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NRI Doctor’s No-donation Campaign Against AAP

first_imgA former AAP volunteer and Chicago-based doctor has accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other party leaders of diverting donations meant to be used for Punjab elections. Related Itemslast_img

Paris Masters: Dominic Thiem Grinds Out Win Over Milos Raina, Stefanos Tsitsipas Through

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. ATP Tourdominic thiemMilos RaonicParis Masters First Published: October 30, 2019, 10:41 PM IST Paris: Dominic Thiem booked his spot in the Paris Masters third round on Wednesday by edging out Milos Raonic in a marathon encounter, while Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas also progressed.Fifth seed Thiem had to dig deep to get past Raonic 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-4 as the Canadian powered down 30 aces in a thunderous serving display. But Thiem, who has lost the last two French Open finals to Rafael Nadal across Paris at Roland Garros, saved nine of 10 break points to stay with his opponent before clinching the crucial breakthrough in game nine of the deciding set.”It was unbelievable today, his serve,” admitted the Austrian after winning in two hours and 38 minutes.”He served almost all his serves between 205 (kph) and 230. When you have your chances you feel under so much pressure because you know you won’t have many.”That’s just TOO GOOD.Sensational skills from @ThiemDomi 🙌🎥: @TennisTV | @RolexPMasters pic.twitter.com/20JEUUChGh— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 30, 2019 Thiem, who reached the semi-finals at Bercy last year, will face either Belgian 12th seed David Goffin or Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the last 16.”The draw is unreal, only top players,” he added. “It was already for me a horrible draw in this round and it won’t get any easier from here.”World number seven Tsitsipas continued his return to form with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over American Taylor Fritz.The 21-year-old Tsitsipas struggled following the end of the clay-court season, but has since recovered and arrived in Paris having reached at least the semi-finals in each of his previous three events.When you love your own work 😂🎥: @TennisTV | @Taylor_Fritz97 | #RolexParisMasters pic.twitter.com/QMhxmHOcv0— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 30, 2019 He claimed a tight opening set in a tie-break before cruising through the second to book a clash with either ninth seed Roberto Bautista Agut or in-form Australian teenager Alex de Minaur.Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov saw off Monte Carlo Masters winner Fabio Fognini 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to set up a third-round clash with sixth seed Alexander Zverev.The 20-year-old Shapovalov has already reached three Masters semi-finals in his career, including at Miami earlier this year, while the defeat ends Fognini’s chances of qualifying for next month’s ATP Tour Finals in London.Chile’s Cristian Garin edged out former runner-up John Isner 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) and will next face Jeremy Chardy after the Frenchman’s shock win over world number four Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday.Later on Wednesday, top seed Novak Djokovic will start his bid for a record-extending fifth Bercy title against French lucky loser Corentin Moutet, before Rafael Nadal takes on wildcard Adrian Mannarino. last_img read more

Katrina finds Indira Gandhi, Serena Williams inspirational

first_imgMumbai, Mar 29 (PTI) Actress Katrina Kaif finds former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and ace tennis player Serena Williams inspirational for the work they have done in their respective careers.”I find Indira Gandhi, Serena Williams inspirational because they left a mark in the fields that have been primarily dominated by men,” Katrina told reporters at a function here last night.In her acting career, the “Dhoom 3″ actress has tasted both success and failure. She is often regarded as one of the most hardworking actresses.”As women we can go through moments of insecurities, uncertainties, of not knowing what our place is or what we want to do in our lives. However we are, and whatever we are, that is enough,” she said.According to the “Rajneeti” actress, one should always be helpful towards others.”We should believe in ourselves and never forget to try and help others. Helping others is usually the last thing on everyones mind, but one should help those who are in need,” she said.Katrina also spoke about the importance of imparting education to create gender equality.”Education will change gender bias. It is the way forward. It will change peoples mindsets. I think the biggest change we can bring is through education. Knowledge is where we get our power from,” she said.Katrina was speaking at the LOreal Paris Women of Worth award function. Two other LOreal ambassadors Sonam Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were also present at the event to give away the awards.advertisementEight women from different fields were felicitated at the glittering ceremony. Suparna Gupta was given the Social Impact honour, the Science And Innovation the award went to Lalita Prasida Sripada Srisai.In the area of education, Safeena Husain was awarded, Pwilao Basumatary got award for her contribution towards sports, Ajaita Shah for environment, Neha Kirpal for Arts, Sreemoyi Piu Kundu for Literary contribution and Vani Kola for Business and Entrepreneurship.Ambassadors for the beauty major Katrina, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor were present to give away the awards. PTI KKP GK BKlast_img read more

