PDP raises pitch for ceasefire in J&K

first_imgDespite the J&K State BJP’s public opposition, ruling alliance partner Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday raised the pitch for a unilateral ceasefire and called upon Pakistan and the Hurriyat to respond to the offer.Describing the silence of Pakistan and militant conglomerate United Jehad Council (UJC) as “meaningful”, senior PDP leader and close aide of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Peer Mansoor, told The Hindu that “time is opportune for Pakistan to respond to the new situation and the call for a ceasefire.”“Pakistan and other stakeholders need to take a stand,” said Mr. Mansoor. He said the ceasefire could prove to be a confidence building measure, leading to a dialogue. “This could be a starting point for creating a conducive atmosphere for a dialogue over J&K. If all parties agree to a ceasefire, both external and internal dialogue processes will get a fillip in the near future. The ceasefire has to be dialogue-oriented,” he said.He asked local regional parties, including the National Conference (NC), to come out openly in favour of a ceasefire. “We have reached a situation in J&K where a Class 9 student tells his mother he wants to achieve martyrdom. It’s becoming an explosive situation. We all need to end the cycle of violence. Guns, whether of security forces or militants, will not achieve anything”. .‘All-party meet with PM’Another senior PDP leader and State Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar asked the separatists, especially the Hurriyat, “to join hands with the all-party delegation likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and press for a ceasefire.”Both the factions of the Hurriyat have maintained a silence. Sources said any stand of the Hurriyat factions, headed by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has to have the backing of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir-based UJC, especially Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin.Sources in the government said back channels with many stakeholders have been activated to “have a consensus on ceasefire.” Ms. Mufti also sought inputs from the security agencies, including the Army, on “measures required for cessation of hostilities in J&K” during the Unified Headquarters meeting on Friday, where she called for “scaling down operations during Ramadan and the Amarnath yatra.”Separatist demands “The onus of proving that the [ceasefire] offer is serious lies on New Delhi and the local rulers. There is need for concrete measures on the ground, which include justice in recent cases of killings, release of political prisoners and confidence building measures aimed at serious dialogue process,” said a senior separatist, insisting on anonymity.last_img read more

‘Rhino habitat under threat of mining’

first_imgThe lynching of two adventure enthusiasts a fortnight ago has put the focus on rampant mining, quarrying and stone crushing activities that are threatening the ecology of the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong landscape.Two friends — audio engineer Nilotpal Das, 29, and businessman Abhijeet Nath, 30 — were beaten to death by a mob at Panjuri Kachari village in Karbi Anglong district on June 8. The police said a man with a criminal past had spun a story of child abductors to get them killed by gullible villagers. Reports later suggested that Nilotpal and Abhijeet could have been silenced for knowing too much about illegal mining and stone quarrying while exploring the area around a waterfall named Kangthilangso. The area where the duo was killed is close to the Kaziranga National Park, home to the largest population of one-horned rhinos in the world.Outlining the threat posed to the rhino habitat, also a tiger reserve, environmentalist and RTI activist Rohit Choudhury has complained about the non-implementation of the recommendations of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) by the Assam government for stopping all mining, quarrying and stone crushing activities in the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong landscape.‘NTCA ignored’“The NTCA had in its report on April 20 asked the State government to immediately stop such activities that are severely hampering the survival and conservation of the tiger, its habitats, co-predators, prey, including mega herbivores, and their transit routes during the annual flood season,” Mr. Choudhury said on Saturday.During floods, animals of low-lying Kaziranga National Park flee to the adjoining kills of Karbi Anglong district. Some stone mines and quarries are on their transit routes. “The NTCA found that stone mining/quarrying and stone crushers in the area between Kaziranga and the Karbi Anglong hills are responsible for the destruction of wildlife corridors and vital wildlife habitat essential for long ranging species like Indian elephants and tigers. In addition, these stone mining/quarrying and stone crushers are also responsible for drying up and siltation of several natural streams and rivulets flowing from the Karbi Anglong hills towards Kaziranga,” Mr. Choudhury wrote in his letter.The Assam government, he said, has shown “complete disregard” to the NTCA’s recommendations.Accusing the State Forest Department of corruption, Mr. Choudhury sought action from the Union Ministry.last_img read more

