Major portion of Indo-Bangla border fenced, says Minister

first_imgA total of 2,731 km of the sanctioned 3,326-km-long fence along the India-Bangladesh border has been completed. This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to a question by Jyotiraditya Scindia of the Congress and Saugata Roy of the Trinamool Congress in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The total sanctioned length of the fence along the Indo-Pakistan border is 2063.06 km, of which 2003.06 km has been completed. Along the Indo-Myanmar border, a 10 km fencing has been sanctioned, out of which work in about 4 km has been completed, a release said. The government has adopted a multi-pronged approach for security arrangements at the Indo-Pakistan border. The arrangements include deployment of Border Security Force personnel, construction of border fence and border roads, installation of floodlights, introduction of hi-tech surveillance equipments, providing weapons and specialised vehicles to security forces, the PIB release said.last_img read more

Magic sees Lonzo as 1 piece in Lakers’ grand rebuilding plan

first_imgMagic Johnson, president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, general manager Rob Pelinka and draft pick Lonzo Ball talk to the media during a press conference on June 23, 2017 at the team training faculity in Los Angeles, California. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFPEL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA—Magic Johnson pointed a long index finger at the wall of the Los Angeles Lakers’ training complex, where the 16-time NBA champions’ nine retired numbers hang over the practice court.“I’m going to put a little pressure on you right now,” Johnson said to Lonzo Ball. “You look to your right, there’s some jerseys hanging on that wall. We expect a Ball jersey hanging up there one day, all right? Good.”ADVERTISEMENT Somebody not wearing Big Baller Brand sneakers might be a bit intimidated by Magic’s bold pronouncements. After all, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations immediately dubbed his 19-year-old point guard “the new face of the Lakers, the guy who I think will lead us back to where we want to get to.”But after a short lifetime spent preparing for this moment, Ball already knows exactly what’s expected from a superstar on his favorite team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m happy to be home, and I’m ready to get to work,” Ball said as he formally joined the Lakers on Friday after getting chosen with the No. 2 overall pick.Ball is facing sky-high expectations, but he’s also just one part of Johnson’s plan to transform the Lakers into a championship contender after the worst four-season stretch in franchise history. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Magic made his intentions known a few days before the draft when he traded D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn, giving up on the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft after just two mostly promising seasons. Magic made the deal partly to clear the way for Ball, whose passing talent and leadership enraptured the Lakers’ Hall of Fame point guard in a way that Russell never did.“I’m going to do what it takes to get the right players in here with the right mindset,” Johnson said. “D’Angelo is an excellent player. He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us, but what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody also that can make the other players better, and also that players want to play with.”Johnson also echoed general manager Rob Pelinka’s comments one day earlier about the Lakers’ long-term plans when he cited 2018 salary cap relief as the second reason for trading Russell.The Lakers got rid of the final three seasons of center Timofey Mozgov’s $64 million contract in the deal, acquiring mobile center Brook Lopez – who has one year left on his deal – and the 27th overall pick used to get Utah forward Kyle Kuzma.With Mozgov’s contract off the books and additional moves planned in the ensuing months, Johnson and Pelinka intend to clear enough cap room for the Lakers to add two free agents on maximum contracts next summer. Paul George, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins and other big-name veterans could be available – and Magic is indefatigably optimistic they’ll be interested.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “When you have this much cap space, we’re going to be major players next summer,” Johnson said. “The tide has turned. People want to play here again. It’s exciting times for the LA Lakers. I wouldn’t have made that move if I didn’t think I could use that money. Enough said.”Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak had a similar plan several times in recent seasons, believing they could build another super-team around Kobe Bryant. They were repeatedly surprised and disappointed when free agents didn’t line up to wear the Lakers’ hallowed gold uniforms, leaving Los Angeles to struggle to four consecutive losing seasons.But Magic and Pelinka believe they will succeed where Buss and Kupchak failed, thanks to what they see as an intriguing young core headlined by Ball and wing Brandon Ingram, last season’s No. 2 overall pick.Pelinka also believes Magic himself is an irresistible asset.“There’s just a renewed energy around here,” Pelinka said Thursday night. “With Earvin’s vision and his persona, I think the organization is really taking on that positive joy that he seems to live with every day. I think players around the NBA feel that as well and are going to be attracted to that energy here. With the leading teams in the league today, we felt like to be able to look them in the eye and challenge them, we need two superstar players to come here and join this platform and join our core group of great players that we now have.”But if the Lakers are disappointed in free agency again, they’ll still have Ball – and his father, LaVar, who had promised for years that his son would end up with the Lakers.Magic and LaVar appear to believe in Lonzo with equal fervor, if such a thing is possible.“Just leave me one or two records, OK?” Magic told Lonzo with a grin. “Don’t break all my records. I asked your grandfather, ‘Just let him leave me one.’” Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Clippers stars Griffin, Paul opt for free agencylast_img read more

