BCCI Working Committee meets on Monday

first_imgResolving payment-related issues with broadcast rights holder for India’s home matches, Nimbus, and revamp of various cricket academies will top the agenda when the BCCI’s Working Committee meets here on Monday.The meeting was to originally take place on December 3 but was postponed due to unavailability of some members.At Monday’s meeting, the working committee will deliberate on whether Nimbus’ request for a delay in payment should be accepted with the exact amount reported to be around Rs 100 crore.Apart from the current payment, the BCCI and Nimbus also have a long-pending ‘issue’ over radio rights. Nimbus is not happy with the All India Radio’s offer and has asked the BCCI to deal with them directly.Nimbus renewed the rights of Indian cricket in 2009 for a fee of Rs 31.5 crore per international fixture.Also likely to be on the agenda is a revamp of the various cricket academies – both regional and state.It has been suggested to the Cricket Board to remove overlapping of some functions by the BCCI’s Specialised Academies Committee headed by M P Pandove.The suggestion of the Pandove-headed committee is expected be among the items that would come up for discussion at the meeting.At the previous Working Committee meeting, the new player gradation for annual contracts was decided along with the appointment of Evan Speechly as the physiotherapist of the national team and approval of the institution of two new annual awards in memory of former captain Lala Amarnath.last_img read more

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Djokovic says he had ‘medical intervention’ on right elbow

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Djokovic sat out the last half of 2017 because of problems with his racket-swinging right arm, saying it had been bothering him for more than a year.The 30-year-old Serb made a late decision to enter the Australian Open last month, and then was clearly hampered by the elbow in a straight-set loss to Hyeon Chung of South Korea in the fourth round. Djokovic winced and grimaced throughout and took a medical timeout to have his elbow massaged.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates victory over France’s Gael Monfils during the men’s final tennis match at the ATP Aegon International tennis tournament in Eastbourne, southern England, on July 1, 2017.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic beat France’s Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKNovak Djokovic says he had a “small medical intervention” on his bothersome right elbow.The 12-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player wrote on Instagram on Friday: “It seems like I am on the good road now to full recovery.”ADVERTISEMENT Rookie Mitchell scores 40, Jazz rout Suns LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid View commentslast_img read more

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Just training with Anelka will improve Mumbai squad, says Sunil Chhetri

first_imgIndian Super League (ISL) side Mumbai City FC footballer Sunil Chhetri says training with coach-cum-marquee player Nicolas Anelka would improve not just him but the entire squad.Chhetri, who didn’t play in the inaugural edition of the ISL last year, is excited to train with Anelka, who played 69 matches for France before retiring in 2010. The 36-year-old played for top European clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City. “He’s a really good player. Just being there in training with him will improve all of us as players. Learning that he’s a coach-cum-player now makes you want to hear a lot from him,” Chhetri was quoted as saying by Star Network’s Let’s Football programme on Thursday.Speaking on the factors that motivate him, the multiple I-League winner said, “I keep reminding myself on why I chose to play football — the fans going crazy, the wins, loses, the effort — are the reasons that keep pushing me.Also read: Mumbai City FC sign Bustos, ertin, Piquionne”If I forget why I started playing football, then it’s probably over for me as a player. It’s all about the kids and I want to tell the kids through this medium to enjoy the game,” the 31-year-old said.Chhetri, the captain of the Indian football team, said he is impressed with ISL team co-owner and Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor.”I’m really, really happy signing for Mumbai City FC, I’m really looking forward to it. I had a chat with Ranbir (Kapoor). I was happy he wanted me to play for Mumbai City FC. He’s a great guy who I know to be a very different man off-screen,” he said.advertisementChhetri concluded by stating he wants to impress the fans.”My job is to go there and give my best. It’s all about channelling my strength on and off the field. I aim to prosper in every way possible. I just want to promise the fans that I will give all I can for Mumbai City FC,” the striker said.last_img read more

