Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting After shooting 24 points and issuing 11 assists in leading TNT to an impressive 104-93 clipping of SMB, Castro refused to take the bait when asked about his motivation against the Beermen and Romeo in particular.“We’re a team and it’s not just all about me,” said Castro, the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for Jan. 21 to 27. “There are five of us out there at any given time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRomeo sat out a third straight game because of an ankle sprain. After being traded away by TNT, reportedly upon to the request of his former teammates, the playmaker said he should “be careful in choosing who my real friends are.”As reported by the Inquirer, the trade was consummated as some TNT players petitioned management to release Romeo after he got into several fights even during practice. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Briefs SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The mouth-watering match-up didn’t happen when TNT KaTropa ended San Miguel Beer’s two-game winning streak in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday.Jayson Castro versus Terrence Romeo will have to wait for another time. That is, if the KaTropa and the Beermen cross paths again in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments
Chennai, Feb 27 (PTI) Chief Justice of Madras High Court, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul today emphasised the importance and need for mediation in various stages of disputes.Inaugurating a conference on Appropriate Dispute Resolution here, he narrated several personal success stories of effective dispute resolution while stressing the importance and need for mediation in various stages of disputes.Other panel members at the interaction, including Justice Satish K Agnihotri, SriramPanchu, senior Advocate Mediator, Shivaraman, President of Madras Management Association also laid emphasis on the need for alternative dispute resolution mechanisms with special thrust on mediation.Another discussion on Disputes Arising in Corporate Laws with a special emphasis on family business, saw panelists dwelling on what kind of disputes come to court and if all require legal analysis and whether contractual theory is sufficient.The conference was organised by the Foundation for Comprehensive Dispute Resolution. PTI COR APR PRM
It all began when I was in London in June/July 2006. The President of the All India Tennis Association. Anil Khanna, the secretary general of the association, had persuaded me to undertake the trip so that, apart from watching the world-famous tournament at Wimbledon, I could also meet with friends from the world of tennis at the Mecca of the sport. During the trip, I noticed a little lump on the right side of my neck for the first time while shaving. It was not painful and I forgot all about it on my return to India.A couple of months later, in late August 2006, I went to the Parliament House Annexe dispensary for treatment of a stomach upset. After the doctor-in-charge, Dr. Bhatnagar, had finished examining me, I casually told him about the lump on my neck. I was surprised when he took it more seriously than I had expected him to, and personally took me to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. After further examination, both the doctors recommended an urgent biopsy….When I returned to the hospital after a couple of days, I was informed that the bone marrow report was normal, that my cancer was in its early stages and that there were bright chances of it being completely cured after treatment. Dr. Advani prescribed six rounds of chemotherapy, with a gap of three weeks between each. I told the doctors I was ready to begin immediately, that very day, and was transported to a room on another floor for my first round of chemotherapy.advertisementI took it as sportingly as I could but, after about half an hour or so, experienced a sudden reaction. I felt very uneasy and cold. The doctor gave me an anti-allergy medicine and slowed down the speed of the drip, which gave me some relief. My mood improved further when my friend Pahlaj Nihalani, the famous Bollywood film producer, visited me in the hospital. The chemotherapy process lasted for about ten hours. It was late evening by the time we finished, after which I returned to Sumant’s home where my wife and I were staying.I was advised to take the remaining five doses at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi. The doctors in Mumbai knew Dr. Lalit Kumar of AIIMS and recommended him highly.After staying in Mumbai for a few days, we returned to Delhi, got in touch with Dr. Kumar and decided that the next dose would be administered under his