Eight persons died and five were injured in an explosion in a firecracker manufacturing factory in Uttar Pradesh’s Budaun district, police said on Friday.The factory is located at village Rasulpur under the Civil Lines area of the district, 275 km from the State capital.“Seven persons were confirmed dead in the explosion,” said SSP Ashok Kumar. A police statement later updated the figure to eight.The factory had a licence to manufacture firecrackers, the officer said. The explosion caused the roof of the small factory to collapse on the workers inside, police said. The dead included the operator Sanju, 40.A government spokesperson said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had announced ₹2 lakh ex-gratia compensation for the families of the deceased and ₹50,000 for the grievously injured.
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SEATTLE — All Jacob deGrom wanted was the opportunity to earn a spot in the New York Mets rotation.Based on his latest impressive effort, the Mets’ 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on July 22nd night, he’s solidly in there.“He’s always flown under the radar. Still is,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “This guy has numbers to match up against any rookie in the league. And you never hear his name mentioned.”DeGrom (4-5) held the Mariners to five hits and one run over his seven innings. He walked just one and struck out seven.Over his last six starts, deGrom is 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA. Even more impressive, he’s 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA over his past three, walking three and striking out 26.“I’m telling you this guy, he’s going to figure it out and he’s going to be a tough guy to deal with,” Collins said.Travis d’Arnaud drove in a run with a gift triple off Erasmo Ramirez (1-5), who was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma for the start, and scored on Ruben Tejada’s soft single in the second inning to help New York end a three-game skid.Lucas Duda hit his 15th home run, a 446-foot drive off the second deck scoreboard in right field in the eighth.Jeurys Familia worked an easy eighth and Jenrry Mejia picked up the save — his 12th in 14 chances.Endy Chavez led off the bottom of the first with a single then deGrom retired the next 11 batters.After an out, DeGrom struck out Robinson Cano, the league’s second leading hitter, in a nine-pitch at-bat.“He was fouling off a lot of pitches,” deGrom said. “Then it got to 3-2 and I wanted to throw the changeup. That’s what d’Arnaud put down. That made me feel a little bit better about throwing it. It was a good one and he swung through it.“Warming up, it (changeup) was really good. With a lot of lefties in the lineup, it was a good night to have my changeup being really good,” deGrom said.Bobby Abreu opened the second with a single to left. Then d’Arnaud stroked a sinking line drive to center. James Jones tracked it awkwardly, sliding to stop it but the ball skipped past him for a RBI triple.“I didn’t extend my hand the way I should have,” Jones said. “It was early in the game and I’ll be aggressive. I felt I had a better chance sliding. That’s what my body told me.”Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon, asked if the slide was a good gamble, said, “probably not. He’s going to make some mistakes on the aggressive side. He will learn from them and get better.”With one out in the fifth, Willie Bloomquist broke through with a single to right. Dustin Ackley then doubled into the right-center gap, scoring Bloomquist.Ackley advanced to third when Daniel Murphy’s relay to the plate sailed past the catcher but Ackley was left stranded. Ackley, who was 2 for 3, is hitting .377 in July after hitting just .214 in the first three months of the season.Ramirez went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked two and matched his career high with 10 strikeouts. He also hit two batters. It is his fifth straight loss. He has not won since April 1.Over his previous four starts — all no-decisions — Ramirez had a 0.90 ERA with 14 strikeouts and 16 walks.Ramirez was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma before the game for his fourth stint with the big club. He likely will be sent back down after the game to make room for the July 23d starter, Taijuan Walker.Duda gave the Mets a two-run cushion with his drive off the second-deck facade on a 3-1 pitch from Tom Wilhelmsen.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Photo Attribution: US PresswireThe 2012 college football season has ended but it’s never too early to look ahead to 2013. Bovoda has released its 2013 title odds, and Oklahoma State is in the mix. Here’s the full list.Alabama – 5/1Oregon – 8/1Ohio State – 17/2LSU – 12/1Texas A&M – 12/1Florida – 14/1Florida State – 14/1Clemson – 22/1Louisville – 22/1Notre Dame – 22/1Miami – 25/1Oklahoma – 25/1South Carolina – 25/1Georgia – 28/1Nebraska – 28/1Stanford – 30/1Texas – 30/1Michigan – 33/1USC – 33/1Oklahoma State – 40/1UCLA – 40/1Mississippi State – 50/1Wisconsin – 50/1TCU – 66/1Virginia Tech – 66/1Boise State – 75/1Michigan State – 75/1North Carolina – 75/1Oregon State – 75/1Arkansas – 100/1Arizona – 100/1Kansas State – 100/1Rutgers – 100/1Tennessee – 100/1Washington – 100/1Cincinnati – 125/1BYU 150/1Pittsburgh – 150/1West Virginia – 150/1Auburn – 200/1Georgia Tech – 200/1Iowa – 200/1Missouri – 250/1Boston College – 300/1California – 300/1South Florida – 300/1 Best valueBama – Just becauseA&M – I thought they’d be higher than this.Stanford – Behind The U?!TCU – They could easily win the Big 12.Georgia – They were within a play of the title game this year.Boise – Not sure why they would ever be higher than 50/1.Worst valueThe U – Ahead of Stanford?!Texas – Another year of LOL.Florida State – When will we learn?Notre Dame – Title game participant not losing a ton at 22/1?Oklahoma State thoughts40/1 seems pretty fair. I was talking with a buddy while we watched the title game last night and we were discussing how so much of getting to the title game depends on your schedule and injuries (or lack thereof). OSU’s schedule actually sets up pretty well. At WVU, at Texas, and Mississippi State in Houston are dangerous but other than that, I feel good about it.So I’d say above average (not great) value at 40/1 for OSU.But at this point, how are you not just betting Bama, LSU, A&M, or Florida? You know an SEC team is going to be in it, I mean we KNOW this, so might as well get in on 3-4 of them and see what happens.I’d also put a few bones on TCU and Stanford. What does Stanford have to do to earn a little respect?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Support The Guardian You wonder though, how those Brexit-voting Europe supporters in the crowd squared their support for these two causes. You guess some might resort to the moronic recourse of saying sport and politics should be kept separate. As if sport was not influenced by government policy, as if it existed in abstraction from issues of economics, class, and race. It’s not politics that should be kept out of sport but politicians. “Congratulations to TeamEurope on a stunning victory” tweeted Theresa May on Sunday, a message that did for irony as Henry Kissinger’s peace prize had done for satire. European fans with bug heads of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Sergio García and Ian Poulter. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Ryder Cup 2018: Guardian writers select their standout moments Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. The 1st hole of the Albatros course at Le Golf National runs 420 yards, down around a dogleg curve that turns away from the large pond you have to cross with your second shot to reach the small, sloping green. It looks tricky to play any time but during the Ryder Cup it was ridiculously tough, what with the packed grandstand behind the tee, the busy galleries either side, and the enormous elephant in the middle of the fairway. Curtis Strange once said golf doesn’t shout, it whispers. Sometimes it doesn’t speak at all. And in Paris last week there was one topic no one wanted to take on, the same one a lot of us cannot stop talking about. comment Thomas Bjørn and the story of Europe’s Ryder Cup success No doubt May knows the story of the Ryder Cup is one of Britain’s pig-headed insistence on going it alone, failing horribly, and, in the end, being rescued by opening up to a partnership with continental Europe. For the first 50 years, it was a contest between Britain and Ireland on the one side and the USA on the other. Before the second world war, the British and Irish won two matches out of five, after it they managed to win one out of 17. Until, at last, the USA grew bored with it all. In 1979 Tom Weiskopf pulled out of their team so he could go hunting for bighorns in the Canadian Rockies. The sheep, Weiskopf thought, were better sport. The Ryder Cup, he said, was “Lions against Christians.” Share on Pinterest Golf In an act of spectacular cognitive dissonance, tens of thousands of British fans travelled to France to dress up in blue-and-yellow hats and scarves and scream and roar and sing support for a Europe team representing a community that, to extrapolate, just under 52% of them had recently voted to get the hell away from. And given the demographics of the average golf club clientele, that estimate is likely to be a couple of clubs short of the green. According to YouGov, the average British golf fan is unusually likely to be a right-wing man who has an interest in, among other things, BMWs, business and finance, Jeremy Clarkson and Roy Chubby Brown.Of course the Ryder Cup team represent Europe rather than the Union, although it so happens every man who has ever played for the team has come from a full member state. But there is the letter and then there is the spirit, which was laid out by Thomas Bjørn in his speech at the opening ceremony. “Europe can at times be a fragmented place but when it comes to the Ryder Cup it’s different, when it comes to the Ryder Cup, Europe stands as one,” Bjørn said. “This is the week more than ever that that flag represents the boundary of this great continent.” Bjørn lives in England and has an English girlfriend. He must have known how it sounded.Bjørn is also far too canny to get into a row about it right before the tournament. Later that evening, he managed to reiterate his comments, “I’m a proud European,” while also walking back from them, “but that doesn’t mean I believe in the European Union or not. I’m not addressing the people of the United Kingdom in any way, shape or form.” The English golfers also refused to touch the issue with a flagstick. “Sorry,” said Paul Casey, his sense of irony sheathed in his golf bag alongside his three wood, “I haven’t thought about it.” He had a good excuse. “I’ve got some matches to play the next couple of days.” Since you’re here… Facebook Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Ryder Cup 2018 Jack Nicklaus spent a lot of time in the mid-1970s trying to persuade the British PGA to allow Europeans on to their team. The British, led by Lord Derby, the president of the PGA, would not budge. They were so wedded to the idea they could go it alone they changed the format instead, and still lost by five.Eventually, Nicklaus realised he had to force the point. The match, he said, was turning into a non-event. “The Americans are quite happy to treat this match as a goodwill gesture, a get-together, a bit of fun,” Nicklaus explained, “But here in Britain it’s treated differently. The people here seem to want a serious, knock-em down match. If that’s what’s wanted, there has to be a stronger opposition. Something has to be done to make it more of a match for the Americans.”Something was. The British team were finally opened to European players. In 1979, Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido were on it. And six years later, they finally won one, for the first time in 28 years, with a team containing four Spaniards and a German. Since then, they have won 12 out of the past 17, and Ballesteros, who played in eight Ryder Cups and then captained Europe in 1997, has become such an influential figure that last week the team kept his old golf bag in their locker room, with a badge above it saying “He’s the reason why we are here today”.You can see why, with a story like that, some people might prefer to kid themselves that sport and politics are best kept apart. Else it might seem too much like a parable they don’t want to hear. Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp US sports Read more Share via Email Ryder Cup Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more Share on Facebook Twitter Reuse this content
As anyone who’s ever taken the Trans-Canada Highway in Nova Scotia knows, the Colchester area, and specifically Truro, is a strategic crossroad. It’s where traffic from Canada’s mostly easterly regions moves west. It’s the turnoff to Atlantic Canada’s major city, Halifax. And it’s where more and more businesses are using location as a major development advantage. As Jo Ann Fewer, executive director of the Colchester Regional Development Agency (CoRDA) points out, not only is the area a half-hour from Halifax’s international airport and about an hour from Moncton’s, it also has its own regional airport in Debert. It’s less than an hour from the Port of Halifax, Canada’s third busiest, and its two major container facilities. It has major rail connections and those aforementioned highways. So it’s little wonder three regional distribution centres are located there: grocery giant Sobeys, Tim Hortons and Home Hardware have all opted for the superior market access the Colchester region offers. Still, Fewer says that’s not the whole story. “No question, we are a distribution centre,” she says, “but there is also the story of smaller companies coming here because of our access to the airport and our quality of life.” As well, she points to the region’s research strengths and diversified industrial and business base — from Crossley Carpets to Canada’s first name in underwear, Stanfield’s Limited. From Fewer’s perspective, not only is the Colchester region a geographic crossroads, it’s also a development one, as it uses established strengths to build new opportunities. For example, as home to the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, a research-intensive institution, the Colchester region is able to provide support to a range of emerging and established enterprises. That is one reason for the success of AgriTECH, one of the region’s six industrial parks. AgriTECH’s mandate is to provide “the fertile environment to grow and develop real economic opportunities for the agrifood industry,” and the park’s 65-hectare site hosts a range of companies, from a commercial analytical laboratory service, to a water treatment specialist, to a food production and safety consultant. The area can also boast about the success of the Truro Power Centre. The Millbrook First Nation initiative is the result of an historic deal between Millbrook and the three levels of government. Now seven years old, the centre boasts a variety of tenants. The region’s resources and enterprises are all part of the pitch when Fewer and her dedicated team promote Colchester’s advantages. In a report measuring factors such as, transportation, utilities and taxes firm KPMG chose Truro as the best small Canadian centre in which to do business. But to Fewer and her crew, this raft of positives is only part of the picture. The spark that ignites the development mix is the region’s welcoming people, friendly communities, attractive lifestyle and affordable housing. As Margot Begin-Gillis, director of communications and people development for CoRDA, says, “There is an energy that people connect to.” And Begin-Gillis says CoRDA, and its vast volunteer network, makes sure clients make that connection. “We have the ability to put them in touch with the right people,” she says. “You do not have to reinvent the wheel when you come here.” The communities that make up CoRDA care about their people, particularly when it comes to making the region attractive to businesses. The Fifteen2TwentyNine website and subsequent Make Way for Youth program improve communication with youth and match them with employers. CoRDA’s Make Way for Youth Program also introduces youth to the area in a unique way, flying urban kids in for a long weekend of meetings and hospitality. The group’s Come Home to Colchester initiative lures ex-patriots with opportunities to win free flights home. Last year, a couple living in Prince George, B.C., flew back for Come Home to Colchester 2006 celebrations. The initiative gave them a chance to visit, look at buying property in the region and start making plans to relocate. The development agency continues to be an aggressive marketer of the region with its Where Business Moves campaign. The program includes billboards in major cities and a website — www.wherebusinessmoves.ca . “We aren’t afraid to design a program if there isn’t one in place,” says Fewer. And now, with discussion of Nova Scotia’s potential as the Atlantic Gateway for container shipping traffic, the area is searching for ways to capitalize. The area is already tied into a network offering single-carrier, double-stack rail service to Chicago and it straddles Canada’s major east-west highway link, connecting it to major Canadian and U.S. markets. The decommissioning of the former military land at Debert opens up more than 4,000 acres (1,600 hectares) for industrial, commercial, cultural and residential development, along with the possibility of setting aside 500 acres (200 hectares) for an inland terminal. Typical of CoRDA’s role as collaborator and enabler, talks to advance the project with key interested parties, including the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, Canadian National railroad and the Truro Chamber of Commerce, have already begun. For Fewer, this is just another example of the co-operation and determination community leaders have in pursuing goals, maximizing on the crossroads advantage and building on strengths. And it’s yet another reason the Colchester region is so attractive to businesses. -30-
VANCOUVER — Cindi Phelps never imagined herself running a pot shop. She smoked weed as a teenager, but as an adult she says she became “cranky” about cannabis, endlessly lecturing her kids and judging everyone who touched the stuff.It was only when she neared 50 that she realized marijuana could soothe her pain from a chronic health issue. Now that she manages the Tamarack Cannabis Boutique in Kimberley, B.C., Phelps can relate to customers who are nervous about trying pot for the first time in decades — or ever.About 15 to 20 per cent of her customers fall into this category, and most are baby boomers, she said.“They had their kids. They had their family. Now they’re retired and they’d like to try it again,” she said. “It’s legal, they don’t feel they’re going to get arrested for it.”When Canada legalized weed on Oct. 17, 2018, it wasn’t clear how it would affect the stigma around cannabis or the habits of non-marijuana users. Six months later, early data and interviews with store operators suggest a considerable number of Canadians are lighting up for the first time.Nearly 14 per cent of cannabis users surveyed by Statistics Canada from mid-November to mid-December had just begun using weed within the previous three months. The period they were asked about includes time before and after legalization, but the percentage of new users jumped noticeably compared with previous quarters, when they ranged from 4.7 to 7.8 per cent.The agency found that new users spanned all age groups. However, use among people aged 24 to 35 declined slightly in the months as legalization was unfolding, while it grew among all age categories above 35.Legalization has drawn a whole new segment of people who prefer to use legal cannabis and are willing to pay more for it, said Jennifer Lee, the lead partner managing the cannabis sector for consulting firm Deloitte.“Government oversight does bring a whole new cohort to the market,” she said. “They could have tried it on the black market. They just chose not to, because they wanted to know it was a safe product.”Generally, she said her research has shown that people over 55 are most enticed by this market, because they dabbled in marijuana years ago and can afford to pay more for legal weed.People with no cannabis experience often ask for cannabidiol, also known as CBD, a non-psychoactive extract that is used to treat pain and anxiety, said Mike Babins, owner of Evergreen Cannabis in Vancouver.“They come in here saying, ‘I have no desire to get high. I just want CBD,’ ” Babins said. “And we say, ‘Why? What’s so wrong with being high? Do you think it’s like all those old propaganda movies and you’re going to think you’re a bird and you’re going to jump out the window with all the pretty colours and your family will find you dead on the front lawn?’ ”Sometimes people still want to stick with CBD, but for those who are willing to try cannabis containing THC, the mind-altering ingredient, staff guide them toward lower-dose products and advise them to start slow and enjoy their experience, he said.Customers have said they’ve been waiting for it to be legal and they’re tired of drinking too much alcohol at night, Babins said.“They have a whole bottle of wine after dinner instead of a glass of wine with dinner,” he said. “A lot are just saying, ‘I have too much stress and I’ve been dealing with it the wrong way.’ ”Many first-timers or first-time-in-a-long-timers wind up becoming repeat customers, Babins and other store owners said.Statistics Canada data also indicates former users are considering picking up the habit again. The most recent survey found 19 per cent of Canadians think they will use cannabis in the next three months, compared with the 15 per cent who are current users.Former users were more likely to report that they will use than people who had never used — 13 per cent compared with 2 per cent.Krystian Wetulani, founder of City Cannabis Co., said his two licensed locations in Vancouver have seen a huge uptick in customers aged 45 to 65 since they started selling legal cannabis.People in this age group seem to feel more comfortable now because they know the cannabis is tested to meet Health Canada standards, he said, and they don’t have to sign their name to anything, such as a medical-dispensary membership card.Toronto’s first legal cannabis store The Hunny Pot has also seen a “huge influx” of first-time consumers, including locals and tourists, since it opened two weeks ago, said communications officer Cameron Brown.As for those who haven’t used cannabis for decades, they’re surprised by how much variety there is now, he said.“There is a lot of education,” he said.“(We’re) making sure that we’re going through all the different steps with them, talking about the different THC levels, talking about the different strains and how they affect different people, but still trying to find what will work best for them.”Laura Kane, The Canadian Press
Azuero Earth Project’s first ever fundraising event, Azuero on the Harbor, will take place on September 1, 2012 in the Springs in East Hampton at the home of renowned artist Cindy Sherman.The afternoon event will feature entertainment by Rufus Wainwright, Laurie Anderson, Ruben Blades and Luba Mason in a casual, intimate and family friendly setting. Cindy Sherman’s property on Accabonac Harbor, surrounded by protected marshlands, is a natural jewel that beautifully embodies the mission of the Azuero Earth Project.The mission of the Azuero Earth Project is to preserve the earth’s ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and promote healthy communities by helping people to make informed decisions, take sustainable actions, and share knowledge.The festivities will include an informal tapas picnic of locally sourced food and drink with a Panamanian accent. For sale, and included with upper tier ticket purchases, will be a set of limited edition Lenox bone china plates with images by artists Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Teresita Fernández, April Gornik, Mary Heilmann, and Maya Lin. The event will be limited to 250 guests.For more information, click here.
Rabat – Moroccan airline Royal Air Maroc (RAM) launched a new flight route between Casablanca and Porto, Portugal on June 25.There will be three flights a week between Mohammed V airport in Casablanca and Francisco Sa-Carneiro airport in Porto, Portugal’s second largest city.The new route will be taken by aboard a Boeing 737-700 or 800. Flights will depart from Casablanca on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 3:05 p.m., and will arrive in Porto at the local time of 4:45 p.m. Flights will return from Porto on the same days, leaving at 5:45 p.m. and arriving to Morocco at 7:20 p.m.RAM’s regional director for Portugal, Adil Korchi, told MAP that given almost three tons of freight are available on each flight, the new journey is “quite a good opportunity for import and export companies” from each of the two countries.Royal Air Maroc offered thrice weekly flights between Casablanca and Porto in December 2010, but this journey was abandoned at the end of the winter season.
14 June 2010United Nations relief agencies are dispatching emergency aid and staff to Central Asia, where tens of thousands of refugees have crossed into Uzbekistan as they flee several days of deadly ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan. More than 75,000 ethnic Uzbeks are estimated to have fled Kyrgyzstan since Friday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today, citing figures from the Government of Uzbekistan.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it is preparing to deploy both aid supplies and staff with experience in dealing with emergencies, such as field officers and logistics experts, to help the new arrivals in Uzbekistan. The aid will be sent from the agency’s stockpile in Dubai.More than 110 people are confirmed to have died and at least 1,300 others are injured as a result of the clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks that erupted last week. The southern Kyrgyz city of Osh has been the worst affected by the violence, but there have been reports of widespread killing, looting and marauding in Jalalabat and several rural districts as well.OCHA reported that the majority of residents in the ethnic Uzbek neighbourhoods of Osh has either abandoned their homes or barricaded themselves inside.“We are very grateful for the willingness of the Uzbek authorities to welcome and receive people fleeing violence in Kyrgyzstan,” said António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in a statement.“We have agreed with the Uzbek Government to support their efforts and assist tens of thousands, mostly women and children, seeking safety.”Kyrgyzstan has been wracked by unrest this year and in early April a violent uprising ousted the then president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.This evening the Security Council issued a press statement condemning the violence in Kyrgyzstan and calling for a return to the rule of law as soon as possible.In the statement, read out by Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, the 15-member panel said it would continue to monitor the situation closely.Earlier, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe briefed the Council on the latest developments in Central Asia.He said the UN expects to launch a flash appeal later this week for people affected by the violence and unrest, with shortages of food, water and electricity all reported.Mr. Pascoe stressed that it is vital to open a humanitarian corridor in Kyrgyzstan so that UN agencies and other aid providers can deliver assistance as soon as possible.Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged local and national authorities in Kyrgyzstan “to take swift and decisive action to protect citizens, irrespective of their ethnic origin, and curb the violence.”Ms. Pillay was she was disturbed by the scale of the violence and the inter-ethnic nature of the attacks.“It seems indiscriminate killings, including of children, and rapes have been taking place on the basis of ethnicity. This is a very dangerous situation, given the ethnic patchwork in this part of Kyrgyzstan, as well as in neighbouring areas of Uzbekistan.“It has been known for many years that this region is a potential tinder-box, and for that reason it is essential that the authorities act firmly to halt the fighting – which appears to be orchestrated, targeted and well planned – before it spreads further.”Some media reports have suggested that authorities in southern Kyrgyzstan have adopted a shoot-to-kill policy in the wake of the violence, and Ms. Pillay stressed that this is not the answer.“A state of emergency has been declared, and this is probably a necessary decision in the circumstances. However, the right to life and the right not to be tortured cannot be set aside during an emergency. Security forces need to be given strict instructions to avoid unnecessary force, and to steer clear of taking sides in the conflict, while still doing their utmost to bring an end to the violence.”For her part, Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, expressed her concern over reports that children are being killed, maimed and displaced during the clashes, calling on all parties to show restraint.“Children are particularly vulnerable and have no place in conflict,” she stressed. “I ask for humanitarian aid to focus on the young at risk of physical and psychological trauma and I will continue to closely monitor the situation.”The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has also issued a statement voicing deep concern about the situation in southern Kyrgyzstan.“UNICEF has received distressing reports, including photographs, of children being displaced, traumatized, separated from family members, and even being killed,” the agency said.“UNICEF urges all parties to take all necessary measures to protect children, who are always the most vulnerable in conflicts, and stresses that no children should be involved in conflict or participate in demonstrations.”The agency has sent emergency supplies – including tents, blankets, health kits, kitchen sets and water purification tablets – to those who have fled the fighting sheltering in the Fergana Valley near the border between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.The Uzbek Government has opened schools and colleges to accommodate refugees – the vast majority of whom are women, children and the elderly – streaming out of Osh and Jalalabad since the fighting started last week.Over the weekend, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is conducting an official visit to Africa, conferred by telephone on the situation in Kyrgyzstan with Kanat Sauabayev, the Chairman-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE).Miroslav Jenča, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), visited Osh a week ago and is also holding discussions with the envoys of the OSCE and the European Union (EU).
Marapana said that the decision to enforce the UN resolution was taken after weeks of discussions. Sri Lanka today defended the decision taken to enforce a United Nations (UN) resolution on North Korea.Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana told Parliament that Sri Lanka, as a member of the UN, has an obligation to implement any UN resolution. The Government, had over the weekend, enforced the UN resolution in a gazette notice related to North Korea while a separate gazette was also issued on a UN resolution related to nuclear and chemical weapons.The gazette notice on North Korea notes that a person in Sri Lanka or a citizen of Sri Lanka outside Sri Lanka will be prohibited from supplying, selling or transfering, directly or indirectly, any item or any luxury item designated by the United Nations Security Council to any person in North Korea or any person acting on behalf of North Korea. The opposition questioned the Government’s decision to enforce the UN resolution. The gazette also says a person shall not cause or permit a vessel or an aircraft to be used for the purpose of carrying out activities specified in the resolution or for purposes of procurement of coal, iron, iron ore, copper, nickel, silver and zinc, or statues from North Korea or by their nationals.The Sri Lankan Government also said that a person in Sri Lanka or a citizen of Sri Lanka outside Sri Lanka will be prohibited from providing or receiving assets, financial services, technical training, advice, services or assistance related to the provision, manufacture, production, possession, acquisition maintenance, stockpiling, storage, development, transportation, transfer or use of any designated item to any person in North Korea or any citizen of North Korea. (Colombo Gazette)
Central bank report on domestic business confidence lifts Canadian dollar by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2013 5:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar moved higher Monday after a report showed improved confidence in the domestic business community.The loonie rose 0.07 of a cent to 101.65 cents US.A new survey by the Bank of Canada suggests Canadian business executives are looking forward to better conditions in 2013 than last year. The central bank’s latest quarterly business outlook survey shows firms on balance think sales and employment will pick up after a tough 2012.The outcome of the survey was somewhat more positive than expected, partly because it was compiled in mid-December as the U.S. was enveloped in concerns about the pending fiscal cliff. Economists had set the bar low under the assumption that uncertainty in the U.S. would influence the survey.The survey is based on responses from senior management at 100 firms chosen as a representative sample of the overall economy.“The text in the document maintains a cautious tone, suggesting there is a slight mismatch between movements in the various components and how businesses actually view the economy,” Ian Pollick, fixed income strategist at RBC Dominion Securities, said in a note.“Crucially, many businesses are now focusing on investment spending as a means to use existing capital more intensively rather than spending plans related to major new products.”Key commodities rose to their highest levels in several months. The February crude contract lifted 58 cents to $94.14 on the New York Mercantile Exchange, bringing oil to near a four-month high.Gold prices ended the session at a three-month high, up $8.80 for the February contract at US$1,669.40 an ounce. March copper dipped two cents to $3.63 a pound.
OTTAWA – A senior Boeing official says the U.S. aerospace giant’s trade dispute with Montreal-based rival Bombardier is a “company-to-company issue,” and that it still hopes to sell Super Hornet jets to Canada.Leanne Caret, the head of Boeing’s multibillion-dollar defence and space division, made the comments on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show this week, where her company was snubbed by Canadian officials.Members of the Canadian government met F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin and other fighter jet makers in Paris on Monday and Tuesday, but refused to have any contact with Boeing.Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains specifically cited Boeing’s complaints to the U.S. Commerce Department about Canadian rival Bombardier as the reason for the cold shoulder.In an interview Thursday in Toronto at an event organized by the New York Times, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the dispute threatens to hurt not only Canada, but the U.S. and cross-border relations as well.“There are thousands of small companies and jobs across the United States that are direct suppliers to Bombardier,” he said.“Any actions against a Canadian company that we believe in deeply and will defend is not going to just hurt relations between our two countries and choices we may make around procurement, but also impact American jobs and American companies.”Caret, however, highlighted in an interview with U.S.-based Defense News what she said was Boeing’s nearly 100-year “working relationship” with Canada and the federal government.“This is very much a company-to-company issue that we’re working through,” she said of the dispute with Bombardier.“I’m looking forward to continued dialogue with the Canadian government in terms of the capabilities that they need, and how our best products might be best suited.”The comments are the first from a senior Boeing official since the Liberal government threatened last month to scrap plans to buy 18 “interim” Super Hornets over the company’s dispute with Bombardier.The Trudeau government announced last November plans to purchase the planes to temporarily fill a critical shortage of fighter jets until a full competition to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s.The government said at the time that the Super Hornet was the only aircraft able to meet its immediate requirements, including being a mature design compatible with U.S. fighters.But that was before Boeing lodged a complaint with the U.S. Commerce Department that alleged Bombardier was selling its CSeries jet liners at an unfair price with help from federal government subsidies.American authorities are currently investigating the complaint and are expected to decide in the coming weeks or months whether to penalize Bombardier with fines or tariffs.A government source confirmed this week that Boeing’s rivals used their meetings with Canadian officials in Paris to pitch their own jets in the event the Liberals follow through on their threat to Boeing.But Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said this week that the Liberals continue to work closely with the U.S. government, through which any sale of interim Super Hornets to Canada would actually be arranged.And defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance left the door open to buying Super Hornets, telling a House of Commons committee that while Boeing is “a bad partner now, maybe they become a good partner again.”Many defence experts, including retired air force commanders, have criticized the Liberals’ plan to purchase interim Super Hornets and called for an immediate competition to replace Canada’s CF-18s.A survey of 75 such experts conducted by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and released last week found that the vast majority didn’t believe there was a shortage of jets, known as a capability gap.Vance, however, told the committee on Tuesday that the capability gap is real. Boeing plays down Bombardier dispute, still hopes to sell fighter jets to Canada by Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2017 10:10 am MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“Many of you, as journalists, activists, policy-makers and representatives of civil society, have played a vital role in promoting transparency, accountability and democracy,” Mr. Ban told the International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East Peace that began today in Istanbul, Turkey.“I urge you to continue to advance peace and increase mutual understanding between communities, especially Palestinians and Israelis,” the UN chief added in a message delivered by Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, head of the world body’s Department of Public Information (DPI).The two-day seminar, organized by DPI and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, is part of an annual project established by the General Assembly in 1991 to look at the role of the media in advancing the peace efforts. This year, the seminar follows the first meeting in more than a year of the members of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East peace process – the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly high-level debate. “The Quartet statement makes it clear that it is determined to lend effective support to the efforts of the parties and their shared commitment to reach a permanent status agreement within nine months,” said UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, in his keynote address to the seminar.Mr. Serry, who participated in the Quartet meeting and several recent rounds of negotiations between the parties, said he harbours some hope but admits it is “very guarded.” “It is now incumbent on the parties to sustain an enabling environment that offers a real chance for negotiations to move forward, take root, and achieve results,” Mr. Serry said. “As was also highlighted in the latest Quartet statement, both sides should take every possible step to promote conditions conducive to the success of the negotiating process and to refrain from actions that undermine trust or prejudge final status issues.”He quoted Mr. Ban who had said that “Israelis and Palestinians must quickly see visible peace dividends,” and urged positive measures to bring tangible improvements to security and socioeconomic conditions for both sides.The UN envoy further cautioned that violations of international law and violence risk undermining the confidence-building efforts necessary for peace negotiations. On Gaza, Mr. Serry said the situation remains “precarious and non-sustainable”. In particular, he highlighted the “growing deficit of required electricity” which stems from obsolete power infrastructure and fuel shortages due to the closing of illegal tunnels.“There is an urgent need for a safety net to ensure that continued provision of essential service,” he noted. Turning to the participants, the senior UN official stressed that they have a “special role” to play in the peace efforts by bridging the divide to try and bring about a better understanding of the other’s narrative.Throughout the seminar, participants will also hear from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN, Riyad Mansour. The seminar’s panel discussions this year focus on: “Middle East’s peace process and media’s approach to the Palestinian issue”; “Forgotten discourses: Palestinian refugees and media’s agenda today,” “Young activists in Middle East, digital media and social media,” and “Role and effects of visual media on Palestine issue in Israeli-Palestine dispute.”Emphasizing the seminar’s focus on the media and its role in the search for Middle East peace and the question of Palestine, Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal said the panel discussions are an opportunity for representatives of the media and of civil society from the region and beyond to come together to share their experiences and exchange their views.
