Night-landing, more direct flights for Srinagar soon

first_imgUnion Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Thursday announced that the facility of night landing, and direct flights to major cities in India, and Dubai andKuala Lumpur, will be made available for the Srinagar airport.Speaking at the ‘Ideas Summit’ organised by the Foundation for Resource Development and Education (FRDE), in Srinagar, Mr. Sinha said, “I have instructed thatnight landing should be made available at the Srinagar airport as soon as possible to increase connectivity. We will install approach lights for safer landing during low visibility.”The move is bound to increase footfalls of tourists in the peak season, which sees only 40 flights landing in Srinagar.“With the facility, there will more flights in winters and summers. It means more tourists, more business and more partners,” said the Union Minister.Mr. Sinha spoke of international flights from the Srinagar airport to Dubai and Kuala Lumpur to grow businesses in Kashmir. “We will do our level best to enable Srinagar to connect with these places,” he added.In a bid to increase footfalls of domestic tourists, Mr. Sinha said major cities like Ahmedabad, Chennai and Hyderabad will be connected with Srinagar directly.Within J&K, the Aviation Minister promised to connect far-off tourist destinations via a chopper service. “Kashmir has incredible natural resources. Providing unique experiences to tourists is the key to boost tourism. We are planning to have smaller plans for newer destinations,” said Mr. Sinha. The Centre is also planning to upgrade cargo facilities in Srinagar for the export of fruits and flowers. “Cold storage facility will be expanded to help businessmensend products across the country,” said Mr. Sinha.Mr. Sinha said the feasibility for a civilian airport in Srinagar — the present facility is managed by the Indian Air Force — and new airports in north and south Kashmir, “are also under consideration.”Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Finance and Labour and Employment Dr. Haseeb A. Drabu said logistics is going to be a big thrust area and it will become a force multiplier for all businesses in J&K.“Kashmir as a tourism destination is pre-sold and all it needs to attract huge tourist numbers is a peaceful atmosphere. The day you say with confidence that the situation is peaceful, tourists will flood to the valley. Younger people have a much bigger stake in peace and you must contribute in building a sustainable peace in J&K,” he said.last_img read more

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Brgy. Ginebra shoots for crown

first_imgView comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC This war can be won on steel nerves Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BOCAUE—With the gin—err, bubbly—chilled and multicolored balloons now hanging from the rafters, Barangay Ginebra tries to finally put Meralco away and become just the fourth team in PBA history to repeat as Governors’ Cup champion.The Gin Kings are sitting on a 3-2 lead but aren’t taking things for granted, going about their usual hard routine Tuesday to make sure that things will be in order for them at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ More than 36,000 fans trooped to the cavernous venue on Sunday and rocked the place like crazy, especially when Ginebra broke away in the final 6:25 to turn what was a close game into an authoritative 85-74 triumph Sunday.Tim Cone did not deviate from the regular hard team workout as he had declared that they would like to play just one more game and close out this series so Ginebra can join San Miguel Beer, San Mig Coffee and Alaska as the only repeat champions of the season-ending conference.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 shutout“You have to get the guys ready,” Cone said as Ginebra goes into Game 6 with all the momentum it needs—while likely taking something out of the Bolts.Meanwhile, the league pays tribute to heroes of the Armed Forces with 25 soldiers who are veterans of the Marawi conflict to watch the game at ringside. Last season, this series came very close to a rubber match before Justin Brownlee hit a three-pointer at the buzzer that ended Ginebra’s eight-year wait for a championship.Meralco would surely like to have the chance to come that close again and keep alive the franchise’s quest for a breakthrough championship.“It’s do-or-die for us and we just have to play our best game to stay alive,” said Meralco’s Norman Black in laying down what has to be done as the Bolts try to salvage this one.Allen Durham is still the key for Meralco, and the reigning two-time Best Import will see the unfinished business from last year unresolved if he can’t carry his team through this.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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SPORT-SINDHU 2 (SPB2)

