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Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a Disaster

first_imgBouncing back after storms, floods, and power outagesIn light of this, BuildingGreen and I have launched the Resilient Design Institute (RDI). Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a disturbance or interruption, whether from an intense storm, flood, drought, wildfire, extended power outage, or shortage of heating or transportation fuel. Some of these interruptions have their origins in nature (“acts of God”), while others could be caused by human actions, such as terrorism.Resilient design addresses the collection of strategies and practices that can help keep us safe and secure in our homes and communities during and following such events.While sustainability and green building are motivated by altruism (doing the right thing), resilient design is a life-safety issue. Many of the end-points are the same, but the motivation is a little different.I believe that resilience can ultimately be a stronger motivation for building highly insulated buildings, creating walkable communities, and carrying out other actions that will help us maintain safe, livable conditions should we find ourselves without power for three weeks or if political strife in the Middle East results in shortages of gasoline or heating oil. We get the comfort and security, and in so doing, we get a cleaner environment and help to mitigate climate change. Some 27 years ago, following a five-year stint as director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (which was then based in Brattleboro), I launched my own company focusing on information about environmentally responsible design and construction. That company, now called BuildingGreen and with a staff of 18, remains a leading player in the green building world — a trusted source of information on green building products, the place to find objective news on happenings in the green building world, an independent voice on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System.It’s a great place to work, and I’m thrilled to serve as executive editor at BuildingGreen and be able to research and write about all the cool stuff that our subscribers need to know. Nadav Malin has been doing a superb job at running the company since I handed the reins to him several years ago.My shift away from company management at BuildingGreen has given me the space to focus on where we’re heading in the building industry and what sort of changes will be needed to solve the many challenges we face, led by climate change. My sabbatical last year, which I began with a contemplative 1,900-mile bicycle trip through the Southwest, provided an opportunity to delve deeply into this thinking.What emerged was the need to find a new motivation for creating more sustainable, lower-impact buildings and communities. From what the climate scientists tell us, we’re simply not making rapid enough progress in slowing our consumption of carbon-dioxide-spewing fossil fuels, which are warming the planet. The motivation of “doing the right thing” isn’t driving change at a rapid enough pace. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also recently created the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Check out the RDI websiteI encourage you to visit our website and give us some feedback. The website is new, but will expand over time. I’d love to hear your comments and recommendations. Send them to Staying warm and ensuring access to drinking waterResilience has a lot of components, including: ·      Superinsulated, passive solar houses that will never drop below 45–50°F even after weeks of power outage or loss of heating fuel; ·      Pedestrian-friendly and bicycle-friendly towns and cities that allow us to get around without cars; ·      Access to fresh water, and an ability to use it frugally, should drought cause shortages or power outages prevent us from pumping it; ·      Local food production that can help keep us fed should drought in the West cause crop failures or should diesel shortages limit trucking; ·      Strong communities in which neighbors get to know each other and are able to rely on one another during times of emergency; and ·      Healthy local economies that can weather recessions, perturbations in markets, and, ultimately, the inevitable transition from a growth economy to a steady-state economy.center_img Defining Habitable TemperaturesResilient CommunitiesResilient Design: Passive Solar HeatResilient Design: Dramatically Better Building Envelopes Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More ResilientResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsMaking the Case for Resilient DesignBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterGreen Building Priority #9 – Create Resilient HousesMaking Houses Resilient to Power Outages RELATED ARTICLES Plans for the Resilient Design InstituteOur intent with RDI is to provide a go-to repository for information on all aspects of resilience, with a focus on practical solutions for achieving resilience in these various areas. Along with developing a comprehensive website with such information, we will produce fact sheets, handbooks, white papers, course curricula, and other resources.We will hold symposia and retreats to delve into various aspects of resilience. Topics of such meetings could include metrics for measuring vulnerability and resilience, incorporating resilience into building codes, resilient agriculture practices, and strategies for boosting the biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems. Foundation support will be sought for such gatherings.We hope to obtain foundation support for developing methodologies for assessing vulnerabilities and resilience of municipalities and institutions. Donations are welcome to aid in this effort! Secure donations can be made online by clicking on the “Donate” button (lower right side of any page on the website), or you can mail a check to the Resilient Design Institute.last_img read more

Rape accused shot dead in Manipur

first_imgTwo unidentified persons on Sunday night gunned down a youth who was in judicial custody on the charge of rape and attempted murder of a girl. The slain youth was identified as Ghanashyam Heisnam, 25, of Thanga islet in Bishnupur district in Manipur.Police are not ruling out the involvement of proscribed insurgents in the killing of Heisnam who was detained in connection with the rape on February 13, 2017. He was further charged with attempting to murder the girl later. Some time back, the insurgents had started killing rape accused.Heisnam was released on bail recently and was at a kiosk near his house when two scooter-borne youth fired at him. He was rushed to the hospital at nearby Moirang with three bullet injuries. Later, he was brought to Imphal but he succumbed to injuries.So far, there has been no claim for the shooting.In another incident, a 12-year-old girl, who was raped allegedly by her cousins one month ago, committed suicide on Saturday. Police have arrested some suspects in this connection.last_img read more

