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Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was, on Tuesday, unanimously elected as the leader of SP Legislature party.The decision was taken at a meeting of SP legislators, where party veterans Azam Khan and Shivpal Singh Yadav were conspicuous by their absence.At the meeting of SP MLAs and MLCs, the former chief minister was unanimously elected as the combined leader of the party in both the State Assembly and Council, SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said.Besides, Akhilesh was also authorised to pick the leader of the party in the Legislative Council, he added. Akhilesh is a member of the Upper House, where senior SP leader Ahmed Hasan presently leads the party.Akhilesh had, on Monday, nominated senior-most party MLA Ram Govind Chaudhary as the leader of the SP in the Assembly, paving the way for his becoming the Leader of Opposition (LOP) in the House.Both Azam and Shivpal, who were considered strong contenders for the post of LOP in the Assembly but failed to find favour with Akhilesh, skipped Tuesday’s meeting.Commenting on the choice of Chaudhary for the key post, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) had accused the SP of “acting under BJP’s pressure” and denying the position to Khan.“SP acted under BJP’s pressure to deny the position of LOP to a dynamic and strong leader like Azam Khan, which could have posed problems for them in the legislature,” State RLD chief Masood Ahmed alleged.“Had Khan been made the Leader of Opposition, he would have retained his government bungalow and there would also have been no question on his Maulana Jauhar University in Rampur. So, BJP exerted pressure on Netaji (Mulayam Singh) to stop it,” he added.RLD has one MLA in the 403-member State Assembly.
Normal life was paralysed in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday due to a shutdown called by separatists in anticipation of the petitions challenging Article 35A coming up before the Supreme Court for hearing. All shops and markets remained closed and government offices registered a very thin attendance. There were very few private vehicles plying on the roads. Security was tightened across the State.Separatist amalgam Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik and several civil society groups, had called for a two-day shutdown over the issue.“It is imperative to register a strong protest against any change in the demography of the State by rolling back hereditary State subject laws of 1927,” said the separatists in a joint statement.The JRL has, however, called off the strike for February 14. “Senior lawyers of the Kashmir Bar Association are closely monitoring the case in the Supreme Court,” said a JRL spokesman.State govt. pleaThe J&K government, which is under President’s Rule, has submitted an application before the court and sought adjournment.“The J&K government will be seeking adjournment since there is presently no elected government in J&K. The present matter involves a sensitive issue regarding a challenge to Article 35A of the Constitution of India,” said M. Shoeb Alam, J&K’s standing counsel in the Supreme Court.
Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Wade scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Heat won their season-high third straight home game by topping the Atlanta Hawks 114-113 on Monday night. It was the highest-scoring quarter of the season for Wade, and it helped Miami beat Atlanta for the first time in four tries.“That’s textbook, Hall of Fame poise,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’s playing his best basketball of the season right now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJosh Richardson scored 19 points and Justise Winslow added 18 for the Heat, who pulled into a tie with Charlotte for ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Dion Waiters scored 14 and Kelly Olynyk added 12.Vince Carter scored 21 points, all on 3-pointers, for the Hawks — in his final head-to-head duel with Wade, and tipped his cap afterward. MOST READ Winslow fouled Young with 2:04 left, then picked up a technical as well. Young missed the technical free throw, then made both for the personal to get the Hawks to 111-107. And down by three, after a Heat turnover, Young had a blow-by for a layup that cut Miami’s lead to 112-111 with 1:02 left.Wade got free for a layup on the next possession to put Miami back up by three. Bazemore made a pair of foul shots with nine seconds left, but the Heat inbounded the ball and wound up running out the clock — with the Hawks never catching anyone to foul.“We just fell asleep at the end,” coach Lloyd Pierce said.Wade’s block of Atlanta’s B.J. Johnson in the second quarter was a record-setter of sorts. It was the 1,052nd blocked shot of Wade’s career, including playoffs — the most ever by a guard, one more than Michael Jordan. The regular-season mark still belongs to Jordan, who has 893 to Wade’s 877.