The Cuban government is sending 165 doctors and nurses to battle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced this morning in Geneva, Switzerland, at a joint press conference with Cuba’s minister of public health, Roberto Morales Ojeda. The health care workers, 103 nurses and 62 doctors, are going to be deployed to Sierra Leone in the first week of October.It is the biggest contribution of health care staff by any single country so far to help control the epidemic, noted WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. “This will make a significant difference in Sierra Leone,” Chan said.To put the numbers in perspective: WHO has deployed about 500 foreign medical experts to the region. 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Several governments have pledged support. For instance, the British government and the Wellcome Trust medical charity have announced they will spend £6.5 million to speed up research on Ebola vaccine candidates. Germany’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development has announced it is increasing its contribution to WHO to fight Ebola from €1 million to €10 million. And the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $50 million to fight Ebola. But that does not address the main problem, experts say. “Money, materials are important, but those alone cannot stop Ebola transmission,” Chan said at the press conference. “The thing we need most of all is people.”According to WHO, more than 200 health care workers are needed to run an isolation ward with 70 beds. While it is still unclear how many Ebola patients there are altogether, WHO estimates several hundred extra beds are needed in Liberia alone. At the moment there is not a single bed available in the whole country to treat Ebola patients, Chan said.Several people on the ground in Liberia have confirmed that Ebola patients are being turned away at the treatment center in Monrovia to avoid staff being overwhelmed. “We need more actions. We need to surge at least two to four times in order to catch up with the outbreaks in these three countries,” Chan said. “I hope the announcement today will stimulate more countries to surge their support.”*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.
The ruling Biju Janata Dal’s Patnagarh MLA, Saroj Kumar Meher, was granted conditional bail on Saturday in an alleged case of harassment of a tribal junior.The bail was granted by Additional District Judge (ADJ) Court, Bhubaneswar, Arun K. Mallick. The court is also designated as a special court to deal with cases involving MLAs and MPs.“The court granted conditional bail to the MLA on the surety of ₹25,000 and two bailers with a direction to cooperate with police in the investigation process,” said Arup Chand, the advocate of junior engineer Jayakanta Sabar. The court cautioned the MLA against influencing the witnesses in the case, Mr. Chand said, adding that the bail was granted 12 days after his arrest on June 24.Meher is likely to be released from the special jail at Jharpada in the State capital later in the afternoon.The MLA was arrested on the charge of forcing junior engineer Jayakanta Sabar, working at the Public Works Department (PWD), to do 100 sit-ups within five minutes over poor quality road construction work at the Patnagarh Assembly constituency. The matter came to light after a video went viral on social media on June 6.Bolangir Collector Arindam Dakua had directed an inquiry into the incident and submitted a report on the same. The Bolangir District Adivasi Manch had demanded Meher’s arrest while threatening to gherao the Odisha Assembly on June 26 if its demand was not fulfilled.The MLA, however, was taken into custody by the police on June 24.Mr. Sabar’s wife had also lodged a written complaint at the Patnagarh Police Station in Bolangir district, following which a case was registered against the MLA.
