Eight security personnel and three militants were killed when militants of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) stormed the heavily fortified District Police Lines premises in Pulwama in a pre-dawn attack on Saturday. The operation continued till late in the evening. “The bodies of two militants were recovered. The third militant was trapped in another building,” said Jammu and Kashmir DGP S.P. Vaid.The militants stormed the Special Operation Group building, housing the police arm that deals with counter-insurgency operations, by scaling a wall close to orchards at the extreme end of the sprawling premises around 3.45 a.m.Two multi-storey blocks were blasted by the security agencies to flush out the “well-trained and highly motivated” militants. There was pressure “to wind up [the] operation fast” as locals had started assembling near the site and hurling stones “constantly,” but the operation lasted the whole day.“Two trapped SPOs and one orderly employee [of the police] were killed as one block caught fire in the exchange of fire. The trapped security personnel could not manage to leave the complex. We tried to send fire tenders with ladders to evacuate them but the militants fired upon them too,” a police official said.Freshly infiltrated group“We evacuated 40 to 50 families from the premises where the gunfight was on,” said Muhammad Aslam, Supreintendent of Police, Pulwama. One policeman was killed during the evacuation of the stranded families.Top counter-insurgency officials told The Hindu that these militants seemed from a freshly infiltrated group.“There were inputs about the presence of a new group that has infiltrated from the Poonch side a few days ago. The group stayed in Shopian’s Keehgam village before heading for Pulwama. We are corroborating the intelligence inputs. These were highly trained militants and apparently carried weapons to fire grenades too,” said another police official.JeM spokesman Hasan Shah said JeM militants had carried out the attack. “Our militants present there are giving a tough time to the Indian troops.”
NIH to Relax ‘Two Strikes’ Grant Submission PolicyThe National Institutes of Health is dropping a policy that gave researchers only one chance to revise a rejected grant application before having to start over with a new idea—a rule that was especially hard on young investigators. 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The outlawed insurgent group, the United National Liberation Front, has formally claimed responsibility for gunning down Dhanachandra Heisnam of Thanga Heisnam Mayai Leikai in Manipur’s Bishnupur district on Sunday.A statement said that Dhanachandra along with his four relatives had allegedly gang-raped a girl of the same village on February 13, 2018. They left the unconscious girl believing that she was dead.Meanwhile, womenfolk of the village staged a protest on Monday against the killing of Dhanachandra and said that the body would not be claimed until the killers were nabbed.
The Mohun Bagan players were also apparently trying to The Mohun Bagan players were also apparently trying to convince the referee that Martins handled the ball but to no avail as Luciano was yellow-carded and Dong-hyun cooly stepped up to take the spot kick and send the ball into the net to the wild celebration of East Bengal fans. Dong-hyun, who came in place of Abhinash Ruidas in the 33rd minute, emerged as the star of the day as he made it 2-0 in favour of East Bengal in the 75th minute. The South Korean winger got the better of Mohun Bagan defender Kinshuk Debanath and then fired the ball past goalkeeper Debjit Ghosh to score his second goal. It was still not over for Mohun Bagan as captain Katsumi rose to connect a Pritam Kotal cross from the right into the East Bengal goal in the 83rd minute. Seven minutes were added as injury time and Mohun Bagan had a chance to come out unscathed in the match but to the dismay of the vociferous supporters, Jeje Lalpekhlua, who captained India against Iran and Turkmenistan in the 2018 World Qualifiers, simply sent a weak push to East Bengal goalkeeper Luis Barreto in the 95th minute to waste a golden opportunity. PTI PDS CM CM
