first_imgPunjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday accused former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal of siphoning off over ₹2,000 crore of funds under Smart City project and Amrut scheme. He also alleged that the Badal duo have “put the money into their accounts by diverting State funds”. With the money meant for urban development being “misused” by the previous SAD-BJP government, Mr Sidhu said the Centre has now refused to give a single penny to Punjab for the Smart City project. Asking them to tell the people where they had spent the funds, he said Badals, who used to boast about the State’s development, carried out the same “only in newspapers”. ”…the money meant for some purpose directly went to the (Badal) family. Money which used to come in the State for some purpose, Badal and his son diverted it and put it into their accounts,” he alleged. The Local Body Minister in the Amarinder Singh government also alleged that the previous dispensation contributed only ₹32 crore as theState’s share for Smart City project for Ludhiana as against ₹200 crore. The Centre had sent ₹200 crore. “By spending ₹32 crore, balance ₹168 crore was still pending. There is no information about ₹168 crore,” he told reporters. “You (Badals) misused the money. The money meant for smart city was spent somewhere else,” he alleged and added “my only question is where is the money, they should tell.” Mr Sidhu said that the Centre has refused to give money to Punjab for smart city projects after it noticed “misuse of funds.” ‘Destroyed Punjab’Attacking Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Sidhu said, “He called himself as ‘Vikas purash’ There is no one bigger than him who destroyed the State.”last_img read more

first_imgThe political crisis in Bihar deepened on Saturday with Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, facing CBI charges, skipping a government function attended by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who swapped his chair with a JD(U) Minister after being seated next to a Rashtriya Janata Dal leader.The organisers initially covered the nameplate of Tejaswi, the special guest at the function whose seat was next to the Chief Minister’s, but later removed it. The function was held to mark the World Youth Skills Day.Swapping chairsMr. Kumar, who was seated next to Labour Resources Minister and RJD leader Vijay Prakash, subsequently swapped his chair with JD(U) Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh, who was on his right. This was seen as an attempt by the Chief Minister to maintain a distance with the RJD Minister.The episode, which was captured in still as well as video cameras of the electronic media, gave an indication of how the acrimony between the two grand alliance partners was growing with every passing day in the wake of the CBI registering an FIR against Tejaswi and others in connection with a land-for hotels scam case.When presspersons asked the Chief Minister about Mr. Tejaswi skipping the function, he smiled and extended skill day greetings to them.last_img read more

first_imgKashmir Valley’s apple growers welcome govt.’s scheme  The severe restrictions imposed in J&K since August 5 following the revoking of the State’s special status under Article 370, included curbs on vehicular movement which hit the transport of the fruit. The official restrictions were followed by threats and attacks by militants on fruit growers and farmers in the Valley against selling their produce to the government.Bumper crop, no buyersShopian, Pulwama, Sopore and Batengo in Anantnag are the four main mandis (wholesale markets) in the Kashmir Valley. Shopian’s orchards produce 3.5 lakh tonnes on average and this season a bumper crop is expected. However, the mandi wore a deserted look last week. “We have suffered 100% loss. The shutdown here is also to protest the government’s action on Article 370. Nobody has asked us and we are not following any calendar issued by the separatists. This is voluntary,” Mohammad Isar, another resident, said. According to Shopian Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Yasin Choudhary, around 60% of the apple growers sell their produce to contacts with whom they have old business ties; 40% come to the mandis to participate in the bidding process where they interact with buyers. The government has also said it will encourage and provide security to truck drivers to come to the mandis and collect the produce.For small farmersMr. Choudhary, however, said the market invention scheme was not a bid to disrupt the decades-old trade practice. “We are expecting demand and supply to be disrupted in our favour. Earlier the big farmers were selling apples to old dealers for a price. Now the government is offering a better price. So far, 50,000 growers have registered with us; our scheme will help the 40% farmers who are not able to sell it to anyone,” Mr. Choudhary told The Hindu. He added that government would take care of the transportation.Also Read Mohammad Younus Bhat is not impressed with the government’s offer to buy apples from farmers in Jammu and Kashmir at double the market rate. Mr. Bhat of Shopian in south Kashmir, the largest apple producing area in J&K, says he cannot betray his trade partners of several decades in Lucknow and Delhi. He fears the government’s offer