first_imgLarge-scale violence has struck Haryana for the third time in three years. All these three incidents have taken place ever since ML Khattar was sworn in as chief minister of the state on October 26, 2014. At least 10 people had died in the Rampal case in November 2014 while 30 had lost their life in violence during the February 2016 Jat agitation in the state. Massive violence has followed the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Friday by a special Panchkula court, holding the Dera Sacha Sauda leader guilty of rape.The situation deteriorated soon after the conviction was announced and Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was taken into custody.There have been about 300 incidents of violence reported from across Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. So far, 31 people have died and about 250 have been injured in the violence which ensued after the court verdict.The Haryana government seems to have failed for the third consecutive time in assessing the situation while allowing the law and order situation to drift. The date for today’s hearing was known much in advance. Besides, there were proofs of Dera Sacha Sauda and Baba Ram Rahim galvanising supporters. They had even been posting their messages on the social media for the last few days.There were intelligence reports too fearing violence. But the Khattar government did not take adequate measures to ensure that violence did not erupt.The Haryana government could have imposed prohibitory orders in Sirsa, Panchkula and adjoining regions or areas of Dera Sacha Sauda’s influence. advertisementSecondly, the state government should not have allowed Baba Ram Rahim to travel from Dera Sacha Sauda’s headquarters in Sirsa to Panchkula as a hero. There were over 100 cars in Ram Rahim’s convoy. The government should not have allowed more than half a dozen vehicles, including those carrying Ram Rahim’s relatives, staff and security personnel, to accompany him. The remaining vehicles should have been detained. Third, the Khattar government should have called more security forces to man Sirsa and Panchkula. It should have made adequate arrangements in other cities as well. Unfortunately, Khattar apparently had not learned despite the two earlier incidents in which his government had to face major criticism following violence.The epicentre of violence in the wake of Baba Ram Rahim’s conviction has been Haryana. The violence, which started from the state, has spread to adjoining Punjab, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.Hence, a large part of the blame for the violence needs to be shared by the Khattar government.RAMPAL CASE In the Satlok ashram supremo Rampal’s case too, the Haryana government had ample time to make sufficient arrangements to take on the rogue self-declared godman.The Punjab and Haryana High Court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Rampal.Scores of Rampal’s followers including militia clashed with para-military forces and the Haryana Police killing 10 people in November 2014, just a month after Khattar government had been sworn in.Rampal’s followers resorted to firing, stone-pelting and hurling of acid and petrol bombs from within the ashram.There was a 30-hour standoff. In the end the security forces managed to arrest the controversial godman from his ashram.Security forces arrested at least 200 members of the militia that was guarding the Satlok Ashram.Three of Rampal’s key associates were also arrested. Those arrested included Rampal’s son and brother, besides Satlok Ashram spokesperson Raj Kapoor.About 70 Rampal followers, most of them his ‘private commandos’, who had indulged in violence, were arrested. According to reports, Home Minister Rajnath Singh was unhappy with the way the Khattar government had handled the issue. JAT AGITATION As many as 30 people were killed and property worth crores was damaged at many places in Haryana during the February 2016 Jat stir which had turned violent.Rohtak and some of its neighbouring districts, including Sonipat and Jhajjar, were the worst hit by the violence last year. Besides the loss of lives and damage to property – both private and public including roads, canals, railway stations, police stations – illegal felling of trees and violation of human rights took place in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Jind, Hisar, Kaithal and Bhiwani.The role of state government officials, including police and civil departments, came under the scanner as the government completely failed to stop the violence during the period.Mass rape and molestation cases were also reported in Sonipat district.The community had been agitating for according OBC status to them for several years. However, they targeted non-Jats for the first time.According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), the damage was to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore but other industry sources quoted a figure of Rs 34,000 crore.advertisementReportedly, 33 buses had been set on fire and 99 others were partially damaged. Out of 387 LPG companies, 185 are out of stock. More than 25 petrol pumps had been damaged.Chevrolet and Hyundai showrooms around Rohtak were burned down and in total, more than 200 cars that were in stock had been set on fire. The Munak Canal was also damaged. Here too the Khattar government was accused of mishandling the situation, failing to make a correct assessment of the situation and taking adequate measures in order to stop violence from taking place. Today, in the Ram Rahim case, Khattar has defended himself saying that the Haryana government had made complete arrangements but “the mob was really huge”. This argument is unlikely to be accepted by the Opposition and the people in general. In the days to come, it will not be a surprise if the Opposition demands Khattar’s resignation.Also ReadSecurity beefed, alert issued across Delhi, Punjab after Ram Rahim case verdictGurmeet Ram Rahim verdict aftermath: Blood sport erupts across 3 states in baba’s namelast_img read more

