Chennai, Dec 31 (PTI) In an announcement that could dramatically alter political alignments in Tamil Nadu, superstar Rajinikanth today announced his political debut and said he will launch his own party which will contest all 234 constituencies in the next assembly polls in the state.The announcement ends two decades of speculation over the entry of the actor, who enjoys cult status in Tamil cinema, in the political arena. “I am joining politics and it is for sure,” said the actor clad in a spotless white kurta and sporting a grey beard, amid thunderous applause from fans. Batting for honesty in politics and good governance, he said, “everything needs to be changed” and declared that “spiritual politics” needs to be ushered in, sans shades of any caste or religion with transparency. “This is my motto and desire,” he said and appealed to people to support him in his venture adding it was not possible to do it alone. During the era of kings, they plundered the countries of their enemies. However, in democracy, parties were plundering their own people and such a “system” needs to be changed democratically.Dramatically, he asked for “volunteers,” not cadres to see to it that those who prevent amenities and rights reaching the people are thwarted. Asserting that he will not tolerate nepotism or under the table dealings, he said, “I want volunteers who will keep vigil and who will not go to any officials, ministers or MPs, or MLAs for selfish needs.”Such volunteers should question whoever commit mistakes, Rajinikanth said adding he needed only such people for his party.advertisement”I am only a representative of the people to monitor such vigilantes.” He said such a force of selfless volunteers who will act as not cadres but as vigilantes was needed and it should be built. The actor said the first task would be streamlining the existing registered and unregistered fan clubs across the State. He appealed to his fans to bring all sections of people into the club so that it could transform into a party and “till then there is no need to indulge in political talk which includes me.” “Politics and democracy have gone pretty bad,” he said and added the some political incidents in the past one year in Tamil Nadu has made every Tamilian hang his head in shame and people of all other States were “laughing at us.” The actors remark is seen as a reference to the bitter infighting in the ruling AIADMK, allegations of rampant corruption, perceived political instability, and also the tax raids held at premises in the State including those linked to the ruling establishment, notably a Minister and his associates. The RK Nagar Assembly bypoll in April was also cancelled following allegations of money distribution. “If I do not take this decision now, the feeling of not having any effort to do good through democratic means to the Tamil people who gave me life will haunt me till my death,” Rajinikanth said. Stressing that he knew that launching a party, capturing power and governing was not an “ordinary thing,” he said it was akin to extracting pearl from sea.”This was possible only with the blessings of the God and full support of people,” he said and expressed confidence that he will get both of it. Quoting a shloka from Bhagawad Gita, which stresses the importance of doing ones duty and leaving the result to the Lord, he said “this is the compulsion of time.” “Engage in war, if you win you will rule the nation, if you die you will go to heaven. If you go without waging war, they will call you a coward,” he said quoting the scripture amid thunderous applause. Months after his long-time friend and fellow actor Kamal Haasan gave a clear indication of his political entry, Rajinikanth said he will launch a political party, which will contest all the 234 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu. Addressing his fans here on the valedictory of a six day long photo-session meet, he said contesting the local body polls was not possible in view of the short time. Entering politics was not for name or fame, he said and wondered if he would hanker for power now at the age of 68, when he did not have it at the age of 45 when he voiced his first political message against late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. “If hankering for power comes to me now am I not a fool?” he said and added it will also not suit his stature of a spiritually-oriented person.advertisementIn 1996, the actor had voiced his opposition against Jayalalithaa. He said the party will be launched ahead of the Assembly elections at an appropriate time. The policies of the party will be taken to the people at that time clearly outlining the policies what could be delivered and what not, he added.He said truthfulness, hard work and growth will be the slogan of his party. “Do good, speak and only good will happen,” will be a guiding slogan, he said. Praising his fans for their “discipline” he said anything could be achieved with it. Asking if there has been too much of a waiting game, and speculation on if he will enter politics or not, he said with a laughter that he was not afraid of joining politics. “I am not afraid of coming to politics, I am only afraid of the media, I am still a child, how I will feel,” he said.In a tweet in Tamil, Kamal Haasan welcomed his fellow actors political entry. PTI VGN SS DV
