Chinese actress named UN environment ambassador

Ms. Li, who was designated in the Chinese city of Shanghai yesterday, will help UNEP in its mission to generate awareness and understanding of environmental causes, as well as inspire positive action, the agency said.She has already demonstrated personal environmental commitment through her L.O.V.E Green movement, which promotes an environmentally-friendly, low-carbon lifestyle among her fans in China. She has also worked to mobilize the public to lead greener lifestyles. “I am honored to have this opportunity to work with UNEP on the environment. I am an environmentalist in my personal life and I try to share this passion with my fans and the wider public,” Ms. Li said.“If we are really going to protect the planet, we all need to be accountable for our behaviour, to realize that the natural resources that have been so generously given to us are limited and need protecting if they are going to be shared by future generations,” she added.A graduate of the Shanghai Drama Institute, Ms. Li made her film debut in 1999 with the movie, Seventeen Years. In 2005, she starred in the romantic comedy film Waiting Alone, which received three Chinese Academy Award nominations, including “Best Picture” and “Best Actress.”Ms. Li has sought to build on her work as a popular actress to green the high-profile entertainment industry in China. She is also a Goodwill Ambassador of the Billion Forest Campaign by the Climate Group in the Asia-Pacific region. She was the Earth Hour Global Ambassador last year.Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP”s Executive-Director said: “Li Bingbing is our first Goodwill Ambassador in China and UNEP is delighted to welcome her on board. UNEP commends her personal commitment to a greener lifestyle and her passion to influence the public.””As an actress, she has the ability to reach out and influence large numbers of people to change their behavior and to realize that a sustainable future depends on all of us working together,” he added.In her first action as UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Li, together with Mr. Steiner, opened UNEP”s video exhibition by 14 leading international artists at the UN Pavilion in the Shanghai Expo. The installation, entitled the Nature of Cities, was created by Art Works for Change, and examines how cities must find a balance with the natural world to exist in a way that support both people and the planet. 5 July 2010Chinese actress Li Bingbing has been appointed as the first national Goodwill Ambassador in China for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). read more

UN envoy on housing evictions appoints UNHABITAT manager for Zimbabwe

“As UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, the UN agency responsible for housing and urban development, I recognize the need to immediately support the UN country team by appointing a UN-HABITAT programme manager, with immediate effect,” Anna Tibaijuka said as she wound up a nearly two-week-long fact-finding tour of Zimbabwe.The programme managers of UN-HABITAT, officially known as the UN Human Settlements Programme, are urban planning and management experts who work with governments at all levels on “providing adequate shelter for all and developing sustainable settlements in a globalizing world,” Ms. Tibaijuka said.”The reason that UN-HABITAT had not stationed a programme manager in Zimbabwe in the past is that statistics had suggested that urbanization was not yet a critical issue in the country,” she added.Ms. Tibaijuka, who arrived on 26 June to assess the humanitarian aspects of the evictions, also examined the adequacy of the Government’s arrangements for those displaced during the Southern African winter, the official capacity to provide for basic needs and the ability of the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to respond to humanitarian requirements.After criss-crossing the country, she is scheduled to leave Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, tomorrow for Nairobi, Kenya, where UN-HABITAT is headquartered, and said she would report on her visit to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He would then decide how the international community could “further assist the Government and people of Zimbabwe with the challenges I have seen on the ground,” she said. read more

UN atomic chief sees no breakthrough at meeting on Irans nuclear programme

“Unfortunately the picture is still hazy as to the scope and nature of Iran’s nuclear programme,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told reporters before formally presenting his latest report to the Board. He said IAEA had not seen indications of diversion of nuclear material to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices during its inspections.But he warned that there were still a number of “important uncertainties” that need to be clarified about the programme, which has been a matter of international concern ever since the discovery in 2003 that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).“I do not expect the Board to adopt a resolution on the Iranian issue unless there is a breakthrough and unless there is a positive agreement,” Mr. ElBaradei said. “As things stand I do not expect the Board to adopt a resolution.” He added that as requested by the Board in February he would transmit his latest report to the Security Council, which has the power to impose economic sanctions. “There is universal recognition that this is an issue of serious implication to international peace and security,” he stressed. “The whole Middle East security is very much at stake.”Iran says its activities are solely for peaceful energy purposes but the United States and other countries insist that it is clandestinely seeking to produce nuclear weapons. In August Iran rescinded its voluntary suspension of nuclear fuel conversion, which can produce the enriched uranium necessary either for nuclear power generation or for nuclear weapons.As he has done repeatedly over the past three years, Mr. ElBaradei called on Iran to provide “maximum transparency,” urging it to again freeze its research and development activities until a solution is found. “Regrettably, however, after three years of intensive verification, there remain uncertainties with regard to both the scope and the nature of Iran’s nuclear programme,” he said in formally presenting the report to the Board.“As I mentioned in my report, this is a matter of concern that continues to give rise to questions about the past and current direction of Iran’s nuclear programme. For confidence to be built in the peaceful nature of Iran’s programme, Iran should do its utmost to provide maximum transparency and build confidence.”But he also warned against confrontation. “The only solution I see is a comprehensive agreement that covers the nuclear issue, the security issue, the economic issue and political issue,” he told reporters. “Confrontation could be counterproductive. It would not provide us with a durable solution.“The earlier that we bring the parties back to the negotiating table the better for everybody. Meantime I call on all parties to exercise maximum restraint in their public statements.” read more

In Kuwait UN chief Guterres lauds countrys humanitarian leadership regional diplomacy

