Seven Maoists arrested in Narayanpur

first_imgThose arrested were identified as Benja Korram, Kulle Madavi, Madda Podiyam, Aasi Usendi, Sukko Kashyap, Pandharu Kurhami and Guddi Mandavi, the Narayanpur district police said in a statement.All seven were working for the Maoist militia in Bhattbeda, Kakawada and Kolokal area of Narayanpur.The police also managed to recover two locally-made guns, ammunition and other party literature from the arrested Maoists.Commando injured In a separate incident, a commando of the Central Reserve Police Force’s Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) was seriously wounded in an IED (Improvised Explosives Devise) explosion triggered by the Maoists in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on Wednesday.The blast took place near Palodi village under Kistaram police station of Sukma.The commando, who belonged to 208 CoBRA, sustained serious injuries on his legs and was evacuated to Raipur for treatment. Seven alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) were arrested by the police in Narayanpur district of south Chhattisgarh on Wednesday.All seven were arrested in a search operation launched by security forces in Toayameta and Kaynar forest of Narayanpur.On November 27, the Maoists had opened fire on a joint team of Chhattisgarh’s Special Task Force and the District Reserve Guard in this area after which combing and search operation had been launched by the police.last_img read more

Army foils infiltration bid near LoC

first_imgOne soldier was injured as the Army on Wednesday morning foiled an attempt by infiltrators to enter the Naushera sector in the Pir Panjal Valley.An Army spokesman said in Jammu that the troops noticed some movement along the Line of Control at 5.15 a.m. “On being challenged, the intruders opened fire on our troops, who responded in equal measure. One soldier sustained injuries and was evacuated for treatment. His condition is stated to be stable,” the spokesman said. “The White Knight Corps is keeping a strict and constant vigil across the LoC and all the security force are prepared to thwart any nefarious designs of Pakistan sponsored terrorists,” he said.last_img

Bhim Army rally in Pune on December 30

first_imgUttar Pradesh-based ‘Bhim Army’ has announced a rally in Pune to mark the anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle on January 1. Datta Pol, the outfit’s Pune district president, confirmed they will hold a ‘Bhima-Koregaon Sangharsh Mahasabha’ at SSPMS grounds on December 30 to commemorate the 201st anniversary of the battle. He said their leader, Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’, will be present.“Mr. Azad will address a rally on December 30 and will also hold a conversation with Ambedkarite students at the Savitribai Phule Pune University on January 1. He will then proceed to pay tributes to the martyrs of the battle by showering flowers from a helicopter on the Bhima-Koregaon Ranstambh (victory pillar),” Mr. Pol said.However, in the tense climate following the Bhima-Koregaon clashes on January 1 this year, the Bhim Army is yet to receive police permission for the rally.“We submitted our request [to hold the rally] more than a week ago, but are awaiting a green signal from the authorities. The rally will be held in the city come what may. We are following every procedure to make sure the event passes off peacefully,” Mr. Pol said.He further said that Mr. Azad was likely to speak on the Pune police’s crackdown on ‘urban Naxalism’ and against the arrest of intellectuals and activists in connection with the Elgaar Parishad-Bhima-Koregaon clashes.Joint Commissioner of Police, Shivaji Bodkhe said he had yet to discuss the matter with Special Branch officials.“We will first have to scrutinize their [Bhim Army’s] agenda for the event and get details of their proposed rally. Only then can we think of granting permission,” Mr. Bodkhe said.Meanwhile, the Akhil Bharatiya Brahman Mahasangh (ABBM), which was one of the main opponents of the Elgaar Parishad held on December 31 last year, has said that while it did not object to the Bhim Army’s proposed rally, its contents must be monitored by the police authorities.“We are not opposed in principle. Everybody has a right to express their views. However, the event must be approved by the police,” said Anand Dave of the ABBM.Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Dave said that the ABBM was apprehensive about the presence of incendiary speakers like Bhim Army’s founder, Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ and Solapur-based researcher Sarfaraz Shaikh.“The speakers have been known to stir up controversy in the past with their needlessly provocative speeches designed to disrupt social harmony. Shaikh has written a book on Tipu Sultan where he has made derogatory remarks about Hindu women. The rally would do well to exclude such persons,” Mr. Dave said.Despite Bhim Army’s call for other Ambedkarite outfits to join in, some have already distanced themselves from Mr. Azad’s group.“We have nothing to do with this programme. Furthermore, given that the Koregaon-Bhima inquiry commission hearings are on, we do not wish for any more disturbances or tensions,” said RPI (A) leader Siddharth Dhende, who is also Pune’s Deputy Mayor.For several Dalit activists, the narrative of the battle, where Mahar community members fought under the Union Jack to allegedly defeat Peshwa Bajirao II’s numerically superior forces in 1818, signified a major step in the ongoing struggle against caste oppression and Brahminical domination.While lakhs of Dalits converge on the victory pillar each year to pay their respects, the celebrations this year were marred by riots that left one person dead besides aggravating social tensions across Maharashtra.Since then, the Pune City police have conducted multi-city crackdowns across the country and arrested ten noted intellectuals and activists including advocate Surendra Gadling, professor Shoma Sen, poet P. Varavara Rao and Sudha Bharadwaj, among others, for their alleged links with proscribed Maoist outfits and for their roles in the Elgaar Parishad and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon clashes.last_img read more