can damage the age-old social and economic ties the Valley have with the rest of India. “We took advance payment from traders in Delhi and Lucknow and have been doing business with them for decades. We will not sell our produce to the government… cannot afford to betray our friends for a little extra money, with whom we have family relations,” Mr. Bhat said.In August, J&K Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam announced the government’s plan to procure almost 12 lakh tonnes of apples directly from farmers under the Special Market Intervention Price Scheme (MISP) with the help of the National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED). J&K contributes to over 70% of the apple production in the country. Also Read Kashmir apples to escape lockdown  An official said the government was offering ₹900 a box instead of the ₹500 fixed by the dealers before the clampdown.Mr. Choudhary said the administration was advertising its scheme through radio, pamphlets and local cable channels.He said the idea was to eliminate the middlemen so that the money reached the farmer in his account through direct benefit transfer.“The farmers will get the money in 48 hours. We have held outreach programmes to explain the benefit of government scheme to people,” Mr. Choudhary said, adding that a new mandi has been built for ₹31 crore in Shopian. He said a new cold storage facility with a capacity of 21,500 tonnes would become operational this year.In Pulwama district, which produces 1.56 lakh tonnes, a farmer said they would prefer to store the apples in cold storage rather than sell it to the government.“Will the government protect us next season? They cannot force us to sell to NAFED. We will store the produce in cold storage and sell when normalcy returns. Trucks are not able to come to mandis,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: August 24, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALKarad : A fruit vendor donates fund for Kerala floods (B)Karad/Patna/New Delhi: Vajpayee’s ‘Asthi Kalash Yatra’ (B)Kodagu:Sitharaman visits flood-affected area in Karnataka (B)Kolkata: MCCI- Mutual Fund Forum 2018 (B)Patna/Guwahati: Monsoon rain(B)Jammu: Jawan’s Barracks and Residential Complexinauguration(B)New Delhi: Netflix series ‘Ghoul’ screening in Delhi(B)Mumbai: Lakme Fasion Week 2018(B)INTERNATIONALNew York: File..Early morning traffic in New York’sBrooklyn borough(B)United Nations: Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters(B)Moscow : Rehearsal of the Spasskaya Towerinternational military music festival (A+B)Silverdale: Kitsap County Fair & Stampede in Silverdale (B)Canberra : Australian former Home Affairs Minister PeterDutton arrives for a party meeting in Canberra (A)San Francisco: File..A woman looks toward the “PaintedLadies,” a row of historical Victorian homes (B)Honolulu: People surf off Waikiki Beach ahead ofHurricane Lane(B)Canberra : Outgoing Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks(B)Tokyo: Employee of animal cafe “Forest of owl” drawing attention of passersby(B)SPORTSReggio Emilia/ Belgrade/Genk/Ghent: Europa Leaguesoccer match(B)New Heaven: Connecticut Open tennis tournament(B)New York: The reveal of the 2018 U.S. Open draw(B)Jakarta/Palembang : Asian Games 2018(B+A)PTI PHOTO VNA OSOSlast_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid v Barcelona Madrid’s Clasico humiliation shows Zidane needs to cull ageing superstars Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 22:06 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(208) Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Getty Real Madrid v Barcelona Primera División Karim Benzema Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid Barcelona Opinion A dismal 3-0 loss at home to Liga’s runaway leaders Barcelona underlined that the home side must rejuvenate their squad Before Saturday’s must-win Clasico, Real Madrid fans unfurled a spectacular tifo that read ‘Blanca Navidad’. They were dreaming of a ‘White Christmas’. Instead, what unfolded was their very worst nightmare.Barcelona didn’t just beat Madrid, they humiliated them, triumphing 3-0 to put a shocking 14 points between the two sides after just 17 rounds of action.Six days ago, Real retained their title of world champions but their Spanish crown is already gone.  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 This Madrid side has no chance of turning around a 14-point deficit to Barca – even with a game in hand. Indeed, Zinedine Zidane’s squad is in dire need of an injection of fresh blood. That has been the suspicion all season long. The confirmation arrived in the Clasico. Barcelona celebrate Real MadridReal looked busy in the opening 45 minutes but for all of their endeavour, they looked devoid of inspiration. Cristiano Ronaldo did his best to carry the fight but it was a Blaugrana side who were initially content to sit back that actually created the better chances as Luka Modric and Toni Kroos failed to find any gaps in their well-drilled defence.Karim Benzema went close to scoring, seeing a header strike the outside of the post but, at the end of the day, he once again failed to find the back of the net.Benzema has played in 20 games this season. He’s scored in just four of them, with two of his five goals coming in a 6-0 win over APOEL.Worse still, he is not even contributing