Tim Paine and India Rishabh Pant have grabbed attention with their constant banter and chatter from behind the stumps but a viral photo on New Year’s Day proved all was well between the two wicketkeepers.Paine, Australian wicketkeeper and captain has had plenty to say to Indian batsmen in the ongoing Test series. Not one to take a backward step, Pant has also given it back to the Australians.In Perth, Paine provoked Pant with a dig that was caught on the stump microphone: “Tell you what big MS is back in the one-day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes… They need a batter. “Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a waterfront apartment. Have him over for dinner.”Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”Sure enough days later, Pant accepted the challenge and was photographed with Tim Paine’s wife and their two kids. The Indian and Australian cricket teams had been invited to the Australian Prime Minister’s house on January 1. The photo captioned Best babysitter went viral within minutes and won fans over. It looked like things were a bit tense between Pant and Paine when the former called the Australian a temporary captain and reminded his teammates that all he could do was talk.So how did Paine manage to get Pant to pose for that photo?”We were at the PM’s house.. just had a quick chat to Rishabh. My wife happened to be there so we just grabbed a quick photo. He was a good sport and he is on the field to be honest.advertisement”A fair bit has been made of a little bit of banter between two wicketkeepers which has been pretty light-hearted and pretty friendly. I enjoy the way he goes about it. I wish I played that way when I was his age. He looks like he has a hell of a lot of fun,” Paine said.Also Watch | Virat Kohli juggles ball while waiting for Australia after tea, umpire says noAlso Read | KL Rahul hits the nets at SCG moments after getting out cheaplyAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s pink bat in Sydney for cancer awareness
Earlier this week at its annual developers conference – WWDC 2019 – Apple made a host of new announcements regarding its mobile operating systems – iOS 13. A system wide dark mode, a faster FaceID, new video editing tools, new privacy feature and an updated keyboard are some of the exciting features coming to iPhones this fall. Apart from the updated feature list and cosmetic changes, Apple also announced some features that will change the way we use iPhones in future.Apple is likely to drop the support for 3D Touch in iOS 13. 3D Touch gestures, which the company first introduced in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus and that have been a standard feature of all iPhones except the iPhone SE and the iPhone XR, will most probably be replaced by Haptic touch gestures that form the core of experience in the company’s last year’s budget smartphone – the iPhone XR.This means that with the iOS 13 update, all previous iPhones will lose the 3D Touch gesture based functionality, which means that you can no longer hard press on an app icon on the screen and select a quick action without releasing your finger. Instead, you will have to long press on an app icon on the screen and then release to preview the options.A quick look at the System Experience section of the iOS 13 features indicates that iPhone users will be able to preview emails and weblinks pressing and holding to see a hint of the content. They will be able to perform certain actions quickly by pressing and holding an app icon to quickly perform actions specific to the app.advertisementApple is clearly laying the groundwork for its 2019 iPhones or the iPhone 11 with iOS 13 and changes in the usage of features such as Peek and Quick Action are an indication of the fact that the company is planning to ditch 3D Touch for Haptic Touch its its upcoming iPhones.Separately, rumours have also revealed key details about the storage space of the upcoming iPhone 11. Unlike the older iPhone models, which come with 64GB storage space for the base variant, the 2019 iPhones will start with 128GB storage space. In addition to this, previous reports have indicated that this year’s budget iPhone – iPhone XR 2 – will come in a bunch of funky colour. While a report by India Shopps suggests that the iPhone XR 2 will be available in black, grey, gold and PRODUCT (RED) colour variants, another report by Macotakara indicates that the device would be available in white, black, yellow, (PRODUCT) RED, lilac and green colour variants.Multiple reports in the past have indicated that while the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max successors, which will sport an OLED display, would come with a triple rear camera setup with a flash that would be housed inside a square shaped camera bump, the iPhone XR 2 too would get a camera upgrade and it would come with a dual rear camera setup that will be tucked inside a squarish camera bump. The iPhone XR 2, however, is likely to come with an LCD display that is similar to its predecessor. The three iPhones are likely to be powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset and will ship with iOS 13.ALSO READ: | iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max camera and storage details revealed in new leakALSO READ: | New leaks show Apple iPhone XR 2 in an alternative color schemeALSO READ: | iPhone XR successor could come in two new colour variants
DUNCAN FLED IN A WHITE FORD REPORTEDLY STOLEN FROM SIOUX FALLS, STRIKING ANOTHER VEHICLE IN THE PARKING LOT, AND THEN HEADED WEST ON HIGHWAY 20 THROUGH JACKSON, NEBRASKA, STOPPING AT A GRAIN BIN LOCATED NEAR THE TOWN OF WILLIS.DUNCAN FLED ON FOOT INTO NEARBY FIELDS, HIDING FOR OVER THREE HOURSA RESIDENT LATER SPOTTED HIM WALKING ALONG HIGHWAY 20 AND AUTHORITIES ARRESTED HIM.DUNCAN IS CHARGED WITH FLIGHT TO AVOID ARREST, THEFT,3RD DEGREE ASSAULT, RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY, AND TRAFFIC CHARGES INCLUDING DRIVING WHILE REVOKED.HE IS IN CUSTODY IN THE DAKOTA COUNTY JAIL. A MALE SUSPECT WHO ALLEGEDLY STOLE ITEMS FROM THE SOUTH SIOUX CITY WAL-MART AND THEN LED AUTHORITIES ON A CHASE INTO RURAL DAKOTA COUNTY WAS CAPTURED THURSDAY EVENING.THE DAKOTA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS AYONNIE DUNCAN, FORMERLY OF OMAHA, WAS APPREHENDED NEAR A RURAL RESIDENCE ALONG HIGHWAY 20 NEAR WILLIS NEBRASKA AROUND 6PM.EARLIER THURSDAY AFTERNOON, AUTHORITIES SAY DUNCAN FLED THE WAL-MART ON CORNHUSKER DRIVE WHEN STAFF THERE TRIED TO DETAIN HIM FOR SHOPLIFTING.
