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SP seeks Opposition support against EVM

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first_imgSamajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav is rallying Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh against the use of Electronic Voting Machines in the long-pending Lok Sabha by-elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur.Mr. Yadav convened a meeting with representatives of various Opposition parties here at the Janeshwar Mishra Trust office on Saturday to build consensus.However, the initiative lacked political muscle as the two other major non-BJP parties, the BSP and Congress, did not attend the meeting.According to leaders present in the meeting, they unanimously decided that they were against the use of EVM in the upcoming polls and favoured voting through ballot papers.“We don’t trust the EVM and it was agreed upon by all parties, barring the CPM, that ballot paper should be used. All leaders and parties which attended the meet will write to the Election Commission soon demanding that the upcoming polls be held through ballot paper,” Ramesh Dixit, Nationalist Congres Party state president, told The Hindu.The CPI(M) supported the use of VVPATs in counting and had reservations over ballot paper, Mr. Dixit said.Apart from Mr. Yadav, the SP contingent was represented by senior leaders like Azam Khan, Ramgovind Chaudhary, Ahmed Hasan, Naresh Uttam Patel and Rajendra Chaudhary. Sanjay Nishad of the Nishad Party, Mohammad Ayub of Peace Party, Pallavi Patel of Apna Dal (Krishna Patel faction), Ramesh Dixit of the NCP, Ashok Singh of the RJD and former BSP leader Nasimuddin Siddiqui attended the meeting. Representatives of the RLD, AAP and JD(U) faction of Sharad Yadav were also present.Ram Achal Rajbhar, BSP UP president, did not explain why there was no representation from the party in the meeting and said he was travelling in Uttarakhand where he had prior plans. He, however, said that his leader Mayawati had already made her point clear against EVM and even gone to court on the issue.Congress spokesperson Amarnath Agarwal said that the party had received an invitation but did not send any representation. However, Mr. Agarwal said the party had sent a letter of consent to the SP on the issue.last_img read more

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SPORT-EURO-GRIEZMAN

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first_imgAfter France soaked up a heavy spell of German After France soaked up a heavy spell of German pressure, the hosts got the breakthrough in first-half injury time when Schweinsteiger handled. Barely six weeks after his Milan howler, Griezmann stepped up with confidence against arguably the best goalkeeper in the world — and promptly sent Neuer the wrong way as he smashed the ball into the top left-hand corner. “He took his responsibilities well, to take the penalty and slam it in the back of the net,” said France striker Olivier Giroud, who like Benzema has been left in the shade by the little forward who has spent his entire professional career in Spain, initially with Real Sociedad. “Hes lethal when hes in the penalty box, and he got his second goal. Hes our little Mr Extra,” Giroud said. While Griezmann was deadly, Girouds lack of pace cost him a clear chance against Germany. But Griezmann has more than one string to his bow. Tracking back to help defend, he was among the first players to recover the ball when Frances defence cleared. There were deft touches, blind passes and fantastic turns, but Griezmanns eye for goal is his defining quality. His second goal came after 72 minutes when Juventus star Paul Pogba conjured some magic to lose his marker and his cross had Neuer, and Germanys defence, in a panic. Griezmann, who scored an impressive 32 goals for Atletico last season, simply knew where he had to be when Neuer punched the ball to his feet, and he poked it in.advertisement “For the second goal I was hanging back to wait for an error from the goalkeeper,” said Griezmann. Giroud paid tribute to his teammate, saying he has “got stronger and stronger and silenced some critics”. “He has now taken over the leadership of our attack and has become indispensable for us.” For Pogba, the goal he created for Griezmann completed a “beautiful” night in front of 65,000 fans. “I just crossed it, Grizou was there, it was beautiful, in the Velodrome. Honestly, football is just great,” said Pogba. AFP BS BSlast_img read more

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Lightning Strike Rangers, 5-1

