Fast-track courts in Tripura to try POCSO cases

first_imgThe Tripura government has designated several courts as first-track courts to try pending proceedings under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. A special court has been set up here and nine more across districts have been designated for the purpose, a law department official said. Five such courts have been set up to try cases of crimes against women. Around 350 cases lodged under the POCSO Act are awaiting final disposal by courts. Many cases are as old as four years. Complaints are mainly about sexual abuse and hostility.The State’s Law and Education Minister had earlier said that the special POCSO court here will be launched on September 16. It will deal with litigations under west Tripura district limit.last_img

Joshua open to MMA crossover fight

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games McGregor’s total lack of boxing experience has proved a bone of contention for many in the build-up to the fight, but Joshua said he would enjoy taking on an MMA fighter, albeit with conditions.“I like fighting. I’d do whatever,” the IBF and WBA heavyweight champion told Britain’s Press Association in comments published on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I’d probably get beaten. The only thing that they can’t do is submissions, but they can kick, elbow, bite — whatever they want. Just no submissions.“I can’t beat a guy (via submission). That takes a lot of time to learn the skills and submissions, which I don’t have the time for. LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “But when it comes to pure aggression and fighting rules, I can definitely fight, so I don’t mind that.“It wouldn’t be a problem. If you look at most boxers who’ve crossed over to MMA, they get beaten on the ground.“James Toney, Roy Jones, they were phenomenal boxers, but they just couldn’t compete in the cage because of the ‘ground and pound’ game.”Joshua, who will not be ringside on Saturday, believes Mayweather will “probably” win by a “landslide”.Joshua, 27, is awaiting confirmation of his next title defence against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, which is expected to take place either in Las Vegas in November or in Cardiff in October.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Anthony Joshua (C) walks away after knocking down Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko in the eleventh round to win their IBF, IBO and WBA, world Heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium in north west London on April 29, 2017.Britain’s Anthony Joshua defeated veteran Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in a world heavyweight title fight epic in front of 90,000 people at Wembley on Saturday, taking victory on an 11th round stoppage. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLWorld heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua has revealed he would be willing to take on a mixed martial arts fighter at some point in the future.The relative merits of the two sports are up for debate as Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar Conor McGregor prepares to make his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ SEA Games: Ice hockey makes splash in tropics, puddles and all Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

CWG: Indian archers aiming for bullseye

first_imgWith world champions Korea and formidable China not part of the competition, India would look to put up a dominating show when archery will again be a part of the Commonwealth Games after a gap of 28 years.India should get six gold medals at the CWG, says coach Limba.After making a debut in the Brisbane edition in 1982, archery will feature only for the second time in the Games, with the hosts being strong contender.With senior archers such as Olympians Tarundeep Rai and Dola Banerjee and cadet world champion Deepika Kumari, Indian squad has a blend of experience and youth.Jayanta Talukdar and Rahul Banerjee make a strong men’s recurve side with Rai, who has made the cut at the expense of Beijing Olympian Mangal Singh Champia.The trio is high on confidence especially after their gold medal triumph in the 2010 World Cup Stage IV in Shanghai.”We have a strong side with a lot of experience. At home, we should get at least six gold medals with top places in men’s and women’s recurve section,” chief coach Limba Ram said.”We have been preparing for the CWG and Asian Games for last two years. There were no exposure trips but our archers have done really well at the different legs of the World Cup and the Asian GPs.” Dola Banerjee will lead the Indian women’s challenge.She said the fact that they will up against some teams, whom they have already beaten this year, gives them the confidence of doing well. “Everything is going in the right direction for us. In the initial round at the World Cup, we beat England who will again compete with us at the CWG,” said Dola.advertisementIn the run-up to CWG, the women’s recurve team was not as successful as their men’s counterpart but the rise of 14-year-old Deepika Kumari, who won silver at the World Cup Stage IV in Shanghai, augurs well for them. The Ranchi girl, incidentally, is also the reigning cadet world champion and senior national champion.However, India will have a tough task in the compound bow section as teams like Australia, South Africa and Canada are expected to give the hosts a run for their money.But Limba Ram is still optimistic.”Compound is new to us but we still hope for men’s and women’s team gold medals in the section,” said Limba.last_img read more

