Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s announcement to extend support to the Dhangar community in the ongoing court case on giving scheduled tribe (ST) status to Dhangars has not gone down well with the tribal community and ST leaders from Opposition parties.“We are not against extending economic benefits to the Dhangar community. The government must give them all possible aid and we are happy for it. But they should not be included in the tribal sub-plan. Secondly, the CM’s announcement to help the Dhangar community in the court case by filing an affidavit in the High Court to support the claim that Dhangar and Dhangad is same, is highly problematic,” Sanjay Dabhade of the Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch (AARM) said.According to tribal leaders, the State government is claiming that Dhangad and Dhangar are the same to avoid the longer procedure of including a new tribe in the ST category, which requires permission of the Tribal Advisory Council and approval from Parliament. “If this gets accepted in the High Court, the route to include Dhangars in the ST category will be simpler. However there are several reports in the past that Dhangars are not ST and we will be opposing it,” he said.Congress MLA K.C. Padvi from Nandurbar said that despite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) having four MPs and 12 MLAs from the ST community of Maharashtra, none of them have opposed the party’s move. “It shows that the BJP has nothing to do with tribal rights. We are not against any community and support financial benefits to them. But it should not be at the cost of tribals,” Mr. Padvi said.The AARM is contemplating organising protests all over the State against the government’s plan to dilute tribal rights.Election promiseThe ruling BJP in 2014 had promised the Dhangars that it would extend ST status to them in the first cabinet meeting after coming to power. But there was no progress for four-and-a-half years. The State had asked the Tata Institute of Social Sciences to look into the issue. The report has been submited to the government but has not been made public.
The National Green Tribunal on Monday asked the Director of Namami Gange and the Director General of National Institute of Hydrology to inspect the Yamuna floodplain in Agra and submit a report within four weeks on its demarcation. A Bench headed by Justice R.S. Rathore said certain reports obtained earlier were not only inconsistent but serious objections had been raised against them. “The Director, Namami Gange, as well as, the Director General, National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee shall nominate officials, concerning with the subject, who after visiting the site they should file a report with regard to floodplain within the timeline, mentioned above. The report should clearly reflect the demarcation of river floodplain in Agra and the construction in it,” the tribunal said. The matter is posted for next hearing on April 12.The tribunal had earlier refused to vacate its 2015 order restraining construction and transfer of possession of flats on Yamuna floodplain in Agra after two builders sought lifting of the ban. ‘No entitlement’It had said that even if the builders have transferred the flat to the purchasers, it does not entitle them to file an application for vacating the interim order passed in 2015 as the matter is still pending.
The associates of former BJP leader with a strong RSS background, Ghanshyam Tiwari, who joined the Congress in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi here on Tuesday, are unconvinced by his move. About 100 members of the Bharat Vahini Party (BVP), floated by him before the 2018 Rajasthan Assembly election, have rejoined the BJP.Mr. Tiwari’s stand that he was joining Congress to protect democratic values in the country has apparently failed to cut ice with his colleagues. BVP Jaipur city president Vimal Agrawal, who went back to the BJP along with his supporters, said it was difficult for them to adjust to the Congress ideology and they had left the BJP in the past only because of differences with the party leadership. Mr. Tiwari, a former six-time BJP MLA with strong leanings to the RSS ideology, has not spoken to the BVP workers after he joined the Congress on Tuesday and is yet to reveal his future course of action.
An umbrella organisation of major civil societies and students’ associations in Mizoram on Monday decided to boycott the April 11 election to the lone Mizoram Lok Sabha seat and organise a State-wide indefinite bandh from April 8, sources said. The NGO Coordination Committee said that a decision was taken earlier to boycott the parliamentary poll if special polling booths were established at the Mizoram-Tripura border Kanhmun village. “The NGOCC opposed the special polling stations for Bru refugees at Kanhmun,” an NGOCC statement said.
