Chang(ing) Social Norms to Support Parents and Positive Parenting:This section covers the rationale for changing social norms and multiple approaches such as public engagement and education campaigns, as well as legislative approaches to reduce corporal punishments. The CDC’s technical package has a wealth of information that can be extremely useful to professionals in a community capacity. We at MFLN Family Development highly recommend exploring the technical package to better educate yourself in techniques to help individuals and families. If you would like to read the CDC’s Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect technical package, you can access it here:https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/can-prevention-technical-package.pdfBe on the lookout for our future blogs on some of the other technical packages offered by the CDC.This post was written by Caitlyn Brown of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Provide Quality Care and Education in Early life:Many professionals already recognize the importance of quality care and education in the critical periods of a child’s development. This section discusses the different approaches that could be implemented in a community to increase care and education such as: pre-school enrichment with family engagement and improved quality of child care through licensing and accreditation. This section also thoroughly discusses the evidence that supports each of these approaches. Strengthen Economic Supports for Families:This section covers economic approaches that communities can take to strengthen a family’s financial security through the following ways: child support payments, tax credits, state options for managing federal nutrition assistance programs, assisted housing mobility, family-friendly work policies, paid leave and flexible consistent schedules. By Caitlyn BrownCenters for Disease Control Technical Package- Preventing Child Abuse and NeglectThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently began to create and distribute programs aiming to help disseminate information to the public. These Technical Packages encourage the community to take advantage of gathered evidence and practices in a variety of topic areas. This blog covers the first of multiple Technical Package resource posts and focuses on preventing child abuse and neglect. This particular technical package looks at the most recent research and provides techniques for professionals and communities to assist in preventing child abuse and neglect. Each report section discusses the rationale for the topic and approaches to implementing the prevention strategy in the community; and then shares the outcomes of such techniques. Below, we summarize some of the highlights from the Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Package.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now It can feel like a complete waste of time and energy to pursue one of your dream clients when they are locked down in a contract with one of your competitors. When years and years pass, with no change, it doesn’t seem to make sense to continue to call and ask for a meeting with someone who has never shown the slightest inclination towards changing. Here are five reasons why you should never give up pursuing your dream client.Current Partner Fails: Your competitor may have won the business a long time ago and may have done a tremendous job solving the problem they were hired to solve. They may be doing an outstanding job right now. However, commercial relationships have ups and downs, and if you are not communicating through the ups and downs, you’ll miss the opportunity to have a conversation when they are struggling or failing to produce results.Current Partner Apathy: Over time, it’s possible for your competitor to become apathetic about serving their existing client, your dream client. They were “gung ho” at the beginning, but now they worked with your dream client long enough that they are apathetic about making changes, solving systemic problems, or going the extra mile. You will not know when this happens, in your dream client will not know you’re there to solve their problem if you do not continue to pursue them.Decision-makers Change: At any company, people change jobs and move on. This is true for your dream client as well. Even though the decision-makers that you’ve called on for years have expressed to you they have no intention of changing partners, at some point, some of them will leave their company to pursue a new opportunity or retire. You can monitor these things on the social channels, but to make sure that you know when changes occur, you must continue to pursue the clients you want most of all.Client Needs Change: Your competitor may have been doing an excellent job for the last 6.5 years. But those 6.5 years are now over, and your dream client may, in fact, have new challenges, new opportunities, and the new needs that accompany them. Your competitor may or may not be able to help them with those new needs. You want to be known before this happens. You make that unlikely or impossible if you give up on your dream client.Persistence Pays: Persistence pays off over time. It’s an installment plan. When your competitor has your dream client locked down, persistence matters most of all. You don’t expect to win this week. You don’t even expect to win this quarter. But you are future-oriented, and you are playing the longest of long games with the most important prospects in your territory. When there is a change in circumstances or events that trigger some new need, you want to be known, and you want to be someone who has persisted long enough to have earned the right to be considered as a potential replacement for your dream clients existing partner. You are already going to spend part of your week nurturing your dream clients. You are also going to be prospecting, doing the work to create new opportunities. Even though your attempts to communicate with your dream client may be less frequent, they should be no less persistent than your efforts to create opportunities in what you might consider being warmer leads and easier clients in which to create opportunities.Note: If you are new here you may not know what a dream client is. It’s a client who will perceive what you do as massive value and will allow you to capture some of the value that you create. They are unlike regular prospects, and the fact that winning one makes a significant difference to you and your company, and it makes a considerable difference to your dream client.
Ace Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday hit out at Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi for his outburst against Indians and their supposed lack of bigheartedness.”If Indians were not largehearted, they wouldn’t have made so much of progress and delivered growth,” an angry Harbhajan said in his hometown Jalandhar, reacting to Afridi’s controversial remarks that Indians cannot be as large-hearted as Pakistanis.”I think it has been an uncalledfor reaction. It wouldn’t help the love and respect with which he is treated in this country.” Afridi, in a television interview, had berated Indians and had criticised Indian opener Gautam Gambhir for dedicating the win over Pakistan to victims of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.Speaking at a function organised by the Border Security Force to felicitate him for helping India win the World Cup, Harbhajan paid tribute to the soldiers, saying they were the real national heroes.”The real national heroes of the country are you soldiers and all others, including me, are not real heroes,” Harbhajan said.Recalling the team’s triumph against Pakistan in the semi-final at Mohali last week, Harbhajan said the players were drained after the high-pressure match but had a sense of triumph. He candidly admitted that for the first time in his career, he was tense, almost scared, before the match against arch rivals Pakistan.”Everyone from a doorman to a billionaire, was urging us on. The pressure had begun to get to me,” he said.But then, the off-spinner went on to play a key role in Pakistan’s defeat by getting rid of the dangerous Umar Akmal and skipper Afridi.advertisement”I had seen videos of Akmal. He likes to go for his shots. If the ball hurries on to him, he sometimes finds himself in a tangle, either rushed for the shot or finishing as a lbw candidate. This ball was an angled delivery but went straight on. It got us a crucial wicket at a critical time, as was the case with Afridi,” he said.Harbhajan also described the atmosphere in the dressing room during the final against Sri Lanka.”Sachin, who got out early, was sitting in a chair, clearly praying.And so was Viru (Sehwag) sitting next to him, hands clasped.Obviously, in prayer too. As Dhoni hit that six, we fell in each others arms. We were crying, shouting, laughing. I have no idea what I did. Tears flowed freely. The unbearable pressure of six weeks was finally off our chest,” Harbhajan said.Harbhajan hit out at those who have criticised his patchy performance in the World Cup, asserting that he ought to be praised and not ridiculed. Harbhajan, who took nine wickets in nine matches and was overshadowed by part time spinner Yuvraj Singh, said: “I bowled at different points of innings: in slog overs, in powerplays. My economy rate is 4.48 from the tournament. It is to be praised and not ridiculed. I am faulted for my effort. Everyone conveniently forgets that oneday cricket is all about building pressure, bowling tightly to create pressure on the opponents, create openings.”I would say: please stop criticising. Back us. Encourage us. If you keep telling a youngster he is no good, he might begin to doubt himself. A pat on the back could bring the very best out of him.” On the decision to carry Sachin Tendulkar on his teammates’ shoulders after India’s World Cup win, Harbhajan disclosed that it had not been spontaneous. “We had decided to chair him around the stadium if India won the World Cup,” said the man who is known to be personally close to Tendulkar.Bhajji also heaped praise on Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his leadership skills. “His cricket, his decisions, his manners – all speak for themselves,” he said.’Pakistanis indeed have very large hearts’While Harbhajan reacted angrily against Afridi’s jibe, the hero of 2011 World Cup — all-rounder Yuvraj Singh — came out with a tongue in cheek response. Commenting on Afridi’s remark Yuvraj sarcastically said, “Pakistanis indeed have very large hearts which is evident by their generous gesture of dropping so many catches against India during the semi-final clash. India would not have gone to the final had it not been for Pakistan’s large-heartedness.”- With inputs from Headlines Today
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Manchester: Manchester United’s upturn in form continued as Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford struck in a 3-1 victory over Brighton at Old Trafford that was even more comfortable than the scoreline suggested.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side also benefitted from a first half own goal from Davy Propper to recover from an unproductive spell that had seen them score just four times in their last four home league games. United moved to within a point of the top five after scoring twice in two first half minutes and, although both came after significant deflections off Brighton defenders, it was no more than Solskjaer’s side deserved.Fielding the youngest starting line-up of any team in the Premier League this season – 23 years, 350 days – United made an energetic opening with Rashford coming closest to a goal, with a committed run and powerful shot which Mat Ryan saved well.But on 17 minutes a United counter-attack saw Fred find Anthony Martial. His link with Pereira, whose shot took an unkind deflection off Dale Stephens, wrong-footing Ryan on its way in.United supporters were still celebrating that opener when they were handed double cause for celebration from a deep free-kick that Fred floated into the Brighton area.Harry Maguire rose powerfully, causing panic for Ryan and his defence, and with Brighton slow to react, Scott McTominay forced the ball over the line, via a final touch by Davy Propper.Not even the inevitably drawn-out delay for a VAR check, over whether Maguire had handled or Ryan fouled in the build-up to the goal, could dilute the joy of home supporters.It was a scintillating spell of football from a side that, before Thursday’s Europa League win over Partizan Belgrade, had not scored two first half goals at Old Trafford for nearly 10 months since Brighton’s last visit in mid-January.After some low moments so far this season, including a dispiriting 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth last weekend, United were on their way to a fifth victory in their last six league and cup games.This is United’s best run since Solskjaer first took over from Jose Mourinho at the turn of the year.Brighton were looking for their first ever victory at Old Trafford but rarely threatened in the first half beyond a couple of set-piece deliveries.And if Fred had been more fortunate with a 61st minute strike that Ryan fumbled onto his bar to catch at the second attempt, the afternoon could have been far more comfortable.As it was, there was worry for United on 64 minutes when Brighton halved arrears from a Pascal Gross corner, met by Lewis Dunk who headed in from six yards despite the close attention of Maguire.United’s response was swift and clinical, however, with the Reds restoring their two-goal cushion just two minutes later.It came from a blistering counter-attack and a beautifully-weighted through ball from Fred which Martial took in his stride, brushing off Shane Duffy and rounding Ryan before pulling back for Rashford to convert.Rashford would follow that, moments later, with an astonishing miss as he failed to find the back of an open net from six yards after fine work and accurate cross from Dan James.Teenage full-back Brandon Williams, making his first ever league start, James and Rashford were all denied by Ryan as United threatened to make the victory even more emphatic, but settled for three goals and a very welcome three points. brighton and hove albionEPLfootballManchester United First Published: November 10, 2019, 10:51 PM IST
Before emerging as the highest paid actress in Bollywood, Deepika Padukone, as a teenager, played badminton at national level. Deepika’s love for sports is still intact. Recently, the actress shared a video of herself playing basketball.The actress nailed a perfect lap shot in the video. She captioned it saying, “All work and no play………you get the drift!”Deepika’s father, Prakash Padukone, is a former badminton player. He ranked world no. 1 in 1980. He became the first Indian to win the All England Open Badminton Championships the same year. Prakash has been awarded with Arjuna award in 1972 and Padma Shri in 1982.Deepika is a fitness enthusiast and she keeps sharing videos and pictures of her intense workout session.On the work front, Deepika will next be seen in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak, which is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.Deepika was last seen in Padmaavat. In an earlier interview, Deepika revealed that she was not “emotionally ready” to take on such an intense film, after the challenging and emotionally draining Padmaavat.advertisementShe said, “Last year, when I was looking at scripts, I wasn’t emotionally ready to do this sort of a film. I was really looking at doing a love story,” she said, adding that she knew within five minutes of the narration that Chhapaak was the film for her.”Meghna walked into the office and took me through the story. In five minutes of speaking with her, I knew in my heart that this is what I wanted to do next. Something about Meghna herself, Laxmi’s story and Meghna’s conviction in this film… It was very similar to Piku. In just five minutes of meeting the director, I knew that this is the film I wanted to do,” the actress said.Chhapaak will release on January 10, 2020.ALSO READ | Arjun Kapoor teases Ranveer Singh for changing sleep pattern after marrying Deepika PadukoneALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in Italy
A Sioux City man is one of six people arrested over the weekend during an investigation into online solicitation of prostitutes by the Storm Lake Police Department.49 year old Kevin Folchert is charged with prostitution.Folchert and the five other suspects were arrested as part of “Operation Fall Fling”,Officers monitored and communicated via a variety of methods with individuals soliciting sex in the Storm Lake area.On Saturday evening, Storm Lake Police posed as prostitutes via the internet as several men allegedly arranged meetings for the purpose of paying for sex at a local motel in Storm Lake.All six men were booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on $2000 bond each.
Goal attempts FA Cup fifth round: match previews for the weekend’s games 14 Manning The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 11 QPR Off target 6 Watford 1 QPR On target 1 Watford 16 Doucoure Their determination to bring those images up to date framed the occasion and, if the first goal was always going to be important, QPR’s regret was that they did not score it. They certainly had the chances.Steve McClaren’s team pressed high at the outset, forcing Watford into errors. Their first-half ascendancy, though, was not built purely on brawn. In Luke Freeman they had a box of tricks behind the strikers, a midfielder with lovely touch and vision.QPR’s clearest chance came on 37 minutes following Freeman’s cross from the right. It was perfectly flighted for Nahki Wells, who was onside in the middle but, before it reached him, Matt Smith – who was offside – leaned in to head off target.Previously Massimo Luongo had taken a touch following a weak Heurelho Gomes punch to volley narrowly off target while Freeman’s lofted pass after a driving run on 41 minutes led to Wells guiding a volley towards the corner. Gomes turned it behind.It meant QPR could feel sick when Watford scored. There was an element of fortune to the goal because Tom Cleverley’s volley after José Holebas had crossed following a short corner was miscued. But the ball fell to Capoue and he shot low into the far corner.Watford had not threatened until that point apart from a Daryl Janmaat effort that rose over the bar.Wells went close to the equaliser on 63 minutes, curling a shot wide after Christian Kabasele’s error, but Gracia switched to 5-3-2 and Watford came to look more comfortable. Andre Gray had the ball in the net only to be pulled back for offside and, when Leistner erred, it was over.“Toni’s chance summed us up of late – so close but not close enough,” McClaren said. “It was our third game in six days and to play at that intensity against a top Premier League was fantastic.” 