Yug murder case: Himachal court gives death penalty to three for killing 4-yr-old boy

first_imgA Himachal Pradesh court on Wednesday gave the death penalty to three people for the murder of a four-year-old boy Yug whose skeletal remains were found in a municipal water tank two years later.Shimla Sessions Judge Virender Singh had convicted Chander Sharma, Tajender Singh and Vikrant Bakshi on August 6 for the child’s murder, but deferred the hearing on the quantum of sentence.Yug’s father Vinod Kumar Gupta, mother Pinki Gupta and grandmother Chandralekha Gupta were present in the jam-packed court as the sentence was pronounced.“My son cannot come back but I am satisfied with the verdict of death penalty for the guilty,” Mr. Gupta told PTI.The boy was abducted from the busy Ram Bazar area in Shimla on June 14, 2014 and killed after seven days, even before a ransom call was made.His remains were recovered from a Shimla Municipal Corporation water tank in Kelston area on August 21, 2016, after the probe was handed over to the CID.The prosecution said Yug was tortured, starved and forcibly served liquor before being thrown alive into a water tank.A rock was tied to him when he was thrown into the tank, it said.Yug’s killing had sent shockwaves across the city and residents took out processions and candlelight marches to express rage.Mr. Gupta had filed a missing person’s complaint at Sadar police station the day his son was abducted.A criminal case was registered on June 16, while a letter seeking a ransom of ₹ 3.6 crore was received on June 27.Three more ransom letters were received subsequently.On January 29, 2016, some municipal corporation employees found his skeleton while cleaning the tank after a jaundice outbreak in the city.Public prosecutor Randip Singh Parmar told PTI that statements of 105 witnesses were recorded in the case.The death sentence would have to be confirmed by the high court. The convicts may file appeal against it in the high court within 30 days, he added.last_img read more

Future bird deaths: It’s not the heat, it’s the precipitation

first_imgClimate change will kill off many bird populations, but in some cases it’s not the heat that will do them in. Instead, less precipitation is likely to have the heaviest impact, according to a study published online ahead of print in Global Change Biology. To come to these findings, researchers analyzed the distribution and abundance of 132 bird species over a 32-year period in a region stretching from California to northern British Columbia. Precipitation was shown to be the most accurate predictor of bird population trends, acting as a factor in almost 60% of the species studied and playing the largest role in the wettest month, December. This is likely because winter snowfall has critical carry-over effects in spring and summer, as runoff from snowmelt can impact stream flow, plant growth, and the availability of insects. Because the Western region of North America is expected to experience fewer but more intense precipitation events, this will likely have further negative effects on species that require a consistently wetter environment in order to thrive. One species that is particularly vulnerable to drier conditions in the Pacific Northwest is the rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus, pictured), which is declining at a rate of 3% annually.last_img read more

Serie A: Romelu Lukaku Helps Keep Perfect Inter Milan Top with Derby Win Over AC Milan

first_imgMilan: Romelu Lukaku fired Inter Milan back top of Serie A with the second goal of a 2-0 derby win that extended their perfect start to the season at the expense of city rivals AC Milan.Belgium striker Lukaku and Marcelo Brozovic’s second half strikes gave Inter their fourth win in as many games, putting them two points ahead of Juventus after the champions’ came back from a goal down beat Verona 2-1 thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s first Serie A goal and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty. Antonio Conte’s Inter were looking for a boost after their dismal 1-1 draw in their Champions League draw against Czech outsiders Slavia Prague.And they hit back in a fiery Milan derby with Belgian striker Lukaku heading in his third goal in four games with 12 minutes remaining after Brozovic’s 49th-minute opener.”At 26 years old, I needed and wanted a coach like this, one who motivates me every day,” said Lukaku of Conte.”My relationship with Conte is very strong, he’s a really good coach because he’s someone who helps players to develop a lot.”I’m really happy to be here and to be wearing this shirt.”Milan could thank Gianluigi Donnarumma for keeping the match goalless in the first half after he denied Lautaro Martinez, Lukaku and Danilo D’Ambrosio.Lautaro had a goal ruled out after 35 minutes for being marginally offside. But the breakthrough came four minutes after the break when Stefano Sensi set up Brozovic, whose deflected shot beat Donnarumma and was confirmed after consultation with VAR.Lukaku sealed the win and a perfect 12 points from four games when he guided Nicolo Barella’s cross home with a glancing header, as AC Milan slip to ninth place with six points.”We came from a performance in the Champions League that left us with a bitter taste, but gave us more impetus to face the derby in the best way,” said Conte.”It is a deserved victory, I am happy for our fans, because the derby is always the derby.”BUFFON BACKJuventus had trailed in Turin to Miguel Veloso’s goal before Wales midfielder Ramsey pulled the champions level in the 31st minute, with Ronaldo’s spot-kick ensuring the win for the hosts just after the break.It got Maurizio Sarri’s side back to winning ways after last weekend’s Serie A stalemate at Fiorentina and a 2-2 Champions League draw at Atletico Madrid midweek.Italian goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon returned to the Juventus goal after spending a season in Paris Saint-Germain to match Paolo Maldini’s Italian record of 902 club matches.Buffon’s appearances have been spread across three clubs — Parma, Juventus and PSG — with Maldini having spent his entire career with Serie A rivals Milan.But the 41-year-old could not keep a clean sheet and was beaten by Veloso after 21 minutes.Amid confusion in front of the Juve goal after Simone Di Carmine missed a Verona penalty, and Darko Lazovic’s rebound rattled the bar, Veloso pounced to rifle a long range strike past Buffon.But Ramsey got the champions back on level terms 10 minutes later on his full debut, with a deflected effort past Verona goalkeeper Marco Silvestri.Ronaldo put Juventus ahead from the spot with just his second goal this season three minutes after the restart, having missed two chances before the break.Juve held on thanks to Buffon, who denied Mattia Zaccagni and Lazovic in front of goal after 89 minutes, while Veloso was denied a brace by the post.”After the Champions League the team was tired, but the important thing was to win. Let’s take these three points and go ahead,” said Ronaldo.Verona are 12th with four points from as many games.Cagliari and Brescia are seventh and eighth respectively, with each on six points, after the Sardinian side saw off Genoa 3-1 on Friday and newly-promoted Brescia snatched a tight 1-0 win at third-from-bottom Udinese.Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli travel south to promoted Lecce on Sunday after seeing off European champions Liverpool 2-0 on Tuesday, while third-placed Bologna can join Juve on 10 points with a win over mid-table Roma. AC MilanAntonio Contecristiano ronaldoderby First Published: September 22, 2019, 8:02 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

