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Nagaland recalls all police personnel on leaveNagaland recalls all police personnel on leave

first_imgThe Nagaland government has recalled all police “officers and personnel on leave” amid fears in the State about a possible breakdown of the peace process.On Monday, the office of Nagaland’s Director-General of Police issued a wireless transmission message to all unit heads banning all kinds of leave.The office of the State’s Chief Secretary issued a similar message asking all Deputy Commissioners and Administrative Officers to remain in station and recall all officers not on medical or maternity leave.The recalling of all police personnel has come three days after the Centre rejected the twin demands of the extremist Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) for a separate “Naga national flag” and “Naga Yezabo” (constitution).The Centre and NSCN-IM have been pursuing a peace process since signing a ceasefire in August 1997.last_img read more

Honeymoon delayed as Nico Elorde returns to action a day after weddingHoneymoon delayed as Nico Elorde returns to action a day after wedding

first_imgView comments Elorde, grandson of boxing legend Gabrial “Flash” Elorde, scored five points and had three assists in 12 minutes off the bench. Unfortunately for him, the Batang Pier couldn’t sustain their strong start to fall to the Dyip, 108-114.The veteran point guard said tying the knot only adds motivation for him to work harder.“This is the start of the next level for me. I’m playing because of my family and now I’m playing for my own family so I have to do better.”ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’center_img LATEST STORIES PBA: Troy Rosario, TNT scorch Phoenix to stay unscathed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Newly-wed Nico Elorde was back on the hardcourt at Araneta Coliseum less than 24 hours after getting hitched with longtime girlfriend Mich Del Carmen, who was also at the venue to support her husband.The 27-year-old Elorde made no excuse and joined his NorthPort teammates in a game against Columbian in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“It (wedding) was a big day for us. It was tiring but it everything was worth it because it’s every man’s dream to have a wedding,” Elorde said.“The honeymoon will just be delayed. We’ll have it after the conference,” he said with a smiling. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ MANILA, Philippines–The honeymoon can wait.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Players running down contracts will become a norm, says Arsene WengerPlayers running down contracts will become a norm, says Arsene Wenger

first_imgPlayers running down their contracts will become the norm in years to come due to skyrocketing transfer fees, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said.Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have both entered the final year of their deals, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs could also leave Arsenal for free in 12 months’ time.Wenger tried to see the positive side, saying it could be an “ideal situation” for the club as the players would be motivated to perform to impress potential suitors.”I think in the future, you will see it more and more. Why? Because the transfers are so high, even for normal players,” he told reporters on Sunday.”You will see more and more players going into the final year of the contract because no club will want to pay the amount demanded…in the next 10 years, it will become usual.”I think the performance on the day does not depend on the length of the contract, if that was true we would sign everyone for 20 years and be happy.”ALEXIS SANCHEZ SAGA WON’T BE A DISTRACTIONSanchez, who was Arsenal’s top scorer in the Premier League with 24 goals last season, has been linked with a move to Paris St Germain in the French media, but Wenger was adamant he would stay at the Emirates Stadium.”Do I think he will stay? Yes, of course. How many times did I tell you that?,” the Frenchman added.”One day, he will go and Arsenal will go on. We will all go one day and Arsenal, hopefully, will go on.”advertisementWenger has insisted that the transfer saga of Alexis Sanchez won’t be a distraction to the club this season.Manchester City, Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all been linked with the 28-year-old. However, the Arsenal boss appears determined to hold onto the 28-year-old for the last year of his deal.Wenger, who in the past has sold the Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie to avoid losing them for free when their contracts expired, is however sticking to his guns over Sanchez.”Nobody knows if Sanchez will extend his contract here. What can I do about that? One day he will go and Arsenal will go on. Of course I think he will stay. How many times do I have to tell you?” he added.It is expected that Manchester City will bid 50 million pound for the 28-year-old whose current deal with Arsenal is set to end in 2018.Arsenal will begin their league campaign against Leicester on August 12.last_img read more

AB de Villiers to represent Tshwane Spartans in South Africa’s new T20 tournamentAB de Villiers to represent Tshwane Spartans in South Africa’s new T20 tournament

first_imgAB de Villiers was named among the 12 leading players for South Africa’s new Mzansi Super League Twenty20 tournament and he is set to represent the Tshwane Spartans, who will be based at his long-time home ground in Centurion.Six South African players including the retired De Villiers and six overseas players w ere named as marquee players at a Cricket South Africa media briefing. Six teams will now be competing for the services of the overseas players in a draft in Johannesburg on Wednesday.England’s ODI captain Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Dawid Malan will join West Indians Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan as the leading overseas players.De Villiers, who retired from international cricket earlier this year, heads the list of designated South African players.Proteas captain Faf du Plessis will play for the Paarl Rocks team in the Cape Winelands, Hashim Amla for Durban Heat, JP Duminy for Cape Town Blitz, Kagiso Rabada for Jozi Stars in Johannesburg and Imran Tahir for the Port-Elizabeth based Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.The league, named after a colloquial term for South Africa, will run from November 15 to December 16.Cricket South Africa chief executive Thabang Moroe said there had been a big response from players from around the world who wanted to be included in the league.”We have received applications from over 200 top international players who expressed interest in playing in this inaugural tournament and will have their names in the hat ahead of the player draft process,” said Moroe.advertisementSouth Africa’s first attempt at staging a major Twenty20 tournament collapsed in 2017, leading to the axing of then chief executive Haroon Lorgat and a loss of an estimated $14 million.It appeared doubtful that the concept would be revived in time for the current season before CSA announced on September 8 that it would go ahead. South Africa’s national broadcaster, SABC, has been granted the rights to televise the tournament.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Deschamps: France lacked ‘juice’Deschamps: France lacked ‘juice’

