Employee of Ranchi orphanage run by Missionaries of Charity arrested for ‘selling’ baby

first_imgTwo women associated with Missionaries of Charity in Ranchi were arrested on Thursday after being accused of selling babies.On Friday, Missionaries of Charity, in press release, said, “we’re completely shocked by what has happened in our home in Ranchi. It should never have happened. It is completely against our moral conviction. We are carefully looking into this matter. We will take all the necessary precautions that this kind of incident will never happen again”.The organisation was founded by Mother Teresa, a Nobel Peace prize winner and a Catholic saint in India in 1950.Sister Koncilia, a nun at Missionaries of Charity run in Ranchi by the name of Nirmal Hriday, was arrested on Thursday while a staff Anima Indwar was arrested earlier on Wednesday.Nirmal Hriday is a shelter for unwed mothers.Investigation ongoing”Two arrests have been made in the case…investigation is going on as we’ve also got certain leads about other children being sold by them to different couples…we’re verifying the addresses”, Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Anis Gupta said.The arrests of two women were prompted by a complaint filed by state run Child Welfare Committee (CWC) at Kotwali police station in Ranchi.“An FIR has been lodged under Section 370 of the IPC”, said Kotwali Officer-in-Charge Shyamanand Mandal. Section 370 pertains to trafficking of persons.The Committee said that a couple from neighboring State Uttar Pradesh had paid ₹1,20,000 for a 14-day old boy born to a young woman at a Missionaries of Charity shelter.The couple was allegedly told that the money was for hospital expenses.Anima Indwar, said the complaint filed by CWC, sold the baby to the UP couple on May 14.“CWC should have been informed by the Missionaries of Charity when the pregnant woman was taken to hospital …the committee has come to know that other babies too were sold to different people in different cities”, CWC chairperson Rupa Verma told The Hindu over phone.Operation shutdown in 2015Earlier, Missionaries spokesperson in Ranchi Sunita Kumar had said there was no question of selling any child as the Missionaries of Charity had stopped giving children for adoption three years ago.The Missionaries of Charity opted to shut down its adoption services in India in 2015 after objecting to the Indian government’s decision to allow single or divorced parents to adopt children, she said.The CWC officials said that twelve pregnant women who were living at the Missionaries of Charity shelter home too have been transferred to a government-run shelter Karuna Shelter Home.“The Committee will also be shifting around 70 children who have been given shelter in Nirmal Shishu Bhawan, another branch of the organization, to other homes”, said CWC member Tanushree Sarkar told The Hindu.last_img read more

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India versus Zimbabwe: A spirited history but a tedious present

