first_img(REOPENS DEL49)(REOPENS DEL49)Addressing the press, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the government had promised to discuss issues the opposition wanted but they themselves are creating controversies.On the GST Bill, Kharge said if the government agrees to accept the three amendments suggested by Congress, the bill can be passed.Putting the blame on the government for disruptions in Rajya Sabha, Azad said it took the treasury benches an entire day to decide to say “yes” or “no” to the demand to include a dalit in the panel probing Hyderabad Central University student Rohith Vemulas suicide.”If there is no dalit in the panel, it also shows the mindset of this government,” Azad said. PTI SPG AMR SMN SK SMNlast_img read more

FSSAI signs pact with ASCI to check misleading advertisements

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 28 (PTI) Regulator FSSAI today joined hands with ASCI in its bid to check misleading advertisements in the food and beverages sector.”Advertising Standard Council of India (ASCI) will comprehensively monitor these advertisements across various media. The council has been given a suo motu monitoring mandate by FSSAI to process complaints against misleading advertisements of food and beverages,” ASCI General Secretary Shweta Purandare said.The MoU was signed by FSSAI CEO Pawan Agarwal and ASCI Chairman Benoy Roychoudhry.The agreement also requires ASCI to report to FSSAI non- compliance of ASCIs decisions for further action as required per provisions of the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Act, Agarwal said after signing the agreement.”FSSAI will also redirect complaints against misleading food and beverages advertisements to ASCI, which will be reviewed using ASCIs code and guidelines. The review will include violation of the FSS Act and regulations related to advertisements making misleading, unsubstantiated or false claims,” he said.This partnership will put in place a mechanism to monitor misleading advertisements and lead to streamlining advertisements effectively through structured guidelines and appropriate action, he added. PTI JTR SBT ARDlast_img read more

Valverde Ηas Barcelona Flying High as Liga Near Midway Point

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — There is a clear winner of the Spanish league as it approaches the midway point.Ernesto Valverde.Four months into his first season as Barcelona’s coach, Valverde has helped the team to recover from the shock exit of Brazil star Neymar and take a commanding lead of the Spanish league.The 53-year-old Valverde was already considered one of Spain’s top coaches for his stints at Athletic Bilbao, Valencia, Espanyol and Greek club Olympiakos before he replaced Luis Enrique. But he started the season under the most pessimistic conditions of any of Barcelona’s coaches since Pep Guardiola’s debut in 2008.Real Madrid had just won the Champions League and La Liga titles before Barcelona was left reeling by Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.That was followed by two demoralizing losses to Madrid in the curtain-raising Spanish Super Cup. And with the season just under way, Ousmane Dembele — the forward signed by Barcelona to replace Neymar — tore a tendon in his right leg.But while everyone else feared a disaster, Valverde saw an opportunity.The departure of Neymar broke up Barcelona’s fearsome attack with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. But despite their goals, their erratic contributions in defense had left Barcelona exposed at the back. Valverde turned Neymar’s loss into a collective gain.He refocused the team on first being defensively sound — by either playing another midfielder, or a forward who applied more pressure when the team lost the ball.The success of former Barcelona forward Valverde is undeniable: 25 matches across all competitions without a loss since that pair of defeats to Madrid. It also tops the Spanish league for fewest goals conceded (7) and goals scored (45).And Valverde got the biggest prize of all last Saturday when he out-coached Zinedine Zidane in a 3-0 victory at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu.___TITLE RACEBarcelona has sprinted to a commanding lead of the league title race after 17 of 38 rounds.Second-place Atletico Madrid trails by nine points, Valencia by 11, and Madrid by 14, although it has a game in hand.The calendar also favors the Catalan club, which will host its top rivals in the second half of the season. Barcelona already drew 1-1 at both Atletico Madrid and Valencia before humbling Madrid in front of its fans.Atletico is expecting a boost from the return of Diego Costa and the arrival of Victor “Vitolo” Machin in January when the club’s FIFA-imposed ban on registering new players ends.Atletico’s elimination from the Champions League may also let it focus on catching Barcelona, although it will enter the Europa League and is also contending in the Copa del Rey.___PICK OF THE PLAYERSOnce again, Messi is driving Barcelona toward the title.Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo may have matched him with his fifth Ballon d’Or award, but Messi is outscoring him 15-4 in the league. The Argentine has continued to flourish under Valverde as a free-ranging forward, floating across the front of the attack and back into midfield as he probes for weaknesses in the defense.Andres Iniesta, who was often rested by Luis Enrique in league matches, is featuring more under Valverde and thriving with the consistent playing time, while newcomer Paulinho has impressed by bulking up Barcelona’s midfield.Saul Niquez, Atletico’s 23-year-old midfielder, is among the most well-rounded players in the league, proving a goal-scoring threat when he goes forward, along with sound passing and tackling in defense.Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas has also impressed. His 11 goals are second only to Messi and have earned him a chance to fight for a spot on Spain’s World Cup squad.___EMERGING TALENTWhile Marco Asensio was the hot topic following his goals against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup, Madrid’s 21-year-old forward has fallen out of Zidane’s favor as the months go by.Carlos Soler has surfaced as the latest promising talent at Valencia. The 20-year-old midfielder has shown excellent passing skills and is a large reason for the team’s successful campaign after struggling in recent years.At age 21, Rodrigo “Rodri” Hernandez has excelled since replacing the injured Bruno Soriano in the heart of Villarreal’s midfield. Rodri leads the league in balls recovered in defense. He is reported to be close to a move to Atletico after also triggering interest from Barcelona.___SURPRISESWhile Valencia is finally on course to return to Spain’s elite under Marcelino Garcia Toral, the real shock so far is the performance of two teams that won promotion last summer.Both Getafe and top-flight debutante Girona have forced their way into the top half of the table. Girona stunned Madrid 2-1 and drew 2-2 with Atletico.Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi owners invested in Girona in August.___POINTS TO PROVESuccess in the Champions League, Spanish league, UEFA Super Sup, Spanish Super Cup and Club World Cup — titles all conquered in a calendar year — should isolate any coach from criticism.Not at Real Madrid. And certainly not after a big loss to Barcelona that has all but ended its hopes of retaining the title.Zidane is facing his first crisis as Madrid’s coach for his team’s poor play in the league that hit a low point against Barcelona.He has been widely questioned for both his insistence on starting Karim Benzema despite his lack of goals and for not starting playmaker Francisco “Isco” Alarcon against Barcelona.Zidane will need to reduce the distance with Barcelona to keep Madrid’s supporters happy while he seeks a third-consecutive European Cup.—JOSEPH WILSON, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Defending champions Germany crash out of World Cup after losing to South Korea