AP cosies up to Sindhu; offers Rs 3 crore, housing site

first_imgVijayawada, Aug 23 (PTI) Olympic medalist P V Sindhu was accorded a civic reception here today by the Andhra Pradesh government even as she grew nostalgic about the first steps she took as a badminton player in the city.Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu felicitated Sindhu and her coach Pullela Gopichand. He announced a 15-acre site for Gopichand in the proposed Sports City in the states capital Amaravati for setting up a badminton academy.As the Telangana government sought to “own” the Olympics silver medalist as “daughter of our soil”, Chandrababu and his government took pains to proclaim that the champion indeed belonged to Andhra Pradesh.”Her father is from Eluru and mother from Vijayawada. Both were volleyball players and the credit goes to them for encouraging and nurturing Sindhu to become what she is today,” Chandrababu said, repeatedly referring to her as “mana ammai” (our daughter).On her part, while thanking the AP government for the honour, Sindhu recalled her visits to the city as a child.”I used to come to Vijayawada to my grandfathers house and play shuttle at the indoor stadium here,” she said.”Thanks to your blessings and prayers, I have come this far. My parents and coach encouraged me very well. As a kid I used to watch Gopi sir play and got inspired,” she added.Chandrababu played badminton with Sindhu on the dais at the start of the event.Calling Sindhu “a diamond” who has rewritten the history of Indian sports, Chandrababu promised to nurture her further to make her the pride of India.advertisementHe also expressed his desire to host the Olympics in Amaravati in the future.”Olympic games should come to India and that will inspire our sportspersons. We are inferior to none. We have a lot of talent better than China or Russia. The AP government would build necessary infrastructure in Amaravati for hosting the Olympics. It is not difficult,” he said.”You (Gopichand) set up a world class academy in Amaravati. We will get funds from donors, if not, the government will release necessary grants,” the Chief Minister said.The Andhra University also announced to award a honorary doctorate on the young Olympians coach. (MORE) PTI DBV DK SRYlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City defender Aymeric Laporte: Don’t punish me for Spain talk

first_imgMan City defender Aymeric Laporte: Don’t punish me for Spain talkby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City defender Aymeric Laporte insists he doesn’t deserve punishment for flirting with Spain.Laporte, while qualifying for La Roja, has committed his international future to France.”Spain? It was a story that goes back … years ago! Everyone has the right to speak and to make mistakes too. We all know that everyone has frustrations, in football as in everyday life. That’s not why you have to kill someone for that,” he said. “These are really small details that people want to come out with when it does not matter. It is not the player that you hurt, it is especially the entourage who is influenced.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mark May Predicts There Will Be A Big Upset Saturday Night

first_imgMark May picking against Ohio State yet again.Twitter/@TheSpunSaturday, there are two major college football games that fans will be keeping an eye on when it comes to the College Football Playoff race. The first is an early rivalry contest between Texas and Oklahoma. The other is a night game between Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. Mark May is calling for a major upset in one of them.May, who worked at ESPN for years as a college football analyst, believes that Virginia Tech, at home, will eke out a win over the undefeated Irish. He’s calling for a 31-30 win for the Hokies. He also tagged his former colleague Lou Holtz to rub it in.Notre Dame, at the moment, is favored by 6.5 points. The Fighting Irish have looked very good so far this year.There are many who believe that Virginia Tech is Notre Dame’s toughest opponent left on the schedule. The Fighting Irish still have Pittsburgh, Navy, Northwestern, Florida State, Syracuse and USC.Notre Dame is coming off of a dominant win over Stanford – one of its main rivals.Mark it down, Notre Dame loses 31-30 today. @CoachLouHoltz88 @kevinctrimble @TheCrowdsLine— Mark May (@mark_may) October 6, 2018Notre Dame is currently ranked No. 6 in the country – but if the Irish were to run the table, there’s no doubt they’d be included in the College Football Playoff.Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech kicks off at 8:00 PM ET. You can catch the game on ABC.last_img read more

BCCI bans Mumbai Indians pacer Rasikh Salam for age fudging

first_imgBCCI bans Mumbai Indians pacer Rasikh Salam for age fudgingRasikh Salam had recently become the youngest player to feature in Indian Premier League when he made his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians earlier this year.advertisement Asian News International MumbaiJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 10:59 IST Prabhat Maurya has replaced Rasikh Salam in the India U19 squad (Photo: @mipaltan)HIGHLIGHTSRasikh Salam has been banned for 2 years by the BCCIThe Jammu and Kashmir pacer was withdrawn from India U-19 squadRasikh Salam has been banned by the BCCI for two years following a discrepancy: BCCI statementPrabhat Maurya has replaced Rasikh Salam in the India U19 squad after the BCCI on Wednesday banned the latter for two years for allegedly submitting a faulty birth certificate.The All-India Junior Selection committee named Maurya as a replacement for Salam in the squad that is set to play a One-Day Tri-series in England, beginning July 21.BCCI in a statement said, “Rasikh Salam has been banned by the BCCI for two years following a discrepancy – submission of faulty birth certificate to BCCI.”Following is the revised India U19 squad:Priyam Garg (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Thakur Tilak Verma, Divyansh Saxena, Shaswat Rawat, Dhruv Chand Jurel (wk), Shubhang Hegde, Ravi Bishnoi, Vidyadhar Patil, Sushant Mishra, Prabhat Maurya, Sameer Rizvi, Pragnesh Kanpillewar, Kamran Iqbal, Priyesh Patel (WK), Karan Lal, Purnank Tyagi, Anshul Khamboj.Also Read | ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup to be held from Jan 30-Feb 20, 2021Also Read | Ashes 2019: Booing Warner, Smith can backfire for England, says AndersonAlso SeeFor 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 Prabhat MauryaFollow Rasikh SalamFollow India U19 squadFollow BCCIlast_img read more

The Manual’s Top 5 Airbnb’s

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date If you’re a keen traveler and you still haven’t heard of Airbnb, this post may just change your life…or at the very least, help you save a ton of money on kick-ass accommodation in the future.The online Airbnb community was founded in 2008. Since then, its members have enjoyed both advertising their own spaces for short-term holiday lets and renting other desirable homes around the globe for a slice of the price of a hotel. Now in its seventh year, word has spread to the furthest corners of the world and a portfolio of over a million breathtaking properties are now available to rent. Here, we’ve trawled endless pages to find the coolest five.1. The Seashell House, Isla Mujeres, MexicoThis place is beyond awesome. Built by architect Eduardo Ocampo, The Seashell House offers a very unique pit stop that sleeps four people comfortably. Aside from its idiosyncratic design, the little house promises a dreamy stay with tons of privacy – excluding passing tourists keen to snap the kooky exterior – and chill factor, thanks to the private pool and lounge area.2. ElquiDomos Astronomic Hotel, Coquimbo, ChileIf you’re searching for a truly cosmic trip, this astronomic hotel is an epic choice. Pitch up in a fully furnished, geodesic igloo and stargaze from the comfort of your own bed. Or if you’re itching to get out, join in on one of the regular astronomic tours or nighttime horse rides. The perfect place for a romantic getaway, circa 2015.3. Aegean Island Villa, Athens, GreeceIf you’ve been secretly dreaming of living out your own Peter Pan fantasy, listen up. This Greek villa can totally play the Neverland to you and your band of lost boys. This pad offers five bedrooms spread throughout three buildings, a salt water pool, a bamboo-surrounded pergola, a Turkish steam room and even a resident parrot, all nestled on the coast of south Evvia, Greek’s second largest island. Complete with a friendly host of staff, we can’t think of a better place to revisit your boyhood.4. Augill Castle, Cumbria, EnglandFour-poster beds, roll top baths, open fireplaces…this magnifficent castle has everything you need to live out an olde English dream. Built in 1841 as a Victorian gentleman’s folly, prepare for some serious folly of your own. You can rent the entire castle for a maximum of 30 people and the live-in family and staff are sure to meet your every need.5. Nanuku Island, FijiOk, how about a stint on your own private island? This listing offers the paradise island of Nanuku as an entire rental. Situated in the midst of the South Pacific, this 10-acre island is all white sands and coconut trees. There are two beautifully basic bures (Fijian-style homes) for you and your companions to sleep in before exploring the breathtaking reef and fishing for supper. A local guide and housekeeper will be on hand to show you the ropes. The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now last_img read more

Meet Up Monday: William Kroll, Tender

first_img Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Named for the coal and water truck that is coupled to the back of a railroad steam engine, Tender is a U.K. based and made fashion line that marries jeans, workwear, high-quality indigo and British tailoring. Menswear designer William Kroll, a veteran of the Japanese denim brand Evisu and a graduate of the acclaimed fashion school Central Saint Martins (where he now teaches), created it 11 seasons ago after he visited Kojima, Japan where he learned traditional indigo dyeing and production techniques from a longtime master.Sold online and in boutiques across the globe, Tender now includes accessories and ceramic items as well as a lower priced sub-line called Sleeper. Kroll also just launched an extremely cool line of vintage, military inspired watches called GS/TP. He recently caught up with The Manual about his various and oh-so covetable collections….How would you describe the overall aesthetic and ethos of Tender?I love vintage clothes and manufactured objects and I really enjoy and respect the reproduction brands, who pick apart everything that went into a particular product, then remake it step by step, but I’ve always wanted to do something a little different with Tender. There are references to vintage workwear, certainly, but there are also antique and historical ideas in there, and stuff from more formal clothing. Increasingly, I also enjoy abstracting the construction of things, and drawing up patterns by what makes sense from a construction point of view, rather than by starting with a sketch and then working out to make it. This means that quite often a garment design will start out with a pattern and I won’t really know how it will look until it is made.What are Tender’s key items?I think all designers are susceptible to a touch of megalomania, to an extent at least, and as much as that applies in my case I’d say that I don’t put out anything that I don’t consider to be an interesting interpretation of its type. So a T-shirt or keyring should be as good an example of a T-shirt or keyring as a pair of jeans or knitted pullover is of its genre.A lot of the items in any given production are either evolutions or carryovers from previous seasons. Tender started out with a pair of jeans, (Type 132, still in the line pretty much unchanged) and the jeans fits are always particularly special for me. For the current production, autumn/winter 2015, there’s a new fit, type 127: it’s slimmer than previous shapes, and something I’d not wanted to do in the past, but I tried it out and it worked really nicely with the weight of denim and the details.Who is the Tender customer?Tender is still a really tiny brand – it’s just me, working from a studio at the bottom of the garden at home. As such, it’s a bit risky to try to extrapolate too much about the kind of people who buy my things. But maybe that’s the answer – they’re all individuals. I’ve developed really nice relationships through e-mail with quite a few customers, and they’re all sorts – all over the world, men and women, all ages, all types of occupation.Why is it so important that the product be made in England?I’m British, and when I started Tender I wanted to do something which had an identity that was different to the many excellent American and Japanese brands which inhabit a similar aesthetic. I think the environment in which something is made has a big effect on how it feels (especially when the hand of the maker is very evident in its construction, as I’ve always been keen should be the case). It’s never a good idea to generalize, but I feel that British making has a certain warmth and friendliness to it which sets it apart from other countries.How has the line evolved?I’m in the lovely position of being able to try out new things whenever it seems like a good idea – because it’s just me I don’t have to worry too much about repeating something I like, or making something new even if it isn’t necessarily going to sell a lot. So in some ways the brand’s evolved a lot and in some ways it’s very similar to how it started. It’s certainly got a lot bigger – the first production was a pair of jeans, a jacket, a belt, and a T-shirt and there are now hundreds of things available.You also offer ceramics and brass items. Why not just stick to clothing?The accessories started with our first online store. We wanted to try building a web shop, but I didn’t want to start off with the full clothing line. I also had loads of ideas for nice non-clothing products, but some of them wouldn’t be appropriate to sell to other shops so it seemed like a nice way to go. The reaction was really good, though, so the accessories are mostly now part of the main line, too. I hope the qualities and personality of the ceramic, brass, glass, leather things match up with the feeling of the clothes.How and when did Sleeper start and what are some of its best offerings?Sleeper is a nice side-project to Tender. The mainline garments have a lot of ideas and techniques in them (even if, hopefully, the pieces themselves remain quite simple to look at), but I wanted to do something a bit more strictly workwear reproduction. Tender started off with references to vintage British Rail uniforms and I have a small archive of deadstock and used British Rail clothing from the first half of the 20th century.Sleeper is a concise collection of reproduction of some of these garments, made in Okayama from Japanese and British fabrics. The shapes and details are all directly taken from the original clothing, but the colors and textures are updated a little. It’s been around for a couple of years now, but it’s intentionally non-seasonal. We keep stock available on the Tender Stores and it’s in a few very nice shops in Japan. It’s priced quite a bit lower than Tender, and is a lot simpler, but the quality and fabrics are great.What excites most about your new line, the GS/TP watches?Unlike Sleeper, which is directly connected to Tender, GS/TP is a totally separate brand. I’m a big watch fan, and personally collect old watches. I’ve got quite a few early 20th century military pocket watches from various different makers, which often have the initials G.S./T.P. engraved on the case back. This stands for General Service Trade Pattern (or Temporary Pattern –I can’t find a definitive answer!), and means that the watch is made to Ministry Of Defense design and specifications. They’re a lovely clean layout and design, and I wanted to bring some of that feel into a wristwatch, without it feeling too overtly military. One of the main things about GS/TP is that the watches are small by modern standards – 28mm across. This was a standard size in the ’40s and ’50s, but is now a lot smaller than most of what’s available.While the diameter’s quite narrow, the case is chunky with thick twisted lugs, a high domed plexiglass crystal and a deep screw-down bubble back – these proportions, along with a relatively wide 18mm strap keep it from looking feminine or delicate. I love how subtle, tiny, change in proportion and detailing can really affect how a watch feels. In that sense I think watches and jeans are very similar.Where does your creativity and interest in fashion come from?I’ve always enjoyed making things – originally furniture and bits of woodwork. My grandparents on both sides were very interesting creative people in different ways, and really encouraged me to draw and make things when I was a kid. I made my first garment when I was 14 or so (a pair of cropped ecru canvas judo pants made out of curtain fabric) and kept going. At that point, though, right up until I went on to study menswear at college, clothes were just part of a range of different products I was interested in designing and making, which I guess informs the breadth of the Tender collection now. 1. Tender 2. Tender 3. Tender 4. Tender 5. Tender 6. Tender 7. Tender 8. GS/TP 9. GS/TP 10. GS/TP 11. GS/TP 12. 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Le Conseil élit sa première présidente acadienne

first_imgLe Conseil consultatif sur la condition féminine de la Nouvelle-Écosse a élu une présidente acadienne pour la première fois depuis sa création il y a 30 ans. Jean d’Entremont, de la région d’Argyle, a été installée dans ses nouvelles fonctions aujourd’hui 30 avril à Province House, à Halifax. « L’expérience et la diversité du Conseil aident le gouvernement à développer et à offrir des services qui répondent aux besoins des femmes et de leurs familles, » a dit Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, ministre responsable du Conseil consultatif. « Jean participe activement à sa communauté et, avec les autres membres du Conseil, elle m’aidera à assurer le lien avec les femmes que je représente. » Mme d’Entremont est impliquée depuis longtemps dans les enjeux qui touchent les femmes et le patrimoine acadien. Elle est présidente de la Fédération des femmes acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse, membre de l’Association des Acadiennes de la région d’Argyle depuis sa fondation en 1983, membre du Réveil de Pombcoup depuis 1978 et membre de la Société historique acadienne de Pubnico-Ouest. Les membres du Conseil élisent une nouvelle présidente aux deux ans. Mme d’Entremont succède à Liz Chisholm, dont le mandat s’est terminé le 31 mars. Mme d’Entremont a une vision claire du travail que le Conseil effectue à l’heure actuelle. « Encourager un plus grand nombre de femmes à participer à la vie politique et publique, particulièrement celles des communautés diversifiées. Améliorer la capacité des femmes d’obtenir des emplois bien rémunérés. Aborder la violence contre les femmes et les jeunes filles dans nos foyers, nos lieux de travail et nos communautés, » dit-elle. « Ce sont là les principaux objectifs du Conseil, et ils sont essentiels à la création d’un avenir meilleur pour les femmes. » Les membres du Conseil pour l’année 2009-2010 sont : Liz Chisholm, Antigonish; Shelley Goodwin, Yarmouth; Patricia LeBlanc, Sydney; Holly Meuse, Bear River; Doreen Paris, New Glasgow; Sonja Power, Amherst; et Rita Warner, Judique. Le Conseil avise le gouvernement provincial et travaille avec le gouvernement fédéral et les municipalités, les organismes communautaires, les entreprises et les universités pour : augmenter le niveau de participation des femmes aux décisions qui touchent leur vie, leur famille et leur communauté; assurer l’égalité économique des femmes; réduire la violence envers les femmes; améliorer la santé et le bien-être des femmes et de leurs familles.last_img read more

Youth dies of injuries in Srinagar hospital restrictions reimposed in parts of

first_imgSrinagar: A Kashmiri youth who was injured during protests last month died at a Srinagar hospital in the early hours of Wednesday, prompting authorities to reimpose restrictions in parts of the city, officials said. Asrar Ahmed Khan was part of a mob holding protests in Soura on August 6, a day after the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and announced its bifurcation into two union territories, they said. Restrictions were reimposed Downtown Srinagar and parts of the Civil Lines area as a precautionary measure. Khan, who was admitted to the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Soura, died shortly after midnight on Wednesday, officials said. “He did not have any bullet injuries,” a top police official said.last_img

Firefighters Ball raises over 65000

first_imgWinn added that the atmosphere was extra special this year, especially since the firefighters began their charitable society in 2016 to help residents with travel medical expenses. He added that the vast majority of the money raised will be staying in the local area. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The 10th Annual Fort St. John Firefighters Charity Ball brought in an estimated $65,000 after expenses on Saturday night.Firefighters Charitable Society President Adam Winn said that though the final exact tally isn’t in yet, but that at least $65,000 was raised for two causes at the event, after the ball grossed around $111,000. Winn said that the ball was raising money for the local firefighters charity that supports Fort St. John residents cover travel expenses for medical treatment outside the Peace Region. The ball also raised money for the Firefighters Burn Fund.Winn said that the he was stunned at the amount of money the sold-out event raised, especially considering that the local economy has not quite recovered to levels seen five years ago. For the tenth anniversary celebrations, Winn said that firefighters aimed to make the event more lively than in years past, with live music from CC Brooks and the Roadside Distraction and the Montney Coulees making live music a debut at the ball.last_img read more

Casablanca Beaches are Now At Public Companies Hands

Rabat – The Casablanca City Council signed four conventions with a public company for environment and beach management to organize beach entertainment programs starting this summer.Starting in May, Casablanca beach-goers will no longer have to worry about paying exorbitant prices to rent an umbrella, table, or chairs, as the Casablanca City Council has decided to bring the beaches, which are overseen by private companies, under public management.The poor conditions caused by mismanagement at the Lalla Meriem, Ain Diab, and Ain Sebaa beaches of Casablanca have caused the City Council to sign a three-year agreement to transfer management to public organizations dedicated to protecting the environment, reported Assabah on Friday. In addition to setting prices higher than necessary, the same source adds that the private management companies did not comply with the government’s decision to divide public space, allotting 30 percent to business owners, while leaving the remaining 70 percent for citizens. read more

Northern Kosovo remains a flashpoint of tensions top UN envoy warns

22 January 2010Northern Kosovo remains a flashpoint amid continuing tensions between Kosovo Serb and Kosovo Albanian communities there despite a greater understanding over reconstruction of destroyed housing by the communities, the top United Nation official there said today. “Even this peace remains tenuous,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Lamberto Zannier told the Security Council, noting that Kosovo Serbs recently hurled rocks and set a truck ablaze when they thought Kosovo Albanians were building beyond what had been agreed in talks facilitated by the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). “It is clear that UNMIK must continue to shepherd the reconstruction process and monitor the situation closely to ensure that all communities respect existing arrangements to preserve stability and that effective communication is maintained at all times.”UNMIK administered Kosovo from 1999 when North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid bloody ethnic fighting between Serbs and Albanians, but it gave up its administrative role in 2008 when Kosovo Albanians declared independence. Serbia rejects this and continues to expect a robust role on the part of the Mission. “Over the years we have learned that dealing with the situation in northern Kosovo requires sustained effort, constant engagement with the communities on the ground, and continuing consultation and coordination with all relevant actors,” Mr. Zannier said.In his most recent three-monthly report released earlier this month, Mr. Ban noted that while tensions had significantly decreased in the community of Kroi i Vitakut/Brdjani, inter-ethnic incidents continued to occur in northern Mitrovicë/Mitrovica – “a cause for concern.” Mr. Zannier said that while returns of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees rose significantly in comparison to previous quarters, they were still low in absolute terms due to tensions, lack of economic prospects and concerns over freedom of movement.“Kosovo’s leadership states that it is committed to a multi-ethnic Kosovo and open to returns. Nevertheless, more needs to be done to make this a realty,” he added, noting that UNMIK is staying in contact with authorities in Pristina and Belgrade, the capitals of Kosovo and Serbia, to encourage returns.He also cited a greater understanding and tacit acknowledgement by the Kosovo authorities of UNMIK’s potential role in promoting economic development and stability.“The longer-term stability and development of Kosovo lies in a successful process of reconciliation between the communities,” he said. read more

Two killed 7 injured in accident

Two people were killed and seven others were injured following an accident between a car and a bus in Nawagamuwa this morning.According to the police media unit, the private bus was transporting garment factory workers to Biyagama on the new Kandy road when it collided with a car. The victims were a 49 year old lady and the 29 year old driver. Another 17 year old girl and a 22 year old girl are receiving treatment in hospital.The police also said that five passengers of the bus suffered minor injuries. Following the accident all four people in the car were admitted to hospital and two of them later succumbed to their injuries. Meanwhile, in another accident also this morning two people were killed when a private bus collided with a van along the Kandy-Colombo road in Kegalle this morning.The police said that another six people who were travelling in the bus were injured in the accident. (Colombo Gazette) The car was heading to Kaduwela from Malabe with four passengers. read more

UN treaty to fight corruption worldwide should be ready by autumn

The progress came at the sixth session of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Negotiation of a Convention against Corruption in Vienna from 21 July to 9 August. The panel is scheduled to meet again on 22 September to settle several elements of the draft that still need to be elaborated before the treaty is submitted to the UN General Assembly for final approval.”We are very close to an agreement,” said Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the Vienna-based UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). “Indeed, the session achieved major breakthroughs on the most politically sensitive issues: a clear sign that Member States – all of them, rich and poor countries, whether having a history of corruption or not – want this Convention, and they want it very badly.“That gives us grounds for optimism that the negotiations will be successfully completed in September, so the Convention will be presented to the General Assembly this fall, and subsequently to the Ministerial Signing Conference to be held in Merida, Mexico, from 9 to 11 December,” he added.The requirement for Member States to return assets obtained through bribery and embezzlement to the country of origin represents a new fundamental principle in international treaties. In a number of countries, corruption has led to the depletion of national wealth. Some of those countries, whose former dictators have stolen hundreds of millions, or even billions, of dollars, have made a great contribution in the search for new rules, including the Philippines and Nigeria.The agreement on preventive measures includes norms of conduct for public officials, greater transparency based on public access to information on government businesses, and stricter procurement regulations and measures against money laundering.Progress was also made on other outstanding issues, including dual criminality – whether a particular action has to be considered a crime in both countries in order for the latter to cooperate, and differences over the definition of “public official.”Once adopted, the treaty will enhance cooperation between governments and help standardize the way in which individual countries deal with corruption in their national legislation. read more

UN special adviser calls for end to harmful impunity in Côte dIvoire

At a news conference at the end of his four-day visit to Côte d’Ivoire, Juan Mendez said his mandate was not to determine whether there had been genocide, but to prevent it.He said he was delighted that no massacres had been recorded since June, even though the situation remained tense. In that regard, however, the serious violations of human rights and the inter-communal hatred in the rebel-held north and Government-ruled south had to be monitored, he said.He deplored the climate of mistrust, as well as the misinformation and rumours spread by those in positions of authority and those in the media, fuelling division and hatred. He urged both of those groups to ensure that they did not pour oil on the fire by making or relaying irresponsible statements.Besides that, the massacres that have aroused the indignation of the international community have met only a local political impasse and persistent impunity. Noting the presence of many illegally-armed and well organized militias across the country; Mr. Mendez called for their immediate disarming.The Special Adviser pleaded in favour of the settlement, in a transparent manner, of the issue of national identity in order to allow for free, democratic and really representative elections. The identity question has played a part in fomenting years of political unrest and inspiring a failed 2001 coup.The relevant authorities should work towards holding exams as soon as possible, Mr. Mendez said, emphasizing that schooling helps prevent human rights violations since it helps students and young people to direct their future towards peace instead of joining armed groups.Mr. Mendez, who arrived in Côte d’Ivoire on Tuesday, travelled to the west of the country and to the zone under the control of the rebel Forces Nouvelles, in addition to meeting the Ivorian head of the State and several other politicians. read more

Commentary Ohio State mens basketball facing major issues as postseason play nears

Poor practices prior to games, on-court chemistry struggles during games and a disengaged star player have started to derail what seemed to be a promising year for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. After losing three of five games and dropping from No. 3 to No. 10 in the rankings during that span, the Buckeyes are facing major issues as the regular season winds down. OSU has two regular season games remaining, but the postgame mood following Sunday’s 63-60 defeat by Wisconsin was that of a NCAA Tournament loss. “Somebody’s got to step up and just be that guy to say, ‘This is enough,’ and bring us all together,” said sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas. It’s clear that the Buckeyes are desperate for leadership as the calendar turns to March, but where will it come from? Conventional wisdom would say that guard William Buford, the team’s lone senior, who sat inches to the right of Thomas as he professed the need for a leader, would be the primary player to speak out and rally the team. But the fact of the matter is that Buford’s leadership style doesn’t fit the needs of the Buckeyes right now. The team needs a vocal presence, something Buford has shown a discomfort with during his four years at OSU. That’s not to say that Buford isn’t a terrific player or a good leader. It’s just that his lead-by-example approach doesn’t seem to mesh well with a team that, aside from Buford, relies heavily on sophomores and a couple freshmen. What about All-American sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, whose past success and national recognition should instantly qualify him as a team leader? Sullinger has been quiet of late, failing to hit double digits points while shooting 1-of-7 on free throws the past two games combined. He was not made available for comment following the loss to Wisconsin, quite possibly his final game at the Schottenstein Center. During the postgame press conference, Matta implied that Sullinger has seemed disinterested lately. “I know this, when Jared is playing his best basketball, he’s engaged and into it,” Matta said. The theme of disengagement was prevalent throughout the team Saturday, leading Matta to throw the Buckeyes out of practice the day before their final home game. That’s a very alarming occurrence this late in the season when a supposed championship-contending team should be locked in for the stretch run. Matta dismissed immaturity as being at the root of OSU’s problems. “My freshmen always come to practice,” he said. “They do a great job. Honestly, I don’t know the answer.” Unfortunately at this point in the season the lightly-played freshmen will be of little help to a team devoid of leadership. If the Buckeyes want to make a serious run in March, the answer will have to come from within the quartet of sophomore guard Aaron Craft, Sullinger, Buford and Thomas. The most likely candidate at this point is Craft, who took the lead on answering postgame questions from the media Sunday. Whether or not this means Craft will elevate his leadership role moving forward remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, if the Buckeyes can’t come together and resolve their issues in the next couple weeks, the disappointment of February will turn into greater disappointment come March. read more

Mens Lacrosse Ohio State selected as No 3 seed in NCAA Tournament

Ohio State senior attack Eric Fannell scored five goals in the Buckeyes dramatic comeback 11-10 overtime victory over Maryland on April 22 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsComing off their 10-9 loss to No. 1 Maryland in the Big Ten tournament finals, Ohio State (13-4) has been selected as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament. The Buckeyes will host Patriot League champion Loyola (Md.) (10-5) on Sunday. This is the sixth NCAA tournament appearance for OSU, third under coach Nick Myers.The Buckeyes received three goals from freshman attacker Tre Leclaire on Saturday, but the team lost to Maryland in the finals of the Big Ten tournament. Junior midfielder Connor Kelly had five goals for the Terrapins.Loyola is coming off its third Patriot League tournament title in four years, and its third regular-season title over that same time span. The Greyhounds will be making their 20th appearance into the tournament and sixth since 2010. The game will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday in Ohio Stadium. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Johns Hopkins/Duke matchup. read more