Govt. support to Dhangars won’t have any effect on tribal schemes: minister

first_imgA day after tribal leaders raised questions over Maharashtra government’s intention to announce benefits for the Dhangar community, claiming it may reduce benefits for tribals, the State Tribal Affairs Minister Vishnu Savara on Wednesday said that the tribal fund will not be touched nor has any affidavit in support of the Dhangars been filed in court. “The Cabinet sub-committee studying the issue held a meeting on March 2, where we discussed the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) report on Dhangar reservation. We decided to send the report to the Advocate General for legal opinion. We have not filed any affidavit claiming Dhangars and Dhangad are identical,” Mr. Savara said. He said that 7% reservation and 9.4% budget allocation for tribals will not be affected by the government announcements.BJP has 12 MLAs and 4 MPs from the tribal community of Maharashtra, the highest with any party. The government’s announcement siding with the Dhangars has not gone down too well with the tribals.Mr. Savara said that as per the TISS report, schemes such as building Ashram schools, hostels for students, school admissions, scholarships, 10,000 houses, making grazing lands available, development of Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar skill development corporation and interest-free loans have been announced. “These schemes will be independent of tribal sub-plan and no allocation from this will be shared elsewhere. The Opposition is misleading the tribal population despite the fact that including any community in the Tribal category is an extremely tedious and lengthy process,” he said.The Hindu on Monday reported that tribal groups are ready to launch an agitation against the State government over any attempt to give tribal status to Dhangar community.last_img read more

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Advani opens gold account, Alok creates history

first_imgStar cueist Pankaj Advani provided the first gold for India in the 16th Asian Games by clinching the title in billiards singles while Alok Kumar claimed a bronze in 8-ball pool event and the shooters accounted for a silver and bronze on the second day of competitions in Guangzhou on Sunday. MEDAL TALLYDefending champion Advani kept his reputation intact with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Myanmar’s Oo Nay Thway in the billiards final as India pushed their medals tally to one gold, three silver and two bronze to retain their fifth position on the table.Hosts China continued to rule the roost and maintained the top position on the medals table with a tally of 37-14-12 while South Korea (13-10-12) and Japan (8-20-15) were in the second and third spots respectively.The shooters were again in the spotlight with Heena Siddhu, Annu Raj Singh and Sania Rai claiming the silver in the women’s 10 m air pistol team event and Vijay Kumar bagging the bronze in the men’s 10 m air pistol at the Aoti shooting range.Alok became the first Indian to win an Asian Games medal in pool events by bagging a bronze though he lost his semifinal contest 5-7 against Kuo Po-Cheng of Chinese Taipei.Under rules of the event, both the losing semifinalists are awarded a bronze each instead of playing a third-place play-off.India’s men’s tennis team also assured itself of a bronze medal by securing a place in the semi-finals against top seed Chinese Taipei but the performance in other disciplines such as weightlifting, judo, swimming, cycling and triathlon left much to be desired on a day of mixed fortunes.advertisementThe day clearly belonged to the 25-year-old Advani who showed nerves of steel under severe pressure to clinch the first gold medal for India when he came twice from behind to edge out Myanmar’s Oo Nay Thway 3-2 and retain his title after a bitterly fought billiards singles final.Advani was down 1-2 after losing the first and third frames, but fought back in dogged fashion to clinch the fourth to take the match into a nerve-wracking final frame.A beaming Advani, who has won the world professional and IBSF titles in the past, said this was the biggest title of his career.”This feels great. This is Olympics for me as unfortunately we are not there in the Olympics. This time I made it a point to win the first gold for the country. It’s an absolutely emotional moment for me. I cant’t ask for more,” he said.After Narang’s exploits on the opening day, the Indian women shooters Heena Sidhu, Annu Raj Singh and Sonia Rai had their moment of glory as they won the silver medal in the 10m Air Pistol team event.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Dhoni reprimanded for IPL Code of conduct breach

