Bihar govt. issues notice to over a dozen IAS officers

first_imgThe Bihar government on Thursday issued show-cause notices to over a dozen IAS officers and District Magistrates, asking them under whose permission they left the headquarters to participate in a meeting on February 26 and form a human chain outside Raj Bhavan. The officers have been asked to respond within three days.Protesting against the arrest of Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) chairman and senior IAS officer Sudhir Kumar in connection with the question paper leak scam, the State IAS association members had held an emergency meeting on February 26 at IAS Bhawan and also formed a human chain outside Raj Bhavan while a delegation had gone inside to meet Governor Ram Nath Kovind. In denialOver 50 IAS officers, including secretaries of several departments and District Magistrates, had participated in the meeting and the human chain. The protesting IAS officers had also met Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and State Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhury to apprise them of the issue. They said that “Sudhir Kumar was one among the upright and honest IAS officers of the State”. Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, the ruling alliance partner, too had called Sudhir Kumar an “honest IAS officer”.The IAS officers later passed a resolution that they would not take any calls, even from the Chief Minister, “unless it came in writing”. They even wore black ribbons to register their protest. However, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had said that he was yet to receive any formal representation from the protesting IAS officers. “Let it come and I’ll take a decision on it which will prove a milestone,” Mr. Kumar had told journalists.Slapping the show-cause notice on Thursday, the State government asked them whether they “had participated in the meeting? If yes, under whose permission they left the headquarter and how could they form a human chain in the prohibited zone outside the Raj Bhavan on February 26?”.Fresh round of conflict “The show-cause notice served on IAS officers is bound to trigger a fresh round of confrontation between the State and the bureaucracy,” a senior IAS officers and member of the IAS association of the State told The Hindu.Meanwhile, Sudhir Kumar was produced in a local court on Thursday which fixed the next date of hearing for March 26. He along with four members of his family were arrested from his home at Hazaribagh in JharkhandEarlier, BSSC secretary Parmeshwar Ram too was arrested.last_img read more

Jimmie Johnson’s title reign ends with wreck in Phoenix

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Jazz center Rudy Gobert out 4 weeks with leg injury QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Johnson came to Phoenix last among the eight title contenders, 51 points out of mathematically qualifying. Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick already locked into next weekend’s championship finale next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, leaving Johnson among five drivers fighting for one spot.A four-time winner at Phoenix, Johnson started 12th and earned a point by finishing eighth in the first stage. He was running 11th when his right front tired blew right before the caution at the end of the race’s second stage.Johnson drove the car straight to the garage, his day and championship hopes over.“I didn’t know it was coming,” Johnson said. “Clearly just got the brakes too hot and popped that tire with like a lap to go or two laps to go before the stage was up. We weren’t leading, we were having a decent day, but we were going to need a great day today. I wish we were still out on track to still have a shot for it.”Now Johnson is left with trying to win at Homestead next week and spend the offseason trying to figure out what went wrong during his title defense.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Chase Elliott, left, and Jimmie Johnson talk inside the garage area before practice for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. Both drivers are looking to fill the final spot for the Championship 4. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)AVONDALE, Ariz. — Jimmie Johnson’s bid for a record eighth NASCAR championship is over.Needing a win at Phoenix to make the final four in next weekend’s championship finale, Johnson saw his hopes crumple with a blown tire that sent his No. 48 Chevrolet into the wall with one lap remaining in the second stage Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT The crash eliminated the reigning and seven-time NASCAR champion from title contention.“I’m disappointed for sure,” Johnson said. “The last couple of months we’ve been staying alive and at this stage with the Round of 8 and then the Round of 4, you can’t just stay alive. You’ve got to be hitting on all cylinders and we just haven’t been there, unfortunately.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s been a rough ride for Johnson since matching Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt with his seventh title a year ago.Johnson won three races this year, but those came during the first third of the season. He hasn’t won since Dover in June and has one top-five finish the last 21 races. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Tel Legislature passes bill increasing quotas for STs, Muslims

first_imgHyderabad, Apr 16 (PTI) Both the houses of Telangana Legislature today passed a bill which increases the reservations for Scheduled Tribes and backward sections among the Muslim community in government jobs and educational institutions.Except BJP, all parties, backed the Telangana Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions and of Appointments or Posts in the Services under the State) Bill, 2017.It will now be sent for the Presidents assent, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao told the Assembly.Under the bill, quota for STs will be increased to 10 per cent from the existing 6 per cent, while that for BC-E category (the backward sections among the Muslim community) will go up to 12 per cent from the existing 4.The total reservations in the state, consequently, will go up to 62 per cent from the existing 50 per cent.Speaker Madhusudanachari suspended all five BJP MLAs for todays special session as they protested carrying placards and sporting black scarves and called the bill “anti- constitutional” as it provides religion-based quota.The lone BJP member in the Council, Ramachandra Rao, also staged a walkout.The BJP MLAs, however, were in support of the increase in quota for the STs.Rao said if the Centre did not include the bill in the 9th schedule of Constitution (to grant it immunity from a judicial review), the state government will approach the Supreme Court to direct the Centre to do so.Though the Backward Class Commission had endorsed only 10 per cent reservations for BC-E, this government increased it to 12 per cent, Rao said.advertisement”Why cant Muslims be given reservations? Are they sinners? They constitute one-fifth of the population of this country….Dont they pay taxes? Are they not citizens of India?” he asked.”I am not going to beg the Centre (for assent). I am going to fight for it, if required. If the Centre does not come forward (to facilitate assent for the bill), we will raise the issue in the Parliament,” Rao said in the House.Increasing the reservations for Muslims was TRS election promise and the people of the state had endorsed it, Rao said.Congress leader T Jeevan Reddy backed the bill, but said the state government must ensure its inclusion in the ninth schedule of Constitution.BJP floor leader G Kishna Reddy said reservations for Muslims were not justified as there was no caste-based discrimination in Islam, and that religion does not endorse reservations.”Any reservations for Muslims are anti-Islamic. Dr B R Ambedkar also opposed reservations based on religion. 94 per cent of Muslim community in the state is covered by the new reservations. This would be a historic blunder of this government,” Reddy said.Meanwhile, police detained BJP workers in various parts of the city as they tried to march towards the Assembly. PTI GDK VVK KRK TIRlast_img read more

Here is your horoscope for May 31

first_imgARIESYou tend to worry about finances and details, and only stress yourself. Personal relationships tend to go up and down as they are sensitive and you are on edge. A calm and meditative space inside helps you to put things in correct perspective and bring harmony. Lucky number 7. Colour green.TAURUSYou are approaching a goal with speed and success as different aspects fall into place unexpectedly. Things happen very quickly and you need to make snap decisions and take up opportunities and challenges! This is a time of change and movement on many levels. Lucky number 8. Colour pastel.GEMINIYou are ambitious and goal oriented as you achieve targets and complete projects. You can be obsessed, heavy and serious but a light and playful attitude helps to actualize plans and reach objectives. Endurance in your path to success takes you there finally. Lucky number 15. Colour brown.CANCEREnergies are in balanced manifestation, empowering you to achieve goals at work and love in relationships. You achieve professional victory in competitive situations. You get the rewards of all the efforts you have been putting in to your business in the past. Lucky number 6. Colour reds.LEOYou are youthful, beautiful and strong like ‘The Princess of Pentacles’ with a passion for life! You are diligent in professional ventures, earthy matters, transactions and practical details. Visitors, happenings and communications can surprise you. Lucky number 14. Colour ocean green.VIRGOThere is harmony of change and alternation of energies as you swing from one level of consciousness to the other. You go through a gamut of experience in emotional relationships. Remain centered through it all by witnessing rather than participating in conflicts. Lucky number 2. Colour reds.advertisementLIBRAYou have an artful mastery of integrating resources and forces to achieve your objectives. Good management leads to success and completion. You are not afraid of taking on difficult tasks that call for maneuvers. There is goodwill and support from friends. Lucky number 14. Colour green.SCORPIOThe body, mind and spirit are in harmony and you experience a feeling of contentment! Success in business and love in relationships transforms your attitudes. Your hard work has established a foundation for gain. You touch higherlevels of consciousness. Lucky number 1. Colour red.SAGITTARIUSThe ancient ‘Tree of Life’ formation suggests that you have a strong foundation, which allows you to flourish in earthy aspects. An established business can grow as new opportunities present themselves. Meditate and taste your inner space of bliss. Lucky number 10. Colour saffron.CAPRICORNThere is love and fulfillment in relationships. You regain health and vigor to indulge in sport and busy work schedules. Beware of over indulgence, as you tend to disregard warning signals. You are fortunate with deals and gain in financial transactions. Lucky number 9. Colour pink.AQUARIUSProfessional aspects are limited and you need to stick to the same old routines! Relationships are supportive through ups and downs. You can expect temporary delay in business matters. Find a way to release stress that may be building up inside you. Lucky number 10. Colour yellow.PISCESYou stand in the middle of a doorway trying to make decisions! You go beyond illusions outside and go within yourself to find truths. As you take definite steps towards a positive direction in professional matters there is clarity about participation of people. Lucky number 20. Colour blue.last_img read more

Bottom placed Swansea appoint Carlos Carvalhal as manager

first_imgPremier League side Swansea City have appointed the much-traveled Carlos Carvalhal as their manager until the end of the season.The bottom placed club has also added an option to extend the contract beyond his six-month plan, the Welsh club confirmed on Thursday.The Portuguese manager Carvalhal parted ways with second-tier Sheffield Wednesday on December 24 after a two and a half years at Hillsborough, leading them to Championship play-offs in successive seasons.However, his side failed to move into the top flight.The 52-year-old replaces Paul Clement, who left the Welsh club earlier this month.Clement had taken the reins in January after Swansea had struggled under Italian Francesco Guidolin and American Bob Bradley, and succeeded in keeping the Swans in the top flight.But this year the South Wales team have struggled again and are currently five points from safety and favourites to go down.Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said after landing Carvalhal: “We are very pleased with the appointment.”We felt we needed to get the managerial situation resolved as soon as possible and while the timing is not always perfect, we can look forward to the second half of the campaign with renewed optimism,” he said.”He has built up a lot of experience over the years which will ensure the team is structured and organised. He is driven and ambitious and while he has a big challenge ahead of him, I know he will tackle it without fear.”Carvalhal has managed 15 teams in four countries. He began his managerial career in 1998 at Espinho, the Portuguese club where he finished his playing career.advertisementHaving also managed Sporting Lisbon, he worked at Turkish clubs Besiktas and Istanbul Basaksehir before moving to Sheffield Wednesday. (With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Hummels questions Loew’s tactics after Germany defeat

first_imgGermany’s Mats Hummels was not surprised that Germany lost their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener 1-0 against Mexico on Sunday.”Mexico deserved the win. Our cover was often not good and we were left many times with just Jerome (Boateng) and myself in the back,” said centre back Hummels, one of several Germans who will not want to watch a replay of Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute goal.”We were warned days ago (in the warm-up games). We played exactly like we did against Saudi Arabia (when Germany won 2-1) only against a better opponent. That’s why the first half was like it was and Mexico obviously deserved to win it.”FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEGermany were exposed again and again by Mexico’s counter-attacking, and if they had been more accurate with their final pass then they would not have had to endure the tense finale as the holders threw everything forward.The defender also questioned coach Joachim Loew’s tactics after the loss.”If seven or eight players are attacking then it is clear that our attacking power is greater,” said Hummels. “But that is something that I have often talked about internally. It does not always bear fruit.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP – DAY 4 LIVE UPDATESMeanwhile, Loew said there was no need for panic or radical change”In the first half we played very badly. We were not able to impose our usual way of playing,” Loew told a news conference.”But we will not just break apart now and become headless and do something completely different. There is no need to break out in panic just because we have lost a match.”advertisementToni Kroos recognised that Germany, the ultimate tournament team, were now facing an unusual situation. “We are now under pressure, we have to get six points from the next games,” he said.”We did not do it well. Overall we had our chances but did not score. We just lost the ball up front far too easily, and Mexico had always two or three people up front whom we failed to block efficiently.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Throwback Thursday: When Barry Refused a Record at Kansas State

