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BSP backing SP: It is complicated in Gorakhpur
“They threatened to convert our basti into Saharanpur [where Dalits were targeted by upper caste Thakurs last year]. We have to walk around with our heads hanging low,” said Ajaora. Seated outside her small brick house, the Jatav woman referred to an incident a few months ago when some youths from the Yadav and Sainthwar communities, both OBC but locally dominant, beat up a Jatav youth after a dispute during a marriage procession. “It is the Ahirs and Sainthwars who bully us the most. All these low caste people (OBC) have shifted to the BJP. How can we align with them,” asked Ajaora, a resident of Basuda village in Gorakhpur’s Sahjanwa Assembly segment. She is a Mayawati-loyalist and is highly critical of the BJP, which she alleged misused EVMs to win the State elections. But as local Yadavs and Sainthwars are associated with the “cycle” symbol, she is not motivated to vote for the SP despite the BSP supremo’s appeal. The Samajwadi Party’s performance in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls hinges upon the support of Dalits like Ajaora. However, political rivalry between the SP and BSP during their respective governments and consequent social tensions between Yadavs and Jatavs, who form their caste bases, is posing an obstacle in the consolidation of support for the SP candidate, Ms. Mayawati’s support notwithstanding. Travelling across pockets of rural Gorakhpur, this reporter found that not only was social incompatibility deterring Dalits from coming out in favour of the SP nominee, there was also a general lack of enthusiasm among them. “What difference does it make to elect an MP for a few months? BSP has not fielded a candidate. I would have thought about what Behenji said had she herself come here for campaigning,” said Dilip Kumar, an unemployed Dalit youth in rural Gorakhpur.Then there is the reverence for the Gorakhnath Mandir, of which Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is the head priest, which blunts anger among among Dalits for lack of amenities in their villagesbusties. In Baspar, most Dalits still use the fields or roadsides to relieve themselves, their pathways have not been widened for the last three decades and no solar lights have been put up.“The drains turn into rivers during monsoons. And pregnant women suffer the most as homes don’t have toilets,” said Vijay, a student. However, his anger is restricted to the local representatives and officials but not the former MP, Mr. Adityanath. “Why will we raise our voice against the Mahantji when he has done nothing bad to us?” Dalit social activist Amar Paswan said the SP would find it hard to get BSP’s core votes transferred to it. “The workers and supporters of the two parties have been rivals and have no experience of working together. When Dalits see the cycle, they recall all the atrocities faced by them under the SP, while the Yadavs cannot forget the cases lodged against them by Mayawati during her rule,” said Mr. Paswan.However, among politically aware Ambedkarite Dalits like Baliram, who is unemployed despite having an M.A degree, there is a sense of anger towards the BJP. “They are targeting only Muslims and Dalits. Even if Behenji had not supported SP, I would have still voted Akhilesh Yadav just to keep the BJP out,” said Baliram, who accuses the BJP of helping defaulters escape the country. Shyam Bihari, another BSP supporter, is also critical of the Modi and Yogi governments and plans to vote for the SP. Though he felt safer under the Mayawati rule, he praises the previous Akhilesh Yadav government for providing emergency ambulance and police services, and creating local livelihood. “Under the Modi government, all we got was one latrine,” he said. Besides being a symbolic move of unity ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BSP’s support to the SP candidates in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, also brings arithmetic value as the BSP has a solid base in both constituencies. If translated on the ground, their combined force has the potential to stretch the BJP.Numbers gameIn 2014, under the Modi wave, the BJP won both the seats comfortably securing over 50 % votes and defeating the combined vote of the SP and BSP by over 13% votes. However, in the 2017 Assembly elections, while the BJP and its allies won all 10 Assembly segments in Phulpur and Gorakhpur, the SP and BSP combined defeated the BJP candidate in six of them. In addition, in Gorakhpur Rural, the combined vote of the SP and the Nishad Party, which is this time directly alligned with the SP, was more than the BJP’s tally. In another Assembly seat in Gorakhpur, Campierganj, the combined vote of the Nishad Party, BSP and Congress (the SP did not field a candidate as per an alliance understanding) was more than the BJP’s vote.
