Curb sewage flow into Ganga tributary: NGT

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to identify and install sewage treatment plants (STPs) at major sources of pollution in the Kali river, a tributary of the Ganga, as part of the latter’s clean up. Following the direction, the UPPCB has identified 26 large sewage lines in six districts of western U.P. which empty into the Kali. Inspection soonAccording to Atulesh Yadav, a local officer with the UPPCB, “The NGT has asked the UPPCB and Jal Nigam to jointly work to prevent pollution in the Kali river. It will be done as part of the Prime Minister’s Namami Gange project. Twenty-six big sewage lines, which do not have STPs, have been identified in Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Aligarh and Kannauj. The process will soon start to inspect these sewage lines,” he said. Kali river originates from Antwada village of Khatauli block in Muzaffarnagar and joins the Ganga in Kanpur after passing through Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, Aligarh and Kannauj districts. According to Raman Tyagi, whose petition in the NGT about pollution of the Kali river led to the Tribunal directive, over two decades ago, the Kali used to be a clean river and its water was used for drinking by villagers living on its banks.Mr. Tyagi has been monitoring the pollution in the Kali, Krishna and Hindon and other tributaries of the Ganga in western U.P. Industrial effluents“But industrial effluents from paper and sugar mills, and slaughter houses, with unhealthy chemical wastes, besides untreated sewage over the last two decades has made the river poisonous. It has become so poisonous that no living organism is found in the water. “It not only pollutes the Ganga but the poisonous water has contaminated drinking water through the seepage in thousands of villages located on its banks,” said Mr. Tyagi, founder of Neer Foundation which works on the issue of water and renewable energy in western U.P. Seal handpumps“Our investigation showed that water in villages has been seriously polluted and is manifest in medical problems for villagers who consume the drinking water from hand pumps. We requested that these hand pumps be sealed and the government arrange for clean drinking water in those areas. We also prayed that the NGT should ensure serious measures to prevent pollution of Kali, as it was a tributary of the Ganga and its pollution becomes the pollution of Ganga,” he told The Hindu.last_img read more


‘Starvation death’: Jharkhand proposes foodgrain banks

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgFacing criticism in the wake of the death of a woman in Giridih allegedly due to starvation, the Jharkhand Food Department on Thursday proposed that the State government set up a foodgrain bank of varied capacity at block and panchayat levels.State Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs Minister Saryu Roy said his department has written to all district administrations to conduct a post-mortem if any suspected case of starvation death is reported.“I have proposed that the government set up a foodgrain bank of 10 quintal capacity at block level and one quintal capacity at the panchayat level,” Mr. Roy told reporters. The Minister said that the bank could be managed either by his department or Rural Development or by Social Welfare Department.Two suspected casesThe Jharkhand government has drawn flak for the death of 58-year-old Savitri Devi, who allegedly died of starvation in Mangargadi village of Giridih district after being denied foodgrain at ration shops. However, a probe report made public by the State government has has ruled out starvation as a cause for her death, citing ₹2,375 in her bank account.Another suspected starvation death of a woman in Itkhori block of Chatra district has been reported in the media. Mr. Roy said the woman hailed from Barachatti in Bihar and had come to Itkhori about a fortnight ago.“However, a post-mortem was conducted on the directive of the district administration and we are awaiting the autopsy report to know the exact cause of her death,” he added.The Minister cited the probe report in the Giridih incident to trash the Opposition attack and accused them of running a campaign against the government over the issue to “defame” it. “Why didn’t JMM MLA Jagannath Mahato, who was present at her funeral procession, ask for a post-mortem if she had died of starvation,” the Minister asked.On JPCC president Ajoy Kumar’s demand that he resign taking moral responsibility for the death of Savitri Devi, Mr. Roy said Mr. Kumar, who himself is a doctor, should have tried to find out the details before asking for the resignation.“The demand is nothing but a conspiracy to target the government,” he said.last_img read more


HC-CHADHA 2 LAST

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_imgOn January 28, 2014, the trial court had dropped murderOn January 28, 2014, the trial court had dropped murder charges against all the accused and added the charge of culpable homicide not amounting murder under section 304 of IPC against the alleged main conspirator Namdhari and his PSO Sachin Tyagi.On May 15 last year, on the plea of police, Delhi High Court had overturned the trial courts decision and directed framing of murder charges against all the 21 accused. The apex court had also upheld the high courts decision.Ponty and Hardeep were also charge sheeted in the case. However, the trial against them had abated as they were killed in the shootout.The court had ordered framing of criminal conspiracy, common intention and those under the Arms Act against all the 21 accused for trying to take over the disputed farmhouse from the possession of Hardeep.Delhi Police had filed two charge sheets in the case and levelled murder charges against all the accused. The first charge sheet had named Ponty as an accused as he had reached the place of the incident with Namdhari and others as part of his “well-hatched conspiracy” to take possession of the south Delhi farm house.The supplementary charge sheet had accused Hardeep in the case, saying the probe had shown Ponty was killed by the shot fired at him by his brother. PTI PPS ABA HMP AG ARClast_img read more


World Cup 2019: Shoaib Malik deserves a farewell dinner and not match, says Wasim Akram

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgLegendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram feels that batting all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who will retire after the ongoing World Cup, can be given a farewell dinner, not a “farewell match”.Malik had last year announced that he will retire from ODI cricket after the World Cup which is going on in England and Wales.”Of course, he had announced that he will retire after the World Cup. Unfortunately, it has not ended on a high note. I think he deserved to end his career on a high as he has done a lot for Pakistan cricket,” said Akram while speaking to a Pakistani journalist.”He did not play many matches in the World Cup. He got out twice on duck, but this can happen to any player. We should always remember his services as he has won Pakistan many matches. He is a nice guy, so let’s send him a nice farewell, for once. I know he could not perform in this World Cup, but he has performed over the years for Pakistan,” he added.When asked by the journalist if Malik deserved a farewell match, Akram said: “This is not club cricket where you can ask a player to play a one-day match. We can rather organize a farewell dinner for him.”Malik, 37, played just three matches for Pakistan in the ongoing World Cup, scoring just eight runs (including two ducks).He also had to face a lot of criticism after Pakistan’s loss to India at Edgbaston on June 16. A video had gone viral which claimed that Malik and few other Pakistani cricketers were partying and socializing on the night prior to the much-anticipated clash against India.advertisementHowever, Malik had denied the allegations, saying it was sad for him to clarify about his personal life after serving Pakistan cricket for more than 20 years.Also Read | World will miss Chris Gayle’s aura when he finally retires, say West Indies teammatesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Harbhajan Singh bats for Ravindra Jadeja’s inclusion in India playing XIAlso Seelast_img read more


Wenger lauds Nketiah after Carabao Cup double

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgArsenal Wenger lauds Nketiah contribution after Carabao Cup brace Guy Atkinson Last updated 2 years ago 06:40 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Eddie Nketiah - cropped Getty Images Arsenal League Cup Arsenal v Norwich City Norwich City The Gunners were facing elimination before the teenager stepped up with a memorable double, and his manager was delighted by his impact Arsene Wenger hailed the contribution of 18-year-old Eddie Nketiah, who came off the bench to score twice against Norwich City and book Arsenal’s spot in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.Nketiah was introduced in the 85th minute at the Emirates Stadium with his side trailing to Josh Murphy’s cool first-half finish.Arsenal 5/6 to beat Swans to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The youngster made an immediate impact, equalising with almost his first touch to send the game into extra time.He then ensured the headlines would be his in the 96th minute with a superb header from Mohamed Elneny’s corner to secure his side’s place in the next round.”He showed great anticipation in the box to score and that’s a quality that you cannot teach at that age,” Wenger said.”I like the second goal that he scored because he’s not tall and he got very high – it shows that he’s a guy who wants it.” 84: AFC 0-1 NCFC 85: @EddieNketiah9 comes on to chants of “Who?”FT: AFC 2-1 NCFCEddie who?  pic.twitter.com/4vkxgrx5Fy— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 24, 2017Wenger made 11 changes from the side that beat Everton 5-2 at the weekend and says his decision not to name any senior players on the bench was a deliberate ploy so that he would be forced to blood some of his youngsters.”This is the competition every year that we decide to educate young players who have good potential,” he added.”It is good to only have young players on the bench because if you have experienced players you go for them – having young strikers on the bench is great for us.”last_img read more


