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Yoga be taught at educational institutions: J-K Guv

first_imgSrinagar, Jun 21 (PTI) Several functions were organised in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir to mark the fourth International Yoga Day, with Governor N N Vohra stressing that yoga be taught at all educational institutions.The governor attended an event organised by the state Directorate of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy at the Sher-i-Kashmir Indoor Sports Complex early morning today, an official spokesman said.Emphasising the importance of yoga for physical and mental fitness, Vohra stressed that it should be taught at educational institutions and special arrangements be made to teach it to senior citizens, the spokesman said. He said the governor observed that yoga is a scientific method maintaining the health and balance of mind and body and its techniques have now been reoriented to suit modern sociological needs and lifestyles, thereby helping in mitigation of diseases and promotion of health.Earlier in the day, Vohra attended a function where over 1000 participants of all age groups participated.The Yoga Day was also observed at the lawns of Raj Bhavan, where experts from Yoga Society of Kashmir conducted a 45-minute session.Functions were also organised by the Central University of Kashmir, IGNOU’s regional centre, Nehru Yuva Kendra. The Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Army also organised functions to mark the occasion. PTI SSB  http://ptinews.com/images/pti.jpgWe bring the World to you”Disclaimer : This e-mail message may contain proprietary, confidential or legally privileged information for the sole use of the person or entity to whom this message was originally addressed. Please delete this e-mail, if it is not meant for you. DPB DPBadvertisementlast_img read more

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Wenger optimistic as he confirms Wilshere ankle injury

first_imgArsenal Wenger optimistic as he confirms Wilshere ankle injury Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 07:40 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jack Wilshere Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Chelsea v Arsenal Chelsea League Cup The 26-year-old midfielder will likely miss at least one game, but his manager was hopeful that he wouldn’t face an extended spell on the sideline Arsene Wenger confirmed Jack Wilshere suffered an ankle injury in Wednesday’s match at Chelsea, but is optimistic the midfielder will not miss much time. Wilshere will be assessed ahead of Arsenal’s weekend trip to Bournemouth after the midfielder sustained the knock in the Carabao Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge.Wenger’s side held out for a 0-0 draw in Wednesday’s first leg but lacked the early control Wilshere gave to their performance when he limped off before the hour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player This setback does not appear to be as serious for the 26-year-old but Wenger told reporters he had suffered a sprain.”He has an ankle sprain and the first look at it was not too bad, but of course for Sunday I think he will be short,” said the Frenchman, who watched the match from the press seats as he continued to serve a touchline ban.”I do not know how long he will be out. It is a shame to lose him when he is in such good form and it was by blocking the shot that turned his ankle. It’s his good ankle so I am quite positive.”Wilshere has entered the final six months of his current deal at Emirates Stadium, and has expressed a desire to commit to fresh terms.Wenger has promised that future talks will be held during the January transfer window, but the club has been slow to move, reportedly waiting on the midfielder to hit his peak form and fitness.  Wilshere spent last season on loan with Bournemouth and struggled to earn his place back in the Arsenal side early on this season. However, his return to form and fitness over recent weeks prompted comparisons to the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. “Jack [Wilshere] proved against Chelsea on Wednesday that he is well and truly back, and a force to be reckoned with,” former Gunners defender Martin Keown wrote in a column for the Daily Mail earlier this month.”He is a superstar approaching the levels of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil but, crucially, he wants to play for Arsenal.”last_img read more

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Virat Kohli’s players give a glimpse of India’s new jersey ahead of 1st Test vs West Indies

