Woman, daughter run over by train while chasing thief near Mathura

first_imgA woman and her daughter were crushed to death on the railway track near Mathura early on Saturday after they fell from the Trivandrum Express while chasing a thief who stole one of their bags, the police said.According to Jogender Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Railways, Agra region, Meena Devi, 45, and Manisha, 21, who hail from Durgapur, West Bengal, jumped out of the moving train when they discovered that a thief had robbed them of their bag which had cash, ATM and identity cards. While the thief escaped, the mother and daughter were crushed by the Sampark Kranti Express that was passing on the adjacent track.“The incident happened in S2 coach near Vrindavan city station and it seems the thief pulled the chain before jumping off the train. Meena was found dead on the spot while Manisha died during treatment at Sau Shaiyya hospital in Vrindavan.”Meena’s son Akash, 23, slept through the incident and was woken up by fellow passengers. “Akash told us that the family had boarded the train at Hazrat Nizamuddin. They were going to Kota to get Manisha admitted for medical coaching. He also told us that the bag that has been stolen had around ₹4000, two mobile phones, and some crucial documents,” said Mr. Kumar.Interim relief After post-mortem, the bodies have been sent to Bardhaman through the Sealdah Express. The Railways have given an interim relief of ₹35,000 to Akash.The SP has transferred inspector Rajesh Kumar Dubey, the GRP in-charge of Mathura station, to Police Lines and a departmental inquiry has been ordered for dereliction of duty. Local reports suggest that the thief was not alone and his accomplices tried to rob other passengers on the train as well. “It seems the robbers boarded the train at Hazrat Nizamuddin station itself. We have formed two teams to investigate the matter and the culprits will be arrested soon,” said Mr. Kumar.last_img read more

Lukaku header gains World Cup spot for Belgium

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Two goals from Edin Dzeko helped the Bosnians beat Gibraltar 4-0 to leapfrog Greece into second place. Belgium has 22 points, Bosnia-Herzegovina 14, Greece 13 and Cyprus 10.Cyprus’s hopes of qualifying took another blow in a 1-0 loss away to Estonia, thanks to Mattias Kait’s winning goal in the dying seconds.Estonia is fifth with eight points while last-place Gilbraltar has lost all eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Greece responded three minutes later through Zeca, but only one more minute passed before Belgium retook the lead thanks to Lukaku’s header. It was the Manchester United forward’s 10th goal of the qualifying campaign.Victory leaves the Belgians top with an unassailable eight-point lead over second-place Bosnia-Herzegovina. That makes Belgium the first European team confirmed for the World Cup besides host nation Russia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBelgium is unbeaten in qualifying, with seven wins and a 1-1 draw at home to Greece in March.The Belgians have scored 35 goals and conceded just three in a group where they were considered the overwhelming favorites. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates at the end of the World Cup Group H qualifying soccer match between Greece and Belgium at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Belgium won 2-1. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Romelu Lukaku was on target Sunday to give Belgium a 2-1 win over Greece and a place at next year’s World Cup.The Group H fixture was goalless until the 70th minute when Jan Vertonghen blasted the visitors into the lead with a fierce shot.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Switzerland wins 8th straight game, Portugal stays closelast_img read more

Santa Barbara: A DC-10 makes a drop on the east

first_imgflank of the Sherpa Fire(A) Tokyo : File photo, Mitsubishi Motors Corp.President Tetsuro Aikawa(A) Beijing : Participants strike a pose during a groupyoga session(B) West Hollywood : File- Christina Aguilera poses atan event(A) Ilulissat : Secretary of State John Kerry visit(A) London : Floral tributes for Jo Cox(B) St. James : Funeral in St. James(A) Fort Pierce : Dr. Syed Shafeeq Rahman, an imam atthe Fort Pierce Islamic Center(A) Washington : Saudi Arabia Foreign MinisterAdel al-Jubeir speaks(A) Rio de Janeiro : Police investigator CristianaBento speaks during a press conference(B) Rio de Janeiro : Fashion event(B) Windhoek: President Pranab Mukherjee visits(B) Onboard: President Pranab Mukherjee interacts withthe media(B) SPORTS East Rutherford : Copa America Centenario quarterfinalsoccer match(B+A) Nice/Saint-Etienne : Euro 2016 Group soccer match(A+B) London : Former champion tennis players Boris Beckerand John McEnroe pose(A) Vienna : IAAF President Sebastian Coe and RuneAndersen at news conference(B) Thane: Ajinkya Rahane at Singhania Trophy prizedistribution(B) London : FIH Mens Champions Trophy(B) PTI PHOTO HS KSClast_img read more