The story of Nike in its founders words

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 21 (PTI) The inside story of Nike, which began as an intrepid start-up evolving into one of the worlds most iconic brands is narrated for the first time by the multinational companys co-founder and CEO Phil Knight, in a memoir scheduled to hit the stands on April 26. Titled Shoe Dog the book, publisher Simon & Schuster says, focuses on the companys early years.In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed USD 50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission – import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the boot of his Plymouth, Knight grossed USD 8000 in his first year.Today, Nikes annual sales top USD 30 billion and the swoosh has become a revolutionary, globe-spanning icon, one of the most ubiquitous and recognisable symbols but Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always remained a mystery.”Candid, humble, wry and gutsy, he begins with his crossroads moment when at 24 he decided to start his own business,” says the publisher.Knight details the many risks and daunting setbacks that stood between him and his dream – along with his early triumphs.Above all, he recalls how his first band of partners and employees soon became a tight-knit band of brothers. Together, harnessing the transcendent power of a shared mission, and a deep belief in the spirit of sport, they built a brand that changed everything.”So that morning in 1962 I told myself: Let everyone else call your idea crazy? just keep going. Dont stop. Dont even think about stopping until you get there, and dont give much thought to where there is. Whatever comes, just dont stop,” Knight writes.advertisement Physician-author Abraham Verghese describes the book as “a great American story about luck, grit, know-how, and the magic alchemy of a handful of eccentric characters who came together to build Nike.””This is Phil Knight, one on one, no holds barred. The lessons he imparts about entrepreneurship and the obstacles one faces in trying to create something, are priceless. The pages I folded down are too many to mention,” he said in a statement by the publishers. PTI ANS ANSlast_img read more

Two Indian-Americans attend Kids State Dinner at White House

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, Jul 15 (PTI) Two Indian-American children have attended the annual state dinner for kids at the White House, an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama to promote healthy food among children.While mouthwatering Chicken Tikka Pita with Cucumber Raita landed Shakthi Ramachandran, 8, from Indiana to the White House; Priya Patel, 10, from Texas was invited to attend the Kids State Dinner for her recipe: Tex-Mex Veg-Head Lasagna.”And since 2012, as part of Lets Move!, weve hosted five of these — five Kids State Dinners here at the White House. And altogether, weve reviewed over 6,000 recipe submissions. Weve welcomed more than 270 young people and their families. And, of course, we ate a whole lot of good food,” Michelle said in her address to the kids who were invited from all the States after they competed in a food contests.The event is not just about eating well today, she said.”Its setting kids like all of you up for a lifetime of healthy choices. Because heres what we know:Eating healthy foods can affect how well you do in school. Thats right,” she said.”I cant say this enough — the food that you put into your bodies can actually help you get better grades. And it can also affect your performance in sports and other activities too. You see, when you give your body the best possible fuel, you have more energy, you?re stronger, you think more quickly. You just feel better in general all throughout the day, every day,” the First Lady said.advertisementAccording to Shakthi, one day she asked her father how she can make her favorite food chicken tikka masala into a sandwich.”I asked my dad how I can make chicken tikka masala and make it like a sandwich. I love chicken and I also like to eat a lot of vegetables,” she said.”This recipe combines all these things and is very tasty and delicious. In the summer most of the vegetables we eat are from our garden. The cucumber raita dressing makes it delicious,” Shakthi said.Priya said she was first inspired to make this recipe by her mom.”She always tells us to add vegetables to everything we make and to experiment,” she said.”I love Tex-Mex food and also lasagna so we thought this was a good way to combine both. My mom also tells us to be flexible so we use canned or frozen vegetables if were out of fresh. You can substitute any veggies and fruits you like. The possibilities are endless. My mom says not having or liking one ingredient is not an excuse to not try a recipe or to buy fast food!” Priya said. PTI LKJ UZMlast_img read more

Rajinikanths next film is “Kaala”, produced by Dhanush

first_imgChennai, May 25 (PTI) Tamil superstar Rajinikanth is joining hands with Pa Ranjith once again after Kabali for tri-lingual flick Kaala Karikalan (Kala) to be produced by the actors son-in-law Dhanush. The production team unveiled the films title this morning and released its first look later in the day, with Dhanush, himself an actor, describing the moment as “the biggest of them all.” “Here we go !! The biggest of them all .. #superstar Rajinikanths #kaala first look,” he said on his Twitter page, while sharing a couple of photos. In one of the pictures, Rajinikanth is seen casually dressed in a rolled up sleeve and a lungi, sporting sunglasses with his stylish smile and sitting atop a jeep carrying a Maharashtra registration number plate. The background is dotted with images resembling a large slum, indicating Ranjith could serve up a sumptuous feast for the actors die-hard fans. Another one showed an angry Rajinikanth emoting, with blood on his forehead. Though titled Kaala Karikalan the movie will be called Kaala, sources close to the production team said. Dhanush s Wunderbar Films Pvt. LTD. is producing the film, touted to be the sequel of Rajinikanths 2016 gangster show Kabali. Ranjiths favourite musician Santhosh Narayanan is onboard Kaala also and the film which is being made in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu. The film had earlier courted controversy with the adopted son of Mumbai don late Haji Mastan alleging the plot was based on his fathers life. The makers had, however, denied it. PTI SA VS MVVadvertisementlast_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Eight Round-of-16 spots up for grabs as group stage reaches climax

