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Following a case of mistaken identity, the government of Punjab will now have to cough up Rs 5 lakh as compensation to a Non-Resident Indian for forcing him to disembark from a flight scheduled to go to United Kingdom. The government mistook the NRI for a scamster in a Rs 1,000 crore irrigation scam, and made him deboard the flight.Gurdev Singh, a resident of Ludhiana, asked to deboard as he shared the same name as the accused. The vigilance bureau found after verification that the person who was deboarded was Gurdev Singh, son of Jagtar Singh, while the name of the real accused is Gurdev Singh Syan, whose father’s name is Kartar Singh. The goof-up happened because of a strange coincidence: both men shared the same birth dates, the same names and hailed from the same city, Ludhiana. The present address of the NRI is Southall, Middlesex, while his permanent address is Ludhiana.The Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the chief secretary to tender an unconditional apology to the NRI. It also directed that a demand draft of Rs 5 lakh be handed to him along with air fare from Delhi to the United Kingdom. The amount will be recovered from the officials of the vigilance bureau who made the mistake and action will be taken against them for tarnishing the reputation of Punjab, the court ordered.The court observed that the government servants performed their duties in a callous manner, and that it shows their casual attitude. “The record clearly shows the cavalier manner in which the government servants have performed their work; namely lack of sincerity, casual attitude and having no regard for the image of the state of Punjab and also for the country,” Justice AB Chaudhari observed.The Punjab government claimed it was a case of mistaken identity, but the judge said it was the vigilance bureau that was at fault. “I think that it is serious misconduct on the part of the employee/employees concerned which resulted into cutting sorry figure for the state of Punjab,” the judge observed. The high court asked the Government of Punjab to comply with the orders by Dec. 19.After officials realized that a mistake was made, the airport staff was informed that the NRI was not an accused and that he should be allowed to board the next flight.Justice Chaudhari passed these orders when he was putting away an application filed by Punjab government. This application was filed through Ashish Kapoor, AIG vigilance bureau, who was seeking to apologize for the goof-up. “The only interest such government servants have is to pocket huge salary every month and go on making demands for higher and higher salary and allowances,” said Justice Chaudhari, in his detailed order, the Times of India reported.On Nov. 2, Punjab advocate general (AG) Atul Nanda requested Justice Chaudhari to urgently pass an order that would prevent Gurdev Singh from leaving the country. In his report, Nanda submitted that the absence of specific orders from the high court would give Singh a chance to leave the country. Justice Chaudhari then ordered that Singh should be prevented from flying out of the country without the court’s permission, and asked for his passport to be submitted with the government.Singh was then detained by the immigration officials at the Delhi international airport. This was done on the basis of a lookout notice right before he was about to board a Delhi-London flight, since it was assumed that he was the accused.The irrigation scam unfolded in August 2017, when the Punjab vigilance bureau booked contractor Gurdev Singh and seven other engineers, retired and serving, for alleged cheating through favored tenders of irrigation, causing loss worth crores to the state. All the accused have been on the run since then. Related ItemsIrrigation ScamPunjabPunjab and Haryana High Court
Sanghol, in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib district, is all set to have a new world class football academy. Lord Diljit Rana, the British politician of Indian origin, has hired UEFA licensed coach Tommy Taylor to establish a football academy at his native village in Sanghol.“We are establishing a football academy at Uncha Pind in Sanghol in collaboration with Southall Football Club, UK, whose chairman is Chana Singh Gill,” Rana said, reported Hindustan Times.Rana has come up with the plan with the aim to revive the sport in the state. Taylor announced the commencement of a talent hunt championship at Sanghol that will involve 42 school teams.“It is a big program. We are looking between 10-12 -year olds, really good players as possible. We will keep trying until we get the best ones,” said Taylor. He referred to the infrastructure that already exists at the place — Lord Rana Education City, a charitable educational institute at Sanghol run by the politician — and said that those chosen will be nurtured to become professional footballers. “The talented players will be chosen and we will nurture them to become professionals. Our ultimate goal is to build a national team on the campus,” he added.Taylor also said that football is not only about kicking the ball, it is also about playing along with 10 other men and understanding them. Talking about the future of the players who will be chosen, he said that they will visit various clubs in England under coaching exchange programs.“I have a long way to go, not only in terms of teaching football, but also in terms of overcoming language barriers and adjusting to the weather conditions,” he said.The selected players will be given free education and training equipment throughout their stay. “The Indian U-17 team did well in the World Cup. But why is it so difficult to find a bunch of 16 good players to play at the top level? The intentions of the authorities should be clear and players should be motivated from the right age,” said Taylor. Related ItemsFootballPunjabUnited Kingdom