first_imgAfter his Condom-look and Super Mario avatar, we were convinced that there wasn’t anything really left for Ranveer Singh to pull off. But standing true to his reputation of being the Lady Gaga of B-town, he showed up dressed in a long skirt at a red carpet. From sheer surprise to unbridled appreciation, the reactions to his quirky outfit varied extensively, but what stayed with us was the charm he oozed even in a skirt.In his sexy, box-pleated skirt with white pinstripes, Ranveer looked just so dapper. Apart from how effortlessly stylish he looked in the skirt, we were in awe of how perfectly he styled it with a V-neck, semi-formal shirt with blue, patch details. Sprinkling a skosh of edge to his ensemble, he sported a thick beard and neatly parted greasy hair that really elevated the look.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ranveersingh Also Read: Ranveer Singh wore a skirt to this award function. We’re not kiddingWhile Ranveer made us believe that he’ll be the hottest man we’ll ever see in a skirt, the stunning Ayushmann Khurrana decided to change the way we looked at men dressed in skirts. The Vicky Donor star embodied elegance in his black, Nehru-collar jacket, which he teamed with an asymmetric, black skirt. Mr Khurrana made our jaws drops with how royal-yet-trendy he looked in this all-black attire with little, silver details on the jacket.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ayushmannk Also Read: It’s the perfect day to appreciate Ayushmann Khurrana’s beautiful fashion sensRecently, the actor known for his unconventional roles and acting skills, Irrfan Khan, joined the not-so-usual B-town men on the skirt bandwagon, but with a twist of his own. Donning a serene, white outfit, Irrfan embraced the idea of androgynous dressing and aced it too. The star was seen wearing a brilliant, ivory, ethnic jacket teamed with a flowy, A-line, pleated skirt.advertisement Though the A-line aspect of the outfit looked pretty much like an easy-breezy skirt, it was interesting how he teamed a pair of chudidaar bottoms with it that made it reflect the style of a kurta as well. Unlike the other two stars, Irrfan had more ethnicity about his unique attire, which he complemented with a pair of brown sandals, and looked so spruce.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ishabhansali While these stars are donning skirts with different flavours to their looks, it’s the progressive idea of androgynous-dressing seeping into the industry that is making us proud.last_img read more

first_img 4D Systems demonstrated it’s wide portfolio of HMI display modules and Workshop4 IDE software at Embedded World 2018. Here, Markku Riihonen talks about the new factory the company has just opened in the Philippines and the latest series of modules for the Raspberry Pi family that were launched at the show.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Best practices for safer systemsNext iC-Haus: high-resolution absolute encoder iCs for nonius interpolationlast_img

first_imgMumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Thursday announced the signing of former England cricketer Steffan Jones as it’s fast bowling coach for the upcoming 12th edition of the cash-rich league.Jones, who was regarded highly as a fast bowler playing for several counties in a career spanning 14 years, has worked with the likes of Stuart Broad and Dan Christian during his short coaching stint with Big Bash League’s team Hobart Hurricanes last year. Commenting on his appointment, Jones said: “It is a privilege for me to get this role and work with one of the best T20 teams in the world. Rajasthan Royals have a great culture of unearthing new talent and developing its cricketers which I am excited to be a part of.””I am really looking forward to this opportunity to work with an extremely talented group of fast bowlers,” the 44-year-old added.Meanwhile, Royals’ Head of Cricket Zubin Bharucha said: “Jones thinks differently, and that is what we love at the Royals. His research into other sports is extremely interesting and his data and sports science focus meant he was a perfect fit for RR.””Steffan brings in a fresh perspective to the art of fast bowling and we are excited to have him at Rajasthan Royals,”Bharucha said.Starting his first class career in 1997, Jones represented English counties like Somerset, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Kent, bagging 387 wickets in 148 matches at an average of 36.87. He has 10 five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul.Jones has coached at Derbyshire and Somerset and is currently director of Sports Performance and Wellbeing at Wellington School in Somerset. He was also a part-time scout for Surrey. –IANSkk/bgadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe punishment handed Shannon Gabriel for a gay slur directed at Joe Root was a little harsh, says former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop, who at the same time acknowledged the fast bowler erred in his choice of words directed at the England captain.Gabriel was suspended for the West Indies’ four upcoming one day internationals by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after his verbal altercation with Root during the third Test in St. Lucia on Monday.The bowler said to Root: “Why are you smiling at me? Do you like boys?”To which Root replied: “Don’t use that as an insult, there is nothing wrong with being gay.”Root’s reply has been widely praised, and Gabriel has since apologised. Bishop has no doubt it was a sincere apology.”I find the punishment a little on the harsh side,” Bishop said in a telephone interview with Reuters.”I know Shannon. He is a good, good guy.”The question he posed, in the current cultural climate, he should not have said it, and down the road he will realise you can’t say something like that because it could be perceived as a bias against a certain group.”As a player, Bishop took 161 wickets in 43 Tests at an average of 