How to add wireless configuration support to SCCM

first_imgSCCM allows the right click menu items in the SCCM console to be customized.  We utilized this capability to demonstrate how configuration of custom AMT support could be added to SCCM.  Since SCCM SP1 does not support wireless AMT configuration, we added some basic support for this to the SCCM menu system. The attached zip contains files that show how to add right click menu items to Altiris, how to make wireless configuration scripts and how to use both of these capabilities to embed wireless AMT configuration support directly into SCCM. This package is intended as a demonstration only. This package contains the following components:1.             Genscript: This utility creates a VB script that pushes wireless profiles, certificates and AMT configuration data to an arbitrary client.  The Genscript utility and user guide are included in this package. The latest version can be found here: http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-ws-management-translator/.2.             XML files: For the demonstration, there are two XMLs needed: vpro_client.xml and vpro_colleciton.xml.  One pushes settings to an entire collection and the other pushes settings to a single member. The single member XML file calls push.vbs directly.  The collection XML calls gp_exe.vbs which calls push.vbs on all the collection members.3.             Wireless configuration script generated by Genscript: This script is executed with the client’s hostname and domain name as command line arguments.  It conducts certificate requests, configures the client with those certificates and configures a wireless AMT profile.  For details on Genscript and how to use it to generate wireless configuration scripts refer.4.             Push.vbs: This script takes a hostname as a command line argument and calls a wireless configuration script. The name of this script is hard coded in push.vbs along with the domain suffix to use.  For simplicity I hard coded which wireless configuration script to use. By default, this script is hard coded as vpro_config_update.vbs.5.             Gp_exe.vbs: This script calls push.vbs for all the members of a particular collection. It is based on the sms_ping.vbs script.  It takes the target collection as a command line argument and then calls push.vbs for each hostname.6.             Add_to_Collection.vbs – This script adds a client instance to a particular collection.  It is used to populate a ‘Push Failed’ collection with client instances for clients that fail a wireless settings push. The collection ID for the destination collection is hard coded in the script.7.             Delete from Collection.vbs – This script removes client instances from a particular collection. It is used to remove client instances from the ‘Push Failed’ collection when a wireless settings push succeeds for that client.8.             Clear_collection.vbs – This script clears the contents of a given collection.  It is useful for clearing the ‘Push Failed’ collection.last_img read more

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Gattuso favourite for Udinese job

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Udinese are taking 24 hours to consider coach Igor Tudor’s position after back-to-back embarrassing defeats to Atalanta and Roma, with Gennaro Gattuso the favourite. The 7-1 loss to Atalanta on Sunday evening was shocking, but partially excused by the fact they were down to 10 men for an hour. However, on Wednesday night they incredibly lost 4-0 at home against a Roma side that had Federico Fazio very harshly sent off just 32 minutes in. According to Sky Sport Italia, Tuttomercatoweb, La Gazzetta dello Sport and others, Udinese directors are taking a few hours to think about the various alternatives. Gattuso is believed to be the favourite, especially as he was in the stands for the 7-1 defeat to Atalanta, alongside his long-term assistant manager. The former Milan coach has already turned down offers from Genoa and Sampdoria this month, so there is no guarantee he’d accept Udinese. Other candidates include Pasquale Marino and Stefano Colantuono.last_img read more

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Maran: ‘No Cagliari limits’

first_imgRolando Maran saw Cagliari’s “best performance of the season” to beat Atalanta 2-0 and won’t set limits on their ambitions after going joint third. “I think it was our best performance of the season. This was an extremely tough fixture, as Atalanta were on great form, they had scored in every game and we decided the best way of approaching it was to force them to defend,” explained Maran on DAZN. “Both teams were on the attack constantly and that made for a very entertaining match. We ran from start to finish, everyone showed the right spirit and the great thing about these lads is that whoever I choose, they all give their contribution as part of the team unit. “If we rest on our laurels, we’ll never improve. We have to create continual motivation, both as a squad and as individuals. We watched Atalanta this week to prepare and decided we had to get closer to their approach, the way they face everyone with no fear and by playing their football. “We want to go beyond our limits and see what we can do. It’s all about finding the right path to improvement.” Cagliari are now level with Atalanta in fourth place after 11 rounds, so can they follow in those footsteps with European ambitions? “Obviously, there is now more attention on us, as is natural in this position, but it should only be relatively of interest. What matters is taking it one game at a time and not resting on our laurels. We must always strive to do better.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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World Cup: Sourav Ganguly picks his top four teams in tournament

