A Lashkar-e-Taiba militant was killed in a counter-militancy operation in Handwara, north Kashmir, on Thursday.A police spokesman said security forces cordoned off Batapora village after receiving ‘credible leads’ on the presence of militants. . “During searches, a militant opened fire and the search party retaliated. In the encounter that followed, the militant, who was identified as a Pakistani national, was killed,” said the police.
LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “You understand the magnitude of decisions that you make in your life can affect a lot of people all at once,” Irving said in the more than 4-minute video . “And when you get to that point and you understand that the best intentions for you and ultimately to be in your truth, and find out what you really want to do in your life and how you want to accomplish it — that moment comes and you take full advantage of it.“And there are no other ulterior reasons other than being happy and to be somewhere you feel like it’s an environment that’s conducive for you maximizing your potential.”Irving apparently felt it was time to get out from under the colossal shadow cast by James. The pair won an NBA title together — the first for any Cleveland team since 1964 — in 2016, but Irving did not single out James in his video or the accompanying note.When the Cavs first announced Irving’s trade on Aug. 22, James offered praise to his younger teammate on Twitter , saying: “Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together.”Irving’s comments were his first since the trade. He was sent to the Celtics for All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the 2018 first-round pick Boston acquired from Brooklyn.ADVERTISEMENT Arellano’s Lervin Flores crowned new NCAA slam dunk king SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief In a meeting last month with Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert, Irving said he wanted out. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ VIDEO: A (fresh-faced) @KyrieIrving speaks, now that the deal to the Celtics is finally done. Thanks Cleveland, says “the journey continues” pic.twitter.com/leFoxAIkX2— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 31, 2017CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving did not mention LeBron James, now his former teammate, while thanking Cleveland fans after his trade to Boston was finalized.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIrving, who is now officially a member of the Celtics after the teams completed a blockbuster deal that had stalled, posted a lengthy thank-you note and video on his Instagram account Thursday. While somewhat vague about his intentions, the All-Star guard explained some the reasons that led to him requesting the Cavaliers trade him following six seasons — and three straight trips to the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding After the Cavaliers had concerns about Thomas’ hip injury, they asked for more and obtained a 2020 second-round pick from the Celtics, completing the deal.In his video, Irving thanked Gilbert and Cleveland’s ownership group for taking “a chance on a 19-year-old kid that was coming off a stubbed right toe, of being in a very, very immature place at the time.”The Cavaliers selected Irving with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 after he played in just 11 games at Duke because of injury.He was a four-time All-Star with Cleveland and made the biggest basket in franchise history, a 3-pointer in the closing moments of Game 7 in the 2016 Finals that propelled the Cavs to the title.While Irving and James had their differences, the two seemingly managed to work through them. After the Cavs were beaten by Golden State in this year’s Finals, Irving spoke at length about what it meant to play with James and how much he had learned.But as he closed his video, Irving didn’t acknowledge their relationship.“And to my teammates: crazy stories, crazy experiences and just unbelievable human beings, man,” Irving said. “You all know how this brotherhood goes, man. All love.” LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments
Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jeff Horn, top center, of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao, bottom second left, of the Philippines, during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — The World Boxing Organization will re-score the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn welterweight title fight because of the contentious unanimous decision awarded to the Australian challenger, but there is no plan to change the result.The WBO was responding to a Philippines government department’s request to review the fight after Pacquiao said the decision against him Sunday was unfair.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Please help me’—Mattek-Sands suffers horror Wimbledon injury READ: Trainer Atlas blasts Horn’s UD win“Then, we will tabulate the results to ascertain clearly which rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 percent,” Valcarcel said. “This means that three of the five officials have to agree to determine which fighter won the round.”Valcarcel supported the judges, who have each scored hundreds of fights.READ: Deja vu as Horn pulls off a Bradley on Pacquiao“The officials who participated in this fight are all professional, distinguished, honest and honorable human beings,” he said.The 38-year-old Pacquiao and 29-year-old Horn have a rematch clause in their contract.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena The fight at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium was scored 117-111 by Waleksa Roldan and 115-113 each by Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan, with Roldan’s score coming in for most criticism.READ: Pacquiao demands ‘closure’ from WBOIn Manila, Philippines, GAB chairman Abraham Kahlil Mitra welcomed the WBO’s decision to carry out a review, saying that even if that won’t change the outcome of the contentious bout, it will send a strong signal that any sign of leniency, abuse of authority or wrongdoing would not be tolerated.