Get free Wi-Fi at 28 Konkan Railway stations

first_imgPanaji: Konkan Railway passengers will now get free, unlimited Wi-Fi at 28 railway stations and better amenities at Kudal and Chiplun railway stations.Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the facilities at a function at Kudal railway station on Sunday.Konkan Railway has tied up with Syscon Joister to provide 2 Mbps peer-to-peer 24×7 free Wi-Fi at the 28 stations in line with the Union government’s Digital India Initiative. The same company provides the JOISPOT Wi-Fi service in educational institutes in Pune and Mumbai, and will provide free Wi-Fi bandwidth to rural areas along the Konkan route as a corporate social responsibility activity. The network covers the station entrance and surrounding area. To access the Wi-Fi, users have to open the JOISPOT mobile application and register using their name and mobile number. They have to request a one-time password to use the internet.The facility will be provided at 28 stations from Kolad to Madure in the initial phase. The system can provide access to about 300 users at bigger stations and 100 users at smaller stations.As Kudal and Chiplun are two important stations on the Konkan Railway line, dealing with approximate daily traffic of 5,000 and 3,200 passengers, respectively, Konkan Railway has upgraded the passenger amenities at these stations. The Minister on Sunday inaugurated the improved facilities at Kudal Railway Station which includes several works and cost approximately ₹108 lakh.Improved passenger amenities at Chiplun Railway Station, which were inaugurated remotely, involved an investment of ₹192 lakh, said Mr. L.K. Verma, chief public relations officer of Konkan Railway.last_img read more

Mining scam: Another charge sheet against former Goa CM

first_imgA Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Goa Police probing the ₹35,000-crore mining scams filed another charge sheet against former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and others on Saturday for illegally condoning the delay of a mining lease. Mr. Kamat has already been charge-sheeted by the SIT in a similar case last month. Superintendent of Police Karthik Kashyap, who heads the SIT, told The Hindu the team had recorded statements of 25 witnesses in the 700-page charge sheet.The charge sheet says, “Accused Digamber Kamat, then Mines and Chief Minister of Goa [from 2007-2012] had condoned delay for renewal of a mining lease of Vaicuntrao Kadnekar and other members of family, by overruling observations of two IAS officers and then Director of Mines to not condone delay. The State government had no powers to condone delay as per law.” It says the leaseholders entered into an agreement with Magnum Minerals, transferring the rights of the lease without approval from the State and Central government and “were allowed to mine iron ore with the blessings of Mr. Kamat.” This resulted in a loss of ₹135 crore to the exchequer. Others named in the charge sheet include retired senior geologist A.T. D’Souza and retired assistant geologist Hector Fernandes from the Department of Mines, and Ravindra Prakash and Prakash Sahu of Magnum Minerals Pvt. Limited.Former Goa Mines Secretary Rajiv Yaduvanshi has turned approver in the case.last_img read more

