BJP brings a rare intensity to Tripura campaign

first_img Steep climbIf the BJP gets to the majority mark of 31, it will be a huge jump from the 1.54% vote share it could manage in 2013.“Eating into our dedicated support base is easier said than done… the feedback from the people is that we will form the government again,” CPI(M) State secretary Bijan Dhar says.Pradyot Kishore Manikya of the erstwhile royal famly and Congress working president, feels the State has space for parties of the non-Left and the centre. Tripura has space for the non-Left and the non-right: Pradyot Kishore Manikya “We have also squeezed some space out of the Left Front. For instance, the sizeable number of government employees and their dependants unhappy with the archaic pay structure are with us. So are the tribal people, who have been a pillar of strength for the Communists until recently,” the BJP’s State unit spokesperson, Mrinal Kanti Deb, says.Twenty of the 60 seats are in areas under a tribal autonomous council, which is a communist bastion.The BJP’s hope of making inroads into them partly rides on an alliance with the Indigenous People’s Front of Twipra (IPFT), which wants a separate tribal State. The BJP, however, stands for “one Tripura”.The BJP — many of its candidates are imports from the Congress — is contesting 50 seats, leaving nine to the IPFT. The election in Charilam was deferred as the CPI(M) candidate died.center_img With the BJP trying hard to come to power in Tripura, campaigning for the February 18 Assembly election in the State has been intense. The last time such intense electioneering took place was in 1988, when the Congress formed a coalition government with the Tripura Upajati Juba Samiti.The Congress got a vote share of 37.33% then, but the Left Front, led by the CPI(M), had 45.82%.In the 2013 election, the Congress garnered a 36.38% share and 10 of the 60 seats. The Left Front won the rest.“We [the BJP] are expanding our base in Tripura every day and every minute, and we have occupied the non-Left space,” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said during a campaign last week.last_img read more

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After Sri Lanka attacks, Goa police review security of churches

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on April 21 asked Goa Director General of Police Pranab Nanda to beef up security around Goa’s churches following the attack on churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The Chief Minister later told presspersons that he would be talking to Archbishop Fr. Filipe Neri Ferrao soon over improving the security arrangements for Goa’s churches, some of which date back to the 17th century. “I have spoken to the DGP about enhancing the security of Goa’s churches. I will be speaking to the Archbishop soon,” Mr. Sawant said while condemning the deadly attacks in which a large number of persons have reportedly died and many more injured. Goa Inspector General of Police Jaspal Singh, when contacted, told The Hindu that when there is any incidents of any terror attack anywhere around the world, there is a review of security in the State at the top level.“We have alerted district Superintendents of Police and the Anti-terrorist squad, to be on alert. As there are no special prayers on Sunday, general security has been alerted in church areas. We have also alerted hoteliers to be more strict and vigilant in regard to the identity verification of their guests while providing accommodation,” said Mr. Singh.last_img read more

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PBA admits referee made wrong call in NorthPort-Phoenix endgame

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war READ: Pido Jarencio blasts officiating in NorthPort loss to Phoenix“Upon review of the February 27, 2019 game between NorthPort Batang Pier and Phoenix Fuel Masters, the PBA Technical Group had come to the conclusion and admits that the offensive foul called by referee Noy Guevarra against NorthPort’s Sean Anthony during the last 47.8 seconds of the fourth quarter of the game was a wrong call,” said the league in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPhoenix big man Justin Chua was credited with taking the charge and the Fuel Masters came away with an 98-96 victory after Jason Perkins’ free throws.Although Anthony kept his composure after the call, NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio fumed. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments READ: PBA: Phoenix leans on defense anew to turn back NorthPort“Referees don’t decide the game, you don’t call an offensive foul like that,” said and angry Jarencio after the match.“It was an unfortunate mistake by the referee in calling the offensive foul and we regret the wrong call made,” said the league. “Accordingly, the erring referee shall be meted the appropriate sanction.”The loss sent the Batang Pier to their third straight loss and a 2-3 record for the eighth seed while the Fuel Masters stayed at the second spot with a 6-1 card.“Rest assured that the PBA Technical Group holds impartiality, transparency, fairness and integrity as prime values in officiating and with only what is best for the league and its fans in mind,” added the league.ADVERTISEMENT Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Chicago Bulls stay hot after tough win over Grizzlies on the road MANILA, Philippines—The PBA Commissioner’s office on Thursday admitted that one of the referees made an incorrect decision in the final minute of the game between NorthPort and Phoenix in the Philippine Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sean Anthony made a three-pointer that could’ve broken the 96-all deadlock with 47.8 seconds left in the game but the field goal was canceled out after referee Noy Guevarra called an offensive foul against NorthPort’s forward, which made a huge impact in the game’s outcome.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Football : James Rodriguez tweets out heartbreaking picture after Colombia’s elimination from the WC.