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Sony Vaio : plus de 500.000 portables victimes d’un défautJapon – Sony a rappelé plus de 500.000 ordinateurs Vaio suite à un défaut de fabrication. Les appareils seraient victimes de graves surchauffes.En marge du scandale de Dell, qui aurait été au courant de la vente de près de 12 millions de portables défectueux, c’est au tour de Sony de rappeler 500.000 de ses appareils. Les ordinateurs de la gamme Vaio série CW2 et F11 feraient l’objet d’un défaut du module de gestion de la température interne. Résultat : des surchauffes qui peuvent entraîner de graves brûlures. Pour remédier à ce problème, le fabricant japonais a mis à disposition une mise à jour sur son site. 534.000 ordinateurs sont concernés en Europe, aux États-Unis et en Asie.Le 1 juillet 2010 à 15:21 • Emmanuel Perrin
For the Uruguayan footballer, the Portuguese striker was one of the best at Real Madrid and helped the team grown in the latest seasonsBarcelona’s forward Luis Suarez believes he couldn’t believe it when it was announced that Cristiano Ronaldo will not play anymore with Real Madrid.The Portuguese superstar was transferred to Italian Lega Serie A team Juventus for €100 million during the summer.And for Suarez, this was unexpected.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Obviously it came as a little surprise because of how good things had gone for him in Madrid, everything he had won there and how Madrid had helped him grow as a player,” the Uruguayan told ESPN.“So it surprises you a bit, but that’s football for you. One day you can say that you are happy where you are and the next day things may change. It’s a decision which must be respected, [it was] taken for a reason.”“But we are in the Spanish league and we’re competing against Real Madrid, Atletico, Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal, and all the other teams,” he added.“We’re not competing against one player. One player can make a difference or can make a team better, but the reality is that we expect to be playing against the best Madrid possible, against the best Atletico and against the best teams and players.”
Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter March 8, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort was recently sentenced to 47 months in prison. He was found guilty of defrauding banks and the government and failing to pay taxes on millions of dollars.Joining KUSI to discuss the sentence is KUSI contributor and AM 760 radio host Mark Larson.Related stories:Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months for tax, bank fraud KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 8, 2019 Mark Larson: Federal judge sentences Paul Manafort to 47 months in prison KUSI Newsroom
Mobile Culture Comment When did vacationing become all about the Instagram likes? Getty Images We’ve all taken our share of vacation photos or jealously scrolled through a friend’s pictures of a trip to an exotic beach. New data from online travel agency eDreams.net shows that pictures play a bigger part in where we’re traveling than we might’ve realized.More than half of US travelers chose their vacation destination based on how good the photos would look on Instagram, according to eDreams. US travelers come in third, however, after 58% of Italian travelers and 55% of Spanish travelers. US vacationers hold first place for editing their snapshots before uploading to social media. Fifty-one percent of US travelers admitted to adding a few filters before publishing an album. eDreams noted a divide between the US and Britain, though. In the US, a slew of vacation photos is interpreted as travelers having fun. In the UK, the poster is seen as a show-off. “We know that creating a picture-perfect life on social media is a growing trend, especially among millennials. With this new research, we see that US travelers are embracing this trend more than any other nation we surveyed,” Robert McNamara, from eDreams, said in a release Wednesday.eDreams conducted a poll through its website of 8,000 people who traveled by plane in Germany, France, Spain, the UK, Portugal, Italy and the US. Tags 2:38 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Put My Home in Vacation Mode 1 Instagram
Ayodhya: In 2011, the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati had gotten Lucknows city centre, Hazratganj, painted pink. In 2019, the incumbent Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is getting Ayodhya painted pale yellow which is just two shades away from saffron. Ayodhya will make everyone turn ‘yellow’ with envy when it readies for ‘Deepotsav’ on Diwali this year. Also Read – INX Media scam: HC to hear ED plea of Karti’s CA in Dec Advertise With Us The Ayodhya district administration has announced that it will paint all walls facing the main thoroughfare starting from the Sri Ram hospital to Naya Ghat, the route Diwali procession takes for ‘Deepotsav’, in yellow. “The decision of painting all buildings in one colour was taken by the Chief Minister. So, it was decided to paint Ayodhya in one colour to give it a beautiful look. The colour will not be ‘bhagwa’ (saffron) but pale yellow,” said Faizabad Divisional Commissioner, Manoj Misra. Also Read – Stop sale of ‘deadly’ stuff on Amazon, US lawmakers to Bezos Advertise With Us It is noteworthy that Sufi saints wear pale yellow robes and headgear. Sarfaraz Warsi, a caretaker at the Dewa Sharif Dargah which is a prominent Sufi shrine, said: “Ayodhya is known as the land of Lord Ram, but it also has great history of Sufi saints who spread the message of peace and brotherhood. This decision of painting Ayodhya in yellow colour will be a great example of the Ganga-Jamuni culture.” The Swarg Dwar temple in Ayodhya was painted pale yellow last year. Misra added that in the ‘Deepotsav’ celebrations this year, the King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn would be the chief guest.