to Madrid’s all-round play as he has in the past. In 12 Liga appearances, he has as many assists as he has goals: two.Benzema essentially personifies Madrid’s malaise: ageing and in decline. BenzemaReal need to be rejuvenated. They signed some exciting young players during the summer, chief among them Dani Ceballos and Theo Hernandez, but they have barely featured. For the most part, when everyone is fully fit, Zidane has repeatedly relied on the same starters. Last year, he rotated to brilliant effect, masterfully managing their, successful, bid for Liga and Champions League glory.Therefore, the implication is that he does not have the same confidence in this season’s supporting cast.That is perhaps understandable, given Real are no longer in possession of replacements of the calibre of James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata. But the net result is that he is now fielding underperforming players such as Benzema on a weekly basis. It is hardly surprising that they are both jaded and ineffective.Ernesto Valverde Barcelona Zinedine Zidane Real MadridOnly last week, Zidane was asked if he would urge Real Madrid president Florentino Perez for a new striker during the upcoming January transfer window.”I’m not going to ask for a signing at all,” the indignant French coach declared. “Karim is fine. “He has not scored and you can always give an opinion, but it seems that Karim has to always score.”I’m a little disappointed because he wanted to score but I’m happy with his game. I’m happy with everyone’s game.”He will not be happy with this latest one, though. This Clasico humiliation has proven beyond all shadow of a doubt Real need to rebuild – and fast. Otherwise, their New Year will be just as miserable as their Christmas.last_img read more

first_imgA picture of USC fans during a home football game.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 26: The USC student section cheers the USC Trojans in the game against the Utah Utes at Los Angeles Coliseum on October 26, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 19-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)USC’s football program announced a somewhat surprising decision today, revealing that head coach Clay Helton will return in 2019.The decision is a controversial one, with many arguing that it’s the right call, claiming that Helton deserves at least one more season.Others, meanwhile, believe USC’s fans have made up their mind and that the program needs to just move on.College football insider Stewart Mandel falls into the latter category.“I don’t think anything Swann said is wrong. Helton did have “one bad season.” ND/Kelly did come back from theirs. But USC fans have made up their mind. They’re done with him. There’s no winning then back. That stadium will be empty Week 1 next year,” he tweeted.I don’t think anything Swann said is wrong. Helton did have “one bad season.” ND/Kelly did come back from theirs.But USC fans have made up their mind. They’re done with him. There’s no winning then back. That stadium will be empty Week 1 next year.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 25, 2018Winning can cure a lot of things, though. If USC can find its way back to national prominence in 2019, the fans will eventually start showing up.Probably…last_img read more

first_imgAs part of Government’s efforts to address the issues of informal housing developments, Jamaica has signed on to Phase II of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP).The PSUP is a regional project of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) initiated in collaboration with the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Community.It aims to build capacities at the local and national levels to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in ACP countries through slum upgrading policy development and the implementation of pilot projects.Speaking during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 21, Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, said Jamaica is one of five Caribbean countries involved in the project.Dr. Guy informed that the programme is being implemented in the areas of Montego Bay, St. James; May Pen, Clarendon; and Old Harbour/Old Harbour Bay in St. Catherine.He said Phase I of the programme, which entailed the rapid profiling of the towns/cities has been completed, while Phase II will see the undertaking of a number of feasibility studies in the priority informal settlements identified during the first phase.“This is aimed at addressing sustainable slum upgrading issues such as governance, social and economic development and environmental health,” he stated.Dr. Guy noted that the Ministry continues to explore every available option to address the issues pertaining to informal housing developments.It is estimated that there are more than 700 residential squatter settlements islandwide with more than 100,000 households with an average of four to five persons per household.In the meantime, Dr. Guy informed that as part of its ongoing efforts, the Ministry of Housing, last year, conducted four socio-economic surveys covering some 693 persons in 263 communities.These included premises at 51 Manning’s Hill Road, St. Andrew; Barrett Town, St. James; Port Royal and 54 Lyndhurst Road in Kingston.Minister Guy informed that as a result of the surveys, the Government will be in a better position to determine the way forward in terms of the divestment of properties owned by the Ministry of Housing; the relocation and regularisation of squatters; the transfer of properties to the Ministry of Housing, as well as housing and financial assistance for persons displaced as a result of man-made and natural disasters.