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Punjab paves way to enact law on ‘office of profit’

first_imgThe Punjab government on Tuesday paved the way for the enactment of the law to enable MLAs to hold several new categories of ‘office of profit’.The Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) (Amendment) Bill, 2018, will be tabled in the upoming session of the State Assembly, after the State Cabinet gave a nod to it.An official statement said with the amendments proposed in the Bill, various categories of ‘office of profit’ will be added to the current list of positions and offices which the MLAs can hold without inviting disqualification.“The amendments, aimed at addressing the complexities of modern day governance, include incorporation of a new Section 1A to provide for the definitions of ‘compensatory allowance’, ‘statutory body’ and ‘non-statutory body’. As per Section 1(A), ‘compensatory allowance’ would mean any sum of money payable to the holder of an office by way of daily allowance, any conveyance allowance, house rent allowance or travelling allowance for the purpose of enabling him to recoup any expenditure incurred by him in performing the functions of that office,” said the statement.Besides, additions have also been made to the categories of ‘offices of profit’ under Section 2 of the said Act under the Bill. “The Bill amends Section 2 to include the office of chairman or member of a committee, set up temporarily for the purpose of advising the government or any authority on a matter of public importance or for making an enquiry if the holder of such office is not entitled to any remuneration other than compensatory allowance,” said the statement. It added that this also includes the office of chairman, director or member of any statutory or non-statutory body, if the holder of such office is not entitled to any remuneration other than compensatory allowance.Punishment for sacrilegeThe Cabinet also approved amendments to CrPC and IPC to make sacrilege of all religious texts punishable with life imprisonment. “The Cabinet has given nod to insertion of Section 295AA to the IPC to provide that “whoever causes injury, damage or sacrilege to Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Srimad Bhagwad Geeta, Holy Quran and Holy Bible with the intention to hurt the religious feelings of the people, shall be punished with imprisonment for life,” the statement added.The Cabinet also approved the constitution of Punjab State Higher Education Council by bringing a Bill in the State Assembly.last_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi meets Manohar Parrikar at Goa Assembly complex

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday met Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar (63), who has been suffering from a pancreatic ailment, at the latter’s chamber in the Assembly complex in Panaji and enquired about his health.The meeting comes a day after Mr. Gandhi said the “Goa audio tapes”, cited by the Congress to attack the Central government on the Rafale issue, were authentic and Mr. Parrikar was in possession of “explosive secrets” that gave him power over Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Mr. Gandhi arrived in the Assembly premises around noon, soon after the House was adjourned after Goa Governor Mridula Sinha’s address, which was boycotted by Congress members. Meets party MLAsAfter meeting Mr. Parrikar, Mr. Gandhi went to the Opposition lobby in the Assembly and held a meeting with his party MLAs for 10 minutes.The Congress chief refused to talk to waiting mediapersons, saying, “I am getting late.”Leader of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, who accompanied Mr. Gandhi to meet Mr. Parrikar, said, “It was a courtesy visit to enquire about Parrikar’s health. There was no discussion other than enquiring about his health condition.”Mr. Kavlekar said Mr. Gandhi had an informal discussion with the party MLAs as he would be arriving in Panaji next month to address party workers.Mr. Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi were on a private visit to Goa.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli happy to stay away from cricket after hectic season

first_imgStar India batsman Virat Kohli is making good use of his time off the cricket field. After enjoying unprecedented success at the recently concluded ninth edition of the Indian Premier League, where he scored a record 973 runs, including four centuries, to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore to the final, Kohli is now set to lend his voice for the official anthem of Premier Futsal, of which he is the brand ambassador. (Also Read: Virat Kohli rated more marketable than Lionel Messi)Premier Futsal on Monday unveiled musical maestro AR Rahman as the composer of the league’s official anthem ahead of its inaugural season. (Also Read: ‘Virat Kohli is more aggressive than Sachin Tendulkar’)This is the first time that the Oscar-winning composer is lending his musical genius to a franchise-based sports league in the country.The anthem, titled ‘Naam hai Futsal’, will be released with a video featuring Kohli on June 20.Revealing little details about the song, the ‘Mozart of Madras’ said Kohli’s part will be a rap. (Virat Kohli should replace MS Dhoni as India captain in ODIs, T20Is: Ravi Shastri)”We’ve been working on the song for a week. Virat’s portion will be a rap… I will make it easier for him,” said Rahman.advertisement”The lyrics for this song are in English, and we’ve been working on it for a week now – not sure how it’ll turn out yet! The track isn’t all rap though; it’ll have a mixture of other elements as well,” he added. (Also read: Every batsman should learn from Virat Kohli, says Suresh Raina)KOHLI A RAHMAN FANOn his part, Kohli said: “Many of my childhood memories have a connection to the tunes of this man. I know how to prepare for cricket, but I have no clue about a recording session.””During any cricket game, the only song that gets everyone together is Vande Maataram – the version Rahman composed,” he added.The five-a-side variant of football was launched amid much fanfare earlier this year and Rahman’s association with it adds further gloss to the league, which already boasts Portugal football legend and former World Player of the Year Luis Figo as President.Premier Futsal is set to take place in India from July 15-24 with each game split into two halves of 20 minutes each.KOHLI NOT THINKING OF WEST INDIES YETKohli’s next assignment will take him to the West Indies in July, for a four-Test series but the 27-year-old said he was not thinking of strategies and team combinations yet. (Also read: Self-belief, aggression key to Virat Kohli’s success: Rohit Sharma)He has played international cricket non-stop since October when South Africa came visiting for a three-match T20 series, a five-match ODI series and a four-Test series. India then travelled to Australia for an ODI and T20 series before returning home to play Sri Lanka in a T20 series, which was followed by the Asia Cup T20, the World T20 and the IPL. Kohli was only given a week’s rest when the selectors decided to let him catch up his breath during the T20 series against Sri Lanka.”I am enjoying time off the game. Sometimes, it feels good to stay away from the game. It’s always nice to sit back and relax. Honestly, I haven’t thought about team composition and other stuff. I have to see the conditions there and then we can decide whether we want to go in with five bowlers or four bowlers,” the 27-year-old said at a press conference on Monday. (Also Read: Kohli in the middle of a dream run: Muttiah Muralitharan)Kohli has enjoyed wild success after taking over as India’s Test skipper after MS Dhoni retired from the five-day format in December 2014, leading the team to historic series victories over Sri Lanka and South Africa.last_img read more

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Dyche compares Alexis move to ‘Harry Potter’

first_imgTransfers Dyche compares Sanchez-Man United move to ‘Harry Potter’ Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 10:40 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) AlexisSanchez-cropped Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Premier League Manchester City v Newcastle United A. Sánchez The Burnley boss is not surprised by the fees involved in the Chilean’s deal, highlighting the money being made by film stars in Hollywood Burnley manager Sean Dyche defended Manchester United’s lucrative pursuit of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, referencing blockbuster novel and movie “Harry Potter.”Sanchez is closing in on a transfer to United, who are reportedly set to make the Chile international the highest-paid player in the Premier League after hijacking Manchester City’s move.Much has been said about the figures involved in the deal, which is expected to see out-of-favour United playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction. 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 Dyche, however, is not surprised by the fees as he highlighted the money being made by film stars in Hollywood.”It’s become a major, major business and I don’t think it’s going to stop,” Dyche said ahead of United’s visit Saturday.”Take Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter. So he starts off with the first film, he’s 13 and he gets 150 grand. Do you think he got 150 grand for the second film? He certainly did not.”Then the third film comes along and now he’s 15 and he gets 15 million, let’s say. Then the fourth film comes along and he isn’t getting 15 million, he’s getting 35 million and he’s still only 19.”No one comes along and says, ‘No, no, no, give him 150,000, that’s what he got for the first film.’ That’s ridiculous. So why should it be different for sportsmen?”It will be interesting to see what the next TV deal does in football because I’ll be amazed if it doesn’t go up.”last_img read more

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College GameDay Made Lee Corso Cry With Incredible Footage Of His Time At Navy

first_imgLee Corso cries on College GameDay.lee corso cries on college gamedayESPN’s College GameDay only had one game to cover Saturday morning, but the program certainly made the most of its air time. In honor of Lee Corso’s time spent at Navy, where he was the defensive backs coach from 1966 to 1968, GameDay put together a feature that included footage of his days in Annapolis. The segment, which you can view below, actually made Corso cry live on television. Rece Davis, Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit were also taken aback.Here’s the entire feature, via ESPN. If it doesn’t work on your mobile device, you can view it here.Very cool. Props to ESPN for honoring one of the most beloved people in the sport.last_img read more

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Georgia Releases Awesome “Autumn Fire: Vision” Hype Video Ahead Of Nicholls State Game

first_imgA Georgia football player wearing number 14.Georgia has released a new hype video ahead of its contest Saturday against Nicholls State.The Georgia Bulldogs kicked off their 2016 campaign with a huge win over No. 22 North Carolina last Saturday. Nick Chubb, who suffered a devastating knee injury last season, returned to form with a 222-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Tar Heels. Fans are hoping that Kirby Smart’s first victory as the head coach of the Bulldogs sets the tone for the rest of the season.This week, UGA gets a bit of a breather, taking on Nicholls State at home. Regardless, the team has put together another awesome hype video to help amp up the team ahead of the contest. It’s called “Autumn Fire: Vision (Attack The Day) and fans will love it:Georgia vs. Nicholls State is set to kick off at Noon ET. It’ll be broadcast on the SEC Network.last_img read more

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ABS Approves First Cylindrical FLNG Design

first_imgzoom American Bureau of Shipping has granted approval in principle (AIP) for the Sevan cylindrical floating LNG (FLNG) production unit concept for offshore production, storage and transfer of LNG, LPG and condensate.The next generation FLNG design concept is based on the circular and geostationary Sevan FPSO design, which is being used in the Norwegian and Central U.K. North Sea and offshore Brazil, and is under construction as the first application of an FPSO unit to be installed in the Barents Sea.The full scope of design review for the FLNG concept includes an assessment of the feasibility of the structural strength of the equipped FLNG hull and process topside structure as well as a global performance and safety analysis conducted in accordance with the ABS Rules and Guides for floating LNG units.“By awarding Sevan AIP, we have acknowledged that the company’s innovative approach to designing and constructing a first-of-its-kind FLNG production unit is based on sound engineering practices and ABS classification standards,” said Tor-Ivar Guttulsrød, Director of FLNG, Global Gas Solutions, at ABS. “ABS continues to support new FLNG concepts that, when fully developed and implemented, will strengthen the emerging FLNG market.”The Sevan FLNG production unit will have a proprietary cylindrical hull capable of operating in more than 3,000 m (10,000 ft) water depth and in harsh environments, such as extreme North Atlantic and cyclonic conditions. The unit design is based on environmental load calculations for a 100-year return storm in the Barents Sea.The unit can be designed to have gas processing and liquefaction up to 4 MTPA and store up to 240,000 m3 of LNG and 36,000 m3 of condensate.According to Sevan, some of the most significant advantages of a cylindrical hull design are the elimination of the need for a turret and swivel and the favorable motions with very little roll and pitch, as well as reduction of typical wave induced fatigue loads and minimized hull deflection, which simplifies the topsides design.Press Releaselast_img read more

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Maersk Line Most Reliable despite Industry-Wide Dip

first_imgzoom Maersk Line remains the most reliable carrier in the third quarter of 2014 despite a global schedule industry-wide reliability dip, the latest report on global liner performance by maritime analyst SeaIntel shows.Maersk Line posted a score of 83.9%, compared to 85.7% in the previous quarter. Schedule reliability among the top 20 global carriers dropped from 75.5% in Q2 to 71.7% in Q3.Severe congestion issues throughout major hub ports in North Europe, the United States and Asia – particularly Tanjung Pelepas, Hong Kong and Shanghai – are cited as the main reason for the decline.“We understand that the decline in the ratings is a result of the bottlenecks in the ports,” says Head of Operations Execution Keith Svendsen. “We are pleased that Maersk Line retained its number 1 position. Our ambition remains to maintain industry leadership in schedule reliability.”For the 10th consecutive quarter, Maersk Line is named best in the Asia – North Europe trade lane with a schedule reliability of 95.5%. In the Asia – Mediterranean network, Maersk Line places second behind CSAV and CMA CGM. Small carriers in the market, on the other hand, dominate the Transpacific EB route.Maersk Line said that two months prior to the implementation of 2M with MSC, it  was set to deliver a stronger network in the East-West trades for its customers.The liner added that in order “to safeguard its stronghold on reliability performance” it has, together with MSC, put in place clear parameters.One of the agreed standards for the new network is to deliver upper quartile Schedule Reliability as measured by SeaIntel, Maersk Line explained.“The Joint Coordination Committee to be manned by personnel from both Lines will be tasked to implement agreed procedures, monitor the stability of the network as well as liaise with both MSC and Maersk Line on recovery actions for delayed vessels, and recommend improvements in the overall efficiency of the network,” the company noted.Press Releaselast_img read more

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INPEX 1st Condensate Cargo Sent from Ichthys FPSO

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: INPEX The first shipment of condensate from the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project in Australia has departed, the company said. The cargo departed from the project’s massive offshore floating production, storage and offloading facility (FPSO) — the Ichthys Venturer — moored in the Browse Basin, some 220 kilometers off the northwest coast of Western Australia.“This shipment of condensate is destined for the Asian market and signifies an important step forward as we begin to generate revenue from a project we expect will operate for 40 years to come,” Seiya Ito, INPEX President Director Australia, commented.Later this year, the Ichthys LNG Project will commence shipment of cargoes from Bladin Point near Darwin in Australia, with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) exports expected to follow in sequence.The Ichthys LNG Project is a project led by Japanese INPEX alongside major partner TOTAL, and the Australian subsidiaries of CPC Corporation Taiwan, Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric, JERA and Toho Gas.At peak, the project is expected to produce up to 8.9 million tons of LNG per annum, up to 1.65 million tons of LPG per annum and up to 100,000 barrels of condensate per day.last_img read more

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Journey Frontman Sings For Typhoon Relief

first_imgPrudence Foundation, the regional charitable arm of Prudential Corporation Asia (Prudential), has launched a new episode of the popular financial literacy animation Cha-Ching and a new version of its “Charity” song to raise funds for the Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief and recovery effort.The foundation has joined hands with renowned Filipino singer and American rock band Journey frontman, Arnel Pineda, who lends his soaring rock vocals to this innovative fund-raising initiative.Video: Charity (featuring Arnel Pineda) Typhoon Yolanda/HaiyanThe new Charity song is featured in a three-minute music video with all new animation sequences featuring the relief efforts following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. The music video aims to introduce children to real-life situations in which the money-smart value of donating may be practised. Pineda also appears in the new music video as an animated character.The co-creator of Cha-Ching, Prudential’s Regional Director Sean Rach, said the choice to collaborate with Pineda on this new Charity duet was a natural one. “We are Arnel and Journey fans. With his personal and the band’s commitments to help following Typhoon Haiyan, we shared the aspiration to give back to those in need. His voice is incredible and we are very honoured that he agreed to donate his time and talent.”Starting today, the Cha-Ching Charity music video featuring Pineda can be viewed on Cha- Ching’s interactive website and YouTube channel.The new Charity Song and the Cha-Ching Album featuring all songs from the 16 music videos are now available for purchase from iTunes Store. Proceeds of the song and album downloads will go to the Prudence Foundation’s Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts.The new Charity song, a power ballad, is part of the original line-up of animated Cha-Ching music videos that aims to teach children aged seven to 12 four fundamental money smart values — Earn, Save, Spend and Donate. The Charity song highlights the choice to donate and share what we have, either in the form of money, time or basic goods, to those with less in life.Cartoon Network will start airing the new Cha-Ching Charity music video featuring Pineda on Saturday, 12 April 2014 across Asia. It will also air on Channel V for one month.Pineda shared, “I am honoured to partner with Prudence Foundation for this meaningful initiative. We all need to be reminded of our social obligation to share with those who have less than we do.” He added, “I am glad to play a part and hope everybody will download the song to support this worthy cause.”Pineda became the lead singer of Journey in 2007. He has his own charitable organisation, the Arnel Pineda Foundation Inc (APFI), and recently recorded the single “Listen With Your Heart” with other famed Filipino music artists as a tribute to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and a gesture of thanks for the aid extended by over 50 countries in the aftermath of the natural disaster. Together with Journey, he has also helped give over 2 Million Meals to the United Nations’ World Food Programme.Prudence Foundation Executive Director Marc Fancy highlighted, “What we are trying to achieve with the new Charity song and animated music video is a culmination of Prudence Foundation’s three main areas of focus – children, education and disaster preparedness and relief. ‘Charity’ is originally featured in the Cha-Ching series, meant to educate kids about the value of donating. What we do in our disaster preparedness and relief programmes is encapsulated in the song – we help people in need make a fresh start. This project hopes to broaden the awareness on pressing issues that we need to respond to and involves even the youngest members of our society in the movement to affect positive change in our communities.”After Typhoon Haiyan devastated Central Philippines in November 2013, Prudence Foundation mobilised resources and pledged US$2 million to support the immediate relief and long-term recovery effort in the affected areas.As part of this commitment, Prudence Foundation is funding the construction of 135 disaster-resilient homes for displaced families as well as 183 motorised fishing boats and 140 pedicabs to help restore normal livelihoods in Santa Fe, Bantayan Island in Cebu. In March 2014, in partnership with humanitarian organisation Habitat for Humanity, Prudence Foundation led a team of over 100 employee-volunteers from Prudential’s operations across 12 countries in Asia and the United Kingdom to build some of these houses, together with the local community.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Graham Nash Concert Tickets Benefit Charity

first_imgLegendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash will perform a series of “An Evening With” concerts in Florida in January 2015.The tour dates kick off on January 12 at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, FL, and concludes January 18 at the 3A Songwriters Festival at Gulf Place Amphitheatre in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Advance tickets, including special benefit seats are available now at www.grahamnash.com/tour.This January, Shane Fontayne (guitar, vocals) will be accompanying Graham Nash on the road. “I’m really looking forward to an evening of music, stretching back 50 years, and coming round to today with all it’s blessings and problems,” says Nash, “a splendid time is guaranteed for all.” Graham Nash will continue his long-time tradition of raising money for charity through the Guacamole Fund’s special benefit seats; in addition, he will be donating $1 per ticket sold to charity.While continually building his musical legacy, Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer and visual artist whose work has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide, including the Smithsonian. Born in Blackpool, England, Nash was appointed OBE by Queen Elizabeth in 2010. He first rose to fame with The Hollies, and went on to form Crosby, Stills and Nash in 1968. Nash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two-times (for CSN & The Hollies), and is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame (as an individual and with CSN). In May 2013, he received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Boston’s Lesley University. His autobiography – Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life – was released on September 17, 2013 by Crown Archetype/Random House, and landed him on the New York Times Best-Sellers list.Graham Nash’s photography is currently on display in exhibition at the Fine Art Photography Gallery at Mumm Napa in Rutherford, CA. Titled My Life Through My Lens, Photographs by Graham Nash, features more than 50 of his photographs. The exhibition has been extended now to run through April of 2015 at the winery’s Fine Art Photography Gallery.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Moroccan writer Fatima Mernissi discusses womens issues in Rabat

first_imgRabat – Moroccan writer Fatima Mernissi discussed women’s issues, tackling different points from feminism to globalization’s impact on women, during a lecture on Tuesday, March 18 at the Faculty of Educational Sciences in Rabat.Mernissi said that she rejects the word ‘feminism’. The reason behind her claim is that she was once planning on attending a conference on feminism with a male colleague. However, the organizing committee asked her to enter the room alone, refusing entry to the male journalist with her. She turned down the request.Mernissi also emphasized the point of globalization and its danger on women’s traditions. She featured her friend’s, Fatema Elourdigui, painting, which reflects the traditional life of Moroccan women. “I was inspired by Fatema’s Elourdigui painted picture since it reflects the real traditional way of rural women,” said Mernissi.Mernissi also discussed her most successful works, including “Reve de Femmes,” “L’amour dans les Pays Muslmans,” “Le Harim et L’occident,” and “Dreams of Trespass.”One thing that surprised Mernissi the most was when her books were translated into several languages, she said.Traveling has played a crucial role in Mernissi’s career, she said. She described her experiences as an author traveling to many different countries.“In order to eat, we should travel,” she said.Mernissi’s attendance was a good opportunity for many students and they enjoyed listening to and discussing issues related to women’s status in Morocco, particularly rural women.Mourad Echikhi, a student at the University of Mohammed VI in Rabat, said he was thrilled that Mernissi shared her experience and learned many new things about the reality of women in Morocco.“Fatema is a vivid example of a Moroccan woman who tries her uttermost to cast the light on Moroccan rural women, I am personally planning to read her inspiring books,” Echikhi said.Edited by Saba Nassem© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Malaria control measures making advances in fight against deadly disease – UN

The report noted that over 40 per cent of the population in sub-Saharan Africa now has access to long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets (LLINs), compared to 10 per cent in 2005.The figures indicate a considerable leap in the number of people benefiting from the protective cover of the nets in the continent, which accounts for over 90 per cent of all malaria deaths.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s target of providing universal malaria control coverage by the end of 2010 to all endemic African countries is within sight, according to the report, with the distribution to date of more than 140 million mosquito nets, protecting nearly 300 million people in the region.“At this moment, we can point to definite indicators of progress, with data revealing that LLINs now have been distributed to more than 40 per cent of the population in endemic African nations,” said Ray Chambers, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria.“This signifies perhaps the most encouraging development in a year that featured many noteworthy accomplishments,” added Mr. Chambers, in a press release announcing the launch of the report.Mr. Chambers’ report noted that in 2008 the African Union Summit strengthened its commitment to malaria control and malaria-endemic countries, and submitted an aggressive set of proposals to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which responded with a record $1.57 billion donation.The report, which also underscores last year’s announcement that the world can reach near-zero deaths from malaria by 2015, stressed that while malaria-related objectives are within sight, a failure to increase momentum will result in falling short of objectives. “At this unique moment in history, when dedicated leadership, proven interventions, available resources and collective will have converged to turn the tide against this scourge, we cannot permit complacency to dull our resolve,” warned Mr. Chambers.He emphasized that the international community needs to exert the “same thought and energy that guided LLINs in 2008” to support other essential interventions, such as treatment in public health facilities, the provision of rapid diagnostic tests and the production of an adequate number of anti-malarial medicines, in particular artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs). 27 February 2009Although progress has been made towards reducing malaria deaths, currently around 1 million a year, to near zero by the end of 2015, the international community needs to intensify its efforts to reach the goal, stressed a new United Nations report published today. read more

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Opposition Chief Whip calls for investigation into claims of political interference

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo calls for audit of GRO’s digitisation processMarch 5, 2018In “latest news”Four Miles Toshao says Govt forming CDC in titled Amerindian villageAugust 30, 2018In “latest news”PPP wants audit of Fmr Opposition Leader’s office; Says assets yet to be handed overOctober 5, 2015In “Politics” The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says it is paying keen attention to reports of political interference in the work of the Guyana Registration Office’s (GRO) Outreach Team in Region One (Barima-Waini) by Government Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Allen.Opposition Chief Whip, Gail TeixeiraThis is according to Opposition Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira during a telephone interview with this publication.It was reported that Allen is directing the outreach team as to which areas they should visit and to whom they should issue new birth certificates.In some instances, Allen is reportedly uplifting birth certificates and issuing them to civilians.Teixeira said the Opposition is aware of the Government MP embedding himself in the work of the GRO and ultimately bringing into question the integrity of the process.“It is alarming that a politician is involved in this; and his active involvement in guiding the team in issuing birth certificates in Region One and taking back birth certificates that were issued and distributing them brings into question the integrity of the process,” she noted.Government Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Allen“It obviously equates the question about what could and could not happen in relation to the (voters) list, because right now there is continuous registration going on and claims and objections period as well,” Teixeira added.She called on the GRO to launch an investigation into the incident, to determine whether the integrity of the process was compromised or not.Regional Chairman for Region one, Brentnol Ashley was the one who brought the issue to light in a statement to the media. He identified Allen as interfering in the business of several state agencies and elected bodies in the region.The Citizenship Ministry Outreach Team is currently in the region, and is reported to have registered over 170 persons for birth certificates in two days.However, Ashley is questioning the process used to identify the persons for birth certificates, since, according to the ministry, “the team is being guided by Allen.”“Local Government elections are due this year, and birth registration documents are critical for the national registration of voters. In the past, the toshaos and other community leaders have been the ones who have worked with the GRO team, as they are knowledgeable of the eligibility of residents in their communities.However, M.P Allen’s accompanying and directing the GRO team to who needs birth certificates, and subsequently distributing birth certificates, is highly questionable and suspect,” Ashley noted.He also identified that Allen is distributing pension books to residents, despite the Social Protection Ministry informing the Regional Democratic Council that “no individual that is not employed by the Social Protection Ministry can uplift pension books to distribute.”Additionally, Ashley noted that Allen has all these privileges despite not being employed with any state agency in the Region. read more

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THW KIEL CONQUERS EUROPE

← Previous Story AG Kobenhavn wins third place! Next Story → EHF F4 BLOG: Antonio Carlos Ortega “I loved the handball spectacle in Cologne!” THW Kiel is the new Champions League VELUX EHF4 Winner! In a final in which THW dominated already from the middle of the first half and kept the lead thoroughout the whole game, we can say that it was a fully deserved victory in the Final in Koln. This is the second year in the row that Atletico fails to win it, while for THW Kiel it is second title in last three years.The first half began very even, with both teams playing tough handball with strong defences and not letting the other team get away, exchanging the lead a couple of times. It was like this until the 25th minute, which saw THW Kiel make a good run, and have 13-9, Omeyer making great parades and saving a penalty from Lazarov. Until the end of the half, Atletico Madrid only managed to score one more goal, and leave with 10-13 at the half time break, a goal through Lazarov, and will start the second half with a player more for two minutes, as Klein received an exclusion in the final second.The second half THW Kiel began it even stronger, making the lead higher and higher, with Atletico having hard time to catch-up. The lead was kept constantly at around 3-5 goals for THW Kiel, and had no trouble to keep onto it, winning in the end with 26-21. champions leagueTHW Kiel read more

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Mans decomposed body discovered at house in Cork

first_img Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 6:01 PM http://jrnl.ie/3104451 By Órla Ryan 28,835 Views Share207 Tweet Email Man’s decomposed body discovered at house in Cork It is believed the body had been at the house for a couple of weeks.center_img File photo Image: RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article GARDAÍ IN CLONAKILTY are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a man’s body in a house today.The body was discovered at lunchtime in a house at Gort Na Muckla, two miles north of Dunmanway.It is believed the man lived there on his own, however gardaí said they cannot confirm his identity until after the post-mortem, which is due to take place tomorrow at Cork University Hospital (CUH).The body was taken to CUH and the scene has been preserved for a technical examination. It is believed the body had been at the house for a couple of weeks.At this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious.Read: Family pet ‘killed in burglary’ at house in Armagh Nov 26th 2016, 6:01 PM File photo 23 Comments last_img read more

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Bahamians robbed in Trinidad Carnival festival plagued by terror plot and armed

first_img Related Items:#carnivalinTrinidadTobago, #TrinidadandTobago Recommended for you T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTrinidad and Tobago – February 13, 2018 – It will be an early return home from Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago for a dozen Bahamians who were robbed by armed bandits who made off with cash, cell phones, jewelry and a $10,000 Rolex watch – the group was robbed on Saturday night in Carenage, T&T.  The report is that the group was shaken to the core when a gunman entered their maxi taxi and robbed them before dashing off with the pricey loot.Unfortunately, the reports of robberies during this 2018 Carnival season are not uncommon and are being reported by victims themselves on social media.  One reveler said it was a teen boy who struck him in his head, causing him to fall to the ground and he was robbed of an expensive camera and $600.The group of Bahamians, who were staying at the Hyatt Regency Hotel was headed to the  Insomnia fete in Chaguaramas in a Yellow Band Maxi Taxi which was stalled on the roadway due to the street partying in Carenage, explained Trinidad and Tobago Newsday in an online report on Monday.With the ‘maxi’ stopped, the gunman and accomplices breached the vehicle and robbed the entire group, getting away on foot.  It seemed a well planned, well timed act.The article reported that ‘Some of them told police that they came to Trinidad before and their stay  here were incident free until now. They have vowed not to return until the crime situation is dealt with.’Police promise that arrests are imminent in the matter as an investigation was launched into the brazen heist.The reports of the crimes against Carnival goers are hurtful to the reputation of Trinidad and Tobago, in fact earning some the name: ‘J’Ouvert Bandits’, but the festivities continue and will wrap up tonight ahead of Ash Wednesday tomorrow which coincides with Valentine’s Day this year.The reports of armed muggings also come on the heels of warnings issued by both the American and British Governments about possible terrorist activity at the 2018 Carnival celebrations; their citizens were strongly advised to be more vigilant and to avoid large crowds.Trinidad and Tobago Police Service up to Saturday continued to downplay the terrorism element of the warnings, but did confirm that seven men have been arrested after their plot to disrupt Carnival was detected and thwarted by TTPS, just days before Carnival began. T&T celebrates 55years of Independence Anti-Gang law passed in Trinidad and Tobago Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Uber offers 50 off rides to and from FIUs MMC campus