“We’re happy with that,” Mitra told The Associated Press. “Our feeling is, if you’re quiet, you’ll get abused but if you complain, they’ll be careful … Manny is a senator, a champion, but was like wrestled there, abused by them. If it can be done to him, it can be done to any other Filipino boxer.”Valcarcel said five anonymous judges will review the bout, assigning their own scores to rounds.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong The Philippines Games and Amusements Board (GAB) said it based the request on protecting boxing’s integrity, citing possible miscalls by the referee and judges. But the WBO reiterated its only hope of revoking the fight judges’ decision rests on proving fraud in match officiating.READ: No reversal of PacHorn decision, says WBOFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I would be very grateful if the GAB can provide any evidence indicating fraud or violation of law,” WBO President Francisco Valcarcel said in a letter to the GAB dated Thursday.“The purpose of this review is to be able to give the fans certainty of who was the winner of the bout, even though we do not have the power to reverse the decision of the judges.” MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera
Argentine football great Diego Maradona punched one of the reporters who crowded around him as he left a show with his younger son Diego Fernando.The incident occurred Saturday afternoon at the door of the El National theatre where Maradona attended a children’s show “Panam” with his son and the boy’s mother Veronica Ojeda, reports EFE.”This is my gift for the Day of the Child: it’s the first Day of the Child I’m going to spend with my son,” Maradona, surrounded by reporters, said from inside his vehicle.”What are you doing, idiot? Why are you bothering my wife?” Maradona then asked one of the reporters present before getting out of his car and punching him in an incident that was caught on television cameras.
Jalen Green dunked over Kai Sotto in the second quarter—a play that best encapsulates FilAm Sports USA’s emphatic 90-67 romp of Ateneo in the 2019 NBTC League National Finals Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ It was a total domination by FilAm Sports, which led by as much as 32 points.Sotto had 24 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Eaglets.Meanwhile, FEU-Manila knocked off NCAA champion Mapua-Manila, 67-58, to also advance to the next round. RJ Abarrientos led the Baby Tamaraws with 10 points and seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT The 6-foot-5 Green, a five-star recruit in the US, fired a game-high 31 points to propel FilAm Sports into the last eight.“I thought we played really well. We came out with energy. We didn’t have that in the first two games,” Green said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We came out and actually played hard from the jump. We played defense. We held them to [67 points]. We were playing together and offense was flowing well,” he added.The 17-year-old Green had help with Kai Ballungay finishing with a near double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Google Philippines names new country director Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Chot Reyes likes Gilas’ chances in 2019 World Cup: ‘We have proven we can compete’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View comments
Guwahati, Feb 23 (PTI) Having failed to make the grade at the top tier Asian Champions League, Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan will begin their AFC Cup football campaign against Maziya Sports and Recreation Club of the Maldives in their home leg match here tomorrow. Mohun Bagan had to play in the AFC Cup, the second tier club competition of the continent, after losing 0-6 against Chinas Shandong Luneng in the second round of the qualifiers of the AFC Champions League early this month. The reigning I-League champion side are playing at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium here as the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata has been closed down to prepare it for next years Under-17 FIFA World Cup and none of the other stadiums nearby are of AFC standards. In fact, the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium will also host Mohun Bagans two other home matches in Group G on March 16 and May 11. Despite the disappointment of not being able to advance further in the AFC Champions League qualification round, Mohun Bagan are coming off a splendid run in the I-League. They are atop the leader board and have been unbeaten this season so far. Key player and striker Sony Norde said that the AFC Cup will be the real test for his side. “AFC Cup will be our real test now after triumphing over the I-League last year,” he said. Asked which one he would take between a derby (against East Bengal) win or a victory in AFC Cup, Norde said, “I would grab AFC win with both hands. Our supporters are emotionally connected to derby and it draws thousands of supporters to the stadium, but from club vantage point a win in the continent stage is huge. Be it a derby or any other match, we have to play with same intensity.” On the other hand, Maziya Sports & Recreation are one of Maldivess most successful sides. They have won the Maldives FA Cup on two occassions — in 2012 and 2014. They have also won the Maldivian FA Charity Shield last year. The Maldivian side have been regulars in the AFC Cup for the last three seasons though they have always bowed out in the group stages. They do not have the best of memories coming to India, as they lost to Bengaluru FC 1-2 last year. Apart from Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru Football Club, the runners-up in I-League last season, will also figure in the tournament in which 32 teams from 27 countries of Asia are participating. PTI PDS ATK PDSadvertisement