first_img Asian News International New DelhiAugust 21, 2019UPDATED: August 21, 2019 20:14 IST Virat Kohli in his new test jersey (Screen grab)HIGHLIGHTSMiddle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane will sport number three jerseySpinner Ravichandran Ashwin will don number 99 whereas Hanuma Vihari will sport number 44India defeated West Indies in the recently concluded T20I and ODI seriesAs India and West Indies get ready to lock horns in the two-match Test series, jersey numbers of Indian cricketers were revealed. Skipper Virat Kohli will be sporting number 18 on his back.The official handle of the Indian cricket team revealed the jersey numbers of the players through Instagram stories. Virat Kohli (Instagram)Middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane will sport number three jersey, bowlers Mohammad Shami and Kuldeep Yadav will be having number 11 and 21 respectively behind their backs. Ajinkya Rahane in new jersey (Instagram Photo) Kuldeep Yadav (Instagram photo) Mohammad Shami (Instagram Photo)Top-order batter Cheteshwar Pujara will be sporting number 25, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will be wearing number 8 jersey.Pacer Ishant Sharma will be sporting number 97, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant will don number 17. Rohit Sharma will sport number 45. Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will don number 99 whereas Hanuma Vihari will sport number 44.The introduction of having numbers behind the Test jerseys has been criticised by several former players.From Cheteshwar Pujara to Rahane, players have expressed their opinions on new jerseys with name and numbers ahead of 1st Test in a video on BCCI.TV.VIDEO: Jersey Nos. Yay or Nay? #TeamIndia share their viewsOur boys will be seen in the new Test jerseys for the first time. How excited are they? – by @28anand #WIvINDFull Interview – https://t.co/DkA168OAXf pic.twitter.com/vRiFywrGhoBCCI (@BCCI) August 21, 2019In the ongoing Ashes, players have been sporting numbered jerseys and this addition has been criticised by former players like Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar and Kevin Pietersen.advertisementThe decision to introduce numbered jerseys was taken by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to make the game more appealing to the youth and this tradition will be followed throughout the World Test Championship.India defeated West Indies in the recently concluded T20I and ODI series.The Men in Blue outclassed Windies 3-0 in the T20Is whereas they defeated them 2-0 in the ODI series.Both teams will now lock horns in the two-match Test series, slated to begin from August 22 in Antigua.The series will be a part of the World Test Championship.Also Read | Virat Kohli chills out at Jolly beach with teammates ahead of 1st Test vs West IndiesAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Test seriesFollow Ind vs WIFollow Kohli jerseyFollow Indian cricketersFollow Virat Kohli Virat Kohli’s players give a glimpse of India’s new jersey ahead of 1st Test vs West IndiesThe decision to introduce numbered jerseys was taken by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to make the game more appealing to the youth and this tradition will be followed throughout the World Test Championship.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Yemen UAEbacked separatists pull back after seizing Aden

first_imgSanna: Yemeni separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates began withdrawing Sunday from positions they seized from the internationally-recognised government in the southern port city of Aden. The Southern Transitional Council had wrested control of the city from government forces after four days of fighting that killed more than 70 people and exposed a major rift in the Saudi-led coalition, which has been battling Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in northern Yemen since 2015. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSaudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates lead the coalition, which is ostensibly fighting the rebels on behalf of the government. But the UAE is the dominant force in the south, where it has an estimated 90,000 allied militiamen and has long been at odds with the government, which is largely based in Saudi Arabia. The two US-allied Gulf monarchies appear to have diverging interests in Yemen, where the stalemated war has spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and drawn mounting criticism in Washington. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSaudi Arabia views the Houthis as a major national security threat, in part because the rebels have launched numerous cross-border missile attacks targeting its capital and other cities. The UAE, which recently began withdrawing troops from Yemen, appears more interested in securing its interests in the south which lies along major trading routes linking Africa to Asia than waging a war that appears increasingly unwinnable. Saudi Arabia had responded angrily to the takeover in Aden, calling for an immediate cease-fire and ordering the separatists to pull back as Saudi troops moved to secure government buildings. On Sunday, Saudi state TV reported that the separatists had begun withdrawing. The coalition said Sunday it struck a target that posed a “direct threat” to the government, without elaborating, and warned of further military action if the separatists did not pull back. Yemeni officials said the UAE-backed fighters had withdrawn from the streets but still held military positions seized in recent days and were still stationed outside the presidential palace. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief media. The crisis began last week during the funeral of a separatist leader killed in a Houthi rocket attack who was laid to rest by supporters in a cemetery near the presidential palace. Supporters attacked the palace, and Hani Bin Braik, a separatist leader and former Cabinet minister, called for the overthrow of the government. The United Arab Emirates and its allies view President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government as being too close to the Muslim Brotherhood, a regional Islamist movement that the Gulf monarchies view as a threat. Bin Braik tweeted Sunday that the Southern Transitional Council would not “negotiate under duress.” He said his group accepts Hadi as president and is committed to the coalition but wants his Cabinet replaced. The government has said it will not negotiate with the separatists until they hand over all the military positions they seized. The southern separatists advocate secession and the division of Yemen into two countries, in the north and south, as it was during much of the Cold War before unifying in 1994.last_img read more

