Vale Ron Hanson

first_imgIt with great sadness that the NSWTA advises of the passing of one of the games originals, both a pioneer and a stalwart of our game, Ron Hanson.Ron has been fighting Parkinson’s disease for the past number of years and today, he succumbs to the disease but is now in comfortably resting in peace.Ron was an original, a pioneer of the game who began playing in the very first Touch Football competition at Pioneer Park in 1968 with his beloved Bronte mates. He was coming off his days as a leading 1st Grade footballer for the Eastern Suburbs Roosters wanting to continue with playing a game similar and Touch Football provided the perfect avenue. He was good at it too. He was named as the first NSW Captain when the team he lead played Queensland at Erskineville Oval on 4th of August 1973 and defeated the old enemy 15-1. Three years later in 1976 he was named the first Australian Captain of the team that successfully toured New Zealand. From all reports Ron was an inspirational captain on the field and the life of the party off it.Ron however was not content with just playing, he was involved in every aspect of the game. He coached at high levels, was a selector from park football through to national level, became an administrator of the sport and even refereed a few games here and there. Although if you talk to those who played with Ronnie, they will tell you he refereed most games in which he played.Whilst playing was his passion, he left an indelible mark on the sport through his time as an administrator and selector. As an Administrator he was Regional Director for the old Region 4 going back as far as 1994 and also took a stint at the helm of the Northern Eagles after the amalgamation of the three northern regions. As a selector he selected club, regional, state and national teams. He didn’t just restrict himself to one region either, he made himself available to all. He would often assist other regions around the state where he could and also helped out at the Defence Force nationals for many years as well.Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire, expressed his admiration, gratitude and condolences for Ron and his family. â€œRon has an incredible legacy in our sport which will not be forgotten.  It is not just what he did on the field as a leader but as a volunteer, Coach and Administrator that will also be remembered.  Ron and indeed his family have touched so many lives including mine personally.”Our deepest condolences and love are with Fran, Samantha and Brad. We are truly blessed to have spent time with Ron and we will be there to support all of you through this time.”His legacy is not only left as a member of our sporting community based on his achievements but will endure through the friendships and lives he has been deeply engaged in. We will all miss you Ron,” Maguire said. In 2004 the NSWTA recognised Ron’s immense contribution to the game at many levels with the awarding of Life Membership to the NSWTA. In 2010 Touch Football Australia bestowed on Ron, a medal named in his honour. Each member of an Australian contingent to be honoured as the parties Flag Bearer is awarded and announced as the Ron Hanson Medallist, again a testament to his standing in the game and the character of the man. For those who have received that medal, we are sure they will be just a little bit prouder today.Our thoughts are with his wife of 44 years, Fran and his children Samantha and Brad as well as his grandchildren and extended family members.He is a gentleman who will be missed but certainly not forgotten by the Touch Footballing family across Australia.Credit: NSW Hornets Touch Association  Related LinksVale Ron Hansonlast_img read more

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams advance to second round

first_imgAustralian Open: Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams advance to second roundAustralian Open: Novak Djokovic easily beat American qualifier Mitchell Krueger 6-3 6-2 6-2, while Venus Williams got a come-from-behind 6-7(3) 7-6(3) 6-2 victory over 25th seed Mihaela Buzarnescuadvertisement Reuters MelbourneJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 16:44 IST Novak Djokovic strolled past qualifier Mitchell Krueger to reach second round (Reuters Photo)Top seed Novak Djokovic looked every inch the Australian Open favourite as he comfortably beat American qualifier Mitchell Krueger 6-3 6-2 6-2 to reach the second round on Tuesday.Soaking up the Rod Laver Arena limelight, the Serb moved superbly in his Melbourne Park opener and hit 42 winners to wrap up the one-sided clash in little more than two hours.Despite the scoreline, the 230th-ranked Krueger hardly disgraced himself and broke Djokovic in the third game of the first set.That was as good as it got for the American, as Djokovic coasted to an easy victory. The Serb will continue his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the man he beat for the 2008 trophy. Venus Williams secures come-from-behind winVenus Williams celebrated her 19th main draw appearance at the Australian Open with a come-from-behind 6-7(3) 7-6(3) 6-2 victory over 25th seed Mihaela Buzarnescu on Tuesday, marking a successful day for some of the sport’s oldest active competitors.The 38-year-old, who is unseeded for the first time since 2014 and is the oldest player in the women’s draw, will meet France’s Alize Cornet in the second round.It was a good day for some of the veterans of the sport after big serving 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic, the oldest male player, served his way into the second round against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, a man 18 years his junior.Title contender Roger Federer, aged 37, comfortably won his first round match on Monday.Also Read | Fashionista Serena Williams launches ‘Serena-tard’ at the Australian OpenAlso Read | Meet Qai Qai: Granddaughter of Serena Williams, best friend of daughter OlympiaAlso Read | Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian OpenadvertisementFor 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 Tags :Follow Australian OpenFollow Novak DjokovicFollow Venus WilliamsFollow Mihaela Buzarnescu Nextlast_img read more