“Either way, it’s pretty cool,” Wade said.TIP-INSHawks: Bazemore took six free throws in 23 seconds during the third quarter, after getting fouled on 3-point attempts on consecutive possessions. He went 4 for 6, missing the middle free throw each time. … Young is the 32nd rookie (and first for the Hawks) to have 500 assists in a season. He entered Monday with 499. … John Collins, a South Florida native, missed the game with flu-like symptoms.Heat: Richardson, the biggest soccer fan in the Heat locker room, did some futbol-style juggling of the basketball during a fourth-quarter stoppage. Then he hit a 3 for a 104-95 lead. … Hassan Whiteside (hip strain) returned after missing three games. He played as a reserve for the first time since April 8, 2016, ending a streak of 202 consecutive games played as a starter (including postseason). … James Johnson (shoulder) was again active, but missed his sixth straight game. .. Goran Dragic (left calf strain) missed his second consecutive game.MOVING UPCarter passed Reggie Miller on the career scoring list — doing so, fittingly, on a 3-pointer. Carter’s third 3 of the first half gave him 25,280 points, one more than Miller for 20th place. Carter and Miller are both among the top seven 3-point shooters in NBA history. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) goes up to shoot against Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry (95) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — Dwyane Wade got into the record book for defense.And he saved the Miami Heat with offense.ADVERTISEMENT WADE’S BLOCKSJohnson became the 449th player to have a shot blocked by Wade. Joe Johnson and Ben Gordon each got blocked 12 times by Wade, more than any other player. The tallest players who Wade got were both listed at 7-foot-3 — former Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Dallas’ Kristaps Porzingis. The shortest to have one swatted by Wade was Earl Boykins, listed at 5-foot-5.UP NEXTHawks: Host San Antonio on Monday. It’ll be the first Hawks-Spurs game of the season.Heat: Visit Charlotte on Wednesday. The Heat are 0-2 this season against the Hornets.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end “He’s been a very dominant player for a long time and on your way out it’s easy to say, ‘I’m going to ride this out and enjoy it,’” Carter said. “But he’s doing it like most Hall of Famers would do it — go at it and leave my greatness on the floor every night until you don’t see it anymore.”Kent Bazemore had 18 points and Trae Young finished with 14 points and eight assists for the Hawks. Atlanta also got 14 points from Dewayne Dedmon and 13 from Kevin Huerter.Wade made three consecutive jumpers, including a 3, to spark a 12-2 run in the fourth that took the Heat from down one to up by nine with about five minutes left.“Got a couple shots to fall, you get in a rhythm,” Wade said. “We needed it. Obviously, we’ve had a lot of trouble with this team.”The end was frantic, starting when Carter hit a pair of late 3-pointers to start the Atlanta rally.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Raptors and Rockets to play 2 preseason games in Japan Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Serie A In-form Inter can still improve – Spalletti Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 07:59 10/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Serie A Internazionale Hellas Verona v Internazionale Hellas Verona The Serie A side have yet to lose this season but the manager insists they must retain their focus as they look to maintain their challenge Luciano Spalletti has challenged his record-breaking Inter side to continue “looking forward” in order to keep pace with Serie A’s title contenders.The Nerazzurri maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a hard-earned 2-1 victory away to Verona on Monday, improving the team’s record to nine wins in 11 league matches.Inter 11/1 to win Serie A with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Borja Valero and Ivan Perisic scored either side of half-time to see off the dogged hosts, who briefly pulled level in the second half through Giampaolo Pazzini’s penalty.While the win confirmed Inter’s best-ever points haul at this stage of a Serie A season, Spalletti insists there is plenty of work ahead to challenge for the Scudetto.”To be a record-breaking side doesn’t have a particular impact. We wrote a line in the history of Inter but now we’re looking forward,” Spalletti told Mediaset Premium.”This tunnel will continue until June, and then we will see the light.”The team played a great match [against Verona] in every respect, but every now and then we play slowly and we leave spaces when we do not have to. We deservedly won, though.”If we had not won the match, and Roma had played their [postponed match in September] against Sampdoria and won, we would be out of the Champions League places.”All teams are in there fighting, I’m thinking of teams like Milan who will come back and Lazio who have the quality to stay up there. Everything can change in one moment.” | points from games. The best start in Inter history. It really is true: #InterIsComing#ForzaInter pic.twitter.com/37xtbLW9p8— Inter (@Inter_en) October 30, 2017The result left struggling Verona in a far more difficult position as they remain stuck in the relegation zone on six points.But Verona boss Fabio Pecchia does not believe his job is under the microscope.”I’ve been working under these conditions for 15 months,” Pecchia said.”I was also questioned last season just before the promotion to Serie A. We’ll keep working and as long as the president wants to keep working with me, I will continue to do my job.”
