Will break bones of those who disrespect cows: MLA

first_imgAmid a widespread crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses and meat shops in Uttar Pradesh by the Yogi Adityanath government, Vikram Saini, BJP MLA for Khatauli, said he would break the limbs and hands of those who show disrespect to cows and kill gau mata.At a function in the riot-affected Shamli district on Saturday, Mr. Saini, an accused in the 2013 Muzzaffarnagar riots, said, “I contested this election shouting Bharat Mata ki jai and Vande Mataram. I asked for votes, saying those who feel proud to say Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata ki jai, and those who consider the cow gau mata should vote for me.”Underlining the divisive issues which dominated the election campaign and the communal polarisation in the sensitive region of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, Mr. Saini added, “I did not ask for votes from people who hesitate to say Vande Mataram and those who do not say Bharat mata ki jai.”‘Our govt. in power’Mr. Saini’s assertion that “Now that our government has come to power, I will fulfil the promises”, met with celebratory applause from an audience largely consisting of youth. Sanjeev Baliyan, a Minister in the Narendra Modi government, and Suresh Rana, the BJP MLA for Thana Bhawan, shared the stage with him.Mr. Saini hails from Kawal village in Muzaffarnagar, the flashpoint of the 2013 communal riots. He was accused of making inflammatory speeches during the riots and was charged under the stringent National Securities Act by the then Samajwadi Party government. The BJP gave him ticket from the Khatauli Assembly constituency in Muzaffarnagar district.Speaking to reporters later on Sunday, Mr. Saini remained unapologetic about his remarks, and said he had spoken “with an open heart in the language of a villager.”last_img read more

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Average CEO Salary in U.S. 10 Times More Than India

first_imgChief executive officers in the United States are paid as much as 10 times more than their Indian counterparts, according to a Bloomberg’s Global CEO Pay-to-Average Income ratio. CEOs in the United States as well as in India earn far more than the average worker.CEOs of companies listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange earn 229 times more than the average worker in India, according to another analysis by Bloomberg. The gap is the second largest, after the United States, where the ratio is 265.Despite the similar pay scale ratio between CEOs and average workers in the United States and India, the CEO in the western nation make on an average $14.25 million per annum while the Indian CEO makes around $1.46 million, according to Bloomberg analysis that used benchmark stock indexes in 22 nations.For instance, Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook received $9.33 million incentive pay for the year ended Sept. 30, $3.06 million in salary and an equity award of $89.2 million — bringing his total payout for the year to about $102 million.Meanwhile, the highest paid Indian CEO earned $24 million in FY2017. Tech Mahindra’s CP Gurnani earned $438,200 in salary while the rest was stock options.“Regardless of how it’s measured, CEO pay continues to be very, very high and has grown far faster in recent decades than typical worker pay,” Economic Policy Institute (EPI) researchers Lawrence Mishel and Jessica Schieder wrote in their report in July 2017. “Exorbitant CEO pay means that the fruits of economic growth are not going to ordinary workers since the higher CEO pay does not reflect correspondingly higher output.”While the average CEO Pay-to-Average ratio has steadily reduced from 299-to-1 in 2014 and 286-to-1 in 2015 to 265 in 2017, it is much higher than the 20-to-1 ratio in 1965 and the 59-to-1 ratio in 1989, the EPI report said.The CEO Pay-to-Average ratio in China is 127, with CEOs in the country earning an average of $1.87 million per annum. Norway and Austria were shown to have among the smallest gaps. CEOs of firms in the Norwegian OBX index earned on average $1.28 million, with a pay ratio of 20.The analysis took into account pay disclosed in public filings, including salary, bonuses, perquisites and non-cash pay such as equity awards, deferred-compensation programs and pensions. Related ItemsEmploymentlast_img read more

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Uichico, Gilas confident as PH shoots for 18th basketball gold