Top News of the Week December 16 – 21, 2013

first_imgzoom Mercy Ships to Build New Hospital ShipMercy Ships announced that it has reached an agreement with Asian and European shipbuilding firms to purpose-build a new 36,600-GRT hospital ship for Mercy Ships. Contracts were signed between Mr. Dong Qiang, VP of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), and Donald K. Stephens, President/ Founder of Mercy Ships, together with Jim Paterson, Senior VP of Mercy Ships Marine Operations.Costa Concordia Wreck Almost Ready for WinterMembers of the team responsible for informing the public about the state of Costa Concordia wreck organized a meeting last week to share some new information about Costa Concordia removal project. The meeting was attended by Maria Sargentini, Chairman of the Observatory, Sergio Ortelli, Mayor of Giglio, and Franco Porcellacchia, coordinator of the Concordia wreck removal project for Costa Crociere.Keppel Wins Five Contracts Worth USD 119 MillionKeppel Offshore & Marine Ltd’s (Keppel O&M) subsidiaries Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) and Keppel Nantong Shipyard Co. Ltd (Keppel Nantong) have secured five contracts worth about S$150 million (approx. USD 119 million) in total.USNS Millinocket Completes Sea TrialsThe future USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3), completed builder’s sea trials at the Austal USA shipyard on Dec. 13, in Mobile, Ala. Successful completion of builder’s trials marks the end of the first phase of a set of rigorous trials during which all of the ship’s systems and capabilities are evaluated to ensure they are in accordance with its plans and specifications.Commerzbank Sells 14 Tankers to Reduce LoansWith an aim to reduce bad loans, Commerzbank AG, Germany’s second biggest bank, has sold 14 chemical tankers to Oaktree Capital Management LP, Bloomberg reports.last_img read more

Navibulgar Adds Handy Bulk Carrier

first_imgzoom Bulgarian shipping company Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar) has added to its fleet Chumerna, a 2012-built bulk carrier bought from Switzerland’s ABC Maritime. The Handysize bulker was purchased for USD 8 million in November 2016, VesselsValue’s data shows.The 36,900 dwt Chumerna, previously known as Adfines South, was built by China’s Zhejiang Zhenghe Shipbuilding.Featuring a length of 190 meters and a width of 28.5 meters, Chumerna has ice class 1C.Navibulgar’s fleet is currently comprised of 30 bulkers. In addition, the firm has five Handy bulk carriers on order at Jiangsu Hongqiang shipyard in China, which are slated for delivery in 2017, according to data provided by VesselsValue.In the next few months, Navibulgar plans to further increase its fleet by adding three ice class 1C vessels, the company said.last_img read more

State of emergency issued for Saskatchewan town

first_imgBIGGAR, Sask. – Saskatchewan’s fire commissioner is urging people not to have open fires as flames near the town of Biggar sparked a state of emergency and some evacuations.Battleford RCMP was warning of a fast-moving grass fire that was threatening Sweetgrass First Nation, people of the Table Mountain area and Village of Prongua near Highway 40.Crews are assessing how changing winds might affect the fires.Dozens of patients were moved yesterday out of the Biggar hospital because of smoke.Authorities transferred 53 long-term care residents to the health centre in Rosetown and another eight patients were sent to City Hospital in Saskatoon.Crews and farmers battling the flames were trying to move cattle away from pastureland threatened by the blaze.No injuries or burned buildings were reported.The Biggar fire was declared out of control Monday afternoon and a state of emergency was declared yesterday by the town and the surrounding rural municipality.One community leader says the grass is so dry it is burning like gasoline.last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Unveils 50th Dodgers Dreamfield Commit Additional 10 Million

first_imgOn Saturday, September 22, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and Executive Director Nichol Whiteman, together with Dodger All-Stars Yasiel Puig and Clayton Kershaw, joined Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten, Dodger Manager Dave Roberts, Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and other officials along with scores of young baseball and softball players to unveil the 50th Dodgers Dreamfield at Algin Sutton Recreation Center in South Los Angeles.50th Dodgers Dreamfield at Algin Sutton Recreation Center in South Los AngelesCredit/Copyright: Jon SooHoo / Los Angeles Dodgers FoundationThe completion of this Dreamfield marked the final step in LADF’s commitment to create 50 fields in 15 years. Since 2003, over $10 million has been invested in these fields, which have impacted the lives of over 300,000 youth in and around Los Angeles. The foundation revealed that it is extending its initial commitment of 50 fields with an additional $10 million to build 75 fields by the 75th anniversary of the Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles.The construction of this $300,000 project is partially funded by generous donations from the City of Los Angeles, Yasiel Puig’s Wildhorse Foundation, the Tyler Development Corporation, Clayton & Ellen Kershaw, the LA84 Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, and the Bruce P. Rubenstein Family.Additional special guests and speakers at the unveiling ceremony included State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, LA City Council President Herb Wesson, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Manny Mota, and Steve Yeager (Dodger Alumni), Alanna Rizzo (Los Angeles Dodgers Broadcaster), Aleta Williams (Daughter of Algin Sutton), Vicki Israel (Assistant General Manager, LA Department of Recreation and Parks), Tyler Udall (Tyler Development Corporation), Renata Simril (President and CEO, LA84 Foundation), Marsha Bonner (Director of Community Grantmaking, Annenberg Foundation), John Bendheim (Leon Lowenstein Foundation), Joe Baca, Jr. (Rialto City Councilmember), youth softball and baseball players representing the community of Algin Sutton, Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), the Natasha Watley Foundation, Girls Play LA, Yasiel Puig’s 66ers baseball team, Manchester Elementary School, Brotherhood Crusades, Alliance Judy I Burton Technology Academy High School, and the Boys & Girls Club. Dodgers players and officials gathered for a ceremonial “lighting of the scoreboard,” which was followed by a public community festival that included fun-filled activations including a Farmer John Dodger Dog Truck, LADWP Water Truck, LA Teams Sports Zone, Dodger Alumni autographs, Dodger Guy Character, Dodger giveaways and tunes from DJ Severe, the Dodger DJ.“We are proud of the meaningful impact Dodgers Dreamfields have had on local communities. As we unveil our 50th, we are thrilled to extend and renew our promise to provide access and opportunity to youth throughout Los Angeles who need it most,” Mark Walter, Dodger Owner and Chairman, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.“It makes perfect sense that the 50th Dreamfield would open right here at a recreation center named after the late Algin Sutton, who dedicated his career to connecting young people with opportunities to play,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “In Los Angeles, we are committed to making sure that every child has access to sports and recreation no matter what her zip code, and I’m so proud to call the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation our partner in increasing opportunities to play!”“Congratulations to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for completing their 50th Dodgers Dreamfield”, said Mike Shull, General Manager, Department of Recreation and Parks. “We are proud of our partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers and their commitment to invest in our City’s park system, which has created lasting disparities in access to quality open space and recreation programs for youth and families of our communities.”During the unveiling ceremony, the foundation debuted its Dodgers Dreamfields Impact Report, outlining the tremendous influence that these fields have had on youth in Los Angeles’ most underserved communities including Central Los Angeles, Inglewood, South Los Angeles, Harbor City, San Fernando Valley, East Los Angeles, and La Puente. These fields provide kids with a positive and vibrant environment to participate in baseball and softball opportunities in their neighborhoods. In partnership with corporations, foundations, local municipalities, and individuals, Dodgers Dreamfields contribute to both community development and youth development by providing youth the opportunity and space to learn and play the game of baseball and softball, while building character and instilling important life lessons. Program resources and elements include backstop upgrades, dugout upgrades, irrigation improvements, surface re-grading, new home plate, pitching rubbers, and bases, outfield fencing and windscreens, turf renovation, sod installation, and new signage and scoreboard.“We are so proud to have reached our goal of building 50 Dreamfields, but know that there is still much more work to be done,” said Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Executive Director Nichol Whiteman. “These fields have given our local youth a sense of pride and ownership every time they step onto the mound or slide across home base. The value of these Dreamfields cannot be overstated, and we are excited to have the chance to share everything that baseball and softball have to offer with even more communities over the next several years!”The LA84 Foundation is the longest-standing sponsor of Dodger Dreamfields, having provided funding for 43 of the 50 fields, beginning in 2003. “Today is an historic day for the kids of the Los Angeles area – 50 Dreamfields is a remarkable achievement,” said Renata Simril, President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation. Simril added: “In a world where there is too much ‘photo-op philanthropy,’ the Dodgers Foundation produces real and sustaining positive community impact.”“I am proud to partner with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for their 50th Dreamfield,” said Yasiel Puig. “I hope this field will ignite the children’s love of baseball and I hope the sport will bring as much joy to their lives as it has to mine. Giving back to the Los Angeles community with a gift that will impact future generations is truly an honor.”“Ellen and I are so honored to be a part of LADF’s 50th Dodgers Dreamfield,” added Clayton Kershaw. “We have been partnering with them since they built the Universally Accessible Field in Baldwin Hills and are proud to partner with the foundation as they continue to impact thousands of kids throughout LA.”A high need for youth baseball/softball recreation space, racial and ethnic diversity, high “park need” metric, number of youth living in the surrounding community, and current baseball/softball interest are all factors that will help the foundation determine the locations of these next fields. By maintaining current partners and establishing new ones, LADF will continue to positively impact communities throughout the Los Angeles area.last_img read more

