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General Assembly sets out its work programme for annual session

In a vote by consensus after a marathon debate on the Taiwanese item involving 140 speakers, Assembly members adopted the recommendation of the General Committee on the allocation of agenda items during this session, its sixty-second.The 163 agenda items that were approved include questions of international peace and security, sustainable development, human rights, development in Africa, humanitarian assistance, justice and international law, disarmament and the fight against drugs, crime and terrorism. It also includes many organizational and administrative matters.But Assembly members agreed with the General Committee’s recommendation not to include the item entitled “urging the Security Council to process Taiwan’s membership application pursuant to rules 59 and 60 of the provisional Rules of the Procedure of the Security Council and Article 4 of the Charter of the United Nations.”Ambassador Tamsir Jallow of Gambia said Taiwan deserved its own membership in the UN because it was not a part of China and had an independent government and economy. Continuing to deny the membership infringed the human rights of Taiwan’s 23 million people, he said.Mr. Jallow said it was unfortunate that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had returned a letter sent to him by Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian asking Mr. Ban to refer the matter of the membership application to the Security Council.But Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya said the decision reflected the common will of a majority of UN Member States and there was no doubt that Taiwan was a part of China. He said no other sovereign State would allow one of its regions to apply for UN membership.Mr. Wang also said that General Assembly resolution 2758, adopted in 1971, had long resolved the matter. 21 September 2007The General Assembly today agreed to consider 163 agenda items during the annual session that began this week but decided for the fifteenth consecutive year to exclude a bid by some Member States to discuss the representation of Taiwan, Province of China in the world body. read more

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Senior UN officials survey shocking aftermath of Israeli offensive in Gaza

22 January 2009Senior United Nations officials today began their assessment of the humanitarian needs in Gaza, getting a first-hand look at the damage and destruction inflicted on the Strip’s 1.5 million residents during three weeks of Israeli military operations. “The mission was struck by the scale and urgency of the needs of the people of Gaza, and the heavy and multi-faceted impact that this conflict has had on the civilian population,” according to a joint statement issued by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes and UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry.The 22-day offensive, which Israel launched on 27 December with the stated aim of ending Hamas rocket attacks, claimed over 1,300 lives, 412 of them children, and wounded more than 5,450, 1,855 of them children, as well as causing widespread destruction and suffering.The bombing and shelling caused extensive damage to civilian facilities throughout the Strip, and supplies of basic food and fuel, and the provision of electricity, water and sanitation services remain critical.“We saw a lot of shocking destruction,” Mr. Holmes said in an interview with UN Radio, describing the scene at several sites in Gaza, including the still-smouldering ruins of the UN compound that was hit last week by Israeli forces. “What is evident when you’re there is how miraculous it was that no one was killed.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has demanded a thorough investigation by Israel into all attacks against UN facilities in Gaza, and that those responsible be held accountable for their actions. Mr. Holmes stressed that it was crucial to ensure that investigations do take place, adding that “questions of compensation will arise because there was obviously very significant damage… to UN installations, work and UN staff.”During the course of their mission, Mr. Holmes and Mr. Serry will meet with Israeli authorities to underscore that country’s role in facilitating humanitarian assistance for the people of Gaza, including the need for full, timely, and unrestricted access for all goods and humanitarian actors.They are also meeting the Palestinian Authority regarding the best way to scale up humanitarian assistance in Gaza.Once the assessment is completed, the UN will launch a Flash Humanitarian Appeal for Gaza in early February. Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today began emergency distributions of vitamin A-fortified date bars and high-energy biscuits to thousands of displaced people in Gaza City. The distributions also include ready-to-eat meals for hospitals and milk for children. They are part of WFP’s recently launched Operation Lifeline Gaza. The agency is also scaling up its regular distributions of wheat flour, vegetable oil, chick peas and sugar.WFP emphasized that all crossing points into Gaza will need to be re-opened for the agency to be able to move 600 tons of food every day into the Strip as is currently planned. So far WFP shipments have only been crossing through Kerem Shalom, at the southern tip of the Gaza Strip, including shipments from Egypt. read more

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Uber loses 524B in 2Q after postIPO stock payouts

NEW YORK — Uber lost $5.24 billion in the second quarter after making huge stock-based payouts in the months following its stock market debut.The ride-hailing giant said Wednesday it paid $3.9 billion in stock-based compensation and expenses during the quarter. It also paid $298 million in stock and cash to drivers to show appreciation in connection with the IPO.The loss per share including those expenses totalled $4.72.Uber’s revenue rose 14% to $3.17 billion.Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected a loss of $2.03 per share on revenue of $3.31 billion, on average.CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told reporters he expects the losses to diminish in coming years while the company invests aggressively. He says there’s no doubt the business will eventually become profitable.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press read more

