The name of Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Kumar is not on the list of suspended officers maintained by the Union Home Ministry, even a month after Haryana acted against him for issuing a defective prohibitory order that led to crowd build-up and violence by Dera Sacha Sauda followers on August 25. In reply to an application filed under the Right to Information Act by a lawyer, Hemant Kumar, the Ministry on September 22 supplied a list of 15 suspended IPS officers. The list, updated till September 20, does not include the name of Mr. Ashok Kumar. In December 2015, the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969, were amended, stipulating that a copy of a suspension order, along with reasons for suspension, shall be communicated to the cadre-controlling authority (the Union Home Ministry) within 48 hours. Next, a detailed report on the suspension shall be forwarded to the Centre within 15 days. A suspension order passed by the State is valid only for 30 days from the date of issuance, and in 30 more days, it requires confirmation by the Centre. “It’s surprising that so far no copy of the suspension order is available,” Mr. Kumar said.
Bollywood celebrities, including Amitabh Bachchan and veteran screenwriter Javed Akhtar, have condoled the deaths of 21 students who were killed in a fire at a commercial complex in Surat. Most of the victims included teenage students. While some of them died of suffocation, many due to injuries sustained after jumping out of windows to escape the fire. In a video clip of the incident, some young students at the Takshashila Complex can be seen jumping off the third and fourth floors amid plumes of thick smoke. Taking to Twitter, Bachchan said he is feeling “grief beyond expression” and praying for the families of the victims. “Terrible tragedy in Surat .. a devastating fire and 14-17 year old children caught in it jump off the building and perish… Grief beyond expression .. prayers,” he posted. Akhtar called the incident a “huge tragedy” and asked for strict fire safety rules across the country. “It is really a huge tragedy that 17 young people were burnt alive in Surat. My heart felt condolence to their family and friends. The municipalities of all the cities in our country should be much strict and insistent to make every building adhere to fire safety rules,” he said. Actor Bhumi Pedneker said she is feeling “heartbroken” over the tragedy. “My condolences to the families of the victims..may their souls rest in peace. This is so heartbreaking. “We really need to be more diligent about our security and safety rules and conditions. Stricter laws and better implementation #SuratfireTragedy,” she wrote on Twitter. Actor Shraddha Kapoor posted, “Deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the Surat fire tragedy. Heartbreaking. Prayers.” Actor Urmila Matondkar, who recently fought the Lok Sabha elections on a Congress ticket, expressed her condolences to the families of the students killed in the blaze. “Deeply saddened to hear about the fire tragedy in #Surat today. My condolences go out to the grieving families and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” she said. South actor R. Madhavan called for strict action against culprits and said the laws should be made stricter. “Ohhh Goddd… My heart aches… Those breaking the norms should be EXECUTED…” he posted on Twitter. read more
Jones won the fight and reclaimed his 205-pound belt after sitting out the previous year for a failed doping test. The victory appeared to be a return to glory for a long-troubled fighter who has repeatedly hindered his stellar career with misbehavior outside the octagon.Jones was stripped of his belt in 2015 after being involved in a hit-and-run accident. He was scheduled to fight Cormier for the title in July 2016, but was pulled from the UFC 200 card for what he claimed was a failed test due to a sexual enhancement pill.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 shutoutJones hasn’t yet been stripped of his title for a second time, UFC President Dana White said. Cormier held the belt for most of Jones’ absence, and he had said he didn’t plan to retire after his second loss to Jones.Jones’ camp and his manager, Malki Kawa, released a statement: “We are all at a complete loss for words right now. Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation. We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination. Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team, to support him.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments FILE – In this April 9, 2017, file photo, mixed martial arts fighter Jon Jones watches a bout at UFC 210 in Buffalo, N.Y. Light heavyweight champion Jones has been notified of another potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy. The UFC announced the potential violation Tuesday night, Aug. 22, for Jones, widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in mixed martial arts. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)LAS VEGAS — Jon Jones could face a lengthy suspension from mixed martial arts after the UFC light heavyweight champion was notified Tuesday of his second potential violation of the promotion’s anti-doping policy.Jones is widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, but his potential violation stems from a sample collected after his weigh-in July 28 for his title fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. If the violation is confirmed, Jones seems likely to face a multiyear suspension from the sport, taking away even more of his fighting prime. The UFC also will be harmed by the lengthy absence of its best fighter and a burgeoning pay-per-view draw.The UFC also could lose its dream matchup between Jones and former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. The superstars both appeared eager to meet next year in a heavyweight fight that would be among the biggest events in the UFC’s history.The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency administers the UFC’s doping policy. The California State Athletic Commission has jurisdiction over Jones’ test along with USADA.ADVERTISEMENT Carnival hits town as Mayweather and McGregor ready to fight SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension read more
Petron holds off F2 Logistics for All-Filipino crown LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Harris used the disrespect as fuel to help his team win two straight titles. He was also named Finals MVP both times—keeping him too busy to sign up with the Aces in 2010.“But it’s OK, don’t worry about it,” Harris said of the latest incident. “It’s part of the game [and] they’re excited. But it’s something I’ll never forget and it’s great fuel for next year if they (Aces) will have me [again].”Right now, he feels for his Alaska teammates.“It’s heartbreaking, especially with them,” he said. “But the team and the franchise are definitely making a step in the right direction.”And Harris wants to be there when the Aces finally step on Promised Land again.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe next time his Alaska brothers need him, Mike Harris vows to be readily available to help them bounce back from yet another Finals defeat.The winner of the PBA Governors’ Cup Best Import award said on Wednesday night that he will definitely be back for another tour of duty if the Aces would want him again. This after he claimed that someone from Magnolia disrespected him after the Hotshots won the crown at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT “They chased me for eight years [to get me here], so it’s my turn to chase them [Alaska management] for a few months now [to take me back],” Harris said after telling reporters what happened after the game.“They mocked us, it was just lack of respect,” said Harris, who didn’t go into mentioning the specific person behind the taunt. “[It was] total disrespect of character for a person to be like that, especially for someone of their age and respect in the league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefThe series ended 4-2 after a 102-86 Magnolia win on Wednesday, though the final tally doesn’t really give an idea how close the series was.And coming so close, Harris said, that gave him the “fuel” to come back and do something he did in Puerto Rico—where something very similar happened while he suited up for Leones de Ponce. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ View comments MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue read more
Germany coach Joachim Loew is giving captain Bastian Schweinsteiger every chance to prove his fitness for the European Championship despite the Manchester United midfielder’s knee injury.The 31-year-old Schweinsteiger, who hasn’t played since a partial ligament tear in national team training on March 22, was named Tuesday in Loew’s preliminary squad of 27 players for the tournament in France, along with surprise inclusions Julian Weigl of Borussia Dortmund, Julian Brandt of Bayer Leverkusen and Joshua Kimmich of Bayern Munich.YOUNGSTERS REWARDEDThe young midfielders have all been rewarded with their first Germany call-ups after breakthrough seasons with their respective clubs. Leroy Sane of Schalke was also picked again after making his debut in the friendly against France in Paris on Nov 13.”We’re fully convinced of each one. I’ve no tendency toward striking anyone out,” Loew said at the presentation at the French embassy in Berlin.Loew, who picked 14 World Cup winners in the squad, will need to whittle down his selection to 20 outfield players and three goalkeepers by May 31.SCHWEINSTEIGER, PODOLSKI FIND PLACESchweinsteiger had already missed two months with his first knee injury, while he had a groin problem before that, but Loew said “he can still be important over the course of the tournament.”Despite an underwhelming season at Galatasaray, Lukas Podolski was initially picked for what could be his seventh consecutive tournament. The 30-year-old Podolski has made 127 appearances for Germany.”Besides the sporting worth, the personality of the players is important,” Loew said. “It’s something special at a tournament, it’s about more than just playing football, it’s about the team. This has helped us before, when players drop out, Ilkay Gundogan for example, that they can be replaced. The collective is more important than the individual player.”advertisementGundogan, a Borussia Dortmund midfielder, is out with a knee injury, while Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Christoph Kramer missed out after a poor season. Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Miroslav Klose all retired after Germany’s World Cup win in 2014.Besiktas forward Mario Gomez is back in the squad after missing out on the World Cup win. The 30-year-old Gomez helped Besiktas to the Turkish title with 26 goals and will most likely be playing at his third European Championship after 2008 and 2012.Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is the undisputed No. 1, with Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno and Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen providing backup.Germany flies to Ascona, Switzerland, for its training camp on May 24 before friendlies against Slovakia in Augsburg on May 29 and Hungary in Gelsenkirchen on June 4. The squad leaves for its tournament base in Evian-les-Bains on June 7. The tournament starts June 10 and Germany plays its first game against Ukraine in Lille on June 12.”We are confident but not arrogant. We are strong but not unbeatable,” Loew said with a view to the tournament.Squad:Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund/Bayern Munich), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim), Antonio Ruediger (Roma)Midfielders: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Schalke), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund)Forwards: Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Andre Schuerrle (Wolfsburg), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray) read more
Mumbai, May 5 (PTI) The Metropolitan Stock Exchange (MSEI) will conduct a mock trading session in equity, equity derivatives and currency derivatives segments tomorrow.The mock session is taking place to test trading and risk management related systems and applications.”The mock trading will help the exchange in enhancing the features of its IT infrastructure and trading provided to the trading fraternity,” the exchange added. ————————————————————- Yes Bank ties up with Emirates NBDPrivate sector Yes Bank has partnered with the UAE- based lender Emirates NBD for serving the diaspora clients.Non-resident Indians in the UAE would be able to avail of loans from Emirates NBD in dirhams against their fixed deposits or foreign currency deposits with the bank.They can also invest in India through competitive loans from Emirates NBD and create long-term wealth back home her, it said, adding the partnership will help the banks liability base. ————————————————————– HDFC Life launches new term planHDFC Life has launched a new term plan which comes with nine options.Click 2 Protect 3D Plus is a comprehensive and affordable term plan with as many as nine options, including whole of life option, income replacement and the return of premium, the private life insurer said.”After monitoring purchase pattern and lifestyle