Share Share Tweet NewsRegional Rio+20 kicks off with call to action by: – June 21, 2012 Sharing is caring! 9 Views no discussions Share RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — More than 100 heads of state and government on Wednesday gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the start of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which seeks to shape new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection.“We are now in sight of a historic agreement,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his address to Rio+20’s opening session on Wednesday morning. “Let us not waste this opportunity. The world is watching to see if words will translate into action, as we know they must.”After intensive and protracted informal negotiations on how to accelerate the implementation of sustainable development, 191 countries reached agreement on Tuesday on the conference’s outcome document. The text will now be put forward for adoption by heads of state at the conclusion of Rio+20 on Friday.“I am pleased that negotiations have reached a successful conclusion and I commend the presidency of Brazil for facilitating this resolution,” Ban said.More than 40,000 people – including parliamentarians, mayors, UN officials, chief executive officers and civil society leaders – are attending Rio+20 from 20-22 June. The event follows on from the Earth Summit in 1992, also held in Rio de Janeiro, during which countries adopted Agenda 21 – a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.“We have been given a second chance,” Ban said, adding that since the Earth Summit twenty years ago progress has been too slow, and much more needs to be done. “Rio+20 is not an end but a beginning. It is time for all of us to think globally and locally.”Rio+20’s outcome document, entitled “The Future We Want,” calls for a wide range of actions. These include: beginning the process to establish sustainable development goals; detailing how the green economy can be used as a tool to achieve sustainable development; strengthening the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); promoting corporate sustainability reporting measures; taking steps to go beyond gross domestic product to assess the well-being of a country; developing a strategy for sustainable development financing; and, adopting a framework for tackling sustainable consumption and production.It also focuses on improving gender equity; recognizing the importance of voluntary commitments on sustainable development; and stressing the need to engage civil society and incorporate science into policy; among other points.“We think the text contains a lot of action, and if this action is implemented, and if follow-up measures are taken, it will indeed make a tremendous difference in generating positive global change,” Rio+20’s secretary-general, Sha Zukang, said after the conclusion of the outcome document negotiations on Tuesday.In addition to the outcome document, there have been nearly 500 voluntary commitments on sustainable development activities by civil society groups, businesses, governments and universities. In addition, the UN’s Global Compact initiative, which concluded its Corporate Sustainability Forum on Tuesday, announced more than 200 commitments to sustainable development by businesses.Speaking at Rio+20’s ceremonial opening, on Wednesday afternoon, Ban thanked Brazil for hosting the conference, and expanded on the opportunity it presented to the world.“We recognize that the old model for economic development and social advancement is broken,” he said. “Rio+20 has given us a unique chance to set it right, to create a new model, to set a new course that truly balances the imperatives of robust growth and economic development with the social and environmental dimensions of sustainable prosperity and human well-being.”“But, we need to keep our eyes on the prize. We need to act with vision and commitment, commitment and vision in the largest sense,” the UN chief added. “Let us not forget the scarcest resource of all: Time. We are running out of time. We no longer have the luxury to defer difficult decisions. We have a common responsibility to act in common cause, to set aside narrow national interests in the name of the global public good and the betterment of all.”In his remarks to the same ceremonial opening – at which Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, also spoke, the president of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, said Rio+20 is the “opportunity of a generation.”“It is our chance to transform ideas and aspirations into bold actions and everyday realities. It is the moment to take steps to shape the future for generations to come –. ‘The future we want,’” Al-Nasser said.Caribbean News Now