first_imgEight places in the Champions League’s last 16 are still up for grabs heading into the last round of group games.Three traditional heavyweights – Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – are already through, as are former champion Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. Tottenham and Besiktas complete the set of current qualifiers.A look at what’s happening around the Champions League this week:ATLETICO IN DANGERAtletico Madrid needs a lot to happen to keep alive its streak of four consecutive appearances in the knockout stage.Diego Simeone’s team, twice a finalist in the last four years, must beat Chelsea away and needs Roma to draw or lose against Azerbaijani team Qarabag at home.Reuters Photo Atletico didn’t win any of its first four matches in Group C. Among its setbacks were back-to-back draws against Qarabag.Sevilla is in a much more comfortable position as it can reach the last 16 for the second straight season with a draw at Maribor on Wednesday. Sevilla can win Group E with a win if Liverpool fails to defeat Spartak Moscow at home.ENGLISH SWEEP?England is already assured of having two group winners in the last 16, through Manchester City and Tottenham. By Wednesday, it could have five.On Tuesday, Manchester United needs just a point at home to CSKA Moscow to seal first place in Group A, and already qualified Chelsea can finish top of Group C by beating Atletico.Reuters Photo A day later, Liverpool can secure top spot in Group E by beating Spartak.advertisementThe English have never had five teams in the knockout stage of the Champions League.GERMANY DISAPPOINTSGermany’s representation in the last 16 could come down to just one team, Bayern Munich, after disappointing campaigns from the Bundesliga’s best – Borussia Dortmund in particular.Dortmund, which reached the final in 2013, is already out after failing to win any of its group games and is now competing with APOEL for the consolation of Europa League qualification from Group H. Ahead of its visit to Real Madrid on Wednesday, Dortmund has just two points from five games, the same as Cypriot team APOEL.Reuters Photo Leipzig still has a chance to progress on its European debut but needs a favor from Monaco at Porto in Group G. Leipzig, which is level on points with Porto, hosts group winner Besiktas on Wednesday and will only go through if it secures more points than the Portuguese team.Bayern hosts Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday needing to win by a four-goal margin to progress as Group B winner. PSG beat Bayern 3-0 in Paris and has a far superior goal difference.Germany’s fourth team, Hoffenheim, didn’t make the group stage after losing in the playoffs to Liverpool.MORE ITALIAN HEARTACHE?None of the three Italian clubs in the competition have advanced yet, setting up a nail-biting finish to the group phase that is drawing comparisons with Italy’s World Cup playoff loss to Sweden.Reuters Photo Napoli appears to have the toughest path to the knockout stage. Coming off a devastating loss at home to Juventus in Serie A, the Partenopei must win at Feyenoord on Wednesday and hope Manchester City beats Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F.Juventus, a finalist in two of the last three seasons, can go through with a win at Olympiakos in Group D on Tuesday or if Sporting Lisbon fails to beat Barcelona.Roma can also go through with a win against Qarabag in Group C on Tuesday, or if Atletico Madrid fails to beat Chelsea.Amid sluggish ticket sales, Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has been urging fans to show up at the Stadio Olimpico.”We want to win and sing together,” Di Francesco posted on social media. “On Tuesday we’ll need all of your support.”Reuters Photo EXTENDING THE RECORDAfter putting seven goals past Celtic two weeks ago in Group B, PSG and its impressive offensive armada of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani will also try to improve what is already a tournament record of 24 goals in this season’s group stage.PSG is seeking a sixth straight group win and to rebound from a shock 2-1 loss to promoted Strasbourg in the French league.last_img read more