7 Deulofeu Share on Twitter 58 42 (s 84′) (s 76′) WAT QPR Corners 25 Holebas 2 Janmaat 2 Furlong Share on WhatsApp QPR Share via Email 3 Britos Queens Park Rangers had to wait for this moment. Their previous appearance in the FA Cup fifth round had come at Wimbledon in 1997 and it is doubtful whether any club has since endured a more dismal record in the competition. The London club had won only four ties – each of them in the third round – before this season.Rangers promised to fight and they made light of a run of five consecutive Championship defeats that has sucked them down to 18th in the table to give their Premier League opponents a scare. Lineups 11 Scowen 30 Dahlberg Watford Substitutes 3 Bidwell 20 Quina QPR 24 Kakay 1 Ingram 6 Mariappa 21 Luongo 27 Kabasele (s 71′) 23 Wszolek Share on LinkedIn 8 Cleverley (s 74′) Possession Topics 1 Gomes (s 84′) Reuse this content 16 Hemed FA Cup 5 4 19 Hughes 29 Capoue They were the better team in the first half and, towards the very end, they thought they had fashioned a lifeline to force extra-time.Darnell Furlong drove over a low 87th-minute cross and, when Toni Leistner slid in at the far post, he looked odds-on to steer the ball into the empty net. Agonisingly he poked it the wrong side of the post and the majority inside the sell-out crowd howled their frustration.It is Watford who can sense opportunity. With only seven top-flight clubs left in the competition – and Chelsea playing Manchester United on Monday night – Javi Gracia and his players have to think this could be the year when they finally bring a major trophy to the Hertfordshire club, although the manager refused to look beyond the next game.Watford were not at their best. The captain, Troy Deeney, admitted they were “sloppy at times” yet they showed a resilience to weather the QPR pressure, pinch a goal in first-half stoppage-time through Étienne Capoue and see out the result.Something is stirring at the club, according to Deeney. “In older days we might have lost this,” he said.It was 22 years to the day since QPR lost that fifth-round tie against Wimbledon to end a Cup run which contained many memories, including Trevor Sinclair’s overhead kick from the halfway line against Barnsley in round four (the distance has increased with each passing year). 32 Wells 9 Deeney Substitutes 12 Sema 23 Navarro Read more Share on Messenger 20 Samuel (s 74′) 11 7 Share on Pinterest 17 Smith Fouls 18 Gray 7 Freeman 13 Lumley 10 Eze WAT58QPR42% match reports Watford 4 Hall 17 Penaranda Share on Facebook 37 Leistner 8 Cousins Match stats
HOTCHIEF Solutions, December 13, 2013 zoom In the next few days, HOCHTIEF Solutions will commission a further powerful jack-up vessel for the construction of offshore wind farms. In the company of around 300 guests from the European offshore market the ship named VIDAR will officially be commissioned in Bremerhaven on December 12.The jack-up vessel was developed especially for construction and servicing of offshore wind farms and oil and gas plants at sea. Thanks to its large deck surface, its high deck cargo and the powerful 1,200-ton crane, the ship is ideal for the safe and fast assembly of foundations and components for wind farms in the North Sea and Baltic. VIDAR can install latest-generation wind turbines of all dimensions at water depths up to 50 metres.HOCHTIEF has chartered the jack-up vessel to a client even before completion, it will be used for blade installation at the North Sea wind farm Global Tech I from December 2013.Marcelino Fernández Verdes, CEO of HOCHTIEF: “With VIDAR, HOCHTIEF makes an important contribution to the expansion of renewable energies. The powerful vessel speeds up processes during construction of the offshore wind farms and thus reduces costs. With our investments, we have taken responsibility for the conversion of the energy sector and are looking optimistically into the future.”VIDAR—just like its sister vessels THOR and INNOVATION—was built at the Crist shipyard in Poland. There is market demand for this equipment and it is all working to good capacity. INNOVATION and THOR are currently being used for the installation of foundations, towers and turbines at the Global Tech I wind farm.Martin Rahtge, Senior Vice President HOCHTIEF Solutions AG, Civil Engineering Marine and Offshore: “With VIDAR, we are putting to use our third special equipment item into service in the construction of Global Tech I. With its large deck, big payload and powerful crane, VIDAR provides for high efficiency in the project—even under harsh conditions. We are happy that we can make available VIDAR and our experienced crew to the project.” 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close My location
zoom The UK P&I Club, a shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurer, has added 1.2 million gross tons of mutual business in the 2015 renewal season, taking mutual owned tonnage to 127 million gross tons, and receiving a premium increase of 3.5% before terms.The Club’s combined mutual owned and chartered tonnage now stands at over 225 million gross tons, an increase of over 3% year-on-year.Hugo Wynn-Williams, Chief Executive of Thomas Miller P&I, the UK P&I Club’s managers, said: ”We are delighted by the interest shown in the Club, which was reflected by the 6.1 million gt of new business which came into the Club during this renewal. The Club maintains its commitment to quality and declined to quote on over 2 million gt of new business from more than 20 owners and charterers.”Image: Dunelm
zoom Containership owner Costamare Inc. has together with its partner York Capital ordered two 3,800 TEU newbuild containerships from Chinese shipbuilder Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.The two newbuildings are slated for delivery in the first and second quarter of 2018 respectively and upon delivery will commence a seven-year time charter to members of Hamburg Süd Group, Costamare said.The vessels will be jointly owned by Costamare and York Capital holding respectively 49% and 51%.Costamare said that the acquisition is expected to be financed with cash from operations and debt pursuant to a committed Term Sheet with an unnamed Asian financial institution. “The completion of our latest transaction marks a major milestone in our highly valued relationship with Hamburg Süd. In a challenging market environment we will continue to source and execute transactions, which will benefit our shareholders,” Gregory Zikos, Chief Financial Officer of the company, said.Costamare Inc. has a fleet of 73 containerships, with a total capacity of approximately 470,000 TEU, including 12 newbuild containerships on order and one secondhand vessel to be delivered.Eighteen of Costamare’s containerships, including 12 newbuilds, have been acquired pursuant to the Framework Agreement with York Capital Management by vessel-owning joint venture entities in which Costamare holds a minority equity interest.
Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gˆidhealach will host a horseshoeing demonstration Saturday, June 30. The museum’s 17-year-old Clydesdale, Big Dan, will have his hooves shod on site by farrier, Dell Corbett. Horseshoeing is important to protect horses’ hooves from hard ground and wearing out. The unique event will take place from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the blacksmith shop. Highland Village Museum has a full summer of events planned. Visitors can experience the outdoor living history museum illustrate Gaelic life in Nova Scotia. Guests can explore period buildings, visit with costumed interpreters, see many of the Gael’s day-to-day activities, and enjoy the breathtaking view. The Highland Village Museum and gift shop are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and is located in Iona, Victoria Co., overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. It is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum family. -30-
The American Red Cross and Disney have unveiled a new disaster preparedness video, featuring Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce, to help teach kids and families the importance of preparing for natural disasters and other emergencies.The spot will run on Disney Channel as part of National Preparedness Month in September.“When a disaster strikes, it is critical that the entire family is prepared,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “Disney’s continued support helps us keep children safe by educating them about the importance of preparedness in ways that are relevant and fun.”Disney Friends for Change – a global initiative that inspires kids and families to take action and make a difference in their communities – will spotlight the video on its website to show children simple ways to prepare for disasters. The spot will also air on the Disney Channel.The spot features Boyce, who stars as Luke Ross on the Disney Channel series “Jessie,” and his friends as they discuss the basics of emergency preparedness: Learn, Practice, Share, Be Prepared. They portray preparing for emergencies as an activity that is easy, fun and as a way to help reduce children’s anxieties about the unexpected.The video is one of several collaborative efforts between Disney and the Red Cross. The organizations worked together to develop the Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Book, which helps children and families learn how to prepare for disasters through a series of interactive games and activities. The book is available to download in English and Spanish.Disney also contributed to the creation and expansion of The Pillowcase Project through a total investment of $3 million since 2012. The program supports in-school and after-school curriculum to help 3rd to 5th graders and their families prepare for disasters. Trained instructors teach youth the safety actions for various disasters, how to develop a family emergency plan and how to create emergency kits by packing essential items into a pillowcase for easy transport – a technique Boyce uses in the spot.As part of its commitment to youth preparedness, Disney is also funding the development of a new mobile app for youth that will enable the Red Cross to expand the reach of The Pillowcase Project beyond the classroom. The app will be available on IOS and Android by early November.Disney also helps the Red Cross during disaster relief operations by contributing hundreds of hours of volunteer service through the Disney VoluntEARS program and donating Mickey Mouse plush dolls to comfort children in the aftermath of disasters.As a member of the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), Disney helps ensure the Red Cross is able to respond immediately after disasters at home and around the world.
25 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the next round of United Nations climate change talks which kick off in Poznan, Poland, next month, it was announced today. At the start of the high-level portion of the two-week meeting, Mr. Ban will lay out his ideas for some key issues under negotiation, including the shared vision necessary for long-term world collaboration on climate change.“He will continue to call on countries not to abandon their commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions because of the global financial crisis, but rather to make use of solutions that will address both, such as public investments in alternative, low-carbon energy systems,” Michele Montas, his spokesperson, told reporters in New York.At the Poznan meeting which runs from 1-12 December, the Secretary-General will also convey to participants the readiness of the UN system to support governments implement both existing and future agreements.UN-backed talks to reach agreement on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012, began last December in Bali, where 187 countries agreed on the so-called “Bali Roadmap” – including bolstered action on mitigation, adaptation, technology and finance – to tackle climate change.The two-year negotiations are scheduled to conclude next December in Copenhagen, Denmark.Without effective action, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), co-recipient of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, has warned of a 4-degree Celsius surge in average global temperatures this century, far surpassing the 0.8-degree Celsius rise in the twentieth century.
25 June 2010Disparities in research capacity among social scientists across the world have reduced the capacity of the field to contribute to human welfare, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a report launched today. Disparities in research capacity among social scientists across the world have reduced the capacity of the field to contribute to human welfare, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a report launched today.Social science from Western countries continues to have the greatest global influence, although the field is expanding rapidly in Asia and Latin America, particularly in China and Brazil, UNESCO says in this year’s World Social Science Report: Knowledge divides, launched at the agency’s headquarters in Paris.In sub-Saharan Africa, social scientists from South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya produce 75 per cent of the academic publications. In South Asia, barring some centres of excellence in India, social sciences as a whole have low priority, according to the report.The report stresses that the world needs social science to effectively deal with the major challenges such as poverty, diseases and climate change.“Social scientists produce work of outstanding quality and tremendous practical value, but as this report illustrates, social scientific knowledge is often the least developed in those parts of the world where it is most keenly needed,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, in her foreword to the report.“Social scientific endeavour is also poorer for its bias towards English and English-speaking, developed countries. This is a missed opportunity to explore perspectives and paradigms that are embedded in other cultural and linguistic traditions,” she added.Published by UNESCO and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the report is the first comprehensive overview of the field in more than a decade. Hundreds of social scientists from around the world contributed their expertise to the publication.The report is in part descriptive, giving facts and figures on the production and transmission of the social sciences throughout the world; in part problem-oriented, examining their application to social problems of the world today; and in part reflective, with essays discussing general perspectives and regional concerns.It covers such topics as social sciences and global challenges; the social science landscape in different regions; research capacities and brain drain; internationalization; competing in the knowledge society; and policymaking.The final chapter suggests ways of reinforcing the social sciences, including more funding, targeted research, better dissemination, and the promotion of multilingualism and multidisciplinary approaches.“The report reaffirms UNESCO’s commitment to the social sciences, and our desire to set a new global agenda to promote them as an invaluable tool for the advancement of the internationally agreed development goals,” said Ms. Bokova.
17 January 2012Representatives of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have wrapped up two days of United Nations-mediated talks on the dispute over the official name of the latter country, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General announced today. Matthew Nimetz said the discussions in New York were helpful and focused on the optimal way to move the process forward in a constructive manner. He added that he was given firm assurances that each Government is sincere in its interest in finding a solution and that they fully respect the UN process. A UN-brokered interim accord in 1995 details the differences between the two countries over the name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It obliges both Athens and Skopje to continue negotiations under the auspices of the Secretary-General to try to reach an agreement, but so far they have not succeeded.Mr. Nimetz met separately with Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece and Ambassador Zoran Jolevski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the two days. Both sides presented the positions of their respective Governments on the name issue as they stand at the present time. He said he will consult further with the representatives regarding arranging a visit to the two capitals to continue the discussions. “As we move forward, I have asked the parties to demonstrate their commitment to the resolution of their difference by promoting a positive atmosphere through their actions and public statements,” he stated.
The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said during the past day rockets were fired from Lebanese territory and intensive bombing and shelling came from the Israeli side, with 15 incidents of firing close to UNIFIL locations. A position close to the village of Marwahin suffered one direct hit from the Israeli side causing material damage but no injuries. On the humanitarian front, UNIFIL said it continued to cooperate closely with the Lebanese authorities, and they have decided to set up a joint coordination centre for humanitarian activities in Tyre in the western sector, and Marjayoun in the eastern sector.As the situation in Lebanon persists, a UN spokesman said today that the safety and security of all UN personnel is a growing concern for the Organization, and contingency planning for evacuating non-essential staff and dependents of staff members has begun.So far, all UN staff and their dependents are accounted for, with the exception of one staff member and his spouse and the spokesman said all efforts are being deployed to locate them. Two staff members are reported wounded but their lives are not in danger, he added. Meanwhile, arrangements are being made to ensure continuity of UNIFIL’s key functions, he said.
After being ranked as high as No. 6 in the country early in December, the Ohio State women’s basketball team surprisingly now must fight for its right to play in the NCAA Tournament, which takes college basketball’s top 64 teams. Seven upsets will do that to a top-10 team, with the latest being to Northwestern on Sunday at home. Those defeats came to unranked Syracuse, Duquesne, Michigan twice, Penn State and Northwestern twice. “We’re not a team that fights through adversity. That’s how you win games. You got to claw it,” OSU coach Jim Foster said Sunday after his team’s 74-68 loss to Northwestern. Inversely, the Buckeyes (13-9, 4-6 Big Ten) are 3-2 against ranked teams, losing to then-No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 19 and No. 22 Iowa on Jan. 8. And the team’s last six games of the season won’t be any easier. OSU plays No. 5 Purdue (16-8, 6-5 Big Ten) on Thursday at Nationwide Arena. Then, three of its last five games are away: Minnesota (11-12, 3-7 Big Ten) on Sunday, Purdue on Feb. 20 and No. 11 Michigan State (20-3, 8-2) on Feb. 24. The winner of the Big Ten Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, but OSU came into Sunday’s in seventh place in the conference. The pile of losses is even more surprising considering the Buckeyes were ranked in The Associated Press‘ Top 25 for 130 straight weeks — a streak that ended last week. Over the past six seasons, OSU racked up 170 wins, sixth most in the country over that span. “It was frustrating — very,” senior center Jantel Lavender said after Sunday’s loss. Missing the tournament would be disappointing for such an established program and for Foster, who has taken the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament each of his eight seasons in Columbus. His teams made the Sweet 16 in 2005 and 2009. But the Buckeyes have played the country’s third-toughest schedule and, according to Realtimerpi.com, rank No. 18 in the nation in RPI. “It’s not different than anything they’re going to face in life. If you’re going to roll over and quit, you’re not going to have a very good life,” Foster said. “This is one of the easiest things in life to fight, quite frankly.” The numbers say OSU is better than its record indicates. After Sunday’s loss to Northwestern, the team averages 72.6 points per game, and has posted an 11-2 record when it has scored more than 70 points. And, only Connecticut has shot at least 50 percent from the field against the Buckeyes. After an injury to starting forward Sarah Schulze, Foster started freshman center Ashley Adams. The 6-foot-4 center provides another defensive presence down low for OSU. But even that hasn’t been enough. “I think that we don’t have … a mentality about defense enough,” Lavender said. “Teams come at us, and we’re not responding in the right way.”
Shelby Lum / Photo editorRedshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall fights for extra yards during a game against Buffalo Aug. 31, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.Heading into Ohio State’s 2012 season, it was widely expected that then-senior running back Jordan Hall would be the featured back in the first year under new coach Urban Meyer.Hall was even named captain for the 2012 squad, but was forced to sit on the sidelines for all but three games because of two unrelated injuries.“It was tough, it wasn’t as tough because we won every game, so I feel like if we had lost a couple of games it would have been even tougher because I would have felt like I could’ve helped,” Hall said when asked about his time spent on the bench last season. “But we won every game so I was happy for my teammates.”After being granted a medical redshirt and since returning to full health, Hall was thrust into the spotlight for the 2013 season opener against Buffalo.Hall was named the starter for the game after the suspensions of top running backs senior Carlos Hyde and redshirt-junior Rod Smith.Hall quelled any doubts fans might have had by halftime, tallying 126 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the first half. He finished with 159 yards on the day, a career high.Coach Urban Meyer said Hall stood out against Buffalo on offense for the Buckeyes.“Offensive champions were Jordan Hall, great to see him, 159 yards and graded out 81 percent. I guess those are career highs for him and I thought he played very well,” Meyer said.Both of his touchdowns came on big runs, one of which was a career-long at 49 yards. The other, a 37-yard sprint, came one play after Buffalo had cut the lead to 10 points and all but dashed any hope the Bulls had for a comeback.Junior quarterback Braxton Miller said Hall’s second touchdown helped to keep the momentum in Ohio State’s favor as the game was starting to slip away from the Buckeyes.“It slipped a little bit. But Dontre (Wilson) came back with a nice kickoff return, we got up a little bit and then Jordan (Hall) scored a nice little run,” Miller said.Hall credits his touchdown runs to the holes created for him by the offensive line.“I just was like, wow, I don’t know if they messed up or the O-line just did what they do and I just (saw) it and I took it,” Hall said.During the offseason, Meyer said he thought Hall would end up as the H-back and use his skill set to help the team there rather than in the back field.“Last spring, I had the intention of making Jordan Hall more of an H, but an H that can come in and motion in and that’s when he can cause issues for defenses,” Meyer said.Hall said he spent time preparing to be the H-back, but was also ready if he was needed as a traditional running back.“I was going to be the H and coach told me I had to learn both positions, so wherever they put me, I’m going to do what I have to do to help the team win,” Hall said.Hall finished the game with three catches for 14 yards to go along with his rushing total, but also caught a pass for a two-point conversion from senior quarterback Kenny Guiton.Although he wasn’t expecting to be on the field for the conversion, Hall thought it was a nice addition to the offense.