first_imgAs India travel to Zimbabwe for the second time in almost a year, the hype around the series is not as high as it used to be. One might say that it might be because of the main Indian players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan missing from the team, but one also has to consider the lack of competition the Zimbabwean’s offer.India vs Zimbabwe as easy and insignificant as it sounds for the  Indian fans, was not the case back in the days when the likes of Alistair Campbell and Andy Flower played for the team from Africa. The two sides have faced off 60 times in the One-Day Internationals, with India winning 48 and Zimbabwe managing 10 victories. Two games ended in ties.While India still had the better of the minnows back then as well, the contests were far more engaging and competitive to say the least. India would never play a second string side and ignore the abilities of the Zimbabwean team. (ALSO READ: Team India reaches Zimbabwe for limited-overs series)The first ODI between India and Zimbabwe was played way back in 1983, on June 11, at Grace Road, Leicester. India won that match by five wickets and Madan Lal was named the Man of the Match for his bowling figures of 3/27. Since then, India have continued to dominate Zimbabwe till date. The last time the two teams met India swept aside Zimbabwe 3-0.ZIMBABWE LACK WORLD-CLASS PLAYERSFollowing the retirement of Flower brothers, Andy and Grant, Alistair Campbell, Stuart Carlisle, Heath Streak, Ray Price, Zimbabwe have been reduced to a very average side hardly having any teeth in any department. Be it bowling or fielding, Zimbabwe would succumb to the pressure the Indians create.Zimbabwe have never put up a 300-plus score against the Indians in their 33-year history. The highest score ever made by Zimbabwe against India is 289/4 at Bulawayo when they chased down 286. Brendan Taylor scored a match-winning 81. Whereas, India have scored 300-plus five times with the highest being 333/6 in 2002. India won that game by 101 runs, thanks to Dinesh Mongia’s 159 not out, the second-highest individual score by an Indian batsman against Zimbabwe.KAPIL REMAINS HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORERadvertisementKapil Dev’s 175 off 138 balls at Tunbridge Wells in England remains the highest individual score by an Indian against Zimbabwe. The highest score by a Zimbabwe player against belongs to Andy Flower, who scored 145 for a losing cause as Mohammad Kaif’s century in that match helped India to win by 11 runs.The main reason behind Zimbabwe’s inability to match up to India can be blamed on their bowling. Their bowling attack has never been quite up to the mark. Although they had a brilliant captain and talisman in Heath Streak, who has taken a total of 39 wickets in 35 matches, with his best figures being 5/32 in 8.2 overs, also the best by any Zimbabwean against India. Whereas, India have always had the better of them with spin and swing bowling. Ajit Agarkar has the highest number of wickets for India with 45 wickets in 26 matches with the best of 4/18, while Amit Mishra holds the best overall figures against Zimbabwe when he took 6/48 in 8.5 overs at Bulawayo in 2013.ZIMBABWE A BETTER FIELDING UNITHowever, the only department where  the Zimbabweans have got the better of the Indians, thanks to the past is: Fielding. Andy Flower holds the record for most number of dismissals at 26 – 21 catches and five stumpings. Followed by Tatenda Taibu, who has 16. For India, Nayan Mongia has the highest, still way behind Andy Flower in the charts, with 13 dismissals – Eight catches and five stumpings. India were never a good fielding side in the late 90’s or early 2000’s and the numbers don’t lie. The first two names in the list are of the Zimbabweans for the most number of catches with Campbell holding onto 20 and Grant Flower 17 followed by former India skipper Sourav Ganguly with 15.last_img read more

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MS Dhoni’s experience will help Virat Kohli keep a cool head in the World Cup: Sangakkara

first_imgSri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara is certain MS Dhoni is secure about his place in the Indian team despite strong competition from Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant. While Dhoni is set to play his fourth World Cup in England this year, Dinesh Karthik is the front-runner to travel as the back-up wicketkeeper. Pant, meanwhile, is being looked at as a specialist batsman.Possibly for the first time in years, Dhoni has suitable competition from wicketkeeper batsmen in the side. Karthik, who had debuted for India before Dhoni, has been in fine form as a finisher whereas Rishabh Pant has made steady progress across formats.”Rishabh Pant has been an outstanding discovery for India. So competition for places whether you are young or old actually drives you to do better. It just depends on how you take it. Whether you look at it as an opportunity or a threat.”I think MS is quite secure about who he is and how he has gone about it and I think he understands people very well. So he will understand how to navigate those issues not just about selection but also personalities in the dressing room,” Sangakkara told India Today.While Dhoni may always have been on the team management’s scheme of things, he has only settled the debate now with a man-of-the-series winning show against Australia with three successive fifties. In 2018, Dhoni had managed only 275 runs from 20 ODIs without scoring a single half-century.But Sangakkara believes Dhoni’s experience at an ICC event will be invaluable. “When it comes to a World Cup, experience counts a lot. Not just experience but that is close to its best. I think MS Dhoni will definitely find a place in that World Cup 15 for India,” he said.advertisement”Also I think with his experience, Virat will want to have a very cool head on the field, if push comes to shove when they are in a tight situation in a World Cup,” he added.Also Read | Virat Kohli head and shoulders above the rest in world cricket today: Kumar SangakkaraAlso Read | India vs Australia series at home a chance to give youngsters a go: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Why India need MS Dhoni’s experience at 2019 World Cup: Former CSK teammate explainsAlso Read | India can dominate world cricket for a long time, says Shane Warnelast_img read more