needs of our target customers, we realised the need to create a term plan that will encompass their diverse requirements. Hence, we designed the competitively priced Click 2 Protect 3D Plus,” HDFC Life said. ————————————————————– Republic TV to be available on Stars HotstaradvertisementStar Indias digital platform Hotstar today said it has signed an agreement with Republic TV, promoted by broadcast journalist Arnab Goswami, to livestream the news channel that is expected to be launched tomorrow.”Launch of Republic TV on Hotstar fills a big gap in our portfolio,” Star India chairman Uday Shankar said in a statement.Hotstar will introduce news as a category on the platform adding to its current portfolio of TV shows, movies and sports.”We are confident of breaking the digital barrier and believe this is the first step as news produced here goes digital and then global. This tie-up can take news to 90 million-plus viewers on Hotstar every month,” Goswami said. ————————————————————– Swaroop Agrochem eyes Rs 100cr revenue in 5 yearsSwaroop Agrochemical Industries is looking at 15 per cent CAGR growth to achieve Rs 100 crore turnover in the next five years.”We have launched 50 products, including bio-organic fertiliser, natural and certified organic product, speciality inorganic agrochemicals as well as pesticides. These products find applications in field crops, vegetables, cash crops, floriculture and horticulture crops,” the companys executive director, Sameer Pathare, said. PTI SSM AP AA SM DS BEN RSY read more
scorecard commentary Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 23:53 IST IPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings lost to Mumbai Indians by 6 wickets (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni was not impressed with his batsmen after CSK lost Qualifier 1 to MI by 6 wickets on TuesdayCSK managed only 131 for 4 off their 20 overs and MI reached home with 9 balls to spareDhoni said the batting needed to get better and said CSK were lucky they had another chanceMS Dhoni was stoic in defeat after Chennai Super Kings went down to Mumbai Indians by 6 wickets in Qualifier 1 of the 2019 Indian Premier League in Chennai on Tuesday. On a pitch which turned, CSK managed only 131 for 4 off 20 overs and MI romped home with 9 balls to spare.For most of the 2019 IPL, MS Dhoni has taken charge to hide a lot of CSK’s batting flaws. Shane Watson has been out of form while the likes of Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav have not delivered the way CSK would have wanted them to. Last year, MS Dhoni it 455 runs in a championship-winning effort.In 2019, MS Dhoni has scored 405 runs including 3 fifties. He is one of only 2 CSK batsmen in the top 20 this season – Suresh Raina with 364 runs, is 19th in the list of the leading run scorers while Dhoni is 12th.Faf du Plessis with 320 runs from 10 matches is the next best after Suresh Raina. That explains the batting woes of the Chennai Super Kings. On Tuesday, faced against a top quality bowling attack, CSK lost their top three – Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina and Shane Watson – inside the powerplay and then found it impossible to pick up momentum even as MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu tried hard.MS Dhoni, after the defeat, urged his batsmen to pull up their socks.”I think the batting needs to get better,” Dhoni told Star Sports. “These are the best batsmen we have got, it looks like we are batting well, but at times, but in different games, they pull off shots that shouldn’t be played.advertisement”These are the players who we have banked on, they have the experience and they should know to assess the conditions better, hopefully, we will do well in the next game,” he said.If there’s one captain who knows how to plan a comeback, it’s our Thala! Just Believe! #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/An0DdEyzBIChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 7, 2019Chennai Super Kings will get another shot at the title clash – they will face the winner of the Eliminator between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 on Friday. MS Dhoni thanked his lucky stars at the second chance because CSK like last year finished in the top two.”It isn’t good to lose games at such times, but it is good that we finished in the top-two, rather than going over the wicket, we now need to go round the wicket (throuugh Qualifier 2). That means the journey takes a longer time. But luckily, we finished in the top-two and that gives us a second chance,” Dhoni told the host broadcaster after the defeat to Mumbai Indians.Chennai Super Kings have the experience of making it to the final. They have reached the title clash 7 times and won the IPL 3 times. In 2018, they won their third title despite the presence of a fair number of players who were aged over 30. This year the same players have once again stood up as Chennai Super Kings hope to make their second chance count and face Mumbai Indians for the 4th time this season.Like always, MS Dhoni was measured in his words despite a poor batting performance from his team. He led from the front with an unbeaten 37 and Ambati Rayudu scored 42 not out but there was not much else from the others barring Murali Vijay’s 26. Dhoni felt his men should have assessed the conditions better especially since they were playing at home.”Somebody has to lose, things really didn’t go our way, especially batting. At home, we had to assess the conditions quickly, we have played 6 to 7 games on this pitch and should have read the pitch better, that’s the home advantage.”We needed to know how the pitch behaves. Will it be tacky? Is the ball coming on (to the bat) or not?. Those were the things we didn’t do well,” Dhoni said.Also Read | MS Dhoni not intimidated by Mumbai Indians’ superior record vs CSKAlso Read | Mumbai Indians crush Chennai Super Kings to reach 5th finalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow MI vs CSKFollow Qualifier 1Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super KingsFollow MS Dhoni graphs view more view less No data available! IPL 2019: MS Dhoni wants batsmen to do better with 1 chance left for final berthIPL 2019: MS Dhoni said Chennai Super Kings were lucky to have another chance to reach the IPL final after losing Qualifier 1 to Mumbai Indians but he wanted his batsmen to do much better on Friday. advertisement read more