Order on Suresh Kalmadi’s London visit reserved till tomorrow
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its order for Wednesday on a plea to restrain sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi from going to London to attend the 2012 Olympics.”The order on the interim application is reserved for tomorrow,” said a bench headed by Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri after hearing two-hour-long argument on lawyer Rahul Mehra’s plea against Kalmadi’s proposed visit to London for the sporting extravaganza.”I’m not going to attend meetings in London on behalf of either the Government of India or any Indian sports body. I’m not carrying the badge of Indian representative in the Olympics,” Kalmadi’s counsel Mukul Rohatgi told the bench.”I’m the president of Asian Athletes Association (AAA) and have been invited by International Association of Athletes Federation (IAAF), a foreign body which is not before this court,” argued the senior counsel adding that his client Kalmadi’s fundamental right to travel cannot be curtailed when he is assuring the court that he is going there on behalf of AAA.”What heavens will fall if some friend of mine gives me a ticket or I myself purchase a ticket and go there to watch a sporting event…? This application is motivated and directed against me,” Rohatgi said.In reply to a query by the bench as to how Kalmadi became the AAA president, Rohatgi said the sports administrator was elected president of Athletic Federation of India in 2001 and became the AAA president the same year and as a consequence he has been invited by IAAF.advertisement”It seems even the foreign sporting bodies have the Indian tradition of electing members in perpetuity,” Justice Sikri remarked.At the end of the hearing, Rohatgi assured the court that Kalmadi will not watch any sporting event even as an invitee of IAAF, but he cannot be stopped from travelling and watching a game in his individual capacity.Mehra who filed the application opposing Kalmadi’s London visit as the part of another related petition, started the argument with a claim that Kalmadi can be and should be prohibited from going to London as his visit was not a personal one.”India is one of the members of AAA, which has 44 other members and Kalmadi being the president of AAA cannot claim that he will not represent India there,” Mehra said.He also referred to various provisions of the Constitution of AAA and IAAF to drive home his point that on moral and ethical values, Kalmadi can be and should be restrained from attending London Olympics.The court on July 18 had sought Kalmadi’s reply on Mehra’s plea for restraining him from going to London for the 2012 Olympics and had asked him not to advance his slated July 26 departure for it.On July 13, a special CBI court had allowed Kalmadi to go to London from July 26 to August 13 for the 2012 London Olympics.Mehra has objected to Kalmadi’s proposed London sojourn, contending that he is going to attend the games on public money and in violation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) code of ethics.He had sought the high court’s direction to restrain Kalmadi from going to London on the ground that he is facing trial in a corruption case and cannot be allowed to represent the country in an international event.The member of Lower House of Indian Parliament and 10 others have been charge-sheeted by the CBI under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly “illegally” awarding a contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to Swiss Timing, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.
NBA fines Bucks for Antetokounmpo contract comments
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Bayern Turns Heat on Dortmund at Top of Bundesliga
By: Ciaran Fahey, Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich increased the pressure on Borussia Dortmund with a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin to move level on points with the Bundesliga leader on Saturday.Midfielder Javi Martinez, who excelled in the 0-0 draw at Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday, completed a fine week by scoring Bayern’s winner midway through the second half.Bayern, which trailed by nine points at one stage, stayed second due to Dortmund’s better goal difference.Dortmund can restore its three-point lead with a win at home over Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday, but captain Marco Reus is out injured, Dortmund has failed to win in the last three league games, and Leverkusen is on a four-game winning run.Munich’s Serge Gnabry, left and Hertha’s Karim Rekik challenge for the ball during a German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Hertha BSC Berlinin Munich, Germany,Saturday, Feb.23, 2019. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP)Bayern had a score to settle with Hertha after losing 2-0 in Berlin earlier in the season and being pushed to extra time before progressing from their German Cup tie earlier this month.Bayern coach Niko Kovac rewarded Martinez for his good performance in Liverpool with another start, while Leon Goretzka was back after an ankle injury and Franck Ribery also started.But it was Hertha that had the best early chances. Davie Selke had an early goal ruled out for offside, before Jerome Boateng was forced to clear another good chance. Another Selke effort was only cleared off the line by Joshua Kimmich early in the second half.Munich’s Jerome Boateng and Hertha’s Davie Selke challenge for the ball during a German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Hertha BSC Berlin in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb.23,2019. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)Hertha coach Pal Dardai’s plan for keeping the home side at bay functioned perfectly until Martinez broke the deadlock with a header from James Rodriguez’ corner in the 62nd minute.Kingsley Coman, who came on in the 58th for Ribery, had to go off with an apparent left thigh injury nine minutes later.Hertha’s Karim Rekik was sent off late after a tussle with Robert Lewandowski. Both players clashed but Rekik had his arm raised and Lewandowski dropped to the ground.SCHALKE WOES CONTINUESchalke, which lost 3-2 to 10-man Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday, slumped to another chastening defeat, 3-0 against a Mainz side that had lost its previous three games.The club announced immediately afterward that sporting director Christian Heidel had tendered his resignation and would quit at the end of the season at the latest.Heidel achieved great success in the same role at Mainz, but was coming under increased pressure due to Schalke’s troubles this season. Domenico Tedesco’s side is languishing 14th in the 18-team league, seven points clear of Stuttgart in the relegation zone.Schalke’s 23 points from 23 games is its worst league-tally for 36 years. The Gelsenkirchen-based club was relegated in 1983.FORTRESS NO MOREThird-place Borussia Moenchengladbach had won all its home games this season until Hertha grabbed a 3-0 win on Feb. 9.Wolfsburg ensured the side suffered its second successive 3-0 loss at home thanks to greater efficiency and two goals from Admir Mehmedi.Also, Freiburg enjoyed a 5-1 rout of relegation-threatened Augsburg to give coach Christian Streich his biggest win since taking over in December 2011.Fortuna Duesseldorf was hosting last-place Nuremberg later.TweetPinShare0 Shares
U17 WC- Hackworth: USA favourite against India
U17 World Cup Under-17 World Cup: USA’s John Hackworth – We should probably be the favourite against India Ives Galarcep Last updated 2 years ago 05:01 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sumedhh Bilgi/Goal U17 World Cup India U17 v United States U17 India U17 United States U17 The coach of the USMNT Under-17 is confident that his team can make it through to the knockout stages of the World Cup… India take on USA in their opening fixture of the Under-17 World Cup on October 6 in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.This will be the very first time India are participating at a FIFA event and the excitement is very much visible with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi expected to grace the India vs USA tie.In an exclusive interview with Goal, USA coach John Hackworth pointed that facing the host nation in the opening game isn’t an easy task. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “It’s not easy to play the host nation in the opener. They’re talking about the Prime Minister being there, and it being a full stadium. The preparation and investment that they’ve put into the U-17 team is impressive,” Hackworth told Goal.USA have come up against the Indian side last year and won the tie 4-0 in Goa.“We played them before, and had a fairly easy result in terms of the scoreline, but it was one of the hardest-working teams we’ve ever played against,” he pointed.Hackworth admitted that his side go into the game against India as favourites and enthused confidence about their chances of progressing into the knockout stages of the Under-17 World Cup.“We should probably be the favourite against India, but anything can happen in an opening game,” Hackworth said.“We’re confident that we will manage it to the best of our abilities. We’re not looking past the group, but we’re confident that hopefully we can get through it and get to the knockout phase,” he mentioned.
Chess: Russian duo lead world Grand Prix as race to take on Carlsen heats up