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Uichico, Gilas confident as PH shoots for 18th basketball gold3.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Bautista silences hostile crowd, downs hometown bet View comments LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines has been the undisputed basketball power in the Southeast Asian Games with the most men’s basketball golds in the regional event with 17.And as the Gilas cadets start their campaign in the 2017 Games, head coach Jong Uichico said they want to enter MABA Stadium with a confidence so high they’ll bring another championship to the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ READ: Gilas cadets kick off title defense vs tough Thais“Of course, when you enter the Games, you want to be as confident as possible that you’re able to beat any team that gets in your way to win the gold,” said Uichico in Filipino Saturday at Sunway Putra Hotel.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 shutoutGilas coach Jong Uichico. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe likes of Kiefer Ravena, Almond Vosotros, Kevin Ferrer, Baser Amer, and Mac Belo are once again in the team that delivered the country its 16th gold in the regional games.Uichico added they have to bring out their best every game if they want to continue the country’s reign in Southeast Asia and claim their 11th straight gold medal. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program “We have to give our best and play our A game every single game so we can reach our goal to get the gold,” said Uichico. “We’re positive and upbeat and we know that we have to do our business, this is a business and not a vacation.”last_img read more

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Garbrandt gets pep talks from Kobe, Tyson before UFC fight

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UFC wraps up its first year of cards in New York with its second trip to Madison Square Garden. McGregor headlined a card last November that set an MSG gate record of $17 million.White said the sold-out 217 show should again rake in the cash.“We’re No. 1 here and this weekend we’re going to be No. 3,” White said. “New York’s been very good to us and we’re going to continue to come. We want to be No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 at MSG.”UFC also ran a show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and one in Buffalo. UFC seems poised to expand its East Coast footprint in 2018 with a card set for Boston and a possible return to New Jersey’s Prudential Center on the horizon.“This will be the biggest year in company history. We’re on track for the biggest year ever,” White said of UFC’s profits.COVER BOYMcGregor, the lightweight champion, was revealed Friday as the EA UFC 3 cover boy. McGregor shared the cover last year with Rousey. McGregor is coming off his richest payday yet in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr., and said he wants a piece of the company before he returns to UFC.White was confident McGregor would return, possibly for a bout against interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson.“As we go into negotiations with Conor, there’s always all kinds of crazy stuff out there,” White said. “We always get deals done with Conor. Conor has been easy to deal with, and we’ll get it done.” Garbrandt puts the bantamweight belt on the line when he fights T.J Dillashaw (15-3) in what could be the fight of the night on a three title-fight card.“We’re the real main event,” Garbrandt said.Garbrandt won the championship at UFC 207 when he battered Dominick Cruz, snapping his 13-bout winning streak with flair. Garbrandt repeatedly knocked down Cruz in the fourth round and handed him his first MMA loss since March 24, 2007.Garbrandt, a native of Uhrichsville, Ohio, was a competitor on the reality series “The Ultimate Fighter” for fellow Team Alpha Male teammate Urijah Faber when he famously shoved McGregor and they had to be separated. Garbrandt would later coach against Dillashaw on TUF.UFC President Dana White has said Garbrandt’s talent and remarkable charisma gives him the potential to become UFC’s most marketable budding star in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The 26-year-old Garbrandt, a tattooed tough guy with remarkable charisma out of Ohio, makes his first defense of his 135-pound title Saturday night at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden.His rapid ascent up the card — on the strength of an 11-0 record — has him positioned as a fighter who could make the leap into pay-per-view headliner and gravely needed superstar.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 shutoutThe MSG card is headlined by two stars pushing 40 in middleweight champ Michael Bisping (38) and UFC veteran Georges St. Pierre (36). UFC mainstream stars Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey have no fights on the horizon. Jon Jones, perhaps the greatest pound-for-pound MMA fighter ever, is again out indefinitely as he faces his latest doping penalty.The cage door for a breakthrough star is wide open for 2018. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Gamescenter_img MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 FILE – Cody Garbrandt, right, celebrates as he receives his belt after defeating Dominick Cruz, left, in a bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207 in Las Vegas. Garbrandt is slated to defend his title against TJ Dillashaw on Saturday at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK — Cody Garbrandt got a pair of championship pep talks in the week leading up to the biggest fight of his career: Kobe Bryant and Mike Tyson each stopped by for a motivational pick-me-up and to rub elbows with perhaps UFC’s next big thing.Garbrandt yearns to share more than championships with the stars — he wants to be stamped with the same greatness that defined them.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Totally able “It humbles you to have Dana White and the UFC believe in you, finally,” he said. “I feel I am going to be the next superstar. However, that doesn’t put extra hype or pressure on me to fulfill those shoes. I go out there and perform. And look, I have fun fighting.”Garbrandt vs. Dillashaw could be the fight of the night, but here’s what else to check out at MSG:HISTORYJoanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0) puts the 115-pound championship on the line against Rose Namajunas (6-3). Jedrzejczyk is set to tie Rousey’s mark of six title defenses.With a win Jedrzejczyk would make UFC history — and maybe headline her own PPV card.“There’s no if. I will,” Jedrzejczyk said.GSP RETURNSSt. Pierre ends his four-year sabbatical to fight Bisping for the middleweight championship in the main event. St. Pierre was one of the UFC’s biggest stars and pay-per-view draws during his long reign atop the 170-pound division, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013.“He looks impregnated by aliens,” Bisping said.NEW YORK, NEW YORK Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