Premier League: Tammy Abraham Brace Fires Chelsea to First Win of Lampard Reign

first_img chelseafootballMason MountPremier League First Published: August 24, 2019, 8:24 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. Norwich: Tammy Abraham fired Chelsea to their first win of the Frank Lampard era as the young striker’s double clinched a 3-2 victory against Norwich on Saturday.Lampard had gone three games without a win in all competitions since he took over as Chelsea manager, but the Blues legend finally got off the mark thanks to his faith in Abraham. Abraham had failed to score in his three previous appearances this term, but the 21-year-old striker bagged his first goal for the club to put Chelsea ahead in the sunshine at Carrow Road.A pulsating encounter saw Todd Cantwell equalise for Norwich before Mason Mount restored Chelsea’s advantage.Teemu Pukki’s fifth goal in three games this season brought Norwich back on level terms before half-time, only for Abraham to give Chelsea the points with his predatory second half finish.After a thrashing at Manchester United and a draw with Leicester in Chelsea’s first two Premier League matches, Lampard will have been encouraged by the displays of Abraham and Mount.Up and running! 😍#NORCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 24, 2019 He has pinned his hopes on the youngsters to lead Chelsea through a potentially difficult season that sees the club under a transfer ban and without their best player following Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid.While Chelsea have now conceded nine goals in four games in all competitions under Lampard, the former England midfielder will hope his team’s attacking potential keeps them afloat.When Pedro suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up and was replaced by Ross Barkley, it left Lampard to send out the youngest start league line-up for Chelsea in 25 years at an average age of 24 years and 208 days.Abraham was one of the youngsters Lampard had backed to shine as he replaced Olivier Giroud after being benched against Leicester last weekend.Subjected to racist abuse on social media after missing the penalty which saw Chelsea lose the European Super Cup penalty shoot-out against Liverpool recently, Abraham took just three minutes to reward Lampard for his decision.Cesar Azpilicueta whipped over a precise cross and Abraham alertly drifted away from the Norwich defence to drill a fine first-time strike past Tim Krul from 10 yards.TOUCHLINE CELEBRATIONSAbraham, who flourished on loan at second tier Aston Villa last season, celebrated by sprinting to the touchline to hug Lampard as the pair were mobbed by their team-mates.First goal of the season for @TammyAbraham! 💙👏#NORCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 24, 2019 Three minutes later, Chelsea’s creaky defence was exposed by Emiliano Buendia’s burst into the penalty area.Buendia found Pukki, fresh from last weekend’s hat-trick against Newcastle, and this time the prolific Finland striker was the provider with a low cross that Cantwell turned in from close-range.Lampard’s team responded in the 17th minute when Norwich were caught in possession outside their own area and Christian Pulisic fed Mount, the 20-year-old midfielder cutting inside and firing home for his second goal of the season.Andreas Christensen’s point-blank header was superbly pushed over by Krul and Norwich were back on level terms in the 31st minute.Buendia played a pass to Pukki and, with Chelsea’s defenders slow to react, the former Celtic forward demonstrated why he has taken the Premier League by storm with an angled shot that evaded Kepa Arrizabalaga’s limp attempt to save.Mount and Pulisic were both narrowly off target, while Azpilicueta sliced over and Emerson shot straight at Krul as Chelsea pressed hard after the interval.Azpilicueta appealed in vain for a penalty after a challenge from Marco Stiepermann, but Chelsea’s pressure was rewarded in the 68th minute.Picked out by Mateo Kovacic, Abraham left Grant Hanley and Jamal Lewis in his wake as he jinked past the Norwich defenders before slamming a fierce strike past Krul’s mistimed dive.Norwich’s Ben Godfrey headed against the bar moments later, while Chelsea were denied a fourth goal when Kurt Zouma’s effort was disallowed by VAR for Giroud’s foul on Krul. last_img read more

MS Dhoni set to break Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI record

first_imgBrimming with confidence after a convincing victory in the first One-Day International (ODI), limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will eye another big win when favourites India take on New Zealand in the second match of the five-match rubber at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium on Thursday.Dhoni, who made his one-day international debut is closing in on 9000 runs in the format and is only three sixes short of breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s Indian record of 195 sixes. In fact, if Dhoni hits seven sixes against the Black Caps at the Kotla on Thursday, he will become the first Indian to hit 200 ODI sixes.APPROACHING MILESTONESMS Dhoni needs 61 runs to complete 9000 runs in ODIsTom Latham needs 4 runs to complete 1000 runs in ODIsThree more sixes and Dhoni will break Tendulkar’s Indian record of 195 sixesSeven more sixes and Dhoni will become first Indian to hit 200 sixes in ODIsVirat Kohli needs one hundred in a successful chase to equal Sachin Tendulkar’s world record of most (14) hundreds in successful chasesWith the conditions at the Ferozeshah Kotla favouring the spinners, the hosts will bank on their last ODI performance where Kedar Jadhav and experienced leggie Amit Mishra ran through the Kiwi’s middle and lower order. (India haven’t lost an ODI at Feroz Shah Kotla in 11 years)It is also expected that Dhoni will not make any changes to the playing eleven as each player seemed to be complementing each other in the last match.Statistical record of India vs New Zealand: India have played a total number of 94 games against New Zealand, out of which they have won 47. New Zealand has however shown a better performance in terms of win this year, despite India having played one more game than the visitor at 9. While India have lost four matches this year, Kiwis have only seen two defeats.advertisementHead-to-head:  Played Ind won NZ won NR Tied Overall 94 47 41 5 1 in India 28 22 5 1 0 at Delhi 2 2 0 0 0Form guide (most recent listed first): India:  Won Won WonWon Won  New Zealand: Lost Won Lost Won WonPerformance in 2016:  Mts Won Lost Tied NR Win% India 9 5 4 0 0 55.55 New Zealand 8 5 2 0 1 62.50 Captaincy record in ODIs:  Mts Won Lost Tied NR Win%MS Dhoni  195 108 72 4 11 55.38Kane Williamson 20 9 10 0 1 45.00Star batsman Suresh Raina will miss the second ODI against New Zealand as the southpaw is still recovering from a bout of viral fever.In the batting department, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and Dhoni had decent starts in the last game and are expected to score big runs in the second game. (MS Dhoni surpasses Allan Border, becomes second most successful skipper in ODI history)The bowling department has settled down into a nice rhythm as pacers and spinners chipped in with vital breakthroughs when needed.Sent into bat in the last ODI, New Zealand would have been disappointed to be bowled out with 37 balls still remaining in their innings so skipper Kane Williamson will likely make some changes in the top order.Apart from Tom Latham, batsmen Martin Guptil, Ross Taylor and Williamson looked clueless against the Indian bowlers and will have to come good if they want to match India at Ferozeshah stadium. (Confident India eye another big win over New Zealand at Kotla)(Stats from Rajneesh Gupta)last_img read more

10 months ago​Sarri reiterates opinion of Chelsea as non-contenders

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Sarri reiterates opinion of Chelsea as non-contendersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMaurizio Sarri has reiterated his opinion that Chelsea are not title contenders.While Sarri has done a decent job since replacing Antonio Conte in the summer, his team are in 4th place and 11 points off the league leaders Liverpool.He believes that is too big a gap to make up in half a season, especially as Chelsea have struggled for consistency in recent months.”No,” he said when a reporter asked if they were title contenders in his press conference. “You know very well my opinion. “From the beginning of the season there are two teams above, then there is a little gap. “City will be able to recover the gap, the title is fighting between City and Liverpool.” last_img read more

A Legendary College Football QB Reveals He Wanted To Play For A Different School

first_imgA general view of BYU's football stadium.PROVO, UT – NOVEMBER 12: General view of LaVell Edwards Stadium during the game between the Southern Utah Thunderbirds and the Brigham Young Cougars on November 12, 2016 in Provo Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Jim McMahon is one of the best college football quarterbacks in the modern era. The former BYU star led several dominant Cougars’ teams, setting a number of passing records.The Utah native went on to have a lengthy NFL career. He was taken No. 5 overall in the 1982 NFL Draft and played in the league until 1996.McMahon, though, recently revealed that he wanted to play for a different college.“I only went there because my dad wouldn’t let me go to UNLV,” McMahon said.“They offered me a house, car, money, easy job at the casino… I would have been Steve Wynn if I went to Vegas, either that or dead from doing the strippers”To say that @JimMcMahon’s BYU experience was a bit different than his teammates in Provo would be an understatement @RedditCFB ?— Thuzio (@Thuzio) August 29, 2018Things seemed to work out for him decently at BYU. He was a two-time All-American and a two-time Holiday Bowl MVP.McMahon went on to win two Super Bowls and make the 1986 Pro Bowl in the NFL.last_img read more