first_imgFrance France lacked ‘juice’ against USMNT, says Deschamps Dom Farrell 07:43 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappé Getty France Kylian Mbappé United States France v United States Friendlies Kylian Mbappe salvaged a draw for versus the United States, with the French boss blaming a heavy workload on his players’ tired legs Didier Deschamps suggested a week of heavy training caused France’s lacklustre showing in the 1-1 draw against the U.S. national team .Les Bleus began promisingly in Lyon, with Paul Pogba having a shot tipped against the post by Zack Steffen in the USA goal.Yet a rare attack from the visitors in the 44th minute brought the opening goal, with right-back Djibril Sidibe and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris both culpable as Julian Green pounced. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Kylian Mbappe impressed throughout and levelled from substitute Benjamin Pavard’s fine cross 12 minutes from time – one of few incisive France attacks during the second period until a late rally that saw Steffen excel.”It’s always better to win, but it’s a preparation match,” Deschamps told TF1 .”We missed a little bit of juice against a USA team that left us with few spaces. “We had trouble in the first 20 minutes of the second period, but at the end we took over again. “We had a week of heavy workload. Now we will switch to our match against Australia.”You already knew. But we’re confirming that @zackstef_23 is indeed MOTM. — U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) June 9, 2018 Deschamps maintains his gifted squad are well prepared for that opening World Cup fixture in Group C, but offered no guarantees the XI he selected at the Groupama Stadium – featuring Paul Pogba roving in midfield and a front three of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Mbappe – would remain in Kazan.”I played a maximum of players in all three games, it also gives us lessons,” he added.”I hope they will be physically ready for me to be spoiled for choice. It will not necessarily be the same [team], no.”last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah has skill-set to succeed in Tests at home: Ajit AgarkarJasprit Bumrah has skill-set to succeed in Tests at home: Ajit Agarkar

first_imgJasprit Bumrah has skill-set to succeed in Tests at home: Ajit AgarkarAjit Agarkar said that Jasprit Bumrah will be fresh and raring to have the ball in his hand as he has not played much cricket ever since the World Cup.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 18:41 IST Jasprit Bumrah in Test match (File photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSAjit Agarkar feels Jasprit Bumrah will have an exceptional debut home Test series against the ProteasThe real test for Bumrah will come up when India take on South Africa in the three-match series at homeBumrah played two matches in the Caribbean Islands, in which he picked 13 wickets, including a hat-trickEver since making his Test debut in Cape Town in January 2018, Jasprit Bumrah has improved by leaps and bounds and has become an integral part of the Indian team across all formats, especially Test cricket. Bumrah has featured in 12 Test matches so far, in which he has scalped 62 wickets at an average of 19.24, thus becoming the linchpin of Indian bowling unit.All these 12 Tests have been played on foreign soil (3 in South Africa, 3 in England, 4 in Australia and 2 in West Indies) where wickets naturally assist pacers. In all these places, the right-arm pacer from Mumbai has made a mark and performed brilliantly. However, the real test for him will come up when India take on South Africa in the three-match series at home.Former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar feels Bumrah will have an exceptional debut home Test series against the Proteas.”With experience, everyone can see what progress he has made in international cricket. I expect him to do well in India as well. Obviously, there will be times when the spinners will dominate in the series. However, with the kind of unique ability he possesses, I don’t think conditions matter to him. He has the skill-set to perform in Indian conditions as well,” Agarkar, who is an expert with ESPNcricinfo, told IANS.The 25-year-old has played 38 First-Class and 83 List-A matches in which he scalped 151 and 155 wickets respectively. Apart from that, he has played for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has been instrumental in their success in the league.advertisement”A lot of people tend to forget that Bumrah played quite a lot of first-class cricket before he played for India. He has bowled in these conditions with the SG ball. He knows what to do,” said Agarkar.Agarkar, 41, who played 26 Tests and 191 ODIs for India, also said that Bumrah will be fresh and raring to have the ball in his hand as he has not played much cricket ever since the World Cup. “Since the World Cup, he hasn’t played a lot of cricket. He missed (rested) the T20Is and the ODIs and featured in the two Test matches. So, he must be relatively fresh and will be very keen to perform in India as well,” he said.Bumrah played two matches in the Caribbean Islands, in which he picked 13 wickets, including a hat-trick.”I would not be surprised if he has an exceptional series,” Agarkar signed off.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma to resume battle for T20I dominationAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow Ajit Agarkarlast_img read more

