Maoists kill civilian in Gadchiroli

first_imgSuspected Maoists allegedly killed a civilian in Gadchiroli district on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.The deceased, Pandurang Pada (45), was a resident of Horekasa village in Dhanora division.According to the Gadchiroli district police, eight to 10 armed Maoists entered Pada’s house around midnight and forced him to come along with them. His wife and children protested and asked where they planned to take him, but the Maoists threatened them too. Villagers gathered in front of Pada’s house and requested the Maoists not to harm him. “But the Maoists did not listen to the villagers and forcibly took Pandurang along with them to a nearby forest. When the villagers went to the forest after hearing a gunshot, his body was found with a bullet wound on his chest,” the police said in a statement.In a separate incident, Maoists torched a vehicle in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on the some time between Friday night and Saturday. No one was injured in the incident as the rebels had asked the driver and passengers in the vehicle to get off before setting it on fire.They also left some pamphlets on Sukma-Konta road condemning the killing of 40 Maoists by “contract killer” in two encounters in Gadchiroli last month.last_img read more

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Is crop insurance scheme losing steam?

first_imgMore than 84 lakh farmers, which is around 15% of the total farmers insured in the first year of the Union government’s ambitious Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in 2016-17, withdrew themselves from the scheme in 2017-18, a reply to an RTI application has revealed. It includes 68.31 lakh farmers from the four Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled States of Madhya Pradesh, Maharasthra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.Profit margins The crop insurance companies, including Reliance, ICICI, HDFC and IFFCO, among others, have registered a total profit of around ₹15,795 crore since the launch of the scheme, though the final profit margins could change since the insurance claims for 2017-18 Rabi crops are yet to be estimated. The profits for 2016-17 are approximately ₹6,459 crore, said the RTI reply.Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana2016-172017-18Loanee farmers4,35,52,7153,51,36,128Non-loanee farmers1,36,64,4441,36,34,387Number of farmers insured5,72,17,1594,87,70,515Gross Premium₹22,36,211.08₹25,04,587.20Estimated Claims₹16,44,855.77₹17,99,254.41Approved Claims₹16,24,270.97₹16,61,116.39Claim Paid₹15,90,247.23₹15,71,025.50No. of farmers against paid claims3,01,26,40312601048Note: Majority claims for Rabi 2017-18 are yet to be estimated/approved by the companies.(The amount for premium and claims is in lakhs) | Source: RTI application by P.P. Kapoor dated September 12, 2018‘Scheme a fiasco’Panipat-based RTI activist P.P. Kapoor, who sought the information from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, alleged that the crop insurance scheme was a “fiasco” as shown by the figures and aimed at benefiting the private insurance companies in the name of farmers. He said the government would have done better to directly help the farmers than route it through the insurance companies.As per the RTI figures, 5,72,17,159 farmers enrolled themselves for the crop insurance scheme in 2016-17, including 4,35,52,715 loanee farmers and 1,36,64,444 non-loanee farmers. But the number of these farmers dwindled to 4,87,70,515 for 2017-18 with the number of insured loanee farmers going down to 3,51,36,128, but the number of non-loanee farmers remaining almost stagnant at 1,36,34,387. As per the scheme, the crop loans through Kisan Credit Cards — or in other words for loanee farmers — are covered under compulsory coverage.Among the four States, the maximum number of 31,25,025 farmers have withdrawn themselves from the scheme in Rajasthan, followed by Maharashtra (19,46,992), Uttar Pradesh (14,69,052) and Madhya Pradesh (2,90,312). In South India, the number of insured farmers in Karnataka has decreased from 27,37,667 to 16,08,569, while their number has marginally gone up for Andhra Pradesh from 17,74,444 to 18,18,449.Losses in T.N., AndhraThough the insurance companies made several thousand crore rupees profit in the first year of the launch of the scheme, they suffered losses in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh the same year. In Tamil Nadu, the total claim paid by the insurance companies was around ₹3,35,562 lakh against the gross premium of approximately ₹1,22,737 lakh. Similarly, the companies made a loss of around ₹3,012 lakh in Andhra Pradesh.last_img read more

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Final fall

first_imgPH heads to world group on winning note Out of the title race and with little to fight for, Paran and the Lady Bulldogs fought like a trophy was at stake and doomed University of the Philippines’ season with a 25-21, 26-24,17-25, 23-25, 17-15 victory Sunday in UAAP women’s volleyball at Mall of Asia Arena.Paran scored 15 points for NU, backstopping star Princess Robles, who fired 20 points as the Lady Bulldogs crushed the Lady Maroons’ Final Four hopes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThat meant free passes for University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern U, whose supporters were the ones cheering on NU knowing that a win by the Lady Bulldogs would have their school joining league-leading Ateneo and defending champion La Salle in the semifinals.NU libero Jennifer Nierva, who accounted for 30 excellent digs and 27 excellent receptions, said the crowd support “hyped” them up. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Audrey Paran noticed a major change of colors in the National University cheering section.“We were shocked that fans wearing green and yellow were cheering for us,” Paran said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sisi Rondina fired 21 points for UST, which hiked its record to 9-4, just half a game behind La Salle in the final footrace for the second twice-to-beat incentive.But to tab that semifinal bonus, UST must beat NU in its last game and hope that FEU defeats La Salle.“Hopefully we can get a better ranking in the semis so we can really do our best,” added Reyes, whose charges were left out of Final Four the past two seasons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments “It’s like everyone wanted us to win,” she said.The Lady Bulldogs improved to 4-9, while inflicting on the Lady Maroons their seventh loss in 13 matches.That meant UST can now focus on a last-gasp bid for a twice-to-beat berth after the Tigresses turned back the Lady Tamaraws in the second game, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23.UST’s victory avenged a first-round loss to FEU in a game where the Tigresses lost star sophomore Milena Alessandrini due to injury.“We have a better ranking now,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes in Filipino. “I think we are assured of Final Four, but we want to finish the eliminations on a high note.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

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Warriors star Kevin Durant injures right calf in Game 5 win

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, center, limps off the court during the second half of Game 5 of the team’s second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California— Golden State star Kevin Durant strained his right calf during the third quarter of the Warriors’ 104-99 playoff victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, leaving his status uncertain for the remainder of the Western Conference semifinal.The Warriors took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, but Durant’s status cast a shadow over the win.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Painful Process: Joel Embiid’s woes coming at bad time for 76ers Curry and the rest of the Warriors were thankful Durant wasn’t more seriously hurt.Even coach Steve Kerr initially feared Durant might have injured his Achilles.“When I walked into the coaches office after the game the replay of the play was going on and I thought the same thing because he kind of looked back like he had been kicked or something,” Kerr said. “I thought, I’ve seen that before with guys who have hurt their Achilles. That was my first question and I was assured it’s the calf. It’s a calf strain and not the Achilles.”Durant limped to the locker room after landing awkwardly on his right foot following a baseline jumper with 2:11 left in the quarter.“That looked like it was way worse than a calf strain,” teammate Draymond Green said.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img MOST READ “He’s obviously down because he’s injured and doesn’t really know the extent of it,” Stephen Curry said.Durant was scheduled for an MRI exam Thursday and his status for Game 6 on Friday night in Houston had yet to be determined.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You lose your best player, it’s deflating,” said Klay Thompson, who scored 27 points and had a layup to seal it with 4.1 seconds remaining.READ: With Kevin Durant down, Warriors fight off Rockets to pull ahead 3-2 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting He finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP was averaging 35.4 points in the playoffs coming into the day.“Disappointed for him,” Kerr said. “Excited about the win but concerned for Kevin and disappointed for him. He’s been on this incredible playoff run and I’m proud of our guys for pulling the game out. We’ll see how Kevin’s doing tomorrow.”Kerr said the coaching staff would use time on the flight to Texas on Thursday to reconfigure the rotation with the idea Durant might have to sit out Game 6.The Rockets were hopeful of seeing Durant on the court Friday.“You hate to see anybody go down, especially somebody we know that well,” Houston’s Chris Paul said. “We want their best shot. That’s their go-to guy. Hopefully he’s all right. We’ll see.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

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Arsenal urged to pursue Martial & Dembele

first_imgArsenal have been told they would be “crazy” not to move for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial if he became available, while Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele would be a “bonus”.The Gunners have been linked with plenty of attacking talent heading towards another transfer window.They already have plenty on their books, but the opportunity to land players of considerable potential will not be passed up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! With that in mind, Gunners legend Lauren believes Unai Emery should be positioning himself at the front of the queue if an exit door is opened at Old Trafford.He told Sporting Bet: “If Martial doesn’t renew his contract at Man Utd, Arsenal would be crazy not to try and snap him up.“He’s a fantastic player and is starting to show what he can really do when given a good run of games.“Martial won’t go anywhere without being guaranteed first-team football, which I think he would get at Arsenal.”Martial has endured his struggles with United, but has taken on more responsibility and delivered a number of impressive performances over recent weeks.Jose Mourinho has offered no indication that he would be prepared to sanction a sale, with his side in need of attacking inspiration of their own.Ousmane Dembele, BarcelonaThat will likely force Arsenal to look elsewhere, with another troubled Frenchman reported to be on their radar.World Cup winner Dembele has not enjoyed the best of times since making a €105 million move to Barcelona, with transfer talk sparked on the back of his struggles.Lauren feels the 21-year-old would be another shrewd addition as he ticks plenty of boxes for the Gunners.“Everything about his style of play matches what Arsenal are looking for,” said a Premier League title winner.“He isn’t getting the playing time at Barcelona, or playing in his strongest position, but Arsenal’s high intensity will allow him to reach his potential.“Dembele can play on either side of the pitch, which is a bonus and he’s showed that he can do it against the big teams, coming off the bench to rescue points for Barcelona.“I would love to see him at Arsenal.”last_img read more

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Sam Kerr nets four as Australia qualify for Women’s World Cup last 16

