Protect indigenous peoples land rights and the whole world will benefit UN

In her opening remarks to the Forum in New York, the chairperson, Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, a medical doctor from Timbuktu, Mali, called the land husbandry of Aboriginal peoples “part of our history and heritage.”But few countries have acted to defend these peoples’ collective rights, she added.“Law enforcement is inadequate or non-existent, and other elements of Legislation goes against these rights,” she said. Measures necessary to give meaning to land rights, such as tenure delimitation and allocating title deeds, are often not implemented.Moreover, she continued, those who defend indigenous rights continue to be targeted when they raise their voices – particularly when States or private actors seek their resources for aggressive development such as logging.“As long as our rights over our lands, territories and resources are not recognized,” she added, indigenous people risk falling far short of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.“In the same way,” she said, “the world risks losing the fight against climate change and the destruction of the environment.” UN Photo/Evan SchneiderParticipants of the seventeenth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.UN for all peoplesGeneral Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák reminded everyone “The United Nations is here for people. And that includes indigenous people.”“But we cannot yet say that this Organization has opened its doors wide enough,” he said. “And so, we need to be more ambitious.”Mr. Lajčák, of Slovakia painted a grim picture of the situation facing indigenous people today, pointing out that while they make up only five per cent of the world’s population, they comprise 15 per cent of the world’s poorest people.“That is shocking,” he said, adding that their human rights are being violated, they are being excluded and marginalized and face violence for asserting their basic rights.Focusing on the theme of indigenous land, territories and resources, he said: “Indigenous people are being dispossessed. They are losing the lands their ancestors called home.”But with global attention to indigenous rights on the rise, Mr. Lajčák saw reasons for hope, as well. “The signs do look positive,” he said, noting that the UN teams on the ground are developing stronger partnerships, determined to make these communities stronger.“We should be hopeful. But we cannot ignore the very real, and very serious, challenges. They cast a shadow over the future of many indigenous communities. And they demand our urgent attention,” he said.When Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, spoke, he explained how for 500 years the indigenous people of America have waged a resistance campaign to defend their dignity and identity.“We are all descendants of Mother Earth, so we are all brothers and sisters,” he underscored.The annual Forum, the seventeenth, opened to a ceremonial cultural performance and a traditional welcome by Todadaho Sid Hill, Chief of the Onondaga Nation, located in New York.Established in 2000, the forum provides expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the UN’s Economic and Social Council as well as to specialized agencies that work on issues like development, agriculture, environmental protection and human rights. read more

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Carnage must stop in northwest Syria demands Lowcock as attacks intensify

Last September, in an effort to stave off a humanitarian disaster in and around Idlib, a deconfliction zone was established through a Memorandum of Understanding between Russia and Turkey, which separated pro-Government forces and militant opposition fighters. But in the last three months, fighting has intensified again as extremists have become the dominant force within the rebel coalition, and the Government appears determined to recapture all territory lost during more than eight years of brutal conflict.Since 1 July, at least six health facilities, five schools, three water stations, two bakeries, and one ambulance have been damaged or destroyed”, said Mr. Lowcock in a statement, after briefing the Security Council behind closed doors. Entire villages have been destroyed and emptied. On 16 July we received reports of an attack on the main market street of Ma’ar Shureen village leaving 12 people dead, including a child, and 20 more injured. The carnage must stop”, he said.He noted with particular concern, an attack on 10 July on Ma’arat National Hospital, which was carried out despite its coordinates and location being well known.“Referrals from throughout the region stream into the hospital, and it manages as many as 20,000 cases a month. There were reportedly 250 people in the hospital when the attack took place, including many requiring emergency care. The hospital has now resumed functioning. I call again for it to be protected”, he said.The relief chief condemned “the unjustified and unwarranted brutality that civilians are being forced to endure in Idleb”, noting that OCHA had significantly scaled up humanitarian cross-border operations “to ease the suffering and meet the needs of the population, particularly for the over 330,000 people who have fled to the northern part of Idleb during the current fighting.”However, he warned that delivering humanitarian assistance in areas where military operations were ongoing “is difficult, and sometimes impossible”.Mr. Lowcock called on all involved in the fighting to: * End the killing of civilians and destruction of civilian infrastructure.* Respect, and investigate breaches of, international humanitarian law. * And finally, ensure access to areas currently inaccessible to humanitarian assistance. “People around the world have watched in horror as war planes and artillery shelling kill and injure civilians and destroy civilian infrastructure. In the last 80 days we have seen more than 350 civilians killed, many more injured, and 330,000 people displaced”, said Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and head of OCHA.For 80 days people around the 🌎 have watched in horror as war planes & artillery shelling kill and injure civilians & destroy civilian infrastructure. 350 civilians killedmany more injured330,000 people displacedThis carnage must stop. It must.https://t.co/ny8DN07mu1— Mark Lowcock (@UNReliefChief) July 18, 2019 read more

