Podcasts Dead? One Billion Podcast Subscriptions Beg To Differ

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Apple#iTunes#now#Podcast readwrite Every once in a while, you hear some wag somewhere say “podcasts are so dead.” We’d have to shake our heads and wonder at those expert commentaries, then, when we hear Apple announcing their one billionth podcast subscription in iTunes yesterday.That’s one billion subscribers listening to eight million episodes of 250,000 podcasts, according to MacWorld.Instead of listening to the naysayers, then, you should find yourself a podcast to listen to instead.Do you still listen to podcasts? What’s your favorite? Let us know in the comments. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

Thoughts of Suicide – Having a Wingman Helps

first_imgDo you have a friend or loved one who you don’t know how to help and are worried about his or her emotional well-being?In a recent article from Military Pathways, Having a Wingman Improves Your Mental Health, the article discusses a new method to suicide prevention.The Wingman Project, an Air National Guard suicide intervention organization, uses the Wingman approach to providing care by emphasizing the importance of a buddy system to keep each other safe and aware of signs of suicide or depression.last_img

Survivors of trafficking get skill training in Goa

first_imgWomen rescued from sex trafficking have been given skill training in beauty treatment by a non-governmental organisation in collaboration with the Department of Women and Child Welfare, Goa.ARZ, a Goa-based social work organisation, arranged for the two-month course. Professionals from Neomis Hair & Beauty Salon, Miramar, Goa provide the training, said ARZ director Arun Pandey.Eleven women have completed the course and were given certificates at a function organised on August 27 at a government shelter.“The decision of providing training in beauty therapy was to ensure that the women learn a skill, which would help them to get employment post release from the protective home,” said Mr. Pandey. ARZ has been running a mechanised laundry in Vasco for several years, providing the survivors of sexual exploitation with an alternate source of income to look after their families.The NGO conducted a survey to find which sector needed skilled hands in the native State/country of the residents of the protective homes. It was found that job opportunities in beauty treatment were aplenty, Mr. Pandey said.last_img read more

Bombers try to keep distance vs Knights

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJose Rizal U tries to tighten its grip on third spot as it clashes with Letran on Thursday, while Emilio Aguinaldo College seeks to boost its Final Four hopes in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Coming off overtime losses last week, the Heavy Bombers and Knights are gunning for victories that will give them the inside track in the race for Final Four berths.ADVERTISEMENT Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal PLAY LIST 02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img With a 6-4 record, JRU sits at third behind unbeaten Lyceum and San Beda. But a victory by the Knights, who hold an even 5-5 record, will forge a tie at third spot.The Generals tangle with the Mapua Cardinals at 4 p.m. with a win allowing them to move up to solo sixth spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTied with Arellano and Perpetual Help at 4-6, EAC hopes for an improved performance after losing to San Sebastian last week.The Bombers absorbed a 110-115 double overtime defeat to Arellano last Thursday in a game where Tey Teodoro exploded for 30 points. JRU, however, faded late in the game and saw its four-game winning run snapped. —CEDELF P. TUPAS MOST READ Busmen hope to chart return course toward AFC Cup View comments Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