supervision at AIIMS. In the meantime, I was told to ease up on my public engagements by keeping them to the barest minimum, avoid further travel and take things easy at home as well.I weathered the first two rounds of chemotherapy without any major complications. It was only after the third round that things started becoming difficult for me. I felt very weak and started vomiting uncontrollably one night. Earlier that evening, since my wife had some writing work to do, I had suggested that she go to another room so that I was not disturbed. After finishing her work, she fell asleep there itself. I felt too weak to even go to the other room and wake her up.So, it was only in the morning, when she came to our room that she realised the condition I was in. She immediately contacted AIIMS and was advised to rush me there at once. The doctors decided to admit me to urgently administer some antibiotics and other medicines. I had to stay in the hospital for three days.The last dose of chemotherapy was administered in the first week of January 2007. Meanwhile, I had made two trips abroad and a special trip to Puttaparthi to meet Sathya Sai Baba whom I had visited many times earlier as well.Since I was not a prostrating type of follower, Baba would always offer me a chair to sit whenever I met him…When I was ushered into Baba’s presence, I did not immediately talk about my illness. He discussed the political situation and other matters of national importance with me instead. When Nilima was invited into the room and joined us with Devesh, she lost no time in telling Baba about my illness and pleaded with him to bless me so that I would be rid of the dreaded disease. Baba asked me where the cancer was and when I pointed to my neck, he stroked it and said, twice, ‘cancer cancelled’.advertisement…Another unforgettable experience from the days and months I spent suffering from cancer was that of Chandra Shekhar’s visit to my place. He was seriously ill himself, having first undergone bypass surgery and then fallen victim to cancer as well. He had gone to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York for treatment, but even that had not helped. He had become weak, could barely walk, and his speech had also become quite slurred.But when someone told him about my illness, he lost no time in calling me on the phone. I could barely follow what he was saying but this I understood that he would drop by the following morning to see me. I received him as he alighted from the car, held his hand and walked him to my living room. He told me not to worry, advised me to go to the US for further treatment and promised to help me in whichever way he could.I was deeply moved. His visit and concern for my health brought tears to my eyes. He was terminally ill himself, yet he felt concerned enough to visit me personally and offer his good wishes, advice and help in my recovery process.RELENTLESS AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY YASHWANT SINHA, BLOOMSBURY INDIA; Rs 799
BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers look on during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Tiger Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Les Miles’ son, a college football quarterback, is now considering a transfer.Manny Miles, the son of the Kansas football head coach, has entered his name into the transfer portal and is considering his options for his final season.The quarterback is graduating from North Carolina this spring and will be looking at other schools as a graduate transfer.Manny Miles is originally from Baton Rouge and arrived at North Carolina as a walk-on quarterback, but he’s received some playing time with the Tar Heels, throwing for a touchdown last season.The quarterback announced his decision on Twitter.“I will be graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in May and will be entering my name in the transfer portal with one year of eligibility left. Thank you Chapel Hill and all of Tar Heel nation for the last 4 years!” he tweeted. “I’m Manny Miles and I am I Tar Heel for life!”I will be graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in May and will be entering my name in the transfer portal with one year of eligibility left. Thank you Chapel Hill and all of Tar Heel nation for the last 4 years!I’m Manny Miles and I am I Tar Heel for life! #6teenSZN pic.twitter.com/3PptbcwHTS— manny miles (@man_ram_7) February 5, 2019North Carolina has added some quarterback depth since hiring Mack Brown, so it’s not too surprising that Miles would consider a transfer out.It’s unclear what schools Miles will consider, but perhaps he’ll join his father at Kansas.Les Miles, meanwhile, landed his biggest recruiting commitment to date with the Jayhawks on Monday.
