Earlier this year, the Engineering Authority of Egypt’s military announced a hand-held instrument that could detect a variety of viral infections without even touching a person, and another device that clears a patient’s blood of viruses. Widespread treatment of Egyptian patients with both devices was scheduled to begin today, but military officials said on Saturday that they were delaying the rollout for another 6 months.That decision comes after months of controversy. According to government officials, the treatments will not only wipe out AIDS and hepatitis at home—Egypt has the highest prevalence of hepatitis C in the world—but will also make a fortune as foreign patients flock to the country. Whereas the Western scientific community has ridiculed the devices as pseudoscience, Egyptian academics have been largely silent. The country’s military regime has been handing down harsh criminal punishments for its critics, including journalists. But one expat Egyptian scientist, Islam Hussein, has created videos, one of which has garnered more than 100,000 views on YouTube—a large number considering they are 80-minute PowerPoint presentations in Arabic explaining the devices’ scientific problems. Like most of Egypt’s top scientific talent, Hussein, 36, left his country. After a virology Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, he settled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, in the United States, where he researches avian influenza. 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[The Egyptian Armed Forces] claim that the antenna of this device can detect an infected patient from a distance of up to 500 meters. The device doesn’t even need a battery; it is powered by the body’s static electrical energy. The antenna supposedly detects the electromagnetic waves emitted by the vibrations of the hepatitis C viral genome in a sequence-specific manner. C-FAST is one of a big series of devices that detects several viral infections: HIV, hepatitis C, influenza, MERS coronavirus, and the malaria virus. Yes, malaria [which is a parasitic cell] is now promoted to the rank of a virus.The second is called the Complete Cure Device [CCD], which looks very much like a dialysis machine. It draws blood from the patient using a pump. The infected blood passes through an expensive spiral tube—it is made of a very specialized material that its maker claims took 7 years to develop. The tube emits a mysterious radiation—it is a military secret—that kills the virus and then the blood is returned to the body.Q: What makes them implausible?A: For C-FAST, the research team has not presented any scientific evidence that electromagnetic waves emitted by viral nucleic acids are even detectable, let alone diagnostic. A discovery of this caliber deserves a Science or Nature paper. They claim that the electromagnetic signal of every virus is like a fingerprint that can be programmed onto a small chip inside the C-FAST device. By replacing a hepatitis C chip with one for influenza, a device becomes capable of detecting the flu-specific electromagnetic signal and so on.As for CCD, we don’t yet have a single scientific publication describing how this device is safe and effective. We have heard three conflicting mechanisms of action. Exposing a patient’s blood to radiation will not rid him or her of hepatitis C replicating in the liver or HIV integrated into the genomes of infected CD4+ cells. They claim to have done experiments with chimps; they even claim that thousands of people were treated during a clinical trial. Again, where is the data?Q: Are Egypt’s scientists speaking out?A: Essam Heggy, a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the former adviser of the ex-president of Egypt, issued a statement that this whole thing is a big scandal. He has been attacked by Egyptian media day and night. Apart from Heggy, very few Egyptian doctors have spoken out.Q: What motivated you to make those videos?A: I couldn’t stand by watching this happen in my home country and keep quiet about it. This “cure” will affect millions of Egyptians, from the side effects of an unregulated, potentially toxic therapeutic device to false hopes that lead infected people to not take the necessary precautions.Q: Are you worried about getting noticed by the government?A: No, I am not worried. These videos were all about science and science only. There is no reason for the current regime or anybody at the Egyptian Armed Forces to get upset with what I have said.Q: What impact do you hope to have?A: Many people have made fun of the devices. However, nobody has taken the initiative to take them seriously and explain to the public why these claims are baseless. I was also hoping that my voice will reach the people behind these inventions and persuade them to change their course of action.
