Goa pulls the plug on late night parties

first_imgPanaji: The Goa Police on Friday said it is cracking down on late night parties and musical events which continue beyond the 10 p.m. deadline.The Director General of Police, Muktesh Chander, said, “Instructions about late night parties and music are already there; they cannot continue beyond 10 p.m. There are Supreme Court directions [which also stipulate] that loud music can not be played in open areas [beyond the deadline].”CM’s directiveHe said Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has instructed the police to curb all illegal activities, like Matka gambling, prostitution, sexual abuse of women and children, and drug trade.The tourism and the hospitality industry of the State has been asking for an extension of the deadline, so that tourists can enjoy a better nightlife.‘Tourists spoil culture’Meanwhile, Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Friday blamed tourists for spoiling the State’s culture and causing chaos by binge-drinking and merrymaking.Speaking to reporters on Friday, Mr. Ajgaonkar said liquor and music is part of the Goan culture, however, “Outsiders go berserk and create chaos after they drink. They ruin our culture, our Goenkarponn [Goanness].”He added, “Liquor and music is a part of our culture and it cannot be stopped just like that. Goans do not lose control when they drink alcohol. [People] would not even notice that a Goan is [under the influence]. He will not misbehave [after drinking], or show [that he is drunk].”last_img read more

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Pakistan violates ceasefire at 4 places in Poonch; targets army posts, villages

first_imgPakistani troops on Sunday resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations targeting forward posts and villages at four places along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said.The firing was intense in the Krishna Ghati sector, where the Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing by small arms from around 04:30 a.m., which was retaliated befittingly by the Indian Army, a defence spokesman said. He said the cross-border shelling between the two sides continued till 07:30 a.m.. There was no report of any casualty on the Indian side, he said.Officials said firing and shelling by Pakistan were also reported from the Balnoi and Mankote (both in Mendhar sector), besides from Shahpur sector, all in Poonch district, for a brief period in the early hours of Sunday. The firing was mild in nature and lasted for a brief period without causing any harm, they added. On late Saturday as well, the Pakistan army had targeted Indian positions In Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district for several hours. There has been a spurt in ceasefire violations by Pakistan after India’s preemptive air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot on February 26 following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.Four civilians, including three members of a family, were killed and several others injured as Pakistan targeted over 80 villages in more than 100 incidents of ceasefire violations along the LoC in the state since then. The frequent ceasefire violations have caused panic among the border residents, forcing authorities to close down educational institutions within five km radius from the zero line in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri as a precautionary measure. However, most schools reopened a few days back after the intensity of the cross-border firing decreased.last_img read more

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AFI asks Sreeshankar to skip Asian Athletics Championships

first_img Aditya K Halder New DelhiMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 08:58 IST Sreeshankar had skipped the Federation Cup due to a left-heel injury (Reuters Photo)Long jump prodigy M Sreeshankar has been asked by Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to skip the Asian Athletics Championship next month in Doha despite the athletes claim he has recovered from a minor heel injury.”He (Sreeshankar) did put a request for participation in Asian Championship but we asked him not to,” said AFI deputy chief coach P Radhakrishnan Nair.”He is a bright medal prospect and a heel injury, if not taken care of in time, will aggravate and put his career in danger.”The 19-year-old national record holder earlier skipped the Federation Cup due to a left-heel injury which aggravated at the Indian Grand Prix in Sangrur this month – where he managed his best jump of the season with 7.74 metres.Sreeshankar back then told Mail Today that he has requested the federation to allow him for a trial on April 2 to qualify for the Asian Championship.On Wednesday, the long jumper said he has completely recovered from the injury and has already started light training in his hometown, Palakkad in Kerala.”I couldn’t convince AFI to allow me for a trial in April, they asked me to better sit out and recover totally. But honestly, I am fit at the moment and I have already started light training,” Sreeshankar told Mail Today. “They have also informed me they are sending me a recovery kit for the injury but I am not sure if it’s necessary.”The teenager now is looking forward to enhancing his performance by training abroad and will be working with his father-cum-coach S Murali as he wishes to participate in Asian Grand Prix in June before the World Championship, whose qualification he earned last year in Open Nationals.advertisement”I need some competitive training before World Championship, that’s why I intend to take part in Asian Grand Prix, if AFI allows, and will be training abroad around that period,” he said.Also Read | Amit Panghal, Shiva Thapa in Indian men’s boxing team for Asian ChampionshipsAlso Read | IPL is fine but let’s not forget India’s 233-medal haul at Special OlympicsGet 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 SreeshankarFollow Long jumpFollow Asian Athletics ChampionshipsFollow InjuryFollow Athletics Federation of India AFI asks Sreeshankar to skip Asian Athletics ChampionshipsSreeshankar was asked by the Athletics Federation of India to skip the Asian Athletics Championship despite the long jump national record holder claiming he has recovered from injuryadvertisementlast_img read more

