Coldest March in West Bengal in a decade

first_imgDue to high pressure over the Bay of Bengal, Kolkata experienced its first Nor’wester of the season, sharply bringing the temperature down in March. Thus, the city is experiencing its coldest days and nights in March over the last decade, according to the Kolkata meteorological centre. The early half of February saw humidity in the air. This had led to record rainfall in and around Kolkata, according to weather reports. The city saw a record minimum temperature of 15.5 degrees Celsius. The closest to this temperature was in 2011, when the mercury plummeted to 15.7 deg C in March. The cold wave is likely to continue for a few more days. Siliguri saw the mercury dipping to 9.8 degrees, Purulia 11.4 and Sriniketan 11.8 respectively.last_img


first_imgFor Dalmiya, cricket was more of a vocation as he was a wicketkeeper for his club Rajasthan. Once he knew that cricket as a career was not possible, he took keen interest in his family business set by father MN Dalmiya Constructions. In 1963, the company was instrumental in building the Birla Planetorium. While he earned plaudits as tough talking businessman, his love for the game never diminished. His administrative power and knoweldge of vote bank was always appreciated by his peers and seniors. He was especially close to BN Dutt, who was then emerging as a powerful figure in BCCI politics. However when Dalmiya sensed that the board needed political backing, he calculated his next move like a politician. His relationship with Dutt was what Dalmiya would often call as “Guru-Shisya” relationship as Dutt taught him the nuances of sports administration. In the year, 1990, however it was the disciple, who upset the masters applecart as he along with Rungta brothers Kishen and Kishore formed a faction that helped Madhavrao Scindia win an acrimonious election that ended Dutts tenure in BCCI. Since then, there was no stopping for the man from Kolkatas richest area New Alipore. He was virtually a One Man Show for the next 15 years in the cricket board. While the Australia and Englands cricket administrators were wary of him, they knew it was difficult to keep him away from the focus as India slowly and surely became the games commercial hub. His power was gauged by the fact the he forced the erstwhile South African board president Ali Bacher to withdraw Mike Denness from match referees position after he alleged that Indias Sachin Tendulkar had tampered with the ball during the Port Elizabeth Test match in 2001. However in the early part of 2000, his longtime friend Bindra did not like his ways of running the board and became an adversary. It was also the time when Lalit Modi and N Srinivasan also harboured aspirations of having greater say in the board. With Pawar also wanting to head the board, they worked tirelessly towards garnering votes. But eventually Pawar lost to Haryanas Mahendra by 16-15 margin due to Dalmiyas casting vote. (MORE) PTI TAP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

LA Galaxy sign Jonathan Dos Santos on transfer from Villarreal

first_imgLA Galaxy have signed Mexico midfielder Jonathan dos Santos from Spain’s Villarreal in a bid to turn around their season, the Major League Soccer club said on Thursday.Dos Santos, who represented Mexico at the Confederations Cup, will begin training with the Galaxy on Friday before being unveiled at a media conference.”His signing will significantly improve our team as we continue to push for the playoffs and, ultimately, a sixth MLS Cup,” LA Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said in a statement.”We believe Jonathan will be a leader during the second half of this season and for years to come. We look forward to him joining our squad.”The move reunites Dos Santos, 27, with his older brother Giovani dos Santos, who joined the Galaxy in July, 2015, also from Villarreal.Jonathan dos Santos will not be available when the Galaxy host the Seattle Sounders on Saturday since he will only be officially added to the roster pending the receipt of his visa and international transfer certificate.He was named in the Confederations Cup’s ‘Best XI’ after starting in four games and helping his country reach the semi-finals.The midfielder began his career with Barcelona in 2009 before joining Villarreal, where he has made nearly 90 league appearances and scored four goals since 2014.Internationally, Dos Santos has made 29 appearances across all competitions for Mexico.He joins his brother and Frenchman Romain Alessandrini as Galaxy’s third designated player.MLS clubs are allowed three designated players whose total compensation and acquisition costs exceed the usual budget limits.advertisementLos Angeles are sitting in ninth place in the 11-team Western Conference, five points removed from the sixth and final playoff spot, with 14 games remaining.last_img read more