LeBron James misses NBA playoffs for first time in 14 years

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag The last time the NBA’s best player wasn’t in the postseason was in 2004-05, his second season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.James played in Friday’s contest at Staples Center Arena despite missing games recently to get rest for his lingering groin injury.READ: Lonzo Ball injury, aging LeBron James set off Lakers’ free fall, says World PeaceHe also took a hard tumble against the Nets after slipping on the baseline while driving to the basket with 22 seconds left in the fourth. He left the game for one possession, then returned.James shot eight-of-25 from the floor in 35 minutes of action as the Lakers are 2-11 in their last 13 games.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Joe Harris scored 26 points and former Laker D’Angelo Russell tallied 21 points and 13 assists for the Nets, who are in the midst of a seven game road trip.JaVale McGee had career highs of 33 points and 20 rebounds along with six blocked shots to lead the Lakers.READ: LeBron James not ‘chasing’ Lakers rebuild When James signed with the storied franchise before the season, few expected him to extend his streak of finals appearances to nine straight, but not many thought it would be due to a failure to get into the playoffs.It has been a season of blown opportunities, broken promises and with the Lakers now officially out of contention late in the season, it leaves the coaching staff and the front office under fire.With the rebuilding Lakers limiting James’ minutes down the stretch, the forward had sat out two of the past three games heading into the Nets’ game.He did not play in last Friday in the Lakers’ 111-97 loss at Detroit or Tuesday on Los Angeles’ 115- 101 loss to Milwaukee.Three-time champion James was doing his part by averaging 27.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and eight assists this season, but he hasn’t gotten consistent help from an injury-depleted and inexperienced supporting staff. View comments MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Antetokounmpo returns from ankle injury as Bucks cruise past Heat Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after being called for a foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Friday, March 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Legendary superstar LeBron James will miss the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2005 as the Los Angeles Lakers were officially eliminated with a 111-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.The four-time league MVP James also had his eight-year run to the NBA finals snapped on Friday night as the loss takes the lowly Lakers out of the playoff picture for a franchise record sixth straight season.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other “It is a tough season for all of us,” James said. “It is not what we signed up for.READ: Surging Nets eliminate LeBron James, Lakers from NBA playoff pictureFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You don’t even try to wrap your head around it. Just keep pushing. The playoffs are never a promise, you got to put in the work.”James had 25 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to get the victory in a tight contest that featured plenty of lead changes. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Skipper Rahim, Shakib lead Bangladesh fightback

first_imgPublished on Indian players celebrate the wicket of Mominul Haque on day 3 of the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Saturday. Photo credit: K.R. Deepak cricket SHARE February 11, 2017 COMMENTS Bangladesh India COMMENT × Indian players celebrate the wicket of Mominul Haque on day 3 of the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Saturday. Photo credit: K.R. Deepak Indian bowlers faced dogged resistance from Bangladesh middle-order led by captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who hit a defiant 81 to take his team to 322 for six at stumps on day three of the one-off Test here today.Premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s attacking 82 also contributed to Bangladesh’s fightback. At close of play, Rahim was ably supported by Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who was batting solidly batting on 51.However, the visitors still trail India by 365 runs after the hosts declared at 687 for six yesterday.Umesh Yadav (2/72 in 18 overs) was India’s best bowler on display but spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin (1/77 in 24 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/60 in 29 overs) didn’t look incisive despite being economical on a track that is still pretty good for batting. Ashwin infact was hit for 12 boundaries.Ishant Sharma (1/54 in 16 overs) looked more effective with the old ball but he did inflict some pain to Mushfiqur with a snorter that had him in some pain. But the gritty Bangladesh skipper whipped the next for a boundary.While India still have the upperhand with two full days of play, Bangladesh certainly would have gained confidence as they showed stomach for some fight in the last two sessions of the day after a poor morning.The young Miraz showed maturity beyond his years to help his captain by playing risk free cricket, only hitting the loose deliveries en route a maiden Test half-century.Mushfiqur hit 12 boundaries in 206 balls while Miraz hit 10 boundaries in 103 balls. The final session yielded 76 runs in 30 overs.The seventh wicket partnership between Mushfiqur and Miraz yielded 87 runs in 32.5 overs but more importantly showed that there aren’t too many demons in the pitch.The best part was their application in the final session. There was a point of time when Mushfiqur had scored only four runs in an hour in the post tea session. He was ready to put his head down and defend and with very less turn on offer, Ashwin never looked menacing.Bangladesh still need 166 runs to avoid follow-on and on a fresh morning, a few quick wickets can mean that Virat Kohli would like to ensure follow on. But with his bowlers already sending down 104 overs, he might just want to give them rest and pile a few runs in the second innings.The post lunch session was comparatively better for Bangladesh with 121 runs coming at the loss of two wickets.But India after getting Shakib and Shabbir Rahman in quick succession, looked in complete control before Mushfiqur and Mehedi resisted.Brief scores: India 687/6 decl. Bangladesh 322/6 in 104 overs (Hasan 82, Rahim 81 batting; Yadav 2/72). SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Arsenal trigger Jamie Vardy’s Leicester buy-out clause- reports

first_imgArsenal have triggered a buy-out clause in striker Jamie Vardy’s contract with English champions Leicester City after making a bid of about 20 million pounds ($29.04 million), several British media reports said on Friday.Vardy, who is in England’s 23-man squad for the Euro 2016 finals in France that start next week, scored 24 Premier League goals last season as Leicester won the top-flight crown for the first time in their history.The 29-year-old was chosen as Player of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association and was named in the Professional Footballers’ Association’s team of the year.Former England forward Gary Lineker, a Leicester fan, has urged Vardy not to leave.”Stay with the Champions @vardy7 don’t join the perennial also-rans,” Lineker said on his Twitter account.Arsenal have not won the league since 2004 and finished second this season, 10 points behind Leicester.last_img read more