India look to pass Syrian test in opener

first_imgSunil Chhetri has fond memories of the Nehru Cup. The 2007 edition helped him establish himself as the lead striker and this time, he will be leading India into the tournament against Syria, the finalists in the last two editions.Chhetri was his usual vibrant self in the pre-match press conference and with coach Wim Koevermans besides him, seemed to reflect the mood of the team.”We have been training for one week and I can’t wait for the tournament to begin. We have a new coach and are all trying to imbibe his style but it is going to take time and it won’t happen overnight,” the 28-year-old said.Cameroon, Nepal and Maldives are the other teams in the tournament and the African powerhouses are likely to be the biggest obstacle in India’s path. A win in the tournament won’t get India any FIFA points but it certainly means a lot to them as they are the defending champions.Maldives would also be no pushovers and Nepal also have the ability to give the other teams a fight.Although the hosts will be going into the match with history in their favour, the fact that their opponents are ranked higher than them will weigh on Indian minds.The senior team’s last tournament (AFC Challenge Cup in March) was a disaster in all aspects. Failing to score a single goal, they lost all three matches and coach Savio Medeira also questioned the commitment of some players.However, the emergence of some of the players in the U-22 championship in Oman in June does give some hope for the future.advertisementThe Nehru Cup would also be Wim Koevermans’s first assignment as head coach and this would be the Dutchman’s first competitive match. The strikers failed to score a single goal in the practice match against Pailan Arrows but Koevermans wore a positive look on the eve of the tournament opener.”I’m pleased with my preparation for the Nehru Cup. The atmosphere has been good and I have confidence in the ability of my players,” Koevermans said.Much has been said about the importance of possession and Koevermans also mentioned that they have put a lot of emphasis on that aspect.”Keeping possession of the ball stays the priority. At the same time, we need to create chances and convert them as they come our way. We have worked hard in the camp and hopefully the results will be positive,” he said.Koevermans, however, did not specify the formation he would employ and said that it would vary in every match.Alwyn George is expected to make his senior team debut and will play behind Chhetri in the role of an attacking midfielder.But Koevermans also realises that lack of firepower upfront might prove costly. The onus will be on Chhetri to deliver but Manandeep Singh and Co. will also have to provide support.Gouramangi Singh and Raju Gaikwad will be at the heart of the defence while Syed Rahim Nabi and Nirmal Chhetri are likely to be the full-backs.The midfield will also see box-tobox midfielders Mehtab Hossain and Jewel Raja trying to get hold of the ball while Clifford Miranda and Anthony Pereira will be on the flanks.The Syrians, on the other hand, will look to avenge their loss in the finals in 2007 and 2009.They will be coming here with an inexperienced team but would be looking to play party poopers.last_img read more

Does Higuain really risk missing the World Cup?

