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Golf: Rory McIlroy fit for U.S. Open after recovering from rib injuryGolf: Rory McIlroy fit for U.S. Open after recovering from rib injury

first_imgWorld number two Rory McIlroy has recovered from a rib injury that has kept him out of action since the middle of May and has declared himself fit to compete at this month’s U.S. Open, the 28-year-old has said.The four-times major winner has been regaining fitness at the Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal and will return to action at the year’s second major in Erin Hills, Wisconsin when the tournament begins on June 15.”I am ready for Erin Hills and looking forward to playing there for the first time,” McIlroy told The Guardian newspaper.”The last few weeks have obviously been frustrating…but it was important I got back to a level of fitness where I felt like I could give myself the best possible chance at the U.S. Open.”As I have said many times before, majors will ultimately determine my golf career but I have had the rest of this busy season to consider as well.”McIlroy sustained the injury earlier this year and suffered a recurrence during the Players Championship, where he finished tied for 35th. He subsequently withdrew from the European Tour’s PGA Championship and the Memorial tournament on the PGA Tour.The Northern Irishman won the 2011 U.S. Open at Bethesda, Maryland by eight strokes and will be seeking his second title in the event.last_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: August 04, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi:CWC Meeting at AICC in New Delhi (A+B)New Delhi:29th Meeting of the Goods and Services Tax Council (GST)(A+B)New Delhi: Squirrel on a tree (B)Jammu: Man shoot dead enters J-K ex-CM Farooq Abdullahs house in Jammu (B+A)New Delhi: Orientation Programme for newly elected RS members (A)New Delhi: Protest against NRC (B)Charbhuja: Suraj Gaurav Yatra commences (B)Patna: Nitish Kumar at a function (B)Jabalpur: Digvijay Singh addressing the media (B)Srinagar: Protest against the petitions filed in the SC challenging the validity of Article 35 A (B+A)Patna: Protest against Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case (B)Kolkata: TMC party observe ‘Black day’ (B)Bengaluru: Nirmala Sitharaman in Bengaluru (A+B)Kolkata: 89th birth anniversary of Kishore Kumar (B)Jabalpur: Army Mela in Jabalpur (B)Morigaon: Weather: Monsoon rainfall flood-hit zone (B)INTERNATIONALSaratoga Springs: National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (B)Francisco I. Madero: A mine collapsed in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo (A)Las Vegas: Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo speaks at a news conference (A)Bornes les Mimosas: British PM Theresa May in Bornes-les-Mimosas (B)Karachi: Students sit in small class room due to shortage of schools (B)Gaza: Protesters gather during a protest (B)New York: Cat fashion show at the Algonquin Hotel in New York (B)Singapore: ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Singapore (B)Houston: Astronauts at a NASA event (B)Karachi: Protest the results of the recently concluded general elections (B)Lakeport: Wildfire in Scotts Valley (A)advertisementSPORTSGlasgow: European Swimming Championships (B)San Jose: Classic tennis tournament in San Jose (B)Birmingham: First test cricket match between England and India (B)Nanjing: BWF World Championships in Nanjing (B)PTI PHOTO HS DLDLlast_img read more

Taiwan to hold referendum to change contingent name in OlympicsTaiwan to hold referendum to change contingent name in Olympics

first_imgTaipei, Oct 9 (IANS) Taiwanese will vote in a referendum to decide if the country’s athletes should participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and other international competitions under the name Taiwan, instead of Chinese Taipei, the Central Election Committee announced on Tuesday.The referendum, which will be held on November 24 simultaneously with local elections, was approved after it received nearly half a million signatures in support, surpassing the minimum 281,745 that were required to greenlight it, reports Efe.The petition for the name change for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was led by Chi Cheng, a track and field athlete and a bronze medal-winner in the 1968 Olympics.Owing to Beijing’s insistence on the “One China” principle, Taiwan has been forced to compete in international sporting events under the name Chinese Taipei.China had condemned the proposal of the name change as a pro-independence step, although the petitioners say they only want athletes to participate under the established name of their island.During the referendum, people will be asked if they agreed the country should participate in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and other international sporting events under the name ‘Taiwan’.The Sports Administration and the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) have said they will respect the result of the referendum, although the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had said in a letter in May that the name of the contingent was already agreed upon in 1981 and remained applicable.–IANStri/vmlast_img read more