We had a referee field goal controversy late in college football on Saturday night.Florida, which saw its 31-game win streak against Kentucky come to an end, appeared to be costed three points by an officials mistake.A Gators’ field goal appeared to be just inside the uprights, but the officials said it was no good.Here’s the replay:Why aren’t there lasers atop the goalposts?This was ruled a missed FG for Florida. pic.twitter.com/n6me6eIPqq— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 9, 2018Here’s another look:Refs called this Florida FG wide, was higher than the goalpost so couldn’t be reviewed ?(? via @SBNation) pic.twitter.com/nIbkUheoIx— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 9, 2018Unfortunately, the play was not reviewable. From the NCAA’s rulebook:“Reviewable plays involving a potential score include: … Field goal attempts ifa nd only if the ball is ruled (a) below or above the crossbar or (b) inside or outside the uprights when it is lower than the top of the uprights. If the ball is higher than the top of the uprights as it crosses the end line, the play may not be reviewed.”Florida ended up losing, 27-16.
The story of Halifax Harbour will be told by Gordon Fader duringa lunchtime talk on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at the 2004 Mining MattersConference in Halifax. Mr. Fader, an employee of the Geological Survey of Canada’sAtlantic Geoscience Centre, will speak about some unusualfeatures of the harbour that he has uncovered during 15 years ofstudy. “We are pleased Mr. Fader is participating in Mining Matters inone of his last official speaking venues before he retires after35 years with the Geological Survey of Canada,” said NaturalResources Minister Richard Hurlburt. “His presentation covers thegeological aspects of Halifax Harbour, but includes otherinteresting discoveries about the harbour.” Many people may not know about the numerous shipwrecks that havecome to rest on the harbour bottom, or that the original bridgesthat crossed The Narrows were discovered in the area, and thatHurricane Juan caused changes to the seabed. Mining Matters is an annual conference that promotes mineraldevelopment opportunities in Nova Scotia by government agencies,universities and the private sector, and inform the public aboutthe province’s geological history. “This conference provides an opportunity to increase awareness ofthe importance of our mineral resources and to help facilitateeconomic development,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “It is a goodopportunity for the public to see what is happening and to talkto those who work in the mineral industry.” The conference will feature a number of talks on currentdevelopments in Nova Scotia’s mining industry, including the newgypsum wallboard plant in Point Tupper, and presentations on themineral resources in southweastern Nova Scotia. The luncheonspeaker on Monday, Nov. 1 will tell conference delegates abouthow the success of an Australian mining company with roots inAtlantic Canada pertains to current gold exploration in NovaScotia. During the two-day event, Heather Lawson, a stone mason from BassRiver, will demonstrate her stone carving skills. Ms. Lawson willbe working on a sandstone plinth that will be used to display afossil from the Joggins fossil cliffs. The conference takes place on Nov. 1 and 2 at the Westin NovaScotian Hotel. All talks and presentations are free but there isa charge for the two luncheons. Two, one-day field trips are alsooffered for a fee on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Mining Matters is sponsored by the Department of NaturalResources, the Office of Economic Development, the Nova ScotiaChamber of Mineral Resources, and the Mining Society of NovaScotia. For more information on Mining Matters see the Department ofNatural Resources website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr .
Une dette provinciale croissante, des contrôles financiers internes médiocres et des renseignements manquants requis pour vérifier les droits des pensionnés sont autant de questions relevées par le vérificateur général, Jacques Lapointe, dans son rapport final à la Chambre d’assemblée, publié aujourd’hui le 23 janvier. La dette nette de la province s’établissait à 13,9 milliards de dollars à la fin de l’exercice 2012-2013, soit une hausse de 5,3 p. cent par rapport à l’exercice précédent – représentant une augmentation de 617 $ de la dette par habitant, qui s’élève à 14 832 $ pour chaque Néo-Écossais. Bien que plusieurs autres indicateurs de la situation financière globale de la province présentés dans le rapport soient demeurés stables dans le temps, la plupart se classent comme les pires ou les deuxièmes pires par rapport aux provinces semblables. Le vérificateur général n’a pas été en mesure de vérifier l’exactitude des prestations de retraites versées aux employés retraités de la province ou de Santé Capital en raison de renseignements manquants. Dans son examen du plus important régime de retraite de la Nouvelle-Écosse, M. Lapointe a fait le suivi des modifications importantes survenues dans l’administration du régime. Le ministre des Finances de la province n’est plus le fiduciaire du régime et la province ne garantit plus les prestations, ce qui fait en sorte que le risque est transféré du gouvernement provincial aux participants au régime. Le vérificateur général a formulé un certain nombre de recommandations en vue d’améliorer la transparence du régime et d’assurer l’exactitude des versements de prestations, y compris de mettre à la disposition des participants au régime l’énoncé des politiques et des objectifs de placement du régime. Le fiduciaire du régime de pensions de retraite de la fonction publique (” Public Service Superannuation Plan Trustee Inc. “) a convenu que l’énoncé, qui était auparavant considéré comme confidentiel, sera disponible d’ici la clôture de l’exercice en cours. Dans le cadre de son examen annuel des opinions d’audit et des lettres de recommandations émises aux organismes publics qui font l’objet d’un audit externe, le vérificateur général a constaté que 31 p. cent des déficiences de comptabilité, de contrôle et d’autre nature relevées par les auditeurs l’avaient également été dans les exercices antérieurs. Environ les deux tiers de celles-ci avaient été présentées aussi loin qu’en 2009-2010 et n’étaient toujours pas corrigées. ” En ne réglant pas en temps opportun les questions soulevées dans les lettres de recommandations reçues des auditeurs, la direction et les conseils d’administration n’assument pas leurs responsabilités de corriger les déficiences dans leur fonctionnement “, a déclaré M. Lapointe. Ces entités englobent des organismes, des conseils et des commissions, dont des régies de la santé, des conseils scolaires et un éventail d’entreprises publiques. M. Lapointe a attiré l’attention sur les nombreux problèmes de la société de développement du logement de la Nouvelle-Écosse (” Nova Scotia Housing Development Corporation “), qui comprenaient entre autres des modifications non expliquées aux renseignements sur les hypothèques et des erreurs dans l’inventaire des terrains, et sur la régie régionale de la santé du district du Cap-Breton (” Cape Breton District Health Authority “) où les déficiences relevées ne sont toujours pas corrigées depuis des années. M. Lapointe a fait part de ses préoccupations au sujet des pratiques comptables du Bureau du curateur public, responsable de plus de 45 millions de dollars en successions et fiducies, mais qui ne dispose pas encore d’un système comptable normalisé. Il a également recommandé que tous les intérêts gagnés sur ces fonds soient laissés aux successions au lieu d’être transférés à la province. Le vérificateur général a félicité la province pour avoir consolidé convenablement ses estimations de revenus en 2013, ce qui a donné lieu à la première opinion sans réserve sur les estimations de revenus figurant dans le budget depuis 2001. ” Cette réalisation constitue une amélioration importante dans la présentation d’information financière publique, car tous les revenus de la province sont maintenant présentés dans le budget annuel. Les membres de la Chambre et du public sont maintenant pleinement informés des revenus du secteur public provincial. ” Il a également noté que 77 p. cent des recommandations liées à des questions financières formulées par son bureau en 2010 ont été mises en œuvre – une nette amélioration dans la performance du gouvernement à cet égard. Le rapport est le dernier de M. Lapointe, car il prend sa retraite à la fin de janvier. Le rapport complet du vérificateur général peut être consulté sur le site www.oag-ns.ca .