first_imgNobody can argue about him being India’s most successful Test captain and one of the greatest one-day batsmen of all time. Sourav Ganguly shared his tips & tricks with Vikrant Gupta in an exclusive interview, talking about his experience in past World Cups and how he evaluates 2015 World Cup.Watch Video On India’s World Cup title defence:Though it’s still too early to predict the winner, India boast the team that is capable of retaining the World Cup. Their transformation in the tournament has been amazing. The knockout stage will be crucial and only the best teams will survive. India must focus on one game at a time to build on their campaign. South Africa, even if they lost their last game against Pakistan, are still strong contenders at the World Cup.On India’s hiccups during West Indies game:Indian batting has been the strength and the team has always won after scoring big runs in the past. Their game against Windies was really important. India had earlier pressurized the opposition with big scores on board after batting first. But against Windies, they were asked to bowl and the pressure was on India to perform better. And that’s what they did. They reduced the Windies to 185 and then chased the total despite a few hiccups. It will be a learning experience for India having chased under pressure. On MS Dhoni’s knock against West Indies:It was also a crucial game for MS Dhoni who has been missing in action for the Indian team. It allowed him to get his confidence back while he played a responsible innings for his team. He avoided risky shots and build his innings on singles to get India home.On India’s performance in the bowling department:advertisementThe Indian bowlers are complementing the batsmen in the best possible manner. The bowlers have actually made life easier for the batsmen. They’ve bowled out the opposition in crucial games including South Africa and West Indies. Pakistan was the only team that managed to score over 200 runs against India in the tournament. The bowlers have actually taken the centre stage this time around. The history has showed that the batsmen have dominated when India has played well. In the early phase of the World Cup, it’s actually the bowlers who have set the game for the team.The defining moment in the World Cup so far:Shikhar Dhawan’s runs at the top against Pakistan and South Africa have been crucial for India’s campaign in the World Cup. A good opening stand is always crucial for a team. South Africa’s struggle has been majorly affected by the same reason. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla have struggled to score runs at the top order. Opening is a very important aspect in these conditions. Dhawan has been the real game changer for India so far. Though the Indian fast bowlers have also been crucial, but runs at the top are very important.On World Cup title contenders:India, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand are my top four favourites to clinch the World title. Anybody’s capable of beating anyone on the all-important day. But, India and New Zealand have been most consistent in the tournament so far. But as I said, anyone is capable of springing a surprise in the knockout stage.On India’s opponent in the quarterfinals:It depends on the England-Bangladesh game. I believe England will sail through and they can make the competition a bit tougher for India. They have beaten India in the past and are more than capable of getting the better of MS Dhoni’s men in the quarters. But if Bangladesh managed to knock England out, then life will obviously be easier for the Indian team. Bangladesh, despite producing big upsets in the past, doesn’t have the art of beating big teams consistently. As an Indian, I would actually prefer Bangladesh over England to play against India in the quarterfinals.Weaker links in Indian team:The Indian team has been superb and I don’t think there are any weak links. I’ve said before, you don’t fix anything if it’s not broken. And nothing looks broken at the moment for India and they’ve been in top form.On World Cup triumph in 1983:I remember that night, it was raining in Kolkata. I was 10 years old and there was no cable television at our disposal. We were watching the final on Doordarshan and I remember the last wicket of Mohinder Amarnath when Michael Holding went for the pull and got out lbw. The players running from the ground to the Lord’s balcony was just unbelievable. It actually triggered Indian cricket forward. It was my first and foremost experience of the World Cup. In 1992, I was part of the Test team and played the Tri-series too. But, I missed the World Cup after being left out of the squad since I was fairly young. I watched that World Cup from home. I also remember the semifinals in the 1996 World Cup when Sri Lanka went past India. I was in the stands watching that game. There were flames all over the ground and the crowd was unhappy. The Indian players were being criticized and I believe they misread the pitch – bowled on a track where they should have batted first. On playing his first-ever World Cup in 1999:advertisementThe 1999 World Cup was my first time on the big stage. I played my first World Cup game against South Africa where I scored 97 runs before being run-out by Jonty Rhodes. It was special playing in England because I also played my first Test match there in 1996. I wasn’t scoring runs in the warm-up games ahead of the World Cup. So I really had to work hard before the first game against South Africa. They had superb attack in Pollock, Donald, Klusener and Kallis. I was happy to get runs and that’s how my World Cup started. I also went on register my big hundred against Sri Lanka where I scored 183 runs. In the crucial game against England, I also managed to get runs and wickets for the team. I managed to claim two or three Man of the Match awards in the 1999 World Cup. I really liked the format of the 1999 World Cup. You had to play the big teams in the group stage and then you go onto play the bigger and better teams in the Super Six stage. So by the end of it, you were really the World Champions that Australia became after beating Pakistan.On losing the 2003 World Cup final:We had a fantastic team in the 2003 World Cup. But, Australia was undoubtedly a cut above the rest. We played 11 games in the tournament and lost only two games – both against Australia. We defeated every opponent including New Zealand, Pakistan, England and Sri Lanka. But Australia defeated us, first at the start of the tournament and then in the all-important final at the end. I was comfortable in opening role but Sachin Tendulkar was batting at number four slot. And just before the World Cup we thought that if India wants to play well, then Sachin has to play well. And Sachin wanted to bat at the top, so I stepped down to number three and he joined Virender Sehwag as the opener. I don’t think there’s much of a difference in the top three batting positions. They are all crucial positions and add equally to the team’s success. Rahul Dravid also did a commendable job at number five position to anchor the innings till the end.On his last World Cup in 2007:advertisementIt was disappointing and it was the end of the World Cup career for a lot of us including Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid. When I look back at our team under Dravid’s captaincy, I think we had the team and the players which could actually win games for you. But, we didn’t play well and the poor start to the tournament worked against us. Our loss against Bangladesh exerted a lot of pressure on us.On World Cup triumph in 2011:I was there as a commentator but I actually came down to witness the prize distribution ceremony. The 2003 loss in the World Cup final against Australia was still in my mind and I wanted to live the winning moment. I stood right next to the podium and the players during the ceremony. I wanted to enjoy the moment and see what it felt like to be the World champions.last_img read more