Michael Clarke flies young Nepalese spinner to Australia to train at his academy

first_imgSandeep Lamichhane,16, from Nepal impressed Michael Clarke recently during his coaching spell in Hong Kong. The former Australian captain was impressed with the leg-spinner’s outstanding potential and that promted him to allow Lamichhane to train at his academy at Sydney and play for his club. “It is a really exciting opportunity to have such a talented Nepalese cricketer travel this distance to come and test his skills and improve his game at my academy. Sandeep is a fantastic young man who enjoys his cricket and is extremely passionate about the game,” said Clarke, who sponsored the boy to get him to Australia.Lamichhane who has already represented Nepal under-19s is staying in Sydney with a local family as he prepares for the upcoming season where he is going to play for Pup’s club Western Sydney.”Thank you very much @MClarke23 for your kind words and for inviting me to Australia. Looking forward to give my best,” Lamichhane tweeted on Tuesday.Thank you very much @MClarke23 for your kind words and for inviting me to Australia.Looking forward to give my best. pic.twitter.com/P1C3Mv7XBj Sandeep Lamichhane (@Sandeeplamichh6) September 6, 2016The opening game is on September 24, where Lamichhane is all set to make his debut and meet Clarke again.last_img read more

WWDC 2017: Apple announces Siri-powered HomePod to take on Amazon’s Echo

first_imgApple on Monday introduced the HomePod, a voice-controlled speaker that can make music suggestions and adjust home temperatures, taking aim at Amazon.com Inc’s Alexa feature and Echo devices.The move is the first into a completely new area by Apple for more than two years as the world’s most valuable technology company looks to make up for a dip in iPhone sales and new ways to get customers to use more of its money-making apps and services.Apple’s Siri assistant will be integrated into the $349 speaker, and can make music recommendations that pair with the company’s Apple Music service, send text messages, check news and sports scores and control compatible home gadgets like lightbulbs and thermostats.HomePod users may initially be constrained by Siri’s lack of capabilities as compared to Alexa, which also boasts the ability to order millions of Amazon products as well as food from restaurants like Domino’s.Apple is expected to announce plans this week to make its Siri voice assistant work with a larger variety of apps, but initial changes were expected to add just a small number of capabilities.The HomePod speaker stands just under seven inches (18 cm) tall and is covered in fabric mesh that will come in white or gray. A computer processor will tune sound to the room and beam specific parts of music, like a singer’s voice, toward the listener.Apple will begin shipping the HomePod to the United States, Britain and Australia in December.The speaker, while expected by some industry watchers, marked Apple’s first new product announcement since the Apple Watch in September 2014. As a music-playing device, it will also be a challenger to Sonos, whose wifi-controlled speakers are used by many smartphone users for home entertainment.advertisementThe Cupertino, California-based company said Siri, which also competes with Alphabet Inc’s Google Assistant, will now work across devices.A new Siri interface on the Apple Watch will also blend users’ calendar information with other useful details, like airline tickets they may have booked, the company said.Apple shares closed down 1 percent at $153.93, not far below the all-time high set last month.Augmented RealityApple also used its annual developer meeting in San Jose, California – its largest ever with some 5,000 people attending – to offer hints about so-called augmented reality technology.The technology, a feature of the wildly successfully smartphone game Pokemon Go, overlays digital information on real-world images and is seen as an area in which the keenly awaited 10th-anniversary iPhone can stand out from competitors.New indoor maps of areas like malls and airports indicated that Apple might be laying groundwork to display information over images of those places in the future.The company also rolled out tools for developers to create augmented reality applications for iPhones and iPads. To show the tools off, Apple invited Wingnut AR, the company formed by “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson, on stage.Also Read: WWDC 2017: Apple announces iMac Pro, confirms it’s working on redesigned Mac Prolast_img read more

