After the conclusion of the fourth Test against Australia, South African batsman AB de Villiers will be flying to India to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, this could be de Villiers’ last match as a South African player as his Indian citizenship has been accepted. Yes, you heard that right! De Villiers will turn up for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL 2018, but the only thing that will change from the last season is the fact that he will no longer be an overseas player.Read it at Sports Wallah Related Items
Panaji, Nov 19 (PTI) International Film Festival of India will be a mix of the old and new cinema, with a special focus on digital platforms, Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has said, ahead of the yearly movie extravaganza in Goa.With the coastal state readying to welcome film personalities from across the world, the spotlight is on the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) where some of the best line-up of movies, masterclasses, talks and workshops will be held.Israel is the focus country at the movie gala, to be held from November 20-28, that will celebrate diversity, showcasing 212 films from over 68 countries.”It is a mix of the old and new. The old, new and digital cinema, everything is being combined together in this IFFI,” Rathore said.The master classes being held on various subjects will be conducted by experts from India and abroad, he told DD News ahead of the film festival.”We will also try to live stream this on social media” to make it accessible for all, Rathore said.Elaborating on the digital aspects that will be focussed upon at IFFI, the minister highlighted the role played by Indian VFX artists in Hollywood films.The time has come to promote these talented experts, he said.”The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is looking to set up a gaming, and visual effects institution and has even started work on it. This will set a high standard in India. We can open many satellite schools that can follow the syllabus set by this institution,” he said.advertisementRathore also spoke about the emergence of digital cinema and platforms such as Netflix, HotStar, and other applications. He said IFFI will talk about all these facets.IFFI will also showcase films from Israel which is the focus country this year.The minister said this segment at IFFI provides an opportunity to strengthen ties between India and other countries. Israeli filmmakers focus on producing films for international audiences. This year, IFFI will highlight films from that country, he added.In addition to this, the focus state will also be a key segment. Jharkhand will be the first to open the category.IFFI Goa will provide a platform to Jharkhand to promote its scenic beauty not only nationally, but also internationally, Rathore said.This year, IFFI will have something for the sports fans as well with a separate segment for such films.”We have invited the actors and directors of such films to share their journeys, inspirations, and possible marketability,” Rathore said. Apart from the movie bonanza, a host of workshops will also be held, he said.Filmmakers can pitch their ideas at the National Film Development Corporation Film Bazaar, he said. PTI ASK BKBK
Junior safety Deric Robertson announced Thursday via Twitter that he will transfer from Oklahoma State. In his announcement, he thanks Coach Gundy and the coaching staff for the opportunity.https://twitter.com/KooMoDee/status/609105697121304577The Cowboys return two safeties with starting experience in Tre Flowers and standout Jordan Sterns, who lead the team in tackles last season.The 2015 recruiting class consisted of three safeties who could see playing time as freshmen: Kevin Henry, Kenneth McGruder, and Bryce Balous. It has not yet been announced where Robertson will transfer.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!
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)College football insider Brett McMurphy is reporting that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer helped “cover up” another incident involving former Buckeyes’ assistant coach Zach Smith.Smith, who was fired by Ohio State this past summer, allegedly had an incident with former Buckeyes 5-star Trevon Grimes, who transferred out of the program.The report details a practice incident between Smith and Grimes:Trevon told his father he got into an altercation with Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith at practice.LeBron Grimes said his son told him that “Zach got up in his face and called him a ‘bitch ass n – – – – -’ and said, ‘I should have never recruited you.’ And then Trevon said something to Zach about him messing around with college girls.”During that phone call, LeBron told his son he had booked a flight and would be in Columbus in three days. Trevon told him if he didn’t get there the next day he was leaving school.Ohio State has reportedly done an investigation into the allegations. The Buckeyes reportedly admit that an incident took place, but denied the use of the N-word.On Nov. 2, 2018 after Leah Grimes contacted Ohio State, Buckeyes Athletic Director Gene Smith reached out to Stadium. He said the use of the N-word in Ohio State’s program “doesn’t exist. Urban doesn’t allow that.” Later that day, Gene Smith provided a statement: “Since our conversation I have looked into some of your questions. We have found no evidence that there was a physical altercation or racially charged remarks between Zach Smith and Trevon Grimes, and to reinforce my earlier comments to you on the phone, racially charged behavior is not accepted or tolerated within our program.”Four days later, through OSU spokesman Jerry Emig, the school now admitted there was an “interaction” between Zach Smith and Grimes. Emig’s statement: “The university initiated a series of interviews over the last four days with players and staff who witnessed the interaction. No one corroborated that there was a physical altercation or that there was racially offensive language used.”Eli Goins, a senior wide receiver at Ohio State last season, said he witnessed the altercation at practice that players had to “break up” but did not hear Smith use the N-word: “Coach Smith might have said something that pissed off Tre about his previous route. He was always known for saying s – – -, you had to have tough skin.“It didn’t get like they were throwing punches, but we did have to break them up,” Goins said. “He curses and uses profanity, but he never took it to that level with me. He knew his boundaries.”Urban Meyer reportedly denied comment for the story.Grimes is now a sophomore wide receiver at Florida. He has 17 catches for 194 yards and 1 touchdown.
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Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the role of nurses will be crucial as the Government seeks to transform health care delivery in Jamaica, to a more patient-centered system. As such, he said, “it is an important strategy to shore-up our human resource in the area of nursing and ensure that we have the skills necessary to serve the needs of our population in a continuously changing epidemiological landscape.” The Minister was addressing the annual scientific conference of the Jamaica Association of Nurse Anesthetists (JANA) held on November 10 at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. According to Dr. Ferguson, the current outlook of the Ministry of Health is geared towards enhancing and refining primary health care and developing centres of excellence in secondary and tertiary health institutions. “Nurses will be central in defining and implementing this new paradigm,” he stated. He commended the country’s nurses, including anesthetists, noting that they play a critical role in preserving lives in the public health sector. “With the high quality of training and the excellence demonstrated by Jamaican nurses, my administration is sensitive to the need to do everything within our means to retain the nursing cadre, including specialist groups, such as yourselves,” the Minister assured. He informed that more nurses will be coming in from Cuba, but they will have specialist roles. “The nurses that are coming from Cuba are specialists in primary care. In addition, we have gone through to have a better selection process now in terms of persons understanding English, which was a concern. They have the technical skills,” he stated. He noted also that six dental surgeons are on their way from Cuba to boost the dental cadre in the health system. Meanwhile, the Minister praised the administration of the St. Mary-based Annotto Bay Hospital, which he said, is exemplary. He informed that the hospital has twinned with other health institutions to benefit from best practices. “When you go there you see leadership at work and I have taken a decision to reward excellence (through a $52 million) expansion of the Accident and Emergency area, and other areas, to bring it to an excellent level,” Minister Ferguson said.
zoom Hamburg-based shipping companies, Ahrenkiel Steamship and H. Vogemann Reederei, are merging their activities involving the technical management of bulk carriers. The joint venture set up for this purpose, with the name of Ahrenkiel Vogemann Bulk (AVB), will manage a fleet of 14 bulk carriers with a total freight capacity of around 1 million dwt, including three vessels of Hamburg-based KG Reederei Roth.The fleet’s focus is currently on the Supramax and Panamax segments, but there are plans to branch out into other size categories, the companies said. Two new Handysize vessels, expected to go into service at Reederei Roth in the first quarter of 2017, will be managed by AVB.Ahrenkiel Steamship and Vogemann had already established a joint pool for Supramax bulk carriers last year. The new joint venture will have its operational base at Vogemann’s business premises in Hamburg-Rotherbaum. Vogemann will take charge of chartering for the bulk carriers managed by AVB.“In establishing the joint venture we are significantly extending our expertise in the bulk carrier area, which complements our existing focus on the midsize container ship segment. The strategic merger of bulk operations brings huge advantages for both partners because by combining our efforts we can now offer a unified market presence and a broad range of services. We are open to other partners joining,” said Dr Michael Silies, CEO of Ahrenkiel Steamship and Director of the new joint venture AVB.The market for bulk carriers is one of the areas of merchant shipping to have stabilised in recent months, the companies said. After touching a low of 300 points in February 2016, the Baltic Dry Index has experienced a resurgence over the remainder of the year. In November the BDI moved above 1,200 points, its highest level since the end of 2014.Jens-Michael Arndt, Managing Partner of the H. Vogemann Group, said: “In today’s difficult market environment close cooperation among partners is crucial. By pooling the partners’ capacities we are boosting our competitiveness in the technical management of bulk carriers and have plans to expand this area further over the coming months.”The majority shareholder of AVB is Ahrenkiel Steamship.
-30- the weather today is a mix of sun and cloud, with a 60 per cent chance of showers. There is a risk of thundershowers in the afternoon. Winds will be out of the south west at 15 km/hr. five firefighters from Prince Edward Island will be arriving today to help with the wildfire efforts the fire at Seven Mile Lake, Annapolis Co., is about 395 hectares and 45 per cent contained. Good progress continues two vacant, seasonal structures are under protection at the Seven Mile Lake fire site the fire at Perch Lake, Pictou Co., remains 100 per cent contained at about 10 hectares the fire at Ten Mile Lake, Queens Co., remains 100 per cent contained at about 8.3 hectares the fire at Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co., remains 100 per cent contained at about 21 hectares the fire at Round Hill, Annapolis Co., remains 100 per cent contained at about 0.1 hectares Highway 8 remains closed due to active water bombing fires at Greenfield, Queens Co., West Dalhousie, Annapolis Co., and Clyde River, Shelburne Co., are now declared out and will no longer be included in future updates Following is a provincial fire update for Friday, Aug. 12, at 8 a.m.
San Francisco: The popularity of video game Minecraft has been growing, with Microsoft announcing that over 112 million people play it a month. It’s 20 million increase over the figures reported in October 2018. Minecraft was acquired by tech giant Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. Given that the game is available on almost all platform, it’s no surprise that number of players keeps growing, Windows Central reported on Saturday. Often touted as virtual LEGO, the game is about fitting pieces together to create something amazing. The game is essentially a blank canvas and provides endless building blocks. But post-launch support and the ability of users to create content, even campaigns, are considered reasons behind its success. Hopefully, the title will continue to flourish and reach even greater heights, the report said.
Tom Fennario APTN National NewsStanding Rock water protestors have been staging daily demonstrations at different targets.Wednesday was no different, with not one but two locations in Bismarck.
Casablanca — The Mauritanian Press Agency (MPA) has reported that King Mohammed VI spoke with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz over the phone, following controversy surrounding Chabat’s claims that Mauritania is sitting on Moroccan land. The call comes after a statement issued by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign affairs, issued yesterday, which reiterated the country’s official respect for Mauritania’s territorial integrity. Moroccan Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane also confirmed his travel plans to Mauritania with Le360, likely in an effort to smooth over the situation. Istiqlal Secretary General Hamid Chabat raised controversy this week when he called Mauritania “a Moroccan territory” during a speech, adding that “Morocco’s borders extend from Sebta in the north to the Senegal river in the south.”During the call held today between King Mohammed VI and President Ould Abdelaziz, reports the MPA, “the two heads of state discussed the brotherly bilateral relations and ways to reinforce and develop them.” The MPA did not indicate that any formal discussion was held over Chabat’s controversial statement.
Tomás Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said he has received reports that 15 “prisoners of conscience,” currently on hunger strike in Insein prison, are being tortured or ill-treated, and that they have been denied drinking water. Eight of the prisoners have reportedly been held in dog cells, he noted in a news release. Mr. Quintana also raised concerns about the health of U Gambira, held in Kalay Prison in Kalay District, whom he had visited in jail in 2008. “I have received information that he was beaten during his transfer between prisons, leaving him suffering fits of extreme pain. He needs urgent access to medical care,” said the expert. Mr. Quintana reminded the Government of international standards – such as the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment – as the basis for humane treatment of prisoners. The Special Rapporteur reiterated his call for all political prisoners to be freed and urged that the Government investigate all allegations of mistreatment of prisoners, including U Gambira. Last month the Government released over 200 prisoners of conscience, a move welcomed by the expert, who stated that, that pending further prisoner releases, the Government should take immediate measures to improve the conditions of detention and the treatment of prisoners in compliance with international standards. “This is the time for Myanmar to not only release prisoners of conscience, but embark on more comprehensive prison reforms.” 8 November 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern about the situation of political prisoners on hunger strike in Myanmar and about the health of Buddhist monk U Gambira, who needs urgent medical care.
He said that the army should do only what the army does best and not get involved in civil administration. During his victory day speech President Mahinda Rajapaksa rejected calls to close army bases in the former war zone. “We must ask if we are in a position to remove the armed forces camps in the north and reduce our attention to national security. That is not possible.”Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan told the media this week that his party would continue to press for the removal of military camps in the former war-torn northern part of the country.“The current ratio of security personnel in the north of the country is one soldier to every eight civilians. This is too much and we have highlighted the need to reduce the military presence to restore normalcy to this region,” he said. Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka says military camps in the north must be removed.Speaking to the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper, Fonseka said that the military is involved in the civil administration in the north. Rajapaksa said reducing the military camps in the former war zone would be a risk to national security.“There are many who shout that the security forces camps in these areas should be removed. They ask us why they are not removed,” he said, pointing out the north was under civilian, not military rule. Sri Lanka’s key commission on accountability appointed by the president, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has also recommended that military camps be removed from the north. (Colombo Gazette)
The former Media Minister said that he has no issue with criminals being arrested but he said due legal process must be followed.Rambukwella also accused the Government of violating the legal process to arrest suspects over various incidents. (Colombo Gazette) “In the Keith Noyahr case the military intelligence officers were arrested just to show the UNHRC something is being done,” he said. The joint opposition today claimed that some arrests are being made to coincide with the upcoming UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session.Joint opposition member of Parliament Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters today that military intelligence officers are being arrested over criminal incidents to show the UNHRC something is being done to address concerns on serious criminal incidents. Rambukwella claims the suspects in the Keith Noyahr case were arrested purely on some telephone calls and where they originated from.
The concessionary income tax rate of 14% on agriculture is presently applied only for the companies engaged in agricultural businesses. The income of individuals from Agricultural undertakings will also be reduced from the existing maximum rate of 24% to 14% so that individual farming agriculture is also encouraged. Accordingly, the government is confident that the primary surplus of 1.8 percent of GDP and the budget deficit of around 4.9 percent of GDP that have been targeted for 2018 could be achieved in support for further fiscal consolidation to provide economic stability. The measures to further consolidation of external trade and payment transactions are also being examined to provide much needed stability to the exchange rate.The President and Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs have directed the implantation of the policy measures. The necessary Gazettes for the tax related proposals will be issued today and Cabinet approval sought to amend the necessary tax laws. (Colombo Gazette) In order to mitigate the impact of adverse weather conditions which resulted in farmers losing their livelihood and becoming heavily indebted, interest and the penal interest incurred by farmers and small Paddy Mill owners on loans up to a maximum of Rs.50 million, from all Commercial Banks during the past 3 years, will be written off in full and will be borne by the Government. The Government today introduced a set of new initiatives in an attempt to revive the economy.The Finance Ministry said that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Mahinda Rajapaksa, have raised concerns regarding the serious setback in the economy as reflected in the persistently low growth rates during the last three years along with the rising cost of living. The VAT rate applicable on the import of Sawn Timber will be reduced to 5% to support the local Construction Industry. VAT on import of fabric will be exempt providing benefits to the small and medium garment manufacturers. A guaranteed price scheme will be introduced for Paddy, Onion and Potatoes produced locally by our farmers. Accordingly, SCL will be raised during harvesting period to protect farmers through remunerative guaranteed prices. As potatoes and B-Onions are being harvested, SCL on potatoes and B-Onions will be maintained at Rs.40 per Kg. The maximum threshold on Loan advances given by Samurdhi Banks to Samurdhi beneficiaries to support their livelihood activities will be increased by Rs.10,000/-. The Government says the consumers have been saddled with high cost of living. In this background the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs has given direction to implement following initiatives to revive the economy. Considering the high tax imposed on the Telecommunication services, the Telecommunication Levy of 25% will be reduced to 15%.The thrust of these initiatives are to encourage production and simplify the tax system. The Government says it will help households with additional income in their hands. The proposed changes to the tax system will also encourage inward remittances and savings.The Government also expects to reduce its expenditure with the rationalization of Cabinet ministries as reflected in a lessor number of ministries and reexamination of capital expenditure programs. The concessionary Income Tax rate of 14% is presently applicable under the SME categories only for Companies. This rate will be extended to include individuals including those providing professional services.Therefore,the income tax rate for professional services will be reduced from 24 percent to 14 percent. Fertilizer prices for paddy will be maintained at Rs.500/50kg bag and fertilizer prices for other crops will be reduced to Rs. 1,000/50kg bag from Rs. 1,500/50kg bag. To encourage local entrepreneurs, professionals and migrant workers to remit their earnings in foreign currency on services provided outside Sri Lanka, Income tax will be exempted on such remittances. The Prime Minister is of the view that ill-conceived economic and financial policies of the previous Government have led to this situation by marginalizing local entrepreneurs, industries and domestic production. In order to ease the pressure on high cost of living while also protecting the local farmer, Special Commodity Levy will be reduced on Dhal by Rs.5 per Kg, Chickpeas by Rs. 5 per Kg, Black gram by Rs.25 per Kg. Customs Duty will also be waived on Wheat grain to Rs. 9 per Kg from the existing waiver of Rs.6 per Kg. Sugar will be brought under the Special Commodity Levy whereby the applicable taxes on Sugar will also be reduced by Rs.10 per Kg. Accordingly, the commodity prices will be reduced with immediate effect. Withholding tax will be exempted on Interest on any savings and fixed deposits maintained in any financial institution. The adverse impact created by high indirect taxes will be mitigated by simplification of VAT and NBT. The VAT threshold will be increased from Rs.12 million per annum to Rs.24 million per annum.The threshold for the VAT liability of wholesale and retail sector also will be increased from Rs.50 million to Rs.100 million per twelve months providing benefits to small traders and businesses. Given the impact of fuel pricing on all strata of the society specially those engaged in transport, agriculture and fisheries sectors, price of Petrol (Octane 92) will be reduced by Rs. 10 per litre, Auto Diesel by Rs.7 per litre and Lubricants including the 2T lubricants used in three-wheelers and small agricultural engines by Rs.10 per litre with effect from mid night today.At the same time a cost based pricing mechanism will be implemented on fuel in place of the monthly fuel price formula.
BEIJING — Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday as uneasy investors watched for signs of progress on U.S.-China trade after Wall Street slid.Shanghai retreated, Tokyo advanced and Hong Kong was unchanged.Investors who worry the U.S.-Chinese tariff war will drag the global economy into recession were left guessing after President Donald Trump’s conflicting comments on trade talks.Markets rose after Trump said Monday that Beijing was ready to negotiate seriously following two weekend phone calls. But a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman couldn’t confirm any exchange had taken place.Investors are “finding it difficult to put a finger as to where the ongoing U.S.-China trade issue is headed,” said Jingyi Pan of IG in a report. “The saying that we are a tweet (from Trump) away from the next trade escalation between U.S. and China had certainly grown to become the broad view.”The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.3% to 2,892.92 and Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 advanced 0.1% to 20,484.52. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was off 4 points at 25,671.24.Seoul’s Kospi gained 0.9% to 1,942.75 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX was 0.4% higher at 6,498.20. India’s Sensex shed 0.3% to 37,541.36.Taiwan, New Zealand and Jakarta advanced while Singapore retreated.On Wall Street, investors shifted money from stocks to U.S. government bonds, gold and other traditional safe-haven assets.UBS, the largest wealth manager in the world, recommended that customers reduce their exposure to stocks, the first time the bank has done so since the depths of Europe’s debt crisis in 2012.The yield in the 10-year Treasury bond was below that of the two-year Treasury, an unusual phenomenon that has correctly predicted the five most recent recessions.The benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 0.3% to 2,869.16. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.5% to 25,777.90. The Nasdaq slid 0.3% to 7,826.95.U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators are due to meet next month in Washington, but neither side has given any indication of offering concessions to break a deadlock. A round of talks last month in Shanghai ended with no sign of progress.Washington and Beijing fueled investor pessimism on Friday with an additional round of tit-for-tat tariff hikes. Their punitive duties on billions of dollars of each other’s goods already have battered exporters on both sides and prompted forecasters to cut economic growth outlooks.“There are no grounds to believe China will concede to a deal based on unilateral, lopsided demands under rising tariffs duress,” said Mizuho Bank in a report.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude gained 53 cents to $55.46 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.29 on Tuesday to close at $54.93. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 40 cents to $59.43 per barrel in London. It advanced 91 cents the previous session to $59.03.CURRENCY: The dollar advanced to 105.84 yen from Tuesday’s 105.76 yen. The euro declined to $1.1088 from $1.1092.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press
Fifteen people were killed and more than 90 homes were burned in an attack Monday on the village of Lengabo. Peacekeepers from the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) were dispatched immediately to the site.On Thursday MONUC police assisted the DRC national police during a raid on the village of Medu, which is populated by the Ngiti ethnic group suspected of being involved in the Lengabo massacre. Local accounts at the time described the incident as a dispute between two communities.Ten suspects, including two minors, were taken into custody and transferred to Bunia.Searches were conducted simultaneously within the camp of the Front de Résistance Patriotique pour l’Ituri (FRPI) situated at the centre of Medu, located west of Bunia in the North Kivu province. Documents, uniforms, pieces of armament and ammunitions were seized.
At the meeting marking the 10th anniversary of the adoption of resolution 1888, which created the mandate of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Council adopted a German-drafted resolution to reduce sexual violence in conflict and end rape as a weapon of war, with 13 in favour, and two countries, Russia and China, abstaining..@UN Security Council passes resolution on violence against women in conflict @endrapeinwar https://t.co/nS9avFJgGz pic.twitter.com/9wBWqXDGqv— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) April 23, 2019 UN Photo/Loey Felipe | Secretary-General António Guterres (left) with (left to right): Amal Clooney, Barrister; Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of UNODC; and Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany.“This is your Nuremberg moment”, she told the Council, referring to the trials carried out in Germany after World War Two that prosecuted Nazis and others indicted on charges of crimes against humanity. ‘A dangerous phenomenon’Sexual violence crimes committed against women across the world have become “a dangerous phenomenon” that requires action by all, Nadia Murad, UN Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, told the Council.The Yazidi survivor of rape-turned-advocate, spoke of how the thousands of Yazidi women and girls had been enslaved of in front of the local and international community, remarking that “no one intervened to stop them”.Moreover, the genocide of the Yazidis continues.“The social fabric of an entire society has been torn, the hopes and aspirations of generations were wasted”, she bemoaned. “We were prevented from practicing our traditions… [and] there were dozens of mass graves across our region.She said that the international community must “shoulder the responsibility” to rescue those still missing and in captivity since 2014.Ms. Murad said that some Yazidi women who had been subjected to sexual violence at the hand of ISIS had “broken the barrier of silence” and “told their stories to the world”, hoping for justice.“However, so far, not a single person was tried for sexual enslavement crimes against the Yazidis”, she informed the Council, adding that more than 350,000 Yazidis are still displaced in camps.“After five years since the genocide against my people, as the world stood and watched, no clear steps have been taken to save the surviving Yazidis”, she said.Asking that those perpetrators who “used Yazidi women as weapons of war” be brought to justice, Ms. Murad urged that they be tried before an international tribunal “for crimes of genocide and sexual violence against women and children” to send a message to others that would “prevent such crimes in the future.” Lengthy negotiations reportedly took place over the wording of the final resolution, with some Members arguing against the establishment of a formal new reporting mechanism, and also references to womens’ reproductive and sexual health service provisions. Addressing the overall scourge, Mr. Guterres said that “Local civil society organizations, many of them women’s organizations, are on the frontlines of our efforts to prevent and provide redress for this crime, and they deserve our strong and consistent support.”Sexual violence in war “largely affects women and girls because it is closely linked to broader issues of gender inequality and discrimination”, Mr. Guterres said, adding that “prevention” must be based on “promoting women’s rights and gender equality in all areas, before, during and after conflict”.“This must include women’s full and effective participation in political, economic and social life and ensuring accessible and responsive justice and security institutions”, he said.Mr. Guterres also recognized the links between sexual violence in conflict, gender inequality and discrimination, and violent extremism and terrorism.“Extremists and terrorists often build their ideologies around the subjugation of women and girls and use sexual violence in various ways, from forced marriage to virtual enslavement”, he explained. “Sexual violence continues to fuel conflict and severely impacts the prospects for lasting peace”. “I encourage this Council to include the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in all your country-specific resolutions, and in the mandates of peace operations”, he said.Mr. Guterres stressed the need to strengthen justice and accountability, saying that despite a handful of high-profile convictions, “there is widespread impunity for sexual violence in conflict” and that most “are never reported, investigated and much less prosecuted”.He encouraged the Council to continue working together “to reconcile differences”, as the “global “response to these crimes must ensure punishment of the perpetrators and comprehensive support to survivors with full respect for their human rights”. ‘Stand on the right side of history’World-renowned human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney, recounted some of the “important milestones” she had reached advocating on behalf of Yazadi women and girls from northern Iraq, thousands of whom were sold into sexual slavery by extremist group ISIL.She said that two weeks ago in Germany, she had represented the mother of a five-year old Yazidi child, at the first trial against an ISIS terrorist fighter, facing war crimes charges.Ms. Clooney said the mother had been “enslaved, chained outdoors to a window, and left to slowly die of thirst in the scorching heat” but now justice was being served and he “faces charges of murder as a war crime”.“Crimes committed by ISIS against women and girls are unlike anything we have witnessed in modem time” she said, adding that “the question of bringing them to justice has barely raised a whisper…if we don’t act now, it will be too late”. Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, addresses the Security Council meeting on women and peace and security, with a focus on sexual violence in conflict. (April 2019), by UN Photo/Loey Felipe“Together, we can and must replace impunity with justice, and indifference with action”, stressed the Secretary-General.‘Utterly shell-shocked’ communitiesAlthough stigma and other social barriers contribute to the chronic underreporting of sexual violence, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, told the Council that “we now understand much more about its many forms, drivers, and impacts, and about the devastating physical, psychological, and social burdens survivors bear”.And yet, after a decade of concerted attention and action to deal with this crime, she spelled out: “Wars are still being fought on, and over, the bodies of women and girls”.“Sexual violence fuels conflict and severely impacts the prospects for lasting peace” Ms. Patten stated, adding that it is used “precisely because it is such an effective means to target individuals and devastate entire communities”.The UN envoy painted a picture of victims targeted because of their ethnic, religious, political or clan affiliation.Ms. Patten recounted a visit to South Sudan where she was “horrified” by the “sheer brutality of the sexual violence, perpetrated along ethnic lines against women and girls, even children as young as 4 years”.She described “utterly shell-shocked” communities in the UN Protection of Civilian site in the capital, Juba, who were ganged raped and abducted for sexual slavery.“Imagine a desperation so raw that parents would marry their daughter off to one stranger to spare her rape by many”, she asserted.“If we are ever to prevent these crimes from occurring in the first place, we must confront the unacceptable reality that it is still largely cost-free to rape a woman, child or man in armed conflicts around the world”, she said. “To turn the tide, we must increase the cost and consequences for those who commit, command or condone sexual violence in conflict”.“We must convert a centuries-old culture of impunity into a culture of accountability,” concluded the Special Representative.
As you can see, there’s a strong correlation. Nine of the 10 most popular teams based on Google searches also ranked in the top 10 in ticket sales this season, the exception being the Philadelphia Flyers.Further, there are huge differences in ticket sales between the top and bottom teams. Whereas fans spent only $27 million on Florida Panthers tickets this season, they shelled out more than $184 million (in U.S. dollars) to see the Toronto Maple Leafs play.Most of the differences are based on discrepancies in ticket prices rather than attendance. The NHL is a terrific live-spectator experience — I say this as someone who spends way too much on Rangers tickets — and most NHL teams can sell out their arenas if they charge the right price. But the right price varies. Whereas the average ticket cost $236 in Toronto, it was $74 in Tampa.The relationship is even clearer if we chart the data:You’ll notice that there are some diminishing returns to having more fans in your area.3I’ve used a logarithmic curve to fit the data, which tracks it more closely than a linear fit. Perhaps this is because there are only so many good seats available for each game or because larger markets like Toronto and New York have more non-hockey substitutes for the fan’s entertainment dollar.Still, the correlation is clear, and very strong. The size of the fan base, based on Google searches, accounts for 81 percent of the differences in ticket sales.4The 81 percent figure reflects the coefficient of determination of the regression line.You could undoubtedly do a bit better still by accounting for other factors, like how well the team has played recently. The on-ice success of the Chicago Blackhawks may explain why they do so well at the box office, for instance.But there aren’t a lot of exceptions, and there aren’t a lot of favorable precedents for a hockey team in Las Vegas. The Nashville Predators are a comparative success story — they’re a very good team that’s made some inroads in a highly non-traditional hockey market. And yet, while the Preds are usually selling out their rink, fans are paying comparatively little for tickets. So Nashville ranked just 24th in NHL ticket spending this year, and the Predators have barely been breaking even financially.Several other teams in non-traditional hockey markets — the Arizona Coyotes and Florida Panthers, for instance — are losing money. And most of them play in metro areas with considerably larger populations than Las Vegas.When should you be skeptical of Google Trends data? Sometimes ambiguities of language can cause problems. (Do you mean Kenny Rogers the singer or Kenny Rogers the pitcher?) And as the complexity of the analysis increases, so can the potential for error. It proved to be more difficult than Google expected to determine which searches predicted flu outbreaks, for example — although that was more an issue of flawed analysis than faulty data.In this case, though, Google is just stating the obvious: Putting an NHL team in a small market in the middle of the desert isn’t a good gamble. You may have doubts, as some readers did, about whether Google searches are a reliable way to predict that an NHL expansion team would struggle in Las Vegas. But it’s actually a pretty good way to forecast this kind of thing, and there’s another way to prove it:It turns out that there’s a strong relationship between Google searches and an NHL team’s bottom line. How often fans are Googling the term “NHL” in a metro area reliably predicts how much they’re spending on hockey tickets.In the chart below, I’ve estimated how much fans spent on tickets at each NHL arena during the past regular season. The process is simple: I just took total home attendance and multiplied it by the average ticket price.1The average ticket price is estimated based on a 50/50 blend of face-value and resale-market prices. For face-value prices, I used data from Team Marketing Report. For resale prices, I used data from TiqIQ, averaging prices from the start of the 2014-15 season and its most recent report in February. Then I compared ticket spending against the estimated number of NHL fans in each market based on Google search traffic.2The only new wrinkle: I subdivided fans between the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils based on the relative Google search volume for each team in the New York metro area. The Rangers are more popular than the other teams and capture more than half of New York’s hockey fan base. I did the same in the Los Angeles area; the LA Kings are more popular than the Anaheim Ducks.
IRELAND IS TO promote its forthcoming presidency of the European Union’s council of ministers by offering visitors and staff branded neckties and scarves commemorating Ireland’s six-month stint at the helm.The Department of Foreign Affairs has awarded tenders to companies in counties Monaghan and Clare to provide neckties for men and scarves for women as branded accessories to promote Ireland’s term as president of the European Council.Each is intended “to be used as promotional mementoes” to mark Ireland’s six month term, which begins on January 1.15 tenders were received for the contract to provide the men’s neckties, while eight applicants sought the contract for the women’s scarves. Notices published by the Department do not indicate the value of the contracts reached.The branded garments will bear stylised versions of the official logo for Ireland’s presidency, which was decided in a public vote earlier this year.Notices published by the Department of Foreign Affairs also show the department will be seeking outside contractors to provide a series of other services, including the provision of meals and refreshments, ground transport services, interpretation and translation, website hosting, and more.The European Council is likely to see over 1,600 meetings of various levels, with about 160 held in Ireland, including at least one visit from each cabinet minister of the other 26 EU member states.