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LeT commander Ayub Lelhari killed in Pulwama

first_imgTop commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was killed in an ambush in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on Wednesday, as two recently injured security personnel succumbed to their injuries. Muhammad Ayub Lone alias Ayub Lelhari was killed in an ambush laid on the Pulwama-Srinagar stretch. Police sources said Lelhari, who was “No.1 LeT local militant” from Pulwama, was spotted travelling in a vehicle after a specific tip off. “It was a brief encounter,” said the police spokesman.Lelhari, also considered the main local face of the LeT in south Kashmir, was once close confidante of slain LeT operation commander Abu Dujana. Sources said the vehicle carrying Lelhari was ambushed at Pulwama’s Banderpora area. “The militant tried to flee towards an apple orchard but was fired upon and killed,” said the official. A policeman was also injured in the encounter.Sources said Lelhari was being shifted to Srinagar for treatment after he suffered injuries in the 16-hour Samboora gunfight in Shopian on Sunday, in which three militants including Hizbul Mujahideen operational commander Yasin Itoo were killed.“He (Lelhari) was one of the most wanted terrorists. It’s a great success for the forces,” said Director General of Police, J&K, S.P. Vaid.Injured jawans dead Meanwhile, a CRPF jawan, identified as Constable Reyaz Ahmad, who was injured in a grenade attack by militants in Budgam district on Monday, succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday in a Srinagar hospital.An Army spokesman said injured soldier, Narendra Singh, who sustained bullet injuries from across the Line of Control in Rampur Sector on August 7, also succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday.Lt. Gen. J.S. Sandhu, Chinar Corps Commander, and all ranks “paid homage to the martyr”. Singh (43) had joined the Army in 1994 and hailed from Village Haripur in Dehradun. He is survived by his wife Asha Devi and two daughters.“The mortal remains of the martyr were flown for last rites to his native village in Dehradun where he would be laid to rest with full military honours,” said the army spokesman. LeT reacts to PM’s speechMeanwhile, militant LeT on Wednesday said it rejects Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “fake sympathy”.“It is a long followed tradition by Chanakya puppets as a saying goes, ‘Malice concealed behind sweet talk’. If Mr. Modi is concerned about the Kashmir issue then why youth are being martyred on a daily basis?” LeT chief Mehmood Shah in a statment issued in Srinagar.He said Mr. Modi “is denying the ground realities”. “Muslims are being selectively targeted. Freedom of religion is scarce in Kashmir. If Mr. Modi is concerned about the solution to the Kashmir dispute, then he must vacate Indian forces and let the UN resolutions be implemented,” he said.last_img read more

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Free treatment for accident victims

first_imgOdisha government on Saturday extended free treatment to accident victims in private hospitals having trauma care facilities of level-1 standard, for 48 hours. “Golden Hour is very crucial for any road accident victim,” said the State Commerce and Transport department in a statement.“For reimbursement of the treatment cost, ₹4 crore is being provided at the first instance to the Health and Family Welfare Department out of Odisha Road Safety Fund,” it said.last_img

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Maradona to visit Kolkata for a 2-day trip in September

first_imgKolkata, May 3 (PTI) Argentine legend Diego Maradona is set to kick off the football carnival in India during his September 18-19 visit, about a month ahead of the City of Joys historic date with FIFA U-17 World Cup Final. This will be the 1986 World Cup winners second visit to the city after December 2008 when thousands of fans gathered to welcome him past midnight at the airport. Confirming this in a video-conference call with the promoter of the trip in the wee hours today, the 56-year-old said he is very excited to visit West Bengal after nearly 10 years. “It is such an honour for me to be able to make this trip. Kolkata is a very special place and I have good memories from my trip there many years ago, the fans were fantastic,” Maradona said. “India is a very passionate football nation, and I look forward to meeting a whole new generation of fans while continuing to spread the overwhelming love that I have for this beautiful game.” The two-day visit to the city will be made more special as the icon will play a charity football match against citys favourite son and former India captain Sourav Ganguly on September 19, the day of Mahalaya that marks the beginning of Durga Puja festival. “This will be called the Match for Unity, and will not be an 11-a-side. We will try to ensure that Maradona remains in the spotlight. Besides Ganguly there will be a host of other celebrities. We are finalising the venue,” Satadru Dutta, who is the partner of 7d Ventures and Founder of Moksh Sports Ventures, the promoter of Maradonas trip told PTI. Maradona will also be felicitated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “It will be followed with an award show where Maradona will be given the Lifetime Achievement award by the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee,” Dutta said. “We will also be having a football workshop with budding young talents as well,” he added. Maradona will also be felicitated by Ami Banglai Dheki Swapno, a foundation consisting of eminent people of Bengal. The trip is sponsored by Dhulaiwala, an app-based laundry services as the Argentine legend will be seen inaugurating the Dhulaiwala palace. Dr Matias Morla, advocate of Maradona said, “We thank Satadru Dutta for making this visit a reality and look forward to have a wonderful time specially during the festive times in Kolkata.” PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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5 Best Cities to Celebrate Oktoberfest Outside of Germany

