“The Kashmir issue is the unfinished agenda of the Partition plan,” Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani told an audience in Islamabad on Tuesday.“It was India and not Pakistan that took the [Kashmir] case to the United Nations… Indian authorities are now desperate to the change narrative of the Kashmir issue. However, Kashmir issue is the unfinished agenda of Partition plan,” Mr. Geelani at an event hosted by the National University of Modern Languages in Islamabad.
India opener Gautam Gambhir, who played a pivotal role in helping India secure a draw in the final Test in Cape Town against South Africa, has bagged the highest price so far in the ongoing Indian Premier League season IV auction in Bangalore.Gambhir, who played for the IPL Delhi team till last season, was bought by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s IPL team Kolkata for a whooping Rs 11.04 crores on Saturday – the first day of the two-day auction.Gambhir, who led Delhi Daredevils in the last edition, was surprisingly not bid for by his former team, even as others clamored for the left-hander. New franchises Pune, Kochi as well as Mumbai bid aggressively for him before Kolkata clinched the deal.But, the more surprising was that some big names that did come up for bidding were left unpicked by any teams.Sourav Ganguly, Brian Lara, Mark Boucher, Chris Gayle and South African Herschelle Gibbs were all left unpicked. However, all these players will again come under the hammer again on Sunday.Ten franchises are participating in the two-day bidding, including the Rajasthan IPL team and the Punjab IPL team, who were disqualified by the Indian Premier League following breach of ownership regulations but cleared following a Mumbai High Court decision.Over 350 players are up for grabs for the next three seasons, with the sequence of players coming up for auction decided by drawing of lots.The other major earners on the day were Yusuf Pathan, all-rounder Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma and Robin Uthappa and England’s Kevin Pietersen.advertisementYusuf Pathan, who earlier represented the Rajasthan Royals, was bought by Kolkata IPL team for Rs 9.66 crore. His brother Irfan was bought by IPL Delhi team for Rs 8.74 crore.Yuvraj Singh was taken away by Pune IPL team for Rs 8.28 crores. Rohit Sharma, who earlier represented IPL Hyderabad in the last season, was sold to Mumbai IPL team for Rs 9.2 crore.S. Sreesanth, who has been performing well in South Africa, was bought by IPL Kochi for Rs 4.14 crore. Mumbai Indian player till IPL season III, Zaheer Khan was bought by IPL Bangalore for Rs 4.14 crores.Rahul Dravid was taken by IPL Rajasthan Rs 3.2 crores. He earlier played for IPL Bangalore.Meanwhile, former Kolkata IPL player Brendon McCullum, who struck the first ton of the League in IPL season 1, was bought by Kochi for Rs 4.14 crores.IPL Hyderabad skipper in the last season, Adam Gilchrist was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 4.14 crore. His teammate, VVS Laxman was bought by Kochi IPL team for Rs 1.84 crore.Andrew Symonds was bought by IPL Mumbai for Rs 3.91 crore. Now, he and Harbhajan Singh will be in the same team. It will be interesting to see how the