first_imgArgentina Does Higuain really risk missing out on the 2018 World Cup? Daniel Edwards Last updated 2 years ago 01:00 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gonzalo Higuain Argentina Getty Images Argentina Serie A Russia Juventus Friendlies The Juventus striker could still make the cut, but he will have to adapt his game to Jorge Sampaoli’s demands if he wishes to go to Russia After the almost unbearable anguish of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, Argentina can finally breath easily. Victory over Ecuador in the final game of the arduous CONMEBOL competition sealed passage to Russia, and this week the Albiceleste gain a sneak preview of next year’s finals with two friendlies on Russian soil against the hosts and Nigeria.But while Jorge Sampaoli’s men may feel the pressure has been lifted, albeit temporarily, the same cannot be said for Gonzalo Higuain. The Juventus striker was once more left out of Sampaoli’s plans and must be wondering if his dream of making a third World Cup finals may have already ended. Could Argentina really leave a player of Pipita’s quality and track record at home?Nigeria 6/1 to beat Argentina 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 In his short time to date as Argentina coach Sampaoli has indeed given mixed signals over Higuain. He was included in the first Sampaoli call-up to take on Brazil and Singapore back in June and started that first match, in what was widely considered at the time to be the trainer’s strongest line-up available. But in the subsequent squads for Argentina’s final four qualifiers he was a notable absentee, with Mauro Icardi and Dario Benedetto preferred up front. Sergio Aguero, too, would have been in line to play against Peru and Ecuador were it not for a car accident sustained while on leave in Amsterdam.Publicly, Sampaoli has never written off a man who with 31 international goals sits behind only Lionel Messi and Aguero in the current squad. “I have him in mind and I know what he can do,” he told reporters in October when asked to explain Higuain’s exclusion from these friendlies.Gonzalo Higuain Brasil Argentina Friendlies 09062017Gonzalo Higuain Argentina“He is a player who due to his place amongst football’s elite is extremely close to us. It is not necessary to go over his current situation with him, we do not have to test anything. It will be our decision whether he goes or not to the World Cup.” Back in August Higuain met with Sampaoli and assistant Sebastian Beccacese during a tour of Europe, where the trio sat down and discussed his performance against Brazil and Singapore and held a tactical discussion including directions on playing with his back to goal and his movement in the area.One of the few things that is clear is that there is no personal rift between coach and player that can explain his being overlooked; all suggestions indicate that they enjoy a warm personal relationship.While that is perhaps reassuring to Higuain, who has been boosted in recent weeks by a welcome return to form after a nightmare start to the season where he looked overweight and sluggish, it does not necessarily bring him any closer to a recall. No matter how plausible Sampaoli’s explanations are, the bare fact remains that of all of his possible World Cup starters Pipita is the only man whose apparent lack of need to be tested keeps him out in the cold.There is no doubt that Sampaoli’s ambitions with the national team far outspan merely a solid performance at the World Cup. An obsessive scholar of the game and tactical perfectionist, the former Chile and Sevilla man is desperate to leave his own strategic stamp on the Albiceleste, a style that filters through no matter who the opposition may be. To implement his favoured high-pressing, dynamic game certain key elements still need to be found and nurtured; mobile full-backs, defenders adept at playing the ball out at all times, a true box-to-box midfielder – and, crucially, a centre-forward whose role on the pitch goes far beyond the act of scoring goals.Higuain PS“We need a forward who besides goals also has the ability to assist,” the coach explained in August when asked why Icardi and not Higuain would be leading the line. Sampaoli’s weakness for the Inter striker, the archetype of what he looks for in a ‘No. 9’ is evident. Conditioned perhaps by years of giving his every last fibre for an ailing Nerazzurri, the youngster made virtue out of necessity and was moulded by his own team’s weakness into a far more complete striker, able to operate in and outside the penalty area. While things have not quite fallen his way so far in international colours, Icardi’s future is huge – and Sampaoli’s is right to persist with him.Aguero, too, while no new face in Albiceleste circles, appears to have redeemed himself in the coach’s eyes after being dropped for his first squad. Much of what Sampaoli has asked of the Manchester City star has been repeated in his ear by Pep, making the Aguero of 2017 vintage far more than a goal poacher. The new, improved Kun this year in the Premier League is creating chances for others, attacking empty spaces with voracity and forcing himself into the game as a linkman while losing none of his potency in front of the net.The onus, then, is on Higuain to show that he is more than just a goalscorer. In Paulo Dybala he has the perfect foil to expand his game at Juve, but he has little time to convince Sampaoli he can be that man. Little time, too, and perhaps even less opportunity to finally banish those demons that have dogged him in major finals for Argentina, and hinted at yet again in his no-show for the Old Lady in this year’s Champions League blow-out at the hands of Real Madrid. Pipita’s Argentina may not be over, but he has an uphill task to show a sceptical Albiceleste he can be the player to lead them to World Cup glory.last_img read more

O’Neill: It’s all to play for now

first_imgRepublic of Ireland It’s all to play for now – O’Neill happy after Copenhagen draw Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 07:16 11/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Martin O'Neill_cropped Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Republic of Ireland Denmark v Republic of Ireland World Cup Denmark WC Qualification Europe Denmark were unable to find a way past visiting goalkeeper Darren Randolph as Republic of Ireland held firm Martin O’Neill praised his Republic of Ireland players for keeping Denmark at bay in the first leg of their World Cup play-off – but acknowledged they will have to improve for the return fixture in Dublin.Ireland avoided defeat for a sixth straight away game in their qualifying campaign as they fought out a lacklustre 0-0 draw in Copenhagen.11/2 for Ireland to beat Denmark 1-0 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 Visiting goalkeeper Darren Randolph was required to make a trio of first-half saves to move Ireland a step closer to a place in next year’s tournament in Russia.While delighted to keep a clean sheet on the road, O’Neill admitted Ireland will need to offer more of an attacking threat when they welcome the Danes to the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday.6 – Republic of Ireland have avoided defeat in all six of their World Cup 2018 qualifiers away from home, winning three and drawing the other three including tonight. Consistent.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 11, 2017″I thought it was a tough evening for us and the players did splendidly. They put a lot of effort in and it’s all to play for now,” he told Sky Sports.”We have to win a game. And I think we have to score a couple of goals because Denmark are capable of scoring too.”I’m not so sure they had so many chances. Darren has been playing particularly well for us, but overall we restricted them, though we need to be more creative ourselves.”We didn’t score a goal obviously, but we’re still in the tie.”#WCQ | FTDenmark 0-0 Republic of IrelandEverything to play for in Dublin on Tuesday! #WorldCuphttps://t.co/SpQDWJq93q pic.twitter.com/p3Ztwqmebm— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) November 11, 2017Denmark not only had trouble breaking Ireland down but also dealing with a difficult pitch, according to goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.”It was a horrendous pitch, a very disappointing pitch from our point of view. I hear the Irish pitch will be a little better, so hopefully we can get our play to run smoothly,” the Leicester City player told Sky Sports.”We were trying to play some fast, incisive football, but we needed to take that extra touch to secure the ball. It’s no excuse – it’s the same pitch for them.”But it’s not the end of the world. We are in a better position than we were before the game, because it was very important for us that they didn’t get an away goal.”last_img read more