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said today he is investigating alleged crimes against humanity committed in Libya, including by President Muammar Al-Qadhafi and members of his inner circle, following a request from the United Nations Security Council to probe the violent crackdown on protesters. “There will be no impunity in Libya,” Luis Moreno-Ocampo told a news briefing in The Hague, where the Court is based. “No one has authority to attack and massacre civilians.” The announcement comes just days after the Security Council asked the Court to look into the violent repression of protesters, in which more than 1,000 people are reported to have been killed and many more injured as Mr. Qadhafi’s loyalists opened fire on peaceful civilians demanding his ouster.It also comes amid efforts to address the growing humanitarian situation in Libya and on its borders. The UN humanitarian office estimates that some 180,000 people have fled the fighting in Libya so far. At UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened a video and telephone conference call this morning with regional organizations and UN agencies to discuss the humanitarian situation. “The Secretary-General urgently appeals to the Libyan authorities to allow immediate and unimpeded access into Libya to determine humanitarian needs and provide assistance inside the country should it be required, including in the west,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters, adding that Mr. Ban intends to name a special envoy shortly.On the ICC investigation, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said the probe will look into several incidents that have occurred since 15 February in various towns and cities across Libya. “During the coming weeks, the Office [of the Prosecutor] will investigate who are the most responsible for the most serious crimes committed in Libya,” he stated. The Office has identified some individuals with de facto or formal authority on the security forces who allegedly committed the crimes, such as Mr. Qadhafi and his inner circle, including some of his sons. The Prosecutor also noted that there are people with formal authority who should pay attention to the crimes committed by their people because if they are not preventing, stopping and punishing these crimes, they could be responsible. They include the minister of foreign affairs and the head of the regime’s security and military intelligence, among others.“We’d like to use this opportunity to put them on notice. If forces under their command and control commit crimes, they could be criminally responsible,” he stated.The Office of the Prosecutor will present its evidence to the Court’s judges, who will then decide whether or not to issue arrest warrants.During this morning’s conference call, Mr. Ban and the other participants cited a strong need for urgent relief – food, water, sanitation and shelter – for the thousands on both sides of the Tunisian and Egyptian borders due to significant population movements, as well as the need to prepare for a further possible escalation of humanitarian needs should conditions deteriorate inside Libya. The UN and its partners are working closely with authorities in Egypt, Tunisia and also Niger to meet the basic needs of those who have fled from Libya, the vast majority of whom are migrant workers. But as the situation escalates, it is evident that a much larger response is required, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stressed.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today that a ship chartered by the agency and carrying more than 1,000 metric tons of wheat flour to the Libyan port of Benghazi has returned to port in Malta without unloading its cargo due to security concerns. “We urgently call for safe humanitarian access to Libya,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. “This shows the scale of the challenge we face, especially if there is a need to ramp up food and other assistance in Libya.”The agency said that aerial bombardments have been reported outside Benghazi, and owners of cargo vessels are reluctant to send their ships into areas where crew members could be endangered or assets damaged. “We are exploring every possible humanitarian corridor to be prepared in case needs escalate,” Ms. Sheeran added. 3 March 2011The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said today he is investigating alleged crimes against humanity committed in Libya, including by President Muammar Al-Qadhafi and members of his inner circle, following a request from the United Nations Security Council to probe the violent crackdown on protesters.
WASHINGTON – U.S. factories received more orders in May from April after two consecutive months of declines, as businesses demanded more goods that signal investment plans.The Commerce Department says factory orders increased 0.7 per cent in May.Core capital goods, such as machinery and computers, rose 2.1 per cent. That’s better than the 1.6 per cent estimated in a preliminary report a week ago and is a good measure of companies’ plans to invest.The increase left orders for durable goods at $469 billion, up 43.5 per cent from their recession low reached in March 2009. But orders are down 2.5 per cent from their post-recession high hit in December.Manufacturing has slowed this year, hurt by declining consumer and business confidence and weaker global demand. by News Staff Posted Jul 3, 2012 10:11 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US factory orders increased 0.7 per cent in May following 2 months of declines
Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi participated in the telephone call between the two men which was termed an “in-depth discussion” on the situation, according to information provided by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. Today’s call comes amid intensive consultations carried out by Mr. Brahimi with Mr. Ban and other UN officials in New York on ending the mounting death toll and worsening humanitarian suffering in the Middle East country.In those consultations, both Mr. Ban and Mr. Brahimi expressed deep disappointment at the appalling levels of killing and destruction carried out by both the Government and the opposition and fuelled by outside powers providing weaponry to both sides.They also reportedly expressed their concern over the lack of a unified international posture that could lead to a political transition as agreed at Geneva last June.More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which is now in its 23rd month and has left more than 4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
AngloGold Ashanti surged back to profit in the September, third, quarter on lower costs and higher production. Reuters reports the company saying it is planning to bring its “cash-burning Obuasi operation in Ghana” back into profit by mechanising operations and cutting over 400 jobs. “It’s a necessity, let’s put it bluntly,” CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan said. He says modernising the mine, which is over 100 years old, will allow “access to grades which you would not otherwise get.”The union has backed the move. “The union is very pro about this because what they want to see here in terms of mechanisation is that it improves the wage structure of the skilled Ghanian employees.” AngloGold Ashanti says the first stage of mechanisation at Obuasi yielded a 17% increase in output in the Sept quarter over the previous quarter.Overall, adjusted headline earnings (EBITDA) were $576 million, compared with a loss of $135 million the previous quarter, with production up 12% to just over 1 Moz at total cash costs of $809/oz, 10% better than the preceding quarter.Furthmore, Bloomberg reports the company will expand its use of “reef-boring technology in the first quarter of 2014 as the third-biggest producer of the metal seeks to halt a terminal decline of the industry in South Africa.“AngloGold aims to derive 10% to 20% of its South African gold using the technique within the next five years, Chief Executive Officer Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan said in a phone interview today. The Johannesburg-based company has produced 35 kg of gold using the new machines in testing at its TauTona mine, he said.”“This is a game changer, or a paradigm shift,” said Venkatakrishnan, who became CEO in May. “If we do nothing, the gold industry is in terminal decline.”Bloomberg further notes that “after more than a century as the world’s biggest gold producer, South Africa has now slumped to sixth position. Production fell by a third to 167,236 kg in the five years to 2012, according to the Chamber of Mines. China, Australia, the US, Russia and Peru have all overtaken the country.”The reef boring machines, which AngloGold has developed with its suppliers, are able to remove just the gold-bearing ore from the reef, and then backfill the void to stabilise the mining infrastructure. That means the company will have to treat less rock and can operate 24 hours a day, Venkatakrishnan said.“This opens up areas that we cannot otherwise mine,” he said. “It also opens up areas which we have left behind for infrastructure support.”The company, with 21 operations in 10 countries, is cutting jobs, spending and exploration and slowing production at higher- cost mines as it responds to a 22% decline in the gold price this year. AngloGold reduced all-in sustaining costs 11% to $1,155/oz.“People are starting to realise that this company has come $300 down the cost curve on an all-in basis,” Richard Hart, a Johannesburg-based analyst at Macquarie First South Securities, said in a Bloomberg telephone interview.
← Previous Story EHF announced teams for CL 2015/2016 Next Story → Women’s WCh 2015: Koldinghus keeps the secret The IHF Council had decided, in its meeting in Herzogenaurach, Germany on 21 November 2014, to allocate three compulsory places plus the place of the reigning World Champion to the continent of Pan-America for the 2015 Women’s World Championship and to give the IHF Council the right to award two wild cards for the two free positions.Therefore, the IHF Council decided to award the National Federations of Germany and Serbia the wild cards for the 2015 Women’s World Championship to be held in Denmark from 5 to 20 December 2015.The draw for the 2015 Women’s World Championship will take place in Kolding, Denmark on 24 June 2015.