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first_img“The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority,” a British Airways spokesman said. “All customers have been provided with hotel accommodation, and our colleagues are helping them with anything further they require.” Jacob Steinberg, a Guardian sports reporter who was on the flight, said the captain told passengers there had been a “catastrophic” engine failure. “Just evacuated on a British Airways flight at Las Vegas airport after an engine caught fire. Dont think anyone hurt, he tweeted. “Was asleep as the plane took off. Came to a crashing halt. Smell of smoke. Initially told to stay seated, then shout of evacuate. “Could smell and see smoke but was on other side of plane. One person said fire melted a couple of windows. “They opened the back door and slide went down and smoke started coming in plane, followed by mad dash to front. A lot of panic.” PTI HSR NSAlast_img read more

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Security scare near Rashtrapati Bhavan as foreigner seen with

first_imgaerial deviceNew Delhi, Oct 17 (PTI) In a major security scare, an unidentified person was spotted flying a suspected helicam near the high-security Vijay Chowk intersection close to Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament here today.Helicams are remote-controlled mini aerial devices, fitted with still or motion film cameras, that are used to shoot aerial pictures or videos.Police said that the incident was reported in the evening after a media person spotted a foreigner standing on the pavement near Vijay Chowk with a remote control in his hands.The foreigner was operating a flying object — suspected to be a helicam — which was seen hovering around 20-30 feet above the ground, said a police official.The media person told police that when he confronted the foreigner, he stopped the device and fled in a car that was parked near the pavement.The media person further claimed that the vehicle had a diplomatic registration number pertaining to the Russian embassy, said the official.The incident was caught on camera and the footage — in which the unidentified man can be seen sporting a white T-shirt and shorts — has been handed over to Parliament Street police station, said the official.”The issue came to our notice through the media. We are inquiring into it,” said DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal.He said that a special team is studying the video footage and further action will be initiated accordingly.Police said that it is only when the person who was operating the device is questioned can it be known whether the gadget was actually equipped with a camera and if he was taking photographs or videos in the high-security zone.advertisementMeanwhile, following the incident, security was tightened in and around Parliament Street and several police teams were deployed in the area. PTI DEY KKM SMNlast_img read more

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Govt refuses to clear athletes of 7 sports for Asian Indoor

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 7 (PTI) The Sports Ministry has refused to clear around 100 players from seven disciplines who were to participate in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games to be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from September 17-27. The players were stopped from travelling to Turkmenistan on the ground that these sporting disciplines were not recognised by the government and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The national federations of kick boxing, ju-jitsu, traditional wrestling, samboo, belt wrestling, dancesport and muay thai had sent the names of their players to the IOA for the continental event to be held under the aegis of Olympic Council of Asia. But the Sports Ministry has rejected their participation despite some of these federations wanting to send their players at no cost to the government. A top official of ju-jitsu Association of India met Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today to request him to allow the participation of his players. 21 ju-jitsu players and four officials were to fly for Ashgabat for the Games but they are facing uncertainty now. “The reason given by the sports ministry officials is that these sports are neither recognised by the IOA nor in the government list of national federations. But these sports are recognised by the Olympic Council of Asia and if there is an Asian event and if Indians want to take part in these sports, why these players will not be allowed,” Ju-Jitsu Association of India Secretary General Chander Mohan Bhatia told PTI. “Moreover, our players are going for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at no cost to the government and we are footing our own bill,” he added. He said that there was a government circular of 2014 that said the players should be allowed to take part in international events if its at no cost to the government even if the national federations are not recognised. Bhatia said his federation will incur a huge cost if the players are not allowed to take part in the Asian event. “We have already booked the flight tickets and they are non-refundable. 21 players and four officials of ju-jitsu were to go to Ashgabat for the Games. In total, for the seven sports, I believe there were around 100 players named for the Games,” he said. “I met the new sports minister in New Delhi today and he has assured me that he will look into the issue and take a decision as soon as possible.” More than 6000 athletes and officials will take part in the 12-day 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat. The Games will feature 21 sports with four of those part of the Olympic Games programme. PTI PDS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe dismisses Spurs thrashing: A bizarre game