first_imgFile Photo of M S Dhoni.   –  The Hindu Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been reprimanded for breaching the IPL code of conduct during the match between his team, Rising Pune Supergiant, and Mumbai Indians in Pune.Exactly why he was given a reprimand by match referee Manu Nayyar has not been specified by the IPL.“M.S. Dhoni admitted the Level 1 offence (Article 2.1.1) for conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game,” read an official IPL statement.“For Level 1 breaches of the IPL Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding,” it added.During the high-octane clash, Dhoni had asked for a DRS referral when it was not for the taking.The Pune outfit won the game by seven wickets with captain Steven Smith smashing an unbeaten 84 off 54 balls. SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE cricket During the high-octane clash, Dhoni had asked for a DRS referral when it was not for the taking. File Photo of M S Dhoni.   –  The Hindu Published on × COMMENTS IPL 2017 April 07, 2017 COMMENTlast_img read more

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Mother Sofia Hayat enjoyed her no-makeup appearance on Comedy Nights Bachao

first_imgFormer model and Bigg Boss star Sofia Hayat recently made news for turning into a nun. Sofia, who was embroiled in multiple controversies in the past, claims she is now living a simple, spiritual life with no trace of makeup and plain clothes.She has also been posting pictures of her new avatar on her Instagram account. A few days back, she also addressed the media in a press conference where she displayed her silicon breast implants that she had got removed through a surgery. She also claimed that she had no physical desires left.Sofia also shot for an episode of Krushna Abhishek and Bharti Singh’s Comedy Nights Bachao recently. The former model says she loved to shoot  sans makeup and any worries about looking good.Also read: Spiritual makeover! Bigg Boss 7 contestant Sofia Hayat is now Mother Sofia “So I wore a long T-shirt under the kameez because it was see through. Just as well, I didn’t care what it looked like 🙂 Ahh gone are the days when after each break on a shoot, my hair and makeup artist ran up to me and retouched my face and hair. I felt so free as I watched others having the usual worries about a shiny face on set! See me with no makeup and no cares…free from the prison of makeup and worrying about what I look like. Also everyone on set were just beautiful hearts…especially one Rakhi Sawant, when you watch the show you will see why. Huge heart that one,” (sic) her Instagram post read.advertisementHave a look at her pictures and a video from the sets of Comedy Nights Bachao.last_img read more

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3rd Test, Day 2: India on top after Virat Kohli’s career-best 243 vs Sri Lanka

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli smashed a career-best 243, his second successive double hundred, before a blanket of smog prompted him to declare on 536/7 in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.The home side’s attack then turned the screw even further on the visitors when they reduced Sri Lanka to 131-3 on the second day.Angelo Mathews capitalised on an early reprieve to score 57 not out and skipper Dinesh Chandimal was on 25 with Sri Lanka still 405 behind on a hazy day in the Indian capital.Behind in the match and struggling in the conditions, several Sri Lankan players returned from the lunch break sporting facemasks as the seasonal haze affecting the region thickened over the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.The smog eventually held up play twice and 22 minutes was lost in total as Lahiru Gamage and his pace colleague Suranga Lakmal both left the field during the second session as they found it difficult to breathe.BCCI Photo Umpires Nigel Llong and Joel Wilson were discussing the air quality with the tourists when Kohli signalled his team in.Until then, the stadium’s near-capacity crowd was treated to some elegant shot-making by Kohli, who hit 25 crisp boundaries in his master class spread over seven-and-half hours.The 29-year-old became the first international captain to score six double centuries, all of them coming in the last 17 months.His latest looked a mere formality after India, chasing a record-equalling ninth consecutive Test series victory, resumed on 371-4.Kohli’s partner in a 135-run fifth-wicket stand, Rohit Sharma, smacked left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan (4-167) over long-off for a six but all eyes were on Kohli as he approached the 200-mark.advertisementThe skipper took two runs off Lakmal to bring up his double century, celebrating it by leaping into the air before removing his helmet to acknowledge the applause.Rohit hit Perera over the spinner’s head for a six to bring up his fifth consecutive Test fifty.BCCI Photo Just when it looked like Sri Lanka would endure yet another wicketless session, Rohit edged Sandakan to be caught behind for 65.When India came out to bowl, Mohammad Shami dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne for a duck with the first ball of the innings and Ishant Sharma trapped Dhananjaya de Silva lbw for one to immediately dent the tourists’ reply.Dilruwan Perera, spilled in the slip when on 16, made 42 before Ravindra Jadeja dismissed him leg-before.Sri Lanka were also denied the services of opener Sadeera Samarawickrama, who suffered a mild concussion on Saturday and was advised by doctors to skip play on Sunday.last_img read more

