Two MICA students drown at Candolim

first_imgPANAJI: Two students of the Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA), drowned at Candolim in north coastal Goa in the early hours of Thursday, after they were dragged inwards by the current. The students have been identified as Gurram Chenchu Sai (25) from Andhra Pradesh and Anuja Susan Paul (23) from Chennai. Around 8.15 a.m. on Thursday, a fisherman near the Sinquerim tower spotted a body floating around 100 metres out at sea and immediately alerted Drishti Lifeguards. The body was retrieved and after the intervention of the Calangute police, associate professor Pravin Mishra from MICA identified the body as that of Gurram Chenchu. It was later handed over to the police. Mr. Mishra and faculty member Nitesh Mohanty informed the police that they and 47 students had come to Goa on a five-day study trip. Around 3 a.m., seven students from the group headed to Candolim beach and ventured into the sea. Anuja was found unconscious minutes after the incident. She was immediately shifted to the Candolim Primary Health Centre, where she was declared dead on arrival. Girish Padlotkar from the Calangute police station said the bodies were sent to the State-owned Goa Medical College Hospital for post mortem.Drishti Lifeguards, which mans the coastal belt, issued an advisory cautioning beach-goers from wading into the sea in unsafe situations, and especially after sunset.last_img read more

Vanguardia rues Rice’s 3rd quarter explosion in Phoenix loss to TNT

first_imgAriel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia couldn’t help but watch Glen Rice Jr. put up hotter flames than the Fuel Masters could muster when they lost to TNT, 110-103, Friday in the PBA Governors’ Cup. Rice scored 38 points to lead the KaTropa but eviscerated Phoenix for 20 points alone in the third quarter and that explosion helped TNT take an 86-79 over the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We put multiple defenders on him, and we forced him to drive because we know that he can shoot,” said Vanguardia at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “But today he was on attack mode and we weren’t able to a good job when he attacked.”Rice went 1-of-3 from beyond the arc and just one attempt from mid-range, and the he converted 13 of his 20 shots from inside the paint.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 shutoutAnd if Rice got trapped inside, his next move was to kick out to open teammates for jumpers.Vanguardia said they could’ve held on to their slim lead after the first half, 49-46, if they managed to at least slow Rice and TNT down in the third quarter. Read Next MOST READ Phoenix import Brown: ‘We’re not a well-respected team’ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIEScenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Phoenix did score 30 points in the penultimate period, a highly respectable mark, but the KaTropa put up 40.“TNT scored 40 points on the third and if not for that explosion in the third quarter it would’ve been better for us because we were leading in the half,” said Vanguardia whose team now sits with a 2-6 record, and riding a six-game skid. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

Second autopsy done, Swami Nigamanand buried in Haridwar

first_imgNigamanand died on June 13, 115 days into his fast to save the Ganga.Swami Nigamanand, who died while fasting to save the Ganga from illegal mining, was on Thursday buried at his ashram in Haridwar after a second post-mortem.A four-member team of doctors called by Haridwar District Magistrate R. Meenakshi Sundaram performed the second post-mortem to dispel doubts that Nigamanand was poisoned.Nigamanand died in Dehradun on Monday after a 115-day against illegal mining on the Ganga banks. He was in the same hospital where yoga guru Baba Ramdev was admitted during his fast against corruption. A pathology report had hinted that he could have been poisoned.Nigamanand’s family had laid claim on his body but Sundaram issued them a letter blocking the request. Sundaram argued that Nigamanand was a sanyasi and the first right over his body was that of the ashram he belonged to.The family had made a desperate claim for Nigamanand’s body. His father had even threatened self-immolation.The ashram Nigamanand was associated had hurled allegations at his family. Swami Shivanand of Matri Sadan accused the family of trying to use Nigamanand’s death for personal benefits. He pointed out that the swami had been estranged from his family since 2002.”They have been barred from coming to the ashram since 2002. This is the reason why they did not come to meet him at the hospital and if they were really concerned, why didn’t they come and see him when he was in a coma?” asked Shivanand. For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

CWG scam: CAG report blames PMO for giving Kalmadi free hand

first_imgCWG OC chairman Suresh KalmadiThe Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Commonwealth Games (CWG) fiasco has blamed the prime minister’s office (PMO) for appointing Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi as the chief of its organising committee (OC), sources told Headlines Today on Tuesday.The report, which is yet to be tabled, holds the PMO responsible for overturning the 2004 decision of the Group of Ministers (GoM) to appoint the then sports minister as the head of the OC, sources added. Kalmadi was only supposed to be the vice-chairman of the OC.The CAG report claims that the PMO gave full reins to Kalmadi on expenses, enabling him to decide on the expenditure for CWG projects. The report says Kalmadi had control over nearly Rs 2,000 crore that was placed at the disposal of the OC.Besides the money directly controlled by the OC, the report says, Kalmadi had a major say in all infrastructure and other projects related to CWG. Many of these projects have been under scrutiny for shoddy construction, inflated costs and rigged tenders.Kalmadi was arrested on April 25 for his alleged role in awarding a Games contract to a Swiss firm at an exorbitant rate.last_img read more

I dont mind on-court rivalry between Sindhu and Saina: Gopi

first_imgKolkata, May 9 (PTI) National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand does not mind the fierce on-court rivalry between two Olympic medalists Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu as long as it works as a tool of improvement for both the shuttlers. “If it helps the performance get better, I am happy,” Gopichand said at the book launch of A History of Indian Sport through 100 Artefacts by Boria Majumdar. Saina and Sindhu were in action yesterday when they teamed up for their employers Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) in a doubles rubber at the 38th PSPB inter-unit badminton championship in Bangalore. Although the PV Sindhu-Saina Nehwal pair went down fighting against doubles specialist pair of N Sikki Reddy and Aparna Balan, the handful of spectators present witnessed a rare partnership between the arch-rivals. Sindhu-Saina has earlier teamed up to play doubles in Uber Cup. “Saina has had some good performances. She is on her way to recovery, hope she comes back stronger,” Gopi came to her former wards defence when asked about her poor form. “We have the World Championships coming up. That will be a good tournament to win. Overall, we will have an Olympic medal activity. Every year, the World Championships and the All England will be the two most prized positions along with the other Super Series events.” Having tasted bronze in London and a silver in Rio, Gopichand hoped Tokyo has better results in store for India. “There is still time. Its been a tough journey till now and it will get more tougher because the benchmarks have gone higher. I hope that we will be able to achieve better results next time than what we did last time.” Looking back at his journey with Sindhu, he said: “In 2010, I came back from the Asian Games, Sindhu barely managed to win Sub-junior Nationals. I realised I was not really focussing much on her. I asked her to turn up at 4.15 am so I get an hour with her.” The Olympic medal is reward for six years of hardwork. “Its that seven years of consistent effort, that conviction that has yielded the result. I am so grateful about it.” He further spoke about how sports in India can grow by making it “system-supported, coach-led and athlete-centric”. “For any sport to come up in India, it should be system- supported, coach-led and athlete-centric… It is always people first, programmes next. Infrastructure and facilities come third. “But we often start with infrastructure first and thats why we have had great stadiums without any players being produced. But if we have great coaches, we do not need great facilities to produce players,” Gopichand who had placed India on top in badminton with his success with Saina and then Sindhu said. Gopicand further lamented that Indian are a very administrative driven at many places. “Sometimes when players become successful, the development initiative becomes successful athlete led. Again successful athlete-centric programmes turn out to be disasters.” Asked about his daughter Gayatri, who won a double crown in Junior Grand Prix in Jakarta, Gopichand said: “It is too early to say if she (Gayatri) is the next best thing. She is good but its too early but I am happy she enjoys the sport.” Gopichand held out hope for the reigning womens national champion Rituparna Das. “She (Rituparna) is in the top-50 (in the world). It is a good position to be behind Saina and Sindhu. She is the next highest ranked players in the country. There is still time when she can reach the top ten in the world. I am sure she is somebody who is working hard and will have success in the future,” the national coach concluded. PTI TAP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Belgium tops Cyprus 3-0 in opening World Cup qualifier

first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — After a disappointing exit from the European Championship, Belgium began its bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup under new coach Roberto Martinez with a 3-0 victory over Cyprus on Tuesday.Striker Romelu Lukaku scored a goal in each half as the talent-packed team looked determined to shake off its underachiever tag.Belgium had gone into Euro 2016 in France as a title favorite, but lost 3-1 to Wales in the quarterfinals. The Red Devils were the favorites on Tuesday, and this time Lukaku delivered.He headed home the opener in the 13th minute after Cyprus goalkeeper Konstantinos Panagi had parried a low shot from Thomas Meunier. In the 61st, Lukaku netted his second of the night, his 19th international goal.Yannick Carrasco rounded off the scoring nine minutes from time, before substitute Michy Batshuayi had a last-minute penalty kick saved by Panagi.Elsewhere, there were convincing victories too for Belgium’s Group H rivals Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bayern Munich open to Boateng offers

first_imgTransfers Bayern Munich open to Boateng offers Tom Webber 01:23 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JeromeBoateng - Cropped Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Germany World Cup Bundesliga Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted that the Germany international could be heading for the exits Jerome Boateng could be heading for the exit at Bayern Munich after chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the Bundesliga champions are open to offers.Boateng last month admitted he was considering leaving Bayern to once more test himself abroad, having endured a disappointing 2010-11 season at Manchester City.City’s arch rivals Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Germany international, and Rummenigge confirmed the club will not stop him from seeking a departure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “His thoughts about leaving Bayern still exist, as his agent has told me,” Rummenigge told Sport Bild.”We know that this topic might be approaching. When a club is interested and Jerome says that he wants to join this club, we will consider it.”I don’t hide the fact that we have a financial threshold, but it won’t be low for sure. But I know that Jerome is thinking about leaving.”Boateng has struggled with injuries over the past three seasons and missed the end of Bayern’s campaign due to a hamstring issue, but he was still included in Joachim Low’s Germany squad for the World Cup.Low said that Boateng does not appear distracted by his future and is focused on helping Germany defend their title in Russia.”I haven’t heard about that, I didn’t read anything and I don’t care at all what happens after the tournament,” Low said of Boateng’s future.”There have always been situations where players change their team after a tournament. During a tournament there are situations with clubs that create interest around certain players.”What I can say after the training sessions is that Boateng worked incredibly hard. He worked hard on his fitness levels when he came back on the first day of training, he made an incredibly good impression and also since then.”last_img read more

