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first_imgIt is tempting to dismiss asbestos as a problem of the past. The height of its consumption was in the 1970s, and asbestos litigation began over a half century ago. Many of its leading manufacturers and mining companies are long gone. Yet asbestos litigation is back in the news. In July 2018, a trial court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.69 billion for failing to warn customers that its baby powder contained asbestos, which naturally occurs in talc. The company now faces thousands of these suits, and its stock took a nosedive in December 2018 on a report that it knew its talc was contaminated. The company plans to appeal and continue to fight these cases, but, even if it eventually wins, their emergence raises the question: Why does asbestos litigation persist?RELATED ARTICLESHow Worried Should You Be About Asbestos in Older Homes?Fixing Attics With Vermiculite Insulation I have studied asbestos for decades and written books about its dangers and public policy around it. The issues surrounding asbestos or the material itself will not go away. Stronger than steel, and potentially lethal One reason for the persistence of the problem is that tons of asbestos remain in our communities, a legacy from when asbestos was prized for its remarkable commercial properties. It is a fiber made of rock that is stronger than steel, yet flexible enough to be woven into cloth. It is waterproof, corrosion-proof, and fireproof, as well as abundant and easy to mine. Manufacturers found ways to add asbestos to everything from hair dryers to battleships, roof shingles to children’s modeling clay, car parts to missile silos. Asbestos is still used legally in the U. S. for some purposes, despite efforts to ban it completely in the U.S., as has already been done in many other countries, including those in the European Union, in Australia, and in dozens more. Scientists now know that exposure to asbestos fibers can cause a number of fatal diseases including mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lining of organs, and asbestosis, a progressive scarring of the lungs. Asbestos exposure also can cause pleural plaques, fibrous thickenings of the membrane around the lung. This condition is asymptomatic and may not develop into serious diseases. But those who have been exposed face years of uncertainty because many of the worst asbestos-related diseases can take decades to appear. And yesterday’s asbestos can be today’s health hazard. Because it is a mineral, asbestos does not evaporate, and its dangers do not diminish over time. If anything, some asbestos products can become more dangerous as they become brittle and likely to release fibers into the environment. Asbestos fibers can also be released when disturbed, a fact tragically illustrated by the September 11 terrorists’ attacks, when the collapse of the World Trade Center towers released a cloud of dust containing asbestos. Finally, asbestos is part of the landscape of some communities, and epidemiologists have found higher rates of asbestos-related cancers in areas that are known to have deposits of asbestos-containing rock. Accordingly, even if the U.S. followed the lead of other countries and prohibited its use, health risks from asbestos would continue. Consistent with this assessment, the World Health Organization reported that asbestos-related deaths have persisted worldwide, including in countries that banned it in the early 1990s. Lawsuits are a result of politics? A final reason for continued litigation is political. Asbestos is a global problem, but the American response has been distinct. Whereas other countries have addressed asbestos injuries through centralized benefit programs that pool costs and risks, the U.S. has relied much more heavily on litigation. Consider the Netherlands. During the 1970s and 1980s, Dutch workers suffered five to 10 times the incidence of asbestos-related diseases as American workers. Dutch law allows workers to sue their employers for workplace injuries, yet there were only 10 asbestos-related lawsuits in the Netherlands in the 1990s. During the same period, one in three of all civil cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas were asbestos-related. Dutch workers did not file lawsuits because they did not need to. They enjoyed much more comprehensive health and unemployment benefits, which were deducted from any recovery in the courts. American workers also did not sue at first. Instead, they sought relief from state workers’ compensation programs. But these programs were designed to compensate workers for traumatic injuries, like broken arms and legs, and not slowly manifesting occupational diseases, like mesothelioma and asbestosis. As a result, these programs offered very limited relief. With no relief, lawyers moved in Entrepreneurial lawyers stepped into the breach. Aided by favorable rulings and the discovery of decades of corporate efforts to conceal the risks of their products, asbestos litigation took hold and ramped up. By the early 2000s, an estimated 730,000 claims had been filed targeting over 8,400 companies in 75 of 83 categories of economic activity within the U.S. economy. Building on their early successes, lawyers created an extensive infrastructure to support these claims, giving rise to a cottage industry complete with extensive marketing campaigns and sophisticated strategies for finding new claims. The final price tag has been estimated at over $325 billion in today’s dollars. Initially, this litigation illustrated the heroic side of the American legal system: its flexibility, innovativeness, and