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first_imgShiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray termed the decision to close the fodder camps as wrong, and said if farmers took to the streets to oppose it, his party will have to join them.”It is improper for the state government to shut down fodder camps. There is still time for monsoon and this is the time when farmers need it the most. The water situation is very bad at present and will become worse in future,” he said.”If the fodder camps are closed now and angry farmers take to streets to oppose the governments move, we will have to hit the streets in their support,” Thackeray said. PTI MM KRK SMJlast_img read more

Industy seeks zero custom duty on bauxite ore exports

first_imgMumbai, Apr 1 (PTI) The bauxite industry in the country today demanded a complete abolition of custom duty on bauxite ore export, which is currently at 15 per cent.In a statement issued here, Gujmin Industry Association Chairman C K Joshi said, “In the last budget, custom duty on export of iron ore lumps and chromium ores was reduced from 30 per cent to zero per cent, but that on export of bauxite ore was reduced from 20 per cent to just 15 per cent, which was inadequate.””This relief may be too little, too late, to rejuvenate the bauxite export industry, which is already battling headwinds from the meltdown in the global commodity markets. Therefore, we demand custom duty on export of bauxite ore should be reduced to zero,” he said.Bauxite is the primary ore for making aluminium metal and India is known to be endowed with the 5th largest bauxite reserve base in the world of 3 billion tonnes.There is still a lot of potential for discovering a larger bauxite resource base in India through modern and scientific prospecting methods. Furthermore, India currently produces less than 2 million tons of aluminium per annum, at Indias current rate of aluminium production and consumption, Indias known bauxite reserves will last for more than 300 years.More than 80 per cent of Indias bauxite reserves are located in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The Kutch region of Gujarat is known to have bauxite of good quality, which has for the last six decades been set aside by the Government of Gujarat for an alumina refinery.advertisementAccording to him, inferior bauxite from the Jamnagar region of Gujarat and from Maharashtra is unusable by Indian metal manufacturers on account of its low alumina content and high silica content. From a domestic perspective this bauxite is waste-ore”Certain small mine owners and export aggregators have over the last ten years taken the initiative to mine and export these inferior ores and have succeeded in developing a sustainable “mining industry” which generates direct and indirect employment in mining, transportation and stevedoring to more than 50,000 labourers in Gujarat & Maharashtra,” he said.China produces and consumes nearly half of worlds aluminium for which it needs to import bauxite, Joshi said adding that the neighbouring country has may other sources for importing bauxite namely Malaysia, Australia and Guinea.The Indian bauxite industry has provided more than USD 700 million forex inflows over the last three years, leading to royalty accruals of more than Rs 200 crore and over Rs 500 crore as indirect taxes and generated more than 50,000 jobs is in dire straits, Joshi added. PTI AP NP MKJ RYSlast_img read more

Amazon inks MoU with UP govt to boost MSME entrepreneurs

first_imgLucknow, Aug 10 (PTI) E-commerce major Amazon India today signed an MoU with the Uttar Pradesh government to support MSME entrepreneurs across nine districts as a part of the state’s One District One Product (ODOP) scheme. Amazon India through its Kala Haat programme will help traditional industries, synonymous with respective districts of the state, leverage e-commerce to scale and access the Indian market, the company said in a press release here. Under the programme, a wide range of benefits will be offered to 300 MSME sellers registered under UP government’s ODOP scheme. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the ODOP Summit here in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind. Amazon will provide these entrepreneurs training, account management guidance, marketing tools and world-class infrastructure of storage and delivery network to aid their progress through online selling. From Banarasi silk saris to carpets from Bhadohi and Lucknawi Chikankari to leather goods from Kanpur, and leather footwear from Agra and locks from Aligarh and brassware from Moradabad, all these items will get access to a much broader customer base through the Amazon.in marketplace. Sports goods from Meerut and wooden products from Saharanpur will also be available for online buyers, the release said. Through its Kala Haat Programme Amazon.in has been introducing lakhs of weavers, artisans and crafts people across various clusters in India to digital commerce, Director & GM, Seller Services, Amazon India Gopal Pillai said. PTI NAV SMI RCJ MRMRlast_img read more