FIFA Champions Rise: Kevin De Bruyne

first_imgManchester City star Kevin De Bruyne stands among the greatest players in world football.And it’s been quite a journey for the Belgium international, who had to overcome blips and make a number of tough decisions en route to featuring on the front cover of FIFA 19.But then, as he told Goal, “Our normal is not normal.” Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! To make it to the very top of world football requires that little bit more.After a prestigious rise at Genk and a disappointing stint at Chelsea, the 27-year-old took the Bundesliga by storm before sealing a mega-money return to the Premier League, and now he wants more.“When you get a bit older, you think more about winning and how the team is doing,” he says. “You become second to that.”De Bruyne is rarely second-place. “You never expect to get to the stage I am now, to be on the cover of the biggest game in the world,” he admits. “I think I’m doing pretty well.”Watch the video above to see our exclusive interview in full.FIFA 19, complete with brand new UEFA Champions League features, is out now.last_img read more

Upul Tharanga urges Sri Lankan batsmen to be more responsible against India

first_imgSri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga today asked his top order batsmen to fire against a dominant India, urging them not to throw their wickets in the second One-Day International at Pallekele on Thursday.Sri Lanka were positioned nicely in the first ODI at 139 for one but lost nine wickets for just 77 runs to be all out for a modest 216.”To get to a big total we need the top four batsmen to fire. One or two of them must make a big score. Thats what we have seen in the past 10-15 years. If a player gets a century then we can put up a good total between 280-300,” Tharanga said at the pre-match press conference. (Team India demolishing Sri Lanka on the field, exploring island off it)”What I expect from the batsmen is once they have settled in, they should bat the entire innings and take us to a decent total. If you look at the past results we have been in good positions in the first 20-25 overs. From there onwards only we have lost the grip as batsmen played irresponsible shots,” the skipper added.Reuters PhotoThere was much hue and cry after their crushing defeat on Sunday and Tharanga sought to placate the angry fans apart from rejecting rumours of a dressing room rift.”It was our bad luck we could not win the first ODI. But all the players are in good spirits because we have been preparing for this series well ahead of time. I have faith in the players that for the second ODI they will come up with a much better performance.advertisement”Every time the fans have been behind us when we won or lost. As a team all I can say is that we go out 100 percent to win the match. None of the 15 players in the squad go out to lose a match. We expect their support because that is the one that gives us strength and encouragement to perform well,” said the 32-year-old.Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal was left out of the playing eleven in the series-opener, triggering speculation that it was a divided dressing room. Asked about Chandimal’s return to the ODI line-up, Tharanga replied, “We have not come to a final conclusion with the team but there certainly will be changes.”In addition to Tharanga, interim coach Nic Pothas was also present in the press conference on Wednesday to issue a statement. Reportedly, Sri Lanka Cricket took objection to his stance of ‘too many cooks’ in the post-match conference in Dambulla.”It should be stated that I am very happy with everything that’s going on within our four walls in the change room. And just to clarify things I am very happy with the situation with the Board that has been hugely supportive of everything that I do and the players do. They continue to support us. Certainly I have no issues there,” said Pothas.The skipper also dismissed suggestions that paceman Lasith Malinga is way past his best. “Every cricketer goes through this phase. He has returned to ODI cricket after being out for about 18 months. But since his return he has been unable to produce those match winning performances mainly because catches have been dropped off his bowling. But his presence in the team is a big boon to the young fast bowlers who can learn a lot from him,” he said.Sri Lanka can still seal automatic qualification for the 2019 ODI World Cup if they win two matches in this series. It will be a tough ask against a rampant Indian side, even if the hosts have an eye on what West Indies are doing on their England tour.”As a team we go to each match to win. We are not thinking too far but taking match by match. Tomorrow’s contest is vital for us because we lost the first. To qualify for the 2019 World Cup we have to win two matches of the current series. All the players in the squad are aware of it. Our main aim is to win every match,” said Tharanga.”West indies are also trying to win and increase their points in the standings. We know what is expected from us but if we think too much it will affect our performances. So we are taking it match by match,” he signed off.last_img read more