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Energia Naturalis (ENNA), a Croatian energy, infrastructure and logistics company, has acquired an additional stake in compatriot port operator Luka Ploce. After submitting a takeover bid earlier this year, ENNA has now purchased a total of 43,947 shares or a 10.39 percent stake in Luka Ploce, according to a stock exchange filing issued by the company.As informed, ENNA paid HRK 412 (USD 61.8 million) per each share.As a result, ENNA has increased its Luka Ploce stake to 36.11 percent.In the port of Ploce, ENNA and its partner VTTI are developing a petroleum products terminal, the Adriatic Tank Terminal (ATT). The first stage of the construction of the facility was completed in 2016, adding 50,000 cbm capacity for clean petroleum products. The second phase of the project will deliver over 200,000 cbm of petroleum storage as well as up to 60,000 cbm of LPG storage.In July, Luka Ploce released its financial report for the first half of 2019, reporting a surge in its net income to HRK 10.9 million from HRK 1.1 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier. For the remainder of the year, the port expects a negative impact on its results caused by the production halt of Bosnia’s financially-troubled aluminium producer Aluminij Mostar.Luka Ploce has seven terminals, including those for bulk, general and container cargo.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s privacy commissioner says she’s shocked by how a grocery-store pharmacist was able to snoop into the electronic personal health information of dozens of people she knew.Catherine Tully warns the breach is indicative of a wider national problem — and demonstrates the “real and present danger” of intrusion into patients’ private lives.“This is a pharmacist, a professional with ethical obligations,” Tully said in an interview Wednesday.“It’s shocking that somebody in a position of trust would breach that trust so badly and would fail to recognize the importance of preserving the right to privacy and the integrity of the individuals whose information she breached.”Tully released two reports Wednesday warning the monitoring of electronic personal health information and databases is a “critical vulnerability” in the province.Tully investigated a series of privacy breaches by a pharmacist employed as the manager at a community pharmacy operated by the Sobeys National Pharmacy Group. She said the pharmacist inappropriately accessed the personal information, including prescription history and medical conditions, of 46 people over two years.The reports found the pharmacist used Nova Scotia’s Drug Information System (DIS) to get information on her child’s girlfriend and her parents, her child’s teachers and former teachers, co-workers, a former high school classmate who had recently suffered a significant illness, and an individual she had been involved in a car accident with, among others.She also created fake customer profiles enabling her to see patient information through the provincial drug database.Some pharmacy employees told Tully’s office they had knowledge of the privacy violations, but they were afraid to come forward because the pharmacist was also the manager.“An employee witnessed the pharmacist access the DIS in March 2017 and then call her spouse on the phone to discuss what she had discovered. The employee heard the pharmacist say that their child cannot see this person because of the medications she and her parent were on,” Tully’s report said.“An employee reported that she was consulted by the pharmacist to assist in fabricating reasons for her access of the DIS in response to audit activity by the College of Pharmacists.”The woman was eventually fired by Sobeys.Tully said this type of “snooping” is not exclusive to Nova Scotia.“The report points out all kinds of reports from across the country of this kind of behaviour happening,” she said. “I’m really trying to create some urgency around the need to significantly improve oversight of these types of databases.”Tully determined the Department of Health and Sobeys National Pharmacy Group failed to adequately monitor access to the data, and that investigations conducted by both weren’t adequate.She said the Health Department initially told her the breaches had been contained and that there was no evidence of malicious intent.But her investigation found the pharmacist had also disclosed information to her spouse, and continued to use the health information even after her employment was terminated.Tully makes 18 recommendations aimed at improving auditing programs and strengthening breach protocols.One repeats a call she made two years ago calling on the Health Department to take a leadership role in the monitoring of misuse of the database and in carrying out investigations. She said an “entity” has to be created to oversee the system and its “big data.”She also has made a recommendation directly to Health Minister Randy Delorey that the Personal Health Information Act be amended to lengthen the potential prosecution time to two years.The report says the Act’s current time limit defaults to six months from the date of the offence.Sobeys did not reply to a request for comment, but in an emailed statement the Health Department said protecting Nova Scotians’ personal health information is of the “utmost importance,” and reported breaches are taken “very seriously.”