The police in Meghalaya have arrested two top leaders of the Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF), an extremist group based in Manipur.The outfit’s chairman Raitu Chawang, 66, and information secretary Gengchung Pou Namthuiyang, 43, were caught on Monday from a bus while travelling from Assam’s Silchar to Guwahati via Meghalaya’s West Jaintia Hills.“Our team acted on intelligence inputs to catch them during checking. The two admitted they are ZUF leaders and were on their way to Guwahati,” West Jaintia Hills district superintendent of police Vivek Syiem said. Four mobile phones were seized from the duo.Mr. Syiem said the duo was produced before a local court for judicial remand, as they are wanted in Manipur for five cases under the Arms Act. His counterpart in Tamenglong district of Manipur is sending a team to take custody of the two ZUF leaders.Operating mostly in Tamenglong district and adjoining areas of Nagaland, the ZUF was formed in 2011. It has had run-downs with other Manipur-based outfits such as the Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland.
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. Ulan-Ude: The medal haul is the same as last time but four Indian boxers, spearheaded by the indomitable MC Mary Kom, would be fighting to better the colour of those medals in the semifinals of the Women’s World Championship here on Saturday.The third-seeded Mary Kom (51kg), assured of an unparalleled eighth world medal, would be aiming for a seventh gold and standing in her way in the semifinals is Turkey’s European champion Busenaz Cakiroglu. Cakiroglu is seeded second. Besides six world titles, Mary Kom’s incredible career is also studded with an Olympic bronze medal (2012), five Asian titles, gold medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, besides numerous other international top finishes.The spotlight will also be on two very impressive debutants — Manju Rani (48kg) and Jamuna Boro — besides last edition’s bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg).”All of them have performed exceptionally well. We are keeping our fingers crossed for all of them to reach the final,” national coach Mohammed Ali Qamar, who also happens to be India’s first Commonwealth Games gold-medallist in boxing, told PTI.All of them have tough opponents lined up but all of them have shown themselves to be completely unfazed by the prospect of going up against a strong challenger.”One can never be satisfied. We are happy that our performance has not dipped since the 2018 edition but it is a bit disappointing that we couldn’t better it. We could have had six semifinalists but for a couple of close losses,” said Qamar.One of the most outstanding performers this time has been Manju Rani. The boxer from Haryana, who didn’t get a break in her home state, claimed the national title by competing for Punjab and came into national camp only this year.”She has been unstoppable definitely. She has made every one of her opportunity and that includes a silver medal at Strandja Memorial (one of Europe’s oldest boxing tournaments),” Qamar said.Her next opponent is going to be Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat, who upstaged fifth seed Yuliyanova Asenova in the quarterfinals.Boro, an Assam Rifles employee whose mother worked as a vegetable vendor to support her boxing dreams, is another one to have impressed considerably.The 22-year-old will take on top seed and former Asian Games bronze-medallist Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei.Borgohain is the more seasoned one and she will face China’s Yang Liu, who shocked top seed Chen Nien-Chin. Borgohain is in pursuit of a medal better than the bronze she won the last time around.India’s best performance in the event remains the one in 2006 when the country snared eight medals, including four gold, one silver and three bronze.Mary Kom was one among the gold-medallists that year too. Jamuna BoroLovlina BorgohainManju Ranimary kom First Published: October 11, 2019, 4:44 PM IST
New Delhi, May 12 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today inspected facilities at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, which is hosting the Asian Wrestling Championships, after reports emerged that the venue lacked basic facilities for the athletes. Wrestlers from more than 20 countries are competing in the Championship. Goel took stock of the facilities and met SAI official Manjushree S Rao, who said they have rented out the venue to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and it was their responsibility to ensure that required facilities are in place. The Minister checked the toilets and when he found littered tissue papers, he picked them up and also asked two young cricketers to help in cleaning the floor. Later, he visited the girls and boys hostel apart from having a look at the gymnastics and boxing halls. “I have visited almost all stadiums, except this one. I had come here two-three days back. Today everything is clean. The administrators are saying that the responsibility is with the other agency but the foreigners who are coming for competition, they do not know this,” Goel told reporters. “Efforts should be made that there is better utilisation of stadiums,” he said. PTI AT PM PM
