Gujarat Dalit activist, who set himself ablaze, succumbs to burn injuries

first_imgDalit activist Bhanu Vankar, who attempted self-immolation in Gujarat on February 15, succumbed to severe burn injuries late on February 16. Mr. Vankar has sustained 80% burn injuries and was admitted in Ahmedabad’s Apollo Hospital, where he died. To protest the Patan district administration’s failure to regularise a piece of land he was allotted a few years ago, he set himself on fire in the Collector Office in North Gujarat. Despite repeated visits to the district administration officials, his case did not move, which apparently distressed him to take an extreme step of ending his life. His suicide is likely to trigger Statewide protests by the Dalit community and organisations working for the rights of Dalits and other marginalised sections in the State. “We have lost him. We hold the district administration responsible for his death. He was forced,” a relative said. Earlier in the day, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ordered inquiry into the incident. “I have asked Chief Secretary to get all details of the incident after an inquiry,” Mr. Rupani said, adding, “the State government will also bear all medical expenses of Mr. Vankar, who is presently under treatment in Apollo hospital in Ahmedabad.”Moreover, nine other Dalit men were detained by the police after they also tried to storm into the premises of the collectorate with the intention to commit suicide, and were later released. “As many as nine people were detained briefly after they tried to storm into the office of the collector with the intention to commit suicide. They had expressed their intention to the Collector on a previous date and police were deployed in large numbers to prevent any such attempt,” a police official from Patan said. “However, Banubhai Vankar from Unjha village managed to enter the Collector Office premises by jumping over the barricade and set himself on fire. He has been shifted to a hospital in Ahmedabad,” the official had said.The incident triggered a huge backlash among the Dalit community in the State. A leading organisation Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, fighting for the rights of Dalits, gave a call for Patan bandh on February 16 to protest against the “administrative negligence” in the transfer of land to Dalits, “which forced a group to attempt suicide”. The bandh evoked mixed response in the North Gujarat town.A prominent activist and Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani, who is also the convener of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, in a statement said it was a “matter of shame” for the BJP government that Dalits had to resort to extreme steps to fight for their rights in Gujarat.Mr. Mevani demanded suspension of the Collector and Superintendent of Police holding them responsible for driving the community members to take extreme steps to press for their rights.last_img read more

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Manganti game-winner lifts Adamson past UP

first_imgThe Falcons tied Far Eastern U at third place with a 4-2 record while the Maroons dropped to 3-3.UP had one second to either go for the win or shoot for the tie, but Manganti was again on the right spot to tap Jun Manzo’s pass away in the final inbounds play.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 shutoutAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren breathed a huge sigh of relief after his team struggled to create distance from UP the entire game.“I guess we were lucky to win the game, the whole game we were struggling, we had a bad start, a flat start, and we made a lot of mental mistakes,” said Pumaren as the Falcons ended the first quarter behind UP, 25-19. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brazil is in; Argentina still fighting for a World Cup spot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “We were going through the motions and I guess is a good test on our part that in the crucial moments of the game we can survive a game like this.”Jerrick Ahanmisi had game-high 21 points, 17 alone in the second quarter, on 8-of-11 shooting while Sarr added six points and 16 rebounds.Paul Desiderio and Manzo had 19 points apiece to lead the Fighting Maroons while Javi Gomez De Liaño missed out on a double-double as he finished with eight points and 14 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSean Manganti’s clutch tip-in lifted Adamson over University of the Philippines, 73-71, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.With the scores tied at 71, Jerrick Ahanmisi and Papi Sarr misfired on their game-winner attempts but Manganti was there to grab the offensive board and score the putback with a second left on the clock.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Gameslast_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: UST still alive for twice-to-beat after thumping NU

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ADVERTISEMENT In winning their fourth straight match, the Tigresses will earn a playoff for that bonus if Far Eastern University defeats La Salle on Sunday in the last day of eliminations.Season’s top Most Valuable Player contender Sisi Rondina turned in MVP numbers with 21 points, all on attacks, to power UST’s 10th win in 14 matches going into the Final Four.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, logisticsThe Tigresses, who have won in straight sets the three previous matches, dropped the third set when the determined Lady Bulldogs established up six set points.But NU could not sustain the intensity into the fourth as it bade farewell to the season with a 4-10 record. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Enes Kanter uncertain for Portland’s 2nd round series with hurt shoulder MOST READ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MANILA, Philippines–University of Santo Tomas contained National University’s nothing-to-lose attitude with a 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, Saturday to keep its hopes alive for a twice-to-beat incentive in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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Klopp jokes about Can demands amid contract stand-off