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Catch the hornet quickly It’s now TNT KaTropa’s turn to brace for a big fightback.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “It will again be a war,” coach Nash Racela said on Wednesday night, referring to Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven title series where San Miguel Beer tries to bounce back from a lethargic performance that left both teams tied at 2-2.“Definitely, we will not back down,” Racela said after coming out of the Texters’ preparations for the critical match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Beermen will still come into the game as the prohibitive favorites despite losing Game 4, 102-97. They had all the chances to win in the stretch, only to be outplayed by the Texters on both ends when it truly mattered.Chris Ross, on the night he won his first Best Player of the Conference award, played his worst game of the series and promised a big day for the Beermen in Game 5. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “I felt I let my team down,” Ross, his head bowed, said after stepping out of the San Miguel locker room. “We played decent enough, but that’s not our style. We didn’t play with a sense of urgency. It started with me. I just wasn’t good enough.”“We need to find ways to win, like we did in Game 4,” Racela said as he tries to put the Texters ahead in the series again for the first time since winning Game 1.Joshua Smith proved to be one big headache for Leo Austria and the rest of the San Miguel coaching staff as the 330-pound banger got away with murder in the stretch. He finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds and threw the Beermen’s frontliners out of synch the whole night.“Smith really had a big impact on our big men,” Austria said. “They got into foul trouble, and we will have a big problem if they are in foul trouble.”June Mar Fajardo fouled out trying to contain Smith, and import Charles Rhodes was ejected in the dying minutes for picking up a second technical foul.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games “We need to address that,” Austria said.Jason Castro bounced back from a mediocre Game 3 to gun down 10 of his 17 points in the fourth period, and rookie RR Pogoy snapped out of a two-game stupor to contribute offensively, factors that Racela said played a major role in the series-tying win.The series has been nothing short of intense, even if the Beermen won the middle two games in authoritative manner.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments
Indian grapplers simply annihilated their opponents, scooping 14 gold medals out of a total 16 on offer as the wrestling competition in the 12th South Asian Games ended here on Monday.Despite being represented by a second string team, the home wrestlers proved too strong for their South Asian neighbours as they grabbed five more gold out of six on offer, besides a silver, on the concluding day today at the R G Baruah Sports Complex.Indian wrestlers thus ended their campaign with a whopping 14 gold and two silver. India won gold in all the eight women’s categories, while their men counterparts won six gold and two silver. Pakistan won two gold medals.Shilpi Sheoran began the gold count for India on Monday as she beat Farzana Sharmin of Bangladesh in the women’s 63kg final bout. Rajani and Nikki made all-gold affair for Indian women in the Games by defeating Bangladesh’s Shirin Sultana and W Weerasingh of Sri Lanka, respectively in the 69kg and 75kg categories.Among men, Mausam Khatri and Pardeep won a gold each in 97kg and 74kg respectively, while Mandeep had to settle for a silver as he lost to Pakistan’s Zaman Avwar in the 125kg final bout.In the 2010 edition, India had won three gold and a silver in men’s wrestling while Pakistan had won two gold and a silver.
New Delhi, Jul 20 (PTI) The National Anti Doping Agency (NADA)’s Appeals Panel is ready with its order on suspended 400m hurdler Jithin Paul but will announce it in a few days time. Paul, a former 400m hurdles champion, had appealed against the Anti Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP)’s verdict of suspending him for four years for possession of banned substance meldonium in his room at National Institute of Sports (NIS) Patiala during a NADA search on April 17, last year. The ADDP panel had passed its verdict in February this year after concluding that Paul had “no reasonable justification for possession of the prohibited substance in his room”. An unhappy Paul had then appealed against the verdict to the appeals panel (ADAP) which had concluded last of its series of hearing on June 14. “The ADAP panel comprising Justice RV Easwar, Dr Navin Dang and Vinay Lamba are ready with their order but Justice Easwar had some commitments on July 17 when the verdict was to be announced. But he is available now and it will come out any moment,” a NADA source told PTI today. In case the ADAP upholds the ADDP decision of four years, then Paul’s sentence will be counted from the period of his provisional suspension from May 22, 2017. PTI KHS SSC SSCSSC
