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India’s Courts: Moral Guardians of the Nation

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Virat Kohli commands the respect in Indian dressing room: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

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With eye on 2019 elections, Amit Shah kicks off BJP’s massive outreach programme

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today embarked on a campaign to reach out to voters ahead of the crucial 2019 general elections. Called ‘Sampark for Samarthan’, the BJP will target 1 lakh prominent personalities across the country over the next 15 days and tell them about the four-year achievements of the Narendra Modi-led government.BJP president Amit Shah himself kick-started the campaign on Tuesday. His first stop was the residence of former army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag. Suhag was the army chief under whom the Modi government orchestrated the surgical strike against Pakistan in September 2016.”As part of the ‘Sampark for Samarthan’ campaign, met former Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag ji at his home in Delhi to discuss and brief him on the several achievements and initiatives undertaken by Modi sarkar since it was voted to office 4 years ago,” Amit Shah tweeted after the meeting.As part of the Sampark for Samarthan campaign, met former Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag ji at his home in Delhi to discuss and brief him on the several achievements and initiatives undertaken by Modi sarkar since it was voted to office 4 years ago. pic.twitter.com/ihpIcooh3rAmit Shah (@AmitShah) May 29, 2018Gen Suhag said Shah and he talked about the state of farmers and villages in the country. He remained mum on the possibility of him joining politics in the wake of this meeting.As part of the campaign, top 4000 BJP functionaries will tap 25 important persons each, mostly retired, from the fields of judiciary, army, literature, arts, cinema, music, sports, religious organisations, journalism, business, farmers’ organisations, corporate conglomerates among others. BJP functionaries who will reach out to these persons will include union and state ministers, MPs, MLAs, district presidents and top office-bearers.advertisementOn Tuesday, Amit Shah’s second stop was former secretary general of the Lok Sabha and constitutional expert, Subhash Kashyap. Kashyap gifted Shah books on Ramayana, Bhagwad Geeta and the Constitution.BJP National President Shri @AmitShah met Shri Subhash C. Kashyap during the ‘Sampark for Samarthan’ campaign. Shri Amit Shah will reach out to 50 people personally with details of initiatives and achievements of the Modi government. #SaafNiyatSahiVikas pic.twitter.com/Rfa2gYv8MSBJP (@BJP4India) May 29, 2018After meeting Shah, Kashyap said, “There are several schemes of the Modi government that are good but there is much that still needs to be done.” He said he has no intention of plunging into politics.READ: Mudra Yojana is a mission or mess? 5-point fact checkerREAD: 4 years of Modi Sarkar: Report card of promises keptWATCH: Mood of The Nation: Who will stand where if LS elections are held today?last_img read more

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Mason Rudolph Shines Once Again In a Close Game Late

first_imgMason Rudolph tossed so many dimes on Saturday I thought the Federal Reserve was going to issue a cease and desist. He finished the Kansas State game 29/38 for 457 and five TDs. Based on stats along, you could chalk it up as a top-five game ever for him. Even more so considering he came into the game having thrown just 10 TDs on the road in his career.Rudolph now has eight wins (!) over teams in which OSU trailed in the second half in his career and is 19-5 as a starter.“Say what you want about the guy … he’s won a lot of football games,” Mike Gundy told reporters after the game. “He actually played better after he turned the ball over a couple of times than he did before. Why that is, I don’t know. He came together. He played well. He played terrific in the last half of the fourth quarter.”It’s the second straight year in which No. 2 has led a game-winning drive against Kansas State with less than two minutes left in the game. He was 8/9 for 177 yards and two TDs on Oklahoma State’s final four drives. His only incompletion was an interception on a 50/50 ball. No passes he threw hit the ground. It was a spectacular showing.“I just love tight games,” Rudolph told the O’Colly. “I love that crowd noise and being on the road in a tough environment and just seeing your teammates grow. Those game-winning drives and those last few minutes is where you gotta just relish it, and you gotta love it.”He did. Every bit of it on Saturday. And it impressed his offensive coordinator.“To have your eyes down the field and be able to keep your eyes downfield when somebody’s barreling down on you and then be able to navigate your way just to a clear launch point is a hell of a trait that quarterbacks,” Yurcich told the O’Colly. “Some have ‘em and then some don’t, and I think that’s what makes really good quarterbacks great.”Freeze that throw to Washington for six. Watch Rudolph step up in the pocket and toss a missile to The Prez. Look at how he avoided the sack right here and kept his eyes on No. 28 (who thought his QB got sacked).screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-3-21-57-pmHere are three of the other eight passes he completed on OSU’s final four drives. Rudolph is a great one. His numbers show it. The eye test shows it. He’s one win from 20 in his career and still has a season and a quarter to go. He’s three wins from a Big 12 title. His stats this year are enormous through nine games. He has nearly matched last year’s totals through 75 percent of this season.screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-3-12-18-pmHe is on pace to fly by the 4,000-yard mark (only Brandon Weeden is in that club) and toss over 30 TDs with under 10 picks. He is inching towards that elusive 70 percent mark that Weeden hit in 2011. He has become everything we thought he could be which is why his warts (overthrows, not sliding etc.) are stark.But like we have seen time and time again and saw on Saturday, when poo is flying around and nobody knows what to do, Rudolph is willing to take the wheel and steer the S.S. Gundy safely into the harbor.Those last few minutes is where you gotta just relish it. You gotta love it.He does.We do too.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Aguero returns to Man City training