India-New Zealand series should go on: RM Lodha to India Today

first_imgSoon after media reports suggested that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had threatened to cancel the ongoing India vs New Zealand series due to financial problems, Justice RM Lodha today said its direction to stop disbursement of funds to the board would not affect its routine matters.Speaking to India Today, Lodha said the banks have not been directed to stop the money flow for routine matters and there was no question of calling off the series, which still has a Test and five one-day internationals remaining. (WATCH THE VIDEO HERE)”Our directions will not affect BCCI’s day-to-day matters. Banks have not been directed to stop the money flow for routine matters.”No question of calling off the India vs New Zealand series. There has been no direction from our side to cancel the ongoing series,” Lodha told India Today.Not quite happy with the nonchalant attitude displayed by BCCI, the Lodha panel on Monday directed banks, which disburse money to the BCCI, not to release any funds for the decisions taken in the Special General Meeting (SGM) on September 30.According to media reports on Tuesday, the BCCI, miffed with the Lodha panel’s direction, was planning call off the ongoing series.Lodha also said board officials were welcome to contact his panel and he would be happy to clear any doubts.”If there’s any confusion, BCCI must contact the panel. Will give a written clarification to the banks if needed,” he added.’RELEASE FUNDS FOR ROUTINE EXPENSES’ advertisementMeanwhile, the Lodha committee has asked the banks to release funds to BCCI for routine expenses.Gopal Sankaranarayanan, secretary of the Lodha committee, told India Today that the panel has directed the banks to release money to BCCI for routine expenses. He also said that the India vs New Zealand series must go on and reiterated that there was no bar on series payments. Earlier, the BCCI in its SGM, released payments to its member associations, against the directions of the Lodha panel. However, the Lodha panel has termed it “illegal”.The letter addressed to BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke, Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, CEO Rahul Johri and Rana Kapoor of Yes Bank, also talked about how the BCCI has openly breached the Supreme Court’s order.It further stated that any violation of this direction will be brought to the notice of the Supreme Court.The email was also marked to the Bank of Maharashtra and Yes Bank – the two banks that operate BCCI’s accounts. Meanwhile, India Today has learnt that Lodha panel has questioned BCCI’s disbursement of Rs 560 crore to state associations and prohibited them from using the money.India sealed the three-match series and reclaimed the top spot in the ICC Test rankings yesterday with a 178-run victory in Kolkata. The third Test is scheduled to start in Indore on Saturday, with a five-match ODI series to follow.ON LODHA DIRECTIVESIn timelines we had instructed BCCI to frame disbursement policy by September 30, we learnt it was not done and in their emergent meeting on September 30 they decided to disburse large funds to state associations which necessitated issuing directive to BCCI not to disburse funds to state associations a copy of which was sent to two banks as well.There was absolutely no direction to freeze the bank accounts or that routine day-to-day expenditure that BCCI is required to do for administration or matches that there should be be any impediments or constraints. I Think the email has been misconstrued by both the BCCI and by the banks. They were no occasion to freeze the bank accounts.’BCCI TRYING TO ARM TWIST’I will not like to say what the strategy is but so far as far as the committee is concerned the game must go on. The BCCI is free to deal with its accounts, there is no obstruction for game or for their day-to-day routine affair. If there is any think in this regard by BCCI is unfair.Email is confined to that. For games, domestic, international, there are no impediments or prohibition.ON CONFUSION OVER DIRECTIVESIn the morning when we came to know that two BCCI accounts were frozen, we immediately sent e-mails to the banks to de freeze the accounts. So the BCCI can operate their accounts except the large funds that are to be disbursed to the state associations.ON POSSIBILITY OF RESOLVING ISSUESWe are not adversary to the BCCI. We have been given a task by the Supreme Court. Once we submitted our report which were only recommendations on January 4. Thereafter the court heard the BCCI who had full opportunity to challenge each and every recommendation which may not have been implementable for them. Once any recommendation gets a seal of approval from the Supreme Court, any change is to be done before the Supreme Court and not before the committee.advertisementON DOUBTS ABOUT CHAMPIONS TROPHY PARTICIPATIONThere is some confusion in the reading. So far the cricket calendar which is settled for 2017 which also relates to Champions Trophy. The idea is not to stall the cricket matches which are international in nature. The idea is to provide longevity to talented national players, so that they can play for a long season. So many players are not fit to play international matches after IPL. Champions Trophy remains unaffected because the schedule was prepared before we submitted our report and accepted by the Supreme Court.I won’t comment on judicial matters. The Supreme Court in its July 18 judgement has accepted most of our recommendations. And now they are part of the Supreme Court order and is binding on all.last_img read more