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Former comrades unite to make Kanhaiyas poll debut a success

first_imgNew Delhi: The comrades who had led the movement for release of Kanhaiya Kumar from Tihar in 2016, following his arrest over sedition charges, are now campaigning to send him to the Lok Sabha from Bihar’s Begusarai.Fielded by the CPI, Kumar, a debutant, is pitted against BJP veteran Giriraj Singh and RJD’s Tanveer Hassan in Begusarai, which goes to polls on April 29. Some of the comrades have been camping in Begusarai to seek votes for the former Jawarharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Rama Naga, a former JNUSU member who was charged with sedition along with Kanhaiya, has been in Begusarai for the last two weeks. “The government tried its best to put us down. Our name will be noted in history worldwide among those few who were charged with sedition,” he told PTI. “They wanted to portray it as a negative tag but how Kanhaiya has tried to make a positive beginning out of it and to remain attached to his roots in Begusarai is commendable,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We have moved on to different projects in our respective lives but our ideologies are still the same and this campaigning has united all of us again,” he added. Shehla Rashid, who was a prominent face of the campaign for Kumar’s release, is gunning for him yet again. “Begusarai is brimming with anticipation. After decades, people are looking forward to having a representative who can dare to speak against injustice and Kanhaiya is just about that,” said Rashid, who entered mainstream politics by joining the fledgling Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement earlier this year. The BJP would have never thought that a student movement would reach so far, she said, speaking about Kumar’s rally after he filed his nomination papers. The rally was joined by hundreds. Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar, a JNU alumnus, is also in Begusarai. She was trolled on social media for supporting Kumar and Khalid in 2016. Bhaskar was among those who joined Kumar’s nomination rally on April 9, also her birthday. “It is a rather unusual way of spending one’s birthday. But Kanhaiya is a friend and I think he is fighting an important battle on behalf of us all. If he wins, it will be a victory for the Indian democracy,” she said. Gurmeher Kaur, a student activist who was trolled for her appeal to say no to war and boycott BJP’s student outfit Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, is also campaigning for Kumar in Bihar. Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattarcharya, who were also jailed in connection with the sedition row, are running a campaign on social media to seek votes for the former JNUSU president. Kumar also received the blessings of Fatima Nafees, mother of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad. Kumar, along with others, was part of a campaign to seek justice for Ahmad.last_img read more

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Competition Bureau says Ticketmaster scalper bots do not contravene federal law

OTTAWA — The Competition Bureau says Ticketmaster has not contravened federal competition legislation by facilitating the mass scalping of tickets through the use of its TradeDesk software.Following public complaints, the agency conducted an investigation by reviewing videos, the company’s behaviour, marketing practices and interactions with other players before concluding the scalper bot allegations did not contravene the Competition Act.Scalper or ticket bots are software designed to purchase a large number of tickets for events when they become available.Ticketmaster’s TradeDesk software allegedly allows users to synchronize their Ticketmaster accounts to buy tickets with their online resale operations, allowing them to list tickets on the secondary market.Meanwhile, the Bureau says it is still pursuing ongoing litigation against Ticketmaster, Live Nation and affiliated companies to stop the company from allegedly using a deceptive practice known as “drip pricing” that sees customers pay sometimes more than 65 per cent above advertised costs.Its investigation found that advertised prices are deceptive because consumers must pay additional fees that are added later in the purchasing process. Public hearings are scheduled to begin in the fall.The Canadian Press read more

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Googles Wing Aviation gets FAA OK for drone deliveries

WASHINGTON — Google affiliate Wing Aviation has received federal approval allowing it to make commercial deliveries by drone.It’s the first time a company has gotten a federal air carrier certification for drone deliveries.The approval from the Federal Aviation Administration means that Wing can operate commercial drone flights in part of Virginia, which it plans to begin later this year.The FAA said Tuesday that the company met the agency’s safety requirements by participating in a pilot program in Virginia and conducting thousands of flights in Australia over the past several years.Wing says the approval means that it can begin a commercial service delivering goods from local businesses to homes in the United States.The Associated Press read more

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Tamil Nadu government tells court no LTTE threat

The Tamil Nadu government led by J Jayalalithaa has submitted a report to the Indian Supreme Court, saying there is no threat to the Mullaperiyar dam from Liberation Tigers of Tigers Eelam (LTTE) cadres, NDTV reported.Last week, citing a Intelligence Bureau (IB) report from September 2014, the state government had submitted an affidavit to the Court stating terrorists groups can attack the dam with explosives. The intelligence inputs, the petition said, included the decimated LTTE — a separatist militant group that fought for a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka. The amended affidavit submitted yesterday says the state does not subscribe to the IB report on the LTTE, but it continued to press for Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) security at the dam.The Mullaperiyar dam is situated on the Periyar river in Thekkady district of Kerala, but it supplies water to the drought-prone areas of Tamil Nadu under a complex lease lasting 999 years. This had created a political furore in the state. Opposition parties like DMK, PMK and MDMK had criticised the government for trying to malign the image of the LTTE. Both states have been locked in a battle over the dam.Kerala says the dam is old and endangers lives of millions who live downstream, Tamil Nadu is firmly against Kerala’s push for the construction of a new dam because it fears it would be forced to accept a smaller supply of water.The Kerala government is responsible for the security of the dam, but Tamil Nadu is pushing for central security forces to guard the dam. read more

