No midday meal without Aadhaar in UP schools

first_imgStudents of government-run primary schools in Uttar Pradesh, who do not have an Aadhaar card, will not be able to get midday meal after June 30. List of studentsThe direction from the State government comes three months after the Union Human Resource Development Ministry made Aadhaar cards mandatory for midday meals and asked UP schools to make a list of students who possess the cards. “The government has directed the basic education officers in all the districts to ensure that every beneficiary of the midday meal has an Aadhaar card so that the scheme doesn’t get affected. If Aadhaar cards for all beneficiaries of the midday meal scheme are not made and their numbers not submitted to the State government, then the students without such cards will not be able to benefit from the different schemes of the government. And you will be held responsible for that,” warned a letter written by Director, Basic Education, Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh, addressed to primary education officers. The present rate of Aadhaar enrolment of students of primary schools in the State is extremely low. In Meerut for instance, of a total of 1.73 lakh students in 1,561 schools, only about 29,000 students have Aadhaar cards, which comes to less than 17 %. Schools puzzledThe direction has left the school authorities puzzled as schools have closed for vacation and will reopen only on July 1. The letter by Mr. Singh has asked all the primary education officers to submit a list of students who possess Aadhaar cards to the State government by May 30. Mr. Singh has sent a reminder to the primary education officers of Meerut, Hapur, Moradabad, Sambhal, Kannauj, Farrukhabad and Kanpur (rural) as they have not yet sent the list to the government. Officials helplessMost officials who handle the midday meal scheme have expressed their helpless in the face of the ultimatum. A coordinator for the midday meal scheme in Meerut said with primary schools closed for vacations, it would be almost impossible to follow the direction.‘Students out of town’ “Schools have closed for vacations and most children have gone out of town. Teachers can be asked to help the students get their Aadhaar cards made, but the challenge is how to make cards for students who are out of town,” he said.last_img read more

Jawan among three killed in Pak. shelling

first_imgThree people, including a jawan, were killed and six injured in firing by Pakistani troops along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu division for the third day on Saturday, the police said.Nine persons had been killed in ceasefire violations in three days, police officials said.The jawan was killed after being hit by a bullet during the cross-border firing in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district, the officials said.A Defence spokesman identified the soldier as sepoy Mandeep Singh, 23, a resident of Alampur village of Sangroor in Punjab.He said the Pakistani Army had launched unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms and automatic guns in the sector.The Army retaliated strongly and effectively, the spokesman said.The officials said two civilians — Gaura Ram, 17, of Kapur R.S. Pura, and Gour Singh, 45, of Abdullian — were killed and five injured in firing by the Pakistani Rangers along the IB in Jammu district.A BSF spokesman said heavy cross-border firing was under way in the area from Octroi to Chenab (Akhnoor) in the Suchetgarh sector of R.S. Pura from Saturday morning, leaving a jawan injured in the Pargwal sector.The BSF retaliated and the exchange of fire was under way till the last reports were received.A jawan of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was injured in cross-border shelling in Jammu, officials said. The condition of constable Lallu Ram was said to be stable.The jawan, who belongs to the 14th Battalion, was deployed for law and order duties along with the Jammu and Kashmir police at the Kanachak police station, when he was hit by splinters of a mortar shell that landed in the area.The heavy firing had forced thousands of border residents to flee their homes, and the authorities announced closure of educational institutions for three days along the LoC and the IB.Between 8,000 and 9,000 people living along the IB had shifted to safer places, and most of them were living with relatives, officials said.Over 1,000 people had been housed in camps in the R.S. Pura, Samba and Kathua areas, they said.last_img read more

Back to square one

first_imgLATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Executing well under numbing endgame pressure, Meralco scored an 85-83 nipping of Barangay Ginebra that squared the PBA Governors’ Cup title series at 2-2 at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.Clearly, the win gave the Bolts momentum with the series now down to a best-of-three.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 shutout“It was a game we had to win,” Black said inside a packed press room while seated beside Baser Amer, one of the heroes down the stretch.“We knew that losing this game and going 1-3 down would be very difficult.”Amer hit a triple with 76 seconds remaining which made it 83-81 for Meralco. He was scoreless in Game 3. Import Allen Durham was the other big performer for the Bolts, shooting 10 points in the fourth period, including the marginal layup off a tight Reynel Hugnatan pass.Ginebra had a chance to at least forge extension, but the Kings on the floor failed to call a timeout with under 20 seconds left that could have given coach Tim Cone the chance to draw up a good play.“Our players just couldn’t see us,” Cone said, referring to his entire staff that was trying to get the attention of their players.Black’s biggest concern now is how to get his players fresh for Game 5, set Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bulacan, especially Durham, who is averaging more than 44 minutes in the series.“He’s probably tired, there’s no question about that, but he’s driven to win. ” Black said of the Best Import awardee.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Norman Black put it as plainly as he could: “We have a series now, guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ginebra import Justin Brownlee had 34 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, but missed Ginebra’s last shot which could have necessitated overtime.Earlier, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo scooped up a fourth straight Most Valuable Player award after just five seasons in the league.The 27-year-old Fajardo said he wants more championships for San Miguel, which failed in its Grand Slam bid after losing to Ginebra in the Final Four.“In winning championships, everyone is happy,” said Fajardo. “I’m the only one who gets a bonus for winning the MVP.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSL unveils foreign cast Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo Scores 99th International Goal as Portugal Seal Euro 2020 Qualification