Boxer Devendro Singh misses out on Rio Olympic berth

first_imgLaishram Devendro Singh’s dream of competing in the Rio Olympics came to an end after he lost in the semi-finals of the Light Flyweight (49kg) category at the World Qualifying Tournament here on Friday.Devendro put up a brave fight before going down 1-2 to Carmona Heredia Samuel of Spain. Devendro however became the third Indian to claim a bronze medal in the competition after Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Vikas Krishan Yadav (75kg).There were more disappointing news for Indians in the Light Heavyweight (81kg) division as Sumit Sangwan also saw his Olympic hopes being dashed. Sumit had lost to top seeded Russian Petr Khamukov in the quarter-finals. But he would have remained in contention for an Olympic berth if Khamulov had gone on to win the gold medal.But the Russian chose to give a walkover in the semi-finals, ending Sumit’s chances.Earlier, Vikas was declared medically unfit and had to concede his bout against Achilov Arslanbek of Turkmenistan while Manoj lost 0-3 to reigning European champion Pat McCormack of Britain.last_img read more

PSL: Petron sweeps F2 Logistics to kick off campaign

first_imgMOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Petron also avenged its loss to F2 Logistics during the final of the All Filipino Conference.Sisi Rondina topscored with 17 points and Aiza Pontillas produced 14 for the Blaze Spikers who missed top middle blocker Mika Reyes due to a knee injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40 PBA: KJ McDaniels show as TNT holds off Rain or Shine for 2-0 start LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines–Petron needed just three sets to turn back defending champion F2 Logistics, 25-22, 25-23, 25-18, Saturday night and jumpstart its bid in the Philippine Superliga Invitationals at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Blaze Spikers pounced on the lackluster performance of the Cargo Movers, who played without main gunner Kalei Mau who sat it out due to skin allergy.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive PLAY LIST 01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Adidas Creators Contest Day 25

first_imgWHAT IS THE ICONIC BOOT THAT ADIDAS ATHLETE DAVID BECKHAM WORE IN THE WORLD CUP 2006?Click here to answerWATCH CARNIBALL 2018, ONE QUESTION ON EACH MATCH DAYVIEWERS TO SEND IN THEIR ANSWERS AT indiatoday.in/sports/fifa-world-cup-2018SEND US YOUR ANSWERS ALONG WITH YOUR FULL NAME, ADDRESS & CONTACT NUMBERCONTEST FROM JUNE 14TH – 15TH JULY 2018, EACH DAY ONE WINNERWINNER WILL GET ADIDAS TELSTAR 18 FOOTBALLlast_img

10 months agoLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson still has 2013/14 frustrations

first_imgLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson still has 2013/14 frustrationsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson admits he still has regrets over their 2013/14 league title failure.Henderson was suspended for three crucial fixtures towards the end of the season.The skipper said, “I was disappointed not to play those last few games. That is something I have had to live with.“But things move on quickly and I try to use things like that as learning curves.“But we are years on here, a totally different squad of players and totally different scenario. I don’t like to look too far back into the past. All I’m focused on is to keep winning games for this football club, as much as we can, to be successful and to end up winning trophies.“I feel we’re ready now. We definitely have the potential to win trophies. But it’s up to us to go and do it on the pitch. I have every confidence with the talent that we’ve got and the people in the dressing room that we can go and produce trophies in the very near future and hopefully it’s this season.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Smith Rowe completes Leipzig loan

first_imgArsenal forward Emile Smith Rowe has joined RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the season.The 18-year-old has made six appearances for the Gunners this term, featuring four times in the Europa League and twice in the Carabao Cup, but has not yet played in the Premier League.Leipzig are currently fourth in the German top tier, and Smith Rowe could feature alongside highly rated 22-year-old striker Timo Werner.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He will link up with the Bundesliga outfit with the hope of more game time, following in the footsteps of fellow England youth international Jadon Sancho who has starred for Borussia Dortmund over the last two seasons.Sancho has earned a debut for the Three Lions’ senior squad against the USA having scored six times and notched nine assists in the league this term alone.We are delighted to announce the loan singing of @emilesmithrowe!The 18-year-old joins us on loan until the end of the season from @Arsenal and will wear the number 18 shirt.Welcome to Leipzig, Emile!🔴⚪ #DieRotenBullen pic.twitter.com/VSfLZNdNqv— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) January 31, 2019The former Manchester City academy player spoke out in December about how a move to the Bundesliga has benefitted his career and encouraged other young English players to play abroad.Callum Hudson-Odoi was also keen to force through a move to Germany after Chelsea received a £35 million ($45m) offer from Bayern Munich, who were reportedly eyeing the winger as a replacement for departing duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.However, Chelsea have refused to let the teenager leave despite him still being keen on a move to Bavaria.Smith Rowe’s deadline-day departure comes after Arsenal completed the loan signing of Denis Suarez until the end of the season.Midfielder Suarez, who links up with his former Sevilla boss Unai Emery, signed a new contract with Barcelona upon leaving for the Premier League, although Arsenal will have an option to make the move permanent this summer.The Gunners also announced today that right-back Hector Bellerin completed surgery in Spain after suffering ACL damage against Chelsea that ruled him out for up to nine months.last_img read more

