Hyundai Carlino based compact SUV to debut in April 2019

first_imgThe country’s second largest carmaker, Hyundai India is all set to launch the new Santro in India on October 23. On the sidelines of the Santro media presentation, a Hyundai official confirmed to autotoday.com that the Carlino based compact SUV, codenamed Qxi, will make its India debut in April 2019. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport rival will share the same platform as the i20, i20 Active and also the Creta, and will come in both petrol and diesel engine options. The Carlino based compact SUV has been spotted testing on the roads quite a few times already and will sport a different skin from the concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2018.Since the concept launch in 2016, the Carlino has understandably undergone a host of changes which are clearly visible in the test mules which have been spotted testing on the Indian roads for some time now. However, the overall dimensions remain similar to the concept version. On the design front, the Carlino gets low-set projector headlamps, LED DRLs and also Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille, a silver skid plate, and a secondary air dam.The camouflage has made it difficult for understanding how much the overall design is based on the Creta. The dimensions, however, make it clear it is a 4-meter SUV. Interior design is similar to the current generation Hyundai i20 Elite.The Carlino is tipped to be powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol powerplant which churns out 120bhp of peak power and around 190Nm of peak torque. There will be a diesel option as well – a 1.5-litre engine which delivers a peak power figure of 115bhp and 250Nm of peak torque. The powerplants will be mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.advertisementAlthough, the Carlino is a concept name the production-spec SUV may have a different name and maybe priced starting from Rs. 6.50 lakh to Rs. 7 lakh.last_img read more

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USA storm to 10th Fiba Women’s World Cup title with win over Australia

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on Facebook Diana Taurasi, who scored 13 points, helped the US get off to a strong start with a 10-0 lead. Australia could only get within three the rest of the way. It was the first time in the tournament that the US didn’t trail in a game. As the final seconds wound down, Taurasi hugged her teammates and coaches on the bench.The victory gave Sue Bird a fourth World Cup gold medal and fifth medal overall in the tournament. Both are the most for any player. It also made Dawn Staley the first person ever to win a World Cup title as a player, assistant and head coach.  Breanna Stewart, who scored 10 points in the final, was named the MVP of the tournament. Australia’s Liz Cambage, who came into the game averaging 27.2 points in the tournament, was held to just seven. She remained the No1 enemy of the Spanish fans, who jeered and whistled every time she touched the ball. Cambage keyed Australia’s win over the host nation in the semi-finals. Spain won the bronze medal, beating Belgium 67-60 earlier Sunday.The US led 35-27 at the half and didn’t give Australia any chance to come back, scoring the first nine points of the third quarter.  This was Australia’s best finish at the World Cup since 2006.  Topics Reuse this content Basketball Share on WhatsApp Elena Delle Donne: ‘It took my wife to help me be myself’ … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. US sports The United States continued their run of dominance on the biggest stages for women’s basketball as Brittney Griner scored 15 points to help the US beat Australia 73-56 and win the Fiba Women’s Basketball World Cup.It was the third consecutive World Cup title for the US, something the team had never accomplished in their illustrious history. The victory gave the US 10 World Cup gold medals and was the 22nd win in a row overall for the Americans dating back to the bronze medal game in 2006. That was the same year that Australia won their only World Cup title. The Americans lost to Russia in the semi-finals and haven’t lost since in the World Cup or Olympics.center_img news Share on Pinterest USA women’s basketball team Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Read more Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here…last_img read more

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a month agoNewcastle legend Shearer: Almiron has no confidence whatsoever

first_imgNewcastle legend Shearer: Almiron has no confidence whatsoeverby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveToon legend Alan Shearer was unimpressed by Newcastle United’s performance in their 0-0 draw with Brighton.United had chances to win but they had far inferior possession statistics and were indebted to Fabian Schar for keeping out Aaron Mooy’s shot. Even the late introduction of Andy Carroll to attempt to spark the team into life didn’t work. Analysing the match, Shearer said of his former side: “You can see why both of these teams are struggling to score. I thought it was a poor game. Brighton were the better team, Newcastle were really poor.“But still had two very, very good chances they should have scored from. The first one Almiron had no confidence whatsoever. I never fancied him to score. He desperately needs a goal, still hasn’t scored.“And then Joelinton finds himself eight yards out and with a free header (from a corner). He should score.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Report: Chile 0 Peru 3