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Kosovo Albanians Serbia still diametrically opposed on provinces future – Annan

Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian Government and Serbia remain “diametrically opposed” in their views of the future status of the Serbian province, which that the United Nations has run ever since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting, according to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report on the issue released today. Independence and autonomy are among the options for the province, where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1, but Serbia rejects independence. A UN proposal for the future status, which was to have been submitted this year, has been postponed until after Serbia’s parliamentary elections on 21 January.“High expectations on the part of Kosovo Albanians, coupled with recent speculations about a possible delay in the process, have led to a feeling of uncertainty as to the way ahead and are likely to be a source of instability if momentum slows,” Mr. Annan tells the Security Council in the report.“There is a widespread feeling among them that a tangible delay in the process would entail high political and economic costs. Fringe groups and extremists on all sides stand ready to exploit more widespread frustration. Uncertainty and frustration are also prevalent among the Serbs and other minority populations, raising the potential for instability pending a political solution,” he warns.Mr. Annan notes that only uneven progress has been made in the status talks between the Kosovo Government and Serbia in talks that began this year under the sponsorship of his Special Envoy on the issue, former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, with only agreement on some specific elements. “Overall, the positions of the parties in each of the areas discussed remain far apart,” he writes. On a more positive note, he welcomes the Government’s commitment throughout 2006 to the implementation of the standards, eight overall targets that include building democratic institutions, enforcing minority rights, creating a functioning economy and setting up an impartial legal system.But he calls for further steps. “Progress will be achieved by demonstrating through actions, not words, that everyone has a future in Kosovo. It will be important that substantive actions take precedence over symbolism with the aim of promoting confidence and stability.”The return of hundreds of thousands of Serbs who fled after the withdrawal of Serbian forces in 1999 is seen as major element in establishing the UN goal of a pluralistic multi-ethnic democracy. But only some 15,600 returns of Serbs and Roma have so far been registered out of the estimated 250,000 who fled. It is estimated that only 1,173 minority community members returned from January to September 2006.“The primary factors affecting returns continue to include lack of economic opportunities, uncertainty about the future status of Kosovo, and, to a much lesser degree than in the past, security,” Mr. Annan says.He denounces the violent attacks that continue to be made by a few in an attempt to effect political change. “I am resolute in condemning such violence and call upon the people of Kosovo to help their institutions defeat it. Political developments and timelines will not be dictated by the streets, and violence will not be tolerated.” Just two days ago, 2,000 pro-independence Albanians attacked UN personnel in the capital, Pristina, pulling down a 4-metre high concrete barricade outside UN headquarters and hurling concrete blocks and an incendiary device at police officers within. Mr. Annan also reiterated his frequent past criticisms of Kosovo Serbs for boycotting the provisional government. “This is a disservice to their community,” he writes. “I once again call on the Belgrade (Serbian) authorities to remove all impediments to Kosovo Serb participation in Kosovo institutions, and on the Kosovo Serb leaders to engage with the Provisional Institutions.” read more

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No 14 Ohio State womens gymnastics defends its honor to the last

Ohio State women’s gymnastics coach Carey Fagan stopped short of calling this Friday’s contest against Kent State revenge. But, neither she nor her team has forgotten about a one-tenth-point loss to the Golden Flashes in last year’s regional qualifier that knocked them out of the NCAA Championships. “That stung, and I know it’s been on the minds of the girls for almost a whole year,” Fagan said. Almost a year later, a similar feeling still resonates with the team. The No. 14-ranked Buckeyes, though, have harvested that disappointment into this season’s rallying cry: “Our honor defend to the last tenth.” And it has been the driving force behind a year that Fagan and her team have condensed into a single word — consistent. “I think one of the best things we’ve done is we’ve been really consistent — we haven’t had to count a fall in several meets,” she said. “For us, all our scores have been right in that low 196, high 195 range.” Sophomore Sarah Miller echoed her coach’s sentiments. “I think that, overall, we’ve been really consistent throughout our entire season,” said Miller, who earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors this week. “Generally, all of our scores have pretty much reflected our season.” OSU, which hasn’t posted a score lower than 195.175 this year, set a school record for their 197.625 team score against Denver Feb. 18. Fagan said she thinks her team’s consistent and sometimes dominating performance is a combination of senior leadership and the strong sophomore class that includes Miller. “I think (the seniors are) coming upon the end of their gymnastics career, and I think they’re really doing a good job kind of motivating some of the younger kids,” she said. Fagan said her seniors’ lead-by-example approach has been different compared to past seasons. “I think the best leadership comes from when they’re performing well and they have the confidence,” she said. “It’s harder if you’re not doing well to kind of step up and be like, ‘Come on guys,’ if you’re not taking care of your own business.” “So the fact that our seniors are doing a good job, they sort of have that confidence and that backing.” Fresh off a 196.025-195.000 win against No. 10 Penn State, the Buckeyes look to put it all together Friday night. “Vault and floor, in general, are strong events for us,” Fagan said. “But if we can hit bars and beam really well in one night, I think it’ll be a good score for us.” In some ways, much of OSU’s season has led up to their rematch with Kent State. But, junior Colleen Dean said the Buckeyes need to approach Friday with the same mentality they took on against Penn State last weekend. “We all kind of have that feeling of a little animosity towards Kent State,” Dean said. “But like Penn State, we don’t want to focus on beating this team or like, the other team, because that’s something we can’t control. But we can control our routines and what we do with them.” Fagan said, for the most part, mental toughness isn’t an issue for OSU. “This group of athletes is pretty confident, and so they don’t need the constant repetition like some other teams that I’ve coached,” she said. “To me, I know walking into the meet on Friday, if they feel physically good, we’re going to be in good shape.” Miller said she knows how much a win would mean for her team. “We definitely want this,” she said. “It was just little things that happened at regionals, tenths here and there, and we definitely want this really bad.” read more

