities which, he said, should be applied within a peace operating context: the training and equipping of national security forces and the development of national governance capacities; the creation of operational partnerships; and the establishment of inclusive political agreements that ensure the popular legitimacy of the State and national ownership of security sector reform. “Weak institutions and flaws in the rule of law are among the most serious obstacles to sustainable development,” Mr. Eliasson continued. “Inclusive and accountable security institutions, that uphold the rule of law and respect human rights, are a necessary element for sustainable development.”
“I can also boast six Admirals among my forebears, who fought with varying degrees of distinction for King and country throughout the 18th century. The Duchess of Cornwall, watched by her husband, has named the Royal Navy’s second new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales.Work on the huge £3 billion vessel was halted for the old naval tradition which combines a celebration with a solemn blessing.The duchess, the ship’s sponsor, smashed a bottle of whisky against the ship in the ceremony at Rosyth Dockyard, Fife. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the ceremony in RosythCredit:PA Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrives with Prince Charles at aircraft carrier ceremonyCredit:Getty Sailors march past the new carrierCredit:Reuters The duchess presses a button to release a bottle of whiskyCredit:PA Her husband, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, looked on as she carried out the honours as the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier reached the latest landmark in the construction process. It will be 2019 before the carrier can begin sea trials.After a short speech, Camilla declared: “I name this ship Prince of Wales. May God bless her and all who sail in her.”She pressed a button to trigger the smashing of a bottle of Laphroaig whisky against the ship’s hull. The Islay single malt is believed to be one of Charles’s favourites. The carrier is the seventh ship in the Navy to bear the name HMS Prince of Wales, with the first being launched in 1765.The “most distinguished” was a King George V class battleship, launched in 1939, which played a vital part in the Second World War.It was sunk in the South China Sea in December 1941, with the loss of 327 lives. Three men who served on the battleship were present at Friday’s ceremony. In her speech, she said: “As Lady Sponsor, I take great pride in my own personal connections with the Royal Navy.”For almost ten years now, I have been Commodore in Chief of the Royal Navy Medical Service and of the naval chaplaincy service. Camilla wore a navy blue dress and coat designed by Fiona Clare for the occasion, along with a navy and white Philip Treacy hat and a Prince of Wales feathered brooch. Charles, Admiral of the Fleet, was in uniform. “Naturally, however, my closest connection with our great Navy is through another Admiral, my husband, another Prince of Wales. So I already feel a particular affection for this ship.”When she and her ship’s company are out on the high seas, please remember that I will be holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.”I am certain that you will carry out whatever is asked of you with the pride that comes of being at the forefront of our Naval prowess. Wherever she is asked to serve her country, may she and her company return safely to harbour.”Earlier, the duchess told the crowds that seven shipyards across the country had worked together to design and build the 900ft carrier and its identical sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, which arrived in its home base of Portsmouth last month. 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.
Tim Willcox outside the Rolls Building in London, where he is challenging income tax and national insurance demands made by HMRC officialsCredit:Kirsty O’Connor/PA He told a High Court tax tribunal: “One is constantly at the whim of any new programme editor or whoever new comes in … It might be as simple as someone saying, ‘I don’t want someone with a double-barrelled name on the 10 O’Clock News.’”Mr Willcox presented the Chilean miners’ story in 2010, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013, and the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in 2015. BBC presenters could miss out on high-profile jobs if they have a double-barrelled name, a tribunal heard as a veteran journalist described the “whimsical, ludicrous, precarious business” of broadcast news.Tim Willcox, a presenter on BBC news since 2004, said some executives valued “what looked right” ahead of journalistic integrity.Along with David Eades and Joanna Gosling, Mr Willcox is appealing against a joint tax bill of £920,000 in what is seen as a test case for more than 100 other presenters.The three were told to set up personal service companies by the BBC in return for contracts that granted them a minimum amount of work. HMRC says the arrangement amounts to employment and attracts a different tax scale.Mr Willcox said he was relieved to be offered a BBC contract because “I work in a very competitive industry where people fall in and out of favour”. But he said: “There have been several occasions where I’ve had calls before going on air from the managing editor saying: ‘I wanted to warn you that we’ve taken on a particular person and, as a result, the amount of work we can give you has been significantly impacted.’”The case continues. 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.