England sift through options for Sri Lanka, with Moeen a chance at No 3

first_imgIf Moeen is earmarked for No 3 then the prospect of a debut for Ben Foakes, whose batting could be as productive as anyone else on the edge of the Test team, is real, especially since the perception remains that he may be the most gifted keeper here.Or there is the possibility of playing yet another all-rounder, Chris Woakes, who is probably too polite to point out that he hit a century in the last Test match played at Lord’s. However the likelihood of the phoneticist’s dream of Stokes, Foakes and Woakes in the same team remains small.Unless it rains so much that the duration of the game is severely limited, then the anticipation is that England will play three spinners. Asked if this was a viable option, Bayliss replied: “Very much so here in Galle. But that might be different at one or two of the other grounds.” The three-spinner option does not entirely rule out Stuart Broad but it would reduce his chances of playing.Root addressed the possibility of omitting Broad, who has just about been a fixture in the side for a decade. “It is always hard to leave out someone who has taken over 430 wickets. The great position we are in is that Stuart has practised really well; his action looks really strong and he is bowling with good pace. He looks right on top of his game so you can’t ask for more from a player.”At this point it sounded as if Broad was in, then the captain added: “For Stuart it wouldn’t so much be a case of being dropped. It would be for the balance of the team or for the situation with the surface, which could mean going with a different formula.” Later Bayliss added: “If he [Broad] does miss out on this one there’s every opportunity to play the next one”. Moeen Ali features As Bayliss reminded us, the system for picking the team is clear enough. “On tour it is Joe and myself. Obviously Ed [Smith] is here so we’ll run a few things by him. It’s not a vote sort of system. We’re all man enough to have a discussion, talk over the pros and cons and then come to an agreement”.It is bizarre that they have not decided upon their wicketkeeper, yet understandable. Much hinges upon the No 3 slot in the team. A week ago that position seemed destined for Joe Denly. This now seems less likely though this conclusion is reached via the odd nuance here, a change of emphasis there. It’s all good fun unless you are craving early clarity.Bayliss said: “Mo certainly could bat at three.” Root talked about the yearning to be bold and adventurous, which might involve changing the batting order during a game. One concern about Moeen Ali batting at No 3 – and there may be several – is that he may have just come off the field having bowled 40 overs.“We will see,” said Root. “We have so many different options we can go with [Bayliss suggested there were five]. It is not as clearcut as having a set order over here” Reuse this content Topics Share on LinkedIn Read more Let us begin with the certainties. Jonny Bairstow is unavailable for selection for the Galle Test match on fitness grounds. Er, that’s it.Both Joe Root and Trevor Bayliss were singing from the same hymn sheet on Sunday but there was very little on it. We cannot be sure who is going to bat at No 3 for England on Tuesday; the balance of the side has yet to be finalised and we don’t even know who is going to keep wicket.They are not being deliberately obstructive. That has not been their way in recent times. In England they have usually been more than happy to name their side days before the start of a match since it can help the players to know what is going on as soon as possible. But here there are too many imponderables – about the pitch and the weather – and they need to do some more talking among themselves. Share via Email Bangladesh fall short as England secure victory on final day of first Test Share on Facebook Chris Woakes’s first Test hundred puts England in full control against India Whatever the permutations, Root knows his team is overdue a win away from home and that historically Galle is not the likeliest venue to achieve this. England have not won a match overseas since squeaking home against Bangladesh in Chittagong over two years ago. However he remains refreshingly positive about this tour, despite all the impediments. /sport/2016/aug/18/sign-up-to-the-spin He draws a contrast with last winter’s Ashes expedition: “It just proves how brilliant Test cricket is that you can go to two very different parts of the world and play two different styles of cricket which are both entertaining and great fun to be involved in while offering completely different challenges.” Even so it will be a relief to him and just about everyone else when the selection riddle is solved and we can focus on what is happening out in the middle – thunderstorms permitting.England (possible): Burns, Jennings, Moeen, Root, Stokes, Buttler, Foakes, Curran, Rashid, Leach, Anderson.Sri Lanka (probable): Karunaratne, Silva, Mendis, Chandimal, Mathews, de Silva, Dickwella, Dananjiya, Perera, Herath, Lakmal Support The Guardian Sri Lanka cricket team … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest England in Sri Lanka 2018 Share on Twitter Joe Root Read more Cricket England cricket teamlast_img read more

