Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the country’s longest road tunnel that links Kashmir Valley with Jammu by an all-weather route and reduces the distance by 30 km.The 9-km long ‘Chenani-Nashri Tunnel,’ built at the cost of ₹2,500 crore, was dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister in Chenani in the presence of Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.”Kashmiri youths have two options: tourism and terrorism. For 40 years terrorism gave you nothing but bloodshed, deaths and destruction. Had you chosen tourism, the benefits today would have been phenomenal,” said Mr. Modi after the inauguration.”Want to tell the Kashmiri youth what actually is the power of stones. On one side, youth in Kashmir throwing stone. On other side, people giving their blood and sweat, cutting rocks for Kashmir’s development,” he added.After the inauguration, Mr. Modi, along with Mr. Vohra and Ms. Mehbooba, travelled in an open jeep through the tunnel for some distance.The Prime Minister, the Governor and the Chief Minister then posed for a photograph with the engineers who were involved in construction of the tunnel. A screen grab of the newly inaugurated Chenani-Nashri tunnel, in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. Courtesy: Narendra Modi – YouTube “Tunnel to bring Kashmir closer to the country”J&K Chief Minister Minister Mehbooba Mufti welcomed Mr. Modi and said the tunnel would bring Kashmir closer to the country. “The tunnel will not just reduce the physical distance but bring Kashmir closer to the country. The inauguration of tunnels will also help (sic) to join the hearts of the people,” she said.She thanked Mr. Modi for his support during the unrest in the State in 2016. “The situation has improved now but lot needs to be done. We have won all wars but our real strength is democracy. We have to help to bring the people out of trouble through agenda of alliance,” she added.”The J&K tour operators have a message for you: Kashmir is a safe place for tourists,” she further said.Tunnel to reduce travel timeThe tunnel, bypassing snow-bound upper reaches, will reduce the journey time by two hours and provide a safe, all-weather route to commuters travelling from Jammu and Udhampur to Ramban, Banihal and Srinagar.The estimated value of daily fuel savings will be to the tune of ₹27 lakh, according to the PMO.The tunnel is equipped with world-class security systems, and is expected to boost tourism and economic activities in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.The Chenani-Nashri Tunnel is a single-tube bi-directional tunnel with a 9.35-metre carriageway and a vertical clearance of 5 metres.There is also a parallel escape tunnel, with ‘Cross Passages’ connecting to the main tunnel at intervals of 300 metres.It also has smart features such as an integrated traffic control system; surveillance, ventilation and broadcast systems; fire fighting system; and SOS call-boxes at every 150 metres.
Two pilgrims died of cardiac arrest near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath while another was killed in a road accident in Pulwama district, taking the death toll in this year’s pilgrimage to 20. A private vehicle, carrying Amarnath pilgrims, collided with a school bus at Padgampora in the Awantipora area, resulting in death of one woman pilgrim, a police official said. He said she was identified as Savita, a resident of Jaipur. A pilgrim, identified as Mahinder Pal, fell unconscious last night at Kali Mata track and later died, the official said. G. Koteshwara, a 70-year-old pilgrim from Andhra Pradesh, died due to cardiac arrest at the holy cave yesterday, he said. With these, the death toll in this year’s pilgrimage — which began on June 28 — has gone up to 20.