Mumbai to train from Sep 24

first_imgIndian Super League ISL 2017: Mumbai City to kick-start pre-season on September 24 Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:07 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexandre Guimaraes Mumbai City FC ISL Concept PR Indian Super League Mumbai City The Blues from Mumbai are to begin preparations for the upcoming season in the last week of September… Mumbai City FC are keen to build on their success last season where they made it into the knockouts for the very first time in the Indian Super League (ISL).The Ranbir Kapoor co-owned franchise are to begin their preparations close to seven weeks before the competition is expected to kick-off in November.Mumbai would use the facilities at DSK Shivajians in Pune for over 10 days with their Indian contingent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Thereafter, they would fly to Spain where they are to undergo training and play practice games in order to ensure that the team is in prime shape and fitness for the season ahead.The club has opted not to spend on a marquee player and have instead roped in experienced players with Achille Emana being the pick of their signings.last_img read more

Recommended Touch Football Junior Ball Usage

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the introduction of a new size of Touch Football to the suite of equipment available for affiliated members.  In line with the TFA 2016-2020 Strategic Plan strategies to grow School and Junior participation, we now introduce a Size 3 ball catering to our smaller players.  With the introduction of this ball size, the table in the attachment below outlines the recommended ball size, appropriate for certain age groups. These changes will be updated in due course to the TFA Junior Framework.  For more information, please click on the attachment below. All of these balls are available now and can be purchased by contacting Grace Bryant via grace.bryant@touchfootball.com.au or 02 6212 2831.Related Files160511_tfa_-_recommended_junior_ball_usage_v0_1-pdfRelated LinksJunior Ball Usagelast_img read more

Pemex: Three Workers Still Unaccounted for

first_imgzoom Search for three workers, who went missing after the oil rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico last week, resumes, Mexico’s oil firm Pemex said in an update.Two of the missing workers were employed by Cotemar, a Mexican oil services company whereas the remaining one was working for Pemex.The Navy is still searching for the missing people and will not stop until they are found, Pemex said.The company added that it was starting activities aimed at restoring production at the damaged Abkatun Permanente oil processing platform.According to the company’s general director of exploration and production, Gustavo Hernandez, it is expected to restore 80 percent of the pre-fire production this week.He added that the fire would not affect the company’s production projections from the region which stand at 646,000 barrels of crude a day and 1.4 billion cubic feet of gas.Four people were killed and 45 injured in the fire that followed a massive explosion on Wednesday on the platform situated in the Campeche Sound.The deceased have been identified as three Cotemar’s employees and one of Pemex.The explosion is believed to had been set off by some kind of mechanical problem. The cause of the explosion is being investigated.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Skilled immigrant doesnt want welfare but Quebec system makes it attractive

