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Missing law student found buried in ex-landlord’s basement in Ghaziabad

first_imgThe body of a missing law student was found burried in the basement of his former landlord in Girdhar Enclave in Sahibabad, police said on October 15. The victim Pankaj Singh (29) had been missing since October 9, Superintendent of Police Maneesh Mishra said. His former landlord Hariom alias Munna, along with his family is on the run since Saturday, they said, adding hunt is on to nab them. Singh had moved to another rented accommodation in Girdhar Enclave. He was also running a cyber cafe and making sizeable profit, which apparently nurtured greed in the accused, Hariom, who lived in the same locality, police said. They said Singh also used to give tuitions to students, including accused’s four children. When Singh went missing his younger brother Maneesh lodged a report at Sahibabad police station. During investigation it surfaced that the Hariom and his wife were pressuring Singh to sell his cyber cafe to them at a very low price, the police said. The police reached Hariom’s house on October 14 and found that the basement’s floor was renovated, they said. Later, Singh’s body was exhumed in the presence of a magistrate, the police said. According to the post-mortem report, he was strangled to death, they said.last_img read more

Lok Sabha panel wants MPs’ business interests on record

first_imgLok Sabha MPs may soon have to declare their business interests in order to ensure transparency in the working of Parliament .The ethics committee of the Lok Sabha will meet on Monday (today) to endorse its draft report that has reportedly recommended that a register of interest be set up for the MPs.The register of interest will be on the lines of that in the Rajya Sabha, which makes it mandatory for its members to declare their pecuniary interests in business entities.Unlike the Rajya Sabha, it was not mandatory for the MPs in the Lower House to disclose their financial interests, or if they received any remuneration from any companies. The Lok Sabha MPs often escaped scrutiny because of the discretionary nature of this provision.This often raised the issues of propriety and conflict of interest as MPs, without the knowledge of their business dealings, were made members of various important parliamentary committees and other law making procedures that directly dealt with their interests. After the register of interest is put in place, the code of conduct would make it binding that the member shall not vote on a question in the House or a committee of the House in which he has a direct pecuniary or personal interest.The 15-member committee that includes L.K. Advani, Sumitra Mahajan, Murli Manohar Joshi, Inder Singh Namdhari, Sis Ram Ola, Kalyan Banerjee, Dara Singh Chauhan, Asaduddin Owaisi, Kumwar Rewati Raman, Mahabali Singh held several meetings during the year to deliberate on the subject.Given the current political situation, and the nation’s mood for ensuring accountability from elected representatives, the register of members’ interest may soon become a reality.advertisementlast_img read more

(Reopens FGN 10)

first_imgIslamic State group and a South Asian branch of Al-Qaeda (AQIS) have claimed responsibilities for most of the murders.However, the government rejects the claim attributing the murders to homegrown militant outfits like Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), saying key-opposition outside parliament BNP and its crucial ally fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami were patronising the attacks under an orchestrated plot against the government.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday vowed to catch “each and every killer” and asked people to help capture the militants to support the anti-Islamist security clampdown that is underway.A spokesman in police headquarters said nearly 200 suspected militants have been arrested since the crackdown was launched. PTI AR ASK ASKlast_img read more

Superbike expert Ranjit Randhawa, who built the bike for the Punjabi film Bambuk at insists that there is more to fast bikes than speed.

