Curbs on WhatsApp media groups in U.P.

first_imgOfficials of a district in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh have been accused of trying to suppress media freedom by monitoring WhatsApp media groups and threatening criminal action against journalists not following its directives.However, the administration on Sunday said it was a move to check circulation of fake news and the presence of “fake media portals”. In a joint directive issued by Lalitpur District Magistrate Manvendra Singh and Superintendent of Police O.P. Singh, the admins of all WhatsApp media groups operating in the district had been told to get their groups registered with the District Information Officer or face action.“No WhatsApp media group in the district will be allowed to operate without registration and if found doing so, a case will be registered against the admin of the group under relevant sections of the IT Act,” the two-page directive said.The administration said that it took the step in view of increasing complaints of incidents in which “fake journalists” were intimidating and extorting money from the local people and government staff.“News channels and YouTube portals have been circulating news and rumours that have caused a threat to the social harmony and unity of the district. The district also has many news portals that are not registered anywhere, and do not have a regulatory authority laid down for them,” the directive said.The administration has also specified that no news portal will be allowed to function in Lalitpur without its approval.Clarifying on the directive, the District Magistrate said it was not to restrain the general media but to prevent the misuse of the platform by “fake” news channels and portals.Extortion charges“It is for those who claim to be news channels but have no registration to show it. They go and extort money from people … we have been receiving complaints,” Mr. Singh told The Hindu.He explained that the trigger for the directive came after a recent incident at Kursi village in Mehroni tehsil, where a portal spread news that some people had been denied entry into a temple, creating tension. “We had to deploy forces in the area even when there was nothing of that sort happening,” the District Magistrate said.last_img read more

Calisaan-less Che’Lu-San Sebastian holds off Gamboa-St. Clare

first_imgDe Leon wound up with nine points and nine rebounds, while Alfred Batino got 10 markers and six boards in the victory.The Revellers missed the services of lead forward Michael Calisaan, who is nursing a fractured left elbow after their last game against Zark’s Burger-Lyceum last week.“We talked about in practice that anybody can step up for us. Che’Lu isn’t just Michael Calisaan, but it’s the team,” said Tiu.Jackson caught fire late for the Coffee Lovers, unfurling 11 of his 19 points in the final frame, alongside five rebounds and three assists.Dionisio chipped in 14 markers and 12 boards, while Junjie Hallare had 16 points and six rebounds in the defeat for Gamboa-St. Clare (3-3).ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games PBA IMAGESChe’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian survived a late rally from Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare to take the 79-73 victory and stretch its winning run to four in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at Pasig Sports Center.RK Ilagan scattered 17 points, five assists, and three rebounds to lead the Revellers, while Jeepy Faundo added a double-double of 11 markers and 11 boards in the win.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 79 — Ilagan 17, Faundo 11, Batino 10, De Leon 9, Bulanadi 7, Collado 6, Jeruta 5, Siruma 5, Santos 4, Capobres 3, Costelo 2, David 0, Lao 0.GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 73 — Jackson 19, Hallare 16m Dionisio 14, Pare 8, Ambuludto 4, Rubio 4, Bitoon 3, Rebugio 3, Fontanilla 2, Acuno 0, Alcober 0.Quarters: 18-16, 31-31, 55-46, 79-73. MOST READ Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 5 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Thank God, we were able to survive again,” quipped coach Stevenson Tiu as his side rose to 6-3. “These games are crucial if we want to get a good placing in the playoffs.”Che’Lu-San Sebastian built a 11-point lead, 55-44, late in the third quarter and seemed poised to cruise to an easy victory after leading, 71-57 with 3:30 to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Trevis Jackson and Aris Dionisio teamed up for Gamboa-St. Clare’s huge 16-4 blast to get within two, 75-73, in the last 23.4 seconds.Samboy De Leon blew his chances to ice the game after missing a pair of freebies with 17.1 ticks left, but quickly atoned for his miscue as he grabbed the offensive board and canned his foul shots in his second go-round, 77-73, with 15.2 seconds left. Read Nextlast_img read more