Cancer cases spike in northern community

first_imgAPTN National NewsFort Good Hope, in the Northwest Territories, is seeing a spike in the number of cancer cases in their community. Over the last six months, eight new cases have been diagnosed. And that’s big news for a small town of 600.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier visits Fort Good Hope to talk about what could have caused it, and what happens next.last_img

AFN Chief Atleo blasts Ottawas environmental review plans in letter to Oliver

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The head of Canada’s largest and most influential First Nations organization is demanding Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver meet with chiefs before implementing the Conservative government’s “unlawful and unconstitutional” planned changes to the environmental reviews of industrial projects.In a strongly worded letter to Oliver, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo says Ottawa’s plan to streamline environmental reviews runs afoul of Canada’s duty to consult First Nations on projects and legislative changes that impact Aboriginal and Treaty rights.Atleo’s letter comes mere months after January’s Crown-First Nations gathering in Ottawa where Prime Minister Stephen Harper proclaimed ushered in a “new day” in Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people.At stake but not mentioned in Atleo’s letter is Enbridge’s massive Northern Gateway Pipeline project which is broadly opposed by First Nations. The project, however, is backed by the Conservative government which says piping Alberta bitumen to the British Columbia coast to satiate China’s oil-thirsty economic machinery is in Canada’s national interest.“Thirty years after the Constitution recognized and affirmed Aboriginal and Treaty rights, it is an alarming development that Canada would take such steps that will potentially further undermine processes that already do not adequately address clear duties for consultation and accommodation,” wrote Atleo, in the letter, dated the April 20, 2012. “We encourage Canada to immediately engage with First Nations to address this uncertainty, to confirm the constitutional duty and being in earnest creating processes that uphold the honour of the Crown.”The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled repeatedly that the Canadian government has a duty to consult with First Nations on legislation and industrial projects that impact their territory, culture, Aboriginal and treaty rights.“It is abundantly clear that the Crown is bound by the Constitution to uphold its duty to consult and accommodate the Aboriginal and Treaty rights of First Nations, which means it cannot unilaterally reduce these duties through changes to existing legislation,” wrote Atleo in the letter, obtained by APTN National News.The Conservative government announced in its latest federal budget that it would be introducing legislation to streamline the environment review process for industrial projects, setting hard timelines for approvals and turning over responsibility for some reviews to the provinces. The planned changes are geared toward ensuring approval of Enbridge’s multi-billion dollar pipeline, according to many analysts.As part of the package, the Conservatives also plan to streamline consultations with First Nations, assigning one Crown agency to deal with consultation on each project. The government plans to integrating consultation into environmental reviews and announced it was contributing about $13 million toward this initiative.Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, whose department announced the changes to “Aboriginal consultations” and has taken the lead publicly on the file, now says it is up to Aboriginal Minister John Duncan to deal with the issue.“I am not the one primarily responsible, it is obviously my colleague (Aboriginal Affairs Minister) John Duncan,” said Oliver, Wednesday. “I think (Duncan) has been working very hard to deeper the consultation and this legislation will do that.”Oliver said he hadn’t read Atleo’s letter, but tried and failed to reach the national chief to discuss the issue.“Consultation is absolutely fundamental to our obligation. We have been consulting, we will continue to consult,” said Oliver. “We want to bring the communities in earlier in the process with respect to each project and ensure consultation is more meaningful.”Atleo’s letter, however, listed a number of areas where the Conservative government ignored the rights of First Nations, including in plans to integrate Aboriginal consultation into the environmental approval process.“Integration of Aboriginal consultations fails to recognize the distinct legal rights of First Nations and the differential impacts that may be experienced by different Aboriginal groups,” wrote Atleo.Atleo wrote that the Conservative government’s plan to give the National Energy Board the ability to approve projects even before initiating consultation with First Nations is causing serious concern.“Such a practice would constitute a breach of the federal duty (to consult), would be an affront to First Nations who will be impacted by such decisions and ultimately would be unlawful and unconstitutional,” wrote Atleo.The Conservative’s promised $13 million to improve Aboriginal consultations would do little more than create more bureaucracy, according to Atleo.“We have since learned that this funding may in fact in large part be dedicated to increasing Canada’s capacity to manage consultations and not be available directly to First Nations,” he wrote.Atleo’s letter also criticized the government’s planned changes to the Fisheries Act, which would reduce the number of instances requiring Ottawa to intervene on projects that impact fish habitat.“Proposed changes announce as part of the plan may indeed have broad impacts on drinking water, fish habitat and environmental health and may reduce the ability to restrict on-reserve activity related to water,” wrote Atleo.The stakes are too high for Ottawa to ignore the positions of First Nations anymore, wrote Atleo.“These are critical matters to the survival, rights and interests of First Nations and are lawful obligations that must not and cannot be denied,” he wrote.Duncan’s office could not immediatly provide comment.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

