‘Keep citizenship documents in order’

first_imgThe imam of a prominent city mosque has asked Muslims to ensure that documents proving their citizenship and other legal records were in order and up to date.The appeal by the imam of Nakhoda mosque, Maulana Shafique Qasmi, was made at the congregation after the Friday prayers.It comes in the wake of reports that names of 40 lakh people were left out of the final National Register of Citizens draft in Assam and statements of BJP leaders that an NRC exercise should also be undertaken in West Bengal in future.Necessary updatesThe imam said on Saturday that he has already asked the people after Friday prayers to keep the documents ready with them and get necessary updates if required. “Everyone should have the papers like voter identity card, Aadhaar card, land records, property inheritance papers, etc. — in short every single document — so that he can produce the same whenever required,” the cleric said.last_img read more

Amitabh Bachchan treasures gloves gifted by Mary Kom: They are my gold medals

first_imgBoxing legend MC Mary Kom added yet another feather to her already illustrious cap by winning the gold medal at the World Championships in New Delhi on Saturday.The whole country stood up and hailed Mary Kom’s latest achievement as she became the most successful female boxer by bagging her sixth world title after she beat Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the 48kg final by unanimous decision.With Saturday’s win, Mary became the joint-most successful boxer in the history of the world meet as she Cuba’s Felix Savon’s tally of six titles.Mary Kom claims World Boxing Championships gold despite suffering from diarrhoeaSocial media was flooded with congratulatory messages for Mary Kom with actors, politicians, notable athletes and fans paying tribute to arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time.Among the many was Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who shared a picture of a pair of boxing gloves which he got as a gift from Mary Kom herself.Also read – Mary Kom sets sight on Tokyo Olympics after record-breaking World Boxing gold”MARY KOM .. what a huge honour you bring to the Country .. 6 times Gold medalist World Championship !! CONGRATULATIONS ! I ever value your BOXING GLOVES that you gifted me ! they are MY gold medals,” Bachchan wrote on Twitter along with the picture of the autographed boxing gloves.T 3005 – MARY KOM .. what a huge honour you bring to the Country .. 6 times Gold medalist World Championship !! CONGRATULATIONS !I ever value your BOXING GLOVES that you gifted me ! they are MY gold medals !! pic.twitter.com/alTP5ZOFVWadvertisementAmitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 24, 2018Notably, Mary had won a silver on her world championship debut in 2001 and then went on to win the tournament in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018.READ – Superwoman of India: Twitter salutes Mary Kom as boxing legend shines at world meet”First of all, I would like to thank all my fans. Thank you guys, I don’t have anything to give you. What I can give you is a gold for the country. They came especially for me and the Indian contingent. Today, I was a little bit emotional because for the last few years, I was not able to fight in 48 kg category.Also Read – Sonia Chahal ends maiden World Boxing Championships campaign with a silver”I had to jump to other categories. The effort was very challenging for me. Because of your love and support, I hope to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I wasn’t able to qualify for Rio Games. I am still suffering.”I can easily give a gold in the 48 kg category, but 51 kg, it’s difficult because other boxers may have a height advantage,” an emotional Mary Kom said after the bout.Having been away from the boxing ring for a long time, Mary returned to competitive boxing and the 48 kg category only last year. The seasoned boxer, who seems to have successfully put behind the memories of Rio Olympics disappointment, announced her comeback by winning the Asian women’s boxing championships in Vietnam.It took eight long years for the record-breaking gold to come Mary’s way, but when it came, the entire nation erupted in joy.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma only 5-time IPL champion after Mumbai Indians win 4th title

first_imgRohit Sharma became the most successful captain in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) after leading Mumbai Indians to their record 4th title on Sunday.Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by 1 run in a nerve-wracking last-ball thriller at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.Rohit Sharma failed with the bat but Mumbai Indians managed to post 149 for 5, thanks to Kieron Pollard’s 25-ball 41 on his 32nd birthday.Shane Watson hammered 80 from just 59 balls but his efforts ended in vain as Chennai Super Kings failed to get 9 in the last over bowled by Lasith Malinga. The Sri Lanka veteran had conceded 42 runs in his 1st 3 overs but gave away only 7 runs in the thrilling last over.With Mumbai Indians win on Sunday, Rohit Sharma became the only player to win 5 IPL titles. Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu are 2nd on the list with 4th titles each.*Saves in the folder – *#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #IPL2019Final #MIvCSK @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/Jkneg4sWuDMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 12, 2019Rohit Sharma is arguably the Super King of T20 tournaments as he was won 9 out of 10 finals in his career. Rohit has won the World T20 in 2007 with India, the Champions League 2013 with Mumbai Indians, the Asia Cup in 2006 with India and the Nidahas Trophy in 2018.When it comes to IPL, Rohit won his first title with Deccan Chargers in 2009. In 2013, Rohit won his first title as captain when he led Mumbai Indians to their first title.Rohit repeated the feat in 2015, 2017 and 2019 and maintained a perfect record in the IPL final.advertisementRohit Sharma was brilliant with his bowling changes and fielding moves as Mumbai Indians held their nerves in the IPL 2019 final despite being extremely sloppy on the field.Ambati Rayudu had a phenomenal season with the bat in IPL 2018 as he lit up Chennai Super Kings’ return to the IPL. Rayudu smashed 602 runs, including a hundred and 3 fifties, in 16 matches in the last season.However, Rayudu struggled with the bat, managing just 282 runs at a paltry average of 23.50. Rayudu has 3 IPL titles with Mumbai Indians and 1 with Chennai Super Kings.On the other hand, Harbhajan Singh who had spent 10 successful years with Mumbai Indians before moving to Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2019 has four titles — 3 with MI and 1 with CSK.Also Read | Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings in last-ball thriller to win 4th titleAlso Read | IPL 2019 awards: Who won what after Mumbai Indians clinch 4th titlelast_img read more

