In Manipur, all eyes are on the outcome of the two decades of dialogue between the Central government and Naga rebel groups. An agreement is expected to be signed before the monsoon session of Parliament, beginning on July 18, which will bring closure to the Kukis in Manipur. Nagas have been demanding unification of their lands but there are indications that maps will not be redrawn and instead ways would be found for preserving the cultural integrity of Nagas. Manipur has a considerable number of Nagas, with as much as 90% of the territory populated by Nagas and Kukis.There is hope that an amicable settlement will be reached with the Naga and Kuki rebels. However, Manipur’s insurgents have made it clear that if there is any provision in the peace accord which will compromise their territory and authority, they will not remain silent.Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren told The Hindu, “The government is committed to protecting the territory of Manipur. Not a single inch of land will be ceded away.”Army’s pactThe Army has signed a Suspension of Operations (SoO) pact with some Kuki rebel groups. Following this, over 23 Kuki outfits decided to join the mainstream and camps were constructed to house them. There have been six rounds of talks between the Central government, the Manipur government and SoO signatories. The sixth round of talks was held on January 10. Since New Delhi was keen on restoration of peace in the northeast, the Manipur government was asked to galvanise the peace process.Government sources said there could not be durable peace by signing an accord with one group while many others are left out.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has said that his administration will terminate the contract granted to Reliance General Health Insurance Company Ltd., a month after the government rolled out a Group Mediclaim Health Insurance Scheme for employees, pensioners and accredited journalists of the State.Bids not displayed “I studied it (the case) myself. The issue is that the government had not issued any tenders. A private company had asked for tenders on behalf of another company. Those bids were not displayed anywhere on our (government’s) website. The tenders were changed to suit a particular company. I have almost terminated the contract after an investigation. It will take couple of days (for the official cancellation order),” Mr. Malik said in an interview to a Delhi-based news channel.He claimed that the contract signed earlier “was full of frauds”.Annual premium The Governor’s administration had rolled out the insurance scheme on September 20 this year. It had announced that the government had tied up with Reliance General Health Insurance Company Ltd. on an annual premium of ₹8,777 and ₹22, 229 for employees and pensioners respectively.The government had said Reliance General Insurance, headed by Anil Ambani, won the contract to provide health insurance cover to Jammu and Kashmir staff after a “rigorous and transparent competitive tender process”.Many employees have already paid their first instalment for the policy, cumulatively running into around ₹25,000 crore.Kickback chargeThe Governor hinted that “during tendering the amount was changed to suit the company and was opened on a holiday”, also suggesting that top officials took kickbacks in the State’s Finance Department.The Governor’s regime on Wednesday pushed for the establishment of an Anti-Corruption Bureau which will have powers to arrest the corrupt officers and attach their property.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Flashing a balanced offensive, San Beda turned back Jose Rizal U, 80-66, in the other semifinal match.Pint-sized playmaker Aljun Melecio exploded for 30 points, while Ricci Rivero and Ben Mbala combined for 51 for the Archers. “This is a good game for us, because we learned a lot with having composure with our decision making,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout What ‘missteps’? MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ End of Pacquiao reign is here, Horn claims 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Newcomer Santi Santillan completed a three-point play with 10 seconds remaining to lift UAAP champion La Salle to a thrilling 100-99 victory over Lyceum and forge a title duel with San Beda in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.A recruit from University of the Visayas, who is set to make his debut in the UAAP this season, Santillan was at the right place at the right time, capping a wild sequence with a lay-up while drawing a foul as the Green Archers survived a gutsy stand by the Pirates, who nearly completed a comeback from 12 points down in the final period at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
AdvertisementBoth Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin spoke to one another via satellite link this week on social media after it was agreed the two would not meet in person until fight week due to their passionate mutual dislike of each other.Instead, a press conference was broadcast over Facebook this week where both teams sat down and spoke on a number of subjects. One of the more contentious moments was when Canelo was asked what he thought about Golovkin’s keep busy fight last May against Vanes Martirosyan. A bout he won comfortably inside the distance.Canelo had a less than complimentary response, saying it wasn’t even a fight:Golovkin took the fight due to the scheduled rematch with Canelo getting put back to this September after the Mexican boxing star failed a drugs test.The issue of the failed drugs test came up at one point during the satellite conference, to which Canelo responded saying that there is no need to talk about it now as the fight is on and will be a better fight than it would have been last May.The rematch is scheduled for September 15th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.Advertisement