Sports fans in India got to witness two contrasting results on Sunday in two different sporting arenas but in the same city. While the Indian cricket team surrendered its Champions Trophy title to Pakistan courtesy a record loss in the final at The Oval, the Indian men’s hockey team managed to pull off a record 7-1 win against Pakistan in the World League Semi -Final.Indian cricket fans found some solace in the hockey team’s win after they saw the Virat Kohli’s team getting thrashed in the summit clash in London.Embarrassed by India in their opening match, Pakistan astonishingly turned the tables on their arch-rivals to win their maiden Champions Trophy.India were the lopsided 4-9 favourites by English bookmakers to win a record third Trophy in a record fourth final, but Pakistan blew away all predictions and expectations with a win of stunning ease.Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338/4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day international century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.India were then routed for 158 in the 31st over. For Pakistan, pacers Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali bagged three wickets each.This was the biggest margin of victory in any ICC ODI tournament in terms of runs. The previous highest was registered by Australia when they thrashed India by 125 runs in the 2003 World Cup final in Johannesburg.Even as Pakistan were rampaging towards a 300-plus total in the Champions Trophy, penalty corner specialist Harmanpreet Singh and forwards Talwinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored a brace apiece as India flayed Pakistan 7-1 in a Pool B clash to storm into the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League Semi-Final in the same city.advertisementHarmanpreet (13th and 33rd minutes), Talwinder (21st and 24th) and Akashdeep Singh (47th and 58th) ripped apart Pakistan’s defence. Pardeep Mor (49th) too contributed a goal for India.Coming into the match, four-time world champions Pakistan had conceded four and six goals in consecutive losses to the Netherlands and Canada, respectively. India further exposed Pakistan’s weaknesses in their team’s structure in a match that had chances galore for both the teams right from the start. But it were India who capitalised on most of them.With this win, India moved to the top spot with nine points, while their neighbours are yet to open their account.The whole country rejoiced the win over Pakistan in hockey was hours later the celebrations were cut short the famed Indian batting lineup completely disintegrated.The night ended on a sombre mood for Indian sports fans with majority of the people disheartened after the cricket team’s loss but they still had something to cheer for in the hockey team’s victory.
If luck was a statistic, Oklahoma State might be leading the country in it.Despite a stalwart defense and game-winning production by specialists Ben Grogan (despite poor protection and holder performances) and Zach Sinor, OSU is very fortunate to be 6-0.Some have attributed the wins to the team’s moxie and gutsy play while others have pointed to OSU’s belief that they can win regardless of field position or score in the final minutes.Whatever the reason for the wins, most credit the team’s struggles to the offense’s poor production and credit the offense’s poor production to bad blocking by the interior linemen. The center and guards have been unable to help the offensive establish the run or to protect the quarterback (or kicker) from even basic pressure by the defensive line.However, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said those problems will soon be a thing of the past.“We plan to substitute out our center, right, and left guard for human-sized Weebles,” said Yurcich, wearing a T-shirt with “Gundy screen passes in Madden” printed on the front. “They’ll be a perfect fit for our scheme, and, of course, they won’t fall down.”Yurcich said while he is usually happy to claim inspiration from small, plastic, children’s toys, the new strategy came from offensive line coach Greg Adkins.“Yeah, I was watching the tape with our [offensive analyst] Darrell Wyatt, and we got to talking about what we could do to make the line better,” said Adkins, “when it struck me: what if we just didn’t let them play at all? Is that even possible? Darrell thought it was and we got to brainstorming.”Yurcich said that there are more advantages to using Weebles than their tendency to wobble.“After all, they’re virtually immune to offensive holding,” said Yurcich.When asked about the truth of this immunity, Big 12 official Alan Eck only said, “We’ll see.”Eck did clarify that using Weebles instead of players has actually been legal for several decades.