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Two UN agencies launch effort to combat tuberculosis in the workplace

The guidelines, launched by World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Durban, South Africa, on the occasion of the World Economic Forum Africa Summit, describe cost-effective steps to protect workforce productivity in the face of a disease that infects 8 million people and kills an estimated 2 million each year. The toll is even more alarming because three-quarters of TB victims are in the most economically productive age group of 15 to 54 years. But effective treatment under internationally recommended measures – including a government commitment, detection by sputum checks and proper drug supply – can prevent avoidable deaths and allow sick workers to return to productive work sooner. “For private and parastatal business, and for the public sector, TB control represents a win-win situation,” WHO Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland and ILO Director-General Juan Somavia write in a foreword, in which they urge businesses and all key partners to use the guidelines in contributing to the global movement to stop TB. “Employers benefit from investment in a healthier workforce and the demonstration of corporate social responsibility. The community in general stands to benefit from improved TB control resulting from the contribution of workplace TB control to overall TB programme activities in a particular country,” they add. The 74-page booklet gives authoritative information on how TB spreads, and what can do done to control it. It also includes current information on the treatment of people who are co-infected with TB and HIV, and for people who have multi-drug- resistant TB, which is far more difficult and expensive to treat than normal TB. read more

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In Windhoek Ban inaugurates UN House hails cooperation with Namibia

“This donation of the UN House is a stellar example of Namibia’s role in supporting the United Nations,” said Mr. Ban at the ceremony commissioning the facility, adding that: “We can all take pride in the accomplishments you have achieved in only 24 short years since independence in 1990.”“I applaud Namibia for its tremendous progress on national reconciliation, press freedom, the adoption of human rights treaties, and substantial economic growth. Namibia’s sound economic policies have enabled it to transition to upper-middle-income status in a very short period,” said the UN chief. “This makes Namibia an economic frontrunner in Africa.”He went on to commend Namibia for its invaluable support for UN peacekeeping operations and welcomed the country’s leadership as a member of the Human Rights Council. “I thank Namibia for presiding over the UN General Assembly during its 54th session for the negotiations which resulted in the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG),” he added. As the UN prepares for the post-MDG period, Mr. Ban said he is pleased Namibia is playing a leadership role in developing Africa’s Common Position on the development agenda beyond 2015, the deadline for achieving the Goals. “Namibia has also demonstrated its leadership in addressing HIV/AIDS, reducing poverty, protecting the environment and promoting gender equality,” he said. Namibia is also advancing a regional approach to migration issues in Southern Africa and mainstreaming migration in its development agenda.“Of course, important challenges remain, most notably income inequality and unemployment, especially among youth. I understand that the current fourth National Development Plan aims to address these issues head on,” he said.Mr. Ban went on to note that he is leading a global campaign to end all forms of violence against women and children. “We must all take steps to change harmful gender norms and support the empowerment of women and children,” he said, noting that the UN Partnership Framework recently signed with the Government has a specific outcome on gender equality and gender-based violence. While in the Namibian capital, Mr. Ban met with President Hifikepunye Pohamba. According to a UN spokesperson, the two exchanged views on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and underscored the importance of united action by all actors in the region.They also discussed climate change issues, especially related to desertification and drought. Mr. Ban welcomed Namibia’s announced participation at the climate change summit to be held in New York this September.The Organization, through the early days of the League of Nations and later the UN, has had a long history with Namibia, formerly South-West Africa. In 1966, South African forces began combating an insurgency by the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), the military wing of the Namibian-nationalist South West African People’s Organization (SWAPO).The height of the UN involvement came in 1967, when, during its fifth session, the General Assembly established a UN Council “to administer South-West Africa until independence, with the maximum possible participation of the people of the territory.”The next year, it adopted the name “Namibia” for the territory. The Security Council then endorsed the Assembly’s actions by adopting resolutions 264 and 269 of 1969. Meanwhile, in 1968, the General Assembly created the post of UN Commissioner for South-West Africa. The Assembly renamed the post UN Commissioner for Namibia in 1968.The UN Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) was the peacekeeping force deployed from April 1989 to March 1990 in Namibia to monitor the peace process and elections there. Namibia achieved its independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990. read more

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Economic and Social Council President urges closer ties with UN peacebuilding body

