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Kashmir papers run blank editorial spaces

first_imgSeveral leading newspapers in the Kashmir Valley ran their editorial spaces blank on Tuesday in protest against the killing of journalist and editor of daily Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari.A spokesman of the Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) said the decision to leave the space blank was taken in a meeting on Monday afternoon “to lodge a strong protest against the killing of the scribe”.The editorial space of all major English dailies like Greater Kashmir, Kashmir Times, Kashmir Observer and Kashmir Monitor were left blank.Bukhari, 50, was assassinated by at least three gunmen on June 14 outside his office. His two security guards were also killed in the attack. The Kashmir Press Club’s coordination committee also held a condolence meeting in Srinagar. “The members said that the entire journalistic fraternity of Kashmir is yet to come out of the shock of Shujaat’s killing and does not know how the void created by the brutal murder will be filled,” said the spokesman.Meanwhile, Director General of Police S.P. Vaid said the police has laid hands on “crucial leads in the case”.The Separatist Joint Resistance Leadership called for a complete strike on Thursday against the killing of Bukhari.last_img read more

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Queen to Host Reception For UK-India Year of Culture

first_imgQueen Elizabeth II will host a special reception at Buckingham Palace to kick start the UK-India Year of Culture celebrations in Britain, the Indian high commissioner here has said, noting that the bilateral ties have merged “truly exciting”. Related Itemslast_img

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Death toll in Bihar floods soars to 73

first_imgThe death toll in rain-related incidents in Bihar soared to 73 on Thursday, even as forces involved in relief and rescue operations fished out rotting corpses from waterlogged areas in several places. The torrential rain that took place between September 27 and September 30 has created a flood-like situation in 15 districts of the State, including the capital.The State Disaster Management Force (SDRF) said that the death toll takes into account loss of lives caused by drowning, wall collapses, trees crushing people to death, and the electrocution of people trapped in waterlogged areas. It could not provide a district-wise break-up.Worst affectedBhagalpur, where the district administration has confirmed as many as 12 casualties, may be the worst affected.In Patna, normal life has come to a grinding halt in many parts of the city, notwithstanding efforts being made by the district administration, along with the National Disaster Response Force and the SDRF, to replenish stocks of food, medicines and drinking water for stranded citizens.Banks, shops, private hospitals and coaching institutes, which abound in Kankar Bagh, Rajendra Nagar and Pataliputra Colony, the worst-affected sections, have been closed for a week. The last time they could conduct normal business was on Friday, when the downpour began late in the evening and continued over the next couple of days.Heavy duty pumps have been brought in from Chhattisgarh to flush out the water with greater speed. Many localities have been rid of inundation.Complaints are flooding helplines set up by the district administration, and its WhatsApp group, with assurances from District Magistrate Kumar Ravi that remedial measures will be taken.‘Beyond Patna’Bharatiya Janata Party MP Ram Kripal Yadav, who on Wednesday night fell into a shallow river while trying to reach a waterlogged area in rural Patna, alleged, “It seems the Patna administration cannot look beyond Kankarbagh and Rajendra Nagar. Waterlogging has been there in Danapur but nobody seems to notice.”Many have pitched in to help. In one instance, 13-year-old girl Siddhi Shreya came all the way from Samastipur to donate ₹11,000 she had collected over the years, for flood relief. The money was received by former MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, who has earned plaudits for his flood relief efforts in the past few days.last_img read more

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Photo Advisory second, Photos released up to 8.00 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: Nov 17, 2016 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.// NATIONAL New Delhi: India-Israel Economic Forum: InnovativePartnership,(A) Kolkata: Mercedes Benz event(A) New Delhi/Bikaner/Lucknow/ Amritsar/Jammu/kolkata/Beawar/Allahabad: People standing in long queues (B+A) New Delhi: NDMC workers spray water on streets (B) Mumbai: TCS board meeting (B) New Delhi: Parliament winter session(A+B) New Delhi: TV Grab?Parliament Winter session(B+A) New Delhi: ICICI Bank CEO & MD, Chanda Kochhar leaves after meeting Finance Minister (B+A) Mumbai: Tribute to Balasaheb Thackray (A+B) New Delhi: TMC protest at the Parliament (B+A) New Delhi: Mamata and Kejriwal rally/dharna againstdemonetisation (B+A) New Delhi: Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das at press conference(A) New Delhi: Bill Gates in Delhi(A+B) New Delhi: Empty Azadpur Mandi(A) Madurai: By-election campaigning in Madurai(A) Dundigal: Royal Air Force air show(B) Srinagar: Train services resumes in Srinagar(B) Allahabad: Protest against Modi(B) Bikaner: Siddhi Kumari interacts with girls(A) New Delhi: ADHM event(B) New Delhi: School students hang by the back of an overcrowded bus(B) INTERNATIONAL SPORTS New Delhi: Airtel Delhi Half Marathon press conference (B) PTI PHOTO VNA/ RSM GSVlast_img read more