After Eliud Kipchoge’s world-record win, is the two-hour marathon in sight?

first_imgShortcuts Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Athletics Reuse this content Marathon running Share on Pinterest Topicscenter_img features Marathon Share via Email Share on Messenger Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook On Sunday, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge obliterated the marathon world record by over a minute, running a time of 2 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds in Berlin. To anyone who has ever attempted to run 26.2 miles, that is insanely fast.How did he do it?He started off at a blistering pace, leaving his rivals trailing in his dust right from the start, and running the first 5km (a parkrun) in 14 minutes 24 seconds. He then sped up. He ran the second half of the race – when most people slow down because, you know, they are getting tired – in 60:34, a time only two Britons have ever run in a half marathon race.How close are we to seeing someone run a marathon run in under two hours? /sport/2017/may/15/the-recap-sign-up-for-the-best-of-the-guardians-sport-coverage In perfect conditions in a time trial set up by Nike in 2017 (and not eligible for world records), Kipchoge ran a marathon in just over two hours (2:00:25). What he showed in Berlin is that he can do something similar in a real race. To run fast, pacemakers – who run ahead and set the pace – are crucial. In Berlin, Kipchoge’s pacemakers dropped out after 15 miles, leaving him to run the last 11 miles alone. Finding a pacemaker to stay with him further into the race would be a big help, but very few people in the world can keep up with him beyond 15 miles.Without doubt Kipchoge is the greatest marathon runner ever, and it was interesting to note how fresh he looked after finishing on Sunday – he even seemed to speed up after crossing the line as he ran to embrace his coach. He certainly didn’t look like he had run to the very edge of his limit.What is the human limit for running a marathon?The marathon world record has been broken five times in the past 10 years, with over two minutes being chopped off the time. In a famous research paper in 1991, Dr Michael Joyner predicted the absolute human limit to be 1 hour 58 minutes. At the time – with the world record at 2:06:50 – that seemed a ridiculous prediction and sparked heated debate in the running world. After Kipchoge’s heroics on Sunday, suddenly it doesn’t seem so far fetched.last_img read more

Atomic Energy Agency has Advanced Jamaica’s Nuclear Technology Capacity – PIOJ Head

first_imgThe Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been pivotal in advancing the country’s nuclear technology capacity.He noted that the medical physics department at The University of the West Indies (UWI), which trains nuclear physicists across the region, was expanded under an IAEA project, and the organisation is providing €783,600 for the re-establishment of the Nuclear Medicine Centre, which will significantly enhance the country’s capacity to diagnose and treat cancer, heart and other related diseases.The project is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Health, the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and the UWI’s Caribbean Institute for Health Research (formerly Tropical Medicine Research Unit).Dr. Henry was speaking at the signing of Jamaica’s second five-year IAEA Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2018 to 2023 at the PIOJ’s head office in New Kingston on Thursday (August 9).He informed that the IAEA is supporting national projects to: determine the availability of adequate water resources in the Kingston hydrological basin; and optimise irrigation water management to improve crop output and water quality control in the Rio Cobre.Agriculture has been targeted for the production of economically important crops such as onions and sweet pepper, to produce higher yields and better quality with resistance to disease and adverse climatic conditions and have shorter production cycles.“This will help Jamaica to survive in the global marketplace and maintain its competitive advantage in certain food areas,” said the PIOJ head.The scope of the assistance has also been extended to nutrition in children with the aim of promoting healthy growth by assessing the role of parenting and early life influences on body composition and energy expenditure.The IAEA was established in 1957 with the aim of expanding and accelerating the contribution of atomic energy to global peace, health and prosperity.Jamaica joined the IAEA in 1965, and benefited from support from the organisation, but it was the installation of the Slowpoke Nuclear Reactor at UWI, which opened the door that facilitated Jamaica’s entry into the agency’s technical cooperation programme.In 2015 – just over 30 years after the reactor was commissioned – the reactor’s core was successfully converted from high-enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel, as part of a joint effort to eliminate the proliferation risks associated with HEU by the governments of Jamaica, the United States and Canada, with assistance from the IAEA.“This has become world-renowned as this is the only research reactor in the English-speaking Caribbean,” Dr. Henry said.He noted that under the diligent guidance of the IAEA, Jamaica graduated from the use of the technology at the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS) only, to much more extensive applications evidenced in a wide range of programmes and projects.The IAEA’s support has also enabled passage of the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act, 2015 to, among other things, provide safeguards from exposure to ionising radiation, including misuse that may result in harm to persons or the environment; and facilitate Jamaica’s compliance with international obligations.In addition, a Hazardous Substance Regulatory Authority has been established to monitor facilities utilising ionising radiation and nuclear technology. “Undoubtedly, the IAEA’s wide-ranging and groundbreaking assistance continues to affirm the developmental use of nuclear technology… (as it) propels Jamaica towards achieving developed country status by 2030. I express gratitude (on behalf of the Government) to the IAEA for helping Jamaica in achieving its development aspirations,” Dr. Henry said.For his part, the IAEA’s Deputy Director General for Technical Cooperation, Dazhu Yang, who signed Jamaica’s new CPF along with Dr. Henry, said the agency supports partnership building in using nuclear technology in a safe and secure manner.“We facilitate networking and cooperation among member states within and outside the region,” he added.Jamaica’s new CPF will underpin engagements focusing on water and environment management; health and nutrition; food and agriculture; nuclear and radiation safety and security; energy; and industry over the period.These are areas that were broadly covered under the initial CPF, which ran from 2010 to 2015. A total of 170 countries are members of the IAEA, which is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.The PIOJ serves as the National Liaison Office for the IAEA Cooperation Programme in Jamaica.last_img read more