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When skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit Nuwan Kulasekara for a six to win the World Cup, fans in Delhi jumped with joy.The supporters were especially elated that Delhi boys had played a stellar role throughout the tournament.The party went well past the midnight at Virender Sehwag’s home in Hauz Khas. The streets leading to the house were filled with cricket fans who danced till the wee hours of the morning.”The streets were filled with fans dancing, lighting crackers and singing the National Anthem,” said Kiran Mehta, who lives nearby.The evidence of heavy celebration could still be seen in the streets of Hauz Khas.Despite visible signs of efforts to clean the area, remains of crackers, candles and footmarks were visible. Another local said that dancing continued unabated during the Indian innings.Though the fans were dejected due to Sehwag’s dismissal at the start of his innings, they nevertheless kept up the tempo and continued to cheer for India.It’s was celebration time at LIC colony in Paschim Vihar. Virat Kohli’s neighbours are feeling special. While the family was stuck in front of the TV set watching the final on Saturday, neighbours too made special arrangements for watching the match. Kids with cricket bats were a common scene on Sunday.Virat’s elder brother, Vikas said: “I am proud of him.” Virat’s family believes that his father’s death made him a stronger person.Prem Kohli passed away in December 2006 after a brainstroke.He died during a crucial Ranji trophy tie against Karnataka.advertisementVirat was the overnight batsman for Delhi and it was his debut season.”When he learned about his father’s condition, he wanted to come back but we encouraged him to play. He played the match and scored a 90. He changed after that day. He says that he chases his father’s dream which is his own too,” said Vikas.Similar scenes were seen near Ashish Nehra’s Delhi Cantonment residence.Nehra was declared unfit for the final, but despite the disappointment, the supporters got together to support the team.”We were utterly distraught when Ashish told us about the injury. The whole area, and our friends were stunned.”But Ashish told us to cheer spiritedly for India,” said Dinkar Nehra, Ashish’s elder brother.Suresh Raina’s brother Dinesh told Mail Today in Ghaziabad: “We are bewildered and spellbound with the zest and zeal the people have shown in front of our house. When Suresh contributes, we feel proud.” Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Police spoiled the celebrations in Dehradun on Saturday night by resorting to a lathi-charge.Over 50 fans were injured.They had gathered at the Clock Tower to celebrate the team’s World Cup triumph.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) tournament committee on Tuesday revoked its earlier decision to postpone Bengal’s Group A Ranji Trophy tie against Gujarat, handing a point each to the two teams instead.The Group C game between Hyderabad and Tripura was also not rescheduled after it also got abandoned as there was no improvement in air quality on the second day of the fixture at the Karnail Singh Stadium in Delhi. The Bengal-Gujarat match was scheduled to be played here from November 5-8.However, the Group B game between Orissa and Jharkhand, which was supposed to take place in Dindigul from Wednesday, will be rescheduled, the dates of which will be announced soon, BCCI said. (Tendulkar bats for two pitches in single Ranji Trophy game)”The senior tournament committee of the BCCI met in Mumbai today and revoked the decision of rescheduling the matches between Bengal vs Gujarat and Hyderabad vs Tripura which was called off at the end of the second days play due to smog in Delhi in the month of November. Now all the four teams will get one point each,” a release from the governing body said.The decision leaves Bengal — placed sixth in the points table with 18 points from seven matches — with virtually no chance of a quarter-final berth. Three teams will make the cut.The Manoj Tiwary-led side play Madhya Pradesh at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Wednesday, the same venue where not a single ball was bowled against Gujarat due to smog and pollution. (BCCI reschedules Ranji Trophy matches in Delhi due to smog)advertisementThe Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Monday had written a letter to the BCCI requesting not to review the decision of rescheduling the match at its tournament committee meeting.Mumbai lead the group with 29 points from seven matches, five points clear of Gujarat with a match in hand.In the third place, Tamil Nadu have 23 from seven matches in the nine-team table.Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said that he will be taking up the issue of revocation of Bengal’s rescheduled Ranji Trophy encounter against Gujarat with the BCCI brass including president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke.”I am aware of the situation. I will be taking up this issue at the appropriate forum with president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke,” Ganguly said.Asked if the morale of the team will be down due to this decision as they play an important match against Madhya Pradesh, starting tomorrow, the former India captain said that he has spoken to the boys and told them to keep their chin up.”I have told the boys that they should just focus on the match and not think about anything else. Their goal should be to win the match,” the former skipper added.