Pakistani Scrapyards Ready to Reopen to Tankers

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: NGO Shipbreaking Platform Pakistan’s shipbreaking yards seem to have reached an end of a near 18-month saga as they are ready to reopen their doors to tankers, according to a report from GMS, a cash buyer of ships for recycling.The country’s provincial government signed off and consented to the lifting of restrictions on import of tankers imposed in February 2017, in the aftermath of two major incidents in Gadani shipbreaking yards.GMS said that the final two signatures required for the Pakistani market to reopen for tankers were delivered last week. Other than the issuance of No Objection Certificates (NOC), expected early this week, “nearly everything is in place for wet units to start arriving to Gadani yards.”Tankers will have to be totally gas free for hot works clean, with all cargo residues, slops and sludges completely cleaned from all cargo and slop tanks, similar to the Indian and Bangladeshi guidelines. Hot works certificates issued at the last port of call, rather than the more stringent local explosives inspector demands in Alang and Chittagong, may allegedly be locally accepted.“What seems clear is that Pakistani levels will not immediately jump up to match cash buyer expectations and a fair degree of lowballing is likely to ensue as end buyers seek to acquire a bargain or two,” GMS said.“It may be a case of waiting to see who blinks first, as most cash buyers will certainly not offload tonnage at some of the below market rates emanating from Pakistan and will likely hold out, bearing in mind the recent slowdown of fresh market offerings.”Demolition of tankers and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers was banned at Pakistan’s Gadani shipbreaking yards following the incidents, caused by the absence of safety measures. These included an explosion on November 1, 2016, which killed at least 28 workers, and a fire on January 9, 2017, which took the lives of another 5 workers.last_img read more

Myanmar UN welcomes release of child soldiers by national armed forces

Last June, the UN and the Government of Myanmar signed an action plan that sets a timetable and measurable activities for the release and reintegration of children associated with Government armed forces, as well as the prevention of further recruitment.According to a news release issued by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the 24 children were officially discharged at a ceremony on Friday in Yangon, attended by senior officials of the Tatmadaw and the Government, as well as the UN.“This release of 24 children is a welcome step in the implementation of the action plan by the Government and reflects its commitment that children should not, and will no longer, be recruited and used for military purposes,” stated UN Resident Coordinator in Myanmar Ashok Nigam.“I call for the acceleration of the release of all children from the Tatmadaw and for the non-State armed groups to also do the same,” he added.Myanmar is one of 14 countries – with armed forces or armed groups identified by the UN Secretary-General as committing grave child rights violations – working together with the UN system to end grave violations against children in situations of armed conflict.Under the action plan to end and prevent recruitment and use of children in the Tatmadaw, the Government has agreed to: identify all children in the Tatmadaw and ensure their unconditional release/discharge; facilitate the reintegration of released children into their families and communities; and facilitate processes that seek to end child recruitment by non-State armed groups, among other measures. The plan was the result of years of negotiation between the Government and the UN, on behalf of a Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting of grave violations of child rights in armed conflict (CTFMR), with the latter made up of various UN agencies and programmes, as well as international non-governmental organizations.Speaking at the ceremony, Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF’s Representative in Myanmar and CTFMR co-chair, said that “a series of discharges just like this must accelerate in the coming months in order for the Tatmadaw to quickly achieve the double objective of zero under-age recruitment and full discharge of those that are under 18 in the armed forces.” read more

Oxford University separates helicopter parents from children at open days

first_imgJane Lunnon, headteacher of Wimbledon High SchoolCredit:Julian Andrews/Eye R8 Productions Separately, James Seymour, Buckingham’s director of admissions and recruitment, said at his institutions staff sometimes “genuinely have to shoehorn parents out of the room” before tests.However, in some cases universities have pushed to see more from parents, particularly in the case of applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds. Robbie Pickles, head of student recruitment at the University of Bath, told the conference: “There are some sets of families where students are very keen to go [to university] and it’s parents who are driving them towards not going on to study.“There are groups where it would be nice to see their parents engage more, particularly students from certain areas of the country.” She wasn’t alone in expressing her concerns. Mary Curnock Cook, the head of UCAS, the universities admission service, said middle-class parents should “butt out” of open days.She explained: “I think for middle-class parents, they should butt out, because they’ll be using a 30-year-old out-of-date model trying to advise their children.“Where the kids are [the] first in [a] family to go, actually persuading parents that it’s the right thing is a really important part of making a child feel comfortable.” Last month, Jane Lunnon, headmistress of Wimbledon High School, argued that by over-protecting children, parents are instilling less confidence in teenagers and limiting their capacity to deal with adulthood.She said: “When I was going to university, [it was] nothing to do with your parents – you’d go to your open days on your own.“Now universities are running sessions for parents. Parents go along to the open day.“This whole point about breaking away and taking control of your own identity and taking those risks, is to some extent compromised by increasing parental need to protect and support.“And I think to some extent the universities are complicit in that.” New research has shown different types of over-protective parents – from the ‘pink helicopters’ to those who invest money helping their daughters find a suitable bachelor. Speaking at Buckingham University’s Festival of Higher Education, Samina Khan, director of admissions at Oxford, said her university has had to devise new ways with dealing with parents attending open days.She said: “Parents are always welcome, but, sometimes, let the child talk.“We’ve developed programmes where we separate them: the parents go off, have a cup of tea, and we take the students elsewhere.“We find that does work, that it helps students speak for themselves, which is what we want.”center_img Jane Lunnon, headteacher of Wimbledon High School Oxford University has introduced separate sessions for parents and children at some open day events to encourage students to speak for themselves.The move follows calls for middle-class parents to “butt out” of open days as they are basing the advice they provide their children on “out-of-date” ideas of university.It came as influential figures have said parents’ attendance at university open days is fuelling the safe spaces culture among the so-called ‘snowflake’ generation.And others have claimed parents are taking over open days by asking all the questions without letting teenagers have their say and explore their options, the Times Higher Education reported.Thousands of teenagers are set to start university soon for the first time after receiving their A-level results earlier in the summer. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Centamin forced to suspend gold production from Sukari mine operations in Egypt