two will get along considering that they were involved in a bitter spat of the racist nature when Australia had toured India in September 2008.IPL Kolkata it seems have completely revamped their team. Another good pick from them this season is Kevin Pietersen. They bought him for Rs 9.66 crore.Robin Uthappa, who represented Bangalore IPL team in the last season, was bought by Pune IPL team for Rs 9.66 crore.Twelve players, including India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (IPL Chennai), Sachin Tendulkar (IPL Mumbai) and Shane Warne (IPL Rajasthan) were retained by their original franchises.Teams are allowed a maximum of Rs 40.8 crores to spend, which includes money for those players retained from previous seasons.The 2011 IPL season will be held from April 8-May 22.IPL season 4 table 1PlayerBought byPrice in RsFormer team 2Gautam GambhirIPL Kolkata11.04 crIPL Delhi 3Tillakaratne DilshanIPL Bangalore 2.99 crIPL Delhi 4Zaheer KhanIPL Bangalore 4.14 crIPL Mumbai 5Ross TaylorIPL Rajasthan 4.6 crIPL Bangalore 6Yusuf PathanIPL Kolkata 9.66 crIPL Rajasthan 7Kevin PietersenIPL Kolkata 3.00 crIPL Bangalore 8Mahela JayawardeneIPL Kochi 6.9 crIPL Punjab 9Yuvraj SinghIPL Pune 8.28 crIPL Punjab 10Camroon WhiteIPL Hyderabad 4.99 crIPL Bangalore 11AB de VilliersIPL Bangalore 5 crIPL Delhi 12Kumar SangakkaraIPL Hyderabad 3.22 crIPL Punjab 13Jacques KallisIPL Kolkata 5.06 crIPL Bangalore 14Andrew SymondsIPL Mumbai 3.91 crIPL Hyderabad15Rahul DravidIPL Rajasthan 3.2 crIPL Bangalore 16Rohit SharmaIPL Mumbai 9.2 crIPL Hyderabad 17Adam GilchristIPL Punjab 4.14 crIPL Hyderabad 18Graeme SmithIPL Pune 2.3 crIPL Rajasthan 19Robin UthappaIPL Pune 9.66 crIPL Bangalore 20John BothaIPL Rajasthan 4.37 crIPL Rajasthan 21VVS LaxmanIPL Kochi 1.84 crIPL Hyderabad 22Daniel VettoriIPL Bangalore 2.53 crIPL Delhi 23Brendon McCullumIPL Kochi 2.18 crIPL Kolkata 24S SreesanthIPL Kochi 1.14 crIPL Punjab 25Irfan PathanIPL Delhi 8.74 crIPL Punjab 26R.P. Singh IPL Kochi 2.3 cr IPL Hyderabad 27Michael Hussey IPL Chennai1.95 cr IPL Chennai 28Shaun MarshIPL Punjab 1.85. cr IPL Punjab 29J.P. DuminyIPL Hyderabad1.38 cr IPL Mumbai 30Shikhar Dhawan IPL Hyderabad1.38 cr IPL Mumbai 31Saurabh Tiwary IPL Bangalore 7.36 cr IPL Mumbai 32Parthiv PatelIPL Kochi1.3 crIPL Chennaiadvertisement 33 Dinesh KarthikIPL Punjab 4.1 cr IPL Delhi 34 Naman OjhaIPL Delhi1.24 cr IPL Rajasthan 35Wriddhiman Saha IPL Chennai45.3 lakhs IPL Kolkata 36 Brad HaddinIPL Kolkata1.49 cr IPL Kolkata 37 Tim PaineIPL Pune1.24 cr – 38 Davy JacobsIPL Mumbai87.4 lakhs – 39 James HopesIPL Delhi1.61 cr IPL Punjab 40Ravindra JadejaIPL Kochi 4.37 cr IPL Rajasthan 41Shakib Al HasanIPL Kolkata1.95 cr – 42Stuart Broad IPL Punjab 1.84 cr – 43 Abhishek NayarIPL Punjab 3.68 cr IPL Mumbai 44 Angelo MathewsIPL Pune 4.37 cr IPL Kolkata 45 Dwayne BravoIPL Chennai92 lakhs IPL Mumbai 46 James FranklinIPL Mumbai46 lakhs – 47 Steven SmithIPL Kochi92 lakhs IPL Bangalore 48 Ishant SharmaIPL Hyderabad 2.07 cr IPL Kolkata 49 Praveen KumarIPL Punjab 3.68 cr IPL Bangalore 50 Ashish NehraIPL Pune 3.91 cr IPL Mumbai 51 Brett LeeIPL Kolkata 1.85 cr IPL Punjab 52 Morne MorkelIPL Delhi 2.18 cr IPL Rajasthan 53 Dale SteynIPL Hyderabad 5.52 cr IPL Bangalore 54 Ryan HarrisIPL Punjab 1.49 cr IPL