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No single riot in my tenure, claims Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

first_imgThere had “not been a single riot” in Uttar Pradesh in the past two and a half years since the BJP government came to power, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath claimed on Thursday.Incidentally, his assertion came a day after a communal flare-up was reported in Semra village in Agra. A girl was allegedly kidnapped on Tuesday by a boy from another community. A few shops of a minority community were burnt down in the incident.At a press conference, Mr. Aditynath produced a report card of his government’s achievements. He said the State BJP government had vastly improved the law and order, and that since 2017 March, all festivals were celebrated in a peaceful manner.Mr. Adityanath said that since he came to power, incidents of crime had fallen across the board; while dacoity figures dropped by 54%, there were 36% fewer incidents of rape, 15% drop in murder cases, 45% for loot, 30% for kidnapping and 38% for rioting-related incidents.He also claimed that under his tenure, the State had been pulled out of its “identity crisis.”last_img read more

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Shiromani Akali Dal to contest Haryana polls

first_imgThe BJP’s ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal, on Tuesday declared that it would contest the upcoming Assembly elections in Haryana.A meeting of the core committee of the party held here presided by SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal also passed a resolution saying regional languages serve as an inalienable symbol of the rich multicultural character of our federal and democratic polity.Spokesperson Harcharan Singh Bains said the party had decided to hold a workers’ meeting in Kurukshetra on September 22 to screen candidates interested in contesting the elections. “Interested candidates had already been asked to submit their applications by September 22.” Mr. Bains said a committee headed by senior leader Sardar Balwinder Singh Bhunder would hold negotiations with the BJP on seat-sharing in the polls which are due next month.Special resolutionsThe core committee also passed two special resolutions. “In one, the SAD urged the government of India to order an immediate release of all Sikh prisoners languishing in different jails throughout the country despite having served their stipulated sentence. In the other, it reiterated its strong and principled commitment to the perseverance and promotion of the Punjabi language. Campaign panelsMeanwhile, the party president Sukhbir Singh Badal set up a campaign committees for Jalalabad and Dakha by-elections. While former Cabinet Minister and senior leader Janmeja Singh Sekhon will be the campaign in-charge for Jalalabad constituency, senior vice-president Daljit Singh Cheema will head the panel for Dakha, said Bains.The core committee, in its meeting, also mourned the demise of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and paid glowing tributes to him.last_img read more

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SC to hear BCCI’s plea for clarification on Srinivasan

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear the Indian cricket board’s plea seeking clarification whether its former president N Srinivasan could attend the governing body meeting in his capacity as the president of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.The apex court bench headed by Justice TS Thakur said it would hear the plea in the near future but declined to give any date.The court said this as senior counsel KK Venugopal appearing for the the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) mentioned for an early hearing the application filed by it last week.The BCCI on September 12 urged the apex court to clarify whether its former president and current International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Srinivasan should be allowed to attend the meetings as the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) president.The apex cricketing body sought the clarification as court by its January 22, 2015, order had said that Srinivasan cannot contest elections for BCCI presidency as long as he is involved in “conflict of interest” as an owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).The question posed for clarification is whether having been barred from contesting election on account of his being in conflict of interest situation also excluded Srinivasan from attending the cricket board’s meetings.Recently on August 28, the BCCI Working Committee meeting was adjourned in Kolkata after it was decided to seek the apex Court’s opinion on whether Srinivasan could attend the deliberations as TNCA representative.Srinivasan was earlier in the year asked by the Supreme Court to step aside as the BCCI president to facilitate investigation of the 2013 IPL scandal. His son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan has been convicted of betting in the IPL and banned from any cricketing activity for life.last_img read more

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Thursday Tunes: Hello! Remember when Brett Lee’s singing stumped the life out of us?