First indications of an alliance being stitched by the smaller political parties for the upcoming Lok Sabha election have emerged in Rajasthan with the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party, formed ahead of the 2018 State Assembly polls, announcing its plan to contest all the 25 seats in association with other parties opposed to the Congress and BJP.The RLP, headed by Khinvsar MLA and BJP rebel Hanuman Beniwal, had won three seats in the State Assembly election. The party had fielded its candidates in 57 constituencies and contested the polls without any alliance.Mr. Beniwal said here on Tuesday that the RLP had not only won three seats, but also obtained a considerable vote share and made an impact on the results in about two dozen Assembly constituencies. The party won Khinvsar and Merta seats in Nagaur district and Bhopalgarh seat in Jodhpur district.The RLP president said the party was trying to enter into an alliance with other parties and discussing the framework of accord with Bahujan Samaj Party, Bharatiya Tribal Party, Communist Party of India and some other smaller political outfits. He said a decision on his own candidature in the Lok Sabha election would be taken after consultations with the party workers and Assembly poll candidates.‘No relief yet’Mr. Beniwal said the Congress, which was elected to power in Rajasthan following its promises made to farmers and youth, had yet to extend relief to vulnerable sections of society. “The loan waiver has not benefited all the eligible farmers, while moong (lentil) procurement is yet to start and the contractual workers in government offices are still waiting for regularisation,” he said.The RLP chief said several promises made in the Congress’ manifesto could have been fulfilled before the election’s model code of conduct came into force. “Evicting the BJP from power has not served the purpose. The ruling Congress is yet to take meaningful action for people’s welfare.”Though the Congress had declared earlier this month that it would have no truck with allies in the Lok Sabha polls, its stance has been perceived as a strategy to put pressure on the smaller parties to accept an alliance on its terms and agree to a limited number of seats.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting D’Antoni and Kerr as well as players from both teams raved about the job Tucker did.“We say it all the time, Tuck doesn’t do any of the glamorous stuff,” Paul said. “All the stuff he does doesn’t show up on the stat sheet … but it’s always nice for other people to see it and appreciate it.”Kerr said Tucker’s offensive rebounding down the stretch was a key.“The plays P.J. Tucker made in overtime and the fourth quarter, those were big plays,” Kerr said. “Those are indicators of who played harder.”Said D’Antoni: “Tuck would not let us lose.”HARDEN’S EYESWhen Harden was asked if his eyes bothered him considering how they looked on Saturday night he answered with a straight face.“What do you mean, how they look?” he asked.Paul jumped in quickly with the answer.“They look crazy,” he said laughing before Harden snickered, too. “It’s all about bringing something to the table, offensively, defensively every single night to give yourself a chance to win,” he said.Durant said Gordon was “very important” to Houston’s win.“He kept them afloat for a while,” he said.The Rockets withstood a 46-point performance from Durant and late surge by the Warriors to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole in the best-of-seven series.Game 4 is Monday night in Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles HOUSTON, TX – MAY 04: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates after a three point shot in overtime during Game Three of the Second Round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center on May 4, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — James Harden made a 3-pointer to finish off the Golden State Warriors in overtime.Eric Gordon helped the Rockets get to that point with the best playoff performance of his career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Durant cooled off after that, but Iguodala and Thompson both made 3-pointers soon after that and the Warriors remained up by a point with about 8 minutes left in the fourth.The Rockets were up by nine at halftime, and Harden and Paul made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the third to push the lead to 72-61.A 3-pointer by Curry cut Houston’s lead to seven later in the period before Houston used an 8-2 spurt to extend it to 83-70 with about 3 minutes left in the quarter.Houston had a 12-point lead after a dunk by Clint Capela with less than a minute left in the third. Golden State scored the last five points of the quarter, with a 3 from Green, to get within 91-84 entering the fourth.Houston got out to a much better start on Saturday night after being outscored 57-39 in the opening quarter of the first two games and the Rockets only trailed by one entering the second.They used a 33-point second quarter, powered by 13 points from Gordon, to take a 58-49 lead into halftime.TIP-INSWarriors: Durant passed Dwyane Wade for 10th place on the NBA’s career playoff scoring list. … Iguodala scored 16 points. … Golden State made 14 of 33 3-pointers.Rockets: Gordon has made at least three 3-pointers in