The Committee of Administrators Wednesday issued a show cause notice to Indian cricketers, Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul, and sought an explanation within 24 hours for their remarks on women on a TV show.The show cause came hours after Pandya apologised for making remarks that were construed as misogynist and sexist on celebrity chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’, saying he got “carried away by the nature” of the show.”We have sent show cause notices to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their comments. They have given 24 hours to give an explanation,” CoA chief Vinod Rai told PTI.Pandya appeared on the show, hosted by film maker Karan Johar, with his India teammate K L Rahul.Earlier, taking to Twitter, Pandya posted, “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way.”Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”pic.twitter.com/O0UlpFm43ohardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 9, 2019On the show, Hardik Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and even spoke about how open he is with his parents. Hardik Pandya revealed that he even informed his parents that he lost his virginity by telling them, “Aaj mai kar ke aaya.””When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya boasted.advertisementIt is all very well to issue show-cause notices now to KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya. But I do wish the BCCI spends time in sensitising these young players to life beyond the dressing room; to getting them outside the bubble that is inevitable given the adulation they get.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 9, 2019Also Read | Hardik Pandya draws BCCI ire after making sexist remarks on Koffee with KaranThe 25-year-old also said things like, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move,” when Karan Johar asked him why he doesn’t ask women for their names in nightclubs.Rahul then went on to reveal how they both decide on who gets to date a girl when Karan Johar asked them what happens when both of them like a particular person? “Upto the woman,” Rahul replied.But Pandya interrupted and said, “Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao. It is on talent.”
Man Utd midfielder Lingard happy working with ‘great Ole’ againby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard is delighted to be playing for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer again.The pair worked together with United reserves.“Ole is great,“ said Lingard.“He is great at one-on-one [conversations] with players. He has great man-management. He will always speak to you and tell you what to do.”“When I am on the right wing he likes me to come inside and make things happen. He gives me licence and freedom to do that.”“Ole knew me from [when he coached] the Reserves and knows what kind of a player I am. When I was a young player he was always there on hand to give advice and help the youngsters out. He helped me out as I was coming through and I learned a lot from him.”“He’s very special to this club and for this club. He knows where Man United has to be and that is at the very top and putting in performances like we did [against Bournemouth].””We are enjoying playing football and winning games three, four or five-one. Obviously we would like a clean sheet. But we will work on that and try to improve on it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)It’s rivalry week for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines. The Ann Arbor, Mich. program is coming off a huge win on Saturday night against Wisconsin. This weekend, the Wolverines are traveling to Michigan State.It’s a big one, obviously, with Michigan emerging as a legitimate College Football Playoff contender. Michigan State, meanwhile, still has a chance to win the Big Ten.We can’t wait for Saturday.Harbaugh wasn’t saying much at his press conference this afternoon, though.The Wolverines’ head coach said very little about Michigan State and wasn’t saying anything about injuries.Jim Harbaugh said it was a “great opportunity” to beat rival Michigan State and to beat a ranked team on the road (ending 0-17 skid) and I couldn’t get him to say much more— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) October 15, 2018He was straight up refusing to answer anything injury-related.“I won’t answer any injury-related questions.”Harbaugh’s been asked multiple times about injury statuses and game-plan related questions. Refusing to answer. “I won’t answer any injury-related questions.”— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) October 15, 2018It’s officially rivalry week.Michigan and Michigan State are set to kick off at noon on Saturday. The game is on FOX.
No athlete in Canada held the spotlight in 2017 quite like Denis Shapovalov.The 18-year-old’s remarkable run up the ATP rankings has earned the Richmond Hill, Ont., tennis player the Lionel Conacher Award as the Canadian Press male athlete of the year.Shapovalov collected 31 per cent of the votes in a poll of broadcasters and sports editors from across the country.He edged Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby by a single vote. Slugger Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds was third with 17 per cent of the vote.It is the third time in five years the award has gone to a tennis player. Milos Raonic, still Canada’s top-ranked player at 24th despite an injury-shortened season, took it in 2013 and 2014.Shapovalov is hot on Raonic’s heels. He started the year ranked 250th in the world and reached as high as 49th after big performances at the Rogers Cup in Montreal and the U.S. Open in New York. He ended the season ranked 51st.
KENTVILLE, N.S. – At first, Richard Kirk couldn’t hear the screams.The wind was howling, and rain battered the Nova Scotia carpenter’s face, as he looked down at a vehicle that had gone off a slippery Annapolis Valley road last Friday night and into a watery ditch.Then he heard Alex Pineo and Cassidy Jones, frightened and shouting for help. They were trapped, the frigid water entering their battered car as they struggled to open the jammed doors.He said he didn’t even think about it — he just acted reflexively to help.“I hollered. I threw a piece of ice at the side of the car so they knew I was there,” he said, adding he then called 911.“I just jumped in the water, put my feet against the bank and shouted, ‘I’ll get you out. Just hold on.’”“I put my back against the door and gave it a rock and I was able to get the driver’s side rear door open.”The 33-year-old came forward this week after Pineo put out a social media appeal for help finding his rescuer.The couple had managed to escape the vehicle, but in the confusion the pair didn’t get Kirk’s name or telephone number as rescue vehicles arrived.Kirk said in an interview Wednesday he had come across the crashed vehicle as he was driving back to his home in Hall’s Harbour from Wolfville. Afterward, he simply continued on his way, and told his wife, Amelia Kirk, that he’d just carried out a single-handed rescue.“I told her, I just pulled two people out of a car on Church Street that was in a drainage ditch,” he recalled.He said Amelia was pleased with him, and he received “an extra plate of supper,” but he didn’t expect further recognition.“I just did it. I don’t see something like that as an act of heroism. People are in need. When somebody’s in need you help them. That’s what I was taught,” he said, as he prepared to start his work day as a contractor building houses.He also made light of how he’d shifted the car in order to open the door, saying it simply seemed “using my body was the easiest way.”Eventually, though, Pineo’s appeal produced an answer: Their saviour was this unassuming carpenter from Hall’s Harbour.Pineo was unavailable for an interview Wednesday, but said in an email: “We’ve found the man who helped us and we’ve thanked him.”Kirk insisted Wednesday it was hardly any trouble: “My boots were wet, and I had wet feet. I work outside all winter. A little bit of wet feet, that happens on a regular basis.”Kirk’s aunt, Sheila Tanner, said in an interview her nephew is a low-key fellow, and she’s not surprised he’s downplaying his actions.“He’s a gentle, kind-hearted soul,” she said.— Story by Michael Tutton in Halifax.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.
Bret Michaels will be rocking the NYCB Theatre at Westbury later tonight, September 20, and fans can help him fight hunger by bringing non-perishable food to the show.rock CAN roll founder Aimee Holtzman with Bret MichaelsThe singer is once again teaming with rock CAN roll to restock the shelves of local emergency food agencies.The NYCB Theatre at Westbury has been a great supporter and friend to rock CAN roll from it’s inception. rock CAN roll volunteers have been on site accepting donations at every show for the past four years. To date, rock CAN roll has delivered over 100,000 healthy and nutritious food items and basic necessities.Rock CAN Roll collaborates with rock concerts, schools, corporations and private individuals to collect healthy and nutritious and non-perishable food (and basic provisions) for distribution to local agencies and into the hands of children, seniors and families who live with hunger and poverty.To find out more about the show, click here. You can also visit the rock CAN roll website here.
On February 25, 2018, Women Like Us Foundation will present the documentary Women Like Us, Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the World.Women Like Us, Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the WorldThe film, executive produced by Women Like Us co-founder Linda Rendleman, and co-produced by Women Like Us Global Ambassador Catt Sadler, is a rallying cry for women to continue the fight for equality for all.Women Like Us is a film that lifts and motivates the spirit. This story follows three women on a moving journey of exploration, adversity and evolution, in addition to witnessing the unimaginable social injustices women face around the globe. Award winning journalist Catt Sadler and her mother, Linda Rendleman, activist/author and cofounder of Women Like Us Foundation, along with Sally Colon, film director, travel the US and Kenya to engage in conversations with astounding women tackling unimaginable social injustices such as female genital mutilation, human trafficking, teen suicide, homelessness and more.“I’m thrilled to be coming back to Indy to connect with all the wonderful women who are making change for the community. It was the first place I wanted to come to and share our film. Indy means so much to me and my mom, Linda,” commented Catt Sadler.The Women Like Us Foundation promotes gender equality and social justice through funding women’s nonprofits fighting sexual abuse, mitigating homelessness, and supporting women’s leadership through education. Rendleman formed Women Like Us in Indianapolis ten years ago.Included in the film are local resident and international artist Nancy Noel who supports the NA Noel school in Kenya and Fishers resident Deb Myers, founder of the One Girl at a Time Foundation.“Our work of 10 years has created awareness and funded initiatives led by women with an emphasis on gender equality and social justice,” emphasizes Linda Rendleman, the CEO and President of Women Like Us Foundation. “This film allows us to take their stories across the country with a call to action for women to find their passion and speak their voices for change.”Event sponsors include KAR Auctions, Faegre, Baker, Daniels , LLP, Raymond James Network for Women Advisors, Baritone Sales Group, One Girl at a Time Foundation, Sharonweb Autism Foundation, Network of Women in Business and You Can Free Us.The documentary will screen on February 25th at 6:30pm at the Indianapolis IMAX Theatre (650 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, Indiana 46204), preceded by a 5:00pm VIP/Media Red Carpet reception. Catt Sadler and Linda Rendleman will co-host a Q&A at 8:00pm, following the film.Tickets are available at IMAX.
17 January 2008Disappointed with the slow pace of change in Myanmar, the Security Council today said an early return to the country by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari could help promote progress towards democratization and national reconciliation. Mr. Gambari, who has a standing invitation to return to Myanmar, had requested to go there this month. However, the Government has said it prefers he visit in mid-April. In a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi of Libya, which holds the rotating presidency for January, the 15-member body “regretted the slow rate of progress so far” towards meeting the objectives laid out in a presidential statement issued by the Council last October.They include steps by the Government for a “genuine dialogue” with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and all concerned to achieve an inclusive national reconciliation process, and the release of all political prisoners and remaining detainees.“Council members underscored the importance of further progress, noting that an early visit to Myanmar by Mr. Gambari could help facilitate this,” the statement added.Speaking to reporters following the Council’s discussions, Mr. Gambari said that while the date of his return is still under discussion, “in view of [the] many issues left on the table, the earlier a visit occurs the better.” He said the Myanmar authorities need to move toward tangible progress on the constitution, freedom for all political prisoners, and addressing the root causes of discontent among the population. Mr. Gambari, who has visited Myanmar twice since the Government used force to crack down on peaceful protesters in the summer of 2007, intends to visit India and China later this month.He noted that while countries in the region have placed on record their support for the good offices role of the Secretary-General on the issue of Myanmar, “there is still more that everybody can do.”All those who have a role to play, both inside the country and outside, should be given the chance to do so in the interest of moving toward “a peaceful, prosperous but democratic Myanmar with full respect for the human rights of its people,” he stated.
Dr. Chhibber also undertook a visit to Jaffna, where he held discussions with the Regional Human Rights Commission and civil society representatives, followed by a meeting with the Government Agent of Jaffna and a visit to a UNDP livelihood development project.He was briefed about the recovery and development priorities in the District, about UNDP’s work in the areas of local governance, mine action, access to justice, socio-economic recovery and disaster risk management, and also heard about challenges that still remain in the domain of reconciliation and bringing peace dividends to the people. Allocation of land and job creation were highlighted as key issues during the visit that needed greater attention. “We need to pay greater attention to human needs of the people being resettled to enhance recovery,” Dr. Chhibber noted. Dr. Chhibber visited Sri Lanka from 4 to 6 October to mark the UN’s new 5-year programme framework in Sri Lanka and to assess ongoing programmes of the United Nations Development Programme. The United Nations (UN) has called for greater attention to be given towards the resettled war displaced people.Dr. Ajay Chhibber, the UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Chair, UN Regional Director’s Team, Asia and the Pacific said this in a statement at the conclusion of his visit to Sri Lanka today. During the visit, Dr. Chhibber met and exchanged views with high-level Government officials, including with the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa and Dr. P. B. Jayasundera, Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance and Planning.
“Attacks on civilians, rape, kidnapping and banditry actually increased from the previous month,” Assistant Secretary-General Hédi Annabi said in his briefing on two reports, one dealing with UN assistance to the African Union mission in Darfur and the other a monthly update. “While there was no evidence of direct involvement by regular Government forces last month, there were widespread reports of abuse by militia.”The last round of peace talks in Abuja, Nigeria, took place last December and, while the AU was working to reconvene the talks next week, “it is not yet clear whether the parties are committed to meaningful negotiations,” he said.The parties should dedicate themselves to making the Abuja process work and the international community should continue to make it clear that peace can come about only through negotiations, Mr. Annabi said.On the question of a 7 April daylong attack on Khor Abeche, displacing the entire population of 10,000 – 3,000 townspeople and 7,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) – the AU and the UN would pass the names of the militia members involved to the Panel of Experts for sanctions, Mr. Annabi said.The monthly report on Darfur, released today, identified the commander of the militia at Khor Abeche as Nasir al-Tijani Adel Kaadir.The rebel Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), meanwhile, seized at gunpoint a number of commercial and humanitarian vehicles, and in one case a humanitarian worker was gravely injured, Mr. Annabi said.”There are reliable reports that the vehicles are taken with the aim of converting them into battlefield platforms,” the report amplifies.The AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) has deployed 2,409 troops and 244 police and has been having a positive impact, Mr. Annabi said. Late in April the AU Peace and Security Council decided to more than double its size by the end of September, he added.AMIS recommended that logistical support for the expansion was best accomplished by building on existing systems, in which individual donors provided support, and it has been proposed that the UN add training support and technical assistance to the contributions, Mr. Annabi said.”UN personnel are currently working with staff from AMIS and AU headquarters to develop a detailed concept of operations for the expansion of the AU Mission,” he said.Meanwhile, a UN spokesperson said Mr. Annan warmly welcomed the expected announcement by Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada that his country would offer substantial military assistance to the AU for Darfur.
With tensions escalating in the Middle East, Israeli and Palestinian diplomats both deplored the killing of innocents while trading accusations on the causes of the violence during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, which heard from over 30 participants but did not pronounce itself on the issue.Riyad Mansour, the Permanent Observer for Palestine, said the Security Council has a “clear responsibility” concerning the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and praised the convening of the debate, given the deteriorating situation on the ground. He voiced appreciation for those who convened the meeting and for those working on a draft presidential statement on the issue. “It is, however, unfortunate that the Security Council has failed to shoulder its responsibility over this very grave situation,” he said.He said Israel had intensified its military campaign against the Palestinian people, committing flagrant violations of international law “every single day, every hour, even at this very moment.” Israel was using excessive and indiscriminate force, he said, resulting in death and destruction. “Nevertheless, President Mahmoud Abbas continues to condemn all acts of violence against civilians, including suicide bombings. After today’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, the Palestinian Authority strongly condemned it and stated that such acts are against the Palestinian national consensus and harm the national interests of the Palestinian people.” He restated the Government’s condemnation of all loss of life on both sides and called on Israel to do the same.Calling for the international community to show “more resolve” in response to the situation, he urged the Security Council not to remain silent and sit idly by as Israel continued its illegal policies, including its collective punishment against those who elected their government democratically. The Council must act, he said, to compel Israel to comply with its obligations under international law.Ambassador Dan Gillerman of Israel said the Palestinian observer had mentioned many words, but not the word Hamas. “No mention. And I think that the members of this Council deserve to know and to hear from the Palestinian Observer who indeed he represents, President Mahmoud Abbas who he quoted or Hamas who justified and celebrated the suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. I think we all deserve to know.” The official spokesperson for Hamas did not condemn the attack but instead claimed that the Palestinians had every right to use all means to defend themselves and said the attack was justified.He blamed Iran, Syria and terrorist organizations they had supported, namely Hamas and Hizbollah. The most recent act was the swift implementation of the ongoing litany of hatred and venom, he said, citing recent statements from high-ranking Palestinian officials pledging to never recognize Israel and to “drive out the enemy from our land.” The mutilated bodies and the blood in the marketplace were the most poignant evidence” that fundamentalist leaders are inciting more acts of terrorism. A dark cloud is looming over our region and it is metastasizing as a result of the statements and actions by leaders of Iran, Syria and the newly elected Government of the Palestinian Authority,” he said, adding that the statements were “clear declarations of war.” He urged the Security Council to try to prevent the next murder. “Israel regrets any loss of life,” he said, but rejected any attempt to equate Israel’s actions in self-defence with the actions of suicide bombers. “Terror is terror is terror and can never be justified,” he declared. The danger facing Israel threatened not just that country but also all others “as this axis of terror sows the seeds of the first world war of the twenty-first century,” he warned.Among those taking part in the debate, Yahya Mahmassani, the Permanent Observer for the League of Arab States, said half a century of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had proven that a solution could not be reached by military means. The League of Arab States rejected targeting and violence against any civilians, wherever they were. Ending the conflict and reaching a just, comprehensive and lasting peace required return to serious negotiations by the parties concerned in accordance with relevant resolutions, as well as the Madrid terms of reference, the principle of land for peace and the Arab Peace Initiative adopted by the League of Arab States Summit in March 2002 in Beirut.
Companies cutting costs should cut down on printing: expert STOCK PHOTO/FREEIMAGES.COM AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email An expert says before companies think about cutting staff, they should think about cutting printing.Jim Rempel is the president of POG Consulting in Calgary.He tells 660 NEWS, some companies spend a lot on printing.“Imagine if one person when they print, whether it’s two pages a day, or a hundred pages a day, and you take that over, you know, 20 work days in a month, times a year. It adds up. That would cost about $1200 a year for that person in that organization,” Rempel says.He says with the right plan in place, companies could reduce printing costs by 30 per cent, or roughly $400 per person each year. by audreywhelan Posted Apr 21, 2016 7:50 am MDT
In an effort to train and develop a local workforce for a greenfield operation Lydian Armenia recently invested in simulators with Professional Services from Immersive Technologies. The new Amulsar gold mine has a 4 km downhill loaded haul with up to 10% grade, creating additional need for operators to be proficient in how to operate the equipment safely but also how to respond to any emergency, such as the loss of a braking system or a fire. The mine is using a fleet of Caterpillar 789D trucks loading a Cat 6040 hydraulic face shovel.“Our selection criteria included both the quality of the simulator and the support to implement a system. Immersive’s offering for after the sale support was the best among the offerings that we looked at. Even when we looked at a 10-year old simulator, that simulator was still functioning well in the training organisation at a well-established mine,” said W. David Tyler, Mine Technical Manager, Lydian International.“Our goal is to ensure that Lydian receives significant return on investment from Immersive Technologies and our routine Advisor Support visits add value to a mining operation by having the experience and best practice tools to avoid pitfalls in training program implementation. The end goal is to drive quantifiable operational improvement in key mine metrics,” says Bryant Mullaney, Vice President of Managed Services at Immersive Technologies.Simulation-based training is a new venture for Armenian mines and Tyler says “our view is that this is well-established technology to train new operators. Current operations have new operators train side-by-side for long periods before they are considered well enough trained to be able to operate a multi-million-dollar piece of equipment. Our view was we needed to speed up the training to provide sufficient operators for the mining and at the same time reduce the risk in achieving our ramp up to full commercial operations.”Lydian is the first mining company to deploy simulation-based training from Immersive Technologies in Armenia, making it the 44th country where Immersive Technologies’ systems are deployed. “The continued development of their technology and services has propelled Immersive Technologies into more mining operations as their customers seek rapid return on investment.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, February 27, 2019:#1) 10 Ways To Survive The Zombie ApocalypseThe Wilmington High School’s Lamplighters’ Drama Guild is ready to entertain you with a one-act play — “10 Ways To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse” — before they perform it in competition at the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild (METG) Festival.It’s the end of the world and hordes of rampaging zombies are about to kill you. What do you do? Try your hand at kung fu against the undead? Attempt to reason with creatures that would rather eat brains than use them? Turn to this hand and hilarious guide to survive the apocalypse! (Hint: Sacrifice the weak is step number one.)Come get the first look at this one-act play at 7pm in the WHS Joanne M. Benton Auditorium. Admission is free. Donations appreciated. Starting at 6pm, the WHS Choral and Theatre Support (CATS) parent group will have concessions and messagegrams available. Cash only. Learn more about this One Act Preview Night on Facebook.#2) Podcast Meetup at Wilmington Community TelevisionHave you ever considered starting your own podcast? Join WCTV host and podcaster Lisa Kapala for a casual meet-up from 7pm to 8pm,at WCTV Headquarters (10 Waltham Street). Tour the Podcast Studio. Try out the equipment. Learn more about podcasting. Meet a few local podcasters who will exchange ideas. Come explore how to share your voice with the community via this exciting medium. RSVP to Lisa at email@example.com or call 978-657-4066.#3) Wilmington Finance Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in the Town Hall Auditorium at 7pm. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.#5) Tech Help At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding its weekly tech help drop-in hours from 2pm to 3pm. Have a tech question that’s been bugging you? Drop in the library to see if Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, can help.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Lamplighters Drama Presents ’10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse’ On February 27In “Education”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, May 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, May 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”