Ricky Ponting backs Usman Khawaja to make Australia’s World Cup squad

first_img Reuters New DelhiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 11:55 IST Usman Khawaja was the man-of-the-series in Australia’s 3-2 ODI win over India (AP Photo)In-form batsman Usman Khawaja should be part of Australia’s World Cup plans despite the imminent returns of Steve Smith and David Warner, former captain Ricky Ponting has said.Khawaja struck 383 runs, including two centuries, in Australia’s 3-2 series win over India earlier this month and Ponting is of the view that the left-hander opener had earned his place at the World Cup.”I think we all saw over the last few weeks just how skilful a player Usman Khawaja is… and I think when you see him play like that it just makes you wonder why he doesn’t do it a bit more regularly,” Ponting told reporters on Tuesday.”I would be surprised if Khawaja wasn’t in the (World Cup) squad. Khawaja could probably slot down at three when Warner comes in and Steve Smith might bat at four or five or something just to shore up those middle overs.”Smith and Warner were suspended for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year and are set to be reintegrated into the team ahead of the May 30-July 14 World Cup in England and Wales.Ponting, who led Australia to World Cup glory in 2003 and 2007, said current skipper Aaron Finch would continue to lead the side at this year’s tournament but former captain Smith could still be counted for advice.”(Smith) is still out on the field, so he can help Aaron Finch out,” Ponting added. “I’d imagine that Aaron Finch would be leaning on Steve Smith a lot for a bit of advice, maybe leading into the games, as far as preparation is concerned.”advertisementAlso Read | Australia’s Adam Zampa still not counting on World Cup spotFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ricky PontingFollow Usman KhawajaFollow Australia squadFollow 2019 ICC World Cup Ricky Ponting backs Usman Khawaja to make Australia’s World Cup squadRicky Ponting feels Usman Khawaja, who scored two ODI centuries in the recently concluded series against India, should be in Australia’s squad for the 2019 ICC World Cupadvertisementlast_img read more

Australian Cameron Bancroft named captain of Durham

first_img Reuters LondonMarch 22, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 10:25 IST Cameron Bancroft replaced the retired Paul Collingwood as the captain of Durham (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCameron Bancroft made his return to cricket after serving out his banHe was banned for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandalBancroft will be leading Durham in English county cricketEnglish county Durham have named Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft, who served a nine-month ban last year for his role in a ball-tampering scandal, as their captain for this season.Bancroft returned to action in December after his suspension for his part in the Australian team’s plan to change the condition of the ball during a test match in South Africa last year.Australia captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were both handed one-year bans for their roles in the incident.Bancroft replaced as Durham captain former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood who retired at the end of last season.”He’s proven since returning to first-class cricket over the last few months that he has the mental toughness, skill and attitude to excel at the highest level and I’m sure he will relish the challenge we have at Durham this season,” Durham’s Lead High Performance Coach James Franklin told the club’s website on Thursday.”We’re delighted to have Cameron with us for the season and we’re confident he has the attributes to lead this exciting young Durham dressing-room.”The 26-year-old returned to action in the Big Bash League and has played four-day cricket for Western Australia.Bancroft was caught on camera trying to tamper with the ball using sandpaper during Australia’s test against South Africa in Cape Town last March. He admitted he lied in a subsequent news conference, saying he used sticky tape covered in dirt to change the ball’s condition.Smith later admitted the plan to use sandpaper had been hatched by the team’s leadership group and in a later interview Bancroft, a relative newcomer to the side, said he had carried out the instruction to “fit in”.advertisementBancroft, who has eight test caps, could be named in Australia’s squad for the Ashes series in England this year.Also Read | New Zealand sports minister hopes Bangladesh will return to playFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow AustraliaFollow Cameron BancroftFollow CaptainFollow DurhamFollow EnglandFollow countyFollow Ball tampering scandal Australian Cameron Bancroft named captain of DurhamCameron Bancroft, who made his return to cricket after serving out his ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal, will be leading Durham in English county cricket.advertisementlast_img read more

Happy Birthday Sunil Gavaskar: Wishes pour in for batting great on 70th birthday

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 14:55 IST Sunil Gavaskar (former captain, India cricket team) at the India Today Conclave 2019 in Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi on 1st March 2019. Photograph by Vikram SharmaHIGHLIGHTSBorn on July 10, 1949, Sunil Gavaskar turned 70 on WednesdayGavaskar is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the sportGavaskar became the first cricketer to 10,000 runs in Test cricketBatting great and World Cup-winning former opener Sunil Gavaskar turned 70 on Wednesday. The Little Master, as he was fondly called by his fans, is regarded as one of the finest batsmen the sport has ever had.Sunil Gavaskar made his debut for India against the West Indies in 1971. The Mumbai cricketer showed he belongs to the highest level of the sport as early as his maiden series as he smashed 771 runs in the Test series in West Indies.Gavaskar was India’s batting mainstay during the 1970s and the 1980s. As they famously put, “as long as Gavaskar was there, there was hope”. Gavaskar was known for his immaculate defence. His ability to concentrate over long periods was peerless.Gavaskar’s swag was unmatched as well. Imagine facing the big West Indies fast bowlers of the 1970s without helmets? Well, Gavaskar battled fire with fire as he was among the most successful players agianst top-quality pace bowling during his heyday.More importantly, Gavaskar was a true professional. The way he prepared for cricket matches, let alone international outings rubbed off on his teammates. India’s World Cup-winning former captain, Kapil Dev often sings praises of Gavaskar’s professional approach that changed the outlook of Indian cricket.The batting great from Mumbai was the first batsman in world cricket to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Gavaskar is the only batsman to have scored double hundreds in all four innings of Test matches.Gavaskar represented India in 125 Tests and 108 ODIs before calling it quits in 1987. Gavaskar amassed 10,122 runs in Tests and 3092 runs in ODIs and hit 35 international hundreds.advertisementWishing Batting Legend and former India captain Sunil Gavaskar a very Happy Birthday ???????? #SunilGavaskar (@BCCI) July 10, 2019World Cup winner ??Cricketing legend ????Ambassador of the sport ??Wishing a very happy birthday to our Little Master – #SunilGavaskar ??#CricketMeriJaan Indians (@mipaltan) July 10, 2019Happy birthday to the legend #SunilGavaskar Sir. May you have a wonderful year ahead.. Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 10, 2019Happy Birthday #SunilGavaskar , the first Indian superstar cricketer who showed the World how to face the fastest of fast bowling fearlessly. #HappyBirthdayGavaskarSumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) July 10, 2019Wishing batting legend & former #TeamIndia captain #SunilGavaskar a very happy birthday. India always had hope with you at the crease, Sunny! Singh (@capt_amarinder) July 10, 2019Wishing Batting Legend and former Indian captain #SunilGavaskar a very Happy Birthday! Sports (@ddsportschannel) July 10, 2019Happy birthday #SunilGavaskar Sir, have a great year ahead. ??cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) July 10, 2019No helmets. Uncovered pitches. Iconic bowlers. Bags of runs!Happy Birthday, Legend! #HallaBol #HappyBirthdaySunilGavaskar #SunilGavaskar Royals (@rajasthanroyals) July 10, 2019No helmets. Uncovered pitches. Iconic bowlers. Bags of runs!Happy Birthday, Legend! #HallaBol #HappyBirthdaySunilGavaskar #SunilGavaskar Royals (@rajasthanroyals) July 10, 2019The first man to 10,000 Test runs ?? ??A Test-best of 236* ?? ??35 international hundreds ?? ??Happy birthday to one of the greats, Sunil Gavaskar! (@ICC) July 10, 2019#SunilGavaskar – he told my generation we could be winners … no matter what the playing field ….the sheer courage and swag of the man …. and he faced the most fiery fast bowling like a dude.Harini Calamur (@calamur) July 10, 2019What if Gavsakar had played T20 cricket? Here’s what legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne told India Today earlier this year.”Sunny [Gavaskar] would have adapted. He is a great player. If he were playing now, he would smash it all over the park. Great players adapt to whatever the scenario was.”Also Read | Martin Guptill: Leading run-scorer in 2015 World Cup, goes through nightmarish time in 2019Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sunil Gavaskar Happy Birthday Sunil Gavaskar: Wishes pour in for batting great on 70th birthdayLegendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar was unstoppable when it came to scoring runs with his inimitable style at the top of the order. The World Cup-winner, who turned 70 on Wednesday, is now among the finest analysts of the game.advertisementlast_img read more