Guwahati, Jun 17 (PTI) Assam Police today said that it would recruit nearly 9,000 people by the end of this year against the current vacancy of over 12,000 posts in the force.”We currently have a total vacancy of 12,000 posts of non-gazetted officers, of which 8,000 are constable ranks. Besides, 79 posts of DSP and 154 inspector ranks are lying vacant,” State Level Police Recruitment Board chairman Pradeep Kumar said.Assam Police was currently completing the pending recruitment process for 3,980 posts which would be over by the next month, he added.”The government has also asked us to recruit 5,013 persons for various posts. During July-August, we will bring out the advertisement for these posts and the appointment process will be completed by the end of this year,” said Kumar, who is also the Director General of Home Guards.”We are waiting for the new recruitment policy. We have suggested some new provisions like 10 per cent reservation for backward regions, two per cent for sports quota and two per cent for surrendered militants. The government has not finalised these yet,” Kumar said.For sports quota, he said, Assam Police has suggested direct recruitment to DSP for Olympic gold medallists, direct appointment as inspector for winning Olympic silver or bronze or gold in Asian or Commonwealth Games and a special two per cent quota for national and state players.”We have also sent a proposal to the Centre to raise three India Reserve battalions. If that is sanctioned, we will be adding 3,000 more personnel in the force,” Kumar said.advertisementAssam Police has a sanctioned strength of 74,000 people, of which 12,000 are lying vacant at all levels.”The representation from different areas are also not symmetrical. The hill districts have only 0.2 per cent representation in Assam Police, while it is just 1.67 per cent from BTAD (Bodoland Territorial Area Districts) areas. Tinsukia and Sadiya have less than six per cent people in the force,” Kumar said, adding these anomalies are likely to be addressed in the new recruitment policy.On police public ratio, he said Assam has 107 personnel for every one lakh population, while the UN norm is 210 for every one lakh people. PTI TR NN PS
Hamirpur, June 23 (PTI) Himachal Olympic Games today began in Hamirpur as athletes from 11 districts took to the arena in the biggest sporting extravaganza in Himachal Pradeshs history. International Wrestler and son of Legendary Wrestler Master Chandgi Ram Ji, Jagdish Kaliraman, who also acted in film “Sultan”, graced the mega sports event. The biggest sports event of Himachal Pradesh is organized by the Himachal Pradesh Olympic Association (HPOA) and is the brainchild of HPOA President Anurag Thakur. Speaking on the occasion, Kaliraman, who awarded the medals to the winning athletes, said: “Himachal Olympics has been a great event. Anurag Thakur has conceived the event in an excellent way. Events of such magnitude are going to be wonderful launch pads for budding sportspersons of the state.” The one-of-its-kind State Olympic Games consist of 11 games, namely Hockey, Athletics, Boxing, Basketball, Judo, Kabaddi, Volleyball, Wrestling, Kho-Kho, Weight Lifting and Shooting. The games are being held in an inter-district format and are following the format of the International Olympic Games. PTI ATK AH
Is MS Dhoni retiring? Twitter was abuzz with rumours of India’s most successful captain bowing out of international cricket after a short video of him asking for the match ball after the Leeds ODI went viral.Dhoni had retired from Test cricket in 2014 during the tour of Australia but continued to play the shorter formats. In a similar and sudden move, Dhoni then stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in January 2017.The 37-year-old was in good form during the 2018 IPL, scoring 455 runs as Chennai Super Kings won their third title. His form during the tournament raised hopes he could replicate that in the international arena.However, he struggled during the Lord’s ODI after India were tasked with chasing 323. Dhoni managed 37 off 59 balls as the asking rate kept climbing. Frustrated by his go-slow approach, sections of the crowd booed him on a day when he became the fourth Indian to cross the 10,000-run mark in ODIs.On