first_imgWhen it comes to a certain person named Brett Lee, your inclination towards the sport he is associated with doesn’t really matter much. Does it?Well, at least to us it really doesn’t!There’s a tiny, little, biased spot in our hearts that will continue to be reserved for this Australian cricketer whose skills have charmed us for years–both on and off the field.However, this time round we’re not going to rave about how Lee is counted among the fastest bowlers the cricketing world has ever witnessed, neither are we going to talk about how he was the first bowler to take a hat-trick in Twenty20 International cricket–we will instead speak about the time when this man managed to stump us with his attempt at singing.Also Read: Thursday Tunes: When RD Burman’s Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein got a sultry makeover Released during the 2006 edition of the ICC Champions Trophy in India, Lee’s track, You’re the One for Me not only conquered hearts but several music charts across the country. Featuring popular Indian singer, Asha Bhosle, the track traces the story of a westerner (Lee) doing his bit in winning over an Indian girl.If a YouTube description is to be believed, Lee penned down the lyrics for the track in a mere 30 minutes–in between the practice sessions of the Champions Trophy 2006.Also Read: Thursday Tunes: When Aryans’ Aankhon Mein Tera Hi Chehra and Shahid Kapoor’s innocence won our hearts Those who know Lee are aware that apart from being a terrific cricketer, he is also a part of rock band Six & Out as the bass guitarist and vocalist. And if you’re yet to quantify the love he has for music, let us also tell you that the Australian cricketer is also the man behind Mewsic–an India-based foundation that uses music as a tool to heal, educate and empower marginalised children in India.advertisementDressed in a green kurta and crooning in both, Hindi and English, Lee’s You’re the One for Me will remain with us till eternity.Till then, here’s where you can treat your eyes and ears.last_img read more

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Everton’s Cenk Tosun targets goals as Theo Walcott completes £20m move

first_imgCenk Tosun believes he and Theo Walcott can fill the void created by Romelu Lukaku’s departure from Everton after the winger completed his move from Arsenal for an initial £20m.Everton have spent more than £40m overhauling their attack this month with an initial £21m paid to bring Tosun from Besiktas followed by the arrival on Wednesday of Walcott. The England international ended a 12-year Arsenal career to become Sam Allardyce’s second signing as Everton manager. He is expected to earn £110,000 a week plus bonuses at Goodison Park – matching his Arsenal salary – over a three-and-a-half year contract.Allardyce, along with Ronald Koeman and David Unsworth before him, has struggled with the paucity of Everton’s forward options since the club sold Lukaku to Manchester United in the summer and failed to secure a replacement. Tosun, a German-born Turkey international, scored 13 goals for Besiktas this season before moving to Merseyside and he is relishing the opportunity to replace the Belgium international.“Of course I believe I can do it, otherwise I would not be here,” said the 26-year-old, who could eventually cost Everton £27m. “I think I can do it. Lukaku did really well here but I am hoping to score as many goals as I can and do well.“I wouldn’t compare myself to Lukaku, I don’t like comparing myself to other players to be honest, but my main aim is to take the team to better places and score as many goals as I can.“The Premier League is fast football, very strong, high tempo, and I’m a strong player myself. I was born and bred in Germany, I learned my trade there, and I think my character as a player is well suited to this kind of football in England. My biggest dream was to play in the Premier League.”Tosun made his debut in the 4-0 drubbing at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday and could make his home debut alongside Walcott in a new‑look attack against West Bromwich Albion this weekend. “Theo Walcott is a great player, a proven player and he did really well for Arsenal for many years,” said the forward, who started his career with Eintracht Frankfurt before moving to Gaziantepspor in Turkey in 2011. He played for Germany under-21s before switching international allegiances to Turkey.“When you look at Theo he is not an old player but a player with a lot of experience. He will bring a lot to the team. We need that kind of input upfront and I hope he will give that to us. He’s fast, a good crosser and a massive signing for us. I think I’ll link up well with him and the other talented players in the team.” Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Arsenal Topics Everton beat off competition from Walcott’s former club Southampton to secure the 28-year-old, who scored 108 goals for Arsenal and won three FA Cups. Walcott has not started a Premier League game since April last year, however, having lost a regular role in Arsène Wenger’s side, and he admits Everton’s ambitions offer a chance to revive his career.Walcott said: “I do really believe I’m going to give it my all, which is what I always have done, and this place is going to get even more out of me. There’s something about this move which I’ve just felt good about. It felt like it was time for me to move on. It was sad but it’s exciting at the same time and I want to reignite my career and push Everton to win things as they have done before.“The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now. The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and straight away I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me. I need that and I wanted that. I want to be part of something which he’s building. It’s a very ambitious club.” news Share on Messenger Transfer window Evertoncenter_img Share on Facebook Read more Theo Walcott Share on LinkedIn Manchester United may secure Alexis Sánchez without Mkhitaryan move Share on Twitter Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Juventus create ‘beautiful symphony’ as talent gap tells against Inter

