The Blues Dinner recognised NSWTA best Affiliates, Regions, Administrators, Players, Juniors, Volunteers, Referees, Coaches and Selectors. Gary Brickell was awarded the prestigious Rod Wise Medal for Volunteer of the Year for his tireless efforts as a referee and administrator of the Wollongong Touch Association of which he has been involved for over twenty-five years. The Canterbury club had much to celebrate with members Gary Sonda (Men’s Player of the Year), Peter Forrester (Coach of the Year), and the Winchester sisters (Joint Female Players of the Year) claiming awards on the night.NSWTA also inducted four individuals to their Hall of Fame – Gabrielle Rose, Katrina Toohey, Gary Mournehis, and Judy Malcolm. A full list of winners is below: Affiliate of the Year State winner:Wallsend TASix regional winners:SunsAlbion Park TA RebelsEast’s TA MetsLower Blue Mountains TA ScorpionsRyde Eastwood TA HornetsWallsend TA EaglesGlen Innes TA Administrator of the Year John Ryan (Easts TA) and Elijah Van Der Kwast (UNSW TA)Region of the Year Mets Rod Wise Medal- Volunteer of the Year Gary Brickell (Wollongong TA) Coach of the Year Peter Forrester (Canterbury TA) Selector of the Year Bob Monkley (Yass TA)Male Player of the Year Gary Sonda (Canterbury TA) Female Player of the Year Clare Winchester and Louise Winchester (Canterbury TA) Junior Male Player of the Year Ben Moylan (Penrith TA) Junior Female Player of the Year Nicky Albury (Wests TA) and Amy Regal (Wollongong TA) For further information, go to the new NSWTA website – www.nswtouch.com.au
zoom Ship classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has released the Guideline for the Mandatory Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships. The new guideline has been produced so as to facilitate enforcement of the revised Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships aimed at minimizing health hazards to seafarers along with minimizing risks to communication aboard ships.The new guideline has summarized the revised Code that entered into force on July 1st, focusing particularly on the general method of noise prevention and frequently asked questions by the involved parties.The guideline also covers the scope of enforcement, procedures for noise measurement on board during sea trials, airborne sound insulation properties between accommodation spaces and noise measures.The Guideline is available herePress Release, July 14th, 2014, Image: ClassNK
zoom Careless errors by ship agents are resulting in costly claims, according to indemnity insurer ITIC.In the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC cites the case of a ship agent which incorrectly calculated two pro-forma invoices in respect of port dues, using the cheaper rate for a cargo of malt, rather than the rate for the cargo of wheat booked for discharge from two ships.The wheat cargoes had been discharged, and the final invoices for port dues sent out, before the error was discovered.The difference between the invoiced port dues and the correct port dues totalled Euros 14,000. But the owner refused to make up the shortfall because, relying on what it had been told, it had in turn charged the lower amount to the charterer. The claim was settled by ITIC.Another case referenced by ITIC involved the submission by a port agent of all relevant cargo declarations in respect of a ship which had tendered notice of readiness in a Middle East port. These declarations included a document which the agent had translated into Arabic and English, and which described the cargo and the names of the consignees.When the ship arrived, the only berth at which it could discharge was not available for a further ten days. The mistakes in the translation of the cargo declarations were subsequently noticed, resulting in a three-day delay in clearing the ship for berthing, which coincided with the last three days of the overall ten-day delay.The owner claimed against the port agent for the full ten-day period of delay, arguing that the ship had not legally been able to berth due to the documentary error.ITIC said it assisted the agent negotiate a settlement based on 50 per cent of the overall delay of USD 110,000, which ITIC paid. “Errors such as these put pressure on commercial relationships. Attention to detail is important,” ITIC said.
zoom After it passed a delisting resolution at the beginning of May 2016, the Oslo-listed shipping firm Siem Shipping today submitted an application to the Oslo Stock Exchange to delist the company from Oslo Børs.Siem Shipping said that increased competition from the container companies “has impacted the traditional specialised reefer markets” and that it is the last remaining publicly-listed reefer company.In an annual general meeting held on May 6, the company said that “at present and for the foreseeable future, there are little or no benefits to be obtained and there is little or no trading activity to justify the cost to maintain a public listing.”During 2015, less than 20,000 shares in the company have been traded, equivalent to about 75 shares per day on some 260 trading days during the year.Siem Shipping said that this trend has continued in 2016 and that it no longer considers it to be in its, or its shareholders’, best interest to continue as a listed entity.