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Richarlison will not be selected on reputation alone, says Marco Silva

first_imgMarco Silva has told Richarlison he will not be selected for Everton on reputation but his contribution to every game and training session.The Brazil international was omitted from Silva’s starting lineup against Liverpool last weekend and has not played a full 90 minutes since the 3-1 home defeat by Wolves on 2 February. He was also left out of Everton’s last high-profile fixture before the derby, against Manchester City, and substituted early against Watford and Cardiff City following quiet performances.Richarlison has scored 11 goals in his debut season for Everton and his manager, who was impressed with the forward’s cameo against Liverpool, admits inconsistency is to be expected of a 21-year-old. But Silva has made it clear a return to the side must be earned on merit and not on account of a £40m transfer fee. Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics Share on Facebook news “When I prepare for a game the names are not really important to me,” said the Everton manager, who takes his side to Newcastle on Saturday.“I have one week, 10 days or whatever to prepare for a game and they have to answer to me not just in the match but after and during the week. After that I will take my decision even if it is a really important player for us and Richarlison is.“It is not just him. André Gomes did a fantastic season until a certain moment when, like the team, he has some up and down. He’s an important player for us, a key player. When you are in a good moment and André is in a good moment he can give that extra quality for us as a team. He didn’t play the last two games. It’s not just Richarlison. If I take that decision then for sure Richarlison fully understands. He just has one solution – show to me during the 30 minutes he came in [against Liverpool] that he’s ready again and show during the week that he wants his place in the team. That is everything he is doing.” Read more Everton Share on WhatsApp Richarlison: ‘Neymar is an idol of mine … I’ve imitated his haircuts’ Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Jeremy Fish Teams Up With Element

first_img What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Who is the artist Jeremy Fish? According to his friend, Aesop Rock, “At first glance, Fish’s images seem to be rooted in an alternate world — a world where gnomes travel via saddled dachshund-back and birds of all nations hatch adorned with the heads and hairstyles of every human stereotype imaginable,” said the Portland-based indie rapper. “The bold, precise outlines give his ideas an immediate impact, but it’s the aftertaste that really cuts deep. Everything comes with a story. I have never known Jeremy to create something without a reason for it to exist and an accompanying tale.”That’s exactly why skateboard brand Element teamed up with the San Francisco-based artist, placing his “Zipper Series” on the board for summer 2015. “Exploring the theme of evolution and authenticity, his whimsical designs have been re-tooled for our hardwood series and apparel collection,” says the brand. On one t-shirt, and unzipped fish reveals a bottle with the Element logo on it. On a skateboard a bear is unzipped, revealing a tree and a dog. Another t-shirt shows an unzipped circle with a bird wearing a wizard’s hat. The pieces are wearable, but also fun and quirky. So if you’re looking for some t-shirts to update your wardrobe, or a new skateboard, or even just shoes and swim trunks, take a look at Jeremy Fish’s collaboration with Element. Where do you go to look? Check out your local skate shops and grab the items you want before the sell out, because trust us, Jeremy Fish X Element is a hot-ticket item.For more information, visit elementbrand.com 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The 100% Biodegradable Vollebak T-Shirt Is Made From Plants and Algaelast_img read more

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SC dismisses Kartis plea for immediate return of Rs 10cr deposit