ability to take on powerful interests. Over time, however, serious concerns emerged from lawyers, policy experts, and judges about its costs and fairness. Numerous studies demonstrated that administrative costs of asbestos litigation gobble up over half of all compensation paid. These costs might be tolerable if asbestos litigation has delivered consistent and timely compensation to victims, but payments have been erratic and slow. Meanwhile, claims now are often herded into massive settlements or bankruptcy compensation trusts, where compensation varies and claimants are offered little, if any, individual due process. Even worse, asbestos litigation has reportedly become plagued by questionable practices and accusations of fraudulent practices that displace consideration of those suffering the most and unfairly burden the courts and businesses. Given these problems, judges, interest groups, and members of both political parties have repeatedly begged Congress to create a national asbestos injury compensation fund along the lines of other economically advanced democracies. These efforts have all failed at the federal level for a variety of complex political reasons, which have thwarted compromises over who pays, as well as how much and to whom. As a result, the erratic beat of asbestos litigation will continue, as the problem of asbestos will not go away on its own. People without adequate health insurance and social benefits will continue to suffer, and lawyers will continue to find ways to bring claims. Just ask Johnson & Johnson.   Jeb Barnes is a professor of political science at the University of California’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. This post originally appeared at The Conversation and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.last_img read more

first_imgYou are never going to find your voice until you start exercising it.If you want to find your voice, you need to start talking. You need to start sharing what you know, what you believe, and what your experience has taught you. Until you start talking, until you start hear what comes out of your mouth, your heart, and your mind, you won’t know what’s really in there.I have seen dozens of people find their voice through Toastmasters. It awesome to see someone transform from quivering, fear-racked mortal to master and commander in the course of ten speeches. You can easily do the same.You will find your voice when you start writing. You have no idea how much you have buried deep in the crevices of your mind and even deeper in your gut. If you don’t write, you don’t really even know what you think. The act of writing sets your voice free. And it frees all the ideas, beliefs, and values you have trapped inside.You can start writing now. You don’t even have to write for someone; you can just write for yourself. Sit down with a blank screen and blinking cursor and tap on the keys. Write whatever comes into your mind. Don’t censor yourself. Write, and write, and write and you will find something inside you.If you want to find your voice, go looking for it by speaking and writing. I promise it’s in there, and it will reveal itself to you when you do the work. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

first_imgThe Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday demanded that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) be formed to investigate the murder of NCP activists Rakesh and Yogesh Ralebhat in Jamkhed, Ahmednagar, last week.NCP leader and former Assembly Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil said, “Jamkhed does not have a doctor in the government hospital, and they had to be taken to Ahmednagar. The police took them to a private hospital instead of the civil hospital. Post-mortem was done in Pune. All this creates a doubt in the minds of people, and therefore an SIT should be formed to investigate case.” He said both activists were threatened with a gun on April 1. “The people involved are being sheltered by powerful individuals. The police has no control over the criminals in the district, and the guardian minister must resign.” Mr. Walse-Patil, visited the family of the victims on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementFloyd Mayweather, Lionel Messi, Kylie Jenner and other celebrities made it to the newly released Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers 2018 list. In Forbes’ recently-released list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities, the retired boxer Mayweather beat out George Clooney, Kylie Jenner, and Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock.Forbes compiled its 2018 list estimating pre-tax earnings from June 2017-June 2018, before deducting fees for managers, based on data from Nielsen, touring trade publication Pollstar, movie database IMDB, and interviews with industry experts and celebrities themselves.Mayweather pulled in some $285 million in the period, largely thanks to his August 2017 comeback fight win over mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor.20-year-old Jenner recently attracted headlines for being within reach of becoming the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, as Forbes estimated her net worth to be $900 million earlier this month.Floyd’s fight against Conor Mcgregor last year which made him $285 Million, alone was capable to put him in the list of highest paid celebs. His fight against Conor McGregor sold 4.4 Million PPV buys in the US and generated $550 Million in revenue. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 3 (PTI) The Haryana government today approved the pay scale recommendations to the teaching and non-teaching staff of government universities, government colleges and government aided colleges with effect from January 1, 2016 as per the 7th pay commission. The move will put an additional burden of Rs 230.6 crore annually on the state exchequer, said state finance minister Abhimanyu in an official release here. With this decision, teaching and non-teaching staff working on 2,853 posts in various universities and colleges in the state would be benefited, he said. Assistant professors of universities and colleges would get Rs 57,700 to 79,800 whereas associate professors would get Rs 1,31,400 and professors would get Rs 1,44,200 to Rs 1,82,200, he added.Similarly, assistant librarian of universities and colleges would get Rs 57,700 to Rs 68,900 and deputy librarian would get Rs 79,800 to Rs 1,31,400 and librarian would get Rs 1,44,200. The minister said that while, lecturers, physical education in universities and colleges and assistant director of sports department would get Rs 57,700 to Rs 68,900, the deputy director would get Rs 79,800 to Rs 1,31,400 and director would get Rs 1,44,200. The registrar and controller of examination would get Rs 1,44,200, sub registrar and sub controller of examination would get Rs 79,800 and assistant registrar and assistant controller of examination would get Rs 56,100. Furthermore, the Pro-Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor would also get pay scale as per the 7th pay commission, he added. PTI CHS RHL RHLlast_img read more

first_imgKuldeep Yadav and KL Rahul made it back in the playing XI of the Indian team for the fourth and final Test between India and and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday and two records were created immediately after. India are bidding for their first-ever Test series win in Australia as they lead the four-match series 2-1.Rahul and Kuldeep found their way into the squad after Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin were unavailable for the SCG Test. While Rohit returned home to his wife Ritika Sajdeh after the birth of their first child, Ishant and Ashwin were injured.Ishant Sharma has a rib cage issue and was not named in the final 13-man squad while Ashwin, not 100 per cent fit, was named in the squad but not in the playing XI on Thursday. And this is how Rahul and Kuldeep made their way into the final XI for India.India vs Australia 4th Test in Sydney: Live Cricket ScoreWith the inclusion in the Test, Kuldeep became the first Asian left-arm spinner to feature in a Test match in Australia even though overall, he is the fifth regular visiting left-arm wrist spinner in Australia.On the other hand, Rahul and Mayank Agarwal opening the batting meant for the first time, India had two Karnataka batsmen opening the batting for them in Test cricket.Mayank Agarwal made an instant impact after his debut at the MCG in the Boxing Day Test and was retained at the top while Rahul got a nod once again purely because Rohit was unavailable.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPakistan went past England to get to the fourth spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 points table after trumping Afghanistan by three wickets in a last-over thriller at Headingley on Saturday.Pakistan have 9 points from 8 matches and if India manages to defeat England in their high-voltage clash on Sunday, the chances for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men to qualify for the semi-finals will receive a huge boost.Delighted with the turnaround that has seen Pakistan jump from the 9th spot to the top-four in a span of 3 matches, skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed thanked Pakistani fans for their unconditional support throughout the match.”Thanks to almighty. Thanks to all the supporters, they have been cheering us from ball one and I think this is a great win for us,” Sarfaraz said after the win.When asked about the India-England match, Sarfaraz said that Pakistan is not thinking about the game and he hopes that the better team comes out victorious.”Obviously we all are watching (India v England game) but we are not thinking about it and hopefully the better team wins.”Sarfaraz Ahmed was full of praise of Shaheen Afridi and Babar Azam for their continuous good run with the ball and bat. Sarfaraz also lauded Imad Wasim for his heroic performance under immense pressure.Imad Wasim’s unbeaten 49 guided Pakistan to a much -needed win. The left-handed all-rounder held his nerves even as he was losing partners in their chase of 228 runs. Imad stitched an unbeaten 24-run stand with Wahab Riaz as Pakistan sealed the thriller.advertisement”It was not an easy pitch to bat on but, credit should go to Imad for the way he batted till the end. We all know he (Shaheen Afridi) is a good bowler and he is improving day by day and I think he is working hard and he bowled really well today,” added Sarfaraz in the post-match ceremony.Meanwhile, losing captain Gulbadin Naib credited Pakistan for playing well under pressure.”We fought really well, the boys gave their 100%. We missed opportunities to win. Credit to Pakistan, they controlled their nerves. Imad played really well,” Naib said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan survive Afghanistan scare to keep semi-final hopes aliveAlso Read | World Cup 2019: ICC to take action after fans clash during Pakistan vs AfghanistanAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgTopics Since you’re here… Read more Black is the colour to end red-card muddle over misjudged tackles … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action If George is undertaking specialised training with