Sydney Area Service Centre Expands In Region

first_imgMore jobs are coming to Sydney as a customer management centre is expanding to take advantage of emerging opportunities. ServiCom Canada Limited is expanding its site in Sydney, creating up to 175 new full-time positions. Premier Rodney MacDonald made the announcement today, April 16, with Gene Caldwell, chief financial officer of ServiCom Canada Limited; Todd Riley, site director of ServiCom’s Sydney location; and Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). The province of Nova Scotia, through NSBI, authorized a payroll rebate for ServiCom to a maximum of $914,400 over the next five years. “ServiCom has proven its dedication to the province and the people of Nova Scotia,” said Premier MacDonald. “This agreement will create more opportunities for Nova Scotians to live and work in their home province.” An expanded Sydney site and the addition of new employees will allow ServiCom to accommodate new contracts and focus on incoming calls. “We have a proven track record of success at our Sydney location,” said Mr. Caldwell. “We’re eager to expand on this success and further dip into the talented labour pool in Cape Breton.” “This is another example of the quality of talented workers we have in the province,” said Mr. Lund. “Nova Scotia has the people to meet the growth potential of successful companies like ServiCom.” ServiCom LLC is a whole-owned subsidiary of JNET Communications LLC. JNET was established in 2003 to provide a suite of customer management and fulfillment services to Fortune 500 customers. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory, export development and financial services.last_img read more

Point Foundation Announces 2018 Point Honors Gala

first_imgPoint Foundation will honor Tig Notaro and Ronan Farrow at the annual Point Honors gala in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza hotel April 9, 2018.Notaro, whom Rolling Stone named as one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time, will receive the Point Impact Award, which is presented to an individual making a significant impact on improving the LGBTQ community. Farrow, a contributing writer for The New Yorker whose reporting on the transgender community has received a Stonewall Foundation Vision Award and been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, will receive the Point Courage Award. The award recognizes those who have advocated for the future of the LGBTQ community and believe in the vision that investing in today’s potential will produce a brighter tomorrow.Additional celebrity participation to be announced soon. Past honorees have included Robin Roberts, Lena Dunham, Jonathan Groff, Wanda Sykes, and Andy Cohen.“Granting scholarships to LGBTQ students of merit like Point Foundation does, makes me hopeful that future generations will feel empowered to go out into the world and have their voices heard, whichever way that manifests itself,” said Notaro. “I am humbled to be recognized by an inspiring organization doing such truly important work.”“Empowering the next generation of LGBTQ students is both life changing for the scholarship recipients and important for the future of our country at a time when we desperately need their voices and, eventually, their leadership,” said Farrow. “I’m grateful for the Point Foundation’s work, and honored to be a part of this event.”“As individuals committed to inquiry and informed discourse, Tig Notaro and Ronan Farrow demonstrate the kind of engaged citizenship that inspires our Point scholarship recipients,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “They each have earned acclaim for confronting challenges with courage, intelligence, and wit. We are fortunate to be able to recognize their accomplishments at Point Honors.”Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Some of Point’s 98 current scholarship recipients and 270 alumni will be present at the event to share their inspiring stories about how they have overcome challenges to get their higher education degrees.For more information and tickets, please visit read more

Kosovo UN envoy meets senior Serbian officials in Belgrade

23 July 2008The United Nations envoy to Kosovo travelled to Belgrade today to meet with two senior Serbian Government ministers for talks on resolving the dispute over Kosovo’s status. A spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the purpose of Lamberto Zannier’s introductory meetings with Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic and Kosovo Minister Goran Bogdanovic in Belgrade was to move forward with dialogue on the practical issues that Mr. Ban had highlighted in his last special report to the Security Council. Mr. Zannier is set to travel to New York where, on Friday, he will present the Secretary-General’s regular report on Kosovo to the Council. Earlier this month Mr. Ban said that the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) had to adjust to the new reality on the ground, given the developments since Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in February. The Secretary-General said he had decided to move forward with the reconfiguration of the structure and profile of UNMIK. Accordingly, he had instructed the mission to cooperate with the European Union (EU), so it could assume an enhanced operational role in the rule of law area under a UN “umbrella” headed by his Special Representative, in line with the original 1999 resolution that established the mission. Mr. Ban said that UNMIK would continue to support Kosovo in its effort to consolidate democratic governance institutions, advance economic growth and move towards a future in Europe as part of the western Balkans. read more