Vicky Kaushal: If Uri was a propaganda film, I wouldn’t have done it

Posted On Oct 25 2019 by

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 12:38 IST Vicky Kaushal opens up on ths success of Uri: The Surgical Strike.When Aditya Dhar decided to ‘pay a tribute’ to the Indian Army with his film Uri: The Surgical Strike, little did he know that his film will turn out to be the first blockbuster of 2019. Such has been the josh surrounding the film that within four weeks of its release, the war drama crossed the Rs 200-crore mark.With the film’s success, Vicky Kaushal has become an overnight star. Uri’s response at the box office is a proof that he can shoulder a film.Talking about the overwhelming response, Vicky told a daily, “Just before the film was to release, Aditya [Dhar, director] and I were discussing how the entire team has given their all – physically, mentally and emotionally – to the project. Though we were content with our efforts, we didn’t expect the audience to go bonkers.”Thank You India… ???? JOSH ?? ????! @AdityaDharFilms @yamigautam @SirPareshRawal @RonnieScrewvala @RSVPMovies ???????? pic.twitter.com/VmEQYXn29uVicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) February 8, 2019At a time when the film is minting money at the box office, it also came under the radar for being a propaganda film. Released a few months before the elections, many raised eyebrows calling it government’s mouthpiece.However, Vicky has dismissed the notion saying that film is a tribute to the Indian Armed Forces. “It’s not necessary to view everything through the political lens. Also, if it was a propaganda film, I wouldn’t have been a part of it,” said Vicky.Ever since the film’s release, the catchphrase ‘How’s The Josh?’ has gone viral. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, everyone is seen mouthing the popular line from the film, only strengthening the belief that the movie is championed by the government.advertisement”Once a film releases, it belongs to the audience – be it the cabinet ministers or the Prime Minister or even sports personalities. So if you have the right to say ‘How’s the josh?’, the same right lies with anybody else. We have zero control over it. We are happy that the emotional value of the film is resonating with everyone,” added Vicky.ALSO SEE: Vicky Kaushal looks unrecognisable in this throwback photo from audition daysALSO WATCH: Vicky Kaushal talks about his cinematic journey at Mind Rocks Bhopal 2017Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bycharu thakur Tags :Follow Vicky KaushalFollow Uri: The Surgical Strike Vicky Kaushal: If Uri was a propaganda film, I wouldn’t have done itVicky Kaushal’s Uri: The Surgical Strike has become the biggest blockbuster of 2019 so far by entering the Rs 200-crore club. The 30-year-old actor reveals that he didn’t expect the film to do such good business at the box office.advertisementlast_img read more


India vs South Africa 1st T20I, Weather Forecast: Will rain play spoilsport in Dharamsala?