first_imgIt all started in 1982, when his mother got him a German Lego. It was the first time he saw little vehicles with working pistons and engines. There has been no looking back ever since.Kharar (Punjab) based Ranjit Randhawa, who made the unique motorcycle for the recently released Punjabi film,It all started in 1982, when his mother got him a German Lego. It was the first time he saw little vehicles with working pistons and engines. There has been no looking back ever since.Kharar (Punjab) based Ranjit Randhawa, who made the unique motorcycle for the recently released Punjabi film Bambukat with majority of parts sourced from old jeeps from scrap yards insists that going back in time was an interesting experience.Known across the region and beyond for modifying and enhancing performances of some of the most complicated motorcycles like the BMWs, Harley Davidsons, Triumphs and Indian, Randhawa who recently restored an Aston Martin sports car at his farmhouse which houses a huge workshop, says,”The producers had heard about me from a common friend. Their brief was that the protagonist makes a motorbike inside the jail premises from an old jeep. The challenge was to make it workable. Not to talk about the tight deadline.” The motorcycle expert, a farmer by profession, was given one month to assemble the motorcycle.He spent ten days on the drawing board. “I got just three weeks to actually assemble the machines as a lot of time was spent salvaging old jeep parts in places like Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Patiala,” he remembers.We shift to his workshop where more than 20 superbikes are parked-from Ducatis to Triumphs. “They have either come for repairs or modifications. Some like the Indian made Yamaha 350 cc have been there for more than a year for want of spare parts,” says the man who did his graduation in arts from Panjab University in 1996.advertisementRanjit RandhawaNo, a lack of engineering degree has not held him back in any way. For someone who is known to point out the fault in the engine of a superbike by listening to its sound over the phone, he offers, “The only difference between me and others is that I first understand how each and every part works. I then work backwards and find the fault,” he points at an imported Kawasaki motorbike he is working on presently.It has been some journey for the man whose first motorcycles were the Indian made KB 100 and Yamaha 350 which he rode in the 1980’s and impressed his then girlfriend and now wife Amrita Randhawa with. The go-to man for most superbikers in the region whenever they need advice or modifications, insists that the ever-changing technology is something that keeps him excited forever and constantly in awe.”For most things, you no longer need a spanner but a computer scanner as more and more companies are preferring computerised systems. These are interesting times.Also, because Indian companies are being forced to pull up their socks in the face of advanced technology coming from abroad.” Despite steep prices (with most starting from Rs 5 lakh onwards and going up to Rs 20 lakh), Punjab is one of the biggest markets in the country for superbikes.The Chandigarh Superbikers Incorporated (CSI) alone, an exclusive superbike club, which has 14 members including Randhawa, has more than 20 of such motorbikes, besides several other superbike clubs in the region. Attributing the spurt in sales of such machines in the region not just to disposable income, Randhawa says, “Punjabis have always been known for their passion for vehicles. If they like something, they won’t think twice before spending on it. Moreover, I feel that the monstrous power these vehicles deliver fascinate men in this region no end.” Talk to him about the fatal crashes these motorcycles have been involved in, and he points out, “Yes, the acceleration is addictive. But how is it the machine’s fault? It is built to perform exceptionally well. The rider has to be very responsible. He needs to respect her at all times.Just because the bike is so powerful, it does not mean that you push her beyond your limits. Moreover, roads are no place to drive fast. You have tracks for that where there are all safety measures in place.”After the exhausting work on the motorcycle for Bambukat, the man has some more plans up his sleeve. “For one, I plan to build a trike (a three-wheel motorcycle) besides an old school classic car from scratch,” he says.For the past four years, this motorcycle man has started spending a lot of time outside his garage. With trips to Leh-Ladakh and Bhuj on superbikes with his group, he is exploring a new facet of super biking.”Sadly, most people believe that only an Enfield is capable of conquering a mountain. Taking high-end and untested foreign machines there is not just a pleasure but a challenge, something I am always unto,” says the biker who himself owns a Kawasaki ZZR 1400 cc, Honda CVX 400 cc and the recently launched Royal Enfield Himalayan. It’s time to leave now.advertisementAfter all, his three-year-old daughter Anahat, who studies in nursery, has been waiting for the interaction to finish so he can play with her in the tree house her dad has built for her.Safety first:Smart boys use protection Not just a helmet, wear knee and elbow pads, rider boots and a proper riding jacket while riding a superbike.Know your Limits Nobody will be impressed if you crash her. It’s just you who will go broke after expensive repairs and a sky-high hospital bill. Only Fools Rush in Don’t buy a 1400 cc superbike straight after riding an underpowered Indian-made 150 cc for years. Go in for a 350 cc, then 650, a 1000 cc and maybe then a 1400 cc-only if you are confident enough.Treat Her Nice It is a sophisticated piece of machinery built for specialised purposes-street bike, off-roader or track bike. Decide what you want to do and stick to that. Take care of her, and she will treat you nice. Don’t mess with her Every Indian man thinks he knows a lot about technology. Most don’t. These foreign ones don’t take to jugaad very kindly. Keep your hands off her sensors and vitals. Frustrated? Book the racetrack and go all out. The bike will also show you her mean side and test you. A road is no place to speed up. Only juveniles try to accelerate a 1000 cc on a busy road. Real riders always go smooth.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Harry Kane ‘gutted’ as England fail to bring it home

first_imgHarry Kane was gutted after England’s FIFA World Cup 2018 dreams were dashed by a gutsy Croatia who held their nerve in the semifinal to win 2-1 in extra-time and set up a title clash against France on July 15. The Croats became the lowest ranked team in history to reach the final of a World Cup.For England, it was heartbreak all over again. They had reached the last-four of the World Cup after 28 years and were in sight of their first final in 52 years when Kieran Trippier’s sensational free-kick found the back of the net inside the first five minutes on Wednesday.However, Croatia came back strongly thereafter as Ivan Perisic scored in the 68th minute to cancel out Trippier’s early free kick. As the game moved to extra-time, there was no change to the scoreline in the first half. But Mario Mandzukic reacted quickly to a flick on and he netted it in as Jordan Pickford looked on helplessly in the 109th minute.To everyone who supported us.To everyone who believed this time was different.To everyone who wasn’t afraid to dream.To everyone who knows this is only the beginning.Thank you. We hope we made you proud. #threelions pic.twitter.com/jH8lYMB2E0England (@England) July 11, 2018England were unable to score again and when the referee blew the final whistle, there was jubilation all over Zagreb as fans in London were crestfallen.Also read – Croatia played an ‘extra match’ to reach historic World Cup final: Key statsadvertisementKane, who will most likely win the Golden Boot, was disconsolate.”It’s tough, we’re gutted,” he said. “We worked so hard, the fans were amazing, it was a tough game, a 50-50 game, when we look back we will think there’s stuff we could have done better.(Match Highlights)”We worked as hard as we could… it hurts, it hurts a lot and it will hurt for a long time. We have had a fantastic journey, further than we thought,” he added.”We created some good chances when we were 1-0 up, maybe we dropped a little too deep but we didn’t get enough pressure on the ball. There are a lot of ifs and buts, in these games it’s small margins.”Also read – Ivan Perisic living the dream as Croatia create history”It’s hard to say (what went wrong). There’s a lot we could have done better. They played well and made it difficult for us… it’s hard to put your finger of it.Meanwhile, England manager Gareth Southgate conceded his team lost some control in the second half.Also read – It’s not coming home: Croatia end England’s World Cup dream”I think they played well in the the second half and we lost a bit of control with the ball, and we started to go a bit longer. When you’re ahead in a huge game, and one that many of our players hadn’t played in before, nobody knows how you’re going to react until you’re in it,” he said.”For that period we had to weather a bit of pressure in front of their fans and when we had the ball they turned it over cheaply. But credit to our players because I thought we regained some composure as the game went on we had as many chances as they did.”last_img read more