He emphasized that the international community, however, needs to pay more attention to the periods both before the outbreak of violence and at the end of violent conflicts. In that regard, the Deputy Secretary-General highlighted the strong relationship between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the new peacebuilding resolutions, noting, in particular, that both recognize that each country has primary responsibility for implementing the 2030 Agenda and sustaining peace. Both the 2030 Agenda and the resolutions also emphasize the importance of preventing violent conflict and of building peaceful societies, as well as strongly stress the interdependence of the challenges being confronting and the comprehensive approaches needed to address them. “Complex tasks – whether promoting sustainable development or sustaining peace – cannot be divided into silos, be compartmentalized. If problems are connected, then the solutions must be as well. Peace and security, development and human rights are inextricably linked and mutually reinforcing,” Mr. Eliasson said. The Deputy-Secretary General added that it is important to recognize that there are various drivers of violent conflicts, including of socio-economic and environmental character, as well as that inclusive, effective and accountable institutions and the rule of law are fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and to sustaining peace. “Institutions strongly determine the allocation of resources, the functioning of markets, the delivery of social services and the management of natural resources. Equally, they often determine the mitigation of and solutions to conflicts, access to justice and protection of human rights,” he said. Moreover, the Agenda 2030 and the peacebuilding resolutions recognize it is necessary to work collectively as “one” across the UN system, the Deputy Secretary-General stressed. “This we must do in order to provide coherent support to Member States in their efforts to meet the targets they have set for themselves. This work should be based on joint analysis, covering development, human rights, peace and humanitarian issues and should be driven to achieve collective outcomes,” he said. “We need to address the immediate challenges of peace and security and, at the same time, tackle the root causes of conflict. We need to support institution-building as well as human resource development. This requires closer cooperation between our intergovernmental bodies – that goes beyond the election of Peacebuilding Commission members by ECOSOC,” he added. Over the years, the ECOSOC and the Peacebuilding Commission have forged a working relationship between the respective bureaus as well as the bodies themselves, Mr. Oh said, including holding several joint meetings. In addition, he noted that since 2009, ECOSOC has invited the Peacebuilding Commission Chair “to continue to inform it on best practices, particularly on lessons learned from its experiences, that are relevant for addressing the economic and social challenges of peacebuilding in other African countries emerging from conflict.” Mr. Oh also highlighted that during the most recent joint bureau meeting that took place this past December, participants considered ways to enhance the collaboration of the two bodies. The importance of enhanced collaboration was also emphasized in the most recent review of the peacebuilding architecture, he added. Going forward, he said that ECOSOC will certainly benefit from the experiences and lessons learned by the Peacebuilding Commission on how to integrate peacebuilding issues in order to put countries emerging from conflict on a path to sustainable development. Also speaking at today’s meeting was Deputy Security-General Jan Eliasson, who noted that the event was an important step towards the implementation of the recently adopted General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on sustaining peace. “You are doing this by focusing on the need for strategic and operational coherence both among Member States and within the UN system,” Mr. Eliasson said. “A central aspect of the concept of sustaining peace is the recognition that peacebuilding is not only a post-conflict activities, but also steps that needs to be taken before, during and after conflict,” he added. Noting that the resolutions explicitly state that it is necessary to prevent the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict, the Deputy Secretary-General said that in peacekeeping operations and humanitarian action, the international community and the UN focus primarily on the acute phase of conflicts. President of ECOSOC Oh Joon addresses the joint meeting of ECOSOC and the Peacebuilding Commission. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (left) and Macharia Kamau, Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission at the joint meeting of ECOSOC and the Peacebuilding Commission. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine “We have seen time and time again how conflict and unrest can reverse gains made in developments. We must work together to assist the countries emerging from conflict in their efforts to implement their commitments,” ECOSOC President Oh Joon said at the opening of a joint meeting of ECOSOC and the Peacebuilding Commission on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustaining Peace. “Now is the time to turn our commitments into action to achieve results for people on the ground,” he added. The joint meeting, being held at UN Headquarters in New York, brings together high-level representatives of UN Member States, civil society, academia, the private sector and the UN system, and will focus in particular on globally agreed targets for the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies, providing access to justice and the building of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, as well as the drivers of conflict pertaining to social, economic and environmental areas. In his remarks, Mr. Oh – who is co-chairing the meeting with Macharia Kamau, Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission – highlighted that the past ten months have been historic for the UN, with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and most recently, the completion of the review of the UN peacebuilding architecture. “The 2030 Agenda […] is universal and transformational. Its integrated nature brings complexity and calls for better coherence in policy-making. While SDG 16 on peaceful and inclusive societies is of relevance to the peacebuilding agenda, sustaining peace is critical for achieving all the goals,” he said. read more

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Overall commercial vehicle production falls in first half of 2017 despite strong