Posted On Oct 25 2019 by

first_img Next India Today Web Desk DharamsalaSeptember 15, 2019UPDATED: September 15, 2019 14:48 IST Dharamsala Weather Forecast, India vs South Africa 1st T20I (AP Photo)The weather forecast for Sunday’s T20I between India and South Africa is not good as there are chances of scattered rains during the day. The groundstaff was seen covering parts of playing area a day before the match.While the match starts at 7 pm, the HPCA Stadium is equipped with quality drainage facility and can prepare the ground for a full 40-over game even if the rain stops by 5 pm.The minimum is a five-over per side encounter for it to be official game.India skipper Virat Kohli also walked out under a umbrella after addressing the press conference. Indian players had to practice indoors due to poor weather conditions on Saturday in the city.In terms of preparing for the long season on home soil, India captain Virat Kohli stressed on the fact that their training and hard work remains the same whether they are playing in the country or when touring overseas. The main goal of the team is always to go out there and win every game.”For us as a home team we need to be absolutely sure of our game plan. The way we prepare for overseas series where we have to be very very focussed, it’s the same (for home series). International cricket is about your mindset nowadays.”Every condition can be home condition if you feel comfortable. I think it’s getting into that frame of mind for us which is very important. That’s why we have been one of the most consistent teams in the last 2-3 years.advertisement”And that’s been the reason because we want to win every game wherever we play whether it’s home, away, any format… we just want to go out there, play our best cricket and win,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference in Dharamsala on Saturday.Hello from the scenic Dharamsala pic.twitter.com/u0LbQqGf5PBCCI (@BCCI) September 14, 2019Squads:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.South Africa: Quinton de Kock (c), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Temba Bauvma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukyao, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde.Also Read | India aim to continue T20I domination in first tie against South AfricaAlso Read | India vs South Africa 1st T20I Live Streaming: When and where to watch live telecastAlso Read | Team India forced to train indoors ahead of 1st T20I against South AfricaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow india vs south africa 1st t20 weather forecastFollow dharamsala weather updatesFollow dharamsala weather forecast 1st t20i India vs South Africa 1st T20I, Weather Forecast: Will rain play spoilsport in Dharamsala?Dharamshala Weather Forecast, India vs South Africa 1st T20I: Here’s all that you need to know about the weather forecast and prediction for rain on Sunday in Dharamsala.advertisementlast_img read more


Doux South: Get Hooked on a Pickle

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat We’ve seen this pattern before—someone creates a great product they love and family and friends encourage them to sell it. In this case, Atlanta chef Nick Melvin, who runs a restaurant called Venkman’s in the old fourth ward neighborhood, won rave reviews for his pickles. His father-in-law, Mark Hungarland, gave him a successful nudge to launch Doux South.“Every time we came to visit he had pickled something new. I said we should be selling these things,” said Hungarland. “He kept putting me off because his interest was getting the restaurant started, but I finally talked him into it.”That was three and a half years ago. Production began in a shared-use kitchen with pickles sold at area farmer’s markets. “Pretty soon, retailers began coming after us,” said Hungarland. They quickly moved to their own 900-square-foot production kitchen, and then on October 3, 2016, they moved the operation to a 6,000-square-foot facility.Right now, Angry Cukes ranks as the top seller and the only cucumber pickle they make. “Our most unique item is our Drunken Tomatoes,” said Hungarland. “It’s cherry tomatoes in red wine, basil, and garlic and has a really nice Italian flavor, which is great in pastas salads and Bloody Marys.”“Nick really knows his way around a pickle,” he continued. “All of our brines are different. He matches the brine with the vegetable we’re pickling to bring out the natural flavor without overwhelming the flavor. He has dozens of new ideas and I reign him back in so we don’t go too crazy.”About a year ago, they added three whole grain mustards: Drunken Mustard, Honey Mustard and Creole Mustard; as well as two types of pepper relish: Sweet Georgia Red and Dueling Peppers, which has a little bit of heat. Other items in their product lineup include pickled green tomatoes, chow chow and Little Rock caviar.They take pride in making all of their own products, and guarantee they are created using only natural ingredients. They shun all artificial coloring, emulsifiers, calcium chloride and preservatives.Their website boasts a bounty of recipes you can use to create meals and drinks with their products. Here’s one to try:Bacon Beer Potato Salad with Drunken Mustard** Recipe created by Savannah Haseler of Twain’s Brew Pub, as demonstrated at Peachtree Road Farmer’s MarketServes 4-6Ingredients2 lbs. golden German potatoesKosher salt to taste1/2 C mayonnaise3 T chopped tarragon1/2 lb. bacon ends, cut into strips1/4 C chopped chives2 T Doux South Drunken Mustard1 T rice wine vinegar2 T beer-Amber beer preferredFreshly ground black pepper, to tasteDirectionsPlace potatoes in a large pot, adding cold water just to cover. Season with salt and bring to a boil. Cook potatoes until tender, 30-45 min.Drain potatoes and allow them to cool.Meanwhile, place bacon strip in skillet and cook until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and rough chop into bacon bits. Reserve the bacon fat.In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, tarragon, chives, bacon fat, mustard, vinegar and beer. Season the dressing with salt and pepper, to taste.Cut potatoes into 1/2 in. cubes. Place potatoes into a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Add dressing, just to coat and stir in bacon.Can be served warm or chilled. 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Idris Elba Debuts New 2HR SET Fashion Line Inspired By DJ Culture The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets last_img read more


