first_imgAccusing the government of adopting a “policy of U-turn, somersault and flip flops with regard to Pakistan,” the Congress on Thursday wondered who had pressured India to talk to Pakistan just days after a BSF personnel’s body was mutilated by its forces in the Jammu sector of the International Border.“What happened to their position that they have been taking that ‘terror and dialogue’ can’t happen. And this comes a day after the brutal murder of a brave BSF jawan. We would like to know who pressurised India to do so,” former Union Minister Manish Tewari said.‘Barbaric killing’Addressing a press conference, he said Pakistani forces had violated every international norm in mutilating the body of the BSF jawan, Narender Singh. “This violates every canon, every convention and every laid down standard operating procedure even when it comes to adversarial armies engaging with each other… India needs to respond… The country wants a response to this inhuman and barbaric killing,” he said.Asked if the Congress supported resumption of dialogue, Mr. Tewari said the government must recognise the anger among the people. “A brave soldier of our paramilitary force has been treated in the most inhuman manner possible and this country wants a response.”last_img read more

first_imgCombing operations are still on to nab the three undertrials who escaped from police custody after gunning down two constables using their service refiles in a police van in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh, on July17 afternoon. “We have rounded up seven suspects who might have helped the undertrials. We are also ascertaining the facts from other constables who were present in the van. The borders of Sambhal have been sealed and four police parties are carrying out combing operations. We are confident that they will be nabbed soon,” Yamuna Prasad, SP Sambhal, told The Hindu over phone.The incident took place near Dewakheda village under Baniyather police station area when five constables were returning to Moradabad jail in a police van with 24 undertrials after a hearing at a court in Chandausi, police said.“The three prisoners were carrying spice powder and used it against fellow inmates and policemen. It appears that they shot two constables using their weapons,” Mr. Prasad said. The constables have been identified as Harendra and Brijapal Singh.The three undertrials have been identified as Kamal Singh, Shakeel and Dharam Pal Singh, all residents of Behjoi village in Bijnor district. They were lodged in Moradabad jail and are facing murder charges.Khoob Singh, one of the constables who survived the attack, said that the criminals were carrying a country-made pistol which could have been provided to them by their relatives at the court. He said the bike-borne accomplices of undertrials fired from outside the van. Mr. Prasad didn’t deny the possibility of a police personnel helping the culprits. “It is a matter of investigation. All aspects will be covered in the probe.”last_img read more

first_imgWhile the family of Jhansi resident Pushpendra Yadav has alleged that he was killed in a staged encounter, the police version has come under further question after conflicting statements were issued by two district police officers.According to the statement by Jhansi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Om Prakash Singh, on October 5, the night of the incident, the Station House Officer (SHO) of Moth, Dharmendra Singh Chauhan, was returning to Jhansi from Kanpur in his private car after a two-day leave, when he received a call from a local, purportedly Pushpendra. The person on the other end of the phone asked him to meet him at an intersection, said the SSP.Mr. Chauhan was “alone” and in plainclothes, said the SSP, adding that as soon as the SHO stopped his car and rolled down the window to look around, the accused fired at him.Doesn’t tallyThe SHO’s description of the incident, however, does not tally with this. Talking to the media from his hospital bed, where he is recovering from injuries allegedly suffered during the encounter, Mr. Chauhan says he had gone out from his police station for patrolling and checking duty on the night of the incident. He said he was accompanied by a constable, Saurabh, and both of them were in a private car. “At the Bamrauli intersection around 9 p.m., a person waved [at us] and I stopped the car. He came close and pulled out his country pistol and fired,” said Mr. Chauhan, not mentioning any phone calls.When asked if he was returning from his leave, as stated by the SSP, the SHO said he had returned from leave the same day and gone out for patrolling. The SHO claimed the accused shot and fled with his mobile phone and vehicle.Additional Director General of Police-Law and Order P.V. Ramasastry said the allegations levelled by the family of the deceased will be included in the investigation of the alleged encounter. A magisterial probe has been ordered to probe the incident.Mr. Ramasastry said the post mortem done on the body would also be a part of the investigation, but when asked if the SHO was on duty during the incident, he ducked the question.last_img read more