U.P. govt. to shift don Atiq Ahmed to Bareilly jail

first_imgIncarcerated mafia-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed allegedly assaulted a Lucknow-based businessman in Deoria jail after getting him abducted and forced him to sign away property worth ₹40 crore, following which the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday ordered that he be shifted to high-security Bareilly jail. As the alleged incident left it red-faced, the State government also initiated disciplinary proceedings against Deoria jail superintendent Dilip Kumar Pandey and jailor Mukesh Kumar Katiyar, besides suspending several others. An order issued by the prisons department said, “Approval has been given for shifting undertrial Atiq Ahmed, who is currently lodged in Deoria district jail, to Bareilly district jail on administrative grounds.” Deputy jailor Dev Nath Yadav, head warder Munna Pandey and warder Rakesh Kumar Sharma have been suspended and disciplinary proceedings have been started against them, a home department release said. “The government has sought a report from ADG Prison, so as to fix responsibility regarding the lapse in Deoria jail. Action will be taken accordingly. An FIR has been filed at Krishnanagar police station and of the four named accused, two have been arrested,” U.P. Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar had said in a late night statement Sunday.Don’s son named In his police complaint, the real estate businessman, Mohit Jaiswal, alleged that Atiq Ahmed, a former Samajwadi Party MP, his son Umar and about 15 other persons forcibly took away his SUV in which he was driven to Deoria from the State capital Lucknow . Mr. Jaiswal alleged that he was assaulted by Ahmed and his supporters and forced to sign papers to handover his property worth ₹40 crore before he was let off. Police booked Ahmed, his son Umar, and accomplices Farooque, Zaki Ahmed, Jafar Ullah, Ghulam Sarvar and 10 to 12 unidentified people on various charges, including attempt to murder, after Mr. Jaiswal filed the complaint at the Krishna Nagar police station in Lucknow.last_img read more

Monsoon finally arrives in Goa after a fortnight’s delay

first_imgAfter a delay of almost a fortnight, the south-west monsoon finally arrived in Goa on Thursday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The IMD had earlier predicted that the monsoon is likely to hit the Sate on Friday. However, in a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, it said, “South-west monsoon has set in over Goa from today [June 20].” “Offshore trough at mean sea level is running from South Maharashtra to Kerala coast,” it added.Also Read Goa advisory instructs visitors to stay off beaches   Several parts of the State witnessed heavy rains throughout the day on Thursday. The IMD predicted that strong winds with speed reaching up to 40-50km per hour are likely to prevail over south-west and adjoining west-central Arabian Sea on Thursday and Friday. While a detailed weather bulletin is awaited, IMD officials said that generally, the monsoon arrives in Goa in the first week of June, but got delayed by almost a fortnight this year. The State agriculture department said that with the onset of monsoon, farmers will now start sowing paddy. “The Agriculture Department will now gear up to provide necessary help in the form of seeds and other infrastructure to the farmers,” a senior official said. The IMD has already warned fishermen against venturing into the sea. All the seven jetties operated by State fisheries Department have been shut for operations. A private agency manning the beaches in Goa has warned the tourists against venturing into the sea.last_img read more

Ex-NBA player sentenced to prison for selling stolen guns

first_imgView comments MOST READ Former Boston Celtics player Nate Driggers, (9) right, seen here in a scrimmage in 1996, was found guilty on April 20, 2017, of receiving guns that were stolen off a freight train in Chicago. (Joseph Rodriguez / Greensboro News & Record via AP)CHICAGO — An eight-year prison sentence has been handed to a former Boston Celtics player found guilty of receiving guns stolen off a freight train in Chicago.Nate Driggers was found guilty in April of being a convicted felon in possession of stolen guns.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 22 and through: Indians’ AL record win streak stopped at 22 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Evidence presented at trial showed the 44-year-old Driggers bought 30 of 111 Rugers stolen by gang members in 2015 from a rail car parked in a rail yard and quickly resold 29 of them. Only 19 guns have been recovered.In asking for the maximum sentence of 10 years, prosecutors said Driggers’ actions have contributed to the “very dark place” Chicago finds itself in when it comes to gun violence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDriggers on Thursday again denied ever selling guns.Drafted by Celtics in 1996, Driggers appeared in 15 games that season. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Kochi look to halt Kolkata’s winning streak

first_imgIn red hot form after back-to-back wins, Kochi Tuskers Kerala would be aiming to halt Kolkata Knight Riders’ three-match winning run when the two sides face off at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.A few days ago Kochi Tuskers were all about a struggling bunch. After a couple of meek performances – against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors India – things have changed dramatically.After beating heavyweights Mumbai Indians and defending champions Chennai Super Kings, Kochi have suddenly become giant-killers from underdogs. If the win over Mumbai brought Kochi to the limelight, the latest win against Dhoni’s boys will surely give some jitters to table-leaders Knight Riders.The new-look KKR under Gautam Gambhir in the remaining three matches have showed why they are billed one of the favourites with three clinical wins — against Deccan Chargers (away) and Rajasthan Royals (home and away legs) — to take the pole position.Having turned the tide in their favour, Knight Riders will have some anxious moments against the resurgent Kochi, which has a former Knight in their ranks in McCullum.In McCullum and skipper Jayawardene, Kochi have an explosive opening while in experienced former India players in Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Aussie all-rounder Brad Hodge, they have a formidable middle-order.Their bowling – in Rudra Pratap Singh, R Vinay Kumar, Lankan Thisara Perera and old warhorse Ramesh Powar – may look the weak link but in the Twenty20 scheme of things it’s difficult to underestimate any. After their “choke” in Chennai, Knight Riders have been super cool in their approach.advertisementTheir top batsmen in Jacques Kallis, Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary have been solid. Their bowlers too have hit the purple patch especially after Brett Lee and Shakib al Hasan joined to bolster the side.The bowlers led by Lakshmipathy Balaji’s three wicket haul bundled out Royals for 81 for an eight-wicket win in their previous match.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Depay scores in last minute to give Netherlands 2-0 victory against Chile

first_imgNetherlands vs Chile (AP Photo)Leroy Fer scored a minute after coming on as a substitute to help give the Netherlands a 2-0 victory over Chile on Monday and top Group B at the World Cup with three consecutive wins. Match Report | Match Photos Fer had only just replaced Wesley Sneijder when he rose almost unmarked in the Chile penalty area to put the Dutch ahead with a powerful 77th-minute header. Another substitute, Memphis Depay, then finished off a counterattack in injury time to double the lead. Both teams had already advanced to the second round, but Chile’s first loss of the tournament consigned it to second place in Group B. The Dutch now travel to Fortaleza to play the Group A runner-up in the round of 16. Chile faces the Group A winner.  This was the LIVE coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Group B matchbetween Netherlands and Chile being played at Sao Paulo’s ItaqueraoStadium.For our World Cup homepage, click here.  Match Report | Match Photos Lineups:Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen; Daryl Janmaat, Daley Blind, Ron Vlaar, Stefan de Vrij; Nigel de Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Dirk Kuyt; Jeremain Lens.Chile: Claudio Bravo; Mauricio Isla, Eugenio Mena, Francisco Silva, Gary Medel; Gonzalo Jara, Charles Aranguiz, Marcelo Diaz, Felipe Gutierrez; Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas.last_img read more

