first_imgNew Delhi: March 07, 2016 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withNew Delhi: March 07, 2016 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATIONAL Guwahati: Fashion Show in Guwahati(A) New Delhi: DPCC Protest(A+B) Bhopal/Bikaner/Bhubaneswar/Allahabad /Haridwar/Guwahat/Junagadh/Surat: Devotees worshippingLord Shiva on the occasion of “Maha Shivratri” (A+B) Kolkata: Launch of Bajaj new motorcycle(A+B) New Delhi: Afghan refugees(A+B) Kolkata: Security in Kolkata(B) Surat : Security in Surat(B) Nashik: Leopard shifted in a cage, in Nashik(B) Kolkata: WB elections(A) Gurgaon: Haryana Investors Summit(B) Trichy: DMK womens meet(A)INTERNATIONAL Jakarta: Extraordinary OIC summit(A+B) Flint: Democratic presidential primary debate(B) New York: AR Rahman in US(B)SPORTS Dhaka: Ind vs Bang Asia Cup Twenty20 internationalcricket final(A+B) Nashville: SheBelieves Cup womens soccer match(B) Portland: MLS soccer match(B) West Bromwich: English Premier League soccer match(B) Kolkata: West Indies and Indian cricketers arrive(A+B) PTI PHOTO HS GCS KSClast_img read more


first_img“Its practical in implementing the new tobacco health”Its practical in implementing the new tobacco health warnings and if these companies can implement the new health warnings why cant others”, the VHAA Executive Secretary asked.”The arguments given by other cigarette companies and beedi industry are all baseless now. Tobacco companies claims about limited branding space due to the size of the pictorial health warnings is unwarranted”, Neog asserted.”There is no evidence to suggest that pictorial warnings have adversely effected livelihoods of tobacco growers and workers since their introduction in 2009.On the contrary, production of tendu, bidi tobacco, bidis and cigarettes has increased year on year since 2010.Millions of people engaged in tobacco farming, manufacture and production activities face economic and health hazards”, she claimed.”Another tobacco industry argument suggesting an increase in illicit trade due to the larger pictorial health warnings is a myth perpetuated by the industry.Factors that determine illicit trade include the Governments ability to enforce tax measures and collect duties, the ease and cost of smuggling tobacco in a country and the extent of tobacco industry participation in such trade activities”, Neog said.”As a matter of fact, prominent pictorial warning on tobacco products will enable enforcement agencies to identify illegal/smuggled cigarettes and help them to seize non-compliant products”, she pointed out. PTI ESB MM ANPlast_img read more

India eves assure themselves of a bronze in Uber Cup

first_imgKunshan (China), May 19 (PTI) Indian womens badminton team assured itself of at least a bronze medal after notching up a comfortable 3-1 win over Thailand in the quarterfinals of the Uber Cup here today. The Indian womens team had created history in the last edition when it clinched a historic bronze in New Delhi after losing to Japan in the semifinals. On a day when Indias top shuttler Saina Nehwal bit the dust against 2013 World Champion, Ratchanok Intanon in the first singles, P V Sindhu and the pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa took the responsibility on themselves and won the second singles and first doubles. It was young shuttler Ruthvika Shivani Gadde, who sealed the win for India after she dished out a superb game to outclass Nitchaon Jindapol in the second singles. India is likely to take on China in the semifinals tomorrow. “And we are through to the semis!!Woooohooooo! Way to go team! Great team work! Brilliant play Ruthvika,” Ashwini wrote on her twitter page. Olympic bronze-medallist Saina started the proceedings but she could not breach the defence of World No. 2 Ratchanok, who notched up a 21-12 21-19win over the Indian to give Thailand a 1-0 lead. It was World No. 8 Sainas fifth defeat to the Thai girl. However, World No. 10 Sindhu brought India back in the hunt after registering a 21-18 21-7 win over Busanan Ongbumrungphan in the second singles which lasted 43 minutes at the Kunshan Sports Center Stadium. In the first doubles, 2010 Commonwealth Games champions Jwala and Ashwini prevailed 21-19 21-12 over Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai in a 39-minute clash to make it 2-1 in Indias favour. Ruthvika was then given the responsibility of taking India home and the 19-year-old showed her prowess with a 21-18 21-16 win over World No. 25 Nitchaon in a 41-minute third singles to seal the victory for India. The second doubles between Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai and N Sikki Reddy and Sindhu was thus rendered inconsequential. PTI ATK PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Xiaomi’s 6.44-inch Mi Max now available for buying in open sale