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Jets’ Vick Grateful to Eagles

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Michael Vick remembers taking the drive to Philadelphia to restart his NFL career — and loathing every minute of the ride.He was getting a second chance after serving nearly two years in prison for his role in a dogfighting ring. But Vick wasn’t sure if the Eagles were the right fit.What if, he thought, after all this time away from football, he was making a huge mistake?“I’ll never forget,” Vick recalled. “It was a place I didn’t want to be. I wanted to go to a team and start, but I knew I was going to sit behind Donovan (McNabb) and Kevin Kolb. I just remember being angry the whole trip and kind of upset — almost a disgruntled employee before I could even get there.”Once Vick arrived on that August day in 2009, he sat down with McNabb, then-coach Andy Reid and then-offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, and everything changed.“I said, ‘OK,’” said Vick, now with the New York Jets and reunited with Mornhinweg. “I didn’t know how long it would be, but I was like, ‘OK, this can be my home for a year,’ and it ended up being home for five years. That’s how God works.”Because of that, Vick says, Philadelphia will hold a special place in his heart, despite the rocky start. “There will always be the sense of gratitude,” he said. “That’ll never change.”Vick, now the backup to Geno Smith with the Jets, is expected to take a few snaps Thursday night when he returns to Philadelphia in the teams’ preseason finale.With the Eagles, Vick rehabilitated his image and re-established himself as one of the NFL’s most dynamic players. He dealt with injuries, too, but there was no doubt that the player whose eye-popping athletic ability was often compared to a video game was still there.Even last season, Vick was looking good in Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense until he injured a hamstring in the fifth game. He returned three games later, but was ineffective. Nick Foles replaced him during that game — and Vick never started again.Despite how his five seasons ended in Philadelphia, Vick insisted he’s “absolutely” OK with it.“I never want to play second fiddle to anybody,” he said, “but I just felt like that team was in such a groove that I didn’t want to try to become a distraction even though I could have fought for my position and fought for the job.“But I just felt like that team was just in a good place and didn’t want to interrupt that.”He became a free agent and signed with the Jets in March, fully aware that the team was going to give Smith every opportunity to be the starter in his second season.After the Jets’ preseason loss to the Giants on Aug. 22, Rex Ryan announced that Smith would be under center in Week 1.Meanwhile, Vick will be counted on to mentor Smith and be able to step in if the young quarterback falters — a role he accepted last season in Philadelphia.“Yeah, I think it helped me for this situation that I’m in now and what’s taking place here in this point in my life,” Vick said. “You always envision yourself being a starter. You always want to be the guy behind the center, but times change and things change and we change as individuals, our feelings and emotions. I think I’ve changed over the years and I still have the same attitude, winning attitude, but now I kind of see things from a different perspective.“It’s very humbling to be in the position that I’m in now because I get to see things from a different angle. That’s just as important as being a starter, if you ask me.”Even at 34, Vick sees himself on film and knows he can play at a high level. That might have some wondering if Vick might still have signed with the Jets — rather than a place he could immediately start — if he had a chance to do it over again.“Yeah, absolutely,” he said. “The worst thing I could do is tell you, ‘No.’ The worst thing I could do is say, ‘I would have done it differently.’ … I’m just happy to be in this position. I think from the beginning I wouldn’t have made the decision if I didn’t think it was the right one.“I can honestly and candidly say right now that I’m very thankful and grateful to be here as a Jet and excited about what we can accomplish this year.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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China warns US against opening Middle East Pandoras box