first_imgLuxembourg: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 99th international goal as reigning champions Portugal secured their place at the Euro 2020 finals on Sunday with a 2-0 victory away to Luxembourg, while France ended their qualifying campaign with victory.Bruno Fernandes struck the opening goal on 39 minutes before Ronaldo tapped in a scrappy second late on to clinch second place in Group B behind winners Ukraine, who drew 2-2 in Serbia. Iranian striker Ali Daei holds the world record with 109 international goals scored in 149 appearances between 1993 and 2006.”All records must be broken and I will beat that record,” said Ronaldo.Portugal became the 17th nation to qualify for next year’s multi-host tournament, which kicks off in Rome on June 12, joining the likes of world champions France, Spain, Italy and England.”We can’t give the match high marks for style,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, who admitted the heavy pitch made life challenging for his team.”I’m very happy for my players because the qualifying campaign has been more difficult than we expected.”We’re through to the finals of a major tournament for an 11th straight time. You’ve got to believe in these players.”Portugal knew they would book their place at Euro 2020 with a win or by matching Serbia’s result from their game in Belgrade.But they were made to work hard by a Luxembourg team ranked 96th in the world that notably held France to a 0-0 draw in 2018 World Cup qualifying.Sporting Lisbon midfielder Fernandes broke the deadlock before half-time, controlling Bernardo Silva’s pinpoint pass expertly before lashing in from 20 yards.Ronaldo, who smacked in a hat-trick in Thursday’s 6-0 thrashing of Lithuania, moved to the brink of his international century four minutes from time.Silva’s far-post cross was forced towards goal by Diogo Jota, with Luxembourg goalkeeper Anthony Moris getting a hand to the ball before Ronaldo turned in from the goalline.FRANCE SIGN OFF WITH WINLater on Sunday, world champions France wrapped up top spot in Group H as goals from Corentin Tolisso and Antoine Griezmann sealed a 2-0 win over Albania in Tirana.”I’m very dependent on the players,” French World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps said after his 100th game in charge.”It’s a personal pride. But it’s good to see what the players do together. At times, it can be a bit more difficult with changes to the players, injured players, but the spirit is there.”The French national anthem was roundly booed before kick-off as retribution for the error that saw the Andorran anthem played instead of the Albanian one when the teams met in September at the Stade de France.The visitors made a quick start on the pitch, though, as Bayern Munich midfielder Tolisso headed Griezmann’s free-kick into the bottom corner.The Barcelona star slotted in the second himself on the half-hour mark, before the dead rubber petered out in the second period, with Olivier Giroud going closest to a third by striking the post.The other games in the group saw Turkey, who had also already sealed qualification, beat Andorra 2-0, while Iceland edged to a 2-1 victory at Moldova.England rounded off an impressive campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of Kosovo.Goals from Harry Winks, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount ensured England finished at the Group A summit, having scored 37 goals in just eight matches.”We know there is still a bit of work to do but I can’t fault the players in this campaign, they’ve been ruthless. We’re more settled with the group now,” said England manager Gareth Southgate.The Czech Republic are also through, but lost 1-0 in Bulgaria on Sunday. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Antoine GriezmannCorentin Tolissocristiano ronaldoDidier Deschamps First Published: November 18, 2019, 7:30 AM ISTlast_img read more

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur issues warning to under-performing players

first_imgPakistan have found themselves in a precarious situation where they face the risk of not qualifying automatically for the 2019 World Cup and the message from head coach Mickey Arthur to the players is loud and clear – perform or leave.Pakistan lost at Headingley by four wickets to England, trailing in the five-match series 0-4. Pakistan started the ODI series placed ninth in rankings and come next year in September the top eight teams automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup. The next World Cup being a 10-team tournament, there will be a qualifying event in 2018 in Bangladesh to decide the remaining two teams. (10 highest ODI totals as England destroy world record)Pakistan, who were 1992 champions would not like to be in that scenario and so also its fans. ICC will also be at a loss and miss out to spin some money around a India vs Pakistan clash.CHALLENGE FOR ARTHUR”It is what it is,” said Arthur, who only took over as Pakistan coach in May. “I hate the phrase, but we are number nine in the world and we can see why.”Pakistan have a tough schedule as they try to improve their ranking, with the ICC system also factoring into account the quality of a team’s opposition. (England beat Pakistan in fourth ODI to take 4-0 lead)”When I saw the fixture list, the games aren’t easy,” said Arthur, whose side have at least qualified for next year’s Champions Trophy, in England.”We’ve got two series against West Indies that we have to play well in – West Indies are a decent one-day outfit.advertisement”Between them we are sandwiched with an ODI series in Australia which is incredibly tough,” Arthur added.Arthur, on his third international coaching assignment after previous stints with Australia and South Africa finds himself in a tricky situation.”I’m finding my way with the one-day team. I want to give guys opportunities and then we’ll know by the end of the tour who we can and can’t take forward.”Pakistan next face England in the fifth and final one-dayer in Cardiff on Sunday.last_img read more

