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  • ‘Tender floated for Gaurav Yatra even after HC notice’

    first_imgThe BJP government was caught on the wrong foot in the Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday, when the petitioners in a public interest litigation claimed that a tender of ₹23 lakh was floated for Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s ‘Gaurav Yatra’ in Sirohi district on the pretext of a “development exhibition for a VIP visit”, even when the matter was sub judice.The High Court was hearing the PIL, moved by lawyer Vibhuti Bhushan Sharma and social activist Sawai Singh, alleging misuse of government machinery and challenging the reported expenditure from the treasury for the Yatra which is a BJP’s programme ahead of the State Assembly election. The petitioners filed a fresh application contending that the State government had misled the court and was guilty of contempt, as it had claimed that a previous order issued to the Public Works Department (PWD) to make arrangements for setting up the stage, sound system and decoration for the march had been withdrawn.A Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog asked the State government to file its reply and posted the matter for hearing on August 25. The impugned e-tender was floated by the PWD, Abu Road, on August 14 for a work order worth ₹23 lakh during the Gaurav Yatra’s stopover in Pindwara town.The BJP submitted an affidavit, in compliance with the High Court’s direction, with the details of expenditure made during the Yatra’s first phase. The affidavit, which did not append any bills with it, stated that an expenditure of ₹1.07 crore was undertaken for the Yatra.The State government had earlier informed the court that the Yatra was being organised by the BJP and no public money was being spent on it.last_img read more

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  • Racela on FEU loss to DLSU: ‘We’re far from Final Four contention’

    first_imgFEU coach Nash Racela. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may have been a failed comeback for Far Eastern University, but Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela still saw positives out of their 95-90 loss to De La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.FEU faced a 37-14 deficit in the second quarter but the Tamaraws managed to make things interesting down the stretch, pulling to within five, 90-85, with a minute left.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next La Salle’s Mbala leading Cameroon’s bid in Fiba Afrobasket BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “This shows where we are right now, we’re far from Final Four contention. We lost a game against the defending champions who played without their MVP,” he added, referring to Ben Mbala, who is representing his country Cameroon in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket in Tunisia. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Of course, as a coach you’ll always look at the positive, the second half was the positive thing for us,” said Racela Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “And if we played that way from the start, the result could’ve been better for us.”FEU outscored La Salle, 36-22, in the fourth quarter but fortunately for the Green Archers, they built a lead big enough to withstand the Tamaraws’ late charge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRacela, despite remaining optimistic after their opening game loss, owned up to his team’s defeat.“Maybe I didn’t prepare them well enough, this is on me,” said Racela. View commentslast_img read more

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  • Gambhir to lead Board Prez’s XI against Australia

    first_imgA fit-again Gautam Gambhir will lead a 14-member Indian Board President’s XI against the touring Australian team in a three-day practice match from September 25 in Chandigarh.The BCCI’s selection panel met here at the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association headquarters at M A Chidambaram Stadium today and selected the team for the match which precedes the two-match Test series starting October 2 in Mohali, Board Secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.Gambhir, who was nursing a knee injury, is the only senior player in the team which comprises mostly of youngsters.The batting line-up features promising names such as Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha along with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.The pace attack would be spearheaded by S Sreesanth with R Ashwin and Abhimanyu Mithun for company.The slower bowling department would be led by Piyush Chawla.Australia will also play a three-match ODI series after the Tests, starting October 19 in Kochi.The Board President’s XI squad: Gautam Gambhir (Captain), Shikar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Piyush Chawla, Abhimanyu Mithun, S Sreesanth, Jaydev Unadkat, Umesh Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Ravindra Jadeja.last_img read more

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  • AFC Cup: Mohun Bagan lose 0-1 to Maziya, dent chances of advancing