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Police hunt cruel burglar who drowned puppy in a bath during breakin

first_imgMark Phillips, left, and his brother in-law, Gareth Deacon-Walker discovered the family puppy drowned after a break-in at the homeCredit:Nick Butcher/Archant  A seven-month-old puppy was deliberately drowned in a bath by a “cruel” intruder during a break-in, police have said.Benji the Cockapoo was found dead at the ransacked address in Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth, by owner Susan Walker on Wednesday.The mother-of-two said the sight of her lifeless pet will “haunt” her forever and has left her unable to break it to her children. Mark Phillips, left, and his brother in-law, Gareth Deacon-Walker discovered the family puppy drowned after a break-in at the home A computer and other items were stolen from the home in Cobholm Close between 3.50pm and 5.30pm, Norfolk Police said.Ms Walker returned to find her house had been burgled and her dog missing, prompting her to call her brother, Gareth Deacon-Walker, and partner, Mark Phillips, for help.They found the bathroom door jammed shut, forcing her brother to kick it down and make the grim find, according to reports.”Everything we lost is immaterial. The fact we lost the puppy is the most devastating thing,” Ms Walker, 33, told the Eastern Daily Press.”I came straight down and told Mark to not go upstairs.”That sight will haunt for the rest of my life.”She added: “Benji was really playful and part of the family. I have not told the children what has happened. We have told them he has gone missing and police are helping us find him.”Mr Phillips, 40, was said to have been reduced to tears by the sight of Benji’s body in the bath.Detective Sergeant Richard Wallis said: “This is a particularly cruel crime and I would urge anyone who may have seen any suspicious behaviour in the area at around the time of the burglary to come forward.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Stephen Colbert The New Guy Fawkes

first_imgBlink and you missed it. For a split second, during an interview with lawyer-turned-journalist Glenn Greenwald about hacking group anonymous, the famous Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta flashed across Stephen Colbert’s face. Weird, right? In recent months, the Fawkes mask has become something of an unofficial symbol of Anonymous, thanks in part to a number of group members who donned the mask during interviews with media outlets.The video is after the jump. Check out the weird visual around the 3:22 mark.last_img

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Recensement à grande échelle des écureuils roux en Ecosse

first_imgRecensement à grande échelle des écureuils roux en EcosseDans le cadre d’un plan de sauvegarde de l’écureuil roux, très menacé, une grande organisation privée de protection du patrimoine écossais, le National Trust for Scotland, annonce qu’elle va procéder à un recensement exhaustif du rongeur sur tous les territoires qu’elle gère.Au Royaume-Uni, 2 millions d’écureuils gris, indûment introduits, évincent peu à peu les quelques 140.000 écureuils roux indigènes, les concurrençant pour les ressources naturelles et leur transmettant des infections mortelles. À lire aussiUn écureuil nous donne une leçon de déblayage de neigeMais, malgré l’effort des naturalistes de terrain, le dénombrement exact et précis des effectifs subsistants du rongeur roux, nécessaire à la mise en place de mesures de protection efficaces, reste à faire.C’est donc justement à cette tâche exhaustive que va se consacrer le National Trust for Scotland (NTS), une vaste association écossaise qui possède 109 sites ou terrains abritant de tels rongeurs. D’ailleurs, pour 22 de ces lieux, elle n’a même aucune information concernant les populations d’écureuils – que ce soit les gris ou les roux. Le NTC tient ainsi à s’engager pleinement dans la sauvegarde et la protection de ces derniers.Le 4 octobre 2011 à 13:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Yogibo Bean Bags Make Your Apartment Feel Like an Internet Startup