Ottawa professor who died in Ethiopia plane crash remembered for public outreachOttawa professor who died in Ethiopia plane crash remembered for public outreach

first_imgOttawa professor Pius Adesanmi, one of the 18 Canadians killed in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, is being remembered as a public intellectual whose outreach to Africans across the globe shaped the way Canada is seen abroad.A colleague says Adesanmi, as director of Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies, deepened the academic discipline within Canada and elevated the school’s program to international renown.Nduka Otiono, a fellow Carleton professor and Adesanmi’s friend of 25 years, says the Nigerian-born professor amplified his activism to his “cult following” on social media and by building relationships on the ground in Africa.Otiono says it’s difficult to imagine the depth of the devastation being felt across the globe in the wake of his colleague’s tragic death. A Nigerian representative to African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council told The Associated Press that Adesanmi was on his way to a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, when the jet went down Sunday shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa airport, killing all 157 aboard.Adesanmi, who was also a professor in Carleton’s Department of English Language and Literature, won the inaugural Penguin Prize for African non-fiction writing in 2010.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Helen Mirren Attends Chelsea Flower Show For Princes TrustHelen Mirren Attends Chelsea Flower Show For Princes Trust

first_imgDame Helen Mirren attended this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show in her role as a Prince’s Trust Ambassador.She visited the Burncoose Garden, as well as meeting a Trust-supported gardening business.Since 2003, Prince’s Trust Patron Terra Firma Capital, has sponsored the Burncoose Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show where they promote the support they give to The Trust.Terra Firma Capital have been proud Patrons of The Prince’s Trust for ten years and their support has helped disadvantaged young people through The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme and xl clubs.Dame Helen Mirren reflected on why she supports the work of The Prince’sTrust, after meeting Trust-supported gardener Dan Hallett: “I have been fortunate in life. I always knew that I wanted to work in the entertainment industry and was lucky enough to carve a successful career as well as have the support of my family.“Sadly, others are not so lucky. Many young people don’t have the support and guidance they need to create a future for themselves, or they’ve fallen victim to the ever-present youth unemployment crisis.“For the hundreds of thousands of young people out there who are struggling to get a foothold in life, the future can seem bleak. Youth unemployment can breed low self-esteem and sometimes even depression.“I’m a Prince’s Trust Ambassador and a huge supporter of the youth charity’s work because they believe every young person deserves a chance in life.“Not only do they help young people move into work, training or education, but they invest heavily in their Enterprise programme, which helps the hardest-to-reach young people set up in business.“This is why I was thrilled to attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show yesterday as an Ambassador for The Trust. Not only did I visit a garden which is donating valuable funds to the charity – I met with a Trust-supported young person who has successfully created his own business in the gardening world despite the tough economic climate.”A professional soldier, Dan Hallett returned from Iraq after the birth of his daughter, physically and mentally exhausted. Suffering from flashbacks, he concluded the army was no longer for him.Once discharged, he went through a series of low-paid jobs to support his family. Around this time, his relationship ended leaving Dan with two young children to support.He struggled to get by, experiencing periods of depression and loneliness. Doubting his abilities, Dan had lost confidence and belief in himself.Things began to look up when he approached The Prince’s Trust for supporting in starting a gardening business.He went through The Trust’s Enterprise programme, which has helped 80,000 young entrepreneurs since 1983 with support from funders like RBS. This made him realise that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. With this support and funding, he managed to start his own business ‘Gardeners R Us’.Today, Dan is a different person to the world-weary ex-soldier he once was. His business is going from strength to strength and he has taken on 30 new clients in the past two months alone. Dan is also creating jobs for others in his local community, having already recruited three members of staff to help him grow his business.It is also incredibly inspiring that Dan’s main goal is to provide for his family and be a positive role model to his children.Dame Helen Mirren said, “It is stories like Dan’s which remind me why I’m so proud to be an Ambassador for The Trust. The economic climate has hit young people the hardest, leaving them exposed to low self-esteem and unemployment. With our help, The Prince’s Trust can help turn around tens of thousands of lives every year.”Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

