3 Dec

Police mount vigil in western Uttar Pradesh

first_imgThe police in western Uttar Pradesh police are keeping a strict vigil in over 20 districts, ahead of the sentencing of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case on Monday. Saharanpur, Baghpat, Shamli and Muzaffarnagar share borders with Haryana and have a considerable number of Dera members because of which the State administration does not want to take any chances. The border districts have sealed their roads connecting Haryana. Extra police forces and Provincial Armed Constabulary units have been deployed. Ban orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code has been imposed in several districts of Meerut, Agra and Bareilly.Schools closedAll schools in Meerut, Saharanpur, Shamli and Baghpat were shut on Saturday as a precautionary measure and they will remain closed on Monday. Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar on Sunday reviewed the precautionary steps. Though trains connecting Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were cancelled, there was a possibility of the supporters entering the State by road. Mr. Kumar directed railway, road transport and police officials to work in coordination. Intelligence units have been asked to pass on information about every move of the Dera followers. He asked officials to ensure that police forces were present with anti-rioting vehicles at places such as bus depots, railway stations, malls, district offices, government buildings and courts.He told The Hindu that ban orders had been imposed in Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Saharanpur, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Hapur and Baghpat in Meerut zone, Bareilly, Badayun, Shahjahanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad and Rampur in Bareilly zone and Agra, Mathura, Eta, Mainpuri, Kasganj and Firozabad in Agra zone.The leave granted to police personnel has been cancelled and they have been asked to report for duty. Moreover, police presence has been increased in and around the 15 ashram-cum-centres of the quasi-religious sect in western UP.last_img read more

18 Nov

Mets Want Harvey to Pitch

first_imgMIAMI — The New York Mets plan for Matt Harvey to keep pitching as long as they keep playing.Harvey is expected to make four more starts during the regular season and assume a “reasonable workload” during the playoffs,  Assistant General Manager John Ricco said.Harvey missed last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, and his health came into question after he became dehydrated during his latest start on Sept. 2.The right-hander is 12-7 with a 2.60 ERA and has thrown 166 1-3 innings for the NL East leaders, and there are no plans to shut him down at any point, Ricco said.“We’re very comfortable with the fact that we’ve had a plan that has involved the doctors all the way through,” Ricco said. “To this point they’re still fine with that plan. We all think it’s a reasonable way to go.”Harvey underwent blood tests following his bout with dehydration and was cleared to make his next scheduled start Sept. 8 against Washington. He declined to comment after the Sept. 4 game in Miami.There’s no change in plans regarding his pitching schedule, which includes him skipping a start sometime this month, Ricco said. He said there’s no ceiling regarding how many innings Harvey will be allowed to throw this year.That number might be considerably higher if the Mets go deep into the postseason. “The plan is a reasonable workload in the playoffs,” Ricco said. “I don’t think you’ll see us pushing the limits there. …“All of this is contingent on Matt’s health and how he’s feeling. There’s a chance if we get to a point where he’s not feeling up to it that he’ll be shut down. That’s the case with all our pitchers. With him we’re monitoring more closely.”(STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

