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Adesanya knocks out middleweight champion Whittaker at UFC 243

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kansas apologizes for risque Snoop Dogg show at hoops event Robert Whittaker of Australia, left, is hit by Israel Adesanya of New Zealand as they compete during UFC 243 in Melbourne, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Interim champion Adesanya dethroned UFC middleweight champion Whittaker with a knockout in the second round of their 185-pound unification bout. (Michael Dodge/AAP Image via AP)NZMELBOURNE, Australia — Israel Adesanya defeated UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker with a stunning knockout in the second round of their highly anticipated 185-pound unification bout which headlined UFC 243 on Sunday.New Zealand-based, Nigerian-born Adesanya landed a booming right hook which floored Whittaker in the final seconds of the first round and then ended the fight in the second of the five-round contest with a left hook.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s a great striker and congratulations,” Whittaker said. “I took the fight to him. It was tit for tat and I got caught. It happens.“I’m 28. This is my first loss in the division. Trust me when I say I’m not going anywhere.”New Zealand’s Dan Hooker scored a unanimous points win over higher-ranked American lightweight Al Iaquinta in the co-main event.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments This jewelry designer is also an architect Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Adesanya was interim champion before claiming the title against Whittaker and improved his UFC record to 7-0.After doing a cartwheel during his entry to Docklands Stadium, Adesanya said he was determined to put on a show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“I’m a dancer. I’m an entertainer, I have to give them a show and set the tone,” Adesanya said. “There’s no one like me. No one.”The 30-year-old said he had soaked up everything Whittaker could throw at him in the short bout. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “He caught me with a nice one, but I returned,” Adesanya said. “I eat it, but give it back two times. I’m tough and smart.”The attendance of 57,127 set a world record for UFC, surpassing the 56,214 at the same venue in 2015.“I was in the nose bleeds, and now I’ve made his nose bleed,” Adesanya said immediately after the fight in reference to that 2015 event where he was a spectator in the upper reaches in the stadium while Whittaker was a rising UFC star on the card at that event. The New Zealand-born Australian Whittaker won his fight that night.It was 28-year-old Whittaker’s first fight since June 2018 in Chicago. He was scheduled to fight in February but withdrew due to emergency bowel surgery.Whittaker’s UFC world-title defense was the first by an Australian.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READlast_img read more

WADA says hackers released another batch of athlete data

first_imgThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday that another batch of athlete data has been leaked by the same Russian cyber espionage group that published confidential medical data earlier this week.This time, WADA said the hackers released data of 25 athletes from the United States, Germany, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Romania, and Russia. (WADA leaks: CNN calls Russian group criminals, Russian TV says they are ‘hacktivists’)The hacking group, known as APT28 and Fancy Bear by U.S. cyber-security researchers, was also blamed by WADA on Tuesday for posting data about U.S. athletes Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, and Serena and Venus Williams.”WADA is very mindful that this criminal attack, which to date has recklessly exposed personal data of 29 athletes, will be very distressing for the athletes that have been targeted; and cause apprehension for all athletes that were involved in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said in a statement. (Also read: Russian doping controversy: Is the Cold War back?)”To those athletes that have been impacted, we regret that criminals have attempted to smear your reputations in this way; and assure you that we are receiving intelligence and advice from the highest level law enforcement and IT security agencies that we are putting into action.”RETALIATIONWADA said it believed the hackers gained access to its anti-doping administration and management system (ADAMS) via an IOC-created account for the Rio Games.According to WADA, the account includes confidential medical data such as Therapeutic Use Exemptions, which are issued by sports federations and national anti-doping organizations to allow athletes to take certain substances.advertisementWADA said it is reaching out to the national anti-doping organisations and international federations whose athletes are impacted by the latest data release to provide support.WADA also repeated its belief the attacks are being carried out as retaliation for the agency’s investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia.The agency’s independent McLaren report, released in July, charged that Russians had swapped positive doping samples for clean ones during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with the support of the Russian secret service.A separate anti-doping commission report released last November that was headed by former WADA president Dick Pound, alleged widespread corruption and collusion that added up to a state-sponsored drugs culture in Russian athletics.”WADA has no doubt that these ongoing attacks are being carried out in retaliation against the agency, and the global anti-doping system, because of our independent Pound and McLaren investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia,” said Niggli.”We condemn this criminal activity and have asked the Russian Government to do everything in their power to make it stop.”Continued cyber-attacks emanating from Russia seriously undermine the work that is being carried out to rebuild a compliant anti-doping program in Russia.”last_img read more