Film Industry Busy in Nova Scotia

first_imgThe film, television and new media industry in Nova Scotia is heading into a busy summer, with homegrown and international productions. Some of the current productions include the German mini-series Sea Wolf, a Canada-U.K. co-production with Nova Scotia’s Big Motion Pictures, the third season of the Showcase series G-Spot, the Discovery U.K. series Breaking Point and the feature film Amelia. Locally, demand at the first funding deadline for projects this fiscal year is high, both in number of applications received and total money requested, a positive sign that the industry is strengthening. This is contrast to a disappointing 2007-08 fiscal year. Revenue generated by the industry in the 2007-08 fiscal year was $76 million, making it the first year in more than a decade that production came in under $100 million. “Nova Scotia has consistently been regarded as one of the top production centres in the country,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “Despite the challenges faced recently, the industry in Nova Scotia is resilient and with the support of the province, combined with the dedication of the many professionals working behind the scenes, it will continue to grow and showcase our province on the international stage.” Film Nova Scotia has identified several initiatives to help the industry continue this rebound. Improving film industry infrastructure in the area of sound stages, expanding the local production community through trade missions and programs designed to remove barriers for emerging filmmakers, and shifting the marketing focus to attract larger feature films, both internationally and within Canada, will help to increase the economic impact of the film industry. Driving the rebound are the increased tax credit and a push to attract new markets. They have helped to offset a perfect storm of challenges — the ACTRA and Writer’s Guild of America strikes, the rising Canadian dollar and higher tax credits in other jurisdictions — that affected both foreign and domestic production last year. “The film, television and new media industry has always been a strong contributor to the economic and social prosperity of the province,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac. “The province’s decision to increase the tax credit is a key initiative that will ensure that a broad range of professions and businesses will continue to see the benefits of this dynamic industry.” There was still notable success in 2007-08 including television series, documentaries and feature films. Two new locally produced television series were added to the list with Creative Atlantic’s A Series of Disagreeable Aliments for W Network and Halifax Film’s Canada’s Super Speller for CBC Television. These join other series of quality television including Ocean Entertainment’s lifestyle programs French Food at Home and Chef Abroad, and Arcadia Entertainment’s Go Deep, all of which shot their second seasons. Local favourite Trailer Park Boys also added to production with the filming of an upcoming television special. Other productions provided a bumper crop of documentaries with six local companies exploring issues ranging from the horses of Sable Island to children’s literacy programs. In feature films, Ann Verrall’s Nonsense Revolution, produced by Thom Fitzgerald, and Jay Dahl’s The Harton Interviews, co-produced by Dahl and Bill Niven, also went to camera. After the October announcement that the film industry tax credit would be increased, Lifetime returned to the province to film back-to-back television movies, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, starring Dermot Mulroney and Gretchen Moll, and The Tenth Circle, starring Kelly Preston in Windsor. Both films were co-produced by Nova Scotia’s Magic Rock Productions. These joined other television movies that were filmed including Thin Ice, the sixth installment of the CBS produced Jesse Stone series, Lifetime’s Matters of Life and Dating and ABC Family’s The Circuit, which filmed in Lunenburg, Halifax and Antigonish. For more information go to the website, . Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic Development. Film Nova Scotia provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industries.last_img read more

Awards season is finally behind us Howell

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Watching all the golden hardware being handed out last Sunday at the Canadian Screen Awards brought another image to mind.It was of financial reports being distributed at a meeting of corporate shareholders — and not just because the Canuck film and TV event still uses the nickname “the CSAs,” which would be a great handle for accountancy prizes but not artistic ones.The money image resonates because we’ve reached the end of the movie fiscal year, so to speak. All the major awards for the films of 2016 have now been handed out, unless I’ve overlooked some impending galas in Tasmania, say, or Kazakhstan. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement We don’t have to argue about La La Land anymore, but hopefully we still have lots to discuss about Moonlight.We’re done, finally, but only briefly. The next movie fiscal year commences on April 13, when Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux and his team unveil the official selection for their 70th edition, which will run May 17-28. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Eric Stutzman home in time for Christmas

first_img‘What a fantastic community we have!! It’s amazing the amount of people willing to donate time, money or even a friendly text to see how I and my family are doing. I was totally dumbfounded when I heard how many people and how much money had been donated on the “gofundme” page. And others donated in person at FSJ Bottle Drop. I also had some friends buy and reinstall my furnace blower for free when it broke down. Also my friends Ken Griffin and Chris Dallow flew down to see me for a few days. It was especially nice to see old friends visit. They even took my wife Jenna out for some shopping and a bite to eat. It was nice for her to get away from the hospital and relax a bit. All of my siblings came to visit while I was in hospital either in Prince George or Vancouver. It was good to see them, next time I promise to be in better condition. Looks like we will be flying home this Friday hopefully. I will need more time to continue to recover and get healthier but every day I’m improving every day. Soon I will be able to start my battle with CLL. This will take about a year if everything goes as planned, then Lord willing I’ll be cancer free! Thank you again to our amazing community!’ Eric StutzmanStutzman is building his strength and waiting to return home in time for the Christmas holidays. The last week of the Stutzmans stay in Vancouver General Hospital saw Jenna Stutzman, Eric’s wife being admitted into the hospital for complications to her Diabetes.“Eric continues to improve but has to be on the feeding tube until he can sustain 2500 calories- we are hoping it will be removed within the next 24 to 48 hours and then they are saying they will have to send him home because there are no beds in our hospital here,” said Karen Stutzman, Eric’s Mother, “It will be about two more days before Jenna is ready for release as well. They expect to come home together. However, it will be difficult for them to take care of each other because they are both so weak. Continued prayers are appreciated!”With the Stutzman’s three children remaining in FSJ during this time the Phoenix Club Volunteers provided gifts for the family to help provide Christmas Spirit.“Phoenix volunteers sent gifts- not knowing for sure who they were buying for-and did a fine job. I am preparing Christmas dinner,” Karen Stutzman goes on to say “Jenna and her daughter Tanisha will be the only other two living at the house besides Eric-their daughter Kylee lives in town & will come for Christmas.”The decision for Stutzman’s release is based on his ability to sustain 2500 calories and once home Stutzman will still require help. Correction to the story; Eric Stutzman is not the sole provider for the family, his wife Jenna Stutzman is employed.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It has been a long road for Eric Stutzman and his medical journey yet the road home is now in his future.A message from Eric Stutzman to the community; “Eric and Jenna are still in Vancouver General Hospital they hope to be released before the end of the week. If anyone would offer to do some simple supper’s they basically eat anything. Eric’s food will have to be puréed once it arrives. I understand the doctor has set up for a nurse to drop by and check up on them.” said Karen StutzmanMid-November Stutzman after a mini-stroke at work went to the Hospital and after many tests, it was determined that Stutzman has Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, which is cancer of the bone marrow. Due to complications, such as H1N1 influenza, a bacterial infection and pneumonia, Stutzman was airlifted from FSJ Hospital to Prince George and then to Vancouver General Hospital. Once there the Doctors discovered Stutzman had a bad gallbladder which was then removed.Stutzman who has worked for FSJ Bottle Depot for over 25 years, the three children remained in Fort St. John during this medical situation and their youngest, son Ethan – five years old has been staying with his sisters.last_img read more