first_imgSergio Agüero Aguero returns to Man City training after suffering broken rib Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:45 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Sergio Agüero Manchester City Manchester City v Stoke City Stoke City Premier League The 29-year-old took part in light training with some of his team-mates on Tuesday and is will work on his fitness over the coming days Sergio Aguero is back training with his Manchester City team-mates after suffering a broken rib in a car accident.The Argentine attacker makes a quick return after being injured in a car crash in Netherlands at the end of September.City to beat Stoke 3-0 – 6/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Aguero was expected to be out of action for two to four weeks, but the 29-year-old was hopeful of getting back to full fitness sooner..@aguerosergiokun’s back training! #mancity https://t.co/7juulgwrF1— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 10, 2017City confirmed on Tuesday that Aguero participated in light training with team-mates not away on international duty, stating that the striker is “expected to gradually build up his fitness in the coming days as he edges towards a first team return”.It is yet unknown if he will be fit enough to feature against Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.Aguero has scored six goals and set up a further three in his six Premier League appearances this season for Pep Guardiola’s side, who sit top of the table with a goal difference advantage over Manchester United.last_img read more

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Gallardo: Messi can win World Cup for Argentina

first_imgLionel Messi Gallardo: Messi can win World Cup for Argentina Chris Burton 07:00 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Lionel Messi Argentina Getty Images Lionel Messi World Cup Barcelona Argentina Primera División A former Albiceleste star admits Jorge Sampaoli’s side will not be favourites in Russia, but they do boast a man capable of winning games on his own Argentina stand every chance of securing World Cup glory this summer purely because they have Lionel Messi, says Marcelo Gallardo.The Barcelona talisman will once again go in search of international honours this summer as football’s global showpiece heads to Russia.Messi has won just about everything it is possible to win at club level, with collective prizes complemented by five Ballons d’Or as a mercurial individual talent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp He has graced Copa America and World Cup finals in the past, but Argentina have always come up narrowly short.Gallardo concedes that the Albiceleste will not be among the favourite to go all the way in 2018 and end that drought, but admits Messi will always give them a chance.The former Argentina midfielder, who graced two World Cup tournaments in 1998 and 2002, told RT: “I think Argentina has always been a leader in global football.“I think now there are two or three teams in the world better than Argentina – first Brazil, then Germany and Spain, and then us.“Now that we have Messi on our team, we have a chance to win.“We have this feeling. We feel like we can become the central team because we have Messi. But three national teams: Brazil, Germany and Spain, are better than us.”While Messi will once again shoulder the expectations of a nation this summer, Gallardo has called on all of those selected by Jorge Sampaoli to embrace the occasion and the pressure which accompanies representing Argentina.He added: “I think that the point is you feel like you represent your team and your country.“I think that it creates a fountain of intense emotions. Very intense because it is not just about patriotism, it is about playing in a jersey that has your country’s colors. You enjoy that the most, the process of playing.”Argentina will open their 2018 campaign in Group D against Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria, with the 2014 finalists taking at a third World Cup crown to go with their 1978 and 1986 triumphs.last_img read more

