Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday hailed Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s contribution to the development of the Uttar Pradesh capital, saying the former prime minister initiated ‘vikaas ki Ganga’ in the city.Mr. Singh, who was here on a two-day visit, was speaking after the inauguration and foundation stone-laying ceremony of 438 projects worth ₹ 938 crore for Lucknow and the neighbourhood.“No one can deny the fact that the ‘vikaas ki Ganga’ in Lucknow was initiated by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and was further taken up by former MP Lalji Tandon. Shaheed Path in Lucknow was started by Atalji when he was the Prime Minister and I was the Union surface transport minister,” he said.Mr. Vajpayee has represented Lucknow in the Lok Sabha five times, the last time being in 2004.The home minister, who is also the MP from Lucknow, said, “In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, I had said that I do not make promises, but I seek the blessings of the people of Lucknow, so that God may give me the strength to fulfil the developmental aspirations of the people of Lucknow.” Lauding UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, he said, “Today is a historic moment for Lucknow. The UP chief minister is committed to developing UP. His commitment for development and hard work makes me feel confident that no one can stop Uttar Pradesh from becoming the number one state in the country.” “The day is not very far when Lucknow will become a world-class city,” he added.On July 28, while addressing a programme here on ‘Transforming Urban Landscape’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said, “There is a very close relationship between our mission (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation of Urban Transformation – AMRUT) and Lucknow city. Lucknow has been the ‘karmabhoomi’ of ‘mahapurush’ Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Vajpayee made Lucknow the laboratory to improve urban life in the country.” Mr. Singh also said that the Gomtinagar railway terminus will become a world-class facility, which will benefit trans-Gomti areas and reduce congestion at other stations in the city.Mr. Singh said that with increase in facilities, there has been a hike in passenger traffic at the Lucknow airport.“Earlier, in 2013-14, the passenger traffic was around 23 lakh, while in 2017-18, it rose to 47 lakh,” he said.Mr. Adityanath said, “In the last 15 months of the BJP government in UP, there has been an improvement in the law and order situation. The power supply scenario has also improved. Due to the Smart City Mission and AMRUT, development of Lucknow is going on at a fast pace.” Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the BJP government had connected more villages with roads than the previous State governments.
Stephan Schrock rifled home an unstoppable effort from 20 yards out as Ceres Negros slipped past fierce rival Global Cebu, 1-0, Sunday night in a battle of powerhouse teams in the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.In a tight contest where both defenses proved equal to the challenge, Schrock’s brilliance made the difference as the Busmen continued their pursuit of top spot, increasing their tally to 32 points from 15 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:39Bong Go: Duterte’s ambush remark on Loot a joke, warning01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In-form NU, Adamson nail 4th victories Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Busmen are still 12 points behind leaders Meralco Manila, but the AFC Cup Asean zone champions have played five less games than the Sparks.“It was very difficult to score especially if you came from a midweek game,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ
Akshay Kumar’s long pending dream of setting up a full-fledged martial arts school may not have come into fruition after the Maharashtra state government had allotted him land on the outskirts of Mumbai in Bhayandar a few years ago.Khiladi Kumar, known to be a sports aficionado, has gone ahead and bought a kabaddi team which is part of the recently established World Kabaddi League. Akshay, who is currently shooting in Mauritius, it has been learnt has bought the Punjab team.The World Kabaddi League is a venture headed by deputy chief minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal. The league will replicate the Formula one touring sports format and will be played across four continents from August to December this year.Akshay Kumar is fondly referred to as Khiladi Kumar.Akshay is known to be passionate about all sports from his childhood days. The actor started training for karate when he was in standard eight. Today Akshay is as kicked about hockey and cricket as he is about martial arts. Undoubtedly, Akshay’s association with kabaddi will lend the desi sports the much needed glamour.Earlier Abhishek Bachchan had reportedly bought the Jaipur team, a part of the Pro Kabaddi League founded by industrialist Anand Mahindra and cricket commentator Charu Sharma.
Manchester City have approached Juventus with eyes set on Dani Alves, as Pep Guardiola has prepared to offer him a two-year contract as he steps up his recruitment drive for next season.City are in search for defensive options after letting Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy leave when their contract terminates at the end of this year, reports The Guardian.The club’s move for Tottenham’s Kyle Walker failed to obtain any result, with Spurs holding out for a fee in excess of 40m euros for the England international.Alves still has one year left on his contract and City have been told a bid of around 5m euros would be sufficient to persuade the Turin club to sell the 34-year-old.Earlier this month, Alves praised the Catalan, saying: “If you turn the word ‘computer’ backwards, it spells ‘Steve Jobs’. If you turn the word ‘football’ backwards, it spells ‘Pep’. He is a genius. I’ll say it again. A genius.”
features Read more I’ve never been to a pub with England fans to see what it means to them. It was surreal Share on WhatsApp Liverpool Twitter On a summer’s evening in June 2018 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed to Boxpark in London’s Shoreditch to watch England’s World Cup defeat by Belgium. His attempt to go incognito in hat and spectacles was swiftly rumbled by eagle-eyed hipsters and, watching the game unfold in Kaliningrad, he came to feel part of an England crowd for the first time. And to realise the magnitude of what he had lost. Euro 2020 qualifiers and international football: 10 things to look out for “What it created was special. To see that first hand, in that environment, wasn’t what I expected. It was a moment where I realised – I can’t swear – I’ve missed out on something big here. Seeing what it meant to people. People rushing in from work with their shirts and ties on, it was like the whole nation was watching. I met a couple of doctors there, a couple of boys from the city, a couple of plumbers; all came into Boxpark. It was just mayhem and meant so much to everyone. I’d never seen that first hand, so it was really special and a reminder of what it means to play for England and how special that is.” Share on Facebook Pinterest Mason Mount ready for England challenge after early Chelsea success England Read more Share on Messenger Share via Email Tyrone Mings targets St Mary’s as ‘fitting’ venue for England debut Share on Pinterest Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates with the goalscorer Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah after Liverpool’s final goal in the 3-0 win at Burnley. Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images Euro 2020 qualifying Euro 2020 Topics Reuse this content For a player who has missed England’s last three tournaments through injury – the last one a horrendous knee injury that cost him a year of his career and a planned starting role in Russia – Oxlade-Chamberlain exudes remarkable positivity and refreshing perspective. Visits to Zoë’s Place, a baby hospice in Liverpool, and having friends with similar knee problems but without “the luxury of having doctors, physios and specialists on-call day and night as I had” ensured the lowest moments of his latest rehabilitation were fleeting.But that night in Shoreditch, powerless to respond to Adnan Januzaj’s winner and transfixed by the power of the World Cup, the Liverpool midfielder allowed himself a moment’s regret.“That was the first time I’ve ever watched a match with fans of my team, if that makes sense,” Oxlade-Chamberlain says. “I’m either always in the stadium or at home. I was shocked. I’ve never been to a pub where there’s a bunch of Liverpool fans or Arsenal fans and watched it with them, never been to a pub with England fans to see what it means to them and it was surreal. I could see my mates on the screen doing what I usually do and how everyone around them was reacting. I was almost idolising them as well. Just seeing what they were doing and what that created around me I was like, ‘Oh my God, do I really do that?’ Read more Facebook Share on LinkedIn The 26-year-old kept the severity of the injury from most of the Liverpool squad and the public to avoid distracting from the final in Kiev. It was only after the defeat by Real Madrid that emotions got the better of him. Yet missing the World Cup later that summer, having also been sidelined from Euro 2016 and the 2014 World Cup by knee injuries, has not left Oxlade-Chamberlain cursing his misfortune.He says: “I think it’s written in the stars for me to score the winner [at Euro 2020]! I guess I have been unlucky with the timings of my injuries but I have been lucky enough to play 32 times for England and looking at the squad now I am one of the longest-serving players. And both Arsenal and Liverpool have given me a platform to play for England, so I consider that lucky too. The timing of the injuries was unlucky but boys have injuries that stop them playing full stop. I have had the opportunity to come back.” It is a scene that will be replayed again next summer should Gareth Southgate’s team secure their place at Euro 2020. They are on course to do so with two victories from two qualifiers plus Bulgaria and Kosovo to come at home on Saturday and on Tuesday respectively. “That would be great,” Oxlade-Chamberlain says. “And I think the boys did themselves proud to create the environment where people have more belief and more of a connection with this young set of players. But we’ve got to make sure we get there first because that would be a bit of a party ruiner, wouldn’t it? That’s the main thing we’ve got to do and then … ” Win it? “Yes, exactly.”Oxlade-Chamberlain hopes to be in the box seat for England next summer, not Boxpark. His return to Southgate’s squad has come quickly, having made only two starts for Liverpool this season, but with the England manager in regular contact throughout his 12 months out the midfielder was reassured he was not forgotten. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first competitive start for Liverpool – in the Super Cup against Chelsea –came 477 days after his last, when he damaged cruciate and medial knee ligaments, plus the tendons to his hamstring, in the Champions League semi-final victory over Roma. Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he used to have his career all mapped out in stages. “By 24 I wanted to have won the Champions League and be scoring 10-15 goals a season,” he says. “But sometimes things just don’t go the way you want them to.” That is not said with any trace of self-pity. Back in the Liverpool frame, with a new contract until 2023, and back on the England scene with a young, exciting squad, this feels a fresh start rather than a time to dwell on the past.“I’ll worry about that when I’m 50 and I’ve got a big belly like my dad,” he says, laughing. “Then I’ll think; ‘What if? I could have done that.’ It hasn’t all been roses but one thing I would say and why I remain proud of myself is that even when things haven’t gone as I wanted them to I still make sure I come back with the same optimism to improve and to do more.“I would say I have enjoyed every minute of my career up until this point because it has shaped me to be who I am both on and off the pitch. By no means I am sat here looking back at what could have been. For now I’m just looking forward.” Share on Twitter
Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni likely to unfurl tri-colour in Leh on Independence DayThe Territorial Army is deployed in the south Kashmir region where MS Dhoni joined it on July 30. Defence sources said on Thursday that Dhoni is scheduled to travel along with his regiment to Leh on August 10.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiAugust 8, 2019UPDATED: August 8, 2019 22:05 IST MS Dhoni is an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Indian Territorial Army (Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni is presently stationed in Khrew in the Pulwama district of Jammu & KashmirTerritorial Army is deployed in the south Kashmir region where Dhoni joined it on July 30Dhoni has taken a two-month break from active cricket to serve his regiment in the Kashmir ValleyFormer Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to unfurl the tri-colour on the occasion of Independence Day in Leh in the newly-created union territory of Ladakh on August 15.Dhoni, an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army, is at present stationed in Khrew in the Pulwama district of Jammu & Kashmir, along with members of his Territorial Army battalion.The Territorial Army is deployed in the south Kashmir region where Dhoni joined it on July 30. Defence sources said on Thursday that Dhoni is scheduled to travel along with his regiment to Leh on August 10.”Dhoni is a brand ambassador of the Indian Army. He has engaged in motivating members of his unit and has often been playing football and volleyball with the soldiers. He is also undertaking battle training exercises with the corps. He will remain in the valley till August 15,” said a senior army official.The 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has taken a two-month break from active cricket, after India was edged out of the Cricket World Cup following a loss to New Zealand in the semi-final, to serve his regiment in the Kashmir Valley.However, officials did not disclose the exact location at which Dhoni is likely to hoist the national flag on August 15.The Union government has undertaken a programme to hoist the tri-colour in each and every village of Jammu & Kashmir as part of Independence Day celebrations in the state.The central government had launched a community mobilisation programme across all 4,900 gram panchayats of Jammu & Kashmir from June prior to the withdrawal of special category status to the state.advertisementIn his ‘Mann ki Baat’ address to the nation on July 28, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had elaborated how it had emerged during this community mobilisation programme that the average citizens of Jammu & Kashmir were eager to join the mainstream development in other parts of the country.Amid massive troop deployment across the Valley, the government on August 5 revoked Article 370 of the Constitution and withdrew special status to Jammu & Kashmir while the state was bifurcated into two union territories through a legislation passed by both Houses of Parliament later on.Dhoni has remained stationed in the Valley throughout the security build-up exercise when all communication networks across the state have also been snapped by the central government to prohibit any break down in law and order.Also Read | MS Dhoni to start guard duty in Kashmir as honorary lieutenant colonelAlso Read | WATCH: Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni plays volleyball with his Territorial Army battalion, video goes viralFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Lieutenant Colonel MS DhoniFollow Independence Day
New Delhi: A day after Pakistan announced it was downgrading diplomatic relations with India over scrapping of Jammu-Kashmir’s special status, New Delhi Thursday expressed regret over the move and urged Islamabad to review its decision so that “normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved.”Reiterating that developments pertaining to Article 370 are an internal matter, India said it was not surprised that developmental initiatives in Jammu and Kashmir are “negatively perceived” in Pakistan. “The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Pakistan on Wednesday expelled the Indian envoy in Islamabad and announced a downgrade of its ties with India and suspension of bilateral trade, in response to the government’s decision to scrap the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan also said it would not be sending its High Commissioner-designate to India. Calling out Islamabad, India said the reasons cited by the Imran Khan-led government are “not supported by facts.” “The intention behind these measures is obviously to present an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties,” it added. It also said that the recent decisions taken in Jammu and Kashmir are driven by a commitment to extend “developmental opportunities” to the state that it was earlier denied due to a temporary provision in the Constitution. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday On Wednesday, the Pakistan NCS called India’s move to revoke Article 370 as “unilateral and illegal” and Imran Khan directed the country’s armed forces to continue vigilance. Earlier, Khan also voiced apprehension that Pulwama-like attacks could follow the Centre’s move, which could even trigger a conventional war between Pakistan and India. Sources said the suspension of bilateral trade will have minimal impact since there is very little trade between the two countries. The official bilateral trade is worth $2 billion, although informal trade takes place via Dubai and other Middle-East countries and is estimated to be $6 billion.(With inputs from Indian Express)
New Delhi: Several senior party workers, Cabinet and Union Ministers, Chief Ministers of other states, and people closely related to the party and Arun Jaitley, bid the former Finance Minister an emotional goodbye throughout the day on Sunday. In addition to Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar; Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das, and LJD leader Sharad Yadav were at the party headquarters to pay their last respects to Jaitley. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderBJP leaders Madhav Rao and Shivraj Singh Chauhan had earlier arrived at Jaitley’s Kailash Colony residence along with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and an envoy from the UK, who said that many in Britain treasured Jaitley. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also paid their last respects at the residence. The former Andhra Pradesh CM and TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu was also at the residence along with Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla, who called Jaitley a great speaker and parliamentarian. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsUnion Ministers Amit Shah, Harsh Vardhan, Rajnath Singh and Piyush Goyal, Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das and Bharatiya Janata Party National Working President J P Nadda were among those who paid homage to the departed leader at the party headquarters. LJD leader Sharad Yadav, who had often locked horns with Jaitley in Parliament, was also at the party headquarters. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and a Bhutanese envoy from the embassy in Delhi also visited the party headquarters. The cremation was attended by Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Rajnath Singh, Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Also present were BJP veteran LK Advani as well as other party leaders including B S Yediyurappa, Gautam Gambhir, along with opposition leaders Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel, who said, “He (Jaitley) was one of the last few great parliamentarians in the country.”