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first_imgNEW YORK — Ryan Callahan enjoyed many nights like this one at Madison Square Garden. The only difference this time was his sweater was white instead of home blue.Callahan scored two goals in his first game against his former New York Rangers teammates, and the surging Tampa Bay Lightning rode another big offensive outburst to a 5-1 victory Nov. 17.A popular Rangers captain not long ago, Callahan netted the second of Tampa Bay’s two first-period goals and then closed the scoring with 2:51 left in the game.“I was excited to get the opportunity to go out there and play again in front of this crowd,” he said.While there were jerseys with his name on the back and familiar ‘C’ on the front, Callahan heard boos early when he touched the puck. Those turned to cheers around 7 minutes in when a video tribute to him and fellow former Rangers Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman, with the message “Thanks for the memories. We salute you,” was shown.“They didn’t have to do that,” Callahan said. “That’s the Rangers organization. It shows how classy they are. The fans cheering — that shows how classy they are.“The win helps, but I really enjoyed my first time back here.”The warm reception reverted to boos as the Lightning improved to 12-0 when Callahan scores since he was acquired in the captain-swap trade that sent Martin St. Louis to New York on March 5.Tampa Bay increased its NHL-leading goal total to 71. Nikita Kucherov also scored in the opening frame, and Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn had goals in the second after New York closed to 2-1.Stamkos also had two assists, as did Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Valtteri Filppula. Ben Bishop made 15 saves on New York’s season-low 16 shots.“I’m glad I was able to get the puck to Cally,” Stamkos said. “You keep working, you keep getting rewarded. That’s how we look at every game. I’m just happy. This is a great feeling for all of us.”The Lightning (13-4-2), one point behind Eastern Conference-leading Montreal, are 8-1-1 in their past 10.St. Louis, the Lightning’s career points leader, scored a power-play goal in the second period for the Rangers, 1-3-2 in their last six. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 shots.“You can live with yourself losing a game you know you played the right way,” said St. Louis, who was a minus-4. “I don’t know how we can live with that one.”Inconsistency has crept into the game of the defending Eastern Conference champions, and they are troubled by it.“I am concerned,” Lundqvist said. “We just have to keep talking about it in practice and believe in each other and stay positive. We know it’s there. We showed it.”The Lightning grabbed a two-goal lead in a span of 7:30 in the first period. Just after Bishop stopped St. Louis on a chance in front, the Lightning got on the board at the other end.Johnson sent a crisp pass that sent Kucherov in alone on Lundqvist. He flipped a shot that hit Lundqvist but found its way between the goalie’s pads as he was falling backward at 6:50.It was Kucherov’s seventh goal — all in the past 12 games — and his 14th point in that span. Johnson has 19 points in 16 games.Callahan doubled the lead during a power play on the Lightning’s fourth shot.Stamkos deftly worked the puck low from the left circle and found Callahan alone at the right post with a pass for a slam shot that Lundqvist had no chance to stop. Callahan has four goals and five assists in his past six games.The Rangers (7-7-4) received their first power play in the final minute of the first period and it carried into the second. St. Louis cut the deficit to 2-1 just 32 seconds in when his shot from the right side was accidentally steered into the net from the crease by Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison.New York had a two-man power play in the second, but couldn’t take advantage.“It’s very tough to explain,” frustrated coach Alain Vigneault said. “We had a good start. They scored that goal and seemed to get momentum. We had a good start in the second, forced them into a few penalties, and then they scored.“Other than the start to both periods, everything in between was just a total disaster.”Tampa Bay broke it open when Stamkos and Killorn scored 4:34 apart late in the second, shortly after a Lightning goal was waved off because Killorn interfered with Lundqvist.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Pro Kabaddi 2018 Live Streaming: When, Where to Watch Today’s Match on Hotstar, TV Coverage on Star Sports