first_imgChile’s hopes of winning a third successive Copa America are over after a heavy 3-0 defeat against an impressive Peru in Porto Alegre on Wednesday.First-half goals from Edison Flores and Yoshimar Yotun, along with Paolo Guerrero’s late sealer, dashed La Roja’s dreams of equalling Argentina’s record of three consecutive continental triumphs and sent Peru through to their first final since 1975.Though they only reached the knockout rounds as one of the group stage’s two best third-placed teams, Ricardo Gareca’s Peru were superior throughout and now face hosts Brazil in Sunday’s decider at the Maracana. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Chile’s humiliation was complete when Eduardo Vargas dinked a penalty straight to Pedro Gallese at the death. Os artilheiros do primeiro tempo!  #VibraOContinente #CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/InQL1HfgWi— Copa América (@CopaAmerica) July 4, 2019An entertaining start saw Christian Cueva and Charles Aranguiz poke wide with good opportunities at either end.Peru settled quickest and punished a disorganised Chile defence in the 20th minute.Andre Carrillo nodded on Cueva’s right-sided delivery and winger Flores made no mistake at the back post.Gabriel Arias was at fault for the second 18 minutes later, the goalkeeper failing to beat Carrillo to a loose ball and leaving his goal exposed for Yotun to skilfully control and volley home a high cross.Peru lost Flores to an innocuous ankle injury five minutes into the second half and narrowly avoided another setback when Vargas’ glancing header struck the left post.A well-worked counter should have brought the sealer on the hour, but Yotun ballooned his finish over a gaping target.Gallese then produced three important stops to keep the two-goal margin intact and, after Guerrero coolly slotted away the third in the 91st minute, denied Chile a consolation.Luis Abram’s rash challenge on Aranguiz sent Vargas to the spot but the striker’s Panenka met goalkeeper Gallese’s outstretched arm. What does it mean? Expectation descends on SelecaoIf there was not already enough pressure on Brazil to lift the trophy in their own backyard, the belief of local fans is set to ratchet up further.Peru last reached the final 44 years ago and the prospect of facing an inexperienced – albeit clearly talented – opponent is sure to sit comfortably with Tite’s team.Cueva exudes class in attackThough he squandered a promising early opportunity, Krasnodar’s Cueva more than made amends by designing Peru’s opener.The attacking midfielder forged a dangerous partnership with centre-forward Guerrero that gave Chile constant headaches.Arias all at sea for crucial secondChile had limited the damage of a poor first half until shot-stopper Arias ventured well outside his area before the break.Retreating defenders were unable to account for an error in judgement that condemned Reinaldo Rueda’s side to defeat.Key Opta Facts:- Peru’s 3-0 win over Chile was their joint-biggest margin of victory in a competitive game against La Roja (a 3-0 win in the 1949 Copa America, also in Brazil).- Peru are the only side to score against Chile in Copa America knockout games since 2015 – They did so in the 2015 and 2019 semi-finals.- Peru eliminated Chile in a Copa America knockout game for the first time ever after losing in the 1979 (two-legged tie, D1 L1) and 2015 semi-finals.What’s next?Two-time Copa America winners Peru will hope to upstage Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, while Chile meet Argentina in the third-place play-off a day earlier. read morelast_img read more