Syracuse DB Tyrone Perkins Suffered A Gruesome Leg Injury

first_imga syracuse fan gets mad during a game against north carolina state<> at Carrier Dome on October 27, 2018 in Syracuse, New York.Syracuse football is ranked No. 19 in the country at the moment, but the start of the team’s game against Wake Forest hasn’t gone very well. The Orange have already given up a touchdown – and lost a player due to injury.Senior defensive back Tyrone Perkins, on a punt return following the first possession of the game, suffered what appeared to be a gruesome leg injury. Perkins was unable to extend his leg after the play.The ACC Network made the decision not to show replay of the injury. Perkins was later carted off the field after a long delay.It was a scary scene. Perkins slapped hands with his teammates on the way to the locker room after the injury.Tyrone Perkins is the injured Syracuse player. Both training staffs are attending to him. It’s a leg injury— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) November 3, 2018ACC Network chose not to show the replay of Perkins’ leg injury.— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) November 3, 2018????@CUSE #OrangeNation prayers going up for @CuseFootball DB Tyrone Perkins. #CUSE???? #SYR #WakeForest pic.twitter.com/z0uinxtmjX— Nicki Mayo (@nickimayonews) November 3, 2018Syracuse, with a 6-2 record on the year, is in the midst of its best season in a half-decade. But the Orange look like they have their hands full on Saturday.Update: Perkins has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation.Tyrone Perkins has already been taken locally to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center along with a member of the SU medical staff for further evaluation.— Brian Higgins (@BrianHigginsSU) November 3, 2018Wake Forest leads 7-0 after an early touchdown. We’ll keep you updated on Perkins’ status.last_img read more

Drivers of Public Transport Required to Wear Uniforms Come April 1

first_img  Mr. Montague suggested that this could entail owners and operators importing their own vehicles and parts, as well as establishing facilities to service their units.  Mr. Montague argued that the level of indiscipline plaguing the transportation system results, to a great extent, from several persons “who should not be in this sector” treating it as “a little hustle business”. Come April 1, all drivers in the public transportation system will be required to wear uniforms.This is the directive from Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, who says the stipulation will help to bring order and discipline to the sector.“We have an opportunity to change the face of this industry… we are moving to chart a new course. We are moving to make this industry garner the respect that it ought to get,” he said.The Minister was speaking at a Transport Stakeholders Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on February 7.Mr. Montague argued that the level of indiscipline plaguing the transportation system results, to a great extent, from several persons “who should not be in this sector” treating it as “a little hustle business”.“The public only sees the bad ones. We now have a responsibility to put the best foot forward,” he further contended.The Minister said he is “dreaming of a new sector”, where stakeholders consult each other and collectively work towards creating a system that is of first world standard, with courteous staff.“What I want… is for you the operators in the business to take more responsibility and [be in] charge of your [activities],” he said.Mr. Montague suggested that this could entail owners and operators importing their own vehicles and parts, as well as establishing facilities to service their units.He further proposed training for operators, conductors and drivers to improve service delivery.Mr. Montague said he is optimistic that the sector can be turned around by stakeholders who have earned the trust of their customers.“Every day, thousands of mothers hand their six, seven and eight year old children to the custody and care of a taxi or a bus operator,” he pointed out.In the meantime, Mr. Montague urged transport operators to explore opportunities to add greater value to their business and increase earnings.He suggested that they could offer their customers excursion services as well as Wi-Fi internet access which, he contended, would serve to attract more clients.Additionally, the Minister said operators could use their vehicles to display advertisements, and indicated that he is in discussion with the Transport Authority to establish a framework that facilitates this.“The average ride is about 15 minutes and you about four/five persons captive for that time. You can earn money out of that time,” Mr. Montague pointed out. He suggested that they could offer their customers excursion services as well as Wi-Fi internet access which, he contended, would serve to attract more clients. Story Highlightslast_img read more