The Honor 20 (Review) is finally on sale in India and can be purchased on Flipkart. The Honor 20 was launched alongside the Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20i earlier this month as part of the Honor 20 series. The Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro in particular are flagship products that come with punch-hole displays, glass designs, flagship processors and quad cameras, among other things.The Honor 20 price has been set at Rs 32,999, which is similar to the price of the OnePlus 7. The Honor 20 is on sale on Flipkart where you can also avail some interesting offers. The biggest offer the 90 per cent Buyback Guarantee that promises to give you back Rs 29,700 if you return the product or exchange it within 3 months.Honor 20 specificationsThe Honor 20 shares a lot of the same features as the Honor 20 Pro. It gets a 6.26-inch AllView punch-hole display on the front with narrow bezels all around. The rear glass panel gets a unique holographic design and comes in two finishes – Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue.Honor’s newest flagship is powered by a 7nm-based Kirin 980 AI chipset with Dual-NPU. The Honor 20 is offered with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The quad camera setup on the back includes a 48MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, 16MP ultra wide-angle camera, 2MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the Honor 20 sports a 32MP selfie camera.The Honor 20 houses a 3,750mAh battery and supports 22.5W fast charging. It ships with Android 9 Pie with Magic UI 2.1 on top.advertisementShould you buy the Honor 20?We reviewed the Honor 20 and found it to be one of the best affordable flagships out there. With a price similar to the OnePlus 7, the Honor 20 offers a standout design that is compact, premium and elegant. It also offers a blazing fast performance and terrific battery life thanks to a power-efficient Kirin 980 chipset.The Honor 20 also impresses with its versatile quad camera system that allows the user to shoot detailed photos using the primary camera, wide-angle landscape shots and up-close macro shots, among other things. Honor has also promised regular security updates for the Honor 20 despite the ongoing Huawei troubles in the US.Honor’s latest flagship is a fantastic alternative to the OnePlus 7, but the latter does offer some benefits as well. The OnePlus 7 offers a cleaner Android Pie software which is assured to get regular updates and Android Q in the future as well as a rich and vivid AMOLED display.ALSO READ | Honor 20 review: The almost perfect smartphone
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves boss Nuno defends players after three consecutive defeatsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno has defended his players in today’s media conference.Nuno says he will not “abandon” any of his players prior to their weekend Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, after Wolves suffered a third defeat in a row in all competitions for the first time since November 2018.The Midlands club’s Europa League Group K opener ended in a 1-0 loss after Ricardo Horta’s 71st-minute match-winning strike sealed victory for SC Braga.”We don’t base our analysis on the result, we base it on the performance,” the Wolves boss explained.”We have to work as a group, speak to each other and have dialogue because one thing I don’t do is ever abandon a player.”I realise if he is not performing well, where can I find a solution to help him.”The expectation outside is based on the results, now we need to find the solutions to how we do things.”
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the helmet of VanDarius Cowan #43 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the warm ups prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The best college football program right now in Alabama. That’s not really up for debate, either. The Crimson Tide are the reigning national champions and have won five national titles since 2009.How much longer is Nick Saban’s dominance going to last? Probably for a while.ESPN published today its “future power rankings,” attempting to predict which college football programs will be great through the year 2020.Alabama, unsurprisingly, comes in at No. 1.From ESPN.com:Usually there’s some debate about the top spot, but not this year. Alabama comes off of its fifth national championship in the past nine seasons. Coach Nick Saban turns 67 on Halloween but has shown every intention of coaching for a while longer. The Tide’s defense, their signature unit, continues to stockpile talent and should feature arguably the nation’s best linebackers in 2018, complementing All-America candidate Raekwon Davis at defensive end.“They just look different when you step on the field,” an opposing offensive coordinator said. While Alabama’s quarterback situation is drawing more attention than normal because of the unique dynamic, the outlook could be better than ever. Jalen Hurts is a proven winner, and Tua Tagovailoa gives Alabama a passing element it has lacked during this historic run. The only potential concerns, other than Saban retiring before 2020, are how a shuffled coaching staff will adjust this season, and whether there’s enough quarterback depth if and when one of the top contenders departs.Good luck, college football teams not named Alabama.You can view the full rankings here.