“Apparently it was passed in the 70s,” said Eck, “but was buried deep in the section about the rules for defensive holding. Who knew?”When asked whether he was happy with being replaced by soulless though potentially more proficient plastic people, guard Paul Lewis said he wasn’t overjoyed but he knew it was best for the team.“Man, those Weebles can ball,” said Lewis. “Nobody but E-man [Ogbah] can get around them.”We tried to reach Ogbah for comment, but he was busy taking a concrete and glass shower.Yurcich said that with the substitution to Weebles, things are looking up for the OSU run game.“They may not be faster or particularly mobile,” said Yurcich, “but they get in the way a lot, and that’s something.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
WTF Albacete defender needs 10 stitches in penis after kick from team-mate Ronan Murphy 20:07 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) La Liga WTF Albacete Albacete v Huesca Huesca Segunda División The Argentine was forced off injured with just eight minutes to go in the scoreless draw with Huesca, requiring immediate medical attention Defenders are often asked to put their bodies on the line to prevent goals, but when Albacete full-back Mariano Bittolo took to the pitch against Huesca, he was not expecting to need stitches in his penis following a kick from one of his team-mates.Albacete secured a clean sheet thanks to the bravery of Bittolo and the rest of the backline, but an incident eight minutes from time saw the Argentine defender require medical attention.Bittolo collided with team-mate Roman Zozulya, suffering a kick to the penis in the process. He was taken off the pitch and did not come back on, with club doctor Eduardo Rodriguez telling Spanish newspaper Marca that the 27-year-old needed 10 stitches due to the injury. 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 He is not expected to miss any of Albacete’s Segunda Division games, with Fran Noguerol’s side already fighting for survival. Albacete are currently just a point above the relegation zone after 12 games of the new season.Bittolo is a new signing at Estadio Carlos Belmonte, having joined from fellow Spanish second-tier club Cordoba during the summer transfer window.
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal with the Premier League club.Rice’s deal was set to expire in 2020, but the club announced on Friday he has agreed a new long-term contract, which includes the option for a further year.The deal seemingly ends speculation linking Rice with a move to Manchester United, while the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham had also been linked with a move for the midfielder. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The 19-year-old has become increasingly influential for the Hammers this season, starting 16 Premier League games under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.And the versatile teenager, who can operate either in midfield or defence, is thrilled to be staying at West Ham.”I’m absolutely delighted to have got the contract done, signed and to commit my future to the club until 2024. I’m absolutely ecstatic,” he told the club’s website.”Without a doubt, the plan was always to stay at West Ham. I’ve had the support from the fans, from the players and from the manager and now, to get it done and commit myself to this club is a very special moment and I’m over the moon.”I’ve now played 50 games for the first team and I’m progressing week in, week out, learning from a top manager and top players. I’m still young, so to put more years on my contract and keep developing here is the best thing for me to do now. With the support of the manager, the players, everyone, it was the right thing to do.”He’s signed! #RICE2024 pic.twitter.com/KGOQunMMBc — West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 28, 2018 London-born Rice has made appearances in friendlies for Republic of Ireland at senior level, but is yet to declare his international future, with England his other option.But the teenager is focused on helping West Ham, who have won five of their last six Premier League matches, push for European qualification.”Without a doubt, you’ve seen now the way we’ve played after the first four games, that’s what we’ve got to be aiming for, for those European spots,” Rice added. “With the players we’ve got out injured to come back in, we’ve definitely got to be aiming high.”We’ve got 60,000 fans now, with that being increased, we’ve got a top manager who has won a Premier League title and quality players in the squad, so there is no reason why we can’t be competing at the top, for sure.”