One happy family: Ranveer, Anil, Priyanka promote Dil Dhadakne Do with zest and zeal

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Ship Finance Orders LR2 Product Carrier Duo

first_imgzoom New York-listed Ship Finance International Limited has agreed to build two 114,000 dwt LR2 oil product carriers at an undiclosed shipyard in Korea.The vessels are scheduled to be delivered during the second half of 2017 and will thereafter commence long term time-charters to a US based investment-grade energy company.The company said that the charter period will be minimum seven years with options to extend the charter period by up to two years, and the aggregate annual EBITDA contribution from the vessels is estimated to approximately USD 11 million on average during the firm period of the charter.“We are very pleased to further expand our presence in the tanker market with long term time-charters to one of the leading oil majors. The transaction demonstrates our standing in the market as a high quality provider of transportation services for our customers, and we continue building our fleet and charter backlog with accretive acquisitions,” said Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of Ship Finance Management AS.In a separate announcement, SFL said that it has agreed with Frontline Ltd. to an early redemption of notes issued to Ship Finance in connection with the sale of five older tanker vessels in 2013 and 2014.Ship Finance will receive approximately USD 113 million in cash from Frontline, representing the full nominal value of the notes. The transaction will take place in the fourth quarter and is expected to have a positive book effect.SFL has a fleet of more than 70 vessels is split between tankers, bulkers, container vessels and offshore assets.last_img read more

Another West Nile Viruspositive Bird Confirmed in Nova Scotia

first_imgHEALTH–Another West Nile Virus-positive Bird Confirmed in NovaScotia Health officials confirmed today, Sept. 12, that an American Crowfound in Kingston has tested positive for West Nile virus. Thisis the fourth bird in the Kingston area to test positive for WestNile virus this year. “We are seeing a rise in the number of West Nile virus-positivebirds in the Kingston area, so this is an area that we are payingmore attention to,” said Dr. Maureen Baikie, associate medicalofficer of health for the province. “Mosquitoes are beingcollected in Kingston, and – if enough can be collected – theywill be sent to Winnipeg for West Nile virus testing.” “I’m hopeful that since the days are getting colder and shorter,West Nile virus illness won’t be a problem for us this year,”said Dr. Baikie. “However, we may still see more positive birds.” Dr. Baikie said the province will continue to monitor for thevirus in people, birds, mosquito pools, and horses. While colder temperatures should reduce mosquito numbers andtherefore lower the risk of West Nile virus, it is still veryimportant for Nova Scotians to protect themselves against bitesfrom mosquitoes that carry the virus, especially in areas wheredead birds have been confirmed to have the virus. It is possible to reduce the risk of mosquito bites byeliminating mosquito breeding sites, wearing loose fittingclothing that covers as much skin as possible and by using insectrepellant containing DEET according to the instructions on thebottle. Dr. Baikie said the human health risk associated with West Nilevirus is very low. “Most people infected with the virus will haveno symptoms. Others may have mild symptoms, and only a very smallnumber of people will develop more severe symptoms,” she said. Anyone who demonstrates the more severe symptoms of the disease — which include a severe headache, high fever, stiff neck andmuscle weakness — should seek medical attention. The public is urged to continue reporting dead crows, blue jaysand ravens to local offices of the Department of NaturalResources. Staff can then determine whether the bird is suitablefor testing. More than 750 birds have been tested for the virusso far this season. Information on West Nile virus is available on the Department ofHealth Web site at www.gov.ns.ca/health or at Health Canada’s Website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/westnile/index.html .last_img read more