FOR BROADCAST: A Halifax physical education teacher and school athletics director has been named Team Nova Scotia’s assistant chef de mission for the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina, Saskatchewan. Susan Beazley will help lead the team of athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff to the Games in August 2005. She’s been leading students at Armbrae Academy in physical education and amateur sport for 26 years. She also competed at the Canada Games in 1973 and 1977 on Nova Scotia’s field hockey team, and went to the 2001 Games on the province’s mission staff. Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald says Ms. Beazley has dedicated her life to sport and will bring dedication and enthusiasm to this job to help the athletes succeed. Ms. Beazley will also prepare during the 2005 event to be the chef de mission for the 2007 Canada Winter Games in the Yukon. -30- A Halifax physical education teacher and school athleticsdirector has been named Team Nova Scotia’s assistant chef demission for the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina, Sask. Susan Beazley will help chef de mission Russell MacDonald ofGroves Point, Cape Breton lead the team of athletes, coaches,managers and mission staff to the Games in August 2005. Ms. Beazley will also use the experience to prepare for assumingthe chef de mission position for the 2007 Canada Winter Games inthe Yukon. “Susan has been a valuable member of Team Nova Scotia both as anathlete and as mission staff,” said Health Promotion MinisterRodney MacDonald. “She’s dedicated her life to sport and I knowshe will bring dedication and enthusiasm to this job to help ourathletes succeed.” Ms. Beazley has been leading students at Armbrae Academy inphysical education and amateur sport for 26 years. She competedat the Canada Games in 1973 and 1977 on Nova Scotia’s fieldhockey team. She went to the 2001 Games on the province’s missionstaff. “I know how important and encouraging it was as an athlete tohave the full support of my mission staff,” said Ms. Beazley.”Now it’s my turn to lead mission staff in giving our athletes,coaches and managers all the support they need to have anexceptional experience at the 2005 Games.” Ms. Beazley and Mr. MacDonald will lead the country’s only fullyvolunteer mission staff to the Games. They will prepare andcoordinate about 450 athletes, coaches, managers and artists onTeam Nova Scotia for the two-week event. Mission staff are now being recruited for the upcoming CanadaSummer Games which will take place from Aug. 6 to 20, 2005.Application information is at www.ns.canadagames.ca . Thedeadline for applying is Dec. 19, 2003.
Nova Scotians will receive enhanced cancer care closer to home as a result of $1 million the government is investing in a new medical oncology satellite in Kentville and expanded services for Inverness, Antigonish, New Glasgow and Yarmouth. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont and representatives from Cancer Care Nova Scotia announced the new funding today, March 21, to further support satellite cancer services for rural Nova Scotia. The money includes payment for new positions such as nurses, pharmacists and clerical support as well as physicians’ costs to provide more services in the districts. “This investment will help make it easier for rural patients to receive care closer to home,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Together, our government, Cancer Care Nova Scotia and the district health authorities are committed to high quality cancer treatment and care.” The Department of Health is able to invest in additional services in Kentville next month because an Annapolis Valley physician has just completed the medical oncology residency program at Dalhousie University and is returning to her hometown to help local cancer patients. “We’re very fortunate to have retained Dr. Julia Petrie as a medical oncologist and welcome her in her new role with Annapolis Valley Health,” said CEO Janet Knox. “This investment will build on the chemotherapy services we are offering and help patients across our district.” Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Maureen MacIntyre, who will chair the newly established provincial satellite oncology oversight and advisory committee, said there will be a standardized approach to ensure quality care at the satellite medical and radiation oncology clinics in Nova Scotia. “All planning has and will continue to be based on the principle of providing patients with safe, high quality, standardized cancer care as close to home as possible,” she said. All referrals for cancer services will be managed by the two provincial cancer centres: the Cape Breton Cancer Centre in Sydney, and the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre in Halifax. A committee led by Cancer Care Nova Scotia will monitor the clinics for the next 12 to 18 months to address any issues. “We’ve all worked together on the planning of this. Our goal is to make sure that patients and families using satellite clinics have access to the same standard of care as they would at a cancer centre,” said Vickie Sullivan, director of Capital Health’s cancer care program. “Being able to receive this care closer to home will minimize travel for some patients and reduce some of the stress associated with that,” said Mona Baryluk, director of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre.
Gurugram: The state government on its part may be spending crores in an amount to revamp the major roads of Gurugram. On average, there are eight deaths and thirty accidents occurring daily in Gurugram.For a city that is witnessing about 48,000 vehicle registrations in a year, deadly accidents continue to be a major challenge in the city. In the recent past even as a lot of work has been done by Gurugram police in improving the road infrastructure, lack of facilities for pedestrians continue to make the most vulnerable. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPedestrians and two-wheelers lead among the number of casualties due to accidents. According to an official date in the last three years from 2016-2018, there have been 545 deaths of pedestrians. In 2018 168 people who were walking on the roads lost their lives. In a city where eight people on an average die daily due to road accidents, a major complaint about long has been that how facilities like footpaths and foot over bridges are not being set up by the urban planners. The Gurgram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has tied up with the School of Planning and Architecture to design a comprehensive mobility plan for the city. Improving road designs that can aid in reducing the number of accidents will also be mulled over in the proposal.
Stephen Fry has written an open letter to British prime minister David Cameron, calling for Russia to be banned from hosting the Winter Olympics because of its anti-gay laws.“An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on Sochi is simply essential,” he wrote. “Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillyhammer, anywhere you like. At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world.“He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it. I know whereof I speak. I have visited Russia, stood up to the political deputy who introduced the first of these laws, in his city of St Petersburg. I looked into the face of the man and, on camera, tried to reason with him, counter him, make him understand what he was doing. All I saw reflected back at me was what Hannah Arendt called, so memorably, “the banality of evil.” A stupid man, but like so many tyrants, one with an instinct of how to exploit a disaffected people by finding scapegoats. Putin may not be quite as oafish and stupid as Deputy Milonov but his instincts are the same. He may claim that the “values” of Russia are not the “values” of the West, but this is absolutely in opposition to Peter the Great’s philosophy, and against the hopes of millions of Russians, those not in the grip of that toxic mix of shaven headed thuggery and bigoted religion, those who are agonised by the rolling back of democracy and the formation of a new autocracy in the motherland that has suffered so much (and whose music, literature and drama, incidentally I love so passionately).“I am gay. I am a Jew. My mother lost over a dozen of her family to Hitler’s anti-Semitism. Every time in Russia (and it is constantly) a gay teenager is forced into suicide, a lesbian “correctively” raped, gay men and women beaten to death by neo-Nazi thugs while the Russian police stand idly by, the world is diminished and I for one, weep anew at seeing history repeat itself.“I especially appeal to you, Prime Minister, a man for whom I have the utmost respect. As the leader of a party I have for almost all of my life opposed and instinctively disliked, you showed a determined, passionate and clearly honest commitment to LGBT rights and helped push gay marriage through both houses of our parliament in the teeth of vehement opposition from so many of your own side. For that I will always admire you, whatever other differences may lie between us. In the end I believe you know when a thing is wrong or right. Please act on that instinct now.”You can read the full letter here.
Over the 4th of July weekend, actor, producer and jewelry designer Adam Shulman and his wife, actress Anne Hathaway, met paparazzi with cardboard signs covering their faces that told viewers to support World of Children Award, a nonprofit that improves the lives of vulnerable children by funding and elevating the most effective changemakers for children worldwide.Hathaway’s sign read: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield had a great idea! Please check out www.GirlEffect.org, www.Feeding America.org, www.WorldOfChildren.Shulman completed the message with “Happy 4th of July!”Last year, Shulman partnered with World of Children Award to design a Limited Edition Key Necklace that featured the nonprofit’s signature logo. The necklace was released at the 2013 World of Children Awards Ceremony. 100% of the profits supported World of Children Award’s programs serving the needs of vulnerable children.Shulman plans to design a new key for this year’s World of Children Awards Ceremony in November, which will take place in New York City. To learn more about the Awards Ceremony, visit worldofchildren.org/awardsceremony. World of Children Award improves the lives of vulnerable children by funding and elevating the most effective changemakers for children worldwide.Since 1998, World of Children Award has granted more than $6 million in cash grants and program support to 100 humanitarian leaders who are the driving force behind programs serving children worldwide. The organization’s exhaustive research and vetting of individuals has been hailed by leading philanthropic organizations. The media often refers to World of Children Award as the Nobel Prize for child advocacy.World of Children Award has been featured on The New York Times, The Huffington Post, People, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar. World of Children Award Honorees have also been featured by The New York Times, CNN, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fast Company Magazine, People, Glamour, TEEN Vogue, TIME for Kids, USA Today and the Christian Science Monitor, among several other national and international media.Most recently, The Huffington Post named World of Children Award’s Founders, Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, one of the United States’ most inspiring “power couples” for their lifetime commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable children around the world.Source:PR Web
Rabat- Morocco’s Minister of Mining Aziz Rabbah is taking part in China Mining 2018, October 18-20 in Tianjin, China.According to a statement from the Ministry of Energy and Mining, the symposium is an international platform for foreign cooperation in mining.The event, which marks the participation of more than 400 exhibitors and 10,000 delegations, will cover several panels on mineral exploration, trade and marketing of mining products, and investment policies. The meeting will also include a high-level ministerial meeting, bringing together mining ministers and presidents of major mining companies.The ministerial meeting will serve as a platform to emphasize foreign cooperation on mining and expertise sharing.Read Also: Moroccan Wine Producer to Export to ChinaRabbah gave a presentation on the Moroccan mining model and investment opportunities.During his address, the minister said that Morocco’s reforms enabled the North African country to attract more foreign direct investment of MAD 23.7 billion in 2017.He also discussed the importance of mining in Morocco, contributing to 10 percent of GDP.Morocco’s mining production totalled 35.11 million tons in 2017. Moroccan mining is largely dominated (90 percent) by phosphates, according to the ministry’s statement. “Morocco has significant phosphate reserves and has a developed phosphate industry which ranks it as the leading exporter and third largest producer of phosphates,” the minister said.The minister also pointed out OCP Group’s strategy to regulate supply and demand to control phosphate prices.OCP’s objective is to increase Morocco’s market share to 40 percent for all mining products, including raw phosphate, phosphoric acid, and fertilizers. It also aims to reinforce Morocco’s position in Africa.Morocco’s exports of fertilizers dramatically increased from 50,000 tons in 2006 to 2,500,000 tons in 2017. Morocco aims to support the green revolution in Africa with products adapted to soil and local African cultures.The minister, however, also noted challenges in the non-phosphate mining sector. The minister said that Morocco must launch a National Mining Sector Development Strategy to modernize mining regulations, restrict artisanal mining activity, and increase the rate of geoscience mapping.
NEW YORK — The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, says that holiday sales increased a lower-than-expected 2.9 per cent as worries about the trade war with China, the government shutdown and stock market turmoil dampened shopper spending in December.The figures, released Thursday, come after the Commerce Department announced weak December retail sales data that had been delayed by nearly a month because of the government shutdown. The group and other analysts are questioning whether the shutdown and resulting delay in collecting the data had made the results less reliable.The numbers, which exclude automobile dealers, gas stations and restaurants, fell short of the trade group’s forecast for the November and December period combined to increase anywhere from 4.3 per cent to 4.8 per cent.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press
A group of Sri Lankan refugees who were risking their lives to go to Australia — a country that has already shut its door on asylum seekers -— were intercepted in a joint-operation involving the Q-Branch, Coastal Security Group (CSG), and Tiruvallur police near Chennai.Two agents, both Sri Lankan nationals, assured the refugees that they were scheduled to leave from Pulicat Lake as tourists and were to board a shipping vessel heading to Australia, to be off-loaded in Christmas Island, which is 3,710 km away from the Tamil Nadu coast, the deccanchronicle reported. Thirteen of the 28 were men and they were picked up by the police while the women and children, to be recorded as witnesses, would be sent back to their respective camps. Besides, three drivers hired to drop the refugees at Pulicat Lake and a two-wheeler rider escorting the group were also arrested. Twenty-eight refugees from four camps — Gummidipoondi, Puzhal, Vellore, and Bhavani Sagar (Erode) — who had paid for the trip were intercepted while being transported by road at two locations, Tirupalaivanam and Sholavaram police limits, in neighbouring Tiruvallur district, between 2 am and 5 am. “It is highly improbable to make it to Australia by a boat and it is nothing but a cheating racket. We have been trying to sensitise refugees on the dangerous trip that they should not be undertaking. They are so engrossed in the idea of going to Sri Lanka and financing Rs 1 or Rs 2 lakh as demanded by the agents through their kin resettled elsewhere. It is also suspected that the agents themselves tip off the police to scuttle the journey and thus maximise their profits, given the challenges in the trip,” S.C. Chandrahasan, founder, Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation, told DC.Mr Chandrahasan added, “Australia is gearing up for elections and the refugee issue will be a major poll plank like last time. Most Australians do not want their tax money to be spent on refugees whose economic prosperity once they are allowed into the country is envied.” (Colombo Gazette)
The Department of Meteorology said that there may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. Heavy rain and strong winds were experienced in most parts of the country today.The Department of Meteorology said that the prevailing showery condition in the island, particularly in the south western part is expected to continue. It said that showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa Central and North-western provinces. Heavy falls (100-150 mm) are expected at some places, particularly in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in Galle and Matara districts today. Showers or thundershowers will occur elsewhere particularly after 2.00 p.m. Heavy falls (about 100 mm) are expected in some places, particularly in the Uva province and in Ampara and Batticaloa districts.
He said universities in both countries have been researching to find more evidence “so that they can go back and see how the relationship was deep-rooted”.He also touched upon the celebration of the 70th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Turkey adding the celebration was organized in five Turkish cities: Ankara, Istanbul, Bursa, Trabzon and Erzurum. He also recalled a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Feb. 10, 2005 – who was prime minister at the time — to show solidarity with Sri Lankan people affected by the tsunami. The Sri Lankan Ambassador in Ankara Pakeer Mohideen Amza said it was time to revive the deep-rooted relations Turkey and Sri Lanka have enjoyed.Speaking to Anadolu Agency Amza said: “This is vital and important for our people to know each other, apart from the fact that we had a very long relation, and it is time for us to renew [the relations] and work together [for the] economy, in people-to-people contact, in cultural and educational areas and so on.” “We have the evidence now to say that there was a presence of honorary consul representing the Ottoman Empire in 1864 in our capital Colombo. So that was well before we gained independence and well before the establishment of the Turkish Republic. So, the relationship has been there, even before that,” Amza said. “Sri Lanka gains its independence […] 70 years ago, on Feb. 4, 1948, after 443 years of foreign dominance starting in 1505 by Portuguese followed by the Dutch and the British […] It’s a very proud moment for all Sri Lankans,” said Amza.Amza underlined that diplomatic relations between Ankara and Colombo had been established immediately after the independence of Sri Lanka and added: “This year also marks the 70th year of our diplomatic relations”.“We have excellent political relations, because Turkey is one of our closest friends when in need. I remember how Turkish people and the government of Turkey at the time of the tsunami and the devastation of our country [reacted], how they came to help us,” Amza said referring to the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004 that hit several countries, including Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia, and claimed more than 230,000 lives. He noted that relations between Turkey and Sri Lanka went back several centuries. Amza said that the Sri Lankan foreign minister would visit Turkey this year as Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visited Colombo last year.On economic relations, the Sri Lankan envoy hailed the good relations between the two countries.He noted that Turkey and Sri Lanka in 2016 convened the first joint committee on economy and trade cooperation in 26 years.“They have come out with roadmap for the expansion of trade relations with the expectation to reach [a trade] volume of $500 million by the end of 2020 from the current volume of $200 million.”“We are working very ambitiously. We have identified a lot of areas of cooperation. We are working with a lot of trade organizations. We accept the fact that our relationship has not gone to the level where the potential lies.”Amza continued: “Tea is one of the areas where we can work together. We know people in Turkey like tea. In terms of per capita consumption, Turkey is the number one in the world. Turkish people consume a lot of tea. I know how much they love Sri Lankan tea. And I also know that you have your own tea industries in Rize. And we have been working with your tea industry and our tea industry to see how both industries can cooperate together. For mutual benefit and a win-win situation. If things go as planned, I think it will be beneficial for both countries.”“We are trying to bring together the tourism sectors of two countries thanks to Turkish Airlines,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) “I remember President Erdogan, at that time he was prime minister, came […],” he said. “In the same way, Sri Lanka had also expressed its support to Turkey.”Erdogan had launched a “Turkish Village” initiative in Matara, in southern Sri Lanka, for those who lost their homes in the tsunami.Amza noted that the Sri Lankan president was one of the first leaders to condemn the deadly coup attempt of July 15, 2016, expressing his solidarity with the Turkish people.
Three people have been arrested with grenades and swords in Modara, the Police said.The Police said that the suspects had in their possession locally manufactured hand grenades and swords. The arrest was made following a search operation carried out by the security forces.