A Week 14 college football gambling guide

first_imgMatt Amilian2-318-26 OKC Dave4-121-23 Justin Southwell2-316-28 Guest (Sheets)2-321-23 USATSI_8222946_154512258_lowresHappy day after Thanksgiving everyone!I enjoy the bye week falling on Thanksgiving weekend. It’s a great weekend for football, especially with all the rivalry games. Who will take home Paul Bunyan’s Axe? Upset in the Civil War?I’m a believer that Harvard-Yale is truly “The Game” but we have the Ohio State – Michigan version this week. Before we get into rivalries, a summary of last week’s picks: *We all picked Baylor +28Rivalry WeekThere are some great rivalry game names out there, as well as some bizarre ones. Let’s pick a bunch of them this week and you can decide if you want to take these to the bookie or not (I recommend not).The Civil WarOregon (-20) at Oregon StatePick: Beaver FeverThe Game (Part Deux)Michigan (+21) at Ohio StatePick:Territorial CupArizona (-4.5) at Arizona StatePick: ZonaClean, Ole Fashioned HateGeorgia Tech (+12.5) at GeorgiaPick: Tech (p.s. I love this rivalry game name)Sunshine ShowdownFlorida (+7.5) at Florida StatePick: NolesCommonwealth CupVirginia (-1) at Virginia TechPick: CavaliersGovernor’s CupKentucky (+12.5) at LouisvillePick: VilleGovernor’s Cup…againKansas (+28.5) at Kansas StatePick: SnydercatsApple CupWashington (-3.5) at Washington StatePick:Paul Bunyan’s AxeMinnesota (+14) at WisconsinPick: Melvin GordonEgg BowlMississippi State (-3) at Ole MissPick:Jeweled ShillelaghNotre Dame (+7) at USCPick: TrojansIron BowlAuburn (+9.5) at AlabamaPick: War EaglePFB Picks ATSPFB vs CRFF this week as Robert Whetsell joins us for some picking. There are 6 of us and 1 of him.I’ll take our average vs his record to prove once and for all that Pistols Firing > Cowboys Ride For Free. (but seriously there is no us vs them)Florida (+7.5) at Florida StateSouthwell: Florida StateCunningham: FloridaSchnautz: Florida StateOKC Dave: FloridaPistolsguy: Florida StateWhetsell: FloridaAmilian: Florida State“I’m getting Ron Zook flashbacks. If they show Chris Rix on the sideline I’ll be really worried.” – Carson, your die-hard Noles fan.Mississippi State (-3) at Ole MissSouthwell: Mississippi StateCunningham: Mississippi StateSchnautz: Ole MissOKC Dave: Mississippi StatePistolsguy: Ole MissWhetsell: Mississippi StateAmilian: Mississippi State“Rivalry game…chance to ruin the other guys season. Know how that goes. Based on my experience and the frequency with which that tends to happen, I’ll go with Mississippi State to cover easily. That in no way indicates how I feel about Bedlam.” – WhetsellNotre Dame (+7) at USCSouthwell: USCCunningham: USCSchnautz: Notre DameOKC Dave: USCPistolsguy: Notre DameWhetsell: Notre DameAmilian: USCAuburn (+9.5) at AlabamaSouthwell: BamaCunningham: AuburnSchnautz: BamaOKC Dave: BamaPistolsguy: AuburnWhetsell: BamaAmilian: Auburn“Dirty little secret the national media doesn’t want to admit: Spread offenses with a pulse give Saban fits..” – CarsonPicker’s ChoiceSouthwell: Arizona -4.5 vs Arizona StateCunningham: UCLA (-5) vs StanfordSchnautz: UCLA (-4.5) vs StanfordOKC Dave: TCU (-6.5) at TexasPistolsguy: Texas (+7.5) vs TCUWhetsell: Akron (-6) at Kent StateAmilian: Georgia Tech (+12.5) at Georgia“This is my ‘I’ve actually got some idea what I’m doing because I analyzed lots of data’ (just the schedules and scores, really). Kent State has lost a LOT of games, but has played it close several times against pretty good Div II Schools. “But wait…transitive properties. Akron beat UMASS by 24, but Kent State lost to UMASS by 23! What the heck, I’m going with the Zips and laying the points!!!” – WhetsellThe only rivalry that matters is next weekend. Again, Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Enjoy the long weekend.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!center_img ContributorLast weekSeason Aaron Schnautz1-421-23 Carson Cunningham3-226-18 Kyle Porter3-222-22last_img read more