first_imgWomen’s football Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Australia sport match reports Golden Boot Standings: top scorers for France 2019 World Cup Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share via Email Fired with a desire to show better than their opening two matches, Jamaica ratcheted the heat and the tempo – flyer Mireya Grey twice rounding young left-back Karly Roestbakken, who was handed her first Matildas start.A vocal travelling Jamaica support was quickly quietened, with just 11 minutes gone Australia’s goal-getter-in-chief Kerr rose highest off Emily Gielnik’s cross – a sixth strike in nine games under the coach who handed her the armband.Despite the complex permutations surrounding how the Matildas could yet finish top of Group C, Ante Milicic promised pre-game that his side would stick to their principles. Dominating possession and building from the back with patience – there would be no kick and rush to chase goal difference.As a gentler match cadence settled in, Australia continued to probe down the periphery. The solar-powered Ellie Carpenter looked to maraud and overload with aplomb – delivery from deep the modus operandi for Australiae. It took Sam Kerr 10 World Cup games to find her first goal, but over 90 pulsating minutes in Grenoble the Matildas’ talisman fashioned four more – a first ever World Cup hat-trick for an Australian – to help her side secure second place in Group C and an appointment with Norway in Nice. Read more Share on Messenger Havana Solaun rounds Australia goalkeeper Lydia Williams before scoring Jamaica’s first ever World Cup goal. Photograph: Greig Cowie/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Read more Matildas David Squires on … the Women’s World Cup, goals and good old VAR Jamaica 1-4 Australia: Women’s World Cup 2019 – as it happened Twitter Share on Twitter Jamaica women’s football team Women’s World Cup Topics The bustling Khadija Shaw, dropping deeper to her preferred attacking midfield position, looked to spark a fire once more – the 180cm wrecking-ball left her mark on Carpenter with one robust challenge, before firing a Roberto Carlos-esque free-kick from long range to re-invigorate the Jamaican fan contingent.But if Jamaica had planned for an aerial bombardment, they couldn’t prevent it. Katrina Gorry turned provider just before half time and again it was talisman, Kerr, who left Nicole McClure flat-footed between the posts.She wouldn’t stop there, capping one of the all-time striker’s World Cup performances to guide Australia through to the last 16, with Italy top on goal difference, and Brazil third on goals scored. Naming her “the best player in the world” pre-game, Jamaican coach Hue Menzies identified stopping Kerr and cutting out Australia’s supply from wide areas as his side’s two chief challenges. They could do neither.And yet for over 60 minutes the Reggae Girlz delighted 17,402 fans, finally delivering a performance in keeping with their prodigious potential. Havana Solaun sent Jamaica’s fans into rapture shortly after the interval with their first ever World Cup goal. It was a work of art. Khadija Shaw won the ball through pure determination, before feeding an exquisite pass that bisected Australia’s defence. Except that either side of this historic moment, Kerr would have her say.As Australia’s position on the Group C live-table bounced dramatically – Marta’s penalty against Italy momentarily sending the Matildas into third – 1,200 travelling Matildas fans cancelled AirBnBs in Nice, furiously researched Le Havre or Grenoble, before again settling on France’s coastal gem.The permutations weren’t resolved until the final minute and the final kick. It kept a nervous tension inside the Stade des Alpes with as many dramatic peaks and troughs as Grenoble’s famous vistas.Milicic was full of praise for Kerr and her qualities both as a goal scorer and a captain. “She’s an inspirational leader,” he said. “We as an Australian footballing community should be thankful that we’re witnessing one of the best players in the world, live. If there’s one player that you’re really happy to score the goals, it’s Sammy. So I’m delighted for her – it’s history, as an Australian player at a World Cup to do what she’s done.”A traveller to Grenoble doesn’t associate the Alps with blistering heat but under the watchful eye of the Chartreuse mountains a 29C sun shone even at 9pm local for kick-off. Reuse this content Women’s World Cup 2019 Facebook last_img read more

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Filson and the U.S. Forest Service Collaborate to Raise Awareness About Forest Fires

first_img The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Climate change seems to be the buzzword of 2017 and for good reason: Record temps and record rains with equally record droughts plus that iceberg the size of Delaware that just decided to break free. Also, forest fires have been in the news now almost year round.Some not so fun fire facts:Climate change worsens drought and other conditions, which are expected to increase areas of severe burns by 50-100 percent by 2050.Wildfires in the United States typically burn between 4 million and 9 million acres each year.In 2015, 58,916 human-caused wildfires burned over 2 million acres alone.There are 140 million people with 40 million homes living in fire-prone areas in the United States.Filson has been hard at work forging a partnership with the United States Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation (NFF), the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service. The main goal of this collaboration is telling the unsung stories of the heroes of the U.S. Forest Service. It’s a love letter to the agency, recognizing the invaluable and irreplaceable role the agency and the individuals within it have played in our collective outdoor experiences, whether it’s building trails and roads so that we have access to the places that we choose to spend our free time, or literally protecting our homes and livelihoods when wildfires break out.We have been working with Filson to interview some of the firefighters they photographed from the North Western Smokejumpers out of Redmond Air Center (near Redmond, Oregon). Unfortunately, they are too busy putting out fires (in the literal sense) to speak to us.We did get to speak to Filson’s Creative Director, Alex Carleton who said, “From its legacy of stewardship managing 193 million acres of public lands and natural resources to its steadfast commitment to serve ‘the greatest good for the greatest number in the long run,’ the U.S. Forest Service embodies the ethos of the Filson brand and our customers.” He continues, “We have a fundamental belief that our country’s greatness is rooted in its natural resources, and we’re happy to collaborate with the organization responsible for managing those resources.” Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Editors’ Recommendations ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video is not playable. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_NOT_PLAYABLE Interestingly, Filson was one of the original approved apparel suppliers to the U.S. Forest Service back in 1905 and in honor of that shared history, they’ve also created an extremely limited collection of products with the U.S. Forest Service logo that debuts today. The collection includes classic Filson styles along with some new pieces, in colorways and logo treatments they’ve never done before–like black on black Tin Jackets with black U.S. Forest Service logos. There are also large blankets woven with the USFS shield at the Original Mill in Pendleton, Oregon, enamel mugs, water bottles, a beanie, tees and one good looking watch.In addition to the great gear on offer, NFF and a group of volunteers from Filson, with assistance from other local partners, are completing restoration work on the Heybrook Lookout Tower in Index, Washington. An important fixture in the history of Washington State forestry, as it is one of only two fire lookout towers in the state available for the public to reserve, the tower was deemed unsafe for overnight stays in 2015. When the tower is re-opened to the public later this summer, it will be an ideal place for outdoor enthusiasts to escape to for recreation in the beautiful forests of the Central Cascades.“We’re excited to be partnering with Filson, which understands and appreciates the Pacific Northwest’s rich outdoor heritage,” said Jim Peña, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester. “Working together, we’ll be able to restore the Heybrook Lookout Tower and help tell the story of the many ways national forests contribute to the people and communities of the Pacific Northwest.”Smokey the Bear couldn’t be happier. Session ID: 2019-10-21:bb99e981e8390996b352ecc7 Player Element ID: vjs_video_3 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Bid On Celebrity Eyewear And Benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles

first_imgUnique eyewear designer, Stevie Boi, is auctioning off some of his celebrity-worn items to raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles on Closets For Causes.Steve Boi Charity AuctionStevie Boi has teamed up with Closets For Causes to auction off some of his one-of-a-kind glasses like the ones worn by Anna Dello Russo, Fergie and Eva Marcille.Fans have the opportunity to bid on the Attackz shades and limited edition gold-spiked eye patch seen on and adored by Anna Dello Russo, the Fergz glasses rocked by Fergie during her Black Eyed Peas performance for Science is Rock and Roll, the Shines shades that were fiercely worn by America’s Next Top Model winner Eva Marcille, and a pair that graced the cover of Vogue Italia. In addition to these eye-catching sunglasses, Closets For Causes is also auctioning hand-painted tees, adorned with images of celebrity icons that were part of an exclusive collaboration with Anthony Pieters for Australia Fashion Week 2011.The Baltimore native has pushed the boundaries with his latest collection, “Leather” which features dark, sexy and chic pieces. His pieces have been worn by daring stars who push the limits of fashion. Stevie’s big break was landing his eyewear on the cover of the Vogue Italia November 2011 issue, shot by Steven Meisel plus an additional six page spread entitled The A Train featuring pieces from his collection “Coexist”. Stevie Boi now specializes in high fashion, runway, ready-wear shades and accessories, and is a favorite of Vogue Japan Editor-at-Large Anna Dello Russo.“I am very excited to team up with Closets For Causes on this campaign. I make fearless sunglasses so people can be who they are while rockin’ their own style. I’m honored to help support the fight against AIDS, and have my creations touch more lives than just those who wear them” says Stevie Boi.AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education, and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation.In 2013, APLA marks its 30th year of operation and is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. Annually, the agency provides direct services and HIV prevention education to more than 11,000 clients in Los Angeles, a city with the second-largest HIV/AIDS epidemic in the nation.“We are extremely happy to have the support of Stevie Boi. His decision to support our efforts to end the spread of HIV/AIDS and get those infected with the disease into the medical care system so that they can live happy, healthy and productive lives is commendable” says Clarence Williams, Corporate & Major Gifts Officer.Find out more here.last_img read more

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Nigerian UN officer donates uniforms to Liberian National Police

13 April 2007In another example of the ongoing personal contributions made by United Nations uniformed personnel to the countries where they are deployed, a Nigerian police officer serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has provided sets of uniforms and accessories worth $7,000 to the national police there. Aliyu Abubakar’s donation to the Liberia National Police (LNP) includes 60 sets of police uniform, 60 reflective jackets, 100 pocket notebooks, 110 hand gloves, 50 Fez caps, 60 reflective hand bands and 60 whistles. It came in fulfillment of a promise he made last year when the LNP launched the programme “Help the Police to Help You” to appeal to the public for assistance, UNMIL said in a news release. “This is the small way I can assist enhance the capacity of the Liberian police and ensure that UNMIL achieves its mandate,” Mr. Abubakar said in presenting the items. The Nigerian police officer called for the institution of a monthly motivational package for officers of the Traffic Unit of the LNP, pledging that each month he would personally sew a new police uniform for the three most dedicated officers in the unit. Receiving the items, LNP Deputy Inspector-General of Police for Administration, Asatu Bah Kenneth praised Mr. Abubakar as a police officer who approaches his duty with humility, love, and commitment. UN Police Coordinator for Reform and Restructuring, Mohammed Thatha, also hailed Mr. Abubakar for his concern for the public appearance of the LNP traffic officers, saying that with their daily interaction with the public, traffic officers carry the image of the police. “The image of the police depends largely on the appearance and conduct of the traffic officer,” he pointed out, adding that UNMIL is committed to helping re-build the image of the LNP to regain the trust of the people. In another development, UNMIL chief Alan Doss on Thursday commissioned the newly rehabilitated Owensgrove Police Station, some 50 kilometres south of the country’s capital Monrovia, which was renovated by the Mission. The completion of the project brings to 25 the total number of police stations constructed and rehabilitated under the UNMIL Quick Impact Projects programme in eleven counties. “UNMIL recognizes that without the rule of law and the presence of the police, it would be difficult to stimulate economic recovery,” Mr. Doss said, noting that effective policing could only be done with the active support and involvement of the communities. Thanking UNMIL, Ms. Asatu Bah Kenneth challenged her fellow LNP officers to demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and responsibility in the discharge of their duties. “This will ensure that the people of Owensgrove can feel safe and have a sense of security,” said County Superintendent Julia Duncan Cassell. UNMIL was established in 2003 to support Liberia’s ceasefire and peace process, and currently has over 15,200 uniformed personnel, along with around 500 international civilian personnel, almost 1,000 local staff and 220 UN Volunteers. Late last month, the Security Council extended UNMIL’s mandate and, citing progress in a number of areas including the re-integration of former fighters, asked the Secretary-General to report on plans to draw down the level of blue helmets in Liberia. Mr. Doss has assured Liberians that UNMIL would not leave the job half done. “We have a lot of work to do to ensure that those trained are out there to help protect the people of Liberia and that they have the means to do it.” read more

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UN convening power can help bolster development initiatives