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After Career Game, Chuba Hubbard Wins Big 12 Player of the Week (Again)

first_imgStop me if you’ve heard this before.After turning in a career game for the second time in three weeks, Chuba Hubbard was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.You probably stopped me because that was pretty much the exact lede following Hubbard’s big game against Tulsa when he racked up 256 rushing yards including big runs of 75, 30 and 34. New week, more yards and more big runs… Another award.Chuba earned his second Player of the Week honor after this time pushing his career high to 296 rushing yards, the sixth-most in school history, and one TD during OSU’s 26-13 win over Kansas State.It only took 25 carries, a relatively low number for Chuba thus far in 2019, for the sophomore tailback to reach that total. His 11.8 yards per carry was buoyed be several big chunk yardage plays. This time Chuba had runs of 53, 18, 20, 84 and 44 yards.Chuba’s big night further extended his lead over everyone else in college football with now 938 yards through five games. No. 2 is Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins withBefore Chuba earned the Week 2 honor, the last Cowboy running back to win Player of the Week was Desmond Roland in 2013. Chuba is now the school’s first RB to win it multiple times in a season since Tatum Bell did back in 2003.Marshall Scott did a great job of rounding up all of his significant numbers on Saturday night, but this just jumped off the screen at me.He’s also on track to become the second Cowboy to surpass 2,000 rushing yards in a season, again only behind Sanders’ 1988 year. If Hubbard kept this pace, he would run for about 2,439 yards in a 13-game season. Again, it’s way too early, but that number would be the fourth most in a season in NCAA history. [PFB]Here the highlights from Chuba’s big game care of KFOR’s Nate Feken.The Big 12 named Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) their offensive player of the week. Hubbard ran for a career best 296 yards (#OKState record vs ranked opponent) & a TD against Kansas State. pic.twitter.com/PTgyJ5m1et— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) September 30, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Budgeting For Your Internet Strategy

first_imgThe cost of running and promoting your website can vary greatly depending on the scope and how much you decide to handle in-house. Often you can save money by doing things yourself or using free tools, but this can be demanding on staff time and, depending on your staff’s experience and expertise, can compromise the quality of the outcome. Hiring a consultant will cost more money, but with the right one, the impact on staff will be minimal, the project will be completed in a timely manner, and you will save your self some hard lessons about strategizing and implementation. Of course, you’ll have to weigh your own resources to decide the best path for your organization.To successfully fundraise online you have to take a special interest in your website and overall Internet strategy. Here’s an overview of the resources you may require.Planning/development costs. Integrate your online work with the rest of your organization’s strategic plan. From a staff cost perspective, you want to look at what you want to accomplish first, how much money you want to spend overall in your first phase, how you want to manage the project, and which employees will do the work.In addition to staff, you will have to make budget decisions on what vendors to use for your Internet presence- for designing (or redesigning) and hosting your web site, for example. While it is possible to design your site in-house, most organizations outsource the initial design to a design firm or consultant, then handle the maintenance and updates in-house.Contracts for building Web sites vary tremendously according to the anticipated size of the site, interactive features, and any special technologies. Be sure to compare bids from multiple vendors, and, depending on the complexity of your site, consider hiring a consultant to help you with the vendor selection process. TechSoup.org has an excellent section on working with consultants.Hosting your web site and making technology decisions is another cost factor. If you have a very simple site with little technology, your hosting fees can be as low as $20 per month. If you have a more complex site that is database-driven, be prepared to pay between $250 and $1,000 per month or more.Marketing and promotion. Often a web site launch has two phases – the “soft launch” and the “hard launch.” For the soft launch, a site is made “live” without a lot of fanfare and promotion. Often organizations use this time to ensure everything works as expected, work out any kinks, and make final changes to the site. Then, when everything is in tip-top shape, the hard launch begins – a fanfare-filled series of announcements and events that drive traffic to the new site.A combination of online promotional strategies and traditional public relations techniques is most effective for the hard launch, and the costs can vary based on the scope of the promotion and the degree of outsourcing. At a minimum, your launch should include e-mailing all of your lists and contacting relevant portals and sites. A more aggressive launch would include faxing your press release to known media outlets, developing an online campaign to drive traffic to your site, pitching stories about newsworthy features on your site to specific reporters, holding a public meeting or event to announce the launch, distributing collateral marketing materials and more. A marketing firm or consultant might charge between $2,000 and $25,000 (and up!) to handle the launch, or you could handle the promotion in-house, investing less money but more staff and volunteer time.Source: Groundspring ITS Topic 7last_img read more

