Iran tells US to take first step by ending sanctions

first_imgTehran: President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday told the United States to “take the first step” by lifting all sanctions against Iran, a day after US President Donald Trump said he was open to meeting. Trump said on Monday he was ready to meet with his Iranian counterpart within weeks, in a potential breakthrough reached during a G7 summit in the French seaside resort of Biarritz. Iran’s economy has been battered by US sanctions imposed after Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States in May last year from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic republic and world powers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The step is to retreat from sanctions. You must retreat from all illegal, unjust and wrong sanctions against the nation of Iran,” Rouhani said in a speech aired live on state television. “The key for positive change is in the hands of Washington,” he said, because Iran had already ruled out ever doing what worries the US the most — building an atomic bomb. “If honestly this is your only concern, this concern has already been removed” through a fatwa issued by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the Iranian president. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We don’t (intend to) make an atomic bomb… our military doctrine is based on conventional arms.” Khamenei issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons in 2003 and has reiterated it several times since. “So take the first step. Without this step, this lock will not be unlocked,” Rouhani said at a Tehran event marking the start of work on a housing project. In Biarritz, French President Emmanuel Macron said the “conditions for a meeting” between Trump and Rouhani “in the next few weeks” had been created through intensive diplomacy and consultations. Trump, speaking at the final news conference of the G7 summit, said he “would certainly agree to that”. He added that the timeline proposed by Macron was realistic. Trump was equally confident that Rouhani would be in favour. “I think he’s going to want to meet. I think Iran wants to get this situation straightened out,” he added. Rouhani has indicated he is open to holding talks with the Americans, but it is an approach that has faced criticism from ultra-conservatives in the Islamic republic. In his speech on Tuesday, Rouhani said his government’s policy of “constructive interaction” with the world was in line with the supreme leader’s approach of “extensive interaction”. But he stressed the United States had to “retreat from their mistakes” and return to commitments made under the nuclear deal. “Our path is clear if they come back to their commitments, we too will fully act on our commitments. If they do not come back to their commitments, we will continue our path,” said Rouhani. But the Iranian president said he was not just looking for photo opportunities. “We seek to resolve issues and problems in a rational way but we are not after photos. For anyone wanting to take a picture with Hassan Rouhani, this is not possible,” he said. The possible meeting between Rouhani and Trump was blasted as a photo opportunity Tuesday on the front page of the Javan newspaper close to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Trump has put in place a policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran through crippling sanctions that critics see as raising the risk of conflict in the Middle East between the US and Iran.last_img read more

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Chandrayaan 2 completes fourth lunar orbit manoeuvre What next

first_imgNew Delhi: After successfully performing its fourth lunar orbit manoeuvre on Friday, Chandrayaan-2, India’s first lunar lander mission, is a step closer to the moon. The Chandrayaan-2 will now go through one final orbit manoeuvre. This next lunar orbit manoeuvre is scheduled to be performed on Sunday, September 1 between 18:00-19:00 hours IST. The spacecraft has reached into an orbit that is 124 km from the lunar surface at its nearest point, and 164 km at the farthest. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWhat is the next step for Chandrayaan-2 The mission has a few more milestones to cross before the Lander and Rover components of the spacecraft, called Vikram and Pragyaan respectively, make a soft landing on the Moon’s surface on September 7.September 1: The next and the last orbit manoeuvre is scheduled between 6-7 pm on Sunday. This will make the spacecraft enter its final orbit, passing over the lunar pole at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon’s surface. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday September 2: The lander will separate from the Orbiter and enter into a 100 km X 30 km orbit around the Moon. It will then perform a series of complex manoeuvres. September 7: The Lander and Rover components of the spacecraft will make a soft landing in the South polar region of the Moon, unexplored by science so far. According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the south pole is especially interesting because of the lunar surface area here that remains in shadow is much larger than that at the north pole. There is a possibility of the presence of water in permanently shadowed areas around it. ISRO Chairman K Sivan has said the proposed soft-landing on the Moon is going to be a “terrifying” moment as it is something ISRO has not done before. On August 20, Chandrayaan-2 mission crossed a key milestone in its journey to the Moon, after it entered the lunar orbit, almost 30 days after being launched on July 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. According to ISRO, the mission objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Halifax 12yearold called 911 to complain about their salad RCMP say