How 67-year-old Hema Deora bucked the trend to win Asiad medal in bridge

first_imgEach of the 69 medals India won at Jakarta Asian games have a back story, some spirited for successfully battling economic penury; others inspiring for sheer single-minded pursuit.Hema Deora’s is one such unique account, wife of late union minister and former Congress leader Murli Deora, who has returned home a proud bronze medal winner in the mixed team event in bridge.Holding her medal proudly, reflecting on her Jakarta returns while sitting in her opulent south Mumbai residence at Pedder Road, the 67-year-old knows fully well there is no rags to riches narrative to her achievement.”I got to interact with so many Indian athletes who had no access to nutrition their physical sport demanded. It was so good to stand as one with them as a fellow medal winner for the country,” Hema tells India Today.”But I am happy to have turned the tables in my own way. I remember when I would watch my husband play the card game with his colleagues and I would ask them to involve me in the contest, they would say ‘no no, this is not for you’.”Later when my kids grew up and I had fewer responsibilities, I began to take bridge lessons. They soon realised I had taken up the game quite well. So they would ask me to play with them and I could not because their game was different, mine was of professional level,” Hema recalls fondly.Hema warmly recalls a day her sporting excellence made her husband proud. “I had won a tournament in Delhi and they had invited Deoraji (husband) as the chief guest. He was the one who awarded me my medal.”advertisementHema also hopes the three bridge medals (two bronze and a gold) India won at the Games will go some way in dispelling the misplaced impression people have about the game in Indian society.”Before marriage even I was not allowed to play the game because they thought playing cards was all about gambling and time pass. I can tell them now it’s a mind game just like chess. It’s mental gymnastics,” she says.Son Milind, himself an active Congress politician and former minister tweeted mother Hema’s picture posing with the Prime Minister wearing her medal. “The family is so happy. I wish my husband was alive. He would have been so proud,” Hema says.So what next for the sexagenarian? “I am still young for bridge. I have seen people in their eighties and on wheelchair play professionally. So I want to learn more and will continue to play till my mental strength compliments me,” she says.Hema also hopes more Indians take to bridge, as the sport grows worldwide. “Today for younger participants there is online help, there is BBO (bridge based online) so there is lot of scope for people to pick up the sport. I am sure we will see more Indians coming forward after the medals we have won.”last_img read more

57 dead in Brazil prison riot 16 decapitated

first_imgRio De Janeiro: At least 57 prisoners have been killed by other inmates during clashes between organized crime groups in the Altamira prison in northern Brazil with 16 of the victims being decapitated, according to prison officials. Para state prison authorities said on Monday a fight erupted around 7 am between the Rio de Janeiro-based Comando Vermelho and a local criminal group known as Comando Classe A. “Leaders of the (Comando Classe A) set fire to a cell belonging to one of the prison’s pavilions, where members of the (Comando Vermelho) were located,” the statement read. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsState prisons chief Jarbas Vasconcelos said the fire had spread rapidly with inmates held in old container units that had been adapted for the prison while another building is under construction. The fire prevented police forces from entering the building for several hours, he told a news conference. Two prison staff members were held hostage but eventually released. “It was a targeted attack. The aim was to show that it was a settling of accounts between the two groups, not a protest or rebellion against the prison system,” Vasconcelos said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAuthorities have not found any firearms following the riot, only makeshift knives. Prison authorities said 46 inmates will be transferred to other prisons, 10 of which will go to stricter federal facilities. President Jair Bolsonaro was elected on the promise of curbing widespread violence in Brazil, including in the country’s often overcrowded, out-of-control prisons. The Associated Press obtained a July 2019 report from the National Justice Council that it says was filed by a local judge in charge of the facility, showing that the prison had 343 detainees for a maximum capacity of 163. Yet Vasconcelos said the situation did not meet the official requirements to be considered overcrowded. “It is not a unit that has a prison overcrowding, we consider overcrowding when it exceeds 210 per cent,” Vasconcelos said during the press conference. The judge who filed the report described the overall state of the prison in the city of Altamira as “terrible.” In many of Brazil’s prisons, badly outnumbered guards struggle to retain power over an ever-growing population of inmates who can run criminal activities from behind bars.last_img read more