Donors pledge over 160 million for UN agency aiding Palestinian refugees

The pledges to the 2008 budget of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) came during a meeting in New York of the General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions.UNRWA’s total budget for 2008-2009 is $1.21 billion – down slightly from $1.28 billion for the current biennium, UNRWA Deputy Commission-General Filippo Grandi told the meeting. He said that while many refugees had taken great strides towards self-reliance and personal success, deep pockets of entrenched deprivation among them remained to be tackled throughout the Agency’s operational areas. He added that next week, the UN would issue its consolidated appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory, of which UNRWA would be an integral part, amounting to about $235 million. A few days later, the UN would also participate in the Paris Donors Conference aimed at supporting the Palestinian Authority and restarting development activities. Also addressing today’s meeting, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said the forthcoming Paris Conference would provide an important opportunity to help rebuild Palestinian institutions, boost economic growth and lay the foundations for a viable Palestinian State.At the same time, the needs of Palestinian refugees should not be neglected, he said, noting that UNRWA presently faced heavy challenges on all sides, with demands for its increasingly complex services growing steadily. According to the UN’s latest humanitarian fact sheet on Gaza, roughly 75 per cent of Gaza’s population receives food aid. But while regular humanitarian aid is continuing, import restrictions have led to the suspension of more than $200 million worth of programming, including shelter and housing projects for 27,000 refugees and construction at three major hospitals. The fact sheet also shows that the unemployment rate in Gaza has soared past 32 per cent. At the same time, food prices have shot up with the price of wheat flour, for example, having gone up by 46 per cent.The latest figures underscore the vital work carried out by UNRWA, which is not only a humanitarian organization but also the main provider of essential public services to the Palestinian refugee population. 4 December 2007Twenty-two international donors today pledged over $160 million to support the main United Nations agency providing vital humanitarian aid to some 4.5 million Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. read more

Fighting terrorism and corruption among resolutions adopted at UN crime commission

Over 600 delegates reviewed the activities of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at the session which ended yesterday in Vienna, also focusing on transnational organized crime and standard norms in crime prevention and criminal justice. The session’s main thematic discussion was on the rule of law and development, stressing the links between the two. The resolution on the issue urged UNODC to pay special attention to countries emerging from conflict, particularly in Africa, to develop assessment tools for peacekeeping and reconstruction. It called on Member States to provide assistance and on financial and development institutions to fund projects in the justice sector. The Commission recognized terrorism as one of the most serious threats to freedom, democracy and human rights, and as a main source of destabilization for countries and societies. The draft resolution, to be considered by the 59th session of the UN General Assembly opening in September, condemns “the heinous acts of terrorism” in many parts of the world, including deliberate attacks against humanitarian personnel and UN and associated personnel. It calls for an intensification of the efforts against terrorism, including training of judicial and prosecutorial personnel, and urges Member States “to strengthen, to the greatest extent possible” international cooperation to combat the scourge. The Commission also called countries to ratify the UN Convention against Corruption, and give UNODC the necessary resources to promote its entry into force, and to provide technical assistance to developing countries and countries with economies in transition to allow them to ratify and implement the treaty. So far 108 countries have signed and two have ratified the Convention, which seeks to combat corruption worldwide by, among other things, returning assets obtained through bribery and embezzlement to the country of origin. It will enter into force when ratified by 30 countries. Other resolutions called for combating the spread of HIV/AIDS in prisons, reducing urban crime, illicit trafficking in human organs, kidnapping and money laundering, and protecting child victims and witnesses of crime. read more

Indian daily awarded UN prize for water conservation campaign

In recognition of an imaginative campaign for water conservation, an Indian daily newspaper today received the $20,000 biennial prize for rural communications awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Malayala Manorama, published in Kerala, launched its Many a Drop campaign in May 2004 to disseminate a new perspective on water to the local population through articles, seminars, workshops, videos and brochures, with schools targeted by a contest for students.Water conservation is a concern of the World Water Forum currently underway in Mexico, UNESCO said.The prize was awarded during a meeting of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), the a forum within the United Nations system organized to promote the development of independent media in developing countries.The meeting of the IPDC, which since its creation in 1980 has provided financial aid to over 1,100 projects in 137 countries, continues through 23 March. read more

Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in northern Lebanon

In a press statement issued today in New York, Council members expressed their condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon. They also wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the incident.According to news reports, a suicide bomb attack on a cafe in the Lebanese city of Tripoli killed at least nine people and wounded dozens of others on Saturday. The Nusra Front, an Al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the attack.Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, the Council reiterated its determination to combat all forms of the scourge, in accordance with its responsibilities under the UN Charter.The members of the Council went on to underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Lebanese authorities in this regard.In their statement the Council members reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.Reaffirming their full support for Lebanon’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity, and political independence the Council members recalled the presidential statements of 10 July 2013 and of 29 May 2014, and appealed to all Lebanese people to preserve national unity in the face of attempts to undermine the country’s stability.The Council also stressed the importance for all Lebanese parties to respect Lebanon’s policy of disassociation and to refrain from any involvement in the Syrian crisis, consistent with their commitment in the Baabda Declaration. read more

DeRozans seasonhigh 36 help Spurs beat Blazers 131118

SAN ANTONIO — DeMar DeRozan had a season-high 36 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a big game by Damian Lillard, rebounding from a pair of lopsided losses to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 131-118 on Sunday night.The Spurs held a practice Saturday morning following consecutive losses of 39 points and 31 points and the team responded with its highest point total in two weeks.LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 points and Rudy Gay had 18 as the Spurs snapped a two-game skid.Lillard scored 37 points for Portland, and C.J. McCollum had 24.DeRozan scored 26 points in the second half as the Spurs rallied from a seven-point deficit in the third quarter after blowing a 12-point lead in the first half.Portland opened the second half on a 24-10 run in taking a 79-72 lead. San Antonio aided the spurt by committing four turnovers and missing five of its first six shots.Al-Farouq Aminu tied a season high, scoring 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter. Aminu also finished with nine rebounds.DeRozan scored 18 of San Antonio’s final 20 points to close the third quarter, giving the Spurs a 97-90 lead entering the fourth.The Spurs made four 3-pointers in the fourth to fend off the Blazers.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Every starter scored in double figures except Maurice Harkless, who finished with eight points on 3-for-5 shooting. . Aminu also scored 20 points against Denver on Nov. 30. . Evan Turner missed the game with an inflamed left Achilles tendon. Turner had played in every previous game, averaging 8.2 points in 26 minutes per game.Spurs: Aldridge became the 69th player in NBA history with 7,000 field goals, joining Pau Gasol and former Spurs George Gervin, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kevin Willis, Dale Ellis, Terry Cummings, Moses Malone and Dominique Wilkins. . DeRozan’s previous season high was 34 points, accomplished three times. . Marco Belinelli missed his first game of the season, sitting out due to neck stiffness.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Dallas on Tuesday night.Spurs: At Utah on Tuesday night.___More AP NBA: and Dominguez, The Associated Press read more

Football Curtis Samuel plays like Percy Harvin

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) rushes into the endzone for a touchdown during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIf there’s one word to define an Urban Meyer offense, it’s speed. Since being hired at Ohio State in 2012, the Buckeye offense under Meyer has finished the season twice ranked in the top 10. However, through many different players, Meyer has been attempting to reincarnate one of his greatest weapons from his time at the University of Florida.Former Florida Gator and NFL wide receiver Percy Harvin won two national championships for Meyer, alongside Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, and was the No. 1 playmaker for Meyer for the better part of two seasons.From Dontre Wilson in 2013, Jalin Marshall in 2014 and Braxton Miller in 2015, Meyer might have finally found his next Percy Harvin in junior H-back Curtis Samuel.And frankly, Samuel might be better. Meyer said on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches’ teleconference that he believes Samuel should be in the Heisman Trophy discussion with his performance through the first four games.“I think it’s a little harder for those positions to get it, in H-back,” Meyer said. “But he’s certainly having that kind of year that he should be in the conversation.”The last time Meyer had two players in the Heisman race was with Tebow and Harvin in 2008. In Harvin’s 2007 sophomore campaign, he exploded for 764 yards and six touchdowns rushing, and 858 yards and four touchdowns receiving. The next season, before he declared early for the NFL, Harvin finished with 1,304 total yards and 17 touchdowns.While Samuel has eight games left in the regular season to rack up those numbers, he’s already on pace to surpass Harvin’s junior-year stats.Samuel has 673 total yards and five touchdowns through four games this season, compared to Harvin’s 461 total yards and five touchdowns through his first four games in 2008. To be fair, Samuel has had 18 more touches than Harvin did at this point, but the two are nearly identical in average yards per touch.Harvin was all over the field for Meyer back at Florida, much like Samuel. But unlike Harvin, and Buckeyes in the past Meyer tried to put into the role, Samuel has shown the ability to run between the tackles. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett is fairly similar to Tebow in his ability to takeover a game almost at will. Albeit in different styles, Tebow went to Harvin often, just like Barrett’s trust in Samuel.Meyer has always put trust into his quarterbacks and his playmakers, but what makes Samuel even more impressive when comparing him to Harvin is that OSU has a legitimate 1,000-yard running back in redshirt freshman Mike Weber.After the first game against Bowling Green, Weber and Samuel combined for 220 yards rushing, prompting Weber to equate the backfield duo to Lendale White and Reggie Bush, who accounted for an asstounding 3,042 rushing in 2005.At the time, it sounded ridiculous, but could it really happen? Could Weber and Samuel somehow be this good, and could Samuel be in the Heisman Trophy race?Statistically speaking, yes, both of those could happen. However, Harvin, Bush and White all performed at high levels for more than one season. For now, Samuel still has to live up to the expectations of following Braxton Miller and every other player to be named Meyer’s No. 1 playmaker.“I feel like both at receiver and at running back (I’m best utilized),” Samuel said. “I can be at running back and go against a linebacker, which is a mismatch, or I can go to receiver and be against a corner or safety, which I feel is still a mismatch.” read more

