Ahead of the Shahkot Assembly byelection in Punjab on May 28, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday welcomed the suggestion for deployment of paramilitary forces for the bypoll.Accusing Capt. Singh of violating the model code of conduct, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had on Friday demanded posting a senior officer to overlook the byelection, besides deployment of paramilitary forces to ensure a free and fair election.Responding to the Akali demand for paramilitary forces, Capt. Singh said, “It was ironical that the Akalis, who abused all the democratic systems during their own regime, using all possible tools to prevent the Congress from taking over the State’s reins, were now running to the Election Commission to seek paramilitary forces to ensure peaceful polls. But he or the government and the Congress would oppose any decision by the EC to pull paramilitary forces into the Shahkot election security system,” said Capt. Amarinder.‘A habit of complaining’The Chief Minister said that the Akalis were in the habit of complaining of government interference and alleging violation of the model code of conduct before and after every election, particularly when they were staring at certain defeat.“SAD had resorted to similar tactics during Gurdaspur byeletion, which they lost,” he said.“The Akalis had been thoroughly exposed for their anti-people stance and their cheap tactics,” added Capt. Amarinder.He pointed out that SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal’s brazen support for Mehtapur Station House Officer (Shahkot) was part of the Akali campaign to malign the Congress leadership and government ahead of the poll, which has been exposed.
It’s three months since Kashmir started to be stripped of its statehood but environmentalist and film-maker Jalal Ud din Baba, who hails from the district of Sopore, says “there are some advantages.”Growing up in the surrounds of the Wular lake, one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes, Mr. Baba, 47, says he’s been a conservationist since childhood. Pollution in the Wular has been on the rise since at least three decades and from physically picking out trash from the lake, he’s been on a mission to educate residents in the periphery of the lake as well as nearby villages to stop polluting the lake.Mr. Baba’s medium of communication is making films — and he’s made ones that have fetched international awards — and popularise them via social media. With the Internet still blocked across Kashmir, publicising his films via YouTube and other media has been “difficult” but, he says, he’s now screening films at schools. “There’s tremendous response from children,” he notes.A movie he’s currently shooting about the poaching of black bears in Kashmir mildly ‘benefited’ from the changed circumstances in Kashmir. “It’s hard being a Kashmiri filmmaker. You can’t use drones. To shoot a glacier, I’ve to travel to another glacier for a vantage and I don’t have fancy camera equipment. Typically, I’d have to take multiple permissions from multiple authorities for an ordinary shoot. Nowadays, few of them are in office (because of curfews and travel restrictions) and I just go…and shoot,” he told The Hindu.Mr. Baba says that Kashmir’s long history of conflict and terrorism often makes it hard to tell stories that “separate” environmentalism from conflict. “I try to tell positive stories. There are great environmental challenges in Kashmir that aren’t getting attention because of the conflict.“Only time will tell if becoming a Union Territory will be good for the region,” he added.A film, Saving the Saviour tells the story of Wular and the challenges it faces through the life of Bilal, a boy who makes a living off scavenging trash from the lake and sells parts of it to recyclers.Mr. Baba is in New Delhi as one of the seven winners of the RBS Earth Heroes Awards, promoted by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The awards are annually given to institutions and individuals who “…have espoused and undertaken actions to protect our endangered forest, wetlands, and other natural ecosystems.,” according to a press statement.
TAIPEI – It may have been “no big deal” to Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes, but that incident in the game against Iraq on Thursday night in the Jones Cup Invitational is something that Christian Standhardinger values a lot.“I have much respect for coach,” Standhardinger said while seated beside Reyes when someone pointed out that he was able to move on after being sent back to the locker room by the firebrand Gilas coach with 4:55left in that game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Standhardinger proves he is worthy of Fiba Asia spot“It (incident) took our relationship to the next level,” the 6-foot-7 Filipino-German said. “I hope we will be successful throughout the years.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThat scene in the Iraq game was a cause for concern as far as Filipino fans here were concerned, as Reyes had his hardworking center troop back to the dugout by himself while the game was going on.READ: Cruz, Standhardinger apologize to team; Chot says incident ‘no big deal’ Lyceum stays unbeaten at 3-0, holds down San Sebastian FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Reyes didn’t approve of a cheap shot Standhardinger gave on an Iraqi player, an act that got him thrown out of the game for a second deliberate foul.Standhardinger scored nine points, had two rebounds and two steals in a 91-80 loss to Lithuania on Friday.“I don’t think it was a solid game,” he said after playing almost 21 minutes. “I can do much better.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor PLAY LIST 02:11Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments
Sidelined BCCI president N. Srinivasan is seeking a second straight term at the helm.The so-called opposition group within the BCCI is ready to throw the last dice. In its effort to stop sidelined president N. Srinivasan from contesting for the top post for a second term the opposition is planning to move the Supreme Court.According to well-placed sources, the opposition, which presently appears nondescript at best, is currently seeking legal opinion on the probability of success of praying that there’s no justifiable reason to postpone BCCI’s annual general meeting.Elections take place at the AGM that, according to the BCCI constitution, should be held by September 30, after a 21-day clear notice. But since now the AGM cannot be called by the deadline as the ruling group has decided to seek a strategic extension, the opposition is planning to move the Supreme Court as the last resort.Election for the office-bearers is held at the AGM. All contesting for the office-bearers’ chairs need a proposer and a seconder each from east zone full members to qualify for election.The Supreme Court in its latest order, dated September 1, declined to give relief to Srinivasan, 69, who is among the 13 people being probed for their role in the 2013 IPL betting-fixing scandal. The Supreme Court recently gave Mukul Mudgal Committee a twomonth extension, and fixed the next hearing on November 10. Srinivasan’s supporters want the AGM to be postponed, clearly to buy time. But officially they claim that interim president Shivlal Yadav cannot sign on the accounts and balance sheet for 2013-14 as only an elected president can do that.advertisementSources said that a final legal opinion on the merits of moving the Supreme Court could come by Friday and if it’s encouraging, the opposition could file a petition by Monday. Besides, they will also have to ensure that the opposition, said to be led by Mumbai cricket chief Sharad Pawar, is confident enough to put up a stiff challenge to the ruling group that currently appears to have the numbers on its side.Besides Mumbai, the others who are staunchly opposed to Srinivasan are Saurashtra, Vidarbha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and suspended Rajasthan while Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Baroda, and Gujarat are said to be amongst the fence sitters.”From its September 1 order, it’s clear that the Supreme Court is not keen on giving any relief to Srinivasan right now. But if we move the court it’ll be only on the point that the AGM should be convened as early as possible. This is the only way left for us to stop Srinivasan from contesting,” a source told MAIL TODAY.”We’re looking at a whole lot of things, from all the angles, and talking to like-minded people. We are expecting a final word by Friday and if the opinion is favourable we might move the court probably by Monday,” he explained. “We know time is short and would like to file the case quickly as the court would, going by the rules of natural justice, give the BCCI some time to reply, and that could further suit Srinivasan.”The Supreme Court has specifically shot down the plea of Srinivasan’s lawyers to give him relief as he was needed to sign the Board’s balance sheet.The source charged that the ruling dispensation is not even heeding to court orders. “It has clearly said that the interim president would do all the functions of the BCCI president. But he’s shying away from signing the balance sheet,” he said.While the opposition is planning to move the apex court, Aditya Verma, secretary of the unrecognised Cricket Association of Bihar, on whose PIL the court ordered the probe, has requested Registrar of Societies in Chennai not to give permission to delay the AGM.About 18 BCCI constituent units supporting Srinivasan met on Sunday to pledge support to him. The source, however, claimed that some of them were fence sitters.”Instead of approaching each association individually, we are looking to move the court because if it gives one order in our favour it would make many associations switch sides automatically,” he said, firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES View comments Baseball finds itself with a real numbers problem Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Alisson Becker scooped up a spinning shot from Dele Alli and made a double-save from Son Heung-min and Moura with 10 minutes to go.“We should have put more craziness in our performance,” Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said. “It took too much time to put Liverpool in difficulty.”It was Liverpool’s goalkeeping that made the difference, showing $85 million was well spent on Alisson by American owner John Henry after Loris Karius was banished for making costly mistakes in last year’s final.“You have a goalkeeper who makes difficult things look easy,” Klopp said. “Thank you very much.”No wonder Klopp was relieved after six losing finals, stretching back to his spell at Borussia Dortmund.“Did you ever see a team like this? Fighting with no fuel in the tank,” the German said.Victory against Tottenham came six years after Dortmund was beaten by Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.Klopp is now European champion for the first time.“I am so happy for my family,” he said. “They suffer every year when we go to a final, the last game of the season.”The penultimate game saw Klopp miss out on ending Liverpool’s 29-year English title drought by a point to Manchester City in the Premier League title race. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:13Neymar: ‘I couldn’t look at a football’ after the World Cup01:56Indonesia’s footless goalkeeper kicks home powerful message02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates their victory after winning during the Champions League final soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — No tears of pain this time, just redemption for Mohamed Salah.Only 108 seconds were needed to banish the Champions League final heartbreak of a year ago.ADVERTISEMENT After two losing finals since triumphing in 2005, Liverpool finally rose to third in the all-time list of European champions behind 13-time winner Real Madrid and AC Milan on seven titles.Few fans — even from Liverpool — will want to watch just how it was achieved.Both sides had gone three weeks without playing. It showed.The sharpness was deficient, as was the ability to string passes together.“When we look back on tonight we aren’t going to think it was a sluggish game,” Liverpool-born defender Trent Alexander-Arnold said. “We are going to think we have just won the European Cup.”Tottenham will have only regrets as its luck run out after a season of comebacks and great escapes in the competition with a squad that had no additions.