24.27 between 1989-98.Now a widely respected television commentator in the Caribbean, the Trinidadian acknowledged that players had to be mindful that what not so long ago might have been passed off as a typical piece of on-field sledging was no longer fair game.advertisementBishop says that instead of suspending Gabriel, greater benefit would have been achieved had officials had a quiet talk to educate and sensitive the player, along the lines of:”Look, we see you may not have meant great harm, but many of our players and stakeholders and people make their life choices to live by their own philosophy and that’s their right.”We feel it’s not what we want to be seen or heard and prefer more sensitivity towards others.”Bishop hopes the poorly-chosen remark does not blight Gabriel’s reputation.”I will stand by his side and say he is not the demon person some have made him to be,” he said of Gabriel.”One scenario should not define who he is growing into as a person.”Also Watch:last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kevin Keen delighted to be back with West Hamby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKevin Keen is delighted to be back with West Ham.The former midfielder is West Ham U18s lead coach.“It’s great to be back,” said Keen to the club’s website.“It’s been fantastic to go back to Chadwell Heath and see the new training ground – I’d not been back here for seven years. There’ve been amazing changes – what facilities for the players to play on.“It’s a completely different environment now. We had a lot of portacabins, and everyone was more or less on that site. All of a sudden, we’ve got an environment, a building, that’s just for the U18s and younger, and it’s absolutely amazing.” last_img read more

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2019 recruiting cycle is set to come to an end within the next few weeks as the country’s top high school football players decide where they want to play their collegiate football.With the end of the recruiting cycle in sight, SB Nation took a look back at the 2019 recruiting class and broke down where the top talent comes from. Not surprisingly, California, Texas, Florida and Georgia were the heavyweights in terms of where the top high school talent plays.According to SB Nation, California and Texas both produced 48 blue chip (four and five star) recruits. While those two states produce a large amount of talent, there are schools on the other side of the spectrum.In fact, 12 states did not produce a single blue chip recruit.Alaska, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming all did not have a four or five star recruit from their ranks.California, Texas, Georgia and Florida combine for 47.5-percent of the country’s blue chip recruits. It’s easy to see why Kirby Smart and company have done a great job recruiting over the past few seasons.You can see a full breakdown of the blue chip recruits here.last_img read more

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 09:40 IST HIGHLIGHTSIf you’re looking for a beautiful looking phone under Rs 15,000, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the one for you.The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with Aura design or gradient finish.The Redmi Note 7 Pro will go on sale in India for the first time on March 13.Looking to buy an all-rounder (almost) smartphone under Rs 15,000 in India right now? Get the Redmi Note 7 Pro I’d written in my review of the phone. I have been using the Redmi Note 7 Pro as my primary device for the past few days and feel it is the most stylish, innovated and power-packed Note that Xiaomi has ever launched. In the past for Notes Xiaomi mostly focused on offering great performance and not a great design. With the Redmi Note 7 Pro this changes. The Redmi Note 7 Pro looks stunning, feels premium, offers good performance and clicks detailed pictures with spot-on colours.So should you buy the Redmi Note 7 Pro for Rs 13,990 in India right now? Read our review to find that out. Now if you have time constraints let me summarise the review in five points and help you make a quick decision.–If you’re looking for a beautiful looking phone under Rs 15,000, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the one for you. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with Aura design or gradient finish. Most phones nowadays come with gradient finish but with Redmi Note 7 Pro Xiaomi has gone a notch higher. For the Redmi Note 7 Pro Xiaomi has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both front and back side which not only makes the phone feel premium in the hands and adds up to the aesthetics but also makes the handset sturdier.–As I also mentioned in the full review of the phone, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the best camera phone available under Rs 15,000 in India right now. The Redmi Note 7 Pro includes a main 48-megapixel primary camera with Sony IMX586 sensor and a 5-megapixel for portrait shots on the rear panel. On the front the phone includes a 13-megapixel sensor. Overall the Redmi Note 7 Pro clicks some stunning pictures with good details and colours. The phone also manages to click great portrait shots. For low-light the Nightscape mode does wonders. The phone also clicks amazing selfies with great details.advertisement –Display is one area where I feel competition (Samsung Galaxy M30) gets it right. The Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a big 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS LCD display which works fine in indoors but in outdoor you will need to keep the brightness to maximum which will eat up a lot of battery. One of the best bits about the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the USB Type C support. Finally.