Jammu and Kashmir shifts 20 more ‘potential troublemakers’ from Kashmir to Agra

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir authorities airlifted a fresh batch of 20 “potential troublemakers” from Srinagar to Agra, officials said here on Friday.The people, who have a history of being involved in separatist activities, were taken out of the Kashmir Valley in a special Indian Air Force plane, they said.They are alleged to be active members of separatist groups in Kashmir Valley.They were taken in a special IAF plane to Uttar Pradesh and lodged in Agra Central Jail.The authorities had airlifted 25 people, including president of Kashmir High Court Bar Association Mian Qayoom, on Thursday, as a precautionary measure in the wake of constitutional changes made by the government.Besides Mr. Qayoom, Mubin Shah, an office-bearer of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce, was also part of the group.Mr. Qayoom is a noted lawyer and has been representing many cases in which separatist leaders have been booked by the police. The government has imposed strict restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir after the constitutional provisions that accorded the State special status were abrogated and it was divided into two Union Territories.last_img read more

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Second straight MVP for Mbala

first_imgRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Azkals Eye 1st Asian Cup stint Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPicking up where he left off last season, Ben Mbala was hailed as the Most Valuable Player of UAAP men’s basketball for the second straight year as the La Salle slotman established himself as the supreme force in the collegiate scene.The Cameroonian continued his dominance for the Green Archers, posting per game averages of 26.0 points, 13.08 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals to finish with 96.58 total statistical points (SPs) in the ongoing Season 80.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Adamson bruiser Papi Sarr ranked fifth with 63.15 SPs, followed by NU big man Issa Gaye at sixth (57.57 SPs), UST center Steve Akomo at seventh (56.77 SPs), UP captain Paul Desiderio at ninth (54.50 SPs), and Ateneo slotman Chibueze Ikeh at 10th (49.36 SPs).Meanwhile, UP playmaker Juan Gomez de Liaño was hailed as the season’s best rookie after netting 46.69 SPs, powered by his averages of 11.61 points, 6.15 rebounds, 2.54 assists, and 1.0 steal.center_img But winning the MVP again is the least of Mbala’s concerns as he looks forward to keeping the UAAP title.“We just want to win,” Mbala said, as twice-to-beat La Salle prepares for its Final Four date against Adamson this Saturday.“We will not quit and that’s what we plan to do for the next few games: Play hard and leave the rest to God.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA distant second in the MVP race is Ateneo forward Thirdy Ravena, who mustered 66.50 SPs, followed by NU senior Jjay Alejandro at third with 63.86 SPs, and UE scorer Alvin Pasaol at fourth with 63.43 SPs.La Salle high-flyer Ricci Rivero complete this season’s Mythical Team after finishing eighth with his 56.29 SPs.He will get the nod, thanks to the UAAP ruling allowing only one foreign student-athlete to be named in the season’s best five. MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Importance of Physical Education in school curricula

first_imgParticipation in physical activities is crucial for the holistic development of young people to nurture their physical, social and emotional health as well as intellectual side.When children are praised or criticized for their quality of work and intelligence more specifically, they develop a fixed theory of the concept “intelligence”. Hence, “Intelligence” then becomes something you either have or you work hard to get. This is the concept every child is striving to achieve.Consequently, the child’s development surrounds around its well-being, which mostly includes only theoretical topics till the age of 15 years as major part of their education.Physical education (PE) as an important part of overall child education and development has started getting the due importance in the contemporary world. However, earlier it was one of the highly ignored aspects in the context of overall development of a child. Having said the above, most certainly we all can further vouch for the fact that how sports inculcates qualities like leadership, discipline, sharing, team work, honesty, team spirit, tolerance and many more among its participants. However, we cannot vouch and say that every child in a school gets an opportunity to experience this.Realizing its importance many schools have woken up and started taking steps in the direction, with many already working with outsourced professional organizations to help deliver systematic PE & sports programs within the school hours of PE periods.One also notices an interesting shift in the mindset of parents, as now they have become more aware and understand the importance of a physically fit body. Also the realization of the ill effects of today’s lifestyle on their children has made parents become more involved in trying and keeping their children fit, they now encourage their children to take up some form of sports or physical activity along with their studies.advertisement A large number of schools have come up with initiatives where they not only provide the best sports infrastructure to encourage sports education among the young blood of the country but also provide systematic physical education programs by partnering professional companies with specialization in the field such as The Sports Gurukul (TSG).TSG is India’s first of its kind professional sports and fitness development and training organization promoting sports and physical education amongst children to enable them lead a healthy and active lifestyle through a structured and scientific researched K to 12 PE & Sports curriculum and programs specifically meant for schools.According to some research conducted by the TSG in schools over a long period of time, we can say that 70 percent of the school-going children do not get any exposure to any focused and planned physical education.Of the remaining children, only those with active inclination towards sports get to do a little more physical activity & sports.Children begin to develop an aversion towards sports when left out and this can only be solved if there is a structured program starting from the basic level of Junior KG and continues further integrating every child in the school.  If schools set, a dedicated sports & physical education program so that children are exposed to physical activity from young & tender age, we can ensure that a huge number of children will be able to appreciate and understand the importance of physical education. This would further help them in being active throughout their lives and will encourage active participation in all forms of sports.The statistics are alarming and unless there is a nationwide call for action, we will end up creating lop-sided educated children not in a position to conduct themselves in tomorrow’s competitive world. The answer to this solution starts from a school and it is time that schools wake up to this silent time bomb waiting to explode which may end up creating a generation of unfit future Indian citizens. Can we afford that?With inputs from Mr Jay Shah, Co-Founder & Director, The Sports Gurukul.last_img read more

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Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis sail into second round at Wimbledon

first_imgSania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis stormed into the second round of the Wimbledon 2016 women’s doubles with a commanding victory over German pair of Anna-Lena Friedsam and Laura Siegemund. (Meet the most glamorous ladies in Wimbledon 2016)The defending champions beat Friedsam-Siegemund 6-2, 7-5 in an hour and 24 minutes yesterday at the All England Club.The No. 1 women’s doubles pair will now face Japanese pair of Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato, who defeated Mona Barthel of Germany and Chia-Jung Chuang of Chinese Taipei in their first round match.BOPANNS-MERGEA ALSO ADVANCEMeanwhile, Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea too won their second round match in men’s doubles, defeating the Slovakian-Chilean pair of Andrej Martin and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo.In a contest which lasted an hour and 17 minutes, the Indo-Romanian duo defeated their opponents 7-5, 6-2.last_img read more

