Akhilesh campaigns for Gayatri Prajapati ‘Sack Minister’U.P. BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya also attacked the Chief Minister, saying if he cannot get his “favourite” Minister arrested, he should at least sack him.Mr. Maurya, whose comments come a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the SP-Congress combine of chanting “Gayatri Prajapati Mantra,” also said the BJP would get Mr. Prajapati arrested after the poll results.Mr. Prajapati’s passport was impounded on Saturday and a look-out notice too was issued against him.On the SC’s directive, the U.P. police filed an FIR against Mr. Prajapati, in connection with separate cases of gang rape and attempt to rape another woman and her minor daughter. Warrants, look-out notice issued against Prajapati He said it had also come to his notice that the CM himself had asked the Minister to surrender but he had not done so till now and was absconding. There were apprehensions that he might have fled to some foreign country, he said. The police were searching for the Minister and trying to arrest him, the Governor said.BJP president Amit Shah too raised the issue on Sunday at an election meeting in Ambedkarnagar, where he rued the U.P. government’s failure to arrest its rape-accused Minister. Listing Mr. Prajapati’s arrest as one of the first tasks in case his party formed the government in the State, Mr. Shah said, “As soon as the BJP forms the government in U.P. on March 11, we will search even in hell and send him to jail.”Mr. Prajapati holds the Transport portfolio in the Akhilesh Council of Ministers.Mr. Shah also alleged that the rape-accused Minister campaigned for the SP for nearly six days, and even exercised his voting rights on February 27.“But, the police were not able to do anything. On the other hand, the CM appealed to Gayatri to surrender. The job of the police is to hold the criminal by the collar and send him behind bars,” said Mr. Shah.“Akhilesh claims that ‘kaam bolta hai’ [actions speak]. But, the reality is that U.P. tops in crime against women and here ‘karnama bolta hai’ [misdeeds speak],” he said.Also Read The continuance of rape accused Gayatri Prajapati as a Minister in the Akhilesh Cabinet has raised serious questions of “constitutional morality and dignity,” said Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on Sunday, even as the BJP attacked the State government for its failure to arrest him.Mr. Naik made the remarks in a letter he shot off to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, seeking to know if he “justifies” having the tainted Minister in his Cabinet.“A non-bailable warrant has been issued against Prajapati after an FIR was registered against him in the rape case. Serious questions of constitutional morality and dignity arise on his remaining in the Cabinet,” the Governor said in the letter.Mr. Naik said that according to media reports, a look-out notice was issued against Mr. Prajapati on the apprehension that he might flee the country and his passport also was impounded. “This is serious in nature, Prajapati being a Cabinet Minister,” he pointed out.Also Read
Panaji: The Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will felicitate Amit Shah, the party’s national president, during his visit to the State on April 9, for his role in the party’s victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Assembly elections.He will also be felicitated for formation of BJP-led government in four out of five States that went to poll recently.Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said the idea was to have an opportunity for the party’s rank and file in Goa to listen to Mr. Shah.He said around 25,000 people will attend the felicitation cum public rally. The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari, who was in charge of the BJP’s Goa Assembly polls, will also attend the event. Mr. Gadkari, along with Mr. Parrikar, is credited as playing a crucial role in formation of a BJP-led government in Goa after the Assembly elections, in which the party secured the second position with 13 MLAs. Mr. Parrikar said he and the party’s Goa chief, Vinay Tendulkar, will felicitate Mr. Shah at the rally.
The Uttar Pradesh police have arrested three suspected Khalistani sympathisers after an encounter in Shamli district on Monday.The trio, identified as Karam Singh, Jinta and Amreet alias Amrit, were caught while transporting weapons reportedly to be used to target former Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal.The police have seized two rifles, snatched from the police recently, from the three accused. One pistol, 21 live cartridges and one motorbike have also been recovered from their possession.Shamli Superintendent of Police Dinesh Kumar P. told The Hindu that the police acted on a tip-off that some Khalistani sympathisers were planning to transport weapons from Shamli to Punjab. “The accused had planned to target politician Parkash Singh Badal. It is yet to be ascertained whether they had planned to attack Mr. Badal directly or create panic by attacking his rally,” Mr. Kumar said. Further investigation is on in the matter as the mastermind of the gang named German and another accused, Karma, are still at large, he added.“We cannot share more details but our teams are working to arrest German and Karma,” Mr. Kumar said. The police said German is in touch with pro-Khalistan groups.The rifles recovered from the accused were snatched on October 2 in Shamli’s Jhinjana police station area. A police post was attacked by some criminals who shot at head constable Sansaar Singh and home guard Sanjay Verma and made off with their rifles.Karam Singh hails from Shamli, Jinta from Saharanpur while Amreet is a resident of Karnal in Haryana. Both German and Karma are from Shamli.When asked about the background of the arrested accused, SP Kumar said no criminal history has surfaced so far but they are Khalistani sympathisers who were involved in planning an attack.Mr. Badal, 90, had organised a mega rally on October 7 in Patiala. “The criminals had planned to attack Mr. Badal’s rally on October 7, but due to some reasons the attack was postponed,” Mr. Kumar said.