Share on Facebook Leonard Barden on chess Show Share on Twitter Ian Nepomniachtchi v Alexander Grischuk, fourth tiebreak gameNepomniachtchi’s win in the Moscow final was a classic lesson in the ancient maxim that “a knight on the rim spells dim” as Grischuk’s a5 knight became stranded while his opponent’s bishop led the final attack.The opening, a quiet Giuoco Piano, was only marginally better for White until 16…Qd7? where Bxe3 17 Bxe3 Rd8 18 Rad1 Ree8 keeps it solid. After Black’s error 19 b5! posed a dilemma since 19…Ne7 fails to 20 bxa6 bxa6 21 Nc4 and the e5 pawn drops.White’s 23 c5! forced the exchange of most of Black’s active pieces and so increased the contrast between the active bishop and the stranded knight, while 29 c6! kept the knight in its box before the final attack and its elegant conclusion 36 Qxe7+!1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 d3 Bc5 5 c3 d6 6 a4 a6 7 h3 Ba7 8 O-O h6 9 Re1 O-O 10 Nbd2 Re8 11 b4 Be6 12 Bxe6 Rxe6 13 Qc2 Qd7 14 Nc4 d5 15 exd5 Qxd5 16 Ne3 Qd7 17 Nc4 Qd5 18 Ne3 Qd7? 19 b5! Na5 20 c4 Bd4 21 Rb1 axb5 22 axb5 Ree8 23 c5! Nd5 24 Nxd5 Qxd5 25 Nxd4 exd4 26 Rxe8+ Rxe8 27 Bf4 Re7 28 Qa4 b6 29 c6! Kh7 30 Rb4 Qe6 31 Rxd4 f5 32 Be3 g5 33 Qb4 Rg7 34 Rd8 Nb3 35 Bd4 Re7 36 Qxe7+! 1-0 Support The Guardian Meanwhile Carlsen duly won the Lindores Abbey Stars at Newburgh, Fife, in the strongest tournament ever staged in Scotland. It was a shaky performance, a win and five draws, and he lost rating points rather than setting a new rapid chess record. The world champion’s prize was a barrel of whisky, which will mature in three years and provide 250 bottles.Carlsen does not rest from chess, and even away from tournaments he is a regular player online. His next appearance will be as early as Monday, when the annual Altibox Norway elite event starts in Stavanger with an entirely new format. All draws will be replayed and the result determined by an Armageddon game where White has 10 minutes, Black seven minutes, and a draw counts as a win for Black.3621 White wins only by 1 b8=B! He then captures the a7 pawn and drives the black king behind the h7 pawn. Eventually White reaches Kf6, Bs a7 and e5 and Ph6 versus BK g8 and Ph7, then finishes by Bc5 Kh8 Kf7 mate. Instead 1 b8=Q? and 1 b8=R? are immediate stalemate draws, while 1 b8=N+? Kb7 2 Nd7 Kc8 3 Nf6 Kxd8 4 Nxh7 Ke7 5 Ng5 Kf6 6 Kb2 Kg6 7 h7 Kg7 draws. Quick guide Game moves Chess Share on LinkedIn Chess: Guildford extend unbeaten run to record 79 matches Hide Thank you for your feedback. Read more Moscow’s iconic Central Club was the epicentre of the Soviet chess empire in the golden decades, when USSR grandmasters defeated all rivals and the country produced a stream of world champions from Mikhail Botvinnik to Garry Kasparov.The club staircase is still decorated with photos of the old legends, so in choosing it as the venue for the first leg of the Fide Grand Prix, the opening round in a series of events which will decide Magnus Carlsen’s 2020 title challenger, the organisers reckoned to inspire Russia’s seven contenders in Moscow. Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Share on Messenger news Chess: Magnus Carlsen sets another record despite ‘playing badly’ Topics Share via Email Share on Pinterest Was this helpful? Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. It worked from the very first round when Daniil Dubov, who played only as a wildcard, eliminated the Dutch top seed and world No 5, Anish Giri, right up to the all-Russian final where Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated Alexander Grischuk 2.5-1.5 to take the $24,000 first prize.The duo now have the early lead in the four-event Grand Prix series which continues in Riga and Hamburg before concluding in Tel Aviv. Nepomniachtchi has 9 GP points, Grischuk 7, Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland) 5, Hikaru Nakamura (US) 3.Giri and the world No 9, Shak Mamedyarov, have zero and their hopes for the real prize, one of the two GP places in the eight-player 2020 candidates, already hang by a thread. The main rival to the two Russians is now France’s world No 5, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who missed Moscow but will play the remaining three GP legs.Technically, the most interesting game at Moscow was Grischuk’s win over Nakamura, who defies the normal tournament strategy of varying openings to avoid the opponent’s prep by consistently using the same defence to the Catalan 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 d5 4 g3 Be7 5 Bg2 0-0 6 0-0 dxc4 7 Qc2 b5. It leads to positions where White has pressure and chances against the king, while Black relies on his extra pawn and bishop pair.Grischuk’s preparation went all the way to move 21, and Nakamura soon went wrong. By a weird coincidence, the world’s two best computer chess engines played an identical opening for 14 moves on the same day, with the top neural network engine Lc0 meeting the champion traditional engine Stockfish. Their game, eventually drawn, was played without an openings book, so the engines themselves voted for the Catalan. Reuse this content
Cabinet Approves Changes to Proceeds of Crime Act and Money Laundering Regulations