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Getting Started: Creating a Website

first_imgEvaluating and choosing an appropriate method for developing and maintaining your web site is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your online fundraising work. Your choice will have significant staffing and cost implications. Many nonprofits find it works best to hire a Web developer to build a site and an internal Webmaster to handle the ongoing maintenance. Chances are, you’ve made a few mistakes already in this department, but that’s ok. Between technology innovations and your changing needs, you’ll be re-doing your web site every couple of years. So, evaluate your options, select one (or a combination, more likely) and get going.Outsourcing: Hiring a Web development firm (or sometimes a single freelancer) to develop your site is usually the best solution, since most organizations don’t have the expertise to build a new site in-house. You’ll need to develop a detailed RFP (Request for Proposal) that details what features and functionality you want. Be prepared to give copies of your materials to the firms submitting proposals – annual reports, direct mail, newsletters, etc. Review sites the firm has created and check references. Talk to people at those organizations about work style, communication, maintenance, problems, costs, and timeliness.The pro to hiring a Web development firm is that its staff has the skills and experience to build your site better and quicker than you could. And assuming you hire a good firm, you’ll end up with a professional, appealing web site. Of course, the cons are similar to hiring a wrong person – you can easily waste time and money on the wrong firm.Doing it in-house. These days, there are lots of Web savvy folks out there, and many nonprofits have successfully hired a staff person who uses his/her own skills and the many free tools available on the Web to develop and maintain a good site. Often the Webmaster is also the main contact with an outsourced Web developer working on a new site or a full site redesign. The position requires a resourceful person filling the role, plus good supervision, clear priorities and deadlines.The pros are that you’ll have a staff person available all the time to make quick changes and to keep the web site on the front burner, and the accumulated expertise stays in-house. The cons are that it’s hard to find someone who has all the skills required – you’ll need a budget to outsource some tasks – and once the site is completed she will only be using some of her skills to maintain the site.Working with ASPs. Application Service Providers (ASPs) let you “rent” complex programs running on their own computer servers; they often provide functionality that you could not afford to build yourself. The application generally runs on their site but is formatted to look as if it is your site, so when a visitor accesses the application, they likely don’t notice that they’ve been taken off your site. Some ASPs provide one or two applications, others provide a comprehensive suite of applications that work together. The Network for Good Donate Now service is an example of a donation processing ASP.Source: Groundspring ITS Topic 4last_img read more

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Soldier killed as Pak violates ceasefire

first_imgJammu: An Army jawan was killed as Pakistani troops violated ceasefire and resorted to firing and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district for the third consecutive day on Tuesday, officials said. Indian troops gave a befitting reply, resulting in heavy damage to Pakistan’s army posts and casualties of its soldiers, they said. In the exchange of fire, Naik Krishan Lal (34) was killed, the officials said.last_img

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Iran to let women attend football World Cup qualifier

first_imgTehran: Women fans will be allowed into the stadium for Iran’s next football World Cup qualifier in October, a sports ministry official said Sunday, ahead of a deadline to allow their attendance. FIFA has been stepping up pressure on Iran to ensure women are allowed to attend qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, reportedly giving it until Saturday to comply or else face consequences. An official at the sports ministry said on Sunday that women would be able to watch Team Melli — as the national team are known — at their next home game in Tehran’s Azadi stadium. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Women can go to the Azadi stadium on October 10, 2019 to watch the match between the Iranian national team and Cambodia for the Qatar World Cup qualifier,” said Jamshid Taghizadeh, the sports ministry’s deputy for legal and provincial affairs. “There is no legal ban (on the presence of women in stadiums] and we must activate the infrastructure, which is underway,” he said, quoted by state news agency IRNA. “Our view on women, at all levels, is to prepare the necessary conditions for women’s success.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIran has barred Iranian women spectators at matches since the 1979 Islamic revolution, with clerics arguing they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men. The authorities have allowed foreign women to go to matches in the country in the past. And while a small number of Iranian women have attended select international matches on previous occasions, others have faced prosecution for entering stadiums at other times.last_img read more

