Section 144 in Assam district after clash over building toilet

first_imgSection 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure was promulgated in southern Assam’s Hailakandi district after a clash over the construction of a pay-and-use toilet.Section 144 restricts unlawful assembly of people.Flash pointTrouble started on Wednesday when members of the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) clashed near the toilet’s construction site – a garden outside the government-run district hospital in Hailakandi town, about 310 km south of Guwahati.The toilet was being constructed by the State’s Public Health Engineering (PHE) department.The district hospital was named after former Congress MLA Santosh Kumar Roy. The Congress and the BJP were opposed to the toilet as it is very close to a statue of Roy.But AIUDF legislator Anwar Hussain Laskar, who wanted the toilet there started helping the labourers engaged in the construction work. This resulted in a clash between supporters of the Congress and the BJP.“I wanted the toilet built beside the bus stand but people wanted it near the hospital. The hospital authorities approved and work started four days ago. But Congress opposed it saying the site is close to the statue. Congress and BJP are not bothered about amenities to the people,” Mr. Laskar told The Hindu on Thursday.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray reach second round at French Open

first_imgNovak Djokovic treated the Roland Garros crowd with some great tennis shots on Tuesday. His charm offensive continued after the match.Interviewed on court by former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, the top-ranked Serb pleased the fans on Court Philippe Chatrier with a few words in French.Djokovic is craving a career Grand Slam at the French Open after losing in the final three times over the past four years. A fans’ favourite in Paris, he has dramatically improved his level of French in recent years.”These two weeks might be the most important in the whole season (for me),” Djokovic said after defeating 95th-ranked Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.Djokovic was in complete control, broke his opponent seven times, and closed the match with a drop shot. He joined his main rivals Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in the second round.MURRAY CLAWS BACKSeeded No. 2 in Paris for the first time, Murray rallied to win from two sets down for the ninth time, and beat Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.While Murray needed two days to progress, nine-time champion Nadal had a much easier time, easing past Sam Groth 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.KERBER BOWS OUTIn the women’s draw, Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber lost in the first round. Hampered by a left shoulder injury, the third-seeded Kerber was upset by 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, was also eliminated, losing to Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-4.advertisementStepanek, the oldest man in the field at 37, hit 57 winners in his suspenseful encounter on Court Philippe Chatrier.Murray was leading 4-2 in the fourth set when play was suspended on Monday because of darkness. He was twice two points from losing while serving and trailing 5-4 in the fifth. But he held there, then broke Stepanek, and served out after wasting his first match point with a double-fault.”It’s unbelievable what he is doing,” Murray said. “At 37 years old, coming out and fighting like that. I don’t expect to be doing that myself at that age.”Murray, who will be 37 in eight years, progressed with Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund to ensure three British men in the second round at Roland Garros for the first time since 1975.BERDYCH ADVANCESAlso advancing were seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych, No. 13 Dominic Thiem, No. 15 John Isner and No. 20 Bernard Tomic.Kerber received treatment on her shoulder during a changeover while trailing 3-0 in the deciding set. The left-handed Kerber briefly left the court and returned to win her service game but could not break again and lost.She arrived in Paris following early losses in Madrid and Rome. Last week, she pulled out of the Nuremberg tournament because of her shoulder injury.”It’s getting worse and worse, but I hope it’s not too bad,” Kerber said.She’s the fifth Australian Open women’s champion to lose in the first round at Roland Garros, after Chris O’Neil (1978), Barbara Jordan (1979), Lindsey Davenport (2000), and Li Na (2014).Schiavone was surprised to receive a standing ovation after her loss, and was annoyed at tournament organizers for prematurely announcing this was her last French Open.”Roland Garros announced my retirement but I didn’t,” Schiavone said. “So you can stand up all of you and go back to work in the office because I didn’t say that. I will announce when I will want to stop.”Later, Serena Williams faced 77th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova to start the defense of her title.The weather should remain dry, good news for tournament organizers who had a backlog of matches because of rain during the first two days.last_img read more