first_imgSindhu said that only after stepping on the court in Rio Sindhu said that only after stepping on the court in Rio can she exactly say how different the environment will be, but she did not think the Olympics meant extra pressure. “Its the Olympic Games, so you need to play well. Everything is in your mind, but (theres) nothing like (extra) pressure. Its really exciting, but I may not know till I play a match as its the first time for me.” She said it was crucial for the team members to be strong, both on the physical as well as the mental side. “Physically and mentally we need to be very strong and its important to train hard as nowadays the matches are long in badminton.” With the Games fast approaching planning has been done so that Sindhu and the others would be free to concentrate on training intensely for one month just prior to the mega event. “Only a few months are left (for the Games) and there are some tournaments left to play. We need to be prepared for them as well as Rio. The next important events (for Indian shuttlers) are the Thomas and Uber Cups (finals, from May 15-22 in China). “We will be playing in Indonesia and Australia and then we will be having one month training. We are going to put the full effort for the Rio Olympics,” said Sindhu. The near six-foot-tall player said it was not easy to pick anyone as a likely medallist and it was not wise to take any opponent lightly, while singling out Thailands former world champion Ratchanok Intanon and Chinese Taipeis Tai Tzu Ying as particularly difficult opponents for her. “We cant say one person can win as every person – from 1-20 ranking – is capable of winning a medal. Whoever plays well on that day will be the winner. We cant take it easy against anyone. “As of now Ratchanok, is really challenging and is doing really well. I have recently played with her. And also Tai, she has also been playing well. I would have beaten her (recently), but missed it by 2-3 points. It depends on the day. “The best players are going to come to the Olympics. We cannot say one is easy and another is difficult, as every player has different style of play,” she explained. (MORE) PTI SSR GK ATK ATK BASadvertisementlast_img read more

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No need for pink ball to draw spectators for Test matches: Sehwag

first_imgFormer India opener Virender Sehwag on Sunday said there was no need for innovations like introduction of the pink ball to draw the spectators for Test matches as people will automatically come to the ground when good teams take the field. (Anurag Thakur rules out 15-day window between IPL and domestic calendar)Averring that it was every young cricketer’s dream to represent his country in Tests, Sehwag said the longest format of the game poses the real test for a player.”The Test format is very good. There is no need to change. You don’t need to introduce the pink ball to draw the spectators. (India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 4: Saha fifty helps India set NZ a target of 376 runs)”If good teams like Pakistan, Australia and England come, people will come to the ground automatically and support,” Sehwag said while participating at a panel discussion on the occasion of the Sportstar’s book launch on India’s 500 Tests. (Watch: Kohli, Thakur set an example for Swachh BHarat Abhiyan)He said the future was bright for Test cricket in India. “This I can say, looking at the coach and the Indian team.”The real test for any cricketer lies in Test cricket. It is every young cricketer’s dream to play Test matches . The future is good,” he said.India head coach Anil Kumble, who also took part in the panel discussion, called upon cricket buffs, and stakeholders to desist from discussing the “death” of Test cricket.GLOBALISATION OF TEST CRICKETadvertisement”I’ll urge every cricket lover, opinion makers and various stakeholders to stop discussing the death of Test cricket. I’m sure people would have spoken about the death of Test cricket probably even during the times of Kerry Packer,” he said.The legendary leg spinner said though the Test format is facing challenges with youngsters now growing up watching T20, the present bunch of players love Test cricket.In this context, he spoke for the need of globalisation of Test cricket.He said though the match attendance might have gone down in Tests, its supporters has gone up with the arrival of the social media.”The social media is a great platform to promote Test cricket. You don’t need to sit through six hours. There’s notification on smartphones through which you can follow Test cricket,” ehs aid, exuding his conviction that Test cricket would survive.”if all of us keep on talking about the death of Test cricket, then ultimately it would happen,” he said.The Sportstar also announced a Dream Team of 15 led by Anil Kumble.The team: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Vijay Hazare, V.V.S. Laxman, Kapil Dev, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Anil Kumble (captain), Zaheer Khan, Vinoo Mankad, Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Javagal Srinath and Virat Kohli.last_img read more

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Cgarh govt will introduce new sports policy: CM

first_imgRaipur, Aug 29 (PTI) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today said his government will introduce a new sports policy within a month to promote talents in various games in the state.He was speaking at the State Sports Awards ceremony held today on National Sports Day here at the Indoor Stadium.”The Chhattisgarh government will come up with the new Sports Policy within a month which is aimed at giving encouragement to sports talents as well as developing sports infrastructure,” Singh said.The state government had consulted various sports organisations and senior sports-persons before drafting the policy, he added.Briefing about features of the new sports policy, the chief minister said, it has attractive provisions to encourage the local games being played in far-flung regions of tribal-dominated Bastar and Surguja districts and sports talents there.Similarly, budding talents in various games will be identified right from village panchayats and school-colleges level to district and division level and they will be further provided with the training coupled with hostel accommodation facility, he added.Besides, sports academies will be set up in the state and the award money in various games will also be increased manifold under the new policy, he said.On the occasion, the chief minister felicitated 316 sports-persons with awards and citations. Of them, 241 were also given cash awards.Meanwhile,international Basketball player Shiba Maggon who had came from New Delhi for the ceremony, was also felicitated by the CM.Union Minister of State for Steel Vishnu Deo Sai and state Sports and Youth Welfare minister Bhaiyyalal Rajwade were also present in the programme. PTI TKP NRBadvertisementlast_img read more