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Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh is worried about the impact Twenty20 cricket is having on the game. He said the incentive on offer in T20 leagues has led to a decline in loyalty towards national duty. (Full IPL Coverage) Waugh cited former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum’s case saying the T20 specialist was playing for superannuation these days.”Somebody like Brendon McCullum retired from Test cricket even though I feel he still had three-four years in him. He is just working for superannuation right now, for his family, which is alright. Overall I feel there is no loyalty to the team, there is loyalty to money now. I don’t blame the players but it’s tough on the fans,” he said during an interaction with the Indian media at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin.Waugh also stressed that “loyalty to money” which Twenty20 leagues around the world are promoting has made it impossible for any country to strike the perfect balance between all three formats of cricket. (Also read: Suresh Raina is an outstanding captain, says Brendon McCullum) Waugh, however, feels India, Australia and England are closest to getting the equilibrium right.”I think Australia is the closest when it comes to striking a balance, India has the potential and England is also coming up nicely…I think it’s impossible to strike a perfect balance given that there are three different teams.It’s not realistic. I don’t think there would ever be one World No.1 in all three formats of the game,” Waugh said.advertisement”World T20 final was a drag”His sentiments were echoed by former England captain Ian Botham, who said Twenty20 should be kept at the “bottom of the shelf”.”Test cricket is number one because it ebbs and flows beautifully but there is shelf life for every format. And I feel Twenty20 should be at the bottom of the shelf. People are saying it was a great World Twenty20 final last month. I say it was a great last four balls, the rest of the final was a drag. I think it was a pretty poor final,” Botham said.West Indies beat England in a last-over thriller in the World T20 final with Carlos Brathwaite smacking Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes.Botham said the way things are going, Twenty20 is in the danger of becoming a lottery.”That’s a real threat. T20 could become a lottery because cricket is much more than just 20 overs. Crowds like it but then crowds like Test cricket too. In England every big Test series is sold out, it’s the same in Australia, South Africa or New Zealand” he said.”I think players have to remind people of how important Test cricket is. Players have the obligation to look after Test cricket,” Botham added.”Concerned about ODI cricket”Waugh said West Indies is a prime example of how T20 can affect the growth of other formats.”There is a danger and we all know that. Look at West Indies. The incentive to play T20 cricket is so much more than Test cricket,” he said.Talking of Australia, Waugh said Steven Smith’s men deserved their early ouster from last month’s World T20.”I appreciate that we put Test cricket at a pedestal and because of that probably T20 has suffered but I respect Cricket Australia for giving primacy to Test cricket. As a result we didn’t have a settled line-up in World T20 and we got what we deserved. I guess there will be a shakeup and we will pay T20s a bit more respect,” he said.Botham said he is concerned about the fate of ODI cricket in the wake of the T20 storm.”I am concerned about what might happen to ODIs. It’s a format I like because it also ebbs and flows like Tests. There is a need to get that balance but I don’t think it’s going to be easy,” he said.(With inputs from PTI)
Sticking with religious fervour to sports-drama conventions and cliches, this sweat-soaked, palette-desaturated, montage-riddled genre exercise stars Eryk Lubos as Kosa, a once feted, now washed-up mixed martial arts (MMA) champion lured back into the caged ring for one last bout.If it weren’t for the fact that everyone is speaking Polish and that the action is set in an economically depressed province near the Lithuanian border, this would be virtually indistinguishable from any other low-budget, straight-to-DVD American story about, as the title so ploddingly spells out, an underdog. The film even assigns the hero a cute dog, just to nailgun the point. The floppy-eared mutt not only instigates the meet-cute with Aleksandra Popławska’s veterinarian love interest, but its unfortunate fate motivates the hero to get the better of the Russian bad guys. Share on Facebook World cinema Topics Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Sign up to our Film Today email Share via Email Support The Guardian Reuse this content Sport films Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn MMA