Bangladesh kept their hopes of reaching the quarterfinals alive by notching up a comfortable six-wicket triumph over the Netherlands in a Group B match of the cricket World Cup here on Monday. ScoreDominance of the spinners and a stack of run-outs ensured Bangladesh their first easy ride in the event as they easily chased a paltry target of 161 set by the Netherlands. After the Peter Borren-led Dutch were bowled out in 46.2 overs, Bangladesh cruised to the target in 41.2 overs with man-of-the-match Imrul Kayes top-scoring with 73. The left-handed duo of J. Siddiqui and Imrul added 92 for the second wicket before Junaid, on 35, holed out to Pieter Seelaar off the bowling of paceman Borren in the 21st over. Imrul continued his decent form with the second half-century in consecutive matches, hitting six boundaries in his 113-ball knock. He was ably supported by Shahriar Nafees, who made 37, as Bangladesh picked up their third win in the competition. The two batsmen added 59 for the third wicket before Nafees was cleaned up by Tom Cooper’s off-break. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan then came in, but fell to a splendid catch by Ryan ten Doeschate for one off seven balls. For Netherlands, Cooper took two wickets while Mudasser Bukhari and Borren picked up one each. The win means England will have to win their last group game against West Indies in Chennai on March 17 to have any hope of qualifying to the quarterfinals.Earlier, All-rounder Ryan Ten Doeschate stood tall amid the ruins with a 71-ball 53 as Bangladesh produced a splendid bowling and fielding performance to skittle out the Netherlands for a paltry 160.advertisementDoeschate’s innings was the only bright spot in Holland’s lacklustre performance as their batting capitulated in 46.2 overs after skipper Peter Borren won the toss and elected to bat at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.Spinner Abdur Razzaq returned with a three-wicket haul for Bangladesh, while Shakib Al Hasan, Rubel Hossain and Suhrawadi Shuvo accounted for a wicket each. The Tigers were also quite athletic in the field, producing four runouts.Bangladesh, who upset England in their last outing, produced another disciplined performance with the ball to strangle the Netherlands batting line up right from the start.With Agency inputs
AdvertisementFree-agent center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to ESPN. This way The New Orleans Pelicans reportedly have another new face that will grace their frontcourt for the 2018-19 season.ESPN reported that Okafor’s deal has a partial guarantee for the upcoming season and a team option for the following season.Okafor, 22, was acquired by the Nets from the 76ers last December. The deal also included perimeter shooter Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-round pick coming to the Nets for veteran forward Trevor Booker.Nets general manager Sean Marks said at the time of the trade that acquiring Okafor, a 6-11 back to the basket big man with offensive talent, was a risk worth taking.“We’ve been following him for a long time,” Marks said. “Maybe a change of scenery . . . We’re looking forward to getting him in our environment, around our coaches, our development coaches.”Okafor said a few days after the trade that he felt the Nets were invested in him. Okafor, however, saw limited playing time with the Nets, averaging just 6.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game. Okafor played in 21 straight games through Feb. 12, but made only four appearances in the final 24 games, playing a total of 41 minutes and 58 seconds.Also Read-NBA: Cavaliers to acquire Sam Dekker from Clippers Advertisement
Mark Selby, from Leicester, is the new snooker champion of the world. The result came soon after the grand victory of their football club,Leicester City. He was declared champion 13 minutes after Leicester City wonthe Premier League.Here are a few pointers about the two-time snooker champion:Mark Selby won the world snooker championship for the secondtime. He won the first title in 2014 against Ronnie O’Sullivan from England.The match was held in Sheffield, London. The final match was played against Chinese snooker champion, DingJunhui.Selby acquired the title with an 18-14 win over Junhui.Mark claims that it was the best moment of his life. He won thetitle for the 2nd time after a year and also got the news of the tremendousvictory of Leicester City. Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com.
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Ahh, it just couldn’t last, could it?Tyreek Hill was arrested on Thursday night just before midnight on a domestic abuse complaint after a 20-year-old woman went to the hospital with some pretty serious-sounding injuries.Here are the details:“The victim stated the suspect struck her in the face and stomach and choked her during the assault. The victim’s injuries were consistent with her statements. She was treated for her injuries and released from the hospital.”Yikes.If this is proven to be true then he’s obviously…(as he’ll always be remembered)…gone.Kyle Fredrickson was the first one I saw with the story…#OKstate Per Stillwater PD, Tyreek Hill was arrested late Thursday on a felony complaint of domestic violence.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) December 12, 2014Also, in case you were wondering how Mike Gundy felt about the Ray Rice and Joe Mixon stuff back in September, here he is in the Tulsa World:“I really hate it for our game,” Gundy said. “I don’t like it for sports in general. So we try to do the best we can to educate our players and hold our breath.”Tyreek Hill’s girlfriend says she’s 8 weeks pregnantTyreek Hill says he was arrested because he’s black and the girl is whiteAn #OKstate spokesman declined to comment on Tyreek Hill’s arrest, said there will likely be a statement released later today.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) December 12, 2014
The Physical Education Department of The Mico University College has received sport supplies from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), through its ‘Smile for All the World’ programme. “This donation represents the collaboration between Mico and JICA in assisting us to build sustainability in our sports programme. This is a critical area that is driving the education curriculum in Jamaica,” he said. President of the university, Asburn Pinnock, thanked JICA for the generous donation. Story Highlights The Physical Education Department of The Mico University College has received sport supplies from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), through its ‘Smile for All the World’ programme.The assortment of netballs, footballs and volleyballs were handed over during a ceremony, held on March 26, at The Mico University College, in Kingston.President of the university, Asburn Pinnock, thanked JICA for the generous donation.“This donation represents the collaboration between Mico and JICA in assisting us to build sustainability in our sports programme. This is a critical area that is driving the education curriculum in Jamaica,” he said.Meanwhile, Resident Representative for JICA, Jamaica Office, Tobita Kenji, said the programme is evidence of the continued friendship and goodwill between Jamaica and Japan.He expressed the hope that the supplies will assist in improving the performance of amateur athletes in these disciplines.The ‘Smile for All the World’ programme in Japan distributes goods related to sports, culture, education, social services and more all over the world through JICA volunteers. These goods are primarily donated to developing countries.According to the Japanese Embassy, 36 volunteers are involved in activities throughout the island. They are assigned to public agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) under the Ministries of Education, Youth and Information; Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; Local Government and Community Development; Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; Tourism; Economic Growth and Job Creation, and Transport and Mining.Since 1989, a total of 425 JICA volunteers have worked in various areas of the island.Established in 1974, JICA has been implementing Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) through cooperation, such as loan, grant and technical cooperation, which include the JICA volunteer programme, training in Japan as well as technical cooperation projects.
Mira Sorvino wrote an Op-Ed in the LA Times this week, covering how California has the potential to be the leader in sexual harassment protection.We now stand a year in from the publication of the fateful articles in the New York Times and the New Yorker that first exposed the predation of film world titan Harvey Weinstein,” she wrote. “I was one of the women interviewed by journalist Ronan Farrow, and I contributed my story because I wanted to make change in the world into which my daughters and sons will come of age.“To institute lasting change, and promote protection and equality under the law for everyone, we must enact legislation that reflects our newfound awareness. Since last winter, I have been championing a slate of bills in the California Legislature under the hashtag #TakeTheLead, which refers to the state’s opportunity to move to the forefront of protecting women’s and all workers’ rights. Co-sponsored by Equal Rights Advocates and the California Employment Lawyers Assn., this is the toughest slate of anti-sexual harassment bills in the nation.“Five critical bills concerning workplace harassment — AB 1870, SB 224, SB 1343, SB 1300 and AB 3080 — sit on the governor’s desk… Yet we in the survivor community hear that Brown is under intense lobbying pressure to veto at least one of the bills, SB 1300, which would do away with non-disparagement clauses that are slipped into routine paperwork employees must sign when they’re hired, offered a raised or given a bonus. The clauses can come with a hefty fine (up to $1 million) if employees do speak out — against, for example, an abusive boss — even if the statements are true and the conduct broke the law. Untold numbers of victims have been silenced this way, especially those who lack the financial resources for a long, drawn-out legal battle to fight the unfairness of the clause.“Gov. Brown has spoken out vehemently against corruption, dishonesty and abuse of power in government. Now we urge him to oppose corrupt corporate interests that seek to stifle survivors’ voices and protect illegal, inhuman behavior. We ask him to stand with the millions of people around the world who have raised their voices in a brave chorus of #MeToo and #TimesUp, and to add to his legacy the fearless protection of all working people. We count on him to sign all five bills, and to turn a dream of our movement into reality.”To read the full Op-Ed, click here.