New Zealand initiates bill to ban guns used in terror attack

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s government has introduced a bill to ban the types of weapons used by a terrorist to kill 50 people at two mosques.Police Minister Stuart Nash said Monday that if lawmakers pass the bill as expected, the new law will take effect April 12, less than a month after the March 15 attacks. The bill follows a government-imposed ban on sales of the weapons.The bill bans “military-style” semi-automatic guns and high-capacity magazines. It also bans semi-automatic shotguns that can be fitted with detachable magazines and pump-action shotguns that can hold more than five rounds.It doesn’t ban guns often used by farmers and hunters, including semi-automatic .22-calibre or smaller guns that hold up to 10 rounds, or shotguns that hold up to five rounds.The Associated Press read more

Ban Kimoon urges action to help worlds 26 billion people lacking sanitation

Mr. Ban told the first preparatory meeting for the International Year of Sanitation, which will be marked in 2008, that “access to sanitation is a fundamental issue of human dignity and human rights, and also of economic development and environmental protection.”An estimated 2.6 billion people – including about 980 million children – worldwide do not have access to basic sanitation services, a statistic Mr. Ban described as “simply unacceptable.” Instead they are forced to defecate in bags, buckets or roadside ditches, causing serious health risks to themselves and others.Mr. Ban urged the participants at today’s meeting, held at UN Headquarters in New York, to make the most of the opportunity provided by the official Year to generate “real, positive changes” for those without sanitation.“Efforts by UN agencies are just one part of the equation. Real change demands resources, commitment, policy changes and other concrete steps by governments, civil society and all stakeholders.”Access to sanitation “is deeply and inextricably connected to virtually all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular those involving the environment, education, gender equality and the reduction of child mortality and poverty.”The MDGs are a series of anti-poverty targets which world leaders agreed in 2000 to try to work towards, and they include a commitment to halve by 2015 the proportion of people without access to basic sanitation. Yet if current trends continue, the number of people without basic sanitation will only drop to 2.4 billion by 2015.Today’s meeting was held after the General Assembly voted in December last year to designate 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation. Participants included representatives of UN Member States, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academics, civil society groups and the private sector.The meeting heard improved sanitation facilities could have dramatic effects, from reducing diarrhoea-related deaths among young children by more than one third to speeding up economic development in countries where poor sanitation is a key cause of lost work and school days.The Prince of Orange, Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who is Chairperson for the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, told the meeting that it is important to translate the general goals of the Year into measurable targets that include concrete plans and detailed figures.“What do we want to achieve by the end of 2008, and how do we achieve it?” he asked.UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said in a message to the meeting that young people are especially vulnerable to diseases caused by a lack of proper sanitation, with unsafe water and bad hygiene and sanitation thought responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million children under the age of five every year.Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs José Antonio Ocampo added his voice to the calls for accelerated action. He called the lack of access to sanitation a “silent humanitarian crisis” because it is a problem so many people are too shy or embarrassed to discuss openly. 7 May 2007The world is lagging seriously in its efforts to slash the number of people who lack access to decent sanitation, leaving too many people deprived of basic dignity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for concrete measures from United Nations Member States, civil society groups and others in the year ahead to remedy the problem. read more

UN panel regrets Bolivias denunciation of narcotics control convention

5 July 2011The independent United Nations body tasked with monitoring the production and consumption of narcotics worldwide today voiced regret at Bolivia’s decision to denounce the key international drug control convention, to which it had previously acceded. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said the decision by the Government of Bolivia last Wednesday to renounce the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, as amended by the 1972 Protocol, was an unprecedented step even though authorities announced their intention to re-accede the convention with reservations on specific treaty provisions.“The board is of the opinion that while this step by Bolivia may be in line with the letter of the convention, such action is contrary to the convention’s spirit,” the INCB said in a press statement.“The international community should not accept any approach whereby governments use the mechanism of denunciation and re-accession with reservation, in order to free themselves from the obligation to implement certain treaty provisions,” the board added.Such an approach, it added, could undermine the integrity of the global drug control system and scuttle the good work achieved by governments over many years to achieve the aims and objectives of the drug control conventions, including the prevention of drug abuse which is ruining the lives of millions of people.The INCB stressed that international drug control conventions are the cornerstone of international efforts to prevent the illicit production, manufacture, trafficking and abuse of drugs while ensuring that licit drugs are available for medical and scientific purposes.The board requested the Bolivian Government to consider all the implications of its decision and invited it to so in the context of the shared responsibility of all countries in dealing with the international drug problem.The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was signed in 1961 and amended in 1970 to codify all multilateral treaties on drug control. It extended control systems to include the cultivation of plants that are grown as the raw material of narcotic drugs.It was intended to limit the possession, use, trade, distribution, import, export, manufacture and production of drugs exclusively to medical and scientific purposes, and to tackle drug trafficking through international cooperation to deter drug trafficking.The Vienna-based INCB is an independent body established under the international drug control treaties to monitor and support governments’ compliance with the treaties. read more

5 NBA Little Men Who Would Have Been as

Michael Jordan is universally considered the greatest basketball player of all time, and rightfully so. His game was a combination of skill, heart, effort and guts, and he elevated the Chicago Bulls to six championships. Here are five smaller men who might have equaled Jordan if they were physically his equal.

Vigilante justice fears as man found murdered in village where locals suspected

The baby’s mum Jane Pickthall, then 23, had been out drinking and left Gaut to look after her two young children.She arrived home in Caerphilly, South Wales, and made love to Gaut – but the next day she found her son’s dead body under a chest of drawers. A murder trial at Cardiff Crown Court heard Gaut tried to make the death look accidental, but a pathologist said the baby’s injuries could have been caused by punching, kicking, falling, being thrown or a combination of these. He first of all told us he was inside for a crime but he didn’t do it A cordon outside his home in South WalesCredit:Wales news service A cordon outside his home in South Wales A source said: “This is an active murder investigation and we would never comment on claims about a victim’s past.”Neighbours at Long Row, New Tredegar, said that Gaut told them that he had spent time in prison “for a crime he didn’t do”.One woman said: “He has been living here for about six weeks but he’s not from here. He’s not local.”He told us he’d been to prison for 33 years.”A man at the same house said: “He first of all told us he was inside for a crime but he didn’t do it.”Mr Gaut’s body was discovered around 3pm on Saturday. Two men, aged 23 and 51, of New Tredegar and a man, 47, of Aberbargoed, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. A “convicted baby killer” may have been the victim of vigilante justice after he was found murdered in a close knit village where locals claimed to have worked out his past.David Gaut, 54, was discovered dead by police in his rented flat where he moved in alone just six weeks ago.Three men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Mr Gaut – but police refused to say he was the same man as the convicted killer freed from jail.A man named David Gaut, then 21, was jailed for life in July 1985 for the murder and torture of a 17-month old boy just 11 miles from the village of New Tredegar, near Caerphilly, South Wales, where he recently moved to.But locals told how feelings were running “very high” as people were convinced it was the same person as the child killer.Over 30 years ago, Gaut was babysitting his girlfriend’s son Chi Ming Shek – known as Marky – when he battered, kicked, and burned the sole of this child’s foot. The baby died of multiple injuries including a broken arm, injured liver and spleen and a fractured skull.Gaut was convicted of murder and jailed for life in July 1985 – but would have been due to apply for parole since then.Police confirmed the name of the man found dead in New Tredegar, near Caerphilly, South Wales, as David Gaut. His next of kin has been informed and enquiries are continuing. They are currently in police custody for questioning. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