first_imgGermany were struck by the curse of the champions as they crashed out of FIFA World Cup 2018 after a humiliating 0-2 defeat to South Korea at Kazan in their final Group F match.This is the third successive World Cup where the defending champions crashed out in the first round. In 2010, Italy were knocked out in the group stages while Spain bowed out of the group stages in 2014.In the final frantic minutes in front of 41,835 flabbergasted fans, Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min finished off Joachim Loew’s Germany side with two stoppage-time goals to condemn them to finishing bottom of the group on three points.The Germans, who have won four World Cups and finished runners-up four times, entered this year’s tournament heavily backed to retain their title.Instead, they will head home after a scarcely believable failure, having been unable to break down the South Koreans and after a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opening group match.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSLoew struggled to explain it.”I cannot say why this was for us,” he told reporters. “It was a bit of overconfidence ahead of Mexico – that we can press the button and win.”It turned sour. I must take responsibility for this. The entire German football lost, the team lost. A lot of things we built up since 2006, always at least (a) semi-final. We have to apologise for that.”The South Koreans, who had no idea of the score in the other match, rejoiced as if having won the tournament, while 11 German players hoped the ground would swallow them.advertisementSweden won the group after thrashing Mexico 3-0 to also deny South Korea a spot in the knockout stages.Once the Swedes had taken the lead in their concurrent match, the equation grew grim for Germany.Loew sprung changes after the break, bringing on Mario Gomez and Thomas Mueller, who was dropped from the starting side, but a collective paralysis seemed to have taken hold.FREE HEADEROffered a free header from close in with minutes left on the clock, Mats Hummels missed the ball completely, a perfect snapshot of an afternoon of serial ineffectiveness going forward.”We believed until the end even with the 0-1 (deficit) we tried to turn it but we could not score,” said Hummels, after Germany became the tournament’s third champions in succession to go out at the group stage.”We had a lot of chances, even me I should have scored in the 87th (minute).”Today it was not easy but, yes, no team could get through easily.”Toni Kroos, the hero in the 2-1 win over Sweden, tried desperately to spark his side in the second half but was denied by South Korea’s Cho Hyun-woo in the 88th minute, one of a number of fine saves by the keeper.”We were playing for the Korean people,” said Cho, a cult figure at home for his ostentatious, orange bouffant.”It was only after the match that we found out the other score, of course we were disappointed and thats why some of us cried.”Kim Young-gwon broke the deadlock in added time when he found himself alone in front of goal after a corner and poked the ball home from close range.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE The goal was ruled out offside on field but confirmed by use of the Video Assistant Referee.South Korean celebrations went up another notch when Son sprinted to retrieve a long ball, and with Germany’s captain and keeper Manuel Neuer having gone upfield to try to help his side score, the Tottenham forward fired a low shot into the net to wrap up the win and leave the Germans distraught.”We need to congratulate our opponents,” Loew said.”We didnt deserve to win the title again, we didnt deserve to get into the last 16. We wanted to win but we didnt have what it takes.”The four-time winners, who had not been eliminated in a World Cup first round since 1938, were a shadow of their once dominant selves, managing only two goals in their three group games.Before today, the Germans had not been eliminated in a World Cup first round in 80 years, had a scrappy first half and almost gifted Korea a goal when keeper Manuel Neuer spilled a free kick in the 19th minute but recovered to slap the ball away.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAll Germany needed was to score one goal to get ahead of Mexico and consolidate a last-16 berth. But there was none of that late magic from Toni Kroos.advertisement It was a miserable afternoon for German fans who saw their World Cup dreams slip away. Sweden finished group toppers while Mexico finished second.Remarkably, Korean hopes of reaching the round of 16 were still alive despite losses in their first two matches – they had to beat Germany by two goals and hoped Mexico would beat Sweden.At the end of the day, while South Korea did win by two goals, Sweden were just too good for the Mexicans.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Vardy defends Alli over gesture

first_imgEngland It’s harmless banter – Vardy defends Alli over middle-finger gesture Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 22:01 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dele Alli Getty Images England England v Slovakia Slovakia WC Qualification Europe World Cup The England and Leicester City striker says a middle-finger gesture from the Spurs attacker does not warrant investigation from FIFA Dele Alli’s middle-finger gesture should not be investigated by FIFA as it was just “harmless banter”, according to England team-mate Jamie Vardy.Alli appeared to make the offensive signal at the referee during Monday’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win against Slovakia at Wembley.Alli 17/10 to score v Everton Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 But the Tottenham star later insisted via social media that the gesture was aimed at his former Spurs team-mate Kyle Walker and made in jest.Vardy, who was an unused substitute for Gareth Southgate’s side in that match, has defended Alli over suggestions he could face an investigation.”The middle finger? Come on, it’s harmless, isn’t it? It’s just something that has been blown out of proportion,” Vardy said.Kyle Walker Dele Alli England 2017“He was doing it to Walks and he’s replied on his Twitter. It’s just harmless banter. They’re always having a laugh and a giggle. That’s just how they are.”The two of them were team-mates for a few years. They’re going to like to mess around, especially now that Walks has moved on himself.”It’s probably the only chance they do get to mess around, when they’re with England. It will definitely be harsh if FIFA punish him.”Morning @dele_official pic.twitter.com/Bl1pl3tYxu— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) September 5, 2017Vardy suggested moments such as Alli’s gesture towards his former team-mate should not be taken out of football.”If he gets reprimanded for that, then we might as well take emotion and enjoyment out of the game,” Vardy added at the premiere of his new TV show, The Next Jamie Vardy.”Everyone has got to have a bit of banter, otherwise I don’t think you would get through the day of being a footballer.”Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker! Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite— Dele (@dele_official) September 4, 2017last_img read more

Urban Meyer Hit The Trifecta And He’ll Be Fired Because Of It

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave on Wednesday, and many believe his time at Ohio State could be up. The school’s decision came on the heels of a report from former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy, which suggests that Meyer lied when he said he wasn’t aware of 2015 domestic violence allegations against his wide receivers coach Zach Smith.At this point, it’s hard to see Ohio State finding a way to reinstate Meyer. That said, many are finding it hard to understand just how we got here. Let me explain.If McMurphy is right, and Meyer knew about the 2015 allegations, then the Ohio State head coach hit the trifecta – and he will be fired.It’s just a matter of time.1. The case involves alleged domestic violence, which is one of the hot-button topics in our country (and in sports the past few years.) The Ray Rice case is probably the most infamous, but there have been numerous since. It doesn’t matter that this case doesn’t involve a student.2. If McMurphy is right, and Meyer knew about the 2015 allegations, then he’ll be looked at – fair or not – as someone who enabled the behavior to continue. If Zach Smith, one of his assistant coaches, was abusing his wife and Meyer knew about it – it’s a terrible look. It’s also a potential Title IX issue. How has it worked out for other head coaches who enabled abuse in their programs?3. If McMurphy is right, then Meyer lied. This, to be honest, is probably the biggest sin of all – at least in the public’s eyes. If Meyer lied to reporters when he said he didn’t know of the 2015 allegations, it’s hard to take him seriously on anything else he says. It would also make it clear that he is willing to cover up for an assistant coach while a woman is being physically abused. The public won’t forgive that.Danny Kanell summed it up well on Wednesday.Urban Meyer may have committed the cardinal sin. Our society is very forgiving if you own up and apologize. But lying and not accepting ANY responsibility is the worst thing one can do. Now Ohio State has a tough decision to make because of it.— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) August 1, 2018Assuming McMurphy is right, Meyer probably could have avoided this is if he’d simply told the truth last week. After all, why would Meyer have fired Zach Smith last week if there wasn’t something to fire him for? He already admitted they knew about the 2009 incident.It’s going to be an interesting few days in Columbus, but don’t be shocked if/when Meyer is gone. It’s hard to see any other scenario playing out.last_img read more

