The Left-affiliated All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has threatened to block milk supplies to Mumbai, Pune and other big cities across Maharashtra unless the State government took notice of the problems plaguing dairy farmers in the State.Ajit Nawale of the AIKS said in Sangli on Monday that the government had not made good its promise of increasing milk procurement prices to ₹27 a litre, and milk cooperatives too were not paying farmers at the new rates promised by the State. Last week, the AIKS had announced in Mumbai that milk producers would distribute free milk from May 3 to 9 in government offices throughout the State as a sign of protest against the failure to ensure provision of the minimum support price (MSP) to farmers.“If the State government does not take our satyagraha seriously, we will halt milk supply to all big cities in the State after May 9. We will also ensure that supply from other states does not reach cities in Maharashtra,” threatened Mr. Nawale.Following agitations by farmers in June last year and the long march in March this year, a rattled BJP government had promised to raise the price from ₹24 to ₹27 per litre.“Yet, milk prices are plummeting daily, forcing farmers to sell it for as low as ₹16-17 per litre. Milk cooperatives are not paying the promised ₹27 per litre. Farmers cannot, and will not, bear a loss of ₹10 per litre due to the government’s failure to fulfil promises,” said Mr. Nawale.He alleged that the BJP government had no proper records or figures of the procurement and distribution of milk in the State. Mr. Nawale reiterated the AIKS’s determination to go through with their proposed agitation on June 1 as it remained dissatisfied with the government’s efforts to implement its assurances given to farmers’ demands after the conclusion of the long march’ from Nashik to Mumbai last month.The demands include complete farm loan waiver, forest land rights and immediate implementation of the recommendations of the MS Swaminathan Commission to improve agriculture produce.The AIKS, along with like-minded farmer outfits, propose to gherao government offices across Maharashtra on June 1.
It is an open secret that ticket sales for the second Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit have been sluggish compared to last year, when a near full house welcomed the sport to country.But Formula One Management (FOM) boss Bernie Ecclestone is unperturbed, saying it is the general trend for new Grand Prix to struggle in their second year before stabilising.It happens everywhere. The first year, there are a lot of people; in the second year there is a dip and then it picks up. When you talk about some the other circuits, England for example, in Silverstone we have massive crowds of 1,20,000 despite fact that the British GP has been going on for 100 years. This will build up,” Ecclestone said on Saturday.Ecclestone is hugely impressed with organisers of the Indian GP for putting a fabulous show last year. “They built it in less than two years, and though there were things do, they have done a super job. It is one of our best circuits for sure,” he said.The Briton, who turns 82 on Sunday, feels his close friend and Force India chief Vijay Mallya should consider having an Indian driver in his team.It would be better to have a driver from the country. I think Narain (Karthikeyan) should be driving a Force India. You (media) should talk to Vijay and see what he says; after all, one has to look at the best option. But if we saw Michael (Schumacher) in a Red Bull (over the last three years), he would have been a different Michael,” Ecclestone said.On the topic of Mallya and his troubled Kingfisher Airlines, he added: “I think what Mallya has done for India is super. Everyone should support him. His company has run into some difficulties, but so have many other companies because we are going through a recession.” Formula One makes its long-awaited return to the United States in three weeks’ time and Ecclestone is hopeful that the experiment won’t be a failure like in the past, when the public never warmed up to the twists and turns of an F1 circuit instead of their usual oval fare. But he couldn’t resist taking a dig at Americans.”The trouble with doing anything in America is that they want to be guaranteed money before anything starts. The people in Austin have built a super circuit. Indianapolis did the same, but there was a bit of a family problem in the way it was run,” he said.On the proposed new Concorde Agreement between the (FOM), the teams and the International Automobile Federation, Ecclestone said: “Everything is fine and sorted out.”advertisement read more