first_imgMONTREAL — Hugo Hernan Ruiz, a 42-year-old systems engineer from Colombia, has a master’s degree in his field and ran the IT department of an oil company in his home country.His French is excellent considering he arrived in Quebec in 2016 with little knowledge of the language. But like many highly educated newcomers to the province, Ruiz has struggled to find work despite being selected as a skilled immigrant by provincial authorities.After failing to find a job, he decided to open his own consulting business to take advantage of his South American contacts. He applied for a provincial program that assists budding entrepreneurs with grants, marketing and training.But he was rejected because the program was for people who were on welfare or who had received Employment Insurance — and he fit neither category.It would become a common refrain, he said, as he tried unsuccessfully to navigate the Quebec bureaucracy.“I think there needs to be a reflection,” Ruiz said over coffee at a strip mall in the Montreal suburb of Laval, where he settled with his wife and two children. “What happens to immigrants who are trying to succeed and who don’t come here to live off the government?”As Quebec Premier Francois Legault moves to reduce immigration in order, he says, to ensure newcomers learn French and find work, Ruiz’s case highlights the obstacles and contradictions facing educated immigrants who are neither poor nor wealthy.Yann Hairaud, head of a Montreal-based immigrant employment centre, said he knows of cases where skilled workers find options closed to them because they aren’t on welfare.“Unfortunately yes,” he said in an interview. “These situations can happen. There is a certain incoherence in some of the rules that exist for newcomers.”Shortly after Ruiz arrived in Quebec, he enrolled in a French-language program to study what’s known as the internet of things — the network of objects that contain electronics and can interact with one another.“I thought that instead of taking French courses, I would take a French-language course in my field, so I would learn both,” he said.He graduated with a vocational certificate last August — but because the government didn’t fully pay for his training, more doors were closed to him. A paid public-sector internship caught his eye, but to get it he had to qualify for a provincial salary subsidy.He was rejected for the subsidy, he explained, because the government hadn’t paid for his training.“I brought all my savings with me (from Colombia) and I prepared financially in order to avoid asking for welfare,” Ruiz said. “I’m not criticizing the Employment Department or the government. But I think the country needs to reflect on whether the immigration system encourages immigrants to go on welfare.”Dominique Anglade, immigration critic for the provincial Liberals, has not heard of immigrants going on welfare to land jobs, but she acknowledged those on social assistance have a certain advantage.Anglade, a former economy minister, said in an interview that “a high percentage” of immigrants fail to complete the necessary training to have their skills recognized in Quebec, in part because of the high costs involved.“When you go on welfare, you do have some support that can help you actually accomplish finding a job and everything else,” she said. She blamed the discrepancy on government departments not working hand in hand.Immigration Department spokesperson Chantal Bouchard, said integration “is obviously a priority” but referred questions about the obstacles facing skilled immigrants to the Employment Department.Employment Department spokesman Vincent Breton did not respond directly to questions about whether people who are not receiving welfare are at a disadvantage when seeking work.“As you know, the Employment Department offers many measures and programs for those who want to integrate into the workforce,” Breton said in an email, adding that each file is analyzed on its individual merits.Hairaud, whose organization CITIM works with about 1,800 immigrants a year, said the Employment Department gives priority to certain groups, including those who are on welfare or unemployment insurance.Quebec seeks out skilled workers, he noted, but they are ineligible for government support programs if they are deemed too successful.“It’s contradictory, the right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing,” Hairaud said.Despite the difficulties, the employment landscape is improving for immigrants, partly due to Quebec’s strong economy. In August 2018, the unemployment rate for immigrants between the ages of 25 and 54 fell to 6.1 per cent after hovering above 10 per cent for much of the previous decade, the Institut du Quebec reported.Ruiz said he’s happy in Canada. His two young children are in school, and he wants to start a new life here. But he questions the value Canada places on the first generation of immigrants.“My experience looking for work has been bizarre,” he said. “What is the life for professionals who come here? Is the first generation of immigrants important to Canada?”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Enrique Iglesias Partners With Save The Children And Omaze For Hurricane Relief

first_imgFollowing the devastation of hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria, Miami-native Enrique Iglesias is partnering with Save the Children and online fundraising platform Omaze, to raise funds for those affected.Proceeds raised during this campaign will go toward Save the Children’s efforts as they respond to the unique needs of children and families affected by the storms. Enrique is a long-time partner of the organization, and after riding out the storm himself at his home in Miami, he is dedicated to helping others in his hometown and beyond recover.To encourage his fans to get involved, Enrique will be offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience where two lucky donors will receive VIP tickets for them and a guest to attend an Enrique and Pitbull concert. The winners and their guests will be flown out to either Miami or Houston where they will attend the show, have a meet and greet with Enrique and stay in a 4-star hotel. For only a $10 donation, fans can enter to win this incredible experience at Omaze.com/enrique with both winners being announced upon the campaign’s closing. Airfare, hotel accommodations for 2 nights, and a $500 VISA gift card will be generously covered by Live Nation.Save the Children is responding by working in emergency shelters, child care centers and schools to distribute essential supplies and set up safe spaces for the children who have been most affected. They will also be distributing emergency grants to help local child-serving organizations and programs recover quickly. In Puerto Rico, they are in touch with federal authorities and established partners on the ground and stand ready to meet the specific and unique needs of those impacted by Hurricane Maria.“Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria have taken a tremendous toll on communities across the United States and in the Caribbean,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children President & CEO. “During disasters like these, it is children who are the most vulnerable. Save the Children is on the ground offering kids and families the support they need during these times of disruption and uncertainty. That is why the funds being raised through this campaign are so valuable.”last_img read more

