Everything you need to know about Euro 2016 host cities

first_imgHere’s everything you need to know about Euro 2016 host cities.PARIS:Quick facts: French capital, seat of government; so-called “City of Light;” France’s largest city; population 2.3 million; famed for romance, museums, gastronomy, architecture, Eiffel Tower and other landmarks.Stadium: Parc des Princes; home of French League One champion Paris Saint-Germain; built on former royal hunting ground; architect Roger Taillibert’s distinctive concrete structure opened in 1972; capacity expanded to 45,000 and renovated for Euro 2016.Matches: Turkey vs. Croatia; Romania vs. Switzerland; Portugal vs. Austria; Northern Ireland vs. Germany; one round-of-16 knockout game.Claim to fame: Engineer Gustave Eiffel’s 324-meter (1,063-foot) tower of wrought iron was the world’s tallest man-made structure when it opened in 1889.Local dish: With thousands of restaurants, including 92 with coveted stars in the famed Michelin Guide, Paris promises culinary adventure for all tastes.SAINT-DENIS:Quick facts: Multi-cultural northern suburb of Paris; 42 kings, 32 queens and 63 princes or princesses were laid to rest on the site of its magnificent cathedral ; in 1793, four years after the French Revolution, workmen crowbarred open the coffins and tossed royal remains into mass graves; Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a ringleader of terror attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds in Paris last Nov. 13, hid out afterward in a Saint-Denis apartment and died during a police raid.Stadium: Stade de France; capacity 80,000; built for 1998 World Cup; hosted final where France beat Brazil 3-0; November terror attacks started with three suicide bombings outside the arena.Matches: France vs. Romania; Ireland vs. Sweden; Germany vs. Poland; Iceland vs. Austria; one round-of-16; one quarterfinal; the July 10 final.advertisementClaim to fame: Stadium will host first and last matches of Euro 2016.Local dish: Saint-Denis’ market, open three days a week and with 300 stands, is a colorful riot of dishes, flavors and ingredients.MARSEILLE:Quick facts: Mediterranean port; France’s second-largest city after Paris; population of 864,000; had a sulfurous reputation in the 1970s for “French Connection” heroin-trafficking mafia; local team Olympique de Marseille won the first edition of the Champions League in 1993.Stadium: Velodrome; built to host 1938 World Cup; capacity increased to 60,000 for 1998 World Cup; capacity further increased to 67,000 and modernized for Euro 2016; France’s second-largest stadium, after Stade de France.Matches: England vs. Russia; France vs. Albania; Iceland vs. Hungary; Ukraine vs. Poland; quarter-final; one semi-final.Claim to fame: Childhood home of Zinedine Zidane , former star turned coach of Real Madrid.Local dish: “Bouillabaisse” stew made with at least seven different varieties of fish, served with garlic-flavored toasts called “croutons” and “rouille” mayonnaise with saffron.LYON:Quick facts: France’s third-largest city; 509,000 people; straddles Rhone river, in east-central France between the Alps and Massif Central mountains; founded by the Romans; UNESCO World Heritage site.Stadium: Stade de Lyon; 59,000 capacity; newly built; opened in January; replaced Gerland stadium, Olympique Lyonnais’ home since 1950.Matches: Belgium vs. Italy; Ukraine vs. Northern Ireland; Romania vs. Albania; Hungary vs. Portugal; one round-of-16; semi-final.Claim to fame: Lyon won a French-record seven consecutive League One titles from 2002-2008.Local dish: “Quenelles ,” soft-dough dumplings shaped using two spoons, served with creamy sauce.BORDEAUX:Quick facts: World-renowned wine industry traces roots back to Roman times; southwestern city of 248,000 people; straddles Garonne river that flows into the Atlantic; stunning architecture, with more protected buildings than any other French city outside Paris.Stadium: Stade de Bordeaux; newly built; inaugurated May 2015; capacity 42,000; home of FC Girondins de Bordeaux, which last won League One in 2009.Matches: Wales vs. Slovakia; Austria vs. Hungary; Belgium vs. Ireland; Croatia vs. Spain; quarter-final.Claim to fame: Wine industry produces 720 million bottles annually and says that every second, 22 bottles of Bordeaux are sold around the world.Local dish: Fresh oysters from the 315 farms in pristine waters of the nearby Arcachon basin, enjoyed with a squirt of lemon or dash of red-wine vinegar.TOULOUSE:Quick facts: Population 466,000, in France’s rugby-loving southwest; home to France’s most successful rugby union club, Stade Toulousain; Toulouse Football Club is a three-time champion of League Two but has never finished higher than third in League One.Stadium: Stadium de Toulouse; 33,000 capacity; built for 1938 World Cup; extensively repaired after nearby chemical factory exploded in 2001; renovations for Euro 2016 completed in January.Matches: Spain vs. Czech Republic; Italy vs. Sweden; Russia vs. Wales; one round-of-16.Claim to fame: Headquarters of aerospace giant Airbus .Local dish: “Foie gras,” flavorsome pate from the livers of force-fed geese.LILLE:Quick facts: Former industrial center near France’s northern border with Belgium; population 238,000; former garrison town was besieged multiple times; famed flea-market on first weekend of every September claims to be Europe’s biggest, attracting 2 million visitors; Lille’s team – known as LOSC, initials for Lille Olympique Sporting Club last won League One in 2011.advertisementStadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy; capacity 50,000; opened in 2012.Matches: Germany vs. Ukraine; Russia vs. Slovakia; Switzerland vs. France; Italy vs. Ireland; one round-of-16; quarter-final.Claim to fame: Birthplace of Charles de Gaulle , World War II leader who later was president from 1958-1969.Local dish: “Carbonade,” rich stew of beef marinated and slow-cooked in beer.LENS:Quick facts: Smallest Euro host; stadium can hold town’s entire population of 32,000; former coal-mining center.Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis; capacity 35,000; built by unemployed miners, extensively rebuilt ahead of Euro 2016.Matches: Albania vs. Switzerland; England vs. Wales; Czech Republic vs. Turkey; one round-of-16.Claim to fame: Razed during World War I and again severely damaged in World War II.Local dish: Pungent Maroilles cheese extensively used in regional cuisine.NICE:Quick facts: Balmy vacation spot and port on French Riviera; population 346,000; artist Henri Matisse moved to Nice in 1917 to treat a bout of bronchitis; wowed by the climate, light and surrounds , he stayed and died in his Nice studio in 1954; stadium houses National Museum of Sport.Stadium: Stade de Nice; 35,000 capacity; opened 2013.Matches: Poland vs. Northern Ireland; Spain vs. Turkey; Sweden vs. Belgium; one round-of-16.Claim to fame: Rolling Stones recorded chunks of “Exile on Main St .” at Nellcote villa that Keith Richards rented in Villefranche-sur-Mer on Nice’s outskirts.Local dish: Aptly named “Socca” pancake made from chickpea flour.SAINT-ETIENNE:Quick facts: South-central city of 175,000; former center of heavy industry and mining ; AS Saint-Etienne was France’s dominant club from mid-1960s to mid-1970s, winning seven League One titles and five French Cups from 1967-1977.Stadium: Stade Geoffroy Guichard; capacity 42,000; opened in 1931; built on old mine tunnels.Matches: Portugal vs. Iceland; Czech Republic vs. Croatia; Slovakia vs. England; one round-of-16.Claim to fame: Hasn’t won League One since last title in 1981, with Michel Platini in midfield.Local dish: Grated potatoes mixed with eggs and fried.last_img read more

Cricket Australia may lift bans on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft

first_imgCricket Australia (CA) may lift bans imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.Smith and Warner are into the 8th month of their one year bans while Bancroft, who was banned for 9 months, will be eligible to play after December.The trio was handed substantial suspensions for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March this year. The bans extend to the domestic Sheffield Shield and the Big Bash Twenty20 competition.CA has come under pressure from the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) to end the bans following the release of the Longstaff review, which laid some of the blame for the fiasco at the door of the board.”The ACA submission around the players’ sanctions was received by the board a few days ago,” CA CEO Kevin Roberts told reporters.”It was addressed to the board rather than to me or all management. So not for me to comment on a board matter other than to say that the board will be respecting that submission and giving it due consideration.”Also Read – Mark Taylor resigns from Cricket Australia’s board of directorsA depleted Australia have struggled to recover from the crisis, with the test team losing two of their last three matches since Tim Paine took over the captaincy in South Africa.The one-day team, now led by Aaron Finch, have lost their last seven including a 5-0 whitewash by England and a stinging defeat in Sunday’s series-opener against South Africa in Perth.Amid the teams’ struggles, a number of prominent cricket pundits and former players have said the ball-tampering bans were overly harsh and offered various suggestions as to how the three should be rehabilitated.advertisementRead – Stung by Longstaff report, Cricket Australia Chairman David Peever steps downRoberts, who was at the centre of an acrimonious pay dispute with players last year, said repairing relations with the players’ union remained a top priority.”I think what’s really important is that we at Cricket Australia need to embrace the players and we need to make sure that the players feel a really valued part of Cricket Australia,” he said.”There’s no doubt that we need to face up to the review and the fact that it acknowledged that the organisation hasn’t been united enough across the playing and long-playing sides.”Earlier on Wednesday, CA axed high-performance chief Pat Howard and broadcasting boss Ben Amarfio as fall-out from the Longstaff review continued.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Kluivert warned off Barcelona by his father

first_imgTransfers Kluivert warned off Barcelona move by his own father Chris Burton 21:51 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Justin Kluivert Ajax 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Ajax Roma Primera División Serie A Eredivisie Former Blaugrana striker Patrick believes a promising winger catching the eye at Ajax needs another stepping stone before thinking about Camp Nou Ajax winger Justin Kluivert has been told he is not yet ready for a move to Barcelona by his own father, former Blaugrana striker Patrick.The 19-year-old has generated plenty of interest since bursting onto the scene in Amsterdam – much like his dad did 24 years ago.It has been suggested that Kluivert Jr will see his career follow a similar path to an illustrious family member, with a spell at Camp Nou considered to be part of his sporting destiny. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Various reports claim that Barca would be willing to make that dream a reality in the not too distant future, but Patrick Kluivert believes it is too soon for his son to be making such a move .A man who won the 1999 Liga title during a six-spell spell in Catalunya told Ole : “The truth is that now is not the time. “He is just in his second year in the Netherlands and moving to a club of the magnitude of Barca should not be the first choice. “For now, go step by step, calmly and calmly, but as a father I will support him in anything he decides.”While Barcelona may be keen, and Tottenham held talks while discussing a move for Davinson Sanchez in 2017 , it is Serie A side Roma who are reported to be leading the chase at present.Kluivert would appear to prefer such a switch for his son, with his own career having taken him from Ajax to Italy before ending up in Spain.The ex-Milan frontman said: “I try, I tell him, he is 19 years old and thinks he can play with [Lionel] Messi, Luis Suarez, [Sergio] Busquets, [Philippe] Coutinho … But he has to do more yards.“When a team sits down to negotiate in earnest, they will have to explain the project, what they want from him, and then it will be my son who decides if he accepts it.”Justin Kluivert made his Ajax debut in January 2017, netting two goals before the end of that campaign before going on to cement himself as a first-team regular in 2017-18.In the campaign just gone, the teenage forward delivered 10 goals and five assists in his Eredivisie outings, while a senior international debut for the Netherlands was made against Portugal in March.last_img read more

Gov’t to Target High-Risk HIV Groups

first_imgAn inter-ministerial group is to be established to engage various at-risk groups on HIV/AIDS awareness matters.Cabinet has given instructions for the setting-up of the group, which will involve the Ministries of Health, Education, and Youth and Culture.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who provided details at Wednesday’s (July 3) weekly Jamaica House press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister, said the move stems from a recent update on HIV/AIDS in Jamaica.The report revealed that HIV is prevalent among select groups of the population, including the 15 to 49 age group; ante-natal clinic attendees; female sex workers; men who have sex with men; inmates; homeless persons; and drug users.Senator Falconer said Cabinet was told that factors driving the epidemic include: persons having multiple sex partners; insufficient condom use; people with HIV who do not know they are infected; early initiation of sexual activity; and transactional sex (exchanging sexfor gifts or goods).Meanwhile, Cabinet approved two contracts valued a little over US$2 million, for the supply of anti-retroviral drugs. One contract is to be awarded to Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited (United States) to provide nine items for US$740,042; while Milan Laboratories Limited (India) will also supply nine items for US$1.45 million.The Ministry of Health, through a grant from the Global Fund, provides anti-retroviral drugs, free of cost, for persons living with HIV/AIDS, at public health facilities and treatment centres islandwide.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

Outgoing Chief Justice Lauded for 40 Years of Service

first_imgStory Highlights “It is well known that the function of the judiciary is to interpret and apply the law, and the function of the legislative branch is to make the law. I feel confident that your legacy will ensure that the rule of law is maintained as the country moves forward,” Mrs. Malahoo Forte said. Outgoing Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Zaila McCalla, has been praised for her over 40 years of service to the judiciary in Jamaica. Outgoing Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Zaila McCalla, has been praised for her over 40 years of service to the judiciary in Jamaica.She received the accolades from Judges of the Supreme Court and other members of the judiciary during a special sitting of the Supreme Court at Public Building East, King Street, downtown Kingston, today (January 31).In her tribute, Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, said she will always remember Mrs. Mc Calla’s quiet strength, and her humble and dignified approach to her role as Chief Justice.“It is well known that the function of the judiciary is to interpret and apply the law, and the function of the legislative branch is to make the law. I feel confident that your legacy will ensure that the rule of law is maintained as the country moves forward,” Mrs. Malahoo Forte said.For his part, Chairman of the General Legal Council, Mr. Allan Wood, said Mrs. McCalla’s judgements will stand the test of times.He further commended the outgoing Chief Justice for implementing measures such as the Case Management System, which he said has improved the administration of justice.Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, expressed appreciation to Mrs. McCalla for the civility, the grace and the dignity with which she carried out her duties.“It is also said that tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy. May I say, having to go through many of these meetings with the bureaucrats and, sometimes, members of the political directorate, I have been in awe at the tact that you have displayed,” Ms. Llewellyn said.For his part, Justice Bryan Sykes noted that the outgoing Chief Justice had the ability to build bridges and that her approach to her Office brought a sense of calm amidst upheavals.In her response, Mrs. McCalla expressed appreciation for the very kind words spoken about her.“Simply saying thanks is not enough for every single thing that I have heard, but I thank you most sincerely for everything that you have said. This occasion has afforded me the opportunity to say it has been a wonderful experience working with all the persons that I have come in contact with,” she noted.She also gave special thanks to the judges with whom she has worked. “We have a core group of judges who work tirelessly, and we think of the many innovations that we could implement in our justice system,” Mrs. McCalla added.Chief Justice McCalla has had an extensive legal career in the public service, having been called to the Jamaican Bar in 1976.In August of 1985, she became a Resident Magistrate and was later appointed as Senior Resident Magistrate. In 1996, she became a Master in Chambers, and in 1997, she was appointed Puisne Judge and served until 2006, when she was promoted a Judge of the Court of Appeal.She was appointed Chief Justice on June 27, 2007. Chief Justice McCalla is the first female Chief Justice of Jamaica. She demits office today (January 31). She received the accolades from Judges of the Supreme Court and other members of the judiciary during a special sitting of the Supreme Court at Public Building East, King Street, downtown Kingston, today (January 31).last_img read more

BW LPG Positive about Market Outlook for 2015

first_imgzoom Very large gas carrier (VLGC) owner and operator BW LPG is reaping the fruits of historically high rates on VLGC market during 2014, driven by continuing expansion of US export volumes of LPG mainly to Asia.The company’s business results for the third quarter show that time Charter Equivalent (TCE) earnings increased to USD 159.2 million in Q3 2014 (USD400.5 million YTD September 2014), from USD 75.9 million in Q3 2013 (USD187.0 million YTD September 2013).According to BW LPG, the growth in global supplies of LPG are driven mainly by US shale-gas projects. New outlets of retail and industrial demand are developing as buyers seek to benefit from the expectation that LPG grows as an abundant and competitively priced fuel and petrochemical feedstock.In addition, Asian import growth has been particularly beneficial to the VLGC market due to long transport distances.The company’s net profit after tax reached USD 87.5 million in Q3 2014 (USD190.7 million YTD September 2014) compared with USD 68.9 million in the same period last year, mainly due to stronger TCE earnings, additions to fleet and a write-back of previously recognised impairment charges of USD42.9 million in Q3 2013.“We have not yet seen corresponding increases in VLGC tonnage availability, so the market has been tight through most of 2014, and seems likely to continue to remain tight until significant new VLGC deliveries arrive in late 2015,” the company said.Speaking of the outlook, BW LPG said that the resultant increase in shipping tonnage required is gradually being met by a large orderbook of newbuild VLGCs, many of which will deliver by late 2015.“This expansion in VLGC tonnage creates the prospect of oversupply, albeit potentially temporary, during which time some reduction in rates would be natural. Therefore the market outlook for 2015 remains positive, with potential for rates to retreat somewhat due to oversupply in 2016. Beyond 2016, expanding US production and export capacity provide potential for continued export growth. New demand is essential to realizing these exports which would help to absorb excess tonnage. There is always the prospect of additional newbuild ordering, however, in particular for delivery from early 2017, which could extend or worsen an over-supply situation.”BW added that the market for ethane transportation remains interesting, and forecasting that a small fleet of Very Large Ethane Carriers (‘VLECs’) is likely to be built in the coming years.Press Releaselast_img read more

Nova Scotia man fighting perception he is sex offender who has the

first_imgTRURO, N.S. – A Nova Scotia contractor who shares the exact name of a recently released sexual predator says it has created a case of mistaken identity that is costing him business.In an interview Wednesday, Donald Duane Bartlett said his Truro business, Nova Scotia Renovations Group, started getting “nasty calls” about three weeks ago that left him baffled.Bartlett said at first he thought the calls were related to Facebook posts he made about a former employee who he says stole some tools from his business.“Business started dropping off like crazy and then I had no more clients to go to,” said Bartlett, who goes by Donnie.Bartlett said it was finally suggested to him that he do a check online.“And that was after a phone call I got from a lady who said she Googled me and wasn’t very impressed,” he said. “After I Googled it … I came up with 25 or 30 search things about a man who had the same exact name as myself.”What Bartlett found were several stories following a public warning issued by police in Halifax about a 49-year-old man with the same name who had recently been released after serving a prison sentence for crimes involving child pornography.The Aug. 9 police warning said Donald Duane Bartlett was a high-risk sex offender who would be living in the Halifax area.Police also released a photo of the Bartlett in question and said he had served time for distribution of child pornography, printing-publishing child pornography, possession of child pornography and counselling another person to commit an indictable offence that was not committed.“Bartlett has a criminal record that includes convictions for sexual offences against children and has been assessed as a high risk to re-offend in a sexual manner,” the advisory said.Donnie Bartlett, who is 54, says he was forced to go public with his story on Facebook and he has been doing media interviews to set the record straight.“I just thought maybe I would use Facebook as a tool and see if I could get something done,” he said. “It kind of went a little viral for around here, I mean I got a thousand shares.”Const. John McLeod, a spokesman for Halifax Regional Police, said they have not talked with Donnie Bartlett in Truro.“But, from my understanding the person we’ve sent out the alert about lives here in Halifax and doesn’t live in Truro,” said McLeod.He said police try to be as specific as they can when they send out such information.“It is unfortunate,” McLeod said. “Usually the inclusion of a middle name will differentiate that from most people, as well as most importantly the photograph, which is very specific to the one person as opposed to anybody else.”He said people can ask for a criminal records check from their local police to bolster their own credibility if someone questions who they are.Bartlett said posting his story has gradually gained him support from people in his community and from across the province.Now he just has to start getting his business back on its feet.He said his small business builds garages and sheds and does “all kinds of renovations” including windows, doors and fencing.“I had four employees and I had to let them go,” he said. “I’m hoping to get them back.”– By Keith Doucette in Halifaxlast_img read more

Stars To Help Kick Off Fifth Annual Hillsides Foster Soles

first_imgCelebrities such as Elton John, Carson Daly, and the members of the rock band No Doubt will kick off the Fifth Annual Hillsides Foster Soles, an online auction of celebrity autographed shoes, accessories, and other personal items along with their signed headshots.Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Loveline,” along with his wife, Susan Pinsky, will serve as co-chairs. A party to launch the auction will be held at Bar Celona restaurant in Pasadena on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.The online auction runs from May 22nd through June 1st to coincide with Foster Care Awareness Month, which raises awareness of national foster care issues and the plight of children and youth in the system. Hillsides, a Los Angeles children’s charity, based in Pasadena, is asking celebrities to donate autographed shoes, accessories, and other personal items along with their signed headshot. This year Hillsides is celebrating its centennial, so they are expecting participation to be greater than ever.Other celebrities who have participated include Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, Faith Hill, James Franco, Zac Efron, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Tim McGraw, Ellen Pompeo, John Stamos, Denzel Washington, Seth Green, Mario Lopez, Sugar Ray Leonard, Adrian Grenier, Nancy Grace, Wendy Williams, Gabriel Iglesias, Jane Kaczmarek, Billy Bob Thornton, Tim Allen, Jimmy Kimmel, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Larry King, Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan, Dave Koz, Charles Barkley, Robert Horry, Billy Zane, Mike Epps, Marlee Matlin, cast from Burn Notice, Chelsea Handler, Markie Post, Mark Harmon, Pam Dawber, Kate Linder, Edie Falco, Rona Barrett, Kim Coates, Kaitlin Olson, Devon Werkheiser, Samantha Harris, cast from The Bold & The Beautiful and many more.Guests who bid on May 22nd will get a chance to view celebrity shoes, purses, belts and other accessories as well as set visits and signed scripts until the auction’s closing date on June 1st. Bar Celona, located in the historic Colorado Boulevard retail district of Old Pasadena, is the creation of local entrepreneurs Jack Huang and Karen Tanji, who is on the board of directors of the foster care charity. Set on a stage of rich crimson red and hues of mellow mustard, Bar Celona invokes the traditions of the traditional tapas bars of Spain, with handcrafted murals of ‘the running of the bulls,’ wine offerings geared toward those of the Spanish vineyards, house-made sangrias, and the popular small plates that trigger a smiling sigh.Bar Celona, celebrities, and bidders of Hillsides “Foster Soles” can be assured that putting their best foot forward ensures that Hillsides can create lasting change in the lives of at-risk children, youth, and families.To learn more about the Foster Soles Celebrity Charity Auction or Hillsides, click here.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

Dakota Fanning Lights Empire State Building With Save The Children

first_imgSave the Children Artist Ambassador Dakota Fanning lit the world-famous Empire State Building red on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in a special ceremony celebrating International Day of the Girl.Dakota Fanning Lights The Empire State Building For Save the ChildrenMarked globally by the United Nations, International Day of the Girl is a designated day for communities and policymakers to discuss how to end discrimination against girls and create opportunities for girls to reach their full potential. By lighting the Empire State Building red, Save the Children is raising awareness of these issues and illuminating the need to educate and empower girls around the world.Fanning was joined by Carolyn Miles, Save the Children’s president & CEO, a group of girls from the New York Tri-State area, who are Save the Children child sponsors, and a sponsored girl from South Carolina. The Empire State Building will light up today at sunset to recognize girls and the unique challenges they face globally.“Worldwide, girls are far more likely to miss out on school, marry too early and grow up too fast,” said Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children. “People often talk about women’s empowerment, but that begins with girls. Together, we need to do more to ensure every last girl has a childhood, and a better and brighter future. That’s why today, on International Day of the Girl, Save the Children is shining a light on girls.”Throughout the world, girls are frequently marginalized in their families, communities and societies. By lighting the Empire State Building red, Save the Children aims to raise awareness of these issues and illuminate the need to educate and empower girls around the world.“Every girl deserves to follow her dreams no matter where she comes from or what her circumstances are,” said Fanning, known for roles in notable films such as “I Am Sam,” “The Runaways,” “The Twilight Saga” and the upcoming “American Pastoral.” “The first step in doing that is bringing attention to the barriers girls face globally. The second step is empowering young girls to reach their full potential. This is why I am here today, honoring International Day of the Girl and lighting up the Empire State Building with Save the Children.”Save the Children believes that reaching girls is a critical component of ending early marriage, preventable maternal and child deaths and ensuring our collective future. The Save the Children sponsorship program, in particular, helps provide girls and boys with the necessities for a healthy and successful start to their life – nutrition, early childhood and adolescent development, education and school health. To join Fanning as a child sponsor and learn more, click here.last_img read more

Exclusion from draft NRC wont affect voting rights for LS polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Allaying the fears of over 40 lakh persons whose names were not included in the draft Assam NRC, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that exclusion will not affect their voting rights in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls provided their names feature in the electoral rolls.The top court asked the ECI to clarify what action it will take if a person’s name is not included in the final Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) to be published on July 31, but it features in the electoral rolls. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khana asked the ECI to provide it with the data by March 28 about the addition and deletion of names from voters’ list as revised in January for 2017, 2018 and 2019. At the outset, the bench asked the ECI secretary, who had been summoned by the court, what will be the status of the persons whose names do not feature in the draft NRC but feature in the electoral rolls. On March 8, the apex court had asked the poll panel secretary to appear before it for Tuesday’s hearing in connection with a PIL alleging that several categories of persons in Assam have been deprived of voting rights ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The secretary replied that exclusion will not have any bearing on the voting rights of such individuals. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the ECI, said it had already been stated this in 2014. He pointed out that the court should not entertain this petition filed by Gopal Seth and Susanta Sen, residents of Assam, as contrary to their claims, their names were never deleted from the electoral rolls in the past three years. The bench said it would further hear the matter on March 28. The apex court had sought personal appearance of the ECI secretary as, despite a notice being issued on February 1, no one had appeared to represent the poll panel. The PIL alleged that a category of persons whose names were deleted from the voter list included some whose names appeared in the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018. The petition claimed these people had voted in the last Lok Sabha election. The plea also submitted that there was a second category of people whose names were not included in the complete draft NRC, but they subsequently filed claims for inclusion of their names in it. They had voted in the previous Lok Sabha elections and were waiting for the inclusion of their names in the voters’ list. The third category of people included those who have been declared as foreigners by the foreigners’ tribunal as well as the Guwahati High Court. The court’s order was stayed by the apex court. The fourth category of people comprised those who had already been declared foreigners by the foreigners’ tribunal and such declarations were set aside by the apex court.last_img read more

Rabat to Host AU Peace and Security Council Seminar

Rabat – Rabat will convene the members of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) on May 9 and 10 for a seminar on “Improving the working methods of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union.”Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mohammed V University of Rabat are organizing the two-day event to reaffirm Morocco’s determination to tailor the PSC’s work to counteract the many challenges and threats facing the continent in peace, security, and conflict prevention, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Elected to AU’s Peace and Security Council in January, Morocco promised to give special attention to terrorism prevention, fighting violent extremism, and post-conflict reconstruction. The seminar will include four roundtables and a closing session and aims to tackle the challenges hindering the continent’s development as well as discussing measures to curb those issues. The seminar will also cover measures to improve the efficacy and efficiency of the council, to strengthen the role of the PSC mediation and conflict prevention.Since April, Morocco has held a seat in the PSC for a two-year term. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at that time noted that Morocco’s strategy will also prioritize socio-economic development and South-South cooperation, which constitute bedrock principles of the union, as well as a “condition sine qua non for peace, stability and prosperity in Africa.”As a member of the PSC, Morocco also aims to fight human trafficking and to ensure food and environmental security on the continent. read more

Iranian President wants ties with Lanka enhanced

For his part, Rohana Jeet, who submitted his credentials to President Rouhani, said that Sri Lanka is determined to deepen its close and friendly relations with Iran at the bilateral and international levels. The envoy further said that Iran plays a leading role in the region as well as the world, adding that his country welcomes the conclusion of nuclear talks between and world powers and that Colombo is seeking to develop its ties with Tehran in various fields.Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, US, Britain, France, and Germany) on July 14 reached a conclusion on a lasting nuclear agreement that would terminate all sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear energy program after coming into force. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for enhanced relations between Iran and Sri Lanka following a final nuclear agreement reached between Tehran and six world powers and the ensuing lifting of anti-Iran sanctions, the Tasnim news agency reported.Speaking at a Sunday meeting in Tehran with Sri Lanka’s new ambassador to Iran, Rohana Jeet, President Rouhani stressed that Tehran and Colombo should boost their bilateral ties with the improved conditions that would be available after the nuclear agreement takes effect and the sanctions are lifted. He further described the existing relations between Iran and Sri Lanka as good, underscoring that the two countries should make all-out efforts to improve ties based on the existing potentials. read more

Annan appalled by brutal murder of Red Cross worker in southern Afghanistan

A statement issued by a UN spokesman in New York said Mr. Annan was appalled to learn of the brutal killing yesterday of Richard Munguía, a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in the southern Afghanistan province of Uruzgan.”Mr. Munguía, a 39-year old water and shelter engineer, was shot by unidentified assailants while en route to the town of Tirin Kot, near Kandahar, where he was assigned to improve the water supply,” statement said.”The Secretary-General finds it reprehensible that humanitarian workers committed to help people in need are targeted,” the statement said, adding that Mr. Annan expects the authorities to make every effort to find and detain those responsible for this criminal act.”The Secretary-General wishes to extend his deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Munguía and to his colleagues at the ICRC,” the statement said. read more

Annan calls on Security Council to set up compliance regime against child

The report from Secretary-General Kofi Annan notes improvements in protecting children from war recruitment and abuse as important organizations have adopted many of the standards advocated and the estimated number of child soldiers has declined in the past 18 months to 300,000 from 380,000.An international compliance regime would list all offending parties, whether from the government or rebel side, in all situations of concern, whether or not those situations are on the agenda of the Security Council, the report says.The major violations would be recruiting children as soldiers, abducting, maiming, or killing them, subjecting them to rape and other sexual violence and attacking schools and hospitals.The situation for children has notably improved in Afghanistan, Angola, the Balkans, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Timor Leste, it says. On the other hand, it names 54 offending parties and says situations of concern remain in Burundi, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Uganda.For widespread and unacceptable patterns of violation, the Security Council should take such measures as imposing travel restrictions on leaders, excluding them from future governance structures or amnesties, arms embargoes and military assistance bans and restrictions on the flow of financial resources, the report says.Other “destinations for action” would be the General Assembly, the Commission on Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, regional organizations and, as the first line of response, the national governments within whose borders the children are endangered, it says. read more

Video of this weeks Town Halls now online

Video of this week’s two Town Halls is now available online for faculty and staff.Held Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20, the sessions were the latest in a series of Town Halls held on campus to discuss the future of the University.Senior administration spent time during each event discussing Brock’s new Strategic Plan, as well as implications faced by the University as a result of the Government of Ontario’s Jan. 17 announcement.Video of Tuesday’s Town Hall can be found by going to this link, while Wednesday’s Town Hall can be viewed at this link. Both require viewers to log in with their Brock employee username and password.The slideshow used in the Town Hall presentations is available on SharePoint by logging in with a Brock employee username and password.The Town Halls come in the midst of the University’s annual budget process, which continues Friday, when the budget will be presented to Senate’s Planning, Priorities and Budget Advisory Committee. The committee will have an opportunity to submit questions regarding the document to be answered by Friday, March 29. At that point, the committee will be asked to pass a motion for Senate’s consideration at an April 10 meeting that “the budget is consistent with the academic policy of the University.” read more

Gangs and sexual exploitation pushing more teenagers into care warns Childrens Commissioner

Responding to the figures, Ms Longfield said: “There are an increasing number of teenage children in the care system and too many of them are ‘pin-balling’ around the system, changing home and family, school and social worker.“Often they have the most complex and expensive needs. In one local authority, 20% of the entire children’s services budget is being spent on just ten children. This is completely unsustainable.“It is clear that we have a care system which is playing catch up. The new norm is shifting so that fewer babies and very young children are being taken off parents who cannot cope. Instead it is teenagers who are being taken into care because they are experiencing issues such as criminal or sexual exploitation, going missing from home, and parents being unable to protect them.”She added: “The result is a care system that is struggling to cope and which in turn is not providing the stability that many highly vulnerable children need. We should be alarmed that one in ten children in care moved home four or more times in three years. These children are being denied the chance to put down roots, to feel part of a family and to settle at school. It is not surprising that they are often the ones most at risk of exploitation.“All children in care have a right to expect that the state does all it can to improve their chances of growing up in stable and loving environments.” The Stability Index was launched in 2017 and is an annual measure of the stability of the lives of children in England and Wales. It records data on the number of times children in care move home placement, school or social worker. For the first time this year, it has recorded figures for each council.The data reveals that older children are six times more likely than children under 13 to be living in residential or secure children’s homes, and nearly half are living in privately-run accommodation.It also found that there was a large increase in the number of over 16s entering care during the year. This number grew by 25% between 2013/14 and 2017/18 – much higher than for any other age group. As a result, nearly 1 in 4 children in care (23%) is now over 16. A further 2 in 5 (39%) are aged 10-15.These changes have transformed the children’s care model from one based on very young children living in foster homes, to one where more and more older children are entering care and needing more specialist homes. The Children’s Commissioner said that these are teenagers who are significantly more likely to have the following issues flagged up by social workers: child sexual exploitation (6 times more likely), going missing from home (7 times more likely), gangs (5 times more likely), trafficking (12 times more likely) and child drug misuse (4 times more likely). Gang violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking are forcing a rising number of teenagers into care, the Children’s Commissioner has warned.   Credit:Katie Collins /PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Gang violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking are forcing a rising number of teenagers into care, the Children’s Commissioner has warned. The “explosion” in the number of older children entering the care system over the last five years has sparked concern that the stability of the care system is under threat.The latest government data reveals how the profile and needs of children in care has changed over, driven by a growing share of older children and teenage care entrants who have more complex needs and potentially more expensive living arrangements. The Children’s Commissioner’s annual Stability Index shows how the number of teenagers (aged 13 or over) in care rose by 21% between 2012/13 and 2017/18, while the number of number of 0-5 year olds fell by 15%. Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England is today warning that councils and the Government “have yet to catch up with this new normal” of an increasing number of teenagers “pin-balling around the system” – which she claims is “unsustainable”.She warned that services are struggling to cope with rising numbers of teenagers being taken into care because they are experiencing issues such as criminal or sexual exploitation, going missing from home, and parents being unable to protect them.There were 16,620 children aged 0-5 in care in 2012 however this dropped to 14,090 children in 2019. In contrast there were 37,730 children aged 10 and above in care in 2012 – a figure which rose to 47,040 in 2018. For those aged 16 and above, 13,580 were in care in 2012, and by 2018, this figure increased to 17,330. Gang violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking are forcing a rising number of teenagers into care, the Children’s Commissioner has warned.    read more

8 of the best quotes on the opening day of the 2013

first_img8. Colm O’Rourke – ‘Gary Sweeney is like little boy lost in the Galway back line’Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan7. Joe Brolly – ‘Galway are not serious about their football. All flash and no substance.’6. Colm O’Rourke – ‘Get off the stage Joe. Get off the soapbox’5. Pat Spillane – ‘Jamie Clarke is the Messi of Ulster football’Pic: INPHO/Ryan Byrne4. Joe Brolly – ‘Their manager (Paul Grimley) is cluelessPic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy3. Pat Spillane – ‘The real top teams would have gone on there to score 10 goals and 100 points’2. Colm O’Rourke – ‘Joe (Brolly) is like a cross between Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa’1. Joe Brolly – ‘You both picked Galway. Sweet mother of all the Brolly’s’And have some pity for Michael Lyster who was trying to referee for the afternoon…Your ‘Andy Moran Back In Action From Injury’ Pics Of The Day11 reasons we’re glad The Sunday Game is backlast_img read more

Transport Minister defends bus route privatisation plan

first_imgTHE NEW MINISTER for Transport says that privatising bus routes will give a better service to customers.Paschal Donohoe has sent a letter to the heads of the National Bus and Rail Union, who have been vociferous in their opposition to privatisation.In the letter, the Minister says that it was his belief that the National Transport Authority will put around 10% of the routes out to tender.However, he says that Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus are not being privatised and “will not be over the lifetime of this government”.He said that the purpose of the tendering was “to secure a better service for bus users at the same cost”. For a larger version, click hereFor a larger version, click hereHe says that the 10% marks very little threat to the existing networks and can “improve efficiency. He adds that the staff of either company would be protected should they “not be successful in the competitive process”.The NBRU’s Dermot O’Leary says that the union met the NTA on Wednesday and outlined their stance on staffing issues.“Whilst we have agreed to attend at further engagements we would earnestly hope that the NTA would reflect on its position and realise that the pursuance of this policy will result in a bad deal for workers, commuters and the exchequer, maintaining a position of attacking our members jobs will inevitably lead to industrial conflict.”Read: Protests called off as bus routes privatisation row heads to the LRCRead: Network Noel reads mean tweets about himselflast_img read more

Google Offering Flight InFlight Holiday WiFi

Hey America,it’s time for Google’s annual Holiday present. Thesoftware giant is once again getting into the spirit of the season by offeringfree Wi-Fi to holiday travelers. The company is teaming up with Virgin America,Delta, and AirTrain, offering free Wi-Fi on all domestic flights from those airlinesbetween November 20th and January 2nd (so no free Wi-Fifor our ces trips. Boo).The promotion is officially being sponsored by the Chrometeam, though using the browser isn’t necessary to take advantage of the service–whichis good news for travelers, seeing as how the company’s market share in thespace is still well behind Microsoft and Mozilla.AdChoices广告 The free Wi-Fi willreach roughly 15 million air travelers. Last year’s sponsorship had a largerwindow–from Nobember 10th to January 15th. Google hasalso opted not to continue last year’s offering of in-airport free Wi-Fi. read more

SpaceX Dragon spacecraft heading to the ISS on November 30

first_imgThe scaling back of NASA‘s operations into space has left the door open for the private sector to take a more active role in future missions. One such private company taking full advantage of that is SpaceX, and it has just received approval for a mission to the International Space Station later this year.NASA has given SpaceX a launch date of November 30 which will see the Dragon spacecraft used to transport cargo to the ISS. The mission will combine two sperate missions SpaceX had planned called COTS Demo 2 and COTS Demo 3, with a dock at the ISS happening 9 days after launch.The mission will use the Falcon 9 two-stage liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene-powered rocket in what will be its third flight. SpaceX intends to take full advantage of the launch by adding extra payload to the Falcon 9’s second stage, which is carried out after the Dragon capsule has separated. More testing after all, means more data and quicker developments for future missions.If successful, SpaceX will be the first private company to dock with the ISS. It will also fill an essential role for NASA in providing a transport service to the ISS as part of the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program.The Dragon space capsule can carry up to seven astronauts and sits on top of the Falcon 9 rocket. Once released outside of Earth’s atmosphere it has a hinged nose that opens to reveal a Common Berthing Mechanism used for ISS docking. If everything goes to plan that mechanism will be connecting to the ISS sometime early in December.Read more at SpaceXlast_img read more