first_img Geek Pick: SecretLab Titan Is a Next-Gen Gaming ChairGEEK PICK: GT Throne Stay on target If you’ve been to PAX East at any point and stopped by the handheld gaming area, you’ve seen the sea of beanbags they set up. They’re comfortable, easy to transport, inexpensive, and basically, make ideal convention lounge furniture. They’re also great furniture for your office if you’re an Internet startup who wants to seem casual and trendy. They’re also comfortable seating for your apartment, which I’ve been finding out over the last week. Yes, I am a grown man, and I have a bean bag chair in my home. I sit on it when I play video games.Yogibo is a bean bag chair manufacturer. In fact, they’re a staple on the PAX East expo floor where they regularly set up booths, even if they aren’t the makers of the handheld area bean bags (that’s Sumo, and we’ll get to them in a bit). Yogibo sent me a Yogibo Max, which I’ve been extensively stress testing.The Yogibo Max is a recliner sized bean bag chair measuring six by two by 2 feet, with a soft, stretchy, machine washable outer cover. It’s almost as wide as my couch and about as tall as a coffee table when laid flat. The bag is filled with tiny foam beads, smaller than the larger foam beans you might remember from the bean bag chairs of your youth (if you’re at least old enough to remember when The Simpsons was really good).The very long shape seems strange for a bean bag chair at first, but it makes the Yogibo Max very flexible. You can lay it flat so two or three people can comfortably sit on it, or so one person can lay down on it like a cross between a yoga mat and a waterbed. You can also set it straight up and sit back on it like a big chair. I used it in this position most of the time.As a bean bag easy chair, the Yogibo Max is very comfortable. The narrow, vertical shape of the bag ensures that the beads don’t spread out too much under you when you sit. This lets the bag provide plenty of support, letting you sit in a comfortable chair-like position rather than just sink into a big bean bag blob. This is the best position for watching TV or playing video games since you don’t need to struggle to lean or bend your neck forward to see the screen.You can also sit back on the Yogibo lengthwise, turning the bean bag into a flat, floorbound recliner. This lets you keep your feet and shoulders raised in a comfortable position for looking up at a TV, without putting any uncomfortable pressure on your back. I’ve been enjoying playing Persona 5 on the Yogibo in this way.While it’s comfortable to sit on when playing video games, the Yogibo Max is still a bean bag chair, and that means it’s still a comical struggle to stand up from it. The beans shift when you move, which makes it difficult to put your feet on the floor and get enough leverage to stand up. You can get used to it and figure out the best flailing ass-kata for standing up after a few days of use, but you’ll still look silly. This is a fundamental issue with bean bag chairs. There is no dignified or comfortable way to get up from them.As a couch or bed, the Yogibo Max is remarkably comfortable. It obviously doesn’t offer the support of a real couch when you lay down on it, but it’s soft, sturdy, and can accommodate even my large frame. I took a few nice naps on it, and while I occasionally had some soreness in my shoulders when I got up, it faded much quicker than when I sleep funny on my bed or couch.Yogibo calls its bean bag chairs “paws and claws friendly,” which is important because my cat destroyed my bonded leather sofa (bonded leather is the spray-hair of upholstery, a very thin layer of leather-like material applied to a fabric cover, and I’ve learned my lesson). I was suspicious about this claim because the soft, stretchy cover material seems like it’s just begging to get holes poked in it with anything remotely sharp.When my cat’s claws catch the fabric, it stretches slightly and then releases without any holes. And, because it’s soft, Pixel doesn’t feel like shredding it with gusto like he has with my couch and office chair. He also hasn’t chewed through the material at all, and I can’t say the same for several USB and headphone cables. I love the little grey furball, but he’s a real bastard who I suspect secretly works for Monoprice, considering how many wires I’ve replaced.That said, I noticed a minuscule hole in the outer after about two weeks of use. To be fair, it might have caught on something from the nearby furniture, or a forgotten bit of metal on the floor, and I can’t with certainty attribute it to Pixel (who still loves it). I also haven’t seen any additional holes in the cover since then, from claws or not. Keep the Yogibo away from any shredded furniture you really should have thrown out months ago, and you should be good.Sumo Lounge is the other big name for bean bag furniture, and a few years ago I tried one out. Specifically, I tried the Sumo Omni. The Omni is a four-by-five-foot, hacky-sack-shaped bean bag chair with a heavy nylon cover. The cover material seemed much more rugged and rip-resistant than the indoor Yogibo cover, but much less comfortable. It was a step above sprawling on a tarp. The Omni also had a very large fringe around the edges of the bag, with an inch or two strip of sealed cover material running around the actual bean-filled area. It made positioning the Omni comfortably as a chair more awkward than the Yogibo Max.To be fair, Sumo has some big, round bean bag chairs that might feel very different from the Omni. To also be fair, Yogibo has a whole line of Zoola outdoor bean bags that might have much sturdier covers. Right now, I can say that the Yogibo’s bean bags are more comfortable, if not actually more sturdy than Sumo’s bean bags, and a viable piece of seating for your apartment. Just don’t expect much dignity when using it, and don’t use it as a full replacement for a couch or futon, either; it’s furniture to consider after your home is equipped with all the standard things you need for it to function.last_img read more