Mets Come Back, Beat Rockies, 4-2

first_imgNEW YORK — The new-look New York Mets are even inspiring their injured captain.David Wright watched from Florida as Daniel Murphy drove in two runs with a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, and the Mets rallied for a 4-2 victory over Colorado on Aug. 10 night after top Rockies pitching prospect Jon Gray was lifted after six innings.Between at-bats in his first minor league rehab game, Wright sneaked some peaks at the Mets’ game on TV in the clubhouse at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.“I saw Murphy’s big two-run single,” Wright said. “It fires me up.”Wright has been out since April 15, and when he returns, he’ll find a clubhouse brimming with confidence. Even his manager senses the difference in a team that has won eight of 10 after making several trades before the non-waiver deadline on July 31.“It’s one of those games that probably a year ago we don’t win that game,” Terry Collins said.The Mets wasted three-run leads in two straight losses to Tampa Bay last weekend, then went ahead against Colorado on Travis d’Arnaud’s first homer since June 20.It was the only hit for the NL East leaders off Gray, the hard-throwing right-hander making his second major league start.But Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run shot in the fourth off Jonathon Niese (7-9), reaching to the outside corner and sending a drive the opposite way to left-center with DJ LeMahieu aboard. It was Gonzalez’s 13th long ball since the All-Star break.The Mets loaded the bases against Justin Miller (1-1) in the seventh after Gray, the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2013, was pulled after 75 pitches. The rookie is on a strict innings and pitch limit as the Rockies look ahead to 2016 for the budding ace, Manager Walt Weiss said.“Haven’t seen a guy pitching for a while the way he pitched today,” Gonzalez said. “He showed up today with no emotion. Really concentrated on pitching in a big city against a team who is in first place. Just the way he handled himself, that was unbelievable.”Miller gave up a single to d’Arnaud, walked Michael Conforto and then Ruben Tejada as well with two outs. Boone Logan entered and hit Curtis Granderson with a full-count pitch to tie it.Murphy then grounded a single past diving shortstop Jose Reyes, the former Mets star recently acquired in the trade that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, for a 4-2 lead.“It was good at-bat after good at-bat,” Murphy said.New York improved to 39-18 at Citi Field this season, beating the Rockies at home for a seventh straight time.The Mets entered the game with a 1 1/2-game lead over Washington thanks to some help from the Rockies, who rallied for two wins against the Nationals this past weekend.Niese gave up six hits and two runs without walking a batter in seven innings. It was the 11th time in 12 starts that he went at least six innings.Tyler Clippard pitched a perfect eighth and Jeurys Familia notched his 31st save with a 1-2-3 ninth.“It’s a lot of fun right now,” Murphy said. “Those (new) guys have fit in perfectly with us. They’ve helped take our game to a whole new level.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

When Ranveer refused to pose for pictures without Deepika at Bengaluru reception

first_imgAfter an extravagant wedding at Lake Como, Italy, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone hosted a reception for close family and friends in Bengaluru.Deepika looked stunning in a gold silk Sabyasachi saree gifted by her mother Ujjala Padukone, while Ranveer was dapper in a Rohit Bal creation.The stunning couple posed for photos and interacted with the media. When the paparazzi asked for a solo photo of the newlyweds, Ranveer had the perfect response. He said, “Miyan Biwi Saath Hain, toh photo alag kyun?”Videos from the reception sent fans into a tizzy as always DeepVeer never failed to dole out couple goals. In a particularly adorable video, Ranveer helped Deepika adjust her saree and then blew her a kiss.Eminent sports celebrities like Anil Kumble and PV Sindhu were seen at the reception as well.Ranveer and Deepika got hitched at the Villa del Balbianello at Lake Como in Italy. The couple had two ceremonies, – a Konkani-style wedding on November 14, and a traditional Anand Karaj ceremony on November 15.Ranveer and Deepika returned to the country on Sunday (November 18) morning. The newlyweds posed for pictures outside Ranveer’s Mumbai home, where Deepika’s griha pravesh ceremony took place. They spent the next day at Deepika’s Prabhadevi apartment, after which they left for Bengaluru.ALSO READ | Deepika and Ranveer reach Bengaluru to cheering fans and flashing lensesALSO WATCH | Deepika and Ranveer get married: All that happened at Lake Comoadvertisementlast_img read more

