APTN National NewsAPTN National News host Cheryl McKenzie was at a vigil in Winnipeg held in support of the victims of alleged serial killer Shawn Lamb.McKenzie spoke with some of the people there to find out what people are thinking and saying about a case that has brought a lot of pain to the community.
New Delhi: Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari on Thursday launched a fresh attack on the AAP government, following the Delhi government’s request of one month’s time in granting permission to authorities in moving the JNU sedition case forward.In a statement, Tiwari alleged that the state government in the Capital is misusing its position to deliberately shield Kanhaiya Kumar, the prime accused in the case and that this goes to show where the Kejriwal government’s sympathies truly lie. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccusing the AAP government of siding with anti-national forces, the MP from North-East Delhi said that it is disrespecting the judiciary by asking for more time in granting requisite permissions. Tiwari also connected Congress’ promise of scrapping sedition laws to the Delhi government’s stance on Kumar’s ongoing sedition. He added that the people of the country have a choice between a nationalistic party like the BJP and the opposition in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. “Aam Aadmi Party is deliberately delaying permission to prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar and Kejriwal is also ready to campaign for Kumar. We will have to watch in which direction the politics of the country is going.”
Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has threatened to resign from his post if the Provincials Council elections are not held before the 9th of November this year.Deshapriya told reporters that he has been under pressure over the delay to hold the elections. He said that as a citizen he is also keen to ensure the Provincials Council elections are held soon.Deshapriya said that if the elections are not held by November he will resign as the Chairman of the Elections Commission and remain as a member only. (Colombo Gazette)
The Special Court for Sierra Leone has released the body of former rebel leader and indicted war criminal Foday Sankoh to members of his family, after first performing an autopsy to determine his cause of death. A statement released over the weekend by the Freetown-based Court investigating war crimes committed during Sierra Leone’s 10-year civil war, said the post-mortem examination found that Mr. Sankoh died from respiratory failure due to a massive pulmonary embolism. Mr. Sankoh’s body was subsequently released to members of his family and was due to be buried on Sunday. The former leader of the Revolutionary United Front, indicted last March by the Special Court for war crimes, atrocities and human rights violations committed in Sierra Leone, died last Tuesday at Freetown’s Choithram Hospital, where he had been receiving medical treatment and was under 24-hour observation. He was 66. Mr. Sankoh had been experiencing major health problems after a stroke in August last year. He was taken into custody on 10 March and subsequently transferred from the detention facility to the hospital on 29 March.
Tropical Storm Isaac raised considerable concern early last week as it looked set to turn into a hurricane before barrelling down upon the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, shared by both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Though the storm never fully transformed into a full-blown hurricane, it lashed Haiti with heavy rains and winds causing severe damage to the beleaguered nation, which is still recovering from the devastation of the 2010 earthquake. According to media reports, eight people were killed in Haiti alone and more than 14,000 people had left their homes, while another 13,500 had sought refuge in temporary shelters. Initial reports also indicate that the West and Southeastern Departments were the most affected by the storm, with flooding and mudslides causing extensive damage to bridges, roads and temporary shelters, such as tents and tarps. In a news release, the UN announced that it had begun responding to the humanitarian needs of the local population, providing stocks of food and drinking water to the evacuation centres in the West, South East, Grande Anse and Artibonite Departments. “In support of the Government’s coordination mechanisms, and depending on the scope of the needs, the humanitarian community is ready to provide further assistance for the distribution of potable water, Aquatabs, non-food and food items, therapeutic nutrition supply, hygiene kits, and cholera response kits, among others,” the Organization noted in the news release, which also said that the Government of Haiti was being closely assisted by UN agencies such as the UN Development Programme. The release also pointed out that UNICEF was closely assisting the Government of Haiti’s Child Protection agency staff their call centre for vulnerable children. Along with addressing the more immediate needs of the Haitian population, the UN also emphasized that it was prepared to help the Government with long-term recovery efforts, such as providing seeds and tools to farmers whose crops were damaged by the storm. Meanwhile, speaking from UN Headquarters in New York, a spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly said President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser had voiced his sadness at the loss of life in Haiti and at the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Isaac. “The President extends his condolences to the people and Government of Haiti and especially the families of those who have been killed in this storm,” a spokesperson for Mr. Al-Nasser said. “He also wishes to express his support for the efforts provided by the Government of Haiti with the assistance of the UN and other international organizations,” the statement added, further noting Mr. Al-Nasser’s call for all UN Member States to “re-double their efforts” in disaster prevention and response.
The first UN Secretary-General, Trygve Lie of Norway, addresses a meeting. Seated behind him is Sir Brian, then serving as his personal assistant. Credit: UNTV Archives Secretary-General Kofi Annan (right) meets with Sir Brian Urquhart. (4 April 2002) UN Photo/Evan Schneider Major General E.L.M. Burns of Canada – the head of the UN Emergency International Force which was set up in relation to the Suez Crisis – holds a meeting with military representatives from various nations at UN Headquarters concerning the organization of the force. Those present include Sir Brian Urquhart on behalf of the Secretary-General’s office. (16 November 1956) Sir Brian’s parachuting came to end in August 1942, when his parachute failed to open properly during a training jump. His plummet to the ground left him with broken bones, compacted vertebrae and internal injuries. Asides from agonizing pain, his recuperation included being found to have no pulse following three separate, unrecorded and maximum doses of morphine during a hospital transfer; and, being immobile, except for his head and arms, during months spent on his back and head down in a traction bed positioned at a 30 degree angle. After months spent convalescing, he returned to the Airborne Forces in April 1943.UN News: Your extensive injuries didn’t make you want to reconsider returning to the Airborne Forces?Sir Brian Urquhart: It made me want to go back! I was absolutely heartbroken because I thought I was going to miss one of the main events, which was actually the Dieppe Raid [a 1942 Allied forces attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe in northern France], which was one of England’s best and most total disasters. I was quite lucky to miss that. But no, I was interested in getting back to it.As a junior officer, Sir Brian was involved in helping plan Operation Market Garden – one of the largest airborne battles in history. Taking place in September 1944, the operation involved British and American airborne troops capturing key bridges at Arnhem, Nijmegen and Grave in the Netherlands, as part of a push to bring the war in Europe to a quick end. Sir Brian considered the plan to be “strategically unsound,” with the landscape where the parachutists landing in intersected by canals and causeways which would make support from relieving ground forces difficult to obtain. His views led to his being left out of the operation’s execution on medical grounds. Accompanied by the Editor of UN News, Ari Gaitanis (right), Sir Brian Urquhart is walked through the UN Headquarters complex, which was still-under renovations at the time. (16 September 2011) UN Photo/J. Jiji US troops that landed behind German lines in Holland examine what is left of a glider damaged during the airborne operation. Photo Courtesy of US Army On a visit to the Middle East to meet with the leaders of Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt and Jordan, Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim addresses staff at the UN Development Programme office in Amman, Jordan. At Mr. Waldheim’s left is the Assistant Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, Brian Urquhart. (3 September 1973) UN Photo/G. Nehmeh During a brief visit to the Middle East to discuss with the implementation of a Security Council resolution, Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim holds talks with Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begin. Seated to his right is Sir Brian Urquhart, then serving as the UN Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. (18 April 1978) UN Photo/John Isaac In his role as Secretary to the General Assembly’s Negotiating