No HC relief for retd officer who drew HRA for 30 years

first_imgMumbai, Mar 29 (PTI) The Bombay High Court has declined to stay an order of recovery of Rs 3.09 lakhs from the pension of a retired government employee, who had drawn house rent allowance in his salary for 30 years despite having an official accommodation during the same period.Dattatraya Yadav, a Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) in Pay and Accounts Department of the state government, had drawn from 1975to2005, a period of 30 years, house rent allowance, despite full knowledge that he was not entitled to receive the same because he had been allotted a government accommodation since 1975.An order was passed for recovery of the amount through a monthly deduction of Rs 10,000 from his pension, when it became known to authorities after he retired from service. The aggrieved officer then moved Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal, seeking to restrain the recovery of HRA amount.The MAT, on November 14, 2014, confirmed the order about recovery of the amount following which Yadav knocked the doors of the high court.Itwas also the petitioners case that an amount of Rs 43,065has already been recovered from him and, therefore, he is entitled to refund of the amount from the government.Thepetitionerjoinedgovernmentserviceasaclerkin 1968andretiredin2005fromthepostofadministrative officer. He was Drawing and Disbursing Officer in the office of DeputyCommissionerofPolice,Bandra,from1997 to 2000, in wireless section from 2000 to 2003 andin the office of DCP,MT Section, Nagpadafrom2003to2005.”Thus,itisquiteclearthat the petitioner has handled responsiblepostsandcanbesaidto have sufficient knowledgeinthematterofpayallowancesin government service,” a bench of Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice M S Sonak noted in their order recently.advertisement”Thepetitionerwas himself the DDO and it is not even his case that he was unaware that he was not entitled to draw HRA. The petitioners contention that his superiors should have detected the error,doesnotcommendtous,” the bench said.”Wereallyseenoreason to interfere with the impugned order,” the judges observed. (More) PTI SVS GK SClast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) Following is the chronology ofNew Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) Following is the chronology of events relating to implementation of Justice R M Lodha panel recommendations on structural reforms in BCCI.*Jan 4, 2016: Justice R M Lodha panel submits its report to SC on various aspects of reforms in BCCI.*Jan 22: SC agrees to hear plea of Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) seeking implementation of report of Justice R M Lodha panel.*Feb 4: SC asks BCCI to “fall in line” with Lodha panel recommendations which suggested its massive restructuring.*Feb 24: SC agrees to hear BJP leader Subramanian Swamys plea against Justice Lodha Committees order suspending IPL franchisee Chennai Super Kings for two years.*Mar 1: Orissa Cricket Association moves SC seeking to be impleaded in hearing related to implementation of Lodha panel recommendation suggesting restructuring of BCCI.*Mar 3: SC pulls up BCCI over reluctance to accept Lodha panels recommendations; questions BCCI over lack of transparency in funds to states.*Mar 3: SC also allays BCCIs apprehension that it will face ICCs ire for carrying out drastic restructuring by including CAG nominee saying it does not amount to government interference; questions BCCI for putting spoke in one state- one vote policy.*Apr 5: SC slams BCCI for not checking how hefty sums are being spent, saying it was “practically corrupting” its members by not seeking any explanation.*Apr 8: SC criticises BCCI for maintaining that any judicial interference in its functioning would compromise its autonomy, says sports body was resisting recommendations to reform.advertisement*Apr 11: Cricket Club of India (CCI) of Mumbai faces tough questions from SC on its resistance to structural reforms in the BCCI.*Apr 13: SC asks govt whether it can take over cricketing activities by enacting law. (more) PTI RRT AG SJK RRT DVlast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan facing three weeks on sidelines after thumb injury

first_imgIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan, who got hit on his left thumb by a Trent Boult bouncer in the third over of India’s second innings on Sunday, was taken to a city hospital for x-ray. (Scorecard)Dhawan got out for 17 adjudged leg before wicket to Boult leaving India tottering at 34/3 in the 11th over. Upon returning to the dressing room, the team doctor advised him for a check-up as the Delhi southpaw was complaining of pain, it was learnt. (India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 3: As It Happened)”He was at the hospital for five minutes roughly. The x-ray report is yet to come. There is some doubt whether he will be able to take the field,” a source close to the development said. (‘Bhumi Pujan’ Dhawan trolled on Twitter after flop show at Eden)Before the hit on his thumb, Dhawan also picked up a knock on his shoulder, hit by another Boult delivery.It was learnt that he could be out of action for three weeks.last_img read more