Touch Down | The Sports Stars

first_imgNo, she has no unsavoury memories of the time she had to sweep her family’s tiny dhaba clean in Jagatsukh, 6 km away from Manali. The memories of sleeping on the cold floor after a hard day’s work don’t disturb her anymore. “Those memories do not sadden me, in fact,No, she has no unsavoury memories of the time she had to sweep her family’s tiny dhaba clean in Jagatsukh, 6 km away from Manali. The memories of sleeping on the cold floor after a hard day’s work don’t disturb her anymore. “Those memories do not sadden me, in fact they ensure I take every day head-on,” says Kavita. “Whenever I am confronted with negativity, I tell myself that I have always been a survivor. That I’ll always be one. Didn’t someone say: what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger?”Kavita has come a long way from being one of the many girls in Manali who didn’t know where their next meal would come from. Even when she had to sleep on an empty stomach, she seldom complained. She took to kabaddi, for it was the one sport that required the least amount of investment. “It may sound strange, but somewhere in my heart I knew the sport would take me places,” she says.Talk to her about being the poster girl of women’s kabaddi in India and she smiles and says, “But still the state government did not bother to organise a function to honour me, even after we came home with the Asian gold medal in 2014.” The state has given some financial aid since, which came in handy to move her family to a small accommodation near Manali. “But I feel bad for my elder sister, a far better player than me who had to give up the sport to assist my parents at the dhaba,” says Kavita.advertisementShe feels that unless the central and state governments come together to devise a way to spot talent early on, it will be hard to get the gifted ones on board. “Why can’t we have top coaches visiting schools?” she asks. “What stops the government from introducing small scholarships at the school level, and making sports a part of the curriculum? It is easier for the privileged to say that real talent never gets lost. Take my word, I have seen so many gifted players quitting just so that they could earn a living.”She’s glad the Pro Kabaddi League has popularised the sport, giving a financial incentive to players. Kavita, a player with the Fire Birds team in the Women’s Kabaddi Challenge in 2016, says she is looking forward to a long innings. Kavita dreams of getting the Arjuna award someday. But first things first. And that will be avenging India’s shock defeat to Iran at the 2018 Asian Games and putting the country back on top in 2022.last_img read more

Mourinho plays down Herrera row

first_imgManchester United ‘I had to push him away – he always wants to speak!’ – Mourinho plays down Herrera rift Goal 17:12 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jose Mourinho Ander Herrera Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Chelsea v Manchester United Premier League The Portuguese has rejected any talk there was friction following the recent loss to Huddersfield and is delighted with how his side are performing Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said that he “loves” his players – and that the feeling is mutual.Ander Herrera spoke out in frustration after the Old Trafford side suffered a surprise loss to Huddersfield in the Premier League a fortnight ago, sparking rumours of a fallout with the Portuguese, who has insisted that this could not be further from the truth.Indeed, Mourinho has said that he gets on with all his staff and hit out at the media for stirring speculation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I was not speaking with Ander Herrera anymore? Pfft!” he said. “Ander Herrera is the kind of guy that I have to push away because he wants to speak with me all the time! I don’t know where you get these kinds of stories but, yes, I am happy.“I love my players. You try to create a mystery because of my reaction after Huddersfield, but there is no mystery about it.”With three wins in succession behind his team, Mourinho is very content with how the season has panned out to date but would not be drawn on what gave him the most pleasure three months into the season.“We lost one match in August, September, October. Premier League, Champions League, League Cup – we lost one match,” he emphasised.“So, I think it was easier to ask what was the unpleasant thing, or what thing I didn’t like – it was the match against Huddersfield.”On Sunday, Mourinho takes his side to defending champions Chelsea, after leaders Manchester City play host to Arsenal.last_img read more

Man City team news & likely line-up

first_imgManchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Arsenal Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 19:14 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Everything you need to know ahead of the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday afternoon Manchester City could be without Raheem Sterling as they try to claim the first piece of silverware of the Pep Guardiola era.Fabian Delph will not be available for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, though Gabriel Jesus could return from a knee injury which has kept him out for more than six weeks.MAN CITY INJURIES Sterling suffered a muscle problem in the Champions League game against Basel which kept him out of Monday’s shock defeat at Wigan, and Guardiola says he does not know if the winger will be ready for Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jesus returned to training on Friday, February 16 and he could be in line to make Guardiola’s match day squad.Only Benjamin Mendy remains on the sidelines, though he could be back in the next month or so.City will be without either of their first-choice left-backs for the next three matches, however, as Delph will miss three games through suspension.Gabriel Jesus Pep Guardiola Manchester United Manchester City Premier League 10122017MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Delph will miss Sunday’s game as well as Thursday’s clash at the Emirates Stadium and next Sunday’s meeting with Chelsea as a result of his red card against Wigan.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP If Sterling is not fit it is likely Bernardo Silva will take his spot on the right-hand side.Guardiola will also have to decide who plays left-back given Mendy’s injury and Delph’s ban. Danilo has tended to play in games with more defensive demands, while Oleksandar Zinchenko has tended to play at home in matches City are expected to dominate. Guardiola may err on the side of caution and use Danilo.There are other selection considerations for Guardiola, too. John Stones did not look entirely comfortable against Wigan and in fact he has struggled slightly since returning from injury in January. Aymeric Laporte will be trusted to play in City’s biggest matches this season and it would be no surprise if he started on Sunday. Nicolas Otamendi was rested on Monday and is likely to come back into the side.Claudio Bravo has played all of City’s Carabao Cup matches and he will start on Sunday, with Ederson on the bench.Man City possible XIARSENAL TEAM NEWS Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have no injuries for Sunday’s game. There had been concerns over Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil but Wenger believes both will be fit.”I don’t know what kind of state [Alex] Iwobi is in, we will know that today [Friday] – but overall we have no injuries.”I’ll make a decision on Aaron Ramsey on Saturday, he looks to be available but he’ll have another test today. So we will know more about it tomorrow [Saturday].”On Ozil, the Frenchman added: “He had a good session yesterday [Thursday] which he absorbed well. We’ll have to see how he responds to it, but I think he will be alright.”OPTA MATCH FACTS Arsenal have won just two of their last 11 Premier League meetings with Manchester City, drawing five and losing four.   Arsenal have recorded just two victories in their last 16 Premier League matches against fellow ‘big six’ teams (D6 L8). They beat Spurs in November 2017 and Man Utd in May 2017. The Gunners have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last nine Premier League matches – they last went 10 without a shutout in the top-flight back in February 2002 (11 games).TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 16:30 GMT (11:30 ET) on Sunday, February 25, and the game will be shown on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on ESPN in the United States, and on various channels around the world, details of which can be found here . Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Solari: Sorry for those who have discovered Benzema last week

first_imgSantiago Solari hailed Karim Benzema’s hot streak but hit out at those who have failed to recognise the Real Madrid striker’s contribution to the team.Benzema hit a first-half double as Madrid eased past Girona 3-1 in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Thursday, a 7-3 aggregate win earning a last-four berth.The former France forward has now hit five goals in his last three appearances for Madrid, with an understanding with Brazilian winger Vinicius Junior growing by the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Benzema has often been a lightning rod for criticism during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, but his goals have carried the team through a period that has seen Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio sidelined by injury.And Solari indicated he feels Benzema has been unfairly maligned by Madrid supporters when he spoke after his side progressed to the Copa del Rey semi-finals.”I’m sorry for those who have discovered Benzema last week,” he said.”But hey, they still have time to enjoy him, he is in a great moment, it’s true.” @marcosllorente: “I don’t normally score so when I do I have to enjoy them!” #RMCopa— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) January 31, 2019Bale and Asensio both came off the bench but Solari indicated the attacking duo may not go straight into his side when they are fully fit.”The players who come out of injury have to find their rhythm,” he said. “But now we are all recovered and the truth is that I wish there were more changes [substitutions] in football, not just three, because I want to see everyone.”Now we start mixing the competitions, but it’s normal if we want to aspire to everything, which is why it’s important to have all the players.”We are going to give the fight on all fronts and the players know it more than me, because it is the registered trademark of the club.”Real Madrid is always there, it’s always waiting for you, that competitive spirit is carried by this team, it’s a team of warriors and winners, our challenge is to keep doing it.”It’s the Copa del Rey semi-final draw tomorrow at 13:30 CET!Who do YOU want us to face?— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) January 31, 2019Madrid could face holders Barcelona in a Clasico semi-final clash, with Real Betis and Valencia their other potential opponents in the last four.”It’s a hypothesis that will be unveiled tomorrow [when the draw is made],” Solari continued. “It’s normal, when you aspire to win everything you have to prepare to face all the fronts and for that you need all the players to be involved, as they are.”last_img read more

Stripping Oberlander 94 of Canadian citizenship reasonable court rules

first_imgTORONTO – A government decision to strip Canadian citizenship from an elderly man, who argued he was forced as a teenager to join a Nazi death squad, was reasonable, a Federal Court judge ruled on Thursday.In a ruling that again paves the way to deport Helmut Oberlander, Judge Michael Phelan found the government’s decision more than a year ago to have been justified and transparent.“It is uncontested that Oberlander obtained his Canadian citizenship by false representation or by knowingly concealing material circumstances by failing to disclose involvement in the SS at the time of his immigration screening,” Phelan wrote. “There is no doubt that to have done so would have resulted in the rejection of his citizenship application.”The government maintains the Ukraine-born Oberlander, 94, of Waterloo, Ont., lied about his three-year membership in Einsatzkommando 10a, known as Ek 10a. The Second World War Nazi death squad, which operated behind the German army’s front line in eastern Europe, was responsible for killing close to 100,000 people, most Jewish.In his defence, Oberlander argued he was conscripted as a 17-year-old and faced execution for desertion. He said he served as an interpreter from 1941 to 1943, performed only mundane duties, and never took part in any killings. On that last point, Phelan agreed with him.“No evidence was led that indicated (Oberlander) directly participated in the atrocities committed by Ek 10a,” Phelan said. “But he was aware that these atrocities were being committed.”Neither Oberlander’s lawyer nor daughter, who has said her father was in increasingly poor health, were immediately available to comment on the decision, which Jewish groups praised along with the government’s efforts.In Ottawa, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the court decision reaffirms the government’s view that Canada “should never be a safe haven for war criminals and people who’ve been accused of crimes, who’ve committed crimes against humanity.”Oberlander and his wife — she died in 2013 — came to Canada in 1954. He became a Canadian citizen six years later. However, he failed to disclose his wartime experience when he came to Canada, and has been fighting government efforts to deport him since his membership in Ek 10a came to light in 1995.Among other things, the father of two argued that Ottawa failed to consider whether he had joined Ek 10a under duress.“If the applicant knew nothing and did only mundane activities, it was unclear why he claimed to have been under duress,” Phelan said.In June 2017, the government revoked the retired businessman’s citizenship for the fourth time, prompting him again to turn to the courts in an effort to stave off deportation.In dismissing the challenge, Phelan leaned on a previous court finding of “many inconsistencies and improbabilities” in Oberlander’s evidence and a “pattern of minimizing his wartime role, which gave rise to serious doubts regarding reliability.”Ultimately, Phelan said, Ottawa’s citizenship action was absent bad faith, and legally and factually defensible. That the case has taken this long, Phelan said, was largely because of Oberlander’s successes to date in fighting efforts to remove him.In a statement, Jewish groups applauded Phelan’s ruling as thwarting Oberlander’s attempt to evade justice.“For survivors, this issue remains an open wound,” Sidney Zoltak, past president of the Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants, said on Thursday. “It is painful to think that Oberlander and others who perpetrated heinous crimes against our families have, for so long, concealed their past and taken advantage of welcoming countries like Canada.”last_img read more

Lottery Advertisements Banned from Moroccan Radio and Television

Rabat – A Moroccan governmental decree has finally issued a ban against the advertising of gambling in all audiovisual media.Moroccan Minister of Communication and Government Spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi had been battling this petition for the last three years.According to a report by journal Akhbar Al Youm, in its September 3rd edition, the decree endorsees a law proposed by the Moroccan Government, in which all lottery and gambling advertisements will be banned from both public and private radio and television broadcasts. In 2012, Minister El Khalfi had requested the prohibition of any form of advertising and promotion of lotteries and gambling. However, his request became a struggle with public television channels. El Khalfi even threatened to resign from his post.According to the same report, TV channels were gaining benefits from the broadcast of these lottery publicities, claiming that over a million viewers were constantly watching them.The Minister of Communication told the journal that this law aims to raise ethics within the media sector. “This applies to women and minors. With this law, Morocco has joined the list of countries that rely on elaborated legal frameworks to protect minors and improve the image of women in the media”, affirmed the Government Spokesman. read more

UN human rights probe into Gaza conflict wraps up public hearings in

“The aim of holding these public hearings…was to show the human side of the suffering, to give a voice to the victims so that they are not lost among statistics,” Justice Richard Goldstone, who leads the four-member mission, told journalists. Mr. Goldstone said his team had listened to “moving stories” that were “very difficult to hear” concerning the impact of the fighting that took place between 27 December and 18 January, many from victims who had lost members of their families and their livelihoods.“No written words can by themselves convey human stories the way people can do it in their own voice and words,” he said.With the conclusion of the hearings in Geneva, as well as those held last week in Gaza City, the mission is moving towards the end of its investigative phase, Mr. Goldstone said.In addition to their investigations on the ground in Gaza, the team had also travelled to Amman, Jordan, to hear from Israelis and people from the West Bank. Mr. Goldstone said that he would be sending questions soon to authorities from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, asking for input on areas where his team had been unable to gather sufficient information.The mission’s final report is due to be completed early next month and will be presented in September to the Human Rights Council. 7 July 2009The United Nations Human Rights Council’s fact-finding probe into rights violations committed during the recent Gaza conflict heard from victims, witnesses and experts from southern Israel and the West Bank over two days of public hearings which wrapped up in Geneva today. read more

UN mission reports progress in Sierra Leones disarmament effort

UNAMSIL’s acting force commander, Maj. Gen. Martin Luther Agwai, accompanied by the Chief Military Observer, Maj. Gen. Athar Ali, and other senior military officers, witnessed yesterday the successful completion of the disarmament exercise in Kono District and also progress made thus far in Koinadugu District.Gen. Agwai and his entourage were received in Koidu, Kono District, by the Sector 5 Commander, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, who briefed them on the general security situation in the area and gave an update on the just-completed disarmament exercise.In Makeni, Col. Bai Bureh, Brigade Commander of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) forces, accompanied the team to Alkalia, where he instructed his men to hand over their weapons to UNAMSIL in order to speed up the disarmament process, explaining that transportation and bad roads were responsible for the slow pace of disarmament in the area.In the northern town of Kabala in Koinadugu District, Gen. Agwai said he was pleased with the conduct of the disarmament exercise in the area, where disarmament is scheduled to end on 31 August. read more

UN probes allegations of sexual exploitation by peacekeepers in Liberia

Preliminary fact-finding by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) indicates that some charges are substantiated and some are not, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the daily briefing in New York.The allegations range from personnel exchanging goods, money or services for sex to the sexual exploitation of a minor, he said.UNMIL and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) were taking appropriate follow-up action, he said.“The United Nations treats this issue with the utmost seriousness,” Mr. Dujarric said. “As we continue to clamp down on misconduct throughout all peacekeeping missions, it is likely that the number of allegations will increase.”Some of them had come to light because of a hotline set up by the United Nations, he said, while others came up as the UN followed up on media reports. read more

Jewellery worth £800000 stolen from Westminster home after thieves posed as delivery

Jewellery worth £800,000 was stolen from a Westminster home after thieves posed as delivery drivers.Three masked men carried out the knifepoint raid in which two young children were threatened after tricking the occupant into opening the  front door.The victims were then forced to open a safe before it was emptied of jewellery consisting of a selection of bracelets, earrings and rings containing precious stones.The thieves then took the victim’s car and made their escape.Designer handbags, high-value watches and mobile phones were also stolen from the address on January 18.Detective Constable Piers Gilbert, of the Met’s Central West Area Command Unit, said: “This was a terrifying incident which has had a profound effect on the victim’s life.”We are now appealing for people to think about whether they have been offered this stolen jewellery and if so, to come forward and help us with our investigation.”Similarly, anyone who thinks they may have witnessed this incident or anyone acting suspiciously in the St John’s Wood area around this time is asked to get in touch.”A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “Police were called to St John’s Wood at 5.09pm on Friday, January 18 following reports of a burglary. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “No injuries were reported and the car was later recovered nearby.”Officers are now releasing images of some of the jewellery stolen in the burglary and are appealing for anyone with information on the items to get in touch.”The suspects were described as three black men, all over 5ft 10ins, who were wearing masks covering the lower part of their face. read more

Uros Zorman in Vive Targi Kielce until 2016

Slovenian “Ivano Balic”, Uros Zorman (32) signed new four-year contract with the Polish champion, Vive Targi Kielce, writes Slovenian SIOL.NET. Former player of Prule Ljubljana, Ademar Leon, Celje Pivovarna Lasko and BM Ciudad Real has found himself in ambitious team from Poland, where he plans to finish his career in 2016. He came to Kielce in 2011.He won the EHF Champions League three-time in 2004, 2008 and 20o9. Zorman also won silver medal with Slovenia at the EHF EURO 2004. Uros ZormanVive Targi Kielce ← Previous Story New coach in Borac Banja Luka – Zoran Trninic! Next Story → Hungary beats France in Dunkerque!

Fianna Fáil to examine if free votes should be given more often

first_imgFIANNA FÁIL LEADER Micheál Martin has said his party is attempting to devise a system where its TDs and Senators will be permitted to vote as they see fit on certain major issues.Speaking exclusively to this evening, Martin said a committee would be set up to try and identify red-button topics where personal opinions were too sincerely held to be comprised by a party vote.The Fianna Fáil leader was speaking after a meeting of his parliamentary party had decided not to impose a party whip on any votes relating to the forthcoming abortion bill – allowing members to either approve or oppose the legislation as they see fit.The decision marks the first time in several years that a major party will have allowed its members to participate in Oireachtas votes without any direction on how they should act.Though Martin said the whip system did have value as a tool to ensure a government’s work was not unduly disrupted, he said there was a balance to be struck “between governance and parliamentary representation”.Asked what subjects might be considered thorny enough to warrant a free vote among Fianna Fáil members, Martin pointed to recent examples in Australia where MPs were given a free vote on matters like abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty.The former minister said the protocol would try to identify a “narrow range of issues” upon which the whip would not be applied – but insisted that politics would “evolve” so that more major parties would allow TDs to vote with their conscience on divisive social matters.‘I didn’t want to lose people’Though he believed Fianna Fáil was going through “a period of renewal”, Martin acknowledged that FF could have lost some of its more experienced Oireachtas members if it had enforced either a supportive or opposing stance to the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill.“I didn’t want to lose people,” he admitted, saying there were “people of calibre” who would now feel safe to contribute to the party.There had been roughly a 50-50 split among Fianna Fáil’s 33 parliamentarians when the substance of the legislation was first discussed about a month ago, he said, explaining that many members had problems with allowing the risk of suicide as grounds for an abortion.“Others, like myself, felt the Bill was restrictive,” he said, outlining that a woman at risk of suicide does not currently need to undergo a mandatory psychiatric assessment before being put forward for a termination.“Others are worried about the impact down the line, and I respect that.”Read: Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators to have free vote on abortion billlast_img read more

Bus driver burns to death in Australia after passenger sets him on

first_img 31,041 Views Friday 28 Oct 2016, 10:32 AM By AFP Oct 28th 2016, 10:32 AM Short URL 49 Comments Image: Shutterstock/TK Kurikawa A PASSENGER DOUSED a bus driver with inflammable liquid and burned him to death in front of horrified passengers in the Australian city of Brisbane today, police said.There was no apparent motive for the killing of the 29-year-old man named by local media as Manmeet Alisher, a well-known singer in the Indian Punjabi community.ABC reports that there were six people on the council bus at the time of the attack in the south of Brisbane.Police superintendent Jim Keogh told reporters “it’s a horrific incident here in the quiet suburb of Moorooka”.“This is a rare one where it appears to be no apparent motive.“A bus driver, going about, doing his business, supporting the community, has had his life taken from him in what is a senseless and needless act.”SuspectA 48-year-old suspect was arrested at the bus stop and placed in custody.Bystanders kicked down the back doors of the municipal bus to rescue passengers, who were “traumatised” by the incident, Keogh said.“It’s lucky the whole bus didn’t become engulfed in flames,” Keogh said.Around half a dozen passengers were aboard the vehicle and some were treated for smoke inhalation.- © AFP, 2016Read: Mike Pence’s plane slides off runway in New York> Image: Shutterstock/TK Kurikawa Bus driver burns to death in Australia after passenger sets him on fire Passengers were said to be “traumatised” by what happened. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share150 Tweet Email last_img read more