WADA partially suspends UCLA lab in Los Angeles

first_imgThe World Anti-Doping Agency said on Tuesday it has issued a three-month partial accreditation suspension to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Olympic Analytical Laboratory for analysing certain banned substances.The three-month suspension began last Wednesday and, according to a WADA statement, is a result of “WADA’s quality assessment procedures that identified non-conformities with best practice.”Los Angeles is competing against Paris to host the 2024 Olympics and the local bid committee has selected UCLA as the site for the Olympic Village, which would house all competing athletes.During the suspension, the UCLA laboratory can carry out all its regular anti-doping activities, but it must obtain a second opinion from another WADA-accredited lab prior to reporting any adverse analytical finding for the glucocorticoids “prednisolone” and “prednisone”; and, the anabolic steroids “boldenone” and “boldione”.WADA said suspensions limited to certain substances have been issued in the past and allow for appropriate monitoring of the lab to ensure full implementation of necessary improvements with the objective of a return to full compliance.An independent WADA Disciplinary Committee advised by WADA’s Laboratory Expert Group delivered its recommendation for a limited suspension on June 14.The UCLA lab was notified of the decision two days later and has 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.As part of the process, WADA will conduct a site visit within a timeframe that reasonably allows the UCLA Laboratory to finalise implementation of all remedial actions.last_img read more

Tamim Iqbal denies he left English county side because of hate crime

first_imgBangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has denied media reports that his abrupt departure from English county cricket was prompted by a hate crime against his family.The 28-year-old left English side Essex after one match on Tuesday, just four days after joining to play eight matches in the T20 Bash.On Wednesday media reports in Bangladesh and Britain said the opener’s wife, who wears a hijab, and child had been chased out of a local restaurant and had acid thrown at them.However, Iqbal said on his Facebook page the reports were “really not true” and said his departure was for “personal reasons”.”England is one my of favourite places to play cricket and Essex have been entirely gracious even though I had to leave early.”Essex refused to comment on the reports and echoed Iqbal’s comments.”Essex County Cricket Club can confirm that overseas player Tamim Iqbal has left the club with immediate effect due to personal reasonsm,” a brief statement read.The left-hander has scored nine ODI centuries for Bangladesh and eight in Tests.last_img read more

Hughes: Chelsea missing Costa’s ‘dark arts’

first_imgDiego Costa Hughes: Chelsea missing the ‘dark arts’ brought by Diego Costa Goal Last updated 2 years ago 08:17 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) HD Diego Costa Marcos Rojo Chelsea Manchester United Michael Regan Chelsea Stoke City v Chelsea Stoke City Premier League The Stoke City boss believes the striker was a genius at carrying things right to the line, and believes the club may miss out with him gone Stoke City boss Mark Hughes believes that Chelsea will miss out on the “dark arts” brought by Diego Costa after the forward completed his protracted move to Atletico Madrid. Chelsea have already been handed three red cards in the early part of the season, and Hughes, who sees his club take on the Blues on Saturday, believes the club may now be lacking in the ability to walk the fine line between agitating an opponent and being sent to the stands, which he claims Costa was a master of. Newcastle 6/1 to beat Brighton 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “If you look at Costa, he was brilliant at taking it up to the edge, then stepping back, and it affected opposition teams,” Hughes said. Mark Hughes GFX“Maybe they don’t have that ability with the dark arts right on spec at the moment.”I don’t know the whole circumstances, but from a football fan’s point of view I think he’s a loss to the Premier League.”While Costa picked up over 30 bookings in his time with Chelsea, he was sent off only once, and the Stoke boss believes that talent was part of the entertainment factor he brought to the Premier League. “I used to enjoy watching him play because he had an edge to him and the reaction of other players to him was really interesting,” Hughes added. “That’s a skill in itself. You can take it right to the line and then step back and get other people into trouble because they haven’t got that skill to stop where they should do. He was great at it and that’s why I like watching him play.”last_img read more