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Gallery Keel Laid for UKs New Polar Research Ship

first_imgzoom UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird has held a keel laying ceremony for the new GBP 150 million (USD 183.5 million) polar research vessel at Birkenhead site in Liverpool City Region.The new ship is named after David Attenborough, English broadcaster and naturalist who started the keel laying process by initiating the lifting by crane of the first hull unit on to the construction berth.This unit, weighing around 100 tons, includes part of the ship’s keel and is the first of 97 units which will be erected to form the entire hull of the research ship.Scheduled to set sail in 2019, the new ship RRS Sir David Attenborough will enable expeditions and deploy advanced marine robotics to explore inaccessible areas. The vessel will be operated by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and deployed in both Antarctic and Arctic.“The RRS Sir David Attenborough, with Boaty McBoatface operated from her as a robotic underwater vehicle, will be one of the most advanced research ships in the world,” Jo Johnson, Universities and Science Minister, said.The GBP 200 million (USD 244.6 million) investment is said to be the biggest UK Government investment in Antarctic and Arctic science infrastructure since the 1980s. It is expected to enable the UK research community to conduct polar research for the next 25 years.The funding will also cover the development of projects to support the ship’s work including construction of a new wharf at the largest British Antarctic facility, Rothera Research Station.In October 2015, Cammell Laird was selected by the country’s government as the preferred bidder to build the polar research ship.According to an online poll conducted by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) earlier this year, the new vessel was supposed to be christened Boaty McBoatface as the name remained on top of the entries with over 124 thousand votes.However, NERC said that the chances for the ship to be named so were small since the council wanted the name to be “inspirational and exemplify the work it will do.”last_img read more

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Boxship Stadt Dresden Suffers Main Engine Issues in Venice

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Vigili del Fuoco The 2006-built containership Stadt Dresden has experienced main engine issues while berthing in Venice, Hapag-Lloyd informed.The 2,742 TEU vessel ran into trouble while berthing in Venice on February 16. Hapag-Lloyd said that the vessel was not able to continue its voyage to Damietta as it needed to undergo repairs.“At this stage it is unknown how long the repairs will take,” the company added.According to VesselsValue, the containership suffered a fire in the engine room compartment containing four generators. The engine room was reportedly sealed and filled with CO2 to extinguish the fire. Teams from the Venice Fire Department were deployed to extinguish the fire.All cargo that was already loaded on Stadt Dresden was scheduled to be discharged in Venice. The company is working on alternative solutions to deliver the cargo to the respective destinations.As a first measure, the 1,730 TEU Nordviolet was deployed to load all cargo for port of discharge Damietta and then sail straight to Damietta. The vessel is scheduled to arrive in Venice on February 21.Potential solutions for Piraeus-bound cargo are still being evaluated, the company’s statement reads.last_img read more

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Government Seeking Input From Families Parents on ChildCare System

first_imgThe Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is seeking feedback from parents and families on the strengths and challenges related to child care. An online survey is now available for input on accessibility, affordability and programming. Early childhood educators, child-care centre operators and partners are also encouraged to fill out the survey. Focus groups for these participants are also underway across the province. “We have a good child-care system in the province, but we can and should always do better,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “We need to hear from early childhood educators, families, operators and partners to ensure we have a full picture of how the system is working in order to respond to concerns of those who use and deliver the service.” The review of the child-care sector was announced in January. Consultations will continue throughout the spring, and the department will then compile a report of the findings and recommendations to present to the minister. For information on the focus groups, email ECDSERVICES@novascotia.ca . A link to the survey can be found at novascotia.ca/education . Nova Scotians can also send submissions by email to ECDSERVICES@novascotia.ca or mail to: The Child Care ReviewEarly Years BranchDepartment of Education and Early Childhood DevelopmentP.O. Box 578Halifax, N.S., B3J 2S9last_img read more

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Man held for raping sixyearold girl in Dwarka Police

first_imgNew Delhi: A 24-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping a six-year-old girl in Dwarka’s Sector-23, police said on Friday. According to a senior police officer, the incident took place on Tuesday afternoon. The victim was found in the bushes adjacent to a road and rushed to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, the police said. Later, she was shifted to the Safdarjung Hospital, where her condition was stated to be critical, they added. Police identified the accused with the help of CCTV footage obtained from the area. The footage showed the accused with the girl on the day of the incident. The accused, who was unemployed and lived in the same locality as that of the victim, was subsequently arrested, the police said. A case was lodged and further investigation was underway, they added.last_img read more