Federer, Nadal, steam into Indian Wells quarterfinals

first_imgKecmanovic is the last teen left in the men’s draw, after the departure of 19-year-old Shapovalov.At the other end of the age spectrum, 40-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic’s run came to an end with a 6-4, 6-3 loss to 25-year-old seventh seed Dominic Thiem.Thiem needed less than an hour to subdue the 89th-ranked Karlovic, surrendering just seven points on his own serve and punishing Karlovic’s second serve.Thiem said putting 87 percent of his first serves in play was key in his first meeting with Karlovic.“I felt pretty confident on my own service games. That’s what I transferred also to the return games,” he said. “I made two breaks in the right moment I would say.”Thiem booked a meeting with 18th-seeded Gael Monfils of France, who defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-0, 6-2 in 57 minutes a day after the German stunned world number one Novak Djokovic in the third round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy He next will take on 13th-ranked Russian Karen Khachanov, who beat world number nine John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (7/1).Khachanov produced just one ace to the big-serving American’s 12 but stretched his record over Isner to 4-0.Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates his win over Filip Krajinovic, of Serbia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Fourth-seeded Federer, fresh off his 100th career title, looked poised to finish off Edmund in less than an hour.But the Swiss great had to fight off three break points as he served for the match, just a small speed bump in a match that he took charge of early.“He didn’t have the best start, so that cost him the first set,” Federer said. “Second set, it was definitely better. I think he probably struggled throughout a little bit. He never really got going.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Roger Federer, of Switzerland, acknowledges the fans after his win over Kyle Edmund, of Britain, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal edged closer to a blockbuster semi-final showdown at the ATP Indian Wells Masters on Wednesday with brisk fourth-round wins.World number two Nadal overpowered Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4 to book his quarter-final berth in one hour and 26 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief “Conditions are tough with the glare, and the jump of the ball it’s sometimes hard to find the rhythm and timing.”Federer will fight for a semi-final berth against 22-year-old Pole Hubert Hurkacz.Hurkacz, ranked 67th in the world, sent 25th-ranked Canadian Denis Shapovalov packing 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-3.Although he’ll be an overwhelming favorite against Hurkacz, Federer said he wouldn’t take a semi-final meeting with Nadal for granted.“I hope I can get there,” Federer said, “but I’m not going to underestimate Hubert.” Kecmanovic capitalizesA day after world number one Novak Djokovic tumbled out of the third round, 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic kept the Serbian flag flying.Kecmanovic became the first lucky loser to reach the last eight at Indian Wells since the ATP’s Masters 1000 series launched in 1990.Kecmanovic, ranked 130th in the world, had taken the first set against Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4 when the 74th-ranked Japanese retired because of injury.Kecmanovic, who gained entry to the second round when fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson withdrew with an elbow injury, is in his first ATP quarter-final. Federer, seeking a record sixth title in the California desert, needed just 64 minutes to get past Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-1, 6-4.Nadal said his performance on a windy stadium court wasn’t as good as his 6-3, 6-1 third-round win over Argentine Diego Schwartzman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut he was more than a match for 113th-ranked Krajinovic, breaking him early in each set and saving the only break point he faced.Nadal, who lifted the Indian Wells trophy in 2007, 2008 and 2013, is in the last eight for the first time in three years after missing last year’s edition, skipping both Indian Wells and the Miami Masters with a hip injury. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jazz boost NBA playoff bid with key win over Suns LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Naomi Osaka reaches quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “I know Madison really well, so I know what to expect,” Kerber said. “It will be interesting. We both know we have to play our best against each other.”Elise Merterns also advanced, beating Hsieh Su-Wei 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win.At the Korea Open in Seoul, second-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova recovered well to beat Kristyna Pliskova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the quarterfinals.Alexandrova will next play Kristie Ahn. The American advanced by beating Ana Bogdan of Romania 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2).Magda Linette also reached the quarterfinals, defeating Anastasia Potapova 7-5, 7-6 (4). The fourth-seeded Linette will next meet Kirsten Flipkens, who upset seventh-seed Margarita Gasparyan 6-3, 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Japan’s Naomi Osaka hits a return against Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova in women’s singles round of 16 at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Osaka on September 18, 2019. – Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka beat qualifier Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria in straight sets to reach the Pan Pacific Open quarter-finals. (Photo by Jiji Press / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUTOSAKA, Japan — Top-seeded Naomi Osaka reached the quarterfinals at the Pan Pacific Open by beating qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday.Osaka, who was broken twice early in the match, is looking to win her first title in her hometown after finishing runner-up in 2016 and 2018.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Iran suspended from world judo over Israel boycott policy Becoming his own mancenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ She will next meet either Yulia Putintseva or Russian qualifier Varvara Flink.Also, fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber won her first match since Wimbledon, beating American qualifier Nicole Gibbs 6-2, 6-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“The goal now is to finish the year as well as I can, to put all the energy which I have into this run in Asia and to play well in the next few weeks,” Kerber said.Kerber will next face Madison Keys, who defeated Zarina Diyas 5-7, 6-0, 6-4. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Even in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state PLAY LIST 02:37Even in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state01:57Taiwan bridge collapses, at least 14 injured; rescuers fear six trapped00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Mo Farah’s Golds should not be devalued by Alberto Salazar accusations: Sebastian Coe

first_imgMo Farah should be respected for winning two golds at the Rio Olympics despite his coach Alberto Salazar being under investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), IAAF President Sebastian Coe said.American Salazar, who has worked with Farah since 2011, was accused of violating anti-doping rules in a BBC documentary last year, including allegations he had given 2012 Olympic 10,000 metre Silver medallist Galen Rupp the banned anabolic steroid testosterone.Farah became the only the second man to retain the 5,000 metre and 10,000 metre Olympic titles at Rio last month but his association with Salazar led to a taint of suspicion.”There are some systems where you can’t have that presumption of innocence any more, but Mo – and I am not here as his spokesman or his defender – has made all his readings public,” said Sebastian Coe, who won 1500 m golds at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics, was quoted as saying by the Times newspaper. (Also read: Rio 2016: Great Britain’s Mo Farah completes distance double-double)”He is subjected to all the tests that anyone is subjected to, and if he has had issues with his coach then you have to assume he has asked some pretty tough questions which have been answered satisfactorily to his way of thinking.”Salazar issued a lengthy and detailed denial of the allegations last year. USADA has been investigating him but is yet to release a finding.Farah has been exonerated by UK Athletics who found no impropriety on his part after receiving the initial findings of a review into his relationship with Salazar.advertisementHe also agreed to release blood test results going back to 2005 – against the advice of governing body the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).last_img read more

Captaining India helped me play even better, says Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli’s career graph has touched new heights after he took over the Test captaincy with India winning four series under his leadership. For him the leadership mantra is by taking bold decisions and not worrying much about its consequences.After Kohli became captain of the Test side, India have won nine Tests out of 16 and lost only two with other five ending in draws.Kohli, who is yet to lose a Test match at home said that decision making is the tough part and needs lot of courage. (India’s future bright under Virat Kohli: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”Decision making is very hard at times and it takes a lot of courage to do that. I learnt a lot from Dhoni seeing the way he made decisions. They might have been right or wrong but to convince yourself to make one decision and go forward with it; I think that is the essence of being a captain,” Kohli told BCCI TV.The Delhi batsman loves playing the longest format of the game and said Test cricket has helped him improve as a cricketer. (Virat Kohli was born to lead India: Nine wins out of 16 Tests as skipper)CHALLENGE OF TEST CRICKET”It is an honour to be leading the Test team for the country. It is something that I take a lot of pride in. To be a Test cricketer for starters and then to lead a Test side; for me it is paramount,” he said.”That extra responsibility helped me play even better than I probably would have been. (Virat Kohli leads by example in tricky conditions at Eden Gardens)advertisement”For me it is an honour to be able to wear whites and step on to that field for India. The way Test cricket tests you, nothing else can,” Kohli said.TO BE WORLD CLASSAt 27, Kohli captained India to the numero uno position in Test cricket and his hunger for success can be gauged from the fact that he and his team-mates share a common goal – sustained excellence.”We want to be a world class team and there is no doubt about it in anyone’s head. You don’t think about being number one when you begin as captain but you obviously want to be on top in whatever format you play and that is all that we strive for. (Is Virat Kohli smarter, better captain than Mahendra Singh Dhoni?)”To have the responsibility of making sure that we play well as a Test team is something that gives me lot of pride and I enjoy that. It is a challenge for you to test yourself and be able to take other players along and go towards one goal; which I think I have been put in to is a position of privilege rather than a position of pressure,” Kohli said.”To become a great player, you need to play great as a team and then your performances count. That is our aim. (Eden Test: Ravi Shastri slams Virat Kohli for poor shot selection)”Obviously there will be ups and downs and you will feel the heat and take criticism and negative things along the way. But that is what it is all about, that builds character,” he added.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Miniaturized PCBs at the intersection of form and function

