A Border Security Force (BSF) officer was on Wednesday when an IED, apparently planted by Maoists, exploded while it was being defused by a bomb disposal squad (BDS) in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district. The incident took place near a BSF camp in Korenar village under Bande police station limits, a senior police official told PTI over phone. The injured was identified as Assistant Commandant Pradeep M, attached to the BSF’s 171 Battalion, he added. The home-made bomb was placed beneath the ground on a dirt track between Korenar village and the BSF camp, about 125 km from here, and it was spotted during a search operation by security personnel. A BDS unit of the BSF was summoned and when it was defusing the improvised explosive device (IED), it suddenly went off, injuring Pradeep who was standing nearby, he said. “The BSF official suffered splinter injuries. However, no harm was reported to the BDS members as they were in heavy protective suits,” he added. The injured official was rushed to a local hospital and then airlifted to the State capital Raipur for further treatment, he added.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) has thrown its weight behind its senior leader Azam Khan who faces charges of land grab in his Rampur constituency .Mr. Khan is the Lok Sabha member from Rampur in western U.P.SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has formed a 21-member internal committee to investigate the allegations of land grab levelled against Mr. Khan, as well as the Rampur administration’s alleged hounding of the party MP.SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said on Wednesday that “false cases” had been lodged against Mr. Khan.The party panel, led by the SP’s leader in the Legislative Council Ahmad Hasan, will go to Rampur on July 20 and submit a report to Mr. Yadav in three days. Meanwhile, Rampur district police chief Ajay Pal Sharma said 13 cases had been lodged against Mr. Khan after complaints by local farmers that he used intimidation and force to illegally occupy their land. “Investigation is on,” said Mr. Sharma, adding that a former local officer of the police had also been named in the FIRs.Mr. Khan was booked in June for allegedly occupying public property.The case was lodged on the complaint of the Naib Tehsildar K.G. Mishra.Along with Mr. Khan, Registrar of Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur R.A. Qureshi and varsity Security Officer Alhe Hasan Khan were also named in the FIR.Mr. Khan is the Chancellor of the varsity and the gram sabha land is allegedly encroached upon by the University. According to the FIR lodged at Azimnagar police station, the university illegally occupied a 5-hectare parcel of riverine land belonging to the Seegan Khera gram sabha and built an 8-feet high pucca boundary wall around it.The staff also allegedly obstructed officials from carrying out measurement work at the site when they had visited it on May 25.The FIR invoked Sections 3, 4 and 332 of The Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act (1984).
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Ranchi, Mar 9 (PTI) The Opposition in the Jharkhand Assembly today raised objection over the state governments decision to name a new sports club Kamal Club, alleging the BJP dispensation seeks to promote a political partys symbol.Congress MLA Irfan Ansari raised the objection when Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Amar Kumar Bauri announced Kamal Club would be set up to promote sports in all panchayats.Entire Opposition joined Ansari and rushed to the Well, raising slogans against the government in the midst of the Ministers reply on the debate over Budget allocations to his departments.The Minister, however said Kamal Club would be registered under the Society Act and provided with sports kits.”The government is also promoting archery. Does it mean its a symbol of bow and arrow (indicating at the JMMs election symbol)?” he asked.However, the Opposition members continued their protests, cutting short the Minister?s reply.As the din continued towards the end of the days session, Speaker Dinesh Oraon took up the Cut Motion against the Budget allocations for voice vote.The House disapproved the Cut Motion, while passing the Budget allocations through voice vote before the House was adjourned for the day. PTI PVR DKB TIR LNS
Ganganjeet Bhullar ended a long trophy drought with a one-stroke victory at the Shinhan Donghae Open in South Korea on Sunday for his sixth title on the Asian Tour.The 28-year-old, who last won in 2013, carded a final round four-under-par 67 for a tournament total of 15-under 269 at the Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club in Incheon.Tour rookie Scott Vincent (69) of Zimbabwe and local favourite Kim Tae-woo (71) finished a stroke behind.Bhullar carded four birdies in five holes after making the turn in 34 and it took him to the top of the leaderboard at 17-under, with a four-shot advantage.But bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes halted his victory charge and Bhullar had to wait nervously to see if Vincent and Kim, playing in the final group, would force a playoff.”I knew I was leading by four shots and somehow 16 was one of the toughest holes and I had to keep the ball in play and try to make a par at least,” he said.”But I made a bogey there after hitting the water. Despite those two bogeys, I was still mentally strong and I knew that nobody was going to stop me from winning today.”Australia’s Scott Hend finished tied for fourth with Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski to increase his lead at the top of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