Shahjahanpur woman gives statement to magistrate

first_imgShahjahanpur (UP): The student who levelled rape charges against BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand recorded her statement before a magistrate here on Monday.The special investigation team (SIT) probing the case took her to the court, where her statement was recorded before Judicial Magistrate Geetika Singh, official sources said here. She remained in the court for around four hours and told PTI that the magistrate recorded her in 10 to 12 pages. “I have told the magistrate about the rape complaint I gave in New Delhi, my missing spectacles and a chip from the hostel room. I also informed about the bedding and liquor bottles, which were removed from the Chinmayanand’s room,” she said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Meanwhile, a lesser known organisation, Chhatra Shakti Sangathan, has announced a Rs 50-lakh award to anyone who chops off the tongue of Swami Omji, who on Sunday had equated the woman with a “vish kanya”. Self-styled godman Omji was a contestant in the reality TV Show, Bigg Boss. Office-bearers of the organisation also burnt an effigy of Omji and made the announcement before the media. Another organisation, Bhartiya Yuva Parishad, burnt an effigy of Swami Chinmayanand and demanded his arrest. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSwami Chinmayanand’a lawyer Om Singh said a team had been formed for keeping an eye on social media. He said a complaint would be lodged against those making indecent comments against the BJP leader. “Till proven, no one could be termed a rapist,” he said. The Supreme Court-appointed SIT had on Sunday examined three friends of the victim besides some employees of her college. The victim’s friends who were examined included the one who was with her when she was located in Rajasthan after having gone missing last month. The SIT called them to the Police Lines here and recorded their statements, official sources said. The SIT had also examined principals of the two colleges where the girl studied. Two other college employees were also quizzed. A video footage given by the woman to the SIT had also allegedly leaked out. The girl’s father on Sunday had termed it a “conspiracy” and said he would request the court to order a probe into it. “From where have the screenshots and videos appeared on social media? The screenshots have been posted on various social media platforms. These were given to the SIT by my daughter. This is a conspiracy,” he said. The law student had on Saturday given a pen drive containing 43 videos to the SIT to support her allegations after the sleuths asked her to submit whatever evidence she had against the former Union minister. The SIT had taken the woman to Chinmayanand’s bedroom on Friday morning and had collected evidence.last_img read more

Trudeau marks Eid alAdha Prime minister urges Canadians to fight Islamophobia

first_imgSASKATOON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says now, more than ever, Canadians must stand together against racism and Islamophobia.Trudeau made the comments in Saskatoon while delivering remarks recognizing the beginning of Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday.“Whether we are in a big city or a small town, we must continue to stand together, united against racism, hatred and Islamophobia,” Trudeau told the crowd.“This is just who we are as Canadians. We are there for each other. We stand up for each other.”Trudeau thanked those gathered for their interfaith work and community building, calling it truly important.The prime minister also met Friday with the Saskatoon Tribal Council, which delivers social programs and services to seven First Nations within a 200-kilometre radius of Saskatoon.Trudeau announced in a cabinet shuffle this week that he is preparing to shift his government’s handling of the Indigenous Affairs file, a plan designed to lead to the eventual creation of two separate ministries to replace the existing department.“This is an important part of the work we have to do together,” Trudeau said after taking part in a smudge ceremony.“It’s a big job for Canada. It’s a big job for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and we walk forward on the path of real reconciliation and partnership and friendship and shared responsibilities. It’s not something we can do on our own. It is something that must be driven by, led by this partnership. It’s an opportunity to sit down and hear from you, listen to concerns and talk about how we’re going to move forward together.”Tribal council Chief Felix Thomas said reconciliation won’t be possible without co-operation.“It’s going to be hard work and no one side can do it. We can’t do it all alone on our First Nations side,” Thomas said.“We do have a partner on account of treaty rights and that partner is Canada and we need to work together.”Trudeau was scheduled to take part in a discussion with co-op students at the Gordon Oaks Red Bear Student Centre at the University of Saskatchewan before he left for Whitehorse.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Man who drove with dogs in back of truck wont be charged

first_imgEDMONTON – A man who drove his pickup down a highway near Edmonton with two dogs on top of the truck-bed cover will not face charges.The Alberta SPCA says an investigator has checked the dogs and determined they weren’t hurt.The officer also spoke with the driver about the dangers of driving with dogs in the back of his truck.Spokesman Roland Lines says the Alberta SPCA is confident that the man understood the message and won’t do it again.On Sunday, a couple who watched the man drive at speeds of more than 110 km/h along the Yellowhead Highway filed a report to the SPCA that included photos and video.Lines says some people will be upset with the decision not to lay charges.“I have spoken to people who have witnessed the tragic outcomes that can result from unsafe transport, and I have received many messages demanding we lay charges,” Lines said Thursday.“It is extremely frightening and frustrating to see animals transported in this manner, but that doesn’t mean charges are appropriate.”Alberta’s Animal Protection Act states that animals must be contained in a compartment and protected from possible harm.The law also has rules around footing for animals and not being exposed to undue danger.Lines said the Alberta SPCA hopes what happened will increase public awareness about the need to transport animals safely.Spruce Grove RCMP also investigated, but no charges were laid.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon hails peacekeeping achievements while urging more reform