Building on its reputation as a consumer centric company providing the best in class after-sales experience, TVS Motor Company, India’s leading two-wheeler manufacturer, has rolled out ’24/7 Road Side Assistance Program (RSA)’ for its 2 wheeler customers across the country. In line with our expansion strategy, the company has launched this program across 70 cities in India under Phase 1. In its next phase of expansion, TVS Motor Company will ramp-up the service to 200 cities across the country by October 2016.ALSO READ:TVS Victor crosses 1 lakh sales mark in 9 monthsThe initiative aims to resolve on-road problems faced by the customer through a 24/7 helpline and personal assistance. The services include spare key pick-up, fuel delivery and onsite repair which will ensure that the customers continue their journey without any hurdles. In other cases, services extend to cab arrangement, accident assistance and towing of vehicles. In line with the company’s focus on greater customer centricity and providing closer access to customers, these initiatives are the expected to enhance the entire customer experience through the product lifecycle. A growing family of 28 million TVS owners will now benefit from this program and the company has received a strong positive response and appreciation from its customers already.ALSO READ:TVS launches StaR City+, Sport in new coloursJS Srinivasan – Vice President Sales & Service, TVS Motor Company says, “As a Company, we constantly strive to meet the evolving needs of the two-wheeler customer with our products and also boost their overall ownership experience. With more than 3,500 dealer touch points, we are confident of extending a 24/7 Road Side Assistance Program, which will cater to the consumer’s immediate requirements and also help them overcome any issue on the road. At TVS Motor Company, we pride ourselves on “listening” to our customers and we have emerged as top rankers in globally benchmarked platforms like JD power customer satisfaction survey. We believe this initiative is a step forward to strengthen the confidence and faith bestowed on us by our consumers.”advertisementALSO READ:TVS Himalayan Highs Season 2 enters India book of recordsThe program is applicable on every new and existing TVS vehicle under warranty (Scooters and Motorcycles) with no additional charges. TVS Motor Company’s dealers will be organizing various awareness campaigns across their network to make the consumer aware of this new initiative. The Road Side Assistance program is expected to rollout pan India by March 2017. TVS Motor Company customers can dial: 1800 419 2077 or connect through the TVSM Service App to avail of this new RSA program.
David Warner smashed a sixth one-day international century of the year to drive Australia to a convincing 116-run victory over New Zealand as the hosts wrapped up the series with a match to spare in Canberra on Tuesday.New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss under leaden skies in the Australian capital and made the decision to bowl on a Manuka Oval track where batting first has been an all but sure-fire path to victory.Australia duly piled on an imposing 378/5 with the Blacks Caps only able to muster up 262 all out in 47.2 overs in reply.Warner hit 119 off 115 balls with 14 fours and one six, combining with his captain Steve Smith, whose 164 went a long way to winning the series opener in Sydney on Sunday, in a second-wicket partnership of 145. (Scorecard)Smith made 72, Travis Head 57 and Mitchell Marsh 76 as Australia plundered 126 from the last 10 overs.”It was a fantastic wicket, it always is down here at Manuka, and we know that if you keep wickets in hand you can take 100-150 runs off the last 15,” Warner said.Warner’s two centuries were among the few highlights for Australia in their 5-0 humiliation in South Africa in October and six in one year, with the third match of the series in Melbourne to come, is unprecedented for an Australian.Only Indians Sachin Tendulkar (nine in 1998) and Sourav Ganguly (seven in 2000) have hit more centuries in one year.”It’s the format that I perhaps thought wasn’t my greatest but this year’s been fantastic and I’ve got to keep going as well as I can,” Warner added.advertisementThe opener secured his 10th one-day century with a scrambled single and it took a brilliant catch from Williamson to dismiss him after 2 1/2 hours at the crease, the Black Caps skipper getting down to take a full-powered shot inches above the grass.Williamson top-scored for the visitors with 84 and put on 125 for the third wicket with Jimmy Neesham (74) but the writing was on the wall once they had departed.Australian quick Pat Cummins, playing in his first international series for a year, took 4-41.The Australians, assured of retaining their number one ranking in the 50-over game, reclaimed the Chappell-Hadlee trophy which New Zealand had won on home soil in February.