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ED conducts searches in Delhi, Gurgaon in IPL betting case

first_imgThe raids were conducted in connection with an alleged IPL betting racket worth Rs 4,000 croreThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday conducted searches in and around Delhi in connection with its hawala probe against some betting syndicates related allegedly to IPL T-20 cricket matches.Sources said that about four locations in Delhi and neighbouring Gurgaon were covered during the searches which are being conducted by the Ahmedabad office of the agency in coordination with their local counterparts.”The searches are being conducted on some suspects who acted as bookies during the recent Indian Premier League matches held in the county.”The probe is being handled by the ED Ahmedabad office, which is investigating the case for hawala and money laundering charges,” sources said.The Ahmedabad office of ED had on March 19 claimed to have busted a racket and arrested some bookies from a farmhouse on the outskirts of Vadodara in Gujarat.Later, the agency arrested 13 others in connection with the alleged betting racket.On March 26, the same office registered a money laundering case against two prime suspects and a few others in an alleged IPL betting racket worth Rs 4,000 crore.The accused have been charged by ED under Sections 418 (cheating), 419 (punishment for cheating), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 471 (using forged document as genuine) along with Section 120(b) (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code.Sources said that a “good cache” of mobile phones, documents and computer peripherals have been seized during today’s operation.Locations in Delhi’s Karol Bagh, Shastri Nagar and Gurgaon are being searched, they added.advertisementlast_img read more

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SPORT-YEAR-SHOOT 2 LAST

first_img(REOPENS DEL 8) (REOPENS DEL 8) Jitu Rai, who emerged as the brightest medal prospect in that period by regularly winning on the world stage, would prove to be the biggest disappointment as he failed to finish on the podium in both his pistol events at Rio. The likes of Heena, Manavjeet Singh Sandhu, Narang, Apurvi Chandela and Jitu, among others, left the country thoroughly disappointed after they were unable to put on an impressive show. The committee concluded that the consistent trickle of shooting medals since the 2004 Athens Games ended up making everyone involved in the sport complacent. “Everyone took it for granted that there would be progress automatically, and forgot to ensure a systematic healthy process,” the report had stated. “The committee was unanimous in its view that Indian shooting needs to change, change its attitude, its policies and practices, so that the booming talent gets a fair chance to flourish in a healthy atmosphere, and win all the medals that it can in the World Championships and the Olympics.” It is an irony that the shooters let India down despite being provided all help while preparing for the mega sporting event. Jitu revived his season by winning the Champion of Champions pistol award in the World Cup Final towards the end. Meanwhile, Indias rich haul of 15 medals in the Asian Shooting Championship for rifle and pistol in Tehran saw a lot of positives. It saw some new stars emerge with Shahzar Rizvi and Ruchita Vinerkar being the most notable faces. There were a few others such as Shubhankar Pramanik, Anmol Jain, Swapnil Kusale, Manavaditya Rathore, son of the Indias first Olympic medallist in shooting, and Anant Jeet Singh Naruka who did very well, continuing the work in progress. In the junior category, there was lot to cheer about as India finished second overall with a total of nine gold, five silver and 10 bronze medals at the years second and final Junior World Cup in September in Azerbaijan. They finished second in the tournament, an improvement of two places after being placed fourth in the years first World Cup. Meanwhile, the ISSF (International Shooting Sport federation) has rung in some changes to international events that will rob a number of existing male shooters of their favoured events. Bindra is heading the panel that has recommended the changes. Prepared to face brickbats, Bindra tried to reason with those who criticised the idea. The ISSF announced that the double trap event will be replaced by trap mixed gender team event, while 10m air rifle mixed gender team event will replace the 50m rifle prone event. The 50m pistol men event will be taken over by 10m air pistol mixed gender team event. All this is being done in an effort to correct the gender imbalance in medal events at the Olympics. PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Show and tell