CORRECTED USW mill workers in Fort St John to vote on strikeCORRECTED USW mill workers in Fort St John to vote on strike

first_imgCORRECTION: United Steelworkers Local 1-2017 President Brian O’Rourke has clarified yesterday’s announcement, saying that a strike vote is only being held by workers at 13 mills owned by members of the Council on Northern Interior Forest Employment Relations, or Conifer. A press release issued by the union had quoted USW Wood Council Chair Bob Matters as saying that the union was “bargaining for 23 different worksites…” O’Rourke said however that only 13 worksites are currently in talks, and suggested that the press release may have contained a typo.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Officials with the United Steelworkers Wood Council say that members of USW Local 1-2017, which represents workers at the Canfor sawmill in Fort St. John, will be conducting a strike vote after talks broke down with their employer.In a release, the USW says that the Wood Council recently held a fifth round of negotiations with the Council on Northern Interior Forest Employment Relations, or Conifer, which is a non-profit society that was formed for the purpose of coordinating collective bargaining activities for member organizations. He added that the vote needs to be conducted in the next two weeks. Among the members of Conifer are Canfor’s sawmills in Fort St. John and Prince George, Canfor Energy North’s Fort St. John and Chetwynd operations, West Fraser’s Williams Lake division, and the Conifex mill in Mackenzie, in addition to over a dozen other mills across Northern B.C.However, the USW says that talks with Conifer broke down because of what it claims was the employer being unwilling to listen to the concerns of union members.“We are looking for improvements to our working conditions,” said USW Wood Council Chair Bob Matters. “The employer is unwilling to discuss the most basic proposals. Our workers are demanding changes and we will fight for them. We are bargaining for 23 different worksites and it’s time to send them a message.”The union said in their release that has proposed changes to the collective agreement that includes leave for members struggling with domestic violence, union representation and pension funding improvement.“Our goal is to get a fair contract for our members,” said USW Local 1-2017 President Brian O’Rourke. “The employers are having one of the best economic years in decades and workers should share in this prosperity.”Matters said that over 1,500 workers will be participating in a vote for the union to get a strike mandate from each worksite covered by Conifer, which includes the two locations in the Peace Region.last_img read more

Foxconn buys building across street from Wisconsin CapitolFoxconn buys building across street from Wisconsin Capitol

MADISON, Wis. — Foxconn Technology Group announced Friday it was buying a six-story office building across the street from Wisconsin’s state capitol to house an off-campus research centre it will run as part of a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.The purchase is the latest in a string of buildings Foxconn has acquired in Racine, Green Bay, Milwaukee and Eau Claire as it expands its reach across Wisconsin beyond its massive campus in the southeast part of the state.The Taiwanese-based company is the world’s largest electronics provider, with Apple, Google and Amazon all as customers. Foxconn has said it will build a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin to make liquid crystal display screens for cellphones, tablets, televisions and other devices.Foxconn has said that campus will employ 13,000 people and cost $10 billion, which would net the company about $4.5 billion in state and local tax credits. Construction of the manufacturing facility was to begin this year and is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2020.But critics of the deal, struck with the help of President Donald Trump who came for a groundbreaking ceremony, have questioned whether Foxconn will follow through as promised.Speaking to an audience that included officials with Gov. Tony Evers’ administration, the president of the University of Wisconsin System and other business and government leaders in Wisconsin, Foxconn’s Alan Yeung addressed concerns about its plans for the Madison building.“Foxconn will be a good neighbour and I can also assure you that building will not be an empty building,” Yeung said to a smattering of nervous laughs.Yeung, a UW graduate and Foxconn’s director of U.S. strategic initiatives, later told reporters the buildings have to be “adequate and well-equipped” before workers move in.“We don’t actually make an effort to acquire buildings to leave them empty,” he said. “We do have a plan.”Yeung would not say how many people he expected would be working at the Madison office, dubbed Foxconn Place, but said it would be “sizable.” He said Foxconn would have employees there by the end of the year.Foxconn and UW-Madison last summer announced a collaboration under which Foxconn promised to invest $100 million in engineering and innovation research, if the university came up with an equal amount. Part of that deal including constructing a new College of Engineering building and also having an off-campus site, which would be the building across from the Capitol.Foxconn said UW-Madison students along with staff, faculty and researchers would collaborate to support research and development initiatives in various areas, including medicine and computer and data sciences.BMO Harris Bank owns the six-story building Foxconn was buying and operates a branch on the main level that will remain along with its roughly 100 employees.Yeung and BMO Harrison U.S. CEO David Casper declined to discuss terms of the sale, including how much Foxconn paid and how much space in the 55,000-square-foot building it would occupy. City records put the value of the property at about $5 million.The sale has not closed yet, but Yeung and Casper both said it was imminent.Foxconn has also purchased a building in Milwaukee for its North American headquarters and buildings in Green Bay, Eau Claire and Racine for innovation centres.___Follow Scott Bauer on Twitter at Bauer, The Associated Press read more

Thailand donates 3000 metric tonnes of rice to UN food effort forThailand donates 3000 metric tonnes of rice to UN food effort for

In its largest-yet donation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Thailand has contributed 3,000 metric tonnes of rice for the agency’s relief efforts in Afghanistan, a WFP spokesman announced today.”The rice from Thailand, worth $678,000, is enough to feed some 360,000 Afghans for one month,” WFP spokesperson Jordan Dey told reporters in Islamabad.WFP Deputy Country Director David Fletcher said the food would “assist a nation struggling to be reborn.” Welcoming the donation, he called on other countries to follow suit. “WFP needs all the help it can get to feed millions of Afghans both within and outside of their country,” he said.The agency, which has been working in Afghanistan for over three decades, is currently running a $230 million emergency operation to assist 7.5 million hungry people in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries. read more

