At AITAs coaching clinic: a dentist, engineer & banker

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) Its difficult to find something common between a dental surgeon, an IT professional, a mechanical engineer and a banker, but then sports is known to unite in more ways than one. This year, out of 35, who are attempting a seven-day AITA (level III) Foundation Coaches Course at DLTA, 16 are from diverse backgrounds ranging from engineering and journalism. All of them, share a common aim – to be a tennis coach. Some of them have already left plum jobs to pursue a career in coaching. Chennai-based Ganesh Srinivasan, who has been in the IT industry for close to three decades, has already given up a decent annual package of Rs 24 lakh to become a tennis coach – a job which might not give him more than 20,000 per month initially. “I have seen a lot of professionals, who are struggling with physical fitness. I want to help them. Playing sport creates happy hormones. I think tennis coaching is a fantastic alternate profession,” the 52-year-old, who till recently worked with Earnest and Young, told PTI. Then theres Ravi Shankar, a dental surgeon based in Tutikori, Tamil Nadu, who wants his twins to become tennis players. “I played tennis at district level but could not become a professional. I have a boy and a girl, they are twins. My wife Parvada Varthini is also a dental surgeon, MDS. She is now pushing me to become a tennis coach,” Shankar said after a training session. “I had forgotten myself but again after picking up racquet, I am getting myself back. Tennis is like meditation for me.” Bikram Barua left his job at the Royal Bank of Scotland and now wants to establish his academy in Guwahati. He already has some experience of coaching and had no hesitation in quitting his job. Then there is Vignesh Balaji, the MCA, who wants to coach kids in the rural areas of Tutikori. Also, there is Renuka Singh, who successfully pursued a Company Secretary (CS) course and worked with Mazaars but after getting married in a family of tennis professionals, she also wants to join the league. She is wife of former national champion Ashutosh Singh. Nikunj, like Renuka, played tennis as a junior but now runs a travel company in Delhi. She is also willing to give up her business and pursue her first love — tennis. Shainky Pathak became a mechanical engineer in Bhopal and was a gold medallist. But he now wants to help tennis enthusiasts in the rural areas of Madhya Pradesh, a dream which brought him to DLTA for this course. Young Karan Chouhan has an interesting story to tell. “My mothers grandfather used to coach the king of Varanasi. I learnt the game from my maternal uncle but could never become a player since my father did not like me going to tennis courts. My father passed away recently and it was on his insistence that I did MCA. I think I have fulfilled my fathers wish and can now chase my own dream.” Kanwaljit Singh, who is one of the seven ITF level III coaches in India, said they used to get one or two odd cases but this year the number is phenomenal. “Its really motivating. It shows that tennis coaching is now very respectable. People are quitting good jobs to be tennis coaches. I have never seen so many people from different backgrounds in a single group,” said Kanwaljit, who conducts the course for AITA along with Nar Singh, a DLTA coach. Nar Singh was delighted to note that more and more people are willing to join. “It shows that people are now more aware about tennis becoming a career option. More people want to play the sport so its good that we have people from good educational background to join the profession,” Singh said. PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Man City team news & likely line-up