Hyderabad 55 Doug BollingerIPl Chennai 3.22 cr IPL Chennai 56Muttiah MuralitharanIPL Kochi 5.06 cr IPL Chennai 57 Piyush ChawlaIPL Punjab 4.14 cr IPL Punjab 58 R AshwinIPL Chennai 3.91 cr IPL Chennai 59 Pragyan OjhaIPL Hyderabad 3.2 cr IPL Hyderabad 60 Amit MishraIPL Hyderabad 1.38 cr IPL Delhi 61Nathan McCullumIPL Pune 46 lakhs – 62 Ramesh PowarIPL Kochi 82 lakhs IPL Punjab 63 Brad HodgeIPL Kochi 1.95 cr IPL Kolkata 64Callum FergusonIPL Pune 1.38 cr – 65 Manoj TiwaryIPL Kolkata 2.18 cr IPL Kolkata 66Cheteshwar PujaraIPL Bangalore 3.22 cr IPL Kolkata 67 S. BadrinathIPL Chennai 3.68 cr IPL Chennai 68Paul CollingwoodIPL Rajasthan 1.15 cr IPL Delhi
India Today Mind Rocks, the country’s eagerly awaited youth event, is coming to rock Delhiites once again on September 17. This time the youth summit will be hosted at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.The Mind Rocks 2016 will be attended by heart-throb Varun Dhawan, Bollywood queen Kangana Ranaut, rising star Sushant Singh Rajput, singing sensation Ankit Tiwari, India’s Olympic pride Sakshi Malik and the suave politician Sachin Pilot. Superstar Amitabh Bachchan is also expected to participate in the event.The summit will also see achievers, leaders and newsmakers through the day including JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, musical artist Ginni Mahi, singer Kaveri Kapur, So You Think You Can Dance winner Alisha Behura, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champ Keshav Tyohar, East India Comedy’s Sorabh Pant, The Bombay Shaving Company’s Shantanu Deshpande, Craftsvilla’s Manoj Gupta, Chumbak’s Vivek Prabhakar, Aam Aadmi Party spokesman and treasurer Raghav Chaddha, Congress’s national in-charge for communications Randeep Singh Surjewala, Minister of State for health and family welfare Anupriya Patel, YRF web series star Angira Dhar, social media sensation Rickshawali (aka Anisha), All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president and MP Asaduddin Owaisi and BJP MP Subramanian Swamy.Mind Rocks is an event designed especially for the youth. It is a forum that allows bright young minds to meet and interact with their favourite icons in an open two-way conversation. This event provides an interactive platform where youngsters get a chance to meet and interact with the country’s biggest icons from all fields. It’s a festival that celebrates ideas, music and art by recognising the best in the field and also giving youth a stage to create, perform and engage. The past 10 summits have been very successful with the participation of celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra, Ekta Kapoor, Chetan Bhagat, Rabbi Shergill, Kiran Bedi, Abhinav Bindra, Kapil Dev, Yuvraj Singh, Mary Kom, Papon, Honey Singh, Hard Kaur, Badshah, Anil Kumble and many more.advertisementThe 11th Mind Rocks will be held in the Weightlifting Indoor Auditorium of Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Like previous years, this edition too will see top politicians, businesspersons, sports personalities and film stars sharing their success stories and discussing issues of national interest with the audience.Youngsters between the age of 15 and 32 can register at www.indiatodaymindrocks.com .
