A 14-year-old class nine student was found murdered in a private school in Vadodara on Friday, in a brutal reminder of the killing of a seven-year-old boy in a private school in Haryana’s Gurugram last year.The Vadodara student was found stabbed in the bathroom. A knife that was allegedly used for the attack was also found.Police rushed to the spot as soon as the incident was reported to the city control room. As per the preliminary investigation, police suspect that it was committed by a senior from class 10 with whom the victim had an altercation.The police have launched a probe and are looking for the senior, who is absconding.“Probe is underway in the incident,” said the school authorities in a statement.“We have learnt about an altercation and a minor fight between two students on Thursday. That incident was probably the motivation for the murder but we are ascertaining all facts,” a local police official said, adding that they were looking at the CCTV footage and other security arrangements on the school premises.The victim had joined the school only recently. His parents live in the neighbouring Anand district while he stayed with his aunt in the city.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. City Football GroupfootballIndiaindian football First Published: September 29, 2019, 8:42 AM IST Mumbai: Indian Super League side Mumbai City FC found themselves in the centre of speculation of a possible buy out by EPL club Manchester City’s owners but the ISL franchise on Saturday termed it as “conjecture”.A report in the London tabloid ‘Mirror’ said that City Football Group (CFG), which currently owns Manchester City and six other clubs across the globe, is on the verge of buying the Mumbai based side before the ISL season starts on October 20. “Manchester City owners are poised to finalise a deal to buy Indian Super League side Mumbai City ahead of their new season starting next month. The City Football Group have held talks with a number of Indian clubs as they seek to expand their global reach,” the report said without quoting any official or source.”Mumbai City are now their preferred choice and negotiations with the club’s CEO Indranil Das Blah are almost complete,” it added.An official of the Ranbir Kapoor co-owned side, when contacted, said, “It is a conjecture.”Blah himself refused to comment when asked if Mumbai City FC may be bought by CFG.”I have no comments,” he said.As well as their flagship club Manchester City, the CFG already owns New York City FC, Melbourne City, Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay and Chinese side Sichuan Jiuniu, as well as holding a stake in Spanish club Girona and Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos.City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano had confirmed in March that the group wanted to get into the Indian market this year, the report said.If CFG takes over Mumbai City FC, the Mumbai-based side will become the eighth club and third in Asia to come under its umbrella.Mumbai City start their season away at Kerala Blasters on October 24.
Days after stunning the sports world by announcing she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January, Maria Sharapova thanked her fans for their “wonderful words” that put a smile on her face.The Russian faces a ban of up to four years pending an investigation by the International Tennis Federation after testing positive for meldonium, which some researchers have linked to increased athletic performance and endurance. (Maria Sharapova showed courage, says Serena Williams) “I woke up yesterday morning with an inbox, in full capacity of love and compassion,” five-times grand slam champion Sharapova, 28, posted on Facebook. “In this moment, I am so proud to call you my fans.”Within hours of my announcement, you showed me support and loyalty, which I could only expect to hear when someone would be at the top of their profession. I wanted to let you know that your wonderful words put a smile on my face. (Hold your horses on Maria Sharapova, says Martina Navratilova) “I’d like to play again and hope to have the chance to do so. Your messages give me great encouragement. This message isn’t anything else but to say thank you. Thank you very much.”Thank you note to my dear fans: https://t.co/SjIluGD2o7 Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) March 9, 2016Sharapova, who has struggled with multiple injuries in recent years but is known for her never-say-die approach to the game, said she was prepared to battle through her latest setback. (Maria Sharapova fails drug test, Porsche, Nike, Tag Heuer suspend sponsorship) advertisement”New day, new start,” the former world number one wrote on Facebook. “It is fair to say that this day was not average.”Nothing came to mind at 6am, except that I am determined to play tennis again and I hope I will have the chance to do so. I wish I didn’t have to go through this, but I do – and I will. “I needed to sweat, to push through and grind as I have done most of my life, so I made my way to the gym. That’s when I realized a bunch of tinted windowed cars were following me. The good old paparazzi, back on the trail.”Sharapova, the world’s highest-earning sportswoman, has accepted full responsibility for her mistake in taking a drug that has been outlawed since Jan. 1, having previously used it on the advice of her family doctor for a decade.The International Tennis Federation’s anti-doping programme calls for a four-year suspension for a positive test. That ban can be reduced in various circumstances, such as if the player shows no significant fault or negligence.