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Hyderabad: A bus driver of the Indian Super League side Hyderabad Football Club was allegedly assaulted by traffic police personnel here for excessive honking even as Cyberabad police on Thursday said a detailed enquiry was on into the issue.The incident happened on Wednesday night after the match between Hyderabad FC and NorthEast United at Gachibowli stadium after the driver indulged in excessive honking and disturbed and irritated others, a senior police official said. Police said when the driver was questioned over the excessive honking a Hyderabad FC official argued with the traffic police and refused to cooperate with them.Though the policemen said a case would be registered over excessive honking, heated exchanges ensued between the team officials and the police.However, Hyderabad FC team condemned the incident and sought for an immediate enquiry.The Hyderabad team tweeted on its handle @Hyderabad F.C: “The bus driver of the Hyderabad FC team was physically assaulted by the traffic police for reasons unknown. The driver was beaten by the cop in front of the entire team and dragged by police.”Reacting to Hyderabad FC team’s allegations, the police official said,”We are inquiring into the allegations that the driver was manhandled… A detailed enquiry is being done into the issue.”In the social media post, Hyderabad FC further said: “We are a professional football club comprising of players from the Indian national team as well as 10 foreign nationals. We strongly condemn this incident which has left the players in a state of shock and stress especially after a tough game.”A disturbing incident took place right after the game. Look forward to your support in this matter. @AmitShah @kishanreddybjp @TelanganaCMO @DrTamilisaiGuv @TelanganaDGP @cpcybd pic.twitter.com/ldXgG3iAFi— Hyderabad F.C. (@HydFCOfficial) November 6, 2019It said the players were “absolutely horrified at seeing officials in uniform behave in a manner that was totally uncalled for.”The Hyderabad FC also requested for an immediate enquiry into the incident and also made an urgent plea to provide adequate security to the team representing Hyderabad in the ISL. cyberabadGachibowli stadiumHyderabad FCindian super league First Published: November 7, 2019, 3:14 PM IST read more
China’s Zhang Shuai, who broke through with a stunning run to this year’s Australian Open quarter-finals, advanced to the third round at the U.S. Open on Thursday with a victory over former champion Samantha Stosur. (Serena Williams blasts 13 aces to down Vania King in US Open)Zhang lost serve just once in ousting the 16th-seeded Australian 6-3, 6-3 on the Grandstand court.The 51st-ranked Zhang became the first women’s qualifier since 1990 to reach the quarters in Melbourne, in a surprise charge that came after she had failed to get past the first round of 14 successive majors dating back eight years. (Death of glamour at US Open: No Maria Sharapova, no Ana Ivanovic)Against 2011 U.S. Open winner Stosur, who reached the semi-finals at this year’s French Open, Zhang won a baseline battle by outmanoeuvring the Australian, forcing her into 27 errors, including 20 from the forehand side.Zhang next faces 52nd-ranked Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan, who routed China’s Wang Qiang 6-0, 6-1.MURRAY BREAKS NO SWEATWimbledon champ Andy Murray advanced to the third round at the U.S. Open with another straight-set victory.The second-seeded Murray beat Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium with play suspended on the outer courts.The heavy rain outside made quite a clatter on the new roof, and Murray said in his on-court interview that it was tough at first because it was hard to hear the ball.Murray jumped to a quick 5-2 lead in the first set, then it took about 23 minutes to get through the last two games as Granollers saved six set points and got back on serve.advertisementBut Murray earned another break to finally clinch the set after 67 minutes, then cruised through the final two in 75 minutes combined.RADWANSKA SURVIVES EARLY SCAREFourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska survived an early deficit and the big serve of Briton Naomi Broady on Thursday to advance to the third round of the U.S. Open.Radwanska, who won the Connecticut Open last week for her 19th career WTA title, saved four set points and claimed a marathon opening set tiebreak 11-9 to post a 7-6(9), 6-3 rain-delayed victory in Louis Armstrong Stadium.The Pole fell behind the 82nd-ranked Broady 5-2 in the first set before rallying back.”I’m just so pleased I could come back in that first set,” Radwanska said in an oncourt interview. “A lot of trouble, a lot of running, a lot of struggling. But two sets for me.”The towering, 6-foot-2 Broady (188 cms) hit a high of 121 miles per hour (195 kph) with her serve and pressed the action, moving to the net 57 times and coming away with 35 points.”She was serving unbelievable,” said Radwanska. “120-serves is not easy to get. Every break was huge.”As she chases her first grand slam title, Radwanska said last week’s victory was history.”Every week is a new start, so you forget about the last week,” she said. “It’s not going to get any easier if you won the title before.”VENUS RISES TO OCCASIONSixth-seeded Venus Williams stayed on track for a possible semi-finals clash with sister Serena by sprinting past German Julia Goerges to reach the third round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.Williams, 36, relied on her big serve when pressed in posting a 6-2, 6-3 victory under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium, turning away four of five break points held by the 64th-ranked Goerges.Williams, the U.S. Open winner of 2000 and 2001, was runner-up to top seed Martina Hingis as an unseeded player in the inaugural year of Ashe Stadium and 