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Greece Creditors approve Uturn on pension cuts

first_imgATHENS, Greece — Greece’s bailout creditors have approved a request by the country to scrap pension cuts planned in 2019 after the country delivered a strong budget performance.In a report published Wednesday, the European Commission said the previously agreed cuts were no longer considered necessary for Greece to meet a primary budget surplus of 3.5 per cent before debt servicing costs.The government is due to table a final version of the 2019 budget to parliament later Wednesday after getting the nod from lenders.Greece ended its third consecutive international bailout in August but has not returned to markets due to turmoil created by the budget standoff in Italy and a financial crisis in Turkey.The Associated Presslast_img

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Security tightened along LoC, IB ahead of Amarnath yatra

first_imgJammu: The security grid along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu region is being strengthened ahead of the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said on Sunday.The 46-day yatra is scheduled to begin from the twin route — traditional Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and shortest Baltal track in Ganderbal district — on July 1 and will conclude on August 15 coinciding with Raksha Bandhan festival. A joint meeting of police, Army, BSF, CRPF and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) here discussed in detail security measures required to be put in place along the IB, LoC and hinterland including highways during the yatra, the officials said. They said the meeting, chaired by Deputy Inspector General of police, Jammu-Samba-Kathua range, Sujit Kumar, called for strengthening the security grid and border management on the IB and LoC. Army and BSF officers were told to conduct joint regular meetings with police officers in their respective areas and exchange intelligence sharing in case of any important information about terrorists and terrorism, the officials said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThey said strengthening of checking points from IB and LoC and on National Highways right from Lakhanpur up to the jurisdiction of district Jammu and placing of modern equipments and gadgets along the highway came up for detailed discussion. They said senior superintendents of police (SSP) of different districts said they have made contingency plan in their respective areas to meet any exigency. They were told to conduct mock drill in order to ensure desired results besides checking of their alertness, the officials said, adding district police chiefs have also been directed to identify places for ‘langars’ (community kitchens) to be set up for the intending pilgrims.last_img read more

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First IKEA Store in Morocco to Open in December 2015

Rabat – IKEA, the world’s leading furniture company, will open its first store in Morocco by the end of 2015 in the new city of Zenata, about 30 kilometres away from Casablanca.Covering an area of 26,000 square meters, the Swedish company, which has reportedly invested 40 million euros in its Morocco store, will create 1,400 jobs, including 400 direct jobs.Second in Africa, IKEA will provide its customers a wide range of aesthetic and functional products at very affordable prices. “We are excited to bring IKEA brand in Morocco. We will provide our customers with functional solutions and standard design at affordable prices. We relied on the latest technology to build this store and our human capital to deliver the best IKEA experience in Morocco,” Marino Maganto CEO SYH Morocco said.The Swedish company entered the Moroccan market via SYH Morocco, a subsidiary of the Kuwaiti Al Homaizi Group, which has franchise rights for IKEA and already represents the brand in Kuwait and Jordan.Operating in 44 countries worldwide, the Swedish multinational group of companies that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture has to compete with other giants in the same field, mainly Mobilia and Kitea, that have already gained ground in the kingdom. read more

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Return of UN political presence to Mogadishu historic step says envoy