South Africa have suffered a double blow ahead of their limited-overs tour of Australia in November.All-rounder JP Duminy has become the latest injury setback for South Africa after Hashim Amla was ruled out of the tour with a finger injury.Duminy will have to undergo surgery on an injury to his right shoulder.The southpaw, who was announced as the marquee player for the Cape Town Blitz, will also miss the Mzansi Super League (MSL). He will be replaced by Quinton de Kock.Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: “JP aggravated a pre-existing shoulder injury during the recently concluded series against Zimbabwe. The injury will require surgical management thus ruling him out of the immediate tour of Australia and the upcoming MSL. At the moment we can’t say how long he will be out for, that is dependent on the results from the surgery.”The Proteas squads for three ODIs and a T20I for the Australia tour will be announced on Friday.Amla has been given time to fully recover from a finger tendon injury which he suffered during the Caribbean Premier League.”As a selection group we’ve discussed that with him already,” coach Ottis Gibson said. “We’re going to give him as much time as possible to get himself ready for the next set of cricket he’s got coming up.”
Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 08:19 IST HIGHLIGHTSRumours suggest Moto will use a 48-megapixel camera for the rear.The display is rumoured to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor.Moto Z4 Play is expected to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset.For the last few years, Motorola has been struggling in the premium smartphone segment under Rs 30,000. Last year’s Moto X4 couldn’t exactly make a name for itself in the premium smartphone space, despite sporting a premium glass body and fairly powerful specifications. Since this premium segment is plainly dominated by the likes of Vivo and Oppo throwing in modern features, Motorola is going ahead with an all-new smartphone in this space – the Moto Z4 Play.There has been a sea of leaks and rumours in the recent times, and now 91Mobiles comes up with new information about the device. The Z4 Play has leaked in photos and some key specifications regarding the device have been out in the air now. The Moto Z4 is a stylish smartphone to behold from the leaked renders of the device.From the photos, the Z4 Play vastly resembles the previous Moto Z series smartphones, especially from the rear. There’s a premium glass rear panel with magnetic Pogo pins to strap-on the Moto Mods. There seems to be a single rear camera module at the back for now, but reports suggest that Moto will use a 48-megapixel camera for the rear. Unlike the current crop of smartphones with 48-megapixel cameras from Samsung or Sony, the Moto Z4 Play is expected to use the Q Technology S5KGM1SP sensor.On the front, the phone sheds bezels massively when compared to the Z2 Play. There’s a waterdrop notched display with extremely thin bezels all around. The notch is expected to house a 16-megapixel front camera. The display is rumoured to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor, which suggests that Motorola could opt for a Super AMOLED panel.advertisementUnderneath, the Moto Z4 Play is expected to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset paired with 4GB or 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB storage. The device will be powered by a 3600mAh battery, which should make it last for at least a day. As usual with all Motorola phones, the Z4 Play will run on a stock Android 9 Pie interface out-of-the-box.While there’s no hinting of the prices, the Moto Z series has always been aimed at premium smartphone seekers. With all the expected specifications, Motorola could price it against the likes of OnePlus 6T and Honor View 20.ALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Play, G7 Power and G7 Plus design leaked, some get waterdrop notchALSO READ | Moto G6 review: Best looking phone under Rs 15,000ALSO READ | Moto G7 Plus full specs spotted on TENAA ahead of February 7 launchGet 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow MotorolaFollow LenovoFollow androidFollow smartphones Moto Z4 Play specifications and renders leak, could challenge OnePlus 6TThe Moto Z4 Play is expected to sport a modern narrow-bezel display and the trademark Motorola design. The Z4 Play is also expected to feature a 48-megapixel camera.advertisement
zoom The temporary empty container storage depot which was set up at South California’s Port of Long Beach to ease congestion caused by prolonged West Coast labor dispute is closing at the end of September.The port now plans to seek new ways to use a largely undeveloped Terminal Island parcel known as Pier S on which the 30-acre temporary depot was set up.Harbor Department officials will begin a process to solicit input on potential uses from industry, environmental groups and the community, and any proposal would undergo a full environmental review.In the midst of the worst congestion to strike the port complex in years, the temporary depot opened on Pier S on December 29, 2014, to store empty cargo containers and free up truck chassis needed to haul loaded containers out of congested terminals at the time.The facility was to close March 31, 2015, but by early March, the needs had changed. The Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a six-month extension for the facility, and agreed to allow loaded cargo containers and chassis, in order to provide the needed space to help terminals deal with a rising flow of cargo.The temporary depot has been operated by Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals, and was often cited by port officials as an effective small-scale demonstration of how a near-dock container yard can be used to move cargo more efficiently.“The success of the Pier S demonstration project has encouraged us to consider a more expansive use of the property to build on what we learned about the efficiency of near-dock operations. The closing of the temporary depot on Pier S gives the Port an opportunity to study a more permanent use for the site, one that will mesh with our ongoing supply chain optimization efforts,” said Port CEO Jon Slangerup.“The Port of Long Beach wishes to acknowledge Pasha and specifically Senior Vice President Jeff Burgin for their commitment and dedication of resources in the successful demonstration of the Pier S Temporary Congestion Relief Container Depot,” Slangerup said. “The Port greatly appreciates Pasha for stepping forward during an extremely challenging time in our industry. Their actions benefited the entire Port community.”Port staff will prepare a recommendation on the study process for the Harbor Commission’s consideration in the near term.