James Leads Cavaliers Past Pacers; Jazz Top Thunder

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the opener by holding off the Indiana Pacers 100-97 on Wednesday night to even their Eastern Conference series at one game apiece.Dazzling from the start, James scored the game’s first 16 points and had 29 at halftime, dominating the way he has in so many previous postseasons. But in a season in which nothing has been easy for the Cavs, Cleveland was lucky that Indiana’s Victor Oladipo missed a wide-open 3-pointer that would have tied it with 27 seconds left.Kevin Love scored 15, but Cleveland’s All-Star center injured his left hand, the same one he broke earlier this season, with 3:43 left. Love’s status could affect the remainder of this series — and perhaps Cleveland’s season.Oladipo scored 22 — he was in early foul trouble — and Myles Turner 18 for the Pacers, who shocked the Cavs with an overpowering win in Game 1.Game 3 is Friday night in Indianapolis.JAZZ 102, THUNDER 95OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Rookie Donovan Mitchell scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Utah Jazz defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder and tie their Western Conference playoff series at one win game apiece.Derrick Favors had career playoff bests of 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz, and Ricky Rubio had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the first playoff win of his seven-year career.Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Thunder. Paul George, who scored 36 points in Game 1, finished with 18 on 6-for-21 shooting. Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points, but made just six of 18 shots.Utah outrebounded Oklahoma City 56-46 to take home-court advantage from the Thunder. Oklahoma City had two chances in the final minute to trim Utah’s lead with the Jazz leading 99-95, but Anthony missed 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.Game 3 will be Saturday in Utah.ROCKETS 102, TIMBERWOLVES 82HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul had 27 points and Gerald Green came off the bench to score 21 as the Houston Rockets used a huge second quarter to cruise past the Minnesota Timberwolves and take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.Houston fell behind early, but went on top for good with a 37-point second quarter, powered by four 3-pointers from Green, and the Wolves didn’t threaten again. The top-seeded Rockets won the opener by three behind a 44-point performance from James Harden on a night when most of the team struggled offensively. Things were much different on Wednesday when Harden had just 12 points as one of four Rockets who finished in double figures.Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns had another disappointing game, scoring all of his five points in the first quarter, after being criticized for finishing with eight in the series opener. The All-Star big man went to the bench with about seven minutes left in the third quarter and didn’t return. Jamal Crawford scored 16 points for the eighth-seeded Timberwolves, who are in the playoffs for the first time since 2004.The series moves to Minnesota for Game 3 on Saturday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Youth Olympics: Shahu Tushar Mane wins silver in 10m air rifle event

first_imgShooter Shahu Tushar Mane won India’s first medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires when he bagged a silver medal on Sunday.Mane shot 247.5 in the men’s 10m air rifle event on the first day of Games to finish second behind Russia’s Grigorii Shamakov took the gold with 249.2. Aleksa Mitrovic of Serbia won the bronze with a score of 227.9.It was close fight among the three podium finishers till the end and Mane edged out Mitrovic for the silver medal by collecting 228.0 as against 227.9 of the Serbian shooter in the penultimate round.But, the final round was not the best one for the Indian as he shot 9.6 and 9.99 while the eventual gold winner had 10.4 and 10.7.In the qualification round held earlier in the day, Mane had shot 623.7 to finish third and qualify for the final.India is being represented by 46 athletes in 13 sports in the prestigious event. This is India’s largest ever contingent at the Youth Olympics.India won two medals — a silver and a bronze — in the last Youth Olympics in 2014 in Nanjing in China.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

IPL 2019: In-form Jonny Bairstow wants SRH to keep playing the same brand of cricket

first_imgIt looked like in-form Jonny Bairstow was batting on a different Feroze Shah Kotla wicket and the rest of the batsmen from the Delhi Capitals (DC) as well as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) played on a different pitch.Even as others struggled to find form, Bairstow hit a 28-ball 48 to ensure that there was no coming back for DC in the match.Speaking after the game on Thursday, Bairstow credited the bowlers for guiding him on how to go about his innings. He also felt that it was a good toss to win as batting became slightly easier in the second innings.”There was a little less bounce than what we had in Hyderabad and you could see that with the wear and tear of the pitch. It was a good toss to win because you could see it was good to bat second because you saw what you needed to do.”When the bowlers are bowling, they tell you that this boundary is shorter and it is turning from which part. But at the same time the bowlers are different on both sides as our guys are shorter and they have much taller guys, so you can only react to the situation,” he said.That’s that from Delhi as the @SunRisers win by 5 wickets #VIVOIPL (@IPL) April 4, 2019Bairstow said that the team had gotten off to a good start and it was important to keep playing the way the have.”Really pleased with the start, just going to try and keep going. We have three games in quick succession and we need to keep playing the brand of cricket that we’ve been playing. We have a great group of guys in the side and we all play in the same fashion.”advertisementFourth consecutive 50-run partnership between @jbairstow21 & @davidwarner31 (@IPL) April 4, 2019While Rashid Khan was at his miserly best with figures of 1/18 from his four overs, the leg-spinner felt it was a complete team effort.”Wonderful display especially by the bowlers. Everyone contributed in bowling. And Jonny was superb with the bat. Wicket was slow and we wanted to restrict them below 150. The fielders supported really well,” he said.With SRH losing wickets in the middle after a brilliant start at the top, Rashid said that the DC’s collapse against Kings XI Punjab did come to the mind of the Hyderabad players.”When we lost two wickets quickly, for once DC’s collapse against the Kings XI came in my mind. But in the end Yusuf (Pathan) and (Mohammad) Nabi controlled their nerves and finished really well,” he added.Also Read | Captaincy always easy when team does well: SRH skipper Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read | IPL 2019: Coach Ricky Ponting slams Feroz Shah Kotla pitch after DC lose to SRHAlso Read | DC vs SRH, IPL 2019: Shreyas Iyer disappointed as Delhi lose heavily againlast_img read more

9 days ago​Wanyama admits Tottenham exit talk made unsettled him

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Wanyama admits Tottenham exit talk made unsettled himby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama has admitted that he was unsettled by talk about his future this summer.The veteran defensive midfielder was linked with a move away to the club, and he almost got it through a transfer to Club Brugge.But the move fell through and Wanyama is focusing on fighting for his place in the team.And he admits the summer speculation had an impact on his focus.”Of course I was unsettled with the transfer news because it was coming in the news every day,” Wanyama told”What happened in the transfer window is passed me now and my main focus is to train as hard as I can to make sure I regain my position in the team.”I don’t think it is difficult to win my position back, I just need to push myself even harder and keep working hard in training to achieve the same and I know it will happen soon.” last_img read more

4-H Clubbites Receive Entrepreneurial and Life Skills Training

first_img There are over 70,000 clubbites island wide, age five to 25 years Story Highlights The one-week camp was held from July 5 to 12 at the 4-H centre at Rose Hall in Linstead, St. Catherinecenter_img Some 58 Jamaica 4-H clubbites have benefited from entrepreneurial and life skills training at the organisation’s annual summer camp.The one-week camp was held from July 5 to 12 at the 4-H centre at Rose Hall in Linstead, St. Catherine, under the theme: ‘Empowering our Youth through Entrepreneurship’. The aim is to prepare them to take their place at the country’s future leaders.The youngsters, age 13 to 18, from clubs all over the island, participated in home economics, agriculture, leadership, entrepreneurship and etiquette sessions. They also received assistance in writing resumes and job interview tips.The young people showed off their talents during a concert, and they also participated in a Jamaica night cultural show. The 4-H pledge and creed were reinforced through the daily routines and activities held.The highlight of the camp was the annual camp king and queen competition, with first time attendees Jonairo Pennycooke and Sandrina Williams, respectively, taking the coveted titles.Eighteen-year old Jonairo said the camp experience was good and pledged to use the title to motivate other 4-H clubbites to work towards their full potential.Sandrina, who is also the Jamaica 4-H Clubs’ National Girl of the year, stated that the title “means a lot to me”, and has added to her list of achievements.The 18-year old stated that she enjoyed the camp, noting that as a first time attendee, she had a lot of expectations and they were all met. “It was well-rounded especially with the home economics, agriculture, leadership, and etiquette sessions. I would like to charge others to participate in 4-H clubs at their schools so they can be a part of the camp,” she urged.The camp also saw the election of Christopher Wilson of Glemuir High School in Clarendon, as the national president of the Junior Leaders League (JLL). The League was formed to create a nursery of young leaders for the 4-H movement.Christopher, who has attended previous camps, told JIS News that, “this camp was different from last year’s. This year they taught us entrepreneurship, and it opened my mind a lot. We had to write resumes and do mock interviews. It was basically a training camp for us going into the wider world,” he stated.At the end of the week, the campers participated in an evaluation session, where they were asked to give an honest assessment of their experience and make suggestions on areas for improvement.Camp Director for 11 years, and training coordinator for two years, Charlene Butler-Edwards, told JIS News that during the evaluation, “we got to have feedback from campers regarding their likes and dislikes (of the camp). It was very good to hear from them.”Eastern Regional Secretary of the 4-H Club, Michelle Mantle, said that the young people did extremely well.  “They were very excited and they want the camp to be extended to three weeks or a month,” she told JIS News.Presenters included representatives from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Small Business Association Jamaica, Jamaica Business Development Corporation, Junior Achievement Jamaica, Jamaica National, LIME, and the Victoria Mutual Building Society.Sponsors were Virginia Dare, Caribbean Cement, CB Foods Limited, Caribbean Broilers Jamaica Limited, Jamaica Broilers Group of Companies, All P’s Bakery, Island Mist, Stewart’s Trophies, Jamaica Sugar Industry Authority, and Jamaica Macaroni Factory Limited.The Jamaica 4-H Clubs, which is celebrating 73 years of existence this year, seeks to mobilize, educate and train youth in leadership skills and vocations and influence trainees to develop sustainable livelihoods and become positive contributors to national development.There are over 70,000 clubbites island wide, age five to 25 years.last_img read more