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Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has backed Kuldeep Yadav to shine in the upcoming four-match Test series in Australia. The first Test will be played in Adelaide from December 6.Gavaskar feels that India should go in with two spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin for the series opener.Kuldeep had made his Test debut against Australia in 2017 and also grabbed a hat-trick in the ODI series against them last year. In the recent T20 series, Kuldeep had also troubled the Aussie batsmen.”Wrist spinners have success in Australia because there is bounce on the those pitches. Australia batsmen struggled against Kuldeep Yadav in the T20s. He can be a match-winner for India in the Test series,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak.India have never won a Test series in Australia but Virat Kohli’s side has a great chance of rewriting history books. India have played 11 Test series in Australia and have drawn three series Down Under in 1980-81, 1985-86 and 2003-04.Victory margin? 3-0, says batting maestro Gavaskar.”India should win this series and by a 3-0 margin. Melbourne Test may end up in a draw because of rain and that’s what I feel,” Gavaskar said.India’s current coach Ravi Shastri was part of the Indian team that drew the three-match Test series 0-0 in 1985-86. Shastri had played a starring role, picking 14 wickets from three matches.India’s bowlers will once again be in the focus when India and Australia face-off in the four-match Test series starting in Adelaide from December 6.advertisementGavaskar said India have a great bowling attack and is capable of picking 20 wickets in a match.”They have a good bowling attack with Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon in the side and it won’t be easy to face them. But India have experienced batsmen. The likes of Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane not only have a wealth of experience but also have the ability to turn things around. Australia lack experience in the batting department and our bowling attack is capable of taking 20 wickets,” Gavaskar said.Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari both do not figure in Gavaskar’s playing XI for the opening Test, if a choice has to be made, the former India skipper would pick Vihari.”Rohit was dropped for the one-off Afghanistan Test and since then he hasn’t played red-ball cricket. So it is difficult for him to get back into the playing XI. If there has to be someone, it has to be Hanuma Vihari, because he scored a fifty in his last Test match. So what wrong has he done to not deserve a place in the XI?”Also Read | Bowlers give India their greatest hope of beating Australia: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Ricky Ponting suggests hostility to rattle Virat Kohli in Test seriesAlso Read | Will Australia sledge Virat Kohli? Josh Hazlewood and Tim Paine weigh in
The week five Big 12 football schedule was released on Monday, and it was announced that Oklahoma State will face Texas in Stillwater for an 11:00 kick. The television, at least for now, is yet to be determined. It will be carried either on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2, perhaps depending on the week four results this coming weekend.#Big12FB: Kickoff times and TV info for week five. pic.twitter.com/D9FsnVckDc— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) September 19, 2016Oklahoma State faces Baylor this weekend in Waco for a 6:30 kick on Fox. 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!
David Villa ‘I don’t know if I deserve so much love’ – David Villa thrilled with Spain return Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 07:04 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Spain World Cup Spain v Italy Italy WC Qualification Europe Isco Julen Lopetegui’s side thumped Italy in Madrid, with Isco’s double proving decisive as a proud veteran returned to the international fold David Villa spoke of his pride at returning to the international scene in Spain’s 3-0 victory over Italy on Saturday.The former Valencia and Barcelona star last took the field for his national side over three years ago at the 2014 World Cup, but came on as a late sub to win his 98th cap at the age of 35. Netherlands 7/1 to beat Bulgaria 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The New York City striker has been in fine form since making his move to Major League Soccer, winning the league’s Most Valuable Player award last season and currently sitting atop the league’s scoring charts. While Villa never really retired from the national team, his long absence and subsequent return brought about plenty of emotion for the striker. “I’ve always said it was difficult for me to come back, but I had not given up the dream. It makes me very happy to be here,” Villa, who received a rapturous reception from the home support, said to Teledeporte .”To all those who have trusted me to come, thank you. It was a key moment with this game for qualification.”The feeling is very difficult to describe, I’m very happy. Thanks to everyone. I do not know if I deserve so much love.”One hundred caps? You have to go step by step. Now it is time to rest, try to play the 99th and then we will see.”Villa also praised the man he replaced, Isco, whose magnificent individual form for club and country continued as he scored a double to break Italy’s 11-year unbeaten run in qualifying . 10 – Isco against Italy by numbers:goals2 shots5 dribbles completed (6)56 passes completed (59)Delight. pic.twitter.com/eeR8qLdJ7K — OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 2, 2017 “I know Isco from the Valencia youth set-up, he was already training with the first team and knocking on the door,” he said of the 25-year-old.”He is a great guy and he is in a great moment. I’m very happy for him. We can all enjoy him because he is Spanish, thank God. We will enjoy him for the national team.”
