Officer’s vision makes drab police camp in Mumbai an oasis of self-sufficiency

first_imgIf you want more to do than a wind-caressed ride across a tranquil lake, you could jump into the swimming pool. Then how about cooling down before dinner with an hour’s surfing on the Net at the plush computer centre?You could be forgiven for thinking this was excerpted from an,If you want more to do than a wind-caressed ride across a tranquil lake, you could jump into the swimming pool. Then how about cooling down before dinner with an hour’s surfing on the Net at the plush computer centre?You could be forgiven for thinking this was excerpted from an advertisement for a holiday resort. You could also be forgiven if you went to this hill-top police camp in Goregaon, Mumbai, and obstinately refused to believe it is only a welfare centre for policemen and their families.The State Reserve Police (SRP) camp in Mumbai is a pleasant 136-acre campus with the air – and amenities – of a vacation spot. Of course, like any other police camp, it receives no special treatment or funds from the Maharashtra Government but runs like a small, efficient business establishment and even rakes in annual profits of over Rs 1 crore.The money is used for providing better facilities to the nearly 2,000 SRP personnel and their families. The metamorphosis from a camp distinguished by the drab khaki colour of regimentation came about because one man was prevented from doing his duty.Five years ago, Yogesh Pratap Singh thought his career as an IPS officer had come to an end. During his three-year posting in the anti-corruption branch of the CBI, he had dared to take on powerful business houses and corrupt bureaucrats. He had even carried out investigations into UTI schemes.On being transferred to Nagpur in 1996, he took his case to the law tribunals, and won when it reached the Supreme Court. He was reinstated in 1998 but given a more innocuous posting as commandant at a moribund SRP camp.But Singh found action where it did not exist. He decided to energise the less-than-sufficient Rs 3 lakh welfare fund. He shut down the loss-making bakery at the camp and sought ways to fully utilise the camp’s prime location and its proximity to the city’s western express highway.advertisementHe then renovated and furnished the camp hall into a banquet hall and started hiring it out for Rs 22,000 a day for weddings and parties. The cash registers began ringing.There was derisive laughter all around, however, when Singh dared to think of constructing a swimming pool and a lawn atop an irregular-shaped hill at the camp. The pool alone would cost over Rs 50 lakh. The commandant scoured the Internet to learn about pool construction.At the same time, he got the SRP men to level the hilltop with their new bulldozer. In six months’ time, a 30 m pool was ready. It had cost Rs 6 lakh. In a similar manner, a dirty pond in the complex was also widened and converted into an artificial lake with boating facilities.WATERING HOLE: Once a dirty pond, the lake is one of the attractions at the SRP campBollywood was among the first to notice the change wrought by a man’s vision and his force’s shramdaan. Thirsting for fresh locales, filmmakers found the camp’s away-from-the-city attractive. The makers of Sarfarosh, Badal and Fiza paid Rs 30,000 a day for use of the premises.Singh left no stone unturned in the camp. The once – tiny grocery store has now been expanded into a 2,000 sq ft departmental store open to the public. It is stocked with all items of daily use and the hoarding – “The cheapest shop in town is right here” – isn’t incorrect either. Consumer goods are available at a 10 per cent discount, while foodstuffs sell at prices that are 30-40 per cent lower than in city stores.The cash counters at the store record sales of over Rs 1 lakh a day, and on Sundays the queues to enter the store spill over to the highway. The camp earns a profit of 3 per cent on each item sold, while families save up to Rs 1,000 a month in groceries, besides having a rollicking time at the camp.Yet there is no word called complacency in Singh’s life. He continues to dream big. He plans to boost next year’s revenue by another Rs 50 lakh. The money will be used for other projects in the pipeline – a school equipped with audio visual aids, a hospital and a sports complex with an Olympic-size swimming pool and tennis courts.”I think my biggest contribution has been the setting up of a system,” says Singh, “rather than an individual-specific venture.” It seems like it has taken a police officer to hit upon the mantra for change.last_img read more