first_imgTransfers It was £250,000 a week! – Klopp jokes about Can’s Liverpool demands Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 21:54 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) jurgenkloppemrecan - Cropped Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Crystal Palace v Liverpool Crystal Palace Premier League The Reds manager was in a jokey mood when talking about the midfielder, who has yet to commit his future to the club Jurgen Klopp had his tongue firmly in his cheek when he suggested that Emre Can had demanded more than the reported £200,000 a week to remain a Liverpool player.The Germany midfielder is out of contract at Anfield at the end of the season, and Can’s future has been a subject of debate for much of the campaign.Earlier this week, Can hit out at “false stories” regarding his rumoured wage demands, and Reds boss Klopp was in a jokey mood when addressing the issue at a media conference previewing Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Yeah, it was £250,000!” Klopp said to laughter among the assembled journalists.Klopp then offered a more serious response, saying Liverpool remained in talks but that no renewal has been signed.”The situation is open, which is what we said before, as long as nothing is decided it’s open,” he added.”We are in talks with him, it’s all good so far apart from that he hasn’t signed a contract yet. Okay, no problem with that.”The trip to Selhurst Park represents Klopp’s 100th Premier League game in charge of Liverpool and the former Borussia Dortmund boss described England’s top flight as the toughest challenge in football management.”Yes [it is the toughest league], I was not in no doubt about that before,” he added.”The other leagues are strong but not where six teams can win the league. In England the last three years we had three different champions [assuming Manchester City win the title]. “The quality of the other teams who are not champions is really big as well, it’s a tough place absolutely. “That’s how football should be, you have to battle on the highest level.”Elsewhere, Nathaniel Clyne could return to the starting XI for Liverpool’s clash with Palace.”One or two games more would be nice but the situation is like it is,” the Reds boss added. “He has been back for a few weeks already but he has come closer and closer.”He will be part of the squad, at least. That’s good for us.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Jury to start hearing evidence in trial of suspect in Edmonton officer

first_imgEDMONTON — A jury is to start hearing evidence today in the trial of a man accused of stabbing an Edmonton police officer and striking four pedestrians with a van.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, who is in his early 30s, faces 11 charges.They include five counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault against the police officer and dangerous driving.Const. Mike Chernyk was on duty outside a Canadian Football League game on Sept. 30, 2017, when a driver crashed through a barrier, got out of a vehicle, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing the officer.A few hours later, the driver of a speeding cube van hit and injured four pedestrians as it raced through the city’s downtown with police in pursuit.The trial in Court of Queen’s Bench is expected to last six weeks.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Wall St mixed as investors mull US tax plan TSX dips into

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index dipped into the red on Thursday as Wall Street was mixed amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s long-awaited tax reform package.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 14.34 points to 16,014.99, with energy leading decliners.On the corporate front, Canadian oil and gas companies that reported quarterly earnings Thursday met with mixed reactions from investors, with shares of Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) down 4.8 per cent (TSX:ENB), while Cenovus (TSX:CVE) rose 2.7 per cent and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was up 0.44 per cent at the close.Meanwhile, Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) saw its shares rise more than six per cent amid news the aerospace and transportation company has signed a letter of intent with an unidentified European customer for a firm order of 31 C Series aircraft and options for an additional 30 jets.In New York, major indices were largely static as investors pored over House Republicans’ tax proposals.The broad strokes of the bill include temporarily cutting the top corporate U.S. tax rate to 20 per cent from 35 per cent, a boon to smaller American companies that tend to pay taxes at higher rates than larger firms that do more business overseas. Key as well would be reduction in the amount of interest Americans can deduct on new mortgages, a scourge for homebuilders.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 81.25 points to 23,516.26, a record high. The S&P 500 index inched up 0.49 of a point to 2,579.85 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 1.59 points to 6,714.94.As expected, Trump also tapped Federal Reserve board member Jerome Powell on Thursday to replace Janet Yellen as Fed Chair when her term ends in February.In other news, Canadian softwood lumber producers learned Thursday they will be hammered only slightly less forcefully as the U.S. government reduced export duties for most Canadian producers after ongoing political talks failed to reach a deal.“There’s a lot out there to digest today,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at Holliswealth. “The markets, I think are taking it in stride, but they’re pretty much flat for the day.”In currency movements, the loonie was trading at an average price of 77.99 cents US, up 0.38 of a U.S. cent.“Today the Canadian dollar is rising on the back of U.S. dollar weakness rather than Canadian strength,” said Small. “The U.S. dollar is not doing a whole lot… That’s because of tax reform.”In commodities news, the December crude contract added 24 cents to US$54.54 per barrel and the December natural gas contract advanced four cents to US$2.94 per mmBTU.The December gold contract nudged up 80 cents to $1,278.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was unchanged at US$3.14 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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Global airlines association warns of potential Brexit impact