Tuesday, in the series-decider, Dhoni scored 42 but he was once again far from his dominant self as India managed only 256 at Leeds. England, riding on Joe Root’s unbeaten 100 and Eoin Morgan’s 88 not out, raced away to a comprehensive victory to snap India’s winning run of nine ODI series.As the players walked off after the match, Dhoni asked for the match ball from the umpire. A video which has now gone viral shows Dhoni, who was with Virat Kohli at the moment, calmly asking for the match ball. It is not yet clear why he asked for the ball – could it be just to check what condition it was in. However, that very act got Twitter abuzz with rumours that Dhoni might retire.advertisementHere’s the video of the MS Dhoni taking the ball from umpires after the game. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/C14FwhCwfqSai Kishore (@KSKishore537) July 17, 2018Fans wondered if it was the end of the Dhoni era. A year before the World Cup, has Mahi decided to walk away?Retirement?Jayesh Mishra (@mishra_jayesh) July 17, 2018Retirementamit kumar (@echoesfcuk) July 18, 2018Retierment announcement comming soon! ??Asia cup would be the last get go i thinkrohitvig (@rv0005) July 17, 2018MS Dhoni took the ball from umpire after the game !! His last game in England ?? #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/vuevBkuLjdNibraz Ramzan (@nibraz88cricket) July 17, 2018Plzz Don’t do this again @msdhoni ???? pic.twitter.com/T2nitmxOAcADITYA (@Aditya__17) July 17, 2018Plzzz I don’t want to hear anything that what scares me the most about MSD 🙁 . Can’t even imagine that before World cup at leastMonica (@moniluvsfamily) July 17, 2018Same fear no one read his mindHope he will continue to 2019Bt I m afraid last time he has white beard he retired from test take the stumpPlz god this time this not happen..Mahi we love u …????Rishabh Trivedi (@Rishumahi07) July 18, 2018MS Dhoni would be laughing at somewhere seeing all the rumors on his retirement ??!!Trends Dhoni (@TrendsDhoni) July 18, 2018
Jeremy Lalrinnunga won the first gold medal for India at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina by lifting a combined weight of 274kgs in the Men’s 62kg Group A event of weightlifting on Tuesday.Lalrinnunga put up a massive effort to scoop the gold as he lifted 150kgs in his last attempt in the clean and jerk round to record a total of 274 kgs. In the snatch round, Lalrinnunga has lifted 120kgs in his first attempt and then lifted 124kgs in the third attempt after having failed int he second.With 124kgs after the snatch round, Lalrinnunga was already on top of the moment after which, he showed great mettle in lifting 142kgs and 150kgs in clean and jerk to win the gold medal.This is India’s fourth medal in Buenos Aires with Shahu Tushar Mane, Mehuli Ghosh and Tababi Devi Thangjam winning silver medals in shooting and judo, respectively.Gold Morning India!!Jeremy Lalrinnunga becomes the first ever Gold Medallist for #TeamIndia at the @youtholympics Games #BuenosAires2018 as he successfully lifts a combined weight of 274kgs in his #Weightlifting Men’s 62kg Group A event! World, take a bow!#IAmTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/dOCSNeMJdPTeam India (@ioaindia) October 9, 2018While Lalrinnunga won the gold medal in the Men’s 62kg Group A event weightlifting event, Sneha Soren finished fifth in Women’s 48kg Group A weightlifting event after lifting a total of 151kgs. Mexico’s Yesica Yadira Hernandez Vieyra won the gold medal after lifting 171kgs.In the third medal event of the day, Srihari Nataraj managed a sixth place finish in swimming Men’s 100m Backstroke Final after clocking 56.12. The gold medal winner, Kliment Kolesnikov of Russia clocked 53.26.advertisementIn table tennis, Archana Girish Kamath won both her Preliminary matches on the day, while Manav Thakkar lost one and won the other.Also read – No Indian food for athletes at Youth Olympics, chef de mission promises solutionManav first lost to Iran’s Amin Ahmadian 4-1 (9-11, 12-10, 6-11, 7-11, 8-11) but then came back to defeat Malaysia’s Javen Choong 4-2 (11-6, 7-11, 13-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5).Archana was in a rampant form as she first beat Egypt Marwa Alhodaby 4-0 (11-7, 12-10, 11-5, 11-9) and then defeated Slovakia’s Aleksandra Vovk 4-1 (12-14, 11-3, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5).In badminton, Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy lost her second Preliminary Round match 18-21, 21-23 to USA’s Jennie Gai but Lakshya Sen brought up another victory by defeating Ukraine’s Danylo Bosniuk 23-21, 21-8. Lakshya Sen has won both his Preliminary matches so far at the Youth Olympics.In Hockey 5s, Indian women eked out a 2-1 victory over Ukraine while the men thumped Austria 9-1.
New Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) Shares of debt-laden IL&FS group companies furthered gains for the second day, rising up to 10 per cent Wednesday as the company looks to sell equity stakes in its road assets to raise funds. Shares of IL&FS Investment Managers jumped 9.97 per cent to hit the upper circuit at Rs 7.72 on the BSE. Similarly, shares of IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd (ITNL) and IL&FS Engineering and Construction were locked in at Rs 12.10 and Rs 14.83, respectively after hitting the upper circuit limit on the BSE. On Monday, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) group, which sits on a debt pile of about Rs 90,000 crore, said it will offload stakes in such assets. The IL&FS board, acting on behalf of its relevant subsidiaries including ITNL, initiated the process of exploring divestment of IL&FS group’s equity stakes in road assets, the group said in a statement. It will sell assets in seven operating annuity-based road projects in the country aggregating 1,774 lane km, eight operating toll-based projects aggregating about 6,572 lane km and four under construction road projects which would aggregate nearly 1,736 lane km upon completion. Besides, three other assets and businesses which are EPC and O&M businesses of ITNL and a sports complex in Thiruvananthapuram are also to be monetised. PTI VHP SHWSHW
Thomas Meunier will consider becoming a free agent next year if Paris Saint-Germain rebuff the “dozen” clubs that have made contact since January.Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly interested in taking the Belgium international to the Premier League for a cut-price fee in the more immediate future.PSG will have an important decision to make if offers are submitted, with just 12 months left to run on right-back Meunier’s contract. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Ligue 1 champions are already set to lose Adrien Rabiot for nothing and could run into a similar headache at the end of next season.”It’s something that could suit me,” Meunier told Le Parisien when asked about the prospect of leaving next year.”I don’t think the club would make a lot of money from me, actually. I have a market value, but I’m a defender, I play one game out of three and I’m turning 28.”It’s not like Adrien, who is worth 50 million euros.”While midfielder Rabiot was frozen out after refusing to sign a new deal, Meunier is more receptive to staying at Parc des Princes.The former Club Brugge player is willing to discuss an extension if PSG choose to end the impasse.”I told the leaders that I was ready to stay, that I would like it a lot,” he said.”They didn’t tell me, ‘We absolutely want to sell you’. They know that at some point they will need me.”If the club tells me, ‘Listen, we want to sell you, we need money, there’s financial fair play’, and I will not play next year, then we will find a solution to satisfy both sides, of course.”As for rumours of a switch to England, Meunier added: “There have been phone calls since January with interested clubs. There are a dozen clubs, all of which are in the top five of their leagues.”Meunier started 27 times for PSG during the 2018-19 season, scoring five goals.
He is a Real Madrid prodigy whose name is known worldwide, but up until now, his sole taste of the Champions League was a five minute cameo in an already lost second qualifying round back in 2014. Then, Martin Odegaard was a 15-year-old lining out for Norway’s Stromsgodset, having become the youngest player and youngest goalscorer in Tippeligaen history just a couple of months earlier.Less than a year later, Odegaard turned down the advances of the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich to sign for Real Madrid. The plan was to have the wonderkid adapt to life in Spain by playing for Real Madrid Castilla before progressing into the senior side once he had proven his worth. But over the next three years, he played just one league game and one cup game before Real decided that loaning him abroad may be the best way to realise his talent.Since 2017, he has been on loan in the Netherlands, first at Heerenveen and then at Vitesse. Finally, the boy with enormous potential had started to blossom. In 2018-19, he helped Vitesse challenge for Europe and was named in the official Eredivisie Team of the Season. Odegaard’s 122 chances created were more than any other player in the league, while he was one of only four players to complete over 100 dribbles, finishing with the highest completion rate of those four. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Odegaard’s performances last season did not go unnoticed, but with Madrid in the midst of their biggest spending spree in years, his path to the first team is blocked once more. Now 20, the attacker was happy to leave the club again but was hoping his future would be resolved quickly after a frustrating summer in 2018 where his Vitesse deal was not agreed until late in the window. By then, the club had already been knocked out of Europe.“It has been a good year, I have made big strides and developed my game,” Odegaard told VG. “I don’t want what happened last summer to happen again. I want to go on vacation and enjoy a break.“Real Madrid are very happy with me, but it’s difficult to play there and it probably will be the case next season as well. They’ve sold many players with a re-purchase clause. I don’t care much, I just want to go somewhere where I have the opportunity to play and a coach who believes in me.”After impressing in the Netherlands, Odegaard now has the chance to step up another level at Bayer Leverkusen, where he will play under Peter Bosz. The former Ajax head coach has extracted the best out of young players and shown a willingness to give them more responsibility, like with Kai Havertz last season.Joining Leverkusen will finally provide Odegaard an opportunity to play in the Champions League proper and prove himself against the best players in Europe. ‘Boszball’ will also offer him the freedom to continue to play the way he did at Vitesse, dribbling past opponents and using his vision to play the killer pass to team-mates.A year in the Bundesliga was the perfect testing ground for Dani Carvajal back in 2012-13. The full-back was unable to break through at Real Madrid, so transferred to Bayer Leverkusen before being bought back a year later thanks to an incredibly low release fee in his contract – meaning it essentially was a one-year loan deal to the Bundesliga.Before moving to Leverkusen, Carvajal had not played a single minute for Real, but immediately became first-choice right-back once he returned to Santiago Bernabeu. In the Bundesliga, Carvajal had been a revelation and was nominated for Bundesliga Team of the Season, only to miss out on a spot to Bayern Munich’s legendary full-back Philipp Lahm.“I learned a lot, especially living alone there, going to another country, another league,” Carvajal told reporters when he left Leverkusen. “I matured a lot as a person, and was able to compete in elite football and European competition.Being young, you acquire a lot of experience, and the tactical and physical aspects make you a better player. Tactically, I’m more complete. Coming up against footballers from around the world makes you improve.”Odegaard will have a similar experience at the BayArena, where Bosz will give him the confidence and freedom to shine. He will also finally get a chance to play in the Champions League, five years after he first had a tiny taste of the competition.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Maryland head coach DJ Durkin remains on leave amid the investigation into the program. The parents of Jordan McNair, the former Maryland offensive lineman who passed away in June, doesn’t think he should be allowed to coach anymore.On May 29, McNair suffered heatstroke during a team workout. His temperature reportedly hit 106 degrees.According to a report, it took upwards of 45 minutes to an hour for an ambulance to take him to the hospital. Unnamed players quoted by ESPN’s big piece on the scandal, which dove into a larger scale toxic culture at Maryland, teammates had to help McNair across the field for the final of his 110-yard sprints, as head athletic trainer Wes Robinson yelled for them to “drag his ass across the field.”He died two weeks after the workout, while in the hospital.Jordan McNair’s parents appeared on Good Morning America this morning to discuss their son’s tragic death.They spoke with ABC’s Michael Strahan, a former NFL star, about the situation at Maryland.ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Jordan McNair’s parents speak out after his death as Maryland football program comes under investigation: https://t.co/0wZJnpowI9 pic.twitter.com/5IV8FKwnzC— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 16, 2018During the interview, Martin McNair, the former Terrapin’s father, said that Durkin should be fired.“He shouldn’t be able to work with anyone else’s kid. You send your kid away to college for them to be developed into young people — and that’s physically, emotionally and spiritually, and teach our young kids, our young people that we worked so hard to get there, to, ‘Hey, I’m giving my child to you. Keep him safe.’ They did anything but that.So of course he should be fired.”Former Maryland strength coach Rick Court, a central figure in the ESPN article, reached an agreement to resign from the program, the school announced the other day.Maryland’s investigation into the matter is expected to last into mid-September. It is unclear if the school will make a point of deciding on Durkin’s future before the season.Maryland opens play with Texas on Sept. 1.
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Madrid: Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has rubbished the idea of a European Super League replacing the Champions League, suggesting that Europe’s top clubs are using it as a means of extracting more money for themselves. European soccer’s governing body UEFA this week met with representatives from some of the continent’s major clubs to discuss the proposal of replacing the elite competition with a league featuring promotion and relegation. But in a week where Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur produced stunning comebacks to reach the Champions League final in Madrid, Ronaldo suggested that any new tournament would struggle to replicate the kind of excitement currently on offer. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I personally don’t think there will be a European Super League. What they’ve managed to achieve with what the Champions League represents today is something that would take so much time to even get close to,” said the Brazilian, who is president of La Liga side Real Valladolid, at a news conference. “I think that very soon there’ll be an agreement in which the biggest clubs will start receiving more and more money and they’ll be happy with that. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”For me it would be a stupid idea to try and create a new competition given all the success that we’ve seen in the Champions League.” Ronaldo, who scored 34 goals in 37 appearances for Barcelona between 1996 and 1997, also defended his former club’s season following their dramatic collapse at Anfield. “Look at the season they’re having. They’ve reached the semis of the Champions League, won La Liga with a number of games to go, they’re in the final of the Copa del Rey and that’s not something you can just forget and throw away,” he said.
BERLIN — Protesters are holding rallies in several European Union countries to demand tougher action against global warming, as the 28-nation bloc votes to fill the European Parliament.Thousands attended a rally Friday in Berlin, where mostly young people waved banners with slogans such as “There is no planet B” or “Plant trees, save the bees, clean the seas.”Many protesters will be too young to vote when Germans cast ballots Sunday in the European Parliament election, but are pressing family and older friends to consider the world’s long-term future.Clara Kirchhoff said the election for the EU’s 751-seat assembly was particularly important for tackling climate change on a continental level.The 17-year-old says “there’s no point in Germany doing a lot for the climate and others not pulling their weight.”The Associated Press
14 October 2011United Nations agencies are on standby to deliver aid in South-East Asia where over 600 people have died and more than eight million others are affected by flooding and typhoons, with the situation expected to worsen amid more rains, high tides and river run-off over the weekend. No requests for international aid have so far been made, but UN agencies have activated assessment teams and contingency planning in the two worst affected countries, Thailand and Cambodia, as well as in Vietnam, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported in a news release today.In Thailand, where the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has offered to provide emergency health kits and necessary stockpiles, 2.4 million people have reportedly been affected, 700,000 of them children, with Bangkok, the capital, and 12 provinces on high alert for heavy rains and overflowing rivers following four back-to-back typhoons.In Cambodia, where more than 1 million people have been affected and flood waters continue to rise, WHO, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are carrying out assessments together with various ministries and non-government organizations (NGOs). WFP plans to provide 500 tons of food to some 10,000 households with a ration of 50 kilograms for one month.UNICEF, which before the flood season had provided 480,000 water purifying tablets, 5,000 jerry cans and 5,000 bars of soap to the ministry of rural development, cited access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene as areas of particular concern.In Vietnam, where the Government said flooding had submerged nearly 60,000 homes and caused an estimated $55 million in crop damage, UNICEF is providing funds for water and sanitation, education, child protection and health and nutrition supplies.In the Philippines over 4 million people have been affected with at least 250,000 needing assistance, while in Laos almost 500,000 people have been hit by flooding and landslides which have damaged over 64,000 hectares of farmland, 323 roads and 42 bridges.
A popular shopping mall in Colombo has said it will investigate allegations of groping said to have taken place inside a horror house.Colombo City Centre posted a message on its facebook saying it will investigate the allegations and take necessary action against those involved. “They held us roughly and tightly and we struggled so much. Then it got worse. They grabbed my cousin and I by our waist and they grabbed her butt. They touched us all over and didn’t stop,” one post said. Parents and girls have been posting messages on social media alleging that men inside the horror house at Colombo City Centre had groped girls. In an initial response, Colombo City Centre said it was saddened to hear that some people had such a bad experience at their thrilling Zombie Run.Colombo City Centre said that the ‘Zombie Run’ was a choreographed performance conducted by professionals. “This act has been rehearsed many times to ensure that we provide our valued customers an exciting experience in the utmost professional manner. The acts involve a series of instances that the Zombies hold onto your arms and legs but, in the most respectful and professional manner as per the choreography of the entire show. Even though we have not received a single complaint in three days, we will look into this matter very seriously and inquire with all professional actors and the event team handling it,” Colombo City Centre said.In a follow up post on Facebook, Colombo City Centre assured it will not defend anyone in this matter and will take it as a top priority. (Colombo Gazette)
CALGARY — A new report says direct employment in Canada’s oil and gas sector is expected to fall by more than 12,000 jobs this year.PetroLMI says the workforce is forecast to drop to about 173,300 in 2019, a decline of 23 per cent from 226,500 in 2014.It says the oil and gas labour market shrank quickly in 2015 and 2016 following a commodity price collapse and remained relatively flat through 2017 and 2018. ‘We’re going to get this pipeline built’: Trans Mountain approval to come by end of May, Rachel Notley says Chevron’s supersized B.C. LNG project a ‘glimmer of hope’ for struggling gas producers Alberta discovers that playing OPEC isn’t easy as crude goes from too cheap to too expensive In its 2019 labour market update, PetroLMI says about 12,500 jobs are at risk this year due to factors including low commodity prices, a decline in capital spending and uncertainty about getting oil and gas to market.It says workers in oil and gas services will be face the highest employment risk in 2019, while the pipeline sub-sector is the only category that is expected to register slight growth.Provincially, it says British Columbia is poised to lose the fewest jobs while Alberta is expected to lose the most.“Until such time as additional export capacity becomes available, the employment outlook for Canada’s oil and gas sector will continue to be impacted,” said Carol Howes, PetroLMI vice-president.
Despite reaching a record 110 million hungry people with food aid last year, WFP noted that more than 800 million people in the developing world suffer from hunger. According to a recent report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the number of hungry people in developing countries increased by 18 million in the second half of the 1990s, indicating that hunger is getting worse, not better. Attending this year’s Forum in Davos, Switzerland – the first appearance from the agency there – WFP’s Executive Director James T. Morris said the agency’s corporate partnership with TPG, the global mail, express and logistics giant, was a model of its search for similar help from the private sector. “One of the most valuable benefits of our partnership with TPG is the involvement of company employees in the fight against hunger,” Mr. Morris said of the firm, which has boosted WFP’s transport, warehousing and supply chain capabilities and provided critical funds to feed more people worldwide. “From China to Spain and France to Australia, TPG staff are actively raising money for WFP’s work, and highlighting the plight of the hungry,” Mr. Morris added. “TPG has told us that it has been a tremendous boost to employee morale.” TPG has provided life-saving assistance with airlifts to Chad, Liberia and, most recently, to the victims of last month’s earthquake in Bam, Iran. TPG has also helped WFP identify new corporate partners such as The Boston Consulting Group. With BCG’s free assistance, the agency has developed a fund-raising strategy aimed at the corporate world. WFP’s effort to galvanize new partners into action and broaden its alliances with corporate sponsors is part of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s long-standing effort to build a stronger relationship between the UN and the business community.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s largest class action started in court this week. About 34,000 ANZ customers are taking action against the bank, claiming they were charged unfairly for late credit card payments and overdrawn accounts. Class action lawyers at Maurice Blackburn are claiming around $50 million for fees the banks charged.Maurice Blackburn class action principal Andrew Watson said the Federal Court hearing was the critical first step since proceedings were issued late last year. Source: news.com.au
Reader’s Digest joins the ranks of publishers like Conde Nast, Time Inc., Hearst and recent addition Meredith Corps. who have agreed to Apple’s subscription plan, which was announced in February. Time Inc. plans to have its 21 titles available for download by year’s end, making it the first major publisher to digitize its entire magazine portfolio. At the end of June, consulting creative director Robert Newman signed onboard with RD full-time. He is credited with heading up the design of the Reader’s Digest app, already available in the App Store for free download. The digital edition of Reader’s Digest is now available for purchase through the App Store, the publisher announced today. Beginning with the September 2011 issue, Reader’s Digest is available for in-app purchase in the App Store. Yearly subs are priced at $14.99, and single copies are available for download at $1.99.Reader’s Digest North America president Dan Lagani says RD anticipates more brands to be available for the iPad. Current RD print subscribers can access the iPad edition today, and will have free access for six months to sample the digital offering.