British commercial vehicle manufacturing falls -4.7% in June 2017 with 7,324 CVs built last month.Production in first six months declines -8.1% to 43,782 units.Exports rise for first half of 2017, up 11.9% with 27,818 UK-built CVs sold internationally.British commercial vehicle manufacturing declined -4.7% to 7,324 units in June 2017, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Year-to-date figures also fell, down -8.1% to 43,782.Exports drove the sector, up 9.6% in June and 11.9% in the year-to-date. 27,818 of the vans, trucks, buses and coaches built in the UK so far this year have been exported, bolstered by a strong European market.1 63.5% of all production in 2017 has been for overseas demand – the highest level in seven years.2 This rise couldn’t offset the ease in domestic production, which fell -29.9% in the first six months of the year following two years of very strong growth in the UK market.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,While domestic demand eased following years of significant growth, these figures demonstrate the importance of exports to commercial vehicle manufacturing. With such high levels destined for overseas markets, the vast majority going to Europe, maintaining competitive trading conditions with our most significant partner will be vital in order to future-proof the success of the sector.Notes to editors1. The European CV market rose 4.2% Jan-Jun 2017, ACEA.2. Jan-Jun 2010 69.7% of British-built CVs were exported.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Alcohol kills more people globally than AIDS violence and road accidents

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPAHO launches online course to address alcohol use in pregnancyJune 26, 2019In “Health”Most nations to miss UN target on chronic diseases: studySeptember 21, 2018In “World”Ramjattan supports raising age limit of purchasing alcohol to 21September 15, 2017In “Business” GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Alcohol kills three million people worldwide each year — more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined, the World Health Organization said Friday, adding that men are particularly at risk.The UN health agency’s latest report on alcohol and health pointed out that alcohol causes more than one in 20 deaths globally each year, including drink driving, alcohol-induced violence and abuse and a multitude of diseases and disorders.Men account for more than three quarters of alcohol-related deaths, the nearly 500-page report found.“Far too many people, their families and communities suffer the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol through violence, injuries, mental health problems and diseases like cancer and stroke,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.Drinking is linked to more than 200 health conditions, including liver cirrhosis and some cancers.Alcohol abuse also makes people more susceptible to infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV and pneumonia, the report found.The some three million alcohol-related deaths registered globally in 2016 — the latest available statistics — account for 5.3 per cent of all deaths that year.For young people, the numbers are even more alarming, with a full 13.5 per cent of all deaths among 20-29-year-olds considered to be alcohol-related, the study found.In comparison, HIV/AIDS was responsible for 1.8 per cent of global deaths in 2016, road injuries accounted for 2.5 per cent and violence for 0.8 per cent, it said.The latest numbers are lower than those in WHO’s last report on global alcohol consumption, published in 2014.There are “some positive global trends”, the agency said, noting shrinking prevalence of heavy episodic drinking and alcohol-related deaths since 2010.But it warned that “the overall burden of disease and injuries caused by the harmful use of alcohol is unacceptably high,” especially in Europe and the Americas.Globally, an estimated 237 million men and 46 million women suffer from alcohol use disorders, WHO said.Alcohol abuse affects nearly 15 per cent of men and 3.5 per cent of women in Europe, and 11.5 per cent of men and 5.1 per cent of women in the Americas, it pointed out.Alcohol consumption overall is unevenly distributed around the globe, with well over half of the world’s population over the age of 15 abstaining completely.On average, the 2.3 billion people currently considered drinkers — meaning they have drunk alcohol at least once in the past year — consume 33 grammes of pure alcohol per day.That is roughly equivalent to two glasses of wine, a large bottle of beer or two shots of spirits.Europe clearly has the highest per capita consumption, which despite a more than 10-percent drop since 2010 still registered a per capita consumption of 10 litres of pure alcohol or more per year.Alcohol consumption has dropped in three-quarters of European countries, with the biggest declines seen in Russia, Moldavia and Belarus.In Russia, average annual alcohol consumption plunged from 18.7 litres of pure alcohol per person over 15 in 2005 to 11.7 litres in 2016, the report said.This “dramatic decrease” is linked to a range of “positive policies” introduced by Moscow, Vladimir Poznyak, who coordinates WHO’s substance abuse unit, told reporters.He pointed to the introduction of a minimum price for vodka and an alcohol advertising ban.WHO however warned that outside of Europe, alcohol consumption has continued to rise, especially in Asia, with China and India registering significant hikes.It urged countries to do more to counter harmful drinking and to reach a goal of cutting global consumption by 10 percent between 2010 and 2025.“Based on all trends and predictions, we can expect an increase in overall alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm in the next 10 years,” Poznyak warned, stressing that “this will definitely result in increased number of deaths and suffering around the world.”WHO is urging countries to tax alcohol and ban advertising of such beverages to reduce consumption.Poznyak said blocking alcohol companies from sponsoring big sporting events could make a big difference.“These events are being watched by millions and sometimes billions of young people, and it’s impossible to prevent exposure to this kind of advertising to those who are under the legal age,” he said. read more