It’s not just cricket where India play Pakistan in a high-octane clash but the arch-rivals are also gearing up to face-off each other in another battle ground, at the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals on Sunday in London.India cricket captain Virat Kohli has wished the Indian team good luck ahead of the high-profile game.”I have played with the synthetic hockey balls indoors but have never tried hockey. It’s very scary I feel. Getting hit on the face from the penalty corner…I don’t know how these guys do it. You need a lot of guts to do that. I wish our team all the best, I have never tried my hand in it but they are pretty good so I am sure they’ll be fine,” Kohli said on the eve of the ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan.In the ongoing hockey tournament, India have recorded victory in their lone match so far while Pakistan have lost both their encounters.Hello @TheHockeyIndia, here’s our captain @imVkohli sending positive vibes ahead of the match against Pakistan. #INDvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/JpB4sOMooy- BCCI (@BCCI) June 17, 2017Coming back to cricket, India and Pakistan have only met in one ICC final – the 2007 World Twenty20 showpiece, which was won by India. Pakistan have never won the Champions Trophy while India are a two-time winners.India have been dominant against Pakistan in ICC events, with the overall record being 13-2 in their favour.Cricket’s biggest rivalry has become a bit of a dud. India have won all of their match-ups in global tournaments for the last five years, including two weeks ago on the Trophy’s opening weekend. India won by 124 runs, their seventh win out of 10 one-day internationals since 2010.advertisementThe final is India’s fourth in the last eight global tournaments. The Indians are the defending champions; powerful, purring and perpetual.India’s top three batsmen believe they can chase down anything: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma lead the tournament scoring list and Kohli is fifth.The India skipper is in top form scoring 253 runs and has been dismissed only once in four innings.
Shikhar Dhawan struck his 12th one day international hundred to help India beat Sri Lanka in the third and final match by eight wickets at Visakhapatnam and win the series 2-1 on Sunday.Dhawan smashed 100 not out off 85 balls to take India home with eight wickets in hand in do-or-die clash. After losing the series opener in Dharamsala, India bounced back in style riding on skipper Rohit Sharma’s third double hundred in ODI to level the series.Put in to bat, Sri Lanka were off to a solid start riding on Upul Tharanga’s 95 but thanks to India’s new spin-twin Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, the visitors were bundled out for 215 in 44.5 overs.Sri Lanka was cruising comfortably at 168/4 at one stage but the slide began thereafter as the Indian leg spinners shared six wickets between them.The hosts, who won the three-Test series between the sides 1-0, breezed to their target with almost 18 overs to spare to secure their eighth series victory in a row in the 50-over format.Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma, filling in for the rested Virat Kohli, fell for seven to off-spinner Akila Dananjaya but Dhawan remained unbeaten on 100 to guide India home.Dhawan, who also completed 4000 runs in the 50-over format, added 135 for the second wicket with Shreyas Iyer and an unbroken 70 with Dinesh Karthik, who finished on 26 not out.The left-handed opener reached his 12th ODI hundred in 84 balls, hitting 13 fours and two sixes.Playing his third ODI, Iyer compiled his second successive half-century before he was out for 65, his knock including eight fours and a six.advertisementAfter Rohit won the toss and opted to field fearing the evening dew would make it difficult for his spinners to grip the ball, Sri Lanka lost opener Danushka Gunathilaka for 13.But former captain Upul Tharanga launched a brutal counter-attack on the Indian quicks, smashing all-rounder Hardik Pandya for five successive boundaries in his second over.Tharanga hit 12 fours and three sixes in his 83-ball 95 and gave Sri Lanka a strong platform and shared a second-wicket stand of 121 with Sadeera Samarawickrama.Leg-spinner Chahal broke the stand when Samarawickrama was out caught at deep cover for 42.Left-armer Kuldeep, who took 3-42, then struck twice in one over to dismiss Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella, who was out after hitting the spinner for two fours.Chahal, who finished with 3-46, compounded Sri Lanka’s problems by spinning one past Angelo Mathews’s bat with the right-handed batsman stunned by the amount of turn generated by the leg-spinner to bowl him.From being 136-1 in 22 overs and looking set to post a tough target for India, Sri Lanka completely lost their way with the bat.The teams will next play a three-match Twenty20 series starting in Cuttack on Wednesday.(Courtesy: Reuters)That’s it and that’s a wrap. #TeamIndia do it in style and win the series 2-1 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/ftYwFqSNYQ- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 2017