Xiaomi I Love Mi sale sees discounts on Mi A2, Redmi 6A and more until Dec 8Xiaomi I Love Mi sale sees discounts on Mi A2, Redmi 6A and more until Dec 8

first_imgXiaomi and Amazon India have together announced a new 3-day sale called “I love Mi” on the e-commerce’s website. The sale began from December 6 and will last until December 8.Unlike the other Xiaomi deals where you see several phones on offer, this sale covers only few of Xiaomi phones. Buyers will see discounts on Redmi 6A, the Mi A2 and the Redmi Y2.Xiaomi Mi A2 at Rs 14,999: Xiaomi Mi A2 was launched in July 2018 at Rs 16,999 but you can get it for Rs 14,999 during the sale period. This is after a discount of Rs 2500 on the MRP of the phone. The Mi A2 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage will sell for Rs 16,999 in Amazon’s I love Xiaomi sale.Xiaomi Mi A2 sports a 5.99-inch display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2160 pixels. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that is non-expandable. On the optics front, the Xiaomi Mi A2 packs a 12MP primary camera and a 20MP secondary camera on the rear and a 20MP front camera. Phone is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery and runs Android One.Redmi Y2 at Rs 8,999: Redmi Y2 was launched in June 2018. Xiaomi is giving a discount of up to Rs 2000 on the MRP bringing down the price to Rs 8,999. This is the price for the Redmi Y2 with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The Redmi Y2 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs 10,999, a discount of up to Rs 2500 on the MRP.advertisementThe Redmi Y2 sports a 5.99-inch display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1440 pixels. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. The phone comes with a 12MP rear camera and a 16MP front camera. The phone is powered by a 3080mAh non removable battery.Redmi 6A at Rs 5,999: Redmi 6A was launched in September this year. The phone has received a Rs 1000 price cut on its MRP and selling at Rs 5,999 on Amazon.Redmi 6A sports a 5.45-inch display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1440 pixels. It is powered by 2GHz quad-core (4x2GHz) processor and it comes with 2GB of RAM. The phone packs 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. On the optics front, the Xiaomi Redmi 6A packs a 13MP on the rear and a 5MP front camera. The phone is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery.last_img read more

Thabo Mwaniki Commits to Oklahoma StateThabo Mwaniki Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgJust two days after picking up an offer from Oklahoma State following a visit to Stillwater, 2017 defensive back Thabo Mwaniki announced that he has committed to play for the Cowboys on twitter:Thank You God.?— Thabo Mwaniki (@thabomwaniki) July 30, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! I mentioned earlier in the week that Mwaniki had confirmed his visit to Stillwater in The Reload; even stating that an offer seemed imminent in my opinion. The offer was extended, and Mwaniki wasted no time pulling the trigger.The Denton Guyer defensive back pledges to OSU over offers from Air Force, Army, Colorado, Colorado State, UConn, Fresno State, Purdue, SMU, UTSA, North Texas,  and New Mexico. At 5-11, 180-pounds, Mwaniki is a versatile athlete who is a do-it-all on offense and defense, and has good experience playing both defensive back and safety. Expect OSU to put him to good use on defense either at safety or cornerback and with his experience at both, he’s a luxury addition with the ability to move all over the field.last_img read more

RollsRoyce Stena Line Join Forces on Intelligent AwarenessRollsRoyce Stena Line Join Forces on Intelligent Awareness

first_imgzoom UK-based power systems provider Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Swedish ferry company Stena Line AB to collaborate in the development of its first intelligent awareness system.“Intelligent awareness systems will make vessels safer, easier and more efficient to operate by providing crew with an enhanced understanding of their vessel’s surroundings,” Rolls-Royce said.The company added that this would be achieved by fusing data from a range of sensors with information from existing ship systems, such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) and radar. Data from other sources, including global databases, will also have a role, the company informed.“We have been exploring and testing how to combine sensor technologies effectively and affordably for some time. Pilot projects such as this will allow us to see how they can be best adapted to the needs of a commercial vessel and its crew and allow us to develop a product which better serves both,” Asbjørn Skaro, Rolls-Royce, Director Digital & Systems – Marine, said.“Successful pilots and product development programmes are also an important step towards the further development of remote and autonomous vessels and meeting our goal of having a remote controlled ship in commercial use by the end of the decade,” Skaro added.Rolls-Royce said it expects to be able to undertake an Approval of Concept and have its intelligent awareness product commercially available later in 2017.Earlier in March, the company received an approval for a research grant by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, supporting its aim to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality bu enabling it to invest further in a research and development centre in Turku, Finland.Rolls-Royce plans to carry out further development projects there focused on the future development of land-based control centres, and the use of artificial intelligence in future remote and autonomous shipping operations.The intelligent awareness system will benefit from Rolls-Royce’s experience in the Tekes funded project Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA), which has been running since June 2015.last_img read more

Vard Starts Building Ponants Electric Hybrid Cruise ShipVard Starts Building Ponants Electric Hybrid Cruise Ship

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Studio Ponant – Nathalie MICHEL Norwegian shipbuilder Vard has held a steel cutting ceremony marking the start of construction of a polar exploration vessel for French cruise company Ponant.The shipbuilding process for the new unit, to be named Le Commandant Charcot, was launched on November 6 at Vard Tulcea in Romania.Ponant said that the delivery of its new flagship, which will be an electric hybrid vessel powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), is scheduled for 2021.Designed for intense polar explorations, and with PC2 Polar Class certification, Le Commandant Charcot is expected to start visiting the geographic North Pole following delivery.Ponant and Vard signed a contract for the design and construction of the electric hybrid cruise icebreaker in December 2017.The Ponant icebreaker will be approximately 30,000 gross tons, about 150 meters long, 28 meters wide, and will have a cruise speed of 15 knots in open water. The vessel can accommodate 270 passengers in 135 staterooms, in addition to a crew of 180 persons.last_img read more

Communities Welcome Family DoctorsCommunities Welcome Family Doctors

first_imgThousands of Nova Scotians will soon have better access to a family doctor. Twelve new family doctors have begun, or will soon start, seeing patients in several communities, including Yarmouth, Kentville, Elmsdale, Pugwash, Springhill, Parrsboro, Annapolis Royal, Berwick and Musquodoboit Harbour. “Too many Nova Scotians have had to wait too long to see a family doctor or go to their emergency department for basic care because they had no other choice,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “Improving access to family doctors and other health care providers is an important part of our commitment to provide better care sooner.” This is welcome news for communities like Yarmouth that have experienced challenges with recruiting and retaining family doctors. “This is positive news for people in our community who do not currently have a family doctor and makes our area more attractive for families and businesses looking to relocate here,” said Yarmouth Mayor Phil Mooney. “The people of Yarmouth and surrounding areas look forward to welcoming these new physicians to our community and helping them feel at home.” The province’s recently released physician resource plan identified several ways to improve patient access to care through better planning and management. The province is working with district health authorities and other partners to increase the number of family doctors in rural areas. Some of the initiatives include expanding the Family Medicine Residency Training Program to the Annapolis Valley and more agreements that provide funding for medical education in exchange for a doctor’s commitment to work in a community in need. “Through these and other programs such as relocation allowances, debt assistance and our new emergency department coverage program, government is working to ensure Nova Scotia has the doctors it needs where it needs them,” said Mr. Wilson. “Our new collaborative emergency centres have also proven to be a valuable recruitment tool, with many doctors expressing interest in working in communities with CECs.” Dr. Alireza Shakib said the chance to be part of the All Saints Collaborative Emergency Centre was a positive opportunity. “When I was making my decision on where I would like to work, the idea of being part of the new CEC team was very attractive,” said Dr. Shakib, who recently began his family practice in Springhill. “Because the clinic is open evenings, we do work longer hours, but that means there are more appointments available for patients. Also, doctors do not have to work at night as there are paramedics and nurses providing emergency coverage.” Dr. Shakib is one of eight family doctors who recently accepted offers under the Clinician Assessment for Practice Program. The program assesses clinical skills of international medical graduate physicians to enter family practice without residency training in Canada. Two doctors will be in Yarmouth, with others in Kentville, Elmsdale, Pugwash, Springhill, Parrsboro and Musquodoboit Harbour. They will have guidance from an experienced physician mentor and are expected to begin seeing patients over the next few months. “We know it can be difficult for some areas of the province to recruit family doctors and are pleased that this program is helping to meet a growing need,” said Dr. Gus Grant, registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, which operates the program in partnership with the district health authorities, Doctors Nova Scotia and the Department of Health and Wellness. “Since we introduced it in 2005, the program has brought 57 new physicians to underserved communities in Nova Scotia.” Four other doctors recently began practicing in Annapolis Royal, Berwick, Musquodoboit Harbour and Springhill in the exchange for education program. In addition to these 12, five more family medicine residents are committed when they complete their residencies in 2013. For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner and Physician Resource Plans, visit read more

Jordans Principle gets 12B from federal budget – but certain details missingJordans Principle gets 12B from federal budget – but certain details missing

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsThe federal liberals are committing $1.2 billion towards Jordan’s Principle over the next three years.The money is included in the overall budget of $4.5 billion over five years for what the federal government is calling “advancing reconciliation,” for First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples.“I think that’s an important piece, to make sure children and families receive the supports that they deserved for so long,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.“So that’s positive but, it doesn’t include funding for children who will become eligible under S-3, or any kind of population growth.”Children registered under Indian Status are generally classified as having S-1 or S-2 status – meaning one or both parents have Indian Status. For children where neither parent is registered under S-1 or S-2 can apply for S-3status, given relevant evidence to their ancestry. This for example would include consideration of an applicant’s grandparent, relative or parent who lost status through marriage.Jordan’s Principle works with S-3 applicants – but the federal budget did not outline funding for S-3 children.“So we need to see where that goes, but at least there’s money in the budget for Jordan’s Principle,” said Blackstock.There is not money in the 2019 budget for Bill C-92 – the proposed child welfare legislation that aims to keep First Nation, Metis and Inuit families together. The bill proposes a transfer of full or partial jurisdiction to Indigenous communities over child and family welfare services.But Ottawa did put $1.4 billion into a pot for the child welfare system in the 2018 budget.Perry Bellegarde, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is eager to get the child welfare legislation, and Bill C-91, the Indigenous Languages Act passed before the house of commons rises for the summer.“I’m more concerned now that June is fast approaching, we need to get those two very important pieces of legislation royal assent,” said Bellegarde.This is also a concern for Cindy Blackstock – the missing budget outline for Bill C-92.“There’s nothing in there to develop First Nation, Metis or Inuit laws or institutions to enable Bill C-92.“So that’s still a major issue that needs to be resolved and we don’t have a lot of time to resolve it if this bill is going to be passed before the summer,” said Blackstock.Not all chiefs are in favour of passing the child welfare legislation.“The Bill does not meet our peoples and Nations standard to break the cycle and is not in the best interest of First Nation’s children,” said Chief Craig Mackinaw of the Ermineskin Cree Nation.“Canada committed to recognize the control of child welfare services to First Nations and this has not been achieved.”Bellegarde said he wants C-92 passed before the federal election in October.$220 million will be allocated specifically for the needs of Inuit Children.The government of Nunavut still needs to see how the money will be implemented.“Most of the money announced today does not come directly to the territory. The GN remains cautious, as Nunavut’s service provider, on how we will be able to successfully deliver the services and programs to benefit Nunavummiut,” said Nunavut Finance Minister George Hickes.“I am pleased to see support for an addictions treatment centre,” said Hickes. “We were expecting more around housing and telecommunications, especially given our longstanding infrastructure deficit. The lack of Nunavut-specific measures is disappointing, and remains critical in successful nation-building.”The Nishinawbe Aski Nation which represents 49 communities in northern Ontario wants to see more details.“This budget makes significant commitments to improve access to affordable housing for millennials and the middle class but is lacking in specifics for NAN First Nations. Budget 2019 promises investments to Indigenous Services Canada to improve health, education but does not provide detail on how these services will be delivered in our communities,” said Grand Chief Alvin read more

Syrias Refugee Crisis Over Four Millions Fled From Civil WarSyrias Refugee Crisis Over Four Millions Fled From Civil War

Casablanca – The ongoing civil war in Syria has forced many citizens to flee for their safety. Their flight is full of dangers, uncertainty, and fear. As Syrian refugees look for shelter and protection, it has become clear which countries support the homeless migrants and which countries have remained indifferent or limited.According to, more than four million Syrians have left their country. Not so long ago, the tragic death of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi put Europe’s refugees crisis in the spotlight. Pressured by the global response, Europe is taking more action towards housing refugees.Since Germany currently has the largest share of Syrian refugees, Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging the other EU members to take in more refugees in order to prevent chaos. Although countries like Sweden are showing similar resolve to Germany and are taking responsibility in the crisis, more help and a Europe-wide solution for hosting refugees is still needed.The list* below shows an approximate overview of the numbers of Syrian refugees or offers asylum in each country.Countries that have taken Syrian refugees:Turkey: 1.9 millionLebanon: 1.1 millionJordan: 629,000Iraq: 249,000Egypt: 132,000Countries that provide Syrian asylum requests:Germany: 98,700Sweden: 64,700France: 6,700United Kingdom: 7,000Denmark: 11,300Hungary: 18,800According to the United Nations, these countries offer asylum:5,500 in Spain14,100 in the Netherlands,18,600 in Austria,8,300 in Switzerland15,000 in Bulgaria,2,143 in Italy3,545 in GreeceNorth America:United States: 1,500 resettlementsCanada: 10,000 resettlementsOther wealthy nations:Australia: 12,000 resettlementsEqually important to note, according to Amnesty International, other high-income countries, such as Russia, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea have not offered any resettlement to the Syrians.Gulf Countries:According to the United Nations, the Gulf nations have been supporting Syrians financially, but have not taken any refugees.Saudi Arabia: 0United Arab Emirates: 0Kuwait: 0Qatar: 0Bahrain: 0The Gulf states are among the few countries of the world that haven’t participated in the 1951 United Nations treaty on refugees. Furthermore, the agreement reads that it is mainly the West’s job to provide asylum to refugees from anywhere in the world. Therefore, countries like Saudi Arabia cannot be legally forced to provide refuge. Regardless of this fact, people all around the world point their fingers at them due to the lack of humanity they have shown.*Source of numbers by CNN read more