Local Government Ministry to Increase Education Grants

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgStory Highlights “We introduced it for the first time [in 2016] where the elected representatives, the councillors, every year, receive a grant of over $300,000 per division to assist needy students in their division for back-to-school. It is my intention in the new financial year to increase that figure to $500,000 per councillor,” he said. Minister McKenzie was speaking at the third staging of the Board of Supervision’s awards and recognition ceremony held at the Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort in St. Ann on March 1. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the funds provided to municipal councillors to assist needy students with back-to-school preparations will be increased in the 2019/2020 financial year.“We introduced it for the first time [in 2016] where the elected representatives, the councillors, every year, receive a grant of over $300,000 per division to assist needy students in their division for back-to-school. It is my intention in the new financial year to increase that figure to $500,000 per councillor,” he said.Minister McKenzie was speaking at the third staging of the Board of Supervision’s awards and recognition ceremony held at the Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort in St. Ann on March 1.He urged local government representatives to spare no effort in supporting the educational needs of children in their divisions.He noted that the Administration remains committed to “providing the right environment” in order to foster excellence in student output.The scholarship awards ceremony recognised children whose parents are clients of the Board of Supervision.A total of 64 students received awards for high academic performance in the 2018 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC).The Board of Supervision is a statutory body under the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.It was established under the Poor Relief Act to supervise and monitor the delivery of the poor relief services through the municipal corporations. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the funds provided to municipal councillors to assist needy students with back-to-school preparations will be increased in the 2019/2020 financial year.last_img read more


Aboriginal cowboys very much part of chuckwagon lifestyle

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe sport of chuckwagon racing rarely gains national attention, especially when it’s not during the Calgary Stampede week.However, APTN’s Larissa Burnouf traveled to the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association’s final races of the year in Lloydminster, Sask. this past weekend to see just how intertwined Aboriginal families are with the sport.last_img


GTF pushes for boycott

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

GTF says 2013 is not only an important year for Sri Lanka, but a vital moment for the future credibility of the Commonwealth. “It is astounding that a Government accused of involvement in war crimes and of complicity in continuing human rights abuses will then sit on bodies, such as the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, mandated to deal with serious and persistent violations of the Commonwealth’s fundamental values, the GTF President said.He urged Commonwealth leaders to prevail upon the Government of Sri Lanka, in the strongest possible terms, the need to end the culture of impunity, to restore the rule of law and to comply with its international obligations to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of its people. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a powerful Tamil diaspora lobby group operating from London, is continuing to push for a boycott of the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo.Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel, the President of GTF, in a letter addressed to the Commonwealth heads of governments, says the 2013 CHOGM summit will seriously weaken the Commonwealth’s commitments to core principles of human rights and democracy. He says even powerful figures like the former military commander and 2010 Presidential candidate, Sarath Fonseka, and Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice, Shirani Bandaranayake, have been imprisoned or, in the latter case, illegally removed from office for challenging the government. read more