Few tech topics lead to as much collective groaning as patent spats, and few companies are involved in them more publicly than Apple. Earlier this year, HTC decided to launch an attack on Apple to the tune of $300 million dollars — using graphics patents that it now turns out they might not even own.Yes, really.It all started back in 2010 when Apple sued HTC for infringing 20 of its patents. HTC vowed to defend itself vigorously, and Microsoft gave Apple a fistbump of support — which isn’t nearly as surprising as you might think, since Microsoft took HTC to task over patent issues itself. HTC then countersued Apple and sought additional protection by buddying up with one of the industry’s most notorious patent trolls.Then, back in July, HTC acquired graphics stalwart S3. While not quite the household name that either AMD or Nvidia are, S3 developed some truly groundbreaking graphics tech. In fact, the texture compression S3 developed was licensed by Microsoft for DirectX on Windows and both Sony and Nintendo for their gaming consoles.What motivated the HTC purchase? Matthew mused that it might be stockpiling ammo for another counter-assault on Apple. That turned out to be the case, but according to AMD the patents HTC used to file the new suit aren’t even theirs to use. AMD claims that ATI purchased the patents from S3 “years ago” and can provide the complete ownership history.If that’s true, the only way HTC could still use the previously-S3-owned patents to attack Apple would be with AMD’s blessing — and that’s not going to happen. AMD has no intentions of suing one of its best customers, says the company. So once again HTC appears to be on shaky ground with Apple, but as we’ve seen before, in this case there’s always time for one more twist.More at Roughly Drafted and FOSS Patents
You have probably heard that Windows 8 will officially be released on October 26th but, as you assumed, lots of people will be getting it ahead of that date. Just like with Windows 8 RP and CP, versions are seeded to insiders — like developers and TechNet subscribers — as early as possible so that they can test software, demo systems, and generally get ready for the switch-over… even if many of them won’t have to start supporting Windows 8 for some time. Today, at 1pm, the next floodgate opened and Windows 8 RTM became available to download.This is such a notable date because RTM (Release to manufacturing) is essentially a finalized version of Windows 8. Unlike the Release Preview and Consumer Preview, which contained known issues and were considered at least somewhat unstable, RTM is past the point where any significant changes will be made to the software. The Windows team noted that they will continue to monitor and improve on the operating system but, barring a major disaster, this is essentially the Windows 8 that we will all buy in late October.The people getting Windows 8 today won’t typically be enthusiasts, but rather MSDN and TechNet subscribers. This means IT departments and developers, who’ll want to kick the tires of Win 8 as early as possible and have more important things to do than see if it’ll run on that Core 2 Duo box in the basement.Windows 8 officially hit the RTM milestone on August 1st, at which points Microsoft actually started sending it out to manufacturers (it’s not just a fun acronym!). IT pros and devs had to wait another two weeks, but will still be swiping and charm-tapping on RTM well ahead of the crowd.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Undocumented migrants and asylum-seekers face “shocking” detention conditions in crisis-hit Greece, a UN envoy has said, raising concerns about children being held at a police station and severe overcrowding. Francois Crepeau, the UN special rapporteur on migrant human rights, said EU states should do more to help genuine refugees leave Greece where he said they are “trapped”. In recession for the past five years and enforcing a tough austerity policy in return for EU-IMF loans, Greece is now home to hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants and refugees from Asia and Africa. With state services nearing collapse after spending cuts and layoffs, authorities last year decided to round up thousands of migrants lacking residency papers in urban police sweeps and detain them until they