FMC Releases Report on Congestion at U.S. Container Ports

first_imgzoom A staff report released by the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has identified cargo growth, investment constraints, the introduction of larger ships, and ocean carrier alliances as the major causes of congestion at the nation’s container ports.The report entitled ”U.S. Container Port Congestion & Related International Supply Chain Issues: Causes, Consequences & Challenges,”suggests that continued growth in U.S. international trade seems to be outpacing investment in new capacity at terminals and “last mile” connectors to ports. U.S. liner cargo could double in volume sometime between 2025 and 2029. Continued growth will further stress the operating limits at U.S. ports, terminals, connector roads, and other supply chain facilities, according to the report.Public funding sources are constrained by fiscal considerations. Traditional investors in ports and terminals are relinquishing their assets to new types of investors who are looking for full commercial returns on these investments. The report suggests that more investment is needed to meet expected future demand, and that public-private partnerships could be a possible partial solution to the shortage of public sector funding. Collaborative ventures with neighboring ports to maximize the impact of available resources are also suggested.Container yards need to be configured to accommodate the larger flow of containers coming from larger vessels, and to adjust the resources required to handle this greater volume to ensure containers are cleared out of the yard before it becomes congested, according to the report.Another major cause of congestion is formation of new alliances and larger alliances, which is increasing operational complexity within the terminals and is resulting in more movement of IPI containers among and between terminals within a port complex.The report suggests that a solution to this issue is greater coordination among the alliance members, including possible negotiation of joint terminal service agreements and re-examination of stowage and discharge procedures. Better communication among alliance members and chassis providers to allow chassis needs to be identified well in advance of vessel arrival, according to the report.“International trade relies on our nation’s ports, therefore port congestion is a paramount question at the international supply chain level, and is not a solely domestic concern,” FMC Chairman Mario Cordero said.”In July 2014, President Obama moved the Build America Investment initiative forward. Inclusive in the initiative was the need for investment in our ports. In line with the Administration, the Commission is committed to addressing the question of congestion at our vital port gateways. Infrastructure investment is at the core of the discussion, however, other factors must be addressed in the near term to ensure an efficient and reliable international ocean transportation system and the relevant supply chain.”last_img read more

Police hand out a few hefty fines for allegedly violating Cannabis Act

first_imgThe celebratory mood that marked the legalization of recreational cannabis lost a bit of its high for some consumers who found themselves with hefty fines for allegedly violating laws around pot use.Hours after people lined up outside Newfoundland cannabis stores to buy the first legal bud in Canada, police in St. John’s, N.L., say they ticketed a man accused of having more than 30 grams of weed in a public place without a licence.Police arrested the 41-year-old man following reports that he assaulted a woman. But they say at the time of the arrest they discovered he “had a quantity of cannabis” and was issued a summary offence ticket.Halifax district RCMP said they issued a $295 fine after officers spotted an open bag of government-supplied cannabis within the driver’s reach after he was pulled over for having expired plates at 2:30 a.m. Thursday in Dartmouth.“It was right in the centre console,” said Cpl. Dal Hutchinson.“They openly admitted that they knew they should have placed it elsewhere. On a positive note, there were no signs of impairment.”Halifax Regional Police said they laid one charge of impaired driving after pulling a vehicle over in the city’s west end just before 9 a.m. on Thursday.Police said the man appeared impaired by cannabis, but they are awaiting confirmation by the RCMP drug testing lab.The Ontario Provincial Police took to Twitter early Wednesday to post a photo of a $215 ticket given to someone who allegedly had a baggy of marijuana in their car, urging people not to indulge while in a vehicle.“Public safety is our commitment!! It is NOT OK for a driver to have marijuana beside them while operating a motor vehicle. Arrive alive, drive sober!!” OPP Central said on its Twitter feed.Winnipeg police also posted a picture on Twitter of a $672 ticket handed out to someone accused of consuming cannabis in a motor vehicle.Police say the ticket was issued early Wednesday morning, and they reminded people that while consuming cannabis is now legal, it is against the law to consume it in a car under the Highway Traffic Act.“So … this happened early this morning: A Consume Cannabis in a Motor Vehicle ticket was issued,” the force tweeted. “Just like alcohol, consuming cannabis is legal — and like alcohol, consuming it in your vehicle is **not**. #KnowYourRole.”A spokesman for the Halifax municipality said Wednesday that bylaw enforcement officers were handing out information pamphlets to people they saw smoking marijuana or tobacco outside designated areas.last_img read more