Melbourne: Indian energy giant Adani on Thursday cleared the last regulatory hurdle to commence the work on its controversy-hit Carmichael coal mine project in Australia with the Queensland state authorities approving its groundwater management plan. The final and last approval for the Adani Group’s long-delayed billion dollar mega coal mine project came weeks after a surprise election win of Australia’s pro-coal ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents On May 31, Adani won the first approval from the Queensland state government to protect the endangered black-throated finch bird population as part of its crucial environmental plan at the site of its mine project. The finch management plan and the groundwater plan were the two persisting hurdles before the Indian energy giant could begin work on the largest coal mine project in the country. The mining company is now expected to start construction at the site within days. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief The State Department of Environment and Science said in a statement that it has approved the most recent version of the plan, which Adani submitted just a day ago. “Adani submitted its most recent version of the plan, addressing the department’s feedback, yesterday. “The (plan’s) assessment has been rigorous and based on the best available science,” the department said. According to media reports, the company had earlier submitted almost a dozens of ground water management plans but failed to meet the key environmental requirements. Adani, which has mining and environmental licences of the state government, required the state approvals on management plans on the endangered finch bird and groundwater in order to commence the mine construction. Following the approval, Adani can now break ground at the site. However, its railway line design to get coal to the Abbot Point terminal, north of Bowen town, are yet to be finalised. Adani has approvals to produce up to 60 million tonnes of thermal coal annually but at this stage, it is only planning to produce about 27.5 million tonnes. The group’s country head — Adani Australia Chief Executive Officer Lucas Dow — had last month said that the defeat of the opposition Labor Party in Queensland, where the project is based, is a clear message to get the project done. Labor Party leader Bill Shorten, who took a firm stand against coal and mining, resigned as his party fared poorly in Queensland, especially in mining communities in the north of the state. The Adani Carmichael mine is set to become the largest coal mine, with approval to produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal annually, and 2.3 billion tonnes over the life of the mine. Gautam Adani-led Adani Group entered Australia in 2010 with the purchase of the greenfield Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland, and the Abbot Point port near Bowen in the north. Carmichael would be the largest coal mine in Australia and one of the biggest in the world. Adani said last year it would fully fund the coal mine and rail project itself, but did not give an updated estimate of the cost of the mine. The mine previously estimated at about USD 2.9 billion. read more
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Me, I’m not sure that Kellie Leitch and her campaign are real. I think it’s all part of this fake-news thing that’s going around.Listen, the candidate and the candidate’s positions don’t sound authentic. It smells bogus. I mean, seriously – a well-off surgeon, academic, former cabinet minister and MBA is traipsing around drumming up support and media attention by attacking “the elites” in Canada. Aren’t such people struck down by a bolt of lightning for brazen hypocrisy?Sadly, to paraphrase Leitch’s own assessment of Justin the Good’s remarks about Fidel Castro, it is not a fake or parody campaign. But it is certainly shameful and an embarrassment. Login/Register With: Leitch has taken a position on the CBC. It must go. That’s it; just dismantle it and move on. This proposal was a welcome break from Leitch’s ongoing obsession with screening immigrants for anti-Canadian values. The sort of horse manure that got many Conservative cabinet ministers exactly where they are today. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter read more
APTN National NewsThe Native Women’s Association of Canada has been fighting for a national inquiry for a decade.Wednesday they got it.But do the terms of reference go far enough?NWAC President Dawn Harvard joins host Michael Hutchinson to talk about the inquiry.
This afternoon, South Sudan formally became the 158th State to either ratify or accede to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention – which was adopted in Oslo, Norway, in 1997 – when its representative acceded to the treaty at UN Headquarters in New York.“This represents another historic step in the positive growth of South Sudan as it takes its rightful place amongst the international community opposed to anti-personnel landmines,” said Lance Malin, the programme manager of the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre (UNMACC) in South Sudan.Mr. Malin pledged the UN’s ongoing help to South Sudanese authorities as they try to reduce the threat and impact of landmines and unexploded ordnance across the impoverished country, which became independent from Sudan in July. Mine risk education is a focus of UN efforts.More than 2.2 million items – including anti-personnel mines, anti-tank mines, unexploded ordnance and small arms ammunition – have been removed or destroyed since 2005, when a peace agreement ended the long-running north-south Sudanese civil war.The continuing presence of mines severely restricts the movement of staff with the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), humanitarian workers and local residents and internally displaced persons (IDPs).UNMACC reported that each one of the country’s 10 states has recorded mine-related deaths and injuries, and at least 300 villages are known to be contaminated with mines.UN mine action staff and local authorities have provided assistance to more than 2,700 people who have survived landmine accidents to allow them and their families to rebuild their lives. 11 November 2011The United Nations today welcomed the decision of South Sudan to become the newest member of the global convention banning the use, stockpiling, production and sale of anti-personnel mines, describing it as an “historic step” for a country plagued by countless mines left behind from years of war. read more
The commission includes several senior officials attached to Public Administration, Education and Legal sector. (Colombo Gazette) The gazette has been issued on the special salaries commission appointed to increase the salaries of public sector staff and resolve the salary anomalies.The Government Printer said the gazette with the names of the 15 members of the commission was printed last night.