Ban rings Wall Street closing bell welcomes NY Stock Exchange to UNBan rings Wall Street closing bell welcomes NY Stock Exchange to UN

“There are few better places than this trading floor for appreciating the realities global economic activity and investment trends. Shocks here ripple across the world, with grave consequences for the most poor and vulnerable” Mr. Ban said in his remarks just before ringing the closing bell on Wall Street to welcome NYSE Euronext to the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative. The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative explores how exchanges can work together with investors, regulators, and companies to enhance corporate transparency, and ultimately performance, on environmental, social and corporate governance issues and encourage responsible long-term approaches to investment. Since its creation in 2009, eight exchanges have joined, with nearly 13,000 listed companies in developed and emerging markets. “The addition of the world’s largest stock exchange to this group is a significant forward step, signalling the importance and relevance of sustainability to the private sector around the world,” Mr. Ban said.“But the world will need more exchanges, investors and companies to join forces with Governments and civils society if we are to achieve a more equitable, prosperous and sustainable future.” “The daily index of profit and loss is a measure of the hopes and plans of people from all walks of life – from the wealthiest investors to nurses and teachers looking forward to a comfortable retirement,” the Secretary-General said. He stressed that the private sector plays a central role in creating solutions for the world’s most pressing needs, and added that responsible business is essential to rebuild trust in markets, particularly after seeing the consequences of the global financial crisis. ‹ › Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and rings the closing bell. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “Investment must be sustainable – delivering value not just financially, but also in social, environmental and developmental terms,” he said. Mr. Ban noted that investors are increasingly realizing that development challenges such as climate change, poverty and inequality, are long-term risks that threaten stability and businesses, and are therefore embracing social, economic and environmental sustainability. “That is why the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment now has more than 1,200 signatories who collectively manage over $34 trillion dollars in assets,” he said. “Each has committed to incorporate sustainability into their investment decision making, ownership practices and engagement with companies.” Mr. Ban, who will ring the NYSE bell today to close the markets, thanked NYSE Euronext for committing to the SSE initiative and urged stock exchanges around the world to follow its lead. read more

Torture is unacceptable and unjustified at all times underscore top UN officialsTorture is unacceptable and unjustified at all times underscore top UN officials

In his message to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the “absolute prohibition” of torture is “stipulated in unequivocal terms” as a foundational principle, including within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.“Much has been achieved in the fight against this and other cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and treatment, yet more action is needed to eradicate torture fully,” he said.“Torture remains unacceptable and unjustified at all times, including during states of emergency, political instability, or even in a war.”In the message, the Secretary-General also paid tribute to all who stand in solidarity with the victims of torture and their families, and underscored that the victims have the right to justice, rehabilitation and redress.Commemorated annually on 26 June, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture marks the moment in 1987, when the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, came into effect.The International Day also serves as a rallying cry for all stakeholders including UN Member States, civil society and individuals to unite in support of victims of torture and those who are still subjected to the ghastly practice. It also highlights the need for prompt and specialized rehabilitation programmes to help victims “make the transition from horror to healing.”“It takes decades to restore this broken human being as a result of the effects of a pernicious attack on their body and their mind,” said High Commissioner Zeid in a separate message.In his message, the UN rights chief also reiterated the vital role played by the Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, a unique victim-focused mechanism that channels funding for the assistance to victims of torture and their families that helps over 50,000 torture victims and their families every year.The UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, also underlined the need for stable and peaceful States everywhere, to support victims of torture.“If you do not pay attention” to the victims, he said, “and if you leave them unattended, they are the ones will keep the wounds of a State open because their suffering hasn’t been addressed.The High Commissioner for Human Rights added that the Fund plays a “critical role in restoring some sense of humanity to societies and societies” where torture is still used. read more

SMMT members awarded government fundingSMMT members awarded government funding

SMMT members, Gordon Murray Design and Zytek Automotive, have been awarded funding for the development of an all-electric city car, government announced today. The T.27 project is supported through a £4.5 million investment from the Technology Strategy Board and a matched contribution from the consortium of Gordon Murray Design and Zytek Automotive. Marketed as a sustainable vehicle, the T.27 is designed to minimise the use of materials. The aim is to ensure that the environmental impact of the materials and energy used are as low as possible. The funding will allow the consortium to develop four prototypes of the vehicle by February 2011. Science and innovation minister Lord Drayson said, “The T.27 is a great example of smart engineering and sustainable design. It’s timely too, as the UK must demonstrate its readiness to exploit the emerging low carbon vehicles market. The challenge is far greater than simply meeting stricter EU emissions targets, we need to expand our car industry through green innovation.” The development of ultra-low carbon vehicles provides an important opportunity for the UK motor industry and SMMT is determined to provide the support mechanisms needed to maximise value to the national economy. To prepare for the expansion of ultra-low carbon technology within the UK motor industry, SMMT has set up the Electric Vehicle Group. The group comprises volume manufacturers, niche vehicle producers and component suppliers and plays an integral role in helping to develop government policy and legislation, research and development and technical regulations regarding electric vehicles. For more information on SMMT membership, click here. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Scandalhit ambulance trust put into special measures after 111 scandalScandalhit ambulance trust put into special measures after 111 scandal