26 January 2012The re-establishment of the United Nations political presence in Mogadishu will allow the world body to work more closely with Somalia during a crucial period in its peace process, the UN envoy to the country said today. On Tuesday Augustine P. Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, moved to the capital of the Horn of Africa nation from Nairobi along with a number of his core staff from the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS).The move comes one and half months after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced during his visit to Mogadishu that the UN office will relocate to the city to provide further assistance at what he called a “critical juncture” for the future of the Somali people.“This is a historic step,” Mr. Mahiga wrote in a letter to the Somali people today. “It is now up to us to make up for lost time.”The last Special Representative of the Secretary-General to be based in Mogadishu was James Victor Gbeho, who worked with the now defunct UN Operations in Somalia II (UNOSOM II), and left in early 1995. UNPOS was established shortly afterwards and has since been based in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.“Being on the ground will allow us to be closer to all the stakeholders – the Transitional Federal Institutions and other administrations, civil society, NGOs [non-governmental organizations], business people, journalists and ordinary Somalis,” stated Mr. Mahiga.“Daily interaction will help us understand each other and to work together in a more imaginative and constructive manner at this crucial period in the peace process.”He cited the need to move ahead with the roadmap that was agreed in September and which spells out priority measures to be implemented before the current transitional governing arrangements end next August, in the areas of security, the drafting of a new constitution and reconciliation.“We also are faced with a parliamentary crisis and a continuing terrorist threat from insurgents,” Mr. Mahiga noted. “There is a lot of ground to be covered in the next seven months.”He stressed that finalizing the draft constitution before the May deadline must be a top priority, and also underlined the need to resolve the ongoing impasse within the Parliament. read more

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Ringing Peace Bell Annan calls on world to bridge ethnic and religious

“Today, let the sound of this bell inspire us in our work towards those goals. Let the call of the bell ring loud, clear and true around the world,” Mr. Annan declared, striking the bell three times at the start of a day in which the first of 100 world leaders will begin addressing the 59th session of the General Assembly. “From the height of the Cold War to the rise of intrastate conflicts, from the spread of the AIDS crisis to the escalation of terrorism, the call of the bell has remained constant, clear and true.” Standing with him as rang the bell, a gift from Japan cast from the pennies donated by children from 60 nations, were three UN Messengers of Peace – former world boxing champion Muhammad Ali, author and journalist Anna Cataldi and wildlife researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall – as well as General Assembly President Jean Ping. “Today, we listen to the ringing of the bell as solace while we contemplate the tribulations of the past year, and as a source of strength as we prepare to take on the trials ahead,” Mr. Annan said. “We need to keep working to strengthen the system of collective security, and make sure it is up to the task of meeting the threats of the 21st century.” “We need to build greater international solidarity in tackling grave humanitarian emergencies, such as the one in Darfur,” he added in reference to western Sudan, where militia attacks and fighting between the government and rebels has uprooted nearly 1.5 million people. “We need to do better in forging a true global partnership for development, to fight hunger, ignorance, poverty and disease and meet the Millennium Development Goals,” he said of the targets set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000 to halve extreme poverty and hunger, reduce infant and maternal mortality and achieve other social goals, all by 2015. “And we need to promote greater tolerance and understanding among the peoples of the world,” he added. “Nothing can be more dangerous to our efforts to build peace and development than a world divided along religious, ethnic or cultural lines. In each nation, and among all nations, we must work to promote unity based on our shared humanity.” The UN singers and a children’s choir performed at the ceremony in front of the UN complex, as sharpshooters took up positions on nearby roofs and nearby roads were blocked as part of stringent security measures for General Assembly session. Video of ceremony [16mins] read more

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UNESCO chief condemns killing of Libyan journalist Somali radio reporter

“Freedom of expression is fundamental to good governance and rule of law – torturing and silencing those who denounce problems does not make the problems go away,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement condemning the torture and murder of Libyan writer and journalist Daif Al Ghazal.In a separate statement, Mr. Matsuura also denounced the killing of Somali radio journalist Duniya Muhiyadin Nur while calling for improved safety for reporters working in Somalia.”I am concerned that those in positions of power in Somalia should respect the right of journalists to carry out their professional duties as an essential element in constructing a better future for their country.” Mr. Matsuura said in the statement.Mr. Al Ghazal, 32, was a journalist for the London-based online newspaper Libya Al-Youm (Libya Today). According to the nongovernmental organization Reporters Without Borders, he was kidnapped on 21 May and his body was found on 2 June, “barely recognizable” due to “many signs of torture.””Mr. Ghazal was a brave and committed journalist…the brutal torture he was made to endure before his death speaks volumes about the moral principles of his killers,” Mr. Matsuura said.Ms. Nur was shot on 5 June while covering a protest by bus and truck drivers near Mogadishu against the growing number of military roadblocks in the region. The 26-year-old reporter for radio HornAfrik is the second journalist to be killed in the country this year, according to Reporters Without Borders. The NGO recalled that BBC reporter Kate Peyton was killed in Mogadishu in February.Mr. Matsuura’s statements today were the latest in a series of condemnations he has issued recently over attacks on journalists around the world. read more