General Assembly passes six resolutions on Palestine and the Middle East

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

A resolution on the peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine was passed with 160 States in favour, six against, and five abstentions. The text welcomed the Security Council’s vision of a two-State solution and reaffirmed the international community’s commitment to the so-called Road Map peace process.The resolution called on both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to fulfil their Road Map obligations and stressed the importance of a credible, independent monitoring mechanism.The Road Map – a peace process co-sponsored by the diplomatic Quartet of the European Union, the Russian Federation, the UN and the United States – calls for parallel and reciprocal steps leading to Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and security by 2005.A resolution supporting the work of the Assembly’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, and calling for the work to continue, was approved by 97 States, with seven States against the resolution and 60 abstentions.A resolution calling on the UN Secretariat’s Division for Palestinian Rights to be allowed to continue its work was passed by 98 States, with six States against the resolution and 63 abstentions.A resolution requesting the Secretariat’s Department of Public Information be allowed to maintain its special information programme on the question of Palestine was approved by 159 countries, with six countries voting against and a further six abstaining.There were two other resolutions dealing more broadly with the Middle East that were also passed in the Assembly.A resolution urging Israel to withdraw from the occupied Syrian Golan region back to its pre-1967 border was approved by 104 States. Five States voted against the resolution and 61 States abstained.The other resolution stated that any moves by Israel to “impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem” should be regarded as illegal and therefore invalid. It also deplored the transfer by some States of their diplomatic missions to Jerusalem in violation of an earlier Security Council resolution. This resolution was passed by 155 States, with eight nations against and seven abstaining. read more


Security Council extends UN peace mission in Liberia for another year

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

“Long-term stability will require the Government of Liberia to develop and sustain a self-sufficient, capable, and competent security sector to build the confidence of all Liberians,” the 15-member body said in a unanimously adopted resolution.It endorsed the continued drawdown of the mission’s military component agreed upon last year by a further 1,129 personnel by next September, with the goal of leaving UNMIL’s military strength at some 3,750 personnel by July 2015. As of last July there were 5,757 UN peacekeeping troops in the West African country, where the world body has played a major role in restoring stability and democracy. At the height of its operations, which began in 2003, UNMIL totalled more than 15,000 troops and well over 1,000 police personnel, and helped oversee two series of democratic elections after more than a decade of civil war which, beyond the death toll, drove 850,000 refugees into neighbouring countries, displaced scores of thousands more internally and inflicted untold damage on the nation’s infrastructure.While welcoming overall progress towards restoring peace, security, and stability, today’s resolution, which maintained the current authorized strength of UNMIL’s police component at 1,795 personnel, including 10 formed police units, noted the continuing problems with violent crime and sexual and gender-based violence.“Women and girls in Liberia continue to face a high incidence of sexual and gender-based violence,” it declared, calling on the Government to continue to combat sexual violence, particularly against children, and in coordination with UNMIL, to continue to fight impunity for perpetrators of such crimes and provide redress, support, and protection to victims.The resolution also called on the Governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia to further enhance their cooperation over their joint border, scene of recent violence, by increased monitoring, information sharing and coordinated actions, and implementing a shared border strategy to support the disarmament and repatriation of foreign armed elements on both sides of the border and the voluntary return of refugees in safety and dignity.Other clauses called for an ongoing battle against corruption, promotion of transparency, good governance, human rights and reconciliation, participation of women in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and security and rule of law organs that are fully and independently operational. read more