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Hughton worried by series of fan incidents

first_imgBrighton manager Chris Hughton says he’s grateful to club stewards and staff for their role in helping identify supporters culpable for fan trouble in recent weeks.Hughton has expressed concern about the series of supporter-related trouble in British football.Dele Alli was struck by a plastic bottle during the North London derby on Wednesday night, and Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka was also struck by a bottle during a game against Newcastle this season.Hughton told Sky Sports: “Yes I think it is because it is not something that we want to see.“What everyone wants to see our exciting football matches where fans get behind the team that they support.“Of course, I have seen it, but what I would prefer to do is talk about is that a few incidents have happened over the last few weeks. This is something that is happening a little bit more regularly now.ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“Credit to the football clubs with their CCTV cameras and the work by the stewards to identify any of these individuals.“It is not a part of the game that we want to see and the clubs are working as hard as they can to eradicate these things. I don’t see that there is any more than we can do.”last_img read more

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Assemblymember Todd Gloria looks back at 2018 and on to 2019

first_img KUSI Newsroom December 31, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) 2018 was Todd’s first year serving as Majority Whip in the California legislature. Last week, he was re-appointed by the Speaker to continue his role as Majority Whip.Gloria discussed on Good Morning San Diego several new laws going into effect in 2019 which include the California’s minimum wage will increase, stronger statewide regulations for concealed carry weapons permits, and protections for military families and students. Posted: December 31, 2018 Assemblymember Todd Gloria looks back at 2018 and on to 2019 Categories: California News, KUSI, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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New Tool Aids Farmers in Understanding Big Data Contracts

first_imgA coalition of major farm organizations, commodity groups and agriculture technology providers (ATPs) debuted a tool designed to help farmers understand how their data will be used when they adopt precision agriculture technologies.New technologies and products are constantly entering the marketplace and generating millions of bits of data about farmers’ fields, crops and equipment. A recent survey found that an overwhelming number of farmers do not know what happens to their data when they use these new technologies.The Ag Data Transparency Evaluator was created to help producers understand where their data is going and who has access and control over it. The Evaluator requires participating ATPs to answer 10 key questions about their technology product’s use and control of farmer data. A third party administrator then reviews the answers and determines whether the products meet the standards of transparency set by the Privacy and Security Principles for Farm Data (Data Principles). Products that meet standards will receive the “Ag Data Transparent” seal to be displayed on promotional materials and product pages. Additionally, farmers can go to the Transparency Evaluator website to see and compare all the products and services that have undergone the evaluation.The creation of the Ag Data Transparency Evaluator stems back to November of 2014 when a coalition of ag groups and ATPs announced a Data Principles document, an agreement that identified key areas of concern for producers.Some of the 10 questions addressed by the Evaluator include: What categories of data does the product or service collect from the farmer?; Will the ATP obtain the farmer’s consent before providing other companies with access to the data?; and Will the ATP notify the farmer if a breach of data security occurs that causes disclosure of the farmer’s data to an outside party?The American Soybean Association  (ASA) was part of the coalition involved in the development of the Ag Data Transparency Evaluator that combines both farmer-led industry organizations and ATPs, including: AGCO, AgConnections, Agrible, American Farm Bureau Federation, Beck’s Hybrids, Conservis, CNH Industrial, Crop IMS, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer, Farm Dog, Farmobile, Granular, Grower Information Services Cooperative, GROWMARK, Independent Data Management, John Deere, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, and The Climate Corporation.The Ag Data Transparency Evaluator is non-profit corporation governed by a board of directors from the participating organizations.  The corporate bylaws require that all actions be approved by the farmer-led organizations, making the Evaluator truly a farmer-driven initiative not controlled by the ATPs whose products are reviewed.To learn more about the Ag Data Transparency Evaluator and to see the full list of 10 questions visit www.fb.org/agdatatransparent. For more information contact the Ag Data Transparency Evaluator Administrator Todd Janzen at janzen@aglaw.us; or the Board Chairperson Mary Kay Thatcher, mkt@fb.org.last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE 49 would leave an organisation due to a lack of recognition