18 Nov

Pacers Run Down Knicks, 92-87

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Paul George’s sore left ankle was getting worse, so he finally told his coach he needed to come out of the game.He hoped it was for good, but just in case, he had another message.“Don’t rule me out,” George told Frank Vogel. “So I just kept that in the back of his mind and late in the fourth he put me back in.”George then made the tiebreaking jumper with 23.6 seconds left, and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 92-87 on April 3 to tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.The Pacers blew an 18-point lead in the second half against a Knicks team missing its two best scorers, but recovered to join Detroit at 41-36 and stay two games ahead of ninth-place Chicago.George finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, returning to the game midway through the fourth quarter after the Pacers had said he was questionable to play further because of a sore left ankle.He had scored 12 points in the third quarter before checking out late in the period with the Pacers leading by 13. George grabbed a heat pack and was icing on the bench, hoping his work was done, but Vogel had no choice but to return to his All-Star forward.“Obviously, you want to step on a team’s throat when you’re up 18 and put them away. We failed to do that the last two nights but we got two Ws,” Vogel said, referring to an April 2 victory in Philadelphia. “So we’ve got to continue to work on what we need to do to put a team away, but I’ll be happy with the win.”Sasha Vujacic scored 21 points for the Knicks, who rested Carmelo Anthony and had fellow starters Kristaps Porzingis (sore right shoulder) and Jose Calderon (bruised right quadriceps) already out with injuries. Arron Afflalo added 15 points.Rodney Stuckey had 17 for Indiana, which got a big break when instant replay wiped out Afflalo’s apparent 3-pointer that would’ve cut it to one with 14 seconds left.But officials determined that Afflalo was out of bounds when he caught the pass before launching his shot and restored the Pacers’ 91-87 advantage.A night after a fourth-quarter rally in Philadelphia, the Pacers appeared on their way to an easy victory when they went ahead 68-50 in the third quarter.But the Knicks cut the deficit in half by the end of the period, then came all the way back to go ahead 87-85 on Afflalo’s free throws with 1:18 left.“I really appreciate and admire how hard that they came out and played in the second half,” Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis said. “We really gave ourselves a great chance to win. If we would have played that way to start the ballgame and finished it off in the first half, we probably could have come away with the win.”Ian Mahinmi tied it with two free throws before George knocked in his jumper for an 89-87 edge. Vujacic missed a 3-pointer before Monta Ellis added two from the line for a four-point advantage.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

12 Oct

Minister El Ouafa meets with Chinese delegation

first_imgRabat – Minister in charge of Governance and General Affairs, Mohamed El Ouafa held Wednesday in Rabat, talks with a delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Supervision on mechanisms of good governance and the fight against corruption in Morocco.In a statement to the press after the meeting, Mr. El Ouafa said he presented before the delegation the various institutional and legislative measures and mechanisms put in place by the government to foster the principles and values of good governance, and fight corruption.At the institutional level, El Ouafa said he discussed the powers of the various bodies and institutions responsible for ensuring compliance with the rules of fair competition and good governance, including the Competition Council whose powers were reinforced by the new constitution of the Kingdom. At the legislative front, he said he provided an overview on the new law on public procurement which aims to ensure proper use of public funds. For his part, the head of the Chinese delegation, Geng Wenqing, said the visit is part of strengthening relations between Morocco and China, noting that it aims to learn from the experience of Morocco in the field of good governance and the fight against corruption.last_img read more

12 Oct

Guinean President Alpha Conde Elected New AU Chairperson

Casablanca – The African Union has elected Alpha Conde as the new chairperson of the pan-African organization, succeeding Chadian President Idris Deby. The Guinean president, Alpha Conde, who has a good relationship with Morocco, has been announced as the African Union chairperson.Conde will succeed the Chadian President, Idris Deby, as the head of the union. Conde met the Moroccan Monarch, King Mohammed VI, on Sunday, during a royal dinner King Mohammed VI hosted in the presence of African Leaders. A meeting between the Moroccan Monarch and the newly elected chairperson of the AU purportedly went on longer than meetings with other heads of states.The election of Conde, by the Assembly of Heads of State, was expected as the position rotates among the five regions of the continent; North, Central, East, West and Southern African regions. This year it was the turn of West Africa.This election is being seen as a favorable sign for Morocco, as the kingdom has an exemplary diplomatic relationship with the entire region of West Africa.Conde’s was elected during the 28 summit of the African Union which began on Monday. In his acceptance speech, Conde said state members should work together to succeed in the integration of African peoples, adding that he “voluntarily and humbly welcomes the presidency of the union in 2017.”Conde added that his unanimous election represents an honor for him and for his country.The position is held for a one-year term, giving the chairperson the capacity to represent the continent at several international ceremonies and forums such as Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), The Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and the Group of 8 G8 and G20 summits. read more