Iowa Releases 6-Minute Tribute Video To Roy Marble, Who Passed Away Friday

first_imgA game ball for the NCAA Tournament.LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 15: A detail of an official NCAA Men’s Basketball game ball made by Wilson is seen on the court as the Iowa State Cyclones play against the Connecticut Huskies during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)It’s been a tough week for Iowa fans. This past Tuesday, former football star Tyler Sash passed away at the age of just 27 years old. Friday, former basketball player Roy Marble, the leading scorer in Hawkeyes history, died after a year-long battle with cancer. He was only 48 years old.Friday afternoon, Iowa released a touching six-minute tribute video in Marble’s memory. You can view it below.A Tribute Video to Roy Marble http://t.co/EyoS82ilVl— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) September 11, 2015Our thoughts and prayers are with Marble’s friends and family during what’s surely been a tough week.last_img read more

Famous curls gone? Carlos Valderrama shocks fans with straightened hair

first_imgFamous curls gone? Carlos Valderrama shocks fans with straightened hair Colombian football legend Carlos Valderrama took to Instagram to post a photograph of himself with straightened hair. The 57-year-old was known for his locks and flashy jewellery during his heyday.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 25, 2019UPDATED: July 25, 2019 18:04 IST How do you like Carlos Valderrama with the straightened hair? (@pibevalderramap Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCarlos Valderrama was spotted with straightened hairThe Colombian football great was known for his frizzy locksValderrama took to Instagram to unveil the look, sending fans into a tizzyColombian football legend Carlos Valderrama had led his senior national team in 3 World Cup finals. The midfielder played in France, Spain before joining the Major League Soccer (MLS) bandwagon in the twilight of his career.Valderrama won the South American Footballer of the Year award multiple times and was rated among the best footballers of the 20th century.However, Valderrama became a cult figure in football due to his eye-catching Afro-Blonde hairstyle. With curls that were as attractive as his playmaking skills, Valderrama became an instant star in the sport.Over the years, Valderrama has maintained his frizzy locks to perfection. The Colombian former footballer is an Instagram star and he often takes to the social media platform to post photos of himself and his wife who also sports a similar hairstyle.However, a viral photo of Valderrama with straightened hair has created a huge social media buzz. In the photo, Valderrama can be seen without his Afro-Blonde curls but with a perfectly straightened blonde hair.The football great took to Instagram to reveal the new look.”Today my girl @redondoelvira came up with the idea of combing my hair hahaha to make fun of it you know!” Valderrama wrote as caption for his post.As it turned out, Valderrama had gotten a straight-haired wig, which eventually created a stir on social media. The former midfielder was even spotted in a television commercial.advertisementCarlos Valderrama has straightened his hair.That is all. pic.twitter.com/EyHItNq5IwAlex Hochuli (@Alex__1789) July 24, 2019Carlos Valderrama with straight hair clearly signifies that the end of the world is upon us.LUKE (@luke16taylor) July 25, 2019.@Philips, this could have been your campaign. Carlos Valderrama with straightened hair. Who’d have thought? pic.twitter.com/EbiCI3Zq1WRakesh Haridas (@TheDiemCarper) July 25, 2019Notably, Valderrama had promised to shave off his hair during his commentary stint for a popular broadcaster during the FIFA World Cup 2019. Colombia topped Group H but were ousted in the Round of 16 after a heartbreaking loss to England on penalties.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Carlos ValderramaFollow Colombia footballlast_img read more

Privacy czar blames RCMP after woman denied entry to US over suicide

first_imgOTTAWA – A Canadian woman was turned back at the U.S. border after information about her suicide attempt was inappropriately shared with American officials through an RCMP-administered database, the federal privacy watchdog says.The incident is just one illustration of how government agencies and private businesses must do a better job of safeguarding personal data in the digital era, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien said Thursday.Reforms are needed to strengthen the federal privacy law that covers government agencies as well as the companion law for private-sector organizations, said Therrien, who wants new order-making powers and the ability to levy fines, bringing Canada in line with many provincial and international counterparts.“It is not enough for the government to say that privacy is important while taking no systemic measures to protect it,” the commissioner said in his annual report tabled in Parliament.“An overwhelming majority of Canadians are concerned about how the digital revolution is infringing on their right to privacy. They do not feel protected by laws that have no teeth and organizations that are held to no more than non-binding recommendations.”Therrien said he won’t wait for legislative changes, and will begin to improve privacy protections by:— Initiating more investigations on his own, rather than waiting for public complaints, given that his office is often better placed to identify emerging problems;— Specifying four key elements that must be highlighted in privacy notices, which are now often incomprehensible: the information being collected, who it is being shared with, the reasons for collection, use and sharing, and the risk of harm to people;— Spelling out information collection and handling practices that should be prohibited because they’re likely to cause significant harm to people.Therrien’s latest report comes amid almost daily headlines about digital breaches of personal information due to lax practices by companies and government agencies.in it, the commissioner describes lapses involving the information-sharing provisions of controversial anti-terrorism legislation, a federal web tool intended to stimulate discussion of electoral reform and the dysfunctional Phoenix payroll system.In the attempted suicide case, Therrien’s investigation found the sensitive information was uploaded to the national police database known as CPIC by the Toronto police service, which had responded when the woman called 911.Certain information in CPIC is shared with American law-enforcement agencies under an agreement between the RCMP and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. The privacy commissioner therefore concluded the Mounties are responsible for ensuring this sharing complies with the Privacy Act.The information about the attempted suicide was recorded by Toronto police to help officers should they encounter the woman in future. But U.S. Customs and Border Protection used the information for an entirely different purpose — a violation of Canada’s privacy law, the commissioner found.“We concluded that information about an attempted suicide can only be shared with U.S. border officials where the individual can reasonably be considered to present a risk to others,” the watchdog said.In other investigations, Therrien found:— There were significant record-keeping deficiencies related to the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act, a key element of 2015 omnibus anti-terrorism legislation that expanded information-sharing between key federal agencies.— The Privy Council Office’s MyDemocracy.ca website, part of a national dialogue on electoral reform, allowed disclosure of personal information of participants to third parties such as Facebook without their consent. However, there was no evidence PCO was using measures to identify participants or to track responses to the survey questions.— Inadequate testing, coding errors and poor monitoring of the beleaguered Phoenix federal pay system resulted in exposure of personal information of public servants. At least 11 breaches occurred and the information included employee names and salary information.In some cases, the commissioner found, information in the Phoenix system could be changed and transactions could be conducted. In addition, Therrien determined there may be lingering vulnerabilities that could lead to future breaches.When the previous Conservative government adopted Phoenix, the goal was to streamline the pay system — and save taxpayers about $70-million a year. But that plan quickly unravelled as more than 80,000 civil servants reported being underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.Ottawa has since earmarked around $400 million over two years to address lingering problems related to the program.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Groups cry foul over exclusion from Atlantic ministers meeting on Aboriginal women

first_imgAPTN National NewsAtlantic minister on the status of women have wrapped up a series of meeting on Aboriginal issues.The meetings were held on Prince Edward Island.APTN National News reporter Taryn Dell found out that a major part of the meeting was missing.last_img

