Post-graduate medical aspirants from the Maratha community on Monday asked the State government to ensure that their seats were not in jeopardy and threatened to launch a protest if their admissions were cancelled. A delegation also met the Chief Minister and were given a verbal assurance.The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court had last week ruled that the Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBC) quota cannot be applied to admissions of Master of Dental Surgery (MDS), Medicine Doctor (MD) and Master of Surgery (MS) for this year and that the government will have to issue a seat matrix. While the State has approached the Supreme Court (SC), the open category medical students have filed a caveat too.Aggrieved aspirants from the Maratha community said their seats were in jeopardy. “I had received admission in Nair Hospital for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, but just when I was about to join, the verdict came out. We are now being told that we cannot join,” said an aspirant.Dr. Suyash Patil from Solapur said that if the aspirants lose their seats they will have nowhere to go. “We have studied hard throughout the year to secure seats. The reservation was assured to us by the government. None of us have applied for the All India list and Diplomat of National Board (DNB), as we were sure we will get a seat in the State. But with the reservation gone, we will lose our seats,” he said.The Maratha community leaders, meanwhile, hit out at the government’s handling of the reservation case, calling its moves “inefficient” and “inexperienced”. “It is the government’s duty now to ensure that these students do not lose their seats and careers. They ensured a reservation, but did not hold well in the court. They can increase seats to accommodate students,” Virendra Pawar, co-ordinator, Maratha Kranti Morcha said.
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar would take on Union Minister and former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh for the president’s post of the prestigious Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Friday.Vengsarkar would try to end the two-decade-old stranglehold of politicians over the MCA, ironically, with the backing of Maharashtra’s opposition party Shiv Sena.On the other side, ruling Congress’s leader Deshmukh has the backing of International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Sharad Pawar, who also happens to be a Union Minister and the chief of political ally NCP.Pawar, the incumbent, had become ineligible to vie for the MCA top job following a change of his permanent residence status from Mumbai to Baramati.
India were clubbed with the United States of America, Colombia and Ghana in Group A of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, it was decided in the official draw held.The Under-17 World Cup will be held for the first time in India from October 6-28.A total of 24 teams will take part in the youth showpiece to be hosted by six cities across the country. Nigeria are the defending champions.India will kick off their campaign against the USA on October 6 before taking on Colombia on October 9.The hosts will conclude the first phase with a match against Ghana on October 12. Ghana, for the record, won the tournament in 1991 and 1995.The tournament’s opening match will be between Colombia and Ghana (Group A) and New Zealand and Turkey (Group B) in New Delhi and Mumbai respectively.Besides New Delhi where India will play their group matches, the other five cities earmarked for the youth showpiece are Mumbai, Kochi, Goa, Guwahati and Kolkata which will also host the final.Besides African side Niger and Oceania outfit New Caledonia, India will take part in any FIFA World Cup for the first time.Two teams from each group along with the four best third placed teams in the group stages will move to the round of 16, to be held from October 16.The quarter finals are to be held on October 21 and 22 followed by the two semi-finals on October 25 in Guwahati and Navi Mumbai.The third place game and the final are both scheduled in Kolkata on October 28.advertisementThe groups are as follows – Group A: India, USA, Colombia, GhanaGroup B: Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand, TurkeyGroup C: Iran, Guinea, Germany, Costa RicaGroup D: Korea DPR, Niger, Brazil, SpainGroup E: Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia, FranceGroup F: Iraq, Mexico, Chile, England
TORONTO — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons understands that his team doesn’t have much margin for error in the competitive AL East.That’s why he was so frustrated to see Toronto fall short against a division opponent with a series victory at stake.CC Sabathia pitched six innings for his first victory of the season, Brett Gardner hit a two-run home run and the New York Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-4 on April 6.“To have a big year you’ve got to start winning some games like this,” Gibbons said after the Blue Jays left runners at first and second in the ninth inning. “You’ve got to find that magic. Hopefully we find that soon.”There was no magic for the Blue Jays, with starter Drew Hutchison giving up three runs and one hit in the first inning, and putting his team in a five-run hole by the fourth.“We had a chance to win a series against an East opponent, I didn’t perform, and it’s that simple,” Hutchison said.Hutchison (1-1) pitched 5 1-3 shutout innings to beat Tampa Bay on April 1 but couldn’t duplicate that success against the Yankees. He allowed six runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings, striking out six.Hutchison walked three batters and hit one, with all four coming round to score.