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New Delhi: Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has been abolished by a presidential order that would come into force “at once”, Home Minister Amit Shah said in parliament Monday, announcing the most far-reaching move on the state in nearly seven decades.The announcement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting of his cabinet at his house Monday morning. Amit Shah also introduced a bill to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, which was passed in the Rajya Sabha. Gearing up for any trouble in the state after the announcement, the centre moved 8,000 paramilitary troops from different parts of the country to Kashmir, in addition to nearly 35,000 personnel moved in the past week. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn a proposed law, which has cleared the Rajya Sabha and will need the Lok Sabha’s approval, Jammu and Kashmir will cease to be a state and become two union territories with two Lieutenant Governors. Ladakh will be a Union Territory without a legislature and Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature. The government’s huge step followed a massive build-up of troops in the sensitive Kashmir Valley and a night where senior leaders including former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were placed under house arrest. Internet and phone lines were forced out of service in parts of Jammu and Kashmir. All educational institutions and offices are closed and groups have been banned from gathering in Kashmir and Jammu. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThousands of paramilitary troops were sent to Kashmir last week after the government said it was cancelling the Amarnath Yatra, an annual pilgrimage, and asked tourists and outsiders to leave the state. Rajya Sabha on Monday approved a resolution abrogating Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir and a bill to bifurcate the state into two union territories with Home Minister Amit Shah saying the controversial provisions were responsible for poverty and lack of development in the state. Allaying opposition fears of all hell breaking loose after the move, Shah replied, “nothing will happen” and it won’t be allowed to turn into another battle-torn Kosovo. “It was heaven on earth and will remain so,” he said replying to the debate on the resolution and the bill which were taken up together. He said full statehood will be restored to Jammu and Kashmir at “appropriate time” and after “normalcy” returns. “Article 370 is the biggest hurdle to normalcy in the state,” he said adding his government was committed to making Jammu and Kashmir the most developed state in the country. Terrorism, he said, cannot be eliminated from the state until Article 370 and 35A are in existence. The two articles of the Constitution, which give Jammu and Kashmir a special status and does not allow all laws of India to be applicable to the state, have hindered development and bred corruption, he said. Shah said the rule of three families in the state during their 70 years since Independence did not allow democracy to percolate and it bred corruption. Rajya Sabha approved a bill to extend 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections in the state as well as the resolution on abrogating Article 370 by voice vote. TMC, which vehemently opposed the resolution, walked out before Shah began to reply to the debate on it. However, the bill to bifurcate the state was approved by 125 votes in favour and 61 against it. One member abstained. Opposition BSP, BJD, AIADMK and YSR-Congress voted in favour of the bill. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address the nation on Wednesday to explain his government’s landmark move to redefine and reorganize the state of Jammu and Kashmir after Parliament.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – He was an Elvis Presley-loving American sailor who spun records for the U.S. Navy radio station on the Caribbean base where he was stationed. She was a local woman whose brother worked at the base.More than a half century after the brother introduced Jennifer Meyerink and Stephen Walbert, the long-separated couple’s love was finally sealed in Rochester, where they were married Monday in the hospital where Walbert has been undergoing treatment for leukemia. The couple lives in Canada.“That eternal flame turned into a bonfire, and it’s still roaring today,” the 73-year-old Walbert said as relatives and staff at Rochester General Hospital crammed into his room to view the marriage ceremony officiated by the city clerk.In a nod to Elvis, Walbert wore a black sequined outfit, a purple scarf and aviator sunglasses. The bride wore a black dress and purple hat.Walbert, a Chicago native, was stationed in 1965 in Trinidad and Tobago, where he worked nights as a disc jockey for the base’s radio station. The two fell in love, but Walbert was transferred back to the U.S. He gave his dog tags to Meyerink, telling her “Darling, I’ll be back one day for this.”But he never returned to the island nation. The two lost touch, and each got married and started their own families — Meyerink in Ontario and Walbert in Wisconsin. After Meyerink’s spouse died, her sister used Facebook to find Walbert, by then a widower and living in Waupaca, in central Wisconsin.The two began corresponding via email, and reunited in 2015. Walbert moved to Canada in March 2016.“I never stopped loving him, I realized that,” the 72-year-old Meyerink said.In October, Walbert was diagnosed with a form of leukemia. He decided to seek treatment in Rochester, where his son lives. Later this week, Walbert and his family will decide whether to continue his treatment at the hospital or choose hospice care.“I haven’t given up hope on myself yet,” said Walbert, the dog tags Meyerink had saved for 50-plus years hanging from his neck. “I never will. But I have her back. And that gives me all the strength I need to get through the rest of my life.”
Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Record a track in the men’s room with nearly 50 of Canada’s most celebrated musicians? That is one for the history books.And history they made with Alan Doyle, Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, Sarah McLachlan, Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies, Spirit Kids Barney and Dustin Bentall, Colin James, Craig Northey and The Odds, Shari Ulrich, Jim Byrnes, Kendel Carson, Daniel Lapp, Spirit of the West with Cory Tetford, Shehab Illyas and Kris MacFarlane and many more of Canada’s top musicians came together to cover Spirit of the West’s “Home for a Rest” in honour and support of frontman John Mann and his battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Performing and recording as part of a benefit in John’s honour at the Commodore Ballroom in November 2017, the resulting video and song sit at the helm of a GoFundMe campaign to assist the 55-year-old singer in his extensive care for the degenerative disease. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the sales and streaming of the new release will go to the John Mann Trust Fund.“We got it in the can in the can.” – Alan Doyle“This song is a testament to the love that lives in the community of the Canadian Music Business,” explains Doyle, who spearheaded the recording.“I encourage everyone to enjoy and share this song that was made by so many people offering a hand to a friend who needs it. This is for John.”Doyle and audio engineer Peter Green created a makeshift sound studio in the Commodore’s second-floor men’s washroom, shuttling musicians in to record.“We did drape it nicely,” Doyle says. “We found a bunch of black drapes to put over the urinals and the like. We had Sarah McLachlan coming in there. I couldn’t ask Sarah to go to just any old men’s can to sing a song. We got it in the can in the can.”The outreach has received $35,000 so far.Industry peers beyond musicians are lending their support as well.“My very first gig as a lighting designer was Spirit of the West at the Empress six years ago,” Kyle Gilmar offers.“Thanks for letting the new guy have a shot.”Audio of the live performance was sent to radio this week. Listen out for it! Commodore cast with John Mann (far right)
Monte Carlo: Japan’s Kei Nishikori lost his opening match of the clay season on Wednesday, with Asia’s top player crashing to a 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the Monte Carlo Masters. Fifth seed Nishikori reached the final here last year but will lose a chunk of ranking points after he hit 25 unforced errors and just 14 winners in succumbing to Frenchman Herbert. Nishikori will now move on to Barcelona next week, where he owns two titles as he works on his clay form as the run-up to Roland Garros intensifies. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHerbert, who overcame Fernando Verdasco in the first roud, struck 31 winners in his upset to avenge a three-set loss to Nishikori in Rotterdam earlier this season. “I’m very happy to finally beat Kei,” the 49th-ranked Herbert said. “I was very confident with my defence. “I came to the match with good feelings after the first round.” Nishikori lost the Monte Carlo final a year ago to 11-time champion Rafael Nadal. Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev rediscovered traces of his best form with a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Monte Carlo Masters. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe German, who is based in the Principality, reached the third round as he tamed the 18-year-old who broke through for a Miami semifinal last month. The 21-year-old Zverev played the semifinals in Monte Carlo a year ago but has yet to hit his stride this season. That may be starting to change. “This is the first time this season I’ve felt really healthy,” said Zverev, who lost prematurely at both Indian Wells and Miami, as well as in Marrakech last week. “I’ve been training well but haven’t been able to take that into matches. I live just 500 metres from here, I’m comfortable on this court. I’m starting to feel better about my game. I’m really ready for the clay season.” Canadian Auger-Aliassime has made a fast rise in the rankings from 175 a year ago to his current 33rd. Zverev swept the opening set in 30 minutes but had to get through a series of three straight breaks of serve between him and his opponent before finally advancing in 78 minutes. The third seed broke six times and will next face Italy’s Fabio Fognini, who reached the third round when French opponent Gilles Simon was unable to play their match due to back problems. Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas moved ahead, defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-5. “I need to maintain my focus, my concentration, my aggressive mindset when I’m on the court,” Tsitsipas said. “If all these are combined, then I have nothing to fear and I have nothing to be afraid of when I’m on the court. This is the first big clay court tournament, not everyone is very well prepared for that. It’s been a long hardcourt court season before the clay.”
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The University of Alaska Anchorage hockey program will play home games on campus next season.The Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday that the school has announced it will move games out of Sullivan Arena in Anchorage and into the Wells Fargo Sports Complex for the 2019-2020 season.The school says relocating games from Alaska’s largest entertainment venue will save $200,000 per year.A university official says seating capacity will need to increase at the on-campus venue in order to satisfy requirements of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.The league requires member schools to play in arenas with seating for at least 2,500 spectators.The Seawolves averaged 1,944 spectators per game and had about 500 season ticket-holders last season.The university says expansion plans have not been finalized.___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press
The nine award-winning projects – which were evaluated for excellence in delivering the UN’s services and programmes as well as for their contributions in areas such as staff morale, productivity, knowledge management, administration and information technology – were selected from 70 initiatives nominated worldwide.“Your efforts in substantive programmes and field projects have directly helped people in the countries where you serve,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, congratulating the award winners. “Your endeavours have given the United Nations’ work more impact and make us a more productive organization.”Among the winners were three UN Environment Programme (UNEP) projects: the Billion Tree Campaign, which was launched in 2006; the Indian Solar Loan Programme, which has brought solar energy to 100,000 people in India; and the Environmental Management of the Iraqi Marshlands which has seen the partial restoration of the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East.“I am delighted that three outstanding projects from the UNEP stable have been recognized by their United Nations peers as beacons of creativity and transformational change,” said Achim Steiner, the agency’s Executive Director.Also among the award winners were two projects initiated by staff in the UN’s Vienna offices – one streamlining administrative processes for staff who leave the organization, the other improving the way governments report drug-related data. 11 July 2008The United Nations today gave out “UN 21” awards to its own staffers around the globe in a bid to boost the world body’s efficiency and effectiveness.
A suspect has been arrested with foreign liquor valued at over Rs 50 million, the Police media unit said.The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) made the arrest in the Kotahena area. The Police said that 15,431 bottles of imported champagne and wine had been seized. (Colombo Gazette)
One person was reported missing and six others were rescued after an inflatable boat with Saudi Arabian nationals toppled in the Mahaweli River.The inflatable boat with the Saudi Arabian nationals toppled in the Mahaweli River at Gohagoda in Katugastota. (Colombo Gazette)
The Regional Consular Office is located at No.391, Anagaraika Darmapala Mawatha, Matara. As a part of the initiatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take its consular services to the people, without having to travel to Colombo, the formal opening of the second Regional Consular Office in Matara will take place on Friday, 15 February.Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana and Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera will declare open the office in the presence of Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Members of Parliament representing Southern Province. Consular services to be extended to the public would include attestation of birth, marriage and death certificates, educational and other legal documents for their use abroad, extending assistance to family members of Sri Lankans stranded abroad, facilitation of redress and compensation claims of families of migrant workers and repatriation of human remains from abroad. A regional Consular Office has been functioning in Jaffna since 26 January 2017. (Colombo Gazette)
In a call for Member States to take action urgently, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, warned that air pollution “threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of the burden.”According to WHO’s ambient air quality database, despite some improvements, pollution levels are “still dangerously high” in most parts of the world.This includes “many of the world’s megacities”, according to Dr Maria Neira, WHO’s Director of the Department of Public Health, Social and Environmental Determinants of Health, who added that air quality levels in those urban centres, exceed WHO guidelines “by more than five times”.Covering more than 4,300 cities in 108 countries, the data points to an estimated 4.2 million deaths each year caused by outdoor air pollution, with 3.8 million fatalities overall, owing to household pollutants, linked to cooking.More than 90 per cent of victims come from low- and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa, followed by others in the Eastern Mediterranean region, Europe and the Americas.The threat to human health comes from exposure to near-invisible toxins that are present in polluted air as fine particles.These pollutants – some of the most dangerous being sulfates, nitrates and black carbon – penetrate deep into the lungs and bloodstream and cause a range of diseases including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and other respiratory infections.According to WHO, global air pollution is linked to inefficient energy use in every sector of human activity: coal-fired power plants, industry, agriculture and transport.Waste burning and deforestation are additional sources of air pollution, as are sand and desert dust, the agency says.Inside people’s houses, the main source of air pollution stems from lack of access to clean cooking fuels.It’s a problem that affects more than 40 per cent of the world’s population – some three billion people – a situation that the WHO Director-General described as “unacceptable”.Although there are major gaps on air pollution data from regions including the Western Pacific and Africa – where information was available in only eight out of 47 countries on the continent – the WHO chief noted that the international community was “starting to pay attention and take action” on air pollution, recognizing it as a threat to sustainable development.“The good news is that we are seeing more and more governments increasing commitments to monitor and reduce air pollution as well as more global action from the health sector and other sectors like transport, housing and energy,” he said. WHO’s Dr Neira echoed that message, highlighting “an acceleration of political interest in this global public health challenge”. But she noted that the increased commitment to recording air pollution data to date, had come mostly from high-income countries.Countries that are taking measures to reduce air pollution include India, WHO says, where one new scheme has provided free gas connections for more than 37 million women, to help them make the switch to clean energy use in the home.The publication of WHO’s findings comes ahead of the first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health, which is due to run from 30 October to 1 November in Geneva, where the UN agency aims to push for improved air quality and combat the harmful effects of climate change.