14 years of MS Dhoni: World T20, World Cup and other conquests

first_imgAfter a few years of waiting in the wings, MS Dhoni’s international career began in Chittagong, a few months after he blasted a couple of centuries for India A in Nairobi in 2004.If not coming from any powerhouse of Indian cricket made him the odd one out, the long hair, which would go on to become a big talking point, made the world, let alone the Indian cricket fraternity take note of him.For all that he has achieved in world cricket now, MS Dhoni’s international debut wasn’t the ideal start. The wicketkeeper-batsman from Ranchi was dismissed for naught in his ODI debut against Bangladesh.Dhoni takes center stage in India-Pakistan clashMS Dhoni failed to impress in his maiden ODI series but it seemed he was waiting for the perfect stage to make a mark at the highest level. In April 2005, Dhoni was the biggest talking point of Indian cricket as he had played a bulldozing inning against arch-rivals Pakistan.With 15 boundaries and four sixes in a 123-ball 148, Dhoni announced his arrival at the big stage. There was no stopping the fearless and unorthodox ticket inspector-turned cricketer from Ranchi as he went on to become a household name. Runs, adulation, sponsorship and, of course, his stature in the team, everything just kept growing with time.Dhoni slowly established himself as one of the best finishers in the game. With his big-hitting skills and quick reflexes behind the wicket, Dhoni took very little time to establish himself as one of the mainstays in the team.advertisementDhoni wins India World T20 on captaincy debut MS Dhoni helped India win the World T20 in 2007 in his maiden assignment as captain of the senior national team (India Today Photo)Dhoni is regarded as one of the best captains in limited-overs cricket but his introduction to captaincy was by chance. Still reeling from the memories of an embarrassing early exit at the World Cup, India were gearing up for the inaugural edition of World T20 in 2007.Back then, Twenty20 was still an unknown format and Indian fans didn’t expect much from a team that had gone to South Africa under a new captain and without the likes of Tendulkar.The stage was set for Dhoni to showcase why he would be considered one of the astute readers of the game. The Ranchi hero led a young team with a strong conviction and an unconventional style that took the cricketing fraternity by storm.Preferring newbie Joginder Sharma over an experienced Harbhajan Singh in the last over of the famous final against Pakistan and backing his bowler even after he was clobbered in the first few balls remains one of the iconic moments in the history of Indian cricket.Dhoni takes India to Test pinnacleDhoni had to wait for one more year to take over from Anil Kumble as the Test captain. Just like the limited-overs, Dhoni found instant success in the longest format of the game, taking India to the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for the first time. The Asian giants remained No. 1 for 18 months from December 2009.Dhoni helps India end 28-year-long World Cup drought MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 91 helped India beat Sri Lanka in the final of World Cup 2011 (Reuters Photo)Dhoni’s career graph was on an upward trajectory and it only skyrocketed in 2011 after the Cricket World Cup at home. India were considered favourites but history wasn’t in favour of them as no host nation, until then, had won the World Cup.India needed Dhoni’s game awareness and calmness at the World Cup. While he failed to produce spark with the bat for the most part of India’s campaign, his biggest and most memorable knock came in the final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.Chasing 275, India had lost Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag — two of their most consistent batsmen in the tournament — early. Just when Sri Lanka were looking to put more pressure on the hosts, Dhoni promoted himself above an in-form Yuvraj Singh and took the attack to the Sri Lankans. With his inimitable style, Dhoni sealed the World Cup and ended India’s 28-year-long wait with an iconic six.India, under Dhoni, fail overseasDhoni endured the worst phase of his captaincy career right after the highest point of it. India, under him, were blanked in overseas tours of England and Australia in the 2011-12 season. To add to India’s woes, England clinched a historic win in India, beating a Dhoni-led side 2-1.The defeats paved way for the exit of a few senior pros, including Rahul Dravid. Dhoni marked the beginning of a new era in Indian cricket by helping India whitewash Australia at home in 2013.However, winning overseas became a rarity as the skipper’s tactics failed him in the longer format. Timing it perfectly, Dhoni made an unforeseen retirement announcement midway during India’s tour of Australia in 2014-15.Dhoni was still finding plenty of success in the limited-over formats. India battled against the odds and won the Champions Trophy in England in 2013 under him. The famous win also helped Dhoni become the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies — World T20, World Cup, and the Champions Trophy.Dhoni is Chennai’s adopted son as well, thanks to his popularity as captain of Indian Premier League’s joint-most successful team, Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Dhoni’s leadership skills shone in the shortest format of the game and it propelled CSK to become one of the most consistent teams.advertisementDhoni’s swansong in the Old Blighty?After 14 years of cricket at the highest level, Dhoni is certainly in the twilight of his career. There is pressure on the former captain as his performances in the 50-over format have been far from impressive in the recent past.Youngster Rishabh Pant’s eye-catching performances is only adding to that pressure. However, Dhoni still remains the first-choice starter for the Cricket World Cup in 2019.Sunil Gavaskar, speaking recently at Agenda Aaj Tak, had said he imagined Dhoni hitting the winning six off Mohammad Amir in the final of next year’s showpiece event in England. Wouldn’t that be a fitting finale to one of the glorious chapters of Indian cricket?Also Read | MS Dhoni greatest cricketer India has ever produced: Kapil DevAlso Read | Just like Kohli, I will run shirtless if India win 2019 World Cup: Kapil Devlast_img read more

Bureau Veritas Takes Over HydrOcean

first_imgzoom Bureau Veritas has finalized the acquisition of HydrOcean, a French engineering company specialized in hydrodynamic digital simulation for the maritime industry.Established in 2007, HydrOcean provides design support for the construction of ships, offshore structures, racing yachts and marine energy systems. Its focus is on assessing and optimizing hydrodynamic performance. The company has co-developed advanced digital simulation tools in partnership with Ecole Centrale Nantes’ fluid dynamics laboratory.“The acquisition of HydrOcean enables Bureau Veritas to integrate an outstanding team of experts and highly innovative entrepreneurs. The group is increasingly developing solutions combining its core testing, inspection and certification services with new technologies. “HydrOcean fits perfectly into this strategy thanks to its simulation tools and its technical expertise. Its services will complement those offered by the Marine & Offshore business, especially in reducing ship fuel consumption,” commented Didier Michaud-Daniel, CEO of Bureau Veritas.Based in Nantes, France, HydrOcean employs 18 engineers and had revenue of EUR 2.7 million in 2014.last_img read more