all eight playoff games this year. … Capela had with 13 points and 11 rebounds. … Paul had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. … Tucker led the team with 12 rebounds and had three assists, two blocks and seven points.TUCKER’S VALUE Jerwin Ancajas puts on show in TKO win over Japanese challenger UP NEXTAfter Monday’s game the series shifts to California where Game 5 is on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Harden scored 41 points, and Houston outlasted the Warriors 126-121 on Saturday night to cut the deficit in the Western Conference semifinals to 2-1.A layup by P.J. Tucker put Houston up by three with about 2 minutes left and the Warriors missed shots on their next two possessions. That set up the 3-pointer by Harden with 49 seconds left that made it 124-118.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKevin Durant made three free throws after that, but Harden added a layup to stretch the lead. Stephen Curry, who dislocated a finger in Game 2, missed a wide-open layup and Harden grabbed the rebound to secure the victory.Gordon added a playoff career-high 30 points with a playoff-best seven 3-pointers. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Harden led the team despite recovering from injuries to both eyes he sustained in Game 2 when he was hit in the face by Draymond Green. He said they didn’t bother him on Saturday, but both eyes remained bloody red in spots.“That’s James. That’s what he does,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said.Curry finished with 17 points on 7-for-23 shooting after missing two layups in overtime. He wouldn’t say if his injury was limiting him on Saturday night.“I’ve just got to make those,” he said. “If I’m out there playing, I’ve got to produce and it just didn’t happen tonight.”Green added 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.Houston was clinging to a one-point lead when Iguodala’s 3-pointer put Golden State up 112-110 with 45 seconds remaining in the fourth. Harden made two free throws a few seconds after that to tie it and Durant missed a jump shot on the other end to give Houston a chance to win it in regulation.Chris Paul was in the lane when Klay Thompson forced a jump ball. Harden got the ball but didn’t have time to get a shot off before the buzzer.The Warriors used a 15-2 run at the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth to take a 94-93 lead with about 10 minutes remaining. Durant was unstoppable in that stretch, scoring all 10 of Golden State’s points to start the fourth.Tucker, Houston’s defensive stopper who had been on the bench with four fouls, re-entered the game to try and help slow Durant down. Tucker was really unhappy while he sat on the bench and watched Durant singlehandedly give Golden State the lead.Asked if he said something to D’Antoni about it to get back in the game he said: “Oh, I said something to all of them.”
Below is the video of their training session from YouTube: Back with the team 😃 Just in time for our first training session in Russia 👍🏼😉 #ZSMMN #DieMannschaft #Worldcup @DFB_Team pic.twitter.com/7gd8JJdDw7— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) June 13, 2018 Advertisement(photo credits: Germany’s official Twitter account)Die Mannschaft had their first training session on Wednesday(June 13) in Vatutinki, Russia in front of around 400 spectators. They saw their gaffer Joachim Loew put the team through a series of short-pace exercises.Captain Manuel Neur seemed to be fit as he made several saves even though he was sidelined for eight months due to a fractured foot.Arsenal midfielder Oezil, trained despite missing Friday’s 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia with a knee injury.Watch training with @woodyinho & Co. LIVE now on https://t.co/FfUVOSXTBS 👀#DieMannschaft #WorldCup #ZSMMN pic.twitter.com/ZD3FSWWmYq— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 14, 2018 Also read: FIFA World Cup 2018: England in high spirits as they begin their first training session in RussiaFIFA World Cup 2018: Germany Team Leaves To RussiaFIFA World Cup 2018: Players To Watch – Antoine GriezmannAdvertisement
The Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour will close out 2018 on Tuesday when the Selecao meet Cameroon at Stadiu MK in Milton Keynes.Opened in 2007, the venue is home to League Two club MK Dons and seats over 30,00 spectators. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It hosted a number of games at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and also provided a temporary home to Tottenham Hostpur for their League Cup match against Watford this season.A number of high-profile musicians have also used Stadium MK as a concert venue, including English pop star Olly Murs.The stadium also has an in-built Hilton hotel, which is where the players are staying this week ahead of the match with Cameroon, providing them with the shortest gameday commute the Brasil Global Tour has ever seen.Indeed, a number of the rooms actually offer a direct view of the pitch.#Brasil vs #Cameroon Only 10 days away https://t.co/5sAbK7umm5 pic.twitter.com/MNmY9KjL7J— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) November 10, 2018Brazil take on Cameroon in the Brasil Global Tour at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes on 20 November (KO 7:30pm).
