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first_imgIn the face of rigid police opposition to their Pune rally, the Bhim Army on Sunday moved the Bombay High Court (HC), seeking permission to hold its planned events in the city, which is to be addressed by the their leader Chief Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’.On Sunday, advocate Nitin Satpute filed a writ petition in the HC on behalf of the Uttar Pradesh-based Ambedkarite outfit before Justice C.V. Bhadang seeking “urgent relief” for the Bhim Army to hold their public meeting in Pune. It also demanded action against the State government for allegedly violating Article 19 (freedom of speech and expression) of the Constitution.The outfit’s planned events in Mumbai on December 28 and in Pune on Sunday came a cropper after Mr. Azad, along with hundreds of Bhim Army activists, were detained by the Mumbai police. In the event that the HC denied permission and the Bhim Army decided to go ahead with their plans, sources said that the Pune police would also detain Mr. Azad inside his hotel.“This is dictatorship on part of the Modi and Fadnavis governments. They are scared of the public, hence I have been detained and prevented from holding rallies. How is it that the real perpetrators of the Bhima-Koregaon violence are free and I, a son of Ambedkar, am detained?” Mr. Azad said from his hotel in Malad in Mumbai, before starting for Pune.He said he was committed to holding his events in Pune. “If the police detain me in Pune, I will walk to the village of Bhima-Koregaon for the 201st anniversary of the battle on January 1,” he said.Mr. Azad was to address the ‘Bhima-Koregaon Sangharsh Mahasabha’ at the city’s SSPMS grounds on Sunday evening. He was also scheduled to interact with Ambedkarite students at the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).However, the SSPMS ground authorities allegedly denied permission and the stage built for the occasion was dismantled. On Saturday, the SPPU authorities had likewise denied Mr. Azad permission to interact with students as his presence “would create tension”.“We are eagerly awaiting the HC’s order… once we get the green signal, then events in Pune which had to be cancelled today will proceed apace tomorrow,” said Datta Pol, the Bhim Army’s Pune district president.Despite the outfit submitting requisite documents to hold the rally in Pune, the city police, without officially denying permission, have delayed the sanctioning process since a month.Given the atmosphere in the lead-up to the anniversary, the Pune police are bent upon preventing any law and order situation that might arise owing to Mr. Azad’s ‘provocative’ speeches.Pune Police Commissioner K. Venkatesham said that the city police had no role in denying permission to the event at the SSPMS grounds and that the decision was taken by the ground authorities.last_img read more

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first_imgHarbhajan Singh achieved his 400th Test wicket while Ishant Sharma grabbed a five-for as India bundled out West Indies for 204 before rain and bad light stalled the visitors’ reply on day 2 of the third and final match here. Score | PhotosAt stumps, India were eight for no loss, with Abhinav Mukund and Murali Vijay batting on six and one, respectively. India now trail by 196 runs with 10 wickets remaining in the first innings.Only 49.2 overs were bowled on the second day, leading to a loss of a total of ninety-seven overs in the last two days. The first day too saw the match being marred by showers.Even as the officials seemed optimistic despite a sharp shower interrupting play in the post-tea session, the light was deemed too poor for umpires to resume play.The poor weather apart, the facilities at the Windsor Park could be termed primitive as carts were used to scoop the water from the covers. The drainage facility is quite good but it proved to be of little use as water from cover-sheets took a long time to be removed.Earlier, Harbhajan became the third Indian and 11th overall to reach the landmark, while Ishant continued from where he had left off on day 1, as the duo hastened the West Indies’ collapse.Just as the West Indian innings folded up, a slight drizzle again brought the covers on, and an early tea was taken.West Indies were in the middle of a revival of sorts when the gritty Harbhajan claimed two quick wickets.advertisementThough Harbhajan achieved a milestone, the wrecker in chief was once again Ishant, who claimed five for 77 in yet another inspirational display of fast bowling.Resuming at an overnight 75 for three, West Indies lost two of their most experienced batsmen in a rain-curtailed opening session.Shivnarine Chanderpaul (23) and Marlon Samuels (9) fell to Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar even as Darren Bravo (50) and Calrton Baugh (60) stood firm.But the hosts, 128 for five at lunch, began the afternoon session with a flurry of shots, to entertain the sparse crowd.Baugh was the aggressor as he flexed his arms to good effect, and no less than 37 runs came from the first four overs.Baugh survived a caught-behind appeal off Munaf Patel but then decided to cut loose, crashing Ishant for three fours in one over.He first produced a back cut, steered the next one over slips, and then crashed one past the extra cover boundary.He didn’t hold himself back against Munaf either, managing two fours past the slip cordons.Meanwhile Bravo, unbeaten on 41 at break, completed his half century when he flicked Ishant to square leg for a single.Bravo, though, departed to Ishant in dramatic fashion after he had put on 59 runs for the sixth wicket with Baugh.In a tense Sharma over, he first edged a delivery to slips, where Rahul Dravid caught it, but promptly indicated he wasn’t sure if he had caught cleanly.The replays proved that Dravid hadn’t caught it cleanly but Bravo made little use of it, departing in the same over when he inside edged a catch to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Bravo made 50 from 134 balls with eight fours and this was his second successive fifty against the tourists after his match-saving 73 not out at Kensington Oval last week.Baugh then found an unlikely support in Darren Sammy as the two added 41 runs for the seventh wicket.Sammy, as he had indicated before the start of the match, looked to play down the ground before plonking Ishant for a huge six.But Harbhajan ended Sammy’s innings, having him caught at forward shortleg for 20 and later, clean bowled Baugh (60) for his 400th wicket.Baugh played only 79 balls during his knock and hit six fours and a six.This is Harbhajan’s 96th Test and he follows Anil Kumble (619) and Kapil Dev (434) in the exclusive club of 400-wicket takers for India.He is the second off-spinner ever in the history of the game to take 400 scalps after Muthiah Muralitharan (800).After the celebrations were done with, Sharma cleaned up Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul for his second successive five-wicket haul.An unwell Ravi Rampaul didn’t come on to bowl in India’s innings that didn?t make much difference as only four overs were possible before rain and bad light had the final say.