Europe Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Thrillers (film) MMA is not the same thing as boxing, but Underdog spars with classic boxing-movie preoccupations, such as emasculation, the testing of honour and loyalty, and homosocial desire. Because of course Kosa’s most passionate relationships are not with women – like his new animal-doctor squeeze or even her comely teenage daughter – but with other blokes. There’s a stern gym-owning father whose love is always withheld, a paraplegic kid brother who needs bucking up, and even a worthy opponent in the ring – all the worthier because he truly understands the hero’s worth as a fighter.Rounding out the archetypes of masculinity is Janusz Chabior’s sidekick trainer who has Tourette’s syndrome and spouts obscenities nonstop, a condition played strictly for laughs in a way that an American film wouldn’t dare to do these days. Read more reviews Share on Messenger Poland
Man Utd striker Martial deletes his social media accountsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Anthony Martial has deleted his social media accounts.The Instagram and Twitter profiles of Martial have been deleted.Following the link to @martial_9 on Instagram brings up the following message on the picture-sharing app: “Sorry, this page isn’t available. The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed. Go back to Instagram.”A similar message appears on Twitter when trying to reach the profile @AnthonyMartial.Martial has taken drastic social media action in the past, twice deleting every single picture from his Instagram account – once in 2017 and once in 2018.The French forward is United’s joint-top scorer this season with nine goals, the same amount scored by midfielder Paul Pogba. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa ace Grealish: Terry driving me towards Eurosby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJack Grealish says an inspirational chat with Aston Villa assistant John Terry has turned his focused towards Euro2020.The Villa midfielder has struggled so far this season, having watched peers Mason Mount and James Maddison selected ahead of him for the recent England squad.Asked if an England breakthrough is on his mind, Grealish told Standard Sport: “Yeah definitely.”I think the position I play at the moment there are so many talented players out there: Madders, Dele [Alli], Mason Mount and [Jesse] Lingard, so many good young English players.”So there is a lot of competition there but I know I can play. I back myself to get into the England team.”[I need to] add goals and assists to my game. At the start of the season I know I haven’t been playing to the standard I know I can. I can perform better. From being in the Championship last year, now to being in the Premier League it is going to take a bit of time.”I was speaking to John Terry the other day and he said it always took him five or six games to get to the standard he knew he could be at and I think that is the same as me at the moment.”I know how good I actually am, how good I can be and I want to start adding goals and assists to my game, I am sure I can force my way into the England team.”
increasing knowledge and awareness of physicians and staff toward members of the transgender and gender non-conforming community in Capital District Health Authority working with African Nova Scotian communities in Antigonish and Guysborough to better understand issues for health promotion and protection, and how to address them developing pride employee resource group activities in Cape Breton District Health Authority Health information for Nova Scotians in diverse cultural groups will be easier to understand and more relevant because of provincial investments. “Part of what makes our province special is our diversity and the different populations who call Nova Scotia home,” said David Wilson, Minister of Health and Wellness. “These grants help ensure that we integrate cultural and social diversity in our day-to-day work.” The Diversity and Social Inclusion Grants are available to all district health authorities, the IWK and provincial programs, to support health care delivery that respects a diverse population. The guidelines are for health care professionals and partners who include cultural identity and unique needs into health information, programs and services. “This grant helps us deliver programs that provide an inclusive and safe environment for all our patients, families, staff and physicians,” said Cybelle Rieber, prideHealth co-ordinator. “This year, we will use the grant to replace signage on over 200 single-stall washrooms in our facilities across the district to include a transgender symbol.” This year, $155,000 will be given to the health authorities and IWK for projects including: For more information on the province’s cultural competence guidelines, visit www.gov.ns.ca/health/primaryhealthcare/diversity.asp .
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court of India with a petition against the protection of arrest granted to former Income Tax official, SK Srivastava, who was earlier this year compulsorily retired by the Central government on charges of corruption.The Orissa High Court had granted the controversial former civil servant protection from arrest in a CBI case, where the agency had accused him of passing income tax appeals orders in favour of certain assessees and backdating them to an earlier date, in exchange for undue favours. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The CBI had on Wednesday mentioned the matter to a bench headed by Justice NV Ramana, who subsequently allowed the matter to be heard. Soon after Srivastava was compulsorily retired along with several other senior officers of the Income Tax department, the CBI had registered a corruption case against him and raided 13 of his premises, recovering jewellery worth Rs 2.47 crore, Rs 16.44 lakh in cash and watches worth Rs 10 lakh. The probe agency had also found Rs 1.3 crore in bank accounts belonging to him and his family members along with incriminating documents and electronic evidence, officials had said at the time. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSources here had said that Srivastava had employed a private individual by the name of Amardas to write and type up the appeal orders for him when he was posted as CIT Appeals 1 in Noida and held additional charge of Appeals 2 in Noida in exchange for a monthly salary. In fact, officials here said that Srivastava had decided on 104 IT appeals out of which 13 cases were out of his jurisdiction and purportedly uploaded the orders sometime June 2019, backdating them to December 2018. The CBI has alleged that Srivastava accessed the internal ITBA system of his office between June 11 and June 13 with his RSA token to upload the backdated orders. An RSA token is a personalised pass key issued to officials which allows them to access the ITBA system. Srivastava, a 1989-batch IRS officer, was compulsorily retired on June 10. Moreover, he allegedly manipulated the dispatch records to show that he had dispatched these orders on June 7 when in fact, they were dispatched on June 14. Sources here added that the appeals orders were suspected to be passed in exchange for undue favours.
Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman, Todd Herremans, recently created his own foundation in an effort to help where help is needed.Athlebrities founder Delinda Lombardo was happy to pick the NFL player’s mind about his foundation, giving back and just being an all-around good guy.The interview has been broken into TWO parts, with the other portion on Athlebrities.com.Q: You just launched the Todd Herremans Foundation – What prompted you to establish it? Was there one particular incident that made you think ‘now is the time’?A: Well, there wasn’t any defining moment that made me think, ‘I need to start a foundation.’ I have been involved in numerous charities and events in the past and I felt like I can make a difference and help out even more than I had been. So, the timing was right to start my foundation.Todd Herremans launches his FoundationQ: What’s the first project for the Foundation?A. Well, we actually went on a relief mission and delivered some goods to the first responders in Seaside Heights, NJ. They were all feeling pretty devastated from Superstorm Sandy and we were fortunate enough to gather donations from Monster Energy Drink and Coca-Cola, as well as Folgers and Swiss Miss, that we drove up in a donated Penske truck. It was great to see how happy they were and excited to see that we hadn’t forgotten about themHerremans helps the first responders in in Seaside Heights, NJ.Q: You are recently quoted as saying: “I believe that it’s our responsibility to not only go out and play our best on the field, but to help those around us that aren’t as fortunate as I have been in my life and career.” Can you explain: Why do you believe it’s a celebrity’s/professional athlete’s responsibility to help those who are less fortunate? And do you feel that those with ‘fame’ could be doing more?A. Well, I think we all could do a little more to help, not just people with fame. That’s the beautiful thing about helping others. You don’t have to be rich or powerful. You just have to be a good person. And as an athlete there are so many people that look up to us and we can affect so many lives with the example we set. It’s not a responsibility, it’s a privilege.Todd Herremans visits hurricane-damaged NJQ: The kickoff event for your foundation -Hoops for Help – takes place on Thursday, March 28, 2013. What can fans expect if they attend? Any of your teammates going to be there?A. It is going to be a great night. Yes, I will have some teammates there, but there will also be a couple comedians, live and silent auction items, and all the College basketball drama you could ask for and more. Going to be a really great night. You can get more info on our website at herremansfoundation.org.Many thanks to Todd for taking the time to chat with us, please visit HerremansFoundation for more info and Athlebrities.com for the second portion of this interview.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has shared the story behind the title of his 1973 blockbuster “Don”, saying that many of the industry veterans were not happy with the choice of the film’s name. On Sunday, the 76-year-old actor celebrated the 41st anniversary of the release of “Don”, which is one of the most popular characters essayed by him. “‘Don’ was a name title that no one in the market approved of. They never understood what it meant and never felt that a name such as ‘DON’ was material for the title of a Hindi film. In fact if truth be told… for many it was quite an amusing title,” Bachchan wrote on his blog. The “Badla” star also shared a funny anecdote on the film title’s comparison with a “very popular brand of vests”. “They were carrying the name ‘DAWN’. DON phonetically sounded much like that brand of undergarment in the market. There was consternation in titling a film that conveyed an undergarment,” he added. The actor revealed after the release of Hollywood classic “Godfather”, the title ‘Don’ became “respectable”. “Much later of course with the ‘Godfather’ series the word garnered enough publicity and reckoning, to be respectable enough. But till then initially it was in the realm of humour.” The film was written by popular writer duo Salim-Javed and directed by Chandra Barot. It also starred Zeenat Aman, Iftekhar, Helen and Pran.
By Alexandra KrauskaRabat – Yangtse Automobile, a Chinese electric car company, announced last week that it would invest 1 MAD billion in Morocco. The company plans to build a factory in Tangier, specializing in electric cars and buses to be made available for sale domestically and abroad.Construction of the factory will begin soon, and that the factory will create about 2,000 jobs, according to the HuffPost Maroc. The company selected Tangier because of its strategic location close to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, its skilled workforce in the automotive industry, and the supply of investment facilities, said Ilyas El Omari, President of the region Tangier-Tetouan- Al-Hoceima.El Omari, who is also head of the Party of Authenticity and Modernity, said that this investment is “an opportunity to allow Chinese economic actors to learn about the economic potential of the area and the facilities Morocco offer to foreign investors. This will also further strengthen the partnership between the two countries in the commercial and industrial areas.”
Banks led stocks slightly higher on Wall Street Tuesday, erasing the market’s modest losses from a day earlier, as investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings reports.Qualcomm powered technology sector stocks higher, notching its best day in 20 years, on news the chipmaker and Apple settled a bitter legal dispute. Health care stocks closed broadly lower.On Tuesday:The S&P 500 rose 1.48 points, or 0.1%, to 2,907.06.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 67.89 points, or 0.3%, to 26,452.66.The Nasdaq composite added 24.21 points, or 0.3%, to 8,000.23.The Russell 2000 index of small-cap stocks picked up 3.62 points, or 0.2%, to 1,582.79.For the week:The S&P 500 is down 0.35 points, or less than 0.1%.The Dow is up 40.36 points, or 0.2%.The Nasdaq is up 16.06 points, or 0.2%.The Russell 2000 is down 2.02 points, or 0.1%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 400.21 points, or 16%.The Dow is up 3,125.20 points, or 13.4%.The Nasdaq is up 1,364.95 points, or 20.6%.The Russell 2000 is up 234.23 points, or 17.4%.The Associated Press
13 July 2009The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today called for a redoubling of efforts to protect the country’s Christians, as well as its other minority communities, following a series of “orchestrated” bombings over the weekend that hit several churches. The weekend attacks in the capital, Baghdad, and the northern city of Mosul reportedly killed at least four people, and injured dozens more, including children.“This campaign is aimed at terrorizing vulnerable groups and preventing the peaceful coexistence of different religious groups in what is one of the world’s cradles of religious and ethnic diversity,” said Ad Melkert, the newly-appointed Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq. Mr. Melkert, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), called on all parties, including the Government, to redouble their efforts to protect minorities in the country.This will contribute to preserving Iraq’s cultural, ethnic and religious diversity, he added.An upsurge in attacks, threats and intimidation had forced more than 12,000 Christians to flee Mosul – Iraq’s second largest city – last October. Some of them later returned after hearing that the security situation had improved.
The Port Dover Lions Club requires assistance from the community to help with Canada Day events held in the community each year.The club does not have enough members to fill all of the required positions for the day to run smoothly.“Our club is having the same problem that most service clubs throughout North America are having, and that is an aging demographic in the club,” said Alan Strang, marketing and communications for the Port Dover Lions. “Our club is quite senior. We want to carry on running these events, but a lot of people don’t realize that the Port Dover Lions do this whole day event on their own.”The Port Dover club was founded in 1938 and has been running the Canada Day celebrations for over 60 years.Positions that need to be filled by volunteers are button sellers, parade marshals, and other jobs depending on the number of volunteers.The position of button seller entails wearing an apron full of buttons, and collecting $2 from each person that purchases one.Strang said the day would be divided into different shifts for the button sellers. The shifts begin at 9 a.m. at the soap box derby, around 11 a.m. at the boat parade, and walking the full parade that runs through town selling to the people watching.“Depending on the response we get, we will assign different people different tasks based on their schedule,” said Strang.Canada Day Buttons are the club’s biggest source of revenue to cover costs like the concert and fireworks in Silver Lake Park, portable washrooms, permits, and insurance. Strang said even with the sales of buttons it is usually a money losing event.People that purchase a button get access to the concert and fireworks that happen in the evening. People that have not purchased a button must pay $2 to enter.“If the event is to continue in its form, as it has for so many years, we’re going to need some assistance from the community,” said Strang.If you are interested and can give a couple hours of your time on July 1, you can contact Peter Annable at firstname.lastname@example.org@postmedia.com