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article iTunes Analysis: Ireland tried to play at Murrayfield but just weren’t good enough at it https://the42.ie/3229116 107 Comments Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandLIKE QUESTIONABLE FASHION tastes, rugby strategies too often seem just as whimsical. Initially entrenched in some simplified notion of the now, they’re then dumped after dubious overuse in ways that weren’t originally intended.When Ireland finally beat New Zealand in Chicago in early November, it felt monumental, and that a real shift had taken place, something tectonic. A duck had been broken and so with it a national predisposition to unendingly find new ways to snatch defeat from odds-on victory.While there’s no doubting the excellence of that superb result, it feels more like an outlier given Ireland’s inability to back it up since. Sure, they have beaten a poor Australian side, but that’s a team that was beaten by England on four consecutive occasions last year. The real issue seems to be that Ireland seem incapable of turning dominance into actual points on the board.Against New Zealand in Chicago, Ireland had 50% of territory and possession but were clinical and disciplined, returning five tries and conceding only four penalties. Perhaps most alarmingly though, New Zealand managed to carry the ball 514 metres against Ireland’s 194 metres, hinting at a lack of attacking incision and potency. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandAfter the match, much was made of Ireland’s newfound positive mind-set, one that turned down normally kickable opportunities in favour of potential tries. The thinking was that if they were to beat New Zealand, they would need to score circa 35 points, as this was roughly the All Blacks’ regular points tally during the previous Rugby Championship.As a press conference soundbite, it might be interesting, but as a guiding strategy, it’s woefully misleading.Unlike golf, rugby isn’t a game played in isolation, where you compare scores only at the end. A rugby match is an 80-minute process where each small outcome affects decisions thereafter. It’s as if the dice is constantly being loaded and reloaded to skew the outcome in either direction.It’s true that concerted pressure often leads to points, but alone it doesn’t load the dice. You have to score points. That’s the problem with such simplistic notions and hypothetical scoreboards. They don’t allow for nuance and aren’t fit for purpose. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandBack when I was playing with London Irish, I remember we were fed the same equally useless statistics to remind us how to win, as if it wasn’t already clear that simply scoring more points might do the job. Apparently there was a magical number, plucked from some biased sample of previous games, which suggested that if we conceded less than seventeen points, we would win the match.As a random statistic for discussion during one of the many rudderless team meetings, it was relatively harmless. But when it was bellowed out again the following weekend in the dressing room before the match, as a sort of actionable rally cry, it became both harmful and stupid. As a tool, it was blunt and meaningless in the moment, with only marginal value in hindsight for those pretending to sound prescient. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOOf course simplification is sometimes useful. I am doing it now to make a point, but focusing on one number and thinking that destiny lies therein is moronic. Summarising this more eloquently, a supposed law of economics, named after Charles Goodhart, warns that “when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.”Two weeks on from Chicago, when playing New Zealand in Dublin, Ireland enjoyed a sweeping victory nearly everywhere, except on the scoreboard. With two-thirds of possession and more than that in territory, Ireland only gave away four penalties compared to 14 for the All Blacks, two of which also resulted in sin-bins, further enabling the men in green.Yet New Zealand still managed to carry the ball for 470 metres to Ireland’s 360 metres en route to winning a bruising encounter with some to spare, 21-9. Notable again in this match was Ireland’s stubbornly positive (or overoptimistic) attitude that refused plenty of kickable penalties and came away with nothing.The same plan hadn’t just come up short, it was undone. New Zealand had scored considerably less than 35 points, but this was quickly forgotten. Source: Craig Watson/INPHOAgainst comparatively weaker opposition in Scotland last weekend, a positive Ireland were similarly defeated by themselves. Having enjoyed roughly 60% of position and possession, they failed to translate pressure into points and deservedly lost. Drop goals and kicking all available penalty options is seemingly out of vogue for no good reason.One result in Chicago has changed nothing, and certainly hasn’t affected probability. The Irish rugby team seem to believe that they have a winning strategy because it worked once when they played roulette. They would do well to consider that what separates good traders from bad isn’t the size of their wins, but the extent of their losses.By sticking to some redundant idea of what it takes to win, Ireland are losing. Time to ditch the latest trend and get back to basics.Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: By sticking to some redundant idea of what it takes to win, Ireland are losing Former Leinster and Munster back Eoghan Hickey takes a closer look at Ireland’s gung-ho approach to getting points on the board. Share74 Tweet Email1 Feb 8th 2017, 2:50 PM 21,143 Views By Eoghan Hickey Short URL Android Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 2:50 PM