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Ktaka Siddaramaiah claims BSY govt may last a year at the most

first_imgBengaluru: As the B S Yediyurappa government in Karnataka completed one month in office on Monday, Congress legislature party leader Siddaramaiah claimed it may last one year at the most.Predicting mid-term election to the assembly, the former chief ministerurged Congress workers to start preparing for it and strengthen the party. “I have said, strengthen the party. Election may come any time, because no one has the belief that Yediyurappa government will continue for long,” Siddaramaiah said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Speaking to reporters in Hubballi, he said, “…if they form the government along with rebels (17 disqualifiedformer Congress-JD(S) legislators) can it last long? How long can they survive with those from Congress and JD(S)? I don’t thinkIf they remain for one year, it is a big thing.” He also said according to his assessment, it would be “big thing” if they survived for one year, asking how long the ruling BJP will continue in power with 105 MLAs. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”They did not have the mandate of the people, they indulged in horse trading to come to power, people will teach them a lesson,” he added. Following the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government 14 months after it came into being, Yediyurappa was sworn in as ChiefMinister on July 26, and proved his majority in the assembly three days later. More than three weeks after taking over the reins, the BJP strongman in the state had expanded his cabinet last August 20, inducting 17 Ministers. Hitting out at the JD(S) leadership, Siddaramaiah said, it was trying to shift the blame on him for the fall of the coalition government with an intention to gain political mileage. “People of Karnataka are politically aware, they understand such things,” he added. A political slugfest has erupted between JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda and Siddaramaiah with eachholding the other responsible for the exit of the coalition government. Siddaramaiah also hit out at the centralgovernment, accusing it of not releasing funds for flood relief. “It had never happened in the past floods should have been declared as national calamity. We had demanded immediaterelease of Rs 5,000 crore as interim relief, not even one rupeewas given.”last_img read more

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Canadian Actress Diane DAquila on playing the role of King Lear as

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: This summer’s offerings at Shakespeare in High Park are King Lear and Twelfth Night. And while the veteran actress Diane D’Aquila plays Fabiana in Twelfth Night, she’s getting more attention for her title role in King Lear – a crowning achievement, one might say. Not only that, unlike other actresses who played Lear as men or gender-blind, D’Aquila will portray him as a woman. The Globe and Mail spoke with her about High Park, female leaders and Lear in the age of Trump.You were in the first-ever production of Shakespeare in High Park, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 35 years ago, is that correct?It is. It was also Lucy Peacock’s first job out of the National Theatre School. She was just a puppy. There’s a picture of all us on site. We were so young. I’ve heard stories about the first season. The poison ivy, yes?It was fraught with problems. Yes, the poison ivy. It was not an easy birth. But it was hugely successful, which is why they’ve maintained it all these years since.All these years, without you. This is your first High Park production since 1983, is that right?READ MORElast_img read more