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Drivers warned to take extra care on roads this weekend

first_imgDRIVERS AND CYCLISTS have been warned to take extra care on the roads this weekend with frost and ice set to hit as temperatures plummet below zero.Met Éireann has warned that dangerous conditions will be widespread from this evening  with ice, frost and some mist during hours of darkness. Temperatures will drop between zero and -3 degrees Celsius across the weekend.The Road Safety Authority has advised road users to take extra precautions and check weather forecasts before setting out on a journey.Among the advice offered to drivers by the RSA are the following: Do not use hot water on your car windscreen as it can crack the glass. Bring a screen scraper and de-icer with you.Use dipped headlights.Watch out for black ice, especially if the road looks polished or shiny.Leave extra distance between the vehicle in front of yours.Switch off fog lights once conditions improve. And it’s not just drivers. Pedestrians and cyclists have been urged to wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt and lights (where possible) to make sure that they’re seen by other road users.They’ve also been warned to look out for ice and be extra care during fog.The RSA cautioned pedestrians that many slips and falls happen in places people usually regard as safe, such as outside their front door or while getting out of the car, so to be careful anywhere that appears to be icy.Read: It’s official – Hell has frozen over… > Read: Temperatures colder than Mars cause 21 deaths across the United States >last_img read more

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Minister Dames Meets with OAS Drug Abuse Control Head

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 27, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames welcomed Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States Ambassador Adam Namm and representatives of The Bahamas’ National Anti-Drug Secretariat (NADS), during a recent courtesy call by CICAD officials to his Ministry.Pictured (from left) are: David Ramsey (NADS), Pernell Clark (CICAD), Ambassador Adam Namm (CICAD), Minister Dames, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry Carl Smith, Greer McKinney (NADS), and NADS Director Dr. Chaswell Hanna.(BIS Photo/Eric Rose) Related Items:last_img read more

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San Diego Judge orders oneweek halt to deportations of reunited immigrant families

first_imgSan Diego Judge orders one-week halt to deportations of reunited immigrant families Posted: July 16, 2018 July 16, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Immigration FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A federal judge in San Diego Monday issued an order barring the federal government from deporting newly reunited immigrant families for up to one week, with the American Civil Liberties Union raising fears of mass deportations of people who had been separated from their children at the border.U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw agreed to the one-week prohibition on deportations in response to court papers filed by the ACLU expressing concern that the government planned to quickly deport families once separated children are returned to them, possibly without legal due process.Attorneys said newly reunited families should be given time to discuss whether they plan to seek asylum in the United States and discuss with attorneys the possible ramifications of such a move for the parents and children.Sabraw’s order will remain in place through July 23, giving the federal government one week to respond to the ACLU’s concerns.Sabraw earlier gave the federal government a July 26 deadline to return children over age 5 who were separated from their families at the border. About 2,500 such children are in federal custody.The federal government missed an earlier July 10 deadline imposed by Sabraw for the reunification of children under age 5 with their families. But federal officials proclaimed late Thursday it had successfully reunited 57 of 103 children with their families, and insisting the other children were ineligible for reunification for reasons ranging from safety concerns, parents who had already been deported or parents who were in custody for other offenses.Government officials had earlier asked for more time to complete the reunifications, claiming they needed more time to ensure the children’s safety and to confirm their parental relationships.Sabraw made it clear Monday that reunifications should continue without delay while other legal issues get hammered out.The judge said the Department of Health and Human Services is “failing” in its mission to keep the interests of children first.“It has to change its plans,” Sabraw said of the government agency.Health and Human Services Cmdr. Jonathan White — the architect of the plan to reunite separated children with their parents — said of the 2,551 children between 5 and 17 years old in federal custody — officials have not located a parent for 71 of them.White said children and being reunited with their families as quickly as possible, as soon as the relationship between child and parent can be verified.Sabraw said that knowing White is committed to having children reunified with their families “provides a great deal of comfort.”“Commander White is exactly the person who is needed,” the judge said.ACLU national attorney Lee Gelernt said he would meet with government lawyers to ensure that proper notice is given when a reunification is to take place so someone can be there to meet the reunified family and help them get back on their feet. KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo last_img read more

