When the Gas Pipeline Shuts Down

first_imgIn the wake of the recent military crisis in Crimea, energy experts have been discussing whether Vladimir Putin will be tempted to gain political advantage by shutting the valves on the Russian natural gas pipelines that supply Ukraine and Western Europe. Regardless of whether this scenario is likely, such speculation raises the question: How would urban residents in a cold climate cope if the supply of natural gas were suddenly turned off?Hollywood screenwriters have imagined various dystopic versions of a future economic collapse; these fictional accounts usually involve desperate citizens fighting over firewood and scraps of food. Most of these stories feature roving bands of armed, violent thugs. Unlike these screenwriters, however, I don’t believe that an energy crisis or economic collapse would necessarily lead to social anarchy.Of course, many Americans have some familiarity with the consequences of short-term energy crises. We know what usually happens during electricity outages (for example, after an ice storm or a hurricane), and many of us remember the consequences of tight oil supplies during the 1970s.During a blackout, many homes have no running water, no refrigeration, no air conditioning, and no heat; it can become quite unpleasant to live in such a home after just a few days without electricity. To limit suffering, authorities usually respond to these disasters by establishing emergency shelters, setting up gasoline-powered generators in public buildings, and distributing fresh drinking water.In the U.S., these energy crises are usually solved in a matter of days or weeks. But what would happen to urban society if energy supplies were cut off for months or years?I lived and worked in Armenia for 18 months, off and on, between April 1990 and March 1992. I started as a volunteer with the American Friends Service Committee, as part… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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Air India Marks 70 Years Since First India-UK Flight

first_imgAir India is marking 70 years since its first flight took off from Mumbai to London in June 1948, which laid the foundations of the India-UK relationship.The national carrier is inviting members of the Indian diaspora in Britain to share their memories of the airline in its early days.Read it at New Indian Express Related Itemslast_img

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Finals trip nothing new to Beermen, but Fajardo vows they will work just as hard to get title

first_imgView comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated San Miguel got back to the conference’s finals for the fifth straight time after taking down Phoenix 105-94 in Game 5 for the 4-1 series win, and this title round marks Fajardo’s eighth trip to the ultimate seven-game series.Fajardo said that playing in this upcoming finals series doesn’t differ from the other ones he’s played in but he knows taking another championship won’t come easy especially with the Beermen gunning for a fifth straight Philippine Cup title.FEATURED 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“There really isn’t much difference from the other championship series, but as long as we’re in the finals there’s always a new challenge so I hope we get the title,” said Fajardo in Filipino Thursday at Cuneta Astrodome.“I know that it’s not easy winning a title but we’ll do everything we can to get it.” Fajardo, who posted 13 points and 16 rebounds in Game 5, is 6-1 in the finals with his only loss in a championship round happening in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup against Barangay Ginebra.That loss, however, may be put to the wayside if San Miguel beats whomever the winner in the semifinals series between Magnolia and Rain or Shine.The Beermen can become the only team in PBA history to win five straight titles in the PBA surpassing their own mark of four straight Philippine Cups and Alaska’s own run of a four-peat from 1994-1997 in the Governors’ Cup.“We’ve let go of that previous loss in the finals, so now we’re focused on the next one,” said Fajardo. “We want to win but I know the other team that will get to the championship round also wants to win the title. We’re going to prepare for it, we shouldn’t be contented.”Fajardo added that even though they’ve been to a finals series for five straight years now, he can’t say if San Miguel is used to being in the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I really can’t say if we’re used to this but I can say we have the experience but that can’t be the basis that we’re ahead in the series,” said Fajardo. “We just have a little bit of experience.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img 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 MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—June Mar Fajardo has been to enough finals that reaching another championship round in the PBA Philippine Cup feel nothing new to him.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid No Gilas-Australia friendlies for World Cup prep due to schedule conflict LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

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24-year-old Harnaam Kaur enters Guinness Records as youngest female with beard

first_imgA 24-year-old British Sikh model-cum-campaigner sporting a six-inch-long facial hair today entered the Guinness World Records as the youngest female with a beard.Harnaam Kaur from Slough in Berkshire in south-east England, described her entry as “absolutely humbling”.”Now with a beard measuring as long as six inches in places, she overcame years of bullying to take ownership of her appearance and achieved this record title at the age of 24 years,” her record citation reads.”She describes her place in the ‘Guinness World Records’ book as ‘absolutely humbling’ and hopes it will help her to impart her empowering message.WHO IS HARNAAM KAUR2016 has been a huge year for Harnaam, having become the first female with a beard to walk the runway at London Fashion Week in March,” it adds.Kaur has polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal condition that can result in the growth of excess facial hair.She describes herself on social media as “Bearded Dame, Body confidence activist, Anti-Bully Activist, Plus Size Model” and dresses in a Sikh turban.”I can now proudly announce that I am a ‘Guinness World Record’ book holder. I have been wanting to publish this news for absolutely ages, but I had to keep things under wrap until the book launched,” she said in a social media post.PROUD MOMENTShe added, “I am super proud to hold this record, the inner child in me is so pleased. I grew up reading this book, I even tried breaking some of my own records wanting to be in this book. It is amazing to be valued and celebrated being a Bearded Lady. I am proud to hold this amazing record.”advertisementShe said, “I hope those who read or see my record can take away positivity, inspiration and realise that no matter who you are or what you look like, you are officially amazing!”Kaur, who was bullied as a child, has gone on to model for Urban Bridesmaid Photography and made her debut on the catwalk by opening the Marianna Harutunian Royal Fashion Day show in March, wearing her traditional Sikh turban, a navy dress and black heels.The longest pet cat and a llama who has made the highest jump are among the other stand-out entries this year.”The 2017 edition teems with fun and educational content that will fascinate, entertain and educate knowledge-seekers of all ages and interests,” ‘Guinness World Records’ said in a statement.last_img read more

