Three-month jail term for escapee KLF chief

first_imgKhalistani Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo, who escaped the Nabha jail in Punjab in 2016, has been awarded three-month imprisonment by a Delhi court for assaulting public servants and attempting to fire at police officers to prevent his rearrest. Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma sent him to jail for three months, a term he has already undergone, after Mintoo pleaded guilty and sought leniency from the court. He has been behind bars since November 2016. The 51-year-old Mintoo had fled the Punjab jail with five other inmates on November 28, 2016 but was nabbed from the Nizamuddin Railway Station here a day later. The prosecution said when Mintoo found himself surrounded by the police, he took out a pistol and tried to fire at them but was apprehended. After completion of investigation, a charge sheet was filed against under Sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the IPC and under the provisions of the Arms Act. Mintoo had moved an application pleading guilty of the offences and sought leniency from the court, contending he remained in custody for the last 15 months and was a heart patient.last_img read more

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As new PBA chief, Marcial vows to focus on improvements in officiating

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Willie Marcial. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWillie Marcial, the longtime media bureau chief turned PBA commissioner, admitted that he was overwhelmed when he got the nod to lead Asia’s first pay-for-play league.But he vowed to try his earnest to fulfill his duties, starting by making sure the PBA Governors are on the same page anew following the PBA’s controversial chapter which led to the departure of former commissioner Chito Narvasa.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “For the Board, I hope we’ll all get along. If we won’t get a long, the PBA won’t work, so that’s what we want to do,” he said.The 56-year-old Marcial, who has served the league for more than three decades before his appointment, still couldn’t believe that the Board entrusted him such a huge responsibility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I really thank the Board because it’s a huge honor that I never expected. A lot of people have wanted to get this job, but it fell on us. As hard as we tried to evade the job, it still ended up on us. So maybe, it’s God’s will. We’ll just do our best,” he said.Marcial’s earlier moves as the league’s officer-in-charge to start the 43rd season has been greatly praised in the boardroom and has been much appreciated by the fans. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NCAA volleyball: Arellano thinks fatigue big factor in San Beda’s surprise collapse He formed a five-man committee to tackle transactions between teams, allowed more physicality to be observed during the games, and has also extended the basketball superstars to the streets by making surprise visit to the barangays with PBA Homecourt.In his first act as a commissioner, Marcial has also solidified the league’s support to Gilas Pilipinas as he convinced the Board of Governors to allow all players to be made available for national team duty moving forward.The cordial executive, however, knows that the work is just getting started as he seeks to further improve the style of play in the PBA and to bring the league back to the fans.“We’re focusing on implementing changes in officiating. We want our product to be more appealing and to draw the league closer to the fans,” Marcial said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho provisionally suspended for anti-doping violation

first_imgLiverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been provisionally suspended for 30 days after failing an anti-doping test, European soccer’s governing body UEFA said on Thursday.The 26-year-old France international failed a dope test following his side’s Europa League round of 16, second leg tie against Manchester United last month, a statement said.”(Sakho) did not request the analysis of the B sample. UEFA has now suspended the player provisionally for 30 days until a final decision is taken by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body,” UEFA said.France’s RMC radio reported this week that Sakho’s failed test followed the use of a fat-burning drug.He was withdrawn from Liverpool’s squad for last weekend’s Premier League match against Newcastle United after the club said it had received a formal communication from UEFA.last_img read more

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Money vs history: The Super League vs UCL dilemma

first_imgHow do you define the greatness of a football club? Its age? Its wealth? The number of supporters? A big stadium? Lots of teams have those. When it comes to establishing the difference between the greats and the not-yet-greats it would appear to be a matter of trophies.Can a club be big if it has never won its own domestic championship? Probably not. Can a club be big if it has never won the Champions League? Arsenal would say yes. Atletico Madrid too. They’ve been there and bear the scars.It is certainly true that in order to truly capture the consciousness, a team needs to be competitive, memorable and brilliant when all the world is watching. 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! That is why, for all their spending power and all their titles accrued under Qatari leadership, Paris Saint-Germain still haven’t matched the lustre of Monaco on the European stage.Monaco have been to the final; they’ve given the game players like Thierry Henry and Kylian Mbappe. They were semi-finalists a couple of seasons ago and that team containing Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy is fondly recalled.That is why Red Star Belgrade’s victory against Liverpool this week was notable. It wasn’t portrayed as an upstart team bloodying the nose of a more storied rival. It was a team with history performing proudly in the European Cup. They have that trophy in their museum.That is one reason why the newly-mooted Super League is a risky idea. Players like money, sure, and it is largely what sustains the game. But try telling any kid growing up anywhere in Europe, or anywhere in the world for that matter, that a new-fangled competition is worth more than this one.Marcelo – the Real Madrid full-back who has won four Champions Leagues – has an outline of the trophy tattooed on his leg.The ex-AC Milan executive Adriano Galliani suggested piping the Champions League theme into his side’s dressing room before Serie A games to try and stimulate the players. He was only half joking.Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, David Silva, Man CityThis competition means more than just money. It signifies class and pedigree. When a player or a team does it in the Champions League, it can truly be said that they have done it.The alleged involvement in that regard of Florentino Perez in the plans for a new breakaway league are surprising. The Real Madrid supremo would love more money for his club but, surely, he cannot be thinking of cleaving a 13-time champion team away from the competition that they are obsessed by?Real Madrid are defined by this trophy, more than anything else. Whatever plans Der Spiegel allege are being concocted over at Key Capital Partners and shared with Perez cannot match this.The sights and sounds of the Champions League are unique. For all its faults and foibles – whether that is too many squashes in the group stage or a suddenly-jarring lack of VAR – that is largely forgotten come late May or early June when the medals are doled out. This is what matters.And any club who have not won this competition should think carefully about whether or not they want to leave it. It’s one thing Real Madrid or Liverpool walking away but it’s another thing altogether if PSG or City do it. That’s quitting; they have yet to hit the heights required in the Champions League and to depart it would mean they never got up there.And for people like Pep Guardiola too – steeped in the culture of a club like Barcelona and a winner at Wembley in 1992 – this tournament makes them dream.Can you buy your way to greatness? That is what teams like City and PSG are attempting to do.UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules are not something to which Roman Abramovich had to adhere to when he began pouring Russian mineral wealth into Chelsea. City could argue that the club needed a running start, financially speaking, to instigate this current productive period they are enjoying.Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Real MadridRules appear to have been broken and a settlement reached. Besides, is it worse to put a billion or two into a football club – like Abu Dhabi has done – or take a billion or two out as is the case across town at the Glazer-run Manchester United?The response to that one could be gleaned quite easily with a quick chat to any fan in Manchester. “Sheikh Mansour, Manchester thanks you for 10 great years” reads one banner inside the Etihad Stadium. You’re unlikely to find a similar homage to the Glazers over at Old Trafford.But a great academy, a great first team, a worldwide “brand” are all add-ons to what truly matters. That is on-field success in the most important competitions. There is no point splitting off and joining a new one. That will never gain respect.What’s required is suffering, hardship and, ultimately, glory.City are looking good this year. They have outgrown the competition in the Premier League. Guardiola will go down as the most influential man to have set foot in English football by the time he leaves. You watch his teams and how they play and wonder what the hell kind of training the other teams are up to if this is now the standard.But he’s got to make that count in Europe. He has got to make the real big teams afraid. When Madrid or Bayern Munich – or Liverpool for that matter – face City in Europe they have a wealth of experience and success to draw upon. History and glory drip off the walls of their stadiums.City don’t yet have that no matter how many goals they put past Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stages.One day these players are going to have to stir themselves and realise that the step up is theirs to take alone. Nothing – not even all the oil wealth of Abu Dhabi – can purchase it. It is the one thing that cannot be bought; only earned.last_img read more

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Gordon 6th in Last NASCAR

first_imgHOMESTEAD, Fla. — Jeff Gordon climbed out of his race car and stepped into the waiting arms of team owner Rick Hendrick.They shared a long embrace and some words of encouragement. Gordon handed Hendrick his helmet, kissed his wife and hugged his two kids before getting mobbed by fans. Someone in the crowd screamed “You’re still the man!”Just not the champion.Gordon failed to add a fairytale finish to his storied career Nov. 22, finishing sixth in the NASCAR season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.“I’m a little disappointed we weren’t more of a threat in the championship,” said Gordon, a four-time champion who last won it all in 2001. “Beyond that, it’s absolutely been a dream come true.”Kyle Busch won the race and his first Sprint Cup championship. Kevin Harvick finished second in the Chase playoffs, followed by Gordon and Martin Truex Jr. Those four were the only ones remaining in the hunt for the championship.“I knew when those guys got by me, I just didn’t have what they had,” Gordon said about Busch and Harvick.Busch, who missed the first 11 races after breaking his right leg and leg foot, was the comeback kid. Harvick was the defending Sprint Cup series champion. Truex was the underdog driving for a small team.Gordon was the overwhelming sentimental favorite. It showed before, during and after the race.Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne as well as fellow drivers Danica Patrick and Kyle Larson wore Gordon tribute hats before the finale. Patrick wore one with old-school “rainbow warriors” colors.Joey Logano posted a picture of him and Gordon on Facebook that showed them sharing a moment when Logano was little.“You were my idol growing up,” Logano wrote. “Never did I think I’d race against you for wins. Congrats on a great career Jeff Gordon.”Harvick got a modern-day keepsake when he stopped by Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet — which got a police escort to pit road — and posed for a photo.NASCAR presented Gordon with a tribute video during the pre-race drivers’ meeting and then everyone in the room, including drivers, sponsors and dignitaries, gave him a standing ovation.“Jeff, congratulations on an outstanding career. We thank you for all you’ve done for NASCAR and will do,” NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton said. “You’re a true champion and a top-shelf guy.”Fans lined a red carpet leading to the meeting and showered Gordon with praise. Gordon responded by high-fiving scores of them.The 44-year-old Gordon announced in January that this would be his last season. He won 93 races in 23 full seasons. He wanted one more — which would have been bigger than the rest.He hopes to remember all the details of his celebratory day, including visits from racing legend Mario Andretti, three-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and sports-car ace Scott Pruett. Gordon made sure his colleagues will remember the day, too.To commemorate his last race, Gordon gave each driver in the finale a carbon-fiber ring box inscribed with “Thanks For The Memories” and his or her starting position.Richard Petty did something similar before the 1992 season finale in Atlanta. Petty gave each driver in that race, including Gordon, a “Petty blue” money clip. Gordon kept it in a drawer and then a safe all these years.“I just wanted everybody to have something as an appreciation from me to them of what they meant to me racing against them over all the years,” Gordon said. “Seemed like they appreciated it.”Petty gave Gordon $93 to put in the money clip and told him he had one more dollar ready for him should he win the finale.It didn’t happen, mostly because Gordon fought an ill-handling race car all afternoon. When it was over, Gordon thanked his crew and Hendrick over the team radio and then made his final turn down pit road.Truex was among those who stopped by to offer support, reaching over the top of his car to shake Gordon’s hand. NASCAR Chairman Brian France also visited.But nothing was like that moment with Hendrick, his longtime boss and lifelong friend. Gordon’s helmet was created just for his final race and featured pictures of some of his career highlights. He handed it to Hendrick and said, “I want you to have this.”“It’s like right now the racing doesn’t matter as much as the relationship does,” Hendrick said afterward. “I’d have loved to have won it, loved to have seen him go out with a championship, but we went out in the top four and not many guys do better than that.”Gordon started to lose it as Hendrick whispered in his ear, but managed to keep his composure. At least for the time being. Gordon insisted that he’ll “loosen up” with a little time and alcohol at his 400-person planned Sunday night.“If he would have kept going with the things he was saying, it was going to get out of control there,” Gordon said. “I was so happy to have that moment with him.(MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Stars Join Child Mind Institutes MonthLong MyYoungerSelf Social Campaign

first_imgThe Child Mind Institute (CMI) has announced its first-ever #MyYoungerSelf social media campaign, bringing together nearly three dozen actors, professional athletes, fashion designers, authors, politicians, advocates and other influencers who will share personal videos about growing up with a mental health or learning disorder and the advice they would give their younger selves about how to persevere.By speaking out, they will eradicate stigma and show children still struggling that there is a brighter future ahead.Every day in May, Mental Health Awareness Month, a new, homemade video and childhood photo of a celebrity, including Academy Award winner Emma Stone, Olympian Michael Phelps, actors Jesse Eisenberg, Lena Dunham and David Cross, director/producer Brian Grazer and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, will be revealed on the Child Mind Institute’s social media channels and web site (www.SpeakUpForKids.org). Everyone can get involved by liking and sharing the celebrity videos, accessing resources and sharing their own #MyYoungerSelf stories.Of the 74.5 million children in the United States, an estimated 17.1 million have or have had a mental health disorder — more than the number of children with cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. In spite of the magnitude of the problem, lack of awareness and entrenched stigma keep the majority of these young people from getting help. Children and adolescents struggling with these disorders are at risk for academic failure, substance abuse and a clash with the juvenile justice system — all of which come at tremendous cost to them, their families and communities.“We are grateful to have so many notable figures participating in #MyYoungerSelf and speaking up about such an important topic,” said Dr. Harold Koplewicz, Founding President of the Child Mind Institute. “I know that their inspiring stories will help millions of families open up about their own mental health and learning disorders and seek out the help their children deserve.”Other campaign participants include: Nancy Brinker, Rachel Bloom, Tracy Clayton, Paul Dalio, Wayne Brady, Todd Fisher, David Flink, Stephen Fry, Davis Guggenheim, Dan Harris, Hannah Hart, Colton Haynes, Jenny Jaffe, Kay Redfield Jamison, Naomi Judd, Patrick J. Kennedy, Jay Leno, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Howie Mandell, Brandon Marshall, Daphne Merkin, Marti Noxon, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Keke Palmer, Ty Pennington, Jane Rosenthal, Trudie Styler, Elizabeth Vargas, Ali Wentworth and Henry Winkler.In his video, David Cross – who has struggled with depression — offers this advice to his younger self: “Go get some help now. Don’t wait as long as you did. Don’t let it go on for years and years and years. The sooner you get help, the sooner you get over this idea that it means you’re weak or you’re less of a person or you’ve lost to it. You’ll have better days ahead.”Tommy Hilfiger, whose dyslexia was diagnosed later in life, tells his younger self – and others struggling with the disorder — not to keep concerns a secret. “I was embarrassed to talk to my teachers and my family about it. But if something is bothering you, if you think you have a challenge, reach out to an adult and allow them to help you.”Speak Up for KidsThe #MyYoungerSelf campaign is part of the Child Mind Institute’s annual signature public education effort, Speak Up for Kids, held each May to promote children’s mental health. In its seventh year, the Speak Up for Kids campaign celebrates people making change in children’s mental health and provides accurate information to the media, families, educators and leaders that empowers them to speak up for kids.On May 9, the Child Mind Institute will host its annual Change Maker Awards at the Highline Ballroom, honoring the work of individuals and organizations working to improve children’s lives and helping to transform the field of children’s mental health. As part of the evening, the Child Mind Institute will host its first fundraising event on Facebook Live where people can donate directly on Facebook.Corporate PartnersBloomingdale’s, the Child Mind Institute’s founding corporate partner, will be a key supporter of the May campaigns. As part of the partnership, Bloomingdale’s will allow shoppers the opportunity to participate in the campaign by offering online gift cards with 10% of their value (available in amounts between $10 and $1,000) benefitting the Child Mind Institute. In addition, Bloomingdale’s will support the Child Mind Institute’s efforts to increase visibility through an email campaign linking viewers back to SpeakUpForKids.org, information on Bloomingdales.com and a highly visible full page ad in the New York Times promoting the campaign running on Mental Health Awareness day, May 4th.Hunter has been a founding partner of the Speak Up for Kids campaign since its inception in 2010. As part of its support this year, Hunter will match all donations generated through email outreach during the month of May, doubling the impact of financial support for this public awareness campaign. Hunter will also support outreach efforts to increase visibility through email and social media channels.last_img read more

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Ivanka Trump Apple CEO Tim Cook to visit Idaho schools

first_imgWILDER, Idaho — Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House adviser, is scheduled to visit a southwestern Idaho school district with Apple CEO Tim Cook.White House officials say the visit on Tuesday is part of Ivanka Trump’s workforce development initiative that includes science, technology, engineering and math — also known as STEM education.She and Cook are scheduled to visit the Wilder School District west of Boise.Apple in 2016 donated iPads to all students and teachers in the district as part of a program to help students lacking access to technology. The school district is one of southwestern Idaho’s poorest.Wilder Superintendent Jeff Dillon in a letter to parents says the district will showcase how it is combining learning and technology.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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No Cong candidate from Jadavpur, Bankura, Asansol & Tamluk

first_imgKolkata: Congress has not nominated any candidate in the Jadavpur and Bankura Lok Sabha seats. The party has also not fielded any candidate in Asansol and Tamluk.In Bankura, veteran Trinamool Congress leader Subrata Mukherjee has been nominated, whereas CPI(M) has fielded Amiya Patra. In Jadavpur, actress Mimi Chakraborty of Trinamool Congress will fight against Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya of CPI(M) and Anupam Hazra. Debabrata Biswas (Benu) has been nominated from Srirampur, while Nepal Mahato is fighting from Purulia against Mriganko Mahato of Trinamool Congress. In two important seats, Dum Dum and Barrackpore, the party has nominated Saurav Saha and Mohammad Alam. There will be a four-way fight in these two important constituencies. In Dum Dum, the sitting Trinamool Congress candidate Saugata Roy is fighting against Shamik Bhattacharya of BJP, Nepaldeb Bhattacharya of CPI(M) and Saurav Saha of Congress.last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral honours slain BBC journalists at new memorial in London

A glass and steel sculpture entitled “Breathing,” which will project a beam of light up to one kilometre into the sky for 30 minutes each evening, has been officially dedicated on top of the new wing of the BBC Broadcasting House in the British capital.Attending the unveiling, Mr. Ban said it serves as “a solemn reminder of those who have lost their lives giving voice to the voiceless.“It is the light that shines when journalists report stories which powerful interests are trying to cover up. It is a beacon of hope for millions of people who thirst for the truth. And it is the light of justice that courageous journalists fight for – and that we must obtain in cases where they have been killed.”The UN chief called for renewed international efforts to “end the culture of impunity surrounding crimes against reporters” and to bring the perpetrators of such crimes to justice.Mr. Ban also spoke today at the sixtieth anniversary of the International Maritime Organization, praising the London-based agency for its efforts to curb pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships.While in London Mr. Ban has met with many officials, including Defence Secretary Des Browne and opposition leader David Cameron. 16 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to the work of journalists in upholding the freedom of the press at the unveiling of a memorial in London to media professionals killed in the line of work. read more

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UNP hails stand taken by President on polls

“We appreciate that the President will take a neutral stand at the elections and we also welcome the advice he has given his people over the elections and the nomination of Mahinda Rajapakse,” Amaratunga said. The United National Party (UNP) today said that it welcomed the stand taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to remain neutral and not openly support any political party contesting the August 17 parliamentary elections.UNP Senior member John Amaratunga said that his party also welcomed the statement made by Sirisena against former President Mahinda Rajapakse stating that he would be defeated at the elections. Breaking his silence over the issue after he drew criticism from his own party members, Sirisena said that he never agreed to give nominations to Rajapakse and feels he will lose the elections.“I totally disagree with the party’s decision to grant nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. However, he will be defeated at the election, as how he was defeated at the last presidential election,” he said. Rajapakse was given nominations by Sirisena to contest under the main United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) of which Sirisena is the chairman and Rajapakse a senior advisor.The former leader will contest the parliamentary polls from Kurunegala. (Colombo Gazette) Sirisena, in a special statement to the media yesterday, had asserted that he was against Rajapakse being given nominations from his party to contest the August 17 elections. read more

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Food production in Asia hit hard by weather extremes UN agency reports

The September issue of “Food Crops and Shortages,” released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), says the worst affected countries include China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was hit by a severe drought during the Spring, which seriously affected the Winter-Spring and the main maize crops.With the near east having suffered through three consecutive years of drought, the report warns that food production in Afghanistan, Jordan, Iran, Iraq and Syria has been severely affected. In addition to the food supply difficulties cited in the report, FAO Assistant Director General Hartwig de Haen, warns of implications for the Middle East, saying, “the food supply situation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip gives rise for serious concern.”The drought and persistent civil strife in Afghanistan have resulted in a very serious food crisis, according to FAO, with over 7 million people expected to be dependent on international food assistance. “The already grave food supply situation in the country is set to deteriorate should the threat of military action materialize,” the report warns, adding that fresh waves of population displacements are currently underway, exposing the increasing number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees to extreme hardship.”Only timely and substantial international assistance will avert the looming humanitarian catastrophe” in the country, said Abdur Rashid, head of FAO’s global information and early warning system. “Famine indicators – such as substantially reduced food intakes, collapse of the purchasing power, decimating livestock, large-scale depletion of personal assets, soaring food grain prices, rapidly increasing number of destitute people, and ever swelling ranks of IDPs and refugees – are widely observed.”The FAO report lists 34 countries as facing food emergencies, 17 located in Africa, 12 in Asia, three in Latin America and two in Europe. read more

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Groups in DR of Congo deliberately inciting ethnic hatred UN official says

Speaking at a press briefing on her recent mission to the DRC and Burundi, the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Carolyn McAskie, told reporters that the messages emanating from that part of the country were “sounding very familiar” and that “we have heard them before” in the region. According to the UN, more than 2.5 million people have died in the country between 1998 and April 2001 as a result of the conflict and many UN agencies and non-governmental organizations routinely report widespread killings, torture and other human rights abuses against civilians by armed groups on all sides. In one incident, a hospital was surrounded and hundreds of people were killed, Ms. McAskie said, while children have been turning up in hospitals with mutilations and machete cuts. Sexual violence has also been used as a weapon of war by most of the forces involved in the conflict. Ms. McAskie said that in addition to the fighting, one third of the country’s population – 16 million people – have critical food needs. Sixty-four per cent of people in the eastern DRC were undernourished while 41 per cent of all children in the country under the age of five were malnourished. Altogether, about 330,000 Congolese refugees live in the neighbouring countries of Tanzania, the Republic of Congo and Zambia. Meanwhile, HIV prevalence rates among soldiers and irregular combatants stood at 60 per cent in the war-torn country, which, despite its huge stores of natural resources, ranks 152nd out of 174 countries in the UN’s Human Development Index. While the recent withdrawal of foreign troops from the country would lead to peace in the long run, Ms. McAskie noted, their departure had exposed a number of ongoing internal conflicts that could continue to fuel humanitarian crises in the region. In the DRC, she said, “there is no such thing as a humanitarian crisis. There are a series of humanitarian crises.” read more

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Antipipeline protesters rally on Burnaby Mountain as injunction nears

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BURNABY, B.C. – Opponents of Kinder Morgan’s plan to expand a pipeline carrying Alberta oil to the British Columbia coast were expected to gather Monday afternoon on a mountain near Vancouver, where protesters have been ordered to clear an encampment that has blocked work crews.Protesters have been attempting to prevent the energy giant from conducting survey work on Burnaby Mountain related to the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.Kinder Morgan wants to triple the capacity of the pipeline, which starts near Edmonton and stretches about 1,000 kilometres to Burnaby. Its preferred route would tunnel a section of pipeline through Burnaby Mountain, which is the home of Simon Fraser University and a conservation area.The company sued several activists and sought an injunction, which it received last Friday, when a judge ordered protesters to clear their encampment and keep out of the way of the pipeline work. The judge set a deadline of Monday at 4 p.m.A rally was planned on the mountain to mark the injunction deadline.Simon Fraser University biochemistry professor Lynne Quarmby, who is among the defendants in Kinder Morgan’s lawsuit, said the protesters are diverse and don’t all belong to a single group, so she couldn’t say whether everyone would abide by the injunction.“I’m pretty sure there is going to be a lot of people on the mountain this afternoon,” Quarmby said in an interview.“As to whether or not anyone is going to violate the injunction, I have no idea. I think we just have to wait and see.”A B.C. Supreme Court judge concluded that allowing the protesters to continue blocking work crews would cause Kinder Morgan irreparable financial harm. The judge cited the “misuse” of bullhorns, aggressive language and other actions designed to thwart the company’s work.Kinder Morgan issued a news release that said Trans Mountain representatives visited the protesters at two locations Monday afternoon and read out the injunction and enforcement order, though the company did not intend to resume work that day.The news release said the company was working with the RCMP but hoped the protesters would respect the injunction. The RCMP did not return a call requesting comment.The company plans to bore two small holes and then drill 250 metres into the mountain.Quarmby said there is a long list of problems with the pipeline, including the impact of Alberta oil on climate change, as well as the failure to respect the rights of First Nations and properly consult them.She said recent changes in federal environmental laws have limited the ability of critics such as herself to be involved in the regulatory process, and she noted that the National Energy Board does not plan to look at the potential impact on climate change during its review of the proposed expansion.“There is a rapid push on LNG projects, on exporting coal, on developing the tar sands, on new pipelines, and in none of these projects do we get to talk about the impact on climate change — to me that’s immoral, that’s unethical,” she said.“There are just so many reasons why this is such a wrong project.”The pipeline is facing opposition on many fronts, including lawsuits from First Nations, which are seeking to block the project altogether; the City of Vancouver, which wants climate change to be part of the energy board review; and the City of Burnaby, which accuses the company of violating municipal bylaws by cutting down trees.The mayors of Vancouver and Burnaby, who were each returned to office in municipal elections over the weekend, have publicly opposed the pipeline expansion.Karl Perrin of Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion said his group does not plan to violate the injunction, but members will be on site Monday afternoon. They will be dressed in black and carrying a mock casket, he said.Perrin said he believes the federal government and the National Energy Board have “rigged” the process in favour of oil companies.“We’ll be having a silent vigil for the death of justice,” Perrin said.“There is a lot that is difficult to predict,” he added when asked what would happen when the injunction takes effect.— By James Keller in Vancouver by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 17, 2014 4:47 pm MDT Anti-pipeline protesters rally on Burnaby Mountain as injunction nears read more

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Warehouses emptying amid growing humanitarian needs in southwest Syria

At a briefing in Geneva, Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that there were particular concerns for an estimated 55,000 civilians whose movements have been restricted by the extremist group Jaysh Khaled Bin Walid (JKBW).“We are, of course, very concerned about this particular group’s policy of restricting freedom of movement for civilians who are trying to flee the area and only a very limited number of civilians had been able to escape,” Mr. Laerke told journalists.  The ISIL-linked terrorist affiliate’s area of control, spans around 200-square kilometres of Syrian territory near the Jordanian border, OCHA said in a statement, noting that the development follows five weeks of territorial gains by Syrian Government forces against opposition armed groups in the south-western governorates of Dara’a, Quneitra and Sweida.Several thousand people have nonetheless managed to seek safety from JKBW, but those who remain “are now subject to increasing hostilities”, the OCHA official said, adding that between 21 and 23 July, “intense air strikes” were reported in the so-called Yarmouk Basin of Dara’a Province.The targets included al-Shajra, Hayt, Tasil, Jellin, Sahm al-Golan, Adwan and Tal al-Jumou’, OCHA said in a statement.Reports suggest that at least 32 civilians were killed in these attacks, including 11 children and three women. On Wednesday 25 July, a multiple suicide attack by ISIL in Sweida city also resulted in more than 240 casualties and injured at least 170 people.United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemned the incident, which came as UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura briefed the UN Security Council on efforts to end the more than seven-year Syrian war.According to OCHA, one other area remains in opposition hands in south-west Syria, near the Golan Heights.There, civilians face ongoing violence and cross-border humanitarian actors report that they only have limited supplies left.“Our humanitarian partners who have operated across borders from Jordan are highly restricted,” Laerke said. “In fact, it’s over a month since there has been a cross-border convoy from Jordan into the area.”According to OCHA, the last cross-border convoy from neighbouring Jordan was dispatched on 25 June, in line with UN Security Council resolutions.The delivery of humanitarian aid from within Syria also continues to be hampered, OCHA said, as aid partners in Damascus “still (have) not been granted the necessary approvals” to reach communities in Quneitra.The restrictions mean that significant unmet needs continue to increase dramatically, and the situation has been made worse by the fact that many local aid partners have also been forced to flee the fighting, leading to a significant scale-down of some assistance.“More warehouses are now empty or emptying, which mean that we are very concerned about the continued delivery of lifesaving assistance to those many thousands of affected people,” Laerke said. read more

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Safe spaces offer security and dignity for youth and help make the

“The hopes of the world rest on young people,” said the UN chief on Friday, in advance of the official Day, which is celebrated annually on 12 August.“Peace, economic dynamism, social justice, tolerance – all this and more, today and tomorrow, depends on tapping into the power of youth,” he added.There are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world – the largest youth population ever.Political instability, labour market challenges and limited space for political and civic participation have led youth to becoming increasingly more isolated, raising the need for more safe spaces where they can meet, engage and express themselves.We must invest so that young people have access to education, training and decent jobs to achieve their full potential –­ Secretary-General GuterresMr. Guterres pointed out that more than 400 million young women and men live amidst armed conflict or are vulnerable to organized criminal violence.Moreover, he elaborated that “millions face deprivation, harassment, bullying and other infringements of their rights.”Safe spaces offer security and dignity while interacting. These include civic spaces to engage in governance issues; public spaces to take part in community activity such as sport  digital spaces to interact virtually across borders; and well-planned physical spaces for diverse youth; especially those vulnerable to marginalization or violence.The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically Goal 11, emphasizes the need for the provision of space towards inclusive and sustainable urbanization.“We must invest so that young people have access to education, training and decent jobs to achieve their full potential,” underscored the Secretary-General.“The United Nations is strongly committed to listening to the voices of young people – and opening pathways for meaningful participation in decisions that affect them,” he continued, announcing a new strategy to be launched in September “to step up our work with and for young people.”“In making the world safe for young people, we make the world better for all,” concluded Mr. Guterres, “I wish all a happy International Youth Day!”For her message for the day, Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Youth Envoy, stressed: “Young women and girls are particularly vulnerable, as are young refugees and migrants, youth living in conflict-prone or humanitarian settings, and LGBTQI young people,” referring to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex.Events to celebrate International Youth Day 2018 will take place all over the world to promote youth engagement and empowerment. read more

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Hungary beats Serbia in Kanjiza

← Previous Story Beach Handball WCh in Oman: Brasil takes two golds! Next Story → Jesper Nielsen leaves AGK! In the friendly match in Kanjiza (Serbia), Hungary beats Serbia 23:21 (13:11). Hungary got decisive advantage in the first ten minutes of the second half, when away team made 4:0 series and lead 17:11.SERBIA  – HUNGARY 21:23 (11:13)KanjižaSpectators – 1200Serbia: Marjanac tri odbrane, Vujin 2, Nikčević 1, Manojlović 1, Toskić 1, Ilić 1, Marković 2, Milić tri odbrane, Prodanović 3, Stojković 1, Rnić 3, Kostadinović 1, Vučković, Čutura 1, Stanković, Nenadić 2,Mitrović, Đukanović jedna odbranaHungary: Ilješ, Časar 2, Močai 1, Ivančik 3, Ivančik T 3, Haršanji 6, Putic, Fazekaš sedam odbrana, Perez, Mikler, Laluška, Nađ 1, Nađ L 1, Điljaš 1, Vadkerti 1, Zubai 1, Liskai,Šuh 2, Lekai 1.Results: 2:3 (8.) 8:7 (19.) 8:12 (26.) 9:13 (28.) 11:17 (38.) 14:19 (44.) 16:20 (47.) 19:22 (55.)MoM: Nandor Fazekaš (Mađarska) read more

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Mammifères une taille maximale atteinte en 20 millions dannées

first_imgMammifères : une taille maximale atteinte en 20 millions d’annéesUne équipe internationale de chercheurs a déterminé qu’il avait suffi de 20 millions d’années pour que les mammifères terrestres atteignent leur masse maximale.Les mammifères ont commencé à grossir rapidement après l’extinction des dinosaures il y a 65 millions d’années, accélérant alors leur développement pour atteindre leur taille maximale dans les 20 millions d’années qui ont suivi. C’est du moins ce que révèle une étude réalisée par une équipe de chercheurs et parue cette semaine dans les Annales de l’Académie nationale américaine des sciences (PNAS).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Toutefois, tous les mammifères ne sont pas logés à la même enseigne dans la mesure où les espèces marines comme les baleines auraient elles, eu besoin de deux fois moins de temps, indique l’équipe qui comprend Jessica Theodor, de l’Université de Calgary au Canada. En effet, les animaux aquatiques ont davantage de nourriture et celle-ci est plus riche que sur le sol où l’herbe et les végétaux sont les principales sources d’alimentation. En outre, le fait d’évoluer dans l’eau ne nécessite pas autant de structures osseuses et musculaires pour supporter le poids du corps comme c’est le cas pour les grands mammifères vivant sur la terre ferme, rapporte 20minutes.fr. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, cette recherche s’est penchée sur 28 différents types de mammifères présents au cours des 70 derniers millions d’années en Afrique, Eurasie, Amérique du Nord et du Sud, ainsi que dans tous les bassins océaniques. “Notre recherche révèle pour la première fois l’histoire à grande échelle des mammifères en terme de rythme de croissance”, poursuit Mme Theodor, qui est aussi l’un des principaux auteurs de l’étude.Par ailleurs, les chercheurs ont constaté que les gros mammifères ont vu leur taille se réduire encore plus rapidement (quelquefois jusqu’à dix fois plus rapidement chez certains mammifères) dans le processus de l’évolution pour, supputent-ils, survivre face à un manque de nourriture, notamment sur les îles. “Un grand nombre d’espèces ayant vu leur taille se réduire, comme le mammouth, l’hippopotame et l’hominidé nains découverts sur l’île de Flores en Indonésie, ont disparu”, relève Jessica Theodor dans un entretien avec l’AFP. Ainsi, 90 % de toutes les espèces animales ayant existé sur la Terre se seraient éteintes.Le 31 janvier 2012 à 13:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Can Animals Predict Earthquakes New Research Suggests Not

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Anecdotal evidence of animals exhibiting strange behavior before an earthquake dates back centuries.In 373 BC, rats, snakes, and weasels reportedly made a mass exodus from Helice days before a devastating tremor hit the Greek city.But you don’t need to run for cover under the kitchen table next time Fido starts howling or your dairy cows are producing less milk. According to a new study, there is no real proof that animals can predict earthquakes.“The reports of conspicuous behavior are numerous, but it could have other causes,” Heiko Woith, a scientist at the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences, said in a statement. “We have looked more closely at such studies and investigated whether there is a statistical correlation between seismic activity and animal behavior.”The first comprehensive analysis was published this week in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.Researchers dug through more than 700 records alleging unusual conduct of 130-plus species (from sheep and goats and snakes and fish), related to 160 quakes of magnitude M 5.6 or higher between 2000 and 2012.Reports came from two dozen countries, most notably New Zealand, Japan, Italy, and Taiwan.Among other things, Woith and his team investigated the effect of foreshocks—mild tremors that precede the violent shaking of an earthquake.Assuming such vibrations are felt at a distance of 100 kilometers (62 miles) for animals, researchers looked for the existence of foreshocks in the area within 60 days.The result: 16 percent of main shocks were preceded by micro-trembles inside two months. But only 7 percent occurred within one day, and 3 percent transpired within one hour.Which suggests that at least some of the reported animal precursors are related to foreshocks, and perhaps can predict an earthquake.Well, maybe.Much of this “evidence” consists of single observations that cannot be carefully tested.“One has to keep in mind that a number of earthquakes are not announced by degassing or other signs, but literally occur spontaneously,” Woith explained.“An accurate prediction of the location, magnitude, and time of a quake seems, according to everything we know, to be impossible,” he continued. “And a reliable early warning on the basis of foreshocks or release of gases from the ground has many uncertainties and has, so far, not succeeded even with the most modern sensors.” Watch: Disneyland Stops Rides After Earthquake Shakes Southern CaliforniaNASA Images Show ‘Earthquake Island’ Swallowed Up By Sea center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Will CongressJDS coalition govt fall in Karnataka CM to seek vote of

first_imgBoth Congress and BJP have expressed confidence in winning the floor test.IANSKarnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will seek a vote of confidence on July 18, said Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar while adjourning the State Assembly on Monday. The CM had sought trust vote on July 12 after 16 MLAs – 13 of the Congress and 3 of the JD(S) – tendered their resignation.During a Business Advisory Committee of the House, it was decided that the CM will move the motion of confidence at 11 am on Thursday. Support for the coalition will be determined after a debate. The meeting was attended by Kumarswamy, Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah and Bharatiya Janata Party leader BS Yeddyurappa.The BJP has reportedly demanded that no bills should be tabled until the government proves its majority. The party also said that any business should not be conducted in the Assembly for the next two days.The Speaker is yet to accept the resignation of the 16 MLAs. He has sought more time to study whether the resignations were in a proper format.Fifteen of the rebel MLAs had moved the Supreme Court due to the delay, apprehending that they could be disqualified. The case will be heard on Tuesday. Karnataka coalition government crisis.TwitterBoth Congress and BJP have expressed confidence in winning the floor test.BS Yeddyurappa, the leader of opposition in the state, said that rebel MLAs in Mumbai will definitely support the BJP. On the other hand, senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar said the Congress will be on the winning side. “No one will like to go for an election. It is not possible (for legislators to not turn up) when the anti-defection law is in place,” said Shivakumar.The coalition strength in the state is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and the BSP-1), besides the Speaker. If the Speaker accepts the resignations of the 16 MLAs, the tally will reduce to 100, in the 224 member assembly. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:32Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:30?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Karnataka political crisis | Kumaraswamy won’t resign after Thursday’s cabinet meetlast_img read more

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UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism The winners are…

first_imgTurismo de Portugal I.P (Portugal), Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust (India), Tryponyu (Indonesia) and SEGGITUR (Spain) are the winners of the 14th Edition of the UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism.   Fourteen projects among 128 applicants from 55 countries were selected as finalists of the 14th UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism. In Madrid at the international travel trade event FITUR last night was the day many had anxiously waiting for. The 14th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism was announced. Like this:Like Loading… The UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism are held annually to highlight and promote the work of organizations and individuals around the world that have impacted the tourism sector. Their achievements have served as an inspiration for competitive and sustainable tourism development and the promotion of the values of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals.All the winners after the ceremonyThe 14th Edition  of the UNWTO Awards was organized in collaboration with the International Tourism Trade Fair in Spain (IFEMA/FITUR) and supported by:The Macao Government Tourism OfficeThe National Secretariat of Tourism of Paraguay-Itaipu BinacionalThe Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of ArgentinaThe Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism in ColombiaThe Ministry of Tourism of EcuadorWonderful IndonesiaThe Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority; andNational Geographic eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img In the Innovation in Enterprises category Conservation and Livelihoods: Community managed Ecotourism at Mangalajodi,  Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust was shortlisted. Other nominated enterprises in this category were from Kenya, Italy and Philippines. Mangalajodi is one of the oldest village coming under Tangi block of Khurda district in Odisha, 75 km from Bhubaneswar towards Berhampur with a huge marshland along the northern edge of Chilika Lake. The area (about 10 sq.km) is primarily a fresh water zone connected by channels cut through the reed beds with the brakish water of Chilika lagoon. The numerous channels that crisscross through the greenery, harbour thousands of water birds, migratory and resident. Part of Chilika, 1165 sq.kms.brakish water estuarine lagoon of international importance. The wetland hosts more than 3,00,000 of birds in the peak season. October to March is the best time to visit this place. This region has is a significant global waterfowl habitat and is declared as an “Important Bird Area (IBA)”.Share this: UNWTO and LGBT Tourism: Second Global report released at IGLTA SummitWorld Tourism with IGLTA2017 turns to a Rainbow in St. Petersburg, FloridaITB Berlin recognizes industry pioneersMore articles on eTurboNews click here Starting at 18.00h with a welcome cocktail the event was opened at 19.15 by the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, followed by a short remark by the president of FITUR/ FEMASanjib Sarangi of the Indian Grameen Services (IGS) and Reena from the Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust attended the award ceremony and were overjoyed with the announcement of the award. They accepted the award and unfurled the Indian Tricolour at the stage. Indian Grameen Services overlooks the Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust project. Mangalajodi Trust was the only Indian nomination in this year’s UNWTO awards.The winning projects, divided into four categories – Public Policy and Governance, Research and Technology, Enterprises, and Non-governmental Organizations –, have been announced at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony held Wednesday, 17th January evening in Madrid at the International Tourism Trade Fair in Spain (FITUR)Today we honour the vision and commitment of individuals, administrations, companies and organizations that every day build a better future by harnessing the potential of tourism. The work of all the finalists of the 14 UNWTO Awards on Innovation is an inspiration to all of us”, underlined UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, in his opening remarks.Overjoyed Sanjib and Reena after announcement of the winner in their categoryAttended by nearly 500 participants from different countries, the UNWTO Awards Ceremony, co-organized by IFEMA|FITUR, emphasized how the tourism community has embraced sustainable and innovative approaches.Sanjib Sarangi of the IGS speaking at the event in his acceptance speechlast_img read more

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