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, on an official visit to Kuwait, expressed gratitude to not only the Gulf country’s leadership in humanitarian action, but the “dialogue […] and promotion of understanding Kuwait has shown in relation to all conflicts in the region.” Speaking to reporters after meetings with the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Mr. Guterres recalled that during his tenure as UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Amir had presided over three conferences to mobilize the international community to support the Syrian people “suffering so much with the war that has been going on and on.” “But it’s not only the humanitarian leadership of Kuwait, it’s the wisdom, the dialogue, the promotion of understanding that Kuwait has shown in relation to all conflicts in the region,” explained Mr. Guterres, adding: “Kuwait has no agenda. The agenda of Kuwait is peace; is understanding.” As for the current crisis in the Gulf, the Secretary-General said “the position of the UN is very simple: we are here to support the Kuwaiti mediation.” Indeed, this visit had been an occasion to express deep appreciation and raise ideas about ways to strengthen the cooperation and dialogue between Kuwait and the UN, “as we believe Kuwait is an extremely reliable partner in our common commitment to peace and security around the world.” Taking questions from reports, Mr. Guterres said that he and the Amir had discussed all the very difficult situations of the region, including Yemen, Syria, “the drama of the Palestinian people,” Libya, and the need to make sure that Iraq is able to come together in unity after defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh). “All of these aspects were discussed in a very detailed way. I had the opportunity once again to express my deep appreciation for all the initiatives that Kuwait has had in the relation to the solution to these crises,” stated the UN chief.Asked about plans to begin negotiations in Kuwait on the crisis in Yemen, the Secretary-General said the UN is doing its best to create the conditions for the present stalemate to be overcome. “Kuwait has been very successful in the first conference that was organized. We will be working very closely with the [parties] to see when and how a new strong initiative will be possible,” he stressed. To a question on getting aid through Saan’a airport or Hodeida port, Mr. Guterres said that his Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is pushing to create the conditions for both Hodeida and Saan’a to allow for an effective use, for humanitarian purposes, of these two very important infrastructures. “I hope it will be possible for an agreement to be achieved between the parties to allow for Hodeida and Saan’a to be fully operational for the humanitarian needs of the Yemeni people who are suffering in such a terrible way. They deserve our solidarity and our commitment,” he stressed.Prior to the start of his bilateral meetings, the Secretary-General went to UN House to meet with the staff. He thanked them for their hard work and dedication, and encouraged them to continue to strengthen the relationship between the United Nations and Kuwait.While in Kuwait City, Mr. Guterres also had separate meetings with Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Marzouq Al-Ghanim, Speaker of the Parliament, along with other members of the legislative body. The Secretary-General left Kuwait for Israel on Sunday evening. read more

Bloody Sunday police finish quizzing soldiers for possible prosecutions

first_imgShe said: “It’s good news, although we have faced delay after delay in the matter. “We want to see them all in court, local politicians, police, army, and that includes the officers, not just ordinary soldiers. “We will see them all in court, and we don’t care what age they are.”  DCI Ian Harrison, leading the investigation, said: “Police have concluded interviews with former military personnel and are in the process of compiling a report for the Public Prosecution Service. The families have been informed of this and we will continue to keep them updated in relation to developments.” The £191 million, 12-year-long Saville Inquiry concluded in 2010 the killings had been “unjustified and unjustifiable” and David Cameron said he was “deeply sorry”.Critics of prosecutions have argued a line should be drawn under the events of the Troubles and have said paratroopers are being unfairly pursued, while IRA crimes are not being investigated.Eamonn McCann, a Northern Ireland assembly member who has campaigned for the families, said: “This is a significant development, another turning point in our long and winding road.”We who are still campaigning are certain there should be a resolution of this, because after all, Saville said our loved ones were killed and there has to be a judicial outcome from that.“It cannot be the case that people can be shot down by the State and there be no accounting for the killings.“Many of the families and their now extended relatives, which amounts to many, many relatives, want to see and must see prosecutions, and in the end, convictions, even if those involved and convicted don’t spend a day in jail.”Kate Nash, whose brother Jim was one of those shot dead that day, said, “Our immediate reaction is relief, that this part of the matter is finished, so it seems.  But sources said only between 15 and 20 soldiers who opened fire on the day have been quizzed.All the men apart from one were interviewed at police stations in mainland Britain after they won a High Court battle against being interviewed in Northern Ireland, where they said their lives were at risk.Lawyers for the paratroopers had said earlier that they were likely to either refuse to comment during their police interviews, or refer detectives to statements they had given earlier.Soldiers of the Parachute Regiment shot dead 13 civilians during on January 30, 1972, while another died five months later from injuries sustained on the day. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Up to 20 former soldiers have been quizzed by police over possible prosecutions for the Bloody Sunday shootings it has been disclosed, as detectives said they had finished their interviews and were drawing up a report for prosecutors.Campaigners for the families of the 14 people who died when troops opened fire at a 1972 civil rights march in Londonderry welcomed the decision as a “significant development” in their campaign to have troops put on trial.The Ministry of Defence has warned scores of former paratroopers now in their 60s and 70s that they could called in for questioning after the controversial decision to begin a criminal investigation into the shootings.last_img read more

Tesco pulls foxhunting costume from sale as hunt saboteurs complain

first_imgRiders and their hounds embarking on a New Year's Day hunt in Ryedale this year. It's a tradition stretching back more than 200 years. Lee Moon, a spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “This appears to be remarkably poor judgement form Tesco.”Fox hunting is an illegal, archaic pastime that’s abhorred by the majority of the population. Campaigners protesting against the killing of animals for sport reach Whitehall, London, on the first day of the grouse shooting season last August “Why Tesco would think it’s an appropriate fancy dress costume for children is quite beyond us. We look forward to seeing their badger baiting or dog fighting outfit in the near future.”Outraged opponents posted comments on social media threatening to boycott the company.They said the costume was encouraging children to carry out illegal behaviour.One compared the costume to a “Harold Shipman” costume “for those who want to be the wrong kind of doctor”. Another said: “Next they’ll have a Gary Glitter outfit.” Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs posted on Facebook: “This is just disgusting! Every little hurts. Encouraging children to become animal abusers!”Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance said: “Tesco needs to think carefully about bowing to intimidation from animal rights activists.  “From the hundreds of pubs named for huntsmen, hounds and foxes to the ‘whips’ in the House of Commons it is simply impossible to eradicate hunting from British life.“There will be hundreds of children out hunting this Saturday as many hunts come to the end of their season. They will not have brought their coats from Tesco, but they will be taking part in a thriving, legal pastime which is indelibly written into British culture and its countryside.” Campaigners protesting against the killing of animals for sport reach Whitehall, London, on the first day of the grouse shooting season last AugustCredit:John Stillwell /PA Riders and their hounds embarking on a New Year’s Day hunt in Ryedale this year. It’s a tradition stretching back more than 200 years.Credit:Charlotte Graham  Fox hunting with dogs has been illegal in the UK since a law was passed in 2004 by the Labour government. Anyone who breaks the law can be fined up to £5,000.  Tesco have removed a fox hunter fancy dress costume for children from sale after hunt saboteurs complained.Shoppers complained to the supermarket last night on Tuesday evening after spotting the outfit, described as a “red fox hunter jacket”, for children aged 7 and older on the supermarket’s website.Anti-hunt campaigners said it was “encouraging children to become animal abusers” and was not an appropriate costume for children to dress up in. But the Countryside Alliance said the supermarket had “bowed to intimidation” from activists. The fancy dress costume appeared online as a Red Foxhunter Jacket Children’s Fancy Dress Costume with a young boy pictured modelling the clothes available for £10.41.On the site, it states: “This costume includes a long sleeved red tailcoat style jacket with a single black button at the front. Fantastic for World Book Day, school shows or just dressing up fun. Please note White T-shirt, Trousers & Shoes not included.”Hunt saboteur groups also attacked the supermarket for selling the “disgusting” costume and branded it “poor judgement”. Hunts are allowed to go ahead in some circumstances, for example if hunters follow a scent instead of a live fox. Huntsmen are also allowed to shoot a fox instead of letting a dog kill it. The red hunting jacket is traditionally worn by hunt staff or longstanding hunters who have been awarded a “hunt button” in recognition of their experience, skill and helpfulness in the field. It is normally only worn by men, with women continuing to wear a dark coloured coat once awarded their button. Tesco quickly pulled the costume following the outrage and said it had been placed on the site by a third party vendor.Responding to outrage online the company said the costume was “from one of our partners that use our website to sell their products, but I can advise the costume has now been removed”.A spokesman for Tesco added: “We’ve listened to customers and have immediately removed this product from sale.”last_img read more

Universities call for essay mills that do students work for them to

More than 40 university chiefs are reported to have written to the Education Secretary calling for a ban on so-called “essay mills”.The vice-chancellors have called for companies who offer essay-writing services to be made illegal amid fears they are undermining the integrity of degree courses.As many as one in seven recent graduates may have cheated by using “essay mills” during the last four years, according to a recent study.Students who get caught face punishment by their university, including possible disqualification, although it is not illegal for a company to offer the service.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The BBC reports that the vice-chancellors are calling for those who provide the services, rather than students who use them, to be targeted by new laws.  Sam Gyimah “I have been working with organisations across the higher education sector to bear down on this problem and this has already resulted in the likes of YouTube removing adverts for these essay mills, but legislative options are not off the table.””Essay mills” are illegal in some countries and a parliamentary petition is already under way calling for them to be banned. The work can be difficult to identify as the essays are tailored for individual subjects and appear original.How many students use ‘essay mills’?A study by Swansea University published in August reviewed questionnaires dating back to 1978 where students were asked if they had ever paid for someone else to complete their work.The findings – covering 54,514 participants – showed a 15.7 per cent rise in the number of students who admitted cheating between 2014 and 2018.In March, the Advertising Standards Agency banned adverts for an essay writing company by failing to make it clear that the papers were not meant to be submitted by students as their own work. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sam Gyimah, the universities minister, said that outlawing ‘essay mills’ is an optionCredit:Tom Nicholson/LNP/REX/Shutterstock  Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has said outlawing the services completely remains an option, although work is ongoing to tackle the problem by other means.He said: “I expect universities to be educating students about these services and highlight the stiff, and possibly life changing, penalties they face.”I also want the sector to do more to grip the problem, for example by tackling advertising of these services in their institutions and finally blocking these services from sending an alarming number of emails to the inboxes of university students and staff. read more

Going underground What lurks in Whelans cellar

first_imgWHELAN’S CELEBRATES 25 years in action this year, so we decided to find out what goes on behind the scenes at the famous pub.We found out about the bands, backstage banter and live show secrets, but we also took a look down in the cellar.Dave Allen, bookings manager at the pub, assures us that this cellar isn’t haunted – but we don’t fancy being left in here alone.(Video Behind the scenes at Whelan’s: Celebrating 25 years of live music>last_img

McIlroy soars with double eagle finish at Open

first_imgUpdated at 17.01A SENSATIONAL DOUBLE eagle finish from Rory McIlroy gave him a six-stroke cushion going into the final round of the British Open as he crushed a chasing pack of challengers who tried and failed to hunt him down during a rain-hit third round.The 25-year-old Irishman, looking to add a third major to his collection and a first on British soil, started the day with a four-stroke lead.But by the time he reached the 12th hole that had vanished and he was caught in a dogfight with American shot-maker Rickie Fowler, hungry to win his first major.That was when McIlroy, who had been struggling off the tee, produced his best golf of the week at Royal Liverpool.A birdie at 14 eased him back ahead, and with Fowler going off the boil, McIlroy struck what could prove to be two tournament-winning blows with magnificent eagles at the 16th and 18th.That gave him a 68 and left him at 16-under for the tournament six strokes clear of Fowler who had eight birdies en route to a 68.It was the biggest lead at the third-round stage of the Open since Tiger Woods at St Andrews in 2000. Woods eventually won by eight strokes on that occasion.A further stroke back came Spaniard Sergio Garcia who had a 69 and Dustin Johnson of the United States with a 71. Frenchman Victor Dubuisson was next best on eight under after a 68.“I won from seven back at Wentworth so I know how leads can go away,” McIlroy said.“I feel good, I’ve been in this position before. Hopefully I’ll handle it well. I’ll treat it like I did at Congressional (2011 US Open) and how I did at Kiawah Island (2012 US PGA Championship).“My game plan all week has been to take care of the par fives and I want to do that again tomorrow.”It was already a remarkable day for the British Open because for the first time in its 154-year long history the field went out from both the first and 10th tees instead of just everyone going off the first.That was due to a decision taken by tournament organisers the R&A to bring forward the start times and share them between 1 and 10 in an effort to complete the round in the face of bad weather forcast for later on.As it was, the 72-strong field was greeted with torrential rain as they arrived at the historic links layout on the Wirral peninsula south of Liverpool.McIlroy was the man to catch and when he bogeyed the first hole, the chase was immediately on.Johnson, Garcia, Jim Furyk and Charl Schwartzel all made early surges, but McIlroy struck a timely birdie on the fifth and then a series of fine approaches and clutch putting allowed him to keep his nose in front.Then Fowler emerged from the chasing pack with three straight birdies from the 10th. When McIlroy dropped a stroke at the 12th, the solo lead he had enjoyed from the first day had gone.But with the rest of the pack scenting blood, McIlroy suddenly put his foot on the accelerator with his two eagles, leaving his stunned rivals in his wake.Catching him on Sunday will be a momentous task for any player as the Irishman seeks to add the British Open to the US Open crown he won in 2011 and the PGA Championship title of 2012, both by eight strokes.Fowler, however, insisted he was still in with a realistic chance.“There is a fine line, so much can happen so quickly. I was six back going in to today, if I can get off to a good start and put pressure on, there is still a lot of golf to be played,” he said.“Being alongside him is an advantage tomorrow, we are going to have a good time, if I can put pressure on and make him earn it and see if we can get myself in the mix.”Phil Mickelson saw his chances of defending the title he won last year at Muirfield vanish as he shot a 71 to stand at one under for the tournament, while world number three Justin Rose ended the day at five under after a 69.World number one Adam Scott had a fine 69, but at six under is too far back to pose a serious threat.Woods, meanwhile, had another mixed day as he carded a 73 to stand at three over, 17 strokes off the lead.That meant that any hopes of winning a 15th major title six years after his last one were gone.But just making it through to the weekend was an achievement in itself for the 38-year-old American, who is trying to work his way back to top form after back surgery.- © AFP, 2014 5 interesting stats as round 3 of the Open Championship gets underway> McIlroy leaves zombie golf in the past as he finds ‘inner peace’ at Hoylake>last_img read more

The Rebellion against Modern Football Conifa unrecognised nations and celebrating the grassroots

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share5 Tweet Email1 May 5th 2019, 10:01 AM Tibet, for example, play on pitch during their training where cows have right of way, so every time cattle come onto the field play stops.”Due to the stature of last year’s competition, games were held midweek and in the middle of the day. The lower attendances at some of these games were below 100. When it came to the final, the attendance was 3,500-4,000 people.“It’s amazing at how consistent some of the support at these games are. You walk around the streets you see Manchester United shirts or Liverpool shirts. Obviously, 11 people didn’t live there but so they couldn’t put in a team. They just said people did and treated it as a pay-to-play.“It was sort of comical.”The author insists that while Conifa is far from conventional, they do take their representation “relatively seriously”.“Bringing these teams together is an insane achievement. There are probably three teams in the tournament that have next to no exposure of what we would consider as modern football. Conifa introduced criteria for what qualifies you to play – which is essentially an identity of some sort.“They’re quite loose about what that is – ‘a distinct identity’ as they call it.” The Rebellion against Modern Football: Conifa, unrecognised nations and celebrating the grassroots The42 speaks to James Hendicott, author of CONIFA: Football for the Forgotten, about his new book. Image: Nigel French Fans make their way to a match. By Cian Roche Fans make their way to a match. Image: Nigel Frenchcenter_img I would say there are about 50 interviews in the book, while only about 20 are quoted.“But for background information, there was about 50 people – varying from two or three people who actually run CONIFA and  tell the story of how it started, to people connected to every team and quite a few fans.”And as an Englishman now living and working in Ireland, the theme of identity was one that he says he felt he could relate to throughout the book-writing process. Short URL You walk around games like this, you see the colours of St Pauli, Dulwich Hamlet, FC United of Manchester.“I’m an Aston Villa fan which may explain the disillusionment of modern football.“I think there is something to be said for these games that there are people attending who care about it and others who don’t have a clue what’s going on and are still supporting it.”Information GatheringIn a process that took the guts of nine months and the stumbling block of a publisher backing out, Hendicott decided to go and his own way and publish the book himself.“It’s a very niche subject, I’ll admit. But I would have regretted it a lot more had I not published it.”And while the nations involved are well represented by their fans and travelling support, much of the information around them is not widely available.Weeks upon weeks of research and interviews produced a book that tracks each game of the tournament and each of the 16 teams. 14,336 Views Subscribe 14 Comments THE ARGUMENT LEVELLED against what is largely referred to as ‘Modern Football’ is that teams at the top of the foodchain are entirely unrelatable.The astronomical sums of money that are swirling around the game name would make your head spin – from the mammoth TV rights deal carved up among the 20 Premier League clubs in England to sides across Europe with external financial backing that could support a small nation.We’re seeing perhaps the best version of football that’s ever been played. The skill level is heightened, the players are fitter and the constant stream of content coming from certain football rights holders that this season is better than all the rest.What we are witnessing is Peak Football.But many fans, particularly across the water, are reverting to the supporting their local clubs.Most see better value in watching a game that they can relate to, that they have grown up with and that they can pass down to the next generation.From creaking grounds to ‘the strange allure of the half-time raffle at football matches‘ – Harry Pearson’s ode to never winning a traditional ‘meat packet’ – grassroots football is making a return.This, on the other hand, is Pure Football. Qatari-backed PSG are often held up as the finest example of ‘modern football’. Source: ABACA/PA ImagesJames Hendicott’s debut book exhibits exactly that. CONIFA: Football for the Forgotten charts last year’s Conifa World Football Cup in London, where teams of lesser stature come together and celebrate the game in its purest form.“Conifa tries to be apolitical,” he tells The42. “They try enforce that in the stadium – you can only fly the flag of the team, you can’t fly political messages. Sunday 5 May 2019, 10:00 AM From the barriers, fans are only supposed to sing their assigned anthem. If you turned up with a Free Tibet sign, you’d be thrown out for that the same way you would for a Russian separatist one.“It can be hard to separate the sport from the politics. But teams enter the tournament with the feeling of celebrating culture. It has to be like that.”Last year’s finals in the English capital saw 16 teams descend on London under the organisations banner – the Confederation of Independent Football Associations.The charity have been helping smaller, non-traditional nations to play on somewhat of a global stage.From Ellan Vannin to Tibet, territories without an established football association are recognised and represented. Source: VICE/YouTubeTheir criteria, Hendicott explains, helps to prevent issues faced by Conifa’s predecessor N.F Board – a federation of football associations established on in 2003, but has since been defunct.“One of [N.F Board’s] teams was Sealand. It’s basically an oil rig in the sea somewhere off Britain. In a sense, from living in different places and having different experiences, you can feel disconnected from any nationality.“Especially what’s going at the moment in England with Brexit and my own confusion. I guess I know who I am, but I don’t really know where I fit in – like some of these nations I spent so long writing about.”You can purchase a copy of CONIFA: Football for the Forgotten by clicking here.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:last_img read more

Cost of parent visa for sponsors sky rockets

first_imgFor example, a single person wanting to sponsor one parent may have been required under previous rules to prove an annual income of $35,793, a manageable figure compared to the increased amount of $57,738.If you’re thinking of brining both parents, then you’re looking at $86,607 as a single person, and a couple now faces an income test that is nearly double the previous rate.The higher income tests apply to both temporary and permanent versions of the contributory parent visa (143 and 173), the contributory aged parent visa (864 and 884) and the non-contributory parent visa (103 and 804), as well as the ‘remaining relative’ (835) visa.Meanwhile the changes rule out anyone who has a debt to the Commonwealth, such as a HECS debt, from sponsoring anyone at all.Adding to the concern is the already competitive nature of parental visas, with a cap of just under 9,000 places in 2018.Mary Patetsos, Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), told Neos Kosmos she has seen the concern and anxiety the changes have caused firsthand, and believes it has come about unnecessarily.“The changes represent a move of the goalposts. People plan to do what’s required to jump over the hurdle and bring their family, parents, aunties, uncles, even children to Australia and then the goalposts change and of course that creates an issue for people,” Ms Patetsos said.The changes not only impact the Greek community of newly arrived migrants, but also members of newer communities, who are striving to create a strong base in Australia, just like the Greeks have managed to do over the years.Ms Patetsos says family reunion programs have played a big role in the benefit of migration on Australia, evident post-WWII, which saw a large number of Greeks, Italians and northern Europeans immigrate Down Under. She says that while older parents may not contribute themselves directly to the workforce, by helping to raise young children, it permits parents to return to the workforce, contributing in that way.When it comes to the government’s motivation, Ms Patesos says that possible reasoning such as trying to shape the type of people coming into the country or cost saving are not exactly sound arguments.And if it’s a move to ensure taxpayers aren’t burdened, an important factor in Ms Patestos’ opinion, then she says there are other ways of going about it.“Australian taxpayers ought to be protected but I think that there are other ways of ensuring that, by making sure we have employment programs, that people are able to study and do what they need to do to become active consumers and employees, and others to create small businesses and become employers themselves,” she explains.It is important to note that aside from proving their income, sponsors face other costs including a non-refundable application fee of close to $4,000 regardless of the outcome, and a deposit of at least $10,000 with a guarantee to cover any social security benefits needed by their parents in the first 10 years.The optics of showing migrants as a burden are not in line with much of the research available, which shows migration has been an economic stimulus for Australian society with social and cultural advantages, and instead should be looking at all the contribution that has occurred.Both Labor and the Greens are opposed to the changes made by the government, with Shadow Immigration Minister Shayne Neumann and Shadow Social Services Minister Jenny Macklin calling it out as the “latest attempt by the out-of-touch Turnbull Government to make life harder for multicultural communities around Australia”.Taking a stand against the changes, an online petition has been started on, with some migration agents writing directly to the Migration Institute if Australia to coordinate a response and lobby the government to reverse the decision, which, with the necessary traction, could prove fruitful.“Governments are always listening to communities, that’s what they’re meant to do. If there’s enough of a community interest in this and push, they’ll have to listen to the concerns,” said Ms Patestos.“What we’ve got to realise is, these changes affect family reunion regardless of where you come from. We wouldn’t be who we are without migration. So it’s a bit harsh, and possibly even foolish to think that now we can do it a different way and not lose anything.” Australian residents wishing to be permanently reunited with their parents in Australia are being forced to rethink their plans, following the Turnbull Government’s controversial decision to more than double the required salary for sponsors.The changes to visa regulations were made at the beginning of April in the form of amendments to the Social Security (Assurances of Support) (AoS) Determination 2018, revoking the 10-year-old versions previously in place. As it doesn’t require passing a bill through Parliament the changes have come as a shock to the tens of thousands currently on waiting lists.While it has been confirmed by the Department of Human Services that any AoS forms lodged prior to 1 April will be assessed under the old rules, those in a less favourable position, some having waited years to be reunited with their parents, are panicking they won’t meet the new criteria.center_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