“He has been off a little bit,” Gibbons said. “Even down in Tampa the other night, he pitched a nice ballgame, but he wasn’t locating like he normally does.”Sabathia (1-1) allowed four runs and seven hits, walked none and struck out six, bouncing back from an April 1 opening day loss at Houston, when he allowed six runs and eight hits, including two home runs, in six innings.“He was down in the zone, his ball was sinking like it was supposed to, his changeup was good, his slider was good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I was encouraged.”The left-hander was taken deep again Melky Cabrera connected in the first inning. The homer was Cabrera’s third of the season and third this series.Maicer Izturis followed with an infield single but was erased on a fielder’s choice. Sabathia retired 16 of the next 17 hitters before running into trouble in the sixth.Jose Bautista started Toronto’s two-out rally with a single, Edwin Encarnacion singled and Bautista scored when Dioner Navarro doubled. Erik Kratz followed with a two-run single to center, with Navarro scoring easily when Jacoby Ellsbury’s throw to the plate was off target.Kratz took second on Ellsbury’s throw, but was left stranded when Brett Lawrie flied out.Adam Warren worked the seventh, Shawn Kelley pitched the eighth and David Robertson finished for his second save in as many chances.Gardner hit New York’s first home run of the season, ending a five-game drought, with a two-run shot off Hutchison in the fourth.“I don’t think anybody bet on that,” Gardner joked. “Good to get the first one out of the way. I’ve got a feeling we’ll hit a couple in New York.”Derek Jeter had two hits, moving into sole possession of eighth place on baseball’s career list. Jeter’s single to right in the fourth was the 3,320th hit of his career, breaking a tie with Paul Molitor.“It’s special,” Jeter said. “I grew up watching Paul, I played against him briefly and I have a lot of respect for him and his career.” Next on the list is Carl Yastrzemski, with 3,419.(Ian Harrison)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Laurent Koscielny may have gone AWOL at Arsenal in an effort to force a move away from the club, but former Gunners striker Olivier Giroud says his fellow Frenchman is “very hurt” by the unfortunate episode.After nine years of loyal service in north London, and with 12 months left to run on his current contract, the club captain at Emirates Stadium is looking for a way out.Koscielny is hoping to see his deal ripped up, allowing him to return to his homeland as a free agent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He is considered by many to have gone the wrong way about trying to force a switch, with the 33-year-old defender having refused to travel with the Arsenal squad to a pre-season base in the United States.It has been suggested that his legacy will be tarnished by his actions, but Giroud – who left the Gunners for Chelsea in January 2018 – believes his countryman and close friend will be hurting.The World Cup-winning striker told BBC Sport: “Lolo is a good friend of mine. I’ve known him now for 10, 11 years. We played together in the second division [in France, at Tours].”He’s been playing for Arsenal for nine years; he’s been the skipper for so many years – very respectful, very professional, always the best example for the young players.”The club gave him the opportunity to play at Arsenal, and it was a big, big opportunity for him to show his quality in the Premier League. I think he has always been grateful about that and respectful to the club. I don’t understand how we have got to this situation.”I feel very sad for him because he’s a great person and the media wants to give a bad image of him.”I’m not at the club, I don’t know what really happened – but one thing for sure is Lolo is very hurt by what’s happening and he’s an emotional person.”Giroud knows all about heading for the exits at Arsenal, but his situation was entirely different as he was not looking for a move and ended up being offloaded after Arsene Wenger drafted in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to bolster the Gunners’ attacking options.”I didn’t want to leave,” added a man who spent five-and-half years at the Emirates.”I spoke with the boss – at this time, Arsene – and I told him: ‘Look, gaffer, I need some game time to play at the World Cup, that’s massive for me.'”At the end of the day, we won it, so it was very important for me to leave.”It was tough for me, but it was amazing to sign for a club like Chelsea. It was like an improvement for me because – OK, it’s Manchester City now – but Chelsea have been the best club in England over the past 10 years.”It was a new challenge with big motivation, big targets.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Until recently, the only real way to fly with your stash was by hiding it in your shoes or a “pill” bottle — or so we’ve been told. Now, the city of Los Angeles is making things a little easier by allowing passengers flying through LAX to tote their toke in standard carry-on luggage (sort of).This month, Los Angeles International became the largest airport in the world to officially allow visitors to carry cannabis on the property. According to the airport’s official statement:“California law allows for individuals 21 years of age or older to possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana for personal consumption. With the change in state law, the policy and procedures of the Los Angeles Airport Police Division (APD) regarding marijuana were updated to reflect this change. APD officers, who are California Peace Officers, have no jurisdiction to arrest individuals if they are complying with state law.”So, to clarify, local Los Angeles PD is cool with you carrying weed at LAX. But, because of ongoing state-versus-federal drug enforcement policies, this move is more complicated than it appears. The TSA — including all airport screening stations — is under the jurisdiction of the federal government. Because the DEA still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug (just like heroin and LSD), it’s illegal under federal law. So, while LAX officials will now look the other way, TSA agents may not be so kind. The TSA’s own website declares, in no uncertain terms, that marijuana (even medical marijuana) is prohibited in carry-on or checked luggage:“Possession of marijuana and cannabis-infused products, such as cannabidiol (CBD) oil, is illegal under federal law. TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and cannabis-infused products.”That same policy indicates that the agency doesn’t specifically screen for illicit drugs, including marijuana. However, if such substances reveal themselves during routine screening, you’re likely in for a major headache. The irony, however, is that, if the TSA finds your stash, their policy is to — wait for it — hand the offender over to local law enforcement. (Round and round we go …)To further complicate things, drug laws differ between states. Currently, 30 states allow cannabis for medical purposes while only nine states permit recreational use. California state is cool with you carrying a decent amount for personal use, but many other states are not so lax. So, it’s incumbent upon every traveler to know the law in their destination state. You might skate through security at Los Angeles International, only to find your bags confiscated and yourself criminally charged upon arrival.In case you’re wondering, actually smoking dope on airport grounds is most definitely not permitted. Violators are subject to up to $250 in fines. So keep your fancy bong and CBD-infused soda packed away. Editors’ Recommendations Travelers Can Now Bring Some CBD Products on Airplanes (Sort of) The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras This Coastal Airstream Road Trip Has Us California Day Dreamin’
zoom The final stage of construction of the new Augusta Boat Harbour will begin in earnest in January following the award of key contracts.Transport Minister Troy Buswell said a $3million maritime structures contract to national company Swan Marine Construction, would deliver commercial and charter boat pens, a 50 metre service wharf, a four lane boat launching facility and provide safe navigation with the installation of key markers.Mr Buswell said construction of internal access roads, parking for 160 vehicles with trailers and 50 cars and provision of key services to the site would be part of work undertaken with the award of a $4.8million civil works contract to Perth-based company Ertech.“This latest stage of the $34.6million project represents another major step towards delivery a much needed sheltered anchorage for recreational and commercial vessels between Busselton and Albany,” he said.“The contractors will commence work on site after Christmas and the facility is expected to be operational in September.”The protected harbour was created this year with the completion of two breakwaters as part of a separate $17million contract awarded in July 2012.Fully serviced land development lots are also planned for the facility along with ablutions and a landscaped jetty promenade area.Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the harbour was expected to grow tourism and commercial development in the region.“The project timing could not be better with the number of whale watching charter operators increasing from one to three this year and the planned expansion of an abalone aquaculture business in Flinders Bay,” Mr Redman said.“The harbour will have flow-on benefits to the Augusta community from the servicing and maintenance of the existing commercial fleet of vessels as well as a new anticipated recreational boat fleet.” Print Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 WA Gov, December 30, 2013
zoom French container shipping giant CMA CGM has taken delivery of CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery, a 20,600 TEU containership, from Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction – Philippines (HHIC-Phil) shipyard. The delivery ceremony for the ultra large container vessel (ULCV) was held at HHIC-Phil’s Subic facility on January 25.Featuring a length of 400 meters and a width of 59 meters, CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery is longer than four football fields and bigger than The Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower, CMA CGM said.The France-flagged ship currently has a market value of USD 129.11 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.The newbuilding is the first of three 20,600 TEU-class ULCVs to be delivered by HHIC-Phil to CMA CGM following the signing of the newbuilding contract in April 2015.The 197,500 dwt boxship was launched in August 2017 and it successfully underwent sea trials in December 2017.CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery will enter into service on February 6. It will be deployed in French Asia Line 1 service which connects Asia to Northern Europe.
Tensions between writers and their agents have been building for years and have finally boiled over. The conflict has pitted the Writers Guild of America, which has about 13,000 members, against the Assn. of Talent Agents, a trade group that represents the talent agencies. Here are some answers on what’s behind Hollywood’s strange and ugly family feud: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Like most break-ups, it’s complicated. Writers feel that their agents have been unfairly enriching themselves from their hard work. They feel agents are no longer looking out for their best interests and instead are seeking new sources of income that aren’t connected to traditional client representation. Specifically, the WGA is enforcing a new agency code of conduct to replace a 43-year-old agreement, and agencies say it threatens their business. Twitter Aren’t writers and agents supposed be on the same side? Advertisement You’re fired! That’s what Hollywood scribes recently told the people who are supposed to find them work. Advertisement What’s all this stuff about packaging fees? Packaging fees are one of the main reasons the two sides are fighting. Essentially, this is money that talent agencies earn for putting together a deal, instead of collecting the usual 10% commission. The fees have been around for decades, but have grown bigger as agencies have become more heavily involved in production of films and TV shows. Writers maintain that these fees — which can be as much as $75,000 per episode on a single TV series — mean there is less money on the table for them and incentivize agents to put their own financial interests before their clients. Advertisement The headquarters of the Writers Guild of America West in Los Angeles. (WGAW / TNS) So why are they at war? Yes, they are. Agents help writers find work, providing the vital link that connects a writer’s script with potential buyers, usually studios and producers. For their services, agents typically charge the writer a commission of 10%. This is a system that is almost as old as Hollywood itself. Login/Register With:
Rabat – Reporters Without Borders has sent a letter via the U.S. Embassy in Morocco urging United States Secretary of State John Kerry to raise a number of concerns about freedom of information in Morocco on his upcoming visit to Rabat.The international organization voiced its concerns about the freedom of information in Morocco highlighting the case of Ali Anouzla, the editor of news website Lakome, who is being prosecuted under an anti-terrorism law for posting a link to a video attributed to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.RWB said in the letter that lack of “freedom of information in Morocco, which ranked 136th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, is the source of a number of other concerns that require concrete measures by the authorities in order to improve respect for the right to inform and be informed.” The organization stressed the need for legal reforms that would “fully guarantee” the principle of freedom of information. It also regarded the promises of reform announced by Moroccan authorities after the 2011 constitutional referendum to have been “slow to materialize.”Reporters Without Borders underscored the urgent need to eliminate media offences both in the press and penal code.“Media offences urgently need to be decriminalized both in the press code (article 41) and in the penal code (articles 179, 54, 65 and 66), without any resulting increase in the size of fines, which must continue to be proportionate. And the law must clearly and precisely define these offences, especially ‘insults’ and ‘grave insults,’ which are extremely subjective and give the authorities, especially judges, a great deal of scope for arbitrary decisions,” it added.RWB also called for judiciary reform to ensure that judges are independent and that a special law takes primacy over a general law so that no provision in the penal code is applied when a media offence is concerned.It also underlined the need for an independent and transparent mechanism for issuing press cards and accreditation to Moroccan and foreign journalists working for both national and international media.“Neither the issuing nor withdrawal of a press card or accreditation should be the result of an arbitrary political decision. A decision to withdraw should be exceptional and should be taken by court,” highlighted RWB.The international organization stressed the need for independent and transparent mechanisms to allocate direct state subsidies to the media, to allocate state and private-sector advertising, and to regulate or provide for self-regulating of the print and broadcast media.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
CAIRO– Students also inaugurated a new protest campaign, dubbed “12Elsobh” (“12am”), which aims to mark midnight each day with shouts and chants against “military rule.”In the early hours of Wednesday, pro-democracy students at Al-Azhar University rang in the New Year with fresh protests outside their dormitory compound in eastern Cairo.According to eyewitnesses, students staged a march in the Nasr City district, chanting slogans against last summer’s ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the military. They also shouted slogans against the army and police.Students also inaugurated a new protest campaign, dubbed “12Elsobh” (“12am”), which aims to mark midnight each day with shouts and chants against “military rule.”As the clock struck midnight, scores of students stood on their dormitory balconies and shouted: “Down with military rule!”Since Egypt’s academic year began in September, several universities have been rocked by demonstrations against Morsi’s July 3 ouster.Al-Azhar University – a traditional stronghold of students affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails – has seen the most violent protests, with daily rallies often escalating into violent confrontations between students and police.By Sobhi Mugahed