first_imgEarlier this year, the Care Quality Commission issued a warning notice, after inspectors found a host of failings, including continued delays responding to 111 calls and failings in oversight of the trust.The trust is now expected to be put into special measures, following the publication of a damning inspection report by the watchdog. It comes amid speculation that the trust could merge with neighbouring South Central Ambulance Service. Paul Sutton  Paul Sutton resigned as chief executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service trust in May following the scandal  A scandal-hit ambulance trust which deliberately delayed thousands of 111 calls is to be put into “special measures” over a damning inspection report.South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) has been under scrutiny following a Telegraph investigation which revealed that up to 20,000 patients were subject to delays under a covert operation.The policy, introduced by the trust’s then chief executive, meant patients – including those which classed as life-threatening – were left to wait up to twice as long if their call was referred via the helpline.center_img Under NHS rules, calls designated as “life-threatening” are supposed to receive an ambulance response within eight minutes – regardless of whether the caller dials 999 or the non-emergency 111 line.But the ambulance trust, which covers Sussex, Kent, Surrey and North East Hampshire, unilaterally invented its own system to “stop the clock” and routinely downgrade 111 calls.In May, the trust’s chief executive Paul Sutton was forced to quit over the scandal. 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.last_img read more

Council tax exemption for pooper snoopers offers mayorCouncil tax exemption for pooper snoopers offers mayor

first_img 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. I wouldn’t call anyone who allows their dog to foul outside my house a neighbourJoe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool Liverpudlians can avoid paying council tax for a year if they take pictures of neighbours who fail to clear up after their dogs, the city’s mayor has promised.Snoopers will also be rewarded for providing evidence against fly-tippers and those who do not recycle properly as part of a bid to crack down on “environmental criminals”.Joe Anderson, Liverpool’s first directly elected mayor, said the move would be cost neutral, however experts have warned it could leave the council vulnerable to legal challenge if it failed to show value for money.center_img He told the council’s cabinet that the smell of dog mess in some parts of the city was now “totally unacceptable”.“That is why I am saying that if you provide us with identity of someone who allows their dogs to foul the streets and doesn’t clear it up and that leads to a prosecution, then we will give you your council tax for free,” he said.Mr Anderson said this could be done by providing photographs or video evidence, or by confidentially informing the council of the identities of repeat offenders.He added that the policy would pay for itself because the council would fine offenders the maximum penalty of £1,000 each.An estimated 21,000 tonnes of recyclable goods are needlessly thrown into landfill each year because residents fail to put the waste in the proper bins, according to the city council.The missed recycling adds costs of about £1.2 million a year and is frustrating the body’s aim to recycle 55 per cent of waste by 2020.It is about putting civil pride back into the community,” he said.“I need people to tell me where they know people are throwing bags in an alleyway the day after bin collection.”“I wouldn’t call anyone who allows their dog to foul outside my house a neighbour.“I class them as totally irresponsible and don’t care about their community.”Mr Anderson appeared to suggest the last straw for him had been the sight of his wife returning home from a walk “with dog muck all over his shoes”.“In certain parts of Liverpool now, you get out of your car and you are hit by the smell of it – it’s totally unaccpetable.”Last night legal experts warned that the new scheme could be challenged in the courts by auditors or other tax payers if the tax exemptions ended up costing the council money.Helen Randall, a leading local government partner at Trowers & Hamlins said disputes over what constitutes evidence leading to a prosecution could tie the council up in litigation which may compromise its legal duty to obtain value for money.“This is a very unusual idea,” said, adding that in order not to breach nationwide tax laws, Liverpool City Council would end up having to pay people’s council tax bill themselves, rather than technically waving it.“They would have to be legally quite creative, but they could manage it,” she said.The proposals, which will be formally put to the council next month, are being opposed by the Liberal Democrat opposition, whose leader Richard Kemp said they would not yield many fines.He argued for more dog wardens rather than neighbours reporting each other.last_img read more

Suspected bombs mailed to top Democrats two weeks before US electionSuspected bombs mailed to top Democrats two weeks before US election