first_img Continue Reading Previous The Write Stuff: Tutorial template in high-visibility formatNext How Engineers deal with End-Of-Life issues Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. In recent years, we’ve seen a proliferation of new electronics applications requiring smaller packages, new form factors, lower power consumption and increased functionality including embedded signal processing, sensors, imaging interfaces and power management components – all integrated within tight dimensions and sometimes even flexible substrates. This trend is posing numerous challenges to conventional PCB technologies. Where previously flat-surface, rigid PCBs were the mainstay, the emergence of smart watches, IoT devices and other compact systems have spurred the development of advanced new miniaturized PCBs designed to fit the contours of ever-shrinking package sizes. This new generation of PCBs barely resembles the generation that preceded it, and designers have struggled to adapt.These trends have influenced designers to stress production technologies to thinner conductions lines, high-speed signal transmission lines, difficult impedance controls and via-placement practices, as well as modified substrates and increased reliance on embedded devices. This imposes numerous constraints related to the design of the PCB, with significant implications for system reliability, functionality, power management and the overall success of the design project.Myriad design challenges Battery life is of course a critical consideration for the new generation of compact electronic devices, and this affects the PCB design in myriad ways. Designers need to be mindful of signal loss and propagation issues that will result in shortened battery life, and focus increased attention on signal integrity, power management, and EMI issues. Signal integrity issues can be particularly pronounced for flexible PCBs, where impedance control may be strained in instances where high-speed signals are skewed due to the flexing of the PCB.Additional passive devices like resistors, capacitors, and inductors will be needed to counter the aforementioned signal and interference challenges, and the lack of available package space will typically require these devices to be embedded in the PCB. But embedding passive devices in PCBs is not a mature, developed capability, and can lead to functionality issues – perhaps the device won’t hold power, or reliability isn’t as hoped – and numerous restrictions are imposed on the design flow.Increasing the functionality of compact electronic devices often entails employing near-field RF communications – yet another function that needs to be embedded in the PCB design. In conventional electronics, RF components are housed in rugged, rigid and higher-cost materials, with ample space to reside. Compact devices require the use of thinner and more flexible materials however, pressuring designers to stray outside mainstream PCB design principles. Copper traces need to be formed with much greater precision, and the distances between lines are much narrower. The placement of vias between PCB layers is also affected, impacting the size and positioning of these interconnects, and alternative materials may need to be substituted to strengthen these vias in instances where the surrounding PCB layers don’t employ the glass-fiber composition of conventional rigid PCBs.Innovations in miniaturized PCB manufacturing To meet the key challenges inherent to new generations of compact electronic devices, laser direct imaging (DI) systems are increasingly being employed by PCB manufacturers to form very thin conductors with 10-micron feature size. The ideal DI solution should provide a balance of high registration accuracy and optimal quality even at high production speeds. A suitably high depth of focus should ensure favorable results on PCB topography changes, with precision line uniformity. These systems provide a low-cost alternative to front-end lithography, and with continued innovation in solder mask positioning technology, the embedded electronics industry will soon be poised to achieve sub-10 micron lines.Figure. Direct Imaging now allows mSAP and advanced HDI PCB with 10µm feature size. (Source: Orbotech) In parallel, advanced UV laser drilling systems can be employed to drill small vias through a wide range of materials of varying thinness and strength, including ABF, polyimide, ceramic, resin, mold compounds, metal and solder resist, with no residue or damage to the bottom of the via and no undercut, with registration accuracy down to 6 microns.Designed to streamline the manufacturing processes for today’s electronic devices as they become thinner, smaller, flexible and with higher functionality, these systems allow manufacturers of miniaturized PCBs to increase their manufacturing precision and quality, while improving their production throughput.On the business side, investments in these production systems should ultimately improve PCB suppliers’ aggregate yield and therefore improve their profits. Many production shops have avoided producing high-functioning devices with miniaturized PCBs due to yield management concerns. The new generation of PCB inspection, imaging and laser drilling systems reduces yield risks considerably. At the same time, these systems accommodate smaller dimensions and newer PCB materials with repair capabilities that will keep yield at acceptable levels even under the stringent constraints imposed by continued PCB miniaturization.Gil Tidhar is the Co-head of Orbotech’s Global Product Organization (GPO), where he is responsible for managing the unit’s overall activities as well as the development of the additive manufacturing products. Gil has over 25 years of experience as a technical leader and manager in various fields of electro-optics, physics and system engineering, where he has a proven track record in taking basic and applied scientific developments from concept to deployed systems, both in industry and start-up companies. Gil holds a number of patents in his fields of expertise and has published several papers. He also served as conference committee member and session chair for the SPIE DSS international annual symposium. center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods, EDA last_img read more

Sports university to come up in Punjab, admissions to begin from this date

first_imgPunjab is all set to open a state-of-the-art Sports University in Patiala with the state government issuing the necessary notification on July 22, 2019. The notification came in wake of the promulgation of The Punjab Sports University Ordinance, 2019 by Governor V.P. Singh Badnore. The ordinance had been approved by the Punjab cabinet on June 6, 2019.Admission to start from SeptemberWith this, decks have been cleared for starting admissions from September as was decided at a high-level meeting of the steering committee for the establishment of the university held last month under Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s chairmanship.The university is being set up to promote education in the areas of sports sciences, sports technology, sports management, and sports coaching.What will be the main focus of the university?It will focus on education, training, and research in areas related to sports based on high standard infrastructure, besides offering professional and academic leadership to other institutions in the field of physical education and sports sciences.The university will serve as a centre of excellence for the elite and other talented sportspersons of all sports and innovations to carry out, endorse and propagate research.It would also generate capabilities for the development of knowledge skills and competencies at various levels in the field of sports technology and high-performance training for all sports and games.The decision to set up the university was announced in 2017The Chief Minister had announced the decision to set up this university in a speech to the Assembly on June 19, 2017.advertisementSubsequently, a steering committee had been set up under the chairmanship of Olympian and International Olympic Committee member Randhir Singh to finalise the modalities to establish this sports educational institute of international eminence.Read: DU syllabus row: Council returns English, Pol Sc, Sociology and History syllabi to respective depts after protestsRead: Delhi University curriculum: Long list of changes sent to English departmentlast_img read more