Annie Lennox Calls For Video Ratings System

first_imgAfter what singer and activist Annie Lennox called a “recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos”, she would like to see ratings attached to videos because she feels some have slipped into the realm of pornography.On her Facebook page she wrote, “There is absolutely nothing ‘wrong’ about our sexuality or sensuality per se – But if a performing artist has an audience of impressionable young fans and they want to present a soft porn video or highly sexualised live performance, then it needs to qualify as such and be X rated for adults only.” However else do you stop your kids being exposed to it?Lennox says she’s not opposed to freedom of expression or pushing boundaries, which she has been known to do herself on occasion, but the entertainment industry exists to make money and therefore cannot be relied upon to make and self-enforce age-appropriate boundaries.“Is it appropriate for seven-year-olds to be thrusting their pelvises like pole dancers?” asks Lennox. “I really don’t think so. Boundaries need to be put in place so that young kids aren’t barraged by market forces exploiting the ‘normalisation’ of explicit sex in under age entertainment.”Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

LinManuel Miranda Offers A Ham4All Shot At Attending Opening Night Of Hamilton

first_imgLin-Manuel Miranda and Prizeo, the online giving platform that democratizes giving for all income levels, announced today that they are offering the chance for one lucky fan to attend the eagerly anticipated opening night of the musical Hamilton in Los Angeles – Wednesday, August 16, 2017.Video: Win Opening Night at Hamilton L.A. as the Guest of Lin-Manuel MirandaBeginning today, Miranda is inviting fans to make a donation to the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition at prizeo.com/hamilton. For only $10, donors will receive 100 entries for the grand-prize opportunity to join the opening night celebration of Hamilton in Los Angeles on August 16, including two VIP tickets to the performance at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, two tickets to the star-studded after-party, a meet & greet and photo with Lin-Manuel, and roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for two.Lin-Manuel announced this campaign in a special video posted on Twitter.Fans are encouraged to add their voice and join the #Ham4All Challenge by sharing social posts of themselves singing their favorite song from Hamilton, then challenging friends to do the same.“My family and I are committed to raising money for important organizations which work tirelessly to protect, support, and advocate for immigrants, refugees, and asylees,” says Lin-Manuel Miranda. “I’m thrilled to continue my partnership with Prizeo and offer the chance for a lucky winner and their guest to join me at the opening of Hamilton in Los Angeles, while raising awareness and funds for the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition.”Launched during Immigrant Heritage Month, the Hamilton in Los Angeles campaign benefits the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition, a group of 12 immigrant rights organizations brought together by the Hispanic Federation. The coalition members advocate for fair and humane immigration reform and work throughout the United States to provide direct services to immigrants from around the globe, including legal representation, English language classes, and “Know Your Rights” education campaigns.“Hamilton captures the perseverance, ingenuity and work ethic of the immigrants who founded our great nation, and that spirit is still very much alive in the immigrants who call America home today,” said Hispanic Federation President José Calderón. “Our coalition is committed to providing all of our immigrants with the support and services they need to thrive and ultimately uplift communities, cities and towns throughout our nation. We are immensely grateful to Lin-Manuel, and the entire Miranda family, for their continued generosity and advocacy in protection of these families.”“We are so proud to be working again with Lin-Manuel Miranda,” adds Jan Friedlander Svendsen, CMO of Charity Network. “Together over the past year we have helped raise funds for a number of important organizations. In addition to his talent, Lin-Manuel’s example of activism and charitable support is an inspiration to us all.”The Hamilton in Los Angeles campaign runs from June 26 – July 31 at prizeo.com/hamilton.last_img read more