first_imgHALIFAX – RCMP are issuing a gentle reminder about proper 911 use after a 12-year-old called to express their dislike of salad.The Mounties say Halifax dispatchers received a call just before 10 p.m. Tuesday from a youth who said their guardian made a salad they didn’t like.“The child was upset and did not care for what the parent put in the salad, said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal Hutchinson.“As a member was responding, they called back again wondering where the police officer was and that they were very unhappy with what ingredients were in their salad.”Police say they took the opportunity to speak to the child about what happened and also about when it’s appropriate to call 911.“While many can relate to the dislike of a salad at times, this raises a more important issue that warrants discussion at all ages,” Hutchinson said in a release Thursday.Hutchinson said in an interview the incident isn’t isolated and those like it pose a serious risk when emergency responders go to a scene where they aren’t needed.“Sometimes it takes us to a location out of our coverage area that is at the opposite end of where an actual real emergency call may come in,” he said.He said he knows of various instances, including one where someone was upset that there wasn’t enough meat in their donair.In another, an upset caller couldn’t find their television remote, Hutchinson said, while one parent was upset that a barber didn’t do a good enough job on their child’s haircut.“On a regular basis we get (those) calls from people,” said Hutchinson, who added that improper use of 911 can result in a fine of $697.50.Within the last two weeks alone there have been more than two dozen bogus 911 calls in Nova Scotia, he said.Improper 911 use is a problem across Canada and in other parts of the world.In December, a 51-year-old Florida man was charged with misusing the emergency line after he called twice to complain about the size of the meal served to him at Crabby’s Seafood Shack in Stuart, Fla., telling dispatchers: “I ordered something, and it was extremely so small.”In 2016, the Las Vegas-area fire department held a news conference to ask people to not call over “stubbed toes and sore throats,” while police in Kentucky pointed out that people often called them to ask directions.In 2016, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said an upset St. John’s woman called 911 to report her pizza didn’t have enough cheese.That same year, police in Edmonton launched a public awareness campaign because the situation had become so ridiculous. They said about 40 per cent of the 911 calls they handled through the emergency service were bogus.In December 2015, British Columbia’s largest 911 call centre, E-Comm911, issued a list of the top 10 reasons not to call the emergency line, based on actual calls received that year.Among them: Requesting the number for a local tire dealership; reporting an issue with a vending machine; asking for the non-emergency line; complaining a car was parked too close to theirs; reporting that a child wouldn’t put his seatbelt on; telling police about a coffee shop that refused to give a refill; asking if it’s OK to park on the street; reporting someone had used a roommate’s toothbrush; seeking help getting a basketball out of a tree; and complaining that their building’s noisy air system was keeping them awake.last_img read more

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Hearing to begin to determine if accused in Fredericton shootings fit for

first_imgFREDERICTON — Jury selection begins Monday at a hockey rink in Fredericton to determine if Matthew Raymond — accused of killing four people in a shooting spree in August 2018 — is fit to stand trial.Earlier this month, Justice Fred Ferguson of the Court of Queen’s Bench ruled the threshold to question the fitness of the accused had been met.Fitness means that an accused understands the charges against him and can instruct a lawyer on how he wishes to be defended.Raymond is charged with the first-degree murders of Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday at the Grant-Harvey Centre, at the same time potential jurors have been told to show up to begin the registration process, but the reason for the pretrial session has not been released.The arena was chosen for jury selection to accommodate the large number of people who were sent notices as prospective jurors.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Peoples Choice Awards To Honor Jennifer Hudson With Favorite Humanitarian Award

first_imgThe People’s Choice Awards has announced that platinum-selling Grammy Award-winning artist and Academy Award-winner, Jennifer Hudson will receive the second annual People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian, presented by Walgreens, during the telecast of PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2014, live from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.Ms. Hudson was chosen as this year’s recipient in recognition of her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, an organization she formed in 2009 with her sister, Julia Hudson in honor of their nephew, Julian King. The foundation works to provide stability and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds so that they may grow to become productive, confident and happy adults, able to be positive influences on their communities.“Thank you for honoring me with the Favorite Humanitarian Award. My sister Julia and I were raised with the belief that helping others was always very important. I am so grateful that the People’s Choice Awards and Walgreens have come together in the same spirit. This spotlight will provide us with the opportunity to share all the amazing work being done by the Julian D. King Gift Foundation for children in the city of Chicago and around the United States,” stated Hudson.Walgreens, the official retail sponsor of PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2014, is once again presenting the award for Favorite Humanitarian in conjunction with the company’s purpose to help people get, stay and live well. In recognition of Jennifer Hudson’s contributions that positively impact the community, Walgreens will donate $100,000 to the Julian D. King Foundation. Also, starting tonight, consumers can help increase the donation amount by up to an additional $100,000 by clicking the People’s Choice Awards icon within the Walgreens mobile app.last_img read more

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Mohawk woman taking her place among the saints

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–A Mohawk woman buried in Kahnawake is taking her place among the saints.Pope Benedict XVI on Monday signed a decree approving a miracle attributed to Kateri Tekakwitha, also known as the Lily of the Mohawks, clearing the way for her canonization.The Vatican received evidence of Tekakwitha’s miracle in 2009 from Monsignor Paul Lenz, who sent the documentation to Rome through the Vatican embassy in Washington D.C.Tekakwitha is credited with healing a child in the U.S. from flesh-eating disease.The Pope also approved the miracles of six others who will also ascend to the pantheon of the Catholic Church’s saints.The official Vatican Information Service identifies Tekakwitha as simply an “American laywoman.”But she is much more than that to her numerous followers.Tekakwitha died at the age of 24 in 1680 and is entombed inside the St. Francis-Xavier Church in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community near Montreal.The Vatican has been receiving requests to canonize Tekakwitha for more than a hundred years.She has followers throughout the Americas and in parts of Europe. Tekakwitha is celebrated every year during a festival held in her honour in Fonda, N.Y., which is about 65 kilometres northwest of Albany, the state capital.In 1980, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II, the final stage before sainthood.Tekakwitha was born in 1656 in a Mohawk village near Fonda. Her mother was an Algonquin who was captured around Trois-Rivieres, Que., and then married a Mohawk chief.Her village was burned by the French and her mother, father and younger brother all died during the smallpox epidemic.Tekakwitha survived the disease, but it left its mark on her, leaving her body weak and her face scarred.She was baptized Catholic in 1676 and was taken to a village around what is now Kahnawake and Ville Sainte-Catherine after she faced pressure from her family to give up the religion.Tekakwitha stood only about 4 and-a-half feet tall and frequently fasted. It is said Tekakwitha once scattered thorns on her bed and lay on them for three nights.When she died, it was reported her face lost its scars and she became beautiful. Her crucifix, pieces of her garments and dirt from her grave were said to have healing powers.last_img read more