19 years later finished the first U.S. Open day session played entirely under a roof.”1997 was a long time ago,” Williams said on court after her victory. “I’m so grateful to be here still playing, still winning matches and I can’t wait for the next round.”The elder Williams sister will next play either 26th seed Laura Siegemund of Germany or unseeded American Nicole Gibbs.NISHIKORI WINS FOUR SETTERKei Nishikori battled for the second match in succession before claiming his place in the third round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.The sixth-seeded Japanese, the runner-up in New York in 2014, dropped his second set but came through 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 against 20-year-old Russian qualifier Karen Khachanov.A rain delay of around three hours, which came at 4-4 in the third set, helped Nishikori regroup and he eased away to victory on the resumption.”Especially in the third set he was playing really well, serving well,” said Nishikori, who next plays Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.advertisement”I had some chances before the rain delay, but it wasnt easy. After the delay I was playing good tennis. I am happy to win today.”DEL PORTO TOPS AMERICAN JOHNSONJuan Martin del Potro, the 2009 U.S. champ, is into the third round at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2012.Del Potro swept 19th-seeded American Steve Johnson 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday. The Argentine may be ranked 142nd after three left wrist surgeries, but he’s been playing like the major champion he is the last couple of months. Since the start of Wimbledon, he’s posted victories over Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka and won an Olympic silver medal.In a match that featured a behind-the-back shot by Johnson and a between-the-legs shot by del Potro, the Argentine’s serve not his big forehand was the difference. He had 15 aces and won 85 percent of the points on his first serve.Johnson has never been past the round of 16 at a major. He had noted last week that if del Potro received a wild card into the U.S. Open, it was possible the Argentine could eliminate an American in the first round. As it turned out, del Potro knocked Johnson out in the second round – while getting lots of support from a crowd that appreciates the Argentine’s past championship and his injury comeback. read more
Shot putter Deepa Malik, who on Monday became the first Indian woman Paralympic medallist when she clinched silver at the 2016 Rio Games, said she wants to use the medal to support women with disabilities in India.The 45-year-old, who is the oldest in the Indian contingent in Rio to win a medal, called it a “proud moment” for her and the family. (These true heroes defy all odds, tweets Sehwag after India win medals at Paralympics)”I want to use this medal to support women with disabilities in India. This journey has been wonderful for me and my entire family, I am proud to be the oldest athlete in the team and win a medal,” Deepa told IANS immediately after her silver medal feat, which she won with a personal best throw of 4.61 metres in the F53 final event. (Also Read: Mariyappan Thangavelu overcomes lack of funding to win Paralympics Gold)Fatema Nedham of Bahrain won the gold medal with a throw of 4.76m while Dimitra Korokida of Greece bagged the bronze with an attempt of 4.28m which was her best effort this season.Deepa has thus confirmed India’s third medal from the Paralympic Games. India’s tally at this edition of the Paralympics now stands at one gold, one silver and a bronze.Mariyappan Thangavelu had won gold in the Men’s High Jump T42 category on Friday with fellow Indian Varun Bhati taking bronze in the same event.WOW – Deepa Malik just made history! She became India’s first ever female medallist at the #Paralympics! #Rio2016 https://t.co/5QY68bkfzFadvertisement&; Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) September 12, 2016 read more
India lost to Bangladesh 1-0 in the final hurdle to win as the runners-up of the SAFF U15 Women’s Championship in Dhaka on Sunday.In a match that was very closely fought, a 41st minute strike by Shamsun Nahar proved to be the difference between the two teams.Nahar’s produced a moment of individual brilliance to take the game away from the India.India had earlier lost to Bangladesh 3-0 in the group stage of the competition.This time in the final, India did put up a better performance but that did not stop Bangladesh from winning the title.The highlights of India’s tournament, however, were their wins over Bhutan and Nepal in the first two games.INDIA BEATS BHUTANIndia outclassed Bhutan 3-0 in the opener of the inaugural SAFF U-15 Championship at the Mohammad Mostofa Kamal Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh on December 17.In a completely one-sided encounter, Kritina, Priyanka and Pratiksha scored in the 4th, 11th and 19th minute respectively to put an end to Bhutan’s hopes.India scored as early as the 4th minute with Kritina breaking the deadlock. It was then followed by a flurry of attacks and Priyanka doubled the lead in the 11th minute. Defender Pratiksha too made it on the scoresheet after she piled on Bhutan’s misery with her goal in the 19th minute.INDIA WOMEN THRASH NEPALIndia scored five goals in each half as they thumped Nepal 10-0 in a totally one-sided group encounter on December 19.Hat-tricks from Priyanka Devi and Sunita Munda were complimented by a brace from Lynda Kom and goals from Santhiya and Anay Bayi completing the rout.advertisementLynda Kom opened the scoring in the 4th minute as India went on to pile immense pressure on their northern neighbours.The scoreline hardly reflected the dominance until Lynda opened the floodgate with her second strike in the 32nd minute.The final third half of the first half saw three more goals being pumped into the Nepal’s net as Sunita Munda, Santhiya and Priyanka Devi scored in the 33rd, 40th and 43rd minute respectively.Nepal had a chance of their own but they missed a penalty as India went into half time with a 5-0 lead.Contrary to expectations, India did not let their foot off the pedal in the second half as Priyanka got her second of the day in 53rd minute before Sunita too did same in the 62nd minute.Anay Bayi became the fifth Indian on the scoresheet with her strike in 69th minute.After few attempts, Priyanka finally scored again in the 76th minute to complete her hat-trick before Sunita rounded off the scoreline with her own third strike in the 86th minute. read more
Everton defender Michael Keane was called up on Monday to replace injured Tottenham Hotspur forward Dele Alli in the England squad for friendlies against Germany and Brazil this month.Alli has been ruled out after he sustained a hamstring injury during last weeks Champions League victory over Real Madrid.Tottenham team mates Harry Kane and Harry Winks, along with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, will undergo late fitness tests, the Football Association said.Keane has now been added to the group of players due to report to St. Georges Park today, ahead of the upcoming double-header at Wembley Stadium,?? the FA said in a statement.The #ThreeLions are due at @StGeorgesPark this morning, with @MichaelKeane04 drafted into the squad: https://t.co/u8AaCpJ6lm- England (@England) November 6, 2017The 24-year-old has a chance to earn his fifth England cap after returning from a leg infection during Evertons 3-2 comeback win over Watford.England host Germany on Friday and meet Brazil four days later. read more
Shinji Kagawa Kagawa the latest to join Mata’s Common Goal Joe Wright 20:51 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Borussia Dortmund Manchester United Premier League Bundesliga The Japan star has signed up for his ex-Manchester United team-mate’s initiative in which players donate one per cent of their salary Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kawagwa is the latest player to sign up for Juan Mata’s Common Goal charity initiative.The Japan star, a former team-mate of Mata at Manchester United, is the 18th footballer to join the pledge to donate one per cent of his salary to a charitable fund.”Football has given me so many opportunities in life and now I want to play my role in supporting others through the game,” Kagawa said in a video posted on social media. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Common Goal is quickly growing around the world and I’m proud to help lead the movement forward in Japan.”I’ve been fortunate enough to have football lead me all over the world… If there’s one constant I’ve witnessed throughout the journey, it has to be passion. “Football inspires and excites people like nothing else on the planet, and what I love about Common Goal is that it channels this passion in a way that makes a real difference to disadvantaged communities around the world.”Mata said: “Shinji knows a thing or two about being first. He was the first player from Japan to play at Manchester United and then the first to win the Premier League. Common Goal #commongoal #sk23 #dortmund # #juanmata pic.twitter.com/WTtl6Mq0dr — SHINJI KAGAWA / (@S_Kagawa0317) October 26, 2017 “So I think it’s fitting that he’s now the first to join Common Goal as well. I know first-hand that Shinji is a special footballer and a brilliant person. It’s a great pleasure for me to welcome him to the team.”Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini and Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels are two of the highest-profile players to have joined Mata’s cause.Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson and Bournemouth’s Charlie Daniels are the first Premier League players to have signed up to the initiative, which also boasts the support of a number of past and present stars of the women’s game, including United States forward Alex Morgan and Arsenal Ladies midfielder Heather O’Reilly. read more
Kolkata: Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Friday appeared before the CBI officials here in relation to the Saradha Chit Fund scam. He has been summoned multiple times by the Central Bureau of Investigation in recent weeks but failed to appear as he said he was on leave. Kumar, who headed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the state police department that initially probed the multi-crore scam, reached the central agency’s Kolkata Office at the CGO Complex here at around 10.30 a.m. He is currently posted as the Additional Director General of West Bengal CID.