52 classes dans 45 écoles accueillent les enfants de la prématernelle

first_imgDes centaines d’enfants de quatre ans vont entrer dans l’histoire de l’éducation en Nouvelle-Écosse cette semaine quand ils commenceront le programme de prématernelle. L’engagement initial d’offrir 50 classes dans 43 écoles a été rempli. Ces classes accueilleront des élèves d’ici la fin de la semaine. En réponse à la demande, deux classes supplémentaires seront ajoutées dans deux autres écoles. En tout, 52 classes seront offertes dans 45 écoles. Le programme de prématernelle sera offert dans toutes les collectivités de la province d’ici 2020. « Ce mois-ci, 818 enfants de quatre ans commenceront un programme d’apprentissage précoce gratuit qui leur donnera un bon départ pour l’apprentissage, affirme Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Une fois le programme entièrement lancé en 2020, j’espère voir tous les enfants de quatre ans de la province dans une classe de prématernelle. » Les classes supplémentaires ont été ajoutées au Halifax Regional School Board et au Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, et elles pourront accueillir des élèves à compter de la mi-octobre. « À titre d’éducatrice professionnelle de la petite enfance, je crois sincèrement que les enfants sont des apprenants capables et confiants, souligne Allison McLeod, éducatrice de la petite enfance. Notre environnement devient un endroit sûr pour la création, l’utilisation de leur imagination, la curiosité, les erreurs et la pleine réalisation de leur potentiel. Lorsque les enfants entreront à la maternelle en septembre, ils auront les outils nécessaires pour participer pleinement à leur apprentissage et pour réussir. » « L’expérience des centres de la petite enfance a été avantageuse pour mes deux enfants, affirme Mercedes Boutilier, parent. Je parle maintenant à tous ceux que je rencontre du programme de prématernelle et des avantages du programme pour leur enfant. Ce programme m’a également fait découvrir l’expérience positive qu’est le travail avec les enfants. Je suis maintenant une formation pour devenir éducatrice de la petite enfance et j’ai hâte d’entamer ma carrière avec ce programme un jour. » Pour obtenir plus d’information et pour voir toutes les écoles où le programme est offert, les parents peuvent consulter le www.ednet.ns.ca/pre-primary (en anglais seulement) ou le site Web du conseil scolaire de leur région.last_img read more

Sebi mulls norms for startups to shift to main stock exchange board

first_imgNew Delhi: To help startups to move from the Innovators Growth Platform of stock exchanges to the main board for regular trading, regulator Sebi is planning a new set of norms to allow them to shift after one year of trading and expanding their shareholder base to at least 200. However, the regulator is of the view that if companies listed on the IGP are allowed to be traded in the regular category of main board without following a stringent criteria, it may be misused to bypass the rigorous route of coming up with a main board IPO, officials said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAny company desirous of getting listed on the main board of stock exchange for regular trading of their shares need to follow stringent disclosure and eligibility norms and launch an initial public offer (IPO). But, the rules are much more relaxed for the startups looking to list their shares on the new IGP, where trading activities are relatively restricted. A detailed set of norms were finalised by Sebi’s board in December 2018 and the regulator was asked at that time to decide on the requirements of migration of trading of shares from IGP to the main board in consultation with stock exchanges and other stakeholders. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOfficials said Sebi discussed these norms with its own Primary Market Advisory Committee as well as the two leading bourses BSE and NSE, pursuant to which a discussion paper was issued for public comments in May this year. After taking into account comments received from merchant bankers, industry bodies, stock exchanges and others, Sebi has now finalised a detailed set of draft norms which would be presented for its board’s approval later this month.last_img read more

Commons committee issues indigenous suicide study with 28 recommendations

first_imgOTTAWA – A House of Commons committee looking at the issue of indigenous suicide is urging the federal government to make sure aboriginal communities have resources available after hours and on weekends — often when emergencies occur.The report released Monday included a total of 28 recommendations — work that flowed from a 2016 motion to examine and report on suicide among indigenous people and communities across the country.During its study, the committee heard from over 50 indigenous youth representatives, First Nations, Inuit and Metis leaders, academics and health organizations.MPs on the committee say the witnesses — including many young people — shared difficult personal stories of suicide, while also expressing hope that mental health issues within indigenous communities could be addressed.Cathy McLeod, a B.C. MP and the Conservative indigenous affairs critic, said the committee needed to put its differences aside and come up with a unanimous report after hearing “disturbing” testimony.“We had a father who lost his son who came to our committee and bravely shared his story,” McLeod said.“We were sitting in Vancouver … and we heard from a young girl about her assault at the hands of someone she knew in her community.”The committee report also said witnesses highlighted how intergenerational trauma is a factor in the suicide crisis.“It is an important report,” Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said in an interview.“The issue of intergenerational trauma and child abuse is there, but I think we all know we have got to really provide the safety for young people to be able to disclose child abuse and get the appropriate kind of trauma-based care.”MPs heard about sexual abuse in indigenous communities during the course of their work, said Liberal MP and committee chair MaryAnn Mihychuk, noting the issue was raised “lightly” due to its extreme sensitivity.“We have heard and we know that there is significant sexual abuse in indigenous communities,” she said outside the House of Commons.last_img read more

Neil Youngs Honour The Treaties Tour

first_imgLast autumn, when rocker Neil Young was working on a film about CO2, he decided that he should make a trip to Canada’s Fort McMurray oilsands, in Alberta, to see firsthand what was really going on. What he found frightened him.“When I say Fort McMurray, I am referring to the oilsands, the tar sands and the industrial projects going on around there,” said Young in a CBC interview. “Every day those projects go on, they put out as much CO2 as all the automobiles in Canada on that day. So for every day that goes by it’s like there are twice as many cars on the road.”But what also worried him was the misinformation being spread about the environmental impact of the production.“On the way [to an oilsands site] I saw a reclamation site by the side of the road, which actually is not a reclamation site but it’s what they call a reclamation site for publicity. It’s the first of many mistruths that I encountered. It’s not a reclamation site. It’s not on a tar sands site. It’s a pile of dirt that was taken from another place, piled up, and trees grew out of it. But I hadn’t gotten to the site yet.“When I got to the site, it’s the best looking one of them all apparently, but it scared the hell out of me. I looked at it and I thought, as an environmentally concerned Canadian, I was shocked at what I saw. […] What is going on around [Fort McMurray]is the ugliest environmental disaster that I not only have ever seen but that I could even comprehend. It is huge.”Young decided to speak to the Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam, a First Nation tribe directly affected by the oilsands upstream. In a press conference with Young, the chief said that his community has seen their fish become inedible, wildlife disappear and cancer rates skyrocket since the oilsands began production. The expansion of the oilsands production, they claim, violates their treaties.To help raise funds to support the First Nation’s legal defence fund to have their treaties honoured, Neil Young and Diana Krall, another Canadian singer, staged “Honour the Treaties” concerts in four Canadian cities (Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary).“This concert series should have happened years ago,” says Young, “when all of the things that are happening now started. This is just to bring awareness to people who care in Canada, and people who may not be aware of what is going on in the west. I always felt that Canada was a different place, and where the values were different, and that we cherished the natural surroundings that we’re in, but my visit to Alberta changed a lot of that for me. This government has ignored science to the point where science is not even an issue. This is a tour of broken promises across Canada. This government is trading the integrity of Canada for money. Make no mistake about it.“I was sitting with the chief in the teepee on the reserve. I was hearing the stories. I saw that the cancer rate was up among all the tribes. This is not a myth. This is true. You can either believe me and the First Nations people, or you can believe the oil companies and the Canadian government. And you’ve got to look at the motivation. Why would anybody say anything, why would I say anything, and why would the First Nations people say anything if there wasn’t something wrong? And then look at the motivation of the Canadian government and the oil companies that they’re working with.”Hear the whole CBC interview here.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

15 FILMS WE CANT WAIT TO SEE IN 2019

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook USAfter the critically acclaimed, Oscar-winning phenomenon that was Get Out, expectations couldn’t be higher for Jordan Peele’s next thing – and since the trailer hadn’t dropped at press time, all we know is that the story involves a family’s beach-house getaway being interrupted by uninvited guests. Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke co-star with Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker and Moonrise Kingdom’s Kara Hayward. But honestly, “Jordan Peele’s next thing” was all we needed. March 15 NWIT: CHAPTER TWOAndy Muschietti did a more than decent job directing the first part of this adaptation of Stephen King’s horror opus about seven losers battling a shape-shifting monster named Pennywise. The second part – filmed, like the first, in and around Toronto – will be more of a challenge, but it’s got plenty of star power, including Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and James McAvoy playing the adult counterparts to three of Chapter One’s teens. Word is Muschietti has dispensed with the book’s icky ending. If he gets the Chinese restaurant fortune cookie scene right, I’m in. September 6 GSUNCUT GEMScenter_img Advertisement Lupita Nyong’o stars in Jordan Peele’s horror film Us. (Universal Pictures) If you noticed the Safdie Brothers and The Weeknd liking each others’s pics on Instagram and wondered if they were collaborating – they are. The Toronto musician is appearing with Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, Judd Hirsch and Trinidad James in this crime drama set in New York City’s diamond district. The auteur brothers have had this project on the back burner for years, and now that Good Time has raised their profile – Martin Scorsese signed on to exec-produce this one – it’s finally happening. Release TBA KR Twitterlast_img read more

Home sales down listings up in Calgary

first_imgWhen it comes to new home sales, Calgary is generally considered to be a buyer’s market.Despite that, prices for a two-story home are up by about 3.2 percent over the past year.The average listing is about $529,000.Corrine Lyall with Royal LePage said there are a lot more listings compared to a year ago.“There’s definitely some really great choice for buyers, especially with the larger amount of inventory we have this year compared to last year. I think we’re almost 30 percent more in term of new listings on the market,” she said.Lyall says because there are more choices, many first-time buyers are skipping entry-level homes and purchasing higher-end houses.last_img

Photographer assaulted outside court by CDSs security

Wijegunaratne’s security had then attempted to push Handuwala and several other journalists aside and one officer then punched Handuwala in the chest. Police on duty at the court had then detained the security officer who assaulted Handuwala and recorded a statement over the incident.A Navy officer attached to Ravindra Wijegunaratne’s security unit apologised to the media saying Wijegunaratne had not issued instructions to his security officers to intimidate the journalists. (Colombo Gazette) Handuwala was assaulted when he attempted to take a photograph of Wijegunaratne leaving court. A photographer attached to The Sunday Morning newspaper was assaulted by a security officer of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravindra Wijegunaratne outside the Fort Magistrates’ court today, the website of The Sunday Morning newspaper reported.The photographer, Indika Handuwala was assaulted when Ravindra Wijegunaratne was coming out of the court for lunch after appearing to make a statement regarding the case on the abduction of 11 youth today. read more

Humanitarian situation in Côte dIvoire risks further deterioration UN envoy

Having just returned from her five-nation assessment mission to West Africa, Carolyn McAskie told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York that although President Laurent Gbagbo issued a statement accepting at least the spirit of the Linas-Morcoussis Agreement, “we are currently waiting to see if the rebels will in fact take that as full implementation of the accord and come to the table.””At the moment, they are not yet accepting to come back to the table,” said Ms. McAskie, the Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy for the Crisis in Côte d’Ivoire. “We are very concerned about the breakdown of society in the country, and my sense is that even should the peace accord suddenly jump into life, it would take months if not more than a year to stabilize the population and the country.”Recalling that her mission – with stops in Liberia, Guinea, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali – also examined the effects of the Ivoirian conflict on neighbouring countries, Ms. McAskie said the fighting has been characterized by attacks on so-called foreigner nationals of other West African countries living and working in Côte d’Ivoire. “Those people, some of whom have lived and worked in Côte d’Ivoire for generations, have now fled because of the fighting,” she said, adding “we’re talking about 200,000 or 300,000 people, and the numbers are growing.”Ms. McAskie said that even in Government-controlled areas, life was not very easy for Ivoirians. “The current attitudes on the Government side are not acceptable,” she said, recounting troubling incidents highlighted in the report of the recent fact-finding mission to the region by the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights. Those included attacks on shantytowns, harassment by police and harassment by young vigilantes who had been authorized by the Government for “self-defence” of certain areas.After such a brutal conflict and serious tensions that spread through the whole West African region, there was no guarantee that people would just go back to their homes, she added. “We’ll have to help the country reconstruct a lot of its services.” She said the funding is not where it should be and she will shortly be making a humanitarian appeal for more donor support. Follow-up on the economic impact of the crisis will also have to be undertaken.Meanwhile, in Abidjan, the Secretary-General’s new Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire, Albert Tevoedjre, has taken up his duties. Yesterday, he held the first follow up committee meeting of the agreement reached among the Ivoirian parties last month in France. read more

Officials hail historic inaugural session of UN Peacebuilding Commission

In what United Nations officials hailed as an historic milestone in global efforts to help countries avert a relapse into bloodshed after emerging from conflict, the first meeting of the newly created Peacebuilding Commission was held today at UN Headquarters in New York.“There are few issues on which there is greater consensus, or higher expectations, than on the responsibility of the United Nations to help States and societies recover from the devastation of war,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared as the Commission’s Organizational Committee began its inaugural session.“The Commission represents a symbol of both hope and perseverance: hope for the many millions of people throughout the world who are striving to keep their societies on the fragile road to peace; and perseverance, because you have overcome considerable difficulties to get this new and vital endeavour up and running.” Speaking to reporters following today’s meeting, the Secretary-General called today “an important day for the Organization.”Echoing this view, General Assembly President Jan Eliasson of Sweden proclaimed: “This week we are writing history in the United Nations.” In his address to the Committee, he saw its meeting as part of a continuum on the road to reform. “Last Monday, we opened the first meeting of the new Human Rights Council. Today, we are here to inaugurate the Peacebuilding Commission,” he noted.“The United Nations has been successful in ending wars; building sustainable peace has proved much more difficult,” Mr. Eliasson added, citing recent events in Timor-Leste as a reminder of “the need for sustained attention.” Burundi and Sierra Leone, two countries that have made much progress in emerging from devastating civil conflicts but which continue to face great political and economic challenges, are the first to be referred to the Commission for attention, officials said. Last month, Secretary-General Kofi Annan named Carolyn McAskie, who until recently was his top envoy to Burundi, as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support.The Commission’s Organizational Committee, made up of Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Poland, Brazil and Belgium, is also tasked with setting up the new body’s procedures and working methods.Elected chairman today was Gaspar Martins, the Ambassador of Angola, a once war-ravaged country where the United Nations helped to foster stability.“Peacebuilding is about liberating people from the conflict trap and laying the foundation for sustainable peace and development,” he told those present. “As we embark on this integrated and innovative approach, let us not forget that we will be judged not by the eloquence of our statements but by the concrete actions we help set in motion in order to meet the expectations of those trapped in conflict.”Following the inaugural meeting, Ambassador Martins joined Mr. Eliasson as well as Foreign Minister Stig Moller of Denmark, current President of the Security Council, and Ambassador Ali Hachani of Tunisia, President of the Economic and Social Council, to welcome the beginning of the Peacebuilding Commission’s work.“For peace-building we really mean to pull our efforts together,” Mr. Martins told the press on behalf of all the bodies represented, “to bring about something which can make a difference, not so much here, in New York, but to make a difference right there on the ground.”The notion of a Peacebuilding Commission was first proposed in 2004 by the Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Threats Challenges and Change. In his 2005 report In Larger Freedom, the Secretary-General envisioned the Commission as an intergovernmental advisory body, which could marshal resources at the disposal of the international community to advise and propose strategies for post-conflict recovery, focusing attention on reconstruction, institution-building and sustainable development, in countries emerging from conflict. Later endorsed by the 2005 World Summit, the Commission will lay the groundwork for the creation of a unified strategy for dealing with the specific problems of each country emerging from conflict. Its mandate requires that members of the Commission act only by consensus, proposing integrated strategies for stabilization, economic recovery and development.The Peacebuilding Commission’s membership includes seven members of the Security Council, including its five permanent members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States); seven States from the Economic and Social Council, elected from regional groups; five top contributors to the UN budget; and five top providers of military personnel and civilian police to UN missions. The General Assembly elected seven additional members, giving special consideration to States that have experienced post-conflict recovery. read more

Late goal extends Barcas unbeaten streak against Atletico

MADRID — Ousmane Dembele scored a late equalizer for Barcelona to draw with Atletico Madrid 1-1 on Saturday, extending its unbeaten run against the Madrid club to 17 Spanish league matches.The result also kept Barcelona in the lead, one point in front of Atletico.Sevilla has a chance to move past both clubs if it defeats Valladolid at home on Sunday.Diego Costa put the hosts in front with a 77th-minute header for his first league goal of the season, but Dembele ended Atletico’s hopes of ending its eight-year winless streak against Barcelona with a goal from inside the area in the 90th after a pass by Lionel Messi.Atletico has only two wins against Barcelona in 27 matches, both in the Champions League, with the last one in 2016. Atletico hasn’t beaten the Catalan club in the league since 2010, before coach Diego Simeone took charge.Barcelona was coming off a 4-3 home loss against Real Betis and entered the match with one of the league’s worst defences with 18 goals conceded.It was an even match from the start, with Barcelona trying to control possession while Atletico held back on defence and tried to take advantage of counterattacks.Neither team created significant scoring chances at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium until Costa opened the scoring with a close-range header on a corner taken by Antoine Griezmann. Dembele’s equalizer came with a low left-footed shot past goalkeeper Jan Oblak. Dembele had entered the match in the 80th to replace Arthur.Messi, in his second match since returning from a broken forearm, set up Dembele’s goal but he had not been much of a factor until then.Barcelona featured the return of central defender Samuel Umtiti, who hadn’t played since the end of September because of a left knee injury. Coach Ernesto Valverde lost midfielder Sergi Roberto just before halftime because of an injury.Atletico was without its regular starters in central defence as Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez were injured.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoniTales Azzoni, The Associated Press read more

Pensioners will be asked to train as fitness instructors

The phrase ‘put your feet up’ is one of the most dangerous in the English language – we need to reimagine ageing so we grow older activelySteven Ward, ukactive Previous research suggests that one in four people over the age of 65 said they felt self-conscious in gyms, with just as many saying they would be more likely to go if there were more people their own age attending sessions.Older women were significantly more likely to visit the gym if they had a friend to go with them, although it made less difference to older men, the study of pensioners found.Official data shows walking levels have fallen by more than a third in three decades, with the average person spending less than 10 minutes a day on foot. Britain’s obesity rates are the highest in Western Europe, and now rising faster than those in the US, with two in three adults overweight or obese, international research shows. Steven Ward, the organisation’s chief executive, called on ministers to support the drive, by subsidising schemes which help older people to retrain as fitness instructors or sports coaches.“The phrase ‘put your feet up’ is one of the most dangerous phrases in the English language – we need to reimagine ageing so we grow older actively and set an example to others,” he said.“Having older instructors join the workforce can make it easier for people to relate to their trainer and demonstrate that physical activity works for all ages, shapes and sizes.”The report, called Reimagining Ageing, to be released at ukactive’s national summit in London on Wednesday, warns that the costs of not tackling inactivity could threaten the future of the NHS. It follows warnings from health officials that NHS trusts will need 50 per cent more staff in the next decade if current lifestyle trends continue, and the health service does not embrace new technology.Professor Martin Vernon, national clinical director for older people, NHS England, said: “Getting people of all generations more active can improve our chances of ageing well together and living life independently and productively into our later years.“Ukactive’s report makes an essential contribution toward delivering this ambition, and explores how we can begin to support people to increase their personal activity. For many, this is a choice that represents a chance to live a longer, more productive, and happier life.” An army of pensioners and middle-aged people will be asked to train as fitness instructors in a bid to help over 55s feel less self-conscious in the gym.Health officials said the measures to tackle Britain’s inactivity epidemic could help extend life expectancy, and lift mounting pressures on the NHS.Older adults will be encouraged to retrain as personal trainers, in the hope that it will inspire others approaching middle age to take up gym memberships, or join a local running or walking club.Professor Sir Muir Gray, an adviser to Public Health England, said too many people assumed that old-age led automatically to frailty, when in fact an active lifestyle could protect mobility for decades.He urged over 55s to consider retraining in the fitness industry – to boost their own health and encourage millions more to follow suite.“Older age doesn’t have to mean ill health and we know physical inactivity is one of the main contributors to developing dementia and frailty. We need an army of older fitness instructors to lead the way, showing their peers how you can live not just longer but better, by being more physically active.” The recommendation from ukactive, a not-for-profit fitness body, comes as research suggests the NHS and wider health system could save almost £8bn over a decade, if one third of inactive over-55s were persuaded to take regular exercise. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Traffic ranks not permitted to take away persons documents Traffic Chief

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTint being stripped from Cops’ vehiclesAugust 30, 2017In “Local News”Was another person in ACP Balram Persaud’s vehicle at time of accident?February 25, 2016In “latest news”Ranks not allowed to confiscate documents – Traffic ChiefJune 6, 2016In “latest news” Twenty-two police officers fresh out of Police College, will spend an additional two weeks in training before becoming full-fledged traffic officers.Traffic Chief Deon Moore (second left) with new traffic ranksTraffic Chief Deon Moore said that the exercise was to bolster discipline and tolerance by traffic ranks as they carry out their duties in public. “We took a decision even though they would have graduated from the college, there is still need for them to have specialised training,” Moore explained.The Traffic Chief reiterated that “traffic ranks are not permitted to take away persons documents as a means of using that to get them to go to the station”.“We have recognised that there is a need for training especially in the Traffic Department to boost the level of discipline, the level of tolerance displayed by traffic ranks,” Moore said.Along with the 22 officers an additional four ranks from within the force will be attending the course, bringing the total to 26 traffic officers. The training will seek to improve the ranks public communication skills, improve their directional signals while executing their duties and how to identify and address offences.“Our aim is to ensure that we have a better approach a better quality of service that we offer to members of the public in the filtering of traffic,” the Traffic Chief said.The programme will be conducted by officers of Traffic Headquarters and external facilitators such as retired Traffic Chief and Senior Superintendent Cedrick Boston. read more

Powerful Barca win in Skopje

8.Montpellier7016185:2131 6.Meshkov Brest7205183:2094 4.Vardar7502199:18510 3.Vive Kielce7502217:20210 2.Rhein-Neckar7502229:20710 1.Barcelona7601234:18912 What a performance by FC Barcelona Lassa in Skopje! The Spanish champions beat Macedonians 30:26 (13:9) in the “hell” of Jane Sandanski hall, where 5.500 fans couldn’t help their heroes to achieve win which could put Vardar at the first place in Group B.Vardar: Timur Dibirov 6, Dainis Kristopans 5, Ivan Cupic 4, Vuko Borozan 3, Dmitrii Kiselev 2, Christian Dissinger 2, Stas Skube 2, Rogerio Ferreira 1, Igor Karacic 1Barcelona: Dika Mem 8, Casper Mortensen 4, Ludovic Fabregas 4, Timothey N`guessan 3, Alexi Gomez 3, Aron Palmarsson 3, Jure Dolenec 2, T. Goncalves Dos Santos 1, Victor Gonzales 1, Gilberto Brito 1STANDINGS: FC Barcelona Lassa HandballRK Vardar Skopje 7.Kristianstad7115199:2363 ← Previous Story PSG Handball make “7 on 6” turnover against Flensburg Next Story → Pick Szeged win in Skjern to chase PSG Handball for the first place! 5.Telekom Veszprem7304198:2036

70th Anniversary of Ohi Day

first_imgGreeks around the world are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the emphatic Ohi! (No!) Day. Personally, we will never forget Greece, which, as a small and poor nation, refuted the Axis powers who requested access through the nation.It was on this day in 1940 when the Greek government answered “No” to a request by Mussolini to enter Greece on behalf of the Axis Powers. In Melbourne, the Hellenic Sub Branch of the Returned Services League of Australia (RSL) is organising a range of activities. Steve Kyritsis, the Senior Vice President of the Hellenic Sub Branch, is profoundly aware of the historic event. “Personally, we will never forget Greece, which, as a small and poor nation, refuted the Axis powers who requested access through the nation,” said Mr Kyritsis. “The Italians gave Greece only three hours and the Greek Government said “Ohi!”. Not only did Greece defend itself against the invading Italian forces, it was able to push them back into Albania. The Greek military success was the first Allied victory against the Axis Powers. “The six month delay for Germany was a turning point for the war,” Mr Kyritsis highlighted. “It was an historical day for Greece and the Allies. Greece’s victory allowed the Allies to regroup and halt Germany’s advance,” he added. The Greeks were invaded by Germany after the Italian failure, but continued to defend themselves “honourably and the battle in Crete against the German invaders later,” said Mr Kyritsis.The Battle of Crete cost the Germans over 20,000 casualties as Greek army, partisans and Anzacs, abandoned in Crete, fought side by side against the invader. Ohi Day commemorations in Melbourne will begin with a church service at Saint Eustathio in South Melbourne, which will be proceeded by wreathe laying ceremonies at the Australian Hellenic Memorial and the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. At a later reception at Queen’s Hall at Parliament House the Australian Hellenic Memorial and the Hellenic RSL will present 31 awards to school children who participated in the competition, expressing their knowledge of the Greek and Australian war effort. For more information on the Ohi Day! events contact Steve Kyristis on 0418 571 800 BACKGROUND Mussolini’s Fascist government, in allaince with Nazi Germany, gave Greek dictator General Metaxas an ultimatum in the early hours of October 28 as the Axis sought passage through Greece. Metaxa rejected the ultimatum with a laconic “Ohi” meaning “No”. Heavily armed divisions of Italian soldiers began moving from Italian controlled Albania towards Greece. Italy had ten times the fire-power of Greece and overwhelming sea and air superiority. After a 25 kilometre advance into Greece 200 000 Italian troops were halted for days by a small army of Greek soldiers. Italian generals were shocked by the Greek Army’s strategic knowledge and determination. Greeks were outnumbered yet they drove the Italian forces back deep into Albania. Greek victory provided a rallying cry for the demoralised British and other European nations under attack from the Germans. By the end of the six month campaign, 12 500 Italians returned home as casualties of war; 13 800 were buried in the frozen winder soil of Northern Greece; 25 000 were missing in action; and 40 000 were Prisoners of War held by the Greek Army – it was a humiliating defeat for Mussolini and his Fascist state. All US and British media covered the Greek victory. Hitler was outraged and in April 1941 invaded Greece and, after two months of fierce fighting, overwhelmed the Greeks. Over 10 000 German soldiers died and thousands more were wounded trying to invade Crete making it Germany’s first significant troop loss. The ANZACs, abandoned in Crete, were saved by Cretan partisans, villagers and soldiers and continued to wage guerrilla war with Greeks against the Germans. The Greek resistance in October 1940 and in 1941 against the Axis Powers was considered the turning point of the war, leading to the ultimate defeat of Germany and Italy by the Allies. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more