Growing number of internally displaced Yemenis returning to their homes – UN

The United Nations refugee agency today announced that it is seeing growing numbers of internally displaced people returning to their homes in southern Yemen – the first major fall in displacement there in 18 months. “Over the past four months, and working with the Yemeni authorities, we have helped more than 80,000 people go home, and further returns are on-going. This is the first significant displacement decline since May 2011 when fighting between government troops and militants erupted in the south of Yemen,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Adrian Edwards, told a news briefing in Geneva. “The decline in displacement follows the re-establishing of government authority in the southern province of Abyan in July,” he added. According to UNHCR, initially, returns were slow due to the widespread presence of landmines and unexploded ordinance, as well as extensive damage to infrastructure in several areas. In many cases, people also wanted to see more evidence of improvements in the security situation. “However, through de-mining efforts on the part of the Yemeni Government and other improvements in the security situation, more families are now making the decision to return,” Mr. Edwards said. The fall in the number of people displaced comes as Yemen undergoes a democratic transition, under the leadership of President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour, who came to power in an election in February. This followed the agreement signed by warring factions in November 2011 on a transitional settlement in the wake of widespread protests and violence, and the resignation of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Initial preparations have begun for the country to have a national dialogue conference, the outcome of which will feed into a constitution-making process that is to conclude in late 2013, enabling general elections to take place in February 2014. UNHCR noted that many of the returns have been from the port city of Aden, where of the 25,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were sheltering in schools and other public buildings there, some 23,500 have now returned to Abyan – this has allowed normal classroom teaching to resume, although schools still need repair work after having served as IDP collective sites for over a year. The 1,500 IDPs still living in Aden schools will be relocated into eight buildings. UNHCR, with the agreement of the Government of Yemen, is rehabilitating these eight buildings to serve as temporary accommodation. The Government has been covering transportation costs for people returning to Abyan, equivalent to around $70 per family. Security personnel are manning checkpoints along the route to ensure safe passage, and, in Abyan itself, UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies are providing further support. “As the lead international agency responding to IDP and returnee needs for shelter we have distributed shelter repair kits to some 32,000 persons, and non-food items packages to 33,000 persons,” Mr. Edwards said. “These packages include mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, plastic sheeting and tools.” He added that the agency plans to help 180,000 persons in Abyan with shelter and non-food relief kits, with current challenges including widespread damage to property and infrastructure, a still fragile security situation, and patchiness in provision of public services. “Continuing international support and stable security will be essential for returns to become sustainable, and particularly if internal displacement in southern Yemen is to be brought to an end during 2013,” Mr. Edwards said. In northern Yemen, more than 300,000 people are still displaced from a conflict that has been running on and off since 2004 between Yemeni Government forces and the so-called Al-Houthi group. Insecurity continues to hinder returns there, while tribal clashes earlier in 2012 generated over 6,000 new IDPs in the northern governorates, according to UNHCR, which also noted that despite the challenges it faces, Yemen remains one of the most generous refugee hosting countries with over 232,000 refugees, mainly Somalis. While 2011 saw a record new influx of 103,000 refugees and migrants, so far in 2012 there have been over 90,500 new arrivals, mainly Ethiopians, the refugee agency added. read more

UN releases 500000 for fuel purchase to address power outages in Gaza

“With power outages at 20 hours a day and emergency fuel supplies running out, basic services are grinding to a halt,” warned the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities, Robert Piper, in a news release. Concerned about the deteriorating energy situation in the Gaza Strip, he called for swift action from Israeli and Palestinian authorities and members of the international community to protect the provision of critical basic services to Gaza’s 1.9 million residents.According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, fuel to power back-up generators at seven out of 13 hospitals in Gaza is expected to run out within three days. Already, residents of high-rise buildings no longer receive regular water supply, due to lack of power for pumps to reach higher levels, and some 110 million litres of raw or poorly treated sewage is flowing into the Mediterranean Sea every day due to lack of energy to treat it.The allocation was approved by the oPt Humanitarian Fund, led by the Humanitarian Coordinator. read more