Cabinet has approved changes to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), and the Proceeds of Crime Money Laundering Prevention Regulations, to meet international requirements.The changes were recommended by the Financial Action Task Force to address matters dealing with: suspicious and unusual transactions; rules governing reporting, documenting, supervision and regulation of designated non-financial businesses and professions; and non-face to face business transactions. Drafting instructions are to be issued to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel.Making the announcement at the weekly Jamaica House Press briefing on Wednesday, April 17, Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer explained that the amendments provide for the forfeiture of the properties of persons found to have accumulated wealth through criminal means.“It provides a more comprehensive and effective scheme for the forfeiture of the proceeds of crime and the prevention of money laundering,” she stated.The changes will enhance the effectiveness of POCA locally, and meet the international requirements as set out by the Financial Action Task Force. Failure to comply may result in measures such as refusal by the Financial Action Task Force’s countries to conduct any business with Jamaica. These countries include the United States, the United Kingdom and other European Union countries, Canada and China.At present, Jamaica is partially compliant, and must take additional steps to fall in line with international standards.Amending the POCA is one such step.The Financial Action Task Force is an inter-governmental body, which sets standards to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.Jamaica is a member of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force.POCA repealed and replaced the Drug Offences Forfeiture of Proceeds and the Money Laundering Acts in 2007.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporter
Gener8 Maritime Takes USD 60M Loan to Fund VLCC Newbuilding
New York-headquartered crude oil shipping company Gener8 Maritime has entered into a USD 60.2 million term loan facility with Citibank to fund a portion of the remaining installment payments due under the shipbuilding contract for one very large crude carrier (VLCC) newbuilding. The VLCC in question is the 333-meter Gener8 Strength, currently under construction at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding in China. The Gener8 Strength was planned for delivery on October 15, according to Gener8 Maritime.The loans under the facility will mature on October 21, 2016. If certain extension conditions are satisfied on or prior to the one-year anniversary of the effective date of the facility, the maturity date will be extended to October 21, 2020.Under the facility, the company is required to use commercially reasonable efforts to obtain a credit facility with export credit insurance support from China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation for the post-delivery financing of up to 6 newbuildings as promptly as practicable, and apply proceeds from any such credit facility to the repayment in full of the Citibank facility.Gener8 Maritime was formed back in February when General Maritime Corporation and Navig8 Crude Tankers entered into a definitive agreement to merge.The company now has a fully-delivered fleet of 47 vessels, including one time-chartered-in VLCC.Gener8’s owned fleet is comprised of 20 VLCC newbuildings and 26 vessels on the water.
Huge challenges remain in Darfur and Chad UN aid chief tells Security
3 December 2008Both the Government and the rebels in Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region bear responsibility for the immense humanitarian challenges there, while the rapid deployment of an enhanced United Nations force in neighbouring Chad is vital for improving the lot of refugees, the top UN relief official said today. “There is plenty of room to criticize the Government of Sudan for continuing human rights violations, for not disarming the militias, for not always facilitating humanitarian relief, or for declaring a ceasefire [and] then almost immediately violating it,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told the Security Council in a briefing on his recent visit to both Sudan and Chad.“However the rebel movements have neither declared a cease-fire nor shown great readiness to engage in a political process, and are also not helping relief efforts. They have a lot to answer for, too.”More than five years of fighting between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militia and rebel groups have killed an estimated 300,000 people and driven another 2.7 million from their homes, over 260,000 of them into Chad. A joint UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID), slated to reach 26,000 personnel but now only 10,500-strong, is being deployed in the region. Mr. Holmes said his discussions overall with the Sudanese authorities, “while frank at times,” took place in a constructive spirit. “We now need to see rapid results on the ground. We are also intensifying our contacts with the rebel movements to persuade them that they too must respect humanitarian personnel and aid efforts,” he added.With the billion-dollar humanitarian operation in Darfur still the largest in the world, he said the critical humanitarian challenges were access and protection of civilians amid the uprooting of a further 315,000 people this year alone and “the dramatic increase” in attacks on humanitarians and their property.As of 30 November, 261 vehicles had been hijacked and 172 compounds broken into. Rebel movements, or those linked to them, appear primarily responsible for the majority of “these terrifying incidents” in rural areas, but many also occur in main towns in Government control.