TORONTO – President Donald Trump’s threat to end protections for those who entered the U.S. illegally as children could spark a new wave of immigration and asylum requests, some analysts warn.If that happens, they say, Canada’s already stressed systems would come under further pressure and potentially intensify a backlash against newcomers.About 1.7 million illegal migrants to the United States — the vast majority of them Mexicans — are either registered or qualify for registration under a five-year-old policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. The program, which Trump wants ended, allows them to obtain work permits and protects them from deportation.If even a fraction of those look north, it would still be a significant number of so-called Dreamers who might try to make Canada home.Guidy Mamann, an immigration lawyer and policy analyst in Toronto, says he has already started getting calls and emails asking if Canada is an option.“Now that there is a real question as to whether or not there is a permanent solution for these DACA kids, many of them are going to start to look towards Canada for both legal and possibly illegal entry,” Mamann said. “I suspect that we’re going to start seeing a real flow at this point because there is so much uncertainty.”Younger Mexicans in the U.S. — those without completed higher education or solid work experience — are unlikely to qualify under Canada’s normal immigrant requirements. As a result, some might opt to claim refugee status, a process likely to take several years to play out, even for those whose claims are rejected.Martha Batiz, an award-winning Mexican-Canadian writer and academic, said Canada would do well to put a system in place to welcome Dreamers, many of whom have grown up in the U.S. and are therefore culturally adapted and speak English as well as Spanish.Otherwise, she said, they might feel desperate enough to create the kind of risky and uncontrolled influx recently seen with Haitian and African migrants.“Canada has to step up,” Batiz said. “It would be better to have some system in place, even if it’s an imperfect system, so that (Dreamers) can apply legally, and Canada can decide who they are going to welcome.”Latest statistics from the Immigration and Refugee Board show a dramatic increase in asylum requests from Mexicans. In 2016, for example, 242 Mexicans applied for refugee status. Almost three times as many — 660 — such claims were recorded in the first seven months of this year alone.Part of the increase stems from Canada’s decision to lift a visa requirement last December, making it easier for Mexicans to come to Canada and claim asylum here. A spokeswoman said the board did not keep data on how many of the claimants had come from the U.S. Nevertheless, roughly six Mexican refugee claims are turned down for each one deemed founded, figures show.Other reported figures indicate a surge in detentions of Mexican nationals by Canadian border agents this year. Canada Border Service Agency said it could not immediately respond to a request for further information.For the moment, at least, Dreamers have some breathing room because Trump has given Congress six months to come up with a plan to deal with them. As a result, Mamann said, the real pressure on Canada is likely to grow as the deadline nears, further straining Canada’s immigration and refugee systems, and the goodwill of Canadians.“If we feel that we are being taken advantage of,” Mamann said, “we’ll shut the door and that will hurt legitimate refugees.”The issue is already a political flashpoint.For example, the Parti Quebecois blamed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s tweet welcoming the world’s persecuted people for a torrent of asylum seekers — including thousands of Haitians from the U.S. — into Quebec. PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee said last week that many were “victims” of false hope given them by the federal government. On the other hand, Ontario Sen. Ratna Omidvar said this week that Canada should put out the welcome mat for 30,000 Dreamers. read more
As part of its continuing efforts to promote literacy and in order to provide books to those children in America most in need, Walden Media and the Weinstein Company (TWC) have partnered with the National Education Association’s Read Across America to launch the “Ticket to a Better World” initiative.Fifty cents of each The Giver movie ticket sold during Labor Day Weekend will be donated to the Ticket to a Better World initiative to raise up to a quarter of a million dollars to buy books for those children most in need.The Giver stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.Walden Executive Francis X. “Chip” Flaherty stated, “The Giver affirms our belief that individuals must have the freedom to pursue and fulfill their dreams. That freedom is precisely the gift that reading and literacy provide. Every time you put a book in the hands of a child, you unleash the power of imagination and hope that can change the world. We are honored to partner with Read Across America to launch the ‘Ticket to a Better World’ campaign and get books into the hands of kids who need them the most.”“Books open the floodgates to understanding and to learning,” says Anita Merina, national coordinator of NEA’s Read Across America. “This generous initiative will help us bring books like The Giver, onto the shelves and into the lives of so many children. At a time when access to books is so critical in the learning life of a child, this initiative is very exciting indeed.”Commented TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, “Behind this incredible movie that TWC and Walden are so proud of is one of the most beloved books of our time. Joining forces with the NEA’s fantastic Read Across America initiative is a perfect opportunity to support the cause for literacy behind the powerful name of The Giver.”To donate, visit www.NEA.org/ReadAcrossAmerica. read more
APTN National NewsA group of concerned citizens and First Nation leaders have locked themselves inside of BC Premier Christy Clark’s constituency office in Kelowna.They are upset that a bio-waste has been delivered into their territory without consent.APTN’s Tina House has more on this story.