“At the beginning of the season, I wasn’t even the person that caught the ball. Then in the first week, (running backs) coach (Stan) Drayton put me in there. I like it. The defense can’t take a play off,” Hall said.Hall was glad to see the team come out to a fast start, taking a 23-0 lead after the first quarter, but felt the team got complacent and slowed their pace after that.“Coach (offensive coordinator Tom Herman) challenged us to come out fast, get things going, and I think we did that,” Hall said. “In the second half, we slowed down a little bit, but we’ll be better next week.”Hyde, the expected starter heading into the season, is set to return from suspension Sept. 21 against Florida A&M. With Hall’s performance in the opener the player who will be the Buckeye’s long-term starter at running back remains up in the air.Hall said he isn’t worried about Hyde’s return, and said it’s about the team, not his individual stats.“Carlos (Hyde), he earned his right. He had a good season last year and I know that he was going to be the running back at the beginning of the season before he got in trouble or whatever and I was going to play a different position,” Hall said. “Coach Meyer knows that he has a bunch of people that can play running back or H position so I think it’s just going to be harder for a defense to prepare for that.”Drayton said when redshirt-junior Rod Smith returns from suspension Hall’s role might not change.“The beauty of Jordan (Hall), again, like I said, his strength is his intelligence on the football field and he has been cross-trained and he is continually being cross-trained at both of those positions,” Drayton said. “So with the addition of Rod Smith coming back, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Jordan Hall’s role gets lesser. No, it just may be distributed a little bit differently throughout the scheme.”OSU is set host to San Diego State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
THE IRISH CANCER Society (ICS) has revealed that it made a cumulative loss of €420,000 in its lottery between 2009 and 2013.During that time the cancer charity said it received €1.2 million from the government through the Charitable Lotteries Scheme and so no loss was actually made by ICS itself.This disclosure follows on from revelations that the Rehab Group made a profit of just €9,452 on close to €4 million worth of lottery scratch cards sales. The details were released by Minister Alan Shatter this week and Rehab defended itself, claiming it had been unfairly impacted by the National Lottery.In a statement, the the Irish Cancer Society said it has been running a lottery since the 1960s as one of its fundraising projects. In 1990, it started a scratchcard fundraising lottery, in conjunction with the Polio Fellowship of Ireland which is owned by the Rehab Group. The society said this is the only lottery it is involved in and typical prize money is currently between €10 and €100.According to ICS, the scheme under which it receievd government funding had been set up to shield lotteries from the impact of the cap on prize money and the inevitable loss in income from the competitive advantage awarded to the National Lottery.“Given the increased losses and with no prospect of recovery, in November last the Society and its partner made a decision to close the lottery”, it said. “This will happen in the next few months and will involve the loss of two jobs.”This details of funding received from the State were published as part of the charity’s national accounts.Related: Rehab Group hits back over its lottery profits>More: Rehab Group call on Justice Minister to withdraw €9k profit remarks>Read: Rehab chief Angela Kerins won’t say what her current salary is>
1. Goal of the seasonMatthew Lowton for Aston Villa v Stoke City (a), April 6YouTube credit: LiamTheVillan14Lowton, a 23-year-old English right-back, produced one of the moments of the season when he scored a blockbuster to tip a relegation tussle at the Britannia Stadium in his side’s favour. The score was 1-1 when, with only three minutes to play, Lowton controlled a high ball on his chest and sent a dipping volley past Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from 30 yards. His jubilant celebration was almost as momentous as the goal itself.2. Game of the seasonManchester City 2 Manchester United 3YouTube credit: MrEggroll556Robin van Persie sparked chaotic scenes as the United striker’s injury-time winner capped a heated Manchester derby at Eastlands and put his side six points clear of their bitter rivals.United had raced into a two-goal lead as Wayne Rooney struck in the 16th and 29th minutes.But Yaya Toure’s effort on the hour gave City a lifeline and the champions looked to have rescued a point when Pablo Zabaleta equalised with only four minutes to play.There was a sting in the tale for City, though, as Van Persie’s free-kick curled past Joe Hart, prompting one City fan to invade the pitch in a bid to confront United defender Rio Ferdinand, who had been struck in the face by a coin while celebrating the winner.3. Photoshop of the season: Luis ‘Hannibal Lecter’ Suarezvia @ArsenalChicksRunner-up: Van Persie, Nasri and Fabregas star in ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’via soccer-memes.tumblr.com4. Meme of the Season: The ballboy tries to escape Eden HazardRunner up: Alex Ferguson responds to the incidenth/t @FootyMemes and http://global3.memecdn.com5. Photo of the season: Phil Jonesh/t @iainmacintosh6. Best Fantasy Team (literally)7. Most ill-advised tweet: Ashley Cole8. Best Irish Gareth Bale lookalike: Tottenham’s Kenny McEvoyPic: FAI9. Best Pundit: Gary NevilleYouTube credit: HDArsenalSupremo10. Miss of the Season: Scott Parkerh/t WhoateallthepiesAdditional reporting by AFPHere’s the team that won TheScore.ie’s Fantasy League>‘I’m not Harry Potter’ – 10 of our favourite Jose Mourinho quotes>