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued its 2005 substantive session yesterday with a review of operational activities for development cooperation. Jose Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said that increasing the volume of financial contributions and improving the ways in which those contributions were secured was essential to the UN system’s capacity to help Member States achieve their goals and objectives – including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – that constituted the UN Development Agenda.The UN’s development role focused not on financial aid, but on building national capacity. To maintain that capacity, three essential ingredients were necessary: strong “unearmarked” or “core-funding;” good management practices and corresponding reforms within the UN system. The latter two were driven, in part, by a concern for greater efficiency. That greater efficiency, in turn, was as crucial in the use of development aid as increasing aid levels, he said.Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), stressed that development was a human process that needed to stay focused on people. “Yes, development is about building capacity. But it is also about building trust, building relationships and building momentum to unleash energy and accelerated action.”She went on to describe a number of challenges ahead, as the UNFPA used its experience and responsibility to leverage national and international resources to help meet the internationally agreed-upon goals and targets and the priorities set by the international community.One challenge was setting performance measures as incentives for staff to make the necessary shifts, as the agency provides an environment that supports and motivates them. Another challenge was achieving the right mix of staff and skills at the country level, away from project-based to sector-level working. Yet another challenge is placing more attention on enhancing south-south cooperation and enhancing collaborative regional support for capacity development and technical assistance.Bruce Jenks, Assistant Administrator and Director, Bureau for Resources and Strategic Partnerships (BRSP) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said that deep, underlying tensions within the current development financing system could not be easily resolved.In looking at development financing, it was necessary to focus on “critical mass funding”, or simply what was needed to get the job done. Conflicts sometimes arose between development ownership and concerns about delivery and capacity, if new sums of funding arrived. The starting point was not a funding crisis in the UN system, but to assure that the critical mass of funding would do the job. It was fine to have broad discussions about reform and structures, but challenges often lay in particular countries, rather than in the general sense. read more

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UN to hold solemn series of events in memory of Holocaust victims

Over six decades after the liberation of the Nazi death camps began, the United Nations this week will hold a series of solemn events culminating on Friday with the first universal observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.The activities, which are being organized by the UN Department of Public Information, stem from the General Assembly’s decision, taken one year ago, to designate the International Day on 27 January, the date the Auschwitz camp fell to allied forces in 1945.The 191-member Assembly adopted that resolution by consensus. Its provisions reject any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event and condemn all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, whenever they occur.Welcoming its adoption at the time, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the annual event would serve as an important reminder of the universal lessons of the Holocaust and pledged to mobilize civil society for Holocaust remembrance and education in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.Activities this week will include the UN Chronicle e-alert on Holocaust and genocide-related articles. The e-alert can be accessed by visiting www.un.org/Pubs/chronicle/e_alert.asp. On Tuesday, the Under-Secretary-General for Public Information, Shashi Tharoor, will open a travelling exhibit entitled “Remembrance and Beyond: No Child’s Play” from Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum. The opening at UN Headquarters will feature a high school student reading the poem “Dream,” written in the Lodz ghetto by Avremek Koplowitz, a 13-year old who later perished at Auschwitz. That evening, the UN will screen the movie “Fateless,” based on the novel by the same name by Nobel Literature Laureate Imre Kertesz which follows a 14-year Jewish boy from Budapest to the Buchenwald concentration camp. On Thursday, the UN’s weekly NGO briefing will be devoted to the issue, featuring Ambassador Dan Gillerman of Israel and Judea Pearl, President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Their remarks will focus on promoting tolerance, cross-cultural understanding and communication. The same evening, a candlelight vigil will be held in the UN Visitors’ Lobby where Holocaust survivors and others will gather for a solemn ceremony. Six Holocaust survivors, representing the six million perished, will read excerpts from the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Friday’s events will feature a programme that will begin with a message from Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Other participants will include a number of dignitaries as well as Holocaust survivor Gerda Klein, who will be introduced by Roman Kent, Chairman of the American Gathering of Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust. The programme will include the first lecture in a proposed annual series on the theme “Remembrance and Beyond” by Professor Yehuda Bauer, Advisor to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. It will be webcast live at: www.un.org/webcast/index.asp. read more

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Negative forces at work in DR Congo threaten largely peaceful relations across

The UN’s outgoing Special Envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes region on Tuesday said countries there had made “important steps towards durable peace and stability” in the last 20 years, resulting in a region that is now “largely peaceful”.Said Djinnit, told the Security Council that “this progress notwithstanding, the continue presence of negative forces in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), perpetuates insecurity and mistrust between some countries.”He noted that allegations that some neighbouring countries had given support to some of the armed groups that operate with relative impunity in restive eastern DRC and across its borders, “continue to threaten cordial relations and stability”. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeSaid Djinnit, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, briefs the Security Council on the situation in the Great Lakes region.“They are compounded by the continuing illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources”, across the mineral-rich countryside of DRC, which has funded so much of the militia violence, said the envoy, and “the re-emergence of tensions between some countries of the region have further hampered efforts to yield the full potential of cooperation”, he warned.Mr. Djinnit said that ending the chronic instability and violence resulting from armed militia activity, required the “sustained attention” of Council members, noting that “greater regional cooperation will be necessary to effectively neutralize the negative forces operating in eastern DRC, and transform natural resources into vehicles of shared prosperity.”The Special Envoy – whose more than four-year term of office ends this month – said that there was a “continued need to strengthen existing confidence-building mechanisms” and “opportunities for dialogue” between the 13 countries of the region, “to address differences where they exist, and strengthen the trust and cooperation between them.” read more

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Adams honoured for decade of excellence