AN INNOVATION SUPERPOWER

first_imgIn 1996, two friends – an American and a Russian – collaborated for a project in computer software designing while pursuing their PhD at Stanford University, USA. They chose their area of enquiry as ‘search’, which was a common phenomenon by then; yet, it was here where the drive of doing something new with existing resources arose in these students. While most other organisations focussed on connections through pages (with respect to search), the two Stanford students focussed on undertaking search through the linkage of keywords. The project ultimately blossomed into an idea which became the bedrock of a conglomerate known as Alphabet, the parent company of Google. These two students, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, are now among the richest people in the world. Also Read – A race against timeCoincidentally, Google today is being managed by Sundar Pichai who has acquired most of his education, including an undergraduate degree, from India. Not only Pichai – another most valuable firm, Microsoft, whose market valuation is hovering around trillion dollars, is also being managed by an Indian, Satya Nadella, who too completed most of his education here.Despite several people of Indian origin heading top multinational companies, there is a pervasive critique of how our educational institutions have failed to mould leaders who can run successful enterprises with resounding ideas. As India dreams to become a five-trillion-economy by 2024, top echelons running our country now realise the importance of ushering policy measures that will rethink the existing education policy. It is now being cognized that we must move beyond successful implementation of already tested ideas and allow students to take risks and develop new ideas. Also Read – A Golden LootRealising the relevance of opportunities and challenges in pressing for innovation, NITI Aayog came up with Atal Tinkering Labs. Financed by Government of India, around 3,000 educational institutions, mostly operated by the government, have been incorporated into it. The labs have been provided with faculties of Artificial Intelligence, 3-D printing, robotics and even space technology. There are over 60,000 students across standards sixth to twelfth that have access to these labs. According to official data, there are already 600 patents that have been applied for by students on new innovations conducted by them. The central government may have set an ambitious target of spurring a new culture of innovation among students. In an era that is going to be dominated by the knowledge economy, even the government has realised the importance of creating new businesses with previously unthought ideas, technology and business models. Even as India is among the few countries that have made notable strides in building and nurturing startups, over the years, corresponding challenges and difficulties have also multiplied. According to an Oxfam study, there is a greater likelihood of only one out of ten startups succeeding. Under Atal Innovation Scheme there are plans to create 40 per cent such startups that are not only restricted to digital technology but also venture into health, education and green energy. It is important to note that experiments and research are not as actively practised in our educational institutions as would be desirable. But now, breaking tradition, a number of esteemed educational institutions in the country are coming up with breakthrough inventions. At the recent TechEx exhibition forum held at IIT-Delhi, several inventions carrying the power to significantly alter future were on display. IIT-Delhi exhibited an artificial skin that could treat artificial burns. In fact, it consisted of polymer that ensured resistance against marks and scars. IIT-Gandhinagar exhibited an automatic aerosol fire extinguisher which can sense the outbreak of fire by monitoring temperature or gas. Once it crosses the threshold, the aerosol-based fire is triggered, thus extinguishing fire. Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, on the other hand, came up with painless needles. These are some of the numbered innovations being conducted – challenges remain in the scale of such discoveries, which are still not as proliferate as desired. Taking cognizance of these many challenges, the Centre announced that over one million startups will be created for the discoveries that are emerging in our educational institutions. To ensure that there is enough capital for innovations and experiments, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has already announced an exorbitant sum of Rs 1 lakh crore that will be spent on higher education in three years from 2019 to 2022. Further, announcements have promised investment towards teachers and mentors and, if necessary, the most reputed teachers of the world will be invited to Indian universities to impart knowledge. Criticised primarily for bureaucratising education policies in universities, the central government has also taken a step towards making IIMs completely independent. This would vest power in the management to not only appoint its own board but also fix the institution’s own syllabus and curriculum. The central government has also accelerated the process of listing our country’s universities among the top universities of the world. For this, the government is also ensuring that private universities are considered and recognised among the best. Despite ambitious motives, scepticism prevails on how the government continues to tackle higher education. Most critics have highlighted that the Centre is succumbing to World Trade Organisation (WTO) – rather than subsidising education and making it available to all, it is corporatising education, making it more expensive and restricting it to only a handful. Debates and protests have continued while the government has failed to find direction in truly reforming higher education. Higher education for long has been a tool for securing better employment prospects rather than being a tool for intellectual development or for pursuing excellence in innovation. Unemployment among the youth today is fast resulting in our demographic dividend converting into a demographic liability. Amid this, higher education is again being perceived as a money-making machine where degrees are seen as assured golden steps toward achieving better prospects of individual growth only. This has resulted in greater demand and more expensive educational degrees. Now, rather than focusing only on educational degrees, a shift is emerging towards developing skills among the youth and improving employment prospects. Most universities are now also providing degrees on vocational courses. Haryana, among the most deprived in educational excellence, in its state budget, has allocated a sizeable amount to universities that are opened specifically for developing skills. Further, several difficulties continue to paralyse primary education where the initial stages of learning are imparted among students. Despite a parliamentary law on Right to Education (RTE), there have been complaints that top private educational institutions tend to deny admission to the financially weak and to those from among the urban poor. If private institutions are blamed for elitism, government educational institutions have been critiqued for succumbing to the challenge of developing even basic standards of imparting quality education. The massive improvement that Delhi government has brought in its public schools along with the laudable academic results in Kendriya Vidyalayas show that public institutions, with correct guidance and leadership, can well compete with private schools. In July 2018, Delhi government added a new element to its schools. Realising the stress and pressure that students and teachers endure, a separate course on happiness was introduced. Students and teachers were encouraged to move beyond the world of theoretical learning and an impetus was given to extracurricular activities like sports, music and creative skills. The success of the happiness curriculum in Delhi schools can provide one solution to the many problems that are today plaguing school students. For long, the Indian education system has focussed on an examination-driven model where written exams and success in subjects like Mathematics and Science is forced upon students. It is ultimately a combination of marks that decides a student’s admission to top universities – and, with every passing year, the staggering cut-offs across colleges in the country prove the futility of this very disturbing trend that is manufacturing professionals without any improvement in faculties of thought and creativity. National Education Policy (NEP), 2019, aims to reduce the syllabus and make our education system less examination-centric. It has been suggested in the formal draft that rather than imparting knowledge only through books, creative skills of the youth should be enhanced. In 1965, former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri coined the term Jai Jawan, Jai Kisaan (hail the soldier, hail the farmer). As the nation has progressed over the years, two new terms have been coined: Jai Vigyaan, Jai Anusandhaan (hail science, hail research). A sincere attempt towards this end can allow India to become an encompassing innovation superpower.last_img read more