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Alex Hales could no longer be trusted: Eoin Morgan

first_imgAlex Hales was removed from England’s squad for the Cricket World Cup following a meeting of the country’s senior players who believed he showed a lack of respect for team values and could no longer be trusted.Speaking publicly about Hales’ deselection for the first time, England captain Eoin Morgan delivered a scathing condemnation of the batsman’s behavior.”Unfortunately, Alex’s actions have shown complete disregard for those (team) values,” a visibly unhappy Morgan said Thursday. “This has created a lack of trust between Alex and the team.”On Saturday we got together as a group of senior players to discuss the effect the news coming out would have on the team and the culture. We all agreed the best decision for the team was for Alex to be deselected.”Hales, who was likely to be a back-up batsman in England’s squad, was dropped for an “off-field incident” that led to a recent suspension. It was the second time Hales has been sanctioned under the England and Wales Cricket Board’s disciplinary policy, having been suspended and fined for his part in a street brawl also involving England teammate Ben Stokes in September 2017.It has been reported in British newspapers that the 30-year-old Hales was serving a 21-day ban after twice testing positive for recreational drugs.Hales has accused England’s hierarchy of reneging on promises , saying he was given assurances that his latest suspension would not affect his selection for the World Cup.Morgan said England’s players had “worked extremely hard on our culture” in the wake of the late-night incident involving Stokes and Hales in Bristol, which eventually saw Stokes cleared by a court on a charge of affray.advertisement”It really did open our eyes to ourselves, not just being judged as performers but how we are as role models, who really need to step up and recognize that’s a huge part of our job,” Morgan said.”We will need at least 15 men to win the World Cup and, whatever way Alex would have dealt with it, the other 14 people would have been dragged down and that would have been quite a weight taken forward. I don’t think we have cast him adrift … (but) to deselect him we felt was the best decision simply because he did not adhere to everything that we have been working towards for a very long time.”England starts a busy summer of international cricket with an ODI against Ireland on Friday. It is one of the team’s warmup games ahead of the World Cup, which starts on May 30.Also Read | Alex Hales withdrawn from England World Cup squad following drugs banAlso Read | England opener Alex Hales handed 21-day ban for recreational drug uselast_img read more

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10 months agoPorto defender Eder Militao unsettled by Man Utd interest

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Porto defender Eder Militao unsettled by Man Utd interestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto defender Eder Militao has been unsettled by interest from Manchester United.United are interested in the Brazilian for the winter market.Correio da Manha Militao is “reluctant” to sign a new contract with Porto as the rumours of a move to United circulate.The young defender is also on the radar of Real Madrid.Militao was close to joining Manchester City last year before committing to Porto. last_img

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ESPN Releases Its Week 4 Heisman Trophy Top 5

first_imgJalen Hurts rushes the ball during his debut at Oklahoma.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs in the backfield against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Heisman discussions just three weeks into the college football season? You bet. ESPN has released its Week 4 Heisman trophy leaders heading into Week 4.There are 11 players included in the latest. Three players are from the SEC and another three from the Big 12. Two each in the Big Ten and Pac-12 and just one ACC player.Here’s ESPN’s new Heisman Trophy top five ranking through three weeks of the season.Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma QBTua Tagovailoa, Alabama QBJoe Burrow, LSU QBJustin Fields, Ohio State QBJonathan Taylor, Wisconsin RBYou can view ESPN’s full poll here. To no surprise, ESPN’s voters are loving QB play this year. The list includes 8 quarterbacks and three running backs. The last time a quarterback or running back didn’t win the Heisman was in 1997.Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts is definitely the early-season favorite. The Alabama transfer fits right in to Lincoln Riley’s explosive offense. Hurts has 880 yards and nine touchdowns through the air in addition to 373 rushing yards and four touchdowns.Hurts has an early Heisman lead over former teammate Tua Tagovailoa, who has scored 13 touchdowns and has over 1,000 passing yards through three weeks.No player’s stock has risen as much as Joe Burrow’s. The LSU QB has been phenomenal. He has plenty of more chances to play in prime-time games throughout the year.All of the players listed above have had impressive starts to the season. It’ll be interesting to see if any new names emerge as the season progresses.Is there any player not included in ESPN’s list who deserves to be in the Heisman discussion?last_img read more

