Even as the Commonwealth Games (CWG) organisers have been struggling to get various projects completed, they now face a new hurdle. Seeking immediate payment of their dues, the contractors working on these projects have threatened to stop work. The contractors working on the projects of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) related to the Games claimed that their payments totalling over Rs 650 crore were pending with the MCD. Seeking immediate disbursement of their payments, over 200 contractors gathered outside the city town hall on Wednesday. They alleged that they have not been paid for last 18 months to three years for various contracts of MCD. Those working on the CWG projects said they have not been paid for the past five months. As an ultimatum, they have already stalled all civil works apart from the CWG-related projects. Contractors said they have not stopped work on CWG projects yet as it is a matter of national prestige.
Darren Collison #2 of the Indiana Pacers moves the ball upcourt against Tyler Ulis #8 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 14, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers will be without Darren Collison for two to three weeks after he arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.Coach Nate McMillan made the announcement before the start of Monday night’s game against Washington.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Eagles get hero’s welcome after winning 1st Super Bowl title PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid McMillan said Collison suffered the injury during Saturday’s victory over Philadelphia. A subsequent MRI showed he needed surgery, and McMillan says the Pace hope to get Collison back shortly after the All-Star break.Collison is averaging 12.8 points, 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 43.2 percent on 3-pointers. Cory Joseph will replace Collison in the lineup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAn illness also will keep All-Star guard Victor Oladipo out of Monday’s game. He will be replaced by Lance Stephenson. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games View comments
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has released notification inviting interested, eligible candidates to apply for the posts of Junior Telecom Officer. The candidates may apply to the posts in the prescribed format on or before January 31. Vacancy details:Total posts: 2510Name of the post:Junior Telecom OfficerEligibility criteria:Educational qualification:The candidates must hold Master’s degree in Science, M.Sc ( Electronics, Computer Science) and Bachelor’s degree in engineering from a recognised university or institute. Moreover, the candidates should appear in the GATE 2017.Age limit:For details on age limit, please check the notification. Pay scale:The candidates will be in the pay band between Rs 16,400 to Rs 40,500. Selection procedure:The candidates will be selected on the basis of marks obtained in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2017.Steps to apply online:Visit the official website, bsnl.co.inClick on the relevant linkEnter the required details in the prescribed formatClick on ‘Submit’Take a print out for further referenceImportant dates:Last date for GATE 2017 registration: October 4Beginning of the application process: January 1Read: Sports Authority of India (SAI) Jobs 2016: Apply now Read: AIIMS Raipur is hiring: Apply for 80 Senior Resident posts Click here to get the latest update on government jobs in India.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at email@example.com
After a tragic morning at Oklahoma State’s homecoming parade saw three individual’s die and dozens injured, head coach Mike Gundy lead the team in the Lord’s prayer in the pregame.OSU fans & players took a moment to pray for those affected by the tragedy in Stillwater before the game vs. Kansas.https://t.co/a2NEWhnn5z— FS1 (@FS1) October 24, 2015As senior receiver David Glidden put it, “Let’s play for the whole f****** community!”And here’s David Glidden playing for “the whole f****** community.” pic.twitter.com/5aOhNkt5mL— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 24, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest … 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. Share via Email Djokovic plays a backhand. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Read more Pinterest Share on Twitter Petra Kvitova hit back from a set down to beat Magdalena Rybarikova and retain her Nature Valley Classic title in Birmingham.The double Wimbledon champion had reached the final without dropping a set but was made to work by the Slovakian, who won the Birmingham title in 2009. But after dropping a tight opening set, Kvitova turned on the style to record a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory in just over two hours.Like the world No 8 Kvitova, Rybarikova has fine grass-court pedigree, having reached last year’s Wimbledon semi-finals, and it showed in the opener as she seized the advantage.Rybarikova twice broke the Kvitova serve in the opening set and looked a strong candidate to claim the fifth WTA tour title of her career.But Kvitova proved a different proposition for the remainder of the match, breaking twice in the second set while having to save only a single break point against her serve.And despite being broken in the decider, Kvitova responded by breaking Rybarikova three more times to wrap up what ultimately proved to be a convincing win. Press Association Billie Jean King still bearing arms in tennis battle of the sexes Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Djokovic should not be discounted at Wimbledon, though, especially in light of Federer’s first defeat on grass in 21 matches at Halle on Sunday – missing out on his 99th career title by losing 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2 against Croatia’s Borna Coric in the Gerry Weber Open final – and the struggles of his long‑time peers Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and, on grass at least, Rafael Nadal. But serving a double-fault at 4-3 in the tie-break seemed to take the wind out of him, when he once would have gritted his teeth and found a way to prevail.Cilic arrived here with a proud record on the Queen’s Club grass. This was his fourth final in 12 visits. As Nick Kyrgios said before losing against him in the semi-finals, Cilic will be among the favourites at Wimbledon. “If he serves well and he’s physically feeling good, for sure,” said the Australian, who could not cope with Cilic’s precision.Djokovic had his moments on Sunday, forcing Cilic through 10 minutes of angst at the start of the second set, but after an hour and a half Cilic was making him earn every point. He had to scramble to save match point at 4-5 and, from that point on, grew in self-belief.Cilic won six points in a row to force a third set. The fretfulness heightened, as Djokovic fought against fatigue and his opponent’s increasingly potent forehand. He needed an ace to save break point in the eighth game, could do little about the angled forehand around the net that gave Cilic another chance and then dumped a weary forehand.Cilic served for the title and Djokovic, when once he might have roared back, put up barely token resistance, his final forehand sailing harmlessly long.Kvitova resists Rybarikova fury to retain title Novak Djokovic The Serb left Roland Garros thoroughly drained after losing in the quarter‑finals, unsure if he would even play at Wimbledon, and all week here he has fended off questions about his downbeat mood. “I wouldn’t say I’m a contender for a trophy or anything like that,” Djokovic said. “I have to keep my expectation very low, considering my results in the last 12 months.” It was not all gloom, of course, and he bridled when asked if winning a grand slam after a two-year drought would count among his best achievements: “It’s what I’m playing for.”Cilic, whose determination has not always matched his considerable talent, heads for Wimbledon with spirits high and excellent prospects of reaching the final there again after the huge disappointment of surrendering to foot blisters and the brilliance of Roger Federer in the 2017 final.Beating Djokovic, the former world No 1, for only the second time in 16 matches put the broadest of smiles on the face of Cilic, who saved a match point in the second set and held his nerve admirably in the third.Djokovic said courtside: “That was a great comeback. He deserved to win. It’s a tough loss but I have to see it from a positive side. I haven’t been in any finals for a year, so this felt great. It came at the right time ahead of Wimbledon, the most prestigious tournament in the world, and I’ve had the fortune to win it three times.”The winner’s upbeat demeanour seemed more convincing. “Novak had such a great week, and it’s really good to see him coming back so well, health‑wise, playing at the top level,” Cilic said.“Last year I had a match point and couldn’t convert it, this year it was Novak. I definitely am relieved. I’ve waited six years to win again.”That was by default in 2012, when David Nalbandian had a brain fade, accidentally injuring a line judge when he kicked the advertising box around his legs. There was no such angst here, but plenty of tension.There was a time when Djokovic would rip open his shirt, eyes blazing, and beat his chest as if he were about to explode. Then, as he sought peace of mind away from the court, his serving elbow began to ache to the point of distraction, he withdrew from the Tour in despair. At 31, he does not appear to have shaken off all the demons. Tennis Topics Marin Cilic news Facebook Support The Guardian Petra Kvitova roars in celebration after winning in Birmingham. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for LTA Twitter Share on LinkedIn Twitter Reuse this content There is something gnawing away at Novak Djokovic a week before Wimbledon and, if it was just losing against Marin Cilic in the final of the Fever‑Tree Championship, he might return from a few days at home in Monte Carlo refreshed and ready to go again.It was tough to tell, though, as his voice dipped in the immediate aftermath of Cilic’s 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3 win in just under three hours on a warm Sunday afternoon at the Queen’s Club. Share on Messenger Facebook
Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man The Best American Liqueur 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts There’s no doubt that cider is having a moment right now. Often seen as a lighter alternative to beer, drinkers, including myself, have been delving deeper into the amber stuff over the last few years.Hard cider is often thought of as a classic American drink. But is what we drink today true to these historic roots? Not really.One company in Vermont, Shacksbury, is on a mission to make ciders that are truer to the old tradition. As a result, their ciders are really closer to wine than beer, and they’re hoping in crafting these brews, that their area of Vermont will become the Napa of cider.It’s easy to see why.Vermont, and the Northeast, have a long history of apple growing. The apple trees that were planted hundreds of years ago were valued for cider among other things, unlike today’s orchards, which are managed primarily for fresh eating or processed products like apple sauce or juice. As a result, hundreds or thousands of old apple orchards, ripe for cider production, are growing around the state and mostly forgotten.Enter, Shacksbury’s Lost Apple Project. The team at Shacksbury has set out to catalog old orchards around Vermont, find lost apple varieties and bring them back into commercial production. They’ve already made some cider from these fruits and intend to do much more. These micro fermentations won’t yield big amounts of cider compared to larger cider producers, but that doesn’t bother the team at all. In fact, it makes it even better.