Margaret Ma Murray community school wins additional money from the Indigo Adopt

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN B.C. – Margaret Ma wins a place amongst four other B.C. schools for having a most loved story which was chosen from a draw, garnering the school an additional $500 to purchase more books.The results are in for 2018 Adopt a school program, an annual fundraiser to help high-needs elementary schools raise funds for their libraries to help improve childhood literacy.When you donate to a school during the Adopt a School program, every dollar you donate goes directly to the school of your choice. All participating schools get a 30 percent discount on books from Indigo, Chapters and Coles. During the fundraiser, schools are set up with a free online platform where supporters can donate directly. Margaret Ma surpassed their goal of seeking 340 books receiving 363 books, and in addition to the reward of achieving their book goal, the school won runner-up for the most loved story contest. This means five of the most voted for stories from the website were entered into a draw. The top story won $2500 in Indigo gift cards, and the four remaining runners-up received $500 in Indigo gift cards.Indigo Adopt a School program is an annual fall fundraising campaign that has been created by the Indigo love of reading Foundation established in 2004 by the Canadian company. Since the inception of the program, $1.1 Million books for over 600 high needs elementary schools have been donated.For a direct link to Margaret Ma’s online profile see HERElast_img read more

Over 1600 Moroccan Soldiers Deployed in Africa for UN Peacekeeping Ops

Rabat – More than 1,600 Moroccan soldiers, police officers, and civilian personnel have been assigned to the United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa, making the kingdom one of the top 10 contributors of peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Over 830 Moroccan peacekeepers have been deployed in the MONUSCO, the United Nations stabilization sission in the DRC, according to the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). These soldiers have “effectively contributed to the protection of civilians, humanitarian personnel and staff responsible for defending human rights, and supporting the DRC government in its stabilization and peacebuilding efforts,” explain the press agency.Similarly, in the Central African Republic, the kingdom is contributing with 762 Moroccan peacekeepers as part of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA), which is mandated by the UNSC to protect civilians and support the implementation of the transition in this sub-Saharan country, which is highly volatile. Morocco is an “essential partner” in UN peacekeeping operations as a whole, said the spokesman of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Nick Birnback, in a recent interview with MAP. The official noted that the kingdom ranks 14th among all troop and police contributors of the peacekeeping missions of the UN.Birnback also paid tribute to the Moroccan peacekeepers who lost their lives “in the service of peace in UN peacekeeping operations around the world, and we are grateful to Morocco for its continued contribution” to UN operations.In this regard, Birnback pointed out that the Moroccan contingent in the CAR is deployed “in some of the most difficult areas of the country” and is now in the south-east of the republic, namely Bangassou, Zemio, Rafai, and Obo.This deployment, Birnback explained, is a response to violence partially a result of the gap created by the departure this year of Ugandan and US forces in charge of the Resistance Army of the Lord (RAL) issue. This contribution and the sacrifices made by the Moroccan peacekeepers were, in fact, personally recognized and greeted by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, during a visit to the CAR last October. The UN chief paid tribute to the Moroccan peacekeepers killed early 2017 during while carrying out their mission in the Central African Republic.“I had the opportunity to talk with King Mohammed VI to convey my condolences to the Moroccan people, and I want to do it here in a direct way to all the colleagues and heroic soldiers who have fallen for the defense of peace,” Guterres had told the peacekeepers deployed in the CAR.“You are doing extraordinarily courageous work, you are protecting civilians in a situation where peacekeeping is done without peace really being there, and you are doing it with an absolutely immense sacrifice and devotion,” he said. read more

Egyptian doctor Nicaraguan NGO receive top honours from UN

Mahmoud Fathalla and Movimiento Comunal Nicaragüense (MCN) were chosen from 18 nominees by an Award Committee headed by Hamdon Ali, Malaysia’s Ambassador to the UN, and comprising 10 UN Member States.Dr. Fathalla, according to a press release from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), is a renowned doctor and professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Assist University in Egypt, and also works as a manager, adviser and advocate for family planning, reproductive health and safe motherhood.In 1974, he founded the Egyptian Fertility Care Society, one of the first family planning organizations in the Arab world. The winner of many honours, he has also advised both national and international organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.MCN was created in 1978 and seeks to boost living conditions in Nicaragua through social and community development, gender equality and environmental protection. Working in 120 municipalities and 2,000 local communities, it mobilizes some 20,000 people such as community leaders, teachers and midwives.Most recently, the NGO has centred on young people, aiming to improve gender relations, wipe out violence, prevent sexually transmitted infections (Sties) and reduce teen pregnancies.The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) elects countries to the Award Committee to serve three-year terms, and the current members are: Algeria, Bangladesh, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, Iran, Malaysia, Peru, Sweden and Tanzania. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid are ex-officio members.The winners will receive their awards – a diploma and a gold medal – in New York on 1 June. 24 February 2009An Egyptian doctor and a Nicaraguan non-governmental organization (NGO) have been awarded this year’s United Nations Population Award, which recognizes outstanding work in population and health. read more