Sterling Holds On To L.A. Clippers

first_imgLAS VEGAS — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he is hopeful that the proposed $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers will be completed before next season begins. But he could not guarantee that will happen because the deal is currently held up in the courts.Silver spoke on July 15th after a meeting of the NBA’s Board of Governors. He says he cannot guarantee Donald Sterling will be out as owner of the Clippers because he is fighting the sale.“It’s very difficult to say anything with certainty in a situation like this,” Silver said. “I can say with certainty we are doing everything in our power to move Donald out as an owner in the NBA.”Sterling, who was banned by the NBA for life for making racist remarks, is challenging his wife Shelly’s planned sale of the Clippers for $2 billion to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in court. A judge recently delayed the next hearing until July 21, and closing arguments are scheduled for July 28.When Ballmer originally reached an agreement with Shelly Sterling to buy the team, the planned timeline included an approval vote by the board on July 15.But the court case has pushed everything back well past the expiration of Ballmer’s offer. The deadline can be extended, and Silver said the league is waiting for the process to play out.“We’re in essence on hold since that sale is being challenged by her husband as to whether she has the right,” Silver said. “If the court finds in her favor, the sale will move forward. If not, we will move forward with our own proceedings.”Before Shelly Sterling agreed to sell the team to Ballmer, the NBA was moving forward with a plan to terminate Sterling’s ownership of the team.During the trial, Shelly Sterling testified that she discussed with Silver the possibility of his lifetime ban being reduced to help facilitate a sale of the team.“It’s accurate that we had the conversation,” Silver said. “Shelly and I had several conversations over the course of the last few months in which Shelly proposed all kinds of things to me. And frankly it’s never been quite clear if she’s able to speak for Donald.”Silver said he asked for a proposal in writing from Donald Sterling, but never received one.Donald Sterling, who at one point in the proceedings called his wife “a pig” in the courtroom, contends she has no right under a family trust that owns the Clippers to single-handedly sell the team.Shelly Sterling contends she has the authority and two doctors hired by her testified that her 80-year-old husband has Alzheimer’s Disease and is mentally incapable to act as administrator of the trust.Rather than holding a vote for approval of Ballmer as an owner, the advisory/finance committee met with him.“We had an excellent session with him and he talked to us about his passion for NBA basketball and his desire and interest in owning the team,” Silver said.(JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bulls spread the scoring in road rout of Nets

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Chicago had seven players score in double figures, including new signing Dwyane Wade, in a 118-88 rout of Brooklyn on Monday to make it three straight wins to open the new season.Also on 3-0 is Atlanta, which had a similarly broad spread of scorers in a home win against Sacramento.Chicago’s Jimmy Butler scored 22 points to lead the scorers for the Bulls, while Wade had 12 in his first road game with the Bulls.After home victories against Eastern Conference playoff teams Boston and Indiana to open the season, the Bulls easily handled their road opener.Bojan Bogdanovic scored 15 points for the Kings.Atlanta had all five starters reach double figures in a 106-95 victory over Sacramento, and have won their first three games for the first time in five years.Dwight Howard had 18 points to lead Atlanta despite a disappointing 8 from 20 effort at the foul line, while Kyle Korver and Dennis Schroder scored 17 points apiece for the Hawks, who trailed after three quarters but held the Kings to just 16 points in the fourth.Every Atlanta starter scored in double figures, and the Hawks held Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins in check after he averaged 30 points in the Kings’ first three games. He finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.Rudy Gay scored 22 points for Sacramento.Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points and Kyle Lowry had 29 in a 105-102 victory over Denver.Los Angeles’ Chris Paul scored 24 points to send the Clippers to a 116-98 win against winless Phoenix.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