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InFocus Kids with disabilities onreserve still getting less

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:If a motion passes unanimously in the House of Commons, does anybody hear it?That’s the question advocates of equal access to health care are asking.Jordan’s Principle was adopted in 2007.It was a motion vowing that children with disabilities who live on reserve, would be treated the same as all children who live off reserve.But eight years later a McGill University study reports that those on-reserve kids still have poorer access to health care services.last_img

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Saradha case SC rejects Rajeev Kumars plea

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s plea seeking setting up of a special bench to hear extension of his interim protection from arrest in the Saradha scam. The Supreme Court registry informed Kumar’s counsel that the matter cannot be listed this week. Kumar was recently removed by the Election Commission (EC) from the post of Additional Director General – Criminal Investigation Department (CID) West Bengal and attached to the Home Ministry. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The former Bengal officer moved the top court on Monday, after it last week withdrew protection granted to him from arrest earlier on February 5 in the Saradha case, but gave him a week to approach other courts for relief. His protection from arrest ends on Friday. Kumar’s counsel told a vacation bench, comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna, that the matter required urgent listing as a week of protection from arrest was not enough and he needed more time to approach a court in Kolkata, where the lawyers were on strike. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi The court, however, told Kumar’s counsel that since the earlier order was passed by a three-judge bench, it would be appropriate to approach the Registrar General of the apex court for setting up of a bench. The court told the counsel that CJI was the master of the roster. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has accused Kumar of tampering with evidence in the Saradha case chit fund scam case to shield powerful politicians. Vacating its February 5 order, the top court on Saturday expressed concern over the manner in which the case had panned out.last_img read more

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Police Arrest Student for Distorting National Anthem Drop Charges

Rabat – Police in Ksar El Kebir arrested a student for allegedly “distorting the national anthem” while chanting with his comrades in the school. The director of Saada high-school called the police on Saturday, September 28, to report the incident.Police arrested the 17-year-old student to investigate the complaints filed by the director. After questioning him about his act, authorities decided to release him without charges. The director claimed the student’s act–distorting the national anthem– was a “disrespect to the nation.” He said such acts must be reprimanded and punished.The Ksar El Kebir section of the  Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) condemned the prosecution of the minor.In a statement, AMDH said that the director’s act to call the police is unprofessional and non-pedagogical. The advocacy group maintained that the director’s complaint goes beyond all laws and norms governing the country’s educational institutions.The association also said it was surprised by the director’s behavior, noting that “he did not bother to listen to the student for clarification.”Read also: Moroccan Student to Participate in Dubai’s Arab Reading ChallengeIt added that the director must have reported the student’s behavior to the rest of the administrative and educational staff, and presented him to the discipline council within the high school instead of reaching out directly to the police. In a video posted on youtube, the student, Oussama Harik, denied the allegations. He claimed that he and the director have not been on good terms since last year.Harik spoke of internal disagreement at school, further clarifying that his standing out-of-raw while singing the national anthem made the director call him up to his office before the police arrested him. read more

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Sudan Ban stresses need for peaceful resolution of any electoral disputes

27 April 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Sudanese authorities and political parties to peacefully resolve any disputes arising from this month’s presidential and parliamentary elections as he commended the country’s people for taking part in the recent ballot. The Sudanese people’s participation in the largely peaceful elections, despite numerous challenges, “stands as a demonstration of their commitment to democracy,” according to a statement issued by a spokesperson for the Secretary-General.The statement was issued after the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced the results of the vote following the historic elections, the first of their kind in Sudan in 24 years.The elections have been regarded as an important milestone in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which was signed in 2005 to end two decades of warfare pitting the Sudanese Government against the southern-based Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). The SPLM formed the administration that runs southern Sudan after the signing of the CPA. In Darfur, a region in western Sudan, a separate conflict between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militiamen and rebel groups has continued since 2003.“The Secretary-General takes note of the preliminary reports of observer groups detailing both the successes and shortcomings of the elections, as well as a number of security incidents,” according to today’s statement.“The Secretary-General calls on the authorities and political parties of Sudan to continue to resolve by peaceful means any matters arising from contested results or other irregularities.“The Secretary-General calls on the CPA partners and other Sudanese political actors to make rapid progress with the preparations for the next and final phase of CPA implementation, the conduct of the referenda on self-determination in Southern Sudan and Abyei [slated for next year].” read more

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Nine countries compete in upcoming Security Council elections

Three countries from Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, one from Eastern Europe and one from Latin America and the Caribbean will be chosen to succeed Gabon, Lebanon, Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Brazil, whose terms all expire on 31 December this year.Member States will meet in the General Assembly tomorrow morning to elect the Council members by secret ballot, with winning candidates needing two thirds of those countries present and voting. Balloting will continue until enough candidates reach that threshold, even if only one country is competing for a seat in a particular region.Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo are vying for the three seats for Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, while Azerbaijan, Hungary and Slovenia are contesting the Eastern European category. Guatemala is the only declared candidate for the Latin America and the Caribbean region.The new members will join Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa, whose terms end on 31 December 2012, and the five permanent Council members, which each wield the power of veto – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. 20 October 2011Nine countries are formally campaigning for elections tomorrow that will decide which States will occupy five non-permanent seats on the Security Council during 2012-13. read more

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Sudanese Government must protect its own citizens UN refugee chief warns