TweetPinShare0 Shares OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Draymond Green emphatically flexed his bulging biceps with big plays on both ends of the floor, and these Golden State Warriors might just be far too strong for the Cleveland Cavaliers.That repeat title Golden State has spoken of since the very start more than eight months ago is suddenly two wins from reality.It will be the only way the Warriors’ record-setting season ends right. For now, they sure seem unstoppable.Green had 28 points with five 3-pointers, seven rebounds and five assists, while MVP Stephen Curry scored 18 points despite foul trouble, and Golden State thoroughly overwhelmed Cleveland 110-77 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.“There’s no point in celebrating or jumping up and down saying, ‘Look at us.’ We’re two games away from winning a championship, but we still have to go out and get the job done,” Curry said. “It’s a trap to think that we’ve figured things out, that we have the perfect formula to beat Cleveland and they have no chance in the series. That’s not how we’re supposed to think.”The 33-point win was the Warriors’ most lopsided ever in a finals game — and they have won the first two by a combined 48 points.“They just beat us,” LeBron James said. “We didn’t win anything. No points of the game did we beat them in anything.”Once the Splash Brothers found their shooting touch, Cleveland couldn’t keep up. Klay Thompson got hot after halftime to finish with 17 points as Golden State became the first team to go ahead 2-0 in the finals since the Lakers in 2009 against Orlando.Now, the series shifts to Cleveland, and James and the Cavs must show up for Game 3 on Wednesday in front of their title-starved fans down 2-0 to the defending champs and with forward Kevin Love dealing with a head injury.“We’ve got to be tougher,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.The NBA said Love experienced dizziness early in the second half and left for the locker room to be re-examined, then was placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol. He hadn’t exhibited any symptoms before then, even after taking an elbow to the back of the head from Harrison Barnes in the second quarter and going down for several minutes before returning following a timeout. He immediately made a baseline 3-pointer for the Cavs’ first basket in nearly 5½ minutes.After a scoreless first quarter when he missed all five shots but had five assists, James scored 14 of his 19 points in the second and also finished with nine assists and eight rebounds, but seven turnovers — and he took the blame. James’ teams had won nine straight postseason Game 2s after losing the series opener dating back to a loss in the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals to Boston.Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles as forward Draymond Green (23) blocks Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)“I’m definitely surprised at the margin of victory tonight,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It happens in the NBA, sometimes things get away from you. Sometimes shots go in, sometimes they don’t. … Everything changes when we go to Cleveland, we know that.”After Curry and Thompson combined for only 20 points in Thursday’s 104-89 Game 1 win on 8-for-27 shooting and the bench carried the load, they each hit four 3-pointers and went 13 for 24. And Curry got a postgame treat: He exchanged jerseys with Barcelona and Brazil soccer star Neymar.Green shot 11 for 20 and made 5 of 8 3-pointers, sparking a suggestion he might apply to be a Splash Brother alongside fellow All-Stars Curry and Thompson.“Stop it,” Green said with a chuckle.“Tonight, he’s one of us,” Thompson said.The Warriors’ 87 victories matched the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, the team Golden State topped for the most regular-season victories in NBA history with 73.Andrew Bogut had four of his five blocks — Golden State had nine overall — in the first 7:15 and received a standing ovation when he came out with 3:50 left in the first. He went to the locker room late in the quarter after having hit his hand on the rim early and grimacing in pain.Green credited the defense for holding down James and Co.While the outspoken swingman insists he just wants rings and isn’t yet ready to consider the Warriors among the best of all time, the typically quiet Thompson let loose a little.“We’re better than the Showtime Lakers,” he quipped, a friendly jab at former power forward father, Mychal.