Germany replicated the the feat of being the defending champions to lose their opening match of their title defense in the World Cup, just like France in 2002, Spain in 2014.Germany crashed to a defeat in their first game at the World Cup on Sunday as an enterprising Mexico refused to be intimidated and came away 1-0 winners in a thrill-packed Group F opener.A shaky warm-up campaign had called into question the dominant form the Germans showed in qualifying, but experience and records were on their side, having won every opening game at major tournaments since Joachim Low took over as coach in 2006.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP – DAY 4 LIVE UPDATESJuan Carlos Osorio’s side had other ideas, however, holding their own against the favourites’ fearsome but slowing midfield and finding space at the back and seeking to end 33 years without a win against Germany. After wasting a handful of first-half chances while living dangerously in their own half, Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute strike on the break proved just reward.When German centre back Mats Hummels lost possession deep in the Mexican half, Javier Hernandez was released through the middle. He outpaced Jerome Boateng and with a less than perfect pass found Lozano, who controlled the ball, cut inside Mesut Ozil, held off a charging Toni Kroos and slotted coolly past Manuel Neuer. At the other end, Guillermo Ochoa tipped a blistering Kroos free kick on to the bar minutes later, in what was to prove the Germans’ closest effort of a match in Moscow in which they had more than 60 percent possession but could not make it count.advertisementGermany pressed in the second half but struggled to find the target. Osorio beefed up his defences to hang on, pulling off Lozano with a quarter of an hour left and sending in 39-year-old Rafael Marquez at the back to become the third man ever to play in five World Cups.Low threw on Marco Reus in place of Sami Khedira and, with 10 minutes to go, switched left-back Marvin Plattenhardt for a second striker, Mario Gomez, to reinforce Timo Werner, who had failed to make much of a mark in the German spearhead.Mexico had much of the 80,000 crowd in Luzhniki Stadium on its feet as the Germans left ever greater gaps at the back, and the wastefulness notably of Hernandez on the final pass may reassure future opponents that Mexico, while determined to end a Cinderella reputation, have not replaced Germany as favourites.Youngster Julian Brandt nearly saved Low’s night after taking over from Werner in the final minutes when he blasted a shot past Ochoa’s right post, and even goalkeeper Neuer came up for a corner in injury time.But it was not to be.Mexico can dream of going better than a consistent record of reaching the last 16 of the last six World Cups and perhaps of improving on the quarter-final they last reached in 1986.The Germans now face Sweden and South Korea and should still qualify from Group F. But their reputation is not what it was.(With inputs from Reuters)
José Mourinho Man Utd’s form will be ‘amazing’ – Mourinho Jamie Smith 20:24 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images José Mourinho Manchester United Manchester United v Chelsea Chelsea Premier League Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Manchester United v Sevilla UEFA Champions League FA Cup With a raft of home fixtures forthcoming, the Portuguese believes the Red Devils are about to hit their stride Jose Mourinho forecasts an “amazing” period for Manchester United as he prepares for a glut of home matches across various competitions.United host Chelsea in a key Premier League clash on Sunday to kick off a run of four home games in their next five fixtures.Mourinho’s men start March with a trip to Crystal Palace before welcoming Champions League qualification rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford. 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 return leg of United’s Champions League last-16 tie with Sevilla follows, with a home FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton and Hove Albion wrapping up a busy period, and Mourinho is prepared for the challenges ahead as he faces a crunch spell.”I think the next few weeks at Old Trafford will be amazing,” Mourinho told MUTV.”Two big matches against two direct rivals in the Premier League, two knockout matches that, if things go well, can leave us in the quarter-final of the Champions League and the semi-final of the FA Cup.”Sometimes we have periods with three, four consecutive away matches but this time we have four matches at home, with Crystal Palace away in between, but four big matches at Old Trafford.”United face an increasingly hectic schedule in the closing months of the campaign due to competing on multiple fronts, with no date yet set for a postponed Premier League match against West Ham.”Time flies. It feels like two days ago that we were in Los Angeles for pre-season and now we’re almost in March,” added Mourinho. “March, April and May can be really busy and going far in the FA Cup creates you problems.”We now play Brighton when we were supposed to play West Ham and we don’t know when we’ll play West Ham.”If we play the semi-final of the FA Cup, I don’t know when that will be so it can be really busy and complicated.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say PSG star Rabiot considers Tottenham ‘below’ his levelby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveParis Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot does NOT want to join Tottenham.Per ESPN FC, a source close to the player has said that he sees Spurs as “below” his level.The 23-year-old central midfielder is seemingly destined to leave PSG, as he cannot agree on a new contract.And it is reported that Barcelona want to sign him on a free transfer in the summer.But no agreement is final. And other clubs have an interest, including Juventus and Spurs.PSG wanted to keep Rabiot, but his wage demands of €10 million a year proved too steep.But the developments have annoyed PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is unhappy the saga has dragged and that PSG will lose another homegrown talent.
Kapil Dev-led CAC begins interviews for India head coach job: All you need to knowBCCI has shortlisted six candidates for the position of India head coach who will be interviewed by the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) led by Kapil Dev on Friday.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 15:02 IST Kapil Dev-led CAC is to appoint India head coach on Friday. (Reuters Photo)The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) led by Kapil Dev on Friday will interview the six shortlisted candidates for India head coach job at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.While Lalchand Rajput, Robin Singh, Mike Hesson will be present in person for the interview, Tom Moody, Phil Simmons and Ravi Shastri will be interviewed on Skype.After from the head coach, the position for administrative manager that is currently held by Sunil Subramaniam will also be up for grabs.While Bharath Arun is all but certain to be retained as bowling coach having played his part in creating a potent pace attack, the same can’t be said of former all-rounder Sanjay Bangar.Vikram Rathour is in running for the post with a fair amount of backing from one of the influential figures in Indian cricket’s junior set-up. Unless things change drastically, Rathour remains the favourite to pip Bangar.Incumbent R Sridhar is also ahead in the fielding coach’s race even though he will be in direct competition with the legendary Jonty Rhodes, who has worked with Mumbai Indians.Here’s everything that you need to know about India head coach appointment:3 PM: JUST IN – Former West Indies and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons, who was one of the 6 shortlisted candidates, has backed out, citing personal reasons. The CAC has also interviewed Tom Moody via Skpe.Ravi Shastri to be interviewed at 5 PM. The press conference to annouce the outcome will now be held at 6 PM instead of 7 PM. 2:30 PM: The Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee has completed the interviews of Robin Singh, Mike Hesson and Lalchand Rajput. Next round of inteviews to start at 7 PM. Ravi Shastri, Tom Moody and Phil Simmons will take their interviews via video calls.advertisement11.54 AM:Maharashtra: Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson arrives at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters for Indian cricket team’s head coach interview in Mumbai. He is one of the six candidates shortlisted by BCCI. pic.twitter.com/9aQUBnEeQYANI (@ANI) August 16, 201911.00 AM: BCCI will hold a press conference today at 7 pm in Mumbai to announce Indian Cricket Team’s Head Coach (subject to completion of formal process)Maharashtra: Former India fielding coach Robin Singh arrives at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters for Indian cricket team’s head coach interview in Mumbai. He is one of the six candidates shortlisted by BCCI for the post. pic.twitter.com/0HJ8Z7KsEEANI (@ANI) August 16, 2019Maharashtra: Former cricketer Kapil Dev arrives at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters to conduct interview for Indian cricket team’s head coach in Mumbai. He is a member of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for appointing Head Coach for Indian cricket team. pic.twitter.com/SClqPg2p0MANI (@ANI) August 16, 201910: 50 AM: The interviews for India head coach started at 10.30 AM ISTWho will be selecting the Indian cricket team head coach and rest of the staff?India head coach will be selected by a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy. The support staff will be selected by the national selection committee led by MSK Prasad.Who all are in fray for India head coach postion?BCCI has shortlisted six candidates for the position.Incumbent coach Ravi Shastri is a runaway favourite to retain his post. Apart from Shastri, the other candidates who will be interviewed for the job are