Christchurch: An Australian man, who is the main suspect in the massacre of 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, on Saturday appeared in a court here where he was been charged with murder.Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, appeared before the Christchurch district court dressed in a white prison jumpsuit, handcuffed and barefoot. He did not speak but appeared to make a white supremacist sign with his hands, the Guardian reported.He has been charged with one count of murder. Judge Paul Kellar did not reveal the victim’s name on grounds of undue hardship to his family. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayHe was remanded in custody without a plea and is due appear in court again on April 5.After Tarrant left the court, Judge Kellar said that while “there is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others”.Tarrant, who grew up in the Australian town of Grafton, had been living in the Dunedin, about 360 km south of Christchurch.New Zealand police closed the Christchurch court to the public over security concerns, but the media was able to attend. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: BhagwatAustralian police are investigating Tarrant’s connections around Grafton.Before his appearance at the court, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Tarrant had been charged with one count of murder, with other charges to follow.”I want to reassure all New Zealanders that we are doing absolutely everything in our power to respond to this attack, and deploying all available resources in communities across New Zealand,” Bush said.Tarrant was one of three people arrested in connection with the shootings at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Avenue Masjid on Friday. The other two remain in custody but their role in the shootings remains unclear, CNN said. A fourth person who had been taken into custody was later determined to be an armed bystander who wanted help police.Also on Saturday, Prime Jacinda Ardern, while speaking at the Christchurch Canterbury Refugee Centre, showed solidarity with the nation’s Muslim community, saying “this is not the New Zealand people know”.In her 40-minute address, she also spoke about the importance of reuniting relatives with their loved ones “as quickly as possible”, and said that bodies were still being removed from the Al Noor mosque – the site of the first attack.She added that financial support would be made available to those who had lost someone on whom they were financially dependent.Ardern said Tarrant had five guns and a firearms licence, adding: “Our gun laws will change.”A total of 48 people were wounded in the shootings.India, Bangladesh and Indonesia all say some of their citizens were killed in the shooting and others are unaccounted for.Friday’s killing was a terrorist attack that appeared orchestrated for the social media. The brutal shootings were previewed on an infamous Internet message board and then graphically live-streamed on Facebook.An 87-page manifesto, found by authorities after it was posted online, was filled with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim ideas.According to the latest census figures, Muslims make up about 1.1% of New Zealand’s population of 4.25 million.Numbers rose sharply as New Zealand took in refugees from various war-torn countries since the 1990s.
Taroudant – Hamid Chabat, the Secretary General of the Istiqlal party (PI), said during the meeting of the Executive Committee of his party on Friday evening that he will submit his resignation to the National Council.“I gave this promise and I will keep it,” Chabat said.During a TV appearance earlier this year, Chabat had already given a promise to step down if his party fails to win the municipal and regional elections, which were held on September 4, but the Secretary General didn’t honor his promise, saying “No secretary general resigns after failing in elections whose results were forged.” However, militants of the Istiqlal Party (IP) in several cities across the Kingdom were reportedly mobilizing to end Hamid Chabat’s mandate as Secretary General of the party, following his fiasco in Fez during last Municipal and Regional Elections.The Moroccan daily Al Akhbar has reported earlier that the departure of Hamid Chabat from “the secretariat of the party is only a matter of time,” stressing that the leaders of the party in Fez and those in the southern provinces are preparing a strong mobilization to bring him down or force him to resign.According to the istiqlal Party’s Internal Code of Conduct, the resignation of the Secretary General has to be presented before the National Council and becomes subject to voting.The Istiqlal Party obtained less than 1 million votes in 2015’s Municipal and Regional Elections, while the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) obtained the highest number of votes (1.5 million), followed by the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) with over 1 million votes.