Sophisticated phoney videos called deepfakes have attracted attention as a possible threat to election integrity. But a bigger problem for the 2020 U.S. presidential contest may be “dumbfakes.” These are simpler and more easily unmasked bogus videos that are cheap and easy to produce.Deepfakes require sophisticated artificial intelligence, audio manipulation and facial mapping technology. But dumbfakes can be made simply by varying the speed of video or selective editing. They don’t require expert skill to create and can be convincing to the unsuspecting, which makes them a much more immediate worry.The latest example is a slowed-down video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The video, which made it seem like she was slurring her speech, was shared more than 2 million times. Experts say there’s more to come.Beatrice Dupuy And Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press read more
Labour-run councils were found to have the largest amount of money spent on pilgrims, with £1.1million a year spent on 35 full time staff in Birmingham and nearly £500,000 annually sent on union officials in Liverpool. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Thousands of officials and civil servants working across the public sector are paid by the taxpayer to work full time for their unions, new figures show.Government figures will published on Monday will show that there are more than 16,000 full time union officials who are on the public pay roll.The figure is far in excess of previous estimates. An investigation by the Telegraph in 2011 estimated the number to be around 1,785 public sector workers, costing tens of millions of pounds in wages.Public bodies have a duty by law to start to publish the information by the end of July and are now committed to publish the information annually. The issue rose to prominence in 2011 when Jane Pilgrim, an NHS worker who worked full time for health union Unison criticised the Government’s health policies.The trawl of Government records shows there are 16,664 full time “Pilgrims” across police forces, NHS bodies, councils, and Government departments.The actual figure is likely to be far higher because a wide range of public bodies are still to report their figures.In Opposition the Tories pledged to clamp down on this so-called “facility time” – the official term for the practice of allowing staff to undertake trade union business during work hours. The Metropolitan Police spent £545,000 a year on 137 full time union officials while universities – which derive a large proportion of their income from student loans – spending millions of pounds on full time union officials.HM Revenue and Customs was found to be the largest spender on so-called “pilgrims” with a bill of £2.2million last year. Oliver Dowden MP, a Cabinet Office minister, said he would be chasing up bodies which had not reported their figures.He said: “For too long in the public sector, trade unions have received taxpayer handouts that are poorly controlled and bad value for money. “Proper controls will save taxpayers’ money and allow more resources to be spent on frontline services across the police, hospitals and councils.“We have already delivered these reforms in the Civil Service, whilst ensuring fair play in the workplace. “By opening up the books, we are now demonstrating the scope for the wider public sector to follow this example.”The proportion of the Civil Sevice pay bill spent on facility time has fallen form 0.26 per cent in 2012 to 0.05 per cent this year. The private sector average is 0.04 per cent.The information is being published under the Trade Union Act 2016 which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledged to abolish in 2016. read more
But staff allege that Virgin’s recent relaxation of make-up rules for female staff was a “smokescreen” by Sir Richard, chairman and founder of the company, to create a positive image before a possible mutiny by staff over pay.A source in the workforce complained: “Even though we keep getting told we’re doing a great job and meeting targets and even bettering them so we’re boosting the reputation of the company, we’re not being shown that in kind with pay. We’re one of the worst paid cabin crew in the UK.”The Daily Telegraph understands that cabin crews are threatening strike action, which could jeopardise Easter holiday plans and leave tens of thousands of passengers stranded.It comes amid allegations that some senior crew – members of Unite who are set to benefit from the pay proposals – are “bullying” and “harassing” their more junior colleagues into agreeing to them, and that the new plans could lead to the airline company saving millions of pounds in taxes.The source said that cabin crews were reaching “boiling point”.A Virgin spokesperson said: “We are currently in negotiations with the Unite Union regarding our Cabin Crew pay deal. The offer represents a definite increase in Cabin Crew salaries and categorically does not take any of our people below the national minimum wage. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Virgin Atlantic denied the claims and insisted that no one would end up being paid less than the minimum wage. The firm recruits its hostesses and cabin crew to front its media campaigns as “the face of the airline”. Virgin Atlantic often feature their cabin crew in campaignsCredit:Virgin Atlantic/PA Sir Richard Branson is planning to cut air stewards’ pay below the minimum wage, whistle-blowers claim, as they threaten strike action over Easter.In cuts branded “unfair” by staff, Virgin Atlantic air stewards’ base salaries will increase marginally while allowance benefits, which make up a third of their pay, will be halved. Angry staff say that under the regime they would have to dip into their own pockets to pay for basic food and drinks at the “plush” hotels booked by the company.The deal currently being offered, the airline crews claim, means that they will be earning below the minimum wage and that their annual allowances of around £7,500 will be cut in half.It is also feared that the move could worsen Virgin Atlantic’s gender pay gap, as air stewards are more likely to be female, while most pilots – who will be unaffected by the move – are male.Official figures show that the airline’s pay gap has widened, even though it is already one of the worst of any large British company. Last month it was revealed that the company’s pay gap increased from 28.4 per cent to 31 per cent in just 12 months. “The new pay structure will not result in a cost saving to Virgin Atlantic. On the contrary, Virgin Atlantic is investing heavily in our crew and the new package will result in a significant cost increase. On the whole, the new package (group pay and allowances) offered to cabin crew will make them better off than before.“Our Cabin Crew are at the heart of Virgin Atlantic and we’re committed to offering a pay deal that is competitive for such an important part of our workforce.”” read more
← Previous Story Accommodation during EHF EURO 2012 in Novi Sad – Hotel GARNI RIMSKI Next Story → Germans highly motivated – Heuberger chose 16 “Bundesliga rescuers” Two matches were played on Tuesday in which home-teams secure comfortable wins. In Toulose, France beats Norway 35:29 (21:13) in their first preparation match. In Serbia, EHF EURO 2012 Host team wins over Czech Republic 31:23 (13:14) after outstanding second 30 minutes.
Friday 28 Oct 2016, 9:10 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND The damaged tourist bus that collided with a tram at Smithfield Luas stop this afternoon Source: Sam Boal 2 Comments Share Tweet Email 15,445 Views Tayto Park’s House of Horrors has re-opened after an accident last week left a number of people injuredAn ex-fireman who had sex with a transition year pupil has had his sentence cut to two yearsThe government and gardaí have agreed to use state negotiators on an ‘ad hoc basis’A woman who slipped on human faeces at a hospital has been awarded €16,000 in courtA Galway judge is handing out driving bans to motorists who fail to turn up to court for parking offencesA controversy has broken out over an €8.5 million price tag placed on Mary Robinson’s presidential library By Cianan Brennan Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3052371 Source: The Struggle Bus/Twitter This Burger King dressed up as a McDonald’s ghost. Savage level 10/10. pic.twitter.com/LhDzFsCaQo— The Struggle Bus (@FactsOrDie) October 27, 2016 Get our daily news round up: Oct 28th 2016, 9:10 PM Eight people have been injured after a tourist bus crashed into a Luas tram in DublinA man has escaped an assassination attempt by a gunman in north County Dublin this eveningA court in Limerick has heard that a woman pleaded with burglars to help resuscitate her brother INTERNATIONAL Hillary Clinton speaking at a rally in Cedar RApids, Iowa, this evening Source: Andrew Harnik#US: The FBI is re-opening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails#AUSTRALIA: A bus driver has burnt to death after being set on fire by a passenger#SCOTLAND: Fighter jets escorted a plane to a Scottish airport today after its communications failedINNOVATIONThe ‘male pill’ could be on its way in jab form. And by all accounts it works a treatGoogle’s artificial intelligence has created its own form of encryption. The machines are becoming sentient, people [Engadget]PARTING SHOT We’ve heard of edgy Halloween costumes, but this just might take the biscuit: a Queens, New York, Burger King restaurant has dressed up as a McDonalds for the weekend that’s in it.But will they be selling Big Macs rather than Whoppers? Just how far will their commitment go? Will we ever know? Here’s What Happened Today: Friday FBI reopens investigation into Clinton emails, and Luas crash injures eight – it’s the Evening Fix. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article read more
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Black Panther is set a million different records for not just the Marvel Cinematic Universe but movies in general. That’s inarguable proof that the increasingly diverse world is thirsty for representation in media, and for good reason – everybody deserves a superhero that looks like them, no matter their race, creed or color. Hollywood does nothing quite as well as follow the money, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see some other dark-skinned heroes make the leap to the silver screen pretty soon.Here are our picks for eleven heroes of African descent that could anchor their own flicks.Mr. TerrificThe original Golden Age Mr. Terrific was a fairly generic (and White) hero notable mostly for the absurd “FAIR PLAY” emblazoned on his long underwear. DC is all about the legacies, though, so when they introduced Michael Holt, the modern Mr. Terrific, in 1997 they mixed things up a bit. A multi-millionaire and Olympic decathlete, Holt has always been able to learn things easily. That aptitude makes him a hell of a crimefighter, as he speaks multiple languages, has mastery of six different martial arts and totes around some sweet weaponry including his floating “T-Spheres.” Mr. T is like a Batman for the Black community, and although he’s shown up on Arrow, we bet he could handle a movie.ShadowhawkCreated by Jim Valentino for the then-new Image line, Shadowhawk always kind of seemed like a second-place finisher to Spawn, the company’s other major Black hero. But Shadowhawk has some interesting nuances that we’d like to see on film. Paul Johnstone was born in Harlem and became a New York district attorney. In a very 90s turn of events, he was attacked by some thugs he put away and injected with AIDS blood. Now despairing of ever having a normal life, Johnstone donned an armored exoskeleton and took it to the streets to violently dispatch crooks by breaking their spines.Brother VoodooThe creation of Brother Voodoo in the 70s was part of Marvel’s sometimes ill-advised outreach to minority communities, and when he first showed up he was a little cliche. Over the decades, though, writers have rehabilitated Jericho Drumm into one of the universe’s most fascinating mystics. Jericho Drumm is a master of a different school of mystic arts than Dr. Strange, calling on Loa and other spirits to help him on his journey through the underworld accompanied by the ghost of his brother Daniel. It’d be cool to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe look at this side of the magical coin.DeathlokIt’s funny how both of the major American comic book companies have Black characters who have had a bunch of their bodies replaced by metal parts. Deathlok has things a little bit rougher than Cyborg, though, as he had to die first. Luther Manning was an American soldier killed in action and reanimated in the far future as Deathlok, a murderous man-machine who battles evil corporations and werewolves and stuff. A Deathlok film was actually optioned and made it to the script stage in the 1990s after the success of Blade, but obviously, it never got any farther than that.Nick FurySamuel L. Jackson has played the super-spy head of S.H.I.E.L.D. in numerous Marvel movies, but what we’d really like to see is a flashback flick