Omar calls for immediate dissolution of J&K Assembly, fresh elections

first_imgNational Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Wednesday called for the immediate dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and holding of fresh elections in the State.In a surprise move, the BJP on Tuesday pulled out of the three-year-old ruling coalition with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the State was placed under Governor’s rule on Wednesday morning.“The J&K state assembly should be dissolved immediately & fresh elections should take place as soon as appropriate. The former DCM has admitted that BJP can’t be trusted not to horsetrade for Govt formation,” Mr. Abdullah tweeted.The J&K state assembly should be dissolved immediately & fresh elections should take place as soon as appropriate. The former DCM has admitted that BJP can’t be trusted not to horsetrade for Govt formation. https://t.co/dbX4bK8goc— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 20, 2018  The former Chief Minister was reacting to BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta’s reported statement that his party was “working on something.”“I don’t think a new government will be formed anytime soon. Uncertainties are there, but we are working on something and people will get to know about it,” Mr. Gupta had reportedly said.Mr. Abdullah claimed that Mr. Gupta’s statement hinted at the BJP’s attempts to break other parties to form a government.“What do you mean ‘we are working on something’? The only ‘something’ would be to break other parties & make up the numbers to form a BJP Govt. Has the former DCM inadvertently spilled the beans?” Mr. Abdullah asked on Twitter.On a news report about Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh not being kept in the loop about the BJP’s decision to pull out of the government, he tweeted, “If this story is true & @HMOIndia didn’t know about the impending demise of the BJPDP alliance then the fact that it caught me & my colleagues by surprise is really no big deal.”last_img read more

Motolite spikers score; Army survives BanKo Perlas

first_imgPacifictown-Army recovered from a previous setback while Motolite finally got its footing as they turned back separate foes Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.Motolite, parading one of the best rosters in the league, at last nail its first win by beating BaliPure, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:15‘Perla’ intensifies into severe tropical storm00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting In-form Dutchman shoots for second straight win Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “We finished on a high note, that’s the important thing. We’re happy to be in the middle of the standings right now,” said PacificTown coach Kungfu Reyes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Channon Thompson clicked with the rest of the Motolite locals, including Maristela Layug, as they scored their first victory after a 0-4 start.Earlier, PacificTown-Army blasted BanKo Perlas with a 25-22, 23-25, 27-29, 25-20, 15-7, triumph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLady Troopers import Jenelle Jordan led the assault with 23 points, while fellow import Lena Lymareva-Flink and Honey Royse Tubino added 19 and 16 markers, respectively.Coming from a straight sets defeat at the hands of PetroGazz, PacificTown-Army scored its third win in five games. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View commentslast_img read more

AEK, Napoli Out of Europa League; Police Officer Dies in Spain

first_imgSerie A leader Napoli wasn’t good enough to advance in the Europa League on Thursday after it was knocked out in Germany by Leipzig. The last-of-32 round of matches was marred by a police officer’s death in Spain after clashes with fans ahead of the game between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow.Spanish police said the officer died in hospital after clashes outside San Mames Stadium in the Basque Country city of Bilbao in northern Spain. Spanish media said the officer died of cardiac arrest.Fans from both clubs were reportedly involved in the clashes.Heavyweights AC Milan and Arsenal made it through but the London club had to fight hard after an early surprise at home to Ostersund. Arsenal lost 2-1 but advanced 4-2 on aggregate.In other games, Ciro Immobile powered Lazio to the next round with a hat trick, Atletico Madrid scored only one goal but enjoyed a big 5-1 aggregate win over Copenhagen, while Celtic was eliminated by Russia’s Zenit. Borussia Dortmund secured a spot in the next round spot thanks to a late goal by Marcel Schmelzer.In Bilbao, police were escorting most Spartak fans into the stadium but a stray group started throwing flares and objects toward Athletic fans and police officers.Spartak won 2-1 in a result that sent the Spaniards through on a 4-3 aggregate.The draw for the last 16 is scheduled for Friday.Here’s a look at Thursday’s games:___NAPOLI OUTIn an encounter between two clubs that dropped down from the Champions League, it was Leipzig that made it through at the expense of Napoli despite a 2-0 loss at home on Thursday.Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri claps hands for his team after the Europa League soccer match between RB Leipzig and Napoli in Leipzig, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)Leipzig advanced on away goals with the aggregate score at 3-3 after winning the first leg 3-1.Piotr Zielinski put the visitors ahead in the 33rd minute after Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi deflected a shot into his path.Lorenzo Insigne added the second four minutes from time.Leipzig, currently fifth in the Bundesliga, stunned Napoli at home after coming from a goal down with three late strikes last week.___SWEDISH SHOCKAhead of Sunday’s League Cup final against Manchester City, Arsenal had an uncomfortable night against Ostersund. Manager Arsene Wenger made three changes to the team that won 3-0 in Sweden last week with Jack Wilshere captaining Arsenal in the playmaking role instead of Mesut Ozil.Arsenal’s defense looked particularly vulnerable and Ostersund struck twice within a minute in the middle of the first half. Both goals came on fast counterattacks through Hosam Aiesh and Ken Sema who gave Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina little chance.One goal away from forcing extra time, Sead Kolasinac came to Arsenal’s rescue two minutes into the second half with a goal from close range that reduced Ostersund’s lead to the final score of 2-1.___ATLETICO CRUISESKevin Gameiro stretched Atletico’s aggregate lead to 5-1 against Copenhagen after an early strike in Madrid to put the result beyond doubt with a 1-0 win.Atletico has reached two Champions League finals since winning the Europa League in 2012. It returned to the continent’s second-tier competition after a disappointing group phase in this season’s Champions League.___UNSTOPPABLE IMMOBILELazio rebounded from the first leg 1-0 loss to FCSB, thrashing the Romanian side 5-1 at home to make the next round.Immobile was unstoppable. He scored twice in the first half and added one more in the second for Lazio to reach 31 goals in all competitions this season. Substitute Bastos and Felipe Anderson added one each.___OTHER GAMESMilan went through 4-0 on aggregate after beating Bulgaria’s Ludogorets 1-0 at home.Dortmund showed signs of improved form recently, including a 3-2 win over Atalanta in the first leg. On Thursday, Rafael Toloi scored for the Italian side before Schmelzer equalized seven minutes from time for Borussia Dortmund to draw 1-1 and advance 4-3 overall.Dortmund’s players celebrate at the end of an Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Atalanta and Borussia Dortmund at the Mapei stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Germany’s Dortmund secured a next round spot thanks to a late goal by Marcel Schmelzer. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi said he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during the game in Italy.The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted: “2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands … really ?!”Marseille advanced despite a 1-0 loss at Braga after winning 3-0 at home.Salzburg beat Real Sociedad 2-1, a result that secures a spot in the next round for the Austrian side after drawing 2-2 in the first leg.Lokomotiv Moscow advanced after eliminating French club Nice 4-2 on aggregate with a 1-0 victory in the second leg in Moscow.Zenit erased Celtic’s first leg 1-0 win with a 3-0 victory after goals from Branislav Ivanovic, Daler Kuzyaev and Aleksandr Kokorin to advance 3-1 on aggregate.Also, Lyon made it through 4-1 overall after a 1-0 away win at Villarreal.A 0-0 draw was enough for Dynamo Kiev against AEK after a 1-1 draw in Athens.Athen’s Sergio Araujo, center, challenges with Dynamo Kiev’s Yevhen Khacheridi, left, and Derlis Gonzalez, right, during the Europa League, round of 32, second leg soccer match between AEK Athens and Dynamo Kiev at the Olympiyskiy stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Czech side Plzen beat Partizan Belgrade 2-0 to advance 3-1 on aggregate.Sporting won 3-1 at Astana last week and advanced after a 3-3 home draw on Thursday.___By KAREL JANICEK , Associated PressAssociated Press sports writer Tales Azzoni contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo red-carded but Juventus beat Valencia

first_imgStar striker Cristiano Ronaldo’s maiden Champions League match for Juventus lasted only 29 minutes before he was handed a red card.However, Ronaldo’s departure did not unsettle Juventus’s plans as they completed a 2-0 victory over Valencia on Wednesday.Penalties either side of halftime by Miralem Pjanic sealed the points for the visitors as Valencia’s return to European competition after a two-year absence fell flat.The night was meant to be all about Ronaldo’s first Champions League appearance for the club he has tormented so often down the years for Real Madrid.His first real impression, however, was not what anyone in the Mestalla could have imagined though as he was sent off for the first time in the Champions League in his 154th appearance.After a lively opening half hour the Portuguese forward, scorer of a record 121 Champions League goals, was involved in a tangle in the penalty area with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo as he awaited a cross from the left.It did not appear too sinister but German referee Felix Brych, after consulting with his assistant behind the goal, pulled out his red card to the dismay of Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo was handed a red card in the 29th minute (Reuters Photo)After leaving the pitch the five-times Champions League winner, whose stoppage time penalty for Real Madrid knocked Juve out in the quarter-finals last season, waited by the tunnel entrance, seemingly on the verge of tears.Juventus responded to the shock in positive fashion and were ahead before halftime.advertisementDifficult game going down to 10 men early on but we stuck together as 1 Great teamwork!Back to Turin with 3 important points!#EC23 #iCan #WeCan #FinoAllaFine #UCL pic.twitter.com/5hsZ224GfZEmre Can (@emrecan_) September 19, 2018They had already threatened to pierce Valencia’s rearguard with Joao Cancelo having an effort turned on to the woodwork by Valencia keeper Neto and Sami Khedira wasting a good chance for the Italian champions.On the stroke of halftime Daniel Parejo’s reckless challenge on Cancelo earned him a booking and gave Pjanic the chance to send 10-man Juventus into the interval ahead.#finoallafine #forzajuve #win #teamwork #stepbystep #neverstop #juvespirit #mm17 pic.twitter.com/wdbeap4wUHMario Manduki MM17 (@MarioMandzukic9) September 19, 2018Five minutes after the break the home crowd fell silent when Jeison Murillo pushed Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci in the back and Brych pointed to the spot again.Once again Neto guessed right but Pjanic’s penalty was placed into the corner.Valencia dominated possession after that but Juventus’s well-drilled defence held firm until stoppage time when Brych awarded the third penalty of the game.Con sacrificio e spirito di gruppo si esce dalle situazioni complicate: complimenti per l’attenzione e la pazienza! pic.twitter.com/otBEnkMGBgMassimiliano Allegri (@OfficialAllegri) September 19, 2018Parejo stepped up but Wojciech Szczesny saved his spot-kick to sum up the Spanish side’s frustrating evening.Bonucci, who was imperious throughout, said Juve’s togetherness had helped them prevail in difficult circumstances.”We proved to be a very united team,” he said. “We continued to play our football even with 10 men.”We all suffered together in the final stages of the game but this is a great group and we proved it again tonight.”Quanti likes per @13Szczesny13 ?Anche lui strepitoso dal dischetto! #VCFJuve #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/wVK3pSUp3DJuventusFC (@juventusfc) September 19, 2018Ronaldo’s red card will mean he is likely to miss Juve’s clash against his former club Manchester United who they face in the third round of fixtures.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

IPL 2019: Sam Curran does the Bhangra with Preity Zinta after taking hat-trick

first_imgSam Curran took a hat-trick as Kings XI Punjab defeated Delhi Capitals by 14 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at PCA I.S. Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Monday.Curran dismissed Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane as he finished as the man of the match with figures of 4 for 11 from 2.2 overs. Curran had blasted a 10-ball 20 as he opened innings with the bat and ball. Curran was ably supported by Mohammed Shami as Delhi Capitals were shot out for 152 in 19.2 overs in pursuit of 167.Delhi Capitals crashed and burned in tragic fashion, as they fell from 144 for 3, losing their last seven wickets for just 8 runs. In fact at one point of the chase, DC were cruising for 144 for just 3 wickets with Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram looking all set.At the post match presentation, Curran said that he didn’t know that he had taken a hat-trick.”I didn’t really know (about the hat-trick). The crowd got really loud, I couldn’t hear myself. Ash told me what to do. Ryan Harris was standing at the third man region. Against the local batters, I had to ask our players, “Where does he hit?”. Shami got two amazing overs in the end which helped,” Curran.First HATTRICK of #VIVOIPL 2019 @CurranSMWhat a comeback this from @lionsdenkxipin as they win by 14 runs in Mohali. pic.twitter.com/cSnOG9o9z4IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 1, 2019Curran was all praise for his team, adding that he has worked hard on his batting as well.advertisement”Great win for the guys. I tried to put a performance for my team. Luckily enough, we scraped to 166, all the six bowlers were excellent. I have worked a lot on my batting over the last few months. I like to work hard on my batting, bowling and fielding. I have opened in school cricket, but think this was the first time in professional cricket. Hopefully, we keep winning games,” Curran said..@DelhiCapitals Skipper Shreyas Iyer calls it right at the toss and elects to bowl first against the @lionsdenkxip #KXIPvDC pic.twitter.com/5x6KrAxIt6IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 1, 2019After the match, Curran was seen doing the ‘bhangra’ with Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta.??????Some bhangra moves there, courtesy @realpreityzinta & @CurranSM ???? pic.twitter.com/VAeXq3I07oIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 1, 2019Ravichandran Ahswin was praised his bowler, especially Sam Curran and Mohammed Shami after the thrilling win.”Credit to Shami and Curran. We were probably 25 runs short. We backed ourselves to defend with three spinners. All in all, dew also came in and played a factor. We were gonna bat first. We thought Chris wasn’t there. We wanted to give him all the license up front. We thought there was grip there. We are quite a bunch with experience and a lot of youngsters. We have to keep ourselves fresh. We are having a very good experience. I have never seen a crowd like this in Mohali,” Ashwin said at the post match presentation.Also Read | Sam Curran did not realise he had taken a hat-trick: Couldn’t hear myself thinkAlso Read | Did Delhi Capitals troll Kings XI Punjab for not playing Chris Gayle?last_img read more

FA Cup: Paul Pogba shines as Manchester United knock out holders Chelsea

first_imgFA Cup: Paul Pogba shines as Manchester United knock out holders ChelseaAnder Herrera and Paul Pogba scored two first-half goals for Manchester United as they beat Chelsea 2-0 to advance to FA Cup quarter-finals on Monday.advertisement Reuters LondonFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 19, 2019 07:50 IST FA Cup: Manchester United dumped defending champions Chelsea out of competition. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManchester United beat Chelsea in the FA Cup 5th round at Stamford BridgeThe loss weighs heavily on Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri who was booed by a section of home fansOle Gunnar Solskjaer has rejuvenated the United side that suffered under Jose MourinhoManchester United’s Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba headed first-half goals to claim a 2-0 win that dumped FA Cup holders Chelsea out of the competition and secured a place in the quarter-finals in an intense tie at Stamford Bridge on Monday.Spaniard Herrera finished off a fine move with a precise header from Pogba’s cross just past the half-hour and United’s French midfielder scored himself when he nodded powerfully home from a Marcus Rashford delivery before the break.It was a measure of revenge for United, resurgent under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who lost to Chelsea in last May’s Wembley final under their former boss Jose Mourinho.”It is a beautiful win,” France midfielder Pogba, who had been sidelined under Mourinho, told the BBC.”Today was a great performance from the team, all of them… The team helped me get to my best. I give everything for them. They help me score goals and get assists. We are enjoying playing together.”After the game United were drawn to face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in the quarter-finals.Sliding into the #EmiratesFACup quarter-finals like… #MUFC pic.twitter.com/EqE98yroIjManchester United (@ManUtd) February 18, 2019″An away tie again after Arsenal and Chelsea… We’ll have to do it the hard way, Wolves are a tough team to play against,” Solskjaer said.”The performance tonight was fantastic, our tactics worked. We asked our midfielders to press higher and get into the box and it worked. The defending in the second half was fantastic.”advertisementThe fifth round defeat piled more pressure on Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri, whose side were hammered 6-0 last week in the Premier League by United’s neighbours Manchester City. Chants of “sacked in the morning” broke out in the second half.DOUBLE SAVEUnited’s Sergio Romero had pulled off a fine double save in the 11th minute from a spinning David Luiz free kick headed for the top corner followed by a stinging shot from Pedro.Three minutes later Arrizabalaga had to fly to his left to keep out a Herrera strike. The lively Rashford also kept the Chelsea keeper under constant pressure.Chelsea’s fragile defence was split with crosses from either flank. Pogba supplied the first in the 31st minute after a fast move down the left and Herrera ghosted into the box to nod the ball down past stranded goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.Until that moment a lively game had been evenly poised, with a host of chances at either end.Chelsea’s hopes were crushed just before halftime in a speedy United counter down the right, with Marcus Rashford crossing for Pogba to head powerfully home between defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger.#MUFC #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/33L9yQ1aYPManchester United (@ManUtd) February 18, 2019United were able to drop back and defend after the break, making occasional forays up the pitch but always confident of keeping an increasingly toothless Chelsea attack at bay.The home side’s best chance of the half came in the 63rd minute when Eden Hazard, reportedly a target for Real Madrid, jinked his way through, only for the Belgian’s shot to be expertly diverted by United defender Victor Lindelof.The home fans jeered Sarri’s like-for-like substitutions. The Italian has been criticised for stubbornly sticking to his tactics and failing to change games.United, on the other hand, looked like a team on a mission, playing for their coach and each other and brimming with the confidence that comes from turning an ailing season around.Their only reverse since Norwegian Solskjaer took over was last week’s Champions League home defeat by Paris St Germain.The contrast was reflected in the boos from some Chelsea supporters at the final whistle, while a jubilant Solskjaer celebrated with his players in front of the travelling fans.Also Read | Ryan Giggs backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent Manchester United managerAlso Read | Saudi Arabia denies crown prince seeks to buy Manchester UnitedAlso Read | Alexis Sanchez one goal away from regaining form, says Ole Gunnar SolskjaerAlso Read | My job is always at risk, says Maurizio Sarri For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Manchester UnitedFollow ChelseaFollow FA CupFollow Paul PogbaFollow Ander HerreraFollow Maurizio SarriFollow Eden HazardFollow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Nextlast_img read more

Light rains likely in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites are likely to get some relief from the scorching heat on Monday as the weatherman has forecast light rains. The Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered the official figure for the city, said the minimum temperature settled at 25 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 39 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity recorded at 8.30 AM was 63 per cent. The weatherman has predicted cloudy sky with possibility of rain, thunderstorm or dust storm. On Sunday, the maximum temperature settled at 39 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius.last_img

Morocco Wants to Convince US to Back 1Year Extension of MINURSO

Rabat – Nearly a week before the Security Council’s October 29 meeting on MINURSO, Morocco’s Ambassador to the US Lalla Joumala endeavored to convince the US to extend MINURSO’s mandate by one year.The purpose of the ambassador’s meeting with US Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale, a source told Morocco World News on Monday, was to explain why Morocco wants a one-year extension for the MINURSO mandate.Earlier this month, AFP reported that the US is calling for MINURSO to be renewed for only six months. Read Also: US Wants to Extend Western Sahara’s MINURSO for Only 6 MonthsHowever, several international powers believe that six months is not enough time for the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and his personal envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, to create the conditions to allow the UN-led political process to move forward.After the Security Council decided to renew MINURSO’s mandate for only six months in April 2018, France said the shorter mandate would be an “exception.”French Ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre said that maintaining an annual extension “guarantees the stability of peacekeeping operations.”On October 11, Delattre reiterated his country’s support for a one-year renewal of the mission’s mandate.Read Also: Western Sahara: Colin Stewart to Give Briefing on MINURSO, UN ReportHe told AFP, “France’s position is to push for a one-year renewal, in accordance with a recommendation of the UN Secretary-General.”However, the US was firm in its position during a closed consultation at the UN Security Council on October 11. Unlike France, the US is pushing for just a six-month extension.An anonymous source told AFP after the closed consultations that Washington said a six-month extension would pressure the parties into resuming talks as they are doing in December. Morocco, Polisario, Mauritania, and Algeria will meet for talks in Geneva at the invitation of Horst Kohler.Political analysts speculate that the US decision might be imposed by Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton, who believes that MINURSO has failed to fulfill its purpose despite its 27-year presence in the region.It is also speculated that Bolton is behind the US plan to cut aid to MINURSO from $16 million to $8 million next year.The UN Security Council will meet on October 29 to decide on the mandate. Prior to the meeting, Guterres addressed his annual report on the situation in Western Sahara to the Security Council, recommending a one-year extension.‘Group of Friends for Western Sahara’ preparationsStarting Monday, the Group of Friends for Western Sahara will discuss the draft resolution on MINURSO to be submitted by the US, MWN’s source said.The group includes the US, the UK, Russia, and Morocco’s key allies: Spain and France.Later in the week, the US is expected to submit the draft resolution to members of the Security Council for processing.Hale also met Algeria’s Ambassador to the US, Madjid Bouguerra, on Friday, October 19, according to the State Department, to discuss Western Sahara. read more

UN responding to deadly landslide in Myanmar

The 4 July landslide occurred in the settlement on the Uru River in Kachin State.According to media reports, dozens of people have been killed, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that between 700 and 800 people have been affected and are currently sheltering in five sites, including monasteries and a school.The UN and its partner agencies are working in the area by Hpakant township to plan and coordination the distribution of supplies.Food is expected to be the main priority for those affected by the torrential floods, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) will be supplying emergency food aid through its partners on the ground.For its part, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is looking into the possibility of distributing essential drugs to authorities and health facilities.At the national level, OCHA and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have offered their support during talks with the Ministry of Social Welfare. 10 July 2009The United Nations is assessing how it can assist Myanmar in the wake of a deadly landslide caused by heavy rains which swept away a jade miners’ settlement in the north of the country. read more

Former judge of UN war crimes tribunal dies at 65

Judge May’s death in his hometown of Oxford came four months after he resigned from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for health reasons.The judge presided over the genocide trial of the former Yugoslav President Slobodan Miloševic for two years until his retirement.In New York a UN spokesman said Secretary-General Kofi Annan was saddened to learn of Judge May’s death. “Both through his work in the courtroom – most famously as presiding judge in the trial of Slobodan Miloševic – as well as through his work behind the scenes as Chair of the tribunal’s rules committee, Sir Richard played a major role in helping to ensure that the International Tribunal developed from a simple idea in a Security Council resolution into a fully functioning and effective criminal court,” Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.”Sir Richard leaves behind him a fond memory among all who knew him. But he has also left us something more: a gift of hope that those whose deeds offend the conscience of humankind may no more go unpunished and that, in the affairs of men and women of all nations, the rule of law may ultimately prevail,” the statement added.In the Hague where the court is based, ICTY President Judge Theodor Meron described Sir Richard as one of the Tribunal’s “shining lights” since he began work there in November 1997, citing his intellect, dedication, charm and humour.”Sir Richard was always careful to strike the necessary balance between expeditious and efficient trials and the requirements of fairness, notably leading the Miloševic case through a major part of the trial with the patience and creativity that the case requires,” he said.Judge Meron added that Judge May, by reforming the procedures and conduct of cases at the ICTY, had made a major contribution to the evolution of international criminal law. read more

Sanctions against AlQaida Taliban strengthened by Security Council

Unanimously adopting a resolution, the Council reiterated its unequivocal condemnation of those groups for “ongoing and multiple criminal terrorist acts,” which have killed innocent civilians, destroyed property and greatly undermined stability.The text renews the sanctions initially outlined in 1999, and strengthened by subsequent resolutions, which require all 191 UN Member States to impose a travel ban and arms embargo against Usama bin Laden, the Taliban and those “associated with” them, and to freeze their financial assets.The new resolution spells out for the first time who is included among those associated with Al-Qaida and the Taliban and can be subjected to the measures.It states that sanctions would apply to those who participate in financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating acts to support the outlawed groups and who recruit, supply, sell or transfer weapons to bin Laden, Al-Qaida, the Taliban “or any cell, affiliate, splinter group or derivative thereof.”Also, the Council extended for 17 months the mandate of the Al-Qaida Sanction’s Committee’s New York-based Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team and gave guidelines for the inclusion of individuals and entities associated with Usama bin Laden and the Taliban as referred to in the Consolidated List created following the adoption of its resolutions in 1999 and 2000.The Council also requested the Secretary-General to increase cooperation between the UN and Interpol in order to provide the Sanctions Committee with better tools to fulfil its mandate and urged Member States to ensure that stolen and lost passports and other travel documents were invalidated as soon as possible, as well as to share information on those documents with other Member States through Interpol’s database.For the first time, the Council urged all UN Member States to implement the comprehensive global standards adopted by the Financial Action Task Force, and inter-governmental body developing and promoting national and international policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. read more

Cascades makes second change in a week by closing Quebec kraft paper

Cascades makes second change in a week by closing Quebec kraft paper plant AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Cascades announced the closure of its kraft paper plant Wednesday as it continued to focus its business on its key packaging, tissue and recycling operations.The closure and loss of 175 jobs at the plant in East Angus, Que., follows the sale of the Cascade’s fine paper division earlier this month.“This goes along with the objective of Cascades to focus our growth and investment in our key business areas,” Luc Langevin, president of Cascades Specialty Products Group, said Wednesday.The recycled paper and packaging company said the plant closure to take place by Oct. 3 was due to unfavourable market conditions and the inability to finalize a sale of the plant to employees.The plant which generates about $80 million in annual sales was losing an undisclosed amount of money.Cascades (TSX:CAS) said the kraft operations couldn’t remain competitive amid weak market conditions and the decision by competitors to convert their newsprint paper machines to produce kraft paper, an oatmeal-coloured paper used to make envelopes, promotional materials and fast-food wrapping.Envelope demand alone has declined almost 20 per cent over five years, but the real hit came from machine conversions by some U.S. producers over the last few years which significantly boosted supply and caused prices to plummet.Employees were told last November that the company would exit the kraft business, but attempts were made to sell the plant and save the jobs.It worked with the Quebec government, which agreed to provide about $10.5 million in financial support. But the project was abandoned because of an inability to line up new investors.“Our main objective here was to try to give a second chance to this business and protect jobs in this part of the province,” Langevin said in an interview.The paper plant began operations in 1881 and was bought by Cascades in 1983. It invested about $10 million about three years ago to convert from using kraft pulp to recycled fibre.Langevin declined to say how much it will cost to close the plant.He credited the unionized workers for agreeing to make compromises if a deal to save the plant could be found.“We practically gave a blank cheque,” Eric Huppe of the Confederation of National Trade Unions. “We forfeited our severance pay if there was a revival of the plant…Workers were ready to open (the plant) by being versatile and flexible.”The closure doesn’t affect Cascades’ coated boxboard manufacturing plant, located across the river in the same Eastern Townships community.Analyst Stephen Atkinson of Dundee Securities said the kraft paper mill was very old and past its useful life.“Cascades kept it going as long as they could,” he wrote in an email, adding there was no point converting to other products.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Cascades shares lost four cents at $6.52 in Wednesday afternoon trading.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 9, 2014 10:06 am MDT read more

The Deadest Sports Days of the Year

With apologies to the ESPYS and the WNBA, Wednesday was what has come to be known as the deadest day on the sporting calendar. That’s because the day after Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game (which was held Tuesday) traditionally sees no activity whatsoever from North America’s “Big Four” sports leagues (the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and MLB). This barren day doesn’t always occur on the same date, but the All-Star Game has taken place during the week between July 10 and 16 for more than a decade.In honor of the occasion, we thought we’d chart the average number games per day in those leagues on any given date in a typical year:That noticeable dip in July is what we’re in the midst of, but there’s another time that is, on average, every bit as vacant as ESPYS day: Dec. 24. Christmas Eve is usually an off-day for the NBA and NHL; aside from a stray Friday game in 2004 and Monday Night Football in 2007, the only thing keeping it from complete emptiness is that it fell on a Sunday in 2006 (meaning it had a full compliment of NFL games) and a Saturday in 2005 and 2011 (both years in which the NFL shifted its Week 16 games to Saturday to avoid playing on Christmas Day). Even so, Dec. 24 averaged only four contests per year, lower than any other date over the past 10 years.Christmas itself is always the date of a few notable NBA games, but it has averaged only 4.7 games over the past decade. Combine that with the fact that the MLB All-Star Game is not held on a constant date (July 12 was the most common, seeing an average of 5.1 games), and the holiday season is, statistically, the time in which the fewest games are played per day. read more

Lawyers hit back at prejudicial and inflammatory criticism from High Court judge over

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. Alfie, who is 23-months-old, stopped receiving life-support treatment late on Monday  Ms Williams, who said the CLC had acted pro bono for the family, said she believed the family’s lack of legal representation at hearings in February had “major repercussions” for the rest of the case. Lawyers representing the parents of Alfie Evans have hit back at “prejudicial and inflammatory” criticism from a High Court judge.The Christian Legal Centre (CLC), which has represented Alfie’s parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, since the beginning of April was criticised by Mr Justice Hayden for the “malign hand” of law student Pavel Stroilov, who is linked to the CLC. It comes after the court heard he had advised Mr Evans to lodge a private prosecution of hospital doctors, allegedly for murder.However Andrea Williams, the CLC chief executive, said the organisation did not support the criminal prosecution of doctors involved in 23-month-old Alfie’s care.In a statement released yesterday, she said: “In recent days, in addition to significant support we have endured some media and judicial criticism.”We consider this unfair and detrimental.”We reject the prejudicial and inflammatory comments made by Mr Justice Hayden.”We also reject the portrayal by the Court of Appeal of our role in this case and the assistance that we have offered to Mr Evans.” She added: “Again, we underline that our driving concern throughout our short involvement in this case has been to contend for little Alfies best interests and to serve his parents.”We continue to believe that Alfie is not best served by holding him, against his parents wishes, in a hospital where he will be allowed to die, when another hospital is willing to offer him ongoing medical care, with minimal risk.”At this difficult time, we ask everyone to respect the privacy of Mr Evans, Ms James and Alfie Evans.”We entrust Alfie to the kindness of the Lord Jesus Christ, and remain steadfast in our commitment to protecting the gift of life and the freedom of parents.”On Thursday, Mr Evans pledged to work with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool on a plan to provide Alfie with the “dignity and comfort he needs”.In a statement on behalf of himself and Ms James, he asked supporters who had gathered outside the hospital to “return back to your everyday lives and allow myself, Kate and Alder Hey to form a relationship, build a bridge and walk across it”.Police have been stationed at the hospital this week as staff are said to have experienced “unprecedented personal abuse”. Alfie, who is 23-months-old, stopped receiving life-support treatment late on Monday Credit:PA/Alfies Army Official read more

Voters give a strong Yes to Biodiesel Policy

first_imgInformation provided by NBB news release. Policies supporting biodiesel production would win a resounding vote of confidence if they were on the ballot in next week’s elections, according to a nationwide survey released Tuesday.Three out of four voters (75 percent) support a tax incentive for biodiesel, the survey found. Seventy-six percent said they support a national renewable fuel standard. The survey of nearly 1,200 registered U.S. voters was conducted by Moore Information Opinion Research between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2. It was commissioned by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).“These numbers reflect overwhelming public support for developing cleaner, alternative fuels so that we’re not so dangerously dependent on petroleum,” said Anne Steckel, NBB’s vice president of federal affairs. “These policies are popular because they are effective. We’re gradually reducing our dependence on oil. We’re reducing harmful and costly pollution. And we’re creating jobs and economic activity at home. Congress and the Obama administration should take cues from the people who elected them and step up to make sure we have strong, stable policies supporting biodiesel production.”Biodiesel – made from a variety of resources including soybean oil, recycled cooking oil and animal fats – is the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide. With plants in nearly every state in the country, the industry had a record U.S. market last year of nearly 1.8 billion gallons. According to the EPA, biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent to 86 percent compared with petroleum diesel.Nonetheless, the EPA late last year proposed holding biodiesel production under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at 1.28 billion gallons, well below actual 2013 production. The proposal, seen as a retreat from the RFS by the Obama administration, has shaken the U.S. biodiesel industry and caused many companies to pull back production and lay off employees. With just a few months left in the year, the EPA has still not finalized the standard, leaving the industry with tremendous uncertainty and instability.At the same time, Congress allowed the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive to expire at the end of 2013 and has failed to reinstate it despite broad bipartisan support. House and Senate leaders have expressed hope that Congress will pass an extension in the lame duck session after the elections.“This is one of those issues that illustrates why voters are so fed up with Washington,” Steckel said. “You have policies with overwhelming support from the public and strong bipartisan support in Congress, yet Washington seems paralyzed with inaction. Jobs are at stake here, and we urge the Obama administration and Congress to act quickly to get this industry back on track.”Among other findings in the survey, 85 percent of respondents said a candidate’s position on energy issues was somewhat important or very important in their voting decision, and 78 percent said a candidate’s position on alternative fuels was very important or somewhat important. To read the survey, click here.NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the biodiesel industry.last_img read more

A look at legal pot with Washington stores set to open

first_imgSEATTLE — Washington state’s first recreational marijuana stores open for business this week, more than a year and a half after voters decided to legalize, tax and regulate pot. Some questions and answers about the industry:When can I buy legal weed?The state’s Liquor Control Board issued the first two dozen retail marijuana licenses in the wee hours Monday, and stores can open at 8 a.m. today if they’re ready. Once stores get their licenses, they can place their orders with the state’s licensed growers, who have to wait 24 hours before they ship the marijuana. It wasn’t immediately clear how many stores planned to open today. Some, such as Bellingham’s Top Shelf Cannabis, said it would be open at 8 a.m.; others, such as Seattle’s Cannabis City, planned to open at noon.Where can I buy?Washington issued its first 24 licenses Monday to shops to sell recreational marijuana: 14 in Western Washington, 10 in Eastern Washington. Spokane has three stores. Vancouver, Tacoma and Bellingham each have two. Seattle and the other cities on the list have one each. A couple of small towns have a store, including Bingen, population 725, in the Columbia River Gorge, and Winthrop, population 400, in the north Cascades. Liquor Control Board list: https://lcb.app.box.com/retail-7-7.Will it be expensive?Yes. Although some stores say they plan to sell some of their supply for as little as $10 or $12 a gram — comparable to what it sells for at the state’s unregulated medical dispensaries — others expect it to go for $25 or more. The issue is mainly supply. Relatively few growers have harvested — the pot being offered for sale in the coming days was grown by only about a dozen producers statewide. According to the two labs certified to check the pot for mold and other impurities, the samples they had tested by last Thursday represent a maximum initial statewide harvest of about 440 pounds.Some growers are asking $4,000 per pound wholesale. The marijuana is heavily taxed — 25 percent at wholesale and 25 percent at retail, at least, not to mention additional sales taxes. Officials don’t expect prices to stabilize until after many more growers begin harvesting.last_img read more

Average advertised UK salaries increase by 08

first_imgThe average advertised salary in the UK increased by 0.8% from £31,929 in September 2017 to £32,174 in October 2017, according to research by Adzuna.Its UK job market report: November 2017, which analyses online job vacancy data in the UK from over 500 sources, also found that the average advertised salary in the UK fell by 1.7% between October 2016 and October 2017, while average advertised salaries in Northern Ireland have increased by 6.8% since September 2016.Average advertised salaries in the UK for jobs in the HR and recruitment sector have increased by 11% over the past 12 months to reach £33,777, compared to the average advertised salary for administration-based roles which stands at £26,543; an increase of 18.5% in the 12 months to October 2017.Roles in the travel industry have an average advertised UK salary of £26,797, representing an increase of 11.5% over the last 12 months, while average advertised retail salaries have risen by 7.3% in the past year to £25,661.Average advertised salaries for jobs in the charity and voluntary sector in the UK have increased by 4.7% to £28,720, while creative and design jobs are recording an average advertised salary of £32,606, representing a 3.3% increase over the last 12 months. Meanwhile, average advertised UK salaries for the teaching profession have risen by 3.2% in 12 months to be £26,658, while those working in the domestic and cleaning sector can expect an average advertised salary of £18,104; a decrease of 28.9% in the last year.Doug Monro, co-founder at Adzuna, said: “The reality is many [employees], in particular those at the bottom end of the pay scale, face tougher times ahead despite efforts to improve conditions such as raising the national minimum wage. Indeed, such measures can sometimes have the unintended consequences of employers deciding they no longer need people in such roles.“The focus needs to remain on protecting [employees’] rights and providing a stable and secure working environment to give jobseekers and employees looking for flexible work, the opportunity to obtain secure incomes. As the growth of the gig economy continues, the need to protect workers’ rights is as important as ever.”last_img read more

911 call recording reveals moment carjacker took car with baby inside

first_img“Thank God for BSO,” Goodwin said. “I am so grateful. It could have been way worse. It really could have.”Police have not found the carjacker.If you have any information on this carjacker, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have released a mother’s call for help after a man carjacked her car while her baby was in the backseat in Pompano Beach.Earlier this week, she spoke exclusively to 7News.“I was screaming like, ‘Oh, my baby’s gone! My car’s gone! My baby’s gone!’” she said. “Like, I didn’t know what to do. Bawling on the floor, crying, shaking.”According to police, her 1-year-old boy was in the backseat of her car when she was carjacked at a 7-Eleven gas station.“As soon as I got out of the car and walked up on to the step, all you hear is vroom,” Goodwin told 7News. “And the car is like gone.”Goodwin called 911 as the thief drove away with her baby.“Oh, my God! Someone just stole my car with the baby in the car!” she told the dispatcher. “He’s only 1 years old. He’s only 1.”“Is he in the car seat, in the back or the front?”“He was in the back of the seat. Oh, my God, where is my baby? Oh, my God!”Goodwin then endured 20 minutes of panic, until the car was found 20 minutes later, abandoned about two miles away from the convenience store with the toddler still strapped safely inside.Meanwhile, Goodwin was taken to the hospital for a panic attack. The father of 1-year-old Kayden said the baby didn’t even cry.“I was really relieved. He was great. He didn’t even cry,” Ronnie Cornish said. “BSO said that he didn’t cry until I actually got there.”Goodwin was grateful the dispatcher and BSO deputies were able to help her. center_img “Where did this happen, ma’am, where?” asked the operator.“I’m around the corner of 7-Eleven. Oh, my God! I was in the store for like less than a second, and I came outside and my car is gone.”Goodwin could be heard hyper-ventilating as the dispatcher tried to gather more information from her.“Oh my god, oh my god!” she’s heard saying frantically.“Ma’am, you need to calm down. What’s your name? You need to calm down, so I can help you, please.”“How can I calm down? My baby is gone.”“How old is the baby?” last_img read more

KSRM Week In Review 12111215

first_imgDivision Of Elections Keeps Seaton On Republican Primary Ballot, Sterling Intentional Community Answers The Toughest Question For Family Of Disabled, Doctors Warn To Take Flu Seriously This SeasonAudio PlayerDorene-Monday-1.mp3VmDorene-Monday-1.mp300:00RPd Thursday 12/14Soldotna Regional Sports Complex Expansion Plan Expected Early 2018Audio PlayerJennifer-Thursday-1214.mp3VmJennifer-Thursday-1214.mp300:00RPdOfficer Named In Anchor Point Trooper Involved Shooting Incident, SPD Received Grant For New Portable Radios, Sen. Giessel Presents Workers Comp Bill To Joint Chamber Monday 12/11Anchor Point Ospina Shot After Pointing Rifle At Troopers Tuesday 12/12Annexation Public Engagement Report Shows Strong Opposition From ParticipantsAudio PlayerJennifer-on-Tuesday-1212.mp3VmJennifer-on-Tuesday-1212.mp300:00RPdMan Arrested For Breaking Into Girls Locker Room At KCHS, Three Friends Dog Park Receives Donations For Benches, Soldotna To Look At 45 Day Extension To Marijuana Moratorium Wednesday 12/13Trump Inks Huge Increase In Military AppropriationsCommercial Cod Fishery Catch Drops 80% After Blob Attack, Resources Available To Help Mitigate Expected DV Holiday SpikeAudio PlayerDorene-Wednesday-2.mp3VmDorene-Wednesday-2.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Friday 12/15ANWR Opener Stays In Tax Cuts And Job Acts BillWalker Proposes 1.5% Payroll Tax To Cover State’s Deferred Maintenance, Minimum Wage Set To Increase To $9.84Audio PlayerDorene-friday-2.mp3VmDorene-friday-2.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

SpiceJet tops other carriers in load factor for September

first_imgBudget passenger carrier SpiceJet on Wednesday reported the highest passenger load factor (PLF) in the Indian civil aviation market during September.The PLF is a key indicator of the company’s performance, as it measures the average percentage of seats filled on an airline’s fleet.According to the company, the latest Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) statistics revealed that the airline’s PLF stood at 93% in September.”We continue to deliver strong performance despite September normally being a weaker quarter,” said Shilpa Bhatia, senior vice president and head of sales and distribution, SpiceJet.September was the sixth month in a row that the airline has topped the charts in terms of PLF.The airline elaborated that September was the fifth consecutive month when it maintained a PLF of over 90%. “Our on-time performance (OTP) has also shown a significant improvement over the past few months. We are confident that our new winter schedule will witness the load factors and customer confidence trending in the right direction,” Bhatia added.The airline’s OTP for September stood at 85.1% as computed for its operations across the four metro airports of Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.The airline had a market share of 12.3% in September.Currently, SpiceJet operates 250 daily flights to 40 destinations, including 34 domestic and six international cities.last_img read more