Cammell Laird Splashes New RoRo Ship for Red Funnel

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Cammell Laird British shipbuilder Cammell Laird has launched a new GBP 10 million (USD 13.03 million) ferry it has built for Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel.The Red Kestrel, a new freight-only RoRo vessel, will operate between Southampton and Isle of Wight.The 1,070 gross ton newbuild will officially join the fleet on arrival in Southampton, and enter service in May 2019, following a trials and training period.The launch event marks the debut of Red Funnel’s first dedicated RoRo freight ship since the company’s inception.“We are delighted by today’s launch of Red Kestrel…We’re thrilled that not only will Red Kestrel increase our total capacity and enhance convenience for our cross-Solent customers but we also take tremendous pride in supporting the revival of world-class shipbuilding in this country,” Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel, commented.“We are especially proud to be working for a British ferry company, winning the contract against international competition,” Tony Graham, Cammell Laird Chief Operating Officer, said, adding that the shipyard sees a big market in ferry repair, conversion and newbuild.Red Kestrel is Red Funnel’s first ship to be designed for freight traffic. As a freight vessel, it is limited to 12 passengers and constructed specifically to provide additional year-round freight capacity for Red Funnel’s Southampton-East Cowes route, which currently handles 53% of all freight movements across the Solent.At 74 meters in length, the newbuild will provide 265 lane meters of roll-on/roll-off freight capacity.To minimize the environmental footprint, the hull shape has been designed specifically to reduce wash and a propulsion package has been selected to make the vessel highly fuel efficient whilst meeting the latest Tier III emission regulations. The use of azimuth thrusters will also make the ship very maneuverable, according to Cammell Laird.The crossing time of 55-60 minutes will be identical to Red Funnel’s existing Raptor class RoPax ships and Red Kestrel will use the same berths in Southampton and East Cowes.Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3 million passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1 million passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service.last_img read more

Police Confiscate 160 Kgs of Cannabis at Tangier Med Port

Rabat – Police have seized 160 kilograms of cannabis in Tangier from a Moroccan drug trafficker attempting to embark to Europe.On Wednesday evening, police and customs officers stopped a Moroccan national at Tangier Med Port who was trying to smuggle cannabis in the form of cannabis resin (chira) to Europe. The drug, which was concealed in a Belgium-registered car, was discovered during a vehicle scan. Police dogs were also involved in the operation. The 39-year-old culprit was arrested and placed in custody for an investigation by Tangier’s judicial police. The investigation will be carried out under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office.Cannabis resin is one of the most exported drugs in Morocco and has continuously been the subject of seizures in past years. The demand for the drug in Europe is very high due to its powerful and high-yield hybrid varieties.In fact, Morocco is the largest supplier of cannabis resin for Europe, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In 2014, 302 tons and 85 percent of all cannabis resin seizures in Spain were linked to Morocco. Spain has played an important role for Morocco’s drug trafficking, as it is the closest European country and therefore used as gateway to all the others. Other popular points of entry are Portugal, France, and Italy. According to the UNODC World Drug Report of 2017, Morocco has the third highest cannabis resin seizures among countries worldwide. The kingdom comes behind Spain and Pakistan. Other drugs that Spain and Europe have increasingly imported are heroin and cocaine. The latter has also been the subject of numerous seizures lately. A UNODC report from 2011 suggested that the traditional trafficking route from Morocco to Spain, used to import cannabis resin to Europe, has also been used for cocaine. read more

NY mayor orders probe into taxi medallion brokers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered a joint investigation into predatory practices by taxi medallion brokers.The mayor says the 45-day review by the Taxi and Limousine Commission, Department of Finance and Department of Consumer Affairs “will identify and penalize brokers who have taken advantage of buyers and misled city authorities.”The Democratic presidential hopeful says “it’s unacceptable to prey on hardworking New Yorkers trying to support their families.”Monday’s announcement comes after The New York Times published a report on the financial struggles of medallion owners who were enticed into reckless loans just before the market collapsed.The report found that “a handful of powerful industry leaders artificially drove up the prices of taxi medallions, creating a bubble that eventually burst.”The Associated Press read more

Sudan UN official blocked from Darfur camp

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator arrived today in the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan but was blocked at a military checkpoint and denied permission to continue to a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). But six hours after arriving on the ground in Darfur, his convoy was stopped at a military checkpoint in Kutum town and denied permission to continue to Kassab IDP camp. Mr. Holmes had planned to tour this camp in order to meet with community leaders and speak with women about the consequences of the ongoing Darfur crisis, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which he heads. The 22,700 inhabitants at Kassab camp depend on humanitarian aid for survival. “The United Nations and its NGO partners are keeping these people alive, and we are not allowed in. We should be allowed to move freely,” said Mr. Holmes from the Kutum airfield this afternoon. “I fear this is typical of what aid workers trying to make a difference in Darfur deal with on a daily basis.” There are half a dozen international NGOs and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) working in Kutum, some of whom have only recently returned after temporarily or partially suspending their programmes due to the deteriorating security situation. Clashes between rebel factions, Sudanese Government forces, and proxy militia have been going on in the area since late 2006, with the civilian population caught in the crossfire. Over the past four years in Darfur as a whole, the fighting has killed at least 200,000 people.Government officials who later contacted the Under-Secretary-General apologized for the incident and offered him their assurances that his visit to Jebel Marra and to Abu Shouk IDP camp tomorrow would go smoothly, OCHA said. “Tomorrow I look forward to conducting scheduled visits to these locales,” Mr. Holmes said, after accepting the apology. Mr. Holmes will spend the night in El Fasher and plans to visit Jebel Marra and the Abu Shouk IDP camp on Sunday, 25 March, before returning to Khartoum. In another development, the UN Special Envoy for Darfur, Jan Eliasson, and his African Union counterpart, Salim Ahmed Salim, are conducting a second joint visit to Sudan this week in a bid to re-energize the peace process in Darfur.They met on Saturday 24 March with Foreign Minister Lam Akol, Presidential Adviser Majzoub Al Khalifa, and Senior Assistant to the President Minni Minnawi, according to the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). Today, the officials met in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, with local government officials, tribal leaders, IDPs and civil society representatives as well as UN and NGOs staff.Prior to his arrival in Khartoum, Mr. Eliasson was in Asmara where he met with the Eritrean President and other government officials on the coordination of Eritrean mediation efforts in Darfur with those of the UN and the AU. Meanwhile, the fighting continues, according to UNMIS, which cited reports that on Saturday, armed Arab tribesmen attacked Sirba village, where three people were killed, 15 others injured and 35 houses destroyed. 25 March 2007The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator arrived today in the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan but was blocked at a military checkpoint and denied permission to continue to a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). read more

UN ideals can benefit from synergy of AfroArab cooperation says Ban

In a message to the second Afro-Arab summit that brought together members of the League of Arab States (LAS) and the African Union (AU) in the Libyan city of Sirte yesterday, Mr. Ban commended the efforts by African and Arab countries to promote peace and development in countries emerging from conflict in Africa, particularly Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Sierra Leone.“Your Summit is an opportunity to explore ways to strengthen ties with each other in support of United Nations goals and ideals,” the Secretary-General said in the message, delivered on his behalf by the head of the UN Office to the AU, Zachary Muburi-Muita.He welcomed the recent rapprochement between Chad and the Sudan, which he said had reduced tensions along their common border.Mr. Ban also expressed the UN’s gratitude to the Arab League and the AU for their continued support to the people of Somalia.He said while Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) faces considerable challenges, it has made progress in its outreach to a broad range of Somali groups with respect to joining the reconciliation process.“I am counting on you to provide more political and financial support for the TFG in this final year of the transition. The United Nations will continue to provide the logistical support package to AMISOM [AU Mission in Somalia] and technical expertise to the AU for the planning, deployment and management of AMISOM,” Mr. Ban said.On Sudan, the Secretary-General urged both parties there to resolve all outstanding issues before the referenda on the self-determination of southern Sudan and the Abyei area, scheduled for January, and to ensure that the process is credible.“The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel led by former [South African] President [Thabo] Mbeki and the United Nations Mission in Sudan [UNMIS] are working closely together to facilitate negotiations on post-referendum arrangements.“I have also established a Sudan referenda panel, headed by former President [Benjamin] Mkapa of Tanzania, to encourage the holding of credible referenda,” the Secretary-General said.On Darfur, Mr. Ban voiced concern over the deterioration of the security there, but noted that the joint AU-UN peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) is working hard to protect civilians, while the joint AU-UN meditation is working to secure a peace agreement in Doha, Qatar.“The international community, including the AU and the LAS, must deliver a unified message to the parties [in Darfur] to immediately cease all hostilities and commit to the political process,” Mr. Ban said.On the Comoros, he said it is important that the LAS and the UN continue to actively support the AU’s mediation efforts and the electoral process in order to ensure the implementation of the recently signed political agreement.Turning to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the internationally agreed targets to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015, Mr. Ban said much more remains to be done, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable populations, despite considerable progress in both African and Arab States.“I reiterate the abiding commitment of the United Nations to strengthening our partnership with the AU, LAS and the people of both regions to realize the widely held aspirations for peace, stability, dignity, democracy and well-being for all,” the Secretary-General added. 11 October 2010Cooperation between African and Arab States can boost United Nations efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts in the two regions, promote tolerance, combat drug trafficking, terrorism and corruption, and strengthen the campaign against unemployment and climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said. read more