first_imgAdvertisementColombia’s talismanic forward James Rodriguez wept inconsolably in the dugout as his nation lost to England on penalties yesterday. Just half an hour after celebrating Yerry Mina’s injury time equaliser, James was all teared up as they lost 3-4 on penalties. It was all the more cruel for the bayern midfielder as his injury sidelined him in what was his country’s biggest match of the tournament yet.As much as he cheered for his beloved Colombia from the bench, he couldn’t help but see them lose to the Three lions. A devastated James tweeted a heartbreaking picture to convey his emotional status. A tweet with no words, yet so powerful that everyone could feel what he was going through.💔 pic.twitter.com/vnL2yl54ha— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) July 3, 2018While England were busy celebrating their win, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson showed a bit of class and sportsmanship. While his game on-field wasn’t his greatest, the act of sportsmanship made him win hearts off the field. Colombia’s 26 year old Bayern player sat on the his country’s bench on the verge of pouring out his emotions. A certain Jordan Henderson went upto to him to embrace him as looked devastated after his country’s loss. An extremely classy gesture from the English midfielder.A true act of sportsmanship displayed on a night where he had all the rights to celebrate as he missed his spot-kick giving Colombia an upper hand in the penalty shootout.Read also :FIFA World Cup 2018: England shakes off penalty curse and beats Los Cafeteros for a place in the QuartersFIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 20 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Harley-Davidson Roadster is coming to India; launch in November

first_imgWe had earlier reported that the American Motorcycle makers, Harley-Davidson had unveiled the Roadster for the US market in April. Now, reports suggest that the new Roadster will finally come to the Indian shores in November this year. With the launch of the Roadster, Harley-Davidson will look to expand their Sportser portfolio in the Indian market (they already have the Iron 883, and Forty-Eight in India). Harley-Davidson launched the Sportster 1200 Custom earlier this year for Rs 8.9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Engine:ALSO READ: Harley-Davidson Roadster unveiled; priced at Rs 7.37 lakhShowcased at the Auto Expo 2016, the India-bound Harley-Davidson Roadster will come with a 1200cc, air-cooled evolution, V-Twin power engine churning peak torque of 103Nm @3,750rpm.2016 Harley-Davidson RoadsterDimensions:The Roadster has a wheelbase of 1506mm with a length of 2184mm and a ground clearance of 152mm.Suspension:The new Roadster puts a powerful new level of sport into the Sportster line-up. Its refined performance package includes 43mm inverted front forks with massive triple clamps, powerful dual-disc front brakes, premium rear suspension and new dual gauge instrumentation to complement the iconic fuel tank and chopped rear fender.ALSO READ:Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle to debut in five yearsMoreover, the riding position is aggressive, but comfortable for long rides thanks to the 19″ front and 18″ rear offset-split 5-spoke cast aluminum wheels, lowered bars, mid-mount controls and a new two-up seat.2016 Harley-Davidson RoadsterFeatures:You get blacked-out styling details, slammed bars, chopped rear fender, race-inspired graphics, a finned timer cover and slotted black exhaust shields among others.advertisementMoreover, the Harley-Davidson Roadster also gets modern features like a hands-free, factory installed H-D Smart Security System, dual disc front brakes with floating rotors and an optional anti-lock brakes front and rear.ALSO READ:Harley-Davidson XG750R Flat Tracker breaks cover at AMA Pro Springfield MileColors:The Harley-Davidson Roadster will come in four color options- Velocity Red Sunglo, Billet Silver/Vivid Black, Black Denim and Vivid Black.2016 Harley-Davidson RoadsterPrice:We expect the upcoming Harley-Davidson Roadster to come for a base price of Rs 9.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) and will most likely come with the CBU kit.ALSO READ: Harley-Davidson’s bike rally in Goa on February 18last_img read more

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Virender Sehwag’s ‘natural crown’ at Yuvraj Singh’s wedding reception

first_imgStar cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s wedding has been the cynosure of all eyes for quite some time now. Yuvraj, who tied the knot with Bollywood actress Hazel Keech on November 30 in Chandigarh, headed to Goa for the second round of celebrations.While the Chandigarh wedding was an intimate affair according to Sikh traditions and was attended by close family and friends, the Goa wedding was held according to Hindu rituals and was graced by prominent personalities, including India Test captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma.   What followed was a lavish reception party held in Delhi Wednesday evening. And like the other parties, this too was attended by a host of celebrities from cricket and politics.From Mahendra Singh Dhoni to Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh, the reception had an impressive guest list.While all eyes were on the newly-wed couple, there was, however, one man who managed to grab the limelight with his ever-so-unique ways.Yes, you read that right! It was Virender Sehwag who wore the ‘crown’ on Yuvraj’s big day.The former India opener uploaded a picture of himself on social media wearing a ‘natural crown’, adding to his rich haul of antics. Sehwag, who retired from all forms of cricket in 2015, has turned into a Twitter celebrity and leaves his nearly 8 million followers in splits with his funny birthday wishes and comments.(Picture credit: Viral Bhayani)Click here to Enlarge advertisement(Picture credit: Viral Bhayani)Click here to Enlarge(Picture credit: Viral Bhayani)Click here to Enlarge(Picture credit: Viral Bhayani)Click here to Enlargelast_img read more

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MOVIE LINEUP SET FOR SIOUX CITY FILM FESTIVAL

first_imgThe films have been selected for the 2019 Sioux City International Film Festival.Spokesman Rick Mullin says the films are from all over the world and are selected by local festival organizers and judges.He says deciding this year’s entrants was a challenge:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/FILM1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….three days. ;24It’s the 15th year for the festival.Board member Leslie Werden says the theme of this year’s festival is “Women in Film” and there are numerous featured guests:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/FILM3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………festival events. :08This year’s films will be screened two different times each on the big screen from October 3rd through the 5th:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/FILM2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………film viewing experience.:08Tickets for the event can be purchased online at siouxcityfilmfest.org or at the door.last_img read more