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Ranveer Singh on Pak actors ban: If even one soldier’s mother believes in it, we should do it

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhoMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 21:41 IST At India Today Conclave 2019, Ranveer Singh opened about the ban on Pakistani artistes in IndiaThe past month has been fraught with tension. After the Pulwama attack on February 14, India responded with air strikes in Balakot on February 26. Apart from this, IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was taken captive. Today, he was returned home as a goodwill gesture by Pakistan.The tensions infilitrated the cinematic realm and the Indian film industry banned Pakistani artists. After the air strikes, the Pakistani film industry banned Indian films.At the India Today Conclave 2019, asked about this, Ranveer Singh, opened up about the banning of Pakistani artistes. “I am very cognisant that there is this school of thought that one should not mix art and sport with it, they are two different realms,” he said.He added, “But at the same time, us as artists and sportsmen, we are not sacrificing the same way that some of our compatriots are. Art and sports are different realms. The boundaries should be different. But we are not sacrificing the way some of our compatriots are. If there’s even one mother of a soldier who believes that we shouldn’t engage, we should follow that.”WATCH: Ranveer Singh makes Delhi dance to Gully Boy at India Today Conclave 2019Speaking about Abhinandan, Ranveer said, “It’s been a funk-ey time. Today is a good day, but let’s not forget what has happened recently. As far as Abhinandan goes, he is a true hero. The way he conducted himself in the face of such a situation – he is a true hero.”ALSO WATCH | Pakistan PM Imran Khan invites India for talks, says better sense should prevailadvertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ranveer SinghFollow Abhinandan Varthaman Ranveer Singh on Pak actors ban: If even one soldier’s mother believes in it, we should do itAt India Today Conclave 2019, Ranveer Singh opened about the ban on Pakistani artistes in India, and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s return back to India after being in Pakistani custody for two days.advertisementlast_img read more

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Fair Hiring and Affirmative Action Policies

first_imgThe Nova Scotia government is asking for public input into its hiring and affirmative action policies. The province’s fair hiring and affirmative action policies, which are both more than five-years old, are being reviewed by the Public Service Commission. The review includes more than 50 focus groups with government employees and various community groups from across the province. “Establishing the public service as a preferred employer and one that represents the diverse communities we serve, starts with the hiring process,” said Human Resource Minister Ernest Fage. “That’s why we are seeking input from Nova Scotians and other stakeholders to ensure our policies and actions promote fair and equitable hiring.” Members of the public are encouraged to share their ideas about how these policies can be improved by visiting www.gov.ns.ca/careers (click on public input survey) , or submitting written comments to Public Service Commission at Strategic Support Services, PSC, P.O. Box 943, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2V9. The current Fair Hiring Policy, which was implemented in May 2000, is intended to ensure openness and transparency, and that hiring within government is fair and based on merit. The Affirmative Action Policy, which was implemented in March 2001, is meant to promote equity in the workforce and to eliminate any systemic barriers to employment. It is also intended to support the principles of equity and diversity by providing a workplace that is free of discrimination, values diversity in all its forms, and is truly reflective of the communities it serves. Mr. Fage said, “We are eager to reach out to under-represented communities to talk about how we can strengthen our policies for the betterment of government and the people of Nova Scotia.” The Public Service Commission is collecting research and stakeholder input during September and October. The policies will be revised over the winter. The policy review is one item under the government’s Corporate Human Resource Plan (2005-2010), which makes a commitment to fair hiring and establishing a diverse workforce. Other activities underway to support consistent hiring practices across government include the development of standards and guides for recruitment and selection, training for managers, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the hiring process. The provincial diversity management office also works on a variety of programs including a diversity talent pool, an accommodation fund for employees, corporate training, and advising departments on their affirmative action plans. Much of this work is directed by a diversity round table forum, with membership from key government departments and stakeholder agencies.last_img read more