(L-R) U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party donor George Soros and former U.S. President Barack Obama are pictured in a combination photograph made from Reuters file photos. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl/Kamil Krzaczynski/Luke MacGregor/Siphiwe Sibeko/FilesWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police intercepted suspected bombs mailed to former U.S. President Barack Obama, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and other high-profile Democrats, in what New York officials described on Wednesday as an act of terrorism.With the country deeply polarized, the packages brought a new level of tension to Nov. 6 political contests that will decide whether Democrats can challenge the majorities now held by Trump’s Republicans in Congress.The CNN bureau in New York also received a device looking like a pipe bomb, leading police to evacuate the building, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said his office also received a suspicious package. CNN reported that Eric Holder, who was U.S. attorney general under Obama, was also among those targeted.“This clearly is an act of terror attempting to undermine our free press and leaders of this country through acts of violence,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference.U.S. President Donald Trump condemned what he called “despicable acts” and vowed to bring those responsible to justice.“In these times, we have to unify, we have to come together, and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America,” Trump said at the White House.“We’re extremely angry, upset and unhappy about what we witnessed this morning, and we will get to the bottom of it,” Trump said.A similar pipe bomb was delivered earlier this week to the home of George Soros, a major Democratic Party donor.There has been no claim of responsibility.All of the targets are frequently disparaged by right-wing critics and Trump, whose spokeswoman condemned the acts.“Our condemnation of these despicable acts certainly includes threats made to CNN as well as current or former public servants. These cowardly acts are unacceptable and won’t be tolerated,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter.Alexander Soros, the son of George Soros, said in an opinion piece published by The New York Times that his father had long faced verbal criticism and threats over his involvement in politics, “but something changed in 2016” when Trump was elected.“Before that, the vitriol he faced was largely confined to the extremist fringes, among white supremacists and nationalists who sought to undermine the very foundations of democracy. But with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, things got worse,” Alexander Soros wrote.He placed direct responsibility with those who sent the devices, but added: “I cannot see it divorced from the new normal of political demonization that plagues us today.”PACKAGES RECOVEREDThe package to Clinton was found late on Tuesday while the one addressed to Obama was recovered early on Wednesday, both during routine off-site mail screenings, the Secret Service said. Obama and Clinton were not at risk, they said.Police intercepted what appeared to be a live explosive device and an envelope containing white powder at the Time Warner Center, where the CNN newsroom in New York is based, Police Commissioner James O’Neill told the news conference. Experts were analyzing whether the powder was a dangerous substance, he said.In the weeks following the attacks of September 11, 2001, anthrax spores were mailed to news media offices and two U.S. senators, killing five people and infecting 17 others.CNN is a frequent target of Trump, who routinely calls the news media the “enemy of the people” and belittles critical coverage as “fake news.”Officials said the package received by CNN was addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, a periodic guest commentator on the cable network.Brennan has been an outspoken critic of Trump, calling the president’s performance during a July joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki “nothing short of treasonous.”Media reported that other mailed devices had also been intercepted, apparently with the return address of U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a former Democratic Party national chairwoman.Wasserman Schultz’s office was evacuated after a suspicious package arrived in the mail, WFOR-TV in Miami reported, citing Sunrise police. CNN said the package was meant for Holder but sent to the wrong address and returned to Wasserman Schultz’s office.A source familiar with the matter earlier said a suspicious package addressed to the White House had also been intercepted, but soon after said that information was wrong. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDe Niro, Biden latest suspected bomb targets as Trump slams mediaOctober 25, 2018In “World”FBI arrests man in Florida suspected of sending parcel bombsOctober 26, 2018In “latest news”Trump will get wake-up call when he takes office, Obama saysNovember 15, 2016In “latest news” read more

Analysis What does Jamie Heaslip do for IrelandAnalysis What does Jamie Heaslip do for Ireland