first_imgAustralia’s pace battery has fired all throughout the ongoing Ashes series so far so it would be a big blow to the hosts if Mitchell Starc is ruled out of the fourth Test against England starting December 26.Starc has been cleared of a serious heel injury but his participation in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground remains doubtful.”It’s a funny kind of injury,” his teammate Pat Cummins said on Saturday. “It’s not super common, but if it’s not treated well it can drag on for a very long time.”It’s a bruise pretty much where you’ve got to walk all day and bowl. I’m sure they’ll come to an agreement and if he knows he’s not right, he’ll put his hand up.”Starc bowled with the heel problem in the third Test at the WACA on Monday as Australia wrapped up an innings and 41-run win over England to reclaim the Ashes with two matches to spare.The 27-year-old has been in sublime form and is currently the top wicket-taker with 19 wickets from three matches of the ongoing Ashes series.The left-armer did not participate in Australia’s training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday and sported a large compression sock on his right ankle.Cummins suffered a similar injury following his Test debut in 2011 and was out for more than four months.”I chatted to him about it… it’s one of those ones where there’s no way around it. You can’t strap it differently, you can’t bowl off the other foot or anything. It’s hard to hide,” Cummins said.advertisement”So (you have to) try and get it early enough and not try and really, really damage it. It can be a long process trying to get it right. He knows that, the staff know that and I’m sure they’ll work it out.”Reserve seamer Jackson Bird is likely to step in if Starc is ruled out.”I hope for Mitch’s sake his heel’s not too serious and he does get up,” Bird said. “But it’d be unbelievable to play an Ashes Test on Boxing Day. Either way I’ll be ready.”The hosts will also have wicketkeeper Tim Paine joining the squad on Sunday after he stayed at home in Tasmania due to his father-in-law being hospitalised following a stroke.last_img read more

first_imgIndia vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI Brief Scores: India (324/4) beat New Zealand (234) by 90 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Bracewell (57), Kuldeep (4/45), Bhuvneshwar (2/42). FULL SCORECARDFormer India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin was all praise for the Indian team after their yet another clinical performance against New Zealand in the second one day international at Mount Maunganui on Saturday.India thrashed New Zealand by 90 runs in the match to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal one again joined forces to trouble the opposition batsmen.Kuldeep and Chahal took six wickets between them to rattle New Zealand’s chase of 325 runs at the Bay Oval. Kuldeep finished with 4 for 45 while Chahal ended with 2 for 52.India, who won the toss and opted to bat, rode on man-of-the-match Rohit Sharma (87), Shikhar Dhawan (66) fifties to post 324 for four. Captain Virat Kohli scored a valuable 43 while Ambati Rayudu hit 47 before MS Dhoni blasted an unbeaten 48 off 33 balls. Kedar Jadhav one again proved his worth with some lusty blows in his 10-ball 22 not out to help India to a challenging total.”It was yet another dominant performance by the Indian team, especially spinners. No doubt, Doug Bracewell batted well, played the way he naturally does. But the top order also needed to play their natural game. Until you find ways to read Kuldeep and Chahal, you will not succeed. It’s still easier to play a finger spinner but very difficult to bat against wrist spinners,” Azhar told Sports Tak on Saturday.advertisement”We have a very good team and it has been performing this way for the last 4-5 years now. Not just one day, we have a very good side across formats. The standard of other teams may have gone down a little but we have just gone from strength-to-strength. Whoever will compete with us, the result will be same,” he added.Virat Kohli will be going on a break after the third ODI. He has also been rested for the three-match Twenty20 International series in New Zealand. In Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma will lead the side in the remaining two ODIs and the T20s.”Virat Kohli also needs rest. He has been playing continuously for a long time now. He is scoring runs consistently and is also a very active fielder, so it’s good that he is getting a rest,” Azhar said.Former India cricketer Aakaash Chopra termed New Zealand’s middle order technically and temperamentally “weak”.”We expected New Zealand to give a tough fight to India in the series. But India have been pretty dominant so far. This Indian performance has come in the absence of two key players in Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. We have two top-class wrist spinners who don’t need any help from the pitch. The pitch at Mount Maunganui was very flat. But if you fail to read a spinner from his hands, it becomes difficult for a batsman to play. This New Zealand middle order looks technically and temperamentally weak,” Chopra said.The third ODI between India and New Zealand will once again be played in Mount Maunganui on Monday before the two teams travel to Hamilton for the fourth match of the series on Thursday, January 31. The fifth ODI will be played in Wellington on February 3.Also Read | Good that lot of guys are competing for one all-rounder’s slot: Kedar JadhavAlso Read | Feeling good: Rohit Sharma after match-winning knock vs New Zealand in 2nd ODIAlso Read | Fearless cricket paid off, says Virat Kohli after India destroy New ZealandAlso Read | Kane Williamson frustrated and gutted after New Zealand lose to India againlast_img read more

first_img COMMITTED!🍢— Thomas Shrader (@ThomasShrader02) July 28, 2019Among some of the other schools Shrader visited were Auburn, Miami (FL), Duke, Louisville, and Florida.The addition of Shrader gives Florida State 19 commitments in the Class of 2020.247Sports currently ranks Florida State’s recruiting class as No. 3 in the ACC, and No. 13 in the nation.Last year saw Florida State’s decades-long streak of bowl game appearances snapped. Returning to prominence in an increasingly tough ACC is going to require a ton of savvy recruiting. A general view of Florida State's football stadium.TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 5: General view of the Florida State Seminoles during the second half against the Maryland Terrapins on October 5, 2013 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles went to beat the Terrapins 63-0. (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)Offensive tackle Thomas Shrader has garnered a lot of attention from across the country, particularly from his native Florida. After making a series of unofficial visits across the Southeast, Shrader has decided on his commitment decision.Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Shrader announced that he would be committing to FSU. The announcement comes one month after he checked out the Florida State campus on an unofficial visit.247Sports rates Shrader as a three-star prospect and the No. 598 overall recruit in the country. He is the No. 48 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 87 prospect from the state of Florida.As a sophomore in 2017, Shrader helped Venice High School win the Class 7A Florida State championship.last_img read more

