Saturday, February 26, 2011

[socialactionfoundationforequity:13496 London Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Tickets now on Sale

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Subject: London Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Tickets now on Sale
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Date: Saturday, 19 February, 2011, 6:33

Film Festival
 

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to London from 24 March – 1 April with a programme packed full of documentaries and dramas set to inspire, inform and trigger debate. The Festival features 16 documentaries and 6 dramas from around the world, many followed by Q&A with the brave filmmakers and the subjects of their films.




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[socialactionfoundationforequity:13496 TONIGHT at 7: IN THE LAND OF THE FREE with special guest Robert King

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Date: Thursday, 24 February, 2011, 3:01

Film Festival      
 
 
WASHINGTON D.C. SCREENING OF:
IN THE LAND OF THE FREE... + Q&A

Wednesday February 23 at 7pm
At the first D.C. Human Rights Watch Film Festival

INTHELANDOFTHEFREE
 
 

Directed by Vadim Jean - 2009 - 84 min. - In English.
Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King—the Angola 3—have spent a combined century in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Targeted by prison officials for being members of the Black Panther Party and for fighting against terrible prison conditions, they were convicted of the murder of a prison guard, a verdict they continue to challenge and for which new evidence continues to emerge. In the Land of the Free... presents their ongoing story as dramatic events continue to unfold. Narrated by Samuel L Jackson. Discussion with Robert King and HRW's Antonio Ginatta to follow screening.
Screening:
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[socialactionfoundationforequity:13492 "Smart+connect is many solns rolled into one"

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"Smart+connect is many solns rolled into one"
http://igovernment.in/site/smartconnect-many-solns-rolled-one-39324

Cisco -India and SAARC- Vice President (Transformation Business)
Shrikant Shitole says Smart+Connected is panacea for all the
networking ills
Published on 02/22/2011 - 06:10:06 AM

Cisco-India and SAARC VP Shrikant Shitole in an interview with Jay P
Gupta unfolds the striking features of its Smart+Connected Communities
Initiatives and its suitability in the backdrop of massive
urbanisation around the world.


Excerpts:
Please elaborate as to what actually is "Cisco Smart+Connected
Communities initiative"?
With world populations shifting to urban areas, community leaders are
pressed for answers to overcrowding, pollution, budget and resource
constraints, inadequate infrastructure, and the need for continuing
growth.

Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities is Cisco's visionary answer: using
intelligent networking capabilities to weave together people,
services, community assets, and information into a single pervasive
solution.

"Smart+Connected" acknowledges the essential role of the network as
the platform to help transform physical communities to connected
communities. It also encapsulates a new way of thinking about how
communities are designed, built, managed, and renewed to achieve
social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

Cisco's expertise helps customers throughout the entire lifecycle of
building an urbanized center from planning to execution. As this
significant global market transition continues, driven and enabled by
the network, Cisco is well positioned to help foster social
sustainability, boost economic development, and promote a better
quality of life for citizens.

In Feb 2009, Cisco unveiled its vision for Smart + Connected
communities. This initiative brings Cisco's solutions together with
Cisco partners' technologies across many industries, creating an Urban
Services Platform, to address the challenges from massive urbanisation
around the world.

Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities will address the growing need for
sustainable energy for increasingly urbanized populations by providing
a blueprint for successful smart cities of the future that run on
networked information. The project aims to help cities around the
world use the network as the fourth utility for integrated city
management to provide a better quality of life for citizens, and
economic development.

It pursues solutions along seven tracks: Smart+Connected Real Estate,
Smart+Connected Utilities, Smart+Connected Transportation, Smart
+Connected Safety & Security, Smart+Connected Learning, Smart
+Connected Health, and Smart+Connected Government.

The foundation for the city of the future will be the network and the
information it carries, enabling the delivery of vital services from
transportation utilities and security to entertainment, education, and
healthcare.

Everything will be connected, intelligent, and green: From office
buildings and appliances to hospitals and schools. Citizens and
businesses will enjoy unprecedented levels of collaboration,
productivity, and economic growth without compromising the
environment. Managing and operating such a smart, connected community
will be efficient, coordinated, and secure.

Smart+Connected Communities provide "Community+Connect" experience for
the constituents (residents and business) as well as a "Community
+Exchange" for those who manage the community. Constituents of Smart
+Connected Communities have access to information and services that
enrich their lives, with solutions for their home, schools,
transportation, and more and this is called as the "Community+Connect"
experience. Cisco has created solutions that can help with the
planning, and day-to-day operations and management of a community and
this is referred to as "Community+Exchange".

Community+Connect: Cisco's Community+Connect transforms constituent
experiences as they live, work, learn, and play in a Smart+Connected
Community by leveraging real-time information and applications. With
the network as the underlying service delivery platform, Cisco and its
public and private partners can deliver services for home, work,
school, hospitals, malls, stadiums, travel, and government and drive
economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

Community+Exchange: Cisco's Community+Exchange, is a back-office
operations center that helps with the planning and day-to-day
operations and management of a community. By providing the network as
a highly secure and resilient service delivery platform, you can share
information and collaborate across a community's ecosystem of
government agencies and private sector partners to facilitate
utilities, transportation, telecommunications, safety and security,
building systems, health, and government social services.

Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities help transform physical
communities into connected communities that can help realize
sustainable economic growth, enable environmental sustainability
through resource management and operational efficiencies to enhance
quality of life


What are various Cisco deployments (either proposed or completed) in
India ?
At present Cisco is in talks with various bodies across sectors to
offer consultancy services for deployment of security systems.
Cisco has signed a MoU with the Karnataka government for an initiative
aimed to create an Intelligent Bangalore. As part of the pilot
program, Cisco is working with Karnataka State Road Transport Corp.
and the Karnataka police to improve public safety and security around
one of the major bus terminals in Bengaluru. The project will help
enable public safety and security at strategic points within the
terminal, offering remote monitoring capabilities with real time
information.

In June 2009, Cisco signed an MoU with Gujarat International Finance
Tec-City Company Limited (GIFTCL) and Infrastructure Leasing and
Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) for the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City
(GIFT). GIFT is conceptualized as a global financial and IT services
hub, a first of its kind in India, designed to be on par with globally
benchmarked financial centers.

In July 2010, Lavasa Corp. Ltd, Cisco and Wipro signed definitive
agreements for Cisco to participate in MyCity Technologies Ltd, a
company set up by Lavasa and Wipro to provide information and
communications technology services in the new development of Lavasa
City, India's first complete e-city.

The strategic collaboration between the three companies, to build a
next-generation intelligent sustainable community, is based on a
shared vision of sustainable urbanization, the Cisco Smart+Connected
Communities initiative, and Wipro's ICT solutions and services.