“A little bit unlucky,” said Mauricio Pochettino, who remains without a trophy in management. “To start a Champions League final from the start 1-0 it’s a tough situation, it changed completely the plan.”Lucas Moura’s goal in Barcelona in December carried Tottenham into the round of 16. The Brazilian’s hat trick last month then completed a turnaround against Ajax. The reward in Madrid was a watching brief from the bench for two thirds of the game.Instead, Harry Kane was thrust into the starting lineup despite 53 days without a game since limping off with an ankle injury in the quarterfinal first leg against Manchester City.The striker was largely anonymous as Tottenham, which finished 26 points behind Premier League runner-up Liverpool in fourth place, couldn’t even get a shot on target until the 73rd minute. “I have sacrificed a lot for my career,” Salah said. “To come from a village, to go to Cairo, and to be an Egyptian at this level is unbelievable for me.”On a hot and humid night in Madrid, Tottenham came to life only in the final 20 minutes of its first European Cup final.But Liverpool completed the job in the 87th minute thanks to one of its semifinal saviors.Divock Origi had to accept a place back on the bench despite producing two goals while deputizing for the injured Salah last month. But the substitute had the final big say in the Spanish capital, rifling a left-footed shot inside the far post.“Every single player fought hard today,” Origi said. “So it’s just special.”ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “We are doing good stuff,” Klopp said on the field amid the celebrations in Madrid. “People are always saying, ‘Why didn’t you win anything?’”They can’t anymore at Liverpool. Once Salah dispatched his early penalty against Tottenham, Liverpool was on the path to a sixth European title with a 2-0 victory on Saturday.And a year after defeat in the final to Real Madrid, Juergen Klopp has his first title after four years as Liverpool manager.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA shoulder injury forced Salah out of the Kiev showpiece last year.This time it was Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko’s arm that gifted Liverpool the early penalty opening — blocking Sadio Mane’s shot after 21 seconds — and Salah converted from the spot after a video review check. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess
Promising to hand Vijender Singh his first loss in the professional circuit, former world champion Francis Cheka says he is putting himself through a gruelling training regimen for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Championship title on December 17.The 34-year-old Cheka resides in Morogoro, Tanzania and has also won the African title and taken world title challengers such as Matthew Macklin and Paul Smith the distance.He is also a proven puncher with no fewer than 17 of his victories coming by knockout, out of the 43 bouts he has fought.Jay Msangi, trainer of the Tanzanian boxer says, “I am making Cheka do some grilling training these days, even though he is way more experienced than Vijender, he needs to be prepared for anything that is thrown at him, its a matter of winning the title after all.”Cheka said he is confident of bringing down Vijender in his own backyard. “Jay has put me on some crazy training regime. It is increasing my strength and power day by day. Sure Vijender must have won all his professional bouts but lets not forget I have played 300 rounds and knocked down 17 of my opponents. Singh has no idea what he is going to face on the 17th of December. I am going to bring him down, like nobodys business,” he said.”I don’t think he thought before accepting my challenge. He has fought absolutely nobody up to now, I will show him what professional boxing means, I will hit him hard on his face that he will never think of professional boxing again,” he added.advertisement
Atletico Madrid, despite twice coming within inches of Champions League glory in the last four years, have experienced an emphatic fall from grace this season and are on the brink of a humiliating exit from the group stage.While in past years Diego Simeone’s side out-muscled continental heavy weights such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus, this campaign they have been unable to beat Azerbaijan’s little-known Qarabag in two attempts.On Tuesday the 55,000 fans packed into the shiny new Wanda Metropolitano stadium groaned with frustration as Atletico wasted chance after chance to grab a winning goal against the Azerbaijani side, even after the visitors had forward Pedro Henrique sent off with half an hour remaining.The 1-1 draw in Madrid came two weeks after a goalless stalemate in Baku in which Atletico also had the advantage of an extra man in the second half. They are without a win in four games in Champions League Group C and their future in the competition is out of their own hands.”It’ll take more than a miracle”, said the front cover of newspaper Marca, picturing a despondent Antoine Griezmann covering his face in his hands, while daily AS declared: “Atletico look towards the Europa League.”Atletico’s wobbly form this season has not been limited to Europe’s elite competition and they have only won one of their last eight games, conceding far more goals than they used to and appear to be suffering from anxiety when it comes to scoring.”This team’s identity is based on conceding very few goals and scoring from the few chances we create. Now things have changed, we concede more goals and no matter how many chances we create we can’t seem to score,” said captain Gabi.advertisementThe veteran midfielder was one of few players to escape from criticism after the miserable draw with Qarabag on Halloween night, which Marca described as “Gabi and 10 Ghosts”.ELEMENTARY MISTAKESAtletico’s shaky backline is the most remarkable aspect of their decline. They had the strongest defensive record in four of the previous five seasons in La Liga and two years ago conceded fewer than one goal every two games, but now they are making the most elementary mistakes.All nine of the goals they have conceded in the league and Champions League have come from crosses into the box, situations which they used to extinguish with ease, while defenders Diego Godin and Juanfran, 31 and 32 respectively, have badly underperformed.A ban on registering new players due to the illegal transfer of minors has lead to a lack of competitive edge in the squad. So in attack there has been an over-reliance on Antoine Griezmann, who has only scored three goals all season.The arrivals of Spain forwards Diego Costa and Vitolo in January cannot come soon enough.Another problem for Atletico has been adapting to their new 68,000-capacity arena, where they have failed to win their last four games and which has yet to witness a Champions League win.A pining for the decrepit but beloved old stadium was tangible after the draw with Qarabag, with Marca declaring: “This would not have happened at the Vicente Calderon.”