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday sent a strong message to the junior doctors observing ceasework at NRS Medical College and Hospital for three consecutive days and said that strict steps would be taken against them if they do not join their duty within a stipulated time.”A doctor’s job is to serve the people. They cannot stop emergency services at the hospitals. If they continue the agitation, we would take steps as per the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA). The Supreme Court has a ruling which says that emergency services cannot be curbed by the doctors. The junior doctors continuing the ceasework would not be given government facilities and they should vacate their hostels,” Banerjee said. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMeanwhile, due to the prolonged strike of the doctors, two patients have died at SSKM Hospital and College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital in the past 24 hours. Banerjee paid a visit to SSKM Hospital on Thursday morning and met the patients and their family members at the emergency ward. Some junior doctors were also continuing ceasework at SSKM Hospital, showing solidarity with the junior doctors of NRS Medical College and Hospital. As a result, health services at the emergency ward and outpatient department of SSKM were affected. The junior doctors at SSKM lifted their ceasework at around 2 pm, following the Chief Minister’s intervention. She has also spoken to the senior officials of the hospital. Some of the agitating doctors shouted slogans when she was about to enter the emergency ward. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersWhile visiting SSKM Hospital in the morning, Banerjee issued an ultimatum to the junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital, saying that steps would be taken within a day against the junior doctors denying health services as per the provisions in the ESMA. She also said that the agitating doctors would have to vacate their hostels if they do not resume their work. The junior doctors at NRS, however, remained unmoved despite the Chief Minister’s words and threatened to continue their strike until their demands are met. As a result, the impasse seems here to stay with absolute anarchy prevailing at NRS. The junior doctors of the hospital said that Banerjee must meet them and provide assurance that incidents of assault on doctors would no longer take place. They also demanded an infrastructural revamp and an increase in the number of doctors in the hospitals. During her visit to SSKM, Banerjee reminded that the shutdown of emergency health services has been affecting the poor patients. She also said that the state government has already taken steps and arrested five persons for attacking the junior doctors. The Chief Minister stated that she wanted to talk to the agitating doctors but they refused to talk to her. Later in the day, she issued a press statement urging the junior doctors to take care of the poor people coming to the hospitals. “Hospitals must run smoothly and peacefully,” reads the statement. A team of junior doctors also met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Thursday afternoon and placed their demands in this regard. Later in the day, some senior doctors and nursing staff members at SSKM staged a sit-in demonstration in support of the demands of the junior doctors at NRS. “Nobody encourages an incident of violence. We are conducting inquiry into the incident. A probe would be conducted against the junior doctors and the patient’s relatives as both were involved in the violence,” Banerjee maintained. She also took a dig at BJP and CPI(M) for fanning violence. She alleged that the saffron party has been trying to spread communal tension and added that some outsiders were involved in the incident. “Critical patients have been denied treatment for the past 4 days. Hospital is not the place to do politics,” Banerjee said. She also accused the Union Home Ministry of engaging BJP cadres to spread communal tension and doing propaganda through social media.
OTTAWA – The federal government will provide another $12.1 million to help the people of Yemen survive what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.Since 2015, a Saudi-led coalition backed by the United States has been carrying out airstrikes in Yemen against Iranian-allied rebels.The UN says the war has killed more than 10,000 civilians, displaced some two million people and pushed millions more to the brink of famine.International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau’s office says the new assistance will be spread among several UN agencies in addition to the Red Cross to “help save lives, alleviate suffering … and address the particular needs of women and girls.”The latest contribution announced early Friday brings Canada’s total assistance for Yemen to $65 million since March 2017.“Sadly, the conflict continues in Yemen, and its people — particularly women and children — continue to suffer greatly,” said Bibeau in a statement.“Canada remains committed to providing life-saving humanitarian assistance support to our partners to help the Yemeni people.”The bulk of the Canadian assistance — $6.5 million — is earmarked for the World Food Programme for emergency food and nutritional treatment and support for children under the age of five in addition to pregnant and nursing mothers.
Advertisement Canadian music icon Burton Cummings says he is recovering from several injuries he suffered in a car crash last Sunday in Los Angeles.In a lengthy Facebook post, the Winnipeg rocker and former frontman for the Guess Who writes that he was struck by a driver who ran a red light and that there were five people in the other car, including a baby.Cummings said he suffered a concussion due to his head cracking the windshield in addition to cuts and “serious bruising on both arms,” a very painful left leg and intense back pain. Facebook He wrote that he’s in a “lot of physical pain” and needs some “serious healing time,” adding he’s “trying to focus on just how lucky” he is not to have been killed or crippled.Cummings said the worst thing is that his mind has been “reliving the crash … that sound and fear and unexpected horror.”“I know I’m going to have to get some help getting over the shock. That’s the worst part right now … trying to keep telling myself that I’m okay.”Cummings, 70, spent 10 years with the Guess Who until 1975. He wrote or co-wrote many of the band’s hits, including American Woman, No Time, Laughing and These Eyes.The Winnipeg native’s solo career included such hits as Stand Tall and My Own Way to Rock.Cummings wrote that the accident happened after he was summoned to Los Angeles for jury duty but was dismissed due to the Winnipeg Jets’ playoff status and was hoping to make it to Winnipeg to sing the anthems at a later game.Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Guess Who in 1987, Cummings won four Juno Awards as a solo artist and two with his former band. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Burton Cummings, the former frontman of iconic Winnipeg rock band the Guess Who, says he was injured in a car crash in L.A. over the weekend. (Matthew Sherwood/Canadian Press) Twitter . Login/Register With:
Rabat – The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said in a press conference in Rabat yesterday that Spain is committed to strengthening its consular services in Morocco to face the growing demand for Schengen visas at Spanish consulates throughout the country.Borrell met with Moroccan Minister for Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita in Rabat yesterday, as part of an international forum on strengthening Morocco’s ties with the European Union.Borrell recognized that the Spanish consular services were under pressure from the number of visa applications it received per year. “We are overwhelmed […]. This year we will receive 250,000 visa applications, which is an annual increase of 10% in recent years,” Borell said in a press release following the meeting.“We apologize to the Moroccan citizens for the delays,” he added, reported Moroccan newspaper Maghreb Associated Press.Read also: Schengen Visa: Spain Asks Moroccans for Appointment Fee in AdvanceHe assured that the Spanish consular services would do their best to overcome the delays in processing visa applications, adding that a new appointment request system would be set up to shorten delays.In mid-May of this year, Moroccans applying for a Schengen visa were facing up to six months of wait times for their visa appointments at Spanish consular services.At the meeting with the Moroccan Foreign Minister today, Borrell also emphasized the importance of Spain’s broader commercial relationship with Morocco.“For Spain, the relationship with Morocco is a State policy and is based on the commitment to build a global strategic partnership,” he said.
This week’s visit by top United Nations official for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to Sri Lanka has nothing to do with the review of the implementation of the Geneva resolution, according to the Sri Lankan government, The Hindu newspaper reports.Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be here in the country during February 6 – 9. It was he who told the media in September that “our investigation has laid bare the horrific level of violations and abuses that occurred [during the final stages of the civil war] in Sri Lanka.” On the agenda of the U.N. official, the spokesperson, however, maintained that he had “no agenda.” She recalled that at the time of the presidential election in January 2015, there was a commitment given (by Maithripala Sirisena) to people of Sri Lanka on good governance and the protection of human rights. “As part of the government’s willingness to work together with international community, the invitation was extended to him,” she explained.Al Hussein’s visit will take place at a time when the public discourse in Sri Lanka has again turned to the Geneva resolution. An official at his office in Geneva said a release, providing more details, would be issued shortly.Responding to queries by The Hindu, Mahishini Colonne, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the visit was in response to an invitation extended by the government in February 2015, many months before the adoption of the resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in October. This was on the lines of the previous Rajapaksa regime’s action of inviting Mr. Al Hussein’s predecessor, Navaneetham Pillay, who came to Sri Lanka in August 2013. On Monday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told a seminar, organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), that the government was not deviating from the Geneva resolution in any way and the government had been “implementing” it. He added that the country “is now in the process of ensuring that human rights will never become an issue again and democracy is further strengthened.” (Colombo Gazette)
The Secretary-General made his determination after thoroughly reviewing the report of the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) regarding the investigation into the complaint against Mr. Lubbers and also carefully considering Mr. Lubbers’ response to that report, Stephane Dujarric said in New York.The spokesman said the Secretary-General has written to Mr. Lubbers conveying his concerns and has sent UN Under-Secretary-General for Management Catherine Bertini to Geneva to consult with the High Commissioner, his senior managers and the staff “to help them rebuild trust and confidence.”Asked if Mr. Lubbers had made an offer to resign or was asked to leave his post, Mr. Dujarric said he was “not aware of any.” He added, “It’s important that we all now pull together and move forward to get the agency to focus on its central mission.””The Secretary-General now considers this matter closed,” he said.Mr. Lubbers had issued a statement denying the allegations when they were made public in May. In a statement issued by his spokesman, he said the complaint referred to a formal meeting in the High Commissioner’s office late last year where five other staffers were present. “In that meeting of last December 18, there was no improper behaviour on my part,” he asserted.
“The Secretary-General is following with concern developments in Thailand after the overthrow of the elected Government there,” Mr. Annan said in a statement released by his spokesman in New York.“The Secretary-General pays tribute to the progress the people of Thailand have made in recent years, under the leadership of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in establishing and strengthening democratic institutions. He expresses his profound hope that those efforts will resume very soon.”Prime Minister Thaksin had been scheduled to address the annual debate of the General Assembly in New York yesterday but his appearance was cancelled following the coup.
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you up to speed with the five things you should know as you head out the door.1. #PUBLIC SECTOR: A union representing university staff is seeking legal advice over the Haddington Road Agreement, which it says is a ‘rushed job’ and may not be constitutional. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said the proposed public sector pay deal, which replaces the Croke Park 2 agreement after its rejection by the majority of unions, excludes non-union staff.2. #DEAN FITZPATRICK: A man aged in his 40s who was arrested in connection with the killing of Dean Fitzpatrick in Dublin on Saturday night has been released without charge. Dean Fitzpatrick, 23, was found with stab wounds at Northern Cross, Malahide Road in Dublin at around 11.20pm on Saturday night. The victim was the brother of 15-year-old Amy Fitzpatrick who went missing in Spain five years ago.3. #SWEDISH RIOTS: The recent riots in Sweden, mirroring those in France in 2005 and Britain in 2011, should serve as a warning to Ireland of the importance of integration policy and practice, the Integration Centre has said. Killian Forde, CEO of the organisation said that in order the integration to be successful, “it has to be a two way process of learning from and about the host and immigrant culture”.4. #AUSTRALIA: The leading figure in Australia’s Catholic Church has admitted that a fear of scandal and a greater concern for reputation led to a systemic and massive cover-up of abuse within the organisation. Facing a formal inquiry by Victoria’s parliament, Cardinal George Pell said he was “fully apologetic and absolutely sorry” for how the Church dealt with abusers and victims – and that there had been awareness of the abuse as early as 1988.5. #JFK: The National Library of Ireland is trying to identify a little boy photographed smiling at John F Kennedy during his visit to Ireland in June 1963. The library plans to use the photo in the upcoming JFK Homecoming exhibition, and want to name everyone in the photo. Do you know who the little boy is?
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Join the Alexander in legend and folk tradition, talk by professor Vrassidas Karalis (University of Sydney), presented by the 31st Greek Festival of Sydney in conjunction with the Australian Museum. Not long after the death of Alexander the Great, his life and his personality were transformed into events of legend and myth. Discover the famous book of “alternative history” about Alexander which, since its first form in 3rd-4th century AD, has entertained and instructed Greek people until today.The event will be held in Greek. Cost: $12 – general museum admission; $24 – Alexander the Great Exhibition admission. No bookings required.When: Sunday 21 April, at 3:00 pm Where: Australian Museum, 6 College Street, Sydney For more information, contact Greek Festival of Sydney, on 02 9750 0440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay on target Though millions of folks around the world enjoy PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, few will say the game is flawless. Despite finally seeing an official release late last year, PUBG continues to have problems. The game is plagued by bugs, glitches, server issues, and more. The PUBG team is fully aware of this and is constantly doing its best to provide a smoother gameplay experience to its users. To further this, the developers are considering adding region-locked servers. This (they hope) will iron out some of the kinks present in the hit title.“We are always working towards improving the gameplay environment,” said The PUBG Development & Community Team in a Steam Community post. “This includes providing stable network experience for our players. You all know that we have implemented ping based matchmaking system that has shown great results, but we didn’t want to stop there.“One of the solutions we are considering is operating servers so that only those players who reside in that region can connect and play. These servers will be made invisible to players residing in other regions. But, at the same time, if a player in an exclusive server region forms a team with a player from another region, they can connect to and play on any of the servers available to either of them.”This part of today’s post ended with the team saying: “Through this new approach we are aiming to provide a better gameplay experience as it will improve network issues and help with linguistic barriers. We are going to run a limited test of this approach as more detailed research, and analysis should come before global application. After the updates made to this test build are proven to be stable, they will be applied to the live servers. We will announce the timeline for the live server update soon.”Today’s post also details the new weapon skins system. These skins can be obtained through the paid-for Triumph crate, which is unlocked with a Weapon Cosmetic Key. Alternatively, players can get the new skins via the free-of-charge Raider crate. The weapon skins menu itself has been upgraded with a new UI. You can check out all of the details about weapons skins and the updated crate drop rates at the aforementioned Steam Community post.Having global servers is certainly appealing in PUBG or in any game. However, if they are indeed a reason for some of the game’s problems, then perhaps creating region-locked servers is the best course of action. Over 30 million people own the battle royale multiplayer game, so it’s unlikely having locked servers will make it harder to find matches. PUBG is still insanely popular, but titles like Fortnite are giving it a run for its money. Hopefully, creating a more stable playing environment will give PUBG the competitive edge needed to stay ahead of its rivals. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘PUBG’ Story Trailer Teases the Unknown PlayerJordan Bans ‘Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’
Hoiana golf course to welcome first players from 23 September Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts Load More “Tak Chun at this stage does not intend to apply for a casino licence in Macau,” he said. The CEO of leading Macau junket operator Tak Chun Group, Levo Chan, says the company has no intention of pursuing a Macau casino license once the SAR’s re-tendering process gets underway. But fellow junket operator David Group is playing it by ear.Responding directly to a question about the possibility of pursuing a casino license once the opportunity is put out for tender in the coming years, David Group Vice-Chairman and Executive Director Weena Sae-Kee said, “Our company is still observing as we haven’t received any notice from the government.”Director of Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), Paulo Martins Chan, had earlier in the day offered no insight into when the gaming regulator would provide details on the re-tendering process, despite expiry of the concessions held by SJM and MGM looming in March 2020.It has been rumoured that Macau’s number one junket operator, Suncity Group, is planning to bid for a license, however Tak Chun CEO Levo Chan ruled out any chance of his company doing the same. 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage
Pre-paid gift card, multi-retailer gift voucher and digital reward organisation Park Group has appointed Claire Jones as its new group HR director.In her new role, Jones will lead on key areas of the organisation’s new strategic growth plan, announced at the end of 2018. This includes helping the business relocate core divisions to Liverpool, as well as enterprise resource planning, skills and talent management, recruitment and retention.Jones has expertise in HR consulting, executive search, HR policies and organisational design and management.Previously, Jones worked as head of HR business partnering at credit card organisation MBNA and head of staffing at Bank of America.