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SMMT Budget response

*An SMMT survey, commissioned in November 2004 among senior industry executives, showed that 95 per cent felt that the burden of legislation would add significant costs to their business in the next five years. Automotive Manufacturing – the Industry Perspective is available to download from http://lib.smmt.co.uk/articles/news/News/issues%20survey.pdfClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The industry had urged stability in taxation and greater clarity on incentives to promote cleaner fuel and vehicle technologies in its Budget submission. Today’s statement presented a mixed bag. SMMT today welcomed plans to introduce guidelines for the implementation of new EU regulations. The announcement by Chancellor Gordon Brown in his Budget, will reassure an industry which has consistently raised concerns about increases in the regulatory burden and the effect that ‘gold plating’ has on UK competitiveness.* Cleaner vehicle incentives SMMT is disappointed that the Chancellor failed to address concerns about cleaner vehicle incentives. Following the collapse of the Powershift scheme, manufacturers now need clear direction so they can plan for the introduction of the most environmentally friendly new vehicles. Government must address this urgently through dialogue with the industry on a new scheme based on stability and a technology-neutral approach. R&D Plans to enhance R&D tax credits have been welcomed by SMMT. The move should ensure that more companies in the automotive sector are encouraged to allocate greater resource to this key area. Chancellor follows industry lead on new car labelling The UK motor industry has taken a lead in producing better consumer information for new car buyers through its colour-coded label. Changing the way VED bands are categorised will now mirror the label’s A-F format, making the relationship between lower CO2 emissions and lower taxation clearer. SMMT is encouraged by the Chancellor’s decision to defer fuel duty rate rises until September 2005. However, with a volatile global oil market, the industry remains cautious about the cost burden that future ad hoc above inflation increases will bring for consumers after the election. Taxation SMMT has welcomed the freeze on corporation tax and the climate change levy. News that the minimum threshold for company car tax will be held at 140g/km of CO2 until 2007/08, has also been welcomed. It is a decision that brings long-term clarity to the new car fleet market. SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan, commented, ‘This is news that will be widely welcomed by all motor manufacturers. Today’s commitment to a light regulatory touch follows improved dialogue between industry and the government and should prevent unnecessary burdens on a sector facing rising supply chain costs and exchange rate pressures.’ read more

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Carbon Emery Compete in January Swim Invitational

ETV News stock photo by Dusty ButlerThe Carbon and Emery swim teams participated in the January Invitational in Cedar City over the weekend. Canyon View High hosted the massive meet that included over 500 swimmers, including participants from two 6A schools and five 4A schools.While there were many athletes from both Carbon and Emery that competed well in their respective meets, only the athletes that finished in the top 10% of the competition will be highlighted in this article.In the girls’ 200 medley relay, Emery took second place with Carbon finishing fourth. The Lady Spartans relay also took third in the 400 free. Carbon’s  200 free girls relay team reached the podium with a third place finish. The Emery boys’ relay won the 400 free competition and also found success in the 200 medley relay, finishing third.Kaelle Hooley (EHS) finished fourth in the 50 and 100 free events, which had over 85 and 110 competitors, respectively. Megan Swasey (CHS) reached the podium when she placed third in the 100 backstroke.Keldan Guymon (EHS) was the lone Castle Country resident to finish on top in an individual event. He accomplished the feat when he won by over a second in the 200 IM. He also placed second in a nail-biter in the 100 breaststroke, one hundredth of a second behind the winner, Trevor Ames (Layton).Emery finished fourth and sixth in the girls’ and boys’ team rankings, respectively. Carbon followed Emery in the girls’ rankings, grabbing the fifth place spot, and ended 12 in the boys’ rankings. The Spartans also tied for fourth in the combined team scores behind Cedar City, Uintah and Copper Hills. Carbon finished ninth. read more

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Brocks annual emergency exercise wraps up

Members of the Niagara Regional Police’s Emergency Task Unit in Cairns Complex today during Brock’s annual emergency training exercise. Today’s annual emergency training exercise at Brock University is now completed.The exercise was used to test Brock’s Emergency Management Team on aspects of emergency management and response as mandated by its Emergency Management Plan.For the exercise, Brock teamed up with Niagara Regional Police Services (NRPS).Both groups participated in a joint scenario developed by Campus Security that involved members of the University’s Emergency Response Team and Crisis Management Group, as well as the NRPS’ Emergency Task Unit and other uniformed officers.Brock and NRPS officials will now compare notes and identify areas for improvement moving forward in order to continue to enhance campus safety and security for both the University and Niagara communities. read more

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Asbestos management program updated