Indigenous fashion designers outraged DSquaw designers awarded Team Canada contract

first_imgShaneen Robinson APTN National NewsIndigenous fashion designers are expressing their outrage after a fashion company that came under fire last year over a racially-charged clothing line has been awarded a big design contract.D-Squared2 initially dubbed their fall/winter line “DSquaw” and now have been awarded a contract by the Hudson’s Bay Company to create athletic wear for Team Canada for upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.The Milan-based label was founded in 1995 by the Caten brothers, who were inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2009.The award-winning duo has past experience designing sportswear, having been enlisted by Italian soccer giant Juventus to create their official team uniforms.The Catens were headline talent costume designers for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and took part in the torch relay.Dsquared2 has also outfitted its share of A-list stars, most recently Beyonce, who wore a custom creation by the label during her buzzed-about Super Bowl halftime performance.The Dsquared2-designed opening ceremony outfit and the full Team Canada collection is slated to be unveiled in April.-With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ottawa students take part in night of reconciliation

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN National NewsHigh school students in Ottawa joined together with special guests to mark a day of reconciliation Thursday night in Ottawa.Also in attendance, Carolyn Bennett, minister of Indigenous Affairs, and Senator Murray Sinclair.afrancis@aptn.calast_img

New Mexico racing regulators set to rule on 6th racino

first_imgALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico racing regulators are set to decide if they will issue the state’s sixth and final license for a horse racetrack and casino.The New Mexico Racing Commission on Thursday also could name the winning bid for the final license despite objections from New Mexico five existing “racinos.”Under the state’s compacts with casino-operating tribes, only six racinos are allowed in New Mexico. The five existing racinos are in Hobbs, Ruidoso, Farmington, Albuquerque, and Sunland Park.There three other proposals out of Clovis, New Mexico, including one involving “moving grandstand” that will allow an audience to travel alongside running horses.Two other projects are proposed for Tucumcari along this historic Route 66 and Lordsburg near New Mexico’s Bootheel.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Moroccos Growth to Increase by 50 in 2015

Rabat – Morocco’s economy is expected to grow by 5 % in 2015, according to a new study.The British Research Institute Oxford Business Group (OBG), which is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, that publishes economic intelligence on the markets of the MENA region, Asia and Latin America, released its 2015 report on Morocco.The report highlighted Morocco’s growth potential in 2015. Taking into account its strategic position in Africa which enables it to benefit from strong ties to both Europe and the Arab world. Morocco possesses “the right ingredient for future growth: low inflation, political stability, an industrial base [all within] a favorable climate”   according to the report. With the improving economic situation for Morocco’s trade partners and the continuing fall of oil price – of which the country is a net importer – “most observers expect growth to be even stronger in 2015, with estimates ranging from 4.4% to 5.0%” the report underlined. read more

DGSN Refutes Allegations Relating to Mouhcine Fikris Death

Casablanca – The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) refutes allegations made in the November 7 statement made by the Dignity Forum of Human Rights on the Mouhcine Fikri case.The Dignity Forum of Human Rights stated on Monday that the officials who confiscated Mohcine Fikri’s merchandise and summoned the garbage truck that ultimately crushed him,“disregarded official criminal procedure, the Royal Decree that regulates fishing, the Highway Code, and the health and safety laws pertaining to food products.”The communiqué also called upon authorities to guarantee transparency and quickly reveal the results of the investigation to the public. In addition, it demanded the establishment of communication channels between the Ministry of Interior and human rights organizations. In reaction to the statement from the Dignity Forum of Human Rights, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) released a statement on Tuesday “to ward off all ambiguities that may be caused by inaccurate allegations.”The DGSN’s communiqué in response asserts that the Dignity Forum of Human Rights “addressed the mission of the officers in an imprecise way.”“The national security officials in the city of Hoceima,” “stopped the driver of the car, which was loaded with the fish and owned by the defunct, and dealt with him as law-breaker. This required an immediate notification of the specialized public prosecutor with the observations and the procedures undertaken.”The DGSN response added that “the public prosecutor ordered that a written report of the confiscated fish, the truck and the driver be sent to the Regional Delegate for Fishing. The delegate should take legal steps pursuant to the requirements of articles 18 and 23 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, and chapters 43, 46, 47 and 48 of the Dahir of Shawal 23, 1393 corresponding to November 23, 1973 related to organizing fishing, which was later signed, amended and supplemented.”The role of the Directorate General of National Security “was limited to the aforementioned procedures, which targeted the driver of the car loaded with fish as he breaking the national legislation.”The communiqué adds that Directorate General of National Security did not call for “destroying the merchandize or beginning the prosecution, because this is the role of other committees.” read more