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo: How many children does he have & what are their names? Goal Last updated 2 years ago 04:45 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Portugal WTF The Real Madrid and Portugal icon has announced the birth of his fourth child, as Goal looks at his burgeoning family and their Instagram moments Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most well-known and well-regarded footballers in the world, but his personal life remains shrouded in a great deal of mystery.Understandably, the Real Madrid star has been protective of his family, but in recent times he has given his fans a glimpse behind the proverbial curtain through his social media channels.As well as his football moments, social life and various commercial ventures, Ronaldo increasingly celebrates his growing family, sharing tender moments with his legions of followers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Following the birth of his fourth child, Goal takes a look at Cristiano Ronaldo’s family…HOW MANY KIDS DOES CRISTIANO RONALDO HAVE?Cristiano Ronaldo now has four children after his partner Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to a girl named Alana Martina. He has two boys and two girls.The former Manchester United star became a father at the age of 25 when his first child, Cristiano Jr, was born in June 2010.Ronaldo has never publicly revealed the identity of his first son’s mother, but Cristiano Jr is a prominent figure in the star’s life and he often appears by his father’s side at award ceremonies.Indeed, Ronaldo is evidently very proud of his eldest son and has shared a number of videos of him playing football, prompting speculation that the youngster is set to follow in his father’s footsteps.In fact, in case there wasn’t enough pressure on the kid, some bookmakers have even offered odds on Ronaldo Jr one day playing for Man United or Real Madrid.Cristiano Ronaldo’s twinsIn June 2017, seven years after the birth of Cristiano Jr, Ronaldo’s family grew by two as the Portugal international revealed new baby twins following his return from the Confederations Cup.The twins, a boy and a girl, are reported to be named Mateo and Eva and are said to have been conceived with the help of a surrogate mother.As with his first-born, Ronaldo is happy to show off his twin children and they regularly feature on both his Instagram and that of his girlfriend Georgina. Fourth childFollowing the birth of his twins in the summer of 2017, there were murmurings that Ronaldo was set to welcome a fourth addition to his family.Those rumours were eventually confirmed that the 32-year-old was expecting his first child with girlfriend Georgina. Details initially began to emerge about the pregnancy in July, with the couple announcing they were expecting a girl, with the name Alana Martina their choice in advance.Georgina has now given birth to Alana Martina, with Ronaldo announcing the news in an Instagram post containing featuring a picture of himself, his girlfriend, eldest son and newborn daughter.It remains to be seen whether there will be any further additions to the Ronaldo family in the future after he had previously expressed a desire to have seven children.
Junior Firpo is flattered to be linked to Barcelona but is keeping his focus on Real Betis.The defender is said to be a target for La Liga champions Barca after impressing for Betis last term.Junior, 22, was then part of the Spain side that triumphed at the European Under-21 Championship. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The left-back would provide competition for Jordi Alba at Camp Nou but is not getting carried away with the Barca speculation.”I’m not unsettled,” Junior told Mundo Deportivo. “That news is coming out and the truth is that it is a compliment and a source of pride to be linked to important clubs such as Barcelona.”But I am focused on Betis because it is my club and I also have huge gratitude because they have given me everything.”I think it’s a sign that I’m doing things right. I think I’m in a great club and in a great team and that has helped me a lot.”Last season we had an inconsistent campaign but we had great victories in the league, we were close to reaching the Copa del Rey final and we played in European competition.”It went well for me and therefore that has helped me. But I insist, I am focused on Betis because that is precisely what has made me get here.”Junior, though, accepts a move to Barca could allow him to develop further.”For me, Jordi is the best left-back in the world, a great player capable of defending and also attacking dangerously,” he added. “If one day I play with him, apart from competing with him, I’m sure I could learn a lot by his side.”What I cannot deny is that it is an honour and a source of pride to be associated with Barcelona, which is a great club and has a great team. I am now at the top in Betis and what has to happen will happen.”Junior caught the eye during a goalscoring performance in Betis’ win against the Blaugrana last season at Camp Nou.He said that match was a great advert for the Spanish game.“The truth is I had a great game, I scored one goal and made another and we won,” he continued.“The team played a great game and, regardless of who you support, for the spectator that Barca-Betis game was a show for how the two teams played and and for the offensive play that was seen.“Surely people had a lot of fun.”