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first_imgWhat time does Bengaluru Bulls and Bengal Warriors match in Pro Kabaddi League 2018 start?The PKL 2018 match between Bengaluru Bulls and Bengal Warriors will start at 8 PM IST.What time does U Mumba and Dabang Delhi match in Pro Kabaddi League 2018 start?The PKL 2018 match between U Mumba and Dabang Delhi will start at 9 PM IST.What TV channel and live stream is the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 match between Bengaluru Bulls vs Bengal Warriors and U Mumba vs Dabang Delhi Live Streaming on?Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD will show the match on TV. Hotstar will live stream of Bengaluru Bulls vs Bengal Warriors and U Mumba vs Dabang Delhi matches.Where will the PKL 2018 between Bengaluru Bulls vs Bengal Warriors and U Mumba vs Dabang Delhi be played?The PKL 2018 matches between Bengaluru Bulls vs Bengal Warriors and U Mumba vs Dabang Delhi will be played in Pune.Where can I watch the Bengaluru Bulls vs Bengal Warriors and U Mumba vs Dabang Delhi live?The matches will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on Hotstar.com.What are the squads for the PKL 2018 match between Bengaluru Bulls and Bengal Warriors?Bengaluru Bulls – Defenders: Amit Sheoran, Mahender Singh, Ashish Kumar, K. Jawahar Vivek, Sandeep Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhaka, B. R. Nithesh, Raju Lal ChoudharyRaiders: Rohit Kumar, Harish Naik, Sumit Singh, Kashiling Adake, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, V. Anand, Anil, RohitAll-rounders: Jasmer Singh Gulia, Mahesh Maruti Magdum, Dong Ju Hong, Gyung Tae KimadvertisementBengal Warriors -Defenders: PO Surjeet Singh, Ameares Mondal, Ziaur Rahman, Baldev Singh, Vijin Thangadurai, Manoj DhullRaiders: Mithin Kumar, Jang Kun Lee, Mahesh Goud, Amit Kumar, Amit Nagar, Rakesh Narwal, AshishAll-rounders: Vittal Meti, Bhupender Singh, Shrikant Tewthia, Ran Singh, Ravindra Ramesh KumawatWhat are the squads for the PKL 2018 match between U Mumba and Dabang Delhi?U Mumba -Defenders: Surender Singh, Anil, Fazel Atrachali, Hadi Tajik, Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Rajaguru Subramanian, Rohit Rana, Adinath Sakharam GavaliRaiders: Gaurav Kumar, Abolfazl Maghsoudloumahali, Vinod Kumar, Darshan Kadian, R. Sriram, Siddharth Sirish Desai, Arjun Deshwal, Abhishek Singh, Rohit BalyanAll-rounders: E. Subash, Shiv Om, Mohit BalyanDabang Delhi -Defenders: Tushar Balaram Bhoir, Satpal, Viraj Vishnu Landge, Vishal Mane, Joginder Singh Narwal, Anil Kumar, Ravinder PahalRaiders: Naveen Kumar, Khomsan Thongkham, Pawan Kumar Kadian, Chandran Ranjit, Shabeer Bappu, Yogesh Hooda, Kamal Kishor JatAll-rounders: Sidharth, Rajesh Narwal, Vishal, Meraj Sheykh, Tapas Pallast_img read more

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Nebraska QBs Coach Addresses Adrian Martinez’s Early Struggles

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first_imgAdrian Martinez throws a pass for Nebraska.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers throws a first half pass while playing the Michigan Wolverines on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez hasn’t made quite the jump that people were hoping for after his freshman season. His throwing has been iffy enough, for it’s his ball control that’s really become an issue.Speaking to the media, Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco addressed the issue of Martinez’s recent fumbles. He admitted that he isn’t entirely sure what Martinez’s issue is when it comes to fumbling.Via the Omaha World-Herald:“I haven’t noticed any particular issues with that in terms of the evaluation at all… Obviously, the game before this one, his eyes were all over the place. So that was the concern. But he got that corrected and away we go.”Martinez fumbled three times against Colorado. He lost two of them in what was an overtime loss to the Buffaloes. Last year, Martinez had the second-most fumbles in the nation.So far this season, Martinez has completed 60.4-percent of his passes for 468 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Last year he finished the season completing 64.6-percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions.Martinez will have two easier games against Northern Illinois and Illinois to fix the problem before the schedule difficulty ramps up against Ohio State.Can the Huskers compete for the Big Ten title while Martinez keeps putting the ball on the ground?last_img read more

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Umpire dies a month after being hit on head by ball

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first_imgUmpire dies a month after being hit on head by ballJohn Williams was flown to a hospital in Cardiff where he was placed in an induced coma. He was then transferred to another hospital in Haverfordwest on August 1 where he passed away two weeks later.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LondonAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 12:16 IST Representational Photo (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSCricket umpire John Williams, 80, die after being hit by a ballWilliams was struck with a ball while he was officiating a Pembrokeshire County Division 2 matchThe umpire was placed in an induced coma before he passed awayA cricket umpire has died a month after he was hit on the head by a ball during an amateur match in the UK.According to a BBC Sport report, John Williams, 80, from Hundleton, Pembrokeshire, was struck with a ball while he was officiating a Pembrokeshire County Division 2 match between Pembroke and Narbeth on July 13.He was then flown to a hospital in Cardiff where he was placed in an induced coma. He was then transferred to another hospital in Haverfordwest on August 1 where he passed away two weeks later.Pembrokeshire Cricket on Thursday shared the information on their Twitter handle: “Sad news this morning regarding umpire John Williams.”John passed away this morning with his family at his bedside. Thoughts of all of Pembrokeshire Cricket are with Hilary and the boys at this difficult and sad time.”Robert Simons from Narberth Cricket Club, who was the other umpire officiating during the match, said: “I was officiating as the other umpire… It was traumatic.”He was a grand gentleman, truly a gent from a cricketing point of view, and he gave up a tremendous amount of his time for the sport.”For 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 Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow John Williams Nextlast_img read more