BCCI office bearers question COA role, to challenge RTI verdict

first_imgA top Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) official has accused the Committee of Administrators (COA) of “wilful negligence” as Central Information Commission (CIC) ruled the BCCI be brought under the (Right To Information) RTI act, which he says they will challenge.With the enforcement of the RTI, it effectively means that the BCCI become a National Sports Federation (NSF). The BCCI, which has resented coming under the act, claiming to be an autonomous entity, feels the COA is to be blamed for the setback which hit the board on Monday evening.”I believe there has been wilful negligence on part of the COA in botching up BCCI’s right to legal representation,” a senior BCCI official, while talking about the legal ramifications of the CIC order, told PTI Tuesday.READ – BCCI brought under RTI Act by Central Information Commission”There was a CIC hearing on July 10 when it was asked as to why BCCI shouldn’t come under the RTI? The BCCI didn’t even file a reply and sat on the show-cause notice. Now the only way is to challenge the order in High Court and take it from there on,” the official said.Another BCCI official said the COA, comprising Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, might just “tie the albatross of RTI” around the board’s neck before announcing elections.”We hear that BCCI wants to partially come under the RTI and not reveal things like team selection and all? Is it a joke? If BCCI challenges, there won’t be any half measures. It will be all or nothing,” he said.advertisementHe then went on to give a few sample questions that will be asked first up if the BCCI comes under the RTI.”It could be about team selection processes and whether IPL franchises are having a role in it. The share-holding patterns, the investments made,” he said.”The second question will be about personal conduct of certain officials and issues like harassment of women at workplace,” he added.”The third question will be even more telling. Is there a case that a junior cricketer in the Indian team is getting a long rope because of his tie-up with certain management firm of a senior player that has landed them multi crore endorsement with a particular sports brand??”The official said: “I am not sure if the COA is ready to answer these tough questions. More so it is the office-bearers who should be given powers to take legal recourse. It is unfortunate that honourable Supreme Court’s orders are being misused by COA.”When he was asked that even the Law Commission has recommended bringing the BCCI under the RTI, he explained: “Law Commission’s recommendation is not binding. Secondly, the premise of their recommendations is based on certain conjectures which are debatable.”Repeated calls to COA chief Vinod Rai to seek a response from him went unanswered.Another senior office bearer close to COA said lawyers will be studying the CIC judgement and appropriate legal recourse will be taken.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Reportedly Admitted He’s Bothered By Hate From This Fan Base

first_imgKirk Herbstreit speaks on ESPN about college football.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit is used to seeing his Twitter mentions full of criticism from various fan bases, but this season, it’s been more than usual – and a lot of it is coming from one group.Herbstreit pushed back on the hype surrounding UCF during a College GameDay broadcast earlier this season, saying other Group of 5 teams deserved more credit.“This argument needs to stop being just about UCF,” he said. “I’m a big believer that if you play people — like Boise State used to do — you should be rewarded for that. Why are we focusing on just UCF when it comes to the Power 5? Because I think there are other teams out there that are as deserving or more deserving.“You need to play somebody in order to be rewarded. UCF, you need to not just be worried about being undefeated and trying to get in the top four, you need to look behind you at teams like Utah State, Appalachian State, Fresno State. These teams, on paper — which is what you want to look at a lot of times — are better than UCF and more deserving than UCF.”Hebrstreit has since faced serious pushback from UCF fans and the school’s athletic director even made a public statement.UCF fans aren’t letting up, either. The Knights continue to flood Herbstreit’s Twitter mentions and there was a not-so-flattering sign in the background of this week’s College GameDay (that ESPN made the fans take down).Herbstreit is reportedly bothered by all of the hate.“Interesting nugget by Marc Daniels on The Bridge…Herbstreit openly talks about the Twitter barrage in ESPN production meetings, says it’s bothering him,” tweeted Matt Serio.A quick look at the replies to that tweet, though, shows that UCF fans aren’t going to stop anytime soon.last_img read more

Current England team ‘a tough one’ to break: James Vince

first_imgCurrent England team ‘a tough one’ to break: James VinceJames Vince was part of the playing XI for the one-off ODI against Ireland and the only T20I against Pakistan. He failed to leave a mark in the ODI but showed an impressive performance in the T20I scoring 36 runs off 27 balls, paving the way for England’s win.advertisement Asian News International DubaiMay 11, 2019UPDATED: May 11, 2019 14:05 IST James Vince said that it is not easy for any player to break into the England team. (Reuters Photo)England opener James Vince on Saturday said the current England team have great players and it is not easy for any player to break into the team.Vince got a chance to play for England in the series against Pakistan as Alex Hales was axed from the team after testing positive for a recreational drug. “It’s the nature of the way the white-ball side has gone over the last three or four years. They’ve played some magnificent cricket and got to No.1 in the world, so it’s been a tough team to break into,” International Cricket Council quoted Vince as saying.”When I have played, it’s been to pop-in for a game, knowing that when the main guys are fit, I’d be out again unless I did something remarkable. All I can do is my best when I do play, and try to force my way into becoming a regular in the squad and then taking chances,” he added.Vince was part of the playing XI for the one-off ODI against Ireland and the only T20I against Pakistan. He failed to leave a mark in the ODI but showed an impressive performance in the T20I scoring 36 runs off 27 balls, paving the way for England’s win.He even registered his career-best List-A score earlier this year, as he scored 190 runs for Hampshire against Gloucestershire in the One-Day Cup. The player hopes for making his case for the upcoming World Cup by showcasing good performances in the ongoing ODI series against Pakistan.advertisement”I got asked about aspirations at the start of the summer in regards to white-ball cricket and I said I’d do as well as I can for Hampshire. Pleased to start the season well, and as things turned out, I’m here and involved now,” Vince said.”The plan for the rest of the series is to get a game or two and, hopefully, push my case ahead of the World Cup,” he added. England takes on Pakistan in the second ODI of the five-match ODI series today, and the team will face South Africa in the opening match of the World Cup on May 30.Also Read | England choose older Dukes ball with more prominent seam for AshesAlso Read | Alex Hales withdrawn from England World Cup squad following drugs banFor 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow James VinceFollow Alex HalesFollow England cricket teamlast_img read more

