29 August 2010The joint conference of the United Nations department of public information and non-governmental organizations, which gets under way in Australia tomorrow, will this year focus on global health in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), aiming to attract greater participation of civil society from the Asia-Pacific region. The joint conference of the United Nations department of public information and non-governmental organizations, which gets under way in Australia tomorrow, will this year focus on global health in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), aiming to attract greater participation of civil society from the Asia-Pacific region.Thed annual DPI/NGO Conference, which will take place in the city of Melbourne, has attracted more than 2,200 participants from some 70 countries.The effort to give priority to non-governmental organizations in the Asia-Pacific region in the annual DPI/NGO conference and increase geographic diversity bore fruit when an unprecedented number of the region’s NGOs joined the department on 30 June.In all, 41 such organizations from the Asia-Pacific region were associated this year, including 32 from Australia, one from Fiji, five from the Philippines, and three from the Pacific Islands.The new UN policy to offer association to non-governmental organizations in the region where the conference is being held also presents a chance for “solidifying the trend of increasing geographic diversity and greater networking opportunities for NGOs affiliated with the Department of Public Information,” said UN Chief of NGO Relations Maria-Luisa Chavez.Holding the Conference away from United Nations Headquarters “offers a unique opportunity to intensify and strengthen our partnerships with the NGOs and civil society different regions of the world, in this case, the Asia-Pacific region,” she said.Ms. Chavez noted that this year the Conference has been organized against a backdrop of challenges posed by a 15-hour time difference, geographical distance and even the elections in Australia. Despite this, she declared the list of participants “impressive”.“This Conference will be different because it is the first time that a UN Conference of this size has been hosted in Australia. We are very excited to meet in this part of the world and to have the strong participation of NGOs from this country,” said Kiyo Akasaka, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.Setting the stage for tomorrow’s opening of the conference, which will last until 5 September, will be a series of public events in Melbourne under the banner “Making Health Global.”The programme is directed by Professor Philip Batterham, Convenor of the Australian NGO Focal Group.“Melburnians already play a role in global health. We give, we volunteer and our medical researchers are tackling the big killers like HIV, malaria, diarrhoea and dirty water,” Mr. Batterham said.World Vision Australia, the Australian Football League and Melbourne Football Club, among others, hosted an event on today at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to mark the end of the football season before the finals in a game that saw Melbourne versus North Melbourne. The game was dedicated to raising awareness around the issue of child health.A media event featured statements and a question-and-answer period with the press and Mr. Akasaka, Tim Costello, the Chief Executive Officer of World Vision, Jim Stynes, President of the Melbourne Football Club, and Glenn Archer, former North Melbourne champion.
“It’s a hard thing to counteract because, again, what they’re doing is the most difficult thing to do in all of sports, in my opinion. And you have that human instinct which is ‘I want to be the hero.’ It’s a difficult thing to appreciate. Each time before that next pitch you’re like, ‘Here’s where he’s going to throw the fastball. This is the one that’s going to be in the zone.’ And in October it isn’t nearly as often as it is during the regular season.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season While Justin Turner and Max Muncy have been productive postseason hitters, key players in the Dodgers’ lineup have built ugly postseason records. Cody Bellinger has hit .178 with 52 strikeouts in 36 postseason games. Corey Seager (albeit not fully healthy for much of his postseason career) is a .203 hitter in the postseason. A.J. Pollock was signed last winter to add balance to the lineup, but he was 0 for 13 with 11 strikeouts in the NLDS defeat.“I think human nature is to want to be the hero, which I totally understand,” Friedman said Monday, looking back on the NLDS defeat. “It’s just in October I think pitchers feed off that. They throw less fastballs. They throw less pitches in the (strike) zone. It’s just that awareness and that second-level thinking and team-wide approach I think will put us in a better position. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies This year, the Washington Nationals hid their flawed pitching staff behind the trio of Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin (pitching them in 28 of 45 innings in the NLDS) and the Dodgers hit just .220 with 64 strikeouts in five games. The Dodgers did hit nine home runs but managed just nine runs in five games without the aid of a home run – including none in the Game 4 and 5 defeats – going 5 for 37 (.135) with runners in scoring position.“Obviously we were facing great pitching,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said this week. “I don’t think there’s enough credit given to how difficult hitting is in the major leagues, especially against elite pitching. But it definitely fell short of my hopes in terms of how as a team the team offense would kind of adapt and tackle the difficulties of October pitching.”Indeed, the Nationals pitchers continued their dominance in a four-game NLCS sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, and starting pitchers have been the stars of this postseason (with possible help from a de-juiced baseball). But Friedman acknowledged a tendency for Dodgers hitters to slip into an “all-or-nothing” mode when the at-bats become most critical.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — It happens every fall.The Dodgers’ offense has been on an undeniable four-year upswing. Each year from 2016 through 2019, they have scored more runs than the year before, hit more home runs and raised the team OPS to the point that they have led the National League in each of those three categories each of the past two regular seasons.This year, in particular, the Dodgers were confident their team-wide offense had improved in critical areas. The team average with runners in scoring position (.286) was the best in the National League. Their chase rate (28.3 percent of pitches outside the strike zone) was the lowest in the NL and they struck out less than all but two other NL teams.For the fourth consecutive October, though, that offense failed to show up in the most important times. In the postseason series that ended their season the past four years – the NLCS against the Cubs in 2016, the World Series against the Astros and Red Sox in 2017 and 2018 and this year’s first-round exit – the Dodgers have hit .203 as a team, including .197 with runners in scoring position, and struck out nearly 10 times per game. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Tempête en Aquitaine : la façade sud-atlantique en proie aux vaguesMétéo France à étendu jusqu’à demain son avis de très fortes vagues sur la façade atlantique. Les pompiers ont déjà procédé à une quarantaine d’interventions.Une quarantaine d’interventions, essentiellement pour des caves inondées : c’est le bilan actuel pour les pompiers de Charente-Maritime, de Gironde et des Landes. Bien que les coefficients de marée soient à la baisse (de 96 hier matin à 88 cette nuit), le centre opérationnel départemental de la préfecture de Gironde recommande la prudence aux navigateurs, aux promeneurs et aux habitants de zones inondables.”C’est sans doute le Pays basque qui connaît les conditions les plus difficiles, avec des rafales de vent de 100 à 120 km/h et des vagues pouvant atteindre 9 mètres”, précise Météo France. A Biscarrosse-Plage, des vagues de 6 mètres ont été observées. Les côtes du Médoc et les zones d’estuaires sont particulièrement concernées. Des crues sont à craindre sur la Gironde, l’Adour, la Nive et la Nivelle.Le 9 novembre 2010 à 15:27 • Emmanuel Perrin
Brock University is now an official test site for the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) exam making Brock the first and only CAEL test site in the Niagara region.The CAEL assessment is a standardized test of a student’s ability to use English in an academic context. As a topic-based, integrated test, a CAEL assessment closely resembles the experience of being in a post-secondary classroom where the readings, lecture and writing components are all on the same topic. Official CAEL scores are recognized by Brock University, as well as most universities across Canada, as proof of meeting English language proficiency requirements.The first CAEL exam at Brock University will be on Saturday, May 23. It will be administered by the International Language Testing Department.More information about the examination and registration procedures can be found on the official CAEL website.An internal version of the CAEL exam is also offered through ESL Services. For information about test dates and costs, please contact [email protected]