TORONTO — A coroner’s inquest into the death of a drum technician who was crushed when a stage collapsed before a Radiohead concert is reconvening roughly a day after the jury began its deliberations.Jurors have been tasked with examining the circumstances surrounding the death of Scott Johnson, who died hours before the band was set to play in Toronto in June 2012.They may issue recommendations aimed at preventing such deaths in the future but have been told they are not to assign blame for the incident.The coroner’s counsel laid out a list of 25 proposed recommendations in his closing submissions Tuesday, with some aimed at the provincial and federal governments, the entertainment industry and the engineering profession.Over several weeks of testimony, the inquest has heard plans for the stage contained several errors, the wrong construction materials were used in building the roof structure and there was no independent oversight of the project.Charges were laid under occupational health and safety laws against the show’s promoter, Live Nation, contractor Optex Staging and Domenic Cugliari, the engineer who signed off on the stage plans. They were later stayed because the trial took too long.Johnson’s family and Radiohead have been critical of the judicial process, saying they felt no one was being held accountable for the deadly incident.“I hope that no one is in doubt that Scott’s life could have been saved,” Johnson’s father, Ken Johnson, said in his closing submissions.“Looking back to 2012, I know that none of the parties wanted this stage to collapse or for Scott to die. However, I have to say that the levels of incompetence are clearly staggering.”The Canadian Press
Rabat – Algerian Foreign Ministry summoned on Wednesday Abdullah Belkeziz, the Moroccan ambassador in Algiers, to inform him of its rejection of what it called “the allegations of the expulsion of Syrian refugees to the Moroccan territory.”In a statement published by the official news agency , the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ammar Bllani said “we summoned the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco on Wednesday to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was received by the Secretary General of the Ministry, Noureddine Awam, who expressed the Algerian government’s full rejection of the unfounded allegations mentioned by the Moroccan party on the alleged expulsion by the Algerian authorities of Syrian nationals to the Moroccan territory.”This move comes less than 24 hours after Morocco summoned the Algerian Ambassador to Rabat to express to him Morocco’s “strong disapproval,” following the alleged expulsion by the Algerian authorities to Moroccan territory of more than 70 Syrian nationals. “While calling on Algeria to fully assume its responsibilities, Morocco deeply regrets this inhuman act, especially as it affects women and children in a situation of extreme vulnerability,” read a statement of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.A Video footage aired by the Moroccan channel Al Oula shows official Algerian stamps on the passports of the Syrian refugees, which proves that they have legally entered the Algerian territory before they were expelled to Morocco.©Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Rabat – The father of the Palestinian toddler who was killed last week by Israeli settlers in the West Bank succumbed to his injuries on Saturday. Saad Dawabsha passed away in hospital in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba where he was being treated for third degree burns.“Saad Dawabsha died and plans are underway for his funeral,” Palestinian official Ghassan Daghlas told AFP. “Before the funeral in the Dawabshas’ home village, a post-mortem will be conducted to provide evidence for a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.”Dawabsha reportedly saved his wife and 4-year-old son. However, he failed to save his 18-month-old infant Ali, who died in an arson attack carried out by Israeli right wing terrorists in the occupied West Bank.His wife Riham Dawabsha and four-year-old son Ahmed are still fighting for their lives in the hospital.On Wednesday, Mordechai Meyer, an Israeli terrorist was given a six-month administrative detention order in connection to his involvement in the killing of the Palestinian toddler. He is from the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim.At a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in Cairo on Wednesday, Arab foreign ministers consented to calling on the United Nations to protect the Palestinians from “terrorist crimes” by Jewish settlers.