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IPL 2017, Qualifier 2: We messed it up, says Gautam Gambhir after Kolkata Knight Riders campaign ends

first_imgGautam Gambhir was clearly not a happy man after Kolkata Knight Riders were knocked out by Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League Qualifier 2 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.Put in to bat, Kolkata crashed to the fourth-lowest total in IPL play-offs, thanks to Karn Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah’s magical spells.Karn Sharma equalled Anil Kumble’s record for best bowling figures in IPL play-offs when he finished with 4/16 from his four overs. Bumrah was also lethal with 3/16 while Mitchell Johnson, who replaced Mitchell McClenaghan in the match, picked up 2/28 and Lasith Malinga got 1/24.Gambhir said Kolkata missed the opportunities to finish in top two after topping the table in the beginning of the tournament.”Proud of the boys, we put everything we could. We did not take any short cuts and Mumbai was a better side today. But if you look back at things we could have finished in the top two. We had two opportunities. Once against Kings XI, we messed it and then again against Mumbai Indians. We made that kind of mistakes and a bad game like today haunted us bad,” Gambhir said at the post match presentation ceremony.Gambhir blamed poor batting after Kolkata were budled out for a paltry 107 in 18.5 overs. Kolkata were reduced to 31/5 in 7 overs before Suryakumar Yadav and Ishank Jaggi put up a small fight by adding 56 runs for the sixth wicket.”We discussed after the last game that we couldn’t get 160-170, we needed 140. Lost too many wickets early on. Jaggi and Surya got us to 107. That was still a decent effort. But 107 was never enough unless you can get the opposition all out,” Gambhir said.advertisementIn reply, Mumbai too were jolted early but Krunal Pandya (45 not out) held his nerves to guide his side home in 14.3 overs with six wickets in hand. Skipper Rohit Sharma (26) created history by becoming the first player to complete 3000 runs for Mumbai Indians in IPL.last_img read more

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India coach Ravi Shastri to ask for and get his own support staff

first_imgWhile Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid have been appointed bowling and batting consultants for the Indian team, India Today can confirm that head coach Ravi Shastri will soon ask for his own support staff and will also be given the men of his choice.WATCH FULL INTERVIEW HERE Shastri was appointed Team India coach on July 11 while the Cricket Advisory Committee also named Dravid in the support staff for overseas Test tours as a batting consultant. Zaheer was appointed the bowling coach on a full-time basis.India already have a full-time batting coach in Sanjay Bangar, and with the addition of Dravid and Zaheer along with Shastri, the team now has a dream team in its support staff.But Zaheer, it is learnt, doesn’t want to do the job full time. Shastri is likely to ask for Bharat Arun to be named the bowling coach.This comes a day after Shastri spoke to India Today where he said that Dravid and Zaheer’s inputs will be invaluable to the team.”I think invaluable. The inputs from Dravid and Zaheer will be invaluable. Even when I was in charge of the team I had a chat with both these players and asked them to spend some time with the boys and share their experience. It’s invaluable. You need some fresh inputs and input always helps,” Shastri told India Today in an exclusive chat from London.Dravid will continue to coach the junior teams after accepting a two-year contract recently.Dravid and Zaheer worked together at Delhi Daredevils for two seasons where the former was the team mentor-cum-coach and the latter is the captain and the most senior player in the squad.advertisementShastri meanwhile, also said that he is yet to speak to India captain Virat Kohli about his alleged rift with Anil Kumble.”I’ve not spoken to him (Virat Kohli). I will speak to him. I don’t carry baggage, what happened in the past is not my problem. I will start afresh. Whatever I discuss with Virat will stay between him and me,” Shastri said.last_img read more

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Shikhar Dhawan credits mental preparation for his outstanding form

first_imgIndian opener Shikhar Dhawan credited his mental preparation for his wondrous form which helped the visitors rout Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the first One Day International match here on Sunday.Power-packed innings from Man of the Match Dhawan (132 in 90 balls) and skipper Virat Kohli (82 off 70) guided India to a comfortable victory. Both players forged a 197-run partnership for the second wicket.”Things have been going well for me and I’ve just been focussing on my processes. I have mental freedom and when you perform well, you have extra confidence. By the grace of God, things are going my way,” Dhawan said after the match.Skipper Virat Kohli also praised Dhawan for his innings and said the team wanted him to stay in the happy zone, which he is in now.”The last three months have been a great time for Dhawan and he’s cashing in on his purple patch. Hopefully he stays in this happy zone and we’ll make sure he stays there, because he will win you games as long he’s in it. Once he starts going, it’s very difficult to stop him,” Kohli said.It all went good for India in this match. After a little bit of punishment initially, their bowlers bounced back in style to restrict the hosts for 216 and then Dhawan and Kohli applied themselves perfectly to chase down the total with 21.1 overs (127 balls) remaining. This also helped them to record their biggest win, in terms of overs to spare, for a target of over 200.advertisementKohli also said that now the team is all set for the 2019 World Cup and now one can expect a lot of changes in the team.”Yes (we have our eyes set on 2019). You have to prepare 24 months in advance. We’re going to experiment and embrace that. You can (expect to) see a lot of changes,” Kohli said.last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy: Shubman Gill matches Rahul Dravid feat, Hardik Pandya takes 5 wickets

first_imgShubman Gill has stepped an inch closer to scoring his maiden double century in the Ranji Trophy. Gill, one of the stars in India’s U-19 World Cup-winning team this year, was unbeaten on 199 as his superb knocked helped Paunjab reach 308 for 2 in reply to Tamil Nadu’s first innings score of 215 in Mohali.Gill became the second Indian batsman after Rahul Dravid in Adelaide 2003 to remain not out on 199 at the end of a day’s play in a first-class match.The host wrapped up Tamil Nadu’s innings in one over when R Sai Kishore (1) was run out by Baltej Singh, adding two runs to its overnight score.Punjab began their reply in a solid manner as 19-year-old Gill and Jiwanjot Singh blunted the TN pace attack, comprising T Natarajan, M Mohammed and K Vignesh with a mix of caution and aggression.While Jiwanjot showed a lot of patience and kept the rival bowlers at bay, Gill was all elegance as he unfurled numerous shots on both sides of the wicket. Some of the shots, especially the cover drives, stood out as he looked untroubled during his knock.It was a struggle for the Tamil Nadu bowlers as Gill proved unstoppable, hitting shots at will while skipper Mandee Mandeep Singh (50 batting) batted in a calm manner at the other end.Gill and Jiwanjot added 107 for the first wicket as Tamil Nadu captain Baba Indrajith rung the changes in an attempt to get a breakthrough.Sai Kishore got the first wicket for Tamil Nadu when he had Jiwanjot caught by Shahrukh Khan at silly-point.advertisementGill underlined his class, unleashing beautiful strokes and never looked in trouble.Bad light ended his quest for a maiden Ranji double century and Gill would resume on Sunday hoping to extend Punjab’s current lead of 93 and take control of the match.DELHI LOSE 15 WICKETS IN A DAYKerala took a stranglehold of their Elite Group B game against Delhi, bowling out the visitors for 139 in the first innings and then reducing them to 41 for five in the second in Thiruvananthapuram.Experienced all-rounder Jalaj Saxena was the star of the day as he took six wickets for 39 runs to help the host bundle out Delhi for 139 and gain a 181-run lead. Kerala’s first innings ended at 320.Only four Delhi batsmen reached double figures as Saxena ran through the line-up to set things up nicely for Kerala, who are aiming for a spot in the knockouts.The Delhi batsmen did not fare any better in the second innings, slipping to 41 for five at stumps on the second day, as Sandeep Warrier prised out the openers.Resuming at an overnight 291 for seven, Kerala could add only 29 runs, as Shivam Sharma took two more wickets to take his tally to six.Delhi got off to a poor start, losing opener Sarthak Rajan (4) in the first over. Basil Thampi struck in the second over, having Hiten Dalal caught behind by Vishnu Vinod to leave Delhi at 4 for 2.Skipper Dhruv Shorey (30) and Vaibhav Rawal (18) went about repairing the damage before the latter became Saxena’s first victim.HARDIK PANDYA BAGS 5-WICKET HAUL ON RETURNRiding on Vishnu Solanki’s unbeaten century and opener Aditya Waghmodes patient, unconquered half-century, Baroda made a strong reply to Mumbai’s tall first innings total in their Elite Group A Ranji Trophy game in Mumbai. Hardik Pandya bagged a five-wicket haul (Reuters Photo)Answering to the home team’s tally of 465, Baroda had advanced to 244 for the loss of opener and captain Kedar Devdhar’s wicket, 221 runs behind the Mumbai total at stumps on Day 2 of the four-day clash at the Wankhede Stadium.Waghmode and Solanki were not out on 87 and 128 respectively after the early fall of Devdhar to Shivam Dube for 11 against the listless Mumbai attack.While Waghmode was circumspect for the large part and struck 9 fours and 2 sixes in his 237-ball innings, his second wicket partner Solanki was a little bit more aggressive in his 231-ball innings, sprinkled with 17 fours.The duo, who got together when Devdhar was trapped leg before in the second over with 12 on board, have added 232 runs so far.The Mumbai bowlers, eight of whom were used by captain Siddhesh Lad, toiled hard to separate the duo, without success.Earlier, the 41-time champions – overnight 439 for 8 – were dismissed in seven overs this morning.Hardik Pandya, back in action after a near-three month-long injury lay-off, must have pleased the Indian selectors as he packed off overnight batsman Akash Parkar and Royston Dias to finish with an impressive five-wicket haul for 81 runs, by adding to the three scalps he secured on Thursday.advertisementBIHAR BEAT MEGHALAYALeft-arm spinner Ashutosh Aman returned an astonishing match haul of 14 wickets to help Bihar crush hosts Meghalaya by an innings and 71 runs in their Plate Group encounter in Shillong.The 32-year-old had figures of 6/17 in the second innings for a match haul of 14/68, as Bihar skittled out the home outfit for 46 on way to a bonus-point victory with two days to spare.The Services veteran now has 39 wickets to his kitty from eight innings at a jaw-dropping average of 4.79 to be second in the leading wicket takers’ tally this season behind Uttarakhand pacer Deepak Dhapola (42 wickets).This was Bihar’s third win, and all of them have come with bonus points. They now have 21 points from five matches.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard out for up to three weeks due to injuries