UK automotive sector is ripe for investment

UK automotive has attracted over £4bn of global automotive investment so far this year, securing long-term growth for the sector.Many investment announcements were specifically in low carbon technologies while several others were linked closely to the low and ultra-low carbon fields.UK automotive companies invest more than £1.5bn per year in R&D, creating the technology and product of tomorrow.This week, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has stepped-up its engagement with UK and international investors, setting out prime growth opportunities offered by the shift to a low carbon economy.Click the following link to jump straight to the on-demand web TV show below.Highlighting the cutting-edge technology and product R&D currently undertaken in the UK, and its potential to transform the global sector, SMMT, PwC and the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership yesterday presented to the UK’s investment community and industry leaders. Discussion focused on the how investors can get involved in the future of UK automotive and the significant role export-led manufacturing will play in driving economic growth towards a rebalanced economy.The event followed a wave of announcements from global OEMs committing long-term investment to UK plants and product development facilities. It aimed to raise awareness of the growing opportunities presented by niche vehicle manufacturers and low carbon component suppliers. Over the past 10 months, a host of companies have committed in excess of £4bn to UK automotive, demonstrating their confidence in the sector.“The UK is already a global focal point for low and ultra-low carbon technologies and the recent wave of investment announcements from major multinational brands is evidence of its strength and growth potential,” said SMMT Chief Executive, Paul Everitt. “The transition to a low carbon economy is a major opportunity for UK automotive companies whether it’s in developing or building components, vehicles or infrastructure. Investors committing to the sector now will reap the rewards that automotive companies are already experiencing from growing export demand across new and emerging markets.”SMMT’s new focus on investor engagement draws attention to the growth potential of a number of priority technology areas, identified by the Automotive Council, that could deliver significant return on investment. The technologies are energy storage and management, electric motors and power electronics, internal combustion engines, lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures, and intelligent mobility.It is these technologies, fuelled by R&D and investment that are expected to drive growth to new and developing export markets such as China, India and Russia. Automotive companies based in the UK have already committed billions of pounds to R&D, production facilities, new models and infrastructure. In addition, there is an industry-wide desire to source more materials locally, particularly components in high technology, low carbon and electric vehicle areas.Jamie Houghton, Transport Partner at PwC, added, “The low carbon vehicle sector is making significant progress in charging infrastructure, battery and vehicle development. Along with the clear resounding message from government that they are supportive of this area, the event also highlighted potential areas for  investment in UK organisations for what is an expanding global market. Government has made its emissions targets very clear and is stimulating demand through sustainability funding, the onus is on us all to deliver.”Earlier this year SMMT published a report titled Invest Now that set out the business case for investing in UK automotive and summarised the strength of UK automotive. In the report, the UK was shown to be ranked in the number one position in Business Monitor’s rankings of ‘Business Environment’, while it was considered that the shift to low carbon motoring placed the UK at the centre of global developments in R&D and engineering of these new technologies.Recent industry and government collaboration through the Automotive Council, has shaped policy to rebalance the economy away from services and towards manufacturing. Specific policies that promote stability, growth, simplified regulation, investment, skills and incentivising innovation are designed to boost existing manufacturing while attracting inward investment. These measures, coupled with schemes to enhance availability of finance and credit are crucial to reinforce the commitment of existing UK-based operations, while broadening the appeal of the UK and the automotive industry to new suppliers and investors.UK automotive represents around 3% of total GDP, accounts for two thirds of total manufacturing turnover and is the country’s largest sector in terms of exports, generating around £24 billion in revenue. Typically achieving a turnover of around £50bn, employing over 700,000 people and producing an annual net value-added to the economy in excess of £10bn, the significance of the sector and its appeal to international investors is plain to see. You can watch our web TV show on-demand below for a comprehensive look at the industry and an outline of investment opportunities in today’s climate.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

SARAs Deputy Director squatting on the job says Opposition Leader

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAttack on the Judiciary by SARA’s CEO unjustified, says Bar AssociationJuly 24, 2018In “Court”Jagdeo unbothered by SARA lawsuit over “Pradoville 2”March 8, 2019In “latest news”Opposition Leader calls out Govt on “blatant lie” being peddled by SARAJuly 12, 2018In “latest news” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday said the he was unclear whether he should refer to Aubrey Heath-Retemyer as the Deputy Director of the State Asset Recovery Agency (SARA) as he may very well be “squatting on the job”.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo made this remark during his weekly press briefing when he was posed with a question in relation to the comments Heath-Retemyer made about the Judiciary that saw him (Heath-Retemyer ) receiving considerable flack, most recently from the Guyana Bar Association.Asserting that the Bar Association was right to call out Heath-Retemyer for seeking to lecture to the Judiciary how it should do its work, Jagdeo posited that his presence and the presence of his Director, Professor Clive Thomas at the helm of SARA is now questionable.The Opposition Leader was referring to the comments made by his party comrade, former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall, who had last week highlighted that both men were unlawfully occupying their offices.(L) SARA’s Director Professor Clive Thomas and Deputy Aubrey Heath-RetemeyerHe pointed out that the SARA Act provides very clearly that the Director and Deputy Director of the Agency shall be appointed through a parliamentary process. “Since that Act came into force, that process was never activated. A transition provision in the Act allowed the Director who operated in the Agency before the Act came into force, to continue to act in that office for a limited period. However, that period has long expired. Neither was appointed by the National Assembly process mandated by the Act. Therefore, Mr Retemyer and Dr Thomas are unlawfully holding offices and are receiving public monies as remuneration,” Nandlall stated while asking why this “crime and unlawful conduct” were not being investigated by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).Opposition Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Anil NandlallMoreover, Nandlall, a successful attorney-at-law by profession, posited that “Section 106 of the Act is a transitionary provision: it provides for the Head of the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) to continue to act as the Head of SARA, but for not more than four months after the SARA Act comes into force. The SARA Act, as I indicated, came into force over a year now. Yet, Professor Clive Thomas continues to act as the Director of SARA under this transitionary provision. His continuation in office, therefore, is as illegal as that of the Deputy Director, who can only be appointed by the National Assembly under the Act and who was not.” read more