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Website blows whistle on alleged tissue scam

first_imgWord is spreading among west-side neighbors regarding what seems like a blatant scam involving … tissues.According to several neighborhood commentators on the site nextdoor.com, two young men claiming to conduct a door-to-door survey and sales pitch were asking if residents use Kleenex tissues. They told respondents that if they were allowed to come inside their homes, they would make $50 from their boss — who was watching from a white SUV nearby.“He never made any mention as to what he was selling, or what the mystery product was … but seemed really intent to come into our home,” wrote one Lincoln neighbor.That online comment, posted late Tuesday on the neighborhood site nextdoor.com, rapidly drew a slew of similar stories posted by people in the Fruit Valley, Carter Park and Northwest neighborhoods. Nobody managed to get the license number of the white SUV.“This may be legit, but came across as super-shady,” the Lincoln writer posted.A Fruit Valley writer described a similar experience: “I thought it was odd that the young man didn’t introduce himself, didn’t identify what company he was working for and wasn’t wearing any kind of ID,” wrote Kathy. Another poster said the white SUV was a Ford Expedition without license plates — but with a temporary trip permit effectively concealed under tinted glass. And others said Kirby vacuums were being sold — definitely by the same white SUV, but by a young woman who didn’t look well.Anna Cappa from the Northwest Neighborhood recommended asking anyone claiming to take a survey some basic questions of your own first, such as: What company is it? Where’s your business card? Will the results be published?last_img read more

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What its like trying out the new Samsung Galaxy Fold The 359

first_img HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) What it’s like trying out the new Samsung Galaxy Fold… $999 Best Buy The Daily Charge See It The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sarah Tew/CNET CNET On this podcast, we talk about: CNET’s first tests of the Samsung Galaxy Fold foldable phone. The best laptops for battery life. A defense of Apple’s MacBook butterfly keyboard. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See at Amazon 0 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET $299 at Amazon $210 at Best Buy Turo Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview 7 Boost Mobile Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Read the Rylo camera preview DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS Comments Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See at Turo Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Google Home Hub review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See it TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Amazon $6 at Tidal Share your voice See It Now playing: Watch this: Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 6:23 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the AirPods review Post a comment $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 Rylo An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags $155 at Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $520 at HP Sprint Share your voice $59 at eBay Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR The Cheapskate Tags I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Phones Laptopslast_img read more

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4chan post appears to have detailed Jeffrey Epsteins death before news broke

first_img Tags Post a comment The Manhattan Correctional Center where Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in New York. Getty An anonymous post to the notorious 4chan imageboard on Saturday appears to have provided details of Jeffrey Epstein’s death before the first news reports of the disgraced financier’s suspected suicide. The 4chan post, which was earlier reported by Buzzfeed News, was published more than a half hour before the initial news reports that Epstein, who was held on charges of sex trafficking, was dead.Epstein “died an hour ago of hanging, cardiac arrest,” according to the post, which was published at 8:16 a.m., about 40 minutes before an ABC reporter tweeted that Epstein was dead. The post included an image of Pepe, a cartoon frog that has been adopted by the far right. In subsequent posts, the author of the post appears to have added further information about procedures that were used to revive Epstein, suggesting the poster may have been a first responder or medical professional.The New York Fire Department “reviewed the alleged information and determined it did not come from the department,” the department said in a statement. 4chan didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Imageboards, which long been dark backwaters of the internet, have become the focus of public attention in the wake of a spate of hate-motivated killings. A man who allegedly killed 22 people in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart is believed to have posted a racist manifesto to 8chan, another imageboard, just before the attack. The gunman who killed 51 people in two New Zealand mosque shootings in March was linked to an 87-page white nationalist screed that also appeared on 8chan. Links to a hate-filled open letter were also posted to 8chan by the person who shot a synagogue outside of San Diego in April. 8chan has since been taken offline and its owner, Jim Watkins, has been requested to testify in front of Congress. 6:06 Internet Services Share your voicecenter_img What might happen to 8chan? (The Daily Charge, 8/7/2019) 0 Over the weekend, a man who claimed to have shot a mosque in Oslo posted links to a Facebook stream on Endchan, another imageboard, before the attack, according to the site’s operators. The operators took the main version of the site offline.Like many forums on the internet, imageboards range in topic from mundane to niche and fringe. Anime, junk food and porn are popular subjects for the participants. Because users can post anonymously, many imageboards have become gathering places for people spreading hate or extremism. One 4chan board dedicated to politics, /pol/, is filled with racist language and anti-immigrant messages.On Wednesday, a letter written by Brandan Tarrant, the suspect in the New Zealand shootings, was posted to 4chan, apparently by a supporter in Russia. Corrections officials in New Zealand confirmed the letter’s authenticity.Originally published Aug. 13Update, Aug. 14: Adds news that a letter written by the suspect in the New Zealand mosque shootings was posted to 4chan.  Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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