“I call on both the Government security forces and rebel leaders to put a stop to this banditry once and for all,” Mr. Holmes said. “It seriously damages the quality of assistance – just as one example, (UN) World Food Programme rations are still only at 70 per cent because of attacks on their convoys – and it damages the credibility of their promises to ensure our safety.”He added that throughout his trip in Darfur, he was confronted with the pervasive risk of sexual violence. “I met many women who had the courage to speak out,” he said. “It was therefore particularly disturbing that programmes aimed at preventing or responding to this violence are under increased pressure from Government authorities.”Turning to Chad, where 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 57,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR), as well as 263,000 Darfurians, are receiving humanitarian assistance, Mr. Holmes called for rapid deployment of the enhanced 6,000-strong UN Mission in CAR and Chad (MINURCAT) to replace the 3,000-strong European Union Force (EUFOR).EUFOR is due to leave eastern Chad, which has suffered from internal strife, rebel activity and a spill-over from the Darfur conflict, by March. Mr. Holmes said banditry had worsened and posed a significant threat to IDPs, refugees, aid workers and the local population.But overall, he added, “I left Chad with slightly more optimism about future prospects, including in terms of our efforts to provide life-saving humanitarian aid, than I had expected. However, the risks of rapid deterioration remain high. The international community, and this Council, cannot afford to neglect Chad.”Mr. Holmes also visited southern Sudan where a peace agreement in 2005 ended the north-south civil war that killed at least 2 million people and displaced 4.5 million others. Although the region is no longer a humanitarian emergency as such, it still has some of the worst child and maternal health indicators in the world, with maternal mortality twice as high as in Darfur and one child in seven dying under the age of five.“The good news is that some 12,000 kilometres of roads have been de-mined, 3,000 water points rehabilitated, 2.4 million former IDPs and refugees returned, and primary school enrolment rates have risen dramatically,” he said. “Some of the “peace dividends” hoped for on the signing of the peace agreement have begun to appear. But there is a long way to go.”In oil-rich Abyei in central Sudan, still contested by north and south despite the peace agreement, an estimated 50,000 people fled violence in May. Mr. Holmes stressed that most of the population would not return due to fear of renewed violence without progress on setting up local joint implementation and police units.Asked by reporters afterwards about concerns over the impact of a possible arrest warrant from International Criminal Court (ICC) against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for allegedly committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur, he repeated what he told the Council – that it is in everyone’s interests to ensure the safety of humanitarians and to sustain the relief operation.“I took every opportunity to remind the Government of Sudan of their fundamental responsibilities in this context. For our part we will do everything in our power to maintain our operations to help those in need.”
Donaldson to build a new filter manufacturing plan in Skarbimierz Poland
Donaldson Company Incorporated (DCI) will be constructing a new filter manufacturing plant in Skarbimierz, Poland to serve the filtration needs of its European and Russian customers. The new plant will be 10,000 m2 with additional capacity for future expansion and will be dedicated to the production of heavy duty air filters for both the on-road and off-road equipment markets. This new Polish plant, expected to open in CY15 is DCIs third manufacturing presence in central and eastern Europe after Klášterec and Kadaň in Czech Republic.Wim Vermeersch, Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa said “We are very pleased to add this new, state-of-the-art facility to our extensive manufacturing and distribution base in Europe and have appreciated the ongoing support of the Polish government and local Skarbimierz officials. Based on our Company’s Strategic Growth Plan, this new plant will allow us to further increase our filter manufacturing capacity to meet our projected OEM and Aftermarket Customer demand throughout Europe and Russia.”
Targets for troika review move back onto agenda