can be repatriated. Owing to a shortage of prison space, several disused army barracks have been turned into “temporary hospitality” centres for them. Mr Crepeau said he had visited 11 detention centres and related police facilities around the country during a nine-day visit, part of a year-long study on the management of the EU’s external borders. The Canadian official said he saw infants behind bars at an Athens police station, a group of Afghan children living under an underpass at the port of Patras, and a cramped detention centre near the Greek-Turkish border where newly arrived migrants can be held indefinitely. “Twenty-eight people are held in a small room. The beds are concrete slabs. The toilets are filthy. There is no artificial light. These are shocking places,” said Mr Crepeau, who has also visited Tunisia, Turkey and Italy. Most of the Greek detention facilities he visited lacked heating and hot water and the detainees were suffering due to insufficient and poor quality food, lack of soap and other hygiene products, clothing and blankets, he said. Citing a “need for solidarity”, he said “EU members should do more at a bilateral level” to help Greece’s refugees. “At present there is no will to re-establish refugees trapped in Greece,” he said. “EU states have a much bigger role to play in supporting Greece, but also Turkey and Tunisia.” He urged the EU to support initiatives to improve services for migrants, rather than for the construction of detention centres, and to consider providing direct funding to aid groups working with migrants. Greece lacks a coherent strategy for handling undocumented migrants who cannot be deported, Mr Crepeau said. Government officials told him that a civilian asylum service and a proper first reception procedure to screen vulnerable migrants would be in place by June. In a press statement, Mr Crepeau said he was also “deeply concerned” about “widespread” xenophobic violence and attacks against migrants in Greece in which law enforcement officers have also allegedly participated. “Migrants told me of violence by coastguards and border guards, in detention or outside. And of law enforcement personnel remaining inactive when violence happens,” Mr Crepeau said. Most of the attacks have been attributed to the neo-Nazi group Golden Dawn, which earlier this year elected 18 deputies to the 300-seat Greek parliament and has seen its approval ratings climb to more than 10 per cent in recent opinion polls. A silent march against racism in Greece will be held on December 15. Source: AFP
Restauration : l’UFC-Que Choisir réclame une formation à l’hygièneL’UFC-Que Choisir exhorte le gouvernement à mettre en œuvre la loi qui rend obligatoire “la formation en hygiène alimentaire pour les professionnels de la restauration”, dans un communiqué publié vendredi.L’UFC-Que Choisir est en colère et le fait savoir dans un communiqué. Ainsi, l’association de consommateurs met en cause le gouvernement et son “laxisme” qui tarderait à “mettre en œuvre la loi rendant obligatoire la formation en hygiène alimentaire pour les professionnels de la restauration” alors que ces dernières semaines, deux jeunes sont décédés, l’un à Chartres et l’autre à Avignon, des suites d’une intoxication alimentaire (voir notre article). Ainsi, l’association évoque le cas de la jeune adolescente décédée après avoir mangé un kebab à Chartres en s’interrogeant : “Combien de morts faudra-t-il encore avant que la formation à l’hygiène des professionnels ne devienne obligatoire ?”. L’association de consommateurs regrette que la loi de Modernisation agricole, pourtant adoptée il y a 8 mois, ne soit pas encore appliquée alors que cette dernière rend obligatoire la formation à l’hygiène tant demandée. Pour l’UFC-Que Choisir, “concrètement, cela signifie qu’à ce jour, les professionnels ne sont toujours astreints à aucune obligation de formation”. “Un renforcement des effectifs des services officiels de contrôles” est également souhaité. Et l’association de consommateurs de conclure que d’après sa propre enquête, de nombreux restaurants ou commerces ne respectent toujours pas les règles “élémentaires de l’hygiène alimentaire, tels que des dépassements des dates limites de consommation ou des non respects des températures de conservation”.Le 14 mars 2011 à 12:34 • Emmanuel Perrin