“Putting people first means reaffirming the cornerstone principles of the global drug control system, and the emphasis on the health and welfare of humankind that is the founding purpose of the international drug conventions,” the Executive Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, told delegates at the opening of the UN General Assembly special session on the world drug problem (UNGASS). The three-day session kicked off with the adoption by the 193-member body of the new framework on countering the world drug problem, drafted last month in Vienna by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the UN’s top policy-making body on the issue. The document recognizes that to address and counter the world drug problem, appropriate emphasis should be placed on individuals, families, communities and society as a whole, with a view to promoting and protecting the health, safety and well-being of all humanity. “Putting people first means balanced approaches that are based on health and human rights, and promote the safety and security of all our societies. Putting people first means looking to the future, and recognizing that drug policies must most of all protect the potential of young people and foster their healthy styles of life and safe development,” he added. Mr. Fedotov further underlined that countries with limited resources and capacities to address the threats to peace, security, development and health posed by illicit drugs need to be assisted, including through support for alternative livelihoods, building accountable, effective judicial and law enforcement capacities to tackle supply, and enhancing prevention and treatment services. He noted that during the three-day special session, States will discuss the challenges associated with the world drug problem and how best to address them: “Because no society can claim to be completely free from the dire consequences that illicit drugs bring, or to have no relation to its many causes. And no country can deny that addressing this problem is a common and shared responsibility,” Mr. Lykketoft stressed. Taking the podium, Dr Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), said an estimated 27 million people have drug use disorders, and more than 400,000 of them die each year.“The health and social harm caused by the illicit use of psychoactive drugs is enormous. This harm includes direct damage to the physical and mental health of users, drastically reducing the length and quality of their lives,” she warned. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), addresses the Special Session on the World Drug Problem. UN Photo/Manuel Elias Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson addresses the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem. Photo: Video screen capture “I also know that some countries and regions have suffered more than others. It is therefore important that we listen to each other and learn from each other’s experiences, not least of how the well-being of people is affected,” he said. Looking forward to 2019, when the current Political Declaration and Plan of Action adopted by the Assembly’s first special session on drugs comes to an end, Mr. Eliasson said the global community should focus on new challenges and threats, including the emergence of new psychoactive substances. “UN Member States, UNODC and the whole UN system must respond in a timely, effective and flexible fashion to these and other looming dangers,” he insisted. “We must base our decisions on research, data and scientific evidence. And we must not shy away from new ideas and approaches – even if these sometimes may challenge traditional assumptions.” Meanwhile, General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft recalled that a little over six months ago, UN Member States gathered in the same hall to embrace the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which sends “a signal to people everywhere that the transformation towards a more sustainable and just world was underway.” Executive Director of UNODC Yury Fedotov addresses the UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem. UN Photo/Manuel Elias As the lead entity in the UN system in addressing the challenges posed by illicit drugs, the Executive Director highlighted that the Vienna-based UNODC will remain fully engaged in helping States: To ensure access to controlled drugs to relieve pain and suffering To promote prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration approaches rooted in evidence, science, public health and human rights To stop the criminals, and prevent and counter illicit cultivation, production and trafficking And use all available tools, as provided by the conventions on drugs, corruption, transnational organized crime and terrorism, to tackle related organized crime, money-laundering and illicit financial flowsIn his remarks to the Assembly, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, recognized that some aspects of the drug agenda are sensitive and controversial. General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft addresses the Special Session on the World Drug Problem. UN Photo/Manuel Elias “In the view of WHO, drug policies that focus almost exclusively on use of the criminal justice system need to be broadened by embracing a public health approach. A public health approach starts with the science and the evidence. It tells us several things,” she added. Dr Chan said the evidence shows that drug use can be prevented, drug use disorders can be treated, drug dependence that contributes to crime can be diminished, and people with drug dependence can be helped and returned to productive roles in society.“WHO promotes a comprehensive package of interventions to achieve these objectives. The evidence shows they work,” she stressed, urging Member States to “remember the people” when they begin to implement the new framework.