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Jack’s back! Wilshere rolls back the years

first_imgArsenal Jack’s back! Wilshere shows Arsenal what they’ve been missing Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 05:02 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jack Wilshere Arsenal Arsenal League Cup Arsenal v Doncaster Rovers Doncaster Rovers Opinion 493 days after his last start for Arsenal an impressive Wilshere continued his return to the first team at the heart of midfield May 15, 2016 was the last time Jack Wilshere started a competitive match for Arsenal. It’s been a long, arduous journey for the one-time poster boy of English football, who has seen several years of his career ravaged by injury and subsequent setbacks.Four-hundred and ninety-three days after lining out against Aston Villa in the Premier League, an eager Wilshere started alongside Mohamed Elneny in the Gunners third-round Carabao Cup match with Doncaster Rovers at Emirates Stadium.Arsenal 13/2 to win Carabao Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 There are some redeeming features of professional footballers which will always tug on supporters’ heart strings whatever the situation. Endeavour is one trait Wilshere possesses in abundance and his closing down of a Doncaster free-kick drew huge cheers from the 44,000 fans who have missed such tireless running from the former midfield prodigy.Jack Wilshere ArsenalArsene Wenger had given the 25-year-old Wilshere permission to leave the club this summer and it was only the player’s insistence on staying in north London to fight for his place which saw him reject a number of permanent and loan opportunities across Europe.It would have been easy to pack up and guarantee himself a starting spot elsewhere yet Wilshere clearly believes he can still become a permanent fixture in Arsenal’s midfield – the team he’s been with since the age of nine.Wilshere may only be restricted to Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup games this season and it was somewhat ironic that his first steps back into Premier League reckoning are beginning in the cup where he first announced himself as a 16-year-old in 2008.The 6-0 win over Sheffield United didn’t unearth many future gems but Wilshere’s appearance ignited the excitement among the Arsenal faithful, who could sense that he was going to be something special.His bursts in the final third and ability to nonchalantly find Olivier Giroud in the opening minutes of the game with a lobbed pass reminded those inside the ground of what still could be.Theo Walcott ArsenalThe Carabao Cup represents an opportunity for fringe players to get their chances in the first team, with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Mohamed Elneny and Per Mertesacker all featuring on Wednesday night.”I wanted to leave him on to give him 90 minutes. Overall it was an ideal game for him to gain confidence and fitness,” said Wenger after the game.”For me now he’s available to play..He needs 90 minutes at that intensity.”A typically temperamental Alexis Sanchez was handed a surprise start as he steps his return to full match fitness and a pin-point assist for Theo Walcott to net the game’s only goal saw Wenger’s men reach the next round of an increasingly undermined domestic cup competition.Despite the decreased interest for the game, Doncaster fans attempted their best FC Koln impression by letting off a smoke flare in the away end.Two streakers got their brief minute of fame as Arsenal stewards continued to earn their pay cheque on a night where the FA Cup holders lacked cutting edge in front of goal but still had something to smile about having seen Wilshere make his long-awaited return to the first team.Indeed, this was the first time that he had completed 90 minutes for Arsenal since September 23, 2014, in a game against Southampton. Jack’s finally back. And it’s a most welcome return.last_img read more

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Celebrate Earth Day with Kinston, North Carolina’s Mother Earth Brewing