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith did an interview with ESPN’s Dan Murphy on Friday, attempting to clear the air on exactly what Urban Meyer knew regarding the 2015 allegations of domestic violence against the wide receivers coach. At the end of the interview, Smith was asked how he’d react if Meyer lost his job as a result of the scandal.In short, Smith does not believe that Meyer should be fired be the university. He thinks that Meyer acted appropriately and did what he was supposed to do, given the situation.Here’s what Smith had to say:“I’d be heartbroken for Ohio State, for the players. For him and his family. It would be dead wrong.If he loses his job, it would be dead wrong. And that’s the guy who fired me. It would be a crime.”Smith on if Meyer is fired: “I’d be heartbroken for Ohio State, the players, him and his family. .. It would be dead wrong. If he loses his job, it would be flat wrong. And that’s the guy who fired me. It would be a crime.”— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) August 3, 2018Smith also told Murphy that Meyer (and school AD Gene Smith) knew about the allegations. Smith says Meyer told him he’d fired him if he learned that they were true.Now, we wait to see what Ohio State will do. Meyer has issued a statement in response to McMurphy’s report, which seems like a legal play. We’ll know more in the coming days.
zoom French liner giant CMA CGM submitted on Thursday a filing to the European Commission that is said to contain concessions expected to ensure the antitrust approval of its USD 2.4 billion takeover of Singaporean counterpart Neptune Orient Lines, data on the European Commission website shows.Under the proposal, the French company is expected to withdraw NOL’s APL from competing shipping alliances, Reuters reports citing people familiar with the matter.APL is currently a member of the G6 Alliance, but a notice of termination of APL’s participation in the G6 Alliance is to be issued immediately upon closing of the acquisition.CMA CGM in February revealed its plans to form a new mega alliance with the Chinese shipping company China COSCO, which was linked to APL being pulled out of the G6 Alliance after the approval from antitrust bodies, expected by mid-2016.The French company has reportedly told the European Commission it would remove Neptune Orient’s APL container unit from the G6 Alliance “to allay competition concerns over the tie-up” and avoid anti-competitive links to CMA CGM’s new alliance being formed with United Arab Shipping and China Shipping Container Lines.As a result of the bid, CMA CGM is given an extended deadline for review by the EU, now due until April 29th instead of April 15th, the filling shows.On 8 March 2016, CMA CGM notified to the Commission a proposed acquisition of NOL, which is currently controlled by Temasek Holdings and its affiliates.With a fleet of 470 vessels, the CMA CGM Group operates 170 shipping lines on the main commercial trade routes, whereas NOL, with a fleet of 94 vessels runs through its brand American President Lines (APL) more than 80 weekly services at ports in over 50 countries worldwide.World Maritime News Staff
FOR BROADCAST: This government is moving forward on its commitment to make physical education mandatory at the high school level. Many Nova Scotia high schools will be expanding physical education programs this September, with all high schools introducing a compulsory course in September 2008, Education Minister Karen Casey announced today (February 20th). Students entering Grade 10 in September 2008 will be required to earn a physical education credit over their years in high school to graduate. The credit can be offered at Grade 10, 11 or 12 levels, or through a combination of half-credits. -30- More students will be hitting gym mats, tossing stability balls and breaking a sweat outside gym walls beginning next fall as the province puts increased emphasis on student health and fitness. Many Nova Scotia high schools will begin expanding physical education programs beginning in September, with all high schools introducing a compulsory credit requirement in September 2008, Education Minister Karen Casey announced today, Feb. 20. “This government is moving forward on its commitment to make physical education mandatory at the high school level,” said Ms. Casey. “Investing in a strong physical education program, delivered by qualified teachers, is all part of our effort to provide our students with a healthy, physically active school experience from Primary through to graduation.” Students entering Grade 10 in September 2008 will be required to earn a physical education credit over their years in high school to graduate. The credit can be taken at Grade 10, 11 or 12 levels, or through a combination of half-credits. Phys Ed is already a mandatory subject from Primary to Grade 9. Students graduating in 2011 will need a minimum of 19 credits to earn a Nova Scotia high school diploma, with the number of compulsory credits increasing to 14 from 13. Many of the province’s 98 high schools will be prepared to expand student enrolment in physical education beginning in the 2007-08 school year, and have been urged to do so by the Department. Department staff will continue to work with boards to plan and support implementation of the new physical education curriculum and new graduation requirement over the next year. “Physical education not only builds strong bodies but strong minds, as well,” said Ms. Casey. “A healthy student is better able to learn.” The minister said the extra lead time to introduce the mandatory credit will give the department and boards the time they need to resolve issues such as scheduling, facilities and staffing. The province has been working with school boards to provide quality physical education programs in schools, as well as helping promote physical activity beyond the instructional program. The department invested $560,000 this year to hire 10 additional physical education teachers in grades 3 to 6, plus another $512,000 in 2005-06 to hire Healthy Active Living Consultants to lead and support physical and health education at each board. “Schools are doing their part, but they are only part of the solution,” said Ms. Casey. “Solving the problem of youth inactivity is a shared responsibility.”