Rohtak (Har), Aug 2 (PTI) As BJP chief Amit Shah began his Haryana visit, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today took peoples feedback on a range of issues concerning the state as he interacted with people during his morning walk.The chief minister said here was enthusiasm among the people in view of Shahs visit to the state.”I went out for a round in the morning and was not accompanied by any security guard. I met some people and I talked to them on developmental issues pertaining to the state. I gathered their feedback on a range of issues and about what they thought about our government,” Khattar later said here.The chief minister said he was happy to know from the public that various citizen delivery services, “which we are trying to give in a transparent manner, were reaching them without any hassle.”Khattar said he also met some young sportspersons.”I also met some young wrestlers of an Akhara, they were happy with the steps our government is taking for the promotion of sports in the state. They also gave me a few suggestions and we will try to incorporate these,” the CM said.Shah arrived here today on a three-day visit to Haryana during which he will hold a series of meetings and also review the works undertaken by the M L Khattar government in the state.With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Shah is travelling across states to strategise and find ways to strengthen the party at the grass-root level. PTI SUN DVadvertisement
In a first, Major General Vikram Dogra becomes the only serving Indian Army Officer to complete the Ironman Triathlon competition which is considered as the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.What is Triathlon competitionTriathlon competition comprises of three consecutive events:3.8 km swimming180.2 km cycling42.2 km marathonAnd all these events are to be completed in a single day and that too without a break.The competitors are required to complete all three events in sequence in a time limit of only 17 hours.Indian Army congratulates Major General Vikram DograIronman Austria was held in the Klagenfurt town. A total of 2850 athletes from 50 countries participated in the event.The official twitter handle of the Indian Army shared the news and congratulated Major on his feat.Major General Vikram Dogra of 17 Poona Horse globally became the first General to participate & successfully complete #Ironman, Austria on 1 Jul 2018 which included 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km of cycling & 42.2 km running. 2850 athletes from 50 countries participated in the event pic.twitter.com/inDWWUsCVwADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) July 3, 2018Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
New Delhi, Jul 10 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the northern region at 4.30 pm. LUCKNOW DES11 UP-GANGSTER-DGP Lucknow: A day after Munna Bajrangi was shot dead allegedly by another gangster inside a jail in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh DGP O P Singh today said there was no lapse on part of the police force in providing security to the mafia don. LUCKNOW DES14 UP-GANGSTER-ATTACKS Lucknow: The killing of gangster Munna Bajrangi in an Uttar Pradesh jail was not an isolated case, with quite a few cases being reported in the state in the last years.GURGAON DES4 HR-NURSES VIDEO Gurgaon: A man was arrested for allegedly recording a video of two nurses while they were sleeping in their paying guest accommodation in sector-5 here, the police said today. BATALA NRG13 PB-COP Batala: An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) posted at Fatehgarh Churian police station near here was suspended for “misconduct” after he touched the feet of Punjab minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa at his Qadian residence, police said today. JAIPUR NRG14 RJ-FARMERS Jaipur: Farmers in 2500 villages in Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur will hold a ‘Kisan Sabha’ (farmers’ meet) tomorrow to highlight the issues concerning them. Banihal/Jammu DES3 JK-HIGHWAY-TUNNEL Banihal/Jammu: One of the two tubes of the Jawahar Tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was closed today after it developed cracks, officials said. JAMMU NRG8 JK-AMARNATH-BATCH Jammu: The 10th batch of 5,144 pilgrims today left Jammu for the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, amid prediction of another spell of rain this week.advertisementEXPECTED STORIES Chandigarh: Nearly 18 years after he died, a freedom fighter hailing from Haryana has finally gets justice in a case in which he had found himself victimised for complaining against an excise department official way back in 1969. Chandigarh: Indian Women’s T-20 Captain Harmanpreet Kaur,who was appointed Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in March this year on the basis of her sporting credentials, may be demoted to the rank of constable after her graduation degree was found to be “fake” by Punjab Police. PTI ASHASH
Arsenal’s team bus was briefly delayed on the way to their 3-0 FA Cup third round win at Blackpool on Saturday after a home fan climbed onto its roof in protest at the Lancashire seaside club’s owners.The fan was photographed sitting on top of the coach at Arsenal’s team hotel shortly before the London side were to depart for the 1730 GMT kickoff at Bloomfield Road.Supporters of third-tier Blackpool have regularly protested against club owner Owen Oyston and many are boycotting home games with gates averaging only 4,129 at their 17,000-seater ground which hosted Premier League football in 2010-11.Lancashire Police told the BBC that the protest lasted about 40 minutes before the man was persuaded to come down and was arrested “on suspicion of an offence under the Trade Union Act”.The Arsenal team arrived in good time for kickoff and fears of more protests proved unfounded as the London club cruised to victory with teenager Joe Willock scoring twice and Alex Iwobi once.What could have been a tough assignment for Arsenal against a side who caused a scare in their League Cup clash earlier this season ended up being a comfortable outing with a sparse home crowd outsung by the Arsenal following.Onwards to round four!#EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/2SOorAv4cjArsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 5, 2019The 19-year-old Willock became the youngest Arsenal player to score in an FA Cup tie since Aaron Ramsey in 2010.His day could have been even better but a linesman’s flag ruled out a hat-trick goal.advertisement”It’s a brilliant day for me on a personal note but I’m proud of how we did as a team as well. I don’t think the scoreline reflects how well we played,” he said.”The linesman crushed my dreams with the hat-trick but that’s football and hopefully I can get another opportunity soon. Hopefully the boss keeps believing in me.”Also Read | FA Cup: Manchester United and Chelsea register wins to advance to fourth roundAlso Read | Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale sidelined with calf injuryAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup 2019: India open campaign against Thailand in Abu Dhabi
Brief Scores: 3rd ODI – Australia 230-all out in 48.4 overs vs India in Melbourne. Handscomb (58), Chahal (6/42), Bhuvneshwar (2/28). Full ScorecardYuzvendra Chahal is among the funniest characters in the Indian dressing-room but on Friday he had a serious job to do. Asked to replace Kuldeep Yadav for the series-deciding ODI against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Chahal delivered, picking up his best figures in one-day internationals.Chahal was on fire at the MCG on Friday – he struck with his first ball to remove the dangerous Shaun Marsh before snaring Usman Khawaja three balls later. He went on to pick four more wickets as Australia were bowled out for 230.This is the first time a spinner has picked 6 wickets in an ODI in Australia. Chahal did what the likes of Abdul Qadir, Shane Warne, and Saqlain Mushtaq could no do. Chahal bettered the record for best bowling figures by a spinner, a record held by India coach Ravi Shastri.This was Chahal’s first match in Australia. He did not play in the T20Is and he was not part of the Test squad. In the first two ODIs, Kuldeep Yadav was the preferred wrist spinner for India but after a poor show in Adelaide, Chahal was brought in to trouble Australia. And did he trouble them!Australia were clueless and had no answer to Yuzvendra Chahal’s variation and guile.Little wonder then that Chahal was a happy man after the Australian innings. His sister had come to watch him play for the first time and it was his second five-wicket haul; incidentally, both five-wicket hauls have come overseas.advertisementBut Yuzvendra Chahal had other things on his mind. What happens to Chahal TV, a special show on the BCCI website where Yuzvendra Chahal interviews India’s best performers. In Sydney, Chahal had interviewed Rohit Sharma after his hundred before chatting up Virat Kohli after his match-winning 104 in Adelaide.”It’s an amazing feeling… Whenever you do well for India, it is a great feeling.. I am playing after so long… This is my first match in Australia and whenever you take a five-wicket haul, it’s a great feeling,” Chahal told the host broadcaster.”When you contribute for your team.. this is my second five-wicket haul and even this has come overseas… And for the first time, my sister has come to watch me play… But I was just wondering who will take my interview on Chahal TV if we win the match?”Yuzvendra Chahal ripped through the Aussies to claim the equal best-ever ODI figures on Aussie soil with 6-42!#AUSvIND | @toyota_aus pic.twitter.com/Jf4gpD5W1i cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 18, 2019Also Read | Yuzvendra Chahal 1st spinner to take 6 wickets in an ODI in AustraliaAlso Read | Watch: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s dead ball delivered from behind the stumpsAlso Read | 2019 World Cup: Shane Warne suggests teams play showpiece event in retro kitsAlso See:
Norway 1 Northern Ireland 0: Brunt own goal cannot halt visitors’ play-off party Ben Spratt 04:37 10/9/17 Getty Images An uninspiring defeat in Norway followed news that Northern Ireland had booked their place in the World Cup qualifying play-off round. Chris Brunt’s comical own goal failed to take the shine off Northern Ireland’s achievement in reaching the World Cup play-offs on Sunday.Brunt volleyed into his own net with 19 minutes remaining as Michael O’Neill’s men slumped to a 1-0 defeat in Norway but were still celebrating come the final whistle after Slovakia leapfrogged Scotland in Group F earlier in the day to ensure Northern Ireland could not end the campaign as the worst runners-up in the UEFA section.This was a drab contest as Norway enjoyed the better chances but, without injured talisman Josh King, looked unlikely to make the breakthrough until Brunt’s bizarre intervention. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A fine campaign, which included a run of five straight victories, has concluded with two consecutive defeats for Northern Ireland, but that mattered little to the partying travelling fans in Oslo.#GAWA #NORNIR pic.twitter.com/pHNmPNacrt— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 8, 2017Opportunities were few and far between in the opening stages and a tame Steven Davis effort scarcely troubled Orjan Nyland in the Norway goal.The first half continued to typify an end-of-campaign dead rubber as the occasional blast from distance flew hopelessly off target, before there was belatedly some action of note in the 10 minutes prior to the interval.Michael McGovern was forced into an awkward first save from Birger Meling’s unorthodox 20-yard volley, with the defender sending a second strike over the top from the subsequent corner.Nyland then recovered a spilled Davis shot and McGovern was tested again when Stefan Johansen curled a free-kick towards goal.A tight offside call then denied Norway the opener shortly after the restart as McGovern saved instinctively from Tore Reginiussen’s close-range stab, which triggered the linesman’s flag, before Alexander Soderlund tucked away the rebound.When the goal finally did arrive, though, both McGovern and Brunt were at fault. The goalkeeper failed to deal with a Johansen cross that his defender then hacked into the roof of the net.Northern Ireland’s response was strong as Stuart Dallas fizzed an effort wide and the hosts escaped a goalmouth scramble.There would be no equaliser, though, with George Saville squandering a clear late opportunity.Indeed, it was Norway who ended the game on top and Soderlund was denied by an offside flag for the second time – despite the pass forward appearing to come from a Northern Irish boot prior to a smart finish. read more
KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 30: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass in the second quarter of a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Week 1 is an interesting spot for Jake Fromm and the Georgia Bulldogs this season. On Saturday night, the No. 3 Dawgs travel to Vanderbilt to open its season.Nashville is a pretty attractive trip for rival fans. There should be plenty of red and black in the city next weekend.Fromm certainly expects that to be the case. He spoke about the fan support he expects to see for this weekend’s game at Vandy.He spoke to the media about it on Monday. Video via Jake Rowe:Saturday Down South transcribed Jake Fromm’s quote about Georgia fans taking over the Vanderbilt game:“Yeah, we’ll see. I heard a lot of people are going and hopefully the Georgia crowd shows out. It’s great to see the fans travel, we love making any kind of away game as much of a home game as we can. Hopefully they travel, hopefully they are there.”The StubHub listings for Vanderbilt’s tickets bear it out, as well. As of this writing, the season opener against Georgia costs $150 to get into the stadium. The second most expensive game is LSU, which is just $58, and other games like Northern Illinois, UNLV, ETSU, and even SEC East rival Kentucky cost just $6 as of today.That would certainly indicate some serious Georgia fan support coming up to Nashville. Kirby Smart’s team should appreciate that on Saturday.
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OTTAWA – MPs are being asked to approve more spending for “stabilization” of the government’s problem-plagued electronic pay system, including a $14 million loan to the unions representing civil servants.At the same time, government employees are being warned not to overload government computers with requests for the T4 slips they’ll need to file their 2017 tax returns.Spending estimates tabled earlier this week in the House of Commons tally the additional expenses related to the Phoenix system at about $186 million, most of which is earmarked for hiring new pay advisers.However, only about $76.3 million of that is new spending, say officials with Public Services and Procurement Canada, which oversees the pay system.Of that amount, $56.4 million would be spent essentially hiring new people and buying computers and software, officials said.If approved by Parliament, the new funding will bring the total cost for Phoenix to nearly $788 million, including the initial $309 million used to set up the troubled system and $402 million the government announced last May that it needed to bring the Phoenix system to a so-called “steady state.”Since it was launched in early 2016, more than half of all civil servants — roughly 193,000 people — have experienced problems with their paycheques, including being underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.The government has experienced difficulties recruiting and retaining qualified workers for its pay offices in Winnipeg, Edmonton and the main pay centre in Miramichi, N.B., and last year resorted to offering incentive packages to prospective administrators.But more money is needed to hire more people, the Public Services department said.“This funding will increase capacity for client support and pay transaction processing and will support improvements along the human resources and pay processes continuum,” it said in the estimates document.Unions representing federal workers have also been struggling with their own finances because the pay fiasco has resulted in them being seriously short-changed on union dues they would normally receive from members.Officials said $14 million had been allocated to help the unions maintain staffing levels so they can assist members when needed, but stressed the money is a loan that will have to be repaid.The Public Service Alliance of Canada said it has been calling on the government for months to bolster efforts to hire new pay advisers, and will push that message further in protest rallies expected across the country on Feb. 28, the two-year anniversary of the launch of the Phoenix system.“Replenish the compensation adviser capacity not only in the pay centres, but also in individual departments and agencies,” said PSAC national vice-president Chris Aylward.“Hire more people.”Many of the rally sites will also include “triage tents” to help civil servants with Phoenix issues, said Aylward.The government issued a statement to employees Thursday, announcing that T4 slips need for tax filing would be available “on a staggered schedule” by the end of the month. But it warned workers to follow access schedules for their specific department or agency to prevent “system slowdowns.”
25 April 2011Peace and SecurityA new United Nations report voices serious concern about the continued recruitment of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and calls for measures to address the ongoing “protection crisis” in the country. In his latest report to the Security Council on the issue of children and armed conflict in CAR, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes a number of factors contributing to the protection crisis, which affects women and children in particular. These include sporadic fighting between Government forces and armed groups – despite the signing of a peace agreement in June 2008 – and widespread banditry, as well as extreme poverty and the lack of capacity of the defence and security forces and the judiciary.“In spite of the Government’s commitment to end the use and recruitment of children, their mobilization into the ranks of rebel groups and self-defence militias throughout the country continued during the reporting period,” Mr. Ban says in the report, which covers the period from December 2008 to December 2010.The report notes continued grave violations, such as the killing of children, sexual violence, attacks on health centres and the denial of humanitarian access. In addition, in the south-east of the country, the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to abduct and forcibly recruit children and use them as combatants, spies, sex slaves and porters.The lack of systematic birth registration exacerbated challenges related to addressing grave violations, according to the report, since it is often not possible to prove the age of an individual. Official statistics show that only 49 per cent of births were registered nationally in 2010.Mr. Ban notes that during the visit of his Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, to the CAR in May 2008, the leadership of the two groups that signed the peace agreement with the Government – the Armée populaire pour la restauration de la République et la démocratie (APRD) and the Union des forces démocratiques pour le rassemblement (UFDR) – committed to preparing action plans to stop child recruitment. A draft action plan to halt child recruitment by the APRD and ensure the release of all children associated with the group has been ready since June 2008, Mr. Ban points out. However, the Government has delayed its signature, arguing that a comprehensive action plan should be signed with all parties to the 2008 peace agreement instead. Meanwhile, disagreements between the UFDR and the Government on the implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process for adults have impeded the completion of an action plan to halt the recruitment of children.Mr. Ban voices concern about the delays regarding the action plans and urges the Government to facilitate their preparation, as appropriate.He also urges the Government to ensure that grave violations against children, especially child recruitment, sexual violence and abductions, are addressed through the rigorous investigation and prosecution of those responsible for such crimes.In addition, the Secretary-General calls on the Government to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of all children associated with local self-defence militias. As an immediate priority, he urges the Government to issue clear orders, including at the local level, prohibiting the recruitment and use of children by these groups. “In order to ensure the durable separation of children from armed groups in the Central African Republic, I call on United Nations agencies, funds and programmes to support the Government in the development and implementation of long-term reintegration programmes for children formerly associated with armed forces and groups,” he adds.
Click through to download the full year 2012 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables, which include a more detailed analysis of the figures.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The total UK bus and coach market rose 34.2% to 8,102 units in 2012, ending the year on a high.2012 was a positive year for the overall bus and coach market, with significant growth posted across the sector:Registrations of purpose-built buses and coaches climbed 12.4% in the year, posting 3,811 units.Converted bus registrations rose 62.2% in 2012 to 4,291 units.“2012 was a bumper year for the UK bus and coach sector, with registrations rising 34.2% to more than 8,000 units,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Despite economic concerns, new opportunities arising from the London 2012 Games and the continuation of government incentives helped the bus and coach market achieve significant growth in the year. The fourth round of government’s Green Bus Fund will come into effect in May, which is expected to provide stimulus to retain market strength.”
Share6 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 7:54 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 32 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Oct 25th 2016, 7:54 PM RYANAIR’S CEO MICHAEL O’Leary has criticised the British government’s decision to approve a new third runway at London’s Heathrow airport, calling it a “piecemeal approach”.In a statement today, the businessman weighed in on British politics after the EU referendum vote:“Theresa May’s Government in a post-Brexit world has promised to make Britain an open, competitive and outward looking economy.” Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Today’s decision to approve just one runway (instead of the three competing runways) does not achieve this objective.“It’s a return to monopoly featherbedding at Heathrow, and a continuation of runway capacity constraints in the south east that will ultimately be bad for consumer choice and fares.”The UK government said the new runway – the capital’s first new full-length runway since the Second World War – would “bring economic benefits to passengers and the wider economy worth up to £61 billion” (around €69 billion). Source: Shutterstock/Milosz MaslankaIn response to the announcement, Ryanair released a statement calling on Theresa May’s government to “stop dithering” and to build three runways instead.“[A three runway solution] will allow each of London’s competing airports – Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted – to develop additional runways as and when they see fit to do so.“By approving three competing runways, the UK government can allow competition to encourage these airports to keep the costs of these runway developments down, thereby providing a better solution for consumers and visitors.”Ryanair also said that today’s decision “will allow Heathrow to waste over £18bn on a third runway, an excessive monopoly cost that will have to be paid for in higher air fares for many years to come.”“In addition, this third runway won’t be open until 2025 by which date it will already be full at peak periods, and so another runway (or two) in the south east will then be necessary.”Aer Lingus has also been asked for comment.Protests Source: Steve ParsonsUp to 77,000 local jobs are expected to be created over the next 14 years on the back of the announcement, while the airport has committed to create 5,000 apprenticeships over the same period.But there is strong environmental opposition to the expansion and the approval process could still delay or even block its execution over the coming years.Ministers opposed to the plans have been granted the rare opportunity to voice their dissenting views, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, an outspoken critic of Heathrow expansion.The former London mayor said he would continue to fight the plans, warning that London risked becoming the “city of planes”.“Building a third runway slap bang in the middle of the western suburb to the greatest city on earth is not the right thing to do,” he said. Armelle Thomas, aged 70, holding a picture of her late husband John ‘Tommy’ Thomas – who died last August aged 90 – during and anti-Heathrow expansion protest. Source: Yui MokHundreds of homes would have to be demolished to accommodate a third Heathrow runway and the small village of Harmondsworth, on the edge of the airport, would be largely flattened.On the village green in front of two local pubs, banners had been put up against the expansion.Paul Cooper, a taxi driver from the village, told AFP: “I feel sorry for the older generation. They don’t want to be moving at their time of life. They should be looked after.“They should give us compensation but I don’t know if they will or they won’t.“It’s a lovely village. It’s a shame it’s being knocked down.”With additional reporting from AFP.Read: Ryanair cuts expected profit growth as value of pound drops furtherRead: Aer Lingus warning to passengers: Samsung Note 7 now banned from all US flights 16,603 Views Short URL New Heathrow runway “a return to monopoly featherbedding” says Ryanair CEO Today, the British government approved a new third runway at London’s Heathrow airport, with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling calling it a “momentous step”. Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland https://jrnl.ie/3045991
The search for a 91-year-old Kelso man who has been missing since last week continued Wednesday, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.Wilford R. “Ray” Johnson was last seen the morning of June 29 by his neighbors. Johnson’s family told officials that Johnson and his car, a silver Honda, were missing. When he hadn’t returned home by the next morning, last Friday, they reported he was gone.His vehicle was found Friday in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Skamania County east of Cougar.The sheriff’s office said Johnson was reportedly seen at the Longview Dollar Store midday Thursday.Searchers with the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office combed the area near Johnson’s vehicle for more then three days, but no signs of where he went were found. The search of the immediate area near his vehicle has been called off, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office said.A Cowlitz County detective met with relatives this morning. The sheriff’s office said there were no signs of foul play in Johnson’s case.Johnson is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds and has blue eyes and balding white and gray hair.He often wears a Seabee hat, which Johnson is wearing in a photo the sheriff’s office shared.The sheriff’s office said he’s considered fit for his age, but his family does not think he’d have driven to where his car was found.