TORONTO — Hydro One and Avista Corp. say they have agreed to cancel their merger after regulators in Washington state and Idaho shot down the deal.The energy companies say that after weighing their chances of getting those decisions reversed, both their boards of directors decided it was best to call off the plan.They say under the terms of the merger agreement, Hydro One must now pay Avista US$103 million in termination fees.Earlier this month, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission denied a request from both companies to reconsider its rejection of the Ontario utility’s planned takeover of the American company.The request was issued after regulators found that the $6.7-billion planned merger would not sufficiently safeguard Avista customers from the whims of the Ontario government, which is Hydro One’s largest shareholder.The regulator has pointed to Premier Doug Ford’s efforts to force former Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt to retire — which was followed by the resignation of the utility’s entire board — as a sign that the province was willing to put political interests above those of shareholders.The Idaho Public Utilities Commission also denied the proposed takeover, finding that the companies had failed to demonstrate that the transaction met the public interest.The merger required approvals from state regulatory commissions in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska to go through, but only the latter two have approved it. Oregon’s public utility commission opted last week to put its decision on hold.Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford said the Progressive Conservative government accepts the decision made by the two utilities, and will continue to focus on bringing down hydro rates for Ontarians.“Any costs incurred as a result of today’s decision will not be paid by Ontario electricity customers,” Rickford said in a statement. read more
“The very core of transition is strengthening Afghan national ownership and leadership. The onus for driving progress is thus on the Government of Afghanistan and the country’s leading political forces,” said Ján Kubiš, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.“There is, however, a clear need [for] sustained and predictable international support through 2014 and beyond in ways that reinforce Afghanistan’s leadership,” he added. Briefing the Council on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report and the situation on the ground, Mr. Kubiš noted that Afghan security forces have entered the last phase in assuming the lead responsibility for security throughout the country.“Anti-Government elements are, however, seeking to counter this by targeting security personnel and terrorizing civilians,” he said. “They aim to shake the population’s confidence in the Government and its armed forces.”From the beginning of the year until 6 June, more than 1,000 civilians have been killed and more than 2,000 injured, which is a 24 per cent increase in civilian casualties compared to the same period in 2012. “Afghan security institutions fight bravely and bear the brunt of losses, show increased courage, confidence and competence in countering the intentions of the anti-Government elements,” said Mr. Kubiš. “At the same time, the Afghan forces, notably the National Army, still require critical enablers such as air capacity to ensure their effectiveness and sustainability. It is for the international community to assist.”In his report, Mr. Ban highlights a range of issues including an urgent need to finalize electoral legislations and appointments to Afghan electoral institutions for a timely presidential election next year, which will mark the political transition. “A legitimate succession in leadership is key to the political transition,” he writes, adding that delays in the passage of electoral laws have added uncertainty among Afghan stakeholders over the intention of holding timely elections using a sound process that would provide a level playing field for all candidates.Echoing those concerns, Mr. Kubiš said that the two pieces of legislations governing the legal framework of future elections that are being discussed at various levels should be finalized without delay.The first of the two laws defines the structure and responsibilities of the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC), while the second concerns the main electoral law governing all future Afghan elections. The laws are expected to create a strong legal foundation for the holding of credible polls in Afghanistan, and their passing is reportedly tied up due to differences over provisions contained within them.Also on the political front, Mr. Kubiš expressed the hope that the current controversies and concerns around the Taliban office in Doha will soon be solved. He added that the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which he heads, stands ready to support all peace and reconciliation efforts based on and in full conformity with its mandate. read more