Brock University’s Health, Safety and Wellness department is launching an updated Asbestos Management Program.The university’s new program is fully compliant with the legislative requirements outlined under the Ontario Regulation, Asbestos on Construction Projects in Building and Repair Operations (O. Reg. 278/05).Modernization of the Asbestos Management Program includes an updated Asbestos Management Plan, training and easier access to the university’s Asbestos Inventory.As part of the update, every employee will now have access to the university’s Asbestos Inventory and the Asbestos Management Plan through the portal at my.brocku.ca. Specific training on the plan will be available for applicable departments.As part of the launch of the Asbestos Management Program, Asbestos Awareness Training has been made available to all Brock employees and will be mandatory for employees who perform work that disturbs building materials in close proximity to asbestos containing materials.Supervisors of Brock employees are responsible for identifying those who require training. Training for the Brock community will be predominantly delivered online through the learning management system Isaak/Sakai. Departments can also request an in-class training session by contacting Health, Safety & Wellness via email at besafe@brocku.ca.Information outlining the program, including links to all the different program elements and the emergency reporting procedure in the event of a suspected asbestos disturbance will be available from the Environmental Safety tab via the Health, Safety and Wellness website. read more

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Clemons has 22 as Campbell scorches Trinity Baptist 7929

BUIES CREEK, N.C. — Chris Clemons, the nation’s leading scorer, continued to rack up the points, totalling 22 as Campbell scorched Trinity Baptist 79-29 on Thursday night.Clemons, a senior who averages 33.8 points a game, had a season-high 45 in a loss to Georgetown on Saturday night. It was the fourth game of his career with 40 points or more. Clemons scored a career-high 51 in an 81-79 win over UNC Asheville during his sophomore season. He has also scored 39 twice. Cory Gensler added 15 points with seven rebounds, Brooks Cluxton had nine points and Ja’Cor Nelson had six points with six assists and five steals.Campbell (4-3) sprinted to a 16-2 lead and was up 21-6 midway through the first half. The Fighting Camels took a 38-15 lead into the break and opened the second half on a 24-2 run, limiting Trinity Baptist to just seven points in the first 15 minutes of the final period.Campbell was 29 of 61 from the field (49 per cent) while limiting the Eagles to 12-of-52 shooting (23 per cent). The Camels also made all 11 free-throw attempts.Steven Branch led Trinity Baptist, a National Christian College Athletic Association school, with eight points.The Associated Press read more

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Freshman Wang leads Penn to 8975 upset win over Miami

PHILADELPHIA — Freshman Michael Wang scored a career-high 23 points off the bench, AJ Brodeur had 18 points, and Penn upset Miami 89-75 on Tuesday night at the Palestra.Devon Goodman added 16 points for the Quakers (7-2), who made 13 3-pointers to beat a team from a Power Five conference team for the first time since the 2002-03 season.Zach Johnson scored 17 points and Chris Lykes had 16 for the Hurricanes (5-4), who have lost four straight and two in a row to Ivy League teams after a 77-73 defeat to Yale on Saturday.With Miami trailing by 17 with less than 8 minutes left, Lykes reeled off eight straight points to pull the Canes within nine and a Johnson jumper got them within four with 3:20 to go. But Goodman made two straight acrobatic layups to snap a five-minute scoreless drought for Penn and kickstart a 9-0 run that derailed Miami’s comeback bid.Although the Hurricanes were allowing opponents to shoot just 27.3 per cent from 3-point range coming in, the Quakers blitzed them for 11 3s in the first half on 18 attempts to take a 50-36 halftime lead. Wang led the way with four 3s before the break and the freshman forward from California finished 9 for 12 from the field and 5 for 6 from 3-point range.Penn extended its lead to 19 on a Jake Silpe 3-pointer midway through the second half, giving the Quakers enough cushion to hold on for the first win over ACC team since they knocked off Georgia Tech on Nov. 19, 2001.BIG PICTUREMiami: After opening the season with five straight wins, the Hurricanes are now in somewhat of a freefall heading into a two-week layoff for finals. They’ve been playing without top big man Dewan Hernandez while the school and NCAA reviews his eligibility.Penn: The reigning Ivy League champs are looking like a very dangerous mid-major squad once again, even after losing last season’s top scorer Ryan Betley to a season-ending knee injury in the opener.UP NEXTMiami kicks off a four-game homestand vs. Houston Baptist on Dec. 19.Penn hosts defending national champion Villanova in a Philadelphia Big 5 matchup next Tuesday at the Palestra.Dave Zeitlin, The Associated Press read more

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Ohio State baseball falls to Iowa via walkoff blast in Big Ten

