UN emergency response funds allocated to neglected crises

1 February 2008The United Nations’ central body for coordinating relief and humanitarian aid has allocated more than 100 million dollars in grants for critical life-saving work in some of the world’s neglected trouble-spots. The money will fund the work of UN agencies and their partners in 15 countries, including Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Myanmar. Announcing the allocation, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes, described the grants as “often the last bit of hope for millions of people caught up in some of the most severe and protracted humanitarian crises around the world.” The grants are made from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which is mandated to commit one-third of its money each year to redress imbalances in the global distribution of aid by supporting neglected crises.“It is thanks to the existence of tools like the CERF and the generous support it receives from donors each year that we can fill gaps in the humanitarian response and provide assistance to the most vulnerable,” Mr. Holmes said. The $104.2 million allocated today includes $38 million to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), $10 million to Ethiopia, $7 million to Côte d’Ivoire and Pakistan, and smaller sums to Niger, Nepal, Kenya, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Mali, Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Myanmar. Over the past year, CERF funding has made a critical difference in countries including Côte d’Ivoire, which received only 53 per cent of the resources needed for critical basic needs in 2007. CERF funds were used to provide food, health care and education to internally displaced persons (IDPs), including children, and made it possible for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to restore access to safe drinking water in remote, rural communities. Over the past two years, a total of $200 million of all funds contributed to the CERF has been used in support of forgotten crises in 23 countries, mostly in Africa. The CERF is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental organizations, local governments and individual donors. read more

Demanding end to violence in Côte dIvoire Security Council imposes targeted sanctions

In unanimously adopting resolution 1975, the Council urged Mr. Gbagbo to immediately step aside, repeating the calls made for months following his UN-certified defeat in November’s presidential run-off, which was won by opposition leader Alassane Ouattara. Top UN officials have voiced growing concern about the situation inside Côte d’Ivoire, where up to 1 million people have been displaced – some internally, and some to neighbouring nations – since fighting first broke out in the wake of the polls, which were meant to reunite a country split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-held south and rebel-controlled north. Nearly 500 people are reported to have been killed, and the violence appears to have stepped up in recent weeks, including the use of heavy weapons. The Council “condemns in the strongest terms the recent escalation of violence throughout the country which could amount to crimes against humanity,” the 15-member body said in the resolution. The UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), which continues to protect civilians during this period of increased fighting to the best of its abilities in line with its mandate, has also been targeted, with a UN-marked bus damaged by stone-throwing demonstrators earlier this week. The Council condemned the use of Radiodiffusion Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) and other media to incite discrimination, hostility, hatred and violence, including against UNOCI, and demanded that all parties abide “scrupulously” by their obligation to respect the safety of UNOCI and other UN personnel and ensure their freedom of movement. It decided to adopt targeted sanctions against those individuals who meet the criteria set out in previous resolutions, including those who obstruct peace and reconciliation in the country, obstruct the work of UNOCI and other international actors and commit serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. In addition to Mr. Gbagbo and his wife, Simone, today’s resolution imposed targeted financial and travel measures against Désiré Tagro, Secretary General in the so-called ‘presidency’ of Mr. Gbagbo; Pascal Affi N’Guessan, Chairman of the Ivorian Popular Front; and Alcide Djédjé, a close advisor to Mr. Gbagbo. Cote 30 March 2011With the post-electoral deadlock in Côte d’Ivoire now entering its fifth month and the crisis showing no signs of abating, the Security Council today demanded an immediate end to the violence against civilians and decided to impose targeted sanctions against former president Laurent Gbagbo, his wife and three associates. read more

Rameswaram fishermen strike against Lankan navy

Every time the Lankan navy confiscated a boat, families of the boat owner, five fishermen who worked in the boat and those engaged in offloading and transportation lost their livelihood. The Lankan authorities have confiscated 55 fishing boats so far this year, he said.Last year, the Lankan navy had confiscated more than 80 boats and after they were released the State government helped to bring back the boats, spending about Rs One lakh per boat but 18 boats could not be salvaged, he pointed out. The fishermen are feared drowned as the search teams, including INS Parundu, the Indian naval air station and the Mandapam station of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) could not trace them so far, P Sesu Raja, leader of a fishermen association said and urged the government to pay compensation to the families. Fishermen in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu launched an indefinite strike yesterday demanding that the authorities trace four fishermen, who went missing after their boat sank on November 29 and also protested against repeated arrests by the Sri Lankan navy.As decided at the meeting of 11 fishermen associations on Tuesday, about 4,000 fishermen struck work after anchoring the 750-odd mechanised boats at the fishing jetty, The Hindu newspaper reported. The four fishermen, Sudalaimani, Anthonysamy, Ramasamy and Muniasamy were fishing south off the Katchatheevu islet at the early hours of November 29 when their boat sank after water seeped into the vessel.Feared drowned The fishermen were reluctant to venture into sea as they faced the threat of abduction at the hands of Lankan navy, he said.The strike was also in protest against repeated attempts by Lankan navy to prevent the fishermen from exercising their traditional rights in the waters in the Palk Bay by arresting them, he said. read more

World Court awards Malaysia sovereignty over two islands near Borneo

By a vote of 16-1, the ICJ found that Malaysia had demonstrated its effective administration over Pulau Ligitan and Pulau Sipadan – two very small islands in the Celebes Sea off the northeast coast of Borneo – and ruled that sovereignty belongs to Kuala Lumpur.The Court, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, rejected Indonesia’s arguments that the islands rightly belonged to it because of an 1891 treaty between Great Britain and the Netherlands, as well as its claim of ownership through right of succession. The justices also dismissed Jakarta’s reasoning that its naval patrols and the use by Indonesian fisherman of nearby waters entitled it to the islands. read more

Drop in potash revenue pushes Saskatchewan to dip into rainy day savings

Drop in potash revenue pushes Saskatchewan to dip into rainy day savings by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2014 10:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – The Saskatchewan government is dipping into its rainy day fund to pay the bills and warning of belt-tightening in the upcoming budget.In its third-quarter budget update released Friday, the province said a drop in potash revenue means it will have to take $135 million out of its savings to offset the shortfall in its general revenue fund.“When you plan for non-renewable resource revenue to be a specific number and then the potash industry crashes because of things that are occurring in Russia and in Belarus, and we end up with $179 million less in potash revenue, those are things that are out of our control,” Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said Friday.Potash is a mineral used primarily as fertilizer. Saskatchewan collects billions in tax and royalty revenue from companies that mine the resource.But demand for potash softened and prices fell last year after Russian-based Uralkali, one of the world’s largest potash producers, quit an export partnership.The Saskatchewan government said potash revenue is expected to be down $179.1 million from the budget estimate last March.The budget estimate was for $11.6 billion in overall revenue and $11.5 billion in expenses — leaving a thin surplus of $64.8 million.But the third-quarter update predicts the government will now spend more than it takes in.“As I’ve always said, the operating side is our chequing account. That’s where we receive revenues and we pay for expenses,” said Krawetz.“We’ve always said that on any given time we may have to utilize our savings account, our rainy fund as it’s referred to, and I said that when I delivered the budget in the spring.”Krawetz said there were extra expenses in part because of disaster assistance to deal with flooding last year.But New Democrat finance critic Trent Wotherspoon criticized the government’s financial management.“In the 11th hour of this year again, they’re back to the rainy day fund, dipping into those funds to rip out over $100 million. Certainly, households across Saskatchewan can’t run their finances like that,” Wotherspoon said Friday.The government said it’s still expecting a surplus of more than $400 million on a summary basis.Summary accounting factors in all areas of government, including more than 270 Crown corporations and other agencies controlled by the government. Several provincial auditors have said the government should only report on a summary basis because two sets of books are confusing for the public.The Saskatchewan government is scheduled to table its next budget March 19.Premier Brad Wall was already trying to manage expectations last December. Krawetz echoed those comments Friday.“Belt-tightening is always essential,” said Krawetz. “And as we look around the nation, as we see provinces that are struggling to try to get back to a surplus position, here in Saskatchewan we’ve been fortunate. We have had a surplus and we will continue to tighten the belt to make sure that we are operating within our means.” read more

UN inquiry into violent Mali protests submits report Ban profoundly regrets civilian

The inquiry into the violence, which took place on 27 January this year, determined that members of a UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) used unauthorized and excessive force on civilian protesters during the demonstration, resulting in the death by gunfire of three protesters and the wounding of four others.Additionally, the Inquiry established that some protesters and organizers of the demonstration bear responsibility for the violence of the protest, which included Molotov cocktails, stone throwing and attempts to breach the perimeter of the Regional MINUSMA Headquarters in Gao. It also noted that MINUSMA security forces were left to face protesters on their own in violation of the Status of Forces Agreement with the host country. Five MINUSMA police officers were wounded during the event.“The Secretary-General profoundly regrets the casualties among civilians resulting from the excessive use of force during this event by the MINUSMA personnel concerned,” said the Secretary-General’s statement. “He condemns it as a violation of the MINUSMA Directive on the Use of Force. The Secretary-General is committed to ensuring that the responsible individuals are held fully accountable for their actions.”The statement pointed to steps being taken in that regard with the authorities of Mali and the relevant police-contributing country and said the Secretary-General encouraged the Government of Mali to take appropriate steps to prevent future such incidents. “Communications, management and crisis procedures within MINUSMA will also be examined to prevent the recurrence of such acts,” the statement said, adding that the Secretary-General is committed to ensuring justice for the victims and their families according to local customs and appropriate United Nations procedures.“MINUSMA is in contact with the local authorities and with the individuals and families concerned in this regard,” the statement said. “On behalf of the United Nations, the Secretary-General expresses his deepest apologies to the victims and their families.”The statement concluded by noting that the UN, and MINUSMA in particular, remain committed to supporting the stabilisation of Mali. read more

Change your heading south immediately

first_imgThe Turkish military has released an audio recording of what it says were warnings to a Russian warplane before it was shot down on the Syrian border.“Change your heading south immediately,” a voice apparently says in English. Turkey said it had tried to rescue the SU-24 bomber’s two pilots.One of them was killed by gunfire as he parachuted from the burning plane.The other pilot was rescued. He denied claims the jet had violated Turkish airspace and warnings had been given.The plane crashed into a mountainside on Syrian soil after being hit by a missile from a Turkish F-16 fighter jet on Tuesday.Tensions have escalated between the two countries over the incident, with Russian President Vladimir Putin describing it as a “stab in the back” and warning of “serious consequences”.Moscow later broke off military contacts with Ankara and said it would deploy its most advanced anti-aircraft missile system in Syria to destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes. It also said fighter jets would now escort its bombers during air strikes over Syria.On Thursday, Russia said it would impose stricter controls on food and agriculture imports from Turkey. A Russian official said some 15% of Turkish agricultural produce fell short of Russian standards, with excessive levels of pesticides, nitrates and nitrites.The US, the EU and the UN have all appealed for calm.French President Francois Hollande is travelling to Moscow on Thursday to shore up support for action against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group, which killed 130 people in attacks in Paris earlier this month.The Turkish military said it had given 10 warnings to the Russian plane before it was shot down in Turkish airspace.Turkish officials also say they did not know the jet was Russian until they had shot it down.On Wednesday, the Turkish military also put out a statement saying it had been in touch with Russian military attaches to explain the rules of engagement that led to the incident and that it had tried to rescue the pilots.Turkey said it was ready for “all kinds of co-operation” with Moscow over the incident.The surviving Russian pilot said on Wednesday no warning had been given by Turkey.Capt Konstantin Murakhtin also stressed there was “no way” the jet could have violated Turkish airspace, as Ankara said it did.He knew the region “very well”, he said, and the jet had not been in Turkish airspace “even for a second”.Russia said the pilot was rescued from rebel-held territory in north-eastern Syria in a 12-hour operation involving Russian and Syrian special forces.A Russian marine was killed and a helicopter destroyed by rebels during the operation.Syrian rebels released a video apparently showing the dead body of the second pilot, who was identified by Russia as Lt Col Oleg Peshkov.Capt Murakhtin was speaking from the Hmeymim airbase, where Russia’s aircraft are based.Russia has been carrying out air strikes against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad since late September.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended the action by the country’s military, saying “everyone must respect the right of Turkey to protect its borders”.He said he did not want to escalate tensions further.Turkey is a member of Nato. The alliance has backed Turkey’s version of events, although it, too, is calling for “diplomacy and de-escalation” to resolve the situation.Russia and Turkey have found themselves on opposing sides in Syria’s conflict, with Russia supporting President Assad, while Turkey is a staunch critic.Turkey is part of the US-led coalition against Islamic State.Source: bbc.com, newsbomb.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Xynthia des zones noires rétrécies et moins de maisons à détruire

first_imgXynthia : des zones noires rétrécies et moins de maisons à détruireFrance – Un nouveau rapport de l’État établi par des experts indique que les zones noires établies après la tempête Xynthia sont plus petites que prévues. La taille limitée de ces zones non habitables induit un nombre de maisons à détruire lui-aussi moins important, au grand soulagement de certains. Alors qu’après le passage de la tempête Xynthia, ce n’étaient pas moins de 945 maisons qui devaient être détruites afin d’éviter de futures inondations, le dernier rapport consacré à la question évoquerait en fait 761 habitations. Une bonne nouvelle pour certains propriétaires, si ce n’est qu’une dizaine de maisons initialement hors zone noire sont désormais incluses dans le lot d’habitations à détruire, explique l’AFP.Et le Figaro, qui a mis au jour les changements dans les derniers rapports établis, d’expliquer : “Ce revirement risque de susciter un nouvel épisode de confusion, alors que l’État a racheté plusieurs dizaines de maisons ciblées par la première cartographie et que de nombreuses promesses de vente ont été signées. De source proche du dossier, on confie ainsi qu’une vingtaine d’habitations échappant finalement au zonage auraient d’ores et déjà fait l’objet d’une promesse de vente”.Le 21 septembre 2010 à 10:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Gunners coach provides updates on players injury

first_imgGunners coach Unai Emery has provided update about players like Mkhitaryan and Koscielny who may not be featured in tomorrow’s match against Burnley.Emery confirmed Mkhitaryan is out while Koscielny has played more matches this week and may need rest tomorrow as they face Burnley.“We know today, the latest news, and for example Mkhitaryan is out. Koscielny is okay but he played two matches this week and tomorrow will be a lot for him. We also need to be calm with him, to take time for a lot of matches before he continues playing, Emery said as quoted by club’s websiteSpeaking about Kolasinac, he added:Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I think for tomorrow is okay. Players are continuing to recover with Sead. I don’t remember now. Mkhitaryan is out. Mustafi is also, for tomorrow, out too.”On whether Koscielny is being overplayd, Emery continued:“But I trust him and we have solutions for who can play in this position. For example, I read a little criticism for our midfielders like Xhaka playing centre back, but I am very happy with him because his mentality is a very big mentality. He helped us, and he played left back too sometimes and I think he played well. This reason, for me, is that I trust in another player and tomorrow we are going to play with the first 11 and other players in the bench with our performance.”“I think we’re in a good position to play against Burnley. With respect, but with believing in our work, in our possibilities in other players to play, like a centre back or a midfielder. Above all, I think the mentality is a very big mentality to help us. We have the players and they are playing out of position, like Xhaka and Lichtsteiner last week at Southampton.”last_img read more

ASA Stresses TradeEnhancing Measures for WTO Talks

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President Mike Yost called for the United States to move forward to promote trade liberalization through the World Trade Organization (WTO) Talks scheduled for this November and December in Seattle, Washington. Yost, a producer from Murdock, Minn., prioritized four specific areas for action during the House Agriculture Committee hearing on WTO issues held yesterday.”For U.S. agriculture, the cost of failing to move the trade liberalization agenda forward is unacceptable,” Yost said. “With an additional 2.6 billion consumers forecast by the year 2030, gaining increased access to global markets is critical for U.S. agriculture.”Yost’s first point was to stress the importance of creating more market access by eliminating all tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in oilseeds and oilseed products. As the United States calls for other countries to open their markets, the United States must end the use of unilateral economic sanctions, which have raised concerns about the United States as a reliable supplier.The second area that Yost raised was the need to eliminate export subsidies, including government export incentives, in the next round of the WTO. “With regard to export credit programs, we do not support waiting to make changes in the operation of U.S. export credit guarantee programs until the next WTO round. Rather, we support continuing the effort to work out an acceptable compromise on export credits in the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. If the United States waits until the next round to make changes in export credit programs, we feel we will run the risk of having export credits wrongly treated as export subsidies, and therefore, made subject to elimination.”Third, ASA supported modifying the “blue box” created in the Uruguay Round trade negotiations that allows use of programs tied to production controls. Yost called for the European Union to make further reforms in its domestic support programs and for the United States to press for other countries to adopt decoupled approaches to their domestic agriculture support programs, similar to the U.S. FAIR Act.In conclusion, Yost expressed growing concern with the deteriorating environment for trade in the products of agricultural biotechnology. “The EU regulatory agencies, which have failed to develop timely and transparent product approval and labeling regulations, should be held accountable for any reduction in U.S. exports to European countries caused by private sector actions.”last_img read more

Janelle Monáe Nicki Minaj Lead 2018 BET Awards Performer Lineup

first_imgNews Janelle Monáe, Nicki Minaj Lead 2018 BET Awards Performer Lineup Twitter 2018 BET Awards: First Performers Announced janelle-mon%C3%A1e-nicki-minaj-lead-2018-bet-awards-performer-lineup Set to take place in Los Angeles on June 24, the annual celebration of music announces its first round of performersRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 30, 2018 – 3:00 pm As June approaches, that can mean only one thing: summer is here. It also means we’re getting close to the annual BET Awards. And on May 30 we learned the first round of performers, and we’re pumped!GRAMMY nominees Nicki Minaj and Janelle Monáe along with singer/songwriter Ella Mai, singer/songwriter H.E.R. and hip-hop trio Migos are all set to take the stage at the 2018 installment of the awards show that celebrates the best in entertainment across music, acting and sports. GRAMMY winner Jamie Foxx has been announced as this year’s host. Additional performers will be announced in the upcoming weeks.center_img Email Facebook The 2018 BET Awards, which will be held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, will air June 24 at 8 p.m. ET.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Watching Star Wars with a live orchestra is a treat for the

first_img TV and Movies I’ve always loved the music of Star Wars. Even as the prequels failed to live up to my expectations, John William’s amazing themes helped prop up the films. From Phantom Menace’s Duel of the Fates to Revenge of the Sith’s darker tones, William’s iconic tracks have remained fan favourites.The music from Star Wars IV: A New Hope still feels fresh no matter how many times I listen to it. And watching it being performed live as you watch the movie is a fantastic experience any Star Wars fan should try.I had the opportunity to attend one such session last week, conducted by Emmy Award winning conductor Mark Watters in Singapore, and I now want to watch all the movies with a live orchestra soundtrack.Watching it being performed live makes you that much more aware of the music. And when the orchestra stops playing, the silence lets you focus more on the dialogue and what’s happening in the movie. 5:29 0 Tags What Disney’s Star Wars land and hotel will look like 30 Photos Now playing: Watch this:center_img Share your voice Star Wars, explained: By someone who (gulp) has never seen itCNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018. Star Wars While it feels like music is constantly playing throughout A New Hope, that’s actually not the case. With a live performance, you’re much more aware of the silence, which helps you focus more on the scene you’re watching. This may sound like an exaggeration but it really does feel like watching a different movie.The orchestra was perfect, always coming in at the right time. The intermission break comes at just the right moment, when the Millennium Falcon gets tractored into the Death Star, giving both the orchestra members and attendees a quick toilet break. Audio was also perfectly mixed: At no point did I feel like the dialogue or sound effects were being drowned out by the performance.And while many people tend to skip the end credits — though I’ve never done so for a Star Wars movie — you’ll definitely want to stick around during a live performance. The credits scene feels like a natural farewell piece. But there’s no encore to follow up once it ends, which was a shame as I’d have loved to hear more. Aloysius Low/CNET Star Wars film concerts are performed in various locations around the world, including the UK, US, Japan and Singapore. Hopefully you’ll have the opportunity to catch one near you. Post a comment Star Wars told by a CNET intern who’s never seen itlast_img read more

11 get life term for killing man

first_img.A Kishoreganj court here on Wednesday sentenced 11 people to life term imprisonment for killing a man in Katiadi upazila in 2000, reports UNB.The lifers are Allad Shah, Muklesur Rahman Shah, Ataur Rahman Shah, Samsuddin Shah, Ranjan Shah, Ohid Shah, Chandan Shah, Safir Uddin Shah, Montu Miah, Aslam, Jamal Shah, all residents of Sutinkola village of the upazila.Besides, the court also fined them Tk 50,000 each.It also sentenced six others – Sabuj, Kanchan, Rafiq Bhuiya, Jalal Uddin Shah, Liton and Fazlu Shah- to three years rigorous imprisonment.The court also fined them Tk 20,000 each, in default, to suffer three months more RI.According to the prosecution, the convicts killed Meraj Munshi, a resident of the village, over land related dispute on 24 April 2000.Later, a murder case was filed.After examining all the records and witnesses, additional district and sessions judge Mohammad Abu Taher handed down the verdict acquitting eight other accused.last_img read more

Economist Falling Oil Prices Could Hit Housing

first_img Plummeting oil prices my be welcome at the pump, but the effect of cheaper oil could alter the sale prices of homes in different parts of the country in the next couple of years, according to Trulia’s chief economist, Jed Kolko.In a report released Thursday, Kolko warned that falling oil prices—which have since July dropped by half from $100 a barrel—threaten worldwide oil-producing economies.At home, this drop could foretell a drop in home sale prices in the country’s most oil-producing states, chiefly Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. These states, not coincidentally, have seen steady increases in home prices over the past few years as oil and energy production and job growth mutually ushered in better times.But if history is any guide, these states—particularly the cities of Houston, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and New Orleans—could relive the fallout of the 1980s, when oil prices dropped, production went down, and jobs went away.”Within the U.S., big oil price drops have historically been associated with job losses and falling home prices in energy-producing regions,” Kolko wrote.According to Kolko, the effects of oil price plunges as dramatic as we’ve seen over the past half-year usually take about two years to materialize. “Since 1980, employment in oil-producing markets has followed oil-price movements roughly two quarters later and home prices have followed oil-price movements roughly two years later,” he wrote.The counterbalance to this is that home prices in non-oil producing states tend to rise when oil money drops in the South.”Cheaper oil lowers the costs of driving, heating a home, and other activities, boosting local economies outside of oil-producing regions,” Kolko wrote. “In the Northeast and Midwest especially, home prices tend to rise after oil prices fall.”But Kolko insists that any negative effects on housing markets would be localized. Outside of Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, which had six cities in the 10 hardiest oil-producing home price growth markets in the past year, Bakersfield, California; Gary, Indiana; Wichita, and Toledo could experience a downswing in market prices by 2016. January 8, 2015 579 Views Economist: Falling Oil Prices Could Hit Housing Asking Prices Home Prices Trulia 2015-01-08 Scott_Morgancenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) celebrates a defensive stop against the Green Bay Packers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Among all wide receivers, his 109 catches ranked tied for fifth and he was sixth in receptions for first downs with 65.In addition, Fitzgerald’s 1,215 yards was the ninth highest, while his 458 yards after catch were the 13th most and he finished tied for 14th in touchdowns with nine. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Even though he suffered a down year, Campbell was still named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season. He has 48.5 sacks and has forced six fumbles in his eight-year career.Joining Campbell on the defensive front is Jones, who will be seeking big money when free agency hits.9. Chandler Jones, DE, Arizona Cardinals: Jones had two double-digit-sack seasons with the Patriots, and they traded him because he was going to be too costly to keep. It’s now Arizona’s job to sign him to a long-term deal.The Cardinals traded a second round pick and Jonathan Cooper for Jones. He will be a much-needed upgrade for the team’s pass-rush, which finished 20th in the NFL in sacks last year with 36.In 55 career games, the 26-year-old has sacked opposing quarterbacks 36 times and has forced 10 fumbles. He enjoyed a career year in 2015 with 12.5 sacks.One player who enjoyed his best season in years is the final Cardinals member on Clayton’s list.14. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald’s contract voids five days after the Super Bowl, and figuring out his value is fascinating. He has been one of the best receivers in his era, but next year he will be 33 with 13 years of NFL experience.In 2015, Fitzgerald topped the 100-catch mark for the first time since 2007 when he caught a career high 109 passes. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Even though contract negotiations between the Arizona Cardinals and Tyrann Mathieu have been the most prevalent in the news, he’s not the only top player on the team that could hit free agency after the upcoming season.Calais Campbell, newcomer Chandler Jones and Larry Fitzgerald all enter the final year of their respective contracts as well.ESPN’s John Clayton included the four Cardinal studs in his list of the top 25 projected 2017 free agents. 0 Comments   Share   2. Tyrann Mathieu, S, Arizona Cardinals: Mathieu’s impasse in contract talks with the Cardinals is because he wants to be paid like a top defensive player instead of being just the highest-paid safety in the league. What can’t be ignored is how good he is when healthy.The Cardinals have been in talks with the former LSU Tiger during the summer about an extension as they would like to retain the most versatile defender in the NFL.Mathieu completed his 2015 campaign with 89 tackles and was tied for the team lead in interceptions with five.Clayton spoke with Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday about the reasoning behind the stalemate of negotiations between the two sides..“He’s becoming one of the best defensive players in the league,” Clayton said. “But still, just like in the case of Earl Thomas, he’s a safety and the top safeties make $10.25 million. How much more than that can Steve Keim and the organization go?”While the Cardinals primary focus is locking up Mathieu, the organization will seek an extension for Campbell as well.7. Calais Campbell, DE, Arizona Cardinals: Campbell is a dominating force along the Cardinals’ line. He turns 30 in September, and it’s vital the Cardinals sign him to a long-term deal.Statistically speaking, the defensive end is coming off of his worst season in the NFL, he finished with his lowest sack total (five) since becoming a starter in 2009. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Five professional conf

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterFive professional conference organisers from Australia and New Zealand were invited to experience Japan as an ideal destination for business events on a six-day familiarisation trip fully hosted by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) in January.The trip started in the buzzing capital of Tokyo, where the participants stayed at the Conrad Tokyo, featuring panoramic views of Tokyo Bay. Highlights in Tokyo included a taiko drumming experience in Asakusa and a sushi-making experience at Tsukiji Fish Market, activities perfect for team-building. The group also experienced the exceedingly popular Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, among other site inspections.From there the group headed to Odawara, in the foothills of the hot spring region Hakone. Riding on the bullet train for the first time was an experience that will not be forgotten. The group were impressed by the facilities at the Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa where they stayed overnight, which included tennis courts, a karaoke room and even a bowling alley.Their next stop was Kyoto, Japan’s cultural and traditional heart. Here the group enjoyed traditional activities like origami, calligraphy and an exclusive up-close maiko (apprentice geisha) experience. The PCOs were treated to delicious traditional and modern Japanese cuisine, and were impressed by the variety on offer throughout the trip.Victoria Wales, Business Director of HOT Events, Christchurch spoke highly of the sheer variety of experiences on offer.“Our recent famil to Japan was filled with delight in discovering a new destination. My highlight had to be our time with the entertaining hosts at WAK in Kyoto – being challenged with calligraphy and origami and dressing in traditional kimono. My second highlight had to be the food of course – from creating our own sushi rolls to enjoying 12 courses of vegan dining prepared for us by Buddhist monks – WOW!” she said.“I am looking forward to visiting again with groups particularly for the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Olympics 2020.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Civil servants demand more hiring

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouCIVIL servants’ union PASYDY is demanding that some 2,500 employees occupying vacancies on term contracts be made permanent, it was reported yesterday.Citing unnamed sources, daily Phileleftheros said this category comprises mostly nurses in government hospitals, but also contracted staff in other government departments, mainly secretarial.The decision to make term contractors permanent was taken by the union’s Central Committee and ratified by the General Council on Tuesday.At the same time, PASYDY plans to raise a secondary demand, relating to the pension rights of employees.Specifically, the union wants to reinstate the rights to a professional pension and a lump-sum retirement bonus for employees deemed eligible.In the coming days, the paper reported, PASYDY’s head Glafcos Hadjipetrou will send a letter to the chairman of the Joint Personnel Committee, and permanent undersecretary of the Finance ministry, Christos Patsalides, raising both issues and requesting the start of consultations as soon as possible.Head of nurses’ union Prodromos Argyrides told the Cyprus Mail that the issue has arisen due to the increased number of civil servants leaving the public sector for fear of losing some of their entitlements.“Just like the recent talk of taxing civil servants’ lump-sum bonus”, he said.“Anyone in their shoes would have done the same”, he said of civil servants opting for early retirement.Argyrides said there are hospital departments staffed in half by contract employees, which means that non-permanent staff, who may be let go and replaced by others, are being entrusted with medical equipment worth millions.“That is, not to mention patients’ lives”, he said. “This situation breeds risk and dysfunction. The government must unfreeze the necessary positions”.He added that the proposals have already reached the Finance ministry, but no response has yet been issued.The nurses’ union has also taken these issues to the Health minister, who replied that this was a matter for the Finance ministry.“We will allow a reasonable time period for the government to study the proposals, and then we’ll make our own decisions”, Argyrides said.Meanwhile, a public row between PASYDY boss Glafcos Hadjipetrou and the head of the newly-created rival offshoot – the Independent Union of Civil Servants – Yiorgos Horatas broke out on state radio yesterday morning.“Our philosophy is that we need to support the revival of public service, because only through the revival of this spirit can Cyprus have a future”, Horatas said.“I don’t know how receptive PASYDY is to this notion. So far, its stance has been ‘we don’t negotiate, we don’t accept anything’.”The rogue unionist claimed the upper layers of PASYDY have been abusing their power, naming Hadjipetrou as one.“The reasons we had distanced ourselves from PASYDY, to the point where some of us were expelled, were real: for instance, in terms of the way they chose to handle monthly membership fees. We had discovered that members of PASYDY’s leadership were being paid a second salary from the union, in addition to their civil servant salary”, he said.“Also, Mr Hadjipetrou’s son-in-law was hired by the union’s retirement home as financial director. PASYDY’s deputy head was also hired as director at the retirement home.”Hadjipetrou denied the accusations, claiming they were simply the result of the expelled PASYDY members’ disgruntlement.“In every session at the union they raised the issue of suspending or reducing membership fees, reducing the salaries of the union’s employees and leadership”, said Hadjipetrou.“They are saying that some are getting a second salary, because some in the union receive an allowance to cover their expenses. We have told them repeatedly that such accusations are both inappropriate and in violation of the union’s policy. They did not comply.”With regard to their expulsion from the union, Hadjipetrou said it was not decided vindictively but was simply a result of their own behaviour.“A team of 23 voted on their expulsion, 21 in favour and two abstained”, he claimed. “The General Council also voted. Of 70 members present, 63 voted in favour of their expulsion, one in their favour and six abstained.”He also defended the retirement home hirings, citing unanimity.“The retirement home hiring was decided unanimously, including their own vote”, he said of his former fellow unionists.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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