first_img This Desert Oasis Is a Stylish Update on Classic Adobe Homes Editors’ Recommendations Keep Clean On the Go With the Sonny Portable Bidet Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene As residents of the planet Earth, we don’t spend enough time thanking our home for the ample gifts available to us. Many cultures have found ways to be grateful by personifying the planet as a female creation, the most lasting nickname being that of “Mother Earth.” Mothers are our caregivers, nurturers and providers and we wouldn’t be here without them, so it just makes sense.This Earth Day, as we turn our attention to the physical needs of the planet and all its creatures, let us recognize not only the primal elements of land, air, fire and water but also water and the magic that water can perform when merged with grains, hops and yeast.Related Post: Earth Day Travel – Visit 4 of the World’s Greenest HotelsThe perfect way to celebrate Earth Day is with a mixed pack of beers from North Carolina’s Mother Earth Brewing. The brewery’s core line consists of four bottled beers that commemorate trees, water, sky and the environmentally spiritual.Weeping Willow Wit is a Belgian-style wit beer. It’s a stalwart–and one of Mother Earth Brewing’s flagship beers. A very traditional take on the witbier style, Weeping Willow pours a hazy gold and has a mild flavor with flashes of orange and coriander against the Belgian yeast backbone, making it an ideal warm weather sipper.Endless River is a Kolsch-style ale, perfect for spending a day on the water or in any outdoor environment. It’s crisp, clean and a thirst quencher, and is just as enjoyable while watching a football game on television as it is when consumed after a pick up game played in the backyard.Dark Cloud is Mother Earth’s Munich-style dunkel lager. A deep brown, malty brew, Dark Cloud is ideal for beer lovers who want some additional tooth to their drink but don’t want to feel heavy. It’s easy to drink and surprisingly refreshing, contradicting many preconceptions about dark beers being limited to stouts and porters.Sisters of the Moon is the brewery’s India pale ale. Mother Earth Brewing uses heaps of American-grown hops, including fresh cones, which makes the beer strong on bitterness and enhances the expected IPA aromatics. Sweet malt flavors complement the feisty hops making Sisters of the Moon a balanced choice for an American IPA.Mother Earth Brewing is more than a gimmicky name; acknowledging humanity’s role on the planet is a part of the company’s DNA. They have the first LEED Gold certified brewery in the country and are devoted to earth-centric charitable causes. You can feel good drinking a pint from Mother Earth Brewing this Earth Day and every day, knowing these great-tasting beers are backed up by a true commitment to improving our globe.last_img read more

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Razor Bluff: A Luxurious Hillside Hideaway Fit for a Supervillain with Swagger

first_img The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer The Razor House 1 of 7 The Razor House Editors’ Recommendations Next The Razor House The Razor House This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner center_img Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert With so much space, Razor Bluff has all of the luxury amenities we could ever want in our evil villain lair, and some we never even thought of. Along with the 5,100 cubic feet infinity pool, the mansion also includes an underground four-car garage, a glass elevator, movie theater, gym with steam room, rooftop spa, and a library that features a custom Ralph Lauren glass and stainless steel pool table. The home is fully automated and controlled via iPad, allowing you to adjust everything from window shades to music.Razor Bluff also includes the standard rooms you find in any home, but they are all over-the-top luxurious befitting a hillside abode in La Jolla. There are two separate master suites, each with spa-like bathrooms, two guest bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and two half baths. The kitchen is a gourmet chef’s dream, complete with top-of-the-line appliances including four ovens, because why not?At $30 million dollars, Razor Bluff is unobtainable for the average buyer, but it’s still fun to imagine what life as a wealthy supervillain could be like.Want to get a glimpse of more homes perfect for the dastardly villain in all of us? Check out the home of Oakley founder James Jannard. Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Wallace E. Cunningham, Inc. Wallace E. Cunningham, Inc. The Razor House Previous Gone are the days of dark underground hideaways. Today’s modern villain has sophistication and style. These ne’er-do-wells now have options like Razor Bluff – a 10,000 square foot maze of concrete and glass that is the perfect spot for plotting world domination … or just taking in the stunning California sunsets.Razor Bluff, located in the hills of La Jolla, is the creation of famed American architect Wallace E. Cunningham. Known for designing opulent homes with unique forms, Cunningham is a master of turning concrete into fluid, bright, and airy structures. His homes open up to the outside to create a strong connection to nature and often the home’s building site dictates the design. Such is the case with Razor Bluff.The Razor HouseThe most important element in the creation of Razor Bluff was capturing the sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. The sloping site presented a unique challenge as well. In order to build Razor Bluff, Cunningham had to listen to the land. He created a home that rose up from the land, while also flowing along the hillside. Razor Bluff is a stunning example of the beauty of concrete and glass. The white polished finish of the concrete adds a feeling of luxury, while the walls of glass keep the home bright and open. All of the rooms overlook the water, allowing for stunning sunset views from anywhere inside the property. Unique forms were used throughout, from a circular, glass-enclosed sitting room, to an oval bedroom anchored by a massive fireplace, to the angular infinity pool that appears to pour into the Pacific. The layout of Razor Bluff flows like water, leading visitors around corners and into increasingly stunning spaces.last_img read more