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Dreary drought

first_imgMaharashtra reels under the scorching sun with well-known adversity that has repeatedly featured on the face of the earth – drought. Droughts have been a seasonal affair for this part of the Deccan region. This happens to be the sixth consecutive year that parts of Maharashtra have been facing severe drought situation and discounting the adversity from preceding numbers, six long years seem adequate time to prepare for droughts. Witnessing Odisha’s commitment and resilience to withstand cyclones and safeguard lives, Maharashtra and Karnataka are very much capable of setting up drought redressal systems and action plans in cases of exigency. The disaster management guidelines, to begin with, are apt for this sort of situation which definitely demands attention amidst the polling season. Notwithstanding the fact that Centre and state exchequers will be accessed towards remedial actions but sustenance of crops, animals and farmers is defeated in the face of annual occurrence. The fact that only 16 per cent water reserve is left in the dams in proximity stresses on lackadaisical approach despite imminent adversity. If droughts have been occurring in the parts of both the states forming a pattern which enables to predict future droughts then a lack of redressal system to tend to such calamities is simply a travesty of governance. Requesting whatever quantity of water from neighbouring states, scooping reserves and anticipating financial assistance from the Centre are all haphazard measures usually in place when preemptive measures have effectively either not taken up or failed. The Centre has released 4,562 crores while the state government has allocated 4,300 crores making a total of 8,862 crores to combat the unprecedented drought situation which has regions such as Marathwada, Yavatmal, Nagaon, Aurangabad, Amravati, and Nashik among others in its grasp. Scores of fishes floating lifeless atop the Godavari spotted by locals in Nagaon village does not augur well for the area. While the Centre and state progress to tend to this adversity is welcoming, it hardly makes any difference to locals who have been witnessing droughts for years and remain deprived of alternatives to counter the natural calamity with remedial measures initiated by state authorities being the only hope. Contemporary times have equipped us to predict rainfall and be aware of impending calamities like a drought but state government’s enthusiasm in anticipating and implementing exigency measures has remained an area of concern. It has to be understood that measures also take time to take full effect and not happen overnight. Tankers to water-deprived areas is an expected step to address the severe drought problem but even that will have to be on time and well-coordinated from before. Waking up to droughts and then drafting action plans, consulting and requesting neighbouring states and the Centre for help will delay the remedial measures and the most direct impact would be loss of life – human, animal, fishes – apart from the agricultural setback. Present numbers denote that 4,331 villages and 9,470 hamlets are being supplied water through 5,493 tankers. Arrangements made by the Maharashtra government draw a proactive picture to combat drought but this 2019 severe drought cuts a sorry figure for CM Devendra Fadnavis who had claimed to make Maharashtra drought-free by 2019. And, words of politicos rarely reverberate in the face of adversity because tending to a life-threatening crisis is more important than pulling up authorities for lack of emergency system and audacious promises. The promise was flawed since droughts are nature induced adversities which can be controlled by humans but not overcome entirely. Drought-resistant should be a better aim and efforts should be made to that effort. Hindsight tells a lot about the adversity and it helps us learn from our flaws. It urges us to improvise and reduce damage. It also aids us in predicting the grave consequences which right now parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka imminently face. Interestingly, Bombay High Court has pulled the Maharashtra government for not appearing in court over the prevailing severe drought situation. A petition which was filed two and a half years ago has come to haunt the state government where the petitioner alleges that the state government has not done much to provide relief. He also alleges that the absence of the state government lawyer, in this case, points to the government’s tactic to sit out the drought period till rainfalls hit the area so that damage is reduced and the situation is not as grave as it currently is. Agrarian distress has already been highlighted as a severe issue in the state and it can only be hoped that it was well reflected in the general election polling which has concluded in Maharashtra. While the court now will pass an order on May 20 irrespective of government’s presence for the matter, the state government hurriedly pursues to minimise damage and increase the ambit and outreach of its relief measures. Rainfalls will provide relief but what is the point of progress if the damage inflicted resembles primitive situations.last_img read more

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Longawaited Ivorian polls off to good start says UN envoy

“It is very encouraging because everything is going peacefully and in an orderly fashion,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Y. J. Choi, said after touring three polling stations in the Abidjan and Sud-Comoé region. Leading a high-level delegation composed of members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of observer missions, Mr. Choi voiced satisfaction with regard to the holding of the election, while admitting it was too early to give a definitive assessment.“I congratulate Ivorians who have mastered their passion and emotion and have come out massively to exercise their civil right, peacefully and with discipline after having been patient for so long,” he said. The elections, originally scheduled for as far back as 2005, were repeatedly postponed, most recently from March. They are a major step in restoring stability in the country, which was split by civil war into a Government-held south and rebel Forces Nouvelles-controlled north in 2002. An additional 500 troops are in the country to reinforce the 8,650-strong UN peacekeeping force (UNOCI) and assist with security during the election period. A second round of voting is scheduled for 28 November if today’s poll does not produce a clear winner.Cote 31 October 2010The head of United Nations operations in Côte d’Ivoire said on Sunday that he is encouraged by the start of voting in the West African nation’s long-awaited presidential elections. read more

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Mahinda to be issued notice by commission