Mosinet Geremev aims hat-trick of wins at TCS World 10K

first_imgBengaluru, May 5 (PTI) Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew will bid to defend his title for the third successive year at the TCS World 10K here on May 21. New Zealands Zane Robertson and another Ethiopian Birhanu Legese could spoil Geremews dreams as the trio will battle it out for the premier 10K run in the world. Both Robertson and Legese have the distinction of running faster than the defending champions personal best of 27.36. Robertson, a Rio Olympics 10,000m finalist, ran his best of 27:28 while winning in Berlin last October, the fastest time in the world last year. Legese has a 10km personal best of 27:38 and is also no stranger to Indian road races. He was an impressive winner of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in 2015 when he clocked 59:20. The 25-year-old Geremew has been in form as he won a strong field at the Yangzhou International Half Marathon in China last month after clocking 60:56. The trio, along with other runners, will contest for a total prize money of USD 2,05,059, Sports Management Firm Procam International said in a statement here. Also worth keeping an eye on will be Kenyas Edwin Kiptoo and Ethiopias Guye Adola. Neither man has yet run under 28 minutes for 10km on the roads but both of them have already gone under the hour for the half marathon this year and will be out to substantially revise their personal bests over the shorter distance in Bengaluru. The target time for all the top runners is the mens course record of 27:44, set by Kenyas Geoffrey Kamworor in 2014. World record holder Leonard Komon from Kenya also will be eager to get much closer to Geremew than in their last encounter when he could only finish a disappointing 17th in Yangzhou. Komon had clocked 26:44 in Utrecht back in 2010 and he had started this year in good form, which included a 12th place finish at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in March. The womens course record also belongs to a Kenyan, Lucy Kabuu, who clocked 31:48 in 2014. However, Lucys time looks well within the grasp of 2017 world cross country champion Irene Cheptai, also from Kenya, who has only had a handful of road races but can boast of a best of 31:45 from 2014, an excellent time when one remembers it was set at altitude in Nairobi. Cheptai is one of five women who have personal best times under the current womens course record, including her compatriot Gladys Chesir. Chesir is also the fastest woman in the field with 30:41 from when she won in Berlin two years ago. Among the Kenyan pairs rivals will be Ethiopias Wude Yimer, who won this race in 2010 and was placed second and third in 2015 and 2016 respectively. In addition to the TCS World 10K for elite runners, there is an Open 10K, the Majja Run (6km), the Senior Citizens Race and Champions with Disability Race (both 4km). Approximately 24,000 runners will take to the roads of Bengaluru for five different races in what has become an annual event on the third Sunday in May and has emerged as Asias leading run at this distance over the last nine years. PTI BDN PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: England overcome Colombia via penalty shootout, in last 8

first_imgEngland defeated Colombia 4-3 via penalty shootout to set up a quarter-final against Sweden in FIFA World Cup 2018. It was an ill-tempered round of 16 match at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium with Colombia guilty of offensive behaviour prompting the referee to intervene multiple times.And it is one such intervention which proved to be rather costly for Colombia. Shortly after play resumed in the second half, Carlos Sanchez dragged Harry Kane and brought him down in the box. That earned England a penalty shot and Sanchez a yellow card – overall, the referee showed eight yellow cards through the match.Tempers flared before Kane could take the shot. However, he scored and extended his goals tally to six and is comfortably leading the race for the Golden Boot.Colombia vs England: HIGHLIGHTSKane, only 24, became the first Englishman to score in his first three World Cup matches. He scored a brace against Tunisia and a hat-trick against Panama before converting a penatly against Colombia on Tuesday.Kane also became the first Englishman since 1939 to score goals in six internationals.Colombia drew level in stoppage time. Yerry Mina headed in the equaliser in the 93rd minute as Los Cafeteros took the game into extra time. It was a costly miss by Kieran Trippier, who was standing next to the goalpost but failed to clear Mina’s shot off the line.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEKane came close to adding to his five goals for England in the first half but his 16th minute header at the far post flew over the bar as his side had Colombia on the back foot for much of the half.advertisementIn extra time, England had at least two more opportunities to close the game but luck did not favour them as the game moved to a penalty shootout. This was the third match in the round of 16 that was decided by penalties.On Sunday, Russia stunned Spain via a penalty shootout before Croatia overcame a determined Denmark by prevailing in the second penalty shooutout.Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was the hero for England as he saved one and another kick from Colombia went over the bar.last_img read more

Vacant since 2017, AIFF short-lists four candidates for technical director’s post

first_imgThe All India Football Federation (AIFF) is set to appoint its technical director and has short-listed four candidates for the high-profile post lying vacant for nearly two years and the recruitment is likely to take place around the same time as the national coach.The short-list comprises Australian Scott O’Donnell, who had served in the same post in the past, Gaioz Darsadze of Georgia, Romanian Doru Isac and Jorge Castelo of Portugal.In this regard, the AIFF’s technical committee, headed by former player Shyam Thapa, has been summoned by the federation for a meeting on April 15.”While most of the focus has been on the appointment of national coach, the AIFF is also set to name the technical director and this could happen around the same time as the selection of the national coach,” a well-placed AIFF source told PTI.”The technical committee will be meeting in this regard next Monday and hold advanced talks on appointing the technical director and also the national coach,” he added.Thapa confirmed the meeting is on April 15.Former India player and coach Savio Medeira has been serving as interim technical director since O’Donell resigned in 2017, citing family reasons.O’Donell worked with the AIFF for five years but was the technical director for only a year.The former Cambodia coach was first appointed as the technical director for academies and coach education in November 2011.During that time, Dutchman Rob Baan was the technical director of the national teams. O’Donell took over from Bann in 2015.advertisementA federation official said, “Our (senior) team showed a lot of spirit and fight in the AFC Asian Cup, nearly qualifying for the knockouts. It is important that the momentum generated by that showing is sustained, and that is why appointing a technical director alongside the national coach is the way to go.”While the Indian football fraternity is familiar with the 51-year-old O’Donell, not much is known as far as the other three names are concerned.Isac is a Romanian football manager and is currently working as sporting director at Yokohama F. Marinos. During his time at Nagoya Grampus Eight, he was the assistant of the legendary Arsene Wenger.Before he left Japan, Isac worked with Carlos Queiros and Bora Milutinovic.Darsadze has worked as head coach of Georgia’s under-17 team and also managed the Georgia national team in 2005 before being made coaching education director at the Georgian Football Federation.Also Read | AIFF president Praful Patel to meet I-League clubsAlso Read | AIFF Technical Committee offer contract extension to Stephen Constantinelast_img read more