“It’s just a really cool opportunity to do something hyper local, and truly one off,” says Colin Davis, Shacksbury co-founder. “The trees that we’re picking apples from are totally unique in the world.”Related: Cider WeekFor their larger run ciders products, Shacksbury uses apples from England and Spain. These fruits offer the classic characteristics that the team was seeking when they launched in the fall of 2013. “The apples that are widely available (in the U.S.) are grown for very specific reasons, not having to do with flavor or suitability to hard cider production,” says Davis. Not so with the apples they found in Europe.Above: Shacksbury Co-Founders David Dolgino and Colin Davis.Over the next year, Shacksbury is ramping up, increasing production and coming out with some new products as well, said Davis. They’ll focus on creating some year-round products that they’ll keep fairly consistent, a collaboration series that will include cider makers from around the world, as well as a limited release series from the Lost Apple Project.Those micro batches of the lost apple projects will be available in small numbers, just about 50 cases from one particular farm. So no doubt, you’ll want to get your hands on those. For now Shacksbury is distributed in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and California, but given early success, that list will continue to grow. Bottom line, if you see a bottle of Shacksbury, grab it. How to Shave With a Straight Razor
Winners of the Public Sector Modernisation Division’s (PSMD) Customer Service Competition 2012/13 will be announced by June 2013. Members of the public are being invited to vote for the public sector entity and individual that are delivering the best customer service. The deadline for receipt of all nominations is January 31, 2013. Consultant of the PSMD, Cabinet Office, Fabian Brown, told JIS News that the six-month timeline between the submission of nominations and announcement of winners is to allow for detailed analysis to ensure that the most deserving person and entity are selected. He said that judges will be required to go into the field to observe the entities, to look at videos or documentation, and do a detailed analysis of data, “so that at the end of the day, the winner really can stand up to serious scrutiny.” Members of the public can vote for any public sector entity or individual of their choice by using the toll free line 1888-991-2752 or by voting online at www.cabinet.gov.jm. Customers can also place their entry forms in voting boxes available at the various entities. According to Mr. Brown, nominations are not restricted to the entity at which the person is doing business. “It does not matter, once a box is available… it is a government wide process,” he said. The communication consultant is urging entities to place competition posters, nomination forms and nomination boxes in conspicuous areas in their customer interface areas, so that customers will be informed about the competition and encouraged to vote for the entity or individual of their choice. Additionally, he said, customer service officers and frontline employees should encourage members of the public to submit nominations. All public sector bodies are eligible to enter the competition, including central civil service organisations, executive agencies, public companies, statutory bodies and government departments. Categories to be awarded in this year’s competition are the Most Improved Customer Service Entity, Most Creative Entity, Best Customer Service Officer and the Best Joined-up Service. The main prize is the best Customer Service Entity. The competition, implemented in 1994, under the National Customer Service Programme, Cabinet Office, was initiated as a means of recognising sustained commitment to service excellence. It was also intended to promote continuous improvement in the quality of service.
Bhubaneswar: Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal on Sunday invited Naveen Patnaik, who led the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) to an emphatic victory in both Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Odisha, to form the next government in the state.Set to be sworn in as the chief minister for a record fifth consecutive term in Odisha, Patnaik met the governor and staked claim to form the government after being elected the leader of the BJD legislature party. The BJD won 112 of the 146 seats in the recently concluded assembly polls. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”After being satisfied that the BJD commands majority, the honourable governor extended invitation to Naveen Patnaik to form the new government,” a Raj Bhavan spokesman said. Earlier, Patnaik was chosen the leader by the newly elected MLAs during a 45-minute meeting at the party headquarters here, BJD sources said. At the meeting, Patnaik said the new government will work hard to ensure speedy development of the state and welfare of its people. The swearing-in ceremony of Patnaik is scheduled to be held on May 29 at the Exhibition Ground here, party sources said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsOvercoming a Modi wave that swept the country, the Patnaik-led BJD has scripted history with a landslide victory to form the government in Odisha for a record fifth term in a row. The BJD won 112 of 146 assembly seats which went to polls. While the state has 147 assembly segments, polling in Patkura was postponed twice following the death of a candidate and then due to cyclone Fani. . The BJD also won 12 out of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the general elections, which was held simultaneously with the assembly polls. The BJD had secured 117 assembly seats in the 2014 assembly polls. The BJP, which had won 10 seats in the previous assembly poll, has made substantial gains this time with its nominees clinching 23 seats. The Congress has bagged nine seats while the CPI(M) and an Independent have bagged one seat each. The saffron party is now poised to replace the Congress as the main opposition in the state. State Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar called on the governor and handed him over the Gazette Notification issued by the Election Commission notifying the names of the newly elected members of the assembly, the Raj Bhavan spokesman said. With this notification, the new Odisha Legislative Assembly deemed to have been constituted with effect from May 25, 2019, he said.
