Thousands continue to make perilous journey from Horn of Africa to Yemen

“The crossing from the Horn of Africa to Yemen is one of several deadly sea routes worldwide that UNHCR watches closely,” spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Adrian Edwards, told reporters in Geneva.“Hundreds of people, including Syrian refugees, have died in recent months crossing the Mediterranean to Europe. In Southeast Asia, just last weekend, dozens of people were reported missing after their boat capsized off the coast of Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal.”Yemen has seen six successive years of high arrivals by sea. Since 2006, when UNHCR started collecting data, more than half a million asylum seekers, refugees and migrants have travelled by sea to Yemen. Most are Ethiopians, citing the difficult economic situation at home and often hoping to travel through Yemen to the Gulf States and beyond. Somalis arriving in Yemen are automatically recognized as refugees by the authorities, while UNHCR has helped determine the refugee status of other asylum seekers, including from Ethiopia, Eritrea, and other countries.UNHCR is encouraging cooperation among countries affected by mixed migration, and is supporting the Yemeni Government to organize a conference next week on asylum and migration together with the International Organization for Migration. The three-day conference will take place in Sana’a, with participants from Governments from the Horn of Africa, Gulf States, donor countries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and institutions such as the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat.“The aim of the Yemen conference is to establish a regional plan to help manage mixed migration between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula,” Mr. Edwards said. The objectives of the plan include, saving lives, ensuring better protection systems for asylum seekers and refugees, strengthening law enforcement against smuggling and trafficking networks, increasing funding for assisted-voluntary-returns programmes, and raising awareness of the dangers of irregular migration. read more

UN has duty to speak out against antiSemitism Ban tells General Assembly

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the meeting via video message, expressing solidarity in the worldwide fight against anti-Semitism and noting that Jews have experienced “insidious bias” and “overt violence” throughout the course of history. The event was initiatied by the Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN and convened by the President of the General Assembly, at the request of several UN Members delegations, including Israel, the United States and Canada.“The systematic murder of millions of European Jews in the Holocaust showed anti-Semitism at its most monstrous,” said Mr. Ban. “A United Nations that wants to be true to its founding aims and ideals has a duty to speak out against anti-Semitism.”Noting that extremism is on the rise worldwide, he said responses to it had to avoid perpetuating cycles of demonization and playing into the hands of those who seek to divide. One particular trap related to the Middle East conflict.“Grievances about Israeli actions must never be used as an excuse to attack Jews,” he said. “In the same vein, criticisms of Israeli actions should not be summarily dismissed as anti-Semitism.”Acting President of the General Assembly Alvaro Mendonca e Moura looked ahead to the International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust next week, underlining not only the need to remember the tragedies but to learn from the ‘unspeakable atrocities’ committed. The international community also had an obligation to prevent acts of intolerance and hate from happening again.Anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance and prejudice were on the rise despite the prohibition of religious and racial discrimination enshrined in many of the international community’s most important foundational documents, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.“As we witness the shadow of intolerance permeating so many segments of public and private life, it is of utmost importance that all stakeholders be actively involved in our efforts to fight against prejudice, while also promoting and strengthening tolerance, mutual understanding, dialogue and respect,” added Mr. Mendonca e Moura.Many tools were available to do so, he said, underlining the importance of education and pointing out that he would convene a high-level thematic debate on 6 April, on ‘Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation.’Keynote speaker Bernard-Henri Lévy said the General Assembly was given the ‘sacred task’ of preventing the spirits of anti-Semitism from awakening. They had awoken, though, he said, and that was why this meeting was taking place.He sought to refute modern analysis of anti-Semitism, including the idea that it was just variety of racism, saying that looking the evil ‘squarely in the face’ required better understanding and the abandonment of old clichés about anti-Semitism and how it operates.Today, he continued, anti-Semitism stemmed from an ‘anti-Zionist delirium’ in those opposing the re-establishment of Jews in their historic homeland, from Holocaust denial and from the perceived use by Jews of the memory of their suffering to ‘overshadow’ other martyrs.“Anti-Semitism needs those three formulations, which are like the three vital components of a moral atomic bomb,” Mr. Lévy said. “Each alone would be enough to discredit a people but when the three are combined, we can be pretty sure of facing an explosion in which all Jews everywhere in the world will be the designated targets.” read more