Committee for Extra-Budgetary Funds, Sir Brian (seated far right) takes part in a meeting on the financial situation of the UN Korean Reconstruction Agency. Seated near him is Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld (second from left). (15 February 1955) UN Photo/AF The Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations, Gladwyn Jebb (standing), addresses one of the body’s first meetings. Sitting behind him is Sir Brian, then serving as Mr. Jebb’s private secretary. Credit: UNTV Archives In the Syrian capital of Damascus, Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim and the-then Assistant Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, Sir Brian Urquhart, take part in a group with colleagues from the UN Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine (UNTSO). (28 August 1973) UN Photo/George Nehmeh Serving as the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, Sir Brian Urquhart (left), accompanied Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar on an official visit to Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Here, Mr. Perez de Cuellar and Sir Brian meet with Jordan’s King Hussein in Amman. (11 June 1984) UN Photo/John Isaac UN News: The use of airborne troops as a fighting force was still in its infancy, with old airplanes and fairly rough training involved at that stage in its development. You have said that, deep down, you actually hated jumping out of airplanes. Yet, it led to a chance meeting with General Dwight ‘Ike’ Eisenhower when winds dragged you and other parachutists through a line of VIPs. What happened?Sir Brian Urquhart: It was a big eye-opener for me. Eisenhower then was a completely unknown major-general. He was the first general officer of the United States to arrive in England. Churchill wanted to display what the London Daily Mail insisted on calling “Britain’s airborne might” – which was about 2,000 somewhat disoriented people like me jumping out of very old aeroplanes, obsolete bombers in fact. Everything was so weird in those days… what I reckoned without [was that] I was carrying two carrier pigeons in a cardboard carton around my neck, because they were our form of communication – we didn’t have radios because radios had all these valves and everything, and we couldn’t carry them in those days, it was not possible. We [Sir Brian and other parachutists] went straight through the line of [watching dignitaries] and then I managed to disengage from my parachute and I couldn’t think what, so I stood up and saluted. The British were all furious. They said “bloody poor show” and that kind of thing, as if it was my fault that the wind was blowing at 45 miles an hour! The general came running over. He said, “Are you alright, son?” I said yes. He said, “Why are you jumping in this wind!?” I said, “General, it was all laid on.”And then he said, “What on earth is that thing around your neck?” I pulled one of these damned pigeons out and I said “this is to communicate to our headquarters that we’ve dropped safely.” I threw it in the air. The pigeon had definitely been air-sick because it fluttered to a nearby bush and sat there, looking at me and General Eisenhower with that awful way pigeons have and occasionally making rather awful noises and I burst out laughing – it was too much. And the general burst out laughing and then said, “I think the United States will have to do something about your communications” and left.I never met him again, but what a guy! Everybody else was muttering about jolly poor show – it was sort of wonderful, very refreshing. UN News: You wrote that Westminster School left you with the ingrained idea on the concept of service. How is that?Sir Brian Urquhart: Well, that was true, you know, almost across the whole British public school system, because the system, as such, was designed to staff a very large empire run by a small, off-shore island. I mean the idea was that unless you were some sort of kind of a genius, like a musician or a painter or a poet or something, you should concentrate on the idea of serving. And it wasn’t a priggish idea – it seems to be not a bad idea really – and I think we were very much brought up to think that unless we displayed some fantastic genius for something, we would be lucky to be in public service, or indeed earlier on, to go into the church – the Church after all is a state religion in England, unbelievably – or to go into the army, to come to that. These were the main sources of public service. I wanted to be a civilian. And, you know, I think it wasn’t a bad idea – although bad luck on all those people we were going to rule over in the colonies – so you trained a whole group of people who would do that, and, incidentally, who would go to some distant part of the world and stay there their whole working life.UN News: What kind of a student were you?Sir Brian Urquhart: Well, I had to be very good because otherwise I, first of all, wouldn’t have gotten a scholarship to a public school and then I wouldn’t have gotten a scholarship to Oxford, in which case I would have gone and worked in a bank. So I was quite a good student! Ahead of a Security Council meeting on its role in the pacific settlement of disputes, Council members heard from Secretary-General Kofi Annan and three eminent persons – one of those was Sir Brian Urquhart, seen here delivering his speech. (13 May 2003) UN Photo/Evan Schneider ‹ Previous Next › Ari Gaitanis of UN News listens as Sir Brian Urquhart shares his experiences and views during an interview. (16 September 2011) UN Photo/Mark Garten Soon after the end of World War II, the Cold War set in, affecting the United Nations. Here, Sir Brian speaks about its impact on staff in the late 1940s. Credit: UNTV Archives The UN was a very cynical organization by that time. The Russians had “excommunicated” Trygve Lie over Korea. They wouldn’t talk to him. The McCarthy people [investigators looking into claims of Communist spies and sympathizers in the US federal government and elsewhere, as voiced by people such as US Senator Joseph Raymond “Joe” McCarthy] were running around the [UN] Secretariat trying to nail all the American members of the Secretariat as communists, which was very depressing, because people were frightened of them. A lot of people simply lost their jobs for no reason whatsoever. And I was disgusted by that. I thought it was terrible. And it was all very well for me to be supporting them, but it didn’t help very much – well, we could go into that at great length, but we won’t.I actually became very sceptical about the UN at that point and then I, unfortunately, had a rather considerable disagreement with the first Secretary-General, whose personal assistant I was – we had a temperamental disconnect, we didn’t fit well together. And I left him in 1948 over various disagreements, including about the Middle East. I really was in limbo for three or four years and was seriously thinking about leaving and then, miraculously, out of the blue, this young Swede arrived. ► See also Character Sketches by Brian Urquhart There, he was assigned to the newly established ‘T’ Force, set up to accompany advancing Allied troops into Germany and secure strategic intelligence assets such as industrial plants, laboratories and eminent German scientists. In this role, Sir Brian happened to be one of the first Allied troops to liberate the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in north-western Germany.Towards the end of combat operations in Europe, Sir Brian discovered that because of his young age but long service, he could not be transferred to the theatre of operations in Asia and faced little chance of being demobilized soon.Thanks to renowned historian Professor Arnold J. Toynbee – whom Sir Brian knew after having attended Oxford University with his son Philip – Sir Brian managed to secure a transfer to the Foreign Office Research Branch in London, which Professor Toynbee headed during the war. Professor Toynbee recalled that Sir Brian had once spoken of his pre-war ambition to work for the League of Nations and told him that a friend of his – Gladwyn Jebb, a British civil servant and diplomat – had been appointed the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations and was now recruiting.Sir Brian lost no time in visiting Mr. Jebb, who soon appointed him as his private secretary – in the process becoming the United Nations’ second recruit.Meeting in London between 16 August – 24 November 1945, the Preparatory Commission was charged with setting up the new body in accordance with the UN Charter, which was signed on 26 June 1945 in San Francisco, and came into force on 24 October that year.Following his service on the commission, Gladwyn Jebb went on to serve as Acting UN Secretary-General from October 1945 to February 1946, until the appointment of the first Secretary-General, Trygve Lie. UN News: “Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest; To give, and not to count the cost, to fight, and not to heed the wounds, to toil, and not to seek for rest, to labor, and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do thy will.” You wrote that even though you are not religious, these words drilled into your mind during your time at Westminster have provided you comfort in times of stress. How so?Sir Brian Urquhart: I think it is the most brilliant description of something you ought to try to live up to – it’s the Jesuit prayer. The fact that one fails all the time is neither here nor there. You know, if you have an idea that there’s an enormous good in humanity and you need to do your best to help that along – well, that I suppose is a sort of religion in a way, it’s a faith anyway – and if you want to know how to do it, then that’s a