UK retail sector axed 150,000 jobs in 2018: study

first_imgLondon, Dec 24 (AFP) Troubled UK high-street retailers shed almost 150,000 jobs this year, hit by high business property taxation, flagging growth and rising online sales, a study showed Monday.Some 148,132 jobs were axed as 20,000 shops and restaurants closed, according to Britain’s Press Association news agency which published data from the Centre for Retail Research (CRR).And more gloom is forecast next year as retailers continue to struggle in anticipation of Britain’s departure from the European Union.”While parliament is obsessed with Brexit, business rates and low growth are killing the high street,” said Professor Joshua Bamfield, who is director of the CRR consultancy.”We feel that 2019 is going to be a repeat of these dire figures unless or until the government takes action to provide a level playing field for both online retailers and the high street.” This year, a string of major British retailers fell victim to fierce online competition, rising business taxes and stretched household budgets — all coming amid Brexit uncertainty.One major casualty, British budget chain Poundworld, collapsed earlier this year with the loss of some 5,100 jobs.Department store chain Debenhams meanwhile decided to shut about one third of its shops. That came after its UK rival House of Fraser was rescued from collapse having been bought by retailer Sports Direct.Property specialist Altus Group argues that rising business rates — a taxation which is levied on non-domestic property use — have piled on pressure.Despite the gloom, official data showed last week that retail sales rebounded in November as shoppers bagged Black Friday bargains.advertisementSales jumped 1.4 per cent compared to October, the Office for National Statistics calculated, with non-food items helped by heavy price discounts.But the outlook for consumers is weak. Consumer confidence dived to a five-year low in December, according to a GfK survey published last Friday.”Consumer surveys show that people are not feeling confident about the future, despite an increase in wages,” said Stephen Beer, chief investment officer at Epworth Investment Management.”This is partly due to interest rates going up and the mood music from the Bank of England.” The central bank last week froze its main lending rate at 0.75 percent faced with “intensified Brexit uncertainties”.The BoE had in August voted unanimously to raise the rate by a quarter-point to 0.75 percent amid Brexit-fuelled UK inflation.That was only the second hike since the global financial crisis a decade ago and was in response to above-target UK annual inflation.Rising interest rates leave borrowers with less disposable income to spend on the high street. (AFP) AMSAMSlast_img read more

10 months ago​Mourinho set to receive £24m pay-out from Man Utd

first_img​Mourinho set to receive £24m pay-out from Man Utdby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have to fork over a massive sum of money to part ways with manager Jose Mourinho.With the Portuguese boss losing his position on Tuesday, news of his payout soon came out as well.Per the Evening Standard, the total sum will be £24 million, which is the amount of money that was left on his contract.It is now the third manager United have sacked since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.They will hope to appoint someone as caretaker in the next 48 hours, followed by a permanent boss in the summer.Mourinho left United in 6th place in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four positions. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

7 days agoMan Utd cop mixed injury news ahead of Liverpool clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd cop mixed injury news ahead of Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are hoping for a fitness boost before Sunday’s visit of Liverpool.Star midfielder Paul Pogba is definitely out of the match with an ongoing ankle issue and David De Gea pulled up with a groin complaint on international duty that is likely to sideline him, says the Mirror.However Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka could return against Liverpool on Sunday, while Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard have also stepped up their respective injury comebacks.But question marks hang over the likes of Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Mason Greenwood. last_img read more