–The Redmi Note 7 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 675 chipset which so far we have seen on some of the expensive phones. The Xiaomi phone manages to handle the day-to-day usage very well and also runs basic games like Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2 pretty smoothly. For me, the phone showed signs of stutters while playing PUGB at high-graphics setting but that I believe is possible is due to the beta MIUI 10 software that my review unit is running. It is possibly because of the beta software that the battery didn’t last as such as I expected it to be.–More than the design and the overall performance I loved how aggressively Xiaomi has priced the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India. The phone comes in two variants in India – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage for Rs 13,999 and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage for Rs 16,999. The Redmi Note 7 Pro will go on sale in India for the first time on March 13 and you can grab the phone from, Mi Homes or Flipkart.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro review: Stylish Redmi with a cool cameraALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7 quick review: Beautiful looks, superb hardware at killer priceGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow RedmiFollow android Redmi Note 7 Pro review: 5 important things you should know about the new Note before buyingAs I also mentioned in the full review of the phone, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the best camera phone available under Rs 15,000 in India right now.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_imgOffering over 35 magical Insight Experiences including new adventures to Yosemite National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial and Anchorage New York, N.Y. June 4, 2019 – Insight Vacations, the leader in premium escorted journeys, is thrilled to launch its brand new 2020 USA & Canada Premium Escorted Journeys collection that includes Western USA, national parks, the East coast, fall foliage, Alaska and the Canadian Rockies. These 16 elegant and easy adventures, including one new itinerary, are crafted to offer clients the best of North America’s breath-taking landscapes, historic landmarks, and vibrant cultures. Offering a hand-picked collection of over 35+ unique Insight Experiences from meeting a Naturalist Guide during New Hampshire’s fall foliage to embarking on a Blue River Safari along the scenic Grizzly Bear Valley. Also new for 2020 is “Insight Choice” enabling clients to choose between two included Insight Experiences on days when they are given an Insight Choice– such as in Seattle, where they can choose between an excursion of the Space Needle or the famous Chihuly garden and glass exhibit featuring artist, Dale Chihuly’s spectacular creations. “I would like to personally invite you to embark on a trip unlike any other.  At Insight Vacations, we are best judged by the reaction our guests have when experiencing our incredible trips in an intimate and immersive fashion,” said president of Insight Vacations, Jon Grutzner. “Our trips in the America’s allow our guests to connect with the people and place in an authentic and fun way. Desert Escapes of California & Arizona is the perfect getaway to America’s sunny Southwest. The Best of Eastern Canadafeatures one of my favorite regions of North America with new culinary experiences that capture the flavor of world-renowned foodie cites of Montreal, Boston and New York.  Allow us to show you North America in style.” Guests can view the full collection of these 16 itineraries including the following new premium journey and five new magical Insight Experiences:   New – Desert Escapes of California & Arizona Premium Journey (8-days) This brand-new 8-day adventure explores America’s scenic desert lands from the Golden State to Arizona. Guests will discover Southwestern flavors with this region’s stunning terrains and majestic national parks. While in Palm Springs they will experience an exclusive Insight Experience with a history and architecture expert for a mid-century architectural tour. In Scottsdale, guests will select between a small group excursion of the Old Town on golf carts or join a gathering with local artisans at the Cattle Truck artists compound. Onwards to Tucson, they will enjoy a stargazing Insight Experience and meet knowledgeable astronomers who will bring a mobile observatory equipped with large telescope to their resort. Five Exciting New Insight Experiences: Crazy Horse Memorial – Black Hills, South Dakota Guests will discover at the Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain carving with an elevation of 6,532 feet above sea level. The memorial is dedicated to all Native Americans. The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation was created to preserve and protect the living heritage, tradition and culture of the North American Indigenous people. Insight Vacations guests will enjoy exclusive access that is not available to independent travellers. Yosemite National Park – Mariposa County, California Guests will join a park ranger and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s extraordinary beauty and vast wilderness on a private tour of the park’s valley floor where they will learn about the local fauna, flora and history. They will marvel at the ancient Giant Sequoias, glaciers and thousands of waterfalls. Ice Cream Demonstration – Anchorage, Alaska Alaska’s First People introduces Insight guests to Agutak (Inuit Ice Cream) in an exclusive demonstration at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center and museum. They will learn how this culinary treat creates a link to the history and cultural heritage of Alaska’s Indigenous People. Meet Abegweit Mi’Kmaw Local – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Guests will have the pleasure in meeting a local Knowledge Keeper from the Abegweit Mi’Kmaw Nation and learn about the Seven Sacred Teachings. The teachings involve all aspects of intellectual development, physical, spiritual, and emotional enabling clients to develop a deeper understanding of the indigenous communities. Canadian Cooking Demonstration – Ottawa, Ontario Guests will enhance their culinary skills at C’est Bon with a hands-on cooking demonstration in their state-of-the-art kitchen facilities close to the famous ByWard Market. They will learn about local Canadian cuisine with ingredients including maple sugar, haskaps, Labrador tea and wild flowers. This exclusive Insight Experience will include a delectable three-course dinner with wine.  