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea by former Union Minister P. Chidambaram’s son Karti for immediate refund of his deposit of Rs 10 crore, while telling the newly-elected Lok Sabha member to “pay attention” to his constituency. Karti Chidambaram is facing proceedings in cases linked to Aircel-Maxis and money laundering. One of the cases includes the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for Rs 305 crore of foreign funds, when his father was the Finance Minister. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist “Everytime you go abroad you deposit Rs 10crore. Ok..we will refund Rs 10 crore but next time you go we will say deposit Rs 20 correct,” a Vacation Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told Karti. Karti’s lawyer had approached the bench saying since he is back in India, the money deposited with the apex court registry should be refunded. The court asked, “Why are you after Rs 10 crore deposited in the court?” Karti Chidambaram had moved the apex court seeking release of Rs 10 crore, deposited with the court’s registry regarding his overseas travel. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France He claimed he raised loans to deposit Rs 10 crore and was paying interest on it. His plea was mentioned before the Vacation Bench, comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna. Karti’s counsel also informed the court that his client had returned to India. The bench refused to grant him any relief and instead asked his counsel to mention the matter before the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. His counsel contended that the court’s registry had asked to produce a formal court order regarding the return of the money. “You mention it before the regular Bench,” the Vacation Bench said. Earlier, the bench headed by the CJI allowed Karti to travel to the UK, the US, France, Germany and Spain in May and June this year on condition that he deposit Rs 10 crore with the Secretary General of the apex court. The court had said it would be returned to him upon his return. A similar order was passed by the court in January regarding Karti’s overseas travel. The court had said it would “come down heavily”, if it comes across that he was not cooperating. Karti is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The ED had opposed Karti’s travel request. The court had earlier asked Karti to file an undertaking that upon his return, he will fully cooperate with the investigating agencies. Karti had been out of India for 51 days in the last six months; the probe agency informed the top court.last_img read more

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A mission and a purpose Team Canada announced for Invictus Games

first_imgHALIFAX – Dave Innes was a strapping 18-year-old gunner with the Canadian Airborne Regiment when he broke his back in five places.Training for a deployment to war-torn Bosnia in April 1990, the young paratrooper from North Bay, Ont., was travelling in a 2.5-tonne truck with about two dozen members of his artillery battery when the vehicle hit black ice, veered off a 10-metre cliff and flipped twice — end-over-end.“It was bad,” the 47-year-old veteran says. “They had told my family that I had a 50-50 chance … I’m lucky to be here, period.”In a ceremony on the Halifax waterfront on Wednesday, Innes was officially named as one of 40 athletes who will compete for Canada this fall at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia.The international event, slated for Oct. 20-27, is aimed at harnessing the power of sport to inspire the recovery and rehabilitation of physically and mentally injured military personnel and veterans.Innes, who now uses a wheelchair to get around, will be competing in his first Invictus Games. He will represent Canada in powerlifting, indoor rowing and the notoriously rough sport of wheelchair basketball.A bald man with a greying goatee, Innes exudes strength and determination. His neck, biceps and forearms are covered in colourful, intricate tattoos.And across the rippling muscles between his broad shoulders, a newly carved tattoo reads: “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”The words are from the Victorian poem “Invictus,” written in 1875 by William Ernest Henley.“I’ve been training hard,” he says, admitting that the training camp this week at Canadian Forces Base Halifax has been punishing, though rewarding.More than 600 veterans and serving military members from across Canada applied to compete in the Games. Those chosen for the team come from all walks of life and virtually every rank.“When we get together, there’s no division,” Innes says.During the ceremony, held on a Royal Canadian Navy jetty, the CEO of last year’s Invictus Games in Toronto, Michael Burns, summed up the event’s main purpose.“These Games aren’t about the finish line, these Games are really about getting to the starting line,” he said. “For many of these members of the 2018 Invictus Games Team Canada, just being here in Halifax has been a success, a triumph of their spirit.”More than 500 competitors from 18 nations are expected to compete in 11 different events, including archery, cycling, sailing and wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.“For the first time in many years, for many of the (team members), it will be an opportunity to put on a Canadian uniform again and wear that maple leaf with pride,” Burns said. “But more than anything, it’s an opportunity for them to have a mission and a purpose — something that is often lost after they have served their country.”The Canadian team includes 18 members of the Armed Forces and 22 veterans, all of whom acquired an illness or a physical or mental-health injury while serving in the military.Brig.-Gen. Mark Misener, commander of the military’s Joint Personnel Support Unit and the head of mission for Team Canada, said the team members each bring a high level of dedication and perseverance.“All were faced with a mental-health or physical injury … but through reaching out to others, getting involved in sport, and their own courage and determination, they have been able to overcome the challenges they faced,” he said.Innes says the lead-up to the Games has inspired him to reach out to more veterans in his community. And he plans to return to school in September to study strength and sport conditioning, which will help him reach his goal of becoming a Paralympic-style coach.Prince Harry, who served as a soldier in Afghanistan, created the Invictus Games, which were first held in 2014.The Games last September in Toronto attracted international attention when Harry and his then-girlfriend Meghan Markle were photographed at a tennis match holding hands for their first official appearance together.—Follow @NovaMac on Twitterlast_img read more