New Delhi: Since 1996, an 88-year-old woman has been selling drugs in the city. On Tuesday, she was nabbed with heroin in West Delhi’s Naraina area.The law enforcement agency said that the accused was previously involved in nine cases. Police identified the accused as Rajrani alias Topli, a resident of JJ Colony in Inder Puri. “The accused was first arrested in 1996. She used to sell drugs by taking advantage of her old age. She was arrested in 2018 also,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Monika Bharadwaj. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, on Tuesday, they received secret information that the accused would come to her house in Inder Puri around 3 pm after taking delivery of a narcotic substance from somewhere. “This information was further developed and the raiding team immediately rushed to Loha Mandi Naraina Flyover and laid a trap strategically by deploying the team members. At around 2:50 pm, the team spotted the accused lady and apprehended her,” police said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAfter following due procedure, her search was made and 16 grams of heroin was recovered from her possession. “Presently her family members are not involved in this illegal work,” the DCP said. An investigator told that they are investigating from where she was procuring drugs. “The woman told us that she did not know anything apart from selling drugs,” said an official added that the accused was confident that her age will help in dodging police. The investigator further said that the woman was selling drugs to everyone who came to her. “The accused had made her home as a spot from where people can procure drugs,” police added. Investigators further revealed that she was regularly selling drugs. A case under sections 21 of the NDPS Act was registered against the woman at Inderpuri police station. According to Delhi Police data, in 2018, as many as 493 cases were registered under NDPS act last year. More than 600 persons were arrested from various parts of the city. Delhi Police will soon extern more than 800 criminals from the city boundaries. police sources disclosed that 107 externment proposals were initiated against bootleggers and drug traffickers. Close surveillance is being kept on the movements of criminals and habitual offenders. According to the senior officer, they initiate externment proceedings to ensure that criminals are out of the area and are unable to create trouble.
EDMONTON – Police officers will march in this year’s Edmonton Pride festival, but not in their uniforms.The Edmonton Pride Festival Society said it restricted police vehicles from participating, as well as lights and sirens in the 2017 parade after a similar move in Toronto.“Many pride organizations in other communities started talking with their marginalized members, trying to do more to include them in the conversation around Pride,” the society said in a news release. “In many communities, because police enforcement agencies were seen to make marginalized people feel unsafe, police were asked (or told) to step back and not be involved in Pride celebrations.”In 2017, Supt. Brad Doucette said the Edmonton Police Service had more work to do if the community wasn’t comfortable with a police presence.The service later met with the festival society to discuss what could be done to build bridges.As a result, both city police and Alberta RCMP have decided to walk in civilian clothing in this year’s parade.“We can highlight the individuals that are beyond the badge — the people who actually make up the Edmonton Police Service,” said Doucette. “We are individuals. We are parents, we’re grandparents, we’re siblings, we’re allies with the LGBTQ, we’re oftentimes parents of, or are members of the community itself and that gets lost with the uniform.”He said each of the 50 or so officers who participate will wear an individualized T-shirt.“We’re not putting any parameters about what any individual are going to put on their shirt,” he said. “We have people from the LGBTQ community in our service, so you may see people put that on there — that they’re gay, that they’re lesbian, that they’re married to a man or that they are the mother of a gay youth.”RCMP officers from the Edmonton area will also attend the parade out of uniform.“Participants will be wearing RCMP Pride T-shirts, as proud employees of the RCMP, in support of the LGBTQ2S+ community,” said Staff Sgt. Jeremie Landry of the RCMP.Clayton Hitchcock, who’s the community engagement committee chair for the Edmonton Pride Festival Society, said they are hopeful the initiative by the Edmonton Police Service and RCMP will help marginalized members of the community feel safer.“The members and officers who attend the parade and festival volunteer to be there,” he said. “They are often allies and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.“Better connections between them and marginalized folks will help them bring about change within their organizations.”