About Insight Vacations As a global leader in premium guided vacations, Insight Vacations® has been crafting magical journeys that embody The Art of Traveling in Style™ for 40 years. Through meticulous planning, detailed preparation and boundless passion, Insight’s collection of award-winning itineraries showcase the most outstanding destinations and curated experiences in Europe and North America. Guided by a highly skilled Travel Director, guests can look forward to traveling in smaller groups, savoring authentic dining and enjoying a range of immersive Insight Experiences. To find out more, visit  About The TreadRight Foundation Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to help safeguard the planet, wildlife & people for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported over 50 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. The Foundation’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism through conservation, leadership and support for communities. The Foundation’s priorities are set by the Steering Committee. Past project partners include WWF, Conservation International, WildAid, The Travel Foundation and The National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include supporting various women’s social enterprises, the recently announced Wildlife Conservation Society’s Big Cat fund, and working with inspiring nature advocates like Céline Cousteau, Costas Christ and Terri Irwin. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at and follow us on Facebook,Instagram, and Twitter using our hashtag #MakeTravelMatter.last_img read more

first_img The mission is seeking to learn more about the structure and processes of the agency. Story Highlights Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa, Her Excellency Norma Taylor Roberts, says it is to Jamaica’s credit that the Botswana government is seeking to integrate aspects of the island’s information system into the African country’s communications framework.“I am very happy that…Botswana has chosen Jamaica to benchmark their information services. It means that we are doing something good that another country can wish to pattern their information system off ours,” she told JIS News recently.For the past week, a five-member Botswana delegation has been in the island for a communication benchmarking visit with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). The mission is seeking to learn more about the structure and processes of the agency and how it goes about disseminating Government information to its various publics. The delegation leaves the country on September 23.“The Botswana information system is located in the office of the presidency, so I think it is an honour for Jamaica to have been chosen and I really hope that this…will be a mutually beneficial exercise because in all areas, at all times, we can learn from each other and I hope it will be a very fruitful and productive encounter for both sides,” the High Commissioner said.Jamaica is accredited to 19 countries in Southern and Eastern Africa, including Botswana, to which Mrs. Taylor Roberts presented her credentials last week.Mrs. Taylor Roberts, who is based in Pretoria, is the second head of mission to South Africa since it was established in 2006. She noted that both countries have had a very close and historical political relationship through the anti-apartheid struggle, noting that the initial co-operation was essentially in the area of culture.“So, our objective now and our focus is trying to build the relations from just being the cultural and the emotional aspect to having a sustained programme of co-operation in trade, investment, tourism and as well as culture especially in the  creative industries area,” she stated.The delegation from Botswana includes Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of State President, Botswana, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo; Director, Information Services Department, Russ Molosiwa; Managing Editor, Botswana Daily News, Charmaine Revaka; Chief Information Officer, Daphne Motsakae; and Radio Manager, Keitirile Mathapi. They got an opportunity to visit the JIS’ Television department as well as tour the Editorial, Radio, and Public Relations sections at the head office at Half-Way Tree Road.The group also got to see firsthand, how the JIS interacts with the public relations officers in government through a special meeting of government communicators hosted by Minister of Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer. In addition, they interacted with mainstream media at a luncheon.The delegation also called on the Permanent Secretaries in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade – Ms. Onika Miller and Ambassador Paul Robotham, respectively. They also toured the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC), CARIMAC and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ). The group also got to see firsthand, how the JIS interacts with the public relations officers in government. Jamaica is accredited to 19 countries in Southern and Eastern Africa, including Botswana.last_img read more

first_imgBarnes & Noble, Inc., the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that El Dorado High School in El Paso, Texas, is the winner of the exclusive “Get Going Day with Chelsea Clinton” contest.The contest ran as part of Fall Educator Appreciation Days at Barnes & Noble and El Dorado High School won with a unique idea to partner with The Humane Society of El Paso, the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition and the Make-A-Wish Foundation to do a beautification and clean-up project around the city. The school will be visited by Chelsea Clinton on April 7 to celebrate their national accolade. The school will also receive a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.“Barnes & Noble received submissions for the exclusive ‘Get Going Day with Chelsea Clinton’ contest from schools all over the country, and they were all truly commendable and worthy ideas that we hope move ahead,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Vice President of Business Development at Barnes & Noble. “We want to congratulate El Dorado High School for their amazing idea and we know they’ll be so excited to get a visit from Chelsea Clinton. Creating unique classroom and school opportunities like this is an important part of Barnes & Noble’s ongoing commitment to the educator community and we look forward to similar initiatives in the future.”During 2015’s Fall Educator Appreciation Days, as part of the workshop, educators could enter Barnes & Noble’s exclusive “Get Going Day with Chelsea Clinton” contest for the opportunity to have Chelsea Clinton visit their classroom, school or local community. To enter, educators were asked to use the knowledge taken from the workshop to work with their fellow teachers and students to develop a proposal to make a positive change in their local community.El Dorado High School in El Paso, led by art teacher Candace Printz, came up with an idea for a campaign to combat trash and pollution in their city. The proposed plan involves a partnership with community groups to help collect the trash and sort it. Once it’s sorted, students from the school will work with local artists to design and create their own individual art work out of the “junk.” The best art pieces will then be displayed in local art galleries to highlight the project and instill a sense of pride in the city. As part of the proposed project, the artwork will also be available to buy with proceeds going to the community groups who helped collect the trash to begin with, including the Humane Society of El Paso, the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.The El Dorado High School project is one of many great ideas submitted from across the country. Other notable submissions include a plan from Minnetonka Middle School East in Minnesota to host a charity walk to raise money to build wells for drinking water in Haiti, and an idea from Sylmar High School in California to raise awareness of gender equality issues in their local community.Barnes & Noble will celebrate Spring Educator Appreciation Days from April 9-17. Stores nationwide and Barnes & will offer pre-K-12 public, private and homeschool educators and administrators special discounts, events, sweepstakes and giveaways during this time.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — A panel at the Ontario Securities Commission has approved a $30-million settlement with Katanga Mining over the company’s misleading statements and its failure to properly disclose the risks of operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Katanga, majority owned by Swiss mining giant Glencore Plc, says as part of the settlement it will make a $28.5-million payment, reimburse the commission $1.5 million for costs and submit to an independent consultant review of its reporting procedures.The company agreed in the settlement that it misstated its financial position and the results of its operations, failed to maintain adequate disclosure controls and failed to disclose material weaknesses in internal controls.The settlement also states that some current and former Katanga directors and officers allowed the conduct and acted in a manner contrary to the public interest.Company chief executive Johnny Blizzard, who has served in the role since 2015, has agreed to resign as part of the settlement.Katanga also agreed that it failed to describe the heightened public sector corruption risk in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the risks associated with its reliance on associates of Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler, who had close connections with the country’s regime.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

9 May 2008Djibouti has become the first country to launch a joint programme by United Nations agencies to move more quickly to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM). The joint programme, run by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), is to begin in a country where nine out of every ten females has undergone the harmful practice.Djibouti’s First Lady, Kadra Mahamoud Haïd, who officially launched the programme yesterday, said that it was “a route towards social progress, a tool to fulfil basic human rights, especially on integrity and dignity for girls and women.” She also noted that, since FGM is gender-based violence, the Government of Djibouti, “has set up legal and institutional mechanisms to eradicate the violence.”A World Health Organization (WHO) study in six African countries found that women who have undergone FGM face significantly higher risks of extensive bleeding, prolonged labour and death when giving birth.UNICEF estimates that around 3 million girls are at risk of FGM every year. Speaking on behalf of the UN, Margaret Thuo said that “every community desires to live in dignity and with security,” but added that this is not possible when the human rights of one segment of society are denied.Djibouti’s Minister of Women’s Promotion, Family Welfare and Social Affairs, Nimo Boulhan, said, “whatever the justifications are, we need to address this problem and stop subjecting girls and women to unnecessary suffering.”The UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme and Trust Fund to accelerate the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting aims to build partnerships with Government, donors, foundations, the media and religious leaders. read more

Media reports state that dozens of people may have been killed over the past week in Homs, one of the towns and cities in Syria where tensions have been strongest between demonstrators and security forces.Syria has been swept by deadly unrest this year as part of the broader movement for greater freedom across North Africa and the Middle East, and Mr. Ban and other senior UN officials have repeatedly expressed concern about the way that Syrian authorities have cracked down on the protesters.In a statement issued by his spokesperson today, Mr. Ban “reiterates his call for a credible and inclusive dialogue, which should be carried out without delay and be part of a broad and genuine reform effort.“The mass arrests of protesters are not consistent with serious reform, and should stop,” the statement added, noting that Mr. Ban is also urging Syria’s President Bashar Assad to provide a concrete response to the immediate grievances and longer-term concerns of ordinary Syrians.The statement also stressed that Mr. Ban is urging authorities to allow humanitarian access to areas affected by the violence and to facilitate the visit of a fact-finding mission with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 20 July 2011Voicing deep concern at the escalating violence against peaceful protesters in Syria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the country’s authorities “to stop repression immediately” and urged all sides to refrain from violence. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Halliburton earns $679 million in 2Q, decline of 8 per cent, but beats Wall Street projections HOUSTON – Halliburton’s second-quarter profit dropped 8 per cent, hurt by a decline in North American revenue, but it edged out Wall Street expectations and shares edged higher in premarket trading Monday.Halliburton helps other companies produce oil and natural gas both offshore and on land. In the last several quarters, domestic oil drilling has hit levels not seen in more than two decades, but a glut of natural gas has hurt that side of the energy business.Its stock has risen sharply this year on growth in international revenue and expectations of more drilling and better pricing and profit margins in North America.Halliburton’s growth has slowed sharply in the last four quarters, but it hopes that higher U.S. natural gas prices will help it boost revenue again.The Houston company is also trying to put the Gulf of Mexico oil spill behind it. Halliburton provided well-cementing services for the BP PLC drilling rig that exploded in April 2010, and money set aside to cover lawsuits from the incident pushed Halliburton to a net loss in the first quarter. Halliburton has been negotiating to settle those claims.For the quarter ended June 30, Halliburton’s net income totalled $679 million, or 73 cents per share. A year ago, earnings were $737 million, or 79 cents per share.Analysts had been expecting 72 cents per share, according to FactSet.Overall revenue edged up 1 per cent to $7.32 billion from $7.23 billion a year ago, also topping expectations despite an 8 per cent revenue slide in North America. Total revenue, even with the decline in North America, was an all-time best for the second quarter.Halliburton faces growing competition in a contentious part of its business: hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” which is the process of using chemicals and water under high pressure to crack open rock formations and release oil and natural gas. The technique has helped spur production in shale deposits but has come under fire from environmentalists, who charge that it threatens underground water supplies.Halliburton moved to defuse some of that criticism last week by striking a deal with Nuverra Environmental Solutions Inc. to develop ways to increase the use of recycled wastewater.And on Friday a landmark federal study showed no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process had contaminated drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site. Although the study is ongoing and the results are still preliminary, it was the first independent look at whether toxic chemicals used in fracking pose a threat to people during normal drilling operations.Shares of Halliburton Co. rose 2 cents to $45.85 before the opening bell. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2013 7:51 am MDT read more

Wrapping up a recent visit to Mali, Suliman Baldo said that despite the authorities’ laudable efforts in the fight against impunity for the crimes alleged against former military junta in the south, the justice system faced enormous difficulties in prosecuting alleged perpetrators of serious crimes committed by armed groups during the occupation of the north and abuses committed by some elements of the national forces during efforts to liberate that part of the territory.The Government is seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists.The UN Security Council last April authorized the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) to assist the authorities in their efforts, with support from the French security mission in Mali, known as Serval.Having visited the country from 17 to 26 February, Mr. Baldo explained in a press release from the UN human rights office (OHCHR) that the distance between the courts in charge of the files on the north, based in the capital, Bamako, and victims and the places where the crimes were committed “is a major obstacle to the Malian justice.”“Many crimes remain unpunished therefore,” he said, adding that members of armed groups or suspected collaborators arrested in the north of the country are being held for long periods beyond the statutory period without trial, because of the lack of resources for the organization of investigations into the incidents that took place in the north.Mr. Baldo encouraged the Malian authorities to formulate a strategy to expedite investigations in the north by setting up a special investigation unit and mobile counseling centers for witnesses and victims.“It is up to the Government to develop a vision to cope with the failure of Malian justice and mobilize technical partners for logistics, security and financial support,” he said, adding that it is also vital that judges and police officers be deployed in places where the crimes were committed.The expert called MINUSMA and the international community to assist the Government in supporting judges and their teams so that they can effectively conduct investigations on the ground, providing them with the materials, logistics and substantial resources and the protection necessary to visit the sites and locations where products are possible violations.During his ten-day visit , Mr. Baldo met with senior Government representatives , including the Minister of Justice , Minister of national reconciliation and development of the northern regions , the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation international , the Minister of Labour and Social and humanitarian Affairs, and the Minister of National Education.The independent expert also met with the Attorney General, the General Staff of the armies of Mali, the President of the National Commission on Human Rights, representatives of civil society, religious leaders, the diplomatic corps and agencies of the United Nations.He also visited detention centers in Bamako and visited Gao in the north, and Mauritania to meet victims’ associations and north of Malian refugees.The Independent Expert will present a report on the situation of human rights in Mali 26 March 2014 the UN Human Rights Council. read more

Caterpillar’s Building Construction Products Division has announced it is to invest £50m in its UK manufacturing facilities for new products and expanded production facilities in Leicestershire and Stoke-on-Tees.The news follows Caterpillar’s recent announcement to create 300 new permanent jobs across the East Midlands and North East UK regions, generating new supply chain possibilities for local engineering and manufacturing companies that supply components to Caterpillar.Commenting on the announcement Baljinder Sanghera, Managing Director of Leicester-based firm Kaby Engineering, said, “Kaby has been a supplier to Caterpillar for 33 years and with this new growth the future looks very bright for everyone here in Leicester”. He added, “Kaby has been working very closely with Caterpillar in strengthening the supply chain right from initial design of the product to delivery at the assembly line and removing waste throughout the whole process.”Business Minister, Mark Prisk MP said, “The news of the £50m investment, along with the recent creation of 300 permanent jobs is excellent for the East Midlands and the North East. This is a real vote of confidence in UK manufacturing and in our capabilities in construction equipment innovation and production. It’s manufacturers like Caterpillar and their UK supply chain that will help us rebalance the economy, create jobs and encourage sustainable economic growth that benefits the whole country.”Robert Droogleever, General Manager of Caterpillar’s Global Backhoe Loader Business, said, “This investment is the most recent example of the Company’s on-going strategy to invest in its UK operations to support customer demand in the long-term,” said. “Our UK workforce has demonstrated that they have the capability to design and assemble world-class products in Desford and Stockton to the benefit of the regional economies in which we operate and, with more than 90% of our products being exported, to send a strong signal about the ability of UK-based manufacturers to be globally competitive.”Caterpillar’s UK manufacturing facilities employ more than 2,000 people and since 2010 has increased its labour resource in the UK by more than 70%.To find out the latest news on investment within UK automotive, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

The only task 49ers Tarell Brown had to complete was working out with his team: lift some weights, run some sprints, go through some drills. With the workout program complete, the San Francisco 49ers would have had to pay the starting cornerback $2 million extra in base salary, thanks to a clause in his contract.But he didn’t do that, and the blame falls on his agent Brian Overstreet.Overstreet never informed his client that to receive the $2 million, he was contractually obligated to work out with the Niners during their offseason program. So because Brown didn’t honor his contract, he forfeits the money and instead will make  $925,000.Brown, understandably upset, swiftly fired the agent.

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A working breakfast for consuls general of the member states of the European Union was held last Friday at the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney, in presence of the newly appointed Ambassador-designate and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Australia and to New Zealand, His Exelence Mr Sem Fabrizi.The exchange of views between Mr Fabrizi and Consuls General focused on bilateral economic relations of European Union with Australia, the strengthening of trade and promotion of the image of the European Union in the Australian media.At the working breakfast at Greece consulate in Sydney, discussed were also issues such as the prospect of initiatives and activities to promote European culture and heritage, utilizing the network and diverse possibilities of numerous ethnic communities of the EU member states in Australian society.last_img read more

first_imgFirefighters pulled a seriously injured driver from a rolled SUV Thursday afternoon on Interstate 5, near the 99th Street ramp, following a two-vehicle crash.The crash happened shortly after noon, Clark County Fire & District 6 spokesman David Schmitke said, in the northbound lanes on the highway, about 400 feet north of the 99th Street on-ramp.How the crash occurred wasn’t yet clear, but Schmitke said a driver in one vehicle involved was unhurt, while the other needed to be cut from a tan Chevy Blazer.The Blazer driver suffered potentially critical injuries, Schmitke said.The Washington State Patrol was investigating the crash.last_img