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Newfoundland First Nation in mourning after womans suspicious death

first_imgCONNE RIVER, N.L. — A Newfoundland First Nation is grieving after the suspicious death of an Indigenous woman, saying it shows the national crisis has no boundaries.The Miawpukek Mi’kamawey Mawi’omi First Nation identified the woman as Chantal John and expressed condolences from the chief, council and the community, describing the death as a “horrible act of violence.”Premier Dwight Ball told reporters Thursday he had spoken with Miawpukek Chief Mi’Sel Joe and expressed his condolences to the community in Conne River.In a news release, local RCMP said they responded to a complaint of suspicious death at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and police remain on the scene.In a Facebook post, the First Nation emphasized the impact of John’s loss on the small community and said her death “has hit home that the MMIWG crisis has no boundaries.”The RCMP’s Major Crimes Section and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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LOOK FOR EMILY HAMPSHIRE IN THE NEW EDITION OF PULL MAGAZINE

first_img Facebook LOOK FOR EMILY HAMPSHIRE IN THE NEW EDITION OF PULL MAGAZINEEmily Hampshire is a Canadian film and television actress, known for her film roles as Angelina to Sean Astin’s Michael in the 1998 romantic comedy Boy Meets Girl and Vivienne in the 2006 film Snow Cake, and for her television roles as Stevie Budd in the CBC comedy Schitt’s Creek and as Jennifer Goines in the Syfy drama 12 Monkeys. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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French car sales hit 15year low in 2013

first_imgParis — The French auto market sank to its lowest level in 15 years last year with 1.79 million new cars sold and with only a hesitant rebound expected in 2014, data showed.Sales fell by five percent in 2013, figures from CCFA manufacturers association said. Light utility vehicles sales fell by 4.4 percent, it added.“The 2013 vintage is to be forgotten,” said auto market analyst Flavien Neuvy of Cetelem credit company. According to CCFA, sales were at their worst in the early part of 2013, following on from a bad 2012 but recovered gradually in the second half.In December, sales rose 9.4 percent, perhaps boosted by consumers anticipating a sales tax hike that kicked in on January 1.French automakers PSA Peugeot Citroen and Renault made up 53 percent of the French car market last year, with Renault’s Clio IV the best sold model.Renault sales inched up 0.8 percent over the year, while PSA Peugeot Citroen sold 7.7 percent fewer vehicles.The world’s biggest carmaking group, Volkswagen saw sales in France fall by 8.1 percent while sales by US group General Motors plummeted by 15.8 percent and Ford lost 17.3 percent.Toyota sales rose 5.5 percent and Fiat, which completed a merger with Chrysler on Wednesday, rose 2.4 percent.“We’ve touched the bottom of the pool and the market will remain stable in 2014,” a CCFA spokesman said. Car sales in France ended the year at the same level as in 1997.Elsewhere in Europe, Spanish car sales increased by 3.3 percent in 2013 while sales in Italy lost 7.1 percent.last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral Sudan agree to speed up deployment of peacekeeping force

30 January 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir have agreed on the need to accelerate the deployment of the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) to the war-wracked Darfur region and to finalize the status-of-forces agreement for the new missions. During a 90-minute meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where Mr. Ban will address the AU summit tomorrow, Mr. Ban and Mr. al-Bashir discussed the situation in Darfur, where UNAMID is trying to quell deadly violence and human rights violations and bring a measure of stability.UNAMID took over from an earlier AU mission to Darfur and at full deployment it is expected to have about 26,000 troops and police officers.Mr. Ban stressed to the Sudanese President the importance of engaging with all the parties in Darfur, where at least 200,000 people have been killed since 2003 and 2.2 million others have been displaced from their homes because of fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied militia groups known as the Janjaweed.He also urged Mr. al-Bashir to move forward on the implementation of the commitments contained in the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA), a 2005 pact ending the separate civil war between northern and southern Sudan.Earlier, the Secretary-General held a working lunch with AU Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konaré in which they discussed the situation in Darfur and the need to make progress on the dialogue between the various parties in the arid and impoverished region.The two men also talked about the latest developments between Sudan and its neighbour Chad and on the most recent progress with the CPA.Later today, Mr. Ban was due to meet separately with three African presidents: John Kufour of Ghana, Omar Bongo of Gabon and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.In a related development, this week Mr. Ban has sent a letter to the President of the Security Council to inform him that he has appointed Patrick Schneider of Germany to serve on the Panel of Experts that helps to monitor Darfur sanctions.Mr. Schneider’s appointment, through 15 October this year, places the Panel at its full strength of five members. read more

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Ban urges international support to prevent relapse of horrific Central African Republic

The country has recently witnessed an upsurge in violence in the capital, Bangui, that has left more than 30 people dead and over 100 wounded and forced thousands to flee their homes in search of safety, following the murder of a young Muslim man last week. “As developments over the last days have demonstrated, the importance of international support, and the need to bridge religious and communal divisions and find common ground, has never been more critical,” Mr. Ban said at a high-level meeting on CAR, held on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual debate.“Major challenges remain, beyond the immediate security concerns. Rebuilding, reconciling and reforming a country that has been exposed to years of violent crises takes time. And the humanitarian needs remain significant,” he noted. Mr. Ban called on all parties to end the fighting and lay down their arms, stating that it is clear that the latest violence in Bangui is designed to destabilise the country and jeopardise the transition process. “We cannot allow forces to undermine achievements over the past year and deny the aspirations of the vast majority of Central Africans for peace and a better life,” he stressed.“All those who perpetrate or instigate crimes – including human rights violations – or incite violence must be held accountable. We must work together to ensure against a relapse of the horrific violence that tore the country apart. The United Nations will continue to provide steadfast support.” He recalled the way the international community came together two years ago and showed its commitment to end violence, protect civilians and find a sustainable solution. “One year ago, we encouraged broad-based dialogue, supported by regional and international partners. Local consultations culminated in the Bangui Forum on National Reconciliation. Central Africans agreed on the need for security sector reform, justice for those responsible for serious crimes, and the rebuilding of their State for social and economic recovery.” He cited progress on the political front, particularly the ongoing preparations for the elections later this year. “Today, we are here to express our firm support to a peaceful end of the Transition but also look beyond, and focus on priority actions identified during the Bangui Forum that can be achieved within 18 months or less,” he stated. “At the same time, we are mindful of the most pressing priority to fill the funding gap in support of the election process.” While thanking those that have already contributed, the Secretary-General noted that many programmes remain underfunded. “Without the resources to help address security and stabilization needs and ensure human rights for all, the country risks sliding back into protracted conflict and suffering,” he warned.“More than anything, Central Africans urgently need concrete reassurance that peace and stability in their country remain high on the international community’s agenda.“Today, I am calling on you to mobilize the necessary support for the speedy implementation of the outcomes of the Bangui Forum, the successful conclusion of the Transition, and the building blocks for long-term peace and development that the people of the Central African Republic demand and deserve.”President of the Transition Catherine Samba-Panza, who was in New York this week to address the General Assembly but was forced to return to Bangui amid the latest developments, addressed the meeting via video teleconference.She said that recent tragic events highlighted the numerous challenges that exist in the country, which is months away from the end of the transition period. The challenges basically have to do with implementing the recommendations of the Bangui Forum on National Reconciliation; the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme; and security sector reform. The Government estimates that the three priorities of disarming and demobilizing ex-combatants; promoting justice and reconciliation; and good governance and economic development, will cost $202 million over the next 18 months. Around $85 million remain unfunded.“The will of the Transitional Government is to give the new authorities that will emerge from the elections a country that can be governed and which is endowed with the necessary tools,” she stated. “The new government must be operational in the security area. This must be its top priority.” Stating that “your duty is to stand by us,” Ms. Samba-Panza called for concrete commitments from the country’s partners and donors “to help the people of the Central African Republic get out of the spiral of conflict and suffering that they have been victims of.” read more

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Police say missing 11yearold girl could be in Ireland

first_imgUpdated 21:57POLICE IN LONDON have said that an 11-year-old girl who has gone missing could be anywhere in the UK or Ireland.Kathleen Doherty, from Greenford in London, went missing with her sister Biddy more than a week ago. Biddy, who is 14, was found in north London two nights ago and is in the care of the local authority. However Kathleen has not yet been located.The Metropolitan Police have appealed specifically to the Travelling community for help in finding the girl.The High Court in London has ordered that Kathleen be returned to the care of the local authority.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Garda Confidential Telephone Number on 1800 666 111.First published 07:37last_img read more

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Sony to close major CD plant as demand for physical media dries

first_imgNo matter how many protestations the music and film industry make, the rise of services like iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and Xbox Live Arcade are all you need to prove that optical media is sounding its death knell. By and large, that’s a good thing for consumers, but the death of optical media is still a very real tragedy for some, as evidenced by Sony‘s plans to shutter their huge Pitman, NJ CD manufacturing plant on March 18th… and put over 300 employees out of work.AdChoices广告First opening in 1960 to manufacture LP records for Columbia, the Pitman plant, at its peak, made over 200 million CDs a year. Its closure will leave Sony with just one remaining US CD plant in Terre Haute, IN. On Sony’s part, they blame the plant closing on the ailing economy… but that’s probably less a factor than flagging interest in physical media. Employees who will be laid off in a few months time, on the other hand, were quick to blame the rise of digital media and at least intimate that illegal downloading might be part of the problem.That’s nonsense, of course. Piracy has nothing to do with it: the bottom line is people just don’t buy their media physically as much as they used to. Still, who can blame a bunch of factory workers for blaming the piracy bogeyman at such an emotionally fraught time? No one wants to lose their job, and having a bad guy to blame at least helps make sense of what is, in fact, a lot more inscrutable: public whim.Read more at CNETlast_img read more

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Quand Google facilite la recherche de symptômes

first_imgQuand Google facilite la recherche de symptômes…Google a annoncé lundi 13 février, l’arrivée d’une nouvelle fonctionnalité dans les résultats de recherches : le fait d’entrer des symptômes génère une liste de maladies possibles, avec des liens disponibles. Google entrerait-il dans le jeu des hypocondriaques qui, dès le moindre symptôme, en cherche la signification sur Internet ? Car, désormais, lorsque la recherche entrée dans la barre du moteur évoque des symptômes de santé, une liste de causes possibles et de maladies s’affiche au dessus des résultats. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?La firme de Mountain View précise ainsi : “lorsque vous effectuerez une recherche sur un symptôme ou un ensemble de symptômes, vous verrez souvent une liste de conditions de santé pouvant être liées pour affiner votre recherche”. En effet, selon eux “une recherche de symptômes est souvent suivie d’une recherche sur une infection connexe”, alors autant faciliter la tâche…Mais au lieu de rassurer les internautes, cette fonctionnalité pourrait, au contraire, en paniquer plus d’un. De plus en plus, les utilisateurs ont tendance a se contenter d’une recherche sur le net plutôt que d’une visite chez le médecin. D’autant plus que Google a indiqué que les réponses sont fournies de façon algorithmique et que dans aucun cas, la liste n’a été approuvée par des spécialistes du milieu médical. Par ailleurs, cette fonction est limitée pour l’instant aux résultats en anglais et au site américain Google.com. Google n’a pas annoncé son adaptation à d’autres langues. Le 16 février 2012 à 14:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Cell phone store manager shows us how to handle thieves