    first_imgMohun Bagan lost for the second time in the AFC Cup group stages to dent their chances of advancing to the next stage as a 10-man Maziya Sports & Recreation beat them 1-0 in a Group E tie here at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium on Wednesday.Mohun Bagan fell to Mohamed Umair’s goal in the 34th minute to drop to third position in the four-team points table, having three points from the same number of matches. Maziya have six from three outings after the win.Maziya’s Milos Kovacevic picked up two bookings in the span of four minutes to be sent off in the 86th minute.Mohun Bagan fielded an all Indian XI, resting key foreign recruits for their title deciding I-League encounter in Aizawl. Only forwards Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh and Souvik Chakraborty were retained from the first choice starting line-up.Maziya were dented before kickoff as Andrei Alexandru Cordos picked up a knock and was removed from the first team with Samaam Gasim replacing him.In the 14th minute, Balwant twisted and turned to let fly a rasping left-footer which rattled the bar off goalkeeper Matiash Pavel’s hands.Maziya’s Aleksander Rakic took a swipe at goal soon after but his attempt blazed just over the bar.Three minutes into the half hour mark, Balwant made a mazy run into the box and got into a good position to score, but a rival defender did well to block his effort.Against the run of play, Maziya took the lead through Umair who capitalised on a loose ball inside the box to fire an angular effort at the far post.advertisementThe tourists had a chance to double their margin soon after the half-time with Yasfaadh Habeeb heading just over the bar from skipper Abdulla Asadhulla’s cross.Rakic came close too for Maziya as Mohun Bagan wasted a raft of gilt-edged chances towards the end of second half to consign to their first defeat since March 14 when they lost to Bengaluru FC.Mohun Bagan have one more home game remaining in the AFC Cup.last_img read more

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  • Jhulan Goswami stars with ball for India in Women’s World Cup

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  • Taking Neuer to the World Cup a risk – Ballack

    first_imgWorld Cup Germany taking a risk selecting Neuer for the World Cup – Ballack Carlo Garganese Global Head of Features Last updated 1 year ago 19:05 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manuel Neuer Germany World Cup 2014 Getty World Cup Bayern München Germany Bundesliga The former midfield star accepts that it will be a gamble if the Bayern shot-stopper travels to Russia 2018 after such a long lay-off Michael Ballack says that Germany will be taking a risk selecting Manuel Neuer for the World Cup with the goalkeeper having not played due to injury for nine months.Neuer’s last match was back in September but his recovery from surgery for a broken foot, originally sustained in a Champions League clash with Real Madrid in April 2017, was repeatedly delayed.He eventually returned to Bayern training in the closing weeks of the season, without playing, leading to Germany coach Joachim Low naming Neuer among four goalkeepers in his initial squad for the World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Low’s final 23-man squad for the finals in Russia will be announced on June 4 and there has been much debate in Germany whether Neuer should be selected.“I think it’s a really delicate situation. A special situation,” Ballack told Goal.“Neuer is the world’s best goalkeeper, and he has this special status because of that.“If we were talking about anyone else, they would not be in the squad. But the coach and the training staff have this belief in him. They have a good relationship.”Low stated last week that he is confident that Neuer will prove his fitness ahead of the June 4 deadline, adding that if the Bayern man goes to Russia he will be the country’s No.1 ahead of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.“Neuer says he is pain free, he is training. For a goalkeeper, the situation [of not playing for so long] is a bit different to what it would be if he was an outfield player,” added Ballack, who played in two World Cups for Germany.“It’s still a special situation, though, as he hasn’t played any games yet ahead of the World Cup. Of course, it is a risk to take him but we have people who are taking the responsibility for that choice.Michael Ballack“The coach, of course, has to believe in him and the team also as the players always have to believe in their goalkeeper.“I think the trust is there and when they see him in training they will know. But, of course, there is always a little bit of risk there when you haven’t played any games.”Germany begin their World Cup defence on June 17 against Mexico before taking on Sweden and then South Korea in Group F.last_img read more

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  • 2 days agoLiverpool midfielder Milner: Every player wants to be playing more

    first_imgLiverpool midfielder Milner: Every player wants to be playing moreby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner admits he’d like to be playing more.Milner has been restricted to just two Premier League starts so far this season.He said: “I think as a player you want to play as many games as you can.“Every time you get that chance to go out there and perform, you need to do it to the best of your ability and make it difficult for the manager to leave you it.”We have a strong squad of players and the competition is strong in every position and that is what we need to push each other to perform.“Having a lot of games is what happens when you’re successful, we are lucky enough to have been that (successful) and we are still in all the trophies.“We go out there to win every game that we can so we will try to do that.“All the players are used to it (a lot of games), it doesn’t make it any easier, the boys with the internationals and travelling and that but we have gone the distance in this competition for a couple of years so we know what it is all about.“We need to carry on doing that, we need to keep looking after ourselves, have the luck with injuries and things like that as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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  • Here Is How This Week’s Playoff Rankings Compare To Simulated BCS