Lined up at Wednesday’s event were, from left, Chris Critelli, Murray Nystrom, Ward Dilse, Lorne Adams, Joe Kenny and Maureen Connelly.Lorne Adams was surrounded by family, friends and colleagues on Wednesday night as more than 120 people filled Brock’s Bob Davis Gym to honour Adams’ contributions to Brock Athletics over the past decade.Besides being left speechless at the presentation of a rowing shell which has been named the Dr. Lorne Adams, the guest of honour also got some roasting at the hands of his close friends OUA Executive Director Ward Dilse, professor Maureen Connolly and Brock’s head athletic therapist Joe Kenny.Dilse and Brock interim director of Athletics Chris Critelli also presented Adams with a signed OUA Championship banner and a Brock Badgers game day chair.Adams stepped down this past summer after 10 years as Brock’s director of Athletics, during which time he oversaw 50 championships in various sports, including 31 provincial and 19 national titles.Adams’ passion for sport and commitment to education has inspired students to exceed their goals in the game and in the classroom, and helped redefine the term “student-athlete”.Besides his many athletic achievements, Adams won the prestigious national 3M Canada Teaching Fellowship Award in 2004.Adams has served as a faculty member, administrator, coach and director of Athletics in his 35 years at Brock. Some of his more memorable moments in athletics came when Brock won the men’s soccer national title in 2002, the men’s national basketball crown in 2007- 08, and a remarkable eight straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s wrestling national championships. read more

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Ohio State mens tennis sets NCAA record with 185th straight home win

Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz and other members of the OSU men’s tennis team are congratulated by OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith after a match against Northwestern. OSU won, 4-3, to set the NCAA record for consecutive home wins with 185.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerMore than a decade of dominance was culminated in history for the Ohio State men’s tennis team against Northwestern.The No. 2 Buckeyes (20-2, 5-0) defeated the No. 28 Wildcats, 4-3, Friday at the Varsity Tennis Center for their 185th consecutive home victory, the most by any team in NCAA history.The Stanford women’s tennis previously held the record, going undefeated in Palo Alto, Calif., from 1999-2011. The Buckeyes began their home dominance with a 5-2 win over Purdue April 5, 2003.“Obviously you’re happy for the guys in the room. They were able to come together and fight,” OSU coach Ty Tucker said. “For five or six straight matches all we do is talk about the streak.  People come out, there’s excitement around tennis because of the streak. Every time we have to rise up and win and we were able to do it. And it wasn’t easy.”The Wildcats (12-8, 1-3) did their best to come in and put an end to the streak and send the crowd — one that included OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith — home in disappointment.Doubles play began with the Buckeye duo of redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach breaking serve early and holding on to beat sophomore Mihir Kumar and freshman Konrad Zieba, 8-6.The Buckeyes’ No. 6-ranked team of senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka stayed on serve all match with senior Raleigh Smith and freshman Sam Shropshire. In the tiebreak though, Kobelt took over. He was responsible for five points en route to the 8-7 (7-2) victory, securing the doubles point and putting OSU just only three singles wins away from the record.The Wildcats came out strong in singles, earning three first set wins. Unfortunately for them, they needed one more.Metka was off first, breaking Kumar’s serve once each set and holding his own serve the whole match to win 6-3, 6-3.Mere minutes after Metka’s victory, Steinbach dominated his second set tiebreak to defeat junior Alex Pasareanu 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).With only one more win needed to go down in history, OSU turned again to Kobelt, the captain and lone senior on the squad.After cruising in the first set, Kobelt found himself tied at five with Smith in their second set. Sensing the match was within grasp, he finally got the break he needed and crossed the court with the chance to win on his serve.With recording devices of all kind in the air trying to capture the moment, Kobelt fired a huge serve that Smith barely returned over the net. When the ball just made it over, Kobelt smashed it into the corner for the winner and 6-1, 7-5 victory.Afterwards, Kobelt said he knew he had the opportunity to close things out.“Our coaches always tell us not to watch the scoreboard, but it’s a pretty nice and big scoreboard, so you end up catching yourself looking up at it,” Kobelt said. “There was a moment where I was like ‘It’s going to come down to me.’”Although the remaining matches had to be finished before the teams could head to the locker rooms, the crowd stayed the whole time to give the Buckeyes the ovation they deserved.“I’ll be thinking about it for the rest of my life,” Metka said. “We’ll be in the record books. It’s a really big accomplishment. I’m proud of everyone.”Despite having an indoor national championship in hand and now an NCAA record, Tucker still wants improvement from his team down the final stretch. Especially with No. 10 Illinois set to come to town Sunday.“There’s a lot of work left to do and we have to find a way,” Tucker said “A couple spots didn’t show up tonight, so we have to find a way to get that improved over the next 24 to 48 hours.”The Buckeyes are scheduled take on the Fighting Illini at 12 p.m. Sunday at the Varsity Tennis Center. read more

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Sandvik intelligent trucks automate haulage with AutoMine

first_imgSandvik is introducing new intelligent mining trucks for automated haulage, delivering tangible benefits in safety, productivity and profitability. Paired with AutoMine® Trucking, mines can increase haulage production by as much as 30%. The new Sandvik TH551i and Sandvik TH663i trucks are designed for intelligent mine production. “The high-capacity trucks are safer, efficient and easy to maintain with low cost per tonne. An integrated weighing system helps operators ensure a full payload every trip.”The new trucks essentially deliver increased production with no increase in fixed costs. Multi-machine control and improved operating discipline can reduce operating costs by as much as 50%. Better availability and improved performance mean that mines can achieve the same production volume with fewer trucks. The addition of four to eight productive hours each day, which otherwise would be wasted for blast clearance, can increase production by as much as 30% compared with conventional trucks, says Sandvik.“By removing the operator from the truck and running the entire trucking loop autonomously, mines can achieve significant operational cost savings and efficiency gains that are unheard of using traditional current underground trucking methods,” says Mark Ryan, Product Line Manager Trucks at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “We’ve proven these benefits with automation projects at mines from Canada to South Africa.“Our focus areas in automating these trucks were the safety of operators and other personnel,” says Jarkko Ruokojärvi, Product Line Manager Equipment Automation at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “We’re relocating operators from underground to the surface and isolating the automation area, as well as reducing decline safety hazards caused by operator fatigue.”The new evolution in AutoMine® Trucking is decline haulage, which enables high-level utilisation and improved productivity also in declines for underground hard rock miners who use ramp haulage. This helps enable several additional daily hours of haulage with automation. Haulage-level automation has been in operation since 2005 at Petra Diamonds’ Finsch mine in South Africa, and now the same proven technology is also available for decline ramp applications.The new intelligent trucks have inbuilt data collection capabilities, ensuring all information can be visualised at any time. Every load is analysed and high speed continuous production in autonomous mode enables higher utilisation and extended equipment lifetime.last_img read more

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Grand Theft Auto V Special and Collectors editions announced

first_imgAs soon as Grand Theft Auto V was announced retailers started allowing you to place a speculative pre-order. However, we didn’t know about any special editions of the game until today, and now Rockstar Games has announced two of them.First up we’ve got the GTA V Special Edition, which includes the following extras:Blueprint Map – 21.5 x 26.75-inch map of Los Santos and Blaine County complete with points of interestOutfits and Tattoos – bonus outfits and tattoos for all three main player charactersSpecial Ability Boost – allows each character’s special ability bar to regenerate 25% fasterSteelbook and Artwork – metallic casing for the game disc including exclusive double-sided artworkStunt Plane Trails – added challenges for the player involving stunt plane trailsWeapons – Ammunation will offer the pistol, .50, Bullpup shotgun, and Hammer for free If that isn’t enough for you, then there’s the Collector’s Edition. It includes everything from the Special Edition as well as the following extras:Custom Characters for GTA Online – in the Grand Theft Auto Online Character Creation System you’ll have access to characters from older GTA gamesNew Era 9FIFTY Snapback Cap – exclusive cap with Los Santos embroidered on the front, Rockstar Games on the left side, and the GTA V logo on the right sideSecurity Deposit Bag and Logo Key – 10.75 x 8.5-inch money bag with a pop-up lock for the key complete with Rockstar logo and security mountUnique Garage and Vehicles – custom garage that has a 1930’s-style Hotknife hotrod and CarbonRS sports bike already inside. For GTA Online you get the Khamelion electric car.Premium Box – outer packaging is a matte, scuff-resistant film lamination box with foil embossed GTA V logoOf course, you’ll be paying quite the premium to get hold of one of these editions. While the standard game is set to cost $59.99, the Special Edition is $79.99. The Collector’s Edition is only for the hardcore GTA player though, as it costs $149.99. Quantities of both editions are thought to be very limited, so if you want either one you need to pre-order it ASAP.Now read: Open world action: 7 games like Grand Theft Autolast_img read more

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Double Fine launches second Kickstarter game SRPG Massive Chalice

first_imgAlmost a millennium ago (in internet time), Double Fine kickstarted the Kickstarter craze for the video game industry with what is now known as Broken Age. Since then, it seems nearly every game developer — indie or otherwise — has attempted to gain funding for a project through the crowdfunding platform. Now, even though Broken Age has yet to release, Double Fine is throwing another plea into the please-give-us-money engine in the form of Massive Chalice, a strategy RPG.The game’s description wastes no time garnering the favor of every single SRPG fan, citing Fire Emblem, XCOM, and Final Fantasy Tactics as inspiration. If that weren’t enough, it then mentions the “array of noble families” found in Game of Thrones as another source of inspiration, going after the favor of the rest of the internet.Aside from the sweet feeling you get from positioning a unit to the side or back of an enemy before an attack in order to gain a damage bonus, the main hook of Massive Chalice appears to be a multi-generational campaign in which you have to take care of your soliders so they can survive the war, retire as a soldier, then mate and generate offspring that can grow up to fight in the war. Permadeath, as the Kickstarter description says, is inevitable. If your character doesn’t die on the field, it will eventually die of old age, which is why you’d want to get your soldiers married off and mating before they can’t leave you with kids to thrust into the grim reality of war.The multi-generational aspect isn’t just a gameplay gimmick, but woven into the story: The world is faced with a demonic invasion that’s said to last hundreds of years, and since people don’t last that long, they’ll need to make more people to continue the fight. The game employs some of the randomization found in roguelikes, as you start each game with a random set of units, and some events in the game happen randomly.Since Double Fine, a Tim Schafer company, is hosting the Kickstarter, the video is actually pretty amusing — it’s a sketch rather than a bunch of people telling you how their Kickstarter project makes them feel instead of what it actually is. It involves beard-shaving and brain surgery.The entry pledge runs $20, and will get you a copy of the game upon its release for Windows, Mac, or Linux, which will be free of DRM and available on Steam. A $50 pledge will net you early access, a soundtrack, behind-the-scenes videos, and a high-res art package. If you really love Tim Schafer (like the rest of us) and are rolling in dough (unlike the rest of us), you can pony up $10,000 to be invited to a board game night at Double Fine HQ in San Francisco.Head on over to the Kickstarter campaign page and give Double Fine some money for what already sounds like will be good game.Now read: Notch backs out of funding Psychonauts 2, says asking price is too highlast_img read more

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We feel you California Greek youth show solidarity amid devastating fires

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Young people from #Mati, Attiki in #Greece where during last summer 100 people died from horrific wildfires, reach out to the people of #California, #USA during their time of grief and pain. Once again the long enduring ties between #Greece and the #US are emphatically revealed pic.twitter.com/pcQEOEuV07— Spyros Litsas (@Spyros_Litsas) November 18, 2018Currently the death toll in California stands at 80, while over 1,200 people remain missing. Just over three months ago, fires ravaged east Attica in Greece, resulting in 99 people losing their lives.Still experiencing the aftereffects, the people of the region understand all too well what those in California currently facing the wildfires are going through.In a show of solidarity, young people in Mati, Neos Voutzas and Kokkino Limanaki have sent a message of hope.Holding placards in areas devastated by fire, they feature a simple, yet poignant message: “We feel you Calinfornia”.The photographs were tweeted by Spyros Litsas, Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Macedonia, and has since been retweeted by US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Byatt.last_img read more