As a new peace accord in southern Sudan opens up the prospect of the return home of millions of people uprooted by two decades of civil war, the top United Nations refugee official has called on the Government to live up to its duty to protect its own citizens after it demolished a camp and dumped its residents in the desert with no services.“We have seen conditions people are living in after their village was levelled, and we stress the Government’s responsibilities for its own citizens,” Acting UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Wendy Chamberlin said yesterday after visiting the squalid squatter camp of Shikan, near the capital Khartoum.UNHCR and the international community will hold the Government responsible for protecting its own people and helping them go back to their original homes, if that is what they want, she added.About 30,000 southerners lived in Shikan until the end of December, when the Government evicted them, dumping them in a desert area. But 5,000 have now drifted back, living in cardboard and burlap structures.“The standards for displaced people are the same as for refugees. They can only go home voluntarily, and must do so in safety and dignity,” Ms. Chamberlin, on a five-day visit to Sudan and Chad, said of the up to 6.1 million southerners estimated to have been uprooted from their homes to other parts of the country by the civil war. A further 550,000 refugees fled to neighbouring countries, mainly Uganda and Kenya.Yesterday she also visited the official camp of Omdurman es Salaam, run by the Government on the outskirts of Khartoum, home to 120,000 displaced people who now live in box-like mud-brick houses and even have their own makeshift church. But the residents, some of whom fled in 1986, call the camp Gaborona, meaning “forced to be here.”Women who have lived there for nearly two decades told her they could not afford to go home yet, and fear their children will not find schools in the south, ravaged by Africa’s longest-running civil war before a peace accord ended it in January.Today, Ms. Chamberlin was set to visit the Darfur region, where a separate and ongoing conflict has displaced nearly 2 million people. She will stress UNHCR’s role in protecting displaced people, especially in counselling and helping women victims of rape. Later this week, she is to cross the border into eastern Chad, home to a further 200,000 Darfur refugees. read more

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Canadian dollar up as commodities rise traders look to US election outcome

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Tuesday as the greenback lost ground ahead of the results of an extremely tight U.S. presidential race.The commodity-sensitive loonie also benefited as the lower greenback boosted prices for oil and metals, closing up 0.5 of a cent to 100.83 cents US.“Election day comes with the presidential race too close to call and some trepidation about whether a firm winner might even be declared by tomorrow,” said a commentary from RBC Dominion Securities.Whichever way the contest plays out, the big hope is that the result will be clear enough to avoid a rerun of 2000 when the result was only known weeks later after a U.S. Supreme Court decision. Above all, traders hope that Democrats and Republicans will get down to the business of arriving at a budget agreement that will avert an automatic increase in taxes and spending cuts that could be imposed at the start of 2013.This so-called fiscal cliff is particularly alarming as economists predict the subsequent shock from the higher taxes and deep automatic cuts in military and domestic spending would send the U.S. economy back into recession.The December crude contract in New York closed up $3.06 to US$88.71 a barrel.December copper added four cents to US$3.51 a pound while December bullion climbed $31.80 to US$1,715 an ounce.Greece was also in focus as legislators prepared to vote on a €13.5-billion package of spending cuts and tax increases over the next two years that are needed in order to secure another round of rescue loans.The outcome of the vote Wednesday is far from certain due to disagreements in the five-month-old coalition government and a reluctance among centre-left legislators to approve yet more austerity measures. But rejection of the savings package would leave Greece facing the threat of a default on its mountain of debt that could force it to eventually exit the euro bloc. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar up as commodities rise, traders look to U.S. election outcome by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 6, 2012 4:24 pm MDT read more

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Unique education fund to be launched next week at UN World Humanitarian

The new Education Cannot Wait fund is being launched next week at the two-day Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. “It is designed to cater the needs of 30 million displaced girls and boys, the largest population of girls and boys uprooted since 1945 – 20 million of whom have no choice at the moment and are unable to go to school,” UN Special Envoy Gordon Brown told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, via telephone.“This fund will be unique in many different ways,” he explained. “We will be the first to bridge the gap between humanitarian aid and development aid. At present education falls through the net. Most humanitarian aid goes – as you would expect – to food and shelter, and development aid is long terms and not geared to an emergency.”Mr. Brown highlighted that action has to be taken urgently because the sheer scale of numbers of children missing out on schooling is becoming a “full-blown global crisis.” He underscored that the new fund could be the only chance to save a generation lost to war, child marriage, forced labour and the recruiters for violent extremism. “We believe that this fund will offer young people hope, because when we ask ourselves what breaks the lives of once thriving young children, it’s not just the Mediterranean wave that submerged the life vest, it’s not just the food convoy that does not arrive in Syria, it is also the absence of hope; the soul crushing certainty that there is nothing ahead to plan or prepare for, not even a place in school,” the envoy warned.The fund – an historic, global first that will seek substantial sums from governments and business – is being hailed as a “game changer.” The funding campaign’s immediate aim is to raise $3.85 billion across the next five years. The goal is to recruit 100 major donors, from philanthropic foundations and the business sector as well as governments and international agencies.Figures from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) show that education aid receives less than two per cent of emergency funding. The new fund is expected to: offer up to five years of educational emergency, recognizing that the average time a refugee is out of his or her country is more than 10 years; have private sector, foundation and philanthropic windows and will be the first comprehensive education public partnership in humanitarian aid; and engage philanthropic companies in innovative solutions to deliver education, including bold experiments in online education to help refugees in camps and those holed up in hovels, huts and tents. The UN has stressed that the ultimate aim for Education Cannot Wait is to transform humanitarian aid for the future. “This is a lost generation we must help urgently. We live in a world where refugee needs are not temporary, with many spending more than a decade out of country,” said Mr. Brown. “For too long we have neglected the education of young people in conflict zones, at the cost of making youth the recruits for terrorist groups and their parents the most likely to leave and seek a better future for their children in Europe or America,” he added.Many businesses have already agreed to take part alongside many of the world’s top aid donors. Individual philanthropists have also been approached.The new fund will build on the recent Syrian initiative promising one million Syrian refugees schooling in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan but it will also occur in Nepal where 900,000 children are out of school because of the earthquake emergency, in South Sudan where one third of children are denied schooling and in Nigeria where Boko Haram have closed 5,000 schools. Meanwhile, the UN also announced today that almost 200 humanitarian partners from across the Pacific are heading to Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit, where the region’s experiences in responding to disasters and climate change will be high on the agenda.A total of 15 Pacific governments have signaled their commitment to send high level delegations to Turkey including Heads of Government from Fiji, Tuvalu, the Cook Islands, Nauru and Vanuatu. read more

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Dinners on me Gordon Ramsay celebrates his twins Alevel results

So the cat is out of the bag! Cannot believe after so much hard work I’m actually #GoingToOxford @UniofOxford 😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/fOME181lqM— eve (@evebennettx) August 16, 2018 The YouTuber explained: ““They’re supportive but I don’t think they know how much work goes on behind the scenes. They thought the concept was pretty crazy: people watching me revise or talk about school. But they’ve come to terms with it.”  Eve Bennett, who has also been sharing her study tips on YouTube, will be attending the University of Oxford and also managed to get 3 A*s.The YouTuber from an all girls’ grammar school in Wolverhampton, said: “So the cat is out of the bag! Cannot believe after so much hard work I’m actually going to Oxford!” He said of his children: “They don’t sit with us in first class. They haven’t worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that. At that age, at that size, you’re telling me they need to sit in first class? No, they do not. We’re really strict on that.“I turn left with Tana and they turn right and I say to the chief stewardess, ‘Make sure those little f—— don’t come anywhere near us, I want to sleep on this plane’. I worked my f—— arse off to sit that close to the pilot and you appreciate it more when you’ve grafted for it.” Big congratulations to no2 son, William (@Billdaforce) on getting his A’ Levels. He’ll be off to the University of Manchester in September to start his BSc (Hons) in Computer Science!!!#proudDad 👏🏻 @OfficialUoM— Andrew Gwynne MP (@GwynneMP) August 16, 2018 Son of refugees leaves parents in tears as he gets into Oxford with A*sEdi Rama, 18, the son of Kosovan refugees says he left his family in tears after also winning a place at Oxford.The proud student from Newham Collegiate Sixth Form in east London will be going to Corpus Christi where he will read Maths in September. Jade Bowler achieved three A*s Natasha Vincent, daughter of presenter Katie Derham, celebrates her A Level results  Her advice to other students is: “Your phone is your worst enemy – turn it off.” “It brought it all flooding back, that slightly sick feeling (waiting to get your results).”I’m very envious (of Natasha studying in New York) and it’s such a good school. It’s a good excuse to go and visit.”Her 18-year-old daughter said: “I’m feeling very happy. I got the results I wanted. The grades don’t mean as much to me as my marks.”It’s always going to be stressful, I wanted to do well for my parents.”I knew I had my place at NYU so I think I found it less stressful than some other people.”I’m really excited about moving to New York. It’s the hub of theatre, it’s a great opportunity and a great place to live.”Student gets 7 A*s- even though English is not her first languageAn exceptionally gifted student has landed a spot at the University of Oxford after achieving an incredible seven A* grades at college – despite English not being her first language. Hongzhou Luan achieved the top marks in biology, chemistry, maths, further maths, physics, Chinese and in an extended project qualification (EPQ) about the use of anaesthetics in neo-natal care.Despite juggling six A-levels and the EPQ, the bright 18-year-old still managed to find time to take part in her hobbies – archery, coding and ballroom dancing.Chinese Miss Luan, who moved to the UK from Heilongjiang Province in China to study at St Swithun’s girls boarding school in Winchester, Hants.Today the delighted teenager received seven A* results and secured a spot at the University of Oxford to study engineering science.Remarkably, she achieved the results despite English not being her first language and hopes to become a bio-medical engineer after Oxford.Miss Luan was awarded a scholarship by the Jardine Foundation when she applied to Trinity College earlier this year and was selected following a panel interview with seven experts.The Jardine Foundation provides scholarships to Oxford and Cambridge Universities for students from Asia.Miss Luan said: “The whole experience of applying for Oxford and interviewing for the Jardine Scholarship was amazing.”To have done my best in my exams is a really satisfying end to the process and I am so proud of that.  Strictly star’s daughter achieves top grade in theatre Presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Katie Derham said she is “as proud as could be” with her daughter’s A-level results. Luke Shaw with his A Level results at Norwich School, Norwich GB Kayaker gets top grades despite sports trainingLuke Shaw, an 18-year-old GB kayacker, managed to get four good grades despite training for the world kayak marathon championships.He sat his exams at Norwich School and gained an A* in maths, A grades in chemistry and politics and a B in further maths, and has University of Nottingham where he plans to study economics, potentially with Spanish. 5 A*s – and off to CambridgeA student who gained a clean sweep of five A* grades in his A-levels is to fulfil a childhood dream of studying at Cambridge University.Jack Parkinson, from Thorne, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, will read computer science after his top performance in mathematics, further mathematics, computer science, physics and the extended project qualification (EPQ).The 18-year-old was encouraged by staff at Trinity Academy to apply for Cambridge and attended summer schools there and at Oxford.He said: “They gave me a taste of the way of life there and the people were really down to earth, which I was surprised by.”Jack, of Moorends, was particularly taken with Cambridge University for its facilities and the city.He said: “After the summer school, I decided I really wanted to go there and I’ve been focused on that ever since.”I’m really looking forward to being around people who have similar interests to me.” Natasha Vincent has achieved an A* in theatre studies with Bs in French and English literature at Brighton College.She has a place to study at the New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts next year.Speaking to the Press Association, Derham, the 48-year-old BBC Proms presenter and 2015 Strictly finalist, who lives in Sussex, said: “I’m as proud as could be. I’m so delighted. She’s done so well. She wrote:  “Wow! A*A*B Congratulations @elsieortong Are you ready @EdinburghUni? (& thank you to all the teachers who helped her get there) #proudmum”Her colleague Andrew Gwynne celebrated his son’s results, who has achieved a place at Manchester to study Computer Science:  Christopher Pledger “Over the past two years at St Swithun’s I have learned some new skills and gained a lot of confidence for the future.”I am looking forward to the next stage of my academic journey.”Ken Campbell’s granddaughter gets A*AA – and into CambridgeAnother student who excelled in performing arts and hopes to make her famous grandfather proud is Dixie McDevitt.She is the granddaughter of the late actor Ken Campbell, known for his one-man shows and appearances in several sitcoms including Fawlty Towers. Her mother, Daisy Campbell, is a director and Dixie has dreams of running her own theatre company.She has already written and directed her own play – The Snowflake System – about leaving school, growing up and contributing to society, which will be performed in Brighton in the coming weeks. His painter and decorator father Arsim, 48, and receptionist mother Gezime, 42, escaped the Balkan battlefields in the mid-1990s, and have said they are grateful for the opportunities this country has given their son.They were the first people he called after discovering he had scored A* in his maths, further maths, and chemistry A Levels.He said: “When I told them how well I had done they were both in tears. It means so much to them that their son has done well in this country. They are so grateful for everything this country has given us.”If they had not left Kosovo and been caught up in the fighting, chances they would not have lived long enough to have children, let alone have one going to the best university in the world.”Grenfell Tower students pick up their resultsStudents from the school in the shadow of Grenfell Tower have spoken of their joy in bringing hope and happiness back to the community.Those studying at  Kensington Aldridge Academy had to move to portable classrooms because of safety concerns after the fire last year. Five who perished in the blaze attended the school.Many returned to their old school building for the first time today to pick up their results. The 18-year-old, from Brighton, got A*s in English literature and theatre studies and an A in Spanish. She is taking a gap year before studying English literature at Cambridge.She said: “I’m feeling great, relieved. You try and prepare for the worst-case scenario.”My mum is absolutely thrilled and I think my granddad would have been thrilled too.”Overall 99% of Brighton College students achieved A* to B grades with 81.9% being A* or A. Wow! A*A*B Congratulations @elsieortong Are you ready @EdinburghUni? (& thank you to all the teachers who helped her get there) #proudmum pic.twitter.com/J1y5OvQVFK— Lilian Greenwood (@LilianGreenwood) August 16, 2018 Bowler’s videos accumulated over 11 million views in a year, and she has over 100,000 subscribers.The student, who attended Newlands Girls School in Berkshire, said her proud parents were confused at first by her videos, in which she films herself studying for a rapt audience of industrious students. Jade Bowler achieved three A*s Dixie McDevitt celebrates her top gradesCredit:Christopher Pledger 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. Abdullahi Ali, 18, achieved three As in English, history and French and will be one of the first people in the school’s history to go to Oxford, where he will be reading  French and Russian at Christchurch College.He told the Evening Standard: ““It felt right.“I wanted to sit them here and come and collect my results so this place had happy memories. I think it gives people in the community hope to see us doing so well.”Daniel Glinka, 18, achieved top results in four A levels; an A* in Polish along with As in Maths, Psyhcology and Chemistry and will be studying Maths at Exeter. He said: “There was so much lost potential in the fire. We are realising ours for those who didn’t get that chance.”Proud mother: Labour MP celebrates her daughter’s resultsLilian Greenwood, the Labour MP for Nottingham South, posted a photograph of her daughter on Twitter, proudly holding up her results. Luke Shaw with his A Level results at Norwich School, NorwichCredit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire Gordon Ramsay has praised his children for getting through a “tough year” and getting into university.Twins Jack and Holly, both 18, are going to Exeter and Ravensbourne university, getting ABB and ABC respectively.The celebrity chef wrote on Instagram: “Well done Jack & Holly ! 2 more Ramsay’s off to University #Exeter#ravensbourne I’m so proud, amazing results ABB ABC @_jackrams3y_@hollyramsayy.”Also well done to all the other students on a very tough year ! Dinner’s on me!”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Mr Ramsay has previously spoken about his tough parenting style, which he thinks instills the value of hard work. Natasha Vincent, daughter of presenter Katie Derham, celebrates her A Level results Credit:Gareth Fuller/PA Wire Unlike his peers, he does not have a summer of larking about ahead of him.He has just returned from a training camp in Bulgaria and will compete in the junior men’s category for GB at the kayak marathon world championships in Portugal next month.He said he had to “squeeze in” training alongside his studies.“I’m hoping to get top 10, but hopefully better than top 10, we’ll see,” he said. “It’s interesting, a lot can happen in a marathon.”Success for ‘studytubers’Fans of two “studytubers” anxiously awaited the videos in which they opened their results. Jade Bowler, known as “Unjaded Jade” has spent the last two years teaching her followers how best to revise, waking up at 5am every day to cram in work before school.Her work paid off – she told The Telegraph: “Somehow, I managed to achieve 3 A*s in Maths, Biology and Chemistry A level!! “My main advice would be to remember that these grades will NEVER define you, nor your future prospects for success. Grades are just a stepping stone for that next thing – regardless of what you get, hard work, personality and resilience are equally important in getting you where you’d like to go!” She had previously filmed herself crying over her English A-level exam paper, which she thought was too difficult,  saying in her vlog: “Two years of work down the drain … I really think I have missed my grades to get into uni.” Her fears were unfounded – she achieved top grades in every A-level exam she took. Students across the country are receiving their results today. read more

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How should the Pope do his job He wants you to tell

first_imgPOPE FRANCIS HAS called powers to be taken away from the Vatican and said Catholics should be more engaged in helping the needy in a key document released today.However, he ruled out allowing women priests.The Catholic leader said he was seeking advice on how his role should change, using an informal style for his first “apostolic exhortation” in which he outlined his vision for the future of the Roman Catholic Church.“It is my duty, as the Bishop of Rome, to be open to suggestions which can help make the exercise of my ministry more faithful to the meaning which Jesus Christ wished to give it,” the pope wrote.“A conversion of the papacy”Francis said it was time for “a conversion of the papacy”, adding that “excessive centralization, rather than proving helpful, complicates the Church’s life”.Bishops should have “genuine doctrinal authority”, he said in the document, a type of long open letter used by popes to communicate with their faithful.The document did not address many of the hot-button ethical reforms called for by progressives but Francis did say that the issue of the priesthood being reserved for men was “not a question open to discussion”.On abortion, he also said the Church “cannot be expected to change her position on this question”.But he added that it should do more “to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution”.Francis has instituted a council of cardinals to advise him on reforms including a shake-up of the Vatican bureaucracy after a series of high-profile scandals in recent years and disgruntlement in many local churches.The Vatican this month also launched a worldwide consultation of Catholic dioceses including questions about pastoral care for same-sex couples, and Francis on Tuesday underlined the need for churches to keep an open door even without changes to Catholic doctrine.‘Freedom to worship’In the document, Francis stressed the importance of the Church’s social message and criticised the injustices of the global economy, a priority for his papacy.The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence, yet without equal opportunities the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and eventually explode.Turning to other faiths, Francis said that ties with Islam had taken on “great importance” for the Catholic Church because of the growing number of Muslim immigrants in many traditionally Christian countries.“We Christians should embrace with affection and respect Muslim immigrants to our countries in the same way that we hope and ask to be received and respected in countries of Islamic tradition,” he said.I ask and I humbly entreat those countries to grant Christians freedom to worship and to practice their faith, in light of the freedom which followers of Islam enjoy in Western countries.Much of the exhortation was devoted to spiritual issues, particularly the need for a more joyful approach to faith reflected in the document’s Latin title “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel).“There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter,” he said, adding that the Christian message should not be “a catalogue of sins and faults” and should be about striving for “the good of others”.The document included practical tips from Francis for priests on how to give better homilies as well as a call for them to be closer to their parishioners.“Our church doors should always be open, so that if someone, moved by the Spirit, comes there looking for God, he or she will not find a closed door,” he said.- © AFP, 2013Read: Even the Pope has had his phone tapped by the US says Italian magazine >More: Pope Francis allows little boy to crash the stage at the Vatican >last_img read more

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Warez ahoy Windows Phone 7 DRM has been broken

first_imgAn important aspect of any App Store is DRM, at least from a company’s perspective. After all, if you’re selling someone a piece of digital software, you don’t want them running to share that software with their friends. As such, DRM needs to be tightly integrated into the backbone of a smartphone to prevent pirating… and when that DRM is cracked, it’s a big deal.Bad news for Microsoft, then. It looks like the DRM tools set in place in Windows Phone 7 have just been cracked.AdChoices广告The cat’s not out of the bag quite yet, thankfully. The developer who has managed to circumvent the DRM of the Windows Phone Marketplace has just demonstrated the proof of concept program he’s used to show that it can be done. If that program were to make it out to the Internet at large, though, anyone would be able to strip the DRM from Windows Phone 7 apps and load them onto any device they want.Microsoft’s yet to comment on the discovered security hole, and it’s possible we’ll see a bit of cat-and-mouse in future Windows Phone 7 updates as Microsoft engineers struggle to close the whole, and hackers just open it back on up again. Either way, bad news for Microsoft, but at the very least they’re joining good company: it’s already possible to warez apps fairly easily on iOS, Android and webOS.Read more at Windows Phone 7last_img read more

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Ireland slips down the global tourism competitiveness scale

first_imgThe spokesman noted that Ireland’s overall score remained static in comparison to the 2015 report, with a rating of 4.5 out of seven, which meant that competitors had improved rather than Ireland getting worse. ITIC CEO Eoghan O’Mara Walsh Source: Travel Extra/FlickrScotlandO’Mara Walsh said the WEF index is just “one of a number of metrics we’d keep an eye on”.“I think the Irish tourism product and the Irish tourism experience is still very, very good I think it’s of a very high standard.”He restated ITIC’s call on the government to ‘Brexit-proof’ the tourism sector.“Other sectors such as agrifood and enterprise and foreign direct investment have actually got increased and improved resources from the central exchequer,” he said. “Tourism, unfortunately, hasn’t.”ITIC will be meeting tourism minister Shane Ross in May and “the fact that Irish tourism is very vulnerable to a hard Brexit will be front of the agenda”.Asked which market he thought was Ireland’s biggest threat, O’Mara Walsh said the UK will be a challenge, especially Scotland.“American visitors who want a Celtic experience could equally decide to choose Scotland over Ireland,” he said. “I don’t think the Scottish tourism product is as good as ours or as varied or as rich in-depth, but on a superficial level, it might tick similar boxes.” Apr 15th 2017, 8:30 PM By Fora Staff Ireland slips down the global tourism competitiveness scale But the industry isn’t too worried. http://jrnl.ie/3342393 Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 8:30 PM 17,657 Views IRELAND SLIPPED DOWN an influential think-tank’s global tourism ‘competitiveness’ rankings – but local industry leaders aren’t too worried.The island was sandwiched between Mexico and Greece in the number-23 spot – four places off its previous rank – in the World Economic Forum’s biennial travel and tourism competitiveness index. Spain claimed the number-one spot, while Ireland’s near-neighbour, the UK, placed fifth.Ireland was ranked third-last in the western European category, which was topped by France in spite of last year’s spate of high-profile terrorist incidences.The WEF’s ranking of 136 countries is based on 90 factors, including the prioritisation of tourism in government policy, price competitiveness and security.Wider societal issues such as health, broadband access and natural resources are also taken into account.While Ireland scored highly for its marketing initiatives and ranked seventh in the world for ‘international openness’, it lost marks for items such as how long it takes to deal with construction permits and building costs.Surprisingly, the country – often peddled as a lead in global aviation – placed 28th in the world for ‘air transport infrastructure’.Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, chief executive of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC), said he found that particular result “a bit surprising”. Source: World Economic ForumClick here to view a larger version.“As an island nation, I actually think we have very good, very strong air connectivity,” he said. “That’s set to continue into the future.”O’Mara Walsh noted that a number of transatlantic routes slated for the coming months – like Norwegian Air International’s North American routes – will “open up Ireland as a tourism destination”.A spokesman for state agency Fáilte Ireland echoed O’Mara Walsh’s comments.“Air access into Ireland has gone from strength to strength, year-on-year,” he said. “I’m not too sure where (WEF) is getting the figures from or how they’re scoring air access, but that (ranking) wouldn’t seem right to me.” Share Tweet Email4 center_img Short URL Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews Edinburgh city Source: Flickr/Dimitry BHe said a favourable exchange rate makes Scotland comparatively cheaper for North American tourists. He said the country will no longer be “bound by EU regulations” when Britain leaves the bloc, which could also give it an edge over Ireland.“For example, at the moment if you’re within the EU, you can’t provide state aid to encourage an airline to come to your destination,” he said.“But if the UK, as it will, leaves the EU, the likes of Scotland will be outside the EU and no longer bound by state-aid rules, so there’s nothing to stop Glasgow or Edinburgh airport actually funding or providing grants to US airlines to fly into their destination.”Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Take me to Fora Read: The Irish ‘Just Eat of salon bookings’ says Brexit is spooking startup investorsRead: Who is Jonathan Sugarman? Here’s what you need to know Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: 41 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Bank of Cyprus opens in Epping

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Bank of Cyprus launched their latest branch in Epping, Victoria on Wednesday. This is the 12th branch to open in Australia and the second one to open in Victoria in the last 12 months. Mayor of Whittlesea Rex Griffin officially launched the branch with the unveiling of the plaque.The branch was filled with a mix of politicians, stakeholders, customers and staff, as the inauguration began with the ceremonial blessing, conducted by Reverend Evmenios Vasilopoulos. Managing Director of Bank of Cyprus George Taktikos opened the proceedings by talking about what makes the Bank of Cyprus so unique and successful.“Our staff know the customers names,” said Mr Taktikos. He confirmed that in 2011 there will be an additional three branches opening in Australia, two of which will be in Victoria.Shadow Minister for Veteran’s Affairs, Jenny Mikakos, was at the launch and gave a speech. She said she was “pleased to see new branches opening in (her) electorate servicing the northern suburbs in (the) community.” “Bank of Cyprus plays an important part in the community by servicing the community, particularly the elderly,” she explained. “People in the community want a personal service.”While big banks are closing down, Bank of Cyprus keeps opening branches and it’s this personal service that let’s them do it.Bill Deralas was one of the many clients of the bank that was at the launch. He was with a major bank for 12 years before moving over to the Bank of Cyprus. “I’m in business,” explained Mr Deralas to Neos Kosmos, “and I have a relationship with all my customers, I expect the same from my bank.” He said at a major bank you need to be bring in millions of dollars to have a personalised service but at the Bank of Cyprus, “you feel like you are part of the family”.last_img read more

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Morton Salt operating Union believes fully by end of November

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppInagua, Bahamas – October 31, 2017 –  The Bahamas Industrial Manufacturers and Allied Workers Union says by the end of November, they expect it to be back to work as usual for its members who are employed at Morton Salt in Inagua.Morton is the largest employer on the island, with 145 staff who had been working lesser days due to the damages brought on by the catastrophic Hurricane Irma which slammed the south eastern island on September 7.Morton Salt issued a statement to update as well, saying limited operations are resumed now as the company tries to rebound from the damages to the operation owned by German, K&S Group.Paul Jackiewicz, is not giving an exact time for resumption of full service of the salt producing company, and explains, “At this time, we cannot provide a precise date as to when the site will return to full capacity because of the unique logistical challenges and other variables. Our team, as well as engineering consultants, have had a consistent presence at the site throughout the process to ensure a safe and timely return to full operations.” Related Items:#ingua, #MortonSalt Recommended for youcenter_img Morton Salt plant in Inagua still out of operation Morton Salt plant in Inagua still out of operationlast_img read more

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