former Australia all-rounder and Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, ex-New Zealand and Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson and India’s 2007 World T20-winning cricket manager Lalchand Rajput. Former Mumbai Indians head coach Robin Singh and West Indies’ Phil Simmons, who until recently was Afghanistan national team coach are also in the race.When was Ravi Shastri appointed India head coach and when did his term end?Then team director, Ravi Shastri was appointed as head coach on July 2017 by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar.Shastri’s term was supposed to end after the World Cup 2019 but he received a 45-day extension after his term till the end of the ongoing West Indies tour, where India whitewashed both the T20 and ODI series.Who are the candidates shortlisted for rest of the coaching staff?Batting coach: Vikram Rathour, Sanjay Bangar (incumbent coach), Jonathan Trott, Thilan Samaraweera, Lalchand Rajput, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Amol Mazumdar, Arun Kumar, Mark Ramprakash, Shib Sundar Das, John Lewis, Mithun Manas, Praveen Amre.Bowling coach: Venkatesh Prasad, Bharat Arun (incumbent coach), Clint McKay, Dodda Ganesh, Darren Gough, Subroto Banerjee, Paras Mhambrey, Sunil Joshi, Amit Bhandari.advertisementFielding coach: Abhay Sharma, R Sridhar (incumbent coach) and Jonty Rhodes.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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MONTREAL – It was inconceivable for Marie-Josee Poulin not to run her first full marathon this year.So when Montreal’s event was cancelled amid concerns about hot and humid weather, Poulin set her sights on a marathon to be held a week later in Rimouski, about a five-hour drive northeast.While she could have run the half-marathon in Montreal, which is still expected to take place, Poulin said she preferred to stick to her goal.“I’ve been training since January,” she told The Canadian Press in a phone interview. “I joined a racing club. My focus was the Montreal marathon.”Poulin is far from the only one to have found this Plan B.Since the Montreal marathon’s cancellation, the town of 49,000 people has seen its entries for the full marathon jump from 303 to 469 in three days, far eclipsing its previous record of 320.Rimouski’s organizers moved quickly to promote their event on social media, seeing a chance to snag a bit of spotlight from Quebec’s largest city.“The message was seen by almost 55,000 people,” event co-ordinator Sebastien Bolduc said. “Since then, we’ve had three to four times more emails and Facebook questions than usual.”While they welcome the added attention, the bigger numbers have led to some logistical headaches.The organizers of the race, which will have nearly 5,000 participants in total, have had to contact their suppliers in Asia to place a last-minute order for more medals and shirts.A far bigger problem is accommodation. The hotels in the city are 99 per cent full, Rimouski’s tourism department said, which puts many runners at risk of having to make a marathon effort just to get to the start line.Poulin and her family managed to rent a cottage in Metis-sur-Mer, some 40 kilometres from where the race will be held.But another Montreal runner, who learned about the Rimouski event on Facebook, is worried his preparation will go to waste if he can’t find somewhere to stay.“It will be hard to participate without carpooling and no accomodation,” Christophe Chession said.Pascal Gagnon, who lives half an hour east of Montreal, managed to find a hotel room 25 kilometres away from Rimouski.He had never heard of the city’s marathon until Montreal’s was cancelled, but now says he’s eager to participate.While he had his hopes set for running his first full marathon on Montreal’s towering Jacques-Cartier bridge, he said he’ll just have to put that off for another year.