first_imgLIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS Mohamed Salah has returned to training after missing Liverpool’s past two fixtures with a groin problem.Daniel Sturridge, who has not featured since the Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow on December 6, was also involved in the sessions after shaking off illness and a muscle injury. Alberto Moreno was back with the group on Thursday following an ankle lay-off, but is not likely to be involved on the weekend. Jordan Henderson (hamstring) hasn’t trained yet while Nathaniel Clyne (back) is a long-term absentee.OPTA MATCH FACTS Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League home games against Man City (W10 D4, since a 1-2 loss in May 2003), winning the last four in a row. Indeed, the only team Man City have had a longer winless away run against in the competition is Arsenal (15 games between 1992 and 2012). Manchester City won the reverse fixture 5-0 back in September – they’ve not done the league double against Liverpool in over 80 years, since the 1936-37 campaign that saw them win the first of their four top-flight titles. Liverpool haven’t won four Premier League games in a row since December 2016 – the fourth game of which was a home win against Manchester City. Only two teams have ever had a longer unbeaten Premier League run than Man City’s current streak of 30 without defeat – Arsenal (49 between 2003 and 2004) and Chelsea (40 between 2004 and 2005). No opposing manager has beaten Pep Guardiola more often than Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (4, level with Jose Mourinho). Mohamed Salah has been involved in 22 goals in his opening 21 Premier League games for Liverpool (17 goals, 5 assists); only two players have ever been involved in more in their opening 21 Premier League games for a club – Andy Cole at Newcastle and Dwight Yorke at Manchester United (23 each). Sergio Aguero has scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool than any other Man City player (6 in 11 games). However, the Argentine is yet to score in five visits to Anfield in the competition – only at Selhurst Park has he played as many games without finding the net.TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is at 16:00 GMT (10:00 ET) and the match will be televised live on Sky Sports in the UK. It will be shown on NBC in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. Manchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Liverpool Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 16:50 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Getty Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday Manchester City will have essentially a full strength squad for their game at Liverpool on Sunday.David Silva has been in Spain all week as he tends to a personal issue and his availability will be assessed over the weekend, though it is likely he will be able to feature.Other than that, City only have long-term injuries to worry about, barring any unforeseen late issues. 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 MAN CITY INJURIES Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus are known absentees due to knee injuries.Vincent Kompany’s exact injury status is unknown but he is unlikely to start even if available.Gabriel Jesus Manchester CityMAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Neither side have any suspensions.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP City could name what has become their strongest possible line-up at Anfield. Only Benjamin Mendy, and perhaps Gabriel Jesus, could hold serious hopes of getting into Pep Guardiola’s go-to line-up at the moment.Fabian Delph has done a fine job at left-back in Mendy’s absence, while Sergio Aguero is scoring enough goals to keep Guardiola’s concerns about his conversion rate at bay. Just about.Man City possible XI (strong)last_img read more

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Shwood X Iron & Resin Launch ‘Moto’ Collaboration

first_img Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us In their own rights, eyewear maker Shwood and motorcycle lifestyle brand Iron & Resin are established names in the men’s fashion world. Now, the two brands have brought their best elements together in the form of the Shwood X Iron & resin The Moto Collection.The two-piece capsule combines the Portland company’s quirky eyewear designs with the California cool style of its southern brethren. It all unfolds behind the inspiration of long motorcycles rides up the Pacific coastline.It starts with the Kennedy riding glasses, which are magnetic clip-ons easily remove to adjust to surrounding light. They have a “raw,” unfinished aesthetic and are available in two colors: classic Black and Havana tan. The polarized lenses are CR-39 Carl Zeiss Vision models and feature 100% UVA/UVB sun protection. The glasses are “Slim-Line” designed to slide in and out of your helmet easily. The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now Editors’ Recommendations To protect your new shades (plus the other inevitable valuables you have on your person), they’ve also created the EDC Tank Bag. It’s a heavy duty, 100% cotton canvas with a pigmented PU water-resistant coating.The bag has logical zipper and pocket systems to keep everything locked up and dry, while integrating easy attachment to plastic tanks or using a high-strength magnet mounting system. It’s meant to stand up to whatever the day’s ride throws at you. As the collaborators make clear, “The sleek and stylish tank bag is designed to fit virtually every motorcycle on the planet. The bag is the perfect size to carry everyday ride necessities like glasses, phone, wallet, cameras, tools, etc and sits securely and conveniently on the tank of your bike.” So you shouldn’t have any trouble on your first ride sporting this collection.The new Swhood X Iron & Resin Moto Collection is a nice 1-2 punch for riders who need that solid balance of durability and style while on their bike.Both pieces are on sale now here.center_img Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather last_img read more

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Virgil Abloh named Louis Vuittons menswear designer

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Paris-based fashion house Louis Vuitton has named Kanye West collaborator Virgil Abloh as its new menswear designer.The 37-year-old is founder of the Off-White label and will become, alongside Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, one of only two people of colour in charge of a major fashion house. He replaces Kim Jones, who left in January to become men’s wear designer for Christian Dior.In a statement, Abloh said “I find the heritage and creative integrity of the House are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times.”Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke Monday praised Abloh’s “innate creativity and disruptive approach (that) have made him so relevant, not just in the world of fashion but in popular culture today.”The company says Abloh’s first show will take place during men’s fashion week in Paris in June.last_img read more