A taste of the East Coast King of Donair bringing NS favourites

first_imgHALIFAX – They’re spicy, they’re sweet, and now, they’re moving West.Traditionally, the donair wrap — a beloved Nova Scotia delicacy consisting of a warm pita piled high with spiced meat, sticky-sweet donair sauce and other toppings — has been available almost exclusively on the East Coast.But Nicholas Nahas, owner of King of Donair, says the franchise has already opened a store in Edmonton, with more to follow elsewhere in Alberta, as well as in B.C. and the other Prairie provinces.“I’ve never heard of anyone who’s tried a donair for the first time, who enjoys meat, who’s not liked it,” Nahas said in an interview Sunday.“The combination of the spiced meat and the sweet sauce really is a contrasting and complementing taste.”The wrap, similar to a Greek gyro, was reputedly invented by King of Donair over 40 years ago. In 2015, Halifax named the donair as the city’s official food.The idea to expand westward had been on Nahas’ mind for years, but the catalyst was when King of Donair held successful pop-up shops in Calgary and Edmonton a few years ago.After seeing how many people were lining up for the tin-foil-wrapped fare, he decided to put his plan into action.“The demand and the turnout there was something that we couldn’t ignore,” he said.A few competing shops out West have already tried to replicate the wrap, but Nahas said it’s not the same.Some may use a different type of meat, some may use the wrong sauce, and some may use different types of vegetables, opting for lettuce instead of the traditional toppings: onions and tomatoes.“The donair was invented here in Halifax in ’73 without lettuce,” said Nahas. “For some reason, I don’t know why, lettuce just became part of the wrap out West.”Kayla Burke, who runs the recently-opened Edmonton franchise, said you won’t find any lettuce in her shop.Originally from Cape Breton, Burke said many Nova Scotians move to Western Canada for work and she’s happy to offer nostalgic Maritimers a taste of home.“Since we’ve opened, we’ve had a line right out the door,” she said Sunday, estimating that around 75 per cent of her customers are from Nova Scotia. “So many Maritimers are so excited about it.”What sets the donair apart from other wraps is the sauce: made with condensed milk, vinegar, and garlic, the creamy white dressing adds a uniquely sweet and tangy flavour to the greasy treat.Burke said some places out West who try to replicate the donair use tzatziki, which is more savoury than sweet, adding that the shop’s more traditional-tasting sauce has been a hit among customers.“Everyone’s so pumped about the donair sauce,” she laughed.The Edmonton shop also sells other N.S. favourites like donair pizza and garlic fingers: a cheesy, garlicky flatbread cut into narrow slices and served with either donair or marinara sauce.Another King of Donair store is set to open later this month in Grand Prairie, Alta.last_img read more

NETFLIX HIKES SUBSCRIPTION PRICES IN CANADA

first_imgAdvertisement Quebec’s political parties formed a common front on Tuesday to demand companies such as Netflix pay provincial sales tax. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press) Another price hike is on the way for Netflix subscribers in Canada as competition heats up among the biggest streaming video services.The company behind Narcos and Orange Is the New Black is introducing its biggest price increase yet for both new subscribers and current members.The basic Netflix Canada plan — which does not offer ultra high-definition 4K video and allows streaming on one device at a time — rises a dollar to $9.99 a month. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Netflix’s standard plan will now cost $3 more — or $13.99 a month — to watch content on two devices at the same time.Premium plan subscribers pay $3 more — or $16.99 a month — to watch TV shows and movies on four devices at the same time and in HD and ultra HD video.Netflix says the higher prices are effective immediately for new subscribers, while existing users will be notified by email before their bills rise in the coming weeks.The company increased prices for most plans by a dollar about a year and a half ago.Helps fund new series, filmsNetflix says the move will help fund upcoming TV series and films as well as overall improvements to the Netflix platform.But the company also faces intense competition next year as the number of streaming platforms in the Canadian marketplace with attractive offerings grows.Earlier this month, Bell Media introduced a higher tier of its Crave streaming service that includes a selection of recent Hollywood movies and new HBO programs. The package, dubbed Crave+, costs about $20 per month. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Next year, Disney jumps into the market with its own streaming platform. Disney+ is expected to be stocked with movies and original series like a prequel to Star Wars: Rogue One and a Marvel superhero show based on the character Loki from Thor and The Avengers.Other platforms could make headway, too, including a new service operated by Criterion that specializes in classic films, and CBS All Access, which is beefing up its library of original shows that include Tell Me A Story and Strange Angel.Analyst Jeffrey Wlodarczak of New York-based Pivotal Research Group says the last Netflix price increase in the United States didn’t lead to an appreciable loss of subscribers, but “I would not be surprised to see some churn out of the gate in Canada, given the per cent increase on the standard service.”“However, given the still very low cost of the service and the lack of real alternatives, I would expect NFLX to eventually see most of those that churn return,” Wlodarczak said in an email.last_img read more

Compliance accountability crucial to boost civilian protection in war – UN

The lack of compliance by parties to conflict “leads not only to the death and injury of hundreds of civilians in conflicts every week, but to the displacement of thousands more,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told the Security Council.He underscored that the term “displaced” does not “do justice to the reality – that is thousands of innocent civilians being forced every single week to flee attacks and the destruction of their homes, their communities and livelihoods, and to fall into an existence marked by danger, suffering and psychological anguish.”Civilian deaths in places such as Somalia, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are reminders of the need for parties to be far more cautious in efforts to spare non-combatants from the effects of hostilities, Mr. Holmes said at the start of the day-long open debate, which is expected to hear from dozens of speakers.In the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the eruption of fighting – marked by bombings and street battles – last month between Government forces and insurgents has killed hundreds and driven 160,000 others from their homes.Meanwhile in Afghanistan, civilian deaths and injuries continue to mount as the conflict in the South Asian nation intensifies, Mr. Holmes said. In May alone, 261 civilians lost their lives, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).For its part, the far east of the DRC has witnessed a wave of attacks, including “all too common acts of rape and other forms of sexual violence” by a rebel group known as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which have forced nearly 400,000 people to flee their homes, he noted.The culture of impunity overshadowing many conflict situations must also be tackled, stressed Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Relief Coordinator.“It is to a large degree the absence of accountability and, worse still, the absence in many instances of even any expectation or fear of accountability, that allows violations to thrive,” he said.Combatants must be trained to understand the law, he said, with manuals and instructions laying out their obligations and disciplinary measures to ensure its observance.Further, national legislation must be adopted to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and other serious violations of human rights law, Mr. Holmes said, as he presented the Secretary-General’s latest report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.The Security Council, for its part, must insist on countries’ cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) and, “if necessary, enforcing it through targeted sanctions,” he said.For example, in the DRC, there must be accountability for the “seemingly endless and appalling stream of acts of sexual violence attributable to all parties,” including the national armed forces (FARDC), which must step up efforts to instill discipline and respect for the law into its troops.The 15-member Council, Mr. Holmes added, must also take action against individuals in conflict situations obstructing access to aid agencies or that perpetrate attacks against relief workers. 26 June 2009The top United Nations relief official today called for enhancing compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law, as well as countering impunity for perpetrators of abuses, to strengthen the protection of civilians caught up in armed conflict. read more