his club, he will not do so with England during next week’s three-day camp in Bristol. Eddie Jones was part of the World Rugby committee that sought stricter sanctions for head injuries – introduced in January 2017 – and sits on the governing body’s law review group. “At international level we’re certainly not going to give them 101 lessons on tackle height,” he said. “They know where they’ve got to tackle and how to tackle. For me nothing has changed … The way the game is at the moment looks after the welfare of the players and they just need to adjust. We just endorse the laws 100% and expect our players to follow the laws.”Saracens host Gloucester on Sunday with Danny Cipriani making a first appearance since being dropped by Jones on Thursday. Owen Farrell comes into the Saracens side to line up directly opposite Cipriani but Billy Vunipola is absent. Saracens have said the No 8 is missing due to “a prearranged medical procedure” which is not thought to be serious.On Saturday, Willie le Roux returns from international duty to make his first start for Wasps against Sale while Kyle Sinckler is back for Harlequins’ trip to Bristol. Elsewhere, Dave Attwood and Taulupe Faletau are back to bolster Bath’s pack for the visit of Northampton. Share on Facebook The Leicester interim head coach, Geordan Murphy, has since expressed his regret at claiming the sport has gone “too PC” but does believe the ensuing debate has created a “watershed moment”. One theory gathering momentum is to borrow from Gaelic Football and introduce a black card for the offending player, who is replaced by a substitute – possibly after a 10-minute sin-bin – thereby penalising the individual but not overtly punishing his team.“It’s complicated because it’s our responsibility as coaches to technically work with our players to minimise the risk of these things happening,” said McCall. “At the same time, these things happen fast, the ball-carrier is carrying the ball at whatever miles per hour, the defender is coming off the line at whatever miles per hour, a slight movement from the ball-carrier can cause what happened and it’s really, really, really fine margins. Especially if you’re tall.“Player welfare is unbelievably important. Whether red cards are the solution I’m not sure. It’s difficult because we don’t want head injuries in the game. I just so often feel that a red card should be really, really obvious to everybody and that’s probably changing at the moment.“I understand all the issues and I don’t have any big solutions other than is there a way of punishing it in a different way that does change the behaviour of that particular player but doesn’t necessarily result in 15 against 14 every match because I don’t think anybody necessarily wants that.”Saracens, whose Premiership and European success in recent years has been based on ferocious defence, conceded a number of penalties for high tackles in their season-opener against Newcastle – Tempest was also the referee that day – and McCall revealed he has implemented tailor-made training drills to encourage his players to tackle lower. “You work on them as technically as you can,” added McCall. “You try to do that in training when they’re as fatigued as possible because that’s sometimes when things can occur.”Meanwhile, Jamie George, the Saracens and England hooker, believes he is at an advantage compared to taller teammates such as Maro Itoje and Will Skelton but acknowledges the tightrope current players are having to walk. “It is very difficult for us,” said George. “I completely agree with looking after the players but there has just got to be a bit more of a feel for it. Sometimes when a ball carrier is going low it is very hard not to make contact above the ball but we have put a big responsibility on extra tackle technique.“You have to wrap the ball, you can’t get away with not. You look at the best teams in the world, the All Blacks, us to a certain extent, Leinster, they have got the best defences and they make the most dominant tackles. We know how important the physicality side of it is. The main thing is we as players, whether we agree or disagree with what is going on, we have to adjust.” Reuse this content Share on Pinterest The Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, has suggested the introduction of a sanction in between yellow and red cards as a possible solution to the debate currently raging over high tackles.Will Spencer’s red card and subsequent four-week ban for a dangerous tackle during Leicester’s defeat by Wasps last Sunday has polarised opinion between those who claim “the game has gone soft” and others who believe the referee Ian Tempest was simply applying the law amid World Rugby’s concerted effort to reduce head injuries. Read more Rugby union Share on Twitter Saracens Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Robert Kitson newslast_img read more