first_imgManchester United forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard have been ruled out for up to three weeks due to injuries and will miss their next two matches against Chelsea and Liverpool, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.Lingard and Martial suffered muscle injuries in the first half against Paris St Germain in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday.”I think they will be out for two to three weeks looking at it now,” Solskjaer told a news conference ahead of Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash against holders Chelsea.The injury comes as a setback for United, who have won 10 out of their 12 matches under caretaker boss Solskjaer, but it provides an opportunity for forwards Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to rediscover their goalscoring touch.Solskjaer said it also opens doors for attacking youngsters Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong, who have been pushing for first-team action this season.”It is a chance for anyone who plays, whether it is Alexis, Romelu or Angel [Gomes],” the Norwegian coach added.”Anthony and Jesse have done really well for us, they’re vital, but then again with Rom and Alexis, they’ve got different skill sets and will be able to show what they can do.”We still have forward options but Angel and Chongy have been training with us all week, even the weeks leading up to this, so there is a big chance they will be involved.”United are also locked in a battle for a top four Premier League finish with Arsenal and Chelsea, and face title contenders Liverpool at Old Trafford on February 24.advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

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Project Foodie Wants to Show You How to Cook

first_imgFor many, following a recipe from a cookbook or digital food magazine is easy. Following the step-by-step instructions can help you become a better cook because you can hone specific techniques and learn how ingredients work together.However, if you’re a visual learner, reading a recipe can turn into a tedious, confusing chore, especially if you’re just starting out and need to see a method in action to truly understand it. Luckily for all the visual folks out there, a brand-new app is here to show you how to cook rather than tell you. Project Foodie is a video-driven app that demonstrates a dish, from prep to finish.It all started because one of two brothers desperately wanted to learn how to make his favorite salmon dish. Meet Daniel Holzman and his brother, Eli. Daniel is the chef of New York City’s famed The Meatball Shop, and Eli is an Emmy-award winning producer living on the West Coast. Eli is really good at making television shows, but he can’t cook worth a damn. So, when Daniel’s written recipe for Eli’s fave salmon wasn’t enough to help him make it, Eli sent a professional film crew to Daniel’s NYC home to film him making the dish — from chopping the ingredients to plating the finished product.“It captures that nuance and that detail of being in the same room with somebody,” Daniel says in a video promoting the app. “The next step was ‘let’s builda cooking app.’ People want to cook, and the only thing holding them back is the confidence to actually learn how.”A marriage of the Holzman bothers’ professional talents, Project Foodie is easy to use and designed so the home cook doesn’t miss a single beat. The recipes are divided into categories based on difficulty (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and include classic, crowd-pleasing dishes like tomato-braised shrimp, chicken Parmesan, and huevos rancheros. Once you choose a recipe, it’ll ask you how many people are eating (between two and 10), and the ingredient list will adjust to that number. You can add each ingredient individually — or add them all at once with the touch of a button — to your grocery list. The app even details the necessary kitchen tools so you know what to expect from the get go.Each recipe features two sections of videos. In the prep portion of the video, Daniel walks you through all of the equipment and ingredients, and demonstrates techniques, like the proper chopping method or how to pound a chicken breast into a cutlet for frying. After you’ve prepped your equipment and ingredients, Daniel walks you through the recipe, demonstrating how finished ingredients and dishes should look while timing out different aspects of the process so you’re not scrambling to get anything done. You can follow or disregard as many steps as you’d like, as the video includes options to skip ahead or go back if necessary. You can also put the video in slow-mo if the pace is too quick. There are even options to view your ingredient list or set a timer while you’re watching the video, so there’s no need to stray from the screen.It’s like having a chef in the room giving you a private cooking lesson. Not only is Daniel a great teacher, he injects humor into his videos to keep them fun and interesting.“The goal in life is to teach these folks how to cook and give them this amazing gift,” Eli says. “And, as a result, there’s no stress, it’s fun, it’s interesting, the meal turns out great, and I don’t have to bother my brother anymore.”Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or are just starting out, Project Foodie is a great tool to sharpen your skills and learn new techniques. The app is available via free download for Apple users. The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows Editors’ Recommendations The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now last_img read more

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Jamaicans More Receptive to Restorative Justice

first_img Speaking on a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Issues & Answers interview, Mrs. Whyte said that restorative justice is working in Jamaica, and people “are not only receptive, they have bought in”. Story Highlights Jamaicans have become more receptive and are beginning to see significant benefits from participation in the Restorative Justice Programme of the Ministry of Justice.According to Coordinator of the Restorative Justice Unit, Kahilah Whyte, between January and July of this year, some 82 conferences were held, with 684 individuals participating in the restorative justice process. Of the 82 conferences held, 78 resulted in an agreement to resolve the conflict.Speaking on a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Issues & Answers interview, Mrs. Whyte said that restorative justice is working in Jamaica, and people “are not only receptive, they have bought in”.She noted that a cultural shift is taking place, where persons are turning to the programme, through restorative justice centres set up islandwide, to resolve conflicts.“People are willing to change, especially when they know that the process is free. This can lessen the stress in their lives, and it is another way to reduce the huge backlog that we are having in the court system,” Mrs. Whyte said.She credited the programme for success in communities such as August Town, which has seen significant decrease in crime, recording zero murders in 2016.“We are seeing more camaraderie, more peace, and the Restorative Justice Centre is keen to spread this peace throughout the island. People are hungry for that, they want change. They are coming in and calling in to be a part of the process,” Mrs. Whyte said.She urged churches, workplaces and community organisations to reach out to the Restorative Justice Unit for free sessions on restorative justice practices, which will introduce participants to conflict management principles and techniques.She further encouraged persons to become restorative justice facilitators and volunteers. Forms are available online, at the restorative justice centres and at the Ministry. Volunteers will be trained on the conference process, conflict resolution, and communication skills, among others.“The Minister and the Permanent Secretary are committed to the programme. We are actively going into schools, churches, getting Justices of the Peace to come on board with us, helping persons to become facilitators and to teach each other how to manage the situations better,” she said. She urged churches, workplaces and community organisations to reach out to the Restorative Justice Unit for free sessions on restorative justice practices, which will introduce participants to conflict management principles and techniques. Jamaicans have become more receptive and are beginning to see significant benefits from participation in the Restorative Justice Programme of the Ministry of Justice.last_img read more

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Dover Port’s Development Plan Widely Welcomed (UK)

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Dover Port, February 25, 2014 zoom Proposals from Dover Harbour Board to develop a new multi-million pound cargo terminal have been widely welcomed by local residents and businesses in the town, signing up to the shared vision.Dover Western Docks Revival would see the redevelopment of the Western Docks and creation of more than 600 quality jobs involved in the handling of fresh produce and other cargo for customers using the Port. The vision will provide an opportunity to kick start the regeneration of the local area and create inward investment opportunities.Derek Leach, Chairman of the Port and Community Forum, and Dover Society, said: “The Board’s plans were warmly received by the Port and Community Forum with the possibility of several hundred new jobs, a boost to the local economy and the regeneration of the Western Docks area. The Board is also looking for the support of the community in delivering the project, which I am sure we shall do in any way possible.”Adeline Reidy, speaking on behalf of The White Cliffs Dover Hotel & Guest House Group, said: “The dynamic team led by Tim Waggott and new members of the Dover Harbour Board have given Dover a second opportunity to rejuvenate the Western Port, securing future jobs and very welcomed engagement with the local community. The master plan and vision will come with key benefits to business and the district. We congratulate the Board and encourage the people of Dover to support this fantastic initiative.”A further 140 jobs would be safeguarded by the development of a new cargo terminal, relocating the existing operations from Eastern Docks. The expansion of activity at the Western Docks would enable the Port to accommodate increased ferry passenger capacity at new berths in the Eastern Docks.Dover Harbour Board has been working on the plans with longstanding customers, including local business George Hammonds PLC, which handles approximately 350,000 pallets of fresh produce a year, accounting for more than a quarter of all the bananas imported into the UK.James and John Ryeland, joint Managing Directors of George Hammonds Plc, said: “We were consulted in the run up to the announcement and are fully committed to working with the Dover Harbour Board (DHB), other stakeholders, and trade customers to generate a financial model that provides a sustainable and viable future for a multi user cargo facility. It is ironic that we would be going full circle back to the Western docks, but this zone would deliver space, multiple sheltered berths, much improved access and the opportunity to directly interact with other complimentary businesses, such as ripening and packaging services. We would not wish to imply this will be an easy project to deliver but there has been a significant and positive shift in the attitude of the DHB to drive the Port forward. We are delighted to have been included in developing this opportunity, which will both generate further employment and invigorate the local economy, something we all agree Dover is in desperate need of.”They added: “We are encouraged to hear of the proposed regeneration of the Western Docks. For some 25 years, the business has been tempered by only having one berth available and an extremely tight operating area at the Cargo Terminal. The business has been in strong growth over the last 3 years with both temperature storage and container space stretched to capacity. Hammond have just completed the build of a new temperature store at a cost of £1.2m, seen as an essential move to provide security for the increased trade projections.”Since the launch of the vision at the Port and Community Forum, the Board has issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), acting as a notice that the Port of Dover is planning the investment in a major redevelopment project estimated at £100-£120 million. It will allow the Port to start an early engagement process for interested contractors/suppliers with a view to obtaining further market feedback and finalising its business plan.Port management are maintaining dialogue with the potential customer partners who are crucial to the success of this project and who will use the facilities in the future. The team participated in Fruit Logistica 2014, the most comprehensive trade exhibition for the international fresh produce sector, where Dover Western Docks Revival was welcomed by the current and future users of the cargo facilities in Dover. Non-Disclosure Agreements are already in place. Discussions have also taken place with funding partners and there is a good opportunity to secure a funding contribution to the project, which fits with the wider East Kent regeneration agenda.Most importantly, the Board wants to continue to speak to the community, stakeholders and customers to develop the vision and outline all the milestones that need to be achieved. A presentation and discussion regarding the vision was well received at the recent Dover Marina Berth Holders Representatives Meeting.Andrew Pires, Dover marina user and Berth Holder representative said “Dover Western Docks Revival represents a fantastic commitment to Dover’s marina, which is greatly valued by berth holders. The prospect of a new marina in the harbour and the associated waterfront regeneration will provide a wonderful future facility and create an ambience that will attract even more visitors to the area.”The Board is also clear that a project of this scale and delivery of this shared vision will require careful consideration and input from various partners and employees.Yvonne Buddle of Port of Dover Staff Association (PODSA) said: “The feedback received from PODSA members shows they are looking forward to seeing this project materialise in the near future. Many employees are really excited about this opportunity and are keen to be involved in its delivery. The general feedback from colleagues is ‘let’s get on with it and get it done!’. We all feel it is an excellent idea for both the Port and the town in enhancing Dover’s economy and supporting our community. We really hope that everyone gives this development the support it deserves. Let’s make Dover beautiful and prosperous.”Tim Waggott, Chief Executive of Dover Harbour Board, added: “Dover Western Docks Revival would protect long-term port capacity, create much needed jobs, and enable the transformation of the Dover waterfront with a new marina boosting the local visitor economy. Recognising the role that Dover plays in the nation’s economy and commitment to a prosperous town, Dover Harbour Board is supporting the work of Kent County Council, Dover District Council, and South East Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver growth and regeneration in a strategic manner.” Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

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The part about the guns I

first_imgFULL SPECIAL REPORTBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsHer father was a preacher and she says she believes in God.And she swears she’s telling the truth about the guns.Juanita Cree, 48, says she smuggled two Arizona-bought guns into Canada and planted them in the house of her former boss, a Lebanese-born Canadian citizen named Michael Chamas, 47, who is now a fugitive.“I brought the guns…into Canada,” said Cree, whose Mohawk father was a Pentecostal preacher in Akwesasne. “I put them there.”A Quebec judge issued a warrant for Chamas’ arrest after he skipped a court date on Oct. 19. Chamas is facing trial on nine weapons charges stemming from the two Arizona-bought guns police found in his Lorraine, Que., home on March 26, 2008.Police raided his home as part of Operation Cancun, which targeted a drug smuggling network operating out of Kahnawake and Akwesanse that brought Quebec-grown marijuana into the U.S.Chamas claimed he couldn’t show up for court because he was sick, but the RCMP discovered he had been traveling the globe, including a stop in Mexico where he is involved in a bid to revive Mexicana Air, Mexico’s oldest airline that went bankrupt in 2010.Police suspected Chamas was the “banker” for the cross-border marijuana smuggling organization.Chamas denies this, saying he didn’t know police believed some of the individuals he was linked to were allegedly involved in laundering money from marijuana smuggling.Cree says she planted the guns in Chamas’ house at the suggestion of a Surete du Quebec sergeant, who was with the Aboriginal policing unit.The officer could not be reached for comment. When APTN National News phoned his last known office, one officer said he was on leave, while another said he had been transferred from the unit.The guns, however are only part of Cree’s story.She says she also worked as an informant in Kanesetake, the Mohawk community at the centre of the 1990 Oka crisis, for the Surete du Quebec (SQ) and the RCMP.She claims these things in a sworn affidavit, now sealed but available for download on Michael Chamas’ website, that was filed this past May into Chamas’ court case.None of the claims in the affidavit have been proven in court.With Chamas on the run, it may take some time before Cree is ever challenged about her assertions on the witness stand.To this point, Cree has not been subpoenaed to testify.The RCMP said they could not comment on Cree’s claims.“There is a sealing order in place on this matter, so the RCMP cannot confirm or deny the allegations made by Ms. Cree,” said RCMP Cpl. Carine Cordey. “We don’t want to jeopardize anything that is going on right now that could be before the courts.”The Surete du Quebec also said they could not comment on the matter.The Crown prosecutor, Danny Lemieux, who works for a special unit created to deal with cases involving the proceeds of organized crime, refused to comment on an ongoing case.APTN National News has learned that the prosecution was prepared to challenge the credibility of her statements in the affidavit and was prepared to call SQ officers as witnesses against her if the defence attempted to use Cree’s explosive claims.It’s also believed that the prosecution was prepared to argue that Cree was never technically an informant, but did supply information to the police.The prosecution was prepared to say that the SQ officer Cree says recruited her to become an informant may have been “playing his own game,” according to a source with knowledge of the file.The former officer, Daniel Beaudry, was the police force’s liaison officer in Kanesetake. He could not be reached for comment.Beaudry was disciplined over ties to Chamas while the businessman was under criminal investigation, according to a letter of reprimand from Feb. 8, 2006.The letter of reprimand.Download (PDF, Unknown)Cree maintains she was recruited by Beaudry to become an informant for the SQ between 1994 and 2000. She said she signed a contract with Beaudry and was given a “Confidential Informant” number along with a pager.Cree said relationship with the SQ lasted between 1994 and 2000.“I was trying to help them to gain information that was relevant to some of the operations they were trying to undertake,” said Cree.No money was paid directly for the information she provided, she said.The money moved through separate contracts with Quebec’s justice department for setting up meetings with prominent community members and police training programs, said Cree.“They were cautious and careful about how they gave me money,” said Cree.In one instance, Cree said she worked with the SQ in preparation for a drug operation in August 1995.“They were gathering information via surveillance and most of it was aerial surveillance and we had these large (air surveillance) pictures of the reserve,” said Cree. “And they were asking me to identify who lived where and what was around, pockets of families and people who were in certain locations.”The relationship with the RCMP, which started in 1995, was different.Cree said she acted more as a consultant to the RCMP on policing in First Nations communities across Quebec.“It was how to approach communities, how to make a difference in community policing aspects…They were very interested in (Quebec’s) far north,” said Cree. “I actually flew on the RCMP commissioner’s plane…I spent time with their liaison officer going to different communities, looking at different training things, making connections…making sure they got in to speak to the right people.”The RCMP also gave Cree grants to run sensitivity and cultural training programs for police officers and justice officials.Cree said she eventually drifted away from the police and Kanesatake and by 2000 had reinvented herself in the business world.She became heavily involved in a project to create a free-trade zone at Montreal’s Mirabel airport. Free-trade zones allow goods to be imported, manufactured, reconfigured and then exported tax-free.The free trade zone project ended in the fall of 2001 after Bombardier was allowed to build a hanger that encroached on one of the runways. The airport suddenly didn’t meet the regulations to handle the volume needed for a free-trade zone.Cree said she met Chamas during a gala at the Sheraton related to the proposed free-trade zone.“He was standing in the lobby of the Sheraton and he was very striking, very tall,” said Cree.Chamas wanted in on the free-trade zone and Cree said he had lined up about $50 million worth of investments from China before the project fell through.A self-styled high-flying, international financier, it appears Chamas has business links all over the world; from China, to Switzerland, to Dubai to Venezuela.Chamas has also been the subject of police investigation in two other countries: Switzerland and France.Before becoming a fugitive in Canada, Chamas was gaining altitude. He was attending political fundraisers promising jobs, planning to buy a Quebec bank and promising to set up international construction deals in Dubai.He projected the image of an international financier with limitless access to overseas capital and high-level international connections.Yet, through most of it, he battled the tax man and eventually lost. Chamas had been fighting Revenue Canada in the courts before he fled the country.Tax authorities put a $1.8 million lien on his luxury home in Lorrain which has since been seized and put on the market. He also owed $1.5 million to Quebec in taxes, according to court records.Tax authorities also seized his $200,000 Rolls Royce and over $700,000 from two CIBC bank accounts, according to court records.Chamas, who obtained his Canadian citizenship in 1995, said he didn’t owe tax authorities any money because he maintained his residency overseas where he conducted the majority of his business.Tax authorities and the courts disagreed.But it was his relationship with Cree, who was his personal assistant on his North American dealings, which offered him the biggest prize: access to the Conservative government.Cree was a close associate of David Bernstein, a Montreal bankruptcy lawyer and former Tory candidate who ran unsuccessfully against former Independent Senator and Liberal MP Marcel Prud’Homme in 1976, 1979 and 1980.Bernstein was friends with John Crosbie, a former Tory cabinet minister in the Brian Mulroney government and current lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.Bernstein was also close to John Reynolds, a former Tory and Reform MP who chaired Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party leadership bid in 2004 and he chaired the Conservative’s federal campaign in 2006.Both men are mentioned in Bernstein’s obituary, along with Jerome Choquette, who was the minister of justice for the Quebec Liberal government of Robert Bourassa during the October crisis in the 1970s.Chamas, through Cree, began forming a business relationship with Bernstein who believed the self-styled international financier could raise $1.5 billion in capital for the purchase of the Laurentian Bank in Quebec.Everything, however, came crashing down on Chamas on March 26, 2008, when RCMP and SQ police officers with the Aboriginal Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at his home in Lorraine, just north of Montreal.The RCMP had traced a $1 million transfer into one of Chamas’ account from individuals investigators believed were laundering money for a cross-border smuggling network operating out of the Mohawk communities of Kahnawake and Akwesasne.Chamas said the transfer was for money he was owed.Revenue Canada and immigration officials were also present during the raid, which was part of Operation Cancun, an investigation aimed at dismantling the drug network which moved Quebec-produced marijuana to New York City.The RCMP’s Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit was also involved in the Cancun investigation and targeted the suspected money players, including Chamas and one of his associates named Nicolas Anthis.Investigators found two Arizona-bought guns when they searched Chamas’ house in Lorraine, just north of Montreal.One was a Taurus .38 calibre hand-gun bought at the Cash Box Jewellery & Pawn Co. in Tucson, Az., on Feb. 13, 2008, according to a gun trace supplied to the RCMP by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.The other gun was a Glock .40 calibre bought at Sportsman’s Warehouse in the same city on the same day, according to the gun trace.The gun trace.Download (PDF, Unknown)Chamas was charged with nine weapons offences in connection with the guns. None of the offences included gun smuggling.“Those guns, that wasn’t him. That was me,” said Cree, who also had her phone tapped and was under surveillance during the Cancun investigation.Cree says she used Chamas’ birthday as cover to plant the guns.Cree said she phoned Chamas, who was born on Feb. 9, to tell him she had a belated birthday present for him. She carried the guns inside a bag with the present, a magnetized globe.She said she planted the .38 in a basement closet while Chamas showed her some renovations she had done to his home theatre section.Under the pretext of wanting to see newly bought baby furniture in the adjacent room, Cree said she slipped the Glock into the inside pocket of one of this suit jackets hanging in the master bedroom closet.Police found the guns in those locations.Cree said she planted the guns on either March 12 or 13, two weeks before the raid.The proximity between the dates she says she planted the guns and the raids was pure coincidence, said Cree. She said she was not told about the looming raid or tip police about the guns.Cree, however, stayed in contact with Chamas after she says she planted the guns.“I wasn’t working directly with him,” said Cree. “After Cancun hit, he distanced himself from me…some of the associates around him kept telling him I was working for the police.”Cree, however, admits that as time passed, she again entered into Chamas’ sphere and finally told him in April over a lunch of steak and grilled chicken Cesar salad that she planted the guns.  She said a glass of wine spilled.The continued relationship, however, raises the possibility that Chamas made a deal with Cree to file the affidavit and claim the guns were planted.They had worked together for several years and she had intimate knowledge of many of his business dealings.If Chamas went down, he could also take Cree with him.Cree’s affidavit gave Chamas a golden ticket to beat the weapons charges.Cree denies there was any deal.“He never paid me to do a deal for him or to take this or do anything. None of that,” said Cree.Chamas, in a separate interview, also denied there was a deal and used a vulgar term to describe Cree.“Are you out of your mind…that bitch, she ruined my life, why would I pay her?” he said.Cree said she arranged for the guns to be bought legally by a nephew. She then smuggled them into Canada.APTN National News traced the name of the individual whose driver’s license was used to buy the guns, but could not reach him for comment.APTN National News did reach the individual’s former partner, who is Cree’s niece, and she said he did buy guns for a family member, but she wasn’t sure about the date.“If the ATF comes to me and charges me, okay, I have to take responsibility for that. It was me. I don’t want them to go and find another scapegoat and say it was somebody else or whatever,” said Cree. “It was me. Am I running away from it? No.”Police seized hundreds of documents from Chamas when they raided his house, including an application for an Arizona driver’s licence.Cree says the application had nothing to do with the purchase of the guns.Chamas said he lived in Arizona in the 1980s after he came to North America from Lebanon for the first time.Cree said the decision to plant the guns began during a meeting in November 2007 with the SQ officer who spoke about Beaudry and Chamas.“He talked to me about who he was, that he was working in Aboriginal policing, (and) he said I know you, you have a reputation here,” said Cree.“(The officer) then stated that it would be better to take them all down,” her affidavit states. “He suggested this using the example of illegal weapons being discovered at the residences of individuals.”Cree said she had other conversations with her acquaintances that also pushed her toward the decision to plant the weapons.“I remember having a conversation with (one lawyer) in his office and he said ‘are you sure you know who you are dealing with?’” said Cree. “He was really pressing in terms of ‘are you sure of these things? Are you sure of these facts? Are you sure you know who this person is?’”But it was a conversation Cree had with Bernstein in January 2008 that finally convinced her to plant the guns.“It was almost like Chamas’ money smelled,” said Cree. “(Bernstein) was told something…and started referring to (Chamas) in a very negative way.”Cree said there were dark hints about financing terrorism.Cree said she decided to come clean about the guns this past spring after talking with Bernstein who was dying in hospital from cancer.Bernstein died in April.“When he was lying in bed and talking about doing things that we were having a lot of regret for,” said Cree. “I knew he was dying and he was talking directly about Chamas. I could do nothing else but come forward with the truth.”She says she just wants to clear her conscience.“My responsibility is to take responsibility, to take accountability for what I had done,” said Cree. “Yes it is a matter of conscience.”Cree says she is ready to face the consequences for committing the crimes of smuggling guns across an international border and using them to frame her former boss.Now she waits.“They are either going to say I am charged with something and get it over with or they are going to come out and call me a complete psycho,” said Cree.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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Security Council calls on all sides in Darfur conflict to join latest

25 February 2010The United Nations Security Council today joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in calling on all parties in the deadly conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region to join in the peace process following the signing of a cessation of hostilities accord between the Government and a major rebel group. “The members of the Security Council called on the parties to move to quickly implement the agreement in full as an important step towards peace in Darfur,” Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for February, said in a press statement, welcoming the accord signed in Doha, Qatar, by the Government and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on Tuesday.“They further called on all other parties in Darfur to join the Doha peace process and the agreement.” Other rebel groups have still not signed agreements with the Government to end the nearly seven years of fighting that has killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes. Hailing the agreement on Tuesday, Mr. Ban said he looked forward to its full implementation and called on all parties “to engage in the inclusive Doha peace process with flexibility and political vision, and to agree on a definitive political settlement of the Darfur crisis.” read more

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Huawei says sales up 23 this year despite US controls

BEIJING — Chinese tech giant Huawei says its global sales rose by double digits in the first half of this year despite being placed on a U.S. security blacklist but said it will face tougher conditions.The company said Tuesday that sales in the six months ending in June rose 23.2% over a year earlier to 401.3 billion yuan ($58.3 billion).That was up from 2018’s full-year growth rate of 19.5%. The company’s chairman, Liang Hua, said sales have suffered “some impact” since the Trump administration imposed curbs in May on sales of U.S. technology to Huawei but he gave no details.Liang said Huawei has avoided disruptions in production and sales but added “we still face difficulties ahead” in the second half of the year.The Associated Press

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Asian markets mixed as oil prices surge

BEIJING — Asian stock markets were mixed Monday after crude prices surged following an attack on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil processing facility.Hong Kong’s benchmark tumbled 1% while Seoul advanced and Shanghai and Sydney were little-changed. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.The benchmark U.S. crude price jumped $4.36 per barrel following the attack on oil producer Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq facility, for which Yemeni rebels claimed responsibility. Brent crude, the international standard, was up $5.20 after spiking nearly $8 at one point.The jump in crude prices hurt airline stocks and other businesses with big fuel bills and put upward pressure on inflation expectations. At the same time, higher prices are a boost to oil exporters such as Malaysia and temporarily pushed up share prices for crude producers.“This is obviously not a good day if you are an oil importer,” said Chris Weston of Pepperstone Group in a report.“This isn’t just a question of who or even what actually caused the attacks, but some have questioned whether we will we see further attacks and Saudi infrastructure is vulnerable,” said Weston.The Hang Seng index declined to 27,066.59 points following more weekend anti-government protests. The Hong Kong airport reported passenger traffic fell 12% in August from a year ago, a sign of the economic impact of demonstrations that began three months ago.“Oil ructions aside, investors would have already been nervous today in Asia as a belligerent China returns from holiday,” Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a report.The Shanghai Composite Index was off 2 points at 3,029.46 as trading resumed following a three-day holiday weekend. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 was up 1 point at 6,670.30.Seoul’s Kospi gained 0.5% to 2,058.65 while India’s Sensex lost 0.4% to 37,222.43. Markets in Southeast Asia retreated.Investor anxiety about the U.S.-Chinese tariff war eased following conciliatory gestures last week by both sides ahead of planned negotiations next month on their conflict over trade and technology.President Donald Trump postponed planned Oct. 1 tariff hikes to Oct. 15, opening up the possibility they might be put off indefinitely if the talks make progress. Beijing announced Friday it would lift punitive duties on soybeans, China’s biggest import from the United States, and some other farm goods.Despite that, the two sides have given no indication of progress toward resolving the core issues in the sprawling dispute over trade and technology that threatens to chill global economic growth.On Wall Street, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index turned in its three straight weekly gain Friday, even as major U.S. indexes ended the day mostly lower.A slide in technology stocks, along with losses in consumer-focused and real estate companies, offset solid gains elsewhere in the market, including big Wall Street banks and industrial stocks.Investors are looking for a possible U.S. interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve this week. The central bank lowered its benchmark interest rate in July by a quarter point, its first cut in a decade, in a bid to help maintain U.S. economic growth.The S&P 500 index slipped 0.1% to 3,007.39. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1% to 27,219.52.The technology heavy Nasdaq fell 0.2% to 8,176.71.CHINA-AUSTRALIA DAIRY PURCHASE: Bellamy’s Australia Ltd., a dairy and producer of infant formula, said it agreed to be acquired by China’s Mengniu Dairy Co. for 1.5 billion Australian dollars ($1 billion). The purchase would add to a string of Chinese global acquisitions aimed at capturing more of the profits of serving China’s growing market for imported food. Mengniu is one of China’s most prominent milk brands and also sells in Singapore, Myanmar and Indonesia.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose $4.40 to $59.25 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract lost 24 cents on Friday to close at $54.85. Brent crude jumped $5.30 or 8.9%, to $66.52 per barrel.CURRENCY: The dollar declined to 107.92 yen from Friday’s 108.09 yen. The euro was little changed at $1.1072.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

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WestJet feels Alberta travel pinch

by Ian Campbell Posted Sep 9, 2015 4:34 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 9, 2015 at 4:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Courtesy: Wikipedia WestJet feels Alberta travel pinch Calgary-based WestJet reports a noticeable slump in Alberta travel and they’re attributing it to the low price of oil.Company officials said they noticed a softening in the second quarter.“It’s obviously an economic engine for the province and for the west and indeed in large measure for the country. This is to be expected and certainly it’s something we’ve seen before when the energy sector has faced similar challenges due to low commodity prices. Calgary is WestJet’s home and we know it very well and we obviously pay very close attention to what happens here,” Robert Palmer said, a spokesperson for WestJet . Palmer said they are hearing the same thing from economists and they know it may take some time before things recover. “Until then, it’s fair to say we’ll continue to do what our industry has always done, which is to monitor supply and demand, look for external market forces and the impact they’re having and adjust pricing accordingly.”That could mean lower and more aggressive fares to make for the slump in September and October.“The Christmas travel season begins to kick in as does the winter travel season in November, so we obviously expect the people who booked their Christmas holidays and their vacations in warm sun destinations that will all kick in in November.”Palmer suggests people keep an eye on pricing and if they see a sale after purchasing they can get that money back. read more

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Some 3300 people a day still arriving on Lesvos – UN refugee

“Of the 660,000 refugees and migrants who have reached Greece this year more than half have landed at Lesvos,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters at a press briefing in Geneva. “With winter now approaching, the reception conditions and capacity there remain a problem and a number of actions are being taken to address that,” he continued. So far in 2015, UNHCR estimates that some 3,460 lives have been lost on the Mediterranean, 360 in the last four weeks. Some 250 of these were in the Aegean Greek territorial waters. The agency says it is working with the Hellenic Coast Guard to facilitate the deployment of additional experienced life guards and has provided equipment to support the on-going rescue efforts on Lesvos. In light of the continuing strains on Lesvos, UNHCR is also establishing presences at six strategic locations along the island’s north shore to provide newly-arriving refugees with immediate life-saving help, working with volunteers and a new medical NGO partner – Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA) – whose capacity is also being enhanced. This will be in addition to the existing assembly points where UNHCR and partners already provide places to rest, clothes, food, clean water and medical support. Eight buses and three mini vans are being used to transport new arrivals from the beaches to the reception sites, and this will be expanded as required. “We are also appealing to the authorities to create additional accommodation and reception capacity as a matter of urgency,” Mr. Edwards said. “There are only 2,800 reception places for the 12,000 refugees and migrants currently on the island. As a result, many people, including women, children and new-born babies have no choice but to sleep outside, lighting fires to keep themselves warm. This situation creates additional protection and safety concerns and is a cause of tension with the local community.” UNHCR is also underlining that urgent improvements to facilities for refugees in the island’s east at Moria and Kara Tape, under the respective responsibility of the police and the municipality, are also needed, including lighting, latrines and heating as well as site management. For the time being, refugees reportedly have to find themselves a place where to sleep in the few shelters available creating conditions for the “strongest” to find a shelter to the detriment of persons with specific needs. UNHCR, its partners and volunteers have to constantly intervene to prevent these situations from happening, and are noting it is critical to designate a site manager with the appropriate authority and resources. In addition to these actions, UNHCR announced its staffing on Lesvos is being increased. Thirteen additional staff members have been deployed, many speaking the language of the refugees, and bringing the total staff on Lesvos to 30. “We have brought in more humanitarian aid with 295,000 relief items, including 37,000 blankets to keep people warm, over 45,000 coats to protect people from rain, as well as hygiene and baby care kits, sleeping mats and plastic sheeting,” the spokesperson highlighted. Meanwhile, the agency stressed that the recent agreement reached by leaders in October on the Western Balkans migration route for people fleeing Syria and other strife-torn regions, which calls to establish more reception places in Greece, will be a key factor in stabilizing the situation, but fast implementation is needed. read more

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UN warns of imminent humanitarian crisis in Greece amid disarray in Europe

