Eleven families of displaced Brus are set to return to Mizoram from relief camps in adjoining Tripura on Wednesday, despite an organisation of the refugees refusing to budge unless the Centre accepts its set of demands.The Ministry of Home Affairs had on July 3 signed an agreement with the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum and the Mizoram and Tripura governments for repatriation of 5,407 Bru families by September 30. More than 40,000 Brus had fled Mizoram after ethnic clashes in 1997. But an MHA team that visited Tripura in August said all Bru refugee camps in the Kanchanpur subdivision of North Tripura district will be closed down after September 25.“We have no deadline as such, but 11 families are ready to move to Mizoram tomorrow [Wednesday]. We hope some more families will accept the repatriation package and return home by September 30,” R. Darlong, Kanchanpur Sub-Divisional Magistrate, told The Hindu.Rehabilitation packageThe renewed repatriation bid has seen 31 families go back from the refugee camps till September 19. But the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Coordination Committee, which claims to represent a majority of the refugees, has refused to vacate the camps unless New Delhi improves the rehabilitation package.“The MHA has not yet responded to our seven-point demand. We will not move unless they are fulfilled,” MBDPCC leader Laldingliana Reang said. The demands include allocation of five hectares of land to each refugee family, their settlement in a cluster comprising at least 500 families, ₹4 lakh compensation to each family before repatriation, revision of electoral rolls, and identification of 1,000 refugee families allegedly not counted by the State governments involved.The package offered by the MHA includes one-time financial assistance of ₹4 lakh to each family as a fixed deposit, a house, and free ration for two years, besides ₹5,000 as monthly assistance. The MHA had said the refugees would not get free rations and other assistance from October if they don’t return to Mizoram.“The free ration and so-called facilities are too meagre for survival. The refugees anyway do odd jobs to sustain themselves,” Mr. Reang said.
Also joining in the contest were San Sebastian’s RK Ilagan, EAC’s Sidney Onwubere, Letran’s Jerrick Balanza, Lyceum’s Spencer Pretta, JRU’s Karl Bordon, Arellano’s Brylle Meca, and St. Benilde’s Matt Johnson. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlmel Orquina shrugged off flu and came out of nowhere to win the Three-Point Shootout Friday in the 2017 NCAA All-Star at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Mapua sophomore shot 15 points in the final round, with the title-clinching basket coming from the moneyball of the fourth rack to fend off Perpetual’s Jack Hao, who had 10 points, in the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t really expect this. I still feel weak, but I was able to recover,” shared Orquina. “In my mind, I just wanted to enjoy this because this is my first time.”The sniper said that wins like these are big for the cellar-dweling Cardinals as they look for a silverlining in preparation for the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For me, this is really important. We’re already playing bad, so at least, awards like these allows us to redeem ourselves a bit,” he said.Orquina dethroned defending champion AC Soberano of San Beda, who only had 14 in the first round. Federer edges Youzhny in 5 sets at US Open; Nadal needs 4 MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments
New Delhi: A maiden BWF World tour title pushing him closer to top 50, Dutch Open champion Lakshya Sen says he will look to put up a good show in the remainder of the season to break into the world’s top 30.The 18-year-old on Sunday clinched his maiden BWF World Tour title by winning the Dutch Open title, beating Yusuke Onodera of Japan 15-21 21-14 21-15 in the summit clash. “This is the biggest title of my career so far. I have reached quarters and a semi-finals in the past, so it is good to finally win a super 100 tournament. It will boost my ranking and give me a chance to play the super 500 tournaments,” Lakshya, who rose to world no 52 this week, told PTI.”At the beginning of the year, my target was to reach the top 50 and after this win I would be close to that. I still have few events left in the year. If I can do well there, I can go further up. Hope I can break into top 30 early next year.”Lakshya will play the Saarlorlux Open Super 100 (Oct 29-Nov 3) next, before participating in two International Challenge events at the Irish Open (November 13-16) and Scottish Open (Nov 21-24). He will also play the Syed Modi International Super 300 (Nov 26-Dec 1).It was an impressive week for the teen shuttler, who displayed superb temperament and skills to outwit his opponents.”The first round against Nhat (Nguyen) was tough, the second match was okay but again playing (Ygor) Coelho was difficult. I had played him before so I was ready for a big match,” said the 2018 Asian Junior Champion.”The finals was also a long match and I am happy how I performed overall in the week,” he said.Talking about the final, Lakshya said: “I had seen him play the semifinals against Li Shi Feng. So I watched his youtube videos and was prepared to play more rallies. I knew I have to run a bit against him.”In the first game, I made 2-3 errors in crucial stages. I was going too close to the line and made unforced errors. So in the second and third, I avoided that and decided not to take too many chances and be more patient and wait for him to make mistakes. It worked.”The Uttarakhand shuttler, who has claimed silver at Youth Olympics and bronze medal at World Junior Championships last year, has looked susceptible to injury, especially when he tries to push himself hard in training.”I think I have to constantly work on my fitness, strength and stamina. I am better in that aspect then before but I need to be keep working on that as in international badminton everyone is so fit and I need to be prepared for long matches,” Lakshya said.”It is important to find that balance in training as recovery is an important aspect of an athlete’s life. I need to be injury free and so I am focussing on my strength and stamina.”Lakshya also acknowledged the contribution of four-time All-England champion Morten Frost, who was by his courtside when he played the final at Almere.”Training with Frost has helped me a lot. He was at Bangalore for two weeks and even in the final, his inputs were of great help. He told me to be patient and just retrieve and go for the kill when there is a chance,” said Lakshya, who is currently in Europe playing in the Danish League for Aarhus club. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. badmintonBWFBWF World Tour titleDutch Open First Published: October 15, 2019, 6:22 PM IST