first_img“Shame on people for trolling @AnushkaSharma non-stop. Have some compassion. She has always only given me positivity.” The 116 characters – the most retweeted tweet of 2016 – highlight that off – field too Virat Kohli leads by example, standing up for his then ex in front of misogynistic trolls.With,”Shame on people for trolling @AnushkaSharma non-stop. Have some compassion. She has always only given me positivity.” The 116 characters – the most retweeted tweet of 2016 – highlight that off – field too Virat Kohli leads by example, standing up for his then ex in front of misogynistic trolls.With great power, Kohli has only demonstrated greater responsibility, passion and aggression as he shoulders the hopes of a billion-plus cricket fanatics. His individual performance – he is the only batsman who is in the top 5 across ICC rankings in Test, ODI and T20 – hasn’t suffered despite the media glare, reaffirming that he is more than capable of multitasking.With M.S. Dhoni relinquishing the Test captaincy too, the Virat era has truly begun.Kohli isn’t the only Indian sports personality with a winner’s mentality. Three women – Olympic silver medallist shuttler P.V. Sindhu and bronze-winning wrestler Sakshi Malik, along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who narrowly missed the podium in the vault – ensured that India had something to celebrate in what was otherwise a disappointing showing at Rio 2016. Their sacrifices and against-all-odds journeys to the big summit are a reminder that there are sporting icons beyond the world of cricket. As the poll suggests, India needs to unearth these bright stars early, support them with funds and upgraded infrastructure and protect sporting bodies from political interference. The golds will come.last_img read more

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NO TRASH PICKUP TUESDAY IN SIOUX CITY, ALL ROUTES DELAYED A…

first_imgTHE SNOWSTORM HAS DELAYED TRASH AND RECYCLABLES COLLECTION IN SIOUX CITY.THERE WILL BE NO PICK UP TODAY AND SINCE PART OF MONDAY’S GARBAGE ROUTES WERE ALSO MISSED, THEY WILL BE COLLECTED ON WEDNESDAY.THAT MEANS WEDNESDAY’S TRASH ROUTES WILL NOW BE COLLECTED ON THURSDAY.THE THURSDAY AND FRIDAY ROUTES WILL ALSO BE A DAY LATER.last_img

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Principals Must be Trained at NCEL

first_imgIt will soon become a requirement for educators to undergo training by the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), for promotion to the position of principals and vice principals.This was stated  by Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House, on May 15.“We understand the need for strong trained leadership in our schools,” the Minister emphasised.He further informed that the NCEL will train 300 principals and education officers this year, noting that last financial year the college facilitated the training of three cohorts of school leaders, comprising 217 principals and education officers.In the meantime, the Minister pointed out that a careful assessment of the functioning of the island’s teachers’ colleges will be undertaken, to encourage closer articulation with local universities and to better align offerings to national needs.“Every year, our 10 teacher training institutions and our universities are graduating nearly 2,000 qualified teachers at great public and private cost, the majority of whom cannot find work in the public education system,” he lamented.The Minister noted, however, that some teacher training institutions are already multi-disciplinary, which is especially required in the fields of science, food production, sports and culture training.CONTACT: ALECIA SMITH-EDWARDSlast_img read more

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Greater Access to Compassionate Care

first_imgThe province would like to hear from Nova Scotians on a proposal to make compassionate care leave accessible to more people. Compassionate care leave provides up to eight weeks of unpaid leave for an employee to care for a family member who is gravely ill and at risk of death. In 2004-2005, about 180 people were granted this leave under the current regulations. About 485,100 people are employed in the province today. During this time away from work, the employee’s job is protected and the employee is eligible to apply for the Federal Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefit. The Department of Environment and Labour is considering amending the provincial Labour Standards Code Regulations to harmonize with changes to the federal Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefit. In June 2006, the federal government expanded the definition of family member as it applies to the compassionate care leave benefit program. That made more workers eligible for employment insurance benefits so they could provide compassionate care. Under the expanded federal definition, employees can now claim benefits to care for a sibling, grandparent, grandchild, in-law, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, foster parent, ward, guardian, or a gravely ill person who considers the employee to be like a family member. The expanded definition is becoming the national standard. The province’s proposed Labour Standards Code changes would make the provincial definition of family member – for the purposes of compassionate care leave – consistent with the federal employment insurance definition. This would ensure that all employees who qualify for the benefit have access to a protected unpaid leave of absence from work. Spouses and common law partners, children and step children, and parents and parents-in-law have always been covered. Any regulatory changes regarding compassionate care leave will be made after considering the outcome of the consultations. A discussion paper titled Enhancing Compassionate Care Leave is available on the Department of Environment and Labour’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla . People are encouraged to comment on the proposed labour code amendment before Aug. 7, by visiting the department’s website. Comments may also be made by calling the Labour Standards Division of the Department of Environment and Labour at 1-888-315-0110, faxing a letter to 902-424-0648, e-mailing labrstd@gov.ns.ca, or by writing to Labour Standards Division, Department of Environment and Labour, P.O. Box 697, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2T8.last_img read more

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Second suspect charged with killing Rankin Inlet boy

first_imgA male adult and youth have been charged in the homicide of Ray Taparti Jr.APTN NewsRCMP have charged a second suspect in the killing of a Rankin Inlet boy in 2017.The suspect is a minor and cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.The charge was announced days after 21-year-old Glen Kadlak Jr. of Rankin Inlet was arrested in Iqaluit, NU., and accused in the homicide of Ray Taparti Jr.Read more: https://aptnnews.ca/2018/10/09/murder-charge-laid-in-death-of-nunavut-boy-12/Taparti was 12 when his body was found in an industrial part of Rankin Inlet after he’d been missing for five days.Kadlak Jr. remains in custody.last_img

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Over 3000 dead as cholera crisis in Zimbabwe worsens says UN health

28 January 2009The death toll from Zimbabwe’s worst ever cholera epidemic has climbed to over 3,000, with more than 57,000 infected by the water-borne disease, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The death toll from Zimbabwe’s worst ever cholera epidemic has climbed to over 3,000, with more than 57,000 infected by the water-borne disease, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.Some 3,028 people have now died from cholera since the outbreak first hit the besieged southern African country about six months ago, with 57 deaths yesterday alone and 102 the day before. WHO also recorded 1,579 new cases of the disease yesterday, brining the total number of people infected in Zimbabwe to 57,702.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced that around 500,000 Zimbabweans are set to benefit from its so-called “Safety Net” activities that support school-based feeding, people affected by HIV/AIDS and mobile and vulnerable populations. The school-based programme, comprising 30 per cent of the agency’s safety net programme, is dependent on the start of the school term, which may be delayed. WFP’s cholera response has begun in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces, which has reached 12,600 patients and staff to date. In addition, WFP has established three new partnerships for cholera food support that will support people in seven districts. The cholera epidemic is just the latest crisis to strike Zimbabwe, which has been faced with a worsening humanitarian situation owing to years of failed harvests, bad governance and hyperinflation, as well as months of political tensions after disputed presidential elections in March involving the incumbent Robert Mugabe and the opposition figure Morgan Tsvangirai. Cholera is a diarrhoeal disease caused by infection of the intestine. In five to 10 per cent of cases patients develop severe watery diarrhoea and vomiting from six hours to five days after exposure to the bacterium. The loss of large amounts of fluids can rapidly lead to severe dehydration and without proper treatment, death can occur within hours. Those who are malnourished or already have intestinal parasites can be at especially high risk of death. read more

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Closer ties sought between Security Council UNICEF to boost UN work for

“I am convinced that we should go beyond expressions of support and recognize that it is also important to create opportunities to promote cooperation and collaboration between the intergovernmental organs of the United Nations system that have the capacity to affect situations on the ground,” Ambassador Moctar Ouane of Mali said in an address this morning to the UNICEF Executive Board as it discussed the Council’s work on the question of children in armed conflict, particularly in West Africa.Noting that this topic had been a key issue on the Council’s agenda over the past years, Ambassador Ouane stressed that commitments alone, made in deliberations and resolutions, were not enough: “It is necessary for these decisions to make a real difference in the lives of children in the field.” The Council has scheduled an open-ended debate for 18 December to examine the issue, Ambassador Ouane said, pointing out that the scope for action on behalf of children in West Africa was enormous. “We hope to give a regional approach to the conflicts and hopefully, to give due attention to the issue of children affected by armed conflict.”Meanwhile, UNICEF launched today a new publication focusing on the sexual exploitation of children. The agency’s Deputy Director, Kul Gautam, told a UN press conference that the report, entitled “Profiting from Abuse,” offered an in-depth look at the commercial exploitation of children and detailed the scope and toll of that scourge, including testimonials from abused women and children.Mr. Gautam said that there were few examples of violations of children’s rights that were more shocking and intolerable than the sale and sexual abuse of children and called for a coordinated global effort to “once and for all” stamp out the networks that bought millions of children like chattel to be sold worldwide as sex slaves.The report’s launch coincided with the convening of the Second World Congress against Commercial Exploitation of Children, which opens Monday in Yokohama, Japan, and runs through 20 December. During the conference, which is co-sponsored by UNICEF, the agency’s call would be “zero tolerance” of children’s sexual exploitation – putting an end to the trafficking of children, their sale and barter, imprisonment and torture. read more

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At UN Assembly speakers from African nations spotlight sustainable development efforts to