Canadian athletes get ready for Sochi

first_imgAPTN National NewsCanadian athletes are getting ready to head to Russia for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.Among them is Caroline Calvé.She’s an alpine snowboarder with three World Cup victories.APTN’s Danielle Rochette met her in her hometown of Lachine near Montreal.last_img

Promise of minimum income for poor is Congs surgical strike on poverty

first_imgJaipur: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday termed his party’s promise of minimum guaranteed income to the poorest 20 per cent households a “surgical strike on poverty” and said nobody should be poor in 21st century India. Addressing a rally in Suratgarh town of Ganganagar district, a day after declaring his party would roll out the scheme if voted to power, Gandhi alleged that Prime Minster Narendra Modi gave money to the rich and top industrialists of the country, but the Congress would serve the poor. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He said the promised minimum income scheme was a “big bang”. “Dhamaka hai ye…bomb fatega (It’s a big bang…a bomb will set off). This is a Congress’s surgical strike on poverty. They (the BJP) worked to eliminate the poor we will eliminate poverty,” Gandhi said. On helping the poor, he said, “We thought how it should be done. After discussion and brainstorming, we thought that there should be a minimum income line of Rs. 12,000 per month. Soon after formation of the Congress government in 2019, the minimum income line in India will be Rs 12,000 per month.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He alleged that poverty and unemployment increased under the Modi government. While the Congress-led UPA government lifted 14 crore people out of poverty, “Modi made them poor again”, he claimed. On Monday, Gandhi announced in New Delhi that Rs 72,000 per year will be given as minimum income to poor families, benefiting around 25 crore people, if his party is voted to power in Lok Sabha polls. “Nobody should be poor in the country in 21st century,” he told the Suratgarh rally Tuesday. He also alleged that the Modi government weakened the schemes and programmes such as MGNREGA and food security introduced by the UPA dispensation. “Whatever was done under the MGRENGA, food security and loan waiver by the UPA government, that all were finished by Narendra Modi. Poverty and unemployment increased in his rule,” he said. He said that top industrialists were helped by the government in “looting” the public money and their debt of Rs. 3.5 lakh were written off, but farm loans were not. The Congress chief continued his “chowkidar” barb at the PM. “During last elections, he promised jobs to two crore youths, Rs 15 lakh in every bank account. But no jobs were given and no money was transferred. He made tall promises. He spoke whatever came to his mind. He had asked public to not make him the prime minister but a chowkidar (watchman). But he never told that he will not be your chowkidar but a chowkidar of people like Anil Ambani,” he said. Gandhi said that all those who took away public money from banks were “helped” by the NDA government, PM Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and Union minister Arun Jaitley. All of them have looted public money, he charged. He also targeted the government over demonetisation and GST and asked if the note ban was announced to curb black money why nobody having such asset was seen in queue to covert the currency. Banks changed the black money through the back door, he alleged. Gandhi said that Shah’s son business of Rs 50,000 progressed to crores of rupees, tainted businessman Mehul Choksi transferred money to the bank account Jaitley’s daughter, and fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya met Jaitley in the parliament house before absconding. All these allegations have been refuted by the BJP and its leaders. The Congress president reiterated his allegation on the government over the Rafale deal, saying Modi helped Anil Ambani in getting the contract for manufacturing the plane despite the fact that he had no experience in making aircraft. These allegations have also been rejected by the government and Ambani. Rajasthan Chief minister Ashok Gehlot, deputy chief minister and Pradesh congress committee president Sachin Pilot and other senior leaders of the party were present at the rally.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon voices concern over report on child sexual abuse by peacekeepers

“The abuse of children by those sent to help is a significant and painful issue and one that UN peacekeeping has and will continue to address candidly, comprehensively and robustly,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson. “Even one incident is one incident too many.”He noted that the UN is committed to training and monitoring its civilian staff and working with troop and police contributing countries so that all personnel are trained in and are accountable for the highest standards of conduct.As the report cited, the UN has already taken several steps to address the problem, including setting up conduct and discipline units in all missions to boost training for all personnel.“We are determined to redouble our efforts in this regard and to work with all of our partners to implement fully our policy of zero tolerance of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel,” the statement said.The Secretary-General said that the UN will continue to depend on its troop and police contributing countries to investigate and discipline their national personnel found to have committed acts of misconduct – such as sexual exploitation and abuse – while serving in the world body’s operations.Despite having 200,000 peacekeepers, military police and civilians rotating through missions in over 20 locations worldwide, “we do not believe that it is plausible for anyone to claim they do not know what the standard is,” Jane Holl Lute, Assistant-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support (DFS), told reporters in New York today.She called for an intensification of messaging and boosting the responsibility of leadership in the field, along with improving investigative capacity.“But we’re not going to run peacekeeping though investigation and fear,” Ms. Holl Lute noted. “We’re going to run it on purpose and pride.”The Assistant-Secretary-General acknowledged that “a functioning, adequate investigative mechanism” is needed when allegations are brought, as the Save the Children report cited.Characterizing today’s report as “important,” she said that it not only draws attention to gaps – in particular, the weaknesses in the reporting system – that continue to exist, but also stresses that while some steps have been taken, more needs to be done.Ms. Holl Lute said that the recommendations made by Save the Children, including the creation of a global watchdog, have merit and will be taken very seriously. 27 May 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his deep concern over a new report issued by the non-governmental organization Save the Children (UK) that spotlights the under-reporting of child sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers and peacekeepers. read more

Annan welcomes decision by 4 countries to send transition team to Bougainville

The outgoing Bougainville Peace Monitoring Group is expected to leave the island – which fought a 10-year war of independence against the archipelago before a ceasefire was brokered in 1998 – on 30 June. The election of an autonomous government is expected to take place before the end of the year. “This decision demonstrates the continuing commitment of the countries in the region to support the desire of the people of Papua New Guinea, including Bougainville, for a peaceful and prosperous future,” UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said in a statement issued in New York.Mr. Annan was pleased the new transition team would continue to provide logistical and operational support to the UN Political Office in Bougainville (UNPOB), the spokesman added.

Another Eritrean UN staff member is detained by their country UN mission

Yet another Eritrean staff member serving with the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) has been detained by the Eritrean authorities, the mission monitoring the disputed border between the Horn of Africa countries said today.The move follows the release, earlier this month, of one of the 11 local UN staff members who have been detained by Eritrea. The mission has been awaiting a response from the Eritrean authorities to its letters asking why they had arrested the local staff members and expressing the hope that all of them would be released.The border dispute led to a war between the two countries in the late 1990s. A binding decision by the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission in 2002 awarded Badme – the town that triggered the bitter, two-year war – to Eritrea. Eritrea has become increasingly critical of the UN for not forcing Ethiopia to accept that demarcation and has subsequently restricted UNMEE’s movements by land and air.The mission added that the military situation in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) remained tense, with routine troop movements observed on both sides.UNMEE peacekeepers continued to provide medical assistance to the local population, along with supplies of water in bulk to civilian communities in the TSZ and adjacent areas. The communities received approximately 19,200 litres of water during the past week and the removal of land mines continued in the same areas. read more