CRANBROOK, B.C. – A man who promised millions of dollars to a junior hockey team in southeastern British Columbia has been placed on six months of probation after pleading guilty to an unrelated fraud charge.Mike Gould also faced a second charge of using a forged document but it was stayed when he appeared Thursday in Cranbrook provincial court.In addition to probation, Gould was also fined $4,000 and must complete 60 hours of community service.Gould was charged last October after he hosted a celebration for the Kimberley Dynamiters and hockey officials following his promise to donate $7.5 million to the team and the Kimberley Minor Hockey Association.He wrote a check to cover the $8,000 bill for the dinner at a local restaurant but it was returned because of insufficient funds in the account.Gould has said he won a 2008 jackpot in a EuroMillions lottery but has never disclosed the value and in past interviews he has blamed problems with a bank for preventing the transfer to the hockey team.Lawyer Morne Coetzee told the court her client took the cheques to provide payment to the restaurant in a moment of panic because he couldn’t liquidate some financial assets that had been frozen.Gould settled the tab with a cash payment six weeks after the event.“I’m very sorry for my mistakes,” Gould told Judge Lynal Doerksen. “I should never have done it in the first place and I’m kicking myself in the ass for it.”Despite the eventual payment to the restaurant, the fraud charge still stood, said Crown counsel Kristian DeJong.“He’s still convicted of it because a fraud is a fraud. You don’t undo these things once they’re done and that’s why he was sentenced,” DeJong said outside court.The Crown had asked for the $4,000 fine, 12 months of probation and 60 hours of community service. The defence argued the appropriate sentence should be a higher fine of up to $15,000 that he was able to pay, but no probation and community service of 20 hours.Doerksen said co-operation with police, an early guilty plea, and repayment to the restaurant were mitigating factors in sentencing. (Cranbrook Daily Townsman)
Washington DC: The United States had another giant month of job creation in April, with strong hiring in the vast services sector and unemployment fell to a level not seen since 1969, the government reported Friday. The blockbuster report will help allay fears of a slowing economy and cheer President Donald Trump as he seeks reelection next year. Employers scooped up workers in construction, health care, computer systems design, administrative support and other industries, adding a total of 263,000 net new positions for the month. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThat was well above the result economists expected, and worker pay continued to climb. The jobless rate fell two tenths to 3.6 per cent but the decline was in part because the pool of workers shrank and fewer people were looking for jobs, pulling them out of the labour force. Average hourly pay also climbed 3.2 per cent over April of last year, its ninth consecutive month with annual growth above three per cent, again outstripping inflation and boosting purchasing power for American paychecks. Compared to March, however, the increase in pay was only 0.2 per cent, shy of forecasts. Nevertheless, the brisk pace of hiring should dim hopes among investors that the Federal Reserve will feel pressure to cut interest rates in the near term. Hiring in the manufacturing sector also was a weak spot, with durable goods employment flat and the auto sector continuing to shed jobs.
Abidjan – King Mohammed VI welcomed, Sunday at the international airport of Félix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan, Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, during his return ceremony to Abidjan, after a period of recovery abroad.During this meeting, which was held at the VIP lounge of the airport, the King reiterated his sincere wishes for a speedy recovery and good health to President Ouattara to continue his tireless work for the Ivorian people.This welcome reflects the historical, unique and exemplary ties binding the two brotherly countries and the constant will of King Mohammed VI to make of the Moroccan-Ivorian cooperation a model for South-South partnership. It is also part of the strong relations between the two heads of State. A warm popular welcome was reserved for President Ouattara on the occasion of his return to his country
Addressing a day-long open debate on post-conflict peacebuilding, Mr. Ban said the world body’s lengthy experience in helping countries emerge from conflict – from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Liberia to Timor-Leste and Haiti – showed that while each country is different, there are always common short-term priorities.Viable political processes that put in place legitimate national authorities must be established first to buttress nascent peace agreements, he said. Security and the rule of law must also be restored through the development of professional and accountable justice systems and the affected population must receive immediate and tangible benefits to strengthen their support in the long-term for development.Mr. Ban said the UN is working to streamline and improve its coordination and coherence in the field to better assist countries in the immediate aftermath of conflict.“We have put in place structures, planning and monitoring processes to support this effort in the immediate term and throughout the transition to longer-term peacebuilding,” he said, adding that the Organization aims to work even more closely with Member States, regional bodies and international financial institutions.“Where we work together, as in Liberia and Sierra Leone, we deliver a vastly more effective response. Coordination and clarity of leadership is critical to ensuring that each partner brings its distinctive strength to the broad collective effort.”The Secretary-General said the UN needs to boost its capacity so that it can lead on the ground, with his Special Representatives given the means to identify strategic priorities, elaborate plans and mobilize funds with others.He also stressed that the world body should expand its civilian expertise, citing the “small but agile” standing police capacity of the UN and the launch of a standby team of mediation experts as key steps in the right direction.“But we remain desperately short of judges, prison wardens, state administrators and managers – particularly those with knowledge and experience of the countries and systems in which we operate. Not only should these be well-equipped when they are deployed; they need start-up funding at their disposal.”The extra civilian expertise is necessary in the recovery and development fields, as well, he said, noting that “all this requires early and flexible funding.” He called for the explorations of a possible common start-up fund. 20 May 2008To help countries in their struggle to stabilize and prosper after years of conflict, the United Nations must become more coherent in coordinating its activities, increase its capacity on the ground and build up its civilian expertise, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today.