first_imgHeaslip contributed to another of Ireland’s turnovers earlier in the game, when Gordon D’Arcy wrapped up Aaron Smith and the No. 8 piled into to create the choke tackle. This example again demonstrates Heaslip’s intelligence as a player.As you can see in the screen grab below, Heaslip is grabbing and holding up players who aren’t even on the ball. He’s preventing any chance the All Blacks players have of bringing the choke tackle to the ground. It’s a simple thing again, but it helps.There were a couple of other examples of Heaslip getting close to turnovers and frustrating the All Blacks at the breakdown when they were defending. The No. 8 was something of a thorn in the side for Steve Hansen’s men in this area.AttackHeaslip made a total of nine carries over the course of the afternoon for Ireland. He didn’t make a huge amount of yardage in those carries, but all of them created forward momentum for his team. One of the batons used to beat Heaslip in recent seasons has been his failure to stand out in this area for Ireland, but it’s a nonsensical argument.The majority of the ball carrying Heaslip does for Ireland is in positions like that above, close in to the rucks. It’s difficult to make line-breaks and bounce defenders off in here, simply due to the build up of bodies in front of him.Some critics wonder why Heaslip is less visible than someone like Sean O’Brien in attack, but the No. 8 has a different role. One aspect of his duties is to maintain width for Ireland after set pieces. He is often off camera, keeping defenders occupied by holding wide positions.It’s a thankless task and there is strong temptation to abandon it and head into the ruck area for a slice of the action. Kieran Read performs a similar role for New Zealand – holding width – but the difference is that the All Blacks move the ball out to him regularly, whereas Ireland haven’t played with width in recent years.Against Samoa and Australia, Ireland used O’Brien to hit the ball up in midfield on first phase after line-outs, but it was Heaslip who stepped into that role twice against the All Blacks. It’s a promising development, particularly as it may eventually free up the flanker to carry the ball in later phases, when he excels.RucksHeaslip is one of the top ruck specialists for Ireland, and many of the defensive strengths we highlighted above are useful in attack too. Against the All Blacks, the 29-year-old was involved in 16 attacking rucks.Only one of those involvements was negative, coming after just 35 seconds when Heaslip was slow to the ruck and allowed Wyatt Crockett to make a turnover. That apart, the No. 8 was effective. Quite a few of his attacking rucks involved acting as guard, where he simply provided protection over the ball, but there were five excellent clear outs of opposition defenders too.Heaslip is usually very quick to recognise any threats of a turnover against Ireland and remove the offending player. The example above highlights one of those occasions against the All Blacks. Ma’a Nonu is having an effort to steal the ball, but Heaslip is swift to remove him and Ireland retain possession.Even when Heaslip is acting as a guard in the ruck, he is clever at involving defenders around the fringes. The screen grab below shows a typical example, where the No. 8 is dragging Cory Jane into the ruck. Again, it’s a simple thing, seemingly meaningless, but it means that Jane is slightly delayed at getting back into the defensive line.Set pieceHeaslip was obviously involved in every single scrum in the game from his position at No. 8. He is skillful in controlling the ball at the base of the scrum and he made two pop passes to Conor Murray from that position against the All Blacks.The Leinster man made only one catch at the line-out against New Zealand, popping the ball off the top after a clean take at the front of the line-out. He made a single lift in the entire game, on Paul O’Connell in defence, but it didn’t lead to a steal.OverallIt may not have been spectacular from Heaslip against the All Blacks, but that is not his role for Ireland now. Instead, he was as doggedly effective as ever in contributing to one of Ireland’s best performances in recent times.Which Connacht stadiums could be part of the Rugby World Cup bid?Analysis: Two minutes of hell for Ireland against the All Blacks JAMIE HEASLIP PLAYED the full 80 minutes of all three of Ireland’s November Tests, captaining the side against Samoa.The 29-year-old is vice-captain for the team and rated as one of the most important players within the set up. He has won Heineken Cups, a Grand Slam and gone on two Lions tours. Despite clearly being an excellent rugby player, there are still doubters.Much of the criticism of Heaslip in recent years has quite probably been based on his off the pitch activities, which is hard to understand. Rugby players should be judged on what they do during games, and Heaslip rarely lets his teams down in that regard.We’ve taken a detailed look at Heaslip’s performance for Ireland against the All Blacks on Sunday to see exactly what he contributes to this Ireland team.DefenceThis is an area where Heaslip nearly always excels. The No. 8 is exceptionally fit and very often ends games as Ireland’s leading tackler. The clash against New Zealand was one of those occasions, as Heaslip completed 24 tackles.He did make a poor start in terms of tackling, missing Aaron Cruden with his first attempt in the sixth minute and allowing the out-half to break Ireland’s line. It was a case of not getting his feet close enough to the All Black before attempting the tackle and that meant he couldn’t use his shoulder (below).Thereafter, Heaslip’s defensive input was superb. He didn’t make too many dominant tackles [knocking attackers backwards] but the sheer number of them was hugely impressive. The majority were tackles around the upper body of the All Blacks forwards, wrestling them to ground.There were also a number of low tackles around the ankles of the stronger ball carriers. Heaslip was noticeable in those closing minutes as Ireland tried in vain to keep the All Blacks out, particularly in how he was one of the few players to remain aggressive in terms of line speed.The 29-year-old’s fitness certainly helped in that regard, and is generally one of the reasons he is so prominent in defence.TurnoversHeaslip made one clean steal at the breakdown against the All Blacks and contributed greatly to two other turnovers. The first of those occasions came in the ninth minute, when he bounced back onto his feet after making a tackle on Israel Dagg.The arrow in the screen grab above signifies where the ruck would normally take place in an instance like this. You can see Dagg trying to present the ball from the position he’s been tackled by Heaslip, but in the meantime, the No. 8 has bounced back off the ground and driven over the ball.Heaslip, circled at the bottom of the new ruck, has gone off his feet, but Nigel Owens doesn’t see it as deliberate and Ireland make the turnover. Even when Heaslip doesn’t manage to help Ireland make turnovers, he is a real nuisance at the breakdown in defence. He’s always looking to drag attackers in, or use his feet to slow the ball down [as below].This may seem like a meaningless action, but it frustrates the opposition and slows their possession down slightly. In the example above, Heaslip had had an effort at turning over the ball with his hands, got driven off it and then competed with his feet. It slowed down good All Blacks possession and Ireland were able to re-organise in defence.Heaslip made a clean steal in defence in the 55th minute, with the away team looking threatening. It demonstrated his ability to bounce off the deck once again, as he assisted in a tackle then went back for the ball.It’s quite rare to see a clean turnover at the breakdown nowadays, with most attackers choosing to hang on and concede the penalty, so credit to Heaslip for this one [below].last_img read more