The cycle of revenge in South Sudan will hurt everyone – UN

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

The situation in Bor-Pibor area is particularly concerning with fears of violent clashes between youths from the Dinka Bor and Murle communities, David Shearer, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan, told journalists at a press conference today. “We are worried that might spark more widespread fighting between those two communities [and] hence the reason we are providing support to the peace efforts on the ground,” he added, noting also the work that is being done with the Government to ease the situation. “The important thing is that we de-escalate tensions and provide an opportunity to talk rather than to fight because fighting only will result in a greater cycle of revenge [that] will be of no benefit to [anyone].” In his remarks, Mr. Shearer, also the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), spoke of violence in various regions of the country, including attacks on peacekeepers and relief personnel, which have severely constricted the humanitarian operating space, and underscored the Mission’s resolve to do everything it can to ensure that assistance reaches those in need. “The attacks have a direct consequence on humanitarian activities and the assistance that can be provided to people who desperately need it,” he said, terming such violence as an “extraordinarily selfish thing to do”. SEE ALSO: UN appalled at killing of aid workers in South SudanThe senior UN official also praised the work of journalists in the country as well as humanitarian actors on the ground who, despite considerable challenges, are reaching thousands across the country with much needed assistance. “I think we owe them a real debt of gratitude,” he expressed. read more


SME International Forum 23 March 2006

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

Amongst the markets likely to be represented are Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea and the USA. This coursewill include input from UK SME companies – and includes a uniquechance to meet and influence the frontline UKTI personnel from the key global automotive markets. The SME Forum will take place at the Chesworth Grange Hotel, Kenilworth on Thursday 23 March. It is an open workshop where SME companies with existing or potential business interests in the international markets listed above can meet country experts for advice. The afternoon is free for UK companies to attend. For more information, or to attend the SME Forum, please contact Pat Shaw on 020 7344 9260 (email pshaw@smmt.co.uk) to reserve your place. Further details available in the attached leaflet.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) From 20 – 24 March 2006, SMMT and partners in the Automotive Sector Group, the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and Construction Equipment Association (CEA) trade organisations will be running an industry briefing course for UKTI staff based overseas who have specific responsibility for the auto industry. The objective is to make these commercial officers more aware of the strengths of the UK industry, to be more effective in identifying business opportunities and bringing support to UK companies. read more


Stephen Byrne I never opened my Leaving Cert results when I got

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img Short URL 59,365 Views https://jrnl.ie/4056294 22 Comments Jun 8th 2018, 3:08 PM By Adam Daly Stephen Byrne: ‘I never opened my Leaving Cert results when I got them, I ran home and put them in a shredder’ RTÉ presenter Stephen Byrne is currently resitting his Leaving Cert exams as part of a new documentary. Share12 Tweet Email2 A still of Stephen with his parents from his upcoming documentary. Image: Stephen Byrne Image: Stephen Byrne BACK IN AUGUST 2009, Stephen Byrne had just started his career in RTÉ as a presenter when he ran home with his Leaving Certificate results and put them in a shredder.He never read them. Byrne didn’t want to see how he had done. He says now that he had a really difficult time during his Leaving Cert, balancing a new job with study and coming to terms with his sexuality.”[Working at RTE] was everything I wanted. I was a YouTuber before that but it was a big decision for my parents to allow me to work because they were very much focused on academia.”Also I was dealing with so much in the sense that being in RTÉ, being in school, being on a football team, I hadn’t accepted my sexuality and I was in a relationship with a girl at that time as well. So that was weighing heavy on me.”The Leaving Cert became secondary to everything else and a very negative weight on my shoulders so I just always felt that I had to go back.”Byrne is best known for presenting TwoTube on RTÉ 2 and for his radio show on RTÉ 2FM every Saturday and Sunday.Byrne is currently resitting his Leaving Cert and has reordered a copy of his results from 2009, which he plans to open alongside his new results this August as part of the documentary he is making about the experience.Resitting the Leaving Cert was always something that Stephen had planned to do but never knew when the time would be right.”I went to RTÉ and said, ‘look, I’m willing to do this to take a look at the system from the inside to see how much pressure we put on young people.”’When the project got the green light Stephen began night classes but had to return to his local school – which he had left when he felt he was unable to come out – for the supplementary parts of the exams.”Any projects and orals were done back in my old school, Clonkeen College in Deansgrange, so I was always among students.”It’s funny when you go back and integrate yourself. You slowly regress back to who you were and start to worry about whether people like you or not or whether you’re cool.”I left that school because I felt like I couldn’t really come out at that time.”When I said that to the students this year they couldn’t understand it but any classroom I’ve been in has been progressive which is both exciting but at the same time fuels a multitude of jealousy.” A still of Stephen with his parents from his upcoming documentary. Sunday 10 Jun 2018, 8:00 PM Stephen continued to work on RTÉ 2FM while studying this year but says that it took a toll on his mental health.”Right after I finished my mocks I flew to LA to cover the Oscars so there has been that level of juggling all year round. February alone, I think I had 20 flights for work.”So there were tough periods of time that really wore me out and exhausted me and you see in the documentary that it did take its toll. Around April I hit a low point, which now in hindsight I’m actually delighted about because it will probably be a lot more relatable for students.”I’m not afraid to be open about mental health issues, about my own anxiety and struggles with that.”Stephen says the experience has been transformative but he hopes the documentary will highlight the pressures the system puts on young people.”Everyone in the country has gone through it, it’s one of the most pressurised situations you’ll experience, not just as a teenager but in your life.”It has helped me come to terms with things that happened to him as a teenager that he never realised I did.Stephen says that resitting the Leaving Cert has given him a huge admiration for the young people of Ireland.”Modern young people, to the strength of so many of them they just get up and keep going, the conversations they’re having about mental health and how open a lot of them are about their feelings of who they are or what they want to be.”The documentary is set to be released on RTÉ  in the autumn.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Annual Royal Bahamas Police Force Church Service and Parade