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Paving Near Airport Repaving of the northbound lanes of Highway 102 may cause delays for drivers approaching the Robert L. Stanfield International Airport from Halifax. Work is taking place from south of Exit 5A (Aerotech Park) to Exit 6 (airport). Two of the three northbound lanes on Highway 102 will remain open during peak hours but traffic will be reduced to one lane daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Access to the airport via Bell Boulevard will be maintained at all times. All three lanes will remain open during the July long weekend from 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 30 until 6 a.m. Monday, July 5. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of July. Drivers heading to the airport should travel with care and give themselves extra time during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 -30-
Manchester: Australia captain Tim Paine has lavished praise on Steve Smith and termed him a genius following his brilliant run in the ongoing Ashes. Smith returned at the Old Trafford post a concussion-forced break and amassed 293 runs in the fourth Ashes Test, which Australia won by 185 runs to retain the urn. The former Australian skipper, who has three centuries to his name apart from two fifties, has scored a total of 671 runs in five outings so far, nearly the double of what the second-best has in eight innings (Ben Stokes, 354 runs) been. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Anyone who’s watched (Smith) bat in the last three or four years knows the talent and the skill and the hunger that he has got,” cricket.com.au quoted Paine as saying on Sunday evening. “People don’t see how driven he is and how much he trains, eats and sleeps batting. He is just a genius and I never had any doubt that he would come back and be the player that he was. “The scary thing is he’s getting better,” he added. The Australian skipper further said that the team was just ecstatic and enjoying Smith’s return to international cricket. “I don’t know where it’s going to stop but we are enjoying being along for the ride with him, that is for sure.” Having an unassailable 2-1 lead, Australia will now look to seal Ashes 2019 when they take on England in the final match of the series from Thursday at the Oval.
New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday accused the Centre of bypassing the Delhi government in conducting a sealing operation in Mayapuri area that led to violent clashes between the traders and the security personnel.Sisodia lashed out at Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri for blaming the Aam Aadmi Party government for the violence in west Delhi, saying the responsibility of land allocation was with the Centre. “Delhi police is yours, SDM is yours, NGT is yours, DDA is yours and we are blamed. They should have some shame and take accountability for their actions,” Sisodia told reporters. Around 14 officials were injured after clashes broke out between the security personnel and scrap dealers during the sealing drive on Saturday. The drive was started by the Delhi Cantonment sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). “Delhi government ministers were not involved in this decision. They were bypassed by the LG (Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal),” the deputy chief minister added. The operation was conducted days after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had slammed the Delhi government for not taking action against illegal scrap industries in Mayapuri that were causing pollution. Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussein said he was not consulted before taking action. “I am going to write to the LG demanding explanation for his actions,” Hussein said. “Officials (involved in the sealing drive) must be suspended. DPCC employees were involved too. I am the environment minister… no approval was taken from me. Strict action would be taken against all officials involved,” Hussein added.
“The exclusion of Africa from the permanent member category of the Security Council can no longer be justified,” President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country with some 150 million people, told the General Assembly on the second day of its annual debate.“We urge the UN to quicken the pace of its reforms. Not only to better reflect the current global realities but also to ensure that it enjoys genuine legitimacy.”Mr. Jonathan, who devoted much of his speech to the progress Nigeria has made while noting the challenges it faces regarding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to reducing maternal and child mortality, recalled that just seven days after gaining independence in 1960, his country contributed to a UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended Nigeria for its support of UN peacekeeping operations in a bilateral meeting today with Mr. Jonathan, during which the two discussed forthcoming elections on the continent and the need to curtail the small arms traffic feeding violence in Africa.Presidents Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal and Ali Bongo of Gabon also called for African representation on the Security Council.“To maintain at all costs the status quo is to turn one’s back on the radical changes in the state of the world and at the same time to expose the Council to more mistrust, more defiance and more criticism,” Mr. Wade said, seeking the right of veto for the continent..He noted that from 51 Member States in 1945 the UN had now grown to 192, yet the Council, “the body intended to reflect the collective will” whose resolutions are legally binding while those of the Assembly are not, had increased its membership only once, in 1965, from 11 to 15.“Are we prepared to define a new world order within which Africa and the emerging powers will fully play the role which the changing circumstances confer on them?” he asked. “How indeed can one conceive of a credible role for our organization in world governance while Africa, comprising more than a quarter of its troops and occupying 70 per cent of the Council’s agenda, has no permanent seat on it? “It is to end this anomaly and right a historical injustice that Senegal has proposed, independent of current reforms that will take time, that our continent be granted a permanent seat with the right of veto.”At present only the five original permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – have veto rights. All five were victorious allies in World War II, part of what Mr. Wade called the legacy of a closed historical period.“If numerous Council decisions are today questioned and their execution deficient, it is because they are perceived by the great majority of Member States more as the expression of national interests than the transmission of a mandate in the name of the community of nations,” he said.Mr. Bongo called on the UN to adapt to the changed international context. “At a time when the democratization of world governance is a necessity, I wish to reaffirm from this tribune the aspirations of Africa to full occupy its place in the concert of nations,” he said.“It seems to me the time has come for Africa not only to have a permanent seat on the Security Council but also to assume the full breadth of its responsibilities as a fully recognized actor on the international scene.”Also adding his voice to the chorus of African leaders today calling for the continent’s permanent representation on the Council was Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba.Comprehensive reform of the body will make it “more representative, democratic and accountable,” he told the Assembly.“It is unjust that Africa remains the only region in the world without permanent representation on the Security Council,” Mr. Pohamba stressed.Togolese Prime Minister Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo said that the noble goals for which the UN was founded are still far from being attained. “The work to be undertaken is still immense,” he declared. “Poverty and misery are not empty words, they are oppressive realities lived every day. They generate violence, instability, conflicts and other scourges that we combat today without success. Only international solidarity can allow us to overcome the world’s ills.” 24 September 2010African leaders today called on the United Nations to grant the continent a permanent seat on the Security Council, declaring that 65 years after its founding the world body remains mired in the legacy of the past.
VANCOUVER — The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says market conditions in the city are changing as sales in April fell to a 17-year low for the month.The board says 2,579 detached properties, townhouses and condominiums sold last month in Metro Vancouver, down 27.4 per cent from April 2017 and 22.5 per cent below the 10-year average for the month.About 18.6 per cent more properties were newly listed last month than in April last year, giving buyers more selection.Still, prices moved up with the composite benchmark price for all properties at $1,092,000 — up 14.3 per cent from the same month last year and 0.7 per cent from March 2018.Detached houses saw the smallest price gains, with the benchmark price at $1,605,800 — up 5.1 per cent from April 2017 and down 0.2 per cent from March 2018.The benchmark price for an apartment rose 23.7 per cent from the same time last year to $701,000, while the townhouse benchmark rose 17.7 per cent to $854,200.