Australia head west and into the unknown for second Test against India Share on Twitter Share via Email Read more But there is a difference. Usually, it is the home side talking about pulling the lever in order to cause maximum physical and mental duress for their visitors. Instead, it is Virat Kohli who is set to go all-out, and not without justification on a pitch greener than any seen in this country since Australia were bowled out for 80 by South Africa two summers ago in Hobart.That Perth Stadium is becoming only the 10th Test venue used in Australia since 1877 would typically be enough of a talking point. But this week, with curators and administrators alike foreshadowing a pitch that takes us back to the days when the West Australian mythology was born, the 22 yards in the middle are the primary point of fascination.The decision for India is helped by the fact that R Ashwin, their champion spinner, has been ruled out of the Test due to an abdominal strain acquired during his heavy workload in Adelaide. It speaks volumes about the strength of India’s existing attack that from the bench Kohli can choose from Ravindra Jadeja, the world’s No 5 ranked spinner, or Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a seamer at the very peak of his powers.The Indian camp elected not to reveal the news about Ashwin before Kohli addressed the media, but the language the Indian skipper used when discussing the surface suggests that he will hand over a team sheet with four quicks as he did in Johannesburg in February. Then, his side knocked over the hosts for 194 and 177 to record a wonderful 63-run victory with Jasprit Bumrah taking five wickets in the first innings, Mohommed Shami five in the second, with Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar doing the rest.“I was pretty happy to see the pitch the way it is,” Kohli said. “I hope that no more grass is taken off the pitch because that will mean the first three days will be obviously very lively and we as a team are happy with that. The pitch is going to offer significantly more to the bowler than Adelaide did and that’s something we’re very excited about to be honest. I’m just lucky they [India’s fast bowlers] are at their peak when I’m captain.” Read more Australia cricket team Share on Facebook features Support The Guardian “Four quicks?” Of all the familiar Waca Ground tropes, that this question would always be asked in the lead up to a Test was one of the most consistent. Sure, it may have been well over a decade since the surface was re-laid changing the characteristics considerably, but the reputation for fire and fury lived on.With the move across the Swan River to the clean and pristine multi-purpose stadium by the casino, the consensus was that those days were over. Drop-in pitches, known for their relative tranquility, would take care of that. Except that now, four quicks are precisely what are being discussed ahead of this second Test between Australia and India on Friday. Australia sport Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… India cricket team Reuse this content Topics Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Cricket Share on Messenger Instructive of India’s broader mindset was Kohli saying that they are “more excited than nervous” about taking on lively wickets – a far cry from subcontinental touring teams of seasons past who have been routinely blown out of the water when pace and bounce prevailed. “I have played all around the world for 10 years now and I’ve not played on a wicket like Johannesburg,” he continued. “We’re not alien to pitches like these, we’ve played many times on these kind of wickets. It’s nothing new for us. We know what to expect.”After having his own press conference delayed by two hours, Tim Paine confirmed that Australia will go in with the same XI that lost by 31 runs in Adelaide. The home captain also revealed Aaron Finch would remain in the opening position rather than dropping down the order, as coach Justin Langer said would be considered between Tests.
Former Ohio State WR coach Zach Smith was arrested today for violating a Civil Protection Order. According to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Smith became confrontational with staff at Scioto Ridge Elementary when they did not allow him to pick up his children.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) May 9, 2019Smith was part of the coaching staff for Ohio State from 2012 until July of 2018. He was also part of Urban Meyer’s staff at Florida from 2005 through 2009.His history of domestic violence allegations ultimately led to his departure from the Buckeyes.Before Urban Meyer’s departure from Ohio State, Smith was embroiled in a scandal in which he allegedly assaulted his ex-wife. Smith denied the allegations, but he was removed from the university.Now it appears Smith has violated part of his agreement with the court.Just over a month ago, Smith revealed was starting a podcast called “Menace 2 Society.” Smith said “So, I’ve been held accountable for the things that I did. I have also been held accountable for things that I didn’t do.”Stay tuned for the latest on the developing situation. Former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.According to a report from Ohio State insider Kyle Rowland, police arrested Smith for violating his Civil Protection Order.Per the report, Smith became confrontational with the staff at Scioto Ridge Elementary when they did not allow him to pick up his children from the school.Here’s the report from Rowland.