Its time political parties get off the fence on abortion Renua is

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 3rd 2017, 2:38 PM 19,619 Views Monday 3 Apr 2017, 2:38 PM Renua party leader, John Leahy, alongside Mailo Power, Eddie Hobbs Ronan McMahon and Jonathan Irwin, CEO of the Jack and Jill Foundation at the launch of their party in 2015. 146 Comments Short URL ‘It’s time political parties get off the fence on abortion’: Renua is now a pro-life party Party leader John Leahy said it is important people know what the party stands for.center_img By Christina Finn RENUA HAS RELAUNCHED the party’s core principles and dropped its policy of allowing elected party members a free vote on the issue of abortion.The policy document, made up of six pillars, firmly sets out that party candidates who want to run in the next general election and any TDs elected to the next Dáil must firmly adhere to the party’s policy on abortion.Under their “pro-life” pillar, it states that the party strongly supports the 8th Amendment.It states that Renua “believes that the Eighth Amendment is a secular human rights issue as it protects the human rights of the unborn child”.The party states that it “understands” that some party members declare “freedom of conscience” on this issue. It accepts this stance for members, adding that they will not be required to support, canvass, or issue statements in support of the party position.However, party candidates and elected representatives will be required to “subscribe fully to the party position on the matter”.This is quite the departure from the party’s early days under Lucinda Creighton’s leadership.During the party’s launch in Dublin back in March 2015, Creighton repeatedly emphasised the party’s “open position” on matters of conscience, outlining that the party would allow a free vote on such issues.Getting off the fenceRenua leader, John Leahy told that under his leadership it is important people know what the party stands for.“It was time for us to get off the fence on the issue,” he said, adding that other parties needed to make their position on the issue known.“The Citizen’s Assembly is coming down the line, it is an important issue, and political parties should let people know where they stand,” he said. We are sticking to it, it would have been easier for Renua to scrap everything and start again and be populist, but that’s not for us.According to the new policy document, Fianna Fáil is “populist” and Fine Gael is “socially liberal”. However, Leahy said Renua’s clear-cut viewpoint on the abortion makes them different from other political parties.Leahy said he didn’t feel the new position would deter possible candidates from signing up to the party, stating that the party’s viewpoint on the issue is now clear for all to see and people can either support them or not.Populist politics “It’s my hope that people will start seeing through the populist politics of the moment,” he said.One of the more controversial policies Renua championed in the run up to the general election, the controversial ‘flat tax’ of 23% on all income has been firmly placed on the scrap heap.The internal review of the party’s policies, which took longer than expected according to Leahy, also contains Renua’s “modified” core tax policy.The costed tax policy, which was formulated with the help of economist Jim Power, focuses on the marginal tax rate of €33,800.Leahy said Renua is all about “putting the taxpayer first”. He said taxation of over 50% at this rate was an issue for his party, which is why they are arguing it should be pushed out to €44,800.“We believe a lot of people are not taking up active employment because of this,” said Leahy.“Some people are finding it more beneficial to be on welfare,” he added, pointing out that feedback from their review found that workers were questioning if they should go back to work due to the high tax bracket.The other party pillars deal with include entrepreneurship, getting tough of repeat offenders, local democracy and creating a cohesive society.The last election was absolutely disastrous for Renua, with the party failing to win a single seat in the 32nd Dáil, with the leader losing her own mandate in Dublin Bay South along the way.Is the party ready for an election?  “We are prepared,” said Leahy, who vowed to have candidates running around the country.He said there is a big interest in the party, with future candidates already being selected, said the new party leader.“It is very easy for Renua now as we are very clear now on what we stand for,” said Leahy, who speculated that a general election wouldn’t be called any time soon.“My view is that Fianna Fáil are waiting in the long grass. They don’t want to deal with the issues that are there at the moment. They will drag it out for while,” he concluded.Read: When is Enda going? Coveney says leadership battle to kick off before the summer>Read: Anger over calls for 50,000 deer to be culled in Wicklow> Renua party leader, John Leahy, alongside Mailo Power, Eddie Hobbs Ronan McMahon and Jonathan Irwin, CEO of the Jack and Jill Foundation at the launch of their party in 2015. Share268 Tweet Email last_img read more