first_imgShare via Email Juventus return to the top after Gonzalo Higuaín seals win over Inter Show After four-and-a-half months, the wait was finally over. From the moment Antonio Conte agreed to replace Luciano Spalletti at Inter, anticipation had been building for his first encounter with Juventus: the club with which he made his name as both a player and manager. The club he restored to glory after taking charge there in 2011. The club that has dominated Italian football ever since.Inter approached Conte this spring in the hope he could help them to tear down the juggernaut he built. After consecutive Champions League qualifications under Spalletti, it was time to take another step forward, to compete for the title instead of just a place in the top four.Conte could hardly have started any better. Inter won their first six games of the new Serie A season, breaking Juventus’s run of 552 consecutive days atop the division. They arrived for Sunday’s Derby d’Italia with a two-point advantage over the Bianconeri. 1Juventus7719 Instead, Juventus struck first: Paulo Dybala surprising Stefan De Vrij and Samir Handanovic with his short backlift in the fourth minute. It was just one of a number of ways in which Juventus caught their opponents cold. Dybala’s presence up front was a surprise in itself, as was that of Federico Bernardeschi in the No 10 role. The expectation had been that Gonzalo Higuaín would start alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, with Aaron Ramsey playing behind them.Yet Sarri, decried for being too rigid in his team selections at Napoli and Chelsea, has shown in these first few weeks of the season that an old dog can learn new tricks. He abandoned his hallmark 4-3-3 in favour of a 4-3-1-2 to accommodate Ramsey, and now seems to be pressing ahead with the new formation even when the Welshman is absent.Juventus attacked Inter with long, direct passes during Sunday’s opening exchanges – another surprise, given Sarri’s usual preference for quick interchanges. Miralem Pjanic set up Dybala’s goal with a ball over the top from his own half. Moments after the restart, Matthijs De Ligt launched a clearance to Ronaldo from the edge of the Juventus box. The Portuguese cut inside and hit the bar. Milan players at the end of their win over Genoa. Photograph: Paolo Rattini/Getty Images Sportblog European club football A 2-1 final scoreline was a fair reflection of the game, and perhaps of the talent gap that still exists between the champions and their aspiring challengers. Conte lamented afterwards that Sarri could have put a hand over his eyes while picking his substitutes and still been guaranteed a good return. His own team, he insisted, were still a work in progress. What was striking, however, was how both teams already seemed to reflect their new managers’ personalities. Conte’s Inter battled furiously even when being outplayed, and had chances to add to their goal. Sarri’s Juventus eased off the long balls after that initial barrage, and started to construct the familiar little triangles. Higuaín’s goal arrived at the end of a sequence of 24 passes.“Quality players can produce a beautiful symphony,” said Sarri at full-time, and he certainly has an abundance of those. Some were supposed to depart during the transfer window, and it was tempting to wonder how differently this game might have looked if Higuaín had been sold or Dybala swapped with Romelu Lukaku.Juventus’s failure to sell may yet have negative consequences. Certainly, it will be hard work to balance the books. The manager’s job, however, is simply to use the tools at his disposal. Sarri did that to great effect. “At times,” he reflected afterwards, “I even enjoyed myself.” Was this helpful? Twitter Share on LinkedIn Serie A Share on WhatsApp For a moment it looked as though Inter might be swept away. Instead they drew level, Lautaro Martínez converting from the penalty spot after a De Ligt handball. The score was 1-1 at half-time. Inter, though, had suffered a major blow, Stefano Sensi exiting with a thigh injury. Signed from Sassuolo in the summer, the midfielder has been the standout performer through this first part of the season: a 5ft 6in dynamo who can do everything: from shielding the defence and sitting in as a regista to breaking the lines and scoring critical goals.His replacement, Matías Vecino, could not offer the same energy, and was sloppy in possession besides. A further setback arrived after the interval, when Diego Godín exited with a knee complaint. Conte sent on Alessandro Bastoni, a 20-year-old who made his debut last month. The latter was at fault for Juventus’s winning goal, ball-watching as Rodrigo Bentancur slid a pass behind him to Higuaín, who buried his finish from close range. Those two players had come off the bench for Juventus: a vivid reminder of the contrasting depth of the teams’ squads. Genoa 1-2 Milan, Verona 2-0 Sampdoria, Spal 1-0 Parma, Internazionale 1-2 Juventus, Torino 0-0 Napoli, Roma 1-1 Cagliari, Bologna 2-2 Lazio, Atalanta 3-1 Lecce, Fiorentina 1-0 Udinese • Ugly stuff at the end of Roma’s draw at home to Cagliari. The Giallorossi thought they had grabbed a late winner through Nikola Kalinic, but the goal was disallowed for a push by the striker on Fabio Pisacane. Roma protested furiously as the defender lay prostate on the floor, having collided as a result with goalkeeper Robin Olsen. Pisacane subsequently left the pitch in a neck brace. Reuse this content 2Inter Milan71018 Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV)⚽ It finishes 1-1 between Roma and Cagliari❌ The Giallorossi thought they’d won it late, but Kalinic’s goal was disallowed for a push on Pisacane🙏 The Cagliari defender was later carted off in a neck brace 6, 2019 15Sassuolo6-16 10Verona719 Hide 7Cagliari7311 Talking points• Napoli missed their chance to close the gap to Inter, drawing 0-0 at Torino. And they owed a good chunk of the point to the goalkeeping of Alex Meret.• Marco Giampaolo’s tenure as Milan manager is already at an end, a scruffy 2-1 win over Genoa – both teams ended with nine men – insufficient to persuade the club’s directors that he deserved more time. This season has been a mess, and Giampaolo certainly did not seem to have matters in hand when he changed his formation, suggesting it was fundamentally not a good one for Krzysztof Piatek, after a single game (if true, how was that not picked up in pre-season?) But Milan have now been through seven managers in the past six seasons. The problems start higher up. 9Torino7010 PosTeamPGDPts 6Lazio7711 Pinterest Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV)⚽ HIGUAIN PUTS JUVE BACK IN FRONT!⚫⚪ Great build-up play from the Bianconeri and the substitute puts Sarri’s team 2-1 up! 6, 2019 Facebook 19Genoa7-75 8Fiorentina7211 Share on Pinterest Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. 12Parma7-29 Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV)💥 WHAT A FINISH FROM DYBALA!⚫⚪ Juve strike first at the Giuseppe Meazza! 6, 2019 13AC Milan7-39 Read more Maurizio Sarri wanted us to believe that such details did not matter. The Juventus manager was still getting settled himself, after replacing Massimiliano Allegri in the summer. Asked how damaging it would be to fall further behind Inter so early in the season, he replied: “A number close to zero.”The contrast between the two managers’ demeanour was striking. Where Sarri sought to defuse tension, Conte appeared at risk of being consumed by it. He ended his pre-match press conference with a threat to quit football altogether, after losing patience with questions about a group of Juventus fans – not truly fans, but “ignorants”, in Conte’s view – who have campaigned to remove his star from the Walk of Fame outside Allianz Stadium. “I would not be a great loss for football,” Conte said, “But football will not be a great loss for me, either.”It would certainly be a blow to Inter, thriving so far under his leadership. Even their midweek defeat by Barcelona offered grounds for encouragement, the Nerazzurri taking an early lead and threatening to build on it before eventually getting pegged back at the Camp Nou. They were unable to repeat that fast start, however, in front of a sold-out San Siro on Sunday. 14Udinese7-37 Quick guide Serie A results 16Brescia6-26 3Atalanta7816 18Lecce7-86 Share on Facebook Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte. 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2013 National Touch League Survey

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking feedback from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League.Below is a survey link if you would like to provide feedback on the event. TFA is committed to providing you with the most enjoyable experience at its national events. Your responses to the questions within this survey will greatly assist us in this regard.To complete the survey, please click on the link below: LinksNTL Surveylast_img

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Aguero & Jesus leaving City is ‘out of the question’

first_imgGabriel Jesus claims it is “out of the question” that both he and Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester City this summer.The Brazil international expects Pep Guardiola to have a full complement of strikers at his disposal next season.That means neither of his current leading men will be heading for the exits. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Both have seen moves elsewhere mooted with another transfer window open.Aguero, who remains a model of consistency for City, has admitted that he will be returning to Independiente in his native Argentina at some stage.Jesus, meanwhile, has been linked with a switch after slipping down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.With Aguero established as first choice, the other South American forward has had to be patient and make the most of the opportunities that do come his way.Jesus insists he is happy with that standing for now, with the 22-year-old telling the Daily Mail of the transfer talk which has been building at the Etihad Stadium: “I think it’s out of the question that Aguero leaves and me too.“[Aguero] is a legend at the club – he’s the top scorer [of all time].“Obviously as a player I always want to play, but I’m happy to help and I respect Sergio.”Gabriel Jesus Manchester City 2018-19Jesus wrapped up his 2018-19 campaign at club level in style, bagging a brace in a crushing 6-0 FA Cup final victory for City over Watford.Raheem Sterling came close to taking one of those efforts off him, but the goal was eventually credited to Jesus and he ended the season with 21 across all competitions.“It was a very important final, the last game of the season and I was happy to be able to score in such an important fixture,” he added.On top of the goals he registered last season, Jesus also provided six assists for grateful team-mates.His value to the City cause is obvious, contributing to Premier League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup successes in 2019, helping the Blues to secure an historic domestic treble, and will be chasing down more honours next term.Prior to that, though, he has a Copa America campaign to contend with.Brazil opened their bid for international glory on home soil with a 3-0 victory over Bolivia, with Jesus seeing 25 minutes off the bench in that contest.last_img read more

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Everyone in the country shall remain indebted to teachers Sonia on Teachers

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday extended her greetings on Teachers’ Day and said everyone in the country shall remain indebted to teachers for their hardwork and contribution in nation-building. In her message on the occasion, Gandhi said our teachers are the real nation builders as they give shape to the future of our country. “On Teachers’ Day, I give my best wishes to all the students and teachers in the country. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Our teachers are the real nation builders, as the key responsibility to give shape to our country’s future and honestly tell the right path,” she said. The Congress president also said teachers do character-building of our children who are the future of the nation. “Teachers teach patriotism, hardwork and the importance of perseverance to our children, who are the country’s future, and guide them together with their character-building,” she said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Gandhi said teachers also kindle hope among students and fuel their imagination and increase their power to learn. “They inculcate a sense of confidence among students to face the challenges of life and move forward. That’s why we should always remain indebted to them for their hardwork and contribution in nation-building,” she said. The Congress also posted a tweet on its official Twitter handle remembering first vice president and second president of India S Radhakrishnan, in whose memory Teachers’ Day is observed. Teachers’ Day is celebrated every year on September 5 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Radhakrishnan. “S Radhakrishnan was an honourable statesman who served as the first Vice President & second President of India. He believed that ‘teachers should be the best minds in the country’ and hence Teachers Day is celebrated in his honour. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna for his work,” the Congress tweeted. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also tweeted, “Every Teacher’s Day I remember my favourite teacher, May Lal. My friend and companion along a shared journey of grief and reconciliation. She lost her daughter but never lost her capacity for kindness and humanity.”last_img read more

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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Carries Out Mission To Peru

first_imgUNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie carried out an official visit to Peru last week.Angelina Jolie listens to Venezuelan women at the Albergue Sin Fronteras shelterCredit/Copyright: UNHCR/Santiago Escobar-JaramilloPeru is one of the countries most affected by the surge in Venezuelan refugees and migrants – the largest movement of people in Latin America’s recent history.Following up on the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ recent visit to the region, Jolie undertook a three-day mission to assess the humanitarian needs of Venezuelan refugees and the challenges facing Peru as a host country, and to discuss the possible regional responses to the crisis.During her mission, the Special Envoy met refugees, representatives of the Government of Peru and organizations contributing to the humanitarian response. She visited programmes providing protection and assistance to asylum-seekers, refugees and host families, and observed Peru’s generous response to Venezuelan refugees and migrants.“I told President Vizcarra how much UNHCR appreciates the steps Peru has taken, to help Venezuelans have legal status and access to basic services,” said Jolie while in Peru. “And we discussed the regional efforts being carried out in the Quito process, which is a first step towards a regional solution.“We also spoke about what more the international community can and should be doing to support Peru and its neighbors.“The number of people displaced worldwide continues to increase, it now stands at 68.5 million people. One person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution.“There is justified public concern about this unprecedented movement of people across borders internationally. And a perception that the distinction between refugees and economic migrants, enshrined in international law, is being blurred.“Whereas economic migrants choose to move, often for very understandable reasons, refugees face an immediate threat to life and cannot return home safely and their protection becomes a shared international responsibility.“At a time when fundamental principles are being questioned, it is more important than ever that we have the systems and resources in place to identify people with genuine refugee and asylum claims, and to make sure that they have the support that they need. It is crucial to reinforce the rule of law, respect for human rights, international protection and asylum systems.“This applies as much to the situation in Mexico, where UNHCR is reinforcing its presence in the south, encouraging people to register and apply through legal means, where they can define their reasons for seeking asylum.“Most of all, wherever we live, we need our governments to do more to address the conflict and insecurity that is creating refugees, so that people can return to their countries. In my experience the vast majority of refugees want to do just that: they want to return home.”The Special Envoy focuses on major displacement crises, representing UNHCR and the High Commissioner at the diplomatic level. The Special Envoy Jolie last visited Latin America in 2012, for a mission to Ecuador, her third visit to meet then Colombian refugees in the region.last_img read more

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Global leaders show will for climate change breakthrough – SecretaryGeneral

24 September 2007World leaders have demonstrated the political will necessary to make a breakthrough on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he wrapped up the largest-ever meeting of heads of State or government on the issue. “This has been a groundbreaking, historical event,” he told reporters following the conclusion of the gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York, which he also characterized as a “sea-change in the response to climate change.”Mr. Ban convened the event in an effort to forge a coalition to accelerate a global response to climate change and build international momentum for the major summit to be held in Bali, Indonesia, in December.That meeting seeks to determine future action on mitigation, adaptation, the global carbon market and financing responses to climate change for the period after the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol – the current global framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – in 2012.“Today I heard a clear call from world leaders for a breakthrough on climate change in Bali,” Mr. Ban said in his closing remarks at the day-long event, which drew top officials from over 150 nations, including 80 heads of State or government. “And I now believe we have a major political commitment to achieving that.”Stressing that a post-Kyoto agreement must be in force by the end of 2012, he called for “comprehensive and inclusive” negotiations to take place in Bali.“We have come a long way in building understanding and a new consensus this year. More remains to be done, but this event has sent a powerful political signal to the world, and to the Bali conference, that there is the will, and the determination, at the highest level, to break with the past and act decisively.”Four plenary sessions on the themes of adaptation, mitigation, technology and financing were held simultaneously at the event, entitled “The Future in our Hands: Addressing the Leadership Challenge of Climate Change.”In summarizing the adaptation session, Mr. Ban said that participants voiced solidarity with the most vulnerable nations – in particular, the so-called small island developing states and least developed countries – to the consequences of climate change. Such nations have contributed least to the state of the planet, and yet are most impacted by it.Those who attended this session also agreed on the need to reduce disaster risk and bolster community resilience to extreme weather events through planning and capacity-building, he said.Speakers at the mitigation plenary noted the need for long-term plans of action, with many participants calling for legally binding emission targets.“There is a broad recognition of the need to tackle the root causes of the problem and reverse its effects through decisive action,” the Secretary-General noted. “The current level of effort will not suffice.”On technology, Mr. Ban said that many participants pointed out that technological solutions for pushing forward the goals of adaptation and mitigation already exist. “Effective policy frameworks and cooperation mechanisms can greatly accelerate the deployment of these solutions between and within the North and the South,” he said.Global collaboration must be urgently increased to help developing countries to move towards low carbon and renewable energy, which can in turn spur economic growth, he noted.Additionally, since fossil fuels will be ongoing sources of energy for the foreseeable future, energy efficiency must be improved and new technologies – such as carbon capture and storage – must be sought out.Finally, regarding financing, many participants suggested that tackling climate change need not curtail economic development, the Secretary-General said. Developing countries should be provided with resources for investment and for cultivating their ability to identify and implement the necessary policies to promote sustainable growth.Several speakers called for an enhanced carbon market in developed nations that offers flexibility, allows for a cost-effective transition to low-emissions economies and ultimately provides incentives to developing countries.Mr. Ban also said that the attendees noted that the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the only forum to devise solutions to the challenges posed by climate change. “All other processes or initiatives should be compatible with the UNFCCC process and should feed into it, facilitating its successful conclusion.”Also speaking at the event’s closing, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, which is hosting the upcoming summit, noted that the plenary sessions were “marked by a strong sense of commitment and urgency.”Regarding the upcoming Bali meeting, Mr. Yudhoyono said “there is a public demand for concrete and bold action. Thus, we are looking forward to their principal outcome: a bold global decisions addressing climate change without significantly jeopardizing development efforts.” read more

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US says Sri Lanka has made progress on human rights

“Indeed, Sri Lanka is showing the world how reconciliation and economic growth can go hand-in-hand,” he said. The Ambassador said that the US and Sri Lanka have a mutual goal to strengthen the economic relationship between the two countries and also help improve Sri Lanka’s trade, investment, and labor rules in order to encourage foreign direct investment and provide economic benefits and jobs to the Sri Lankan people. Assistant US Trade Representative Michael Delaney, who also spoke, said that the US has been Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner and Sri Lanka’s trade with the US is an important bedrock of the economy, accounting for many thousands of jobs across the island.” I do firmly believe that the task of national reconciliation will be made much easier in an environment characterized by rapid economic growth and job creation. Conversely, the task of national reconciliation will be all the more challenging in the environment of stagnant or even declining growth and employment prospects,” he said. The United States says Sri Lanka has made progress on democratic rights, reconciliation, rule of law, and freedom of expression.The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap, speaking at the Trade and Investment Facilitation Agreement (TIFA) Inter-sessional discussions in Colombo today, said that the changes in Sri Lanka have created new trade and investment opportunities between Sri Lanka and the rest of the world, laying the foundation for new markets, new industries, and new jobs. Michael Delaney said the US aims to grow the role of external trade and investment and in the process create jobs and prosperity for the people of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey tells 60 Minutes he wants to run for

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey tells ’60 Minutes’ he wants to run for mayor of NYC someday AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – There may be another billionaire interested in New York City’s top job.Jack Dorsey, co-founder of the popular social media service Twitter and the mobile payments startup Square, reportedly says he wants to be mayor of New York one day.In an interview aired Sunday on “60 Minutes,” CBS’ Lara Logan said Dorsey is serious about moving to the Big Apple someday and running for mayor.Dorsey tells Logan that what he loves about New York is the electricity he feels when he’s in the city.In Forbes latest ranking of the 400 wealthiest Americans, a list which requires $1.2 billion in net worth for entry, newcomer Dorsey was listed at No. 392. Current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is listed at No. 10 with an estimated net worth of $25 billion. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 18, 2013 2:56 am MDT read more

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Teen sentenced to community service for climbing 1 World Trade Center tower

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2014 12:56 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – A thrill-seeking teenager who made a daring climb up the World Trade Center’s centerpiece tower was sentenced Wednesday to community service for a stunt that raised questions about how well one of the nation’s most security-conscious sites really was protected.Justin Casquejo was sentenced to 23 days of service, a penalty set in a plea agreement this summer. He already completed the service — plus six extra days — and two sessions of youth counselling.The 16-year-old admitted in July to breaking a city misdemeanour law against scaling tall buildings without permission.He and his attorney declined to speak at the sentencing, but the judge said Casquejo had submitted a 1,200-word essay explaining what he had learned from the episode.“The court is impressed by your sincerity, remorsefulness and willingness to accept responsibility for your conduct,” Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Felicia Menin said.Casquejo sneaked through a construction-fence gap, past an inattentive security guard and up a ladder, scaffolding, elevators and stairs to the top of the unfinished 1 World Trade Center skyscraper around 4 a.m. on March 16, authorities said. After spending about two hours atop the symbolic 1,776-foot-tall tower — the nation’s tallest building — Casquejo encountered a security guard as he descended and was arrested.Growing up in Weehawken, New Jersey, Casquejo developed a yen for scaling precarious structures and for parkour, an extreme sport that combines elements from martial arts, gymnastics and rock climbing, a friend has said.About a week after his trade centre climb, three extreme-skydiving fans were arrested for a September leap off the tower.The cases prompted concern from the mayor and other officials and spurred security changes at the trade centre site.The building’s private head of security resigned, and the guard Casquejo got past was fired. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the government agency that owns the trade centre site, brought in a company that guards its airports to handle security at trade centre entrances and monitor security systems there.Port Authority and private security agents protect the inside of the 16-acre World Trade Center site. The New York Police Department guards the perimeter, deploying more than 200 officers, surveillance cameras and other technology.Ultimately, the lower Manhattan site is to be ensconced in a $40 million system of barriers and checkpoints.The skydivers and someone accused of helping them on the ground have pleaded not guilty to various charges.___Reach Jennifer Peltz on Twitter @jennpeltz Teen sentenced to community service for climbing 1 World Trade Center tower, US’s tallest read more

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Ohio State students not surprised by Terrelle Pryors departure

Terrelle Pryor’s time at Ohio State has come to an end. OSU students aren’t surprised. Larry James, Pryor’s attorney, said Pryor will forgo his senior season. Through James, Pryor released a statement on Tuesday to The Lantern. “In the best interest of my teammates, I’ve made the decision to forgo my senior year of football at the Ohio State University,” Pryor said. Pryor’s decision comes in the wake of former head coach Jim Tressel’s resignation and multiple reports saying that the NCAA launched an independent investigation of the star athlete for allegedly receiving discounts on vehicles throughout his tenure at OSU. OSU students weren’t surprised by the news of Pryor’s departure. “I’m not surprised,” said Andrew Leggett, a first-year in pharmaceutical sciences. “I’ve felt like it was going to happen for awhile.” Pryor has long been a polarizing figure in the Buckeye community and his departure is no different. “I feel like it would be better if he stayed,” said Aaron Wendel, a first-year in health sciences, “because he’s not ready for the NFL I don’t think.” Not everyone agreed. “I don’t think he was going to be able to play next season anyway,” said Paul Warren, a first-year in Biology. “It’s probably in his best interest (to leave).” Pryor’s 31-4 record as a starter makes him the second-winningest quarterback in OSU history, trailing only former Buckeye quarterback Art Schlichter. Pryor threw for 6,177 yards and 57 touchdowns while rushing for 2,164 yards and 17 touchdowns. James said Pryor hasn’t decided what the next step in his career will be. Some have suggested Pryor could enter the NFL’s supplemental draft. Many question whether Pryor’s skills can translate to the next level. “I don’t think he’s going to do anything (in the NFL),” Leggett said. “I don’t think he’s ready. I don’t think he has the ability to read defenses or make throws. I think he’s done.” Others think Pryor’s raw athletic ability is too good for NFL teams to turn down. “I think he can make (the NFL),” Warren said. “I think he’s athletically gifted. If he wants to, he’ll be able to.” OSU’s next step at quarterback is just as uncertain Pryor’s. Joe Bauserman, Kenny Guiton, and Braxton Miller spent spring practice vying to replace Pryor, who was facing a five-game suspension for selling memorabilia and accepting improper benefits. Now, in wake of Pryor’s absence, the trio of inexperienced quarterbacks will have to lead the Buckeyes for the entire season. “I don’t know who the next quarterback will be so it will be interesting to see what happens next year,” said Amy Hoffmeister, a third-year in human development and family science. read more

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