first_imgThe U.S. Senate last night confirmed France Córdova to be director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). An astrophysicist and former university president, the 66-year-old Córdova succeeds Subra Suresh, who stepped down 1 year ago to become president of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Cordova was nominated last summer by President Barack Obama for a 6-year term. In the interim, Cora Marrett has served as acting director of the $7 billion agency. Marrett will now return to her Senate-confirmed position as deputy NSF director.You can read ScienceInsider’s coverage of Córdova’s nomination here. We also wrote about the Senate’s slow confirmation process and conducted an interview with Córdova on her decision to accept the nomination.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “I feel like I knocked some rust off, which was great this week,” Woods said. “Figured a few things out as the week was going along. I just felt like I got better each and every day. My rounds got cleaner, and that’s what I want to have happen. I’ll be ready in a couple weeks.”His performance at a tournament he has won seven times was about the same as last year, when he shot 72 in the final round on a much tougher South course and tied for 23rd, never a threat to the win the tournament but picking up spots on the leaderboard.The difference was his outlook the rest of the year.He was just returning to the PGA Tour from his fourth back surgery last year, and Woods says he wasn’t sure how his back was going to hold up the early part of the year until he made it to Florida without any physical issues.While he conceded to some tournament rust — this was only his second event since he won the Tour Championship on Sept. 23 — Woods says there is far less uncertainty about what he expects out of his game.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Patriots, Rams arrive in Atlanta, get ready for Super Bowl week “Got to have these little goals when I’m not in contention to win a tournament,” Woods said. “Still something positive to end the week on.”Another tiny victory: It was the first time since 2008 that Woods broke par all four rounds at Torrey Pines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWoods closed with a 5-under 67 and tied for 20th.It was never going to be enough to catch Justin Rose, though Woods believes he got enough out of the week to feel reasonably well about the start of his year. “Finishing the year the way I did, hitting it like I did was great because I finally built it to a place where I can take a little time off and I know what I’ll have when I come back,” Woods said. “I don’t have to go looking, searching for something. So that helps a lot.”Woods was stuck in neutral for much of the day after starting on No. 10. And then he made a pair of 12-foot birdie putts early on the front nine, saved par with a 10-foot putt on No. 4 and hit it tight on No. 5 for another birdie. After a three-putt par on the par-5 sixth, Woods closed with two birdies for his 67, his best score on the South course at Torrey since a 66 on Saturday in 2008, when he won this PGA Tour event by eight shots.The biggest question about Woods was the color of his Sunday shirt, which up close was red-and-white stripes, but with enough tiny streaks in the red that from a distance it appeared to be pink.So, was it pink or red?“Yeah,” Woods said with a smile.He now heads home to Florida for two weeks before returning at Riviera for the Genesis Open, where last year he missed the cut.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Tiger Woods waits to hit his tee shot on the 11th hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the final round of the Farmers Insurance golf tournament Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO — With nothing to gain, Tiger Woods was happy to take whatever victory he could find at Torrey Pines.His goal Sunday in the Farmers Insurance Open, where he started the final round 13 shots behind, was to reach double digits under par. Woods birdied his last two holes for a 31 on the front nine of the South Course and finished at 10-under par.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementCristiano Ronaldo was distraught after being shown the red card. Photo Credits: ReutersCristiano Ronaldo was visibly distraught when he was sent off Wednesday night on his Champions League debut for Juventus against Valencia.Ronaldo apparently tugged the hair of Valencia defender Jeison Murillo near the 29-minute mark when he was refusing to get up from the ground.The action caught the attention of the linesman and he pointed it out to the referee who after some conversation with the players of both the teams showed a straight red card to Ronaldo.The decision took the football world and social media by storm as many have been protesting against the ref’s decision which is seemingly one of the weakest decisions ever.The match’s outcome, however, was on Juve’s side as they went on to beat Valencia 2-0.Watch this video below uploaded by YouTube channel NugoBasilaiaa to see what happened:last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 24 (PTI) The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a fresh plea seeking to relax the cap of 20-feet height of the human pyramid fixed by it for the Dahi Handi ritual during Janmashtami festival in Maharashtra.A bench comprising justices A R Dave, U U Lalit and L Nageswara Rao said that it will hear today itself a plea on the issue as the festival is to be celebrated tomorrow across the country.The fresh plea has been filed by Mumbai-based Jai Jawan Krida Mandal Govinda Pathak.The organisation says that now that the youth below 18 years of age have been barred from participating in the Dahi Handi ritual, the cap on the height of the human pyramid should be relaxed as adventure is part of every sport.If there is no adventure in a game, then there is no point in celebrating it, the Krida Mandal says.The Supreme Court had earlier refused to relax conditions put by the Bombay High Court like barring youths below 18 years of age from participating in Dahi- Handi ritual of the Janmashtami festival in Maharashtra and capping the height of the human pyramid at 20 feet.The bench had, however, suspended the operation of two directions passed by the High Court to regulate the Dahi-Handi festival.One of the directions, suspended by the apex court, relates to amending the existing law to bar children below 18 years of age from participating in dangerous performances like being part of the human pyramid of Dahi-Handi festival.advertisementThe second direction of the High Court, which was also suspended, relates to the part of the order which makes it mandatory for the organisers to apprise the authorities 15 days in advance about various aspects such as place of celebration, its timing and personal information, including the birth certificates, of participating Govindas on the ground of paucity of sufficient time. PTI SJK MNL RKS RRT DVlast_img read more

first_imgConnor McDavid is eager to shrug off personal stats, awards and achievements and put the focus on his team in Edmonton.Yet there he is on the cover of a video game or in a commercial for a bank.Auston Matthews is the face of the franchise in Toronto. But he also got razzed by his Maple Leafs teammates for doing a stylish fashion photo shoot for GQ magazine.“It was a lot of fun,” Matthews said. “Kind of something that definitely got you out of your comfort zone.”The rink for long decades has been the comfort zone for so many hockey players who put their full energy into the sport and are indoctrinated from a young age that the logo on the front of the jersey matters more than the name on the back.That team-oriented part of hockey culture remains entrenched, but the NHL is finally beginning to market its stars as the NFL and NBA have done with great success.As dynamic players like McDavid, Matthews and Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau settled in Canadian markets and star power spread to smaller cities without much hockey tradition, marketing players and not just teams is essential to growing the NHL’s fan base. For a sport that generally sees its TV ratings drawn from fans of the two teams playing — and where the Stanley Cup Final doesn’t pull in nearly as much as the Super Bowl or NBA Finals — it’s a concerted effort to build up personalities and players’ brands to become more popular.“It is a changing landscape,” said Judd Moldaver, Matthews’ agent and senior vice president of Wasserman Orr Hockey. “Hockey players are such fantastic athletes and fantastic people that I believe the hybrid of playing for the logo on the front but also being able to optimize your individual situation. I think the two can coexist.”Matthews, McDavid, Nashville’s P.K. Subban and other stars are sharing more personality than players of previous eras like Mario Lemieux and even Wayne Gretzky. No longer is it seen as selfish for Subban to host a late-night talk show or for Matthews to shoot a cellphone commercial.“Why not try? Just because the person next to me doesn’t think that they can host their own show doesn’t mean that I can’t,” Subban said. “What people have to understand is we’re at the rink three hours a day. We have a lot of time. We have days off, we have travel days and obviously there’s certain points in the schedule where you can’t do anything but hockey because of the way the schedule’s set up and the travel. But outside of hockey, a lot of times I don’t go home. I have meetings, I have different things that I’m doing. I have all these other interests.”Showcasing those interests is part of the NHL’s shift. The league this season debuted a “Skates Off” series of vignettes with a player from all 31 teams to show what they are like off the ice, including Jack Eichel being a guest DJ at a Buffalo classic rock radio station, Victor Hedman sharing his love of flying planes and Seth Jones showing his cooking talent.“It’s nice to see those personalities come out,” said Nick Foligno, a teammate of Jones’ in Columbus. “That’s how you grow the game. You look in other sports and the personalities come out, and that’s what fans are drawn to.”FILE – In this Wednesday, June 21, 2017 file photo, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers poses with the Art Ross Trophy, left, the Hart Memorial Trophy, center, and the Ted Lindsay Award after winning the honors during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Connor McDavid is the first player to shake off personal stats, awards and achievements and put the focus on his team in Edmonton. Yet there he is on the cover of a video game or in a commercial for a bank.(AP Photo/John Locher, File)NHL chief content officer and executive vice president Steve Mayer knows this. Since joining the league in late 2015 after 20 years at talent and sports giant IMG, he has helped lead the charge to put more focus on star players whose abilities and personalities could play a role in attracting younger fans who are attached to social media in the digital age.“Other leagues do this, and we really don’t do it as well — we want to get better at it,” Mayer said. “Other leagues it doesn’t really matter sometimes: You just tune in to watch the guy play. And we need to do that even more. … I want to be able to have fans even in (another) town (who) cannot wait to see Connor McDavid come to town because we have marketed him as one of our greatest players. I don’t know whether that happens enough.”The NHL, Mayer said, has no interest in abandoning the team culture of hockey. But after a 2016 Magna Global study showed the average age of NHL fans rose 16 years over a span of 16 years — essentially stagnant — experts praised the league for trying to create more buzz among millennials and Generation Z.“They recognize this, and they’re in a cultural shift, a cultural transformation within hockey,” said Stephanie Tryce, assistant professor of sports marketing at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. “Generation Z is about a lifestyle. They’re interested in things like social responsibility and they celebrate more of their identities than in the past, so that’s going to force hockey to continue to make inroads into other markets like the Hispanic/Latino market. It’s a market that you can’t ignore, but it’s also a market that historically hasn’t been in hockey. So you have to grow that.”Matthews is at the center of that. His father is from California, his mother is from Mexico and he grew up in a nontraditional American hockey market in Arizona. Moldaver works closely with Matthews’ parents to chart a course for off-ice endeavors, from commercials and endorsement deals to philanthropic efforts, all of which continue to grow for the 21-year-old.McDavid’s star began at an even earlier age, and the 2017 NHL MVP who has arguably surpassed Sidney Crosby as the greatest player in the world is finding his voice off the ice, too. When NFL Canada asked Rams and Patriots players at the Super Bowl who McDavid was, several thought maybe the prime minister or an actor. Work is ongoing to make him more recognizable outside hockey.Hockey is such a team sport that individualism has for decades been frowned upon. Adidas senior director Dan Near said it’s a delicate balance to try to sell personalities but not stray too far from the team.“I think there’s a fine line between doing it to promote yourself a little bit and being cocky, and I think we’ve got a lot of guys that do a great job of treading that line,” Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan said. “You’re starting to see guys be promoted a little more, and it’s nice because then you get to see some individual personalities come out, and in a sport where you’re so often wearing helmets and gear, people don’t get to relate to you face-to-face.”Teams have been reluctant to some of the league’s efforts sometimes until they see the final product. Mayer recalls showing owners and general managers clips of potential ideas and seeing the hesitancy for propping one player up before they understand the wide-ranging plan to give the NHL more exposure.Initiatives like “Stanley Cup Confidential” where a player from each of the league’s 16 playoff teams shoots a daily cellphone video is another baby step.“We are not here to break the culture. We’re just here to show that certain players are dynamic and have personality,” Mayer said. “Players are starting gradually to see, you know what, it’s OK. I’m not disrupting the locker room and it’s OK to show personality and have some fun and smile.”By: Stephen Wyno, AP Hockey WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgFive killed as SUV hits two motorcycles in MPHarda (MP), Jun 24 (PTI) Five persons including acouple died when a Sport Utility Vehicle hit two motorcyclesnear Dolaria in the district this afternoon.The accident took place on Betul-Temagaon road, policesaid.Sub Divisional Officer of Police S K Gehlot said thespeeding SUV hit the two motorcycles coming from the oppositedirection.Jan Mohammed (56) and Khalil Khan (60) who were ridingone motorcycle and Rakesh Uike (32), his wife Pramila (30) andbrother-in-law Devi Singh (22) who were on the othertwo-wheeler were killed in the accident, he said.The SUV driver has been arrested, said Rehatgaonpolice station in-charge Rakesh Gaur. PTI CORR ADUKRK KRK KRKSRE SRE SRElast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Rising for the fifth consecutive day, gold prices on Monday again surpassed its previous high by surging Rs 675 to Rs 39,670 per 10 gram in the national capital, according to the All India Sarafa Association, mainly due to a weaker rupee and strong global trend. Gold prices have been hitting a fresh high everyday since August 20. Silver also soared Rs 1,450 to Rs 46,550 per kg on fresh offtake by industrial units and coin makers. According to analysts, apart from persistent buying from jewellers, a weaker rupee and positive trend overseas were among the factors that aided the rally in gold prices.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Sunni Waqf Board’s counsel and senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan on Thursday told the Supreme Court that he and even his clerk are getting threats for representing the Muslim parties in the Ayodhya land dispute case. As soon the hearing began, Dhavan told the court that a week ago, he received a threatening message on Facebook warning that “they will see him outside the court”. Moreover a minister has also said that they “own” the disputed site and the Supreme Court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Some people also messaged him asking which side he was on and whether he is against the deity (Ram), Dhavan said adding that these things did not create a good atmosphere and that he is under pressure. Citing a contempt petition filed against an octogenarian for cursing him, he said that he cannot file contempt after contempt petition. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi strongly condemned the threat and said that this things should not happen. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”This should not be happening in the country. We deprecate such statements. Both sides are free to put their arguments before court without any fear,” Chief Justice Gogoi said. The court asked Dhavan whether he wants security and protection. Dhavan said that he did not need security and protection as the court assurance is enough for him. He said he had been non-partisan when it comes to arguing a case, which he did while arguing Kashi and Kamakshya cases in past. He also told the court his clerk also faces threats from other clerks and said: “Let me make it absolutely clear that I don’t argue against Hindu faith.”last_img read more

first_imgWilliam Shatner, actor and philanthropist, formally announced today that he and David DiCristofaro, lead region president of Wells Fargo in Greater Los Angeles, will host a gifting ceremony and media breakfast to distribute grants to the charities supported by the annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells Fargo.The event will begin at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, January 24th at The Six Restaurant,12650 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA.Proceeds from the Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells Fargo benefit special-needs children across the City of Los Angeles through local charities including: AHEAD With Horses, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League (PAL), The Painted Turtle and others.“Over the last 27 years, we have been able to help thousands of young Angelinos thanks to the support we receive from our generous sponsors and attendees,” commented William Shatner.Invitation-only. Media is invited to attend. Please contact for media credentials.WHO: Mr. William Shatner, CEO Hollywood Charity Horse Show 
Mr. David DiCristofaro, lead region president of Wells Fargo in Greater Los Angeles.WHAT: Gifting Ceremony & Press Event for Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells FargoWHEN: Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 at 8:00 AMWHERE: The Six Restaurant, 12650 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CACONTACT: Cherry Hepburn: 818.783.4071, cell: 818-471-7079last_img read more

first_img An opportunity to meet Leonardo DiCaprio at his Foundation’s St. Tropez Gala. Andy Modeling in Vest, a 1983 Christopher Makos photograph of his friend and frequent portrait subject, Andy Warhol. A Gilles Bensimon photograph of Audrey Hepburn, shot for French Elle in 1988, from the last fashion shoot of her lifetime, which celebrated the legendary partnership between two icons: Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy. An opportunity to attend the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s first major fundraising gala in the heart of Monte Carlo, including a meet and greet with His Serene Highness, to benefit its initiatives to support sustainable oceans worldwide.The evening also marked the Paris launch of amfAR’s new fragrance, Gala by amfAR. Available as both a women’s perfume and a men’s cologne, Gala by amfAR was conceived as a tribute to the Foundation’s Founding International Chairman, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the first celebrity to have her own line of fragrances. The Paris debut of Gala by amfAR coincides with the 30th anniversary of the launch of Dame Elizabeth’s first perfume, Passion. Proceeds from the sale of Gala by amfAR will support amfAR’s efforts to achieve one of the greatest scientific and humanitarian goals of our time – a cure for HIV.Harry Winston was the event’s Presenting Sponsor. Moët Hennessy and Renault were the event’s Signature Sponsors. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR. A photograph of David Bowie, taken in 1974 as a publicity shot for the LP Diamond Dogs, by one of the world’s most accomplished and collected photographers Terry O’Neill. The exclusive Moët & Chandon MCIII Wine Cellar, the only one of its kind in the world, featuring 23 magnum bottles of MCIII wine housed in a specially handcrafted cellar.center_img A luxurious vacation at the legendary Maldives resort of Huvafen Fushi. Supporters gathered for a dinner and auction at the Petit Palais in Paris over the weekend in support of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.Carla Bruni Parforms at amfAR EventCredit/Copyright: Kevin Tachman/amfARamfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost opened the evening by welcoming guests and thanking event sponsors Harry Winston, Moët Hennessy, and Renault for making the night possible, and also gave a special thanks to amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby and Carine Roitfeld for their continued support of amfAR. Frost then introduced the evening’s performer, world-renowned singer-songwriter and former First Lady of France, Carla Bruni.Carla Bruni gave a special performance for the exclusive guest list. The chanteuse sang Enjoy the Silence, a new song from her upcoming album French Touch, and a soulful rendition of The Rolling Stones’ Miss You.Exclusive items featured in the live auction, conducted by event producer Andy Boose, included: A Jean Pigozzi photograph of Mick Jagger and Arnold Schwarzenegger taken in 1990 at the legendary Hôtel du Cap in Antibes. A one-week trip aboard the magnificent yacht Bliss. A Paris Haute Couture Week package, including tickets to the Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Ulyana Sergeenko, Valentino and Chanel shows, as well as a Jean Paul Gaultier-designed “Moulin Rouge” haute couture dress and a four-night stay in a suite at Le Bristol Hotel.last_img read more

26 June 2007The United Nations stands to benefit from the results of a meeting on good governance bringing together elected officials, experts, business leaders and representatives of civil society groups, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told participants assembled in Vienna for the four-day conference. Addressing more than 2,000 delegates attending the Seventh Global Forum on Reinventing Government, she emphasized that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, upon taking office, “singled out ‘the good name of the United Nations’ as one of its most valuable – and most vulnerable – assets.”She recalled that Mr. Ban, “promising to lead by example,” dubbed his mission “Operation Restore Trust.” Mr. Ban, the first Secretary-General ever to make his personal financial disclosure form public, “has encouraged all of his senior managers to release theirs as well,” said Ms. Migiro, who followed suit.“I can tell you that both the Secretary-General and I eagerly await the outcomes of your discussions,” Ms. Migiro told the participants, who are expected to discuss different perspectives, exchange expertise, forge partnerships, and devise effective governance strategies.The results of the meeting “can help guide our ongoing attempts to make the United Nations the best it can be,” said the Deputy Secretary-General. “And we know that ‘Operation Restore Trust’ can certainly benefit from your combined experience and expertise.”She expressed confidence that, working together, it would be possible to “not only build trust in government and in the United Nations, but also bring people everywhere to believe in a more hopeful future for themselves and for the world.”Welcoming delegates to the Forum, the Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna, Antonio Maria Costa, said corruption is often to blame for a lack of public trust. “All too often the public is robbed of the money that it needs to build schools, roads, sanitation and healthcare,” he said.“The fight against corruption…is another way of reinventing governance,” he said. Since 1999, the Global Forum on Reinventing Government has addressed the need for improvements in governance and public administration. Previous conferences have been held in Washington D.C., Brasilia, Naples, Marrakech, Mexico City and Seoul. This year, for the first time, the Forum is being hosted by the world body as part of a UN-wide partnership led by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. read more

In a statement from his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban condemned the 11 June attack on civilian Government workers which he said was “timed and located to maximize civilian casualties.”“Targeted attacks against civilians are unacceptable and a serious breach of international humanitarian law,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said.Mr. Ban “calls upon those responsible to immediately halt such attacks, which only add further to the suffering of the Afghan people.”The attack, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility, killed at least 17 civilians, wounding some 40 more. The Secretary-General extended his sincere condolences to the families of those killed and expressed his hope for the swift recovery of those injured.The UN Security Council and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) had also condemned the attack.This latest incident follows a series of attacks against Afghan judicial officials elsewhere in the country, most notably the Taliban’s attack against the provincial court in the western province of Farah in April, in which 33 civilians were killed and 105 were wounded.At a news conference in Kabul the day of the incident, the head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš, noted that the security environment for Afghan civilians has worsened this year, with a 24 per cent rise in the number of civilians killed and injured compared to the same period in 2012.According to UNAMA figures, 3,092 civilians were killed or wounded in the Afghan conflict between 1 January and 6 June this year. read more

Photo by Al BelloNew York Jets’ Geno Smith had both good times and bad times against the New England Patriots on Thursday. The rookie quarterback threw three interceptions and was sacked four times in the Jets’ 13-10 loss to the Pats Thursday. Several Jets receivers missed passes also, adding to Smith’s tough part of the night.“Geno had his (good) moments,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “I don’t know how many balls we dropped today, but it was a bunch.”The Patriots also had a sloppy night of play and only managed just nine first downs in their win.“We have a long way to go,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said. “No one is coming to (our) rescue and save the day, so we’ve just got to fight through it.”Smith’s three interceptions came in the fourth quarter, after the Jets cut into the Patriots lead to 13-10 on Bilal Powell’s 3-yard touchdown run with 5:05 left in the third quarter. read more

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. The couple began dating in March 2017 after reportedly being introduced by Princess Eugenie. Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and their mother Sarah, Duchess of York, were greeted by Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank who was one of the Groomsmen when they arrived at the service.The Duchess of York wore a headpiece and a chic black coat concealing her frock and Princess Beatrice also looked autumnal in a deep green, long-sleeved metallic dress and black headpiece. Princess Eugenie meanwhile was savouring the last of the summer in a bright floral dress and royal blue headband.  The wedding was held in York Minister, a large Gothic church and a famous landmark which couples are required to have a “present and demonstrable” connection to in order to gain a licence to wed there from the Archbishop of Canterbury.A York Minster spokesperson said the couple fulfilled the criteria in order to obtain a licence but a rep for the singer did not confirm whether or not they have been regularly attending the church in the run up to the wedding. The wedding reception was due to be held at Castle Howard, the stately home described as one of the “great palaces of Europe”.Ellie grew up in Herefordshire but Mr Jopling’s roots are in Yorkshire. His father is the Honorable Nicholas Jopling, of Frickley Hall, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.His grandfather is Baron Jopling, the ex-Conservative MP, who served as Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire. Newly married Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling leave York Minster after their wedding Newly married Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling leave York Minster after their weddingCredit:James Hardisty/PA From the spectacle in York this afternoon, you would be forgiven for thinking another royal wedding was afoot. But the nuptials which drew throngs of royals and A-Listers alike on Saturday were actually those of Ellie Goulding and her art-dealer fiance, Caspar Jopling.The bride arrived at the cathedral in an electric blue Volkswagen camper van wearing a high neck Chloé wedding gown adorned with pearl beading and a train which was designed by Natacha Ramsay-Lévi. She wore her hair in a relaxed upstyle underneath a long veil. The bride responded to cheers from the crowd with a regal wave upon her arrival. Her bridesmaids who wore offwhite dresses and relaxed ponytails rearranged Ellie’s train before she went inside for the ceremony. Also on the guest list were singer James Blunt, comic Jimmy Carr, actress Sienna Miller and artist Tracey Emin. They were joined by Katy Perry who arrived in a duck egg blue coat alongside fiance Orlando Bloom.Following the ceremony, the newly-married couple shared a kiss outside the cathedral delighting onlookers.  read more

first_imgPoor, poor Justin Bieber. He created some music, and all he wanted to do was share it with the world. The teenage Canadian pop star attempted to upload his new song “Pray” to his YouTube account, only to be blocked by the service’s copyright protection software. The Google-owned video sharing site informed him that the content was the property of Universal Music Group–his label.Bieber was pissed, so naturally he took to Twitter to air his aggressions, writing, “yo youtube…how u gonna block my own song?!?!?!” Oh snap, son.AdChoices广告Scorned, the Biebz turned to the arms of another, “dear youtube…we started this journey and now u r cheatin on me with this vevo chica…i see how it is…i will be over here with facebook,” he followed up in another tweet.YouTube tweeted back, stating, “sorry about the upload pain around ‘Pray’. That’s between you and your label but we love you [both] so let’s figure this out!” Alas, Bieber would not stick around to find out if the site would make good on its promise. He did indeed upload the video to YouTube. Again, on Twitter, “no one keeps my music from my fans. nobody.”Larry and Sergey, consider yourselves warned.last_img read more

first_imgThe Pesticide Policy Coalition, made up of farm groups and industry stakeholders, met this week and agreed upon policy priorities for the year ahead. With the 2014 farm bill finally signed, attention can turn to other legislative and regulatory work.EPA has opened comment periods on both spray drift and worker protection proposed rules. The PPC will comment on both rules, as will the American Soybean Association (ASA). NPDES permitting, Endangered Species Act, and pollinator issues are also key issues for the PPC’s work.  The PPC also intends to launch a “members-only” website in the near future.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, July 19, 2019:Animal Control Officer rescued an injured goose from Ballardvale Street and brought to Tufts Veterinary Hospital (8:59am).A caller reported the entrance to Gentle Giant is closed for paving and tractor trailers are parking along Burlington Avenue and Route 62 bridge. Police responded and advised pavers and truck drivers. (12:05pm)Gonzalo Gomez Jurado (27, North Andover) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License and Speeding In Violation Of Special Regulation.  Jurado was pulled over on Route 125. (9:00pm)Juan Jurado (22, North Andover) was arrested on a warrant. Jurado was pulled over on Route 125 for a defective equipment violation. (9:34pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 8: Don’t Pee On My Lawn, Please; Driver Issued SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issue 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

first_imgAmaravati: Finance minister B Rajendranath Reddy announced the Government of Andhra Pradesh has outstanding liabilities of Rs 2,61,302 crore by the end of May 30, 2019 out of which the public debt was Rs 1,97,782 crore. He said Rs 63,520 crore was on public account, which includes un-apportioned public account of Rs 17,031 crore. He made this statement in the Legislative Council on Friday during the question hour during presentation of first budget by the state government. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Minister responded to the question asked by MLC Janga Krishna Murthy, Vennapusa Gopal Reddy and D Chinna Govinda Reddy. The members wanted to know the total amount of debt left with the state at the time of bifurcation, the total amount of loan obtained by the state government from June 2014 to May 2019. Rajendranath Reddy said as on date of bifurcation i.e. June 2, 2014 residuary state of Andhra Pradesh was allocated outstanding liabilities amounting to Rs 1,30,654 crore i.e. Rs.97,123 crore of public debt and Rs 33,530 crore on public account, which includes un-apportioned public account of Rs 33,477 crore. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He informed the House that Rs 1,00,658 crore was borrowed by the state government (public debt) during the period from June 2014 to May 2019. He further said the state government has liability of another Rs 1 lakh crore as it has dues to Civil supplies Corporation, the APSRTC, scholarship pending to the students and other expenses. However, former finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, countering the statement of Rajendranath Reddy, asked how the government would consider the outstanding liabilities and debts in the same manner. He said expenses incurred by the government for various corporations and welfare activities should not be treated as liabilities. Advertise With Us Responding to it, the finance minister said that he had not described the liabilities as debts and clarified that two subjects were different. He said only the government will have to pay the dues to the corporations like Civil Supplies Corporation, which supplied gift packets like Sankranti Kanuka, Ramzan Tofa or pending scholarships to the students. Yanamala said the Central government had to allocate grants to the state as part of the AP Reorganisation Act. Other MLCs also expressed similar opinion and felt that the Central government has to allocate grants and funds to the state for developmental works.last_img read more

first_imgThe Audi logo is pictured during the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles.ReutersThe automobile market in India is witnessing a fall in the number of cars being sold and the most affected of all is the luxury carmaker Audi. The German auto company has put its further investments in the country on hold due to the fluctuations in the market.Rahil Ansari, head of Audi India told Economic Times that the investments in the country are not confirmed at the moment as any decision would be taken on the basis of how the market develops, during the inauguration of a sales outlet in Gurgaon. He also mentioned that last year the company sold 6,463 units which don’t justify the idea of making commitments of investing in the country in the future, said Ansari.The company, however, decided upon taking a sustainable path that can bring back the overall volume of sales to 10,000 units, provided the taxes and customer satisfaction see a substantial improvement.  Representational ImageINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe slow pace of the local market may affect Audi’s annual sales to see a dip in 2019. The recent inauguration of a sales outlet would help boost the demand for the luxury car among the Indian public.To recover from this, the company will launch 10 vehicles and special edition vehicles that will contribute to more sales. During the event, Ansari admitted that he doesn’t see a very positive progress for at least one year. But the company is hoping on redeeming its losses in the second half of 2019.The idea for a proposed recovery plan is to launch more petrol, hybrid and fully electric cars as the introduction of 2020 BS-VI norms will make diesel cars costlier as the taxes levied in the norm cannot be adhered to by the manufacturer. This means the consumer would end up paying lot more than the actual price which can decline the sales of the luxury brand. Audi PB18 e-tron conceptHowever, to give their best shot in fighting BS-VI, Audi has decided to launch the A6 and A8 sedans in the second half of this year, alongside its fully electric e-Tron which is a plan yet to work out.last_img read more

first_imgKOLKATA: Some BJP supporters clashed with civic volunteers and later chased them away after police refused them to hold a public meeting at their preferred venue. The police on Wednesday did not allow the BJP supporters to hold a meeting at the site and suggested an alternative spot. However, they refused to move and told police they would hold the programme at the announced site. On Thursday morning, the police deployed civic volunteers at the venue to stop the BJP supporters from entering. They clashed with the civic volunteers and later chased them away and took possession of the land. When Mukul Roy had come he was taken to a make shift dais from where he addressed the gathering. The local BJP leaders said the police cancelled on the venue at the eleventh hour when it was impossible for the party to shift to an alternative venue. They alleged that police did not give allotment of an alternative site in writing and apprehended they could have stopped the supporters from entering the venue and holding the meeting.last_img read more