first_imgBeijing: China on Tuesday warned against opening a “Pandora’s box” in the Middle East after the United States announced the deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the region amid escalating tensions with Iran. Foreign Minister Wang Yi also urged Tehran to not abandon the nuclear agreement “so easily” after Iran said it would exceed its uranium stockpile limit if world powers fail to fulfil their commitments under the agreement in 10 days. The United States ratcheted up pressure on Iran Monday, announcing the deployment of additional troops to the Middle East and producing new photographs it said showed Tehran was behind an attack on a tanker ship in the Gulf of Oman last week. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”We call on all parties to remain rational and restrained, not to take any actions to provoke the escalation of tension in the region, and not to open a Pandora’s box,” Wang told reporters in Beijing during a joint press conference with visiting Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem. “In particular, the United States should change its practice of extreme pressure,” Wang said. Tensions between Tehran and Washington have escalated ever since the US quit the nuclear deal and with Washington blacklisting Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation. Wang urged Iran to “make prudent decisions” and not “so easily abandon” the deal that aims to keep Teheran’s nuclear ambitions in check. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorIranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on May 8 that Iran would stop observing restrictions on its stocks of enriched uranium and heavy water agreed under the deal, a move he said was in retaliation for the unilateral US withdrawal. Iran has threatened to go even further in scaling down nuclear commitments by July 8 unless remaining partners to the deal — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — help it circumvent US sanctions and especially enable it to sell its oil.last_img read more

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Canada finally backs UN Indigenous declaration

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Canadian government said Friday it had endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.The government has long been urged by First Nations leaders across the country to sign the document. The Conservative government admitted its refusal to endorse it had harmed its relationship with First Nations people.Canada’s UN ambassador John McNee met with the president of the UN General Assembly Friday to indicate Canada’s decision to formally endorse the declaration.“We understand and respect the importance of this (declaration) to Indigenous peoples in Canada and worldwide,” said Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan, in a statement. “Canada has endorsed the declaration to further reconcile and strengthen our relationship with Aboriginal peoples in Canada.”Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo said he welcomed the government’s announcement.“Today marks an important shift in our relationship and now the real work begins,” said Atleo. “Endorsing the declaration is the opportunity to look forward and re-set the relationship between First Nations and the Crown so it is consistent with the Treaties and other agreements with First Nations upon which this country was founded.”The government had initially voted against the document, along with the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, saying it infringed on Canadian laws.“We are not prepared to sign on to this non-binding document because it is inconsistent with our Constitution, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the National Defence Act, Supreme Court rulings, policies under which we negotiate treaties, and does not account for third-party interests,” said Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan, in 2009, when he was a parliamentary secretary.Canada now says it is “confident” it can “interpret the principles expressed in the declaration” without infringing on the Constitution or the country’s laws.Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Canada’s decision to change its position on the declaration signalled its commitment to “promoting and protecting” the rights of Indigenous peoples.“Canada’s active involvement abroad, coupled with its productive partnership with Aboriginal Canadians is having a real impact in advancing Indigenous rights and abroad,” said Cannon, in a statement.NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder said it was about time the government acted on the declaration.“With each day that went by without that recognition, Aboriginal peoples questioned whether or not the Prime Minister’s residential school apology truly meant anything,” said Crowder.Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized in 2008 for the Indian residential schools policy and for the way Aboriginal children were treated at these schools.An interview with Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan will air Friday evening at 6 p.m. ET on APTN National Newslast_img read more

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Somali president resolute after Shebab car bombing

first_imgSomalia’s president vowed Saturday he would not halt efforts to restore peace and security to the country in the wake of a car bomb attack in central Mogadishu by Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels.The huge blast on Friday evening outside a top hotel in Somalia’s capital killed at least four people, including a government official, and wounded 15, according to the government.“I strongly condemn this heinous act of terrorism outside the Maka al Mukurama Hotel by Shebab, which caused deaths and injuries to civilians,” Somalia’s internationally backed president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, said in a statement. “The aim of the attack was to terrorise people in order to stop the huge progress towards peace and stability in Somalia. We say out loudly to Shebab that you will never stop us making huge progress towards peace and stability and good governance,” he added.Officials said one of the country’s top diplomats — Abdulkadir Ali Dhuub, a former acting ambassador to London — was killed when the car bomb exploded outside the hotel, which is popular with officials and businessmen.The statement from the presidency said another blast was averted, with a man carrying a “laptop and explosive items” apprehended while trying to set off a bomb inside the hotel at the same time as the car bomb.In northeastern Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, authorities said they had also repelled a late Friday night Shebab raid on a prison holding militants.“A group estimated to be 30 to 40 men armed with rocket launchers, machine-guns and hand grenades attacked Bossaso Central Prison,” the regional government said in the statement, adding that its troops “bravely defended the prison and repelled the attackers”.It said no prisoners escaped during the raid, and that Shebab rebels were being pursued into a nearby mountainous area.Shebab militants have been pushed out of Mogadishu but still control large parts of the countryside and have continued to strike at the heart of the capital.In September the group also claimed responsibility for a massacre at an upmarket shopping centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi that left at least 67 dead.The latest attack comes as the African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM, is asking the UN Security Council to green-light a boost in its numbers as part of efforts to step up offensive operations against the Shebab.It also comes after a US army drone strike on a Shebab convoy last month that officials said killed the rebels’ top suicide bomb-maker.last_img read more

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Hamas slams spying charges against ousted president Morsi

first_imgGAZA CITY – Egypt’s prosecutor-general on Wednesday referred Morsi, three of his former aides, and 31 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to a criminal court to answer charges of espionagePalestinian resistance faction Hamas has denounced espionage allegations leveled against ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi by Egyptian prosecution authorities.“Hamas does not interfere in Egypt’s internal affairs,” group spokesman Salah al-Bardawil told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.Contact with Hamas, he said, should be considered “an honor” for any Arab.“How dare a government or judiciary consider the Palestinian resistance an enemy and criminalize cooperation with it?” he asked.Al-Bardawil called for dismissing the charges against Morsi, which, he asserted, only played into the hands of the Israeli occupation.Egypt’s prosecutor-general on Wednesday referred Morsi, three of his former aides, and 31 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to a criminal court to answer charges of espionage.The men are accused of “conspiring” with Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah to carry out a “terrorist plot” in Egypt, according to a statement issued by the prosecutor-general’s office.The defendants also face charges of financing terrorism and committing acts deemed “harmful to the country’s security and integrity.”last_img read more

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UNSG Guterres Wants Morocco and Algeria to Increase Dialogue

Rabat – The Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said that Guterres “has always been very supportive of increased dialogue between Algeria and Morocco.” The two neighboring countries share the world’s longest closed border.Dujarric made his remarks at a press briefing on Wednesday in response to a journalist’s question about King Mohammed VI’s proposal.On Tuesday, King Mohammed VI delivered a speech on the 43rd anniversary of the Green March. In his speech, The King said that Morocco is open to “any proposals and initiatives from Algeria” to re-establish bilateral ties. He added that the bilateral ties between Algeria and Morocco are “not normal” and “much less than acceptable.”The King also called for a political mechanism “to analyze all pending issues in good faith and in a very frank, objective and honest way, using an open-ended agenda, without conditions or exceptions.”“I should like to stress that Morocco is willing to consider the proposals or initiatives Algeria may want to offer in this regard so as to break the stalemate in the relations between the two neighbors and sister nations,” said the King.Dujarric also said that Guterres “welcomes” the support of King Mohammed VI for the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy Horst Kohler, who invited all parties for talks in Geneva December 5-6.The UN chief also commended the “parties and neighbours for responding positively to the invitation of Mr. Kohler for an initial roundtable” to discuss the Western Sahara conflict.According to Dujarric, Guterres also hoped that “this initial roundtable will be the beginning of a process that will lead to a solution of this long-standing conflict.”The roundtable was also highly welcomed by Resolution 2440 adopted by the Security Council on October 31.The resolution has for the first time mentioned Algeria as a party that should contribute and “work constructively” with Kohler to ensure the success of the political process. read more