first_imgAlthough BJP is in the saddle of power at the Centre with a massive majority, three worrying issues are currently being discussed incessantly across the country – the economy, conduct of the media, and EVMs. The tactical silence of BJP on all these issues so far, is, however, bothering even their staunch supporters. The country is waiting to see if Modi would come out with new magic tricks again as is his wont. Modi and BJP used a magic wand of promises in 2014 to mesmerise the entire country and come to power. It was used again in the form of nationalism when their actions in demonetisation etc., caused immense harm to the country. Their hypnotic powers were extensively used to subdue RBI and every other institution. Of late, they have also succeeded in making the Election Commission act like a robot, obeying their commands. So much is their power of magic that people have defied logic. While a bad state of economy implies the end of an incumbent President in the US and elsewhere, the same hasn’t happened in India. Much disillusioned, more people have joined others to vote Modi to power again. Also Read – A staunch allyHowever, now it is time for Modi and Nirmala Sitharaman to take stock of the reality of our country’s economy and use all their magical skills to change things, since it is all authentic. GDP growth has slowed the most in the last five years. Considering the favourable conditions of lower oil prices since they came to power in 2014, 5.8 per cent growth in the last quarter of 2018-19 is far lower in real terms compared to the actual 7.3 per cent in the same period of UPA-II, in 2014. In fact, it has been the slowest in the last 20 quarters. Fearing a negative impact, the unemployment figures were kept hidden for long. Now, the public has come to know that it is around 6 per cent, a distressing high of 45 years. Demonetisation and drying of credit to medium and small enterprises as well as the unorganised sector have immensely contributed to the shrinking of jobs, along with a dip in the self-employment economy. FDI has come down. USA has ejected India from GSP, causing an annual loss of $5.6 billion dollars of exports, adding further to the woes of unemployment. Now, RBI has also come out with the long list of defaulters cheating the country to the tune of over Rs 70,000 crore in the recent past. Further, the average agricultural growth rate of 2.51 per cent from 2014 to 2017 represents a significant dip compared to the average 3.17 per cent growth in the previous decade from 2004 to 2014. In spite of having a good rainfall average in the last five years, farmers’ distress continues, indicating that the fault lies more in the form of market processes. The price support mechanisms for farmers’ produce are thus an area of concern. Do they really have any tricks to change things? Even if they do not, who is bothered? The media only sings of their positives, in unison. Also Read – Cuban pathosLike the judiciary, the independent media is also a pillar of democracy. But, with her/his professional pride being hurt, every conscientious journalist must be sulking at her/his present fate; since it is the publisher who calls the shots. It is rightly said, the freedom of the press is restricted to the pleasure of the publisher. And his pleasure is, in turn, shaped by the government in power. With his hypnotic spell, Modi has made their task much easier. They don’t have to work; don’t have to penetrate and get information; don’t have to expose and analyse. Overwhelmed by powerful scents, their power to scent information is put at rest. They are served information on a platter. Now, it is a blatant ‘His Master’s Voice’. Independent news from them has become a rarity. As a result, their TRPs are going down each day. And, people are browsing social media more often, increasing their TRP, even when the credibility of such news is questionable. In the past, court-poets of kings sang praises of the ruler even if he was a demon; not a word was ever spoken against him. Subsequent generations believed their eulogies to be true, even though untruths were written out of fear or to derive financial benefits. The present media appears to be no different. News, unpalatable to the government, is not reported or is underplayed, as it happened when Pragya eulogised Godse; when the municipal election results of Karnataka and Telangana were not favouring BJP and when ballot papers were used in place of EVMs. Such a result, following a thumping victory in the Lok Sabha elections, was not a surprise to this media for making news. They are so prejudiced in favour of the ruling party that SP and JD(S) have boycotted them. Congress has stopped interacting with them for a month’s period; may even make it permanent. With all this, eyebrows of people are being raised, and questions are cropping up in social media about the results of Lok Sabha elections as to whether EVMs have played their role in BJP’s victory. There have been constant questions on the functioning of EVMs – for their hacking, tampering, pre-fixing through programming. Videos are in circulation showing truckloads of EVMs at certain places which were not properly accounted for. The High Court Bench of Gwalior is seized with the matter