featuring some of his adventures in his prime. Think how Wonder Woman used World War I as a brilliant backdrop for high adventure, and then move us to the Cold War and the height of the fight against the Commies. There are tons of great stories to be mined from the classic Steranko era, and it’d do some of the heavy lifting in putting Marvel’s vast history into context.BatwingYes, the Batman movies have sort of taken a nosedive since Christopher Nolan finished his trilogy. But there’s still hope to be had, and one place we’d love them to take inspiration from is Batman Incorporated, Grant Morrison’s transformation of the franchise into a global group of vigilantes, each with their own spin on the mythos. David Zavimbe was a Congolese police officer who had a troubled upbringing as a child soldier before meeting Bruce Wayne and getting kitted out with a sweet-ass suit. Setting a flick in a real African country would give gravitas and weight to any superhero tale.SpectrumMonica Rambeau is one of Marvel’s most accomplished Black superheroines, going through multiple names from Captain Marvel to Photon, Pulsar and finally Spectrum. She’s one of the few characters on this list capable of operating on the cosmic level, boasting the ability to transform her body into any form of energy. Her career has seen her leading the Avengers, being a member of Nextwave and the universe-saving Ultimates. She’s a confident, intelligent woman with a super cool power set and it’s almost criminal that the Avengers are about to face off with Thanos without her.Cloak (& Dagger)Yes, we know that Freeform (the former ABC Family) is debuting a Cloak & Dagger TV series this year, but we have to agitate for the duo on the big screen as well. Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen were teenage runaways shot up with an experimental drug. Instead of killing them like it did everybody else, it granted the duo strange powers that kept them in a state of symbiosis, with Tyrone’s all-enfolding black cloak only kept at bay by Tandy’s daggers of light. It’s a fascinating relationship study that also lends itself to really cool visual effects, both in the comics and on the screen.Isaiah BradleyThe Captain America origin story is one of Marvel’s best-known: a scrawny recruit gets shot up with a serum that transforms him into a flag-clad super soldier. But no scientific breakthrough like that gets tested on a white guy first, and in 2003’s Truth: Red, White & Black we learn that the U.S. government used 300 African-American enlistees as a test base. Five of them survived, including Bradley, who was granted superhuman strength and durability and becomes a legend in his community for his fight against the Nazis. It’d be a cool spin on one of the fictional universe’s most enduring myths.HardwareThe Milestone Comics imprint was DC’s progressive move of getting a group of African-American writers and artists together and letting them launch a completely new universe from the ground up. Quite a few cool characters came out of it, but one we’d really like to see in the movies is Hardware. Curt Metcalf was a child prodigy turned genius inventor who came to realize that Edwin Alva, his lifelong benefactor, was up to his ears in bad business. As the vigilante Hardware, Metcalf set out to take Alva down from within, wearing a high-tech suit of armor with tons of interesting capabilities.StormLogan proved that not only can X-Men solo movies work; they can plumb depths of the characters that the overstuffed team outings can’t. Ororo Munroe has one of the most compelling backstories of any of Marvel’s mutants – born into Kenyan royalty, orphaned in the Middle East and trained as a street thief in Cairo before discovering her weather-controlling abilities, she’s got plenty of pathos to plumb. Halle Berry ably played the character in several films, but she never really got much in the way of development aside from zapping Toad that one time. We’d love to see a flick that really treated her as the complex character she is.Moon GirlMarvel’s recent push to diversify their reader base beyond stereotypical Comic Book Guys has led to some big successes like the new Ms. Marvel and Lunella Lafayette, better known as Moon Girl. Just your average nine-year-old super-genius, Lunella teams up with giant red T-rex Devil Dinosaur on adventures through time and space. When the Marvel Cinematic Universe starts moving on from legacy heroes as actors age out of the roles, they’re going to have to tap the younger members of the bullpen to step in. Lunella has that crossover appeal that could grab both tweens and grown-ups if they go all out with the cosmic craziness. Stay on target Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… read more
Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Still playing Red Dead Redemption 2? New games are probably the furthest thing from your mind. However, as gripping as Rockstar’s cowboy simulator is, you may want to put it down momentarily and give some of November’s new games a shot.Like October, November sees its fair share of big releases. There’s something for every type of player, too. If you’re looking for an FPS, stealth, survival, or action-adventure fix, this month has you covered. If you need a break from Red Dead 2, you can’t go wrong with many of the titles dropping this month.Battlefield VPlatforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRelease date: November 20With the buzz surrounding Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 fading, it’s time for that other big First Person Shooter to have its time in the sun. After a minor delay, Battlefield V is finally releasing this month. Players can expect series staples like tight shooting mechanics, destructible environments, and loads of vehicles to