Referring to the allegations levelled against her by the Opposition that she has no mandate to ask the former President to come to the Bribery Commission for a statement, Wickramasinghe stated that each and every citizen of this country irrespective of their status or positions is equal before the law of the land. Wickramasinghe said that the delay in getting the statements from the former President and MP Attanayake was not due to certain opposition parliamentarians’ agitation in the parliament but due to a number of government holidays in the month of May. Wickramasinghe further said that the Speaker of the parliament has no authority to summon a public servant to Parliament to be questioned.The Speaker had summoned Wickramasinghe after notice was issued on the former President earlier but she was out of the country at the time so the Chairman of the Commission was summoned instead. The Bribery or Corruption commission is to issue notice on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to appear before the commission despite recent protests in Parliament and outside.Director General of the Bribery Commission, Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe has told The Sunday Leader newspaper that the former President and former Health Minister Tissa Attanayake’s impending interrogation has not been withheld, but will be carried out shortly. “If the parliamentarians think that the law of this land cannot be imposed on rich and powerful but only against poor and frail then it is up to the legislative council that should pass that law. So then I can investigate the complaints made only against the poor and frail not the rich and powerful,” Wickramasinghe said.According to Wickramasinghe in the event the Commission receive complaints, the Commission will follow the normal procedure to find out whether there is concrete evidence to carry out further investigations or not which is decided by the three Commissioners including the Commission Chairman but not the Director General. read more

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Ceasefire in Ukraine under continuous serious strain UN official warns

“The promise of renewal, and of renewed, energy towards solving Ukraine’s problems embodied in the recent parliamentary elections, threatens to be overshadowed by the worsening security situation in the east of the country,” said Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, Assistant Secretary-General ad interim for UN Political Affairs, in his briefing to the Council.“Nonetheless, the prospect that a new, reform-oriented ruling coalition will be formed, empowering it to move the country closer to a path of peace and stability, provides the avenue for all to support Ukraine out of this debilitating conflict,” he added. Focusing his comments on political developments in Ukraine and the latest developments related to the conflict in the east of the country, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said that the early parliamentary elections held on 26 October were conducted in a manner that observers for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) welcomed as “largely upholding democratic commitments,” although there was no voting in Crimea or parts of Donbas under rebel control. Noting that discussions are under way for the formation of Government, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen expressed hope that the leading coalition will be bound to the “rapid implementation of the comprehensive political, legal and economic reforms to which the Ukrainian authorities have committed themselves.” The ability of the leading coalition to “work constructively alongside the Opposition Bloc” will also be key for the unity and stability of Ukraine, he stressed, expressing hope that a comprehensive national dialogue to rebuild cohesion and address all outstanding critical national issues would begin soon. Continuing, he said that as of 3 November, hostilities in the east reignited with the potential to further undermine the Minsk agreements. Currently, the security situation in Donetsk and Lugansk “almost rivals” the period immediately preceding the ceasefire agreement of 5 September, he stressed. “With the Minsk agreements in question, and uncertainty over how much strain the ceasefire can withstand, we are deeply concerned over the possibility of a return to full-scale fighting,” he said. Alternatively, the conflict may “simmer this way for months, with sporadic, low-level battles, marked by periods of increased hostilities and further casualties,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said. While either scenario would be catastrophic for Ukraine, a third prospect is that of a “frozen” or protracted conflict, which would entrench the current status quo in south-eastern Ukraine for years or even decades to come, he said.This past weekend, particularly on the night of 9 November, hostilities were reported to be at their worst in months, with a heavy exchange of artillery shelling in and around Donetsk. A similar level of fighting was reported today, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said. Lives continued to be lost daily, including of two schoolchildren as a result of shelling in Donetsk on 5 November.This upsurge in fighting comes amid regular reports from the OSCE of an influx of large convoys of heavy weapons, tanks and troops flowing into rebel-held areas, he continued. In this connection, there is “no doubt that a failure to secure the Russian-Ukrainian border is a factor that continues to impede the path to peace,” he said. Meanwhile, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in parts of Donbas. With the onset of harsh winter conditions, the number of internally displaced persons is expected to increase. If there is a return to full-scale fighting, the numbers could grow exponentially, he warned.Furthermore, he said that consultations of the Trilateral Contact Group with rebel representatives have not been scheduled, while the self-proclaimed leaders of the Donetsk and Lugansk “People’s Republics” have reportedly signalled that they would not participate in future consultations, appointing persons of less authority in their place. Yet, he noted that while these agreements have been breached in various respects and are fragile, “no side has unilaterally abrogated them,” he said. In recent days, there have also been some small, albeit positive steps towards implementation, such as a meeting between the general staff of the Russian and Ukrainian military on a line of delimitation. Although no agreement was reached at that time, subsequent meetings are reported to take place soon.Turning to UN activity in relation to Ukraine, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said that the Human Rights Monitoring Mission there has continued its work providing reporting on the human rights situation throughout the country, and on factors that could negatively affect the social, political and security situation and efforts towards the solution of a crisis. The Mission’s seventh monthly report will be published on 20 November. In the meantime, the mission is seeking an extension of its presence in the country beyond 15 December.With nearly 1 million people now displaced by the conflict, both within Ukraine and to neighbouring countries, UN humanitarian agencies continue to scale up their presence to respond to the growing needs, he noted. He also noted that Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is slated to travel back to Ukraine in the near future, pending the formation of the new Government.“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that none of these scenarios take hold,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen concluded. “The only alternative is for the fighting to end so that all Ukrainians can rebuild their lives in a stable and secure country, with Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity preserved.” read more