Canadian soldiers remains to return to Canada after death in parachute exercise

first_imgOTTAWA — The body of a Canadian soldier who died in a parachute exercise in Bulgaria is returning to Canada tonight.Bombardier Patrick Labrie died after something went wrong in a training jump from a low altitude Monday night.He was from Buckingham, Que., near Ottawa.The Department of National Defence says Labrie’s remains will land at the Ottawa airport at about 8 p.m. and will be met by his commanding officer.The military is investigating Labrie’s death.At least three other soldiers were injured in the U.S.-led exercise, including two Americans, but the Defence Department says those came in separate incidents.The Canadian Presslast_img

Fort St John experienced very little precipitation in March

first_imgCastellan says the last week of February was dry, with the last day to experience precipitation was on February 23.“Even the last week of February was totally dry. I think the last day in February we saw something was on February 23. It was just a dry period there and obviously, it was cold for a while and then it got quite warm.”According to Castellan, it will be interesting to see what is in store for the remainder of the season and into the start of summer.“It’s interesting because it is certainly causing a lot of agencies to ask some questions about what’s in store for things like the freshet season and the possible flooding associated to it.”Castellan says drought and huge forest fires could be avoided if we get good amounts of precipitation in April, May, and June.According to Environment Canada, we are expected to see substantial amounts of precipitation later this month. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Throughout the month of March, Fort St. John and surrounding area experienced little to no amount of precipitation.According to Armel Castellan, Meteorologist with Environment Canada, Fort St. John only saw 0.2 mm of precipitation in March, saying this is the minimum amount that can be recorded.“Officially, 0.2 mm fell, which is pretty impressive because that is the minimum amount that can be recorded by the instrumentation.”last_img read more

Memory of Holocaust victims honoured through series of UN events

28 January 2008Marking the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, United Nations offices worldwide are holding a series of events this week, including concerts, exhibitions and the issuance of a special stamp, to raise awareness about the tragedy and to honour those that perished. Marking the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, United Nations offices worldwide are holding a series of events this week, including concerts, exhibitions and the issuance of a special stamp, to raise awareness about the tragedy and to honour those that perished.The annual Holocaust Remembrance Week kicked off today at UN Headquarters in New York with the launch of a special postal stamp by the UN Postal Administration. Incorporating the award-winning logo of the Department of Public Information’s “Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme,” the stamp will be issued in New York, Geneva and Vienna, simultaneously with a national stamp issued by the Israeli Postal Company.“Both stamps bear the same design and will carry the same call that we must remember the victims of the Holocaust and continue to stand in solidarity with them,” Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, told reporters at the launch.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon felt strongly that the new stamp demonstrated the UN’s commitment “to pay tribute to all the victims of the Holocaust, honour the survivors, and reaffirms its efforts to help prevent future acts of genocide,” Mr. Akasaka added.Ariel Atias, Israel’s Minister of Communications, said he was “deeply inspired” by the UN’s decision to issue the stamp and bring it to the public to help ensure that a holocaust would never occur again. That was especially important today, he stated through a translator, when there is a member of the world body calling for Israel’s destruction.It was in November 2005 that the Assembly designated 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, as an annual International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust, and urged countries to develop educational programmes to instil the memory of the tragedy in future generations.Ambassador Dan Gillerman of Israel today voiced appreciation for the fact that the Assembly’s resolution designating the International Day has become an ongoing process in an outreach programme whereby people worldwide were taught the lessons and horrors of the Holocaust and made to become part of the army of goodwill committed to the words “never again.” As part of the activities to mark the Day, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim took part in an event at the Consulate General of Italy in New York at which he read the names of the Jews deported from Italy and the former Italian territories. Mr. Kerim will also be among the speakers at the Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial ceremony and concert to be held tonight, featuring the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta, along with musicians from Tel Aviv University. He is expected to stress that the Day must be more than a commemoration or a remembrance, and serve as a call to action in honour of the victims and survivors. “The Holocaust fed man’s ego with delusions of supremacy, and tried to erase the bonds that all human beings share. We must spare no effort to ensure that we never again witness such evil.”Other events marking the Day include the unveiling on 30 January by the Department of Public Information of the first permanent exhibit on the Holocaust and the UN, which presents an overview of the tragedy in the context of World War II and the founding of the Organization. In Vienna, UN staff marked the Day at a solemn ceremony on Friday which brought together representatives of the Jewish community, the Romanis and other affected groups, as well as politicians, the diplomatic community, students and civil society.A key feature of the event was the unveiling of a reproduction of a series of postcards depicting life in a labour camp, originally created by Holocaust victim Karl Schafranek in Eisenerz, Styria in 1940. They are now on display for the first time since being smuggled out of the camp. The exhibition also included paintings by Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Adolf Frankl, as well as by Dvora Barzilai from the Exhibition “Shalom Peace Pace.” In Brazil, an observance was held on 25 January with President Jose Inacio Lula da Silva and the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, César Maia. In Madagascar, a permanent exhibit on the Holocaust will be unveiled at the UN Information Centre. The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme is also coordinating a video conference for students with the UN information centres in Antananarivo, Madagascar, and Lomé, Togo, and educators at the “Memorial de la Shoah” in Paris. In Tokyo on 29 January, an educational workshop targeting young students will focus on the links between the Holocaust and human rights issues. This year’s observance focuses on the need to ensure the protection of human rights for all, and coincides with the 60th anniversary year of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. read more