What The Crew 2 Lacks in Focus it Makes Up for With

first_img These Are the Games You Should Check Out in JuneTransform and Roll Out: An Interview The Crew 2’s Julien Charpentier The Crew 2 is many things, but derivative isn’t one of them. Instead of being a car racing game like the original, the sequel offers players the chance to race in a wide variety of vehicles. This includes boats, planes, bicycles, and of course, cars. Freed from being a simple street racer, the game feels as vast as its enormous open world. It may lack a clear and distinct focus, but one can’t fault The Crew 2 for trying something new in the racing genre. Whether this makes the game fun is another matter entirely.You play as an up-and-coming racer who takes part in a national racing event. Successfully completing races gains you followers on social media, and this, in turn, unlocks more advanced races. The social media aspect is admittedly cheesy, but you can easily overlook that. As a player, your real focus is to have a good time driving different vehicles through varied terrain. The Crew 2 ditches any semblance of realism, which is definitely to the game’s benefit.Each of the four Disciplines — Street, Offroad, Pro, and Freestyle — focuses on a specific vehicle type. These four Disciplines break down into 14 distinct styles. At the end of the day, you’ll either race cars, bikes, planes, or boats, but the variety within each sub-Discipline keeps things interesting. If you tire of street racing, you can jump inside of a monster truck and drive across the desert. If you don’t like being landlocked, you can take to the skies or hop on a boat. You’re never tied down to just one kind race type, which is great.You start off with a few basic vehicles. In the early parts of the game, these vehicles feel somewhat sluggish and it is a challenge to control them properly. As you complete races and challenges, you’ll earn enough money to buy new rides. The more expensive vehicles not only look better, they handle better. After obtaining some higher-performance rides, you’ll have a smoother racing experience. You just need to make it through the first few hours to amass enough cash and points to get your hands on superior automobiles.Completing races awards players with loot which they can use to upgrade their vehicles. Upgrades have an impact on how vehicles perform, but it’s nothing that makes a huge difference. In the beginning, I focused on getting additional parts to boost my stats. Hours later, I realized it was smarter to earn enough money and just buy a stronger vehicle. That isn’t to say you shouldn’t try to get better parts. But if you want to skip this aspect, it will not adversely affect you.If you come into The Crew 2 looking for a realistic racing experience you’re going to be sorely disappointed. This is very much an arcade racer. You’ll still need to navigate tricky turns and know when to slow down or speed up. But for the most part, you can hold down accelerate and just have a good time. To make things even crazier, the game world will sometimes twist itself Inception-style. Why? Who cares? It’s awesome. This doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it just helps magnify the insanity of races.Like the original, The Crew 2’s main draw is its massive open-world. Or rather, open-continent considering how players can race all across the United States. This isn’t a one-to-one scale replica of America, but it is an “authentic” representation of it. If you want, you can drive all the way from Los Angeles to New York City. During certain races, you’ll do exactly that. While the scale is certainly impressive, you may find yourself using the fast-travel feature after the initial awe dissipates. Driving back and forth from one city or town may be appealing to some, but I preferred fast-traveling to the events dotted across the map. Still, if you want to take the scenic route, you’re free to do so.Driving across the world gives one a greater appreciation for the work the developers put into the game. The Crew 2 isn’t the most graphically impressive title out there, but the sheer variety of terrain included is astonishing. Whether it’s densely packed cities, sprawling desert plains, expansive wheat fields, dense forests, or suburban towns, everything in the world is expertly realized. The environment takes on a whole new dimension if you decide to travel by boat or plane. Flying gives you a true sense of just how expansive the game is. I think it’s fair to say The Crew 2 has one of the most impressive open worlds out there. It really is a marvel to behold.Like any modern racing game, you can play with others online. At the time of this writing, you can only get together with friends and strangers to complete races or explore the world. Ubisoft promises additional online modes later this year. Unfortunately, if you’re playing The Crew 2 now, the online offerings aren’t exactly robust. Based on what I’ve played, online seems stable enough, and I didn’t experience any major issues. Personally, I didn’t see much of a point to play online. Perhaps with the addition of new modes, I’ll feel inclined to spend more time with multiplayer.While I applaud The Crew 2 for its variety, I can’t say it held my attention for long stretches of time. After the novelty of racing with so many different vehicles disappeared, I found it a rather straightforward racer. I don’t want to say the game is mundane or derivative, because it isn’t. But at the same time, there isn’t anything that made me want to sink endless hours into it. It’s hard to articulate what’s missing, but the game lacks something. This is also true for the first game. Obviously, I am only speaking for myself here. I’m sure there are many who will absolutely love The Crew 2 as is. It just couldn’t hold my attention for more than an hour at a time.Whatever type of racing game you’re into, you’ll find it in The Crew 2. It’s clear the devs put a good deal of work into this title. Few racers have this much terrain to explore with so many different types of vehicles. Though the game’s luster eventually fades, it’s still an above-average racer given the experience it provides. I’m curious to see what kind of improvements Ubisoft will implement in the coming months and years. Perhaps then The Crew 2 will fully live up to its potential.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Klassen is aiming high for Werder Bremen

first_imgThe Dutch midfielder has scored twice in the 2018-2019 German Bundesliga season and hopes his team can stay in the top of the tableAfter scoring his second goal in the German Bundesliga against Wolfsburg, Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen believes Werder Bremen can aim high.The highest his team has ever finished in the league is in the eighth position, but now they are 4th, one win behind first-place Borussia Dortmund.“We can definitely stay up there,” Klaassen told reporters as quoted by the Bundesliga’s official website.“It might not be easy, but we want to get into Europe – that’s our declared objective.”“Having plans and ambitions are important to me and Werder are a big club, while they are run like a family at the same time. For now, though, it’s just nice to be up there during the international break. It’s a great feeling,” he added.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Davy Klaassen started his professional career with Dutch Eredivisie club Ajax in 2011 and stayed there for six years.He was then transferred to Everton in the English Premier League, where he only played in seven matches.Klaassen has appeared the same number of times for Werder Bremen now.That feeling 😍— Davy Klaassen (@DavyKlaassen) October 6, 2018last_img read more

Talk To Senator Micciche About Issues In Your Community

first_imgSen. Micciche: “After the Sterling one we will have them around the district, Nikiski, Kenai, SOldotna, Seward, and Cooper Landing. It’s an opportunity for me to meet everyone face to face and for everyone to get to know who Peter Micciche really is.” He hopes people from the community will come together and be part of the solution to fixing some of the issues currently facing the Kenai Peninsula. Sen. Micciche: “We’re going to talk about crime, Senate Bill 91, PFD, what state’s services are important to folks, areas were we can cut, and we want to hear their suggestions specifically on to repeal and improve the criminal justice system in Alaska. It will be a very open and transparent listening session, we will take lots of notes and want to hear from people.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) will be hosting the first of many ‘Community Listening Sessions’ at the Sterling Senior Center, next week.center_img The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 18, from 6-8pm. For any additional details call 907-283-7996. Last year Senator Micciche held a total of thirty-two community meetings around the Kenai Peninsula prior to heading to Juneau.last_img read more

Bobit Business Media Acquires Auto Dealer Monthly

first_imgBobit Business Mediahas acquired the print and digital properties of Auto Dealer Monthly, the company announced.Included in the sale were print magazine Auto Dealer Monthly, three websites including and two weekly e-newsletters.Financial terms of the deal were not released. In a late-year flurry of activity, Bobit, based in Torrence, California, purchased for an undisclosed sum earlier this month.ADM content focuses on a “broad range of dealer topics, including online marketing, special finance, service and lead generation.””Auto Dealer Monthly is the perfect brand to expand our footprint in the auto dealer market,” says Sherb Brown, BBM vice president and group publisher. “It has a strong base of advertiser and reader support that extends beyond the group we have traditionally reached with our F&I and Showroom Magazine.”BBM publishes 24 b-to-b magazines, 43 websites and 12 tradeshows and conference. While BBM boasts the world’s largest collection of fleet titles, F&I and Showroom-serving the finance and insurance professionals at new car and truck dealerships-had been their only product aimed at dealers.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

Unemployment Rate Drops To 38 Percent Lowest Since 2000

first_img Share Drew Angerer/Getty Images/ Via NPRA “help wanted” sign hangs on a window of a restaurant in New York City. The U.S. economy gained a stronger-than-expected 223,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate edged down to an 18-year low.Updated at 10:26 a.m. ETAs the country has clawed its way back from the worst recession in generations, companies have been creating plenty of jobs. Employers added another 223,000 positions last month alone, the Labor Department said Friday. And the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.8 percent, the lowest since 2000.The May increase in payrolls was stronger than economists had expected and topped April’s revised 159,000 increase. Notably, the unemployment rate for African-Americans fell sharply to 5.9 percent in May, from 6.6 percent a month earlier.About an hour ahead of the release, President Trump hinted at a strong report: “Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning.”Austan Goolsbee, a former economic adviser to President Barack Obama, said on CNBC that the president has access to the report before it is released at 8:30 a.m., but never talks about it publicly in advance because it could influence the financial markets. Goolsbee said he thought Trump had broken the law by discussing the report before it was released.According to federal regulations, except for designated staff of the agency releasing economic data, “employees of the Executive Branch shall not comment publicly on the data until at least one hour after the official release time.”Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2018The unemployment rate is so low it has only hit this level a few times in modern history. The last time was in the heat of the dot-com bubble in 2000. But before that you have to go back to the late 1960s to find a time the unemployment rate was lower.But to many Americans the economy still feels pretty ho-hum because they’re not getting that much more money in their paychecks. Wages in May were up 2.7 percent from a year ago, roughly in line with gains seen in recent months. The sluggish wage growth has economists scratching their heads. That’s because many businesses say they’re having trouble finding qualified workers to hire. And economists say at some point that has to start pushing up wages as businesses are forced to offer more money to hire the people they need.There are already some signs of that wage pressure building. A separate report released this week from the National Federation of Independent Businesses found that the number of small companies giving raises to workers is at its highest level since 1986. The NFIB says 35 percent of small-business owners say they are paying their employees more.Average hourly earnings went up 8 cents in May, to $26.92.May’s payroll increases included gains of 31,100 retail jobs, 31,700 in health care, 25,000 in construction and 18,000 in manufacturing. Factory jobs have grown by 259,000 in the past year, with most of the growth in long-lasting goods, the Labor Department said.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Cardi B Maroon 5 Top YouTubes Songs of the Summer Charts