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Naomi Osaka giving up US citizenship to play for Japan in 2020 Olympics: Media

first_img Reuters TokyoOctober 10, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 21:18 IST Naomi Osaka of Japan (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother but raised in the United StatesWhile Japan has largely embraced Osaka, she still faces some indignitiesShe turns 22 on Wednesday, the age at which Japanese law obliges dual-nationality citizens to choose oneTennis star Naomi Osaka has taken steps to give up her U.S. citizenship to play for Japan in the 2020 Olympics, Japanese media said on Thursday.The 21-year-old, born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother but raised in the United States, told NHK it will be special for her to represent host Japan at the Tokyo Games, the public broadcaster said.Osaka, who will turn 22 on Wednesday, faced that deadline to relinquish one nationality because neither Japan nor the United States permits dual citizenship for adults.The Japanese Olympic Committee and a U.S.-based agent for Osaka in the United States could not immediately be reached outside business hours.Japan, which has long prided itself on being homogeneous, is becoming more ethnically diverse. But prejudice remains against haafu, or half-Japanese, including cases of bullying against mixed-race children.And while Japan has largely embraced Osaka, she still faces some indignities.Two weeks ago, Osaka laughed off comments by a Japanese comedy duo who said she was too sunburned and needed some bleach, and turned the tables with a plug for Japanese cosmetic giant Shiseido, one of her sponsors.In January, Japanese noodle company Nissin removed a commercial in which a cartoon character depicting Osaka was shown with pale skin and light brown hair, after it prompted an outcry.Also Read | Shanghai Masters: Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev reach 3rd round; Andy Murray outAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow US citizenship Next Naomi Osaka giving up US citizenship to play for Japan in 2020 Olympics: MediaTennis star Naomi Osaka has decided to choose Japanese citizenship over US to play for Japan in the 2020 Olympics.advertisementlast_img read more

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PM Appeals to Citizens of Portmore to Reject Violence

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has appealed to the citizens of Portmore, not to allow their community to be destroyed by violence.“Watch the children, protect the children and allow no evil one to get close to the children of Portmore,” Mrs. Simpson Miller urged, as she addressed a civic event on June 28, where she was presented with the Key to the municipality.The event was part of a week-long celebration marking the municipality’s 10-year anniversary.“We need to demonstrate love and care,” she said, pointing out that had the community leaders been abused by their parents, they would probably not have been the kind of persons they are today.She drew reference to four-year-old Natasha Brown of Duanvale in Trelawny, whose decapitated body was retrieved from a 10-foot deep sinkhole in the community in May and pointed out that the child could have been the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the scientist that could have discovered the cure for cancer and other diseases.“We need to do something and I am encouraging Portmore that as you celebrate, celebrate life, celebrate the children, and celebrate our future,” she said. The Prime Minister urged the adults to protect and guide the children in the right way.Several cultural pieces performed by the young people drew loud applause from the audience. These included: ‘Mek We Big Up Portia’ by the Waterford High School; a Sign Language piece by the Power of Faith Ministries, and a musical item from the Bridgeport High School Ensemble.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

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Government Hoists Pride Flag at Province House

first_imgPublic Services Commission Minister Frank Corbett, raised the Pride flag at Province House today, July 19, in recognition and support of Pride events held in Nova Scotia throughout the summer. “The government celebrates and promotes diversity in all our communities,” said Mr. Corbett. “Raising the Pride flag today at the Nova Scotia Legislature is one more step forward in supporting a truly inclusive workplace and in giving all Nova Scotians the opportunity to be free to be.” Commissioner of the Public Service, Kelliann Dean, hosted the celebration and welcomed government employees, families and supporters to the symbolic event. “Pride celebrations are about supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace,” said Ms. Dean. “It’s important for the Public Service Commission to lead by example and show that we are proud to serve all Nova Scotians.” The minister and the commissioner were joined by members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex network. The network, formed in March 2009, is a safe-place for public servants who identify with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities to discuss opportunities to create a more inclusive work environment. With more than 35 public servants as members, the network is growing and gaining support. Laura Barbour has been a member of the network since it began. “People who identify as LGBTI represent a large and important part of the social fabric of Nova Scotia. They are our local business owners, teachers, friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers,” said Ms. Barbour. “Today marks the first time in history that a Pride flag will be flown from the legislature. This is a positive step forward for all Nova Scotians.” Public Service Commission employees and the LGBTI network will also march together to support diversity in Halifax’s 2010 Pride Parade, July 24. The theme of the float is Proud to Serve all Nova Scotians.last_img read more