Akanji idolised Ronaldo as he reveals he supported Man Utd

first_imgBorussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji has revealed that Raul and Cristiano Ronaldo were two of his childhood idols and that he supported Real Madrid and Manchester United as a boy.Akanji was talking to Goal and SPOX ahead of the German Super Cup where his team will take on Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Saturday.Despite now being one of Dortmund’s top central defenders, Akanji started off as a forward player and that prompted him to initially look up to the likes of Raul and Ronaldo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “In my childhood I had football in my head,” the 24-year-old said.”My role models were related to my respective positions. My first role model was Raul. At the time I was still playing as an attacking player and was a fan of Real Madrid.”Aside from Real, Manchester United were my favourite club. So at some point it [his idol] was Cristiano Ronaldo. He impressed me with his performances.”I only became a defender at the age of about 17. Of course there were a lot of good defenders at that time, but I didn’t have a clear role model then. Sergio Ramos would be the most likely to come to mind.”The Switzerland international also revealed that now, at 24, he looks to other sports to find inspiration, believing he can learn from the mentality of other athletes.”As a footballer, I don’t really have any role models anymore,” he added.”But there are athletes who fascinate me in terms of their attitude. For example, it’s incredible what Roger Federer has done in his career.”I also watch basketball often. Russell Westbrook is my favourite player, his mentality is impressive. He gives more than 100 percent in every game, always fighting until the end.”I see these types of athletes as role models today.”Akanji and Dortmund will be hoping to put a marker down against Bayern on Saturday after the Bavarian club pipped them to the Bundesliga title last season.Lucien Favre’s side kick-off their 2019-20 Bundesliga campaign Augsburg on August 17 before an away fixture at FC Koln on August 23.last_img read more

Smooth Scents: Enchanted Beard Company’s Beard Care Line

first_img How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster 7 Most Popular Beard Styles for Men Right Now The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard Editors’ Recommendations Beards are like lawns in that they’re always growing and you can neglect them, but that doesn’t mean you should. And if you neglect yours, people are probably going to notice. Not a good look. The folks at Enchanted Beard Company don’t want you to neglect your beard, though, and they’ve developed a beard care line that will not only help you care for your beard, but help it care for you, with soothing aromatherapy and natural ingredients that will help recondition your face fleece.After trying the beard soap, beard balm, and beard oil, there were some clear highlights that are making a strong case for trying beard-specific products, even if you never have before.The beard soap from Enchanted Beard is essentially a high-quality olive oil and castor oil soap that lathers up easily and rinses off clean. Use it as your daily body soap and you won’t have to worry about meshing a bunch of competing scents. One of the things that makes this soap unique, however, is that it uses pine tar, which is said to have medicinal properties. If you’ve never used pine tar soap before, it has a distinct texture that comes across as slightly resinous (but not sticky) on your skin. It’s extremely refreshing and makes you smell like you’ve been walking in the woods.The beard balm comes in a little lip balm tin and has a hard consistency like lip balm. Keep it in a warmer area, or it will take some work to get it softened up to where it can be applied. If your beard tends to run wild with the slightest breeze, the beard balm acts as a firm wax that will help shape it and keep it in place. It also helps your beard to appear to have more volume and body. The smell is more tropical due to the addition of coconut oil and beeswax, but it blends with the smells of the other products so you won’t come out smelling like an Almond Joy.The last item the nice folks at Enchanted Beard sent along was their Appalachian Trail Beard Oil, which comes in a little essential oil vial that you pour out onto your hand and rub into your beard. The makers claim their mix of jojoba and burdock-infused grapeseed oil can even help stimulate beard growth.The first time around, the smell is strong and invigorating. Cedarwood oil gives it an earthy base, with layers of patchouli and cardamom adding some depth. It’s noticeable enough that you may get comments, but not strong enough to overwhelm an elevator ride.Enchanted Beard Company takes pride in the aromatherapy benefits of its products and it’s pretty easy to see why when you get your hands on them. The scents really do impart feelings of calm and clarity when applied.Enchanted Beard offers several other scents and products for different beard needs. If you want to try it all, they make a kit that contains everything you need to get started. Remember, cold weather and dry houses wreak havoc on your skin and facial hair, so pick some up quick before winter ruins you. How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard last_img read more