Amazon is putting another distribution centre in Ontario

Amazon is putting another distribution centre in Ontario. This comes just weeks after the announcement that a similar centre will be built in Ottawa, and it comes with the promise of 800 new jobs.Amazon’s latest so-called fulfillment centre has already broken ground in Caledon, the announcement was July 25th.Caledon’s Mayor says he had to keep the project under wraps until the amazon announcement, but his staff has been working diligently to bring the retailer to the rural community North of Brampton. He says amazon sees Caledon’s potential“Huge opportunity for a workforce, Brampton and Mississauga to the south, we’re just north of Pearson airport”.The site is off highway 50, North of Mayfield, and south of a major Canadian Tire distribution centre.  It will be approximately the same size as 11 football fieldsJust like in the recently announced Ottawa fulfillment centre, Amazon will be working with a developer, in this case Blackwood partners, which will build the million square foot facility. The long term lease and construction guarantees were part of the appeal for amazon.This will be the sixth fulfillment centre amazon has in Ontario including one in Milton. The company is expected to announce the location of its next headquarters this year. Toronto is the only Canadian city in the running.Associates will pick, pack, and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. The Caledon fulfillment centre together with the new facility in Ottawa will bring more than 1,400 new jobs to Ontario by the end of 2019.A couple people are wondering if there is any plan to widen highway 50. Considering there is already considerable transport traffic there no word yet on whether road improvements are part of the amazon plan. read more

UNbacked meeting in Morocco to focus on modernizing governments

The Fourth Global Forum on Reinventing Government “will deliver a strong message in favour of good governance and partnerships for democracy and development,” said Guido Bertucci, director of the UN Division for Public Economics and Public Administration. “It will identify concrete means to improve functioning of the public sector and to redefine governance modes and priorities.”The Forum, to be held from 11 to 13 December, is expected to draw more than 1,200 participants from over 100 countries, including Prime Ministers Driss Jettou of Morocco, Rafiq Hariri of Lebanon and Apolo Nsibambi of Uganda. Other scheduled participants include Vice-President Atiku Abubakar of Nigeria, more than 40 government ministers and up to 20 mayors, along with governance experts and leaders from the corporate world and civil society.Mervat Tallaway, the Executive Director of the Beirut-based UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), is expected to represent UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the Forum, which will be held at the Palais des Congres.The Forum itself will be preceded by two days of intensive training sessions for high-level government officials, organized by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, Transparency International and other institutions, with sponsorship from the Government of Italy. read more

Vacancy – Motor Codes Limited – Marketing Manager

OverviewMotor Codes operates Trading Standards-approved codes of practice in the automotive sector, covering new cars, service and repair and warranty products.  It runs an online garage finder that directs people to the approved network and provides a Citizens Advice-endorsed advisory service.As a result of shifting government policy and a number of key account wins, Motor Codes is enjoying a period of expansion and has an opening for an experienced marketing professional to drive subscriber recruitment programmes and maximise revenue opportunities.The marketing manager will be based at the Motor Codes HQ in Westminster.Purpose of the Post:Gain new business and retain current Motor Codes subscribers, through promotion and marketing of Motor Codes business benefits to industry, subscribers and consumers.Increase sales from Motor Codes code shop.Source networking and exhibition opportunities and represent Motor Codes at industry and public events.Qualifications/Skills/Attributes required:Skills & Knowledge Ability to communicate with a variety of different stakeholders – from garage owners, vehicle manufacturers and regulatory bodies.Goal-driven mentality and objectives-focused approach.Ability to work on own initiative, within a small team setting, sufficiently driven and self-policing.A strong marketing background, preferably from within the motor industry.CompetenciesMarketing initiatives/approaches that have delivered strong sales returns.Ability to develop project plans with attention to strategic deployment detail.Ability to develop long-term relationships with subscribers and stakeholders. ExperienceSuccessful track record with B-B sales functions.Excellent track record of achieving high levels of customer satisfaction, client relationship management and goals-driven service delivery.Main duties include:Develop promotional materials and marketing initiatives to support recruitment/retention activity, in line with the business plan. Provide support to head of communications on production of advertising copy. Devise and lead a strategy for the Motor Codes facebook presence, collaborating with industry stakeholders. Administer day-to-day social media content and manage consumer competitions. Lead an industry-focused social media engagement programme that results in brand endorsement/collaboration. Contribute to the development of the Motor Codes website and explore collaborative relationships with content providers. Provide support to account manager on recruitment activity – at sales meetings and in terms of CRM.Salary and benefits package:The package includes private medical insurance, company pension scheme, flexi time, 25 days annual leave, childcare vouchers, interest free season ticket loan (after 6 months).Deadline for Applications:08 August 2014Method of Application:Prospective candidates should e-mail jobsweb@smmt.co.uk with a CV and covering letter quoting your salary expectations.Early applications are encouraged as interviews will take place and the position offered before this date if a suitable candidate is found.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Manitou buys Terex Equipment in India