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe dismisses Spurs thrashing: A bizarre gameby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe refused to be down after their 5-0 humbling by Tottenham.Christian Eriksen, Son-Heung Min (2), Lucas Moura and Harry Kane found the net at Wembley.But Howe reasoned, “It was a strange game and we had some really good moments at the start. We had a couple of very presentable opportunities, which we didn’t take.”The first goal, it was a big deflection from distance and the goalkeeper could do nothing about it. We never truly recovered and we conceded a couple of poor goals from there.”It was a bizarre game, I’m sure we’ll look back at it and find some good things to take away but ultimately we’re disappointed to lose.”He added: “It’s difficult because we have games so quickly. We’re disappointed, we all expect better and the players feel the same.”We can’t dwell on this, but we have to learn our lessons. We can’t go too deep, the next one will come quickly, so let’s focus on that. It’s a key stage of the season.” last_img read more

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Australia pacer Jason Behrendorff leaves Mumbai Indians ahead of World Cup camp

first_imgAustralia pacer Jason Behrendorff leaves Mumbai Indians ahead of World Cup campJason Behrendorff, who played in five just IPL games for Mumbai Indians this season and has picked up five wickets, took to social media to announce that he will be leaving as MI wished him luck for the 2019 ICC World Cup.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiApril 29, 2019UPDATED: April 29, 2019 16:41 IST Jason Behrendorff took to Twitter to announce that he has left Mumbai Indians (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia’s Jason Behrendorff joined Mumbai Indians after playing against PakistanBehrendorff played in five IPL matches and took five wickets conceding 165 runsBehrendorff left MI to join the Australian camp ahead of the 2019 ICC World CupMumbai Indians’ Australia pacer Jason Behrendorff left for Australia to join the national camp for ICC World Cup in England next month.For skipper Steven Smith and opener David Warner will play one match before leaving while Marcus Stoinis will also be heading home to join the camp starting May 2.Twenty nine-year-old Behrendorff, who had joined Mumbai Indians after featuring in the ODI series against Pakistan, which the Aussies swept 5-0, took to Twitter to announce that he has left the franchise for now.”#VIVOIPL was this much fun with @mipaltan. Great 1st #IPL experience with an excellent franchise! Keep playing well boys, looking forward to watching us in the final in a couple of weeks! Until next time,” tweeted Behrendorff along with three pictures.#VIVOIPL was this much fun with @mipaltan Great 1st #IPL experience with an excellent franchise! Keep playing well boys, looking forward to watching us in the final in a couple of weeks! Until next time pic.twitter.com/QvOT8iYl71Jason Behrendorff (@JDorff5) April 29, 2019Behrendorff played in five IPL matches and took five wickets conceding 165 runs.Mumbai Indians also through their official Twitter handle wished the pacer well for the upcoming World Cup which begin May 30 in England.”Until next time, @JDorff5. All the best for #CWC19 and see you in Mumbai soon. #OneFamily,” the Mumbai Indians said in a tweet quoting Behrendorff’s tweet.Until next time, @JDorff5All the best for #CWC19 and see you in Mumbai soon #OneFamily https://t.co/D8o725AD2NadvertisementMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 29, 2019Mumbai Indians, who lost to Kolkata Knight Riders last night by 34 runs in a high-scoring thriller, take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium here on May 2.Also Read | I don’t care about records: Hardik Pandya after 34-ball 91 vs KKRAlso Read | IPL 2019 playoffs and final to start at 7:30 PM ISTFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Jason BehrendorffFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow AustraliaFollow IPL 2019Follow 2019 ICC World Cuplast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Kevin Pietersen’s advice to tackle Jasprit Bumrah