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Mayor of Savanna-La-Mar Welcomes SOE

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first_imgMayor of Savanna-la-Mar, Councillor Bertel Moore, says the State of Public Emergency (SOE) declared in Westmoreland is a welcome move for persons living in the parish.“I and the wider community (of Westmoreland) appreciate it and hope it is carried out correctly. I also hope that they confiscate a lot of weapons during the SOE,” the Mayor told JIS News.The Mayor was reacting to the announcement made today (April 30), by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, declaring States of Public Emergency (SOEs) in the parishes of St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland, during a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister.Councillor Moore said he hopes that one of the outcomes from the SOE in the parish will be the implementation of more social programmes that will provide an outlet for the youth of the parish to indulge in more positive activities.“I know idle hands bring trouble, and if we can find something for the young people to do, I think we will be able to cut crime and violence (in the parish) to a certain extent. That is something that we need to look at. It is important that we find a way to get them occupied,” the Mayor emphasised.The SOE will give the security forces temporary additional powers, including powers of search, arrest and detention.During the SOEs, the security forces will have the power to search, curtail operating hours of business, restrict access to places and detain persons without a warrant.A State of Public Emergency was first declared in St. James on January 18, 2018 by the Prime Minister. It ended on January 31, 2019.last_img read more

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BW Group and PAG Form New Joint Venture

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first_imgMay 19, 2014 zoom BW Group and PAG have formed a joint venture called BW Pacific which is purchasing ten modern Medium Range product tankers from Elandra Pte Ltd, a company associated with Vitol Energy (Bermuda) Ltd.Andreas Sohmen-Pao, CEO of BW Group commented: “BW is pleased to form a joint venture with one of Asia’s leading investment managers and to have PAG as a partner as we expand in the product tanker segment.”Chris Gradel, Founder & Managing Partner of PAG commented: “PAG is delighted to have such a blue chip partner in shipping like the BW Group. This is a very interesting time in the cycle for the industry and our joint venture with BW presents our investors with a unique opportunity to capture the potential upside in a recovery while relying on the operational excellence of a true industry leader.”BW Pacific will have a fleet size of 37 Medium Range and Long Range 1 product tankers and will be managed by the BW Group.last_img read more

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Busan Terminal Expects Over 1 Million Passengers This Year

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first_imgzoom South Korea’s Busan Port International Passenger Terminal, opened in August 2015, is expected to exceed 1 million passengers this year, according to Busan Port Authority.A total of 932,957 tourists, representing an increase of 13.94% increase year on year, traveled through the terminal from January to October 2015.If the number continues to grow, BPA expects that some 1.06 million passengers will go through the terminal by the end of this year.The number of tourists on cruise has decreased since 2013 due to the sluggish tourism industry, weak Japanese yen, and fierce marketing strategies driven by low cost carriers.Busan port said that the rise is attributed to the substitute holiday system and substantial growth of tourists at the newly opened, Busan International Passenger Terminal.last_img read more

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Premier Congratulates Nova Scotia New Democratic Party Leader

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first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil offered congratulations today, Feb. 27, to Gary Burrill on becoming the new leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party. “Leading a party is both challenging and rewarding,” said Premier McNeil. “I have a feeling Mr. Burrill and I won’t always agree on the best way to tackle the issues facing Nova Scotians, but I respect his decision to step up for the role. It shows a deep commitment to the people of the province.” Premier McNeil also recognized Halifax Needham MLA Maureen MacDonald’s work as interim NDP leader. “Ms. MacDonald has shown tenacity and dedication to Nova Scotians during her term as leader,” said Premier McNeil. -30-last_img

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Indigenous offenders in federal prison highlight challenges for Trudeau government

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first_imgThe Canadian PressThe number of Indigenous offenders in the federal correctional system has risen almost 40 per cent in the last decade, says a government report.It also says a lower percentage of Indigenous offenders benefit from gradual release from custody than non-Indigenous ones.In addition, the number of women admitted to federal correctional centres has increased in recent years.The statistics underscore the challenges the Liberal government faces as it tries to deal with the over-representation of Indigenous people, the mentally ill and other vulnerable Canadians in the prison system.At the same time, the overall crime rate has been dropping and relatively few crimes result in sentences to federal penitentiaries.A look at some key statistics and trends highlighted in the Corrections and Conditional Release Statistical Overview, 2016 Annual Report:_ The overall crime rate has decreased 34 per cent since 1998, to 5,888 per 100,000 population in 2015 from 8,915. Over the same period, there was a 43.5-per-cent decrease in the property-crime rate, to 3,220 per 100,000 from 5,696.-In contrast, the crime rate for drug offences has increased 12.6 per cent since 1998, to 269 per 100,000 from 235.– The rate of violent crime has fluctuated, peaking in 2000 at 1,494 per 100,000 population. Since 2000, the rate of violent crime has decreased 28.9 per cent to 1,062 in 2015.– The in-custody population in federal prisons has increased in seven of the last 10 years, though there was a slight decline in 2015-16.– From 2013-14 to 2014-15, the provincial-territorial sentenced offender population in custody increased 4.8 per cent to 10,364 from 9,888. The remand population increased 18.8 per cent to 13,650 from 11,494 during this period.– In 2015-16, Indigenous offenders represented 22.7 per cent of the total federal offender population. They accounted for 25.7 per cent of those in custody and 17.3 per cent of those on various forms of supervised release in the community in 2015-16.– From 2006-07 to 2015-16, the total Indigenous offender population increased 39.5 per cent.– In 2015-16, the federal day parole and full parole grant rates increased for both Indigenous offenders and non-Indigenous offenders.-However, a smaller percentage of Indigenous offenders benefit from supervised gradual releases than non-Indigenous ones: 82.4 per cent of Indigenous offenders were held until their statutory release dates compared to only 65.2 per cent of non-Indigenous ones.– The number of women admitted to the federal correctional system increased to 383 in 2015-16 from 316 in 2006-07.– In 2015-16, there was an 18.4-per-cent decrease in the total number of admissions to administrative segregation, where inmates are isolated from other prisoners in federal institutions.last_img read more

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BC halts northeast fracking operations while it investigates earthquakes

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first_imgCompanies mentioned in this article: (TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Press FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Oil and Gas Commission is shutting down oilfield fracking operations in an area in the northeast part of the province for at least 30 days while it investigates earthquakes that occurred there on Nov. 29.The regulator says the seismic events measuring between 3.4 and 4.5 magnitude took place near hydraulic fracturing operations being conducted about 20 kilometres southeast of Fort St. John by Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.It says the company immediately suspended that work and it won’t be allowed to resume without the written consent of the commission.According to Natural Resources Canada, the 4.5 magnitude earthquake was felt in Fort St. John, Taylor, Chetwynd and Dawson Creek but did no damage. It was followed by two smaller aftershocks.Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting large amounts of water, sand and chemicals into a well to break up tight rock underground and allow trapped oil and gas to flow.The technology, along with injecting oilfield liquids into disposal wells, have been linked by the B.C. commission to previous incidents of “induced seismicity,” although it notes on its website none of the events in B.C. have resulted in hazards to safety or the environment or property damage.last_img read more

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ExUS Congressmans Russian bank stripped of license

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MOSCOW — A small Russian bank owned by former U.S. congressman Charles Taylor has been stripped of its license after allegedly breaking anti-money laundering rules.Russia’s central bank says that Commercial Bank of Ivanovo committed “numerous” breaches of anti-money laundering legislation and inflated the value of its assets.The central bank has appointed administrators and says more than 70 per cent of CBI’s lending was “low-quality loans.”Taylor, a Republican widely considered a hard-line conservative, was a congressman from North Carolina between 1991 and 2007.Central bank records show Taylor owns more than 80 per cent of CBI, a regional lender based in the textile-manufacturing city of Ivanovo, just over 150 miles (245 kilometres) north-east of Moscow.The Associated Press

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Handy and Harman fine silver quotations 20904 oz 67206 kg

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Handy and Harman fine silver quotations in Canadian dollars:Thursday $20.904 oz., $672.06 kg.; Wednesday $21.395 oz., $687.85 kg.