“The challenges we face in terms of access to education for girls in this region are enormous, but they are achievable when we join all our efforts,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka-Chaka, the South African singer said at the launch in Dakar, Senegal, of the UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), a wide partnership of UN agencies, national and local governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Girls’ education and quality education in the region face many challenges, from emergencies and HIV/AIDS, to deepening poverty and persistent gender disparities. The result is that about one child out of two is out of school, most of them girls from poor rural areas.Over 80 per cent of children out of school have mothers with no formal education, and region-wide only 86 girls are in school for every 100 boys. “There is so much at stake, economically and politically for this region, that we simply cannot trifle with the contribution of women and girls,” UNICEF acting interim Regional Director Theophane Nikyema said. “The sooner we give more attention to gender equality and equity, to prepare the foundation for girls through a quality, empowering education, the better for both the region and the continent as a whole,” he added. The complexity of the issues preventing girls from accessing school requires a diverse group of partners to address them with the goal of moving girls’ education forward at every level and in every setting, UNICEF said.To reach the MDGs related to girls’ education by their target date of 2015, countries in the region must increase the enrolment rate by 3.5 per cent per year, but the annual increase observed between 1980 and 2001 has been only 1 per cent. The NGO Oxfam predicts that “at the current rate of progress, gender parity will not be reached until 2038.”UN agencies participating in UNGEI include UNICEF, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), World Bank, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).Other key partners include national and local governments, ministries of education, grass-roots organizations, local and international NGOs and donor governments. Partnerships already struck with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS) are critical in mobilizing country action for UNGEI objectives
Vans16,04911.9%16,04911.9%241,352-6.2% “2013 is set to be a telling year for the commercial vehicle sector with van registrations off to a good start and the truck sector’s performance under close scrutiny ahead of the introduction of Euro 6 from January 2014,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “Van registrations were up 12% in the month and SMMT forecasts that the light commercial vehicle sector will grow almost 5% over the year, with new models and greater business confidence driving the market.”Click through to download the January 2013 commercial vehicle registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Trucks2,882-19.6%2,882-19.6%44,9982.1% Total18,9315.6%18,9315.6%286,350-5.0% January% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change Commercial vehicle registrations rose 5.6% in January 2013 to 18,931 units.Van registrations grew 11.9% to 16,049 units at the start of the year, but remained down for the rolling year.Truck registrations fell 19.6%, to 2,882 units in the month, but were still 2.1% up for the rolling 12 months.UK van and truck registrations: 2013 and % change on 2012
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions during his first press conference back from suspension. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThe investigative team handling the suspension of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith did not send Meyer’s phone to a forensics lab to see if he destroyed evidence, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal released Tuesday.According to the report, Smith handed over a phone that contained no text messages, saying “he routinely deletes all texts after sending or receiving them.” The reports state this might violate Ohio open records law and the school’s records-retention policy. Ohio State said, in a statement, the investigative team “conducted a thorough and detailed investigation,” noting that the team interviewed over 40 witnesses, reviewed more than 60,000 documents and 10,000 pages of Meyer’s text messages.“The independent investigative team at Debevoise & Plimpton, the university and the working group of the Board of Trustees all stand by the independent investigation and its conclusions,” Ohio State said via statement.Ohio State fired former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith on July 23 after reports of domestic violence was released against his now-ex-wife Courtney Smith. Meyer and Smith were both suspended on Aug. 1 after they “failed to adhere to the precise requirements of their contracts when they concluded that they needed to await a law enforcement determination to file charges before they reported the otherwise disputed claims of spousal abuse against [former assistant coach] Zach Smith.”Meyer, in his first press conference Monday after completing his three-game suspension, addressed the investigative findings that said the Board of Trustees could not determine whether or not the head coach deleted text messages from his phone. Meyer said he “never deleted a text message” and he “never changed a setting on my phone.” Meyer said an unnamed IT person in the Ohio State football program changed a setting to help him with storage capacity, deleting text messages after one year. He also said there were nothing to hide in the next messages that were deleted. According to public records released by the university, Gene Smith said he had no text or email records on his end when asked about a public records request made by The Lantern. The request had asked for emails and texts between Gene Smith and Meyer between the dates of July 18, 2018, and July 24, 2018, as well as between Oct. 25, 2015, and Dec. 1, 2015, as they pertained to wide receiver coach Zach Smith.“Nothing in my end,” Gene Smith wrote in an email on July 25, 2018 to senior associate athletics director Julie VannattaUpdated at 2:29 p.m. with a statement from Ohio State.