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Notebook: Oklahoma State-Kansas State

first_img• As bad as the third quarter was, Oklahoma State was still within two entering the fourth quarter. That is sort of remarkable in retrospect considering the penalties, turnovers and special teams play in that 15-minute span.• Related: That end-of the-third-quarter drive and TD from Rudolph to Hays was big boy, Big 12 title-saving stuff.• This is weird.Yards per rush by #okstate this year:@ Kansas State — 6.9@ Kansas — 5.0Nothing else over 4— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 6, 2016• At one point I wrote, “You gotta have a turnover on defense to win.” Little did I know it would come with 0:00 on the clock.• There was a lot of talk about whether Carson should have taken a knee at the one-yard-line with 1:45 left. I think my general rule there is to not get too cute although I understand where people are coming from. Kansas State had two timeouts at the time so you could have presumable run 1:15 off the clock and left them with 30 seconds to drive most of the field to kick a FG for the win. With the way they were performing in the kick return game, probably not something you want to mess with.• This dude!I think Rob Glass has been working with this referee. pic.twitter.com/TZdQYbnZTc— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 5, 2016• Speaking of — Kansas State averaged 28.4 return yards on kickoffs. OSU is allowing 17.11 on average.• Blake Jarwin’s previous career high in yards was 50. He had 96 on Saturday.• Ugh. #okstate Mike Gundy said Vili Leveni is out for the year. Crushing for a promising player who missed last season.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) November 5, 2016• We got Brad Underwood, too, Kansas State!• One of the biggest plays of the game for me was a third and three KSU had at its own 35 with six minutes left. They were still up two at the time, and Oklahoma State somehow stopped them, got it back and promptly went 80 yards for the win.• Jesse Ertz ran it 30 times! Their QB!• This was terrific.This is amazing. It says “Not much has changed.” pic.twitter.com/4r3jDZy3az— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 5, 2016 Kansas State is sporting digital camo helmets for Ft. Riley Day at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. #EMAW #OKState pic.twitter.com/6K7vgZmyxe— Dylan Buckingham (@DylanBuckingham) November 5, 2016• Remember that fake FG Snyder ran in the third quarter? That told me he didn’t think KSU could stop Oklahoma State’s offense (and it couldn’t).• Related: Oklahoma State racked up 637 yards which is the most against KSU since it gave up 658 to Texas Tech last November.• On a scale of Adarius Bowman playing basketball to 10, how bad was the Rudolph pick-six?Not great. https://t.co/8VssxrHONI— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 5, 2016• Justice Hill is really patient. He has a lot of great qualities. I think that might be one of the more underrated ones. Watch him here. He only gains three yards, but he looks like a veteran with his patience and cutting.• Oklahoma State didn’t punt in the first half. Not really helping Zach Sinor’s Heisman campaign, are we? You know, Jim Harbaugh is out here letting his dudes play 24 positions and we can’t even let Sinor have an 85-yard field to blast one. Sad!• I’m not sure I knew you could advance a blocked punt. Kinda embarrassing that I run a college football blog.• They recovered!When you see Baylor is getting housed and know you control your own B12 destiny if you win, but you can’t beat a team that doesn’t pass. pic.twitter.com/VOaboaX9Qf— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 5, 2016 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! We did a postgame show. We did the 10 Thoughts. We did a recap. We looked at why Ramon Richards was on top of the lockers in underneath Kansas State’s stadium. As a final Saturday wrap, let’s go go the notebook.• Why was Ben Grogan kicking off to start the game? Did Philly pull a hair follicle and have to sit the first quarter?• Kansas State’s first two drives were the most Kansas State drives of all time. There were 17 plays, four passes, 13 points scored and an extra point doinked off the upright. If you Googled “kansas state football” that’s a great summation of what would pop up.• Chris Carson really doesn’t get enough credit for his receiving skills. He’s become a terrific option out of the backfield.• Sugar Loaf Daniels can motor! Holy balls!Watch the big fella give it his all!! #checkenginelight https://t.co/4zpdGRoI5D— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 5, 2016• The announcer (color man) Mike Bellotti seems fun at parties.• Does it ever feel like KSU games have the weirdest scores ever? I feel like they always score or have scored upon them numbers like 26, 43, 19, 32 and 39. This game was no different.• I think I’m going to write a column about this, but Gundy’s decision at the end of the first half was mildly perplexing although the 15-yard penalty on Zach Crabtree didn’t help. After the half, ABC reported that Gundy said he didn’t go for it at end of half because more bad could happen than good. Here’s my column crux: I think Gundy sort of fancies himself as Kansas State.• This poor man.All of us right now. pic.twitter.com/leFdk4FwSK— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 5, 2016Don’t turn it over, be sound in special teams and rely on the run if you can. An “eff you” coordinator has turned into a legitimately conservative, wise head coach. This is a good thing most of the time although once a year around Thanksgiving or the week after against that other team in the state of Oklahoma it starts to drive me nutty.• Kansas State was 5/13 on third downs. I guarantee you Glenn Spencer’s group won’t get enough credit for that.• What do you think the longest fourth down Bill Snyder has ever attempted was in a non-end-of-game situation? A yard? Five feet?• At least Kansas State’s QB didn’t get hurt and Snyder work some of his Harry Potter voodoo with a 29th string walk-on WR who is only on the team to raise its APR?• I was a big fan of Kansas State’s helmets.last_img read more