first_imgA Boost Mobile cell phone store in Paterson, NJ was attacked by two armed robbers last week, but thanks to a quick-thinking manager they didn’t get away with much.Manager Tommy Torrez was alone in the store when the two suspects walked in the door and brandished a gun at him, demanding money and high-priced gadgets. He gave into their demands before sneaking into the back while they were rummaging through the cash register. There he was able to escape into a neighboring travel agency before running around to the front of the store. Someone had slammed the metal security gate shut so he locked it, trapping the thieves inside.Then the hilarity begins. Watch the end of the video above as the robbers struggle to escape in any way they can, trying to pry open the door, smash it open, and eventually pleading with the ever-growing crowd of people outside to open the gates.Rather than open the gates the onlookers pulled out their cell phones and laughed at the trapped criminals, posting videos to Instagram and mocking them.Sadly, the criminals eventually wised up and realized that escaping out the front was futile,breaking out of a side window by knocking off the metal cage with a wrench they found in a tool box. They were able to do so thanks to an atrocious police response time, which an internal affairs investigation is stating was due to police not knowing the robbers were armed. The manager estimates it took the police more than an hour to respond, more than enough time to let them escape. Some of the 20 witnesses to the crime tried to grab the suspects when they did emerge but one of them pulled out a knife and they were able to escape.While the suspects came in with their faces covered their disguises were soon abandoned, so hopefully someone will be able to identify them thanks to the numerous videos available online. In their haste the thieves only managed to take $115, leaving behind a bag with bullets and hypodermic needles, a broken front door, and lots of laughter on the internet.last_img read more

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Report Guardiola eyes a move for Real Betis Junior Firpo

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has reportedly set his sights on a move for Real Betis defender Junior FirpoThe 22-year-old has his first-team debut for Betis in February and has since managed a further 15 La Liga appearances whilst scoring two goals in the process.Junior’s versatility would be a valuable asset for City with the left-back also able to operate in central defence and as a winger.Now El Desmarque reports that City have scouted Junior on a number of occasions this season.Guardiola is understood to be very keen to bring the Dominican to the Etihad Stadium to bolster his defensive options.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Junior only recently signed a new five-year deal at Betis which has a buy-out clause of €60m included.But apparently, City would not be put off by this new price tag.The Citizens splashed out €65m on centre-back Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao in January.Junior has played the full 90 minutes in all three of Betis’ opening games of the new La Liga season.last_img read more

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Morelos must improve discipline says Billy Stark

first_imgDespite praising Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, former Celtic midfielder Billy Stark urged the 22-year-old to improve his disciplinary record.Last week, Morelos was sent off in Rangers defeat to Aberdeen. It was the Colombian’s third red card of the season and he will visit their game at Hamilton this weekend.Stark, a Celtic player from 1987-1990, while impressed with the striker’s football ability, has urged him to clean up his act on the pitch.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“I think Morelos is a big, big talisman for them,” Stark told Sky Sports.“Apart from his goal-scoring ability, he leads from the front and he’s aggressive as well but I think that’s come back to haunt them in some respects in terms of his disciplinary record.“He’s definitely one that will be missed big time. When talking about [Steven Gerrard’s] best team, Morelos would certainly be in there that’s for sure but he has to sort out the discipline side of things.”last_img read more

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Police investigate fatal driveby shooting in Brownsville

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The search is on a for a shooter who opened fire on a driver, sending that car into a Northwest Miami-Dade home.According to Miami-Dade Police, the drive-by shooting left one driver dead, Monday night, in the Brownsville neighborhood of Miami.The male victim was driving east on Northwest 46th Street, police said, when the shooter drove up alongside him and fatally shot him from the moving car. The victim’s car then crashed into a home at the corner of Northwest 46th Street and 19th Avenue.“Our investigators are still speaking to the witnesses that were on the scene and saw the incident,” said Miami-Dade Police spokesperson Robin Pinkard, “and at this time we do not know if the subject is known to the victim.”Neighbors told 7News that they heard gunshots before the car crashed into a home. No one inside that home was hurt.The deceased victim was said to be in his early 20s.“That was my son’s best friend,” said one woman, who did not wish to be identified. “My heart goes out to his family. I don’t know what to think now. I just thank God my son’s not here.” Just a few blocks away from the shooting scene, a car struck a man in a wheelchair. The man was alert and talking but injured. An ambulance took him to the hospital.The driver of that car stayed on the scene. Both incidents are now under investigation.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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