Amazon Web Services set to create 1,000 jobs in Dublin The roles will be spread across AWS and parent firm Amazon. Short URL By Paul Hosford Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Monday 18 Jun 2018, 12:43 PM Image: SIPA USA/PA Images 69 Comments Share226 Tweet Email4 40,575 Views INTERNET GIANT AMAZON Web Services (AWS) will create 1,000 jobs across Dublin, it has announced.The company, which offers pay-as-you-go cloud and data services will create the jobs over the next two years.The roles will be spread across AWS and parent firm Amazon. They will be based in north county Dublin, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. The new roles will be across a range of tech disciplines including big data, security and network development. “Today, we have more than 2,500 Amazon employees in Ireland supporting customers from Ireland and around the world,” said Mike Beary, AWS Ireland country manager. “There is an abundance of talent in Ireland which helped us to exceed our talent growth targets ahead of schedule. Ireland is a great place to do business, the country’s creative culture and diverse pool of technical skills make it an ideal location for our rapidly expanding business.” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was on hand to announce the jobs, saying:“This is excellent news for Dublin. Amazon’s decision to bring another 1,000 jobs to Ireland underpins our mission to make this country an innovative, digital economy and a global leader for the tech sector. These are well paid, high quality jobs, in four locations across Dublin, meaning this announcement will bring tangible benefits right across the city.”There are currently more than 2,500 Amazon employees across Ireland and more than 1,000 engaged in data centre operations. http://jrnl.ie/4076798 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 18th 2018, 12:43 PM
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Officials in Nicosia and Athens gave a cautious reception to last Sunday’s election victory by Turkish-Cypriot nationalist Dervis Eroglu as the European Commission stressed the importance of momentum being maintained in peace talks. “Now that Mr Eroglu has been elected leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community, it is crucial that the settlement talks go on. The Commission encourages Mr Eroglu to continue in a constructive spirit the efforts toward a settlement and reunification,” the EC said in a statement. In Athens, Foreign Ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras sought to strike a similar note, saying it was “self-evident” that progress made so far in United Nations-mediated talks on the island should be safeguarded. Delavekouras called on Eroglu to approach talks with Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias with “a constructive outlook and clear will for a solution.” In Nicosia, the concerns fuelled by Eroglu’s election were much clearer. Cypriot government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou told reporters that his election “created serious problems” for reunification negotiations. “The election of Mr Eroglu is an unfortunate development in view of his longstanding and declared positions against a federal solution and in favor of the creation of two states on Cyprus,” Stefanou said. Eroglu himself sought to send out a positive message. “We will search for a way to reach consensus,” he told supporters after Sunday’s results were announced. But worries were fuelled by reports that there had been no communication between Eroglu and Christofias by this Monday.This is an edited text from Kathimerini English Edition
Mary Pete fiercely protected subsistence practices. (Photo credit Mary Sattler Peltola)Mary Ciuniq Pete died November 17 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She succumbed to complications from ovarian cancer.She left behind a huge legacy in Alaska as she worked to protect subsistence, and then later as the Director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus.KYUK spoke with several friends and former colleagues who remembered the contributions that Pete made to Alaska, and to the lives of everyone in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.Pete was born in Stebbins, Alaska, in April of 1957. She was raised practicing her Yup’ik values, which informed every part of her later career, including as an educator. Pete went on to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1984.Pete clearly valued education, and she strongly advocated for her students to succeed, especially her Indigenous ones. She was the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus Director from 2005 until her death. Her colleague at KuC, Diane McEachern, said that Pete knew when and when not to compromise.“The times she would not compromise were usually around something important to Indigenous education or the Indigenous students, and I appreciated that. She wasn’t wishy-washy at all,” McEachern said.Pete honed those negotiating skills over the years while serving in a high-profile role in then-Governor Tony Knowles’ administration. Her substantial knowledge about subsistence caught Knowles’ eye, and he chose her to direct the Subsistence Division at the Department of Fish and Game, a role she held from 1996 to 2005. She was the first Alaska Native woman to do so which was, and still is, a huge achievement.Knowles remembered how Pete worked to protect the fisheries during a failure of the king salmon run on the Yukon River, and how she was later part of the Alaska delegation negotiating rules for managing the river under the Pacific Salmon Treaty with Canada.