Bharat: Salman Khan turns patriot in new poster, says meri mitti, mera desh

first_imgBharat: Salman Khan turns patriot in new poster, says meri mitti, mera deshSalman Khan has now shared the fourth poster of his upcoming film Bharat. The 53-year-old actor has donned a uniform in his latest poster.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 18, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 11:28 IST Salman Khan has dropped the fourth poster of Bharat, also featuring Katrina Kaif.Ahead of the big trailer launch of Bharat, the makers are busy creating the right kind of buzz around the much-awaited film. For the past three days, Salman Khan is busy revealing his looks from Bharat with new posters. And Thursday is no different. The 53-year-old actor dropped his fourth look from his upcoming film.Sharing the new poster, Salman wrote, “Meri Mitti. Mera Desh. #BharatKoSalaam.”Donning a uniform, moustache and aviators, Salman looks dapper as a Marine. The poster also has Katrina Kaif in a salwar kameez.Meri Mitti. Mera Desh!????#BharatKoSalaam @Bharat_TheFilm @aliabbaszafar @atulreellife @itsBhushanKumar #KatrinaKaif #Tabu @bindasbhidu @DishPatani @WhoSunilGrover @sonalikulkarni @norafatehi @iaasifsheikh @nikhilnamit @reellifeprodn @SKFilmsOfficial @TSeries pic.twitter.com/Q2Wrain1UOSalman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) April 18, 2019Bharat is an official remake of a Korean film An Ode To My Father. It depicts the history of India through the life of an ordinary man.If the first poster showed Salman as an old man, the second one took us back to the 60s. But it’s the third one that grabbed maximum eyeballs as Katrina Kaif made her debut on Bharat poster.Bharat is Salman and Katrina’s sixth collaboration, and their fans are quite excited to see them on the big screen once again.Katrina in a recent interview revealed that her decision of doing Bharat was purely professional, and it had nothing to do with her friendship with Salman Khan or Ali Abbas Zafar. The 35-year-old actress revealed that Salman did not even call her after she signed the film and they met directly on the film sets.advertisementSalman will sport five different looks for Bharat as the film chronicles his journey from the age of 18 to 70.Ali Abbas Zafar, who is collaborating with Salman Khan after Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai, in an earlier interview revealed that he wanted to show Salman in a new avatar with Bharat. “It is important to show Salman in a different light as Indian cinema is changing and leaving a mark with every film is important,” he had said.The film is set to hit the screens this Eid.ALSO READ | Katrina Kaif: Signing Bharat had nothing to do with my friendship with Salman KhanALSO READ | Tiger Shroff cheers for Disha Patani as she makes her debut with Salman Khan in Bharat posterALSO WATCH | Katrina Kaif talks about her experience being a superstarGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bycharu thakur Tags :Follow BharatFollow Salman KhanFollow Katrina Kaiflast_img read more

Expedia stops selling to Venezuela amid turmoil

CARACAS, Venezuela — Travel websites like Expedia and Orbitz have quietly stopped selling airline tickets for Venezuela amid recent political turmoil, further isolating the socialist-run country after years of declining flight service.On Thursday, it was impossible to find on the popular websites any Venezuelan cities in the drop-down list of booking options for hotels and flights to the South American country.The Bellevue, Washington-based Expedia Gorup said that the company was acting on behalf of travellers’ wellbeing and in accordance with recent travel advice by foreign governments about crime and civil unrest.“Once governmental advice reaches a certain level of travel concern, we take action to close off destinations on our sites,” spokeswoman Sarah Gavin told The Associated Press.Orbitz didn’t respond to a request for comment.Joshua Goodman, The Associated Press read more

Same global resolve needed to fight organized crime as with terrorism –

“Our response must be global and integrated,” he told the Security Council at the start of a debate on the issue, citing efforts already taken to fight drugs and human trafficking and the so-called Kimberly process against blood diamonds to prevent the smuggling of illegally mined natural resources to arm and fund conflicts.“But there is so much more to be done against emerging threats like cyber-crime, money-laundering, environmental crime, and the dumping of hazardous waste,” he said. “Member States have united to fight pandemics, poverty, climate change and terrorism. We can and must do the same to counter organized crime.”At the same time, he warned that justice and human rights must be respected, with law enforcement never descending to the level of the criminals. “We cannot fight fire with fire. The criminals use ruthless and exploitative methods which we can never contemplate,” he said.He called for integration at all levels, nationally, regionally and internationally, noting that in West Africa lack of capacity has been overcome and vulnerability to drugs and crime is being reduced thanks to the work of the 16-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).The West Africa Coast Initiative involving the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), and the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) is also a good example of the “one UN” approach, he said.“I urge you to support similar regional initiatives, like the Santo Domingo Pact launched here at the United Nations today, which has the same aims for Central America and the Caribbean,” he declared. “With transnational threats, States have no choice but to work together. We are all affected, whether as countries of supply, trafficking or demand. Therefore, we have a shared responsibility to act.”UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa highlighted the dimensions of what is at stake, citing the profits of just the drug trade. “To put into perspective the massive proceeds from crime, think of this: the regular budget of UNODC is 1 per cent of the UN budget, that itself is less than 1 per cent of the yearly proceeds from the global drug trade – $320 billion,” he told the Council.“One line of cocaine snorted in Europe kills one square metre of Andean rain forest, and buys 100 rounds of AK-47 ammunition in West Africa. Multiply this by 850 tons of cocaine per year and you see that is a bigger mismatch than David versus Goliath.”He highlighted the interconnection between transnational crime and conflicts, development and endemic corruption. “International mafias exploit the instability caused by conflicts, they thrive in areas lost to insurgency, and take advantage of a government’s inability to provide security,” he said.“This creates a vicious circle… vulnerability attracts crime, crime in turn deepens vulnerability. In a chain reaction, humanitarian crises follow, development is stalled and peacekeepers are deployed,” he added, calling development and security key tools in eliminating vulnerability.“To illustrate all this, take a map of illicit trafficking routes and overlay it with a map of conflicts. Then juxtapose a histogram of per-capita incomes. You will see that crime, violence and underdevelopment overlap. And these regions, of course, coincide with UN peacekeeping operations.”Better knowledge of the ways of organized crime is also essential, he said, noting that smugglers, insurgents and terrorists operate in precisely those places that are out of government control and too scary for tourists or investors, running fleets of ships and planes, trucks and containers carrying tons of drug and weapons, unperturbed and undetected.Or if they are detected, it is most likely to be by pure chance, as in the case of a drug-trafficking Boeing 727 jet that crashed last year in the Gao region of Mali, an area plagued by insurgency and terrorism.In a presidential statement read by Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for February, the 15-member body cited the links between drug trafficking and financing terrorism, noted kidnapping and hostage-taking for political and fundraising reasons, and called on States “to increase international and regional cooperation on the basis of a common and shared responsibility.” 24 February 2010The United Nations today denounced organized crime as a threat to international peace and security, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on Member States to confront the scourge with the same unity and determination they have shown in fighting pandemics or terrorism. read more