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Humanitarian and security situations in western Sudan reach new lows UN agency

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“The humanitarian situation in Darfur has quickly become one of the worst in the world. Access to people in need is blocked by the parties in conflict and now, as the need for aid grows, stocks of relief materials are dwindling,” said Mr. Egeland, who is also Under-Secretary-General in charge of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Fighting between forces loyal to the Government of Sudan and the main rebel Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) escalated in the Darfur areas last March and drove 670,000 people to join an earlier 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). Some 70,000 of them fled across the border into Chad, where they lack basic supplies, OCHA said.The Sudanese crisis is already estimated as being the worst worldwide, with 4 million people displaced. The SLM/A has been holding talks with the Sudanese government recently, but the other rebel movement, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), has refused to do so.In the few areas accessible to humanitarian workers, IDPs lack water, food, shelter and sanitation facilities, Mr. Egeland said.”I remind combatants of their obligation to minimize the impact of their hostilities on civilian populations, in accordance with international law,” he said.Access to both rebel- and government-held areas continues to be denied or constrained by restrictions on travel permits and insecurity caused by militia activity and banditry, OCHA said. Trucks carrying aid have been attacked and relief workers held by armed groups.”I urge the government and the militias to take all possible steps to allow humanitarian workers to safely deliver aid to people who desperately need it. Parties to the conflict should honour the agreement they signed in September, which guaranteed aid workers safe and unimpeded access to people in need,” Mr. Egeland said. read more

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Ministers adopt Declaration on small island developing States

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Culminating a weeklong Interregional Preparatory Meeting, the Declaration constitutes a common platform for the International Conference for the 10-year review of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of the Small Island Developing States, to be held in Mauritius from 30 August to 4 September.The Declaration reaffirms commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a series of time-bound targets adopted at a 2000 UN Summit aimed at eradicating a range of social ills. It also acknowledges that small island development States have made some progress in implementing the Programme of Action “largely through domestic measures, despite the impediments posed by their structural disadvantages and vulnerabilities.”But the Declaration voices concern over the weakening economic performance of many of these countries due in part to their declining trade performance. “We recognize that international trade is important for the building of resilience and sustainable development of SIDS,” the Ministers state.Concerned that these nations are unable to effectively participate in multilateral trade negotiations, the Declaration calls on the World Trade Organization (WTO) to “recognize the special case of SIDS and take appropriate action.”Voicing appreciation for support rendered so far, the text notes, however, that not all commitments have been honoured, while changing internal circumstances are further exacerbating the challenges faced by SIDS. The Declaration calls for “greater support for and improved coordination among” development partners for the effective implementation of the Programme of Action.”We emphasize the urgent needs of small island developing states for new and additional financial resources, provided in adequate, predictable and timely flows, in order to respond effectively to these challenges,” the Declaration says.When the forum opened on Monday, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the Secretary-General of the Mauritius, meeting stressed that SIDS, though facing a set of specific challenges, have a great contribution to make to the global community.”For the conference in Barbados, our slogan was ‘Small Islands, Big Issues,'” Mr. Chowdhury, who is also Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, had said. “For Mauritius, reflecting today’s realities, I would like to adjust it to say: ‘Small Islands, Big Potential.'” read more

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Mothers and children need more – not less – social protection says

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“At a time when the world is discussing a post-2015 development agenda, it is essential that the international community identifies financing sources for social protection,” or social security guarantees to protect them against economic distress and hardship caused by the absence or a substantial reduction of income from work because of illness, maternity, lack of employment, disability, old age and others, Isabel Ortiz, Director of the ILO Social Protection Department said as the agency released two new studies late last week. In the Social protection for maternity: Key policy trends and statistics report, ILO notes that only 36 per cent of employed women are legally entitled to cash benefits during their maternity leave.“In practice, however, maternity leave legislation is not implemented effectively, so only 28 per cent of working women are covered in case of maternity,” ILO said in a press release.“Around 800 women die from childbirth every day. In addition, 18,000 children also pass away daily. The sad reality is that despite efforts carried out as part of the Millennium Development Goals process, maternal and child mortality rates in developing countries are still very high,” according to the UN labour agency. “Most of these deaths are preventable with adequate social protection. Universal maternal and child health care is key to reducing high mortality rates, together with cash transfers to ensure adequate food, clothing, and access to social services,” added Ms. Ortiz. ILO said a related report, Social protection for children: Key policy trends and statistics, also paints a worrying picture. While there has been an explosion of small cash transfer schemes in recent years, the study shows, there is also a considerable gap with regard to the availability of adequate child and family benefits. A worrying trend, according to ILO, is that in some countries, the levels of maternity and child protection benefits have dropped as a result of fiscal consolidation policies.For example, it said, several European countries have reduced the level of maternity and child benefits or have limited the level of coverage, leading to an increase in child poverty in 18 of the 28 countries of the European Union between 2008 and 2013. The reports include detailed national data on maternity protection and child and family benefits for 188 countries surveyed.They looked at a sample of 57 low- and lower middle-income countries and show that introducing a basic universal maternity cash benefit would require, on average, 0.41 per cent of national gross domestic product (GDP). Meanwhile, having universal child benefits would, on average, require 1.9 per cent of national GDP. The projected costs for a basic universal child benefit vary greatly between countries, ranging from 5.2 per cent of GDP for Niger to 0.2 per cent of GDP for Guyana, considering that children constitute a large proportion of the population in these countries.The same variation applies to basic universal maternity protection, where it ranges from less than 0.1 per cent of GDP in Bhutan, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam to 1.1 per cent of GDP in Niger. read more

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Oxford University set to open first new college in almost 30 years

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Oxford is seeking to take on its Ivy League rivals such as Harvard Oxford is seeking to take on its Ivy League rivals such as Harvard Oxford University is set to open its first new college in almost 30 years, as it seeks to take on its Ivy League rivals.The university’s five year draft strategic plan, seen by The Daily Telegraph, contains proposals to build 1,000 graduate rooms and “at least one new graduate college”.This would be the first new college since 1990, when the graduate-only Kellogg College was established. The plans, which have been backed by the university’s governing body, must now win the approval Oxford’s dons.Under the plans, the intake of postgraduate students would increase by 850 a year by 2023, while undergraduates would increase by 200 a year.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said: “Oxford and Cambridge say they lose money on every undergraduate whereas for post graduates you can charge the full market rate and more.  “Oxford doesn’t compare itself to other institutions in the UK, it compares itself to other institutions around the world such as Ivy League which have more graduates than undergraduates.” Undergraduate fees are capped at £9,250, but Oxford chiefs have argued that its true cost of teaching a student is closer to £16,000 due to the intensive one-to-one tutorial model it operates. David Palfreyman, bursar at New College, Oxford, said: “The key US competitors are usually smaller than Oxford or Cambridge, especially at undergraduate level.”He said that being “a world class university and a super research university a la Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton” requires a bigger cohort of post graduate researchers.The strategic plan also sets out a desire to “set ambitious targets” to “reduce by 2023 gaps in attainment by gender, ethnic origin and socio-economic background”.It also wants to “substantially increase” the number of undergraduate places offered to students from groups who are currently under-represented.A spokesman for Oxford University said the plans are under consultation, adding: “The University will comment more fully when its plan has been widely reviewed and formally adopted.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Nevile urged Pogba to remain consistent

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first_imgGary Neville believes that if Paul Pogba will be able to deliver these match-deciding performances just as he did against Manchester City, he can be one of the world’s best players.The Frenchman has been struggling for consistency this season but he proved that he is capable to performing at a high level when the team needs him – and Neville hopes that he will be able to continue like this.The former United defender spoke about Pogba’s impact as he said, according to ESPN:“I’ve said all year, Manchester United are a far better team with Paul Pogba in it. He brings arrogance, confidence and belief.”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…“But when you’re a player who is signed for that money, when you dance like he does and when you’ve got hair like he has you have to play well and you have to match it.”“It’s no good shouting and singing and not playing. You have to play well and he hasn’t in the last couple of months and he’s fallen out with his manager. It’s a difficult situation.”“He is a fantastic footballer and he makes Manchester United a better team. He shows great belief and confidence and shows total confidence in himself — but you have to deliver consistently.”last_img read more

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Crews put out fire at Santas Enchanted Forest no injuries

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first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews have put out a fire that broke out at Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the blaze at the holiday theme park, located at Tropical Park, just after 7:30 p.m., Sunday.Cellphone video provided by The Miami Herald showed flames and smoke as seen from the Palmetto Expressway near Southwest 40th Street.Officials said trees and bushes caught fire.Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames just before 8:30 p.m.No injuries were reported.The Miami Herald reported the fire started because of a power line. Cameras captured a Florida Power & Light crew arriving at the theme park to repair the downed line.Santa’s Enchanted Forest has not yet opened to the public for the season.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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