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Justice Bandara and Justice Kumar have been in the country for some time while Justice Bandara was appointed a resident magistrate in 2011 and Justice Kumar was admitted to the High Court as a barrister and solicitor. Justice De Silva graduated with a Masters of Law degree from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka in 1996. Ms Girihagama previously worked as a state counsel in the Attorney General’s department in Sri Lanka. She also holds a Masters of Law after graduating from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka.Mr Rupasinghe is a qualified attorney at law of the Supreme Court in Sri Lanka and holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the Open University of Sri Lanka. Justice Kumar studied at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and holds a bachelor of law degree. Justice Bandara also studied in Australia at the University of Wollongong. He currently holds a master of transnational crime prevention. The newly-appointed magistrates have also colourful working and educational backgrounds with Ms Weeratunga working as legal officer at the Legal Aid Commission in Sri Lanka.Ms Weeratunga studied at the Sri Lanka law College and graduated in 2001 after passing the Attorney at Law final examination. More Sri Lankans have taken oaths yesterday as Judges and Magistrates in Fiji, the Fiji Times reported today.In all, three Judges and three Magistrtaes took oaths yesterday, including Justice Madduma Patabendige Sanjeeva Sudharshana De Silva, Justice Kamal Kumar and Justice Janaka Prasanna Bandara, Magistrate Puimini Weeratunga, Rajakaruna Girihagama and Nadimale Rupasinghe..
The protestors were demanding the suspects be handed over to them. Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunesekare said that six police officers were injured in the clash. “The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has ordered the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to carry out the investigations into this incident. The protestors are demanding grave punishment on the suspects but this will be decided when they are produced before the court,” the spokesman said. The body of the 17-year-old school girl was discovered in Pungudutivu last week after the police launched a manhunt following a complaint lodged by the victim’s parents.The girl’s parents informed the Kayts Police station, situated in the north, that their daughter did not returned home from school. The police searched the residence of a youth in the area and found bloodstained clothing. (Colombo Gazette) The police arrested 127 people following violent protests in Jaffna today and also seized 60 motorbikes, 43 bicycles and 5 three-wheelers.Those arrested had taken part in the protest outside the Jaffna court over the rape and murder of a school girl in Jaffna.
“WFP welcomes this act of friendship and solidarity with the firefighters and policemen of New York City and is happy to be facilitating the delivery,” spokesman Jordan Dey told a press briefing in Islamabad.The six-man team, which left New York on Tuesday, was on its way to Belgium, where it will load cooking oil, rice, powdered milk and wool blankets onto a cargo plane. The shipment is scheduled to arrive at Bagram airbase, 32 miles north of Kabul, on Friday morning.The supplies will be received by WFP and delivered to an orphanage in Kabul by the officers, many of whom were involved in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center site.
Last Friday, the Secretary-General wrote back to Prime Minister Hun Sen accepting his recent invitation to send a UN team to Phnom Penh, and offering to dispatch the delegation later this week or in the beginning of March, according to a UN spokesperson in New York.”The Secretary-General is now waiting for a reply from Prime Minister Hun Sen, informing him which of those dates would be most convenient for the Government of Cambodia,” spokesperson Hua Jiang told a press briefing.The General Assembly had asked the Secretary-General to report to it by 18 March on the progress of negotiations.Last month, a Cambodian delegation led by Senior Minister Sok An met with UN Legal Counsel Hans Corell in New York for a series of exploratory talks on the matter.
