Three, including infant, missing in several boat incidents in Assam

first_imgAn 18-month-old infant girl has been missing after a reportedly overcrowded boat capsized in Rakhaldubi river in western Assam’s Goalpara district on Monday evening, while two more boat incidents occurred across the State on Tuesday evening. The Rakhaldubi mishap is the third boat capsize in the State in the last one week after a mechanised country boat sank in the Brahmaputra off Guwahati killing four. Officials in Goalpara district said the unregistered row-boat had 15 people on board when it sank in the river. All other passengers were rescued by locals.Around the same time, a mechanised country boat also capsized in the Beki river near Kalgachia in Barpeta district. The boat drifted after its engine failed and hit the pillar of a bridge across the river. Around 30 people on board managed to either swim ashore or were rescued.In another incident on Tuesday, a rowboat sank in western Assam’s Goalpara district around dusk, the fourth such incident since a mechanised country boat capsized in the Brahmaputra off Guwahati on September 5. According to initial reports from the district, two people — Bilal Hussain, 26 and Amina Khatun, 7 — were missing after the boat with at least four people on board sank at Khankhowa Char near Goalpara town.These mishaps involving unregistered boats happened on non-notified routes. We have registered cases against the operators,” Bharat Bhushan Dev Choudhury, director of the State’s Inland Water Transport Department, said.On Monday, Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said no mechanised country boats would be allowed to operate in the entire river system of the State. After a review meeting with IWT officials, he ordered all single-engine ferries to be converted into double-engine ones with reversible gears.“As per the safety norms, there must be one life jacket for each passenger in the vessel and it will be mandatory for each passenger to put on the life jacket while boarding the vessel. The deputy commissioners shall conduct a safety audit of the ferry vessels within their respective districts,” Mr. Patowary said.last_img read more