RadarEye offers added proximity safety by combining sight and detection

first_imgSight and active signalling come together as a proximity detection system with RadarEye. Orlaco has developed this radar unit in addition to the camera- monitor systems. By combining this sight solution with an active signalling system, RadarEye offers additional safety and efficiency. It is especially applicable in the earthmoving and mining. The operator has to be able to detect humans, machines and other objects while performing many operations to do the job safely. A camera-monitor system assists the driver to obtain a maximum view around the machine or vehicle. The RadarEye compliments the camera-monitor system by emitting audible tones should someone or something appear in close proximity to the vehicle.Orlaco designs, develops, produces and delivers professional camera and monitor systems for all machines worldwide. During development, this Dutch manufacturer always has the same goals: increased safety, efficiency, operator ergonomics and damage control. Orlaco says it “has developed several sight solutions for mining equipment. Due to the extreme conditions that these vehicles must operate in, constant vibrations and temperature changes, the standards are very rigorous. The vision solutions that Orlaco has developed meet these requirements.The camera-monitor system provides the driver with extra sight when needed. When an object or person enters the danger zone, the RadarEye sounds an audible alarm, then selects and activates the required camera. This is presented on the monitor by showing an overlay of green, yellow and red signal zones. The audible urgency increases as the person or object moves through to the red zone. Everything that appears within this zone is brought into sight to prevent personal injury and or material damage.RadarEye is integrated with the vision solution. The radar unit and the camera(s) can be programmed and configured through the monitor. The detection radius is adjustable from 2 to 20 m and is divided into five equal zones. The operator can view the monitor to confirm the radar unit is working properly. A signal will show when a defect appears.The radar unit is not influenced by the environment, such as snow, rain, mud and/or temperature changes. Especially beneficial to mining equipment, the reaction response time of these robust units is very fast. Also they are water, shock, and vibration resistant. Every application is unique, the operator can program the sensitivity in the monitor.last_img read more

Ireland in Golden Globe nominations with forced adoptions slavery and U2

first_imgTHE 2014 Golden Globe nominations have been announced, with a story of Catholic Chuch adoptions among the high-profile nominees.Philomena, a story of a woman’s search for a son the Catholic Church forced her to give up for adoption, was nominated for best picture. Judi Dench’s starring role also won her a nod for best actress.Meanwhile, brutal historical epic 12 Years A Slave received a number of nominations. Michael Fassbender was among the actors to receive nods for their performances in the movie, alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and director Steve McQueen.U2 were nominated for their song Ordinary Love from the soundtrack to Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.FBI caper American Hustle also won several nominations, including one for Jennifer Lawrence as best supporting actress.Here’s the full list:MOVIESPicture, Drama: 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena, RushPicture, Musical or Comedy: American Hustle, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall StreetActor, Drama: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave; Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips; Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club; Robert Redford, All Is Lost.Actress, Drama: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks; Kate Winslet, Labor Day.Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity; Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips; Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave; Alexander Payne, Nebraska; David O. Russell, American Hustle.Actor, Musical or Comedy: Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street; Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis; Joaquin Phoenix, Her.Actress, Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, American Hustle; Julie Delpy, Before Midnight; Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County.Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips; Daniel Bruhl, Rush; Bradley Cooper, American Hustle; Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave; Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club.Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine; Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle; Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave; Julia Roberts, August: Osage County; June Squibb, Nebraska.Foreign Language: Blue Is the Warmest Color, The Great Beauty, The Hunt, The Past, The Wind Rises.Animated Film: The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Frozen.Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her; Bob Nelson, Nebraska; Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, Philomena; John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave; Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, American Hustle.Original Score: Alex Ebert, All Is Lost; Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Steven Price, Gravity; John Williams, The Book Thief; Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave.Original Song: Atlas (music and lyrics by Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; Let it Go (music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez), Frozen; Ordinary Love (music by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. and Brian Burton, lyrics by Bono), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Please Mr. Kennedy (music and lyrics by Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen), Inside Llewyn Davis; Sweeter Than Fiction (music and lyrics by Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff), One Chance.TELEVISIONSeries, Drama: Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Masters of Sex.Actor, Drama: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan; Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex; Kevin Spacey, House of Cards.Actress, Drama: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black; Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black; Kerry Washington, Scandal; Robin Wright, House of Cards.Series, Musical or Comedy: The Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation.Actress, Musical or Comedy: Zooey Deschanel, New Girl; Lena Dunham, Girls; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation.Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development; Don Cheadle, House of Lies; Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show; Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory; Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.Miniseries or Movie: American Horror Story: Coven, Behind the Candelabra, Dancing on the Edge, Top of the Lake, White Queen.Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor; Rebecca Ferguson, White Queen; Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven; Helen Mirren, Phil Spector; Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake.Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host the Golden Globes for the next two years>Why we really want to go on a night out with Tina Fey>last_img read more