M.P. youth in Pakistan jail may return soon

first_imgThe chances of bringing back Jitendra Arjunwar, currently lodged in a jail in Pakistan after he inadvertently strayed across the border, brightened with the Ministry of External Affairs telling its counterpart in Islamabad that he was an Indian citizen. Arjunwar (22), a resident of Seoni in Madhya Pradesh, crossed the Indo-Pak. border after running away from home five years ago and was caught there on August 12, 2013, by the patrolling officers of Pakistan Rangers, officials said.Documents sent“The MEA has confirmed to its Pakistan counterpart that Arjunwar is an Indian citizen. We have sent documents related to his citizenship on Wednesday as demanded by the MEA and the Ministry of Home Affairs,” Tarun Nayak, Superintendent of Police, Seoni, told reporters on Friday. “Once the citizenship is confirmed, Arjunwar would be released from jail in Pakistan,” the police officer added.Kin confirm verification Arjunwar’s brother Bharat, who works as a mechanic in Barghat town in Seoni district, confirmed that he and other family members were called to Barghat police station for the verification (panchanama) of documents. He said that Arjunwar’s voter ID and ration card had been submitted as proof of his being Indian.Bharat claimed that Arjunwar was lodged in Karachi’s Malir jail and was unable to walk properly and used crutches.last_img read more

Tension in Phagwara as Dalit youth dies

first_imgTension prevailed in Punjab’s Phagwara town on Sunday after the death of a youth who was injured during a clash between Dalit groups and members of right-wing outfits on April 13 on the issue of renaming the town’s Gol Chowk (roundabout) as Samvhidhan Chowk.Dalit activist Yashwant (19) succumbed to injuries on the intervening night of April 28 and 29 at DMC hospital in Ludhiana, where he was undergoing treatment.Security was stepped up across Phagwara to prevent any untoward incident after the body was handed over to the family for last rites on Sunday morning.While mobile Internet services had been suspended in Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar districts since Sunday morning as a preventive measure, over 4,000 policemen were deployed in all sensitive areas of the town.Inspector General of Police (Jalandhar Range) Naunihal Singh told reporters that the police were keeping a close eye on the situation. “Apart from the forces on the ground, we are tracking all movements through CCTVs from our police stations,” he said. Two groups has clashed on the night of April 13 over an attempt to install a flex-banner with Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s picture on it at the town’s Gol Chowk and renaming it as Samvhidhan Chowk.last_img read more

1 killed in police firing as violence continues in West Bengal

first_imgAt least one person was killed and several others injured in firing in the Bhatpara-Kakinara area of North 24 Paraganas, about 30 km from Kolkata. The deceased was identified as Dharamveer Shaw.While the police confirmed the death of Mr. Shaw, a street food vendor, locals said one more person was killed, a claim that could not be confirmed. At least three more civilians and a few policemen were injured.It was after a two-hour clash, during which miscreants hurled bombs at each other, that the police reached Bhatpara. They claimed that they had been attacked by the locals and “vehicles were vandalised”. However, one person, who claimed to be an uncle of Mr. Shaw, said that “the police opened fire without any provocation and killed his nephew.” His body could be seen lying in a pool of blood, while the bullet that presumably hit him pierced the shutter of a shop. A police officer said they had not “fired and killed civilians.”The area, predominantly inhabited by migrant workers from Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, witnessed sporadic violence following the election result, which saw BJP leader Arjun Singh defeating Dinesh Trivedi of Trinamool Congress. The locals described various incidents — which were also communal — caused by the turf war between the Trinamool and the BJP.The State government has decided to set up a new police station in Bhatpara, and it was supposed to be inaugurated on Thursday. But the inauguration was postponed following the violence. Additional Director-General of Police (Barrackpore Police Commissionerate) Sanjay Singh reached the area with a huge force. The Rapid Action Force was also deployed. Director-General of Police Virendra also reached there and held meetings with officials.Home Secretary Alapan Banerjee said Section 144 had been imposed. “Section 144 has been imposed in Bhatpara, Jagaddal and adjacent areas. Law and order will be restored and the situation will be normalised,” Mr. Banerjee said.BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said the party was sending a team of MPs to Bhatpara. “It is a clear case of the police opening fire and killing an innocent person. [Chief Minister] Mamata Banerjee has lost mental balance and the State government has failed to control the situation despite continuing violence in the area for quite some time,” he said. He said a team of BJP MPs would visit Bhatpara on Friday. Local MP Arjun Singh said the police “fired and killed Shaw from a close range.”TMC leader Tapas Ray said the BJP was “instigating such violence to destabilise the TMC government.” “The TMC came to power with popular mandate and still has a majority in the Assembly. But it is routinely disturbed by the Central government. This violence is an attempt of the Centre to dislodge the State government,” Mr. Ray said.last_img read more