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On OAUs anniversary Annan hails Organization as voice of Africa

In his message to an OAU meeting held to mark the occasion, the Secretary-General stressed that the Organization had helped Africa to play its part on the international stage and provided the nations on the continent with “a clear goal and a collective vision.” Mr. Annan’s message was delivered on his behalf by his Special Adviser for Africa, Ibrahim Gambari. Paying tribute to the OAU’s successes, Mr. Annan pointed to the OAU’s role as a rallying-point during the liberation struggle and its efforts today to mobilize the collective will of the continent against war, want and disease, including HIV/AIDS. He also expressed confidence that as the world increasingly came to recognize the potential of regional organizations to achieve peace and prosperity, UN-OAU cooperation would grow even stronger.Looking to the future, the Secretary-General said the OAU would provide an indispensable forum and structure for its Member States to plan how best to further their shared interests. He added that plans to transform the OAU into an “African Union” constituted “a bold endeavour which deserves the fullest support from the international community.”This initiative was also highlighted in the anniversary message of OAU Secretary-General Salim A. Salim. “The inspiration of the African Union, and the spirit that propelled all of us to pursue it, has been the recognition of the imperative necessity for Africans to pool together our strengths, solidify our unity and solidarity and dedicate ourselves to our common destiny,” he said.While noting several “positive and encouraging” developments across the continent, including the progress towards peace in Ethiopia and Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone, Mr. Salim pointed to areas where continued vigilance was warranted, especially “the grave situation between Liberia and Guinea and the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Burundi.”On broader challenges facing Africa, the OAU chief said the AIDS pandemic was “threatening to tear apart the fabric of our societies” and warned that it was “an illusion” to believe that such problems could be surmounted through individual efforts alone. “We need to be together,” he said. read more

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175 children placed in foster care 80 adopted CCPA

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related800 children in residential care; 250 in state careDecember 20, 2014In “Business”Over 840 children saved from being separated from their family during first quarter, says CPAApril 28, 2017In “CPA says saved over 840 children from separating from their family …during first quarter”Children in institutional care drop to below 25 percentJune 7, 2016In “Local News” The Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) has recorded an increase in the number of children placed into both permanent and temporary homes in 2018. This was disclosed by Director of the Agency, Ann Greene during an interview with this online publication.The CC&PA noted that a total of 175 children were placed in foster care homes with 117 foster parents. In addition 80 children were able to spend the holidays in the warmth of their new adopted families.Director, Child Care and Protection Agency, Ann GreeneAccording to the Child Care Arm of the Social Protection Ministry, 51 local families adopted children, 18 international Guyanese as well as 11 international or non- Guyanese.These numbers, Greene said is the highest compared with 2017. Although she did not provide INews with figures for the previous year, Greene noted that the significant increase was achieved as the adoption process was much earlier this year with the aid of the child court and additional laws.Important to note also was that this year, more children were placed in foster care. The Agency outlined in its yearend review that it managed to increase partnerships at the community level with key stakeholders including the Guyana Police Force, Teachers, Public Health Workers, Non- Governmental Organizations and Community Groups including faith-based organizations, for social network support for vulnerable families.The CC&PA said Child Protection work is not done in isolation, and as such, communities must take responsibilities for keeping children safe.Community-based initiatives and parenting programmes are known to be effective in strengthening the functioning of parents and enhancing the growth and development of children.Moreover, training was conducted with caregivers in State Care Homes as well as caregivers in privately managed Children Residential Care Institutions.This was done with the intent of providing an opportunity for the development of skills and techniques for improved service to children in residential care. read more

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Conor McGregor is paying for his mistakes says longtime coach