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Disruptions to air travel are possible if Britain leaves the European Union in March without a deal, the head of the leading association for airlines around the world warned Thursday.Alexandre de Juniac, director general and CEO of International Air Transport Association, said the risk to traffic flow is partly under control after the announcement of contingency plans.However, he voiced concerns about the possibility of some disruption that could involve flight adjustments and cancellations in the period after a so-called “no-deal” Brexit because current guidelines relating to air travel between Britain and the EU reflect 2018 traffic levels. Passenger traffic is projected to grow 5.5 per cent in Europe this year.“I am not concerned that there will be a major disruption, but I am concerned that there will be disruptions in the coming weeks, in the coming months because it has not been calibrated properly,” de Juniac told reporters in Dubai.With less than three months to Brexit day on March 29, Britain has yet to agree on terms for its withdrawal from the EU, raising fears that the country could leave the bloc without a deal to ease the transition to a new future relationship— a scenario that could see serious dislocations to trade.Even if a deal is secured, Brexit will involve the country leaving around 750 international treaties, among them arrangements governing the EU’s aviation market. The British government has said that following Brexit it wants arrangements with other countries to allow air travel to continue unimpeded.IATA, which represents some 290 airlines, relies on open borders, de Juniac said.“When you close these borders, it’s not good news for us,” he said.A study commissioned by IATA on the effects of Brexit stressed that Britain has the largest aviation industry in Europe with around 80 per cent of all North Atlantic traffic passing through British or Irish airspace.Aya Batrawy, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Latest round of UNled climate change talks kicks off in Polish city

1 December 2008The latest round of United Nations-led negotiations aimed at reaching an ambitious global climate change deal next year began today in Poznan, Poland, drawing around 9,000 participants from governments, business and industry, environmental groups and research institutions. The two-week meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the halfway mark on the road to a major summit in Copenhagen in 2009, at which countries hope to reach agreement on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions reductions, whose first commitment period ends in 2012.Addressing the delegates in Poznan, Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, pointed towards the need to achieve progress on issues which are important in the run-up to 2012, including adaptation, finance, technology and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.“The conference needs to deliver on on-going issues, especially issues that are important to developing countries,” he said. “And there is huge pressure on available time up to Copenhagen in 2009,” he added. “So next to on-going work, the conference also needs to lay a solid foundation for an ambitious climate change deal at Copenhagen.”Alluding to the financial and economic crisis and the opportunities of green and sustainable economic growth, the UN’s top climate change official called on delegates to “increasingly focus on how the climate change regime could become self-financing and to link climate change policies to economic recovery.”The issue of technology will be high on the agenda and the conference will deal in depth with the issue of risk management and risk reduction strategies, including insurance. In the context of adapting to the inevitable effects of climate change, Parties are expected to put the finishing touches to the Kyoto Protocol’s Adaptation Fund so that is it ready to receive concrete projects as of 2009. The conference will conduct a review of the Kyoto Protocol and assess to what extent the Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism can be improved and its geographical reach extended.Among the high-level officials attending the meeting is Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is expected to lay out his ideas for some key issues under negotiation, including the shared vision necessary for long-term world collaboration on climate change.In addition, experts from the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be briefing participants on the potential role of nuclear energy for the mitigation of climate change. The Agency will also be presenting a new publication, entitled “Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2008,” which shows the climate change mitigation potential of nuclear power.“Global interest in nuclear power is definitely on the rise,” says Holger Rogner, Head of the IAEA’s Planning and Economic Studies Section, who also heads the IAEA delegation at the meeting.“This has also to do with the fact that nuclear power cannot be ignored when it comes to mitigating the effects of climate change. Many of the more than 50 member States that have expressed an interest in developing nuclear power also have in mind the fact that it generates few greenhouse gases.” read more

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Ban more determined than ever after Gaza war to achieve Middle East

11 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today his recent visit to war-wracked Gaza had left him more determined than ever to achieve the two-State solution of Israel and Palestine living side by side in security as well as a lasting peace between Israel and all its Arab neighbours. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today his recent visit to war-wracked Gaza had left him more determined than ever to achieve the two-State solution of Israel and Palestine living side by side in security as well as a lasting peace between Israel and all its Arab neighbours.“The peace process must be revitalized, and negotiations should resume leading to a lasting settlement of the conflict, based on relevant Security Council resolutions, the Road Map, and the Arab Peace Initiative,” he told the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, referring to the two-State solution and the Saudi plan for full Arab peace with Israel in return for full withdrawal from territory it seized in 1967. “I renew my pledge to do all I can to ensure that this goal is achieved. The international community must also do its part. This is now more urgent than ever.”Mr. Ban reiterated his demand that all Gaza crossings from Israel be re-opened to allow full access for humanitarian goods, and eventually commercial traffic, following the three-week Israeli offensive launched in December with the stated aim of ending rocket attacks by Hamas and other groups. At least 1,300 Palestinians were killed and some 5,300 were injured in the heavy bombardment and fighting in the densely populated areas of Gaza, which reduced homes, schools, hospitals and marketplaces to rubble. Fourteen Israelis were killed and more than 530 injured “Hundreds of thousands of civilians, including children, have suffered deep psychological trauma. Many Gazans are now dislocated, having lost family members and homes. Some 90 per cent of Gaza’s population now require food aid,” Mr. Ban said.“The civilian populations in both Gaza and southern Israel bore the brunt of the fighting, destruction and suffering. People who had already endured much hardship for many years have been subjected to even greater misery. They now face an uncertain future with anxiety and despair.”Despite the unilateral ceasefires announced by both sides, the situation remains fragile, and there has been further violence, he warned.The Secretary-General repeated his call for Palestinians to reconcile under the leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas, within the framework of the legitimate Palestinian Authority. Hamas ousted Mr. Abbas’ Fatah movement from Gaza in 2007. read more

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Sri Lanka notes significance of bilateral relations with India

The Deputy Minister further highlighted, the significance of reclaiming Sri Lanka’s Indian Ocean identity beyond South Asia, which will help Sri Lanka and others unlock tremendous opportunities Sri Lanka possesses for mutual benefit, in creating the new reality in the emerging Asian century. The event were organised by the Gateway House; the only foreign policy think tank in Mumbai and the Ministry of External Affairs, India. (Colombo Gazette) He further stated that, Sri Lanka, as a small but increasingly more strategically important island in this emerging large and powerful Asian neighborhood, must determine the optimal navigational strategy in order to meet its macro objectives. Throughout its ancient history, Sri Lanka had close links with the entire Indian Ocean rim spanning from Africa, the Arab Gulf, Persia, South Asia, South East Asia and Australia. The Sri Lankan Government has noted the significance of bilateral relations with India, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement today.Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, who was in Mumbai, to deliver the inaugural address at the Gateway of India Dialogue emphasized the importance of Sri Lanka’s bilateral relations with India and highlighted the late Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar’s thesis that India and Sri Lanka should work together to build on a shared geography, history and culture in a relationship he defined that should be in a state of ‘irreversible excellence’. read more

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Syrian civilians desperate for immediate ceasefire UN aid coordinator

That’s according to Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, speaking in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Thursday.UN officials in Syria issued a joint statement on 5 February, warning of the “dire consequences” facing civilians in conflict zones such as eastern Ghouta, Afrin, Raqqah, and across Idleb Governorate, if bombardment and shelling continues.As fighting escalates, “the number of civilians affected by violence is bound to increase”, the statement warns.With Syria now approaching its eighth year of brutal conflict, Mr. Moumtzis told UN News that medical and food supplies had to be allowed into besieged and hard-to-reach areas.“At the moment, humanitarian deployment is failing”, he said, adding that the UN was using every means possible to convince the Syrian government forces, opposition fighters and other armed groups, to lay down their arms. read more

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Thursdays Daily Brief Safeguarding civilians strengthening Ebola response in DR Congo Fistula

Better safeguards to protect civilians amidst deteriorating compliance  With the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the UN on Thursday announced measures to strengthen its response, with the Organization’s newly appointed Emergency Coordinator (EERC) declaring there is “no time to lose”. Amidst a surge in new cases, the epidemic has claimed more than 1,200 lives and threatens to spread to other provinces in the east, as well as neighbouring countries. A third of those infected have been children; a higher proportion than during previous outbreaks.   “The Ebola response is working in an operating environment of unprecedented complexity for a public health emergency”, said EERC David Gressly, adding that “insecurity and political protests have led to periodic disruptions in our efforts to fight the disease.”  Go here for the full story. Obstetric fistula continues to afflict women globally   Attacks in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Tuesday, which reportedly left at least 34 dead, have been strongly condemned by the UN chief António Guterres and UN Stabilization Mission in the country, MINUSCA. The attacks reportedly took place not far from the Chadian border, when armed group 3R (Retour, Réclamation et Réhabilitation) targeted several villages in the Ooham-Pende Prefecture. The UN human rights chief on Thursday warned that a draft justice and reconciliation bill making its way through the legislature in El Salvador could result in de facto amnesty for serious human rights violators.  High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said that if passed as it stands, the Transitional and Restorative Justice for National Reconciliation bill, “will unduly benefit” those who were “directly responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes” during the country’s long civil war of the 1980s and 1990s.  Crimes included “extrajudicial executions of children, women and the elderly, enforced disappearances, torture, sexual violence and other serious violations of international law,” the High Commissioner said.   She said the bill would also result in “impunity for the masterminds and military leaders who ordered such crimes or failed to adopt measures to prevent or stop them.”   Listen to, or download our audio News In Brief for 23 May, on SoundCloud: Since 2012, the country has been plagued by fighting between the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia and mainly Muslim Séléka rebels.In February, the Government signed a deal with more than a dozen militias aimed to stabilize the country in which thousands of civilians have been killed. Two out of three people in CAR are now dependent on humanitarian aid. In a statement, Mr. Guterres called on CAR authorities “to investigate these attacks and to swiftly bring those responsible to justice”, recalling that they may constitute  war crimes.  ”The Secretary-General reminds that all signatories to the peace agreement committed to respect international humanitarian law and human rights. He urges all the signatory armed groups to immediately cease all violence in line with their commitments in the peace agreement.”He expressed the determination of MINUSCA “to protect civilians and to support the implementation of the peace agreement which represents the only viable path to peace in the Central African Republic.”‘No time to lose’ in addressing DR Congo’s deadly Ebola virus, says new UN response coordinator  The UN remains deeply alarmed by ongoing reports of airstrikes, artillery shelling and clashes in and around the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria, it said on Thursday, noting that since late April, 100 people have died and repeated attacks on civilian infrastructure has increased the number of displaced. Over the past 48 hours alone, dozens of casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure has been reported in Idlib and Hama governorates, as well as in northern and northeastern Aleppo. Attacks are also reported in some government-controlled areas. Some 201,000 people are now reported to have been displaced due to violence between 1-16 May, bringing the total number of displaced people from northern Hama and southern Idlib since 1 April to 240,000. The UN continues to call on the parties to respect the obligations under International Humanitarian Law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, and to recommit fully to the ceasefire arrangements agreed between Russia and Turkey in September. Amnesty bill on table for rights violators in El Salvador, warns UN rights chief  Marking the International Day to end Fistula on Thursday, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) cited UN data in pointing out that although the injury has largely been eliminated in developed countries, more than two million women and girls still suffer from the painful and disfiguring condition. Hundreds of thousands of women and girls worldwide continue to “face devastating social stigma” of this almost entirely preventable condition, including “shame, isolation and segregation”, said UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem said in a statement.   According to the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, obstetric fistula is one of the most serious injuries that can occur during childbirth, leaving a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum, caused by prolonged, obstructed labour, without treatment. Here’s our take on the day.Respect the International Humanitarian Law obligations protecting civilians  Marking 20 years since the UN Security Council added the protection of civilians to its agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres told the chamber on Thursday that while safeguards were stronger, “compliance has deteriorated”.   “We are rightly critical when assessing the state of the protection of civilians, for there is great cause of concern”, he said.  The UN chief walked members through 20 years of progress, saying that a “culture of protection” had indeed “taken root” that encompasses a comprehensive framework based on international law, and becoming one of the peace and security body’s “core issues”.   Read our full story here. UN chief ‘strongly condemns’ deadly attacks on villagers in Central African Republic  read more

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HSE spent €75m providing injectable treatment for MS patients in 2013

first_imgTHE HSE SPENT just less than €7.5 million providing injectable beta-interferon to patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) in the first ten months of this year.The information was revealed by Minister of State Alex White, in response to a question from independent TD Terence Flanagan who also asked about the prescribing guidelines for disease modifying treatments and the extent to which White believed they were being adhered to.Figures show the number of patients receiving the injection treatments has fallen from 1,103 in 2011 to 866 in 2012. In the first ten months of 2013, 814 patients received the injectable beta-interferon treatment.Costs from January to October reached €7,480,363 this year, falling from €10.2 million in 2013 and €11.3 in 2011.The junior minister said the Medicines Management Programme, which was established by the HSE aims to ensure patients have access to the essential medicines that they need. He said it also” facilitates more cost-effective prescribing with initiatives in relation to high-costs medicines” and ensures value for money in relation to medicines.White added that another aim of the MMP was enhancing evidence-based prescribing and optimising patient safety thorough a reduction in medication related adverse events.On the issue of prescribing deadlines, the minister of state said he would refer this to the HSE for a reply.There have been calls for a cannabis-based drug called Sativec to be approved for the Irish market as it has been identified as suitable for the relief of certain symptoms of MS. The Department of Health has said that it is engaging with experts on how best to make it legally available in Ireland while maintaining existing controls on cannabis.It is expected that new regulations to allow for this will be introduced early in 2014.Read: Increased demand for MS services ‘reflect difficult times’>Read: Calls for controversial MS treatment to be made available in Ireland>last_img read more

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Everyones Parents Get Back Together on Once Upon a Time

first_img Once Upon a Time Builds Fun Lore Around a Seattle LandmarkOnce Upon a Time’s Final Battle Was the Happiest Ending Now that the Black Fairy is in Storybrooke, and Henry is uncontrollably scribbling hieroglyphs, Once Upon a Time is setting up for the final battle. Step one: Get everyone back in the same place. That includes breaking the sleeping curse on Snow and Charming, the one remaining vestige of the Evil Queen arc, which the show seemingly can’t wait to get away from. At this point, it’s for the best. The Evil Queen is gone, along with any narrative tension the sleeping curse had. In recent episodes, it was becoming more of a minor annoyance than a meaningful obstacle.As the episode begins, no one is in good shape. Emma is having those hand tremors again that prevent her from using magic, and everyone is understandably concerned over the doom glyphs Henry’s been writing. Why can’t he just draw that pointy S on his notebooks like a normal kid? Desperate to rid him and his wife of the Sleeping Curse, Charming asks Regina to try out whatever she’s got. If that sounds like a bad idea, that’s because it is. Though Regina’s antidote appears to work at first, things immediately get worse. It seems the Evil Queen has built in a fail-safe. Not only is the curse unbroken, now they will both fall asleep permanently at midnight.Snow makes a message for Charming explaining everything. In the background, he notices a pink petal he recognizes. To see why we flash back to Storybrooke before season one: The Time of the Dark Curse. It’s really cool to see Storybrooke before Emma’s arrival. As promised all the way back in the first season, it’s the land of no happy endings. Everyone is miserable and made more so by Snow/Mary Margaret’s constant cheer. On her way to deliver flowers to the sleeping John Doe (Charming), she finds a strange pink flower growing out of the sidewalk. When she sets it down next to him, he wakes up and remembers everything. He touches her hand and the petal dust brings Snow White back too.Rebecca Mader, Lana Parilla, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Snow gives Charming directions to Rumplestiltskin’s shop, and he asks how they can get Emma back. It takes some convincing, but Rumplestiltskin reveals it’s possible with that pink flower. It’s a pixie flower, and the dust from it can reunite people who love each other. Meanwhile, Snow White does everything she can to keep Regina off his trail. Regina starts to suspect that Snow White has woken up, and threatens to kill Dr. Hopper. Mary Margaret would never stand up to the mayor, even to save someone else. Snow White, Regina says, is a hero. Fortunately, the rest of Storybrooke shows up, allowing Snow to escape back to Charming.They are about to use the fairy dust to get their daughter back, but Rumplestiltskin appears. He reminds them that if they reunite with their daughter now, at age 10, she will never become the savior. The curse will never be broken. Snow White decides that as a hero, she can’t leave the rest of the town to live under the curse. They get one last look at their daughter and put themselves back under the curse. It’s an effective, emotional gut-punch of a scene.Back in the present, Snow White and Emma find a whole field of pixie flowers. Since they only grow in the presence of great evil, they figure Emma’s ultimate adversary must be nearby. The Black Fairy reveals herself and warns tells Emma that the final battle is coming. She then instructs Gideon to destroy the entire field of pixie flowers. She and Gideon disappear, taunting Snow White about her impending eternal sleep. Fortunately, Gideon appears to have missed one flower. There’s just enough pixie dust to break the curse.Jaime Murray and Giles Matthey. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)But hey, what about Hook? After being stranded in Neverland with Lost Boys descending on him, he’s surprised to see them all knocked out by a dart. It’s Tiger Lily! Noticeably absent from the previous Neverland stories, Tiger Lily is here to save Hook from the Lost Boys. Sort of. She knocks him out with another dart and ties him up. When he comes to, she says she needs something from him. She needs him to bring a piece of a powerful wand to the savior for her final battle. Well, that works out nicely. Hook explains his situation, and Tiger Lily tells him there might be a way to get him back to Storybrooke: Peter Pan’s magic.Tiger Lily creates a distraction at the Lost Boys’ camp while Hook raids Pan’s magic. As the Lost Boys descend on them both, he cuts off his shadow and instructs it to take the wand to Emma. The shadow flies away, and Hook and Tiger Lily are captured. The shadow makes it to Emma just as she and Regina are about to break Snow and Charming’s sleeping curse. She realizes Hook’s in danger, and Snow White tells Emma to use the dust to rescue him. Snow is confident that Emma will find some other way to break the curse. With the pixie dust and the power of true love (d’awww), Emma opens a door to Neverland, rescues Hook, and allows Tiger Lily to escape in the commotion.Now that Hook’s back in Storybrooke it happens for real. He gets down on one knee and proposes to Emma. She says yes, of course. Now we know what the upcoming musical episode is going to be about. Hook wants to tell her parents but finds that they have already fallen into their permanent sleeping curse. Fortunately, Regina comes up with a solution. She gathers the entire town together. She asks the entire town to share the curse, diluting its power. The entire town does, and the curse is soon weakened and broken. Everyone’s parents (and step-parents) are back together.Jennifer Morrison and Colin O’Donoghue. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Speaking of parents, as the episode ends, the Black Fairy visits her son, Rumplestiltskin. He’s figured out that Gideon isn’t acting of his own free will. The Black Fairy has his heart. How did he know? Because Gideon left one pixie flower alive. He was able to disobey her, just a little bit. That could prove crucial in the upcoming battle.While I wish the Black Fairy had been built up better earlier this season, she is proving to be a decent villain. The show is starting to justify why she’ll be the greatest evil Emma’s ever faced. Right now, they’re just telling us though. In the coming weeks, I’m hoping we see some of what her power can do. Otherwise, this was a high point for Once Upon a Time. It was fun going back to Dark Curse-era Storybrooke, which we haven’t seen since season one. The episode earned all its big emotional moments and got everyone back together in a way that didn’t feel too easy or convenient. Even with the deus ex machina flowers appearing out of nowhere. Most importantly, now that the problems of the last few episodes have been solved, we really have no idea what’s coming next. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Southgate knows 19 or 20 names for England World Cup squad

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that he now knows about “19 or 20” players that will be included in his final 23-man squad for the World CupAfter a rather controversial VAR decision had awarded Italy a late penalty, which Lorenzo Insigne scored, England were denied an almost certain victory at Wembley, after Jamie Vardy had put them ahead before the break.Southgate’s side won their first friendly against Holland 1-0 with the latest international break having represented some of the players’ final opportunity to prove themselves to the coach ahead of the final selection for the World Cup.“There have been some strong performances from individuals that have cemented… not their place in the squad, 19 or 20 of those were pretty clear, (but) it’s often who are the next ones in if we get a problem in a particular area,” said Southgate, according to Sky Sports.“The things we’ve tried, we’ve learned a lot. What’s really pleased me is the guys are solving problems on the pitch themselves: changes of formation from the opposition, patterns of working their way through different pressing tactics.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“That’s a real plus, and will only improve the more we work together. I’m looking forward to the lead-in to a fantastic and exciting tournament for us.”Southgate was pleased with their previous four friendlies against the likes of Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy, which has seen them collect positive results.“We’ve played four of the biggest football countries in the world, and been competitive in every game,” he said.“Our patterns of play have become far clearer, and we’ll improve on that.”last_img read more

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NATIONAL DONUT DAY Wilmingtons Dunkin Donuts Heavnly Donuts Offering Free Donut Deal

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedDunkin’s Pumpkin Menu To Arrive In Wilmington By August 21In “Business”Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces S’mores Flavored Coffees, Vanilla Cake Batter Donut and New Sprinkles DonutIn “Business”Wilmington’s Dunkin’ Donuts To Salute Veterans With Free Donut On Veterans DayIn “Business” WILMINGTON, MA — Friday, June 7, 2019 is National Donut Day! On this day,Wilmington’s eight Dunkin’ Donuts locations are offering guests a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. One per customer. While supplies last. [Source: Dunkin Donuts]Wilmington’s Heav’nly Donuts (579 Main Street) is also offering guests a free donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. One per customer. While supplies last. [Source: Heav’nly Donuts]Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Major oil development planned in NPRA to get streamlined environmental review