VANCOUVER – Vancouver police say a woman who claimed to have been arrested by fake police officers in a fraud scheme exaggerated her report.Police now say that the woman was never physically approached by people claiming to be officers, but detectives have confirmed she was scammed out of $6,000.The department issued a warning on Thursday, saying there was a new twist to the so-called Canada Revenue Agency scam and that it involved fake RCMP officers arresting a woman and taking her to a Bitcoin machine to deposit money.Police say the 58-year-old woman was embarrassed that she fell for the scam, panicked and exaggerated her story.Const. Jason Doucette says in a news release that this Canada Revenue Agency scam was no different than other telephone fraud reported in the past.Police say the word needs to get out that the Canada Revenue Agency doesn’t threaten people with arrest, won’t send police to collect the funds and doesn’t accept Bitcoin or gift cards as payment.
TORONTO — A new book purporting to tell the truth about the fall of Patrick Brown offers a rare glimpse into the machinations inside the Ontario Progressive Conservative party following the abrupt resignation of his abrupt resignation as leader amid sexual misconduct allegations he denies.In his new tell-all biography — titled Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown — the former Tory leader portrays himself as a victim of a conspiracy led by senior party officials opposed to he calls a moderate brand of conservatism with help from his most trusted aides.However, the book also pulls back the curtain on what went on during the leadership race following Brown’s resignation in January, including allegations of bargaining with former prime minister Brian Mulroney about the political career of his daughter — now Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney.Brown, who is now the mayor of Brampton, Ont., alleges that Brian Mulroney promised him a place at the “centre” of his daughter’s government if the ousted Tory leader pledged his support to help her become party leader, and eventually premier.The alleged negotiations took place during a late-night meeting in a downtown Toronto hotel’s presidential suite where the then-resigned Brown met with Brian Mulroney and his daughter Caroline’s husband Andrew Lapham.The group met to discuss Brown potentially swinging his political support and organizational power to Caroline Mulroney, who at the time was a Tory leadership candidate but did not attend the meeting.“…you’ll be at the centre of her government,” Brown alleges the former prime minister promised him, calling it a “handshake deal.”Brown also alleges that months earlier, he offered Caroline Mulroney to run for Tory nomination in Toronto, but she turned it down. She also turned down an offer to run in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding, he writes, and her father was opposed to her running in Burlington, Ont., because he felt “it was a swing seat.”Caroline Mulroney ended up winning the nomination — and a seat in the legislature — in the York-Simcoe riding northest of Toronto. Neither Caroline Mulroney nor her father responded to a request for comment late Wednesday.During his tenure as leader, Brown and the party came under criticism for voting irregularities that were alleged to have taken place at a number of nomination meetings across the province. After Brown’s resignation the party overturned the results of six disputed nominations.Police continue to investigate allegations of voter fraud at a Tory riding nomination meeting in Hamilton West-Ancaster Dundas in May 2017.Political parties in Canada operate as private entities, so the public rarely gets to see the manoeuvring that takes place behind the scenes, said Cristine de Clercy, a political science professor at Western University.“So it is pretty rare, in my experience and in the canon of books about politics, to have accounts of leadership selection mechanics written by people who were leaders or who were at such an elite level as Mr. Brown,” she said.While it’s not surprising that Brian Mulroney would help his daughter’s political career, the fact that the Ontario election saw so much overlap between federal and provincial politics is unusual, de Clercy said.“We tend often in Canada to keep the federal politicians at the federal level and the provincial politicians at the provincial level, but this past campaign we saw a lot of interlacing of federal politicians interested in the provincial race, running in the provincial race, wanting to run in the provincial race,” she said.University of Toronto political science professor Nelson Wiseman said what stands out about Brown’s book is his “exceptional bitterness.” There appears to be little political strategy behind the release of the tell-all other than to “throw boulders”, he said. “It puts Patrick Brown’s name back in the news cycle for a day,” he said. “But what will it accomplish for Brampton or for him or for the Conservative party? Nothing. It’s good news for the Liberals and NDP.”Shawn Jeffords and Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
Shirley Dorin, 86, said she and her husband had decades of frustration after allowing an oil well to be drilled on their property near Didsbury in central Alberta in 1970.There was constant flaring that lit up their house, she said, and she developed Parkinson’s disease.Production equipment was eventually removed a few years ago but the site, which has had several owners, still remains.“We didn’t know what it was like to have your life controlled by an oil company and we really didn’t know what we were in for, that’s for sure,” Dorin said. CALGARY, A.B. – A coalition of Alberta landowners, researchers and former regulators say it could cost as much as $70 billion to clean up more than 300,000 orphan oil and gas wells in Alberta.The Alberta Liabilities Disclosure Project released the numbers Monday in Calgary.“Fiscally and environmentally, this is a ticking time bomb,” lead researcher Regan Boychuk told a news conference. “We want it gone.”Her son, Mark, is president of Dorin Land and Oilfield Management and is a member of the coalition.“We can’t develop our land,” he said. “Albertans simply can’t afford to wait another four years for variable solutions as the mess continues to grow.” “They sit idle and they may look harmless, but they’re not. All wells leak eventually and that’s why it’s so important they are plugged and reclaimed properly.”Boychuk said it’s not too late to make well clean up a campaign issue before the April 16 provincial election.“This is the moment when politicians are the most receptive,” he said. “The day after the election is when politicians are the least receptive to public concern. That’s why we are making this data public today to try and influence this debate.”He said most political parties are talking about boosting Alberta’s resource sector but not about the environmental costs involved.“We can either spend money on drilling more wells or spend money on cleaning up.”Boychuk said about $200 million is being held by the Alberta government as a deposit to pay for the cleanup of unreclaimed wells. The problem gets worse once the additional costs of tailing ponds, mines and pipelines are included.
BRUMADINHO, Brazil — My first day covering the devastating dam collapse in southeastern Brazil, I was on the phone with my editor when a crying woman approached me.“Sir, sir, can you help me to find my son?” she asked, looking at me with glassy eyes that seemed empty. “Do you know where my son is?”I didn’t know what to say. Then I remembered the support centre that authorities had set up downtown and told her to go there. She said she had already been there.Another son of this woman then approached, and the two walked off.As I watched them go, I wished I had reacted differently, thought of something better to say, but I didn’t know what.___EDITOR’S NOTE — Photographer Leo Correa travelled to Brumadinho on assignment for The Associated Press on the day that a mining dam collapsed. He spent nearly a week documenting the tragedy.___This family was like hundreds of others, needing to hope that a loved one was still alive while fearing the worst.The Jan. 25 breach of the dam, at an iron ore mine owned and operated by the giant Brazilian company Vale SA, unleashed tens of thousands of pounds (kilograms) of reddish-brown mud over a wide area in Brumadinho.It buried a Vale lunchroom, where hundreds of employees were believed to be eating, and also clobbered several other company buildings and parts of the city, including an inn. Authorities have recovered more than 120 bodies so far, and more than 200 people remain missing.Shortly after the encounter with the woman, I went to an area where a fresh produce market had been plastered with mud. Rescuers were removing a body so badly crushed it fit in a basket used to carry fruit.It was humid (it’s summer in Brazil), and the mounds of mud, laden with discharge from the mine, produced a stench that reminded me of blood.Two days later, I went to an area called Corrego do Feijao, which got the brunt of the deluge. Rescuers had found a bus with an unknown number of bodies inside.About 20 firefighters treaded carefully over the mud, several yards (meters) deep, so as not to get trapped themselves. Helicopters hovered above, lowering tools to the men who used them to cut open smashed metal. After about eight hours, they removed the first body.While watching the operation, I saw several helicopters fly by, each carrying one body. I stopped counting at 10.The mud again smelled like blood, but now there was also a strong stench of decomposing corpses.The following day, at the support centre, I saw the woman from the first day.Malvina Firmina Nunes, a 61-year-old house cleaner, had four adult children. She was still trying to locate her son, Peterson Nunes Ribeiro, 35, who had been working in equipment distribution at the mine complex.At the centre, two women tried to calm Nunes.“I called him on the phone, but he didn’t answer me,” she said. “I want to talk to him, but he doesn’t answer. Where is my son?”This time, I cried.The son who I had seen with Nunes that first day, Fernando, 29, told me they still had no news of his brother.The next day, I visited their home, which sits in a neighbouring village called Tejuco, where another mine operates.Nunes told me about Peterson, who had finally gotten a job at the mine complex in Brumadinho nine months ago after being unemployed. He had three children and a longtime partner.Now, everybody in the family fears mines, particularly the one next to their home. Their grief was painful to watch.“Take me in his place, Lord, take me!” Nunes said, standing by the window. “I have already lived too much. I don’t want to live anymore.”In another moment, Nunes got down on her knees and began praying while Fernando looked on, crying.That day, I accompanied Fernando to an area destroyed by mud that he had gone to before in search of his brother. He wanted to see if rescuers had found him. They had not.Together, we watched another recovery operation, another body being pulled out by helicopter.“I will find my brother,” Fernando said.He called Vale “murderers.”Vale’s chief executive has acknowledged that its safeguards fell short.When we returned home, Fernando put his mom in bed.“Leo, stay here,” Nunes pleaded as I was about to leave. “Why don’t you sleep here, stay with us in our home? I lost one son. But who knows, perhaps today I have gained another son?”Two days later, Fernando told me his brother’s body had been found.___Leo Correa on Twitter: twitter.com/Leo_CorreaPhotographer Leo Correa travelled to Brumadinho on assignment for The Associated Press on the day that a mining dam collapsed. He spent nearly a week documenting the tragedy.Leo Correa, The Associated Press
Rabat – An employee at the kingdom’s consulate in Düsseldorf, Germany, received a letter containing suspicious powder Monday, which gave him a rash.The incident was reported by the German news outlet Westdeutsche Zeitung (WZ). Police rushed to the consulate to investigate and to determine the nature of the powder in the letter.The envelope also included a CD. According to WZ, the employee was taken to the hospital. It is unclear what the powder was.
The men gave no reason for blocking the relocation when staff with UN High Commissioner for Refugees and its aid partners attempted on Tuesday to begin boarding the refugees on trucks bound for Kounoungou, one of 12 camps the agency operates in the region, UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told reporters.“This is deeply concerning and we are making every effort with the Chadian authorities to get these refugees moved quickly,” she said. “The situation is so serious that our representative in Chad is now at the border trying to find a solution to this problem.”As many as 8,000 people – mainly women and children – have crossed into the Birak and Koruk areas of Chad following deadly militia attacks on three towns in West Darfur last week, and nearly all are currently living in makeshift conditions near the border.Ms. Pagonis warned that the refugees are “extremely exposed and vulnerable. The area is highly insecure, with roaming armed groups posing a real threat to the refugees and aid workers.”Notorious militia groups allied to the Sudanese Government and known as Janjaweed have been attacking villagers across Darfur since 2003 when rebels took up arms against the Government in the arid region. In the fighting since then more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others displaced.UNHCR said it has several trucks ready to begin the relocation process but is now awaiting approval from central authorities in Chad.Ms. Pagonis said the agency faces “tough logistical challenges” in moving the refugees away from the border. In the meantime, basic items such as sleeping mats, blankets, jerry cans and soap will be distributed, along with tents and food.Meanwhile, UNHCR is also preparing to start the first transfer of Chadian refugees from a site just over the border in neighbouring Cameroon to a better equipped site about 30 kilometres away in Maltam.The refugees, who fled recent fighting in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, have been living temporarily at a transit centre in Kousseri, close to the border. As many as 7,000 to 10,000 are living in the open there, while thousands of others have found shelter in schools and churches in Kousseri.About 1,000 refugees are expected to be transferred tomorrow to Maltam, which can host up to 50,000 people at full capacity. UNHCR and its partners have begun building schools, health centres and latrines at the site and also started erecting tents. 15 February 2008Unidentified gunmen today blocked attempts by the United Nations refugee agency to move 179 Darfurian families away from the volatile border region and into formal camps in eastern Chad, sparking concern among humanitarian officials.