Strong pitching may have highlighted the first-round Big Ten tournament matchup between Ohio State and Iowa, but it was a pair of big blasts that decided the contest.Iowa senior infielder Nick Day hit a two-out, two-run homer off Ohio State senior closer Trace Dempsey to deliver a 3-2 victory for the second-seeded Hawkeyes at Target Field in Minneapolis.Dempsey retired the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth in short order but walked pinch hitter Eric Schenck-Joblinske to put the winning run at the plate in Day.Day’s heroics came shortly after OSU senior outfielder Pat Porter hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning to put OSU up 2-1.OSU sophomore right-hander Travis Lakins and Iowa junior right-hander Tyler Peyton battled deep into the game, with Iowa scoring early and OSU answering late.The Hawkeyes got on the board in the second inning, when a walk and single to start the inning set up a sacrifice bunt and RBI groundout.Lakins would settle in from there, not allowing a run the rest of the way, but OSU was unable to break through against Peyton — until the top of the seventh.OSU chased Peyton after tying the game with a double and single to lead off the inning putting runners on the corners. Freshman outfielder Tre’ Gantt then tied the game with a sacrifice fly.OSU continued to threaten in the inning with two runners on against Iowa reliever Nick Hibbing, but the senior retired sophomore infielder L Grant Davis and sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery to get out of the jam and keep the game tied.After Lakins got out of the bottom of the frame after allowing a leadoff hit, Porter blasted a one-out pitch from Hibbing over the right-field wall at Target Field in the following inning.Porter had three hits in four at-bats on the afternoon. Junior first baseman Zach Ratcliff also had multiple hits for the Buckeyes.Lakins, after giving up 19 runs in his previous three starts, was much better Wednesday, throwing eight innings of one-run ball. He allowed six hits and struck out six.OSU has now lost nine of 10 conference games. It was the first meeting between OSU and Iowa this season.Prior to the game, Michigan defeated Indiana 4-1 to advance to the winner’s bracket. As a result, the Buckeyes will face the Hoosiers, who swept them last weekend, in the loser’s bracket, with the loser being knocked out of the tournament.OSU’s contest against Indiana is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Target Field. Senior left-hander Ryan Riga is set to get the start for the Buckeyes. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball sustains momentum with 6444 win over Mercer

OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) looks to make a pass during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-57.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorRiding the momentum from its 74-67 upset victory over the Kentucky Wildcats, the Ohio State men’s basketball team defeated the Mercer Bears 64-44 on Tuesday night in Columbus. The Buckeyes were powered by their dominance in the paint, outscoring Mercer 42-24. They moved to 7-5 on the season, with one more nonconference game remaining on the docket before the Big Ten schedule begins.The victory was not easy for the Buckeyes, as the team struggled in the first half. The Bears held the Buckeyes to 11-of-29 (38 percent) from the field in the first 20 minutes, including an abysmal 0-of-9 from 3-point range. The sloppy first half was marred by 11 turnovers for the Buckeyes, who couldn’t seem to find an answer for Mercer’s 2-3 zone defense. The second half, however, was a completely different story, as it didn’t take long for the Buckeyes to set the tone. Two big dunks, one a put-back jam from redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson and another a coast-to-coast jam by sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate, provided a spark the OSU offense desperately needed.  “Trevor’s tip-dunk to start the second half was a big-time play for us, kinda got us going,” OSU coach Thad Matta said.Two conventional 3-point plays later, OSU found itself with a 10-point lead that it would not relinquish. The Buckeyes closed the game out strong as the lead grew to 20 points, their highest peak, to end the game. Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle led the Buckeyes with 18 points and three assists, on a night where the 3-ball simply would not drop. Matta attributed his improved play to a better feel for the offense. “JaQuan, in the second half, really kinda got rolling, which ignited us,” Matta said. “I think with JaQuan he’s still a work in progress, but his attention to detail has been a lot better. He’s starting to get a sense of what we’re trying to do, what we need to do, and that’s a big thing for us.” Lyle agreed that having a better feel for the offense and “just playing basketball” are the reasons for leading the Buckeye offense to victory. “I think last week I let Kentucky’s guards speed me up a little bit, but these past couple days in practice I’ve been getting extra work in, pacing myself throughout,” he said.Matta said he was happy the outcome of the game turned out in OSU’s favor, noting that the win a few days before Christmas will enable him to have a happier holiday.“All I know is I’m going to have a better Christmas, than if we lost this game,” Matta said. “For us we’ve had a tough stretch here, and now they get a couple days to relax. Hopefully these guys get to enjoy a little bit of time with their families.” OSU is set to return from Christmas break to face South Carolina State University at 6 p.m. on Sunday in Columbus. Game notesA scary play for OSU occurred on a loose ball as junior forward Marc Loving was hit in the face chasing after a loose ball. Loving was OK, and he kept playing after shaking off the inadvertent hit. The Buckeyes wore throwbacks jerseys from the early 1990s for the first time this year. OSU finished the game shooting 13.6 percent from 3-point range. read more

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