Share on Twitter Over the following days disgruntlement over the result and the manner of its conception continued to build. The Athletic News declared that “the tests are a fraud”. “The sooner the authorities put an end to the farce, the better it will be for the game,” wrote Sporting Life, calling on the league to “remove the evil”.Within three weeks, at their AGM in Manchester, they did just that. The successful motion was proposed by, of all clubs, Burnley, and carried unanimously. Another motion proposed by Burnley, to expand each of the top two divisions from 16 to 18 teams, was also carried and a vote to decide on the two teams to occupy the newly-created top-flight places resulted in Newcastle and Blackburn getting the nod.“Newcastle United were practically robbed of an advance they had secured by merit,” wrote the Newcastle Journal, who obviously had a particular axe to grind, in their preview to the following season. “The injustice that was possible under the old administration was made so clear that there was quite a revolution of feeling for a reform.”And so it was that the world of football learned that it was wisest to schedule the final games of such series simultaneously, to protect against collusion and impropriety. Though, inevitably, it has still needed occasional reminders. The Athletic News reported that “play had not been in progress many minutes when it was easily perceivable that there would only be one result. The teams could have done without goalkeepers, so anxious were the forwards not to score.” The Scottish Referee, a newspaper that billed itself as “a record and review of outdoor recreation”, wrote that “the first half was absolutely devoid of interest, there being neither a decent bit of play nor a single shot that appeared likely to score, [and] the second half was a repetition of the first”.As this farce played itself out, the fans were left to conjure their own entertainment. “The spectators wanted their money’s worth,” wrote the Athletic News, “and such remarks as ‘Play the game’, ‘come off the field’, ‘time’, ‘chuck it’, and others which will scarcely bear repeating were hurled at the players.” Soon after the second half got under way the ball was kicked into the crowd, and they refused to give it back. Sporting Life dedicated most of its match report to the ensuing off-field action. The forgotten story of … Fred Spiksley, wing wizard, film star and POW escapee Share on Facebook Read more The battle at the bottom of the First Division never calmed down, and in the end five teams finished level on points at the foot of the table, with Stoke and Blackburn occupying the last spots because of their poor goal average, while Burnley and Newcastle were clear of the pack in the second tier. Blackburn – who had won one and lost six of their last 11 league games – carried that dismal form into the tests, but the others proved closely matched.The penultimate game was a 4-0 victory for Newcastle over Blackburn in which the home side’s attacking play was so thrilling that a surge in the packed sixpenny enclosure brought down a barrier, leading to several hundred people collapsing on top of each other and two youths being hospitalised with serious injuries. After that result three sides were level with one further fixture to play: when Burnley’s game at Stoke got under way shortly afterwards the visitors knew that if they lost by any score they would stay down, while if they won by a couple of goals Stoke would be relegated instead. A draw, on the other hand, would suit both sides.What happened next was depressingly predictable. Reports of the match describe a single shot on target, easily saved. The two teams “shuffled about, making a burlesque of sport, winning their way into the upper circle and doing nothing for it,” wrote the Nottingham Post. “To say point blank that the result was connived is, of course, speaking without facts … but we are very sorry to say we are very far from being convinced of the bona-fides of this particular match.” Share via Email Read more The forgotten story of … Luton Town’s Manager Idol Share on WhatsApp As the 1897-98 season roared towards its final furlong, the battle to avoid relegation from the First Division was white hot. Seven of the 16 teams were in danger of being forced to endure the post-season test matches that pitted the top two of the Second Division with the bottom two of the First to decide the final make-up of the following year’s top flight. “However the final positions may be allocated there will be a finer set of test games this April than ever before,” trilled Sporting Life in February. It is fair to say they got that one wrong.By the time the season ended the league’s own president was declaring the tests “a distinct failure” and proclaiming that “the sooner we get rid of them the better”, while plans were made to gift the two losing sides promotion as a final apology for inventing the cursed system in the first place. Football Share on Messenger Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. features Read more “Several attempts had been made by the spectators to keep the ball when it went out of play, and a certain section now succeeded in doing so, the referee leaving the field and requisitioning a new one,” they wrote. “The struggle for the old one continued for some time, but at last it was thrown into the arena again. Immediately afterwards, from a long return by McLintock, another mighty tussle ensued. Several policemen joined in the melee but were overpowered, and there was every indication of a right royal row until somebody stronger than the rest got hold and punted the ball up on the roof of the stand.“All would have been quiet had not some meddlesome person climbed on to the roof, and from there thrown down the ball into the struggling mass below. Again attention was entirely diverted from the game, which went on unwatched, unnoticed, play being of an uneventful character. Then the ball bounced high on to the cycle track, and from thence into the crowd, and the disorderly scenes were resumed. The ball was kept by the crowd, and immediately afterwards, someone rushing along the track to keep another ball in play ran plump into a leviathan policeman, and knocked him sprawling under the rails, amongst the feet of the crowd. These incidents proved more funny than the play, which settled down into a steady, uninteresting scramble again.”And thus the game ended, and both Stoke’s survival and Burnley’s promotion sealed. “The principle and sportsmanship will be strongly questioned, but at the same time it would be a difficult matter to prove that there was any truth in the allegation that ‘Mr Arrangement’ had anything to do with the result,” wrote the Newcastle Journal, who nevertheless felt their local side had “simply been robbed of their honours in the Test games”. “The game proved a complete fiasco,” roared the Staffordshire Advertiser, Stoke’s local paper. Only Birmingham’s Sports Argus seemed unperturbed. “In the knowledge that even honours would suit them best,” they wrote, “can we blame either Stoke or Burnley that they should have found themselves unable to secure winning brackets?” The forgotten story of … the Colourful XI tragedy Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Topics The forgotten story of… Reuse this content
zoom Dubai-headquartered port and terminal operator DP World has refused a request by India’s Ministry of Shipping to do a performance audit of the company’s under-performing International Container Transhipment Terminal at Vallarpdadam (ICTT), the Arabian Supply Chain reports.DP World said that it is not liable to be audited by CAG, since such provision is not stipulated in the terms of the public-private partnership arrangement signed with the government of India in 2011.The Ministry of Shipping previously appointed and granted permission to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Chennai, to carry out the audit to determine why ICTT has been utilizing only 35% of its capacity since its commissioning.The 1 million TEU capacity terminal handled 361,000 TEUs in the first quarter of 2015, a 6% improvement compared to the same period a year earlier.DP World said the main reasons for the unsatisfactory performance were delayed relaxation of country’s cabotage laws, prolonged completion of national motorway infrastructure, and non-existence of a 14.5-meter-deep berth to accommodate large oceangoing vessels.World Maritime News Site
The following is an op-ed piece by Education Minister Ramona Jennex. On Feb. 8, I met with chairs from the province’s eight school boards and announced the school board budget targets for next year. These targets are designed to put children and learning first while ensuring the province continues to live within its means by matching funding levels with the decline in student enrolment. As a former teacher with 30 years in the classroom, I have always said that we need to put children and learning first. The budget targets I announced this week reflect that belief. Conditions attached to funding will direct boards to achieve savings primarily through teacher and staff retirements and significant reductions in administration, while maintaining quality in the classroom. In a letter to chairs, I requested boards achieve their targets under several parameters, including achieving teacher and support staff reductions to the greatest extent possible, through retirements and attrition. This will keep the student-teacher ratio below 15 to 1, which is the lowest ratio in a generation. Provincial supports for students with special needs must also be protected. The province will maintain funding for special education at $125 million, the same level as 2010-11. I am also requiring the boards target at least a 15 per cent reduction in administration in 2011-12 and plan for a 50 per cent reduction in board consultants over the next three years. Key programs like O2 and Healthy Living are important programs for students and that is why provincial funding for these and other targeted initiatives will remain at 2010-11 levels. Helping students learn and excel in reading is critical to the success of students and that is why I announced that government will redirect a portion of funds for Reading Recovery, which will be phased out, into early reading intervention programs that will better meet the needs of students. The new program will be able to serve more students who need assistance with reading intervention and will be developed in consultation with all the school boards. As the Minister of Education, I must ensure the considerable investment in education matches the needs and numbers of students. Between 2000-01 and 2010-11, funding for school boards increased by more than $320 million or 43 per cent, even as enrolment dropped by almost 30,000 students. Over the next three years, about 1,000 teachers will retire and close to 7,000 fewer students will be attending school, creating big challenges for boards. The province will reduce the $1.07 billion in total funding Nova Scotia’s eight school boards receive by $17.6 million, for an overall reduction of 1.65 per cent. The new funding targets are in keeping with a provincial enrolment decline next year of two per cent, or 2,500 students. Like other departments and agencies funded by government, boards will also have to manage their own cost pressures. In the weeks ahead, I expect advice and recommendations to come forward from Ben Levin , a respected educator who has been retained to help us plan for the future. The information he will provide will help government and boards maintain quality while managing change brought on by enrollment decline. I look forward to working with school boards and our education partners to maintain a strong education system for our children. -30-
The province is providing help to community organizations who want to raise awareness of elder abuse. The province announced today, May 16, one-time contributions for non-profit community groups trying to stop elder abuse by helping Nova Scotians recognize its signs and where to go for assistance. “The best way to prevent elder abuse is to help Nova Scotians understand the tragic issue, spot the signs and provide information about where to get help. This makes it harder for anyone to take advantage of an older adult,” said Seniors Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “When seniors can live comfortably and independently in their communities and be protected, it makes life better for them and their families.” Community groups can get up to $250 each for events on or around June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. “Sometimes people feel like they have to deal with abuse alone, either as a witness or a victim, and they are not quite sure how to find help,” said Rebecca Walker, co-ordinator of Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Seniors’ Safety Program. “We want these individuals to know there is a lot of support for them from within their communities and across the province. “These community contributions are an excellent way for groups to rally together to raise awareness about elder abuse. We want to show people in our communities that we support seniors who have been the victims of abuse and that we are working together to prevent abuse of older adults.” Senior abuse is often not easily recognized and frequently unreported. The province is working to better protect seniors and make abuse easier to spot: Changes to the Adult Protection Act help ensure seniors without the mental capacity to make financial decisions do not suffer financial abuse. Understanding Senior Abuse: A Toolkit for Community Champions helps teach how to deliver educational sessions about senior abuse. The Senior Abuse Information and Referral Line offers information on abuse and resource referrals. The toll-free number is 1-877-833-3377. Senior abuse can be physical, emotional, financial, sexual, neglect, and/or a violation of rights and freedoms. It is especially harmful when it happens from someone they trust, such as family, friends, care workers or a service provider. Financial abuse is the most reported form of senior abuse. Funding applications are available by calling 424-0065 or toll-free at 1-800-670-0065, or e-mailing email@example.com . The application deadline is June 3. The province continues to make life better and more affordable for seniors and their families by supporting seniors’ efforts to live independently, while working collaboratively with communities to create places where Nova Scotians can live and age well.
HALIFAX — Opposition leaders in Ottawa and Nova Scotia are calling for further investigation into why the RCMP destroyed potential evidence in the criminal proceedings against a Halifax man who was wrongfully convicted of murder.Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says an outside probe is needed to examine why RCMP destroyed an investigator’s research on other suspects in the lead-up to Glen Assoun’s unsuccessful 2006 appeal.He calls techniques employed by police in the case “very concerning” and says they raise questions about how fairly accused are treated in our criminal justice system.Assoun was convicted in 1999 of the stabbing death of Brenda Way in 1995 and spent 17 years in prison and four years on bail before being exonerated earlier this year after the federal Justice Department reviewed his case.Green party Leader Elizabeth May says the need for an inquiry is heightened by the “disturbing” destruction of evidence prepared by an RCMP analyst in a unit that identified alternative suspects.In addition, the leader of the provincial Progressive Conservative Party in Nova Scotia, Tim Houston, is calling for “an investigation of some sort,” while Gary Burrill, the leader of the provincial NDP, is calling for an independent inquiry.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s office said he declines comment as there may be pending legal action, while the federal justice minister referred questions to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who declined an interview.Premier Stephen McNeil’s office said he was unavailable for comment due to a busy schedule.The Canadian Press
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In what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called a “historic and unprecedented resolution,” Council members unanimously backed the establishment of a force of nearly 20,000 military personnel and more than 6,000 police officers.The hybrid operation – to be known as UNAMID – has an initial mandate of 12 months and will incorporate the existing AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS), which has been deployed across Darfur since 2004. It will become the largest peacekeeping force in the world.By October UNAMID is scheduled to have its management, command and control structures in place, and then by the end of the year it is expected to be ready to take over operations from AMIS.Since fighting erupted between rebel groups, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militias in 2003, UN officials have repeatedly described Darfur as the scene of one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. More than 200,000 people have been killed and the conflict has spilled into neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR).“You are sending a clear and powerful signal of your commitment to improve the lives of the people of the region, and close this tragic chapter in Sudan’s history,” Mr. Ban told the Council after it voted for the resolution authorizing the force.Stressing the need to move rapidly to ensure UNAMID can deploy on time, he called on Member States to contribute troops and police officers and urged the Sudanese Government and the rebel groups to immediately end hostilities and give their “unequivocal and continuous support” to the force.UNAMID is tasked with acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter to support the “early and effective implementation” of last year’s Darfur Peace Agreement between the Government and the rebels, and it is also mandated to protect civilians, prevent armed attacks and ensure the security of aid workers and its own personnel and facilities.Command and control structures and backstopping for UNAMID will be provided by the UN, today’s resolution added, and the operation will also have a single chain of command.Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno told reporters that “enormous work” would be required between now and the end of the year to make sure that UNAMID can start operations on time.The resolution has been adopted just days before the UN and AU Special Envoys for Darfur, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, host “pre-negotiation talks” in Arusha, Tanzania, with those rebel groups and militias that have not signed the Darfur Peace Agreement.Mr. Ban said it was critical that the three-day meeting starting on Friday “yield positive results so as to pave the way for negotiations and, ultimately, a peace agreement. Only in this way can we end the violence and destruction that have afflicted Darfur for more than three years.” 31 July 2007The Security Council today approved the creation of a hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force to quell the violence and instability plaguing the Darfur region of Sudan, where hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and two million others forced to flee their homes.
An Iranian national was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today with 2kg of heroin.The Customs Department said the heroin is worth Rs. 20 million.
A decision has been taken to convene Parliament tomorrow, the Speaker’s office said in a special statement.Parliament was earlier set to convene again on November 21st but the Speaker and party leaders have now decided that Parliament must meet tomorrow at 1.30PM.
US agency files civil charges against Corzine over 2011 failure of brokerage MF Global WASHINGTON – Jon Corzine once saw a boutique brokerage called MF Global as his best hope to rescale the heights of Wall Street he’d once occupied as head of Goldman Sachs.Now, MF Global is bankrupt. And Corzine faces a lifetime ban from the futures industry.On Thursday, federal regulators sued Corzine, a onetime U.S. senator and governor of New Jersey. They allege that he was responsible for the misuse of customer money while CEO of MF Global, which collapsed in 2011.A civil lawsuit filed in Manhattan by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission seeks to restrict Corzine’s ability to trade investments and demands he pay unspecified penalties.The suit charges that MF Global violated U.S. laws in the weeks before it collapsed by using customer funds to support its own trading operations. About $1.2 billion in customer money vanished when the firm collapsed.Corzine bore responsibility for the unlawful acts by MF Global because he controlled the firm and its holdings and “either did not act in good faith or knowingly induced these violations,” the lawsuit says.In a conference call with reporters, CFTC Enforcement Director David Meister said Corzine failed to do enough to “prevent the firm from dipping into customers’ funds to stay afloat.”MF Global has agreed to pay a $100 million penalty as part of a settlement announced Thursday. The money will come from bankruptcy proceedings.Corzine has disputed the allegations by the CFTC, which regulated New York-based MF Global. He did so again Thursday through his lawyers.“Mr. Corzine did nothing wrong, and we look forward to vindicating him in court,” attorney Andy Levander said in a statement.James Giddens, the court-appointed trustee overseeing MF Global’s bankruptcy, called the settlement with the CFTC “appropriate.” He said the $100 million penalty will be paid only after the firm’s customers and creditors have received all their claims.The CFTC also filed civil charges against Edith O’Brien, the firm’s former assistant treasurer. Last year, O’Brien was summoned to a congressional hearing into what happened in MF Global’s final days. She declined to answer questions, invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.Attorneys for O’Brien didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.The lawsuit seeks to bar Corzine and O’Brien from working for any firms that trade commodities or other investments regulated by the CFTC. Corzine and O’Brien would also be barred from trading any such investments on their own. They could still trade stocks and bonds.Thursday’s lawsuit is striking in that regulators have seldom charged individuals with financial crisis-era misdeeds. They have instead imposed fines and penalties against companies, often with no one having to admit blame.Nearly 90 per cent of the money belonging to the firm’s U.S. customers has been recovered. Many farmers, ranchers and business owners used futures contracts through MF Global to hedge their risks against fluctuating crop prices. A futures contract allows someone to agree with someone else to buy or sell something — corn, say, or gold — at a set price at some point in the future.The CFTC need not show in court that Corzine personally authorized the use of customer money, said Anthony Sabino of the New York law firm Sabino & Sabino, which specializes in white-collar crime. Top executives can be liable for “failure to maintain internal controls” or “failure to supervise,” Sabino said.Under a 2002 anti-corporate fraud law — which Corzine co-wrote as a U.S. senator — CEOs of public companies must personally certify the accuracy of their company’s financial statements.“When the Titanic went down, you didn’t blame the cook; you didn’t blame the guy in the engine room,” Sabino said. “You blamed the captain. And Corzine is the captain of the ship called MF Global.”The CFTC has “a very substantial case” against Corzine and MF Global, Sabino said.Robert Mintz, a former federal prosecutor, predicted that Corzine and the CFTC would eventually settle but not before a drawn-out battle.That the CFTC filed suit against such a major defendant signals confidence that they have a strong case, he suggested.“A defeat in a case like this, in such a high-profile setting, would come at some cost to the reputation of the agency,” said Mintz, now at McCarter & English in New Jersey.It isn’t clear how much money Corzine is worth. He spent roughly $100 million of his fortune to win a U.S. Senate seat and the New Jersey governorship. In 2005, the last full year that he was a U.S. senator, he was estimated to be worth between $125 million and $175 million.MF Global sought bankruptcy protection in 2011 after a disastrous bet on European countries’ debt. Under Corzine’s leadership, the firm bet $6.3 billion on bonds issued by Italy, Spain and other nations with deeply troubled financial systems. Those bonds plummeted in value in the weeks before MF Global’s failure as fears intensified that some European countries might default.The firm’s $41 billion bankruptcy was the eighth-largest in U.S. history. It was also the first collapse of a Wall Street firm since the 2008 financial crisis ended. Critics have long complained that regulators have failed to aggressively pursue much bigger financial firms, whose high-risk bets nearly toppled the financial system.Corzine, 66, had been a CEO of Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs before entering politics in 2000. He served as a Democratic U.S. senator from New Jersey and later governor of the state. He took the top job at MF Global in March 2010 after losing his 2009 bid for re-election as governor to Chris Christie.MF Global was a small commodities broker when Corzine arrived. His vision was to transform the firm into a full-scale investment bank, similar to Goldman. The CFTC’s lawsuit says he sought to do so by generating revenue from aggressive trading strategies.The plan worked for a while even as the firm’s investments grew increasingly risky, the lawsuit said. In the second half of 2011, its investments put heavy strains on its cash flow and capital. By October 2011, the lawsuit says, sources of cash were drying up.Corzine and other employees communicated with one another, by email and sometimes on recorded phone lines, about the firm’s “dire situation,” the lawsuit says.It says a treasurer of the firm’s parent company, MF Global Holdings Ltd., told a chief financial officer and another employee in a recorded conversation on Oct. 6, 2011, that “we have to tell Jon that enough is enough. We need to take the keys away from him.”Corzine “disparagingly nicknamed the Global treasurer ‘the Gravedigger,’” the lawsuit saysCorzine stepped down as MF Global chief in November 2011, a few days after the firm filed for bankruptcy protection.Three reports on MF Global’s collapse, by a House panel and two court-appointed trustees, placed most of the blame on Corzine. It said his risky strategies caused the failure.Shareholders of MF Global have sued Corzine and other top managers. The investors say they lost about $585 million in just a week as the firm foundered. They accuse MF Global and the executives of making false and misleading statements about the firm’s financial strength.Giddens, the trustee, also joined a lawsuit filed by MF Global customers against Corzine and the other top executives.Corzine testified at three hearings of House and Senate committees in December 2011 after lawmakers subpoenaed him. It was a rare sight in Washington: A former member of Congress being called by former colleagues to testify publicly about potential violations of law.Corzine’s testimony offered little to satisfy lawmakers or MF Global customers who lost money. Yet his explanations would be hard to disprove, legal experts said.He said he never intended to “misuse” client money or to order anyone else to do so. Corzine also rebuffed an assertion that he knew about customer money that might have been transferred to a European affiliate just before MF Global collapsed.O’Brien, the former assistant treasurer, was subpoenaed to testify at a hearing last year about an email she sent that appeared to contradict testimony from Corzine. The email said Corzine ordered a transfer of customer money to cover an overdraft in the firm’s bank account in London.“On the advice of counsel,” she told Congress, “I respectfully decline to answer based on my constitutional right.”___Neumeister and Rexrode contributed from New York. by Marcy Gordon, Larry Neumeister And Christina Rexrode, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2013 3:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
According to a statement, these and other initiatives announced at Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit, strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a host of measures, from increasing the number of new bus and metro lines to increasing the number of electric vehicles and introducing car and bike sharing.According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a shift to sustainable, low-carbon transport by the middle of the century could save governments, companies and individuals up to $70 trillion. And the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says a shift could prevent greenhouse gas emissions by transport from doubling by the middle of the century and to achieve the internationally agreed goal of a maximum 2 degrees Celsius rise in global average temperature. Transport contributes about one quarter of energy-related global greenhouse gas emissions and about one fifth of energy use. Under a “business as usual” model, energy use and green gas emissions are projected to rise by nearly 50 percent by 2030 and even more after.The Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI), launched today, wants to increase the number of electric vehicles in cities to least 30 percent of all new vehicles sold on annual basis by 2030 and make cities friendly to their use. The plan is supported by private companies including Michelin, one of the largest tire manufacturers in the world, as well as UN-Habitat. “Mobilizing support from the private sector is vital to enable us to implement technological breakthroughs in urban mobility” said Joan Clos, UN-Habitat Executive Director, in a statement. On the train side, the International Union of Railways (UIC) – with 240 members worldwide including in Europe, China, Russia, India and the United States – launched the Low-Carbon Sustainable Rail Transport Challenge to promote the use of rails for freight and transport. “We expect this initiative to result in 75 per cent reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from rail transport by 2050. In total, we aim to save over one gigatonne of carbon emissions globally through improved energy efficiency and through building partnerships,” said Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of the International Railway Association.Another initiative titled the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Declaration on Climate Leadership brings together 1,300 member organizations from 92 countries to provide access to climate-savvy public transportation for those living in cities. Governments under the auspices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) also promised to step up commitment to reach the industry’s long-term existing global goal to halve net CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. To that end, ICAO is supporting the development of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation by working with partners to develop a global CO2 standard for new aircraft and to design and implement a global measure for international aviation from 2020 onward. So far, over 100 industry leaders – including Virgin Atlantic and Thai Airways – have taken action toward that goal.Sustainable transport is one of eight action areas identified as critical during the Abu Dhabi Ascent, a two-day meeting held in the United Arab Emirates in May 2014. Other topics include agriculture and renewable energy.
Participants were briefed by Mr. León, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), who provided an overview of the progress and the challenges facing the Libyan political dialogue process. Mr. Leon noted the wide support among the different Libyan stakeholders and the public, together with neighbouring States and the international community at large.According to a document released by UNSMIL, participants in the talks affirmed the pledge to protect the national and territorial unity, sovereignty and independence of Libya, as well as its full control over its international borders, and the rejection of all forms of foreign interference, and confirmed the need to commit to the principles of the 17 February Revolution, elaborated in the Constitutional Declaration. They also underlined their commitment to the political process.UNSMIL’s press release said participants in the meeting were greatly concerned about the deteriorating security situation in the country and the increase in terrorist acts, because of the serious danger they pose to Libya’s security and stability, as well as to its national unity and social cohesion, and to its neighbouring States. Concerted efforts were needed to combat terrorism, they agreed, with a political solution that tackles persisting “division and chaos” cited as a major contributor to efforts to tackle terrorism.Participants also condemned all attacks against civilians and civilian installations, as well as any other actions contradicting international law, UNSMIL’s summary said, detailing several other areas of agreement. Within the meeting, positive suggestions and ideas were shared on the dialogue path and outcomes, and participants expressed their full conviction that a political solution can be reached. Participants remain fully committed to the dialogue as the only solution for the crisis in Libya and called for an immediate end to all violence to create an atmosphere conducive to the talks.
Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences recently recognized Niagara Region Public Health for its ongoing commitment to the University.Each year, the Faculty highlights one long-standing community and research partner for their outstanding contributions, exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to experiential education and faculty and student research at Brock.As this year’s recipient, Niagara Region Public Health was honoured at the 2018 Community Partners Appreciation Reception held April 16 at the Ball’s Falls Centre for Conservation.“We are extremely proud of our partnership and mutual accomplishments,” said Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Dean Peter Tiidus. “Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services has been instrumental in facilitating educational and research opportunities in many areas of health promotion, education and awareness.”Receiving the award on behalf of the Region’s many collaborators was Dr. Mustafa Hirji, Medical Officer of Health and Commissioner (Acting).“In the last few years, our collaboration with Brock has gone from helping each other out where we can by hosting students and participating on research projects, to one where we are starting to integrate our work,” Hirji said. “We are now working jointly on core priorities, such as quality improvement and the life course, and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish as we work to become more integrated.”Examples of recent collaborations include:Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services welcomes many Brock University students for experiential education opportunities around project work, job shadowing, practicum placements, knowledge exchange and precepting with nurses in many different departments throughout the Region.As part of a data sharing agreement between Brock University and Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services, work is being undertaken to develop and enhance the link regarding data analysis and research between the two organizations.Department of Health Sciences Associate Professor Madelyn Law, along with a team of staff from 30 public health units, is currently working on a locally driven collaborative project around continuous quality improvement in Ontario’s public health units. This research project is co-led by Northwestern Health Unit and Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services, with Law helping to develop and oversee it.Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services is also partnered with Department of Health Sciences Associate Professor Madelyn Law for research to help inform the Niagara EMS Transformation Project.Sinead McElhone from Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services is an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Sciences and teaches in Brock’s online Master of Public Health program.Department of Kinesiology Professor Diane Mack worked with the Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention team in 2015 on an aging research study titled “Place and Health: Perceptions of Healthy Aging in Niagara-Area Residents.”Brock students have also benefited from experiential education and research working in areas of population health, child health and maternal care, healthy babies programming, mental health, vaccines, tobacco cessation and drug addiction awareness.
Holidaymakers are being warned they face lengthy delays at European airports this summer after border checks were tightened.Passengers have been forced to wait in queues for up to four hours – longer than some of their flights – after arriving at airports popular with British tourists.The delays are reportedly being caused by the introduction of newly-toughened and more time consuming immigration checks.The problem – at what is traditionally already the busiest time of the year for flights – is being made worse by a lack of border officials on the continent, it is claimed.An association representing airlines said queues stretching for “hundreds of metres” are in some cases causing passengers to miss their flights.It warned that “shameful” queues can be expected at airports including Madrid, Palma, Lisbon, Lyons, Paris Orly, Milan and Brussels. Some flight delays have increased by 300 per cent in a year, it claimed. 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. Airlines for Europe (A4E), the association that represents carriers such as British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet, said lengthy delays had been caused by many countries failing to provide enough staff for passport checks.Thomas Reynaert, A4E’s managing director, said: “Travellers face long lines and can’t get on their flights. Queuing for up to four hours has been the top record these days. Queues form at Barcelona airport ahead of security checksCredit:Manu Fernandez/AP Amsterdam airport @Schiphol is a disaster again today. Schengen-passport control queue extends beyond E-gates 4hrs waiting time #noholiday pic.twitter.com/X75Q8ziML2— Joepie (@joep19711) June 27, 2017 The problem is being blamed on the introduction of tighter European Union-introduced border controls in Schengen, the border-free area that incorporates most EU member states.Previously, British travellers have been given only visual passport checks by European border officials.But new rules, which were introduced after a series of terror attacks in Europe, mean checks against a series of databases are now carried out on each passenger from non-Schengen countries.The new tests, on both entry and exit, are said to take around two minutes per passenger. @SimonCalder queues for passport control at Palma airport this morning – what a farce! pic.twitter.com/cIunShy9r6— Catherine Little (@calittle1967) July 29, 2017 “Airports like Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Lisbon, Lyon, Paris-Orly, Milan or Brussels are producing shameful pictures of devastated passengers in front of immigration booths, in lines stretching hundreds of metres.”At some airports, flight delays have increased by 300 per cent compared to last year.”A4E warned that the situation could worsen in the coming weeks as the new regulations have not yet been fully implemented. The six-month period to put the enhanced checks in place ends on October 7. EU member states have until the autumn to implement enhanced border checks, but many have already introduced them.A spokeswoman for the Association of British Travel Agents said: “New, stricter passport checks are resulting in longer queues at some airports, including Palma, which is already busy due to a significant increase in passenger numbers.”Tour operators will ensure that customers get to the airport in plenty of time so that they are not in danger of missing their flights.”However, independent travellers will need to check the situation with their airlines and, where necessary, ensure they factor these longer queuing times into their travel plans when flying in and out of the airport.”It is also extremely important that border control check points are sufficiently resourced so that queuing times are kept to a minimum.” The Government has been urged to use “whatever influence it can” to pressure EU states to adequately staff their airports.Airlines UK, an industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said it had warned the Department for Transport (DfT) about the problem in May, although they were told by ministers the issue had eased. Have you been hit by long airport delays in Europe? Let us know your experience by leaving a comment below. Tim Alderslade, the body’s chief executive, said: “Clearly the situation has changed markedly as we enter peak holiday season, and it is now up to the UK Government to work with industry to use whatever influence it can within the EU to persuade Schengen Member States to resource their border operations properly.”Pictures on social media in recent days have shown long lines of passengers in crowded terminals.
One of those men, a self-confessed IRA bomb maker called Michael Christopher Hayes, gave a television interview earlier this year to say he was sorry that innocent people died in the blasts. The 69-year-old who lives in south Dublin refused to say if he had planted any of the bombs, but told the BBC last month he was speaking out to give “the point of view of a participant”.He said he had been “accused of a lot of things, without one shred of forensic evidence, without one statement made, without one witness coming out against me.”Hayes has not been charged with any offences and no one has been convicted of the Birmingham bombings.The coroner’s decision that suspects would not be identified prompted some relatives to announce they would boycott the new hearings, scheduled for later this year.The families’ campaign said it was launching an appeal for public donations because applying for formal legal funding would take too long.Ms Hambleton said: “We fight for our loved ones, who aren’t here to fight for it themselves.”She added: “If they were alive and we were dead they too would be standing where we are standing.”We are now in a position to have to beg for the good people of this country to help us to raise money to fight this challenge in the High Court.”It is pivotal for us to have a judicial review, and appeal and challenge the coroner’s decision to exclude the perpetrators from this inquest. The Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham was one of two attacked on November 21, 1974.Credit:PA Julie Hambleton, whose elder sister Maxine was killed in the Tavern in the Town, said that without the prospect of naming the bombers, “we may as well not bother having an inquest at all”.A statement from the Justice4the21 campaign group said: “We do not believe justice can be served through an inquest that does not consider the core issues relating to the bomb-makers, bomb-planters and their associates and their actions.”Six Irishmen, known as the Birmingham Six, were wrongly convicted of the bombings and spent 16 years in prison before being freed in 1991.A ITV World in Action Documentary the previous year had named four of five men it said were responsible for the bombings. Michael Christopher Hayes apologised to the families in a July 2017 BBC interview Families of those killed in the IRA’s Birmingham pub bombings are crowdfunding a High Court challenge to try to overturn a coroner’s ban on naming the suspect bombers.Peter Thornton QC, one of the country’s most senior coroners, ruled out identifying the suspects at fresh inquests into the deaths of 21 people killed in the 1974 bombings.But families of the victims killed when blasts tore through two city centre pubs are now seeking a judicial review to widen the scope of the hearings. “Please, please, please, help us to raise the money.”She added: “We have four weeks to raise £10,000.”