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BJPs hypocritical morality exposed Akhilesh

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav Wednesday attacked the BJP for not fielding senior leaders like Murli Manohar Joshi in the Lok Sabha polls and said its “hypocritical morality” has been exposed. “What culture, way and character they are presenting by showing doors to ‘margdarshak mandal’? BJP’s hypocritical morality has been exposed,” Yadav said in a tweet in Hindi. “Youths were already not voting for the BJP and now elderly will also not do it,” he added. Joshi, L K Advani, Shanta Kumar, B C Khanduri and Kalraj Mishra were denied the ticket by the BJP, apparently on the ground of their age and grooming younger leaders in their place.last_img read more

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Bodies of two missing youths found near drain in Gr Noida

first_imgGreater Noida: Five days after they went missing, bodies of two young men were found near a drain in Dadri area of Greater Noida on early Friday morning. Cops said that the both the deceased, along with their another friend, had come to attend marriage at a village in Dadri and went untraceable after that.According to police, the deceased persons have been identified as Arun (21) and Vishal (22). Both were natives of Dhamera Adda area in Bulandshahr and had come to attend a marriage in Shahpur village of Dadri along with their friend Shiva on April 21. Cops added that Vishal was an engineer at a private company in Gurgaon while Arun worked at a pathology lab in Bulandshahr. Avanish Kumar, Circle officer, Dadri said that the bodies were spotted by a few passerby around 8 am on Friday who reported the matter to police. “Police received information from a passerby and a team rushed to the spot. We found partially decomposed bodies of two young men lying near a drain along with a hero Honda motorcycle near Saraswati Shishu Mandir school. The bodies were later identified as of those two men who went missing around five days ago.” “The family members were informed while the bodies were sent for post mortem,” said kumar. The officer further said that they are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the death and they are waiting for the autopsy reports. “Prima Facie it seems that both have died around a couple days ago as the body have stared decomposing. As of now we cannot say how they have died but we are investigating covering all the possible angles,” added Kumar Meanwhile Neeraj Malik, Station House Officer at Dadri told Millennium Post that apart from Arun and Vishal, their friend Shiva was also present with them on the night of April 21. “Victim’s friend Shiva also came with them to attend the marriage. Arun and Vishal were missing since the night of marriage while Shiva was found on April 22 from Shahpur village.” “Upon questioning Shiva about the other two persons, he told police that all the three persons had met with an accident while coming back to home. Shiva went unconscious after that and as he gained consciousness, he found him along on the road and both his friends were missing,” said Malik. Police are yet to receive any complaint into the matter while a missing complaint was lodged earlier. Meanwhile, victim’s kin have alleged that they have been murdered and their bodies were dumped at a secluded spot from where they were recovered. “We suspect that both of them have been murdered and their bodies were dumped here. We are waiting for the post mortem reports so that we can get a clear image and file a murder case against unidentified persons,” said Pappu, Vishal’s brother.last_img read more

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Draft resolution to call for continued reporting to UNHRC