Dan Patrick Has Major Update On Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa

first_imgTua Tagovailoa points directions to a teammate.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is recovering from a tough ankle injury suffered in the SEC Championship Game win over Georgia.Tagovailoa, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, is believed to need a couple of weeks in order to get back to full health. That, of course, would put him back on the field before the College Football Playoff semifinal against Oklahoma, but it’ll be close.Dan Patrick, a veteran sports radio host, said today that he’s hearing Tagovailoa’s return could be “iffy.”“Dan just said he’s hearing Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa is ‘iffy’ for game against Oklahoma,” Andrew Perloff of The Dan Patrick Show tweeted.Dan just said he’s hearing Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa is “iffy” for game against Oklahoma.— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) December 13, 2018Thankfully for Alabama, the Crimson Tide have some serious depth at the quarterback position.Last year’s starter, Jalen Hurts, took over for Tagovailoa in the SEC Championship Game. He led the Crimson Tide to a comeback victory over Georgia.Alabama and Oklahoma are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Saturday, Dec. 29. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

Federal inmates lose court challenge of pay cuts introduced by Conservatives

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal prisoners have lost a court bid to overturn pay cuts ushered in by the former Conservative government.Several inmates complained that their wages — a maximum of $6.90 a day — were slashed by 30 per cent in 2013 to help offset costs of room and board and telephone use.The prisoners say their income is unfair and insufficient to cover the cost of essential health and personal care items.In the Federal Court of Canada, the inmates argued the 2013 cuts were unconstitutional, violated international conventions on prisoner treatment and breached the Canada Labour Code.They pointed to a 2005-06 report by Canada’s correctional ombudsman that noted daily payments for work and participation in programs had not risen in close to two decades. A basket of canteen items that cost $8.49 in 1981 cost $61.59 in 2006.Federal lawyers defended the pay practices, saying they were supported by legislation. The government also denied the wage scheme violated constitutional guarantees of fundamental justice and the right to be free from cruel and unusual treatment.Moreover, it said the labour code does not apply since there is no employer-employee relationship in this case. Rather, the pay simply encourages participation in correctional programs.In 2013-14, it cost $115,000 to house an inmate for a year, the government noted.In a ruling made public Monday, the Federal Court said the detailed affidavits of five senior officials, four of whom work in federal prisons, showed that “although not luxurious, the offenders’ needs are met adequately” when it comes to food, clothing and hygiene items.“If there are gaps, they were not demonstrated in any way in the case presented to this court,” Justice Yvan Roy wrote.The court also rejected all of the prisoners’ legal arguments.In the ruling, Roy said the court did not weigh the wisdom of the Conservative government’s decision to make pay deductions, merely the legal basis for doing so.Even so, the argument of cruel and unusual treatment fails because wages that are less generous than expected cannot be equated with practices that would “outrage standards of decency,” such as lashing, castration or lobotomy, Roy said.“Deprivation of liberty or security of the person is doubtful but, more importantly the applicants did not identify, much less demonstrate, how the principles of fundamental justice had been violated,” he added. “The burden was on them, and they did not discharge it.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

TransCanada going ahead with expansion of Nova Gas reports Q3 profit up

first_imgCALGARY – TransCanada Corp. says it will go ahead with a $1.5-billion expansion of its Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. System as the latest expansion of its natural gas network.“With today’s announcements, we are now advancing $9.1 billion of financially secured growth projects on the NGTL system over the 2018 and 2022 period,” said TransCanada CEO Russ Girling on an earnings call Thursday.“Looking forward, customer demand for access to our systems remains strong and we continue to work with industry on options to connect growing Western Canadian gas supply to markets across North America,” he said.The latest spending plan on the NGTL system includes about 197 kilometres of large diameter pipeline, three compression units, meter stations and associated facilities.The pipeline company said applications for approvals to construct and operate the facilities are expected to be filed with the National Energy Board in the second quarter of 2019. It expects to have construction of the segment completed in 2022.TransCanada also continues to work on the $6.2-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline that it said it would go ahead with in early October after Shell-led LNG Canada officially gave the go-ahead for its massive gas export facility in Kitimat, B.C.In the U.S., TransCanada is pushing forward on its controversial Keystone XL pipeline that faces several court and regulatory challenges.A Montana court is considering a challenge to the presidential permit awarded to the pipeline, with a decision expected in early December.The Nebraska Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments Thursday on a challenge to the route approval through the state, with a decision expected in late December or early next year.Permitting for the project through the Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies is expected early next year to allow for the start of construction next year, said Paul Miller, president of liquids pipelines, on the earnings call.“We continue our construction planning and preparation in anticipation of resolution of these legal and regulatory hurdles to prepare us for a start of construction in 2019. But we’ll have to reflect on the rulings that do come down from the courts as well as the federal agencies.”TransCanada reported third-quarter profit of $928 million or $1.02 per share, up from $612 million or 70 cents per share in the same quarter last year. Revenue totalled $3.16 billion, down from nearly $3.20 billion a year ago.Analysts had forecast profits of 78 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)last_img read more