12 Oct

Nigerian National Arrested at Casablanca Airport for Drug Trafficking

Rabat – Police services at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca arrested, Sunday night, a Nigerian national for his alleged involvement in cocaine trafficking, the national police (DGSN) said.The 32-year-old suspect, who had abandoned a luggage at a reception area of a hotel located in the international transit station of the airport, was arrested at the boarding area, the DGSN pointed out in a statement.After searching the luggage, the police discovered 53 capsules containing 1.2 kg of cocaine, the same source added. The airport scanner also detected extra capsules hidden in the suspect’s stomach, which required his transfer to the Ibn Rochd hospital in Casablanca, the statement noted.The accused, coming from Sao-Paulo (Brazil) and heading for Freetown (Sierra Leone), was remanded in custody under medical supervision to remove the pills, before conducting a judiciary investigation under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor. read more

11 Oct

Limited funding could thwart progress in global efforts against AIDS – Ban

“In our global war on AIDS, the international community is on the verge of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory,” Mr. Ban wrote in an op-ed published in the Austin American-Statesman yesterday.He said funding was drying up and some donors were threatening to cap their support as a result of the global economic recession, a development that could leave millions of those living with AIDS to their fate. Other donors have been shifting their support to other diseases they feel are cheaper to treat and control.“At a time when we should be scaling up to meet the AIDS challenge, in other words, we are scaling back,” the Secretary-General wrote.He recounted a moving experience he had during a recent trip to Uganda when he met a group of young people who are living healthy lives despite being infected with HIV/AIDS because they are beneficiaries of a treatment programme that has received generous funding from the United States and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.“We are beautiful people; Laugh and dance in harmony,” the group, ranging in age from eight to 28, sang as they danced to an African drum rhythm.External support has enabled Uganda to scale up the number of HIV-infected people receiving anti-retroviral treatment from 10,000 a decade ago to 200,000 now.Across Africa, an estimated seven million people who should be receiving treatment for HIV/AIDS are not. Worldwide, the figure is 10 million, Mr. Ban wrote.He said the doctor who runs the Ugandan treatment clinic he visited, Peter Mugyenyi, told him that lack of resources had forced him to begin to make the difficult decision of putting people in need of treatment on the waiting list.“How do you choose, after, all, to treat a young girl but not her little brother? How do you turn away a pregnant mother, sitting with her children, crying for help?” the Secretary-General wrote.“At the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, in July, I hope the international community will rally around UNAIDS’ [UN Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS] launch of Treatment 2.0 — the next generation of HIV treatment, which must be more affordable, more effective and accessible to all. As chairman of this year’s replenishment of the Global Fund, I urge all donors to see to it that countries such as Uganda get the support they need, so that Dr. Mugyenyi need not make those difficult choices.“Yes, times are hard. That is all the more reason to act out of compassion and with generosity,” he added.Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, wrote in an op-ed published yesterday in The New Vision (Uganda), that the football World Cup currently taking place in South Africa provides a good opportunity to talk about HIV for two reasons. “First, a celebrated sporting event such as the World Cup can encourage the spread of HIV through the combination of alcohol and unsafe sex,” he stated.“Second, almost 80 babies are born with HIV during the 90 minutes it takes to play a football match. This translates into 430,000 babies infected each year. Because we have the means to stop this tragedy, we must act today.”Football stars and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassadors Emmanuel Adebayor of Togo and Michael Ballack of Germany have joined forces with the agency to launch a global campaign to prevent babies from becoming infected with HIV.The campaign aims to mobilize the football community to “give AIDS the red card” and eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission between now and 2014, when the next World Cup is played in Brazil.“As the football fever spreads across the globe, let’s do everything we can to stop the spread of HIV. We have no excuse,” said Mr. Sidibé. 15 June 2010The international community risks losing the global battle against HIV/AIDS unless funding for projects to stem the spread of the disease and keep those infected healthy, especially in Africa, is sustained and increased, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned. read more

