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Tripura MLA joins BJP, disqualified

first_imgTripura Assembly Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath, on Friday announced the disqualification of Ratan Lal Nath,MLA, under the anti-defection law. The former leader of opposition who won from Mohanpur assembly constituency five times in a row as a Congress nominee, had recently joined BJP. The state Congress President Birajit Sinha had lodged a complaint with the Speaker to disqualify Mr. Nath a day after the latter joined BJP on December 22 last. Hundreds of his supports also joined the party at a function attended by BJP General Secretary and party’s northeast in-charge Ram Madhav and Tripura poll in-charge as well as Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.Following the Congress complaint, the Speaker had called him for an explanation but Mr. Ratan Lal had skipped the hearing convened by the Speaker citing health reason.last_img read more

AMU students protest ‘police inaction’

first_imgAligarh Muslim University students sat on an indefinite dharna on Thursday protesting the “police inaction” against the vandalism carried out by members of some right-wing organisations on the university campus on Wednesday.AMU Students’ Union president Mashkoor Ahmad Usmani told The Hindu that the students are demanding a judicial inquiry and arrest of activists of right-wing groups who allegedly barged into the university campus and thrashed students and security guards when they tried to stop them from breaking law.Over 30 AMU students and many police personnel were injured in the violence which started with the right-wing protesters demanding removal of the portrait of Mohammad Ali Jinnah from the office of the AMU students’ union and in the subsequent confrontation between the students and the police.Reacting to the incidents of violence, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the “act of honouring the man who was responsible for the Partition of the country will never be tolerated”. He said that he has asked for a report from the district administration. ADG, Agra Zone, Ajay Anand has reached Aligarh and held a meeting with the IG, SSP and SP City over law and order in Aligarh.AMU has strongly condemned “the trespassing of university boundary and raising of objectionable and intimidating slogans by a group of Hindu Yuva Vahini youths”. It has asked the district administration to take strict action against the youths who disturbed the peace of the campus.The Aligarh police, meanwhile, have registered two FIRs. “One FIR is against over 300 unnamed AMU students and five AMUSU members,” said Javed Khan, the in-charge of Civil Lines police station.“The second FIR has been lodged against 22 unnamed people by the AMU security authorities under various sections,” he added.last_img read more