of 20 lakh missing EVMs from the source, the details of which were obtained under RTI subsequent to the orders of Bombay High Court. Based on the details obtained from the EC website, Quint magazine has brought out revealing information that in over 370 constituencies that went to polls in the first four phases of the elections, the total votes shown were more than the votes polled; there is a discrepancy of a whopping 58 lakh votes. When they tried to ascertain more details, the information was suddenly removed from the website. Social media is also agog with allegations of pre-fixing of EVMs with a considerable number of votes in favour of BJP. The information being spread is that these EVMs function normally otherwise; but when the final tally is counted, the pre-fixed number would add to it. Such is the software programme that was used. People are reporting that when an entire mohalla had voted against BJP, it was found that all their votes went in favour of BJP in the final counting. Against this backdrop, EC not agreeing with opposition parties to implement the 5 per cent formula of SC for VVPAT use, in letter and spirit, in the counting process, raises further doubts. The demand of opposition parties was to go for the VVPAT counting first before the actual counting takes place so that in case of discrepancies, appropriate remedial action would be taken immediately. Incidents are too many to ignore. People are puzzled; even vocal supporters of BJP are flabbergasted. Initial hush-hush has changed to consternation to anger and to protests. Their voice is rising every day, and the protests are spreading to different places. Justice Kolbe Patil, an ex-judge of High Court, has also begun an agitation. So are some more ex-judges and professors. It looks like, it is turning out to be a nation-wide agitation. National media has the responsibility to unearth the facts to clear people’s doubts. They should have conducted their own journalistic investigations into this pressing issue. But, their silence is very intriguing. In the absence of any such efforts from them, and any authentic rebuttals from the concerned quarters, people tend to believe the stories being circulated on social media. One only wishes that it is all not true, since, if they are true, it is a great fraud on the electorate. It amounts to the criminal offences of cheating, fraud and theft, in addition to the offences under the Representation of People’s Act. The charges being serious, a convincing rebuttal would have served well. But, till now there are no firm denials either by the Election Commission or by BJP and the government. On the contrary, the open protest of one of the members of EC, Ashok Lavasa, for not recording his dissent, compounds doubts further. The government is already grappling with the exposed reality of our economy. But, more importantly, they should convincingly quell doubts in public minds about their alleged magical tricks with EVMs. Otherwise, the protests could snowball into a national movement. If at all it happens, the magic spell of Modi and Shah on domestic media may work for suppressing the news only within the country; but it cannot choke the voice of international media that would sully our image beyond repair. (Dr N Dilip Kumar is a retired IPS officer and a former member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The maximum personal income tax rate in the country should move towards 25 per cent to increase disposable income, thereby boosting demand in the economy, the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) said Wednesday.The industry body, in a statement, said liquidity infusion, job creation and low cost export finance would be crucial at this juncture to revitalise the economy and accelerate it to a higher growth trajectory. The maximum personal income tax rate presently stands at 30 per cent. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe government must expedite liquidity infusion through gradual reduction in CRR from the current level of 4 per cent to 2 per cent and in SLR from 19 per cent to 15 per cent, PHDCCI President Talwar said. Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) is the portion of the deposits which banks are required to park with the RBI, whereas SLR or Statutory Liquidity Ratio is the portion of funds which banks are required to park in treasury bills and other instruments. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefWe appreciate the recent cut in repo rate by 25 bps and expect that the repo rate would be reduced by 125 bps gradually from the current level of 5.75 per cent to 4.5 per cent in the coming quarters, Talwar said. The transmission of policy rate cut by the banking sector in terms of reduced lending rates would be crucial to boost liquidity and induce demand in the country, he added. Besides, he said, creation of jobs in the economy would require structural reforms in the labour laws. The low hanging fruit at this juncture is to promote labour intensive manufacturing by enacting law for fixed term employment in all sectors and making the labour laws simpler by converting 44 labour laws into 4 labour codes, Talwar said. In a separate statement, Assocham Deputy Secretary General Col Saurabh Sanyal said labour and land reforms would go a long way in attracting new investment not only from within the country but also overseas. “Given a huge political capital at his command, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be able to bring in these reforms with a wide political support as also goodwill from other key stakeholders. “Such reforms would send a very positive message across the world about India unleashing an investor-friendly regime, making the country the best bet among the emerging markets,” Sanyal said.last_img read more