Jose Callejon has seen a lot of maturity and growth in the current Napoli side but still uncertain of the best team he’s played in.Napoli will confront Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League tonight and can take a big step toward the Last 16 with a win.The Spaniard sat alongside Coach Carlo Ancelotti in the pre-match Press conference, and he was asked if this is the best team he’s played in.“I think we’ve been strong every year,” Callejon disclosed to Football Italia.“I couldn’t tell you if it’s the strongest team, there have been a lot of strong players in the last few years.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“We’ve been playing together for a long time, we know each other more and more and over the years we’ve become more mature.“We’ve played important games and over the years we’ve all become stronger.“We’re aware of being more mature, then the Coach is giving us more confidence. We can do great things and we hope to do well tomorrow.”Callejon hasn’t scored yet this season, although he does have an assist in each of his last three games.“I’m calm, I’m helping the team in every game, I assist my teammates. This is how football is, when the goal doesn’t come then it’s true that you feel it, but then once one comes you get many more.”
Something for the weekend: Individuals looking for luxurious employee benefits may be compelled to apply for an advertised personal assistant (PA) position where the available perks include driving supercars and travelling to the Caribbean.The personal assistant role, advertised on temporary recruitment site Staff Heroes for a London-based businessman, requires the successful candidate to be comfortable with flying in order to accompany the employer to destinations such as the Caribbean and New York. Applicants will also need to have a full UK driving license because driving supercars such as a Lamborghini, Bugatti and Rolls Royce is essential when performing daily errands.The role also attracts a high salary, with the appointed PA able to earn £28.80 an hour, working six days a week for approximately 50 hours. This equates to an annual salary of £75,000 a year, although there are also opportunities for the candidate to pick up Christmas and performance-related bonuses. In addition, all expenses concerned with the role are employer-paid, including travel, food and accommodation costs.Applicants are required to be trained in self-defence or martial arts, although the employer will cover the cost of classes for the right candidate, be available 24/7 and undergo a medical screening to check physical and mental health before starting in the role.Described as “demanding”, day-to-day tasks for the successful PA will include organising the employer’s diary, sorting washing and dry cleaning, ordering the employer’s weekly food shop and cutting up lunch and dinner portions before serving them, excepting if the employer is eating out. With this in mind, the advert specifies that 10 years of PA experience is required in order to take on the role.The advert reads: “The client travels a lot and the successful candidate will be required to accompany him on every trip. As an example of his schedule, you may be in the Caribbean at the beginning of the week, London for a few days and New York the following week, so being comfortable with flying is a must.“A full and clean UK driving license is a hard requirement. The client has multiple luxury cars including a Lamborghini, Bugatti and a Rolls Royce which are available for the candidate to use [while] running his daily errands. Experience of driving supercars or luxury vehicles is preferential, but not essential.“The client is a very successful businessman. He is demanding but also very generous; this is a great opportunity for an experienced PA to further their career and enjoy the finer things in life as well.”Here at Employee Benefits, we love the sound of this exclusive list of benefits for the successful candidate. We would definitely book up a few karate classes in order to jet off to the Caribbean…