Sweden assures President support to get GSP plus for Sri Lanka

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom has pledged to provide the Government of Sweden’s every possible assistance to Sri Lanka to regain the GSP+ facility.She made these remarks when she met with the President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. The President requested the Swedish Foreign Minister to assist establish vocational training centers to enhance the opportunities for vocational training for the youth in the North and the East. He also called for help to develop training in the fields of education, fisheries and environment.The President also invited the Swedish investors to utilize the investing opportunities available in Sri Lanka. He emphasized he would provide required facilities on this regard as a government. During the meeting, Sweden’s Foreign Minister and the President discussed in detail regarding the ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. President Sirisena took this opportunity to thank the Government of Sweden for the assistance given so far for the development projects in Sri Lanka. The Swedish Foreign Minister commended the government’s program to fulfill its responsibilities during the post conflict period by ensuring the democracy and freedom of the people in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The President requested Sweden’s Foreign Minister to provide support for research activities in preventing kidney disease, which is spreading in Sri Lanka and Ms. Wallstrom pledged to provide Sweden’s assistance in this regard. She further said that already a special project has been implemented by the Uppsala University in Sweden and the Karolinska Medical Institute of Sweden with the collaboration of Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. read more

SISO execs sentenced

Two former executives of Hamilton’s Settlement and Integration Services Organization have been sentenced after being found guilty of fraud last month.Morteza Jafarpour and Robert Salama were tried together after Citizenship and Immigration uncovered an almost $3 million fraud at the organization. SISO helped many immigrants settle in Hamilton.The judge gave Jafarpour, who was free during the trial, a two year sentence. Salama, who was behind bars during the trial, was given one more day.

Theresa May Appalling that Scottish Government put pressure on MS

“And I think it is frankly appalling that the Scottish government did not want to see the Union Flag and the word British on produce.”It’s not only appalling, it fails to reflect the vote that took place in Scotland, which showed that people in Scotland want to stay part of the United Kingdom.”It emerged last week that in a briefing to Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Rural Affairs Minister, a civil servant said that M&S had promised to “urgently investigate” the categorisation of Scotch and reported back that there had been an error. Although the company confirmed that the website had been changed, officials then suggested that it issue a public message to “clarify” that the mistake had been rectified. They also promised that Mr Ewing “would respond positively” if M&S did so. whisky A whisky ‘nosing’Credit:Getty Theresa May has condemned the Scottish Government’s “appalling” behaviour after MPs were told it did not want the Union flag and the word British on food and drink labelling.SNP ministers were accused of leaning on Marks and Spencer after documents showed that officials telephoned the high street giant “to seek clarity on the situation” after Scotch whisky was listed on its website as being from the UK. Murdo Fraser, the Scottish Tory MSP, said at the time there was “not a person in the world who doesn’t know whisky is Scottish”.A separate briefing on Tesco strawberries recommended that “no formal action is taken at Cabinet Secretary level at present”, but asked whether Mr Ewing wanted a meeting “in the near future” with the supermarket.Both cases prompted a series of SNP supporters to write to Scottish ministers, with one questioning whether it was “an attempt by Westminster at a spot of brainwashing or is there something more sinister going on.”The Scottish Government said the documents showed it had raised public concerns “in a constructive manner”. M&S was contacted about its signage for ScotchCredit:Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. M&S A separate briefing marked “urgent” was sent to Nicola Sturgeon over Tesco’s decision to change the branding on Scottish strawberries from the Saltire to a Union Flag.Luke Graham, the Scottish Tory MP, and a former M&S employee, asked Mrs May at Prime Minister’s Questions if she would stand with him “against this petty bullying and support companies that are proud of Scottish and British produce”.The Prime Minister said she “absolutely agreed”, adding: “We should all be proud of Scottish and British produce, of produce from any part of our United Kingdom. read more

Anglo bulk copper ore sorting moving ahead at El Soldado with demo

first_imgBy taking advantage of the natural variations within orebodies, Anglo American says it can identify and reject gangue (waste rock) close to the mine face. This means that it can reduce its energy intensity by more than 10%, as less reject gangue is being processed in its plants. This is the rationale behind its Bulk Sorting project that in turn forms part of its FutureSmart Mining™ approach to innovation and sustainability.Today, the company says it has a full-scale demonstration facility installed and running at the El Soldado copper mine in Chile, with two more units scheduled for delivery by mid-2019. The system is thought to include a grizzly, feeder, sizer, conveyors & associated equipment from MMD, used in conjunction with an ore scanning system. One option being trialled is pulsed fast thermal neutron activation (PFTNA) technology from Malvern Panalytical, deployed on one of its CNA online cross belt analysers.last_img read more

Torsten Laen until 2013 in Fuchse Berlin

Fuchse BerlinTorsten Laen ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2010 semifinal: Denmark vs Norway – Romania vs Sweden Next Story → EHF EURO 2010: For the fifth place Montenegro vs France Captain of Fuchse Berlin, Torsten Laen (31) prolonged his contract with a club from German Capital until 2013. Famous line player, specialist for defense play came to Berlin at the summer 2009. Before that, he had a lot of success with BM Ciudad Real, where he spent two seasons, from 2007 to 2009. Before Spain, Laen was a key player of GOG Svendborg for a many years (from 1999).

Filip Lazarov to Politehnica Timisoara

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Power accountability and €130k a year Three Irish cities to vote on