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Youth accused of snatching womans gold chain in Agricola remanded

A twenty-three-year-old youth will be spend the next few weeks in jail until his next court appearance after a city Magistrate remanded him to prison on a simple larceny charge.However, the accused, Romel Bollers was said to be a repeat offender. In this latest case, police say that he snatched Tanya Drakes’ gold chain and pendant on August 22, 2018, at Agricola, Greater Georgetown.The unrepresented Bollers denied the charge when he appeared before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly.According to the facts as presented by Police Prosecutor, Sanj Singh, the alleged victim was walking at the head of the Agricola Public Road when Bollers appeared, snatched the jewelry off of her neck and made good his escape.As such, the Prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that he is a repeat offender and has prior convictions.The alleged gold-chain snatcher was remanded to prison until October 10, 2018, when he is scheduled to again appear in court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRepeat offender gets 3 years for robbing womanNovember 28, 2018In “Court”Joiner accused of gold chain theft remandedMay 14, 2018In “Court”Repeat offender remanded for robbery under arm chargeNovember 10, 2017In “Court” read more

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PSG president dismisses Football Leaks revelations as complete rubbish

first_imgParis Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has no interest in allegations made against him by whistleblowers Football LeaksThe Qatari businessman is at the centre of Football Leaks’ latest scandal, who accuse Al-Khelaifi of engaging in a fraudulent attempt to escape UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.PSG released a statement last week denying the claims made against their president.This comes in light of PSG and Manchester City both reaching settlements with the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) in May 2014 over their FFP breaches.“Honestly, I do not look at that,” Al-Khelaifi told RMC Sport after PSG’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Napoli on Tuesday.“It’s complete rubbish. Winning our next games is the most important.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Al-Khelaifi also declared his satisfaction with the UEFA’s decision to use the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in next season’s Champions League.However, PSG will be rueing the fact that VAR hadn’t been available on Tuesday night after Jose Callejon appeared to be offside in the build-up to Napoli’s equalising penalty.Lorenzo Insigne scored from the spot to cancel out Juan Bernat’s 45th-minute goal for PSG, who also claimed he was denied a penalty of his own.The draw with Napoli leaves PSG third in Group C and a point behind the top two.“We will have to win our last two games to qualify. Of course there is, there is certainly a penalty,” added Al-Khelaifi.“But we will accept. VAR is needed as quickly as possible. We lost two points for two errors of the referee.”last_img read more