first_imgNortheast National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. (Photo by Bob Wick, image courtesy Bureau of Land Management)The federal Bureau of Land Management last week kicked off the environmental review process for what could be one of Alaska’s biggest future oil developments — ConocoPhillips’ Willow project, in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, or NPR-A.Listen nowIn the past, this process has taken years and thousands of pages of analysis. The Trump administration wants to make that process go faster and dramatically reduce the amount paperwork involved. But environmental groups worry a faster review won’t do enough to protect the Arctic wilderness.Top Interior Department official Joe Balash thinks paring down the government’s environmental review process makes sense.“When it comes to a decision maker such as myself, who has to make decisions on multiple fronts every week, you can’t legitimately sit down and read through 2,500 pages of analysis,” Balash said in a recent interview.Federal environmental reviews are meant to look at all the potential impacts of projects like mines and oil developments on federal land, and try to avoid — or at least minimize — those impacts. But Balash argues the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, has gotten way out of hand.“These complex, mind-numbing NEPA documents have become a field for very specialized consultants and litigants. And it really is not serving the public interest,” Balash said.Republicans have long argued environmental groups use NEPA to slow or halt development. So last year, the Interior Department put forth an order to speed along the NEPA process. Among other things, it caps the number of pages agencies can fill with analysis about environmental impacts at 150, or 300 “for unusually complex projects, excluding appendices.” It also says environmental impact statements can’t take longer than a year to prepare.Previous environmental reviews in Alaska have been well over 1,000 pages, and have taken multiple years to complete.“If we can’t describe the project, the alternatives, the affected environment and the impacts in 150 to 300 pages, then we’re probably using too many words to describe something,” Balash said.One of the first projects in Alaska to benefit from the Trump administration’s truncated environmental review is a major oil development ConocoPhillips is proposing on the North Slope. Last year, Conoco announced a huge oil discovery in the federally-managed NPR-A. Conoco’s plans to recover all that oil involve a central processing facility, an airstrip, pipelines and up to five drill pads with up to 50 wells on each pad, according to the Bureau of Land Management. It’s a big deal, and it’s called the Willow project.“It’s not just a step forward in the NPR-A — it’s one of those big leaps forward,” Audubon Alaska policy director Susan Culliney said.Audubon keeps close tabs on NPR-A because the area encompasses important habitat for a huge number of migratory birds. Culliney thinks it’s a mistake for the Trump administration to apply a faster, shorter environmental review to the Willow project.“These public lands that belong to us — they belong to people on the North Slope, they belong to people all over the U.S. — they’re important and we need to take the time and the consideration to think about these things,” Culliney said. “Especially for a place as complex and sensitive as the Arctic landscape.”Culliney said Audubon doesn’t oppose the Willow oil development at this point — it is waiting to see how things play out. But she thinks the Trump administration’s streamlined environmental review could mean they miss something important in the process.“That’s the risk of doing something too quick, too hasty. You open yourself up to those errors,” Culliney said.Another environmental group, the litigious Center for Biological Diversity, is also objecting to how the Trump administration is going about its environmental review for Willow. The group is against the project.“Skirting comprehensive review to drill hundreds of oil wells on Alaska’s rugged, unpredictable northern frontier is a recipe for disaster,” Kristen Monsell, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in an emailed statement.Balash said Interior isn’t trying to invite lawsuits by putting limits on environmental reviews.“Certainly we’re not doing this just to get tossed out in court,” Balash said.For its part, Conoco thinks an environmental review that takes less time doesn’t mean it will cut corners. In an emailed statement, spokesperson Natalie Lowman said, “ConocoPhillips supports a robust and efficient analysis of the Willow development in line with the requirements of NEPA and the BLM’s Integrated Activity Plan for the NPR-A.”last_img read more

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Flower prices soar on eve of Varalakshmi Vratham

first_imgGudimalkapura: The wholesale flower market at Gudimalkapur is seeing high number of visitors for the last few days. On the eve of Varalakshmi Vratham, the market was full of visitors from across the city.Jasmine recorded the highest jump, costing double as compared to week. Vendors were charging Rs 80 for 50 grams on Thursday. Chrysanthemum was on high demand in spite of high cost at Rs 800 per kilogram. The other flowers that were also sought included Marigold, Rose and Lotus. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Praveen, chairman, Gudimalkapur Flower Market, said, “For the first time the wholesale vendors visited the farms and procured flowers as against the normal practise of cultivators bringing the produce to the market. We had to resort to this as the supply of flowers reduced.” He further added, “Mostly, the supply of flowers to Hyderabad is from Pune, Bangalore and Nasik. Due to inadequate rainfall this year, the production was low and then the demand increased thus prices are soaring. Any variety of flowers per kilogram is costing Rs 100 to Rs 150 higher than the normal in the market. ” Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us “We are bound to flower business and are sticking to it blindly. There is no profit either for cultivators or for traders,” says a flower vendor. A kg of Chrysanthemum was Rs 650 to Rs 700 and the retail vendors at Srinagar Colony have been selling the same for Rs 800. Each Lotus costs Rs 40 which is triple the normal price. Madhusudhan, ADE, Telangana Horticulture, said, “This is the usual trend during festivals. It’s not just the flowers, even the prices of coconut leaves, coconut, pumpkin and lemon increase as they are widely used for puja.”last_img read more

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The moment a young Mark Zuckerberg realises he has been accepted to

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:10Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:09?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close The moment a young Mark Zuckerberg realises he has been accepted to Harvardcenter_img Mark Zuckerberg released video on 18 May of the moment he learned of his acceptance into Harvard University, where he later developed and founded Facebook. Zuckerberg said he released the video, filmed by his dad, ahead of his return to Harvard to receive his honorary degree. In the footage, he is seen in his bedroom opening an email from Harvard while dressed in his pyjamas.Yay, I got accepted, a teenage Zuckerberg says softly, before his father Edward Zuckerberg begins cheering.In the comments section on the Facebook post Zuckerberg provided some insight into the video.Before I went to college, my mom bet me Id drop out and my younger sister bet me shed finish college before me. I bet them Id get a degree. Now I suppose the cycle is complete, he wrote.last_img read more

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