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Got to admire how MS Dhoni takes the game deep and gets the job done: Ben Stokes

first_imgGot to admire how MS Dhoni takes the game deep and gets the job done: Ben StokesCSK vs RR, IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes hailed Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying there was a lot to learn from the way he bats in every situation.advertisement Press Trust of India ChennaiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 12:48 IST MS Dhoni registered his second highest score in the IPL to lead CSK to an 8-run win vs RR (IPL Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni smashed 75 not out off 46 balls to script CSK’s 8-run win vs RRDhoni’s score was his second highest in the IPL and his highest in ChennaiThe 37-year-old was adjudged man-of-the-match for his knock which was laced with 4 boundaries and 4 sixesRajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes has said that his team can’t afford to lose another game after suffering three consecutive defeats in the IPL.Stokes said there was no point in looking back and focus on the upcoming games because if they lose the next two, bouncing back could be beyond Royals’ reach.”Our first three games we got ourselves into a real good position to win all three, and we know it is just (about) winning those crucial moments. (This game) it was the last over and unfortunately we couldn’t cross the line,” Stokes said at the post-match press conference after the eight-run loss against Chennai Super Kings here on Sunday night.”There is always been one point in the three games were we haven’t been a better team. Losing the first three games you probably would say we can’t (take positives), but we are trying to and there is no point in looking back…Because if we lose 4-5, it’s going to be really tough to come back from that,” he said.Stokes also hailed CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying there was a lot to learn from him. Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 75 to bail his team out of trouble from 27 for three.”Hindsight is a wonderful thing, if you look back at it like that. He just takes it deep as he possibly can. He’s a great person to learn from and watch how he goes about his innings whether it’s setting a total or chasing a total.advertisement”Sometimes you got to hold your hand up and say the best players in the world can do that. He certainly showed that tonight.”Paying tribute to Dhoni’s finishing skills, the Englishman said he is one of the greatest finishers to have graced the game and the Royals tried to attack him but he got reprieves which could have been a turning point.I feed off @msdhoni’s energy: Dwayne Bravo’Champion’ @DJBravo47 tells @sambillings about bowling the tense last over in the RR win, batting with ‘Thala’ and @ChennaiIPL’s performance. By @RajalArora #CSKvRR #VIVOIPLFull video – https://t.co/2dtBPUXbR6 pic.twitter.com/079YU8IdlpIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 1, 2019″Especially when he comes in early, every team knows what he’s going to try and do to start with and we tried to attack him. Getting him out was our main objective. There was a dropped catch which you can’t blame anyone for – that happens – and the ball hitting the stumps and the bails not coming off.”The Royals needed 12 runs in the final over to seal win but failed to do as the experienced Dwayne Bravo yet again kept things tight and took the wicket of Stokes.About this, the Royals player said the first ball is crucial and Bravo knew what to do.”And probably though the first ball is crucial to get a boundary (in the last over), and to try and get the momentum, you know (it) could have gone (for a boundary) but (Dwanye) Bravo is sort of experienced in those situations and he knows what to do and he is one of the best in the world doing it, so just say well bowled at the end of the day.”Stokes said there was a little bit of pace in the wicket but it was ‘stoppy’ and the dew made it hard for the bowlers.”(There was) little bit pace and (it was) sloppy, towards the end the quicker ball couldn’t not lay easier and in the end the dew helped (the ball) to come on nicely.”The dew on the top of the grass was making the ball slippery and you could see how many times the ball was changed and it was a tough task for us, imagine how hard it was for the spinners considering they used their fingers to spin the ball,” he added.Also Read | Watch: CSK players celebrate coach Stephen Fleming’s 46th birthday after beating RRAlso Read | I don’t take anything for granted: Imran Tahir after clinching Purple CapAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni impressed with Imran Tahir’s control after CSK win thrillerFor 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow MS DhoniFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow CSK vs RRFollow IPL 2019last_img read more

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US Open: Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka clinch maiden doubles Grand Slam title

first_img Next Reuters New YorkSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 10:46 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSMertens and Sabalenka beat Barty and Azarenka 7-5 7-5Mertens and Sabalenka won all four of their break point opportunitiesMertens and Sabalenka are both accomplished singles players as wellElise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka won their first career Grand Slam title with a hard-fought 7-5 7-5 win over Ash Barty and Victoria Azarenka in the US Open doubles final on Sunday.The tension-filled encounter ended in dramatic fashion when both Mertens and Sabalenka were drawn into the net and Barty sent a lob over both their heads.Sabalenka raced back to track it down and managed to put it back in play but Azarenka misfired with her overhead smash.Mertens fell to the court and Sabalenka looked to the sky in disbelief before they embraced.Azarenka and Barty outplayed their opponents for much of the match but were only able to convert two of their eight break point opportunities while Mertens and Sabalenka won all four of their break point opportunities.The win caps a dominant run by the pair, who completed the Sunshine Double with wins in Indian Wells and the Miami Open this year before making their first appearance in a major final together.Mertens said they fed off the energy of the lively New York crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.”I just think it’s the crowd. I mean they keep me going every time,” the Belgian said in an on-court interview.”I can’t believe we won a Grand Slam. It’s all so new,” she added.”We’re a good team and I hope we’re going to play doubles again in the future.”The Belarusian Sabalenka tipped her hat to her opponents for the thrilling battle.advertisement”Thank you girls, for this amazing final. It was a great fight and I enjoyed every second,” she said.The win denied Barty in her bid for back-to-back US Open doubles victories after claiming her maiden Grand Slam doubles title with CoCo Vandeweghe in New York last year.”I thought the level was incredibly high,” Barty said.”It was a great two weeks. I love playing with Ashleigh,” Azarenka said.”It was a pleasure to play with her and I hope we can continue to play together in the future.”Mertens and Sabalenka, who are both accomplished singles players, said they see doubles growing in popularity as bigger names get involved.”More singles players are also playing doubles, more big names playing doubles,” said Mertens, who reached the quarter-finals of the tournament in singles.”Because of the singles players playing doubles, the level going up and it’s more interesting to watch,” said Sabalenka, who was seeded ninth in singles.”I think the level of doubles right now is a little bit higher than it was before.”Also Read | I was fighting like hell: Daniil Medvedev to fans after losing US Open final vs Rafael NadalAlso Read | Rafael Nadal edges Daniil Medvedev for 4th US Open title, 19th Grand Slam trophyFor 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow US Open 2019Follow Elise MertensFollow Aryna SabalenkaFollow Ash BartyFollow Victoria Azarenka US Open: Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka clinch maiden doubles Grand Slam titleThe US Open win caps a dominant run by Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenk, who completed the Sunshine Double with wins in Indian Wells and the Miami Open this year.advertisementlast_img read more

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Epic Gas Expands Its Fleet with Two Newbuilds

first_imgzoom Epic Gas Ltd. announced today that, following the Company’s recent order of two 11,000cbm vessels from Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation in Japan, it has added two more similar-sized newbuilds to its expanding fleet.These two 11,000cbm vessels will be long term bareboat chartered in from Kumiai Senpaku Co., Ltd., of Japan. The first vessel will be built by Sasaki Shipyard Co., Ltd. for delivery in 2015 and the second vessel by Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation to be delivered in 2016.“We are glad to have formed a strong partnership with a prominent ship owner like Kumiai Senpaku Co., Ltd., of Japan which will further strengthen our position in the growing LPG and petrochemical markets.” states Lars Vang Christensen, CEO of Epic Gas. He adds “In line with the Company’s strategy of owning and operating a modern fleet the addition of these two fine vessels further reduces the fleet’s age profile as does the recently concluded sale of the 1991 built, 3,300cbm “DP Azalea”.Epic Gas has also purchased two modern second hand vessels to be delivered in early 2014 – the 5,000cbm “Epic St. George” (ex “Gas Bali, 2007 built) and the 7,200cbm “Epic Barbados” (ex “Championship”, 2001 built). Lars Vang Christensen further announces “To strengthen the Company’s presence in Europe and cater to the growing fleet size, we have set up an office in London, Epic Gas (UK) Limited, to handle commercial activities and serve our valued client base in the region. The office will be operational in February 2014.”Epic-gas, December 26, 2013last_img read more

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Topaz Returns to Vard for More Module Carriers

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Vard Holdings Limited has secured a contract for the design and construction of two additional module carrier vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine.The vessels, of VARD 9 21 design and measuring 123 by 16.5 meters, are sister ships of a series of 15 identical module carrier vessels previously contracted by Topaz for delivery from Vard’s shipyards in Tulcea and Braila in Romania, and Vung Tau in Vietnam. They will be operated by Topaz through a consortium led by Blue Water Shipping.One of the additional vessels will be built at Vard Braila and one at Vard Vung Tau. Delivery of both vessels is scheduled in 2Q 2018.The aggregate contract price for the two additional module carriers is close to USD 40 million, bringing the contract price for all of the 17 vessels to USD 340 million.The module carriers are designed to transport high deck loads of up to 1,800 tons while navigating the shallow river systems as they transport modules through the Russian waterways to oilfields in Kazakhstan.Topaz Energy and Marine operates a fleet of 100 offshore support vessels and is primarily focused on the Caspian, Middle East, West Africa and Subsea operations in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico.last_img read more

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England are World Champs after thrilling Super Over

first_imgLondon: It was a match worthy of a final. For the first time in World Cup history, a final went into a super over. England held their nerve to deny New Zealand their tryst with destiny. Batting first New Zealand once again put up a modest batting performance under overcast conditions to post 241 for eight against a quality England pace attack that kept on asking probing questions. Henry Nicholls (55 off 77 balls) and skipper Kane Williamson (30, 53 balls) added 74 runs for the second wicket after a fabulous first spell from Chris Woakes (3/37 in 9 overs) and Jofra Archer (1/42 in 10 overs) on a helpful Lord’s track. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayWhile Woakes had the best figures statistically, it was the tall Liam Plunkett (3/42 in 10 overs), who used the cross-seam variations effectively to stop the Black Caps on their tracks. Only Tom Latham (47 off 56 balls) contributed in the middle overs in another mediocre effort from the New Zealanders on another big day. Martin Guptill (19 off 18 balls) had started on a positive note but after surviving a caught behind appeal off Archer, he wasn’t lucky the second time when Woakes got one to slightly shape in and he was caught plumb in-front. Williamson and Nicholls, just like the India game, were trying to preserve their wicket with occasional boundaries. They were steady during their 16.2 over stand without being spectacular. It was Plunkett, who got the all important wicket of Williamson when the New Zealand skipper tried to play away from his body and the nick was snapped by Buttler.last_img read more

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City of Dawson Creek making emergency repairs to raw water line

first_imgUpdates will be provided on the City of Dawson Creek website and Facebook when conditions have changed.For more information on the emergency repair, you can visit the City of Dawson Creek’s website. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek is advising residents that an emergency repair is being made to the raw water line.According to the City, starting on August 28, customers along the water line are expected to be out of water for the next few days.The City says City crews are working to repair the line prior to the weekend.last_img read more

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Frances First Female Imam Announces Plans for Liberal Mosque

Rabat – Kahina Bahloul, the first female Imam in France, told French-Monegasque Radio Monte Carlo (RMC) that she plans to open the first liberal mosque in France.  Men and women would pray side by side and lead prayers alternatively in the proposed place of worship.Bahloul also announced that she launched a crowdfunding campaign to open the mosque, which she intends to call “Fatima.”Read Also: Two Female Imams in Paris Lead First Ever Mixed Gender PrayerWhen asked about headscarves by the talk-show host, Jean-Jacques Bourdin, Bahloul said: “I consider that headscarves are not a religious obligation. I have studied many religious texts and I believe that the Quran does not oblige women to conceal their hair.” “It is important for Islam to establish a new model where men and women have the same role in mosques. In traditional mosques, the main prayer room is exclusive to men. This is not acceptable in the 21st century,” added Bahloul.Kahina Bahloul is a graduate in Islamic Studies from the Practical School of Higher Studies in Paris. She is also the founder of the NGO “Parle-moi d’Islam” (Talk to me about Islam).Last saturday, September 7, two female Imams, Eva Janadin and Anne-Sophie Monsinay, led the first mixed gender prayer in France. Bahloul expressed her support for the initiative. read more

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IUSF students to continue protest on SAITM issue

The Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) announced that it will continue its protest on the Malabe SAITM university issue.The IUSF said it will launch a protest near the Fort railway station tomorrow on the issue. IUSF says the protests will continue in order to put pressure on the Government to abolish SAITM. (Colombo Gazette)

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Three artists speaking at Brock this month for speaker series

Debris (print media on paper) by Judy Major-GirardinThe Visual Arts speaker series starts this month with talks from three visiting artists.Judy Major-Girardin will talk about her work integrating painting and printmaking, and more environmentally-sustainable studio practices, on Friday, Oct. 14. Her talk will be at 1 p.m. in EA214.Graham Todd, a sculpture and professor at McMaster University, will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. in room EA214.Andrew Wright, a photographer and professor at the University of Ottawa, will speak on Monday, Oct. 24 at 12 noon in 573 Glenridge Ave. in room GL162. read more

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Winter coat giveaway Oct 24 for international students in need

The Ecumenical Chaplaincy at Brock, along with the Student Justice Centre and the International Students Association, are looking for winter coasts to be donated to students in need.The annual winter coat giveaway is Friday, Oct. 24 from 1-4 p.m. in Captain John’s Lounge, DeCew.Gently used winter coats will be accepted and can be dropped off at the Student Justice Centre (TH 252A) by the end of day Thursday, Oct. 23.There are usually around 50 coats donated each year from Brock faculty, staff and students and the St. Catharines community.“It’s a significant and important event, especially for international students who experience their first winter in Canada,” said David Galston, Brock University Ecumenical Chaplain. read more

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UN refugee agency 2016 is deadliest year for refugees crossing to Europe

“The chances of dying on the Libya to Italy route are ten times higher than when crossing from Turkey to Greece,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), William Spindler, told a media briefing at the UN Office in Geneva today.The chances of dying on the Libya to Italy route are ten times higher than when crossing from Turkey to GreeceAccording to UNHCR, the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Greece has dropped dramatically, from over 67,000 in January 2016 to 3,437 in August 2016, following the closure of the so-called Balkan route and the implementation of the European Union-Turkey Statement, an agreement on methods to end the irregular migration from Turkey to the EU and replace it instead with legal channels of resettlement.The number of arrivals to Italy, meanwhile, has remained more or less constant, with some 115,000 refugees and migrants landing in Italy as of the end of August this year, compared to 116,000 during the same period last year. “The main change, however, has been the number of casualties,” Mr. Spindler said. “So far this year, one person has died for every 42 crossing from North Africa to Italy, compared to one in every 52 last year – this makes 2016 to date the deadliest year on record in the Central Mediterranean.” ‹ › “The arrival of over a million refugees and migrants to Europe last year has also given rise to hostility and tensions within the societies hosting them, “ Mr. Spindler highlighted. “The ongoing challenge for Europe is to make available the support and services that refugees need to successfully integrate so that they can contribute fully to society – bringing new skills, determination and a cultural richness, as they seek to re-establish their lives in their new homes.” He added that, in this regard, UNHCR strongly urges governments and their national partners to commit to the development and implementation of comprehensive national integration plans, and calls for a clear commitment to the prevention of discrimination, the promotion of inclusion and the combatting of racism and xenophobia. 12-year-old Sagga from Eritrea 12-year-old Sagga, from Eritrea, sits with other adolescent boys and men in a crowded cell, at the Zawiya detention centre near Tripoli, the capital. Sagga, together with two friends, left his homeland in the hopes of finding work in Europe to support his family and have a better life. Their journey to Libya took 10 months. He has an uncle in Italy and plans to seek asylum there and attend school. UNICEF/ Romenzi Death and missing key figures Eastern Mediterranean route Death and missing key figures. Data January 2015 – August 2016. Graphic: UNHCR Eastern Mediterranean route. Data January 2015 – August 2016. Graphic: UNHCR Ifeyimwa, 8 months pregnant, from Nigeria Ifeyimwa, who is 8 months pregnant, sits on a cot in a cell at Sikka Police Station in Tripoli, the capital. Ifeyimwa, who is from Nigeria, says that she has been living in Libya and has been working as cleaner since 2012. She, her husband, and 20 other Nigerians , have been arrested and accused of being illegal immigrants.UNICEF/ Romenzi Number of death and missing by route Alguaiha detention centre Men eat together in the crowded yard at the Alguaiha detention centre in the coastal town of Garabulli on the north-western coast. Despite the dangers, many migrants are willing to take the risk to reach Europe. Libya continues to be the main transit and departure point for irregular sea migration to Europe. Foreigners without legal immigration status in the country can be arrested and can spend up to 12 months in a detention centre. UNICEF/ Romenzi Number of death and missing by route. Data January 2015 – August 2016. Graphic: UNHCR Central Mediterranean route Central Mediterranean route. Data January 2015 – August 2016. Graphic: UNHCR It is one year since the publication of the iconic photograph of Alan Kurdi, a dead Syrian toddler on a Turkish beach. Although that photograph sparked outrage across the world about the plight of refugees and migrants, large numbers of people have continued to die, or gone missing on the Mediterranean.Overall, during the first eight months of 2016, some 281,740 people have made the sea crossing to Europe, with UNHCR estimating that some 4,176 people have died or gone missing on the Mediterranean since this time last year – an average of 11 men, women and children perishing every day over the last 12 months. In his remarks, Mr. Spindler noted that it was also one year since the drowning of Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi while attempting to enter Europe via the Turkey-Greece route with his family – an image of his corpse had led to strong international outcry over the circumstances of people seeking refuge in Europe. “The death of Alan Kurdi resulted in unprecedented expressions of sympathy and solidarity for refugees all over Europe, with many people volunteering to help and spontaneously giving food, water and clothes to refugees and even offering to take them into their homes,” the spokesperson said, adding that to document and highlight some of these individual acts of solidarity, UNHCR had produced a series of portraits of families hosting refugees in Austria, Germany and Sweden. read more

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National webbased Talent Retention Solution signs up over 3500

Over 3,500 engineers, students and apprentices have already signed up to a flagship industry scheme designed to match engineering talent with new job opportunities.The national web-based Talent Retention Solution (TRS) brings together specialists whose jobs may be at risk or people who want to work in engineering, with companies that are looking to recruit skilled staff to satisfy growth in their companies.Since its launch in 2011, the scheme has grown to include over 600 companies of all sizes supporting a number of sectors including automotive, aerospace, electronics, energy and construction. These include companies such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, BAE Systems and Siemens.This number of companies on TRS is set to nearly double with the addition of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) and British Glass as the latest sponsors of the scheme.Business Secretary Vince Cable said, “What I like most about the TRS is how simple it is. It’s like an ‘eBay’ for engineers that matches vacancies with talent.With successful manufacturers constantly telling me they struggle to recruit engineers, I hope the popularity of the TRS will encourage even more people to sign up – especially small businesses who can use it for free.”Allan Cook, Chair of the Skills and Jobs Retention Group, which led the development of the TRS, said, “I am delighted with the service TRS is providing and how employers in our sector plan to expand it further. The involvement of our latest sponsors – ECITB and British Glass – is a further boost for TRS, given their tremendous reach with companies across a wide range of industries including nuclear, oil & gas, construction and glass manufacturing. This will enhance the scheme, adding to the companies that have supported TRS since its launch in 2011.”Companies seeking to recruit engineering talent or people interested in working in engineering and who want to find out more, visit the TRS website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Drivers will have licence revoked if they fail road side eye test

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “It is frankly madness that there is no mandatory requirement on drivers to have an eye test throughout the course of their driving life.”Only by introducing rigorous and professional eye tests can we fully tackle the problem of unsafe drivers on our roads.” Poppy-Arabella Clarke was killed after being hit by an elderly motorist with poor eyesight 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. Sergeant Rob Heard, representing the police forces taking part in the campaign, said: “Not being able to see a hazard or react to a situation quickly enough can have catastrophic consequences.”He warned that officers will be carrying out eyesight checks “at every opportunity” and under new powers can request the immediate withdrawal of a person’s licence from the DVLA. Research by the Association of Optometrists published in November last year found that more than a third of patients who had been seen in the previous month had continued to drive despite being told their vision was below the legal standard.A 2012 study by insurance firm RSA also estimated that poor vision caused 2,874 casualties in a year.Jonathan Lawson, chief executive of Vision Express, which is also supporting the initiative said: “We believe official Government statistics on the impact of poor sight on road safety are the tip of the iceberg and we know the public feel the same as we do about tackling poor driver vision.”Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “The human cost of driving with failing eyesight and having an accident can be immeasurable.”Drivers mustn’t just keep their eyes on the road, they must ensure they can see what’s ahead.” John Place, 72, who was not even wearing his glasses, only stopped when he was flagged down by another driver.Just three weeks earlier he had been told by two opticians that his eyesight had dropped below the minimum driving standard even when he was wearing his glasses.Under current rules, a learner driver must be able to read a number plate from 20 metres when they are taking the practical part of their driving test.But once someone has obtained their licence, it is up to them to assess their own vision and inform the DVLA if they have a problem with their eyesight.Is is thought at least half of all drivers on British roads are unaware of the minimum eyesight standard required to be on the roads. Motorists who are stopped by police will have their licences immediately revoked if they fail a simple roadside eye test.The tough new crackdown aims to catch some of the thousands of drivers who get behind the wheel each day despite having defective eyesight.Every motorist who is stopped by officers in three pilot areas will have to pass a basic vision test before being allowed to continue driving.If they are unable to read a number plate clearly from a distance of 20 metres they will have their licence revoked on the spot and will not be allowed to continue on their journey.As well as removing dangerous drivers from the roads, the scheme will allow the police to collect data on the extent of the problem nationwide.The initiative is being rolled out across Thames Valley, Hampshire and the West Midlands, and is being supported by road safety charity Brake. The power was introduced in 2013 under Cassie’s Law, named after 16-year-old Cassie McCord, who died when an 87-year-old man lost control of his vehicle in Colchester, Essex.It later emerged he had failed a police eyesight test days earlier, but a legal loophole meant he was allowed to continue driving.Last year a pensioner was jailed for four years after killing a three-year-old girl on a pelican crossing, weeks after being told his eyesight was too poor for him to get behind the wheel. Poppy-Arabella Clarke was killed after being hit by an elderly motorist with poor eyesightCredit:PA read more

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Lind to replace injured Moller in Flensburg before his move to Barca

← Previous Story Allison Pineau to miss Women’s World Championship 2017 Next Story → Mauritius hosts U17 Beach Handball World’s Championship The German vice-champions SG Flensburg Handewitt presented replacement for injured goalkeeper Kevin Moller. The Danish goalkeeper, who will at FC Barcelona Lassa from summer 2018, got injured and his recovery period after knee surgery will last until the beginning of 2018.Germans reacted quickly and signed a six-months contract with Rasmus Lind, experienced Danish goalkeeper who spent most of his professional career at Team TVIS Holstebro. Lind planned to finish career this summer, but call for SG Flensburg Handewitt was too good to be declined.PHOTO: SG Flensburg Handewitt read more

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BNP to lose existence if it boycotts polls says Muhith

first_imgAbul Maal Abdul Muhith. File PhotoFinance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Monday said BNP will lose its existence as a political party if it does not participate in the next general election, reports UNB.The minister came up with the remarks after attending a meeting with government officials of the district at the deputy commissioner’s office.”No system can be more appropriate than the existing one for holding a free and fair election,” Muhith added.About electricity supply, Muhith said, “The government has relentlessly been working to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply in Sylhet …now the district gets electricity what it exactly needs. So, the government officials concerned should lose their jobs if there’s any complaint from any consumer about the electricity supply here.”Local political leaders, senior officials of the district and the police administrations were also present on the occasion.last_img read more

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