HSE to introduce targeted redundancy scheme in January

first_imgTHE HSE IS to launch a ‘targeted voluntary redundancy scheme’ from 1 January next year as part of the implementation of the Haddington Road Agreement.In a memo sent to HSE managers today, Director of Human Resources Barry O’Brien pointed out that the agreement provides managers with “significant enablers to extract cost, and reduce the overall cost base in health service delivery, while radically reviewing and changing work practices, rosters, and work patterns in the context of the reform and re-organisation of the health services”.He said the redundancy scheme “allow services re-structure and reconfigure while at the same time deliver essential cost savings and further reduce headcount.” However he did not give any indication of how many redundancies the HSE would be seeking.SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell said today he despaired at the content of the memorandum and accused the HSE of attempting to “re-interpret the terms” of the agreement.The memo stated that from 1 January, all staff should be working additional hours required under the agreement from. For a period, it was possible for a small number of staff to retain their existing working hours from from the start of next year, this will now longer be allowed.Commenting on this, SIPTU’s Bell said: If this memorandum is an accurate reflection of its position, senior management at the HSE has determined that section 2.5 of the agreement be nullified and that it has the right to enforce additional hours of work on employees who have already opted to take a pay cut in order to maintain their existing hours of work. Such an action will lead to an inevitable confrontation with health service unions.O’Brien also mentioned the controversial Graduate Nurse Programme, commenting that it is providing “additional resources to front-line services to reduce agency and overtime costs”.Yesterday, in emerged that the CEOs of four hospitals wrote to the director general of the HSE saying that health cuts are beginning to seriously threaten patient safety.Bell said the threatened targeted redundancies of staff “will only serve to compound the problem they have identified in their letter”.Read: Hospital chiefs write to HSE saying cuts are threatening patient safety>Read: Taoiseach: Hospital chiefs’ letter is important and it’s not being treated as a joke>last_img read more

Boris Becker declared bankrupt after failing to pay substantial debt

first_imgBoris Becker declared bankrupt after failing to pay ‘substantial’ debt The three-time Wimbledon champion appeared before a Bankruptcy Court in London. By AFP Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 5:00 PM 28 Comments Tennis player who ‘almost died’ after suspected poisoning granted Wimbledon wildcard 34,421 Views http://the42.ie/3456289 Follow us: the42.ie Image: Anthony Devlin Image: Anthony Devlin Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Jun 21st 2017, 5:00 PM Updated at 17.00FORMER GERMAN TENNIS star Boris Becker has been declared bankrupt by a court in London after failing to pay a “substantial” long-standing debt since 2015.Laywers for the the three-time Wimbledon champion pleaded with a Bankruptcy Court registrar on Wednesday to allow Becker a “last chance” to pay off the debt.But Registrar Christine Derrett, who recalled watching Becker play on Centre Court, ruled there was a lack of credible evidence the outstanding payment would be forthcoming and refused to adjourn the case.“One has the impression of a man with his head in the sand,” she said of the six-time major winner after making the bankruptcy order following a brief hearing.The bankruptcy application was made by private bankers Arbuthnot Latham & Co in connection with a judgment debt owed them by Becker dating back to 2015.The German’s lawyers had argued there was sufficient evidence to show that he would be able to pay the debt soon through a refinancing arrangement, involving remortgaging a property in Mallorca, which was expected to raise six million euros ($6.7 million).His advocate told the registrar his instructions from Becker were that it was expected the deal would be approved by a Spanish bank in approximately one month.Becker’s advocate said his client was not likely to benefit from bankruptcy and it could have an adverse effect on his “image”.But the judge responded: “He should have thought about that a long time ago.”She added: “It is not often the case that a professional person has a judgment (debt) outstanding against them since October 2015. This is a historic debt.”Becker split with former world number one Novak Djokovic last December following three successful years together, the Serb winning six of his 12 Grand Slam titles with Becker as coach.(C) AFP 2017The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!last_img read more