Facebook reports profit revenue boost stock rises

NEW YORK — Facebook reports earnings and revenue handily surpassed Wall Street expectations for the final quarter of 2018 despite heavy spending on safety and security.The social network has been plagued by privacy scandals and the threat of regulation. That, however, hasn’t stopped it from increasing profits and its user base. It now has 2.32 billion monthly users, up 9 per cent from a year earlier, also inching past analyst expectations.Facebook said Wednesday that it earned $6.9 billion, or $2.38 per share, in the October-December period. That’s up 61 per cent from $4.3 billion, or $1.44 per share, a year earlier. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected $2.18 per share.Revenue increased 30 per cent to $16.9 billion, beating expectations of $16.4 billion.Facebook’s stock is up nearly 7 per cent after-hours as a result.The Associated Press read more

Ivorian stability and security threatened UN experts warn

In its final report, the Côte d’Ivoire Group of Experts warns the Security Council that security threats persist in the West African country because programmes to disarm combatants and dismantle militia remain largely incomplete. The Ouagadougou Agreement – signed in neighbouring Burkina Faso 18 months ago between the Government, which controlled the south, and the rebel Forces Nouvelles, which held the north – called for a number of measures to resolve the crisis that first divided the country in 2002.The measures included creating a new transitional government; organizing free and fair presidential elections; merging the Forces Nouvelles and the national defence and security forces; dismantling the militias and disarming ex-combatants; and replacing the so-called zone of confidence separating north and south with a green line to be monitored by the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).The report states that since May some 9,895 Force Nouvelles ex-combatants have taken part in the demobilization, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) process, with around half opting for reintegration into civil activities and the other half applying for the new national army.However, during the various stages of cantonment and demobilization only 18 electronic detonators, 18 grenades, 117 small-calibre rounds of ammunition, 83 magazines, 76 unserviceable small-calibre and 10 serviceable small-calibre weapons were collected. The Group also voiced concern that attempts by the Government to restore its authority over all troops and into territories under the administrative control of the Forces Nouvelles have been unsuccessful, as demonstrated by an ineffective presence of the Ivorian customs on the northern border with Burkina Faso. A limited deployment of 13 Ivorian customs officers has been admitted to a key border crossing with Burkina Faso with the agreement of the Forces Nouvelles alongside the same number of their own personnel, who are untrained and unqualified for the job.At the same time the staff of the Forces Nouvelles’ Resource Management Centre, who were previously posted at the border area, remained there and continued to exercise authority. The report noted that the situation was tenuous and that no cooperation existed between the Ivorian customs and the staff of the Resources Management Centre, who prevented the customs officials from performing their duties, including inspection and examination.This means that any undesirable and potentially destabilizing elements to the peace process can enter the territories under the administrative control of the Forces Nouvelles without the knowledge, detection or interdiction of the Ivorian customs, the Group of Experts report stated.“Ivorian customs has been unable to conduct any investigation into smuggling in the areas under the administrative control of the Forces Nouvelles.”“The redeployment exercise is symbolic, without any real hope of success unless tangible progress is demonstrated,” the experts added.The report concluded with recommendations that UNOCI introduce a significant number of international customs officers with sanctions experience to strengthen monitoring efforts, as well as introduce comprehensive procedures for securing military equipment and ensuring the equipment remains in secure custody. 20 October 2008Côte d’Ivoire’s fragile political stability and security situation are at risk as the country struggles to make progress in reaching benchmarks agreed to in the peace pact signed last year, according to a group of United Nations experts in a report made public today. read more