first_imgThe innovative and creative talents of residents of Trench Town and other communities throughout the island, will be showcased at the inaugural Trench Town Trade and Investment Fair set for November 14-17.The event, conceptualised and organised by the Agency for Inner-City Renewal (AIR), is expected to create meaningful opportunities for residents, while highlighting prospects for partnerships among Government and non-government entities, and the private sector.It will be held at the Trench Town Community Centre under the theme: ‘Rebirth of a City: Transforming Zones of Exclusion into Zones of Investment and Opportunity.’At the press launch held on Thursday, June 13, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, AIR Chairman, Dr. Henley Morgan, said that while the event is being held in Trench Town, it is expected to attract micro entrepreneurs from communities in and outside of Kingston.“This will be their time, their stage, to present what they do,” he informed.Special features of the fair will include a conference, workshops, music and cultural tents, children’s village, flea market, concerts, a farmers’ market, among other activities.Dr. Morgan said it will have the same “seriousness” of any other major national exposition, which is to “make a deal, make connections, network, and do business”, except that “this is going to be taking place in a community setting”.He stated that the fair is intended to serve as a catalyst in bringing informal and marginalised communities into the mainstream of economic and social life, by creating investments and opportunities that will empower individuals and their communities, socially and economically.This, he said, is in keeping with the objectives of the national development plan; Vision 2030 Jamaica, which aims to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, and do business.The fair has gained the attention and firm support of former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, who is patron of the event.In an address read by former CARICOM Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Byron Blake, Mr. Patterson encouraged private sector entities to participate in the event.He stressed that there is a dire need for citizens, who live in marginalised communities islandwide, to build meaningful business partnerships with the private sector.“We must all work together to help solve complex social, cultural, and economic challenges confronting communities throughout Jamaica,” he stated.The event targets local and foreign investors, as well as the Diaspora; non-governmental organisations; the public and private sector; churches and civil society leaders; academicians and students; volunteers; the diplomatic and consular corps; and residents of Trench Town and surrounding communities.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

Rabat – Whoever said that clubbers do not need a reminder for prayer – let him/her know that a DJ can play the role of a muezzin.Tunisian authorities have shut down a nightclub after a DJ had played a remix track featuring the Muslim call to prayer, better known in Arabic as Athan.And the Internet Went Crazy The story began after footage was widely shared on social media platforms since Sunday, showing the clubbers dancing to a remix track, playing excerpts of the call to prayer. The video-taped incident occurred at a club in the northeast town of Nabeul as part of the Orbit Festival in Tunisia. It has ignited an uproar among Tunisians, who expressed their dismay over the incident.For its part, the Tunisian Ministry of Religious Affairs issued a communiqué condemning “the acts against the sacred and religious rites [of Tunisia].” It added that “mocking the opinions and religious principles of Tunisians is absolutely not acceptable.”SorryThe Berlin-based British DJ has expressed his remorse and apologized to Tunisians for the incident by taking to his Facebook page. He has reportedly received more than 200 death threats in the few days since Friday’s incident. “I want to offer my sincere apologies to anyone who may have been offended by music that I played at the Orbit Festival in Tunisia,” he said. His page has since been deactivated due to the onslaught of negative activity.For their part, the organizers of the festival, near the coastal town of Hammamet, released a communiqué on Monday expressing their apologies as well. “Dax J had no intention of provoking your anger or offending you. It is clear, after his apologies, that Dax J is sincere and has no reason to hurt our dear festival-goers,” they said.The Party is OverFollowing the wave of indignation that the incident caused across the country, the authorities closed the nightclub.Speaking to French news agency AFP, Mnaouar Ouertani, the town‘s governor, said, “We decided to close this nightclub. We will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred.” read more

9 May 2008Over 100 States took part in a two-week meeting seeking to pave the way towards the review of the United Nations-backed Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which forms the foundation of the world’s nuclear non-proliferation regime. This gathering, which wrapped up today, was the second of three sessions of the Preparatory Committee of the Parties to the Treaty on the NPT.Participants held constructive discussions on substantive issues, such as nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament, nuclear weapon-free zones and the peaceful use of nuclear energy.The meeting ended with the adoption of a report detailing substantive and procedural issues.Both the third session of the Committee, to be held from 4 to 15 May 2009, and the Review Conference, from 26 April to 21 May 2010, will take place in New York.The UN serves as the Secretariat for the NPT. read more