first_imgYouTube has revealed its official global and U.S. Songs of the Summer charts, including a state-by-state breakdown highlighting the songs that were most popular for the season in each state.“I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin was the overall No. 1 in the U.S., “Lucid Dreams” by Juice WRLD was the most popular in the Mid-Atlantic to Midwest region, Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” (featuring Cardi B) dominated the Northwest and Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” ruled over much of the South. See the map and lists below for more details.Songs are ranked by their global and US views across YouTube between May 28 and Aug. 25, 2018.YouTube Top 10 Songs of the Summer US List:Playlist: KentuckyJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams YouTube Top 10 Songs of the Summer Global List:Playlist: 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi BCasper – Te Bote (Remix) feat Nio García, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, OzunaBLACKPINK – ‘뚜두뚜두(DDU-DU DDU-DU)Becky G, Natti Natasha – Sin PijamaCardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like ItNicky Jam x J. Balvin – X (EQUIS)Daddy Yankee – DuraNeha Kakkar, Dhvani Bhanushali & Ikka Singh – DilbarDrake – In My Feelings Popular on Variety New YorkCardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It ArizonaJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams DelawareJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams South CarolinaElla Mai – Boo’d Up IllinoisJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams North CarolinaElla Mai – Boo’d Up West VirginiaJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams District of ColumbiaCardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It ConnecticutJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams MaineMaroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B MissouriJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams NevadaCardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It StateSong HawaiiMaroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B FloridaCardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It IndianaJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams MarylandJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams TexasCardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It LouisianaElla Mai – Boo’d Up MassachusettsCardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It MichiganJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams Ed Sheeran – PerfectState-by-state Song of the Summer: Post Malone – Psycho ft. Ty Dolla $ign WisconsinJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams AlabamaElla Mai – Boo’d Up OklahomaJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams MississippiElla Mai – Boo’d Up GeorgiaElla Mai – Boo’d Up ArkansasJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams VermontMaroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B North DakotaMaroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B New HampshireJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams IowaJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams New MexicoJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams TennesseeElla Mai – Boo’d Up New JerseyCardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It AlaskaMaroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B OhioJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams UtahMaroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B OregonMaroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B MinnesotaMaroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B ColoradoJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like ItJuice WRLD – Lucid DreamsMaroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi BDrake – In My FeelingsElla Mai – Boo’d UpXXXTENTACION – SAD!Tyga – Taste (Official Video) ft. Offset6ix9ine, Nicki Minaj, Murda Beatz – “FEFE”Casper – Te Bote (Remix) feat Nio García, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, Ozuna KansasJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams IdahoMaroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B NebraskaJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams PennsylvaniaJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams South DakotaJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams VirginiaJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams WashingtonMaroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B CaliforniaCardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It MontanaMaroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B WyomingMaroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B Rhode IslandJuice WRLD – Lucid Dreams ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Update At least 1 dead in accident on Helpmekaar Road

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A minibus and an ambulance collided on the Helpmekaar Road near St Chads. It is believed that the ambulance was responding to a call-out when the accident took place.The paramedics involved in the crash were trapped in the vehicle.There are mass casualties on scene, including 1 dead.The road will be closed until the accident scene is cleared.This story will be updated.last_img

FHLB of New York Announces Results of Board Elections

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology December 13, 2012 467 Views Releasing the results of the financial institution’s board elections, the “”Federal Home Loan Bank of New York””: has announced updates to its directorship. [IMAGE]Through the bank’s electoral process, appointees were named for two independent director positions and two member director positions, from New Jersey and New York respectively.[COLUMN_BREAK]The FHLB of New York’s members re-elected incumbents C. Cathleen Raffaeli and Rev. Edwin C. Reed as independent directors. Raffaeli is currently the president and managing director of “”The Hamilton White Group, LLC””:, while Rev. Reed presently serves as the president and CEO of “”GGT Development LLC””: Rev. Reed holds a unique position on the FHLB of New York’s board as its “”public interest”” independent director, representing community interests in housing. Establishing the bank’s member director from New Jersey, the FHLB of New York’s members elected incumbent Jay M. Ford. Hailing from Wildwood, New Jersey, Ford is the president and CEO of “”Crest Savings Bank””: a New York-based member director, the bank tapped incumbent Vincent R. Palagiano. Brooklyn resident Palagiano is the chairman and CEO of “”The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh””:, Rev. Reed, Ford, and Palagiano will serve four-year terms for the FHLB of New York. Each will hold their directorship from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2016. FHLB of New York Announces Results of Board Electionscenter_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Federal Reserve Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-12-13 Abby Gregorylast_img read more

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