“It was a really difficult time because there had to be closures, and that included subsistence closures. But because of the way she handled this: she was science-based, she communicated well with the communities, and she got their understanding and support, and that is very difficult when there are tough times,” Knowles said. “Secondly, on the Yukon River there’s always a struggle to come to agreement with Canadians on the treaty that we had with them for many years, but had really not been in effect for a really long time. And I asked if she would be a lead negotiator with the Alaska team and once again, conservation was the first, protect the resource, and that’s not really necessarily the way Canadians have handled their salmon. But we were able to come to an agreement for many years, and it went a long way to providing first for the conservation of the resources, and secondly the first priority of the taking of any salmon for harvest for subsistence use.”Pete’s reputation spread to the White House. Then-President Barack Obama named her to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission in 2010. She also held leadership roles on the local level. One of her most prominent was her position on the board of the Tundra Women’s Coalition (TWC) during the 1980s. TWC advocates for domestic violence and sexual abuse victims. She also served on the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Michelle DeWitt led TWC for more than a decade, and gave Mary an award for her service.“If there was a perspective that was needed, or you wanted to run an idea by someone, Mary was the person to turn to in those situations. The thing I appreciate the most about Mary is she is a strong and fierce leader,” DeWitt said.And for some Alaska Native women, Pete will be remembered as a mentor. Tiffany Zulkosky, who successfully kept her seat in the state House representing District 38 this year, said that Mary helped her navigate the tricky waters of standing up for herself as an Alaska Native woman in public service.“I remember an incident where I had taken an opportunity to speak truth to power and was talking to her about that incident, and letting her know just about the context of the situation and that my voice was shaking somewhat when I was making my statement, and she told me that there was a time when she was younger and she was in a similar situation. She said, ‘My voice would shake, but my message never wavered,’” Zulkosky said.Many people remembered her deep, loving relationship with her life partner and husband Hubert Angaiak, and her vibrant love for berry picking. For Pete, there were never enough berries, and the best way to pick them was with friends and family. Bethel resident Mary Sattler Peltola had this to say about Pete’s relationship to her husband:“They both have such a great sense of humor, and both have had such a great admiration for each other,” Peltola said.Each person KYUK talked to recommended several more until dozens were on the list. The list and the memories could go on and on. Mary Pete is survived by her mother, Jeanette Pete, her husband, Hubert Angiaik, and her two adopted sons, Conor and Chase.
Crude oil prices continued to trade higher on Wednesday, after posting about 3.5% increase in the previous trading session. But some analysts could hardly find any strong reason for the rally.”There were hardly any real reasons for the robust price increase, however, which began in the late morning without any obvious trigger,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.Brent crude oil rose more than 3% on Tuesday reaching $66 per barrel on the speculations that the US shale oil boom is coming to an end.”We see no fundamental justification for the current price rise, which we believe is primarily driven by sentiment and momentum,” said Commerzbank.However, a report by US Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Tuesday revealed some positive factors for oil markets.The EIA now expects the decline in US crude oil production to continue from June till the end of this year against the previous assumption of a fall in production until September.The agency sees US oil production averaging 9.4 million barrels a day in 2015 and falling to 9.3 million barrels a day in 2016, 24/7 Wall St said. EIA also expects Brent crude oil price averaging $61 a barrel in 2015 and $67 a barrel in 2016. On Monday, the EIA had projected the US shale oil output to fall in July to 5.49 million barrels, the lowest since January. It predicted oil production at North Dakota’s Bakken and Texas’s Eagle Ford – the two largest shale plays – will decline 1.3% to 5.58 million barrels a day this month.Many agencies including EOG Resources Inc, the biggest shale-oil producer in the US, hedge fund manager Andrew J Hall and Standard Chartered have estimated a fall in US oil production after crude oil prices slumped last year, Bloomberg reported.Overall, crude oil prices have rebounded by 50% from its lows of $46 per barrel hit in January this year. Oversupply concerns still remain as a drag on the oil market, as the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) refrains from cutting the output.”Reports that Saudi Arabia had only stepped up its oil output in response to higher demand was likewise interpreted positively by the market. That said, this ignores the fact that Saudi Arabia is thus preventing any reduction of the oversupply,” said Commerzbank.