Prolifération dalgues bleues dans le lac Powder Mill

first_imgOn demande aux résidents et aux visiteurs de ne pas nager dans le lac Powder Mill situé près de Waverley, dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, ou de consommer l’eau ou les poissons de ce lac en raison d’une prolifération possible d’algues bleues. Bien que le risque pour la santé soit relativement faible, il vaut mieux éviter tout contact avec l’eau à titre de précaution. La prolifération d’algues bleues a lieu naturellement, et ces algues peuvent produire des toxines. Il faut éviter de boire l’eau ou d’utiliser l’eau pour préparer ou cuire des aliments, ou pour se brosser les dents. Les toxines ne sont pas éliminées en faisant bouillir l’eau. Les symptômes liés à la consommation d’eau contenant des algues bleues incluent des douleurs abdominales, la diarrhée, des vomissements et la nausée. Il n’est pas recommandé d’utiliser l’eau pour les loisirs, ou pour se laver. Le contact direct avec les toxines produites par les algues bleues peut causer l’irritation de la peau et des yeux. Si les symptômes persistent plus de quelques jours, consultez un fournisseur de soins de santé. Dans la mesure du possible, ne laissez pas les animaux de compagnie ou autres consommer l’eau ou nager dans l’eau où les algues bleues sont présentes. Des renseignements supplémentaires sont disponibles aux liens www.novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/BlueGreenAlgae.pdf et http://novascotia.ca/dhw/environmental/blue-green-algae.asp (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Two arrested for forging signs on fake documents

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were arrested on charges of making fake documents by forging signatures on Friday.The incident came to light when Md. Zakir Hossain (Muslim Marriage Registrar and Kazi of Baharampur) lodged a complaint with the Hare Street police station. The case was then transferred to detective department’s anti-fraud section. After the investigation, it was established that Md. Ubaidulla had forged the signatures of Hossain to make fake affidavits. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe had filed an anticipatory bail petition under the provision of 438 Cr.PC before the Calcutta High Court falsely implicating the complainant in a criminal case of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act of Samshergunj police station, Murshidabad. Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, abbreviated as the NDPS Act, is an act of the Parliament of India that prohibits a person to produce/manufacture/cultivate, possess, sell, purchase, transport, store, and/or consume any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance. Statements of the Commissioner of Affidavits, attached with the Calcutta High Court, were recorded and experts’ opinion established the allegation of forgery. Police have arrested Ubaidulla and his associate Asaduzzaman from Srerampore. They will be in police remand till September 4, 2019. The duo were brought to Kolkata. They will be produced before Calcutta Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.last_img read more

Time for federal parties to take action on privacy expert says

first_imgCavoukian wants to see the issue addressed in the October election campaign, and believes Canada should adopt a privacy-by-default policy.“People shouldn’t have to search through all the legalese and the terms of service and the privacy policy to find the opt-out box for privacy. They should get privacy automatically.”The commissioners’ report finds Facebook failed to have proper safeguards in place when more than 50-million users had their data harvested in the Cambridge Analytica controversy. Facebook denies it broke the law and says it has taken steps to better protect people’s information.“If you value your freedom, then you value privacy,” Cavoukian says. “We’ve got to stand up for that.”The report finds major shortcomings in the social media giant’s practices and highlights the need for legislative reform to protect Canadians.The complaint that prompted the probe followed reports that Facebook had let an outside organization use an app to access users’ personal information, and that some of the data was then shared with others, including Cambridge Analytica. OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – A day after the federal and B.C. privacy commissioners declared Facebook broke Canada’s privacy laws, one expert is applauding the report and hopes federal parties make privacy a campaign issue this fall.“Facebook’s privacy framework is empty,” Privacy Expert Ann Cavoukian, a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University, says. “They’re not walking the talk. They do a lot of talking, making you believe that they have strong privacy in place, but they don’t.”She tells CityNews it’s about time privacy commissioners take action against Facebook, and she hopes the Trudeau government and Opposition parties take this seriously.Watch: Canadian privacy watchdog says Facebook broke the lawlast_img read more