By the Numbers: NSF’s Science Indicators Offers Answers, of a Sort

first_imgTrue or false?More than one-third of U.S. elementary students learn no science in a typical week. The U.S. science and engineering workforce grew by 10% between 2008 and 2010. The number of authors of scientific papers from U.S. universities increased by two-thirds between 2010 and 2012.These three questions are based on information in the latest edition of Science and Engineering Indicators, a biennial collection released today by the National Science Foundation (NSF). And the answers—1) True; 2) True, but with a big caveat; and 3) It seems unlikely—point to both the strengths and weaknesses of the massive report.The 2014 tome describes in great detail the state of U.S. science and its relative ranking among global competitors. 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At the same time, readers may want to exercise some caution to avoid leaving the statistical buffet with indigestion—or with egg on their faces.Science teachersThe answer to the first question comes from the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education. The survey of 7752 teachers at 1504 elementary and secondary schools around the country—the fifth since 1977—is designed to assess the background and experience of teachers, what goes on the classroom, and the resources available to them.The answers show that science is a “forgotten step-child” to math and reading in the lower grades, according to the team at Horizon Research Inc. in North Carolina that conducted the NSF-funded study. Several metrics suggest that elementary science instruction is on shaky ground: Those who teach it are more likely to be novices; science receives only 40% the time given to math and less than 30% spent on reading; and teachers feel only half as well prepared to teach science as math. Engineering is almost nonexistent, the study notes, with only 4% of elementary school teachers feeling very confident about tackling the subject.Scientific workforce One apparent bright spot in the 2014 Indicators is the recent rapid growth in what NSF calls the scientific and engineering (S&E) workforce. The report says the total was 5.40 million in 2010, up from the 4.88 million reported for 2008 in the 2012 edition of Indicators. But the real increase is probably closer to 3% or 4% rather than 10%, says Beethika Khan of NCSES and lead author on the workforce chapter.That’s because the 2008 number was in all likelihood an undercount, Khan explains. It was based on people who self-identified as members of the scientific workforce in the 2000 decennial census and who NSF then tracked for the rest of the decade through two surveys, one of recent college graduates and one of doctoral recipients. But those surveys don’t capture those who didn’t earn a U.S. degree, that is, many foreign-born scientists and engineers. Nor do they include people working in the field without any science and engineering degree.In contrast, the 2010 data draw upon the American Community Survey (ACS), the successor to the long form of the census. That survey is done annually, and offers a much more accurate snapshot of the workforce at any given time. NSF used ACS for the first time to help calculate the size of the scientific workforce in 2010. “Our use of the ACS as a frame has improved our results,” she says.(This year’s report also takes a first-ever look at those in the S&E workforce without a bachelor’s degree. It finds that blacks and Hispanics are overrepresented, and Asians underrepresented, compared with the demographics of those with S&E degrees working in the field. The non-degree holders are also much more likely to be working in computing and information technology—69% of all non-degree holders work in that field, compared with 44% of all college-educated S&E workers.)Author, authorThe final question pertains to cross-sector collaboration, which the report calls “one of the most striking changes in the U.S. S&E landscape in recent years.” But NSF’s attempt to highlight how scientists are “cross[ing] boundaries to enter previously unfamiliar territory” appears to have taken a wrong turn at some point.The questionable figure appears in the report’s overview. It purports to show a steep rise in the number of academic authors on scientific papers and the number of authors per paper.Each name is counted as a separate author, so the absolute count is obviously inflated. But the real problem is that both numbers, which have grown at a steady rate since 1988, suddenly spike in 2011 and 2012.What could have caused U.S. academics to suddenly become so much more prolific—and collaborative? The statistical answer, in a word, is CERN. More specifically, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Europe’s high-energy physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland.“One sees more huge recent collaborations in physics,” says NCSES’ Robert Bell, who oversaw the 2014 Indicators. An unofficial analysis by NSF staffers, he says, found one paper with more than 3000 authors in 2010, 45 such papers in 2011, and 88 in 2012. Before 2010, he notes, there were none.The pattern of greater collaboration has been evident for the past 2 decades, he notes. In 2012, only 55% of papers in all fields had four or fewer authors. That compares with 83% in 1988, 74% in 1996, and 65% as recently as 2004. The LHC has distorted the picture, however, by making it seem as though the entire scientific community has suddenly embraced massive co-authorship.last_img read more

Pacquiao tells Jerwin: always be grateful

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Dallas, Texas—Jerwin Ancajas and Joven Jimenez got hundreds of congratulatory messages on social media Saturday night.But there’s one call that warmed Ancajas’ heart.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It was from his idol and benefactor Manny Pacquiao.“Congratulations. I am truly proud of you,” the eight-division world champion told a giddy Ancajas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippine senator also reminded him not to forget God for his blessings.That made Ancajas’ day even more glorious. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PAL titlist Luisita wary of tough Bacolod layout MOST READ LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises A victorious title defense followed by a third call from the man whose ring achievements inspired him to train even harder every day at his Survival Camp, trainer Joven Jimenez’s facility in Cavite.The first call was made Friday when Pacquiao advised him to relax and shun the pressure before praying over him.Another call followed on Saturday, with Pacquiao urging him to give his best.Owing to his dominant performance, Top Rank Promotions honcho Bob Arum intends to give Ancajas more exposure in the United StatesBut first, a mandatory title defense against fellow Filipino and No. 1 contender Jonas Sultan in April at the latest.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

NBA: Warriors forward Barnes avoids jail time after guilty plea

first_imgLeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against Shaun Livingston #34 and Matt Barnes #22 of the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio. Barnes pleaded guilty Tuesday, June 27, 2017, to disorderly conduct but avoided jail time following a December incident at a New York nightclub. AFPNEW YORK, United States — Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes pleaded guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct but avoided jail time following a December incident at a New York nightclub.Barnes was ordered to perform 10 days of community service and allowed to do the work in California. He was given until August 29, the next hearing date, to complete the work.ADVERTISEMENT During Golden State’s playoff run to the NBA title, Barnes came off the bench to appear in 12 games, totaling nine points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals.Charges came from an early morning incident involving Barnes when he was a member of the Sacramento Kings and former Kings star DeMarcus Cousins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVideo footage obtained by police appeared to show Barnes as the assailant of three people, with two women reported being choked by Barnes. Another man who ran to aid one of the women was sucker-punched.Cousins was accused of delivering the punch but was recently cleared of wrongdoing by police. View comments Fil-German Standhardinger named to Gilas team set for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire A civil suit has been filed against Barnes and Cousins by plaintiffs Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