Clients of Shelter Nova Scotia are benefiting from an investment in new housing by the provincial and federal governments. Called The Rebuilding, the apartment building helps men make the transition from shelter living to community living. Nineteen men formerly residing at Metro Turning Point will have the opportunity for a fresh start in their own rental apartment, complete with individualized support. Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services and Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), visited the new apartment complex today, Nov. 18, to recognize the continued commitment of Shelter Nova Scotia to help those in need of housing solutions in Halifax. “This is a unique and inspirational housing option that will help more Nova Scotians in need begin new lives,” said Ms. Bernard. “This partnership helps us build stronger, more vibrant and inclusive communities, create jobs, and grow our economy which in turn makes for a stronger, more prosperous province.” Through Affordable Housing programs, the federal and provincial governments provided $475,000 to help Shelter Nova Scotia develop this project. This investment will help ensure vulnerable individuals can access the housing and services they need. Since 2003, the province, in partnership with the federal government, has created or preserved over 1,900 affordable homes in Nova Scotia. “Government is giving a hand up to vulnerable Canadians to help them meet certain basic needs and break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty. We are pleased to support Shelter Nova Scotia in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems,” said Mr. MacKay. “By partnering with local organizations to provide essential services to people in need, we are doing our part to prevent and address homelessness in Halifax.” Shelter Nova Scotia received over $1.24 million to build an apartment complex with 19 fully furnished units. These units provide homeless men with safe and affordable housing and better access to community-based supports and services. The building is also designed to accommodate retail businesses to help provide income and improve the sustainability of the project. “Our supportive housing apartment building for men transitioning from shelter back to community has proven to be a success,” said Don Spicer, executive director of Shelter Nova Scotia. “This building would never have materialized without the generous support of the government of Canada.” “I am 50 years-old,” said one tenant of Rebuilding, who asked not to be named. “Now I have my own place I can concentrate on learning to read and write.” The province, through the Department of Community Services and Housing Nova Scotia, helps Nova Scotians secure affordable housing that meets their needs. More information on Housing Nova Scotia is available at www.housingns.ca . For more information on the Department of Community Services visit www.novascotia.ca/coms . The government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013 committed $119 million per year over five years for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy using a “housing first” approach as an effective way to reduce homelessness.
OTTAWA – The country’s plastics makers have set their own targets for keeping all plastic out of Canadian landfills by 2030.The announcement comes just days before the federal government asks other G7 nations to sign an international commitment to get the world on the same page on plastic pollution that harms marine life and forms islands of garbage in the oceans that can be larger than many countries.Isabelle Des Chenes, an executive vice-president at the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, says the targets are in part designed to get ahead of government regulation, since Canada is in the consultation phase of a national strategy to curb plastic pollution.“I think it demonstrates as responsible care companies we have to continually strive to do better,” she said.Together with the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, the chemistry association has set 2030 as the deadline for ensuring all plastics produced in Canada can be recycled into new products, or recovered.The two organizations jointly released their own targets to make all plastics recyclable or recoverable by 2030. By 2040, they want all plastics reusable, recyclable or recoverable.Reusable plastics are those that can be cleaned and reused for their original purpose. Most single-use plastic bottles cannot now be reused because they break down or degrade easily and bacteria can’t be properly cleaned from them.Recyclable plastics are those that can be melted down and blended with raw materials to make new products, like clothing, sleeping bags, carpeting and decking materials.Recoverable plastics are those that are broken down into parts and often used as feedstock to create energy.The 2030 goal set by the plastics industry is five years longer than the 2025 zero plastics waste request proposed Monday by more than 40 environment groups and other non-governmental organizations. Those groups, including Environmental Defence, the Sierra Club of Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation, outlined a number of steps Canada should take in a national plastics plan, including aiming to have no plastic going into landfills within seven years.Canada wants to get the weight of the G7 behind a global push to eliminate plastic pollution and this week will present a plastics charter to G7 leaders at the summit in Quebec. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has previously said the charter would have four main components: targets for reducing the amount of plastic waste produced, domestic strategies to meet those targets, working with industry to develop better products to replace plastic or make plastics more easily recyclable and assistance for the developing world to adapt better waste management.McKenna says the plastic waste Canadians discard each year is worth money, over $100 million each year that just ends up in the garbage dump.A number of private companies including Pepsi and McDonald’s, have already released plans to cut their own plastics use and countries like Britain and France have taken steps to ban certain single-use plastics like straws and cutlery.In April Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was criticized for not introducing any such bans in Canada ahead of his G7 plastics charter plan.Des Chenes said banning plastics straws would not actually do a lot to cut plastics pollution, but would help draw public attention to their own role in reducing plastic waste.Aiming not to put any plastic in landfills by 2030 is “ambitious” but is realistic if governments of all levels provide enabling policies and funding supports to help develop new technologies and more innovative products.There are some barriers to the goal, because many plastics now cannot easily be recycled and municipal recycling programs often refuse many types of plastic because they are too hard to recycle or recover.
Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) dismantled on Monday, June 3, a three-member terrorist cell in Morocco operating in Moroccan cities of Errachidia and Tinghir, in the region of Drâa-Tafilalet. According to the BCIJ statement, the three members had links to the terrorist organization of the Islamic State (ISIS). The “extremists,” according to the statement are aged between 26 and 28. They were planning to carry out terrorist attacks across the country, said the statement. Read also: Moroccan Police Seize 568,000 of Ecstasy Tablets in TangierPreliminary investigations show that the cell was propagating extremist rhetoric.The BCIJ added that they were involved in preaching activities, seeking to recruit new members, and mobilize them for potential future attacks.The suspects were placed in custody for further investigation. The latest raid was in last April, when Moroccan authorities arrested a suspect in the city of Dakhla for his connection to a six-member terrorist cell that operated in Salé, Rabat’s twin city, which police dismantled the same day.
Yesterday Mr. Ban transmitted a summary of the report prepared by the four-member Board to the Security Council, and is currently reviewing its recommendations.UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters that the Secretary-General and Mr. Peres also discussed Ghajar, a town that straddles across the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon, as well as the anti-racism Durban Review Conference held last month in Geneva. In a related development, Mr. Ban today called for Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, as he pledged his sustained commitment to helping achieve a negotiated political settlement of their long-running conflict.“Israeli-Palestinian negotiations must be resumed on all core issues without exception,” he said in a message to the UN International Meeting in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, held in Nicosia under the auspices of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.In the message, delivered by Special Representative in Cyprus Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Mr. Ban stated that the parameters for peace remain unchanged: the establishment of two States living side by side in peace and security on the basis of the principle of land for peace and a just and comprehensive regional peace consistent with Security Council resolutions. The Secretary-General said he was “very disturbed” by the situation in Gaza, more than three months since the end of hostilities there. “Measures that increase hardship and suffering are unacceptable and must stop immediately,” he stressed. He called on Israel to provide adequate entry of fuel, cash and materials that were urgently needed to repair schools, clinics, sanitation networks and shelters. Much needs to be done to stabilize Gaza, he added, including a durable and fully respected cease fire, including open crossings; the prevention of illicit supply of weapons; and reunification of Gaza and the West Bank within the framework of the legitimate Palestinian authority.Voicing strong support for the continued efforts of Egypt to promote Palestinian reconciliation through dialogue, Mr. Ban urged participants in this process to redouble their efforts to overcome their differences.On the West Bank, he warned that the persistence of Israeli settlement activities would make it virtually impossible for peace talks to produce tangible results.Noting that the meeting was taking place as the international community strives to reinvigorate the political process towards Israeli-Palestinian peace, he expressed his strong support for a reinforced role for the Middle East Quartet – composed of the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States. He also commended President Barack Obama’s stated commitment to strengthening and deepening partnerships between the US, the parties and international partners to help achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians and between Israel and the Arab States. 6 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Israeli President Shimon Peres discussed the report of the United Nations Board of Inquiry into incidents affecting the world body’s personnel, premises and operations during the recent conflict in Gaza at a meeting today in New York.