Mr. Malcolm, who will assume duty in February, is a trained lawyer having graduated with First Class Honours from the Norman Manley Law School in 2008. As a Chevening Scholar, he attended the London School of Economics and Political Science from 2009-2010, specialising in Human Rights Law. Story Highlights Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, announces the appointment of Mr. Harold Malcolm, JP as High Commissioner Designate to Nigeria. Prior to being appointed programme Director for the Law Faculty in 2015 at the University of Technology (UTech), Mr. Malcolm lectured in the areas of Human Rights Law, Public International Law and Administrative Law at the same institution. He has also taught a mixture of law and literature courses at Northern Caribbean University and the University of the West Indies (UWI). Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, announces the appointment of Mr. Harold Malcolm, JP as High Commissioner Designate to Nigeria.Mr. Malcolm, who will assume duty in February, is a trained lawyer having graduated with First Class Honours from the Norman Manley Law School in 2008. As a Chevening Scholar, he attended the London School of Economics and Political Science from 2009-2010, specialising in Human Rights Law.The High Commissioner designate has worked mostly in education, lecturing in both law and English Literature, for which he has his first degree.Prior to being appointed programme Director for the Law Faculty in 2015 at the University of Technology (UTech), Mr. Malcolm lectured in the areas of Human Rights Law, Public International Law and Administrative Law at the same institution. He has also taught a mixture of law and literature courses at Northern Caribbean University and the University of the West Indies (UWI).In addition to serving at the Ministry of Education, Mr. Malcolm has also served as Director of the Jamaica Library Service and Jamaicans for Justice as well as Chairman of the Ensom City Primary School, among other voluntary responsibilities.Of the appointment Minister Johnson Smith notes, “Mr. Malcolm has demonstrated strong commitment to his country’s development and a keen understanding of international affairs. We are confident that he will serve his country well and further bolster the cooperation between Jamaica and Nigeria to the best of his abilities.”Jamaica and Nigeria have maintained friendly diplomatic relations since April 29, 1970.
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the statue of Jamaican Olympian Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce will be unveiled on Sunday, 14 October 2018.The unveiling will take place at a special ceremony at Statue Park in the National Stadium, where the statue will be mounted. Minister Grange said the unveiling of the statue “was timed to coincide with the commemoration of Heritage Week.”According to Minister Grange:“Shelly Ann is one of our modern day heroes whose accomplishments are an inspiration for the entire nation. It is quite fitting that we should unveil Shelly Ann’s statue at this time when we celebrate and highlight Jamaica’s rich heritage in all areas, including sport.”Minister Grange has invited the public to attend the ceremony and witness the unveiling of Shelly Ann’s statue. “The statue is here in Jamaica; it has been installed and we’re all set for the unveiling on Sunday at the National Stadium. I look forward to welcoming members of the public as we celebrate this happy occasion with the outstanding pocket rocket,” said the Minister.The Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, will unveil the statue in the ceremony which will begin at 4:00pm.The bronze statue — to the scale of one and quarter life size — was designed by renowned sculptor Basil Watson.Watson has been engaged by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to design statues of four of Jamaica’s outstanding sports stars under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme. The statue in honour of Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce is the second to be completed under the Programme. The first statue (of Usain Bolt) was completed and installed last December. The remaining statues — of Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell — are now in the design stage.