If we work and build together a more sustainable world will be

Recalling his visit last week at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, he said that he had met a Syrian girl who told him she wanted to become an interpreter. He also met a Syrian boy who was yearning to return to school. “I was deeply moved by the way they held on to their dreams. Today, those dreams number in the millions. Half the world’s refugees are children – 30 million boys and girls whose lives have been put on hold, who have seen things a child should never have to see,” said Mr. Ban.He stressed that in his talks with world leaders he has encouraged them to show greater solidarity to refugees – not just through relief, but through resettlement and other legal pathways. He said that, when managed properly, accepting refugees is a win for everyone.“Today, we need your engagement more than ever. This is a time of turbulence in world affairs, Mr. Ban said, stressing however that despite multiple crises and daily outrages “that defy our common humanity, this is also a decisive moment when we can set the world on a safer, better path.”Drawing attention to the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis, as well as to conflicts in Syria, South Sudan and Afghanistan, the Secretary-General noted that UN diplomatic efforts are bringing hope to people in conflict-torn regions. At the same time, the UN is looking to tackle the deeper roots of today’s crises, and in that regard, the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, which he will convene in Istanbul on 23 and 24 May, will be an opportunity to address that issue, “and to improve our global response.”“Across the world, the United Nations is helping countries to turn their backs on conflict. Peacekeeping deployments are at their highest in a generation – 16 operations and more than 100,000 troops and police,” he said, adding that the soldiers and police are serving in some of the most difficult places in the world – locations where no single country can, or will, go on its own – places where, without UN forces, there would be dangerous security vacuums.“In the broadest sense, our aim is to leave no one behind,” he continued, noting that this is the promise at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).That landmark achievement approved by world leaders last September is a 15-year blueprint to end global poverty, fight inequality promote the rule of law and build peaceful societies.“Women’s empowerment is a key thread running through the goals,” he said, adding that climate action will also be critical. To that end, with the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement, for the first time, every country in the world has pledged to curb their emissions. “On April 22nd, I will host the signing ceremony for the agreement at UN Headquarters. I am pleased that both the United States and China have announced their intention to sign on the first day it is open for signature. We have a long way to go – but the trajectory is clear,” the UN chief said. read more

With Mosul reclaimed accountability key to heal Iraqs ISIL wounds – UN

“Dialogue between communities needs to begin now to try to halt the cycle of violence, and to promote accountability for the crimes against Iraqis,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in a news release from his Office (OHCHR). “The right to truth must prevail to ensure ISIL’s crimes do not poison Iraqi society for generations,” he stressed.With Mosul now reclaimed, the extent of ISIL’s violations and abuses has become even more evident. Information gathered by OHCHR strongly suggests that international crimes may have been perpetrated by ISIL during the three years that the group was in control not only of Mosul but of large areas of Iraq. The right to truth must prevail to ensure ISIL’s crimes do not poison Iraqi society for generations“ISIL’s serious and systematic violations of international humanitarian law and gross abuses and violations of human rights, including the sexual slavery of women and girls, committed over these past three years have left deep scars on Iraqi society,” Mr. Zeid said. This includes the abduction of 1,636 women and girls, and 1,733 men and boys from the Yezidi community who remain unaccounted for. Even now, ISIL fighters can terrify and kill through bombings and abductions, and people are still being subjected to daily horrors and suffering in remaining ISIL strongholds, such as Tal Afar and Hawijah, Mr. Zeid warned. He also noted that there have also been allegations of human rights violations and abuses by the Government security and associated forces, as well as by individuals taking revenge against captured ISIL fighters or people accused of supporting them. Such punishments are an act of vengeance that works against national reconciliation and social cohesion, he warned.“The most fitting response… is to step up efforts to create an Iraq grounded in equality and the rule of law,” he said. The High Commissioner welcomed the fact that the judicial authorities have launched investigations into allegations of serious human rights violations committed by pro-government forces, and he called on the Government to make the findings public and ensure that perpetrators are brought before courts. Given the large-scale nature of serious crimes, Iraq should also seek legal reforms to allow domestic courts to have jurisdiction over international crimes. To this end, the OHCHR and the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) are supporting efforts to initiate a legal framework to establish a specialised court competent to try alleged perpetrators for international crimes. “I urge the Iraqi Government to prioritise advancing accountability and also repeat my call for the Government of Iraq to become a party to the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC),” he said. read more