After intensive and often difficult deliberations on key contentious issues, the Conference adopted a Declaration and Programme of Action that commit Member States to undertake a wide range of measures to combat racism and discrimination. At the time of the adoption, however, a number of delegations voiced their reservations or disassociations on certain points, including those relating to the Middle East and to the legacy of the past. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, speaking to reporters in New York this morning, lauded the effort by delegations to achieve common ground. “The Conference was about victims; the Conference was about the future; the Conference was to try and come up with a plan of action and a declaration that would mean something to all those people in the room and around the world who are victims of discrimination,” he said. “We did not achieve everything we went there to achieve, but at least the issue of discrimination was put on the agenda, was discussed, and in the end, a document came out.”In a statement released in New York on Saturday, Mr. Annan expressed regret that the forum had been overshadowed by disagreements on “highly emotional issues, especially the Middle East.” He stressed the need to reflect on the experience, and to learn from it. “The United Nations is a mirror to the world, and its work reflects what divides us as well as what unites us,” he said. “This can be painful, but it is sometimes necessary, since only if we see our divisions clearly can we work to overcome them.”The statement said the Conference documents “should send a signal of hope” to those struggling against racism. “It is up to governments now to work with these brave people, and see that their commitments are actually fulfilled,” Mr. Annan said. Echoing this view, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, said the Conference must mark a beginning, not an end. “There must be follow-up,” emphasized Mrs. Robinson, who also served as Conference Secretary-General. “The documents we have agreed here will be meaningless unless governments act on them.”The Conference Declaration, expressing concern about the plight of the Palestinian people under foreign occupation, recognized their inalienable right to self-determination and to the establishment of an independent State. It also recognized Israel’s right to security, and called upon all countries to support the peace process and bring it to an early conclusion. On slavery, the Conference text acknowledged and profoundly regretted the massive human sufferings and the tragic plight of millions of men, women and children as a result of slavery, the slave trade, apartheid, colonialism and genocide. Acknowledging that these were appalling tragedies, the Conference said slavery, especially the transatlantic slave trade, was a crime against humanity and “should always have been so.” Concerning compensation and reparations, the Conference recognized that historical injustices had undeniably contributed to poverty, underdevelopment, marginalization, social exclusion, economic disparities, instability and insecurity. The Conference recognized the need to develop programmes for social and economic development within the framework of a new partnership based on the spirit of solidarity and mutual respect. The Conference attracted the participation of 2,300 representatives from 163 countries, including 16 heads of State, 58 foreign ministers and 44 ministers. Nearly 4,000 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and over 1,100 media representatives were accredited. read more

Mr. Annan spoke by phone to all three – Shqipe Hebibi, Annetta Flanigan and Angelito Nayan – who were seized by gunmen from their UN vehicle on 28 October in the Afghan capital of Kabul, where they had been working on the country’s first-ever presidential election under contract to the UN Development Programme (UNDP). “He is profoundly relieved that their ordeal and the anxiety of their families and friends are now ended,” his spokesman said in a statement issued in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where the Secretary-General is attending an international conference on Iraq. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported that the three – from Kosovo, Northern Ireland and the Philippines, respectively – seemed fine, were in good spirits and would join family members soon.Mr. Annan also phoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai to thank him for the crucial role his Government played in securing the release of the three, voiced gratitude to the people of Afghanistan for their outpouring of sympathy and support, and praised the “courage, dedication and solidarity” of the UN family in a call to his Special Representative, Jean Arnault. “The Afghan people have high expectations and hopes with regard to the role of the United Nations,” the statement concluded. “The United Nations system will continue to work to strengthen the security of its staff in order to enable it to fulfil the organization’s mandate to further peace, reconstruction and democracy in Afghanistan.” In Kosovo, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in the UN-administered province, Søren Jessen-Petersen, and Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi visited Ms. Hebibi’s family, who thanked the Kosovo Government and UN for their efforts in the case.”This is a very happy day for the family of Ms. Hebibi, for Kosovo and for the UN and UNMIK (UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo),” Mr. Jessen-Petersen said. “We wanted to come over here to share the joy and happiness of the family. We are so delighted that they will soon have her back in Kosovo.” read more

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s government has yet to announce a final decision on the Site C hydroelectric dam but BC Hydro has informed officials in the Peace River Valley that construction could begin in 90 days.The email from the project’s senior environmental co-ordinator was sent out Friday to area municipal and aboriginal officials.Mayor Gwen Johansson says the email calls into question the repeat assurances from Energy Minister Bill Bennett that the provincial government has not made a final investment decision.The Crown agency must inform aboriginal and municipal agencies 90 days prior to the start of construction and BC Hydro says work will begin in January — subject to the final decision of cabinet to be announced by the end of the year.The $7.9-billion Site C dam would provide enough energy to power the equivalent of about 450,000 homes a year but it would also flood 55 square kilometres of river valley.The project received federal and provincial environmental approval earlier this month. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 21, 2014 1:22 pm MDT Site C construction could begin in 90 says, BC Hydro tells communities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Based on data which is preliminary in some cases, global demand for passenger vehicles in January was up significantly from the year before. All regions except for Western Europe posted clear gains, which were in the double digits in some cases.The Asia/Pacific region was up by more than 4% from the year before in January, according to preliminary estimates. Japan was up about 40% from the year before. In addition to the dynamic rebound in these markets, it is apparent that new incentives are beginning to bear fruit. In China as well, new registrations are back up after the decline in December.In Eastern Europe (up 15%), the growth continued in January 2012 with double-digit gains, as Russian growth has not let up following expiration of the scrappage scheme. Latin America was up 13% over the year before in January, as all key markets posted clear growth.Only in Western Europe were new registrations down (down 7.7%). The performance of the individual markets was once again uneven, as some smaller countries posted gains, such as Austria (up 5%) and Switzerland (up 13%), while significant losses were posted in Italy (down 17%), Greece (down 13%), Portugal (down 29%) and France (down 21%). Spain was able to post a slight gain because of its weak year-before comparison. Even the former engine of the Western European region, Germany, was not able to post a gain in January.All in all, the impact of the financial crisis at the start of 2012 has not yet carried over significantly from Western Europe to other regions.The global passenger vehicle market is still on track for growth: the risk lies in Western EuropeGlobal new registrations will once again set a new record in 2012, growing by about 6% over 2011. In general, expectations have been revised slightly higher (up 0.4%) relative to the month before. Downward revisions were made for Italy (down 70,000 units) due to the impact of the financial crisis, and for China (down 200,000 units), where economic conditions are now viewed somewhat less favourably. Nevertheless, clear growth is expected there for the year as a whole, of almost 12%. Aside from minor forecast increases for some countries, upward revisions were made for Japan (up 100,000 units because of the recent incentives) and Russia (up 180,000 units because growth has remained strong despite the expiration of the scrappage scheme).The Asia/Pacific will be up 10% from the year before in 2012. This is attributable to the aforementioned situation in the Japanese passenger vehicle market and the continuing growth in China. Only in South Korea is a slight decline expected.The NAFTA region is expected to continue to recover, although its former levels will remain out of range. Nevertheless, new registrations will exceed the 16 million mark. Eastern Europe will grow by more than 6% in 2012 thanks to the good conditions in Russia.Western European passenger vehicle demand will be down again in 2012 (by 5%), as was the case in 2010 and 2011. New registrations are expected to fall in every country except Germany. Germany has been only slightly affected by the crisis so far, and its outlook for the current year is very good, especially in the job market. As a result, the German economy is expected to remain stagnant at the least, and will perhaps even manage to post slight growth.Data: Copyright R.L. Polk Europe Holding Ltd, all rights reserved. No reproduction allowed without prior written consent from Polk – more detailed data on the UK vehicle market, contact SMMTAutomotive Information Services (AIS).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Denise Fergus said that revealing Jon Venables’ new identity ‘could lead to vigilante action and innocent people being hurt’Credit:Christopher Furlong /Getty Jamie Bulger The two family members are represented by solicitor-advocate Robin Makin. Sir James Munby, President of the High Court’s Family Division, is dealing with preliminary issues in the application to vary or discharge an injunction originally granted by the High Court in 2001.Venables has been living anonymously since his release from a life sentence for the kidnap, torture and murder of two-year-old James 25 years ago. Both Venables and Thompson were later granted lifelong anonymity by a High Court judge. James was murdered by 10-year-olds Venables and Robert Thompson after they snatched him from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, in February 1993. He was charged after police found more than 1,000 indecent images on his computer. It was the second time he had been caught with such images and when he was arrested he told police he was plagued by “stupid urges”.James’s mother, Denise Fergus, and father, Ralph Bulger, both attended the Old Bailey when Venables was sentenced in February. Jamie Bulger was snatched him from a shopping in February 1993Credit:PA Show more The mother of James Bulger has said killer Jon Venables should keep his anonymity to avoid “vigilante action” despite a legal challenge brought