first_imgBarry Sanders rushed 37 times for 320 yards and three TDs in 1988 at Kansas State as Oklahoma State thrashed the Wildcats 45-27. The Cowboys have beaten KSU just once in Manhattan since that game. It was a special game, too, as Mike Gundy and Pat Jones recall.“It was another man among boys deal,” said Pat Jones. “It was always big when Barry went back to Kansas. Because more of his family was around him. He is a native of Kansas. Once it started with him, he just literally ran wild.”Barry’s numbers are astonishing no matter how you look at them, but Gundy said what left a lasting impression on him that day was something Barry didn’t do.How good was Barry Sanders?2016 #okstate team: 304 rushes for 1,091 yards1988 Barry: 373 rushes for 2,850 yards— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 3, 2016“In the middle of the third quarter there were 8-10 minutes left,” said Gundy. “We were way ahead, and they came over and told him if he went back out he could break George Rogers rushing record at South Carolina.”Note: I don’t know what record Gundy is talking about here. Rogers didn’t even hold the single-game record at his own school much less the NCAA. And Sanders had already surpassed Rogers’ best single-game total by 80 yards. Maybe it was a single-season mark? Rogers ran for 1,894 yards in 1980, but that certainly wasn’t a NCAA record. Anyway …“We were so far ahead he said he didn’t want to go back in the game, just let the other guys play,” added Gundy. “Records didn’t mean anything to him. Individual accomplishments weren’t important to him.“All he had to do was go back out for one more series and he would have gained another 50 or 60 years because they hadn’t been able to tackle him the entire game. He didn’t even go back out or he would have broken George Rogers’ record at that time.”The highlights are amazing. The GIFs even better. Hopefully it’s a Throwback Thursday that will stir OSU’s chances in Manhattan this weekend a little bit. It is 1-8 since that day.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Report: Urawa 1 Shanghai SIPG 0

first_imgUrawa Reds 1 Shanghai SIPG 0 (2-1 agg): Rafael Silva books Al Hilal decider Iain Strachan 20:32 10/18/17 Urawa Reds - cropped Getty Images A showdown with Al Hilal awaits Urawa Reds after their 2-1 aggregate victory over Shanghai SIPG in the AFC Champions League semi-finals. Urawa Reds defeated Shanghai SIPG 1-0 on Wednesday to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory and book a meeting with Al Hilal in the AFC Champions League final.Rafael Silva’s headed goal from a corner in the 11th minute of the semi-final second leg at Saitama Stadium 2002 proved to be the only goal of a tight contest.J.League side Urawa will be aiming to capture their second AFC Champions League crown, having not reached the final since winning the competition in 2007. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Their opponents will be two-time Asian title-holders Al Hilal, who saw off Persepolis 6-2 on aggregate a day earlier to progress to a second decider in the last four years.FULL-TIME | @REDSOFFICIAL are through to the #ACL2017 Final after defeating Shanghai SIPG 2-1 on aggregate! #URAvSHA pic.twitter.com/W54x4rLvYL — AFC Champions League (@TheAFCCL) October 18, 2017 The visitors enjoyed the first clear sight of goal after six minutes, Wu Lei heading Hulk’s free-kick down and into the hands of Urawa goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa.Shanghai had been making most of the early running but it was the hosts who struck first, Rafael Silva climbing to head home Yosuke Kashiwagi’s in-swinging corner in the 11th minute.The goal sparked a period of Urawa dominance, Kashiwagi narrowly failing to get a clear shot away at close range following a slick counterattack little more than 60 seconds after the opener.Five minutes later it was Yuki Muto’s turn to go close, the attacker found unmarked in the centre of the box by Wataru Endo’s cross, only to nod his effort wide of far post.Shanghai weathered that period of pressure to finish the half strongly, Hulk testing Nishikawa with a free-kick from long range and then setting up Odil Ahmedov, who saw his shot from the top of the penalty area saved with four minutes left on the clock.A tense second half produced few clear-cut chances, Tomoaki Makino narrowly failing to double Urawa’s lead by heading against the bar from a corner in the 55th minute.Shinzo Koroki also went close with a header of his own in the 68th minute, climbing above the Shanghai defence to draw a good save from Yan Junling. Ultimately, though, Rafael Silva’s intervention proved decisive, as attention turns to next month’s two-legged final. read morelast_img read more