As part of the collaboration, Cisco will partner with Wipro for the
supply of ICT products and architecture and will propose the
technology vision, products, services and solutions based on its Smart
+Connected Communities initiative and service-delivery platform to
help make Lavasa City a smart and sustainable city of the future.

Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities vision is that the network as the
platform can transform physical communities into connected communities
and thereby achieve economic, social and environmental
sustainability.

A foundational, open-architecture platform, Cisco's service-delivery
platform enables Cisco and its ecosystem to create and deploy new
smart services and applications for citizens as well as people that
manage and operate the community infrastructure.

The S+CC initiative uses the network as the platform to connect
critical city components like utility, transportation, education and
healthcare as well as emergency response systems. Establishing such a
system helps in centralized management of utilities, better
maintenance of city residents' data, improvised disaster management as
well as better surveillance and security. Cisco S+CCs help improvise
the city's economic development, environmental sustainability, and the
quality of life for citizens.

How would you rate the levels of understanding (of technology,
solutions etc.) of the government officials and the overall mindset in
accepting such solutions as provided by Cisco?
India has definitely been lagging behind the western economies when it
comes to implementation of IT by the government. However, we are
seeing considerable momentum in IT adoption at the municipal, city and
state levels. Factors such as increasing broadband penetration and
implementation of UID, will also boost the adoption of IT in the
government sector.
As a first step, government entities need to first look at
implementation of basic IT infrastructure, so that they are well-
poised to go in for full-fledged implementation when required.

What work has been done by Cisco for the Government of India to build
integrated information infrastructure to expand, integrate and enhance
the utility and reach of the services provided G2C through Common
Service Centers (CSCs)?
The eForms application project which combines State Portal, State
Service Delivery Gateway and Electronic Form, aims to create an
integrated information infrastructure that shall expand, integrate and
enhance the utility and reach of the services provided by the
Government to the citizens through Common Service Centers (CSCs) by
leveraging the common infrastructure (SWAN, SDC etc.) at the States/UT
level. With this, citizens can access the services under a single
interface mechanism from the Portal. The success of e-Forms depends on
the three pillars namely SWAN, State Data Centres (SDC) and CSC. Cisco
has played a major role in building each of these pillar projects. As
the projects are nearing completion, e-Forms will soon be a reality in
India.

I believe Cisco is a partner in building Lavasa what is being claimed
to be "India's first complete e-city". Would you please elaborate as
to what is Cisco's role in making that township an e-city and what
solutions will Cisco provide to make Lavasa such an ambitious and most
technological advanced city in the world?
As part of the collaboration, Cisco will partner with Wipro for the
supply of ICT products and architecture and will propose the
technology vision, products, services and solutions based on its Smart
+Connected Communities initiative and service-delivery platform to
help make Lavasa City a smart and sustainable city of the future.

Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities vision is that the network as the
platform can transform physical communities into connected communities
and thereby achieve economic, social and environmental sustainability.
A foundational, open-architecture platform, Cisco's service-delivery
platform enables Cisco and its ecosystem to create and deploy new
smart services and applications for citizens as well as people that
manage and operate the community infrastructure.

Working with the government is often seen as a waste of time and
energies, how have your experiences been in dealing with the
government(s)?
Bureaucracy is definitely one of the key challenges when it comes to
implementation of IT services. We often need to broadly discuss with
the government the long term benefits of e-governance in order to
justify the cost and time investments that go into each of these
projects.

If Lavasa runs into rough weather, what happens to Cisco's efforts
which have already gone into the project?
In the Lavasa project, Cisco has signed a definitive agreement to
participate in MyCity Technologies Ltd, a company set up by Lavasa and
Wipro to provide information and communications technology services in
the new development of Lavasa City. The strategic collaboration
between the three companies, to build a next-generation intelligent
sustainable community, is based on a shared vision of sustainable
urbanization, the Cisco® Smart+Connected Communities initiative, and
Wipro's ICT solutions and services. As part of the collaboration,
Cisco will partner with Wipro for the supply of ICT products and
architecture and will propose the technology vision, products,
services and solutions based on its Smart+Connected Communities
initiative and service-delivery platform to help make Lavasa City a
smart and sustainable city of the future.
The Lavasa city development is in progress and will need to be
carefully planned out for at least the next 15-20 years. Our priority
is to get the e-governance in place, which will help in centralized
management of utilities like water, electricity as well as healthcare,
education, surveillance and security.

How has Cisco been involved in e-gGovernance, healthcare, distance
learning, and what are the levels of engagement?
By working collaboratively towards a common vision of Smart Connected
Communities, Cisco and CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd intend to
make the technology platform available to CSCs to deliver
transformational education and health care solutions to citizens
across India. Cisco has worked with governments and communities around
the world on delivering its vision for Smart+Connected Communities and
believes that the delivery of high-quality services to rural areas can
help India produce more inclusive and balanced growth.

What are Cisco's opportunities in the e-Governance space in India in
the next five years?
In a largely populated country like India, the internet can definitely
be an efficient way for the government to provide services to
citizens, thus helping people go about their business. We believe in
the power of the Internet which can fundamentally change peoples'
lives - giving them access to national, regional and global markets;
creating more jobs; and helping a country become more competitive.

What are the key achievements of Cisco in this space?
Cisco is working with partners such as IBM, HCL, TCS, Infosys to draw
synergies in their applications being developed for governments. As
discussed above, Cisco is involved with more than 70% of SWAN roll
outs in India. Cisco has also recently signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd. CSC e-
Governance Services India Ltd is a private company established to
catalyze and accelerate the delivery of various e-Governance services
through the CSC framework. The purpose of the MoU is to make education
and health care solutions available and to promote social inclusion
through CSCs across India.

Further, Cisco has also undertaken a successful pilot project in
Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh which involves imparting e-education to
students in a remote village. We have set-up a state-of-the-art
networking learning facility inside the NIIT District Learning Centre
in Chhindwara. Cisco has donated networking equipment for the lab and
provides technological expertise and mentoring services to students at
the learning centre. This is proving to be a very successful model for
CSCs.

Apart from this; another very successful project has been the
Lifelines project. Cisco, along with British Telecom, has joined hands
with OneWorld International Foundation to launch the Lifelines
Service. This service provides the rural farming communities with
vital e-content on various agriculture and agro-business related
issues. Additionally farmers also get weather guidance, updates about
the market (prices, quality etc.) and relevant Government schemes.
Cisco's agricultural application helps the farmers sell their produce
directly to the distributors and get a better realization for it.