“That’s why we’ve been taking steps to improve the system by increasing privacy training for staff and enhancing the collection of information and stats,” the department said.The statement said the department would review Tully’s report and recommendations and would provide a response within 30 days, as required under the Personal Health Information Act.Tully said there’s a need for immediate action.“It will only get worse,” she said. “We need to get on this … it’s really time to take this seriously and do a much better job.”last_img read more

first_imgLeona Lewis will help fundraise for the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary this month when she takes part in the charity’s sponsored walk on October 21.Leona is a trustee and patron of the British animal sanctuary, which has been caring for sick, mistreated and unwanted animals since 1983.The event will take place in Weald Park in Essex. To find out more, and to donate to Leona’s fundraising page, click here.last_img

first_imgIndex and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was up moderately Friday morning, with energy and cannabis companies providing some of the lift.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 45.37 points at 14,956.14, after declining nearly 246 points on Thursday to the lowest close in five weeks.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 310.22 points at 24,637.45. The S&P 500 index was down 27.72 points at 2,668.23, while the Nasdaq composite was down 102.84 points at 7,085.42.The Canadian dollar traded at 75.23 cents US compared with an average of 74.60 cents US on Thursday.The January crude contract was up $2.54 at US$54.03 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was up 12.7 cents at US$4.45 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up $7.30 at US$1,250.90 and the March copper contract was up one cent at $2.75 a pound.last_img read more

Rabat – As clashes between the protesters and police continue to escalate, 20 members of police and security forces were injured Friday evening in Imzouren, 20 km from Al Hoceima.“The city of Imzouren has experienced riots caused 20 minor injuries in the ranks of police and law enforcement members,” according to media reports. “A policeman suffered a broken skull.”Tensions between the protesters and police have grown over the past few weeks in the city of Al Hoceima and its surrounding areas, whose inhabitants have taken to the streets every evening to call for the release of the detained activists, along with the satisfaction of their socio-economic demands. On Thursday, Al Hoceima’s neighborhood Sidi Abid, saw escalating clashes. Dozens of young protesters gathered before sundown and threw rocks at riot police, who responded by firing tear gas and pushing them away.Government spokesperson Mustapha Khalfi announced earlier this week that a total of 86 demonstrators have been arrested.Protests erupted in the region following the death of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri, who was fatally crushed in a garbage compactor in October 2016. Since then, 700 sit-ins have been held in the region of Al Hoceima.The growing tension sparked following the police’s pursuit and arrest of leading activist Nasser Zafzafi. He was taken to custody last Monday along with other activists after interrupting a Friday sermon he felt was unfairly denouncing the “Hirak” movement. Zafzafi has been charged with “obstructing the right of worship” and “undermining state security.”The investigating judge of Casablanca’s Court of Appeal ordered Zafzafi and six of the 20 detainees to be placed in Casablanca’s Oukacha prison on Monday. read more

BERLIN — Green parties in Germany, France, Britain and elsewhere were celebrating big gains in elections for the bloc’s 751-seat European Parliament amid growing voter concerns over climate change, expressed in large-scale student protests over recent months.Provisional results Monday showed the left-leaning Greens’ bloc coming fourth in the election with 69 seats, an increase of 17 compared with 2014. If confirmed, the results could put the Greens in a position to tip the scales when it comes to choosing the next head of the European Commission.“Whoever wants legitimacy from us and the legitimacy of the many who went onto the streets will need to deliver now,” said Sven Giegold, a leading candidate for the German Green party that scooped up more than 20% of the vote nationwide, an increase of almost 10% compared with 2014.Armin Laschet, the governor of Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Union bloc, called the outcome “a wake-up call for politics.”The drift from the traditional heavyweight parties to the Greens in Germany was particularly pronounced in large cities such as Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, and among young voters, where the party beat its bigger rivals among all voters under 60.In neighbouring France, 25% of voters aged 18-25 voted for the Greens, compared with 15% for the far-right National Rally and 12% for President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the Move, according to the Ifop polling organization. Overall, the French green party EELV received almost 13.5% of the vote, coming third.Yannick Jadot, lead candidate of EELV, welcomed the “great green wave” in Europe.