Legendary Lesvos yiayia dies age 90

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “Lesvos yiayia” Maritsa Mavrapidi, the Greek woman who back in October 2015, was captured by local photographer Lefteris Partsalis helping a young Syrian mother who had just landed on the shores of the eastern Aegean island after making the treacherous crossing from Turkey has died age 90.“She was an honest woman who made us proud, and we will remember her always,” the community president of Mavrapidi’s village, Skala Skamnias, told the media on Wednesday.The image of yiayia Maritsa attending to the infant together together with her two cousins became an international symbol of solidarity and the image of the three women was published around the world and prompted a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Lesvos’s residents in 2016. The funeral of the elderly woman will be held in Lesvos today.last_img read more

WWE announces that Fandango will be out for six months with a torn labrum…

first_img WWE NXT Results – 8/14/19 (NXT Breakout Tournament Finals, Breezango/Forgotten Sons) Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Thanks for the guys — Fandango (@WWEFandango) July 8, 2018Fandango has been part of the Breezango tag-team with Tyler Breeze since 2016 and had recently been moved to RAW in April as part of the Superstar Shake-Up. Fandango has been with WWE since 2010, competing in Season 4 of NXT and won the season, then as Johnny Curtis, before becoming Fandango in 2013. Twitter WWE issued the following via Twitter on Sunday, announcing that RAW star Fandango will be out for six months with a torn labrum in his shoulder that will require surgery. INJURY UPDATE: @WWEFandango has suffered a Left Labrum tear in his shoulder and will require surgery to fix the issue. https://t.co/TF1TqcfgJB— WWE (@WWE) July 8, 2018Fandango commented on the injury via Twitter with.Seeya guys in 6-? Months — Fandango (@WWEFandango) July 8, 2018 Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Paige to undergo a second neck surgery, pulled from SummerSlam weekend appearances Pinterest Ronda Rousey sustains a gruesome finger injury on the set of “9-1-1”, underwent surgery last_img read more

Residents to Police Get dat tief outta here

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 15, 2016 – Blue Hills has again helped to take crime off the streets and out of their neighborhood; a would be robber was tackled to the ground and held, by residents, at a popular store until Police arrived on the scene; it happened last night.They say the man is from Kew, North Caicos and his photograph is floating all over social and mobile media but most striking was some amateur video which showed officers, including Commissioner James Smith carting the man off, stuffing him into a Police cruiser and the shouts from residents as they did so.  There were lots of expletives, but in the mix of the cursing were words of undeniable resolve as people rallied around the cry and against the attempted theft at what is known as the African store on Millennium Highway.We’ve posted a clean version of that video at Magnetic Media Fanpage on Facebook where you can hear residents shouting, “What!!! Carry that bouy, carry him, let’s beat him, thief, thief, come all the way from down the road, to come down here, carry this dude boy!!”Police are hailing the bravery of the residents and encouraging communities to remain united against crime.  Saturday Shooter wanted by Police, escapes into Kew Town again.  Police are hoping that these anti crime stances will also help them get to the bottom of a situation in Kew Town around 3:30am Saturday after they had to shut down the La Familia Bar.A man, standing some distance from the Police, reportedly fired shots at them and hit several cars with the stray bullets.  Press Officer, Kevin Clarke said Police opted not to return fire because the area was buzzing with civilians, who were also scrambling to get out of the way the gunfire of that lone man.The man was wearing black, ran off into bushes and got away.  Police need help in identifying this man so if you were at the La Familiar Bar and know something, call 1 800 TIPS that’s 1 800 8477; where you can give information anonymously. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#citizensarrestinbluehills, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more