‘I did my homework’ – Halldorsson on ‘dream’ Messi save

first_imgWorld Cup ‘I did my homework on Messi’ – Iceland’s Halldorsson revels in ‘dream’ penalty save Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 01:32 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hannes Thor Halldorsson _cropped Clive Rose/Getty Images World Cup Argentina v Iceland Iceland Argentina The goalkeeper did plenty of research ahead of facing the world’s best player, saying he had a good feeling he knew which direction he would shoot Hannes Thor Halldorsson’s homework paid off as he saved a penalty from Lionel Messi to help Iceland clinch an unlikely point against Argentina.Goalkeeper Halldorsson dived to his right to turn away Messi’s spot-kick as an eventful Group D opener at the 2018 World Cup finished in a 1-1 draw.Sergio Aguero’s left-footed drive put Argentina ahead in the first half, only for debutants Iceland to hit back four minutes later with a goal from Alfred Finnbogason, the country’s first at a World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Messi had the chance to put the South American nation back in front after a foul on Maximiliano Meza, but Halldorsson’s guessed correctly to deny the Barcelona forward.”For me, as a goalkeeper, to play for Iceland at the first game of the World Cup and face the best player in the world with a penalty, it’s a big moment,” he told the media.”It’s a dream come true to save it, especially as it got us a point that I hope is going to prove important for us to reach our goal and qualify [for the knockout stages].”I did some homework. This was a situation I knew could come up.”I looked at a lot of penalties from Messi, and I also looked at my behaviour in the last couple of penalties I’ve faced.”I tried to get into the minds and what they’d be thinking about me – I had a good feeling he was going to go that way today.”The remarkable story of Icelandic football has just witnessed a new chapter! #ISL #VikingClap pic.twitter.com/gPZVEa4spv— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 16, 2018Heimir Hallgrimsson’s side struggled for possession but defended impressively to frustrate one of the leading contenders to lift the World Cup on Russian soil.”Our gameplan worked really well,” Halldorsson added. “We could feel it in the first half that the game was playing out as we wanted it to. They were playing the game in front of us, never having a lot of space.”Our confidence grew minute by minute, because you never know what is going to happen in a game against Argentina. We felt that as time grew, we had them where we wanted them.”They maybe grew a bit frustrated as they weren’t getting through. We equalised so early too, which was important for the development of the game. I guess our plan worked perfectly.”Hannes Þór Halldórsson saves the penalty from Messi!!!#fyririsland pic.twitter.com/JaD2GYW92h— Knattspyrnusambandið (@footballiceland) June 16, 2018last_img read more

ICTSI’s Australia Unit Secures USD 304 Mn Loan

first_imgzoom Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT), a unit of International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), signed a syndicated loan facility worth AUD 398 million (USD 304 million) with seven global financial institutions.The loan provides significant financial flexibility with long-dated tenors of 7, 10, and 16 years.The newly-secured financing will support the on-going construction and development of VICT at Webb Dock East in the Port of Melbourne, Australia.“The VICT deal has pushed the project finance envelope in Australia on a number of aspects, and this has made the process quite challenging. Thanks to the collaborative effort put in together with our lending partners, we achieved a final debt structure that positions VICT for both short and long term financial strength,” ICTSI Corporate Finance Director Manuel V. Pascua said.Construction of ICTSI’s container terminal commenced in late 2014, and will be completed in two phases.Phase one is expected to be ready for commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2016, while the second phase will be available in 2017.The loan was signed with Citibank N.A., KFW IPEX-Bank, Standard Chartered Bank as Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners, Bank of China Limited, DBS Bank Ltd., Investec Bank PLC as Mandated Lead Arrangers, and Cathay United Bank as Lead Arranger.last_img read more

New Brunswick latest province to address drone use in game hunting

first_imgThe New Brunswick government is the latest to take a hard line against the use of drones by hunters as the province’s annual moose hunt kicks off.Mike Holland, the province’s minister of energy and resource development, told reporters this week that using a drone to hunt is an offence because the province classifies drones as aircraft, which cannot be used in hunting.A number of provinces including Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia specifically prohibit the use of drones in hunting.Opponents to the practice cite the ethical principle of fair chase, arguing drones give hunters an unfair advantage over the animals.In the Northwest Territories, a decision on final regulations around drone use in caribou hunting was deferred after the issue sparked debate this summer.Indigenous groups in the territory are divided on banning drones in hunting, with some arguing the ban should apply to all hunters and others saying Indigenous people should be exempt.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NAFTA legal challenges by the numbers

OTTAWA — NAFTA Chapter 11 Challenges By the Numbers:84: Total number of foreign investor dispute claims filed under NAFTA since 199439: Total number of investor disputes against Canada under NAFTA24: Total number of investor disputes against Mexico under NAFTA21: Total number of investor disputes against the United States under NAFTA8: Number of cases Canada has lost5: Number of cases Mexico has lost0: Number of cases the U.S. has lost$215 million: Amount Canada has paid in compensation for lost cases$266 million: Amount Mexico has paid in compensation for lost cases27: Number of challenges dismissed22: Number of challenges that are inactive7: Number of challenges that were withdrawn12: Number of challenges that are ongoing read more

Afghanistan Security Council condemns attempts to disrupt upcoming elections

With preparations for Afghanistan’s legislative elections taking place in the shadow of escalating violence, the United Nations Security Council today condemned “terrorist acts or other forms of violence” aimed at disrupting the political process, and called on the international community to make up a nearly $30 million shortfall to fund the poll. “The Security Council expresses grave concern about the increased attacks by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups in Afghanistan over the past few months, Ambassador Kenzo Oshima of Japan, which holds the 15-nation body’s rotating Presidency for the month of August, said. Reading out a statement that wrapped up a briefing by Jean Arnault, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Mr. Oshima encouraged all Afghan participants, especially the candidates and their supporters, “to work constructively to ensure that the ongoing electoral campaigns are conducted peacefully, in an environment free of intimidation, and that the elections can be held successfully.” Mr. Oshima said that Council members expressed the strong view that the international community must maintain a high level of commitment to help Afghanistan tackle such challenges as, disbandment of illegal armed groups, the production and trafficking of drugs, development of government institutions, acceleration of judicial reforms, protection of human rights, and sustainable economic and social development. The Council also voiced its readiness to review UNAMA’s mandate after the completion of the electoral process, in order to allow the UN to continue to play a vital role in the post-Bonn period, the transitional phase that began with the international conference on Afghanistan in Germany in 2001. Mr. Oshima added that at the request of the Afghan Government, the Council is also ready to consider the renewal of the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to restore order in the war-torn country prior to its expiration. In his briefing to the Council, Mr. Arnault said that while troubling developments on the security front were a reminder of the hurdles that Afghans faced in rebuilding their country, he was confident that by year’s end a representative new National Assembly would be established, and with it Afghanistan’s political transition would be successfully completed. Mr. Arnault also noted the deteriorating security in June and July. Attacks had recently resumed with increased intensity in the south, east and south-east, with ambushes and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) remaining the tactics of choice of the extremists, with deadly effect. The number of attacks against UN staff had decreased compared to last year, and those against the candidates and electoral workers had been mostly indirect. However, Mr. Arnault said it was too soon to rule out attempts at causing major disruptions of the elections. In addition, increased insecurity in the provinces along the eastern border was a cause of concern for the elections there. Video of Council meeting [3hrs 24mins] read more

UN agriculture agency and World Bank reinforce partnership to end hunger and

The United Nations agriculture agency and the World Bank have opened a new chapter in their longstanding partnership by further strengthening their cooperation to end hunger and poverty at global and national levels. The two organizations have signed a new agreement to work closely together supporting the member countries in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), improve rural livelihoods, enhance efficiency of food production and distribution, and ensure sustainable management of natural resources worldwide.The framework agreement – which enables the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to provide technical expertise to governments for projects funded by the World Bank -– was signed yesterday in Rome by Daniel Gustafson, FAO Deputy Director-General for Operations, and Hartwig Schafer, the Vice-President of the World Bank’s Operations Policy and Country Services.This enhanced partnership realizes faster mobilization of FAO assistance to member countries in order to advance the 2030 Agenda for and its corresponding SDGs. “The tools […] will increase financial resources for development, especially in situations of protracted crises and fragile States,” says to Mr. Gustafson in a response during the signing ceremony.For his part, Mr. Schafer stressed that the new agreement is about joining forces on the front lines of crises and building on each organization’s comparative advantages, adding that it “becomes even more relevant in the context of emergency response, fragility and limited capacity to implement critical development programs in the countries.” The new agreement will go beyond FAO and World Bank investment programmes, says Mr. Schafter in a video interview. Through the FAO Investment Centre both international bodies have been working together for over 50 years providing development support to invest in agriculture and rural development. The Centre has contributed to over $100 billion worth of investments worldwide. read more