“The French sent us a very clear message: they want environment to be at the heart of our lives, at the heart of the political game and that message has been spread across Europe,” he said.Green parties also polled strongly in Austria, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark. In Britain, the Greens — a largely insignificant force nationally — took 11 seats in the European Parliament vote.Giegold said some of the Greens’ young supporters were drawn by their distinctly pro-European Union stance, which put them strongly at odds with the far-right, anti-migrant parties that have also seen a rise in Europe in recent years.The enmity was echoed by Alexander Gauland, the co-leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, who declared the Greens “our main enemy.”“The Greens will destroy this country and our job must and will be to fight the Greens,” he said.Giegold said Green lawmakers in the European Parliament plan to scrutinize the bloc’s 200 billion euro ($223.7 billion) agriculture budget, which environmentalists say places too much emphasis on large-scale farming and not enough on eco-friendly agriculture.The Greens also want every law passed at the European Union-level to undergo a climate check. The party has strongly backed scientists’ calls for the European Union to end all greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century.___Sylvie Corbet in Paris, and Kirsten Grieshaber in Berlin, contributed to this report.___For more news from The Associated Press on the European Parliament elections go to https://www.apnews.com/EuropeanParliamentFrank Jordans, The Associated Press read more

7 April 2009A top United Nations official today called for dialogue in Madagascar to bring an end to the “untenable” situation in the island nation, as several UN agencies appealed for $36 million to prevent a deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country, which has been hit this year by drought, cyclones and political unrest. Unrest in the country culminated with the resignation of President Marc Ravalomanana in early March, amid a dispute with the mayor of the capital, Antananarivo, Andry Rajoelina, who now leads the country. The UN has repeatedly stressed that inclusive talks are the only means to bring about a smooth transition and a non-violent resolution to the crisis. The world body has been trying to assist the country through the efforts of Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Haile Menkerios and UN Senior Adviser Tiébilé Dramé. Speaking to reporters after briefing a closed-door session of the Security Council today, Mr. Menkerios called the current situation in Madagascar “untenable” and urged the parties to engage in dialogue on the way forward. “The Council members expressed serious concern about the unconstitutional means of taking power by the former Mayor, and urged that there be a quick return to a constitutional order through a transitional process that is based on consensus reached through wide participation of all stakeholders in Madagascar,” he stated. “A return to constitutional order can only come by organizing quick elections where the people of Madagascar will decide,” stressed Mr. Menkerios. Six UN agencies and three non-governmental partners in Madagascar issued a call today for $35.7 million to help 2.5 million people living mainly in Madagascar’s main cities and an additional 880,000 living in the drought-affected south, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). With the majority of the population living under $1 a day, rising food prices and limited incomes have curtailed the ability of most households to have access to food, water and sanitation services, health and education. OCHA added that the political crisis over the past three months has worsened the already precarious situation of large segments of the Malagasy population through disruptions in basic social services and a climate of fear and uncertainty. It has also caused delays or a cessation of services to a number of aid and development projects across the Indian Ocean island nation. read more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An employee of regional carrier Piedmont Airlines has died in Charlotte after the baggage-hauling tug he was driving flipped, pinning him underneath.The accident Sunday night at Charlotte Douglas International Airport occurred on the ramp, an area restricted to planes and service vehicles. Airport officials said in a statement that the man was taken to a hospital, where he died.A spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Labor said Monday that the agency has opened an investigation that is likely to take several months.American Airlines, which owns Piedmont, declined to identify the man. An airline spokeswoman said American was focusing on helping his family and co-workers.Piedmont operates many American Eagle flights in Charlotte, a major hub for American.The Associated Press read more