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the reason overseas-based pensioners experienced difficulties in receiving pension payments was due to a newly implemented payment process.She said the Ministry will ensure the situation does not recur.“I am happy to report that entitlements for the United States and Canadian-based pensioners were uploaded in August, with pensioners verifying the receipt of the overdue payments,” she said.The Minister was speaking at a quarterly press briefing, held at the Ministry’s North Street office in Kingston on September 4.Mrs. Robinson noted further that United Kingdom and Rest-of-the-World-based pensioners can also expect to receive payments no later than this weekend.“We have been advised that all the issues have been resolved, and we will now ensure that the payments due for September 15 are on time,” she said.Meanwhile, Mrs Robinson said the Ministry is working to improve customer service delivery to its clients, particularly in the processing of claims for social assistance; the turnaround time for work permit applications; and the turnaround time for the delivery of awards from the Industrial Disputes Tribunal.She said the customer reception areas are also being improved to provide more efficiency in responding to telephone and email requests.The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will, this financial year, also commission into service new offices in St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann and Lucea, Hanover, as part of a project to improve infrastructure at its parish offices.Mrs. Robinson said other offices are also being upgraded, including the St. James parish office. The Minister was speaking at a quarterly press briefing, held at the Ministry’s North Street office in Kingston on September 4. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the reason overseas-based pensioners experienced difficulties in receiving pension payments was due to a newly implemented payment process. “I am happy to report that entitlements for the United States and Canadian-based pensioners were uploaded in August, with pensioners verifying the receipt of the overdue payments,” she said. Story Highlights
Residents of Debert will soon have access to more affordablerental housing with the approval of a $1.5-million, 24-unitproject under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housingagreement. Geoff Regan, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalfof Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing, and Nova ScotiaCommunity Services Minister David Morse, made the announcementtoday, Sept. 22. “The government of Canada is committed to supporting affordablehousing for those Canadians who need it most,” said Mr. Regan.”We are pleased to be making this investment to create affordablehousing units for Debert residents. Together with our partners,we are helping to build healthy, sustainable communities acrossthe province.” “This project is going to be of tremendous benefit to thecommunity,” said Mr. Morse, “because it addresses an identifiedneed for affordable rental housing for singles, families andseniors in the area.” The project, to be located in Colchester Park, will receivefunding from both levels of government and the developer. Thegovernment of Canada is providing $600,000 in up-front capital,the province is providing $375,000 in rent supplement funding,and Country Lane Home Decorating Ltd. is providing $187,500 incash and land valued at $37,500. The project is one of four announced today by Mr. Regan and Mr.Morse. Other projects include 24 units for seniors in New Minas,16 units for seniors in Chester and 4 units for persons withdisabilities in Westville. To date, a total of 83 new rentalunits totalling $6.5 million have been announced for theprovince. It is expected that 850 to 1,500 affordable housing units will becreated or renovated under the $37.3-million Affordable Housingagreement by 2007.
New Delhi: Chennai Lions glided away to a one-sided victory over Dabang Delhi to clinch the Ultimate Table Tennis crown here on Sunday. In front of a packed house, the Sharath Kamal-spearheaded Lions demolished defending champions Dabang Delhi 8-1 to bring the league to a premature end. Chennai cantered to the required 8 tie points in the first three matches itself, rendering the final two inconsequential. The Lions’ foreign imports, Germany’s Petrissa Solja and Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia proved to be the stars of the grand finale, taming Bernadatte Szocs 2-1 and Sathiyan G 3-0 to take a formidable, and clearly unbeatable, lead. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSharath and Petrissa then put up a master class in the Mixed Doubles, collating the last 3 needed points with utmost ease to clinch the title. “This is an amazing win,” an exultant Sharath said after the victory. “We played near flawless table tennis and came up with the perfect plan for the final,” he added. Rio Olympics silver medallist Petrissa Solja gave Chennai a flying start, decimating Bernadatte in the opening women’s singles. Taking advantage of an off-colour opponent, Petrissa raced away to a 5-2 lead in the opening set, and then bagged six straight points to pocket it 11-5. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterA similar script followed in the second set too, with Solja wrapping it up 11-4 to the dismay of Bernadatte. The Romanian, however, recovered in the final set, fetching a crucial point for Delhi. Down 0-2, she clawed her way back to take a handy 8-5 lead before sealing it 11-9. In the opening men’s singles, Tiago came up with an inspired performance, walloping the higher-ranked Delhi captain Sathiyan 11-6, 11-7, 11-9. World No. 71 Tiago showcased an array of shots to leave Sathiyan scampering around the table. Sathiyan struggled to find his rhythm, allowing Tiago to open up a 4-1 lead in the first set. The Portuguese made it 8-3 and then 11-6, to give Chennai the first whiff of a big victory. The second set saw some amazing exchanges, with Sathiyan relying on his quickness near the table to extract points. Tiago was, however, quick on his feet and had answers to almost everything thrown at him. He won the second set 11-7 and the last one 11-9. An ecstatic Tiago did a Sharath, jumping over the side boards to celebrate his tie-winning effort. Sharath and Petrissa were in a different league in the mixed doubles, picking up points almost at will. Sharath played calmly, cutting down on unforced errors to make it easier for the pair. Sathiyan and Bernadatte simply had no weapons left to fight back into the contest, perhaps still recovering from the thriller two days back. They lost 7-11, 2-11, 3-11 to allow Chennai Lions to roar in delight. RESULTS: Chennai Lions bt Dabang Delhi TTC 8-1 Women’s Singles: Petrissa Solja bt Bernadette Szocs 2-1 (11-5, 11-4, 9-11) Men’s Singles: Tiago Apolonia bt Sathiyan G. 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-9) Mixed Doubles: Sharath Kamal/Petrissa Solja bt Sathiyan G. / Bernadette Szocs 3-0 (11-7, 11-2, 11-3).
Casablanca- Two teenage girls who went missing in Marrakech were recently found captivein a house in Casablanca, according to daily Assabah.After four days of investigation, Hay Hassani police in Casablanca finally found the two girls, who had been abducted in Marrakech, held captive in a house in Casablanca.According to daily Assabah’s Wednesday issue, it was thanks to the father of one of the victims that both girls were eventually found. The father had checked his daughter’s Facebook page and posts to discover that his daughter had been communicating online with individuals from Casablanca. The father found that the suspects had persuaded his daughter to leave her home in Marrakech and join them in Casablanca, according to the same source. The girl’s father subsequently lodged a complaint against the suspects, and the police then opened an investigation. Less than 24 hours later, the police had arrested one of the people the girls had been chatting with on Facebook. The suspect subsequently led the police to where the girls were being held captive. The investigation is far from being over, however. The police suspect the existence of a larger criminal network, specializing in child abduction.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Crown-owned power utility is partnering with a Florida-based company to develop power plants that would use hydrogen extracted from seawater as their fuel.NB Power signed a licence agreement with Joi Scientific three years ago, but have now agreed to work together to build a number of prototypes that would eventually be used in the province.Traver Kennedy, CEO of Joi Scientific, says his company has developed a new way to extract hydrogen from unprocessed seawater.He says when used as a fuel to generate power, the only emissions are water vapour.NB Power president Gaetan Thomas says it could be two or three years before they would have small prototypes ready, and the cost would be about the same as a natural gas-fired plant.The costs of the technology and the licence agreement are being kept confidential.Thomas says the utility is looking at all its options, but it might make more sense to have numerous small facilities around the province rather that a large generator, in order to avoid transmission loss.The Canadian Press
“Sudan’s generosity must be matched with international solidarity and resources. Much more donor support is required – and urgently – so that we can help the hundreds of thousands of refugees in the country and the communities that are hosting them,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said yesterday wrapping up his first visit as the head of UNHCR to Sudan.The UN refugee chief also reiterated his call on the international community to do much more to end the fighting in South Sudan, which is causing the world’s fastest growing forced displacement tragedy, without an immediate end in sight. “Parties to the conflict, regional states and the international community need to put an end to this tragedy,” he said.During the visit this week, Mr. Grandi met with South Sudanese refugees and their local hosts at the Al-Nimir refugee camp in East Darfur, Sudan.“My coming here has one reason – just as I did in Uganda, Ethiopia and from Juba itself, to appeal to the leadership of South Sudan, to the opposition of South Sudan, to the States in the region and to the international community at large, to inject some sense of urgency in the quest of peace in South Sudan itself,” Mr. Grandi said.The High Commissioners met with Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir, and, according to a UNHCR press release, welcomed the President’s assurances that Sudan will continue providing safety to those fleeing conflict and persecution – including those who arrive from South Sudan, and other countries in the region.Sudan has hosted over 416,000 South Sudanese refugees since 2013, including some 170,000 new arrivals in 2017, making it one of the largest refugee-receiving countries in the region, UNHCR reported.Hundreds of thousands of other South Sudanese who stayed in Sudan following the separation of the two countries are also in need of humanitarian assistance. Sudan also continues to host refugees from Eritrea, Syria, Yemen, Chad and other countries.
After the announcement of the partnership between Nokia and Microsoft this morning workers voiced their concern with the deal by walking out of Nokia facilities. It is believed that as many as a thousand workers marched out today (or took the day off using flex time) so that the company would know that they don’t believe the partnership is in their best interest, even after CEO’ Stephen Elop’s startlingly frank “burning platform” memo earlier this week.Many of the protestors work on the Symbian software so their jobs will be in jeopardy as Nokia begins to implement Windows Phone 7 on its handsets. Their future is not at all clear after today’s news–broad strokes have been painted but much of the logistics have yet to be revealed. Nokia will not work exclusively with the Windows Phone 7 operating system (and they will be customizing it) so jobs will be preserved but Symbian will no longer play the prominent role it once did at the company so job loss is inevitable.No job reductions have been announced as of yet, but out of the 3000 people working at Nokia’s Tampere facility (which will be closed down) over half of them work on Symbian. We’ve heard in other reports that cuts in headcount will be substantial.via HS.fi (translated)Update: I’ve received word from Nokia with some clarification on the news above. The statement goes:I read the story above, and just wanted to flag that while Elop mentioned reductions today, we haven’t announced any impact on personnel or specific sites. The translation of the original story in Finnish is incorrect – it doesn’t say that the Tampere facility will be closing.
A British woman believed to be attacked by stray dogs while holidaying in Greece has died.Retired academic Celia Hollingworth had visited an archaeological site at Mesimvria in northern Greece and was walking part of the way back to her accommodation in Maroneia. Last spotted at Petrota beach at 4.30 pm on Thursday, she had telephoned her family in London for help after the attack. Her relatives immediately contacted authorities in the area, resulting in a widespread search.Her body was found by police and firefighters two days later at 10.45 am local time on Saturday, with wounds consistent with being mauled by animals. According to locals, while the path Ms Hollingworth had taken was commonly in use, it passed near farms guarded by dogs, a source proposing that it is possible she was attacked by a territorial guard dog. From Wiltshire, Ms Hollingworth worked at Bristol University and was also an Oxford University professor.An active human rights campaigner, she had helped raise money for charities in Greece helping Syrian refugees. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
“The company that was CMP is now gone.”That’s whatLondon-based United Business Media chief executive David Levin toldFOLIO: in late February when the company announced the restructuring ofCMP Technology into four separate businesses that will be led by fourco-CEOs. The impetus for the restructuring came after months of marketanalysis, Levin said, during which UBM determined that the company wasworking in “very different markets,” and split into four businesses tobetter align CMP’s products with its customers. UBM also decided todrop the CMP brand altogether.The Four-Way SplitCMP’s new businesses are: TechWeb (with pro forma 2007 revenueof $148 million), a technology market business of Web sites such asInformationWeek.com and Light Reading, and events including Interop andVoiceCon; the Everything Channel (pro forma 2007 revenue of $73million), which formerly was the CMP Channel; TechInsights (pro forma2007 revenue of $83 million), which formerly was CMP’s ElectronicsGroup; and Think Services (pro forma 2007 revenue of $61 million),CMP’s former Game, Dr. Dobb’s and International Customer Managementgroups. The four new businesses sharesupport functions like finance, IT services, legal and global accountand sales management, UBM says. Accounts payable and receivable arepart of the centralized shared services. Human resources and audiencedevelopment roles will be handled on the divisional level. Levinsaid the restructuring is not a sign that UBM may be looking to divestone or more of the businesses. UBM reported CMP’s 2007 revenues weremore than $300 million and profits touched $50 million, up 30 percent.In 2007, the company generated 38.3 percent of revenue from print, 34.2percent from events, 20.2 percent from online products and 7.3 percentfrom workflow tools and business information services. Last year wasthe first since 2001 that CMP realized underlying revenue growth, Levinsaid.CMP had a dramatic reorganization last June, laying off morethan 200 people and closing three magazines in an effort to refocusonline. In January, former CEO Steve Weitzner bolted for competitorZiff Davis Enterprise. Word came that UBM approached at least twodifferent prominent former U.S. b-to-b publishing executives to replaceWeitzner before splitting up the company. To someobservers, the move is less about making the company nimble and moreabout Levin exerting control. One comment to FOLIOmag.com said,“Basically what this is all about is David Levin taking over as thereal CEO, with Scott Mozarsky as his on-site COO to keep an eye on thenew ‘CEOs,’ operations and finances. I presume that the great CMP brandwill descend into the UBM corporate netherworld along with that othergreat corporate brand: Miller Freeman.”FOLIO: spoke withLevin about the thinking behind the move, how both the market andemployees have responded and what this move needs to succeed.FOLIO:: How did the idea for this reorganization originate? What is the purpose of the move?David Levin: It’s a progression. CMP was a fantastic magazinecompany and over the last three years we’ve worked hard to change theshape of the business rapidly. In 2004, almost three-quarters of therevenue was from magazines. Looking into 2008, we’ve said it’s going tobe less than a quarter [of the total revenue].The shift happenedthrough a series of acquisitions worth more than $200 million since2005. Through that period, we’ve progressively increased the autonomyof the structured units within CMP. Last June, there was a majordownsizing of the print side. Print economics require centralizationwhereas other operations—particularly the event businesses and onlinebusinesses—don’t require that same type of centralization. On thecontrary, to thrive, those businesses require a lot of local autonomyand fast decision-making. The restructuring freed us up and moved the business post-print.When Steve left us in the autumn, we ran this parallel process where wehad to make a choice, do we take the decentralization forward or do were-appoint a CEO. We pressure-tested that decentralization against atop crop of external executive candidates in the U.S., as well as ourown internal candidates. What emerged from the feedback from customersand the movement in our product groups was that however talented theappointment we can make, it was going to be less effective thansticking to our belief in agile decision-making. FOLIO:: We understand you spoke with at least two formerU.S. b-to-b executives about taking over CMP. Was the reorganizationPlan B after those offers didn’t work out? Levin: Absolutely not. We were at a position where we could haveappointed a number of talented individuals. This was an active choiceon our part. And I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner.FOLIO:: What’s been the response internally at CMP? How do you get the employees to buy into this new plan? Levin: I do a regular set of town hall meetings and it’s evidentfrom the flow of people coming up to me that they are happy. It’sevident from the flow of business statistics that sales are up. We areattracting people to the business. Those are the metrics we have touse. FOLIO:: Please describe the management structure going forward.How will you coordinate between U.K. and U.S.-based executives? Who isin charge of what, not just in terms of the new U.S. divisions but onthe UBM side as well?Levin: The company is structured in a highly decentralizedmanner. We have multiple operating units worldwide and we have ahorizontal structure in addition to the four CEOs. In North America,there are six direct reports. Elsewhere, CMP Asia reports to me and CMPMedica reports to me. Where UBM adds value is the allocation of capitaland ensuring and sharing best practices. Third, UBM adds value as anengine of people development. We invest heavily in developing a cadreof leaders. Our Business Leaders program is graduating 20 to 25 people.We like to feel there’s maximum decentralization and autonomy at thiscompany. We have structured for each one of them a board—more in theEuropean sense than in the North American sense—in that it’s a forumfor business needs rather than vehicle for the chief executive to drivehis will into the business. FOLIO:: Tell us about some of those business needs?Levin: The move we’ve been making is how to change from adefensive-posture magazine company to a front-foot forward marketingservices company. That involves moving the culture quite a long way. Wehad very strong financial results last year and that trend iscontinuing.That rebalancing is quite subtle, from controlsystems where you think about page counts first to the realquestion—depending on which business you’re talking about—what doregistrations look like? What do advance bookings look like? Askingabout advertising is something to ask someone who runs a magazinebusiness. Three-quarters of our audience is not about advertising,they’re attending events, they’re buying our services, they’re buyingour intellectual properties. That’s a profound shift. There is a challenge of communicatingthat internally but it’s a lot easier doing that across the fourfocused businesses than it was when we were under one umbrella. It’seasier to do that under guise of new names and new identities.FOLIO:: With that in mind, what was the motivation for dropping the CMP brand? How does this benefit the new operation going forward? Levin: To my mind, a brand is something that means something toits audience. Our audience, in the old CMP world, related to“InformationWeek.” Our audience related to “EE Times.” Our audience atno point related to the word “CMP.” Advertisers at some point may haverelated to CMP but it was not a brand as far as the audience wasconcerned, it was a corporate name that had resonance to theadvertising community. As we have extended the nature of ourrelationships, we have kept key relationships with the audience throughpowerful brands that are in the market. That could be Black Hat, thatcould be Game Developer. They are unchanged.Now, our approach toproviders and exhibitors is much more tailored around whether they’refocused on a specific aspect that can be dealt with by a focused-namecompany. Or if they have a wider set of needs, those customers can buyacross a wider UBM environment. We have run a number of assets outside of the old “CMP Tech” andwe’re getting great traction among the major tech companies wherepreviously we wouldn’t have because of the structure. When I presented this to customers they said, ‘Great, we likehaving a large media partner called UBM, we like the scale, we like tothe combination of scale and focus.’ No other group has the same sortof structure. Asia is a clear geography and in the largestmarket—China—the products carry a local name. We’re all clusters ofproducts where the infrastructure carries the CMP name and there are noplans to change that there.When we changed the cost structure inJune 2007, we gave ourselves the opportunity to take thedecentralization further. That’s not the case with the other examples.FOLIO: What are some of the logistical issues involvedwith positioning the four new units? How much effort and expense isinvolved in scrubbing the CMP brand from items such as cards andmarketing materials?Levin: We’ve got a judicious blend of progressivedecentralization. If it can be done locally, it should be. If it shouldbe done centrally, it will be. With the IT infrastructure—there is novalue in decentralizing that because it just replicates the support andservice costs without any value. With HR, there are some benefits areasthat should remain centralized.FOLIO:: What are the costs associated with this transition? Levin: We’ve not quantified it. We’ve been mindful that if youallow four different groups to do development independently, you mayget additional development costs creeping in. The driver for this wasnever the short-term reduction in costs. The trivial costs ofre-branding, business cards, that’s just something we’ve eaten. Thereal issue is to drive toward more aggressive and faster revenuegrowth. FOLIO:: What are your short-term and long-term goals for this newstructure? What type of financial performance do you see from eachdivision now and what would you like to see by the end of the year?Where do you see growth coming from?Levin: We never laid external goals. It’s worth saying theprofitability of the actual business improved over 50 percent in 2007and 2006. It had its first underlying revenue growth in years in 2007compared to 2006 and looking forward we see that stepping up.Thegroup as a whole achieved 5 percent underlying revenue growth lastyear. I think the technology market should be faster growing thanaverage. What is exciting, suddenly we’re getting out of each one ofthem a clear agenda of growth and development. FOLIO:: What is that agenda for each business group?Levin: It’s quite distinct by group. Each one is coming up witha set of plans. Look at the first acquisitions—Everything Channel hascompleted the acquisition of the former Vision Events business out ofGartner. In a stroke that has changed that group. The TechInsightsGroup has been very fast and ambitious in the way they drove thebusiness. They will run four or five events in India this year, growingvery quickly out of the box from one event last year. FOLIO:: What are the specific challenges facing each group?Levin: Each leader is having to step up to the difference ofbeing a group president, a group CEO. There is a huge jump in terms ofpersonal accountability and ambition. With the process of appointingthem we took each one through the opportunity to lay out theirambitions and their plans for those businesses in a systematic way. FOLIO:: You’ve denied that this move was in preparation forselling off the company. However, many observers still say a sale makesthe most sense. What is your response to that?Levin: It’s no longer a question anyone inside the business asks. I don’t think our customers are asking that.The right way of looking at it is we’re trying to create a platform forgrowth and development of these businesses. We’ve put more than $200million to work in a series of acquisitions and we continue to look foracquisitions. At a personal level, as a former CEO of both hardware andsoftware companies, technology is pretty central to how I think aboutthe publishing world. When businesses are growing and prospering that’sa good time to say, where do you need more resources, not how do youget out of them.FOLIO:: A year from now, what do you want to see?Levin: Stepped up, accelerated organic growth with very clearemergent cultures. I want to see all four groups growing faster butbeing ever closer to their customers.FOLIO:: Do you have a set goal for the next year?Levin: No. Out of each of the four businesses, we’re gettingmuch more ambitious, exciting plans. One context for this: inside ofUBM, we’ve done 54 acquisitions worldwide. Not just CMP Tech, whichaccounts for just under one-third of that. We’ve got a variety ofdifferent models that serve a specific purpose.Previously, I ledthe acquisition of Institutional Investor for Euromoney, I led theacquisition of Internet Securities Inc., and common themes keep comingback. What you want out of these groups is intellectual property. If you look at Commonwealth Business Media, itself anacquisiton, it has transformed itself in a very similar way by theacquisition of OAG Holdings. That business has moved on remarkablysince we picked it up. That’s what we do.SIDEBAR: What’s in a Name? The respective CEOs are Business Technology Grouppresident Tony Uphoff (who takes over TechWeb), CMP Channel presidentRobert Faletra (who will run the Everything Channel), Electronics Grouppresident Paul Miller (who takes over TechInsights) and CMP Game,Dobb’s, and Customer Management groups president Philip Chapnick (whowill run Think Services).
Unalaska resident Travis Swangel heats his small home with a Toyo stove. (Photo by Zoe Sobel / Alaska’s Energy Desk)In Unalaska, it can cost more than $500 a month to heat a typical home in the winter. Because the treeless island is 1,000 miles from Anchorage, everything is shipped in — including heating oil. It’s the source of heat for the vast majority of houses in the city.Unalaska resident Travis Swangel heats his small home on the island with a Toyo stove.Listen nowThe Cost of Cold is a series from Alaska’s Energy Desk about how Alaskans around the state heat their homes. Reporter Zoe Sobel produced this story.
India’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves declined by $2.04 billion to $349.97 billion in the week ended September 25, official data showed on Friday.The reserves had risen by $631.5 million to $352.02 billion in the previous week ended September 18. The forex reserves had augmented by $2.35 billion to $351.38 billion in the week ended September 11.However, the reserves had also declined by $2.88 billion in the week ended September 4 to $349.03 billion.The data furnished by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its weekly statistical supplement showed that the foreign currency assets (FCAs) had plunged by $1.98 billion to $326.57 billion in the week under review.The FCA constitutes the largest component of India’s forex reserves. It consists of US dollars, major non-dollar currencies, securities and bonds bought abroad.”The FCA expressed in US dollar terms includes the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US currencies such as the pound sterling, euro and yen held in reserve,” the RBI said in its statistical supplement.During the week under review, the country’s gold reserves remained stagnant. The country’s gold reserves had depleted by $214.8 million to $18.03 billion during the week ended September 4.The special drawing rights (SDRs) in the week under review were lower by $48.3 million at $4.04 billion.The country’s reserve position with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) also edged down by $11.8 million to $1.31 billion.