first_imgAs expected, Xiaomi’s 6.44-inch monster of a phablet, aka the Mi Max is now available for buying in open sale via Amazon India, Flipkart, Paytm, Snapdeal and Tata Cliq. Xiaomi, at the time of its unveiling in India had announced that the Mi Max will be available for buying in open sale on July 13.The Mi Max is available in two processor variants: one with Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 and 3GB RAM and another with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 and 4GB RAM. Prices start at Rs 14,999 and go all the way up to Rs 19,999. The company is however offering only the Snapdragon 650 and 3GB RAM Mi Max in India for now. The Snapdragon 652 version is expected to make its way to India in the days to come.Boasting of an all-metal body, the 6.44-inch Mi Max belongs to a select niche of super-sized phones which is likely to attract buyers who are into considerable multimedia consumption, but don’t want to shell out on tablets, that on most occasions lack voice calling. It looks like a super-sized Redmi Note 3, at the outset. Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Max review: A giant that’s surprisingly light on its feetThe device has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as well as Infrared sensor on-board.It comes with a 6.44-inch fullHD IPS LCD display with a 1080p resolution. The dualSIM (nano+micro) phone supports 4G LTE connectivity and expandable storage via microSD card slot. There’s no NFC though.The Mi Max sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus along with a 5-megapixel camera on the front. It is backed by a massive 4,850mAh battery and is claimed to offer one full day battery life on single charge.advertisementlast_img read more

Confederations Cup: Portugal beat Mexico to third place in extra-time

first_imgAn extra-time penalty from Adrien Silva gave Portugal a 2-1 win over Mexico and third place in the 2017 Confederations Cup on Sunday.Portugal, who missed a spot kick given thanks to the video assistant referees 16 minutes into the match, were awarded a second penalty after 104 minutes when Miguel Layun handled the ball.Adrien Silva converted the kick to give the European champions a hard-fought victory.The win came after Pepe saved his side with an equaliser in the 91st minute, hurling himself at a cross to knock the ball past Man of the Match Guillermo Ochoa with the sole of his boot.Mexico, champions of this tournament in 1999, had taken the lead after 54 minutes when keeper Rui Patricio missed a Chicharito cross and the ball bounced in off Luis Neto’s leg for an own goal.Portugal had Nelson Semedo sent off for a second booking after 106 minutes, and Mexico’s Raul Jimenez was shown the red card six minutes later as both sides went all out for the win.Mexico’s Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio was also sent to the stands in the dying seconds after protesting about a decision not to consult the video referee over a penalty claim.The result, which means Portugal are still unbeaten against Mexico in five encounters dating back to 1969, came just hours before world champions Germany faced South American champions Chile in the final in St. Petersburg.last_img read more

Singleton, Calathes lead Panathinaikos over Baskonia for fourth straight win

first_imgIn a thriller that went down to the final second, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens defeated Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 69-68 in the Greek capital on Friday. Panathinaikos and Baskonia now have 9-5 records in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season, just like Real Madrid, Olympiacos Piraeus and Fenerbahce Istanbul. Chris Singleton led the winners with 23 points – 19 of them in the first quarter. Mike James added 16 and Nick Calathes amassed 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the Greens. Toko Shengelia led Baskonia with 17 points, Adam Hanga added 12, Rodrigue Beaubois had 11 andIlimane Diop 10 for the visitors. Baskonia outrebounded Panathinaikos by 9-23 before halftime, getting 19 defensive boards to Panathinaikos’s 4. Baskonia limited the hosts to 8-of-20 two-point shooting (40%) and 4-of-15 three-pointers (26.7%) to get a 37-41 margin at the break. Despite being outrebounded 28-44, Panathinaikos handled the ball better, taking 11 steals to just 8 turnovers and forcing Baskonia to finish the game with 19 turnovers.Hanga sank a floater and had a huge block off the glass in a 0-6 run that Beaubois capped with free throws. Calathes rescued Panathinaikos with consecutive layups and Singleton followed free throws with a triple that gave the hosts their first lead, 9-8. Singleton kept pacing Panathinaikos with 4 free throws, a dunk and a triple for a 20-14 margin. Singleton finished the first quarter with 19 points and his third bomb from downtown made it a double-digit game, 27-16. Shengelia brought Baskonia within 27-18 after 10 minutes. Shengelia stayed on fire early in the second quarter and a layup by Beaubois tied the game at 27-27. Panathinaikos called timeout, but a jumper by Diop soon completed Baskonia’s comeback, 30-31. James tried to change things for Panathinaikos, but a jumper by Kim Tillie, a put-back slam by Diop and a driving layup by Rafa Luz gave Baskonia a 37-41 edge at halftime. Hanga took over with a driving layup and a three-pointer that boosted his team’s lead to 38-47 soon after the break. James Feldeine followed free throws with a huge slam and got help from Demetris Nichols and Calathes to get Panathinaikos within 49-51. Johannes Voigtmann had 4 points in a 0-6 run and Larkin added a driving layup to make it 55-59 after 30 minutes. Three-pointers by K.C. Rivers and James helped Panathinaikos regain the lead at 65-63 midway through the fourth quarter. James followed free throws with a jumper, but Beaubois singlehandedly brought Baskonia within 69-68. The guests got the ball with 15.1 seconds and Beaubois slashed to the basket, but could not get a shot up in time.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Lethal Lacazette the finisher Arsenal have prayed for

first_imgArsenal Lethal Lacazette the finisher Alexis & Arsenal have been crying out for Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 05:42 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion Premier League A. Sánchez Opinion Videos The France international scored two goals against a plucky West Brom side in his first start alongside Alexis in the league Alexandre Lacazette arrived at Arsenal for a club record fee and he is beginning to show glimpse of the quality which persuaded Arsene Wenger to sign him.The French striker has now scored in his first three Premier League home games for the club, a record exemplifying his predatory instincts in the final third and showing why the Gunners have needed a striker of Lacazette’s calibre for several seasons.Alexis Sanchez ended last season with 24 goals and 11 assists, but even that impressive tally could have been higher if he had Lacazette playing alongside him. In the first game the duo have started together they showed mutual understanding and excellent individual moments that contributed to Arsenal’s victory. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Sanchez is forever capable of the spectacular and his free-kick which led to Lacazette’s header shows what the two can do when they’re both on the pitch. Alongside Mesut Ozil the potential triumvirate in store for Arsenal fans will whet the appetites – even if two of them have contracts expiring next summer.It could have been different if West Brom were awarded what looked like a clear first half penalty when Shkodran Mustafi clipped Jay Rodriguez in the box, but Lacazette’s superb finishing and subsequent calmness from the spot in the second half gives Wenger’s side increased confidence going into the coming games.Arsenal’s next four league games are against Brighton, Watford, Everton and Swansea, and Wenger will take great comfort in the fact that he is able to call upon the likes of Olivier Giroud from the substitutes bench to help support Lacazette – not that it looks like he needs it at present!last_img read more

14 days agoLaLiga president Tebas hopes to see Neymar return to Spain

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say LaLiga president Tebas hopes to see Neymar return to Spainby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga president Javier Tebas admits he’d like to see Neymar return to Spain.The PSG star was a target for Real Madrid and former club Barcelona, though ultimately remained a PSG player when the summer market shut.However, Tebas still retains hope of seeing Neymar in the LaLiga again.”Neymar, Mourinho, Guardiola … There is room for everyone,” he said. “Neymar is currently at PSG, and his arrival seemed unrealistic at the time, and I think the transfer window is not ready for him yet.” last_img read more

ECA Low Sulphur Requirements’ Compliance Scrutinized

first_imgzoom In a new enforcement initiative, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in cooperation with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), has boarded vessels to collect bunker samples to determine whether the vessels’ fuel sources meet the 1.0% fuel oil sulphur limit applicable within the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA), UK P&I Club said.The EPA also disclosed that it has been “experimenting” with vessel flyovers to assess vessel smokestack plumes for the same purpose.The EPA’s unprecedented action, coming on the heels of its issuance of administrative subpoenas to several large companies operating ships within the North American ECA, announced stepped up efforts to enforce low sulphur fuel requirements within the North American ECA.“These joint EPA/USCG initiatives to enforce fuel standards should serve as a warning to Club’s Members operating within the North American ECA,” the Club said.The commercial and legal consequences of a failure to comply with the ECA’s fuel oil sulphur limits – or the commercial and legal consequences, even if the United States government has only “reasonable cause” to believe that vessels failed to comply with the ECA’s fuel oil sulphur limits – are potentially severe.The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) limits reduced the sulphur content of fuel oil used by vessels to 1.0% in specially designated areas such as the North American ECA, which extends 200 miles from the United States coast. “MARPOL, however, is not self-executing”In the United States, MARPOL is implemented through the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), which supplements existing civiland criminal legal authorities vested in EPA and the USCG under the Federal Clean Air and Federal Clean Water Acts.Thus, enforcement of the standards on vessel air pollution is seen as a priority, particularly on the West coast, in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.APPS gives the USCG and, through a Memorandum of Understanding, the EPA broad authority to investigate potential MARPOL violations; it also gives the USCG and United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) broad authority to detain vessels during the course of investigations.Pursuant to the EPA’s Interim Guidance on the Non-Availability of Compliant Fuel Oil for the North American Emissions Control Area, companies are encouraged to voluntarily disclose instances in which their vessels cannot obtain compliant fuel oil because it is not available.APPS also authorizes the United States to refuse or revoke a vessel’s clearance to proceed from a port or place in the United States if “reasonable cause exists to believe” the vessel violated the ECA.Like any other detention, this action could have severe commercial and legal consequences.Press Release, August 13, 2014last_img read more

Mandel I take responsibility for missing deadline for elections paperwork

first_imgALBERTA (660 NEWS) — Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel is challenging new legislation that has made him ineligible for this year’s election.He–along with several other Alberta Party members–has been banned from running for public office after failing to file mandatory financial paperwork on time. In a statement, the Alberta Party says Elections Alberta notified Mandel that his financial return was late following his nomination as the Alberta Party candidate for Edmonton-McClung.Mandel is asking the Court of Queen’s Bench to overturn a five-year ban, preventing him from running for office. Now he is using his own dime to take the matter to court.During a press conference, Mandel shed some light on what went wrong when he failed to file his financial paperwork on time. Elections Alberta barred Mandel from running in the election for five years after he blew the deadline.According to Mandel, his CFO Brian Heidecker was responsible for filing the paperwork and assumed he had done it.“I regret that we are in this situation and I appreciate the importance of the rule of law and getting paperwork in on time,” he said. Mandel was reluctant to throw Heidecker, his former CFO who has since resigned, under the bus.“My CFO was sick, he had to resign, he was the head of the party’s fundraising. He had to resign because he was not well,” he stated. “As a result of that he missed some of the dates and that’s part of the reason we’re here today.”Initially, Mandel claimed there was confusion about the deadlines stating, “based on our interpretation of a July 2018 letter we received from Elections Alberta, we believe we have filed within the required deadline.” However, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Drew Westwater of Elections Alberta maintains that communication on that front was very clear.“We feel we are very clear in our communications with the candidates and the stakeholders in the political process,” Westwater said.“He received several pieces of communication from us upon registration and prior to the filing deadlines reminding him of the dates for the filing deadlines and the requirements for filing — he received those prior to the deadline.”READ MORE: Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel ineligible to run in 2019: Elections AlbertaWhile Westwater concedes that nomination contest reporting and requirements are brand new for this election, Elections Alberta posts, conducts candidate meetings, meetings at party conferences, and candidate conferences for all the parties upon request.He also pointed out that they post guidelines on Elections Alberta’s website for all parties, candidates and third-party advertisers in addition to sending letters to people who register to inform them what the rules are, so they are aware of them.Mandel and other Alberta Party members who were also deemed ineligible are appealing to the court. They will be required to explain why they missed the deadline and the court will decide if they have a legitimate reason or valid concern for not meeting the deadline.‘We hope our efforts will clarify the rules, which will benefit all candidates as well as the democratic process,” Mandel explained what he hoped would come from the court challenge. “We don’t want to see good candidates discouraged from running because they aren’t sure about the rules.”It’s the first time this legislation for candidate requirements has been tested and it’s unclear how the Court of Queen’s Bench will rule.“The purpose of the legislation is to have openness and transparency in all election financing matters,” Westwater said. “So all parties, candidates and third-party advertisers are required by the legislation to disclose publicly all their contributions and expenditures for election purposes.”When asked what would happen if he wasn’t able to run for a seat in the election Madel responded: “We don’t believe that is going to happen.” He said there was no plan ‘b’.He plans to fund his own legal defense but said the party would help other candidates deemed ineligible with legal costs should they chose to contest the decision.Mandel, the former Mayor of Edmonton, was elected party leader last year and is the candidate in the Edmonton-McClung riding.last_img read more

Security Council discusses Kosovos future status

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the debate, as did Vojislav Kostunica, Serbia’s Prime Minister, and Fatmir Sejdiu, the President of Kosovo, which has been run by the UN since Western forces drove out Yugoslav forces amid inter-ethnic fighting in 1999.Earlier this month, a report submitted to the Council by the troika – comprising the European Union, Russia and the United States – noted that despite four months of intense and high-level negotiations, Belgrade and Pristina have been unable to reach agreement on Kosovo’s final status. The province’s Albanian leadership supports independence but Serbia is opposed.“Neither party was willing to cede its position on the fundamental question of sovereignty,” the report said.The troika was established after a stalemate emerged over a proposal by Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy, Martti Ahtisaari, for a phased process of independence for Kosovo.Mr. Ahtisaari declared talks on the future status of the province deadlocked in mid-March, a little more than a month after unveiling his proposals, which aimed to address the demands of a multi-ethnic society.His plan called for a constitution enshrining principles to protect the rights of all communities, including culture, language, education and symbols, as well as granting specific representation for non-Albanians in key public institutions and requiring that certain laws may only be enacted if a majority of the Kosovo non-Albanian legislative members agree. 19 December 2007The Security Council today held a private debate over the future status of Kosovo, a Serbian province where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by nine to one. read more

Young artists raise thousands for UNICEF at auction of paintings

26 October 2008Child artists from around the world have raised $21,000 for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to spend on climate-related disasters by auctioning off 26 of their paintings in New York last night. Child artists from around the world have raised $21,000 for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to spend on climate-related disasters by auctioning off 26 of their paintings in New York last night.The auction, held last night at the Harvard Club, was organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as part of its Paint for the Planet event, which attracted nearly 200,000 entries worldwide.The stand-out paintings from those entries were chosen for an art exhibition that is currently on display in New York and will later travel to various climate-related events and meetings worldwide, culminating in the major talks on global warming scheduled for Copenhagen at the end of next year.All the paintings in last night’s auction were sold, with two works – one by Charlotte Sullivan, a 14-year-old Brit, and the other by Renee Wang, a 13-year-old from the United States – each fetching $2,200.UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman and Yvo de Boer, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), were among the guests at the auction.The Paint for the Planet event is part of the global campaign “Unite to Combat Climate Change,” which is aiming to culminate in a definitive agreement on global warming at the Copenhagen talks. read more

UN reports ongoing expulsions of DR Congo citizens from Angola

29 December 2010Citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) expelled from neighbouring Angola continued to arrive in their country of origin this month, with many reporting that they were subjected to mistreatment, including sexual violence, the United Nations humanitarian office said today. Some 1,355 expellees have arrived in DRC’s Bas-Congo and Kasai provinces since 11 December, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a press release. The new arrivals bring to more than 12,000 the number of Congolese expelled from Angola since September.In September and October, humanitarian agencies reported the arrival of 8,296 people in the Luiza and Tshikapa areas of Kasai Occidental province, 511 people in the Tembo area of Bandundu province and some 2,000 people in Bas-Congo province. The majority were DRC nationals.“Authorities in both countries must take all necessary measures to ensure that the human rights and human dignity of those expelled are respected,” said Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.Humanitarian assessment missions that visited the areas of arrival in October and November found that many of the individuals had endured ill-treatment and human rights abuses, including torture. There were also more than 100 confirmed cases of sexual violence.Those expelled are receiving food, clothes, hygiene kits, medication, as well as psychological assistance from the humanitarian agencies, according to OCHA. A response plan has been developed within the framework of the DRC Humanitarian Action Plan to address the needs of those recently expelled. Additional assistance is urgently required, the office added.“We are seriously concerned by the accelerating pace of expulsions over the last two weeks. Thousands of people are living in deplorable conditions, and the capacity of the humanitarian community is being stretched,” said Fidèle Sarassoro, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the DRC.Forcible deportation of illegal immigrants between Angola and the DRC is a recurring problem. In October last year, authorities in both countries agreed to consult prior to any expulsions and to ensure respect for human rights, including protection and security for those expelled.“These consultations must take place so that protection can be provided to those in need,” Mr. Sarassoro added. read more

UN official voices concern over reports of rape of Somali women fleeing

11 August 2011The United Nations official leading the fight against sexual violence in times of conflict today voiced concern over reports that women and girls fleeing famine in Somalia were being raped or abducted and forced into marriage by bandits and other armed groups as they tried to reach refugee camps in Kenya. “During the long and perilous journey from Somalia to the camps in Kenya, women and girls are subjected to attacks, including rape, by armed militants and bandits,” said Margot Wallström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in a statement. “Once they cross the Somalia-Kenya border or reach Dadaab – the world’s largest refugee settlement – their hopes of finding a safe haven are often overshadowed by new dangers and hardships, including the risk of rape,” she said. Ms. Wallström said that the office had also received alarming information about alleged rape by Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces and allied militias in south-central Somalia and heard that Al-Shabaab militants pitted against the government were abducting girls for forced marriage to fighters. “I call on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease these gross violations of human rights,” she said. She commended the Kenyan authorities for the efforts to respond to the influx of tens of thousands of Somali refugees, and urged the donor community to make greater resources and support available to the Kenyan Government, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) responding to the crisis. “There is an urgent need for services to be provided to survivors of sexual violence and for effective camp management to minimize the risks facing women and girls. We should also improve monitoring and reporting on sexual violence to better inform our actions,” said Ms. Wallström, pledging to continue monitoring the situation closely. According to humanitarian agencies, an estimated 3.7 million people, nearly half of them from Somalia, are directly at risk of famine and tens of thousands have already perished, with 13 children out of every 10,000 under the age of five dying every day from malnutrition and famine-related diseases. read more

Haiti children reveal abuse by 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers

In March, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced new measures to tackle sexual abuse and exploitation by U.N. peacekeepers and other personnel. (Colombo Gazette) The AP interviewed alleged victims, current and former U.N. officials and investigators and sought answers from 23 countries on the number of peacekeepers who faced such allegations and, what if anything, was done to investigate. With rare exceptions, few states responded to repeated requests, while the names of those found guilty are kept confidential, making accountability impossible to determine.Without agreement for widespread reform and accountability from the U.N.’s member states, solutions remain elusive.In Haiti, at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers exploited nine children in a sex ring from 2004 to 2007, according to an internal U.N. report obtained by the AP. In the wake of the report, 114 peacekeepers were sent home. None was ever imprisoned. “I did not even have breasts,” said a girl, known as V01 – Victim No. 1. She told U.N. investigators that over the next three years, from ages 12 to 15, she had sex with nearly 50 peacekeepers, including a “Commandant” who gave her 75 cents. Sometimes she slept in U.N. trucks on the base next to the decaying resort, whose once-glamorous buildings were being overtaken by jungle. Justice for victims like V01 is rare. An Associated Press investigation of U.N. missions during the past 12 years found nearly 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and other personnel around the world – signaling the crisis is much larger than previously known. More than 300 of the allegations involved children, the AP found, but only a fraction of the alleged perpetrators served jail time.Legally, the U.N. is in a bind. It has no jurisdiction over peacekeepers, leaving punishment to the countries that contribute the troops. The Sri Lankan peacekeepers wanted sex from girls and boys as young as 12. Over 130 Sri Lankan peacekeepers abused children in Haiti, according to a report by the Associated Press. read more

Defamation case filed by Thilanga against Arjuna dismissed

A defamation case filed by Deputy Speaker and Sri Lanka Cricket board President Thilanga Sumathipala against former Sri Lanka cricket captain and current Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, has been dismissed by the Nugegoda District Court.Sumathipala had filed the case seeking Rs. 500 million over comments made by Ranatunga at a press conference in 2003. Ranatunga had accused Sumathipala of being corrupt and not suitable to run the Sri Lanka cricket board as President. (Colombo Gazette)

Security Council members voice concern at recent events in GuineaBissau

In a statement to the press, current Council President Ambassador Richard Ryan of Ireland said members of the 15-nation body welcomed the Government’s efforts to address the country’s economic and social problems. They also took note of the recent memorandum from the Government and encouraged the further implementation of the programme of demobilization, reinsertion and reintegration.The members of the Council also called for an integrated and coordinated approach by United Nations funds, programmes and agencies – including the Bretton Woods institutions – as well as bilateral donors to help Guinea-Bissau create an income-generating capacity, Ambassador Ryan said. They acknowledged the need for strengthened dialogue with those bodies operating in and around the country in order to enhance coordination.Earlier Monday, Assistant Secretary-General Hédi Annabi of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations gave a briefing on the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE). The Council also considered its annual report to the UN General Assembly and agreed to work on ways to further improve it, Ambassador Ryan said. read more

US employers post most jobs in 5 years but total hiring drops

by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Aug 6, 2013 11:42 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. employers in June advertised the most jobs in five years but hired fewer workers, a mixed sign for the recovering job market.The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 29,000 in June from May to 3.94 million. That’s the most since May 2008.Total hiring, however, declined 289,000 to 4.2 million. That’s down from a year earlier and the biggest one-month drop in hiring since June 2010.The job market is improving, largely because layoffs have fallen to prerecession levels. But while employers are no longer cutting jobs, many remain reluctant to hire in the face of tax increases, federal spending cuts and slower global growth.The report on Job Openings and Labor Turnover comes after the government said on Friday that employers added 162,000 jobs in July, the fewest in four months. Last week’s report showed all jobs added, minus the number of people who were laid off, quit or retired.The unemployment rate fell to a four-year low 7.4 per cent in July from 7.6 per cent in June.Competition for jobs still remains tight. In June, there were three unemployed people for every job opening. That’s down from a peak four years ago of nearly 7 to 1. In a healthy economy, the ratio is typically 2 to 1.The biggest increase in openings came in professional and business services, a category that includes management and administrative jobs. Openings for retail and construction jobs were also up. But employers in manufacturing, health care and government posted fewer jobs in June.Hiring fell in every industry except arts, entertainment and recreation, which includes music clubs and tourist attractions.Layoffs dropped by 215,000 to 1.5 million in June. The reduced layoffs helped “compensate for the lacklustre and uneven pace of new hiring,” Terry Sheehan, an economic analyst with Stone & McCarthy, wrote in a research note.In a weak job market, few workers are willing to quit their jobs. The number of those quitting in June fell 73,000 from May to fewer than 2.2 million. When the economy is strong, 2.5 million to 3 million workers quit their jobs every month.Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Vice Chair Janet Yellen have both said that they monitor the job openings report for signs that the job market is improving in a sustainable way.If the Fed sees improvement in the economy, it is likely to scale back its $85 billion a month in bond purchases. The bond buying is meant to keep long-term interest rates low and encourage borrowing and spending. US employers post most jobs in 5 years, but total hiring drops in mixed sign for job market AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State baseball looking to continue winning ways against Penn State

After taking two out of three from Illinois in last weekend’s Big Ten series, the Ohio State baseball team is looking to keep the winning mindset alive with Penn State coming to town Friday night. OSU senior right-hander Brad Goldberg feels the season is still young and the team still has work to do, but is really starting to get that winning attitude back. “We’re still working,” said Goldberg. “We nearly gave ourselves some heart attacks coming back in both wins last weekend, but I definitely think we are getting that winning attitude.” Senior left-hander Brian King agreed with Goldberg, and said the team is gaining confidence and enjoying playing baseball together. “The confidence is huge right now everyone is working together and enjoying each other,” said King. “Honestly, we are just having a good time out there.” Ohio State is 25-13 overall this season and 9-6 in Big Ten play. The team is 9-4 at home this season, and is looking to continue that success this weekend. “Home field has been big all year,” said Goldberg. “We know the turf and especially now with finals it’s just nice to be at home and not have to worry about missing classes.” PSU sits last in the Big Ten with a record of 2-10 in conference play and 11-25 overall. As of late though, the Nittany Lions are heating up, and have won back-to-back games including a 7-4 win over La Salle Tuesday night. They also won their first Big Ten series last weekend after taking two of three from Iowa. A bright spot in Penn State’s lineup is sophomore catcher J.C. Coban, who is hitting .315 with two home runs and 21 RBIs in 32 games played. OSU coach Greg Beals said he is happy with the results from the previous two Big Ten weekend series, but hopes his team takes the right approach in the series against the Nittany Lions. “What I am looking for offensively is the approach,” said Beals. “It’s the mentality, it’s a competitive thing, and I want them to go up with a plan and execute it.” OSU is set to take the field against Penn State at 6:35 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium to start the weekend home series. read more

Cat charity shop worker accidentally sells electricians £200 tools for £1

first_imgA charity shop worker made a huge error when she accidentally sold an electrician’s £200 tools for £1.Andrew Bickel, 39, was working for free fitting a new light switch in the charity shop in Cardiff when his tools suddenly vanished.He had nipped out to his van when his toolbox went missing.Asking what had happened to them, it quickly became clear that they had been sold – for just one pound.Andrew said: “It was a job as a favour. They mentioned that they had a faulty light switch so I said I would come back and change the switch. “I left my tools on a book case and went out to my van to get a switch.”I came back in and my tools had gone.”I asked if anyone had seen where they were and a customer told me a someone had just bought them.”We went outside but apparently he had got into a white Audi and driven away.”Mr Bickel is sure the person who bought the tools knew what a deal he was getting.He said: “I think he will have known how much they are worth!””He had gone up to the counter and told the old lady they were in a bargain bin and they were sold for £1.”Inside the toolbox there were professional screwdrivers worth £50-60, my pliers, cutters and testers worth about £200.”He continued: “They were so upset and apologised. “They offered to reimburse me but I said just pay half and I will pay the other half. I didn’t want them to be out of pocket.” “I was fuming but I find it quite funny now. My wife and friends can’t believe it.”And after all of that, Mr Bickel doesn’t even like cats. He said: “I bloody hate cats. They make me sneeze”. 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.last_img read more