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Pogba stresses belief in Man Utd title hopes

first_imgManchester United Pogba: If I thought Man Utd couldn’t win the league, I better stop playing Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 23:53 11/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Paul Pogba Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Manchester United Paul Pogba Romelu Lukaku Premier League The midfielder returned to a Red Devils side that trails their local rivals by eight points but does not believe the title chase is over Paul Pogba says if he thought Manchester United’s title chances for the 2017-18 season were already gone, he better stop playing.The French midfielder returned to the Red Devils after a two-month injury lay-off, having not seen action since leaving a Champions League match against Basel with a hamstring problem in September.Pogba 5/2 to score v Basel 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 United have not been at their best in Pogba’s absence, but his return helped spark a 4-1 rout over Newcastle on Saturday, as he scored a goal and added an assist.The win helped United keep pace with league leaders Manchester City, who hold an eight-point advantage over their rivals.Despite the City looking unstoppable at times, Pogba has refused to write off his club’s chances, saying he would quit if he thought the title was already decided.“The season is very long, of course,” Pogba told BBC Sport when asked if Man United still had a chance to win the league this year. “If I don’t believe that, I’d stop playing.“If I don’t believe we can still win the league, I better stop. I’ll leave my boots and stop playing football. I’m a believer, we keep fighting.”Pogba’s successful return wasn’t the only good news for the Red Devils in the victory as Romelu Lukaku found the back of the net for the first time in the Premier League since a win over Crystal Palace on September 30.And while Pogba was pleased to see his team-mate find his scoring boots once again, he said the ability of the league’s “best striker” had never been in doubt.“I come back and Romelu scores again? I like that,” Pogba added.“We’ve got a lot of good players, a lot of talented players. We have to trust each other.“Romelu is the best striker in the Premier League. We know his quality. We know everything. We don’t worry about him.“And at the end, we see the result.”last_img read more

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Sherbrooke Show and Shine Attracts California Cars

first_imgVisitors to the Sherbrooke Village Museum can look forward to seeing 15 Model “T” cars from California at the 2006 edition of the annual Sherbrooke Show and Shine. Organizers expect about 250 classic and antique cars at this year’s event, to be held from Friday, Sept. 8, to Sunday, Sept. 10. The annual car show has earned a reputation as one of the best mid-sized shows in Atlantic Canada. It has won two Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia awards and gained a loyal following among exhibitors from across the region, and beyond. “This is not the first time we have attracted interest from far away,” said George Brothers, manager of program development at Sherbrooke Village. “Back in 2000 we had an exhibitor from Seattle, Wash., in a 1938 Ford hot rod, who included the Show and Shine in his cross-continent tour. “One of these California cars will definitely be a shoo-in for the longest distance travelled award.” The antique California vehicles will be touring Nova Scotia in late August and early September and will be on display at the Show and Shine on Sunday. The event is produced by Historic Sherbrooke Village in partnership with the Sherbrooke Show and Shine Committee, a sub-committee of the St. Mary’s Tourism Association. All profits support minor hockey in the District of St. Mary’s. New at this year’s event is an early bird registration and a courthouse concert with Big Blue Eastern Swing band, both taking place on Friday, Sept. 8. An early bird grand prize will also be awarded to an exhibitor on Saturday. The event will continue to feature grand prizes, prizes in 16 automotive categories, and numerous door prizes for participants. Other favourites include a classic rock and roll dance with a live band, a silent auction, and a Saturday night cruise and poker rally to nearby Port Bickerton.last_img read more

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General Assembly President holds talks with Korean officials in Seoul

Ali Treki and Lee Myung-bak talked about the high-level summit that will be convened at UN Headquarters in September aimed at boosting efforts to achieve the anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, known as the Millennium Developments Goals (MDGs).In addition, they discussed the country’s chairmanship of the G20 group of developed and developing countries, whose summit will be held in Seoul later this year.“President Lee assured Dr. Treki that his country will ensure that the November 2010 Summit of the Group addresses the concerns of the developing world, in particular the impact of the global financial and economic crisis on their economies,” according to a statement issued by the spokesperson for the Assembly President. “Dr. Treki underlined the need to involve the entire membership of the General Assembly in this regard, highlighting the concerns of developing countries regarding the global economic and financial situation,” the statement added.During the meeting, the two men also underscored the need to strengthen multilateralism in particular in ensuring the success of the upcoming meeting in Mexico on climate change, as well as in reforming the UN to fortify the Organization in all areas.While in Seoul, Dr. Treki met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Yu Myung-hwan, to consult on a wide range of topics, including Security Council reform, the MDG Summit, disarmament and non-proliferation, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East. He also held talks with Speaker of the National Assembly Kim Hyung-oh. 12 March 2010The President of the General Assembly today met with the President of the Republic of Korea and other senior officials in Seoul to discuss pressing issues at the top of the United Nations agenda, including poverty, relief efforts in earthquake-stricken Haiti and Chile and climate change. read more

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Firefighter reflects on fourdecade career