operate. Though battle royale won’t be present at launch, players will get a variety of engaging multiplayer modes such as Grand Operations. The game will also have a compelling narrative in the form of War Stories. These character-driven vignites spotlight lesser-known conflicts of World War II. Battlefield V looks to be the most well-rounded entry in the storied franchise.Pre-order Battlefield V on AmazonFallout 76Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRelease date: November 14The multiplayer-focused Fallout 76 is one of the more interesting releases of the month. Fallout games usually center on a lone wandering trying to survive the post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the introduction of multiplayer, this sense of isolation will no doubt disappear. However, it does give Bethesda the chance to try something new with the popular series. Personally, I’m interested to see all of the bugs present in the game. Given the number of glitches found in a single player Fallout, a multiplayer-based title should contain a veritable gold mine of hilarious glitches.Pre-order Fallout 76 on AmazonHitman 2Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRelease date: November 13Those in need of a stealth game fix need look no further than Hitman 2. As I wrote in my hands-on preview, the sheer amount of ways to take out targets is astounding. This of course gives the game an insane amount of replayability. The other great thing about this title is that it it not episodic, meaning you won’t have to wait months for a new chapter. I’m looking forward to not only playing Hitman 2, but seeing the various ways other players complete missions. Like Fallout 76, this game will be fun to watch on Twitch.Pre-order Hitman 2 on AmazonPokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee!Platform: Nintendo SwitchRelease date: November 16The Switch is finally getting proper a Pokémon game in the form of Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee!. While this is technically a remake of Pokémon Yellow, it is different enough to be its own experience. If you’re not familiar with the Pokémon video game franchise or want something to tide you over until the release of the main Pokémon game releasing next year(?), this title is for you. As a person who has never played a Pokémon title myself, I may give this to a try to see what all the fuss is about.Pre-order Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee! on AmazonSpyro Reignited TrilogyPlatforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRelease date: November 13After suffering a last-minute delay in September, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy is finally releasing this month. As you may have guessed, this collection features remade versions of the first three Spyro the Dragon titles. While the games now have fancy new graphics, music, and voice work, they retain the same level designs and missions. Considering how Crash Bandicoot made a successful return with a similar collection, this Spyro anthology should do equally well among gamers who grew up playing these titles.Pre-order Spyro Reignited Trilogy on AmazonOverkill’s The Walking DeadPlatform: PCRelease date: November 6Those who miss the Left 4 Dead series may want to check out Overkill’s The Walking Dead. Like Valve’s infamous zombie-killing franchise, this game is all about teamwork and cooperation. If you try to go out on your own, you’re going to suffer a quick and brutal death. In addition to zombies, players must also fight other humans for resources. If the full game is anything like the demo I played during E3, this will be one of the year’s most tense shooters. At least it’ll be more fun than watching The Walking Dead TV series.Buy Overkill’s The Walking Dead on AmazonDarksiders IIIPlatforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRelease date: November 27Darksiders was one of last generation’s most pleasant surprises so it’s great to see the franchise receive a third installment. This time, we get to play as Fury, who is one of the horsemen of the apocalypse. Players can expect the same Zelda-like gameplay and Joe Madureira artwork the franchise is known for. I’m a fan of these games so I hope Darksiders III pushes the series into the spotlight.Pre-order Darksiders III on AmazonThe Quiet ManPlatform: PC, PlayStation 4Release date: November 1One of November’s most unique games is Square-Enix’s The Quiet Man. This indie-minded title stars a deaf protagonist. As you can imagine, this opens up new and intriguing gameplay possibilities. At three hours in length, the game is long enough to provide a rewarding experience without overstaying its welcome. Fans of Square-Enix’s equally indie-minded Life is Strange series should definitely give The Quiet Man a shot.Buy The Quiet Man on AmazonA Whole Bunch of Nintendo Switch PortsThe Nintendo Switch is no stranger to ports of older games. In November, the portable console is getting a slew of different titles users can take on the go. These include current-gen games like Diablo III: Eternal Collection, Warframe, Civilization VI, and World of Final Fantasy Maxima. Titles like SNK 40th Anniversary Collection and Katamari Damacy Reroll provide the system with some classics to chew on. With so many titles, the days when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the only game worth owning on Switch are certainly a thing of the past. These titles will also do a great job of keeping users busy until Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases next month.More on Geek.com:11 Games to Play When You’re Finished With ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’108 More Characters We Want Confirmed for ‘Super Smash Bros. 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