Free to call ourselves Muslim in India, say minority Ahmadiyyas

first_imgTayyab Ali, 92, lies on a rusty cot in a large house with a courtyard full of plants. Clad in an off-white kurta, he peers intently through thick glasses as he says, “I moved here in 1946 to protect our heritage. I am still doing the same thing.”Tayyab Ali Bengali, as he likes to be called, had migrated from what is now Bangladesh. He was one of the 313 Ahmadiyyas who, at the time of the Partition, had chosen to stay back in Qadian in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district. It was here that the sect’s founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, had established a religious community in 1889. The Ahmadiyyas believe that their founder was the “promised messiah” of the Muslims, meant to propagate the teachings of Prophet Mohammad. But the majority Sunni Muslims believe the Prophet to be the last messiah. This fundamental difference in religious belief has meant that the Ahmadiyyas are a persecuted minority in every Islamic state.In Pakistan, where over 4 million Ahmadiyyas reside, an ordinance passed by the government in 1984 declared them as “non-Muslims”. It also made it a criminal offence for members of this community to practise Islam or claim to be Muslims.As for the Ahmadiyyas, they call themselves a “revival movement in Islam”, one that rejects “terrorism” and believes in the “jihad of the pen” as opposed to a “jihad of the sword”.Mr. Ali is proud to be a ‘Darvesh’, the title given to each of the 313 who chose to stay in India after the 1947 Partition, leaving their families in Pakistan. He recalls attending a few sermons given by Ahmadiyya leaders in 1945, after which he decided to join the sect. He moved to Qadian the following year.“My parents were Sunnis. They stopped me but I didn’t listen to them. After Partition, my father sent me a money order and asked me to come back. But I sent the money order back,” he says. He last travelled to see his family over 50 years ago, in what was then East Pakistan, but returned in four days. “The environment was hostile. My parents didn’t treat me well. I came back,” he recalls. In India, he says, he wakes up for fajr, the first of the five prayers through the day, rests, eats, and goes to watch kids play football in the evening.The only tough time, he recalls, was the year following Partition. “We lived like prisoners, with a bare minimum of food, for over a year. We couldn’t get out of Qadian. A year later, I started playing football and volleyball, and that became a reason for me to get out of Qadian sometimes for tournaments,” Mr. Ali says.India’s Ahmadiyya population is about 1.5 lakh, About 6,000 of them live in Qadian in a settlement spread across 1,500 acres. It has a residential colony, two mosques, State board-affiliated schools for both girls and boys, a religious college, a few manufacturing units, including a chapatti-making unit, playgrounds, community halls, and religious monuments.Self-sustaining communityModelled as a self-sustaining township of sorts, the community enjoys its own administration, known as the ‘Secretariat’, with separate departments for expenditure, construction, audit, general affairs, information technology, waseehat and jaidaat. All the department heads are appointed by the ‘Khalifa’, or fifth successor of the founder, Mirza Masroor Ahmad. The Khalifa is based in London, which has now become the headquarters of the community.“Most of the money to run the community comes from donations by our members across the country. A significant part of it is generated by a system wherein those who pledge allegiance to the community donate 10% of their property and monthly salary to the administration,” says Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat’s (AMJ) spokesperson Tariq Ahmed. Many members of the community live in houses owned by the sect, pay a nominal rent, and work at the Secretariat.Nasir Waheed, who handles accounts at the Secretariat, says that he gets a salary of just ₹7,000 a month but is grateful for the peaceful life. “My children study in the community school where the fees are low. And because I work for the community, there are a lot of benefits,” he says, adding that his father was a Darvesh. “He worked for free in the initial years and started with a salary of ₹5”.Mr. Waheed’s wife, Swalehah Waheed (37), says the women are mostly occupied in religious programmes scheduled through the year. The entire settlement is divided into 13 sub-areas, each headed by a woman who is responsible for the ‘religious guidance’ of the women of her subdivision. “They give us books of our Khalifa to read and there are regular discussions around it. Every now and then, religious programmes are organised where women and minor girls share what they have read,” says Ms. Waheed, who has a master’s degree in political science from Panjab University.While there are many like Ms. Waheed, there are also women like Tahira Maqbool. Ms. Maqbool is now an Indian citizen but was a Pakistani until two years ago. The 34-year-old mother of three recalls life back “home” in Faisalabad and the pain of living there.‘Home’ truths “I was born in Faisalabad and stayed there till I got married in 2003. It’ll always be home because I’ve spent my childhood there. But in Pakistan we are treated worse than animals,” she says. Recalling an incident, she describes how her brother was once stopped on the street for particular reason, slapped around, and asked to change his faith.Tehmida (29), also a Pakistani born and brought up in Karachi, got married in India in 2013. She, too, has experienced persecution. “I was a bright student in college and my teachers loved me. But the day they came to know that I was an Ahmadiyya, their attitude towards me changed completely. They even asked me to leave the college. I said I’ll only leave if you make a formal complaint.”Unfortunately, for the married Pakistani women in Qadian, the ordeal doesn’t end even after they leave their home country. In India, life without citizenship is not easy either.“Sometimes, I feel like a prisoner because I have to renew my visa every year. I got married here and my four-year-old son is also an Indian. But I can’t leave Qadian. To travel out of this town, I need a No Objection Certificate from the Indian government. This remains a huge problem,” says Ms. Tehmida, adding that her friends from Pakistan often ask her if she has visited Mumbai or the Taj Mahal. “What could I say?”Slow citizenship process Tears roll down the eyes of Ms. Maqbool as she recalls the time her father passed away, in April 2012. She could not go and see him one last time as she had submitted her passport to the Indian government as part of her citizenship application process. “It is a very slow process,” she says. “I received the citizenship certificate only in April 2016.” Rukaiyya Khalam (52), from Pakistan’s Rabwah, has a similar story. She came to India in 1994 and started her citizenship process right then. “My mother passed away in 1996. But there is a requirement that in order to get citizenship, I should not leave India for seven years after I come here. So I didn’t go. Now, more than 20 years later, I am still not an Indian national,” she says.Ms. Tehmida, however, is happy in one respect. “I am free to practise my beliefs the way I want”.Mr. Ahmed, too, dwells on the relief in being able to freely call oneself a Muslim.In September, the Pakistani government had removed Princeton economist Atif Mian, an Ahmadiyya, from the newly set up Economic Advisory Council because of opposition from the Sunni majority. “In Pakistan, we can’t keep the Koran. We can’t celebrate Id. We can’t publish any of our books or periodicals. We can’t greet with Assalamu alaikum. There is not a single month when our people are not martyred. How would they accept one of us in the national Economic Advisory Council? India and most of the 211 other countries where our people live are extremely tolerant in this matter as compared to Pakistan,” he says.Members of the community say that they can lead a normal life In India, like any other Muslim, so long as they don’t show that they’re Ahmadiyya. Mansoor Ahmad, a local who often visits his relatives in Delhi, says that his nieces and nephews go to a private college and none of their friends really care what community they are from. “But it’s not always like this. There have been instances when hardliners in Ludhiana have created a ruckus because of our presence during religious programmes. But even on those occasions things never escalated to violence,” he says.last_img read more

Physiotherapist Gets 14 Years in Jail for Illegal Supply of Firearms in UK

first_imgA physiotherapist from Birmingham has been imprisoned for 14 years for supplying ammunition and guns to gangs. He supplied weapons that were used in three murders, and several other crimes.Mohinder Surdhar, 58, from Grove Lane in Handsworth had admitted earlier at a hearing to a single count of conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and ammunition. Surdhar would use his authentic firearms certificate to procure weapons that were said to have been sold by co-conspirators for up to £3,000, Mail Online reported.Surdhar and the arms supplier, Paul Edmunds, 65, were together supplying guns and ammunition linked to more than 100 crimes in the United Kingdom. A UK court sentenced Edmunds to 30 years in jail in December last year.While sentencing the physiotherapist, Judge Richard Bond at Birmingham Crown Court told Surdhar that he had broken the trust that was vested in him as a licensed owner of firearms, that included a sniper rifle with a range of up to two miles.“You were a physiotherapist with a PhD, well-educated and well-respected in your field. In short, over a period of several years you acted as the fulcrum in the supply of prohibited weapons and ammunition to criminal gangs,” the judge told Surdhar.Trials of other defendants involved in the conspiracy heard that police across the country started to recover antique handguns and specially made ammunition from crime scenes from 2014, according to the statement from National Ballistics Intelligence Service. During the previous hearings, which led to the conviction of more than a dozen men, including Gloucestershire-based gun dealer Paul Edmunds, it was said that Surdhar acted as a middleman.“During his trial, the court heard Edmunds was arrested at his home in 2015, where he had three armories and used to make ammunition to fit antique weapons,” said the statement.The judge also told Surdhar that it is impossible to say how many weapons he had supplied over the years, but it appears that he supplied hundreds of guns to the gang. “Even to this day, weapons sold by you are still being seized from crime scenes,” he said.Law officers said that Edmunds was a registered firearms dealer from Gloucester. He knew how to source, purchase, import and later supply these guns and ammunition that were prohibited to Surdhar. The physiotherapist would then sell these to the criminals.“The weapons and ammunition have been directly linked to crimes across nine police forces, including murders, attempted murders and the 2011 Birmingham riots when shots were fired at the West Midlands Police helicopter,” said the crown prosecution service (CPS), the Hindustan Times reported. Related ItemsBirminghamBritainUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Women are having a greater impact on NBA than ever before