AN AMERICAN HERO—In this photo taken on June 16, 2008, Bill Powell is shown at his Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio. Bill Powell, the first African-American to build, own and operate a golf course, died Dec. 31, 2009. CANTON, Ohio (AP)—Bill Powell, the first African-American to build, own and operate a golf course, died Dec. 30, 2009. He was 93. The PGA of America said Powell died at Aultman Hospital in Canton following complications from a stroke. GOLF TRAILBLAZERS —In this undated photo, Bill Powell, left, and his daughter, Renee Powell, a former LPGA tour player, are shown at their Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio. In August, Powell received the PGA Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest annual honor. In November, he was inducted into the Northern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame and honored as the Person of the Year by the Ohio Golf Course Owners Association.The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce also recently presented the Powell family with its Community Salute Award.“My father made a mark,” said daughter Renee Powell, the second Black player to compete on the LPGA Tour. “And, I believe that God wanted people to know the mark that he made on this nation.”The grandson of Alabama slaves, Powell created Clearview Golf Club after returning home following World War II. While serving in Europe, he earned the rank of Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Eighth Air Force Truck Battalion.Powell worked 18-hour days to support his family and build Clearview. Denied a GI Loan, he found funding from two African- American physicians, and his brother took out a second mortgage on his home.Powell went on to carve Clearview out of former dairy farmland in 1946, clearing the land himself. In the process, Powell broke down racial barriers without fanfare by developing female and youth golf leagues.Clearview opened its initial nine holes in 1948. Powell eventually repaid his benefactors to gain full ownership, and nine more holes were completed in 1978. Clearview is on the National Register of Historic Places, and nicknamed “America’s Course.”“I didn’t build this course for any of the recognition,” Powell said in his 2000 autobiography, “Clearview: America’s Course.” “It was a labor of love. Golf is a part of society and I wanted to be included. I want you to be included, too. I’ve always felt that each individual should leave something behind of meaning. It feels good to know that I have done that with Clearview, at long last.”In 1992, the Powells were honored by the National Golf Foundation as the Jack Nicklaus Golf Family of the Year. That year, Powell was awarded the “Cornerstone of Freedom Award” from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.Powell was inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame in 1996, and became a PGA Life Member in 1999. Powell also received honorary doctor of humane letters degrees from his alma mater, Wilberforce University, and from Baldwin-Wallace College.Powell also played a role in The First Tee, which has distributed more than 1,100 William J. Powell scholarships that allow youngsters to attend The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academies conducted on college campuses.Powell was preceded in death by wife, Marcella and son, William. In addition to his daughter, Renee, he’s survived by son, Larry, who has served for more than 30 years as superintendent at Clearview Golf Club, and twin sisters, Mary Alice Walker and Rose Marie Mathews. His funeral was Jan. 6 at United Methodist Church in Minerva, Ohio. “Bill Powell will forever be one of golf’s most unforgettable American heroes,” PGA of America President Jim Remy said. “Bill made us appreciate the game and each other that much more by his gentle, yet firm example.“He was born with a fire within his heart to build on his dream. In the process, he made golf a beacon for people of all color. The PGA of America is better today because of individuals like Bill Powell. We will miss him dearly. We extend our thoughts and prayers to his family as we remember a wonderful man.”
Royal Flush Draw –Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 10/03/2013 were 5, 15, 19 & 23. There was no winner of the jackpot of €860. Consolation prizes went to Eilish McNern, Drew Cassidy & Manus Boyle, Darney. Next week’s jackpot now stands at €900. 25 Card Drive –The 25 card drive continues Wednesday nights. It commences at it’s usual time of8:30pm.Membership – Membership for the oncoming year can be paid now. Please note how important membership is, it’s values were shown last year during the scramble for All-Ireland Tickets. €30 – General Membership, €50 – Senior/Reserve, €30 – Student/Unemployed, €20 – Minor, €15 – U16’s to U10’s and €70 – Family Membership. It also is extremely important that Player Membership is paid byMonday March 25th, as all players must be individually registered to headquarters in Croke Park. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for membership to be paid in time. With the first round of the Ulster Championship coming up in June, and it looking as if the fixture will be held in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey, meaning tickets will be very scarce due to capacity. Therefore anyone who hasn’t their membership paid by the date above will not be considered for the ticket.Underage Football –Our minor amalgamation, St. Johns suffered defeat on Sunday afternoon in a very blustery Fintra. Final score was St. Johns 0-4 Naomh Mhuire 0-12. The side are penned in to play Naomh Columba next Saturday at 12pm in Glen.5km Walk –There will be a 5km walk/run in aid of the County Training/Development Fund in Ballybofey on Saturday April 6th at 11am. Anyone interested in taking part are encouraged to come along and wear their county colours.Senior & Reserve Football –Both the Senior and Reserves returned to action at the weekend with challenge games against local opposition. On Saturday morning the Reserves played Naomh Brid in Fintra losing out narrowly in the end despite putting up a good fight, whilstSunday morning saw a young Senior side have a comprehensive win over St Nauls in Mountcharles. The games proved a useful run out for both sides as they continue to build momentum and match fitness before the start of the league in three weeks time. GAA: NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: March 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NEWS
A campaign has been launched in West Donegal calling for the reintroduction of elections for the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta.Dinny McGinley announced the ending of elections to the board back in 2011 when he was Minister for the Gaeltacht, claiming that elections cost too much.Now billboards have been erected in Crolly and Gaoth Dobhair in a bid to raise the issue. Poll topper in the Glenties Electoral area, Cllr Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig is one of the people behind the campaign.He said “At the time, the Gaeltacht had already suffered from serious attacks from the Fianna Fáil / Green Party government and the new Fine Gael/Labour government.The Údarás budget had been cut from €25 million in 2008 to €6 million in 2011.“When a community organisation was formed to oppose these cuts, it was effectively gagged when the government threatened to sack the spokesperson from his job as a gardener.“Since then, Údarás has initiated a new strategy, the Language Planning Committees. “Although they said that the strategy came from the Comprehensive Linguistic Study Of The Use Of Irish In The Gaeltacht (2007), some parts of the strategy contradict the recommendations of the Study.“For example, although the Study recommended that a Gaeltacht area should be treated as a linguistic unit, our Gaeltacht area has been split in two and even the islands have their own Language Planning Committees.“All the experts have told us that this is our last chance to preserve the Gaeltacht and there is neither rhyme nor reason to the fact that there are no elected members of the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta to steer this important project.“It’s high time the government re-introduced democracy to the Gaeltacht and announce elections to the board.“If an elected board is chosen, we will be pressurising them to make sure that all board meetings are open to the community and that they would all be broadcast live on the internet so that people can see for themselves how the board makes decisions on the important challenges facing the Gaeltacht community.” Campaign launched in West Donegal to reintroduce elections for Údarás board was last modified: May 31st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cllr Micheal Mac Giolla EasbuigElectionsÚdarás na Gaeltachta
SAN FRANCISCO–The game of baseball is changing before our eyes.No team exemplifies that better than the Tampa Bay Rays. Perhaps no franchise struggled to accept that more than the San Francisco Giants.But as baseball evolves and the sports embraces modern analytics, technology and strategies, there’s still a place for tradition. In a 6-4 win over the Rays on Saturday, the Giants were able to prove that for at least one day, their approach can still work.As the Giants improved to 3-6 and …
Twitter/@SC_ClevelandMichigan State played Ohio State to a 7-7 draw late into the third quarter, but after a disasterous special teams blunder, the Buckeyes have a 14-7 lead. Michigan State’s Macgarrett Kings Jr. muffed an Ohio State punt, giving Ohio State the ball at the Sparty six yard line.Disaster strikes #MichiganState as a muffed punt puts the Buckeyes in great field position! #MSUvsOSU https://t.co/xavzH6VwRe— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 21, 2015On first down, J.T. Barrett found Jalin Marshall with a little pop pass in the end zone. Marshall made an impressive grab to secure the go-ahead touchdown, getting one hand on the ball before securing it for the score.Just like THAT… TOUCHDOWN BUCKEYES pic.twitter.com/lqb3lrFMjz— SC Cleveland™ (@SC_Cleveland) November 21, 2015Even without Connor Cook, this Big Ten East battle has been a good one, but right now the undefeated Buckeyes have all the momentum.
MONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. said its deal with Airbus has yet to ignite new sales discussions, but existing efforts have yielded results as the manufacturer announced back-to-back potential orders including one with Africa’s largest airline.Chief executive Alain Bellemare told an investor conference Tuesday that he fielded upbeat calls from some large airlines —including Airbus customers — hours after the deal was announced.“That’s the reason why I’m convinced that we are going to see much better sales moving forward,” he said at the Goldman Sachs Industrials Conference in Boston.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) has signed its second potential C Series order in less than two weeks after EgyptAir Holding Co. announced plans to purchase up to 24 aircraft.The agreement announced at the Dubai Airshow includes 12 CS300 aircraft with purchase rights for an additional 12 aircraft.Bellemare acknowledged that the orders had nothing to do with Airbus even though the partnership gave customers added comfort that the European giant will put its full weight behind the C Series.“This is very good but it’s the work our team was doing with airline customers,” he told analysts. “It keeps on building the momentum up.”Bombardier said that based on the list price of the CS300, a firm order for 12 aircraft would be valued at about US$1.4 billion. That would double if the airline exercises the 12 purchase rights. However, airlines typically receive large discounts.“It would be difficult to wish for a better carrier to establish our presence in the region,” Colin Bole, Bombardier senior vice president commercial aerospace, said in a conference call with reporters from Dubai.“It’s a great template and it is something that will be followed extremely closely by the other carriers in the regions and the sub regions in the area.”The C Series has also been ordered by Iraqi Airways, Saudi Gulf and Gulf Air.The national airline of Egypt told reporters in Dubai that while it has been studying the C Series for a long time, Airbus’ involvement makes them feel better about the program, Bombardier commercial aircraft president Fred Cromer added on the conference call.EgyptAir chairman and CEO Safwat Musallam said the planes will help the airline to modernize its fleet and better serve destinations in the Middle East and Europe.Analyst Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group says Airbus’ involvement will assuage fears that the C Series will be an “orphan” airplane because it will have the support of the European aerospace giant.“I would argue that the Airbus effect will be fairly profound,” he said in an interview.Aboulafia said the C Series is a great plane but Bombardier has had major financial issues.“That is no longer a problem. You remove that, you now have just a great jet that the people want.”The EgyptAir letter of intent and a deal for 31 planes plus options for 30 announced Nov. 2 with an undisclosed customer are expected to be firmed up by the end of the year. That would raise the number of firm C Series orders to more than 400.Bombardier said it remains confident that Boeing won’t be able to prove in its trade complaint that it has been damaged by the C Series since it doesn’t make a plane the size of the CS100 and wasn’t invited to bid on the Delta order.Nonetheless, Cromer said Bombardier is developing contingency plans if high tariffs continue to be applied on aircraft manufactured in Canada and delivered to the U.S.“We have opportunities to place some of those early Delta positions with other airlines,” he said.Cromer declined to say if the second assembly line in Alabama estimated by the company to be built at a cost of more than US$300 million would be affected by the maintenance of high U.S. duties.Bellemare added that Bombardier was never seeking to use the C Series to compete with Boeing or Airbus. Rather, its competitor for the 100- to 150-seat aircraft will remain Brazil’s Embraer.“There were two (competitors) yesterday and there will be two tomorrow,” he said.Bellemare added that Boeing has underestimated the response to its trade action, with support for Bombardier coming from companies and governments such as Canada and Britain.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares gained nearly 1.6 per cent at C$3.11 in afternoon trading.