He said the founding fathers of the United Nations wanted to promote social progress and better living conditions for everyone. There had been much human progress and scientific and technological improvements since then. Yet, even with the undeniable advances, the international community must address the numerous existing weaknesses in order to ban the spectre of war. “There are now many conflicts fed by non-State actors and small extremist groups, even pirates,” he said, also stressing that climate change, with its dangerous effects on the environment, and the migration crisis were among the crises representing threats to the stability of States everywhere.Africa had not been spared the spate of conflicts, he said, highlighting the terrorist threats created by Boko Haram in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, for which an international response was needed. Tensions persisted in Mali and South Sudan as well as an ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic, requiring the international community’s support.“Peace and stability should be backed by a minimum of economic development that benefits the broadest number of people,” he said. An effective platform of financing for sustainable development is therefore necessary. To this end, Congo had a national sustainable development strategy that it would pursue.Also taking the floor, Niger’s Minister of State, Aïchatou Boulama Kané, said the situation in Libya is a serious threat to her country and to the entire Sahel region. Niger is actively committed to combatting the scourge of terrorism in all its forms in cooperation with its partners, she said. Foreign Minister Aïchatou Kané Boulama of Niger addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Kim HaughtonShe called for greater international support for the Libyan people in their fight against terrorist groups which are compromising efforts at genuine national reconciliation – a “sine quo non condition to restoring peace and stability” and to the economic and social development of the country. As for “the Boko Haram” sect which is disturbing the peace in the Lake Chad Basin, she continued, it will surely be defeated by the multilateral joint force established by Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, Chad and the members of the Lake Chad Basin, as well as Benin. While the wounds left by the structural adjustment programmes from 1980 to 1990 had not yet healed, the economic and financial crisis of 2008 had caused further difficulties, leaving the economies of the developing countries particularly vulnerable, she continued. Niger is implementing a programme of economic growth and development aimed at providing access to basic social services for all people, she said, stressing the importance of financing for development, capacity-building assistance, facilitation of trade, technology and private investment as necessary ingredients toward achieving the goals of the 2030 Development Agenda.At the same time, Ms. Boulama Kané continued, good governance is an essential part of development and she called on “all partners” to support Niger in its 2016 presidential, legislative and local elections to ensure that they are transparent, free and inclusive. “The international system also needs democratic governance,” she added, as the challenges it faces are of a “planetary nature” and require a global response. In its 70th year, the United Nations should examine itself and make adjustments to reflect the current reality of the present-day world, particularly the workings of the Security Council and the General Assembly.The Permanent Representative of Guinea-Bissau to the United Nations, João Soares Da Gama said that despite the recurrent instability, his country’s determination to build a viable State remains intact. With the return to constitutional normality, the Government has made efforts to provide basic conditions required to relaunch its economy and tackle new challenges in consolidating peace and security. Ambassador João Soares Da Gama of Guinea-Bissau to the United Nations addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Kim HaughtonThe 2015-2025 “Terra Ranka” Development Strategy would guide Government actions, he continued, explain that the framework is consistent with the goals established in the 2030 Agenda. The implementation of that Agenda would contribute to his country’s sustainable development. In the same vein, the fulfilment by donor countries of their commitments to public development aid and other funding was crucial for the most vulnerable countries. read more

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Dangerous rhetoric overconfidence increase risk of conflict on Korean Peninsula UN chief

“While all concerned seek to avoid an accidental escalation leading to conflict, the risk is being multiplied by misplaced over-confidence, dangerous narratives and rhetoric, and the lack of communication channels,” the Secretary-General told the UN Security Council’s ministerial-level meeting, convened by Japan, on the challenges posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to international peace and security. Describing the situation on the Korean Peninsula as “the most tense and dangerous peace and security issue in the world today,” he warned: “Any military action would have devastating and unpredictable consequences.”In his briefing, Mr. Guterres said that unity of the Security Council is essential to achieve the goal of denuclearization in a peaceful manner and underscored that communication channels, including military-to-military ones have to be re-established and strengthened to reduce tensions in the region. “The [UN] Secretariat and I are your partner in this effort. My good offices remain always available,” he added. Mr. Guterres also noted the need to disassociate the peace and security situation in the DPRK from the humanitarian needs in the country. Seventy per cent of the country’s population is affected by food insecurity and 40 per cent are malnourished and some $114 million is needed to meet urgent requirements. However, the 2017 DPRK Humanitarian Needs and Priorities appeal is only 30 per cent funded. Urging UN Member States, in particular those represented the Security Council, to consider the humanitarian imperatives, Mr. Guterres said: “The people of the DPRK need our generosity and help.” Diplomatic engagement is the only pathway to sustainable peace and denuclearizationUN chief GuterresConcluding his remarks, the Secretary-General pointed to the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and expressed hope that the DRPK would take part. “As the General Assembly has recognized, these Games can foster an atmosphere of peace, development, tolerance and understanding on the Korean Peninsula and beyond. We need to spread and deepen that spirit of hope and possibility,” he said, urging for diplomatic engagement to sustainable peace and denuclearization.“We must do everything we can to reach that objective – and avoid a level of danger that would be unpredictable in its trajectory and catastrophic in its consequences,” said Mr. Guterres.The ministerial-level meeting was convened by Japan, in its capacity as the President of the 15-member Council for the month of December. In addition to Taro Kono of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, which holds the Council presidency for the month, ministers from other Security Council member States, including Sweden (Margot Wallström), Ukraine (Pavlo Klimkin), the United Kingdom (Mark Field), and the United States (Rex Tillerson) were at the meeting. read more

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Mondays Daily Brief Ozone layer heals regional conflagration risk rises over oilfield