Jaipur: India on Friday suspended the weekly Thar Link Express which connects Jodhpur in Rajasthan to Karachi in Pakistan, a railway official said. The train’s scheduled journey on Friday will not take place, North Western Railway’s Chief Public Relations Officer Abhay Sharma said. He said the train services on both up and down lines have been suspended till further orders. “Thar Express rail services are being suspended till further orders by the Railways,” he said in a statement. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Thar Link Express runs on the Indian side between Bhagat Ki Kothi railway station in Jodhpur to Munabao. The spokesperson said that 45 people had booked tickets for this train to go to Pakistan. On August 9, Pakistan’s Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed had announced in Islamabad that the day’s train would be the last one to Jodhpur. The announcement came after Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with India after the government revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and divided the state into two Union territories
New Delhi: State-owned engineering firm BHEL on Monday said public sector miner NMDC has restored its order worth Rs 1,395 crore awarded to the former, to set up a raw material handling system at its steel plant in Nagarnar, Chhattisgarh. In July, NMDC had sent a notice to terminate the contract awarded to BHEL for setting up the system. NMDC had given the contract to BHEL in 2011. BHEL was to complete the work till February 28, 2014. “Subsequent to the discussions, NMDC has revoked the termination of the contract and restored the original contract on August 27, 2019,” according to a BSE filing by BHEL. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalA contract to set up the system at NMDC’s under-construction integrated steel plant at Nagarnar in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh is being executed by the BHEL-ISG Bengaluru division, according to the statement. BHEL said that on July 15, it received a notice of termination issued on July 13 from NMDC for the contract. The raw material handling system package was awarded to BHEL on August 1, 2011, at a cost of Rs 1,395 crore, with completion date of February 28, 2014. BHEL was to set up the system on a turnkey basis. The contract was signed in the presence of then BHEL Chairman and Managing Director B P Rao and then NMDC CMD Rana Som. The project includes engineering, procurement and construction of complete RMHS, from receipt of various raw material (such as coal and iron ore) from wagon tippling to crushing.
OTTAWA — The United Nations is urging Canada to help ease Mexico’s refugee burden by helping resettle some of the most vulnerable of its new arrivals, including women, children and LGBTQ people.Mexico is feeling the squeeze from an unprecedented exodus of people fleeing Central American countries and some of the worst violence from nations not at actually war is forcing families northward.“Our pitch to Canada is to do more,” said Mark Manly, the Mexico representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.Manly was in Ottawa earlier this month for meetings with the federal government to look for ways for Canada to help resettle more of the migrants that have arrived in Mexico.The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border, with President Donald Trump branding the caravans of migrants as being laced with violent criminals bent on destabilizing his country.Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are pushing to have their new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement ratified soon as Vice-President Mike Pence visits Ottawa this week to give that a renewed push.Asylum seekers reaching Mexico from Honduras, El Salvador and Venezuela caused a 103-per-cent spike in claims in 2018 over the previous year, from almost 15,000 to about 30,000, says the UNHCR.Manly said that many migrants have good settlement prospects in Mexico because of its growing economy and need for foreign labour, but women and girls fleeing gang violence as well as members of the transgender and gay communities need to be resettled elsewhere because they are not safe.The UNHCR wants to “take the pressure off Mexican authorities to take care of this kind of profile and resettle them to Canada,” Manly said.Criminal gangs are flourishing in Central America, he said. They extort money from the non-criminals, kill other gang members, and are constantly recruiting adolescent boys and girls.“Anyone who gets in the way is at severe risk, so entire families leave,” Manly explained. “That explains the demographic change.”Canada is already “doing a few things in terms of technical support for the Mexican asylum system, resettlement of people who face extreme protection risks in the region,” he added, including helping resettle LGBTQ applicants.“These are countries that are close by; they are countries with which Canada has close ties, Mexico being the most important of them.”A spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen was unable to provide statistics of how many Mexican asylum seekers Canada has received recently.But Lise Jolicoeur said Canada is a partner in the Rainbow Refugee Society which helps sponsor LGBTQ2 refugees from around the world. “In fact, this year we managed to sponsor 64 refugees (record-breaking),” she said in an email.The Ontario-based World Refugee Council released a report earlier this year that said the large-scale migration of Central American women, as well as unaccompanied children and adolescents, had become a major policy issue in the Western Hemisphere.“It is estimated that six out of 10 migrant women and girls are victims of sexual violence carried out by illicit actors, government authorities and intimate partners. However, most of what is known is anecdotal and there is an urgent need for a stronger evidence base in order to inform policy,” the report says.Lloyd Axworthy, the chair of the refugee council, toured Mexican refugee camps near the border city of Tijuana last year at the height of the caravan activity, and described the situation as dire and entrenched.Axworthy made “human security” a key tenet of Canadian foreign policy when he was the country’s top diplomat in the Liberal government from 1996 to 2000.“What it demonstrates is that as long as the conflicts take place and the violence going on, you’re going to have people trying to escape. And it’s going to be in our region,” he said in an interview.“We’ve been focusing on the NAFTA issue; well maybe there’s got to be some parallel discussion (on migration).”The long and occasionally bitter NAFTA renegotiation highlighted the differences on dealing with gender issues between the U.S. and its two continental partners.In the new deal’s chapter on labour rights, it calls on all three countries to “protect workers against employment discrimination on the basis of sex (including with regard to sexual harassment), pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity …”That paragraph also has a footnote that essentially gives the U.S. an out on that point, saying it need not take “any further action” to comply with that requirement. The footnote came after 40 U.S. members of Congress wrote Trump a letter in November 2018 objecting to sexual orientation and gender identity language in the trade deal.“A trade agreement is no place for the adoption of social policy,” their letter said. “It is especially inappropriate and insulting to our sovereignty to needlessly submit to social policies which the United States Congress has so far explicitly refused to accept.” Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
At a press briefing, Richard Bennett, the Representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal), stressed the need for both sides of the conflict to cooperate with independent investigations into abuses.“The victims of these violations and their families deserve no less,” he said. “They have the right to know the truth and to a remedy, and they should be at the heart of everyone’s concerns.”Parties to the peace process agreed that addressing the past is essential for a durable peace, “but, regrettably, too little progress has been made,” the official noted.Impunity reigns, he added, for political crimes as well, including cases of torture and arbitrary detention at the Maharajgunj barracks in the capital, Kathmandu, in 2003 and 2004, as well as several instances of where the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) are responsible.In a recent letter to the Nepalese prime minister, Mr. Bennett said that he highlighted the urgency of the need to make progress on investigating the disappearances at the Kathmandu barracks.In 2006, a high-level military task force dismissed allegations made in a OHCHR-Nepal report from the same year, which identified that the actions of the brigade during 2003-2004 at the barracks “as one example of systematic violations of human rights committed by [army personnel] during the conflict.”“OHCHR considers that the NA [Nepalese army], as the alleged perpetrator, is not the appropriate institution to investigate allegations of conflict-related disappearances,” Mr. Bennett said today.During a recent meeting with Pushpa Kamal Dahal (“Prachanda”), who heads the UCPN-M and stepped down as Nepal’s prime minister in May, the UN official said that he reiterated his concerns about unresolved cases, both committed during the conflict and in its aftermath, which the UCPN-M has admitted responsibility but the alleged perpetrators remain at large.Some of these cases include the bombing of a public vehicle in Madi, Chitwan, killing nearly 40 people and for which the party claimed to be behind. To date, none of the five cadres identified as being behind the incident have been detained or investigated.Mr. Bennett said that the party has also refused to cooperate with Nepal’s police in the investigation into abductions and killings.He reiterated High Commissioner Navi Pillay’s comments in the Nepalese capital earlier this year that until demands “for justice are fulfilled and accountability for past, and in particular on-going, violations are ensured, a truly new Nepal will not emerge, and indeed, the peace process could be jeopardized.”Earlier this month, a new UN-backed project was launched to help heal the scars left by Nepal’s civil war, using transitional justice mechanisms to spur reconciliation.The “Peace through Justice” initiative, financed through a $2 million grant from the UN Peace Fund for Nepal (UNPFN), seeks to aid in setting up effective transitional justice systems provided for in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the 2006 pact ended the conflict between forces loyal to the former King of Nepal and Maoists.OHCHR said that “a systematic approach to dealing with the past can help societies heal and work their way back to normality. Establishing the facts of the conflict, acknowledging the losses suffered by the victims and providing a platform for justice helps end impunity and aids reconciliation.”The project, which will run initially for 12 months, will support the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR) to set up bodies, such as the Commission on Inquiry on Disappearances, and will focus on documenting human rights and international humanitarian law violations committed during the conflict, which claimed some 13,000 lives.Last week, Karin Landgren, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, cautioned that the peace process has stagnated, as the Security Council unanimously voted to extend the mandate of the the UN mission in Nepal (UNMIN) for six months.Ms. Landgren voiced hope that the resolution sends a signal to the Government and parties “to take the peace process forward.”Established following the signing of the 2006 peace deal by the Government and the Maoists to end the country’s decade-long civil war, UNMIN has been assisting with key tasks, such as monitoring of the management of arms and armed personnel of the Maoists and the Nepal Army.