Lesser lights deliver for Gilas in rout of India

first_imgTAIPEI – In his warm up pants and a Gilas Pilipinas shirt, RR Pogoy was one interested man in a place he really doesn’t belong: inside the press room.ADVERTISEMENT After sitting out his first game in the Jones Cup Invitational, Pogoy went with Almond Vosotros and Von Pessumal and coach Chot Reyes for the interview, filming his teammates after a job well done that saw the Filipinos manhandle India, 101-70 on Saturday afternoon at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.Pessumal and Vosotros made not only Pogoy, but the entire team proud after shooting 14 points each and delivering when called upon for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m just so happy for them,” Pogoy said in Filipino while shooting Vosotros during the interview. “They both played very well.”Bitter rivals in the UAAP with La Salle and Ateneo, Vosotros and Pessumal made sure that Reyes wouldn’t miss Pogoy’s outside sniping after hitting four triples each in a combined 17 attempts that helped the Filipinos break away. View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Tolomia played 25 minutes and finished with eight points and five assists, ably taking the place of Kiefer Ravena and Jio Jalalon as both played just a combined 21 minutes at the point.“We have very able players to step in.”It turned out that one of the reasons why Pogoy made his way to the press room was to find out whom between Pessumal and Vosotros was going to talk longer during the interview.Reyes himself bared that Pogoy won the bet, having put a wager on Pessumal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was the fifth win in eight games for Gilas, which closes it out against Iran Sunday at 5 p.m., a game which Reyes said that team will be taking very seriously.“We wanted to give a lot of minutes to the guys (young players),” Reyes said. “One of our objectives for participating here was to prepare our SEAG (Southeast Asian Games lineup) and Von and Almond are integral parts of that lineup.”“We’re just thankful for the opportunity to play,” Pessumal, the former Eagle in the UAAP, said. “We knew our teammates were tired after seven straight games and we had the mindset of helping the team. We just stayed ready while waiting for the opportunity.”Mike Tolomia, Ed Daquioag and Fonzo Gotladera also saw major minutes, with Carl Cruz giving out his usual contributions. All of them will be in Kuala Lumpur eyeing the Philippines’ 18th gold medal in the biennial meet.“It was just a great testament to our players that they are ready despite not getting the minutes (in the past games),” Reyes said with pride. “That’s why we brought the kind of players we brought here – for depth.”ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Gilas Pilipinas whips India by 31 points FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Temp soars to 45 deg C in parts of Guj, hospitals put on alert

first_imgVadodara, May 15 (PTI) With heat wave sweeping Kutch, Saurashtra and other parts of Gujarat, Health Minister Nitin Patel has directed all district hospitals to be prepared for tackling emergency situation.In many parts of the state, daytime temperature in the last couple of days soared to 43 to 45 degrees Celsius.”The government has appealed to the people to take precautionary measures for protecting themselves from extreme heat conditions. We have put all district hospitals on alert and have directed them to be prepared and render all medical assistance to those affected by sunstroke,” Patel told PTI.In an official press release, the state government has asked people to drink ORS, homemade drinks, lemon water, coconut water etc to stay hydrated.It also asked denizens to mostly remain indoors during the daytime and to ensure that they do not get directly exposed to sunlight, wear light coloured cotton clothes, cap and use umbrella as precautionary measures. PTI CORR ARS NSDlast_img read more

COURT-GCA 2 LAST

first_imgKantak said two FIRs cannot be registered in relation toKantak said two FIRs cannot be registered in relation to the same case and that the complaint filed by the trio against the “unknown accused” for siphoning off the money should have been investigated first.Opposing the prosecutions argument that custodial interrogation of Dessai, Phadke and Mulla was necessary to recover minutes of the meeting book which has gone missing, he said the book is irrelevant because the police complaint mentioned that the issue about the cheque was never taken up in the meeting.As per the prosecution, the trio had opened accounts between October 23, 2006, and May 23, 2008, when GCA was headed by Dayanand Narvekar while Dessai was its secretary and Phadke its treasurer.”They prepared forged documents as well as a resolution of GCA and submitted it to the Development Credit Bank to open an account. They then encashed a cheque of Rs 2.87 crore given by BCCI to GCA,” the complaint had stated.The accused also allegedly forged signatures and withdrew Rs 26 lakh from the Federal Bank on the pretext of making payment to a sports goods company called Hako Enterprise.Dessai, Phadke and Mulla were booked under sections 408, 409 (criminal breach of trust), 419 (cheating by impersonation), 463, 464, 468 (forgery), 471 (fraud), 420 (cheating) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.However, Kantak said the signatures of all the accused were forged to open the bank accounts where the cheques amounting to Rs 3.13 crore were encashed.Lawyer Shailendra Bhobe representing the third accused (Mulla) said his client has been in police custody for last five days and they have not been able to get any evidence against him.advertisementHowever, public prosecutor Bharne said the custody of the accused is required so that they dont tamper with the evidence.She said the investigating agency has to search and seal the GCA office so that important documents which are relevant to the case are not destroyed. PTI RPS NSK ZMNlast_img read more