Peabody offers 10 million to advance clean coal research and advanced mining

first_imgEstablishing the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization, supporting the Clean Coal Technology Center and helping create the Institute of Mineral Resources, Peabody Energy is advancing clean coal research and mining technologies through $10 million in grants to academic institutions, including Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Wyoming and the University of Arizona. “Peabody is a global leader in clean coal solutions, advancing signature projects and partnerships around the world to commercialize near-zero emissions technologies,” said Chairman and CEO Gregory H. Boyce. “Coal has been the fastest growing fuel in the world for each of the past five years, and the vast majority of Americans support coal for electricity generation and believe that coal is a vital fuel of the future. We’re pleased to engage in multiple university research partnerships that will help unlock the full value of coal.”The funds are being committed through multi-year grants and include:$5 million to Washington University in St. Louis to establish the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization, which will develop carbon capture and storage technologies, oxyfuel combustion and other approaches to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The consortium is being funded by multiple industry partners. As part of the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability, the consortium will become part of an international partnership of universities, industry leaders and foundations to advance carbon solutions.$2 million to the University of Wyoming to support the Clean Coal Technology Center through the School of Energy Resources. The grant will focus on economic and energy analysis and will support the Technology Center’s work in advanced coal utilisation research and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs for energy-related careers. It will also serve as a catalyst for technology transfer to key stakeholders. A multidisciplinary economic and energy analysis of the Powder River Basin’s contribution to America’s economy will be part of the initial and ongoing research. Peabody joins a number of high-profile donors in supporting clean coal research at the university, including General Electric, which recently committed to develop the High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center for the study of coal-to-gas solutions for Powder River Basin and other Wyoming coals.$2 million to the University of Arizona to create the Institute of Mineral Resources, which will develop best practices in mining, safety and environmental stewardship. Key research efforts include advancing mine safety technology and research on energy-efficient mining.This contribution comes in addition to more than $1 million over five years in support of related educational studies at leading universities across the United States. Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private-sector coal company. Its coal products fuel approximately 10% of all US electricity generation and 2% of worldwide electricity.last_img read more

Disgruntled chef stands by his tweets from company account venting about getting

first_imgThis morning, he tweeted that he has been offered a new job, as well as changing his Twitter profile to reference the incident. According to The Mirror, the pub’s landlord stands by their decision, saying:When Jim, as head chef, informed me that he would not be working on Christmas Day, and other Sundays in the near future, I was left with little choice but to end our arrangement.  I had been quite clear with him when he started here that Sundays are our busiest days of the week, and that all our chefs have to work that day.Jim however, is standing by his comments.The pub should probably consider starting a new Twitter account.Here’s what happened when everyone on Twitter watched Elf together>Everyone please stop posting your bank card details on Twitter> A SERIES OF tweets went viral last night, when a disgruntled chef took to his former employer’s account to vent about getting fired.The account, belonging to The Plough pub in  Oxforshire, posted about the fact that their chef had been fired because ‘he wanted to have a weekend off this month and Christmas Day this year for family commitments.’The tweets, which remain posted, are thought to have been written by Jim Knight, who tweeted from his own account that he had not ‘hacked’ anyone, as the pub account had been created by him in the first place.He also said that there was nothing that would make him miss his daughter’s first Christmas.last_img read more

The Evening Fix Now with added footage from inside a tornado

first_imgA young Indian boy cools himself off with water being distributed by the municipality in a local slum on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India. (Kevin Frayer/AP)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED: #NO CONFIDENCE: The Dáil is beginning a two-day debate this evening on a motion of no confidence in justice minister Alan Shatter. Kicking off the debate, Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins cited not only the recent penalty points controversy, but also Garda station closures and the banking veto in the insolvency system. Earlier, Enda Kenny once again said he had full confidence in Shatter – saying the difference between Shatter’s encounter with the Gardaí and that of Mick Wallace was that Shatter hadn’t committed a crime and Wallace had. Shatter also found an unlikely friend on the independent benches…#HADDINGTON ROAD: One of Ireland’s biggest public unions has recommended that its members vote in favour of the ‘Haddington Road’ pay deal. The INMO, representing nurses and midwives, had been one of the staunchest critics of the original Croke Park 2 proposals. Its general secretary Liam Doran said the offer was the best available.#PAY: The average weekly wage for a Irish worker stood at €696.59 in the first quarter of this year, the CSO says – up slightly from the last quarter of 2012. The same figures showed a drop of 1.3 per cent in the numbers employed in the public service; the average wage in public administration is now €938.99 a week.#TOBACCO: Ireland is to become only the second country in the world to enforce new mandatory plain packages for cigarettes. Ireland will follow Australia’s lead in demanding that cigarettes be sold in bland packaging and carrying even bigger health warnings than they do right now.#ATTACK: Gardaí investigating the stabbing of a solicitor in Dublin two years ago have arrested a man in his 30s. The man was detained in the city centre this morning after a vicious assault on a 44-year-old woman in her home at Donaghmede Park in 2011. The victim suffered serious injuries in the stabbing but has since recovered.#AUSTERITY: Joan Burton no longer believes in austerity. The social protection minister has put her name to a letter in today’s Guardian where signatories argue that Europe must now move onto the “next stage”, as austerity measures have already been brought as far as possible.Californian Jack Wiegand waves from the cockpit of his Mooney M20 single-engine plane prior to taking off for Kobe, Japan, in the next leg of his attempt to be the youngest pilot to fly around the world. Wiegand, 20, has flown across North America, the Atlantic, Europe, the Middle East and South Asia. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)THINGS WE LOVED: This incredible photograph from the Women’s Museum of Ireland. It’s a young Irish doctor called Patricia Horne, crossing the Ananambra river in Nigeria in the 1950s. A talk on Patricia’s adventures in Nigeria will be given at the History Festival of Ireland next month.Most of us are probably a little uneasy about drones – unmanned planes which have become synonymous with bombings in some less fortunate parts of the world. Well, here’s a useful application for them in South Africa: one music festival is using drones to deliver beer to people who order it on their smartphones.This video makes us want chocolate, and also a purple carpet. But mostly chocolate. (YouTube: CadburyIRE)THINGS WE SHARED:In case you ever wondered just how developed Europe was, relative to some other parts of the world: here’s a map visualising the world’s busiest flight paths.If you’re going to heckle a comedian, just don’t make it Jimmy Carr.Ever wonder what it’s like actually being inside a tornado? Wonder no more. Sleep tight…center_img (YouTube: Brandon Ivey)last_img read more

Entomologist subjects himself to lie on the floor screaming levels of insect

first_imgPain is a hard thing to quantify, but University of Arizona entomologist Justin Schmidt has done his best to do just that. He’s stung himself over 1,000 times with 85 different insects so we’ll know which ones hurt the most. This is the Schmidt Pain Scale, which he began developing in the 1980s. It ranges from 1 (not very painful) to 4 (feels like you’re going to die). Schmidt published a book several months ago (called The Sting of the Wild)  and recently shared some snippets of his incredibly vivid descriptions of what it’s like the be stung by the world’s most painful stingers. Seriously, he has a way with words. He even reveals the most painful sting he’s ever experienced. Fire Ant1/10Range: Native to South AmericaDescription: “Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet and reaching for the light switch.”Pain level: 1<><>last_img read more

Juanfran Atleti are the club of my life I would like

first_imgAtletico Madrid full-back Juanfran hopes to renew his contract at the club that means the most to himThe former Real Madrid youth player has spent the last eight years with city rivals Atleti but will be out of contract at the end of this season.However, Juanfran remains a key member of the team and produced a great performance in their 1-0 La Liga win over Levante on Sunday.“Atleti are the club of my life, I would like to stay,” said Juanfran, according to Marca.“My hope is that the club renews me and that they still see me as a valuable player, who can put in a level of performance adequate of the team and our coach.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I will never create a problem here regardless if whether I leave in the summer or in future years, this club will always mean the world to me.“I hope to do whatever the best thing is for the club and I am sure that Diego Godin and Filipe Luis will do the same, they care about the club like this too.“The players are never the most important thing about Atleti but I believe my presence here can benefit the team going forward.”Juanfran has made 325 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side across all competitions.The 34-year-old’s time at the Spanish capital has seen him win La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, Europa League (2x) and UEFA Super Cup (2x).last_img read more

Warnock Rondon was the difference today

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock believes the quality of Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon was the difference as his side lost 3-0 at St James Park.Cardiff City succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday. Fabian Schar scored a brace and Ayoze Perez grabbed the third goal in stoppage time to condemn Cardiff to their third defeat in four games.Despite not finding the back of the net, Salomon Rondon played a crucial part to Newcastle’s win, including providing an assist for Perez’s goal.Warnock has been an admirer of Rondon and had admitted wanting to sign him in the summer, but ultimately failed as he moved to Newcastle instead.“I thought Rondon was the difference today. He led the line really well,” Warnock told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I didn’t think it was a 3-0 game. I couldn’t see them breaking through until the first goal which was poor from our point of view.“We started the second half well and were dangerous and then conceded the second that killed us. We didn’t have anything drop for us and they were better than us in the final third.“Nine of the lads that played today were in the Championship last year. While we are disappointed it is not the end of the world. We looked a half decent side. I didn’t think in the last third we did enough.“There was some great defending but we could have picked a better pass out at times in the second half.”last_img read more