What are the challenges for implementing e-Governance projects in
India?
While one of the key elements of India's National e-Governance Plan
(NeGP) of providing all government services accessible to the masses
in their locality, is the CSC project, the country still needs to
travel a long way before it can actually achieve this objective.
On the technology front, standardization of information collected and
its format is a major challenge as different states are collecting
similar information in different formats.

Security of data related to e-Forms and digital signature on
certificates is also important as majority of certificates will have
digital signature. Appropriate and legal sharing of information
databases underlying e-Forms will help departments in better co-
ordination and enable client-centered service delivery, such as
repeated requests for the same information and automatic change of
address in various departments.

With regards to management issues, the state has to identify gaps in
infrastructure for rollout of e-Forms and address these gaps
deployment. The management should also focus on ensuring ownership by
line departments for the information and processes required to support
e-Forms within state and also develop mechanism for monitoring timely
disposal of electronic applications.

What role do you see of cloud computing in driving better governance?
Cisco S+CC leverages ICT (Information and Communication Technology) to
connect critical city components like utilities and hence would need
to store a large amount of data. For example: birth date certification
details, property details, etc., Hence cloud computing will need to be
combined for better city governance.

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:13492 India plans a National Sports Bill

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India plans a National Sports Bill
http://igovernment.in/site/india-plans-national-sports-bill-39331

The proposed legislation would have "measures to prevent sexual
harassment of women by following the guidelines enunciated by the
Supreme Court
Published on 02/22/2011

New Delhi: The government wants to bring in legislation on national
sports policy that, besides other things, would prevent sexual
harassment of sportswomen and make sports bodies and administration
transparent in the country.

The proposed legislation would have "measures to prevent sexual
harassment of women by following the guidelines enunciated by the
Supreme Court", Sports Minister Ajay Maken told the Lok Sabha
onTuesday.

He said the government wants to develop sports at the national level
and is intending to have a debate on the need to have the legislation,
reports IANS.

Maken, Minister of State with independent charge of Sports, said the
government wanted to initiate a debate in Parliament on the National
Sports Bill.

"I wish to make a statement in this August House on the intent of the
government to initiate a national debate on the need to have
legislation for the development of sports at the national level and to
deal with all matters connected therewith," the minister said.

He said the government proposed to place in public domain an exposure
draft paper on the proposed national sports legislation.

The proposed Bill would require sports federations to have a "fair and
transparent election process", he said.

The Bill would also make it mandatory for the federation to have
limited age and tenure in respect of office bearers and would ensure
participation of athletes in the decision-making process.

It will have "foolproof guidelines for detection and prevention of age
fraud in sports".

He said the proposed draft Bill was in line with "the core principles
enunciated in the basic universal principles of good governance
proposed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and endorsed by
the XIII Olympic Congress".

He said anti-doping regulations compliant with World Anti-Doping
Agency (WADA) code would be given a legislative backing. "As a
signatory to the UNESCO convention, India has shown highest commitment
to movement against doping. It is a member of the WADA and has
constituted its own National anti Doping Agency (NADA) on the lines of
WADA," he said.

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:13492 Global Health Knowledge Doubling

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From: Ronald E. LaPorte, PhD <super1@pitt.edu>
Subject: Global Health Knowledge Doubling
To: super1@pitt.edu
Date: Wednesday, 23 February, 2011, 0:52

Supercourse News Letter

Feb. 22, 2011

www.pitt.edu/~super1/

 

Doubling Training in Global health and Prevention:  We are very pleased as to the response that we have received concerning the goal of doubling the training in global health and prevention.  We distributed slides to over 1500 medical schools, many have already distributed these to their faculty and students.  Also, medical schools are starting to create mirrored servers of the Supercourse at their institutions.  If you want a free download of the full supercourse please ask Eugene (eshubn@gmail.com). We would love to see the supercourse on all the medical, public health, nursing schools, and pharmacy schools in the world.  The advantage of having a mirrored server in  your school is that instantly you will have a global health program and your faculty will be part of the "global faculty". Also, the mirrored server is yours, and we have seen that many faculty and students in your country will come to your site, drawing attention to your global health program.

 

Physical App-ercise   Steve Blair, Andrea Kriska, Eric Marler, Eugene Shubnikov and I are thinking about building an Exercise Supercourse.  Please contact us at Super1@pitt.edu, if you would like to join.  We have already harvested all the exercise apps.  http://www.pitt.edu/~super1/globalhealth/mobileGHScourse.htm   Surprisingly there were quite a few, well over 400. For the most part the exercise apps are not exciting, and not very scientific, e.g. how best to get buns of steel, and six pack abs, how to bet on football and how not to be a 95 pound weakling   We plan to change this as such a large proportion of children and adults have access to cell phones. We are interested in Global Health Exercise apps to obtain world measures of physical activity, randomized exercise trials of a million people per arm, GPS/Accelerometer assessment of physical activity in a billion people, or exercise intervention for millions.  We have been talking with the American College of Sports Medicine, as well as the CDC to decide how best to improve and promote exercise apps.  It appears that many of these apps are built by exercisers who know how to pump iron, but not much about the science of exercise and health and the technology of physical activity and apps. We would hope to bring together the exercise scientists with  top Mobile people, so that good science produces good apps for use on a local to global basis. If  you would like to join us, please contact ronaldlaporte@gmail.com

 

"If your dog is thin, you are getting enough exercise" (ella is thin)

 

Ancient Libraries:  We have been contacted by a high level official at the UN who is interested in collaborating with us to help revive the Ancient Library of Mary in Turkmenistan as in part a Supercourse Library. The library was one of the major libraries until it was destroyed in the 12th century by the Mongols  Isn't that most cool?  There are over 20 ancient libraries identified in the world.  We are discussing this with Dr. Serageldin, as the Library of Alexandria is one of the only libraries with the primary vision of it being virtual.  We are talking as to if we can develop a similar Supercourse model for other ancient libraries.  The Library of Alexandria with the Supercourse of Science is a perfect model for this. It would be wonderful to build an ancient library supercourse for sharing and saving knowledge across the centuries. Please let us know if you would like to be a part of this, if we can get this off the ground. It appears that there were many wonderful libraries in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkmenistan, India, China, Greece Italy, and many other places.

 

They are the books, the arts, the academes

That show, contain and nourish all the world (Shakespeare)

 

African Federation of Public Health Associations:  Dr.D.K.Sekimpi from Uganda just wrote to us to indicate that in the next few months the African Federation of Public Healh Associations will be formalized. It will bring together all the national Public Health Associations in Africa. The goal is in many ways African Global health, with the associations banding together as we are living in a global villiage as Dr. Sekimpi has pointed out. 

 

Statistics Supercourse:  We will be presenting at the Eastern  Mediterranean  Society meetings at the end of April.  There is a critical need for people to be training in stastistics in almost all countries, but we are not teaching a sufficient number.  We want to expand our statistics supercourse lectures so that others can use your lectures to teach about statistics. If you have lectures on statistics, we would very much like to include these into the supercourse.

 

Single Malt Scotch:  The International Epidemiology Association will hold the World Congress of Epidemiology  will be meeting 7 to 11 August 2011  in Edinburgh, United Kingdom www.epidemiology2011.com/. The Supercourse will have a session at the congress. We are pleased as to how many of the global Supercourse team will be there.  For every supercourse member we will buy you a shot of single malt scotch or a coke if you do not drink).  If there are too many of you, we may have to buy single malt Brewski, as we have no money.  It will be wonderful to see you all again. Please try to come to Scotland. Please let us know if you are coming.  We might even take you out to a very famous Scottish restaurant.  You may have heard about it, it begins something like "Mac dougals" and has golden arches.

 

The essence of a long life is to exercise, eat in moderation, don't drink too much, then again, don't drink too little (Herman Jackrabbit Smith Johansson, 104 year old cross country skier)

 

Faina Pick of the Week:  This week we are very fortunate to have an interesting conceptual lecture entitled "Concepts in Public Health: A Case Study of Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM)"  This lecture gives an interesting overview on the web of disease causation, especially when it comes to PEM. This lecture has been given to us by Drs. Salve, Kumar, and Pandav from India. In general, we in the Supercourse are very much interested in lectures on energy, metabolism, and related areas. All lectures in this area are welcome!

Best wishes from:

 

 

Ron, Eugene, Faina, Meredith, Francois, Eric, Ali, Vint, Ismail, Gil, Jesse, Mita, Kawkab, Nabil

 

 

 

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:13491 Human Rights Watch Needs Your Help in the Middle East

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Date: Thursday, 24 February, 2011, 5:07

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rec.bicycles.racing - 25 new messages in 7 topics - digest

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Today's topics:

* Omloop Het Nieuwsblad - 5 messages, 3 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/bea6d61f57aa2583?hl=en
* Armstrong's urine samples requested by US authorities - 10 messages, 5
authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/e74e86a733c12701?hl=en
* Hitler - 3 messages, 2 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/d1d0168fdecb8594?hl=en
* What's next for LA now that he's retired - 2 messages, 2 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/b92c0def5059f438?hl=en
* bring out your dead - 3 messages, 3 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/f47fc9061d350f01?hl=en
* Iranian Cyclist Victorious in new Skinsuit Technology - 1 messages, 1 author
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/d31e01b07e3cc183?hl=en
* Questions about Seeing thre Tour in Paris - 1 messages, 1 author
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/28d76208a6639cf9?hl=en

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TOPIC: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/bea6d61f57aa2583?hl=en
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== 1 of 5 ==
Date: Fri, Feb 25 2011 8:31 pm
From: TheCoz


Filippo Pozzato takes the win.
Tom Boonen sweep up in 4th.
Coz


== 2 of 5 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 2:02 am
From: Simply Fred


TheCoz wrote:
> Filippo Pozzato takes the win.
> Tom Boonen sweep up in 4th.

Dumbass,
Kindly stick to convention and post the podium in the subject.

== 3 of 5 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 8:02 am
From: TheCoz


On Feb 26, 4:02 am, Simply Fred <n...@mailinator.com> wrote:
> TheCoz wrote:
> > Filippo Pozzato takes the win.
> > Tom Boonen sweep up in 4th.
>
> Dumbass,
> Kindly stick to convention and post the podium in the subject.

Rabobank - Sky - Sky
Happy now?
Coz


== 4 of 5 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 9:20 am
From: "A. Dumas"


TheCoz wrote:
> Rabobank - Sky - Sky
> Happy now?
> Coz


== 5 of 5 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 1:47 pm
From: Simply Fred


On 02/26/11 19:20, A. Dumas wrote:
> Rabo, Rabo, Rabo

They must be dopers if they're on the podium.

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TOPIC: Armstrong's urine samples requested by US authorities
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/e74e86a733c12701?hl=en
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== 1 of 10 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 1:05 am
From: Frederick the Great


In article
<50d4aa91-7bf8-44fa-9f1c-8c69fe84a900@o18g2000prh.googlegroups.com>,
Phil H <pholman50@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Feb 25, 1:19 pm, "A. Dumas" <alexan...@dumas.fr.invalid> wrote:
> > Phil H wrote:
> > > On Feb 25, 12:32 pm, "A. Dumas" <alexan...@dumas.fr.invalid> wrote:
> > >> ilan wrote:
> > >>> It's the A sample. It doesn't matter if its positive, since the B
> > >>> sample was destroyed. Of course, that leaves open the possibility that
> > >>> in the US justice system, scientific evidence doesn't have to be held
> > >>> up to scientific standards..
> > >> Single samples may be split into A and B samples, right? In fact, that
> > >> is how it is done when the rider pees into the cup. He doesn't come back
> > >> the next day for a second donation.
> >
> > > No  [...]
> >
> > Then how? Rider pees into cup, half of it goes into another cup, both
> > are sealed, that's it. It's a single split sample from the outset. When
> > splitting it later doesn't change a thing (for the population).
>
> Several things can compromise the test. The A sample gets mixed up
> later with someone elses, wrong ID number or whatever, did you read
> the report on FL's test sample? I also assume these A samples were
> already tested introducing more opportunity for reducing reliability.
> Anyway, the B sample is a safeguard for screwups like these so if it
> the A sample does get mixed up or messed up and is later split into
> two, well, you get the picture. The samples need to be split at the
> time they are collected; done at a much later time reduces the
> itegrity ot the test. Otherwise, why bother?

There is (or should be) a seal on each sample container.
The seal proves that the donor and the official aver
that the biological sample came from the donor at the
time and place given on the seal. If the seal is not
intact ...

--
Old Fritz


== 2 of 10 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 8:22 am
From: BLafferty


On 2/25/2011 11:14 PM, Phil H wrote:
> On Feb 25, 7:51 pm, BLafferty<b...@nowhere.com> wrote:
>> On 2/25/2011 6:40 PM, Brad Anders wrote:
>>
>>> On Feb 25, 4:14 pm, BLafferty<b...@nowhere.com> wrote:
>>
>>>> What is left over from
>>>> the prior French testing may be used for analysis if the chain of
>>>> custody is still intact (apparently it is)
>>
>>> Chain of custody is only one of many requirements for any testing on
>>> these samples to have validity. There also has to be proof that the
>>> samples were never intentionally or unintentionally contaminated, that
>>> the samples were maintained in a controlled condition for the past 11
>>> years (e.g. temperature), etc.
>>
>> That is all part of the chain of custody.
>>
>>> Should the samples show EPO present,
>>> I'm pretty sure LA's laywers would ( as they have in the past with
>>> these samples ) be able to produce all manner of explanations as to
>>> why the results have no significance.
>>
>> They would blow a lot of smoke, but in court that smoke gets cleared
>> very quickly. This isn't some UCI hack letting Lance off the hook.
>
> No, its some bullshit lawyer with a preconceived notion more intent on
> "winning" than truth seeking. For every expert witness that testifies
> to the validity of the test you'll find 10 that'll say it's BS and
> they'll say it's BS before the result is known and whatever the
> outcome. Given the apparent motivation of people like yourself who
> have been able to identify samples and whatever else, well, the whole
> thing doth stink m'lud.
> Phil H

Whether or not the test for EPO is accepted as valid within the
scientific community is likely not open to serious debate. There may be
an expert willing to testify otherwise. Will they be able to convince a
jury that the test itself isn't scientifically valid when a panel of
WADA experts has certified the test as valid? Probably not, but odd
thing can be decided by a jury. I suppose that the government could ask
the court to take judicial notice of the scientific validity of the test.

If the test itself is upheld as scientifically valid, the issues then
are chain of custody and the testing procedure/protocol used.
Armstrong's attorneys will have a good deal of work and make a good deal
of money for what is very likely to be a losing cause. However, they
will be well paid--up front.


== 3 of 10 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 8:49 am
From: Scott


On Feb 26, 9:22 am, BLafferty <b...@nowhere.com> wrote:

>
> Whether or not the test for EPO is accepted as valid >within the scientific community is likely not open to >serious debate.  There may be an expert willing to >testify otherwise. Will they be able to convince a
> jury that the test itself isn't scientifically valid when a >panel of WADA experts has certified the test as valid? >Probably not, but odd thing can be decided by a jury. I >suppose that the government could ask
> the court to take judicial notice of the scientific validity >of the test.
>

I'd guess that a jury of red blooded Americans will have no trouble
coming to the conclusion that a French lab, one with a reputation for
not following protocols or protecting privacy, could very easily have
screwed up the storage of the samples in question, perhaps even
deliberately tampering with them.

How that would affect the outcome of a trial, well, as you like to
say, time will tell.


== 4 of 10 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 9:09 am
From: "A. Dumas"


Fredmaster of Brainerd wrote:
> In an individual case it might change something,
> and that's what individuals tend to care about.

For better or for worse, though; I can't tell right away which is more
likely, without diving in.


== 5 of 10 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 11:42 am
From: Fredmaster of Brainerd


On Feb 26, 9:22 am, BLafferty <b...@nowhere.com> wrote:
>
> Whether or not the test for EPO is accepted as valid within the
> scientific community is likely not open to serious debate.  There may be
> an expert willing to testify otherwise. Will they be able to convince a
> jury that the test itself isn't scientifically valid when a panel of
> WADA experts has certified the test as valid? Probably not, but odd
> thing can be decided by a jury. I suppose that the government could ask
> the court to take judicial notice of the scientific validity of the test.
>
> If the test itself is upheld as scientifically valid, the issues then
> are chain of custody and the testing procedure/protocol used.
> Armstrong's attorneys will have a good deal of work and make a good deal
> of money for what is very likely to be a losing cause.  However, they
> will be well paid--up front.

Dumbass,

IT'S NOT A DOPING TRIAL.

If they present ironclad evidence that Armstrong
had EPO metabolites in his pee in 1999, he still
doesn't get the chair unless they also prove that
he committed fraud on the US government based
on the terms of the USPS team contract. So lay off
wittering about how Armstrong's lawyers will be
well paid for a losing cause, because there is plenty
in that chain of reasoning that they will be paid to
poke at. I'm beginning to think you're jealous
for not getting a piece of the action, or at least a
retainer.

Fredmaster Ben


== 6 of 10 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 12:27 pm
From: BLafferty


On 2/26/2011 11:49 AM, Scott wrote:
> On Feb 26, 9:22 am, BLafferty<b...@nowhere.com> wrote:
>
>>
>> Whether or not the test for EPO is accepted as valid>within the scientific community is likely not open to>serious debate. There may be an expert willing to>testify otherwise. Will they be able to convince a
>> jury that the test itself isn't scientifically valid when a>panel of WADA experts has certified the test as valid?>Probably not, but odd thing can be decided by a jury. I>suppose that the government could ask
>> the court to take judicial notice of the scientific validity>of the test.
>>
>
> I'd guess that a jury of red blooded Americans will have no trouble
> coming to the conclusion that a French lab, one with a reputation for
> not following protocols or protecting privacy, could very easily have
> screwed up the storage of the samples in question, perhaps even
> deliberately tampering with them.
>
> How that would affect the outcome of a trial, well, as you like to
> say, time will tell.
You completely missed the point. The French lab's results won't be the
issue. The remaining urine will be tested in an FBI lab or in a US lab
under the eyes of the FBI.

== 7 of 10 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 12:30 pm
From: BLafferty


On 2/26/2011 2:42 PM, Fredmaster of Brainerd wrote:
> On Feb 26, 9:22 am, BLafferty<b...@nowhere.com> wrote:
>>
>> Whether or not the test for EPO is accepted as valid within the
>> scientific community is likely not open to serious debate. There may be
>> an expert willing to testify otherwise. Will they be able to convince a
>> jury that the test itself isn't scientifically valid when a panel of
>> WADA experts has certified the test as valid? Probably not, but odd
>> thing can be decided by a jury. I suppose that the government could ask
>> the court to take judicial notice of the scientific validity of the test.
>>
>> If the test itself is upheld as scientifically valid, the issues then
>> are chain of custody and the testing procedure/protocol used.
>> Armstrong's attorneys will have a good deal of work and make a good deal
>> of money for what is very likely to be a losing cause. However, they
>> will be well paid--up front.
>
> Dumbass,
>
> IT'S NOT A DOPING TRIAL.
>
> If they present ironclad evidence that Armstrong
> had EPO metabolites in his pee in 1999, he still
> doesn't get the chair unless they also prove that
> he committed fraud on the US government based
> on the terms of the USPS team contract. So lay off
> wittering about how Armstrong's lawyers will be
> well paid for a losing cause, because there is plenty
> in that chain of reasoning that they will be paid to
> poke at. I'm beginning to think you're jealous
> for not getting a piece of the action, or at least a
> retainer.
>
> Fredmaster Ben

The EPO and all of his statements about racing drug free are thus shown
to be false. That's one of the five requisites of fraud.


== 8 of 10 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 4:12 pm
From: Scott


On Feb 26, 1:27 pm, BLafferty <b...@nowhere.com> wrote:
> On 2/26/2011 11:49 AM, Scott wrote:
>
> > On Feb 26, 9:22 am, BLafferty<b...@nowhere.com>  wrote:
>
> >> Whether or not the test for EPO is accepted as valid>within the scientific community is likely not open to>serious debate.  There may be an expert willing to>testify otherwise. Will they be able to convince a
> >> jury that the test itself isn't scientifically valid when a>panel of WADA experts has certified the test as valid?>Probably not, but odd thing can be decided by a jury. I>suppose that the government could ask
> >> the court to take judicial notice of the scientific validity>of the test.
>
> > I'd guess that a jury of red blooded Americans will have no trouble
> > coming to the conclusion that a French lab, one with a reputation for
> > not following protocols or protecting privacy, could very easily have
> > screwed up the storage of the samples in question, perhaps even
> > deliberately tampering with them.
>
> > How that would affect the outcome of a trial, well, as you like to
> > say, time will tell.
>
> You completely missed the point. The French lab's results won't be the
> issue.  The remaining urine will be tested in an FBI lab or in a US lab
> under the eyes of the FBI.

No, I get it, even if you don't. It's not about the French lab's
results, it's about the French lab's ability to safeguard the
integrity of the samples such that the results of any current testing
would be valid in the eyes of the jury. Nobody gives a damn about the
earlier results.


== 9 of 10 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 5:40 pm
From: BLafferty


On 2/26/2011 7:12 PM, Scott wrote:
> On Feb 26, 1:27 pm, BLafferty<b...@nowhere.com> wrote:
>> On 2/26/2011 11:49 AM, Scott wrote:
>>
>>> On Feb 26, 9:22 am, BLafferty<b...@nowhere.com> wrote:
>>
>>>> Whether or not the test for EPO is accepted as valid>within the scientific community is likely not open to>serious debate. There may be an expert willing to>testify otherwise. Will they be able to convince a
>>>> jury that the test itself isn't scientifically valid when a>panel of WADA experts has certified the test as valid?>Probably not, but odd thing can be decided by a jury. I>suppose that the government could ask
>>>> the court to take judicial notice of the scientific validity>of the test.
>>
>>> I'd guess that a jury of red blooded Americans will have no trouble
>>> coming to the conclusion that a French lab, one with a reputation for
>>> not following protocols or protecting privacy, could very easily have
>>> screwed up the storage of the samples in question, perhaps even
>>> deliberately tampering with them.
>>
>>> How that would affect the outcome of a trial, well, as you like to
>>> say, time will tell.
>>
>> You completely missed the point. The French lab's results won't be the
>> issue. The remaining urine will be tested in an FBI lab or in a US lab
>> under the eyes of the FBI.
>
> No, I get it, even if you don't. It's not about the French lab's
> results, it's about the French lab's ability to safeguard the
> integrity of the samples such that the results of any current testing
> would be valid in the eyes of the jury. Nobody gives a damn about the
> earlier results.
That's what chain of custody is about. If there wasn't a valid chain,
the Dept. of Justice would not go to the trouble of Letters Rogatory to
get them.


== 10 of 10 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 9:32 pm
From: Scott


On Feb 26, 6:40 pm, BLafferty <b...@nowhere.com> wrote:
> On 2/26/2011 7:12 PM, Scott wrote:
>
> > On Feb 26, 1:27 pm, BLafferty<b...@nowhere.com>  wrote:
> >> On 2/26/2011 11:49 AM, Scott wrote:
>
> >>> On Feb 26, 9:22 am, BLafferty<b...@nowhere.com>    wrote:
>
> >>>> Whether or not the test for EPO is accepted as valid>within the scientific community is likely not open to>serious debate.  There may be an expert willing to>testify otherwise. Will they be able to convince a
> >>>> jury that the test itself isn't scientifically valid when a>panel of WADA experts has certified the test as valid?>Probably not, but odd thing can be decided by a jury. I>suppose that the government could ask
> >>>> the court to take judicial notice of the scientific validity>of the test.
>
> >>> I'd guess that a jury of red blooded Americans will have no trouble
> >>> coming to the conclusion that a French lab, one with a reputation for
> >>> not following protocols or protecting privacy, could very easily have
> >>> screwed up the storage of the samples in question, perhaps even
> >>> deliberately tampering with them.
>
> >>> How that would affect the outcome of a trial, well, as you like to
> >>> say, time will tell.
>
> >> You completely missed the point. The French lab's results won't be the
> >> issue.  The remaining urine will be tested in an FBI lab or in a US lab
> >> under the eyes of the FBI.
>
> > No, I get it, even if you don't.  It's not about the French lab's
> > results, it's about the French lab's ability to safeguard the
> > integrity of the samples such that the results of any current testing
> > would be valid in the eyes of the jury.  Nobody gives a damn about the
> > earlier results.
>
> That's what chain of custody is about.  If there wasn't a valid chain,
> the Dept. of Justice would not go to the trouble of Letters Rogatory to
> get them.

That is your assumption, and besides, it's all about persuading the
jury, right?

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TOPIC: Hitler
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/d1d0168fdecb8594?hl=en
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== 1 of 3 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 2:03 am
From: Simply Fred


Frederick the Great wrote:
> Checkmate.

Dumbass,
Kindly stick to convention and post the entire podium in the subject.


== 2 of 3 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 7:38 am
From: Fred Flintstein


On 2/26/2011 4:03 AM, Simply Fred wrote:
> Frederick the Great wrote:
>> Checkmate.
>
> Dumbass,
> Kindly stick to convention and post the entire podium in the subject.

Prosecute them all, God (Novitsky) will know His own.


== 3 of 3 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 1:46 pm
From: Simply Fred


Simply Fred wrote:
>> Kindly stick to convention and post the entire podium in the subject.

Fred Flintstein wrote:
> Prosecute them all, God (Novitsky) will know His own.

Dumbass,
In the world according to Lafferty the podium would read:
1) LANCE 2) Hitler 3) Stalin


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TOPIC: What's next for LA now that he's retired
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/b92c0def5059f438?hl=en
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== 1 of 2 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 12:12 pm
From: Steven Bornfeld


On 2/25/2011 5:33 AM, ilan wrote:
> This seems to be the trend: first Lauritzen http://www.kjendis.no/2007/11/17/518536.html
> then Rasmussen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMKJU3wPU9k And
> refusing is not an option: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBEq-_EXNIg
>
> -ilan

I can dig pathos.

Steve

--
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http://www.dentaltwins.com
Brooklyn, NY
718-258-5001


== 2 of 2 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 1:53 pm
From: Simply Fred


ilan wrote:
>> This seems to be the trend: first Lauritzen
>> http://www.kjendis.no/2007/11/17/518536.html
>> then Rasmussen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMKJU3wPU9k And
>> refusing is not an option: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBEq-_EXNIg

Steven Bornfeld wrote:
> I can dig pathos.

Greek cuisine sucks.


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TOPIC: bring out your dead
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/f47fc9061d350f01?hl=en
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== 1 of 3 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 3:35 pm
From: Ben Trovato


What LANCE has to look forward to...
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/franco-ballerinis-body-to-be-exhumed-for-insurance-investigation


== 2 of 3 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 7:17 pm
From: Brad Anders


On Feb 26, 4:35 pm, Ben Trovato <benn.trov...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> What LANCE has to look forward to...http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/franco-ballerinis-body-to-be-exhumed-...

No shit. I'll bet dealing in bits of LA's bodily fluids and body parts
after he's croaked will go on for a couple of centuries, kind of like
a modern day Shroud of Turin.


== 3 of 3 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 8:58 pm
From: Simply Fred


Ben Trovato wrote:
>> What LANCE has to look forward to...http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/franco-ballerinis-body-to-be-exhumed-...

Brad Anders wrote:
> No shit. I'll bet dealing in bits of LA's bodily fluids and body parts
> after he's croaked will go on for a couple of centuries, kind of like
> a modern day Shroud of Turin.

I bet the doctor who cut off the first ball wishes he kept it, although
that loss should drive up the value of the remaining one.

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TOPIC: Iranian Cyclist Victorious in new Skinsuit Technology
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== 1 of 1 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 5:22 pm
From: Phil H


On Feb 24, 8:10 am, Anton Berlin <truth_88...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Feb 23, 9:34 pm, Scott <hendricks_sc...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> > On Feb 23, 7:18 am, Anton Berlin <truth_88...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> > >http://tinypic.com/5nnhmt
>
> > I'd bet a dollar to a donut he's got a higher vertical leap than you
> > do (or ever did).
>
> And oddly enough he comes back to earth at the same 32 feet per second
> per second rate as us also

Could you give us the Einsteinian explanation of that.
Thanks
Phil H

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TOPIC: Questions about Seeing thre Tour in Paris
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== 1 of 1 ==
Date: Sat, Feb 26 2011 5:39 pm
From: "Mike Jacoubowsky"


>Climbs are great places to take in the whole spectacle.
>
>DR

Yep. That was spelled out in this link-
http://www.chainreaction.com/tdfwatching.htm

The Genoble individual time trial could provide some great spots for
viewing, since it will be pretty hilly. And Alpe d'Huez is the day before.
It's going to be a tough final week

--Mike Jacoubowsky
Chain Reaction Bicycles
www.ChainReaction.com
Redwood City & Los Altos, CA USA

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INTER-SCHOOL DEBATING COMPETITION ON COOPERATIVES

To generate awareness for cooperatives amongst the schools of Delhi/NCR, the "Inter-School debating completion" was organized on January 31, 2011 at New Delhi. The debate completion organized for the first time provided opportunity to the school children to think, analyze and come up with the arguments on the important issues confronting the cooperative sector. The Debate was organized by National Cooperative Union of India and Indian Committee of Youth Organizations (ICYO).

 

The prime objective of the competition was to   generate awareness for cooperatives amongst the school children so that they may be aware of the achievements of the cooperative sector in various fields of socio economic activities.

 

There were interesting 'debate' on the issue: 'Involvement Of Youth is vital for cooperative development in India'. ICYO showed its commitment to promote youth in the cooperative sector by sponsoring the prizes. For students it seemed it was a good learning experience for them that would provoke them to thinking deeply over it and may be who knows someone might come with an enterprise.

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The top eight  schools of Delhi/NCR like  Amity International School, Gurgaon, Delhi Public School, Indirapuram, Delhi Public School, Rohini, Father Agnel School, Gautam Nagar, Green Field School, Saket, Green Field School, Safdarjung, Vankteshwar International School, Dwarka, Chiranjeev Bharati Public School, Gurgaon participated in the event.

 

Dr. Daman Prakash, Consultation, IFFCO Foundation, in his inaugural speech emphasized on the importance of youth involvement in cooperatives. He cited the various successful cases of student cooperatives in the world. He hoped that the students will take interest in the issues cooperatives which will be quite beneficial for their career prospects.

Ms. Anita Manchanda, Chief Executive, NCUI her opening remarks said 'apart from participating in the event, the school students should take interest in the subject of Cooperation for their future career growth'. She said that the NCUI is organizing this event for the first time. Ms Manchanda also highlighted the various initiatives undertaken by the COOP CONNECT Forum for popularizing cooperative model of development amongst the youth.

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Indian Committee for Youth Organizations presented a brief profile of his organization, and its network.

 

Indian Committee for Youth Organizations sponsored the cash prizes of the event. Text Box:

 

In Individual Speaker category, the First Prize was given to Ms Sanjana Ahuja of Venkateshwar International Dwarka. While the second prize was bagged by Raghav Chawla [DPS Indirapuram], the third prize was given to Vedanth Govi, DPS, Rohini The Best Interjector Prize was given to Agarni Batra, DPS, Rohini. Each winner received the cash prize and certificate. In the team category, while DPS Rohini won the First prize, the Second Prize was won by DPS, Indirapuram and received the memento and certificate.

Mr Ravi Narayan, Secretary General, ICYO gave away the cash prizes to all the winners and winning team received the memento from Ms. Anita Manchanda, Chief Executive, NCUI.

 

Dr T. Paranjothi, Secretary, NCCT gave vote of thanks on the occasion. He hoped that the debate event would sustain the interest of students in the subject of Cooperatives. Mr. Sanjay Verma, Nodal Officer, COOP CONNECT moderated the session.

 

Networking Conference for Asian and European Young Volunteers

 

Young volunteers and representatives of various International Voluntary Service (IVS) organizations, governments, youth NGOs and universities gathered in Semarang, Indonesia for the 4th Networking Conference for Asian and European Young Volunteers (NAEYV) with motto 'From Co-operation to Recognition: Creating Long-Term Strategies'.

 

The conference focused on the impact and recognition of International Voluntary Service (IVS) and encouraged cross-sectoral cooperation between IVS-organizations and stakeholders and organized by The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in partnership with the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) and in cooperation with Indonesia International Work Camp (IIWC).

 

The NAEY was divided in to two events: (1) a 2-day Strategic meeting (6-8 February) with young representatives from (inter-) national organizations/networks in the field of IVS and (2) the Conference (8-11 February) with 20 representatives from governments, Youth NGOs, universities and other relevant stakeholders including UN agencies. NAEYV gathered some 50 high-level representatives. ICYO attended the Conference, represented by Mr. Vijay Bharatiya.

 

The main aims of the Conference were, to promote the visibility and values of voluntary service as one of the main non-formal education tools in Asia and Europe. The specific objectives are:

 

*    To share the research outcomes of the 9th Asia-Europe Young Volunteers Exchange (AEYVE) on the impact of IVS in Asia and Europe; 

*    To map the existing voluntary service schemes and the various legal frameworks on volunteering in Asia and Europe;

*    To identify stakeholders interested in the establishment and promotion of an Asian Voluntary Service;

*    To encourage cross-sectoral co-operation between different voluntary service stakeholders; 

*    To develop spin-off initiatives in the field of voluntary service.

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*    There was discussion on Asian voluntary Service and partnerships to provide exposure to youths at the Asian level. As a part of action plan one of the recommendations that came up was for:

*    Having a theme based programme for International volunteer.

*    To raise visibility and achieve recognition from Int. NGOs and national NGOs.

*    To improve communication between NGOs and IVS orgs.

*    To share expertise and existing tools of IVS orgs to NGOs.

 

The 4th edition of the NAEYV is the lead-up event of 2011 that marks the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the UN International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10) and the European Year of Volunteering.

 

National Youth Policy 2010:

1st Draft – civil society organization not find place

 

Government of India has released first Draft of the National Youth Policy 2010 (NYP 2010). 

 

According to new National Youth Policy document, it recognized youth in age-bracket of 13 to 30 years. It recommends dividing this broad age-bracket into three sub-groups: The first sub-group of 13-18 years should cover adolescents whose needs and areas of concern are substantially different from youth under the other age groups. The second group of 19-25 years includes those youth who are in the process of completing their education and getting into a career.  The third group of 26-30 years comprises of whom have completed their education, including professional, and are, more or less, settled in their job and in their personal life.

 

The draft policy shorted out the list of 'Target groups' and includes the Youth in slums; migrant youth; Rural youth; Tribal youth; Youth at risk substance abuse, human trafficking, working in hazardous occupations, bonded labour; Youth in violent conflicts participants or victims; Out-of-school or drop-outs from formal educational mainstream; Groups that suffer from social or moral stigma; Youth in observation homes, orphanages or prisons.

       

But the large portion of Urban Youth is not included in target group. The Youth Policy should be for all youth of the nation, not for some specific groups. The priority groups are ok as they define in detail in the document.

 

        The 'Priority groups' includes the Young women; Youth belonging to socially and economically disadvantaged communities and groups; Differently-abled youth.

 

        According to draft policy document; large and many bureaucratic establishments to be form. This includes coordinating mechanism at the Centre (National Coordinating Committee, may be chaired by the Prime, Minister or a senior member of the Union Cabinet), similarly State Coordinating Committee chaired by the Chief Minister of the state or a senior member of the cabinet. This is not all, formation of 'Task Force' at state level on 'each' thrust area; on every group 10 rural youth clubs, a Youth Development Centre (YDC) will be established (in India many thousand youth clubs are working under NYKs).

 

        The document also suggested for 'Setting up of National Youth Volunteer Network' which link  more than 2.6 million (26 lakhs) volunteer force, that is working with agencies – NSS, NYKS, Bharat Scouts and Guides, Youth Red Cross, NCC.

 

        The document further asked for formation of another structure called "National Youth Forum". This structure suggested as follows:

Ø      Young members of Parliament, representing all parties

Ø      Representatives of young members of state assemblies (two members from each state)

Ø      Young achievers in different fields (sports, social entrepreneurship, business, etc.)

Ø      Representatives of differently-abled youth, young media professionals.

 

And, on the lines of National Commission for Women (NCW), National Youth Commission should be set up.

 

Unfortunately, youth serving civil society organizations/ other civil society organizations full ignore in full document. There is urgent need of discussion on Policy to inclusion and identifying the role of youth serving civil society organizations/youth network organizations/ other civil society organizations.  

 

Acknowledgement

The ICYO received following publications in March to June 2008, which are very useful for our documentation, research work and for planning of activities. We extended thanks on behalf of ICYO network to all the organizations those provide us these valuable newsletters/publications/ reports etc. 

*    Yuva Udghosh – Various issues (fortnightly, Hindi language newspaper); Published by Kendriya Arya Yuvak Parishad, New Delhi, India.

*    Youth Culture/Yuva Sanskar – No.4, 2010; Published by National Youth Project Trust, New Delhi.

*    Yuva Samvad   – Issue 94/95 January/February  2011; Hindi language monthly magazine) Published by Dr A.K. Arun, New Delhi, India

*    Young Asia; July-December 2010; Published by Commonwealth Youth Programme, Asia Centre, Chandigarh, India

*    Youth Horizons – Volume 36 Issue3, July 2010; Newsletter published by VYK, New Delhi

*    UNews – Various issues; Published by: UN Information Centre, New Delhi, India.

*    Neeti Marg – various issues (fortnightly, language - Hindi) published by Samvad, Bhopal, MP, India.

*    The Reproductive Rights of Adolescents: A Tool for Health and Empowerment; Briefing Paper published by Centre for Reproductive Rights.

*    Defenders – Spring 2010, Autumn 2010; Published by Organizations for Defending Victims of Voilence (ODVV), Tehran, Iran.

*    Behond Borders; Issue no 17 winter 2011; published by Beyond Borders, Canada.

*    One Country – Various issues; Published by Baha'i International Community; New York, USA.

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Indian Committee of Youth Organizations (ICYO) is a registered non-profit, non-governmental network organization, committed in developing areas of mutual cooperation and understanding among different youth voluntary agencies, youth groups, clubs and individuals working in the field of youth welfare in India. 

ICYO functions as an umbrella organization of youth NGOs in India. It's family consists of
over 411 organizations spread in 124 districts of 26 states from different corners of India.

Our goal:
To improve and extend the youth work and services through Youth Organizations;
To enhance and demonstrate youth work in the society;
To promote effective youth programmme;
To organize network of civil society organizations working towards the development of youth work;
To organize seminars, conferences, workshops, trainings;
To maintain international relation with organizations promoting young people in their programme and activities

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Consultative (Roster) Status with ECOSOC, United Nations;
Consultative Status with Commission on Sustainable Development;
Full Member of World Assembly of Youth (WAY); Asian Youth Council (AYC);
Member of CRIN;
Member of South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN);
Affiliate with ECPAT International, Thailand;
Member of ATSECE-DELHI;
Indian Partner of AIDS Care Watch Campaign;
Working relation with Indian Association of Parliamentarians (IAPPD);
Working relation with International Medical Parliamentarians Organizations (IMPO);
Working relation with Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD).

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