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he did not ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel to consider keeping all mentions of the Paris climate change accord out of the upcoming G20 leaders meeting statement to placate U.S. President Donald Trump.German publication Der Spiegel had reported on a call between the two leaders last week, saying Trudeau wondered about the potential downside of striking mentions of the accord from the communique so as not to further provoke Trump.Merkel is hosting the G20 meeting in July.On Monday, Trudeau was pressed on his alleged comments by NDP leader Tom Mulcair.“No, I did not say that,” Trudeau said.The Prime Minister’s Office has made a request for a correction to the article, but they have not sought to clarify Trudeau’s remarks to Merkel, saying she knows where he stands on the matter.Mulcair was not placated by Trudeau’s denial, accusing him of being all style and no substance when it comes to climate change. He said unless Der Spiegel corrects the report, he chooses to believe their account over Trudeau’s.Thus far, the article has not been changed.Trump said earlier this month he intends to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement unless it can be renegotiated. On Monday, the United States refused to sign onto a pledge at a G7 environment ministers’ meeting calling the Paris climate accord the “irreversible” global tool to address climate change.The G7 environment ministers issued the final communique after their two-day meeting ended Monday, the first since the United States announced it was withdrawing from the pact.In a footnote to the communique, the U.S. said it wouldn’t join with the other six countries in reaffirming their Paris commitments, but said it was taking action on its own to reduce its carbon footprint.The U.S. did participate in other aspects of the 15-page statement on sustainable development and private sector financing of climate change adaptation.In a statement, Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said the communique and the meeting are proof the U.S. is “resetting the agenda” on the Paris agreement.“Today’s action of reaching consensus makes clear that the Paris Agreement is not the only mechanism by which environmental stewardship can be demonstrated,” he said.However, Canada’s environment minister, Catherine McKenna, said the meeting did the opposite.“Every country but the United States expressed their absolutely unwavering commitment to the swift and effective implementation of the Paris agreement,” she said in a conference call with reporters Monday.“We confirmed it is the global instrument for effectively and urgently tackling climate change. It was very sad to see the United States was relegated to a footnote on climate action.”Trump has said he would be open to renegotiating Paris, something most European G7 nations have already rejected. McKenna said she told Pruitt that Canada won’t support that either.“I also asked the United States to clarify its position that it wanted to renegotiate the Paris agreement,” McKenna said.“I made it clear that the Paris agreement is not open for renegotiation although we are in the phase of negotiating the rules.”The Paris agreement was signed by 195 nations in December 2015 to outline what the world needs to do to limit the increase in temperature of the planet to less than two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times.The participants now have to negotiate the rules for implementing Paris, including how each country will report their efforts and progress, what kind of monitoring there will be and what can be done to promote compliance.The agreement is non-binding. The U.S. will become the third country not to be part of Paris.Neither Syria nor Nicaragua signed the deal in 2015. Nicaragua held out because it felt the agreement did not go far enough. Syria couldn’t participate in the Paris negotiations because of sanctions against the government amid the ongoing civil war.
Facebook The original “Cancon” movie is a grimy glimpse into the endless possibilities Toronto of the 70s could offer, and was directed by none other than Donald Shebib, Drake producer Noah Shebib (aka 40)’s dad.The Collaborators (1973)Like a 70s Toronto-set CSI, The Collaborators explored the hot-blooded conflicts between forensic scientists working in Metropolitan Toronto Police Department and the hard-boiled detectives and street cops on the front-line. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Toronto in the 1970s was by all accounts a wild place; industrial soot from decades past still coated the city, but a cheery makeover saw new icons appearing at an accelerated rate – The CN Tower, The Eaton Centre, Ontario Place, The Metropolitan Zoo, The Toronto Blue Jays and Citytv, all born in the so-called decade of malaise.Here are few of the best examples of films and TV shows which perfectly captured that transformation in 24 frames per second, and in some cases showcased the new iconographic Toronto sites better than then anyone since.Goin’ Down the Road (1970)Everything from Letterkenny to Bob & Doug Mackenzie to Trailer Park Boys owe their existence to this, the original low-rent adventures of two Nova Scotian hosers who set upon 1970 Toronto looking for girls, booze and darts. Twitter
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21 September 2007Marking the International Day of Peace, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today designated four internationally renowned individuals – an equestrian, a conductor, an author and a violinist – to join the ranks of other United Nations Messengers of Peace raising global awareness of the world body’s work and ideals. Marking the International Day of Peace, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today designated four internationally renowned individuals – an equestrian, a conductor, an author and a violinist – to join the ranks of other United Nations Messengers of Peace raising global awareness of the world body’s work and ideals.As a Messenger, acclaimed conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim of Israel and Argentina will promote peace and tolerance through the globally shared language of music.He served as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony for 15 years, and in 1999 co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with Palestinian scholar Edward Said to bring young musicians from Israel and the Arab countries together to further dialogue among Middle East cultures.“Music teaches us to express ourselves to the fullest whilst simultaneously listening to the other,” Mr. Barenboim said in his acceptance of the role. “I will do my very best to carry this message to all the corners of the world.”Brazilian Paulo Coelho, author of the bestseller “The Alchemist,” also seeks to promote intercultural dialogue in his position as Messenger. Through his Paulo Coelho Institute which he founded with his wife Christina Oiticica, he helps underprivileged member of his home country’s society.“I gladly accept this responsibility and am committed to do my best to work towards a better future for the current and next generations,” said Mr. Coelho, who also serves as Special Counsellor for Intercultural Dialogues and Spiritual Convergences for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).In 1982, Japanese-American violinist Midori Goto made her historic debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic. Since then, she has pushed for the recognition of the potential of children through her non-profit foundation Midori & Friends, which brings music education programmes to thousands of underprivileged children yearly.As Messenger of Peace, Ms. Goto will advocate for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight targets to slash a host of social ills by 2015, as well as build on her commitment to youth.In accepting this new role, she said that “this is an opportunity to champion the United Nations’ Millennium Goals in a meaningful way.”Also promoting the MDGs as Messenger is Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, First Lady of Dubai, who has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and is also the first Arab woman to compete in equestrian events at the continental, world and Olympic levels.“I really do believe that unless we really tackle the root causes of hunger and poverty, then we remain far from peace,” she told reporters at a press conference moderated by Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyotaka Akasaka in New York today.Having previously travelled to Malawi and Ethiopia on behalf of WFP to spotlight the food crises in the two African nations, Princess Haya – the first Arab and the first woman to serve as a Goodwill Ambassador for the agency – will focus on drawing attention to the MDGs, eight targets to slash socials ills by 2015.“I really believe that the WFP in so many ways gave me the complete foundation to be able to be here today,” she noted.These four distinguished individuals join primatologist Jane Goodall of the United Kingdom, Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and cellist Yo-Yo Ma as UN Messengers of Peace.“All these different problems that face us today – the environmental ones and the social ones and they’re all linked – and if we laid down our weapons tomorrow and had a moment of peace, this wouldn’t last very long unless we learn to conserve the natural world on which we depend,” Ms. Goodall, who champions environmental causes, said at today’s press briefing.Holocaust survivor Mr. Wiesel highlighted the importance of using one’s past to help others. It is necessary to help others and to “speak of our experience, of our ideas from sadness occasionally,” he said. “And nevertheless it’s possible to do something so we will not be sad.”Mr. Douglas, who is committed to disarmament issues, including nuclear non-proliferation and halting the global trade in small arms and light weapons, told reporters that “the reality it seems to me that with all the humanitarian gestures in the world, all of the aid efforts that we all can make, unless there is peace in that region, it doesn’t work.”Also at the briefing, Mr. Akasaka paid tribute to Italian opera singer and Messenger of Peace Luciano Pavarotti who passed away earlier this month, lauding the famed tenor who “devoted so much time and support to the United Nations.”
8 September 2011With nearly 800 million people unable to read or write, the United Nations today marked International Literacy Day with a warning that illiteracy undermines efforts to eliminate a host of social ills such as poverty and sickness and threatens the very stability of nations. “The costs are enormous,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message. “Illiteracy exacerbates cycles of poverty, ill-health and deprivation. It weakens communities and undermines democratic processes through marginalization and exclusion. These and other impacts can combine to destabilize societies.”This year’s Day is being commemorated under the theme “Literacy and Peace.” Mr. Ban noted that despite progress, illiteracy continues to afflict millions of people, especially women and girls. In 2009, roughly two thirds of the world’s estimated 793 million illiterate adults were female. That same year, some 67 million primary school-aged children and 72 million adolescents were denied their right to an education, he added.“Literacy unlocks the capacity of individuals to imagine and create a more fulfilling future. It opens the way to greater justice, equality and progress. Literacy can help societies heal, advance political processes and contribute to the common good,” he declared.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) noted that more than half the adults in 11 countries are illiterate. These are Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.“The world urgently needs increased political commitment to literacy backed by adequate resources to scale up effective programmes,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a message. “Today I urge governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to make literacy a policy priority, so that every individual can develop their potential, and actively participate in shaping more sustainable, just and peaceful societies.” In a ceremony in New Delhi, UNESCO awarded the international Confucius and King Sejong literacy prizes, financed respectively by China and the Republic of Korea, to projects in Burundi, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the United States. King Sejong promulgated the native alphabet of the Korean language in the mid-15th century.The National Literacy Service of Burundi won one of the two UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prizes for its innovative approach to linking functional literacy to daily life issues and to topics related to peace and tolerance, as well as for its overall impact. From 2010 to 2011 alone, the service presented more than 50,000 certificates to new readers.The other UNESCO King Sejong Prize went to the National Institute for the Education of Adults of Mexico, for its bilingual literacy programme, which has helped reduce illiteracy among indigenous peoples, especially women, and improved their ability to exercise their rights.The US-based Room to Read won one of the UNESCO Confucius Prizes for Literacy for its programme, Promoting Gender Equality and Literacy through Local Language Publishing. Operating in nine countries – Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam and Zambia ¬ it has assisted communities in the development of culturally relevant reading materials in local and minority languages.The second UNESCO Confucius Prize laureate was the Collectif Alpha Ujuvi in the DRC for its programme, Peaceful Coexistence of Communities and Good Governance in North Kivu, using an innovative model for preventing and resolving tensions and conflicts among individuals and communities.Each of the four prizes carries a $20,000 award.In connection with the Day, UNESCO and Procter & Gamble’s Always feminine care brand launched a partnership to promote literacy for young girls and young women. “A major world corporation like Procter & Gamble can give added impetus to our drive for global literacy,” Ms. Bokova said. The first project under the partnership concerns girls’ literacy in Senegal where, in 2006, fewer than 45 per cent of women could read or write. Educational kits and digital resources will be made available to train and support more than 1,200 teachers who will devote 600 hours of literacy and life skills teaching to girls.Two facts illustrate the importance of improving literacy among girls: HIV/AIDS spreads twice as fast among illiterate girls and women; and a baby born to a literate mother has a 50 per cent better chance of living to the age of five than one born to an illiterate woman.
“At this challenging time for the region, the Secretary-General calls on all the parties in Lebanon to remain united behind the leadership of President Sleiman,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.According to media reports, Mr. Mikati announced his resignation after a deadlocked cabinet meeting over the preparations for a parliamentary election and extending the term of a senior security official.Mr. Ban called on all parties to “work together with the institutions of the State to maintain calm and stability, to respect Lebanon’s policy of disassociation consistent with their commitment in the Baabda Declaration, and to support the role of the Lebanese Armed Forces in sustaining national unity, sovereignty and security.”The Baabda Declaration, which was issued during a National Dialogue meeting in June, calls for keeping Lebanon neutral from regional tensions and crises. The Declaration is named after the Baabda Presidential Palace, where the meeting was held.“The Secretary-General urges all concerned to engage positively with the President to agree the way forward in accordance with Lebanon’s constitutional requirements and with full respect for the democratic process,” the statement added.
There was 1:49 on the clock, and the Washington Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks were tied, with two goals apiece. Both could have used the two points a win would bring: The Capitals were in a tight battle with the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins for control of the Metropolitan division, and the Ducks could further extend their Pacific division lead.But rather than try to score the game-winner, neither team took a shot on goal in the final 1:49, content to let the Feb. 6 game go to overtime, when both teams would be guaranteed at least one point.1The Capitals won the game in Washington in a shootout.Francois Beauchemin, a Ducks defender who was on the ice for much of the final 1:49, admitted that going to OT — where the winner gets two points and the loser one — is the primary goal late in tie games. “We won’t take as many offensive chances as we would if we were down one goal or tied at the end of the second period,” he said. “We talk about it [with the coaches].”Todd Reirden, a retired defender who played for four NHL teams and now oversees the blueliners as a Caps assistant coach, agreed. ” ‘Sit back, play defense, make sure we get a point’ would never be words that I use, but certainly, you get that far into a game and as a coach you want to leave with something,” he said. “With the parity in the league right now, the importance of getting points on a nightly basis has become more of a focus of not just our team, but other teams as well.”Since 2010, the Caps have played 125 games that were tied at the end of regulation, including a remarkable 28 during the 2013-14 season. That number puts them, fittingly, in a tie with the Islanders, atop the league. Those two teams are not alone in their quest for extra hockey, however; 25 percent of games this season (through Tuesday) have reached overtime. If that number stands, it will be the highest yearly percentage of overtime games in the league’s history.At the end of tie games, teams across the league don’t play to win — they play not to lose.It wasn’t always this way. For most of the NHL’s history and through the 1998-99 season, a team earned two points for a win in regulation or overtime, zero points for a loss, and one point for a tie. But in 2005, the NHL mandated shootouts at the end of overtime, which prompted a change in the point structure. Now, the winner would get two points and the overtime loser one. (From 1999 to 2005, the loser of an overtime game also received a point, but matches could also finish tied, with each squad earning a point.) By and large, the new structure encourages teams in tie games to try to play for overtime, where the total number of points awarded to the teams increases by 50 percent (three vs. two).In today’s NHL, overtime frequently benefits both teams, which is why teams that are tied often holster their sticks. Take a look at this chart, which shows the expected goal (EG) rate per minute2Expected goals (EGs) are calculated by tallying the goal probabilities of each unblocked shot attempt, where the goal probabilities are estimated by using shot distance and location in logistic regression models of goal outcomes (yes/no). For more information, see this set of slides from Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. student Sam Ventura’s recent presentation at February’s Ottawa hockey analytics conference.The data includes all games from the beginning of the 2007-08 season through Feb. 1 of 2015. EGs per tied-game minute were calculated by dividing the total number of EGs from when the game was tied during each one-minute interval by the total number of tied-game seconds in that interval, with that result multiplied by 60. A corresponding process was used to estimate the EG rate for one-goal games. To prevent our results from being skewed, we dropped any shot in the last three minutes that occurred with a pulled goalie. The lines have been smoothed using a Loess smoother. over the course of an NHL contest. EGs use shot distance and location from the NHL’s play-by-play data to estimate the number of goals that we expect the two teams to combine for during each minute of play. There’s something different about that third period.The expected goal output is nearly identical between tied games and one-goal games from the 15th through 55th minutes of the game. But for the last five minutes, the number of EGs rises for one-goal games and drops for tied games.3You may also notice the higher number of EGs in the second period, relative to the first and third. This can be accounted for by a longer line change in the second period, among other reasons.At the end of a tie game, benches shorten, and coaches change their behavior. Reirden, for example, says he is loath to send out a defenseman who might take an unnecessary risk, preferring a guy he knows will stay home and limit the opposition’s attacking chances, even if that means sacrificing a shot at getting a goal.It’s tempting to say, meh, more overtime equals more fun. Fans love it — it’s free hockey after all. And four-on-four, sudden-death free hockey at that. Perhaps relatedly, league revenue has skyrocketed since the 2004 lockout, reportedly reaching an all-time high of $3.7 billion in 2014.But more overtime leads to a radically different game. For starters, the number of overtime games increases as the season advances; the postseason chase makes teams desperate to take advantage of the extra point available.Take a look at this chart, which shows the overtime rates in the league’s old and new point systems by the day of the season in which the game was played.4Data is from 1990 to 1999 for the old point system and 2005-current for the new. The lines are smoothed using quadratic splines, assuming a binomial distribution for the number of OT games on each date. We dropped the lockout-shortened 1995 and 2013 seasons for this graph and accounted for Olympic years by subtracting off the number of days that teams were given for a break. (The shaded regions represent 95 percent confidence intervals for the smoothed lines.)While overtime rates have been consistently higher in the current point system, the late-season change is dramatic. Roughly two-thirds of the way through the season, OT rates spike; in the old system, without the loser point, rates plummeted late in the season. Spring is now the NHL’s overtime season.The other way the game changes: Nonconference games become a lot more passive for both teams. The flip side of that is that teams try to win more often against in-conference teams.“You have the mindset that you don’t want to have shared points, especially against teams in your own conference and more specifically against teams in your own division,” Reirden said.The data shows that, during tied games, teams’ expected goals are higher during conference games than out-of-conference ones. The largest differences in aggressiveness between in-conference and out-of-conference games occur at the end of tied games, when overtime is imminent. This suggests that teams are satisfied to receive at least one point when playing a nonconference opponent but are more likely to try to win in regulation against a team with whom they are competing for a playoff spot.If you corner people who work in the NHL, they’ll admit that teams cater their behavior and offensive aggressiveness based on a variety of seemingly unintended incentives. “There is a lot more strategy at the end of the games than I remember,” Reirden said.5We would be remiss if we didn’t point out that academics have covered how the rule changes have affected strategy; see published work from, for example, Jason Abrevaya (2004) and, yes, Lopez (2013) in the Journal of Sports Economics. The game is changing — but is it for the better? The NHL considered the merits of alternative point systems as far back as when it instituted the new one. But nothing has come of it. Much like players in a tie game late in the third period, the league seems uninterested in altering the status quo.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 16, 2016 – One hundred district constables are to commence training on January 1, to join the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as regular constables. Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, made the disclosure at a ceremony to hand seven motor cars and 26 motorbikes to the police force held on December 14 at the JCF’s Transport and Repair Division in Kingston.Mr. Montague said the move is part of a raft of measures being implemented by the Ministry to strengthen the capacity of the force. “The increased recruitment of men and women into the force (is important), because we are currently faced with a serious attrition rate. So far, this year, over 400 men and women have left the force, and we are moving to increase the intake and the training,” he said.He indicated that the JCF will be conducting two recruitment exercises next year to boost its numbers. Meanwhile, the Minister informed that the mobile police stations will be deployed to crime hotspots, while the Ministry will be procuring 40 dogs from Cuba that are trained in narcotic detection and search and rescue. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Photo credit: JamaicaObserver Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo #MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Steve Swaney takes over firefighting in East County Posted: October 29, 2018 October 29, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI) – Heartland Fire and Rescue’s newest Fire Chief isn’t just in charge of one department, but three fire departments.La Mesa, El Cajon, and Lemon Grove are all under the umbrella of Heartland Fire and Rescue.Chief Steve Swaney was sworn in on October 13th, and officially took over firefighting in the East County on the 20th.The veteran firefighter was most recently a Heartland Division Chief.