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Ganja Bill Will Reduce Crime Free Up Police Resources

first_img HOUSE PASSES BILL TO EXPUNGE RECORDS FOR MINOR OFFENCES Related Items:ganja bill, peter bunting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 25 (JIS) – Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, said a regulated regime for the use of ganja can have positive benefits for law enforcement, including reducing organised crime, while enabling more efficient use of police resources.Minister Bunting was speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 24), where the Bill to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act was passed.The Bill seeks to, among other things: make the possession of small quantities of ganja a non-arrestable offence and, to instead, make it a ticketable infraction that does not result in a criminal record.It also permits the use of ganja for religious, medical, scientific, and therapeutic purposes; and provides for the granting of licences for the development of a lawful industry for medical ganja and industrial hemp.Noting the impact on crime reduction, Minister Bunting said: “A regime for legal production and distribution of ganja eliminates the monopoly that organised criminals now have in this area and consequently reduce their funding for criminal enterprise.” He cited law enforcement reports, which suggest that since the regulated regimes for medicinal and recreational marijuana have come into effect in some states in the United States of America (USA), the price for Mexican marijuana has dropped by more than 50 per cent, making it uneconomical for many of the Mexican cartels to continue exporting to the USA. The Minister said the provision to make possession of small quantities of ganja a non-arrestable offence will reduce incarceration of young people, lessen the caseload in the Resident Magistrate’s Courts and enable more efficient and effective use of police resources.“One social cost of those thousands of arrests and convictions per year, over decades, has been to consign these young men to the margins of our economy. With a criminal record, they are unable to get many jobs, prohibited from farm work programmes, and restricted in their overseas travel. Ironically, by reducing their legitimate opportunities, it increases the likelihood of their involvement in criminal activity such as housebreaking, larceny, robbery, etcetera,” he said.He noted that already, the policy is enabling the police to deploy resources where they are most needed.“In 2014, with our policy direction already clear, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) arrested 5,300 fewer persons for minor offences, primarily possession of small quantities of ganja, than in 2013, thereby freeing tens of thousands of police man-hours to focus on serious criminals,” Mr. Bunting said.He also noted that the passage of the Bill will remove a source of friction between the police and the community, which will result in an improvement in police-citizen relations.The Minister, however, made it clear that the passage of the Bill does not create a “free- for-all” in the growing, transporting, dealing, or exporting of ganja. He said the security forces will continue to rigorously enforce Jamaica’s law consistent with international treaty obligations.Member of Parliament for St. Andrew North Eastern, Delroy Chuck, while welcoming the passage of the Bill, noted that persons should be encouraged not to excessively use ganja.“I have no doubt that the excessive use of marijuana, just like the excessive use of food or alcohol, is bad for the body. There can be no doubt that… we should be promoting the non-use of marijuana, cigarette smoking, and alcohol for good health,” Mr. Chuck said.For his part, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, noted that the establishment of a marijuana industry represents for Jamaica, a new and emerging sector with tremendous possibilities.He added that while the cannabis industry has been developing organically, every effort must now be made for it to achieve its full potential. “This means adopting a strong commercial approach, based on entrepreneurial practices that are market-driven, broad-based, and results in value-added outputs of both goods and services,” Mr. Hylton said.He noted that the Ministry has been involved in the efforts to establish a local medical marijuana industry, through the development of regulations, standards, intellectual property provisions, investment promotion, and the involvement of the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME).Mr. Hylton also welcomed the provisions in the Bill for the creation of a Cannabis Licensing Authority to regulate hemp and medicinal ganja.Mr. Hylton noted that in moving the hemp industry forward, a cross Ministry consultative group has been established and draft regulations governing the establishment of industrial hemp as a viable investment opportunity has been developed, taking into consideration the role of the local farming community. “Much work has already been done by this consultative working group and further consultations towards finalisation of hemp regulations awaits the passage into law by this Honourable House,” he stated.In closing the debate, Mr. Bunting noted that the legislation was covering new ground and will be kept under constant review, while adding that the implementation of the provisions of the Bill will take some time.The legislation was passed in the Senate on Friday, February 6, with five amendments. 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Drogba on becoming a manager Why not I think I could

first_imgDidier Drogba reckons there is no reason why he wouldn’t make a great manager in his post-playing careerThe former Chelsea striker ended an impressive career on Wednesday after spending the last 18 months with USL side Phoenix Rising FC.Tributes have been flowing in from the likes of former Blues teammates Frank Lampard and John Terry.But Drogba, who played 104 times for the Ivory Coast, teased that the football world may not have seen the last of him yet.The 40-year-old said he could enter management, where he will be successful due to having worked under the likes of Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea.“I’ve met enough managers to make it possible,” Drogba told Sky Sports.“I’ve worked with a lot of managers – different skills, different approaches – and I’ve played with a lot of very good players who understand the game.“I learned so much that this could be an option, a good option.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“When you have Mourinho, Ancelotti, all these managers, and players like Frank Lampard, John Terry, Michael Ballack, Petr Cech, all these guys, you learn a lot.“In a dressing room, you experience so many things so when I ask if management could an option. Why not? I think I could do well.”For his final season of football, Drogba finished with seven goals and two assists in 12 games at Phoenix.“I’ve been here long enough and it’s about time to hang up my boots,” he added.“What a way to finish my career, what I’ve done with these young players in Phoenix over the past few weeks.“Having the chance to give something back after 20 years of playing to the next generation.“Having played in the US, Asia, Europe and with the national team in Africa, I think I’ve done it all.“Football is something I’ve been doing for 20 years, but besides that I’m doing different things and I want to be successful in those things.”last_img read more

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