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India Proposes an Urgent United Nations Security Council Reform

United Nations:  Advocating an urgent UN Security Council reform, India has said it agrees with the assessment that it is "presumptuous" of the five permanent members to claim responsibility for global security when they represent only 1.9 billion of the world's seven billion population. Prakash Gupta, the Counsellor at the Indian mission in United Nations, expressed hope that "meaningful progress" in implementing reforms of the Security Council will take place as the international community marks the 70th Anniversary of the UN.Speaking at the high-level General Assembly debate on 'Strengthening Cooperation between the UN and Regional and sub-regional organisations', Mr Gupta had said on Monday that India agrees with keynote remarks made by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni that there is "structural deficiency" in the architecture for global security in the absence of UNSC reforms. Mr Museveni said that it is "presumptuous" of the five permanent members of the UNSC to claim responsibility for global security when they represents only 1.9 billion of the 7 billion population. Mr Gupta said India agrees with Mr Museveni "completely" when he says "this is structural deficiency in the architecture for global security." India also agrees with the assessment that reform of the UNSC is imperative and is "what we should begin with." Mr Gupta added that while two-thirds of the work of the Security Council relates to Africa, the continent is not represented by any permanent member ...  

Strongest weakest currencies as North American traders enter (May 5, 2015)

AUD is the strongest.  NZD is the weakest.Despite the cut in interest rates today, the AUD is the strongest currency. RBA's Stevens said that there were "improved trends in household demand" and "strong growth in employment". This led to the squeeze higher in the AUDUSD. The weakest currency is the New Zealand dollar as the AUDNZD leads the gainers in trading today. ...  

The British seem less likely to get cancer than Americans—yet more likely to ...

In the UK, more than 330,000 cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2011. That compares favorably with the rate of cancer in the US—396 per 100,000 people in the UK vs. 451 per 100,000 in the US. But even though people in England, where the UK’s largest population is, are less likely to get cancer, five years after diagnosis, only 56% of English cancer patients survive, compared to 65% of American patients. This difference raises many interesting questions about the difference between the two countries’ healthcare systems. But before we try to understand why there is such a difference, let’s look at the data. In England and Wales, data from the Office for National Statistics show that survival rates varied by age—from 82% of females between 15 and 49 year of age, to 37% for males over 80. The trend for variation by age was similar in the US—from 84% for females under 44 years of age to 52% for males over 75. (These numbers are not directly comparable because the age brackets differ between the statistics of these countries.) But when you look at survival rates for the most common cancers, things start to look different. For the three most common cancers among males—lung and bronchus, colon and rectum, and prostate—American patients seem to survive longer than English patients. Except for the the cancers of the cervix and uterus, American women survive their most common cancers—lung and bronchus, colon and rectum, and breast—better than En...  

This Texas High School Is CRAWLING WITH VENEREAL DISEASE

4557218Approximately one in every 15 students at the sole public high school in Crane, Texas has contracted chlamydia. Crane High School is home to 20 confirmed cases of the sexually transmitted infection among the school’s 300 or so students, local CBS affiliate KOSA-TV reports. Officials in the tiny West Texas school district felt compelled to send a letter to high school parents last week warning about the large number of cases in the high school. Parents of students in the local junior high school also received the letter. As the San Antonio Express-News notes, the school district currently teaches sex education during three days in the fall. Abstinence figures prominently in the curriculum. “If kids are not having any sexual activity, they can’t get this disease,” local school district superintendent Jim T. Rumage told the San Antonio newspaper. “That’s not a bad program.” On Monday night, the Crane school district’s Health Advisory Committee — composed of parents, teachers and administrators — met to discuss ways to educate students and otherwise combat the local venereal disease epidemic. The state of Texas is divided into 11 health service regions. Crane is located in Region 9, which saw 3,269 cases of chlamydia in 2013 — a rate of 535.8 per 100,000 residents. In all of 2013, the city of Crane saw 17 cases of the disease — three fewer than the number the local taxpayer-funde...  

Chris Brown Accused of Punching a Man During a Basketball Game

Chris Brown Theo Wargo/Getty By Tara Fowler @waterfowlerta 05/05/2015 AT 07:25 AM EDT Chris Brown has been named as a suspect in a misdemeanor battery case by Las Vegas police in the wake of an alleged assault at a basketball game. A man told authorities that he'd been playing basketball with the singer at the Palms Casino Resort on Monday morning when they got into a fight and Brown, 26, allegedly punched him, CNN reports. "A verbal altercation on the court led to a physical fight and the victim was punched by another male subject who was later identified as ... recording artist Chris Brown," police said in a statement. The alleged victim went to the hospital for treatment and was released the same day, according to Reuters. However, Brown, who recently completed probation for assaulting his former girlfriend Rihanna, denies any involvement in the incident, his publicist Nicole Perna told CNN in a statement. "Chris is currently in Las Vegas as he is performing at Drai's on May 5th and receiving a Key to the Strip that day as well," she said. "He has a suite at the hotel that has a basketball court and invited friends to come play. An unruly individual showed up uninvited and was removed from the premises. Chris was not in an altercation with this person." Brown has reportedly been issued a citation for misdemeanor battery. ...  

Saul signs Atletico Madrid renewal

The Spain Under-21s international looks to have ended speculation about his future by signing a new contract with Diego Siemeone's side to last him until June 2020 Atletico Madrid have announced that promising midfielder Saul has signed a new deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2020.The Spain Under-21s international's previous deal was due to expire in June 2018 and a number of clubs were keeping a close eye on his situation at the Estadio Vicente Calderon. However, Saul now looks to have ended speculation about his future by signing a two-year extension to his previous deal.The 20-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Calderon this term, having spent last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano.He has featured 32 times in all competitions, scoring four goals in the process.Saul suffered kidney problems in late February and was subsequently ruled out for around six weeks but he scored on his return - a 2-0 victory over Cordoba - and has since helped the Spanish champions maintain their bid for a top-three spot this time around. ...  

Solar Power Poll Illustrates Industry's Desperation

The solar power industry claims a new poll it has commissioned shows Nevada voters will punish politicians who don't expand solar power subsidies and mandates. Fortunately for American consumers and policymakers, the heavily promoted solar power ...  

Why Apple wants to end the era of free music streaming

China Daily/ReutersApple CEO Tim Cook gestures as he speaks at Tsinghua University in Beijing October 23, 2014.Spotify's free music streaming tier was meant to be the first step in saving the music industry. Since 2009, the streaming service has offered a free tier that uses an ad-supported model to bring in revenue. But now, The Verge reports that Apple is trying to kill off free music streaming for good. So what went wrong?  The music industry gambled on free music streaming Free music streaming wasn't always seen as the enemy. In fact, record labels saw it as the first step in selling people on the idea of paid music streaming. Back in 2009, when Spotify launched its free streaming service, the whole idea of keeping your internet collection on line, and logging on to listen to it, was a strange concept. But the fact that you could do it all for free was a nice sweetener.  Vinyl died. CD sales are dying, and even digital downloads are on the way out. The music industry needed to embrace the internet somehow, and streaming was its next big hope. Record labels hoped that people listening to streaming services for free would work their way into a paid tier. That works for both the streaming services and record labels — they both get more money from paid tiers than free ones. Bu the record labels seem to have changed their tune on streaming. They used to see it as good thing, because Spotify and Pandora paid royalties and licensing fees (from ad reven...  

Arsenal FC striker Danny Welbeck a major doubt for Swansea City's trip to the ...

There could be a big boost for Swansea City manager Garry Monk and his men ahead of their trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal. Gunners’ England international, Danny Welbeck, could well miss the clash on Monday with an inflamed knee. The 24-year-old was absent from Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Hull on Monday as the Gunners all but confirmed their place in the Premier League top four this season. They are now hunting down Manchester City to try to finish runners-up to Chelsea, who have already been crowned champions. Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed Welbeck did not travel to the KC Stadium and, despite the injury not being too serious, he revealed the striker is a major doubt for the visit of Monk and his men. “It’s a question of days, it’s an inflamed knee,” said Wenger. “There’s an inflammation in his knee. It doesn’t look very bad, but he isn’t available for selection.” And when asked when Welbeck, who reportedly missed a week of training prior to the Hull game, might be back in action, Wenger added: “I think maybe next Monday against Swansea, if not the game after (against Manchester United).” Arsenal are now level on points with Manchester City with a game in hand on their rivals. They also have an FA Cup Final against Aston Villa on the horizon on May 30. But Monk and his men travel to north London in good form themselves after seeing off Stoke 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium last wee...  

Real Estate Bill: United Opposition forces deferment in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: The controversial Real Estate Bill, that seeks to regulate realty business, was on Tuesday put off indefinitely after a united opposition insisted on sending it to a Select Committee of Parliament in Rajya Sabha where the ruling NDA is in a minority.The Real Estate (Amendment) Bill was listed for consideration and passing but opposition members objected to this, saying Housing and Poverty Alleviation Minister Venkaiah Naidu had assured the House that it will be brought only after consultations with various parties.File photo/Rajya SabhaThe issue was raised by Naresh Agrawal of Samajwadi Party and he was joined by Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad. Both demanded that the bill be referred to a Select Committee. Derek O'Brien (TMC) also joined to make the same demand.Sensing the mood, the government, which faces numbers crunch in the Upper House, said it was not insisting on taking up the bill even though it was listed.Naidu said he had informed the House that he would not take up the bill for consideration till consultations wth parties is over."I have started consulting political parties. I could not complete the consultations due to the holidays. I have talked to some people on telephone and talked to some others today... I am not pursuing the bill till the consultation process is complete," he said.Naidu said he would like the House to consider, before the end of this session on 13 May, whether or not to send the bill to a Select Committee. However, some ...  


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