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Kevin Pietersen’s advice to tackle Jasprit BumrahFormer England batsman Kevin Pietersen tweeted to help batsmen face Jasprit Bumrah. Take an off-stump guard and hit him between straight down the pitch and square leg, he wrote.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJune 6, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 13:30 IST Kevin Pietersen’s advice regarding Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling. (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSBumrah was at his best as he took two wickets and broke the back of the Proteas top-orderBumrah shone as India clinched a 6-wicket win over South AfricaIndia will next face Australia at The Oval on SundayFormer England batsman Kevin Pietersen has offered a piece of advice to all batters, especially right-handers — to help tackle Indian fast bowling spearhead and ICC world no 1. Jasprit Bumrah during the ongoing edition of the World Cup.The key for the right-handed batsman while facing Bumrah is to take an off-stump guard and try and hit him between straight down the pitch and square leg, Pietersen took to Twitter to help the batters in the showpiece event.”Quick memo to all right-handed batters – get onto off stump against Bumrah and look to hit him from, straight back at the stumps to square leg. Eliminate the off side completely!” tweeted Pietersen.In the opening World Cup game against South Africa, Bumrah was once again at his menacing best as he scalped two wickets and broke the back of the Proteas top-order. His figures of 2/35 along with Yuzvendra Chahal’s 4/51, helped India restrict Proteas to 227 which the Men in Blue chased down with six wickets in hand at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday.Bumrah, 25, has so far taken 87 wickets in 50 matches he has played at an average of 22.0 and strike rate of 29.5. Since his ODI debut, no bowler has taken more wickets in death overs than Bumrah’s 44.India will face Australia in their next World Cup encounter on Sunday and the onus will once against be on Bumrah to take the Men in Blue off to a good start with the ball.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India have the ammunition to tackle Australia at The Oval, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Morris wants fans to back battered South AfricaAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Kevin PietersenFollow Jasprit Bumrahlast_img read more

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Gov’t Earmarks $350m for Community Tourism Projects

first_imgStory Highlights $350 million allocated towards the development of community tourism projects The aim is to develop a more strategic approach to community tourism 22 communities have applied for consideration and projects are being appraised The Government has allocated $350 million towards the development of community tourism projects as the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment continues its drive to encourage communities to improve their product and attract more visitors to the island.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Minister of State in the Ministry, Hon. Damion Crawford, informed that 22 communities have applied for consideration and projects are being appraised.Mr. Crawford said the aim is to develop a more strategic approach to community tourism that will position communities as attractions rather than attractors.He said the country, given its unique cultural and historical offerings, is ripe for such projects, and there is need to take advantage of the opportunity to boost the tourist numbers.He noted that greater emphasis will be placed on facilitating and encouraging visitors already in the island, to visit communities of interest and to experience firsthand, the way of life of ordinary Jamaicans.Mr. Crawford said efforts will be made to have dialogue with hoteliers to engage and encourage visitors to enhance their vacation experience by making a trip to a designated community event.“One thing we’re looking at is a ′meet the people′ day, where once a week, we organise for tourists to visit communities that have salability either through their history, nature or church.  I feel that the communities should organise their activities and then have this meet-the-people day where the visitor, on a set day, could come out and meet the people,” he said.He said it is easier and less expensive for visitors, already here, to visit these communities.“So persons who are already here might want to visit Trench Town to see where Bob Marley came from. Communities will generate a list and if persons are interested in historical sites they can go look at our churches, if you’re interested in entertainment they can go look at that, if they’re interested in nature, gastronomy, food, they will have a community to go,” he added.last_img read more

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German Companies to Export Paperless via Rotterdam

first_imgzoom Port of RotterdamFrom now on, German companies can export paperless via Rotterdam. After submitting an export declaration to the German Customs, it is no longer necessary for the carrier to take any paper documents with them. That has been agreed between the German and Dutch Customs, Rotterdam port Authority said in a release. Press Release, September 03, 2014; Image: Port of Rotterdam For the Rotterdam container terminals (ECT Delta Terminal, Euromax Terminal Rotterdam, ECT City Terminal, APM Terminals Rotterdam and Uniport), this paper had already been unnecessary for some time. The only thing an exporter still has to do is to provide prenotification to Portbase, the Port Community System of the Dutch ports.Banning paper for exports from Germany also dovetails perfectly with the opening, this autumn, of two new container terminals on Maasvlakte 2: Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) and APM Terminals Maasvlakte II (APM Terminals MVII), the Authority said.For both, it is compulsory to provide electronic prenotification for Customs documents, cargo and modes of transport via Portbase. Only then is it possible to deliver or collect containers.The Authority added that neither RWG nor APM Terminals MVII will be setting up terminal desks any more. That means it is also physically impossible to submit export accompanying documents on paper.last_img read more