Licensing Regime to Professionalise Teaching

first_img “[This is] so that it is recognised as a professional body, with teachers registered according to certain criteria, licensed to practise, and the profession assesses itself for its own quality, its own contribution, its own relevance. So it’s an agreement that the teaching profession should be licensed and to be held accountable,” she notes. Story Highlights Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC), Dr. Winsome Gordon, says the Government’s move to implement a regime for the licensing and registration of teachers is aimed at ensuring greater levels of accountability and professionalism in teaching. Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC), Dr. Winsome Gordon, says the Government’s move to implement a regime for the licensing and registration of teachers is aimed at ensuring greater levels of accountability and professionalism in teaching.“There is a global move towards professionalising teaching,” she says in a JIS News interview.“[This is] so that it is recognised as a professional body, with teachers registered according to certain criteria, licensed to practise, and the profession assesses itself for its own quality, its own contribution, its own relevance. So it’s an agreement that the teaching profession should be licensed and to be held accountable,” she notes.The licensing regime is expected to take effect with the passage of the pending JTC Bill.The legislation will also facilitate the establishment of a governing body for the teaching profession.Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, tells JIS News that “we are at the very last round of the review (of the Bill) before we send it back to Cabinet legislative committee”.“I am hoping that before the end of this calendar year, we should be able to table it in Parliament,” he says.Dr. Gordon says that the regime to be put in place will help address many of the challenges facing the sector, such as persons teaching subjects and grade cohorts for which they were not trained or certified.She informs that registration will be free of cost while there will be a fee for getting the licence.“Registration is registration for life. Licensing will be….for a period of about five years, and then the teacher will be required to renew the licence,” she notes.She outlines that for renewal of licence, the teacher will have to demonstrate competence to teach, including ability to teach diverse groups, the ability to use modern technology effectively to bring about learning, and “that he or she reflects on teaching, does a bit of research and so on.”She informs that teachers already in the sector will also have to be licensed.“They will all need to be licensed and to operate within the licence. What we will expect is that those who have been in the system for years would have practised good teaching and so would not consider licensing a great challenge,” she points out.A proposed teacher appraisal system is another component that will affect licence renewal.Senator Reid tells JIS News that the Ministry is in consultation with the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) on the appraisal scheme.“I have not signed off with that yet because it’s going to be a collaborative exercise between the JTA and our Ministry. So we are still at the review period. It is being (tested) but has not been made official yet,” he indicates.The Education Minister is assuring teachers that the pending licensing and registration regime for the profession will serve to enhance their capacities and should not be feared.“It will mean, therefore, in the licensing regime, that people are trained, certified and serving appropriately, based on their qualifications. So, you don’t have people who are early-childhood specialists teaching grade nine and subjects that they are not actually qualified to do,” he points out.“I think it will further position the education system on a path for sustainable growth and development,” he adds.Dr. Gordon agrees that licensing will serve to strengthen the teaching profession and ensure that persons pay greater attention to their practice.“There are teachers, who are not worried about it because they have mastered the craft of teaching. They are not worried about it because they know that their practice is consistent with the expectation of the profession,” she points out.Dr. Gordon says she hopes that with licensing the profession will return to the days when teachers were seen as icons in the society.“Now we are losing that perception and we would like it to be reinstituted and for teachers to be held on that pedestal that they were. They are pivotal to the society,” Dr. Gordon states.“They are pivotal to socio-economic advancement…and we want the teaching profession to be held in high esteem by the society,” Dr. Gordon adds.For more information on the proposed licensing regime, persons may call the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information at 876-922-1400.The JTC was established in 2008 as a part of the education transformation strategy to improve the quality and coverage of education. The council advocates for the teaching profession, and its ultimate goal is for the teaching to become the profession of choice. “There is a global move towards professionalising teaching,” she says in a JIS News interview.last_img read more

Eat Local Op Ed

first_imgThere’s something special about food grown in our own backyard or on a nearby farm that connects us with nature, our history, and each other in a way few things can. Food, next to water, is our most basic biological need. Our lives depend on access to safe, healthy foods, which is why food safety and security have become such important issues globally. By supporting our local farmers and food producers, we can help our agricultural industry and ensure a safe and secure food supply for future generations of Nova Scotians. Innovative farmers and fishermen producing quality meat, fish and produce through environmentally sustainable farming and fishing practices need supportive government policies and a commitment of Nova Scotians to buy excellent products, at a fair price. Recognizing the health, social and economic benefits of buying and eating locally produced food will help that process. Select Nova Scotia was developed in 2007 to help Nova Scotians understand the benefits of buying locally produced foods, and to help them find locally produced foods as well as exciting year-round agri-tourism experiences for the whole family. The “buy local” concept is becoming more popular. Events like the recent Eat Atlantic Challenge, our annual Open Farm Day, Get Close to Your Food farm tours for chefs, and farmers’ markets throughout the province, have allowed more Nova Scotians to see where and how local foods are produced. In September, I had the pleasure of participating in the Eat Atlantic Challenge, sponsored by Co-op Atlantic. For one day, Atlantic Canadians were challenged to eat only foods produced in Atlantic Canada. More than 4,300 people registered, including more than 2,000 Nova Scotians. Hopefully many of those who participated are continuing to choose local foods throughout the year. Nova Scotians are working together to build a stronger food system for the province. Recently, the first Nova Scotia Food Summit was held in Greenwich, Kings Co., providing a better understanding of what is needed to improve the system. There are many benefits to buying local foods: it is fresher and tastier, it is better for the environment, and it supports your local economy by keeping dollars in the local area. The economic benefits of selecting Nova Scotia-grown food is also significant for farmers and rural communities and our provincial economy. According to a 2007 Nova Scotia agriculture report, the agri-food industry contributed $894 million to provincial GDP in 2006-07 and supported about 7,200 full-time jobs. There are also many social benefits to buying local. Farmers’ markets are almost as much about community building as they are about buying great local food. Many families are discovering opportunities to relive childhood memories and make some new ones through excellent agri-tourism experiences. Fall is a popular time for Nova Scotian families to visit u-pick farms for apples, pumpkins and other produce, which often includes other fun activities like corn mazes and wagon rides. Government will continue to work with farmers and the agricultural and retail industries to market local foods to Nova Scotians. As demand for local products grows, Nova Scotians will insist on more local choices in retail grocery stores and restaurants, and stores and restaurants will continue to develop relationships with farmers and other local producers. Food, with all of its health, social and economic benefits, plays a large part in that growth, so I encourage you to enjoy the best tasting, healthiest food, while supporting our local farms and businesses. -30-last_img read more