first_imgThe Manitou group, a world leader in all terrain material handling, including specialised telehandlers with attachments for mining applications, has announced the acquisition of Terex Equipment Pte Ltd (TEPL) based in Greater Noida, India. This acquisition, from Terex Corporation, will be finalised over the 2017 first semester.Founded in 2003, TEPL is specialised in the design, manufacture and distribution of construction equipment, mostly backhoe loaders and skid steer loaders and achieved a €30 million revenue in 2016, mostly in southern Asia. Manitou Group says it has reinforced its ambitions for the handling market in India and, on a broader level, in Asia and emerging countries. The group will be able to rely on a company already well-established in India and supported by a structured dealerships’ network and a solid service organisation. “This acquisition will thus enable the Manitou group to respond to local markets thanks to a qualitative industrial tool.”Michel Denis, President & CEO of Manitou Group, declares: “This acquisition perfectly fits our strategy to reinforce our presence on emerging markets. TEPL has a solid dealer network which we will continue to further develop. TEPL produces high-quality products with a very efficient spare parts and service organisation, and will be a strong industrial base for Manitou Group to develop new product ranges for Asia and emerging countries.”last_img read more

HP WCh 2017 PREDICTION Spain and Germany to attack France for the

← Previous Story Croatia with 17 players to Rouen: Minimum quarter-final! Next Story → VIDEO: Stunning moments from Paris France 2017 It’s time for the first big event in the new Olympic cycle. Even on the day of the opening ceremony, there is no doubt that France 2017 will break all the records in handball. A real PHENOMENAL HANDBALL days are ahead of us. As always, Handball-Planet.com will be there to give you closer insight into the clashes of 24 best national handball teams in the world.We start with our traditional prediction of the tournament winners and losers.BIG FOUR – Hungry Spaniards and Germans who are waiting for revengeThe first event after Olympic Games is always dangerous for the biggest teams because of “emotional exhaustion” after the longest summer in four years. As they are missing a big success at Olympics for, now, two decades, Spaniards are always more than fired up on the World Championship after it, as tradition showed in 2005 and 2013, when they won gold medals. TOP Spanish players are now even more motivated after collapse in qualification for Rio, to show from which material they are structured. This could be THEIR tournament.The “last party” of Dagur Sigurdsson, the WORLD BEST COACH 2016, will have to show that three good tournaments, good players and strong logistic behind, aren’t just a case. Germany will have to find the way to the final over France. And, they were close in Rio to take the biggest scalp. Despite home fans, in direct encounter with two beginners from the other side Dinart and Gille, Icelander has a huge advantage and much lower pressure.It is tough to say something except superlative about the team which have Nikola Karabatic, Thierry Omeyer and a lot more amazing players, but more than ever, they will have to fight with pressure of historic event and all the rivals who came to France where they have nothing to lose. It could be tough for the team with two coaches – newcomers.The last team of TOP 4 should be Denmark. Their way to Paris Bercy would be the easiest over Belarus and Russia (maybe Norway). Don’t expect anything spectacular from Gudmundsson’s team until the final weekend, where they are going to chase Spain (according normal prediction). There everything is possible, but even after Olympic winning way, Danes are favorites “from the shadow”.SECOND ROW – Balkan guys, “old Hungarians”, “Russian comeback?”For the first time since 2003, when they made the biggest surprise in the history of Handball, by winning gold medal in Portugal as the last team of European Championship 2002, Croatia are out of the first row of favorites for the medals! Olympic quarter-final wasn’t something what made happy their fans’ army after years of fantastic results, but Balkan team now facing another reality. They lost authority. Domagoj Duvnjak is the only real star of the team. Goalkeepers’ problem for a years, injuries of Sliskovic and Maric, absence of Cupic, Alilovic and Karacic, most of PPD Zagreb, who have lack of experience for such important battles, are something which put Croatia in the “second row” alongside Slovenia.Slovenians made step forward in Rio, where Veselin Vujovic’s boys played the most beautiful handball until quarter-final defeat over Denmark. They are probably not ready for more without Zorman, Bombac and Skof, but even TOP 8 is great success for such a small country.Is it time for Russia? Team is full of routiners and fantastic players like Dibirov, Gorbok, Zitnikov, Atman, is always potential to explode. Torgovanov’s team has a nice chance to come closer to quarter-final by winning second place in the group ahead of Norway, Brasil and Poland like Hungarians.It looks that spanish coach on Hungarian bench Xavi Sabate has much more clear situation than in Veszprem. Hungarians have very experienced roster with the players who knows each-others for a decades. With some fresh approach of younger guys, Hungarians could make some step forward in comparation with two last years of absence from Qatar 2015 and average EHF EURO 2016, where they lost a chance to play in Rio.THIRD ROW: Qatar into reality – Scandinavians to keep the levelQatar have no quality to chase the best team in the world. Fullstop. Valero Rivera did great things with the best Asian team by winning silver at WCh 2015 and getting into Olympic quarter-finals, but that was the pick of his work in Doha. Quarter-final in France would be dreaming result, but more realistic is to see the end in 1/8 finals. Sweden with the new coach and without some older players are on the new beginning, probably not ready for something big. Norway have more chances than neighboors to survive first knock-out battle, but Harald Reinkind is the guy who will miss them a lot.HANDBALL-PLANET.COM PREDICTION – TOP 161. Germany2. Spain3. France4. Denmark5. Croatia6. Slovenia7. Russia8. Hungary9. Sweden10. Norway11. Qatar12. Tunisia13. Iceland14. Brasil15. Argentina16. BelarusFight for PRESIDENT CUP – Poland, Egypt and MacedoniaTalant Dujshebaev will have to show the best of his coaching knowledge to avoid catastrophe of Polish team in France. There are no comparable situation with Polish in terms of “rejuvenation” drama further increased with injuries. If Poles reach 1/8, that would be like a final. In similar situation is another coaching giant Lino Cervar, who will sit on Macedonian bench for the first time on big event. Ristovski, Mojsovski, Pribak and Jonovski are now “history”, and some young guns are in the team to help Lazarov, Manaskov and Mirkulovski. Egyptian team will have a big fight for TOP 16 place with Qatar and Argentina. They can stay under the line easliy.Macedonia18. Egypt19. Poland20. Saudi Arabia21. Japan22. Chile23. Bahrain24. AngolaENJOY! HANDBALL TIME! read more