A longtime firefighter in Norfolk County is hanging up his hat on April 24.John Verboom, the community safety officer, has been a firefighter for 44 years.Verboom started as a volunteer firefighter at Station 6 in Courtland, where he stayed for 36 years. He transferred to the station in Simcoe full-time on a contract in 2008. When that contract came to an end, he worked part-time for several months and, in December 2009, came back on as a full-time staff member.“I applied the day I turned 18 years old. I was on within three weeks,” Verboom said about the start of his career.By 1980, he was the instructor at Station 6.“As my time in fire went on, to me it was very obvious that I really had a desire to do fire prevention,” said Verboom.Verboom attended the Ontario Fire College to get his certificate in fire prevention, at which time the community safety officer position in Simcoe came open.He said the part of his job he will most miss is emergency management for Norfolk County. He said he enjoyed helping to prepare for special events, such as 2013’s Gentlemen of the Road concert featuring Mumford and Sons in Simcoe and Friday the 13th motorcycle rallies in Port Dover.He also remembers fighting a few large fires, including one in downtown Tillsonburg.“We managed to stop it about halfway down the block. That was a big night.”Verboom offers some advice for anyone considering firefighting as a career.“I think you have to be diligent,” he said.“Don’t be afraid to go get your college degree in fire prevention or fire suppression. It would really enhance your opportunities to get on full time somewhere,” he said.“Don’t expect to walk in off the street. You need to be thinking about it way ahead of time.”In his retirement, Verboom plans to continue with a home business.“I’m a carpenter and woodworker by trade. I’m going home to play with the wood.”astaylor@postmedia.com read more

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Annan Brahimi meet with US officials to consult on Afghanistan

Mr. Annan and Special Representative Brahimi held discussions at UN Headquarters with the US Ambassador to the UN, John D. Negroponte, and Richard Haass, the US Secretary of State’s Personal Representative for Afghanistan.Speaking to reporters following the meetings, Mr. Haass said discussions had covered a full range of issues involving Afghanistan, including what could be done to ease the humanitarian situation there. “Tomorrow, Ambassador Brahimi will be coming to Washington, D.C. for a full set of meetings, and we look forward to continuing the dialogue then, and more generally to continuing our conversation with the United Nations on this issue,” he said.Asked about potentially conflicting positions between the UN and the US, Mr. Haass said that while it was too early to present plans, “we did discuss various aspects of the evolving situation that would have to be addressed.””I don’t see differences between the United States and the United Nations,” he added. “This was and is a consultation in every sense of the word, where both sides are essentially sharing thoughts about a rapidly evolving situation, and what the two can do to usefully make the situation there better both now and down the road.” read more

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At UN debate African leaders say global sustainability agenda must reflect local