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4590564 Image: RTÉ/LateLateShow Saturday 13 Apr 2019, 1:30 PM No Comments 118,196 Views Share95 Tweet Email1 By Adam Daly Conor McGregor is ‘paying for his mistakes’ says longtime coach John Kavanagh said he does not condone the mistakes made by the former UFC champion. McGregor’s longtime coach, John Kavanagh, on last night’s Late Late Show. Image: RTÉ/LateLateShowcenter_img Apr 13th 2019, 1:30 PM McGregor’s longtime coach, John Kavanagh, on last night’s Late Late Show. COACH OF CONOR McGregor, John Kavanagh, has said he does not condone the mistakes made by the former UFC champion, adding that McGregor is “paying for them”.“He has made mistakes that I absolutely don’t condone. I know he regrets them, he’s paying for them, he’s trying to learn from them, he’s trying to move on,” Kavanagh said, speaking on last night’s Late Late Show.Earlier this week McGregor pleaded not guilty to robbery by sudden snatching and criminal mischief. Miami Police said McGregor slapped a phone out of a man’s hand and then stomped on it several times during the incident in Florida last month.Conor McGregor also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, avoiding jail time, for his role in the UFC 223 media day fracas at Barclays Center in Brooklyn last year. Short URL The goal setting, the work ethic, going for something that seems impossible – they’re the qualities that I love in Conor.McGregor announced his retirement from mixed martial arts in a tweet last month but backtracked last week by stating his intention to return to the octagon.Kavanagh also played down McGregor’s retirement, saying he would be “very surprised” if McGregor doesn’t fight again.“I have seen a bit of a resurgence in his passion and his love for it and I think if the right contest comes along, something that is interesting to him, something that will get the crowd going.“I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t fight again and it could even be this summer.”Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing A photo of McGregor after his Miami arrest. Source: Miami Beach PoliceKavanagh told Tubridy that he teaches over 200 children at his gym and he’s conscious of setting a good example for them. “I know Conor does as well,” he added.He went on to say he hopes McGregor can return to “positive things”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Yoshida says Japan doesnt have excuses

first_imgThe Japan national team captain says Qatar were superior, but the 2019 AFC Asian Cup helped the Japanese get better.Japan lost the 2019 AFC Asian Cup 3-1 against Qatar on Friday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.The Japanese had a very good run in the continental tournament, winning six consecutive matches before losing to the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts.And even after not lifting the trophy, Samurai Blue captain Maya Yoshida says they are responsible for their own defeat.“It’s difficult to describe how it feels,” Yoshida was quoted by First Post.“We were too passive, a bit naive and made so many mistakes. We conceded two goals at the beginning of the game which we shouldn’t have – we simply weren’t good enough.”“But they played well and deserve to be champions. No excuses, we move on,” he explained.“That third goal was really tough to accept.”“It killed the game. If that’s a penalty I probably have to jump without using my arms. It was accidental – but that was the referee’s decision,” he added about the controversial decision to award Qatar a penalty kick.“It’s a huge disappointment but we have to learn from it.”Christian Pulisic ‘happy’ with his Chelsea debut Andrew Smyth – July 19, 2019 Christian Pulisic was happy with how Chelsea debut turned out despite it ending in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.Now Japan and Qatar will participate in the 2019 Copa America to be played in Brazil this summer.“We have to lift ourselves and take the right energy into the Copa America and the (2022) World Cup qualifiers,” Yoshida continued.“It’s probably one of the hardest defeats of my career.”“I got caught out for all three goals. But losing is part of football, he concluded.2019 Japan will now play the Kirin Challenge Cup in March against Colombia and Bolivia.Then they will host the Kirin Asia Challenge Cup against Australia and China.The Samurai Blue will start their Copa America challenge on June 17 against Chile, three days later they take on Uruguay and finish the Group Stage against Ecuador.Let’s go to the @afcasiancup final. #AsianCupFinal#asiancup2019 #bringasiatogether pic.twitter.com/3Uc9nintSh— MAYA YOSHIDA (@MayaYoshida3) January 31, 2019last_img read more