F1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone will pay 100m to end his trialfor bribery

first_imgA GERMAN COURT ruled this afternoon that Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone can pay a controversial $100-million settlement, rather than face trial on bribery charges.In a move that will likely see him stay at the helm of the lucrative sport, the 83-year-old Briton struck an accord with prosecutors on the huge payment which then got the Munich tribunal’s blessing.“The proceedings will be temporarily suspended with the agreement of the prosecution and the accused,” pending payment of the settlement within one week, presiding judge Peter Noll said.The $100-million (€75 million) payment is reportedly the largest accord of its kind in German criminal justice history.Noll said $99 million would go to the Bavarian state coffers while $1 million would be donated to a “child hospice foundation”.He had asked Ecclestone through an interpreter whether he would be able to make the payment within a week, to which he replied: “yes”.Ecclestone went on trial in the southern city of Munich in April on charges of paying a $44-million bribe to a Bavarian state bank executive for help in maintaining his four-decade grip on Formula One.He was accused of paying German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky $44 million in 2006 and 2007 to ensure that shares in Formula One held by BayernLB were sold to Ecclestone’s preferred bidder, CVC Capital Partners of Britain, now the sport’s majority shareholder. Source: Matthias SchraderA settlement is allowed in German criminal cases if the prosecution, the aggrieved parties and the court agree, but the Ecclestone deal has stoked fierce criticism.Court spokesman Andrea Titz said the judges had determined that a conviction was “not particularly likely” based on the evidence presented until now.Under the terms of the agreement, Ecclestone will not have a criminal record and should be able to retain his control of the multi-billion-dollar Formula One empire.He has attended most of the hearings in person and arrived at the courthouse today in a limousine, looking relaxed and accompanied by his wife, Fabiana Flosi.Ecclestone’s defence team and prosecutors struck the deal, first reported on Saturday in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, to settle the case with a one-time payment rather than continue with proceedings that had been scheduled to last at least until October.‘These millions stink to high heaven’News of the accord drew angry condemnation of a legal proviso in Germany that allows defendants to “buy” a dismissal in some instances.Former justice minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger had blasted the possible Ecclestone deal Monday as “galling” and “not in harmony with the sense and purpose of our legal practices”.The Sueddeutsche Zeitung lashed out at a deal in which “the briber is supposed to be washed clean with a spectacular payment”.“The saying goes ‘money doesn’t stink’ but that’s wrong here: these millions stink to high heaven.”And the top-selling Bild denounced “the bitter impression that not everyone is equal before the law”.The Formula One magnate has denied any wrongdoing, but could have faced a jail term of up to 10 years if found guilty.© – AFP 2014Matthew Macklin’s trainer recovering after being shot twice in MarbellaConor McGregor poses for selfie as UFC 178 press conference descends into chaoslast_img read more

Carter Park bar and grill The Rusty Chain closes

first_imgA neighborhood watering hole just on the outskirts of downtown Vancouver has closed its doors after fickle sales, its owners announced on Facebook.The Rusty Chain bar and grill at 3100 Columbia St. had its final day of business Monday. Owners Elizabeth and Bill Walters, who could not be reached for comment, posted on the social networking site that business had been “up and down, but ultimately we haven’t gotten the sales to sustain us through the winter.”The couple thanked customers, friends, family and vendors who supported the business since it opened in August 2016.“This has been a dream of ours for a very long time,” the post said. “We are fortunate and lucky to have had the support from all of you in order to be able to follow our dreams. … We aren’t giving up! We are just moving on.”Adorned with hubcaps, gas station clocks, license plates and other Americana, the restaurant took on the vibe of a highway honky-tonk. Yet, it jumped out from a more residential area, with Carter Park neighborhood at its sides — homes, a park and a dentist’s office were across the street.It seemed to be a hit with many neighbors, open to all ages during the day while offering food and a spacious back patio where it staged live music. An October story in The Columbian said 90 percent of its clientele lived in the neighborhood, and sometimes the bar faced noise complaints and concerns of loitering and littering.The Rusty Chain isn’t the first business there to go by the wayside. Before the Walterses signed their lease, it was the Commonwealth Cafe for a few months in 2016 and Marcell’s Hemp and Latte House before that.last_img read more