Maersk’s Boxship Catches Fire off Mauritius

first_imgThe 8,700 TEU container ship Maersk Londrina caught fire while en route from Malaysia to Brasil on April 25, forcing the vessel to divert to Mauritius, Maersk’s Senior Press Officer Michael Christian Storgaard confirmed to World Maritime News.The 2012-built boxship was en route from Tanjung Pelepas to Santos when the fire was discovered in one of its cargo holds some 700 nautical miles off Port Louis, Mauritius.According to Storgaard, the fire was quickly controlled, but due to the location of the fire and the continuous albeit declining presence of heat, the Hong Kong-flagged vessel changed course and arrived in Port Louis on April 27.In Port Louis the fire was fully extinguished and investigations to establish the reason and extent of damage have been initiated.”The crew is safe, there have been no injuries, and there has been no environmental impact. We have informed the crew’s relatives,” Storgaard told WMN.”We are working on a contingency plan for the cargo on board the vessel, and we are keeping the affected customers informed.”World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Renewed Agreement Benefits Communities Environment

first_imgNova Scotians will continue to have a solid-waste reduction program recognized globally for its innovation, with a new agreement between the province and the Resource Recovery Fund Board Inc. The five-year agreement will ensure continued funding for municipalities to help with the cost of waste management services, while protecting solid waste programs, projects and research support throughout the province. There is an option to renew the agreement for another five years. “The province’s partnership with RRFB Nova Scotia is a success story that has positioned the province as a leader in solid-waste programs,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “We look forward to continuing this relationship to further reduce our solid waste and protect the environment for all Nova Scotians.” Created in 1996, RRFB Nova Scotia has generated about $110-million in funding for municipal waste-management programs and invested millions of dollars in provincial and municipal programs. “RRFB Nova Scotia is pleased to renew the agreement with the province,” said CEO Jeff MacCallum. “We’ve made great strides in the last 16 years, and with this new agreement, we will continue to work with our provincial, municipal and industry partners to further develop and invest in innovative systems and programs to divert solid waste from Nova Scotia landfills.” RRFB Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit corporation working with Nova Scotians to improve the province’s environment, economy and quality of life by reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering resources. It manages a network of more than 80 independently owned Enviro-Depots. It also delivers education and awareness programs, stewardship agreements, and promotes innovation through value-added manufacturing. RRFB Nova Scotia is funded by the beverage container deposit program, recyclable materials sale and managing other recycling programs. For more information, visit and RRFB Nova Scotia read more

Oppose the procedure not its spirit Mamata

first_imgKolkata: A day after the Centre scrapped Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee broke her silence and called the whole procedure followed by the government as “undemocratic”.While leaving for Chennai, Banerjee, at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport said that the Bill was passed by the Centre in an “undemocratic” manner and her party would not support the Narendra Modi government for what it has done. She also maintained that the people of Kashmir were not consulted before the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 was passed in the Rajya Sabha. However, she also clarified that she was not talking about the merit of the Bill. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”I don’t agree with the procedural method the Centre has adopted. It was not done in a democratic way. I am not talking about the merit of the Bill. I am only talking about the method. Our party has taken a strong decision and we would not support this Bill. We cannot vote for this Bill either as it would go on record. Voting for the Bill will appear to be as if we have directly or indirectly accepted the Bill. What happened in the Rajya Sabha on Monday is not praiseworthy as it was not right constitutionally, legally or technically,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Chief Minister also pointed out that the Centre should have taken the consent of the people of Jammu and Kashmir before bringing in the resolution.There should have been an all-party meeting discussing all the aspects and the people of the state must have been taken into confidence. The Kashmiri people will consider themselves isolated following the passing of this Bill. “As a citizen of the country, I have been watching what is going on. We are all patriotic people and love our country. We firmly believe that Kashmiri people are our brothers and sisters. If a permanent solution is to be found, the Centre should have discussed the matter with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that there are some procedural lacks. We were willing to attend an all-party meeting if the Centre would have held it.” Expressing concern over the arrest of the Kashmiri leaders, the Chief Minister said: “I don’t have any information about senior leader Farooq Abdullah. We have seen in the media that Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have been arrested. Mehbooba and Omar are political personalities. They are not terrorists. They should have been released in the interest of the democratic institution and for the interest of the people as well. Yesterday (Monday) we have seen curfew-like situation in Srinagar and other areas. We must restore peace. We want peaceful negotiation and a peaceful solution. There should not be any political commotion.” Giving a strong message to the people of Kashmir, Banerjee said: “In any case related to our motherland, we are together. Let the message be passed to every corner of the country that we love our motherland. The message will build confidence among the people. We have to consider that we are all citizens of the country. I would like to remind the Centre that Kashmiri people should not feel isolated. They should feel that they are very much with the country.” Banerjee on Tuesday left for Chennai to attend a meeting to commemorate the first death anniversary of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on Wednesday.last_img read more