Mathura, June 29 (PTI) Monkey menace in Brijbhumi, especially in Vrindaban and Goverdhan, is turning out to be a major deterrent for the pilgrims visiting the holy land where Radha and Krishna played the novel sport Maharaas. In order to prevent any untoward incident, we are sending a proposal for Monkey Safari at least at Tirth Sthals of Mathura, said Sarvagya Ram Mishra, the district magistrate of Mathura. He said the strategy of catching the monkeys and releasing them at far off distance has not worked so far. With the recent increase in incidents of monkey bite, the necessity of monkey safari has been felt more, he added. The idea was mooted by politician turned actress Hema Malini , over four years ago when she contested 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Mathura. We would ensure monkey safari in Brijbhumi, she had said. However, there has not been much progress so far in this regard. When former President Pranab Mukherjee visited Bankey Behari temple at Vrindaban a couple of years ago, he was brought to the temple in a covered cart to avoid the monkey menace. Similarly about three decades ago, a lady district magistrate became a victim of monkey menace and had to offer them eatables to get back her spectacles. Food problem is the basic reason of nepharious activities of monkeys, said Mahamandaleshwar Dr. Avashesh Swami, the head of Geeta Ashram Vrindaban. Though on weekends they get enough food when the influx of pilgrims in Brijbhumi is larger, but on rest of the days they hanker for eatables and apply different tricks to fill their belly. The abandoning of specs or even bags in lieu of some eatables shows the monkeys pick up these items for a purpose, he said. They also attack locals as well as pilgrims when their hunger is at peak. In Goverdhan, few monkeys make pilgrims virtually captive by holding both their legs together.advertisement The pilgrim is set free, only when the simian is offered food, said local businessman Raj kumar Tomar, a frequent performer of Goverdhan parikrama. Narrating the mindset of monkeys of different areas, Philonthropic Rakesh Tewari, the PRO of famous Dwarkadhish temple said, while in Vrindaban they deprive pilgrims their specs , ladies their hand bag and children their eatables, in Goverdhan, Barsana, Nandgaon, Gokul and Baldeo, besides snatching the eatables, they even attack pilgrims, without being incited. In Mathura, they not only take away food from the kitchen but sometimes open the refrigerator and take away eatables, he said, adding they turn aggressive if anybody becomes an obstacle to their activity. According to Dr. Mukul Anand, Asstt Professor Physiology, Deen Dayal Veterinary University Mathura, the problem may be dealt by checking the population growth of monkeys by adopting complete vasectomy in a planned way. Monkey safari is also good idea provided the male and female ones are separated in Safari, he added. PTI COR TVSTVS
If Clarke was understanding, the same could not be said for the Scottish members of McBurnie’s family. “My dad was raging at me,” said the £20m forward, only partly in jest. “I shouldn’t have said it, even it was banter and having a joke. I’ve had to suffer the repercussions. I wanted to clear it up with the manager quickly. I didn’t want that to be the first impression he had of me. I don’t want people thinking that coming up here for Scotland is a chore or I don’t want to do it.“If it was, I wouldn’t come. I love playing for Scotland, it was just a stupid thing said in a dressing room. I played 19 times for Scotland Under‑21s and also for the under-17s. My old man came to every game home and away. So he gave me a clip round the ear.”Like many of his teammates, McBurnie opened promisingly before fading badly in the Russia encounter. Clarke did not hold back in criticism of his players. That Belgium lie in wait on Monday means Scotland, who need snookers to emerge from Group I, have little time to reflect on yet another disappointment.“It wasn’t good enough and we know that,” said McBurnie. “We started off brightly and in the first 15 minutes we ran all over Russia. They couldn’t handle us. But for some reason we then sat back and let them back into the game.“When you’re playing against good players they’ll make you pay and that’s what happened. I am not sure if it was natural or just nerves, I couldn’t tell you.“The gaffer has given us a roasting at the end for it but it was deserved. I don’t know why we sat off but it was frustrating. We huffed and puffed and gave it a go. But in terms of where we want to go at this level, it wasn’t good enough.” Scotland Euro 2020 qualifying Scotland left reliant on play-offs after O’Donnell own goal boosts Russia Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this content The Observer Share on Twitter features Share on LinkedIn Topics Share via Email Share on Pinterest The last thing Oli McBurnie needed was a leading role in another video nasty. As Scotland tumbled to defeat against Russia, the Sheffield United striker had more cause than most to rue general under-performance.The buildup to Friday’s 2-1 win for Russia was dominated by McBurnie’s apparently negative comments about Scotland, transmitted by his new club’s online video channel. That the £20m player had no existing relationship with Steve Clarke made the scenario even trickier for McBurnie.The 23-year-old admits full responsibility while insisting he means no disrespect at all towards the new manager’s regime. “It was stupid to put myself in that position,” he said. “It was a private conversation in the dressing room and five seconds was taken out of context. No one heard the rest of the conversation. But nonetheless it looked terrible and it was stupid from me.“As soon as it came out, I rang the gaffer and gave him my point of view. We had one conversation and that was it cleared. Everyone who knows me knows how much I love playing for Scotland. I have done since I was a kid. My stupid mouth ran away from me.“I got down about it because of the backlash. I could see how bad it looks. When I put myself out there like I do, it is easy for people to use it as a stick to beat me with. But it’s my own fault, I have to realise where I am, what I can and can’t say. The whole episode was a shock to me.” Share on Messenger Read more
The departments of Health and Health Promotion and Protection have confirmed that budgets for hospital-based services will increase in 2009-10. The information has been shared with districts to allow for business planning for the new fiscal year. All nine health authorities and the IWK Health Centre will receive a four per cent increase to operational or non-wage budgets, as well as full funding for wage and benefit increases. The Department of Health has provided the district health authorities and the IWK with consistent increases in operational funding since 2003-04. In addition to the four per cent increase, another $10 million will be provided for medical equipment. “Despite challenging economic conditions, investing in our health system is the right thing to do for Nova Scotians,” said Health Minister Karen Casey. “We are pleased that we were able to continue to provide new money in this difficult financial climate. We know other provinces have not been so lucky. “And we are pleased to be providing a specific amount for replacing or adding new equipment because maintaining our facilities is extremely important.” The nine districts receive operational funding for public health and addictions services from the Department of Health Promotion and Protection. The nine districts and the IWK receive all other operational funding from the Department of Health. “We worked hard this year to protect as much funding as possible for public health and addictions services in the district health authorities,” said Health Promotion and Protection Minister Pat Dunn. “We are continuing to invest in quality programs and services to help more Nova Scotians be healthy and safe.” Nova Scotia is one of the only provinces to provide increases to the health system while balancing its provincial budget. District health authorities and the IWK Health Centre received $1.398 billion in 2008-09 for health-care budgets, including wages and benefits.
PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Companies specializing in nuclear demolition and radioactive waste storage are buying up aging U.S. reactors and promising to decommission them in dramatically less time than their utility owners had planned — eight years instead of 60 in some cases.Viewed by experts as an emerging trend in the nuclear power industry, the sales of these retired or soon-to-be-retired reactors present a paradox for residents, state officials and nuclear watchdogs.Once a reactor is shut down, the radioactive mess left behind must be cleaned up, spent nuclear fuel packed for long-term storage and the plant itself dismantled. Few argue that decommissioning a facility within a matter of years is less preferable than the decades-long approach called “safe storage,” in which shuttered plants are left dormant while radioactive elements slowly decay.Yet the speedier approach raises questions about whether the timetables are consistent with environmentally safe cleanups, and whether the buyers have the experience and money to manage multiple projects.“When it was 60 years, we were up in arms that it was 60 years,” said Janet Tauro, chair of New Jersey Clean Water Action, referring to initial plans for decommissioning Oyster Creek in Forked River. The nation’s oldest commercial reactor closed last year , shortly after owner Exelon Generation announced the sale to Holtec International.“And then we hear it’s going to be expedited to eight years,” Tauro continued. “It’s great to get it over with but are there corners that are going be cut?”Holtec, a privately held, global corporation that manufactures giant containers for storing spent radioactive fuel after it’s removed from reactor cores, also has deals in place to buy several plants owned by Entergy Corp., including: Pilgrim in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts, closing May 31; Palisades in Covert, Michigan, slated for closure in 2022 ; and two reactors expected to close within two years at Indian Point in Buchanan, New York, according to public statements and documents filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.“Our commitment to the nuclear industry includes taking ownership of shutdown nuclear plants so that we can safely and efficiently decommission the plants so that the land can be returned to productive use,” Holtec spokeswoman Joy Russell said in an email.The company did not make officials available for interview, but strongly defended its 30-year nuclear industry track record.The proposed sales await NRC approval, with decisions expected in the coming weeks and months, agency spokesman Neil Sheehan said. In March, the NRC asked Holtec for additional guarantees that its decommissioning subsidiary has sufficient resources to handle multiple cleanups simultaneously.In a response letter, Holtec outlined a plan for corporate oversight of the decommissioning projects and said “dedicated leadership” at each site would include some current employees who will remain on during the transition.In legal briefs filed with the NRC, Massachusetts officials including Attorney General Maura Healey have expressed skepticism about Holtec’s plan to “decommission Pilgrim on an expedited schedule never before achieved,” despite having never owned a nuclear plant nor managed a decommissioning start to finish.Holtec executives tout “cutting edge technologies” that speed the removal of superhot spent fuel from the reactor pool. Fuel that can no longer sustain a nuclear reaction remains radioactive and still generates substantial heat.Under federal protocols, spent fuel rods are typically placed in pools filled with water and reinforced with concrete to prevent leakage. Used fuel generally stays in the pool for at least five years, and 10 years is the industry norm, according to the NRC, allowing for enough cooling so it can be safely moved into so-called “dry storage” casks.Holtec has designed a cask it says can accept spent fuel after only two years, allowing for a complete transfer from the “wet storage” pool within three years.While there are clear risks attached to transferring spent fuel too quickly, experts also note there remains a slight risk of a catastrophic leak or fire for as long as the fuel remains in the pools.Seven U.S. reactors have closed since 2013 and at least a dozen more could follow over the next decade, many pushed into retirement by factors such as competition from cheaper energy sources like natural gas.“Due to the lowering gas prices, it’s a very difficult market to run a nuclear power station,” said Patrick O’Brien, spokesman for Pilgrim, which got a 20-year extension to its original 40-year license but ultimately is shutting down after 47 years.In January, privately held NorthStar Group Services completed the purchase of Vermont Yankee from New Orleans-based Entergy after federal and state regulators approved the sale of the reactor, closed since 2014. It marked the first permanent transfer of an operating license to a nuclear cleanup specialist for accelerated decommissioning. NorthStar hopes to announce another transaction soon.“It saves a lot of money and that’s what allows these projects to happen now instead of 50 years from now,” said Scott State, New York City-based NorthStar’s president.There’s more at stake than just demolishing the plants. Once removed from the plant itself, the spent fuel has nowhere to go and must remain indefinitely at or near the site, under 24-hour guard, because picking a permanent national nuclear waste storage site has proven too politically radioactive.NorthStar and Holtec have proposed interim waste storage facilities in Texas and New Mexico, respectively, which could allow for the centralized storage of spent fuel but which also face legal and regulatory hurdles.As Holtec moves to become a key player in decommissioning and nuclear waste storage, it has been fending off scrutiny for its role in a mishap during decommissioning of the San Onofre nuclear plant in San Diego County last August. No radiation was released, but the NRC called the incident a “near miss” and fined plant owner Southern California Edison $116,000, according to agency documents.An inspection report determined some Holtec procedures had been inadequate or not properly followed, and the company’s own evaluation cited oversight shortcomings.Massachusetts officials have stopped short of asking the NRC to block Pilgrim’s sale, but they have cited the incident at the California plant while questioning whether the money in Pilgrim’s decommissioning trust fund is enough to cover unexpected delays or cost overruns.By Holtec’s own accounting, the estimated $1.13 billion decommissioning would conclude with $3.6 million to spare in the trust fund, a cushion described as “meagre” by state officials. Potential shortfalls could pose “significant health, safety, environmental, financial and economic risks,” the state argued in a request for public hearings.Holtec said its equipment had never been involved in a major accident and stood by its cost estimates, noting it will save by foregoing decades of maintaining and monitoring plants during safe storage.“There’s a natural tendency to say, ‘Oh, they’re doing it fast, they’re going to make mistakes, it’s not going to be safe,’” said Rod McCullum, senior director of decommissioning and used fuel at the Nuclear Energy Institute, a Washington-based advocacy group for nuclear power. “You’re actually getting safer by getting faster.”Situated along scenic, environmentally sensitive Cape Cod Bay, Pilgrim has a history of unscheduled shutdowns and was only recently removed from an NRC list of the nation’s least safe reactors .The citizen’s group Pilgrim Watch, which has long advocated for the fast-approaching day when the plant closes for good, remains wary of what lies ahead in decommissioning.“The story isn’t over. There’s a sequel,” said Mary Lampert, the organization’s longtime director. “And sometimes the sequel, like in the movies, is worse than the main show.”Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press
Grammy Award-winning singer Christina Aguilera has joined the growing chorus of celebrities committed to using their voice to spotlight global hunger as ambassadors for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).“Christina Aguilera’s passion and dedication to hungry children runs deep, and it will make her a wonderful champion in the fight against hunger,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. Ms. Aguilera has demonstrated her strong commitment to hunger issues in numerous ways, including travelling to Guatemala last year to see WFP’s maternal and child health programmes, the agency noted. In January, the five-time Grammy winner performed in MTV’s ‘Hope for Haiti’ telethon that raised more than $60 million for disaster relief in the earthquake-hit Caribbean country, including for WFP relief work. Later this month she plans to travel with WFP to Haiti to see first-hand how food assistance projects are helping to rebuild devastated communities. “I want to check on the situation there and help to deliver food. I want to visit orphanages and schools there and try to do my part in helping,” said the singer, who has described her work with WFP as life-changing. Ms. Aguilera revealed her appointment as an Ambassador Against Hunger for WFP during an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Friday. “A child dies every 6 seconds of hunger which is a huge statistic for me,” she said during the talk show. “After having my own child I just had to be a part of it and do something about it and help change that situation.” The growing roster of WFP’s celebrity partners includes musicians, film stars and athletes such as footballer Ronaldinho, actress Penélope Cruz, basketball star Dikembe Mutombo and actor Sir Sean Connery. 8 May 2010Grammy Award-winning singer Christina Aguilera has joined the growing chorus of celebrities committed to using their voice to spotlight global hunger as ambassadors for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Before she was caught in March for allegedly aiding four Sri Lankan nationals to illegally travel to the UK with forged Indian passports, a British woman also helped six other Sri Lankans make the journey, the Indian Express reported.The Sahar police have identified British national Julie Ann Warner and Sri Lankan agent Rayappen Thevakumaran (52), who was arrested at Chennai airport on May 4, as the main conspirators in the racket to send Sri Lankans to UK using forged Indian passports. Another Sri Lankan travel agent Mahamuni Logorajan and an Indian agent Rajan, both currently absconding, are also allegedly involved in the racket. Chennai immigration officers handed over Thevakumaran to the Sahar police on May 5, the latter have claimed that between January and February this year, six Sri Lankan nationals travelled to London from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. On March 10, immigration officers at the Mumbai airport had first intercepted four Sri Lankans as they attempted to board the London flight under assumed names and later caught Warner and her three compatriots who were flying to Ahmedabad, before returning to London. All eight accused are currently in judicial custody.According to the police, the UK government had placed restrictions on Sri Lankans entering the country after an influx of refugees in the 1990s during the Sri Lankan civil war, leading some Sri Lankans to approach the travel agents who acquired forged Indian passports for them.According to the police, in January and February, Warner had roped in British nationals Phillip Gary Hodder, Paul Lovett, Richard James, Terrence John Mackay and Dutch national Andreasa Marie Stoffels and made forged Indian passports in their names. Like in March, the Sri Lankan nationals were first flown to Mumbai and booked into rooms in a hotel near the international airport. The police said the travel agents simultaneously flew down British nationals to Mumbai and made forged Indian passports bearing their names.On the day of the flight, the British nationals would collect boarding passes and hand them over to the Sri Lankan nationals, who would use the forged passports to board British Airways flights. The two would meet in the departure lounge after clearing security to board different flights on which they were booked simultaneously. According to the Sahar police, the accused facilitated the illegal travel of Sri Lankan nationals Velummylum Subaharan, Vadivelu Sivarpalingam and Arunthavale Sivathas to London on February 11, 2017. In documents submitted by the police to the Andheri court last week while seeking Thevakumaran’s custody, the police said that on February 26, 2017, three others — Thangavadivel Partheepan, Krishnamoorthy Sanjon and Annalingam Sivakumar — also made the trip to London. An officer at Sahar police said that during each trip, Rajan would meet the Sri Lankans in Mumbai, book them into hotels and take them to the airport. “Logorajan would meet the Sri Lankans at the airport, give them them their forged passports and instructions to board the London flight and introduce them to the British nationals — part of the identity switch,” said the officer. “We are also investigating how many other Sri Lankans were sent illegally to the UK in this manner,” said Baburao Mukhedkar, senior inspector, Sahar police station.The police are yet to find agents Rajan and Logorajan. An officer who is part of the investigation said that Logorajan is suspected to have returned to Sri Lanka on March 10.Advocate Prabhakar Tripathi, who is representing Warner and three other jailed British nationals, said that he will soon move the sessions court seeking bail for his clients, since the police has arrested Thevakumaran, who, Tripathi claims, is the prime conspirator in the case. (Colombo Gazette)
“At this time, we must reaffirm our commitment to multilateral cooperation, broad-based action, and tolerance and understanding,” Ms. Fréchette said, opening the UN Department of Public Information’s (DPI) 56th annual conference for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the world body’s headquarters in New York. “The world needs the United Nations more than ever…[and it] also needs active and committed NGOs and a strong civil society,” she added.This was the vision to which world leaders committed themselves three years ago in the Millennium Declaration, she said. Since then, however, the world had been shocked by violence and beset by division.That was why the theme of this year’s conference – “Human Security and Dignity”- was timely, the Deputy Secretary-General said. “It reminds us of our collective responsibility to all the world’s people…and reminds us of the commitment of world leaders to strengthen the United Nations, and to advance the cause of peace, development of the environment and respect for human rights,” she added.The three-day conference – the premier NGO event at the UN – will highlight these issues and give civil society organizations a forum to express their ideas about human rights, people’s empowerment and global well-being. About 2,000 representatives associated with DPI and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) from more than 100 countries around the world are expected to attend. The Conference will for the first time also be webcast live through an interactive site (http://www.ngodpiexecom.org)Also speaking at the Conference opening, General Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic said human security could only be achieved by building on people’s strengths to create strong civil society and institutions. NGOs had participated in the work of the UN almost since its inception, and their participation has expanded dramatically during the series of international conferences throughout the 1990s.He said the UN had a vast array of functions to implement its mandate. The Organization was needed as the only legitimate forum to resolve transnational problems that could not be solved by individual States. Recognizing the support of civil society in the prevention of armed conflict, he had convened an open meeting last week to explore how best to link the work of civil society with the work of governments and the United Nations.Speaking at a press briefing, former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Special Adviser to Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Chair of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on UN-Civil Society Relations, told reporters it was his view that “We have to insist on the construction of a peaceful world and this cannot be done without international public opinion and the very active presence of NGOs.”Mr. Cardoso, who was joined by fellow panel member Mary Racelis, said that following the Iraq crisis, there was a need for a kind of revitalization of a peace movement across the world and new views on how to guarantee that peace. It was also clear that it was not enough for any one government to “take care of peace,” as there was ample room for worldwide civil society and international public opinion to have a say.“The fact is that nowadays there is an international public opinion may be the only countervailing force towards the power of some governments. So national public opinion is more sensitive to international public opinion and this is how we can move towards a better world,” he said.Ms. Racelis, who is a research scientist at the Institute of Philippines Culture at Ateneo de Manila University, added that “All of us believe that in the end, if the citizenry – especially those who are more poor, disadvantaged, marginalized – becomes articulate and understands rights, knows issues and can speak to their representatives as peers, that is what really changes government policy significantly, and we have seen it.” Listen to UN Radio report
Introduced by Israel, and co-sponsored by some 90 Member States, the draft resolution rejects any denial of the period in time as an historical event, urges States to develop educational programmes that will instruct future generations about the horrors of genocide, and condemns all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or belief.Jan Eliasson, President of the GA said that the memory of the Holocaust must be “a unifying historic warning around which we must rally; not only to recall the grievous crimes committed in human history but also to reaffirm our unfaltering reserve to prevent the recurrence of such crimes.”The Israel Representative to the UN, Dan Gillerman said that the Holocaust “brought us face to face with the full extent of man’s capacity for inhumanity to his fellow man,” and that it served as a “critical impetus” for the development of human rights, the drafting of landmark international conventions on Genocide, and the very establishment of the UN.In addition to establishing “International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust,” the draft resolution also calls for actively preserving the sites of the Holocaust, including Nazi death camps, concentration camps, forced labour camps, and prisons, and to establish a UN programme of outreach and mobilization on Holocaust remembrance and education.January 27, 1945 is currently officially recognized as a day of remembrance for Holocaust victims in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany, because it marks the day when an advancing Soviet army liberated the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Poland.”As the generation of Holocaust survivors and liberators dwindles, the torch of remembrance, of bearing witness, and of education must continue forward,” Mr. Gillerman said.
Mr. Annan, who is at present on a Middle East tour, was scheduled to visit the Jordanian capital today, but the trip was postponed following last night’s attacks because he felt that it would be an added burden to the Jordanian authorities.When he called the King from Saudi Arabia today to express his condolences, “it was made clear that the Secretary-General’s visit would be appreciated by the King and the people of Jordan,” spokesperson Marie Okabe told the press in New York.“So the Secretary-General will be travelling to Jordan tomorrow to express his support and pay his respects and to meet with the UN staff there,” she added. The Security Council today called on all states to help bring the perpetrators behind the attacks to justice and reiterated its determination to combat all forms of terrorism in accordance with its responsibilities under the UN Charter.“The Security Council reaffirms that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the 15-member body said in a Presidential Statement. “The Security Council condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist bombings that took place in Amman, Jordan on 9 November 2005, which fell victim to a yet another heinous act of terrorism,” it added in a statement read out at the session by Ambassador Andrey Denisov of Russia, which holds the rotating Council presidency for November.The Council underlined “the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these intolerable acts to justice,” and urged all States to cooperate with and provide support and assistance, as appropriate, to the Government of Jordan.“The Security Council further reaffirms the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts,” the statement added. The President of the General Assembly, Jan Eliasson of Sweden, opened today’s proceedings with by paying tribute to “all those affected by the abhorrent terrorist attacks.“Theses attacks are a further stark reminder of the importance and urgency of the work we are doing to adopt a Comprehensive Convention on Terrorism,” he added. In a statement Wednesday night, Mr. Annan also reiterated his longstanding call for the adoption of a comprehensive international treaty to fight the scourge of terrorism.
Percentage returning Stanford brings back a lot of talent this seasonPercentage of 2018 contributions produced by players returning in 2019 for top NCAA women’s volleyball programs 2018 RankTeamKillsAssistsDigsBlocksAces Stanford women’s volleyball faced a tough challenge just a week into the season, making a trip across the country last Wednesday to take on the then-No. 7 Florida Gators.But the match was hardly a struggle. The Cardinal — led by the trio of seniors Kathryn Plummer (21 kills), Jenna Gray (37 assists) and Morgan Hentz (15 digs) — dispatched Florida in straight sets, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19. Four days later, the team added a win over No. 3 Texas to improve to 4-0. As a result, Stanford was the unanimous top team in Monday’s coaches poll.The Cardinal finished 2018 with a 34-1 record, avenging its early-season loss to BYU in the national semifinals before beating Nebraska in the final. After rolling through the NCAA last season, the Cardinal return more of last year’s squad than almost any other top-ranked team.1The top 11 teams in last year’s end-of-season poll all started the 2019 season back in the top 11. But the road won’t be easy for the talented favorites, who will have to beat stalwarts from the Midwest and upstarts from the South.Stanford was the only school with three 2018 First-Team All-Americans, all of whom were juniors. The team’s biggest loss was middle blocker Tami Alade, a Second-Team All-American and the only senior who consistently played last season. Gray, the two-time defending Pac-12 Setter of the Year, was the only non-senior setter to earn First-Team All-American honors last year. Hentz, Mayor of Hentz-Ville, is the two-time defending Pac-12 Libero of the Year and last year’s Final Four Co-MVP.And then there’s Plummer, the two-time defending National Player of the Year, a dominant force on the outside who’s already racked up more awards than can comfortably fit on her bio page. Plummer, Hentz and Gray might be the NCAA’s top players at their respective positions. The trio has won a pair of titles together and may be in line for a third. 11Florida84.545.083.277.280.0 The toughest competition, as is often the case in volleyball, comes in the Big Ten, which claimed five of the top eight spots in the preseason coaches poll.The Wisconsin Badgers may present the biggest challenger to Stanford as the only top-11 team returning a higher percentage of contributions. The preseason coaches poll put Wisconsin fifth, behind Nebraska and Minnesota, but Big Ten coaches named UW the conference favorite. The Badgers looked the part early but suffered a pair of close losses to ranked teams over the weekend and will need to bounce back.Wisconsin is led by a junior class featuring Sydney Hilley, Dana Rettke and a redshirted Molly Haggerty. The 6-foot-8 Rettke, a nearly unstoppable blocker, spent the summer competing with the U.S. national team. Haggerty was the 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, but a back injury cost her all of 2017, and she struggled to return to form last year. Hilley, a Second-Team All-American, ranked fourth in the country in assists per set last year and is one of just three setters named to an All-American team who returns this season.And Illinois retained All-American outside hitter Jacqueline Quade from its Final Four team but lost setter Jordyn Poulter to graduation (she now plays on the national team). The Illini will likely replace her with Mica Allison — a transfer from Auburn, a former top recruit and one of the nation’s best underclassman setters. Illinois has also struggled early, losing a pair of matches this weekend, though Allison has barely played because of an injury.And perennial contenders Nebraska and Penn State enter the season with strong young teams. Nebraska, national champions in 2015 and 2017 and last year’s runners-up, can never be counted out, especially if setter Nicklin Hames makes a substantial leap her sophomore year. The Huskers are off to a 4-0 start with no seniors on the roster. Penn State has won at least 22 matches in each of the 41 seasons played under head coach Russ Rose. The Nittany Lions, with 15 underclassmen on their roster, have jumped out to a 5-0 record but face their first big test when Stanford comes to town on Friday.Minnesota made the biggest jump among last year’s top-10 teams, coming in third in the preseason rankings despite being upset by Oregon in last year’s regional semifinals. That loss marked the Gophers’ fourth-straight tournament upset; they were the No. 2 seed three of the last four years but haven’t reached the championship match since 2004. Replacing All-American setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson is the biggest challenge for the Gophers this year, who have struggled early this season.Outside the Big Ten, a pair of Big 12 Teams are off to hot starts. No. 3 Texas swept Minnesota and took Stanford to five sets. And Baylor, a program that hasn’t reached even the Sweet 16 in 10 years, shot up to No. 5 after winning at Wisconsin and at Marquette to reach 5-0.The under-the-radar contender could be Kentucky. The SEC favorite is one of the best teams in terms of returning contributors. Junior setter Madison Lilley will try to make a case for player of the year, and there’s plenty of All-American talent around the roster.2Lilley and Leah Edmond were Second-Team All-Americans, while Gabby Curry was an honorable mention But the Wildcats struggled out of the gates, suffering an early-season straight-sets upset at the hands of then-unranked Utah.Stanford’s early-season challenges are far from over: The Cardinal face three top Big Ten teams in the next week, culminating next Wednesday with a rematch of the national championship game against Nebraska. And there will be challenges throughout the year from other top teams, especially come December. But if last year is any indication, the Cardinal will be ready. The programs that finished last season ranked in the top 11 last year were all ranked in the top 11 in the 2019 preseason poll.Sources: School websites, ACVA rankings 1Stanford85.1%99.9%98.4%68.7%98.8% 3Illinois76.613.579.949.870.4 9Oregon22.214.171.1247.740.2 8Wisconsin86.199.798.982.099.3 5Texas54.398.790.832.486.2 4BYU55.210.741.764.943.3 7Minnesota92.111.768.485.447.9 2Nebraska69.489.057.083.954.0 10Kentucky82.098.387.471.272.8 6Penn State57.615.666.566.669.0
Briers made no comment during police interview and later claimed payments were diverted to his account simply so he could pay suppliers in cash.The trial continues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. John Briers, centre, is pictured leaving Newcastle Crown Court on April 30Credit:Will Walker/NNP “He made most of those payments simply by writing out cheques to himself.”He then covered his tracks by pretending that those fraudulent payments were either payments to companies who had supplied goods and services to Age Concern or bonus payments that were approved by the charity’s board of trustees or special payments, also agreed by the board, or a sub-committee of the board.”The defendant created false documents to explain those fraudulent payments.”In the end, he was caught out because one of the documents he created contained obvious mistakes and the finance manager with the charity noticed.”In total, he stole over £700,000 from the charity through these means.”The court heard the money was taken from the two limbs of the organisation, one being the charity, which he was chief executive of, and the other was the trading company, which he was secretary of. John Briers (pictured covering his face) is pictured leaving Newcastle Crown Court on April 30Credit:Will Walker/NNP Prosecutors claim Briers pocketed £433,236 through fraudulent cheques which he claimed were for suppliers, that he paid himself £105,560 in bonuses, including a special, additional monthly salary of £5,756, on one occasion, and that he used £169,703 of the charity’s cash to top-up his pension.Mr Dunne said Briers used fake invoices and even fraudulent minutes of board meetings in a bid to cover his tracks. Prosecutor Anthony Dunne told the court: “The defendant is charged with three offences of fraud by abuse of position.”The position he held was that he was chief executive of a charity, Age Concern South Tyneside.”The case against him is he dishonestly used that position to fraudulently pay to himself large amounts of Age Concern’s money. An Age Concern chief executive has been accused of stealing more than £700,000 from the charity by paying cheques into his own account and awarding himself bonuses. John Briers pocketed huge amounts of the organisation’s money in an abuse of his trusted position during a fraud spanning eight years, a court heard.The 57-year-old, of Woodstock Road, Gateshead, who was chief executive officer at Age Concern South Tyneside at the time, denies all charges – three allegations of fraud between 2007 and 2015.Newcastle Crown Court heard he is accused of paying 60 cheques into his own account, awarding himself 12 unauthorised bonuses and 19 additional pension top-ups.Jurors heard Briers was suspended from his post when a financial manager noticed a supporting document for one of the payments appeared to be fraudulent and an investigation was launched.Templates of blank invoices for firms the organisation had dealt with were allegedly found when Briers’ office was searched, the court heard.
Numérisation : 100% des écoles en haut débit pour 2012France – Luc Chatel, le ministre de l’Éducation nationale, vient de présenter un rapport sur la numérisation des établissements scolaires. L’objectif est de généraliser le haut débit dans 100% des établissements scolaires en 2012.Les écoles françaises ont un “retard” à rattraper au niveau de la numérisation et du haut débit. Le Premier ministre, François Fillon, a ainsi commandé un rapport afin de franchir avec succès cette nouvelle étape dans les établissements scolaires. Pour cela, l’État a mis les moyens puisque 1 milliard d’euros devraient être injectés dans ce projet.À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planète Au programme, 70 mesures ont été proposées où figurent 12 priorités comme la formation des cadres et enseignants, le développement des équipements pour l’apprentissage des langues et le prolongement du parcours scolaire par le numérique afin de favoriser l’égalité des chances. Le rapport ambitionne de généraliser le haut débit dans les écoles pour 2012 et de former 6.000 personnes qui seront les “ambassadeurs du numérique” d’ici la fin de l’année. A partir de 2011, tout manuel scolaire sortira aussi en version numérique. “Je souhaite que d’ici avril, je puisse présenter un plan très ambitieux, pluriannuel, pour que le numérique soit le quotidien de nos élèves”, a assuré Luc Chatel. 50.000 emplois pourraient être créés durant ces trois prochaines années.Le 16 février 2010 à 10:55 • Emmanuel Perrin
HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target Before she takes over the TARDIS, the 13th Doctor stopped by Hogwarts! Jodie Whittaker & Annabel Scholey with the #CursedChild London cast. pic.twitter.com/ieuflsNQXk— Cursed Child Play (@HPPlayLDN) October 10, 2017The image of Cursed Child‘s London cast features an excited-looking Whittaker hugging actor Annabel Scholey—who seems to have nothing to do with the play.The pair go back at least five years, having starred together in the National Theatre’s 2012 production of Antigone, alongside Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston. So, they either attended the show together, or came separately and were both invited onstage for a photoshoot and reunion.Thirty-three-year-old Scholey, best known for her role as Lauren Drake in UK TV series Being Human, has been working steadily since 2005, appearing in British soaps Holby City and EastEnders. Last year, she played Contessina de Medici in a mini-series about the Italian dynasty, starring Dustin Hoffman and Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden.The BBC remains tight-lipped about the Thirteenth Doctor’s latest associate; the production company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In August, rumors tipped quiz show host, comedian, actor, and (IMO), unlikely TARDIS traveler Bradley Walsh as the front-runner.There is no word when we’ll get the heads up. But I suppose there’s plenty of time to ponder, since the next season of Doctor Who isn’t scheduled to begin for at least a year.If the Beeb is still stuck for a sidekick, I’ve got a few suggestions of my own (in alphabetical order, because it’s too difficult to rank them by perfectness):View as: One Page Slides1. Amanda Abbington(via BBC)The “Sherlock” star would be a perfect fit for the TARDIS.2. Gemma Arterton(via BBC)She’s played an anarchic schoolgirl, a Bond Girl, and a witch hunter. Here’s to hoping she can add space-and-time traveller to the list.3. Zawe Ashton(via BBC)Unrecognizable by most US viewers, “Fresh Meat” star Zawedde “Zawe” Ashton could bring some much-needed color to a whitewashed program.4. Hayley Atwell(via BBC)I want to be Hayley Atwell when I grow up: The London-born beauty works well in teams and can definitely kick ass.5. Charlotte Beaumont(via ITV)Whittaker already has chemistry with her on-screen daughter (“Broadchurch”). And there is precedence for family ties on the TARDIS.6. Sacha Dhawan(via BBC)Earlier this year, Dhawan expressed great interest in the role of the Thirteenth Doctor, telling Radio Times “I SO would love to.”7. Anna Friel(via BBC)I still miss “Pushing Daisies.” Another dose of the adorable Anna Friel could go a long way to healing that wound.8. Miranda Hart(via BBC)The TARDIS could use another funny lady. (Plus, it’s bigger on the inside, so the six-foot-tall actor would never have to stoop.)9. Sally Hawkins(via BBC)The hip aunt you always wanted.10. Ruth Negga(via AMC)She wowed in “Loving” and is currently occupied with her starring role in AMC’s “Preacher.” But she could be the Doctor’s first (on-screen) Irish companion.11. Sue Perkins(via BBC)The former “Great British Bake Off” host is another hilarious option.12. Sheridan Smith(via BBC)I’m thinking a musical “Doctor Who” episode with this theater whiz (who is currently killing it in the West End’s “Funny Girl”).13. Ben Whishaw(via BBC)I will never not want Ben Whishaw to play all the part ever. The Doctor has a penchant for plays: Peter Capaldi last year visited his then-unannounced companion Pearl Mackie during her run in London’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.The two reportedly pretended not to know each other when Capaldi came backstage, hoping to maintain an air of mystery before the BBC’s official cast announcement.So it’s no surprise that when the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child production this week tweeted a photo of Doctor-in-waiting Jodie Whittaker with the Hogwarts student body, suspicions turned to a possible new companion.
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MIAMI (WSVN) – Fans of 7News anchor Belkys Nerey’s foodie segment “Bite with Belkys” got an extra helping of delicious, easy-to-make dishes on Saturday.Nerey served up a super-sized half-hour installment with the help of the Miami Culinary Institute. Together they created sausage and bell pepper sliders, stuffed jalapeños and zucchini galettes with a shrimp relish.Nerey also sent a special shout out on Twitter, thanking her foodie fans in South Florida for their support. 5-4-3-2-1 blast off to the #bitewithbelkys 30 minute special @wsvn thanks for all your support South Florida. I ❤you pic.twitter.com/w9aPGx3rgk— Belkys Nerey (@belkysnerey) March 25, 2017For your continued “Bite” helpings, tune in to 7News on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m and Sundays at 7 a.m. for of all her delicious creations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.