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Almost half (49%) of Australia, UK and US-based employee respondents would leave an organisation if they do not receive regular recognition, according to research by employee engagement organisation Reward Gateway.Its research, which surveyed 1,500 employees and 1,500 senior decision makers across Australia, the UK, and the USA, also found that more than half (59%) of employee respondents would rather work for an organisation that has a culture of recognition than for an organisation that pays more but does not recognise staff.The research also found:More than a third (34%) of senior decision maker respondents do not believe that regular recognition and thanking employees has a significant impact on staff retention.82% of senior decision maker respondents report that they prioritise showing appreciation and thanks to employees in a regular and timely manner.54% of employee respondents believe that their boss could do more to show that they appreciate them, and 62% of employee respondents feel that their colleagues could be thanked more regularly by managers and senior leaders when they do good work.85% of employee respondents feel that managers and leaders should recognise good work and praise and thank employees whenever it happens.81% of employee respondents believe that leaders and managers should recognise employees on a year-round, continuous basis.More than two-thirds (70%) of employee respondents feel that motivation and morale would improve if managers recognised good work and thanked employees more often.Less than one-fifth (13%) of senior decision maker respondents are not encouraged by their own line managers to show appreciation to staff.Glenn Elliott (pictured), founder and chief executive officer at Reward Gateway, said: “This is another really strong data point that tells us what we’re doing with recognition is wrong. If [organisations] want to improve employee engagement, motivation and retention they need to urgently divert investments from tenure-based, long-service award programmes which aren’t working but are costing businesses a fortune”last_img read more

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ExMDs GMs of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company summoned

first_imgBarapukuria coal mine yard. Photo: UNBAnti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday issued a notice summoning five former managing directors (MD) and three former general managers (GM) of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL) for interrogation.ACC public relation officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said the ex-MDs and GMs have been summoned asking them to be present at ACC office on Monday and Tuesday.The ex-MDs are – Khursidul Hasan, Kamruzzaman, Md Aminuzzaman, Md Sirajul Islam Chowdhury and Md Mahbubur Rahman.And the former GMs are – Mir Abdul Matin, Md Saiful Islam, and Mizanur Rahman.Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant has been shut down for mysterious disappearance of huge volume of coal.The disappearance of coal came to light on 22 July, when a team from Power Development Board visited the coal mine and found that there was no adequate reserve of coal in the yard of the mine.As per the official investigation, the stock was found to have a shortage of 148,000 tonnes of coal.A case was filed with Parbatipur police station on 24 July against 19 officials. The case was later transferred to the Anti-Corruption Commission for investigation.last_img read more

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UN chief says Annan was guiding force for good

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 11 December, 2017 Former United Nations (UN) secretary-general Kofi Annan poses during a photo session in Paris. Former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan, 80, has died announced his foundation on 18 August 2018. AFP file photoUnited Nations chief Antonio Guterres voiced deep sorrow Saturday at the news his predecessor Kofi Annan had passed away, calling him “a guiding force for good”.”Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good,” Guterres said in a statement shortly after news broke of Annan’s passing in Switzerland at the age of 80.”In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organisation into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination,” he added.last_img

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4 charged with murder over downing of MH17