Thons rouges 800 spécimens libérés par lONG Sea Shepherd

first_imgThons rouges : 800 spécimens libérés par l’ONG Sea ShepherdLibye – 700 à 800 thons rouges auraient été libérés hier par cinq plongeurs de l’organisation non gouvernementale Sea Shepherd. Les poissons étaient retenus dans une cage remorquée par le thonier-senneur libyen Cesare Rustico. Les plongeurs ont “coupé le filet des cages”, libérant quelque 700 à 800 thons rouges, une espèce menacée d’extinction mais qui continue à souffrir de la surpêche.Selon l’organisation Sea Shepherd, les senneurs sont des braconniers. Elle assure que les thons en question étaient jeunes et avaient été capturés hors quotas et hors de la saison de pêche au thon rouge légale, qui a pris fin le 14 juin dernier. Selon les estimations, 80% des stocks de thons rouges de l’Atlantique ont disparu entre 1990 et 2010. L’espèce est donc menacée d’extinction d’ici 2050, c’est pourquoi la saison de pêche est dorénavant limitée à un mois, tandis que les quotas ont pour leur part été abaissés. Le 18 juin 2010 à 16:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Music Hub lalternative à iTunes selon Samsung

first_imgMusic Hub : l’alternative à iTunes selon SamsungAprès avoir lancé un concurrent de poids à l’iPhone avec le Galaxy S3, Samsung s’attaque maintenant à iTunes et lance Music Hub.Afin de rivaliser en tous points avec Apple, Samsung va lancer un service dédié à l’écoute musicale inspiré par iTunes. Music Hub propose en effet un espace de stockage, d’écoute en streaming et un Store en ligne.Cette offre musicale va s’appuyer sur l’apport de mSpot, un service racheté il y a peu par Samsung. Elle sera disponible sur le smartphone Galaxy S3 lancé ce mardi en Europe. Si l’idée existe donc déjà chez les concurrents, qu’entend donc proposer Samsung au rang des nouveautés ? Selon TJ Kang, Vice-président sénior du Centre de solutions multimédias de Samsung Electronics, “lorsque vous vous demanderez ce que vous aimeriez écouter, vous disposerez d’une solution simple correspondant à toutes vos humeurs et pouvant être utilisée n’importe où et par tout le monde”.Music Hub sera décliné en deux offres. La première est gratuite et permet d’accéder à 19 millions de titres. Une seconde offre payante donnera l’accès à ses fichiers depuis n’importe quel endroit pour 9,99 euros par mois grâce au cloud computing. Un analyste de Informa Telecom, Giles Cottle, met en garde au sujet de l’accès au service sur les différents terminaux de la marque sud-coréenne : “Samsung fait de magnifiques smartphones et télévisions. Mais les faire fonctionner ensemble est aujourd’hui peu satisfaisant à cause de plates-formes logicielles différentes. Sans approche de convergence homogène Music Hub ne sera qu’un service de musique et de stockage de plus dans un marché déjà très encombré”.Le 29 mai 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clark Public Utilities manager receives 10000 pay raise

first_imgClark Public Utilities General Manager Wayne Nelson will start making an extra $10,000 per year, starting July 1.On Tuesday, the utility’s Board of Commissioners voted to raise Nelson’s annual salary by 3.7 percent from $270,000 to $280,000, following a morning review of his performance.Additionally, the board approved 100 hours of Nelson’s sick leave be converted to annual leave. His $400 per month car allowance is unchanged.The commissioners praised Nelson’s leadership and the utility’s performance.“This utility continues to set the standard across the country for customer satisfaction, safety and reliability, and rate stability,” Jane Van Dyke, Clark PUD board president said in a news release. “Mr. Nelson not only embraces the board’s commitment to these goals, but has created a culture at Clark Public Utilities where all employees are invested in doing what’s right for customers and our community.”The utility was designated a Diamond level Reliable Public Power Provider, RP3, by the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe service. It achieved a perfect score in the evaluation process. In March, Clark PUD distributed a one-time $10 million customer credit after the particularly harsh winter.It’s also ranked highest by J.D. Power for customer satisfaction among mid-sized utilities for nine consecutive years.“We recognize that achieving this level of excellence, while maintaining steady rates for six years, doesn’t happen by accident and deserves fair compensation,” Van Dyke said.Nelson has been Clark’s general manager since 1999.The utility is publicly owned and supplies power to more than 193,000 customers in Clark County. It also provides water to roughly 34,000 customers in Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt.last_img read more

State to continue patching I5 bridge over Lewis

first_imgAn Interstate 5 bridge near Woodland doesn’t get nearly the notoriety of the I-5 bridge across the Columbia River.But the northbound span across the North Fork of the Lewis River has created plenty of traffic headaches in the past several years. Workers are patching potholes on the concrete bridge deck six to eight times per year, a rate that state transportation officials say is well above average.“It seems to me like a waste of time patching it,” said Doug Fredrickson, a Ridgefield resident who drives the bridge daily to his job in Woodland.Scott Wilcox, bridge maintenance supervisor for the Washington State Department of Transportation in Vancouver, acknowledged that the recurring potholes are a nuisance for motorists and WADOT employees alike. Agency spokeswoman Abbi Russell said the state has spent $60,000 on labor, materials and equipment to make the patches since July 2009.Yet that’s a deal compared to the cost of a total deck replacement, which would cost $3 million to $4 million.“I don’t like spending the money out of my budget, but compared to a $3 million deck replacement, we’re saving the taxpayers a lot of money,” Wilcox said.Despite the recurring potholes over the North Fork of the Lewis, a recent report by a national coalition of transportation and civic organizations ranked Washington as the fifth best in the country in terms of the state of its bridges. Of 7,744 bridges in Washington, 5.1 percent were considered structurally deficient — well below the national average of 11.5 percent.last_img read more