A tough third-round matchup. Pittsburgh, despite a No. 9 seed, was a reasonably clear favorite against No. 8-seeded Colorado on Thursday, according to our model. And the Panthers dominated the Buffaloes, pulling ahead 46-18 by halftime and eventually winning by 29 points. Computer systems like Ken Pomeroy’s regard Pittsburgh as having the strength of a typical No. 4 or No. 5 seed. This could be a challenging matchup for Florida. The Gators played a tough out-of-conference schedule, but they’ve faced just two ranked teams since Jan. 1 in a weak basketball year for the SEC. Which NCAA team had the worst day on Thursday? The obvious answer might be Ohio State, Cincinnati or Oklahoma, all of which succumbed to lower-ranked teams in the basketball tournament’s round of 64. Or perhaps North Carolina State, which squandered a 16-point lead against Saint Louis and lost in overtime.But none of those teams had much chance of winning the championship. Meanwhile, Florida, a tournament favorite, ended Thursday in a worse position than it started, despite winning its opening game against Albany. (Of course, Ohio State would still probably trade places with the Gators.)In the latest FiveThirtyEight forecast, updated with game results and injury information as of early Friday morning, Florida’s probability of winning the tournament is 11 percent. Twenty-four hours ago, it was 14.5 percent.How did the Gators’ odds get worse? There are three contributing factors:A closer-than-expected game against Albany. Florida defeated No. 16 seed Albany by 12 points, a final score that conceals a game that was competitive until late in the second half. But the Gators were favored by 22 to 23 points according to Las Vegas sportsbooks and power ratings. Our research suggests that performance relative to power ratings and point spreads early in the tournament has a fair amount of say in predicting how a team fares later on. Florida’s performance was forgivable, and the team remains the favorite in the South region, but the Gators will need to be sharper as the competition improves. Threats in the regional finals. The South may not be as loaded as the East or the Midwest. But the No. 3-seeded team, Syracuse, turned in an excellent performance in its win against Western Michigan. The Gators will likely have to defeat either the Orange or No. 2-seeded Kansas to reach the Final Four. Meanwhile, Kansas coach Bill Self sounds increasingly confident that injured center Joel Embiid will be able to return at some point in the tournament, even as he confirmed that Embiid is likely out for the opening weekend. read more
The credit card form factor is a popular one for gadgets: we’re constantly seeing everything from credit card sized calculators to credit card sized USB sticks pumped through the gadget feeds. Iain Sinclair’s CardSharp Credit Card Folding Safety Knife, though, still manages to be unique: this is the first credit-card sized gadget that can actually kill someone.This isn’t a run of the mill knife, or some elaborate Swiss Army knife or Leatherman. Instead, it’s an ultra-thin knife that folds up to a MasterCard svelte footprint in your wallet.How thin is the CardSharp? Thinner than your MacBook Air, that’s for sure. At only .078 inches thick and hefting a weight of only 13 grams, the CardSharp is about double the thickness of a Visa but despite this, manages to pack in a three inch blade, perfect for cutting open boxes… or a pickpocket’s throat.Made of stainless steel, the CardSharp, when folded, can’t be accidentally opened… a relief for those of us packing the CardSharp in an expensive calf-skin designer wallet, or just stuffing it by its lonesome down our front pocket, rubbing against the pocket lining of our femoral arteries.Best of all, the CardSharp isn’t expensive. It’s not shipping yet, but when it starts in January, it’ll only cost you $23. Just remember if you buy one to take it out of your wallet before you fly.Read more at Iain Sinclair read more
Ask any geek for a media player recommendation that runs on Windows, Mac, or Linux, and you’re guaranteed to hear VLC mentioned quite often. It’s free to download and use, includes support for just about any video format you’d want to watch, and has a dedicated team of developers behind it.The problem is, while VLC is developed as a not-for-profit open source project, other companies are taking advantage of its popularity to distribute adware and spyware.AdChoices广告If you want to download VLC then the official versions are available at the VideoLan website–the organization composed of volunteers who develop the media player. However, if you do a search for VLC on the top two search engines: Google or Bing, a number of malicious links appear alongside the official VideoLan page.These other links are put there by companies that want you to download their modified version of VLC that includes adware and spyware. They trade on the good name of VLC in order to infect your system and then start earning money from you and your machine.The VideoLan team faces two major problems because of this: the first is their software being associated with malicious activity and being flagged by antivirus software as such, and the second being the search engines apparently not willing to do much about it.Ludovic Fauvet, one