Emraan Hashmi buys sexy yellow Lamborghini Huracan worth Rs 4 crore. Watch videoEmraan Hashmi was spotted driving his new Lamborghini Huracan on Mumbai streets.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 16:17 IST Emraan Hashmi drives his Lamborghini Huracan in Mumbai. (Photo: Instagram).Emraan Hashmi has bought a luxury sports car for himself, Lamborghini Huracan , and was spotted driving down the streets of Mumbai. A video of the actor driving the vehicle has surfaced online.The car costs around Rs 4 crore. The mid-rear engine V12-powered sports car can reach a speed limit of 100kmph in 3 seconds. The car is a two-seater and is expected to have a mileage of 7.69 kmphOn the work front, Emraan will make his digital debut with the Netflix original, Bard of Blood, which is co-produced by Shah Rukh Khan. It based on debutant author Bilal Siddiqi’s book by the same name.In the show, Emraan plays the role of an expelled spy named Kabir Anand who has to leave his life as a Shakespeare professor in Panchgani behind, to save his country and long-lost love.Emraan has just wrapped up shooting Chehre, which stars Amitabh Bachchan.Emraan was last seen in Why Cheat India this year, which failed to perform at the box office. The film revolved around the murky realities of Indian education system.advertisementAlso read | Emraan Hashmi on Netlfix show: It’s like shooting three films, pretty toughGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byLakshana Palat Tags :Follow Emraan Hashmi
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An environmental assessment panel has recommended a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Goldboro should proceed, with a number of conditions. The panel, which was appointed to conduct a Class Two Environmental Assessment, the province’s most rigorous, has presented its report to Environment Minister Randy Delorey. “We have carefully reviewed the information provided and input received, and the panel has recommended that this project proceed with a number of conditions,” said Tony Blouin, chair of the panel. “I want to thank everyone who provided comments during this review.” Mr. Delorey has until March 24 to issue a decision. The panel’s report, and other documents related to the assessment, is available at www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea/goldboro-lng.asp .
Last week, award-winning actor and former Vermonter James Cromwell sent a letter on PETA’s behalf to Vermont’s governor, Peter Shumlin, asking him to consider changing the state beverage from dairy milk to apple cider.As the Big Hero 6 and American Horror Story star notes in his letter, apple cider supports one of Vermont’s top agricultural products — and it’s far kinder than subjecting animals to a lifetime of deprivation and abuse in the dairy industry.“I love the beautiful state of Vermont, and I’m proud to have attended Middlebury College,” wrote Cromwell. “I’m writing to express my concern that the state beverage is still dairy milk, despite its well-documented link to environmental degradation and some of the nation’s largest health crises. With this in mind, PETA and I hope you will work with the General Assembly to follow New Hampshire’s example by changing the state beverage to apple cider as a way of promoting the official state fruit and encouraging healthier, more eco-friendly choices among your citizens.“An increasing number of Vermonters are replacing dairy milk with healthier, more environmentally friendly beverages, a trend aligned with recent research showing that the global dairy-alternative beverage market will in all likelihood continue to grow over the next few years. Dairy farms along with other forms of animal agriculture contribute to more than half of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions as well as to putrid accumulations of animal feces that often seep into drinking water sources. Apple cider, on the other hand, is energy efficient, sustainable, supportive of one of Vermont’s top agricultural products, and a contributing factor in the success of the state’s growing tourism industry. Cider also contains fiber and vitamin C and is free of the saturated fat and cholesterol found in dairy products — making it a far healthier choice as the state beverage than dairy milk, which plays a role in the nation’s struggles with cancer and diabetes. We must also remember the many Vermonters who forgo dairy milk in order to protest the dairy industry, which cruelly separates calves from their mothers at birth and forces cows to produce milk until they become completely exhausted, at which point they are sent to the slaughterhouse.“I hope you will consider changing the state beverage to apple cider. This move would make Vermont a trendsetter in environmental, health, and ethical reform. Thank you very much for your time and attention to this matter. I look forward to hearing from you.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat … or abuse in any other way” — offers tips for going dairy-free on its website.
In an e-mail, Eric Robinson makes a reference to “the ignorance of do-good white people”.By Melissa RidgenAPTN InvestigatesManitoba’s deputy premier and Aboriginal Affairs minister stands by comments made in email obtained by APTN National News in which the he refers to the “ignorance of do-good white people.”A three-line email from Eric Robinson, NDP MLA for Kewatinook, dated Nov. 22, 2012, was sent to the province’s special advisor on Aboriginal women’s issues, Nahanni Fontaine. A copy was obtained though the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act [FIPPA]. It begins in response to an email from Fontaine outlining her concerns about a media report that a Winnipeg clothing store, The Foxy Shoppe, was holding a burlesque fundraiser, proceeds of which would go to Osborne House, a provincially-funded shelter for battered women.“This is SO bad and looks SO bad and is simply a bad idea on the part of the Osborne House ED [executive director],” Fontaine wrote to Robinson. “Like what was she thinking? Did the [Osborne House] board approve this ‘fundraiser’”?Robinson replied, “I know nothing of this matter and haven’t seen today’s freep [Winnipeg Free Press] but I will now.” The remaining two lines of the email are then blacked out.But when held to a certain light, the type under the black bar that is used to hide the blacked out words shows the words: “On the surface it is not a very good idea and moreover further exploits an already vulnerable group in society. It also further demonstrates the ignorance of do good white people without giving it a second thought.”When contacted by APTN, the deputy premier said, “The comment was internal between myself and some staff members. I don’t deny writing what I wrote which was about what white do-gooders are trying to do.”Asked if he was referring to The Foxy Shoppe or Osborne House executive and board, he said it was a “general statement” not specific to anyone. He went on to add he is “absolutely not” sorry for what he said and would “probably not” apologize if asked by Premier Greg Selinger and “probably not” resign if someone asked him to.“I don’t think [the fundraiser] sent a good message then, nor do I think that was a good message to this day.”Robinson doesn’t believe the comment will affect his role as deputy premier in dealings with the non-Aboriginal community.“I have a good record championing issues of violence against women and murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls.”Robinson points out that of the 180 or so women and children who show up at the shelter each month, 80 per cent are Aboriginal.The FIPPA office said its decision to redact the minister’s inflammatory comment was covered under Sec 23 (1)(a) of the Act to protect against material that would “reveal advice, opinions, proposals, recommendations, analyses or policy options developed by or for the public body or a minister.”The Canadian Association of Journalists president Hugo Rodrigues questions that explanation.“The challenge we have with a lot of freedom of information legislation is it allows a big clause on ‘advice given to’ and there’s not a lot of guidance to the person interpreting the act,” he said.Rodrigues adds the public pays for politicians and government staff and should have reasonable access to their professional discussions, otherwise “what is the purpose of having freedom of information access in the first place?”This is the second time in as many weeks for the Selinger government has made news for questionable remarks. Last week, backbench NDP MLA David Gaudreau was stripped of his caucus duties after uttering a gay slur to a Conservative opponent in the Legislature. He later apologized.(Aug. 23, 11:54 AM: Updated with clarifications from Minister Robinson’s office.)
New Delhi: Under attack from the Congress for its failure to yet again designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the government fielded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for its defence who alleged that the original mistake, not only on Kashmir but also on China, was committed by Jawaharlal Nehru. Jaitley’s remarks came soon after the Congress blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy vis-a-vis China for the latter yet again blocking the bid to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “The original mistake, both on Kashmir and China, was committed by the same person,” Jaitley said in a tweet. Referring to India’s first Prime Minister’s “infamous” letter to chief ministers dated August 2, 1955, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said it was Nehru who said India taking China’s place in the United Nation’s Security Council (UNSC) would be “very unfair for a great country like China”. “Will the Congress President tell us who the original sinner was?” he asked. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty Jaitley quoted Nehru as saying in the letter: “Informal suggestions have been made by the United States that China should be taken into the United Nations but not in the Security Council, and that India should take her place in the Security Council. …we cannot, of course, accept this as it means falling out with China and it would be very unfair for a great country like China not to be in the Security Council.” Earlier, with China for the fourth time putting on hold the proposal against Azhar in the UN Security Council, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said it is a major setback for the global fight against terrorism and “reaffirms Chinese position of being an inseparable ally of terrorism’s breeding ground Pakistan”. Blaming Modi, he said: “The present situation also arises out of failure of a weak-kneed Modi government, bending over backwards before China over last 5 years, which has culminated into the present state of things where the Chinese have blocked Masood Azhar’s declaration as an ‘international terrorist’, without any reason and only to please its ally Pakistan.” The Congress asked if Modi would answer why he became “Maun Modi” (silent) as India’s interests are repeatedly being compromised.
The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has granted temporary provisional release to a former senior Bosnian Croat figure who is currently on trial.The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which sits in The Hague, ruled on Tuesday that Bruno Stojić be granted leave on humanitarian grounds until 5 May, when the defence case in his trial is scheduled to begin.Mr. Stojić and five other co-accused, all former high-level leaders in the Bosnian Croat wartime entity known as Herceg-Bosna, stand accused of war crimes committed in 1992 and 1993 against Bosnian Muslims and other non-Croats in south-western and central Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially the municipalities of Prozor, Gornji Vakuf, Jablanica, Mostar, Ljubuški, Stolac, Capljina and Vareš. The many charges include murder, rape, unlawful deportation, imprisonment, cruel treatment, unlawful labour, the wanton destruction of cities, towns and villages, and persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds. 1 May 2008The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has granted temporary provisional release to a former senior Bosnian Croat figure who is currently on trial.
Two United Nations agencies are to work together to slash carbon dioxide emissions by the postal sector. The UN’s Universal Postal Union (UPU) and Environment Programme (UNEP) have announced that they will work together to calculate the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions created by postal services around the globe, including a survey of buildings and an assessment of the mileage covered and fuel consumed by vehicles. Once emissions have been calculated, the UN agencies will offer a range of solutions to postal operators in the UPU’s 191 member States, focusing on ways to cut greenhouse gases. The UPU said yesterday that 660,000 postal establishments use some 250,000 motorcycles, over 600,000 cars, vans and trucks, as well as hundreds of aircraft, to deliver mail to the four corners of the world. In addition, tons of paper are used for daily communications. “The sector therefore has a significant role to play in cutting greenhouse gas emissions,” the agency said. 6 May 2008Two United Nations agencies are to work together to slash carbon dioxide emissions by the postal sector.
Twenty-four candidates took part in yesterday’s election, with a run-off round scheduled for next month if no single candidate receives more than 50 per cent of the overall votes.“As Guinea awaits the results of the vote, the Secretary-General calls on all concerned to continue to respect their commitments to a peaceful process based on respect of the rule of law, and to accept the outcome,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The Secretary-General commended Guinea’s Government, independent electoral commission, political parties and civil society groups, as well as the people as a whole, for the peaceful atmosphere prevalent during voting yesterday.Guinea has been dominated by autocratic and military regimes since it gained independence in 1958, and the country remains mired in poverty and under-development.In September last year, members of the military forces shot more than 150 unarmed demonstrators who had been participating in a peaceful pro-democracy protest on the streets of the capital, Conakry. Countless others were sexually assaulted or otherwise physically attacked.International condemnation, including from senior United Nations officials, followed and a Government of national unity was established in January as part of a transition to a more democratic order.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, has been in Guinea as part of joint UN efforts with the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other members of the International Contact Group on Guinea to support the electoral process. 28 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended Guinea for the successful staging of presidential elections, widely regarded as the first democratic polls in the West African country since independence more than 50 years ago.
“To overcome the perils of the present and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past,” Donald Trump said today at the general debate of the 72nd session of General Assembly. “Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity, and peace for themselves and for the world.” Noting that the US would remain a “great friend” to the world, and especially to its allies, the President underscored that his country can no longer be taken advantage of, and that he would defend US interests above all else. “But in fulfilling our obligations to our own nations, we also realize that it’s in everyone’s interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous, and secure,” he noted. He also called for greater reforms at the UN, urging the Organization to focus more on results, rather than bureaucracy and processes. He also called for more fair cost sharing among UN Member States. Turning to the crisis emanating from the nuclear weapons programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Mr. Trump underscored if the US is forced to defended itself or its allies, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” Recalling recent resolutions adopted unanimously by the Security Council, he urged that country to pursue the path of denuclearization. In his remarks, he also criticized the Iranian Government and called on the country’s leadership to halt is support of terrorists, begin serving its people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbours. He also noted the need for de-escalation of the conflict in Syria, as well as on sanctions imposed by the US on Cuba and Venezuela. Also in his remarks, the President spoke of economic progress made by the United States since his election as well as the progress it has made in terms of healthcare, women’s empowerment and military strength. Full statement available here
Time certainly does fly when you’re standing still.For the past 12 months I’ve been standing here in my new role guarding Schmon Tower and I’ve loved every minute of it.Yes, it’s Maj. Gen. Sir Isaac Brock here, or at least the dashingly handsome bronze replica of the man himself.It’s hard to believe I’ve been on the job for a full year now. Those new to Brock may not know that my trip to the March 16, 2015 installation day in St. Catharines was a very, very long one that started in Oregon.You can read all about my road trip on the website my colleagues created for me here.I arrived on campus late the night before the big unveiling, and it took hours to set me in place. But you all made me feel so at home immediately with hundreds of students, staff and faculty cheering and clapping as all 1.5 metric tons of me was lowered into place on my pedestal in front of the tower.From that memorable March day forward, I have been honoured to watch over some of the biggest moments during the Brock year. I’ve loved being featured in thousands of group photos and selfies, especially during the Spring and Fall Convocation events, when there were lineups of students and their families waiting to pose with me.I was also pleased to feature prominently in a hype video for Isaac’s Army released early in the summer.The fall was especially memorable with the thousands of students marking Orientation Week on the lawn in front of me and then faculty and staff enjoying a night of good food and dancing with the Red Dinner during homecoming.But perhaps the most poignant moment I’ve experienced was during the celebration of life for David S. Howes that took place on May 14. It was his vision and financial gift that led to my creation at the hands of renowned artist Danek Mozdzenski.One of the many things I love about the Brock campus and the Niagara Region is the diversity of seasons. Over the past year, I’ve looked out over the cherry blossoms on the boulevard in front of me in the spring, enjoyed the Niagara sunshine in the summer, watched the leaves change on the trees in front of the David S. Howes Theatre in the fall and had snow build up on my podium in the winter.And now it would appear spring has returned. The cherry blossoms will arrive again soon and Convocation is less than three months away.I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2016 brings.Surgite, Badgers.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMisuse of funds probe – Head of SOCU questioned but still on the job – Top CopApril 9, 2019In “Crime”‘We will not be intimidated!’ – Jagdeo declares after arrestMarch 8, 2017In “Politics”Ongoing cases at SOCU might be affected, says HeadFebruary 2, 2019In “Crime” File photo: Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo as he made his way from SOCU’s headquartersSOCU’s mandate is not being delivered, says Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo who also feels that this is the main reason why the unit has a low conviction rate.Most recently British Financial Investigations Adviser to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Dr Sam Sittlington, bemoaned the low rate of convictions for financial crimes as he addressed a training seminar.The British expert noted that there are a lot of cases getting to court but also failing at that same level. He also noted that files are often times sent back with corrections from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).But Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo says that SOCU’s mandate is not being delivered, especially since it is taking political directives, which undermines its professionalism.“I don’t think the focus has been ever on preparing good cases and let the evidence lead you to the cases. It started the different way, they got an instruction, the special prosecutors were hired, a hundred million set aside outside of the DPP’s Office, the money was placed in the AG’s budget, Harmon said in Parliament that he is budgeting to top up the SOCU Officers in his ministry so immediately the undermined the chain of command where SOCU is an arm of the Police Force” Jagdeo said. Jagdeo further argues that is the main reason why the cases are failing.“So we have a lot, about a billion dollars for the gold board, where did that went? That disappeared. We’ve heard about one PS which we’ve had 18 billion they told us that was stolen or something like that. Where is that case? Where are the cases? Or were these all just headlines?”The Opposition leader feels that SOCU has come under a lot of political pressure to go after people based on politics. Jagdeo has long stated that SOCU has now been converted into a Peoples National Congress (PNC) outfit with its main objective being to carry out witch-hunts. SOCU has already called in Jagdeo, former Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, among other former ministers for questioning into the Pradoville 2 saga.Only recently another batch of these former ministers were called in for questioning again for the same matter.