“The peace process has had significant successes since its inception,” Ms. Landgren told reporters in New York.But she pointed to several issues that could derail the process, such as polarization among the parties and the controversy over the roles of the army and the president.In his latest report on Nepal’s request for UN assistance in support of the peace process, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote that progress on key elements in Nepal’s peace process has slowed down or stalled altogether owing to the country’s recent political crisis.“The two major tasks at the current stage of the peace process are the integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist army personnel and the drafting of the new constitution,” he said, noting that efforts to advance on both these fronts slowed with the onset of the crisis sparked by the resignation of Mr. Dahal, the UCPN-M chairperson, in early May, which occurred one day after the Chief of Army Staff – who he had fired – was reinstated.A senior leader of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML), Madhav Kumar Nepal, was elected Prime Minister on 23 May and subsequently formed a new coalition Government with the support of 21 other political parties but without the participation of the Maoists.“The modest progress witnessed in some aspects of the peace process during the first quarter of 2009 has stalled against a backdrop of mistrust and a further deterioration of relations among key stakeholders, notably between UCPN-M and the other major parties and between UCPN-M and the Nepal Army,” said the Secretary-General. 29 July 2009Lack of accountability is hindering progress in the peace process in Nepal, the top United Nations human rights official in the country said today, calling for perpetrators of violations, committed both during the decade-long civil war and afterwards, to be brought to justice.
6 May 2011The United Nations refugee agency today condemned the recent shooting by Mozambican police of four Somali asylum-seekers and called on authorities to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice. The four Somalis were fatally shot on 29 April, reportedly in Namoto in Cabo Delgado province, according to a press statement issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The agency “urges the Government of Mozambique to respect the human rights of asylum-seekers and to take appropriate action to ensure that those responsible will be held accountable,” the statement noted.UNHCR reported that it was still trying to obtain more details about the circumstances of the killings.Mozambique has become an increasingly popular destination for Somalis attempting to flee violence and poverty in their homeland, with an upsurge in numbers starting early last year.
A teenage boy has been arrested after a disturbing message was posted on social media which included threats towards students at a Brantford school.The post suggested that an incident would take place in January and made reference to North Park Collegiate.Police say violent threats were also made towards several people in the post.A 13-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday around 10:40 a.m. at North Park Collegiate. “Students and staff have observed a heavier police presence at North Park Collegiate School today while High School Resource Officers and Detectives from Major Crime Unit continued their investigation and spoke with students who are involved with the incident and/or have information about the social media post,” said police in a news release. The Brantford Police Service is reminding residents that it does not take these sorts of communications which include threatening content as juvenile type pranks.The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sgt Gary Swift of the Major Crime Unit at 519-756-0113, ext. 2274.
“I will bring the outcome of this meeting to the Conference of African Ministers for Transport and Infrastructure in Addis Ababa next week. The issues that were raised here would be of relevance to the African Meeting, particularly the one relating to indicators to measure progress,” said the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Anwarul K. Chowdhury.”The outcome of this meeting represents a major contribution towards implementing Goal 8 of the Millennium Development Goals,” he added, referring to the eight goals agreed in 2000 to reduce the socioeconomic problems in developing countries.Goal 8 calls on UN Member States to “develop a global partnership for development.”The High-Level Meeting in Kazakhstan, which ended today, discussed the role of multilateral organizations in implementing the Almaty Programme of Action (APoA) to secure access to the sea for landlocked countries and reduce their trade transaction costs.The concluding communiqué asked Mr. Chowdhury to help with the coordination of initiatives, including a technical cooperation programme involving several major multilateral institutions.It said countries would tackle their problems by establishing efficient transit and transport systems and finding ways of measuring that progress. They would continue to extend technical assistance to landlocked developing countries and develop criteria for financing, taking into account the benefits derived from projects based on poverty alleviation, rather than commercial considerations.It also called for an annual review of progress made and lessons learned.