UN health agency sounds alarm on high obesity in Pacific island nations

28 July 2010Pacific Ocean countries face a severe obesity problem, which is also causing increased rates of heart disease and strokes, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). Pacific Ocean countries face a severe obesity problem, which is also causing increased rates of heart disease and strokes, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).The agency defines being overweight as having a body mass index (BMI) of equal to or more than 25. It considers a BMI, calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by the square of height in metres, of 30 or more to mean that the person is obese.WHO said today that it has found that in at least 10 Pacific island countries, more than half – and sometimes up to 90 per cent – of the populations are overweight.It also noted that obesity levels range from more than 30 per cent in Fiji to a staggering 80 per cent among women in American Samoa, a United States territory.Diabetes rates among the region’s adults are among the highest in the world, at 47 per cent in American Samoa compared to 13 per cent in the US mainland.One fifth of children and pregnant women are anaemic in a vast majority of Pacific island nations, where deficiencies in micronutrients, including Vitamin A and iodine, are a significant problem.Additionally, 2.4 million people suffer from preventable noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease, strokes and cancer, which are responsible for 75 per cent of deaths in the Pacific.Temo K. Waqanivalu, WHO technical officer for nutrition and physical activity in Fiji, said that poor diet is partly to blame for the region’s health problems.“Promotion of traditional foods has fallen by the wayside,” he said. “They are unable to complete with the glamour and flashiness of imported foods.”In eight of the region’s countries, less than 20 per cent of people surveyed said that they eat the recommended five or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day.WHO has also pointed to the Pacific’s heavy dependence on imported food as a growing problem, with consumers often choosing imported food because it is easily and readily available for purchase compared to indigenous fish, chicken and other healthier local produce.In April, the region’s nations met in Vanuatu to identify ways to tackle the challenges of malnutrition, obesity and diabetes, the first meeting of its kind in the Pacific.The Pacific is a tropical paradise, said Chen Ken, WHO Representative for the South Pacific, “but we want this to be the reality not just for the tourists who visit us, but also for the people who live here. We want to preserve these islands as healthy islands.”This, he said, will require action to be taken to ensure that high-quality, healthy and affordable food is available for all. read more

Delegates laud UN resolution on role of civil society in conflict prevention

Speaking at the meeting held at the UN Headquarters in New York, General Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic said his intention in organizing the meeting was to use the momentum from the success of the Assembly’s resolution to explore interactively the future role of civil society in preventing conflict. He said he also wanted to give Member States an opportunity to concentrate on that important issue once more.”We are not here to blame each other, but to try to find solutions to help ourselves become more effective in our important task,” Mr. Kavan said, acknowledging that there were different views on the role of civil society in armed conflict prevention. Praising the role of civil society, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Danilo Turk said it was clear that the UN could not do everything itself, and partnership was a major requirement for success. The resolution adopted by the Assembly represents a step forward in the long historic march towards the prevention of armed conflict, he added.Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs said NGOs are becoming increasingly effective as facilitators and mediators. He also stressed that he knew of no successful peace process where governments, NGOs and intergovernmental organizations were not involved. On 3 July, the Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing the important supporting role of civil society in the prevention of armed conflict, and invited it to continue to support efforts to prevent armed conflict and to pursue practices that foster a climate of peace. read more

