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Cyprus talks tops agenda of Annans trip to Europe

The Secretary-General will head first to the village of Bürgenstock, near Lucerne, Switzerland, where the latest stage of negotiations on his plan to reunify Cyprus before its entry into the European Union on 1 May got under way today.According to a UN spokesman, the Greek and Turkish Foreign Ministers have joined the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot delegations in Bürgenstock, with the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto, scheduled to meet each of the four by the end of today.Speaking in Bürgenstock, Mr. de Soto told reporters that discussions between the parties had already been held either in bilateral meetings or with him shuttling between the two sides, and that work continued in Cyprus to finalize agreement on technical issues.”We are coming to the point, we hope, of convergence,” he said. “The Cypriots have never, in the past three years, been so close to actually coming to a settlement and we hope that they will also take advantage of this opportunity.”Starting 19 February the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, met in Cyprus for face-to-face talks in a bid to reach agreement on modifications to the Secretary-General’s plan, which would then be submitted to separate referenda on 20 April for approval by the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots.After the talks stalled, Mr. Annan invited Greece and Turkey last week to lend a hand in Bürgenstock. The two countries’ Prime Ministers are expected to join the discussions on Sunday. Should this last push fail to resolve disagreements, Mr. Annan would then step in to use his discretion to complete the plan, which would ultimately create a federation of two constituent states – a Greek Cypriot state and a Turkish Cypriot state – and contains some suggestions for security arrangements between Greece and Turkey.After taking part in the Cyprus talks, the Secretary-General will go to Tunis to attend and address the meeting of the League of Arab States. Afterwards, Mr. Annan is scheduled to travel to Vienna for the semi-annual meeting of the Chief Executives Board (CEB), which brings together the heads of UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes.From Vienna the Secretary-General will go to Moscow for an official visit, meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other officials.Mr. Annan will return to Switzerland to address the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, and is expected back in New York before Easter, his spokesman said. read more

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Lowes 2ndquarter profit climbs on improving weather trims fullyear revenue outlook

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Lowe’s second-quarter net income increased 10 per cent, bolstered by improving weather.The home improvement company’s performance beat analysts’ expectations, but the Mooresville, North Carolina, company lowered its full-year revenue outlook slightly, citing its year-to-date sales and prior assumptions for the second half.Shares fell in premarket trading on Wednesday.Spring is the most important season for home-improvement retailers, as homeowners and others work on their yards and gardens. While the season started off a bit cold and rainy, weather improved and shoppers headed out to stores to pick up supplies.For the three months ended Aug. 1, Lowe’s Cos. earned $1.04 billion, or $1.04 per share. A year earlier it earned $941 million, or 88 cents per share.Analysts, on average, expected earnings of $1.02 per share, according to a FactSet survey.Revenue rose 6 per cent to $16.6 billion from $15.71 billion, topping Wall Street’s $16.57 billion forecast.Sales at stores open at least a year, a key indicator of a retailer’s health, climbed 4.4 per cent. This figure excludes results from stores recently opened or closed.Chairman, President and CEO Robert Niblock said in a statement that the improving weather helped Lowe’s recover most of the outdoor product sales it missed in the first quarter, when weather was less favourable.“We believe home improvement spending will continue to progress in tandem with strengthening job and income growth,” Niblock said.On Tuesday larger rival Home Depot Inc.’s second-quarter results also topped Wall street’s view due in large part to a rebound in the spring selling season.Looking ahead, Lowe’s now anticipates full-year revenue rising about 4.5 per cent. Its prior outlook was for an approximately 5 per cent increase. Based on fiscal 2013’s revenue of $53.42 billion, the new guidance implies revenue of $55.8 billion. Lowe’s reaffirmed its forecast for full-year earnings of about $2.63 per share.Analysts are calling for fiscal 2014 earnings of $2.62 per share on revenue of $55.79 billion.The company’s stock declined $2.17, or 4.2 per cent, to $49.35 before the market open. Lowe’s 2nd-quarter profit climbs on improving weather; trims full-year revenue outlook AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Aug 20, 2014 4:40 am MDT read more

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On International Day of Tolerance Ban urges leaders to protect people from

“We live in an era of rising and violent extremism, radicalism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life,” Mr. Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, observed annually on 16 November. There are more people displaced by fighting today than at any period since the end of the Second World War, he added. Innocent lives are being lost in senseless clashes around the world. The youngest victims are robbed of their childhoods, conscripted and abused, or even kidnapped simply for wanting an education. “I call on all people and governments to actively combat fear, hatred and extremism with dialogue, understanding and mutual respect. Let us advance against the forces of division and unite for our shared future,” the UN Chief urged. Democratic and peaceful societies are not immune from prejudice and violence. And there is growing hostility and discrimination towards people crossing borders in search of asylum or opportunities denied to them at home. “Hate crimes and other forms of intolerance mar too many communities, often stoked by irresponsible leaders seeking political gain,” Mr. Ban said. Echoing that sentiment, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova said that tolerance is a principle that is more relevant now than ever and it is under serious threat. “Cultural diversity is being targeted by extremist groups seeking to impose their sectarian vision on the world, and minorities are being persecuted, falling victim to attempts at ‘cultural cleansing’,” she said. Within societies, economic and social crises are sometimes used as a pretext for blaming and rejecting others.Additionally, it is no longer enough to live side by side, in passive indifference – tolerance requires active vigilance, renewed each day, against xenophobia, discrimination and hatred, Ms. Bokova stressed. Tolerance is at the heart of the United Nations Charter as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And UNESCO is guided by the conviction that lasting peace starts in the minds of men and women, by nurturing principles of tolerance through dialogue and cooperation. “We learn through tolerance to reconcile the universal rights that bind us together with the diversity that gives us so much, and to see that we need others, in all their diversity, so that we can be fully ourselves,” she said highlight that this is the spirit of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022).Tolerance is also at the root of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence, awarded this year to two human rights activists – Mr. Ibrahim Ag Idbaltanat from Mali and Mr. Francisco Javier Estévez Valencia from Chile, Ms. Bokova added. read more

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Everyone wants to finish last round of test rugby on a high

It’s the last round of rugby tests for the year. Everyone wants to finish on a high.Wales and Ireland are going for November sweeps.New Zealand, Argentina, and Scotland are looking to rebound.Australia hasn’t won two in a row all year.France seeks a fourth win of the year.The United States is trying to go unbeaten.Here’s a look at the main tests on Saturday:ENGLAND vs AUSTRALIA, London (Australia leads 25-1-23, in England 11-1-15)When the Bernard Foley-inspired Wallabies cut through England at Twickenham to leave its Rugby World Cup dreams in ruins in 2015, few could have imagined they’d go winless in the next five matches against their biggest rival in the northern hemisphere.England’s winning spree against Australia has come under the stewardship of Eddie Jones, the former Wallabies coach and an ex-teammate of current Australia coach Michael Cheika at Sydney club Randwick.The relationship between Jones and Cheika has been a much-scrutinized subplot in matches over the last three years, but the big question this time round is whether Australia can end its testing year on a high.The Australians beat Italy 26-7 last week, but it was only their fourth win in 12 tests in 2018 and the performance failed to mask issues that still affect a team that has slipped to No. 7 in the rugby rankings — Australia’s lowest ever position.Unlike with Cheika, the pressure has eased somewhat on Jones as England looks for a third win of the month after a narrow victory over South Africa, just as tight a loss to New Zealand, and a second-half fightback against Japan.In what feels like a significant decision ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup, hooker Dylan Hartley — one of England’s two co-captains — has been dropped to the reserves for the first time against top opposition under Jones.Cheika will be praying David Pocock’s neck holds up after the flanker came off early in the second half against Italy.— By Steve Douglas.SCOTLAND vs ARGENTINA, Edinburgh (Argentina leads 9-8, in Scotland 4-3)For a country which schooled its forwards in the Bajada scrum from a young age and turned it into a fearsome weapon, Argentina’s set-piece has been hellish viewing in Dublin and Paris this month.The Pumas’ scrum has been hideous, conceding five tightheads to France and one to Ireland. Both teams exploited the superiority into tries.The front row is no mystery to coach Mario Ledesma, who hooked 84 times for the Pumas, and yet he has stayed faithful to props Santiago Medrano and Santiago Garcia Botta, and not called on any European-based players.Argentina changed its policy this year to allow overseas-based players to be picked in exceptional cases, and the poor stock of props prompted Ledesma to summon England-based Juan Figallo and France-based Ramiro Herrera during the Rugby Championship. Then Figallo injured knee ligaments in September, and Herrera suffered a back injury after being picked to tour. The other mainstay, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, was left out of the tour after shoulder surgery in October.That left the two Santiagos as the senior props. Medrano has made his Jaguares and Pumas debut this year. Garcia Botta has been in and out since 2013. Both have played 10 of Argentina’s 11 tests this year, and it has been tough going, with no respite coming from Scotland at Murrayfield.England-based hooker Marcelo Bosch recently called on Ledesma to choose more European-based players to strengthen the squad. But Ledesma has limited himself to the Jaguares, which is the equivalent of the All Blacks limiting their selection to the Crusaders. His decision will be tested next year when stalwart flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez leaves after this tour to join Stade Francais.No. 8 Javier Ortega Desio marked his 50th test in Paris last weekend, and wasn’t happy with the result.“We failed in areas where we had not been failing,” Ortega Desio said. “We did not maul well and our scrum also had some problems.”He acknowledged the team’s ultimate goal was the Rugby World Cup, but performance still mattered in the meantime, and called on his teammates “to look within without reproach” to raise the bar back high against Scotland.— By Foster Niumata.IRELAND vs UNITED STATES, Dublin (Ireland leads 9-0, in Ireland 3-0)The United States may be about to fall back to earth, but the year has been a blast.Expectations are the Eagles, even against a second-string Ireland side, will come to the end of their unprecedented nine-test unbeaten run this year. If so, it won’t spoil a great year.They successfully defended their Americas Rugby Championship title, becoming the first team to go 5-0, a Grand Slam of sorts. In June, they overcame Scotland from 21-3 down in Houston, beating a tier one side for the first time in 94 years. And this month they defeated Samoa for the first time. When Romania was accounted for last weekend in Bucharest the Eagles had nine wins in a row. Their previous best all-time winning streak was four.It was after beating Scotland that the U.S. nailed down a match with Ireland at Lansdowne Road to complete an historic year. With combinations in synch and confidence soaring, it’s a perfect time for the Eagles to meet the Irish and measure themselves.They even feature a player the Irish are wary of, centre Paul Lasike. The Kiwi moved to the U.S. on a rugby scholarship and switched to American football. He played 10 games for the Chicago Bears in 2016 and returned to rugby last year. He debuted for the Eagles in February, and was signed by Harlequins in August.Last Saturday, he scattered Romanians to set up the Eagles’ first two tries.“Very talented player,” Ireland coach Joe Schmidt noted.– By Foster Niumata.ITALY vs NEW ZEALAND, Rome (New Zealand leads 14-0, in Italy 7-0)The All Blacks and the Azzurri visited St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome this week.If Italy prayed for a miracle to get its first win against New Zealand, the All Blacks probably prayed for a high score on Saturday to salve some of the wounds after losing to Ireland in Dublin for the first time.The All Blacks have never lost to Italy and won 68-10 on their last visit, two years ago. The Azzurri haven’t managed to score more than 10 points against New Zealand since 2007.In the aftermath of the 16-9 defeat in Dublin, New Zealand has come to Rome and relaxed some, with the players taking in the sights.Some visited the Colosseum, and others went to the Cassino War Cemetery to pay their respects to the 343 Kiwi soldiers, including two All Blacks, who were buried there after World War II.“It’s a different feel to the last two weeks, there’s no doubt about that,” assistant coach Ian Foster said, “but come Saturday we’re going to have to be ready for an Italian team that is going to really back themselves to have a good crack at us.“We’ve got a lot to learn, we need to fix a few things, so it’s a pretty important week for us.”— By Daniella Matar.FRANCE vs FIJI, Paris (France leads 9-0, in France 6-0)When coach Jacques Brunel announced his squad for France’s November tests, there was no trace of Rabah Slimani.It was a real setback for the Clermont prop, a mainstay for France over the past four years.“At the time, it upset me not to be in the list,” Slimani said. “But, with hindsight, I told myself it was part of the game, the law of sport.”Slimani was finally called back as a second choice after Uini Atonio pulled out injured. A month later, he will end France’s November tests in a starting role against Fiji at the Stade de France.In addition to his good substitute appearances against South Africa and Argentina, Slimani’s return to favour is largely due to his improved mobility.“I needed to work in that area,” said Slimani, who won his 50th cap against Fiji. “I worked a lot on my skills, did a lot of runs without the ball, small things that can seem futile but matter much during a game. I’ve been asked to run more and to be at the right place at the right time.”Slimani will have to watch his behaviour in the scrum, though, as he is often a target for referees as one of the most scrutinized forwards in rugby.“It went well during the first two tests. There is still one left,” Slimani said. “We know very well that each referee interprets things differently. I’m trying to do things as neatly as possible.”— By Samuel Petrequin.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Ohio State womens track and field has sights set on Nationals