You are my idol, Cristiano Ronaldo’s son tells Lionel Messi

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are two of the biggest rivals in modern football. The Portuguese and Real Madrid superstar on Thursday night pipped Messi to win the Ballon d’Or award as best player of the year for a record-equalling fifth time. Ronaldo’s fifth Ballon D’Or win draws him level with Messi.Ronaldo won the trophy awarded by France Football magazine at a ceremony held at the Eiffel Tower on Thursday. He finished ahead of contenders Messi and Neymar, who left Barcelona in the offseason to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee of 222 million Euros ($262 million).The 32-year-old Portugal forward also took home the Ballon d’Or prize in 2013 and 2014, and in 2008 when playing for Manchester United. Messi won it from 2009-12 and again in 2015.However, the Real Madrid star striker’s son Ronaldo Jr, believe it or not, has found his idol in Barcelona superstar Messi. Ronaldo Jr met Messi at the award ceremony in Paris and the two shook hands. The kid later posted a photo on his Instagram account and captioned it, “Thank you my idol, Leo Messi”.The on-field rivalry will continue to grow in the coming years as the duo will battle it out for best player award every year by outdoing each other in terms of scoring goals and winning leagues and championships for their respective clubs.”With Messi the fight continues, in a good way,” Ronaldo said after being presented the trophy.advertisementThe two great players are not friends on or off the field but when they meet, at award ceremonies like these, they greet each other with respect.”I don’t know if we will be (friends). Friendship is built through spending time together and getting to know each other. We have no relationship, mainly because we only see each other at awards ceremonies and that’s the only time we speak. Everything is fine, but our lives don’t cross over very often,” Messi was quoted as saying by Marca last month.last_img read more

Lukaku hits back at critics

first_imgRomelu Lukaku Don’t judge me as the finished article – Man Utd star Lukaku hits back at critics Peter Hanson Last updated 2 years ago 16:16 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lukaku-cropped Getty Images Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Premier League Romelu Lukaku’s Manchester United performances have come under scrutiny, but the Belgium star urged his critics to show patience. Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he is still developing as a striker and urged his critics not to judge him too harshly during his current dry spell.The Belgium striker came flying out of the blocks when he made the switch to Old Trafford from Everton in a £75 million deal in the close-season, scoring 11 times in his opening 10 appearances.Rom 4/1 to be PL top scorer 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 However, since then Lukaku has gone six matches in all competitions without a goal, and manager Jose Mourinho has been on the warpath with the club’s supporters after interpreting boos from some of the Old Trafford faithful when he replaced Marcus Rashford with match-winner Anthony Martial during last week’s 1-0 win over Tottenham as a lack of support for Lukaku.The imminent return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is only sure to increase the scrutiny on his performances, but Lukaku says it is important for his critics to realise he still has plenty to learn.”I think a lot of people are judging me as the finished article,” Lukaku told Sky Sports.”I’m 24 – you can’t judge me as the finished article. I’d rather have a year where I improve, improve, improve rather than going straight to the top and then declining.With @RomeluLukaku9 set to face one of his former clubs on Sunday, @JesseLingard discusses the #MUFC striker and our strong home form…— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 2, 2017″I know I have a lot of talent. I can do a lot of stuff, score goals with my left, right and head. But I want to be a creator – I want to have more assists. I want to make sure when my team is having difficulties they can count on me.”I’m on the perfect stage and the perfect age. I want to be a winner and take my career to the next level.”The 24-year-old comes up against his former side Chelsea on Sunday as the Red Devils visit Stamford Bridge looking for a win to prevent Manchester City from extending their lead at the top of the Premier League.last_img read more

A-League Review

first_imgWellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory A-League Review: Late own goal earns Phoenix shock win, Adelaide rescue dramatic point Ryan Benson 19:22 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) phoenix-cropped Getty Images Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United Melbourne Victory Adelaide United Wellington Phoenix Western Sydney Wanderers A-League Late goals were the order of the day in the A-League, as Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United both benefited on Wednesday. Wellington Phoenix claimed only their second A-League win of the season on Wednesday, as they beat Melbourne Victory 2-1 thanks to a late Mark Milligan own goal.Phoenix had not won any of their last seven league games and were given an early boost as Rhys Williams was sent off in the eighth minute – match official Matthew Conger using video assistant referee (VAR) technology to upgrade his initial decision of a booking when Andrija Kaludjerovic was taken down while through on goal.Victory, at least initially, did not appear to suffer as a result, taking the lead just before the break through former Wellington player Kosta Barbarouses, as the tricky winger left his marker in a knot and then beat Lewis Italiano at the near post. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The hosts were denied an equaliser shortly after, as Roy Krishna was incorrectly flagged offside in the lead-up to Kaludjerovic finishing off a counterattack, much to Phoenix’s anger.But Krishna did level in the 64th minute, burying the ball from close range after Lawrence Thomas spilled Nathan Burns’ 20-yard effort.And the turnaround was completed late on when Milligan inadvertently put past his own goalkeeper, as Phoenix closed to within three points of Brisbane Roar.A man down, we’ve fallen short in Wellington #WELvMVC #ALeague— Melbourne Victory (@gomvfc) January 10, 2018In the other game on Wednesday, Adelaide United also left it late away to Western Sydney Wanderers, the visitors rescuing a 1-1 draw in the 86th minute when Apostolos Stamatelopoulos cancelled out Jack Clisby’s opener.Four points away from home in our last two outings. We’re back at Coopers to take on Sydney FC this Sunday! #AUFC #WSWvADL— Adelaide United FC (@AdelaideUnited) January 10, 2018Both sides remain in the play-off places after the draw.last_img read more

Mets Learn From The Best

first_imgThe young Mets team, who are preparing for the New South Wales Touch Association’s Junior Regionals in Forster later this month, train at the same venue as where the camp was being held and Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad thought it would be a great opportunity to help the side out. “They were training at the same venue and given that Penrith Touch Association and Mets have always bent over backwards to help us out whenever we need fields and things like that for our camps I thought it was just a way of us giving back a little bit to those permits and affiliates that help us out,” Trad said. “They were great, they were really excited but I think our guys love it too. They really enjoy getting involved with the younger kids. It was really hot out there but the boys were showing a lot of skill and some of those young boys for their age they’ve got a fair amount of skill and class about them so our future’s looking bright.”The Men’s Open squad did some skills work with the side as well as a coaching clinic and some games, and it wasn’t just the Mets boys that enjoyed the experience. “Our squad loved it, they really like to put back, they are a great bunch of young men and they like to put back into the game, especially when dealing with young kids. So for them it was a lot of fun but it was really good, they really enjoy doing that kind of work, they relish it,” Trad said. The camp was the final selection event for the squads in the lead up to the 2012 Trans Tasman Series which starts on Thursday, 26 April in Mudgee. Trad says it was one of the ‘tougher camps’ but the players are looking forward to the upcoming series. “We did a lot of good work, we played some hard games, we had good refereeing so I really enjoyed it and we got a lot out of it. A lot of questions were answered because it’s a very short preparation so we’ve got to hit the ground running so we certainly did that on the weekend.”“It’s been a long season coming from a World Cup and we’ve just had the NTL but as soon as the boys got together, and there’s a lot of young guys in that squad as well, there was definitely a sense of excitement and anticipation. I think the young boys bring out the best in the old fella’s and the old fella’s like to make sure the young guys don’t get it all their own way and that makes a nice competitive edge to the training and builds a great atmosphere and a great culture so they are really looking forward to it,” Trad said. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, please visit the following read more

Energy stocks help SPTSX composite gain ground price of oil higher

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index climbed higher Thursday, helped by the energy sector, which benefited from higher oil prices.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 45.91 points to 15,172.72.Revised upward global oil demand forecasts by the International Energy Agency helped to push up crude prices, says Kathryn Del Greco, an investment adviser with TD Wealth.“The market is continuing on the strength of the increase of the IEA on what is expected to be an increase of global demand and tightening in oil production by some of the producers,” said Del Greco.“We’re still seeing some follow through. Activity in crude is up.”The October crude contract rose 59 cents at US$49.89 per barrel, a six-week high.South of the border, stocks ended mixed and relatively flat on Wall Street, but a meagre gain for the Dow Jones industrial average was enough to mark another record.The Dow closed at 22,203.48, up 45.30 points.Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index gave back 2.75 points to 2,495.62 and the Nasdaq composite index declined 31.11 points to 6,429.08.Rising U.S. consumer prices, which expanded 0.4 per cent in August as gas and housing costs grew, likely played a part in the modest movements, said Del Greco.“The CPI rose slightly more than expected so that increases the likelihood of a rate hike in December,” she said.The Labor Department reported Thursday that prices are up 1.9 per cent over the last year, which could mean inflation is speeding up. However, it’s not clear how much of the recent increase in gas prices was due to Hurricane Harvey, which deluged the Gulf Coast region in late August and caused many drilling rigs and refineries to shut down.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.98 cents US, down 0.07 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract climbed $1.30 at US$1,329.30 an ounce.The October natural gas contract added one cent to US$3.07 per mmBTU and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$2.96 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Ban to set up new climate change centre to support Pacific island

19 August 2008Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced today that the United Nations and Samoa plan to establish an Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre to help coordinate support to Pacific Island countries to combat the impact of global warming in their region. Given the direct impact of climate change on vulnerable States in the region, the new agency will focus its support on the mitigation, adaptation and reduction of the risk of disaster facing the Islands, Mr. Ban said in a message to the Pacific Islands Forum Summit meeting, held in Alofi, Niue.“I am very heartened that the Pacific island countries are making their voices heard on the subject of climate change,” Mr. Ban said. “Climate change is not science fiction. As your countries know all too well, it is real and present,” he added.His statement was delivered by Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).Several UN agencies already collaborate with the Pacific Island Forum assisting on a number of issues ranging from farming and fisheries to urbanization and disability.Mr. Ban also expressed his condolences on the death last week of Greg Urwin, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, stating that “he inspired us all with his vision of a cohesive and prosperous Pacific region.” read more

UN sounds the alarm as dire humanitarian situation continues to grip Somalia

21 July 2010As Somalia remains in the grip of a humanitarian crisis, it is vital to ensure adequate funding to assist the 3.2 million people – or more than 40 per cent of the population – who rely on international aid, a senior United Nations aid official stressed today. UN agencies and their partners have so far received only 56 per cent of the $600 million needed to fund critical areas such as health, water and sanitation, nutrition and livelihood support in Somalia, which is recovering from drought and years of chaos and is also in the throes of ongoing violence. “My major concern at this time of the year is that there is a renewed emphasis on ensuring that we do address the funding gaps in Somalia to help us to sustain the achievements that can continue to be made in one of the world’s most difficult and acute humanitarian crises,” said Mark Bowden, the UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator for Somalia.He told a news conference in New York that the situation in the Horn of Africa nation is characterized by severe child malnutrition, loss of livestock and livelihoods, as well as ongoing displacement owing to continued clashes between Government forces and Islamist militant groups.The conflict has led to Somalia being one of the countries with the highest number of uprooted people in the world – an estimated 1.4 million displaced within the country and almost 595,000 living as refugees in neighbouring countries. “Conflict is the driving cause behind displacement and most of it comes from Mogadishu,” he said, noting that 20,000 people were displaced in the capital in June, and an estimated 200,000 people have been displaced from the city this year. In addition, fighting in Mogadishu since March this year has led to more than 3,000 conflict-related casualties.“What I genuinely hope is that we try to find some way of reducing the impact of this conflict on the civilian population and all parties need to find more peaceful means of settling their disputes,” he said, adding that where that is not possible, to at least avoid the considerable collateral damage on civilians. Despite the ongoing crisis, Mr. Bowden noted that the situation in Somalia “isn’t all bad news,” although it is one of the most complicated humanitarian situations the UN is facing. Some major achievements include keeping the country free of polio amid a resurgence of the disease in a number of other African countries. This is thanks to the provision of clean water to 1.3 million people, as well as vaccination campaigns that were carried out, even in volatile areas. “We are able to make progress in terms of managing humanitarian operations in extremely difficult circumstances, which include control of large parts of the country by rebel groups and active conflict in other parts,” he noted. read more

Expect a soft landing for condo development housing market bankers say

[np_storybar title=”Housing market seen headed for mild correction” link=””%5DSlower sales and a flattening of home prices in Vancouver and Toronto will drag down national averages in the first half of this year, Royal LePage warns [/np_storybar]Canada’s leading bankers expect the country’s real estate market, including condominium development, faces a “soft landing” even though the slowdown is affecting mortgage lending.Speaking to a RBC banking conference in Toronto on Tuesday, the country’s top bankers said they don’t expect a dramatic downturn like one experienced by the United States about five years ago.The bursting of the U.S. housing bubble is considered a major cause of the credit crunch that swept Wall Street and then the global economy in the fall of 2008, after interest rates on sub-prime mortgages rose and defaults soared.By contrast, sub-prime mortgages have been less common in Canada and real-estate prices have trended upward for the most part — except for a few months during the 2008-9 recession and in some economically disadvantaged areas.“Our expectation is that the overall real estate market in Canada is still relatively solid,” Royal Bank CEO Gord Nixon said Tuesday.Despite reports that suggest Canadian housing is in crisis, he said the pullback is limited to a couple of markets, notably Vancouver.“We have seen a slowdown in sales and we’ve certainly seen a slowdown in mortgage demand but price levels are relatively stable,” he added, noting that by most metrics other than debt to disposable income indicators are in line with historic standards.“So our expectation is we’ve got this sort of soft landing scenario on the real estate side.”National Post The head of Canada’s largest bank said he expects RBC’s consumer lending growth will slow to mid single digits but it should see an increase in commercial loans.Nixon said the bank has relatively small exposure to the condominium market at $1.2-billion of a $700-billion loan portfolio and has requirements that protect it from troubled lenders.“We’re not overly concerned with respect to condo itself because our relative exposures are quite small — on a relative basis, the smallest of the Canadian banks,” he said.However, Nixon noted that a significant decline in the overall real estate market would have broader impact across the economy which would hurt the banking industry.While Nixon expressed confident with most parts of the bank’s businesses, he said RBC will focus on improving its underperforming Caribbean operations.Bloomberg Bank of Montreal CEO Bill Downe told the conference that BMo limited its exposure to the Canadian condo construction market at $700-million after watching some of the problems surface in the United States in 2007 and 2008.The bank is active in the U.S. mortgage lending market in the Midwest through its Harris Bank subsidiary.He doesn’t expect Canadian homeowner debt to keep growing at previous levels but not an “outright collapse in the market.”“In fact, house prices may just stagnate. Condominium prices may just stagnate for a couple of years. And that’s the definition of a soft landing,” Downe said.Downe predicted the overall U.S. housing market will show considerable strength this spring, stimulating commercial loans.After a strong fourth quarter with U.S. mortgages, Downe’s anticipating that the American economy will be much stronger this year, which will put upward pressure on interest rates in both countries.House prices may just stagnate. Condominium prices may just stagnate for a couple of years. And that’s the definition of a soft landing“I think the U.S. economy is going to perform much better in 2013 than people are anticipating,” he said.Scotiabank CEO Rick Waugh said he also foresees a soft landing for the Canadian condo market, which poses the greatest risk.He watches 90-day delinquencies very carefully for signs of deterioration.“It’s elevated above 2007 levels but only a bit…it probably will come up a little bit but at levels that are well within our risk appetite.”The Scotiabank president denounced suggestions that Ottawa could privatize the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., which he described as an integral part of the Canadian housing system that helped to ensure the country survived the housing crisis unlike a similar U.S. entity.“It ain’t broke, it worked, it met the biggest stress test in our lifetime. Why fool around with it? It’s not a Fannie Mae.”Meanwhile, Waugh said the bank will make a decision this year on whether to stick with its plans to pursue wealthy middle class Chinese after agreeing to pay $719-million for slightly less than a 20-per-cent stake in Bank of Guangzhou.He said it’s a very intriguing opportunity that the bank has been focused on for a year and for which it raised the required capital.However, he warned the bank won’t wait forever to close the transaction.“There’s a world of opportunities. We’ll find a place for it if that one doesn’t go but we can’t wait forever.”Ed Clark, president of TD Bank, said he remains pessimistic about Europe’s ability to turn its problems around and said Canada’s long period of growth that surpassed the U.S. is over, assuming politicians don’t make decisions to reduce short-term expansion.“I’m more positive on the United States than I am on Canada in growth numbers.” read more

TMX Group to acquire Trayport Holdings from ICE in deal worth 931M

TORONTO — TMX Group Ltd. has signed a deal to acquire Trayport Holdings Ltd. from Intercontinental Exchange Inc. in an agreement valued at $931 million.Under the transaction, TMX Group will pay $592 million in cash and sell Natural Gas Exchange Inc. and Shorcan Energy Brokers to ICE for $339 million.Trayport provides services to energy commodities traders, exchanges, wholesale brokers and central clearing counterparties.It has about 240 employees in offices in London, New York and Singapore.The companies said that the UK Competition and Markets Authority has approved the sale of Trayport to TMX Group.The sale of NGX and Shorcan Energy to ICE is subject to regulatory approval and notifications including approval from the Canadian Competition Bureau. read more

Three dozen UN Member States offer to help others prevent weapons proliferation

Responding to a Security Council resolution binding 191 United Nations Member States to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, three dozen governments have signed up to help other countries draft legal frameworks, put in place domestic controls, or share their experiences.The 36 countries, whose responses have been posted on the web site of the Security Council’s “1540 Committee,” range alphabetically from Argentina to the United States.Many of the excerpted replies are terse, asking that requests be specific, giving addresses where the relevant government officials should be reached and limiting their sharing to their own geographical regions. Others go into some detail, such as Liechtenstein, which offered to help other countries and noted that its own legislation had recently been updated to cover the suppression of the financing of terrorism and money laundering. The Committee said it has developed a matrix to analyze the first national reports submitted by 124 Member States and take into account information they may also provided to the UN Secretariat, the Vienna-based UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the 172-member UN-affiliated Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in The Hague, The Netherlands. read more

Steppedup attacks in Central African Republic prompt UN call for more peacekeepers