United Nations Names Angry Bird As Honorary Ambassador For Green

first_imgRed, the starring animated character voiced by US star Jason Sudeikis in the upcoming “The Angry Birds Movie,” was named Honorary Ambassador for Green on the International Day of Happiness yesterday at the United Nations.Red with his new friends Ban Ki-moon and Jason SudeikisThe appointment of Red is part of the #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet campaign to help the world body promote the International Day of Happiness, which is observed on March 20 each year, and encourage people to take action against climate change and its impacts.Video: Angry Birds – International Day of Happiness AnnouncementThe International Day of Happiness recognizes that Gross Domestic Product alone cannot measure the wealth and well-being of a country’s population and a more inclusive, equitable, balanced and sustainable approach to growth and development is key to being happy.After United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named Red as Honorary Ambassador for Green, the campaign was presented to hundreds of young people in the iconic General Assembly Hall of the United Nations.The presentation included the movie’s US stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Maya Rudolph as well as producers John Cohen and Catherine Winder, who asked the attendees for their support to make the Angry Birds happy by doing their part to take action against climate change. They presented the “Help Red Go Green” materials including public service announcements created to support the campaign. By participating in the #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet campaign, individuals can make the Angry Birds happy and “Help Red Go Green” by posting photos and messages to show how they are protecting our planet by recycling, taking public transportation and conserving water, for example.“The Angry Birds have entertained millions of people around the world — and now they are part of making the world a better place,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “We are proud to give Red a reason to go Green. There is no better way to mark the International Day of Happiness than to have our animated ambassador raise awareness about the importance of addressing climate change to create a safer, more sustainable and happier future for all.”“We are incredibly honored that Red from ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ has been named as the Honorary Ambassador for Green. While Red may still look angry, we know that he’s smiling on the inside. As we say in our ‘Help Red Go Green’ campaign, nothing makes an angry bird happier than a healthy planet. In partnership with the UN, we are very excited to help raise awareness of critical global issues such as climate change,” said John Cohen, producer of “The Angry Birds Movie” and “Despicable Me.”last_img read more

Seasonal Employment Yatim Wants to Revise Agreement with Spain

Rabat – Months after Moroccan seasonal workers accused Spanish nationals of sexual assaults, the minister of employment has said Moroccan-Spanish cooperation on seasonal employment has “positive results.”Minister of Employment Mohamed Yatim called on Morocco and Spain to reinforce cooperation on seasonal workers in a statement Tuesday.Yatim spoke about seasonal workers with Spanish secretary of state for migration, Maria del Consuelo Rumi Ibanez, who is on an official visit to Morocco. Yatim said, “Circular migration is now a reference model at the regional and even international level.”According to the minister, the countries should revise the employment agreement to allow for “candidate selection procedures to be adapted to new situations and to open up new social rights for seasonal workers, including retirement.”Read Also: Spain to Hire 10,400 Moroccan Seasonal WorkersIbanez shared Yatim’s point of view that Morocco and Spain should consolidate their partnership for better migration management, calling for more support from the EU.Ibanez also described Morocco as Spain’s strategic partner, reiterating her country’s determination to fight undocumented migration and human trafficking.Throughout the summer, several Moroccan seasonal farmers said they were subjected to sexual harassment and assault by Spanish managers in the strawberry producing region of Huelva.Following the allegations, Morocco and Spain promised to improve protections for female seasonal workers.On October 3, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), published statements from Ibanez commending Morocco’s efforts in the fight against undocumented immigration.In an interview with MAP, the Spanish official said that Morocco’s role cannot be questioned.“Morocco honors its commitments and respects the agreements it has signed in the fight against illegal migratory flows,” she said.She also added that the North African country deserves “support and financial assistance from the European Union to address this situation.”According to the Spanish official, Spain will serve as “the voice of Morocco within Europe to ask for more support and financial aid.”Her statements follow rising tension over undocumented migration and the Moroccan Royal Navy’s firing on a boat of migrants on September 24, killing a 20-year-old woman. read more

All Afghans must have say in peace process says top UN envoy

“That must be a process which includes all parts of the Afghan society,” Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told religious leaders at the National Peace Jirga. “If we want to unite this country for peace, no part can be excluded from that process. If some are excluded, the country will remain divided.”It must respect the human rights of all of the people in Afghanistan, he added. “A process which comes at the cost of the rights of parts of the population will not lead to durable peace.”Mr. Eide emphasized the crucial role religious leaders can play in mobilizing the population in a campaign for peace. They “can and must play a prominent role in this process,” he said. “So many times over the centuries, religions have been used to justify war and suffering. But religion is and must be a powerful tool, a powerful inspiration for peace.”He stressed the UN’s impartiality in the upcoming presidential elections, scheduled to be held on 20 August, noting that peace and reconciliation must be top priorities following this summer’s polls.“Peace cannot be imposed from outside the country,” the envoy, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said. “It must be created from inside… it must be a process that takes its inspiration from your culture, your tradition and your religion. It must be an Afghan-made and an Afghan-owned process.” 18 June 2009The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today called for an inclusive and “Afghan-owned” peace process to silence weapons and allow for reconciliation and rebuilding in the South Asian nation. read more

Liberian expresident Charles Taylor should stay in exile for time being –

In an address to the General Debate of the General Assembly’s 60th session, Mr. Obasanjo said Mr. Taylor’s return from exile in Nigeria to face trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone could do more harm than good in the short-term.The peace process in Liberia “is at its most critical phase,” he said, with the first elections since the West African country’s long-running civil war ended in 2003 scheduled for next month.While the AU is optimistic that the elections will lead to a successful transition of power, Mr. Obasanjo stressed that “the diversion of attention through propaganda on issues unrelated to the conduct of the forthcoming presidential elections should be avoided and resisted.”The Special Court and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour have called for Mr. Taylor to be handed over by Nigeria to the court in the interests of justice.But Mr. Obasanjo said Mr. Taylor was encouraged to step down as president in 2003 and leave his country “to avoid bloodbath… [and] in the interest of Liberia, West Africa, Africa and world peace and security.”Therefore “the cause of peace in Liberia” will be best served if Mr. Taylor is kept away during the transitional and early nation-building phases. read more

UN health agency rushes aid to quakestruck parts of Indonesia

As rescue teams search for survivors following Saturday’s devastating earthquake on the island of Java, Indonesia, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that it is sending emergency equipment to the area and will help to support vaccination campaigns while setting up a disease surveillance system there. The latest available figures show that an estimated 5,000 people died and several thousand were injured, including some 1,500 very seriously injured patients who need urgent medical evacuation and care, the Geneva-based agency said. About 200,000 people are displaced from their homes. WHO has sent vehicles loaded with medicines and communications equipment into the area, including with emergency health kits containing drugs and medical supplies for 50,000 people for three months, along with surgical kits to support 600 operations. The agency will also help to set up a surveillance system in order to detect and control outbreaks of communicable diseases similar to that which was used to prevent outbreaks in Aceh following the tsunami. WHO will also help to organize vaccination campaigns against measles, which can be a major killer and spreads rapidly in crowded areas. Bantul District, south of Yogyakarta, with a population of about 790,000, is reported to be the worst hit with the majority of houses destroyed. At least one of the six hospitals there has been destroyed and the others are overcrowded. Prior to the earthquake there were 29,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the province who had been moved out of their communities as a precautionary measure against the possible eruption of Mt. Merapi. Clean water, safe sanitation and waste removal will rapidly be needed, WHO warned, particularly for IDPs, in order to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases. read more

Badger Pride roars on Red Day

Red Day at Brock turned out to be quite the celebration around campus, and for three of the Badgers Varsity Sports teams.Students, staff and faculty displayed what Badger Pride is truly all about packing the Bob Davis Gymnasium and leading the Badgers to victory in both women’s and men’s basketball action, and cheering on the Brock men’s hockey team to victory at the Seymour-Hannah Centre. Brock women used an incredible fourth quarter comeback to beat the Guelph Gryphons in overtime.The Badgers trailed by 15 points with 7:33 left in regulation only to tie the game at 72, before prevailing 78-75 in OT.Meantime, the Brock men also came up big in another must-win situation to keep its playoff hopes alive with a 62-55 victory over the Gryphons.Down the 406, the Brock men’s hockey team opened its playoffs knocking off the top-ranked Windsor Lancers 2-1.Badgers social media was abuzz after the three straight Brock victories.It’s a great day to be a badger ???????? three games and three wins #badgerpride #brocku #protecttheden— Kira Cornelissen (@kiracorn15) February 12, 2015 How many other CIS schools could fill a gym on a Wednesday night during midterm week? #ProtectTheDen #ThisIsOurHouse — Jeremy Knight (@J_Knight94) February 12, 2015“Adrian Volpe leads @BrockMensHockey to playoff win over top-ranked #Windsor #OUA #CIS Volpe is awesome!— MISE (@mise35) February 12, 2015 Kudos to Brock for bringing massive group to the game in anticipation of us showing up. Good to know the word got out quick. #GryphonCrazies — Gryphon Crazies (@GryphonCrazies) February 12, 2015“To declare Wednesday as Red Day at Brock, and just over 24 hours later to see, hear and feel what Badger Pride is all about – thank you Brock students, staff and faculty,” said Brock Vice-President of Finance and Administration Brian Hutchings. read more