Target says its blown away by Canadian welcome to first store openings

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Target’s U.S. executives say they are blown away with consumer response to the opening of the chain’s first 24 stores in Canada and expect the foray will be profitable next year.Chief financial officer John Mulligan told CIBC’s retail conference on Thursday that reaction has been like Black Friday and Boxing Day, two key shopping days that traditionally drive high spending.“It’s like having that every single day, all day long, so it’s been quite remarkable the response,” Mulligan said of the openings in the Toronto area.Target has been criticized during its unofficial “soft openings” for running out of some products in the frenzy to keep up with demand. Milk has been a big seller, which Mulligan said is a very important sign because groceries drive how frequently shoppers visit stores and encourage important midweek purchases.Minnesota-based Target (NYSE:TGT) plans to open an addition 100 stores in Canada this year, reaching 150 locations by 2017 when its Canadian operations are expected to generation 10 per cent of systemwide earnings.“We have seen overwhelming response as Canadian consumers have come into the stores and we’re thrilled by that, that’s a great problem to have, more people than we expected,” Mulligan said.While Canada’s retail environment is less competitive than the U.S. with lower per capita square footage, Target said it is entering a market with very, very strong local operators, particularly grocery chains and Canadian Tire, along with U.S. stalwarts like Walmart and Costco.“So when we look across, we recognize that this is an area with very strong competition and we need to do the things we do well, extremely well,” Mulligan said.That means competing with local rivals on price, even if they are higher than in the United States and differentiating itself on assortment and style.One way the company says it has set itself apart has been to work with musicians such as Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift to offer extra tracks on their CDs sold in Target stores.Mulligan said Target’s research has found that consumer behaviour is similar in Canada and the U.S. He said the top thing the chain has heard is Canadians want the same retail experience as in the U.S., not “Target Light” or “Target Canada.”However, the novelty of entering Quebec in a new language has prompted Target to purposefully delay store openings in the French-speaking province.“There’s a reason that Quebec comes late in the opening cycles. There’s a lot for us to learn and we spent a lot of time trying to learn everything we’re going to need to do to enter there appropriately.”While Target’s first Canadian store openings have generated buzz, several of the country’s leading retailers say the arrival of the U.S. giant has so far had a limited impact on them.Supermarket chains Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU) and Empire Co. (TSX:EMP.A) said Target’s food offerings so far have mainly been in dry groceries and that prices are similar to the discounted levels already seen in Ontario’s highly competitive market.“The pricing is at or about the discount pricing in the market so we didn’t see price disruption coming from Target so far but it’s early,” Metro CEO Eric La Fleche told the Toronto conference.Just weeks after the first Target stores opened, some Metro stores have seen traffic increase while others have lost some grocery sales. However, La Fleche said it was too early to tell what the impact of Target has been.Mulligan said that driving traffic to Target stores from food sales is less important than in the U.S. because of the prime locations of the former Zeller’s stores in Canada.Empire, which operates Sobey’s and the Freshco discount banner and is a wholesaler of some products for Target, said the competitor’s arrival has actually increased consumer traffic to its nearby locations.“We believe our differentiated food offering will allow us to continue to convince customers that although there are opportunities to serve parts of their grocery needs at other players, that if you are looking to do a full grocery shop in this country we are still the best full-service provider in order to meet those customer needs,” chief financial officer Paul Jewer told the conference.Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC) said it has been preparing for heightened competition by renovating stores, adding new formats, introducing new technology and preparing to launch online shopping later this year.Two years ago it reviewed its outdoor living category and made changes to appeal to consumers. A similar opportunity exists in hunting, fishing and tools.“We believe we can improve our execution and our offering to our consumers to keep us the top of mind,” said Marco Marrone, chief operating officer.CIBC World Markets said discount department stores are poised to take more market share in the coming year as debt-conscious consumers and relatively stagnant wage growth weighs on retail spending.“Canadians have heard the message from Ottawa: be careful what you borrow for. But turning more prudent on debt accumulation has meant leaner times for retail spending growth over the last year,” chief economist Avery Shenfeld wrote in a report published for the conference.Retail sales grew just 2.5 per cent last year marking the second year of decrease from the 5.6 per cent growth in 2010 when Canadians were more eager to borrow at low rates to finance their shopping sprees.Disposable income gains will likely remain modest this year.“In that climate, discount stores will continue to grab market share, particularly given the entry of a major U.S.-based player this year,” Shenfeld said.After a peaceful and prosperous decade for Canadian retailers, large U.S. retailers including Target, Nordstrom and international specialty retailers are beginning to offer some competitive disruption, added CIBC analyst Perry Caicco.These developments “will test the resolve and resiliency of Canadian retailers, large and small” for the next few years, he said. However, he said the competition will “make it a good time to be a consumer as choices will continue to expand and prices will come down.” Target says it’s blown away by Canadian welcome to first store openings by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 28, 2013 1:12 pm MDT read more