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Fires Update Friday Aug 12 at Noon

first_img there are no significant changes from the 9 a.m. update this morning’s fog was beneficial to firefighting efforts, though the fog has now cleared the fire at Ten Mile Lake, Queens Co., has been flaring up in spots but continues to be 100 per cent contained the fire at Round Hill, Annapolis Co., is now declared out and will no longer be included in future updates there are now air quality advisories in place for Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties related to the fire near Perch Lake, south of Pictou there are also still air quality warnings for Annapolis, Kings, Lunenburg and Queens counties please remember that smoke and humidity are affecting air quality, and young children, the elderly, people with allergies, heart or lung conditions are most at risk. Symptoms include irritated eyes, increased mucus production in the nose or throat, coughing, or difficulty breathing, especially during exercise if you are sensitive to air quality or humidity, you may want to stay indoors, or somewhere that is cool. Spend time in an air-conditioned place – such as a library, indoor sports facility, mall or other public place if you have an air conditioner at home, set it to “re-circulate” and keep it running keep your doors and windows closed to avoid letting in polluted air, and avoid strenuous indoor activities as well as outdoor ones if you have health concerns, contact 811 or your health-care provider more information can be found at http://novascotia.ca/nsfire/faq.asp Following is a provincial fire update for Friday, Aug. 12, at noon. On Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14, updates will be provided at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Additional updates will be issued if there are significant changes. The media contact on the weekend will be Brian Taylor. His contact information is below. -30-last_img read more

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Ackerman says taking bull by the horns helped city rise in best

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mayor Lori Ackerman woke up on Tuesday to see the Energetic City climb 145 spots since last year on Money Sense magazine’s best places to live in Canada.Ackerman explained that when she found out that Fort St. John was ranked the best place to live in B.C. and 15th best in Canada she was ecstatic.“To see that Fort St. John has made this significant standing as the number 15 in Canada and number one in B.C. place to live is pretty phenomenal,” said Ackerman. Ackerman added that much of the city’s improvement has been due to city council taking the bull by the horns in ways of recruiting more workers and listening to resident feedback.“We’ve done a lot of public consultation over the last decade. We have listened to what the people have wanted and quite often over different council meetings we have gone to the public and asked ‘what do you want?’”Ackerman mentioned that they have focused heavily on community economic development because when there is a beautiful community, the economic development will develop itself. Making sure cores services stay maintained such as water, sewers and lights was a key point for the city.“We have to continue to demonstrate leadership and environmental responsibility. We are on the world stage with our passive house and to be able to showcase Fort St. John for just that one amenity is significant.”Ackerman went on to say that the city would soon unveil a community plan to focus on the community’s vision and work hard on making the city even more livable in the winter.last_img read more

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Security Council urges Iraq to fulfil pledges to Kuwait stemming from 1990

17 December 2010The Security Council today called on Iraq to fulfil the commitments it has made to find Kuwaiti or third country nationals, property and archives lost in Saddam Hussein’s invasion of his small neighbour more than 20 years ago. In a press statement the 15-member body welcomed “the latest positive steps” by the Iraqi Government on the more than 360 people still listed as missing, including continued excavations in Ramadi and support for an exploratory mission to Nasiriyeh. But it noted that limited progress had been made on clarifying the fate of the Kuwaiti national archives that disappeared during the invasion and its aftermath when Iraqi troops were driven out by United States-led forces, and welcomed Iraq’s commitment to establish an Inter-Ministerial Committee to coordinate efforts to find the archives and other properties.“The members of the Security Council urged the Government of Iraq to establish this Committee without delay, and called on both parties to translate statements of goodwill into tangible outcomes that will lead to the resolution of a larger set of outstanding issues between the two countries,” the statement said.The statement followed a briefing by Gennady Tarasov, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High-Level Coordinator for the issue of missing Kuwaiti and third-country nationals and the repatriation of Kuwaiti property, on Mr. Ban’s latest report on the issue.“The members of the Security Council supported the Secretary-General’s call for Iraq and Kuwait to continue to act in the spirit of the confidence and cooperation building process, which should contribute to the further strengthening of their good-neighbourly relations and enhancing of regional stability,” it added.The Council supported Mr. Ban’s recommendation to extend financing for Mr. Tarasov’s activities for a further six months “to build on the present momentum.” read more

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Myanmars human rights abuses burden region with exodus of refugees – UN

“There is clearly an extra-territorial dimension,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, said in Kuala Lumpur at the end of an eight-day fact-finding mission to Malaysia, one of the affected countries with some 84,800 registered refugees and asylum-seekers and a large number still unregistered. “Despite the promise of the transition in Myanmar, the human rights situation remains grave.” Other countries in the region also host a considerable number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants from Myanmar. “Countries in the region have a particular interest in persuading the Government of Myanmar to take necessary measures for the improvement of its human rights situation,” Mr. Quintana added. “These measures are an urgent matter for the new Government, and the international community should ensure that Myanmar fulfils this responsibility.” Mr. Quintana met with a wide range of individuals who had fled Myanmar to Malaysia, the organizations that serve these communities, and different ethnic groups, particularly the Chin and Rohingya communities.   “I talked to many people who had recently left Myanmar fleeing forced labour, land and property confiscation, arbitrary taxation, religious and ethnic discrimination, arbitrary detention, as well as sexual and gender-based violence,” he said. These included a man who left Chin State after 15 years of portering and forced labour for the military; a prominent Chin woman religious leader coerced to read a statement at a televised event denying restrictions on religious freedom despite her own views; and a young man who left Northern Rakhine State after he was denied the necessary travel permit to attend university and was arrested for trying to bypass the restrictions.Another young man left Shan State after years of forced labour, when the military confiscated his family’s farm and his brother was arrested and subsequently killed; he himself was also arrested but managed to escape.Mr. Quintana will present his latest report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council next month.When a new president and vice-presidents of Myanmar were elected earlier this month by the newly-convened parliament, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had voiced hope that the move would lead to the formation of a more inclusive civilian government broadly representative of all parties “relevant to national reconciliation and more responsive to the aspirations of the people.” 24 February 2011Human rights violations in Myanmar are burdening other countries in the region, with an influx of refuges fleeing a host of abuses from forced labour and land confiscation to arbitrary detention and sexual violence, a United Nations expert warned today. read more

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UN General Assembly President says courage needed to reform global credit rating

“I believe the United Nations could play a role in helping to establish the basis for an objective and reliable international rating system,” Vuk Jeremic told the Assembly’s thematic debate on the role of credit rating agencies (CRAs) in the international financial system. He said that in a recent report to the Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had proposed the “creation of a United Nations observatory of credit rating service providers,” which would, among others, “certify credit rating products and build consensus on [common] standards for rating methodologies.”“I sincerely hope Member States will seriously consider this proposal, and that today’s participants will examine its merits in the time to come,” Mr. Jeremic said, adding that such an initiative could foster a more coherent global response to the problems associated with international financial intermediation, while ensuring that adequate investment can reach worthwhile, creditworthy development projects throughout the world. He said that the main objective of credit rating agencies is to “reduce informational asymmetries between lenders and borrowers, by determining the ability and willingness of potential borrowers to meet their debt servicing obligations.” In making such assessments, those agencies lower the cost of intermediation, thus supporting economic and development activities.Yet, as the role of CRAs has expanded, the scope of the criticism of the industry has followed suit. A number of concerns have been voiced as to the extent to which they can have a serious impact on financial stability. “For example, some say that they didn’t exactly foresee Mexico’s 1994 devaluation, which had profound consequences throughout Latin America, nor did they adequately assess the financial conditions that led to the Asian tumults of the late-1990s, Mr. Jeremic said, adding that in the latter case, some have argued that the CRAs subsequent over-reaction—its steep downgrading of the sovereign debt of Asian countries most affected by the crisis—only made matters worse. Similar critiques were levelled during the recent Eurozone crisis. Governance issues have also been raised, with certain commentators making the point that lending and borrowing incentives were distorted by the CRAs, such as the “issuer-pays” model of remuneration, leading to the creation of too much cheaply-available credit prior to the 2008 global economic crisis.“Such differing points of view underscore the need for an objective review of the future role of the CRAs in the global financial system,” the Assembly President said. Each economic cycle is unique; and each downturn produces new surprises—two important reasons why CRAs may remain as vulnerable to making mistakes as the rest of the financial services industry. “Nonetheless, the status quo is hardly sustainable. It is incumbent for us to consider how one can improve the way CRAs operate, or at least discuss how to mitigate the potential consequences of lapses a CRA could make in the future,” he said.Delivering a statement on behalf of the Secretary-General, Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs said the role of credit rating agencies has expanded with financial globalization, reflecting the growing need to determine whether, and at what cost, governments and companies can access international financial capital. The Secretary-General has just returned from the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, where leaders adopted a Declaration calling on national authorities and standard-setting bodies to accelerate progress in reducing reliance on credit rating agencies. They also called for further steps to enhance transparency and competition among them.“There are several broad challenges that the international community needs to tackle in order to ensure that credit ratings make a positive contribution to the stability of the international financial system and encourage the investment needed to promote sustainable development,” her said, noting the need to correct methodological flaws, improving transparency, guarding against conflicts of interest and enabling developing countries to benefit more from credit ratings. read more