Ohio State footballs Braxton Miller still not the best fundamental quarterback in

With two years as starting quarterback under his belt, rising junior Braxton Miller is starting to embrace his role as a leader of the Ohio State football team. Miller said it’s a position that has taken him a while to get used to. “When I first got here, it was because no one really taught me how to be a leader like I should be,” Miller said. “Now I’m working on little things like that. I’m getting better at it.” Miller, who many have pegged as an early candidate for the Heisman trophy, rushed for 1,271 yards, passed for another 2,039 and racked up 28 total touchdowns last season. But offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the quarterback still has a lot of room to grow. “As improved as he got, he’s not the best fundamental quarterback in the country, and they pay me a lot of money to make sure that he is,” Herman said. “So we’re going to do whatever it takes to get him going sooner rather than later.” Primarily known for his running ability, Miller’s focus this spring has been on developing his air attack. After all, he completed 58.3 percent of his passes last year. He said his goal this year is to complete at least 75 percent of his passes. “I’m working on just getting the ball to the guys,” Miller said. “Just knowing where the guys are going to be at. Last year I kind of second-guessed myself because I didn’t really make plays as well.” At the end of last season, coach Urban Meyer said he wants Miller to be the most fundamentally sound quarterback in the nation. Those words have served as the rising junior’s motivation coming into the 2013 season. “I think about that all the time, every time I step onto the field,” Miller said. “When a ball sails on me, I know why. I worked on that in the off-season in LA. So I know what’s going on if I throw a bad ball.” Miller worked with quarterback specialist George Whitfield in Los Angeles over the summer. Rising redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Guiton said he and Miller do their best to improve each other’s game. “We kind of feed off of each other,” Guiton said. “If one of us sees the other doing something wrong, we let them know and try to help them out.” As Miller continues to improve, so will his chances at becoming a Heisman winner. With time, Herman said he believes his quarterback has what it takes to win the award. “He’s got every necessary tool to be that good,” Herman said. “But to say that that’s even the apex of his potential, I don’t know if you can see it. You can’t, but it’s out there. We just have to keep staying on that upward trajectory and you’d like to think, if we continue on this path at the rate we’re going, he’ll get there.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to take the field for their eighth spring practice Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

AUFWIEDERSEHEN IN SKOPJE RK Vardar to attack EHF CL title again

← Previous Story 30 MINUTES TO COLOGNE – RK Vardar – THW Kiel 13:13 Next Story → VIDEO: Last minute from Skopje… RK Vardar SkopjeTHW Kiel RK Vardar will try to defend title in Cologne! For the second year in a row, the Macedonian champions beat German team at EHF Champions League quarter-finals to book tickets for the show at “Lanxess Arena” on May 26/27.It was really dramatic this year against THW Kiel, who showed TOP class handball in “Jane Sandanski” in Skopje with final result – 28:27 (13:13), to stay only a goal behind the reigning champions (first match 29:28 in Kiel for Vardar). The bigger number of goals in away matches was decisive.The hero of the match was, who else than Arpad Sterbik. The 38-years old Spanish NT goalkeeper saved 15 shots and had a crucial role in mantaining stability of his team in dramatic moments.RK Vardar were on 21:17 after 42 minutes, but that wasn’t enough as “Zebras” got back on 26:25 just six minutes before the final whistle.With 3:0 series concluded with the fifth goal of Niklas Ekberg, team of Alfred Gislason came into the lead 27:28 only 10 seconds before the end. but Ivan Cupic managed to score with buzzer-beater to put “play” on crazy celebration in front of 5.500 fans in Skopje.Vuko Borozan (6) and Luka Cindric (5) were TOP scorers for the winning team, while Ekberg, Rahmel and Zarabec  netted five for THW Kiel. read more