TORONTO – Falling mining stocks helped push the Toronto stock market lower Tuesday, but the TSX found some lift from financials after Scotiabank posted earnings that beat forecasts.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 57.67 points to 14,658.02 as Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) boosted its second-quarter net profit by 14 per cent to $1.8 billion.Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $1.40, beating analysts’ estimates of $1.31 a share. However, the provision for credit losses was up $32 million to $375 million in the quarter, primarily due to higher provisions in its international banking segment. Scotiabank shares were up 77 cents to $68.77.The strong showing followed reports last week from Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and TD Bank (TSX:TD), which also beat expectations.“All three of them had really strong beats, so we’re batting 1,000 so far for banks,” said Ben Jang, portfolio manager at Nicola Wealth Management in Vancouver.After markets closed, National Bank (TSX:NA) said it would increase its quarterly dividend two cents to 48 cents per share despite reporting a decrease in second-quarter net income to $362 million or $1.01 per diluted share from $417 million or $1.20 per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.However, excluding certain items, the bank said profit would have been $375 million or $1.05 per share, up from $352 million or $1 per share a year earlier. That beat analyst expections of $1.04 per share in adjusted earnings, although revenue of $1.276 billion came in below estimates of $1.34 billion.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) reports on Wednesday, while the last of the big banks, CIBC (TSX:CM), reports on Thursday.The Canadian dollar drifted 0.01 of a cent lower to 92.07 cents US.U.S. indexes were higher amid a mixed reading on U.S. durable goods orders as traders got back to work following the Memorial Day holiday weekend.The Dow Jones industrials was ahead 69.23 points to 16,675.5, the Nasdaq ran up 51.26 points to 4,237.07 and the S&P 500 index gained 11.38 points to a record-high close of 1,911.91.The U.S. Commerce Department reported Tuesday that orders for durable manufactured goods rose 0.8 per cent after a 3.6 per cent gain in March. But the April strength came from a big jump in demand for defence goods, including airplanes. Excluding defence, orders would have fallen 0.8 per cent in April.Orders for core capital goods, a category viewed as a good proxy for business investment plans, fell 1.2 per cent in April.Meanwhile, the Case-Shiller house price index showed that prices rose 0.9 per cent in March.And there has been a slight uptick in U.S. consumer confidence in May. The Conference Board’s measure of sentiment edged up marginally to 83 from a downwardly revised 81.7 in April.The gold sector was the biggest drag, down about four per cent as June bullion fell $26.20 to US$1,265.50 an ounce — its lowest close since Feb. 7 — as risk concerns about Ukraine abated somewhat after elections over the weekend yielded a clear winner.“We’re pretty much range-bound from here and, from the equities’ perspective, we still need to see higher sustained gold prices because the marginal cost of production of gold is very high relative to the price of gold today,” Jang said.Further, gold failed to find lift from news of increased violence as fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels reportedly killed dozens in the eastern city of Donetsk.An easing of Ukraine concerns also pushed July crude oil in New York down 24 cents to US$104.11 a barrel and the energy sector dropped 0.84 per cent.The base metals sector gave back some of last week’s 3.3 per cent run-up, down 0.49 per cent even as July copper was up a penny at US$3.18 a pound.There was also major buying activity in the food business as poultry producer Pilgrim’s Pride offered to acquire meat producer Hillshire Brands in a deal worth about US$5.58 billion. Pilgrim’s Pride says the deal is a better offer than Hillshire’s plan to buy Pinnacle Foods for $4.23 billion. Pinnacle makes Birds Eye frozen vegetables and Duncan Hines cake mixes. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 27, 2014 7:40 am MDT Gold stocks push TSX lower, financials rise as Scotiabank beats expectations
“Weaknesses in the education system, poverty, socioeconomic disparities, insecurity and violence all contribute to children’s vulnerability to multiple forms of economic and/or sexual exploitation,” said the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Najat Maalla M’jid, in the wake of a ten-day visit to the Central American country. In a news release, Ms. Maalla M’jid warned that the rate of girls that are sexually exploited is “extremely worrying,” as is the large number of young women who are pregnant due to abuse by relatives. She noted that the lack of sex education does not allow children to be aware of the inherent risks of sexual relations and early pregnancies. “The scope of the sale and sexual exploitation continues to be difficult to determine due to the lack of systematic denunciation caused by fear of retaliation and stigmatization, as well as social tolerance for violence and the difficulty in accessing mechanisms to guarantee rapid protection and security of children,” the expert said. During her visit, which ended on Friday, Ms. Maalla M’jid met various Government officials as well as representatives of civil society and the private sector. She also visited centres dedicated to the protection of children who have been victims of violence and abuse, where she spoke to children and teenagers about their experiences. Ms. Maalla M’jid noted that reforms at a national and local level have not been effective due to a lack of coordination among institutions, limited resources, and slow judicial investigations, which do not ensure protection to victims and witnesses. The Special Rapporteur called on the Government to adopt a unified and integrated approach to address the issue, and to reinforce its police and justice mechanisms so they effectively sanction perpetrators as quickly as possible. She also stressed that progress will not be achieved without strong political will and support from UN agencies and the international community. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes.
13,562 Views May 11th 2019, 12:01 PM THE ICONIC DUBLIN landmark Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is undertaking its biggest building project since the 1860s.Taking two years to complete and at a cost of €9 million, the conservation project will see the entire roof of the over 700-year-old building replaced.We spoke to Dr William Morton, Dean of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral about the fund raising programme and the appeal to the public for support.Watch the video for full report. Subscribe for more videos 23 Comments Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Short URL Share5 Tweet Email By Andrew Roberts Dublin landmark Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is embarking on its biggest building project in 150 years The iconic building – which is over 700 years old – needs its entire roof replaced. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4628192 Saturday 11 May 2019, 12:00 PM
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Marykay Lamoureaux, 49, was hired as the first ever executive director for Ridgefield Main Street, a nonprofit focusing on downtown revitalization.First up on her plate is telling people what exactly Ridgefield Main Street is. (What it’s not is a street name; in Ridgefield, it’s Main Avenue.)“This is a private nonprofit organization,” Lamoureaux said. “We partner with the city. We partner with the school district and the port. I am not employed by the city.”The organization is also not a chamber of commerce for the city, Lamoureaux said.“The Ridgefield Business Association extends far beyond downtown and has a more business to business focus,” she said. “We focus on a 12-block by 12-block radius. We’re a community for downtown. We are focused on a thriving downtown, and why that’s good for the overall community, the downtown merchants and the downtown residents.”Lamoureaux said a focus of hers will be figuring out how to get people to stay in downtown Ridgefield, especially with a few projects coming up that could bring more people to the area.Construction is coming up on the Port of Ridgefield’s overpass above the railroad tracks connecting Pioneer Street to the port’s property. That will make it easier to get from downtown to the waterfront area, where the port owns about 43 acres of property it’s getting ready to develop.
Jim Frahm knows what it’s like to serve others with everything at stake. He’s a retired pharmacist.“Mistakes could be life-threatening,” he said. “Nobody’s perfect, but you needed to pay very close attention to detail.”Same goes for Frahm’s current pastime: volunteering to figure out other people’s taxes. Frahm is the Vancouver Community Library site supervisor for AARP Tax Aides, an all-volunteer army of beings who actually like doing taxes. (Maybe not paying them, but definitely doing them.) Yes, they do exist.“I myself have always done my own taxes and taxes for my friends and family. I enjoy it,” said volunteer and Tax Aide spokeswoman Terry Jones, a former business manager. “I enjoy the numbers side of things, and I enjoy the people side of things.”That’s what Frahm said you need, in addition to a mind for math: a “good personality.” That means enjoying helping people and showing patience with ethnic, economic and age diversity. Many of the people who turn up for tax help are low-income, elderly, and speak Russian or Spanish as their first language, he said.But not everyone, Jones said. “While we like to pay special attention to people over 60, we’ll serve anybody and everybody. There is no income limit or age limit,” she said.Frahm watches over the shoulders of seven other “returners,” he said, as they put in four-hour shifts at the Vancouver Community Library. It usually takes about one hour to do somebody’s taxes, he said.