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Tourists involved in fatal BC bus crash related from Massachusetts police

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver police say the three tourists involved in a fatal bus collision near the city’s waterfront on Sunday were all related and visiting from Massachusetts.Police say a 49-year-old man died in the crash, an elderly man remains in hospital with serious injuries, and a 15-year-old girl suffered minor injuries.Sgt. Jason Robillard said Sunday that a charter bus hit several pedestrians and a parked vehicle on a bustling waterfront street populated by hotels, tourist attractions and the convention centre.Robillard said the pedestrians were around the parked vehicle when it was struck by the bus, which was travelling at a low speed.Police say the investigation remains ongoing and there is no further information to share at this time.Robillard says investigators will be looking at a variety of information in the case, including witness statements, video and a mechanical inspection of the bus.last_img read more

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Torching of RCMP SUV in Innu community draws local online praise

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsA 29 year-old man was arrested in the Labrador Innu First Nation of Natuashish following the torching of an RCMP vehicle Tuesday evening that was praised on social media.Newfoundland and Labrador RCMP did not immediately release the arrested man’s name. RCMP Cpl. Trevor O’Keefe said the man was in custody, but had not been officially charged.“I am pretty sure this is an isolated incident. We haven’t been made aware of any tensions between the local detachment and the community,” said O’Keefe.A photo of the burning RCMP vehicle began to circulate on Facebook shortly after it was set on fire at about 8 p.m. local time Tuesday.One individual, from the community, who posted the photograph on their Facebook page wrote, “hahah pig.”Several local people who commented on the photo praised the vehicle’s torching and criticized the local RCMP detachment.“Cops here are useless, they don’t show up right away when they called [sic], they don’t care…They show up within an hour or two,” said a woman poster.“That’s funny lol,” said another poster.“One down, two more to go,” posted another.Not everyone praised the attack on the SUV.“This is soo [sic] not funny. What if someone required service from the RCMP and needed the vehicle to help?” said one poster. “What if someone’s life was in danger and the police couldn’t get there fast enough because some childish stupid person done this [sic]? What if that person in danger was your grandparent?”Most of the people who commented on the story appeared to be from the region or connected to it.O’Keefe said the burned SUV would have no impact on the detachment’s operations. He said it was already decommissioned and headed for auction.“It wasn’t being used for day-to-day operations,” said O’Keefe.O’Keefe said the detachment, staffed by six officers, currently has use of two RCMP vehicles.Natuashish’s Mushua Innu First Nation Chief John Nui turned down a request for comment from APTN.However, Nui posted a message to his community on Facebook Wednesday morning in response to the SUV’s torching.“We don’t need to remind our members that setting a fire is very dangerous and could and have destroyed homes,” wrote Nui. “I think it’s your duty as community members to intervene when you see something like this happens.”He also called on his community to pull together.“The band council and our front line workers are doing what they can, but we need help, more help from the community,” posted Nui. “These past couple of weeks have been very stressful for everyone that is involved.”Natuashish sits about 300 km north of Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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In Rwanda Ban Kimoon says world must protect civilians from genocide

Mr. Ban also pledged $10,000 from his personal resources to a fund set up by the Government to assist the survivors of the genocide, and help in the education of hundreds of orphans.“Today, one of my priorities as Secretary-General is to translate the concept of our Responsibility to Protect from words to deeds, to ensure timely action so that populations do not face genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity ever again,” Mr. Ban told the Parliament. Often referred to as R2P, the Responsibility to Protect doctrine was adopted by national leaders meeting at a UN summit in 2005 and holds that States must protect their own populations – and the international community must step in if they do not.“It is imperative that we all work closely together to address the root causes of conflicts to ensure that the atrocities that took place here 14 years ago do not occur again, anywhere in the world,” the Secretary-General said today.He paid tribute to the “courage and determination of the Rwandan people” for moving from successful recovery towards long-term sustainable development. But Mr. Ban also acknowledged the “daunting challenges” that Rwanda still faces. Among these he cited in particular sexual and gender-based violence, urging Parliament to quickly adopt legislation designed to end impunity and extend support to survivors. “Rwanda owes its remarkable recovery to the strength and dignity of its people. As you move forward along the path of peace, development and democratic governance, you will have the sustained support and partnership of the entire United Nations family,” Mr. Ban said.Speaking at the Genocide Memorial, Mr. Ban honoured the more than 800,000 people who lost their lives in 1994. The killing of Tutsis and moderate Hutus, mostly by machete or club, swept Rwanda in less than 100 days starting in early April of that year.“This genocide here will haunt the United Nations, and the international community, for generations to come,” said Mr. Ban. “This memorial was built so all of us may learn and remember the worst that humankind can do. Let us resolve to build a global architecture to uphold the best humankind can do. I will do all I can to advance that mission,” he pledged. 29 January 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited a Genocide Memorial in Rwanda today and told the country’s Parliament that he will make good on international promises to protect civilians from mass atrocities. read more

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Unity among Security Council members is crucial new President says

“What is important is that we all be moved by the same wish to protect the unity of the Council, to make consensus prevail,” Ambassador Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon, which holds the rotating presidency during October, told reporters at a press briefing in New York. “Consensus should not be taken for granted – it is something that has to be built,” he said. “And whatever you build is something you have to work for, through effort, so what is important is that the outcome smoothes away the difficulties.”Reviewing this month’s programme of work, he said that key hotspots, including Iraq and the situation in the Middle East, would continue to receive priority attention. Open meetings would also be held on thematic issues such as small arms, the role of women in conflict situations, and cooperation between the UN and Central Africa in peacekeeping and security. Another meeting would be held to take stock of the work of the Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee, he added.Asked about the latest state of play on Iraq, Ambassador Belinga-Eboutou said consultations are underway in capitals and ministries, but added that “the baby is still in gestation; it hasn’t yet emerged.”Earlier today, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was also asked about the Council’s discussions on Iraq. He replied that it was up to the Council to decide what it wanted to do. Until the Council came up with new guidelines for inspections, he noted, the chief of the UN Monitoring, Inspection and Verification Commission (UNMOVIC), Hans Blix, “is guided by existing resolutions, and it is on that basis that he has been dealing with the Iraqis.” read more

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Palestinian and Israeli women create global panel to work for just Middle

In an effort to work for genuine negotiation of a just and sustainable peace based on a two-State solution, the diverse group of women leaders met in Istanbul on 26-28 July and decided to establish an International Women’s Commission (IWC). The group expects to formally launch the Commission in September 2005.“After three intensive days, women were able to overcome differences and agree upon what I view to be the most effective and substantive vehicle to bring about the change so urgently needed in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” said Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Director of UNIFEM, who convened and chaired the meeting.The IWC will ensure implementation of the groundbreaking 2000 Security Council resolution 1325, which calls on all UN Member States to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels.The Commission will work to guarantee women’s full participation in formal and informal Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, based upon principles of gender equality, women’s human rights, international human rights and humanitarian law in any future resolution of the conflict to bring about an end of the Israeli occupation and a just and sustainable peace.Its work will be guided by a charter of principles that was developed and adopted at the Istanbul meeting. The goal of the IWC is to incorporate diverse women’s perspectives, voices, and experiences into the peace process, and make sure that the rights and issues of women affected by the conflict are raised and effectively addressed including issues dealing with women’s political, economic, social and cultural rights, and human security. read more

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UNESCO chief hails first test of new tsunami warning system

Hailing the success of a new region-wide Tsunami warning system in the Pacific Ocean, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today congratulated the nations that took part in the coordinated effort.“The test has shown that our communication system and general preparedness is by and large working well,” UNSECO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura said in a statement. “It’s clear that the drill has been a great success.”Mr. Mastuura said the countries that participated in the test were quickly informed about the results by the Tsunami Warning Centre in Honolulu, Hawaii, which coordinated the event. As many as 30 countries took part in the exercise, which also involved local emergency, relief and evacuation services in selected costal residential areas and schools in Malaysia, the Philippines, Samoa and Thailand.Though a detailed analysis of the test results is still awaited, UNESCO officials say they are hoping that the evaluation of the warning system would strengthen the ability of the countries and organizations in the region to deal with the Tsunami threat in the future in a more effective manner. “The drill was based on very realistic scenarios,” explained Patricio Bernal, Executive Secretary of the UNESCO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), saying that it was mainly focused on testing national and international communication networks “to make sure that the information is received quickly by the right people in all participated countries.”Noting that the test was carried out amid a series of earthquakes, he pointed to the need for improvement of network systems in some areas of the region. “That must work on 24/7 basis,” he said. “The ability to effectively disseminate public warnings – especially very late at night or during the early hours of the morning – is one such area.”The test also highlighted the issue of how to deal with the extra pressure placed on emergency response agencies facing a tsunami very close to their coasts. “For example,” Mr. Bernal said, “in the scenario applied yesterday of a 9.2 earthquake off the Chilean coast, Chilean authorities would have had to respond in few minutes, with incomplete information.” Japan, one the other hand, he added, would have had 22 hours to assess the event and adopt the “proper” emergency measures. Established by UNESCO-IOC about 40 years ago, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii is known as the hub of Tsunami Warning and Migration System. The IOC is now installing a similar system in the India Ocean, the north-eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean and Connected Seas, and the Caribbean, which is due to start functioning by the end of next year. read more

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World on track to meet 2020 goal for protected land sea but

“Protected areas not only provide us with a vital ecological safety net but also play a vital economic role through the valuable ecosystem services they provide, from supplying water and timber, to sustaining tourism,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said today at the 2014 International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress, in Sydney. The Protected Planet Report series, launched in 2012, helps track international progress towards achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 – a target for the global protected area network and for other related targets. In 2010, the signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed on a 10 year strategic plan to halt biodiversity loss and ensure the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources. This plan set out 20 biodiversity targets to be achieved by 2020 – the Aichi Biodiversity Targets . Target 11 calls for equitably managed conservation areas covering at least 17 per cent of the world’s terrestrial areas and ten per cent of marine areas by 2020. Due to steady increases in coverage over the last number of years, protected areas now cover 15.4 per cent of the world’s terrestrial area and 8.4 per cent of the marine areas under national jurisdiction. This increase reflects the importance that countries are placing upon the conservation of biodiversity and the ecosystem services they provide, the report said. “This report shows that the will to do so is present,” Mr. Achim said. It’s time now to build support and funding to ensure protected areas cover enough important sites for biodiversity and ecosystem services-including marine protected areas. But the report warns that Target 11 will not be met solely by measuring the geographical coverage of protected areas. Without concerted global action directed at areas to come under protection, improved national planning, and assessments of how protected areas are effectively managed, Target 11 will not be met by 2020. The target contains a number of qualitative elements including effectiveness, equitability, connectivity and ecological representation, each of which need to be better understood and addressed before it can be said that this particular target has been attained. Protected Planet 2014 also highlights a lack of progress in other areas, such as ensuring protected areas are appropriately located in areas important for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are effectively and equitably managed, and are well-connected. “We are committed to making sure that our promises are not empty,” IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre said today. “What we need to see behind those figures are protected areas that are well and equitably managed, healthy, strong and able to deliver the full range of benefits that are essential for the survival of biodiversity and the wellbeing of people around the world,” she added. The report was produced by UNEP’s World Conversation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) in partnership with IUCN, and funded by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Protected Planet not only monitors global efforts to support and expand protected areas, but supports governments toward faster progress with recommendations for action. read more

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