Oxford University agreed to return four sets of human remains currently held in the University Museum of Natural History back to New Zealand. This is the first time the University decided to return human remains to the same community of origin. The official claims request was made by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in January 2007, and asked for the Maori and Moriori remains acquired by Oxford during the 19th century. The remains include two Maori skulls, a Maori half pelvis and a female Moriori skull from Chatham Island. Te Papa began their repatriation initiative in the summer of 2005 as part of the New Zealand Government’s policy.The repatriation reflects the University’s new claims procedure established in 2006. The procedure requires assessment of the significance of the remains for education and research when considering repatriation requests. The University is also required to ensure that remains are returned safely to the appropriate community when claims are approved.Results of the University’s inaugural claims request confirmed that the remains were from New Zealand and concluded that the items are not unique items, of no particular use in study of relevant fields.Director of the Oxford University Musem of Natural History Professor Jim Kennedy said, “This is the first time that the University’s procedure for repatriation has been used. It has enabled us to balance our duty of care for these items, the requirements of science and the sensitivities and beliefs of the claimant community.” “It has been a pleasure working with Te Papa, who have provided us with extensive information and background material that enabled us to move through this process relatively swiftly and reach a decision,” he added.The human remains will in due course be returned to Te Papa first, which will then repatriate the items to the relevant Maori and Moriori tribal groups.
The sides meet in Croke Park on Sunday afternoon at 1.30.Tipp overcame Connacht Champions Galway to reach the last four of the competition having lost out to Kerry in the Munster final.A win on Sunday would see them face the Kingdom in the All Ireland final. Charlie McGeever says Kildare have improved as the championship has progressed.
A trio of cross country skiers from Nelson will be in the Central Okanagan this weekend competing in the 2012 B.C. Winter Games.The three Nelson Nordic Ski Club athletes are Stuart Milde, Galen Boulanger and Arianna Murphy-Steed. The skiers qualified during trial races held in the middle of January in Kimberley.However, Murphy-Steed will not attend the games due to prior commitments. Cross Country skiing competiton is being held at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre.The B.C. Winter Games begin Thursday with opening ceremonies in Vernon. Competition runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday concluding with closing ceremonies.The goal of the Games is to provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport environment which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual achievement, and community development.
“What I really like about this team is the work ethic in practice and during all the games we played this season,” Maida explained.Maida said the players have also bought into the team philosophies needed to be successful at the junior level.“We’re also playing in a system the guys are buying into,” he said.“Everyone, including the veterans are buying into the system and the leadership group are leading the way which has led to our good start.”Leafs down to two goalies, and one of the names isn’t DefoeAnd then there were two.Impressive play in training camp and to start the season from 17-year-old backstop Cody Boeckman allowed the coaching staff to release former goalie Patrick Defoe.Defoe, from Kelowna, was penciled in as the starter prior to the season after putting together a 10-win season backing up Andrew Walton.However, the Cochrane, Alta., Boeckman stole the starting spot from Defoe with 1.00 goals against average in two games.Brett Soles of Cranbrook is the other goalie on the roster.Bad luck continues for ArcuriIf Blake Arcuri didn’t have bad luck the Nelson Minor Hockey product wouldn’t have any luck at all.After playing only 23 games last season, the 5’11”, 190-pound defenceman once again is watching from the sidelines to start the season.Arcuri is the only player on the roster on the sidelines with an injury as the Leafs enter the weekend healthy.New California recruitCenter Bryce Nielsen joined the Leafs last weekend.The Laguna Hills, CA native is expected to be in the lineup this weekend. There’s nothing like a game against the defending champion to test the progress of team.Nelson Leafs, 2-1-1-0, meet the current Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs, Beaver Valley Nitehawks, in a home-and-home series beginning Friday in Fruitvale.“We’re really looking forward to this weekend,” said Leaf skipper Frank Maida.“We have a great rivalry with Beaver Valley but we know it’s going to be a tough (two games). They’re a well-coached team so it should be a very good two-game battle.The Hawks have owned the Leafs the past two seasons after the Green and White took it to Beaver Valley the previous seasons when Maida and Simon Wheeldon coached the club.Leaf rookie a goal-scoring machineRookie Colton McCarthy is tearing up the league scoring goals. But the early success isn’t surprising Nelson’s coaching staff.“No not really,” said Maida when asked about the five-goals in six-game streak of the 16-year-old Salmon Arm sniper.“I watched him all through the spring and knew he’d do well with our team and in this league and he’s done everything I thought he would do.”McCarthy, in a three-way tie for the KIJHL goal-scoring lead, plays on a line with captain Colton Schell and Jacob Boyczuk. The trio leads Nelson with 14 points in six games.Players buying into Leafs systemIt’s week three but already Maida is smiling more than he did most of last season.Having the chance to put his mark on this team recruiting wise, the former Minor Hockey coach likes a lot of the 2012-13 Green and White edition.
Arcata >> Humboldt State women’s basketball head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson did as most of us do during the holiday break. She spent time with the family, unwrapped gifts and did much of what is a traditional holiday vacation — with one exception, however.“I just watched a lot of film on us,” the first-year HSU coach said, “That’s what I did over my Christmas break.”As far as basketball activities are concerned, aside from a short recruiting trip, Bento-Jackson watched hours and hours of …
Marthinus van Schalkwyk and performersat the 2009 opening of the Nelson MandelaBay visitor information centre.(Image: Port Elizabeth Daily Photo) South Africa’s Presidency has put forward the country’s minister of tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, as a candidate to head the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).The Presidency announced in March that after consideration, it had nominated Van Schalkwyk to take over from the outgoing executive secretary Yvo de Boer, who has been at the head of the organisation since 2006.Earlier in 2010 De Boer announced his retirement from the UN position to join consultancy giant KPMG as their global advisor on sustainability and climate. He will take up his new post on 1 July 2010.Van Schalkwyk is regarded as a strong contender for the position, having gained extensive experience in dealing with climate-related issues in his previous post as minister of environmental affairs and tourism.The Presidency reported that it had received requests from a number of outside parties – including governments, corporations and NGOs in both the developed and developing world – for Van Schalkwyk to be made available for nomination for this prestigious post.President Jacob Zuma and Van Schalkwyk have already met to discuss the matter.The final decision lies with UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon.A tough jobShould his bid be successful, the minister will face a tough job in getting the 192 members of the UNFCCC to agree on the effects of climate change and unite to implement strategies to counter the global phenomenon.In the wake of the 2009 climate conference held in Copenhagen, which failed to produce any realistic or legally binding emission-reduction target between participating nations, Van Schalkwyk will have his work cut out for him to bring the members of the UNFCCC into accord. De Boer is of the opinion that a new climate deal will not be struck before 2011.Van Schalkwyk will also have to restore the faith of developing nations, who also widely condemned the failure of the Copenhagen talks to provide any real hope of assistance for them from developed nations.However, as environmental affairs minister, a post which he held until after the general elections of 2009, Van Schalkwyk earned respect as a fighter for developing nations, and for leading South Africa in a number of progressive climate change initiatives that elevated the country as a champion for good environmental practices.Among his achievements are the implementation of a Black Economic Empowerment scorecard and charter for tourism, the launch of a new environmental protection fleet to counteract illegal fishing, the enforcing of the 2004 Air Quality Act, and the banning of the use, import and export, and manufacturing of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials.In 2008 he assumed the rotating presidency of the biennial African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, a gathering of African ministers of the environment, at its 12th session, which took place in Johannesburg.“Our message for this gathering is that we are ready to assist in shaping and building a cohesive African environmental agenda,” said Van Schalkwyk in his acceptance speech.He therefore has the understanding and the experience needed to effectively punt the needs of developing nations, ensuring they do not get pushed aside in the global climate debate.Towards the end of next year South Africa hosts the 2011 Conference of the Parties, an annual meeting of the members of the UNFCCC. To have a South African at the helm of global climate negotiations would be fitting, and, said the Presidency, “an honour and a privilege”.Saving the planetThe UNFCCC arose out of the 1992 UN environment summit, known as the Earth Summit, which took place in Rio de Janeiro. The treaty was established with the main aim of stabilising the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and came into force in March 1994.The UNFCCC’s 192 parties are classified as Annex I or Annex II members. Annex I countries are seen as industrialised economies or economies in transition. Annex II countries have developed economies and are able to help developing countries financially with initiatives that fall under the UNFCCC.To date, 40 Annex I and 23 Annex II countries have become parties. There are also a number of non-Annex 1 parties, of which South Africa is one – these are mostly developing nations who are dependent on assistance from wealthier nations.The UNFCCC itself has no compulsory carbon emission limits to which members are expected to adhere, but its main instrument, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, does set legally binding targets for carbon emission reduction for its own 184 members.The UNFCCC secretariat is based in Bonn, Germany.
21 April 2010 When the final match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ takes place at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 11 July, the coveted Fifa World Cup trophy will not be the only glittering golden object on show. The Adidas Jo’bulani, a gold-coloured version of the Adidas Jabulani, the official match ball of the 2010 Fifa, was unveiled as the official match ball for the final game of South Africa 2010 on Tuesday. The name Jo’bulani is a tribute to host city Johannesburg, commonly known both as the “City of Gold” and as Jo’burg. While the ball still features the iconic South African-inspired design of the Jabulani, the main colour of the Jo’bulani is gold. Jabulani mean “to celebrate” in isiZulu, one of South Africa’s 11 official languages. This is the second time that Adidas has designed a special ball for a Fifa World Cup final, following the golden Teamgeist Berlin ball that was used on 9 July 2006. The Jo’bulani became available in retail outlets on Tuesday. Both the Jabulani and the Jo’bulani feature Adidas’ newly developed “Grip’n’Groove” profile, which provides the best players in the world with a ball allowing an exceptionally stable flight and perfect grip. Comprising only eight, completely new, thermally bonded 3-D panels, which for the first time are spherically moulded, the ball is perfectly round and, according to Adidas, even more accurate than before. Source: Fifa.com
SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCurry on Monday said he had not been aiming at the official in question when he tossed his mouthpiece.“I think once he saw the mouthpiece flying, he was already throwing me out,” Curry said before his fine was announced. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 ‘One more game’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP The 29-year-old point guard could be seen tossing his mouthpiece after a disputed call.Team-mate Andre Iguodala was fined $15,000 for verbally abusing a game official in the same incident. Team-mate Kevin Durant was also ejected after the stormy end to the defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo MOST READ Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) listens to referee Monty McCutchen during the first half of the Warriors’ NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 28, 2015, in Oakland, California. AP FILESAN FRANCISCO, United States — Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was fined $50,000 but has escaped a suspension for hurling his mouthguard at a game official, the NBA said on Monday.Curry was ejected after the flashpoint late in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 111-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “I don’t even know if he knew where it went, let alone where it ended up. I would say I wasn’t trying to hit him with it or put him in danger by any type of stretch of the imagination.“Again, it was a dumb thing to do. It was stupid. Learn from it and try to move on and be better.“We were playing terrible, I was frustrated because I was fouling and I thought I got fouled on the last play. The reaction was definitely a little over the top.”The fine means Curry will be free to play later Monday in the Dubs game against the Dallas Mavericks. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments
FILE- In this Saturday, April 7, 2012 file photo, the new high-rise buildings of downtown Doha, photographed in the background as Qatari women and a man walk by the sea in Doha, Qatar. Qatar, now facing a diplomatic crisis with other Arab nations, is a small country with a big history of turmoil and coups as it became one of the world’s top suppliers of natural gas and now plans to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)Qatar’s bid for the 2022 World Cup was based on a powerful vision that soccer could unite the Middle East.“Just think together of what we can achieve together,” Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the wife of the Qatar’s then-ruler, told FIFA voters in 2010. She ambitiously forecast a “culture of peace across our region through football,”ADVERTISEMENT With five years until kickoff, that optimism is rapidly disintegrating after Arab neighbors severed ties on Monday with the tiny nation that turned to sports to buttress its global status.Soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, is hoping the regional rifts are healed long before there’s any need to contemplate any change of host, a move that would deal a heavy blow to Qatar’s reputation and economy as it is investing more than $150 billion on infrastructure to handle the World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor now, FIFA is predictably sidestepping detailed questions about the impact of the decision by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to cast Qatar adrift diplomatically. Qatar’s Gulf neighbors have accused Qatar of supporting terror groups, interfering in the sovereign affairs of Arab countries and backing groups that undermine political stability.FIFA has reiterated that it maintains regular contact with Qatar. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Warriors focus on crown, not historic unbeaten run Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “There are still five years before the World Cup kicks off,” Grindel said. “Political solutions must take precedence over threats of boycott in this time.”Not all the countries currently embroiled in the dispute with Qatar are World Cup regulars, so there is slim chance of the entire bloc qualifying for the 2022 tournament. But Qatar will be hosting athletes from across the region when it stages the world track and field championships in 2019.“We are talking to our teams in the region to properly understand the implications for both the short term and long term,” the IAAF said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “One thing is certain, the world’s football community should agree that large tournaments cannot be played in countries that actively support terror,” said Reinhard Grindel, president of the German football federation and a member of FIFA’s ruling council.Qatar denies funding extremists, but that hasn’t stopped its neighbors from implementing punitive measures that impact people and businesses across the region, including soccer fans.FIFA was dragged into the backlash against the 2022 World Cup host nation on Tuesday when Qatar’s state-funded broadcaster beIN Sports appeared to be blocked in the UAE. With beIN holding the broadcasting rights to FIFA events across the Middle East and North Africa, the ongoing Under-20 World Cup in South Korea will now be unavailable for viewers in the UAE.FIFA said it was in contact with the broadcaster and was monitoring the situation.FIFA is also in partnership with Qatar’s flagship carrier. Qatar Airways, which signed up as a World Cup sponsor last month , has been forced to reroute journeys over Iranian and Turkish airspace after Saudi Arabia and Egypt blocked Qatari flights from using their airspace. A soccer sponsorship has already been affected, with Saudi club Al-Ahli terminating its deal with the airline.ADVERTISEMENT The escalation of the crisis in the Persian Gulf will have underscored to FIFA just how precarious the region is, and the geographical weakness of oil-and-gas rich Qatar.The desert nation is heavily reliant on food imports , predominantly through its border with Saudi Arabia, where hundreds of trucks transporting food and construction materials have now been stopped from entering.A sustained blockade could hit the construction boom required to transform the sparse nation. An entire city is being built to stage the final. Not a single stadium was ready at the time of bidding, and only one venue has so far been completed as Qatar prepares to welcome the 32 teams.Qatar has long been heavily reliant on a massive workforce of migrant laborers from Asia to expand its infrastructure. The Philippines has temporarily suspended the deployment of Filipino workers to Doha, but said there is no plan yet to repatriate the more than 200,000 existing members of the labor force.Being handed the World Cup made working, living conditions and employment rights in Qatar a global concern. Practices such as the “kafala” sponsorship system that binds workers to their employer are in place across the region, but activists have largely only shone the spotlight on Qatar and the human cost of hosting the World Cup.Qatar has responded to the pressure by compelling companies to adopt labor reforms . It’s one of the consequences of hosting a major sporting event that Qatar did not seem to anticipate amid the joy of beating the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea in the 2010 vote.Qatar has the global attention, but it’s largely been unwelcome.From the moment then-FIFA President Sepp Blatter pulled Qatar’s name out of the envelope in Zurich, the whiff of corruption has hung over Qatar’s bid, coupled with concerns about heat that forced the tournament to be shifted into the heart of the European season in November-December 2022.Despite being exonerated by FIFA’s ethics investigators, speculation about Qatar being stripped of the hosting rights or being boycotted by some countries has persisted, without the call coming from any authoritative soccer body or government.Significantly, the federation of World Cup holder Germany is not endorsing such an extreme move. View comments
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: We’re better in shootouts than proper gamesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his team are better at penalty shootouts than playing matches.Dan James scored the winning kick for United to avoid an embarrassing Carabao Cup loss to Rochdale at Old Trafford.”We handled it [the shoot out] really well,” said Solskjaer.”Everyone wanted to take penalties as they did against AC Milan in Cardiff [during pre-season]. I’m very pleased with the confidence. You know we’re better in penalty shootouts than in proper games.”