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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first_imgIn my new book, Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century, I argue that our foreign policy must serve the interests of our domestic transformation. At the same time, much of what we are in the process of accomplishing at home-to pull our people out of poverty and to develop our nation-enables us to contribute to a better world. This is of value in itself, and it is also in our fundamental national interest.A world that is peaceful and prosperous, where trade is freer and universally agreed principles are observed, and in which democracy, the coexistence of civilisations and respect for human rights flourish, is a world of opportunity for India and for Indians to thrive.ChallengeIf this century has, in the famous phrase, made the world safe for democracy, the next challenge is to make a world safe for diversity. It is in India’s interest to ensure that the world as a whole must reflect the idea that is already familiar to all Indians-that it shouldn’t matter what the colour of your skin is, the kind of food you eat, the sounds you make when you speak, the God you choose to worship (or not), so long as you want to play by the same rules as everybody else, and dream the same dreams. It is not essential in a democratic world to agree all the time, as long as we agree on the ground rules of how we will disagree. These are the global principles we must strive to uphold if we are to be able to continue to uphold them securely at home.advertisementBecause the distinction between domestic and international is less and less meaningful in today’s world, when we think of foreign policy we must also think of its domestic implications. The ultimate purpose of any country’s foreign policy is to promote the security and well-being of its own citizens. We want a world that gives us the conditions of peace and security that will permit us to grow and flourish, safe from foreign depredations but open to external opportunities.Whether global institutions adapt and revive will be determined by whether those in charge are capable of showing the necessary leadership. Right now many of us would suggest that there is a global governance deficit. Reversing it would require strong leadership in the international community by a number of powers, including the emerging ones. India is an obvious contender to provide some of that leadership.In March 2012, the authors of a report entitled ‘Nonalignment 2.0’ put it well when they argued that ‘India must remain true to its aspiration of creating a new and alternative universality. . . . India already has enormous legitimacy because of the ideological legacies its nationalist movement bequeathed to it. But this legitimacy, once frittered away, cannot be easily recovered. India should aim not just at being powerful: it should set new standards for what the powerful must do.’AnalogyThis is a huge challenge, and one to which India must rise. An analogy from another field is not encouraging; many would argue that India has not acquitted itself well when given the chance to have a global impact in one domain – that of the sport of cricket, where India accounts for more than 80 per cent of the game’s revenues and perhaps 90 per cent of its viewership, giving it an impact on the sport that no country can rival. According to a tough editorial by Lawrence Booth, the editor of the “cricketers’ bible,” the 2012 Wisden Cricket Almanack, international opinion does not believe that in its domination of world cricket, India has set new standards for what the powerful must do. Broadening the analogy to global geopolitics, one could well say: India, your world needs you.So India must play its due part in the stewardship of the global commons (including everything from the management of the Internet to the rules governing the exploitation of outer space). We can do it. India is turning increasingly outward as a result of our new economic profile on the global stage, our more dispersed interests around the world, and the reality that other countries, in our neighbourhood as well as in Africa, are looking to us for support and security. The ‘problems without passports’ that consume the world need blueprints without borders-blueprints that require rules which India can contribute to making. The creation of global public goods is a new challenge, and it is one that a transforming India can rise to.advertisementExampleIndia has the ability and the vision to promote global partnerships across the broad range of its interests; it only needs to act. In a recent speech, National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon stated that ‘As a nation state India has consistently shown tactical caution and strategic initiative, sometimes simultaneously. But equally, initiative and risk taking must be strategic, not tactical, if we are to avoid the fate of becoming a rentier state.’ He provided an instructive example of what this would mean in practice:It means, for instance, that faced with piracy from Somalia, which threatens sealanes vital to our energy security, we would seek to build an international coalition to deal with the problem at its roots, working with others and dividing labour. Today the African Union has peacekeeping troops on the ground in Somalia. We could work with others to blockade the coast while the AU troops act against pirate sanctuaries on land, and the world through the Security Council would cut their financial lifelines, build the legal framework to punish pirates and their sponsors and develop Somalia to the point where piracy would not be the preferred career choice of young Somali males.This is an intriguing idea, one which so far remains in the realm of ideas rather than of implementable policy. But it is an encouraging indication that responsible Indians are already thinking beyond the established prisms of conventional policy-making to a broader and more effective Indian internationalism in the twenty-first century.- The writer is a member of Parliamentlast_img read more

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first_imgGoogle has today created a very innovative and engaging Olympic Google Doodle to celebrate the London 2012 hurdles. The interactive doodle gives an opportunity to the users to participate in the hurdles race game. One can easily play the game using the left-right arrow keys on the keyboard to run and the spacebar to jump over the hurdles.Moreover, the scores are also displayed on the screen once the game ends. So what’s your score?last_img

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first_imgKolkata, May 14 (PTI) The scoreboard of match between Kolkata, May 14 (PTI) The scoreboard of match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League here today. Rising Pune Supergiants: A Rahaneb Russell 2 U Khawajac Yadav b Shakib Al Hasan21 G Baileyst Uthappa b Chawla33 S Tiwaryc Uthappa b Rajpoot13 I Pathanrun out (Chawla/Uthappa)7 MS Dhoninot out8 T Pererac Pandey b Chawla13 R Ashwinnot out0 Extras(LB 4, W 1, NB 1)6 Total(6 wickets; 17.4 overs)103 Fall of wickets 1-19, 2-26, 3-67, 4-74, 5-87, 6-102 Bowling: AD Russell 2-0-11-1, M Morkel 3-0-22-0, Shakib Al Hasan3-0-21-1, S Rajpoot2-0-14-1, PP Chawla40 212, SP Narine3.4-0-10-0. Kolkata Knight Riders innings: (target: 66 runs from 9 overs) R Uthappast Dhoni b R Ashwin4 G Gambhirlbw b R Ashwin0 M Pandeynot out15 Y Pathannot out37 Extras(B 1, LB 1, W 8)10 Total(2 wickets; 5 overs)66 Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-8 Bowling: R Ashwin2-0-30-2, A Dinda1-0-13-0, M Ashwin 1-0-13-0, A Zampa 1-0-8-0. PTI BS BSlast_img read more

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first_imgAs the Paralympic games kick off in Rio today, millions of TV viewers in India will be unable to watch Indian para-athletes compete at the world stage.Though India has sent its biggest contingent of para-athletes to Rio this year, no Indian broadcaster has signed up to telecast the Paralympics event in the country.After the hype surrounding the dismal performance of Indian athletes at the main event, para-athletes highlight the discrimination they face despite performing comparatively better.(Also read: Rio Paralympics: Wrong flag on kit shames India again)On Tuesday, Kolkata based NGO Civil Welfare Foundation (CWF) organised an interaction with the official Chaplain of the Rio Olympic & Paralympic games Rev. Zenji Nio in order to focus on the need to highlight the achievement of paralympians in the country.”Para-Olympics can change the perception of the people with disability in India. The Para-Olympic movement is a way to give them more visibility and showcasing their talents,” Rev Nio explained.Speaking to India Today, Reverend Nio rued how Para-Olympians were treated in a vulnerable manner and reminded the need to ensure that they get the required infrastructure to be able to grow.”The Para-Olympics are not being covered by Indian media. This a serious issue. The Para-Olympic movement is about heroism and not about being a celebrity. Many people can be inspired by them. Its entertainment and empowerment combined. The media has a responsibility to support the Para-Olympics,” he added.According to CWF, the broadcasting rights of the Rio Paralympic Games have neither been bought by any private broadcaster in India nor has Doordarshan signed up for it. (Also read: Rio Paralympics: India to take part in opening ceremony after changes to kit)advertisement”It’s really a pity that nobody in India will be able to see a medal winning feat at the Paralympics in Rio,” said Suchandra Ganguly, founding member of CWF.This year, 19 para-athletes from India including three women have qualified for the Rio Paralympics. Ganguly pointed out that while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was tweeting his support for the Indian Paralympics contingent, audiences in country won’t be able to watch the event at all on TV.”It’s an irony that Mr Modi has wished them luck but no Indian network including Doordarshan has come forward to show the feed,” she rued.last_img read more

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first_img Serena Williams withdraws from French Open clash with Maria Sharapova Read more Since you’re here… But none of that could prepare him for a fist-pumping backlash by Nadal. The underdog had the crowd with him for a while, not because they wanted their Spanish favourite to lose but they craved a contest.More than age separated Marterer and Nadal, who turned 32 this week: the 10-times champion has played nearly 10 times as many tie-breaks, 359, as Marterer has matches, 37. Nevertheless he had to save two break points for a 3-2 lead after 26 minutes.And that was about the time the heat of battle – from the beating sun and Nadal’s still wicked top-spun forehand – started to take its toll on Marterer. He was exasperated as he could only watch a howitzer fly past him for another break. When he buried a backhand 10 minutes later the set he had started so promisingly had gone.In the second Marterer lived on scraps, the odd mishit by his tormentor, his own occasional high-risk winner, to stay in touch. After a flicker of resistance mid-set there was not much menace left in his strokes and Nadal, hitting as hard as if it were the final, could smell victory. However, while witnesses to the slow slaughter in the sun were waiting for the main course – Serena and Maria, Pt22 (cancelled) – Marterer came to life again.“If he hits a forehand like, really heavy, it’s something different compared to any other opponent,” Marterer said. He had to watch nine of them go past him in the third set (22 in the whole match). He broke once and saved on his own serve, but could not hold Nadal off in the tie-break. The fire in the champion’s eyes forged over 899 previous tour wins shouted that he was going to finish it right here for win No 900 – and he did.“I suffered with a tough third set,” Nadal conceded. All things are relative. Diego Schwartzmann celebrates his five-set win over Kevin Anderson. Photograph: Caroline Blumberg/EPA French Open Pinterest “I’m not sure how I did that,” Schwartzman said. “I am saying that and repeating it, because I really don’t know how I did it.” But did he believe he could beat Nadal on Wednesday? “Always. Always I believe. I need to recover well.” There is not much serious discussion here – outside the supporters of the players left in the draw – about Nadal falling short of winning an 11th title but Schwartzman could at least make it difficult for him.Marterer had his moments but discovered even minor successes against the Spaniard should be cherished because they often count for little at the end. In the opening game he was given false hope. The German – who lost against Cameron Norrie in Lyon – got two break points when he hammered the net cord and it spilled over; he was even more grateful when Nadal served a double-fault. It was a dream start.Marterer, a 22-year-old left-hander who looks as if he has spent a few hours in the gym, has raw rather than easy power and thrashed his way from deep to 2-0 after six minutes. Clearly he was enjoying himself. Nadal, never one to take even a point for granted, suspected he might have a fight on his hands. He looked relieved to hold.Marterer’s CV is in its early stages at this level. Before reaching the third round in Melbourne this year he had lost all his 14 Tour-level matches. Here, three places below his career-best ranking of 67, he beat Ryan Harrison and the 24th seed, Denis Shapovalov, as well as the lucky loser Jürgen Zopp. Pinterest Twitter Twitter Share on WhatsApp Maximilian Marterer tried but he, too, was underpowered. He could bring only his racket and his heart on to Court Philippe-Chatrier, leaving sated but chastened after a first meeting with the Spanish master that lasted two and a half hours on Monday.Seven women’s three-setters have gone longer than that in the first eight days and, after accounting for the young German, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (4), Nadal advances with only nine hours and 48 minutes on the clock.While Nadal was grinding the estimable Marterer into the dirt on the main court Schwartzman was taking nearly four hours to beat Kevin Anderson on Court Suzanne-Lenglen. He could hardly have started more disastrously, winning three games in the first two sets, which sped by in 69 minutes. Then the fight began; he resisted then outlasted the 6ft 8in South African with sheer willpower. Anderson, who lost to Nadal in the US Open final last year, served for the match in the third and fourth sets but could not subdue the Argentinian. Schwartzman took the fourth-set tiebreak without losing a point before winning the fifth 6-2. It will take a Sherman tank to stop Rafael Nadal at this French Open. And, while the 5ft 7in Diego Schwartzman, the smallest man on the Tour, has many fine qualities, he is more akin to a sniper than someone coming into his quarter-final bearing heavy artillery.In their five matches the world No 12 has taken one set – perhaps encouragingly, when they last met in a grand slam tournament, at the Australian Open this year. But this is clay. In Paris. Nobody messes with Nadal at Roland Garros – his “second home”, as Schwartzman described it. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. 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. Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Topics French Open 2018 Maximilian Marterer feels the pain against Rafael Nadal. Photograph: Juergen Hasenkopf/BPI/REX/Shutterstock Rafael Nadal Tennis Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Twitter Facebook Share on LinkedIn Facebook Share on Messenger news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_imgAtletico Madrid have denied having any contact with Eintracht Frankfurt regarding a bid for Ante Rebic.Rumours had linked the Croatia international forward with a €40 million (£36m/$45m) switch from Germany to Spain, but Atletico president Miguel Angel Gil Marin has moved to quell those stories.Martin denied that Rebic would join Joao Felix at the Wanda Metropolitano next season after the Portuguese teenager made a €126m move to Madrid from Benfica on Wednesday to become the fifth-most expensive transfer of all time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “We have not talked to either the player or the club,” Marin told Goal and SPOX.Frankfurt are perhaps resigned to losing the player they acquired from Fiorentina for €2m in 2018.The Bundesliga club narrowly failed to qualify for the Champions League last term after they fell away at the end of the league season, dropping out of the top four and eventually finishing sixth.They also lost a chance to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition when they were eliminated at the semi-final stage by eventual winners Chelsea.“It may be that [Rebic] is looking for a new challenge and wants to take the next step,” Frankfurt coach Adi Hutter said before the German team began pre-season training.There is a great deal of uncertainty regarding Atleti’s striking options for next season, despite the addition of the 19-year-old Felix.Antoine Griezmann has announced he will leave the club, with a transfer to Barcelona expected to be confirmed in the coming days.Diego Costa’s future with the club is in doubt, and it is also unconfirmed that Alvaro Morata will definitely be staying at the club.Morata, a Chelsea loanee, wants to remain in Madrid, but may be recalled by the Premier League club.Despite this uncertainty, Gil Marin would not be drawn on Rebic, instead saying that his club had a range of options for their attack.“We’re not sure which player we’re going to buy for our attack,” the club executive concluded.Atletico confirmed the arrival of Mexico international Hector Herrera on Wednesday, while Rodri is close to completing his long-awaited move to Manchester City from the Spanish capital.last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Royal Caribbean’s new cruise ship Anthem of the Seas was safely and successfully conveyed to the open sea, the ship’s builder, Germany’s Meyer Verft informed.The river passage started in Papenburg on Tuesday, March 10 at about 14.30 pm. At around 3.15 am today the ship passed the river Ems barrier in Gandersum.In the morning the Quantum-class ship reached the Dutch harbour of Eemshaven where the it will berthed for a few days to bunker fuel, the shipbuilder said.The ship is scheduled to leave Eemshaven on Sunday evening and proceed to its sea trials in the North Sea.Later on, the ship is scheduled to berth in Bremerhaven before she is handed over to Royal Caribbean International in the mid of April.The ship spans 16 decks, encompasses 167,800 gross registered tons, is capable of carrying 4,180 guests at double occupancy and features 2,090 staterooms.Once it has commences service, the Anthem of the Seas will sail with its 4,100 passengers from Southampton (England) to Norway and the Mediterranean, before making its way from Fort Lauderdale (Florida) to the Caribbean in winter 2015.Video: Youtube/Kallis Video Productionlast_img read more

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first_img Adela Teresa Escobar, conseillère, ministère des Services communautaires Mme Escobar est une femme dynamique originaire d’El Salvador qui a gagné le cœur de ses clients, soignants et collègues grâce à son dévouement extraordinaire à son rôle de conseillère unique pour le programme Option de soutien familial. Elle offre du soutien aux personnes handicapées qui vivent dans un environnement familial dans leur propre communauté, et elle a souvent été considérée comme une alliée pour le bien commun par l’établissement de liens entre les membres de l’équipe, les clients, les fournisseurs de services, les responsables des politiques et le personnel itinérant. — John Calder, géologue principal, ministère des Ressources naturellesM. Calder a été un promoteur visionnaire et l’âme du projet de l’inscription des falaises fossilifères de Joggins à la liste des sites du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. Il a été responsable de présenter le cas du point de vue scientifique, d’assurer le leadership du projet et des expositions d’interprétation, d’obtenir le consensus de la communauté et de co-rédiger le dossier de candidature. Le projet a également permis l’établissement du Joggins Fossil Institute. Équipe des paiements de rajustement à l’égard de la part de la Couronne En 2001, l’équipe des paiements de rajustement à l’égard de la part de la Couronne a commencé à former des arguments convaincants en faveur d’une interprétation généreuse de la loi. En avril 2008, après avoir travaillé en collaboration avec d’autres ministères et des conseillers externes sur ce cas complexe de comptabilité et de loi, l’équipe a présenté le cas de la Nouvelle-Écosse au Groupe d’experts sur les paiements de rajustement à l’égard de la part de la Couronne. Le groupe d’experts a recommandé que le gouvernement du Canada verse à la Nouvelle-Écosse plus de 234 millions de dollars pour les paiements passés et environ 633 millions de dollars en paiements futurs. Le prix a été présenté aux membres de l’équipe Stephen McGrath du ministère de la Justice et Chris Spencer du ministère de l’Énergie. Dennis Pilkey, directeur à la retraite, ministère des Finances Le projet « Community Counts » a débuté comme projet pilote novateur basé sur le modèle primé du projet « Community Accounts » de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador. Sous la direction de M. Pilkey, le projet a évolué pour devenir un programme continu qui fournit des données à l’intention et au sujet des communautés et qui peuvent être utilisées par les responsables des politiques, les représentants élus, les concepteurs de programmes et les responsables du développement communautaire. M. Pilkey a été en mesure d’attirer des partenaires stratégiques du secteur gouvernemental, communautaire et universitaire qui ont contribué leur temps, leur expertise et leurs ressources à cette vision commune pour un site Web accessible par le public. — Équipe de coordination du développement des compétences, ministère du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvreL’équipe a joué un rôle principal dans l’intervention par rapport aux fermetures dans l’industrie par la création d’équipes d’intervention communautaires sur place, l’exécution d’études sur les postes à combler dans les communautés touchées et environnantes, l’établissement de centres de transition pour les travailleurs déplacés, et la prestation de programmes et services directs visant à aider les travailleurs à trouver un nouvel emploi. Les récipiendaires du prix sont : Roger Peters, Louise Michalos et Joe Brown d’Halifax; Renette Muise de Kentville; Colleen O’Connor de Truro; Robin Jardine de New Glasgow; Raymond Lefort de Sydney et Judy Purcell de Bridgewater. Les employés du gouvernement qui ont élaboré un outil Web visant à fournir des renseignements pour la planification et l’amélioration des communautés de la Nouvelle-Écosse et qui ont contribué à faire des falaises fossilifères de Joggins un site du patrimoine mondial de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture (UNESCO) font partie des récipiendaires honorés aujourd’hui 15 juin lors de la remise des Prix d’excellence du premier ministre. Les prix ont été présentés à deux équipes et trois personnes individuelles pour leurs contributions à la Nouvelle-Écosse, lors d’une cérémonie à Halifax. Les récipiendaires sont tous de la région d’Halifax, à l’exception de quelques membres de l’équipe du ministère du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre qui sont de Kentville, Truro, New Glasgow, Sydney et Bridgewater. « Les employés qui sont honorés aujourd’hui possèdent les meilleures qualités que les fonctionnaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse peuvent posséder, » a dit le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald. « Ils sont des exemples des nombreux fonctionnaires qualifiés qui sont dévoués à leurs rôles au sein de la fonction publique chaque jour. » Le Prix d’excellence du premier ministre est la plus haute distinction de la fonction publique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Établi en 2006 par l’ancien premier ministre John Hamm, le programme reconnaît les fonctionnaires néo-écossais pour leurs contributions et leurs accomplissements remarquables. Les employés sont mis en candidature par leurs collègues. Les fonctionnaires, les travailleurs routiers, les travailleurs correctionnels et les personnes qui ont récemment pris leur retraite sont admissibles aux mises en candidature. Un comité de sélection externe a évalué les mises en candidature d’équipes ou de personnes individuelles dont les accomplissements sont liés à l’excellence en leadership, à l’innovation et la créativité, au service à la clientèle exceptionnel et à la formation créative de relations. Le comité de sélection a évalué 24 mises en candidature. « Chaque année, un comité de sélection reçoit des candidatures de qualité qui illustrent le merveilleux travail auquel les Néo-Écossais s’attendent maintenant, » a dit Rosalind Penfound, commissaire de la Commission de la fonction publique. « Nous apprécions nos employés et ce prix est une façon de célébrer leurs accomplissements. » Le premier ministre a remis les prix, produits par NovaScotian Crystal, lors de la cérémonie. On a demandé à NovaScotian Crystal, le seul fabriquant de cristal confectionné à la main au Canada, de créer le prix. Les récipiendaires des quatrièmes Prix d’excellence du premier ministre sont les suivants : Pour plus d’information sur les Prix d’excellence du premier ministre, sur les lauréats de cette année et sur leur travail, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/psc/recognition (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

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first_imgNEW DELHI: Taking a dig at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his proposed scheme to allow free travel in buses and Delhi Metro for women, Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday raised doubts over the feasibility of the scheme by saying that it’s not possible to implement. Hitting back at Puri, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the Delhi government has a proper plan and also the money to finance the project. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarOn the sidelines of a Press conference organised to launch Swachh Survekshan League 2020, the Union Minister said, “It’s a Kejriwal’s jumla as he has no plan in mind for its implementation.” “Kejriwal has no plan in mind. This metro and bus freebie is just a jumla,” Puri said, adding that the plan is not feasible. “Kejriwal has confused people because this is not how you give schemes. Central govt needs to be on board. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) didn’t get any proposal from the Delhi government. Also, Delhi government is already running out of funds and they are debt. I don’t know how Kejriwal is planning to give metro rides for free,” the Union Minister said. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe Delhi Metro comes under the Delhi government as well as under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Hardeep Singh Puri has recently been given the portfolio of Civil Aviation. In the earlier BJP term, Puri served as the Housing and Urban Affairs minister, a role he has retained in the new cabinet. Hitting back at Puri, Delhi’s Deputy CM Sisodia said, “With all due respect I want to tell Hardeep Singh Puri that the government of Delhi has both plan and money for the free metro and bus rides for the women of Delhi. I just request him to smile and give his blessings. Give your blessings for the people of Delhi and women of Delhi. Delhi government will implement it in a very good manner.” The Deputy CM futher said, “We have conducted several official meetings over the issue in the last three-four days. The Transport Minister met officials of the transport and metro department during the last days. I and the Chief Minister also had meetings over the issue. We are coming up with a very good scheme for the scheme. We are also receiving various feedbacks from the people of Delhi. Once finalized we will share the plan with you.”last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not fly over Pakistan on his way to Bishkek on Thursday to attend a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the External Affairs Ministry said. It said Modi’s aircraft will fly over Oman, Iran and several Central Asian countries to reach the Kyrgyz capital. “The government of India had explored two options for the route to be taken by the VVIP aircraft to Bishkek. A decision has now been taken that the VVIP aircraft will fly via Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries on the way to Bishkek,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Wednesday. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France He was responding to media queries regarding the route to be taken by the prime minister while travelling to Bishkek. On Monday, a Pakistani official told PTI that Islamabad has accorded an “in principle” approval to India’s request. India’s decision on the prime minister’s travel route to Bishkek appears surprising as it had only requested Pakistan to let Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace when he travels to Bishkek. The decision also came over a week after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi wrote separate letters to their Indian counterparts, pushing for restarting bilateral talks. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Khan had also made a telephone call to Modi on May 26 and expressed his desire to work together for the betterment of people of the two countries. On his part, Modi said creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism was essential for fostering peace and prosperity in the region. India has not been engaging with Pakistan since an attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot in January of 2016 by a Pakistan-based terror group, maintaining that talks and terror cannot go together. Khan is also travelling to Bishkek to attend the SCO summit and there was speculation that he and Modi may hold a meeting on the sidelines of the multilateral forum. However, on Monday, the MEA spokesperson said no such meeting has been arranged between the two leaders. Last month, Pakistan had given special permission to the then external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to fly through Pakistani airspace while travelling to Bishkek to attend a meeting of SCO Foreign Ministers. Pakistan fully closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot. Since then, it has only opened two routes, both of them pass through southern Pakistan, of the total 11. On its part, the IAF announced on May 31 that all temporary restrictions imposed on Indian airspace post the Balakot airstrike have been removed. However, it is unlikely to benefit any commercial airliners unless Pakistan reciprocates and opens its complete airspace.last_img read more

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Rabat – An enormous shudder, a loud clanking jolt and into Asia, Malaysia, Sarawak State Kuching city we flew. I peered out of my window as the sight of a glorious  river sculpting the city into a maze stood out. The awe striking  spectacle slid into my memory as the plane slid above the clouds.There, I was welcomed by the sound of thunder that promised intensity and a darkness that spoke of the new horizons that beckon. I knew, the 24-hour flight and the 12,449 km crossed are going to be worth it. The first thing that strikes about Kuching is its greenery. The vegetation  covers the landscape in an imposing demeanor, pledging that in this place, it is nature that rules.The grandeur of the wilderness revealed more of  itself at the view from the USCI hotel I stayed in.  In the day, the sun sent an army of light emphasizing the beauty of the landscape and bringing into sight the Sarawak river. stretching 120 km long, the river flows swift and tranquil mimicking the lifestyle in Kuching.Breathing in the heat of the changing season  and soaking my eyes into the dark mud of the river, I presumed I was alone. Snapping out of my meditative state, the aroma of local cigarettes crept into my nostrils and a voice broke the silence and said “it’s quite a sight here.”I turned to face a smiley, chubby man in his thirties, holding his cigarette and looking at ease. He later introduced himself to me as Eka.Eka told me that the river  is an important source of water and transportation in the state of Srawak, which  makes up about 37.5 percent of the total area of Malaysia and  whose capital is Kuching.He then  prided himself for being a native of the state. “my ancestors are among the early settlers of Sarawak, before it was taken over by the British white Rajahs and our family continue to exist after they left.”The state of Sarawak has more than 40 ethnic groups, each with its own distinct language, culture and lifestyle. They consist of Malays at 21 percent, Melanaus, Chinese at 29 percent,  Ibans at 30 percent and residents from Singapore, Vietnam, India and Indonesia. I asked my new Srawakian friend about the must-see destinations in Kuching. He advised I visit the city’s Living Museum.Situated at the foothills of the legendary Mount Santubong, the living museum showcases Sarawak’s rich cultural heritage. About 150 people live in the village, displaying the  traditional daily activities of  Sarawak’s diverse ethnic groups and replicas of their traditional buildings.Kuching is a teaser. The city wasn’t in a rush to reveal itself to me instantly nor to the other visitors in town. Along a dozen entranced voyageurs from the four corners of the world, we  took a shuttle at night to a Gala dinner hosted by the previous prime minister of Sarawak and his Syrian wife.On the ride, we were accompanied by the rise and fall of nature’s sounds  and the voice of the driver who wished us, several times, an enjoyable evening, onto the streets of a city that throbs to the heartbeat of 325,132 people who call it home.The dinner was hosted at the State Legislative Assembly Building that looked more like an otherworldly palace than a place where politicians gather. Looming high and tall across the river, and designed like an umbrella,  it is by all means a sight to behold.Food and DanceUshered into an intimate lobby that’s decked out in exquisite décor and kaleidoscope of colors, we were greeted by dozens of young waiters, who ceaselessly served us glasses of Coca-Cola and genuine smiles while we awaited for the big meal.Malay, Chinese, Indian and Thai, there are so many culinary traditions colliding in Malaysia that it’s almost impossible to give a neat account on every dish. However, what I could say about the food, varying from Hainanese chicken rice to rainbow cakes,  is that it was different and special.Two Malaysian ladies,  one dressed in a blazing turquoise  and green batik print dress and a matching  head scarf , the other in a neat modern attire and unveiled hair, were seated in my table. They stared at me amusingly and spoke to each other in Malay. I knew that they were talking about the quirky expressions on my face as I tasted the traditional cuisine.I looked at them and gave a friendly smile, they reciprocated and we embarked on a parley of them telling me to have more and I telling them that I was full.The strong presence of women in the Malaysian political and economic scene is quite advanced. The country has made remarkable progress in the past six years to reinforce the participation of women. Malaysia’s female labor participation rate rose to 54.1 percent in 2015 compared to 46.8 percent in 2010.With  more than 800 guests present, the evening had many surprises to offer. Our hosts entertained us with several singing and dancing performances, which once began I embarked on yet another meditative state.Awe-stricken by the lively dance and  the graceful tempo, I watched the elegant performers sway to the folklore music, performing marriage, harvest, hunting and war dances.The most fascinating of all is the Rajang Be’uh, or the Eagle Dance, which consists of female and male dancers outstretching their hands and imitating  the movements of the eagles as they flap their wings in flight.The dance originated when a Sarawakian legendary hero was ordered by the King of the Pleiades to fight the legendary bird of the sky known as The Eagle Spirit in order to take the King’s daughter for a wife.The performances were  intense, and I needed to catch a breath in the fresh air. The breeze had sprung up, dissipating the afternoon’s humidity.I walked up to one of the guests, determined to go back home with m  ore friends.  