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IPL 2017: Yami Gautam, Raftaar light up grand opening ceremony in Delhi

first_imgBollywood actress of “Kaabil” fame Yami Gautam enthralled the capacity crowd at the Feroz Shah Kotla during the eighth and last opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, here on Saturday.Yami tapped to the tunes of “Nachange Saari Raat”, “Rum Rum” from her debut movie Vicky Donor, besides grooving to “Gala Goodiya” and “Soniya”.Punjabi Singer Guru Randhawa joined Yami with his famous song “Tenu Suit suit karda” in the brief 20-minute ceremony.According to reports, this is Yami’s first solo performance for a live audience.Earlier, Delhi Daredevils skipper Zaheer Khan presented the Spirit of Cricket token to his opposite number and Kings XI Punjab’s Glenn Maxwell..@DelhiDaredevils @lionsdenkxip .@yamigautam has set the stage on fire #IPL #DDvKXIP pic.twitter.com/puSNjb54b0- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 2017last_img read more

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The next Memphis Depay? How PSV talent Bergwijn rose to the top

first_imgWhen Steven Bergwijn left the Ajax academy at the tender age of 13, a career as a professional footballer seemed like a distant dream at best.  But, whereas leaving the Amsterdam giants would be the end of the road for most players in that age category, it was only the beginning for Bergwijn. PSV were quick to let the versatile attacker know they would happily take him on board, and even though the move meant he would no longer be playing in his native Amsterdam, travelling back and forth to Eindhoven was not much of an obstacle.  Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “Leaving Amsterdam wasn’t that difficult to be honest, because my parents always supported me and drove me to Eindhoven and back all the time,” Bergwijn told Goal and Voetbalzone. “It did take a bit of time to get used to my new surroundings. You obviously end up in a different city, with different people. But they gave me a warm welcome.” Once fully integrated into the PSV academy, Bergwijn hit the ground running and he would soon make a name for himself at international level, too. The forward played a key role in Netherlands’ run to the final at the Under-17 Euros in 2014 and was voted player of the tournament after three goals in four appearances.  Inevitably, Europe’s finest came knocking, but the ambitious youngster had no intention of leaving Eindhoven just yet. “No, I did not really consider leaving,” he added. “I was obviously still quite young and I really wanted to make it into the first team here.” And making it into the first team he did. Bergwijn was handed his first-team debut in the KNVB Beker win over Almere aged just 18 years and 21 days, before making his Eredivisie bow toward the end of the season. He would soon find out that there was a significant difference between breaking into the first team and becoming a key figure, however. “I would play one day, then sit on the bench the next and be back with Jong PSV again another week,” the forward continued.  “That was quite difficult for me. You just have to be patient, though. PSV always wanted me to take things one step at a time and take it easy.  “But in the end, you’ve all got to do it on your own. I never doubted myself. I have always been saying that I would make it as a professional player.” One of the coaches taking Bergwijn under his wing during those difficult days was Ruud van Nistelrooy and he has not forgotten about the former Manchester United striker’s influence. “I worked with him at the U-19 team and he was part of the coaching setup in 2017-18 as well,” the Netherlands international continued.  “I learned a lot from him, especially when it comes to finishing.” Van Nistelrooy himself, meanwhile, has been impressed with Bergwijn’s development in recent years. “I think he’s shown great development over the last three years,” the current PSV U-19s boss said.  “He’s playing more and more minutes every season. He’s playing every game now, he’s decisive with goals and assists. “He’s got a lot of personality as well, he’s got a very strong character, so he’s definitely one of the players with great potential.”Steven Bergwijn GFXWith 15 goals and 13 assists from 41 appearances in all competitions in 2018-19, there is no denying Bergwijn has indeed become a decisive player for PSV under head coach Mark van Bommel. “I have a good relationship with Van Bommel,” the winger went on. “It’s hard to describe what it is that makes him such a good coach. Sometimes it almost feels like he is one of us. He knows what’s on our minds and what we’re thinking about.  “He obviously used to be a player himself as well. That definitely makes a difference. It just helps in the relationship between players and coach.” His sublime performances have earned Bergwijn comparisons with Memphis Depay, another attacker who came through the ranks of the PSV academy, and he feels honoured to be likened to the club’s all-time record sale. “I’ve heard that comparison a lot of times,” he went on. “Memphis is a fantastic player, so it’s a compliment if people say that.” The inevitable next step would be a move abroad and his coach would not be surprised if Bergwijn commanded a similar transfer fee as when Depay joined Manchester United for an initial price of €34 million back in 2015. “It’s always difficult to compare players, but Memphis was playing more or less in the same position and has similar characteristics,” Van Bommel stated.  “It could be possible that a club pay almost the same amount for Steven as they did for Memphis.  “But the transfer market always changes, it also depends on which club is after a winger. Of course, wingers are always interesting, but it’s hard to say whether he will go for about €40m.” Steven Bergwijn Lionel Messi GFXManchester United are one of the clubs that have been credited with an interest in signing Bergwijn, with Tottenham, Inter and Ajax all believed to be keeping a close eye on his situation, too. Following in the footsteps of Depay and moving to Old Trafford might be an intriguing option, but the 21-year-old is in no rush to make a move and has no plans of leaving PSV for just any club. “Manchester United are definitely a nice club,” he admitted. “I am still only 21 and I am in no rush to leave PSV. It would have to be a good club that have a clear plan with me.  “I also think that when you join a new club, perhaps a better team, you automatically raise your game because of the level of the other players on the training pitch.  “If something good comes up, then yes, I would be ready for it. If that doesn’t happen, I will happily stay at PSV. I am happy here and feel comfortable at this club.” Regardless of whether a transfer happens this summer or not, Bergwijn is not afraid to set the bar high when it comes to his personal objectives. “I would love to win the Champions League, the Euros and the World Cup, all of them,” the gifted forward went on.  That might be easier said than done, but there’s no denying Bergwijn has a knack for winning silverware. At the tender age of 21, the PSV star has already won three Eredivisie titles as well as two Johan Cruyff Shields.And it would be foolish to bet against Bergwijn adding to that in the years to come, be that with PSV or one of Europe’s superclubs.last_img read more