Dormir quelques heures de plus serait plus efficace quun antidouleur

first_imgDormir quelques heures de plus serait plus efficace qu’un antidouleurSelon une étude américaine, augmenter sa durée de sommeil de deux heures permettrait de réduire la sensibilité à la douleur. Ceci serait même plus efficace que des médicaments anti-douleur et pourrait être intéressant dans la prise en charge des maladies chroniques douloureuses par exemple.Si l’on savait déjà qu’un bon sommeil était indispensable pour garder la santé, c’est un nouveau bienfait que vient de révéler une étude publiée dans la revue Sleep. Menée par des chercheurs américains, elle explique que le sommeil serait aussi un antidouleur extrêmement efficace, même plus efficace que des médicaments tels que la codéine. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, le Pr Timothy Roehrs et ses collègues ont suivi 18 volontaires au cours de quatre nuits et leur ont demandé de placer leurs doigts au-dessus d’une source chaude. Ils ont alors mesuré la durée que chaque participant tenait avant de retirer ses doigts et constaté que ceux qui avaient dormi dix heures au lieu de huit, étaient capables de maintenir leur main 25 secondes de plus que les autres. Mieux encore : les chercheurs ont constaté que l’effet était plus important que celui observé au cours d’une étude précédente, où une partie des volontaires s’étaient vu administrer 60 milligrammes de codéine.Ces résultats cumulés suggèrent ainsi que dormir deux heures de plus serait plus efficace contre la douleur que de prendre de la codéine. “Nous avons été surpris par l’ampleur de l’impact du sommeil en termes de réduction de la sensibilité à la douleur, en comparaison d’une prise de codéine, par exemple” commente leDr Timothy Roehrs de l’Henry Ford Hospital cité par le Telegraph. Inversement, les chercheurs expliquent que la sensibilité accrue à la douleur des personnes fatiguées serait précisément due à leur manque de sommeil. Dormir pour traiter les maladies chroniques douloureuses À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Récemment, une équipe de la Norwegian University of Science and Technology avait montré que même ceux qui avaient occasionnellement des problèmes de sommeil, avaient un risque doublé de souffrir de douleur. Ajouté à cela, d’autres travaux ont révélé que deux tiers des personnes avec des douleurs chroniques au dos souffrent aussi de troubles du sommeil. Néanmoins, la nouvelle étude est la première à montrer que du sommeil supplémentaire réduit la sensibilité à la douleur et pourrait donc s’avérer utile dans certaines circonstances. “Nos résultats suggèrent l’importance d’un sommeil adéquat [pour traiter] des maladies chroniques douloureuses ou en préparation d’opérations chirurgicales non-urgentes”, conclut le Dr Timothy Roehrs.Le 3 décembre 2012 à 14:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Triple H and HBK on recreating territories with NXT Cody Rhodes takes

first_imgFacebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action WWE has posted a video clip of Triple H and Shawn Michaels discussing the evolution of NXT and how Triple H wanted to bring back the territory system with the promotion.Triple H and HBK also talk about trying new things during the DX run and even Vince McMahon trying new things when it comes to promoting wrestling.You can check out the full clip above courtesy of WWE.Cody Rhodes takes a shot at Triple HA question was posed to Dave Meltzer on Twitter this week asking if WWE had any plans to counter the upcoming All In event in Chicago during Labor Day weekend in September.Meltzer noted that WWE had no plans on the books to run events in Chicago given that All In is now sold out, but that it was possible the company could be interested in trying to sign talent that is currently booked for the show.Cody Rhodes, who is self-financing the All In event along with The Young Bucks, saw the tweet and provided his own response including a jab at Triple H when he posts photos with newly signed talent to NXT online.That’s a possibility. Everybody has different goals. If your goal is to take a meet/greet style handshake photo, and pretend to be excited about going back to wrestling school…that’s your prerogative ha. https://t.co/mDMQ6FQNfc— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) June 24, 2018 Google+center_img WhatsApp WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more