Manuel Domingos Vicente, Vice President of the Republic of Angola, addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia PakHe noted that the average growth on the continent is five per cent per year and that several countries have improved their human development indicators. The Vice-President urged the international community to also consider the negative impact of regional insecurity on development and people’s wellbeing in parts of the continent. Angola, which holds the rotating presidency of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, aims to attain “stability, political and institutional development, internal and border security, as well as good governance and human rights.” Among other issues, Mr. Vicente highlighted the need to reform the Security Council to make it more in line with the current international context and reflect “an equitable geographical representation.” In the Kingdom of Swaziland, food security remains a critical challenge. Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, in his address to the UN body, reiterated a call for the provision of adequate financial resources, transfer of environmentally-sound technologies and technical assistance to development countries. Foreign Minister Phandu Skelemani of Botswana addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Amanda VoisardIndeed, he continued, this has resulted in many developing countries failing to deliver tangible development to their citizens as cogently set out in the MDGs, despite their best efforts and intentions. “Whilst Botswana has made impressive gains in the implementation of the MDGs, it was not without enormous challenges, Chief amongst which were resource and capacity constraints,” he said.And while Botswana would continue to press ahead with efforts towards achievement of the MDGs by 2015, as the international community began to consider a successor sustainability agenda, his country would note the issues of “major strategic importance”, including, among others, climate change, the concerns of landlocked developing countries, as well as issues of peace and security and the advancement of human rights.Specifically on climate change, Mr. Slelemani said Botswana knows only too well the devastating effects of the phenomenon, which continue to cause extreme temperatures, changes to patterns of rainfall, land degradation, desertification and persistent droughts. In this regard, we believe addressing them should be a primary consideration in the current deliberations on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.”As a middle income, landlocked developing country with peculiar vulnerabilities, Botswana also strongly hopes for a comprehensive account of these issues in the post-2015 development agenda. Welcoming the 10 year review of the Almaty Programme of Action to be held in November in Vienna, Austria, he said he hopes that during that meeting, special attention will be given to countries with ever increasing elephant populations whose numbers do not only pose a serious animal-human conflict but also devastates the very environment the elephants depend on for survival. Botswana has the largest elephant population in Africa.Also taking the podium in the General Assembly, Domingos Simões Pereira, Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau, appealed to the international community for support to his country – which earlier this year held its first national elections since a military coup in 2012 – as it worked to strengthen its institutions, re-launch its economy, combat poverty and lay the foundations to “change course and become viable.” He called for “a robust and impactful intervention from our development partners” to “consolidate the success of our political transition” and to “lay the foundations for a transition toward development.” The Prime Minister of Sao Tome and Principe, Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira da Costa, as the first speakers of the high-level debate’s second week, outlined six pillars on which African has anchored its sustainable development. These pillars “emanate from the aspirations of our African nations, and all partners of the African continent must take them into account… in their affirmation of the dignity of our people,” he said. The pillars include structural economic transformation and inclusive growth; science, technology, and innovation; people-centred development; environmental sustainability, natural resource management and disaster management; peace and security; and finance and partnerships. In his address, Mr. Costa also highlighted Sao Tome and Principe’s location in the Gulf of Guinea, a region that is “strongly affected by piracy, terrorism, drug trafficking, and other illicit acts committed at sea.”As part of efforts to counter these phenomena, the Prime Minister welcomed the establishment of the Inter-regional Coordination Center (CIC) which will soon be operational.He urged the international community to “continue with us on this arduous path toward ensuring our collective security.”The Prime Minister is one of an expected 196 speakers to take the floor since last Wednesday to address the UN body on the theme of the debate, “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda” as well as urgent crises ranging from the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and South Sudan.Also today, the Vice-President of Angola, Manuel Vicente, told the General Assembly that “Africa has ceased to represent that image of desolation that it did in the beginning of the millennium.” Foreign Minister of the Seychelles Jean-Paul Adam addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Loey Felipe “The development challenges of SIDS (small island developing States) highlight the deficiencies of the development framework for all developing nations,” Mr. Adam said using the acronym for Small Island Developing States. Among his priorities, the Foreign Minister stressed the need to support a ‘blue economy’ approach to more efficiently realize the potential of the oceans.“We cannot apply the principles of a green economy – of sustainable development – without recognizing that we are applying them in a blue world,” he said, referring to the fact that over 70 per cent of the world is covered by water.Mr. Adam also called on Member States to fulfill their commitments and mobilize by 2020 the $100 billion for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). He also called for SIDS to have a permanent seat on the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for loss and damage associated with climate impacts in developing countries. Robert Dussey, Minister of State and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Togo, said the Millennium Development Goals are helpful for humankind, even if all targets would not be achieved. His Government is determined to continue and scale up the efforts within the framework of the post-2015 agenda, with a commitment to reducing poverty. “There is now a positive outlook for increased success of job-promotion programmes, mainly benefiting youths,” he said, adding that financial institutions are assisting members of society usually excluded from their benefits, particularly women. Foreign Minister Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa of Lesotho addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Loey Felipe Remarking on the theme for the General Debate, he noted that the road towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) had been “rough.” Although he admitted that some countries had had, in fact, success in achieving their stated goals, the challenges continued to remain “most daunting” in the least developed countries, land-locked developing countries, some small island developing states and countries in or emerging from conflict. Lesotho, had, for its part, made “some progress” in achieving at least two of the eight goals – universal primary education and promoting gender equality and empowering women. But, he confessed, his country still faced “a long and uphill journey to reach a life of dignity for all” and he acknowledged the lingering threat HIV/AIDS still posed to his compatriots. As he underlined the challenges facing developing countries amid the menace of climate change, the Minister of Foreign Affairs also urged the international community to render financing more accessible so that the developing world might make “impact on the ground.” Also addressing the Assembly, the Foreign Minister of the Seychelles, Jean-Paul Adam, called attention to his country’s vulnerability as a small island developing nation, and the risks posed by climate change. Foreign Minister Djibrill Ypènè Bassolé of Burkina Faso addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Kim Haughton He said that in the Sahel region, armed conflicts become more complex and are radicalized because of the emergence of violent extremism and terrorism, which are closely associated with organized crime, particularly in the areas drug trafficking, arms trafficking and human trafficking.”These plagues challenge us on our shared responsibility in the fight to eradicate them,” said Mr. Bassolé explaining the need to address the root causes of the emergence of criminal groups, citing poverty, youth unemployment and the denial of rights and justice.”With regard to the Central African Republic, he welcomed the Brazzaville Forum which concluded with an agreement on cessation of hostilities. My country supports the transitional government welcomed the effective implementation of the MINUSCA and reiterates its readiness to contribute to efforts to restore and maintain peace, “said Mr. Bassolé.Speaking to the gathered delegates, Lesotho’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa, similarly addressed the peace and security challenges facing today’s world and celebrated the UN Charter for doing “its part to prevent a third world war.” Nevertheless, he pointed to the scourge of terrorism smouldering across Africa – from the Sahel Region and Nigeria to the Republic of Kenya and Somalia – and reminded the Assembly that the use of military alone as a strategy to counter terrorism was “no longer a panacea for this menace” but instead required “a holistic approach that addresses the root causes of the scourge.” Robert Dussey, Minister of State and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Togo, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Loey FelipeTogo was all the more certain that the agenda for peace and new architecture for international security must take into account the trend of the regionalization of conflicts. Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab frequently carried out attacks that destabilized brother countries. “Togo knows too well the value of the efforts made by France to fight alongside African countries,” he said, adding that such efforts must continue and be strengthened, and the entire international community must spare no effort in their support.Continuing, Mr. Dussey said it is essential that countries further secure their maritime borders, as well as eradicate piracy. African coasts should be a space for international trade, free from organized predators. Further, the worsening of the situations in various conflict areas throughout the world — in Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Palestine and others — threaten to wipe out whatever development had been achieved. He reminded the Assembly of the great threat to the international community, especially in West Africa, posed by the Ebola virus. That was an international threat to peace and security, and greater attention should be paid to the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to prevent the spread of the disease. Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini of the Kingdom of Swaziland addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia PakHe said Africa had abundant resources, but needs to add value to products to maximize food production initiatives.Also addressing the Assembly, Phandu T. C. Skelemani, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Botswana, said that as the curtain was being drawn on the MDG era, it is important reflect on and draw lessons from the successes and failures in their implementation. “The global community, most notably in the developing world, has faced significant challenges in fully realising the MDGs.” Domingos Simões Pereira, Prime Minister of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak Citing climate change as a threat to his country’s development efforts, and to its very survival, the Prime Minister said Guinea-Bissau’s coastlines and archipelagos are already feeling the effects of rising sea levels which could compromise its efforts to fight poverty and achieve international development goals. Praising UN efforts for climate action, he said there seemed to have been sufficient consensus emerging from last week’s Climate Change Summit for establishing a global post-Kyoto climate regime “for the welfare of all.”Turning to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which the Security Council had recently declared a threat to peace and security, the Prime Minister appealed for the establishment of an international coalition to confront that threat. He also reaffirmed his country’s position, in line with that of the African Union, that the Security Council’s membership should be expanded “in order to enhance the legitimacy of its representation,” and called for the designation of two permanent seats, with the right to veto, in addition to permanent seats for Brazil, Japan, Germany and India, and for five non-permanent seats for the African continent, which currently shares five of the Council’s ten non-permanent seats with Asia.In his remarks, Djibril Bassolé Yipènè, Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso, welcomed progress made to restore peace and stability in Mali. “The ECOWAS mediation permits the restoration of constitutional order and the holding of free and fair elections throughout the national territory,” said Mr. Bassolé, stressing that his country supports the efforts Algeria for peace in Mali, according to preliminary Ouagadougou Agreement of 18 June 2013 to restore cohesion between Malian communities. read more