Governors of 5 states meet Home Minister Amit Shah

first_imgNew Delhi: Governors of five states including West Bengal Monday met Home Minister Amit Shah and discussed various issues concerning their respective states, an official said. The governors met Shah separately and officials described the meetings as courtesy calls on the new Home Minister, who assumed charge about 10 days ago. Besides West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, others who met the Home Minister are: Tamil Nadu’s Banwarilal Purohit, Telangana’s E S L Narasimhan, who is also the Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand’s Draupadi Murmu and Arunachal Pradesh’s Brigadier (Retd) B D Mishra, a home ministry official said. The Governors discussed with the Home Minister issues concerning their respective state, the official said.last_img read more

Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar says hes always ready to guide youngsters like

first_imgLauderhill (USA): Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is happy with the coming up of bright prospects like Navdeep Saini and says he’s always ready to guide the youngsters when they come in to the national team. The 29-year-old Bhuvneshwar took two wickets for 19 runs to play an important role in India’s four-wicket win against the West Indies in the first T20 International here on Saturday. “As a senior player you always want to perform. Even you could not perform you have to contribute to the team. That is the first thing I want to do and luckily I did that,” Bhuvneshwar said at the post-match press conference. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”When young players like Navdeep Saini does well and Khaleel (Ahmed) does well, you want to always talk to them. You want to make them comfortable. That is the first thing I want to do and I always guide them,” he added. Bhuvneshwar was all praise for Saini who starred in the India’s win with figures of 3/17 in his India debut match. “Just before coming into the team he played for India A against West Indies A in West Indies. That is why he did well. When you do well at international level, it gives you a lot of confidence,” said the senior pacer. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”He has bolwed really well. The most important thing is, he has proved in different stages. He plays so much of cricket, in IPL and for India A. So when he came into the (senior national) team he was very confident.” Asked about the switching from ODI cricket to T20 format, he said, “Not really mental adjustment because T20 and ODI are the same, not the same format but you have to bowl deck bowling in ODI and T20 as well. “It is only that T20 is a shorter format and when you go to ODI, it takes more load on the body. This is something we always take care of.” He said the pitch used for the first T20 International match was a bit sticky as it was under cover in the last two days, and was not easy to bat on. “The ball was not really coming onto the bat, it was a bit difficult for the batsmen. In the morning, it was a bit moist but got better in the second innings as the sun was out by then.”last_img read more

Bouknadel Train Accident Spain Qatar Send Condolences to Morocco

Rabat – Several countries have shown solidarity by sending condolence cables to the families of victims in the Bouknadel train accident.The Spanish government expressed solidarity with Morocco in a statement from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The Spanish government “wishes to express, on behalf of the Spanish people and in these sad moments, its solidarity with the authorities and the people of Morocco, a friendly country, neighbor and strategic partner.” Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani also sent a sympathy message to King Mohammed VI and the victims of the train accident.He also wished the injured passengers “speedy recovery.”Kuwait and Jordan also sent condolences to Morocco.King Abdullah of Jordan offered his condolences over the victims of the train derailment in Bouknadel.While international governments were quick to send condolences to the victims, the Moroccan government has not issued any joint statement to show solidarity with the families.However, some Moroccan officials have preferred using social media to express regret and condolences, including Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani.A train derailed in Bouknadel, between Rabat and Kenitra, on Tuesday, October 16, killing 7 and injuring at least 125.Rabat’s public prosecutor at the Court of Appeal has opened an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.Read Also: Bouknadel’s Train Incident Death Toll Grows to 7, Public Prosecutor Opens InvestigationThe accident might be a discussion point in today’s weekly government council.ONCF Director Rabie Khlie told journalists on the scene that the accident might be due to a technical problem. Fully two days after the accident, ONCF has still released no information on the cause of the tragedy.By midday Wednesday, ONCF had cleared one track and begun re-running trains on the Casablanca-Kenitra line.On Wednesday, a leaked audio recording between ONCF employees blamed the accident on a faulty track and the train’s speed.The drivers said that they had complained about a problem in the stretch of track where the train derailed.Read Also: Bouknadel Train Accident: ONCF Removes Train Cars from RailwayOne of the employees stated that the technical issues on the track were noticed last Friday, but ONCF did not properly communicate the speed limit to drivers or take it into consideration.One of the speakers urged: “It’s about time that we speak up about our rights.” read more

Azerbaijan UN rights expert on displaced persons urges progress in peace process

28 May 2010Progress is needed in the ongoing peace negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region so that internally displaced persons (IDPs) can find a durable solution to their predicament, an independent United Nations human rights expert has said. Nagorno-Karabakh, which was an autonomous region during Soviet times, has been at the centre of a dispute between the neighbouring countries since they became independent in the early 1990s.“Despite efforts to improve conditions, internal displacement in Azerbaijan has lasted too long,” Walter Kälin, the Secretary-General’s Representative on the Human Rights of IDPs, said in a statement issued on Tuesday in the capital, Baku. “It is necessary to come to a peace agreement to restore the human rights of internally displaced persons.“I urge the international community to actively renew and strengthen their efforts to facilitate the speedy adoption of a peace agreement, and to ensure that in this process the human rights of internally displaced persons are addressed, in particular their right to voluntary return in safety and dignity,” he said after wrapping up an official visit to Azerbaijan – his first to the Caucasus country since 2007.“This protracted displacement of more than 18 years that has now affected several generations – and, which despite Government efforts, is continuing to cause much human suffering – has no place in Europe,” the Secretary-General’s Representative stressed.During his visit to Azerbaijan Mr. Kälin met with President Ilham Aliyev as well as a series of senior Government ministers, the national ombudsperson, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and representatives of the international community. He also visited locations where IDPs are living, such as Baku, Beylagan and the Lachin winter grounds in Aghjabedi.Mr. Kälin said Azerbaijan had made important achievements in housing for IDPs, the construction of educational facilities for them and improving their access to health care in rural areas.“I commend the authorities for their commitment and encourage them to continue and reinforce their efforts, with particular focus on improving the very difficult living conditions in urban collective centres.”Mr. Kälin also noted that the Azerbaijani Government was moving to build new apartments in urban areas for IDPs.However, he added that he was concerned about the risk of future evictions in urban areas, particularly as a result of privatization or public construction works.“It is key that internally displaced persons be provided with adequate notice, housing alternatives and assistance in such situations.”In addition, Mr. Kälin emphasized the need for appropriate assistance to vulnerable groups, such as female-headed households, the elderly and the disabled, and for greater job opportunities for IDPs. read more

Vietnam Sri Lanka to increase exchange of highlevel visits

They agreed that the two countries should increase the exchange of high-level visits and soon organise the fourth meeting of the inter-governmental committee at the foreign minister level and the third political consultation. Vietnam wants to further the traditional friendship and cooperation with Sri Lanka, Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam told President Maithripala Sirisena on their sideline meeting at the second Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit in Bangkok.Both sides took note of significant developments in multiple sectors such as economics, justice, defence, culture, education and agriculture. However, they acknowledged that room for bilateral cooperation remains extensive. The two countries should seek ways to boost two-way trade revenue from the current average figure of 200 million USD per year, with agriculture and fisheries considered for joint projects. Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam suggested the two countries further mutual support at regional and international forums and cooperation in protecting interests of developing countries.He thanked Sri Lanka for backing Vietnam’s bids to run for seats in UN bodies, and wished for the country’s support for Vietnam’s candidacy for the post of UNESCO Director-General for the 2017-2021 tenure. read more

Appeals court NYC can ban ads in Uber and Lyft cars

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court in New York says the city can ban advertisements in vehicles driven for companies like Uber and Lyft.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a lower court decision last year that concluded the city could not justify its regulations.The appeals panel said the city was correct in arguing the ban survives First Amendment scrutiny by advancing the government’s interest in improving the passenger experience.The ruling came in a case brought by Vugo Inc., a Minnesota company that sued the city in 2015 after the Taxi and Limousine Commission prohibited the ads in vehicles that were not medallion taxis or street-hail liveries. The company puts digital content in vehicles driven for ride-share companies.A message was left with company executives.The Associated Press read more

At firstever summit speakers stress central role of police in UN peace

More than 100 national police chiefs gathered at the UN Headquarters in New York to chart the way forward for UNPOL to deliver greater impact on the ground. Today, 12,600 male and female police officers from 87 countries are deployed in 18 UN peace operations.In his video message to the UN Chiefs of Police Summit, or UN COPS, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that around the world, brave police officers are making a difference by establishing the rule of law and paving the way for peace and sustainable development. “From Kabul to Kinshasa […] from Port-au-Prince to Pristina, United Nations Police work in some of the most challenging situations on earth,” he noted, acknowledging their work to protect communities, bring stability, and restore confidence.Key partners and senior United Nations officials also joined the discussion, held in the UN General Assembly Hall, on how peace operations and national policing complement and mutually reinforce each other when addressing current and emerging challenges, such as transnational threats.Addressing the Summit on Mr. Ban’s behalf was Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, who said that UN police operations are making a difference in places where the rule of law is weak or absent.In Mali, UNPOL are building national capacities, mentoring Malian law enforcement in forensics, counter-narcotics works and crime analysis. They are also making invaluable contributions in South Sudan, Somalia, the Central African Republic, and Liberia.Last year, the UN celebrated its 70th anniversary by launching major reviews of the tools to respond to conflict – peace operations, peacebuilding and the role of women in peace and security, Mr. Eliasson said. These efforts were complemented a few days ago by the finalization of an important review on UN police, he added.Emphasizing some key requirements and qualities needed with UNPOL, he said police officers need to be well-prepared, well-equipped and well-trained. They need to be capacity builders and experienced leaders.They need the latest technology and access to intelligence, crime data and analytical tools, and they must help root out sexual exploitation and abuse. More women are needed in UNPOL, he said.Given the integrated nature of global challenges, such as the record high number of displaced people worldwide, humongous humanitarian needs caused by conflicts, and the rise of violent extremism, there is a growing role for police.In any mission setting, UNPOL are central to protecting human rights and preventing situations from deteriorating, he said, adding that they can act on the early signs of crisis – not wait for disasters and atrocities to occur.Police can help strengthen UN work on prevention and post-conflict peacebuilding. There are areas where police have special competence and comparative advantages, he said.The UN reviews and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reaffirm the conclusion of the World Summit in 2005, a meeting that Mr. Eliasson, as President of the General Assembly, presided: “There can be no peace without development; no development without peace; and neither without respect of human rights.” “UN Police is central to this equation, to this structure,” he said. “It has become a central pillar of United Nations peace operations as indicated in the external review of the functions, structure and capacity of the UN police function.”“We need to work with 21st century tools” “Over the years, how many paths have we followed,” said Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, citing examples such as significantly improved criminal statistics in Haiti; the fact that Liberia’s National Police are “now set to assume security responsibilities in a country, which in 2003 had no police at all;” or improvement security in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson makes remarks at the opening of the United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UN COPS), a historic gathering of more than 100 police leaders from around the world, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe “All of that is real progress,” he said, stressing that it must be understood that the policemen and policewomen of the United Nations make a real differing in the lives of people in various countries in post-conflict situations. “They help countries torn apart by conflict to lay the foundations of sustainable peace,” he explained, adding that when people saw police on patrol and knew that they could call their local emergency number and receive assistance or lodge complaints when crimes had been committed “all of this shows there is a return to normalcy; that people can begin to rebuild their lives and their country.” Moreover, he said UN police have a comparative advantage that is unequalled: they bring international legitimacy to the development of efforts for security solutions. “They create and expectation but also a confidence […] that should be assumed by the host country as well,” said Mr. Ladsous. He went on to note that the UN Police force had grown from 2,000 in 1999 to more than 13,000 today, which is proof of growing demand for their unique services.With such growth, and acknowledging the changing circumstances under which [UN Police] work, we need to ask ourselves, ‘are we doing our utmost to support our men and women in the field,’” asked Mr. Ladsous. Recalling that last year, the High-Level Panel on Peace Operations had highlighted gaps that needed to be addressed in this regard, and as such, the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support, are working hard “to give our men and women in uniform the support the deserve.”The UN Police Division had made significant progress in developing a strategic guidance framework, or the overarching policy objectives that gives consistency, “and which we hope will avoid former mistakes and improve the work that we do,” he said, also stressing that the UN is making a more determined effort to attract women police officers, “not as poster models,” but to address real needs and make UN policing more effective overall. Work was also under way to ensure that police officers were more effectively integrated into the mission environments they would serve and to push forward other recommendations of the Panel. “I have often said that we need to work with the tools of the 21st century because criminals and trouble makers will not hesitate to resort to the most sophisticated means,” he said, noting that all such efforts at improving UN Police operations would not be successful without support from Member States. “We need you, all of you, if we are to strengthen UN police,” said Mr. Ladsous, calling for more competence and skills, as well as a greater pool of police-contributing countries. He also noted the need for more Arabic- and French-speaking personnel as well as more strategic planners.To those national police chiefs who might ask ‘well, what’s in it for me?’ by sending qualified, multi-lingual staff to another country to serve in perhaps a dangerous situation, Mr. Ladsous said that in today’s globalized environment, “national security in one country is indivisible from that of the rest of the world. Your police officers in United Nations filed missions are at the forefront of the global effort to frustrate the activities of criminals and extremists. They also acquire additional skills and qualifications that will better serve them when they return home.”Field Support for UN PoliceIn his opening remarks, Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support said that since he had joined the Department of Field Support, he had been determined to address the issue from the standpoint of partners, stakeholders and clients, including police contributing countries and police components in UN missions.Fully cognizant of the challenges faced by UN Police units and the difficult environments in which they work, his Department was committed to finding solutions that are effective and grounded in data analysis. Further, he has Directors and chiefs of Mission Support in the field to work closely with the senior leadership of their respective missions, including Chiefs of Police, to address the particular support challenges of police personnel, for example, to address the respective needs for formed police units as opposed to individual police officers.Looking ahead, Mr. Khare said that his Department, known as DFS, had defined priorities and initiatives towards providing better field support: supply chain management that strengthened the ability to get the right products and services “to the right places, at the right time and at the right cost”; environmental management that sought to control hazards, conserve resources and protect natural habitats; conduct and discipline, including addressing sexual exploitation and abuse; use of technology and innovation to ensure field operations can be made safer and more efficient; and following-up the recommendations from the report of the report, High-Level Panel on peace Operations. read more

OSU gymnast falls short at Olympic trials

Junior Sean Melton competes during the 2015 P&G Championships. Courtesy of OSU athletics“If you don’t want it, it’s not going to happen.”This mantra is what junior gymnast Sean Melton lives by. He said it applies to both his team play with the Ohio State Men’s gymnastics team and his personal endeavors to go for gold in Rio.Melton travelled to St. Louis this weekend for the first step in accomplishing his Olympic dream, to participate in the U.S. Olympic Trials. 18 participants were vying for the coveted spot to represent Team USA and to hopefully earn gold at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.With only five gymnasts named to the U.S. Olympic team, Melton’s quest for Rio came to an end Sunday when he finished 12th. Melton was disappointed about his finish.“Trials didn’t go as well as planned,” Melton said. “I wasn’t able to do all-around either day because I was battling with some shoulder problems throughout the year. It kind of just acted up at the wrong time.”Even with battling shoulder injuries, Melton managed to finish ninth in rings and tenth in floor exercise.He feels an Olympic berth is not far away.“I’m definitely headed in the right direction,” Melton said. “It comes between a couple of tenths to who makes the Olympic team and who doesn’t. I just need to get better on everything.”His accolades as a member of OSU’s gymnastics team is what got him to participate in the Trials. A six time All-American and five time Big Ten champion, Melton won 2016 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year. The 2015 team captain also led his team to a third place finish at the NCAA Championship in April.Looking back at his accomplishments this year, Melton said he feels like he has improved immensely.“I became more of a professional in the sport,” Melton said. “I really just dedicated my life to the sport because I know that is what it takes to get to this level and to make the Olympic team.”That same dedication is what fuels his leadership ability. Melton made an extra effort to become a more established leader for his college teammates.“I stopped talking as much and started doing what I thought was right,” Melton said. “They see me having success and they want success also. It made me train harder in the gym just knowing I’m doing it for 20 other guys and not just myself. It really just made me better in all aspects of the sport.”The team is Melton’s next focus after falling short of Rio.“I’m going right back to Columbus,” Melton said. “First, I’m going to get fully healthy again. Then I’m right back to training. Start preseason for college and get ready for the NCAA season.”As for his Olympic dreams, they are still alive and well. Melton now knows exactly what he needs to do to make that leap to Olympic glory.“I know I want it just as bad as everyone else if not more because now I have a taste of it and didn’t get it,” Melton said. “It’s definitely a huge learning process. I just need to take my gymnastics to another level now.” read more

High street shops secretly track customers using smartphones

first_imgHigh street shops including Marks & Spencer are secretly tracking the movements of their customers using their smartphones, it has emerged.Companies such as footwear supplier Dune, Morrisons and Topshop are among major retailers taking advantage of new technology which picks up the pings emitted by phones as they look for wi-fi networks to join.The ceilings of many major stores now contain small white receiver boxes which are continuously gathering data.The shops use the data not only to record the numbers of their customers, but also to see where they move about in the shop, so they can alter the layout to make walking between departments more convenient, or steer customers towards goods they may have missed.Some retailers have even started sending location-based adverts direct to smartphones of customers as they move around the store, while some Westfield shopping malls now send discounts on the spot if a shopper checks the price at a rival store. Topshop has already made changes based on analytics from wi-fi signals A spokeswoman for Marks & Spencer said: “We’re trialling this technology in four stores at the moment and it’s really looking at footfall and time spent in store, and where that smartphone is moving.”Ed Armishaw head of customer acquisition at Walkbase said: “Through the anonymous detection of Wi-Fi signals emitted from smartphones, retailers now have the ability to far better understand shopper behaviour in-store.“Everything from where they go, what they look at, how long they engage with a product and whether all this ultimately results in a sale, can all be anonymously monitored and used to make each experience more personal.”Apple and Google are also about to launch indoor-location services to retailers so that shoppers can be directed not just to stores, but also to the aisles and shelves that they are looking for.The wi-fi analytics industry is expected to be worth around £19 billion within five years, according to market experts. Marks & Spencer are trialling the technology in four stores Credit:Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A heatmap created by Walkbase showing customer movement in a large store The Finnish company Walkbase recently used its wi-fi analytics technology to monitor customers at Morrisons, to find out why people were abandoning baskets before reaching the checkout. They discovered that there were too few staff serving during peak periods, leading to shopper frustration.Topshop,  another Walkbase client, changed its opening hours at its London Oxford Street flagship store, based on data taken from phones of customers, who had not logged onto the store’s wi-fi network. It also used smartphone data to check whether customers in fitting rooms were more likely to buy clothes if a call bell was fitted, so they could select alternative sizes.Alex Hanson, the regional controller for Arcadia, which owns Topshop said they had ‘only touched the tip of the iceberg’ of what the data could provide.Marks & Spencer is also currently trialling similar technology at four of its larger stores, although would not reveal which ones. Many stores also offer free wi-fi, but only if customers provide personal details or agree to terms and conditions which allow access to their online search history and give permission for their movements to be tracked, or details to be shared with third parties.However privacy campaigners say that customers are often unaware that they are being ‘watched’ through the mobile phone and are calling on stores to put up notices, in the same way that people are warned that they are on CCTV.“It’s a huge problem, and most people don’t even know that their own phone is being used to monitor them,” said Renata Samson, the Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch.“In some big shopping malls, you are actually being tracked from shop to shop.“Shops will say they are just trying to make the experience more personalised and better, but why aren’t there signs warning people that it is happening, like for CCTV?“When you login there need to be explicit opt-in procedures so people know what they are signing up for and can say whether they want their data to be used for analysis.“Not only is it an invasion of privacy but it’s a security risk. Nobody knows how safe these networks are, and who is to say that the wi-fi network you join is legitimate.” Marks & Spencer are trialling the technology in four stores  Topshop has already made changes based on analytics from wi-fi signals A heatmap created by Walkbase showing customer movement in a large storelast_img read more

Police officers being signed off sick with stress and anxiety doubles in

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more Sgt Cooke said: “People have got far too heavy workloads, which contain a lot of risk, and that’s weighing very heavily on their minds.”The problem is that the relentlessness of the demand, leaves absolutely no time because officers are going from one job to the next job, to the next, with no time to in between, to download, to discuss, to reflect.”He said that he had also suffered from ‘low moods’, adding: “There’s been times in the last five to 10 years that I was adamant that as soon as I got an opportunity I was going to leave the service. I was fed up of it.”The Home Office said: “Our police officers do an incredibly difficult job and we take their physical and mental health very seriously.”That is why we have given £7.5 million to the recently-launched National Police Wellbeing Service which will improve the support provided to police officers and staff.”It is vital that chief officers give their staff the support they need and the Government welcomes the work being led by forces to promote officers’ health and wellbeing.” Richard Cooke, Chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, said officers are “broken and emotionally exhausted”. Police officers being signed off sick with stress and anxiety has doubled in the past five years, new freedom of information figures have revealed.One in 14 officers have had to take off time in the past year, a rise of 96 per cent overall.There are around 144,000 officers in the UK, and the figures show 10,684 officers needed leave to recover from stress, depression, anxiety of post-traumatic stress disorder.In March 2014, the same figure was just 5,460 officers – with police chiefs blaming cuts to workforce numbers has added to the stress of the job.Of the 43 forces, only Cumbria, Dyfed Powys and Lincolnshire Police did not respond to the Freedom of Information request.West Midlands had the highest number of officers off sick, with 1,251 – double the previous year. The figure works out at around one in five of their entire force.This was followed by the Met Police, with 783, and 597 in Manchester.A total of 715 officers in Police Scotland took time off sick with stress compared to 723 the previous year, and 449 officers working for the PSNI took time off for stress.The force with the lowest number of officers taking time off for stress was Wiltshire, with just 63 cops off sick in the past year. read more

WATCH This crash will make your stomach drop through the floor

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Inn0bLF-m-wYouTube/Daniel CaviezelSO THERE YOU are, riding your dirt bike, happy as Larry.When suddenly you’re not riding your dirt bike anymore. You’re flying through the air.If this video doesn’t give that stomach-dropping-through-the-floor feeling, you are WAY too hardcore.(PS: The rider was fine.)VIDEO: This woman’s description of a hailstorm is the best ever>VIDEO: Unloading a truck… like a boss>last_img

Italy avalanche Several children confirmed missing as extent of devastation emerges

first_img Jan 19th 2017, 4:18 PM By AFP Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 4:18 PM Share391 Tweet Email1 27,229 Views 8 Comments Short URL Waiting The hotel was located at an altitude of 1,200 metres, around 90 kilometres east of the epicentres of yesterday’s earthquakes, all near Amatrice, the town devastated in an August quake in which nearly 300 people died.A region dominated by Gran Sasso, a majestic 2,912 metres peak, has numerous small ski resorts popular with day-trippers from Rome and urban centres on Italy’s east coast.The one person confirmed dead yesterday was a man found buried under the debris of a building in Castel Castagna, a small town to the north of Farindola.The quakes affected an area that straddles the regions of Lazio, Marche and Abruzzo which is home to many remote mountain hamlets.Although many residents had been evacuated from their homes after last year’s quakes, there were fears for families who had decided to stay and are now cut off.Guido Castelli, the mayor of the Marche town of Ascoli, said his staff were trying to check on around 1,000 people in cut-off hamlets.“It is like Waiting for Godot,” he said.Some 130,000 homes were without electricity overnight as a result of quake-damage to pylons and other infrastructure.Schools in the affected region have been closed until next week to allow structural safety checks to be carried out.Italy is prone to earthquakes but has rarely suffered so many in quick succession.Since the Amatrice disaster, there have been nine shocks measuring more than a five magnitude and a total of 47,000 registered aftershocks.Italy straddles the Eurasian and African tectonic plates, making it vulnerable to seismic activity when they move.© – AFP, 2017Read: ‘A man was beaten up, stabbed, slashed, run over – all on a public road’ >Read: Woman in her 70s killed after car goes into a ditch >center_img http://jrnl.ie/3194788 Source: Wall Street Journal/YouTubeSEVERAL CHILDREN ARE among the missing after a devastating avalanche buried an Italian mountain hotel, with more than 25 people believed to be trapped inside.The prospects of anyone being rescued alive from the ill-fated Hotel Rigopiano look bleak with rescue efforts hampered by heavy snow that has blocked access roads to the remote site.The three-storey building was hit by a two-metre high wall of snow late yesterday afternoon.The first rescue workers only reached the remote site in the early hours of the morning and it was midday by the time a snow plough and the first mechanical excavation equipment got there.As some 35 firemen and sniffer dogs combed the rubble, officials said one body had been recovered and the location of another one identified by early afternoon.“We are trying to recover bodies,” said fire service spokesman Luca Cari. Asked if there was any hope of survivors, he told AFP: “You never know.”He added:“The building was basically run over by the avalanche leaving it buried.I saw mattresses that had been dragged for hundreds of metres, which shows how big the search area is. There are tonnes of snow, tree trunks and all kinds of detritus.Italian television showed images of piles of masonry and rubble in the entrance area of what they dubbed a ‘coffin hotel’. The extent of the damage inside the hotel is now becoming clear. Source: WSJ/ScreengrabWife and children missing The region was hit by four seismic shocks measuring above five magnitude in the space of four hours yesterday, when at least one person was confirmed to have died. Quake experts said the tremors almost certainly triggered the snowslide.The four-star hotel’s guests had been assembled on the ground floor awaiting an evacuation following the quakes that was delayed by snow-blocked roads when the avalanche struck.The building was moved some 10 metres off its foundations by the force of the hurtling wall of snow.Local officials confirmed two guests who were not inside when the avalanche struck had been rescued. They were suffering from hypothermia but not in any danger.One of them, identified as Giampiero Parete, 38, was quoted by friends in Italian media as saying his wife and two children, aged 6 and 8, had been inside the hotel.Officials said there had been 20 guests staying and seven or eight staff on duty at the hotel on the eastern lower slopes of the Gran Sasso mountain.The first mountain police on the scene got there by helicopter with others following on skies.They were quoted as saying there were no signs of life inside the building while one of their commanding officers told reporters: “There are many dead.”Ambulances were blocked for hours by two metres of snow in the nearest village, Farindola, some nine kilometres away, according to the civil protection agency. (19gen-8:30) #HotelRigopiano, Drago54 sta calando ora squadre soccorso #vigilidelfuoco con verricello su obiettivo pic.twitter.com/LQAhSRaSES— Vigili del Fuoco (@emergenzavvf) January 19, 2017 Italy avalanche: Several children confirmed missing as extent of devastation emerges Prospects of anyone being rescued alive from the ill-fated Hotel Rigopiano look bleak. Source: Vigili del Fuoco/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more