With Greece and its lenders seemingly finding common ground on how to conclude the country’s bailout at the end of the year, attention is now due to switch to the conclusion of the latest troika review of the Greek program.The review is currently on hold and the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund are waiting for the government to declare its intentions on several key issues that are still outstanding, such as pension reform and further changes to labour regulations.Government sources told Kathimerini that the coalition is confident it can convince the troika to shelve plans for new changes to the pensions system. “We have a new legal framework that will apply from January 1… what is the point of making hasty interventions now when such changes take decades in other countries?” said a government official.The coalition remains torn over changes to union regulations and measures that would make mass dismissals more straightforward. PASOK is opposed to tinkering with this legislation.There are also several pending issues that relate to the public administration. These include a new wage structure, completing civil servants’ evaluation and meeting the sacking targets agreed with the troika.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Séisme en Turquie les secouristes saffairent pour retrouver des survivants
Séisme en Turquie : les secouristes s’affairent pour retrouver des survivantsLundi, les équipes d’intervention s’affairaient dans les décombres provoqués par le séisme de magnitude 7,2 qui a frappé le pays hier dans l’après-midi. Le dernier bilan fait état de 217 morts et plus de 1.300 blessés. Comme l’avait prédit l’Institut sismologique turc de Kandilli, le bilan du séisme survenu ne cesse de s’alourdir. Hier, une forte secousse de magnitude 7,2 a en effet secoué la province de Van dans l’est du pays et a été suivi tout au long de la journée d’une vingtaine de répliques. Créant la panique parmi les habitants, les séismes ont provoqué des dégâts considérables dans la région où une quarantaine de bâtiments et maisons, parmi lesquels un orphelinat, se sont effondrés. À lire aussiInternet pourrait être le meilleur système au monde pour détecter les séismesRapidement, les autorités locales ont dépêché des équipes d’intervention qui travaillaient encore d’arrache-pied aujourd’hui pour venir en aide aux sinistrés et tenter de retrouver des survivants. Selon le dernier bilan, 272 personnes auraient trouvé la mort et plus de 1.300 se sont trouvées blessées lors des effondrements. Une situation qui pourrait encore s’aggraver dans les prochaines heures alors que de nombreux habitants étaient toujours ensevelis sous des décombres. Ainsi, les secouristes sont par exemple parvenus à retirer une adolescente de 16 ans, Hilal, des ruines de son appartement à Ercis, la ville de quelque 75.000 habitants, qui a subi le plus de ravages dans la zone sinistrée. C’est d’ailleurs à Ercis et la ville plus au sud de Van qui compte 380.000 habitants, où sont à déplorer la quasi-totalité des victimes, selon les autorités. Un impact d’autant plus important que de nombreux logements ont été construits sans que les normes établies ne soient entièrement respectées, ont averti les sismologues cités par l’AFP. Pourtant, la Turquie est traversée par plusieurs failles, notamment dans l’est et le nord-ouest et connaît de fréquents tremblements de terre. En août et novembre 1999, deux forts séismes dans les régions très peuplées et industrialisées du nord-ouest y avaient fait environ 20.000 morts. Mais le séisme d’hier est le puissant survenu depuis plusieurs années. Découvrez en images les dégâts considérables causés par le violent séisme Le 24 octobre 2011 à 17:35 • Maxime Lambert
Teen boy drowns on Arawak Cay
Related Items:#ArawakCaydrowning, #magneticmedianews, #teenboydrownsinNassau Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 3, 2017 – Nassau – Another drowning in Nassau on Friday and a teen boy is dead. Police say they are investigating the circumstances of the situation where the teenager was swimming in waters on the western tip of Arawak Cay around 4:30pm when he lost consciousness and was brought to the shore where he was pronounced dead.Police say an autopsy will reveal the cause of the teenage boy’s death.#MagneticMediaNews#teenboydrownsinNassau#ArawakCaydrowning
Ronaldo shockingly not in the Ballon dOr award list
The final three for the Ballon d’Or award have been revealed but Cristiano Ronaldo is not anywhere near the list.The Portuguese superstar and Lionel Messi, who is also believed to have been snubbed from the final three, are both absent from the final three for the first time in 11 years.Luka Modric looks set to have a clear run to the Ballon d’Or award to go with his The Best FIFA Award.Joining the Croatia international on the podium are two players from France’s 23 man squad which triumphed at the World Cup in Russia.Tuttosport insists Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane will join Modric on the final shortlist.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Varane may well be there, Griezmann, Mbappe… I think a Frenchman should win,” the PSG striker told RMC.“There are other players who could win it, but it should be a Frenchman, they have won the World Cup.”“Modric has had a great season, but his team-mate Varane won the Champions League and the World Cup. Modric was a finalist and had a great campaign, but Varane deserves it more.”The order of the final three isn’t a certainty yet but Modric is the favourite for the award after RFI reported that half the votes had been collated by November 9 and the Real Madrid midfielder was on top of that list, Varane the runner-up and Mbappe third.
San Diego law enforcement warns against drunk driving on Fourth of July
Posted: July 3, 2018 FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Local law enforcement agencies urged residents today to avoid drinking and driving over the Fourth of July holiday, when stepped- up patrols will be out in force searching for impaired motorists.The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said deputies will conduct increased patrols throughout the county on Wednesday, and advised residents that drivers can be arrested for being under the influence of marijuana or prescription drugs, not just alcohol.“There’s no excuse for impaired driving,” Sheriff Bill Gore said. “Have a safe Fourth of July and don’t drink and drive.” The sheriff’s department asked anyone who does drink on the national holiday to have a designated driver or use public transportation. Chula Vista police also planned to deploy additional officers on “DUI saturation patrols.”“Drinking and driving is dangerous, even if you’re ‘just buzzed’ or drug impaired,” according to the Chula Vista Police Department. “When you drive impaired, you risk the lives and safety of those riding with you and around you. You also risk a big hit on your wallet. A first time DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000 — which includes attorney fees, fines, very high insurance rates, car towing, an alcohol/drug education treatment program and lost time at work, not to mention jail time, years on probation, the loss of your vehicle and driver’s license.“A final statistic to remember: drunk-driving deaths are 100-percent preventable.” San Diego law enforcement warns against drunk driving on Fourth of July holiday Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents KUSI Newsroom July 3, 2018
BSO hosts string of holiday events for Broward students families
DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward County Sheriff’s Office held a string of holiday events for the public, this weekend.One event, the 2016 Bytes for Champions Extravaganza, treated 250 students to a party on a yacht, Saturday. The party featured a buffet, DJ and visit from Santa.The Extravaganza continued at Olsen Middle School, where each child received a new tablet and a pair of sneakers, in hopes of putting them on the “path” to excel.BSO also passed out holiday meals to over 200 families. Each box included a ham, sweet potatoes and apple pie.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Marketing Time to Play the Long Game
Take banner ads, for example, which run in rotations with multiple other advertisers on a Web site, effectively emulating the experience of a reader flipping through a magazine. Brilliant! (Stupid!)Convincing to Buy Takes Time, Not BannersFinally, though, CMOs and other marketing execs are cottoning onto the notion that using advertising to grab someone’s attention for a few seconds is probably going to be incompatible to selling products to people whose decision cycles may be measured over a somewhat longer period of time.This is especially true of b-to-b marketing, where customer-buying cycles are often measured in years. So while it may be relatively effective to use a short, punchy message for peddling dishwasher detergent to consumers, trying to do the same with the CTO of a broadcast network who is evaluating which million dollar MPEG-4 Part 2 video codec to purchase is going to be a waste of time and money. What customers like this want from their vendors is not an advertising message, but “information” And as a rule of thumb the amount of information they want increases in proportion to the amount of money they have to spend. And of course, this places the marketer in an entirely new role: that of “educator.”You can see evidence of this trend in the huge upswing in the number of white papers posted by marketers on trade sites, allowing companies to place in-depth educational materials right next to the articles that their customers are reading.And the trend reaches its apex with single-sponsor editorial sites, where the advertiser launches and runs its own Web publication, underwriting the edit content, surrounding it with its white papers and case studies, and positioning itself as the ultimate educator or authority.I’m currently running two such sites for billion dollar companies, and I see such a huge demand for single sponsor edit sites that this month I launched a company that does nothing but build these sites for advertisers. (In a sign of demand we pre-sold six more before we even launched.)Who wins in this new marketing market? Primarily, publishers of original content, who have the content know-how and user databases to quickly roll out edit sites for advertisers.Who loses? That’s easy. In the switch from advertising style to educational substance there won’t be much call for help from the advertising agencies.Stephen Saunders is the Managing Director of DEX (www.dexnation.com), a marketing services company specializing in the creation of online communities targeting any combination of industry, geography, or profession. As the world begins its long slow spin from one decade to the next, the spin (or marketing) industry also is undergoing a marked transformation-from “impact” to “information.” In the 20th century the focus of marketing was on advertising-specifically on making a short, sharp impression. Advertisers’ print creative had to pass the three second test-imparting as much positive information as possible before a potential customer quite literally turned the page.The Internet, of course, is different. And when the World Wide Web happened, everything in marketing *should* have changed. But it didn’t, and I blame the advertising agencies. As anyone who works at an agency will tell you, agency people know “everything.”But when confronted by a new medium, the Internet, about which they knew zilch, those agency types were uncomfortable giving up everything they knew about creating print ads, not to mention the fat fees associated with them, and instead opted to take the print model of advertising, with all it’s flaws, and force fit it onto the Web.
Gov Walker Signs Fuels Tax Increase
Alaska Governor Bill Walker has officially signed off on the state’s first tax increase in a decade.Download Audio:Walker signed the increase into law in a small public gathering on Saturday morning.The law places new taxes on wholesale refined fuel, including gasoline and heating oil but not aviation fuel or fuel used by the Alaska Marine Highway.The tax will fund the state Department of Environmental Conversation’s Spill Prevention and Response division, which cleans up about 2,000 spills of crude oil and refined fuel each year. The division is usually funded by oil revenue, but falling crude prices left it underfunded for the coming fiscal year.The bill passed the House by one vote.