7 Oct

Small business slows as trade wars continue economists say

NEW YORK — The latest economic numbers point to a further slowing of business at many small companies, and economists say trade wars are a significant reason for the decline.On Wednesday, payroll company ADP reported that its small business customers had added just 11,000 new jobs during July at its small business customers, those with up to 49 employees. The smallest companies, those with under 20 employees, cut 18,000 jobs. The slender gain followed the loss of a combined 45,000 jobs during May and June. It was also far below a gain of 66,000 in April and the 52,000 jobs small companies added on average each month in 2018.The latest report showed that 5,000 jobs were lost in the manufacturing sector, ADP said.Meanwhile, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group for corporate purchasing executives, said manufacturing activity grew at a slower rate during July for the fourth straight month. The ISM includes executives from companies of all sizes.The trade wars that began with the Trump administration’s tariffs on China early in 2018 and continued with retaliatory duties on U.S. goods are taking a toll on domestic manufacturers, economists say. Companies that import raw materials are paying 25% more on a wide range of products, and those who sell their products overseas are being hit by retaliatory tariffs. U.S. companies including retailers could take a further hit now that Trump is planning to tax $300 billion in Chinese imports, primarily consumer goods, in September.The trade wars and a slower global economy “are fast at work already doing real damage of the foundation of this economic expansion,” said Scott Anderson, chief economist with Bank of the West, after the Labor Department released its July employment report Friday. Although employers added 164,000 jobs last month, Anderson said growth in non-farm payrolls fell in the past three months, averaging 1.1% a month, down from a high of 1.9% in January.Small business employment is also down because companies are finding it hard to fill their open positions. They face a tight labour market and the fact that they can’t compete with higher salaries and benefits that big corporations offer.Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said that the “job market is throttling back” because of the shortage of available workers and trade tensions. He said President Donald Trump’s tariffs appear to have caused a decline in manufacturing._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

6 Oct

Conference at UN seeks nearly 500 million to rebuild Liberia

Morning session [2hrs 56mins]- Afternoon session [21mins] A donors’ conference seeking almost $500 million for the next two years to help Liberia rebuild from its devastating 14-year-long civil war opened today at United Nations Headquarters in New York with speakers calling for generous pledges to help the nation – and the West African region – get on the track to stability and recovery.The meeting was a “critical milestone” in the country’s journey from crisis to recovery, offering a chance “to help achieve a real and lasting peace dividend” for Liberians, Mark Malloch Brown, chair of the UN Development Group (UNDG), which organized the two-day International Conference on the Reconstruction of Liberia, said in his opening address.He recalled the signing in August of the peace accord that brought an end to 14 years of conflict and led to the international effort to help Liberians recover from the ruinous effects of war. The conference, he added, was a “crucial opportunity to help stabilize [the West Africa] region that has inevitably been affected by spill-over.” “But it is a fragile peace and urgent action is now needed to help ensure that the gains that have been made towards Liberia’s recovery are not reversed,” said Mr. Malloch Brown, who is also Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Christian Herbert, Liberia’s Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs, said domestic resources were woefully inadequate to meet the needs of post-conflict reconstruction. External assistance is required to ensure improved security; the success of the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and resettlement programme; good governance; democratic development and the rule of law; and respect for human rights and international humanitarian law.Mr. Herbert said the priorities contained in the rebuilding plan reflected the basic needs of the Liberian people. While the situation in the capital, Monrovia, and its environs could be considered to have improved, most of the country’s rural areas were inaccessible, and international support was critical to distributing humanitarian assistance there.On the humanitarian front, Carolyn McAskie, the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, noted that while great strides had been made since last summer, many Liberians had still not seen the benefits of the peace agreement. Urgent assistance was needed now so that people could return to their homes knowing that basic services were available. Stressing that many Liberians still live under conditions of war, she said there should be no false sense that everything was normal. Humanitarian action, she added, was essential to consolidate peace.A team comprising representatives from the UN, World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Liberian transitional government has been working for the past two months to prepare a report for the Conference assessing the country’s needs.According to that report, an estimated $488 million in assistance will be required for priorities ranging from demobilizing combatants – some as young as 12 – and helping them return home, get schooling and find jobs, to organizing elections in 2005, rebuilding roads, restoring electricity, reopening schools and health clinics, and stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS. That figure is in addition to about $180 million requested for Liberia in November by the UN as part of its consolidated appeal for all of its humanitarian activities worldwide.Today’s session was devoted to technical discussions, while the second day will hear contribution pledges. Participants on the second day will include UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Secretary of State Colin Powell of the United States, Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin of France, Chairman Gyude Bryant of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Liberia, Jacques Paul Klein.Video of conference: – read more

6 Oct

Reproductive health vital for reducing poverty UN population agency says

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says that its publication, Reducing Poverty and Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Arguments for Investing in Reproductive Health & Rights, demonstrates the future dividends of investing in reproductive health.These dividends would be reflected in healthier, more productive individuals and families, which would contribute to stronger, wealthier nations, it says. Among the many benefits of reproductive health, the report says, are improving family and community well being, boosting economic gains, saving women’s and children’s lives, and greatly curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Poor reproductive health, says the report, accounts for a sizeable proportion of the world’s total burden of disease and disability – as high as one third among all women, and one fifth of the total global burden, including men and women.The report also presents a list of ways reproductive health can be improved. The list was included in the “Stockholm Call to Action,” which was endorsed by a number of ministers, parliamentarians and leaders of multilateral agencies, civil society and youth organizations earlier this year. The list includes the empowerment of women to participate fully in development, the building of more equitable health systems, the linking of the HIV/AIDS efforts with reproductive health, and support for young people’s health and development. read more

2 Oct

Worsening food insecurity forcing more people to migrate finds new UN report

In its new report, At the Root of Exodus: Food security, conflict and international migration, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) found that each one per cent increase in food insecurity pushed 1.9 per cent more people towards migration. However, the act of migration itself can cause food insecurity, given the costs, lack of opportunities and often hazardous conditions along the journey, and force people to continue to move.“With millions of our brothers and sisters having fled their homes and facing so much hardship, it is our duty to shed light on their tragic situation,” David Beasley, the Executive Director of WFP, said in a news release announcing the report. “By understanding the dynamics that compel people to move, we can better address what lies at the heart of forced migration and what must be done to end their suffering,” he added. The report is launched at a moment when multiple protracted crises and a period of political transition challenge the levels of international food and humanitarian assistance provided for refugees and people who have been forcibly displaced. Link between food insecurity and armed conflictThe WFP study is the first time such comprehensive analysis has been carried out on the subject. It is based on quantitative and qualitative research and features often dramatic accounts of people forced to take extreme measures when left with nothing at all. A country with rising levels of food insecurity and conflict will experience greater outward migrationWFP reportOne particularly troubling finding was the link between food insecurity and armed conflict: food insecurity was found to be a significant cause for the incidence – and intensity – of armed conflict, with 0.4 percent more people fleeing a country for each additional year of conflict. “This means that a country with rising levels of food insecurity and conflict will experience greater outward migration, or movement of people away from their homes,” noted the UN agency. People want to stay closer to their homesThe report also found that people who are displaced often do not want to move far away from their homes, and try to stay as close to their place of origin as possible. Nearly eight in ten Syrian refugee families interviewed had been internally displaced inside Syria at least once, and 65 per cent twice or more. Almost every single Syrian participant in the study strongly affirmed a desire to return to Syria if the situation stabilized and security prevailed. In light of these findings, one of the key recommendations contained in the report is for increasing investments in food security and livelihoods at or near people’s place of origin. “Doing so may prevent further displacement, reduce forced onward migration, result in more cost-effective humanitarian interventions and yield greater socioeconomic benefits now and in the long term,” noted WFP. read more

28 Sep

Football Brendon White stepped up when Ohio State needed him most

The Buckeyes have been susceptible to big plays through the deep ball, and, coming in against Nebraska, they were without sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah with a groin injury and sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor to an impingement of the shoulder.Then, in the second quarter, junior safety Jordan Fuller was ejected for a targeting penalty, leaving a depleted secondary with major question marks on who would step up.This gave sophomore safety Brendon White the opportunity to be the guy. White proved he could be that and more in Ohio State’s 36-31 victory over the Cornhuskers.“Dream come true actually. After the game, I started tearing up,” White said. “I just couldn’t believe, you know, growing up from Ohio … went to Olentangy Liberty 15 minutes from here and, always went to the games as a high school kid and then, being able to play at your dream school, it’s pretty cool.”White finished the game with 13 tackles and two for a loss in the game, both of which were team highs. The sophomore had six tackles in his collegiate career before Saturday’s game.“Brendon White came in and did a hell of a job,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “He’s been working very hard in practice to earn the trust of the coaches to get on the field.”White made big plays all night for Ohio State, including on the biggest stop of the night. With Nebraska down 30-21 in the fourth quarter, the ball was at the Buckeyes’ four-yard line. Senior running back Devine Ozigbo carried the ball up the middle on third down, and was stopped by White at the one, forcing Nebraska to kick a field goal, missing an opportunity that ended up costing the Cornhuskers in the long run.“My time is ready, you know, we all prepare for this. You never know what’s gonna happen in any game,” White said. “You gotta face adversity and we faced it in the right way, in a positive manner and no one got worried and we just did our job and the rest took care of itself.”White said the success has come from hard work at practice, where he gained confidence and stayed ready for his opportunity to make a difference.Meyer echoed that belief, and that started away from the defensive end.“He’s been working very hard in practice to earn the trust of the coaches to get on the field,” Meyer said. “First thing, you gotta earn the trust to get on the special teams. And to see that he started and I kept hearing about it, earning the trust — he’s getting better, he’s getting better, he’s getting better, and then he obviously proved it today.”White was a big factor in helping Ohio State survive a potential upset against Nebraska, and he may have earned himself a right to start alongside Fuller in the future.But to go along with a career game from the sophomore, White’s dad, William, who played safety at Ohio State for four years, had a tribute video on the screen at Ohio Stadium for his battle with ALS.White said that only added to a game he most certainly won’t forget.“I definitely saw that, definitely didn’t want to tear up but I got emotional about it, and it was pretty cool to see that,” White said. “My dad is one of my idols, so, you know hopefully I made him proud today, and hopefully it can go up from here.” read more

22 Sep

DECISION ON MAY 26 Junior Fasano or Conversano to become Italian handball

Conversano handballhandballItalian handballJunior Fasanopalamano Junior Fasano or Conversano to become Italian handball champions? The series of the Play Off Final is on the way, Junior Fasano leveled score on 1:1 after convincing home victory – 26:18 (13:10) on Sunday.Junior Fasano – Conversano 26-18 (p.t. 13-10)Junior Fasano: Fovio, Cedro, Angiolini 2, Costanzo, D’Antino 3, De Santis L. 1, De Santis P, Leal, Maione, Messina 4, Radovcic 4, Riccobelli 11, Rubino, Venturi 1.Conversano: Lupo M, Monciardini, Beharevic, Carso, Dedovic 2, Giannoccaro 1, Iballi 1, Lupo J. 1, Pignatelli, Pivetta, Sciorsci, Sperti 9, Stabellini 4, Vicenti. The third decisive match will be played on Fasano’s court on May 26. Junior Fasano won title in 2016, while Conversano are waiting since 2011. ← Previous Story PGE Vive Kielce and Orlen Wisla Plock for title in Poland Next Story → Wacker Thun new Swiss champions in dramatic finish! read more

22 Sep

I could tell there was carnage going on Being voted out of

first_imgIN TERMS OF local government, you can’t get more a high-profile position than Lord Mayor.No matter how many press releases a rank-and-file councillor sends out — in terms of generating media attention, it’s impossible to compete with the draw of those chains of office.From school fetes to the visits of foreign dignitaries, the country’s mayors are rarely out of the pages of their local papers.But whatever their benefits, those ceremonial chains hold no special powers — a fact borne out last weekend as Dublin, Cork, Galway and Clare all lost their mayors in the local elections.All four were from Government parties, reflecting the fate meted out to Labour and Fine Gael councillors all over the country — as voters voiced their anger at the Coalition’s recent sub-par performance.So what’s it like to go from first citizen to… well, just plain ‘citizen’ in the space of a single election count?The Mayor“To be honest, I hadn’t expected to lose my seat,” says Dublin Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn (yes, he’s still mayor for the moment).Then again, there’s always the danger that people are just being polite on the doorsteps.Long-serving councillor Mary Freehill was the only one of three Labour candidates to win a seat in the Rathgar/Rathmines ward of Dublin City Council in last Friday’s election.Quinn says that in spite of a series of dire opinion poll showings for Labour in the run up to the vote “there was probably a perception that I was probably going to hold on to it”.Those Southside voters are an unfailingly pleasant bunch, of course.The Labour Councillor says that while locals often said they were happy with his own performance in the Mansion House, there was “always a danger” the votes wouldn’t go his way.As Lord Mayor of Dublin there’s an extremely busy schedule of things… You’re out every day as part of the role, and I’ve been very busy working on various initiatives.Quinn says that while his schedule meant he didn’t canvass as much as he could have, the news that he hadn’t retained his seat still came as an unpleasant surprise.The CallThe phonecall from the RDS count centre came through after midday on Saturday, Quinn says.I was told the tally result. By 12.30 I knew I lost the seat.Listening to the coverage on the radio, Quinn says it had become more than apparent by Saturday afternoon that the party was suffering a similar fate in councils all over the country.I could tell there was carnage going on… It was looking like a bad day, there had been a big swing against us.He’d had an inkling a poor result might be on the cards in the city the previous day, however — as he called in to polling stations to see how turnout was going.Turnout was very low. But as I talked to presiding officers they started telling me that it was mostly older people who had been turning out.Given the Government’s introduction of new levies like the property tax and water charges, it seemed likely the grey vote was likely to go against the coalition.With younger people, though, there’s often a sense that the uplift in the economy might benefit them and they’ll have some wiggle room.The CountOnce the news of his defeat began sank in, there was still a visit to the count centre to endure.Says Quinn, “people would expect it of you as Lord Mayor. The media would have questions to ask.”Come the following day, it was back the daily mayoral schedule of glad-handing and photo-ops, at the annual Phoenix Park Africa Day celebrations.“After ten years in office in local government, I’m happy Labour was able to show up and make decisions,” Quinn says — as he faces into his final week in office.A new Lord Mayor will be voted in, once his year-long term concludes on 6 June.Read: “Low-grade mini-Funderland” not what St. Patrick’s Day should be about — Lord MayorRead: Phil Hogan ‘should hold plebiscite anyway’ — Lord Mayorlast_img read more

17 Sep

Remembering 911 Remembering Conrad Howell

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 9, 2016 – This weekend, we also remember the tragedy of 9-11, 15 years later and our own September 11th tragedy in the mysterious death of pastor, preacher, broadcast show host, husband, father, brother and so much more, but notably the author of the country’s National Song – This land of Ours – Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell.  It was one year ago on September 11 that Howell went missing; a cadaver dog aided in the search where scores of residents turned out to find missing Howell.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:remembering 9/11, remembering Rev. Conrad Howellcenter_img Rev was found on Saturday September 12, his body was in bushes not too far away from his home in the Blue Mountain area.  While Police ruled the death not a homicide, residents rejected the notion of a suicide.last_img read more

6 Sep

Training held on Safe MGR Train Operations in Ramagundam

first_imgRamagundam: Two-day training programme on ‘Safe MGR Train Operations’ was conducted at NTPC-Ramagundam on Tuesday, 2019 wherein officials dealing with MGR Train Operations, maintenance, retired railway loco pilots, station masters, points man and others have attended in large numbers besides concerned officials from NTPC-Kudgi and Solapur.The training programme will continue on Wednesday also. Also Read – Call to sensitize SC, ST laws in Hanamkonda Advertise With Us Conducted as a new initiative, the programme aims at achieving zero Incidents with the thrust on continual analyzing, reviewing and adopting best practices in the specialized field of railway siding. During this occasion, faculty AK Keshari, ex-GM of NTPC spoke on various aspects of MGR Train Operations with the thrust on safety. Earlier, Bishnu Charan Polai, GM (Operation) inaugurated the event wherein Soumendra Das, GM (Maintenance & FM) and other senior officials were present.last_img read more

5 Sep

World Bank India sign 250 million loan pact for Rebuild Kerala programme

first_imgKerala floodsMANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)The central government, the Kerala government and the World Bank have signed a loan agreement of $250 million (Rs 1,725 crore) for the First Resilient Kerala Programme to help Kerala get back into shape after the 2018 floods.The 2018 floods and landslides in Kerala had led to severe impact on property, infrastructure, and lives and livelihoods of people. One-sixth of the state’s population – about 5.4 million people – were affected while 1.4 million were displaced from their homes, especially the poor and vulnerable segments of the population.The Resilient Kerala Programme will focus on strengthening Kerala’s institutional and financial capacity to protect the assets and livelihoods of poor and vulnerable groups through an inclusive and participatory approach.Union Finance Ministry official Sameer Kumar Khare said that the programme is part of the government’s support to Kerala’s ‘Rebuild Kerala Development Programme’ aimed at building a green and resilient Kerala. He said that this partnership will identify key areas of policy and institutional strengthening to maximise development impact.The loan agreement was signed by Sameer Kumar Khare on behalf of the government and Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank India.The World Bank has been working closely with the central government and Kerala government since the floods struck in August 2018 in assessing the impact of the floods and assisting in recovery and reconstruction. The bank support also helped identify policies, institutions and systems for resilience to disaster risks and climate change.Junaid Kamal Ahmad said that the partnership is a key pillar of the bank’s new Country Partnership Framework for India. Through such partnerships, the bank will support select states striving to bring about systemic improvements in the way development initiatives are planned and executed.”In Kerala, we will work across cross-cutting themes and priority sectors to build systems of resilience. We are committed to supporting the state government in bringing about a perceptible change in the lives and livelihoods of its citizens,” he added.last_img read more

31 Aug

Sex worker attacked health condition critical

first_imgKolkata: A sex worker of Sonagachhi was injured after being attacked by a youth.The incident had taken place on Imam Box lane on Thursday. The 28-year-old woman was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. Police said the victim was in her room when the accused went inside her room on Thursday night. The accused later stabbed her with a sharp weapon and fled the spot. After being informed police reached the spot and started a probe. The victim’s husband rushed her to the hospital. Her health condition is stated to be serious. According to police, a surgery was performed on the patient at RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt was learnt that some locals heard the victim screaming in pain. They rushed to her room and found her lying in a pool of blood. The victim’s husband, who was around, rushed to the spot following the incident and took her to the hospital. The investigating officers are waiting for the woman to recover following which she would be interrogated. Cops are yet to ascertain the exact motive behind the attack. Some locals mentioned that there are allegations against the victim. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThey told police there had been instances where the woman had snatched money from her clients. None has, however, lodged any police complaint against the woman. A detailed probe has been initiated to ascertain the exact cause of the attack. The accused has been at large since the incident took place. Police also came to know that the accused had visited the victim on earlier occasions as well. They are trying to know the whereabouts of the accused. Raids are being to nab the culprit.last_img read more