Former Yugoslav army chief convicted by UN tribunal for war crimes

The United Nations tribunal set up to prosecute the most serious offences committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today convicted Momčilo Perišić for crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentenced the former chief of staff of the Yugoslav Army to 27 years in prison.Mr. Perišić was found guilty by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) of aiding and abetting murders, inhumane acts, persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, and attacks on civilians in Sarajevo and Srebrenica. At the same time, he was acquitted of charges of aiding and abetting extermination as a crime against humanity in Srebrenica, where more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were summarily executed in July 1995, and of command responsibility in relation to crimes in Sarajevo and Srebrenica.In the judgment – the first handed down by the tribunal in a case against an official of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia – Mr. Perišić was also found guilty of failing to punish his subordinates for their crimes of murder, attacks on civilians and injuring and wounding civilians during the rocket attacks on Zagreb in May 1995. The tribunal’s trial chamber found that Mr. Perišić, among other actions, oversaw the Yugoslav Army’s provision of extensive assistance to the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Army of Serbian Krajina (SVK) in Croatia, including infantry and artillery ammunition, fuel, spare parts, training and technical assistance. Such assistance “became more centralized, structured and coordinated during General Perišić’s tenure,” the presiding judge, Bakone Justice Moloto, said as he read the judgment.The tribunal, which is based in The Hague, heard from more than 100 witnesses during Mr. Perišic’s trial, which began in October 2008 and concluded in March this year. Since its establishment, the tribunal has indicted 161 persons for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001. Proceedings have been concluded against 126 accused and are currently ongoing for 35 others. 6 September 2011The United Nations tribunal set up to prosecute the most serious offences committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today convicted Momčilo Perišić for crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentenced the former chief of staff of the Yugoslav Army to 27 years in prison. read more

Calgary job market slumps in third quarter

The job outlook for Calgary does not look optimistic heading into the third quarter.The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey forecast for Calgary indicates a steep decline for hires in the city and in other parts of the province.Across the country, Canadian employers report respectable hiring intentions through the July-September time frame.Twenty per cent suggest a hike in staffing levels, five per cent anticipate a decrease, and 74 per cent expect no change. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kaitlin Lee Posted Jun 10, 2015 7:17 am MDT Calgary job market slumps in third quarter (Stock photo: Thinkstock) read more