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The women who have broken into the NBA ranks are garnering respect from players for their experience and basketball knowledge.Celtics guard Gordon Hayward said Lawson has already made her presence felt.“She’s been good as far as just the experience she has as a basketball player,” Hayward said. “Reading the game and kind of little things she sees coaching on the sideline. Having somebody that well-versed in basketball, that experience is good.”Earlier this month, Wizards assistant Kristi Toliver was on the court helping the Mystics win their first WNBA championship. On the sideline, Washington NBA All-Stars John Wall and Bradley Beal were wearing the Wizard assistant’s WNBA jersey and dancing from the stands .NBA players are treating the feedback from Toliver and the other women in the league with the same reverence they give their male counterparts.“The biggest thing I learned is to share your voice and what you’ve learned,” Toliver said. “Doing that has helped me communicate with my guys.”Toliver is in a unique salary situation since she coaches for the Washington Wizards and plays for the Washington Mystics — both owned by same franchise. She was only paid about $10,000 with the Wizards last year because of WNBA salary cap rules. WNBA teams can only pay all their players a combined $50,000 in offseason to supplement pay and Washington only had $10,000 left to pay Toliver.There are no such hiccups in New Orleans, where Pelicans guard Frank Jackson said he always expected to benefit from Cash and Teresa Weatherspoon, who was hired as a New Orleans assistant this season.“They were ballers,” Jackson said. “They were good at their craft and I’ve taken a lot from both of them. … I’ve always had open eyes and open ears to anyone who plays this game.”The 21-year-old Jackson knows of the women’s exploits because he has witnessed it firsthand. And he is not alone. The WNBA has been around since most players were teenagers, and is older than others; the league was launched in 1996. “Thanks, coach,” Edwards says before exchanging a high-five with Lawson.Welcome to the new-look NBA, in which women’s footprints are directly impacting every aspect of the game — from broadcasting booths, to officiating, coaching on the sidelines, front-office executives to ownership.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceLawson is one of a record 11 women serving as assistant coaches in the NBA this season. While former WNBA star Swin Cash and Sue Bird are working in NBA front offices.“It’s not a fad,” said Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. “It’s opportunities going to very accomplished women who have given their life to the game.” View comments South Korean football team tells of ‘rough’ match in Pyongyang “As the years go on, they’re going to get more and more recognition,” said Jackson, in his third year out of Duke. “Girls can hoop, too. … I just think as times change, you’ll see more and more.”Cash believes the NBA is realizing having more women is important to growing the league’s overall brand, business and bottom line.“The reality is and the statistics prove it, is that having women included in your business helps you get more inclusion, helps you get the diversity you need,” she said. “Diversity of thought, not just Black, White, Asian, Latino, whatever.”Stephanie Ready, a former assistant in the then D-League, said a big factor in the opportunities women are getting are coming because the younger generation of NBA executives, such as 76ers general manager Elton Brand. She said the new crop of hiring managers are doing a better job of recognizing what women bring to the table and as the older generation retires, it will get even better.“Some people will age out,” said Ready, one of the first women to be a men’s assistant on the collegiate level with Coppin State and a former broadcaster with the Charlotte Hornets who now currently covers the NBA for TNT and Yahoo. “By that I mean the old regime of men who thought that only men could do these jobs.”Richard Lapchick, who tracks racial and gender hiring numbers for the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB, has long lauded the NBA as being the leader in gender hiring practices. He credits the leadership of Commissioner Adam Silver, who said the league needed to increase the number women coaches and referees in the NBA.Along with the record number of female assistants, five women referees will be working NBA games this upcoming season.Lapchick also believes the NBA will soon have its female head coach. Whether that is Hammon in San Antonio remains to be seen. But whoever it is, Lapchick said the move would go a long way in putting even more women in position to make basketball decisions.“I’d be surprised if it doesn’t happen before the next season,” he said, “or during the next season.” Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippines reaffirms commitment to United Nations PLAY LIST 02:50Philippines reaffirms commitment to United Nations00:50Trending Articles03:48Passengers flock to Naia one day before ‘Undas’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architect FILE – In this July 1, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson passes the ball at the team’s training facility in Boston. Celtics guard Gordon Hayward said Lawson has already made her presence felt. “She’s been good as far as just the experience she has as a basketball player,” Hayward said. “Reading the game and kind of little things she sees coaching on the sideline. Having somebody that well-versed in basketball, that experience is good.” (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)Practice is over and Boston Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson is still working.She stands under the basket rebounding and giving feedback to rookie guard Carsen Edwards as he shoots from different spots on the court. After swishing his final three attempts he jogs over to her.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? While it may not be a fad, it is a recent trend.Lieberman remembers a time when the presence of women was hard to spot, or at best found only behind the scenes.The 61-year-old — who has broken barriers as a player, as a coach in the WNBA, head coach in NBA G League and in the NBA as assistant — learned quickly that building relationships was the skeleton key to erasing gender hurdles and opening opportunities in the league. That, along with an occasional assist from forward thinking men like former coach Don Nelson, who in 2009 hired her as the head coach of the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks’ G League affiliate.Several have continued Nelson’s vision, including San Antonio Spurs Greg Popovich, who made Becky Hammon the NBA’s first full-time assistant in 2014; current Mavericks’ coach Rick Carlisle (he hired Jenny Boucek as assistant in 2017) and the Sacramento Kings organization, which has been responsible for hiring three women as assistants (Lieberman, Boucek and Lindsay Harding). Even the BIG3, spearheaded by founder and entertainer Ice Cube, is helping normalize the idea of women leading men, Lieberman said.“I remember Donnie did an interview and he said, ‘Maybe the best man for the job isn’t a man at all.’ He had a list of criteria he wanted to hit for his head coach. And I hit those,” Lieberman said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