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France Is Rich With Offense But Is Winning With Defense

England0.89 Portugal1.10 Pogba has much more rarely gotten into the final third to create, passing instead more from deep and wide areas. This has kept him from being particularly dangerous in the attack, where his shot involvement has dropped by 4.6 shots attempted or assisted per 90 minutes with Manchester United to 2.8 for France. But in this disciplined, defensive role, the midfielder has found ways to affect the game, most recently with six attempted tackles and two penalty area clearances against Belgium. Pogba has been asked to trade his usual attacking production for defense, and so far, the plan has worked.The one man on France who doesn’t seem limited by these tactics is Kylian Mbappe. With Pogba playing deep, Mbappe has been asked to move the attack through the final third. He has attempted 52 take-ons, most in the tournament — a rate of about 10.6 per 90 minutes. Mbappe is a dangerous dribbler, but for Paris Saint-Germain last season, he averaged 6.4 take-ons per 90. If you’re hoping for excitement from France, wait for Mbappe to get on the ball. He will be looking to beat a defender or two, and that will be the primary danger France poses in open play. Otherwise, Les Bleus will be focus on defending.Will this strategy work against Croatia? Deschamps has to trust that his attack will produce goals even while outnumbered in the final third, while the midfielders trail the play. If Mbappe cannot progress the ball for his teammates, a long and scoreless match is possible.Croatia has thus far excelled in long matches, surviving extra time three times to reach the final. Its strength is its skilled midfield, where Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic all rate among the world’s best passers. Over time, opposition teams lose the legs to press Croatia, and the midfielders can find space to work. England successfully pressed Croatia in the first half and kept possession about even at 47 percent to 53 percent, but Croatia dominated the ball 64 to 36 percent in the second half, when it scored its equalizer.In the final, Croatia is likely to depend on its defense (seventh in the World Cup in the chart above) to hold back a more talented opponent. France will likely refuse to commit numbers to the attack and hope its skill wins out. If France can notch an early goal, it’s hard to see Croatia finding a comeback as it did against England. But France’s strategy has the same weakness that was discovered by Portugal in the final of the 2016 Euros. If the opposing team’s defense is solid, Les Bleus do not have the kind of swarming, overwhelming attack that can be counted on to pick up a needed goal. And if the match is running late and Modric starts to find himself with an extra yard of space in midfield, the possibility of an upset — and a first-time World Cup winner — starts to look a lot more likely.France is rightly favored, and its defense, strengthened by some conservative tactical choices by Deschamps, has been impregnable. But the final of the Euros showed what happens when this French approach fails, and if Croatia’s defense can hold back Mbappe and the French forward line to start, its midfield has the skills to pull off a late upset.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. Spain1.02 Brazil0.56 Senegal0.64 Sweden1.00 TeamExpected goals allowed France0.61 Three players exemplify how the French approach works. First is N’Golo Kante. He may be the world’s premier open-play defender. Kante has averaged about 7.5 tackles or interceptions per 90 minutes since 2014-2015, most in the world among players with at least 8,000 minutes played in league and Champions League play those four seasons. Brazil’s Casemiro, at 7.04, is the only other player with more than 7. Kante’s talents prevented Leicester City’s open attack from leaking goals during the Foxes’ miracle title campaign, and they then helped Chelsea rebound to a title after falling out of the top four the previous season. He is the primary reason that France so rarely concedes good chances. But instead of giving Kante the job of cleaning up midfield himself, as he often does for his club teams, Deschamps gives him added protection with the deployment of Paul Pogba.Pogba is a great playmaker who does much of his best work in more advanced areas. With France, Pogba is reserved, and his forays into the final third are limited. The blue wallTeams with the fewest expected goals allowed per match in the 2018 World Cup Uruguay0.50 Source: Opta Sports Croatia1.00 France entered the European Championships in 2016 with perhaps the most talented squad, and Les Bleus beat fellow tournament favorite Germany in the semifinal. A final matchup loomed against a less-heralded Portugal, which had never won the tournament. Portugal had played a defensive style that bottled up the midfield and limited opposition attacking opportunities.Sound familiar?In this World Cup, France knocked off two former champions from South America before winning its semifinal over Belgium, the next-best team remaining in the tournament according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index. Croatia, like Portugal in 2016, has never won a major tournament and got to the final through a comparatively easy draw. In the 2016 final, Portugal managed to stymie France and won its first ever European championship on an extra-time strike. Will this international final see another upset and first-time winner, or will the French golden generation bring a second-ever cup home?Croatia is a clear underdog — as it was in the semifinals against England — and there’s reason to believe the task ahead is even more difficult than it seems. SPI rates France as a solid 59 percent favorite to win. Through the tournament and even in qualifying, as Mike Goodman pointed out before the games started, it has been clear how France would choose to play. Despite an incredible blend of world-class attacking talent, Les Bleus set up first to prevent opposition chances and win on defense. And they have. France has conceded just four goals in six matches — three of which came against Argentina in the round of 16. And Didier Deschamps’s team has even better underlying numbers, with about 0.6 expected goals conceded per match. Australia0.76 read more