HPCL to invest Rs 74000 cr in 5 years

first_imgMumbai: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation(HPCL) is planning to invest around Rs 74,000 crore over the next five years to expand capacity. The Navaratna company plans to invest around Rs 14,900 crore in the current fiscal, chairman Mukesh Kumar Surana told shareholders after the annual general meeting here Wednesday evening. “We are focused on strengthening refining and marketing through expansion of our refining capacity, supply chain capabilities and customer reach. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”In addition, the thrust is on creating new levers of growth by establishing a strong presence in petrochemicals, scaling up footprints in natural gas and expanding marketing overseas,” he said. The company, which owns and operates three refineries,has undertaken capacity expansion at refineries atVisakhapatnam and Mumbai. The modernisation of the Visakhapatnam refinery will enhance capacity from 8.33 million tonnes to 15 mt. The capacity of the Mumbai refinery is also being enhanced from 7.5 mt to 9.5 mt. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”On completion, these projects will enhance our profitability. We will have the capability to produce BS-VI fuels,” he added. Surana further said the 9 mt greenfield refinery-cum- petrochemical project coming up at Pachpadra in the Barmer district of Rajasthan has achieved significant progress. “Engineering activity is in progress and construction has commenced. Financial closure has also been achieved for this project. The project is being implemented at a cost of Rs 43,129 crore,” Surana said. The company is, he said, laying a thrust on pipeline network expansion. “Ongoing pipeline projects with total estimated investment of Rs 5,555 crore are in various stages of completion,” he added. HPCL, along with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, incorporated a joint venture company, IHB Private Ltd, in July 2019 for the execution of the country’s longest, 2,757-km LPG pipeline project from Kandla in Gujarat to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Last fiscal, HPCL saw its highest ever capital expenditure of Rs 12,438 crore, with some capital projects being completed while other projects under implementation. To enhance liquefied petroleum gas supply and distribution capabilities, bottling capacity of 330 tmtpa (thousand metric tonnes per annum) was added during the year at existing bottling plants. The company also commissioned a new LPG bottling plant at Warangal district in Telangana with a capacity of 60 tmtpa. The company also plans to build second-generation ethanol production facilities, and market compressed bio-gas. Its net profit for fiscal 2019 stood at Rs 6,029 crore and gross refining margins (GRM) averaged at $5.01 a barrel. Meanwhile, Hindustan Petroleum, which is a minority partner in the proposed West Coast Refinery, feels Saudi Aramco, the single largest shareholder in the 60 million tonne project, partnering with Reliance will have no impact on the now-stuck project. Mukesh Surana, the chairman of the ONGC-run HPCL, also said the work on the controversial Rs 4 trillion refinery and petrochemicals project is on track. It can be noted that the location for the project is yet to be identified after the one identified earlier in Ratnagiri was abandoned due to public and political protests last year. Speaking to reporters here late Wednesday evening after the AGM, Surana said Aramco’s decision to pick up a 20 percent consideration in Reliance’s Jamnagar refinery for $15 billion could be part of the world’s largest oil company’s strategy to secure a long-term client for its crudes. “It will not be right on my part to comment on what Aramco’s strategy is. But my understanding is that they have got the capability to do both the projects (West Coast Refinery and Reliance). So the deal that they have gone into with RIL, I don’t think it will have any apparent impact on other discussions that are going on,” Surana said. Three state-owned oil majors–Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and HPCL–have entered into an agreement with Saudi Aramco under which the Saudi oil major has picked up 51 percent stake in the refinery project. Aramco in turn has roped in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company as a minority partner for the 60 million tonne refinery-cum-petrochemical complex. But some analysts view Aramco going with RIL due to the massive cost escalation in the West Coast project, which has jumped by Rs 1 trillion to Rs 4 trillion and also there is no guarantee that the project will take off at all. The three state-owned companies will own 49 percent in the project, of which 25 percent will be held by IOC and the rest equally between the other two. Earlier, the project was proposed to come up at Nanar, a village in Ratnagiri district, some 400 km south of Mumbai. However, due to continued opposition from the locals as well as the ruling ally in the state, Shiv Sena, the Devendra Fadnavis-led government decided to relocate the project to another location. Fadnavis had, reportedly, recently said the new site will be in the neighbouring Raigad district, about 100 km south of the financial capital. But the location is yet to be finalized. Reliance recently announced its plan to sell 20 percent stake in its refining and petrochemicals business for $15 billion to Aramco, which would also supply 5,00,000 barrels of crude per day to the twin refineries in Jamnagar. “As far as Aramco is concerned, they will be happy to have a destination for their crude for a long-term basis and the buyers will also be happy to have a long-term arrangement for an assured source of supply. So to that extent I don’t see any contradictions in the two partnerships,” Surana said. When asked about the timeline for the West Coast project, he said, “I don’t think we can give a timeline. This refinery will take five years to be completed but the final investment destination has to be taken. “The configuration study work is in progress and multiple cases are being worked out depending on the changing demand supply situation and once that is frozen there can be a comprehensive case.” Whether the implementation of the BS-VI fuels from next April will increase the prices, he said, “all the refineries are investing for this and all refineries are hydrogen dominated units and hydrogen is a costly commodity. “There will be a cost to refineries and we would definitely like that there will compensation by way higher prices. But to what extent, we need to see,” he said.last_img read more