Olara Otunnu, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict called for immediate assistance to displaced persons, especially those emerging from areas previously controlled by the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). The envoy also described the life-threatening conditions facing children in these areas. “During my visits to camps, provincial hospitals and transit centres for displaced persons, I found that most of the children were suffering from severe malnutrition, malaria, pneumonia, scabies and other preventable diseases,” he said. “Unless immediate action is taken to provide food, medicine and water [to those in need], the present humanitarian crisis could easily assume tragic proportions,” warned Mr. Otunnu, appealing to the Angolan Government and the international community to “join hands and mobilize to save lives.” UN statistics paint a harsh picture of conditions facing Angolan children: over 2 million have been displaced, 100,000 separated from their families, 50,000 orphaned, and tens of thousands injured by landmines. Malnutrition is widespread in war-affected areas, and more than 60 per cent of the country’s children are not able to attend school. Mr. Otunnu hailed the recent end of the 30-year war in Angola, saying he was “very encouraged” by the prevailing spirit of reconciliation. “The challenge now is to invest in children,” he said. “Investing in children is the best way to invest in peace and stability.” read more

Eurasia CEO predicts oil barrel price to slowly get back to mid-$60s by News Staff Posted Feb 4, 2015 5:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A leading expert on oil prices is predicting the price of a barrel of oil will go back up to the mid-$60s by the end of the year, which may not be great for Alberta, but it is sustainable.Robert Johnston is the CEO of Eurasia Group and told a Calgary Chamber of Commerce audience Tuesday the price ultimately depends on what the Saudis do with regards to a price point.He thinks the current price simply isn’t sustainable for their budget and it will go up slowly to the $65 range.As for what it means for Alberta businesses, he said it’s manageable.“It’s not easy, but it’s not a disaster either,” Johnston said. “I think at $65 the best projects with the most efficient returns will do okay, it will be challenging for the government, there’s some spending that was built up in the previous cycle that will be challenging to deal with, but I think we’ll come through okay if we can be efficient in this cycle.”He said though we can expect more industry layoffs in the coming year.“Unfortunately, I think 2015 it’ll probably get a little worse before it gets better, but I think by 2016, probably one more round of cuts, then we look at that mid-60s price next year, maybe things get a little bit better,” he said.He also thinks Alberta should keep an eye on what’s going on internationally.“I think honestly the message is to look globally, we’ve been so focused on investments in North America that there are some good opportunities around the world,” he said. “What are the Saudis going to do, what’s going to happen in China because that could actually drive the recovery here.” read more

Victims of crime are having to wait too long for compensation under a “derisory” system, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales has said.Baroness Newlove called for a change to the way court-ordered financial awards are paid after they are imposed on convicted offenders.She has called for compensation for people who suffer at the hands of criminals should be paid up front rather than in instalments.Writing in her 2017/18 annual report, she said she wanted to see victims receive compensation in full following a conviction, rather than waiting for the money to be recovered from a defendant.”Currently, compensation can be paid in derisory amounts over a lengthy period, leaving victims feeling frustrated,” the commissioner said.”I want 100% of court-ordered compensation to be paid by the court to the victim straightaway, with the court recouping this from the offender, so the victim isn’t out of pocket and doesn’t feel cheated.”Following a conviction, magistrates and judges can impose compensation orders on offenders whose crimes resulted in injury, loss or damage. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The court must consider the convicted individual’s means when determining the amount.Baroness Newlove flagged up the issue of compensation as she repeated her call for a Victims’ Law so a number of “core” legal rights are guaranteed.She said legislation could deliver “seismic change” for victims.Acknowledging that her proposals are “ambitious”, she added: “Critics will quibble about costs at a time when the public sector purse is under enormous pressure.”Achieving the ambition of placing victims’ rights at the heart of our criminal justice system can never be achieved without cost.”But to the victims, it’s a right that is priceless.”Baroness Newlove also welcomed changes to the parole system announced in the wake of controversy over the decision to release sex attacker John Worboys earlier this year.The commissioner said: “Victims tell me they want to be more involved in the parole process.”A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “Victim compensation is the first financial penalty collected from an offender, with over £41m paid to victims in 2016/17 alone – up from £32.9m in the previous year.”Furthermore, compensation for victims of violent crime is already available through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, which paid out over £140m last year.”We remain absolutely committed to supporting victims of crime, and will publish our victims strategy later this summer.” read more