OSU then-freshman designated hitter Brady Cherry (1) swings at a pitch during a game against Kent State on April 5 in Kent, Ohio. OSU lost, 8-3. Credit: Courtesy of Matt Baker | The Kent StaterA day after serving up five runs on 11 hits in Game 1 of the series, the Ohio State baseball team needed to make sure they kept the explosive bats of the Minnesota baseball team quiet in order to salvage the series.But the Golden Gophers were not to be silenced on Saturday, as the team combined for 21 runs and 30 hits across the two games of the doubleheader and completed the sweep of the Buckeyes in the first conference series of the season.OSU coach Greg Beals tipped his cap to the bats of the Golden Gophers, saying that they demonstrated a great approach to the plate and take advantage of mistakes up in the zone. “They have guys with a feel for hitting. So when you’re up in the zone, they’re going to put balls in play,” Beals said. “I think they’ve got a solid two-strike approach where they’ll scrap and fight you.”Game 1The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader saw its fair share of runs being scored, but it was largely one-sided. The Golden Gophers piled on seven runs late to win the game 15-5.Despite the final score being so lopsided, it was the Buckeyes who jumped on the scoreboard first. A groundout from junior right fielder Noah McGowan with a pair in scoring position scored the runner from third and gave the Buckeyes the early 1-0 lead.Two innings later, freshman second baseman Noah West later stepped up to the plate with his team still searching for their first hit of the game and launched the fourth pitch he saw over the left field fence for his first career home run, helping OSU jump ahead by two.For West, that home run wasn’t about trying to do too much, it was just about trying to put a good swing on it and hoping to drive it.“I was just trying to go out and be aggressive and saw a fastball, and my eyes just lighting up and (I was) able to get it over the fence,” West said. “It was probably the best feeling of my life honestly.”It did not take long for the Golden Gophers to respond. In the top of the fourth inning, Minnesota had a runner on first base and no one out. Then a wild series of events took place with a bunt single, followed up by a pair of throwing errors that allowed a run to come across and bring the Golden Gophers to within one.An RBI double from redshirt senior left fielder Jordan Smith immediately followed and tied the game at two.A walk coming right on the heels of that double to put two runners on base for sophomore catcher Cole McDevitt who crushed Curlis’ 0-1 offering over the fence in straight-away center to give the Golden Gophers the 5-2 lead.The Buckeyes again channeled the long ball in the bottom half of the fourth inning, as junior left fielder Tyler Cowles crushed a no-doubt home run to left field to bring the score to 5-3.Minnesota was not done with the power surge. With two runners aboard in the top of the fifth, Jordan Smith connected with the 3-2 pitch and sent it over a leaping attempt at the wall from McGowan for the Golden Gophers’ second home run of the day and his second in the series. In the bottom of the fifth, sophomore catcher Jacob Barnwell sent a 3-1 fastball over the left-center field wall for his first career home run.Two scoreless innings came and went, and all was quiet until the top of the eighth. And then the wheels fell off for OSU.With a run already having scored on a ground out earlier in the inning, junior first baseman Toby Hanson doubled to right field, scoring a pair of runs.A single and throwing error allowed Hanson to come around to score and give his team the seven-run lead. Redshirt freshman Jordan Kozicky tripled to the right-centerfield gap, scoring two more runs. Kozicky later came around to score on a passed ball to bring the score 15-5.Beals said this game was not an easy one to get through for the Buckeyes as it seemingly everything went against his team.“First game just kind of got away from us. I think Curlis went out there, and for three innings looked pretty good and disappeared on us,” Beals said. “Then we went to the bullpen and like I said, it just got away from us.”Curlis, who had not allowed a run in his previous 11 innings, gave up seven runs (all earned) on nine hits and two walks across four innings while only striking out three.But the bullpen did not help to pick him up either. The relievers allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits and two walks across five innings of work, adding to their struggles of late.Junior relief pitcher Seth Kinker said that for the bullpen to start finding success, they need to start to feel more confident in their stuff and trust themselves to pitch well.“Right now, people are a little rattled when they do go in the game. And they’re lacking a little bit of confidence,” Kinker said. “You’re not going to pitch well if you don’t have confidence. And that’s what I’ve always been told while I’ve been here for three years. If you have the confidence in your stuff, then you’re going to do well.”Game 2For the third-straight game in the series, the Golden Gophers tallied double-digit hit totals and secured the sweep, winning by a final score of 6-5.The scoring got started in the bottom of the second with a sacrifice fly to right-center field from Tyler Cowles, but the Golden Gophers responded right back in the top of the third with a sacrifice fly of their own to tie the game at one.In the top of the fourth, the Golden Gophers started to get to sophomore starting pitcher Ryan Feltner. A double and single put runners on the corners for Kozicky who delivered an RBI double down the left field line. The runner on first base was thrown out trying to score, but Minnesota still managed to take the 2-1 lead.A single up the middle from McDevitt scored Kozicky, expanding the Minnesota lead to 3-1.The Buckeyes answered quickly though, bringing themselves back within a run when freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone singled to right to score his team’s second run of the game.Feltner again ran into issues in the fifth as he served up a home run to junior right fielder Alex Boxwell in the top of the fifth to give Minnesota the 4-2 lead. He later walked another batter in the inning and was pulled from the game.For the second-straight inning, OSU would put a run up on the board. With a runner on second, senior shortstop and co-captain Jalen Washington singled up the middle to cut the Gopher lead to just one.Just as quickly as OSU put up a run, so too did Minnesota. After a leadoff double in the top of the sixth put a runner in scoring position, a single to left field brought the score back up to 5-3. Later in the inning, the Golden Gophers had runners on second and third and a wild pitch allowed the second run of the inning to come around and score. In the bottom half of the sixth inning, Canzone stepped up to the plate with runners on first and second, and for the second time today drilled a base hit through the right side of the infield, scoring the runner from second. OSU had one of their best scoring opportunities of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. With the bases loaded and no one out, Canzone stepped up to the plate and delivered a sacrifice fly, bringing the game to 6-5.An attempted squeeze bunt failed to amount to anything but advancing the runner on first to second. A walk and a strikeout would end the inning and leave the bases loaded.Beals saw this situation as a golden opportunity for his ball club and he felt that while they were able to put some good swings on the ball, nothing went right for his club.“In that eighth inning, Canzone drives the ball to right-center field. It’s a really hard hit ball. It’s a sacrifice fly, so it’s quality in that. It’s hard hit. We’ve got to be able to find the gap with that,” Beals said. “There’s a lot of things from a process standpoint, we did really good. But there’s not a lot of moral victories in it. The taste in the mouth doesn’t make it any better.”For his team to improve, Beals believes there is not any magic answer. He said that his team just needs to stop pressing too much and try to get back to fundamental baseball.“One more hit. It takes one more hit. There’s no magic answer to it,” Beals said. “I think guys are pressing a little bit and this is the time of the year when you’re struggling and you’re not winning games where that pressing can come into play and we’ve got to fight that. We’ve got to stick to our process, stick to the fundamentals and the core values that we believe in and execute those.”The Buckeyes will look to get back in the win column when they host Ohio University for the fifth of their nine-consecutive home games on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
First Lady, Mrs Sandra Granger, today, received a courtesy call from the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) new Liaison Officer, Mr Adler Bynoe at her office at State House.First Lady, Mrs Sandra Granger (left) with United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) new Liaison Officer, Adler Bynoe (center) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Secretary General, Ms Patrice LaFleur before their meeting at State House todayBynoe was accompanied by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Secretary General, Ms Patrice LaFleur.The purpose of the meeting, Bynoe indicated, was to discuss UNFPA’s work plan for 2018 with First Lady, identify areas of potential partnership and to familiarise himself with initiatives implemented by First Lady’s Office.“…It’s fitting, giving that today is International Women’s Day to recognise the tremendous work that she [First Lady] has been doing with respect to women and girls so I am interested in learning a little bit more on that and of course sharing with her, our work plan for 2018 and looking for areas to possibly collaborate as we look to address issues affecting women and girls in Guyana,” Bynoe said.UNFPA is the world’s largest international source of funding for population and reproductive health programmes. The Fund works with governments at their request to support national development programmes that aim to achieve access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, reduce maternal mortality and reduce adolescent pregnancy by 20 % during 2014-2019. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFirst Lady underscores the need for family planning, health curriculum in schoolsJuly 18, 2018In “Health”More resources needed for women, girls to deal with disastersJuly 20, 2015In “Business”Jarvis was a “distinguished Guyanese who lived a life of excellence and service to her country” – PresidentMarch 30, 2017In “latest news”
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