I initiate the conversation telling him how the raw culture of Kuching is striking. “Oh yes, yes, our heritage is rich and diverse. But there is more to Sarawak than just its history,” Ahmed, a senior digital technology expert in Kuching told me, swiftly transferring me from the world of the past to that of the future. “In the past 20 years, Sarawak has fiercely and passionately boarded on a journey to develop its digital economy, opting to enhance its income. We now expect digital economy  to make up 17.4 percent of the state’s GDP by 2025.” Ahmed said.Many state and national and international commercial banks, as well as some insurance companies establish their headquarters and branches in Kuching, making the city one of the main industrial and commercial centers of Sarawak.The state of Sarawak itself was able to maintain a positive economic growth at 3.2 percent  last year despite global uncertainties and low crude oil prices, which represents its main economic generator.Ahmed continued to tell me that he felt “like a bad wolf” because he was so involved in the sector. “People weren’t very enthusiastic about technology and fin-tech at first. But it is a matter of do or die now. Technology is the future and Malaysia is determined to be the future. Now, the people understand and I feel like a good wolf,” he said and followed his confessions with a pleasant laugh, I joined him in laughter.After a pause,  he told me more of the Sarawakian way of life. “Whether Muslims, Christian, Buddhist or pagan, we live in harmony and coexistence. It is the love of the country that brings us together,” he said, as the national anthem simultaneously played. Guests, hosts and waiters alike froze in their positions in respect for their country.“We are very friendly towards each other and towards foreigners,” Ahmed continued after the national anthem finished playing.I nodded my head in agreement. His words  astound me like an unanticipated epiphany. I thought of the gay men walking proudly in the streets, their nails painted and eyebrows well trimmed.I also recalled the myriad faces that smiled to me everywhere I walked and the sight of veiled women who smoked without being criticized for their choices. I couldn’t help but think that though  61.3 percent of Malaysians are Muslim, they  have bypassed religious conflicts, leaving room “to fiercely conquer the  future,” as Ahmed put it.The Old Magnificent Carpenter Street At 10:30 p.m., the night was still young and I eagerly wanted to see more of the city. Ahmed offered me a ride to the city center and I genially accepted. On the way, he showed me Muslim villages, shyly hiding behind the lush vegetation of the city. “All of these villages are inhabited by Muslims. I grew up there,” he pointed to one of the villages, as a smile delicately carved its way on his face.Ahmed pulled over near Carpenter street and told me that in it I would travel back to Old Kuching. “Carpenter street has defied the test of time since the late 1800’s. You will have a glimpse into the  past.”“Trema-Kesi (thank you),” I told him and stepped out of the car. “Sama Sama (you’re welcome),” he answered and drove past me, though encountering him remained still in my memory.My clothes  had transformed into a washcloth and my glasses into foggy circles. If I had any sense, I would have retreated to my haven at UCSI hotel, but I’m a junkie to the sights and sounds of history —and it is safe to say that Carpenter street  stole away my breath.Small food stalls, bars, shops selling traditional souvenirs, the Malay Chinatown of Kuching gives much to remember. The narrow street is home to  fascinating Chinese shop house architecture, many of which have been occupied by the same family for generations.  Far too soon the plane again roared and departed. I left Kuching  out of sight, its magic and charm faded. Reluctantly I turn away from the quiet waters of Sarawak river. 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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) on Friday reported first-quarter profit of $5.86 billion.The San Francisco-based bank said it had earnings of $1.20 per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.08 per share.The biggest U.S. mortgage lender posted revenue of $26.3 billion in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $21.61 billion, also beating Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $20.89 billion.Wells Fargo shares have climbed nearly 4 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 15 per cent. The stock has decreased 8 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on WFC at https://www.zacks.com/ap/WFCThe Associated Press read more

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“The parties cannot talk and fight at the same time, without tragic consequences to the population of Darfur,” said UN envoy Jan Eliasson and his AU counterpart, Salim Ahmed Salim, in a joint statement issued in Sirte. “It is critical that all parties do their utmost to improve the security and humanitarian conditions of the people in Darfur.”The talks, which opened on 27 October, mark “a turning point in the long search for a lasting political solution to the crisis in Darfur,” the envoys said, calling the opening the first stage of a three-phased peace process.The statement voices appreciation for the attendance of the Government of Sudan and of leading personalities and representatives of the movements, as well as representatives from civil society. But the envoys said they “regret that leaders of some of the movements chose not to attend the opening session and hope they will soon join the process.”This first phase of the talks included “two lively plenary debates where representatives from the Government of Sudan, the movements, civil society, including women, regional partners, and international observers exchanged views and discussed key issues pertaining to the peace process,” said the envoys, welcoming the “constructive tone and spirit of the interventions during those discussions.”Closed meetings were then held with the parties, regional partners, and international observers, according to the statement.The second phase will play out over the next few weeks as the envoys continue to engage in intensive discussions with the parties on the substantive issues to be addressed in the third stage of negotiations. Declaring that the peace process is “irreversible,” the statement says the conflict-affected Sudanese deserve no less. “We owe it to the people of Darfur to make every effort to end their suffering and allow them to live their lives in peace and dignity.”Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Ashraf Qazi, has also welcomed the peace talks in Sirte, emphasizing that peace can only be achieved through an inclusive political process supplemented by recovery and development programmes.He told an Arab League Donor Conference in Khartoum that peace and stability in all of Sudan is crucial to resolve the humanitarian emergency in the war-ravaged and impoverished Darfur region where conflict has killed more than 200,000 people and uprooted 2.5 million more.“Sustained peace throughout Sudan is the key to ending the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and to moving towards a more holistic goal of recovery and development throughout Sudan,” Mr. Qazi said.Noting that the Darfur humanitarian operation remains an “enormous challenge,” he said the humanitarian community remains concerned about the suffering and insecurity in Darfur, where the population faces continued displacement and ongoing insecurity.“A successful humanitarian response is dependent on widespread respect for the basic humanitarian principles of impartiality, humanity and independence of humanitarian actors, and I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to all parties involved in the conflict to adhere to these principles,” he said.Ameerah Haq, the Deputy Special Representative for Sudan and UN Humanitarian Coordinator, told participants that funding to meet humanitarian needs will surge from $650 million this year to $825 million next year.She added that aid workers are worried about the insecurity in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), particularly in South Darfur, as well as the proliferation of arms in camps and rising levels of violence.Ms. Haq urged all parties to cease arming camp residents and to respect the principles of voluntary return and security camps as neutral humanitarian spaces. 30 October 2007Top envoys from the United Nations and the African Union chairing talks in Libya on the troubled Darfur region of Sudan today welcomed the Khartoum Government’s unilateral declaration of a cessation of hostilities and called on all parties to the conflict to make a similar commitment without delay. read more

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“During the last two weeks, there emerged a general consensus that the world has entered a new period as a result of these horrible terrorist attacks” against the United States said Turkey’s representative, Daryal Batibay. “International terrorism has emerged as the most urgent and compelling crime the world is presently confronted with.” The meeting began with a moment of silence in memory of the recent terrorist attacks against the United States. “Even those of us who were not immediately and personally affected by that violence felt painfully assaulted and feel a profound sense of loss indeed,” said Commission Chairman Ambassador Philippe Kirsch of Canada, extending condolences on behalf to the United States, New York and all those who were grieving for the loss of their loved ones.The Chairman noted that as of today, 38 States had become parties to the Court’s Statute, which will enter into force once it has been ratified by 60 countries. During the meeting, representatives of Peru, Poland, Mexico and Switzerland announced plans to ratify the Statute soon.Poland’s representative, Piotr Ogonowski, said the attacks heightened the importance of the session. “This unprecedented attack against innocent civilians makes us all the more aware of the relevance of the work that we are carrying out,” he said. The very purpose of the establishment of an International Criminal Court is to prevent atrocities against innocent people and massive loss of human life.”The Preparatory Commission has the task of negotiating practical arrangements to pave the way for the eventual functioning of the Court. Specific issues currently under consideration include drafting a relationship agreement between the Court and the UN as well as a relationship agreement between the Court and its host country, the Netherlands. Negotiators are also working to define the crime of aggression. In addition, they are setting up the Court’s financial rules and regulations as well as its first-year budget. read more

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Some 21.5 million ballot papers have been printed and distributed to polling stations across Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan and Iran – where Afghan refugees can also vote – in readiness for the opening of polling stations at 7 a.m. tomorrow, UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters in the capital Kabul. About 10.5 million Afghans, including more than four million women, have registered to vote inside their homeland, while some 740,000 refugees in Pakistan and between 600,000 and 800,000 refugees in Iran are also entitled to cast their ballot. Mr. de Almeida e Silva said 141,600 people will be working tomorrow so that Afghans can vote in one of about 22,000 different polling stations. Ballot counting, which will take place in eight regional centres, is then expected to take between two and three weeks. About 500 international observers will monitor the voting in 19 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, while more than 5,000 local observers are expected to be deployed across all provinces. The presidential elections are the first in Afghanistan’s history, and take place just three years after the collapse of the notorious Taliban regime, which severely restricted the rights of women. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Jean Arnault, said Tuesday that the poll shows “unmistakably a trend, a process embraced by the population at-large – and candidates – that quickens the pace of the transition away from the rule of the gun.” UNAMA officials have warned they anticipate violent acts around the election from extremist groups and Taliban remnants opposed to the process. Twelve electoral workers were killed during the voter registration period. read more

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first_imgUpdated 8.16 pmBANK OF IRELAND has raised almost €2 billion after it announced  plans to begin repaying the State €1.8 billion of preference shares bought by the government.The bank will begin to repay the money ahead of a March 2014 deadline.Bank of Ireland announced earlier that it has raised €537 million from a placing of Irish Government shares. The bank then announced this evening that a further €1.3 billion has been raised from private investors.Bank of Ireland therefore say that their planned €1.9 billion capital package has now been successfully executed.The preference shares, which date back to early 2009, form part of the €4.7 billion total investment made by the State in Bank of Ireland.Negotiations had been ongoing for many months, with Finance Minister Michael Noonan saying that the outcome will build confidence in the country’s recovery and signal a return to the markets.“The successful exit by the State from its Bank of Ireland Preference Shares is a very positive and welcome development and will see the State recoup circa €2.05 billion from this investment. These proceeds comprise the return of our principal which is €1.837 billion, a profit of €62 million, and accumulated interest of €151 million.The transaction is part of the Government’s target of separating the Sovereign from the banks, says Noonan:This is the third disposal in the financial sector this year and upon completion, over €4.4 billion of cash will have been returned to Irish taxpayers this year alone.Additional reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: Government plans to mark bailout exit on Friday the 13thRead: Joan Burton: We are still going to be heavily overseen by the Troikalast_img read more

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first_imgAN ARMY BOMB disposal team rendered safe a viable improvised device in the Bawnlee area of Tallaght, south Dublin, this afternoon.The Defence Forces said a team was deployed in response to a request from gardaí after a suspect device was placed inside the porch of a private residence.The team arrived on scene at 3.45pm and examined the device in situ. A cordon was put in place and gardaí evacuated some nearby houses for public safety. The team leader opted to remove the suspect device to a nearby green area where it was subsequently rendered safe by means of a controlled explosion.On further examination, the device was declared a viable IED which the Defence Forces said means it “had all the component parts to initiate and cause serious injury or loss of life”. The scene was declared safe at 4.30pm and the team have now returned to base.The remains of the device will now be handed over to gardaí to assist them with their investigation.This is the 250th call out of 2013 and the 81st viable device dealt with by the Defence Forces this year. Teams will remain on standby throughout the Christmas period.Read: Viable explosive device made safe at apartment complex in Kildare>Read: The 6 steps to bomb disposal in Ireland>last_img read more