first_imgCentamin has advised that it has received “an illegal retrospective claim from Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) for LE403 million (some $65 million) for diesel fuel supplied from December 2009 until January 2012. Furthermore, EGPC has refused to authorise future supply of diesel to the Sukari gold mine until this amount is paid. The company, with EMRA’s support, has been seeking to have the fuel supplies re-instated. Discussions are on-going but fuel supplies have reached critical levels. In addition, following the Market Update of November  26, Centamin wishes to advise that, having obtained all necessary permissions from the Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority (EMRA) in line with normal procedures, it commenced the process of gold exports. However, during this process an unforeseen and arbitrary request from customs officials for prior approval by the Minister of Finance halted the shipment. This approval has been urgently sought but has not yet been forthcoming. “In light of these developments, it is with regret that, due to a resultant lack of diesel and a short-fall in working capital in Egypt for the local operations the decision has been taken to suspend operations at Sukari and to place the mine on care and maintenance until these issues are satisfactorily resolved.“Centamin will take vigorous action to defend its rights to continue the extraction and export of gold from the Sukari mine, to obtain fuel supplies and to challenge the illegal retrospective claim from EGPC.”last_img read more

Pick a superlative and put my name to it Mossy Quinn thinks

first_imgFAR FROM WALLOWING in a relatively quiet performance by his own high standards following St. Vincent’s AIB All-Ireland SFC club final win on St. Patrick’s Day, Thomás ‘Mossy’ Quinn was quick to heap praise on team-mate Diarmuid Connolly.The Dublin forward was just too much for Castlebar Mitchels to handle and his personal tally of 2-5 proved key in Vincent’s seven-point victory.While the previously free-flowing Quinn only had two points to his name on the day, he’s more than happy with the result and especially pleased it was Connolly who stepped up to the mark for the Dublin champions.“It was tough going out there. Personally, it wasn’t one of my better performances but I couldn’t care less. In the film ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ there’s a great line: “I’d rather look bad and win than look good and lose.”“I have absolutely no problem with that. And if Diarmuid comes out…we all know what he’s capable of.“I don’t know. Pick any superlative you want, you’re the writers. Pick a superlative and put my name to it. He was that good out there.”“He was just….when he’s like that, he’s different class. I don’t know, I don’t think he’s markable when he’s playing that well in Croke Park, particularly in a club game.“Inter-county defenders struggle with him when he’s like that. In club football, he’s just head and shoulders. Thankfully he did it for us today.But it’s not just club football where Quinn thinks Connolly can make hay and the wide expanses of Croke Park, particularly in the latter stages of the Championship, will only see him improve.“Yeah. I’m obviously biased. I see him at close range so much but I’ve said it for years. When he performs, he’s up there with the best in the country. The goal and the challenge for him is to perform week-in, week-out.“He has given us a couple of hints of that with his performances and we were just happy we got him here. Because Croke Park is a different venue. I’ve said it all year, Croke Park suits him down to the ground.” Source: TG4/YouTubeScarier still for those tasked with the challenge of marking Connolly is that Quinn believes he can play anywhere in the front six so if any one defender does get a handle on him, Jim Gavin can easily move him.“He can play inside, he has the talent, he can finish. Outside, he has the athleticism and the football to go with it.“I think you need vision to play at eleven and he obviously has that. It’s a great option for Dublin to have. I’m sure they’ll look at him in different places and do what’s best for the team and he’ll roll with it.“And that’s the brilliance of his character. Other players of his ability might say ‘no, I want to play inside’ or ‘I want to play at eleven.’ But if he’s asked to play at ten or twelve, he’ll play at ten or twelve and I suppose when you’re that good, you can do it.”Additional reporting from Fintan O’Toole.Masterful Diarmuid Connolly the hero as St Vincent’s clinch SFC club titleAs it happened: St Vincent’s v Castlebar Mitchels, AIB All-Ireland SFC club finallast_img read more

