A 24-year-old Indian athlete has been indicted in the US on charges of sexually abusing a minor girl, days after he arrived from Kashmir for a snowshoe competition.Tanveer Hussain was indicted last week by an Essex County grand jury for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a 12-year-old Saranac Lake girl earlier this year.The grand jury returned the indictment Hussain charging him with one count of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a report in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise quoted a press release from Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague as saying.Hussain had been arrested in March on charges of sexually abusing the minor girl, two days after he competed in the World Snowshoe Championships at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center.”Hussain is alleged to have subjected a 12-year-old female to sexual contact and engaged in inappropriate conversations with said child during the time he was in Saranac Lake,” the report quoted Sprague as saying.The minor girl had told police that on the night of February, two days after the snowshoe race, Hussain had kissed her twice and had groped her.The report added that Hussain had previously denied the charges and declined a plea deal that would have let him return to India as he wanted to clear his name.Hussain’s lawyer Brian Barrett said that he was disappointed that Sprague announced the indictment in a press release before notifying him.”This is all about the press. That s what this whole case is all about,” he said.advertisementHussain had garnered much attention before arriving in the US for the snowshoe championship after the US Embassy in New Delhi had denied him and another athlete visas around the same time President Donald Trump had issued an order barring travel into the US from seven Muslim-dominant countries.While India was not among the seven countries, the denial of visa to Hussain and the other athlete was seen associated with the executive order.
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is close to full-fitness after recovering from a long-term injury with manager Pep Guardiola hoping to include the Germany international in the squad for next week’s friendly against Girona.Gundogan made 16 appearances for City last season before suffering cruciate ligament damage in his knee last December.”I think he’s close to coming back,” Guardiola told the club website (www.mancity.com). “Maybe he’ll get minutes in Girona. I don’t know, we’re going to ask the doctor because, of course, he was injured for a long time.”We don’t want to take any risks. He has to be strong but, of course, his quality is perfect for the way we want to play.”He’s a guy who plays in the middle and can be a holding midfielder or play in front. In those terms, we’re so happy.”City are travelling to a training camp in Spain and will face La Liga side Girona, three days after their Premier League opener at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
A few days after being dropped from the latest Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), star wrestler Sushil Kumar suffered another blow after he was not included in Wrestling Federation of India’s (WFI) top pay bracket.WFI is set to announce the central contract system in partnership with its sponsors.According to a report in the Times of India, Sushil and Sakshi Malik have been placed to Grade B and will be getting INR 20 lakh. Top pay bracket is for elite wrestlers, with the athletes in Grade A getting a pay of INR 30 lakh.Phogat sisters — Geeta and Babita — have not be offered central contracts.The categorization has been done keeping in mind a wrestler’s recent performances and future medal chances.Sushil, who won bronze and silver medals respectively in 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics in 66kg freestyle category, crashed out in his first qualification bout at this year’s Jakarta Asian Games in the 74kg and the latest result didn’t go in his favour.Sakshi, who won a bronze in the Rio Olympics in 2016, has also struggled in the major wrestling tournaments.Recently, Sports Authority of India (SAI) dropped Sushil and Phogat sisters — Geeta and Babita — from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme keeping an eye on 2020 and 2024 Olympics.In the revised wrestling list, Utkarsh Kale (men’s 57kg freestyle), Deepak Punia (men’s 86kg freestyle), Divya Kakran (women’s 68kg freestyle) and Sajan (men’s greco-roman 66kg) were the four new entrants. The list also included Sakshi, Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat among others.advertisementBesides, Naveen (men’s 57kg freestyle) and Vijay (men’s greco-roman 60kg) are being considered for the developmental group for the 2024 Olympics.Wrestlers in TOPS: Sandeep Tomar (men’s 57kg freestyle), Utkarsh Kale (men’s 57kg freestyle), Bajrang Punia (men’s 65kg freestyle), Deepak Punia (men’s 86kg freestyle), Vinesh Phogat (women’s 50/53kg freestyle), Ritu Phogat (women’s 50/53kg freestyle), Pooja Dhanda (women’s 57kg freestyle), Sakshi Malik (women’s 62kg freestyle up to Asian Championships in 2019), Divya Kakran (women’s 68kg freestyle), Sajan (men’s greco-roman 77kg).(With inputs from PTI)
Arsenal Wenger bemoans ‘cruel’ Arsenal schedule ahead of BATE Borisov clash Iain Strachan Last updated 2 years ago 16:11 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) BEN STANSALL Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion BATE v Arsenal UEFA Europa League Playing in the Premier League just three days before a match in Belarus is “cruel”, according to the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has described Arsenal’s recent fixture list as “cruel” after the Gunners were scheduled to play in the Premier League on Monday ahead of a Europa League trip to Belarus.A brace from club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette earned the north-London side a 2-0 victory over West Brom at Emirates Stadium.Arsenal 6/1 to beat Bate & O4.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But the timing of the match has left the team with a limited opportunity to recover, prepare and travel to Eastern Europe for the Group H fixture against BATE Borisov.”I have a decision to make and at the moment I would say that the schedule for us is a bit cruel,” the manager said of his next team selection after the win over the Baggies.”We played tonight, we play in BATE Borisov on Thursday night and play Sunday at 12 o’clock here,” he added, referring to the Premier League game against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.”When you look at the schedule over the weekend I think there was some room for us to be scheduled differently, but we have to accept it and we want to go to Borisov with a good team. I will go with a team of senior players and certainly with a young bench.”What sort of side could we see on Thursday night?The boss discussed that after #AFCvWBA … https://t.co/MJyaSBkjYE — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 26, 2017 Asked if Arsenal would discuss the situation with the league, Wenger replied: “There is no need to talk to the Premier League about that because it’s the television that decides, but, for example, Brighton v Newcastle could have been played on television on Monday and we could have played on Sunday. “So for us the time is very short, but television decides and I don’t complain about that. “But what I want to say about my team selection is that it has an impact for me for the Thursday and for the Sunday game, because we have another home game and it’s very important we have a strong record at home.”Arsenal, who finished fifth last season, opened their Europa League campaign with a 3-1 win over Cologne at Emirates Stadium and are seventh in the Premier League, with three wins, one draw and two defeats from six matches played in 2017-18.
Posted on December 1, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)During emergency situations and periods of displacement, reproductive health is sometimes lost in the mix of the problems that arise. However, just because other problems arise doesn’t mean that women don’t need access to health services. A woman doesn’t stop being pregnant if she becomes a refugee. Additionally, the search for durable solutions to displacement often takes years and people shouldn’t be expected to entirely put their lives on hold during a time of displacement.For example, the Nakivale refugee settlement in Uganda (seen in the video below) is populated largely by Rwandan refugees who fled in the wake of the 1994 genocide, many of whom arrived between 1998-2002 after spending time as refugees in Tanzania. The average time spent in a protracted refugee situation is 17 years. As a result, paying attention to maternal health in emergency and protracted refugee situations is necessary.One example of integrating maternal health and refugees come from the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), which has developed the Minimum Initial Services Package for Reproductive Health. Additionally, with funding from MHTF, WRC is advocating for integration of maternal and reproductive health into disaster risk reduction policies and working with governments to design disaster plans with reproductive health components.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
zoom Some 100 people have been rescued, while the search and rescue crews are looking for over 70 more after a RoRo passenger ship sank in Lamong Bay, Surabaya, Indonesia, in the morning hours of November 16th, according to local news agency.The incident, involving the vessel, identified as Indonesia-flagged KM Wihan Sejahtera, happened shortly after the RoRo departed the Port of Tanjung Perak, Surabaya.Right after the passengers felt a jolt thought to be due to a collision, the vessel reportedly started listing, and subsequently sank.The cause of the incident is under investigation.KM Wihan Sejahtera was en route from Tanjung Perak, Surabaya, to Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara.Apart from carrying some 170 passengers, the vessel was loaded with cars, trucks and other vehicles.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Rating agency Standard & Poor’s has affirmed the B+ rating for German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd and revised its outlook from negative to stable.The company’s debt prepayments and cost synergies after the integration of UASC combined with improved shipping rates and stable near-term industry prospects will support rating-commensurate financial measures and liquidity through 2018, Standard & Poor’s said.The outlook revision reflects the expectation that Hapag-Lloyd’s improved EBITDA performance and gradual debt reduction will contribute to rating commensurate credit metrics and adequate liquidity in 2018.Further underpinning the outlook revision is the expectation of stable average container shipping freight rates in 2018.Furthermore, and because Hapag-Lloyd has an efficient and young fleet with low level investment needed in the medium term after the acquisition of United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), Standard & Poor’s factors in its relatively low capital investments to be funded with internally generated cash in 2018 and 2019.In addition, Hapag-Lloyd’s strict cost controls and effective integration of UASC only five months after the transaction closed “should improve its cost.”“After S&P already improved the outlook for Hapag-Lloyd in July of this year and took us off ‘Credit Watch’ we are now very pleased that our deleveraging efforts are recognised further and that S&P’s outlook for Hapag-Lloyd improved from negative to stable,” Nicolás Burr, CFO of Hapag-Lloyd, said. “The rating also again confirms the strong industrial logic of the merger, through which we are now better positioned for the still challenging market environment. Our focus is now on realising the synergies,” Burr added.
Spring is on the way, says Shubenacadie Sam, who did not see his shadow today, Feb. 2. Sam came out of his home at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park around 8 a.m. this morning and greeted his visitors, then ambled about his enclosure before heading back inside without seeing his shadow. “I think it’s great that many Nova Scotians have been out enjoying winter activities this year, but many are ready to start planning their gardens,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. While waiting for the first buds of spring, people may want to visit novascotia.com to reserve their copy of the 2014 Doers and Dreamers Guide. Or, call 1-800-565-0000, toll-free, from anywhere in North America.
The parties in a human rights complaint alleging racial discrimination have reached a settlement through the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission’s restorative process. Nhlanhla Dlamini of Pictou filed the complaint on Nov. 15, alleging racial discrimination at his place of employment, P.Q. Properties, Ltd., in New Glasgow owned by Paul Quinn. Since the complaint was filed, Mr. Quinn came forward to address it with Mr. Dlamini through the commission’s restorative process. As part of the resolution they issued this statement:“By fully engaging in the commission’s restorative process the parties achieved their common goal of reaching a mutual resolution to the complaint while addressing the discriminatory actions Mr. Dlamini experienced. Both parties are satisfied with the result and wish to move forward with their respective future endeavors.” The commission thanks both parties and their representatives for their commitment to collaborating in this process and reaching a successful resolution, which will include human rights education for all employees of P.Q. Properties. The company will also work with the commission to update its policy on discrimination and harassment.
EDMONTON – Weary air travellers heading out from Edmonton can break up the wait with a free short story.Edmonton International Airport has a Short Story Dispenser in its main terminal.Airport spokeswoman Traci Bednard says travellers walk up to the black and blue dispenser, push a button and then a paper unfurls with a one, three or five-minute story.Bednard says the stories are from local Edmonton artists, as well as authors from countries or cities that are a non-stop flight away from the Alberta capital.The Short Story Dispenser is made by France-based Short Edition.She says travellers have told airport staff it’s a really good idea and the only other airport to have one is in Lyon, France.“If you’re travelling, whether you’re an Edmontonian, or whether you’re travelling from somewhere around the world, once you get past security and into the airport itself, you’re really starting a journey,” she said.“If we could use that time to entertain you and show you a little bit about what Edmonton has, show you a little bit about what our authors have and what they are writing about, what a great opportunity for the airport to do.”Short Edition says authors have a contract with the company so their work is protected and they get royalties every time their work is accessed in a dispenser.“Short Edition’s aim is to adapt literature to the modern world by combining short literature, the community and technology,” the company says on its website. “In this way, Short Edition uses passion and humour to inspire the community of readers and authors who dare to like short stories.”
The 2012 South-South Awards ceremony was officially launched at UN Headquarters yesterday on UN Day for South-South Cooperation.The awards ceremony taking place on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel will be attended by A-list performers and celebrities. Acclaimed film and television star Laura Prepon will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. Entertainment will be provided by Don Felder, world-renowned musician and former lead guitarist for The Eagles; Angelique Kidjo, Grammy Award-Winning performer; musician Stephen Bishop; and Grammy Award-Winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari. Renowned Latin singer and five-time Grammy Award-Winner Gilberto Santa Rosa will be honored with a Lifetime Culture Achievement Award for his use of music as an instrument to promote culture for development across the world. The performances will be led by Music Director, Robin DiMaggio.At yesterday’s launching the President of the General Assembly (PGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, was honored with a South-South Award for his commitment in highlighting the importance of South-South Cooperation.In appreciation, PGA Al-Nasser said, “South-South Cooperation has enabled countries of the south to pool, adapt, adopt, replicate and scale-up relevant and appropriate developing solutions and technologies.”Ambassador Francis Lorenzo, the President of South-South News and Chair of the South-South Awards Committee, highlighted the importance of South-South Cooperation, the South-South Awards and this year’s honorees.This year the 2012 South-South Awards ceremony will celebrate with heads of State and Government, UN Ambassadors, top UN officials and other distinguished guests from the private sector and civil society E-Governance, and ICT infrastructure while looking ahead to the future of Sustainable Tourism, initiatives that are successfully helping to advance the Millennium Development Goals. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Chairman of the Group 77 and Helen Clark, Administrative of UNDP provided their statements in support of UN Day.Other UN members present at today’s launching were H. E. Amb. John Ashe, President of the High Level Committee on South-South Cooperation, and Mr. Yiping Zhou, Director of UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation.Source:PR Newswire
Advertisement Kiera won the award for her role in Un Piece, a short film about a brother and a sister who discover an old French film and try to re-create it in their living-room, for their single mother, despite not knowing about French culture. Un Piece was directed and written by Kennedy Salloum and produced by Suzy Queen. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement Kiera Laidman has appeared in commercials such as Indigo, OHIP and multiple short films such as Kavod, Open Source 2.0 and her upcoming project, a VR 360 film called Lily’s Day.Kiera has been acting since she was 8 years old and has trained with some of the top coaches in Toronto.This was Kiera’s first time at the Joey’s. She was thrilled and happy to be honoured with this award.Kiera is represented by Glickman Alexander Management.By Darlene Morrison Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment HAMILTON’S KIERA LAIDMAN TAKES HOME A JOEY AWARD FOR BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A STUDENT OR YOUTH MADE SHORT FILM 11-13 YEARS OLD! Hamilton’s Kiera Laidman took home the Joey Award for BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A STUDENT OR YOUTH MADE SHORT FILM 11-13 YRS. OLD, this past weekend in Richmond, BC.She was nominated for four awards – Best Leading Actress in Student or Youth Made Short Film 11-13 yrs. old, Best Actress in a Commercial 11 yrs. Old, Best Supporting or Principal Actress in Short film 10-12 yrs., and Best Featured Actress in a Commercial 11 yrs. old.
In a press statement, the Council welcomed the Government’s establishment of a successor arrangement for the transition of the Development Fund for Iraq, in line with the United Nations body’s resolution 1956, adopted last year.“The members of the Security Council noted that, in this regard, oversight of the full proceeds from the Development Fund for Iraq has been transferred from the International Advisory and Monitoring Board to the Government of Iraq’s Committee of Financial Experts, which will exercise authority in accordance with its terms of reference approved by Iraq’s Council of Ministers,” according to the statement, read out by Ambassador Alfred Moungara Moussotsi of Gabon, which holds the Council’s presidency in June.The Council reiterated its appreciation of the ongoing efforts and commitment of the Iraqi Government to ensure that oil revenues are used in the interest of the country’s people, and to ensure that transition arrangements remain consistent with the constitution and with international best practices with regard to transparency, accountability and integrity.“The members of the Security Council underscored the importance of Iraq’s continued compliance with relevant [Security Council] resolutions,” the statement added.The Council set up the trust fund in May 2003 so that oil and other revenues could be paid into it, to be disbursed at the discretion of the then US-led Provisional Authority for humanitarian and economic reconstruction, replacing the previous oil-for-food programme that allowed the sanctions-bound government of Saddam Hussein to use some oil revenues for the monitored purchase of humanitarian supplies. 30 June 2011The Security Council today welcomed the Iraqi Government’s assumption of full autonomy, with effect from tomorrow, over the proceeds of a development fund set up after the 2003 United States-led invasion to meet the country’s humanitarian needs, economic reconstruction and infrastructure repairs.
Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Thursday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Thu Wed 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2450 1.2412 1.3060 1.3109 British Pound 1.6728 1.6631 1.6867 1.7065 Japanese Yen 0.0111 0.0110 0.0116 0.0130 Euro in U.S. 1.1785 1.1744 1.1366 1.1214 Euro in Cdn 1.4672 1.4577 1.4844 1.4701Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada
The meeting between United National Front (UNF) party leaders and President Maithripala Sirisena has been postponed for next week.UNF member and Minister of National Coexistence Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganeshan said that crucial current issues were to be discussed at the meeting which was earlier scheduled for today. He now says the meeting has been set for Monday. Several SLFP members have been verbally attacking the UNP despite both parties being in the coalition Government.It was reported that some Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the UNP have said they would resign if the UNP continues to remain a coalition partner of the SLFP. (Colombo Gazette) It was reported over the weekend that the UNF led by the United National Party (UNP) is considering forming its own Government after December 31. Well informed sources said that the UNF is unhappy with the recent actions of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which have been fueled by the joint opposition. Sources said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena had also met and discussed the political situation in the country.
A fire destroyed part of a Hamilton home on Gibson Avenue at around 2 this morning.Twenty-five firefighters battled the blaze that spread into the second and third floor of the building.A spokesperson for Hamilton Fire says the family was able to safely get out of the home but, one woman was taken to hospital as a precaution and later released.Hamilton Fire believes the fire was caused by careless smoking. Damage is estimated to be about $175,000 dollars.The red cross was notified and is looking after the family’s needs.
“[We] were shocked and saddened by this past weekend’s mass abduction of 60 Angolan children during an attack by an armed group near the town of Caxito,” UNICEF Representative Anthony Bloomberg and UN Humanitarian Coordinator Ronald Sibanda said in a statement issued jointly today in Luanda, Geneva and New York.UNICEF-Angola and the Humanitarian Coordinator said the attack demonstrated once again that children caught in conflict zones were often the first to suffer from abuses, deprivations and casualties. According to the statement, the children were abducted in the early morning hours on 5 May during an attack on Children’s Town, a home run by a non-governmental organization about 10 kilometres outside of Caxito. The children range in age from 10-18 years and include 9 girls and 51 boys. One of their Angolan teachers was also abducted. The current welfare and whereabouts of the group is unknown. In addition to a number of civilian casualties, four Angolan humanitarian workers were also killed in the attack, including a doctor, two teachers and a support worker. The motivation for the abduction is not clear, but children kidnapped in conflict countries are often used by armed groups to carry goods and ammunition and to cook and clean. In the worst cases, the youth – particularly girls – may be sexually abused, and both girls and boys may be used in combat, either as soldiers or as defensive shields, the statement said.Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Sibanda strongly condemned all violent attacks against children and civilians, as well as attacks against the non-governmental organizations working to improve the lives of children in Angola. Similar abductions have occurred throughout the country’s long civil conflict. Most of the children taken are never heard from again.
Winners of the essay contest participate in youth forum at UN Headquarters. Photos: Jing Zhang ‹ ›In her opinion, a person who can speak more than one language can have more fulfilling interactions and exchanges with people from different cultures. “Not only does multilingualism make people communicate better, it also helps bring something from your [experience] to share with others [so you are] not just stuck in one place,” she said.Typically, a student who comes to China comes to learn Mandarin. However, Randriamanohisoamalala, who spoke Malagasy and French at home, picked up yet another language there: English. “When I’m in China, I have to use Chinese on a daily basis. But English is also commonly used on campus as the main language among foreign students.”Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language – that goes to his heart.” Karim Ibrahim, another contest winner, would certainly agree. Born in Portugal to an Egyptian father and mother of South-African and Portuguese descent, he was brought up in France, attended school exchange in Hong Kong, and now studies in London. Ibrahim’s life is full of multilingual and multicultural flavors. “In today’s globalized world, being multilingual enables us to negotiate with our counterparts less judgmentally and more cooperatively,” said Ibrahim, underscoring that multilingualism helps overcome prejudice and xenophobia. “My experience has taught me to lift myself up beyond national borders and to better understand other parts of the world,” he said proudly.”Multilingualism does much more than merely allow us to communicate with each other,” said Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information and Coordinator for Multilingualism at the UN, adding “it enriches our understanding of each other and the human experience.”Chinese student Lin Zhao could not agree more. Lin did not choose Arabic when considering majors for university, but in her travels, she discovered she had an interest in both Arabic and Persian cultures and later decided to become a professor in Middle Eastern pre-modern history. “Some people might think Islam is a strange religion [because] Muslims do not eat and drink during the day [during Ramadan],” said Lin. “But since I started learning Arabic, I now also have a better understanding of Islam. I found out that people fast because they want to know how poor people feel.” In her view, the more languages a person speaks, the more tolerance he or she will have for other cultures. Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal, an Austrian UN official who himself speaks English, French, German and Spanish, told the UN News Centre that he believes multilingualism “brings multiple perspectives to global issues and challenges. It preserves a diversity of languages and cultures. And it promotes unity in that diversity. In today’s globalized world, multilingualism is more important than ever.”Today’s youth forum kicked off 16 months of planned events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The world body’s Charter was signed in San Francisco on 26 June 1945 and came into force four months later, on 24 October.United Nations Academic Impact, launched by the Secretary-General in 2010, is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher learning and research with the UN in actively supporting 10 universally accepted principles, including in the areas of peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. It currently has more than 1,000 members in some 120 countries. Yet, these linguistic mavericks are among the 60 winners of an essay competition co-organized by the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and ELS Educational Services, Inc. Their love of languages has brought them to New York, and their enthusiasm for global citizenship helps them bridge cultural divides.The winners were chosen from among more than 4,000 students worldwide – from freshmen to doctoral candidates, majoring in fields as diverse as architecture and pharmacy – who participated in the “Many Languages, One World” contest. Today, they presented their essays at a Global Youth Forum in the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters.Unlike a traditional essay competition where entrants write in their native language, participants in the UN Academic Impact contest were not only required to write in one of the six UN official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish – but one that was not their mother tongue or the medium of instruction of their education. “It’s not just the acquired fluency in a foreign language that has astonished us in so many of the entries,” said Ramu Damodaran, Deputy Director of the Outreach Division and Chief of UNAI at the UN Department of Public Information, commenting on the outcome of the essay contest.
Since the full-scale military operations were announced on 15 June, some 400,000 people had left their homes within the first week, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). An estimated 74 per cent of the displaced are women and children“Thousands were expected to remain displaced as the military operations are expected to be extended to other parts of the Agency,” spokesperson Jens Laerke cautioned journalists in Geneva. An additional 95,000 people are moving into Afghanistan’s Khost province.Mr. Laerke said the Regional Disaster Mangement Authorities had established two camps but only a small percentage of the 468,000 displaced people were seeking shelter assistance in camps. “They preferred to stay with relatives or friends or in rented accommodation where they had better access to running water and electricity,” he said.At registration, each displaced family received $400 to cover medical needs, rental support and other necessities, including a Ramadan package this month. Each month after, the family will receive $150. Pakistan: humanitarian snapshot – international displacement North Waziristan. Credits: OCHAMeanwhile, the international community is supporting the displaced who need medicines, immunization, water, sanitation and hygiene services, as well as educational supplies and food.UN World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said the agency is distributing food from six locations to reach all the families with two-week rations of wheat flour, pulses, fortified vegetable oil and salt, as well as high-energy biscuits. The package is usually expected to last one month, but the average family size – between 11 and 13 – is larger than usual.The Government has provided the WFP with 25,000 metric tons of wheat. Combined with funds from donors, the UN agency says it can continue its assistance until early September. WFP has appealed for $29 million for its relief operations through the end of the year.
Minotaur Exploration has announced that Executive Director of Exploration, Dr Antonio Belperio, was awarded the Bruce Webb Medal for his contributions to the Earth Sciences. The Webb Medal is the most prestigious annual award given by the South Australian Division of the Geological Society of Australia. It is awarded to a person distinguished for leadership that has advanced the Earth Sciences either within South Australia or from a South Australian base. Dr Belperio’s award was based on four criteria, namely his many contributions to academia, government, industry and the Geological Society.During his years of academic focus from 1974 to 1982, Dr Belperio held various research positions at James Cook University, University of Dundee and the University of Adelaide where he contributed strongly to the fields of sedimentation, coastal dynamics and sea level change. At the University of Adelaide he was awarded the Tate Medal in recognition of the quality of his research in the Honours year. His PhD research at James Cook University led to a new understanding of the relationship between terrigenous and carbonate sedimentation in the Great Barrier Reef, for which he was awarded a Nuffield Travelling Fellowship. From that time, he has maintained his interest in the long and short-term relationships between climate and sea level, and he continues to have input to research in these areas in association with several long standing colleagues. He has an impressive litany of publications to his credit.In 1982 Tony joined what was then the Geological Survey of South Australia as a Senior Geologist, rising to Chief Geologist of the Regional Mapping Branch. In addition to geological mapping throughout South Australia and investigations of potentially economic mineral deposits, Tony continued investigations into past sea levels and neotectonics of the southern Australian coastline. In 1994 he received the Stillwell award for the best paper published in the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences (Belperio, A.P. 1993 Land subsidence and sea level rise in the Port Adelaide estuary, South Australia. AJES 40, 359-368). The years 1982-1996 were difficult economically for South Australia and government departments were subjected to ‘down-sizing’ and reduced budgets. It was in this context that Tony led Mines and Energy SA into the digital era and systems that he put in place formed the core of the Mines and Energy SA information system.In 1997 Tony joined Minotaur Gold NL as Chief Geologist, a position which he later held with Minotaur Resources Ltd and Minotaur Exploration Ltd. In 2007 he joined the board as Executive Director of Exploration. It was his professional leadership of the Minotaur Resources exploration team that was responsible for the discovery of the copper-gold resource at Prominent Hill, and that leadership continues today in Australia and offshore and across a range of mineral commodities.In supporting the Geological Society of Australia, Tony has played key roles in the organisation and through publications, conferences and conventions. He was Federal Secretary of the GSA 1986-1988, served on the Sedimentology Specialist Group committee, and is currently on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences.