Venkaiah Naidu lashes out at US proposal to set up fund for bringing harmony in India

first_imgVice President Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday lambasted U.S. State department’s proposal to set up special fund to promote religious harmony and end discrimination in India.“American Senate has set up some fund for bringing harmony in India. I want to tell them that let them take care of what is happening in America, what is happening in their universities and what is happening in their restaurants. They should focus on them and spend money for them to reform their people,” Mr. Naidu said while addressing 13th convocation of city-based KIIT University here.According to reports, US State Department had announced a grant of $493,827 for reducing religiously-motivated violence and discrimination in India.“Our country is great. We have a huge population. There may be some incidents here and there. And the society has already understood the reality. We have to work together to see that these tendencies are curbed. There are isolated incidents and actions have been taken,” said Mr. Naidu.“But we cannot accept the view that somebody else is trying to teach and preach us. We should liberate us from prejudices, hatred and intolerance. Education should make us broad-minded, humble, patient and reasoned,” he pointed out. Mr. Naidu further said, “we don’t need any war. India has great history. We have never attacked any country in the world. But other small countries have attacked us. They ruled, ruined, looted and cheated us also. Why? Because we lost unity and forgot our culture. We have to remember the lesson. Others need not teach us lessons.”“You are inheritor of a great culture. I have told you the ancient culture that valued learning and knowledge and the culture that emphasised inclusion, truth and welfares of all. Adopt good practices and do not neglect welfare of suppressed and depressed people,” the Vice President observed speaking to students. “Our forefathers have said that Manav Seva hi Madhav Seva (Service to mankind is service to God). This is our philosophy and culture. This is our heritage.”According to KIIT University, 4,820 students received degrees during 13th Annual Convocation of KIIT University. Nobel Laureate Professor Harald zur Hausen, Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra, Chairman Emeritus of Simplex Infrastructure Private Limited, Bithal Das Mundhra, and Chairman of Bharatia Charitable Trust, Kishanlal Agarwal were conferred with Honoris Causa Degree.last_img read more

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Cricket: Is MS Dhoni considering retirement from ODI cricket?

first_imgDhoni had a decent score of 42 off 66 balls as India kept on losing important wickets finishing with a below par of 256/8, led by Eoin Morgan and Joe Root’s knocks, overhauled the target with ease to win the bilateral series. The entire series has been a great bother to the Indian team and their fans keeping in mind that the greatest cricketing event of the World is getting closer.Now, what Dhoni did after the match ended on Tuesday has made heads turn as everyone is doubting the former captain’s presence in the ODI team for India. AdvertisementThe hosts defeated the men in blue by 8 wickets to clinch the series 2-1 as India toured to England for the ODI series.  The defeat not being the only disruption for fans, as the players were making their way to the dressing room post the match, Dhoni was seen taking the match ball from umpires. This led to widespread speculations on social media that Dhoni is contemplating retiring from ODI cricket.  He had taken a stump with him after India’s third Test against Australia in Melbourne in 2014, which ended in a draw and later announced his retirement from Test cricket. Dhoni’s act of taking the ball from the umpires raised the old question once again, Is MS Dhoni considering a retirement from ODI cricket?Dhoni has already taken retirement from Test Cricket in the middle of India’s 2014 tour of Australia which has been a centre of a debate caused by his last two knocks that have been slow compared to his normal batting standard. Advertisementcenter_img Also Read :England vs. India: 3rd ODI Review- Hosts clinch the series after convincing winEngland vs. India: Several new faces in Team India’s squad for the first three tests against Englandlast_img read more

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No money for Sethusamudram project this year

first_imgNew Delhi, July 18 (PTI) No financial allocation has been made for the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project (SSCP) in the current fiscal year (2016-17), Rajya Sabha was told today. In a written reply to BJP member Subramanian Swamy, Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan said while Rs.one crore was given for the project in 2013-14, it was Rs. 50 lakh in 104-15 and Rs.5 crore in 2015-16. Asked whether there has been any modification made in the SSCP to avoid touching or rupturing the Rama Setu/Adams Bridge, the minister said the matter is sub-judice before the Supreme Court. PTI VSClast_img read more

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IPL 2017: Super Over triumph thrills birthday boy Rohit Sharma

first_imgMumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was pleased as punch following their thrilling Super Over win over Gujarat Lions at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. This after Mumbai Indians were bowled out for 153 in reply to Gujarat Lions’ 153/9.In the Super Over, Mumbai posted 11 batting first but Jasprit Bumrah gave nothing away to defend the target against Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum. Highlights”Very good birthday present, great game of cricket. Never been part of Super Over, that’s something we have learnt as well,” Rohit said at the post match presentation ceremony.Let’s start the celebrations! #CricketMeriJaan #HappyBirthdayRohit pic.twitter.com/93otqwFNV3- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 29, 2017Rohit further garnered praises on man-of-the-match Krunal Pandya for maintaining his cool till the end of Mumbai’s chase.”We got off to a good start, were sitting pretty until the 10th over, knew the wicket was getting slower and the target was going to be tough. We knew they would bowl well, losing wickets wasn’t great, but Krunal did very well to stay till the end,” he said.The Mumbai skipper, who turned 30 today, rued lack of partnership.”We wanted to build partnerships, but after the first wicket, we didn’t get those, it was a slight let-down. Conditions keep changing, we have to adapt. Never expected the wicket to be so slow, hats off to the guys who kept us in the game. Momentum plays a big part, the last match – we lost by 3 runs, we have great talent, it’s just about playing to our potential, it was a tough match, but we kept ourselves ahead,” he said.advertisementRAINA IN AWE OF BUMRAHGujarat skipper Raina credited Bumrah for his brilliant performance in the Super Over.”Very exciting game. Bumrah bowled a very good over. With that reverse swing and accuracy, you can’t do much. The wicket was pretty slow and we tried hard,” Raina said.Raina rued low score for the loss but praised his team’s bowlers for their fightback.”We lost a couple of wickets up front but we bowled well. We came back really strongly, despite losing Andrew Tye. Honestly, we didn’t put up a good score. All credit to the bowlers for bringing us back. I haven’t seen Tye’s injury yet,” he said.last_img read more

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Suarez & Alba fire Barca to victory

first_imgEIbar 0 Barcelona 2: Suarez and Alba seal points as Orellana sees red Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 01:08 2/18/18 LuisSuarez - cropped Getty Images Barcelona were made to fight at 10-man Eibar, where Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba scored the goals and Fabian Orellana was sent off. Luis Suarez’s 17th LaLiga goal of the season helped Barcelona return to winning ways with a hard-earned 2-0 win at 10-man Eibar.On the back of consecutive league draws against Espanyol and Getafe, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde resisted the urge to shuffle his pack and named an XI it would be no surprise to see line up for Tuesday’s Champions League match at Chelsea.It was just as well, with Barca forced to repel wave after wave of attacks from Jose Luis Mendilibar’s relentlessly high-pressing side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Respite arrived courtesy of Suarez’s well-taken 16th-minute goal, which was beautifully created by Lionel Messi’s left boot.Messi hit the post after Eibar’s Fabian Orellana struck an effort against the crossbar, although the gifted but temperamental Chilean right-winger undermined the hosts’ efforts by receiving his third red card in 12 appearances against Barca midway through the second half.Remarkably, that did not check Eibar’s ambition but Jordi Alba was able to seal the points two minutes from time.Valverde’s team have now equalled a club record by going 31 LaLiga games unbeaten and enjoy a 10-point lead at the summit, at least until Atletico Madrid host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.Half-time in Ipurua!#EibarBarça (0-1) @LuisSuarez9 #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/TToQDgOxpu— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 17, 2018Eibar went straight for Barcelona from kick-off, with Jose Angel heading over from Ruben Pena’s cross inside the first minute.The hosts’ bold approach left room for the league leaders at the other end and Alba had a shot blocked after Suarez rounded goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic.There was still no escaping the fact Mendilibar’s men were making the sharper start, with Orellana and Kike Garcia finding room in behind left-back Alba to fire goalwards in quick succession.It meant the opening goal came both against the run of play and with a touch of genius, as Messi’s sumptuous throughball left centre-back Anaitz Arbilla splayed on the turf and Suarez skipped past Dmitrovic more effectively on this occasion to finish.Eibar were not cowed and lively right winger Orellana unleashed a dipping effort against the bar before Joan Jordan dragged wastefully wide from the edge of the box.To repeat the theme of his afternoon, the wandering Dmitrovic found himself rounded by Suarez again in the 36th minute and cut the ball back for Messi to rattle the far post.A deft flick from Pape Diop sent Orellana into space down the right in the 55th minute and Takashi Inui lashed wide from his cutback.Barcelona were struggling to halt Eibar’s rumbling momentum, only for Orellana to foolishly do it for them.The 32-year-old previously received red cards versus Barca while playing for Xerez and Celta Vigo and, having made a rash lunge on Andres Iniesta inside the opposition penalty area, he punched the ball away in frustration when Diop was punished for a 66th-minute foul on Sergio Busquets and received a second booking for dissent.Mendilibar was furious, initially it seemed with his player, and continued haranguing the officials before being sent to the stand himself.His players continued to push in vain despite the deck being stacked against them, ambition that contributed to a game-sealing second.Philippe Coutinho – who will be cup-tied in midweek – picked out fellow substitute Aleix Vidal with a superb cross-field ball and, although Dmitrovic denied Messi from a cushioned pass into the box, Alba was on hand to slot home. KEY OPTA STATS- Luis Suárez has scored in his last five games against Eibar in La Liga (seven goals)- Lionel Messi is Luis Suárez’s  top assistant in all competitions for Barcelona (25 assists)- Jordi Alba has been involved in eight goals in La Liga this season, the most for a defender in the competition (two goals & six assists). – Barcelona have won their eight La Liga games against Eibar (3.5 goals per game), the only side which have won all their games in La Liga against Eibar alongside Atletico (seven). – Barcelona have kept 26 clean sheets in 40 games in all competitions this season (65%). read morelast_img read more

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a month agoCelta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez: Man City contract set up my family

first_imgCelta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez: Man City contract set up my familyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCelta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez insists he enjoyed his time at Manchester City.Denis has been discussing his time in England.“At first it was fine. I got there and I went on pre-season with the first team to the United States, I debuted with the first team in the first round of cup when I was 17 years old and sportingly, I was doing well,” Suárez said.“Life was a little different, it cost my parents more because they didn’t speak English and they had trouble learning it.“The second year was a little long, also because I had been injured, and finally I decided to go to Barcelona.”The now 25-year-old also explained why he joined City in the first place.“My first decision was to stay here in the first team, but Celta did not contemplate that option.“Then I went to Manchester City because it was an important step for me, it was an important investment for the club, who at that time needed money. The contract [offered to me] at that time had my family’s life was fixed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni, KL Rahul and spinners shine as India thrash Bangladesh in final warm-up

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: MS Dhoni, KL Rahul and spinners shine as India thrash Bangladesh in final warm-upKL Rahul shone at No. 4. MS Dhoni showed glimpses of his vintage self. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were back among the wickets. India finished their dress rehearsal to the 2019 World Cup with a convincing win over Bangladesh in their 2nd and final warm-up match on Tuesday in Cardiff advertisement commentary No data available! view more view lesscenter_img scorecard Akshay Ramesh CardiffMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 00:12 IST IND vs BAN, CWC 19 warm-up: KL Rahul and MS Dhoni took the Bangladesh bowlers to the cleaners in Cardiff on Tuesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul and MS Dhoni hit hundreds as India posted 359 runsKuldeep and Chahal picked up 6 wickets between themBangladesh were bundled out for 264 as India clinched a convincing winIndia’s World Cup campaign had gotten off to a poor start when they were handed a 6-wicket thrashing by New Zealand in their first ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 warm-up match on Saturday. It seemed their batsmen were still in the IPL hangover as they failed to put up a fight against a quality Black Caps pace attack in overcast conditions.Concerns were raised after the ordinary batting performance in Bristol and the talk over the No. 4 spot continued with the failure of KL Rahul in the absence of Vijay Shankar who was earmarked for the role due to an injury concern.However, India, it is safe to say, have proved all the doubters wrong with an emphatic performance against Bangladesh in their 2nd and final warm-up match in Cardiff on Tuesday. The dominance with both the bat and the ball should give the fans and, more importantly, the dressing a lot of confidence ahead of India’s World Cup 2019 opener against New Zealand, scheduled for June 5.Bangladesh won the toss and sent India in to bat and Virat Kohli’s men got off to a worst possible start in overcast conditions as they lost Shikhar Dhawan for 1 as early as the second over. Rohit Sharma also suffered a second successive batting failure as he was dismissed for 19.Rahul seals No. 4 spot?However, KL Rahul who got another opportunity to bat at No. 4 stepped up and delivered as he hit a classy 108 (99 balls). Rahul seems to have sealed his spot at the much-talked-about batting position which has been a cause of concern for India over the years.advertisementRahul stitched a handy 33-run stand with captain Virat Kohli (47) who looked in good touch before he was castled by a yorker from medium pacer Mohammad Saifuddin.Rahul then joined hands with MS Dhoni who showed glimpses of his vintage self. Dhoni showed no respect to the Bangladesh bowling attack as he was severe against them right from the word go.Dhoni shows glimpses of vintage selfDhoni launched into Bangladesh spinners Mehidy Hasan and Mosaddek Hossain as he hit sixes at will against the two offies. Dhoni brought up his hundred in just 73 balls and finished with 113 in just 78 balls.Dhoni had hit 7 sixes and 8 boundaries and stitched a 164-run stand for the 5th wicket which in the end proved to be a match-winning stand.Rahul, on the other hand, showcased a lot of maturity as he switched gears whenever needed. While he stepped on the gas when MS Dhoni had just walked in, he was happy to play second fiddle when the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman was going big in the middle overs.Hardik Pandya then played a handy cameo, smashing 21 from just 11 balls as India posted a mammoth total of 359.In reply, Bangladesh were jolted early by Jasprit Bumrah’s double strike in the 10th over. The India pacer came up with a perfect yorker to remove danger man Shakib Al Hasan for nought and shift the balance in favour of India early in their defence of 360.However, opener Litton Das and Mushfiqur Rahman added 120 runs for the third wicket. The duo kept India spinners and first-change pacers at bay but not for long as Yuzvendra Chahal triggered a Bangladesh collapse when he removed Litton Das for 73 in the 32nd over.Das tried to come down the track and hit Chahal over his head but the sun was shining bright and the pitch offered a bit of turn as the Bangladesh opener was beaten by spin and eventually stumped by MS Dhoni.Bangladesh lost 6 wickets for 47 runs as they went from being 169 for 2 to 216 for 8.Kuldeep Yadav seemed to have found his mojo back after a horror run in Indian Premier League 2019. The left-arm wrist-spinner picked up the big wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim for 90 and ran through the lower-middle order.Kuldeep was smiling in delight as he picked up three wickets, much to the relief of the dressing room.India win by 95 runs!Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers, taking 3/47 as India’s attack maintained control throughout the Bangladesh run chase. pic.twitter.com/obSXzkQppYCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 28, 2019Bangladesh were restricted to 264 in their chase of 360. India finished their dress rehearsal for the biggest cricket tournament of the year on a high, having found answers to most of the questions that had been nagging them in the lead-up to the quadrennial event.Also Read | MS Dhoni hits rapid hundred in warm-up against BangladeshAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly and John Wright reunite in commentary box, bond over banterAlso See:advertisementFor 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India national cricket teamFollow KL RahulFollow MS DhoniFollow Kuldeep YadavFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Mushfiqur RahimFollow Litton DasFollow Virat KohliFollow Cardiff graphslast_img read more

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Reality Stars Help Sick Kids

first_imgReality television stars helped to make the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses come true by raising nearly $38,000 for Give Kids The World (GKTW) through Hearts of Reality, a three-day event held July 26-28 in Celebration, Fla.Survivor One World contestant Jay Byars gives a hug to a GKTW wish child.More than 140 of the hottest stars from the hit television shows “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “The Bachelor,” “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Big Brother” and more, reunited with their cast mates and used their celebrity to help raise donations for the Central Florida nonprofit “storybook” resort that provides week-long, cost-free, magical vacations to children and their families from around the world.“We are delighted that the Hearts of Reality participants shared their time and talents with our precious guests,” said GKTW President Pamela Landwirth. “In addition, they raised $38,000 and helped bring awareness to our mission of creating the happiness that inspires hope for children battling a life-threatening illness.”Hosted by Lexin Capital/Celebration Town Center for the last four years, Hearts of Reality invites reality star fanatics to mingle and party with their favorite stars at an autograph signing and a “Land Lovers Luau” in exchange for a $20 or $30 donation, respectively, to GKTW. In addition to the funds collected during the weekend, the stars have also personally raised more than $30,000 by posting on their social media sites and asking fans, friends and family to contribute to the cause, which is still soliciting donations until the official close of the fundraiser on August 12.GKTW’s own stars also had the chance to meet the celebrities during a special visit to the Village. The reality stars toured the 70-acre facility and then helped host the Village’s weekly Pirates & Princesses party. With tiaras and toy swords, the television stars reversed roles with the children by asking for autographs from the young, true-life heroes.Participants of Hearts of Reality included: Richard Hatch (winner, original “Survivor”, “Celebrity Apprentice”), Russell Hantz (“Survivor”), Chelsea Messiner (“Survivor One World” and top fundraiser for Hearts of Reality), Dr. Carl Bilancione (“Survivor Africa”), Kim Spradlin (winner, “Survivor One World”), Sandra Diaz-Twine (the only two-time “Survivor” winner), Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas (“Big Brother” and “The Amazing Race”), Britt Griffith (“Ghost Hunters”), Ty Brown and Nick Peterson (“The Bachelorette”), Ozzy (“Survivor”) and many more.To support your favorite reality star with a donation to GKTW, please make a donation by August 12 by clicking here.last_img read more

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Security Council to step up action to keep deadliest weapons away from

23 February 2007The United Nations Security Council will intensify its efforts to bring together concerned organizations working to keep weapons of mass destruction from falling into terrorist hands, the president of the 15-member body said today following a daylong debate on the issue. The United Nations Security Council will intensify its efforts to bring together concerned organizations working to keep weapons of mass destruction from falling into terrorist hands, the president of the 15-member body said today following a daylong debate on the issue.“The Security Council affirms its determination to promote increased multilateral co-operation as an important means of enhancing States’ implementation of resolution 1540,” Peter Burian of Slovakia said, referring to the measure adopted in 2004 aimed at preventing countries from supplying any forms of support to operatives that “attempt to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their means of delivery.”In a formal statement read out at the end of the meeting, which saw the participation of over two dozen speakers, he also called for States to comply with that resolution and related measures.The statement lauded the activities of international organizations with expertise in the field of non-proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery, particularly the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.At the same time, the president acknowledged that more must be done to tackle the problem. “The Security Council is mindful of the need further to explore with international, regional and sub-regional organizations experience-sharing and lessons learned in the areas covered by resolution 1540 (2004), and the availability of programmes which might facilitate” its implementation, he said.So far, 135 United Nations Member States and one organization have submitted their first national reports to the Committee set up to monitor compliance with resolution 1540, which Slovakia chairs. Eighty-five States have provided additional information at the request of the Committee. But according to a letter Ambassador Burian submitted to the Council in advance of today’s debate, 58 States have yet to submit their first report. read more

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Funding fails to keep pace with expanding UN war on crime drugs

8 April 2010The United Nations agency spearheading the global war against trans-national criminal networks as part of an integrated strategy to combat drugs, crime and terrorism is woefully short of the resources needed to rise to the challenge, according to a new report issued today. “Cutting criminal networks disrupts a range of illicit activities that carve out paths of death and destruction through some of the world’s most fragile regions,” UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said in a preface to the Vienna-based agency’s annual report. “Currently, resources available are minute compared to the gigantic menace that we face.”The 71-page report deals with every aspect of UNODC’s activities, from security, justice and integrity to health, research and forensic services, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on a visit to Vienna today, said it showcased “the extraordinary task accomplished by this small office. This is further proof of how… how the United Nations can deliver assistance in the field to save people from the misery of drugs and crime,” he added.Appealing for much grater funding, UNODC stressed how advances in globalization had helped to strengthen trans-national organized crime. “Taking advantage of innovations in technology, communication and transportation, loose networks of criminals or insurgents can easily link with each other, and also with organized criminal groups that operate internationally,” the report said.“They smuggle illicit drugs, weapons, natural resources, counterfeit goods and human beings across borders and between continents for the enrichment of criminals, insurgents and crooked officials. In some cases, they generate economic profits that support terrorist groups as well.The common thread connecting these malignant webs is trans-national organized crime, which is largely driven by drug trafficking.”It warned that no country can deal with terrorism alone and called for a comprehensive global response that brings perpetrators to trial in their home countries or through extradition, with no country offering a safe haven to terrorists. This year UNODC will enhance its focus on knowledge-building in specialized areas such as nuclear, chemical and biological terrorism, the financing of terrorism, maritime issues and the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes.Noting that organized crime, drug trafficking, corruption and terrorism are tightly intertwined, the report highlighted the potentially “catastrophic” effects of trans-national crime on security.“Traffickers have far more resources than States in poor and vulnerable transit areas like the Andes, Central America, the Caribbean, West Africa, the Balkans and Central Asia. They use their dirty money to buy political and economic influence, often resorting to bloodshed to assert control,” it said, citing West Africa as a case in point, with the region becoming a key transit hub for smuggling $1 billion-worth of cocaine from Latin America to a booming market in Europe.“West Africa is a paradise for organized crime, offering ideal conditions for trafficking contraband: a strategic location, porous borders, weak governance, widespread poverty and extensive corruption,” it added, noting that the region is also a destination for counterfeit medicines and toxic waste and a source of stolen natural resources, particularly oil, and for human trafficking, whether for forced labour or sexual exploitation.Operating largely with impunity, drug traffickers are breeding widespread corruption and threatening security in the region. “As maritime interdictions of illegal cargo increase thanks in part to the global UNODC Container Control Programme, traffickers active in West Africa are increasingly taking to the skies. A clandestine fleet of jet aircraft regularly transports cocaine and possibly weapons to West Africa from Latin America.,” the report said.“The drugs are transported onward for distribution in Europe, but it is likely that the weapons stay in the region. The planes return to Latin America carrying unexamined cargo and unidentified passengers who may be involved in illicit activities,” it added, citing UNODC efforts in West Africa to reduce vulnerability to trans-national organized crime.It warned that of the more than 420 million maritime containers that move around the globe each year, accounting for 90 per cent of international trade, only 2 per cent are inspected, creating opportunities for crime syndicates and terrorists to use them, a gap UNODC and the World Customs Organization are trying to fill with the Container Control Programme.“The programme has achieved spectacular results, intercepting containers carrying illicit drugs and diverted precursor chemicals, as well as halting containers transporting endangered species, hazardous materials and goods intentionally mislabelled for fraud and revenue evasion,” it said. Stressing the need for strong domestic law enforcement, the reported cited Somalia, where the absence of an effective central Government since 1991 has provoked a surge of maritime hijackings off the Horn of Africa.“While a few years ago Somali pirates attacked fishing trawlers, today, armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, they take on oil tankers, cruise liners and cargo ships. On average, they make $1 million per heist,” it noted.On human trafficking, with women comprising 80 to 84 per cent of the victims, it said sexual exploitation accounted for 79 per cent, followed by forced labour with 18 per cent. But many types of trafficking may be underreported. “Through coercion, deceit or force, they are exploited for their labour, sex or even their organs,” it added. “Almost every country in the world is affected by this crime against humanity, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination.”Currently the agency relies on voluntary contributions, mainly from Governments, which cover more than 90 per cent of its budget – $504.7 million for the biennium 2008-2009 – but much more is needed.“We face a growing funding challenge: as demand for UNODC services has surged, support for our core functions has not kept pace,” the report stressed. “This jeopardizes our work both at headquarters and in the field, and compromises our ability to keep up with new areas of activity. Going forward, UNODC will require a much larger, more stable and sustainable commitment of resources if we are to fulfil our mandate effectively.” read more

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Ban lauds Jordans Queen for childrens book on crosscultural understanding

27 April 2010Culture and EducationA cultural food fight between “gooey” peanut butter and jelly and “icky” hummus sandwiches leads to global acceptance – at least at the grade-school level – in a colourful picture book launched today by Queen Rania of Jordan and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Eminent Advocate for children. A cultural food fight between “gooey” peanut butter and jelly and “icky” hummus sandwiches leads to global acceptance – at least at the grade-school level – in a colourful picture book launched today by Queen Rania of Jordan and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Eminent Advocate for children. “I commend Her Majesty Queen Rania for her longstanding commitment to raising awareness about the importance of mutual respect and cross-cultural understanding,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the launch of The Sandwich Swap at the UN Bookshop in New York. “Tolerance and peaceful coexistence are core United Nations values and essential to progress in the twenty-first century,” added Mr. Ban, who was joined at the launch by Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka. The book tells the story of best friends Lily and Salma who play together until one day Lily blurts out that Salma’s hummus sandwich looks yucky, and Salma says her friend’s peanut butter and jelly looks and smells gross. “The peanut butter versus hummus story had spread, and everyone began choosing sides,” the story continued, culminating in mutual name calling “dress dumb” and “look weird,” and a massive food fight. The story ends, spoiler alert, with a visit to the principal’s office. Shamed, the girls taste each other’s sandwiches, only to discover the strange sandwiches are quite tasty, and organize a special international event at the school, illustrated with a special three-page fold-out. The book, co-written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Tricia Tusa, is inspired by the usually hummus and pita sandwich-toting Queen’s own introduction to peanut butter and jelly by a peer in nursery school. “She asked if I would like to try it and because I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, I braced myself and tasted it. Well, I thought it was heavenly,” the Queen explains in the book’s author note. “It’s easy to jump to conclusions when we come across something new or foreign or strange,” the Queen wrote, adding that if we get to know each other, “we learn something wonderful about someone else and about ourselves.” read more

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Hussein tells UNGA report on Lanka historic

He also noted that his office will strengthen its work in New York, to better mainstream human rights in the development and peace and security agendas and will recast roles and divisions at Headquarters, to eliminate duplication, consolidate thematic expertise and more effectively support the human rights mechanisms. (Colombo Gazette) “In recent weeks my office issued a historic report on reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, following a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations human rights during the armed conflict that was mandated by the Human Rights Council,” he said. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the United Nations General Assembly that his report on Sri Lanka was “historic”.He made the comments on Sri Lanka after presenting the annual report of his Office for August 2014 to July 2015 to the Third Committee at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. He said that during the period covered in his annual report his office continued to support investigations by commissions of inquiry and fact-finding missions in the Central African Republic, Sri Lanka and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The High Commissioner said that requests for his office to provide field-based technical cooperation have considerably expanded, particularly in follow-up to the Universal Periodic Review. At July 2015, the field presences of his office numbered 64.“These resources are significant, and the quality and dedication of our staff are considerable, but they pale in comparison to the challenge of addressing today’s human rights crises. The Office has responded to needs, opportunities and requests from Member States, UN partners and humanity worldwide. These steadily increasing requests have outpaced our budget,” he said. read more

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Nenshi files statement of defence against Wenzel suit

by News Staff Posted Jan 15, 2014 9:06 am MDT Nenshi files statement of defence against Wenzel suit Months after being served with a $ 6-million lawsuit, Mayor Naheed Nenshi has issued a 40-page statement of defense against allegations he defamed Cal Wenzel, a well-known Calgary home developer.Nenshi called the legal action improper, scandalous and abusive and claimed Wenzel wants “excessive damages” even though he has suffered no harm to his reputation or loss of any nature.Nenshi said his comments were in direct response to questions and comments by the media about matters affecting the 2013 Election and his policies as mayor.Wenzel, the founder of Shane Homes, sued Nenshi in November accusing the mayor of saying the homebuilder deliberately broke the law, which in turn harmed his reputation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Weir Minerals Africa to ship major cyclone order to Sentinel project

first_imgWeir Minerals Africa is poised to ship a substantial order for a complete cyclone package — designed in Africa for Africa — to First Quantum Minerals’ new Sentinel copper project in Zambia. First Quantum is a major and longstanding client of Weir Minerals Africa, both in Africa and across the world, in areas such as Australia, Finland and Central America.This will be one of the biggest installations of its kind ever supplied by Weir Minerals Africa into an African application and includes six cyclone clusters. To date, clusters of this size only occur in Australia and Chile. The equipment destined for the Sentinel project is considered very large for any greenfields project and is at the upper end of global engineering practice.The Sentinel copper project at Kalumbila, some 150 km west of Solwezi in northwest Zambia, is part of the Trident project that includes the Enterprise nickel project and several other exploration undertakings. The Sentinel project is being developed by Kalumbila Minerals, a wholly owned subsidiary of First Quantum Minerals.The order was placed with Weir Minerals Africa in mid-2012 and the cyclone clusters have been custom designed for this application to achieve a specified metallurgical performance. Commissioning is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.Weir Minerals Africa’s process manager, JD Singleton, says he believes the company was preferred in its bid to supply this equipment based on its unique Cavex® technology and associated application skills, as well as its quick response time to technical queries during the tender adjudication period.“In addition to our proprietary Cavex® technology which is well proven in the Zambian copperbelt, other unique features of this order include various grades of Linatex® rubber lining for superior abrasion resistance and our Isogate® knife gate valves with full port flow which will ensure that the Cavex cyclones receive a laminar feed,” says Singleton.The package includes two clusters for the SAG mill operation, each of which comprises 12 x 650 CVX cyclones (of which one will be put by for future expansion), with a capacity of more than 3,000 m3/h, and four clusters for the ball mill, comprising 16 x 650 CVX cyclones with a capacity in excess of 5,000 m3/h.For all Weir Minerals Africa-supplied clusters, it is standard practice for the technical team to conduct a complete dummy assembly prior to the application of rubber linings, to allow for final modifications. This practice is also included as a standard holding point in the company’s quality control programme and is witnessed by the customer.Weir Minerals Africa will provide commissioning assistance on site and will support its equipment for the life of the mine from its Zambia branch, including stockholding of spare parts, with backup from the company’s Isando operations. The clusters are 100% locally designed and fabricated by Weir Minerals Africa.The unique laminar spiral inlet geometry of Weir Minerals’ Cavex hydrocyclones has been fundamental in helping drive customer productivity upwards whilst also bringing down the total cost of ownership, it reports. The Cavex hydrocyclone represents an entirely new feed geometry that substantially increases hydraulic capacity while minimising localised wear on the feed chamber and vortex finder. This effectively lowers operating costs and minimises the number of cyclones required for a given application.The laminar spiral inlet geometry design provides a natural flow path into the Cavex hydrocyclone. Its unique shape has no sharp edges or square corners and allows the feed stream to blend smoothly with rotating slurry inside the chamber. The result is greatly reduced turbulence throughout the entire hydrocyclone creating more even wear, longer life and more efficient classification.In conventional hydrocyclones, slurry bursts into the cylinder with no flow control and the resulting turbulence is responsible for gouging liner walls. By minimising flow resistance through the feed chamber, Cavex hydrocyclones process substantially higher slurry volumes than conventional hydrocyclones with equivalent fittings. The increased productivity effectively reduces the quantity of hydrocyclones required and minimises the energy required to perform the given duties.last_img read more

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Un boa capturé et une panthère noire recherchée en Toscane

first_imgUn boa capturé et une panthère noire recherchée en ToscaneUn boa constrictor, probablement abandonné par ses propriétaires, a été capturé hier en Toscane. Une panthère noire a également été repérée et est actuellement recherchée par les autorités.Ce sont de bien drôles de chasses auxquelles s’affairent cet été les autorités toscanes. Hier, dans la ville de Lucca, celles-ci ont indiqué avoir capturé un boa constrictor femelle de 2,60 mètres de longueur et pesant entre 25 et 30 kilogrammes. Selon les observations faites, le reptile serait âgé de 5 ou 6 ans. Cependant, il ne serait pas arrivé dans la région par ses propres moyens, loin de là. À lire aussiUn anaconda avale une énorme proie devant les camérasL’association de protection de l’environnement Anpana a en effet indiqué qu’il devait à nouveau s’agir d’un cas d’abandon : les dimensions atteintes par le serpent ont sûrement dû effrayer les propriétaires qu’ils l’ont alors abandonné. L’an dernier, dans la même région, un boa de 2,40 mètres avait été capturé dans les mêmes conditions, rapporte romandie.com.  Une panthère noire aperçue Mais ce n’est pas tout, puisqu’en Toscane, les garde-forestiers sont également à la recherche d’un autre animal : une panthère noire aperçue par un couple de touristes sur leur propriété, à proximité de Massa Marittima. Si les autorités ignorent encore d’où peut provenir le félin, elles ont installé quatre cages à Gretaia afin de parvenir à le capturer. En attendant, le maire de Massa compte recommander aux habitants et touristes de passage dans la commune de ne pas s’approcher des cages, de ne pas fréquenter les zones boisées et de ne pas pénétrer, à pied, à vélo ou à cheval, dans un rayon de 3 kilomètres dans la zone où la panthère a été vue, ce dimanche.Le 9 août 2011 à 19:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Le ciel québécois illuminé par un étrange éclair

first_imgLe ciel québécois illuminé par un étrange éclairDans la soirée de mardi dernier, un éclair lumineux est apparu dans le ciel québécois. Un phénomène probablement dû à la combustion d’un débris orbital ou d’une météorite entrant dans l’atmosphère.Un éclat de lumière bleue a été aperçu par de nombreuses personnes au Québec, notamment en Beauce, en Montérégie, dans Lanaudière, à Valleyfield, au Canada mais aussi dans le Vermont vers 22 H. Un étrange phénomène que les témoins se sont empressés de raconter sur les médias sociaux et sur les blogs spécialisés, indiquant que l’éclair avait également été observée près de Saskatoon.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’après eux, le flash lumineux aurait été similaire à de la lumière produite lors de l’explosion d’un transformateur électrique. Un photographe de Fox News 44 qui circulait sur une route du Vermont a même eu la chance de pouvoir prendre quelques clichés de ce phénomène étrange. Benoît Laplante, expert en missions spatiales, a également pu observer l’éclair lorsqu’il se trouvait à Sorel. “Cela donnait l’impression que c’était un transformateur qui avait explosé non loin”.Or, si ce phénomène impressionne très souvent beaucoup ses spectateurs, son observation suffit aux scientifiques pour en déterminer l’origine ou tout du moins avec des hypothèses. Ainsi, Benoît Laplante a expliqué qu’au lieu d’une explosion, “il pourrait plutôt s’agir de deux ou trois segments de fusée qui brûlaient. Le débris vu hier semblait être assez haut dans l’atmosphère”, rapporte Canoe.ca. L’expert rappelle également qu’il tombe 30 tonnes de roches par jour sur Terre. Toutefois, les scientifiques vont poursuivre leurs recherches et leur étude des témoignages pour en apprendre un peu plus sur ce mystérieux éclair. Le 2 mars 2012 à 10:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Two Vancouver projects will limit use of Southeast Evergreen Highway

first_imgConstruction on two city of Vancouver projects is set to begin Monday.New water and sewer main lines will be installed along Southeast Evergreen Highway between Southeast Ellsworth Road to Southeast 112th Avenue.At this point, work should begin on the east side and continue west. Paving will take place once favorable weather returns.While construction is underway, only one lane will remain. Drivers should watch for lane changes, construction crews and equipment. They should be prepared for possible delays of between 15 and 20 minutes.Crews will also upgrade the existing crosswalk at Southeast Evergreen Highway and Southeast 113th Avenue, which will now feature a pedestrian-activated, flashing yellow beacon and new ADA compliant curb ramps.Construction will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but could continue until 8 p.m. if deemed necessary.For more information about the project, email CityConstructionInfo@cityofvancouver.us or call 360-487-7750.last_img read more

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Onlineonly admission in undergraduate level

first_imgKolkata: The state Higher Education department has directed all universities under its aegis and colleges affiliated to these universities that admission process in undergraduate level for the 2019-20 academic session will be conducted entirely online. Students need not come to colleges during the admission process and will have to report directly on the day of commencement of classes.”We are going for online admission which will be merit-based. This will ensure transparency and students will not face any harassment during the admission process. They should not be called on campus during admission and communication with college authorities, if needed, will be through e-mail. Students will report to colleges only when the classes start,” said R S Shukla, Additional Chief Secretary of the state Higher Education department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShukla, however, made it clear that colleges will do physical verification of documents when classes start and if they are found to be not authentic then the concerned student’s admission is liable to be cancelled. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee chaired a meeting with vice-chancellors and principals of colleges on Monday at a private university based in New Town and informed them about the modalities of admission in the undergraduate level. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe admission process will start soon after the results of the Higher Secondary Examination on May 27. It may be mentioned that CBSE Class XII and ISC results have already been published. Student unions will not be allowed to set up any help desk in colleges and the administrative process will be entirely under the supervision of the college authorities. “We have already issued clear-cut guidelines about the admission. Today (Monday) we convened the meeting to clear any confusion. Instructions regarding admission have also been sent to the District Magistrates across the state,” a senior official of the Higher Education department said. It may be recalled that last year, there were allegations of extortion on the part of students’ unions in some colleges for admitting students. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself had to intervene to resolve the issue. She had reiterated that if someone is found asking for money for personal interest in lieu of granting admission, stern action will be taken against him/her. Members of students’ unions in some colleges were also arrested by the police after Banerjee’s intervention. The state Higher Education department had issued a notification directing all colleges that counselling for admission to undergraduate courses must be done strictly online and physical verification of documents, if required, can be done only after the commencement of classes. It may be mentioned that it was former Education minister Bratya Basu, who had mooted the idea of online admission for the first time.last_img read more

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How a Former Social Worker Took a NightsandWeekends Hobby and Turned It

first_imgMarch 18, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Liz Salcedo was in her mid-20s, living in San Francisco and working as a social worker at various non-profits when she had the idea for the perfect purse, one that would charge her smartphone on the go.“I have a hard time keeping my devices charged. There are so many other things going on that it’s the last thing that I think about,” says Salcedo. She kept having the thought, “man, it would be really cool if I could charge [my phone] in my bag, because I always have my bag with me.”This was back in 2011, when wearable technology was hardly even a thing, much less a buzzword.Still, scores of ladies undoubtedly had the same thought Salcedo had: “Wouldn’t it be great if I could charge my phone in my purse?” But while everyone else briefly imagined the possibility before moving on with their lives, Salcedo took that crazy idea and turned it into a reality. Or, more specifically, she turned it into Everpurse, a startup that manufactures and sell purses with built-in iPhone chargers. Launched in July 2011, the company got a major boost when it partnered with handbag heavyweight kate spade new york last year.Image credit: EverpurseRelated: How These Entrepreneurs Found Success in an Industry They Knew Nothing AboutWhat separated Salcedo from all the other girls with a similar idea but no resolve to turn it into an actual product? She thinks it may have something to do with her family — both her father and grandfather are entrepreneurs. “The idea of starting a business is not foreign to me,” she says.In the beginning, however, the project was just a side hobby. For Salcedo, now 30, it was a way to scratch her own, personal itch.“I wasn’t planning on manufacturing, I wasn’t planning on marketing, I was just making the perfect bag for me, so I took my time,” she says. “I didn’t put any barriers or restrictions on myself and so that allowed me to figure out how to get it right.”For a year, Salcedo tinkered with the prototype. Her technique was strictly DIY. To make her first mold, she ordered tiny plastic melting beads that harden when they cool. Next, she wrapped her iPhone in saran wrap and foil, covered the foil with melted prototyping beads and placed it in the freezer. Within five minutes the beads had hardened, and voila — her first version of what would go onto become Everpurse’s proprietary charging molds.Related: It’s Harder, But You Are More Likely to Win if You Think for YourselfSince then, Salcedo has come a long way. In 2012, she took her concept for Everpurse to Kickstarter, where it raised almost $240,000. The first bags were made by hand but to keep up with demand, Salcedo has since found a manufacturing partner.The company’s next big break came in 2015, when the then four-person startup announced it was partnering with kate spade new york to create a line of half a dozen bags (prices range from $198 for a clutch to $698 for a leather tote purse).By now, there are other bags that charge your smartphone, such as the Mighty Purse made by HButler. But what Everpurse does differently is bring wireless, sleek technology to a fashion brand. Going forward, Everpurse sees itself as the tech enabler to the fashion industry. Handbags are just a jumping off point. Related: This CEO Never Expected to Be a CEO. And She Says That’s Her Secret Weapon.“It used to be that if you didn’t go to school for engineering or business, how would you ever figure that stuff out?” says Salcedo.It’s different now. “You can learn almost anything with the right advisors and the time and the patience.” Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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New series of Tales of the City for Netflix – and Ellen

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Ellen Page is to join the Netflix series of Tales of the City (Photo: @ellenpages | Instagram) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Tales of the City first appeared on TV in 1993, produced by UK broadcaster Channel 4. PBS aired the show in the US. Showtime produced further series in the US in 1998 and 2001.Laura Linney took the role of Mary Ann Singleton and Olympia Dukakis played Anna Madrigal, the owner of the boarding house at 28 Barbary Lane.Netflix has announced it has commission a new ten-part series, with Linney and Dukakis reprising their roles. Ellen Page will join the cast as Shawna (Mary Ann’s daughter). Working Title TV and NBCUniversal International Studios will produce the series.Four decades of Tales of the CityArmistead Maupin is one of the best-known gay authors in the world. Tales of the City first appeared as an ongoing serial in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper in the late 70s. The first book was published in 1978. A further eight novels have been published over the past four decades.Maupin and Linney will act as Executive Producers of the new series. ‘I couldn’t be more excited about this new brand-new incarnation of Tales. It’s set in present-day San Francisco with all the joys and complications that might suggest for the residents of 28 Barbary Lane,’ said Maupin in a press statement.‘Mrs Madrigal’s tenants, both old and new, will be entangled in delicious new adventures and ever-expanding possibilities for love.’Original Tales of the City director Alan Poul will returns to direct and executive produce.‘For me, the opportunity to come back to a series I started work on 25 years ago is the homecoming of a lifetime,’ said Poul. ‘There’s never been a better moment to reignite Armistead’s timeless take on family and community, and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with such a brilliant mix of old friends and new.’In a posting on Instagram, Page said she was ‘soooo grateful to be involved’ with the new series.The series will be shot later this year and will debut on Netflix in 2019. Netflix has commissioned a new, ten-episode season of Tales of the City. The show is based on the books by Armistead Maupin and are based around the lives of the residents of a boarding house in San Francisco. The original stories featured a raft of LGBTI characters. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… New Tales of the City show posts open casting callNew Tales of the City television series will be more diverseNetflix reviving LGBTI-themed Tales of the City with Laura Linney and Olympia DukakisRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/maupin-tales-city-netflix/last_img read more

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