European Union flag Credit: EU websiteThe European Union (EU) hopes the government of Bangladesh will ensure conditions for credible, transparent and inclusive elections, reports UNB.Bangladesh also reiterated its commitment to provide all-out support to the election commission in holding free, fair, and credible election.The issues came up for discussions at the biennial meeting of the Subgroup on Good Governance and Human Rights in the framework of the EU-Bangladesh Cooperation Agreement (CA) held in Dhaka, said a joint press statement on Thursday.At the outset, the EU delegation appreciated the generous and humane role and action of the people and the government of Bangladesh for hosting the Rohingya people fleeing violence in Myanmar.The Bangladesh side requested the EU to keep providing political and other supports in returning the Rohingyas to Myanmar in safe, dignified and sustainable manner.The EU expressed its commitment to continue mobilising political support and humanitarian assistance to help bring a lasting solution to this crisis, including the safe, dignified and voluntary return of the Rohingyas.Both sides reaffirmed the commitment to strengthen cooperation in the field of human rights on the basis of shared principles and internationally recognised human rights standards.The EU recalled the importance of strengthening the rule of law, and both sides underlined the contribution of civil society to a functioning democracy. It raised concerns over the situation of human rights, in particular reports of ‘extrajudicial killings’ and ‘enforced disappearances’.The Bangladesh side in response reiterated its ‘zero tolerance’ policy to violation of laws and human rights by law enforcing agencies and the government’s commitment and continued efforts to ensure accountability, including through the capacity building of the LEAs.The two sides agreed to further enhance the promotion and protection of the rights of the persons belonging to minorities, ensuring non-discrimination in their exercise of political, economic, cultural and social rights.Bangladesh reiterated its promise to continue its engagements with the Human Rights Council, treaty bodies and other related UN mechanisms.They also discussed the link between the overall governance framework and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.To this end, the meeting acknowledged the government work and EU support on specific policies on public finance management and social protection as well as social security strategy.’Implement labour law properly’Five years after the tragedy of the Rana Plaza collapse, the EU noted the progress made so far under the Sustainability Compact, notably on safety of working places but said more needs to be done in terms of aligning Bangladesh labour legislation with international labour conventions and their implementation.It underlined the urgency to address the alleged acts of violence and harassments against trade unionists and the trade union leaders, and investigate those.The EU called on Bangladesh to ensure proper implementation of labour law in respect of registration of trade unions and urged to bringing in line with the ILO Convention on freedom of association, its draft law on Export Processing Zones.The issues related to labour rights will further be addressed during the High Level Sustainability Compact meeting to be held in June 2018 in Brussels.Both sides agreed to continue working together to address human rights challenges in the EU and Bangladesh.These issues will be discussed more at the EU-Bangladesh Joint Commission, to be held in Dhaka in the first half of 2019.Legislative and parliamentary affairs division senior secretary Mohammad Shahidul Haque led the Bangladesh delegation. It included representatives from various ministries.The EU delegation was led by Head of Division, Regional Affairs and South Asia in the European External Action Service (EEAS) Caroline Vinot.Diplomats from several European Union Member States also attended the meeting as observers.
Kolkata: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) said on Friday that he is unaware of BJP national president Amit Shah’s statement, where he specified the time of counting the votes and announced Trinamool Congress’ landslide defeat by 2 pm after the counting gets over.Shah had said in a public meeting held at Contai in East Midnapore on Wednesday that the counting of votes will start at 9 am and by 2 pm, when the counting gets over, Trinamool will face a landslide defeat. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn this connection, the CEC was questioned how could Shah specify the time of counting the votes and when it is going to be over. In reply to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remark that the Election Commission has become a party office of BJP, Arora said: “Nobody brought this to my notice. It is factually incorrect” and refused to elaborate on the matter. Arora’s statement that nobody had brought the matter to his notice, comes at a time when all the vernacular news channels had shown Shah’s speech live and the Chief Minister had made a scathing attack on the BJP national president for making such a statement. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBanerjee had raised the question as to how a party leader could speak about when the counting would start and when it would be over. “This is highly undemocratic and you cannot say this at a public meeting,” she had said on Thursday, adding: “How do you know when the counting of the votes will begin and when it will come to an end? Has the ECI become an office of the BJP?” After Shah’s speech, Mayor Firhad Hakim had severely criticised the BJP leader for such a statement. “They (BJP) have destroyed all the institutions in India. They have put the impartiality of ECI in question. They should take action against him,” he said.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday thanked the leaders of opposition parties, who came out in her support as she protested against the Election Commission’s decision to cut short the poll campaign duration in the state. “Thanks and gratitude to @Mayawati, @yadavakhilesh, @INCIndia, @ncbn and others for expressing solidarity and support to us and the people of #Bengal. EC’s biased actions under the directions of the #BJP are a direct attack on democracy. People will give a befitting reply,” she tweeted. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The poll panel on Wednesday cut short campaigning for the last round of voting in West Bengal, in the wake of violence between the BJP and the TMC workers in Kolkata. The campaign closing time has been advanced to Thursday 10pm in the nine Lok Sabha seats – Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Calcutta South and Calcutta North. Accusing the Election Commission of acting on the instructions of the BJP, Banerjee said the move was “unethical and unconstitutional”.
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