Men Gymnastics No 4 Buckeyes victorious at Arnold Festival against Minnesota and

OSU redshirt junior Jake Dastrup competes on the parallel bars during the 2017 Arnold Sports Festival in the Ohio Expo Center. OSU topped both Minnesota and the Ukraine National Team. Credit: Daneyliz Rodriguez | Lantern reporterAfter a two-week hiatus, the Buckeyes faced Minnesota and the Ukraine National Team on Saturday at the Arnold Sport Festival inside the Ohio Expo Center. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes scored 415.250 points overall and won five event titles, securing a victory over No. 5 Minnesota (413.300) and the Ukraine National Team (398.400). “You know, I’m proud of the guys that kept battling even though it didn’t go as smooth as we planned,” said OSU coach Rustam Sharipov. “It was our first five up, count five meet and I think we made a few uncharacteristic mistakes, but in the end, we came away with a win.”The Buckeyes entered competition with an average of 414.238 points, the fourth highest in the nation, and a pommel horse average of 69.575, which is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA. Minnesota entered with a three-score average of 412.883, ranked sixth in the nation, and the second-best three-score average in the nation of 72.417. Gymnast Yaroslav Pochinka of Minnesota has the No. 1 vault average in the nation (15.000).Ukraine had seven athletes attend the meet. Sharipov is originally from Ukraine and won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta on the parallel bars for Ukraine.The Buckeyes began the competition on the floor achieving an overall score of 70.450, the best in the competition. OSU redshirt junior Sean Melton won an event title on floor with a score of 14.800 over Alex Wittenberg of Minnesota. Redshirt junior Jake Dastrup (14.150), sophomore Joey Bonanno (14.050), sophomore Alec Yoder (13.950) and sophomore Tristan Burke (13.500) all registered the best performance of their 2017 season.The Buckeyes then progressed onto the pommel horse, where Yoder scored a readout of 14.600 to take second place in the event behind Ukraine’s Andrii Sienichkin (15.250).Season-best performances by redshirt junior Ryan Lemezis (14.550) and sophomore Chris Coombs (14.400) on the rings helped the team score its highest point total of the season with a tally of 69.450. Lemezis’ score of 14.550 was the second event title OSU received at the Arnold Festival.Additional event titles were won by junior Seth Delbridge (vault – 14.800), Dastrup (parallel bars – 14.800) and redshirt senior Jake Martin (high bar – 14.800), who all registered the same readouts for gold. It was Dastrup’s and Martin’s third event titles of the season on their respective events. Delbridge’s vault was his first win of the season, and was the highest score on vault by a Buckeye this season by .300 points.“Overall, we got the win. It was alright. There’s still a lot of stuff to go back to the gym for and focus on,” Delbridge said. “Vault was a contrast to our earlier performances this season, but personally I did really well on vault which I was happy about because this season has definitely been a learning process on vault. Minnesota really gave us a run for our money, but we were able to really pull it out at the last two events.”Up next, the Buckeyes will head to Norman, Oklahoma, on March 11 to take on the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners at 8 p.m. read more