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ISL: Mumbai City FC end Chennaiyin FC’s three-match winning streak via penalty

first_imgMumbai City FC put an end to Chennaiyin FCs hat-trick of victories with a gritty 1-0 win in the fifth round of the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday.Achille Emana kept his cool to convert a 60th-minute penalty for the only goal of the match as Mumbai City FC registered their second successive victory at home and got their campaign back on track after a disappointing start against debutants Bengaluru FC.The win took Mumbai’s points tally to seven and put them in fifth position on the table. Chennaiyin FC, with their second loss in five matches, are placed third with nine points..@MumbaiCityFC returned to winning ways on home soil thanks to an @AchilleEmana effort from the spot!More videos: #MUMCHE #LetsFootball Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 10, 2017Chennaiyin FC had arrived in Mumbai on the back of three successive victories and were attempting to equal their 2015 record when they had won five matches on the trot. They seemed to have got a good start in the opening 45 minutes when the visitors pressed hard with Mohammad Rafi coming close to securing the opening goal.The Chennaiyin forward, selected ahead of Jeje Lalpekhlua, had two good chances in the first half. The first came in the 29th minute when Jude Nworuh crossed from the left after a speedy run but Rafi, thrown off track by a defender, failed to get a touch inside the penalty box.advertisementRafi could have struck again in the 45th minute but his header from close range went straight into the hands of goalkeeper Amrinder Singh.Chennaiyin FC have scored seven of their nine goals in the second half, so there was a sense of hope after the break. Rafi threatened again but it was Thoi Singh who missed the easiest of chances when he failed to tap the rebound with an open goal in front of him.Mumbai City were eventually rewarded for their persistence when Balwant Singh won a penalty. Emana played it through to Balwant on the left who tried to muscle his way inside the box, only for Mailson Alves to come up with a tackle.The @ChennaiyinFC players were adamant the foul was outside the box.Watch it LIVE on @hotstartweets: JioTV users can watch it LIVE on the app. #ISLMoments #MUMCHE #LetsFootball Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 10, 2017Despite protests from Chennaiyin FC, the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty which Emana had no problem converting.Mumbai should have sealed the match in the 75th minute when a long ball by Everton Santos saw young defender Anirudh Thapa fail to intercept.Rafa Jorda sensed an opportunity but his lob over goalkeeper Karanjit Singh sailed wide of the post..@RafaJorda tried an audacious lob here.Watch it LIVE on @hotstartweets: JioTV users can watch it LIVE on the app. #ISLMoments #MUMCHE #LetsFootball Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 10, 2017Fortunately for the hosts, Chennaiyin could not find the equaliser till the end as Mumbai celebrated an important victory at the final whistle.last_img read more

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Sluggin’ Mets Pound Braves, 4-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Lucas Duda and the New York Mets gladly got into a game of home run derby with the Atlanta Braves.David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Duda hit loud homers in the first inning as the Mets teed off to back Bartolo Colon, beating Atlanta 4-1 on May 2 for their ninth win in 10 games.“Everybody kind of clicked together,” Duda said.The Mets’ homer barrage came in a span of 16 pitches. The Braves have hit just five homers all season, by far the fewest in the majors for the team with the worst record in the big leagues.A few weeks shy of his 43rd birthday, Colon (2-1) pitched eight scoreless innings. He coasted to his 220th career victory, breaking a tie with Pedro Martinez for the second-most among Dominican-born pitchers and trailing only the 243 by Hall of Famer Juan Marichal.“It’s pretty neat to pass Pedro,” Colon through a translator. “He’ll always be one of the big ones.”Colon gave up seven hits, six in the first three innings, walked none and struck out seven. He threw 99 pitches — 77 strikes — in the longest outing by a Mets starter this year. He was 4-0 against Atlanta last season.Mike Foltynewicz (0-1) came up from Triple-A as the Braves reshuffled their roster, making seven moves. The 24-year-old right-hander had been out of the majors since potentially life-threatening blood clots were found in his right shoulder late last season. He later had surgery to remove part of a rib.“I don’t want to look at that as an excuse, this is my first time back off a blood clot or anything,” he said. “I was ready. I was ready for this game. It was probably the best I’ve felt all year coming in to the game,” he said.A day after they were shut down by Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, the Mets made it a rough return for Foltynewicz. They hit three homers in the first inning for the first time since April 13, 2006, the Elias Sports Bureau said, when Carlos Beltran, Wright and Cliff Floyd did it at Washington against Livan Hernandez.“We were able to take advantage of a young pitcher,” Cespedes said through a translator.Wright connected with one out and Michael Conforto singled. Cespedes, who had a golf club stretched across his locker before the game, then launched a long drive to left-center for his eighth home run. Duda followed with a liner off the facing of the second deck in right.When Asdrubal Cabrera doubled later in the inning, Foltynewicz walked with his head down to back up the play. With two outs and two on, Colon hooked a hard shot just foul down the left field line.“I don’t think I’ve ever hit a ball as hard as that,” Colon said.From the dugout, Mets manager Terry Collins thought it might land fair, allowing the portly Colon to run for an extra-base hit.“I wasn’t sure how many extra bases,” Collins kidded.Overall, the Mets have outscored opponents 21-3 in the first inning this season.Cespedes has been on a recent tear with 16 RBIs in eight games. He’s helped the Mets homer 34 times in their last 16 games.Foltynewicz was pulled when Cespedes came up with two on and two outs in the fourth.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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I-League: Wolfe penalty helps Churchill Brothers eke out a draw vs Mohun Bagan

first_imgChurchill Brothers FC salvaged a point against visiting Mohun Bagan at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco Da Gama, Goa, on Saturday, as they eked out a 1-1 draw with the help of a late Anthony Wolfe penalty which cancelled out a 39th minute strike by Dipanda Dicka.With this result in the 12th Hero I-League, Churchill remain in third position on the table, with 30 points from 17 games, while Mohun Bagan remained in sixth position, having played a game less for their 23 points.The game could not reach the heights as expected and the first half saw Mohun Bagan take a lead into the break with the help of an opportunistic Dicka strike, which was his seventh in this year’s campaign.Haitian winger Sony Norde missed a chance early and then Lybian defender Hussein Eldor hit the woodwork in the 17th minute for Churchill, before Dicka struck six minutes before the end of the half.What could have unsettled the home side before conceding was the fact that they lost two crucial players due to injury. Hussein Eldor had to be replaced by Rowlinson Rodriguez and Richard Costa had to be carried away on a stretcher in tears and was replaced by Aniston Fernandes.Sony Norde was brought down just inside the Churchill half on the left by Wayne Vaz, who otherwise had a brilliant time keeping the Haitian in check. From the resultant free-kick, Abinash Ruidas floated the ball in towards Henry Kisekka inside the box, who climbed to head towards the path of Dicka.advertisementThe Cameroonian seemed to have been well covered by Rowlinson, who in his attempt to clear, flummoxed his own advancing keeper Vicky Baskaran, missing with his right and faintly touching the ball with his leading left foot. As the ball advanced further, Dicka had not given up the pursuit and tapped home from close.After the break, Churchill seemed to have regained composure and pressed on for the equaliser but despite some close chances, could not manage to find the Bagan net.Bagan, meanwhile, had a solid punch by Omar Elhusseiny on the half hour mark saved by Baskaran.After having a good game for quite a while, central defender Eze Kingsley was adjudged to have brought down substitute Anthony Wolfe inside the box.The Trinidadian calmy converted from the spot to beat keeper Shilton Paul and regained parity. It remained the same till the end and both teams will rue another missed opportunity at a win, something that has characterised both of their seasons.Also Read | Real Kashmir FC vs East Bengal postponed due to thick snow cover in SrinagarAlso Read | Swiss giants FC Basel buy stakes in Chennai City FC in landmark deallast_img read more

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Friends are making fun of me: KL Rahul on catch celebration vs Rajasthan

first_imgFriends are making fun of me: KL Rahul on catch celebration vs RajasthanKL Rahul shared with India Today in an exclusive interview that his friends have been making fun of his Shah Rukh Khan-esque celebration against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2019.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 12:57 IST KL Rahul took a brilliant catch to dismiss Steve Smith in Kings XI Punjab IPL 2019 opener vs Rajasthan Royals. (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul said his Shah Rukh Khan-esque celebration has become the butt of jokes in his friends circleRahul said white-ball cricket does not come naturally to himRahul said he is not taking the World Cup selection pressureKL Rahul revealed that his friends have been making fun of me for his celebration after he dismissed Steve Smith in Kings XI Punjab’s IPL 2019 opener against Rajasthan Royals. Rahul caught a blinder to send back Steve Smith, something that changed the complexion of the match.KXIP went on to win by 14 runs in a match that was marred by the Mankad controversy.Rahul revealed that his Shah Rukh Khan-esque celebration came because he couldn’t think of anything to do at that point in time.”Celebration, I just got stuck, I didn’t know what to do. Friends are making fun of me that what were you thinking, you’re Shah Rukh Khan or something?” Rahul told India Today.”Since Virat’s become the captain, he has stressed a lot on fitness and fielding. Lot of credit to how we field as the new Indian cricket team and we work really hard in the gym and nutrition and pay a lot of attention to that. For somebody like me who doesn’t bowl, it’s important to contribute in the field and I’ve worked hard on that, slip catching.”Rahul also shared how he had worked extremely hard on his white-ball cricket and that the format doesn’t come naturally to him.”I just feel I have been very luck with T20 cricket. Whenever I get opportunities at the top of the order, that’s the position I enjoy. I have had to work really hard at white-ball cricket. It doesn’t come naturally to me, I was a slow batsman, I worked hard on my game and fitness.advertisement”So it is very satisfying to see the kind of change I’ve have brought in my shorter-format game. I hope to keep improving and get that into Test cricket and ODIs as well, whenever I get the chance.”Rahul also said he was just trying to enjoy the IPL and not think about World Cup selection.”Worrying about it and thinking about it is not going to help me play, there’s already so much pressure. So I am just looking to enjoying the IPL.”Rahul also said the Koffee with Karan controversy hit him quite hard and he had started to doubt himself as a person. However, he added that it might have made him a stronger person though.Rahul and Hardik Pandya were suspended by BCCI and had to return home from Australia before the start of the ODI series after their sexist remarks on the TV show sparked a huge controversy.”Last two months have been very very tough for me. When it happened I had started to doubt myself as a person,” Rahul told India Today in an exclusive interview. “I was hated nationally and it was not easy. I always thought I was a good person and then I started to believe otherwise.””I couldn’t come out of home for I was not ready. Only played play station and all. I have become calmer and more mature as a result. It has taught me a lot and may be I have emerged stronger also,” he said.Rahul also admitted that coming out of the “shadow of Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers” from when he was at RCB has helped him become a better player and take more responsibility head on.”2018 was magical for me as far as IPL is concerned. With a really good and balanced team, this year also should be good. At RCB I was under the shadow of Virat and AB de Villiers and here I am the number one and that has helped.Also Read | With World Cup in mind, KL Rahul promises to be more disciplined in IPL 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 KL RahulFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow IPL 2019Follow Indian Premier LeagueFollow Koffee with Karan controversyFollow Virat KohliFollow AB de Villierslast_img read more

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Giant Dockwise Vanguard Shipping Floating Dock

first_imgImage Courtesy: BLRT GruppIn today’s spotted, we bring you an image of Dockwise Vanguard, the world’s largest semi-submersible heavy lift ship, which is transporting BLRT Grupp’s floating dock from Montenegro to Lithuania.The floating dock acquired in June 2016 has begun its journey to Klaipeda, where it will be installed at the Western Shipyard owned by BLRT Grupp.At the beginning of August, the floating dock weighing 11,000 tons was loaded onto Dockwise Vanguard- the world’s only vessel with a deadweight of 110,000 tons for carrying heavy loads and floating oil and gas platforms.The loading operation lasted eleven hours. After traversing 3,825 miles, the dock should be delivered to Klaipeda by the end of August.BLRT Grupp acquired the 235 meters long and 53 meters wide floating dock from the Adriatic Shipyard Bijela in Montenegro. “The dock will be the biggest dock in the Baltic countries and will open up new opportunities for ship owners and shipyard to carry out repair and modernization projects on Panamax-type ships,” Arnoldas Šileika, Western Shipyard’s Director General, commented.Operated by Dockwise Shipping BV, Doskwise Vanguard was built at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in South Korea in 2013. The ship features a length of 275 meters and a width of 70 meters.last_img read more

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Misfits all getting together Veterans with PTSD bond over military vehicles

first_imgCALGARY – A loud whir is followed by a deep rumbling roar as the engine of a decommissioned Canadian Forces armoured recovery vehicle comes to life.A big cloud of black smoke belches out of the rear exhaust port.“You see that?” asks John Senior, thumping his chest. “That’s why people are here. When that starts up you should see the smile on the guys’ faces and their glow. Their aura just amplifies.“We veterans are keeping that running and it is keeping us running. You see that connection. The happiness. The joy.”Senior is the leader of the Ghost Squadron at The Military Museums in Calgary. He works for the Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada as an operational stress injury social support co-ordinator.The Ghost Squadron consists of volunteers who keep decommissioned military vehicles running. Between nine and 20 of them get together every week to do some mechanical work but, more importantly, to bond in some informal group therapy.Most of the participants are suffering from occupational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.David, who suffers from PTSD and didn’t want his last name used, started coming a year ago after leaving the military filled with anger and resentment.“A lot of us when we got out of the army … didn’t want to have anything to do with the army. I didn’t want to see stuff on TV. I still don’t watch war movies,” he said.“It’s done me a world of good. These guys, they’ve seen the vulnerability and they still treat me like I never said a thing.”David said everyone has had difficulties reintegrating into civilian life.“This group, it reminds me of how … the legions started — misfits all getting together and going, ‘Hey, no one gets it but us,’ and that’s what this group has become,” he said.“This drags guys out of the basement who are drinking themselves to death and has given them a purpose.”Senior said that, in his day job, he has a list of about 200 veterans he has reached out to in southern Alberta. Most have all their limbs but struggle with mental health. He said the success of the informal therapy comes down to shared experience.“You’re there with people who have the same mission mindset, same feelings.”Scott Vanderveer and his wife, Heather, served in the military and both were diagnosed with occupational stress injuries.Vanderveer, a former corporal, said his problems came gradually. They started with anxiety and unexplained anger. He still only sleeps an hour or two a night.Connecting with fellow veterans has made a world of difference.“When any one of us are having a bad day, the other guys are there. You know your brothers care for you when they’re razzing the hell out of you.”Heather Vanderveer, who was also a corporal, said she left the Canadian Forces because of constant harassment from co-workers and superiors.“I kind of tease everybody that I’m the president of the angry corporals club. That’s what we call it in our house,” she said. “I wanted to fulfil my duty as a soldier and my trade. I feel that was taken from me so the minute I left I was angry.“I knew, for me, something wasn’t right. I suffered from anxiety, lack of self-esteem, nightmares.”She doesn’t tinker with engines but said she’s included in all group activities.Brian McGregor retired as a corporal 24 years ago and nobody has to pretend.“My wife laughs at me because I’ll be cranky and miserable when I leave, because I’m job hunting and nobody’s talking to me. I will come back from one of these nights — greasy and dirty and smelling remarkably like I stood in a diesel fire — with a big smile on my face.”Senior makes sure he keeps his day job and his volunteer gig separate but has noticed the benefits, especially for veterans who have retreated from society and haven’t sought help.“I’ve seen that just a little bit of contact here goes a long way,” he said.“From here I can say, ‘Hey, you might want to look at getting some outside source help.’”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

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The Latest Survey shows French protests knocked business

first_imgPARIS — The Latest on anti-government protests in France (all times local):11:55 a.m.A survey suggests the “yellow vest” protests in France have dealt a significant blow to business activity in the country’s services sector, which includes tourism and retail.The so-called purchasing managers’ index, which measures activity in various parts of an economy, fell to 49.6 points in December for France’s services sector. That is down sharply from November’s 55.1 points. The index, published Friday by data firm IHS Markit, is on a 100-point scale, with the 50 mark separating expansion from contraction.Eliot Kerr, economist at IHS Markit, said the data points to “an outright contraction in France’s private sector for the first time in two-and-a-half years, following the protests which have swept through the country in recent weeks.”The “yellow vest” protests began as demonstrations against a fuel tax and have expanded into sometimes violent marches across the country to protest the policies of President Emmanuel Macron.___9:15 a.m.Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris’ police chief says armoured vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital on Saturday.Michel Delpuech told RTL radio on Friday security services intend to deploy the same numbers and strength as last weekend, with about 8,000 officers and 14 armoured vehicles again in Paris.Delpuech said the biggest difference will be the deployment of more groups of patrol officers to catch vandals who roamed streets around the Champs Elysees last weekend, causing damage and pillaging.A sixth “yellow vest” protester was killed this week, hit by a truck at a protest roadblock. Despite calls from authorities urging protesters to stop the protests, the movement rocking the country has showed no signs of abating.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Mexican NGOs Denounce Polisario Delegation at Presidential Inauguration

Rabat – The new president was sworn in on Saturday, promising radical change in his country.Read Also: Polisario Defies Resolution 2440 Ahead of UN Talks on Western SaharaIn a petition published on November 29, a group of NGOs said that the invitation sent to Polisario’s members for the inauguration of Mexico’s elected president is a “serious violation of Mexican democracy.”According to a joint statement published by, the group of NGOs was surprised by the presence of “ a fictitious state not recognized by the United Nations or by the great powers such as China, Russia, the United States, France, and the entire European Union.” The statement challenged Mexican authorities’ decision to invite the “head of a fictional entity” to take part in a symbolic event like the presidential inauguration.While stressing Morocco’s contribution to stability and the security at the international level,the NGOs continued,  “What message do we want to convey to the international system and, in particular, to North Africa?“Let us not forget that Morocco’s role is to be a guarantor of stability and security, while the fictitious SADR is objectively and clearly a separatist group with obvious links to radicalism terrorism, smuggling.”The  visit, the statement elaborated, stood “in blatant contradiction with the democratic principles advocated by the ruling party (Movement for National Regeneration, Morena, of Castro-Chavista obedience); it is all the more serious that this visit is officially stamped in the heart of a symbol of our democracy .”The group of NGOs that denounced Polisario’s participation consisted of, among others, the Global Africa Foundation for Mexico, the Civil Society Assembly of Guerrero, and Urbana de Oaxaca.Morocco was also represented at said presidential inauguration. Morocco’s speaker of the House of Representatives, Lahbib El Malki, attended the event on behalf of  King Mohammed VI. King Felipe of Spain and the US Vice President Mike Pence also attended the ceremony.El Malki told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that he conveyed to the Mexican president King Mohammed VI’s congratulations and his sincere wishes for full success during his presidential tenure.El Malki also met with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Friday to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation. read more

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With diseases looming UN launches flash appeal for Philippines flood victims

“Emergency rehabilitation activities require immediate support in order to restore provision of life-sustaining services,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said of the appeal launched in Manila, the Philippines’ capital. Continued delivery of relief supplies is crucial for those areas still isolated by the landslides and flash floods caused by four consecutive typhoons and tropical storms in the past month which left 1,060 people dead, 1,023 injured, 559 missing in the northeast – and 880,000 displaced. Priority items are food, potable water, paediatric medicines, sanitation and shelter material. Repair of damaged and destroyed bridges and roads as well as the restoration of electricity would speed the delivery of relief goods and facilitate local recovery, OCHA said. As the majority of the items requested are available in the country, donors are asked to respond with cash contributions. “The disruption of access to safe drinking water and the breakdown of waste management represent a major threat to health, and the risk of outbreaks of water-borne diseases is looming,” OCHA added. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said diarrhoeal diseases and upper respiratory infections required urgent attention. There is also an increased risk of an outbreak of malaria, as it is endemic in the country and standing water increases the likelihood of an outbreak of vector- and water-borne diseases. “This has been a terrible tragedy, and its impact is felt even more in this period just before the holidays,” said the agency’s country representative, Jean-Marc Olivé. “The priority now, from WHO’s perspective, is to safeguard the health of survivors and to rehabilitate public health services. This task will demand considerable funds and great commitment from all involved.” UN agencies involved in the appeal include the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), WHO, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). read more

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UN seeking to fill 86 billion emergency funding gap for 2013

Nearly $13 billion is needed this year – about a third of that amount for Syria and its neighbouring countries – to provide aid to 73 million people, the top United Nations humanitarian official said today. “That’s an extra $8.6 billion to raise by the end of the year,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos said from Geneva as she gave a snapshot of the Organization’s mid-year humanitarian assessment. Calling 2013 an “extraordinary year,” Ms. Amos, who is also the UN Emergency Coordinator, stressed that millions of people around the world desperately need help feeding their families, treating malnourished children and getting safe drinking water and other essential supplies. “We need to support them.”At least $4.4 billion of the budgeted need is for crisis-riven Syria where some 5,000 people are being killed every month. According to the UN, the two-year conflict has also sparked the worst refugee crisis for 20 years, with an average of 6,000 people a day fleeing the country in 2013.Addressing the UN Security Council yesterday in New York flanked by UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, and Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović, Ms. Amos said the conflict in Syria is a regional crisis with regional consequences, requiring sustained and comprehensive international engagement. In addition to Syria, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which Ms. Amos heads, and its partners are working to help people in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger, Sudan and Yemen, among others.More than $5 billion has been provided for humanitarian organizations in 24 countries so far this year, Ms. Amos said. While the situation worsened in some countries, the scale and severity of need has “eased a little” in others, such as Kenya, Mauritania and South Sudan, for which funding plans have been revised accordingly. These consolidated appeals are used by some 620 UN agencies and non-governmental partners to plan their responses and monitor the situation and impact of their work, Ms. Amos noted. read more

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Leigh Day lawyers cleared of wrongdoing over Iraq War torture and murder claims

first_imgSolicitors Anna Crowther, Sapna Malik and Frances Swaine of solicitors Leigh Day arrive at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in central London Solicitors Anna Crowther, Sapna Malik and Frances Swaine of solicitors Leigh Day arrive at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in central LondonCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images Mr Day and Ms Malik were each cleared of 16 misconduct charges at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Fellow solicitor Ms Crowther was cleared of four, including an allegation of destroying a key document, and the firm was exonerated of 11 counts.The firm had worked alongside disgraced human rights lawyer Phil Shiner to represent Iraqi clients whose claims of abuse were later found to be deliberate lies. Mr Shiner was struck off earlier this year at a similar tribunal. Lawyers accused of wrongly pursing British troops with false accusations of abusing and murdering Iraqi civilians have been cleared of a string of professional misconduct charges.Law firm Leigh Day, its co-founder Martyn Day and his colleagues Sapna Malik and Anna Crowther, were cleared of any wrongdoing in alleging the mistreatment of captives after the Battle of Danny Boy in May 2004.center_img The Ministry of Defence said it was disappointed by the decision, while a veterans’ lobby group said it was disgusted.Mr Day said afterwards: “We are pleased that the tribunal has cleared us of all the charges, and confirmed our view that we did not act improperly or dishonestly in these legal claims against the Ministry of Defence.” 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

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BHP Billiton congratulates women in resources

first_imgMore diverse workforces are helping resource companies achieve superior performance, safety and stable production, says BHP Billiton’s Human Resource President, Mike Fraser. He delivered the keynote address at the inaugural Women in Resources Awards (WIRNA) in Brisbane this week, with the national awards program building on the state-based Resources Council awards, celebrating the achievements of women, men and companies who make outstanding contributions to the industry. BHP Billiton boasted four finalists at the Awards, with Laura Tyler, Asset President, Cannington winning the Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources.Fraser spoke about the important business benefit that comes from diversity and inclusion. “Diversity and inclusion make good business sense,” he said. “We have found that where our workplaces are more inclusive and collaborative, we achieve superior performance results. Safety results are better, production is more stable, employee engagement is higher and turnover is lower.” Importantly, Fraser said diversity was not just about gender, but includes different aspects of individual uniqueness including thought, experience, age, disability, nationality, ethnicity, orientation, gender and perspective. Fraser went on to say that BHP Billiton has implemented a number of diversity initiatives to help drive performance. “We are addressing the historical gender imbalance we have seen in our industry by having a particular emphasis on increasing female representation in key operational roles,” Fraser said.“For example, in Queensland, our Daunia and Caval Ridge operations are proving that with a strong commitment, the gender diversity gap in the resources industry can be narrowed. “From the start of development of these projects seven years ago, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) committed to create a diverse workforce at Daunia and Caval Ridge with at least 30% female and 5% Indigenous employees. “The operations offered training for female employees new to the industry and interested in taking on more responsibility. We are now on track to achieve this goal by 2015 with female employees now making up 25% at Daunia and 20% at Caval Ridge.” Fraser also congratulated the finalists and winners of the WIRNA Awards and said that BHP Billiton was very pleased to have four finalists nominated:Lucas Dow, Asset President, BMA for the Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance categoryLaura Tyler, Asset President, Cannington for Exceptional Woman in Australian ResourcesJo Barron-Perry, Senior Mining Engineer, Olympic Dam for Gender Diversity Champion in Australian Resources categoryEmma Stevenson, Electrical Instrument Technician, Nickel West for Outstanding Australian Tradeswoman/ Operator/ Technician category.“I would like to congratulate all the finalists, including the BHP Billiton finalists and winner Laura Tyler from Cannington. Participation in these awards will go a long way to raising awareness about the important role that diversity plays in our business and the resources sector generally.”last_img read more

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Newmont Mining receives top mining industry safety certification

first_imgAmerica’s National Mining Association (NMA) has recognized Newmont Mining Corp for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. CORESafety’s approach to safety and health emphasizes accident prevention using a risk-based management system anchored in leadership, management and assurance. Its objective is zero fatalities and a 50% reduction in mining’s injury rate within five years of implementation. Since its inception in 2011, CORESafety participants have seen a 74% reduction in fatalities.“We congratulate Newmont on this noteworthy achievement and want to recognize and thank Gary Goldberg for his role in the development of CORESafety,” said Hal Quinn, President and CEO of NMA. “The company has been an early developer and adopter of the CORESafety framework and has gone above and beyond to implement its tenets at the company’s operations across the globe.”“Safety is a core value for Newmont, and we have made excellent progress towards achieving our goal of zero harm by lowering injury rates by more than 50% since 2012,” said Goldberg, Newmont’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “While our injury rates are among the lowest in the mining sector, we want everyone to go home safely after every shift and CORESafety is helping us achieve that goal.CORE Safety is a voluntary mine safety and health initiative developed and facilitated by the NMA. CORESafety participants agree to: commit to the CORESafety system; implement a functionally-equivalent version of the CORESafety safety and health management system; submit to NMA annual self-assessments of progress toward implementation of the CORESafety safety and health management system; and, if the company elects to become or maintain CORESafety certification, complete a third- party assessment of its safety and health management system to verify that it is functionally equivalent to CORESafety and submit the assessment report to NMA. Newmont is the fourth NMA member company to complete each step of this process.SGW Management System Specialists conducted the independent audit for Newmont.For more information, visit read more

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Mens Health Appoints New EditorinChief People on the Move

first_imgRichard DormentAfter Men’s Health’s acquisition by Hearst in January, the magazine recently appointed Richard Dorment as its new editor-in-chief, starting April 15. He will report to Esquire editor-in-chief, Jay Fielden and to Hearst Magazines chief content officer, Joanna Coles.Dorment is replacing Dave Zinczenko who is serving as interim editorial director after Matt Bean left the magazine in January.“I’m thrilled to be joining Men’s Health at such a critical time for men across America,” says Dorment. “We’re writing our own rules as we strive to become stronger, faster, better versions of ourselves—better partners, better parents, better friends and better men.”Most recently, he served as senior editor for Wired where he edited a variety of content, special issues and service packages as well as oversaw the launch and growth of the “Ideas” section of and hosted “Pitch Distilled,” the brand’s event series. Prior to this, Dorment served as an editor at Esquire for nearly a decade.“It’s going to be a real pleasure to work with Rich again,” says Fielden. “He’s got tremendous range and versatility as an editor, and his experience lines up perfectly with Men’s Health.”Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… BuzzFeed has named Melinda Lee as its first-ever chief content officer of BuzzFeed Media Brands, a newly formed division that houses different lifestyle and home brands such as Tasty and Nifty.Most recently serving as SVP and general manager of video at Meredith, Lee will oversee the editorial and business operations of BuzzFeed Media Brands as well as the growth and partnership of the company’s advertising, commerce and studio teams.Jonah Peretti, CEO and founder of the company, says, “I’m excited to see her apply her deep experience building out brand portfolios to help us quickly grow our media brands group.”Complex Networks has hired former Bauer exec Christian Baesler as president, a new role reporting directly to CEO Rich Antoniello, in which he’ll be responsible for growing the company’s full portfolio of brands, including its flagship Complex. Baesler spent the last ten years at Bauer Media Group, rising to president of the company’s online division in 2014. He then oversaw Bauer’s relatively rapid transition from print-centric publisher to a digital media business that now attracts over 150 million uniques each month.The Atlantic has tapped Christi Parsons to lead its new newsroom recruitment and staff development initiative, Talent Lab. She will work closely with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief, and Matt Thompson, executive editor, to help launch and lead the Talent Lab in its mission to streamline editorial recruitment, retention and advancement.With almost three decades of journalistic experience, Goldberg says, “Christi brings with her an unparalleled network of journalists, which is why we couldn’t wait to have her assist us as we embark on our expansion plan.”In addition to this hire, The Atlantic has also named the first editor and four contributors to its upcoming section for ideas, opinions and commentary at Current politics editor, Yoni Appelbaum, will serve as the section’s editor alongside Goldberg and’s editor, Adrienne LaFrance, and Annie Lowrey, Alex Wagner, Ibram X. Kendi and Kevin D. Williamson will serve as the contributors.Lowrey most recently covered economic policy for The Atlantic and Wagner currently hosts the podcast “Radio Atlantic,” and is a correspondent for CBS and co-host of “The Circus” on Showtime. Kendi is a professor of history and international relations at American University as well as the  founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center. And Williamson is joining The Atlantic after a decade at National Review and The New Criterion where he served at a theater critic for years.“These are all writers whose force of intellect and acuity of insight reflect our ambition for the new section,” says Goldberg.Vanity Fair has several moves in the works. Kira Pollack was tapped as deputy editor for the magazine–the number two position under editor-in-chief Radhika Jones–from her post as deputy editor at Time. Other moves include:Joe Hagan was made a special correspondent from his stint at New York magazine.Joy Press will join as a TV correspondent and is best known as being the author of “Stealing the Show: How Women are Revolutionizing Television.” Sonia Saraiya of Variety was hired as a TV critic. Former writer for The Ringer and the Los Angeles Review of Books, K. Austin Collins, will be a film critic for the magazine. Richard Lawson has been promoted to chief critic and has been with the publication since 2013.Condé Nast France has appointed Yves Bougon as its next president, effective May 7. Bougon is superseding Xavier Romatet from his current role as CEO and representative director of Hearst Fujingaho.  “I have always had a passion for print, news and media in general. Ultimately, the success in our business is always about people, and I know I am joining an excellent team of talented professionals,” says Bougon.Marketing agency NA Collective, with clients such as Tommy Hilfiger and Twitter, has tapped Jennifer Whitney as creative director where she will oversee creative across all clients. She will report to Chiara Adin, founding partner and chief creative officer.Her appointment comes at a time when NA Collective is looking to expand their involvement with events. Whitney most recently served as design lead at Refinery29 where she worked on projects like the entertainment for the company’s 29Rooms experience.“We were drawn to Jennifer’s ability to bridge gaps in culture, technology and lifestyle when building experiences,” says Adin. “As we continue to work with brands to push the boundaries with adventurous activations, we are thrilled to have her on board and bring new levels of thinking to how marketers approach experiential.”Chris Guarino was hired by The Hill as an executive producer for the recently-formed television division. He will work with Krystal Ball and Jamal Simons to the launch a slate of upcoming streaming programming this spring. Guarino is joining the brand with an extensive background in television production with experience at CNN as an executive producer and PBS as a senior producer. Bon Appétit has announced editorial leadership changes including the promotion of Andrew Knowlton to editor-at-large of the magazine and the promotion of Julia Kramer who will be superseding Knowlton as his former position as deputy editor.GQ writer Caity Weaver is joining the New York Times’s styles desk and will also serve as a Times magazine’s writer-at-large. Business Insider has also recently made several moves within their staff. Greg Sandoval was made senior reporter, Julie Gerstein as senior news editor, Daniella Greenbaum as political columnist, Exa Zim as associate producer, and Rosie Percy joined the company’s London-based distribution team.Vox Media made several changes to their staff as well including the addition of Kolby Yarnell as general manager of Concert, the promotion of Andrew Golis to VP of network development and the move of Britt Aboutaleb from Racked’s editor-in-chief to general manager of Curbed and Eater.Returning to Politico as a national political correspondent, Ben Schreckinger is leaving his post at GQ. And leaving Politico from her role as editor is Susan Glasser, who will join the New Yorker as a full-time staff writer.Lauren Goode is was hired as a senior writer for Wired after serving as an editor for The Verge.Former global managing director of the Havas Group, Dominique Delport, was tapped as Vice Media’s chief revenue officer as well as president of international.Rodrigo Brandão will serve as the new director of communications for The Intercept from his role as VP of marketing and publicity for film distribution company, Kino Lorber.last_img read more

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Legislators quiz Alaska LNG project managers on progress

first_imgAn LNG tanker fills up at the ConocoPhillips liquid natural gas export facility in Nikiski, Alaska. When it opened in 1969, it was the only facility of its kind in the U.S. to get a license to export its gas to Japan.  The planned Alaska LNG project would site a liquefaction terminal for North Slope natural gas nearby. (Photo courtesy of ConocoPhillips)Lawmakers got a progress report on the Alaska LNG project from the state’s gasline development corporation on Wednesday in Anchorage.Listen nowIt is a busy year for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, or AGDC. It is trying to land agreements with Chinese companies to buy the state’s gas. At the same time, the corporation is working through an exhaustive federal environmental review and negotiations with North Slope companies to sell their gas into the pipeline.Before the meeting on Wednesday, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, sent the corporation a bulleted list of the information and questions that she wanted answered.Giessel asked for everything from a list contractors the corporation is using and how much money it’s compensating board members for travel to certain types of state employees moonlighting for the corporation as well.On that last one, Giessel said she is concerned about the influence of partisan politics on the project.“When we created AGDC, we were very careful to make sure that AGDC was a separate entity that would not be influenced by politics. In other words, governors that come and go,” Giessel said. “Here is the governor’s deputy chief of staff on a list documented by AGDC as working for a AGDC. It’s concerning.”Giessel is not the only legislator who said that they were concerned about political influence on the LNG export project.The Alaska LNG project has been a key issue for current Gov. Bill Walker and it’s an election year.When asked about Giessel’s letter, Anchorage Democrat Geran Tarr said she wants the legislature to have oversight but thinks it’s important not to micromanage what the state corporation is doing.“It just seems that you know people who are politically aligned to the governor are more willing to trust what they’re doing moving forward and people who are not politically aligned with the governor are not trusting,” Tarr said.Tarr said she is concerned that the politics are getting in the way of lawmakers being able to accurately gauge the Alaska LNG export project’s feasibility based on its merit — rather than their own political alignments.Putting aside the politics —  a lot of lawmakers had questions about how the project would be financed and what the state could be obligated to pay for.They heard presentations from the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Revenue as well.Senator Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, asked the Department of Revenue about its analysis of how the state is going to pay for its portion of construction on the project.“When you have cost overruns of 10, 20, 30 billion possibly — which is not out of the realm of possibilities,” Stedman said. “How are you going to factor in the state exposure of capital calls in particular if we draw on the Permanent Fund or something I never really thought about and not too excited about grandma’s pension pool to to do to deal.”Lawmakers also asked about tariffs and the trade war with China.Frank Richards, the senior vice president of the gasline corporation says– so far — the project seems to have escaped major impact from the steel tariffs. And, China hasn’t retaliated with a tariff on LNG imports.“China wants clean efficient natural gas, Alaska has it, U.S. wants to produce it and export it. So we feel that are in a good position as a project as Alaska to not hopefully be impacted by that,” Richards said.Lawmakers were on a tight timeline to get the meeting finished, so several will be submitting questions in writing to the corporation.Project organizers are on a tight timeline too. Their deadline for signing commercial agreements with potential Chinese investment partners and buyers is in December.last_img read more

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3 siblings among 5 get life term for killing farmer

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA Chuadanga court on Thursday sentenced five people, including three siblings, to life term imprisonment for killing a farmer in Damurhuda upazila in 2014.The lifers are Joynur, 45, Waaz, 48, Choto Buro, 44, son of Nur Box, Kuddus, 38, son of Mawla Box and Latif, 40, son of Moslem, all resident of Gobindahuda village, reports UNB.The court also fined Tk 5,000 each.According to the prosecution, the convicts hacked Mohsin Ali, a resident of the village, to death over previous enmity on 16 January 2014.Later, victim’s wife Nilufa Begum filed a murder case accusing 14 people with Damurhuda Model Police Station.Later, police submitted a chargesheet against them on 20 January 2015.After examining the records and witnesses, additional district and sessions judge-2 Jakir Hossain Khan handed down the verdict acquitting nine accused.last_img read more

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