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Spring Time Means Tire Changing Season

first_imgShannon McCarthy, DOT Spokeswoman: “Studded tires cause a tremendous amount of damage to our roads when the roads are dry, it causes even more damage when the roads and warm and dry, which is the conditions we are starting to move into right now.”  The deadline for Anchor Point and Homer was on April 15. Studded tires are only legal between September 15 and May 1 every year on a majority of the Kenai Peninsula. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The deadline to take off studded tires for a majority of the Kenai Peninsula is on May 1, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation.center_img Another option to avoid the deadlines: studless winter tires. Craig Wortham of Alyeska Tire said they still need to be changed over in the summer, to protect the heat-sensitive material, but some provide better traction than studded tires, and there’s no DOT deadline.last_img read more

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Aliens secretly living in Saturns moon Pan Researcher analyses NASA images to

first_imgNASAScott C Waring is now one of the most popular figures among conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts as he used to unveil various image anomalies on photos released by NASA taken from Mars and Moon. Recently, the self-proclaimed extraterrestrial researcher revealed that aliens are secretly living in Saturn’s moon Pan.Scott C Waring made this conclusion after analysing the images of this moon captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The alien researcher argues that the shape of this Saturn’s moon is so weird, and it is actually a probable space station that orbits the planet.”This disk moon doesn’t appear to be a moon at all, but probably a space station that orbits Saturn. Notice the Saturn ring that is attached to it? This ring is 100% proof that aliens on Saturn created this artificial moon to be a space station in orbit around the planet,” wrote Waring on his website UFO Sightings Daily.Waring added that aliens have used this tactic to hide from potential dangers as space is a very risky place to survive.”Aliens can calculate the odds of events happening before they happen, and apparently space is still a dangerous place, so much so that even advanced alien cultures need to hide and protect their ships, space stations, buildings and bases using camouflage to mask their existence. That would defiantly affect the odds of survival, and those are the odds they care most about,” added Waring.A few weeks back, after spotting an alien-like fossil on Mars, Waring claimed that extraterrestrials had once roamed the Red Planet. After making this discovery, Waring also urged United States President Donald Trump to make him the head of NASA. The researcher also assured that he will expose the bitter realities about alien lives once he gets appointed as the NASA chief.last_img read more

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Pakistan announces crackdown on Hafiz Saeed for financing terror activities

first_imgHafiz Saeed, leader of the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.ReutersPakistan officials announced a crackdown on the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief and 26/11 militant mastermind, Hafiz Saeed, on charges of terror financing on Wednesday, July 3. The move comes in the midst of international pressure on curbing terrorism in the country.The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Pakistan has launched 23 cases against Saeed and his 12 aides for using five trusts to collect funds for LeT’s terrorism-related activities. The trusts listed are Dawat Irshad Trust, Moaz Bin Jabal Trust, Al-Anfaal Trust, Al-Madina Foundation Trust and Al-Hamd Trust, reported India Today.Other LeT-linked charity organisations Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) were also investigated. The organisations are banned by the government of Pakistan and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).To evade the ban, the names of the organisations were changed to Al-Madina and Aisar Foundation, according to a report by Daily Times. “All the assets of these organisations and individuals will be frozen and taken over by the state,” said senior security official on conditions of anonymity.LeT is banned in India under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The United States, the United Kingdom, European Union, Russia, Australia, and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267 have banned the organisation under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions List.Last month, Pakistan had claimed to have shut down 13 militant training camps run by Jaish-e- Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen in various parts of Pakistan occupied Kashmir.The move was reportedly made to avoid being blacklisted by the international terrorism watchdog agency, Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Pakistan was ‘greylisted’ by FATF last year and was recently given an October 2019 deadline to control the rampant money laundering and terror financing in the country.Although the terror outfit is banned in Pakistan; countries like India and France, and some think tanks have claimed that Pakistan’s intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), provides support and protection to the militant organisation.LeT has played a crucial role in instigating tensions between Indo-Pak relations. After the Pulwama attack, India has reaffirmed its stance of zero tolerance for cross-border terrorism.last_img read more

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