first_img 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races Summer — particularly here in the United States — seems to have quietly fizzled out this year. It’s time to expect wall-to-wall leaf-peeping news coverage and pumpkin-flavored everything. But, even more importantly, it’s time for Oktoberfest. If Munich isn’t quite on your radar — maybe you hate crowds or lederhosen — there are plenty of alternative destinations to celebrate the iconic German event. Here are five of our favorites.Cincinnati, OhioNorth AmericaOnly a few spots remain for the annual Running of the Wieners race at Oktoberfest. Be sure to get your pup signed up soon! https://t.co/FeHlCI1uXm pic.twitter.com/6ieEYfTTs9— Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (@OktoberfestZinz) September 4, 2018We can’t lie: Cincinnati isn’t tops on our bucket list either (well, not until recently anyway). But the Ohio city has one very big thing going for it: It’s home to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the world’s second largest Oktoberfest and bested only by Munich. Thanks to the massive influx of German immigrants in the 19th century, it boasts one of the largest such populations in the United States. More than half a million people attend each year when the festival kicks off with the annual Running of the Wieners dachshund race.Blumenau, BrazilSouth AmericaOktoberfest BlumenauIt’s difficult to imagine Brazil as a hotspot of German-themed revelry, but the charming town of Blumenau (dubbed Brazil’s “Little Germany”), neatly situated between Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro, hosts the largest and best Oktoberfest-themed party in South America. It’s no surprise when you consider that the town was founded in the mid-1800s by German immigrants. To this day, more than 30 percent of residents are of German descent and some of the most prominent buildings in town feature a curious mix of Bavarian and colonial architecture found in few other places around the world. Every year,  more than 500,000 people take part in the Oktoberfest event.Hong KongAsiaThe Marco Polo German Bierfest/FacebookA hotel parking lot in Asia hardly sounds like the ideal spot for a proper Oktoberfest event, but that’s precisely where you’ll find the continent’s largest and longest-running Bavarian party. The luxurious Marco Polo Hotel is situated on a surprisingly beautiful waterfront with sweeping views of the Hong Kong skyline. Here, thousands gather each year to ring in the festivities with vats of bier and themed events like keg tosses and stein-holding contests.BrisbaneAustraliaOktoberfest BrisbaneOf the surprising number of Oktoberfest events in Australia, Brisbane is home to the largest. For six days every year, the city’s visitors and locals trade in their giant cans of Fosters (kidding) for legit märzen, bratwurst, and oompah bands. The independent event has remained largely unchanged for the last decade. The two Australian-German families behind the scenes ensure that only around 40,000 tickets are sold each year to keep the event intentionally small.Cape Town, South AfricaAfricaWhile Cape Town is best known for world-class winemaking and out-of-this-world adventure opportunities, it’s also the site of Africa’s best Oktoberfest-style celebration. Bierfest is a three-city event that travels through three South African cities each year: Durban, Pretoria, and Cape Town. A 4,000-seat tent is pitched in each city, under which attendees can enjoy costume contests, traditional oompah bands, and, of course, lots and lots of German beer. Sure, like Australia, it isn’t technically a fall event due to the city’s location south of the equator, but we’ll take any excuse to drink cowboy-boot-sized steins of German beer in Africa. 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention last_img read more

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Negotiations Under Way for Car Manufacturer to Operate out of Special Economic Zone

first_img The Special Economic Zones Act, which came into force on August 1, 2016, provides for the designation, promotion, development, operation, and management of the zones, the establishment of a Special Economic Zone Authority, and the granting of incentives in order to attract domestic and foreign investments. Story Highlights Negotiations are far advanced with a motor-vehicle manufacturer to operate out of one of the six special economic zones (SEZs) that have already been designated by the Government. Chairman of the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority, Metry Seaga, said that the entity’s operations will mainly entail assembly. Negotiations are far advanced with a motor-vehicle manufacturer to operate out of one of the six special economic zones (SEZs) that have already been designated by the Government.Chairman of the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority, Metry Seaga, said that the entity’s operations will mainly entail assembly.“We actually have some of the vehicles here now, and it’s a programme we’re working towards… (and) we’re just trying to finalise it. But Jamaicans will be able to get cars… at significantly lower prices,” he pointed out.Mr. Seaga was speaking recently on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) news magazine programme, ‘Issues and Answers’.SEZs represent a wide variety of geographically demarcated areas that offer simple and efficient business regulations and procedures for investors.The Special Economic Zones Act, which came into force on August 1, 2016, provides for the designation, promotion, development, operation, and management of the zones, the establishment of a Special Economic Zone Authority, and the granting of incentives in order to attract domestic and foreign investments.The six zones already designated are Cazoumar, Barnett Tech Park, and Montego Bay Free Zone in St. James; Kingston Free Zone, Garmex, and Kingston Wharves Limited in the Corporate Area.The Jamaican Government envisions that SEZs will attract investment and new economic activities to Jamaica, and generate employment.Mr. Seaga said he is anticipating a huge uptick in manufacturing, business process outsourcing (BPO), services and shipping, from the accompanying tax-incentive regime.Under the regime, entities operating within and through the zones, whether as manufacturers, importers/exporters or providers of goods and services, will benefit from income-tax reductions or exemptions.The measure, he said, will result in lower prices to consumers, where the companies are the sole suppliers in Jamaica of the goods and services being provided.“So, let’s say Sony decides to come to Jamaica to manufacture televisions… those televisions will be sold in the local market as if they were a local product, simply because there is no competition for that product here. So, Jamaicans would benefit from lower-priced televisions,” the Chairman explained.He said these benefits would not apply if there is a local manufacturer of the product being supplied, as this would constitute direct competition.Mr. Seaga said local manufacturers and producers operating through the SEZs, whether directly or as subcontractors will also benefit from the incentives being offered.He told JIS News that the objective of the SEZs is to “get the right mix of people and the right mix of products”.“What we are looking for are non-competing products. So, we don’t want people who are (brewing) beer, for example, because we already have a very mature beer market in Jamaica. It is our (Authority) duty to work with (entities like) JAMPRO to make sure that we get the right investment pool,” he pointed out.last_img read more

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26 dead over 50 injured in UP dust storm lightning

first_imgLucknow: A severe dust storm and lightning in various parts of Uttar Pradesh claimed at least 26 lives and left 57 people injured as houses and walls collapsed and trees were uprooted, prompting authorities to launch large-scale relief operations on Friday.Mainpuri district bore the worst brunt of the vagaries of nature late on Thursday night as six people died there in separate cases of wall collapse and lightning, the state relief commissioner said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistForty-one people were injured in the district and uprooted trees blocked vehicular movement on the state highways, leading to massive jams for a considerable amount of time. Police said most of the injuries occurred when people sleeping inside their mud houses were caught unawares by the thunderstorm, which was accompanied by rain, leading to wall collapse. People were also injured when signboards and hoardings got snapped at several places and fell on them, the police said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France”While six people died in Mainpuri, three each died in Etah and Kasganj, two each in Farrukhabad and Barabanki, and one each in Moradabad, Badaun, Pilibhit, Mathura, Kannauj, Sambhal, Ghaziabad, Amroha, Badaun and Mahoba in incidents related to dust storm and lightning,” data released by the state relief commissioner said. An official press note said different parts of the state witnessed dust storms late on Thursday evening, resulting in a wall collapse and uprooting of trees. Thirty-one cattle died and 16 houses were also damaged in the incidents, officials said. Massive power cuts were reported from various parts of the state, including Lucknow, as electricity lines got snapped in the gale. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials to take all necessary measures to provide relief to the affected people.last_img read more

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Assam docs abstain from work to protest colleagues killing

first_imgGuwahati: Doctors in Assam were on a 24-hour strike on Tuesday to protest the assault on an elderly doctor at a tea garden that led to his death, officials said. Emergency services have been kept out of the purview of the stir. Seventy three-year-old Dr Deben Dutta had succumbed to his injuries after being assaulted by relatives of a tea garden worker who died while undergoing treatment at a hospital at Teok Tea Estate in Jorhat district on Saturday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Responding to a call by the Assam unit of the Indian Medical Association, doctors at government and private hospitals as well as consultation chambers are staying away from work from 6 am but attending emergency services, they said. Doctors, including junior medical practitioners, in six government medical college hospitals and civil hospitals, family referral units and primary health centres are providing services only in emergency and casualty departments, health department officials said. The IMA has demanded that the government ensure exemplary punishment to the culprits and beef up security measures like installing surveillance cameras in all health establishments including those in tea gardens. A total of 26 people have been taken into custody from Teok tea estate in connection with the doctor’s killing. Inspector General of Police (law and order) Deepak Kedia visited the tea estate to take stock of the situation. Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Roshni Aparanji Korati had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the assault on Dutta, who was working in the tea garden hospital after his retirement without remuneration.last_img read more