Russian arrested in Spain over US election hacking

Mr Levashov’s arrest relates to alleged “hacking” of the US election last year(BBC) Spanish police have arrested a Russian programmer for alleged involvement in “hacking” the US election, Spanish press reports have said.Pyotr Levashov, arrested on 7 April in Barcelona, has now been remanded in custody.A “legal source” also told the AFP news agency that Mr Levashov was the subject of an extradition request by the US.The request is due to be examined by Spain’s national criminal court, the agency added.El Confidencial, a Spanish news website, has said that Mr Levashov’s arrest warrant was issued by US authorities over suspected “hacking” that helped Donald Trump’s campaign.Mr Levashov’s wife Maria also told Russian broadcaster RT that the arrest was made in connection with such allegations.Several cybersecurity experts, including Brian Krebs, have also linked Mr Levashov to a Russian spam kingpin, who uses the alias Peter Severa.Intelligence reportA US intelligence report released in January alleged that Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to help Mr Trump to victory.Mr Trump later commented that the outcome of the election had not been affected.The report said that Russia’s objectives were to “undermine public faith” in the US democratic process and “denigrate” Mr Trump’s Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.Russia’s efforts to this end allegedly included hacking into email accounts used by the Democratic National Committee; using intermediaries such as WikiLeaks to release hacked information; and funding social media users or “trolls” to make nasty comments.However, there were no details of Mr Putin’s alleged involvement with such interference in the report.Mr Putin has strongly denied allegations that Russia tried to influence the US election. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump mocks Russian hacking ‘conspiracy theory’December 12, 2016In “latest news”Obama: I warned Putin over hackingDecember 17, 2016In “latest news”Russia-US row: Putin rules out tit-for-tat expulsion of diplomatsDecember 30, 2016In “World” read more

The police helicopter pilot who wants to land in Oakleigh

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The dates for Victoria’s State election have been issued and the rival parties have already taken it to the road, selling their policies and trying to win over the voters. Neos Kosmos, keeping up with tradition, will cover this contest from all aspects, seeking through to the Greek heritage candidates and communicating their pleas to the voters. They will have the chance to express in their own words what they represent and offer to their constituents and the wider community of Victoria.What has motivated a police helicopter pilot to leave his law-enforcing role in order to take up a law-making one?“There were some government decisions including skyrail. I thought to myself that the government hasn’t properly consulted with the community that came together to voice its concerns. The response of the Premier at the time and it is recorded in Hansard was “those people who are standing in the way, can simply get out of our way.” The Oakleigh community does not just get out of anybody’s way, we are the demographic centre of Melbourne and we should be considered in these decisions, so we started to think about how can we make a change. Since then I have seen the crime situation in Victoria change for the worse. I was involved in the Bourke Street incident, where I saw police members not satisfied that they can do their job and be supported by the force command or by the Victorian government. That was the point where I thought I need to do something to change the situation and the best way for Oakleigh to make change is to change government,” says Andrew Edmonds, the Liberal candidate for Oakleigh.The 43-year-old, father of two and Tactical Flight Officer (Victoria Police helicopter pilot) is the grandchild of Theofanis Antoniadis. Edmonds found out recently that in 1939 before Antoniadis left the UK to fight in the war, him and his partner, Ivy Savine, gave their child (Andrew’s father) to a convent. Trevor, Theofanis’ son, was adopted later by the Edmonds family in London. “Thanks to my sister who investigated our ancestry I found out that I have Greek blood,” he adds after telling the story.His decision to run for the seat of Oakleigh is a courageous one. He knows the task is difficult but he is prepared to fight for it. Neos Kosmos gave him the chance to explain to the voters his opinions on key issues.Which do you think are the most important issues for your constituents?Oakleigh as a suburb has a unique identity and people who live work and play in here value that identity and their position in Melbourne. At the moment there are issues that I have heard from locals regarding their individual property rights, like the taxi issue where taxi licenses were revoked by the government without compensation.The community feels that they were not properly compensated that they were not properly brought along on the journey, they simply were told that your license now costs zero.There are issues of tenancy: a lot of Greek community members own investment properties and they want to have more of a say in the residential tenancy act, and how the property, they worked so hard for, should be considered in government decisions, and beyond that there are the issues of schools and how they are funded from the state government, traffic, congestion and the general cost of living and how can the state government help them in those areas.In terms of congestion, the first thing we need to do is to protect the neighbourhood residential zones in the area, to make sure that development happens where it should happen and not right across our different planning zones. Our streets, our schools, our hospitals are not at a point where they can cope with the bursting that we have seen from the approach of the Labor government.We need to help people to move freely in the area and we are going to remove the intersections at Warrigal and Dandenong roads, at Wellington road and Princess highway and fix up the Springvale junction as well as the one at Wellington and Springvale road. If we allowed the through traffic to be removed from those intersections people will move more freely.We will bring all stakeholders on board to properly and transparently consult with the community. That is so important.Cost of living is a big issue and there is no silver bullet to ease the cost of living; we will provide free school books for secondary school children or a discount for registration to young drivers. These are two examples of how we will tackle this issue. We will remove the moratorium on onshore gas exploration, and this doesn’t include fracking. We will also enter into a profit sharing arrangement with the farmers in that land so everybody benefits. So we will increase our supply and reduce cost overall.What do you offer to the Greek community within you electorate?There are local issues for the Greek Community of Oakleigh, like the upgrade of Oakleigh Grammar. It has been forgotten from the Labor government. The community have been asking the council, they have been asking their state member to help them with the congestion in the area and to help with the numbers of students that they have. An elected Matthew Guy government will commit $4.3 million to the Oakleigh Grammar school so that they can build an aquatic centre as well as $300,000, as part of the $4.3 million to build car-parking and a safe pick-up and drop-off area for families, so that congestion in that area can be resolved. This comes as a result of listening to the community.When it comes to taxi license holders, each of these licenses was bought under different conditions from different purchases and it is a very very complicated matter. What is true is that the courts found that these licenses were in fact property. So how that property is valued needs to be examined. I do not believe any numbers were discussed in the last meeting we had with the taxi license owners. What was discussed is that a trusted individual, in Jeff Kennett, will be placed as the head of the Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria, a new set up to examine what exactly has happened with each of these licenses and each one will be individually assessed to decide whether there was value, and at what level that value was, and at what level that compensation should be. It is a lot of work to go back and look into it but it is the fair thing.For what reasons do you think the voters should give you their vote?I think the community has started to become more familiar with their local representative, not because of the good work he has done but because of the questionable work that he has done. I am offering the people of the Oakleigh electorate honesty, integrity, family values and advocacy for their position. I won’t be a member for Oakleigh who holds this position for a particular party and that is the feeling that is getting around this community, that the sitting member holds Oakleigh as a Labor seat. I am offering them the opportunity to be heard, to have a voice in the parliament.last_img read more

Athens covered in hail PHOTOSVIDEO

first_imgA heavy weather low swiped through the Greek capital yesterday, giving Athenians the coldest taste of Spring in decades.Following a severe rain in the afternoon, broke out one of the most intense hailstorms Athens has seen dressing the city in white from the central suburb of Kolonaki all the way to Pagrati and through the south in Vouliagmeni.Athenians took to social media to record the unusual phenomenon.READ MORE: Photos from when a stunning snow storm blanketed Greek beaches and monuments Extreme weather phenomena were noted in Greece. Éó÷õñÞ âñï÷üðôùóç óôï êÝíôñï ôçò ÁèÞíáò, ÄåõôÝñá 15 Áðñéëßïõ 2019. (EUROKINISSI/ ÃÉÙÑÃÏÓ ÊÏÍÔÁÑÉÍÇÓ)The hailstorm caused issues with traffic leading to major arteries being blocked. The fire brigade received many calls from citizens who had been trapped in basements and elevators. According to the National Meteorology Bureau, intense weather conditions will continue to plague Greece throughout the week.READ MORE: Greek Australian amongst the team of disaster assistance experts sent to Greece Watch the hailstorm in a video below: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Government to launch youth entrepreneurdevelopment programme

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 14, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of The Bahamas will launch a youth entrepreneur and youth development programme over the next five years that will “inspire and empower a new generation of Bahamian entrepreneurs.”The programme will assist young Bahamian entrepreneurs with capital and equipment, while equipping them with the necessary business management skills such as how to save and manage money, and how to re-invest in, and scale up, their businesses in order to make those businesses more sustainable.Addressing the 7th Anniversary Celebrations of the Bahamas Striping Group of Companies, June 10, 2017, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said the programme will also teach young Bahamian entrepreneurs how to market their products or services.“We will try to help them to make their businesses sustainable,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “We will help them with capital and equipment [and] we will seek the help and ideas of businesses such as Bahamas Striping Group of Companies as we design and launch this major initiative.”The Prime Minister said it is his intention “to work hard every day as Prime Minister” to provide young Bahamians with opportunity and hope for the future.“What your country asks of you in return, is to work hard and to stay away from company that will lead you astray. Do your best for your country and we will do our best by you,” Prime Minister Minnis added. Related Items:last_img read more

This Cat Cafe Train Took Off On Its First Journey and Saved

first_img All aboard! Climb on this purr-fect train if you want to someday snuggle up with Yoro Railway’s very first Cat Cafe Train, a special one-day event that allowed cat owners and cat fans alike to hang out with a train full of cats. Yes, small cats, fat cats, beautiful cats, mean cats, all kind of cats on board, all rescue cats that are in need of tender loving care. The babies attracted 80 people who purchased tickets to help the cause, championed by rescue cat cafe Sanctuary, which helps keep the public abreast of concerns regarding stray cats in the country.The cat cafe train took off on its very first trip on September 10, where it took 40 passengers from Osaka Station via Yoro Station to Ikeno, and then another 40 got on later from Ikeno Station to Osaka. The 80 passengers were able to hang out with a variety of cats in the several cars on the train. The cats were originally going to be put down, but they got a new lease on life thanks to the cat cafe, which saved their furry little backsides, thankfully.The stray cats were able to hang out with the different passengers, receive cuddles, and spent their day getting treated like royalty. They even had little alcoves where they could escape to if things got too crazy for them, which is absolutely adorable. There were also special cat-themed snacks, how to create cat toilet seminars, cat-shaped cookies, unlimited travel on Yoro Railway for the day, and plenty of other goodies for both passengers and cats alike.It seems like a dream come true if you’re interested in hanging out with cats and keeping them safe, so next time this happens and you may be in the neighborhood, make sure you don’t miss out! You may just be saving a special cat’s life.View as: One Page Slides1. via instagram.com/yoro_railway2. via instagram.com/yoro_railway3. via instagram.com/yoro_railway4. via instagram.com/yoro_railway5. via instagram.com/yoro_railway6. via instagram.com/tomo_pirka7. via instagram.com/sach83258. via instagram.com/tomo_pirkaLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Yakuza 6 lets you run a cat cafe, soothe a crying baby, and play Puyo Puyo last_img read more