TORONTO — Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area in February fell compared with a year ago, while the average selling price ticked higher.The Toronto Real Estate Board says there were 5,025 homes sold in the region last month, down from 5,148 in the same month last year.The average selling price was $780,397, up from $767,801.The 2.4 per cent drop in the number of homes sold in the region came as the number of new listings fell 6.2 per cent.New listings in February totalled 9,828, down from 10,473 a year earlier.The board says the decline suggests that market conditions became tighter compared with last year.The Canadian Press
“Hardcore BlackBerry lovers” might have to wait up to two months after the release of the BlackBerry 10 touchscreen device to get their hands on one with a physical keyboard, a strategic play by Research In Motion that analysts say reflects what customers want.RIM chief executive Thorsten Heins, who had already indicated a touchscreen model would launch first, said Friday that the keyboard version — known in the tech community as Qwerty — will come about “30 to 60” days later.Heins said the company needs to gain market share in the touch phone segment, especially to address a trend in which employers are allowing staff to use their preferred smartphone for work.“People… and enterprises love a full touch device, and, you know, we had to make a choice and finally we decided really to bring both versions to market very, very close to each other,” he said in an interview with MSNBC.“The BlackBerry lovers, the hardcore BlackBerry lovers, they love this physical keyboard … so make no mistake we are fully, fully committed to Qwerty.”The physical keyboard is popular often with BlackBerry business users, and the company — in its advertising — has positioned that as an advantage over Apple and Android phones that rely solely on touchscreens.The new detail about the closely watched BB10 launch, slated for some time in the first-quarter of next year, comes as RIM (TSX:RIM) stock shot up 8.1 per cent following a much less disappointing than expected second-quarter earnings report.Analysts were surprised and encouraged by the BlackBerry-maker’s ability to shore up its cash reserves and subscriber base during the quarter — some had been projecting a steady decline in subscribers starting this quarter — as the company honed in on becoming leaner by slashing costs.But analysts also signalled that the company’s ability to survive pales in comparison to the outcome of the much-delayed launch of BlackBerry 10, and whether that gets them back in the game with tech-savvy consumers.RIM’s smartphones running the new operating system will have to be able to compete with iPhones and Android devices, telecom analyst Anil Doradla said Friday.“What happens in North America, specifically the U.S., plays out in the rest of the world in the course of a couple of years,” said Doradla of Chicago-based William Blair & Co.RIM is releasing a touchscreen phone first because that’s what consumers want, Doradla said.“They’re trying their best to get back in the consumer game and touch is the name of the game.”“Are they at a point where one can believe they are going to be meaningfully competitive in this hyper-competitive Apple, Samsung world? We just don’t know,” Doradla said. “This company has let us down so many times in the past.”Telecom analyst Troy Crandall said he expects the new devices to launch in late February or early March. The phones were first expected to launch earlier this year.“The longer term goal, obviously, is to regain its competitive position and for its BlackBerry 10 handsets to be competitive with what’s out there or what will be out there,” Crandall said.Consumers want a larger screen and they are willing to give up a traditional keyboard to get it, said Crandall, of MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier in Montreal.“Ultimately a touchscreen phone is the way to go, seems to be the way to go, and where everybody wants to go.”Crandall noted that RIM’s shares shot up because its financial results weren’t as bad as had been expected, and there was a lot of short selling on the stock.Shares in Research in Motion (TSX:RIM) shot up 56 cents to close at $7.52 Friday, even though doubts remain about the BlackBerry maker’s ability to compete. They were up almost 14 per cent earlier in the day.Investors did what’s called a “short squeeze” and it usually only lasts a day or two, he said.“People basically saw the better-than-expected earnings and thought the stock was going to rocket,” he said.“So they rushed to cover their positions. By buying back the stock to cover their short positions they put this artificial increase and pressure on the stock which caused it to jump up, and probably higher than it should have.”Investors sold shares they didn’t own at a higher price, expecting a terrible quarter and expected to buy them back at a lower price, pocketing the difference. When that didn’t happen, they have to cover their short positions, Crandall said.On Thursday, RIM reported that its quarterly loss was US$235 million or 45 cents per diluted share compared with a profit of $329 million or 63 cents per share a year ago.The Waterloo, Ont., company’s adjusted loss was $142 million or 27 cents per share. While large, RIM’s loss was still much better than the 47 cents per share loss expected by analysts polled by Bloomberg.National Bank analyst Kris Thompson was enthusiastic about RIM’s quarterly results and increased his target share price to $12 from $8.“The new management team is executing by maintaining the BlackBerry subscriber base, managing costs and cash and seemingly readying an early 2013 BB10 global platform launch,” Thompson said in a research note.But UBS analyst Phillip Huang said even though RIM had “marginally” better results, the launch of its new smartphones is critical.“What is key to the thesis, in our opinion, is the extent to which BB10 will be successful,” he said in a note. by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 28, 2012 5:24 pm MDT Launching touchscreen BlackBerry 10 devices first the right move: analysts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Through a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council also requested the UN to ensure further deployment of staff for Monitoring and reporting on the evacuations, as needed and demanded all parties to provide these monitors with safe, immediate and unimpeded access. Noting that “urgent humanitarian evacuations and assistance are now needed by a large number of Aleppo inhabitants,” the Council demanded that all parties provide the UN and it is implementation partners with safe, immediate and unimpeded access to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches people “through the most direct route, in order to meet basic needs, including the provision of medical care.”The French-led resolution also calls on all parties to respect and protect all medical and humanitarian personnel, “their means of transport and equipment, as well as hospitals and other medical facilities throughout the country.” The Secretary-General is requested “to take urgent steps to make arrangements, including security arrangements in consultation with interested parties, to allow the observation by the [UN} and other relevant institutions of the well-being of civilians,” and to report back to the Council within five days. Thousands of civilians are reportedly awaiting evacuations to resume today.The Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the UN and other relevant institutions to carry out “adequate, neutral monitoring and direct observation on evacuations from the eastern districts” of the war-battered Syrian city of Aleppo.Today’s decision comes after the Council’s two most recent attempts to take action on Syria: on 8 October, Russia vetoed a resolution that would have called for an end to military flights over Aleppo; and on 5 December, a measure calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the beleaguered city failed to pass after negative votes by both China and Russia. In all, Russia has vetoed six texts on the Syrian conflict, while China has vetoed five of those six. Meanwhile, top UN officials have welcomed the adoption of the resolution and expressed hope that the civilians in the war-ravaged city will finally be able to receive much needed protection and assistance.“Our task now is to turn these words into meaningful action,” said the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator and the head of its relief wing (OCHA), Stephen O’Brien, shortly after the Council action. “We stand ready to scale up our presence and efforts across the entire city, in line with the resolution and international humanitarian law,” he noted, but added wearily: “This can be done immediately, but only if the parties live up to this resolution.” Also welcoming the adoption of the resolution, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, expressed the hope that this could be the beginning of the restoration of unity in the Security Council and said he believed “it is vital to build on this initial momentum with further steps.”As indicated in his briefing the Security Council on 21 September 2016, and more recently on 8 December 2016, he has been intensively working towards convening the formal intra-Syrian talks mandated in Security Council resolution 2254 (2015). To that end, Mr. de Mistura announced that it is the intention of the United Nations to convene those negotiations in Geneva on 8 February 2017.The UN emergency food relief agency (WFP) too has scaled up its operations in the city, providing hot meals, bread and rations to more than 20,000 displaced people every day. It has also mobilized food stocks to meet the food needs of up to 150,000 people. Severely damaged or destroyed buildings along the way to a refugee shelter in Jibreen, Aleppo. 2 December 2016. Photo: OCHA Syria/L. Tom Highlighting the plight of civilians, Ertharin Cousin, the head of WFP underscored: “All Syrians – no matter where they are – deserve nothing less than food, shelter and safety from the continuing conflict.” Beyond Aleppo, WFP is supporting more than four million Syrians affected by the conflict. There are nearly one million people residing in areas that remain besieged that WFP cannot reach on a regular basis. As the Syria crisis enters its sixth year, civilians continue to bear the brunt of a conflict marked by unparalleled suffering, destruction and disregard for human life. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 13.5 million people require humanitarian assistance, including 4.9 million people in need trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, where they are exposed to grave protection threats.