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 10, 2018 – Nassau – The Royal   Bahamas Police Force Annual Church Service took place at Zion Baptist Church on Sunday, January 7, 2018 attended by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Peter Turnquest, and Minister of Transport and Local Government the Hon. Frankie Campbell, and other officials.  Minister of National Security, the Hon. Marvin Dames is pictured addressing the service.   A parade followed.(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)last_img


Jordan Houston thankful for words of wisdom from Rangers veterans

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first_imgRangers defender Jordan Houston says he is thankful for the words of advice from the club’s former defenders Lee Wallace and Gareth McAuley.Houston says he hopes to make his mark at Ibrox adding that he is pleased with his level of progress so far.Houston told SportTimes via Evening Times: “I have known Lee a lot longer than I have known Gareth having been fortunate enough to be involved with the first team previously.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Lee has given me great advice on how to help different aspects of my game and has taken me under his wing when I have been with the first team and helped me get involved.“Gareth was with the 20s when he was returning to fitness and he has been great and given me some really good advice. I really appreciate that from both of them.“Gareth has had an incredible career so it was great for me to be able to play alongside him. I was delighted to get that chance and he really helped me and all the young lads through the game.”last_img read more


Man wearing only American flag shorts steals beer truck runs across highway

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first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SANTA ROSA, Calif. (WSVN) – Police said a man wearing only American flag shorts was caught after stealing a beer truck, then running onto a nearby highway and being found in bushes.According to Fox 13, Santa Rosa Police in California responded to a call of a stolen beer delivery truck on Thursday morning at a local liquor store. A customer reportedly told the truck driver, who was inside the store, that a man who appeared homeless jumped into the truck.The homeless man then drove away but did not get far due to the truck’s GPS being tracked. The truck was located within minutes.Police then spotted the subject running across a nearby highway to evade officers.However, within 45 minutes, 46-year-old Matt Lane Hermsmeyer was found in bushes and taken into custody. last_img read more


Arrest warrant issued for man seen mistreating Keys pelican in viral video

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first_imgKEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – A Monroe County judge has issued an arrest warrant for a Maryland man shown mistreating a pelican in a viral video.Thirty-one-year-old William Hardesty was recorded dangling food in front of the bird before jumping on top of it near a dock in Key West.Hardesty’s friends could be heard laughing as he is seen grabbing the stunned bird before it bit his face and flew away.He faces several charges, including animal cruelty.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img