William Shatner Presents 2017 Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells Fargo

first_imgFor nearly three decades, prominent actor and equine lover William Shatner has taken on perhaps his most significant role, not on TV or in film, but in real life as a tireless advocate for underrepresented communities, raising tens of millions of dollars to support hundreds of worthy charitable organizations by way of his annual philanthropic horse show event.Now in its 27th year, Shatner’s annual event, the Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells Fargo, will return once again on Saturday, June 3, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Southern California’s premier equestrian facility, with this year’s special musical guest Roadcase Royale, started by Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield of Prince’s New Power Generation.The Hollywood Charity Horse Show will kick off with an hour-long free Arena Show, which is completely open to the public, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and bringing together an array of world-class reining horses and their riders competing for top honors in the expansive 3,500-seat Equidome (480 Riverside Drive, Burbank).During the not-to-be-missed Arena Show, spectators will be treated to rare and exquisite performances by the Sicilian Tenors and award-winning singer and military veteran Judy Welch of CRE Outreach, as well as a special riding demonstration by AHEAD With Horses, a longtime beneficiary of the event.The dinner will begin shortly thereafter at 7 p.m. in the lovely Equestrian Ballroom, coinciding with an online silent auction featuring hundreds of extraordinary unique and signed items, including props from TV’s “Outlander,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals,” and “Doctor Who,” and films, such as X-Men, Captain America, Thor, and Star Trek. Those wanting to participate in the auction can click here. The auction will close Sunday, June 4 at 12 noon PT.The Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Wilson, along with Warfield, both fronting the new sextet band Roadcase Royale, will then bring their passionate and rich mix of rock and R&B to life for dinner guests during the 45-minute live set. The band’s new politically charged hard rock anthem, “Not Giving Up,” is available now through most digital retail outlets, including iTunes and Amazon, and also on streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify.Past years’ dinners have featured other legendary musical acts including Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Joe Walsh, Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Neal McCoy, Ben Folds, Willie Nelson and Wynonna Judd.Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit more than two dozen charitable organizations, including A Place Called Home, AHEAD With Horses, ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, Blind Children’s Center, BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center, Caterina’s Club, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, The Colburn School, CRE Outreach, Dream Catcher of L.A., E.L.S.A. (Experience Learning Support with Animals), Friendly House LA, Friends & Helpers, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League, Horses4Heroes, Inner-City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, Painted Turtle Gang Camp Foundation, Pasadena Playhouse, Pets for Vets, Queen of Hearts, REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, Saddles for Soldiers, Village Family Services and Wright Foundation for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.“I am thrilled to be able to present this show one more year,” said Shatner.For more information on the 2017 William Shatner’s Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells Fargo, or to purchase tickets or sign up for online auction bidding, click here.last_img read more

Saskatoon holds reconciliation walk to close off month of relationshipbuilding events

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsLast July, the City of Saskatoon declared 2016 as a year of reconciliation.And for the last month, the city and the Saskatoon Tribal Council have been holding a series of reconciliation-focused events.The final event was a walk for everyone.last_img

US State Dept Commends Moroccos Efforts to Promote Human Rights

Rabat – The US Department of State 2017 Annual Human Rights report, released on Friday, acknowledged Morocco’s “positive” measures to reinforce its respect for human rights. In the report, the State Department describes Morocco’s 2016 parliamentary elections as “credible and relatively free from irregularities.”“In October 2016, the country held direct elections for the Chamber of Representatives. The major political parties and domestic observers considered the elections free, fair, and transparent. International observers considered the elections credible,” according to the 2017 Annual Report on Human Rights. The report also underscores the engagement of Moroccan women in elections, emphasizing that “voters elected a record number of women in the October 2016 elections, although very few subsequently won leadership positions as ministers or parliamentary committee presidents.”Spanning all human rights issues in Morocco, the annual report details the steps introduced by the government to reinforce efforts to promote human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of movement, and corporate social responsibility.Prison reform and steps to decrease prison torture, in particular, received favorable feedback, in addition to statues on women and immigration.According to the State Dept. report, the Moroccan government contributed to the protection and assistance of refugees, returning refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concerns, in partnership with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other humanitarian organizations.The report extols how the Moroccan government “continued to make travel documents available to Sahrawis,” and encouraged the return of “Sahrawi refugees from Algeria and elsewhere.” Furthermore, the State Dept. found “no reported cases of authorities preventing Sahrawis from traveling out of the country.”Decline of Torture Allegations According to the report, overall claims of torture and abuse in detention have declined in Morocco, and the government has instituted accountability efforts to address reported abuses against law enforcement.Morocco’s law considers torture as a crime and stipulates that “all government officials or members of security forces who make use of violence against others without legitimate motive, or incite others to do the same, during the course of their duties shall be punished in accordance with the seriousness of the violence.”Though prison conditions improved during the year, the report stated that Morocco’s prisons “in some cases did not meet international standards,” due to overcrowding. The document then mentioned the efforts made by Morocco’s Prison Administration (DGAPR), which reported less overcrowding as four new prisons opened in 2017.Freedom to ProtestRegarding the freedom of peaceful assembly, the report commended the Moroccan law, which offers the right of both authorized and unauthorized peaceful demonstrations. According to the US State Department, law enforcement are asked to intervene only if a protest is deemed threatening to public security.“In general, officers were under orders to observe and not intervene, unless the demonstration becomes unruly or threatening. In those cases, under standard operating procedures, officers are required to give the crowd three warnings that force will be used if they do not disperse before intervening.”Curbing Violence and Rape CasesThe US department acknowledged NGO and government efforts to provide funds to women associations and centers that support female survivors of violence.Government statistics from  2016 include direct support for 29 women’s counseling centers for female survivors of violence and 48 family mediation centers.The report added that the Moroccan government “led some efforts to improve the status of women in the workplace,” mentioning the law to create the Gender Parity Authority that will be operational once King Mohammed VI and the Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, appoint its members.Youth AbusesRegarding youth, the report addressed the practice of underage marriage, child labor, sexual abuse, and obstacles to birth registration. According to the annual document, the Moroccan government provides that both parents maintain the right to pass citizenship to their children, except for a few cases, including children who were born to unmarried parents, especially in rural areas, or in the cases of poorly-educated mothers.The report commended Morocco’s legal prohibition of early or forced marriage and child labor. In 2016, Moroccan law enacted a legal mandate to prevent “children under the age of 16 from working as domestic servants…strictly limiting the work of children under the age of 18.” read more