Hailing Somalias ratification UN renews call for universalization of child rights treaty

Somalia deposited its instrument of ratification at UN Headquarters in New York yesterday during the annual treaty event held in conjunction with the General Assembly’s high-level debate, formalizing the process of ratification started earlier this year.In doing so, the Horn of Africa nation became the 196th State party to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. The United States is now the only country that has not ratified it. “The Secretary-General welcomes the Government of Somalia’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, an important measure which binds the Government to ensure specific protections for all children in the country,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. Adopted in 1989, the Convention is the world’s strongest commitment to promote and respect the human rights of children, including the right to life, to health, to education and to play, as well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence and from any form of discrimination, and to have their views heard. Mr. Ban encouraged the US “to join the global movement and help the world reach the objective of universal ratification,” and affirmed the UN’s support in these efforts.” Also welcoming Somalia’s ratification was Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Leila Zerrougui, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict; Marta Santos Pais, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children; and Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.In a joint statement, they said Somalia’s action is “a significant and very welcome step” toward realizing the rights of the country’s 6.5 million children, who face enormous challenges. Somalia today has one of the highest under-five mortality rates in the world, alarming malnutrition rates, and very high levels of violence affecting children. “By becoming the 196th nation to ratify the Convention, Somalia has committed to uphold the dignity and worth of every child and translate the obligations of the CRC into concrete actions, especially for those children in greatest need and at greatest risk,” they stated. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, in a separate statement, also welcomed the ratification and repeated its call for universal ratification of the Convention, adding that it looked forward to engaging with the US. The Committee, which monitors implementation of the treaty, also urged States to ratify the three Optional Protocols to the Convention that deal with protecting children from trafficking, prostitution and child pornography; prohibiting their recruitment in armed conflict; and allowing children to bring forward their complaints to the UN if their rights are being abused.Somalia was among 24 Member States that undertook 31 treaty actions during this year’s event at UN Headquarters, on legal instruments covering issues such as human rights, international trade and development, penal matters, disarmament, and environment, among others. read more

UN Tech Bank opens in Turkey to help poor nations leapfrog development

“Technology has to diffuse to all communities to enable them to leapfrog traditional development challenges,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed  at the launch of the new UN Technology Bank  in the Turkish city of Gebze; about 30 miles southeast of Istanbul, the country’s commercial hub. The idea of establishing a capacity-building institution dedicated to the least developed countries (LDCs) came out of the LDC Istanbul Conference in 2011 and was included in the world’s action plan to eliminate poverty when the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by UN Member States in 2015.  The following year, the UN General Assembly approved the creation of the Technology Bank, which is listed among targets under Sustainable Development Goal 17 on partnership.Monday’s launch of the Technology Bank marks the first SDG target to have been officially reached, among the 169 targets that have been set as part of the 2030 Agenda. “The creation of the Technology Bank responds to the proposition that science, technology and innovation are essential elements to transform the economies of the LDCs, promote economic growth and enable countries to address their technology gaps and support their economic diversification and productive capacity building strategies,” said Fekitamoeloa Katoa Utoikamanu, Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.According to Acting Managing Director, Heidi Schroderus-Fox, the Bank is already starting its work in 16 LDCs, with STI reviews and technology needs assessments under way in Guinea, Haiti, Sudan, Timor Leste and Uganda. Projects aimed at improving digital access to research are also underway in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda, and Tanzania, she said. read more

Production shines in summer sun

Car production in July climbed 4.6 per cent to 140,793 units Output for the year-to-date was up 1.2 per cent Export production rose by 9.5 per cent in July and 7.8 per cent year-to-date July CV output on par with last year Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: Production figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: July 2003 CV production dipped 0.5 per cent on July 2002 Output up 1.3 per cent over seven months to July on the same period last yearFor more on July car and CV production, please download the press release by clicking on the link below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Ford Focus tops both new and used best sellers in 2006