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High stakes for womens volleyball at DC Koehl Classic in Columbus

OSU then-junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 16 at St. John Area.. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team has a lot on the table at this weekend’s tournament – redemption against Wyoming, a shot at taking down a top-10 opponent and playing in the same venue where the NCAA Final Four will be held in December.Wyoming gave OSU its first loss in a 3-1 match to open the Buckeyes’ season in 2015. The Cowgirls have started off this fall 1-3, compared to OSU’s 3-0.OSU will face Wyoming in their second match of the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic in Columbus, following a bout with LIU Brooklyn (0-3).The Buckeye “tribe” is choosing not to worry too much about the past though and will be focusing on perfecting themselves in order to play its best game.“We’re a new team, they’re a new team. I think focusing on the Buckeyes and our side of the net, the things we can control … that’ll help us ease into this weekend,” said senior middle blocker, Taylor Sandbothe.Sandbothe already has a lot to show for this season – Big 10 Player of the Week and all-tournament team at the North Texas Challenge and a career-high 32 points last weekend against a No. 16 Texas A&M squad – but she attributes all of her success to her fellow Buckeyes.“Without the girls standing behind me, without our coaching staff, there is no Taylor Sandbothe,” she said. “I’m so blessed to be a part of that kind of stuff, but it just speaks volumes of what our team is and what our coaching staff instills in us.”No. 11 OSU will also take on No. 10 Brigham Young University in the final match of the tournament on Saturday, marking the second time already this season that OSU will face a top-25 opponent. BYU dominates the history between the two schools at 7-0.Despite the record books, the Buckeyes feel they are capable of taking on the tough competition. They look forward to using non-conference games to prepare for later in the season.“I think because these teams are a lot different than the Big 10 teams, it’s kind of like us building our resume, our tool box,” said junior outside hitter, Luisa Schirmer. “That will help us later down the road when we’re struggling against a Big 10 team.”Schirmer is hitting .259 on the season and accounts for 28 OSU kills. She was also named to the D.C. Koehl Classic all-tournament team during her freshman year.Schirmer’s face lit up when she was asked about the opportunity to play at Nationwide Arena. If the team were to make the Final Four, the team will be playing at the same location in December.“I’ve been in there for a Blue Jackets game, but the fact that we get to be down on that court is going to be crazy,” she said. “I really hope there will be a lot of people there to cheer us on.”OSU head coach Geoff Carlston echoed Schirmer, acknowledging the gravity the weekend holds for his team.“I think it’ll make it real that the Final Four is here as soon as we walk in and go to practice at Nationwide,” he said. “That vision of being there in the Final Four will become more crystallized.”Carlston added he hopes the tournament will draw fans from the first Buckeye football game, also on Saturday in Columbus.This weekend’s tournament carries with it a long-lasting legacy. The Sports ImportsClassic’s name was changed to the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic in 2012 to honor D.C. Koehl, a figurehead in the OSU athletic department for almost 40 years.Koehl had a deep passion for volleyball, serving as the sport’s communication director for three decades. He passed away in 2012, but his namesake and fervor will live on through the tournament – the first home match for his much-loved Buckeyes.OSU is set to play at noon on Friday against LIU Brooklyn at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus. read more

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Ohio State offense progressing behind young talent