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6 July 2007Hundreds of business leaders attending a United Nations meeting in Geneva today pledged to comply with labour, human rights, environmental and anti-corruption standards in a wide-ranging declaration on making globalization more beneficial to the world’s people. Hundreds of business leaders attending a United Nations meeting in Geneva today pledged to comply with labour, human rights, environmental and anti-corruption standards in a wide-ranging declaration on making globalization more beneficial to the world’s people.At the second UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, top executives of corporations such as Coca-Cola, Petrobras, Fuji Xerox, China Ocean Shipping Group, Tata Steel, L M Ericsson and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria adopted the 21-point Geneva Declaration, which spells out concrete actions for business, governments and UN Global Compact participants.Some 4,000 organizations from 116 countries – among them trade unions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and some 3,100 businesses – have so far subscribed to the Global Compact, pledging to observe ten universal principles related to human rights, labour rights, the environment and the struggle against corruption. The Geneva Declaration calls for urgent action. “Poverty, income inequality, protectionism and the absence of decent work opportunities pose serious threats to world peace and markets,” it says. “Business, as a key agent of globalization, can be an enormous force for good,” participants declared, adding that companies, by committing themselves to corporate citizenship, can create and deliver value in the widest possible terms. Globalization can thus act as an accelerator for spreading universal principles, creating a values-oriented competition for a “race to the top.” Summing up the outcome of the meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants that their reports showed how market leadership and sustainability leadership go hand-in-hand. “This will help us build the supportive measures needed to create more sustainable markets. And it will ultimately help improve the lives of many people around the world,” he said. Mr. Ban called on business leaders to convene board meetings to share developments at the Summit, and ensure that the Global Compact is fully carried out within their companies and through their suppliers and partners. Civil society and labour leaders should “remain vigilant and engaged and continue to hold businesses accountable for their commitments,” said the Secretary-General. He called on governments to support the Global Compact as a unique public-private partnership initiative. And he called on the UN to integrate the Global Compact principles throughout the Organization. “Together, through the Geneva Declaration, we have deepened our collective commitment to embedding universal values in economies and markets,” Mr. Ban said. “Let us each do our share to give practical meaning to the Declaration.” Anglo American Chairman Sir Mark Moody-Stuart saw progress at the meeting. “At the first summit three years ago, many companies subscribed to the Global Compact principles because it sounded like the right thing to do, but did not really know how to put them into practice,” he said. “We are now moving forward towards implementation.”Today, a Ministerial Roundtable chaired by General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed al Khalifa discussed the role of governments in promoting responsible corporate citizenship. Six parallel sessions focused on human rights, labour, climate change and the environment, UN-business partnerships, corruption and responsible investment. Global as well as local initiatives were launched at the Summit. Through the “Caring for Climate” platform, Chief executive officers (CEOs) of 150 companies from around the world, including 30 from the Fortune Global 500, pledged to speed up action on climate change and called on governments to agree as soon as possible on Kyoto follow-up measures to secure workable and inclusive climate market mechanisms. The CEOs of six corporations – The Coca-Cola Company, Levi Strauss & Co., Läckeby Water Group, Nestlé S.A., SABMiller and Suez – urged their business peers everywhere to take immediate action to address the global water crisis. They launched the “CEO Water Mandate,” a project designed to help companies to better manage water use in their operations and throughout their supply chains. Also launched at the Summit, the “Principles for Responsible Investment” seek to disseminate the tenets of corporate citizenship among capital markets. The “Principles for Responsible Management Education” aim to take the case for universal values and business into business schools around the world. Over 1,000 people registered for the Summit – most from companies, but also from government entities, international organizations, international business organizations, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, foundations and international labour organizations.The first Global Compact Leaders Summit took place in New York in 2004, and the next is planned for 2010. read more

A United Nations human rights expert on the question of torture today announced plans to visit Uzbekistan later this month at the Government’s invitation.Special Rapporteur Theo van Boven has requested to meet with numerous top officials during his stay in the country from 24 November to 6 December. They include the President, Foreign Minister, Defence Minister, the heads of the Police and Prison Services, and the Director of the National Human Rights Centre of Uzbekistan. In addition, he will meet with representatives of various non-governmental organizations as well as private individuals.The Special Rapporteur is scheduled to visit Tashkent, the Ferghana Valley, Urgench and the Karshi and Navoi regions, where he will meet local public officials and representatives of civil society, as well as visit various places of detention.The trip marks the first fact-finding visit by Mr. van Boven since his appointment as Special Rapporteur last year. A Professor of Law at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, he is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. read more

With a security crackdown to avenge the murder of Gen Idris Alkali looking likely, authorities may have concluded that it was not the best time to have Prince Charles in the city.The violence in central Nigeria was largely triggered by disputes over land and grazing after herdsmen drove their cattle out of the unstable and desiccated north and into the fertile farms of the centre.But as the crisis has deepened, it has taken on an increasingly religious tone as well.A local website recently lamented: “What can be done to end the cycle of killing in Jos?”Sign up for Your Royal Appointment – our weekly newsletter with everything you need to know about the Royal family. The body of a prominent Muslim general was found in a well over the weekend nearly two months after his disappearance, further heightening tensions as suspicion falls on the Berom. A member of the security forces walks past a burned down house in the Ganaropp village where 35 people were killed by Fulani herdsman in the Barikin Ladi area near Jos on June 27, 2018 A spokesman for the Foreign Office said:  “Due to operational constraints beyond our control, we have decided at this time not to include Jos during Their Royal Highnesses visit to Nigeria.“We are delighted to have an exciting programme of activity in Abuja and Lagos which will showcase those issues close to The Prince’s and The Duchess’s hearts. “The decision was taken upon advice from the Nigerian Government and others involved in security and operational aspects of the visit. “We’ve arranged an interesting and engaging programme on Thursday in Abuja, which will include showcasing alternative livelihoods focussing on poultry and Acha supergrain, water aid and a peacebuilding discussion with youth peace ambassadors.”Jos, a prosperous commercial city of nearly one million people, has increasingly been sucked into the inter-communal bloodletting that has spread across much of central Nigeria this year.As many as 169 people were killed in Plateau State, of which Jos is the capital, in June after Muslim Fulani herdsmen were accused of attacking members of the Berom tribe, who are mostly Christian.The violence has since spread into Jos itself, where mosques and churches have been burnt down in tit-for-tat attacks. At least 14 people were killed in a gunfight on the outskirts of the city last month. A member of the security forces walks past a burned down house in the Ganaropp village where 35 people were killed by Fulani herdsman in the Barikin Ladi area near Jos on June 27, 2018Credit:Stefan Heunis/AFP The Prince of Wales has been pulled out of a planned visit to Jos, Nigeria, amid security fears after violent clashes in the region, on the advice of the Foreign Office.  The Prince was supposed to be travelling to Jos on the final day of his royal tour of West Africa, to undertake engagements including a discussion about peace building and conflict resolution in the conflict-ridden region.On Monday, it was announced that he would no longer be making the trip, on the advice of the British government.A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the decision was made “upon advice from the Nigerian government and others involved in security and operational aspects of the visit”.A source added there were no known specific threats to the Prince’s safety, with “additional security precautions relating to recent clashes”.The Prince is understood to be disappointed he is unable to make the trip, which had been planned for some time.Events arranged in Jos will now be moved to Abuja, Nigeria, to allow him to speak to local people about their rural livelihoods and attend a service of commemoration.He will also take part in an hour-long discussion about “peace-building and conflict resolution”. read more

first_imgOZ Minerals’ scoping study on an expansion at the Carrapateena copper-gold project, in South Australia, has shown that converting the lower portion of the sublevel cave to a block cave from 2026 could yield up to 60,000 t/y more copper output at the same time as reducing operating costs.The Carrapateena sublevel cave is still in the development phase and is expected to hit first production in the December quarter of this year. This project is expected to produce an average of 65,000 t/y of copper and 67,000 oz/y of gold over a 20-year mine life.The study outlined a more than doubling of mine throughput from 4.25 Mt/y to 10-12 Mt/y from 2026 through the development of the block cave and expanded surface infrastructure. This was expected to cost A$1-$1.3 billion ($704-$916 million) in upfront capital and lead to all-in sustaining costs going from $1.05/Ib ($2,315/t) in the sublevel cave operation to $0.90-$0.95/Ib during block cave operation.The plan would see OZ Minerals access the higher-grade bornite mineralisation first, via the top-down sublevel cave, followed by a bottom-up block cave, OZ said.Mine expansion and transition to a block cave would require adjustment to the location of future underground infrastructure below crusher station two, including a change in orientation of the decline, conveyor and ventilation, OZ said. In the current operation plan, this is not due for installation until after 2021.The materials handling system and crushing infrastructure would require additional drive motors and a faster conveyor system to hit the new 10-12 Mt/y capacity, while there would need to be upgrades to the primary and secondary ventilation systems; electricity and communications infrastructure; and water supply, dewatering and underground facilities.In terms of the process plant, there would need to be either a new parallel processing plant installed or an upgrade of the current sublevel cave processing plant.OZ Minerals CEO, Andrew Cole, said: “The Carrapateena Block Cave Expansion work showed the conversion to a block cave to be the most value accretive next step for the Carrapateena resource and conceptually for the entire province, as it potentially enables a series of future add-on block caves, which themselves will now be the subject of a Carrapateena Life of Province Plan scoping study.”He said the sublevel cave construction project remained on schedule for first production later this year, with ramp up to full production of 4.25 Mt/y taking place over the following 18 months.The company will now move onto a prefeasibility study for the block cave expansion plan, which is expected to be completed by mid-2020.Factoring in the scoping study results increases life of mine tonnes from 84 Mt at 1.8% Cu and 0.7 g/t Au, to around 145 Mt at 1.2% Cu and 0.5 g/t Au over a 20-year period.last_img read more