Social media website Facebook may soon add a news section to its Android and iOS smartphone apps that may look like Facebook Paper — a standalone mobile app created only for iOS.Facebook confirmed to Mashable tech website that it is testing the new, sectioned news feed, in addition to the current format, though it is unclear if the feature would ever get an official launch.Some screenshots surfaced on Twitter on Friday, showing that a new layout of the mobile app that highlighted multiple news sections, with topics such as world and us, sports and food.Also Read: Facebook pushes live video feature high on your news feed”People have told us they would like options to see more stories on Facebook around specific topics they are interested in,” a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.”So we have been testing a few feeds for people to view more and different stories from people and Pages based on topic areas,” the spokesperson added.The report said the move would encourage users to get more news from Facebook rather than other sources like Twitter or Google News.Also Read: 6 tips to keep your Facebook clean, secure and private
Stoke City have signed striker Wilfried Bony from Manchester City on a season-long loan, the Premier League clubs announced on Wednesday.Ivorian Bony, 27, has been a bit-part player at City since signing from Swansea City in January 2015, with Argentina’s Sergio Aguero leading the line at the club. (Also read: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero charged by FA with violent conduct)”Bringing Wilfried in was a no-brainer for us, to be perfectly honest, because he knows the Premier League and has scored plenty of goals at this level,” manager Mark Hughes told the club’s website (stokecityfc.com).”He has power, speed and very good physical attributes which will undoubtedly help us, and his technical and finishing skills are outstanding, too.”Stoke, who are last in the league standings with one point from their opening three games, next play on Sept. 10, at home to Tottenham Hotspur.
It has been speculated for while now that the Galaxy Note 10 will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack. Samsung has already done this on some mid-range devices like the recent Galaxy M40, so it would be a surprising move. If this is true, the Galaxy Note 10 would be the first flagship from Samsung to come without a jack. This week, photos published by the FCC seem to confirm that the Galaxy Note 10+ model will indeed lose the 3.5mm headphone jack.We have seen renders of the Galaxy Note 10 in the past that made us speculate that Samsung would axe the headphone jack and this has now been confirmed by the US certification website. The photos are of the Galaxy Note 10+, but one would assume the regular Note 10 will also launch minus a 3.5mm jack.In order to help with the transition towards a jack-less future, Samsung will likely bundle the Galaxy Note 10 retail box with a Type-C wired earphones. Additionally, we are also hearing rumours that Samsung will unveil Type-C noise cancelling headphones alongside the Galaxy Note 10 on August 7. Earlier this week, some official Galaxy Note 10 photos leaked out, revealing the design of the Note flagship from the front, back and sides. The images all but confirm a centered punch-hole cutout on the display, vertical triple camera setup, in-display fingerprint sensor and a new gradient colour option. In addition to the 3.5mm headphone jack, Samsung may also drop either the power button or Bixby key.The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ will be unveiled on August 7 at an Unpacked event in New York. The regular Note device is said to sport a 6.3-inch screen, while the Note 10+ will come with a 6.75-inch display. The upcoming flagships are also expected to be powered by a new Exynos 9825 chipset and will likely get 5G variants as well.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 first official photos leak out, here’s what it will look like
Arsenal boss Emery: I’ll enjoy my first Premier League Christmas – if we winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is sure he’ll enjoy his first Premier League Christmas – if they win their games.Having worked in Spain, Russia and France, Emery is more used to spending time with his family over the festive period. Instead, he was with his squad on Christmas Day finalising plans for this evening’s visit to Brighton.The Spaniard said: “Usually the holidays come around perfectly for us every time, but I am still going to enjoy it working.”I think it’s very important for the supporters (to see teams play over Christmas). “Playing against Brighton is perfect, Liverpool (Saturday) is perfect and playing on January 1 against Fulham is perfect. We are going to enjoy it… but only if we win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea striker Abraham breaks Hazard record with trebleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham broke a record held by Eden Hazard in victory at Wolves.He is now the youngest player to score a hat-trick at the club.The 21-year-old was on fire against Wolves, netting his first on the 34-minute mark before bagging two more either side of the half time break.Hazard previously held the record for being the youngest player at Chelsea to score a hat-trick in a professional game against Newcastle back in 2014.But Hazard was 23 at the time in the 3-0 win, meaning Abraham has beaten the record by a staggering two years.Abraham has also become the first English player to score a hat-trick for Chelsea since Frank Lampard all the way back in 2011. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
With FIFA 20 now announced, this is the final stretch of FIFA 19 Ultimate Team content. The Team of the Season (TOTS) event has been going on for the last few weeks and the final squad was recently revealed with the Rest of the World team, handing out cards to players from the remaining leagues.However, with so many leagues there were always going to be a few good players missing out and some FIFA fans are particularly annoyed about the omission of Celtic’s James Forrest.The Scotsman had an incredible season, playing a huge part in his club’s Scottish Premier League title win with 11 goals and nine assists which earned him the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award as well as three inform cards and a Man of the Match card on FIFA 19. Yet, the SPL only received one TOTS card, which was handed to James Tavernier of Celtic’s bitter rivals Rangers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? To be fair, Tavernier was also fully deserving of an upgrade considering the defender’s remarkable tally of 17 goals and 20 assists in all competitions this season. The right-back’s new card has now overtaken Forrest’s MOTM card as the highest-rated SPL card on FIFA 19 Ultimate Team and is selling for about 40,000 coins in the FUT market.While Tavernier had a very good season, it seems odd that Forrest wasn’t included too. Some fans speculated that the snub was due to Celtic’s partnership with FIFA’s video game rival Pro Evolution Soccer.However, that conspiracy theory doesn’t hold up as Rangers are also partnered with the Konami game. The entire league is partnered with PES though which may be why the SPL only received one TOTS card.And Scottish fans should perhaps count themselves lucky as some leagues didn’t receive any blue cards, including Australia’s Hyundai A-League. That decision upset some fans who had been hoping for an upgrade to pacey golden boot winner Roy Krishna who scored 18 goals last season.Meanwhile, Greece champions PAOK FC received two TOTS cards with Varela and Vierinha. With so many leagues in FIFA now it appears it’s harder than ever for EA to balance the ROTW TOTS – maybe it’s time for an expansion to the FUT promotion?
TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $18 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on May 16 will grow to approximately $22 million.
(Photo: Grave marker for Henry Norwest, a Cree-Metis saddler, cowboy, trapper and hunter from Alberta, served as a sniper with the 50th Battalion C.E.F. Officially credited with 115 confirmed kills, the highest “score” recorded in the armies of the British Empire to that point, Norwest was killed in action August 18, 918 near Amiens. Source: Veterans Affairs Canada)APTN National NewsAboriginal veterans are honoured every year on Nov. 8.In Manitoba, Aboriginal Veterans Day has been recognized since 1994.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler was the ceremonies in Winnipeg.
New Delhi: In an effort to resume connectivity with Odisha’s Puri in the aftermath of the devastation wreaked by cyclone Fani, the Railways Wednesday said it will start normal services from the tourist town by May 12 but the complete restoration of the severely damaged railway station can take up to three months.Extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ made landfall in the coastal town on May 3, unleashing copious rain and windstorm with speeds of up to 175 kmph, and left behind a trail of destruction in 18 districts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The Railways had cancelled 595 trains since the cyclone hit the state on May 3 and has so far managed to restore 141 of them, including 34 trains originating from Bhubaneshwar. “Today (Wednesday) we have restored three pairs of express trains from Puri and we will gradually increase the number. This decision has been taken by factoring in the repair work of the over-head wires, poles and the signalling system that needs to be done. By May 12, we will resume normal services of trains from Puri. However, repair work of the Puri railway station and the Puri coach maintenance complex will take up to three months as these have been severely damaged,” East Coast Railway (ECoR) chief spokesperson J P Mishra said. “Our nearby divisions and even the other zones have really cooperated and collaborated with us to ensure that we restore services quickly,” Mishra said. There are about 52 trains originating from Puri daily, of which 40 are express trains while 12 are passenger trains. The national transporter has also paid advance salary for the month of May to its staff of Puri and Khurda Road stations. The Railways has also deployed around 16,750 mandays for repair and restoration work across the state and funds to the tune of around Rs 15 crore have been released. The roofs of 825 staff quarters, 5,500 metre of boundary walls, 2,200 km of track (which have now been cleared), water supply at 60 stations, FOB shelters and the coaching and the maintenance depot in Puri had been badly affected by the cyclone.
Bhopal: The BJP in Madhya Pradesh Monday said the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the state should prove majority in the Assembly. Leader of Opposition in Assembly Gopal Bhargava said his party will ask Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the state Assembly “to discuss important issues and test the Congress governments strength”. I am writing a letter to the Governor for convening a special session of MP Assembly shortly. We want discussion important issues like the farm loan waiver and (to) test the government strength, Bhargava said. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath said that his government is ready for an assembly floor test.
“You all have dedicatedly come forward to safeguard the country and also in times of national disasters all the time at the risk of your own lives, for which we are indebted to you. In the most recent past, you all stood by the nation and took the lead when national disasters, epidemics, landslides, etc struck us and I need your continued support for development of our country as we march forward as a peaceful society, rich with co-existence, reconciliation, harmony and understanding.”He emphasized that no Human Rights organization in the world be allowed to pressurize the Sri Lanka Army on whatever grounds and the UN has been informed of Sri Lanka’s capacity to find solutions to its own problems without any interference as a sovereign State. In his address to those three digit number attendees, the President thanked the Secretary of Defence and the Commander of the Army for arranging the meeting and called upon each soldier to continue with their dedicated roles for the sake of the country. President Maithripala Sirisena today asserted that Army soldiers will not be taken before war tribunals.The President gave the assurance when he addressed a gathering of more than 350 Commanding Officers (COs), Adjutants and Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) of the Army this evening at the Colombo Army Hospital auditorium. Kapila Waidyaratne, Secretary Defence and Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army extended a warm welcome to the President on his arrival at the premises and ushered him to the main auditorium. “As long as I remain the head of the country, I assure you that none of you would be allowed to testify before any war tribunals. Instead, such errant Army personnel, if any, can be produced before Courts and tried according to the existing law of the country. Disgruntled politicians and some retired Army personnel allege saying that War Heroes would be tried and punished, but I, as the President of this country would not allow anyone to be subjected to interrogation by foreign judges as such. Therefore you should not be misled by those baseless allegations and misleading statements.”“I also appeal all of you to believe in me and not to be misled by statements, rumours and our detractors. I commend all of you for the excellent services you rendered during the times of natural disasters and request you to extend your best cooperation for sustenance of reconciliation and peace in the country as a nation. I also wish to insist that unlike in the past, no War Hero’s overseas visa would be denied in future and will ensure their overseas visits are facilitated without any hindrance.”He also underlined the need for everyone to maintain the hard-earned peace for the country’s prosperity and assured that the Government would do everything possible to sustain the status-quo and make the Sri Lankan Army one of the best in the world in future. An Army live telecast of the President’s speech was transmitted to all Security Force Headquarters, Divisions and other formations simultaneously covering more than 30,000 members of the Army across the country. (Colombo Gazette)
On the nineteenth anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to the world to provide the necessary funds for a dramatic expansion of aid to help communities still suffering the effects of the catastrophy.“The three countries most affected – Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine – continue to grapple with daunting social, economic, humanitarian and environmental consequences,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesman.Nearly 8.4 million people in the three countries were exposed to radiation when the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine blew up. Beyond cancers and chronic health problems, especially among children, some 150,000 kilometres – an area half the size of Italy – were contaminated, while agricultural areas covering nearly 52,000 square kilometres, more than the size of Denmark, were ruined. “The challenge posed by Chernobyl has evolved over time,” the statement said. “As the threat posed by radiation has diminished, the no less potent hazards of poverty, chronic unemployment have come to the fore.” The focus of recovery efforts supported by the UN has shifted from emergency humanitarian assistance to long-term development aid, seeking to empower communities and foster new, sustainable livelihoods.“Early efforts are showing promise, but they need to expand dramatically in order to meet the needs of the affected populations,” the statement said. “The Secretary-General urges the international community to provide the necessary financial support for programmes designed to assist communities traumatized by Chernobyl to regain self-sufficiency and help families to lead normal, healthy lives in the affected areas.”Meanwhile, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has issued a new report noting that people living near the Chernobyl site still lack the information they need to live healthy lives and are instead vulnerable to misconceptions about radiation and health.
VANCOUVER – A B.C. safety agency has urged changes for sawmill owners and to the fire and electrical codes in an effort to mitigate the risks posed by explosive levels of wood dust and to avoid the kind of explosion that killed two mill workers last year.The BC Safety Authority, which oversees the safe installation and operation of equipment and administers B.C.’s Safety Standards Act, made nine recommendations in a report Tuesday about wood dust.They include recommending that the Canadian Standards Association classify wood dust as combustible, with improvements to the requirements around natural gas and propane codes.“Wood dust can have explosion and fire hazard characteristics similar to other known dusts that are identified as combustible dusts in the Canadian Electrical Code,” the report said.The report noted the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has classified fine wood dust as having “strong explosion” characteristics.“Wood dust and potential ignition sources exposed to wood dust are required to be managed. Locations where wood dust accumulates or is suspended in atmosphere are considered hazardous locations.”The BC Safety Authority investigation followed an explosion and fire last year that killed two sawmill workers and injured 20 others at Babine Forest Products on Jan. 20, 2012 near Burns Lake, in B.C.’s north-central Nechako region.The tragedy — the first of two fatal mill explosions in 2012 — destroyed the Babine mill and killed employees Robert Luggie, 45, and Carl Charlie, 42.An investigation already conducted by WorkSafe BC blamed the incident on dry wood dust, which had accumulated from pine-beetle killed wood and was ignited by machine parts.“Our aim was to conduct a thorough investigation and learn all we could to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents,” Greg Paddon, the group’s director of technical programs, said in a media release.“Now we can use that knowledge to initiate improvements toward the management of safety risks.”For mill operators, the authority recommended qualified professionals should identify areas in sawmills with dust hazards that could catch fire, and mills should develop better ways to manage that dust.The fire commissioner should publish a list of qualifications professionals must meet if they want to identify wood dust and explosion hazards, states the report.The report’s recommendations are directed at mill owners and operators, the Office of the Fire Commissioner in B.C., as well as the Canadian Standards Association.Babine Forest Products said in a media release it hasn’t analyzed the report, but the safety agency’s work will ensure sawmills are safer in the future.At the time of the blast, it added, the company had equipment designed to reduce wood dust, but “the scope of the hazard was not fully understood.”The new mill, announced in early December, will include state-of-the-art equipment to collect wood dust at its source, stated the company.“It will have equipment, building and floor plans designed to facilitate cleanup and reduce areas where wood dust can accumulate.”Last year’s second fatal mill explosion took place in April at the Lakeland Mills in Prince George, B.C., killing Alan Little, 43 and Glenn Roche, 46. Many others were seriously injured in the tragedy.In November, WorkSafe BC asked Crown counsel for a review of whether companies and individuals violated the Workers Compensation Act.Spokeswoman Roberta Ellis said at the time that prosecutions under the act could result in maximum fines of $652,000 and jail terms of up to six months.An earlier RCMP investigations ruled out criminal negligence in both explosions.The BC Safety Authority said it wasn’t releasing its full report because Crown counsel is currently reviewing a referral on the mill explosion from WorkSafe BC, the agency that enforces workers’ safety. by Keven Drews, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2013 8:27 pm MDT BC Safety Authority recommendations in fatal mill fire focus on dust AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) also noted today the number of displaced people seeking safety in its facilities exceeds 84,000 and may soon reach 100,000.In response to the growing needs of civilians affected by the latest conflict, aid agencies have mobilized relief supplies from the International Humanitarian City (IHC), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A special airlift in support of displaced families in Gaza began on Sunday from Dubai, where a 747 cargo took off carrying 115 metric tons of aid, containing 45,000 mattresses, 10,000 blankets and 220 hygiene kits. The plane landed at Marka International Airport in Amman earlier today. “We are very grateful for the immediate reaction and most generous response we received from Dubai and all the IHC members to our call for help. The Dubai airlift is one of the best examples of how effective humanitarians can be when working together,” said UNRWA Commissioner General, Pierre Krähenbühl.In the coming days, more airlifts are scheduled to arrive in Amman, from where UNRWA will truck the aid into Gaza for distribution. UNRWA plans to expand the scope of the donations to include emergency food parcels as stocks of food and other essential goods dwindle.The main priority for humanitarian agencies continues to be the provision of food, water, mattresses and hygiene items, as well as fuel for essential water, health and sewage facilities.The World Food Programme (WFP) continues to provide daily food rations, together with UNRWA, and more than 50,000 people have received emergency assistance in the last 24 hours. WFP is distributing daily food rations to more than 2,000 hospital patients and staff across the Gaza Strip. Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating with the Ministry of Health and other partners on the most urgent health needs. On the diplomatic front, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Egypt today as part of a regional visit to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians and help bring about a ceasefire. “The Secretary-General is here to support the efforts to stop the fighting in Gaza and the rocket attacks in Israel. He is indeed very grateful to the Government of Egypt, the Egyptian leadership, in mediating a durable ceasefire,” UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters from Cairo.