‘Salah will stay at Liverpool for as long as he can’

first_imgMohamed Salah wants to stay at Liverpool for “as long as he can”, says Mido, with Real Madrid set to be kept waiting for at least “three or four years”.The Egypt international shot onto the transfer radar of those at Santiago Bernabeu with his stunning exploits in 2017-18.A 44-goal haul saw the 26-year-old forward become a global superstar, with his profile now considered to fit the ‘Galactico’ mould. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Liverpool have, however, always maintained that they have no intention of selling and were able to tie their prized asset to fresh terms through to 2023 over the summer.With that deal in place, Mido expects Salah to stay put for the foreseeable future, telling Sky Sports: “I’ve spoken to people around him, he’s very happy and he wants to stay at Liverpool as long as he can.“He’s established himself at Liverpool and I think he will want to stay at Liverpool for another three or four years.”On the links to Real, Mido added: “Why would he want to leave?“Real Madrid are massive but Liverpool are not a small club. To be there and feel loved by the fans, that’s what every player dreams of.”Mido has changed his tune over recent months when it comes to the future of a fellow countryman.Back in April, the former Tottenham striker claimed that Salah was ready to link up with Real.He told King Fut: “I was afraid that Salah might fail at Liverpool, but I think he is ready to jump to the next level. Real Madrid would be able to use his strengths.”Liverpool were able to fend off that interest and have already seen their Egyptian star open his account for 2018-19, with the target found in a 4-0 opening day mauling of West Ham.last_img read more

Bengal Warriors seek inspiration from KKR

first_imgKolkata, Jul 25 (PTI) Leaving behind four forgettable seasons, a revamped Bengal Warriors are seeking inspiration from citys cricket franchise Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of the upcoming Pro-Kabaddi League. KKR, the two-time Indian Premier League champions amazing turnaround after four trophy-less seasons, is what Bengal Warriors are looking at. The last editions laggards have not only have changed their coach and but have retained only two players — Jang Kun Lee and Ravinder Kumawat. Bengal Warriors finished at the bottom of the table last season and CEO Sandip Tarkas told the team at their first meeting: “We cannot go worse from here. We can only go up.” “Kolkata Knight Riders have been an inspiring story and we are looking forward to do a KKR this time,” he said during the unveiling of the squad. The 18-member squad will be led by India defender Surjeet Singh and coached by 2002 Asian Games gold medalist K Jagadeesha, who represented Jaipur Pink Panthers in the inaugural season. Korean raider Lee has been with Bengal Warriors since first season and is also the highest paid player in the team fetching Rs 80.3 lakh followed by Surjeet (Rs 73 lakh). “The side looks balanced. We have had a fruitful six weeks camp here and the team has shaped up well,” Tarkas said. Bengal Warriors best finish has been in season three when they made the play-offs. Pro-Kabaddi League season five will be longer with four new teams — Haryana Steelers, Gujarat Fortunegiants, UP Yodha and Tamil Thailvas — joining the existing eight franchises. There will be 138 matches spread over three months beginning on July 28. “We are prepared for the longer league. The first target is to qualify for the last-four round and then win the title from there,” said captain Surjeet, who played for UMumba last season. The Bengal leg will be from September 1-7. Meanwhile, Tarkas also said that talks with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar for buying stakes in the team is at an advanced stage. “It may happen that he may pull out of the deal. Until he signs the papers I cannot announce his name. We are waiting for his return from London and in two days time the picture will be clear,” the CEO said. “Not just glamour quotient, Akshay Kumar represents the ethos of the sport. He is the fittest Bollywood actor at the moment and has the right values.” The league already has star quotient in Abhishek Bachchan (co-owner of Jaipur Pink Panthers) while Kamal Haasan will be the brand ambassador for Chennai franchise Tamil Thailvas co- owned by Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar. PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Winter Sportfishing Season Opens Jan 1

first_imgNova Scotians are encouraged to gear up and head to one of the province’s open waterways when the winter fishing season opens on New Year’s Day. “Sportfishing is a popular outdoor activity that our province offers and generates over $58 million in revenue annually,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Safety is very important when fishing in the winter. “I want to remind anglers to dress in layers and if fishing through the ice to check the ice thickness and conditions before proceeding.” Freshwater lakes open for winter provide a chance to fish for brook and rainbow trout, white and yellow perch and chain pickerel around the province. The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture stock many lakes with trout every winter to ensure anglers have a good chance to catch a fish. A general fishing licence is required to winter fish and can be purchased at Department of Lands and Forestry offices. Licences purchased in 2018 are valid until March 31. Anglers can take advantage of the annual winter sportfishing weekend Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, when residents and non-residents can fish in open winter sportfishing areas without a licence. The Nova Scotia Anglers’ Handbook is available online at https://novascotia.ca/fish/documents/Anglers-Handbook-2018.pdf . Information on winter fishing regulations and open lakes are on pages 48-50.last_img read more

Unhappy BJP to move SC seeking reverifcation of NRC data

first_imgGuwahati: The final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) may be out in Assam, but both the central and the state BJP feel that there’s enough room for errors. Hence, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to move the Supreme Court again to re-verify select data. According to Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Finance Minister and BJP’s face in the northeast, the party would move the top court asking for a re-verification of 20 per cent of the sample data in the districts bordering Bangladesh. The BJP will also seek re-verification of 10 per cent of samples from the main land of Assam. This demand will be against the draft NRC. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The draft NRC gave BJP a surprise when many from the border districts, where the population is dense, made it to the list. It was presumed that majority of them were illegal Bangladeshis. No wonder that the spat between the BJP and Prateek Hajela, the chief coordinator of the NRC, has came out in the open. Sarma, who’s often referred to as the Amit Shah of northeast, had said, “We have lost hope in the present form of the NRC right after the draft. When so many genuine Indians are left out, how can you claim that this document is a red letter for the Assamese society?” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K In the final NRC list released on Saturday, the ones left out are mostly Bengali Hindu refugees who had come to Assam before 1971, or people who couldn’t furnish enough documents. Even Assam BJP President Ranjeet Kumar Dass has expressed his discontent over the final NRC List. On Saturday, the final NRC list was released which made 30.1 million people eligible to be included, while leaving out more than 1.9 million. Over 1.9 million people were left out of the much-awaited final NRC list, which named 30.1 million people as Indian citizens.last_img read more

Dont vote for BJP CM Arvind Kejriwal

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday urged Delhiites not to vote BJP as Narendra Modi-led government in Centre has obstructed welfare works done by AAP government in Delhi. “I request you, do not vote for a party which obstructed all your works in the past four years,” said the CM. The request was made by the party chief through three back-to-back rallies in South Delhi constituency on Tuesday while seeking support for party candidate Raghav Chadha.From healthcare, housing, electricity, education, the safety of women to stopping sealing, CM Kejriwal made a host of promises if Delhi becomes a full state, which will be possible, he claimed, if Delhi chooses AAP candidates from all seven Lok Sabha seats. He said that the elections this year in Delhi should not an election to chose the Prime Minister but to get full-statehood. He alleged that the people of Delhi are insulted time and again by the central government which has given a “half status” to the national Capital. He appealed to them to unite and join the movement towards full statehood. The Delhi CM claimed that if the city-state gets full statehood, he would “build a model city in which everyone would have their own flat and the national capital would be an example for the whole world”. “The real Delhi resides beyond the ring road, the real Delhi is in small lanes where there were no proper roads earlier,” he said. He said the people of Delhi pay Rs 1.5 lakh crore worth Income Tax and receive only Rs 325 crore from the Centre. “Why should we pay so much and get so less in return? What have Delhiites done to the central government to deserving this? The situation is similar to the time before India got independence. “First Britishers looted us, now the central government is looting us,” the chief minister said. “Just for political enmity, PM Modi stopped the development work for the common man of Delhi. Last time you voted for him, but this time do to not vote for him, otherwise he would not let me work for development,” he added.last_img read more

Sri Lanka calls for boosting air maritime linkages with Pakistan

It was a matter of great satisfaction that Pakistan and Sri Lanka continue to maintain their traditionally close and mutually beneficial relations in all fields, he added.He emphasized that with the continued commitment of the political leadership of both nations, the two countries have achieved development, progress and prosperity through mutual cooperation. The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Pakistan Major General (r) Jayanath Lokuketagodage underlined the need to boost air and maritime linkages with Pakistan so that the cooperation in business and industry could be strengthened, the News in Pakistan reported.He expressed his satisfaction over the increasing cooperation between both countries in different sectors and expressed the confidence that it would witness a further boost in the days to come. Pak-Sri Lanka Higher Education Cooperation Programme will further strengthen the bilateral relations and will improve people-to-people contact, he said. (Colombo Gazette) He hoped that Pakistan would flourish further under the leadership of Imran Khan and relationship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka would take a new height. Sri Lankan High Commissioner Major General (r) Jayanath Lokuketagodage said this while talking to Patron Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders Shahid Rasheed Butt. Jayanath said that the volume of bilateral trade is low despite an FTA that calls for immediate steps while the image of Pakistan portrayed in the western media is far from the ground realities, he said.I have found Pakistanis to be very warm and hospitable people and I will never forget the love I got here for the rest of my life, he said.At the occasion, Shahid Rasheed Butt said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy strong ties, both countries are members of Saarc and they should try to make it more effective. read more

Nigeria must urgently tackle poverty end conflict protect vulnerable groups – UN

“Since Nigeria’s transition to democracy, much has been achieved on the human rights front,’ noted Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, at a press conference during her four-day visit to assess the situation in the country. “At the same time,” she stressed, “with a fourfold increase in the size of the population over the past 50 years, widespread poverty, an increasingly brutal conflict in the northeast, sporadic violence in the middle belt and rising crime in other parts of the country, Nigeria is currently facing its most daunting set of challenges for decades.”During her visit – the first ever official mission to Nigeria by a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – Ms. Pillay said she emphasized the important role Nigeria plays on the international scene, with Africa’s largest population and “huge potential”. Noting that Nigeria is currently a member of the UN Security Council, she insisted that the country can and should “play an even more significant role on the international stage in the years to come, and its embrace of human rights will be a major element in deciding its future course, both internally and internationally”. Nigeria has ratified all nine of the core international human rights treaties but “in order to have a real impact on the lives of ordinary people,” said the High Commissioner, “international treaties must also be fully reflected in national legislation, and the national legislation must then be fully observed and implemented by the authorities at all levels.” For this reason,” she added, “the main focus of my visit has been on filling gaps and addressing systemic malfunctions.” “No country in the world has a perfect human rights record, and Nigeria is no exception,” Ms. Pillay observed, basing her statement on the 219 recommendations that Nigeria received in the global human rights review system, known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).Of those recommendations made by other States on torture, arbitrary detention and extrajudicial executions, the Nigerian Government immediately accepted 175 of them, and is expected to give its response on most of the remainder later this month. She highlighted that for the first time, there is an Anti-Torture Bill before the National Assembly, and she had also been “heartened to learn that the problematic Police Force Order 237, which gives police too much latitude to resort to lethal force, is being reviewed.” “I will be watching the progress of these important legislative initiatives closely,” said Ms. Pillay as she urged both the House of Representatives and the Senate to ensure their swift passage, and their absolute compliance with international laws and standards.In her remarks, she drew attention to the “monstrous” conflict in the northeast, where Boko Haram “has targeted some people simply because of their religion or professional occupation, and indiscriminately killed and maimed many others,” burning down houses, churches and schools. Close to half a million people have been displaced inside Nigeria and some 57,000 are now reported to have spilled across borders into neighbouring countries, such as Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Farmland has been abandoned, and the food security is rampant in many areas.Concerning Nigeria’s decision to deploy its military in the region, Ms. Pillay stressed that “it is vital that Government forces do not exacerbate the problem by taking actions that displace, endanger or kill civilians. Many people I have met with during this visit openly acknowledge human rights violations have been committed by the security forces, and these have served to alienate local communities, and created fertile ground for Boko Haram to cultivate new recruits.”The High Commissioner highlighted the importance of regional cooperation, and transparent investigations into alleged violations by security forces, requesting that “the veil of uncertainty” be lifted and that “credible and reliable information about what is going on in the North East become more readily available.” On the subject of poverty and corruption, Ms. Pillay welcomed President Goodluck Jonathan’s New Year statement pledging to tackle that scourge, which, from a human rights perspective, is extremely damaging to rule of law, exacerbates economic inequalities and perverts the systems that are designed to protect the rights of the people and provide justice. She urged everyone in Nigeria to “pull together, and push each other, to tackle corruption, which is holding back the development of the country,” where 62 percent of the population lives below the poverty line despite the nation’s wealth in oil reserves. The High Commissioner ended her remarks with a strong appeal for the Government to implement concrete policies to protect its vulnerable populations: children, women, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, and people living with albinism. As for the LGBT community, who are among the groups “living in fear”, she said the new law known as the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition Act) violates international law in that it is discriminatory and seriously impinges on freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, and could lead to human rights defenders advocating for the rights of LGBT people receiving draconian prison sentences. There is also concern among medical specialists that it will have serious negative consequences for public health in Nigeria, by driving LGBT persons underground and deterring them from signing up for HIV educational programmes, prevention treatment and care services. “The law already appears to be having other dangerous side effects, even before it comes into force, with my Office receiving reports of widespread arrests of LGBT people in some states, some physical attacks, including by mobs, and other forms of harassment such as a rise in blackmail and extortion,” said Ms. Pillay. read more

Matt Kawamoto sets high standards for Ohio State lacrosse

After a season-ending shoulder injury in 2010, Ohio State lacrosse redshirt junior defenseman Matt Kawamoto set his sights on a big return last season. After being named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and garnering All-American honorable mention honors, Kawamoto said he feels he accomplished just that. “I was shocked,” Kawamoto said. “It’s always been a goal of mine to push to become an All-American.” Kawamoto racked up 32 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers in a total of 15 games for the Buckeyes this season. Coach Nick Myers said the way Kawamoto plays is what catches his eye. “The intensity Matt brings to the field really helps define who we are,” Myers said. “He’s got a great voice, and so much of defense is communication.” Myers also said the entire Buckeyes benefited from the leadership that Kawamoto provided. “He is also a glue-guy who brings the other five or six defensemen together, and gets everyone on the same page,” Myers said. “He is very vocal, and I think guys are drawn to that. Off the field, he is also a great teammate. He will always be there for you.” After his injury in 2010, Kawamoto said the transition back into lacrosse was difficult, but that he had plenty of encouragement. “I came back in the fall working on just getting stuff back and taking small steps,” Kawamoto said. “I really turned it up once the season came around.” Myers said that while Kawamoto has always had the potential to be an All-American, there was a moment when the coaches all came to a consensus that the 2011 season could be special for Kawamoto. “He came back in January in the best shape I have ever seen him in,” Myers said. “He had that same motor we had always seen but just another level of intensity. He had the injury before, but it really made him step back, understand the opportunity he has and that you never know when (injuries) can come up on you. In turn, he just worked that much harder on his game.” Kawamoto said he celebrated the award by relaxing with his friends and going home to Virginia to see his family. Although Kawamoto was excited to be named an All-American, he said he will not be resting on laurels for next season. “I personally like to look at team goals before anything else,” Kawamoto said of his upcoming senior season. “I want to win the ECAC league and make it to the NCAA tournament to make a run at a national championship. I think we have the team and talent to do it. We just have to put it all together.” read more

Police officers sabotaged child abuse investigations through laziness court hears

Lee Pollard denies the charges The allegations came to light when performance reviews were carried out into the child abuse investigation team they worked in.Ms Healy said the findings suggested the behaviour of Ms Patterson and Mr Pollard went beyond incompetence and was not down to a lack of resources or manpower.Ms Patterson is accused of falsely representing evidence to her supervisor so no further action was taken against a male suspect and also of fabricating a witness statement. Sharon Patterson denies the charges The pair are appearing at the Old BaileyCredit:Geoff Pugh Two police officers failed to investigate a string of child sex allegations properly due to a combination of laziness and “cynical disdain” for the victims, a court has heard.Detective Constables, Sharon Patterson, 49, and Lee Pollard, 47, who worked for Essex Police are accused of deliberately forging documents and concealing evidence over a three-year period.The pair, who were in a relationship, are also alleged to have fabricated witness statements and given other false information which led to abuse investigations being dropped.On the opening day of their trial at the Old Bailey, Alexandra Healy QC, prosecuting, said the motive appeared to be a combination of laziness, self preservation and a failure to take complainants seriously. The pair are appearing at the Old Bailey The officers, who live together in Colchester, Essex, each deny three counts of misconduct in a public office between 2011 and 2014. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She said: “The allegations against them involve the forging of documents, concealment of evidence and the misrepresentation of the state of investigations, and the evidence involved in investigations, to supervising officers.”The effect was that allegations involving child sex offences were not properly investigated.”The motivation appears to have been a combination of laziness, self-preservation and sometimes a cynical disdain for complainants in these child abuse allegations.” Sharon Patterson denies the charges She also allegedly created a false Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) document to deceive her supervisor into thinking a decision had been taken not to charge a second male.Mr Pollard allegedly removed and destroyed four photographs that were “important exhibits” to an investigation and also misrepresented evidence to his supervisor so no further action was taken in a separate case.The trial continues. Lee Pollard denies the charges read more

European mining conference exhibition second Metallic Mining Hall MMH for Seville

first_imgArea doubled compared to the first event as a response to exhibiting companies increasing demand for space. II Metallic Mining Hall will be sponsored by MATSA, Cobre Las Cruces, Maxam, Atlas Copco and the Mining Engineering Association of the South of Spain. The Metallic Mining Hall (MMH), to be held at the Seville Conference and Exhibition Centre (FIBES), Spain, October 17-19 2017, will again be an important meeting and networking event for companies and professionals of this sector.The event organizers have decided to double the capacity of the exhibition area as compared to the first edition, and so there will be two pavilions instead of one as a response to the increasing demand for space expressed by companies and institutions, which do not want to miss this important meeting. More than 90 organizations have confirmed their presence in this second event and more than 60% of them were exhibitors in the first which took place in 2015.The conference program will revolve around sustainability and the circular economy linked to different aspects affecting metallic mining and other related sectors, such as metallurgy and the iron and steel industry. MMH will also focus on relevant topics like technological progress, environment protection and improvement in processes and performance, thus increasing efficiency in the extraction and treatment of resources. Due regard will be given to a bigger international presence in the scheduled sessions which will be held in two rooms and will be either individual paper presentations or round tables. There will also be workshops on specific matters which will be arranged soon.More than 70 paper proposals have already been submitted to the MMH’s Scientific Committee, among which some are stand outs from the USA, Canada, Peru, Belgium and the UK.Mining-related complementary activities to carry out during the event are also being designed aiming at bringing this sector closer to society in general as the services and facilities offered to delegates will as well be expanded, such as a larger parking area or a second cafeteria, among others.MMH will be fostered, as in its first edition, by the Andalusian Regional Government (Junta de Andalucía); the Association of Extracting, Mining-Metallurgic Transforming and Service Companies, Aminer; the National Confederation of Mining and Metallurgy Companies, CONFEDEM; the Federation of Metal Companies, FEDEME; the Mining Engineering Association of the South of Spain and the Technical Engineering and Degrees in Mining and Energy Association. The most representative figure of the Hall is its Commissioner, a duty taken on again by Francisco Moreno, Chairman of Aminer, who will be supported by four committees that are in charge of defining, developing and coordinating the event: the Executive Committee, the Organizing Committee, the Scientific Committee and the Communication Committee. These groups have the participation of authorities in mining from the main companies of the sector involved in the project. There is also the Honour Committee, whose heads were Their Majesties the King and the Queen of Spain in the first edition.The First International MMH, held in Seville in November 2015, was an unprecedented event in the country. It attracted more than 10,000 visitors and the presence of 114 exhibiting companies and 700 delegates, as well as 75 papers in its conference. Furthermore, around 100 one-to-one business meetings were arranged, highlighting the capacity of the mining sector to bring about economic and social progress in Andalusia. This was also the best scene to show how the Regional Community has become a worldwide reference through innovation with relevant success stories and it recognised the professional career and personal contribution, by means of the MMH awards, of outstanding figures of the Spanish and Portuguese mining sector, namely Augusto Martínez, Gobain Ovejero and Alfredo Augusto Mendes Franco.Besides, the first MMH had a very positive economic impact on Seville, generating over €3.5 million directly and around €5 million indirectly. www.mmhseville.comlast_img read more

Brave PPD Zagreb stopped by PICK in Szeged

2.Barcelona 13823380:35018 7.PPD Zagreb13229325:3696 1.Vardar12921333:28320 3.Nantes12813345:32617 4.Rhein-Neckar 12543354:33414 ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest beat PSG Handball to secure TOP 16 spot Next Story → HBC Nantes beat RK Vardar to keep open question about Group winner 6.Wisla Plock12228322:3456 8.Kristianstad13229328:3916 5.Szeged 13616394:38313 MOL Pick Szeged didn’t let surprise in front of home fans against very good PPD Zagreb 30:28 (13:15), the team who became much more serious with the new coach Zlatko Saracevic on the bench. The Croatian team was ahead during first 50 minutes, but home team managed to turnover clash in the finish with Mario Sostaric in the main role with 10 goals.MOL-PICK Szeged – RK PPD Zagreb 30-28 (11-15)MOL-PICK Szeged: Sierra 2 – Sostaric 10/6, Zubai, Källman 3, Blazevic, Bodó, Skube 5. Csere: Sego (kapus), Bánhidi 5, Srsen 3, Sigurmannsson, Zsitnyikov 2, Fekete B. RK PPD Zagreb: Kastelic – Bozic Pavletic 1, Horvat 12/3, J. Valcic, Vori 1, Bicanic 3, Ravnic 3. Csere: Jovic (kapus), Kontrec 3, Pavlovic 2, Markovic 1, Susnja 1, T.STANDINGS: read more

175 Per Cent Drop In Energy Costs At JIS

first_img Jis Receives Budgetary Allocation To Relocate Tv Department Related Items:Donna-Marie Rowe, energy drop, Errol Gardner, jamaica information service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Oct. 22 (JIS): Three years after the implementation of energy efficient solutions at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), the agency is reporting savings of 17.5 per cent per annum on its energy bill.The solutions, which include solar control film on windows, cool roof solutions, and overhaul of the air conditioning (a/c) system, were provided under the Energy Efficiency Conservation Programme (EECP), aimed at reducing energy costs across the public sector. Public sector entities are responsible for almost 12 per cent of the country’s overall energy consumption and the Government spends some $14 billion annually to pay for electricity.JIS was among the first entities to benefit from the EECP, implemented in 2011, through funding by the Government in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Technical Officer for the EECP in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Lincoln Dean, said the figures indicate a steady decline in energy consumption at JIS, which translates to an increase in cost savings for the agency.Mr. Dean, who was speaking in an interview with JIS News, informed that in year one of the project, the agency saw reduction in consumption of just over three per cent from the application of the solar film (tint) energy conservation technique on windows to reduce light and heat.In year two, the cool roofing coat was added, also to cut down on the heat, and this, along with the tinting of windows, resulted in a nine per cent reduction in energy consumption.With replacement of the old a/c unit with a more energy-efficient model in year three, consumption dropped by 17.5 per cent.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, said cost containment continues to be a key objective of the JIS and the EECP has contributed significantly in reducing the agency’s energy bill, especially with the installation of the new air conditioning unit.The CEO, in applauding the energy efficiency and conservation initiative, said the Ministry worked well with the agency to execute the various elements of the project with minimal disruption to operations.Director of Corporate Services at the JIS, Errol Gardner, said that in addition to the energy savings, the EECP’s intervention has created an atmosphere that is more conducive for work.He noted that productivity has improved as staff are more comfortable and are working longer hours.Overall, the Government has realised savings of approximately $80 million to date under the EECP, which has been implemented in 40 public sector agencies. Entities such as the Office of the Prime Minister, the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee hospitals, Montego Bay Revenue Service Centre, and the Ministry of Finance and Planning are also benefitting from the retrofitting of their buildings. “Those institutions are also showing at least two to 17 per cent savings,” Mr. Dean informed.The EECP was scheduled to end this year but it is being extended for two more years, which will enable other entities to benefit.Mr. Dean said the objective of the Government is to retrofit the entire public sector with energy savings systems, so that the Government will serve as a model for energy efficiency and conservation in Jamaica.last_img read more

Timbers get a leg up on Sounders with 21 victory

first_imgSEATTLE — The significance of the Portland Timbers first Major League Soccer win at CenturyLink Field was won’t be clear until Thursday.But the Timbers’ playoff debut was a 2-1 win on their rivals turf that is worth a leg up in this two-game series.Ryan Johnson scored early and Darlington Nagbe tallied midway through the second half for the Timbers, who led 2-0 until the 90th minute when Osvaldo Alonso scored from a long throw-in to tighten the margin of the two-match rivalry battle. A crowd of 38,507 watched the Saturday chapter at CenturyLink Field. The second leg will be played in Portland at 8 p.m. on Thursday.“I like our chances,” Timbers coach Caleb Porter said. “Obviously, we have to play as well as we did this game. We have to be as hungry. We have to fight as hard. We have to be as organized. But we can play better, and I know we will play better at home.”The team with the most goals at the end of two games wins the series and advances to the Western Conference finals. So a draw on Thursday would be enough for Portland.“It’s amazing that we’re a little disappointed, actually, because we gave up one late,” Timbers defender Jack Jewsbury said. “But at the end of the day, if you would have told us that we got (a win) on the road to start the playoffs we’d be very happy.”Ryan Johnson’s goal in the 15th minute was a sharp angle header at the near post. Diego Chara set up the play with a pass to Jewsbury in open space. Jewsbury worked the ball near the goal line and sent a sharp cross the Johnson flicked into the left-side netting.last_img read more

Infosys Will Emulate Either Accenture or Cognizant on Acquisitions Says Vishal Sikka

first_imgInfosys chief executive and managing director Vishal Sikka on Tuesday said the company is mulling over acquisitions ‘similar’ to how Accenture and Cognizant did to achieve its $20 billion revenue target by 2020. He hinted at it while speaking at a conference organised by domestic brokerage Motilal Oswal.”If you look at the number of the companies Accenture has bought or even Cognizant, there is obviously a very systematic and highly efficient way in which they execute all these things,” Business Standard quoted Sikka as saying.”I think we need to do something like this as well. Not to copy them but I think the rate at which interesting innovation is built outside is something that has to be adopted and embraced,” he said.So far this year, the Bengaluru-based IT firm has acquired two companies, Israel-based automation technology solutions provider Panaya and US-based mobile e-commerce solutions provider Skava.India’s second largest IT firm estimates that acquisitions will contribute nearly 7.5% of the overall $20 billion revenues it aims to achieve by 2020.”When I talk about the $20 bn by 2020 and 30 per cent margin and $80,000 revenue per employee, the way we break down the $20 bn top line is that we would like to get $1.5 bn out of that through acquisition,” he said.While announcing its results for the March 2015 quarter, Sikka had said the company would aim to boost its revenues to $20 billion from the current $8.7 billion over the next five years, besides improving employee productivity by 50%. Infosys reported a sequential revenue growth of 4.5% during the June 2015 quarter in dollar terms, the highest in the past 15 quarters.The IT giant increased the size of its start-up fund by five times to $500 million in January this year. Besides, Sikka has allocated $250 million for investments in Indian start-ups.last_img read more