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Florida International University announced a deal with Uber that allows riders 50 percent off to and from the Modesto A. Maidique campus.In an article by FIU News, the ride-sharing discount with Uber will last from Wednesday morning until March 27. This discount comes after a pedestrian bridge into the university collapsed onto Southwest Eighth Street, causing traffic closures and delays in the area.Related: FIU students return to classes after bridge collapse that killed 6To take advantage of the deal, riders are asked to use the code “FIUCOMMUTE” when using Uber POOL or Express POOL trips to and from MMC. The discount is good for up to $10 per trip.To apply the code, the FIU News article said, “…in the Uber app, choose Payment > Promotions > Add Promo/Gift Code and type in FIUCOMMUTE.”The article adds that Southwest Eighth Street remains closed to vehicle traffic from 107th Avenue to 117thAvenue.For more information on the Uber discount and further traffic information, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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DHS Asks DOD for More Border Troops

first_imgA new Department of Homeland Security request for additional troops and other logistical support on the southern border has been received by the Pentagon, CNN reported Friday.The request arrived late Wednesday and was still under review by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Friday afternoon, according to CNN.The request would authorize about 300 troops such as military lawyers, cooks and drivers to help with migrants entering the U.S. Senior defense officials had recommended approval of the request, though it would counter current DOD policy.A 2006 policy prohibits military personnel from coming into contact with migrants, according to The Hill.Earlier this month DOD approved a request from DHS to identify housing for as many as 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children, but not oversee their custody, as ADC has reported.Over the past year up to 5,900 troops have been deployed to the southern border performing missions including surveillance, aviation support and placement of deterrent wiring between ports of entry. Currently there are 3,000 active duty troops and 2,000 National Guard reserves deployed along the southern border.Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class TaWanna Starks ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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Union Budget A ProPoor and Rural DevelopmentCentric Plan

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley’s budget on Thursday neither seems to be in favour of the poor nor it looked like a move towards rural development, with ₹92,398 crore less allocation than the 2013-14 budget.Jaitley announced his first Union Budget on Thursday, which was lacking proposals for the below poverty line population of India, which according to the United Nations recent report is 394.8 million. Even Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council Chairman C Rangarajan’s report suggested an increase of 93.2 million poor to 363 million.The Modi-government’s agenda to place India among the developed nations by 2022 seem to linger around in the absence of plenty of allocations against increased statistics of the poor in India.The budget proposed on Thursday allocates ₹8,000 crore under the rural housing scheme or Indira Awaas Yojana for the below poverty line (BPL) people against ₹15,184 crore allocated when P Chidambaram was the Finance Minister under the UPA government regime in 2013.From the UN report, it is evident that the previous allocation was either insufficient or lacked proper implementation, which is enough to create uncertainity about NDA government’s aim to eliminate poverty with almost half the allocated amount from the last budget. The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna meant to provide free insurance to BPL people, both in private and government hospitals, have no mention either in this budget or in the last years’ budget. However, Chidambaram proposed to extend this facility to rickshaw, auto rickshaw, taxi drivers, sanitation workers, rag pickers and mine workers.However, previous year’s budget allocated a sum of ₹21,239 crore for the National Rural Health Mission combined with urban mission, while Jaitley’s budget proposes to set up 15 Model Rural Health Research Centres.Jaitley has already proposed to introduce Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission, which will help develop infrastructure in the rural areas including economic activities and skill development.Allocation Differences in Rural ProgrammesJaitley’s budget allocation for the poor and the rural together is almost one-fourth of what Chidambaram’s ministry allocated in 2013.Jaitley proposed ₹3600 crore for drinking water, whereas Chidambaram had allocated ₹16,660 crore for both drinking water and sanitation—which looms nowhere in the former’s budget. Except for 15 Health Research Centers, there is no mention of allocation in the rural health sector, for which Chidambaram had proposed ₹21,239 crore.The budget allocation proposal for MGNREGA last year was ₹33,000 crore while this year Jaitley just proposed to implement the scheme more productively. The Housing scheme got ₹15,184 crore in 2013 which has been reduced by almost half to ₹8,000 crore.For the development of farmers, Jaitley announced ₹1,000 crore for various irrigation plan under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichayin Yojana, while Chidambaram had proposed ₹12,204 crore for the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana too has witnessed a fall in the allocation to ₹14,389 crore from ₹21,700 during Chidambaram’s time.Whereas, allocation for Rural Development Ministry in 2013-14 budget was increased by ₹80,194 crore, the same has been reduced by almost similar amount in 2014-15 budget, when the NDA government has set a target to attain development within eight years.Extremely short budgetary allocation for upliftment of 394.8 million poor seems to be too difficult to achieve within such a short period, even if it’s a startup budget.last_img read more