    first_imgA list of college football teams and their playoff rankings.Twitter/@BCSKnowHowThis week’s College Football Playoff rankings are out, and the debate is heating up. Clemson remains No. 1, Alabama jumps to No. 2 after beating LSU, and Notre Dame slides into the four-team field. Many wonder if the selection committee has done the best possible job. BCS Know How calculates how the old BCS formula would rank the teams each week, and released a side-by-side comparison with playoff rankings just minutes after they were released. Here is how the BCS would slot things:Side-by-side comparison of the latest @CFBPlayoff ranking and what the #BCS would have looked like this week pic.twitter.com/HxjFHK6wTP— BCSKnowHow.com (@BCSKnowHow) November 11, 2015The biggest differences: the BCS is far more kind to Utah (four spot jump), Oklahoma State (three spots) and Baylor (two spots), while the Playoff prefers Utah, Notre Dame, and Iowa (two spots each). Which ranking do you think works better?last_img read more

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  • Lou Holtz Predicts Blowout For Clemson-FSU Game

    first_imgLou Holtz on the field before a game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 10: ESPN reporter Lou Holtz looks on during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)No. 2 Clemson take on Florida State this weekend in a game that could all but cement Clemson’s spot in the ACC Championship game. ESPN analyst and former college football head coach Lou Holtz weighed in on the game – and predicts a big result in the game.On The Crowd’s Line College Football Show with Lou Holtz & Mark May, the two veteran analysts gave their picks. Unsurprisingly, both picked Clemson – and both predicted the Tigers to win big.“I think Florida State has good talent,” Holtz said. “If their offensive line shows up and compete with Clemson’s defensive line, they have a chance but I don’t think it’s gonna happen. Even though it’s at Florida State, and let’s remember this, Florida State is really fighting for a bowl game… I look for Clemson to prevail 38-17.”May predicted the Tigers would win 46-21.WEEK 9 – Lou Holtz and Mark May Breakdown Clemson vs Florida State from The Crowd’s Line on Vimeo.The Tigers have scored 27+ points in every one of their seven wins this season, while allowing seven or fewer four times. Beating them will be a huge ask for the Seminoles.The winner of the Clemson-Florida State game has won the ACC Atlantic Division in each of the last nine seasons.Additionally, the two teams have combined to win each of the last seven ACC Championship Games.last_img read more

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  • Cashhandling machines being upgraded to handle new 10 Viola Desmond bills

    first_imgTORONTO — Hundreds of thousands of cash-handling machines across the country have had to be upgraded to handle Canada’s distinctive new $10 bill, featuring a vertical portrait of Nova Scotia civil rights advocate Viola Desmond, while some others still awaiting changes are rejecting the distinctive banknotes.Ensuring vending and other machines can read the new polymer note requires a software upgrade for each device.Spencer Baxter, owner of Value Vending Services in Nova Scotia, said his 125 devices simply won’t accept the new bills. Upgrading them all, which he has yet to get a chance to do, costs about $10 each excluding driving and labour time to get to the machines at various locations.“It’s time and money,” Baxter said from Halifax. “Each time they change them, we need to upgrade.”Since their introduction in mid-November, the Bank of Canada has made 19.6 million of the new notes available to financial institutions and almost 16.9 million of those are now considered to be in circulation. By contrast, a total of 158 million $10 notes were in circulation at the end of November, the central bank said.“With about half a million cash-handling machines of various types in use across Canada, it stands to reason that they won’t all accept this note from the day it begins to circulate,” said Rebecca Spence, a spokeswoman for the Bank of Canada. “In that case, the bank’s advice is: If a $10 note featuring Viola Desmond is not accepted by a cash-handling machine, try using the previous regular circulating note instead.”Metrolinx, the Toronto area’s regional transit agency, said it knew the new bills would be an issue for its Presto and other machines used for purchasing rides on buses, subways and commuter trains.Most devices have already been reprogrammed, said Anne Marie Aikins, senior media manager with the transit agency. The upgrades, she said, are simply the cost of doing business in an increasingly automated society.“The beautiful $10 bill is vertical in its image, which has thrown off vending machines,” she said. “We have to make sure they’re all updated. It’s not a huge deal. It’s just a matter of getting to them.”The new bill, with its suite of security features, appears to have provoked less of an outcry than the introduction in 2011 of the polymer notes that replaced the old cotton-paper banknotes, or the lighter loonies and toonies produced by the mint in 2012. In those cases, some vending-machine operators complained they were ill prepared for the change and were forced to mollify unhappy customers and spend time and money fixing machines that refused to recognize the new currency.The Bank of Canada said it had been working with financial institutions and equipment manufacturers to minimize the impact of the new $10 bill on the cash-handling industry. The note, the bank said, keeps the machine-readable features of Canada’s other polymer notes and is printed on the same material.The bank also said it provided test notes in advance to equipment manufacturers to help ensure machine readiness.In addition, with the gradual roll-out, relatively few of the bills have so far made their way into public wallets and purses and then into machines. That has helped create breathing room for owners and operators to reprogram their devices.“People, like me, I got my first one and I’m keeping it,” said Aikins. “By the time (the bill) gets broadly into circulation, the fix will be in.”Chris Stegehuis, president of the Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association, said the introduction of the Viola Desmond bill appears to have gone more smoothly.“There was new software required for our bill validators, as is expected with any coinage or bill change,” Stegehuis said. “No problem with it at all.”Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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  • Sandi Patty To Judge Water4 Foundation Photo Contest

    first_imgBeginning this week, Oklahoma based charity Water4 Foundation is inviting Facebook friends, Twitter and Instagram followers and Pinterest pinners to express their gratitude for the free flowing water they are fortunate enough to enjoy by uploading personal photos and videos which express the answer to the question, What Does Water Mean to You?For each photo submitted, a generous donor has pledged to make a contribution of $5 in the submitter’s name to Water4. Further, anyone, including a submitter, who makes a $5 donation to Water4 during the contest, which will run until midnight on December 31st, will have their $5 donation matched by the same donor.Water4 co-founders Richard and Terri Greenly and Grammy Award winning Christian singer and Water4 supporter Sandi Patty will choose the best three photo submissions. The three photo contest winners will each receive the honor of having a well dug and a pump installed and named for their families. Also, each of the winners will receive 4 hand-crafted fair trade bracelets purchased from women in Dehli, India to share with their family members.In 1901, Water4 Co-Founder Terri Greenly’s great grandmother won a dry plot of land in the lottery, instilling in the family the importance of having access to fresh water and leading them to learn how to pump their own. They went on to use their knowledge and experience in the water well industry to help address the world water crisis and in 2008, RIchard and Terri Greenly founded Water4 to endeavor to end the world water crisis. Most Americans are blessed with clean water today, but every 22 seconds around the world a child dies from preventable water-related disease.“Terri and I are thrilled to host this contest to raise awareness and support for Water4 and for the solution to the little known, worst crisis of humanity, the lack of clean drinking water to the bottom billion in the world. For the first time in history, this solution to fixing the world’s water crisis (4000+ child deaths per day) is within our grasp,” says Richard Greenly, Co-Founder of Water4.“It is an honor for me to co-host this contest with Richard and Terri Greenly and Water4 and to help bring attention to this issue which is important to every person on this planet,” adds Sandi Patty. “Water4 offers a simple and sustainable solution to the water crisis by not just getting clean water to people but by teaching them to get clean water to themselves. The holiday season gives us the chance to give back and show how grateful we are for the good fortune with which we have been graced, to do something to help those who haven’t been as lucky as we.”For more information, visit www.water4.org.last_img read more

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  • Justice minister Chosen Man of the Year 2014 by Maroc Hebdo

    Rabat – Justice and Liberties Minister Mustapha Ramid was chosen “Man of the Year 2014” by Moroccan weekly “Maroc Hebdo International” for his great person, integrity and honesty, as well as for the major reforms carried out in the justice sector.The weekly chose Ramid for his great person, integrity and honesty, as well as for the major reforms carried out to ensure an independent and competent justice system since it is the State’s most strategic and sensitive sector, said Maroc Hebdo in a statement.The justice minister chaired with know-how the high authority in charge of the national dialogue on the reform of the judiciary, set up by HM King Mohammed VI in 2012, it added. Ramid made sure that all components from across the political spectrum, trade unions and civil society are duly represented in the newly-created body, it noted.This political will was reinforced by the royal letter to the World Forum on Human Rights, on Nov. 27-30, 2014, which was read out by Ramid, the same source recalled. read more