The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said that routine climate change, global warming influenced by human behavior, socioeconomic factors causing poorer people to live in risky areas, and inadequate disaster preparedness and education on the part of governments as well as the general population were part of that mix. “I don’t like to use the term ‘natural disasters,’” said Ciro Ugarte, Regional Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington DC, explaining that these events would not have such a devastating effect on people’s lives without other factors at play. The year 2005 did see the aftermath of the 26 December 2004 earthquake and tsunami waves in Asia, as well as hurricanes in central and north America, notably Katrina, which triggered flooding in the United States city of New Orleans, and the 8 October earthquake in Pakistan and India. The year also saw famine after crops were destroyed by locusts in Niger and a volcano in El Salvador that was followed by Hurricane Stan. From January to October 2005, over 97,000 people were killed in disasters globally, with some 88,000 of those deaths resulting from so-called natural disasters, according to the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), a WHO institution that operates a global disaster database in Belgium. Such deaths have been increasing since 1975.However, natural phenomena do not always generate human disasters. Dr. Ugarte of PAHO noted that in 2005, several earthquakes that struck in South America were of a higher magnitude than the one that devastated northern Pakistan and parts of India in October, but these hit sparsely populated areas and therefore caused less damage. The same goes for several tsunamis in 2005 which were not deemed “disasters” because they didn’t endanger anyone, Dr. Ugarte said. Natural phenomena are likely to affect more people because the global population has increased to about 6.5 billion people and is projected to reach 9.1 billion people in 2050, according to UN figures. One of the earliest recorded disasters, the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii killing about 10 000 people. Today, 2 million people live within its possible range. Another important factor is environmental degradation, according to Marko Kokic, spokesperson for WHO’s Health Action in Crisis Department, who said natural events in Caribbean and Indian Ocean lands were amplified because of deforestation and stripping of vegetation from coastlines.Disasters are also a consequence of development and industrialization, he said. In Europe, experts believe that countries such as France and Germany are more adversely affected by floods today because major rivers, such as the Rhine, have been straightened to ease commercial traffic. Global warming as well as routine, cyclical climate changes are causing a higher number of strong hurricanes in the Caribbean, meteorologists say. Add to that the increasing number of people living in substandard housing and on coastlines, as well as the destruction in a crisis of hospitals and other essential infrastructure and you have the potential for more devastating disasters than a few decades ago, WHO concludes.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The legacy of ancient Greece will influence the most significant teaching and learning infrastructure project undertaken by the Faculty of Arts at Melbourne University for many years, as it recently accepted a gift of $1 million towards the endowment of a new Chair in Classics. Presented to the faculty by Mr Allan Myers AO QC as part of a $10 million donation to the university as a whole, this gift will enable the faculty to build an exciting new teaching and research program in ancient languages, literature, philosophy and culture. Professor Mark Considine, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, told Neos Kosmos that with this gift, and the support of other generous alumni and friends towards the university’s Classics Trust Fund, the university is building a legacy that will ensure future students are introduced to the significance of the ancient world, especially the legacy of ancient Greece. As the new home of the Bachelor of Arts, the building will mirror some of the traditional features of a university environment – including a redeveloped atrium and colonnades. With over 2,400 objects in the university’s Classics and Archaeology Collection, spaces have been designed to focus on teaching that uses casts and original objects to create dynamic new classrooms and facilities.Mr Considine expressed his hopes that the two – the new teaching facilities and a leading scholar on the chair level – will come together about the same time. With demolition works planned for this summer, it is expected that the first classes in the new building will commence in the second semester of 2016.Underlining his conviction that “if you believe in something, then you must support it”, distinguished lawyer and philanthropist Mr Allan Myers told Neos Kosmos he had made the gift as “we must do more than just talk, we must invest in the future”. Mr Myers is the chair of Melbourne Humanities Foundation and the Believe Campaign, the University of Melbourne’s philanthropic campaign in support of teaching positions, research and scholarships, with its main priority being securing funds for a Chair in Classics. Mr Myers is confident that the interest of students for Ancient Greek, that has been taught continuously at the University of Melbourne since its foundation in 1854 and is a core element of the Faculty of Arts’ Classics Program, still exists today. Teaching the great legacy of ancient Greece to new generations of students at Melbourne is one way in which knowledge of Greek identity can be maintained and transformed. With the announcement of the donation for the new Chair in Classics, Mr Myers called for the Greek community to join in support of classics by donating money or advocating to others to support it.In their efforts to celebrate the links to the Greek Australian community in Melbourne, University of Melbourne and Ms Christina Simantirakis, Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, will host a panel discussion to celebrate 160 years of Ancient Greek at the university. The discussion, entitled ‘Ancient Greece and the Modern University: Foundations of our Humanity’ will see esteemed members of the university’s Classics program gather at the event this Tuesday.“The most important part of the event is to try and build stronger connections with the community – we’ve always enjoyed informal relationships with the community but we haven’t had any kind of structure to pursue that relationship in a more organised fashion. This is the first opportunity to showcase parts of the program but also to invite community members and community leaders to give us feedback on their view of what we are doing and their level of interest,” Mr Considine told Neos Kosmos.
The insurance company for Battle Ground Public Schools — which lost a lawsuit this week just because it never responded — issued a public apology Thursday, calling the situation an “oversight.”The school district, through its insurance company, Canfield Solutions of Ephrata, was ordered Tuesday to pay $129,185 in damages to the family of a Yacolt boy. Trae Letts, then 13, was struck in 2009 by a falling tree while playing at Yacolt Primary School. He suffered a skull fracture.The lawsuit meant the school district was on the hook for a $1,000 deductible. But “as a result of this event, Canfield … will be fully responsible for any financial impact,” a letter from the insurer stated.The Letts’ attorney, William Baumgartner, had contended the school district was negligent in allowing old, rotting trees to be on school property, in the wake of several community complaints.But that’s not why the district lost the case. Clark County Judge Diane Woolard made a default judgment, or a money award based on the insurance company’s lack of response to the family’s lawsuit.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is soliciting public feedback on a new proposal to expand private sector care for veterans. The comment period is open until March 25, Stars and Stripes reports.Democrats and some veterans groups are concerned the plan could start to undermine VA resources, according to the article.The changes were proposed last month, as On Base reported. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said the approach would “revolutionize VA health care as we know it.” ADC AUTHOR
Lonely Island Plot First U.S. Tour In June lonely-island-plot-first-ever-us-tour-follow-bonnoroo-appearance Facebook Twitter News Lonely Island Plot First-Ever U.S. Tour To Follow Bonnoroo Appearance Email The comedic pop trio plan to hit the road, tongues planted firmly in cheek, for eight dates across the U.S. In JuneNate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 20, 2019 – 11:52 am GRAMMY-nominated pop comedy outfit Lonely Island have announced their first-ever tour. The trek will take them through eight U.S. cities, starting with an appearance at Bonnoroo in Manchester, Tenn.on June 15 and hitting Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Detroit and more before wrapping in Minneapolis, Minn., on June 29.The trio, made up of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, have been releasing hilarious original music since their 2009 debut album, Incredibad. They earned their first nomination at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “I’m On A Boat.” Two years later, their sophomore album Turtleneck & Chain was nominated for Best Comedy Album. Their latest album, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping , served as the soundtrack to their pop-music mockumentary of the same name.The tour announcement comes on the heels of the band’s newly revealed plans to produce a film spoofing the Fyre Fest fiasco with actor Seth Rogen. For a full list of dates and ticket information, visit the band’s website. Dave Chappelle Wins Best Comedy Album | 61st GRAMMY AwardsRead more