Top 10 Used Car Sales – 2006 Figures released today from SMMT show that the Ford Focus tops both new car registrations and used car sales. I already have an account This is a secure area and requires you to be . – Category – SMMT News  (4,266)    Emissions  (73)    Europe  (32)    Event News  (27)    Registrations  (873)       Bus & Coach  (122)       Cars  (238)       Electric & Alternatively-Fuelled Vehicles  (95)       HGVs  (219)       LCVs  (23)       Pre-Registration  (165)    UK Manufacturing  (464) Twitter: smmtInnovate in Britain: UK government & auto industry have jointly invested more than US$640m (£500m) in CAV R&D and t… 10:18:17 AM January 10, 2019 SMMT NewsRegistrationsUK ManufacturingEmissionsEuropeEvent NewsTNB NewsVehicle DataCar RegistrationsLCV RegistrationsHGV RegistrationsBus & Coach RegistrationsEVS & AFVS RegistrationsManufacturing DataMotorparc Vehicles in UseExport ReportsNew Car and Van ForecastsProduction ReportsUsed Car Sales DataProduction OutlookMember ServicesAutomotive LogisticsSMMT Automotive Supplier Finder (ASF)Certification and trainingFunding and SupportInternational ServicesSMMT PublicationsTechnical Circulars Industry TopicsBrexitDigital ManufacturingEconomyEmissionsEnvironmentSafety & SecuritySustainabilityTechnology & InnovationUK AutomotiveSMMT EventsSMMT EventsSMMT Future Mobility ChallengeSMMT Annual DinnerIntroduction to SMMT seminarSMMT Automotive Quality Management Systems (AQMS) ConferenceSMMT Connected 2019Commercial Vehicle ShowAutomechanika BirminghamInternational Automotive SummitMeet the BuyerOpen ForumWebinarsSponsorship and Exhibiting OpportunitiesSMMT ReportsUK Automotive Sustainability 2019UK Automotive Trade ReportLCVs: Delivering for the UK EconomyCAVs: The Global Race to MarketSMMT Motor Industry Facts 2019New Car CO2 2019Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles GuideThinking of buying a new car?UK Specialist Car Manufacturers 2017Digital ManufacturingCAVs: Revolutionising Mobility in SocietyConnected and Autonomous VehiclesThe UK Automotive AftermarketThe Ultra Low Emission Vehicle GuideAutomotive Council ReportsUK Automotive priorities for a new ParliamentReports Archive JoinMember BenefitsApply to JoinAbout usAbout SMMTConsumer InformationSMMT StructureSMMT CommitteesSMMT HistorySMMT VacanciesContact UsContact DetailsFind UsMedia TeamGeneral InfoTerms & Conditions of UseCookies NoticePrivacy PolicyAcronymsLinksEnvironmental PolicyCorporate InformationHow To Pass Your MOTMember, Associate and Affiliate LogosSMMT Garage Finder 6VAUXHALLVECTRA138,119 Member Services SMMT represents the UK automotive industry through the membership of companies involved in design, concept, manufacture, sale, after sale, disposal and recycling of motor vehicles, components and accessories. – Sort by – Title (A-Z) Title (Z-A) Date (Newest first) Date (Oldest first) RankModel 8VAUXHALLASTRA MK4136,331 RankMakeRangeTotal 10RENAULTCLIO (X65)128,853 Membership Services read more

UK car manufacturing nears 15 million landmark

CV output falls again in November Engine manufacturing rose for a third successive month in November, up 3.4% to 231,371 units.Output up 2.5% over the year-to-date to 2,404,146 units.November rise driven by exports; robust home market performance over year-to-date. “With output up 4.5% in 2013 to-date, UK car manufacturing is on track to pass 1.5 million units this year, the best performance since 2007,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “A number of mass-market manufacturers have this year used November to prepare their production lines for new models, so volumes dropped 3.6% in the month. However, the forthcoming new models will play an integral part in what is predicted to be an even stronger 2014 for UK car manufacturing.” Commercial vehicle (CV) output fell 35.7% in November to 7,061 units.CV production over the first 11 months of the year down 21.5% to 82,535 units.Total CV manufacturing volumes expected to remain subdued until mid-2014. Exports fuel strong month for engine production Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) “Ongoing weak European demand and changes to UK manufacturing operations impacted commercial vehicle production in November,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “While we expect the downward trend to continue for a few months yet, CV manufacturing in the UK has a solid base from which to build with more than 200 vans, trucks and buses rolling off domestic production lines every day.” Click through to download the full UK automotive manufacturing news release for November 2013.If you use these figures in online editorial, please reference as the source. Car production rose 4.5% in first 11 months of year to 1,424,023 units.2013 output set to pass 1.5 million units for first time in six years.Preparation for new model production at several UK sites saw November output dip 3.6%. read more