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  • Morocco Still Dependent on Coal for Energy Production Apicorp

    Rabat – Morocco still depends to a large extent on coal for its energy production, confirms Apicorp Energy Research in its latest monthly report, which sheds light on the energy mix in the MENA region.By placing coal at the heart of its diversification strategy, Morocco made itself an exception as the only country in a predominantly petroleum region that devotes great importance to coal. This orientation often goes unnoticed, according to Apicorp Energy Research, which states that the kingdom’s use of coal is often obscured by major solar and wind projects.Until 2015, coal accounted for 31 percent of the Moroccan energy mix. The research firm revealed in its publication that imported gas and oil account for 22 and 20 percent respectively of domestic energy production, while water and wind are constitute only 15 and 10 percent. Despite a sharp rise of the use of solar energy in energy production, it barely reached 2 percent of the national total. However, Apicorp Energy Research states that “there is every reason to believe that this percentage will increase, taking into account the future development of photovoltaic projects.”To supply its coal needs, the kingdom is still critically dependent on imports, and Morocco is currently strengthening its infrastructure with the construction of new facilities dedicated to import and production.According to Apicorp Energy Research, the total energy production capacity in 2016 reached 9GW, and is expected to increase to nearly 12GW by 2021.Currently, the kingdom has three coal-fired power stations with a total capacity of about 2.5GW, in addition to the two projects carried out in the cities of Safi and Jerada with a combined capacity of 1.7GW.“If existing facilities require coal imports of more than 11 million tonnes per year, the two plants under construction will require additional quantities of approximately 7.8 mt/y,” notes the firm. The contribution of the first Safi unit owned by the Engie. Nareva, and Mitsui consortiums will amount to 1.4GW, as soon as it is commissioned in 2018. The second project of the Jerada power station, built by the Chinese SEPCO, which is expected to be commissioned this year, has a capacity of 318MW.On a global scale, coal continues to dominate the global energy mix. In 2014, its share accounted for 41 percent of energy production worldwide, while gas and renewable energy accounted for 22 and 6 percent.Compared to 2000, when the share of coal was 39 percent, d that of gas was 18 percent, and renewable energy 2 percent, this represents a considerable increase, considering the importance given to renewable energies.Nevertheless, this trend can not persist, believes the firm. “Global efforts to replace coal with gas and renewable energy will have their intended effect. A downward trend in the share of coal in electricity generation is thus inevitable.” read more

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  • DPR Korea UN agencies to vaccinate millions against deadly measles outbreak

    14 March 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) today began a campaign in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), to immunize 6 million children against measles, after the deadly disease broke out last November, affecting 3,500 people and killing two adults and two infants. This first phase of the immunization campaign is being funded by UNICEF and will target children aged 6 months to 15 years. The second phase, planned to start on 10 April, will be funded jointly by UNICEF, WHO and other donors and will aim to reach around 10 million people, aged 16 to 45. In total over 16 million people will be vaccinated.“Measles is highly contagious, but completely preventable,” said UNICEF’s representative in the DPRK Gopalan Balagopal. “For this campaign to be successful we must ensure that every child at risk of measles is properly vaccinated.” Spread through the air, measles is one of the most contagious diseases known.The total cost of the mass immunization will be approximately $6.3 million with the Government covering all operating costs, estimated at an additional $2.5 million. A joint technical team consisting of four experts from UNICEF and WHO are currently in the DPRK to assist in the planning and implementation of the campaign.Since the first measles cases surfaced last November, the disease has been diagnosed in 30 of the DPRK’s 204 counties, while the latest data indicates that 40 per cent of cases are among 11 to 19-year olds and nine per cent among children under the age of five, according to UNICEF and the WHO.After the DPRK Ministry of Public Health declared a nationwide measles outbreak on 16 February, representatives from the public health ministry, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, UNICEF and WHO met in Pyongyang to plan their response.As a result of scaled-up national immunization campaigns in Africa and Asia, worldwide measles deaths have fallen from an estimated 873,000 in 1999 to an estimated 345,000 in 2005 – a 60 per cent reduction globally. Despite this progress, measles still remains a leading cause of vaccine-preventable death among children. read more