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92-Year-Old Opera Singer to Receive Order of Distinction

Ms. Kirkwood, who is affectionately called GG, was born in Del Rio, Cuba, and started singing at the age of three years. During the heights of her career, she sang the title role of ‘Madame Butterfly’ in Yorkshire, and Mimi (‘La Boheme’) in Ireland; ‘Porgy & Bess’, ‘Carmen Jones’, and ‘Show Boat’. Ms. Kirkwood will receive the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD), for outstanding contribution to the development of the Jamaican Musical Theatre. Story Highlights Ninety-two year-old Mercedes Kirkwood speaks enthusiastically about her career in Musical Theatre, echoing the words – “The sound of opera excites me the most.”Ms. Kirkwood will receive the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD), for outstanding contribution to the development of the Jamaican Musical Theatre, at the 2013 National Honours and Awards Ceremony, to be held on Monday, October 21 (Heroes Day), at King’s House.“I have always enjoyed singing; it has always touched my heart,” she says. “I feel very proud, and quite honoured that I have been remembered for my contribution to Jamaican musical theatre. It is a good feeling to know that I have gone down into Jamaica’s history, the emotion is quite ecstatic,” she tells JIS News.Ms. Kirkwood, who is affectionately called GG, was born in Del Rio, Cuba, and started singing at the age of three years.Years later, she relocated to Jamaica, and attended Jamaica School of Music (JSM), where it was discovered that she had a stunning voice, perfect for opera.During her tenure at JSM, she became a popular favourite, appearing frequently in several concerts, and on radio programmes.After spending sometime in Jamaica, she migrated to the United Kingdom, and furthered her career in operatic theatre, for some 16 years. Here she made her international debut.During the heights of her career, she sang the title role of ‘Madame Butterfly’ in Yorkshire, and Mimi (‘La Boheme’) in Ireland; ‘Porgy & Bess’, ‘Carmen Jones’, and ‘Show Boat’.After returning home to Jamaica, she made a number of local appearances at concerts, such as an Enchanted Evening with Jimmy Tucker and David Reid, in 1993; Mercedes Kirkwood & Friends in Concert, in 2005; and the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company’s 141st Production Home in 2009.Ms. Kirkwood says she looks back with pride, and has no regrets that she chose singing as a career, because she has accomplished her dreams.She tells JIS News that she played a vital role in the early years of the Little Theatre, and will always remain a household name on the opera circuit in Jamaica.“I am blessed with the gift of singing, and I couldn’t have it any other way. I thank God that I made a positive impact during my career, which I am truly grateful for,” Ms. Kirkwood says.Her daughter, Maria Azan, describes her mother as a very cheerful and vibrant individual, who has a passion for life.“I remember when I use to accompany my mother to pantomime, with the late Louise Bennett, and Ranny Williams, which was a very joyous occasion for me as a child growing up. We went to see Queeny’s daughter, ThePirates of Penzance, which took place at the Ward Theatre,” says Mrs. Azan.During her recollection of her mother’s musical career, she says that (Ms. Kirkwood) has done a lot of voluntary work over the years, to raise funds for several needy individuals, at various concerts, as a means of giving back.She adds that her mom is considered a philanthropist, and a community activist, because of her love and generosity for people, from all walks of life.“There is so much more that I know she would have wanted to do, but she has had a fulfilling experience as an opera singer. She is like an icon in the music industry, worldwide, and is deserving of the award, because of her accomplishments,” says Mrs. Azan.She notes that her mother is recognized both locally and internationally, and is a role model to many, who are of the view that they were blessed to have heard her sing.Mrs. Azan alludes to the Mercedes Kirkwood Foundation, which is to be launched at a date to be announced, which will provide financial assistance for a tertiary student pursuing a career in theatre music. read more