IPL 2017: Dhoni shines as Pune win a thriller vs Sunrisers, Mumbai beat Delhi

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Knee ligament injury rules Lanzini out of WC

first_imgArgentina Lanzini to miss World Cup after knee ligament injury Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 18:18 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Manuel Lanzini Argentina 2018 Getty Images Argentina World Cup Argentina v Iceland West Ham United Premier League The West Ham winger looked set to play a key role for Jorge Sampaoli’s team at the tournament, but now faces a spell on the sidelines Argentina midfielder Manuel Lanzini is set to miss out on the World Cup after suffering a ruptured anterior knee ligament injury in training.The news of the knee injury comes as a major blow in the build-up to the tournament, which gets under way in just under a week.The West Ham star had worked his way into the Albiceleste’s first choice team under Jorge Sampaoli and was set to start against Iceland in his country’s opening match in Russia. 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 But he now faces a long spell on the sidelines following the injury as Argentina’s preparations for the tournament go from bad to worse.Having only just scraped into the tournament in Russia thanks to a Lionel Messi-inspired win over Ecuador in their final qualifying match, the two-time winners have been one of the most talked about nations in the build-up for all the wrong reasons.Sampaoli’s decision to leave Mauro Icardi out of his 23-man squad has raised eyebrows given the Inter man finished as the top goalscorer in Serie A last term.The former Chile boss has also struggled to fit both Paulo Dybala and Messi into the same team, with the Juventus star regularly left on the bench to accomodate for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner – a decision that had benefitted Lanzini in terms of him becoming a regular starter.As well as that, the squad found themselves pulled into a diplomatic row after the controversial cancellation of a friendly game against Israel amid political pressure. #FuerzaManu @manulanzini — Selección Argentina (@Argentina) June 8, 2018 That fixture was supposed to be the Albiceleste’s final warm-up game ahead of the tournament, meaning they will have gone 17 days without on-field action by the time they meet Iceland on June 16.Sampaoli will now be forced into a tactical re-think following Lanzini’s injury and the Argentina boss will be able to call up a replacement for the stricken winger.The likes of Diego Perotti, Enzo Perez and Leandro Paredes are believed to be among the likely substitutes, but the former Chile boss could also turn to Lautaro Martinez or Icardi. Argentina follow their Group D opener with games against Croatia and Nigeria on June 21 and 26 respectively.last_img read more

Dominion Beach Maintenance Underway

first_imgSun and surf enthusiasts at Dominion Beach, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, will soon see improvements at the provincial park. Work has begun to address damage caused by winter storms. “We have a plan to renew the walkways and grounds so Dominion Beach Provincial Park remains a fine family attraction,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. The department will re-align walkways from the parking lot to the beach and replace sections of boardwalk with a crusher-dust pathway. Wooden walkways between the park’s parking lot and the change house will be repaired. The boardwalk that has been repeatedly rebuilt in the past because of winter damage will not be replaced. Instead, a new pathway will allow access to the beach from the smaller parking area, next to the park. “Rather than continue to fight Mother Nature, we’ve chosen to work with her,” said Mr. Parker. Cobblestone brought ashore by the ocean will be left in place as erosion protection. The department will take steps to address water collecting around the main park building, including building a drainage ditch. The upgrades are expected to be completed within a few weeks. Efforts will be made to limit disruptions to visitors. Later this summer, department officials will begin working on a plan to guide the park’s long-term management. The Department of Natural Resources manages more than 125 parks throughout the province, including 71 with public beaches. For more information about Nova Scotia’s provincial beach parks, visit .last_img read more