Cinq tonnes de glace millénaire volées en PatagonieCinq tonnes de glace millénaire ont été dérobées à un glacier Jorge Montt en Patagonie. Ce butin a été retrouvé dans un camion frigorifique. Où allait ainsi cette glace ? Le mystère plane toujours…C’est un vol peu commun qui a eu lieu en Patagonie. Vendredi, l’organe public des forêts (Conaf) a lancé une procédure judiciaire contre “une entreprise qui a été repérée extrayant de la glace millénaire” du glacier de Jorge Montt, dans le Campo de Hielo Sur. Or, d’après les estimations, le fragment dérobé ferait pas moins de 5 tonnes. Autant dire que les voleurs sont activement recherchés par les autorités chiliennes, comme l’a confirmé le procureur local Jose Moris, cité dans l’édition en ligne du quotidien El Mercurio. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le glacier Jorge Montt s’étend sur 454 kilomètres et constitue l’un des 49 glaciers composant le Campo de Hielo Sur, dans les Andes patagoniennes, à cheval entre le Chili et l’Argentine. Il s’agirait de l’un des glaciers de l’hémisphère sud dont la fonte est la plus spectaculaire, d’après une récente étude chilienne. En effet, on y aurait observé un recul d’un kilomètre au cours de l’année 2010. Une diminution causée par le réchauffement climatique et des conditions océanographiques difficiles. Dans la soirée de vendredi dernier, le conducteur du camion frigorifique qui transportait la glace, a été intercepté dans la ville de Cochrane, à près de 2.000 kilomètres au sud de Santiago. Mais ces complices sont toujours recherchés par les autorités. “La qualification est en principe de vol simple, étant donné la quantité de glace concernée. On parle d’une valeur marchande de 3 millions de pesos (4.660 euros environ)”, a souligné le procureur. Une inculpation pourrait également être prononcée pour “délit contre le patrimoine culturel”. Le 1 février 2012 à 18:25 • Maxime Lambert
Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on target About twenty years ago a movie came out called The Fast and The Furious. The late Paul Walker played an undercover cop infiltrating Vin Diesel’s underground street racing gang. It was based on somewhat real accounts of contemporary car crime. And despite being the origin of the family love between Brian and Dom and everyone else, the movie was kind of bad.Anyway here’s the trailer for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, a movie where The Rock and Jason Statham battle superpowered cyborg terrorist Idris Elba. And we’re incredibly pumped.Fast & Furious has steadily become one of the most fascinating franchises in all of film. Over the course of eight main series(!) movies we’ve watched a sprawling continuity develop that rivals the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Characters reappear after long absences. Different pieces of the timeline snap into place. Heroes unite to rob banks in Brazil with the action and self-seriousness of the Justice League. It owns! There’s a degree of irony to the appreciation some fans may have forgotten, but it still owns!And spin-off Hobbs & Shaw looks like it continues to own. When Dwayne Johnson joined the franchise as Agent Luke Hobbs about halfway through it marked a clear shift towards comic book nonsense the series has only been escalating ever since. Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw is basically the Loki of the series, a murderous supervillain (Justice for Han) we still accept as a begrudging member of the team. Pairing them up should lead to some great mismatched buddy cop action, plus it sidesteps the ongoing beef between Vin Diesel and The Rock.Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw brings us a new kind of family on August 2. It kind of reminds us of the John Wick series, which was co-directed by David Leitch who is now bringing his action chops to this movie. For more on Fast & Furious watch us unbox some toy cars and check out our review of Fate of the Furious.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has cleared the air regarding the future of Jack Hendry at the club, after revealing he wants the defender to go out on loan.Hendry joined Celtic from Dundee United for £1.5million last January but has struggled to impress.A string of mistakes, due to his inability to pass the football properly has seen him fall largely out-of-favour at Celtic this season.After seeing his game time reduced drastically over the last few months, Rodgers has revealed his plans for Hendry. Speaking to the BBC earlier today, the former Liverpool manager stated the following:Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“He’s played really well in games and played in other games when there’s been pressure, so he’s had to deal with all of that.”“He’s at that age when he needs to be playing for the continuation of his development.”“The next best thing for him over this six-month period is to get games at the highest level he can in a good environment.”
A Vancouver man was killed Thursday in a commercial truck crash in Oregon.Jason Alan Reynolds, 42, was driving a 2000 Freightliner truck south on state Highway 47 just north of Yamhill, Ore., about 11 a.m. when the truck crossed the center line on a corner, went off the highway and overturned, according to the Oregon State Police.Reynolds was pronounced dead at the scene. The OSP said he was not using safety restraints.The truck was transporting several hundred gallons of syrup, some of which spilled. The highway was closed during the investigation and clean-up.