first_imgDutch prime minister Mark Rutte speaks to the media following a press conference of the international Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the ongoing investigation of the 2014 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash, on 19 June 2019 in The Hague. Photo: AFPInternational investigators on Wednesday charged three Russians and a Ukrainian with murder over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the first people to face justice over the tragedy five years ago in which 298 people were killed.The Dutch-led team said the four men with military and intelligence links would go on trial in March next year, although they are likely to be tried in absentia in the Netherlands as neither Russia nor Ukraine extradites their nationals.The move ramps up international pressure on Moscow over the downing of the plane, which was travelling between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur when it was hit by a missile over part of eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian rebels.Officials said they had issued international arrest warrants for Russian nationals Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko, all of whom are suspected of roles in the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic.Dutch prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said they were the “four who will be held accountable for bringing the deadly weapon, the BUK Telar, into eastern Ukraine.””We won’t demand their extradition because Russian and Ukrainian law forbids the extradition of their nationals. But we ask Russia once more to cooperate- many of our questions remain unanswered,” he said.Prosecutors said they were all suspected of “close cooperation to obtain and deploy” the missile and could therefore be “held jointly responsible for shooting down flight MH17.”The same investigation team said in May 2018 that the BUK anti-aircraft missile which hit the Boeing 777 had originated from the 53rd Russian military brigade based in the southwestern city of Kursk.’Waiting for five years’Relatives of those killed aboard MH17 welcomed the news.”It’s a start. I’m satisfied,” Silene Fredriksz, whose son and daughter-in-law were killed in the disaster, told reporters. “I am happy that the trial is finally going to start and that the names have been announced.”Asked if she personally blamed anyone for the crash, Fredriksz said: “Mr (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. Because he made this possible. He created this situation. He is the main responsible person.”Piet Ploeg, president of a Dutch victims’ association who lost three family members on MH17, told AFP that it was “very important news”.”The relatives of the victims have been waiting for this for nearly five years,” he said.Girkin, 48, is the most high-profile suspect, having previously been the self-proclaimed defence minister in the Donetsk People’s Republic before apparently falling out with the Kremlin.Girkin, who is thought to be living in Moscow, denied the separatists were involved. “I can only say that rebels did not shoot down the Boeing,” he told Russia’s Interfax news agency.Dubinskiy, 56, who was formerly in the Russian military intelligence agency GRU, was head of the intelligence service of the Donetsk People’s Republic, while Pulatov, 52, an ex-soldier in the GRU’s Spetznaz special forces unit, was one of his deputies.Kharchenko was a military commander in Donetsk at the time, the Dutch prosecutors said.During the press conference by the investigators, number of telephone intercepts were played that they said showed the four were involved.’Truth is like the sun’Russia has vehemently denied all involvement, and complained that it had been excluded from the probe.”You know our attitude towards this investigation. Russia had no opportunity to take part in it even though it showed initiative from… the very first days of this tragedy,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.Russia insisted last year that the missile was fired by Kiev’s forces, adding that it was sent to Ukraine in the Soviet era.Despite claims by Ukraine’s government and Dutch media that senior Russian officers would also face charges, none were named by the prosecutors on Wednesday.The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the attack includes Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine, representing the countries hardest hit by the disaster.The Netherlands and Australia said in May last year that they formally “hold Russia responsible” for the disaster. Of the passengers who died, 196 were Dutch and 38 Australian.Australia said Wednesday’s announcement was a “significant step” towards achieving justice, while NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said it was “an important milestone in the efforts to uncover the full truth”.Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, who was in office at the time of the disaster, welcomed the news, saying that: “The truth is like the sun, one cannot hide it with a palm.”The war in eastern Ukraine and the MH17 disaster continue to plague relations between Russia and the West.Since 2014, some 13,000 people have been killed. Kiev and its Western backers accuse Russia of funnelling troops and arms to back the separatists. Moscow has denied the claims despite evidence to the contrary.last_img read more

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Southwest Plane Makes Unscheduled Landing In Dallas

first_imgWikimediaSouthwest Airlines says a flight from Nashville, Tennessee, had to make an unscheduled landing in Dallas.News outlets in Tennessee cite a statement from the airline that says the Monday night flight was redirected to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport because a cockpit instrument indicated one of the flaps might not have fully extended. Flight 1118 had left Nashville International Airport around 8:30 p.m., and was supposed to land at Dallas Love Field.Southwest says the captain used the longest available runway and emergency vehicles were positioned nearby to monitor the landing, which was ultimately “uneventful.” The airline says protocol requires that an unextended flap requires landing at a higher speed at touchdown.None of the 103 passengers aboard the plane were harmed. Sharelast_img read more

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Cardinals Host Virginia on Saturday Afternoon

first_img Live Stats Virginia leads the nation in scoring defense (54.6) and is second nationally in fewest turnovers per game (9.4), third in scoring margin (+17.2), fourth in field goal percentage defense (.377) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.400). Louisville Notes Jordan Nwora is the second-most improved scorer in the nation with his 17.3 scoring average (fifth in the ACC) up 10.6 ppg from his 5.7 average last year. He has scored 20 or more points on 11 occasions this season, including his sixth double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds against Duke on Feb. 12. Christen Cunningham leads the ACC in assists in conference only games (6.4). He has handed out 75 assists in his last 11 games, including a season-best 12 assists vs. Duke two games ago, the most for a Cardinal in five years. He led UofL with 18 points vs. Clemson. In his last six games, Dwayne Sutton has averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 48.4 percent from the field (14-of-33 threes, .424). He has scored in double digits in 13 of the last 18 games. Centers Malik Williams (8.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Steven Enoch (9.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg) have combined to average 18.0 points and 11.2 rebounds in ACC games. Louisville has allowed 55 or fewer points in four of its last 10 games. The Cardinals have limited an opponent to under 40 percent accuracy for a half on 26 occasions this season, including both halves at Syracuse. UofL is 21st in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency. UofL has scored 80 or more points in 13 games (76.3 ppg) and the Cardinals are 26th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency by Kenpom. UofL is fourth in the ACC in scoring offense for conference games (74.3 ppg). Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked second in the nation by ESPN.com, fifth by Rivals.com and fifth by 247sports.com.Print Friendly Version GAME 28Date: Feb. 23, 2019Time: 12:00 p.m.Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (144-24 in 9th year)Television: Raycom (WHAS-TV in Louisville; click link to the right for other stations) – EvanLepler, play-by-play; Mike Gminski, analyst.Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Jody Demling, analyst (Sirus channel 133, XM 193, Internet 955).Series History: Louisville trails 4-13 (3-6 in Louisville, 1-6 at Charlottesville, 0-1 neutral)Last Meeting: Virginia 75, UofL 58 (ACC Tournament Quarterfinal,March 8, 2018 in Brooklyn, N.Y.)UL National Ranking: 18th Associated Press, 22nd USA TodayOfficials: Jamie Luckie, Pat Driscoll, Jerry HeaterNext UofL Game: Feb. 27 at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 9 p.m. ET (RSN) Louisville trails Virginia 4-13 in its series, losing the last seven matchups. Virginia won all three meetings last year, including a 75-58 decision in the last meeting in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y. (3-8-18). Where to Watch The Cardinals (18-9, 9-5 ACC) are very balanced on the offensive end, with four players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 17.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.   Dwayne Sutton ranks second on the team in scoring with 10.7 points along with 6.8 rebounds per game. Christen Cunningham is third on the team in scoring with 10.3 points and leads the team with 128 assists on the year.  Steven Enoch averages 9.1 points per game along with 5.1 rebounds per game. Louisville fell for the fourth time in its last 12 games as the Cardinals lost 69-49 at Syracuse on Wednesday. Jordan Nwora’s 11 points — his 25th double-figure scoring effort of the season — led the Cardinals, who made just 25.9 percent of its shots from the field. CARD FILES Louisville, ranked 18th by AP and 22nd in the USA Today poll, returns home to the KFC Yum! Center for one of its final two home games of the season as the Cardinals face the Virginia Cavaliers, ranked third nationally in both the AP and USA Today polls, on Saturday. Story Links Virginia (23-2, 11-2 ACC), which has lost only to ACC leader Duke twice, has won seven of its last eight games, including a 64-58 victory at Virginia Tech in its last game on Feb. 18 as Kyle Guy led the Cavaliers with 23 points and seven rebounds, and Ty Jerome added 16 points and a game-high six assists. Virginia made 11- of-27 three-point goals in the game, while Virginia Tech made just 3-of-28 threes.last_img read more

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Nationwide strike hits normal life Bengal Kerala among most affected

first_imgTrade union leaders claimed that around 15 crore formal sector workers are on strike in support of their 12-point charter of demands. BJP-backed BMS and NFITU, however, stayed away from the strike.The strike affected transport, banking operations and other services in various parts of the country.Normal working at banks was affected as 23 public sector banks, 12 private sector banks, 52 regional rural banks and over 13,000 cooperative banks have joined the stir except SBI, IOB, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank who choose to stay away from the strike. Also Read – Veteran DD News anchor Neelum Sharma diesOver half of the 10 lakh banking sector workers have gone on strike, All India Bank Employees Association General Secretary C H Venkatachalam said.Cases of small skirmishes were reported in West Bengal and National Capital Region among other places In Kolkata, partial impact was seen on suburban trains while shops, markets and business establishments in most areas remained closed.State administration was plying a large fleet of public buses while partial impact was seen on operations of private buses and taxis. Also Read – K’taka cabinet expansion on August 20In the National Capital, commuters faced problems as a large number of autos and taxis remained off the roads.In Kerala, public and private bus services, taxis and autorickshaws were off the roads. Only private cars and two wheelers were seen on the roads. Shops, hotels and even small tea stalls were closed in the state.In Tripura, vehicles did not ply on the roads, while markets were closed. Banks and other financial institutions, schools and colleges were closed and attendance was thin in government offices as well. The entrance gates of ONGC facility and the Tripura Jute Mill were closed.In Karnataka, government transport workers also joined the strike objecting to the proposed motor bill. Buses and autorickshaws kept off the roads causing inconvenience to office goers and those travelling to far of places.While the impact of strike was visible in Puducherry, Tamil Nadu was largely unaffected.last_img read more

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