China Seeks to Buy the Worlds Entire Donkeys SuppliesChina Seeks to Buy the Worlds Entire Donkeys Supplies

Casablanca – China seeks to import donkeys to use in the production of a traditional pharmaceutical. The sale of donkeys has grown profitable for Chinese sellers, with China’s supply of donkeys shrinking from 11 million to 6 million. The internal demand for donkeys has increased, and China is now seeking to more donkeys from around the world.A government official told the BBC that African countries have exported 80,000 donkeys this year, with almost a 200 percent increase compared to last year. The Chinese state news agency Xinhua News explained that donkey hides are used in China to produce a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) known in China as ‘Ejiao’. This medicine “is mainly taken by women who suffer from anemia, dry coughs or dizziness.”The same source continues that the Chinese annual supply of donkeys, 1.8 million, is insufficient to satisfy the Chinese market need of donkey-hide gelatin. Therefore, 40 percent of the product sold on the Chinese market is counterfeit.The counterfeit Ejiao is produced from the skin of mules, horses, pigs, and oxen but it costs around USD 30, while the donkey-hide Ejiao exceeds USD 450.This discrepancy in the cost is in part due to the fact that the fake Ejiao has unguaranteed side effects, which can cause pregnant women to miscarry, whereas the original one has proven effective for thousands of years.The Chinese news agency quotes Qin Yunfeng, a chairman at a company that manufactures high standards of Ejiao, as saying:“The government should support donkey breeders by offering subsidies to encourage more breeding.” read more

Okotoks pleased with new development and distilleryOkotoks pleased with new development and distillery

OKOTOKS (660 NEWS) – Some land in the town of Okotoks is being repurposed from the site of a town office and fire hall to a distillery-bistro.The new owners, John Hromyk and Brett Schonekess, of Banded Peak Ventures Inc., plan to call the establishment the ‘Firehall Distillery‘ in recognition of the location’s history.Michael Macintyre, Development Services Director for the town says the new development fits the criteria to a tee.“What we’re looking for was an innovative business concept, we wanted architectural and site design concepts that would blend in well with the downtown fabric.”Construction on the distillery is expected to start this year with the opening set for early 2020. read more

Judge Tribe may intervene on Dakota Access pipeline planJudge Tribe may intervene on Dakota Access pipeline plan

BISMARCK, N.D. — A judge is allowing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to intervene on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline.Administrative Law Judge Tim Dawson approved the tribe’s petition for status as an intervenor Thursday in the case before the Public Service Commission.Dawson’s order says there was no opposition to the petition.Texas-based Energy Transfer wants to double the capacity of the line to as much as 1.1 million barrels daily. The pipeline has been moving North Dakota oil through to a shipping point in Illinois since 2017.A hearing is set for Nov. 13 in Linton on the proposed expansion.Standing Rock attorney Timothy Purdon has said intervenor status would allow the tribe to cross-examine the company and call witnesses.The Associated Press read more

With South Sudan at crossroads Ban urges parties to reaffirm commitment toWith South Sudan at crossroads Ban urges parties to reaffirm commitment to

“The road ahead will be difficult,” said Mr. Ban. “I urge the signatories to honour their solemn commitment and implement the agreement without delay. Reverting to war yet again cannot be an option.”Speaking at a high-level meeting on South Sudan, held on the margins of the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly, the Secretary-General noted that it is “a pivotal moment” in the history of the world’s youngest nation. The security situation in South Sudan has deteriorated steadily over the past year and a half since political in-fighting between President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar, and their respective factions, erupted in December 2013. The hostilities subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict, resulting in reported atrocities and possible war crimes.“The conflict that broke out in December 2013 dashed the aspirations of the South Sudanese people for a brighter future. It shattered the optimism of the international community. Thousands of lives have been lost in a senseless conflict,” said Mr. Ban. “When the parties signed the peace agreement last month, they created a new window of opportunity.” Mr. Ban called on the parties to immediately cease all military operations and form the Transitional Government of National Unity to which they have agreed. The parties must also provide unfettered access to those in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, he added. “South Sudan’s leaders have a chance to correct their grave mistakes and focus on the well-being of those who entrusted them with this role – the people of South Sudan,” the UN chief stated.He noted that long-term reforms are essential for South Sudan to transcend ethnicity and rebuild a truly national identity, adding that every effort must be made to promote a more equitable distribution of power and wealth.“Horrific crimes have been committed against civilians in this war. The social fabric of South Sudan has been shattered. To mend it, the provisions in the peace agreement related to justice, accountability and reconciliation must be implemented in full,” he continued.The UN will continue to stand by the people of South Sudan, Mr. Ban pledged. “We are ready to support implementation of the agreement and will continue to protect civilians and provide humanitarian assistance.” He called on the international community to provide economic assistance to South Sudan, while adding that the parties must, in turn, demonstrate a genuine commitment to the peace agreement. “South Sudan stands at a crossroads. I call on the international community to remain engaged in every step of the implementation of the agreement. I appeal to all partners to reaffirm their unwavering commitment to accompany South Sudan along the path to peace, recovery and reconciliation.”Addressing the meeting via video teleconference, President Kiir stated that he signed the agreement fully committed to return South Sudan to peace and development.“When I decided to join the liberation struggle three decades ago, I did not expect to liberate my people in order to take them back to war amongst themselves,” he stated. “Therefore, I am determined to stop this senseless war and make sure that, together with my brothers in the armed opposition, we will build a democratic, united and harmonious country by implementing the agreement.” Mr. Kiir called on all those gathered at the meeting to prevail on the armed groups so that they respect the permanent ceasefire and assist in the successful implementation of the agreement. “Our people do not need war but certainly need peace and development. That is what we must achieve for them and that is my promise to you and to my people.” read more

DPINGO UN conference adopts global education action agenda to mobilize civil societyDPINGO UN conference adopts global education action agenda to mobilize civil society

Speaking from the podium at the 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference, Ms. Cristina Gallach, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, said “This Conference has demonstrated another example of the value for the United Nations in investing in partnership with academia and NGOs.” The Gyeongju Action Plan provides concrete guidance for NGOs around the world to enhance their ability to lobby governments to commitment to implementing the Sustainable Sustainable Development Goals and mobilize NGOs in communities on the ground. “The United Nations is committed to continue to support and partner with NGOs and academia in our joint efforts to advocate for and successfully implement the 2030 Agenda,” Ms. Gallach continued. The newly adopted Action Plan includes a series of concrete measures for NGOs around the world to jump-start implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the grass roots level. Dr. Scott Carlin, Conference Co-chair and Associate Professor of Geography at Long Island University, said “NGOs from around the world brought passion and expertise to lively final consultations on the outcome document. We are grateful for all of the inputs received and very proud of the Gyeongju Action Plan.” “We hope that Gyeongju was an inspirational setting for finalizing a truly unifyingaction plan that will be useful for NGOs, wherever they are working,” added Co-Chair Dr.Yukang Choi. For the first time in the history of the DPI/NGO Conference, youth also developed and issued a Youth Declaration. Ms. Gallach pointed out that youth had “come in great numbers, demonstrating the value that they see in partnering with the United Nations.” Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, noted “the Conference not only reinforced the critical role of NGOs to achieve a vision for the 2030 Agenda, but also stressed the urgency for greater investments in education for Global Citizenship to unlock the potential of this massive generation of children and youth.” “Unfortunately youth are still not involved enough in policy making processes around the world,” said Ms. Saphira Rameshfar, representative of the Baha’i Community and Conference youth leader. “The Youth Declaration is a necessary reminder that young people are needed as leaders and decision-makers not only in youth forums and special-purpose councils, but in those spaces where the course and direction of society as a whole are determined,” added Ms. Rameshfar. The Action Plan was drafted through a global multi-stakeholder consultation process, leading up to, and during the conference. It was adopted at the Conference’s final plenary session and will be shared widely with civil society as well as the UN Secretary-General, the UN System, Member States and learning communities. read more