by the murdered toddler’s father and uncle.James’s father, Ralph Bulger, and uncle, Jimmy Bulger, have launched a High Court application against an order that allows Venables to live under a cloak of anonymity.It is being aired in open court before the most senior family judge in England and Wales on Tuesday.But James’s mother, Denise Fergus, said she is not involved in the High Court proceedings before Sir James Munby. In a statement, she said: “I understand the motivation for the application, but my concern is that if Venables were known by his own name, it could lead to vigilante action and innocent people being hurt.” Following release they have lived under new identities. But Venables has since been convicted and sent back to jail over indecent images of children.In February, he was jailed for three years and four months after admitting surfing the dark web for extreme child abuse images and possessing a “sickening” paedophile manual. Denise Fergus read more

first_imgReal Madrid’s Gareth Bale has replaced Cristiano Ronaldo as the club’s talisman as new manager Julen Lopetegui continues to rebuild his team, according to Evening Standard.The Wales international continued his impressive preseason form by scoring a goal during Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over AC Milan on Saturday night.The former Spurs star has spent the last five years as a sidekick to Cristiano Ronaldo but looks to set to become the main attraction as Madrid prepare for life after the departure of their all-time top scorer.Bale was believed to be considering his future at the Santiago Bernabeu after Madrid won their third consecutive Champions League title at the end of May.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.However, the departure of Ronaldo to Juventus means the Welsh wizard has the chance to become the team’s leader and star player.The former Southampton trainee hasn’t had easy time of things in the Spanish capital since he moved there for a then world record fee of £85million in 2013, struggling with injuries on a number of occasions.Ironically, it was Bale who stole the show from Ronaldo at Kiev against Liverpool last May. The winger came off the bench to score twice as Madrid defeated the Merseyside club 3-1 on the night to secure their 13th European title.Bale’s goal against Milan becomes the second he has scored so far in preseason after his scorcher against Juventus in the International Champions Cup in the United States.last_img read more

first_img Steve Bosh, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Steve Bosh Updated: 9:04 AM July 1, 2019 California gas tax increased more than five cents on July 1 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) – The Gas Tax increased by five and a half cents on Monday. Californian’s are now paying the highest gas prices in the nation.As KUSI’s Steve Bosh reports, gas prices will continue to rise for decades to come.Bosh says this all part of former Governor Jerry Brown, and the Democrats successful attempts to convince voters to raise $52 billion over 10-years for transportation projects.Combined with the 12-cent increase from last year, this current increase in gasoline and registration fees  will raise $5.4 billion in the coming year. It has been documented that Sacramento has shifted road funds to other things.Monday on Good Morning San Diego, Carl DeMaio told us, “We knew that they were stealing our gas tax funds because it’s not going to fix the roads, you can look at the roads for evidence of that.”The underfunding or backlog of road maintenance is $139 billion. DeMaio, with Reform California, funded an initiative to repeal the 12-cent a gallon increase two years ago. He says the voters were duped by the Secretary of State who changed the ballot language from repeal the tax to “Voter approval for Future Gas and Vehicle Taxes and 2017 Tax Repeal Initiative.” California’s highest-in-the-nation gas tax will cost the typical working family $1500/year! Higher cost-of-living and the CA politicians raid the funds and won’t fix the roads. This is FRAUD and must be stopped.— Carl DeMaio (@carldemaio) July 2, 2019 Posted: July 1, 2019last_img read more

first_imgROCHESTER, NY — Fariha Haque, a first-year student majoring in computer science at the University of Rochester, has been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement for the fall 2018 semester.Haque, a resident of Wilmington, is the child of Omtajul Haque and Shahnaz Haque, and a graduate of Wilmington High School.About University of RochesterThe University of Rochester, founded in 1850, is a private research university located in Rochester, N.Y., (pop. 212,000) on the south shore of Lake Ontario. The University offers a unique undergraduate curriculum, with no required courses, that emphasizes a broad liberal education through majors, minors, and course “clusters”—a Rochester innovation—in the three main areas of knowledge: humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences/engineering. The University (on the Web at is also home to the world-renowned Eastman School of Music as well as graduate professional schools of business, education, medicine, and nursing.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of Rochester.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Fariha Haque Named To Dean’s List At University Of RochesterIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 2 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Rochester Institute Of TechnologyIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Scott Stenson Named To Dean’s List At Bentley UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more