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  • Record number of people make perilous journey to Yemen UN reports

    Fleeing conflict, poverty and drought, more than 74,000 people – a record number – from the Horn of Africa risked their lives this year to make the treacherous journey across the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea to begin their lives anew in Yemen, the United Nations refugee agency said today.This figure is up a staggering 50 per cent from the 50,000 arrivals last year, Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.Refugees and migrants travel in smugglers’ boats under harrowing conditions, he noted. “In some cases they are beaten, raped, killed or just thrown overboard into the shark-infested waters.”The often overloaded and rickety boats sometimes capsize, drowning those on board.Latest UNHCR statistics show that 309 people lost their lives in 2009, while nearly 600 died in 2008, as they tried to reach Yemen.“The mixed migration route through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea is presently the busiest and the deadliest one in the world,” Mr. Mahecic said.While Somalis have comprised the majority of the arrivals in previous years, the number of Ethiopians reaching Yemen has doubled from last year to more than 42,000, while the number of Somalis has remained steady at around 32,000.Virtually all Somalis aim to reach the two reception centres at Mafyaa and Ahwar before traveling to Sana’a and Aden, while most Ethiopians seek job opportunities in Gulf nations.Upon arriving in Yemen, all Somali nationals are automatically recognized as refugees by Yemeni authorities. The country currently hosts 150,000 Somali refugees.People with other nationalities, including Ethiopians, who want to apply for asylum must do so under the refugee status determination procedure carried out by UNHCR.This year, most Ethiopians did not approach the reception centres because they did not intend to apply for asylum. “However, we believe that some of them may have avoided approaching the centres, fearing arrest and detention as those who do not apply for asylum and are found to be in the country illegally could end up in Yemeni detention and are ultimately deported,” Mr. Mahecic said.UNHCR has not had systematic access to Ethiopians detained in Yemen for entering the country illegally, and has been expressing its serious concern over the continued detention and deportation of Ethiopians, who are not allowed to contact UNHCR, with authorities. 18 December 2009Fleeing conflict, poverty and drought, more than 74,000 people – a record number – from the Horn of Africa risked their lives this year to make the treacherous journey across the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea to begin their lives anew in Yemen, the United Nations refugee agency said today. read more

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  • Maldivians arrested for flying drone over BIA released

    The four Maldivian arrested in Sri Lanka on Saturday, for operating a drone over a high-security zone, have been released, RaajjeMV reported.While President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrived in Colombo on Sunday to attend the country’s Independence Day celebrations, RaajjeMV understands that they were released that night. They were arrested for flying the drone and video-graphing the area at the Katunayake, Bandaranaike International Airport, without the required approval. While the four are between the ages of 19 and 23, among them is a female.In Sri Lanka, a permit from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is required before operating a drone. The permit can only be approved after the confirmation by the country’s defence ministry. A separate permit must be obtained to operate drone flights at night time. While they were to be produced to the Negombo Magistrate’s Court for a remand hearing on Sunday, it is not clear if they were released through court. read more

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  • UN envoy urges Chad not to expel Sudanese refugees

    As violence intensified in Chad and its Government threatened to expel hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees who fled fighting in the troubled Darfur region of their country, a senior United Nations envoy today called on all parties to resolve their disputes at the negotiation table while protecting those in need of humanitarian assistance.“Forcing refugees who are the victims of previous conflicts to flee again in the course of the current conflict, which is not of their making, would result in great additional suffering for them,” said Jan Pronk, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative to Sudan, voicing deep concern about increased violence in Chad.“It would also violate international humanitarian law,” he said in a statement released in Khartoum.Mr. Pronk made his comments after the Government of Chad threatened to expel about 200,000 refugees from Sudan’s troubled Darfur region.He called upon the N’Djamena Government to abide by its international obligations to secure the full protection and well being of all refugees on its territories. The statement also called on all parties to solve their political disputes through diplomatic means as well as negotiations.“Peace in Chad and Sudan is essential for the region as a whole,” Mr. Pronk said. The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which is in the lead on the logistical side of the world body’s massive relief operations in Chad, reported on Thursday that all non-essential staff as well as personnel of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were being evacuated in response to rising violence in the country. Nearly 150 people were evacuated from N’Djamena, where the Government and rebels clashed. Aid operations continue in Chad, where the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and other organizations are caring for not only 200,000 Sudanese refugees but also 40,000 people who fled the Central African Republic (CAR). read more

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  • Most actively traded companies on the TSX

    Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 23, 2015 2:55 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 23, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,382.38, down 51.11 points):Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Down 1.5 cents, or 4.92 per cent, to 29 cents on 17.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down two cents, or 1.59 per cent, to $1.24 on 6.2 million shares.Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX:IVN). Miner. Up four cents, or 6.45 per cent, to 66 cents on 5.5 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 36 cents, or 3.49 per cent, to $10.67 on four million shares.Bankers Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:BNK). Oil and gas. Up seven cents, or 4.24 per cent, to $1.72 on 3.7 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 28 cents, or 5.81 per cent, to $4.54 on 3.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (TSX:MBT). Telecommunications. Up $1.56, or 5.46 per cent, to $30.15 on 642,204 shares. MBT has reached an agreement to sell its Allstream subsidiary to Boulder, Colo.,-based Zayo Group Holdings Inc. in a $465-million cash deal that analysts said will allow the Manitoba company to focus on its core business. Allstream provides Internet and other services to commercial and government customers and the U.S.-listed Zayo says it wants to add the company’s assets to its own communications infrastructure business.RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:REI.UN). Real estate. Down 34 cents, or 1.34 per cent, to $25.12 on 479,852 shares. RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust has reached a deal with Target Corp. regarding leases the retailer disclaimed as part of its retreat from the Canadian market. The REIT says Target has paid $132 million, including $92 million which belongs to RioCan, under the agreement. read more

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  • UN chief discusses Ukraine other key issues with senior regional officials

    Mr. Ban reiterated to Sergey Lavrov that all parties must comply with the unanimous adoption of Security Council Resolution 2202 (2015). Last week, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the 13-point accord on ending the Ukraine crisis agreed in Minsk – including a cease-fire – and called on all parties to the conflict to fully implement that cessation of hostilities, as the UN human rights office expressed concern over reported shelling and trapped civilians in the country’s east. Through the resolution, the 15-member Council endorsed the ‘Package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements,’ which was adopted and signed in Minsk on 12 February. That agreement was annexed to the resolution. It stated that the immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions went into effect on 15 February, 12 a.m. local time Sunday, 15 February.Measures outlined in the text also included the withdrawal of all foreign armed formations, military equipment and mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine under the monitoring of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as well as the disarmament of all illegal groups.Today, the Secretary-General and Foreign Minister Lavrov also discussed the situations in Libya and Yemen, as well as the need for a comprehensive international response to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Mr. Ban and Mr. Lavrov also exchanged views on Syria and compared notes on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2199 (2015). Also today, Mr. Ban met with Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Serbia, in his capacity as Chairperson-in-Office (CiO) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Mr. Ban and Mr. Dacic discussed the UN-OSCE partnership as well as the situation in Ukraine, Nagorno-Karabakh and the Balkans. During those talks, the UN chief expressed his commitment to supporting the OSCE’s efforts in Ukraine and to strengthening the UN-OSCE partnership. Mr. Dacic is expected to brief the Security Council tomorrow on the Serbian OSCE Chairmanship’s priorities and the OSCE’s cooperation with the United Nations. read more

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  • Automotive Academy making great strides – SMMT survey

    Welcoming the survey, Academy chief executive Dr Alan Begg said, ‘This is great recognition for the Academy. We are driven for our industry, by our industry, so will continue to deliver what motor manufacturers and suppliers need – globally competitive automotive training to help increase our competitiveness and productivity. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ latest automotive industry survey shows that the Academy is successfully establishing itself as a vital organisation in raising skills, competitiveness and productivity in the sector. ‘With 2006 fast approaching, we need automotive companies to make a New Year resolution to get the very best training available – Academy training. ‘Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) In the survey – ‘Automotive manufacturing – the industry perspective’ – 66 per cent of companies knew about the Academy – an increase of 34 per cent in the last 12 months. Looking to the future, 56 per cent of respondents said that the Academy would have a direct influence on their business in the coming years. The Academy was identified as being key to addressing the UK’s skills gaps in automotive manufacturing by a staggering 89 per cent of respondents. read more

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