Longer fights might be a product of the changing nature of MMA. It’s likely that, as MMA has become more popular, the competitive parity has risen too. And so it’s possible that fighters, facing more fearsome and equally matched opponents, are tweaking their tactics to be more risk-averse — to bide their time for an opportunity to strike, rather than coming in with the all-out aggressiveness that characterized the early days of the sport. Whatever the reason, today’s fighters don’t end fights like they used to.In the MMA of the past, fights were most likely to end when a fighter knocked another unconscious or twisted an opponent’s limb until he said “uncle” — but those days are over. Instead, MMA fights increasingly end with both fighters standing, which forces judges to make the call. There are essentially three ways a fight can end: a decision, a knockout (KO) or technical knockout (TKO), or a submission, which is when a fighter verbally or physically “taps out,” usually by being in a vulnerable position such as a chokehold.This is what’s happened to those three outcomes over the past 15 years:Submissions are down from about 45 percent of all fights in 2000 to 25 percent in 2015.5Each year, about 1 percent of fights have an “other” ending — usually a disqualification or a “no contest” (such as when a fighter does an illegal move that ends the fight). Those have been removed from this chart. That more fights end with a decision explains the longer fights, and could be a reflection of improving competitive parity in the sport. There are fewer instances of pros quickly pummeling their opponent.But Rousey is an exception. She has won all her fights by a submission or KO. Rousey has won nine of her 11 fights with the “armbar” submission — a move where Rousey hyperextends her opponent’s elbow, causing excruciating pain and sometimes gruesome results.And, interestingly, among fights ending in a submission, fewer are done with an armbar.Rousey’s favored armbar technique made up more than 35 percent of submissions in 2000. But now the armbar is used in less than 15 percent of submissions. Replacing it are choking moves such as the “guillotine” and “rear naked choke.”Although Rousey’s ways of winning are increasingly at odds with MMA trends, bettors seem to be confident she will continue winning. The betting odds from the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook put Rousey as a -1700 favorite against Correia (as of July 27). So one must bet $1,700 on Rousey to net $100 if she wins. She’s still a huge favorite. But Correia is also undefeated (9-0) and has beaten two of Rousey’s training partners.Rousey’s dominance has been a boon for MMA — and for female athletes more broadly. There’s no use resisting it. Just submit.Hank Gargiulo and Andrew Davis from ESPN’s Stats and Information Group contributed data analysis. Data is provided by FightMetric LLC. Ronda Rousey is the rare athlete who dominates her sport while transcending it. You might recognize her from a cameo in the recent “Entourage” movie, or maybe you read about her in The New Yorker. Or maybe you saw clips of her last fight — all 14 seconds of it.But in case you’ve been living in a pacifist commune, know this much: Rousey is the best female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the world. Top male fighters are wary of facing her. With an 11-0 record going into her much-publicized fight against Bethe Correia on Saturday, she’s arguably the biggest draw — man or woman — in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the biggest MMA promotion league.Beyond being simply “the best,” the former Olympian in judo — who, in the 2008 games in Beijing, became the first American woman to medal in the sport — is known for winning astonishingly fast. Her previous two fights lasted 30 seconds. Combined.Plotted below is the winning percentage of 2,135 MMA fighters (men and women) who have won at least three fights.1Fights from several promotion companies, such as Bellator and Strikeforce, are included in addition to UFC. On the x-axis is what I’m calling a fighter’s “fight speed score” — a measure of how much time is left in the fights they won versus how much is remaining in the bouts they lost.2The weighted average works like this: Take a fighter who has six wins and four losses. In her six wins, on average, 50 percent of the scheduled fight time was remaining; but in her losses, on average, 80 percent of the time was remaining. So her fight speed score is (6*0.5) – (4*0.8) = -0.2. This fighter tends to lose faster than she wins, even though she has a winning record. On average, Rousey has won her 11 fights with 90 percent of the scheduled fight time remaining; only three of her fights took more than 66 seconds.3The typical MMA fight is three scheduled five-minute rounds, except for championship bouts, which are five scheduled five-minute rounds. Other round and minute variations exist and were accounted for in the time-remaining calculation, which is a percentage. Combined with her undefeated record, this blazing-fast track record makes her a Lionel Messi-like outlier.Rousey’s quick fights are totally counter to the MMA trend overall. In the early 2000s, the average fight in the three-round, five-minute format lasted about 400 seconds for men and less than that for women. But in 2015, the typical fight went nearly two rounds (or about 600 seconds).4The trend lines in this chart represent the three-round, five-minute format. Rousey’s data points include fights in both formats. UPDATE (Nov. 13, 1:00 p.m.): Ronda Rousey defends her bantamweight title against Holly Holm this weekend in Australia. We wrote the story below before Rousey knocked out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds in August.