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UK Might Suspend Flights to Morocco After Sinai Plane Crash

Rabat – After suspending flights from Egypt, the United Kingdom could make a decision to ban flights from Morocco, a British transport official has warned this Friday, citing security fears.On Wednesday, the UK government issued a suspension on United Kingdom-bound flights from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, from where a Russian plane departed and crashed in the Sinai Peninsula last Saturday.Friday, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, warned that the same action could be taken against other countries, including Morocco, Turkey and Tunisia, if security is found to be lax. “What this makes clear – not just to the Egyptians but to other airports around the world: if we are concerned about their security we will not hesitate in taking the kind of action we have taken this week for the safety of British passengers,” McLoughlin told BBC Radio.Russian Airbus 321 crashed on Saturday, killing all 224 people on board. British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday that the Russian plane may have been brought down by a bomb.In addition, AFP quoted sources close to the investigation as saying that evidence from the plane’s “black box” flight recorders “strongly favors” the theory that a bomb on board brought it down.One of the black boxes recovered from the crash site shows that the plane suffered “a violent, sudden” end, a source told the agency. read more

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UN political chief urges swift moves to meet Nepals peace process deadline

Last month, the country’s opposing political groups reached the so-called Four-Point Agreement on completing the remaining tasks of the peace process by 14 January 2011, among other issues.In line with that Agreement, the Security Council voted to wind up the UN’s special political mission in Nepal (UNMIN) on 15 January.Despite some important steps having been taken, “no breakthrough has been achieved,” B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the Council today. “It is too early to conclude that the parties are on a course” that would see the Four-Point Agreement implemented by the January deadline.Three months after Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal stepped down, the country is still being led by a caretaker Government, with 12 rounds of voting in the Legislature-Parliament failing to produce a new leader.“The prolonged political stalemate in Nepal, most vividly symbolized by the continuing failure to elect a new Prime Minister, is compounded by persistent internal divisions within the main political parties, personal interests and calculations, and regional factors,” Mr. Pascoe underlined.In 2006, the Government and the Maoists signed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), ending a decade-long civil war which claimed some 13,000 lives.“Nepal is undergoing a process of significant political and social transformation and consolidation of its democracy,” Mr. Pascoe, who visited the country earlier this month, said today.In spite of the many strides Nepal has made, over time, the unity of the parties – both internally and in working together – “has frayed, eroded by the difference of ideology, perspective and the challenges of balancing the rules of competitive democratic politics with the need for sharing power and maintaining a modicum of political consensus.”Mr. Pascoe pointed out that several key commitments have yet to be completed, chiefly the adoption of a new constitution and addressing the future of the two armies.“If the parties fail to manage their difference in order to complete this common agenda it is they and the people of Nepal that stand to lose,” he warned.UNMIN was set up in 2007 to help Nepal hold elections for the Constituent Assembly, monitor the arms and armies for both the Government and Maoist sides, provide technical assistance to the Election Commission, and assist in monitoring the ceasefire.Intended to have a limited run, the mission was originally established with a one-year mandate, but its presence has been extended seven times at the request of the parties.“Each extension request was accompanied by renewed, and ultimately unfulfilled, commitments by the parties and the Government to expeditiously complete the remaining tasks,” the official underlined.He noted that UNMIN’s continued monitoring and presence are seen as key for stability. But, Mr. Pascoe added, “the mission has found itself subjected to controversies stemming from a deterioration in the political climate, misrepresentations of its mandate and the ensuing mismatch between the parties’ high expectations and the reality of UNMIN’s limited possibilities.”He said that many of the officials he met with during his visit to Nepal pointed to power-sharing as the most pressing concern, with a solution potentially generating progress in all areas of contention.They also told the UN official that although the constitution-making process has slowed down, “differences on the nature and shape of a new constitution were surmountable and could be bridged once the political climate improved.”Dialogue continues along Nepal’s political fault lines, Mr. Pascoe said, with the country’s officials having voiced hope that a breakthrough could be possible early next month.“There is no doubt that the 15 January deadline for UNMIN’s withdrawal has created a new sense of urgency among the parties, and more focused on thinking on how to end the prolonged stasis taking place,” he said.“It is still possible for the parties to meet their targets in time but, as I stressed to all those I met during my visit, it will require translating this new-found sense of urgency into decision-making and concrete action,” the Under-Secretary-General added. “The sooner these decisions are taken the better.” 14 October 2010Swift action to overcome Nepal’s political impasse is required if the Asian nation is to meet the January 2011 deadline to wrap up its stalled peace process, the top United Nations political official cautioned today. read more

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Volkswagen to shed 30000 jobs to cut costs after scandal

Volkswagen to shed 30,000 jobs to cut costs after scandal FRANKFURT – Automaker Volkswagen said Friday it will shed 30,000 jobs to cut costs as it tries to recover from its diesel emissions scandal and invests more in electric-powered vehicles and digital services.Company officials said at a news conference at headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, that 23,000 of the job cuts will come in Germany. It said the measures will save some 3.7 billion euros ($4 billion) a year from 2020.Volkswagen has agreed to pay $15 billion under a settlement with U.S. authorities and owners of some 500,000 vehicles with software that turned off emissions controls. Around 11 million cars worldwide have the deceptive software. The scandal has been a spur for the company to address problems such as excessively top-down management and excessive fixed costs at its manufacturing locations in Germany.The company has said it aims to cut nonessential costs and investments and shift investment toward battery-powered cars and services such as car-sharing and ride-sharing.CEO Matthias Mueller said it was “the biggest reform package in the history of our core brand.” In addition to Volkswagen, the company also makes cars under other brands including Porsche, Audi, SEAT, Skoda and Lamborghini.Herber Diess, head of the core Volkswagen brand, said that Volkswagen had let its costs rise and “lost ground in terms of productivity.”Volkswagen Group, with its multiple brands, has more than 600,000 employees but the cuts will mainly fall on its 120,000-strong German work force.The company cut a deal with its powerful worker representatives under which future investment would be in Germany and the reduction in staff would rely on voluntary departures such as early retirement, with no firings.Top employee representative Bernd Osterloh said that “the next generation of electric vehicles will be made here in Germany, not abroad.”Other job cuts are foreseen in Brazil and Argentina. by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2016 2:34 am MDT Last Updated Nov 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this June 12, 2013, file photo, workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Volkswagen will announce its future strategy which might include job cuts in a press conference on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file) read more

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Ebola has now spread into Liberia say Irish aid workers

first_imgAN IRISH AID agency has confirmed that the deadly Ebola virus has spread from Guinea into the neighboring West African state of Liberia.The report released by Plan Ireland confirms two separate cases of Ebola infection in Liberia, fuelling claims that the outbreak is becoming a regional epidemic.The most virulent strain of the deadly disease has already ravaged the forest area of southern Guinea, claiming the lives of over 60 people and infecting many more.The first confirmed death in Liberia occurred in the Lofa County area, and involved a woman who had fled Guinea to seek refuge following the death of all her household members.WHO health specialists are also investigating the death of a health worker at the border point between Foya in Liberia and Gueckedou in Guinea.Medical reports state that the health worker had experienced “bloody vomit and bleeding from nose”.Ibrahima Touré, Plan International Country Director in Guinea said that Ebola was one of the most virulent diseases known to mankind, with a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent.“Communities in the affected region stretch across the borders and people move freely within this area,” he said. “This poses a serious risk of the epidemic becoming widespread with devastating consequences”. Communities, especially children, in the border areas between Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are vulnerable and need immediate support. A large scale preventive action will need to be put in place rapidlyTravel has been restricted in ‘high risk areas’ of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia alongside the implementation of a host of safety precautionsThose working or living in affected areas have been advised to travel only if on essential business, to regularly wash hands, and to avoid eating bush meat.The deadly disease is suspected to have originated in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the mid 70s where there have been 8 outbreaks; the most recent in 2012 killed 34 people and infected 64.Once contracted, the Ebola virus attacks the body and overwhelms the immune system – it attacks every organ and tissue of the human body except the bones and skeletal muscles.Bleeding then occurs from body orifices and gaps in the skin. Huge loss of blood, renal failure, or shock leads to death – all these can happen between 2 to 21 days.Read: Ebola outbreak in Guinea ‘could become regional epidemic’ > Read: New book documents the rise in pandemic diseases and wonders what’s next >last_img read more

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Xbox Live cloud storage starts coming online

first_imgDuring E3 Microsoft made an announcement that Xbox Live users were going to get cloud storage in the near future. What that enables is for your complete Xbox Live profile to be stored online, including your gamertag, achievements, save games, and even your current Microsoft points total. This was good news as it meant going from console-to-console becomes that much simpler. It also acts as an offsite backup for your information in case something goes wrong with your console.At the time there was no date set for the introduction of cloud storage, but over the holiday weekend it looks as though Microsoft flipped the switch, at least partially.Xbox Live users should now find that at least some Xbox Live Arcade games support the cloud storage option. We suspect Microsoft is just rolling the system out slowly to ensure it doesn’t fall over. In the comings weeks expect a wider range of games to have support enabled.As far as we can tell the cloud storage option is for both Silver and Gold Xbox Live members. If that’s the case Microsoft has gone one better than Sony which only offers cloud storage to PlayStation Plus members.Read more at Eurogamer.netMatthew’s OpinionIt was inevitable games consoles would eventually introduce cloud storage. To be honest, it’s a very easy feature for Microsoft and Sony to add. A profile may contain a lot of information, but in terms of size on disk it’s tiny. Now the feature is rolling out on Xbox Live it should solve a number of problems to do with transferring data between consoles and going round to a friend’s house to play on their machine.So we now have download games and online profiles. That doesn’t mean we can do away with disc distribution just yet for console games as the file sizes are so big, but it certainly seems to be heading in theat direction. At some point the speed of broadband coupled with the growing size of hard drives will make downloading gigabytes of data to a console a very quick operation. I doubt that will happen for the next round on console hardware, but the one after that could herald the end of optical drives in consoles.last_img read more

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Turkish president claims Greeks burned Smyrna in 1922

first_imgDespite his recent call for peace with Greece, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has an odd way of going about it.He kicked off his general and presidential election campaign rally on Saturday with controversy, claiming that it was Greek soldiers who were responsible for the Great Fire of Smyrna that destroyed Izmir (formerly Smyrna) in 1922 while leaving after the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922).“The biggest blow given to this beautiful city is by the Greek soldiers who burned Izmir as they retreated,” Erdogan said during a speech at Izmir’s Chamber of Commerce.He attempted to support his argument by claiming that Turkish soldiers “did not want to destroy or burn – they always wanted to build and create”, proven by Izmir’s rapid development after the war.The fire took place four days after Turkish forces took control of the city on 9 September, 1922, and went on to destroy much of the port city. It is estimated that tens of thousands of Greeks and Armenians died in the fire.Erdogan is not the first to make such a claim; other conservative Turkish sources believe that it was both Greeks and Armenians who started the fire in a bid to damage the reputation of the Turks. However this is contrary to what the majority of historians say, including Niall Ferguson and Richard Clogg who concluded that it was Turkish forces who destroyed the city. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Archipel des Chagos la plus grande zone marine protégée au monde

first_imgArchipel des Chagos : la plus grande zone marine protégée au mondeOcéan Indien – Depuis le 31 octobre dernier, la pêche commerciale est interdite dans la zone des Chagos, suite à une décision britannique qui fait de l’archipel la plus grande zone marine protégée au monde.C’est pour le plus grand bonheur des écologistes que l’archipel des Chagos est officiellement devenu, le 31 octobre dernier, la plus grande zone marine protégée au monde. Cette réserve couvre 544.000 kilomètres carrés, ce qui équivaut à deux fois la taille de la Grande Bretagne. “Véritable sanctuaire pour les tortues de mer menacées de disparition, l’endroit recèle une biodiversité exceptionnelle avec plus de 1.200 espèces de corail”, indique L’Express de l’île Maurice. Mais ce décret fait fi de toutes les revendications territoriales mauriciennes. Et le peuplement des îles devient aujourd’hui interdit suite à ce classement en zone protégée. Les Chagossiens qui s’y trouvaient et qui avaient été chassés par le colonisateur britannique ne pourront donc légalement plus rejoindre leur terre natale. Pourtant, ce droit leur avait été octroyé par les conventions internationales de l’ONU.Ainsi, Vinesh Hookoomsing, l’ancien vice-président de l’Université de Maurice a ouvertement posé la question : “Pour qui alors protéger la biodiversité marine ? Il ne peut y avoir de Marine Protected Area sans des gens et en premier des Chagossiens qui sont les premiers gardiens de la richesse marine des Chagos”.L’organisateur de la Conférence internationale sur les Chagos a souhaité faire approuver une série de résolutions pour des actions au niveau local, régional et international. Ces actions ont pour objectif de faire fermer la base militaire de Diego Garcia (seule île habitée de l’archipel et louée aux Américains par les Anglais), de mettre un terme à l’occupation illégale de l’archipel des Chagos par les Britanniques, et enfin de faire respecter le droit au retour pour les Chagossiens.Le 5 novembre 2010 à 20:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Les professionnels sengagent pour recycler plus de papier dici 2015

first_imgLes professionnels s’engagent pour recycler plus de papier d’ici 2015La quantité de papier collecté dans les bureaux et recyclé en France devrait augmenter d’ici 2015 en vertu d’un engagement pris par les professionnels et le ministère de l’Ecologie.Chaque année, en France, moins de la moitié des déchets de papiers de bureau sont collectés et recyclés. Un quota qui apparait largement insuffisant quand on sait que le total produit annuellement représente pas moins de 900.000 tonnes de papier. C’est sans aucun doute ce qui a motivé les professionnels et le ministère de l’Ecologie à signer aujourd’hui un engagement en vue d’augmenter la quantité de papier recyclé en France d’ici 2015. À lire aussiDémuni face au rapport sur le climat ? Voici ce que vous pouvez faire dès maintenant pour l’environnement500.000 tonnes partent en décharge ou à l’incinération alors que, justement, les citoyens pensent que, avec le verre, le papier est la matière la plus simple à recycler, a souligné la ministre Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet cité par l’AFP. Actuellement, le papier ramette recyclé (feuilles de taille A3 ou A4 utilisées dans les bureaux) ne représente que 5% des achats de ce type de papier en France. Ces taux sont trop bas, lorsqu’on sait, qu’à quantité égale, la production de papier recyclé consomme trois fois moins d’énergie et d’eau que celle de papier non recyclé, a-t-elle encore précisé.Selon la ministre, il faut ainsi créer un gisement de papiers usagés de proximité en France pour améliorer la filière, plutôt que d’importer des fibres de papier recyclé de Chine par exemple. La convention signée lundi entre les professionnels de la collecte, du tri, du recyclage, l’association des Maires de France (AMF), l’éco-organisme chargé du papier Ecofolio, et l’industrie papetière française s’est donnée pour objectif d’atteindre un objectif de collecte de 200.000 tonnes de papiers de bureau supplémentaires d’ici 2015.Le 7 février 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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CHARGED Christopher Forbes arraigned today for gruesome murders

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 5, 2016 – Murder accused in court, the 33 year old came in just minutes ago at Magistrate’s Court to a small crowd of onlookers.The man, believed to be behind the murders of Dominicans: Yuneiry Veras and Sorineida Arias in April and July 2016 respectively.Handcuffed and shackled and responding to his name while entering the building is represented by attorney, Arthur Hamilton.The arraignment is being read in a closed court.  All in the courtroom were asked to leave.  Journalist and others were barred from the proceedings.Magistrate is newly appointed Tanya Lobban Jackson, Chief Magistrate. Police Evidence questioned by Murder Accused side Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img Forbes murder trial pushed to Sept Related Items:33 year old charged in Dominican women murders, Christopher Forbeslast_img read more

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Good Samaritan fatally shot while attempting to help stranded driver

first_imgGood Samaritan fatally shot while attempting to help stranded driver SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A sailor was shot and killed when he stopped to help an apparently stranded driver early Saturday morning on a freeway in Logan Heights, police said.A woman called police around 2:20 a.m. to report that her boyfriend had been shot on a transition ramp from southbound state Route 15 to northbound Interstate 5, San Diego Police Lt. Anthony Dupree said.The man, identified as 21-year-old Curtis Adams, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Adams was active duty in the U.S. Navy.He was believed to have been driving with his girlfriend when he noticed a stranded car on the SR-15/I-5 transition road and stopped to help, according to Dupree.“The victim exited his vehicle and was immediately shot,” Dupree said.The suspect, described as a man wearing dark clothes, was seen fleeing south on I-5 in a white car.CHP officers later noticed a car matching the suspect vehicle’s description stopped on northbound I-5 near 32nd Street, Dupree said. Police headed to that location and detained the driver, who was being held for questioning by homicide detectives Saturday afternoon.The transition ramp where the shooting occurred was still closed as of 12:45 p.m. Saturday.Police asked anyone with information on the shooting to call San Diego Police Department homicide detectives at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 27, 2018 October 27, 2018last_img read more

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Old Nome Hospital Sells for 450k

first_imgNome’s old hospital has sold for $450,000, and the new owners now have an eBay listing asking for $2.5 million for the 55,000 square-foot facility.“It’s casting a wide net,” said Jessa Youngblood, a Southern California-based communications assistant and marketer. “We have an eBay listing, we have a Craigslist listing. We posted in a lot of the major markets.”(Image: Norton Sound G-O LLC.)Youngblood is listing the hospital on eBay for Norton Sound G-O LLC,  a limited-liability company formed in January with just one goal: buying Nome’s old hospital. The company is comprised of two men: Jim Gribbens (who splits his time between Nome and California and referred Youngblood as a spokesperson), and Golovin resident and state Senator Donny Olson.“He worked there for years and years, and Donny had a huge interest in making sure the hospital was preserved in some way, in making sure the property moves forward,” Youngblood said of Olson’s involvement. Phone calls to Olson’s legislative offices in Anchorage were not returned Wednesday.When the building was functioning as a hospital owned by the Norton Sound Health Corporation, the city assessed its value at $16 million. As a non-profit, Norton Sound never had to pay taxes on that property. Now that it’s not a hospital, the city is assessing it as a warehouse, valuing it for property tax purposes at $1.4 million.But Norton Sound sold the building on May 2 for far less: about $450,000, Youngblood said. City assessors confirmed the sale price. If the facility is sold at the current asking price on eBay, Gribbens and Olson would stand to make quite a profit.“Right now the sale price that we have listed is $2.5 million, and that’s based on a simple square footage analysis,” Youngblood said. “We really wanted to put the price at a point where a developer would have room to make an investment in the property. So it’s currently listed at a price that is $45 a square foot for the building.”As for investment, Youngblood said the property could take the shape of housing, office space, assisted living, or other projects. “We have 55,000 square feet, and its over several city lots, so its an opportunity to create several of these options at one location.”What the Norton Sound Health Corporation will do with its $450,000 from the sale of the old hospital is unknown. A spokesperson for the hospital did not return calls Wednesday.last_img read more

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