OSU redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) runs the ball toward the end zone during a game against Kent State on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 66-0. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen the Ohio State football team took the field over the weekend, just three of the offensive starters were regulars in the lineup last season.But despite playing with little experience under their belts, OSU’s offense still managed to put 66 points on the board. While that can partially be attributed to the team’s game plan and what coach Urban Meyer called an advantage in the column against Kent State, the impact of some young players with natural ability is undeniable three weeks into a new season.In the shutout win against the Golden Flashes, 23 different freshmen and redshirt-freshmen took the field, with six of those players contributing either yards or points on offense.Meyer said the plan going into the game was to get the ball in the hands of some of the young skill position players on offense to give fans a taste of what they might see going forward.“I’m really excited about our young skill, and I was hoping to try to get Buckeye Nation and the stadium to see some of those guys out in open space,” Meyer said.He went on to single out freshman running back Curtis Samuel, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson and redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall as young players he’s “excited to get out in open space.”While Wilson played as a freshman in 2013 and scored three total touchdowns, Samuel and Marshall each found their way into the end zone for the first time in their collegiate careers against Kent State. Samuel led the team with 100 yards on the ground and pair of scores while Marshall caught a three-yard touchdown pass to go along with a 51-yard punt return.Marshall said despite some injury setbacks in his young career — which contributed to the decision to redshirt last season — the journey to being a contributor on the OSU offense was worth it.“This is a great university and crowd to play for,” Marshall said after the game. “I feel great being able to get in the end zone and help my team every week.”Samuel said the impact he and the freshman class have made so far this season doesn’t come as a surprise.“We’ve brought up a lot of good guys on the team, at practice everybody is competing,” Samuel said. “Young guys, we each try to go out there and just make plays wherever we can, and we’re doing it.”To get the ball in the hands of Samuel, Marshall, Wilson and others, the OSU offense has relied on the distribution skills of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett.Barrett, who was the third-string quarterback heading into the fall, has already showcased his talent three weeks into the season on his way to picking up three Big Ten weekly awards. He took over the starting job after senior Braxton Miller went down with an injury just days after Barrett had moved past redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones on the depth chart.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after OSU’s Aug. 30 win against Navy. He picked up that same award and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor after the win against Kent State.“I feel like I’m progressing each week,” Barrett said after leading OSU against the Golden Flashes. “I’m just trying to get better each week. I definitely feel more comfortable every week as I get more reps. Things are starting to slow down for me in the game.”Things slowed down just enough against Kent State for Barrett to leave his mark on the school’s record book. He tied former OSU quarterback Kenny Guiton for the school record with six touchdowns passes and threw for 312 yards in the win. The performance made him the first Buckeye signal caller to throw for 300 yards in a game since Troy Smith did so in 2006 — the same season he won the Heisman Trophy.Outside of Barrett, Samuel and Marshall, a trio of other freshman contributed to the offensive success OSU had against Kent State.Freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon made his debut for the Scarlet and Gray and carried the ball four times for 20 yards. Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh hauled in the first pass of his career in the second quarter, which went for a two-yard touchdown. Along with Baugh, Samuel, Barrett and Marshall, freshman kicker Sean Nuernberger put points on the board with a 41-yard field goal to start the second quarter.OSU is scheduled to have a bye week before taking on Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. read more

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Puruni miner found dead with wounds to his head back and

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Relatives shocked at death of Puruni minerOctober 2, 2018In “Crime”Miner stabbed to death during scuffle at Puruni LandingJuly 9, 2019In “Crime”Kitty man found dead in abandoned mining pitJuly 29, 2015In “Crime” The police are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Puruni Landing, Cuyuni/Mazaruni miner whose body was discovered with wounds.Dead is 52-year-old Kelvin Royo called Bayley of Ann’s Grove Village, East Coast Demerara (ECD).INews understands that the man was killed sometime between September 30 and October 1.Details at this time remains sketchy however, the man’s body bore wounds to his head, back and throat.An investigation is currently in progress. read more

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SEHA derby time National wins for RK Vardar RK Celje PL and

8.Metalurg100124 : 250 7.Gorenje Velenje100126 : 270 ← Previous Story El Jaish and Swedish Lund to play for the trophy in Doha Next Story → Berlin VS PSG – Reigning champions in position of outsiders? seha gazprom league Four matches in SEHA GAZPROM League middle-week round ended with win of favorites. Three national derby matches have been played in last two days, and the most interesting has been seen in Skopje, were RK Vardar beat RK Metalurg 26:25. The tight match has been seen also in Velenje, where Slovenian “older brother”, reigning champions, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko won points – 27:26 (16:13) with Blaz Janc in the main role with six goals, one less than Alem Toskic, who scored seven for domestic RK Gorenje.PPD Zagreb beat the biggest rival on the national level, RK Gorenje 28:22 (12:9). Horvat and Vori scored five goals each for the winners, while veteran Zrnic had the some score for defeated team.The easiest job had Meshkov Brest against Bosnian champions RK Izvidjac 40:29.STANDINGS: 5.Celje Piv. Laško210156 : 603 10.Izviđač CO100129 : 400 2.Vardar211059 : 584 1.Meshkov Brest211074 : 634 9.Nexe100122 : 280 3.PPD Zagreb110028 : 223 6.Tatran Prešov00000 : 00 4.Veszprem110034 : 293 read more

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