“I congratulate the members of the Quartet – the Tunisian General Labour Union; the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts; the Tunisian Human Rights League; and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers,” said a statement issued today by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York. The UN chief lauded Tunisia for “managing to avoid the disappointment and dashed hopes” that arose after the ‘Arab Spring,’ that tragically have emerged in other regions. He added that this tribute highlights the lasting progress of an inclusive process. “In a larger sense, I salute the Tunisian people – this recognition belongs to all those who gave birth to the Arab Spring and are striving to safeguard the sacrifices of so many,” the statement said.Meanwhile, Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) also welcomed the attribution and said that the award represents hope for “the Arab world and beyond, and this prize incites us to give it our full support.”“The Prize is a tribute and a call to support all civil society forces engaged in the fight for democracy, pluralism and rule of law. It is when these principles are attacked that we must reiterate them ever more forcefully through social dialogue, youth mobilization, without difference of gender, origin or faith,” said Ms. Bokova in a press release. As leaders of civil society, the Tunisian National Quartet helped drive the change that Tunisians demanded. Their roles were central to the country’s stability, integrity and pursuit of justice. “The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet offers hope that serious political challenges can be overcome through dialogue and consensual politics. Their example is an inspiration to the region and the world,” the statement from Mr. Ban further noted. The UN chief reaffirmed the commitment of the UN to proudly stand in solidarity with the awardees as they work to build the peaceful and democratic nation that the Tunisian people deserve.
It has been reported that Aaron Hernandez abused angel dust and started carrying guns because he was paranoid. The former New England Patriots player traveled with his gun everywhere before being accused of murder, according to a new story in Rolling Stone.“The Gangster in the Huddle,” published online Wednesday, and soon to be in stores, delves into Hernandez’s life as he went from a high school football star to sitting in jail awaiting trial for murder.Highlights of the story include Hernandez’s regular use of drugs, associations with gangsters, and his alienation from his teammates and family. According to a friend of Hernandez’s family, he sometimes smoked “three or four blunts” during the drive home from games. He carried a rifle with him in a gym bag because he worried gangsters might be trying to kill him.The Rolling Stone story says that Hernandez flew to the NFL Combine in February and told Patriots coach Bill Belichick that his life was in danger.Hernandez had reportedly frustrated Belichick over the years by violated team policy and behaving like a thug during team engagements. After the former tight end was involved in an alleged domestic incident in March, Belichick reportedly threatened to release the player after the 2013 season if he had any more incidents.Hernandez is currently in a Massachusetts county jail accused of the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. He recently pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and five gun charges.
Pollution maritime : un cargo chinois soupçonné de dégazage au large du FinistèreFrance – Le Parquet a ordonné hier le déroutage d’un bateau chinois vers le port de Brest pour enquête : le navire est soupçonné d’avoir procédé à un dégazage en mer, au large du Finistère.Deux sillages d’hydrocarbures de 6 kilomètres de longueur : c’est la traînée suspecte, repérée hier midi par un avion des douanes françaises, qu’a laissée derrière lui le Tian Du Seng, un cargo battant pavillon chinois, alors qu’il naviguait à 50 milles au sud-ouest d’Ouessant, en direction de l’Europe du nord. Au deuxième survol, le bateau a cessé son dégazage. Immédiatement alerté, le procureur de Brest a ordonné que le navire soit dérouté vers le port de cette ville, où la gendarmerie maritime devra éclaircir les choses.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueAppartenant à la China shipping international ship management de Shangaï , le cargo de 39.000 tonnes , 225 mètres de long et 32 mètres de large, construit en 2001 au Japon, transportait du charbon.La dernière affaire de bateau pollueur, jugée à Brest début octobre, avait coûté à un armateur la bagatelle de 1,5 million d’euros.Le 17 novembre 2010 à 11:56 • Emmanuel Perrin