Rabat – This morning, my six-month-old cat escaped from my El Youssoufia apartment in Rabat. I experienced every indoor cat owner’s worst nightmare.My fiance was frantic, and he raced out the door as I watched her frolic in the garden from our first-floor windows. I tried to lure her back inside with a toy, but she wasn’t interested. In the distance, I saw Ricky, a big orange cat with a wonky eye, creep through the barbed wire fence into the garden. He was heading straight for Doha.Shouting obscenities, I raced around the apartment looking for something soft but heavy to throw at him should he get too close. I grabbed the rubber lid from a can of cat food and dashed back to my post. Amine, my fiance, was outside, but the gate to the garden was padlocked and the elderly woman with the only key was nowhere to be found. After trying unsuccessfully to maneuver through the barbed wire, he scaled the gate. When Amine landed on the other side, Ricky got spooked and ran away. I released my weapon, relieved that Doha was just seconds away from being back inside. Read Also: Eid al-Adha and the Debate of Animal SacrificeExcept she wasn’t. As Amine approached her, she bolted. She had no plans to come quietly, and darted under a padlocked door into a junk-filled alleyway that luckily had no exit. After a few minutes of anxious waiting, Amine broke through the rusted door to the alley where he found Doha locked in a staredown with Sheila, the hefty blue-cream calico who had claimed the territory around our corner of the building. A notorious fighter with the scars to prove it, Sheila goes after any female cat who gets too close. Startled by Amine’s belligerent entrance, Sheila hightailed it out of the alley. Doha, too, was about to make a run for it, but she got distracted by a sound behind her. Only because of this brief moment of vulnerability was my fiance finally able to grab her. Today I realized that my cat was in heat. She went outside not because of boredom or curiosity but to look for a mate; she wanted not to be free but to be impregnated. This instinct put her in danger—she could have easily gotten lost, been attacked by another cat, or hit by a car—and nearly gave my poor fiance a heart attack. This unnerving ordeal taught us an important lesson about owning a pet: sterilization is an urgent necessity. Benefits for household petsAll unsterilized animals are driven by the instinct to mate, but domesticated household pets face enormous risks when pursuing these natural tendencies. Male and female cats and dogs will wander until they find a suitable partner, making them vulnerable to fights with other animals; dangerous weather conditions; cars and trains; insect bites; diseases and infections; hunger; and being unable to find their way home. Many pet owners unfortunately lose their animals due to this instinct to mate— and to the potentially life-threatening health issues that affect unsterilized cats and dogs. Female cats and dogs are prone to uterine infections and breast tumors, “which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats,” according to the ASPCA. “Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.”Unsterilized male cats and dogs can develop testicular cancer and various prostate problems. The sterilization of cats and dogs is recommended by all veterinarians, as it significantly improves health as well as behavior in both males and females. Unsterilized male cats, or tomcats, regularly mark their territory with a pungent urine spray and usually exhibit aggressive behavior. Tomcats who are free to go outside the house are likely to get into fights with other males, which puts your cat in danger. They will undoubtedly mate with unsterilized females, thereby directly contributing to the overpopulation of your neighborhood. Unsterilized female cats, known as queens, also flaunt undesirable behaviors. Most notable is the constant yowling when in heat, and they may also mark objects with urine during this period. If an unsterilized female housecat is allowed outside, she will most likely come home pregnant. If she cannot roam outside at will, her scent and noises will attract tomcats to your property.Unsterilized or intact male dogs are often more aggressive than other dogs and far more difficult to train. Like tomcats, intact dogs mark their territory with urine. They also may engage in inappropriate or unsettling behavior such as masturbation or mounting people, animals, and inanimate objects. Unsterilized female dogs will bleed when in heat, which stains carpets and furniture and requires constant cleaning. They may also endure false pregnancies during which their nipples produce milk. They will also attract intact males, and can get pregnant if left unsupervised. Hormonal animals in the house are generally a nuisance. However, no matter how annoying they may be, these behaviors are natural responses to hormonal fluctuations. They cannot be corrected using disciplinary measures. Sterilizing your pet will not solve every behavioral issue, but eliminating the desire to mate curtails plenty of unwanted and potentially dangerous exploits in cats and dogs. Ideological approaches to sterilizationWhile there are many recorded benefits to sterilization, some Muslims wonder if this procedure goes against their religion. Some Islamic scholars, or ulama, believe that sterilization interferes with God’s creation, and that good Muslims should not even keep animals–particularly dogs—as pets. Buying and selling dogs and cats is actually considered haram by some jurists, as is spending an excessive amount of money on caring for or celebrating animals. Alternatively, some ulama believe that animals can only be sterilized if they are going to be used for food at some point. This, of course, excludes household pets such as cats and dogs. Other scholars maintain that sterilizing animals is permissible so long as it does not hurt the animal, and some argue that sterilizing animals is actually necessary to prevent their suffering. These pro-sterilization scholars use the reality of overpopulation to justify this reasoning. In developed and developing countries alike, thousands of unwanted cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters and culled in the streets on a daily basis. Sterilization prevents the birth of unwanted animals that will eventually be neglected, abused, or killed. In this sense, it is permissible—and necessary. Public health benefitsIn Morocco, where there are as many unwanted animals as there are people, street cats and dogs are suffering. A large-scale sterilization program is the only solution to Morocco’s cat and dog overpopulation problem. By reducing the overall number of litters born—to both household pets and strays—the general population of unwanted animals will decrease.Reducing the population of cats and dogs will greatly benefit the public. The spread of rabies and other diseases be curtailed, animal waste will be less prevalent in residential areas, and traffic accidents caused by wandering cats and dogs will decrease. Additionally, the daily nuisances such as fighting, barking, and mating that are associated with strays will dwindle.Successfully combating Morocco’s animal overpopulation is also dependent on pet owners, which means that sterilization procedures must become more accessible. Morocco needs more veterinarians, pet-related medical expenses should be scaled to the cost of living, and pet owners must be informed of the responsibility they have to spay and neuter their companions. While several independent animal welfare organizations are working to sterilize and vaccinate, local stray populations, most cannot afford to pursue comprehensive TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs.A true solution must be initiated by the government, supported by the people, and bolstered by pet owners.
7 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for urgent measures to contain the crisis in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), stressing to a United Nations-backed summit in Nairobi that neither the vast African nation nor the surrounding region can afford to be dragged back into conflict. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for urgent measures to contain the crisis in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), stressing to a United Nations-backed summit in Nairobi that neither the vast African nation nor the surrounding region can afford to be dragged back into conflict.Fighting in the province of North Kivu between Government forces (FARDC) and the National Congress in Defence of the People (known as the CNDP), a militia led by former general Laurent Nkunda, has displaced as many as 252,000 Congolese in recent months.Today’s summit, hosted by the African Union, brings together DRC President Joseph Kabila and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, which borders North Kivu, as well as the leaders of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and South Africa. “Before anything else, we must take urgent measures to contain the present crisis created by the upsurge of fighting in eastern DRC,” Mr. Ban told the leaders. “Neither the DRC, nor Rwanda, nor the rest of the Central Africa region can afford to be dragged back into conflict. The international community cannot allow this to occur.”Mr. Ban, in a statement issued yesterday, had voiced deep concern at fresh fighting in North Kivu and urged all armed groups to get behind efforts to broker a political solution to the current crisis.At today’s meeting, he stressed the need to deal with the “armed group challenge,” pointing out that the grave consequences of foreign armed groups in the DRC are felt not only by the Congolese people, but also continue to weigh heavily across the region.“For far too long, peace and security in your region has been threatened by armed groups, domestic and foreign, present on the soil of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They have been operating from there with impunity, aggravating strains between your countries and between your peoples.”In seeking a political solution, he said “our urgent task is to turn the Nairobi and Goma principles into concrete steps on the ground,” referring to previous agreements which provided for a ceasefire, the disengagement of troops and the disarmament of armed groups.“We need to end the conflict in the east, and prevent it from spilling over into the wider sub-region. We need to restore the authority of the State, and consolidate the stability that has been achieved in the rest of the country,” he added.“As leaders of Africa, you have a historic responsibility – this is a critical moment for the Great Lakes region, and for Africa as a whole. We must put the cycle of violence behind us. We must build a shared future of stability, peace, development and human rights for all citizens of your countries,” the Secretary-General stated.Before the start of the summit, Mr. Ban held a number of bilateral meetings, including with Mr. Kabila, Mr. Kagame, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, who is also the Chair of the AU, and Jean Ping, Chairperson of the AU Commission. Joining the Secretary-General at those meetings was his newly-appointed Special Envoy and former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who is tasked with working with leaders in the region and the broader international community to end the crisis.Even as the leaders gathered in the Kenyan capital for today’s talks, there are reports of heavy clashes between FARDC and CNDP in Kibati, which is about nine kilometres north of Goma, leading to thousands of new internally displaced persons (IDPs). There is increasing concern about the safety of some 65,000 IDPs living in Kibati camps.The 17,000-strong UN peacekeeping force in the DRC, known as MONUC, also reported that a counter-attack last night landed the Congolese army the upper hand in Nyanzale, which had yesterday fallen to rebels loyal to Mr. Nkunda, who have now retreated to the town’s outskirts. MONUC has been stretched to the limit in recent weeks trying to carry out its mandate to protect civilians amid the violence. The mission has been reinforcing its troops in North Kivu, where it currently has 5,000 peacekeepers. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Edmond Mulet, told a news conference in New York that, as of the end of today, MONUC will have 1,000 combat troops in Goma, where the ceasefire seems to be holding and which has a swelling population of between 700,000 and 1 million. “We are very concerned that the situation may deteriorate further,” he added. In that regard, he stressed that it is crucial that the Security Council consider “without delay” the Secretary-General’s request for 3,000 additional troops to boost MONUC’s strength on the ground. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the total number of displaced in North Kivu since September is now estimated to be 252,000 people. This is in addition to the existing 800,000 IDPs from previous hostilities. UN agencies and their non-governmental organization (NGO) partners have stepped up distributions of relief items, including food, water, health supplies and shelter equipment. Aid agencies on the ground have also noted that all schools in the combat zone are closed, with some reportedly occupied by IDPs.With more cases of cholera reported at IDP camps, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is increasing the availability of clean water and of water purification tablets, as well as installing more latrines. Diarrhoea and measles among children are among the major concerns right now. The agency is launching a vaccination campaign today for some 13,000 children at the Kibati camps, and hopes to reach 73,000 children in the coming days. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy has urged the parties to halt fighting and take all necessary measures to protect civilians, including children.“Children are increasingly victimized and traumatized by the recurrent hostilities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo,” said Ms. Coomaraswamy, who raised specific concerns about the systematic use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and child soldiering. “Widespread recruitment of children by the troops of Laurent Nkunda and the Mayi Mayi continues. Forcing them to participate in the hostilities is a war crime,” she underlined. In addition, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Francis Deng, has been closely following the situation in eastern DRC within the context of his responsibilities.Noting the tragic history of loss of life in the region over at least the past 15 years, including on the basis of ethnicity, the Special Adviser has been especially alarmed by the escalation of violence in the past few weeks. He noted that the intention to destroy an ethnic population group, in whole or in part, is a grave crime under international criminal law – one which the international community, including Member States in the region and beyond, has an obligation to prevent and to punish when it does occur. He emphasized that the belligerents in eastern DRC must refrain from actions that might encourage genocide and that they, and any actors who provide material support, will be held accountable if they fail to do so.
Parliamentarian Duminda Silva appeared in Court today over the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra murder case.Silva, who was in hospital after being re-admitted on Saturday, appeared before the Court and then returned to hospital. Duminda Silva left the Nawaloka hospital last week after being given bail in the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra murder case.Four others were also granted bail by the Colombo High Court in relation to the case.Silva returned to the island from Singapore in March after receiving treatment for the injuries he suffered during the shooting incident. Premachandra had claimed that the MP was attempting to avoid Court as he will be questioned on the murder of her father. Silva was taken to hospital on Saturday just a week after he was discharged after recovering from injuries suffered during the 2011 shooting incident.Hirunika Premachandra said that she was surprised to hear MP Duminda Silva had been admitted to hospital again even after his much publicised release from hospital. Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed in the shooting incident in October 2011 and Silva was seen as one of the main suspects in the murder. (Colombo Gazette) Hirunika Premachandra yesterday raised suspicion on Silva being re-admitted to hospital just a day before he was scheduled to appear in Court.
The Executive Committee of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board has decided to impose a fine on Sri Lanka ‘A’ team cricketer Ramith Rambukwella over the mid-air incident on a British airways flight recently.Sri Lanka Cricket said that the Executive Committee has imposed 50% fine of his tour fee while the Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will also issue a severe warning to him over his behavior. It was alleged that he had attempted to open the door of the plane while it was some 35,000 feet in the air while he was drunk following a tour to the West Indies recently. According to the team manager’s report following the incident, the team had boarded British Airways flight BA 2158 from Greneda on the 30th of June to London. British media reported however that he pushed and pulled for up to two minutes at the exterior door on the packed British Airways flight from St Lucia to Gatwick after playing against the West Indies.A spokesman for the airline had told the British media: “During the flight a man got up and tried to go to the toilet. But instead of going to the toilet he tried to open the aircraft door in mid-flight. The event was linked to an element of alcohol. He explained his mistake and cabin crew accepted it in good faith.” (Colombo Gazette) While in mid-air Ramith Rambukwella had tried to use the toilet. Due to the dim lights in the cabin the player has mistakenly tried to open one of the cabin doors thinking it was the toilet door . At that moment certain passengers had brought to his notice that he is trying to access the incorrect door.At this point the officials of the Sri Lankan team too walked up to the player and directed him the right way. The player apologized profusely to the passengers and to the cabin staff who accepted it in good faith, the team manager said in his report.
“[The Secretary-General] reiterates his utter condemnation of such attacks against Israeli civilians as morally repugnant,” Mr. Annan’s spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said in a statement, which stressed that in order to break the cycle of violence, both parties must move towards an immediate ceasefire, leading to negotiations on a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement. “In this regard, the Secretary-General calls on Chairman Arafat and Prime Minister Sharon to cooperate with United States Secretary of State Colin Powell’s mission,” the statement said.Mr. Annan, who was in Geneva today, called attention to the “massive” violations of human rights and humanitarian law going on in the Middle East. “We must all be deeply upset by the spectacle of so many unnecessary deaths; so much destruction and distress; so much erosion of restraints and coarsening of moral sensibility,” he said in an address earlier today to the UN Commission on Human Rights.With the parties “locked in the logic of war,” the Secretary-General said progress would require moving them to the “logic of peace” by addressing the core issues of occupation, violence – including terrorism – and the economic plight of the Palestinians. “We must also remember that one cause of the current situation has been the persistent denial of fundamental human rights,” he stressed.Mr. Annan said the task of the international community – and the Commission – “is to help bring both parties back to civilized standards of conduct; to insist on respect for human rights and humanitarian law; and to demand access for humanitarian organizations, as well as respect for freedom of expression.”Towards this end, he called on the leaders of both sides to “make an immediate declaration of commitment to respect basic norms of human rights and humanitarian law.”
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The nation’s top-ranked Akron Zips men’s soccer team looks to extend its 11-game shutout streak Wednesday when it visits No. 23 Ohio State for a match in which the Buckeyes are the underdogs. “We got nothing to lose and everything to gain by getting a good result in this game,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “The pressure is all on their team.” The Buckeyes (5-2-1) are hoping to parlay last Wednesday’s scoreless tie with No. 8 Louisville and Saturday’s 1-0 win at Michigan into momentum heading into tonight’s game and the upcoming Big Ten schedule. “It’s a chance to play the No. 1 team in the country and measure yourself against them,” Bluem said. “At the end of the year, if you want to be a Big Ten Champion or an NCAA Tournament participant, this is what you’re going to face,” Bluem said. Despite their shutout streak, the Zips’ defense doesn’t match up with their offense, defender Matt Gold said. “Someone always told me that the best defense is offense and that sums it up pretty well,” he said. “They are all very technical, talented and smart players.” Bluem said that in order to end Akron’s shutout streak, OSU must concede space defensively while using more defenders with the hope of being able to capitalize on counter attacks. Gold said Akron normally controls the ball for 70 percent of the game, which means opposing teams rarely get opportunities to score. “We just have to exploit their weaknesses,” midfielder Sam Scales said. “If they make a mistake we really have to take advantage of it, especially in the back, we got to counter and finish our chances.” The recent play of goalkeeper Matt Lampson might afford OSU’s defense to play more aggressively. Monday, Lampson received the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolades for his shutout efforts against Louisville and Michigan. He had 11 saves in Ann Arbor, Mich. “He was at his very best against Michigan,” Bluem said. “He had a great performance and he’s going to need to have a similar performance for us to be successful against Akron.” Kickoff against Akron is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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