Crown Attorneys Appointed in Halifax and Dartmouth

first_imgThe appointment of two new Crown attorneys was announced today, Sept. 25, by the Public Prosecution Service. They are Adam McCulley in Halifax and Katrina Trask in Dartmouth. “Mr. McCulley and Ms. Trask each have a unique legal background,” said Martin Herschorn, director of Public Prosecutions. “Their experience and enthusiasm will be an asset to our team.” Adam McCulley is from Lower Sackville. He graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2003 with a bachelor of arts and from the Nova Scotia Community College in 2006 with a paralegal diploma. While working as a litigation paralegal with the child protection team at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Mr. McCulley entered the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University graduating in 2017. He articled with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. Mr. McCulley is chair and past treasurer of the Sackville Heights Community Centre Board. He is a certified Hockey Canada coach. A native of Winnipeg, Ms. Trask graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2008 with a bachelor of arts and in 2012 with a juris doctor. Ms. Trask articled with Taylor McCaffrey in Winnipeg. In 2013, she was appointed a research lawyer with the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal. In 2016 she was appointed decisions administrator for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. In 2018 she was appointed a Crown prosecutor for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice in North Battleford. Ms. Trask is a former board member of the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies and has volunteered with the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba. She is fluent in both official languages.last_img read more

Bombardment kills 20 civilians in northwest Syria monitor

first_imgBeirut: Bombardment by the Syrian regime and its Russian ally killed 20 civilians including five children Wednesday in the latest violence to hit northwest Syria.The Syrian regime and Russia have stepped up their deadly raids on the Idlib region since late April, despite an international deal intended to prevent a full-scale offensive on the area of some three million people.In almost three months, 730 civilians have been killed there in air strikes and ground-to-ground fire by the Damascus government and its allies. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe bombardment has also hit two dozen hospitals in the opposition area, which is made up of most of Idlib province as well as slivers of adjacent governorates.On Wednesday, Russian air strikes killed 10 people from the same family, including three children, on a farm near the town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Ten others lost their lives in regime air strikes and artillery fire in other parts of the jihadist-run bastion, the Britain-based monitoring group said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAmong these, regime war planes killed five civilians including two children in the town of Ariha in Idlib province, it said.A rescue worker in the town lifted the limp body of a toddler out of the rubble and rushed the child to an ambulance, according to footage shared by his White Helmets organisation.His team members hurriedly worked through the debris and twisted sheets of corrugated iron, finding a young man on his back covered in grey dust — but still alive. On Monday, air strikes killed at least 50 civilians in various parts of the bastion.The Observatory said the majority were killed in Russian air raids on a busy market, but Moscow has denied any involvement.The monitor, which relies on sources inside Syria, says it determines who carries out air strikes according to flight patterns, as well as aircraft and ammunition involved.Mark Cutts, UN deputy regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, this week described a worsening “nightmare” unfolding in Idlib.He said Monday’s aerial onslaught was “one of the deadliest attacks on civilian areas that we have seen since the upsurge in fighting”.The Idlib region has since January been administered by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham — a group led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate — but other jihadists and rebels are also present in the area bordering Turkey.A September accord struck between Moscow and Ankara was supposed to set up a buffer zone around the region, but it was never fully implemented after jihadists refused to withdraw from that planned security cordon.The recent violence has forced more than 330,000 people from their homes, the United Nations says, many seeking shelter further north in camps or olive groves along the Turkish border.Syria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.last_img read more

Vectorborne diseases NDMC holds interactive session with school children

first_imgNew Delhi: The New Delhi Municipal Council Secretary (NDMC), Rashmi Singh on Tuesday said that school children pay a vital role in the fight against the spread of vector-borne diseases. She said that children “are capable of convincing their near and dear ones about how to make their habitat neat and clean”. Inaugurating an interactive session organised for principals, nodal officers and school children on the containment of vector-borne diseases, Singh said that children are crucial to spread awareness about the dangers of unclean areas and advocate for an environment that is free of diseases like dengue, malaria and Chikungunya. Around 200 children from 75 government and private schools in the NDMC area had attended the interactive session at the municipality’s Convention Centre here. At the session, Singh told the audience that medicine is still a long way from finding a cure for a lot of vector-borne diseases and that prevention is the safest way to control these illnesses. “The problem of vector-borne diseases might not be solved alone by the NDMC or any other civic body but it should be a joint venture of each and every segment of society to get rid of the dread diseases,” she said.last_img read more

New UN financing aims to help rural farmers in Lesotho boost production

20 December 2011The United Nations agency that works to improve the lives of the world’s rural poor is providing $10 million to help small farmers in Lesotho boost agricultural production. The agreement signed in Rome between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Lesotho comprises a $5 million loan and a $5 million grant to increase market opportunities for smallholder farmers and improve production in four of the tiny nation’s 10 districts.Over 70 per cent of Lesotho’s population lives in rural areas, according to a news release issued by IFAD, which adds that more than three quarters of them are involved in agriculture.Lesotho’s rural population has been hit hard in recent years by a steady decline in remittances from migrant mine workers in South Africa, a major source of cash for purchasing agricultural inputs or making other necessary investments.About 15,000 rural households are expected to benefit from the project, the latest in a total of eight programmes and projects IFAD has financed in Lesotho for about $60.3 million. For over three decades, IFAD has invested about $13.7 billion in grants and low-interest loans to developing countries, empowering about 405 million people to break out of poverty and to create vibrant rural communities. read more