Social investments deserve priority in economic recovery schemes – UN report

22 June 2011A new United Nations report finds that many governments did not pay enough attention to the social implications of the recent global financial crisis and urges that social investments be given priority in recovery programmes. A new United Nations report finds that many governments did not pay enough attention to the social implications of the recent global financial crisis and urges that social investments be given priority in recovery programmes. The Report on the World Social Situation 2011: The Global Social Crisis, published today by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), explores the ongoing adverse social consequences of the 2008-2009 financial and economic crisis – the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s. One consequence of the crisis is that unemployment rose sharply to 205 million people in 2009 from 178 million in 2007. The loss of jobs means not only a loss of incomes but also an increase in vulnerability, especially in developing countries without comprehensive social protection, notes the report. It adds that various estimates suggest that between 47 million and 84 million more people fell into, or were trapped in, extreme poverty because of the global crisis, which occurred immediately after food and fuel prices had risen sharply. As a result, the number of people living in hunger in the world rose to over a billion in 2009, the highest on record.The report states that the global economic downturn has had wide-ranging negative social outcomes for individuals, families, communities and societies, and its impact on social progress in areas such as education and health will only become fully evident over time.“However, initial estimates show that the effects have been sharp, widespread and deep. Given the fragility of the economic recovery and uneven progress in major economies, social conditions are only expected to recover slowly. “The increased levels of poverty, hunger and unemployment due to the global crisis will continue to affect billions of people in many developed and developing countries for years to come,” the report says.It is essential, it adds, that governments take into account the likely social implications of their economic policies. Further, economic policies considered in isolation from their social outcomes can have dire consequences for poverty, employment, nutrition, health and education, which, in turn, adversely affect long-term sustainable development.“There is renewed realization that social policy considerations, especially productive employment, must be given greater importance within economic policy,” said Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development. “The disconnect between economic policies and their social consequences can create a vicious cycle of slow growth and poor social progress.” The economic crisis is a reminder, he said, that it is essential for people to be healthy, educated, adequately housed and well fed to be more productive and better able to contribute to society. read more

Around the world UN staffers mark 11 September with solemn ceremonies

In Kabul, UN spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told a government-sponsored ceremony that Afghanistan was one of the countries most directly affected by the events that took place a year ago. “May this remembrance here, and others which are happening around the world today, be the inspiration for the people of Afghanistan and the international community to recommit themselves to the task, though long and difficult, of bringing about the political and physical reconstruction of Afghanistan and the well-being of the Afghan people,” he said.The spokesman also read out Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s message marking the occasion, which stresses that the memory of those who died nearly a year ago in the terrorist attacks should serve to inspire a better, more just and more peaceful world.Africa’s commemorations included a ceremony in Kinshasa which was attended by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Amos Namanga Ngongi, as well as Deputy Special Representative Lena Sundh. That memorial service at the Cathedrale du Centenaire also drew the participation of government officials and representatives of UN agencies and the diplomatic corps.At a US-sponsored ceremony in Pristina, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo, Michael Steiner, paid tribute to the memory of “the thousands of women and men who were victims of hateful intolerance in New York and Washington.” He said the living must honour the dead through action, adding that for those working in the province, “that means redoubling our commitment to make Kosovo a place where all its people can live in dignity and security.” And in Switzerland, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, the Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, issued his own statement calling on all to remember and honour “the courage and dignity of the thousands who lost their lives, the fortitude of their bereaved families, and the bravery of the countless workers engaged in the rescue and recovery work.” Terrorism, he said, “constitutes a serious and immediate threat to international peace and security and everything that we as a human family believe in, and the UN will continue to take a lead in combating it in all its forms.” read more

Now is the time for action UN chief says in key address

“We have partnered together in this extraordinary way because we recognize that the Sahel region needs an extraordinary effort,” Mr. Ban told the opening of Meeting on the Sahel in Bamako, Mali, presided over by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.“We need an approach that breaks down institutional barriers and joins-up political, security, development and humanitarian efforts throughout the region. Now is the time for action,” the Secretary-General urged. The United Nations chief is joined on the visit by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and top officials from the African Union (AU), African Development Bank (ADB) and European Union (EU).“The joint visit of our five institutions is a symbol of our commitment,” he told the ministerial gathering. “We are here to express our solidarity through words and to show it through action.”The World Bank Group has pledged $1.5 billion in new regional investments over the next two years, in additional to significant country programmes, while the European Union (EU) has announced it will provide €5 billion ($6.75 billion) to six countries over the next seven years.The Sahel stretches from Mauritania to Eritrea, including countries such as Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Senegal, a belt dividing the Sahara desert and the savannahs to the south. More than 11 million people are at risk of hunger and 5 million children under five are at risk of acute malnutrition in the Sahel, which has undergone three major droughts in less than a decade.In addition, political instability and unconstitutional changes in Governments have had significant economic and social consequences in the region, which is also threatened by terrorist acts and organized crime.During today’s meeting, participants discussed the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, which had been spearheaded by Romano Prodi, Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy for the region, who is also part of the UN delegation.Endorsed by the Security Council, the framework guides the Organization’s collective efforts in capacity building to address resilience, cross-border threats and inclusive governance Mr. Ban stated that the challenges of the region respect no borders and neither should the solutions: “That is why we have launched a strategy to connect our efforts across issues and the region as a whole.”During the regional meeting, President Keita called for a minute of silence in memory of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, the two French journalists abducted and executed in northern Mali on Saturday.The Security Council and the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemned the attacks in the strongest terms and appealed to the Government to bring the perpetrators to justice.Also today, Mr. Ban, along with Dr. Kim, the AU’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Donald Kaberuka of the ADB, and the EU’s Andris Piebalgs, met with President Keita on the sidelines of the Ministerial Meeting. A representative of the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also participated. Mr. Ban welcomed the important progress made in the last year with the signature of the Ouagadougou Preliminary Agreement and the successful holding of presidential elections.“These are the first steps on the long road to peace and stability,” Mr. Ban said, according to his spokesperson.The discussions noted the importance of addressing the root causes of the crisis through improved governance, the protection of human rights and the extension of state authority throughout the country.Mr. Ban also underscored the need for an inclusive national dialogue and reconciliation and an inclusive approach to the upcoming legislative elections. The Secretary-General reassured the President of his commitment to reinforce the capacity of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), led by Bert Koenders, in order for the Mission to fulfil its mandate.Mr. Ban and the delegations will continue their visit to Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad.This is the second joint visit by the heads of the UN and the World Bank to Africa in six months.In May, Mr. Ban and Dr. Kim travelled to the Great Lakes region, drawing attention to the same issue of promoting both peace and development. read more

Alleged Assassination Plot not properly investigated Ramnarine

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRamnarine’s testimony to CoI a “deliberate falsehood”- Crime ChiefAugust 16, 2017In “Crime”Alleged assassination plot: Unreliable evidence responsible for lack of charges – Justice SinghAugust 17, 2017In “Crime”‘Leaked’ to State media: Cabinet yet to see alleged assassination plot CoI reportSeptember 18, 2017In “Crime” Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine has opined that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) did not properly investigate Andrif Gillard’s allegations that businessman Nizam Khan had offered him $7M to kill President David Granger.The acting Commissioner placed his opinion on record when, on Friday at the Ministry of the Presidency, he took to the stand to testify before the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that is investigating the allegation.Acting Police Commissioner David RamnarineRamnarine said he was discharging the duties of Commissioner of Police (ag) when the matter was first reported, and he had ordered Crime Chief Wendell Blanum to personally supervise the investigation.Gillard had, on March 29, gone to the Public Security Ministry with the hope of meeting Minister Khemraj Ramjattan to report the alleged plot, but the minister was out of the country. Gillard was, however, referred to the CID Headquarters at Eve Leary.Ramnarine said that after he was briefed on the incident, he attempted to contact Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, who was acting in Ramjattan’s capacity, but those efforts were futile. He was, however, able to contact the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, to whom he related the information in police possession.He noted that an investigation immediately commenced, and, at about 16:00hrs, he was informed that Nizam Khan was in custody. At around 20:00hrs, he had received a call stating that President Granger wanted a briefing the following day.At about 05:30hrs, while receiving the daily crime briefing from Crime Chief Blanum, it was indicated to him that Blanhum had ordered the release of Nizam Khan.The acting Commissioner said the police were not in possession of any information that would have suggested Gillard’s claims were dishonest; and as a result, he had asked why Nizam Khan was ordered released, and was told that Khan had promised to return the following day to assist with investigations.Ramnarine told the commission he had assured the President that all steps were being taken to guarantee the President’s safety, and was asked for a written report to chronicle the investigation.He said Commissioner Seelall Persaud resumed duty on April 1, and following a debriefing, he [Ramnarine] informed Persaud of the report, which was unfinished. Persaud told Ramnarine to provide him with all the information and he, Persaud, would compile the report and send it to the Commander in Chief.Ramnarine said he had not been consulted on the issue of bail, and if it were up to him, he would surely not have granted Nizam Khan bail.“We have held people for 72 hours for far less serious offences,” he told the CoI.On the night of March 29, Imran Khan, brother of Nizam Khan, behaved in a disorderly manner at the CID HQ and was subsequently arrested. During his arrest, his cellphone rang and it indicated that Commissioner Persaud was calling; and following that conversation, the investigating detective, Prem Narine, received a call instructing him to release the Khan brothers.Ramnarine told the commission that the following morning, when he was receiving the daily crime briefing, the crime chief did not provide any information on the investigation. He said he had to ask for an update, and was told that Blanum had released the Khan brothers.Having ordered the Crime Chief to supervise the investigation, Ramnarine said, he had felt that investigation would be through. He is now saying that he felt the investigation was not properly conducted because several senior officers had become involved therein.“I have now come to learn that he (Blanum) may have been influenced on the very afternoon of the 29th (of March), and that is to say specifically by the Commissioner (Seelall Persaud), who was on leave…because of the association of the Commissioner of Police and Imran Khan and Nizam Khan fundamentally. So, taking into account all the circumstances surrounding the conduct of this investigation, my sincere answer would be, ‘No, it was not properly investigated’,” Ramnarine revealed while being questioned by Commission Chair Paul Slowe.Attorney for Nizam Khan, Christopher Ram, objected to the line of questioning from Slowe, citing the need for the Commission to retain an attorney to ensure the proper line of questioning is observed. Slowe acknowledged Ram’s concerns, but continued questioning Ramnarine about his opinion of the quality of investigation conducted.During his testimony, Ramnarine also revealed that he would have seen Imran Khan in the company of Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, and he had later learnt that they share a somewhat business relationship.Currently on leave, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud is expected to appear before the CoI on Monday. CoI Chair, Paul Slowe, indicated that he had received a letter informing that a separate lawyer may represent Persaud, while Senior Counsel Ian Chang will represent the interest of the Guyana Police Force.Meanwhile, following the testimony of journalist Travis Chase, during which he had alleged that while working at News Update he was arrested following instructions by then Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud, editor of News Update, Romel Roopnarine, has since disputed this evidence, claiming that Chase was arrested following a report made by a staff member to the effect that Chase had stolen her friend’s camera. Chase has since been fined for the offence of larceny.The public hearing continues on Monday, and Slowe is expected to hand over his report to President Granger on August 18. read more

Lunchtime Fix 5 things you need to know

first_imgWHAT’S THE STORY?1. Drivers and taxi operators were warned about a growing number of carjackings in recent weeks. A 15-year-old was charged this morning in relation to Sunday’s incident in Terenure.The issue with these sorts of crimes is that it has a devastating affect on drivers, their families and their livlihood as we see that many drivers simply shy away from the industry and question should they be in the job after crimes take place.2. A huge global survey has found that 30 per cent of Irish people agree that ‘Jews still talk too much about what happened them in the Holocaust‘.3. Sky Sports has announced its lineup for its live coverage of this summer’s hurling and football games. Unsurprisingly, Irish presenter Rachel Wyse will be the face of the campaign. Jamesie O’Connor, Nicky English, Peter Canavan and Paul Earley will also feature.It gives us an excuse to use this amazing image from the 1990 Munster Hurling Final of English, Denis Walsh and a hurl up the nose. Source: James Meehan/INPHO4. A woman with disabilities has been awarded €30,000 by the Equality Tribunal because her employer failed to provide a chair for her at work. Source: Shutterstock5. Ryanair saw its profits fall by 8 per cent in 2013. However, the airline hopes that there is still growth ahead with its new friendly approach to its customers. Source: Richard DrewCatch up on the rest of today’s stories>last_img read more