very good prescription.In 1939, in the wake of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s announcement of war against Germany, following its failure to respond to the ultimatum over Poland from Great Britain and France, Sir Brian went to a recruiting office and signed up to join the navy. Ten days later he discovered that the papers he had signed were not for the navy – they were for the army. Sir Brian speaks about the mood of delegates at the creation of the world body at the meetings of the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations, held in London in 1945. Credit: UNTV Archives Since the end of World War II, there has been some controversy over the battle and its failure to succeed in its objectives.Sir Brian was portrayed in the well-known 1977 film ‘A Bridge Too Far,’ based on the operation, although his name was changed to Major Fuller in order to prevent viewer confusion due to another personage with the same name of Urquhart.UN News: How did Operation Market Garden affect you personally?Sir Brian Urquhart: This was a hugely ambitious proposition. It had the most number of aircraft ever put into the air at one time, dealing with parachute tugs, fighter escorts and bombing sorties. It was, I forget, five or six thousand aircraft – it was enormous, it had never been done before. The Germans had learnt not to do it in Crete. The Germans thought Crete was a disaster, even though they won, because they killed so many of their own people. And this was exactly what we did. I was certainly mindful of Crete when we were planning that operation.Well, I’m sorry to say… before Market Garden, I was fairly arrogant, fairly opinionated and had great confidence in the higher authorities. After that, I lost all of these feelings. I thought I had not handled it very well, in persuading them to change the plan, which I failed to do. I certainly was not impressed by the British generals involved, mostly General (Bernard) Montgomery, who came into this plan out of the blue to finish the war in one fell swoop.Any fool could see that it wouldn’t work – but we won’t go into that now, it’s very long. I just felt very badly that I had not managed… I was 26 years old and it was extremely unlikely that I was going to turn over a plan which had been approved by Churchill and (US President Franklin Delano) Roosevelt and everybody else. The euphoria of the early days soon changed as the rivalries of the Cold War started to make themselves felt. In his autobiography, Sir Brian wrote that “the statesmanlike attitudes of the early meetings soon gave way to competitive point-scoring, and on many critical issues the level of debate sank to name-calling, polemics, and abuse, rendering a positive outcome precarious if not impossible. In 1946 these depressing tendencies were only just becoming to become apparent.”UN News: Given the excitement of those early days, how did it feel to see this change come over the still-forming organization?Sir Brian Urquhart: It was a terrible shock, actually. I have to say that I and my contemporaries were on the whole rather naïve. We really thought that – since we’d had no civilian experience in our adult life at all – that if governments said they were going to change and to do things differently in the future, then they would. Of course they didn’t. We went right back to square one. In fact, worse than square one because we were in a nuclear arms race by 1948, which was extremely dangerous. The New York City Building, at the old World’s Fair grounds in Flushing Meadows, served temporarily as the location for the General Assembly between 1946 and 1950, until the completion of the UN Headquarters complex in Manhattan. UN Photo UN News: That was your first brush with international diplomacy? Sir Brian Urquhart: Absolutely, and it was successful too – unlike most of the others!UN News: The late 1930s were a heady time with the dark clouds of World War II starting to gather. What comes to mind when you look back on your time at Oxford University?Sir Brian Urquhart: Well, we spent most of our time demonstrating in one way or another. I nearly joined the Oxford Communist Party in 1937 because it seemed to me that – this was before the Soviet show trials – the Soviets had done a better job of looking after the people of the Soviet Union. But I very, very soon lost… well, I giggled during the briefings, so that did it. It was called “bourgeois dilettantism” and I was shot out – that was good. But then, we were also demonstrating about Ethiopia – Abyssinia, rather, as it was called back then – as well as the Spanish civil war, the total failure to react to Hitler and the persecution of the Jews. During Operation Market Garden, Allied soldiers move past a knocked-out German 88mm gun near a bridge over the Meuse-Escaut Canal in Belgium. Photo: No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit UN News: You were a top student, being awarded scholarships throughout much of your education, but surely it wasn’t all work and no play, was it? Sir Brian Urquhart: [In 1937] we had at school one son of Joachim von Ribbentrop, who was the German ambassador in London [and Foreign Minister for Germany from 1938 onwards]. My single, most successful political effort was as follows: von Ribbentrop’s son took to arriving at Westminster, which is about 1,000 years old and has lots of stone arches, in two plum-coloured Mercedes Benz motorcars.The object of the two cars was so that the two chauffeurs can get out and make a triumphal arch and say “Heil Hitler!” I got the boys who lived outside the school to arrive 20 minutes earlier and we used to greet this every morning with tremendous laughter and cries and whistles and everything. It got out of hand and became a famous event in London and I got summoned and I was told that it was an insult to a “friendly power.” So I had a little bit of trouble talking to the headmaster about the Nazis being a friendly power. But in the end, I realized that he always got everything wrong and I said, “do you realize that the German Embassy cars are painted the colour of the royal family’s cars, which are all purple?” He said, “My dear boy, why didn’t you tell me before?!” and sent off an absolute sizzler to the ambassador saying this was outrageous. In his autobiography, Sir Brian wrote how the operation ended up with “more than 17,000 Allied soldiers killed, wounded or missing in nine days of fighting, no possible reckoning of civilian casualties, and all for nothing or worse than nothing.” In Jerusalem as part of a Middle East visit, and accompanied by the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, Sir Brian Urquhart (third from left) and others, Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, pays a courtesy call on the President of Israel, Ephraim Katzir. (5 June 1974) UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata UN News: As a child, you had dreamed about working for the League of Nations. You managed to become one of the first staff members of its successor, the United Nations. How did you feel about that?Sir Brian Urquhart: I felt fantastically lucky. In the first place, it was literally three weeks after I got out of the army, thanks to Arnold Toynbee. I was working for a superb person to learn from: Gladwyn Jebb of the British Foreign Office, who was the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission. He was really the first Secretary-General and he was absolutely outstanding. So I simply sat back for six months and learned. I was lucky – incredibly lucky.UN News: What was the atmosphere like during those early days of the United Nations’ birth?Sir Brian Urquhart: This is what most of us had been waiting for, for six years, and suddenly one was lucky enough to be working for this new world organization. A lot of people there had been much worse off than I was during the war. They’d been in the resistance in their own countries, had lost people in the war. It was a sort of bitter-sweet occasion in some ways. London was a mess. It was a very grey, dismal, bashed-about city – food rationing and all that. It was very un-cheerful physical surroundings, [but] the atmosphere at the UN was very upbeat. I mean, [the Soviet Union’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Andrei Andreyevich] Gromyko was the life and soul of the party; he made these wonderful jokes all the time. He was 37 years old. We had an outstanding group of people. I mean, we had Adlai Stevenson from the United States, [and Edwin R.] Stettinius, we had Ernest Bevin from the United Kingdom, we had Gromyko from the Soviet Union… a very distinguished group and there were still more or less under the spell of San Francisco – more or less. All of these easily amount to a front-row seat on history. But Sir Brian’s links to history go even further. As a youth, his experiences include attending a lecture given by Indian independence leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi while in primary school and taking part in the coronation of King George VI.I had a wonderful time working for the UN. It was quite difficult sometimes, but it was what I wanted to do… I loved the job, I believed in it. I still believe in it.As a soldier in World War II, he was involved in the surrender of German scientists working in nuclear research; he was one of the first Allied troops to liberate the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp; and he even helped Danish author Karen Blixen, of ‘Out of Africa’ fame, out of a predicament at the end of the war. To top it off, his role in ‘Operation Market Garden’ – one of the most well-known military actions of the later stages of the war – was immortalized in an epic film.As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a