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Govt may notify set of measures to remove friction points in economy

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is working on a set of measures to remove friction points in the economy with a view to ensuring easy availability of funds to productive sectors and stimulate overall growth, sources said. However, the strategy being worked out does not include proposal for reduction of GST rates as the government believes that taxes are already lower than in the past, they added. The set of measures being firmed up by the finance ministry is based on the feedback received by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her interactions with different stakeholders, including industry chambers, bankers and foreign and domestic investors. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe sectoral meetings with the representatives of various sectors, including banking, MSME and auto, over the last few days have highlighted some of the pain points, sources said. “These friction points will soon be removed with a view to accelerate growth momentum,” an official said, adding these would address various common concerns of the industry. The industry has pressed for steps to ensure availability of credit, lower borrowing cost and simplification of some of the policies which could spur growth. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe government has set 7 per cent growth target for the current fiscal and data points of the first quarter are in line with that direction. Despite being an election period, Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection jumped 9 per cent in the first quarter while direct taxes rose by 12.9 per cent, close to the growth in the same period last fiscal. Corporate tax collection has also remained stable during the quarter, with a growth rate of 13.3 per cent. As far as GST revenue collection is concerned, the average mop-up has been over Rs 1 lakh crore during the quarter despite slowdown in industrial activities. GST collection soared to Rs 1.13 lakh crore in the month of April, the highest ever since the indirect tax regime was rolled out on July 1, 2017. Gross GST collections stood at Rs 1.02 lakh crore in July, marginally up from the previous month. The July 2019 mop-up was, however, 5.8 per cent higher than the Rs 96,483 crore collected in the same month last year. Sources said there is still a lot of scope for improvement in GST collections as more than six months are left for the fiscal to end. There is going to be thrust on improvement in compliance and collection efficiency by making tax process simple and predictable. With various initiatives being undertaken by the government, it is not difficult to achieve the growth targets set in the Budget, sources said. The first quarter GST collection, although slightly subdued, is not grim at all, sources said, adding that second half of the current fiscal would compensate for some of the slowdown witnessed during the April-June period. With regard to GST rate cut as demanded by the auto industry, sources said the government is of the view that the rate is already lower than the previous taxation regime. There is hardly any scope for further trimming of the tax rate as the government has its own revenue targets for meeting obligation for social sector needs and infrastructure development. The slowdown in auto sales is due to the industry’s resistance of not launching BS VI models in a phased manner, rather than the government’s policies or current GST rate, the sources added.last_img read more

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2 Canadians identified as victims in Las Vegas shooting

first_imgTwo Canadians are among the victims of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Vancouver was killed when a gunman opened fire on thousands of concertgoers on the Las Vegas strip from his nearby hotel window.The victim’s grandfather, Bob McIldoon, confirmed the death of his grandson with CityNews Vancouver.“It’s a terrible thing, terrible for everyone,” he said during a phone interview.McIldoon said Jordan, an apprentice mechanic, had been in Vegas with his girlfriend since Thursday. He would have turned 24 years old on Friday.Jordan’s parents are heading to Las Vegas on a Monday night flight.An Alberta woman was also killed.CityNews Edmonton confirms that Jessica Klymchuk died during the attack. She was a single mother of four from the Grande Prairie area who was visiting Vegas with her fiancé.Other Canadians recalled the terrifying scene.Jesse Harrison, of Toronto, and his wife were standing near the stage when the barrage of shots rang out.“It sounded like fireworks, just lots of popping… and then the music stopped and then more popping and then everybody hit the ground,” he explained during a Skype interview with CityNews.“We didn’t know where it was coming from so we jumped under our seats. It felt like it was right on top of us.”Harrison said they eventually decided to make a run for it.“It would stop for a few seconds and then people would start running and stampeding and started up again and everyone hit the ground again. It felt like it kept going for minutes.”He said in all the confusion they lost each other in the crowd but met up at a hotel where they were put in lockdown.last_img read more

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La Loche school shooter facing life in prison to appeal for youth

first_imgREGINA — A lawyer for a young man who shot and killed four people and injured seven others in northern Saskatchewan is to argue in court today that the offender should serve his sentence as a youth.The shooter was weeks shy of turning 18 when he killed two brothers at their home and then a teacher and a teacher’s aide at the La Loche high school in 2016.He was sentenced as an adult last year to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and attempted murder.Defence lawyer Aaron Fox plans to ask the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to sentence the shooter as a youth or order a new hearing.The shooter, now 21, is to appear in court by video.A publication ban ordered because of the appeal prevents identifying him.In January, Fox filed documents with the Appeal Court that said his client is a “lost soul who slipped through the cracks” as he suffers from different mental disorders and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.Fox argued the sentencing judge focused on the gravity of the crime while failing to consider evidence that spoke to cognitive problems affecting the offender’s maturity, empathy, ability to understand consequences and, above all, his level of blame. “All of which were aggravated by a multitude of surrounding circumstances, not the least of which was the failure of the education system in La Loche, to supply him with the help that he needed,” said the documents.They added that the shooter had an IQ of 68 and, at the time of the shooting, was repeating Grade 10 for a third time.The Crown previously argued in court that the shooter should be sentenced as an adult given the seriousness of the crime and the offender’s circumstances.In her sentencing decision, the judge found the shooting involved sophisticated planning. Court heard the shooter researched different kinds of guns and the damage they could do to people. The night before the shootings he did an online search asking, “What does it feel like to kill someone?”Fox said the shooting was a result of his client’s depression, anxiety and hopelessness.“His ‘sophisticated plan’ was to shoot people at the school and then die,” said the documents.Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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HERES YOUR CHANCE TO WATCH THE LAUNCH LIVE THIS WEEKEND

first_imgTo RSVP, please e-mail launchaudience@insighttv.com with subject line “THE LAUNCH Tickets” with your full name, number of guests, and full names of guests. To authorize your request, a confirmation email will be sent to you with all necessary information and instructions.   Please note entry will only be permitted if you have been sent a confirmation.Note: All audience members must be at least 11 years of age and those under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.Space is limited so please email as soon as possible!   We hope to see you there!Your Launch Audience Team. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Would YOU like to join us for a live taping of CTV’s new six-part original music series THE LAUNCH? The first live studio date is Sunday, August 27th at 11 a.m. with more dates to be announced. The location of the shoot is north east Toronto, accessible by TTC with parking available within a 5 minute walk from the studio.Each week features world-renowned record executive Scott Borchetta (whose roster features international superstars like Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, and Thomas Rhett, among others), a surprise Celebrity Mentor and an Award-Winning Music Producer. Already confirmed appearances this season include Fergie and Ryan Tedder with additional big music superstars to be announced in the weeks ahead! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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CEOS for Royal Bank Enbridge call for better balance in energy policies

first_imgTORONTO, ONT – The CEOs of Canada’s largest bank and its largest pipeline company say the country needs an energy strategy that will better balance environmental and Indigenous goals with the need to develop its abundant oil and gas resources.But Royal Bank CEO Dave McKay and Al Monaco, CEO of Calgary-based Enbridge Inc., had little in the way of specific advice for government during a Canadian Club event in Toronto.Over a 45-minute discussion, the two agreed the world has a growing thirst for Canada’s energy production and the sector contributes mightily to the country’s gross domestic product. But they also noted it’s suffering from what they say is an undeserved negative environmental image and that international investors have lost interest in funding Canadian projects.Monaco says Canada has among the best resources, capital markets, regulatory systems and technologies in the world but it needs an energy strategy to “put the pieces together.”He says the government shouldn’t mix social policy issues with its project regulatory reviews, a point made by critics of Ottawa’s proposed Bill C-69 to replace the National Energy Board, although he didn’t mention the bill specifically.“We need to a have a strong energy policy in this country. We need to have a strong climate policy and we need to have Indigenous reconciliation. Those need to be at the policy or umbrella level,” Monaco said.“Once those are set and we know the rules as investors, then we can say, ‘All right, I got the game plan, now here’s how I can build a project within that context.”’last_img read more

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Were a herodriven society

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Shweta Tripathi, who finds showbiz “hero-driven”, says writing good roles for women is the first step towards gender equality. “Gender equality will happen when the roles are also equal. There is no point fighting for things when you don’t have a standing as your co-actor,” Shweta said. “And we are very hero-driven society… Once that changes, we can expect gender equality and other changes. Pay should be decided based on the role in the project… It is getting better now,” she added. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerFrom Masaan, Haraamkhor, Zoo, ‘Mirzapur’ to Gone Kesh that dealt with alopecia – Shweta has stepped into a different zone with each project. She is getting lauded for essaying Dr Shreya in Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Laakhon Mein Ek Season 2’ with conviction. The show exposes the dark underbelly of the medical world – be it black marketing of medicines or the inefficiency of the system as a whole. Talking about her role in the series, she said: “I did a lot of workshops with doctors before we started shooting the project, and even during the shoot.” One thing I did on my own was to speak to a girl who was Shreya’s age. I tracked her day-to-day life – what she wore to the food she would eat because that helped me understand the world better.”last_img read more

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Austerity measures in Greece undermining human rights says UN independent expert

“More than 10 per cent of the population in Greece now lives in extreme poverty, and unemployment amongst youth has reached an unprecedented rate of 59.3 per cent,” the UN independent expert on foreign debt and human rights, Cephas Lumina, said in a news release issues at the end of his week-long mission to the country.In order to avoid default, Greece agreed in 2010 with the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund to implement radical cuts in Government expenditure in return for a bailout loan, he said. Greece also adopted a structural reform programme aimed at reducing the country’s fiscal deficit and returning the economy to growth. Yet, despite the stringent austerity measures, the Greek economy has shrunk by about 25 per cent and continues in recession. The austerity programme, he said in the news release, was being implemented in the context of a social protection system ill-equipped to absorb the shock of unemployment, salary cuts and tax increases.Access to essential public services is likely to become even more challenging as the Government moves forward with plans to raise its coffers by privatizing State-owned assets, including water and energy. Mr. Lumina urged that “privatization should be undertaken cautiously and with sensitivity to the rights of the population.” Prolonged unemployment is also impacting people’s access to health care, particularly among the poor and marginalized groups. “Nearly one third of the Greek population is without public health insurance,” he noted, adding that an increasing number of Greek citizens rely on free of charge volunteer clinics.Among the negative impacts of the economic crisis is the significant increase in attacks on foreigners by extremist groups. The Government has said it took significant measures to stop hate crimes, including appointing a related Special Prosecutor in Athens, as well as some 70 anti-racist police units.While welcoming these developments, Mr. Lumina urged authorities needed “to send a strong message that such criminal acts would not be tolerated,” by strengthening the legal and institutional framework.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. Mr. Lumina will present his report to the Geneva-based Council in March 2014. read more

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Security Council condemns deadly attack near hospital in Benghazi

In a press statement released late yesterday, the Security Council expressed its condolences to the families of those killed in the 13 May attack and to the Government and people of Libya.According to reports, the car bomb killed a number of people, including children, and injured others. The 15-member Council urged authorities to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of “these reprehensible acts of terrorism” and urged the international community to cooperate with Libyan authorities.In the statement, the Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that “any acts of terrorism are criminal unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”The Council reiterated the need to combat terrorism by all means, in accordance with the United Nations Charter and obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.Earlier, the UN Assistance Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned the attack and reiterated its commitment to support the efforts of the Libyan Government and people to ensure the success of the democratic transition process, which has been under way since the toppling of Muammar al-Qadhafi two years ago.The former leader ruled the North African country for more than 40 years until a pro-democracy uprising in 2011 – similar to the protests in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa – led to civil war and the end of his regime. read more

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Motor industry comes together to attract new female talent

The UK motor industry is on the search for the most influential British women in the sector this summer, after research by the Automotive Council found that women working in automotive manufacturing are outnumbered by men three to one.1In the UK as a whole, just 9% of UK engineering employees are female,2 the lowest proportion in Europe, while fewer than 16% of British engineering and technology undergraduates are women. A shortage of skilled workers is one of the most significant barriers to continuing the record growth in UK Automotive, with thousands of jobs currently vacant and women considerably under-represented in the workforce.To help raise awareness of successful women in the sector and to encourage more to join it, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has partnered with motoring publication Autocar in an initiative to identify the 100 most influential British women working in the car industry. The panel will announce the winners in a series of categories, and one individual will be named Britain’s most influential woman in the automotive industry.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The automotive sector supports around 800,000 jobs in Britain and, with record exports and productivity levels, it is an exciting industry to join. There are, right now, at least 5,000 skilled vacancies in automotive manufacturing, underlining a critical need to attract more talent. That’s why we’re delighted to support this new initiative by Autocar, to help inspire young women considering their career prospects.”Jim Holder, Autocar Editorial Director, said, “We have started this event to stimulate debate about the attractiveness of the industry we love as a place to work for everyone. At present, women are under-represented, but it is our belief that a positive focus on the numerous opportunities that a career in the industry can offer can have a real impact in reversing that trend.”The panel – Jim Holder, Steve Cropley, Rachel Burgess, Mel Falconer and Vicky Parrott from Autocar’s editorial department, plus SMMT’s Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, and Director of Communications and International, Tamzen Isacsson – will select one overall winner, as well as individuals representing a series of categories.3 The initiative is also backed by Direct Line Group, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover, with additional support from Gaia Innovation.The winners will be announced at the inaugural Great British Women in the Car Industry event on 8 July 2016.1 Automotive Council report: Employers’ Views of the Jobs and Skills Required for the UK Automotive Industry, February 20162 Skills & Demands from Industry – 2015 Survey, IET3 Award categories:ExecutiveDesignProduct DevelopmentManufacturing/PurchasingCommunicationsSalesMarketingMotorsportHRRising StarClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Ohio State mens soccer shocks No 9 Penn State 10

Junior midfielder Max Moller (29) attempts to beat his defender during a match against Penn State Nov. 2 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 1-0.Credit: Sally Xia / Lantern photographerThe men’s soccer team is no longer winless in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes handed No. 9 Penn State its first conference loss of 2013 Saturday, topping them, 1-0, in double overtime.Despite it being senior day for OSU, it was an underclassman who stole the show. Freshman forward Danny Jensen netted the winning goal for the Buckeyes (5-6-5, 1-2-2) in the 108th minute after receiving a pass from junior midfielder Max Moller.OSU Coach John Bluem said Jensen has continued to step up and is vital to the team’s success.“The last four or five games, Danny Jensen has been playing sort of the way we expected he would,” Bluem said after the win. “It took him awhile to adjust and get settled in, but using him up top is the best way to use him. The team is really finding a way to find him and use his pace.”Jensen said the team had “one of the best performances of the year” against the Nittany Lions (11-4-1, 5-1-0). He said the team was confident going in and knew it had the potential to keep up with the top Big Ten team.“We knew we could (beat them), after the first half especially,” Jensen said. “I don’t think we out played them exactly, but we had confidence that knew we could beat them. Then when it went into overtime, I wanted to win for the seniors, so it was a good goal and I’m happy.”Even though this season has been a tough one, senior defender Sage Gardner said a win like the one against Penn State shows what kind of team OSU truly is.“It’s just a testament to our character,” Gardner said. “We could have easily given up halfway through the season just based off our record and not scoring goals … we just beat the number five team Ratings Percentage Index in the nation and Big Ten Champions … we don’t have anything to lose now. We’re playing for joy and to get in the NCAA tournament and everything is building up to that.”Bluem said he has not seen his team give up either. He has been asking his players to give everything they have when they step onto the field and he has seen that these last few games.“It’s a fantastic result for us and for the seniors,” Bluem said. “We’ve been asking these guys for four or five games now to just give us everything they’ve got and just lay it out there.”A big win like the one against the Nittany Lions is something the Buckeyes can build on looking ahead to the Big Ten Tournament, Bluem said.“We still don’t have a winning record but you’d think we were national champions tonight,” Bluem said after the match. “It was a good win, and it’s a win that hopefully we can build from knowing we have to do well in the Big Ten Tournament in order to have any postseason hopes. It was a very even game. Obviously it could have easily ended at 0-0, but a great finish by Danny gives us a well-deserved and exciting win.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to conclude their regular season Friday against Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State releases 201819 nonconference schedule

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann speaks to the media following former Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop’s decision to enter the 2018 NBA draft. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State announced its non-conference schedule for the 2018-19 season Tuesday, including an intra-state matchup with Cincinnati on Nov. 7 and its first game at St. John Arena since the 2010-11 season in which the Buckeyes will take on Cleveland State on Nov. 23. In their 20-game non-conference schedule, the Buckeyes will take on four teams, Cincinnati, Creighton, Syracuse and UCLA, that played in the NCAA Tournament last season. After home games against Purdue University Fort Wayne and South Carolina State, the matchup with Cleveland State at St. John Arena will be the sixth time the Buckeyes have played in that venue since playing their last full season there in 1997-98. Ohio State will face Syracuse on Nov. 28 as a part of the Big Ten/ACC challenge. The last time the Buckeyes faced the Orange was in a 77-70 win in the East Regional Final of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. 2018-19 Ohio State non-conference schedule Nov. 1 vs. UNC Pembroke (Exhibition)Nov. 7 at CincinnatiNov. 11 vs. Purdue University Fort WayneNov. 15 at CreightonNov. 18 vs. South Carolina StateNov. 20 vs. SamfordNov. 23 vs. Cleveland State (St. John Arena)Nov. 28 vs. SyracuseDec. 15 vs. BucknellDec. 18 vs. Youngstown StateDec. 22 vs. UCLA (United Center in Chicago)Dec. 29 vs. High Point read more

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NEW GENERATION Lasse Andersson to FC Barcelona Lassa

← Previous Story NEW YEAR GIFTS: Wolff to THW Kiel, Burić to HSG Wetzlar Next Story → RK Gorenje with new coach – Marko Šibila FC Barcelona LassaLasse Andersson One of the most talented young players, twice in Handball-Planet.com Contest for the world’s best youngstars, Danish left back – playmaker Lasse Andersson will join FC Barcelona Lassa next summer, according to our sources. The 21 year-old KIF Kolding Kobenhavn shooter playing his third EHF Champions League season with 52 goals in 10 matches, which keeping him high on TOP scorers list.He netted 114 goals for two and half years in European elite competition and established himself as the good investment for the future.HANSEN’S ROADThe Danish most powerful player in this decade Mikkel Hansen had the same “destiny” – contract with FC Barcelona in age 21. Hansen stayed in Barcelona only two years, but afterwards exploded as one of the best world handball players. read more

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Fifteenyearold UK student is now the Microsoft Excel 2007 World Champion

first_imgSome kids dream of being a gold-medal-winning Olympic athlete, some dream of winning a Grammy, and then there are some who dream of winning the Worldwide Completion on Microsoft Office. Fifteen-year-old UK student Rebecca Rickwood can hold her head high as she’s now the World Champion of Microsoft Excel 2007.Rickwood competed against 228,000 other students from 57 countries. The Worldwide Completion on Microsoft Office is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. To get an invite to the World Championships, students must achieve the highest exam scores and the lowest exam-taking time. Once students get to the big league, each student competes for the World Champion in his or her category, which includes Word 2007, Word 2010, Excel 2007, and Excel 2010, as well as PowerPoint 2007.Though just 15 years old, Rickwood is a student at Sawtry Community College, a college that specializes in math and computing and runs extracurricular classes for students to learn Microsoft software. Rickwood’s teacher, Pam Kitchen, told the BBC that her student received a perfect score during her initial test and got 100 percent in the World Championship, too.Anyone’s allowed to participate in the initial round of testing, but if you want to go to the World Championships, you have to be a student enrolled in an approved, degree-seeking academic institution. Students also have to be between the ages of 13 to 22.Rickwood, the new Excel prodigy, perfected her Excel skills by studying at lunchtime and at night at school. And her extracurricular studying paid off. Not only is she a world champion, but she also get a $5,000 scholarship.This young Excel wiz is just another reason why being a geek is so awesome.via BBC. Image via Certiport’s Flickrlast_img read more

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