THE SMALL FIRMS ASSOCIATION (SFA) is warning of the impact that Ireland’s “black economy operators” are having on the country’s economic situation.The SFA believe that it is now worth up to €6 billion annually, with chairman AJ Noonan saying that the “leakage to the black economy” was now as high as 14 per cent of Ireland’s GDP.“Recent seizures of contraband point to a significant increase in activity of ‘cowboy operators’,” he said, warning that this rise posed “a very serious threat to the survival of many registered tax compliant businesses.”The SFA are due to present their current concerns to the Joint Oireachtas on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation tomorrow, and the steps that they believe should be taken in order to curb this illegal activity, which includes: The launching of an awareness campaign among consumers of the consequences of purchasing counterfeit, smuggled goods or paying cash to an illegitimate business.An evaluation of the factors which influence taxpayers’ attitudes to the informal economy.A clear message from government that strong measures will be taken against those that engage in criminal business behaviour.A review of resource levels and increased expenditure on training for those engaged in tackling the informal economy.“Because of reduced overheads those who operate within the informal economy have huge competitive advantages and distort the operation of a competitive labour market,” Noonan said.The SFA is urging the Government to become committed to a solution to the growing problems that this activity creates for the small business sector.Read: Economic activity needed to solve ‘fiscal and unemployment crisis’ – SFA >
AN IRISH COMPANY is taking on the makers of Mad Men and Tom Hanks in major online awards, the Webbys.Cuckoo, an online drama that was originally part of RTÉ’s Storyland series, saw off thousands of international competitors and has been nominated for Best Online Drama.The Zanzibar Films made show is up against four others, including Tom Hanks’ ‘Electric City’, AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’, Pereira and O’Dell’s ‘The Beauty Inside’ and Chasing the Hill’s ‘Chasing The Hill’ for the coveted prize.The winner will be chosen by a judging panel that includes the likes of David Bowie, Richard Branson, Darren Aronofsky, Arianna Huffington, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker and Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom.Alongside the official Webbys, there will also be a second set of winners voted for by the general public – the Webby People’s Voice Awards. As the underdog, the makers of Cuckoo are appealing to people to vote for them here.Although they are coming third, Marie Caffrey producer of the online drama told TheJournal.ie that they need all the votes they can get:We’re trying our best to get a million more votes because we’d need at least that amount to beat Tom Hanks and the makers of Mad Men.Here’s is the Cuckoo series:CuckooStoryland/YouTubeRead: Lobbing the gob: The MTV guide to amazing screen kisses >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The AFL world was rocked last week when Lance Franklin’s mental health issues surfaced in a very public manner.‘Buddy’, as he’s more colloquially referred to, was withdrawn from the Sydney Swans’ qualifying final clash against Fremantle – and has since been ruled out for the remainder of the season.With that announcement, a sense of disbelief blanketed football’s public sphere: namely that somebody of Franklin’s ilk – the AFL’s million dollar man with the Bondi lifestyle and the beautiful fiancée – could suffer from such an illness, Speaking to Neos Kosmos, psychologist Vicky Manikas says Franklin’s story is one that can shed light on the impact of mental health issues on people and its non-discriminatory nature.“It could be anybody, it could be the person you see having a lot of money, ‘the perfect family’, ‘the perfect life’, just like him. Mental health is something that can strike anybody and often it can be a genetic thing,” Manikas explains.In light of that, mental health issues are more commonly acknowledged by females, she says, because males have historically dealt with their problems through other means. “Women are more introspective and tend to think a lot more about things, whereas men are more likely to express things with aggression. You probably see more men with anger management issues and more women with depression.”That sentiment revolves around a ‘blokey culture’ – especially among sporting personalities – that has plagued men facing mental health issues for years – but it’s something that can rid itself of its cultural shackles now that somebody of Lance Franklin’s calibre has acknowledged his battle with it.“I think it’s fantastic. Anybody in the spotlight who is willing to come out and acknowledge and talk about it, I think it’s great. “It actually gets people to realise that anybody can have it, a person who has everything can have it, so I’m not weird for feeling this way.“I think over the last 10 years there have been a lot more organisations out there, like counselling for just men, to deal with their issues, because men would turn to drugs and alcohol to get through it and ‘man up’ type of thing, whereas now there’s nothing wrong with them acknowledging they do have feelings and do take things a certain way.”
NORTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – For about 30 minutes, only one lane was getting by on the Palmetto Expressway at Red Road after a crash left the other lanes blocked.Traffic had been inching by in the eastbound lanes of State Road 826 at Red Road after a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue truck responded to the scene, at around 12:30 p.m., Thursday.According to MDFR, the collision involved two vehicles. One patient was transported to an area hospital via a private ambulance.The cause of the crash remains unknown, but the scene was cleared just after 1 p.m., and all lanes have since reopened.It is recommended that motorists drive with caution as roads are wet from rain.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.