There have been reports Sri Lanka may attempt to dilute the clause on foreign judges mentioned in teh 2015 resolution on Sri Lanka, but the human rights activist said that it is very unlikely. The human rights member based in Geneva said that the draft text will be discussed on Tuesday where amendments will be proposed. Requests the Office of the High Commissioner and relevant special procedure mandate holders, in consultation with and with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, to strengthen their advice and technical assistance on the promotion and protection of human rights and truth, justice, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka; (updated OP19 from HRC/30/1) Welcomes the positive engagement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the High Commissioner and the Office of the High Commissioner since October 2015, as well as the relevant special procedure mandate holders, and encourages the continuation of that engagement in the promotion and protection of human rightsand truth, justice, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka; (updated OP2 from HRC/30/1) Requests the Office of the High Commissioner to continue to assess progress on the implementation of its recommendations and other relevant processes related to reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, and to present a written update to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-seventh session, and a comprehensive report followed by discussion on the implementation of resolution 30/1 at its fortieth session.(updated OP18 from HRC/30/1) Draft Text:Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka The Human Rights Council,Reaffirming the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, (PP1 HRC/30/1) Guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights and other relevant instruments, (PP2 HRC/30/1)  The draft resolution on Sri Lanka, which is to be discussed on Tuesday, is to call for continued reporting to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), human rights groups said.A member of a leading human rights group who has seen a copy of the draft resolution, told the Colombo Gazette the text reaffirms the commitments in the previous resolution, welcomes the Government’s engagement with the Office of the High Commissioner and Special Procedures while also recognising that further significant progress is still needed, and puts in place a process for continued reporting to the HRC. “There is no suggestion of rolling back the commitment to inclusion of foreign judges in a justice mechanism, and any attempt to do so would almost certainly not succeed, as it would require opening up all the terms of the previous resolution and risk substantially undermining Sri Lanka’s international credibility,” the activist said.The final text of the follow-up resolution on Sri Lanka will be discussed by the UNHRC at the end of its ongoing session and a vote will be taken if required. (Colombo Gazette) Item 2 Reaffirming Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 of 1 October 2015 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, (NEW) Recalling Human Rights Council resolutions 19/2 of 22 March 2012, 22/1 of 21 March 2013, 25/1 of 27 March 2014, (PP3 HRC/30/1) Reaffirming that it is the responsibility of each State to ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of its entire population, (PP5 HRC/30/1)Reaffirming its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka, (PP4 HRC 30/1) Welcoming the visits to Sri Lanka from 6 to9 February 2016 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and from 31 August to2 September2016 by the United Nations Secretary-General,(NEW) Welcoming also the visit from 9 to 18 November 2015 by the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances, the visit from 26 January to 2 February 2016 by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, the joint visit from 29 April to 9 May 2016 by the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the visit from 10 to 20 October 2016 by the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, (NEW) Welcoming the steps taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to implement Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 of 1 October 2015,and recognizing in this context, the need for further significant progress,Takes Note with Appreciation the comprehensive report presented by the United Nations High Commissioner to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-fourth session, as requested by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 30/1, and requests the Government of Sri Lanka to fully implement the measures identified in Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 that are outstanding; (updated OP1 from HRC/30/1) read more

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The Latest Judge to give nod to Motel 6 settlement

PHOENIX — The Latest on a preliminary agreement in Motel 6 immigration lawsuit (all times local):3 p.m. A federal judge says he’ll give the preliminary nod to a settlement in the lawsuit by Motel 6 guests who say the chain invaded their privacy by giving their information to immigration authorities.Judge David Campbell on Friday told attorneys for Motel 6 and the civil rights group Mexican American Legal Defence and Educational Fund that he would approve the preliminary settlement by month’s end if minor changes are made in the document.The proposal makes $10 million available for claims by members of the class action suit.A class member could get $75 if the person was a registered guest and up to $10,000 if the person was placed in deportation proceedings as a result of having his or her information shared.The civil rights group sued Motel 6 in January 2018.___6 a.m.A revised settlement for Motel 6 guests who say the national chain invaded their privacy by giving their information to immigration authorities is returning to court for a judge’s review.A federal judge is to decide Friday on the proposal increasing to $10 million the total amount available for claims. Any remainder will go to non-profit migrant advocacy groups outlined in the settlement.The settlement also expands the class to include guests at Motel 6 between February 2015 and June 2019.The Mexican American Legal Defence and Educational Fund sued Motel 6 in January 2018, saying that giving guests’ information to immigration agents without a warrant violated privacy and civil rights laws.The chain’s owner G6 Hospitality LLC in Carrollton, Texas, said it later issued a directive banning the practice.The Associated Press read more

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Safety water economics come before climate for foes of local energy projects

OTTAWA – New research suggests that polarizing debates over the impacts of climate change are not the driving force behind local opposition to major energy projects.And that’s something governments and regulators need to consider as they push the transition to clean energy infrastructure such as tidal power, wind farms and hydro electricity.A report released Thursday at an industry-sponsored energy conference looks at six controversial case studies across Canada, ranging from the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal in northern British Columbia to a gas-fired electricity plant in Oakville, Ont., and shale gas exploration in rural New Brunswick.The joint project of the University of Ottawa and the Canada West foundation found that local communities are demanding a greater role in major infrastructure, whether it be wind farms, hydroelectric dams or pipelines.The study concludes that “the world of elite, centralized decision-making is a thing of the past.”That was a central theme of Thursday’s “Engage” conference at the University of Ottawa, where Perry Bellegarde, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, gave the keynote address.“The days of trinkets and beads is over,” Bellegarde told an audience of energy executives, policy experts and academics.What motivates all those local concerns was the primary focus of the research, which was funded by major fossil fuel players such as the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Alberta Energy, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission and the Canadian Gas Association.Notwithstanding the pitched public battles over climate science and environment policy, the researchers found that in the cases they studied, global warming was not a principal driver of most local opposition.“Climate change bore hardly at all on the local community attitudes in any of the cases,” writes lead author Michael Cleland.Using public opinion research and interviews with project opponents, proponents and local authorities, the report found a “far more important” list of concerns: safety; the need or rationale for the project; economics; local environmental impacts such as water contamination; poor consultation and communication; and local involvement in decision-making.Of the seven individual projects covered, three were approved and built, three were not approved and one — Northern Gateway — was conditionally approved but not built. The cases included a major electricity transmission line in Alberta, a hydro dam project in Manitoba and a (rejected) Quebec wind farm.The study calls for a fundamental rethinking of government regulatory structures, and it bursts bubbles on both sides of the energy infrastructure debate.— “Recent attempts by governments to develop seamless one-stop shopping, simplifying the system and making it more expeditious, have in many cases been counterproductive,” say the authors.— Project opponents are not ill-informed, as some energy industry boosters like to claim. “Energy literacy is not the issue,” states the report, pointing instead to the absence of trustworthy, timely and impartial information.— Negotiable factors, such as jobs and resource rents, may play a secondary role to “deeply held values — such as a pristine environment, clean air or anti-capitalist sentiment.”— And community engagement is about more than consultation and accommodation. It involves “true collaboration and creating a direct stake in the process.”The findings have implications that go far beyond today’s headlines over stalled oil pipeline applications.As the study’s authors write, “the vast majority of future decisions will focus on new ‘clean’ energy infrastructure to underpin a very low GHG economy.“As the case studies show, clean energy may be as controversial as hydrocarbon energy at the local community level.”— Follow @BCheadle on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An early version had an incorrect spelling for Perry Bellegarde’s last name. by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 1:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Safety, water, economics come before climate for foes of local energy projects read more

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DR Congo UN concerns grow over rights violations and delivery of humanitarian

“The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, is deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation of civilians in eastern DRC,” Ms. Pillay’s spokesperson, Rupert Colville, told a news briefing in Geneva. “The advances made by the M23 rebel group over the past few days have been accompanied by a significant number of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed against civilians, particularly those fleeing the combat zones,” he added. The M23 – composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April – launched new attacks over the weekend in North Kivu province, uprooting some 60,0000 civilians and prompting the peacekeeping force known as the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) to deploy attack helicopters in aid of the national army, known by the French acronym FARDC. The rebels are reported to be advancing on North Kivu’s provincial capital, Goma. In his comments to journalists, Mr. Colville said that the rebels have committed several crimes on their advance on Goma, including the wounding and abduction of civilians, looting and destruction of properties, and threatening journalists. UN human rights teams on the ground have documented cases where civilians have been targeted or killed by M23 fighters for resisting recruitment, opposing looting or for their perceived collaboration with Government forces. Yesterday, UN teams had to stop their investigative work and seek refuge in one of MONUSCO’s military bases due to shootings by M23 members in densely populated areas near Goma’s airport, close to UN assets and personnel. Mr. Colville also noted that various M23 senior commanders have a record of serious human rights violations and three of them – Sultani Makenga, Bosco Ntaganda, and Innocent Zimurinda – have been listed by a UN sanctions committee. He added that Ms. Pillay is concerned over reports of looting and the destruction of houses by retreating FARDC troops. “She is stressing that all human rights violations by all sides, including the FARDC, must be investigated and those found responsible held to account,” Mr. Colville said. “All parties to the conflict must take all possible precautions to protect the civilian population and civilian objects under their control against the effects of attacks.” During the same news briefing, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Adrian Edwards, said the escalating violence has prompted the agency to urge DRC’s neighbouring countries to refrain from forcibly returning people from the provinces of North and South Kivu until the security and human rights situations there improve. “UNHCR considers people fleeing the conflict in the Kivus and nearby affected areas as likely to be needing international refugee protection,” Mr. Edwards said. “UNHCR also cautions against returning them to safer parts of DRC, unless they have strong and close links there.” According to UNHCR estimates, the number of DRC refugees in neighbouring countries currently stands at 463,000, located mainly in Uganda, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. There are also more than 1.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Kivus as a result of the fighting – they are part of the 2.4 million IDPs in the country as a whole. Addressing the same news briefing, a spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Jens Laerke, said that the escalating violence has also made it increasingly difficult for relief agencies to deliver assistance. Mr. Laerke said that tens of thousands of people who are already IDPs in North Kivu have been forced into new displacement over the past five days. In particular, he noted that the Kanyaruchinya IDP camp located north of Goma has been emptied of its population, with its 60,000 inhabitants fleeing insecurity in the area. Although humanitarian agencies have indentified three sites near the camp where these IDPs will be able to go, assistance has slowed down in Goma, where many agencies are based, he added. In South Kivu, insecurity has also led to the suspension or reduction of humanitarian activities in some areas. “Since the beginning of the year, aid workers have been targeted in nearly 170 security incidents in the two provinces,” Mr. Laerke told the briefing. “The humanitarian community calls for unhindered access to people in need and urge the Congolese authorities – which have the primary responsibility for the protection of civilians – to engage more effectively in the protection of civilians and humanitarian workers.” read more

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February 2014 – EV registrations

SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for February and the year-to-date.Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 7,495 eligible cars registered.Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles.For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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MKB Vesprem win 18th Hungarian title

In front of 5.000 domestic fans in “Vesprem Arena”, MKB Vesprem won their 18th trophy in Hungarian League. Team coached by Lajos Mochai celebrated third win in Final Play Off serie against eternal rival on domestic ground, Pick Szeged 40:28 and finish with 3:0 this season. One month ago, MKB Vesprem won National Cup after shoot-out against same opponent. Team which finished CL competition if quaterfinal against FC Barcelona, didnt lost match in Hungary last two season.The Veszprém championship titles: 1985, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 ← Previous Story Carlos Prieto first Spanish player in Celje PL! Next Story → Draw results of the Women’s Junior World Championship in Korea read more

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House prices to fall further in 2012

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The prices for houses in Australia are set to drop by five to ten per cent, predicts a University of Western Sydney professor. Professor Steve Keen told The Age that he predicts Australians will opt to pay off more loans in the hope of releasing a capital gain. “The main force that will drive prices down is precisely the same force that drove them up: the acceleration of mortgage debt,” said Professor Steve Keen. “That is now decidedly negative in Australia.”In the past year to October, capital city home prices have already dropped four per cent. APM senior economist Andrew Wilson said that if there is no recovery from this drop, the government may look towards an effort to stimulate first home buyers. last_img read more

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State honors 9 corrections employees who work in Clark County

first_imgNine state corrections employees who work in Clark County received Department of Corrections Annual Agency Awards on Friday during a ceremony in Tumwater.The awards recognize employees for their continuous work to improve public safety. Staff members are nominated for the awards by their colleagues each year.Seven of the award recipients work at Larch Corrections Center in Yacolt, and two work at community supervision field offices in Clark County, according to a DOC press release. A total of 162 DOC employees received awards out of 1,050 nominations.The following Clark County employees were awarded:• Community Corrections Officer of the Year: Rob ‘Rees’ Campbell, Vancouver field unit.• Correctional Officer of the Year: Lerue Edwards, Larch Corrections Center.• Community Partnership: Nancy Simmons, corrections specialist, Larch Corrections Center.• Community Partnership: Zilvinias Jakstas, chaplain, Larch Corrections Center.• Equitable and Inclusive Workplace: Lisa Flynn, superintendent, Larch Corrections Center.• Excellence in Service: Mark Francis, corrections officer, Larch Corrections Center.• Outstanding Performer: Jason Richer, correctional unit supervisor, Larch Corrections Center.• Outstanding Performer: Suzann Braverman, community corrections supervisor, West Vancouver Community Justice Center.• Valor: Laurence Miller, correctional officer, Larch Corrections Center.last_img read more

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Snow report 125

first_imgSnow depths at winter recreation parking lots in the southern Gifford Pinchot National Forest:Mount St. Helens — No report.June Lake, elevation 3,440 feet, has 4 inches of snow.Wind River — Four to 6 inches at Koshko, Old Man Pass, and Lone Butte.At Surprise Lakes, 10 inches, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s automated equipment.Mount Adams — Two to 3 inches at Atkisson and Pineside, 4 to 6 inches at Flattop and SnowKing. No report for Smith Butte.Potato Hill on the north side of Mount Adams has 10 inches.Note: Oregon Sno-Park permits are no longer valid in Washington.last_img read more

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Genting Hong Kong signs MoU to develop Indonesian ports

first_img Resorts World Manila operator announces plans to delist, go private RelatedPosts “At Genting Cruise Lines, we remain highly committed to the development of Indonesia as a key cruise hub for the region, as well as an important source market and destination for the tourism industry,” said Genting Cruise Lines President Kent Zhu.“We recognize the need for updated cruise infrastructure in the area and have actively taken the lead in pioneering improvements to port facilities in order to ensure the future growth of the cruise business.“We will continue to work closely with our Indonesian counterparts in creating new opportunities for the local cruise tourism to flourish as evidenced by the successful deployments of our ships to Jakarta, Medan, North Bali and Bintan Island recently, complemented by a series of ongoing collaborations to develop additional ports across Indonesia.” Load More Genting Cruise Lines, the Genting Hong Kong subsidiary that operates Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises, has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indonesia’s state-owned terminal operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III.The MoU will see Genting and PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III work together to develop facilities at Bali’s Celukan Bawang port in order to allow ships measuring up to 350 meters in length to dock directly. They will also explore opportunities to jointly develop other cruise ports under PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III’s operation. New gaming space sees GGR soar at Resorts World Manila in 1H19 Travellers International Hotel Group sets tender price for shares in privatization pushlast_img read more

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Marans Exit SpiceJet Transfer Ownership to Ajay Singh

first_imgReutersSpiceJet’s Kalanithi Maran & KAL Airways Pvt Ltd have agreed to transfer ownership and control of the beleaguered budget airlines to its original founder Ajay Singh and his partners.The board has also directed the company to take steps to implement and undertake all necessary steps, including applying for approval of the “scheme of reconstruction and revival for the takeover of ownership, management and control of SpiceJet Ltd” by the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation.Singh has received backing from a private equity arm of JP Morgan Chase, which is expected to recapitalise the airlines with about $200 million in funding.In December, the airline was put on cash-and-carry mode by the oil companies, before credit services were reinstated. The airline owes ₹200 crore to the Airports Authority of India, with total debt expected to be around ₹3,000 crore.Last month, also saw the airline’s advance bookings being limited to 30 days, which was later reversed to allow the company to come up with the necessary working capital, amounting to about ₹8-9 crore a day.The airlines has about 5,000 employees, some of whom would have to be let go off, if the company is to make a successful turnaround.Singh is a politically connected businessman and the former promoter and owner of the airlines, which was later bought by the Marans.The last few months have seen the Tata Group re-enter the aviation sector after a gap of almost 60 years, with investments in Air Asia, a budget carrier focused on South East Asia, and through a partnership with Singapore Airlines for Air Vistara, India’s third full-service airline.In an unrelated development, Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal had to give an undertaking not to dilute his stake below 51%, reported media houses on Wednesday. Jet Airways is also saddled with a debt burden that’s almost twice its valuation.Singh and his backers are seeking clarity on applicability of a possible open offer and takeover code related guidelines in the backdrop of the investing in SpiceJet, reported Livemint.last_img read more

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Major Pride parade postponed due to killer floods in India

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘As Queer beings, we are all well aware of what it is to lead lives filled with marginalization and violence. We cannot stand idly by as so many in the State continue to face this tragic circumstance; instead, we will show up and support them in every way that we can,’ they said.Kerala’s deadly floodsThe floods have displaced more than 150,000 people and with rains not expected to ease until after the weekend, the death toll is expected to rise further.The state chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, described the situation as ‘extremely grave’.Kerala is considered one of India’s most progressive on LGBTI issues, especially in relation to the trans community.The state government created job quotas for trans people and held the country’s first trans athletics competition. It also established a minimum quota for trans university students and offered to subsidize trans people’s gender affirming surgeries.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Organizers of a major Pride parade in India have postponed the event after major floods killed almost 200 people.center_img Kerala Queer Pride 2017. | Photo: Facebook Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/major-pride-parade-postponed-due-to-killer-floods-in-india/ Scheduled for this week, the Kerala Queer Pride team pushed it to October. Organizers made the decision after the worst monsoon in almost a hundred years devastated the south western state.Organizers said they planned to donate money they fundraised for the event to the Chief Minister’s Fund to help flood victims.‘As you might have heard, the weather in Kerala has taken a drastic turn for the worse today. Several community members have also reached out to say that travel has become impossible for them,’ organizers said in a statement.‘As a result, we are forced to postpone this year’s Pride, which was to be held on August 16/17. We apologize sincerely and unreservedly for any inconveniences caused; but as we’re sure you understand, there really was no way we could have foreseen this sudden cyclonic formation. ‘We do not wish to put the community at any more risk than we’re already facing.’Organizers said it would also not be appropriate to hold a celebratory event while so many people are suffering in the state.last_img read more

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Emirates trucking ally

first_imgEmirates Airlines has signed a contract with Dubai based trucking company Allied Transport in order to move its freight fleet to Al Maktoum Airport (DWC). “Emirates SkyCargo’s terminal at DWC, the new home of our entire freighter fleet, is a global cargo terminal with world-class facilities,” Emirates divisional senior vice president, Nabil Sultan said. Emirates currently operates a fleet of 12 freight aircraft, with 10 Boeing 777Fs and two Boeing 747-400ERFs.  “The development progress is well on track and we are ready to start operations soon.” The agreement means that Allied Transport will transport Emirates SkyCargo planes to DWC over the next five years, including operation of 45 trucks in the first year. All remaining passenger services will operate from Dubai International Airport. Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more

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Following months of development Tourism Ireland i

first_imgFollowing months of development, Tourism Ireland is launching its first major global campaign since 2011 – “Fill your heart with Ireland”, created by the heart-rate data of two of its visitors.Tourism Ireland invited a married couple (who had never visited Ireland) to take a trip on the island, wearing custom-made technology to track their physiological responses along the way. The couple were hooked up to covert heart monitors, which were linked to a head-mounted camera that captured all of their experiences. The data provided by these heart-rate monitors determined what footage featured in the advertising.The campaign showcases 17 less-well-known locations across the island, with all of them affecting the heart rates of the couple, which Tourism Island says just goes to show that ‘ …even the hidden gems, just as much as the obvious attractions, can excite, inspire and entertain.’“This is the world’s first-ever marketing campaign to use tourists’ biometric data to design an advert. We have combined data and creativity to literally show how the island of Ireland fills visitors’ hearts with positive emotion. The ad has researched extremely positively because viewers can see it is clearly authentic and credible, and it motivates them to want to travel to Ireland to experience this for themselves,” said Mark Henry, Central Marketing Director at Tourism Ireland.“Our new campaign, ‘Fill Your Heart with Ireland’, presents Tourism Ireland with a great opportunity to drive continued growth to the regions next year and to encourage visitors to travel off-peak,” said Tourism Ireland Manager Australia/New Zealand Sofia Hansson.“It will feature locations that have been less visited by overseas visitors and will also highlight outdoor activities like cycling, walking and kayaking. We are confident that our new campaign will set the island of Ireland apart from our competitor destinations and help deliver another record year for overseas tourism in 2019.” Tourism Irelandlast_img read more

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