At the current momentum, scientists predict the planet’s protective shield of gas – or ozone layer as we know it – will be completely healed as far as some regions of the planet are concerned, by the 2030’s, the UN’s environmental agency (UNEP) has revealed.The recognition of this success comes on World Ozone Day, marked 16 September. This year celebrates “32 Years and Healing”; a commemoration of the international commitment to protect the ozone later and the climate under the historic Montreal Protocol, which has led to the phase-out of 99 per cent of ozone-depleting chemicals.Read more here.Attack on Saudi facilities risks dragging Yemen into ‘regional conflagration’: UN Envoy Armed conflict in South Sudan has declined in intensity nationwide but sexual violence continues to plague communities, UN-appointed independent investigators said on Monday. In an update to the Human Rights Council, the  Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan said that women in the northern town of Bentiu, as well as Yei and Wau states, say they are still victims of high levels of sexually-motivated attacks. Although the panel’s report does not indicate the number of incidents, chairperson of the panel Yasmin Sooka insisted that rape “has not stopped” in the east African country. Attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, claimed by rebel fighters in Yemen, are a sign that the war-torn country could be drawn into even greater conflict, the top United Nations official there told the Security Council.Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said there is “no time to waste” in ending four years of fighting between Houthi rebels and the internationally-recognized Government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, which has pushed the country to the brink of famine.Get our full coverage here.‘Champion for multilateralism’ readies to hand over UN General Assembly gavel Ozone on track to heal completely in our lifetime, UN environment agency declares on World Day A new humanitarian snapshot from the UN’s Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for Asia and the Pacific shows that between intensified conflict and serious disasters, thousands remain displaced in the region. At least 40,000 Lao people and 24,000 in Northern Thailand were counted displaced in the last week, with 32 people reportedly killed, all due to severe flooding caused by two major tropical storms, Podul and Kajiki. Heavy rains in Bangladesh have flooded refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, affecting some 28,000 people, while in the Philippines, moderate to heavy rains wrought by Tropical Depression Marilyn prompted evacuations, as high tides damaged homes and caused river overflows. Meanwhile in Myanmar, a flareup in conflict between the country’s military and Tan’ang National Liberation Army on 13 September have displaced more than 1,200 people (mostly elderly and children) in just three days. Sexual violence still going unpunished in South Sudan Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya who remain in Myanmar may face a greater threat of genocide than ever, amid Government attempts to “erase their identity and remove them from the country”, UN-appointed independent investigators say.In a report detailing alleged violations in Myanmar over the last year, the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission, insists that many of the conditions that led to “killings, rapes and gang rapes, torture, forced displacement and other grave rights violations” by the country’s military, that prompted some 700,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh in 2017, are still present.Read our full story here.Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 9 September, on Soundcloud: Through consultation, collaboration and consensus, the UN chief on Monday described outgoing President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, as “a champion for multilateralism” who had succeeded in making the United Nations “relevant to all”.As “our universal platform to build consensus for the common good”, he said it had been his “privilege” to work with the Assembly under the leadership of Ms. Espinosa, the fourth woman to serve as the body’s President.The UN chief commended her “ambitious priorities for this session, which addressed crucial matters of international impact and concern, including gender equality, migration and refugees, decent work for all, environmental protection, the rights of people with disabilities, promoting the voices of young people to advance peace and security, and revitalizing the work of the United Nations”. Read the full story here.Flooding displaces 64,000 in Laos and Thailand, 1,200 more in Myanmar due to conflict Genocide threat for Myanmar’s Rohingya greater than ever, investigators warn Human Rights Council read more

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Awardwinning comedian accuses Cancer Research of fatshaming for launching campaign against obesity

first_img 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. Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert, said: “The aim of the charity’s campaign is to raise awareness of the fact that obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking. This is not about fat shaming. It is based on scientific evidence and designed to give important information to the public. Only 15% of people are aware that obesity is a cause of cancer. Cancer Research UK has a duty to put that message in the public domain. A tweet featuring the campaign I have to pass it three times on my journey to and from work and one of them is a house-sized billboard. I’m stopping ANY support of @CRUK_Policy until they quit shaming me.— Beyond Chocolate (@beyondchoc) February 28, 2018 The campaign, which offended the comedian Hagen, 29, who has appeared on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and on Live At The BBC, refuted this explanation and said that dieting is in fact harmful. “In addition to raising awareness, the campaign aims to help stem the rising tide of obesity by urging the government to create a climate that makes healthier food choices easier for everyone.” Obesity is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking. But how exactly can it increase cancer risk? https://t.co/69qBE5Hoaz pic.twitter.com/BTzAFil6uc— Cancer Research UK (@CR_UK) March 1, 2018 The campaign, which offended the comedian A tweet featuring the campaign Another tweeted: “I KEEP SEEING THIS and was going to say something today. How the f— do we get rid of it?”However, the campaign also has supporters. A Twitter user responded: “I got taught this in primary school, if you smoke/become obese your chances of getting cancer increase. In no way is it offensive – you may feel personally attacked but the point in this advert is to raise awareness.”Another said: “It’s OK because it’s based on scientific data. You’re offended because you’ve interpreted it emotionally. @CR_UK is trying to raise awareness as a preventative measure. Don’t knock them – they do amazing work.” An award-winning comedian has accused Cancer Research of “fat-shaming” after they launched a campaign against obesity.Sofie Hagen, a Danish-born comedian who has lived in the UK since 2012 and appeared on the BBC multiple times, tweeted a picture of the poster, which spells out “OBESITY” with some missing letters, and asks readers to guess what the biggest cause of cancer is, after smoking.Another advertisement in the campaign features chips presented in a cigarette packet.She wrote: “Right, is anyone currently working on getting this piece of s— CancerResearchUK advert removed from everywhere? Is there something I can sign? How the f—ing f— is this okay?”Angry campaigners have called for the campaign to be pulled, and some have said they will stop donating to Cancer Research because of the “fat-shaming” campaign.The charity defended itself, telling The Telegraph the campaign is based on science and is not meant to “shame” anyone. She tweeted: “BMI has been debunked DECADES ago. It’s not a valid way of measuring anything. On the contrary, DIETING has been proved TIME AND TIME again to be one of the worst thing you can do to your body. Your campaign is so damaging and fatshaming and I really hope it gets taken down.”One of her supporters also posted: “I have to pass it three times on my journey to and from work and one of them is a house-sized billboard. I’m stopping ANY support of @CRUK_Policy until they quit shaming me.”last_img read more