29 September 2009Expressing deep concern for over a quarter million Sri Lankans who remain forcibly confined to overcrowded displacement camps after fleeing a Government military offensive against Tamil separatist rebels, a United Nations independent expert today urged authorities to accelerate their release. “Restoration of freedom of movement for more than 250,000 internally displaced persons [IDPs] held in closed camps in northern Sri Lanka is becoming a matter of urgency,” said Walter Kälin, the Secretary-General’s Representative on the human rights of IDPs.The IDPs have been restricted to the camps at least since May when the Government declared an end to its military operation against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), concluding more than two decades of fighting.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also stressed today that further evidence for the need to move forward is unnecessary. “Just this past weekend, a confrontation took place between IDPs and Sri Lankan security forces in the Menik Farms camps. Two children were shot and wounded,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York.Mr. Ban, who met with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake yesterday, added that “the Government has re-affirmed its commitment to allow displaced persons to return to their homes by January next year.”After wrapping a three-day visit to Sri Lanka on Saturday, Mr. Kälin said he remained “very concerned about the very slow pace of releases.”Mr. Kälin underscored the importance of allowing IDPs to leave the camps – either to return home, to stay with host families or move to open transit sites – as the monsoon season is fast approaching.“The camps, which were set up to respond to an immediate emergency, are not equipped to deal with heavy rains,” he said. “The expected flooding of low-lying areas in the upcoming weeks is likely to cause serious threats to health and life.”During his recent visit the Representative met with the Government of Sri Lanka to explore how the protection of the human rights of the displaced could be strengthened and the present delays in camp releases addressed. “I continue to welcome the Government’s stated intention that 70 to 80 per cent of the displaced shall be allowed to return by the end of the year,” he said, stressing that it “is imperative to immediately take all measures necessary to decongest the overcrowded camps in northern Sri Lanka with their difficult and risky living conditions.”In addition, restoring freedom of movement is important to gain the confidence of the Tamil community and enable the building of a sustainable peace, he said. Mr. Kälin noted that international law allows for internment during the height of conflict if legitimate and imperative security concerns exist, but it must not last longer than absolutely necessary to respond to those security concerns. Internment decisions must further be made on an individual rather than a group basis. In light of these standards and the need to properly balance security concerns with the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Mr. Kälin urged the Government to take prompt action. “I acknowledge the scope of the task that the Government confronted at the end of the military operations in May, but also observe the passage of time and the vast improvement of the security situation.”
“The order is in breach of the legal obligations of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan under the Charter of the United Nations,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson. “I have therefore been in discussions with the highest levels of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to seek clarification on the reasons behind the order and to protest against this decision,” she added in a statement. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) had recently received official communication from the Government ordering one of its human rights officers to leave the country within 48 hours. The officer has since been redeployed to the UN Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda, pending a decision on her future status. On 25 October, the Mission wrote to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation, and yesterday, Ms. Johnson met with President Salva Kiir to discuss the matter. However, she stated that in spite of these efforts, the order has not been withdrawn. South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July last year, six years after the signing of the peace agreement that ended decades of warfare between the north and the south. During the same month, the Security Council established UNMISS with the purpose of consolidating peace and security and to help establish conditions for development. Human rights and discrimination, Ms. Johnson noted, were at the core of the civil war struggle, and respect for human rights is now a cornerstone of the country’s transitional constitution. “Human rights monitoring, investigation and reporting, and building capacity, is a core element of the mandate of UNMISS which must be protected. It is therefore important to allow the Mission’s human rights officers to carry out their mandate,” the Special Representative said. “Should there be any serious complaints or evidence related to individual staff members’ conduct, we trust that the Government will bring this to our attention and follow due process in accordance with international obligations,” she added.