Karunanidhi to push for Ealam

Supporters were at their innovative best with posters around the city sporting pictures of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar alongside Karunanidhi.The posters in Tamil said that while the cricketing legend had completed the feat of 100 international hundreds, their Thalaivar Karunanidhi was approaching the mark as he turned 89.‘At Arivalayam, party workers showered the DMK leader with a slew of goodies, including carefully done crown, garlands made of rupee notes and their replica. (Deccan Chronicle) DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Sunday announced that a conference would be held in Villupuram to pave way for a separate Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka.Addressing a public meeting on the occasion of his 89th birthday celebration in Chennai, Karunanidhi said the Sri Lankan Tamil Reclamation Conference would be organised by the recently revived Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation. Earlier, leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and Tamil superstar Rajnikanth extended their birthday greetings to Karunanidhi over phone. Karunanidhi said that the Sri Lankan government is suppressing the rights of Tamils. “We would hold the conference in Villupuram to pave way for creation of separate Tamil Eelam in Lanka,” he said, adding that besides his party, Dravidar Kazhagam and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi will take part in the conference. He paid homage at the memorials of his mentors, DMK founder C.N. Annadurai and Dravidar Kazhagam founder E.V. Ramasamy.Party workers who had come from various parts of the state to have a glimpse of their leader thronged DMK headquarters, Anna Arivalayam. read more

Thamilini set free from rehab

Report by Easwaran Rutnam “She was freed after she completed one year in rehabilitation,” Brigadier Dharshana Hettiarachi said. Former LTTE women’s wing political head, Thamilini, was freed today after completing rehabilitation, Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Brigadier Dharshana Hettiarachi said.He said that her mother and her sister together with the sister’s children met Thamilini and took her home from the Vavuniya rehabilitation camp. Subramaniam Shivathai, alias Thamilini, was arrested in May 2009 by a special police team, at the Vavuniya IDP camp while she was staying there with her mother and sister.Thamilini joined the LTTE in 1991, after listening to a lecture by the LTTE, and received battle training in a camp in Nirveli. When Nesmia, the previous head of the LTTE Women’s Wing, was killed in a clash with the Army in Muhamalai, Thamilini had been appointed in her place.  (Colombo Gazette) Thamilini is one of the most senior former LTTE members to have been released into society after undergoing rehabilitation. read more

UNICEF hails progress toward ending female genital mutilation

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today praised efforts made by governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to outlaw female genital mutilation, a gruesome and debilitating practice that affects millions of girls every year on the African continent. Marking the fourth annual International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation, the head of the UN children’s agency said girls have the right to grow to womanhood without harm to their bodies. She said ending the practice was “essential” to improving maternal health, promoting gender equality and reducing child mortality.“We know what has to be done to abandon this harmful practice,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “Strong support from governments encouraging communities and individuals to make the healthiest choices possible for girls will save lives and greatly benefit families and communities.”“We stand at a pivotal moment in history as we work toward a truly positive collective change,” she added. “The most effective approaches to this issue have been found not by punishing perpetrators but through encouraging and supporting healthy choices.”Some 3 million girls in 28 countries on the African continent are subjected to genital mutilation each year, as are thousands of girls in immigrant communities in Europe, North America and Australia, according to UNICEF, which describes this as one of the most “silently endured human rights violations.” Globally, between 100 and 140 million girls and women have been cut or mutilated. Most girls are cut between infancy and their 14th birthday. Many communities still hold firmly to the age-old tradition, which though not always stated outright is considered a prerequisite for marriage. UNICEF is supporting programmes to end female genital mutilation in 18 countries and conducting initial activities in four. They use a variety of approaches centred around mass education campaigns and working closely with local authorities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), religious and other leaders.For example in Senegal, largely thanks to the work of TOSTAN, an NGO that focuses on educating communities about human rights and human dignity, tens of thousands of people have declared their abandonment of the practice. Legislation to outlaw mutilation has also been put in place. In particular, this includes the Maputo Protocol, which was ratified by 15 African countries and entered into force in November 2005. A month later, 100 African parliamentarians adopted the groundbreaking “Dakar Declaration,” which underscores the importance of community involvement as well as legislation to end the practice.UNICEF also said that a regional conference will be held in Mali later this month, where discussions will centre on using legislation to enforce the Maputo Protocol resolutions. The practice of female genital mutilation will also be addressed in the UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children, to be published in October this year. read more

Bank of Canada warns of risks costs from monetary stimulus and its

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted May 16, 2013 10:41 am MDT OTTAWA – Slashing interest rates and printing wads of money may have saved the global economy from catastrophe, but taking back all the monetary candy opens the world to new risks, the Bank of Canada warns in a research paper.The paper, written by economists Eric Santor and Lena Suchanek as part of the institution’s quarterly Bank of Canada Review, says efforts to stimulate the economy through the 2008-09 recession appear to have worked but risk remains.“Exiting too soon could undermine the recovery, while too slow an exit could lead to excess liquidity and contribute to inflationary pressures,” they write.The economists also make clear the successes so far have not come without costs — mostly punishing savers by pushing down interest rates and yields on safe investments, such as government bonds.The paper appears more directed at central bank policies in hard-hit economies such as Europe, Japan and the U.S., which radically increased the money supply through a policy known as quantitative easing.The Bank of Canada never took that step, but did slash interest rates to close to zero in 2009 and still retains a super-low overnight rate of one per cent.In a report issued Wednesday by the C.D. Howe Institute, former Bank of Canada special adviser Paul Masson argued that it was time for Canada’s central bank to start hiking interest rates.He cited some of the same risks to keeping rates low for long periods as the new Bank of Canada paper — creation of asset bubbles, as households take advantage of easy money conditions to purchase homes. As well, market distortions and risks as low yields hammer pension funds and insurance companies, which might be driven to riskier ventures to meet their longer-term liabilities.The Bank of Canada economists, however, do not offer an opinion on when to begin pulling back the stimulus, but agree that almost five years of super-low interest rates have come at a cost.Removing stimulus poses new risks, the economists add, including that central banks themselves could suffer losses from the risky assets they acquired.A bigger problem may arise if all the money central banks have poured into the system comes back to haunt them by spiking inflationary pressures.Still the authors say the central bank experiment with monetary easing was worth the potential price.“On balance, research to date suggests these measures were, and remain, effective. Without them, economic outcomes would have been much worse,” they say. Bank of Canada warns of risks, costs from monetary stimulus and its removal read more

US stock indexes tread water bond yields climb

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Railroad stocks chugged higher Thursday, but drops for utilities and other companies that pay big dividends meant U.S. stock indexes dipped modestly. Treasury yields continued their upward march.KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,267 as of 11:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 50 points, or 0.3 per cent, at 19,755. The Nasdaq composite index fell 10 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,546. Indexes have been trading in a tight range: The S&P 500 bounced around the flat line Thursday and has yet to close up or down by more than 0.4 per cent for over two weeks.Three stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange.RAIL RALLY: Railroad operators posted some of the biggest gains. CSX led the way with a jump of $6.47, or 17.5 per cent, to $43.35. An activist investor is reportedly teaming up with the executive who turned around Canadian Pacific Railway to target CSX.Union Pacific rose $2.60, or 2.5 per cent, to $106.37 after reporting stronger fourth-quarter earnings than expected. Norfolk Southern also rose.BINGE BUYING: Netflix jumped $7.07, or 5.3 per cent, to $140.33 after the video-streaming service reported stronger fourth-quarter earnings than analysts expected and said that it added more customers during the quarter than ever before.TREASURY YIELDS: Bond yields continued their march higher, and the 10-year Treasury yield rose to 2.47 per cent from 2.43 per cent late Wednesday. Yields have generally been climbing since Election Day on expectations that President-elect Donald Trump’s policies will spur more inflation and economic growth. The 10-year yield is still below its perch above 2.60 per cent that it reached in mid-December, but it’s well above the 2.09 per cent yield it was at a year ago.DIVIDEND DROPS: Higher yields may lure income investors back to bonds and away from high-dividend stocks. That hurts real-estate investment trusts, which carry some of the biggest dividend yields. REITs in the S&P 500 fell 0.7 per cent, the biggest loss of the 11 sectors that make up the index.ECONOMIC REPORTS: The U.S. economy continues to hum along. Reports released Thursday indicated strength in the labour and housing markets. The fewest number of workers sought unemployment claims last week in 43 years, a sign that corporate layoffs are subsiding.A separate report showed that homebuilders broke ground on more new homes in December, capping a solid 2016 for the industry. Developers began work on the most new homes and apartments since 2007.A stronger economy could sway the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates more quickly. It has raised rates twice since 2015 after keeping them at record lows near zero since 2008.CURRENCIES: The dollar was mixed against its major rivals. It rose to 115.17 Japanese yen from 113.74 late Wednesday, and the euro dipped to $1.0661. But the British pound rose to $1.2320 from $1.2284.MARKETS ABROAD: In Asia, the Japanese Nikkei 225 index rose 0.9 per cent, South Korea’s Kospi rose 0.1 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.2 per cent.In Europe, the German DAX dipped 0.1 per cent, the French CAC 40 fell 0.4 per cent and the FTSE 100 lost 0.7 per cent in London.COMMODITIES: Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 39 cents to $52.28 per barrel. Brent oil, the international standard, rose 29 cents to $54.21. Natural gas rose 4 cents to $3.33 per 1,000 cubic feet.Gold dropped $11.40 to $1,200.70 per ounce, silver fell 34 cents to $16.96 per ounce and copper was flat at $2.61 per pound.___AP Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach contributed to this report from Tokyo. by Stan Choe, The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2017 9:33 am MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stock indexes tread water; bond yields climb read more

Cameroon stripped as host of 2019 African Cup

ACCRA, Ghana — Cameroon has been stripped of the right to host next year’s African Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst of a violent separatist rebellion near two of the planned venues.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) made the decision Friday after a meeting of its executive committee.CAF president Ahmad announced a new bidding process was to be opened.Countries have until the end of December to submit bids.The tournament starts in June.Morocco, which lost out to a joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, has already been touted as a replacement host.CAF said in September that there was a “significant delay” with the building of stadiums and related infrastructure but gave Cameroon a final chance by planning two more inspection visits in October.One of those was to assess the security situation after an escalation in violence in the southwest and northwest of the country involving English-speaking separatists and government forces.___More AP soccer: and Associated Press read more