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PH to consolidate Minnesota Iron Range operations in new service centre

first_imgAccording to local paper, the Duluth News Tribune, P&H Mining Equipment is to close its main Minnesota Iron Range offices in Mountain Iron, Buhl and Hibbing after construction of a new $16 million, 82,000 ft2 building off US Highway 53 on the town of Virginia’s north side. The building should open next summer and will include office space and a giant service floor and crane for equipment repair and service.The centre will repair and service the company’s mining equipment that is used across the Range, but also serve as a service center for equipment from all over the world, Jon Anderson, regional manager for the company, said. The company will move 56 existing Iron Range jobs to the new building and add about 16 positions to service the company’s equipment sold to a booming Iron Range taconite industry. Kraus-Anderson Co. in Duluth will manage construction of the facility, which could be open by June 2012. Along with Alberta oil sands, Wyoming coal and US copper, the Iron Range remains one of P&H’s key hub markets in North America.last_img read more

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In Pictures US marks 911 anniversary

first_imgFamilies of the victims who died at the World Trade Center in New York read the names of each person at the memorial that has since been built where the Twin Towers once stood.A separate memorial was held outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania where United Flight 93 crashed after passengers and crew tried to overpower the hijackers.The finishing touches to the new World Trade Center tower and a museum dedicated to the attacks are currently underway.One World Trade Center is now the tallest building in the Western hemisphere, its spire reaching to 1,776ft (541m). We pray for the memory of all those taken from us – nearly 3,000 innocent souls.Our hearts still ache for the futures snatched away, the lives that might have been. A SERIES OF memorials took place across America today to remember the 3,000 people that lost their lives on 11 September 2001.President Barack Obama held a moment of silence on the front lawn of the White House in Washington DC and later attended a memorial outside the Pentagon, where he laid a wreath. Speaking at the memorial he said:last_img read more

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Three arrested after €18 million of drugs seized

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED three males and seized drugs with an estimated street value of up to €1.8 million following a planned operation in Co Kildare and Dublin this afternoon.Gardaí from the Garda National Drugs Unit, assisted by officers from the Organised Crime Unit, searched a van and a car in Castlewarden, Co Kildare.They seized cannabis herb with an estimated street value of up to €600,000 (pending analysis). Three males, aged 31, 40 and 50 years, were arrested at the scene.In a follow-up search of a business premises in the Cookstown area of Tallaght, gardaí said a further quantity of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of up to €1.2 million (pending analysis) was discovered.The three men are currently detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 at Clondalkin Garda Station.last_img read more

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DoD gives Android stamp of approval but only on a Dell Venue

first_imgIf you’re bummed by how long it takes for updates to make their way to your Android device, be thankful that you’re not playing by Department of Defense rules. The DoD has been big on BlackBerry devices in the past, but now they’ve sanctioned Android…to a certain extent, anyway.The extent: a Dell Venue running Android 2.2.That’s somewhat convenient, since the Venue still ships with 2.2 and not one of the more up-to-date Android versions that you’d find on most other current phones. Nevertheless, if you’re forced to adhere to DoD standards and you’ve been hankering for an Android device you can actually use, the Venue’s not a terrible option.It’s at least got a 1GHz processor, a 4-inch display, and an 8MP rear shooter — which puts it in the same ballpark as the original (and long-outmoded) HTC Incredible. It doesn’t hold a candle to today’s top-of-the-line Androids, but when security is a top concern you can’t always expect to be using hot new hardware.And that outdated OS isn’t quite ready to rock out of the box — there’s actually a complete Android hardening guide which needs to be followed. Some tinkering needs to be done, such as shutting down access to the Android Market and other third-party app stores. Users also won’t be loading any classified information onto their Venues, which presumably means no email access either. Ultimately, it seems like it’d be a whole lot easier for the DoD to roll a modified, pre-approved ROM for Android devices that it could flash before deploying them. Maybe once the CyanogenMod crew is done working on their ICS ROM they could lend a hand.More at Security Weeklast_img read more

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