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Public service for Maple Leafs legend Johnny Bower planned for later date

first_imgThe Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Thursday that the club will host a celebration of life honouring legend Johnny Bower.The event, which will include past and present Maple Leaf players and guests from the NHL, will be open to the public and will take place at the Air Canada Centre on Jan. 3.Bower, a Hall of Fame goaltender who remained a beloved face of the Leafs long after his retirement from the NHL, died Tuesday at age 93 after a short battle with pneumonia.A private funeral for Bower has also been planned and will be held in Oakville, Ont.Bower spent 11 seasons with the Maple Leafs and led them to four Stanley Cup titles, including their last one in 1967.last_img

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Minister Joly Appoints Acting Chair of the Canadian Radiotelevision and Telecommunications Commission

first_imgAdvertisement GATINEAU, QC, June 19, 2017 – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced the appointment of Judith A. Larocque as acting chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The Governor in Council approved the interim appointment for a term of four months, effective June 18, 2017. Ms. Larocque previously served as acting vice-chair of the CRTC (November 2016 to May 2017).A dedicated public servant, Ms. Larocque has extensive experience in the broadcasting field. This interim appointment will ensure the continuous and efficient operation of the CRTC.Selection processes at the CRTC, including for the position of chair, were launched on January 23, 2017, and are open, transparent and merit-based. They are ongoing. Appointments will be announced in due course. Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission We would like to thank Mr. Blais for his five years of service and his commitment to the CRTC.Quotes“In our changing world, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission works to ensure that all Canadians have access to a world-class communication system. It’s a challenging task, and I would like to thank Ms. Larocque for agreeing to stay on the CRTC team as acting chair.”— The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian HeritageQuick FactsIn 2016, the Government of Canada adopted a new approach that requires a selection process for full- and part-time positions.All appointment opportunities for the 18 organizations in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio are posted as they become available on the Governor in Council Appointments website.Associated Links Advertisement Advertisement http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/home-accueil.htm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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BJJ World Champion Despite Lack of Support I Want to Raise

Rabat – He started with shot-put and hammer throw, moving on to rugby and judo before finding his calling just six years ago: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).With his imposing physique and a hunger for success, the 28-year-old Moroccan athlete Seif-Eddine Hoummine has managed to rise to the top of the game, gaining two world titles.In conversation with Morocco World News interview, the Oujda native, now living in France, talks about his career, his dreams, and why he chose to represent Morocco. During the World Games in Wroclow, Poland, you the 94+ kg gold. This is your second gold medal in a major tournament after Abu Dhabi World in 2014. What does feel like to be a world champion for the second time?Honestly, it was a very special feeling to win the World Games which are organized by the Olympic Committee every four years and are similar to the Olympic Games. My dream was to make the national anthem resonate for the first time in this sport, knowing that I’m only Moroccan to have participated.You chose to represent Morocco in BJJ tournaments even though you could have represented France. Why did you made this choice?Honestly, France is a country that welcomed me with open arms. I benefited from its facilities for my trainings, where I train with French coaches and athletes. My choice to represent Morocco is innate. I love my country despite the obstacles [I encounter] and the lack of moral and financial support.The desire to represent the Moroccan flag has been engrained in me. I have had offers to play for other countries but [no], not without my Morocco. Only true Moroccans feel this. Despite difficulties, [I believe] I made the right choice.Still, it remains a hard choice. Several media outlets reported that you receive no support from Moroccan sports authorities. Is this true?It is a hard choice because France provides its athletes with trainings at INSEP (Institut national du sport, de l’expertise et de la performance), bonuses, the necessary equipment, and allowances, whereas [in Morocco] I find myself alwaysbattling with the Royal Federation of Judo to finance one tournament per year with a budget that does not exceed EUR1200. Everytime I have to contact the Ministry of Sports to intervene. With my participations in other tournaments, I finance them by myself.During the World Games,July 20 to30, I found myself alone, with no coach or official and [no] allowance from Morocco.Don’t you feel disheartened by all this? Doesn’t it make regret your choice?On the contrary. I strongly believe in change. One day or the other, things will change. I remain positive. We are forging the path for our children. If everybody does the same, people who misappropriate money destined to sports and sports men will be obliged to resign and vacate their places to true citizens who love their country.How much time and money is needed to prepare for a major tournament such as the World Games or Abu Dhabi World?For Abu Dhabi, I needed to go Rio de Janeiro for a month and a half to train with the best world [BJJ professionals]. You need four months of full preparation and a minimum budget of EUR6000 and juggle work and sports because one can’t make a living from this sport.What do you do to find both the necessary money and the will to keep up your sports career?I came to an understanding with my employer to work three days out of seven to be able to train. For money, one has to tighten his belt. As for the will, [I find it in the desire] to become the first Moroccan athlete to raise the Moroccan flag in this sport in order to motivate future generation to invest in sports despite financial difficulties.Talking about the future, what are Seif Eddine Houmine’s other ambitions? I want to continue my sports career till the end, win more world title and the World Games Beach. In the end, I want to found a club or severalin Morocco and teach [BJJ]. read more

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Libya UN welcomes adoption of electoral laws

Media reports indicate that Libyan authorities yesterday finalized the laws, which set out details on the holding of elections later this year to choose a national assembly, which will have the task of drawing up a new constitution.In a statement released in Tripoli, the capital, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) underlined that the electoral process, including the drafting of the new laws, is Libyan-led. The mission has provided technical assistance to the National Transitional Council (NTC) and is ready to assist the newly created Higher National Electoral Commission.“The first free election for over four decades will provide an opportunity for Libyans to exercise their democratic rights to participate in a process which will shape the future of their country,” the statement noted.“UNSMIL remains committed, as mandated by the UN Security Council, to assist and support Libyan national efforts to undertake political dialogue, promote national reconciliation and embark upon the electoral process.”UNSMIL’s head, Ian Martin, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, travelled to the coastal city of Sirte yesterday to meet with representatives of the local council, the military council and civil society. Sirte was one of the cities hit hardest during the fighting last year.“I wanted to see for myself the extent of destruction this city suffered as a result of the war,” he said. “Amid this destruction, I was deeply impressed by the efforts of the people who have already done much to bring life back to the city, with as yet little support.”Local council members said their biggest concerns now include education, health care, reconstruction, mine action, clarifying the fate of those still missing since the conflict ended, and the situation facing internally displaced persons (IDPs).Mr. Martin said UN staff will return to Sirte in the coming days to discuss further how the world body can assist in the reconstruction and recovery of the city. 9 February 2012The United Nations political mission in Libya today welcomed the North African country’s adoption of new electoral laws, calling the move “an important step in Libya’s transition to democracy.” read more

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Corruption an insidious menace to economic and social development Annan

“[Corruption] debases democracy, undermines the rule of law, distorts markets, stifles economic growth, and denies many their rightful share of economic resources or life-saving aid,” Mr. Annan said yesterday in a message to mark the beginning of The Executive Programme on Corruption Control and Organizational Integrity co-founded by the UN and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.The UN is in the frontline in the fight against corruption, Mr. Annan noted, adding that such efforts must however begin at home, and hence the need to join hands with Harvard to strengthen the training required to take “a closer look at our internal governance and professional ethics.” “A major step forward is expected later this year when Member States gather in Mexico City to sign a United Nations Convention Against Corruption,” the Secretary-General said. The Convention would ensure the criminalization of diverse forms of corruption and oblige Member States to take effective preventive measures to protect the dignity of their institutions and procedures.”By contributing to poverty and a sense of hopelessness, corruption can be a midwife of terrorism, trafficking in people, and other threats to human security,” Mr. Annan warned. The message was delivered by Dileep Nair, Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services. read more

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Removing deadly mines means new horizons and hope clears a path to

“All people have the right to live in security, and not fear their next step”, António Guterres spelled out in his message, lauding mine action, which “clears paths and creates safe ground on which homes can be built or rebuilt” and “changes mindsets so that people know how to protect themselves”.Moreover, the UN chief described it as “giving people and communities new horizons and hope”.Let us reaffirm our commitment to eradicating the horrendous damage caused by landmines – UN chiefFor more than 20 years, the United Nations has helped States free themselves from the threat of mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices.This year, the Organization has launched “Safe Ground”, a new strategy and campaign to “ensure that no one, no State, and no war zone is left behind”.The campaign links mine action, sport and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by showing how clearing minefields, brings communities together and raises awareness about mine victims, and survivors of armed conflict.“With this global campaign, our aim is to turn minefields into playing fields, and to raise resources for victims and survivors of armed conflict”, Mr. Guterres asserted.The Secretary-General called on all States to “provide political and financial support for mine action” and urged all that have not yet acceded to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and associated Protocols, and the Convention on Cluster Munitions, to “do so without delay”.“For prevention, protection, and lasting peace, universalization of these treaties is essential and strict compliance with International Humanitarian Law is a must”, he stated.[Somalia] UNMAS identified 37 locations contaminated by explosive hazards and destroyed 3,219 explosive remnants of war in 2018. Clearance activities save lives and free land from explosives. #SafeGround #IMAD2019 pic.twitter.com/c0u745gT0y— UNMAS (@UNMAS) April 4, 2019 He paid tribute to the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and to the “women and men who show extraordinary bravery in advancing this vital work, literally step-by-step”.  “On this International Day for Mine Awareness, let us reaffirm our commitment to eradicating the horrendous damage caused by landmines and assisting those who have been harmed by their use”, concluded the Secretary-General.  In the fieldPainfully aware of the mine risks in Syria, the UN office there said in a statement that “providing explosive hazard risk education, clearance, and victim assistance is one of the main humanitarian priorities in the country”.They do this through awareness raising, survey and clearance, and by addressing the needs of survivors and those affected.The Senior UNMAS Programme Manager in South Sudan, another key nation for their work, said this week that demining “is doable” in that country.“We are into the endgame now, and we need support to see this one through”, Richard Boulter elaborated. “It is a three to five-year problem, and then this goes away.”He continued, saying that “if the powers that be don’t want to see a particular area cleared of dangers, there are still other places where we can go to work…when peace comes to town – when sanity comes to town – we can go back and do our job there.”Seeing is believingIn marking the Day, “Safe Ground” events have been held around the world, such as a football tournament in Gaza and road races in Iraq, Lebanon and Colombia.In New York, a hands-on workshop allowed ordinary people to participate in mock-demining activities.One of the “guys in the bomb suits”, UNMAS Threat Mitigation Advisor Will Meurer. walked UN News through a de-mining demonstration, explaining that “mine awareness is a very large component in improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which so many people now have to deal with”.He exhibited IEDs that, once used by “the good guys”, have been repurposed with explosives and attached to drones for targeting; others that are “victim operated”, which buried in the ground, are set off when stepped on or driven over; and those on a timer or detonated on command, suicide vests fell into this category.Mr. Meurer underscored that IEDs are increasingly impacting the UN across all its mission areas – from humanitarian responses to development. read more

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Ohio State running game looks to establish fresh identity

OSU sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAs new players sift in and out of a college football program, the identity of the team ebbs and flows. At Ohio State, that’s especially pronounced when it comes to the running game.After finishing fifth nationally in rushing yards per game last season, the Buckeyes are ranked 81st two weeks into 2014. In OSU’s most recent game — a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech under the Ohio Stadium lights on Saturday — the team managed a measly 108 yards on the ground.Of those 108 yards, just 58 came from players listed as running backs on the depth chart. Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett accounted for 70 yards, while taking 24 of the team’s 40 total carries in the game. Sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson had negative five yards on two carries, while the team was credited with negative 15 yards.While Barrett spent much of the game running for his life as the pocket broke down around him, the Hokies succeeded in keeping Buckeyes’ playbook largely closed. Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin said after the loss the running game is important when it comes to setting up the rest of the offense, but the Buckeyes have not been able to establish their ground game so far this season.“The run game opens up the entire offense,” Baldwin said. “You start play action and drop back passes they (the opposition) are not ready for. It really just opens up everything and we just weren’t able to get it started.”While the Buckeyes tried to use the passing game to open up the running game against Virginia Tech — Barrett had 29 pass attempts compared to just 15 in week one against Navy — Barrett’s nine completions didn’t cut it as the Hokies kept the pressure on Barrett throughout the game.Two games into the season, OSU coach Urban Meyer said this year’s Buckeyes want to emulate the 2013 team’s offensive identity — albeit with more focus on the passing game — but didn’t have a chance to do it against the Midshipmen or the Hokies.“Our offensive identity would be last year with a little more balance and throwing the ball is who we’d like to be,” Meyer said Monday. “That’s kind of what we’re built for schematically.”Meyer went on to say that the running game this season should feature more of a perimeter attack — partially because of the absence of former Buckeye running back Carlos Hyde — but the Hokies’ defense negated that.With the running game stalled, the team turned to the air, which OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton said made it difficult to get rolling on offense.“Any time you feel one-dimensional in a game like that, it’s very frustrating,” Drayton said Monday. “Doesn’t mean the game is going to stop because you’re frustrated, we’ve just got to find the rhythm against a defense like that.”Meyer said he doesn’t expect to see another defense like Virginia Tech — except, perhaps, against Michigan State — but Drayton said the Buckeyes’ offense should “absolutely” have the ability to attack any defense. He added that in order to do that, the team has to keep Barrett out of pressure.“We have to do a better job of protecting our quarterback, a young quarterback who’s experiencing some things for the first time,” Drayton said. “We’ve got to make him feel confident in the people around him.”Out of last year’s offensive line — which was successful in protecting the quarterback — four have moved on to the NFL while the fifth, junior Taylor Decker, slid over to left tackle. Along with those four linemen, the loss of Hyde has forced OSU to try to re-imagine the running game.Drayton said losing Hyde isn’t necessarily good or bad, but simply forces OSU to change its style.Hyde now plays for the San Francisco 49ers and tallied 50 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in his NFL debut Sunday.Through two games, OSU’s new production hasn’t materialized as the best rushing output from a running back was freshman Curtis Samuel’s 45 yards against Navy.While Samuel’s debut was promising as he averaged 6.4 yards per carry, he was handed the ball just five times against the Hokies, totaling 26 yards. He has been the most efficient running back in the offense, but sophomore Ezekiel Elliott has had the most carries at 20, and redshirt-senior Rod Smith — who was listed as a co-starter with Elliott and Samuel — has totaled just two carries, both against Navy, so far this season.“We have a lot of things different right now,” Drayton said. “Offensively we have to fit our skill set, and what they (the running backs) bring to the table is a lot different than what (Hyde) was able to bring to the table last year.”The Buckeyes’ running game is set for another chance to establish an identity on Saturday. OSU is scheduled to take on Kent State at noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Youth football coach was on straight road when he crashed into tree

A former youth football coach and scout whose car crashed into a tree on a straight road the day he was due to go on trial on historical sex abuse charges died of a traumatic brain injury, an inquest has heard.Michael “Kit” Carson, 75, had denied 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.The allegations involved 11 boys under the age of 16, between 1978 and 2009.Carson’s trial was listed to begin at Peterborough Crown Court on January 7, but he died in a single-vehicle crash that morning.Cambridgeshire’s senior coroner, David Heming, opening and adjourning an inquest in Huntingdon on Tuesday, said Carson was the driver of a Mazda 3 car which crashed off the A1303 at Bottisham, around seven miles east of Cambridge.”The circumstances as presently known are that the vehicle left the carriageway on to a wide grass verge and collided with a tree,” said Mr Heming.”Mr Carson suffered fatal injuries.”The cause of death provided by the post-mortem examination is a traumatic brain injury.”Carson died at the scene, with no other vehicles or people involved.The section of rural single-carriageway road where the collision took place is straight and has a 60mph speed limit. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It’s clear that there are further investigations to be done by Cambridgeshire Police concerning the circumstances of the accident,” Mr Heming said.”In addition, it’s routine in these types of investigations for samples to be sent for toxicological analysis and results of these specialist examinations of blood normally take approximately six weeks.”I would like to express my condolences and sympathy to the wife of the deceased.”Carson, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Riverside, Cambridge, had worked at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United.He was on bail at the time of his death.The hearing was adjourned until June 18 for a full inquest. read more

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New Epiroc Marketplace site offers quality used mining machinery

first_imgEpiroc has announced its new Epiroc Marketplace website which will simplify the process of searching for and purchasing used mining and construction equipment. Featuring a robust selection of quality pre-owned machines along with finance options, the site onnects customers with solutions such as drill rigs, loaders and trucks, rock drilling tools and hydraulic attachments to help supplement their equipment lineup.The Epiroc Marketplace site houses used equipment available at Epiroc stores and dealers across the US. Buyers can search for used equipment by product category and specific product. Each pre-owned product profile includes a photo, make, model and condition information, specifications, and the option to request a quote.Used products available through the frequently updated site include:Drill rigsExcavator attachmentsLoaders and trucksMechanical rock excavation equipmentRaise boring equipmentRock reinforcement equipmentRock drilling toolsVentilation systems.“Epiroc is committed to being a true partner with our customers,” said Mila Armer, Marketing Communications Manager at Epiroc. “The Epiroc Marketplace website helps our customers extend their fleet with quality, affordable used equipment that delivers safety, high productivity and peace of mind.”Epiroc Marketplace makes financing mining and construction equipment customisable to individual customer requirements and projections through Epiroc Customer Finance. Customers can work with Epiroc representatives to develop financing options that will help them acquire equipment without impacting other lines of credit. Epiroc offers leasing, hire-purchase, supplier credits and other types of financing.Support for Epiroc equipment and quality spare parts are accessible through the parts and services area of the website.Buyers can locate nearby Epiroc dealers with the Marketplace dealer locator tool.last_img read more

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China eases its onechild policy and abolishes labour camps

first_imgCHINA’S TOP LEGISLATIVE committee formally approved a loosening of the country’s hugely controversial one-child policy today.It also abolished “re-education through labour” camps, state media reported.The decisions were taken by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament, at the conclusion of a six-day meeting, according to Xinhua news agency.Reforms to the one-child policy will allow couples where either parent has no siblings to have two children, easing the strict family planning policy imposed more than three decades ago to prevent overpopulation in the world’s most populous nation.LaojiaoThe abolition of re-education through labour, known as “laojiao”, will see existing inmates freed, Xinhua reported.“Their remaining terms will not be enforced any more,” it quoted the NPC resolution as saying.China argues its one-child limit kept population growth in check and supported the country’s rapid development that has seen it soar from mass poverty to become the world’s second-largest economy.Until now, the law has prohibited couples from having more than one child, although exceptions already existed for couples where both spouses were only children, as well as for ethnic minorities and rural couples whose first child was a girl.But enforcement of the policy has at times been excessive. The public was outraged last year when photos circulated online of a woman forced to abort her baby seven months into her pregnancy.Now China faces looming demographic challenges, including a rapidly increasing elderly population, a shrinking labour force and male-female imbalances.More boys than girls China’s sex ratio has risen to 115 boys for every 100 girls, while the working population began to drop last year, Xinhua said earlier.The birth rate has fallen to about 1.5 since the 1990s, well below the replacement rate, it added.While the easing of the one-child policy – estimated to apply to around 10 million couples – has been welcomed, critics say that the state has retained the principle of deciding itself how many children people should have.A dark chapter of China’s recent historyProvincial congresses and their standing committees will decide on implementing the new policy “based on evaluation of local demographic situation and in line with the law on population and family planning as well as this resolution,” Xinhua said, citing the resolution document.The one-child policy reforms are expected to come into force in the first quarter of 2014, according to a senior official from the National Health and Family Planning Commission.The approval to end the labour camps, introduced more than half a century ago, closes the curtain on a dark aspect of the country’s modern history long criticised by human rights groups and which Chinese authorities admit is no longer viable.China began re-education through labour in 1957 as a speedy way to handle petty offenders. But the system – which allows a police panel to issue sentences of up to four years without trial – soon became rife with abuse.State media have cited the development of China’s legal system as making the camps “superfluous”, with their “historical mission” having come to an end.A UN report published in 2009 estimated that 190,000 people were held in the camps.But campaigners have questioned whether the move to shutter the camps is simply a cosmetic change and are closely watching whether they are substituted with new forms of control.The decisions came just days after the standing committee had expressed support for them and following promises by the ruling Communist Party at its Third Plenum meeting last month. Legislative approval was formally required to put them into effect.The Third Plenum meeting has historically been an occasion for the ruling party to expand reforms, and was the first such gathering since Xi Jinping took over as head of the party in November last year as part of a once-a-decade change in power.The party also pledged at the meeting to reduce the scope of the death penalty “step by step” – China is the world’s biggest judicial executioner – accelerate reforms to the household registration system and loosen controls on the economy by giving markets a “decisive” role in the allocation of resources.- © AFP 2013More: China gives Japan ‘severe reprimand’ over PM’s war shrine visitInterview: ‘I didn’t see any signs of fear,’- The man who oversaw Saddam’s execution speakslast_img read more

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Microsoft Chief of Research Doubts Tablet Popularity

first_imgMicrosoft thinks tablets are just a phase, or at least the head of research for Microsoft thinks so. Craig Mundie told the Sydney Morning Herald,I think there’s an important distinction – and frankly one we did not jump on at Microsoft fast enough – between mobile and portable. Mobile is something that you want to use while you are moving, and portable is something that you move and then use. These are going to bump into one another a little bit and so today you can see tablets and pads and other things that are starting to live in the space in between. Personally I don’t know whether that space will be a persistent one or not. […] I don’t know whether the big screen tablet pad category is going to remain with us or not This is a huge change from Microsoft, the company was behind a prior attempt to push tablets to consumers. Micosoft slowed down that push the mid 2000s. AdChoices广告Via Xbit Labslast_img read more

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RIM présente deux nouveaux BlackBerry

first_imgRIM présente deux nouveaux BlackBerryRIM vient de dévoiler deux nouveaux BlackBerry, le Bold 9790 et le Curve 9380. Deux smartphones qui fonctionnent avec la version 7 de l’OS de la firme canadienne, et qui seront lancés sur le marché dans les semaines à venir.RIM s’apprête à enrichir sa gamme de smartphones sous BlackBerry OS 7 de deux nouveaux modèles, les Bold 9790 et Curve 9380. S’ils sont tous les deux tactiles, ces smartphones différent sur de nombreux points.À lire aussiBlackBerry 10 : le smartphone de développement en image ?Le Curve 9380 est le premier smartphone d’entrée de gamme tout tactile de RIM. Doté d’un écran de 3,2 pouces avec une résolution de 480 x 360 pixels, il est équipé d’un capteur photo de 5 mégapixels et offre 1 GB de mémoire de stockage extensible avec une carte microSD. Le BlackBerry Bold 9790 embarque quant à lui un écran 2,45 pouces (640 x 480 pixels), et un processeur 1 GHz. Doté d’un clavier en façade, il dispose de 768 Mo de mémoire vive et 8 GB de mémoire interne extensible.Pour l’heure, RIM n’a pas encore précisé le prix de ses deux nouveaux BlackBerry, ni même leur date de lancement. Ils seront dans un premier temps commercialisés en Indonésie, puis seront lancés dans le reste du monde avant la fin de l’année.Le 18 novembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more