of the developers working at VideoLan, has done a blog post about the extent of these malicious alternative versions of VLC. He lists 18 common URLs that appear in search results for VLC, all of which include crapware/adware/spyware. By far the most common are associated with pinballcorp.com, eorezo.com and tut4pc.com (do not visit them).The reason they manage to get so high up on the search listings is because they are willing to pay for adwords. At the same time, Fauvet states that asking Google to remove these links turns out to be pointless because “Google ignore us, they’re making money with these scams.”While VideoLan will continue to try its best to stop such links appearing and educate users, we call on the search engines to do more and stop them completely. As consumers, we can all do our part by ensuring we always download from the official link and by encouraging others to do the same whenever possible, especially those people you know who really couldn’t tell that vlc-download.com or vlc.us.com are malicious links.Read more at etix’s weblog and download VLC from the official site read more
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At the age of five, girls usually pray to fairies to bring them the best Barbie doll, a beautiful pink dress, a new pet. India Pappas prays for a reason much more serious than her age would suggest. Every day, in her ‘fairy garden’, she prays to fairies to keep her blood cell counts low, to keep her away from chemotherapy. Last Christmas Day, India was diagnosed with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). The treatment, that started only two days after the diagnosis, requires a minimum of two years of chemotherapy. When India’s blood cells are down, and the chemotherapy cancelled, she raises her arms with joy and yells excitingly “The fairies are listening to me!”. From this mature little girl, leukaemia has unfortunately taken a lot of the child away. However, the resilience with which Indy has been coping with her illness has lifted even her parents’ confidence. Before she goes for a play-date at a friends house with her parents, she makes sure she is allowed to leave. “Are my white cells high enough, mum?” she asks. On Wednesday 25 September, thousands of Melburnians will take part in an inspiring twilight walk, while shining lanterns to support raising money for Leukaemia Foundation research. By lighting the night with lantern in her hands, India will be lighting the hope for her recovery from leukaemia. Also, with her team of around 50 friends and family members being amongst the first on the list of biggest fundraisers, Indy will give hope for other kids’ futures without leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. In her own words, “I don’t want other kids to have to have leukaemia like me, mum”. Light the Night is an annual event held by The Leukaemia Foundation to fund research to cure blood cancer. Inspiring walks will take place across Australia again this spring, with participants shining gold lanterns – to remember a loved one; white – to reflect on their own life with cancer, and blue – to support others. For India’s parents Jodie and Andrew, who have always worked for non-profit organisations, the event raised much interest as they knew how much donating is vital for any research. They felt it was time to give back to the foundation, so no other parents in future live with the uncertainty the two of them have to live with. “We were lucky – if we had India 10 years ago we would have had much higher chances of losing her. With the particular type of leukaemia she has, now there is a cure rate of 90 per cent and above – that is purely because of the advances that research made possible,” India’s mother Jodie says. “So many people are affected by blood cancer – in Australia it’s the highest rate of cancer in children. I would encourage people to donate – the research relies on funding and donations. And while there are success rates, there are unfortunately people who won’t make it.” More than 50,000 Australian families face the challenges of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma every day. Every 46 minutes, another person is diagnosed. And although survival rates are improving, sadly blood cancer is Australia’s second biggest cause of cancer death. This year Light the Night aims to raise over $1 million to give hope for a brighter future by funding the work of Australia’s best researchers for blood cancer and related blood disorders. To join or donate money to the India Pappas team, visit my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/TeamPappas read more
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – November 24, 2017 – It is the National Day of Thanksgiving for the Turks and Caicos Islands. A public holiday designed to give us cause for pause to give thanks to God for all of his many blessings.Churches in Providenciales are invited to make the day meaningful for its parishioners while in other islands there are formal services planned for tonight.A free gospel concert is set for down town,Providenciales this evening. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp