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first_imgThe magisterial probe into the Amritsar train mishap, which claimed 61 lives, has found the organisers of the Dussehra event and the gateman of the railway crossing at Jaura Phatak accountable for acts leading to the tragedy.The inquiry also gave a clean chit to Navjot Kaur Sidhu, the wife of the Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had attended the function as chief guest, saying “she had no role in organising the event”.The magisterial inquiry into the incident was conducted by the Divisional Commissioner (Jalandhar) B. Purushartha on the orders of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who has now sought strict action against those held responsible.“Everyone concerned with organization, regulation and supervision of the event under inquiry committed omissions and commissions including dereliction of statutory duties,” observed the inquiry report, adding, “it is true that such omissions, commissions, dereliction of duties have not been done for the first time (but) in this event it combined with the blunders committed on the part of key rail employees and a ripe situation for occurrence of this accident was created.”The report, recently submitted to the State government, examined all aspects related to the tragedy. It was based on interviews with all the people affected and various officials concerned, from the district administration and the Railways.The inquiry report observed that while the spectators “committed the mistake” of watching the Dussehra event from rail tracks, the organisers held the event without permission and without undertaking the necessary safety and security measures.The organisers of the event include municipal corporation councillor Vijay Madan and her son Saurabh Madan Mithu, both associated with the ruling Congress party.The report blamed the police and the municipal corporation functionaries for their failure to enforce the law and showing unwanted generosity, while the key rail employees failed to take safety and security measures even after having full knowledge of the presence of a large number of people on and around the rail tracks.The inquiry concluded, “Gateman of Jaura Phatak, Gate No. 27 Mr. Amit Singh has not only failed in discharging his statutory duties but also committed a blunder in not taking appropriate safety and security measures which could have easily prevented this accident. He is one of those key railway employees whose blunder has resulted in this accident.”The inquiry report also blamed the gateman of another gate (No. 26) for his failure. It said, “It is also evident that Gateman of railway level crossing Gate No. 26 Mr. Nirmal Singh also failed in discharging his statutory duties by his late reaction in informing Gateman of Jaura Phatak, Gate No. 27. He came to know about this gathering on rail tracks around 5.30 p.m., but informed Gateman of Gate No. 27, Mr. Amit Singh around 6.40-6.45 p.m. He did not inform the concerned station master and keep giving all right signals to approaching trains. Therefore, he is also responsible for committing this blunder.”Organisers pulled up The inquiry report said the organisers did not having permission required for holding this event.“It is also evident that the organisers conducted this event without taking adequate precautions, measures to ensure safety and security of the people gathered to watch Dussehra celebration,” it added.Blaming the organisers for failure to inform the Railways, the report said, “The organisers neither informed the Railways nor took any precautions and safety measures to stop people from watching the celebrations from rail tracks.”last_img read more

first_imgConstitutionNew Delhi, Nov 26 (PTI) Citizens and the administration must work in accordance with the Constitution and the message it conveys is that “no one should be harmed in any way”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.His statement comes against the backdrop of controversy relating to film Padmavati and cases of vigilantism.Addressing the people on his monthly Mann ki Baat programme, he said “It is our duty that we abide by our Constitution in letter and spirit.”Citizens and administrators alike must move ahead in accordance with the spirit of our Constitution. The message that our Constitution conveys is that no one should be harmed in any way.”Some groups have claimed that the Bollywood movie shows queen Padmavati in bad light and have threatened to physically harm actor Deepika Padukone and torch theatres screening it.There have also been fresh incidents of vigilantes attacking men transporting cows.In his address, the Prime Minister made no reference to the incidents and the controversy.He said the Constitution of India is the spirit of Indias democracy.In 1949, on this day, the Constituent Assembly had approved the document which was adopted the next year on January 26.He said the members of the Constituent Assembly worked hard for about three years to draft the Constitution.”Can you imagine how hard their task would have been to frame the Constitution of our country which has such big diversities?…Now, this is the responsibility of all of us to make a new India in the light of the thinking of the makers of our Constitution.advertisement”Equality for all and sensitivity towards all is the unique characteristic of our Constitution. It guarantees fundamental rights to each and every citizen…it protects their fundamental rights and safeguards their interests. It is our duty that we abide by our Constitution in letter and spirit. Citizens and administrators alike must move ahead in accordance with the spirit of our Constitution. The message that our Constitution conveys is that no one should be harmed in any way,” he said.Modi also recalled the contributions of B R Ambedkar and Vallabh Bhai Patel in shaping early India.In his address, the 38th so far, the Prime Minister also hailed the role of differently-abled (divyang) people in various fields including the drive against open defecation and sports.”We get to learn something or the other every moment. They are performing well in every walk of life. Whether it be the field of sports, any kind of competition or a social initiative, our divyang brethren are second to none…let the confluence of collective and the individual foster a sense of harmony in our society; let us move forward with each other, together,” he said. PTI NAB DVlast_img read more

first_imgFisker debuted its EMotion sports saloon at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The EMotion is Henrik Foskers second shot at the electric car making business. The EV now gets all the design elements which were a part of its prototype which was unveiled two years back.One of the visual elements presented on the prototype and also on the final version are butterfly doors. It is an absolute joy to see four perfect butterfly doors on a saloon, alongside flared wheel arches, aggressive and aerodynamically classy from the front fascia along with boomerang headlamps, a swooping roofline, absent rear overhang, and stout proportions with massive 24-inch wheels.Fisker has stated that the EMotion gets something called a Flexible Solid State Battery with a recharge capacity of nine minutes. The latest battery tech incorporates graphene supercapacitors instead of traditional lithium-ion batteries.The Fisker EMotion could be produced at the VLF automotive facility alongside the Destino V8 and Force 1 V10 under Fisker’s support. The carmaker has stated that it hopes to make the car lighter and user-friendly and plans to take on its rivals like the Chevy Bolt, and the Tesla Model 3.last_img read more

first_imgOne of the greatest actors India has ever had was born on December 29, 1942.He was a legendary actor who charmed everyone with the way he delivered his dialogues, slightly tilting his head and speaking in a grave voice. Yes, we are definitely talking about Rajesh Khanna.On his birth anniversary, here are some little-known facts you should not miss about the Kaka of Bollywood:Rajesh Khanna was born as Jatin KhannaHe was adopted and raised by foster parents who were relatives of his biological parentsOn his uncle’s advice, he changed his name from Jatin to Rajesh, before starting his career in BollywoodRajesh Khanna was the first Bollywood actor for whom the term ‘superstar’ was coined after he gave the blockbuster hit film AradhanaHe was a rich newcomer who used to struggle to get work in his own MG sports carTo get into Bollywood, Rajesh Khanna had to compete in the 1965 All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare. He was one of the eight finalistsHe made his film debut in the 1966 film, Aakhri Khat which also made entry into OscarsRajesh Khanna gave 15 consecutive superhits as a solo lead hero from 1969-1971The song Roop Tera Mastana was recorded in a single shotMany children born in 1960s and 1970s were named Rajesh, following Rajesh Khanna’s phenomenal rise to stardomThe title role of Mr. India was first offered to Rajesh Khanna. He declined it, as he could not relate to the invisible character of the heroIn his career of 45 years, Khanna did 180 filmsRajesh Khanna was the highest paid actor from 1970-79 and shared the honour with Amitabh Bachchan from 1980-87He was called a ‘Faaltu hero’ because of his eccentric featuresThe pair Rajesh Khanna-Mumtaz holds the record for being the romantic on-screen pair with 100 percent success ratio at the Box Office. Rajesh Khanna gave eight blockbusters opposite MumtazHe won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same, fourteen timesHe received the most number of BFJA Awards for Best Actor and was nominated 25 times for it. In 1991, he was awarded the Filmfare Special Award for completing 25 years in the industryIn 2005, he was awarded with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIt is a match between five-time world champions and an emerging cricketing nation that will be playing only their second 50-over World Cup.Australia are a strong side, both in terms of batting and bowling and are also the only team to win both their warm-up games.Steve Smith and David Warner have returned to the side after serving the one-year ban and have been in great form. David Warner was the highest run-scorer in the Indian Premier League 2019 while Steve Smith smashed a century during the World Cup warm-up against England.For Afghanistan, batting is a cause of concern but they have quality bowlers in Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi and the duo can trouble the Australian batsmen if the wickets are dry and take a turn. They had defeated Pakistan by 3 wickets in their first World Cup warm-up game and cannot be completely ruled out from the event.Here’s all you need to know about the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 3, Australia vs Afghanistan:What TV channel and live stream is the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia vs Afghanistan being broadcast?The match between Australia vs Afghanistan, of the ICC Cricket World Cup can be viewed on Doordarshan, Star Sports 1 and 2. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream the opener.Where will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia vs Afghanistan match be held?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia and Afghanistan match will be played at The Bristol County Ground, Bristol, on June 1.Where can I check the online live updates of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia vs Afghanistan match?advertisementYou can follow our coverage for Australia vs Afghanistan here – https://www.indiatoday.in/sportsWhat time will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia vs Afghanistan match start?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia vs Afghanistan match will start at 06:00 PM IST.Where can I watch ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia vs Afghanistan match?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia vs Afghanistan match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network, Doordarshan and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle and Andre Russell fit to play against AustraliaAlso Read | New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019 Match 3 Prediction and Probable Playing 11Also Seelast_img read more

first_imgThirty (30) tertiary level scholarships and three bursaries under the Jamaica 50 PetroCaribe Scholarship and Merit Awards programme will be presented by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in a special function on Friday (November 2). The 33 tertiary level awards form part of a 209 million dollar Jamaica 50 Scholarship initiative being funded by the PetroCaribe Development Fund. The scholarship awardees were selected on a competitive basis from 189 under-graduate and post-graduate applications received by the Fund. As part of its contribution to the Jamaica 50 legacy programme, the PetroCaribe Development Fund launched the multi-million scholarship programme aimed at supporting the education of awardees at both the secondary and tertiary levels.  Already, 47 scholarships and merit awards have been presented to GSAT students to pursue their secondary education. In the case of both the secondary and tertiary level scholarships, the awardees will be supported financially over the period of study based on their continued satisfactory academic performance.  Chairman of the Board of the PetroCaribe Development Fund and Financial Secretary, Dr. Wesley Hughes said the outstanding recipients have demonstrated they are of exemplary character with leadership qualities and represent the aims of the scholarship programme, which seeks to promote a generation committed to contributing meaningfully to national development. “The recipients are pursuing studies in areas where Jamaica needs professionals who will contribute to sustainable national development,” Dr Hughes said. Those selected will pursue studies at the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology. Two will pursue post graduate studies at the Universities of Birmingham and Glamorgan in the United Kingdom.  Among the areas of study to be pursued are medicine, entertainment and cultural enterprise management, pure and applied sciences, engineering, chemistry and food health and nutrition, forensic science, sports psychology and marine biology and terrestrial ecosystems. Upon completion of their studies, the scholarship awardees will work in the public sector for five years. Representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Universities of the West Indies and Technology, PetroCaribe Development Fund, Ministry of Youth and Culture and the Mico University College were involved in the selection process. Contact:    Communications Unit-OPM Tel:               926-0244 Fax:              920-4684                                         Email:           opm.news@opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

first_imgMinister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, says the Government is committed to the training and development of the nation’s teachers.“We are committed to your development, we are committed to working with you. I must underscore that the Ministry continues to provide quality training programmes for teachers and principals, through the National College of Educational Leadership (NCEL),” he stated.He was addressing teachers at the Helen Stills Professional Development Day ceremony, held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in St. James recently.The event was held under the theme ‘Empowering Educators: Retooling, Innovating, Networking for Sustainable Development’.The State Minister noted that the Government through the NCEL, does not focus solely on the professional advancement of educators, but seeks to ensure that the training given, plays a part in building a sustainable future for the nation.“The concept for educational stability highlights the importance of developing and implementing strategies for reorienting education in schools, as part of the broader process of building a sustainable future for the entire society,” Mr. Terrelonge underscored.“Education for sustainable development therefore empowers people to change the way they think and work towards a sustainable future. There is no sustainable future without the teachers of Jamaica,” he added.The event, which was hosted by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, is named in recognition of former Knox College Principal, Helen Stills.last_img read more

first_img My location ISS, February 12, 2014 Print  Close zoom Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, has secured a further significant nomination from one of their key accounts to support their operations in Sub-Saharan Africa.Building on other recent successes in the region, ISS revealed commencement last month of an offshore logistics and support contract for Norwegian-based Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS).Under the 5 month contract, ISS will support a seismic survey project to map oil and gas deposits off the East African coast. Coordinated from the company’s Durban office, ISS will provide PGS’s vessels with a range of services including; standard port agency, vessel husbandry, bunker calls, and freight forwarding services. Additionally, ISS will also be assisting with crew changes, arranging visa and work permit formalities, and airport transfers to and from the vessels.PGS is a leading geophysical services company, with a global presence in over 25 countries worldwide. With a current fleet of 14 vessels, they help oil companies to find oil and gas reserves offshore.Kevin Chaney, General Manager of ISS South Africa, said: “ISS has a growing reputation as a reliable and trusted service partner of the Offshore industry, and is strategically developing its capability on the global stage. We are honoured to be associated with this PGS project and to be providing their support services for this important exploration contract.” 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement A Toronto singalong collective is inviting Gord Downie fans to honour the late Tragically Hip frontman in song.Choir! Choir! Choir! is staging a tribute to Downie at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square tonight (Tues. Oct. 24th) at 8:00 p.m.The group says Downie “means so much to so many” and “made us all feel so proud to be Canadian.” Downie died last Tuesday at age 53. Nearly two years ago, he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an invasive brain tumour with one of the poorest survival rates of any cancer. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Among the songs to be performed en masse at the event are the Tragically Hip’s “Ahead by a Century,” “Bobcaygeon” and “Courage,” and Downie’s “The Stranger” off his solo album Secret Path.Choir! Choir! Choir! is asking that those who attend make a minimum donation of $5 to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, who died last week, will be paid tribute by Choir! Choir! Choir! at Nathan Phillips Square on Tuesday night. (ANDREW VAUGHAN / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO) last_img read more

first_imgSavanna Peers APTN National NewsCarolyn Bennett left the Liberal convention early Friday to head across town for a meeting with Manitoba Métis Federation.The meeting was scheduled to help push forward an irritant that has been around for nearly 150 years.news@aptn.calast_img

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested Rohit Shekhar Tiwari’s lawyer wife Apoorva on charges of his murder, citing a “turbulent and unhappy” marriage as the motive, a senior police official said. Rohit Shekhar, the son of the late veteran politician N D Tiwari, was smothered to death on the intervening night of April 15 and 16, an autopsy report said. “On the night of the incident, the couple had a fight over a relative. Rohit had been drinking all the way from Uttarakhand to Delhi and was not in a condition to resist. During the fight she pounced on him and smothered him,” Rajeev Ranjan, additional commissioner (Crime), told reporters. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The officer said the couple apparently did not have a happy marriage and had frequent fights. “She has confessed. As of now, from the fact and circumstances, it seems the killing was not planned. The background was there that they had a turbulent marriage and Rohit Shekhar and his family were thinking of separation. After interrogation, it was found that Apoorva Shukla Tiwari and Rohit had a turbulent marriage. All her hopes with the marriage were belied,” Ranjan said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Apoorva, a lawyer practising in the Supreme Court, was being questioned in connection with the killing since last Sunday. Discrepancies were found in her statements which led police to suspect her involvement, the officer added. Rohit’s mother Ujjwala on Sunday had alleged that Apoorva and her family were money-minded and wanted to acquire the family property. She had earlier said the couple had started having fights right from the first day of marriage. On April 16, a servant found Rohit was bleeding from the nose. According to the postmortem report, the death occurred within two hours of his last meal around 11 pm.last_img read more

Rabat – After the OECD country program for Morocco was signed on 15 June 2015, Morocco is considering strengthening its strategic partnership with this organization to exchange and becomes the first country in the MENA region to benefit from an OECD Country Program.Head of Government Saâd Eddine El Othmani said this strategic partnership between Morocco and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is important for Morocco and will be “a common platform for exchanging best practices, standards and reciprocal evaluations of public policies,” the state-owned press Maghreb Arab News (MAP) reported yesterday..The OECD country program’s objective is to create a qualitative rapprochement between Morocco’s practices and the practices and standards of the international community. The rapprochement will be done through the elaboration, implementation and evaluation of economic and social policies, El Othmani said. The head of government praised the participatory approach adopted during all stages of the preparation and implementation of the cooperation program. He noted that this program includes:The establishment of 16 strategic projects related to economic and social policies, the preparation and monitoring of the implementation of public policies, and thirdly Morocco’s adoption of 9 OECD legal recommendations and its participation in 9 committees within this organization.The OECD offered a set of recommendations on a variety of economic and governance issues. “The close relationship between Morocco and the OECD has resulted in the Kingdom’s accession to a series of recommendations issued by the organization, concerning vital areas such as investment, digital governance, taxes, transparency and the development of SMEs,” said the head of government.According to El Othmani, the program enabled to identify Morocco’s achievements in addition to the weaknesses that need to be overcome at the policy level as well as through programs. This includes education, governance, territorial policies, and in the  capacity of assessing governmental departments.El Othmani’s statements were given during the fourth meeting of the joint coordination commission of the Morocco-OECD country program which was concluded by both parties.On March 21, El Othmani presented Hassan II World Water Prize to OECD at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil. The OECD was given this award in recognition for its work in elevating water security as a crucial issue, ensuring greater visibility globally for a wide range of associated issues and providing policy guidance on water security to OECD members and non-OECD countries, MAP reported. read more

21 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked today’s start of a European environmental conference by welcoming the efforts of the region’s countries to implement green policies and measures to boost sustainable development. “By working on an equal footing, the 56 Member States for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), intergovernmental organizations active in the region, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and other stakeholders have been able to take many significant decisions,” he said.“These include environmental assessments, institutional mechanisms for cooperation, multilateral environmental agreements and policy instruments, and multi-stakeholder partnerships,” Mr. Ban noted, in a message delivered by Jan Kubis, UNECE Executive Secretary to the three-day conference in Astana, Kazakhstan.The Secretary-General said he was pleased that the two central themes of the conference – water and greening the economy – complement the focus of the upcoming Rio +20, the UN conference on sustainable development which will be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.“As a highly diverse region, encompassing developed and developing countries, you have much experience to offer. Your work here can help foster success in Rio. I encourage you to send a clear message to the global preparatory process that sustainable development must be our top priority and must be achieved.”Mr. Ban also noted that the UNECE Conventions on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes will soon be open to countries outside the UNECE region.Today’s conference is part of the Environment for Europe process, a partnership of member States within the UNECE region, UN agencies, NGOs, the private sector and other major groups tackle environmental concerns in the region. read more

Amnesty International’s briefing highlights the lack of evidence that the death penalty has unique deterrent effect on crime. Statistics from countries that have abolished the death penalty show that the absence of executions has not resulted in an increase in crimes, previously subjected to capital punishment. “There is no evidence that implementing the death penalty will end drug-related crime. Executions are never a solution. Indeed, they may result in people being put to death following unfair trials. The death penalty is also a punishment that disproportionately affects people from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds,” said Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director at Amnesty International. The briefing highlights countries that have abolished the death penalty, or amended drug laws, including Iran where recent legislative amendments have resulted in a significant decrease in executions of people convicted of drug-related offences. Similarly, in Malaysia, the government announced a moratorium on executions and a review of the country’s death penalty laws, after having introduced some sentencing discretion for the offence of drug trafficking in 2017.Amnesty International also highlights how the trials of those facing execution could have failed to meet international fair trial standards, due to torture and forced “confessions” being routinely practiced in Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system, as noted by the National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka and UN experts. “There is no coming back from an execution. There is no criminal justice system that is perfect. The risk of executing an innocent person can never be eliminated, and the injustice that ensues can never be redeemed,” said Biraj Patnaik.Furthermore, the briefing also highlights that evidence from other countries shows that defendants from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds, belonging to racial, ethnic or religious minorities are disproportionately vulnerable to being sentenced to death.Amnesty International called on the Sri Lankan Government to halt its current execution plans and establish an official moratorium on the implementation of death sentences, with a view to abolishing the death penalty altogether. Executions will not end drug-related crime in Sri Lanka, Amnesty International said today, in a new briefing that makes the case against President Maithripala Srisena’s plan to revive the death penalty 43 years after the last execution was carried out on the island.The briefing, “Sri Lanka: Halt Preparations to Resume Executions”, highlights how the death penalty is being used in circumstances that violate international law and standards, has failed to act as a unique deterrent to crime in other countries, could claim the lives of people who may have been convicted through unfair trials, and could disproportionately affect people from minority and less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds. “No criminal justice system is capable of deciding fairly who should live or who should die. Sri Lanka has not implemented this ultimate cruel, degrading and inhumane punishment for more than four decades. It should continue to honour a tradition that chooses life instead of vengeance,” said Biraj Patnaik. read more

Briefing Member States alongside Assembly President Peter Thomson, Ms. Mohammed warned that the pandemic is far from over. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) estimates that more than 36.7 million people are living with HIV globally. “While more than 18 million are now on life-saving treatment, this is just half of those who need it, and there is no decline in the number of new infections each year. People living with HIV who are on treatment can now expect the same life expectancy as someone who is not infected,” she said.UN deputy chief spotlights ‘life-cycle’ approach to HIVThat is why a life-cycle approach to HIV is so important, she continued, to ensure that people have access to the services they need at every stage of life. Echoing the report’s concern, she cited other challenges, noting that key populations, including sex workers, people who inject drugs, transgender people, and men who have sex with men, remain at much higher risk of HIV infection. More than 10 million additional people living with HIV must access treatment by 2020; most of them are unaware of their HIV status. “Now we need to do a better job of reaching young women and adolescent girls. This is true of Sub-Saharan Africa where adolescent girls account for three out of four new HIV infections among the 15 to 19 year olds. Women and girls’ heightened vulnerability of women and girls to HIV is intimately linked to “entrenched gender-based inequalities and harmful social attitudes,” she said, adding: “We also need to ensure a more integrated approach to HIV delivery. In particular, we need to integrate HIV, sexual and reproductive health programmes, including family planning.”A blunt assessment would say that to date, our achievements have been mixed For his part, Mr. Thomson said that while major advancements have been made, the scale of shortcomings remainsed deeply concerning. HIV prevention rates among adults around the world had largely stalled, with the number of new infections actually increasing in some regions. Some 1,800 young people a day were being newly infected with the virus, with young women at particular risk. Peter Thomson (centre), President of the 71st session of the General Assembly, addresses the Assembly’s annual review on progress in the global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. UN Photo/Evan Schneider “Achieving our aims on AIDS is interlinked and embedded within the broader 2030 Agenda. Both are grounded in equity, human rights and a promise to leave no one behind,” Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told delegations gathered for the General Assembly’s annual review of the Secretary-General’s report, this year calling for a reinvigorated global response to HIV/AIDS. In 2016, The UN political declaration on ending AIDS set the world on a fast-track to stamp out the epidemic by 2030. In the first phase, countries agreed to reduce new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths to fewer than 500,000 by 2020.They also agreed to eliminate HIV-related stigma and discrimination by then. However, according to the report, with less than four years to go, progress on reducing new HIV infections among adults has stalled, financing for the global response has dried up and more importantly, women and girls continue to bear the brunt of the AIDS epidemic. “A blunt assessment would say that to date our achievements have been mixed,” said the Assembly President, stressing that ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 requires a comprehensive and inclusive approach that also targets education, information and services to people living with HIV and to those at risk. “We must build on the tremendous advances we have already seen in science, technology and innovation to better support people living with HIV, and to find a path towards a vaccine or cure,” he said, adding that it is important to leverage the integrated nature of the SDGs by building on the synergies between the global AIDS response and efforts to achieve universal health coverage. Adequate funding remains critical to meet the objectives, he added, emphasizing the need to close the $7 billion funding gap for the global AIDS response. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (left), addresses the Assembly’s annual review on progress in the global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. UN Photo/Evan Schneider read more

BEAU CHAMP, Mauritius — Kurt Kitayama claimed his first European Tour win at the Mauritius Open on Sunday as he closed with a 4-under 68 for a 2-shot victory.Kitayama’s first European title came in just his third tournament as the American held off Chikkarangappa S and Matthieu Pavon, who both carded 67s to tie for second.Defending champion Dylan Frittelli finished strongly, shooting 65 to share fifth place. Justin Harding, tied for the lead with Kitayama overnight, was a shot ahead of him in fourth.Kitayama had an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys in his final round at Four Seasons Golf Course, going birdie-eagle-birdie from Nos. 3-5 to pull ahead. He had to hold his nerve, though, after his second dropped shot on No. 16 saw his lead cut to just a shot and gave Chikkarangappa and Pavon a chance.Kitayama recovered to finish birdie-par for a breakthrough win after only coming through qualifying school last month.“I’m just so proud, really happy,” said Kitayama, who finished on 20-under 268 overall. “It’s an unbelievable moment for me. I’m just so happy I was able to pull it off.”The 25-year-old Kitayama said earlier in the tournament he would reconsider staying on the European Tour at the end of the year, but he may have made his mind up to continue after Sunday’s success.“This whole year has been, well, what a great year,” he said. “I still have two more events but to win on one of the last events of the year is just great.“It’s been really exciting, being able to travel all over the globe and I’m going to continue to travel more. I’m really looking forward to it.”___More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Wimbledon CEO Richard Lewis said that there is likely to be a small fine for the “unfortunate” comment, adding: “It was one of those heat of the moment comments which is a very unfortunate and he was good enough to apologise straight away.”The Wimbledon boss also suggested that the “bay boy of tennis” Nick Kyrgios could be fined for how he spoke to the umpire during his match on Thursday.”Whether there’s anything to do with some of the conversational discussion Nick had with the umpire, I think that maybe is worthy of scrutiny,” he said.  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. Wimbledom umpires have handed down a record amount of fines in the competition’s first week, suggesting that the Championships is set to have its worst display of bad behaviour yet.Fifteen players were fined a total of $106,400 (£84,950) throughout the first six days of this year’s competition, already overtaking last year’s total of $68,000 (£54,300) enforced over the full two weeks. The heaviest fine this year was given to Bernard Tomic, who was penalised a record $58,500 (£45,000) for lack of effort in his first round clash against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday.Belarusian player Aryna Sabalenka was fined $10,000 (£7,990) for “unsportsmanlike conduct,” whilst $5,500 (£4,400) was levied against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev for the same offence after he attacked the grass court with his racquet and refused to shake the umpire’s hand at the end of the game.There are a total of 24 offences that Wimbledon bosses can hold players to account for – including punctuality, dress code, swearing and abuse of racquets and balls. In 2016, $93,500 (£70,700) worth of fines were handed out during the whole tournament, up from $62,500 (£40,000) in 2015.Saturday’s play saw Italy’s Fabio Fognini say he wished “a bomb would explode” on the AELTC after he was scheduled to play on a smaller court.  read more

first_imgNokia revient vers l’entrée de gamme avec de nouveaux AshaNokia entend bien reprendre du poil de la bête, après s’être vu privé de son statut de numéro un mondial du téléphone mobile par les géants Apple et Samsung. Mais la firme finlandaise ne vise cette fois plus le haut de gamme, pour l’heure du moins. Elle se tourne en effet vers des terminaux à petits prix avec ses nouveaux smartphones Asha.Nokia tente de se refaire une santé. Et pour ce faire, c’est sur l’entrée de gamme que la firme finlandaise a l’intention de miser. Pendant quatorze longues années, Nokia a occupé la place de numéro un mondial de la téléphonie mobile. Privé de ce statut et contraint d’accepter que son partenariat avec Microsoft autour de Windows Phone n’a pas rencontré le succès escompté, le constructeur a décidé d’adopter une nouvelle stratégie. Il se concentre sur l’entrée de gamme – un marché qu’il ne domine plus depuis quelques mois – et le potentiel des pays émergents.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Nokia vient en effet d’enrichir sa gamme de smartphones Asha, des terminaux à moins de 100 euros animés par le système d’exploitation Symbian. En début d’année, déjà, le Finlandais avait présenté lors du Mobile World Congress plusieurs modèles, les Asha 202, 203 et 303. Aujourd’hui, il revient à la charge avec les Asha 305, 306 et 311. Les deux premiers affichent un écran tactile résistif de 3 pouces d’une résolution de 320 x 240 pixels et embarquent un processeur cadencé à 1 GHz. Ils sont dotés d’un capteur photo de 2 mégapixels et doivent, en matière de connectivité, se contenter des réseaux GPRS et Edge. Si l’Asha 305 est équipé d’une double SIM, il reste privé du Wi-Fi. Et inversement, le modèle 306 est doté du Wi-Fi, mais ne possède pas le double SIM. Quant à leurs prix, ils sont respectivement fixés à 89 et 95 euros TTC.Le Asha 311 affiche lui aussi un écran de 3 pouces, mais cette fois capacitif multitouch, et offre un capteur photo de 3 mégapixels. Son plus gros avantage s’avère la 3G, mais son prix est bien sûr un peu plus élevé. Il faudra compter 139 euros pour se l’offrir.Le 8 juin 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgIs the Apple Watch a failure? I mean, not yet, right? When I wrote about the anemic state of Apple Watch games I noted how other smartwatch manufacturers would love to have sold the over 13 million units Apple moved with Apple Watch. Maybe the problem was that the product category itself had yet to make an impressive leap forward. There’s a real gulf in quality between the initial incarnations of iPods, iPhones, and iPads and their more successful later revisions. Maybe Apple Watch is still at the start of that path. But regardless of the reason why, over a year later, Apple Watches aren’t the trendiest Apple products, right?Imagine how confused I get then whenever I see kids with Apple Watches. Regardless of age appropriateness, I get why kids want iPhones and iPads. There’s a real popular demand for them, and their actual functionality is appealing. But Apple Watch? Are children really just dying to know how long they’ve been sitting or what someone else’s heartbeat feels like on their wrist? I couldn’t fathom what a kid could possibly get out of an Apple Watch, but I was recently enlightened. The real reason kids, or at least the smart ones, want Apple Watch is actually pretty clever.The revelation came to me a few weeks ago, at my family’s Fourth of July BBQ. I like to talk to my cousins about games about technology because they’re interested in the subjects, and it’s a quick and easy way to feel like a knowledgeable, admired journalist under the guise of family bonding. So when I saw my middle school/high school-aged cousin sporting an Apple Watch Sport, I had to ask him what value he saw in the wearable device.He explained it to me like this. Apple Watches have to be paired to iPhones but can function somewhat independently of them. In class, students aren’t allowed to use their phones. However, with an Apple Watch, my cousin can discreetly perform some phone functions right on his wrist without having to technically break any rules. Much like the real legal system, schools haven’t caught up to the wild new technology rebellious youth is into.It blew my mind how simple but totally cunning this idea was. How could I have not realized this before? Well, I didn’t get a smartphone until the end of high school when teachers stopped caring about students with phones. I never had to adapt to a phone-phobic learning environment like my poor cousin. Also, my phones have always been reasonably sized, so pulling them out without drawing attention isn’t as difficult as it is with the bloated half-tablets that pass as phones these days. I didn’t grow up being fed the notion that you need a separate portable device to go with your mobile phone.But think about how slick and sneaky that Apple Watch tactic is. It’s the modern equivalent of sneaking a comic book (or whiskey flask) between the pages of your Bible at Sunday School. It’s like telling your parents you need a computer to run math programs but you’re really just installing DOOM. Kids can make the pitch for Apple Watch by saying sitting is the new cancer, and then spend their school days laughing as they use those oh-so-exciting Apple Watch features in the middle of class. Of course, those same kids also have to convince their parents to spend at least like a thousand dollars (and as much as five figures!) on both the iPhone and Apple Watch, but after that, it’s all smooth sailing.Maybe this was already super obvious, and I’m just Andy Rooney-level late to the party. Maybe I just totally ratted out my cousin and other Apple Watch-owning kids as clever as he is. So, uh, parents? Forget everything you just read. And when the next new technology comes out that seems worthless to me, the first thing I’m going to do is figure out how kids are using it to keep their minds free from education.last_img read more