Libyan parties have gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, today for a new round of United Nations-facilitated talks aimed at resolving the North African nation’s political crisis. The latest gathering, hosted by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), is a follow-up to a meeting held in the Swiss city last week, when stakeholders expressed commitment to a united and democratic Libya governed by the rule of law and respect for human rights. This time around the participants will discuss the items that were agreed on last week. On Wednesday, another meeting will bring together municipal and local council representatives from cities and towns across Libya to discuss confidence-building measures. In a statement issued over the weekend, UNSMIL appealed to all Libyan stakeholders and invited participants to approach these talks ‘in a spirit of openness and reconciliation that is guided by the higher national interest of the Libyan people.’ Last week in Geneva, participants agreed on an agenda aiming to reach a political resolution to form a national unity government and make the security arrangements necessary to end fighting and ensure the withdrawal of armed groups from Libyan cities. There was also a call to safeguard Libya’s national unity and end the suffering of the Libyan people. In addition to mounting numbers of casualties, Libya’s protracted conflict has caused a humanitarian crisis with at least 120,000 people forced to flee their homes, resulting in consequent shortages in both food and medical supplies. A recent outburst of violence has further rattled the beleaguered nation, in conflict since the beginning of its civil war in 2011 which resulted in the ouster of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. In the eastern city of Benghazi, an uptick in violence has seen 450 people killed since October 2014 as residents continue to face shortages in medical care. Moreover, upwards of 15,000 families – some 90,000 people – have been displaced.
When the Class of 2018 graduates from Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, it hopes to leave a lasting legacy that will benefit students well into the future.But to accomplish the goal of having Brock be the first in Canada to make an Anatomage Table available to undergraduate students, help from alumni, students and generous community supporters will first be needed.The most technologically advanced virtual dissection table for anatomy education, the Anatomage Table is being adopted by some of the world’s leading medical schools and institutions.Bringing the state-of-the-art technology to Brock was the idea of fourth-year Kinesiology student James John Hall, who hoped it would be considered as the 2018 Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Class Gift that graduating students are encouraged to contribute to.“I wanted to give my fellow classmates something tangible, a physical item they could work with the Faculty to purchase,” he said. The table seemed the perfect fit, as it will continue to strengthen the reputation of the University while also enhancing the learning environment for future students.When Hall presented the idea to Brian Roy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, and Peter Tiidus, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, they were excited to learn more. Both have since committed to contributing to the purchase through their respective department and Faculty budgets.Faculty of Applied Health Sciences students are currently using plastic anatomy models, but use of the Anatomage Table will allow them to not only learn visually, but to also experience virtual dissection first-hand.“This table is a state-of-the-art teaching tool that will give our students a huge advantage in learning human anatomy,” Roy said. “We would be the only Kinesiology department in the country with such a table.”The new technology is available at one other post-secondary institution in Canada, but only to first-year medical students.Donations can be made at www.brocku.ca/donate to help Brock become the first in the country to offer an Anatomage Table to undergraduate students. By making a gift to Brock University you can make an investment in current students, faculty, research and the facilities that make a difference in future generations.Anatomage Table facts:The most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system for anatomy education.Used by many of the world’s leading medical schools and institutions.Thousands of structures are meticulously segmented from photographic images to deliver the most accurate three-dimensional anatomy.Allows for exploration and learning of human anatomy beyond cadavers.Education has been proven to be effective in improving test scores and more efficient lab sessions.Allows students to interact with young and well-preserved digital cadavers instead of aged and degenerated bodies.Accurate details and rich content draw students’ interest leading to effective educational outcomes.No chemicals, unpleasant smell, recurring facility costs or regulations.