The reason Barcelona will sign a defender in the winter

first_imgWe tell you all about why FC Barcelona is already starting to look for a defender for the winter transfer market, they are running low on centre-backs.FC Barcelona has some serious squad depth problems this early in the season, they will most likely go after a couple defenders during the winter and they have already started looking at the options they have.French defender Samuel Umtiti’s injury last month was only the beginning of a complicated situation for the Catalan club, they also received the news that Thomas Vermaelen was also confirmed out of competition for at least six weeks with a full femoral muscle tear on his right leg.The Belgian defender leaves the club with very few options for defenders, manager Ernesto Valverde only has Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet to face the upcoming final part of 2018 in all competitions.There is always the option of looking at the club’s youth academy where club products Chumi, Cuenca, and Mingueza are eager to get that opportunity to prove themselves.But the club’s president is not as confident as the players, he hinted that the club will go after one or two defenders during the winter transfer window this Tuesday.’@jmbartomeu ha dejado la puerta abierta a la incorporación de algún central en la #GalaEstrelles— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) October 16, 2018While attending a gala for the Catalan FA where his player Carles Aleña received an award this Tuesday, president Josep Maria Bartomeu was questioned about the club’s difficult moments and lack of defenders.“We’ll be on the lookout for a centre-back in the market. It’s bad luck that two of the four we have gotten injured,” said Bartomeu to Mundo Deportivo.“We have a B team and this could translate into an opportunity for them. We’ll have to see what happens. We’ll need to see how we are at the end of the season, that’s what’s important.”The main problem with this statement, is that Bartomeu didn’t sound very convincing when he spoke about the option of using their own academy players to fill the void that Umtiti and Vermaelen left in the club.The president sounded as if he was speaking more out of compromise at the event, mainly because academy product Carles Aleña was right beside him and there has been a lot of controversy with his lack of participation in the first Barcelona squad despite being considered one of the club’s greatest discoveries of the last few years.🤔🤔🤔David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has left the door open on a potential transfers before end of the monthMore:— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 13, 2018The options for the Catalan club are not really that many, there are not too many clubs in Europe that are willing to sell their best defenders to one of the biggest clubs in the world.The club has already set their eye on Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt who is only 19 and has been followed by the club’s scouts for a long time, this might be the ideal time for him to make the jump to FC Barcelona.The board of directors has also been following French revelation Dayot Upamecano, who has a very similar style of Samuel Umtiti and shouldn’t be as expensive as other more experienced players could be.The Catalan giants are also following Slovak defender Milan Skriniar, who plays for Internazionale Milano and is only 23 years old, this player is considered amongst the top defensive players of his generation and could also become a perfect addition for FC Barcelona during the winter.There is no doubt that FC Barcelona will have to make a move during the winter, they will have to endure with only two defenders for the next two months, and manager Ernesto Valverde will even have to experiment with defensive midfielders in that position.Everyone Praising Bartomeu for this transfer window. But forgot the main man behind all these. The man who gave everything for this Club as a player and Director.He is none other than Eric Abidal!— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) August 9, 2018Which defenders in European football would you like Barcelona to sign during the winter? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic Pogba helped me feel like Benjamin Button at Man Utd

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic revealed Paul Pogba and the rest of the Manchester United squad helped him feel like he was “Benjamin Button”The Swedish striker arrived at Old Trafford in 2016 on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain and on the verge of becoming 35 years old.Ibrahimovic’s move to United at that stage of his career naturally led to questions being raised over the kind of impact he could have.But the Swede quickly set about proving doubters wrong by netting 28 goals in 48 appearances for his debut campaign.Now the LA Galaxy star has discussed his time at United and the relationship he struck up with the team.“I miss all of them. I had a fantastic time at United,” Ibrahimovic told BBC.“Wazza [Wayne Rooney], Michael Carrick, then the young guys that wanted to show the world who they are by playing football and they had a lot of hunger to show.“I had a good time because I got to know everyone, I was the mature guy with all these guys who were not mature.“Paul Pogba, I had never played with him before and I didn’t know him as a person.“We have the same management and when I got to know him I got to find a fantastic person and a fantastic footballer, but someone who needs to be guided.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He is a professional guy that works every game and never misses training or a game.“Those are all the things that people do not see, you only get judged by what you can see on television or the 90 minutes in the stadium, that’s where you have to perform.”He added: “When you click with someone it just clicks.“The connection on the field was amazing, we helped each other very well, I needed him and he needed me. The first year at United we had a fantastic year.“They made me feel like Benjamin Button. I was getting younger and younger, then, unfortunately, I got my injury.“The Premier League should be happy I did not come 10 years ago because it would’ve been a different story.“You see all my numbers [of goals] and all of these numbers would’ve been in the Premier League.“I came to the right club in United. It was the club and the shirt that I was supposed to shine in and I did it.”The one and only left United in February this year for Galaxy after struggling to regain full fitness from a long-term knee injury.last_img read more