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 9:00 PM Share59 Tweet Email2 38 Comments It’s about getting someone accountable to the people so I do think it’s a position that would be of value but there’s not enough information out there about it right now.In terms of accountability, there will be a recall and impeachment procedure to deal with any misconduct by a major – who’d have the same salary as a Minister of State of €129,854.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was pressed in the Dáil last week about the lack of information out there for the people of Cork, Waterford and Limerick to inform them of what’s on the table.“I accept that we need to make sure there will be adequate information available before public go to the polls,” he said. “We have eight weeks in which to do so.”It’s understood that the vote will not be taken under the auspices of the referendum commission, which is obliged to distribute information to the public on any referendum taking place.Varadkar added a public information campaign would be launched to try explain to people how the office of the directly-elected mayor would work.Former Waterford city and county Lord Mayor Adam Wyse told it’s essential to ensure people know exactly what they’re being asked to vote on.“It might already be too last-minute,” he said. “Turnout is usually lower for local elections anyway. We saw last year young people get very engaged with the eighth amendment referendum, which was well flagged with information provided well in advance. That’s not happening now.”Cahill added that, from canvassing to retain his own spot on the council in the upcoming local elections, there’s a lack of understanding of the issues at play.“I know from canvassing or knocking on doors,” he said. “I do fear there’s not enough public awareness of what it’s all about.”TheoryMost political parties are supportive of the idea of a directly-elected mayor in principle. The practice is common in major world cities such as New York and London.The likes of Labour, Sinn Féin, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have all called for a mayor to be given powers to effect necessary change for the people in their cities.Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer remarked last year that “strategic thinking is needed to implement change” in Cork city with a mandate provided by the people.“A mayor would have responsibility for making sure that the expanded city has the amenities and services needed, to help bring jobs and investment and to raise the standard of living,” he said.Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin, similarly, says the party is supportive of the proposals for directly-elected mayors if the “powers, functions and costs are right”. Wyse cited the work being done by the current CEO of Waterford city and county council Michael Walsh, and said it would need a “seriously high calibre of person” to take the reins over and handle the running of a city.“The type of person who does this job will need to be similar to the other CEOs running the councils around the country,” the Waterford councillor said. “You’d wonder if those kinds of people would put themselves forward on the ballot.”Former Cork Lord Mayor Cahill said that, effectively, what the person’s actual job will be is an elected chief executive to handle various aspects of the council, while the actual chief executive handles the rest.“And we’ll call that the mayor,” he said.Wyse agreed, and said that it would in effect be “double-jobbing” by having two similar roles, where one was directly elected and accountable to the people.Why not in Dublin?Dublin is not going to be given the option for a directly-elected mayor anytime soon, despite a large volume of calls from the parties to do so.Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe said that cutting the “red tape and bureaucracy of the Customs House” will help to alleviate progress being stifled in the capital.“Currently all significant proposals for tackling Dublin’s difficulties require sign-off from Ministers who don’t understand the reality of life in the capital,” he said.This won’t be happening anytime soon, though, with the Taoiseach remarking: “Dublin is going to take a little bit more work given the fact there are four local authorities involved.”Within Dublin, there are Fingal County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council.Getting the councillors from across the four districts to agree to have a directly-elected mayor came very, very close on one occasion before. In 2014, every council but one voted by a large majority in favour of a directly-elected mayor.Only Fingal County Council held out, effectively ruling out a plebiscite for Dubliners on if they wanted a mayor.The move was met with consternation from councillors, with former Dublin City Lord Mayor Christy Burke calling it “unfair, regrettable and undemocratic”.He said: “The majority speaks in every other rule of law for government decisions, so why does the majority not speak here? I just think it’s a missed opportunity. The only democratic way to elect a mayor is by the people, let the people speak.”Next stepsIf there is to be a directly-elected mayor, it’s likely that the current duties of the lord mayors of these cities will have to be scaled back significantly.Wyse added: “It’s a full-time job. It’s not just cutting ribbons and the like. You meet ambassadors from all over the world, travel to meet people with the IDA abroad, business men and women from all the over city.You need to know your stuff, and you need to be passionate about being the mayor of your city and county.Cahill said: “There’s a lot of confusion over the position of the Lord Mayor already. It’s an ambassadorial role that’s a great honour, but it’s manic and full-time as well. There are always places to go and people to see to represent your city – in my case Cork – every single day. If you were to then have the duties that this directly-elected mayor would have, you’d have to scale down the current aspects by about 90%.But, given the opportunity, it’s something that most elected representatives would love the chance to do according to Cahill.“I don’t know any local politician who wouldn’t want to lead their city,” he said. “Many of us already have 10-15 years’ experience on the council. We’re all part of the development plan for Cork. Personally, I know myself I’d like to lead that.”But, before any of that happens, the people of Limerick, Cork and Waterford will have to decide whether or not they want to elect someone with these powers. The earliest we’d see a mayor in situ would be 2021. With the perception that there’s been little information given to date on what this new position would actually mean for the people in these cities, there’s plenty of work to be done in the next eight weeks for the government to win people over to the plans.As Fianna Fáil’s Shane Cassells put it in the Dáil this week: “If there is not at the very least a very basic understanding of the proposals, they are destined to fail, which would be disastrous for local democracy.Let us not give the people a Mayor Quimby solution but the first step to real reform.With reporting from Christina Finn Cork City Hall Cork City Hall Image: Shutterstock/crazy82 15,433 Views Power, accountability and €130k a year: Three Irish cities to vote on having a mayor The people of Cork, Waterford and Limerick will vote on whether they want a directly-elected mayor in May. IN MAY, RESIDENTS of the cities of Cork, Limerick and Waterford will be given the chance to have their say on whether there should be a directly-elected mayor with significant powers to set policies and implement changes.On the same day as the local and European elections, and the divorce referendum, locals in these areas will also vote on a plebiscite on the mayor issue. But the government has been accused of “incompetence” in its preparations to hold the votes with councillors in these areas hearing on the doorsteps that people are unsure about what powers a directly-elected mayor would have, or even unaware the vote is taking place at all.‘Good value’With just under eight weeks to go until the elections, there are concerns that while there may be “good value” in the idea of having a directly-elected mayor in these cities, there is a lack of clarity over what’s been outlined so far by government.The powers of the directly elected mayors involves a “significant transfer of powers” to the elected mayor from the council. The newly-elected mayors, if the public decide to vote for such a change, will be able to bring forward the council budget and development plan. However, individual decisions on planning will remain with the chief executive. According to the government, the relationship between the mayor and the council CEO would be similar to that which exists between a Secretary General of a government department and their line minister. But, as former Cork City Lord Mayor Des Cahill told, that doesn’t exactly make things clearer for people.Cahill said: “That would only really make sense to senior politicians. The problem at the minute is that it all sounds a little bit vague. Mar 31st 2019, 9:01 PM Image: Shutterstock/crazy82 By Sean Murraylast_img read more