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Finance Minister Tables Bills for New Incentive Regime

first_img The Bill seeks to provide a framework for the new Omnibus incentive regime. Story Highlights The tabling of the Bills meets an important structural benchmark agreed with the IMF. Dr. Phillips explained that the Jamaican economy has not been well served by the existing regime of sector-based incentives. The Fiscal Incentives (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act and the Income Tax Relief (Large Scale Projects and Pioneer Industries) Act 2013 were tabled in the House of Representatives, on October 29.Tabled by the Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. Peter Phillips, the Bill seeks to provide a framework for the new Omnibus incentive regime.The tabling of the Bills meets an important structural benchmark agreed with the International Monetary Fund, that involved a deadline for the preparation and tabling of legislation providing for a consolidated generalized incentives regime.In a statement to the Lower House, Dr. Phillips explained that the Jamaican economy has not been well served by the existing regime of sector-based incentives.He noted that the consensus has been that such incentives may have been partly responsible for Jamaica’s lacklustre track record of growth by encouraging misallocation of limited economic resources.The Minister said the new incentive regime focuses on the granting of incentives to the primary inputs to production.“It incentivises investment through streamlined and modernized capital allowances that more closely accord with the useful lives of assets, and it incentivises the employment of labour through the instrument of Employment Tax Credits,” Dr. Phillips explained.The Minister noted that one of the most often-cited criticisms of the current incentives regime is the extent to which the application and approval processes represented hurdles to business persons.These hurdles, he said, were most likely to be overcome by those with “access” to the government functionaries responsible for processing or approval of applications.“Currently, Jamaica’s compliance rates across various tax types do not compare favorably with peer countries. Access to fiscal incentives generally ought to apply only to compliant taxpayers.  In that regard, the system has been designed to reward only those who are compliant, and who pay their fair share of taxes,” the Minister said.Explaining both Bills, Dr. Phillips said that the Fiscal Incentives (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 sets out the reforms to be carried out to corporate tax, including the introduction of an Employment Tax Credit (ETC), changes to the capital allowance regime, and revision of provisions governing the utilisation of tax losses.He added that the Bill also deals with transitional arrangements relating to the change from the old to the new incentives regime.In terms of the Income Tax Relief Act (Large-scale Projects and Pioneer Industries) Act, it sets out provision for the designation of large scale projects and pioneer industries that would qualify for tax credit under the Income Tax Act.Other elements of the framework for the new Omnibus Incentive Regime will be covered under other legislation, namely the (Customs Tariff (Revision)(Amendment) Resolution 2013 and Stamp Duty (Amendments of Schedule) Order 2013.“These replace the myriad pieces of legislation put in place since the 1940s and that underpin a system which lacks administrative coherence and generates significant tax expenditures,” Dr. Phillips said.He added that the new tax incentives regime is only one piece, albeit an essential component, of the broader tax reform exercise being undertaken, and which is guided by the principle of ensuring growth with equity, transparency and simplicity.“By providing a competitive general tax regime that incentivises productive activities across all sectors, it has the potential to stimulate investment and improve the overall business environment.  In short, the overriding objective of this element of the reform is to stimulate business activity and put people to work,” Dr. Phillips said.He further commented that the modern framework that will govern the new Omnibus regime will bring benefits in terms of more efficient allocation of resources.“Rather than a system with a few tax-preferred sectors that enjoy negotiated concessions, while the non-preferred sectors are subject to higher effective tax rates, the new generalised regime will allow for uniformly reduced rates for all tax-compliant corporate entities and individuals involved in productive activities. This should also serve to enhance the competitiveness of the overall economy,” the Finance Minister said.last_img read more

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Princess Cruises to Deploy Its Newest Ship in China

first_img“And as this ship is still in the design phase we are looking forward to creating other new and exciting venues and experiences catering to the Chinese vacationer, which we will reveal in the coming months,” Swartz added. zoom The new ship currently under construction for Princess Cruises will be based in Shanghai, China year-round when introduced in summer 2017, Carnival Corporation & plc announced.The ship will be the first year-round international luxury vessel designed and built specifically for Chinese guests.The as-yet-unnamed ship is being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, and will carry approximately 3,600 guests on a variety of itineraries, to be announced at a later date.The ship will be based on the design of the company’s new Royal Princess and Regal Princess.“Deploying our next new ship in China underscores our strong commitment to growing the China cruise market and providing discerning travelers with amazing vacation experiences at sea,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.Princess ships began homeport cruising in China just last year, with a successful inaugural season of Shanghai-based cruises aboard Sapphire Princess. This ship returns for a second China season which begins on June 4 and runs through October 2015.last_img read more