100 Left Front workers join Trinamool in Balurghat

first_imgBALURGHAT: In a major political development in South Dinajpur before the upcoming Parliamentary elections, 100 Left Front workers from different wards under Balurghat municipality joined Trinamool Congress on Tuesday afternoon, in presence of party candidate and popular theatre personality Arpita Ghosh.Ghosh conducted a workers’ conference in Balurghat for discussing a strategic plan before the polls, where she handed over the party flag to them. The newly joined workers were also welcomed by senior Trinamool leaders, including former PWD minister Shankar Chakraborty and Balurghat town party president Subhas Chaki. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to a source, there was speculation that a group of Left Front workers, mainly from RSP, would join the ruling party. “The Left Front workers have joined Trinamool as they were impressed by the policy for people made by Mamata Banerjee. Our Chief Minister’s policy has definitely geared up the development in Bengal. Their joining has proved that the general people trust Trinamool Congress despite fabricated speeches by different state and Central level BJP leaders against us. If this outward flow continues, Trinamool will do better in the district in the upcoming LS polls,” Ghosh said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayVisibly overwhelmed after joining the new party, the Left Front workers said: “We are fortunate enough to join Trinamool and will surely do our task sincerely for the party’s betterment from today onwards.” Political observers feel this joining will definitely give an advantage to the ruling party. “Some other workers from different political parties including BJP, Congress and Left Front are likely to join Trinamool soon,” said an observer. Former PWD minister Shankar Chakraborty said: “There is no doubt that this joining will make us stronger before the upcoming poll. We will surely have a positive reflection in the ballot box.”last_img read more

Global recession poses dangers to migrant workers UN official says

20 November 2008A senior United Nations official dealing with population issues today urged governments not to use migrants as scapegoats amid the current international recession, warning that migrant workers are already particularly vulnerable to job cuts during economic crises. “Migration flows are going to be disturbed and migrants are going to share the negative effects the economic downturn is having on the whole population of the world,” said Hania Zlotnik, Director of the Population Division at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).“It is very important that at this moment there is already a mechanism by which countries can talk to each other,” Ms. Zlotnik told reporters at UN Headquarters, referring to last month’s Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), which was held in the Philippines’ capital, Manila.Ms. Zlotnik said that in the current economic climate it is important for governments to get together to talk about issues of migration and for a forum to exist at the global level because the recession is affecting most of the countries receiving migrant workers.Since 2007 there has been an increase in the unemployment rates of key groups of migrants in different countries, according to Ms. Zlotnik.Spain has seen a sharp increase in the number of unemployed foreigners. Between April and June at least 100,000 more people lost their jobs in the Iberian nation, taking the total number of jobless migrants to 280,000. The same trend is appearing in the United States where the unemployment rate among Hispanics is rising and for the first time in several years the rate of out-of-work immigrant Hispanics is higher than the rate of non-immigrant Hispanics at around seven per cent.“Unemployment tends to affect migrants first. Many migrants in the developed world and also in the developing countries have moved to these countries to work in the construction industry,” said Ms. Zlotnik.“It’s the construction industry that is [most] affected by the drop in real estate prices,” she added.Ms. Zlotnik noted that higher unemployment may have resulted in a significant reduction in the amount of money migrants send home, with Mexican banks experiencing a 4 per cent decline in remittances between January and September.She added that the World Bank reported a slowdown in the growth of remittances to banks in developing countries in 2007 and 2008, and predicted a contraction of at least 1 per cent in the amount of money migrants will send home in 2009.The global recession has also contributed to the sharp decrease of the number of people detained for illegally crossing the border into the United States from Mexico. There have been around 40 per cent fewer detentions than previous years, as incentives for jumping borders decrease with the declining prospects for economic prosperity in other countries.Ms. Zlotnik reported that countries such as Australia are debating whether to cut quotas of skilled immigrant workers by around 20 per cent, while in the United Kingdom the Government is considering cutting the overall number of immigrants allowed into the country as more jobs are lost.Ms. Zlotnik explained that last month’s GFMD meeting in Manila focused on protecting migrants’ human rights and the promotion of regular migration. The conference emphasised the point that international migration benefits migrants as well as the origin and host countries. read more

Gaza flotilla inquiry must comply with standards UN expert says

“There are several indispensable requirements for any such commission of inquiry to comply with international standards,” said Special Rapporteur Philip Alston, adding that he will continue to closely monitor the development and progress of the investigation. The inquiry must be independent of the Government and the final report must fully be made public and not left to the discretion of the Government, Mr. Alston said. It must also be given full legal authority to obtain direct access to all relevant evidence including key witnesses, all video and other records of the incident, he continued. “If these requirements are met, a domestic commission of inquiry can make an important contribution to resolving the human rights issues raised by the raid on the flotilla,” the UN independent expert said today. He added that he was basing his comments on conclusions drawn from his previous detailed study on the international standards for inquiries, and on his investigations and reports to the UN on killings and accountability issues in countries around the world. Last weekend, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held telephone discussions with the Prime Ministers of Turkey and Israel, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Benjamin Netanyahu, on options for moving forward with the investigation called for by the United Nations Security Council. The 15-member UN body condemned the acts that led the Israeli military to intercept a convoy of six aid ships bound for Gaza in international waters, killing nine civilians and wounding dozens of people. 11 June 2010Any inquiry set up by Israel to investigate the Gaza flotilla incident which led to the deaths of nine civilians must be given a genuine capacity to find facts or it will not be considered credible, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions said today. read more

Liberia UN agency now encourages refugees to return home

Liberia’s progress in disarmament, security, human rights and other areas since the end of a brutal war prompted Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to shift a voluntary repatriation programme that began in October 2004 from “facilitation” to “promotion.”“After more than a quarter of a century of misrule, much still remains to be done to rebuild the country,” said UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond at a press briefing in Geneva today. “Overall, the conditions are in place for refugees to return to their country in safety and dignity.”A so-called “promotion” program means that UNHCR will not only help transport refugees who want to go home, but will also actually advocate for their return. That means there will be more information campaigns to update refugees on conditions in their homeland and they can even visit Liberia to see conditions for themselves. UNHCR will also organize visits to refugee settlements by prominent Liberians.In a video for UNHCR that was recorded shortly before her 16 January inauguration, Liberia’s new president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, pledged that her Government will work with the agency and its partners to help refugees settle in, find work and obtain basic services.Many of the refugees fled Liberia in 2000 to escape a brutal war that plagued the country during the rule of Charles Taylor. About 200,000 refugees have returned to Liberia since Taylor left the country in August 2003 and about 50,000 of those people returned with the help of UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation programme. The agency plans to bring about 100,000 Liberian refugees in West Africa back home this year.So far, refugees have been heading home at an average rate of 250 a day. Upon arrival, they receive assistance packages consisting of household goods, allowance for travel within the country, free education and health care in the areas of return, as well as free access to communal structures and amenities built or rehabilitated with UHCR funds. read more

UN officials applaud United States intent to transition oversight of key web

For the past 15 years, the US Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA), has been the watchdog of sales and assignments of web domains such as “.com” or “.org”. With this announced intention to relinquish stewardship, the United States is in line with the decisions taken at the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, which agreed on a “multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance.” “The Secretary-General takes note of this important development,” said spokesman Stéphane Dujarric. “He encourages Governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, the private sector and the Internet technical community to engage in furthering the process to ensure a single, open, free, secure and trustworthy Internet.” The US announcement to change oversight arrangements of these critical Internet mechanisms, was also welcomed by the Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). “I would like to reiterate what I have said many times: the Internet is a global public good and therefore all nations and peoples should have an equal say in its running and development,” he declared in a news release, stressing that “this development will lead to improved and productive cooperation between the telecommunications and Internet communities.” Regarding the transition plan for these responsibilities, Dr. Touré called on all stakeholders to develop one that respects the principles established by the two-part WSIS in 2003 and 2005. “This means, inclusive of all nations and stakeholders, from developing and developed countries alike, and conducted in a transparent, open, constructive manner with a view to ensuring a more equitable and accessible Internet for all,” he explained. read more

At highlevel event UN officials call for human rightsbacked development agenda

Speaking to the UN General Assembly’s high-level event on that topic, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminded participants that “everyone is entitled to all rights.”“We have an opportunity to recognize the important role of human rights and the rule of law in reducing the vulnerability of the poor and building the future we want,” he told diplomats that are working towards a sustainable development agenda after 2015, the deadline for the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Legal identity, starting from birth registration, is essential for equal access to basic services, the UN chief noted. He also highlighted the importance of secure land tenure, for example, for enhancing food security.Mr. Ban stressed, however, that the realization of human rights, including the right to development, depends fundamentally on the rule of law consistent with international norms and standards. Over two days, the General Assembly will deliberate questions, among others, such as how human rights and the rule of law can be measured, said the 193-member body’s current President, John Ashe, and what kind of technical assistance can be given to Member States that lack a regime of respect for human rights and the rule of law but seek to have one.He reminded participants of the “unfinished business” which includes children who remain unfed, uneducated, unprotected, unemployed and whose rights “remain unfulfilled.”“At the same time, many nations remain under-developed, subject to systemic imbalances, with empty promises from development partners,” Mr. Ashe continued. In a video address, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged participants to work on creating a development agenda where human rights are not a standalone goal but are included in all targets, addressing both sides of development – freedom from want and freedom from fear.Speaking about her personal experiences in South Africa, Ms. Pillay underscored that “not every law is a good law” and “not every effort to enforce the law protects human rights.”“Rule of law without respect for human rights is an empty shell,” she continued, calling also for strong global partnership, equality and non-discrimination in decision-making, and strong accountability. In the process of creating a new development agenda based on human rights, representatives have the opportunity “to redefine the very idea of global development”, said Ms. Pillay. “No work more meaningful than this.”Also addressing today’s opening, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), highlighted that deliberations are taking place amid the 25th anniversary of the Convention of the Child, which states that the world’s youngest have rights. Despite this human rights treaty, “the plight of too many is lost,” he said. Mr. Lake listed moral, economic and humanitarian reasons to aid children and respect their human rights, noting that they remain discriminated against due to gender, ethnicity, disability and other reasons. In addition, children are often overlooked, living in hard to reach areas such as slums, torn by conflict and natural disasters.Today’s opening panelists also included Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Maritt who is the UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. She urged politicians to remain committed and decisive in their actions, and to remember young people when creating the future development agenda. She also stressed the successes of a holistic agenda to prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS, and underlined the important role civil society has played in changing the way health care is delivered. In programmes today and tomorrow, participants will hear from a variety of Government and civil society representatives. They include UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson who will give the keynote address on supporting national and international efforts on poverty eradication and sustainable development. He will speak on a panel with Asha-Rose Migiro, former Deputy Secretary-General and current Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in Tanzania. read more

COP21 UN chief says today is about action by all sectors of

As the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) marked ‘Action Day’ with dozens of events happening throughout its sprawling venue in the north-east of Paris, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the purpose of the occasion was to highlight solutions the world “so urgently” needs. “Today, as never before, the stars are aligned in favour of strong, concerted action on climate change,” Mr. Ban told non-state actors and top governments officials, including French President François Hollande, in his remarks wrapping up the day. “The pace of climate action is quickening. Governments, cities, the private sector, investors, and the public at large increasingly understand the grave risks posed by climate change,” he added, noting “tangible benefits” to be gained by early action, including economic growth, new markets, job creation, cleaner air and improved health. Climate negotiators have been in Paris since the opening of the conference last Monday, seeking to adopt a new, universal climate change agreement, expected to set the international policy framework needed to scale up climate action by all sectors of society. Earlier today, the Secretary-General had a busy schedule meeting with a delegation of United States’ Senators on the state of the discussions so far at the conference, as well as French and international parliamentarians at the country’s National Assembly, to whom he highlighted the key role they play in supporting an effective national and global response to climate change. Prior to this, Mr. Ban attended an event focused on the Arctic, where he has been several times during his almost ten-year tenure as leader of the world body. “[The Secretary-General] has been using his Office to remind the world that our planet is changing at an unprecedented rate” Bob Orr, a UN Special Advisor on climate change, told the UN News Centre in an interview.“He has been to every part of the globe that shows how quickly things are changing. At the Arctic event today, the head of the Norwegian Polar Institution noted that this past month of November, the average temperature in the Arctic was six to eight degrees centigrade above what it has traditionally been. This shows a level of change which is staggering and scary,” Mr. Orr warned. Paying a visit to COP21 today on “Action Day” was American actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who became a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change one year ago. The Secretary-General and Mr. DiCaprio met this afternoon and discussed the importance of acting now to protect future generations. “Nature does not negotiate with human beings,” the UN chief told Mr. DiCaprio. “As human beings who have caused the climate change phenomenon, we just have to adapt to the Nature—we do not have any negotiating power with [it].” In response, Mr. DiCaprio crossed his fingers and held them up. “We’re all like this about Paris,” he said. Finally, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – the organizer of the conference – said “Action Day” announced the submission of a new draft agreement that will feed negotiations continuing next week. “One more step in writing of history,” said a message tweeted by Christiana Figueres. read more

Football Dobbins Bosa named to Maxwell Award watch list

Ohio State junior linebacker Nick Bosa (97) runs a drill in warmups prior to the 2018 Spring Game in Ohio Stadium April 14. Gray beat Scarlet 37-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignAs the college football season inches closer, the expectations for Ohio State remain high for the team. For two players individually though, the high expectations are already set. Both junior defensive end Nick Bosa and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins have been named to the preseason Maxwell Award watch list, given to college football’s player of the year at the end of the season. Along with the Maxwell Award watch list, Bosa was named to the preseason Bednarik Award watch list, given to the best defensive player in college football. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 263-pound defensive end was named as the Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, finishing second in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (16) and sacks (8). In his first season with the Buckeyes, Dobbins set the freshman rushing record with 1,403 yards and averaged 7.2 yards per carry, the second best for a back in school history. This earned the La Grange, Texas, native ESPN Freshman All-America honors as well as second-team All-Big Ten honors. In the school’s history, Ohio State has had a player win the Maxwell Award four times with running back Eddie George receiving the award last in 1995. An Ohio State defensive player has never won the Bednarik Award. read more

Les jeux sur smartphones concurrencent les consoles portables

first_imgLes jeux sur smartphones concurrencent les consoles portablesSelon une étude récente, le marché des jeux sur smartphones ne cesse de progresser aux dépens des consoles portables.Les constructeurs de consoles portables doivent être bien inquiets après la publication de l’étude de l’institut Flurry Analytics, citée par Le Monde. En effet, la part de marché de leurs produits est passée de 24 à 16% sur la dernière année. Et cette chute s’est faite au profit des jeux sur smartphones, qui, s’ils restent derrière avec 8% de parts de marché, ont bien progressé sur la dernière année puisqu’ils ne représentaient auparavant que 5% du marché américain (passant ainsi de 500 à 800 millions de dollars).Car les applications pour iOS ou Android développent une stratégie de vente intelligente. En plus de jeux à très bas prix, des applications gratuites sont proposées en échange d’un encart publicitaire. “Alors qu’IOS et Android continuent de changer le paradigme du jeu occasionnel, la bataille entre Nintendo et ces plateformes va s’intensifier. Mario pourrait être sur une plateforme en feu”, explique l’étude de Flurry Analytics. Car avec l’iPad 2, le futur iPhone 5 et les nouvelles tablettes Android, cet élan des jeux sur terminaux mobiles n’est pas près de ralentir…Le 19 avril 2011 à 11:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Suspect sought in hitandrun that critically injured pedestrian

first_imgA Vancouver woman is pleading with the public to help find the driver in a hit-and-run crash that critically injured her son early Monday morning. Just before 2 a.m. Monday, a passing motorist called 911 to alert deputies to a crash in the 4100 block of Northeast 54th Avenue, in the Truman neighborhood, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.When they arrived, they found Paul P. Adams, 34, of Vancouver severely injured. He was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies learned that Adams had been walking along the shoulder of 54th Avenue and was struck by a southbound vehicle that fled the scene. Adams didn’t have any identification on him, so they didn’t identify him and get in touch with his mother, 51-year-old Nancy Peterson, until Tuesday morning. She rushed to the hospital, where she learned that her son had a broken back, two broken legs and a broken left elbow. He also had to have staples in his brain, Peterson said.last_img read more

Violent crime rises for fifth consecutive year in San Diego County

first_img September 10, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Violent crime rises for fifth consecutive year in San Diego County Posted: September 10, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Violent crime in San Diego County rose in the first half of the year for the fifth consecutive year, according to a report released Tuesday by the San Diego Association of Governments.The report by SANDAG’s Criminal Justice Research Division found that the mid-year number of violent crimes in the county was 5,545, up from 5,510 last year; 5,421 in 2017; 5,361 in 2016; and 5,330 in 2015. The five-year increase amounts to a 4% bump in violent crime.Reports of property crime went the opposite direction, falling from 30,447 in 2015 to 27,236 in 2019, an 11% decrease.The mid-year numbers of violent and property crimes in 2019 are vastly different from 2009, when the city received 6,256 violent crime reports and 35,204 property crime reports. Violent crime reports dropped 11.4% in that span, mainly because robbery reports fell from 1,931 to 1,411, according to the SANDAG report.Despite the overall drop in robbery reports, this year’s number increased 5% compared to the same six-month period last year. Arson reports saw the largest drop from last year to this year — falling 28% from 190 to 136 — while homicides dropped from 40 to 38.Reported property crimes fell 22.6% from 2009 to 2019 and residential burglaries saw the biggest decrease in that time, dropping 53.9% from 4,460 to 2,054.Larceny over $400 was the only category to increase from 2009 to 2019, rising from 7,578 to 8,527.Reports of rape fell to 539 after reaching 604 at the midway point of 2018. However, numbers since 2015 may be somewhat deceiving, as California law enforcement broadened the definition of rape in 2015 to include “male victims, sodomy, penetration with any body part or object, and no longer requires force,” according to SANDAG Division Director of Criminal Justice Dr. Cynthia Burke.As a result, some crimes that would have been classified as aggravated assaults are now considered rapes and some crimes that would not have been considered violent crimes are now captured in these statistics, Burke said.Violent crimes include homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes include burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.According to the report, San Diego law enforcement has received an average of 31 reports of violent crime and 150 reports of property crime per day during 2019’s first half. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more