According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), at least 60 people have been killed in Bangui in the past 10 days amid stepped-up attacks between the mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka and Muslims.OHCHR spokesperson Cécile Pouilly told reporters in Geneva that on 27 March, at least 20 people were killed and 11 injured when a grenade was thrown at a crowd of mourners during a funeral service near the PK5 neighbourhood in Bangui. On 22 and 23 March, anti-Balaka elements attacked that same neighbourhood, where some 700 Muslims are believed to be stranded, in an attempt to take control of the zone. According to the Red Cross, at least 15 people were killed during the subsequent fighting and the intervention of the African Union peacekeeping mission (MISCA) and the French military force in CAR known as Sangaris.There are also reports of increased tensions and clashes between anti-Balaka elements and MISCA, with anti-Balaka reportedly directly targeting the mission’s military and civilian personnel on several occasions.This past Saturday, 24 people were allegedly killed and some 100 people injured, including at least one child, by Chadian soldiers on the outskirts of the PK12 neighbourhood, in the suburb of Begoua. “Although we are still trying to clarify the exact circumstances of this incident, it appears that Chadian soldiers fired indiscriminately at a crowd following an incident,” said Ms. Pouilly. “We are still trying to confirm the exact affiliation of these soldiers.”On Monday, she added, an anti-Balaka element reportedly threw a grenade at Chadian soldiers, before being killed by French troops. “In the light of this further deterioration of the security situation, we once again urge States to support the Secretary-General’s urgent appeal for thousands more peacekeepers and police,” Ms. Pouilly stated.Amid the ongoing conflict in CAR, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed the deployment of a nearly 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping mission that will be tasked, first and foremost, with protecting civilians in the strife-torn nation. The UN is uniquely positioned to deploy and sustain such a mission – which would aim at re-hatting as many MISCA troops as possible – with the full range of capacities required to address the complex crisis in the country. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed, and 2.2 million, about half the population of CAR, need humanitarian aid as a result of the conflict that began in December 2012, when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks.More than 650,000 people are still internally displaced, and over 290,000 have fled to neighbouring countries in search of refuge from the conflict, which has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones. “The renewed inter-communal violence has triggered further displacement within the country and across its borders,” Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said in Geneva.CAR refugees – mostly Muslim – continue to stream into neighbouring countries, according to the agency. In the past three months, more than 82,000 people from CAR have found shelter in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Congo and Chad.UNHCR added that it fears for the lives of 19,000 Muslims in the PK12 neighbourhood of Bangui, in Boda, Carnot and Berberati, to the west of Bangui, and in Bossangoa, further north. Ms. Lejeune-Kaba stated that the agency stands ready to assist with their evacuation to safer areas within or outside the country.She added that many of Boda’s Christians also fear the anti-Balaka militiamen, who operate with impunity. read more

Man dies in London after falling through ice on frozen lake trying

first_imgBEXLEYHEATH update: A man pulled from Danson Park lake after reportedly falling through ice while trying to rescue his dog is believed to be in a critical condition after being rescued by the emergency services.— Kent 999s (@Kent_999s) February 28, 2018 A man has died after he was plucked from a frozen lake in a London park which he fell through reportedly trying to rescue his stranded dog.Emergency services were called to Danson Lake in Danson Park, Welling, south east London following the incident as temperatures plummeted to -2C.The man, thought to be in his 60s, was pulled from the water of the popular boating, sailing and angling lake in a sprawling public park and has been taken to a South London hospital.Scotland Yard confirmed last night that the man, who has not yet been identified, had died.The death is being treated as unexplained at this stage.A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at approximately 3.55pm on Wednesday (February 28) to reports of a man in the water at Danson Park in Welling. “Officers and London’s Air Ambulance attended.”The man, believed to be aged in his 60s, was recovered from the water and taken to a south London hospital where he died.”His next of kin are aware. The death is being treated unexplained.”The dog was rescued by boat from the 12-acre lake, the London Fire Brigade said.center_img 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.last_img read more

Patterson says CJIAs new arrival building to be completed in June

The new arrival building located on the south-western section of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) is expected to be completed in June.An artist’s impression of what the completed CJIA expansion project will look likeThis is according to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, who, on Monday, during a local radio programme said that the project was almost 80 per cent complete and had some two months more before completion.This announcement comes on the heels of complaints being made by passengers entering the country about overcrowding and congestion in the arrival area.In order to facilitate the ongoing expansion project, the immigration and security operations were shifted to the former Greeters Hall.After the mandatory security checks, passengers would then proceed along another corridor to the Departure Lounge area to await boarding.Minister of Public Infrastructure, David PattersonThe expansion project is geared at addressing four critical areas: insufficient public parking; overcrowding within the terminal; conflicts of parking aircraft while at the same time permitting larger aircraft on the international apron and a safety area in the event of an aircraft overshooting the runway.The project is expected to result in two air passenger boarding bridges for passengers’ arrival and departure; a 450-person departure seating area and escalators and elevators, in addition to the extended runway that would cater for categories of larger aircraft.The Minister further noted that the project was progressing smoothly and on schedule to the completion date, and this is a planned stage of the renovation works to accommodate construction while maintaining operations of the existing terminal.In February last, President David Granger and his Cabinet were given a tour of the airport, and were updated on the progress of the works.During a presentation on the project, it was revealed that some US$114 million has thus far been expended on the airport, while an additional US$27 million would be spent before the end of the year.The airport expansion works are between 75 and 80 per cent completed. The Project’s Manager, Carmichael Thorne, during his presentation, stated that under the previous Administration, Guyana had secured a US$138 million loan from the China Export-Import (Exim) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government has injected some US$12 million.However, when the coalition Government came in to power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but following discussions between the Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and the contracting company, China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), it was announced that the project would be continued, but with a reduction in its design and capacity. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL, Oil rush sends airport arrivals through the roofSeptember 25, 2017In “Business”CJIA revenue collection up by 13% as at Nov. 30December 29, 2016In “Local News”CJIA revenue collection up by 13%December 29, 2016In “latest news” read more

The government treats people like gobshites John Wilson

first_img Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter “Really and truly, Labour have been decimated – but that’s nothing unusual. The junior party in any coalition suffers the brunt of the people’s anger.”He said that one of the main reasons the government was being punished was recent controversies surrounding people with chronic illnesses losing their discretionary medical cards and being “forced to beg for their legal entitlements”.‘Lucky to be alive’Wilson had intended to run as an independent candidate in the local election in the Cavan-Belturbet area but had to drop out due to ill health.He was diagnosed with bowel cancer earlier this year, but said he was feeling well after an operation successfully removed the growth.I’m very, very lucky to be alive. The opertion was successful. Cancer to me was always going to happen to somebody else. It was never going to happen to me. I’m feeling very, very well, thank God. I’m so honoured that Luke Flanagan picked me as a first reserve.Wilson wasn’t the only one in Castlebar reacting to Gilmore’s resignation.Sinn Féin’s finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said that Labour needed more than a change of leadership.“Nobody takes pleasure in somebody else’s demise, but if the Labour party really listen to the electorate what they need to do is something more radical than just change their party leader. They need a fundamental change in how Labour are behaving in government.The people are appalled that the Labour party have been a crutch to Fine Gael to implement their austerity policy. People can’t afford to wait until a General Election. They want change and they want it now. Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy and Pearse Doherty dissecting the second count figures. #ee14 #ep14 #mnw— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) May 26, 2014 Wilson and Flanagan Source: Órla Ryan/TheJournal.ieGARDA WHISTLEBLOWER JOHN Wilson has slammed the government, saying it treats Irish people “like gobshites”.Wilson said the Cabinet was full of “arrogant” people who “look after their own little world”.He welcomed Eamon Gilmore’s announcement yesterday that he would be resigning as leader of the Labour party, after a disastrous local election that saw the junior coalition party poll at around seven per cent nationally.Wilson said that members of the Fine Gael Labour coalition represented “some of the most arrogant individuals that have ever been in any government in this country”. He said his comments were directed at Gilmore and other ministers such as Ruairi Quinn, Phil Hogan and former justice minister Alan Shatter who resigned earlier this month.Shatter’s demise was sealed by the Guerin Report into corruption in an Garda Síochána, some of which was exposed by Wilson.The former garda made the comments while at the Midlands North West count centre in Castlebar, Co Mayo yesterday. He was there to support Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan.Wilson is Flanagan’s first substitute should he be unable to serve his full term in Brussels, however Flanagan admitted such an outcome was unlikely.The Roscommon TD was elected on the second count with 129,561 votes. The quota was 129,290 votes. Counting in the constituency will resume this morning, with six candidates still in contention for the three remaining seats.Last month, he told the Dáil that he and Wilson were followed by an unmarked Garda car when visiting the headquarters of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission in Dublin to expose further allegations of corruption within the force.‘Are you watching Ruari Quinn?’Wilson said it was “insulting” that education minister Ruairi Quinn dismissed Flanagan’s success as a “protest vote”, saying he was a serious candidate who had been elected at local, national and now European level.When Flanagan was elected, he, Wilson and others chanted: “Are you watching Ruari Quinn?”center_img Teary-eyed Luke Ming Flanagan and John Wilson after first count. #ee14 #ep14 #mnw— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) May 26, 2014 Wilson said voters have turned their backs on the government because they have ignored the needs of the people.Mainstream parties have forgotten about their grassroots, basically. They have forgotten about the basic needs of the people. The way to judge any government – not just this junta – is the way it treats the underprivileged and the needy in society. This government is solely a government for the economy. They have forgotten about society. Sitting Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins said Gilmore wasn’t the problem within Labour, but noted that the Tánaiste had made the wrong choice of portfolio in Foreign Affairs as it wasn’t “appropriate” for the country’s deputy leader “to be out of the country so much”.Higgins suggested that Gilmore take an economic portfolio in the upcoming government reshuffle.“I have nothing but the height of praise for Labour. I’ve seen Labour in governments before where they lost their nerve … The minority party in government inevitably and invariably takes the hit.“I hope they can regroup because they’ve been very good partners in government, very responsible. Minister by minister they’ve been absolutely superb,” he added.Higgins is certain to lose his European seat when the Midlands North West count resumes today.The other candidates still in the running include Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy, Mairead McGuinness of Fine Gael, independent Marian Harkin, Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher and Thomas Byrne, both of Fianna Fáil.Election 2014 Liveblog: European and local results (plus Gilmore resigns) as it happensRead: Eamon Gilmore resigns as Labour Party leaderRelated: Ming: No, I won’t send areplacement to Brusselslast_img read more