Soirée will impact bus routes and parking Saturday

Saturday marks Soirée, the annual commemoration of Brock University’s namesake Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock.Hundreds of people are expected to attend the evening event.Please make note of the following interruptions around campus:• All buses will be redirected to the temporary bus staging on Isaac Brock Blvd. West from 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. Buses will return to their normal pickup in front of Schmon Tower on Sunday.• Lot S East will be reserved for event parking beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. Permit holders can park in Zone 1.• Pay parking on Isaac Brock Blvd. West will not be available on Saturday. Pay parking is available at Lot D ($7 day rate) or at any pay machine/meter spaces around campus.• Guernsey Market will be closed Saturday as it hosts Soirée. DeCew/Lowenberger dining halls will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and the Hungry Badger will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 24. Cocktails and Au Marche first course at 6 p.m., dinner and entertainment at 7:30 p.m.WHERE: Guernsey Market Hall, Brock UniversityHOW: Tickets are $225 each; tables seat up to eight guestsFor tickets or more information about the 2015 General Brock October Soirée please visit read more

Basketball comes full circle as Raptors prepare to host NBA Finals

The first NBA game was in Toronto.And now, the NBA Finals are headed there.Finally.The NBA Finals are set after the Toronto Raptors won the Eastern Conference championship on Saturday night and earned the right to play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors. For the Raptors, it’ll be the first time on this stage; for the Warriors, it’ll be an 11th trip to the finals and fifth in a row, as they look for a fourth crown in the last five seasons.Game 1 is Thursday night in Toronto, which will become the first city outside the U.S. to play host to a finals game – a milestone that comes just about 73 years after Toronto was the site of the first game in NBA history.The Raptors weren’t around then: Toronto’s first NBA team was called the Huskies, a club that went 22-38 in its only season. The Raptors have been around since 1995, and in their 24th season they’re finally going to play for a ring.“They’re the champions,” Raptors star Kawhi Leonard said of the Warriors. “We’ve got to go in, have the mental focus, enjoy the moment and take the challenge.”While it is the first finals trip for the Raptors franchise, many players on the team have been there. Leonard and Danny Green got there with San Antonio in 2013 and 2014, with Leonard winning MVP of the series against Miami five years ago. Serge Ibaka was with Oklahoma City for its appearance in 2012 and Raptors reserve Patrick McCaw was part of the Warriors for their title runs in each of the past two seasons.“We’re not satisfied,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said. “We want to win the championship.”Related stories:Toronto reacts to Raptors clinching NBA finals berthToronto Raptors advance to NBA finals, first Canadian team in historyVideo: Fans sing ‘O Canada’ after Raptors victory For the Warriors, this has almost become an annual rite.Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston have been part of each of these five runs to the finals by Golden State. Kevin Durant is going to his third in a row and fourth overall; if he wins Finals MVP – that would seem unlikely at this point, because he isn’t expected to play in Game 1 and it’s unknown if he’ll actually appear in the series at all because of a calf injury – he would join Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal as the only players to win that trophy in three consecutive seasons.By the time Game 1 rolls around, the Warriors will have been off for 10 days. They scrimmaged Saturday to break up the monotony.“I think we try and be smart with it,” Iguodala said. “We got a few guys just trying to get back from injury and it’s given us some time to get that rest and take advantage of it.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr has a chance at his ninth championship. He won five as a player, has three already as a coach and is going to the finals for the 10th time in his last 13 seasons in either of those roles.“It’s not like we’ve come to expect it, but we’re veterans of this experience and this run and our guys know how to finish games,” Kerr said. “They know how to win playoff series, and so there’s a sense of confidence going into every round. There’s still a sense of joy and accomplishment getting to the finals. It’s so hard to do.”For Leonard, it’ll be the first trip to the finals since he was MVP of the series in 2014.And it only continues to prove that his first year in Toronto was a success.Traded to the Raptors last summer by San Antonio – DeMar DeRozan was the big piece the Spurs got – Leonard, his health and whether he’d fit in in Toronto was one of the major storylines entering this season.Asked and answered. Leonard has averaged 31.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in the playoffs, had a 27-point, 17-rebound, seven-assist effort in the win over Milwaukee that clinched the East on Saturday, and had perhaps the biggest moment of this post-season when his buzzer-beater hit the rim four times before dropping to beat Philadelphia in Game 7 of the second round.“He’s been great,” Kerr said. “Not surprising, though. He’s got his finals MVP a few years ago. One of the best players in the league, so he’s been great.”Game 2 is in Toronto on June 2, followed by Games 3 and 4 at Oracle Arena on June 5 and June 7.Either Game 4 or Game 6 – on June 13, if it goes that far – will be the final time the Warriors call that building home. They’re leaving Oakland after this season for the brand-new Chase Center in San Francisco.The Raptors swept the season series, though there are plenty of reasons not to make too big a deal out of that. For starters, the teams haven’t played since Dec. 12. And neither team was at full strength in either of those games – Durant scored 51 in a 131-128 loss at Toronto in a game in which the Warriors didn’t have Curry, Cousins or Green; the Raptors won by 20 at Oracle even without Leonard two weeks later.Regardless, it can now be said: Toronto and the Bay lay claim to the NBA’s two best teams this season.All that’s left to decide now is who’ll be hosting the championship parade and hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy. read more