The Ohio State women’s track and field team will look to add to its groundbreaking season at the NCAA East Regional preliminaries, set to begin Thursday in Bloomington, Ind. After claiming both the indoor and outdoor Big Ten Championships, 13 Buckeyes will compete in the qualifying rounds of the NCAA Championships. Leading OSU will be junior sprinter and hurdler Christina Manning, the top seed in the 100-meter hurdles. Manning will also be participating in the 100-meter dash and the 4-by-100-meter relay. Senior Letecia Wright, junior Madison McNary and freshman Chesna Sykes also will compete in the 4-by-100-meter relay. Big Ten outdoor triple jump champion, junior Kelcey McKinney, is the 16th seed and will look to carry momentum from her recent championship into this weekend. Junior sprinter and Big Ten Champion Shaniqua McGinnis is competing in the 400-meter dash. Other Buckeyes competing are Alana Gray, in the 100-meter hurdles; Nyjah Cousar, in the 400-meter hurdles; Ella Birmingham, in the 10,000-meter run; Ashley Galbraith, in the high jump; Norianna Brown, in the shot put; Alexis Thomas and Maggie Mullen, in the hammer throw; and Mullen, in the javelin. After outperforming conference competition at regular-season meets and the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, the women’s 4-by-100-meter relay team is set to make a run at nationals. All-American and Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year Manning will anchor the fourth-seeded team in the East preliminaries. Coach Karen Dennis said she has faith in her relay team. “We know that we’ve got four strong runners,” Dennis said. “This team is one of the best relay teams I’ve ever coached.” Competing along with Manning will be Wright and McNary. In her first season, Sykes has adapted well to the competition and attributes her success to her teammates. “I feel like we have consistently ran good times and we work hard at practice and the results are shown at every meet,” Sykes said. “As a freshman, I feel so honored to be on a relay team with Madison, Tish and Christina. They are all amazing role models and runners and they really help the relay come together and win.” During their freshman year at the Big Ten Championship, Manning and Wright fumbled the baton exchange in the 4-by-100-meter relay event. Since then, the team has grown and continued to perform at a high level. “We have this chemistry,” Manning said. “It’s a tight bond there.” Despite the team’s success, Dennis and her athletes aren’t yet satisfied. “I think we’ll come out of the region, and, more importantly, they believe they’re supposed to be out of the region,” Dennis said. “I believe this team has the ability to be on the podium at the national championship.” It’s not just the titles that have made Dennis proud — she said she’s learned as much from her athletes as they have from her. “I think that they are smart,” Dennis said. “I think that they’re highly opinionated. I think that they are confident, and I think that they’re courageous. And that’s what I’m most proud of.” read more

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CARICOM congratulates new Cuban President

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresidents of Cuba, Chile to join CARICOM Heads at 39th meetingJuly 2, 2018In “latest news”CARICOM asks Sweden for help in tackling blacklisting issueAugust 22, 2017In “latest news”CARICOM and Argentina looking towards closer cooperationDecember 19, 2018In “Regional” Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated new President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz Canel, on his assumption to office on April 19.CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocqueSecretary-General LaRocque said Mr Canel’s concurrent responsibilities as President of the Cuban Council of State and Council of Ministers attest to the confidence placed in his leadership abilities.He assured the new Cuban President of the “great value” CARICOM attaches to the “strong and meaningful relationship” it has forged with the Spanish speaking Caribbean country over the past 45 years.Cuba’s new president Miguel Diaz-Canel. (Photo: AFP)“I take this opportunity to express the Community’s deep appreciation to your country for its unfaltering assistance, and to affirm that the Caribbean Community looks forward to working with your administration in strengthening our relations and continuing our regular engagements at the political and technical levels during your tenure in office.“The Community extends its best wishes to you and your administration as you lead your People to new thresholds of development and wellbeing,” the CARICOM Secretary-General said. read more

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Mother to stand trial accused of putting her daughter at risk of

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Fri 7:12 AM A MOTHER IS to stand trial accused of putting her young daughter at risk of being sexually abused by her husband.The woman, 28, allegedly knew the man and her child were engaged in “certain sexual activities” but failed to disclose to gardaí that they were staying together at a hostel in Dublin city-centre.The charge states that while having a custody or control of a child she intentionally, or recklessly, endangered the child by permitting her to be placed or left in a situation creating substantial risk of her being a victim of serious harm or sexual abuse at a named hostel in April last year.She has not yet indicated how she will plead to the charge which is under Section 176 (a) of the 2006 Criminal Justice Act.Garda Sergeant Brendan Casey told Judge Bryan Smyth at Dublin District Court that the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested and charged at Store Street station in Dublin on 4 September last.She “made no reply to charge” after she was given a legal caution.Judge Smyth noted that the charge was indictable. This means it could also be dealt with in the circuit court, which can impose lengthier sentences.However, Judge Smyth noted from Detective Sergeant Casey that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed summary disposal in the district court.Judge Smyth asked to hear an outline of the allegations for the purposes of ruling on the issue of jurisdiction.Garda Sergeant Casey told the court: “It is alleged the accused placed her daughter at risk of child sexual abuse by not disclosing information to gardaí in a phone call. Her daughter was staying in a hostel with her husband at that time.”“The accused was aware of certain sexual activities between her daughter and her husband, and did not disclose the information to gardaí,” he alleged.Judge deferred ruling on the trial venue issue.The age of the girl was not stated during the hearing.The judge acceded to a request from defence solicitor Tracy Horan to make an order for disclosure to include videos of Garda interviews with the accused.There was no objection to bail.The woman, was ordered to appear again in seven weeks. Legal was granted after Ms Horan informed the judge her client was not in employment.He also noted from Horan that the woman did not need an interpreter because she had perfect English.A person guilty of the offence, if convicted on indictment, can face a fine and imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years. However, the maximum jail sentence for single charge if dealt with at district level is one year.Comments are closed for legal reasons Mother to stand trial accused of putting her daughter at risk of sexual abuse by her husband The woman, 28, allegedly knew the man and her child were engaged in “certain sexual activities”. https://jrnl.ie/4807146 No Comments Share15 Tweet Email1 Short URLcenter_img By Tom Tuite File photo. Courtroom Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie File photo. Courtroom Friday 13 Sep 2019, 7:12 AM 37,325 Views last_img read more

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Storros dad We owe that to you

first_imgBethany Storro’s father said Friday that the family soon will likely release a written statement, read by a family friend, regarding the new twist in her case.Police Thursday said Storro burned her own face with acid, then made up a story about being attacked by a stranger.Friday morning, her father, Joe Neuwelt, said he believes the family owes the public an explanation.“We think it’s fair, we think it’s viable, and in all honesty we owe that to you,” he said in a brief interview at the family’s home in west Vancouver. “We’re dealing with a lot of things right now,” he added before going back into the house.Police said Thursday they think Storro’s father and mother, Nancy Neuwelt, believed their daughter’s story at first. When detectives obtained a warrant and searched the Neuwelts’ home Thursday, they were fully cooperative, police said.Storro could face criminal charges when the investigation is complete, but no decisions have been made and she has not been arrested.last_img read more

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Zoo Miami features unique wild pig

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Zoo Miami is featuring one of the world’s rarest wild pigs for the first time.The zoo welcomed Watson, a 3-year-old babirusa which is usually found in Africa, Europe and Asia.Watson was born at the Saint Louis Zoo and came to Zoo Miami on loan from the Bronx Zoo in New York.He looks different than the average wild pig because of his tusks. Most have them at the bottom of their mouth, but this type of pig has an additional pair that sits right on top of their nose.This is the first time that Zoo Miami has exhibited this unique wild pig.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Boy dies after being pulled unresponsive from Coral Springs lake

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A 4-year-old boy who had been reported missing from a Coral Springs residential complex has died after he was pulled unresponsive from a nearby lake.Coral Springs Police responded to a report of a missing child along the 1000 block of Northwest 116th Avenue, in the southwest part of the city, late Sunday afternoon.Coral Springs-Parkland Fire units also arrived at the scene.Officials said the boy’s father had called police saying he had taken his son to a playground and had been on his phone for a few minutes when he noticed the boy was no longer in the playground area.Officers at the scene found the missing child’s toy floating in the lake near the complex.Rescue divers went into the water and pulled the boy out less than 10 minutes after officers had responded to the scene.Paramedics transported the boy to Broward Health Coral Springs, where he was pronounced dead. Coral Springs Police Officer Tyler Reik said these accidents happen frequently, and that’s why teaching children how to swim is so important.“It happens way too often, not only in Coral Springs, but all over South Florida,” he said. “There’s bodies of water everywhere, between swimming pools, canals, lakes, the ocean. [I’m] just trying to get the parents to learn to teach their children to swim.”Police continue to investigate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Modi govt means business there is great deal of accountability Air chief

first_imgBut what is considered a departure from the practices of his predecessors, he took sides in the political comparison between the erstwhile UPA II government and incumbent NDA II administration. When asked whether he considered the Modi government being faster in decision-making and implementation than Manmohan Singh, he said: ‘This government means business. We (the chiefs) meet the defence minister every month. There is a greater degree of accountability of the bureaucracy. Every measure is being taken to increase the pace of action.’ Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIHe acknowledged that the IAF had a large number of ‘legacy aircrafts,’ which lead to problems in procurement and availability of spares, and thus lead to ‘cannibalisation’ some of the mothballed aircrafts. ‘We would like to have more spares in our possession at the maintenance divisions, because it takes a long time to get the components.’ACM Raha called the IAF’s relationship with the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) as being of ‘conjoined twins’. ‘We are working together with the view that operational requirements of IAF is met in quickest time,’ he said. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindHe supported the recent decision of the defence ministry to acquire helicopters – both attack and light utility – from indigenous sources. Raha said: ‘I do not think that the indigenously built helicopters will take very long (to be built).’The CAS also revealed that with the controversial Agusta Westland AW101 VVIP transport helicopters are not flying anymore. And he indicated that the Mi-17V5s will fly as VVIP transport.Talking about having a permanent chairman of the chiefs of staff committee as recommended by the Naresh Chandra committee, Raha, who is the current rotating chairman, stated: ‘This government is working faster on the recommendations. All the three services have agreed to having a permanent chairman or chief of defence services (CDS). Let us hope that the recommendation is implemented soon.’He also indicated that some of the recently opened advanced landing grounds like Nyoma in the north-east of the country on the Sino-Indian boundary, will take longer in becoming fully fledged airfield.Raha, in his capacity as the chairman COAS, stated that certain ‘compulsions’ drive the Chinese forces to transgress the Line of Actual Control (LAC). ‘These kind of incidents will continue,’ he said.last_img read more

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Another patient with flulike symptoms admitted to ID Hospital

first_imgKolkata: Rajesh Mondal, another contractual labourer from Domkal in Murshidabad, who went to Kerala for work a few days ago, was admitted to Beliaghata ID Hospital with fever on Tuesday.He has been kept in the isolation ward of the hospital with flu like symptoms. Mondal is the third patient to get admitted to Beliaghata ID Hospital with similar symptoms, when affected by Nipah Virus. Asif Mondal, another resident from Murshidabad was admitted to the hospital on Monday. Asif had been suffering from fever for the past 20 days. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe repeated incidents of patients getting admitted to Beliaghata ID Hospital with flu like symptoms had spread the Nipah virus scare as all the three victims had visited Kerala at some point of time.The state Health department has, however, confirmed that first victim, Safiqul Haq was not suffering from Nipah. In case of the other two, the hospital authorities and health department are yet to confirm the cause of their fever. A senior official at the Health department has urged people not to spread panic as it could complicate the situation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe said there is nothing to worry about because no such cases have been traced in the state yet. The health department has already issued alert to all the hospitals across the state asking them to report if any suspected case is found.The city doctors have, however, said that fruit bats are among the carriers of the virus that is named after Kampung Sungai Nipah, a Malaysian village that first witnessed an outbreak in 1998. In case of a Nipah virus attack, the mortality is rate is much higher than other diseases. The tests are done only at National Institute of Virology. The city doctors have advised against consuming half-eaten fruits.According to doctors, the infected humans can develop encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. The symptoms, typically starts about 5 to 14 days after the infection, including high fever, headache, drowsiness and disorientation that can advance to coma and death. Some patients also have respiratory distress.The doctors advised people to avoid fruits that are pricked birds or animals, wash hands if anybody comes in contact with animals. People are also advised to wear masks and gloves and take adequate care to stop coming in contact with body fluids if one is caring for patients. Using N95 mask is also advisable if someone is travelling or working in infected public places.last_img read more

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Tripartite meet on minimum wages of tea garden workers to be held

first_imgSiliguri: The crucial tripartite meeting on minimum wages for tea garden workers has been postponed to August 6. Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak is expected to announce the minimum wage amount calculated by the state government from Uttarkanya on that day.Earlier, the meeting had been slated for July 31. “Due to the ongoing Assembly session, the meeting had been deferred to August 6,” stated Zai Ur Alam, Convenor of the Joint Forum of Tea Unions (a conglomeration of 26 operating tea unions). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Joint Forum, demanding the implementation of minimum wages in the tea gardens, had called for a closure of all of them in North Bengal on July 23, 24 and 25 along with a general strike in the tea belt on July 24. Though the unions operational in the Hills had decided not to enforce the bandh, they had called for stopping tea dispatch from the Hill’s gardens. However, following the tripartite talks in Uttarkanya, the Mini Secretariat in Jalpaiguri district on July 17, the Forum had decided to keep the agitation on hold with assurances that the state Law minister would announce the minimum wage amount calculated by the state government in the next round of talks on July 31. The minimum wage is being calculated taking into consideration the various components including the cost of food, clothing, housing and the 1:3 composition (three dependents per worker). At present, the daily wage cash component is Rs 159.last_img read more

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Nanritam gets Swami Vivekananda medal for opening 100bed eye hospital

first_imgKOLKATA: Swami Suvirananda, general secretary Ramakrishna Math and Mission, presented Swami Vivekananda medal to Nanritam, an NGO that has set up a 100-bed eye hospital to treat people coming from economically challenged background.Nanritam was started in 2002 by a few like-minded professionals who had one common inspiration to guide them – Swami Lokeswaranandaji Maharaj of Ramakrishna Mission and his ideal of service to mankind. Bharati Bakshi, a medical practitioner and Ranjana Sengupta toiled hard to give the organisation a shape. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalLokeswarananda Eye Foundation is a 100-bed eye-hospital at Barandanga village of Para in Purulia. The hospital offers service to poor people and many well-known eye surgeons from Kolkata attend the hospital to offer free service. Not only in Purulia, the hospital has gained popularity among people in South Bengal and who come from neighbouring districts for treatment. The services that are offered include — OPD Services and consultation with eye-surgeons and the services, Cataract Operation, treatment for Posterior Segment Blindness, Glaucoma and Retinal Disorder corrections. The other areas where Nanritam provides service include child development through quality education, treatment to the physically and psychologically challenged children, skill training with employment/entrepreneurship support, integrated rural development through farmers and training facilities.last_img read more

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