Low health standards impeding indigenous rights – Ban

9 August 2009The low standards of health among indigenous communities is perpetuating the gap in many countries between the recognition of their rights and the actual situation on the ground, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for swift action to find solutions. In his message on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, the Secretary-General appealed to governments and civil society “to act with urgency and determination to close this implementation gap, in full partnership with indigenous peoples.”This year’s Day focuses on the threat posed by HIV and AIDS, and Mr. Ban underscored the importance of indigenous people having access to the information and services needed for detection, treatment and prevention.This marginalized group – numbering 370 million in 70 countries – suffers disproportionately from low health standards linked to poverty, malnutrition, environmental contamination and inadequate healthcare, he said.Calling the world’s indigenous peoples the “custodians of some of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth” who speak a majority of all languages, the Secretary-General welcomed some recent national moves in which governments have apologized for past injustices, while others have adopted legal reforms.But he cautioned that “many face discrimination and racism on a daily basis,” as well as poverty and inadequate access to education.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the International Day is an occasion to reaffirm the commitment to translate positive developments in international human rights standards into concrete progress for indigenous peoples.“To achieve this, we all – States, indigenous peoples, the United Nations system and others concerned – must join our efforts and reach solutions based on true dialogue, mutual understanding, tolerance and respect for human rights,” she noted in a statement. “This is no easy task. But it is the only way we can move the rights of indigenous peoples from paper to practice.”Ms. Pillay, in an opinion piece published today in The Hindu, stressed that the world’s indigenous peoples need and deserve more than just symbolic celebrations on 9 August. “After centuries of repression, they need comprehensive tools to defend their human rights, their way of life, and their aspirations.” One such tool, she noted, is the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Adopted in 2007, the Declaration underscores the right of indigenous peoples to all social and health services, and to the enjoyment of the highest standards of physical and mental health. “We must step up our common efforts to make the Declaration something more than a mere pledge of intent. We must translate its letter and spirit into concrete change, change that can be felt in indigenous peoples’ daily life.”In 1994, the General Assembly proclaimed 9 August – the anniversary of the first meeting in 1982 of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights – to be the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.It will be commemorated this year at UN Headquarters in New York tomorrow with cultural events and panel discussions. read more

Afghanistan Brahimi German Chancellor discuss latest developments

In their talks, Mr. Brahimi and Chancellor Schroeder discussed progress in the Loya Jirga process and the extension of International Security Assistance Force, UN officials said.They also reviewed the funding situation of humanitarian agencies, in particular the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP), which are faced with increased demands due to the very fast pace of refugee returns and the increased nutritional needs of the Afghan population.Mr. Brahimi thanked the Chancellor for the lead role Germany has been playing in supporting the Ministry of Interior to develop a new Afghan police force.Meanwhile in Mazar-i-Sharif, the site of recent skirmishes, two parties involved in the clashes said they were satisfied with the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the area – part of an agreement brokered by the UN to end hostilities in the area.In a meeting on Wednesday between General Dostum and General Atta that included representatives of Hezbi-Wahdat, Hezbi-Wahdat-Akhbari and Harakat-Islami, the two military leaders said they were pleased with the latest developments, even though severe road conditions had limited the withdrawal of General Atta’s tanks, artillery and other weapons to the gorges before Marmul, according to a UN spokesman. read more

Pancake breakfast at Sunridge Mall and Britannia Place

Pancake breakfast at Sunridge Mall and Britannia Place AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Stampede Caravan rolls into Sunridge Mall and Britannia Place Friday Morning for free pancake breakfasts. The flapjacks will be flipping from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Spokesperson Ruth Ann Rayner tells 660News they’ve already served about 70, 000 people so far and should reach their goal of 100,000 satisfied breakfasters by end of their run Saturday. by News Staff Posted Jul 11, 2014 7:29 am MDT read more