Ohio State announces Larry Johnson as assistant head coach and defensive line

Larry Johnson watches the team practice before the Blue and White scrimmage April 20 at Beaver Stadium.Credit: Courtesy of Daily CollegianLarry Johnson is officially an Ohio State Buckeye.OSU made the announcement Wednesday, naming Johnson the next assistant head coach and defensive line coach for the Buckeyes, according to a press release.“I am very pleased that Larry Johnson is an Ohio State Buckeye,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said in the release. “I have great respect for him as a family man, as a coach and mentor of young men and as a recruiter. He is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff.”Johnson spent the last 18 years of his career at Penn State, including overseeing the entire defensive line for the last 14 years. He also spent 20 years coaching high school football in Maryland and Virginia, according to the release.“In just a few hours I can tell that Ohio State cares about football,” Johnson said in the release. “There is a winning tradition that is important here. They care about academics and they care about players, and I like the way coach Urban Meyer approaches things. He’s a great teacher. He is very organized and this is what I was looking for.”Johnson is set to replace former Buckeye defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, who announced via Twitter Jan. 9 he was leaving OSU to take a job with the Houston Texans of the NFL. Vrabel’s jump to the NFL comes after Houston announced the hiring of former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien Jan. 3.While coaching at Penn State, six of Johnson’s defensive linemen were first-round NFL Draft selections, most recently Jared Odrick in 2010. Johnson also coached seven first-team All-Americans on the defensive line in his time at State College, Pa., including Courtney Brown, who was picked No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft in 2000.Since 1996, Johnson’s first season with the Nittany Lions, no other Big Ten team has had as many players from one position win Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year than the five defensive ends Johnson coached.“I am really impressed with the Ohio State players. I just met a group of players, walked out of the room and thought, ‘wow,’ these are kinds of players I want to coach,” Johnson said. “They were really impressive.”Johnson, who grew up in Williamston, N.C., coached a defense that led the nation in sacks from 2005-09. He focuses on fundamentals and forming relationships with the players he coaches, according to the release.“I’m a relationship guy and I think in order to get the best out of your players you have to develop relationships,” Johnson said in a released statement. “I’m also a teacher. I like to teach the basic fundamentals of football. I want guys who are fundamentally sound and have the ability to play fast and to play relentless.”Johnson’s salary was not immediately available Wednesday evening, per OSU. The man he is replacing at OSU, Vrabel, earned a base salary of $291,004 last season, according to the USA TODAY coaches database.According to PennLive, Johnson was offered to remain as defensive line coach for the Nittany Lions by their new head coach — James Franklin — but declined.The Buckeyes are set to open their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more