Buy This Comic Captain America 1

first_img “IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA. For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra’s takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield…and a new enemy is rising! Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America?”CAPTAIN AMERICA #1(W): Ta-Nehisi Coates (A): Leinil Francis Yu (I): Gerry Alanguilan (CA): Sunny Gho (L): Joe CaramagnaAfter the events of Secret Empire, fans were unclear where Captain America was going to go from there. It could be for better or for worse. Or, it could be something else entirely that we could haven’t have imagined. With Captain America #1, it brings us out of the darkness and into the light. It brings us into a new age and continued struggles of Captain America that I’m excited to see after the dark storm of Secret Empire.via Marvel ComicsTa-Nehisi Coates is the perfect person to carry this comic. He doesn’t disconnect from the past, but Captain America forward. He asks what can we learn from it, is this all that will be and what can we learn by going through it. Even with these questions looming, he provides a brilliant narrative with a new threat that emerges along the way. Captain America #1 feels like such a straightforward punch in the gut for Steve and readers can feel it as well.This first issue felt like the consequence of actions being taken from what happened before. Hydra used Captain America’s face, and now he suffers the effects of a world not trusting him as they used to. He’s experiencing the consequences of a world gone mad. Yet he still has hope in his country and tries to put the pieces back together. It’s a sobering and sad way t look at Steve Rogers. However, it’s probably the best thing that he needs to go through right now.via Marvel ComicsOne thing that Coates does so eloquently is provide Steve with a philosophical and thought-provoking voice. This, in turn, genuinely makes you feel something mighty powerful. This is some of the best voice-over work I’ve read in a very long time for Captain America. It brings you into his internal instead of looking at the surface. After that situation, he has to deal with a person that looked like him almost destroy everything he worked hard for. He has to face the people it affected, like Sharon Carter, Bucky and some of those he trusted the most or at least had respect for him. Coates has lent something special to Captain America that will continue through these new issues. It’s guaranteed to bring back fans that were scared off from Secret Empire its absolutely peak Captain America.Leinil Francis Yu’s pencils in Captain America #1 make you say, “Wow. Just, wow.” Yu is an extraordinarily talented artist that spare no expense on the level of precise detail he can bring into comics. It’s so very rare that you see art like his in any comic. For Captain America #1, there’s something about his pencils that create this emotional and raw portrait of America in the wake of that fallout. The one thing I immediately found fascinating about Yu’s art is that it carries a snapshot in every panel. This is only enhanced by Gerry Alanguilan’s inks that provide such a finished and rough look to the pencils. Each of the panels is a continuation but resembles, to me, such quality cinematic snapshots. If they ever made another Captain America movie, I’d love some shots from this comic to be seen on screen.via Marvel ComicsWith Yu’s art and Alanguilan’s inks, Sunny Gho takes over with the colors to bring this comic a look of destruction, uncertainty, lost, tragedy and more. Gho’s palette play with the colors based on the emotional toll of the comic. If you read more into it, you can totally see what I’m talking about, especially with panels that’s just Steve. Gho provides a chilly winter greenish blue to his first couple of panels. Following that up with warm orange and brown desert colors then over to these soft, thoughtful mixes of the two in panels after.The team coming together in those moments with Joe Caramagna on letters as well, bring that heartbreak that you feel for Steve or Cap in those moments. That’s when everything comes together beautifully. The long-suffering yet thoughtful writing of Coates. The skilled and perfectly placed letters of Caramagna. The emotional art, colors, and inks by Yu, Alanguilan, and Gho. It’s incredible how well put together, and full of heart this comic turned out to be.via Marvel ComicsCaptain America #1 is an outstanding new series that will show you the ugly side of patriotism and how much a good man can take. It brings us fascinating characters we haven’t seen in awhile and new ones that we’re already enthralled with. Captain America #1 is something special that is just the beginning journey for our favorite hero. Also, it has some good shots of Bucky and that’s what we all came to see. Am I right? Captain America #1 is now available on Comixology and at your local comic shop.7/4/2018 Releases – In addition to CAPTAIN AMERICA # 1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Rogue & Gambit: Ring of Fire Vol. 1  by Kelly Thompson (W), Pere Perez (A), Kris Anka (CA) Marvel ComicsCatwoman #1 by Joelle Jones (W, A), Laura Allred (C) DC ComicsDeath or Glory #3 by Rick Remender (W), Bengal (A) Image ComicsUnnatural #1 by Mirka Andolfo (W, A) Image ComicsJim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal #1 by Adam Smith (W), Alexandria Huntington (A), Benjamin Dewey (CA) BOOM! – ArchaiaMarvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel #1 by Devin Grayson, Ryan North, G. Willow Wilson (W), Ramon F. Bachs, Irene Strychalski (A) Gurihiru (CA) Marvel ComicsLowlifes #1 by Brian Buccellato (W), Alexis Sentenac (A) IDWLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 last_img read more