Baseball Ohio State routs Purdue Post hopeful on Sunday

Ohio State redshirt junior Yianni Pavlopoulos pitched five innings of shutout baseball against Purdue on March 31 against Purdue at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterStarting the season off 0-3 in conference play is always a tough hole to fall into to begin the season. And coming off a weekend where the Ohio State baseball team was dominated in nearly all facets of the game, OSU was starting to press for that elusive victory.For OSU coach Greg Beals and the rest of his team, the 13-2 win against Purdue for the Buckeyes first Big Ten win of the season was a relaxing night for the team as it was their first real commanding victory all season.“A team and a coach all need some nights like this where you can take a deep breath and relax and guys can get a chance to play and guys can play a little more relaxed,” Beals said. “Tonight was a night, and the season hasn’t been this way very often, but tonight was a night (where) it was all Buckeyes.”The win did not necessarily come easy, however, despite the one-sided score. With the temperature around 56 degrees, winds of nearly 12 mph and a steady rain coming down over the stadium in the early innings of the game, the team had to battle not only the Boilermakers, but the weather in this game.But Beals said his team was prepared for the weather and that they simply embraced the rough conditions.“When I went out to the huddle before the game starts, I said, ‘let’s embrace it tonight,’” Beals said. “There’s things you can’t control. The weather is one of them. Our opportunity to represent Ohio State is right here and we’ve got to be ready to take advantage of it.”OSU did not require much help from the wild weather to get on the scoreboard. After a pair of singles and a hit-by-pitch, a wild pitch that took a bounce off the catcher’s shin guard made it all the way up the first base line, scoring a pair of runs from second and third.Sophomore third baseman Brady Cherry followed that wild pitch with a line-drive single to left-center field, scoring the Buckeyes’ third run of the inning. The wildness continued into the next inning for the Boilermakers as their starting pitcher walked four batters in the inning and threw two wild pitches. The Buckeyes picked up a run to expand their lead to 4-0 on the second wild pitch of the inning.After a sacrifice fly early in the third inning put OSU ahead 5-0, sophomore catcher Jacob Barnwell came up to the plate with runners on first and second and two away. Barnwell lined a single up the middle, scoring the runner from second.A poor throw into the infield on the single by the center fielder got away from the middle-infielders, allowing another run to score in the inning and bring the OSU lead to 7-0.In the bottom of the fourth inning, junior left fielder Noah McGowan lifted a deep fly ball out to right field. The wind took control of the ball and it evaded the glove of the right fielder, allowing McGowan to reach third base safely for a triple.McGowan’s triple was immediately followed up by an RBI single up the middle by redshirt senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff. A wild pitch later in the inning scored Ratcliff to put OSU ahead 9-0.The team scored in each of the first four innings and was able to maintain their lead, an issue that has plagued the team this season.Beals was proud of the way his team was able to keep momentum on their side throughout the game.“We score, we put up a zero. We score, put up a zero. Score, put up a zero,” Beals said. “And that’s just deflating to a team when you don’t let them back in.”In the top of the eighth, Purdue had runners on first and second for sophomore catcher Nick Dalesandro. The Boilermakers second-year backstop grounded into a fielder’s choice and attempted double play, but a wild throw by the shortstop allowed the runner from second to score and put the Boilermakers on the scoreboard.A single from freshman center fielder Skyler Hunter followed the fielder’s choice and drove in Dalesandro from second to bring the score to 9-2.The Buckeyes got those runs back and then some when junior first baseman Bo Coolen doubled down the right field line with the bases loaded, clearing the bases and adding three to the Buckeyes’ lead. A run later scored on a groundout to bring the score to 13-2.Making a spot start for a banged-up Buckeye rotation, redshirt junior starting pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos turned in a scoreless outing. He lasted five innings, giving up only two hits and two hit-batsmen while walking none and striking out three.For a team that was missing both redshirt senior pitcher Jake Post and redshirt junior starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer for the weekend, the Buckeyes needed a solid outing out of Pavlopoulos and Beals was more than pleased by what he saw.Pavlopoulos was happy with his start, saying that he felt comfortable throwing his fastball for strikes consistently, even if his offspeed stuff wasn’t quite working in the cold, wet weather.“I mean my curveball, I just could not figure it out; I could not get on top of it. Fastball was really all I had for the first three innings,” Pavlopoulos said. “When the team gives you a four-run lead, a seven-run lead, it makes it a lot easier to just go out there and pound the zone with the fastball.”Post was unavailable to start on Friday, but Beals hopes that given time, he will be ready to go on Sunday.“He wasn’t ready. He’s got some soreness in his back that flared up on him this week,” Beals said. “We’ve been giving him treatment and we are hoping that maybe he is ready for Sunday.”The Buckeyes hope to maintain the two-game winning streak into Saturday’s game against Purdue. The official start time for the game is 6 p.m. read more

International Mining highlights coals prominence in global energy mix

first_imgThe August issue will feature International Mining’s annual review of the global coal industry. It uses figues from BP’s recently released world energy report, the BP Statistical Review of World Energy June 2010, and much more. The BP report finds that coal continues to represent 29% of global energy consumption, second only to oil, with 34.8% of the total share. World coal production reached 3,408.6 Mt of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2009, up 2.4% from 2008. Growth was driven by the Asia Pacific region’s 8.6% increase – the only region to experience production growth in 2009.The report noted that coal was displaced by hydro as the world’s fastest growing energy in 2009, with global coal consumption remaining essentially flat at 3,278.3 Mtoe. While world hydro consumption was up 1.5% at 740.3 Mtoe, hydro still constitutes less than one fifth of world coal consumption. Due to the global recession, world primary energy consumption fell 1.1% in 2009, the first decline since 1982 and the largest decline (in percentage terms) since 1980.IM’s report notes that coal markets should be strong for the mid-term and that the metallurgical coal market is particularly hot. EIA projects world coal consumption to increase from 132 quadrillion Btu in 2007 to 206 quadrillion Btu in 2035, at an average annual rate of 1.6%. China alone accounts for 78% of the total net increase in world coal use from 2007 to 2035. China and India produce some 80 and 70% of their power, respectively, from coal. China became a net importer of coal for the first time in 2009 and producers are gearing up for increased exports to India.last_img read more