Antibomb plans for Pentagon Annex accidentally posted online

first_imgEarlier in the week, it was British defense officials who were red-faced over their own security screw-up that inadvertently leaked classified information to the Internet. Today, it’s US officials’ turn. Documents pertaining to the bomb-resistance and secure construction of the Pentagon Annex facility in Alexandria, Virginia were posted on a public website managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The documents were removed over 24 hours after Reuters notified the Corps and the Pentagon that the files, marked clearly “For Official Use Only,” were publicly accessible.The “For Official Use Only” tag means that while the documents aren’t classified, they should only be circulated through official channels, and that staff are expected to maintain professional confidentiality with regard to them. It also means that the documents aren’t for public consumption.The Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the design and construction of the facility, called the Mark Center, which will be used to consolidate defense personnel currently scattered across the Washington DC metropolitan region. The Corps is taking the breach very seriously, but aside from removing the document from public view (even though a version of the document was available afterward in a Google cache) there isn’t much the Corps can do. Once something goes public on the Internet, it’s there forever.The document was clearly intended to be shared with defense contractors working with the Corps on the design and construction of the facility. The Corps, on the other hand, has remained quiet about who posted the document except to say they’re launching a full investigation to determine whether the error was due to a contractor’s mistake or a government employee.Perhaps the most notable information in the document that caused concern when it was leaked, was the minimal bomb-proofing effort that went into the construction. The facility was designed to withstand vehicle bombs outside the building of up to 220 lbs of TNT, which pales in comparison to the truck bomb that decimated the Federal office building in Oklahoma City. That bomb weighed in at close to 4,000 lbs of TNT.Still, the Oklahoma City building and the Mark Center are very different: one is a brand new office complex that overlooks a major interstate, but has entrances far from major roads. The other was a downtown office building with minimal security. Regardless, any leak of sensitive data, especially with regard to the defense capabilities of a military facility, is serious business. It’s unlikely the Pentagon will let the public know how the matter is resolved, but it’s almost certain that at the very least someone will lose their job over this.Read more at Reuterslast_img read more

Android 40 Google Nexus Prime smartphone expected in October

first_imgIt will take some time for Google to get Motorola Mobility working on future Nexus phone hardware, but thankfully we wont have to wait too long for the next Nexus handset to be launched.It’s being suggested that Google is planning to launch the smartphone successor to the Nexus S, called the Nexus Prime, this October, and it will be the first device to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.As well as keeping Android fans happy with a brand new version of the OS to play with, the hardware on board sounds impressive and ties up with what we’ve heard before. At its heart is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor coupled with a healthy 1GB of RAM.The display is also set to be pleasing for those who like a lot of screen to play with as it’s a Samsung 4.5-inch Super AMOLED HD 720p (1280 x 720) panel. It’s also thought to use Samsung’s PenTile subpixel matrix scheme, although Samsung is expected to be introducing a Super AMOLED HD Plus display soon which doesn’t use PenTile. That’s desirable as it means more subpixels and therefore better sharpness and contrast. Hopefully that’s the display shipping in the Nexus Prime come October.It makes sense for Google to choose an October launch date as if the iPhone 5 rumors turn out to be true, Apple will launch in early September. That gives the world a whole month to get over the excitement of Apple’s device and gear up for Google’s best competitor yet. That time frame also fits in with what we heard earlier this year with Google targeting a Q4 release for Ice Cream Sandwich.Read more at ETNews.com (translated), and BGRlast_img read more

Un enfant succombe à la bactérie Eceh

first_imgUn enfant succombe à la bactérie EcehPour la première fois, la bactérie E. coli entéro hémorragique (Eceh) à l’origine d’une épidémie mortelle, a tué un enfant. Un décès qui porte le bilan à 37 morts en Europe.Le garçonnet contaminé par la bactérie Eceh et qui a perdu la vie la nuit dernière en Allemagne avait deux ans, et était originaire du nord du pays. C’est la première fois que la bactérie, qui provoque des diarrhées hémorragiques, tue un enfant depuis le début de l’épidémie en Europe fin mai. La famille de l’enfant, également contaminée, est elle sur la voie de la guérison, rapporte l’AFP.À lire aussiUne incroyable vidéo montre une bactérie attraper au lasso un morceau d’ADNLe bilan continue donc de s’alourdir ce mardi. Au total, 37 personnes sont mortes de la bactérie Eceh, dont 36 en Allemagne et une en Suède.Samedi, les autorités allemandes ont confirmé que des graines germées, issues d’une ferme d’agriculture biologique du nord de l’Allemagne, Gärtnerhof à Bienenbüttel, étaient à l’origine de la contamination. Aujourd’hui, l’exploitation est fermée.Il est formellement déconseillé de consommer des graines germées outre-Rhin, ont annoncé les autorités allemandes, même si celles-ci ont été cultivées soi-même.Le 14 juin 2011 à 15:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Denmark boss Eriksen may have a chronic stomach injury

first_imgDenmark manager Age Hareide has suggested that Christian Eriksen is suffering from a long-term stomach injuryThe 26-year-old midfielder last featured for Tottenham in their 2-1 away win in the Premier League against Brighton on September 22.Ahead of Denmark’s UEFA Nations League B clash with the Republic of Ireland this Saturday, Eriksen is expected to be absent as Hareide’s side look to build on their winning start in Group 4.“Such an injury can be chronic, and it is true that Tottenham also fears that,” Hareide told Denmark’s Canal 9.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“It is doubtful whether we will lure him to Dublin and make him play. I do not think that Tottenham is particularly interested in that.”Asked how long Eriksen could be out for, Hareide replied: “I do not really know. You should ask our doctor.”Eriksen has contributed towards three goals in seven appearances for Spurs this season and scored both goals in Denmark’s Group 4 opening win over Wales last month.last_img read more