tribute message on the occasion of Sir Brian’s 90th birthday four years ago, “You have had an enormous influence on every Secretary-General. Even today, staffers everywhere seek to live up to your example. And you remain one of our wisest and staunchest advocates.”Here, in the first installment of a two-part feature, UN News spotlights the experiences and views of Sir Brian leading up to the creation of the United Nations.Sir Brian Urquhart was born in his grandfather’s house in 1919, in Bridport, Dorset, on the southern coast of England, the younger of two sons. Due to a lack of money, between the ages of six and eight, he was enrolled at a school in Bristol at which his mother taught: the Badminton School for Girls. In his autobiography, Sir Brian wrote that international affairs formed a large part of the school’s teaching, describing it as “an excellent school with some very un-English characteristics. Of these one of the most important was a passionate anti-xenophobia.” The school was founded by the sister of Sir Brian’s mother and her partner – Aunt Lucy and Ms. Beatrice M. Bake, two ladies who supported the work of the United Nations’ forerunner, the League of Nations. Sir Brian during his service with the Office of the UN Under-Secretaries Without Department in 1956. UN Photo UN News: What impact did not joining the navy have on your life? Sir Brian Urquhart: I evidently had too much to drink for lunch and I got the wrong form! I had a kind of romantic idea that the navy was the thing to be in, but it didn’t really make much difference. I was happy to be in anything by that time. In September 1939, one just felt that, you know, we were in such a pathetic position in comparison to Nazi Germany militarily, that the sooner one got into something as such the better, because if everybody did that we might have a hope in the end… I’ve always wondered how it was that we managed not to lose the war in 1940 – I think we should have, but we didn’t. Sir Brian was ordered to report to the 164th Officer Cadet Training Unit at barracks in Colchester, before joining the Dorset Regiment as a second lieutenant and being posted to its 5th Battalion in the town of Frome in Somerset. In 1941, after time spent on home guard duties, which included surviving the sinking of a minesweeper escort while on patrol and a dive-bombing attack while having lunch, Sir Brian was asked to be an intelligence officer with the newly-formed Airborne Forces, which aimed to develop the British Army’s parachute and glider-borne troops. British paratroopers moving through a damaged house in which they had sought shelter amidst the combat of Operation Market Garden. Photo: Army Film and Photographic Unit Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld (second from right) holds an informal conference with some high officials of his Executive Office. Amongst those taking part is Sir Brian Urquhart (right), in his role as Secretary of the International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy. (12 April 1955) UN News: The thrust of your early education seems to have foreshadowed the international path your life has taken. What influence do you think your Aunt Lucy and Ms. Bake had on you? Sir Brian Urquhart: Absolutely enormous. They were formidable ladies, as was my mother actually. They had a civil belief that the League of Nations ought to work. They didn’t think it would work, because governments weren’t capable of making it work, but they thought something like that had to work. They had a huge influence. Then, of course, we got into World War II, and it collapsed. But I had always wanted to work at the League of Nations. By the time I got there, anywhere near it, of course we had the war so I was in the army instead. Following an eventual transfer to a preparatory school for boys, at the age of 11 and at the insistence of his headmaster who knew of the financial situation of Sir Brian’s family, he sat for what was then known as the King’s Scholarship exam for Westminster School in London. UN Secretary-General, Trygve Lie, confers with the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations, Gladwyn Jebb. Sir Brian Urquhart worked for both men. (1 January 1946) UN Photo/Marcel Bolomey Sir Brian Urquhart listen as Secretary-General Kofi Annan speaks at the first in a series of lectures and conversations – entitled ‘Dag Hammarskjöld’s Legacy and its Relevance to the UN Today” – to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the world body’s second leader. (4 April 2005) UN Photo/Evan Schneider On a visit to Egypt In his role as the Assistant Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, Brian Urquhart (second from left), confers with senior officers from the UN Emergency Force in Suez City. (13 January 1974) UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata Carried out in September 1944, Operation Market Garden was an Allied military airborne operation – the largest of its kind up until then – which involved combat in the Netherlands and Germany. Sir Brian’s opposition to the operation led to him being left out of its execution on medical grounds. Here, he reflects on the experience. Credit: UNTV Archives He described passing the exam as a “turning point because it gave me affordable access to an ancient and civilized school for the next six years.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) shakes hands with Sir Brian Urquhart at a special dedication ceremony of the ‘Brian Urquhart Room,’ at UN Headquarters in New York City. (12 March 2009) UN Photo/Evan Schneider Given his stance on Operation Market Garden, Sir Brian was shortly afterwards posted out of the Airborne Corps – at his request – and joined the chemical warfare branch of 21 Army Group Headquarters, then located in Brussels. With Secretary-General Lie at his side, H.V Evatt of Australia addresses a meeting at the United Nations. Mr. Evatt played a leading role in the founding of the world body. In the background, seen conferring with a colleague is Sir Brian. Credit: UNTV Archives UN News: About your experience in the British schooling system in the 1920s and 1930s, you wrote that “if you were very lucky you received that intellectual stimulus, the essential shot-in-the-arm, that changes the way you think and look at life” and that you fell into that category. Just how important was education for your development? Sir Brian Urquhart: My father was an extremely unsuccessful painter, actually a rather good painter but he didn’t make any money. So I had to get scholarships, which in those days you got on merit, and I managed to do that.I went to Westminster which gave a traditional, classical education – that is to say that you learned Greek, Latin and philosophy. My mother thought that was a mistake, so I did foreign languages. I got to the top of that at the age of 15 and I had two years to go [to finish school].I was lucky I transferred to the history part of the school, which was run by a school-master straight out of Evelyn Waugh: John Edward Bowle. He was an absolutely brilliant, extremely eccentric person who was able, in some extraordinary way; to get one to write; to get one to think about contemporary problems; to read history in a rather personal way and to see how it all came together. I’m very grateful to this remarkable teacher.Sir Brian’s six years at Westminster School were formative. His schoolmaster, John Edward Bowle, had his students read and discuss contemporary books, and would bring in the authors to address the 16-year-old students. Some of those who spent afternoons engaging the students in discussion on their books included Bertrand Russell, Arnold Toynbee and H.G. Wells. After finishing high school, Sir Brian attended Oxford University as a Hinchcliffe Scholar at Christ Church College. His time at the university coincided with various events in Europe and the world in general, from the Spanish Civil War to the Italian conquest of Abyssinia, which preceded World War II. Following his interview with UN News, Sir Brian Urquhart is stopped by a member of the UN press corps for some questions. (16 September 2011) UN Photo/A. Gaitanis The first session of the United Nations General Assembly opened on 10 January 1946 at Central Hall in London. Here, Secretary-General Trygve, speaks at his installation ceremony. (2 February 1946) UN Photo/Marcel Bolomey Sir Brian Urquhart. (16 September 2011) UN Photo/Mark Garten
Monique Barbut, the Executive Secretary of the Convention, known by its acronym UNCCD, opened meeting by stressing: “Ignoring land degradation neutrality (LDN) could be political suicide.” Moreover, she stressed that LDN remains a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target – under Goal 15 – and populations will experience real benefits in terms of climate change, rural employment and food security. The Committee for the Review of Implementation of the Convention was established as a subsidiary body to the Conference of the Parties (COP). LDN will constitute a part within the CRIC15 Strategic Framework, under the Convention from 2018-2030. It is scheduled to be adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD next year. “Ten billion people on earth by 2050 will require food production to increase by 70 per cent, and that means expansion and exploitation of at least four million hectares of new land each year,” she said. However, there are only two billion hectares of degraded land at our disposal, 500 million of which can be restored, she added. In order to recover the ecosystems and feed the entire population, just 300 million hectares need to be restored. “We would be able to sequester a significant amount of CO2 as well. It is the fastest and most cost-effective way to do so.” Ms. Barbut said.