Ontario sells what it expects to be final tranche of shares in

Ontario sells what it expects to be final tranche of shares in Hydro One TORONTO – The Ontario government is selling what it expects to be its final offering of shares in Hydro One, a move it says could raise more than $3 billion for the province.The government and Hydro One say they have entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters for the offering on a bought-deal basis of some 120 million common shares.Each stock will be sold at $23.25 for total gross proceeds of $2.79 billion.An over-allotment option exercisable for up to 30 days would allow the province to sell an additional 12 million common shares at the same price, which would raise gross proceeds to about $3.07 billion.After the offering, the province will continue to hold some 296.8 million common shares representing about 49.9 per cent of the company. That could drop to 47.8 per cent if the over-allotment option is exercised in full.The Ontario government is prohibited by law from reducing its ownership below 40 per cent.More than a year before the Liberal government announced in 2015 that it would partially privatize Hydro One, polling showed strong opposition to the idea.Pollara conducted research at the government’s behest in January and February of 2014 asking people for their thoughts on selling Hydro One, and just 25 per cent of respondents supported the idea.Fred Hahn, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees in Ontario, called Monday’s share sale “a slap in the face to the people of this province.”He said the union filed a lawsuit against the premier and ministers of finance and energy in December in an effort to stop any further sale of Hydro One shares.“Premier (Kathleen) Wynne has made it clear she will not listen to the experts who warn that the sale is bad for the province, or listen to the people of Ontario who have been unequivocal in their rejection of the plan,” Hahn said in a statement Monday evening.“Now she seems determined to push ahead with the sell-off so that she won’t have to listen to the court either. It’s disgraceful and we will continue to try and stop her.”New Democrat energy critic Peter Tabuns also criticized the premier, saying the Hydro One sell-off will drive up electricity costs throughout the province.“Today’s announcement shows that Premier Wynne and her Liberal government are still refusing to listen to the majority of Ontarians who say no to the privatization of their electricity system,” Tabuns said in a statement.He added that, if elected in 2018, the NDP will fix the electricity system “broken by private power deals signed by Liberals and Conservatives.”The Ontario government said that with the completion of the transaction announced Monday, it will have exceeded its goal of raising $9 billion in gross proceeds and other revenue benefits from partially privatizing Hydro One.The Liberals have said they plan to use $5 billion to pay down some of the $8.3 billion in stranded debt left after the old Ontario Hydro was broken into five companies, while the remaining $4 billion would fund transit and infrastructure projects.The government said it does not anticipate any further offerings of Hydro One shares. by The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2017 3:43 pm MDT Last Updated May 8, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Over 130 civilians killed in 11 days in airstrikes in Yemen reports

According to Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), 136 civilians and non-combatants – including women and children – have been killed and another 87 injured in airstrikes in Sana’a, Sa’ada, Al Hudaydah and Taizz governorates in the period from 6 to 16 December.“We urge all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, including their obligation to respect the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution,” Mr. Colville told the press at a regular media briefing in Geneva Tuesday.“They should take all feasible precautions to avoid, and in any event to minimise, the impact of violence on civilians,” he stressed.Among the incidents verify by OHCHR, four civilians were killed and four injured on 9 December when coalition airstrikes hit the official Yemen TV channel, Qanat Al Yemen, which has been under the Houthis control since September 2014.[The parties to the conflict] should take all feasible precautions to avoid, and in any event to minimise, the impact of violence on civilians – OHCHR spokesperson Rupert ColvilleAt least another seven civilians were killed when airstrikes struck a hospital in Al Hudaydah on 10 December. Some Houthi military vehicles were reported to be next to the hospital compound at the time of the airstrikes.On 13 December, coalition airstrikes struck a prison building and a prison yard at a military police compound in the Shaub district of Sana’a, killing at least 45 people and injuring 53. All victims were reported to be detainees and said to belong to resistance forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.The airstrikes also claimed the lives of a number of children.On 16 December, nine children and one woman – returning home from a wedding party – were killed in coalition airstrikes in Marib governorate and another 14 children died when airstrikes hit a farmhouse in Al Hudaydah governorate.OHCHR ‘greatly concerned’ over reported violations by HouthisAlso at the briefing, the OHCHR spokesperson expressed concern over reported recent violations by Houthis against members of former President Saleh’s political party, the General People’s Congress (GPC) including attacks and arbitrary detentions.“There have also been unconfirmed reports of summary killings and detention of people affiliated to the GPC, although verification of these reports by our Office has been difficult as witnesses fear possible repercussion from the Houthis,” said Mr. Colville.Since the eruption of violence in Yemen in March 2015 and as of 14 December, the UN rights office has documented total of 5558 civilians killed and 9,065 injured. read more

Cowboys Defense Brings Desperately Needed Win Over Redskins

The Dallas Cowboys defense rebounded to deliver a win to the team in Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.The Cowboy’s defense was blamed for last week’s loss to the Denver Broncos, but this week it was the cause of the desperately needed 31-16 victory.“Huge, huge win for us,” middle linebacker Sean Lee said late Sunday night as he stood outside the Cowboys locker room. “We knew we needed to uphold our end of the bargain.”Last week, the Cowboys lost their lead in the NFC East and owner Jerry Jones called the loss a moral victory and described how import this win was for the team.“I don’t want to call it pressure, but there was a lot riding on it,”  Jones said. “We did not need to lose this ball game. This was a moral victory.”As a note to the improvement of the Cowboys defense, they sacked Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III three times after getting just one sack combined in the past two games against Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning.The Cowboys are hoping for their first chance at consecutive wins this season as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles on their home field next week. read more

Mens Hockey Ohio State beats Michigan State 62 in first game of

Ohio State junior forward Mason Jobst (26) and redshirt sophomore defenseman Wyatt Ege (7) fight for possession of the puck in the first period of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Centern. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State head coach Steve Rohlik always talks about how tough it is to win college hockey games. It would be tough to come away with that impression watching Ohio State with 21 wins in 34 regular-season games this season.The No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team (22-8-5, 15-8-2-1 Big Ten) added another win Friday, using a strong special teams performance to push the team to a 6-2 win against Michigan State (12-21-2, 6-17-2-1 Big Ten) at the Schottenstein Center in the first game of the Big Ten tournament matchup.Rohlik knows the win is huge for his team, but that it will feel even bigger if his team earns another victory on Saturday.“It’s very difficult to win at this level, especially against teams like [Michigan State], with our league, Rohlik said. “You know it’s a best two out of three, to get that first win, basically it just gives you the one-up, but that just means you are going to get their best effort tomorrow.” The Buckeyes had three points from junior forward Mason Jobst, as well as two points from sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski and redshirt sophomore defenseman Wyatt Ege. Redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo added 18 saves on 20 shots in the win.Special teams were key for the Buckeyes. The nation’s best penalty kill went 2-for-2, while the Buckeye power play took advantage of a Spartan penalty kill that is fourth-worst in the NCAA at 76 percent, going 3-for-5 on the night.“I think it’s just executing and I think the guys just decided-we just don’t want to sit back, we kind of got to take it to them, and whoever you play,” Rohlik said. “I think that was the attitude right now, tonight, with our power play. I think that translated into the game.” Two of the three Buckeye power-play goals came early after the penalty was called, each coming just 10 and eight seconds into the power play chances.  “The key is just giving it to our forwards,” Ege said. “As you can tell like, [ Laczynski] and [Jobst], they’re good, just give them and they’re gonna make some stuff happen.”   Laczynski benefited from a lethal Buckeye power play and now has four points in his past three games. The Buckeyes’ top scorer is finding his game in a crucial part of the year.“This is the time you need to be playing your best hockey,” Laczynski said. “Even though I had that slump, like you said, I’m happy to be playing some of my best hockey here and come playoffs. It’s a big game and a big win”  The first period began with a lethargic stalemate, but the intensity and physicality picked up, resulting with a roughing call to Spartan senior defenseman Carson Gatt. That gave Ohio State its first power play chance on the night with 1:28 remaining in the period. On the power-play chance, Laczynski fired a shot from the top of the right circle through a maze of players and past sophomore goaltender John Lethemon for the game’s opening score.The Spartans got on the board just 3:12 into the second period when sophomore forward Patrick Khodorenko gathered a bouncing puck in the slot, firing it over the right shoulder of Romeo to even the score.The Buckeyes took another shot on the power play and converted. Laczynski threw the puck to the goal and senior forward Matthew Weis directed it past Lethemon to regain the lead with 3:28 remaining in the period.The Buckeyes added goals from Jobst and junior defenseman Sasha Larocque in the third, chasing Lethemon from the net.Spartan senior goaltender Ed Minney came in relief of Lethemon, but couldn’t stop two more Buckeye goals. The Spartans and Buckeyes traded late goals for the final of 6-2.Shots were 40-20 in favor of Ohio State. Lethemon made 25 saves on 29 shots and Minney made nine saves on 11 shots in a losing effort. The Buckeyes have a chance to advance to the Big Ten semifinal game if they beat the Spartans in the second contest of the three-game series at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Vive Tauron Kielce celebrate 12th Polish title

Vive Tauron Kielce is the new-old Polish champion. Kielce won the third match against Orlen Wisła Płock 29:28 and defended their title. The game was (a bit surprisingly – having in mind the number of players Wisła had to manage without) very tight but in contrast to the second match, today’s clash was a purely sporting event and went without any negative emotions. After his one-game pause, Rodrigo Corrales showed how important he is for Wisła by starting brilliantly. Kielce’s attack looked a little chaotic, they had difficulties in finding good positions to throw or were blocked by defenders from Płock. Wisła also couldn’t hit the net, mostly thanks to Szmal’s saves, and even though Kielce’s style wasn’t impressive or very effective, after 10 minutes they were on the lead by two (4:2). Due to the shortage of players, Manolo Cadenas decided to send two young players – Skibiński and Moryń – on the court. Skibiński got a fastbreak and scored a goal but right after that he got injured and had to leave the court. In 15. minute Buntić made the result 7:4 for Kielce but instead of pushing on, it was Wisła that started coming from behind. Slowly but surely, in 22. minute they equalised at 10:10, then got their first lead and ended the first half leading by three (17:14). However, in the second half Wisła also didn’t push on and it took Kielce 5 minutes to get back on the lead (18:17); since then the game was tight until the very end.Marin Šego replaced Szmal in Kielce goal and continued his good performance from the second match; Corrales was given a break and Marcin Wichary had a chance to help his team. In the middle of the second half Kielce lost Aginagalde due to his injury. None of the teams could gain any considerable advantage and the extra time was in the air. In the 60. minute, with the result 29:28 for Kielce, Corrales denied Bielecki and Wisła had a chance to equalize.They didn’t manage to score but referees decided to give them a penalty throw. With 5 seconds to go, Ghionea could extend the fight but Šego saved his throw and gave Kielce their 12. title.TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKAPHOTO: T. Fafara ← Previous Story TOP 10 “BEST BUY” 2014/2015: Mikler is the KING! Next Story → NEW LEADER IN FRANCE: Chambery put trophy in the PSG hands? read more

In Japan Trump to try to put human face on N Korean

first_imgTOKYO — After easing into his Asian debut with golf and a taste of home, President Donald Trump is trying to put a human face on North Korea’s menace, hearing from anguished families of Japanese citizens snatched by Pyongyang’s agents.Trump’s meeting Monday promises to elevate these heart-wrenching tales of loss to the international stage as he hopes to pressure North Korea to end its provocative behavior toward American allies in the region.North Korea has acknowledged apprehending 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s, but claims all those captives have died or been released. But in Japan, where grieving relatives of the abducted have become a symbol of heartbreak on the scale of American POW families, the government insists nearly 50 people were taken — and believes some may be alive.Trump has delivered harsh denunciations of the renegade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, belittling him as “Little Rocket Man” and threatening to rain “fire and fury” on his country if the belligerence continues. But Trump also has begun highlighting the plight of the North Koreans.“I think they’re great people. They’re industrious. They’re warm, much warmer than the world really knows or understands,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One while flying to Japan on Sunday. “And I hope it all works out for everybody.”last_img read more

Turks and Caicos Tourist Board Announces second weekly British Airways Service

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:british aIRWAYS, colm lacy., gatwick, london, tourist board interCaribbean and British Airways linked in new agreement Premier Of The Turks And Caicos Islands, Dr. The Honourable Rufus W. Ewing Addresses The Foreign Affairs Committee On Governance In London Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, March 4, 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board is delighted to announce that British Airways will be increasing flight services from London Gatwick to Providenciales by an additional flight per week commencing 29 October 2015. The service will operate on a Thursday, via Antigua, using a three class Boeing 777 aircraft.British Airways currently operates one flight a week, on Sundays, from London Heathrow to Providenciales via Nassau, Bahamas. From Sunday 29 March this flight will move from London Heathrow to London Gatwick, via Antigua, serviced by a three class Boeing 777 aircraft.Commenting on the new flight Colm Lacy, Head of Gatwick Commercial, stated “We are delighted to be announcing increased services to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. On top of the introduction of a Boeing 777 aircraft this summer, our increased services this winter will give passengers increased flexibility and more choice when flying to the island. Customers can enjoy our World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World cabins, whilst enjoying our food and entertainment on-board.”“We are pleased that British Airways acknowledges Turks and Caicos as one of the foremost destination in the Caribbean,” said Ralph Higgs, Director of Tourism. “The destination will see increased airlift from Europe as British Airways increases its service to twice weekly from London Gatwick. The upgrade in the flight from a Boeing 767 to a Boeing 777 will also offer increased capacity. Moreover, the new route via Antigua will undoubtedly make the Turks and Caicos more accessible and attractive to potential visitors from the Eastern Caribbean as well; a sign of great things for the future of our tourism market.” Recommended for you Last call to vote ahead of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2015last_img read more