21 April 2010An independent United Nations human rights expert today commended Egypt’s efforts to combat human trafficking, while highlighting several challenges that need to be tackled, including a lack of awareness about the full extent of the problem and an absence of accurate data. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, presented her preliminary findings at a news conference in the capital, Cairo, as she concluded her 11-day mission to the country. The absence of accurate data on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children, which has made it impossible to measure the magnitude of the scourge in Egypt, is among her “issues of immediate concern,” according to a statement issued today.Ms. Ezeilo, who visited Cairo, Alexandria and Sharm el-Sheikh during the mission, added that the forms and manifestation of trafficking in persons are not well understood and there is a “general lack of awareness and knowledge” about the problem.“There is a growing trend of sexual and economic exploitation of young Egyptian girls by their families and brokers, who execute marriages that are also popularly known as ‘seasonal or temporary’ marriage,” the statement noted. “These types of marriages sometimes provide a smokescreen for providing sexual services to foreign men.”Common forms of trafficking in Egypt also include child labour, domestic servitude and other forms of sexual exploitation and prostitution. Although the country has been described as a transit country for trafficking, it may also be a source and a destination country, said the statement.Among the other issues raised by the Special Rapporteur are the lack of infrastructure and services specifically designed for assisting and rehabilitating trafficking victims, such as shelters and hotlines, and limited participation of and consultation with civil society organizations in formulating anti-trafficking policies and programmes.Ms. Ezeilo makes a number of preliminary recommendations to the Government, including providing programmes to enhance knowledge and awareness of human trafficking, developing a comprehensive national action plan to combat it, and tackling the root causes of trafficking such as poverty, unemployment, and gender discrimination.On the positive side, she congratulated the Egyptian Government on the adoption of the Law on Combating Trafficking in Persons and called for its full implementation, voicing her hope that the law “will contribute in particular to the eradication of trafficking in persons for the purposes of temporary or seasonal marriages.”She also noted the high level of political will to combat human trafficking, as reflected by the Government’s ratification of numerous international treaties on the issue and steps taken at the national level, as well as the “visionary” leadership of the First Lady, Suzanne Mubarak, in raising public awareness and mobilizing the Government, the corporate sector and civil society organizations in the fight. During her fact-finding mission, Ms. Ezeilo met with representatives of the Government and the judiciary, as well as international and civil society organizations involved in combating human trafficking.The Special Rapporteur, who works in an independent and unpaid capacity, will present her report to an upcoming session of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.
The commencement of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Community Outreach Programme for residents in sugar-dependent areas did not go as planned, as workers accused the former Wales Estate Manager of lying and stormed out of the meeting. However, they were later placated and rejoined the meeting.Sugar workers at the Wales Community Centre, West Bank Demerara during GuySuCo meetingThe series of outreaches began on Thursday at the Wales Community Centre, West Bank Demerara.The aims of the outreaches include creating awareness on the need for employees to show up to harvest cane; and mobilising community leaders and other stakeholders, such as customers, suppliers, Government, private and civil society sectors, around the importance of improving attendance on all Estates.Former Estate Manager Dave Kumar was addressing the workers and encouraging them to attend work at the Uitvlugt Estate, West Coast Demerara. He told them that the Wales Estate is not closed, but rather ‘diversified’. However, the workers would have none of that. They tried to dispute his statements, but this only enraged him; thus, in retaliation, they stormed out of the meeting.The workers, some 375 of them, will lose their jobs if they fail to show up for work, Chief Industrial Relations Officer at GuySuCo, Deodat Sukhu, has said. He claimed that many of these workers have not worked during the first crop, and he made those statements at the meeting on Thursday.Sugar worker Michael Chotoo told this publication that the meeting with GuySuCo officials was convened to inform them that vacancies exist for their services at Uitvlugt Estate, but GuySuCo officials were unable to give them an answer when they demanded to know what benefits they would be afforded if they chose to take up the employment.He related that Uitvlugt Estate Manager Yudhisthira Mana came prepared to sell the Uitvlugt jobs, as he showed them Powerpoint photos of the work done in regard to the Uitvlugt Estate Improvement Programme. Chotoo added that the workers are not contemplating taking up employment at Uitvlugt Estate, but are demanding they be given their severance pay.“We need out severance pay! The Personnel Officer, Dexter, tell us that we must photocopy our ID cards and bring it and we will get our severance pay, and that if we owe Sugar Welfare, Courts or the Bank, then they will take it out of the severance, and we agree,” he related.“But at this meeting now, he (Dexter) and Kumar telling we that harvesters and transporters can’t get no severance…We need somebody big to come in and help we get we money, so we can get on with our lives,” he added.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder and Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes had in March visited the community of Wales and met with the workers. The workers were promised their severance pay, but to date that has not materialized for some of them, according to Chotoo.“We are not here to simply make things written in stone. We are going to take all of that…and we are going to take it to the relevant authorities; and one of those big authorities is Cabinet. I rather suspect that all that we have seen here is going to be taken back with the sentiment that major decisions would have to be made,” Ramjattan told the workers.Chotoo informed that sugar workers are planning to seek an audience with Minister Ramjattan again, for him to provide an update on the position of his promises. The workers also took a jab at their union, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU), for its failure to inform them on the court proceedings against GuySuCo.However, when contacted, GAWU President Komal Chand said there is no update for the workers, since the case has not yet been called. He added that the union would provide updates as the matter progresses, and noted that if the workers ask, they are informed of the status.“We are in the process of completing a petition and getting the workers to sign, so we can take it directly to the President so he can look into the matter,” Chand said.Since closure of the Wales Estate in December of 2016, some 1700 workers have been directly affected, and thousands of persons in Wales and surrounding communities have been indirectly affected. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIf 40,000 tonnes target not met Uitvlugt Estate will incur a loss- ManagerJuly 6, 2017In “latest news”GuySuCo again snubs protesting sugar workers on severance pay issueFebruary 14, 2017In “Local News”Fmr Wales Estate workers decry non-payment of severance at Job FairFebruary 1, 2018In “Business”
After signing of Marta Mangue, Serbian champion, HC Zajecar proved quality at the EHF CL pre-qualification Tournament in Slovakia, where Serbian team won easily three games against opponent from Turkey, Slovakia and Czech Republic. One of the best player of the last weekend in Slovakian Mihalovce was Romanian goalkeeper, Teresa Pislaru, who came from Romanian Oltchim this summer:Did you expect three easy wins?– Of course, we were the favorites even before, so this three wins can’t surprise anyone. We were serious, done everything on high level…How was this two months in Zajecar?– It was very good for me. I find very strong team and I worked a lot. I hope that we will qualify for the EHF Champions League. I am happy that I am No1, because in Oltchim I didn’t have chance to prove. That is now history, I am just doing my job and trying to be bettter and better.Next rival in the Qualification semifinal is Romanian Cluj.– They are vice-champion of Romania, not such a good team. There is a big difference between Oltchim and Cluj. I hope that we will win.And find Danish Viborg or Russian Rostov in the Final?– It will be Viborg. They are better than Rostov, they are TOP team, totally complete, covered on all positions. We will give all we have to win. How to say, ” ball is also in our hand”. ← Previous Story TOP 10 transfers of summer 2011: “Nikolaj Markussen – dangerious Giant” Next Story → Partizan won’t play SEHA – Project in danger HC ZajecarTeresa Pislaru
Milorad KrivokapicRK Vojvodina Novi Sad Serbian champions RK Vojvodina Novi SAd looking for a solution on the right back position. SEHA member and EHF CL qualifier wasn’t satisfied with Montenegrian left-hander Nemanja Grujicic who came from RK Metaloplastika this summer. He is released from the team, but only six days before the first match of the season against MVM MKb Veszprem at the start of SEHA season (August 27).RK Vojvodina want Milorad Krivokapic, experienced ex Hungarian and Serbian NT member. A 34 years old lefthander has huge experience of playing for TOP teams as Pick Szeged or Cimos Koper… ← Previous Story VIDEO: Macedonian derby in 100 seconds! Next Story → KANJIZA CUP 2014 – DAY 1: Szeged VS Gorenje, Vardar against Tunisia
It’s safe to assume that Google makes plenty of money off Android (in one way or another), but Microsoft has done its share of profiting from Android smartphones and tablets as well. How? By striking patent licensing deals with device manufacturers like HTC, Acer, Velocity Micro, and Viewsonic. The HTC deal alone netted Microsoft more income in its first year than the company saw from its own Windows Phone 7 licenses.Back in June, Microsoft’s legal team announced that it was knocking on the door of another top-tier Android OEM: Samsung. Reports indicated that Microsoft was seeking as much as $15 per Samsung device sold. Now, Microsoft has announced that an agreement with Samsung has been finalized. This time, it’s a cross-licensing deal that gives both companies access to each others’ patented tech. Microsoft will, however, still receive royalty payments for each Android tablet and smartphone Samsung manufactures.With Samsung on board, Microsoft now has two of the three biggest Android OEMs in its corner (Samsung and HTC produced more than 50% of the Android phones sold in North America last year). Next up: Motorola Mobility, with whom Microsoft has entered litigation. In their official blog post, Microsoft’s Brad Smith and Horatio Guitierrez took a few sentences to give Google a gentle nudge in the ribs saying that if big shots like Samsung and HTC think signing this type of agreement is a good idea it probably is a good idea.Google, of course, has very publicly decried these patent-related deals because of possible repercussions for Android development and software innovation in general. One thing’s for sure: now that Google has thrown its weight behind Motorola, the showdown with Microsoft is going to be a real doozy.More at Technet