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Jennifer Nettles Joins Memorial Day Concert

first_imgIn what has now become tradition, the newly crowned winner of AMERICAN IDOL Season 13 will make their first appearance performing the “National Anthem” to open the 25th Annual NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT on Sunday, May 25th.Also joining the line-up is Grammy Award-winning country music artist Jennifer Nettles, who will offer a musical salute, with 100 recently returned veterans from Afghanistan on stage, as a grateful nation recognizes the more than 2.6 million men and women who have served, and are currently serving, over the past 13 years.Distinguished American statesman General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.) will lead the tribute to our servicemen and women with an inspiring “Welcome Home” to thank our veterans, as they begin to come home from Afghanistan, for their valor. The war in Afghanistan has set a milestone as the longest conflict in our nation’s history where our best and bravest have shed their blood in the war against terrorism.Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the 25th anniversary broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT also welcomes veteran actor Gerald McRaney (HOUSE OF CARDS) to the line-up. The event will be co-hosted for the ninth year by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise, acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting our troops in active service. The all-star cast also includes: two-time Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest; country music sensation and THE VOICE 2013 winner Danielle Bradbery; Broadway and television star Megan Hilty; musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; and world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.The multi award-winning program airs on PBS Sunday, May 25, 2014, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.last_img read more

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UN marks 41st anniversary of death of second SecretaryGeneral Dag Hammarskjöld

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Chief of Staff, Iqbal Riza, represented him at the ceremony outside the Meditation Room, which Mr. Hammarskjöld himself helped design.Mr. Hammarskjöld, who served as Secretary-General from 1953 to 1961, is widely viewed to have pioneered new roads for the UN in the course of efforts to prevent war and serve the other aims of the Charter. In the Middle East these included continuing diplomatic activity in support of the Armistice Agreements between Israel and the Arab States, assisting in the peaceful solution of the Suez Canal dispute, organizing the UN Observation Group in Lebanon and establishing an office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Jordan in 1958.In 1955, following his visit to Peking, 15 detained American fliers who had served under the UN Command in Korea were released by the Chinese People’s Republic. Mr. Hammarskjöld also travelled to many countries of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. In 1960, after President Joseph Kasa-Vubu and Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba of the Republic of the Congo sent a cable asking for the “urgent dispatch” of UN military assistance, the Secretary-General addressed the Security Council at a night meeting and asked that body to act with “utmost speed” in response. The UN then established a Force in Congo, and Secretary-General Hammarskjöld personally travelled to the country four times, including the final flight in September 1961 which took his life.In his last address to the staff, only days previously, Mr. Hammarskjöld said, “We all know that if we feel that what we do is purposeful, not to say essential for the progress of men and human society in a broader sense – yes, even if we believe that what we do is essential only for a small group of people and its future happiness – we are willing to accept hardships and serve gladly for the value of serving.” read more

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At UN debate Afghan President highlights country as testament to multilateral cooperation

“It was a little over a decade ago when many countries from across the world joined the Afghan people in our struggle for peace and against the forces of extremism and terrorism. At the time, Afghanistan was a country decimated in all regards,” President Karzai told the Assembly’s General Debate, which started at UN Headquarters in New York today.“For decades, we had suffered unnoticed from violence, deprivation, and from sinister foreign interference,” he added. “Long before terrorism struck the world as a common security threat, Afghans were the victims of the atrocity of terrorist networks from different parts of the world that had made Afghanistan their haven.” Afghan authorities are currently working with the international community so that by 2014 they can assume full responsibility for security in all of the country’s 34 provinces. They are also working towards taking greater ownership of development in a country where more than one-third of the population lives below the poverty line, and one in every two children under five is chronically malnourished.The United Nations has a Security Council-mandated political mission in the country – the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) – focussed on two main areas of activities: political affairs and development and humanitarian issues. In his statement, President Karzai flagged Afghanistan’s transformation over the past decade, noting that democracy has taken root, health services are accessible to the majority of the population, and millions of students – boys and girls – are enrolled in primary and higher education.“Our achievements have not come about easily, and the true aspirations of the Afghan people for peaceful, prosperous lives are yet to be realized,” he said. “As the world’s fight against terrorism continues unabated, the Afghan people continue to pay the biggest price any nation has paid – in both life and treasure.”In relation to terrorism in the Central Asian nation, President Karzai noted that terrorism is not, and never was, rooted in Afghan villages and towns, with its sources and support networks existing beyond the country’s borders. “Therefore, while the international community’s security is being safeguarded from the threat of terrorism, the people of Afghanistan must no longer be made to pay the price and endure the brunt of the war,” he said.He added, “It is in deference to the immense sacrifices of the Afghan people, and the precious lives lost from the international community, that the campaign against terrorism must be taken to the sources of terrorism and must be result-oriented.”The President stated that, with peace being the “utmost desire” of the Afghan people, the country’s authorities have initiated a peace and reconciliation process which aims to bring all elements of the country’s armed opposition into society. He reiterated that his “hand of peace and reconciliation” remains extended not only to the Taliban, but also to all other armed opposition groups that wish to return to “dignified, peaceful and independent lives in their own homeland.”“What we ask of them in return is simple: an end to violence, cutting ties with terrorist networks, preserving the valuable gains of the past decade, and respecting our Constitution,” the President noted, adding that to help facilitate the peace process, he was asking the Security Council to extend its full support to the Afghan Government’s efforts. “In particular, I urge the 1988 Taliban’s Sanctions Committee to take more active measures towards delisting of Taliban leaders as a step to facilitate direct negotiations,” he added.The Afghan leader also cited the role that neighbouring Pakistan could play in his country’s path to peace, noting its implications for Pakistan’s own security, and the security of the wider region and beyond.“We are deeply committed to our brotherly relations with Pakistan, but are aware of the challenges that may strain our efforts at building trust and confidence,” President Karzai said. “Such incidents as the recent shelling of Afghan villages risk undermining the efforts by both governments to work together in the interest of our common security.”Other issues covered in President Karzai’s statement to the General Debate included religious intolerance, the situation in Syria, the plight of the Palestinian people and UN reform. Afghanistan’s President is one of scores of heads of State and government and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October.President Karazai also met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday. The UN chief congratulated him and the Afghan people on the clear, strong message from the international community of its continued commitment to Afghanistan after 2014, as elaborated over the past four months at a NATO Summit in Chicago, a Kabul Ministerial meeting and a conference in Tokyo.Mr. Ban said the international community and Afghanistan must now work together to ensure that the mutual commitments made at those events materialize so as to bring tangible benefits to the people of Afghanistan. He also highlighted the importance of a sound political transition, including in terms of the next Afghan polls, progress on peace and reconciliation and regional cooperation – processes on which the United Nations stands ready to support. read more

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Tenova TAKRAF completes largest bucketwheel installation in Asia at Zhahanoer mine

first_imgOpen pit mining and underground solutions provider, Tenova TAKRAF, has completed the supply and installation of a complete bucket wheel excavator (BWE) system for the Zhahanaoer open pit coal mine in Inner Mongolia, China. The system, which features the largest bucket wheel excavator – conveyor – spreader combination of its kind in Asia, was inaugurated with a celebration held on site in late November 2014, attended by representatives of the client, CPI Mongdong Energy Group. The inauguration followed successful performance testing, which confirmed the high efficiency and reliability of the entire system and exceeded the expectations of all parties.The system consists of a large-scale bucket wheel excavator SRs 2000 (rated capacity 6,600 m3/h) with loading unit, a 7,750 m long conveyor system consisting of five flights as well as a compact spreader with tripper car on rails. The BWE reaches a 30 m digging height, and although it has a service weight of about 3,300 t, it has a ground pressure much lower than that of a D11 dozer. In order to properly handle peak capacities the conveyor system as well as the spreader have a design capacity of 7,900 m³/h. Those conveyors running along the excavator bench and along the waste dump are shiftable.The project commenced in September 2009 with the BWE, spreader and conveyor system awarded in three stages from 2009 to 2011. The complete turnkey project covered design, supply, transport, on-site installation, commissioning and testing. The project site is located approximately 700 km from Beijing in remote northern China, where the extreme climatic conditions see winter temperatures of down to -40°C and summer temperatures of up to +40°C. Despite this and other highly challenging conditions, the project teams achieved a smooth erection and commissioning process, completing the project on schedule in early November 2014.The project is regarded as an important milestone in the development of China’s mining industry, typified by a trend towards larger scale mines and mining equipment. It also provides a good example of successful German-Chinese cooperation, which was celebrated in an impromptu couplet by the client representative at the inauguration: “Casting a New Chapter of China-Germany Cooperation on the Grassland, Dancing a Big Dragon of Hand-in-hand in Sea of Coal.”For Tenova TAKRAF, the project continues its success with the supply of bucket wheel excavators to China, and follows the delivery of two BWE systems to Yuanbaoshan in the 1990s.last_img read more

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Poll How would you vote if there was a referendum on samesex

first_img I would vote in favour of same-sex marriage (11131) TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE said yesterday that there would be a referendum on same sex marriage “before the end of the lifetime of this government”.Speaking at the Labour Youth Conference, Eamon Gilmore said he would like to have it next year, but said that if it was not held in 2014, there would be a referendum in spring 2015.Taoiseach Enda Kenny previously said that the government might take a neutral stance on the issue.ReferendumTherefore, today’s poll question is: How would you vote if there was a referendum on same-sex marriage today? I wouldn’t vote (1305) I would vote in favour of same-sex marriageI would vote against same-sex marriageI wouldn’t voteI’m undecided about how I would voteVote I’m undecided about how I would vote (494) I would vote against same-sex marriage (8775) Poll Results:last_img read more

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Appeal for missing Anthony Brady

first_imgAN APPEAL HAS been issued for a missing man in his 20s who has not been seen since Friday. Anthony Brady, 22 and originally from Limerick, was staying with relatives in Kilnamanagh in Tallaght and was last seen in Redwood Court at around 6pm on Friday evening, He is described as being 5 foot 6 inches in height, of medium build, and light brown hair. When he was last seen he was wearing a red McKenzie hoodie and black tracksuit bottoms.Gardaí say they are concerned for Anthony’s welfare and anyone with information is asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 6666 000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.last_img read more

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Traffic back to normal after truck catches fire on Naas Road

first_img Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter By Daragh Brophy Elsewhere there were reports of deer loose on the M9 Dublin-Waterford road this morning. #N7 Naas Rd CityWest. Apologies for delays, we had to wash down the slippery surface working with @MotorwayNetA & @M50Dublin. Road open pic.twitter.com/KhHjqQZxht— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) April 24, 2017 Apr 24th 2017, 12:35 PM 14 Comments Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3355302 Source: Dublin Fire Brigade Updated 12.45pm TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS HAVE been lifted after a truck caught fire on the N7 Naas Road outbound from Dublin during rush hour.Drivers were being warned to take extra care this morning in the wake of the fire, which sent thick smoke into the air and affected visibility.It happened at Junction 3 for Citywest. N7:Expect delays.Rd closed due to spillage from truck @ Jct 3 Sthbound.Pls divert at Cityswest exit at Independent papers to loopback to N7— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) April 24, 2017 Share2 Tweet Email3 22,988 Views Source: AA Roadwatch/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We have fire engines from Tallaght at truck on fire on the #N7 outbound at #Citywest. Take care in the area pic.twitter.com/AVcwczOQJ8— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) April 24, 2017 Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Traffic restrictions were put in place, and gardaí tweeted that delays were to be expected in the area as emergency services dealt with the incident. In a later update Dublin Fire Brigade said the incident had been dealt with and the road was fully open again. KILDARE: There are reports of two deer loose on the M9 Dublin/Waterford Rd between J1 M7 and J2 Kilcullen. https://t.co/qvBPcgxUj8— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) April 24, 2017 Read: Two decades after it was first proposed, Poolbeg incinerator takes first delivery >Read: Man snorkels headfirst into crocodile, escapes with only minor injuries > Source: AA Roadwatch/Twitter Monday 24 Apr 2017, 12:35 PM DUBLIN: N7 Naas Rd outbound down to one lane J3 Citywest due to truck on fire in hard shoulder. Heavy smoke, approach with care. theAA.ie— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) April 24, 2017 Traffic back to normal after truck catches fire on Naas Road There was heavy smoke in the area earlier and traffic restrictions put in place. last_img read more

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Education committee sex ed hearing delayed as not enough senators to reach

first_img Image: Google Maps The gates of Leinster House. Image: Google Maps Share111 Tweet Email 10,247 Views THE OIREACHTAS EDUCATION Committee had to delay its hearing on sex ed this afternoon because it didn’t have enough senators present.The session, which was due to start at 3.30pm today, had only four TDs present out of 15 members: Thomas Byrne (FF), Fiona O’Loughlin (FF), Jan O’Sullivan (Labour) and Kathleen Funchion (SF).If the quorum is not reached after 15 minutes of waiting a hearing is usually rescheduled for another time, but an obscure rule was used to prolong the wait.In this time, it’s understood that Senator Paul Daly of Fianna Fáil was contacted and was able to attend the committee hearing.All members of both Houses are entitled to attend hearings and may take an active part in the meeting, but may not vote or move motions or amendments.A number of speakers were due to give evidence to the committee including Cliona Sadlier of the Rape Crisis Network Ireland.Although the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre gave a submission on sex ed to the committee, they were not invited to give evidence today.There’s been a focus on Ireland’s sex ed curriculum in the context of Ireland’s debate on abortion; particularly around the use of contraception, and the teaching of consent in schools. Short URL Jun 12th 2018, 11:06 PM The gates of Leinster House.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 22 Comments Education committee sex ed hearing delayed as not enough senators to reach quorum Among those due to give evidence were the Rape Crisis Network Ireland. By Gráinne Ní Aodha http://jrnl.ie/4067852 Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 11:06 PMlast_img read more

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Show us your orchids

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Spring is here and orchids are in full bloom, so it’s time for the annual Spring Orchid Show. Hosted by the Warringal Orchid Society, the Spring Orchid Show will feature some of the finest blooms, colours and plants for spring. The society meets at the Warringal Community Centre, 80 Hawthorn Street, Heidelberg, on the third Wednesday of every month at 8.00 pm and always welcomes new members with an interest in the botanical world. The Spring Orchid Show will be held at St Sava Community Centre, 212 Diamond Creek Road, Greensborough, on Saturday 8 October to Sunday 9 October. For more information, contact society secretary George Dimech on (03) 9465 3305 or email george.dimech@optusnet.com.aulast_img read more

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Speak Greek in March presents two new initiatives

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Five years ago, the Greek Australian community welcomed a new initiative, the campaign ‘Μιλάμε Ελληνικά τον Μάρτιο… και όχι μόνο’ and now that the Greek Diaspora is called to celebrate the International Day for Greek Language, the campaign could not be absent from the celebration. On Saturday 9 February, 6pm, the campaign hosts an event at the Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale Street), launching two new initiatives.During the event, Dr Georgia Nikolaidou from the Greek Consulate will deliver the official address, and two students of Greek, Anna Alexopoulou and Niki Tzempetzi will be awarded with a scholarship, which covers their 2019 tuition fees. “We would like this to be an annnual scolarship, offered to many more students and particularly those who can’t afford Greek school,” says Mr Mike Zafiropoulos AM, who conceived the campaign.The second initiative of the ‘Speak Greek in March’ campaign will be the launch of a new application for smart phones and other devices, called Metropolis.“It is a game, for children between 6 and 12 year old, aiming not only to entertain, but also to give children the opportunity to learn things about Greek language,” Mr Zafiropoulos explains, stressing that the app is addressed to children not only from Australia, but from the whole of the Greek diaspora.“Usually, when we see children toying around with phones, we think badly of them, but now we will say: good on them!”The app is still under development and will continue to be updated after Saturday’s launch. It is developed by one of the Greek Australian community’s brightest minds, 18 year old Fotios Tsouklas, who excels in technology and start up enterpreneurship since his early teens. “I approached him to do an application in Greek and what we do is adapt one of his previous applications to Greek, and to what we wanted its content to be,” Mr Zafiropoulos says.The app will be free to dowonload, while everyone working on it is offering their services pro bono. “We are all volunteers in this campaign,” Mr Zafiropoulos says, “simply because we believe in this cause, to facilitate Greek language learning.”Satisfied with the response the campaign has been met for the past five years, Mr Zafiropoulos describes it as a “marketing ploy” aiming to start a discussion about Greek learning, trying to motivate schools and organisations.He offers one example of his own experience, as a member of the Frontida aged care board, when it was decided that the meeting should be held in Greek, in alignment with the campaign. “While a board meeting requires using specific terminology, we managed to speak Greek,” he remembers.Still, despite positive reactions, there is much room for improvement. “This kind of campaigns can stir enthusiasm, but they are not effective, unless the organisations that have to do with language take over and keep on,” he admits. “We need better coordination, planning, cooperation between institutions.”One solution would be to create a Greek language foundation in Australia, responsible for the coordination of the campaign, with the participation of all stakeholders involved. “We all have a responsibility, particularly the teachers, those who care about Greek language and about the preservation of our culture in Australia.”last_img read more

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Les pesticides auraient un impact sur le QI des enfants

first_imgLes pesticides auraient un impact sur le QI des enfantsPlusieurs études publiées aux Etats-Unis font un lien entre l’exposition des femmes enceintes aux pesticides, et une diminution des capacités intellectuelles de leurs enfants. Ces travaux résultent de recherches menées pendant plus de dix ans auprès de mille femmes et leurs enfants.Deux des trois études ont été menées auprès d’habitants de New York, tandis que la dernière a concerné des populations rurales de Californie. Publiés dans Environmental Health Perspectives, les travaux se sont tous penchés sur l’impact des pesticides organophosphorés – les plus fréquemment utilisés pour les cultures de fruits et légumes-, sur les capacités intellectuelles des enfants.Menées pendant une dizaine d’années, les études ont commencé par l’analyse de l’urine de femmes enceintes, puis ont suivi les 392 enfants qu’elles portaient. En Californie, les chercheurs ont mis au jour un impact sensible sur le QI des jeunes enfants. Ils ont en effet “découvert que chaque fois qu’on multiplie par dix la quantité d’organophosphates, pendant une grossesse, le quotient intellectuel baisse de 5,5 points en moyenne chez les enfants de sept ans”. D’importantes différences ont toutefois été observées entre les enfants, en fonction de l’éducation qu’ils reçoivent, du niveau de vie de leur foyer, ou encore de leur exposition à d’autres produits chimiques rejetés dans l’environnement.A New York, les chercheurs du centre hospitalier Mount Sinaï ont étudié l’impact de l’exposition aux pesticides de 400 femmes enceintes sur le QI de leurs enfants. “L’exposition aux organophosphates a des conséquences négatives” sur les capacités sensorielles permettant aux enfants âgés de six à neuf ans de résoudre des situations problématiques, ont-ils conclu.À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?Quant à la troisième et dernière étude, elle a été réalisée par des scientifiques de l’université de Columbia. Ils se sont intéressés à l’impact de l’organophosphate chlorpyrifos, un insecticide interdit depuis dix ans. Au total, 265 enfants issus des minorités et nés avant cette interdiction ont été suivis. Parmi eux, les 25% qui ont subi la plus grande exposition pré-natale à ce pesticide ont révélé lors des tests des capacités intellectuelles et mémorielles respectivement réduites de 2,7 et 5,5 points.”Ces pertes du fonctionnement cognitif à sept ans pourraient avoir des conséquences sur les résultats scolaires”, souligne Virginie Rauh, l’auteure principale de cette dernière étude. “Les problèmes de mémoire pourraient gêner la compréhension d’un texte écrit et l’acquisition des apprentissages académiques même si l’intelligence reste dans la moyenne”, prévient-elle.Le 23 avril 2011 à 10:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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