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Emancipation Day 2017 Messages

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEmancipation GreetingsAugust 1, 2014In “Business”Emancipation Messages 2018August 1, 2018In “latest news”President calls on villages to return to historical pillars of successAugust 1, 2016In “latest news” President David GrangerEmancipation Day – on 1st August 1838 – marked the end of over 200 years of enslavement in the colonies of Demerara-Essequibo and Berbice. This day marked, also, the start of Guyanese nationhood.Emancipation enabled Africans who had been enslaved on the plantations to gain their freedom. It triggered, also, the immigration of Portuguese, Indian and Chinese indentured labourers. The descendants of these peoples, together with the indigenous Amerindians, make up the population of the free nation of Guyana today.Emancipation was the opportunity for people from four continents to build better lives for themselves and generations to come. They embarked on a series of movements to transform the colonial landscape and the peoples’ livelihoods.The great ‘Village Movement’ started in 1839. This led, eventually, to the ‘political movement’ for civil rights and constitutional change and to the ‘labour movement’ for the improvement of conditions of work in urban and rural areas.Emancipation Day, therefore, is a most auspicious event of Guyana’s history which should be observed by all. It was, indeed, the start of the process by which the plantations became the foundation of one nation and through which the various peoples began to live and work together in pursuit of a common destiny.Happy Emancipation Day to all Guyanese!People’s Progressive PartyThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) wishes to extend warmest Emancipation greetings to every Guyanese, especially our Afro-Guyanese brothers and sisters.Slavery remains the most cruel and inhumane system of subjugation and discrimination known to human history. The celebration of its abolition is the right and duty of every single human being.Under the most intolerable and horrendous conditions, the slaves were able to mobilize and struggle relentlessly for their freedom. When freedom finally came, the freed slaves and their descendants, though uneducated, demonstrated an exceptional degree of industry, thrift and financial acumen and hence, were able to acquire large portions of land, which today remains the foundation of our village movement and subsistence cash crop industry.Indeed, the contributions of slaves and their descendants to every facet of life in this nation is simply immeasurable and it would be impossible to accurately capture in a mere statement of this nature.As we celebrate this important historic and national occasion, we urge every Guyanese not only to reflect upon the herculean sacrifices of the slaves and their descendants, their incomparable struggles and their remarkable achievements, but also to use them as a source of inspiration and guide as we continue to work together to build a united and democratic nation, free from poverty and discrimination and one in which every Guyanese believes that he/she can achieve his/her true potential.Happy Emancipation Day to all.GAWUThe final “full freedom” of Emancipation was won after decades of death, suffering, slavery and exploitation from 1763 through 1823 to 1834 and finally 1838.The spirit of yearning for freedom – that liberty of mind, body and soul from ownership by others never deserted the African slaves and the indentured contracted workers who followed them after full Emancipation in 1838. Numerous were the uprisings, rebellions, protests, riots and strikes. Emancipation never came willingly or cheaply from the colonialists.Against those sentiments, GAWU salutes the memory of those was struggled and sacrificed for freedom and the descendants of our African forefathers who today have hopefully inherited their spirit of justice and true freedom from those who dared to stand up against the brutal, enslaving colonial system.It is now popular to repeat that “had there been no Emancipation there would have been no Arrival”. But it is still a valid observation of our shared history. Both slaves “apprentices” and indentured labourers were children of the plantation – however illegitimate they were made to be. Sugar is the historical reason for today’s diverse demography we know as Guyanese society.It is perhaps a curious but understandable fact of Guyana’s socio-economic history that sugar brought us together, often forged bonds of collective struggle against the plantocracy and for independence.GAWU feels that this Emancipation 2017 period should re-inforce in us all the lessons of the post-1838 history. In unity, strength is most sustained. Today, sugar workers are at a low ebb facing the disaster of unemployment as government flounders to fashion a valid structured lasting plan to rescue an historic industry. Closure threatens thousands – both sugar workers and other members of the working-class. As with the forced apprentices in 1838 today’s sugar workers face a bleak, hopeless future unless, economic sense prevails and the workers’ representatives are listened to with serious intent.The descendants of Emancipation must all share in equal opportunity as our natural and human resources become available to development for all. No group should be favoured or discriminated against because of political expediency.  It is such approaches will help preserve and give enduring meaning to achievements like emancipation and independence.GAWU urges reflection at this time. Emancipation, Arrival and today’s Challenges are issues that held lessons for us and guide us in our pursuit and future endeavours. Let us heed them on Emancipation Day and onwards.A pleasant Emancipation Observance 2017 from GAWU. read more

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