Bahamas ranked 12th highest homicide rate in the world

Bahamas ranked 12th highest homicide rate in the world

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 19th 2017 – Nassau – According to the International Homicide Rate Statistics, Bahamas is ranked as the 12th country with the highest murder rate in the entire world.  Trinidad and Tobago follows as number 13, whereas Jamaica is ranked as #6 and St. Kitts & Nevis as #9.Minister of Health, Dr. Duane Sands, during his 2017/18 Budget address said, “We are one of the most violent countries in the world; we beat, stab, shoot and rape each other at an unacceptable rate. Our homicide rate is triple the rate considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an epidemic. It is largely due to the professionalism of our health care team that our murder rate is not dramatically higher. In the last few years the number one cause of death of a Bahamian male is a bullet, not a stroke, not diabetes, but a bullet.”Adding to this, crime studies showed that 78% of murder victims died as a result of gunshot wounds. Magnetic Media also understands that in 2016, The Princess Margaret Hospital saw 216 gunshot wounds, and a total of 1,078 gunshot wounds dating back to 2012.Also speaking to the house of assembly during his budget address, Minister of National Security, Marvin Dames stated, “The murder count has exceeded 100 for each of the last five years.”  Adding, “while the former administration touted a 26% reduction in crime in 2016, right-minded Bahamians have long concluded that current crime levels are far too high in the first place.”However, Dames is now reassuring that the country’s National Security will get a much needed re-evaluation, remarking that it will no longer “operate in silos”. As Minister, Dames is also expected to keep the promises made by the FNM while on the campaign trail. As stated in their manifesto and the speech from the throne, these promises include, a zero-tolerance approach to crime; increased police visibility; targeting of hotspots; focusing on prolific offenders; strengthening of police-community partnerships; establishment of a Gun and Gang Unit; the establishment of an Anti-Corruption Unit; the establishment of a National Intelligence Agency; enforcement of Marco’s Law; and the establishment of a sex offenders register. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img  Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Missick Brothers Convicted Five Years for Robbery

Missick Brothers Convicted Five Years for Robbery

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 12th 2017: Brothers Jamal Thompson Missick and Paul Missick have been sentenced to five years imprisonment each for the burglary of a tourist couple. The judgment was passed down by the Learned Justice Robert Schuster in the Supreme Court.Judgement was earlier set for May 30th, however was delayed after the Judge says he was waiting for a pre-sentencing report.In May, Jamal Thompson Missick and his younger brother Paul Missick were found guilty of entering a hotel room at Ocean Club East Hotel in Grace Bay back in July 2016, where they attempted to rob the tourist occupants of their money, credits cards, jewelry and other expensive items.Jamal Missick managed to escape but left his brother behind. Paul Missick was then beaten and subdued by one of the guests and handed over to the police.  A jury of seven members in the Providenciales Supreme Court gave the verdicts of guilty on the charge of burglary for both brothers.center_img #MagneticMediaNews#MissickBrosGet5YearsEachlast_img read more

Food Dialogues in Minneapolis to Focus on Farm to Consumer

first_imgConsumer concerns about the impact food production practices may have on their long-term health or the health of the planet abound. Increasingly, farmers, ranchers and the entire food chain are working to address these concerns by offering more information and answering questions, including rating systems and sharing stories about how a particular food product is sourced.The Food Dialogues: Minneapolis will bring together a panel of leaders in the food space, including food and retail executives, and farmers for a conversation about what more can be done to bridge the information gap between food production practices, consumer concerns on health and the environment and the choices that are being made when sourcing food products. This event, scheduled for Aug. 11, will be moderated by Bloomberg agriculture policy journalist and Minnesota native, Alan Bjerga.“Farmers, ranchers and food executives have the ability to be even more connected to consumers than ever before,” said Gene Stoel, Soybean Grower and MN Soybean Research and Promotion Council Board Member. “Yet, more must and can be done. This Food Dialogue panel discussion will tackle tough questions related to food production – from GMO safety to animal welfare. Agriculturalists are seeking opportunities to speak directly with food companies, key decision makers and ultimately the consumer. Every time food production practices are discussed, we would like to be in the conversation.”The Food Dialogues: Minneapolis is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Nebraska Soybean Board and the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. The Aug. 11 event will be held at the Mill City Museum, with check-in and a networking reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT. The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. CT. For more details and to register to attend this event, click here.last_img read more

Jobseekers demand reform in quota system

Jobseekers demand reform in quota system

first_imgJobseekers stage demo at Shahbagh intersection demanding quota system reform on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloSeveral hundred jobseekers on Sunday staged demonstrations in Dhaka city’s Shahbagh intersection, demanding that the quota system in public service be reformed.According to UNB, the demonstrators were graduates from different colleges and Dhaka University.They used separate banners, including General Students’ Rights Protection Mancha (Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Sangrokkon Mancha), Titumir College Students (Titumir College Chhatrabrindo) and stood on the road stretching from Shahbagh intersection to TSC of Dhaka University at 10:20am.They were chanting slogans placing their five-point demands that include introduction of unified age limit in government jobs, review of quota system in government recruitment process, including Bangladesh Civil Services (BCS) examination, filling vacant posts from merit list if the candidates from quota are not found and fixation of 10 per cent quota instead of existing 56 per cent.Al Amin Niloy, a master’s degree student of Dhaka University’s History department, said their programme is neither against quota system nor against the government. “We’re actually demanding reform of the quota system in government jobs.”Huge law enforcers were deployed in the area as the demonstration was going on.Talking to UNB, deputy commissioner of Ramma Zone Maruf Hossain Sarker said, “We’ve requested the protesters to move towards Shaheed Minar to keep the area — from Shahbagh to TSC — free from gatherings.”Meanwhile, the demonstrators started leaving the Shahbagh area.last_img read more