2Pick Szeged7601198:18212160 2HC Vardar Pro Skopje7412209:201980 1KS Vive Targi Kielce7700221:18614350 RNL – Veszprem  SAT, 21RK Celje PL – HC Montpellier SAT 20.30Chekhovskie Medvedi – RK Vardar SAT, 19 5RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko7205202:2094-70 ehf champions league handball 6HC Metalurg-Skopje7106170:2102-400 1FC Barcelona7610245:19413510 1MKB Veszprem KC7700212:18414280 ← Previous Story Latvia hosts this weekend’s Challenge League Next Story → Asian CL semis: Qatar against Kuwait 5Besiktas Istanbul7106170:2092-391 4Wisla Plock SSA7313200:198720 1THW Kiel8701254:22114330 3Rhein-Neckar Lowen7403210:1968140 3Naturhouse La Rioja8314240:2417-10 6K. Schaffhausen8125207:2394-320 4Croatia Osiguranje7304163:1746-110 Kadetten Schaffhausen : Aalborg 25:25 (14:9)Dunkerque – Motor Zaporožje SAT, 16 hrsPick Szeged  – Kielce SAT, 16.30 hrs 5HC Meshkov Brest7214193:1975-40 2KIF Kolding7421197:17610210 4Montpellier Handball7223217:2266-90 Alingsas – SG Flensburg 22:27Wisla Plock – FC Barcelona SAT, 18.30KIF Kolding – Besiktas SUN, 16.50 5Dunkerque HB7205165:1734-80 The Velux EHF Champions League Round 8 will be played from Saturday to Tuesday, when PPD Zagreb and PSG Handball will meet in Zagreb Arena.Schedule:La Rioja – THW Kiel 30:34RK Metalurg – Brest Meshkov  SAT, 19PPD ZAGREB – PSG HANDBALL TUE, 18.30 3AaB Handball8224203:2106-70 2Paris Handball7502204:18110230 3SG Flensburg-Handewitt8503228:2191090 6Chehovski Medvedi7016215:2491-340 6Alingsaas HK8107197:2412-44-1 4Motor-Zntu-Zas7205191:1954-40 read more

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #MANDELA Crowds of people are gathering to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela this morning, with more than 80,000 people expected to attend a memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.2. #CHURCH The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church is to publish its audits of eight church entities today. It will also look at the response by Christian Brothers to allegations of child sexual abuse in day schools.3. #TOP-UPS Deputy Shane Ross is to seek to compel outgoing chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic, Brian Conlon, to appear at an Oireachtas hearing. Its new acting chief has said the board will not be resigning, the Irish Independent reports. Meanwhile, the Irish Examiner says that inquiries into top-ups will take place at four more State-funded agencies.4. #INQUIRY Ten staff at Stewarts Care, a facility for people with intellectual disabilities, have been suspended, pending an investigation into the standard of care provided. The Irish Times reports that concerns were raised by Trinity College Dublin students who had been on placement there.5. #CREDIT UNION The cost of the bailout of Newbridge Credit Union is to top €57m, the Irish Independent says. Naas Credit Union has also been given €750,000 by the Central Bank to cover its costs for considering a rejected merger with Newbridge.6. #MAYOR A portrait of jailed former Lord Mayor of Cork, John Murray, has been removed from Cork’s City Hall after a plea from a woman whom he sexually assaulted. It was agreed by party whips to remove the portrait.7. #THAILAND The Prime Minister of Thailand has rejected protesters’ demands that she step down from her post. Yingluck Shinawatra has urged them to abandon their ‘people’s revolution’ and encouraged them to vote in the upcoming election.8. #COURT Paul McMenamy (28), of Donomore Green, Tallaght, has been sentenced to six years in prison for assaulting his ex-girlfriend Nicola Murray, leaving her hospitalised for serious brain injuries.  Murray’s family have described the sentence as “a disgrace”, the Herald reports.9. #BETHANY HOMES The Dáil is to debate the issue of redress for Bethany Home survivors today, with Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald calling on the government to provide resources for ‘the small number of elderly men and women’ affected.last_img read more

first_imgTusla knew McCabe sex claims were false but kept them on file for two years, HSE claims The HSE said it was one of its staff members not Túsla which made the error relating to the McCabe allegation. Feb 11th 2017, 1:21 PM 187 Comments By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 33,215 Views Share57 Tweet Email4 Short URL Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 1:21 PM Maurice McCabe Source: Niall CarsonTHE HSE HAS this afternoon issued an apology to Sergeant Maurice McCabe for the”distress caused” over the mishandling of a sexual abuse allegation wrongly made against him.In what has become an increasingly complex case, the HSE said that it undertook an immediate review of internal procedures once they realised an administrative error had been made.The HSE said in July 2013, there was an allegation of retrospective abuse made against McCabe and that, in line with process, the HSE’s National Counselling Service referred this allegation to Tusla.A spokesperson said: “The HSE wishes to confirm that there was an administrative error made by a staff member of the HSE’s National Counselling Service (NCS) in the referral made at that time.  This administrative error was brought to the attention of the National Counselling Service in May 2014.”Despite the HSE today claiming they contacted Tusla and gardaí in 2014, the inaccurate sexual abuse claim remained on Tusla’s file until at least January 2016 when a member of its staff contacted McCabe with a view to interviewing him to ascertain ‘whether or not he was a threat to children’.The HSE said the National Counselling Service responded immediately in May 2014 by bringing this error and a corrected report to the attention of Tusla and an Garda Síochána. It stressed that the National Counselling Service would have had no further involvement in this matter “once the corrected report was provided to Túsla and gardaí”.Additional supervisory procedures were put in place in relation to the staff member who made the “administrative error”.The spokesperson added: “The HSE apologises unreservedly to Mr McCabe and his family for the distress caused on foot of this error. The HSE is making arrangements to offer this apology formally to Mr McCabe as soon as possible.”Labour leader Brendan Howlin, who used Dáil privilege to highlight the McCabe case earlier this week, said a criminal investigation is now needed to address the scandal.However, Health Minister Simon Harris said on the Saturday with Claire Byrne show on RTE Radio One that a commission of investigation has already been set up and that it should be allowed to do its job.With reporting by Cianan BrennanRead: As it happened: Political turmoil over the Maurice McCabe whistleblowing smears >last_img read more

first_imgLes abeilles capables d’identifier et éviter les fleurs toxiquesTrès sensibles à certaines toxines végétales, les abeilles sont capables d’identifier le nectar qui les rend malades grâce à leur odeur, et ainsi l’éviter. C’est ce que révèle une étude récemment publiée dans la revue Current Biology Journal.Des scientifiques britanniques ont démontré pour la première fois comment la sérotonine, une substance neurochimique, guide les abeilles en leur permettant de détecter les fleurs riches en toxines. Leur étude révèle en effet que les abeilles ayant été malades après avoir consommé un nectar, sont ensuite capables de reconnaître et éviter les fleurs toxiques grâce à leur odeur.À lire aussiQuand 30 frelons japonais s’en prennent à un essaim de 30.000 abeilles (Vidéo)Cette découverte est loin d’être anodine. Directrice du Honeybee Lab, le Dr Geraldine Wright souligne que si les chercheurs parviennent à comprendre la façon dont les abeilles détectent ces toxines, ils pourraient identifier les fleurs qui n’en contiennent pas, et ainsi protéger les abeilles dont la surmortalité est particulièrement inquiétante depuis plusieurs années.Mais pour l’instant, Geraldine Wright se dit inquiète à l’idée que la capacité des abeilles à reconnaître le nectar qui les a rendu malades ne leur soit plus réellement utile. “Le problème est que les abeilles pourraient être obligées de se nourrir de nectar toxique car elles n’ont pas d’autre choix, par exemple lorsqu’on les introduit dans un grand verger pour sa pollinisation”, explique-t-elle. Et d’ajouter : “A une époque où les populations d’abeilles sont vulnérables et sous pression, ces recherches sont indispensables à leur survie. Il n’est pas logique que les plantes empoisonnent les pollinisateurs dont elles ont besoin pour survivre. Les toxines sont peut-être présentes pour protéger les plantes des fourmis, nous n’en savons rien. Mais ce que nous savons, c’est qu’un certain nombre d’espèces végétales au Royaume-Uni produisent des toxines et que par manque de choix, les abeilles sont forcées de s’en nourrir”.Le 2 janvier 2011 à 19:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say they’ve identified a person struck by an Amtrak train in northwest Portland as a 73-year-old homeless man.The Portland Police Bureau says witnesses told officers Sotelo Mediano was sleeping or lying next to the train tracks when he was struck. He is in critical condition at a Portland hospital.Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman Paul Corah tells The Oregonian that the train was traveling about 10 mph as it pulled into Union Station when the conductor saw some clothes near the tracks. Then he saw a man’s body next to the tracks. The train stopped and the conductor called 911.Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham says the train was traveling to Eugene from Seattle and carried 214 passengers. No one on the train was injured.last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., appears close to resuming its normal operating status in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, after the commander of the 4th Fighter Wing issued an “all clear” for the base Friday. Since the storm reached the installation, Sept. 14, causing flooding in multiple locations including parts of the runway, airmen responded to power outages and removed fallen trees from buildings, reported 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs. The base’s 50 F-15E Strike Eagles and 6 KC-135R Stratotankers returned from Barksdale AFB, La., last Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service, the Neuse River, located just outside the base perimeter, crested at more than nine feet above flood level. … On Saturday, three Marine Corps bases in coastal North Carolina — Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, and MCAS Cherry Point — issued an “all clear,” directing all personnel to return to their duty station by Sunday. The announcement warned personnel about widespread road closures throughout the region, and recommended specific routes for returning to each of the installations. Damage assessments of facility exteriors have been completed at Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, with tarps placed over the most significant damage, according to a Facebook post.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolleylast_img read more