Person killed in hitandrun at Vista intersection

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom VISTA (KUSI) – A man was struck and killed Monday morning in a hit-and- run crash at a Vista intersection, authorities said.The crash was reported shortly before 4:35 a.m. at the intersection of West Vista Way and Melrose Drive, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Perkins said.The circumstances leading up to the crash were under investigation.The man, whose age was not immediately available, was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Perkins said.Deputies were searching for two vehicles in connection with the crash, one described as a silver or light-colored SUV and the other described as a silver sedan, Perkins said. May 13, 2019 Posted: May 13, 2019 Person killed in hit-and-run at Vista intersectionlast_img read more

Delta Corp acquires 25 stake in new Indian casino cruise ship venture

first_imgIndia’s leading casino operator, Delta Corp Ltd, has entered into an agreement with Jalesh Cruises Mauritius Ltd (JCML) that will see it acquire a 25% stake in the company ahead of the planned launch of casino cruise ship services.According to a filing, Delta Corp will subscribe to 10 million equity shares for a total consideration of US$10 million with the company subsequently “expected to hold over a 25% stake in JCML.” The transaction is expected to be complete by 30 June 2019. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm JCML is promoted by Amit Goenka, the son of Indian Upper House MP Subhash Chandra. Chandra, who also backs the Indian Cruise Lines Association, last year called for the government to allow gaming on board cruise ships within Indian waters.According to Delta Corp, JCML is set to acquire cruise ships and operate cruise ship services out of India and the Middle East, with the cruise ships to feature a range of entertainment including casinos and gaming centers.Delta Corp’s investment includes the right to be the preferred partner to “manage and operate the casinos and similar gaming centers on such cruise ships through its group of companies.” RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analystslast_img read more

Michael Jacksons Halloween Special Tune In Oct 27 On CBS

first_img Email Michael Jackson Wins Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male Michael JacksonPhoto: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com Inside Michael Jackson’s 8 GRAMMYs for ‘Thriller’ Ready For Michael Jackson’s Halloween Special? Michael Jackson Wins Best Recording For Children Michael Jackson Wins Album Of The Year Michael Jackson Wins Record Of The Year Michael Jackson Wins Album Of The Year Michael Jackson Wins Album Of The Year Remembering Michael Jackson’s Record-Setting Music Michael Jackson Wins Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male Michael Jackson and Quincy JonesPhoto: Chris Walter/WireImage.com Ready For Michael Jackson’s Halloween Special? michael-jacksons-halloween-special-tune-oct-27-cbs Michael Jackson Wins Best Recording For Children Michael Jackson Wins Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male 10 Reasons Michael Jackson Became The King Of Pop Jackson’s likeness also appears in other forms throughout the special: as the Man in the Moon, a bat, a dancing jack-o’-lantern, and a mad-scientist cat.According to those working on the project, Jackson — whose iconic “Thriller” is a Halloween playlist staple —  seems a natural fit for a Halloween special.”Michael was a big kid who loved Halloween and loved animation, and, of course, his video ‘Thriller’ is the most popular music video of all time,” John Branca, executive producer and co-executor of the Michael Jackson estate, told Detroit News. “We thought: Michael deserves to be part of Halloween.””We wanted to imbue the show with the legacy of Michael and the world he created, and the songs that mean so much to so many people,” said Mark A.Z. Dippe, the show’s director. “We wanted to tell a story that brought all that to life.”10 Reasons Michael Jackson Became The King Of Pop​Read more Prev Next Inside Michael Jackson’s 8 GRAMMYs for ‘Thriller’ Twitter center_img 10 Reasons Michael Jackson Became The King Of Pop Michael Jackson Wins Record Of The Year 10 Reasons Michael Jackson Became The King Of Pop Facebook Remembering Michael Jackson’s Record-Setting Music Michael Jackson and Quincy JonesPhoto: Chris Walter/WireImage.com More Michael Jackson Ready For Michael Jackson’s Halloween Special? Inside Michael Jackson’s 8 GRAMMYs for ‘Thriller’ Michael JacksonPhoto: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com Michael Jackson Wins Record Of The Year Michael Jackson Wins Best Recording For Children News Ready For Michael Jackson’s Halloween Special? The King of Pop’s hits will help bring Halloween to life during one-hour animated TV specialTim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 27, 2017 – 10:44 am With Halloween scheduled on a Tuesday this year, the chance to scare up some fun really begins in earnest this weekend.The animated and all-ages friendly “Michael Jackson’s Halloween” promises to get Halloween weekend off to mysterious start, airing Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. on CBS.The special follows characters Vincent and Victoria, who meet on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at the spooky This Place Hotel, located at 777 Jackson Street. Inside, Vincent and Victoria proceed on a thrilling adventure of personal discovery, culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring the King of Pop. Michael Jackson and Quincy JonesPhoto: Chris Walter/WireImage.com Remembering Michael Jackson’s Record-Setting Music Michael JacksonPhoto: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com “Michael Jackson’s Halloween” Special: Tune In Oct. 27 On CBS last_img read more