Rohan Bopanna Withdraws from Davis Cup Tie vs Pakistan With Shoulder Injury

first_img davis cupIndiajeevan nedunchezhiyanpakistan First Published: November 18, 2019, 9:37 PM IST New Delhi: Senior player Rohan Bopanna pulled out of India’s upcoming tie against Pakistan due to a shoulder injury, paving the way for Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan’s inclusion in the playing squad.Bopanna, who underwent an MRI scan on Monday, communicated his unavailability to non-playing captain Rohit Rajpal. The 39-year-old was expected to be paired with veteran Leander Paes for the doubles rubber of the November 29-30 tie.Left-handed Nedunchezhiyan was named as one of the three reserves in the eight-member squad announced by the AITA selection committee.”It’s disappointing not to have Rohan in the side. But we want him to protect his shoulder. He needs shots (injection) for treatment. We have an able replacement in Jeevan. He has done well on the Tour and we will have a good left-right combination,” Rajpal told PTI.Bopanna is country’s top doubles player. Now the two best-ranked players are not available for the tie. Divij Sharan is also unavailable because of his wedding reception.Nedunchezhiyan has been knocking on the doors of the Indian Davis Cup team for some time by consistently performing on the ATP tour. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Olympiakos Beat Laboral Kutxa, 63-57

first_imgPIRAEUS, Greece – Olympiakos played poorly but just good enough to beat the Spanish team Laboral Kutxa 63-57 in European League play on Oct. 24.Both sides shot bricks, hitting only a combined 43-of-121 from the field in a lackluster performance that came as Olympiakos is still looking for a new coach.The Reds jumped out to big 24-12 lead over the Spanish team in the first period but saw it closed to just four, 30-26, at the half.Behind strong rebound, the visitors took a 43-40 lead in the third before Olympiakos came back to end the period ahead by 48-45.In the last period, with both teams shooting poorly, Laboral got within one point (56-55), but Olympiakos scored seven points in a row to put it away in front of 5,000 fans.Belgian-American Matt Lojeski was the top scorer for Olympiakos with 15 points.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

CBI to defame Nirav Modi worldwide, asks Interpol to make Red Corner Notice public

first_imgIn a move to defame to diamond trader Nirav Modi, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has asked the Interpol to make the Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him public which is expected to be issued soon.India Today has learnt that in a recent communication with the Interpol, CBI has informed the international agency to make the RCN public, which means that any person across the globe will be able to access the alleged criminality details along with his photograph through Interpol website.A government source told India Today that, “Nirav Modi is prime accused in bank fraud case which is over Rs 13,000 crore. We had option of keeping the RCN secret and continue the operation to nab him but Interpol has been asked to make it public.”In most of the cases, the agencies prefer to keep the RCN secret issued by Interpol. The communication with Interpol took place on Monday this week.Nirav Modi, one of the top diamond trader, whose designed jewellery has been wore by top celebrities across world is on run since January, this year. Nirav Modi is also accused of travelling on a revoked passport to at least 6 countries and is believed to be in Brussels.Making RCN public may be a major setback for his brand which is still operating in few countries. Kate Winslet, Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor, Nimrat Kaur, Lisa Haydon, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Olivia Munn, Dakota Johnson and Amy Adams are few celebrities who have sported for Nirav Modi’s jewellery.advertisementlast_img read more

Punjab govt tasks 10 administrative secretaries with checking stubble burning

first_imgChandigarh, Oct 2 (PTI) The Punjab government Tuesday deputed 10 senior administrative secretaries to check stubble burning and make people aware about the harmful practice.The officials have also been asked to review paddy procurement on a daily basis.  Kahan Singh Pannu, the nodal officer for the Anti-Stubble Burning Campaign, in a release said Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has issued directives to all agencies and officials engaged for this task to ensure seamless operations of paddy procurement.He said that elaborate arrangements have been made for procuring 200 lakh metric tonnes of paddy in a prompt and hassle-free manner and for ensuring basic amenities to facilitate farmers in mandis.            Pannu said that the chief minister has asked the senior administrative secretaries to effectively coordinate to contain stubble burning in the districts allotted to them. Additional Chief Secretary, Taxation, MP Singh and Secretary, Technical Education, DK Tiwari would coordinate the campaign to sensitise farmers in Kapurthala, Jalandhar, SBS Nagar and Hoshiarpur districts.Additional Chief Secretary, Development, Viswajeet Khanna and PWD Secretary Hussan Lal will oversee the campaign in Patiala, Sangrur, Barnala and Mansa districts.Additional Chief Secretary, Sports, Sanjay Kumar and Secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation, Jaspreet Talwar will monitor all activities to stop stubble burning in Ludhiana, Moga, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ropar and Mohali districts.Financial Commissioner, Rural Development and Panchayats, Anurag Verma and Registrar Cooperative Societies Vikas Garg will oversee the operation in Tarn Taran, Amritsar, Pathankot and Gurdaspur districts.Principal Secretary, Science Technology, RK Verma and Secretary, Agriculture, K S Pannu will supervise operations in this regard in Bathinda, Faridkot, Sri Muktsar Sahib, Fazilka and Ferozepur districts. advertisementThe teams would start visiting their districts from October 4 onwards, he said. PTI CHS GVSlast_img read more

Province Provides Equalization Grants to Municipalities

first_imgThe province is providing Nova Scotia municipalities with $30.5 million to help maintain a basic level of service at a reasonable level of taxation. The annual equalization grant is for 2012-13. “The province continues to provide grants to municipalities to help ensure they are meeting the needs of their communities,” said acting Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Sterling Belliveau. “A municipality’s share is based on its expenditure need and its ability to pay.” The province determines the amount to be distributed through the equalization program based on available funds. The same funding level has been maintained for seven years. The province does not have an obligation to allocate a specific amount to municipalities through the equalization program, but the funds provided are unconditional. “Government is currently reviewing the funding programs and services we deliver to municipalities to confirm they are properly structured,” said Mr. Belliveau. “We want to strengthen communities throughout the province and ensure that money is being allocated in a way that is fair for all municipalities.” Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations is conducting the first collective fiscal review of municipal programs in more than 10 years. The consultation phase has begun in conjunction with the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and the Association of Municipal Administrators.last_img read more

Rai orders FIR against MS Ahluwalia Fire Protection Engineers

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday ordered an FIR against M/s Ahluwalia Fire Protection Engineers following his inspection visit to the GB Pant Hospital, wherein the minister found irregularities in working of the firm. The company works in the GB Pant Hospital’s Public Works Department unit. The minister also directed restoration of employees being fired by the firm adding that the file relating to removal any employee appointed on contract basis has to be referred to labor department. The minister listened to the grievances of people working as housekeeping, nursing, security staff, data entry operator and others. He further directed the concerned authorities to immediately resolve problems of the staff. The employees working at the hospital told the minister about delayed payment of salaries on which Rai asked the officials present there to clear the files relating to payment of salaries with immediate effect.last_img read more

Mitsubishi board considers new allegations against Ghosn

first_imgTOKYO — Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko says the Japanese automaker’s board has met and discussed new allegations of wrongdoing by its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.The allegations Friday regard a 7 million euro ($8 million) payment made to Ghosn last year by a 50-50 venture between Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., established in 2017 in Amsterdam.Masuko said only Ghosn, who headed Nissan for nearly 20 years, and some aides knew about the transaction, which was discovered during an investigation by Nissan and Mitsubishi.There have been no formal charges for the new allegations. Ghosn has been charged with breach of trust and falsifying financial reports in underreporting his income from Nissan.Masuko and Nissan Chief Hiroto Saikawa were directors at the joint venture called NMBV, along with Ghosn.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UAE Police Deny News that Moroccan Woman Served Remains of Boyfriend

Rabat – In a post on his Instagram account, the Abu Dhabi police chief said that the different social media platforms and local newspapers that reported on the incident ran disproportionate coverage of the event, overstating the events.The police official added that the “inaccurate and unreal information provided by the local newspapers might interfere with the normal procedure of both police investigations and the trial.”Read Also: Moroccan Woman in UAE Kills Boyfriend, Cooks His RemainsAccording to the Emirati Emarat Alyoum news outlet, another police official indicated that the ongoing investigations have proved many details “wrong,” namely the part about feeding the victim’s remains to Pakistani workers. Abu Dhabi police called on social media users, news platforms, and citizens to be cautious while reporting such delicate information.Emirati newspaper the national reported on the incident on November 19. According to the paper, the suspect, a Moroccan woman, butchered her boyfriend and served his remains to nearby Pakistani workers. The woman was said to have been angered by the man’s plan to divorce her and marry another woman. read more

Hizbollah must disarm to ensure Lebanons sovereignty Ban warns

Disbanding militias in Lebanon – especially Hizbollah, which fought a war with Israel in 2006 – is “of vital importance” to the country’s democracy and sovereignty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a new report, where he voices satisfaction at progress made towards stability.“The threats posed by the existence of militias outside the control of the State, especially Hizbollah’s vast paramilitary infrastructure, cannot be overstated,” he writes, calling on the militant group’s leaders to transform into a purely political Lebanese party.“For this reason, I appeal to all parties, inside and outside of Lebanon, to halt immediately all efforts to transfer or acquire weapons and to build paramilitary capacities outside the authority of the State,” he adds, noting “with deep concern” that Hizbollah leaders have publicly spoken of the support it provides to Palestinian militants, including military assistance.The report, the latest on implementation of Security Council Resolution 1559 of 2004 calling for free and fair elections, an end to foreign interference and disbanding of all militias, calls Hizbollah’s arsenal a direct challenge to the sovereignty of the Lebanese State and cites Palestinian militias as “another serious threat.” Mr. Ban also notes that Israel, violating Lebanon’s sovereignty and relevant Security Council resolutions, continues to fly into Lebanese air space, has still not withdrawn from the northern part of the town of Ghajar, and that diplomatic efforts to resolve Shab’a Farms, another disputed area, have not yet yielded any positive results. “I deplore these violations and call on Israel to cease such overflights,” he writes.He also notes that conditions of hardship inside Palestinian refugee camps are strengthening radical groups and calls for improving the living conditions of the refugees “in the best interest of the wider security situation in the country.”On the positive side, Mr. Ban cited the highest voter turnout in Lebanese history in recent parliamentary elections, which was hailed as a major success with international and local observers deeming them free and fair despite shortfalls. He also noted the opening of full diplomatic relations between Lebanon and Syria, which for years maintained troops in its smaller neighbour, with embassies in each other’s capitals for the first time since their independence. But despite his efforts to encourage both countries to begin the full delineation of their common border, little tangible progress has been made, he reports.Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy on the implementation of resolution 1559, Terje Roed-Larsen, briefed the Security Council on the contents of the report today. 27 October 2009Disbanding militias in Lebanon – especially Hizbollah, which fought a war with Israel in 2006 – is “of vital importance” to the country’s democracy and sovereignty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a new report, where he voices satisfaction at progress made towards stability. read more

Côte dIvoire UN pitches in on nationwide polio immunization campaign

4 December 2009United Nations peacekeepers airlifted doctors and vaccines to remote and inaccessible regions of Côte d’Ivoire today as the Government opened its latest campaign to immunize over 6 million children against polio. The four-day campaign aims reach at least 95 per cent of the nearly 6,480,000 aged between a month and five years. The strategy recommended by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) requires going from door to door and marking the children vaccinated and the houses visited.As in the West African country’s previous immunizations – this is the seventh – the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) offered logistical support, transporting doctors and supplies by air and land to those areas hardest to reach.Polio, contracted through contaminated food, water and faeces, was almost eradicated in Côte d’Ivoire until a case was confirmed in December 2008 in Adiaké in the country’s east. Since then there have been 26 other cases of the disease, which attacks the nervous system and mainly affects children under five.One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis, usually in the legs, and among those paralyzed, five to 10 per cent die when their respiratory muscles become immobilized. UNOCI has been stationed in Côte d’Ivoire since 2004 to help ensure a ceasefire and pave the way for permanent peace and democratic elections after civil war in 2002 split the country into a Government-ruled south and a rebel-controlled north. Reauthorized repeatedly since then, most recently until 31 January 2010, it currently comprises nearly 8,400 uniformed personnel, as well as 407 international civilian staff. read more

Man accused of impersonating missing Illinois boy

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Security Council extends UN Cyprus force for another six months

Acting on a report from Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Council also expressed “concern at the further continuing violations by the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces” at Strovilia, a small hamlet inhabited by Greek Cypriots. As in its previous resolution in June, it urged them to restore the military status quo which existed there prior to 30 June 2000. In his report Mr. Annan says that although the situation along the ceasefire lines is stable with “a remarkable low number of incidents” in crossings, only a comprehensive settlement will end the island’s problems.He states that the Turkish Cypriot authorities “regrettably” have failed to provide uninhibited access and full freedom of movement and urges them to allow the Force to “carry out its mandate throughout its entire area of responsibility.” Reiterating that only a comprehensive settlement will end the Cyprus problem, he adds: “In the absence of such a comprehensive settlement, the presence of UNFICYP on the island continues to be necessary for the maintenance of the ceasefire.” Among its various duties, UNFICYP monitors the ceasefire lines, which extend some 180 kilometres across the island. The buffer zone varies in width from under 20 metres to some 7 kilometres and covers 3 per cent of the terrain. Surveillance is maintained through a system of observation posts, as well as through air, vehicle and foot patrols.Today’s resolution extends the mandate until 15 June, 2004. read more

Man accused of several robbery under arms charges further remanded

Shamar Charles on Friday reappeared before a city magistrate to answer to four robbery under arms charges and was further remanded.Accused: Shamar CharlesThe first charge alleged that on July 27, 2018, while in the vicinity of Houston, East Bank Demerara (EBD), while being in the company of others, and while being armed with a gun, he robbed Devindra Persaud of one Samsung cellphone valued at $120,000, and of $50,000 in cash.Charles denied the allegation when it was read to him by Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore, but was remanded to prison.He also appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on three robbery-under-arms charges, all of which he denied.One of those charges read that on July 25, 2018, while in the vicinity of Bagotstown, EBD, and while being armed with a gun, he robbed Debby Atwell of a quantity of jewellery valued at $230,000.Another charge alleged that on July 24, 2018, at Eccles, EBD, while being in the company of others, and while being armed with a gun, he robbed Ellis Valenzuela of a cellphone valued at $14,000.The last charge alleged that on that same day and in the vicinity of Eccles, while being in the company of others and while being armed with a gun, Charles robbed Weifins Wong of a quantity of jewellery, cash and a cellphone, all valued at $2.6 million.The matter will continue on October 1. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFreed murder accused remanded on attempted murder/robbery under arm chargesAugust 6, 2018In “Court”Repeat offender remanded for robbery under arm chargeNovember 10, 2017In “Court”21-Y-O charged for robbing, shooting Kristian JefferyJuly 17, 2019In “Court” read more

Ebooks Flammarion sallie à Apple et Amazon

first_imgE-books : Flammarion s’allie à Apple et AmazonFlammarion vient de passer un accord avec Apple et Amazon pour enrichir les librairies numériques des deux géants.Au début du mois, Flammarion abandonnait les poursuites lancées aux côtés de Gallimard et Albin Michel contre Google, accusé par les éditeurs français d’avoir numérisé illégalement des milliers de livres (voir notre article). Face à l’essor des tablettes tactiles, la maison d’édition se voit contrainte de négocier avec les géants américains pour lutter contre le piratage. Des discussions qui semblent aujourd’hui avoir porté leurs fruits puisque Flammarion vient de signer un accord avec Apple et Amazon.À lire aussiApple Watch : qu’attendre de la montre connectée d’Apple bientôt sur le marché ?L’éditeur, quatrième groupe sur le marché français, enrichira de son catalogue de livres numériques les librairies en ligne des deux firmes américaines, le Kindle Store et l’iBookStore. Citée par ZDnet, Teresa Cremisi, PDG de Flammarion, explique cette décision. “Il nous est apparu essentiel de rendre accessible une offre numérique légale et de qualité. C’est la meilleure façon de défendre le droit d’auteur face au piratage et de préserver la place centrale du livre dans notre culture”, estime-t-elle.Les e-books prochainement téléchargeables seront issus des différentes maisons du groupe, telles que Champs, Arthaud, Climats ou encore Pygmalion. L’annonce de ce partenariat intervient alors qu’Amazon s’apprête à lancer sa tablette tactile. Une tablette Kindle annoncée comme une sérieuse concurrente de l’iPad. Le 28 septembre 2011 à 16:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for November 13 Truck Does 15K In Damages Vehicles Egged

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, November 13, 2018:2 vehicles were involved in a crash in front of Starbucks on Main Street. No injuries noted. Airbags deployed. Both vehicles towed. (6:42am)Police conducted an ALICE drill at the Shawsheen Elementary School. (9:10am)Police received report that on Friday, October 26, a Waste Management Co. truck backed into a sign in the parking lot of Super Petroleum, causing $15,000 in damage. (3:26pm)A Shady Lane Drive caller reported her vehicle has been egged multiple times overnight. No permanent damage done. Caller requested a log entry be made and extra patrols in the neighborhood. (3:36pm)A party found a shotgun shell in their attic while cleaning. Police retrieved for destruction. (5:29pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 10: Car Stolen; License Plate Stolen; Road Rage Incident At Cumberland FarmsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”last_img read more