After 77 years, Jesse Owens, the former Ohio State track star and the man who thumbed his nose at Adolf Hitler and the idea of “Aryan Dominance” at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning four gold medals, has been supplanted in OSU outdoor long jumping lore. Redshirt senior Michael Hartfield set the new OSU record on March 29 at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, with a personal-best jump of 8.15 meters (26-9.00), edging Owens’ mark of 8.13 meters (26-8.25) set in 1936. “That accomplishment was the biggest one I’ve done,” Hartfield said. “To break a legend’s record, he’s one of the greatest athletes of all time … and it’s been really awesome to put it all together my senior year and break that record which has been my goal since I got here.” Hartfield has been one of the most decorated athletes in OSU track history, garnering three second team All-American honors in the long jump, five All-Big Ten selections for the long and triple jumps and earning the titles of 2011 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and the 2011 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. On Wednesday, Hartfield was also named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week, his second time earning the honor this season and the fourth time in his career. His performance at the Jim Click Shootout Saturday, where he earned first-place with a mark of 8.10 meters (26-7.00) in the long jump and first-place in the triple jump with a 15.84 meters (51-11.75) mark, garnered him the honor. But even with all of the accolades and breaking Owens’ record, Hartfield said he isn’t done just yet. “I’m going to keep pushing for another record, try and push a world record,” Hartfield said. “You never know, I just gotta keep working hard and keep pushing the limits and see where it takes you.” The current long jump world record is 8.95 meters, set by Mike Powell from the U.S. in 1991. His jumps coach, Brian Brillon, said when he first met Hartfield, he saw potential for him to break Owens’ record. “When I first met him and we first did some drills, Mike just had that ‘it’ factor,” Brillon said. “And you know when you see ‘it.’ Each year he’s been progressing, and he’s one of those guys determined to get better. He’s a blessing to coach.” Hartfield is already looking ahead to the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track Championships, which are set to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on May 10. He said he has a goal to win a conference title as a senior on the Buckeyes’ home track. “I want to help the team toward a Big Ten Championship, that’s still the goal,” Hartfield said. “Let’s try and get a championship … let’s just keep pushing to get better, that’s basically the team goal always.” Brillon said Hartfield’s work ethic doesn’t just inspire the team, but also his coaches. Brillon said Hartfield’s leadership might be his biggest asset. “I think (Mike’s) helped all of us get better,” Brillon said. “He’s helped me be a better coach, he’s helped the other athletes be better just having him on the team, and he brings an atmosphere of competitiveness and excellence.” Hartfield’s jumping career won’t end once he removes the Scarlet and Gray track suit. Hartfield said his personal goals stretch far beyond the confines of the aptly named Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “I plan to go on the pro circuit and to try and make the world team,” Hartfield said. “Everyone wants to be an Olympian, that’s the peak. I want to make the Olympic team and say I’m an Olympian.” Hartfield and OSU’s next home meet is the Jesse Owens Track Classic, which is scheduled to begin April 19 at 4 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Having succeeded in changing the country’s image on the world stage, Greece is facing its “final hurdle” as a decision on the disbursement of a crucial rescue loan draws closer, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told Sunday’s Kathimerini in an interview. “We changed Greece’s image and this has been recognized by everyone,” Samaras said, noting that a visit to Athens last week by German Chancellor Angela Merkel represented the culmination of this acknowledgement by Greece’s European peers. The premier said it was “realistic” that Greece would secure a crucial 31.5-billion-euro rescue loan without which the country faces bankruptcy in late November and dismissed the prospect of its disbursement in installments as “extremely dangerous.” “If we don’t get it, the consequences will be dramatic,” he said. Samaras said he was confident that an agreement on a 13.5-billion-euro austerity package will have been reached by Thursday’s EU leaders’ summit. Once this has been achieved and a disagreement within the troika regarding the best method for securing the sustainability of Greek debt has been resolved, the government will take the new measures to Parliament, Samaras said. “After this, it will be a matter of days before the new agreement has been voted on in Parliament,” he said. He insisted that his government would not flinch in implementing tough structural reforms, including the suspension of 15,000 civil service employees, and in taking on vested interests, heralding a crackdown on companies manipulating the market. “Whoever has created cartels should know that these practices have finished,” Samaras said, noting that his key aim remained to bring liquidity into the market and fight a deepening recession. Source:Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram