Jawan killed as Pak. violates ceasefire

first_imgA Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed in a fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops on the International Border in Jammu on Thursday morning.In separate militancy-related incidents in Kashmir, a militant, an Army jawan and a BJP youth leader were killed and five CRPF jawans injured.A BSF spokesman said constable Tapan Mondal suffered serious injuries when Pakistan Rangers “suddenly fired on a BSF patrol in the Samba Sector” around 9:30 a.m. He later succumbed to his injuries. The 25-year-old jawan was a resident of West Bengal.“In response, the BSF carried out calibrated retributive action against Pakistani Rangers in Samba Sector and caused serious damage to a few Pakistani posts and caused grievous injuries to at least two Pakistani Rangers,” said the BSF spokesman.He said the retaliatory action continued till 2 p.m. when “the Pakistani side silenced their weapons”.In Pulwama’s Pampore, a militant and two Army jawans were killed and at least two others were trapped inside a residential colony on Thursday evening. A police spokesman said the militant was killed in the initial exchange of fire when a search party arrived in Samboora area in Pampore.CRPF men injuredSix CRPF personnel were injured in a militant attack on a convoy in Anantnag. “The CRPF patrol was going to their camp near Pahalgam. Three jawans received bullet injuries and two were hit by shards of broken glass,” Inspector General, CRPF, Zulfikar Hassan said.The body of BJP youth president was found in Shopian on Thursday evening. A police spokesman said Gowhar Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Shopian, was found with his throat slit. The body also bore torture marks.BJP leader’s body found Police said the body of BJP youth president was found in Shopian on Thursday evening.A police spokesman said the throat of the victim, Gowhar Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Shopian, was found slit when his body was recovered in Kiloora village.The body also bore torture marks too, according to the police.“We have started investigations into the incident,” said the police.last_img read more

30 Men Arrested from Mumbai Airport with Fake Tickets, Visas to Kuwait

first_imgThirty men planning to travel from Mumbai to Kuwait were arrested at the Mumbai international airport by the police when it was found that their tickets and visas were fake. The men had come from Siddharth Nagar in Uttar Pradesh to Mumbai.A group of 95 men, including the 30 who were arrested, were given fake visas, tickets and charged Rs 1 lakh each for jobs in Kuwait by three agents, who have been booked. The agents were identified as Briddhi Chandra Jaiswal, who was reportedly the mastermind, and Roshan and Jogendra Sharma.The arrested men, who are mostly poor farmers, were promised jobs in Kuwait by Jaiswal, who set up his business at Navghad in Siddharth Nagar district. He distributed fliers quoting different prices for different jobs. One had to pay Rs 55,000 to get a job of a computer operator, and so on.The 95 men were brought to Mumbai by Jaiswal and lodged at a hotel in Jogeshwari East. On Oct. 28 evening, when Jaiswal and the other agents did not respond to phone calls, only 30 of the men decided to head for the airport.“Roshan and Sharma came to the hotel on Saturday night and gave fake visas and tickets to the 90 men, and took the rest of the money from them. The remaining five people were told that they would get their tickets, visas and passports before they board the flight,” Ram Jaiswal, the cousin of one of the arrested men, Rahul Vijay Kumar, was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.“The visas and tickets were found to be fake, hence the CISF handed them over to the Sahar police. The remaining job aspirants backed off and hence were not booked. I informed the police that my cousin, Rahul Kumar, 24, was cheated by the agent, but still he was arrested,” said Ram, according to Mid-Day.Father of another accused, Barkat Ali, said that they are a family of farmers and his son wanted to go abroad in the hope of making more money but instead he got arrested when he got cheated by the agent.Police said they have booked the agent and his two aides. “The 30 people arrested are in judicial custody and we are looking for the wanted accused,” a police officer at Sahar Police Station told the media.The Indian government has repeatedly issued advisories that only authorized agents should be contacted for seeking jobs abroad since many cases of abuse of Indian workers in Gulf nations have come to light.Job scams have affected people from all strata of society. In June 2017, software engineers working in Bengaluru were cheated of almost Rs 2 crore. The scammers exploited the fear of those working in the IT industry of losing their jobs as multiple organizations were reported to be laying off people. Related Itemsfake agents Gulffake gulf visasfake job agents gulffake ticket kuwaitfake visaindians in kuwaitjob scamslast_img read more

Darbar: Sriman to act in Rajinikanth-AR Murugadoss film

first_imgActor Sriman, who is known for his films Panchathanthiram and Sethu, is going to act in a Rajinikanth film for the first time. It is confirmed that Sriman is all set to team up with Rajinikanth in the upcoming film called Darbar.Pictures of Sriman with Rajinikanth and other crew members of Darbar is going rounds on social media. Sriman has worked with Kamal Haasan frequently, but he has not been part of Thalaivar’s film till now.For the first time in his career, @ActorSriman is working Superstar #Rajinikanth in a film. Congratulations! The 2nd schedule of #Darbar shooting is happening in Mumbai now. Get ready for Pongal 2020, folks! pic.twitter.com/x9QgQ4VN7XRajinikanth Fans (@RajiniFC) June 6, 2019Sriman is playing the role of a comedian in recent films like Kanchana series and Miruthan. Sriman is known for his performances in Dheena, Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikecei, Aayutha Ezhuthu and Friends.Directed by AR Murugadoss, Darbar has Rajinikanth playing the role of an IPS officer. Nayanthara, Yogi Babu and many pan-Indian actors have been roped in for the movie. Anirudh Ravichander, who composed music for Rajinikanth’s last film Petta, is composing the tunes for the film.ALSO READ | Darbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss filmALSO WATCH | Actor Vijay pays homage to Karunanidhi at Anna Memoriallast_img read more


first_imgHillary Clinton is kicking off early voting in Iowa today with a major effort to boost support in the battleground state.The Democratic presidential candidate will deliver a speech in Des Moines focusing on the childcare challenges faced by middle class families.Clinton backers also plan to host events in 10 Iowa cities on Thursday, including one at 7am at the Grind Cafe here in Sioux City.More than 4 in ten Iowa voters cast ballots before Election Day in 2012.You may vote early in Sioux City or register to vote at the Woodbury County Courthouse at 7th & Douglas Streets.last_img read more

Boone’s House Will Rock So Hard on Saturday Night

first_imgIt sort of feels like we’re not considering the fact that Baylor could, you know, beat Oklahoma State on Saturday night in Stillwater. They could. Vegas says it’s a coin flip. Other outlets say it’s likely that Baylor wins. This is one of the best offenses in Big 12 history. It’s a really good defense too. OSU could fall behind early and that will be that.Of course it certainly feels like it’s going to be straightforward. The stat about Baylor not having won in Stillwater since 1939. The cold weather. Glenn Spencer unhinged. Emmanuel Ogbah spitting Glenn Spencer quotes. It all feels like it’s playing into OSU’s hands. It might not.The one thing I’m sure of, though, is that if Baylor wins on Saturday night, it’s going to be because they played the best game they’ve played in the Art Briles era. It’s going to be because Jarrett Stidham took a superhuman performance, put it on the table and said “just think about how good I’ll be as a sophomore.” It’s going to be because Shawn Oakman’s on-field performance finally lived up to that famous Cotton Bowl photo.The reason for all of this is not Mason Rudolph. It is not J.W. Walsh. it is not Ogbah. It’s not even Spencer or Mike Gundy. The reason it’s going to take a heroic effort from Baylor on Saturday night is because Boone Pickens Stadium is going to heave like it has never heaved before.This is the first time in all of history Oklahoma State will be playing in Stillwater with double digit wins and zero losses. It’s never happened. And the fact that it’s happening against Baylor and OU, arguably the two least-liked teams in the Big 12 by OSU fans, is a bit of serendipity.“It’s a game,” said Jordan Sterns. “There’s no need to trash talk. Just go out there, play the game and have fun. Trash talk is not part of the game. Our coaches don’t let us do that in the first place so we just go out there and play.” No, there’s no need for OSU’s players to trash talk because the 60,000 in Boone Pickens Stadium will let Baylor hear all it wants to hear.OSU is looking to go 44-9 at home since 2008 on Saturday. That’s a stunning number. And it’s become pretty apparent that OSU’s home field advantage has become one of the best, if not must underrated, in the country.https://twitter.com/BYTTOCS/status/663787447642292224“They have a great fan base and the crowd is always really into it,” said Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman this week. “They’re a great program, too. We just have to make sure we focus and don’t lose that focus. We have to come together.”I know a bunch of folks that will make that incredibly difficult on Saturday night.[1. Wouldn’t hurt to play this on a loop all game either.]“I think all the Big 12 venues are hard,” said Art Briles. “It’s hard to win on the road, it’s hard to win at home. You just have to get everything. Just like the other night, the margin for error is so minute and small that if you have one mistake within a drive, it could cost you the outcome of the game. When you get into games of that nature, that’s just the way it is. Every time we’ve gone into Oklahoma State, it hadn’t been good, that’s the bottom line. They’ve always been a good football team. I actually have a whole lot of respect for them as a team because they do a great job of playing within themselves.”The players need to stay within themselves, yes. And they have. The fans, however don’t. I’m excited about the 30-degree weather. OSU fans are always better when the temperatures dip and Saturday night should be no different. If there’s anything worse than Emmanuel Ogbah falling on top of you when the temperature is below freezing, it’s having 60,000 people remind you about it for the next three hours. Can a freshman QB, stud that he is, stand up in the face of that for 60 minutes tomorrow night? Like I said, it’s going to take an all-time performance.And while OSU as an organization is keeping Bedlam at arm’s length, the rest of us can taste it. We are 60 minutes from Oklahoma State playing Oklahoma in Stillwater for a chance to play for the national title. How can you not taste that? It’s eight days away.But first, Baylor. I said earlier this week that BPS is starting to remind me of old GIA. The crowd is on top of your head, it runs straight up to the sky and it’s a little bit of a smaller venue than most which condenses the noise. It’s a hellacious place to find yourself down a couple of scores in a late November tilt which is exactly where I hope Baylor finds itself in the first half on Saturday.So a plea to OSU’s players and coaches. Just get it to the 4th quarter on Saturday as the clock nears midnight. Just carry a lead into the 4th and let 60,000 freezing cold lunatics shut it down. You guys might not want to think about it yet, but if you can just somehow get this thing to the 4th quarter and offer it up to that northwest corner for the last 15 minutes, they will deliver you the Bedlam of your dreams next weekend.Time to believe.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Tim Tebow Names Team With College Football’s Best Resume

first_imgTim Tebow giving a speech during a Florida Gators football game.GAINESVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 06: Tim Tebow is inducted into the Ring of Honor during the game between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigersat Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)It’s still early in the college football season, but there a few programs that stand out from the rest through the first month. Tim Tebow revealed on SportsCenter which team has the best resume thus far.Tebow went with an SEC program, however, the former Heisman Trophy winner didn’t go with his alma mater.Out of all the teams in the country, the Auburn Tigers have impressed Tebow the most. Guz Malzahn has led his team to victories over ranked opponents in Oregon and Texas A&M.Last weekend, Auburn defeated Texas A&M on the road. The offense under Bo Nix has done just enough to complement its defense. Although Tebow believes Auburn has the best resume in the country right now, the former Gator isn’t sure the team can withstand its difficult schedule coming up.Here’s what Tebow had to say, via 247Sports:“I think they have the best resume in the country so far, a win in a neutral site against Oregon and going to A&M,” Tebow said Saturday morning on SportsCenter. “But going forward, you just explained it. It is ridiculous. At Gainesville against Florida, at LSU then you’ve got Georgia and Alabama to finish it. It is just going to be too much for this Auburn team.”Auburn has to face Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU during conference play this fall.Before the Tigers battle those ranked opponents, they’ll have to take care of business tonight against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.last_img read more

Have never seen a player like Virat Kohli: Australia coach Justin Langer after series win

first_img India Today Web Desk DelhiMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 13, 2019 22:28 IST Pankaj NangiaIndia have lost three consecutive ODIs under Virat Kohli’s captaincy (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia beat India by 35 runs in the 5th ODI to clinch the series 3-2Justin Langer joked that the win will make Australian selector’s job very hardLanger though praised Virat Kohli and India’s “great fighting spirit”Australia defeated India by 35 runs in the fifth one-day international and clinch the five-match ODI series 3-2 at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Wednesday.It is the first time that India have lost at home since losing an ODI series against South Africa in October 2015, which is also Virat Kohli’s first ODI series loss. Incidentally India have lost three consecutive ODIs under Kohli’s captaincy.After the win, a jubilant Australia coach Justin Langer credited his players for their historic win over India.”All the credit to the players. We just make them prepare for the game but they have to go out there and perform in crunch situations. Incredibly proud of the boys,” Justin Langer said at the post-match presentation.Langer though joked that the win will make the selector’s job, who will be tasked with picking the squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup, harder.”It is going to be tough to pick the World Cup squad. It has been an unbelievable tide since India arrived in Australia,” Langer said.AUSTRALIA WIN THE SERIES! History made as Australia seal a 3-2 ODI series victory over India with a 35-run win in DelhiSCORES: https://t.co/aCzUs03Z2A pic.twitter.com/22Q0BLrDb2 cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 13, 2019Langer though was full of praise for the Team India skipper and lauded the home side’s “great fighting spirit”.”I have never seen a player like Kohli. They showed character and great fighting spirit. India had the better of us in Australia and we were able to have the better of them here,” Langer said.advertisementComing to his team, Langer is excited about his bowlers forming partnerships and also credited Usman Khawaja for his man-of-the-match performance.”I think Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins are forming a great partnership, they can also contribute with the bat. Usman Khawaja also has been fantastic, having not played much of white-ball cricket, in the last 12 months. So credit to him,” Langer said.Speaking after the match, Australia pacer Pat Cummins was a happy man that he has been able to show his form with the red-ball in limited-over cricket.”Played a bit of ODI cricket before, but I felt I bowled well in the series in Australia and hopefully will continue this form through the World Cup,” Pat Cummins.Cummins agreed with his coach that the Australian selectors who will name the 2019 ICC World Cup squad, will have a hard time.”I would not want to be a selector, it’s gonna be a tough job with few guys still to come in,” Cummins said.”The spinners bowled well and the quicks were incredible as well. The batters have stepped up today. Playing consistent cricket is the key and it’s been a good series for us. The biggest challenge playing in India is to adapt to the conditions and it’s my first series in India, proud of the boys,” Cummins said when asked about the team’s all-round show.Peter Handscomb, who has been instrumental in Australia’s win, said that the win over India will give them a lot o confidence going into the World Cup.”Means a lot to come over in India and win a series. To do it now gives us great confidence going towards the World Cup. Something special (to win the series from 0-2 down) to go with our chase the other night (in Mohali). Feels really special to come down here and win the series,” Peter Handscomb said.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 India vs AustraliaFollow Justin LangerFollow Virat KohliFollow 5th ODIFollow Delhi view more view less commentary No data available! Have never seen a player like Virat Kohli: Australia coach Justin Langer after series winAustralia coach praised Team India skipper Virat Kohli and lauded the home side’s “great fighting spirit” after Australia defeated India by 35 runs in the fifth ODI and clinch the series 3-2.center_img graphs scorecard advertisementlast_img read more

Golar Seals Deal for Third GoFLNG

first_imgzoom London-based liquefied natural gas shipping company Golar LNG Limited has executed agreements for conversion of the 126,000 m3 LNG carrier Gandria to a Golar floating liquefaction facility (GoFLNG) with Singapore’s Keppel Shipyard Limited (Keppel). The Gandria conversion contract marks the exercise of the second of two options that formed part of the initial 2014 Hilli conversion contract and is worth approximately USD 684 million.Keppel Shipyard will provide the design, detailed engineering and procurement of the marine systems and all of the conversion-related construction services.Black & Veatch will provide its licensed PRICO® technology, perform detailed engineering and process design, specify and procure topside equipment, and provide commissioning support for the GoFLNG topsides and liquefaction process.Golar said that the decision to go ahead with the third conversion project was taken following a thorough review of the growing portfolio of business development opportunities for GoFLNG, which has shown potential demand from several possible customers for delivery of floating liquefaction facilities as early as 2018.“In order to respond to this potential, the Gandria conversion will now be dedicated to satisfy the commitments to Ophir in Equatorial Guinea, covered by the agreement announced in May this year, requiring delivery of GoFLNG facilities in 2019,” Golar added.Michael Chia, Managing Director (Marine & Technology), Keppel O&M, said, “GoFLNG facilities are set to reduce the cost and time required to monetise and deliver offshore gas to market. Now a year underway, the Hilli conversion project is progressing to plan. This third GoFLNG contract re-validates our delivery timeframes and price levels, further demonstrating the technical and commercial competitiveness, and lower implementation risks inherent in our solution.”Golar Gimi before conversionIn parallel with this decision to commit Gandria to the Ophir project, Keppel and Black & Veatch will now update their FEED study, accommodating the deep water operation in Equatorial Guinea on the basis of Gandria.This move will release the Gimi to cover the potential emerging demand for a 2018 GoFLNG project.The GoFLNG Gandria conversion contract is expected to become effective by September 21st.To achieve effectiveness, Golar will make an initial payment to Keppel and Black & Veatch and will have until December 2016 to issue a full notice to proceed with the conversion. The GoFLNG is expected to be delivered in approximately 31 months after receipt of such notice to proceed.The yesterday’s announced financing for the Hilli project and the flexible terms in the yard contracts for the Gimi and Gandria projects mean that Golar does not expect to raise any additional equity in connection with the ordering of the GoFLNG Gandria.Currently Golar is working with a schedule which includes delivery of GoFLNG Hilli in Q1 2017, GoFLNG Gimi around mid-year 2018, and GoFLNG Gandria H1-2019. This schedule assumes that the Perenco contract is fully executed before September 30, 2015 and that the Ophir contract is executed prior to June 30, 2016.In addition to signing the third contract, Golar, Keppel and Black & Veatch have agreed to work out structures for further GoFLNG facilities.last_img read more

Legislative Changes Take Some of the Stress out of Getting Married

first_imgThey say you can’t hurry love, but Nova Scotians planning to marry won’t have to wait quite as long for a licence with changes to the Solemnization of Marriage Act introduced today, April 3. The act will be amended to eliminate the five-day wait period between the time a marriage licence is applied for, and the date it is ready for pick up. “A marriage ceremony is a special occasion that should be as hassle-free as possible,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “To help make preparing for the special day less stressful, we are removing the red-tape from the marriage licence process.” Before the amendment, couples applying for a marriage licence made two trips for a licence, one to apply and, five days later, another to pick up the licence. This was often inconvenient. “The new changes to the Solemnization of Marriage Act will reduce some stress for couples getting married and let them focus on the fun details,” said Lauren Martin, a Nova Scotia wedding planner and designer. “It directly impacts our clients and allows for a seamless and stress-free application process.” The five-day wait period was introduced in 1931 and it is believed it was to force sober second thought. “While this requirement may have served a useful purpose at one time, Nova Scotians no longer need government to play this monitoring role,” said Mr. MacDonell. “We are responding to Nova Scotians’ need to have efficient and convenient access to government services while respecting that adults do not require a government-forced period to think about their marriage.” Eliminating the five-day wait is also more efficient for government. In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, 4,636 marriage licences were issued in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia is the last province in Canada to have a wait period for marriage licences.last_img read more

Khandaani Shafakhana will make people think Sonakshi

first_imgNew Delhi: Actress Sonakshi Sinha says her forthcoming project “Khandaani Shafakhana” will make people think why sex still remains a taboo in the society. Directed by Shilpi Dasgupta, “Khandaani Shafakhana” depicts the journey of a young girl who inherits her dead uncle’s sex clinic in Punjab. “On hearing the film’s one-line pitch — ‘story of a girl who inherits a sex clinic’ — I was like why would they even approach me for such a film,” Sinha told IANS. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “But when I heard the full story, I said I must do this film because it’s a very relevant and important subject that should be discussed,” she added. Does she feel the film will take away the taboo around sex? “I don’t know that, but it will definitely get people to start thinking. It’s a step in that direction. How have we as a society labelled the reason for all of us being here as taboo? It’s something to think about,” said the actress. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Mahaveer Jain, Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and Divya Khosla Kumar and is slated for release on August 2. Soon Sinha will also be seen judging a digital fashion reality show “Myntra Fashion Superstar”. The Zoom Studios, the original content arm of Zoom, and Myntra have collaborated to create fashion influencer hunt titled “Myntra Fashion Superstar”. According to Sinha, “exploring uncharted territories has always been exciting for me.” “And partaking in ‘Myntra Fashion Superstar’ is exactly that for me. If it’s new, unique, never been done before — I am in,” she said. The show is slated to go live in September across The Zoom Studios and Myntra’s social media platforms.last_img read more

Longestserving member of Quebecs legislature announces retirement

first_imgMONTREAL – The longest-serving member of Quebec’s legislature is retiring.Francois Gendron announced on Saturday that he won’t be running for re-election this fall.Gendron, 73, was first elected to the legislature in 1976 as a member of Rene Levesque’s Parti Quebecois government.He told The Canadian Press on Friday that he never expected to be elected and thought he would soon be returning to his teaching career.Instead, he spent 42 years in the legislature, where he served as education minister in the 1980s and was deputy premier between 2012 and 2014.The long-time Parti Quebecois representative says he’ll remain an active member of the party.last_img read more

Attacks in eastern Libya kill four in under 24 hours

first_imgBENGHAZI – A string of attacks in eastern Libya has killed a public prosecutor and three members of the security forces in less than 24 hours, judicial and medical sources said Saturday.Since the ouster of veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi in October 2011, eastern Libya has been hit by a wave of bombings and shootings, mostly targeting security officials.Prosecutor Mohamed al-Naass was killed in the town of Derna on Saturday when an explosive device attached to his car detonated, a judicial source told AFP. Naass was responsible for the “Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar region, east of Benghazi,” the source said.In Benghazi, Libya’s second city, gunmen driving past an army checkpoint shot dead two special forces soldiers late on Friday, Al-Jala hospital spokeswoman Fadia al-Barghathi told AFP.Barghathi added that the body of a police lieutenant colonel, Sherif al-Ajili, had been brought to the hospital late on Friday, and that he had been “killed by a gunshot wound to the head”.Troops and police have beefed up their presence in Benghazi to try to check the attacks, although so far their presence has done little to stop the violence.Libya’s government has struggled to stamp its authority as militias of ex-rebels have carved their own fiefdoms in a country flooded with weapons looted from Kadhafi’s arsenal.Violence and insecurity have also hit the capital this week.Two people were killed and 29 others wounded in clashes between rival militias in Tripoli on Thursday, the latest incident in a wave of violence that is terrorising residents and underlines the country’s instability.last_img read more

Ban names American as new UN security chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Gregory B. Starr of the United States as chief of United Nations security, replacing David Veness, who resigned last year in the wake of the 2007 terrorist attack against UN facilities in Algiers. “The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Veness’s committed service and tireless dedication, even after his resignation as the head of the Department of Safety and Security,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York. At that time, Mr. Ban asked Mr. Veness to stay on until such time as a stable succession could be ensured.As the new Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, Mr. Starr brings to the job extensive experience managing global security operations of a civilian organization, developing security policy, and setting organizational standards.Mr. Starr also has first-hand experience in formulating security policy and implementing programmes that will help ensure the work of the UN continues in a secure environment at Headquarters in New York and overseas. Since 1980, Mr. Starr has been working in a security capacity with the US State Department, serving in domestic and overseas assignments. Before today’s appointment, he was the Director of the Diplomatic Security Service and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.In this job he had been responsible for all international and domestic security programmes for the Department of State, protecting more than 285 US Embassies and Consulates abroad, 100 domestic facilities, and 85,000 employees, families, and contractors. 6 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Gregory B. Starr of the United States as chief of United Nations security, replacing David Veness, who resigned last year in the wake of the 2007 terrorist attack against UN facilities in Algiers. read more

Sri Lanka wants IORA to move to new era of dynamism

Sri Lanka today called for the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) to move into a new era of dynamism.Addressing the 16th Council of Ministers Meeting (CoMM) of IORA held in Bali, Indonesia today, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that it was necessary for IORA and the members to take collective steps to ensure the security of the Indian Ocean. Noting the progress made in the areas of economic empowerment of women and the institutional strengthening of the IORA, the Foreign Minister added that on the eve of IORA’s 20th Anniversary in 2017 and the proposed Leader’s Summit in 2017, Sri Lanka was keen to further enhance its role in IORA. He also called for a more meaningful engagement of IORA’s dialogue partners in a constructive manner and to further explore mechanisms to encourage more interaction and participation among the stakeholders.Prior to his address, Foreign Minister Samaraweera also signed the IORA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Governments of the Member States of the IORA for the Coordination in Search and Rescue Services in the Indian Ocean Region.The Minister also expressed condolences to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Madam Retno Marsudi, on the passing away of her father, before commencing his address. On the sidelines of the CoMM, Foreign Minister Samaraweera also held bilateral discussions with the Foreign Ministers of Indonesia and Australia, in addition to a meeting with the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa. (Colombo Gazette) The IORA, initially formed in 1997 as the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-AC), later became known as IORA in 2010. It currently consists of 21 member countries. He said this should include the freedom of navigation, aviation and adherence to international law including UNCLOS, enhance scientific and academic cooperation amongst IORA members, protect, preserve and use ocean resources sustainably guided by international law and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, enhance preparedness to deal with ocean based disasters and un-assessed impact of climate change on ocean weather, establish mechanism for development finance within IORA and expand and broad base IORA’s partners for more intense and meaningful cooperation. Moving on to the many developments that are currently taking place across the world, the Minister pointed out to the need to measure the progress made so far by IORA, in order to chart a course for greater regional collaboration. In this context, he stated that sharing experiences in joint projects and technical co-operation amongst IORA states in order to ensure the sustainable use of the ocean resources would be useful.Minister Samaraweera also stated that Sri Lanka is co-hosting the Second Water Working Group meeting and Ocean Forecasting Workshop to Build Capacity for Indian Ocean Operational System, in Colombo, in mid-November this year, which was also in line with Sri Lanka’s commitment to strengthen the cooperation with IORA. Speaking further, Foreign Minister Samaraweera also stated that Sri Lanka has been focusing on the Blue Economy due to the economic potential it offers and the availability of aquatic resources, and observed that blue economy-related initiatives have the potential to uplift the economic conditions of the people. read more

UN agencies call for dramatic scaling up of efforts to curb child

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomed a paper in the British medical journal Lancet by a group of top scientists and policy makers, the Bellagio Child Survival Study Group, calling for renewed commitment to improve survival prospects and noting that 63 per cent of all child deaths could be prevented, with 98 per cent of those under the age of five occurring in developing countries.“In the 1980s the child survival revolution greatly reduced child mortality but that movement has to be revitalized,” Tomris Türmen, Executive Director of Family and Community Health at WHO, said in a statement in Geneva.“There is an urgent need to regain that momentum. More than 10 million children under five will die from easily preventable causes this year. Child survival must be put back on the agenda if there is to be any hope of achieving the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality by two thirds by 2015,” Dr. Türmen added.Noting past successes from better nutrition and the drastic reduction of preventable communicable diseases through immunization, integrated management of childhood illness and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, WHO said: “All of these interventions have been shown to work but need to be dramatically scaled up.”Such action would cost about $7.5 billion a year but “despite the urgent need to reduce the number of children dying, the amount of development assistance for child health has decreased dramatically,” it added.For its part, UNICEF said that while great strides were made in the 1980s through investment in basic health systems, including strengthening health centres at local level, the primary challenge today was to move beyond the health centre and bring basic survival knowledge, skills and supplies into the home.“The Lancet papers support our belief that the three actions that would most contribute to a decline in child mortality today are exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and correct weaning practices, the use of bed nets to protect children from malaria-carrying mosquito bites, and the use of oral re-hydration salts to fight diarrhoea. All of these require knowledge, action, and resources in the individual home,” the agency added. read more

Podcast US Women March On NBA Draft Preview And Is ARod A

Embed Code Video Excerpt: How Big Is A-Rod’s Asterisk? Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 23, 2015), we discuss the knockout stages of the women’s World Cup, preview the NBA draft and discuss Alex Rodriguez’s monster season. What do the stats say about his place in history, and how big is the asterisk? Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: Ronda Rousey’s speedy victories.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Allison McCann on the winners and losers of the WWC group stage.This World Cup may be proving that there’s more parity in women’s soccer than we thought.Kate Fagan’s dispatch from Edmonton, Alberta, after the U.S. women defeated Colombia.FiveThirtyEight ranks the top 50 players in the NBA draft.Nylon Calculus wonders if there’s a simpler way to evaluate rising basketball talent.FanGraphs evaluates A-Rod’s career and what to make of his recent resurgence.Significant Digit: The 1:42 differential between Ronda Rousey’s fastest win and her next opponent’s. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

CommodasUltrasort joins AngloGold Ashanti tech consortium

first_imgCommodasUltrasort, the mining brand of TOMRA Sorting Solutions, has been made a member of the international AngloGold Ashanti Technology Innovation Consortium. The consortium, based in South Africa, was established in 2011 by AngloGold Ashanti and, including CommodasUltrasort, comprises 46 industrial companies, eight universities and research institutions all of which regarded as innovators in their field.The aim of the consortium is to create new ways of thinking and new opportunities for deep level mining. Mike MacFarlane, Senior Vice President Technical Development at AngloGold Ashanti says: “The consortium facilitates solutions by bringing the world´s leading innovators to solve mining´s toughest problems. Next generation mining requires collaborative breakthroughs.” CommodasUltrasort, has provided state-of-the-art sensor-based sorting technology for dry material separation in various minerals and ore applications since 1988. It was chosen as an expert partner for sensor-based solutions for gold ore sorting. Hartmut Harbeck, technical director at CommodasUltrasort comments: “This partnership will allow us to network with exclusive partners and share knowledge.”last_img read more

Government expects detailed proposals from banks on salary reduction

first_imgBANKS ARE TO submit specific pay reduction plans to Government – and the hope is that senior management will lead by example, the Dáil was told today.Independent TD John Halligan asked during Leaders’ Questions today if the government would bring forward legislation that will force executives of the bailed out banks to take a cut in their retirement schemes, saying “the whole of the country would support you”.He asked if it would investigate if a referendum would be required in order to get bankers to reduce their pensions. “Advising banks to send letters to their senior executives seeking cuts in their pensions is not going to achieve anything,” said Halligan.In response, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said that the government is trying to rebuild a broken banking system. He said that if pay was slashed in banks, that “doesn’t necessarily mean you are to change banking practices”.Coveney said that in recent weeks the Government had made a clear statement to the pillar banks that it wants to see a reduction in the salary costs within those banks of between 6 and 10 per cent, and “we look forward to seeing proposals”.“I assume that the senior management in those banks will be leading by example,” he said.Coveney said that it was not possible to undo contracts, which is why the government has asked banks to come forward with proposals that will reduce salary levels – and it expects it will get detailed replies on this.Read: Irish Government ‘will not be targeting bank deposits like Cyprus’>Read: Bank of Ireland CEO received total pay of €843,000 last year>last_img read more

Washington in line for wind rain mountain snow

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — Forecasters say a strong cold front moving through the Northwest Friday will bring gusty wet weather and mountain snow to Washington.Accumulations of 6-to-11 inches are expected by Friday night in the Olympics and Cascades, likely impacting travel across the mountain passes.The National Weather Service says cool showery weather is likely to continue through the middle of next week across the state.last_img