Ilias Kanchan. File PhotoState minister for civil aviation and tourism Md Mahbub Ali claimed on Thursday that actor Ilias Kanchan restored to lies for protecting his image, reports UNB.The fact is that the pistol and bullets found in Kanchan’s laptop bag were detected during scanning at the domestic terminal at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.When officials at the airport asked him about the pistol, he confessed to his mistake, Mahbub Ali said.The on-duty officials requested him to carry the pistol maintaining the rules. Completing necessary formalities, he left the airport for Chattogram, claimed the state minister.Md Mahmub Ali came up with the claim after Ilias Kanchan told media on Wednesday that his pistol remained undetected after scanning at the airport.The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) on Wednesday suspended one of its officials for negligence of duty as Ilias Kanchan allegedly passed security check with a bag containing his revolver at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Tuesday.However, the ministry formed a two-member committee to investigate the incident.The committee members are joint secretary AHM Golam Kibria and deputy secretary Jatan Marma.The committee has been asked to submit its report within five working days.
Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneThe Texas Capitol at sunsetThe Texas Legislature ended its 85th regular session Monday, having passed hundreds of bills but leaving several high-profile issues unresolved.While both chambers successfully passed a two-year $217 blllion budget — the only item the Legislature is required to pass — other controversial items, such as a “bathroom bill” to regulate which restrooms transgender Texans can use, didn’t make it to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, prompting speculation that a special session is inevitable. Meanwhile, some measures that did make it to the governor are likely headed for a lengthy court battle.And, then of course, there are hundreds of less controversial bills that the governor can not decide whether to sign, veto or become law without his signature. Here are answers to some questions about what to expect in the coming weeks:For how long and when would a special session happen?The Texas Constitution requires lawmakers to meet every two years for no more than 140 days. Beyond that, the governor can call the Legislature back for as many special sessions as he wants, with each lasting no more than 30 days.“I can tell you this, and that is when it gets to a special session, the time and topics are solely up to the governor of the state of Texas,” Abbott told reporters Monday at a bill-signing event. He added he would make an announcement about a possible upcoming special session “later this week.”In a special session, lawmakers can’t consider anything that isn’t on the governor’s call, though they can file bills on other topics in hopes that the governor might add their issue to the agenda.A special session also can be a lot shorter than 30 days. In 2009, then-Gov. Rick Perry called lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session on July 1 — a full month after the end of that year’s regular session — with three items on the agenda. Members addressed all three issues the next day, returning home in time to celebrate the Fourth of July with their families.In the final weeks of the most recent session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick urged Abbott to call the Legislature back if lawmakers didn’t manage to pass measures addressing property taxes and a “bathroom bill.” Abbott signaled that he too viewed both items as priorities, but he also emphasized Monday morning the need for both chambers to pass routine legislation that would prevent certain state agencies from shuttering. None of those measures made it to his desk before the session ended Monday afternoon.Will any of the bills the Texas Legislature just passed land the state in court?The legal fight has already started. Multiple lawsuits have been filed over an immigration law that would allow police officers to question the immigration status of people they legally detain or arrest and ban “sanctuary cities.” The sheriff of El Paso County has sued in his own capacity over Senate Bill 4. So has the City of El Cenizo and Maverick County. Other cities — like Austin — have announced their intent to sue. Lawsuits are also expected over a sweeping anti-abortion bill — which would ban the second most common second-trimester abortion procedure and require health care facilities to bury or cremate fetal remains. The bill is en route to Abbott’s desk — and he’s expected to sign it.After both chambers passed the anti-abortion bill, state Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, said Texas was “just inviting a challenge,” pointing to states such as Louisiana and Kansas that have similar legislation tied up in court.Under the bill, health care facilities, including hospitals and abortion clinics, would also be required to bury or cremate any fetal remains — whether from abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth.Both the immigration bill and the anti-abortion bill are scheduled to go into effect on Sept. 1, though legal challenges could delay implementation.Another bill that could spark a lawsuit is House Bill 25, which bans straight-ticket voting in Texas. Straight-ticket voting has been a staple of Texas’ election booths for years, but the measure that passed both chambers would end the practice in 2020. Abbott has not said whether he would sign the bill.Prior to the measure passing the upper chamber, there was heated exchange between Republican state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, and Democrats who argued eliminating straight-ticket voting would have a disproportionate effect on minority voters. A federal judge found as much last year in Michigan and blocked the bill from being implemented.How long does the governor have to decide on whether to veto any bills?Abbott has three options once a bill reaches his desk: He can sign it into law, veto it or let it become law without his signature. He has until 20 days after the end of the session to make that decision regarding hundreds of bills. That day this year is June 18.Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was known for wielding a hefty veto pen. He vetoed 82 bills after his first legislative session as governor — a stunning number that became known as the “Father’s Day Massacre.”Abbott, after his first legislative session as governor, vetoed about 40 bills. While the Texas Legislature has the power to override a veto, they can only do so while in session. And since governors traditionally wait until after the session is over to implement most of their vetoes, they usually have the final say.If Abbott signs a bill, the date it goes into effect depends on the language in the bill — usually that date is either Sept. 1 or 90 days after the governor signs it. In some cases, the bill will go into effect immediately.