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Senator Micciche Says He Does Not Support 1600 PFD Bill

first_imgThe bill is listed as a ‘Finance Committee bill’, but according to Micciche it did not come from Finance Committee. Micciche stated that the bill is believed to have come from the finance chairs or chair. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Senate on Monday introduced a bill, SB 1002, that would provide for a $1,600 dividend. Senate debate on the proposal, including possible amendments, is expected as early as Tuesday. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen): “I want to make it clear that I do not support the bill in its current form. We agreed to separate the PFD from the budget, because we were high-centered by the House who wants a much lower PFD. The Senate has committed to a $3,000 PFD and this bill is not something I can support.”  Governor Mike Dunleavy stated that if the bill passes he will veto it: “This bill kills the Permanent Fund Dividend as we know it. The PFD is your share of Alaska’s mineral wealth, and there should be no change to the dividend without a vote of the people. That’s what I promised on the campaign and that’s the promise I intend to keep. I cannot and will not support this legislation.” Micciche: “When it comes to the floor there will be a group of us that will have amendments. We want the funding source to come from the earnings reserve and we want a full statutory PFD.” last_img read more

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Fairbanks North Star Borough first to be certified Storm Ready

first_imgThe Fairbanks North Star Borough is the first in Alaska to be certified as Storm Ready. The recognition was awarded yesterday as part of a program run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Weather Service. The certification emphasizes communication and preparation in meeting dire events.Listen nowFairbanks Borough Emergency Operations Director David Gibbs says he and others in the borough have been pursuing the certification for years. In order to qualify a community needs establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency center. It also needs to plan for hazardous events, and be able to receive weather warnings and alert the public by more than one way. There other qualifications as well. Gibbs said all are aimed to help the borough deal with something like the ice storms that have become more common in the interior.“You know, everybody thinks of big storms and lots of snow that could bring us to our knees but ice generally will,” Gibbs said. “I believe it was November 2010 where we had a really significant storm that we had about an inch of precipitation almost immediately following a super cool -25 degree temeperature. That literally brought us to our knees.”Gibbs said an important step to successfully respond to the next emergency is information from the public. Borough Emergency Manager Baird Stiefel said residents are encouraged to share important needs, such as critical medications or physical limitations with a new service called Smart Prepare. Then when a hazardous event strikes responders can prioritize.“Then I can realize, just by looking at the area affected, if everybody’s registered, this person may need oxygen, this person, etc,” Stiefel said. “So you look at your special needs population and try to get those resources out to them.”While the state has 21 StormReady sites, and 13 StormReady/Tsunami ready communities, Fairbanks is the first borough to be certified. Locally, Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Greely are also certified.last_img read more

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Two trains cancelled

first_imgHyderabad: Due to heavy rainfall, water logging and boulder falling incidents in the Mumbai division of Central Railway, the Hyderabad-Mumbai CSMT Hussainsagar Express and Hyderabad-Mumbai CSMT Express were cancelled on Sunday. Mumbai CSMT-Hyderabad Hussainsagar Express train, which left Mumbai CSMT on Saturday, was diverted to run via Kalyan, Igatpuri, Manmad, Aurangabad, Parbhani, Parli and Vikarabad, according to a press release.last_img

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8 killed over 8k evacuated as rains batter Kerala

first_imgKochi: Eight people, including a one-year-old child, were killed and over 8,000 evacuated to over 60 relief camps after rains battered several parts of Kerala, officials said here on Thursday. State Revenue Minister E. Chandrashekeran said Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad, Kasargode and Idukki districts were the worst affected areas. “Three NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams have been deployed in Malappuram, Wayanad and Idukki. We have requested 10 more teams,” he said. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains in the state till August 14. Red alerts have been issued in Idukki, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kozhikode districts. In the morning, a 50-year-old woman died after a tree fell over her house at Attapady in the Palakkad district. A 24-year-old woman died after her house at Panamaram village in the Wayanad district got flooded. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us Residents of the Wayanad district said such heavy rains had never been witnessed, even during last year’s floods. Over 700 people were evacuated in the Nilambur area of the Malappuram district. A.P. Sunil, a police officer, said some people had refused to leave their houses. “If they don’t shift on their own, they will be forced to leave,” he said. Kozhikode District Collector Sambhasiva Rao said situation was under control. “If people cooperate, rescue becomes easy. But we are ready for any eventualities,” said Rao. Barring the state capital district and neighbouring Kollam, the remaining 12 districts have been affected by rains.last_img read more

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