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NHL to move to new 67story tower on Manhattans west side

NHL to move to new 67-story tower on Manhattan’s west side by The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2016 6:27 am MDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The National Hockey League is moving its headquarters to a 67-story office tower under construction on Manhattan’s west side.Developer Brookfield Property Partners announced Wednesday the NHL will move from its current location in midtown to the tower that will be known as One Manhattan West.The league will lease five floors of the new skyscraper, which is scheduled to open in 2019.The building will be part of the seven-acre Manhattan West complex. The development is west of Madison Square Garden, home of the NHL’s Rangers.The NHL will also open a new store in the complex’s retail mall.NHL Chief Financial Officer Craig Harnett said league officials believe the west side of Manhattan is “the future of New York.” read more

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Its been a very good year for the chancellor

Who’s Tapping the Truck? a report tracing the main income from running a 38-tonne truck for 10 years shows that each vehicle will deliver more than £100million of goods, and generate some £235,000 in taxes. Who’s Milking the Motor Car? a report tracing the income generated by a car from the first sales to the end of its life demonstrates that the chancellor is the biggest winner collecting almost £11,000 over a typical ten year life cycle. At the end of November 2001 an all time record level of car registrations had been recorded of 2,332,303 units, and this is only for the first 11 months of the year. This compares to the previous record of 2,300,944 for the whole year in 1989. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Record new vehicle sales have led to all-time high tax revenues from Britain’s motorists in 2001. Last year the chancellor collected more than £40billion(1) from the British motorist and this figure will rise dramatically by the time we ring in the New Year for 2002.Britain’s truckers delivered an average of £10million worth of goods on each and every one of their trucks this year, and in turn handed £24,000 each to HM Treasury.(2)UK car drivers contributed an average £1,100 each to the chancellor as their part of the huge revenues generated from motoring related taxation.(3)SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘The chancellor gets a massive slice of his spending money from the motorist whether they’re car drivers or truckers and it’s a good time to remind him that we’re not limitless cash cows. Any further changes to the taxation system must be carefully considered to avoid upsetting the delicate balance. Notes to editors: In 2000 the government collected £40,823,408,000 in vehicle taxation of which £22,813,000,000 was fuel duty according to HM Customs and Excise data. read more

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Men offered a £3000 sweetener to induce them to train as nurses

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. NHS Improvement said some doctors appeared to be involved in a “very organised” campaignCredit:Chris Radburn/PA A&E  “While there’s a lot being done nationally — and at Coventry — to encourage women into sciences and engineering we hope this initiative will lead the way in addressing the persistent low proportion of men working in many healthcare professions.”center_img Men are being offered a £3,000 sweetener to entice them to train as nurses.Coventry University said the plans aim to “address a growing gender imbalance” on such coursesMen account for just 10 per cent of the total nursing students placed at UK universities, and the gender gap is growing.Nurses said some male patients preferred to be treated by another man.The £30,000 fund, paid for by the National Express Foundation is thought to be the first created specifically for men taking nursing and healthcare courses in UK higher education.Last year 2,800 men were accepted on to nursing degrees last year compared with 26,000 women.However numbers of applications have fallen this year, since the abolition of NHS bursaries, which mean trainees have to pay £9,000 tuition fees and take out loans for living expenses.Rob James, academic dean for the faculty of health and life sciences at Coventry University, said: “We support all initiatives taking positive action to address unequal gender representation in any subject discipline, and this bursary does so across healthcare training. Colin Harrison, 32, from Solihull, one of only two men in his year on the learning disabilities nursing degree at the university, said: “Nursing is very much seen as a women’s profession but for many patients, especially male, to be treated by another man or to see men on the wards can be very important.”I think the reaction to what I do as a man is very much a generational thing and it’s changing. People usually are shocked but then are really interested in it.”Applications for the bursaries will open to students applying from October.last_img read more

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