Bulgarian diplomat to become first woman to head UNESCO

A former foreign minister of Bulgaria, Irina Bokova, will become the first woman to lead the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after she won a narrow victory today in the fifth and final round of voting for the post.Mrs. Bokova received 31 votes from the 58-member Executive Board, UNESCO announced from its headquarters in Paris, where the voting took place early this evening local time. Egypt’s Culture Minister Farouk Hosny was runner-up.Mrs. Bokova’s nomination will now be submitted on 15 October to UNESCO’s 193-member General Conference for formal approval.Born in 1952, Mrs. Bokova is her country’s current Ambassador to France and its permanent delegate to UNESCO. She has served in many other senior diplomatic or Government positions in her country, including a stint as foreign minister in 1996-97.Mrs. Bokova will serve an initial four-year term as head of UNESCO. The current Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, ends his second term in November and is not eligible for another stint.Seven other candidates were competing to be Director-General but withdrew from the race in recent days as the voting progressed. They are Mohammed Bedjaoui (Algeria), Benita Ferrero-Waldner (Austria), Nouréini Tidjani-Serpos (Benin), Ivonne Juez de A. Baki (Ecuador), Ina Marciulionyte (Lithuania), Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko (Russia) and Sospeter Mwijarubi Muhongo (Tanzania). 22 September 2009A former foreign minister of Bulgaria, Irina Bokova, will become the first woman to lead the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after she won a narrow victory today in the fifth and final round of voting for the post. read more

AP source Senate plan would strengthen border security make employers verify workers

by Erica Werner, The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2013 3:05 pm MDT AP source: Senate plan would strengthen border security, make employers verify workers’ status AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Bipartisan immigration legislation being written in the Senate would require surveillance of 100 per cent of the U.S. border with Mexico and apprehension of 90 per cent of people trying to cross the border in certain high-risk areas, a person familiar with the proposals said Wednesday.People living here illegally could begin to get green cards in 10 years, but only if a new southern border security plan is in place, employers have adopted mandatory electronic verification of their workers’ legal status and a new electronic exit system is operating at airports and seaports.The person provided the information on condition of anonymity because the deliberations were private.The contours of the tough new border security plans emerged as senators moved closer to unveiling sweeping legislation within days that would put some 11 million immigrants living here illegally on a path to citizenship and allow tens of thousands of high- and low-skilled workers into the country on new visa programs, in addition to securing the border.Lawmakers and aides said all the major elements were complete, or close to. A final deal was still pending on a new visa for agriculture workers and there were small details to be dealt with on visas for high-tech workers, but Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said it wasn’t enough to hold up the bill.“We are closer now than we have been in 25 years for serious immigration reform,” Durbin told reporters Wednesday after he and other Democrats in the Senate negotiating group briefed members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. “This president is behind it, and there is a strong, growing bipartisan effort in the Senate to support it. We hope that the House will do the same.”Meanwhile tens of thousands of pro-immigration activists massed outside the Capitol and in cities around the country to push Congress to act. They waved American flags and carried signs reading, “Reform immigration for America now!”The border security piece of the legislation is critical to getting support from Republicans, but some Democrats have opposed making a path to citizenship contingent on border security. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that the new requirements wouldn’t impede citizenship.“A lot of people here would not want to put dollars into the border, but as a price to get citizenship, as long as it’s not an impediment to citizenship but rather works alongside citizenship, it’s something we can all live with,” Schumer said, after talking to the Hispanic House members. “What we’ve said all along is triggers have to be objective and attainable in a way it doesn’t interfere or delay with people becoming citizens, and that’s in the bill.”According to the person familiar with the proposals, the new border security requirements call for 100 per cent surveillance and a 90 per cent apprehension rate of border crossers or would-be crossers in sectors where the majority of unauthorized entries take place.The goals would be achieved by giving the Department of Homeland Security six months from the bill’s enactment to create the new border security plan deploying the personnel, infrastructure and technology needed to achieve the 90 per cent effectiveness rate. Also within six months, the department would have to create a plan to identify where new fencing is needed on the border. Once those plans are certified, people living here illegally could begin to apply for a provisional status allowing them to work here legally.If the 90 per cent rate of apprehensions isn’t achieved in high-risk border sectors within five years, a commission made of border state officials would make recommendations on how to achieve it.After 10 years, people granted “registered provisional immigrant status” could apply for green cards granting them permanent residency — and the ability to seek citizenship — if the new security and fencing plans have been completed, the mandatory employment verification system is in place and used by all employers, and the new electronic exit system is operating at airports and seaports, collecting machine-readable visa or passport information from airplanes and ships.The electronic exit system is meant to keep better track of people in the country on temporary visas. Some 40 per cent of people in the country illegally arrived with visas but stayed after they expired. The employment verification piece would be an expansion of an existing system called E-Verify that’s currently voluntary for most employers, though it’s mandatory in some states.The border security details were first reported Wednesday by the Wall Street Journal.___Follow Erica Werner on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ericawerner read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 4 March 2016

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Dont point a gun to our heads teachers tell Theresa May

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. Private school heads have attacked Theresa May plans to make them help under-performing state schools as they say the Prime Minister is “holding a gun to our heads”.Head teachers representing 282 of the top UK top independent schools are expected to argue that threatening their charitable status as a ‘stick to beat us’ won’t work.They will strongly defend their record by saying they are already doing enough to help their state counterparts with bursaries and ‘good collaboration’.Mrs May has launched a controversial grammar schools green paper where it was argued that “there is much more [independent] should be doing so that children from a wider variety of backgrounds truly benefit from the excellent education they can deliver”.She has suggested that if schools fail to sponsor under-performing state schools a change to the law would be considered to remove the tax benefits which independent schools enjoy as part of their charitable status.  ‘Don’t put a gun to our heads’Addressing a conference on Monday, Mike Buchanan, the incoming chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), which represents elite institutions including Eton and Harrow, is expected to say: “Independent and state schools cannot make our relationships work with a gun pointing at our heads.
”We hope the Prime Minister understands that – after all she had the good sense to outlaw forced marriages as Home Secretary. “She must know then that, all good partnerships, are based on mutual desire, understanding, respect and cooperation. Using charitable status as a stick to beat us with is both a blunt instrument and one which is unlikely to hit its targetMike Buchanancenter_img They work best when the parties have a good deal in common.” Mr Buchanan, who is also the head of Ashford School, will argue the independent sector alone cannot stomach the wider problems of mediocre performance in maintained schools.He’s expected to tell delegates: “While our schools are happy to punch above our weight, independent education is a tiny sector, educating around 7 per cent of British schoolchildren up to 16 and containing many very small and specialist schools.”Quite frankly, we cannot not solve the structural problems in education that taxpayers entrust to the government – to the tune of £86 billion each year – nor should we be expected to.”He will also attack the Government’s plans to undermine their charitable status, which yields them tax exemptions.He will say: “Using charitable status as a stick to beat us with is both a blunt instrument and one which is unlikely to hit its target.Likely to erode effortsIndeed, it’s likely to erode some of the excellent charitable activities painstakingly built up over many years. “There are HMC schools, for example, at which ten per cent of students in a typical sixth form year qualify for free school meals, recruited in an established outreach programme.”If the Government decides that sponsoring an academy or opening a grammar school is the current preference, it would put at risk programmes such as this in favour of much higher-risk projects which would take years to grow.”There are reasons why schools choose certain charitable activities over others – they know what will work in their context and be sustainable.”We would urge the Government to use the current consultation to embrace the best long-term recipes for success and avoid the unforeseen consequences that can arise from a failure to appreciate what works in practice.”last_img read more

England fans celebrate World Cup victory over Sweden by smashing ambulance and

Rowdy fans also stormed an IKEA store in Stratford, east London, where they jumped on furniture while singing “Football’s Coming Home”. A taxi was damaged after football fans celebrated in NottinghamCredit:Dan Westwell 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. A taxi was damaged after football fans celebrated in Nottingham An IKEA spokesperson tweeted: “We are aware of a small group of fans celebrating the match result in one of our stores.”Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say ‘Grattis!’ (that’s congratulations in Swedish) to the England team for getting through to the semi-finals.”Another man was pictured climbing a lamppost near London Bridge station.  London Ambulance Service said the vehicle had been taken out of serviceCredit:London Ambulance Service/PA London Ambulance Service said the vehicle had been taken out of service Police forces across the country said they received a record number of calls on the day of the matchCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Images England fans ‘celebrated’ the nation’s World Cup quarter final victory over Sweden by smashing an ambulance and storming an IKEA store. Jubilant supporters rejoiced in the streets across the country on Saturday to mark England’s best tournament performance for 28 years.Footage and pictures shared on social media showed people climbing lampposts and on top of vehicles following the result, with some police forces recording the highest amount of emergency calls ever in one day. In London, one man scaled a double decker bus outside Clapham Junction station before he was filmed jumping onto a bus shelter, which smashed under his weight. In Borough, an ambulance was taken out of service after its bonnet and windscreen were damaged when people climbed on the emergency vehicle as crowds disrupted traffic. London Ambulance Service tweeted: “We’re delighted with the result, but this has put a big dampener on the celebrations for us: while our officer attended a call nearby, this car was damaged in Borough High Street during the celebrations after the game – it’s now off the road to be repaired.”A Met Police spokeswoman said detectives were investigating but no arrests had been made. The spokesperson said the force was not aware of other “significant” incidents following the match. Thousands of 999 calls were taken across the West Midlands, which police confirmed was a record number of reports.The force tweeted: “Yesterday we took the highest ever volume of 999 calls in our history. 3,276 calls for emergency police assistance in just 24 hours. It’s a mix of the sun, #WorldCup & alcohol. It it’s not an emergency don’t call 999.”Assistant Chief Constable of Lancashire Police, Terry Woods, tweeted the force had dealt with record calls with 2,200 in 24 hours as demand “surged” after the England result.  Police forces across the country said they received a record number of calls on the day of the match read more

Clickandcollect is too much hassle for shoppers as new study finds one

Next is among the retailers to expand its click-and-collect service with a new deal that will allow customers to pick up their Amazon orders from its 500 high street shops.Lord Wolfson, boss of Next, previously said that the “Amazon Counter” service would help to “contribute to the continued relevance and vibrancy of our stores”.The deal will allow Amazon to increase its physical footprint across the country, as around 90% of the UK population lives in proximity to a Next store.The majority of Next shoppers already choose to collect online orders bought through its Directory service – which sells brands including Ted Baker, Adidas and Bode – from its shops.According to official figures, click-and-collect is growing in popularity among pensioners, who are increasingly using it to do their clothes shopping.Just over half of over-65s made a purchase online in the past year, compared with just one in five a decade ago, the Office of National Statistics revealed last week.Elderly shoppers using tablets are believed to be behind the surge. Among those who decided to leave their items, a quarter were put off by long waits and 15% were annoyed at having to pay a fee for the service.Nearly two in five shoppers said they would visit shops more often if click-and-collect was improved.Experts said that could provide a vital boost to a high street shops struggling to cope with rising taxes, the economic downturn and the continued march of online-only rivals such as Amazon.Kirsty Morris, director at Barclaycard Payment Solutions, said: “Brands have the opportunity to not only increase the number of shoppers through their doors but also to reduce costs and returns, while generating revenue from ‘Click & Collectors’ purchasing additional items in-store.”Enhancing the Click & Collect experience is a potentially lucrative way for retailers to ward off the unprecedented challenges of the high street and bridge the gap between online and in-store shopping.”Patrick O’Brien, a retail analyst at GlobalData, said click-and-collect is expected to grow by 9% to £7.3bn this year and to £10bn by 2024.He said: “For shoppers it’s about convenience, go in very quickly and leave the store. “There’s a lot of talk about driving footfall [the number of people visiting shops] but it doesn’t always work for retailers.”  Click-and-collect is becoming too much hassle for shoppers, with a new study finding that one in seven items are never collected. Consumers have left around £228 million worth of items over the past year, research suggests, with many citing frustration over poorly staffed collection points and long waiting times. Despite the complaints, the service is becoming increasingly popular, and is seen by high street retailers as a way to capitalise on the online shopping boom. More than 70% of British consumers now order goods through click-and-collect an average of twice a month, according to a Barclaycard survey.But a third of the 2,000 respondents described the process as a “hassle”, saying it was easier to ask for a refund and wait for a home delivery. 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

Would you wear a pin to show you will talk to someone

first_imghttp://vimeo.com/81082837(Vimeo: Mark Nolan)A NEW NON-PROFIT campaign has designed a range of pins, cuff links, jewellery to encourage greater openness around mental health and suicide.The Hug For Life initiative is hoping that people will wear the jewellery to show others that they are willing to offer a listening ear to others who are finding it difficult to open up about their problems.Software designer Mark Nolan is behind the project. Although he doesn’t have a background in mental health issues himself, he says that the rate of suicide in Ireland made himself and colleague sit up and do something.He says that when people are feeling low an initial connection can be difficult to make, the idea he says came from the ‘Fáinne Gaeilge’ gold ring worn by Irish language speakers:The idea here was, as with the the Fáinne, to have something attractive to wear all year long. Something relatively discreet that isn’t in your face and that doesn’t have mental health written on it to act as a kind of secret handshake.Nolan says that the idea is at the early stages of development and that he hopes that  ‘Hug, the Icon’ will be sold through registered mental health charities.They are currently raising money for the project and have a crowd funding site for those who wish to contribute.Column: Christmas can be a hard time for people – we all need support >Read: Would you pledge to keep watch over one vulnerable person this month? >last_img read more