“Greece needs a safety valve. It is time for Europe to wake up, either we have a massive orderly relocation from Greece or a repeat of what we saw last year, more chaos and confusion,” he told the briefing in answer to questions on the current situation on the ground. He added that some 55 per cent of refugees from Syria currently arriving in Greece are women and children and many are from the north where fighting has recently taken place. Meanwhile, UNHCR has reiterated its overall position that solving Europe’s refugees and migrants’ situation and preventing a new crisis in Greece requires a number of clear actions. Among the most urgent of these when it comes to Greece is the need for better contingency planning, with increased accommodation capacity and other support. “The authorities are trying to respond now to prevent a further deterioration of conditions throughout Greece. But, more resources and better coordination are critical for averting wider suffering and chaos,” Mr. Edwards stressed. UNHCR is continuing to support the response operation and has set up field offices in eight locations and deployed additional staff including mobile emergency teams who quickly move to wherever the changing situation demands. However, with increasing border restrictions across the Balkans, the agency says it is concerned that the situation could escalate into a humanitarian crisis similar to that on the Greek islands last autumn. UNHCR is urging the Greek authorities with the support of the European Asylum Support Office and EU Member States to strongly reinforce its capacity to register and process asylum seekers through the national asylum procedure, as well as through the European relocation scheme. “Greece cannot manage this situation alone. It remains absolutely vital therefore that the relocation efforts that Europe agreed to in 2015 are prioritized and implemented. It should concern everyone that despite commitments to relocate 66,400 refugees from Greece, states have so far only pledged 1,539 spaces, and only 325 actual relocations have occurred,” Mr. Edwards detailed. Increased regular pathways for admission of refugees from countries neighbouring Syria will also help in the overall management of this situation, UNHCR underlined. More resettlement and humanitarian admission, family reunification, private sponsorship, and humanitarian and refugee student and work visas all serve to reduce demand for people smuggling, onward movements, and dangerous boat journeys, the agency added. UNHCR is convening a conference on this topic in Geneva on 30 March. Afghanistan refugees sit huddled under blankets in very cold, wet weather conditions as they wait for permission to cross the border to Serbia from the Tabanovce in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, where border changes in the Balkan region have created confusion and chaos. Photo: UNICEF/UN010680/Georgiev “With governments not working together despite having already reached agreements in a number of areas, and country after country imposing new border restrictions, inconsistent practices are causing unnecessary suffering and risk being at variance with EU and international law standards,” Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a press briefing in Geneva. Mr. Edwards added that as of last night, the number of refugees and migrants in Greece in need of accommodation has soared to 24,000. Around 8,500 people are at Eidomeni, near the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. “At least 1,500 had spent the previous night in the open. The crowded conditions are leading to shortages of food, shelter, water and sanitation. Tensions have been building, fuelling violence and playing into the hands of people smugglers,” Mr. Edwards stressed. The Greek authorities have responded with the military setting up two camps near Eidomeni with a projected capacity of 12,500 and a nearby third site already under construction. UNHCR is supplementing the Greek response effort. “We have provided rub halls, tents and refugee housing units, other core relief, plus additional staff and specialists, including protection and technical staff,” the spokesperson added. According to the agency, overall Mediterranean arrivals have slowed over the winter but remain relatively high. Data as of this morning shows that 131,724 people made the journey during January and February, with 122,637 individuals landing in Greece. This is approaching the total for the first half of 2015 (147,209). So far, 410 lives have reportedly been lost. Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR’s Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Refugee Crisis in Europe, called for Europe to implement burden-sharing agreements reached last year, warning there is “no plan B.” read more

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Fridays Daily Brief Honouring fallen peacekeepers action against genderbased violence LGBT rights

Water shortages rise for Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh camps Ever since the UN deployed the first of its 72 peacekeeping missions back in 1948, more than 3,800 peacekeepers have lost their lives, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday, at a wreath laying ceremony in honour of those “brave men and women” who serve.Speaking of “the true cost of peacekeeping”, the UN chief called for a moment of silence for those who “paid the ultimate price” to protect others and “to give war-torn countries a chance for peace and hope”.“Today, in 14 missions around the world, our peacekeepers serve heroically to preserve peace and stability”, he said, adding that they also “face grave threats”.Read our full story here.Ground-breaking conference aims to tackle gender-based violence in humanitarian crises Water shortages in Bangladesh have reached critical levels for 140,000 Rohingya refugees living on the country’s Teknaf Peninsula.UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday that it was expecting to begin delivering water by truck within 10 to 12 days, and put in new projects that will help the region cope with longer dry seasons.“Because of the changing weather patterns, we’ve had more six months of longer dry season without sufficient rainfall resulting now in critical cuts in the daily supply of water to refugees” explained UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic.Trucking water to them and host communities will cost some $60,000 a month, according to UNHCR, which has warned that its humanitarian appeal for more than 900,000 people is only one-fifth funded so far this year.Listen to, or download our audio News In Brief for 24 May, on SoundCloud: The Brazilian Government’s offer to tackle tobacco giants to recover the cost of caring for people who’ve fallen ill from smoking – or exposure to tobacco smoke – has been applauded by the UN health agency.In a statement, the World Health Organization (WHO) cited the authorities in saying that public health spending triggered by tobacco consumption in Brazil amounts to billions of dollars annually.Moreover, it warned that the so-called “tobacco epidemic” was still one of the biggest public health threats in the world, killing more than seven million people a year. A Kenyan High Court ruling which upholds a colonial-era ban on consensual, same sex relations between adults, sends a “dangerous signal” to society and is “inherently discriminatory”, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement issued on Friday.Human rights defenders have long argued that these provisions breach Kenya’s human rights obligations, said the High Commissioner, and contribute to violence and discrimination against members of Kenya’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community.“Criminalizing acts targeting certain individuals based on who they are and whom they love is inherently discriminatory”, she said. “It also sends a dangerous signal to broader society and encourages hostility and even violence against LGBT individuals”.Noting that LGBT activists in Kenya have fought hard to secure their rights , he said: “My message to the people of Kenya is to fight on for greater equality for all, and never give up. The United Nations stands with you and joins you in your demands for dignity, equal rights and fair treatment.”Emergency funds needed to save 600,000 malnourished children in Afghanistan Unless seven million dollars in funding is found within weeks, Afghani children suffering from the most serious form of malnutrition may die, UNICEF said on Friday.Speaking in Geneva, UN Children’s Fund spokesperson Christophe Boulierac, likened the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country to “one of the worst disasters on earth”.And he warned that increased violence and last year’s severe drought have left hundreds of thousands of under-fives, critically vulnerable in the west and north of the country.Go here for the full story.UN health agency applauds Brazilian compensation bid from tobacco giants UN hails peacekeepers who ‘paid the ultimate price’ One-in-three girls or women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime, and “the risk multiplies” during a conflict or natural disaster, the Executive Director of UNICEF told delegates attending the first-ever “Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Humanitarian Crises Conference” on Friday, in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.In a ground-breaking collaboration, the Governments of Norway, Iraq, Somalia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) together with UN agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is taking on the global SGBV challenge.The conference yielded a total of $363 million in pledges from 21 countries for 2019, 2020 and beyond, including $226.2 million to be spent on priorities this year alone.Ms. Fore spelled out that although “they have experienced terrible injustices, what they’ve endured does not define them…their determination does”.  More on the Conference here.Kenyan High Court ruling on same-sex relations ‘sends dangerous signal’: rights chief read more

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