The father of a woman who died in a River Thames speedboat crash has warned the fugitive owner that “justice is coming” for him.An international manhunt is under way for Jack Shepherd, 30, who is wanted over the death of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown. It is believed Shepherd might be hiding in a resort on the Mediterranean.The web designer faces six years’ imprisonment over the December 2015 incident, when his speedboat capsized during a late-night cruise after a champagne-fulled first date.Shepherd, who was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence at the Old Bailey after a trial in his absence, has ignored repeated pleas by Ms Brown’s family to hand himself in.Her father, Graham Brown, 52, urged anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact police. In mobile phone footage, Ms Brown could be heard shouting that they were going “so fast” as Shepherd drove at more than double the 12 knot speed limit. The family of Charlotte Brown (left to right) father Graham Brown, sister Katie and mother Roz Wicken arrive at the Old BaileyCredit:Yui Mok /PA In the months before Ms Brown’s death, Shepherd had entertained up to 10 women on the 1980s model, having invited them back to his houseboat.During that time, he had been caught speeding by marine police more than once and advised on the importance of wearing life jackets. An arrest warrant was issued after his conviction on Friday. On the return journey, Shepherd handed over the controls to business development consultant Ms Brown, who followed suit and went “full throttle”.The speeding boat hit a submerged log and tipped over near Wandsworth Bridge, sending both occupants into the water.Shepherd was found clinging to the hull and Ms Brown was pulled from the water unconscious and unresponsive.Paramedics battled in vain to save her as she was already in cardiac arrest and suffering from hypothermia.The court had heard how Shepherd bought the 14ft Fletcher Arrowflyte GTO from Gumtree to “pull women”. speedboat, which was shown to the jury Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Charlotte Brown met Jack Shepherd on a dating website Charlotte Brown met Jack Shepherd on a dating websiteCredit:Metropolitan Police  A picture shown to the jury of the speedboat that crashedCredit:PA “Those who know something need to examine their consciences,” he told The Sun. “I’m sure someone will make that call. Justice is coming, of that I’m certain.”Shephed met Ms Brown on website OkCupid and went for their first date on December 8 2015.He treated Ms Brown to a £150 meal at Oblix in the Shard, where they drank two bottles of wine.The couple took a taxi back to Shepherd’s home, a houseboat in Hammersmith, where they took champagne aboard the speedboat for a trip past the Houses of Parliament. The family of Charlotte Brown (left to right) father Graham Brown, sister Katie and mother Roz Wicken read more

first_img 14 Comments By Cianan Brennan Nov 4th 2016, 2:52 PM Friday 4 Nov 2016, 2:52 PM Short URL 32,333 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share5 Tweet Email Knockadoon, Co Mayo Source: Google MapsA MAN WHO was hospitalised after the deaths of two pensioners in Co Mayo on Tuesday remains in a critical condition in hospital in Dublin.It’s understood that the man underwent emergency surgery on Wednesday having been transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.The bodies of Tom (77) and Kitty (72) Fitzgerald were removed from their home at Knockadoon, Irishtown, near the Mayo-Galway border, to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar on Wednesday afternoon.It is now believed that the incident was a likely case of murder-suicide.It’s understood that post mortems were conducted on the two bodies yesterday by state pathologist Marie Cassidy.At present gardaí are not revealing the nature of the post mortem results “for operational reasons” a spokesperson told TheJournal.ie.Speaking to RTÉ News, the parish priest Father Martin O’Connor said that they were one of the nicest couples you could meet, and were regarded very well locally.There was a great quality of saintliness about them – now they’d be embarrassed if I said that to them – but there was there was a good, wholesomeness [to them].A local shop owner described the community’s sense of loss.What I’m feeling and what the whole community is feeling is [numbness].“I’ve known Tom and Kitty my whole life, I grew up here in Irishtown, and we’re just devastated, words can’t explain it.”Read: ‘We speak English’: Companies thinking of leaving the UK are welcome in Ireland, says KennyRead: Oireachtas committee to investigate the funding of Mary Robinson Library http://jrnl.ie/3063288 Man hospitalised following Mayo tragedy remains in critical condition Tom and Kitty Fitzgerald were found dead at their home near the Mayo-Galway border on Tuesday afternoon.last_img read more