In 2006, for the first time, the UN deployed more than 100,000 peacekeepers from a total of 115 countries – both record numbers which Mr. Ban said “speak of unprecedented confidence in, and expectations of, United Nations peacekeeping.”In 2006, for the fourth year in a row, more than 100 peacekeepers lost their lives. Mr. Ban noted in a message for the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, to be observed on 29 May.“This brings home to us the risks that our colleagues in peacekeeping undertake on behalf of the international community to provide peace, security and hope to hundreds of millions of people,” he said.He hailed the contributions being made by those staffing UN missions. “Not only do they carry out core security functions like maintaining order and removing mines; they rebuild schools and bridges in efforts that combine to raise standards of living, slowly but surely,” he said.“Peacekeepers ensure that refugees and displaced persons can return to their homes; that ex-combatants are disarmed and reintegrated into society; that children are taken off the battlefield and sent to school; that people exercise their right to vote in democratic elections; that individuals human rights are protected, not violated, by police forces and judicial systems; and that fields and forests are demined so that they can be used to sustain life instead of trigger death.”While voicing pride in these achievements, Mr. Ban cautioned against passivity. “We cannot rest on our laurels. We must find ways to ensure we are equipped to meet the challenges ahead,” he said, noting that he has proposed “a bold package to restructure and strengthen our capacity.”Mr. Ban pledged for his part to keep visiting, as often as possible, the conflict-ravaged countries where the UN is deployed. At the same time, he asked that the Security Council “always give peacekeepers the mandate and tools they need to do their jobs” and that troop-contributing countries “sustain their support.” 27 May 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the world body’s peacekeeping achievements while urging further reforms to allow operations to meet the challenges ahead. read more

Police deployed after tense situation erupts outside Galaha Hospital

An angry mob attacked the hospital forcing the Police to be deployed to provide security to the premises and the staff.It was reported that the 3 ½ year old child had died following a delay to administer treatment at the hospital. The Police had to be deployed after a tense situation arose outside the Galaha Hospital today.The situation arose following the death of an infant who had been admitted to the hospital for treatment. The Police Special Task Force was deployed later as the tense situation continued.  (Colombo Gazette) read more

Boat with Sri Lankans detained after entering Reunion island

Earlier this month another group of Sri Lankans had also reached Reunion island by boat and sought asylum. The boat was identified as being registered under the name “Roshan” and was detained when it entered the waters off Reunion island. A boat with a group of Sri Lankans was detained after it entered Reunion island last afternoon (Wednesday), media reports from Reunion stated.Reports said that seven men were on the fishing boat registered in Sri Lanka. Reunion island is now a new target for asylum seekers from Sri Lanka after Australia strengthened efforts to prevent asylum seekers from reaching Australia by boat. (Colombo Gazette) read more

American Airlines vows to fix problems vexing its passengers

DALLAS — The past glories and present struggles at American Airlines were on display across the country Wednesday.American flew its last two dozen MD-80 planes into retirement in the New Mexico desert. Some still bore the sleek, polished aluminum livery created in 1967 by Italian designer Massimo Vignelli.Few passengers will miss the noisy, smelly gas-guzzlers, but the planes and their iconic appearance were reminders of American’s lofty status in the airline business during the late 20th century.Across the country in Boston, the airline’s president was apologizing to investors about American’s current problems, including a bitter fight with unionized workers and the long grounding of its new Boeing 737 Max jetliners. Those two events have led American to cancel thousands of flights this year.Robert Isom said those twin challenges have slowed measures that American outlined last year to improve revenue, control costs and boost profit margins.“We’re behind,” he said. “We certainly haven’t produced the kind of margins and earnings that we had hoped. We haven’t run the best airline in our history.”It has been a frustrating time for many of American’s passengers.In June, the last month for which government figures are available, American had the highest number of cancelled flights among U.S. carriers. Its 4% cancellation rate was roughly double those of United and Southwest and nearly seven times Delta’s cancellation rate.“We’ve disappointed a lot of customers this summer,” Isom said at a conference hosted by the financial-services firm Cowen. “I do think that we sent quite a bit of revenue to competitors this summer. That’s something that we’re going to put a halt to.”Isom said American will get a labour contract with unions to end what the company — and a federal judge — termed an illegal work slowdown by mechanics that put unusually high numbers of planes out of service. And the Boeing Max, grounded since March after two deadly crashes, “will be flying certainly in 2020 and beyond,” he said. (Last weekend, American pulled the plane from its schedule for another month, until Dec. 3.)American is trying to improve its financials by growing at its best airports.American has added gates, destinations and flights at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where it is the dominant carrier. Isom said American will add departures next year at another hub airport, in Charlotte, North Carolina. It plans to grow American Eagle flights at Reagan Washington National Airport in 2021.The airline is squeezing more seats into its Boeing 737s to boost revenue, it is adding tools to better sell upgrades to passengers, and it plans to cut capital spending by close to $1 billion a year.American has been on a multi-year spending spree — nearly $30 billion in six years — to upgrade what had been an aging, inefficient fleet and to invest in things including technology and sprucing up airport lounge. The resulting debt has led to concern that American is more vulnerable than its rivals to a recession, so cutting spending could assuage nervous investors.In afternoon trading, shares of American Airlines Group Inc. were up 35 cents to $26.86. After a five-week slide, they began the day down 17% in 2019, far worse than rivals Delta, United, Southwest and the 16% gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.David Koenig, The Associated Press read more

Fallen blue helmets honoured on International Day of UN Peacekeepers

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was marked across the world today as observances were held to honour those serving in UN operations while paying tribute to the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.In his message on the Day, Secretary-General Kofi Annan noted that more peacekeepers died in the service of the UN in 2005 than in any other year in the past decade, with 124 peacekeepers from 46 countries losing their lives to violence, disease and accidents.A further 32 have fallen in the line of duty so far in 2006, including eight Guatemalan soldiers who died while striving to bring peace to the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he noted.At the same time, the number of peacekeepers exposed to risk has increased exponentially. More than 72,000 uniformed personnel and 15,000 civilians now serve in 18 peace operations administered by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, making the United Nations the largest multilateral contributor to post-conflict stabilization worldwide, according to the message.“The demand for United Nations peacekeeping reflects growing confidence in the Organization’s ability to calm tensions and restore stability,” Mr. Annan said, noting that 108 countries now contribute uniformed personnel, including a 71-nation mission in the Sudan – the most diverse coalition ever assembled. General Assembly President Jan Eliasson of Sweden said that over the decades of UN peacekeeping, “countless lives have been saved thanks to the bravery” of UN personnel.“Invariably, the presence of blue helmets has eased tensions, spurred progress and sent an important signal to the affected populations that the United Nations supports their efforts to restore peace in their country,” he said.“Even as we mourn our fallen colleagues, we are all uplifted by their unflinching commitment and are inspired to strive even harder for the collective cause so eloquently envisaged in the UN Charter: a world free from the scourge of war,” the President said.Among the events held to mark the Day, the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) organized a solemn wreath-laying ceremony with the participation of Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Alan Doss. To demonstrate UNMIL’s support towards the recovery and development of Liberia, peacekeepers deployed throughout the country took part in a number of activities, including free medical camps for local communities, as well as cleaning up and painting school buildings, side walks, community centres, health centres and local markets, and rehabilitating roads and bridges. Wielding a broom himself at a high school in Monrovia, Mr. Doss encouraged Liberians to play an active role in the recovery and development of their country. “Liberians have a collective and individual responsibility to keep their city clean and contribute towards the development of the country in every way possible,” he said. Meanwhile in Vienna, a formal military ceremony signaled the beginning of the event attended by the Austrian Chief of Defence Staff, General Roland Ertl, and a contingent of some 40 peacekeepers from the Austrian Armed Forces who are about to go on mission to the UN Disengagement Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights.Commemorative medals from the UN Association of Austria were also presented to Austrian peacekeepers by the Vice-President of the UN Association of Austria and former Foreign Minister, Willibald Pahr, along with General Ertl and the President of the Austrian Blue Helmets Association, General Greindl.UN Peacekeepers’ Day was established in 2002, when the General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 29 May – when in 1948 the UN set up its Truce Supervision Organization in the Middle East – as the date to pay tribute to all blue helmets. The Day will be commemorated on 31 May at UN Headquarters, because 29 May is an official holiday this year. Among the activities, medals will be awarded posthumously to military, police and civilian personnel (both international and national staff) who lost their lives serving in UN peacekeeping operations. read more

Transport for London reveals plans to change congestion charge to new emissions

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 1. Euro 1 engine standards were introduced in 1992 for cars and commercial vehicles. These regulate levels of air quality emissions like NOx and diesel particulates (PM10). CO2 emissions are not currently regulated. Euro 4 engine standards are now mandatory for cars and Euro 5 commercial vehicles are now coming to market. In its most recent congestion charge impact study, Transport for London noted that NOx emissions (nitrogen dioxide) have come down by 17 per cent within the congestion charging zone, while particulate emissions (PM10) have fallen by 24 per cent. The reason for this improvement is cleaner vehicles, claims the report: ‘In the absence of “step” traffic changes, such as those that accompanied the introduction of congestion charging in 2003, the dominant influence on emissions of key air pollutants in recent years has been vehicle technology improvements.’ Transport for London (TfL) has proposed radical changes to the congestion charge that will bring massive bills for larger families and which penalise early adopters of congestion charge-busting hybrid cars. It also raises fundamental questions about the scheme’s aims; is it to reduce congestion, raise revenue, penalise drivers of larger cars or to cut emissions? Incentives for commercial vehicles are welcome too, with trucks meeting highest air-quality standards (Euro 5) set to qualify for a £2 daily discount. However, SMMT is concerned that the new scheme will add further layers of bureaucracy and confusion for road haulage companies struggling to come to terms with the forthcoming introduction of the Low Emission Zone (LEZ). 2. Researchers at Imperial College, in London, recently led the first study into actual CO2 output for the flexible fuel car – reflecting its use of a renewable fuel. The Ford Focus Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) runs on either bio-ethanol or unleaded petrol in any mix in the same fuel tank. They found that Ford’s 1.8-litre FFV emits 169g CO2/km from its exhaust pipe.  However, the Imperial College research says this drops to 99.6g (-41%) when CO2 absorption by crops grown to make bio-ethanol is factored in. Ironically, owners of some early versions of low-CO2 hybrids can expect to start paying £8 a day too. That’s because only cars with the latest Euro 4-compliant engines1 will qualify under new exemption criteria. It also means that families with some seven-seater MPVs and estate cars could be hammered by up to £5,300 a year from February next year, compared to £1,696 now. The worst news though comes for families living within the zone. Currently, residents are eligible for a 90 per cent residents’ discount on the £8 daily charge, meaning they pay around £170 a year. Under the new proposals there will be no residents’ discount for owners of cars emitting more than 225 g/km CO2. That means a bill of up to £5,130 a year more than they are paying now. On the positive side, exemption criteria will become technology neutral. In other words, regardless of powertrain type, cars emitting less than 120g/km, including petrol and diesel models, will pay nothing to enter the zone. 3.  At €20 bn, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest investor in R&D, driving industry forward and helping deliver more sustainable motoring for the 21st century.  Technological innovation has helped car and CV manufacturers slash CO2 and air quality emissions from vehicles. New diesel cars for example emit 95 per cent less soot from the tailpipe than those made 15 years ago and average new car CO2 has been cut by 12 per cent since 1997.Each vehicle made in Britain requires half the energy to produce than it did just five years ago, saving an estimated 700,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.  Waste to landfill per vehicle produced has also been cut by a factor of four, from 66.4 kg in 2001 to 14.5 kg in 2005.  For more details, download SMMT’s annual Sustainability Report from the SMMT web site www.smmt.co.uk/category/reports/ Notes: In its consultation due to be issued on Friday, TfL confirms it intends to link the new charge to car CO2 emissions. Models which emit under 120 g/km CO2 or less will be exempt, while those over 225 g/km will pay £25 a day to enter the recently enlarged central London zone. Most other cars and commercial vehicles will pay £8 a day. Manufacturers investing in high blend bio-ethanol (E85) cars will be disappointed that TfL is not considering them for congestion charge exemptions. Tailpipe CO2 emissions are similar to petrol equivalents.  However, recent studies at Imperial College demonstrate significant well-to-wheel CO2 benefits of E85 compliant cars – 41 per cent in the case of a Ford Focus FFV2. This should have been factored into TfL’s exemption criteria. – 2 – ‘Londoners will be sceptical about the motives for this significant change to congestion charging and many will fear this is already a done deal,’ said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘However, we will push for a re-think on these totally disproportionate proposals. A family whose car emits one g/km more than their neighbour’s could end up paying thousands of pounds more a year. That can’t be right.’ read more

GTT launches Pinktober to raise awareness during breast cancer month

The Guyana Telephone Telegraph (GTT) on Thursday launched Pinktober under the theme “Together we can make a difference” at the company’s main office on Brickdam Road, Georgetown in support of a month long effort to take action on breast cancer awareness in Guyana.Pinktober will begin on October 1, 2017 and conclude on October 31, 2017 in tandem with breast cancer awareness month.This initiative is also hosted by the Guyana Cancer Foundation among other corporate partners.During Pinktober, there will be a number of activities and events which will allow Guyanese to  “do something more with GTT” for breast cancer.The signature event will be the inaugural Breast Cancer Awareness 5k and 10k walk on October 21, 2017.Persons can register for the Walk online at gtt.co.gy/cancerwalk for a small fee of $2,000 Value Added Tax (VAT) inclusive. No transaction fees are included.The registration fee entitles the entrant to a Pinktober 5k/10k/ Walk/Run T-Shirt to participate in the walk, a free Group Fitness Training before the walk, and three (3) days of free mobile data.GTT’s Warrior against cancer Mitzy Campbell signing the Breast cancer awareness bowMoreover, the fee also guarantees the applicant one ticket to anyone of the biggest shows happening in Guyana between October 28, 2017 and November 16, 2017.This includes the best Dancehall show – GTT Night of the Stars-, the best Gospel show- GTT Celebration of life with Travis Greene and Saiku-  OR the best Reggae Show –GTT Smile Guyana with Chronixx.Additionally, of the same $2,000 a donation of $500 will be made on the entrant’s behalf to the Guyana Cancer Foundation.Interested persons can sign up and pay with the code MMG05086.GTT emphasised during their launch that Pinktober caters for all GTT Breast Cancer Warriors  “who are fighting or has lost their lives or someone they love to Cancer.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGTT’s Pinktober concludes with $4.7M donation to the GCFNovember 2, 2017In “Entertainment”GTT slashes selected handsets by 50% in “Pinktober” specialOctober 13, 2017In “Entertainment”First Lady calls for early screening in fight against breast cancerNovember 1, 2015In “Business” read more

The son of the worlds new oldest person has died aged 97

first_imgThe son of the world’s new oldest person has died aged 97 Jamaican Violet Brown (117) is now the world’s oldest person after the death of Italian Emma Morano. Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 10:00 PM 64 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3346585 Source: Andrew Holness/Twitter Secrets of her successIn an interview with Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner back in 2010, Brown says that her secret is a diet that avoids some meats and alcohol.“Really and truly, when people ask what me eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don’t drink rum and dem tings (sic). You know, sometimes I ask myself, ‘Am I really 110 years old?’ because I don’t feel like 110,” she said.According to Harold, Violet also eats smaller meals.He told the Jamaica Observer that she “likes fish and mutton and sometimes she will have cow foot”.Her diet contains plenty of locally-grown produce like sweet potatoes, breadfruit, oranges and mangoes.When Brown was born Jamaica was still a British colony and she spoke about having to walk three miles when barefooted to fetch water before school.“I tell you, these young people these days have it easy – piped water, taxis and buses to bring them where they want to go, everything to their convenience,” she said.With reporting from Sean Murray, Associated PressRead: The last remaining survivor of the 1800s has died >Read: Oldest person in Ireland Sarah Clancy passes away aged 108 > Share Tweet Email2 Apr 19th 2017, 10:00 PM Updated 10.00pmAN 117-YEAR-OLD Jamaican woman has been named as the oldest living person on the planet.Violet Brown was born on 10 March 1900 and she’s now been named as the world’s oldest person after the death of Italian Emma Morano.Jamaican President Andrew Holness tweeted a picture of Brown at the weekend, congratulating her on her achievement. By Rónán Duffy However, news emerged today that Brown’s 97-year-old son who lived with her in the western Jamaica town of Duanvale, Trelawny, had died.Harold Fairweather had recently been ill, but had made a brief recovery before deteriorating further this morning.One of the two family caretakers, Elaine McGrowder told the Associated Press: “He had been unwell for some time, but we didn’t expect him to go like this.He was a very beautiful man – very, very special. 63,436 Views The world’s oldest human is Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900. Congrats Violet. pic.twitter.com/AnjXdHK1Kz— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) April 15, 2017 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

HEA Scheduled Outages For The Homer Spit Halibut Cove Peterson Bay

first_imgThe Halibut Cove/Peterson Bay area will have two brief outages at the beginning and end of thescheduled outage, according to HEA. The outage is necessary to safely replace switching equipment on the Spit. The outage will occur between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM and could last up to 8 hours on the Homer Spit. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association will be conducting scheduled power outages in the Homer Spit, Peterson Bay, and Halibut Cove areas on Thursday, December 13. As a reminder from HEA, take steps to protect all sensitive electronic equipment in your home andbusiness.last_img read more