Security Council concerned at precarious situation in Central African Republic

In a statement read out at a formal meeting by the Council’s current president, Ambassador Wang Yingfan of China, the 15-member body noted that such a climate was not conducive to encouraging the return home of thousands of Central Africans who were displaced or sought refuge in neighbouring countries as a result of the attempted coup at the end of May. The Council also reiterated its condemnation of that coup.In addition, the Council strongly condemned the 5 July killing in Bangui of the United Nations security coordinator and urged the Central African authorities to bring those responsible to justice.In its statement, the Council asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to prepare by 30 September recommendations on how the United Nations can further contribute to the recovery of the Central African Republic. The Council asked that the recommendations focus on strengthening the UN presence in the country, particularly in human rights monitoring and help for the judicial system. The UN should also look into providing experts in public administration and finances, as well as continued restructuring of the country’s armed forces and the implementation of an effective arms-collection programme. “The Security Council stresses that an enhanced international effort will be necessary to help in the recovery of the Central African Republic,” the Council said, as it welcomed the appointment of the new Representative of the Secretary-General, Gen. Lamine Cissé of Senegal, to head the UN Peace-building Support Office (BONUCA). read more

Security Council calls for immediate ceasefire in eastern DR of Congo

In a statement read out at an open meeting by its President, Ambassador Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon, the Council called on the DRC Government and all others in the region to exert their influence on the parties to stop the fighting, and to refrain from any action that would further exacerbate the situation or undermine the peace process. “The Security Council calls on all parties and armed groups involved in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to commit themselves to achieving a peaceful settlement for the region, and condemns any attempt to use military action to influence the peace process,” the Council said. The statement condemned the attack on Uvira by Maï-Maï and other forces, and voiced great concern over the build-up of forces around Bukavu as well as other destabilizing developments in the region. The Council also condemned ethnically targeted violence in the Ituri region, and asked all parties to take immediate action to defuse tensions, ensure the protection of civilians and end human rights violations. It requested the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) to support efforts by Uganda and the DRC to set up an Ituri Pacification Commission. “The Security Council stresses that no government, military force or any other organization or individual should provide military or other supplies or any other form of support to any of the groups involved in the fighting in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi,” the statement said. The Council urged the parties to reach agreement on an all-inclusive transitional Government, and welcomed the progress on the pull-out of foreign troops from DRC territory, stressing that this withdrawal process must be completed. The statement also called on the DRC and Burundi to quickly conclude an agreement on the normalization of relations and cooperation in security matters. read more

UN agency needs 10 million to feed locust and droughthit people in

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for $10 million to ensure the double ravages of drought and locusts do not combine to destroy the livelihoods of over 800,000 vulnerable people living in Mali and Niger, two of the four lowest-ranked countries in a UN Human Development Index.“We are already seeing worrying signs of malnutrition amongst young children and vulnerable adults. Cattle are dying, food prices are soaring, livestock are being driven south in search of better pasture – these calamities would even bring Job to his knees,” WFP Mali Country Director Pablo Recalde said.In 2004 West Africa suffered its worst locust infestation in 15 years. Although the destruction in the agricultural belt of Mali and Niger was far from total, harvests and pastures were severely affected in several areas, a situation which was compounded by an early end to the rainy season in the region.In both countries, well over 60 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line and agriculture is the engine of a weak economy. Even in a good year the region is plagued by chronic food insecurity between harvests, but drought and the locust invasion have almost completely destroyed traditional coping mechanisms in some areas.Although the most vulnerable will receive food from free distributions, the majority of WFP’s aid will be through food-for-work programmes aimed at helping farmers rehabilitate their land and improve its productivity in the seasons to come, such as technical training, the repair of dams and wells, the rehabilitation and protection of soils and the creation of small fruit and vegetable gardens.Needs are greatest in Mali where $7.5 million is required to feed nearly 450,000 people living mainly in the regions of Mopti, Timbuktu, Kayes, Kidal and Gao. read more

Top musicians release love song to Earth to inspire action at UN

Twelve musical acts, including Sir Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Leona Lewis and UN Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo, released the single ‘Love Song to the Earth,’ which is now available to download from iTunes and Apple Music. The artists, producers and directors of the song – as well as Apple – are donating their respective proceeds to Friends of the Earth US and the UN Foundation.Written by Toby Gad, Natasha Bedingfield, John Shanks and Sean Paul the single, Love Song to the Earth highlights the importance of taking care of the things we love.Ms. Bedingfield said: “Many people turn a blind eye arguing that everything is ok environmentally. The song reminds us that having ownership of our world means taking care of it. With this song we wanted to talk about the environment in a way that would help people feel empowered to do something rather than be paralyzed by fear.”The song aims to reach new audiences with the message that the time to act on climate change is now is meant to encourage people to “Share the Love Song” and “Take Climate Action Now” by signing a petition.This petition will be delivered to world leaders at the beginning of the the 21st meeting of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), widely referred to as COP-21 in Paris in December. This petition is part of a unified global movement supporting the UN’s call for a meaningful, universal, global climate change agreement.“The support, engagement, and passion of the creative community are key to engaging new audiences in the call for a meaningful and universal climate change agreement. When UN Member States gather in Paris this December, the voices of everyone, especially the entertainment industry, will help ensure the best outcome possible for a better future for all.” said Aaron Sherinian, chief communications and marketing officer of the UN Foundation.Released on the 4th of September, the song will eventually become available on all music platforms and streaming services worldwide as of September 11th.Accompanying the song is a “lyric video” produced by Jerry Cope. This will also be released on the 11th of September and will feature breathtaking views from around the world. As well as this, scientists and celebrities will be shown holding up signs saying urging viewers to “Keep It safe” to encourage their fans to get involved.“The climate crisis is near a global tipping point, we hope everyone who hears this anthem takes action to encourage our political leaders to keep our planet safe, by keeping fossil fuels in the ground and moving toward 100 per cent renewable energy,” said Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth US.Other artists featuring on the track include Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Sean Paul, Johnny Rzeznik, Krewella, Angelique Kidjo (a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador), Kelsea Ballerini, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice and Q’Orianka Kilcher. read more

Carbon Highs Dino Dynamics Take Second Place Overall in Region Competition

By Britlie SharpThe Dino Dynamics competed in the 3A Region 14 drill team competition on Saturday. The competition was hosted at Juab High School.At the competition, the Dynamics competed in three categories: military, dance and kick. In the military category, the Dino Dynamics took third place. They placed third in the dance category as well. The Dynamics shined in the kick category, taking second.Overall the Dino Dynamics took second place. Juab High School beat them, taking first place, and Delta High School followed them, taking third overall.Now, the Dino Dynamics will be competing in the state competition taking place Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Coaching the Dynamics are Nicole Bennett, Missy Labrum, Celeste Thorpe and Brielle Bogdin. They have worked hard with the girls all year and will continue to work with them until their state competition.At the region competition, Academic All-Region and All-Region awards were announced. Stevie Hanna and Kylee Bedke received Academic All-Region. In order to get this award, these girls had to be in their senior year with a 3.75 or higher GPA. T’Ann Passarella, Kylee Bedke and Haley Baggs received the All-Region award. read more

Foie gras imports could be banned after Brexit on ethical grounds

Mr Eustice went on: “When we leave the European Union, we do indeed have an opportunity to look at restrictions on sales along the lines that (Mr Smith) pointed out.”We know there are no barriers under WTO law, something which is sometimes raised by some people – there are clear precedents for putting in place ethical bans when it comes to WTO law.”Some countries – notably India – have brought forward bans on the sale of foie gras.” Mr Smith told the Commons: “Foie Gras is cruel to produce, unhealthy to eat and it’s expensive to purchase.”The ultimate cost though is paid by the ducks and geese who suffer so greatly before their slaughter, and it’s time we banned this outdated practice.”For the Government, Mr Eustice said in his reply: “While we are a member of the European Union, as (Mr Smith) pointed out, we are required to observe law which places restrictions on the introduction of measures that impair the movement of goods within the EU market.” Geese are force fed as part of the process of making foie gras before their over-sized, fatty livers are extractedCredit:Reuters Geese are force fed as part of the process of making foie gras before their over-sized, fatty livers are extracted Foie gras imports to the UK could be banned after Brexit, according to an environment minister.Conservative frontbencher George Eustice said the UK is required to observe law which restricts the introduction of measures which hinder the movement of goods within the EU market.But he added leaving the EU will offer an opportunity to examine restrictions on sales.His remarks came after Tory MP Henry Smith (Crawley) questioned why there was a UK production ban on foie gras, but not an import ban.The product is made from duck or goose livers. They are force fed as part of the process before their over-sized, fatty livers are extracted, MPs heard.Around 98% of duck foie gras imports to the UK come from France, while total imports amounted to around 100 tonnes in 2017, Mr Eustice 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. read more

Boart Longyear appoints Jeffrey Olsen as Chief Financial Officer

first_imgJeffrey Olsen will be joining Boart Longyear as its Chief Financial Officer effective April 1, 2014. “I am pleased to have Jeff join Boart Longyear. His strong financial background and knowledge and understanding of the resources and mining industries, including his global experience in a broad range of senior financial and commercial roles with Rio Tinto, are a good fit for our company and for our current priorities to improve our balance sheet,” said Boart Longyear President and CEO, Richard O’Brien.“The Board and I also would like to thank Jay Clement for the leadership and judgment he has provided as Acting CFO during a very challenging period. He has been indispensable to me since I joined the company and will continue to be so.”Olsen has served as Chief Commercial Officer for Rio Tinto’s Iron & Titanium business since 2010. Prior to that time, he was Chief Financial Officer for Rio Tinto’s Borax and Minerals divisions for some eight years and held other financial roles at Rio Tinto for another six years earlier in his career. Olsen’s experience also includes financial roles at General Chemical Corp and Xerox Corp in the USA.“Boart Longyear has a strong brand and a long history of success,” states Olsen. “I look forward to joining their strong management team and to helping the company deliver results for its customers and shareholders.”last_img read more

Télévision internet les médias sont de plus en plus ancrés dans la

first_imgTélévision, internet… : les médias sont de plus en plus ancrés dans la vie des FrançaisFrance – Le quotidien des Français comprend de plus en plus de contacts avec les médias. La télévision arrive sans surprise en tête du classement, suivie par la radio. Internet grimpe pour sa part sur la troisième marche du podium.Selon le bilan annuel de l’étude Médiamétrie “Media in Life”, qui a porté sur 10.000 personnes âgées d’au moins 13 ans, les Français ont augmenté de 10% leur consommation de médias de 2006 à 2009. En moyenne, ils ont quarante contacts avec les médias chaque jour. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Le catalyseur ayant permis cette augmentation semble être Internet. Occupant la troisième position parmi les médias les plus utilisés selon l’étude, il est de plus en plus présent chez les Français. En 2009, un sondé sur deux l’utilisait ainsi quotidiennement, contre un peu plus d’une personne sur trois en 2007. Internet permet d’accéder de façon indirecte à d’autres supports médiatiques, comme la télévision et la musique en streaming, ou encore les journaux en ligne. En effet, la presse se lit de plus en plus via Internet : 64% des internautes le font régulièrement. L’accessibilité du net joue également en sa faveur : 50% des 15-34 ans possèdent un accès à Internet mobile (clé 3G ou téléphone). Malgré ce développement du net, la télévision reste la championne avec en moyenne 15,8 contacts par jour et par personne (contre 9 pour la radio et 4,6 pour Internet). La presse écrite se situe juste derrière Internet avec en moyenne 3,2 contacts par jour. Il faut noter qu’elle est de plus en plus lue sur la Toile, fort probablement en raison de sa gratuité et de son aspect pratique.D’autres sources de médias montent depuis quelques années, notamment la téléphonie mobile avec 2,3 contacts par jour en moyenne, la musique (2,1 contacts par jour), le téléphone fixe (1,3 contact) et les jeux vidéo (1,1 contact).L’étude révèle également que le contact avec les médias dépend de l’âge : les 25-34 ans sont ceux qui en profitent le plus, avec 40,7 contacts par jour hors ordinateur, suivis des plus de 60 ans (40,2 contacts). Cependant, ces derniers sont beaucoup plus ancrés dans les médias traditionnels tels que la presse écrite.Le 5 mars 2010 à 11:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Services publics en ligne les internautes invités à donner leur avis

first_imgServices publics en ligne : les internautes invités à donner leur avis La ministre du budget Valérie Pécresse entend continuer de développer les services publics en ligne. Lundi, elle s’est vu remettre un document en ce sens émettant plusieurs propositions au sujet desquelles les internautes sont invités à donner leur avis.Le député UMP de Seine-et-Marne Franck Riester a remis en début de semaine un rapport sur “l’amélioration de la relation numérique à l’usager” à la ministre Valérie Pécresse. Réalisé avec un groupe d’experts, ce document a été élaboré dans le cadre du projet Open Data du gouvernement, qui vise à donner accès à des données publiques via le futur portail data.gouv.fr (ouverture prévue pour la fin décembre).À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Il énumère quinze propositions basées sur trois axes principaux : donner la parole aux usagers pour améliorer le service public, offrir plus de services personnalisés, et fournir un accès lisible, simple et cohérent vers l’Administration en ligne. Parmi les pistes évoquées, citons notamment la mise en place d’outils d’assistance comme le téléphone et le chat, la géolocalisation, ou encore la transmission de pièces justificatives via un téléphone mobile. Toutes ces propositions sont accessibles sur le site Ensemble-simplifions.fr, où les internautes sont invités à les commenter, mais aussi à émettre leurs propres idées. Le 28 septembre 2011 à 18:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NYPD fields “flurry of calls” after McMahon arrest storyline

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next When Did Vince McMahon Find Out About Roman Reigns’ Diagnosis? Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Videos Articles Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis WhatsAppcenter_img Riz Ahmed Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Roman Reigns Twitter Pinterest Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Now Playing Up Next TMZ is reporting that the NYPD had to field a series of calls on Monday night after a storyline took place on RAW featuring the “arrest” of Vince McMahon.“Cops began fielding calls after some really bad acting, where Vince stepped in to protect his daughter from some rent-a-cops. Things got heated at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Vince got aggressive and the cops hooked him up and read him his Miranda rights. It seemed real enough for viewers to call police … presumably to either express their displeasure or lobby to have the book thrown at him.”You can check out the full TMZ story at the link below.TMZ: WWE’s Vince McMahon — NYPD Fields Flurry of Calls After ‘Arrest’Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer DiagnosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Vince Mcmahon WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match)last_img read more