The rebuilding Toronto Blue Jays have traded top starter Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets for a pair of pitching prospects.Stroman posted messages on his Twitter account on Sunday expressing his excitement at the news.“NEW YORK! Where I was born. Where my heart lies. Where my family resides. Crazy excited for this part of my journey. Some things were meant to be! @Mets #HDMH.”He also tweeted his appreciation for the city of Toronto.“CANADA. TORONTO. Words can’t really explain the extent of my appreciation and love. Beyond thankful and blessed to have played for this unbelievable nation. Thank you for your constant support, love, and loyalty. I’ll be back plenty in the future!”The Blue Jays will receive pitching left-handed prospect Anthony Kay, 24, and right-handed Simeon Woods Richardson, 18, in return.Stroman was 6-11 in 21 starts with an ERA of 2.96 this year with Toronto. He was named to the American League All-Star squad for the first time in his career this season.Stro many memories. @MStrooo6 pic.twitter.com/ceOTEcB0DK— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 29, 2019Right-hander Sean Reid-Foley is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to replace Stroman in the rotation.It was the second trade the Blue Jays completed on Sunday. Earlier they sent infielder Eric Sogard to the Tampa Bay Rays.The Blue Jays have also called up shortstop Bo Bichette from Triple-A Buffalo. In 59 games at triple-A this season, Bichette is hitting .290 with eight home runs and 33 RBI.The 21-year-old is the next top prospect to join Toronto this season after Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Cavan Biggio were called up earlier in the year.NEW YORK! Where I was born. Where my heart lies. Where my family resides. Crazy excited for this part of my journey. Some things were meant to be! @Mets #HDMH pic.twitter.com/Z2H3GaxfLG— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) July 29, 2019
…it remains a choice of the parentFinance Minister Winston Jordan“VAT is not a cure for social ills; it is first and foremost a fiscal tool. I said we are aiming to reduce VAT but in doing so we will seek to broaden the base as wide as possible. There is no VAT on public education, it remains a choice of the parent. Government is not making that choice for them.”These were the words of Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who was quoted in other sections of the media signaling Government’s position on the 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) that was applied to the private education on February 1, 2017.Since its application, Government’s 14 per cent tax on private education has received widespread condemnation.School of the Nations, a private educational institute, has been at the forefront of the calls for the ‘burdensome’ 14 per cent VAT to be alleviated.The Director of the private institution, Dr Brian O’Toole, had penned a letter, which was published by Inews, outlining the constraints that this additional 14 per cent tax would have on the specified education sector.He had noted that while the tax might not affect the affluent in society the poorer parents who struggle to send their kids to the same school will be severely affected.However, Minister Jordan’s contentions surmises that if the parents ‘choose’ to send their children to private schools then they should afford the price as there is no VAT on public education.O’Toole in the introduction of his letter to Inews had said that “I am neither a politician nor am I an Economist. I am simply an Educator. Having lived in Guyana for the past 38 years, my wife and I started School of Nations more than twenty years ago. We began School of Nations for very simple reasons, our two sons attended one of the leading Secondary schools in Georgetown. Each evening, when we sat down to eat and asked about their day at school, they said they had two or three classes with no teacher. We visited the school, met the Head Mistress and were casually informed, ‘don’t worry … we may get a Maths teacher next year.’ That was motivation enough to try and offer an alternative.”Following the Director’s pronouncements, a petition named “Education is a Necessity, Let it be VAT free” was implemented calling for an appeal to the recent imposition of 14 per cent VAT on education-related expenses.The petition which can be found at https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/education-vat-free has in its preamble that their appeal “is not presented with any political agenda nor is it presented as an appeal on behalf of private schools. Rather it is presented as an issue which affects us all in Guyana.”It goes on further to state that “the imposition of the 14% VAT on private schools however will, of course, impact very heavily on the children and youth attending those schools. For some, the perception is that anyone who attends a private school must be wealthy. That perception may be true for a certain percentage but, for the majority, attendance at such schools often represents a real sacrifice by a family member…The students have been informed, a few days ago, that with immediate effect, their fees have now been increased by 14%. A number of these students pay the fees in G$100 bills, this new imposition may simply mean they stop the course, stay home and lose hope and add to the growing numbers of the unemployed and unemployable.”The goal of the petition which is to get 20,000 signatures has since garnered 2,476 signatures from its recent inception. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAgainst public outcry: President says 14% VAT on private education remainsMarch 2, 2017In “Business”Govt sounds warning to private schools over payment of taxesMarch 2, 2017In “latest news”Revised Education Act to regulate private schools-GovtMarch 6, 2017In “latest news”
FLSmidth has been chosen as the supplier of an acid-bake rotary kiln to the Hastings Technology Metals Yangibana rare earths project in Australia. FLSmidth will design and supply the kiln and provide technical assistance for this essential component in rare earths processing.The acid-bake rotary kiln incorporates concentrate mixing and feeding equipment, directs waste gas to a separate scrubbing facility, and provides a natural gas fired heating system essential for the processing of rare earths. Following receipt of tender submissions, Hastings awarded the contract to FLSmidth.The deal is significant strategically for FLSmidth as it recognises the depth of pyrometallurgical processing technology the company can provide for rare earths production of neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr). NdPr is a key ingredient in the production of permanent magnets which are widely used in electric vehicle (EV) motors, direct drive wind turbines, medical equipment-MRI, and high-end electronics.“The order of an acid-bake rotary kiln to the Hastings Technology Metals Yangibana rare earths project in Australia is significant for FLSmidth on a global perspective. It recognizes the ability of FLSmidth to provide technology for the processing of rare earths. The general growth in demand for battery minerals has allowed us to use pyrometallurgical processing experience to facilitate the needs of our fast-growing customers – but now it has also allowed us to expand our business into neodymium and praseodymium production,” comments Laurie Barlow, Head of Mining, Australia at FLSmidth.Yangibana currently covers some 650 km2 in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, some 250 km northeast of Carnarvon. The project is comprised of significant deposits across the tenement holdings – Bald Hill, Frasers, Yangibana West, Yangibana and Auer – all 100% owned by Hastings (the areas mentioned herein represents approximately 50 km2 out of the total of 650 km2). In addition, Hastings holds a controlling 70% stake in other tenements held in a Joint Venture arrangement in the greater Yangibana area, although these have not been considered in this DFS study.The project deposits have one of the highest rare earth basket values in the world when compared to other projects. Whilst the Mineral Resources contains 16 rare earth elements, Hastings has identified a combination of four elements (neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and terbium) as having most significant economic value in relation to growth expectations in the near and medium term. In particular, Nd and Pr account for approximately 85% of rare earth basket value.The DFS evaluates the development of the mine, process plant (incorporating beneficiation and hydrometallurgy) and supporting infrastructure. The project is designed to mine 1 Mt/y of ore and a process plant is planned to produce up to 15,000 t/y of Mixed Rare Earths Carbonate (MREC) from the Bald Hill and Frasers deposits. In addition to the DFS Probable Reserves Production Target comprising the first six years of mine life, Hastings has also evaluated the economic benefit of mining an Additional Production Target comprising of the Yangibana, Auer, Auer-North and Yangibana West deposits, which will increase mine life to eight years.The picture shows a typical kiln section being installed on another project.
If you grew up in a certain era of personal computing, you probably have a soft spot for adventure games. As innovated by developers like Sierra On-Line, they dropped us into worlds filled with quirky characters, devious puzzles and detail-filled scenes to explore. Sure, they could also be insanely frustrating and full of obnoxious unsolvable problems, but you can’t have everything.Telltale Games is far and away the modern master of adventure gaming, as they’ve discovered a way to streamline the game flow and remove a lot of the aggravation. In addition, their trademark memory system makes it very clear when you take an action that can affect the story, opening their games up for multiple playthroughs. If you’re looking to jump into their catalog, take a second and grind through this list first. In it, we rank every single Telltale game from worst to best so you don’t waste valuable gaming time. Click on, old friend.AdChoices广告Minecraft: Story ModeThat special brand of Telltale magic comes from the feeling of dropping into a fictional universe and thrilling to the familiar personalities and locations. The thing about Minecraft, though, is that those “personalities” are as low-res as the blocks they’re stamped on. We can’t fault Telltale for wanting to cash in on the gravy train, but Story Mode is easily the worst game they’ve made. A weak script sinks games like this, and tacking on three more bits with the “Adventure Pass” didn’t help.Jurassic Park: The GameWe’re going to see a lot of Telltale’s early efforts in this chunk of the list. The company was still finding its footing in 2011, getting some licenses that weren’t hot at the moment and building games around them. Jurassic Park is a completely competent adventure that just doesn’t stand out in any real way, with paper-thin characters and dull puzzles. Even worse, it feels like you’re not really in control of the narrative, which is unusual for Telltale.CSIWe’re going to lump all four of Telltale’s CSI games into one spot on this list because, frankly, they’re just not all that good. The hyper-realistic art style is unpleasant and each “case” is too short and simple. If you’re a big fan of the show they might be worth playing but otherwise feel free to skip them.Law & Order: LegaciesSee the entry for CSI above. This one maybe looks better in hindsight because you can’t even buy this game anymore – Telltale let the license lapse, so it’s lost to the mists of time. This one at least looked better thanks to a more stylized visual approach.Poker Night At The InventoryThis game (and the sequel) deserve a spot on the list for Telltale ably blending fictional universes including the worlds of webcomic Penny Arcade, TV show The Venture Brothers and more, but let’s be frank: there are better poker games out there, and once you’ve heard all of the funny dialogue at the table there’s not much else here. It’s fun and charming but definitely outside of the must-buy zone.Back To The Future: The GameThis was definitely a sort of transitional game for Telltale, as they had the license but weren’t 100% sure of how to make the best possible experience out of it. Christopher Lloyd even went into the studio to record new lines as Doc Brown, which gave the game a little more connection to the source material. The storyline is good and feels appropriate, the puzzles are there and this is where conversations start to get more interesting and meaningful.Wallace & Gromit’s Grand AdventuresSort of the epitome of mid-tier Telltale, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures does a serviceable job of aping the Claymation world of Aardman’s odd dog and man couple, but doesn’t bring anything particularly spectacular or novel to the tale. Some good laughs, some solid puzzles, but nothing you can’t live without.BoneIn their early days, Telltale made a pair of games based on Jeff Smith’s hit all-ages comic series Bone. They’re perfectly competent but the first one came out twelve years ago so they’re more than a little dated. Fun for fans of the series and younger players, but easily skipped.Game Of ThronesThis one suffers from the gap between expectations and delivery. When it was announced that Telltale would take on the Game of Thrones universe, we salivated at the idea of being a part of the conflict for the Iron Throne. Unfortunately, the same sprawl that’s affected the HBO show hurt the game as well, as players were relegated to the sidelines to wait for cameo appearances from characters like Dany and Jon Snow. Throw in a staggering number of graphical glitches and weird slowdown and you got an experience that just didn’t hang together.Sam & MaxBased on Steve Purcell’s indie comic darlings, the Sam & Max trilogy are all worth playing, especially if you have a high tolerance for capital W wackiness. The titular detectives are a bipedal dog and some sort of rabbit creature, and they get up to all sorts of shenanigans. The Sam & Max games get better as they go, and definitely were the fire in which many modern Telltale tropes were forged.Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive PeopleGames based on webcomics and other online culture detritus usually don’t work out so well, but Telltale managed to get something pretty solid out of the Homestar Runner universe with Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People. If you’re not a Homestar fan, some of the random access humor in this one can fall a little flat, but it’s definitely a solid recreation of what made it a “thing” in the early days of Flash animation.Tales Of Monkey IslandThe most notable bridge between the golden era of adventure gaming and the modern day, Telltale’s take on Monkey Island delivers some of the company’s best puzzle-centric adventure over five solid episodes. The graphics look more than a little dated, but if you’re into the genre these are worth playing.Puzzle Agent</h2<The utmost of rarities – a Telltale game with an original universe that didn’t come from another media property. With art by cartoonist Graham Annable, the duo of Puzzle Agent games are quirky experiments that meld adventure game style dialogue and exploration with a variety of brain-teasers. It’s definitely charming and will give your noggin something to chew on.The Walking DeadBefore Telltale dropped the first installment of their Walking Dead game, the general market consensus was that adventure games were a niche genre. This blew that out of the water, demonstrating that a tight narrative experience with real moral and ethical choices could carry a game. The anything-can-happen world of the zombie apocalypse lent real tension to every choice the player made, and adding young girl Clementine to the mix – and then making her the POV character – was a potent spin. Sadly, the Michonne spin-off didn’t keep the streak alive, as it was just too short.The Wolf Among UsThe company’s first new property after The Walking Dead hit big didn’t start off on the right foot, but once completed The Wolf Among Us showed the value of an episodic structure for adventure games. Set in the world of comic book series Fable, where storybook characters live among us, the player controls detective Bigby Wolf as he tries to get to the bottom of a grisly mystery. A sequel is on the way in 2018.Tales From The BorderlandsThe frantic shooting action of the Borderlands series often felt like it was just an excuse for the writers at Gearbox to let loose with the comedy, so it made sense for Telltale to jump in with both feet and go wild. Unfortunately, this wasn’t as profitable a project as some of the other franchises, so it doesn’t look like we’re going to get any more of it soon.BatmanFor our money, this series is the apotheosis of Telltale design. It perfectly recreates one of our favorite fictional universes – the dark alleys and society galas of Gotham City – and then makes us feel like everything we do there matters. While other Batman games position him as the ultimate badass, taking down crooks with ease, Telltale focuses on the detective part of Detective Comics, requiring you to navigate Gotham as both Batman and Bruce Wayne to solve the mystery. It’s an exceptional game. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Those were the respective reasons given when Rodale shuttered Best Life, Hallmark Cards killed Hallmark and Condé Nast folded Domino.The commonality among these magazines—besides that they are no longer being published—is that they were some of the few titles to deliver seemingly solid performances in 2008. Best Life’s ad pages increased 6.6 percent last year, according to the Publishers Information Bureau. Total circulation was up 6.1 percent, according FAS-FAX figures. Hallmark’s ad pages were up 11 percent and total circ skyrocketed 27.2 percent. While ad pages ad pages fell 4.1 percent last year at Domino, total circ soared 54.6 percent.It’s no secret that 2008 was a brutal year in magazines. On the consumer side, ad pages dropped 11.7 percent in 2008 when compared to 2007, according to PIB. Of the more than 230 magazines tracked only 42—or about 18 percent—saw ad pages increase for the year.So why are publishers walking away from titles that appear to be growing? “The problem is the publishing model,” University of Mississippi professor Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni told FOLIO: recently. “It’s one that’s served us well since World War II, when we switched from a circulation-driven publishing model to an advertising-driven model. That’s when magazines got into the business of counting numbers, not finding customers that actually count. So, when the economy declines, and ad revenues disappear, magazines begin to show less ‘real’ growth.”Some publishers, however, say oversaturation is a key reason magazines are going out of business. “Most publishers have the same problems as car dealers or home builders—that is, they have too much inventory and not enough buyers,” said Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton. “There are too many magazines, too many Web sites, too many conferences—not enough advertising/marketing spend to support them. So just as stores close and auto dealerships disappear, media properties get shut down. It’s not really about costs or expectations; it’s about revenue, or lack thereof.”No GuaranteesEven after publishers make cutbacks and layoffs, there’s no guarantee of survival.“We did see some great growth in terms of circ and ad pages but the business still fell short of our plan,” said Hallmark spokesperson Julie O’Dell. “We looked at a number of business models and options but were not able to put together the type of structure we needed. It was not an easy decision, but we have to focus our efforts on our other products.”“I don’t think it’s fair to say the print model is broken,” said Dan Woods, associate publisher at O’Reilly Media’s Make, which pulled the plug on the print edition of sister title Craft in February. “If you’ve been all but giving away the book and taking up a big chunk of your EBITDA and spending it on direct mail to build circ for advertisers, I can see that it’s hard to find a way out. On the other hand, those magazines that are built around blended business models that balance circulation and ad revenue seem to have a far better chance of coming through the storm prepared for growth.”Husni said the combination of technological advancements (primarily online) coupled with the down economy has killed the ad-driven print model. “The engine is dead and we need to rebuild it.”In order for magazines to survive, he said, publishers need to stop “devaluing their content” by selling annual subscriptions for the price of—or less than—a single issue. One recent example of this is Condé Nast, which lowered Glamour’s subscription price to $1.50 in recognition of the magazine’s 70th anniversary. “How can we change an audience that is so used to getting their content virtually for free?” Scott Crystal, president of TV Guide, agrees. “The obsession with advertising was supposed to continue to buoy losses elsewhere and we’d continue to plod forward and think everything was working. Well, it’s not,” Crystal said. “We need to charge consumers more for a better product and to take costs out of inflated rate bases due to advertising desires. We’re all looking at our business models and cost structures, making tough decisions that perhaps should have been made a long time ago.” The magazine “could not reach our internal benchmarks.”“We cannot justify continued investment.”“We have concluded that this economic market will not support our business expectations.”
RELATED: Did Reed Ever Really Plan to Sell the Titles it Closed?About nine months after putting the brands published under the U.S. arm of Reed Business Information on the block again, Reed Elsevier announced today that it is closing down the magazines it has not been able to sell or does not intend to keep. In total, the number of magazines to be closed down is 23.The affected titles include: Building Design+Construction, Chain Leader, Construction Bulletin, Construction Equipment, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Control Engineering, Converting, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies, Graphic Arts Blue Book, Graphic Arts Monthly, HOTELS, Logistics Management, Material Handling Product News, Modern Materials Handling, Plant Engineering, Professional Builder, Professional Remodeler, Purchasing, Restaurant & Institutions, Semiconductor International, Spec Check, Supply Chain Management Review and Tradeshow Week. The news was announced internally at RBI by a memo from RBI Global CEO Keith Jones. Since late last July, when the RBI magazines went back on the block, the company has been able to sell off several titles, the most recent the sale of Publishers Weekly. According to the announcement, the titles that were sold made up approximately two thirds of the revenue of the portfolio it was attempting to divest.UPDATE: When contacted by FOLIO:, a Reed Elsevier spokesperson declined to say how many positions will be eliminated as a result of the closings, which should take effect by the end of the month. He says Reed would be open to discussions with potential purchasers of the intellectual property associated with any of the closed down brands.In January, RBI shuttered Video Business, Manufacturing Business Technology and Industrial Distribution.As previously announced, Reed intends to keep Variety, Marketcast and 411 Publishing, Reed Construction Data and the Buyerzone lead generation business.Check back to FOLIOmag.com for updates to this story.
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Dalrymple told the Joint Boards "So that was another idea that I wanted to leave with your group because I think that’s something that you could build on very much"Bismarck Public Schools already has embraced the concept of splitting the roles supplying Bismarck High School and Century High School each with a dean of students/activities director for the first time this fallMike Heilman the district’s assistant superintendent of secondary schools said the goal is to have the dean deal with discipline attendance and other student issues to free up time for the principal and assistant principals to act as instructional leaders"We think we’ve got a pretty good plan in place" he saidFargo Public Schools doesn’t have deans of students but its organizational structure of principals assistant principals and activities directors at all high schools and middle schools allows them to cover both student management and teacher evaluation and mentoring Superintendent Jeff Schatz said"It’s a shared responsibility" he saidStrinden said the issue may be more challenging for the state’s smaller school districts where the principal sometimes oversees grades K-12 and may double as the superintendent Funding is tight in some districts and they’ve traditionally focused on adding instructional staff before administrators which some believe are already too plentiful he said"It’s a really sticky issue" he saidThe governor’s comments came at a time when the state Department of Public Instruction is developing new systems for evaluating principals and teachersThe work began as part of the state’s application in September 2012 for a waiver that would have released the state from certain accountability terms of the federal No Child Left Behind law In exchange the state had to develop rigorous and comprehensive plans to boost educational outcomesBut state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler withdrew the waiver application last spring saying it would provide very little flexibility and relief for schools and teachers Still DPI decided to move ahead with two parts of the application: Common Core Standards for college and career readiness and the principal/teacher evaluation systemsThe committee that worked on the evaluations reassembled in August Matt Strinden DPI’s director of teacher and school effectiveness gave an update on the committee’s work Tuesday to the Joint Boards of Education which is made up of the Board of Public School Education Board of Higher Education Education Standards and Practices Board and the Board of Career and Technical EducationStrinden said the committee’s focus has shifted from teacher evaluations to principal evaluations "with the belief that we need to have principals that can effectively evaluate teachers before we can have an effective teacher evaluation system"One proposed change is to have four evaluation levels in the new plan instead of just two satisfactory and unsatisfactory Strinden saidThe evaluation factors also will include student achievement which Strinden called "the elephant in the room" He said it’s up to the committee to decide how it will be used in evaluationsMost North Dakota school districts now use commercially available evaluation models that adhere to national guidelines But some don’t and the models vary widely from district to district Strinden saidThe systems being developed by the 14-member committee – comprised of school teachers and administrators from across the state including Fargo and West Fargo – will have components that school districts must incorporate into their own evaluation models The timeline calls for the models to be adopted by the 2017-2018 school year though there’s no firm deadline yet Strinden saidPolice said Gordon E Samel 52 who played a small but important role in author Jon Krakauer’s book about wanderer Chris McCandless which was made into a movie by Sean Penn on Sunday fled police who had approached his vehicle in response to a report about possible drunken driving"As the state trooper knocked on the side of the pickup to contact the occupants it drove off and circled around several small businesses in the area" an Alaska State Trooper report saidIt said Samel then led law-enforcement officers on a high-speed chase along the city’s main thoroughfare briefly against traffic and at times into lightly populated residential areas before he was ultimately blocked at an intersectionWhen a state trooper and a Wasilla police officer approached the truck on foot Samel backed up the truck toward the officer prompting both the officer and trooper to fire their handguns the report said Samel was declared dead at the sceneA passenger received a non-life threatening injury to one of his arms and was released without being chargedSamel was among a party of moose hunters who discovered McCandless’s corpse in an abandoned bus in a remote part of the Alaska wilderness north of Mount McKinleyKrakauer in writing about McCandless’s death looked to Samel for insights into the young man’s behavior including his agonizing over killing what he thought was a mooseIt was not a moose but a caribou Krakauer learned from Samel according to his book "Into the Wild""There’s a big difference between a moose and a caribou" Samel was quoted as saying in the book "A real big difference You’d have to be pretty stupid not to be able to tell them apart"Samel’s family told the Anchorage Daily News that he was a gifted mechanic and auto body repairman and a "big-hearted outdoorsman who struggled with bipolar disorder" The paper also reported that he was under court-ordered restrictions from a September arrestIDEAS Ban Ki-moon was the eighth UN Secretary General serving from 2007-2016 and is a member of The Elders a global leaders’ group Kofi Annan was a committed humanitarian and monumental leader who leaves behind him a remarkable and enduring legacy His passing at the age of 80 on Aug 18 has left me bereft As his immediate successor in the post of UN Secretary General I always tried to follow in his footsteps and learned from his successes trials and errors Annan presided over the United Nations from 1997 to 2006 a time when it was forced to learn hard lessons from the tragic crimes against humanity committed in Rwanda and Srebrenica In response he pioneered the concept of humanitarian intervention citing the “universally recognized imperative” of putting an end to human rights abuses From 2001 until his passing I had the privilege of working with him in different capacities Of his many and diverse accomplishments I was fortunate to inherit the Millennium Development Goals adopted at the dawn of new millennium upon Annans initiative They galvanized leaders to take action for the world’s most vulnerable people in order to make this a better place for all The Millennium Development Goals also paved the way for the Sustainable Development Goals which were adopted by world leaders in 2015 Based on lessons learned from Annan they are a bold and ambitious global plan to ensure that no one is left behind and that all people live in dignity and in harmony with nature After his sad passing it is now our moral and political duty to continue the path that Kofi Annan passionately pursued Correction: August 28 The original version of this story misstated Ban Ki-moons tenure as UN Secretary General He served from 2007-2016 not from 2008-2016 Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsA spokesman for Egypt’s Medical Forensics Authority claimed in a broadcast Saturday that an activist shot by police in January near Cairo’s Tahrir Square succumbed to her injuries because she was underweight Shaimaa al-Sabbagh 31 died from close-range bird-shot pellets in a senseless killing that shocked the world after photographs of her death appeared in international media A police officer is to face manslaughter charges for her death reports the New York Times According to the Times medical official Hisham Abdel Hamid said "She was very thin She did not have any percentage of fat So the small pellets penetrated very easily and four or five out of all the pellets that penetrated her body these four or five pellets were able to penetrate her heart and lungs and these are the ones that caused her death" MORE: Egyptian Activist Shot and Killed During Peaceful Protest in Cairo Hamid argued that a man marching next to al-Sabbagh who was also struck by police fire survived the shots because he had more body fat The theory has elicited skepticism from activist groups "These sorts of ridiculous claims just add a thick layer of absurdity to the governments endless record of killings and impunity" said Human Rights Watch’s Sarah Leah Whitson [NYT] Egyptian Activist Shot and Killed During Peaceful Protest in Cairo in January Socialist Popular Alliance Party activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh collapses after she was shot during a protest by the party in Cairo Jan 24 2015 Al Youm Al Saabi/Reuters Socialist Popular Alliance Party activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh receives help after she was shot during a protest by the party in Cairo Jan 24 2015 Al Youm Al Saabi/Reuters Socialist Popular Alliance Party activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh receives help after she was shot during a protest by the party in Cairo Jan 4 2015 Al Youm Al Saabi/Reuters Shaima al-Sabbagh is carried away after being shot in Cairo Jan 24 2015 Emad El-Gebaly—AFP/Getty Images Socialist Alliance Party activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh after being shot in Cairo Jan 24 2015 Emad El-Gebaly—AFP/Getty Images 1 of 6 Advertisement Contact us at editors@timecom ordering towns and cities to cut water use by 25% 99 Also it was Manohar and Sujith who were DreamWorks obtained investments ossified studiosE Former President George W Rising air pollution levels in our 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